MINUTES

St. Louis Room

Capitol Plaza Hotel

Jefferson City, Missouri

February 26, 2001

 

 

 

Present

 

Eli Mast, President

Terry Cosby, Asst. State Conservationist

Steve Hopper, Past President

Sarah Fast, DNR Soil & Water Program

Donald Jordan, Area I

Bill Wilson, DNR Soil & Water Program

Richard Morgan, Area II

David Dix, Treasurer

Henry Heinze, Area III

Peggy Lemons, Exec. Secretary

Steve Oetting, Area IV

Willard Gerken, Benton County SWCD

Bill Hollenbeck, Area V

Leroy Moriarity, Benton County SWCD

Kathryn Braden, Area VI

 

Jerry Rennick, Area VII

 

Steve Huber, Area VIII

 

The meeting was called to order by President Eli Mast at 10:00 a.m.

The minutes from the November 27, 2000 joint meeting with the Commission and MASWD Board Meeting were approved as mailed and published. The motion was made by Henry, seconded by Steve Hopper. Motion carried.

The minutes from the November 29, 2000 reorganization meeting were approved as mailed and published. Motion made by Henry, seconded by Donald. Motion carried.

David distributed a treasurer report. He stated 101 districts have paid state dues this year. A list of those who have not paid was distributed. The treasurer report covered the current period as well as the year-to-date. A motion was made by Donald, seconded by Richard to approve the treasurer report as presented. Motion carried

The dues for North Central are due, the amount is $200 per state. A motion was made by Steve Huber, seconded by Richard, to pay these dues. Motion carried.

Eli discussed the cost for the belt buckle that was purchased for Rudy Rice at the legislative auction in Fort Worth. The cost to each state was $63. This was the #1 belt buckle of those made for the 2001 national meeting. The states in the North Central Region purchased this and gave it to Rudy as outgoing NACD president since he is from North Central. A motion was made by Kathryn, seconded by Jerry, to pay the $63. Motion carried.

The state fair hay award is $50 again this year. A motion was made by Steve Hopper, seconded by Bill Hollenbeck to sponsor this award again this year with the $50 and a plaque. Motion carried.

The bill for the 2000 Training Conference was reviewed. The attendance was good, MASWCD's share of the cost is less this year than last year. The Monday evening reception was discussed. The employees association has stated they felt the sit-down dinner took people away from the trade show and have asked to go back to the regular reception. The attendance at the MASWCD annual meeting part of the conference was also discussed. How to improve the attendance at this meeting and improvement in the resolution process will be looked at. Future Training Conference locations were discussed. There is one more year on the current contract with Tan-Tar-A. The Board discussed what other locations would be available. The Board agreed that Tan-Tar-A is a good location and want to keep the conference at a central location.

Those who attended the North Central meeting in Chicago reviewed items discussed there. There was a round-table discussion one afternoon with EPA discussing TMDL, etc. At the meeting there was an agreement worked out with the NACD leadership for a North Central regional representative. This will be Bill Horvath, and he will be coming to a 2002 committee meeting in Branson on March 7 to finalize the hotel selection for the 2002 regional meeting. The North Central states worked to secure grants to fund the North Central regional representative position.

Those who attended the NACD National Meeting in Fort Worth gave a report on what they attended. Bill Hollenbeck reported on the new NACD officers: Reed Smith is president, Gary Mast is 1st Vice President, Billy Wilson is 2nd Vice-President, and Tim Reich is treasurer. He reviewed the resolution process and discussed how it worked for NACD. The NACD Board continues to work on the new strategic plan. There will not be a NACD Board Meeting at the Spring Legislative Meeting in Washington, DC. They are discussing doing away with the Leadership Meeting in August and having a 2-day fall board meeting. Each state was asked to commit to an amount of increase in NACD quota payment, Eli stated he committed to a 10% increase for Missouri. One of the most important factors of a national organization is the hiring of a lobbyist to let everyone know when they need to make legislative contacts.

The NACD quota for MASWCD is $725. A motion was made by Steve Hopper, seconded by Kathryn, to pay the full quota. Motion carried.

Eli commented to the Board on the number of meetings he or others representing MASWCD had attended so far this year. The Board discussed putting this type of information on the web page for all districts, etc., to read.

The Board discussed again the need to purchase a copier to replace the current one in need of repair. A motion was made by Steve Hopper, seconded by Kathryn, to authorize up to $800 for a new copier. Motion carried.

Steve Hopper gave a report on the recommendations of the Leadership Development Committee. He distributed the long-range plan for the committee that shows what is planned and what has been completed. He emphasized that individual training is made available to districts at no charge to the district.

A proposed budget for MASWCD for 2001 was discussed. It was a general consensus of the Board to approve and follow this budget.

Peggy gave an update on the Envirothon. There will be 7 regional competitions with the top 3 teams from each region competing at the state competition on May 3 at the Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City. The budget for the Envirothon and the funders involved was discussed. The national competition will be in Mississippi at the end of July. She suggested each of the Area Directors might want to attend a regional competition close to them to get a better look at what the competitions are all about, and invited all of them to the state competition.

Steve Hopper reported that the Landowners Assistance book is close to being ready to print. Draft copies have been given to the committee working on it. The estimated cost to put the book on the Internet is approximately $2300. The $5000 mini-grant through EPA would be enough to fund the Internet work and about 300 hard copies. He hopes to have the book finalized and hard copies available by late summer.

The travel policy for MASWCD was discussed. The Board looked at what is currently in place from 1996, discussed what kind of policy is needed. After discussion, a motion was made by Richard that if an MASWCD Board member agrees to attend meetings and conferences but does not go, an effort will be made to provide an alternate to attend. If no alternate goes, this will be discussed by MASWCD on an individual basis concerning reimbursement back to MASWCD of nonrefundable costs. If a board member drives to the meeting or conference, mileage will be covered at a cost not to exceed the cost of airfare for the others attending. Hotel rooms will be covered for spouses attending. All effort will be made to share hotel rooms where possible. Meals and other costs for spouses attending will be reimbursed to MASWCD by the board member or spouse. This motion was seconded by Donald. Motion carried.

The MASWCD By-Laws were reviewed. There were 4 changes in wording that are needed. A motion was made by Steve Hopper to approve these 4 changes and bring them to the attention of the supervisors at the next annual meeting. This was seconded by Kathryn. Motion carried. It was also recommended to put the policy book on the web page.

Eli discussed committee assignments. He stated he was not appointing committees just to have committees. A contact person will be named for certain areas, and when the need for a committee arises, a task force will be put together to handle issues at hand. Henry is the contact for awards and education. Henry stated he would like to find out what more can we do to educate not only the children, but the adults as well. There may be other opportunities we need to take advantage of to do this.

The Goodyear Award was discussed. With Goodyear not sponsoring the award any longer, NACD had asked the states to discuss if they wished to continue with the award and the state sponsor it. After discussion, a motion was made by Steve Hopper, to have a state Cooperator of the Year award in place of the Goodyear award and present a plaque at the Annual Meeting. This was seconded by Donald. Motion carried. There will only be one state award, there will not be awards on the county level unless the counties want to do this themselves.

The need for an assistant treasurer was discussed. Jerry Rennick volunteered to act as assistance treasurer if the need arises.

The NACD Spring Legislative Meeting will be March 25-27 in Washington, DC. The Board discussed who should attend. A motion was made by Steve Hopper to send up to 6 people. This was seconded by Henry. Motion carried. Attending will be Eli, Bill, Peggy, Jerry, Steve Hopper and Sam Graves, Sr.

Peggy reviewed the possibility of MASWCD involvement in distribution of soil survey data on CD-rom to the districts and their landowners. This will be discussed more later.

Due to the Spring Legislative Meeting dates and the Commission meeting set for March 26, a representative is needed to attend the Commission meeting. Kathryn volunteered to attend the March Commission Meeting representing MASWCD.

The agenda for the Education Seminar was reviewed and approved.

COMMISSION REPORT: Bill Wilson stated when the next Commission meetings would be held. They are March 26, April 26, and May 22. He stated the budget is being worked on by the House Appropriations Committee and there will be a hearing this week. The Senate Budget Committee worked on the budget last week. Larry Furbeck has been available at the hearings to testify if necessary. The expansion in the budget for the health insurance and SALT AgNPS seem to be causing no problems. Henry asked about results of measurements from SALT's. The Commission will be looking at the third call for SALT projects at the May 22 meeting. Bill stated there had been legislation introduced that would sweep 25% of unused funds in the fiscal year. They are not sure if or who this would affect the soil and water program. There are 2 Commissioner positions that expired in August last year. They are still waiting re-appointment. Peter Hoeffer has accepted the job as Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. They are not sure who this will affect his position on the Commission.

MDC REPORT: No report.

NRCS REPORT: Terry Cosby gave a copy of the NRCS Annual Report to the Board. Roger Hansen is in Washington, DC, meeting about the budget. He received a level budget but that does not cover raises and cost of living increases. He discussed the computer issue. The 13 offices that were involved in the office closings will receive a computer and a phone line to keep them accessible to the Internet and Tool-Kit for landowners records.

An update was given on the use of government vehicles by district employees. We are waiting for further guidance from Washington, DC, before new agreements are sent out for signature. The new agreements will include clarification of when employees would not be acting as an agent of the government and therefore need for the district to provide vehicle insurance coverage.

Employee Association Report: No report.

Correspondence: Eli reviewed information he received on a meeting in Nebraska on Making Locally Led Conservation Work. He stated he believed we really needed to have someone attend this meeting. This will be decided at the next meeting.

Other Business: The agenda for the Education Seminar was reviewed. A summary of the legislative bills in session this year was reviewed. Eli stated that the Board would meet immediately following the seminar evening meeting to finalize the position on these legislative bills. The budget presentation will be by Bill Wilson.

Eli stated he and Richard had attended a couple of meetings on TMDL and water quality programs and issues. He stated if districts and local people can get involved when writing water resource management plans, they can accomplish these voluntarily instead of having to deal with mandatory TMDL's.

The next meeting will be May 10 and will be held in Chillicothe.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m. to attend the Education Seminar meeting and will re-convene immediately following this to finalize legislative positions.

The Board re-convened at 8:15 p.m. They took up discussion of the legislative bills that affect soil and water districts and that were reviewed at the meeting. They decided on the following proposed position on these bills due to the information and comments received during the meeting.

House Bill 205, Rep. Relford, sets up cost-share for sustainable forestry through MDC. -- Support (vote of 7-2 Kathryn and Steve Oetting opposing)

Senate Bill 368, Senator Childers, sets up cost-share for sustainable forestry through MDC and the Soil and Water Districts Commission -- Support (vote of 7-2 Kathryn and Donald opposing)

House Bill 307, Rep. Wiggins, shifting authority from soil and water boards to Watershed trustees -- Support (unanimous 9-0)

House Bill 581, Rep. Ridgeway, creates state enabling legislation for farmland Protection, protects farmers from unjust charges for utility lines, etc., installed across their land. -- Support (unanimous 9-0)

Senate Bill 9, Senator Caskey, protects farmers from unjust charges for utility lines, etc., installed across their land, and creates Agriculture Advocates council -- Oppose (vote of 3-6 Jerry, Richard and Henry voting in favor. Oppose due to not having local landowners as part of the Advocates Council)

House Bill 609, Rep. Gratz, requires certain DNR rules to be no stricter than federal rules. -- No Position

Senate Bill 300, Senator Rohrbach, requires certain DNR rules to be no stricter than federal rules -- No Position

Senate Bill 20, Senator Goode, creates a Non-Native Species Council. Oppose (unanimous 0-9)

House Concurrent Resolution 6, Rep. Meyer, opposes the Fish and Wildlife Service management plan for the Missouri. -- Support (unanimous 9-0)

A motion was made by Steve Hopper, seconded by Kathryn, to approve these positions. Motion carried. Copies of these positions will be available tomorrow morning for distribution to the representatives and senators at the Capitol Building. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Peggy Lemons

Eli Mast

Peggy Lemons, Executive Secretary

Eli Mast, President

 

 

 

MASWCD Proposed Budget for 2001

Expenditures

Awards

Bond

Donations Dues/Fees

Envirothon

$

$

$

$

 4,500.00

114.00

400.00

1,000.00

Awards

Misc. Expenses

National Expenses

Supplies

$

$

$

$

4,600.00

1,200.00

1,500.00

1,200.00

Executive Secretary

Lodging

Meals

Mileage

Misc. Expenses

NACD

$

$

$

$

$

18,048.00

16.000.00

3,600.00

8,500.00

600.00

National ($1500 each)

Regional ($1200 each)

Chicago ($1200 each)

Wash DC ($1500 each)

$

$

$

$

7,500.00 (5 people)

6,000.00 (5 people)

3,600.00 (3 people)

4,500.00 (3 people)

Office Rent & Supplies

Parking/Taxi, etc.

Postage

Training Conference

Transfer of Funds into CD's

Travel (Misc)

Telephone

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

5,400.00

750.00

1,500.00

22,000.00

20,000.00

1,500.00

2,200.00

TOTAL EXPENDITURES

$

136,212.00

 

Receipts

Beginning Bank Balance

Donations -- Envirothon

Misc. Grants

 

 

$

$

 

 

 68,966.46

2,500.00

Envirothon

Buffer

$

$

4,500.00

5,000.00

Educational Seminar

Envirothon Registration

MASWCD Dues

Interest

Reimbursements/Refunds

Training Conference

$

$

$

$

$

500.00

1,500.00

38,850.00

2,000.00

3,400.00

Registration

Trade Show

$

$

34,000.00

1,500.00

TOTAL RECEIPTS

$

162,716.46

TOTAL EXPENDITURES

$

136,212.00

BALANCE

$

26,504.46

 

$20,000.00 in CD's that will be mature in June of 2001 is not included in these figures.