MASWCD MINUTES

 USDA Service Center

Jefferson city, Missouri

        May 12, 2008

Present Not Present

Fred Feldmann, President

Bruce Biermann, Area I

Steve Radcliff, Area II

Kenny Lovelace, Area III

Beverly Dometrorch, Area IV

George Engelbach, Area V

Sharon Gifford, Area VI

Harry Robbins, Area VIII

Peggy Lemons, Executive Director

David Dix, Treasurer

Marie Iiams, Area VI

Steve Oetting, Past President

Richard Hoelscher, Area V Alternate

Bill Wilson, DNR Program Staff

Kathryn Braden, Soil & Water Commission

Roger Hansen, NRCS State Conservationist

Brad McCord, MDC

Chris Terry, District Employees Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Fred Feldmann welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m. with a quorum established.

A motion was made by Beverly Dometrorch, seconded by Bruce Biermann, to approve the agenda for the meeting. Motion carried unanimously.

The minutes from the March 26, 2008 meeting were approved as mailed. The motion was made by Bruce Biermann, seconded by Kenny Lovelace. Motion carried unanimously.

A treasurer report prepared by David Dix was presented. There are 20 Districts who have not paid their dues in full. This compares to 8 Districts who did not pay dues last year. There were also financial reports for the MOCREP funds and the CRP-BOB funds. Peggy reported on the issue of not receiving one of the CREP checks. There also have been received the $10,000 administrative funds for the CREP program. A motion was made by Sharon Gifford, seconded by Kenny Lovelace, to keep all the funds in Missouri banks, David will put the $10,000 with the other funds invested in CDís. A motion was made by Kenny Lovelace, seconded by Harry Robbins, to approve the Treasurer Report as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

MDC REPORT: Brad McCord stated that MDC recently hosted the 2008 National Feral Hog Conference. This was attended by 219 people from 27 states and 3 foreign countries.

NRCS REPORT: Roger Hansen discussed the issue of technical assistance on Class IV and Class V structures. He stated that effective July 1 NRCS would no longer provide technical assistance on Class IV or greater structures. He will discuss this with the Soil & Water Commission at their meeting on Wednesday as well.

COMMISSION REPORT: Kathryn Braden reported that the next Commission meeting is this Wednesday in Buffalo. She stated that the Commission was invited to Chariton County to discuss a couple of issues: terraces built in the 40ís that are very narrow and deep ditches on CRP land. Ms. Braden stated that during the discussion at the Commission meeting, they did not have all the facts about the case on the CRP land. She stated they encourage Districts to be at a Commission meeting when they have an item on the agenda so they can participate in the discussion to make sure all the facts are known. She also stated that last fall Director Childers stated that he would like to see more practices that districts can use, especially grassland districts. She stated the Commission has not yet discussed the resolutions from the MASWCD Business Meeting in November. She mentioned she wondered if the Districts that donít pay dues understand what type of assistance MASWCD can provide such as helping present issues to the Commission. Bill Wilson stated this is the last week of the Legislative session and Mr. Foster was at the Capitol building this afternoon. Ms. Braden, Bill Wilson and the Board discussed the procedure that can be used to bring ideas of programs that would be beneficial to counties to the Commission.

Beverly related concerns from Districts in her Area concerning funds for salaries, health insurance, and increasing the mileage reimbursement rate.

DISTRICT EMPLOYEE ASSOCIATION REPORT: Chris Terry reported that the new officers for the District Employee Association are: Shelly Sumpter is President, Chris Terry is Vice-President, Wendy Bowen is Treasurer, and Debbie Niederer is Secretary. He stated they are waiting on the decision on the Training Conference to see what plans they will be making as far as the Trade Show, etc., which they normally have at the Conference.

Old Business:

A report from NACD on the latest news on the Farm Bill was distributed. Congress plans to complete their work on the Farm Bill this week; however they do expect the President to veto it. If he does veto the Farm Bill, Congress plans to override the veto. They are hoping to have this done before the Memorial Holiday break.

Bruce Biermann discussed the Missouri River Recovery Initiative (MRRIC). The 8 states involved were asked to nominate people to serve as representatives for conservation districts on the committee. Missouri submitted Bruce as a candidate, however he was not selected. There will be 2 people representing the conservation districts in these 8 states on the committee. Also the Governor of each state bordering the river will appoint 2 representatives. Mike Wells is one of the appointed representatives from Missouri. Since MASWCD had already agreed on the level of funding to support MRRIC, this gave something for the other states to look at when deciding their level of support. There is a meeting coming up in Nebraska City in June that Bruce will try to attend.

New Business:

The MASWCD Awards Program was discussed. For the past few years there have been very few entries for the award categories. After discussion a motion was made by Steve Radcliff to offer a $100 cash award and plaque, etc., for the MASWCD awards of Teacher of the Year, Cooperator of the Year, Grassland Farmer, and Distinguished Service. This was seconded by Bruce Biermann. Motion carried unanimously. Due to the fact we are already over 4 months into the year, the deadline will be set at October 1 instead of September 1 and nominations can be submitted either to the Area Directors or to the Executive Director.

2008 Area Meetings will be held in August, probably after the 17th. Areas 1-3-4-5-8 prefer night meetings, Area 2 can do either day or night, and Areas 6-7 didnít have a response back yet on this. The agenda for the Area Meetings was discussed. The thought of having a time for separate meetings for Supervisors and Employees was discussed, however felt there would not be sufficient time with a 2-3 hour meeting. George Engelbach suggested stream bank erosion as a topic of discussion and what MDC can offer as assistance to this problem. Kathryn Braden suggested all partners should give some sort of a report at the meetings. More on the agenda for the Area Meetings will be reported at the next meeting.

The Training Conference for 2008 was discussed. DNR has indicated they do not plan to be involved in the planning of the conference this year. After discussion a motion was made by Bruce Biermann, seconded by Steve Radcliff, that yes we need to continue to have a Training Conference. Motion carried unanimously. After further discussion it was decided that MASWCD would plan the conference for 2008 with the assistance of the District Employee Association hopefully. The Conference will be the same length as in the past Monday to Wednesday noon, and will be at Tan-Tar-A. There was further discussion on how to handle the funding for the Conference, and what the registration fee would need to be set at in order to cover the cost of printing, postage, speakers and audio/visual needs. There was a great concern about having a registration fee too high, that Supervisors and Employees might not be able to afford to come. After further discussion a motion was made by Steve Radcliff to use the $10,000 earlier mentioned that was for administration of the CREP program, to help cover the costs of administering the Training Conference if needed. This was seconded by Sharon Gifford. Motion carried unanimously. Brad McCord then offered a grant from MDC of $1000 toward the costs of the Conference. A motion was then made by Bruce Biermann, seconded by Sharon Gifford, to set the registration fee at $50. Motion carried unanimously. Steve Radcliff made a motion to accept donations, grants, etc., from any reliable source. This was seconded by Bruce Biermann. Motion carried unanimously. A form letter will be prepared that the Board can use in soliciting donations. Fred Feldmann then appointed a committee to work on the planning for the Conference. The committee will consist of Peggy Lemons, Steve Radcliff, George Engelbach, Marie Iiams, and we will ask the District Employees Association to appoint 2 representatives to the planning committee as well. Peggy will work with Tan-Tar-a to secure the dates and get a contract for the meeting space.

Area Reports:

Bruce Biermann reported that his area is about 30% complete in planting, projects are not getting done due to the weather, will probably have quite a lot of cost-share to roll over.

Steve Radcliff stated that weather has been a factor in his area as well. They are trying to get the cost-share work done with whoever they can, will probably have quite a lot to roll over.

Beverly stated she had helped with the Central Region Envirothon and encouraged the rest of the Board to get involved with the Envirothon. She stated that the top three teams for their region were new teams. Peggy then reported that at the State Envirothon the winning team was Parkway North, but there were teams from 6 of the 7 regions in the top 10 teams. The second place team from Pembroke Hill was a new team this year to the competition, in fact there were 3 new teams in the top ten. The Parkway North team will go on to represent Missouri at the Canon Envirothon in Flagstaff, Arizona in July.

George Engelbach stated his area is experiencing stream bank issues due to the numerous rains. They are also experiencing issues with 2 structures breeching.

Sharon Gifford stated the landowners in her area are trying to get fertilizer on but it is too wet, the hay is going to be late. She also stated there is a concern on how the cost-share funds will be distributed.

Fred Feldmann reported that the NACD Renovation Ride effort is looking for support for the riders, donations of funds per mile. This is to raise funds for the renovation of the NACD building in Washington, DC. The latest NACD quota report was distributed for review.

Correspondence: None other than what was already discussed.

Other Business: the NACD Board Meeting will be held in Washington, DC on July 19-23. Fred Feldmann, Steve Radcliff and George Engelbach will be attending. A motion was made by Bruce Biermann, seconded by Steve Radcliff, to send 4 if someone else wants to go. Motion carried unanimously.

The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 8, at the USDA Service Center in Jefferson City starting at 1:00 p.m. there being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m. Motion for adjournment made by Bruce Biermann, seconded by Steve Radcliff. Motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

 

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Peggy Lemons, Executive Director

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Fred Feldmann, President