MINUTES

Room 72/73

Tan-Tar-A Resort

Osage Beach, Missouri

November 29, 2004

 

Present

Steve Oetting, President

Eli Mast, Past President

 

Wilmer Erfling, Area V Alternate

Harry Robbins, Area VIII Newly Appointed

Donald Jordan, Area I

Tom Lambert, Area II

Steve Radcliff, Area II Alternate

Steve Hopper, Livingston County

Jim Hubert, Area III

Beverly Dometrorch, Area IV

Laura McKeever, Area V

Fred Feldmann, Area VI elect

Gene Ehlmann, St. Charles County

Jamie Ebbersmeyer, MDC

Rose Marie Hopkins, DNR Program Staff

Ernie Calvert, Area VII

Steve Huber, Area VIII

David Dix, Treasurer

 

Peggy Lemons, Exec. Director

 

President Steve Oetting welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. Introductions were made around the table.

The minutes from the October 5, 2004 meeting were approved as mailed. The motion was made by Eli, seconded by Donald. Motion carried.

David distributed a treasurer report. One report is from Conference to Conference and is the one put in the Conference packets. The other report is a calendar year report. He also distributed a list of Districts who had paid their MASWCD dues. Those who have not paid in full will not be able to vote on resolutions at the Annual Meeting. There were also financial reports for the MOCREP funds and the CRP-BOB funds. A motion was made by Tom, seconded by Beverly, to approve the Treasurer Report as presented. Motion carried.

COMMISSION REPORT: Rose Marie Hopkins represented the Commission. She reviewed the conference plans with the board. She stated that this year the Annual Meeting would again be on Wednesday morning as last year. The evaluations seemed to show this was a positive change. Rose Marie also pointed out that the contract for District audits had been approved and the audits will be starting in January.

DISTRICT EMPLOYEE ASSOCIATION REPORT: Peggy reported for the District Employee Association. They have been working on the Trade Show for this conference. The scholarship applications have been sent to the districts for the college scholarships they offer in each area to District Employees and their families.

A report showing the NACD quota paid for NACDís fiscal year 2004 was reviewed. The bills for quota for 2005 have been received by the Districts. This will be the second year since NACD changed their fiscal year to coincide with the federal fiscal year. A motion was made by Eli, seconded by Jim Hubert, to approve the payment by MASWCD of the $775 NACD quota. Motion carried.

Eli reported on the NACD Board Meeting held in October in Omaha. He stated they did get an approved budget and he felt it was a good budget. They did find that they had funds they were not aware in the form of stocks in the company where they have been funding their employee retirement. Eli also stated that we will also need to provide an item for the Legislative Auction at the NACD National Meeting in February as well as an item for Presidents Association silent auction. A suggestion was made to have a Lewis & Clark item for the silent auction.

MDC REPORT: Jamie Ebbersmeyer attended for Brad McCord. He thanked the Board for the relationship of MDC Private Lands Specialists with the local Districts. He gave an update on the recent deer season, opening weekend there were 22,000 more deer taken than in the past years on opening weekend. He stated they were trying to have a more aggressive hunting season by taking more doe. He stated that a new program for landowners this year was the TeleTag where landowners did not have to physically check in a deer, they could call an 800 number or e-mail the tag number to check in the deer taken. He stated the Share The Harvest Program has done real well. Conservation Federation and MDC share the cost of the processing. MDC is concerned about the quail situation, they are trying to educate people as to why there is not as many quail now. Jamie also stated that there will be 10 more Private Land Conservationists in the field. These positions are being filled from positions already within MDC, they are not additional personnel.

The agenda for the Training Conference was reviewed, and individual assignments were given. The Chairmanís Breakfast should start at 6:30 a.m. It is listed in the brochure at 7:00 a.m. This will be clarified and an announcement made at the end of the opening session as to the exact time. A motion was made by Donald seconded by Beverly, to approve a pizza party for the DNR staff after the Training Conference. Motion carried. Door prizes that MASWCD purchased this year with the $250 include a digital camera, DVD player, and a mini stereo. There will also be a $100 prize that only first time attending supervisors will be eligible to win.

The awards program for 2005 was discussed. The numbers of entries for the awards have been declining. After discussion it was decided to give them one more year and see if more participation can be generated. A request was received for our participation in the State Fair Hay awards again this year. A motion was made by Steve Huber, seconded by Ernie, to participate at the $50 level again this year. Motion carried.

AREA REPORTS: Fred mentioned he had received some forms from MDC but wasnít sure what they were for. Wilmer stated his area had concerns as to why the input from the districts never seems to get changes made. Also concerns on the health insurance. Tom stated his area has concern about the CRP program and soil loss on CRP land and how it has to be addressed. Jim Hubert stated he agreed with Tom, you have to wait until you have a problem to get some benefits. Prevention is cheaper than repair. Donald stated his area has the Platte River Watershed which includes 8 counties. This will increase their workload substantially.

Other Business: David stated he had received thank you letters from the donations to the Envirothon and the Grassland Evaluation Contest. Steve Oetting asked Eli to review the resolutions process for the Board. It was suggested that maybe a written set of guidelines might be helpful to the Districts in understanding the resolutions/policy process.

The next regular meeting will be held in conjunction with the Education Seminar in Jefferson City in February, date to be set after the Legislature goes into session. There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 11:20 p.m. Motion for adjournment made by Ernie, seconded by Tom. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

                                    

Peggy Lemons, Exec. Director                                     Steve Oetting, President