2012 December – McLean County SWCD Minutes
The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on December 12, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the USDA Service Center, 402 N. Kays Drive, Normal. The meeting was called to order by Mike Kelley, Chairman. Directors present were Irvin Bane, Mikel Fonger, Steve Musselman and Bev Miller. District employees present were Jackie Kraft and Ross Fogle. NRCS employees present were Kent Bohnhoff, Randy McCormack, Matt Bell, Debbie Clairmont and Kelly Schneider. Guest speakers Joe Bybee and Don McCallon were also in attendance.
~November Financials/Minutes: November minutes, Mikel motioned, Irvin seconded. Motion carried.
Mikel made a motion to approve the November financials, Irvin seconded. Motion carried. Overall financials, November checks to be paid motion made by Irvin, Steve seconded with motion carried.
~Kent gave his NRCS report as written. Kent shared information regarding ongoing programs, including EQIP and CSP. He reported various EQIP cut off dates such as obligations, funding and application cutoffs. Kent explained that CIG construction was complete and check out notes had been submitted. The details are being worked to promote Adaptive Nutrient Management as part of TNC’s national CIG with a meeting for producers set for January 24th. Over 60 fields were enrolled and 30 were in Lake Bloomington watershed. Don McCallon spoke about Field to Market and explained that it will provide more details for the Mackinaw River Watershed.
~Bev gave her Legislative report.
The House and Senate will reconvene in early January for the Lame Duck session. It is possible that the gaming bill will be discussed at that time. It is expected that the slots at horse race tracks will remain and that the funding derived from the slots will continue to go toward the ag programs including soil and water. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., reiterated that House leaders plan to address “the issue in and around the farm bill,” but didn’t say whether that would involve passing a new bill or extending the expired 2008 bill into next year.
~Ross gave his RC report as written. The PFC tracking sheet was looked over. Ross reported on status of online banking, credit cards, and signature cards. He discussed the Administrative Coordinator position postings, along with costs and options. Ross attending winter training along with Conservation Application training and has been working a SWCD website. CREP paper work has been finished. Conservation day has been set for April 25th, the annual meeting was set for March 6th and the Tree Sale will be April 27th. Joe Bybee spoke about a possible Cover Crops demonstration in Mclean County and also spoke about the transect survey this year.
~ Jackie gave her watershed report. Jackie shared information on the CIG, the brush piles have been burned and a burn plan has been completed. She is awaiting final payment from NRCS, and a workshop is tentatively planned for spring 2013. There has been a one year extension granted from NRCS, and a wetland is being installed with monitoring equipment. Jarrod Boyle was awarded the Evergreen Lake Shoreline Protection Project, and the 404 permit with Army COE was approved. Jackie plans on having three separate meetings for EF/TNC Outreach project on January 15, 2013. The Interpretive Nature Trail grant is for $1,800 dollars and 25 educational signs are in.
There was no old news. In other news, the Conservationist of the Year was chosen. Steve motioned, Mikel seconded. Motion Carried. The next Board meeting was set for January 9th, 2013 at 7:30. The meeting concluded at 11:00 and a Christmas lunch followed.