– McLean County SWCD Minutes
The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on February 06, 2013 at 7:30 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, Sally Breese 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.
~January Financials/Minutes: January minutes, Steve motioned, Irvin seconded. Motion carried.
Sally made a motion to approve the January financials, Irvin seconded. Motion carried. Overall financials, January checks to be paid motion made by Mikel, Steve seconded with motion carried.
~Kent gave his NRCS report as written. Kent shared information regarding ongoing programs, including EQIP and CSP. Three CSP contracts have computer program issues and are waiting for payments to be processed. EQIP has 27 applications that meet the criteria and have ranking score. They have 11 contracts behind schedule that are expiring this year and they are working on getting them back on schedule. Kent explained that CIG construction was complete and the Grove 2 stage is waiting for completion. Adaptive Nutrient Management meeting for producers set for January 24th. Field to Market for the Mackinaw River Watershed a demo was held held in January via teleconference. There are 4 landowners in Lake Bloomington with possible wetlands, and 5 landowners in Bray Creek.
~Bev gave her Legislative report. The new members of the 98th General Assembly were sworn in on January 9th. Two Thousand bills are pending in the house and senate but so far non affect SWCD’s. There is a 43% funding decline over the past 10 years. The cuts have resulted in more than 132 employees leaving districts across the state. The Governor did sign HB 5315 on January 25th, 2013. This allows SWCD directors to take open meetings act training in a group setting rather than online.
~Ross gave his RC report as written. Ross spoke about the webpage status, it is fully functioning, bills have been received from Blake. Ross is working on a SSRP project paperwork with Wayne Kinney. He also has some field visits and has been surveying with Matt. A tree sale flyer is being created and will be sent out by the end of February. The Envirothon letters were sent out to schools, and we received all 3rd grade teachers’ email addresses for Conservation Day. Some Conservation Day registrations are already coming in, Unit 5 will be morning and the rest in the afternoon. EQIP applications have been sent out to work with IDOA on a cover crop project. The Election notices were also sent out. The Newsletter ideas and information were discussed, and Ross asked that we donate to Lexington FFA’s auction.
~ Jackie gave her watershed report. Jackie shared information on the CIG, final payment has been received. A workshop is tentatively planned for spring 2013. The wetland construction is complete but the monitoring equipment is still being installed by Rick. Evergreen Lake Shoreline Protection Project began on January 23rd but weather conditions are making it move slower than expected. A portion of the project cost is coming from Clean Lakes Grant Program and the remainder will come from the City of Bloomington. We hosted a meeting on January 15th with landowners in two sub watersheds to promote wetlands. Eight landowners attended and 4 are interested in learning more. Jackie plans on having three separate meetings for EF/TNC Outreach project on January 15, 2013. The Interpretive Nature Trail is progressing and Mike Steffa’s crew has one bridge installed. Adaptive Nutrient Management meeting held January 24th with 14 producers present. Jackie is now serving as a director on the Friends of EverBloom Board.
There was no old news. The next Board meeting was set for March 6, 2013 at 9:00am at Davis Lodge. The meeting concluded at 8:45.