2013 January – McLean County SWCD Minutes
The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on January 08, 2012 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 Mikel Fonger, Steve Musselman, Sally Breese and Bev Miller. District employees present were Jackie Kraft and Ross Fogle. NRCS employees present were Randy McCormack, and Matt Bell.
~January Financials/Minutes: January minutes, Steve motioned, Mikel seconded. Motion carried.
Mikel made a motion to approve the January financials, Sally seconded. Motion carried. Overall financials, January checks to be paid motion made by Sally, Steve seconded with motion carried.
~Randy gave his NRCS report as written. Randy shared information regarding ongoing programs, including EQIP and CSP. He reported 40 applications in various stages of EQIP and 40 contracts to be paid for CSP. 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. Randy spoke about Field to Market for the Mackinaw River Watershed where a demo will be held in January via teleconference.
~Bev gave her Legislative report. On January 3, 2013 the Illinois Senate passed HB 5315 on a vote of 53-000-01. This legislation allows SWCD directors and drainage district commissioners to take open meetings act training in a group setting rather than online as is now required. On January 9, 2013 the new members of the general assembly were sworn in and this commences the beginning of the new spring session. The State Association intends to pursue legislation to exempt the state cost share program from the prevailing wage act requirements. The “lame duck” congress reached an 11th hour agreement on January 1st that provides a permanent five million dollar individual or a ten million dollar estate tax exemption per couple.
~Ross gave his RC report as written. The PFC tracking sheet was looked over. Beckley/Abbott project was approved and paid for. Addressed the website and announced it was fully functioning and ready to be accessed. Ross reported on status of online banking, credit cards, and signature cards. Conservation day has been set for April 25th, the annual meeting was set for March 6th and the Tree Sale will be April 27th. Ross reported on the upcoming newsletter and announced this year’s sponsors. Ivan Dozier will be this year’s speaker at the annual meeting on March 6th at Davis Lodge. CREP projects to be visited with a CREP rep after hunting season ends. SSRP project design was finished by Wayne Kinney.
~ Jackie gave her watershed report. Jackie shared information on the CIG, the project has been completed. She is awaiting final payment from NRCS, and a workshop is tentatively planned for spring 2013. A wetland is being installed with monitoring equipment. Evergreen Lake Shoreline Protection Project is scheduled to begin January 9th and will take 3 weeks to complete. 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 will begin building the bridges..
There was no old news. The next Board meeting was set for February 6th, 2013 at 7:30. The meeting concluded at 9:00.