2014 July McLean County SWCD Minutes

The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on July 9, 2014 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 and Mikel Fonger.  District employees present were Jackie Kraft, Ross Fogle and Stephanie Musselman.  NRCS employees present were Kent Bohnhoff, Randy McCormack, Matt Bell and Debbie Clairmont.

~Financials/Minutes:  June minutes, Irvin motioned, Mikel seconded.  Motion carried.
Mikel made a motion to approve the June financials, Irvin seconded. Motion carried.  Irvin made a motion to pay all outstanding checks, Mikel seconded. Motion carried.  Irvin made a motion to transfer $30,000 from the Operations Account to the General Account and $5,000 from the Program Account to the General Account.

~Bev submitted her report in writing.  Governor Quinn signed the FY15 budget on June 30, 2014.  The funding levels for SWCDs are $3 million for operations and $4.5 million for programs.  There is also $2,612,500 in Capital Funds, but it is not likely bonds will be issued to cover those funds.

~Kent gave his NRCS report as written.   CSP contract holders from 2010-1 and 2010-2 have the option to try to re-enroll all of their acres, just part, or none.  A new application must then be submitted by September 12, 2014.  The 2nd EQIP funding cutoff was July 3rd with an obligation deadline of August 1st.  There were 13 applications preapproved in the first funding cutoff with 8 of them moving forward with contracts.   June 27th was the application deadline for ADAPT Network, with a strip trial meeting July 16th. CRP reopened June 9th with general signup.  There is an opportunity for general CRP to opt for a 1 year extension at the same rental rate if they have not been in for the maximum of 15 years. There is also a list of expiring contracts that NRCS has offered a contribution agreement to SWCDs to get re-enrolled.

~Ross gave his RC report as written.  The Two Stage Ditch is complete and reimbursement has been received and Boyle Excavating paid.  Conservation Family Day was June 21, 2014, 125 individuals attended with 90 being children.  Participants could engage in Earth Express, archery, BB guns, water quality, Pheasants Forever and fishing. Dave Feese’s SSRP application was approved for funding to be completed by November 2014.  Logan Hollow will now be used for Fish Sale and Winding Creek Nursery for Tree Sale.  The 2nd Annual Golf Outing will be held August 26th at Crestwicke Country Club.  NRCS Contribution Agreement has been submitted for the maximum amount.

~Jackie gave her Watershed report as written.   Still waiting for the construction of Mike O’Neil’s wetland.  Crump and O’Neal wetlands are still pending. Waiting for final approval from Coke to construct a wetland near the tile research site.  There are 92 fields in the watershed that have been enrolled in the ADAPT Network this year.  The grant covered 88 fields and the remaining fields will be covered by City of Bloomington.  Waiting on agreement from ISU regarding the IEPA 319 grant. The    grant will cover $90,900.00 of the total $152,112.00 cost of the project.

~Old Business: N/A

~New Business:  The next Board meeting was set for August 13th, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service Center.  The meeting concluded at 8:30 a.m.


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