The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on November 12, 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 Mikel Fonger and Sally Breese. District employees present were Jackie Kraft, Ross Fogle and Stephanie Musselman. NRCS employees present were Kent Bohnhoff and Matt Bell.
~Financials/Minutes: September minutes, Mikel motioned, Sally seconded. Motion carried.
Sally made a motion to approve the November financials, Mikel seconded. Motion carried. Mikel made a motion to pay all outstanding checks, Sally seconded. Motion carried.
~Additional Approvals: Sally motioned to explore switching bank accounts. Mikel seconded. Motion carried.
~Bev had no report.
~Kent gave his NRCS report as written. All but one of the CSP 2010 contracts have chosen to extend their contracts; 47/48 will attempt to reenroll. Interviews will take place in November, with obligations to be completed by December 15th. The CSP contract holders are being contacted to determine if they want their payment for 2014 to be in December or January. EQIP deferral letters were sent last month to the back log of applications. There are two application cutoffs planned November 21 and January 16 with funding cutoffs of January 9 and March 6. Four wetlands have been completed and two others are in progress. Nicole Gould is the new WAE.
~Ross gave his RC report as written. PNC bank is now charging for paper statements, they also want us to start a savings account to collect interest on the Watershed account, and no longer have business free checking the accounts need to maintain at least $5000. Working with the CREP Specialist to schedule site visits to meet DNR contract; new DNR contract has been signed and submitted. Earth Express had a busy schedule this year, 14 schools and 30 classrooms for a total of 731 students. The insurance issue has also been resolved by Debbie; we are now going through the AISWCD. The Land Use contest at ISU saw 200 students; some participated in a leadership program. Assisted Livingston County with cleaning up their AG Expo as the event was rained out. We were very satisfied with the new fish and tree suppliers. CRP has been wrapped up and have received full payment for our Contribution Agreement with NRCS. CPP funds for FY13 and FY14 are being utilized; $6900 FY13 – $3632.76 Mike O’Neil WASCOBs $3267.24 left for possible Robert Klemm Waterway Project $7600 FY14- To be used for possible Robert Klemm project, must be completed by May 21st 2015. We will not be renewing out Chamber of Commerce membership, only donating this year. We should be receiving $51,000 in District Operations this year and $6,500 in cost share.
~Jackie gave her Watershed report as written. The Crump wetland has been designed and is waiting for construction. The Coke wetland will be constructed on City property near the tile research site. The Partners Meeting was held October 27th at the Asmark Center with 45 in attendance. There were great comments and feedback and a tour of the T-3 site followed the meeting. Flights and Stalk sampling have been completed on all 92 fields in the watershed, the grower meeting will be held later this winter. A new contract with EDF has been signed for $5000 for the next year of the Adapt Network. The first quarterly report for the 319 grant has been submitted to IEPA. ISU students will be holding focus group meetings and conducting key informant interviews. Water customers lists have been received, just waiting on the Town of Normal. The shoreline and lunker project has been postponed until summer of 2015 due to the lake level. The restoration site project at t-3 is complete but the monitoring equipment still needs to be installed. Lakes Fest 2014 was held September 27th-28th at both lakes; there was a great turnout on Saturday but attendance was low Sunday. Plans for next year are to just hold the event on Saturday and include a high school fishing tournament. The next FOE meeting is November 13th at 6:30 at Davis Lodge with topics on exotic and invasive species.
~Old Business: N/A
~New Business: The next Board meeting was set for December 10th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the USDA Service Center with lunch at CJs immediately following. The meeting concluded at 8:25 a.m.