The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on June 10, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service Center, 402 N. Kays Drive, Normal. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Mikey Kelley. Directors present were Irvin Bane, Mikel Fonger and Beverly Miller. District employees present were Jackie Kraft, Ross Fogle and Stephanie Musselman. NRCS employee present was Kent Bohnhoff.
~Financials/Minutes: March minutes, Irvin motioned, Bev seconded. Motion Carried. Bev made a motion to approve the April financials since there was not a quorum at the April meeting, Irvin seconded. Motion carried. Irvin made a motion to approve the April minutes, Mikel seconded. Motion carried. Mikel motioned to approve the June financials, Bev seconded. Motion carried. Irvin made a motion to approve the June checks, Bev seconded. Motion carried.
~Bev gave her report as written. A $36.3 billion budget was passed on May 31st but it was acknowledge that spending outpaces revenue by at least $3 billion. The Governor indicated he would veto the unbalanced budget. The State’s new fiscal year begins July 1st, if the budget is vetoed it will be more challenging to pay the state’s bills and providers. The IL Farm Bureau is disappointed in the final ruling governing the “Waters of the US” and believes it will cause confusion and issues for farmers. Farm Bureau plans to lobby for passage of legislation to require the ruling to be withdrawn and rewritten.
~Kent gave his report as written. A new area structure proposed with 4 areas instead of 5; McLean and Livingston counties will be combined, just waiting for the final sign off. There are 18 CSP producers who have completed the interview process with 3 being preapproved of the 16 eligible. There are also 10 potential reenrolls for 2016. There are 3 EQIP applications being considered for the January 9th cutoff and 2 have becomes contracts. Wetland layout and design will continue; 6 have been completed and 1 is in progress. CRP sign up is continuous and ongoing. FSA is out of field boarders across the state; existing contracts can still be renewed.
~Ross gave his RC report as written. All FY14 and FY15 cost share has been spent, Robert Klemm has been paid. A new SSRP application was submitted but SSRP funding is frozen. Conservation day saw 481 students. Jr Women’s Club, Mclean County Pheasants Forever and McLean County Sportsmen’s Association sponsored. We sponsored the Chick It Out program by donated 144 pheasants to schools, we were not able to attend schools but would like to start our own program next year. Earth Express saw 731 students at 12 schools. Benjamin Elementary entered our poster contest and awards were delivered to the school. Conservation Family Day will be June 20th at Comlara. Tree Sale went well, gave one refund. Steve Musselman donated his truck and trailer to pick up the potted trees and Woodford County paid us to deliver their trees. The Transect Survey took three days to complete, a vehicle was rented, and we are looking for sponsor for years to come. Corn Belters Stadium is allowing us to have a pollinator plot on display, weather has kept us from planting. Documents have been submitted for the CRP contribution agreement, we have declined the client gateway contribution agreement.
~Jackie gave her Watershed report as written. The Crump wetland is complete. The Coke wetland construction is complete but still needs to be seeded. The next Landowner Advisory Group meeting for the Mackinaw River Drinking Watershed Project will be held June 29th. Producers in both watershed who have previously participated in the Adapt Network will be contacted about reenrolling their fields and will be allowed two fields at no charge, this will be the last year the program is funded through the CIG. The ISU students have completed the drop off and pick up of the IEPA 319 grant surveys to City of Bloomington water residents. There was great response and the results will be incorporated into the watershed plans and outreach and education programs will be developed. Discussions are ongoing with the City, County and Town for the Watershed Intergovernmental Agreement.
~Old Business: N/A
~New Business: The next Board Meeting was set for July 8, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service. The meeting concluded at 9:00 a.m.