The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on March 11, 2015 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, Sally Breese and Beverly Miller. District employees present were Jackie Kraft, Ross Fogle and Stephanie Musselman. NRCS employees present were Kent Bohnhoff and Matt Bell.
~Financials/Minutes: February minutes, Irvin motioned, Sally seconded. Motion carried.
Beverly made a motion to approve the March financials, Irvin seconded. Motion carried. Irvin made a motion to pay all outstanding checks, Mikel seconded. Motion carried.
~Bev gave her report as written. Phillip Nelson has been named the new IDO Director. Governor Rauner gave budget address on Feb. 18th. There will be major spending cuts in Medicaid, Pensions, 31% for higher education (which hurt ISU locally) and there is a $6 billion budget deficit. Rauner faces a major challenge with both the House and Senate being controlled by democrats by super majority. The General Assembly will not begin budget hearings and negotiate with a May 31st deadline for adjournment. This will help give a blueprint of a possible final budget.
~Kent gave his report as written. A new area structure proposed with 4 areas instead of 5; McLean and Livingston counties will be combined. There are 22 new applications for CSP and 10 potential re-enrolls for 2016. There is one contract left to have payment processed in 2015. Two application cutoffs are planned for EQIP; November 21 and January 16 with funding cutoffs January 9 and March 6. Three applications being considered for first cutoff and 2 have been preapproved. Will continue to work on layout and design of projects with applications. Six wetlands have been completed and one in progress with a couple new applications.
~Ross gave his RC report as written. Mike O’Neil’s WASCOBs have been paid. The rest of FY13 funds and FY14 funds will be used for Robert Klemm’s waterway project which construction has been completed on. Can be paid after seeding. CREP site visits will be finished as weather gets nice. There are 435 students signed up for Conservation Day, May 14th. Pheasants Forever paid for a third and CREP paid for half of the CRP Newsletter. Many have expressed their interest in enrolling land into CRP. The Contractor’s Breakfast will be April 7th at Davis Lodge, Martin’s will be sponsoring again. The Pond and Land Management Meeting will be March 17th at Davis Lodge. Don Rosenboom share his results for the Two Stage Ditch. Looking into a new program similar to Chick-It-Out with Pheasants.
~Jackie gave her Watershed report as written. The Crump wetland construction is complete except for some tiling and seeding. Construction on the Coke wetland will take place when weather conditions improve. A new contract has been signed with TNC to continue outreach for the MRDWP and wetlands. 2015 Adapt Network applications are available and will be sent to last year’s participants. The goal for 2015 is 88 fields in the watershed with 10 strip trials. Attended Village of Towanda and Hudson board meetings with Dr. Brehm to present survey procedure that students will conduct. Also working with City of Blm to include information in Bloomington resident’s water bills.
~Old Business: N/A
~New Business: The next Board Meeting was set for April 8, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service. The meeting concluded at 8:40 a.m.