The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on September 9, 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 Sally Breese, Irvin Bane, Mikel Fonger, and Bev Miller. District employees present were Jackie Kraft, Ross Fogle and Stephanie Musselman. NRCS employees present were Kent Bohnhoff and Matt Bell.
~Financials/Minutes: August minutes, Irvin motioned, Sally seconded. Motion Carried. Sally made a motion to approve the September financials, Irvin seconded. Motion carried. Irvin motioned to approve the September checks, Mikel seconded. Motion carried.
~Bev gave her report as written. SWCDs are starting to be directly affected by the State Budget issues. SWCD employees will lose their health insurance effective September 30th. Governor Rauner signed SB 1672 which creates a state process that allows companies seeking an air quality permit to receive their decision within one year; previously a several year process through federal government. The WOTUS regulation went into effect August 28th in Illinois. A North Dakota Judge has temporarily blocked implementation for the 20 states who filed lawsuits. Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois has indicated he will be a co-sponsor of SB 1140, which would require the two federal agencies to withdraw the rule and start over. IL Farm Bureau has a document to assist farms in determining if their farm falls under this federal legislation.
~Kent gave his report as written. The new area structure is in effect as of August 24th; Mclean is now part of the new area 3. There are 9 CSP re-enrolls that have completed necessary verification and are ready for obligation the first quarter of FY 16. Most of the CSP contract reviews have been completed. There are 29 EQIP applications across all funding pools. Layout and design of projects will continue; 6 wetlands have been completed, 1 is in progress, and 3 new wetland applications have been turned in. CREP enrollment has been halted due to state budget issues. CRP re-enrollment has begun with around 220 re-enroll applications and continuous signup is ongoing with over 60 new applications.
~Ross gave his RC report as written. The CRP Contribution Agreement is underway with producer meetings. A new program is available for the contribution agreement; NRCS Client Gateway administrative assistance. There have been many new CRP applications worked on and submitted to FSA. Ross and Jackie have driven the pipeline and met with many producers to promote cover crops. Syngenta has granted us $25,000 to use as cost share assistance for producers who take part in cover crops after the pipeline. The Jim Rutherford Scholarship Golf Outing was held August 25th at Crestwicke County Club and raised $1,937.54. The CIG Two-Stage Ditch tour is scheduled for September 16th.
~Jackie gave her Watershed report as written. The coke wetland is finished; permission is still needed to access site for monitoring. Jackie is currently working with EDF to see if funding is available to continue the Adapt Network program next year. The Lake Bloomington Shoreline Project site showing was held August 26th; one bid was received, Bev made a motion to approve the bid placed by Boyle Excavating. Sally seconded. Motion approved. The project will start September 14th and be completed by October 16th. IEPA acknowledged they received the proposed 319 grant for $96,759 in funding. Jackie is working with IDNR and TNC on several grant funding opportunities for next year.
~Old Business: N/A
~New Business: The next Board Meeting was set for November 4, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service. The meeting concluded at 8:30 a.m.