The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on February 10, 2016 following the Annual Meeting 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, Sally Breese, and Howard Heatherwick. District employees present were Jackie Kraft and Stephanie Musselman. NRCS employee present was Matt Bell.
~Financials/Minutes: December minutes, Sally motioned, Howard seconded. Motion Carried. Irvin made a motion to approve the January financials, Howard seconded. Motion carried. Sally made a motion to approve the February checks for payment. Irvin seconded. Motion carried.
~Jackie gave the Watershed report as written. The signs will be installed this spring for the Lake Bloomington Shoreline project. Waiting to hear on the IEPA 319 and Fishers & Farmers grants. Final approval for the T-2 site at Evergreen Lake has been received and the project will take place this summer. The construction at Spaid’s wetlands has been delayed due to weather and will now begin this spring as conditions are fit. Jackie and Mike met with Bob Yehl, the new water director, and Rick Twait to discuss the agreement between the SWCD and the City of Bloomington and the work being done in the watersheds.
~ Stephanie gave the District report as written. Winter newsletters have been sent out and will reach approximately 1650 people in the mail and were emailed. The cost to print and mail them was $1,575.30. The Fish and Tree sale order forms were included in the newsletters, mailed to the fish/tree mailing list, and emailed. The Pheasants Forever seed sale has 14 orders so far. The Contractor’s Breakfast will be held March 8th at 8:00 a.m. at Davis Lodge, Martin Equipment is sponsoring. The Pond Management Clinic will be held at Davis Lodge on March 15th with Mike Garthaus Presenting. Conservation Day preparation has begun, the event will be May 5th at the Interstate Center. Registration has been sent to teachers and volunteers. Letters and checks have been sent to those who participated in the Pipeline Cover Crop Program in the fall. There will be a Cover Crop Meeting March 31st at the Lexington Community Center at 9 am.
~Old Business: N/A
~New Business: A plat book will be donated to Lexington FFA for their Auction. The next Board Meeting was set for March 9, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service Center. The meeting concluded at 8:45 a.m.