The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on June 8, 2016 at the USDA Service Center, 402 N. Kays Drive, Normal. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Mike Kelley. Directors present were Irvin Bane, Mikel Fonger and Howard Heatherwick. District employees present were Jackie Kraft and Stephanie Musselman. No NRCS employees were present.
~Financials/Minutes: April minutes, Howard motioned, Irvin seconded. Motion Carried. Howard made a motion to approve the June financials, Mikel seconded. Motion carried. Irvin made a motion to approve the June checks for payment. Mikel 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 grant, however we did hear back that we did not receive the Fishers & Farmers grant but will reapply the same projects this year. Construction for the T-2 Site at Evergreen Lake is planned for this summer. Construction of Spaid’s wetlands is also planned for this summer and the tile is scheduled to be installed in June. The SWCD will be jointly hosting a NRLS meeting with Dewitt SWCD this summer. Water testing continues this month in conjunction with IL Corn Growers. Jackie has started the application process for phase 2 of the IEPA 319 grant project which regards the social indicator survey and focuses on education and outreach. Conservation Family Day will be June 18th at Comlara Park. The monitoring equipment has been installed in all locations on Money Creek to assist the ISU graduate student with his Hydrology project. On June 9th, Jackie will be hosting a group of Russian soil scientists at Time Kraft’s wetland. The SWCD has partnered with American Farmland Trust, Openlands, and the Nature Conservancy on a CIG grant for learning circle meetings for lady landowners. Upcoming field days include: Soil Health Partnership June 30th, Soil Health Partnership August 15th, IDOA Field Day August 31st.
~ Stephanie gave the District report as written. Spring fish, tree, bare root, and seed sales have been completed and profited as follows: Fish $1,641.84, Tree $1,722.43, Bare Root Trees $987.11, Pheasants Forever Seed $9,835.04, QUGA Seed $1,454. Plat Book sales are still going strong, 35 of the 50 recently ordered have been sold with a spring profit so far of $459.30 and total profit of $3,156.95. Stephanie volunteered at the State Envirothon on April 28th because they were short on help. Conservation Day was May 5th at the Interstate Center, 418 students attended. Stephanie has now taken over control of the SWCD website and has made many updates, including a photo gallery.
~ Eric gave the NRCS report. Eric was unable to attend the board meeting but submitted a report as follows. The Lake Clinton MRBI will receive around $200,000 in Eqip funding, there are 4 applications ready for consideration for the June 24th funding decision. The Vermilion Headwaters received $300,000 in Eqip funding, 8 applications were approved April 29th and 9 applications will be ready for the June 24th funding decision. There were 28 applications ranked for the General CSP signup, just waiting to hear which were selected for funding. Forty five contracts were up for CSP renewal, 41 of which filed applications by the March 31st deadline, application processing will begin in July. Gene Barickman has been reassigned as the State Resource Conservationist starting May 31st and Paul Hingson will be the acting ASTC Area 3 for the next 120 days to cover Gene’s old position.
~Old Business: N/A
~New Business: The next Board Meeting was set for July 13, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service Center. The meeting concluded at 8:45 a.m.