The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on November 9, 2016 at the USDA Service Center, 402 N. Kays Drive, Normal. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Mike Kelley at 7:30 a.m.. Directors present were Sally Breese, Mikel Fonger and Howard Heatherwick. District employees present were Jackie Kraft and Stephanie Musselman.
~Financials/Minutes: September minutes, Howard motioned, Sally seconded. Motion Carried. Mikel made a motion to approve the financials, Howard seconded. Motion carried. Sally made a motion to approve the November checks for payment. Mikel seconded. Motion carried. Sally made a motion to approve the Annual Financial Report. Howard seconded. Motion carried.
~Jackie gave the Watershed report as written. The IEPA 319 grant has been received, waiting on a signed contract back from IEPA. Spaid’s wetlands have been completed, just need payment approval for the remaining balance due to Spaid and crop damage due to Spaid’s tenant. The final report for the IEPA 319 grant Social Indicator Survey has been submitted, just waiting on reimbursement for work performed. The city council approved the Evergreen Lake Campground Project on 10/10/16. Shambaugh Drainage Corp. got the bid at $29,400 and the project will begin November 7th. Jackie applied for a Fishers & Farmers Grant for a project on Six Mile Creek on the Kelley Family Farm. Jackie is assisting Dr Maria Boerngen and Ben Marks from ISU on a research project regarding nutrient loss. Lake Bloomington was selected for a National Water Quality Initiative Pilot grant. Jackie partnered with Farm Bureau on a nutrient stewardship grant for nitrate testing in Evergreen Lake watershed. The Friends of EverBloom annual meeting will be November 17th at Davis Lodge. Jackie will now be serving as treasurer of FOE.
~ Stephanie gave the District report as written. The fall fish sale profited $838.98 and the fall tree sale profited $1,396.20. The NRCS Assistance Agreement has kept Stephanie busy creating and sending deferral letters to producers. The landuse judging contest was held September 27th and had 65 competitors from 9 schools. Brochures for the CIG Two Stage Ditch have been sent to the printer, once returned they will be mailed. Year two for the pipeline cover crop program has begun. We have received 10 applications and all funds will be expended. We have been working with the landuse council to create a plan to divide funds for FY17. All districts will receive a base allocation of $22,680.41, remaining funds will then be distributed to each landuse council. Our landuse plan allocates $12,000 to each district and then divides funds based on the number of employees at each location.
~ NRCS report. No report was given.
~Old Business: Mike Kelley volunteered to serve on the Precision Conservation Management hiring board.
~New Business: The next Board Meeting was set for December 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the USDA Service Center. The meeting concluded at 9:30 a.m.