The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on September 14, 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 Irvin Bane, Sally Breese, Mikel Fonger and Howard Heatherwick. District employees present were Jackie Kraft and Stephanie Musselman. NRCS employee present were Eric McTaggart and Matt Bell.
~Financials/Minutes: August minutes, Irvin motioned, Sally seconded. Motion Carried. Howard made a motion to approve the financials, Irvin seconded. Motion carried. Irvin made a motion to approve the September checks for payment. Howard seconded. Motion carried. Howard mad a motion to approve payment of the SWCD Insurance Administrative invoice. Sally seconded. Motion carried.
~Jackie gave the Watershed report as written. There still has been no official word on the IEPA 319 grant funding. Spaid’s three wetlands have been constructed. The requirements for 6 constructed wetlands in the watershed through the CIG that TNC received have been completed. Jackie attended the Greenways Committee meeting. The committee is requesting assistance on developing a watershed plan for Sugar Creek Watershed. The Evergreen Lake Campground Shoreline project starts Friday with bid collection. Jacking is working with the county highway department to haul rock for the project. Lakes Fest at Comlara Park and Fish Fry Fundraiser will be Sept. 17th. Sept. 24th there will be a high school fishing tournament at Evergreen Lake. The FFA Section 9 soil judging contest will be held Sept. 27th.
~ Stephanie gave the District report as written. The fall fish and tree sales have now begun. Fish sale pick up will be October 12 at 8 am and tree sale pick up will be October 19 from 8 am – 4:30 pm. The CRP Contribution Subagreement has been finalized with NRCS. The agreement will now run though Sept. 30, 2017. Stephanie has sent an amended plant to include reenrolls for next year. The first payment from the NRCS Assistance Agreement has been received and August invoice has been sent. The Jim Rutherford Scholarship Golf Outing was held August 23rd at Crestwicke Country Club; 8 teams and 30 golfers attended. The Final Report for the CIG Two Stage Ditch has been sent and funding requested. So far, 4 applications have been received for the Pipeline Cover Crop Program.
~ NRCS report. CRP plans have gone back to FSA. The 25 million acre cap has been reached for CRP acres, which means some CRP plans may be terminated even though they have been turned in. a National Water Quality Initiative Pilot grant has been submitted for Lake Bloomington to focus on nitrate and phosphate reduction.
~New Business: The next Board Meeting was set for November 9, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service Center. The meeting concluded at 8:35 a.m.