The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular board meeting on March 8, 2017 at the USDA Service Center, 402 N. Kays Drive, Normal. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Mike Kelley at 7:32 a.m.. Directors present were Sally Breese, Mike Fonger, Irvin Bane, and Howard Heatherwick. District employees present were Jackie Kraft and Stephanie Musselman. NRCS employee present was Matt Bell.
~Financials/Minutes: February minutes, Irvin motioned, Sally seconded. Motion Carried. Mike made a motion to approve the financials, Howard seconded. Motion carried. Irvin made a motion to approve the March checks for payment. Sally seconded. Motion carried.
~Jackie gave the Watershed report as written. The IEPA 319 grant proposal with BCS, LLC has 850 acres enrolled to date and a field day is planned for June 27th at the BCS Arrowsmith plant. Payment for the IEPA 319 Social Indicator Survey grant has been received. Awaiting notification for the Fishers & Farmers grant if funding will allow project to be funded. A total of 16 tile locations have been located and testing will begin soon for the nitrate testing grant in Evergreen Lake watershed that we have partnered with Farm Bureau on. Jackie met with the NRCS state office to review deliverables for the National Water Quality Initiative Pilot. There will be an outreach meeting at Davis Lodge soon. A site showing for the Picnic Area Shoreline Project at Evergreen Lake was held February 22nd with a project start date of September 18th. Three bids were received after the site showing. The project will involved shoreline protection on five reaches around the picnic area. Jackie ask the board to pick one of the bids for the site showing. Howard made a motion to choose Boyle Excavating as they were low bid. Irvin seconded. Motion carried. Jackie has been working with TNC and ISU to mail out a watershed survey to 179 landowners/producers in both watersheds to gather baseline date, attitudes, and opinions of conservation practices.
~ Stephanie gave the District report as written. The District has continued to be busy assisting NRCS with CSP payments. Work on the CRP contribution agreement has also begun. The district newsletter has been mailed out. We used Darnall Printing & Signmaking’s mailing services for the first time. The fish sale is in full swing, to date we have 14 orders with a profit of $385.70. The Prairie Plant sale has also begun, to date we have 3 orders with a profit of $47. We are also participating in the Pheasants Forever seed sale this spring and have 2 orders so far with a profit of $272.80. The LUC6 funding plan was approved and the check has been received along with the other state funds. We received $22,680.41 from state funds and $15,025.18 from LUC6 plan for operations, along with $15,000 in CPP funds for use in the NLRS Watersheds.
~Eric gave the NRCS report. No NRCS report was given.
~New Business: The next Board Meeting was set for April 12, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service Center. The meeting concluded at 8:20 a.m.