The Board of Directors of the McLean County SWCD had their regular meeting on December 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the USDA Service Center, 402 N. Kays Drive, Normal. The meeting was called to order by Mike Kelley, Chairman. Directors present were Mikel Fonger, Irvin Bane, Sally Breese and Beverly Miller. District employees present were Jackie Kraft, Ross Fogle and Stephanie Musselman. NRCS employee present was Matt Bell. Guests present were Joy Bybee, IDOA Regional Representative, Jerry Martoglio, FOE, and Randy McCormack.
~Financials/Minutes: November minutes, Bev motioned, Sally seconded. Motion carried.
Irvin made a motion to approve the December financials, Sally seconded. Motion carried. Irvin made a motion to pay all outstanding checks, Mikel seconded. Motion carried.
~Additional Approvals: Mikel made a motion to transfer $1,824.31 to the General Account because the checks for MRV account were too old, Bev seconded. Motion Carried. Sally made a motion to pay Mike O’Neil the $1,824.31 transferred to the General Account for his basins, Irvin seconded. Motion carried. Irvin made a motion to preapprove Mike O’Neil’s payment of $3,632.76 for his WASCOBs, Bev seconded. Motion carried. Sally made a motion to preapprove payment received from IDOA of $6,000.00 to Dave Feese for his SSRP project.
~Bev gave her report as written. Bruce Rauner was elected Governor and will take office in January. The IL General Assembly concluded their fall veto session on December 3rd. Senate passed legislation to increase minimum wage to $11 over a 3 year period, however the House adjourned on December 3rd and did not vote. Governor Quinn may call a special session to deal with the issue. Chicago Mayor Emanuel also recently pushed through a $13/hr minimum wage hike by the year 2019. The General Assembly passed SB 172, which changes the Election Law allowing voters to register to vote on Election Day at their polling place as well as online and through a mobile app but will not be effective until the 2016 Presidential election.
~Kent submitted his written report, Matt discussed. All but two of the CSP 2010 contracts have chosen to extend their contracts; 46/48 will attempt to reenroll. Interviews will take place in November, with obligations to be completed by December 15th. The CSP contract holders are being contacted to determine if they want their payment for 2014 to be in December or January. A few EQIP applications have been canceled the rest are moving ahead, cutoffs are November 21st and January 16th with funding cutoffs January 9th and March 6th. Continuing to work on layout and design of projects with applications. There are 5 wetlands completed and 2 others in progress. CRP ha continuous signup with quite a few new applications.
~Ross gave his RC report as written. Will be using $3632.76 of FY13 PFC funds for Mike O’Neil’s WASCOBS, and $3267.24 for Robert Klemm’s waterway project. The $7,600 for FY14 will be used for Robert Klemm’s project also and must be completed by May 21, 2015. Working with the CREP specialist on site visits to meet DNR contract. A letter has been sent to businesses for potential sponsorship for the SWCD newsletter. Dave Feese’s SSRP project has been completed $6,000 has been preapproved to be received from IDOA. Additions and Corrections to the website need made. Ross surveyed a CRP waterway for NRCS. The Sportsmen’s Club Banquet will be February 7th and donation for the banquet was approved. A fruit tree donation for the PAL COUNCIL was also approved.
~Jackie gave her Watershed report as written. The Crump wetland has been designed and is waiting for construction which will likely be in spring of next year. The Coke wetland will be constructed on City property near the tile research site and funded entirely by Coke and private funding. Tree and brush removal will happen this winter. Working with Don Brucker to set a meeting date for the Adapt Network grower results. A new contract with EDF has been signed for $5,000 for the next year of Adapt Network. ISU students will be presenting their findings from the focus groups and individual key informant interviews on December 9th. The shoreline and lunker project has been postponed to summer 2015 due to the lake level and upcoming bridge project at Evergreen Lake. Tree and brush removal will take place before March 31st to avoid bat problems. A $20,000 grant has been received from Friends of Reservoirs to place riffles in Tributary 2 at Evergreen Lake. The estimated cost is $71,900 and Wayne will be overseeing the project.
Joe Bybee: Joe updated the board on a couple subjects. In 2015 SWCDs will use their Transect Survey routes to collect cover crop data in March. New Long Rang Plans need to be in place, the previous was from the early 1990s. SWCDs will be able to assist NRCS with their new RCPP program.
~Old Business: N/A
~New Business: The next Board meeting was set for January 14, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service Center with lunch at CJs immediately following. The meeting concluded at 11:30 a.m.