January Minutes

Whitman Conservation District –Board of Supervisors Meeting

Thursday,   January 08, 2015         6:00p.m.             601 N Main Conference Room, Colfax, WA

 

The meeting of the Whitman Conservation District was brought to order at 6:00 p.m. by David Lange, Chair. 

Representing a quorum, present was:

 

Supervisors:  Rhod McIntosh, Cory Aeschliman, Walter Riley and Jan Turney.

 

District Staff:   Nancy Hoobler

Accountant:   Brandy Wigen

Commission Representative:  NA

NRCS Representative: NA

 

Guests: Chad Atkins and Mike Kuttle Jr from Department of Ecology, Sally Ousley, (the Gazette), Al Bruns, Kim Weerts, (WCCA), Tom Kammerzell and Kyle Harder. 

Guest Speakers:  Department of Ecology, Chad Atkins and Mike Kuttle presented a power point presentation on the changes in the Livestock and Water Quality program.  DOE staff will do their drive by assessments in March, focusing on the North and South Forks of the Palouse River and Big Alkali Creek in Whitman County.  They will return to the past sites that letters were sent to landowners in 2013.  They will use the 9 indicators to evaluate a site: (1) Bare ground and exposed soil; (2) Contaminated runoff; (3) Slumping stream banks and erosion (4)  Overgrazing of grasses; (5) Feeding near the water; (6) Absence of woody vegetation; (7) Manure accumulations; (8) Extended animal access to water; (9) Livestock paths and trails within riparian areas.  Discussion followed.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the December 11, 2014 meeting were reviewed and accepted.

Jan Turney moved to approve the December 11, 2014 minutes, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

 

Financial Report:

Brandy reviewed the profit and loss report and all attending supervisors signed the report.

Expense sheet for December; Checks numbered 6013-6025, including payroll and 1 EFT from December were reviewed totaling $21,019.95.

Rhod McIntosh moved to approve the December 2014 financial reports, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

 

Supervisors Report:

Walter Riley: Has been reading about new proposed legislation and contacting Legislatures with remarks about the proposed laws.

David Lange: NA

Jan Turney: NA

Cory Aeschliman reported he attended the Direct Seed Breakfast in Colfax.

Rhod McIntosh reported attending the Idaho Grazing Conference in Lewiston, ID, Steve VanVleet was a speaker talking about a grazing study being done in the Columbia Gorge.

 

Correspondence/District News:  

Season’s Greeting letter from Ag Forestry, email from Conservation Commission announcing the hiring of two new staff members, Job Announcement for Ag Forestry Foundation President, 2015 Forest Products Legislative Reception, Commission mileage rate updated to $.575 for 2015, Colfax Direct Seed Breakfast meeting January 14, Palouse-Rock Lake Annual Cooperator meeting January 13, NRCS seeking input until January 20th from farmers and the public on its rules for CSP, NSAC email promoting on-farm and rural renewable energy production and energy efficiency, WSCC Regional Managers location map, Enduris Financial Note and webinar announcement.

 

 

 

Coordinator Report:

Report for December/January 2014/15: Attended December’s Direct Seed Breakfast, balanced the Burn report spread sheet for payment to DOE, attended North Idaho Grazing Conference in Lewiston, ID, worked on election information, toured Community Club in LaCrosse for annual meeting, Direct Seed Conference registration complete, researched display boards for District, took some time off. 

 

Old Business:

  • Open Government Training: Supervisors met at office at 5pm on January 8, 2015 and completed the two Open Government Training class videos.
  • Dave Vogel’s email on Ecology’s Watershed Assessments: meeting with DOE was interesting, David Lange will write to Dave Vogel about his thoughts responding to comments about Water Quality Meetings.
  • Producer & Landowner Thinking Session:  Session was well attended, some comments made were Agencies that were available to help producers actually get in the way, compensation for land rental rates are not enough to compensate for exclusion and could tell which tables had mostly agency people at by their comments about producers needing to enroll into set aside programs.
  • Burn Financial Report:  Nancy reviewed the Delegation Order between DOE and Board of County Commissioners and the financial statement showing the breakdown of monies generated from burn permits.
  • Annual Meeting-Main speakers and what agencies to invite:  DOE Burn Team update, WA Dep. of Fish and Wildlife, and Palouse Land Trust, each will have 15 minutes to talk.  Put notice on Face Book page and in the Gazette.  Cory volunteered to be the facilitator.
  • Workshop:  February 6th in Colfax ATI Precision Ag workshop, put ad in paper and on Face Book, District will provide light refreshments and District information about cost share opportunities.  February 24th Livestock workshop in LaCrosse at Route 66 restaurant from 1pm to 3pm, Steve VanVleet will talk about training livestock to eat weeds in replacement of spraying.
  • Direct Seed Conference registration:  David Lange called Kay Myer about registering Nancy under his membership.  Kay was in agreement and registered Nancy.
  • Trailer:  Supervisors will look for a small self-contained trailer for District, not to exceed $1,000.00 for cost.
  • Display Board for District:  Board agreed to let Nancy research and purchase a small display board for District use.

Jan Turney moved to approve the purchase of a display board not to exceed $300.00, Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

New Business:

  • Cost Share:  Tom Kammerzell’s cost share application for vegetative planting was presented to the Board.

Cory Aeschliman moved to approve Tom Kammerzell’s cost share application, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

  • 5 Year & Annual Plan review date: The Board decided to hold the work session the third week of February, preferably on February 17th, Nancy is to check with Ray Ledgerwood to see what day he is available.
  • Pickup report:  Nancy reported the front seat belts in the pickup are not working.  Stopped at Jim’s Service Center to have it checked out.  Cost estimate is $260 to $300 for repairs.

Cory Aeschliman moved to have the repairs to seat belts done, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

  • Colfax Comprehensive Plan 2015 Update:  Board directed Nancy to fill out questioner and submit it.
  • Operating Budget-Mark Clarks email and webinar tomorrow:  Board members will not be available to attend the webinar. 
  • State Wildlife Action Plan Revision:  Nancy reported that the plan is on line, had forward the information to Board members for their review and comments.
  • Whitman County “Draft” Shoreline Master Program; Copy is on line to review, there is a copy in the office for review if needed.
  • Elections:  Period for applications to be accepted will close on January 13th.

 

Agency Reports:

NRCS- Rich Edlund’s report was handed out and reviewed.  The report discussed the CSP renewals for expiring CSP contracts; EQIP new and old totaled 55 applications, consideration of a July 2015 cutoff for the 2016 EQIP signup.  Local Conservation Districts have been asked to take the lead from NRCS this year.  Cory Aeschliman has agreed to represent the District.

WSCC- Ray Ledgerwood:  emailed the WSCC District Operations Quick Notes summering activities for January through March with reminders about Cultural Resources Policy Comments Due by February 27th, reminder about the required Open Government Training, 2015 Election reminders and other information.

 

 The next regular Board meeting will be on February 12, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at The Community Club, 500 S Main, LaCrosse, WA.

 

There being no further business Cory Aeschliman motioned and Jan Turney seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:40 p.m., motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

 

 

 

Motion Recap:

Jan Turney moved to approve the December 11, 2014 minutes, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Rhod McIntosh moved to approve the December 2014 financial reports, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Jan Turney moved to approve the purchase of a display board not to exceed $300.00, Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Cory Aeschliman moved to approve Tom Kammerzell’s cost share application, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Cory Aeschliman moved to have the repairs to seat belts done, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Cory Aeschliman motioned and Jan Turney seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:40 p.m., motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

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Nancy Hoobler, Natural Resource Coordinator                     David Lange, Chair

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