September Minutes

Whitman Conservation District –Board of Supervisors Meeting

Thursday,   September 11, 2014          7:07p.m.             601 N Main Conference Room, Colfax, WA

 

The meeting of the Whitman Conservation District was brought to order at 7:20 p.m. by Cory Aeschliman, Vice-Chair. 

Representing a quorum, present was:

 

Supervisors:  Walter Riley and Jan Turney.

 

District Staff:   Nancy Hoobler

Accountant:   Brandy Wigen

Commission Representative:

NRCS Representative:

 

Guests: Dave Vogel WACD, Benjamin P Derrick, Great Palouse Meat Producers, Debbie & Dan Snyder, WCA producer & guest.

Guest Speakers:  Cory Aeschliman welcomed Dave to the meeting.  Dave commented he was in the area and was here to listen and learn what the WCD was doing.  Dave talked about the future of the WACD Conference and why and how locations were selected.  Also, he explained why there is only one charge for the conference.  He would like feedback from board members with ideas on how to reduce conference costs.  Dave explained how dues were calculated. Brandy handed Dave the check to pay the WCD dues.  Dave talked about his letter to the Governor.  He hopes there will be a Capital Budget awarded to the Commission.

Benjamin Derrick talked about the Greater Palouse Meat Producers Steering Committee.  This Committee was formed to pursue the possibility of building a local meat-processing facility which will be inspected by USDA.  Benjamin invited the group to the Grant Kick-off meeting on October 17th at Erie’s Steakhouse, 2305 Nez Perce Drive, Lewiston, ID, 5:30pm until 8pm.  He would like to have the District help with getting the word out and will email Nancy more information.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the July 10, 2014 meeting were reviewed and accepted.

Jan Turney moved to approve the July 10, 2014 minutes, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

 

Financial Report:

Expense sheet for August; Checks numbered 5969-5982, including payroll and 1 EFT from August were reviewed. Check # 5983 was voided.  Checks written # 5984-5990, including payroll and one EFT reviewed.  Bank statements had not been received by Board meeting.

US Checking account balances at

Umpqua Money Market balance to date is $71,197.10.

Sterling Checking balance is $328.85

Walter Riley moved to approve the August and September 2014 financial reports, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

 

Supervisors Report:

Walter Riley:  Walter and partner Don Hutsell of Ritzville, were inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame on August 9, 2014

David Lange: Sent a letter stating he attended a CREP webinar and what comments were made and his thoughts and concerns.

Jan Turney: worked on financial reports in August and helped with the fair booth on September 6th.

Cory Aeschliman: reported harvest is finished and now seeding has started.

Rhod McIntosh: NA

 

 

 

 

Correspondence/District News:

  • Tory, FSA manager, last day will be September 18th, there will be an open house held at the Colfax FSA office from 10 am to 4:30 pm, the public is invited.  Tory is going home to farm.  *Financial training reminder. *Letter from Enduris for continued membership and coverage information.  *Receipt of WCD 2014 Annual Report.  *Dave Vogel’s letter to Governor Inslee.  *Information about WACD Education Auction and registration packet.  *TSP Task Order webinar, Sept. 25.  *Letter from Miranda Wecker, F&W Commission.  *WSCC invited to join and dues amount.  *WACD Report on July 16 Ecology Ag/Water Quality Advisory Committee.  *Cultural Resource Memo.  *Financial Training Reminder.  *WACD Election Report Recommendations.  *Local Food System Survey.

 

Coordinator Report:

  • July report:  First of year reports sent to Commission, utility trailer cleaned out and all surpluses equipment sold and picked up.  Compound at NRCS cleaned and remaining equipment organized. Worked on Certification Plan for NRCS and the Harder plan, Harder plan is on the CPDS.  Attended Palouse Conservation Forum, discussed RCPP grant proposal.  Met with U of I student and professor about satellite images and burning.
  • August report:  Worked on certification plan and investigated options for funding, took pickup to Les Swab to repair flat tire, started issuing burn permits, met with Kyle Harder concerning his project, fair planning and will work on Saturday, September 6th, report to Jerry H to be presented at Commission meeting, participated in NACD Webinar.

Old Business:

  • Budget reduction: Based on the Commissions data review; Scenario 2 @ 16.46% for both SCC & CD was the popular choice.  Other two scenarios tied.
  • South East Area Meeting:  St. Patrick’s Catholic Church has been reserved for the meeting, choice of menu was reviewed, Walter wants beef sandwiches, Dan Snyder can get the beef, Nancy will check with Font’s to see if they are in agreement.  Registration packets will be sent out by Tuesday.
  • Palouse Empire Fair:  Space reserved, date to decorate has been set, Nancy will work on Saturday, September 6th from 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Spring 2014 Burn Report:  Check to DOE was mailed in August.  Producers are starting to come in for burn permits.
  • 2013 WACD Annual Awards nominations:  There are a number of different awards available.

   Jan Turney moved to nominate Rhod McIntosh for the Vim Wright award, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

  • DNR Grant for timber management:  Tabled till next meeting
  • Financial Training Road Trip:  Brandy and Jan are interested in attending; date is Oct. 1st in Dayton, WA.  Nancy will forward the information to them.

Walter Riley moved to send Jan and Brandy to the financial meeting, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

New Business:

  • Elections:  Jan Turney and David Lange will be up for appointment and election.  At October meeting need to do a Resolution setting the time line.
  • Jack Ensley’s question to the board:  Jack brought in a picture showing straw baled and ready for shipment out of the field.  He is concerned about the removal of residue from the field and wanted to know the Boards position.  The Board expressed no opinion on the removal of residue from the field; it is a landowner’s decision. 
  • CREP statewide webinar:  David Lange and Nancy joined the webinar.  David sent a letter to the Board with his evaluation of the event and his conversation with Ray Ledgerwood the next day.
  • Commission Local Food System Survey:  The Board asked Nancy to find out more information and then go on line and do the survey.
  • Time off:  Nancy asked to take four days off starting September 29th and will return on October 6th.

Walter Riley moved to approve Nancy’s leave request, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

Agency Reports:

NRCS- Rich Edlund emailed his report covering the CSP expiring 2010 contracts, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program and the General CRP contracts that were expiring.

WSCC- Ray Ledgerwood:  emailed the WSCC District Operations Quick Notes summering activities to the end of the year and summarized the Commission hot topics.

 

 The next regular Board meeting will be on October 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at 601 N Main, Colfax, WA.

 

There being no further business Walter Riley motioned and Jan Turney seconded to adjourn the meeting at 10:40 p.m., motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

 

Motion Recap:

Jan Turney moved to approve the July 10, 2014 minutes, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Walter Riley moved to approve the August and September 2014 financial reports, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Jan Turney moved to nominate Rhod McIntosh for the Vim Wright award, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Walter Riley moved to send Jan and Brandy to the financial meeting, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Walter Riley moved to approve Nancy’s leave request, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Walter Riley motioned and Jan Turney seconded to adjourn the meeting at 10:40 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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