April Minutes

Whitman Conservation District –Board of Supervisors Meeting

Thursday,   April 08, 2015     7:02 p.m.   601 N Main #A,  Colfax, WA

 

The meeting of the Whitman Conservation District was brought to order at 7:02 p.m. by David Lange, Chair. 

Representing a quorum, present was:

 

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

 

District Staff:   Nancy Hoobler

Accountant:  

Commission Representative:  NA

NRCS Representative: NA

 

Guests:  Tom Riedner, Doreen Riedner, Robert Pierson, Joe Evans, Fran Maki, Steve Maki, Bill Evans, Sarah Arnesen and Bryan Jones

Guest Speaker:  Walter Riley welcomed and thanked the landowner/producers from Big Alkali Flat Creek for attending the meeting.  Walter explained the water sampling process proposed to start on April 9, 2015.  The monitoring will be conducted by the Districts employee, Nancy Hoobler.  Discussion was about where samples would be taken, which months sampling would be done, who would review the sample results/information and cost per sample.  It was decided that a sample should be taken somewhere near the Corp of Engineers new riparian renovation.

David Lange motioned to have the District pay for the sample at Corp fence, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Minutes:

The minutes of the March 12, 2015 meeting were reviewed and accepted.

Jan Turney moved to approve the March 12, 2015 minutes, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

 

Financial Report:

Jan reported the Umpqua account is only a savings account.  Jan reported that Brandy purchased the updated Quickbooks program and needed reimbursed.

Jan Turney moved to reimburse Brandy for the purchase of the Quick Books program, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Jan reviewed the profit and loss report and all supervisors signed the report.

Expense sheet for March; Checks numbered 6056-6068, including payroll, 2 void checks and 1 EFT were reviewed totaling $5,196.39.

Walter Riley moved to approve the March 2015 financial reports, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

 

Supervisors Report:

Walter Riley:  Called all producer/landowners on Big Alkali Flat Creek to see if there was interest and get verbal ok to monitoring on property.  Out of 42 landowner/producers, 40 were interested, agreed to pay the $15.00 per sample and gave the OK to monitor.

David Lange: Discussed John Pearson’s email and flier.

Jan Turney:  No report

Cory Aeschliman: no report

Rhod McIntosh attended the S&R meeting in Ellensburg.

 

Correspondence/District News:  The WA Conservation Commission sent out for review the draft 3-1 SCC Grant Contract Procedure Manual; memo from Enduris announcing candidates for two Director positions; WA Conservation Commission sent out the 2015-2017 Capital Budget Comparison for review; WSU Extension alert about Blackleg confirmed in North Idaho canola fields; NACD Board Briefs; announcement from Mark Clark, Commission Executive Director, about the Tribal Outreach and Partnership Training Seminar; a flier and email from the Northwest Center to Alternatives to Pesticides informing the public about observing the no-spray buffers along designated salmon-bearing streams; Announcement about the AgForestry Leadership graduation ceremony and luncheon; a letter encouraging the District to pay dues to the AgForestry Leadership program; a seeding guide from PGG seeds; Information from Jim Church, U of I Extension, regarding Northern Idaho Alfalfa Variety Trials and yield data.

 

 

Natural Resources Coordinator Report:

Election process for Jan’s position was explained; 11 spot burn permits and 9 field burn permits issued; 5th grade planting in LaCrosse and W&F presentation was a success; two people bought plants and 2 more are interested in buying more; on April 24th there will be a meeting with the Whitman County planner, DOE, Fish & Wildlife, CD’s and NRCS; took CREP Coordinator Brian Cochrane on a tour of the District, especially Penewawa Creek and talked about extending the maintenance contract on the planting; met with Fish and Wildlife, WA DOT wildlife biologist and producer to talk about solutions for deer collisions on HWY 26; applied for WADE scholarship; received the NRCS Planners certificate of completion; met with the Small Farms workshop planning group to discuss applying for a SARE grant; on the list to attend the NRCS workshop on designing fences, ordered and picked up District name signs for pickup; received a WADE scholarship for this year’s conference;  received permission to take April 22 off from work.

 

Old Business:

  • Alkali Flat Creek monitoring program: discussion continued covering the purpose for monitoring is to get a base line to document stream conditions.
  • Local Work Group meeting: Walter Riley and Steve Maki will consider attending as livestock representatives depending on their work schedule that day.
  • Trailer:  David parked the trailer behind the office, Nancy will take it to NRCS to load shovels and other equipment and then it will be ready to go when needed.
  • Commission Wish list award: Was awarded $650.00 for a new printer and $5,000.00 to cover office expenses.  Brandy recommended purchasing a printer similar to the printer she used for her business.  The Board asked Brandy to order a similar printer for the office and pay for it with the awarded funds. 

 

New Business:

  • Intern:  Nancy introduced Sarah Arnesen.  Sarah is interested in joining the District as an Intern next fall and has offered to volunteer to help on projects this spring.  Sarah is attending WSU and will be a senior fall of 2015.  She hopes to study law and become an Agricultural lawyer.
  • Cost Share application approval for Jason Monson:  Nancy visited the field where the equipment was being used, took pictures and got a very interesting explanation as to how the spray equipment works.

Rhod McIntosh moved to approve the cost share payment, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

  • Transparency Tube:  Nancy asked the Board permission to purchase a transparency tube to monitor for turbidity on Big Alkali Flat Creek.

Rhod moved to buy the transparency tube, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

Agency Reports:

NRCS- Rich Edlund emailed a report talking about the CSP renewal process; almost 30 new applications for the regular CSP 2015 signup; the 2015 EQIP will have about 25 contracts; short update on the RCPP process; there has not been a formal CRP General signup announced but has given NRCS State office a dollar estimate for Task Orders for CD assistance with field work and conservation planning after July 1; the Palouse Local Work Group 2016 planning meeting is on May 4th at 6:30 at the Community Building at St. John Fairgrounds.

WSCC- Ray Ledgerwood sent the WSCC District Operations Quick Notes with reminders, end of May deadlines, unspent dollars for unfunded needs, election season closeout and other important information.

 

 The next regular Board meeting will be on May 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the District office in Colfax.

 

There being no further business Jan Turney motioned and Walter Riley seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m., motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

Motion Recap:

David Lange motioned to have the District pay for the sample at Corp fence, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Jan Turney moved to approve the March 12, 2015 minutes, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Jan Turney moved to reimburse Brandy for the purchase of the Quick Books program, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Walter Riley moved to approve the March 2015 financial reports, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Rhod McIntosh moved to approve the cost share payment, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Rhod moved to buy the transparency tube, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Jan Turney motioned and Walter Riley seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 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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