February Minutes

Whitman Conservation District –Board of Supervisors Meeting

Thursday,   February 12, 2015     4:15p.m.   500 S Main,  LaCrosse Community Club, LaCrosse, WA

 

The meeting of the Whitman Conservation District was brought to order at 4:00 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:  Ray Ledgerwood

NRCS Representative: David Jones, Shawn Woodard and David Weber

 

Guests:  Sally Ousley, (the Gazette),Kary Peterson (DOE Burn Team), Amy Trujillo (Palouse Land Trust) and 26 Whitman Conservation District citizens. 

Guest Speakers:  Kary Peterson from Dept. of Ecology Burn Team explained the process of how the Dailey Burn call is determined.  Amy Trujillo from the Palouse Land Trust defined what the process is to enroll agriculture land into a permanent agriculture easement.

Minutes:

The minutes of the January 8, 2015 meeting were reviewed and accepted.

Jan Turney moved to approve the January 8, 2015 minutes, Walter Riley 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 January; Checks numbered 6026-6041, including payroll and 1 EFT were reviewed totaling $6,222.65.

Cory Aeschliman moved to approve the January 2015 financial reports, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Brandy gave an update of totals left in the Commission Grant before having a zero balance and then commented on the projected expenses until the end of the fiscal year.  Also, the Board members discussed what to do with the Umpqua account.

 Cory Aeschliman moved to close the Umpqua account and move the funds to the USbank account.  Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

Supervisors Report:

Walter Riley:  Attended the DOE meeting in Pullman on January 29 and the Walla Walla meeting on February 4.

David Lange: Attended the DOE meeting in Pullman on January 29.

Jan Turney:  Made 51 phone calls regarding the District’s Annual February Dinner meeting inviting people to attend.

Cory Aeschliman: Attended the DOE meeting in Pullman on January 29.

Rhod McIntosh: Attended the DOE meeting in Pullman on January 29.

 

Correspondence/District News:  Enduris Board Meeting Announcement; Greater Palouse Meat Producers meeting; WACD’s Legislative Days March 24-25, 2015; email from Ron Shultz about the new remote testimony option from WA State Senate; Deadline for comments is Feb. 27, 2015 on the proposed policy and procedures for WSCC and Districts to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order 0505 on Cultural Resources;  information and a survey on the Washington State Wildlife Action Plan workshops; presented a list of 2015 planned conservation webinars; information on the 15th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Clean Water and Storm water; Women in Ag Conference on February 21; and the NACD Board Briefs were distributed to members for review.

 

 

 

Natural Resources Coordinator Report: postponed until Tuesday, February 17th.

 

Old Business:

  • Workshop in LaCrosse:  The workshop will be on February 24th from 1 to 3pm.  Steve VanVleet will talk about how to train livestock to eat weeds, an alternative to spraying.
  • Trailer:  David Lange is checking into purchasing a trailer for the District.
  • Display Board:  Nancy purchased a small display board and designed posters showing cost share projects and vegetation planting with volunteers.  The Board and posters are displayed for Annual District Dinner guests to review.
  • 5 Year & Annual Planning sessions will be held on February 17th at the District Office from 10 am till 3 pm.  Audit will be conducted around noon when Brandy can arrive.
  • Pickup report:  The seat belt issue has been fixed; a new control system had to be installed.
  • Elections:  David Lange was the only person who turned in the paper work; notice is hanging on the Community Club front door that an election would not be held due to the incumbent has been reelected to the currently open seat by reason of being the only person filing for the position by the filing deadline.
  • RCPP Grant: Grant was awarded with reduction in monies; negotiations are underway to get the details worked out and have a contract finalized by March 31. 

New Business:

  • Cost Share:  Luft Farms application for cost share was presented to the Board.  Philip and Gary Luft have applied for $4,000.00 cost share for precision farming equipment for a tractor to help reduce over lap when spraying chemicals.

Jan Turney moved to approve the cost share application.  Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

  • CREP: Nancy reported that Brian Cochrane, the Commission CREP coordinator, called to discuss the possibility of the District rethinking its position on having CREP as an option for the producers in the District.  After a brief discussion and Nancy handing out to board members a copy of an email relating to the conversation, the Board decided to stay with pervious decision at present time.
  • Phone Options:  There have been missed phone messages at the office, need a solution.  District cannot afford to change situation at present time.  Put notice on face book giving directions on how to leave a message.
  • Other:  Burn team replacement representative:  Larry Cochran had asked for someone to sit on the Burn Team Task Force in his absence.  Nancy has attended the Task Force meetings and discussed the possibility of volunteering in case of Larry making a request in the future. 

Rhod McIntosh moved to have Nancy participate on the Board if Larry was not able to attend in the future.  Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

Agency Reports:

NRCS- Rich Edlund’s report was handed out and reviewed.  David Jones (NRCS) commented that it is time to renew CSP contracts, current sign up ends February 27.

WSCC- Ray Ledgerwood:  emailed the WSCC District Operations Quick Notes summering activities for February.

 

 The next regular Board meeting will be on March 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the District office in Colfax.

 

There being no further business Cory Aeschliman motioned and Jan Turney seconded to adjourn the meeting at 5:50 p.m. to join the District guest for dinner and presentations by guest speakers, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

Motion Recap:

Jan Turney moved to approve the January 8, 2015 minutes, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Cory Aeschliman moved to approve the January 2015 financial reports, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Cory Aeschliman moved to close the Umpqua account and move the funds to the USbank account.  Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Jan Turney moved to approve the cost share application.  Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Rhod McIntosh moved to have Nancy participate on the Board if Larry was not able to attend in the future.  Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Cory Aeschliman motioned and Jan Turney seconded to adjourn the meeting at 5:50 p.m. to join the District guest for dinner and presentations by guest speakers, 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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