January minutes

Whitman Conservation District –Board of Supervisors Meeting

Thursday, January 09, 2014          6:15 p.m.             USDA Conference Room, Colfax, WA

 

The meeting of the Whitman Conservation District was brought to order at 6:15 p.m. by Walter Riley, Chair.

Representing a quorum, present was:

 

Supervisors:    Cory Aeschliman, Rhod McIntosh, Jan Turney and David Lange.

 

District Staff:   Nancy Hoobler & Brandy Wigen

Commission Representative: Ray Ledgerwood

 

Guests: Dennis and Jan Moore

Guest Speakers:  Dennis and Jan Moore presented their conservation plan written to fulfill DOE requirements.  Included in the plan was vegetation planting list/time frame, monitoring plan, pictures and area maps.

David Lange read an email from John Person requesting the assistants from the District in writing a riparian management plan.

 

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the December 12, 2013 meeting were reviewed and accepted as presented.

Jan Turney moved to approve the December 12, 2013 minutes, Cory Aeschliman seconded,  motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

 

Minutes from the December 20, 2013 Special Board meeting setting an election resolution were reviewed and accepted.

Cory Aeschliman moved to approve the December 20, 2013 minutes, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

Financial Report:

As of January 08, 2014 the Treasure’s Report for the USbank account was presented with a beginning balance of $51,849.24. Subtract district expenses & bank fees of $6,891.30, ending balance of $44,957.88.

December Treasure’s Report for Sterling Savings Money Market was presented with a beginning balance of $71,159.37.  Interest earned was $6.04 in December bringing the ending balance to $71,165.41.

The Sterling Savings Bank checking account beginning balance of $328.85, no deposits or withdrawals, bring the balance to $328.85.

Brandy handed out a profit and loss report to the board members and reviewed it with them.

Brandy reported a response from IRS was received and the issue was taken care of.

David Lange moved to accept the January financial report, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Rhod McIntosh moved to pay $138.33 for one meal and 1 day registration to WACD Annual Meeting for David Lange’s attendance, Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and David Lange abstained from voting.

 

Supervisors Report:

Walter Riley: Attended a livestock water quality meeting in Ritzville, talked to 20 producers, attended WCD Riparian workshop and presentation by DOE at last board meeting.

Dave Lange: Attended a livestock water quality meeting in Ritzville.  Talked to Mark Schoesler and Susan Fagan about livestock and water quality issues, gathered 10 signatures for Walter’s re-election, talked to 10 producers, spoke with a producer in Adams CD who is interested in a conservation plan, attended a 5 Star Producer meeting, attended the riparian workshop and the presentation by DOE.

Jan Turney: attended the riparian workshop, gathered signatures for Walter’s re-election, talked to 5 producers and attended the DOE presentation.

Cory Aeschliman: Attended the Direct Seed breakfast, the riparian workshop, the DOE presentation, gathered signatures for Walter’s re-election and talked to 5 producers.

Rhod McIntosh: attended the riparian workshop, the DOE presentation, the Idaho Grazing Conference, a 5 Star Directors meeting and talked to 30 producers.

 

Correspondence/District News:

  • Direct Seed Conference, January 20 to 22, 2014 participation, a Palouse Rock Lake Conservation District has a Direct Seed Grant which will pay for registration fees for Nancy to attend the event.  But need two nights of lodging to be reimbursed.

Jan Turney moved for Nancy to attend the Direct Seed conference and pay for the motel bill, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

  • Nancy read an email from Palouse Rock Lake Conservation District announcing their District Annual Meeting on January 8, 2014.

Coordinator Report:

  • 20 producers visited the office and staff made 1 site visit to the North Fork Palouse River to look at a possible tree planting area for high school special needs students.  Attended Direct Seed Breakfast on Dec. 18th and visited with 5 producers and 9 agency people.  Attended CREP workshop, Riparian Workshop and the DOE presentation.  In the process of creating a list of fencing contractors to give to producers when they ask for referrals.  Reseller permit has arrived.

Old Business:

  • WACD Legislative Days is January 27-28 in Olympia; board members will not be attending.  It was suggested to have a WCD sponsored Legislative Day next November at the same time as the Riparian Workshop.
  • Riparian workshop wrap up:  Steve presented some very informative information, Tip’s information did not pertain to this area.  Thirty six producers attended.
  • Adams CD monitoring; personnel want to visit sites in the Palouse River watershed to document native riparian vegetation to fulfill a requirement for a DOE grant.  Will check with local landowners to see if any would like to participate.
  • Office relocation; the office at the Monument store across from the Methodist Church looks good.
  • Annual meeting will be held at Grillbilly Café on February 11th, social hour starts at 5:30; agenda will include the Moore’s giving a presentation on their Conservation Plan, a presentation by Kary Peterson, DOE Burn team, and presenting WCD cost share program and options.
  • Reimbursement forms-next meeting
  • Lauren Young from WSU research group wants to rent the oil seed crusher for two weeks at the cost of $500.00.

Jan Turney moved to rent the oil seed crusher to WSU for 2 weeks for $500.00, Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

  • District Good Governance Policy, Procedure & Checklist Review; Ray Ledgerwood suggested doing a self-evaluation.

New Business:

  • February DOE public meeting; have an informational meeting on February 18th from 2-4 pm.  DOE should be giving answers to questions that were asked at the last meeting and at the State Livestock meeting.  Check with DOE to see if the date and time is good for them and reserve the auditorium at the Public Works Building.
  • Dave Cocking’s cost share application was submitted to the Board for approval.

Cory Aeschliman moved to accept Cocking’s cost share application, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

  • The Board approved writing a conservation plan for John Person after updating the District MOU with Adams CD.

 

 

Agency Reports:

NRCS- Rich Edmund’s report was passed out for supervisors to read.

WSCC-Ray Ledgerwood reported the District must have an agreement with Ag Forestry before they can do a presentation.  Ray suggested the District write a letter to the Moore’s stating the District accepts their common sense conservation plan addressing their situation, thanking them for coming to the meeting, and commenting on looking forward to working with them in the future.  Ray followed up with calls to people the Board wanted him to call and recommendations on how to improve Conservation Districts.  In the future Ray suggested inviting State Representatives to meet with Districts.  When working on projects, must have the tenant and landowner meeting together so they can listen to what is said and agree on what should be done.  Ray said there will be a conservation planning signup, and to check out Nancy’s training plan.

 

 The next Board meeting will be on February 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Colfax Public Works Building Auditorium, Colfax, WA.

 

There being no further business David Lange moved, Jan Turney seconded to adjourn the meeting at 11:15 p.m., motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

 

Motion Recap:

 

Jan Turney moved to approve the December 12, 2013 minutes, Cory Aeschliman seconded,  motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Cory Aeschliman moved to approve the December 20, 2013 minutes, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

David Lange moved to accept the January financial report, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Rhod McIntosh moved to pay $138.33 for one meal and 1 day registration to WACD Annual Meeting for David Lange’s attendance, Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and David Lange abstained from voting.

Jan Turney moved for Nancy to attend the Direct Seed conference and pay for the motel bill, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Jan Turney moved to rent the oil seed crusher to WSU for 2 weeks for $500.00, Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Cory Aeschliman moved to accept Cocking’s cost share application, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

David Lange moved, Jan Turney seconded to adjourn the meeting at 11:15 p.m., motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

 

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Nancy Hoobler, Natural Resource Coordinator                     Walter Riley, Chair

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