June Minutes

Whitman Conservation District –Board of Supervisors Meeting

Thursday, June 12, 2014          7 p.m.             601 N Main Conference Room, Colfax, WA

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

Representing a quorum, present was:

Supervisors:  Cory Aeschliman, Jan Turney and Walter Riley.

District Staff:   Nancy Hoobler

Accountant:    Brandy Wigen

Commission Representative: Ray Ledgerwood

NRCS Representative: Shawn Woodard

Guests:

Guest Speakers:  none

Minutes:

The minutes of the May 22, 2014 meeting was reviewed and accepted with changes to the financial report.

Jan Turney moved to approve the May 22, 2014 minutes, Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Financial Report:

Checks numbered 5942-5954, along with 1 electronic payment approved and signed for a total of $ 11,329.09 including payroll. Checks #5941 was voided.  Ending checking balance of $55,503.39

US Checking account balances at 5/31/14 is $ 55,503.39

Sterling Money Market balance is $71,191.15, interest totaled $3.02.

Sterling Checking balance is $328.85

Jan Turney moved to accept the June financial report, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Brandy reviewed the information about the CREP grant monies, CREP time and expenses were approved and paid for by the commission.

Supervisors Report:

Walter Riley:  Article in the Growers Journal had information about Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and other states have or are creating laws to prevent DOE/other like groups from taking pictures of private property.

David Lange: Checked on prices for a phone through Pearson Fencing Company, Vonage, for approximately $9.99 a month.  Will try for a period of time to see how it works.   Also, David reported he attended a meeting with Kathy McMorris-Rogers, discussion topics centered on DOE control, Farm programs, and Walla Walla and Adam Counties have been declared disaster areas due to lack of rain. 

Jan Turney: Talked to 2 producers about Cost Share, both were positive about their experience and would like to participate more in the program.  Jan stated she experienced riding in a tractor with a GPS system.  Jan asked if there was more cost share to help pay for more precision ag farming practices?

Cory Aeschliman: Cory reported he attended a Canola tour in LaCrosse, Steve VanVleet was the main speaker, looked at a field of soft white wheat, Stubb’s canola field and talked to 5 producers.

Rhod McIntosh: not in attendance

Correspondence/District News:

  • Letter To Walter from the Commission confirming reappointment to continue serving as a supervisor of the Whitman Conservation District for a three-year term ending, Thursday, May 18, 2017
  • Upper Columbia RC&D Council Meeting minutes
  • Enduris membership survey
  • Budget Application information​

Coordinator Report:

  • Conservation projects inspected: Tom Kammerzell; fence, spring/pipeline and 2 water troughs.  Visited Ed Hinnenkamp to set up photo and temperature monitoring sites, pictures of river banks, Ed asked me to talk to Chad and documented conversation in email to Chad.
  • Entered cost share information on CPDS site, attended one tour, issued two burn reports, planted 700 shrubs in 3 locations with 95 volunteers.  Attended the Conservation Forum meeting in Pullman, met with NRCS mentor Shawn Woodard concerning planning class, talked to 28 producers in the month of May.

Old Business:

  • Surplus Equipment:  Received calls from two prospective bidders
  • South East Area Meeting: Checked out the School House at the Fair Grounds, price is $125.00.  But area is pretty small, might hold 48 people comfortably.
  • CREP discussion continued:  Nancy talked to Dan, Palouse Rock Lake CD, and new draft proposal coming out.  Salmon bearing streams should be for salmon bearing streams, no change in additional practices.
  • Natural Resource Policy Committee regarding the WOTUS issue: EPA designation of waters, comment period came and past, Ray offered to email a link to the site.
  • Cost Share approval:  Al Bruns finished up the water facility.  Tom Kammerzell finished the fence, pipeline and 2 watering toughs.

Walter Riley moved to approve Al Bruns cost share projects, Jan Turney second, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Walter Riley moved to approve Tom Kammerzell’s cost share projects, Jan Turney second, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

New Business:

  • Cooperative working Agreement:  Document was passes out for Board members to review for next meeting.  The working agreement has the ground rules for contracting with NRCS.

Agency Reports:

NRCS- Shawn Woodard: Shawn introduced himself as the new NRCS representative; he has worked for NRCS for about 30 years, lives in Spokane.  Shawn has agreed to be Nancy’s mentor for the Conservation Planning Class.  He reported there are 4 District operators, who have signed up for EQIP; CSP is a green program which gives producers the option to address a resource concern on their operation.  CCRP contracts, there are 170 expiring, he will see if he can get a district map showing locations; Attended the U of I precision ag equipment programs; new NRCS program is the RCPP, Regional Conservation Partnership Program, will bring groups together for a common goal.  Shawn talked about the limited number of people who can access NRCS files.  Also a common goal is to see a strong working relationship between NRCS and the District.

WSCC-Ray Ledgerwood reported budget request for 2015 has to be in to the Commission by 5pm on July 10th; Ray will work with Nancy on the project, can request a 25% increase on the maintenance level; Implementation money will be one category, can request monies for up to three special projects which have not been implemented in the District, start dates would be July 1, 2015.  Need to review cost share policy, reported PCD signed Hinnenkamp’s MOU request, WCD needs to sign and return; update on new policy concerning a person with a religious belief can take 2 days leave without pay.

Ray said the Commission is asking for feedback on election policies concerning advertising.  The Board feedback was to advertise in newspaper as first form and then second form anyway Districts wanted to advertise.  To advertise for appointment applications, the Board asked to keep the current way, which is all paper.  Ray explained the Governor signed a Capital Order where all Capital projects (Category 3) will required a Cultural Resource study completed.  Two options:  A- will do Cultural resource on all funded practices on a ground disturbing activity. (An easy form) B- Just Capital Projects under Category 3.  The Board supported to do option B until otherwise directed.

 The next regular Board meeting will be on July 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at 601 N Main, Colfax, WA.

There being no further business Walter Riley motioned and Cory Aeschliman seconded to adjourn the meeting at 10:30 p.m., motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Motion Recap:

  • Jan Turney moved to approve the May 22, 2014 minutes, Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 
  • Jan Turney moved to accept the June financial report, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.
  • Walter Riley moved to approve Al Bruns cost share projects, Jan Turney second, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.
  • Walter Riley moved to approve Tom Kammerzell’s cost share projects, Jan Turney second, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.
  • Walter Riley motioned and Cory Aeschliman seconded to adjourn the meeting at 10:30 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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