October Minutes

Whitman Conservation District –Board of Supervisors Meeting

Thursday,   October 9, 2014          7:00p.m.             601 N Main Conference Room, Colfax, WA

 

The meeting of the Whitman Conservation District was brought to order at 7:00 p.m. by David Lange, Chair. 

Representing a quorum, present was:

 

Supervisors:  Walter Riley, Rhod McIntosh and Jan Turney.

 

District Staff:   Nancy Hoobler

Accountant:   Brandy Wigen

Commission Representative: Ray Ledgerwood

NRCS Representative:

 

Guests: Benjamin P. Derrick, Great Palouse Meat Producers.  Visitors:  Lauren Broeckel and Peter Appel.

Guest Speakers:  

David Lange introduced Peter Appel. 

Benjamin Derrick talked about the Greater Palouse Meat Producers Steering Committee kickoff meeting on October 17th and invited the Board to the November 7th meeting in Moscow. 

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the September 11, 2014 meeting were reviewed and accepted.

Jan Turney moved to approve the September 11, 2014 minutes, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

 

Financial Report:

Brandy explained about the bank budgets and how the process works.

Expense sheet for September; Checks numbered 5991-5998, including payroll and 1 EFT from September were reviewed totaling $4,691.24. Reconciled bank balance at 9/30/14 was $78,608.40,

Umpqua Money Market balance to date: $71,203.05.

Sterling Checking balance is $328.85

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

Jan Turney reported about the NACD dues calculation method; 2013 dues were not paid, 2014 dues were paid, 2015 dues are $500.

Walter Riley moved to pay the 2015 NACD dues of $500, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Bank statements are not being received at the new office, an account change request form was signed and Nancy will hand deliver it to the bank.

 

Supervisors Report:

Walter Riley reported he is working with the US Army Corp of Engineers on landownership issues.

David Lange reported he attended the Whitman County Cattlemen’s meeting where a statement was made that the Whitman Grain Growers and DOE were talking about riparian buffers and what the width should be.  Also, David has signed up for a class presented by the Savory Institute.  On behalf of the Whitman County Cattlemen’s Association, David took a load of fencing materials to Twisp, WA to help the ranchers who were burnt out this summer.

Jan Turney reported she attended the Commission’s Financial Training Road Show.

Cory Aeschliman: NA

Rhod McIntosh reported the Five Star Cattlemen group asked Tip Hudson to present his Risk Management Assessment tool to the organization.  Also, he is attending a big meeting at Sandpoint with Jim Church (U of I Extension) presenting. 

 

Correspondence/District News:

Passing of Mr. Walt George, past South Yakima Conservation District board supervisor; Announcement of NACD Webinar focuses on Soil Health on Nov. 19th; Ag-Lime Conference in Moscow, ID on November 11, 10am-4pm at the Best Western Plus University Inn; Palouse Basin Water Summit on October 16th from 4:30 to 8:30pm at the Best Western Plus University Inn, Moscow, ID; A thank you from the Palouse Empire Fair for participation in the 2014 Fair, article in Gazette about the Stone Houses in LaCrosse; an announcement from Vic Stokes to Kim Weerts about Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grants; and NACD Board Briefs for September, 2014.  Update on the Department of Ecology Agriculture and Water Quality Advisory Committee and WACD report on three Districts proposal to ask for assessment changes this year and how it might affect the other Districts in the state.

 

Coordinator Report:

Participated in the CREP conference call, issued 21 burn permits, participated in county fair activities, investigated options for funding for cultural resource study on projects, submitted conservation plan to NRCS state office for certification, entered programs into the CPDS, investigated past supervisors history for WACD, planning for SE Area Meeting, a field visit with DOE and producer, worked on RCPP grant application, submitted activity report to Jerry Henderson for presentation at Commission meeting.

 

Old Business:

  • South East Area Meeting set up time and resolution: Need help to set up on Oct. 20th from 3pm until finished, David, Ray and Rhod will help.  David, Nancy and Cory will be attending meeting.   The supervisors decided not to write up a resolution for presentation at the meeting.  Jan made two Afghans for the auction at the WACD conference.

Jan Turney moved not to present a resolution at the South East Area meeting, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

David Lange moved to pay $25 each for afghans to be auction items at the WACD conference, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

  • DNR Grant for timber management:  Nancy printed out the information from the DNR website; suggestion was to give it to John Pearson who is interested in the process.
  • Financial Training Road Trip: Jan reported making the trip to Dayton, WA for the meeting on Oct.1.  The meeting was well attended, she returned with a packet of information and a zip drive with copies of all presentations.  Discussion was on Fire Wise and fences in Districts, a cost share quiz was taken by each person present.
  • Elections and setting resolution: The election process was discussed; David Lange and Jan Turney terms are coming due.  Applications for continuing were handed out.  David said he has been recruiting new members for associate positions to learn about what the District functions are so they would be educated when thinking of becoming a Board member.
  • Commission Local Food System Survey:  Nancy explained what the Survey was all about, who was actually sponsoring it and why it had a DOE address.  She explained what Food Systems are, that it is a networking system, it is a program for farmers to sell their products to consumers.  The survey was to show how Districts are involved with this process.   She went over the questions with the supervisors and will submit the answers.
  • RCPP Grant:  The group was invited to submit a full proposal to NRCS.  The application was submitted by October 1st which was the due date.  Should be notified by the middle of November if application was selected for funding.

 

 

 

New Business:

  • Palouse Specific Riparian Management Incentive Program:  David explained his idea of a producer driven and ideas of riparian programs.  To invite producers/landowners throughout Whitman County and Spokane County to attend a luncheon meeting to discuss what they want to see in or design a riparian program for private land.  Then the Districts will research funding to pay for the program.  Ray will make arrangements to host the event in Pullman at the SEL conference center on Dec. 11th from noon to 3pm.  Invite District landowners/producers, District Supervisors, Farm Bureau, and Whitman Cattlemen’s Association.  David commented to extend a special invitation to the landowners/producers along highway 195 between Colfax and Pullman.
  • Cost Share application-PRLCD: An application/agreement for cost share assistance from Lance and Annette Miller.

Jan Turney moved to approve and sign the cost share agreement between PRLCD and the Millers, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

  • MOU Adams CD: Submitted a Landowner/Operator request for alternate planning/cost-share entity and release of liability from Adams CD requested by Deborah Pearson to be signed by WCD Board of Supervisors.

Rhod McIntosh moved to approve and sign the agreement between Adams CD and Whitman CD requested by Deborah Pearson, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

  • Capital Budget Project criteria:  With Ray Ledgerwood’s guidance, the board drafted a scoring sheet to prioritize projects.  Projects to be prioritized are (1) Gordon’s wildlife water facility, (2) Harder’s water and fence program and (3) the grazing proposal between ranchers and farmers.
  • Delegation for Ag Burn Permits with County:  Every two years a new delegation agreement between the county and the District is to be updated and signed.

Rhod McIntosh moved to approve and sign the delegation agreement, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

  • Open Government Training: The Commission is requesting that each Board member participate in two online training courses.  Ray said he would bring his projector and computer to facilitate the two training classes.  Meeting will begin at 5pm and pizza will be ordered.
  • WACD Survey on CD’s Storm water & Low Impact Development:  Survey was read and Nancy will transcribe to online survey and submit.
  • Other:  David Lange suggested having producers develop a grazing program with WSU Extension to present to the FSA committee.

 David Lange moved for WCD propose a test project to FSA Board concerning letting producers choose when to graze CRP except during nesting season, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

Agency Reports:

NRCS- Rich Edlund emailed his report stating his business pilot project has ended and he is back with the “Palouse Team”.  NRCS is conducting the annual Status Reviews for Highly Erodible Land and Wetland compliance on randomly selected tracts of USDA program participants.  Staff will soon work on the CSP Renewal Signup applications for expiring 2010 contracts.  Cutoff for EQI program signup is November 15th.  He is asking LWG members in 2014 to lead the effort this year for deciding on meeting times and topics. 

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

 

 The next regular Board meeting will be on November 13, 2014 at 6:00 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 10:59 p.m., motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

 

 

 

Motion Recap:

Jan Turney moved to approve the September 11, 2014 minutes, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

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

Walter Riley moved to pay the 2015 NACD dues of $500, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Jan Turney moved not to present a resolution at the South East Area meeting, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

David Lange moved to pay $25 each for afghans to be auction items at the WACD conference, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Jan Turney moved to approve and sign the cost share agreement between PRLCD and the Millers, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Rhod McIntosh moved to approve and sign the agreement between Adams CD and Whitman CD requested by Deborah Pearson, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Rhod McIntosh moved to approve and sign the delegation agreement, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Rhod McIntosh moved to approve and sign the delegation agreement, Walter Riley seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Walter Riley motioned and Jan Turney seconded to adjourn the meeting at 10:59 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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