UPPER ELKHORN NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

August 28, 2017 -- 3:00 P.M.

Norfolk, Nebraska

 

CALL TO ORDER, STATEMENT OF ADVERTISEMENT AND OPEN MEETING LAW NOTIFICATION:

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors was called to order.  The statement of advertisement in the Holt County Independent, Rock County Leader and Neligh News were noted; and, the open meetings law posting were all noted at 3:07 P.M. by Chairman Gene Kelly.

 

DIRECTORS PRESENT:

Gary Bartak                     Mark Carpenter              Chris Dierks                     Curtis Gotschall             Keith Heithoff   

Ted Hughes                    Jim Keller                        Gene Kelly                       John Meuret                    Michael Moser

Aaron Rice                      Roy Stewart                     Dale Wiles

             

DIRECTORS ABSENT:

Jake Dvorak                     Chip Whitaker                                                          

                                                                     

STAFF PRESENT:

Dennis Schueth, General Manager

Beth Walsh, Information & Education Coordinator

Sarah Nevison, Water Resources Manager

Kelly Kloppenborg, Water Resources Technician

 

GUESTS PRESENT:

Jerry Allemann – Wayne, NE

Lynne Allemann – Wayne, NE

Brian Bruckner – Assistant Manager - Lower Elkhorn NRD

Sue Lackey – Conservation & Survey Division – Norfolk, NE

Mike Krueger – Pierce, NE

 

AGENDA:

The Agenda was reviewed by the Directors.  ]It was moved by John Meuret and seconded by Chris Dierks to adopt the Agenda.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Moser, Rice, Stewart & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:   Dvorak & Whitaker.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

JULY BOARD MEETING MINUTES:

The minutes of the July Meeting were reviewed by the Directors. ]It was moved by Curtis Gotschall and seconded by Jim Keller to approve the minutes of the July meeting.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Moser, Rice, Stewart & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:   Dvorak & Whitaker.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

AUGUST 15, 2017 BUDGET WORKSHOP MINUTES:

The minutes of the August 15, 2017 Budget Workshop were reviewed by the Directors. ]It was moved by Roy Stewart and seconded by Dale Wiles to approve the minutes of the August 15, 2017 budget workshop meeting.  AYE:  Bartak, Kelly, Moser, Stewart & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Hughes, Keller, Meuret & Rice.  ABSENT:   Dvorak & Whitaker.  MOTION FAILED.

 

TREASURERS REPORT:

]It was moved by John Meuret and seconded by Chris Dierks to approve the July Treasurers Report.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Moser, Rice, Stewart & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:   Dvorak & Whitaker.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

PUBLIC FORUM-INPUT: 

None

 

AGENCY & STAFF REPORTS: 

NARD Report:  The NARD Fall Conference will be held September 25-26 in Kearney.  Beth Walsh reviewed the Directors planning to attend.  The resolutions submitted for the conference were distributed to the Directors and briefly reviewed. 

 

DNR Report:  No Report.  There is a meeting scheduled for August 30.     

 

NRCS Report:  Brandon Peterson’s reported was mailed out to the Directors.     

 

Holt County Extension:  No Report.

 

RC&D Report:

North Central RC&D:  Jim Keller reported that the RC&D had a successful electronics waste collection for the region.         

Loup Basin RC&D:  No report.

Northeast RC&D:  The RC&D will be holding Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Waste collection and recycling events.

 

Information & Education Report:  Beth Walsh’s report was mailed out in the Director’s packets.  Beth confirmed Directors attending the annual conference.  The office will send in the registration fees and will take care of the lodging arrangements.   

 

Water Resources Report:  Sarah Nevison’s report was mailed out in the Director’s packets.  Sarah reported that the water sampling is almost completed; the Newport, Chambers and Brunswick weather stations have been re-located with the Elgin station being privately funded; Sarah attended the wood chipping on irrigated cropland demonstration at MNNND; and, we have had two requests for a letter of support regarding this new wood chipping in to cropland proposal. ]It was moved by John Meuret and seconded by Jim Keller to send a letter of support for the wood chipping projects for UNL and Dr. Snow.  AYE:  Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Moser, Rice, Stewart & Wiles.  NAY:  Bartak & Heithoff.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:   Dvorak & Whitaker.  MOTION CARRIED.  The Irrigation Field Day is scheduled for August 30 near Elgin. 

 

Bazile Management Report:  Dennis Schueth reported that Dr. Snow was in the area August 24 collecting vadose samples in the Bazile area.  There have also been some cooperators showing interest in the cost share program for cover crops. 

 

EXCUSED ABSENCES:

]It was moved by Jim Keller and seconded by Ted Hughes to excuse the absence of Jake Dvorak and Chip Whitaker.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Moser, Rice, Stewart & Wiles.  NAY:  Meuret.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:   Dvorak & Whitaker.  MOTION CARRIED. 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: 

Legislative, Budget and Finance: 

 

Water Resources and Watershed Committee Report & Recommendations: 

COALITION/TASK FORCE UPDATE:

Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition:  There is a meeting scheduled for September 5. 

Niobrara River Basin Alliance:  There is a tentative meeting scheduled for September 26 in conjunction with the NARD conference.    

Nebraska Habitat Conservation Coalition (Piping Plover):  No Report.

Nebraska Ground Water Management Coalition:  No Report.

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT:

Dennis Schueth’s report was mailed out to the directors prior to the board meeting in their packets.  A copy is included with the official copy of the minutes in the office.  Dennis reminded the Directors that the next board meeting and budget hearing will be held September 14 at 7:00 PM.  The “Whose Water is it Anyway” Community Conversation will begin at 5:30 PM at the Cox Activities Center. 

 

Sue Lackey, Conservation & Survey Division, gave a short review of the static water levels and trends over time for the Board members. 

 

]It was moved by Curtis Gotschall and seconded by Jim Keller to adjourn at 4:30 PMAYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Moser, Rice, Stewart & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:   Dvorak & Whitaker.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

 

The next board meeting will be held September 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the UENRD office.