UPPER ELKHORN NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

May 22, 2017 – 7:00 PM

O’Neill, Nebraska

 

 

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

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors was called to order at 7:03 P.M. by Chairman Gene Kelly.  The meeting was advertised in the Holt County Independent, the official UENRD newspaper.  The Open Meetings Act was posted for public review.    

 

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                  Chip Whitaker                  Dale Wiles        

                           

DIRECTORS ABSENT:

Jake Dvorak                                  

                           

STAFF PRESENT:

Dennis Schueth, General Manager

Sarah Nevison, Water Resources Manager

Kelly Kloppenborg, Water Resources Technician

Wayne Frederick, Water Resources Technician

Andrea Fisher, Administrative Secretary

Beth Walsh, Information & Education Coordinator

Tanner Jenkins, Bazile Groundwater Management Coordinator

 

GUESTS PRESENT:

John Ludwig, NRCS O’Neill

 

ADOPTION OF AGENDA:

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

 

MINUTES:

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

 

TREASURERS REPORT:

The April treasurers report was reviewed by the Directors.  [It was moved by Roy Stewart and seconded by Michael Moser to approve the April Treasurers Report.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Moser, Rice, Stewart, Whitaker & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Dvorak.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

PUBLIC FORUM-INPUT:

None

 

AGENCY & STAFF REPORTS:

NARD Report:  The next board meeting is scheduled for June 12 in York in conjunction with the basin tour.  The Basin Tour will be held June 12 & 13 and focus on Northeast Nebraska.  Dennis Schueth reported that LB 98, which would extend the 3 cent levy authority for fully or over-appropriate districts, will not be moving forward in this year’s session.  Hopefully it will be discussed again next session.  This year the legislature focused on the budget and predicted shortfalls in state funding.        

 

DNR Report:  No Report.

 

NRCS Report:  Brandon Peterson’s report was mailed out to the Directors.  John Ludwig, O’Neill NRCS Office, reported that they are currently in the process of obligating funds for EQIP contracts; ranking CSP contracts; and, developing new and tree re-enroll CRP contracts.  The NRCS, FSA and RMA will be going through a re-organization and they are not sure what the impacts will be at this time.  John also reported that he and a coworker have been doing compliance reviews out in the field using the new LiDAR maps developed.       

 

Holt County Extension:  No Report.   

 

RC&D Report:

North Central RC&D:  No Report. 

Loup Basin RC&D:  No Report. 

Northeast RC&D:  Dennis Schueth passed out information regarding the upcoming Pollinator’s Picnic Tour; and, the minutes of the Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area.

 

Information & Education Report: Beth Walsh’s report was mailed out in the Directors packets.  Beth reported on the current Chemigation program; and, the remaining applications that are due June 1.  To date the district has received approximately 1300 applications out of the 2500 plus that are expected.  Discussion was held on the requirements for applications and our inspecting program.  Work is also beginning of the new UENRD website.  Directors were asked to submit any comments or recommendations regarding the new website to Beth as soon as possible to discuss during the developmental stages. 

 

Water Resources Report and ELM Update:  Sarah Nevison’s report was mailed out in the Directors packets.  Sarah handed out a compilation of the spring static water levels and reviewed the findings with the Board.  This included the any changes in the sub-districts static water levels and the 20 year trend for the UENRD sub-districts. 

 

Bazile Management Area:  Tanner Jenkin’s report was mailed out in the Directors packets.  Tanner reported on the 2016 AEM flight data which is available on-line; the May 9th Bazile Project committee meeting; and, his activities to promote the cost sharing opportunities for the project.  A copy of the letter sent out to producers in the area including the areas noted for the greatest cost share opportunities was handed out.   Discussion was held regarding how to promote the funds for beneficial uses within the Bazile area.   

 

EXCUSED ABSENCES:

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

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Legislative, Finance and Planning Committee:  The committee met prior to the board meeting and reviewed the current bills, bank statements and accounts receivable.   

Water Resources & Watershed Committee:  The committee met prior to the board meeting.  John Meuret reported that the committee reviewed the static groundwater level report; additional Bazile staff; McCrometer request to make a presentation; detailed list of Phase II issues for Beehive to finalize their quote; ELM will be publishing the Phase III portion of project; Lower Platte River Basin Coalition will be meeting June 19 in Ord; Dennis will be attending the NRBA meeting June 5 & 6 to discuss the project.    

 

Personnel, Education, Promotion and Equipment Committee:  The committee met prior to the board meeting.   

COALITION/TASK FORCE UPDATE:

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: 

Dennis Schueth’s report was mailed out in the Director’s packets and a copy is kept on file in the NRD office. 

 

The next board meeting will be held June 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the NRD office in O’Neill.  

 

[It was moved by Curtis Gotschall and seconded by Dale Wiles to adjourn the board meeting at 8:23 PM.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Moser, Rice, Stewart, Whitaker & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Dvorak.  MOTION CARRIED.