UPPER ELKHORN NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

November 28, 2016 -- 2:30 P.M. 

O’Neill, NE

 

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; and, the open meetings law posting were all noted at 2:35 P.M. by Chairman Dale Wiles.

 

DIRECTORS PRESENT:

Gary Bartak                     Mark Carpenter            Chris Dierks                     Jake Dvorak                     Curtis Gotschall

Jerry Heithoff                   Ted Hughes (2:40)         Jim Keller                        Gene Kelly                       John Meuret

Michael Moser                 Roy Stewart                  Chip Whitaker                 Dale Wiles

             

DIRECTORS ABSENT:    

Keith White                                  

 

STAFF PRESENT:

Dennis Schueth, General Manager

Beth Walsh, Information & Education Coordinator

Kate Tillotson, Water Resources Manager

Kelly Kloppenborg, Water Resources Technician

Jake Morten, Water Resources Technician

Andrea Fisher, Administrative Secretary

Tanner Jenkins, Bazile Groundwater Management Project Coordinator

 

GUESTS PRESENT:

Brandon Peterson, NRCS Office – O’Neill

Donita Pokorny – Dana F Cole

Amy Shane – O’Neill Public Schools

Sydney Zahm – O’Neill Public Schools

Chandra Spangler – O’Neill Public Schools

Amanda Ropp – O’Neill Public Schools

 

AGENDA:

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

 

MINUTES:

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

 

Hughes arrived at 2:40 PM

 

DANA F COLE UENRD 2015-2016 AUDIT REPORT: 

Donita Pokorny, Dana F Cole, attended the board meeting to review the audit with the Directors and answer any questions.  Donita reviewed the audit report explaining the different aspects of the audit.  ]It was moved by Roy Stewart and seconded by John Meuret to accept the 2015-2016 Audit.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Dvorak, Gotschall, Heithoff, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Moser, Stewart, Whitaker & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  White.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

O’NEILL FFA CHAPTER – GREENHOUSE PRESENTATION AND REQUEST: 

Amy Shane, Superintendent of O’Neill Public Schools, Amanda Ropp, Ag teacher and FFA Advisor, along with students Sydney Zahm and Chandra Spangler attended the board meeting to discuss the O’Neill Agriculture Department Greenhouse.  The proposed greenhouse would sit behind the O’Neill High School and be used as a hands on classroom for the junior high and high school students as well as the Developing Eagles program.  The greenhouse will be a twin wall polycarbonate building 24’x36’ and ADA compliant.  Funding for the greenhouse will be from grants, FFA boosters, Cargill and any other partners that wish to donate to the project.  The group is requesting $5,000 from the NRD to further their efforts toward a successful project. 

 

TREASURERS REPORT:

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

 

PUBLIC FORUM-INPUT:

None

 

AGENCY & STAFF REPORTS:

NARD Report:  Gene Kelly reported that he attended the November NARD meeting in Chadron.  The topics Gene reviewed included:  NARD financial report; I&E report; videos developed; NARD Foundation requests and funding; State Envirothon; new NRD tree brochure; corporate sponsorship for Nebraska’s 150; risk pool; and, the property tax breakdown.  The Legislative Conference is scheduled for January 24-25; and, the NACD Annual meeting will be held January 28-Febrary 2, 2017 in Denver.    

 

DNR Report:  Dennis Schueth reported that the Elkhorn Basin Caucus is scheduled for January 13, 2017 at the LENRD.  This is where we elect a basin representative to the Natural Resources Commission.  Garry Anderson remains interested in the position to represent the Elkhorn River Basin.    

 

NRCS Report:  Brandon Peterson’s report was mailed out to the Directors.  Brandon reported that they are working on verifying producer eligibility for the EQIP program and will begin the ranking process once the verification is completed.  The tentative cutoff date for the CSP signup is planned for February.  Re-enrollment contracts have been sent to the state for approval.  He also reported that the vacancy in Neligh will hopefully be advertised soon. 

 

RC&D Report:

North Central RC&D:  No Report.    

Loup Basin RC&D:  No Report.

Northeast RC&D:  No Report.

 

Information & Education Report:  Beth Walsh’s report was mailed out in the Director’s packets.  Michael Moser commented on the Chemigation valve failures which occurred this past season and how low the failure percentage was.  The nitrogen applied through the Chemigation system was also questioned; and, how we come up with the totals.  This information is supplied by the cooperator when they fill out the Chemigation Applications.  Beth reminded the board that the Legislative Conference will be coming up in January and we will need to have a head count of those who are planning to attend at the December meeting.      

 

Water Resources Report:  Kate Tillotson’s report was mailed out in the Director’s packets.        

 

Bazile Management Area:  Tanner Jenkins’ report was mailed out in the Director’s packets.  Tanner reported that he attended the I&E meeting in Wahoo last month; and, the rural water system meeting in Crofton.  He has also attended all four of the NRD board meetings and been introduced to their respective boards.  November 14, a joint meeting of the Bazile Board of Directors was held in Creighton.  The group received an update on the AEM flight report; the isotope testing; and, was offered a Risk Communication class from NDEQ.  Tanner sent out a mass mailing promoting the Gabe Brown Cover Crop meeting in December and was able to get several cooperators from the area registered.  He has also been working on the quarterly financial reports for the project. 

 

EXCUSED ABSENCES:  

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

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Legislative, Budget and Finance Committee:  The Legislative, Finance and Planning Committee met prior to the Board meeting and reviewed the current bills.  It was reported that the Accounts Receivable look good and that the 2002 Ford Explorer has been sold. 

 

Water Resources & Watershed Committee:  The Water Resources & Watershed Committee met prior to the Board meeting.   

Whitaker departed at 4:25 PM

Stewart departed at 4:26 PM

 

Personnel, Equipment, Promotion and Education Committee: 

COALITIONS UPDATE:

Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition:  There is a meeting scheduled for November 30 between the UENRD and LENRD.    

 

Niobrara River Basin Alliance:  Dennis Schueth reported that the Alliance has hired Zulkowski/Weber a consulting firm to help with lobbying.  There is a meeting scheduled December 5, 2016.

 

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

 

Nebraska Ground Water Management Coalition:  No Report  

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT:

Dennis Schueth’s report was mailed out in the directors packets prior to the board meeting.  A copy is included with the official copy of the minutes in the office.  Dennis reported that we will hold Committee sign-up in December.  He will also contact new board member Keith Heithoff to get his committee choices.      

 

UENRD MONTHLY BOARD MEETING -DECEMBER 28, 2015:

]It was moved by Curtis Gotschall and seconded by Ted Hughes to hold the December Board of Directors meeting on December 19, 2016.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Dvorak, Gotschall, Heithoff, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Moser & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Stewart, Whitaker & White.  MOTION CARRIED.  The next regular meeting of the UENRD will be held December 19, 2016 at the NRD office in O’Neill at 2:30 PM. 

 

]It was moved by John Meuret and seconded by Michael Moser to adjourn the board meeting at 4:37 PM.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Dvorak, Gotschall, Heithoff, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Moser & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Stewart, Whitaker & White.  MOTION CARRIED

 

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 4:37 P.M.