UPPER ELKHORN NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

September 14, 2017 -- 7:00 P.M.

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.  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 7:10 P.M. by Chairman Gene Kelly.

 

DIRECTORS PRESENT:

Gary Bartak                                   Mark Carpenter            Chris Dierks                     Curtis Gotschall            

Keith Heithoff (arr 7:15)           Jim Keller                        Gene Kelly                       Michael Moser            

Aaron Rice                                    Roy Stewart                     Chip Whitaker                 Dale Wiles

 

DIRECTORS ABSENT:    

Jake Dvorak                     John Meuret                    Ted Hughes

                                                                     

STAFF PRESENT:

Dennis Schueth, General Manager

Andrea Fisher, Administrative Secretary

Beth Walsh, Information & Education Coordinator

Wayne Frederick, Water Resources Technician

Sarah Nevison, Water Resources Manager

Jake Morten, Water Resources Technician

 

GUESTS PRESENT:

Brandon Peterson – NRCS O’Neill

 

AGENDA:

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

 

AUGUST BOARD MEETING MINUTES:

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

 

TREASURERS REPORT:

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

 

UENRD FY 17-18 BUDGET HEARING:

]It was moved by Michael Moser and seconded by Roy Stewart to suspend the regular board meeting and precede to the FY 17-18 Budget Hearing.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Keller, Kelly, Moser, Rice, Stewart, Whitaker & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Dvorak, Hughes & Meuret.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

 

Chairman Gene Kelly reconvened the regular monthly board meeting at 7:18 PM.

 

PUBLIC FORUM-INPUT OR COMMENTS:

None

 

AGENCY & STAFF REPORTS:

NARD Report:  The fall conference is scheduled for September 25-26 in Kearney.  The UENRD will also be hosting the Basin meeting Tuesday morning at the conference. 

 

DNR Report:  No Report 

 

NRCS Report:  Brandon Peterson’s report was handed out at the board meeting.  Brandon reported that they have obligated 73 EQIP contracts for approximately $1.8 million dollars.  CSP application period is closed and they will be obligating 9 contracts for $134,991.  Brandon reviewed the CRP totals for Holt County with emergency grazing ending September 15. 

 

Holt County Extension:  No Report.

 

RC&D Reports:

North Central RC&D:  Jim Keller reported that they will be holding a household hazardous waste collection in Bassett, September 15.     

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.  Beth reviewed the annual conference reservations with the Directors. 

 

Water Resources Report:  Sarah Nevison reported that she and Kelly Kloppenborg have been following up on acre expansions.  They will be developing a form for landowners who need to submit Best Management Practices information they signed up for on their acre expansion criteria sheet.  Sarah also presented UENRD information at the Irrigation Field Day in Antelope County August 30 and September 13 in Newport during their leadership meeting. 

 

Bazile Management Report:  This will be discussed during the Water Resources and Watershed Committee.

 

EXCUSED ABSENCES:

Dennis Schueth handed out a letter of resignation he received from Jake Dvorak.  ]It was moved by Michael Moser and seconded by Dale Wiles to accept Jake Dvorak’s resignation.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Heithoff, Keller, Moser, Rice, Stewart & Wiles.  NAY:  Dierks, Gotschall, Kelly & Whitaker.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Dvorak, Hughes & Meuret.  MOTION CARRIED.   ]It was moved by Chris Dierks and seconded by Jim Keller to excuse the absence of Ted Hughes and John Meuret.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Keller, Kelly, Moser, Rice, Stewart, Whitaker & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Dvorak, Hughes & Meuret.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Legislative, Finance and Planning: 

 

UENRD FY 17-18 BUDGET HEARING:

]It was moved by Chris Dierks and seconded by Jim Keller to suspend the regular board meeting and to close the FY 17-18 Budget Hearing.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Keller, Kelly, Moser, Rice, Stewart, Whitaker & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Dvorak, Hughes & Meuret.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Water Quality and Watershed:  The Committee met prior to the board meeting.  

 

UENRD FY 17-18 SPECIAL BUDGET HEARING:

]It was moved by Gary Bartak and seconded by Curtis Gotschall to suspend the Board meeting at 7:45 PM for the special budget hearing to set the tax asking and mill-levy.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Keller, Kelly, Moser, Rice, Stewart, Whitaker & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Dvorak, Hughes & Meuret.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

Chairman Gene Kelly reconvened the regular monthly board meeting at 7:48 PM.

 

Water Quality and Watershed Committee Continued:

UENRD FY 17-18 SPECIAL BUDGET HEARING:

 

Chairman Gene Kelly reconvened the regular monthly board meeting at 8:07 PM.

 

Water Quality and Watershed Committee Continued:

UENRD FY 17-18 SPECIAL BUDGET HEARING Continued:

COALITION/TASK FORCE UPDATE:

Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition:  Dennis Schueth reported that the interlocal agreement is being reviewed.  He also noted that the board needs to appoint a director and staff member as the second delegate to the Coalition.    ]It was moved by Gene Kelly and seconded by Keith Heithoff to appoint Curtis Gotschall as a delegate for the Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Heithoff, Keller, Kelly, Moser, Rice, Stewart, Whitaker & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  Gotschall.  ABSENT:  Dvorak, Hughes & Meuret.  MOTION CARRIED.  ]It was moved by Curtis Gotschall and seconded by Michael Moser to appoint Sarah Nevison as the second UENRD staff member for the Lower Platte River Basin Water management Plan Coalition.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Keller, Kelly, Moser, Rice, Stewart, Whitaker & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Dvorak, Hughes & Meuret.  MOTION CARRIED.

Niobrara River Basin Alliance:  Dennis Schueth reported that the staff alternate voting position for the Alliance needs to be updated.    ]It was moved by Michael Moser and seconded by Curtis Gotschall to appoint Sarah Nevison as the UENRD staff alternate voting member for the NRBA.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Keller, Kelly, Moser, Rice, Stewart, Whitaker & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Dvorak, Hughes & Meuret.  MOTION CARRIED.

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 reported that it was nice to have the Directors attend last month’s Community Conversation event “Whose Water Is It Anyway”.  There was good information that can be share in conversation with the general public.  He also noted that we will begin holding public meetings this fall and winter regarding our groundwater management plan triggering mechanisms.  Dennis handed out a couple of articles regarding soil and water for the board to review. 

 

OCTOBER BOARD MEETING:  The next regular meeting of the Upper Elkhorn NRD Board of Directors will be held October 23, 2017 at the NRD office in O’Neill.

 

]It was moved by Michael Moser and seconded by Chip Whitaker to adjourn at 9:15 PM.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dierks, Gotschall, Heithoff, Keller, Kelly, Moser, Rice, Stewart, Whitaker & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Dvorak, Hughes & Meuret.  MOTION CARRIED.