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BOARD MINUTES

RANDOLPH COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Asheboro, North Carolina
March 10, 2003

Supervisors Present: Others Present:
Craig Frazier, Chairman Barton Roberson, DC
William Alston, V. Chairman Jenny Parks, Admin. Sec.
Walter Knott, Treasurer Randy Blackwood, Env. Spec.
Charles Moss, Member Jerry Raynor, Soil Con.

The meeting was called to order at 7:35 a.m. Frazier welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Travel vouchers were signed and returned.

ACTION ITEMS:
February 10, 2003 minutes were reviewed and corrections were made. Alston made a motion to accept the minutes; Knott seconded; motion carried.

Knott presented the treasurerís report. Parks reported that the GSA Parking Space sub-item under Professional Dues was under the incorrect line item. Parks has moved that sub-item under Subscriptions Ė no monies changed, just sub-items. Moss made a motion to accept the treasurerís report; Alston seconded; motion carried. A copy is attached to these minutes.

Information for the District Employees Workshop was presented to the board. The workshop will be held in Charlotte May 13-15, 2003. Parks requested she attend this meeting. Parks reported that she would be the upcoming Area 3 SWCD Director for the District Employees Association. Alston made a motion for Parks to attend the District Employees Workshop; Knott seconded; motion carried.

Frazier reported that James Ferguson, Commission Chair, had a mild heart attack last week and is recovering well. It was decided for the district to send him a card.

Montgomery County SWCD has contacted the Randolph SWCD requesting that 4 new Soil and Water signs be installed on Highways 109N, 134, 220 and 220 Alt. There is a sheet attached to these minutes that gives the breakdown of prices. It was decided that the staff should look at all of the major highways that enter Randolph County before making a decision on just the four signs. Information will be provided at the April Board Meeting regarding the placement of soil and water signs.

Discussion was had on items to be purchased by the district. Alston made a motion to set aside amounts listed below for items listed below for the district to purchase:
-LCD Projector - $1,500
-Color Printer - $ 400
-Servicing of the Laser Level - $ 150
-GPScorrect for ArcPad 6.0 software-$ 476
-Laptop Computer - $1,500
-Measuring Wheel - $ 200
Moss seconded; motion carried. Parks will check with the county purchasing office to check for lower prices on items listed above.

The NRCS Report was given by Roberson as follows:
-The PRMS Report was presented to the Board for information. This report is attached to these minutes.
-Raynor presented a Conservation Plan for Bobby Anthony. His plan consisted of no-till. Knott made a motion for Frazier to sign this plan; Alston seconded; motion carried.
-Roberson presented a copy of a letter sent to Don Griffin, NRCS, regarding job approval authority for Jerry Raynor.
-Information on the "Corps of Engineers: Request for Public Input on Regulatory Definition of Isolated Wetlands." This was provided for information.
-Roberson reported that the FAC is searching for a new building, which will house NRCS, FSA, SWCD, Rural Development and Congressman Cobleís office. Rural Development will be moving to Asheboro and will need adequate space. More information will follow when if becomes available.
-Roberson reported that the office is working with those individuals/organizations (DOT) on streambank/wetland restoration projects. The office has been assisting them with soils, aerials, topos, and actually going out with them on landowners land.

Roberson reported that the Randolph County Parks and Recreation Master Plan Steering Committee will be holding 5 community meetings to discuss, in particular, recreational areas surrounding the Randleman Dam. The meetings are as follows:
-March 25 @ RCC @ 6:30 p.m.
-March 27 @ Trinity High School @ 6:30 p.m.
-March 31 @ Randleman High School @ 6:30 p.m.
-April 1 @ Eastern Randolph High School @ 6:30 p.m.
-April 3 @ Southwest Randolph High School @ 6:30 p.m.

Roberson reported on Technical Service Providers. The new Farm Bill has information regarding TSPís included. The NRCS State Office staff has had training and the Management Team is in training today regarding Technical Service Providers. NRCS offices have been made aware that those affected individually will be contacted as appropriate.

Roberson reported that Jerry Raynor has begun working in Moore County two days a week Ė Thursdays and Fridays. Angela Hill, DC in Moore County, will be moving to the Goldsboro Area Office to take the Resource Conservationist position there. Gary Cox, DC in Alamance County has begun work as the DC in Guilford County this week as well. The DC position in Reidsville/Rockingham County is currently vacant.

Information regarding the new Farm Bill was provided to each supervisor. The new Farm Bill and EQIP were discussed at length. March 12, 2003 is the deadline for public comment on the Farm Bill.

The NCACSP Report was given by Blackwood as follows:

-The following NCACSP Contracts were presented to the board for approval:
        -Bernard Beck, Contract # 76-03-04-02, for livestock exclusion, trough/tank, stock trails and walkways, heavy use area protection, $8236 - Alston made a motion to approve this contract; Knott seconded; motion carried.
        -Ken Cox, Contract #76-03-13-02, for heavy use area protection, stock trails and walkways, trough/tank, livestock exclusion, $7641 - Knott made a motion to approve this contract; Alston seconded; motion carried.
        -Jay Hohn, Jr., Contract #76-03-11-02, for cropland conversion, $2347 - Knott made a motion to approve this contract; Moss seconded; motion carried.
        -Frank Macon, Contract #76-03-10-02, for waste storage structure, $17714 - Knott made a motion to approve this contract; Alston seconded; motion carried.
        -David Cheek, Contract #76-03-14-02, for waste storage structure, grassed waterway, $14370 - Alston made a motion to approve this contract; Knott seconded; motion carried.
        -Blackwood reported that the district has asked for $1290 in contingency funds for NCACSP. These funds will complete Bernard Beckís contract.

The RC&D Report was given by Alston as follows:
-Alston gave a brief report on where RC&D stood on the drum composters.
-The RC&D Annual Meeting will be held in Asheville in May.
-Parks reported that Canoy would perform the RC&D Ramseur Project inspection and will give a report at the April Board Meeting.

Alston reported on the NACD Annual Meeting that was held in Orlando, Florida in February. He made everyone aware that he had hard copies of speeches and resolutions if anyone is interested in obtaining a copy. Alston reported that next year the NACD Annual Meeting will be held on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Information on the Soil and Water Conservation Society was presented for information. Parks will check into the district becoming a member of the Society.

Blackwood reported that all of the NCACSP monies have been encumbered.

Raynor reported that currently Randolph County has 193 EQIP Applications.

Parks reported that the Area 3 Envirothon would be held Thursday, March 13th at Jordan Lake State Forest. Volunteers are needed and she encouraged the supervisors to volunteer.

Roberson reported that the Randolph County Agri-Business Council has asked the district/NRCS to give a presentation at their meeting on March 17, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at Snider Farms Restaurant in Sophia.

Frazier reported that the One North Carolina Naturally Statewide Meeting would be held in Raleigh on April 16 & 17, 2003.

Information on 319 Grant Question and Answer Sessions was provided for information.

The following consent items were approved:
-Employee Weekly Logs
-March and April Calendars

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 9:50 a.m.


The Next Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting will be April 14, 2003 at 7:30 a.m.
Federal Building
241 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC 27203

Form 301: Issued 5/84 Soil and Water Conservation Commission
Department of Natural Resources and Community Development
1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1614