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BOARD MINUTES

RANDOLPH COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

Asheboro, North Carolina

September 8, 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.
Richard Canoy, Secretary   Bob Abell, Soil Cons. Tech.
Charles Moss, Member   Jerry Dorsett, DSWCD

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:
August 11, 2003 minutes were reviewed and corrections were made. Knott made a motion to accept the minutes; Canoy seconded; motion carried.

Knott presented the treasurer’s report. Alston made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report; Canoy seconded; motion carried. A copy is attached to these minutes.

The NRCS Report was given by Roberson as follows:
-There was no PRMS Report given at this time. There have been no changes to the report. All goals have been met.
-There are no conservation plans to present at this time.
-Technical Service Provider information was discussed. NRCS is currently conducting several surveys regarding Soil Cons. Tech. Positions within their agency nationwide. TSP are being looked at to fill voids of these positions. More information will follow as it becomes available.

The NCACSP Report was given by Blackwood as follows:
-Alston moved, seconded by Canoy, the board voted unanimously to approve and sign the supplemental Plan of Operation and Request for Payment for Tommy Hussey, contract #76-04-01-16SU for $625.
-Canoy moved, seconded by Moss, the board voted unanimously to approve and sign the supplemental Plan of Operation and Request for Payment for Mickey Bowman, contract #76-04-02-16SU for $390.
-Kent Atkinson has requested a 6-month extension for his NCACSP contract for a drystack and incinerator. Canoy moved, seconded by Alston, the board voted unanimously to grant Kent Atkinson a 6-month extension on his NCACSP contract.

Information on ACSP new farmers and limited resource farmers was presented to the board for information and feedback. It was decided to bring back to the October Board Meeting for further discussion.

EQIP Program Management was discussed. "The NRCS EQIP program manager and the Division of Soil and Water Conservation are interested in receiving feedback from local districts on cost share rates and the potential for leveraging program funds." Attached to these minutes is a sheet indicating which practices are critical for retainment at 75% in order to maintain program participation and which practices Randolph SWCD would consider using NCACSP funds to supplement EQIP funding in order to maintain 75% cost share rates for land users. Randolph SWCD’s current cost share rate is 65%. Ten practices were selected that are critical water quality practices that we want to encourage through EQIP and/or NCACSP contracts and ten practices were selected that will result in a detrimental effect on program participation if the cost share percentage is lowered. There were no practices selected that Randolph SWCD would consider using NCACSP funds to supplement EQIP funding to provide up to 75% cost share – Randolph SWCD’s current cost share rate is 65%.

The RC&D Report was given by Alston as follows:
-Roberson reported that he attended the Board of Directors Meeting. Roberson gave a brief update on RC&D.

A job description for the Community Conservation Specialist was presented and reviewed. Knott moved, seconded by Alston, the board voted unanimously to approve the job description for the Community Conservation Specialist as presented. A copy of the job description is attached to these minutes.

Discussion was had regarding contracting the Community Conservation Specialist position. Canoy moved, seconded by Knott, the board voted unanimously to contract the Community Conservation Specialist position if the Randolph County Government allows. Parks will contact Kim Newsome, Personnel Director, to find out if the County will allow a position to be contracted.

Information for the Area 3 SWCD Fall Meeting was presented to the board for information. It was decided to bring this information to the October Board Meeting. Dorsett gave a brief report on what resolutions will be covered at the Fall Meeting

The Randolph SWCD Board of Supervisors requested that Roberson attend the Area 3 SWCD Fall Meeting in Yanceyville.

Parks presented information regarding the NCDEA Award Programs to recognize a District Professional and a District Board Member to "recognize professionalism and dedication in the people behind the nation’s conservation district programs." This is a National Conservation District Employees Association Program that North Carolina DEA has adopted as their state awards program. The 2004 national winners will each receive a plaque, to be presented during the 58th NACD Annual Meeting in Hawaii on February 2, 2004.

Information was provided for computer systems that the district could purchase through NACD that are under the USDA contract. This was for information.

The Cape Fear River Basinwide Water Resource Management/TMDL Conference will be held September 9, 2003 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.

Roberson reported that a new building for the Service Center was being sought. Further information will be given as soon as it becomes available.

Parks reported that she had a copy of the 2003 Policy Book of NACD. If supervisors wish to have a complete copy they need to let Parks know.

The Board decided to put a statement on the October Board Agenda that staff may be excused from the Board Meetings after their reports are given unless needed in other business.

At 9:15 the Board went into closed session to complete an employee evaluation. At 9:20 the Board opened the meeting.

The following consent items were approved:
-Employee Weekly Logs
-September and October Calendars
-NACD August Board Meeting
-Information regarding the death of Jim Hughes – Johnston SWCD Supervisor

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 9:30 a.m.

 


The Next Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting will be October 13, 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