Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes
Meeting Date: 11/19/2019
Meeting Location: Bert Harris Agricultural Center-Room 3
FINAL – Approved 12/17/2019
Recorded by: Susie Bishop
Scott Kirouac – HSWCD Supervisor & Board Chairman
Pam Fentress – HSWCD Supervisor
Steve Smith – HSWCD Supervisor
Doug Deen – HSWCD Supervisor
Steve Smith – HSWCD Supervisor
Kayla Nickerson – HSWCD BMP Tech
Wyatt Johnson – HSWCD BMP Tech
Jacob Miller – HSWCD MIL Manager
Laurie Hurner – Highlands Co. Extension Director
Chad Allison – CFRPC
Carlos Torres – USDA-NRCS
Susie Bishop – HSWCD Executive Director
Michael Zarzano – United Counties of America
Cynthia Comptor – United Counties of America
Meeting Scheduled Start: 3:00 P.m. Call to Order: @ 3:03 P.M.
Public Meeting Announcement Read by Chairman
I. Welcome & Introductions
II. Approval of Agenda
Chairman Kirouac presented agenda, asking for approval. (Fentress/Smith) Unanimous approval.
III. Approval of Meeting Minutes – October 15, 2019
Motion to approve minutes as presented. (Fentress/Smith). Unanimous approval.
IV. Financial Activity
Overview & Approval of Financial Reports – October 2019– Bishop reviewed the bank statements & financial reports for October. Motion made to approve financial reports as presented (Fentress/Smith). Unanimous approval.
FY 2018-19 General Fund Budget Amendments/Resolution – Bishop presented the two corrections to the FY 2018-19 General Fund Budget Amendments. Motion made to approve the budget amendments as presented. (Fentress/Smith). Unanimous approval.
V. Agency Partner Updates
a. NRCS – C. Torres reported they are still accepting applications for FY 2020 with no
deadline set yet. Producers are being reminded to renew their eligibility paperwork with FSA now.
b. FDACS – Bishop reported several positions with OAWP are being advertised including the 2 BMP Tech positions at HSWCD. The new leadership is continuing to make departmental changes, some of which will be presented to staff at a statewide staff meeting on Dec. 4 in Gainesville. Bishop plans to attend.
c. MIL – Bishop reported J. Miller is at the Quarterly ICC Meeting today. Due to timing Bishop was unable to attend, but explained to board the reasons the group is considering their own association. Many changes to the MIL program are expected. MIL Manager is on track to meet all of his deliverables.
d. Extension – No Report
e. HCBCC – No Report
f. CFRPC – Allison explained the RCPP application for easement acquisitions will be submitted by the Dec. 3 deadline. He introduced Butch Parks from the Conservation Florida organization. Discussion about RCPP process and how HSWCD could be supportive of the RCPP.
IV. Old Business
VII. New Business
a. Annual Report – Chairman requested this be tabled until December meeting since two Supervisors were absent today. Fentress asked about the annual review of the Executive Director. Chairman explained his request to remove it from the agenda in hopes a full Board would be in attendance in December to complete the evaluation. If there is not a full board in December, the annual review and annual report will definitely be on the agenda and not tabled again. Bishop was asked to bring information about the County Flexible Spending account for members of the group insurance for consideration as a benefit for the employees paid for by the District.
b. HSWCD Staffing – Bishop updated the Board on interviews and candidates for the two open BMP Technician positions.
VIII. Executive Director’s Report
a. Bishop reported another successful year of Ag Venture was completed last week.
b. The new picnic tables have been purchased and delivered to the Garden. Three tables were purchased for a total cost of $525.00.
IX. Citizens Not on the Agenda
X. Supervisor Comments
Fentress – As requested she contacted the owner of Weather STEM regarding a station for the private Christian School in Lake Placid. The features have been expanded as well as the price. The stations are now $6250.00, but they offer a 20% discount for schools and will give an additional 20% discount to Highlands County schools bringing the price down to $4000.00. Fentress will share the information with school ED and if they want to pursue will be advised to bring a request to the full board. AFCD held a conference call on Nov. 6 and it was proposed to hire a consultant to assist the AFCD in re-organization at a rate of $ 5650.00 Fentress feels this is not a good use of taxpayer dollars since they could use someone from UF-IFAS to assist for travel expenses only.
Smith – Shared with the board a request of Bishop to coordinate with the County Livestock/Natural Resources Agent to set up a presentation from an expert on Blue-Green Algae and Red Tide. Agent Davis has heard the presentation and was impressed so Smith would like to see us organize an opportunity to have this presentation offered in Highlands County.
Kirouac – None
Meeting Adjourned 4:19 P.M.