Lower Platte North NRD
July 01, 2015 8:30 AM
Operations & Education Committee Meeting
1. WILD NE/CREP REPORT
B. Heimann
Rationale

There are no CREP payments.

2. OPERATION & MAINTENANCE & OTHER ITEMS
2.a. O & M Crew
B. Heimann
Rationale

The O & M crew spent the month inspecting our watershed dams and spraying thistle on other project sites. Installed in signs below Wanahoo dam.  Installed a riser and tile to drain water hole along Wanahoo service road.

2.b. Tree Program NARD Invoice
B. Heimann
Rationale

The District purchased 17, 725 seedlings and 8 acreage packages from the Bessey Nursery in Halsey.  An invoice from NARD for the seedlings is $11,456.42.

Recommended Motion

To pay NARD $11,456.42 for the tree seedlings purchased through Bessey Nursery for the District's conservation tree program.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To pay NARD $11,456.42 for the tree seedlings purchased through Bessey Nursery for the District's conservation tree program passed with a motion by Gene Ruzicka and a second by Ronald Sabatka.

2.c. Czechland Camper Revenue
B. Heimann
Rationale

As of June 25 the income from RV camping at Czechland is 2,527.49.

Staff is recommending adding three additional electrical camper pads and budget for this improvement. See attached aerial photo. Electrical estimate is $3,200.

We spread more white rock on pads, parking areas and around one jetty.

Attachments
2.d. Wanahoo Hay Bids
B. Heimann
Rationale

The Lake Wanahoo hay bids were due June 30 at 4:00 pm.  The opening of bids will be during this committee meeting.  The haying period is from July 16 to August 30.

Recommended Motion

To accept the high bids for hay of $67.50 per ton from Dan Kavady for Wanahoo area A and $64 per ton from Darren Sutton for Wanahoo area B

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To accept the high bids for haying of $67.50 per ton from Dan Kavady for Wanahoo area A and $64 per ton from Darren Sutton for Wanahoo area B passed with a motion by Ronald Sabatka and a second by Fred Hagerbaumer.

2.e. Wanahoo SRA
B. Heimann
Rationale

There is $485,000 of NRD funds available to do capital improvements for the Wanahoo SRA ($291,000 from NRDF matched with $194,000 from LPNNRD).  The potential items for using the funds are; Park entrance road $200,000, Playground equipment $175,000, Trail benches $15,000, Surface trail across dam $10,000, Disc golf course $40,000, Drainage improvement on west half of recreation area $15,000.  These items will be discussed and incorporated into the budget for FY 16.

2.f. Fremont Flood Study
B. Heimann
Rationale

The Corps of Engineers has developed a new FCSA Agreement between the Department of the Army and Lower Platte North NRD (and Partners). The cost of the study is $550,000 in which the non-federal partners are obligated to $275,000. A motion is needed to sign the FCSA documents and move forward with the study.

A new Amendment to our Inter-local agreement between the District and our partners (Fremont, Dodge County and Inglewood) has been developed and is ready to be sent for signatures to share the cost of the non-federal portion $275,000.

Recommended Motion

To approve and authorize signing of a new FCSA Agreement between the Department of the Army and Lower Platte North NRD to complete the flood protection study for Fremont, NE at a local cost of $275,000 (district and partners). Also, to approve a new Amendment to the COE Fremont South GI Study Inter-Local Agreement that will share the $275,000 cost of this study between LPNNRD, Fremont, Inglewood and Dodge County

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve and authorize signing of a new FCSA Agreement between the Department of the Army and Lower Platte North NRD to complete the flood protection study for Fremont, NE at a local cost of $275,000 (district and partners). Also, to approve a new Amendment to the COE Fremont South GI Study Inter-Local Agreement that will share the $275,000 cost of this amendment between LPNNRD, Fremont, Inglewood and Dodge County passed with a motion by Gene Ruzicka and a second by Fred Hagerbaumer.

2.g. FY Budget 2016
B. Heimann
Rationale

A review of the new fiscal year budget by each department took place.

3. ROCK AND JETTY
B. Heimann
Rationale

There are no request for payment.

4. EROSION & SEDIMENT RULES & REGULATIONS
5. INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
5.a. Information
5.a.1. Radio & eAds
Rationale

We are running ads on the Wanahoo detour this month. 

 Our ad rep at KTIC, Nikki Hagedorn, is leaving for a new job at the end of this month. A new rep has been assigned to handle our account going forward.

5.a.2. Nebraska State Fair
Rationale

NARD will again have a presence in the "Raising Nebraska" building at the State Fair. There have been a number of improvements and enhancements to the building and exhibits this year (see attachment for details). There are volunteer opportunities for anyone who like to help staff some of the stations - you can sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4aaaa62ea7fe3-engagement1. 

Attachments
5.a.3. County Fairs
Rationale

This month we will be attending four county fairs in the district. Unfortunately due to an overlap in the exhibit dates for Colfax and Butler Counties, we will not be able to attend the Colfax County Fair this year. 

Dates are:

  • Platte County: July 8-12
  • Boone County: July 11-15
  • Butler County: July 24-27
  • Saunders County: July 27-August 3

5.a.4. Wanahoo Signs
Rationale

We have produced signage for the summer Lake Wanahoo detour and a map to the dumps station at the Saunders County Fairgrounds (see attachments). 

Attachments
5.b. Education
5.b.1. Watershed Education Toolbox
Rationale

The Watershed Education Toolbox group has met twice and outlined several priorities for the project, including identifying numerous educational activities for elementary and high school students. The next step will be to put together sample kits for several activities. 

5.c. Computer
5.c.1. Board Room Projectors
Rationale

We have priced a projector & screen setup to replace the wall-mounted TVs in the board room. It would be very similar to what Lower Platte South NRD uses in their board room. There would be two Epson ultra-short-throw projectors (~$1,360 each) and two Da-Lite Cinema Contour projection screens (~$1,175 each), for a total of $5,070.

The TVs currently used in the board room are 50" diagonally; the screens would be 110". 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

Purchase two Epson 585w projectors and two Da-Lite Cinema Contour 110" projection screens for a total cost of $5,070

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Purchase two Epson 585w projectors and two Da-Lite Cinema Contour 110" projection screens for a total cost of $5,070 passed with a motion by Gene Ruzicka and a second by Mark Seier.

6. RURAL WATER SYSTEMS
Rationale

Water Samples were taken on June 24th and we will have results for Board meeting.

June meters were read and bills sent out

The annual Water Quality Reports were sent to all customers and reported to State

Annual audit and budget reports were submitted to State

End of year State reports were completed and submitted.

Looking into new billing software for Rural Water system

7. Adjournment