Lower Platte North NRD
September 03, 2015 9:00 AM
Projects Committee Meeting
1. SWCP
1.a. SWCP Fall Application Approvals
Rationale

Fall Applications above existing NRD Structures:

  Kenneth Polacek (7A) Terraces & Tile $ 11,564.33 75%

  Don Anderson (Clear Creek) Terraces & Tile $   9,468.34 75%

  Edward Kratky (7A) Terraces & Tile $   7,046.25 75%

  Rudolph Houfek (42A) Basins & Tile $ 11,062.50 75%

  Bill Perk (Site 15) Basins & Tile $ 12,500.00 75%

 Fall Applications in LPNNRD Priority Areas:

  Randy Brabec (Colfax) Diversion $  1,006.08 75%

  Vering Feedyard LLC (Dodge) Terraces & Tile $ 12,500.00 75%

  REMD LLC (Butler) Terraces & Tile $   2,982.73 75%

  Elizebeth Meysenburg (Butler) Crop ground to grass $      751.33 75%

  Lawrence Mach (Cottonwood) Terraces/Basins/Tile $   3,403.94 25%

  Berniel Jansa (Cottonwood) Basins/Tile $   9,405.00 25%

  TOTAL: $ 81,691.22

 

Recommended Motion

* To approve the SWCP Fall Applications totaling $81,691.22 as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve the SWCP Fall Applications totaling $81,691.22 as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Lon Olson and a second by Don Veskerna.

1.b. SWCP Payments
Rationale

 

14-D-59 Raymond Mitchell Waterway w/fabric checks $ 540.89

Recommended Motion

* To approve the $540.89 SWCP Payment to Raymond Mitchell (14-D-59) as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve the $540.89 SWCP Payment to Raymond Mitchell (14-D-59) as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Lon Olson and a second by Don Veskerna.

1.c. SWCP Cancellations
Rationale

None

1.d. Cottonwood Creek Payments
Rationale

None

1.e. Sand/Duck Creek Approvals
Rationale

None

1.f. Sand/Duck Cost Share Payment
Rationale

Larry Johnson Terraces/Tile/Waterway $ 4,028.77 25%

  Kenneth Johnson Terraces/Basins/Tile $ 8,896.06 25% (SWCP)

  $ 5,343.22 15% (SWCP)

 

Recommended Motion

* To approve the Sand/Duck Creek cost share payments totaling $18,268.05 as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve the Sand/Duck Creek cost share payments totaling $18,268.05 as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Larry Feala.

1.g. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Approvals
Rationale

None

1.h. Mike Chvatal Small Dam Application Approval - 9:15 a.m.
Rationale

Mike Chvatal is applying for assistance to build a grade stabilization dam located above LPNNRD's Cottonwood Creek Floodwater Dam Site 21-A, near Malmo.  Earlier this year, Mike became interested in possibly restoring an old breached dam at this location, however after further investigation, this does not appear to be a very good option.  In the past, LPNNRD has given cost-share priority to conservation practices located above our floodwater dams.  

On August 7th, Assistant Manager Mountford inspected the small dam site with NRCS technician Sean Elliott.   This appears to be a good site for a structure and would provide multiple benefits (erosion control, wildlife habitat, silt trap above Dam Site 21-A)  The tentative plan is to obtain necessary permits and complete the project design and construct the project as soon as possible.  Depending on the permit and design schedule, the project would likely be completed next summer.  The project estimate is $22,323 of which 75% or $16,742 is being requested from LPNNRD. Our cost-share limit on small dams is $15,000, however this can be adjusted on a case-by-case basis depending on the benefits of the project.   Mr. Chavtal was present to discuss his application.   NRCS will confirm that there is the required 75% land treatment about the site and Mr. Chavtal expressed interest in applying for any needed conservation practices on his property as well. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the Mike Chvatal grade stabilization dam application at 75% cost-share and allow exceeding the $15,000 limit to a maximum of $16,742 assistance based on the benefits to LPNNRD's Cottonwood Creek Flood Control Dam 21-A

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the Mike Chvatal grade stabilization dam application at 75% cost-share and allow exceeding the $15,000 limit to a maximum of $16,742 assistance based on the benefits to LPNNRD's Cottonwood Creek Flood Control Dam 21-A passed with a motion by Bob Clausen and a second by Matt Bailey.

2. WATERSHEDS
2.a. Shell Creek Watershed
2.a.1. Shell Creek Watershed Plan - Final Contract Payment
Rationale

We have received the final $922.50 contract invoice from EA Engineering for completing the Shell Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan.  After this payment, we will have paid a total of $123,000 to EA for this effort.  Per Board Policy, no recommendation is needed for payment.

Attachments
2.b. Wahoo Creek Watershed
2.b.1. Grant Applications for Wahoo Creek Phase II Project
Rationale

As reported last month, we have been working with JEO on submitting grant applications to NDEQ and NET for the second project phase in the Wahoo Creek Watershed.  The applications will request assistance for continuing with landowner conservation practices and Lands for Conservation Program.  Another segment of this application is to pursue constructing two larger grade stabilization structures in the watershed. JEO representatives will be present to discuss the applications.  The committee will be asked to support submitting grant applications to NDEQ and NET for this project phase.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve submitting Wahoo Creek Phase II grants to NDEQ and NET for permitting and design of two large grade stabilization structures and for the Lands for Conservation Program, as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes. Also, to approve Assistant Manager Mountford as the grant administrator to sign the grant applications and other necessary documents

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve submitting Wahoo Creek Phase II grants to NDEQ and NET for permiting and design of two large grade stabilization structures and for the Lands for Conservation Program, as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes. Also, to approve Assistant Manager Mountford as the grant administrator to sign the grant applications and other necessary documents passed with a motion by Lon Olson and a second by Don Veskerna.

2.b.1.A. Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan Phase I Update - JEO
3. LOWER PLATTE RIVER CORRIDOR ALLIANCE
3.a. LPRCA Monthly Report
Rationale

Meghan Sittler was  present to give her monthly update on numerous  Alliance activities.  She was very busy organizing the Water Quality Open which was held last month.  She  also has been busy working on several grant and funding opportunities and overseeing the pier removal activities at Two River State Park. Attached is a construction report and photos.  A detailed written report of Meghan's activities is anticipated by Board Meeting.

Attachments
4. OTHER
4.a. Army COE 205 Projects
4.a.1. Fremont 205
Rationale

A meeting has been set for Friday, September 11 at 9:00 a.m. at the City Council Chambers in Fremont.  The Corps of Engineers will introduce a new Project Manager, Gwyn Jarrett, for the study and discuss the process to finalize this study before the construction phase can occur.  Partners, Dodge County, Inglewood and Fremont have all been notified.

4.a.2. Schuyler 205
Rationale

Contractor still remains on site finishing punch list items from final walk through.  

A training exercise for operation of the levee is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on September 11th. 

4.b. Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project Update - Matt Bailey
Rationale

Attached is a thank you letter from Mel & Kitty Bailey for supporting their Shell Creek Project effort.

Attachments
4.c. All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update- JEO Progress Report
Rationale

John Petersen, JEO engineer, has reported that they are moving forward with permitting and design of the Woodcliff bank stabilization project.  They plan to submit the 404 permit application package in the next 2-3 months and anticipate at least 6 months before the Corps approves it.  If all goes well, we are looking at a fall 2016 construction start.  Early next year, Woodcliff plans to submit an official cost share request to LPNNRD so it can be considered for our FY 17 budget.

Another project that is underway is the breach inundation mapping on twenty of our non-high hazard dams.

We have received a $2,516.50 invoice and progress report from JEO for contract work on our Hazard Mitigation Plan contract.  After this payment, we will have paid $86,405.50 of our $126,000 contract ($39,594.50 remaining) as attached. 

 

 

Attachments
4.d. Lake Wanahoo Wetland - Water Table Problems
Rationale

On August 28 tiling contractor Dave Veldkamp visited the site where landowners Gaughan and Murren are experiencing crop damage due to the Wanahoo wetland raising Duck Creek levels by more than nine feet on property adjacent to the wetland.  Directors Hilger, Kavan Sabatka and Veskerna were present along with Miyoshi.  Air photos from five different years were reviewed as well as viewing the site. 

Veldkamp informed us that the cost to tile the ground would cost $800 to $900 per acre. 

Directors asked that staff try to obtain the following documents:

            1.   Air photos of the property for each of the last 10 years

            2.  NRCS Wetland Determination maps for the property (from property owners)

            3.  FSA production records for the last 10 years (from property owners)

Discussion also occurred about hiring a professional agronomist or company that could assist us with determining if there is a problem and if so how many acres are affected.  Some of the names that came up were Landmark (Chris Langemeier), Pathfinder (Roger Koertner) and ServTech.

No recommendation was needed at this time. 

4.e. Review of Projects Financial Statement
4.f. Projects Committee Time Discussion
Rationale

Chairman Hannah has requested discussion on possibly changing the Projects Committee starting time from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  The reason for this request is his desire to hold Executive Committee meetings immediately following the Projects Committee meetings on a Thursday.  By moving Projects Committee up an hour, it will allow more time to hopefully complete both meetings in the morning.  As you recall, the Projects Committee moved the meeting to 9:00 a.m. to better accommodate all committee members schedules. While several committee members suggested a 8:00 a.m. start time, no recommendation was made at this time. 

5. WESTERN SARPY/CLEAR CREEK LEVEE REPORT
Rationale

Segement 4B

Contractor is on site finishing up punch list items from final walk through, which include

  Fixing Fence and the Gates

  Spraying of trees along the river will take place second week of September

 

Segment 5

Contractor continues to work at Camp Ashland Culvert.  

Road surfacing between Road E and F 

Finishing Culverts between Road E & F

 

6. ADJOURNMENT
Rationale

The Projects Committee Adjourned at 10:50 a.m.