Gottschalk reviewed the status of our SWCP funds as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes.
SWCP Application Approvals
Cottonwood Creek Payments
Sand/Duck Creek Approvals
Sand/Duck Cost Share Payment
Wahoo Creek Cost Share Approvals
Wahoo Creek - Lands for Conservation & Cost Share Payments
Darrell Kubik Lands for Cons. payment only (3 projects): $ 8,140.00 37 acres
Norm Lindgren Lands for Cons. payment only: $ 3,938.00 17.9 acres
Arthur Lamprecht Lands for Cons. payment only: $ 11,484.00 52.2 acres
Jerome Urban Lands for Cons. and Construction $ 4,562.09 11 acres
Bob Furasek Conservation payment (no LFC) $ 1,444.21
*To approve the five Wahoo Creek Lands for Conservation payments totaling $29,568.30, as listed in the Projects Committee Minutes
Motion Passed: To approve the five Wahoo Creek Lands for Conservation payments totaling $29,568.30, as listed in the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Larry Feala.
Lands For Conservation (LFC) Update/Requests
The Lands For Conservation (LCF) has proved to be a successful program in the Wahoo Creek Watershed where we paid landowners in certain areas to plant wheat or oats on crop acres where terrace/tile outlet projects were to be constructed this past summer. This allowed a larger window for NRCS & contractors to get jobs completed. However, on a few projects some problems emerged that didn't allow the projects to be completed within the established time-frame or other problems arose. Mark Walkenhorst and Jami Thoene, Saunders County NRCS, were present to review various situations which should all be completed within a reasonable time frame.
They also discussed a project completed by K.Y. Jurgens/Ann Crockett, where the landowners completed their project within all preamaters, but somehow the paperwork for LFC did not get signed. The landowner set-a-side 50 acres for their summer construction with the belief that they had the approval for the LFC as well. The Committee felt that this was a situation that was no direct fault of the landowner and the fact we have available funding for this LFC payment due to 56 acres of previous contract cancellations, we should approve this contract.
*To approve the Jurgens/Crockett Lands For Conservation (LFC) application for $11,000 (50 acres) located in the Wahoo Creek Phase I priority area
Motion Passed: To approve the Jurgens/Crockett Lands For Conservation (LFC) application for $11,000 (50 acres) located in the Wahoo Creek Phase I priority area passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Larry Feala.
2015 Nebraska Buffer Strip Payments
Attached is the current listing for 2015 Nebraska Buffer Strip payments.
*To approve the eight 2015 Nebraska Buffer Strip Payments totaling $11,881.69, as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes
Motion Passed: To approve the eight 2015 Nebraska Buffer Strip Payments totaling $11,881.69, as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Larry Feala.
Shell Creek Environmental Enhancement Plan (10-161-3) Grant Payments
We have been working with SCWIG to expend their old NET Grant (10-161-3) by the end of this year. We accepted the administration of this grant as the Praireland RC&D decided to disband and SCWIG became our advisory group. All invoices listed below will be reimbursed 100% from NET funds (as this grant has already provided the necessary local match). The committee is asked to review and recommend payment of the following invoices as listed and attached:
Cover Crop Payments
Donald Gasper Cover Crop Payment - Platte County $2,850.00
Daniel Gehring Cover Crop payment - Platte County: $1,501.00
Reed Goering Cover Crop Payment - Platte County $ 806.00
Phillip Goering Cover Crop Payment - Platte County $ 451.00
Laura Brandl Cover Crop Payment - Platte County $1548.00 (Contract under Melvin Brandl)
William Fischer Cover Crop Payment - Platte County $1472.00
Jon Gehring Cover Crop Payment - Platte County $3,200.00
Other Shell Creek Invoices:
Penne Screen Printing and Signs- Water Quality Team Shirts $153.42
Applied Connective Technologies - Website Hosting fee $48.00
Schieffer Signs- Watershed Signs $6,338.00
GRAND TOTAL: $18,367.42
*To approve payment of Shell Creek Watershed invoices totaling $18,367.42 as summarized and and attached to the Projects Committee Minutes
Motion Passed: To approve payment of Shell Creek Watershed invoices totaling $18,367.42 as summarized and and attached to the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Lon Olson and a second by Don Veskerna.
Shell Creek Payment - Mark Mainelli
Attached is a $6,456.08 invoice received from Mark Mainelli for engineering services performed for designing a bank stabilization in Colfax County as attached. We have approved an interlocal agreement with Colfax County to provide $15,000 toward engineering services to design this project. Colfax County is providing $10,000 for this design. Our $15,000 commitment will be reimbursed from Nebraska Environmental Trust funds.
There is $8,543.92 remaining to be paid on our agreement.
Wahoo Creek Watershed - Water Quality Plan (PIP) Phase I
No new update presented. New information, if any, will be presented at the November 9th Board Meeting.
LOWER PLATTE RIVER CORRIDOR ALLIANCE
LPRCA Monthly Report
Meghan will give a summary of her recent activities and review the very successful pier removal project near Two Rivers State Park.
Payment on Project Invoices
Meghan will be present to review the attached invoice totaling $58,046 for LPRCA project items as approved in our 2016 budget. The committee is asked for a recommendation to approve payment.
To approve payment of the LPRCA Invoice totaling $58,046 for items approved (in black) in our 2016 budget, as attached to the Project Committee Minutes
Motion Passed: To approve payment of the LPRCA Invoice totaling $58,046 for items approved (in black) in our 2016 budget, as attached to the Project Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Dave Saalfeld and a second by Lon Olson.
Army COE 205 Projects
As reported to the I, E and RW committee, a meeting was held Monday, October 8th between NDOR, COE and LPN NRD. Discussion was to coordinate efforts in regard to Hwy 30 Expressway alignment, elevation and hydraulic modeling in coordination with the design and alignment with the Fremont Levee.
A meeting also took place on Tuesday, October 27th between the COE and the Partners to discuss alignment. This was very beneficial not only to the Corps but also helped Dodge County and the City. The meeting detailed land use, other obstacles and new ideas. This information also assist the City and County when planning with NDOR.
The Army COE is working with contractor TCW to complete a few remaining landowner project needs, The primary contractor, TJC, have completed their required contracted work and have moved out of the area.
Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project Update
No new information was presented.
All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update- JEO Progress Report and Invoice
If we receive an HMP invoice and progress report from JEO, it will be included in the minutes by the November 9th Board meeting,
Review of Projects Financial Statement
Off Site Water Table near Sand Creek Wetland
For three years we have received comments on impacts to neighbors next to the Sand Creek Wetland. Recently board members, staff and a tiling contractor visited the site with the feeling we should wait until after harvest and then hire a professional to make an independent assessment. This is likely not a large expenditure that would require bidding. The committee discussed how we wish to proceed.
To have staff prepare proposals from professional firms for making an independent assessment of off-site landowner impacts as a result of the raised water table from the Sand Creek Wetland for the next Projects Committee
Motion Passed: To have staff prepare proposals from professional firms for making an independent assessment of off-site landowner impacts as a result of the raised water table from the Sand Creek Wetland for the next Projects Committee Meeting passed with a motion by Lon Olson and a second by Larry Feala.
November 9th Board Meeting Schedule @ Newman Grove
As you know, the November 9th LPNNRD Board Meeting will be held at the Newman Grove High School. Mark Seir and his wife have been gracious to line up the meal for everyone. To ensure that there is enough food for the students and Directors before the general public is served. There may be enough food for everyone, but then again it depends on who all attends.
4:45 p.m. Dinner for Students, LPNNRD Directors & Staff (The general public will be served @ 5:00 p.m.)
5:30 p.m. Presentation from High School Students
6:00 p.m. LPNNRD Board Meeting
Next Projects Committee Meeting Location/Time
Mat Bailey offered to host the next Projects Committee Meeting on December 3rd at his parents farm near Schuyler. Doing this will allow combining a tour of the Shell Creek Levee, the Kramer project and other potential project points of interest. The committee instructed staff to arrange this meeting with the Baileys.
WESTERN SARPY/CLEAR CREEK LEVEE REPORT
Segment 4-B is complete and waiting for a final Army COE inspection.
Segment 5-B is mostly complete with the Army COE working with Big Sandy Development to complete some additional work requested by the Developments (the Development's expense for completing this work is $44,300). Items remaining on the punch list are fence corner resetting and Right of Way markers.
Meetings with Saunders County have been underway to discuss the Army COE's requirements to replace the project fuse plug on Camp Ashland property.
With no further business, the Projects Committee Adjourned at 9:45 a.m.