Lower Platte North NRD
January 28, 2016 8:30 AM
Operations & Education Committee Meeting
1. WILD NE/CREP REPORT
B. Heimann
Rationale

Game & Parks has reimbursed the District 75% of the $6,800 cost for the tree clearing at Homestead Lake. This project is ongoing with improvements through a Federal Program grant.

There are no other payments for this month.

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

Staff has been clearing volunteer brush at Czechland Lake, maintenance on equipment, snow removal and burning tree piles.

2.b. Vehicle Replacement
B. Heimann
Rationale

Staff is recommending replacing the District's Ford Fusion which has approximately 91,000 miles.  Staff recommends replacing it with a similar vehicle used by administration for meetings.  Attached is a list of vehicles from the State of Nebraska Materials Division contracts. Please review and discuss at committee time.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To purchase a 2016 Ford Fusion through State of Nebraska contract #14370 from Anderson Ford for $17,721 and to sell the 2010 Ford Fusion after a new vehicle is delivered

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To purchase a 2016 Ford Fusion through State of Nebraska contract #14370 from Anderson Ford for $17,721 and to sell the 2010 Ford Fusion after a new vehicle is delivered passed with a motion by Jim McDermott and a second by Fred Hagerbaumer.

2.c. Tractor Rental
B. Heimann
Rationale

Platte Valley Equipment will rent a JD 8245 tractor to the District this coming season for $3,500.  The previous season was the same tractor at $3,300.  The State of Nebraska Contract with John Deere rents tractors for $13.25/hr with a minimum of 300 hours, that comes to $3,975.

Recommended Motion

*To rent a John Deere 8245 tractor from Platte Valley Equipment for the 2016 season at $3,500

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To rent a John Deere 8245 tractor from Platte Valley Equipment for the 2016 season at $3,500 passed with a motion by Ronald Sabatka and a second by Mark Seier.

2.d. Waterfowl Hunting at Czechland and Homestead Lakes
B. Heimann
Rationale

The District receives calls each hunting season as to whether waterfowl hunting is allowed at Czechland and Homestead Lakes. Staff has discussed this with the area Conservation Officer as he too receives many questions on this issue. Officer Luben believes it would be OK to allow waterfowl hunting in designated areas at both locations.  Staff developed aerial photo's that designate waterfowl hunting areas that will be used by Mr. Luben and the District to guide hunters to the appropriate locations.  Signs may be posted on the areas to guide hunters to the correct areas.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve and add to the Districts recreation policy, waterfowl hunting at Czechland and Homestead Lakes in accordance with the designated areas developed on aerial photo's

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To approve and add to the Districts recreation policy, waterfowl hunting at Czechland and Homestead Lakes in accordance with the designated areas developed on aerial photo's passed with a motion by Ronald Sabatka and a second by Fred Hagerbaumer.

2.e. Camp Ashland Fuse Plug Invoice
B. Heimann
Rationale

Attached is an invoice from Clark Construction for $1,520 for mobilizing his equipment in the event the Fuse Plug at Camp Ashland needed to be removed because of flooding in early December.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To pay Clark Construction $1,520 for mobilizing his equipment in the event the Fuse Plug at Camp Ashland needed to be removed because of flooding

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To pay Clark Construction $1,520 for mobilizing his equipment in the event the Fuse Plug at Camp Ashland needed to be removed because of flooding passed with a motion by Ronald Sabatka and a second by Mark Seier.

2.f. Wanahoo Dam Instrument Monitoring Invoice
B. Heimann
Rationale

Attached is an invoice from Olsson Associates for $4,841.74.  Olsson's is under contract to monitor instruments (piezometers) on the Wanahoo Dam.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To pay Olsson Associates $4,841.74 for their work of monitoring instruments (piezometers) on the Wanahoo Dam.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To pay Olsson Associates $4,841.74 for their work of monitoring instruments (piezometers) on the Wanahoo Dam. passed with a motion by Jim McDermott and a second by Ronald Sabatka.

2.g. Platte County Grass Drill Saunders County Grass Drill
B. Heimann
Rationale

Gary Mueller of Mueller Sod Farm has been renting the NRD No-till grass drill for the past 8 years. He would like to get out of the grass drill rental agreement with the District.  Gary and John Hannah helped locate a new cooperator to rent the NRD grass drill in Platte County.  Stan Rosendahl or Rosendahl Seed & Feed has agreed to handle the NRD grass drill.  The agreement with Rosendahl Seed & Feed is attached. All three of the District's grass drill agreements are the same.

The District received a revenue check of $1,857.75 from Rezac Seed for the second half of 2015.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve a new No-till Grass Drill rental agreement with Rosendahl Seed & Feed in Platte County and to have staff and Board Chairman sign the agreement

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To approve a new No-till Grass Drill rental agreement with Rosendahl Seed & Feed in Platte County and to have staff and Board Chairman sign the agreement passed with a motion by Fred Hagerbaumer and a second by Ronald Sabatka.

2.h. Wanahoo SRA Improvements
B. Heimann
Rationale

Staff has contacted JEO for a proposal/estimate for design, specifications, and to develop a bid proposal package for a RV dump station and possible fish cleaning station on the Day Use Area side (East side) of Lake Wanahoo (Proposal Attached). It would be adjacent to Hwy 109 for access to city sewer. (See attached aerial photo.) Discussion with NE Game & Parks will occur in February as to what they may be able to provide in relationship to design and specifications. This subject will be revisited at our March meeting.

 

Staff recommends advertising for RFP's (Request for Proposal) for playground systems from Playground Dealers. The units would be placed on the West and East sides of Lake Wanahoo.  We would ask the Dealers to present their proposals at our March 2 committee meeting.  Staff would like to have the unit(s) in place before the end of the fiscal year (June 30). (See attached aerial photo.)

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To advertise for three weeks and give notice to Playground Dealers that the District is seeking RFP's for playground unit(s) at Lake Wanahoo and have selected dealers present their proposals at the March 2 committee meeting

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To advertise for three weeks and give notice to Playground Dealers that the District is seeking RFP's for playground unit(s) at Lake Wanahoo and have selected dealers present their proposals at the March 2 committee meeting passed with a motion by Jim McDermott and a second by Fred Hagerbaumer.

3. ROCK AND JETTY
B. Heimann
Rationale

There are no payment request.  The previously approved project invoices have not been inspected because of weather.

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

The KTIC ad for January on Nitrogen & Water Management Classes will run until February 1st.  The Wahoo Newspaper eAd on tree purchasing orders will run through February.

5.b. Education
5.b.1. Shell Creek Scholarships
Rationale

We have 2 recipients of the Shell Creek Watershed Monitoring Program Scholarship.  Each recipient will receive $1,000 upon submission of their first semester college transcript with a B average or a 3.0 or above.  The 2015 recipients are:

Parker Wallin graduated from Newman Grove High School.  Parker currently attends the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is majoring in Mechanized Systems Management.

Sandra Mariely Estrada-Gonzalez graduated from Newman Grove High School.  Sandra currently attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a double major in Psychology and Ethnic Studies with minors in Spanish and English.

The 2016 applications will be due on April 15th.

Attached is a copy of the award letter sent to recipients.

Attachments
5.b.2. Pheasants Forever Donation Request
Rationale

The Pheasants Forever Lower Platte Chapter has sent a donation request for their 17th Annual Banquet on April 1, 2016.  They are requesting $250 for overall banquet package merchandise.  Their request includes that the goals of the banquet is to raise funds that can be used to go back to Saunders County and the state to help with Open Fields and Waters, Wanahoo, Youth Hunts, Pollinator Programs, etc.

Attached are the 2016 Banquet Flier and  2015-2016 Underwriting Book.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To provide a $250 donation to Pheasants Forever Lower Platte Chapter for the Annual Banquet in recognition of their partnership and assistance to Lower Platte North NRD projects and efforts

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To provide a $250 donation to Pheasants Forever Lower Platte Chapter for the Annual Banquet in recognition of their partnership and assistance to Lower Platte North NRD projects and efforts passed with a motion by Mark Seier and a second by Fred Hagerbaumer.

5.b.3. Lower Platte South Test Your Well Night
Rationale

Lower Platte South NRD is hosting "Test Your Well Night" at Ashland-Greenwood High School on February 18th. FFA Members will test nitrate levels of private well water samples for attendees.  Lower Platte North has been invited to attend to check out the event and be present for any district specific questions.  Desirae TePoel and Bret Schomer are planning to attend.

5.c. Computer
6. RURAL WATER SYSTEMS
Rationale

-Sold the '95 CASE 860 Turbo Trencher for $ 16,250.  Placed add on Craigslist on Friday and had it sold Sunday afternoon.  Was asking $ 16,500.

-Placed order for new Bobcat Trencher attachment from Titan Ag. $ 6,287.40

- We are in process of updating our new billing software, will be transferring data and account information over the next few weeks.

- Planning to replace our handheld reader.  I will be contacting Wahoo utilities to see what they are using and how it will interface with our new software.

6.a. Colon System
Rationale

January meters have been read and bills prepared to be mailed.

Water samples were taken and submitted to State.

Have identified 3 additional meters for radio replacement

Worked with Nelson Construction to shut down service to old sewer plant buildings prior to being demolished.

 

6.b. Bruno System
Rationale

January meters have been read and bills prepared to be mailed.

Water samples were taken and submitted to State.

Bruno was having pump issues this past month and needed access to our main meter pit to manually control water tower levels.

Recommended Motion

*To raise the Bruno master meter monthly fee from $250 to $500 per month beginning April 1,2016

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To raise the Bruno master meter monthly fee from $250 to $500 per month beginning April 1,2016 passed with a motion by Ronald Sabatka and a second by Jim Gibney.

6.c. Other
7. Adjournment