UNL Water Tour
June 14-16 are the dates for this year’s Water and Natural Resources Tour to Colorado’s South Platte River basin.
The tour will key on many South Platte basin and Denver metro area issues that effect not only Colorado water use, but downstream water availability and use in Nebraska.
Registration will begin May 1st and will fill up fast. Please let Breunig know if you are interested.
*To send up to two directors and two staff to the UNL Water Tour
Motion Passed: To send up to two directors and two staff to the UNL Water Tour passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Lon Olson.
Water For Food Conference
The UNL Water for Food Conference is scheduled for April 24-26 in Lincoln. The conference site is at the new UNL Innovation Campus (former state fair grounds) with detailed information attached. Early registration that is made prior to March 18 will save us $100. Please let Jill know if you are interested in attending.
March Board Meeting
Just a reminder that our Board Meeting for March has been moved to Thursday, March 10 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Attached find Director Pollard, Saalfed and Meduna's excuse of absence from the February Board Meeting.
*To approve the absence of Frank Pollard from the February board meeting
Motion Passed: To approve the absence of Frank Pollard from the February board meeting passed with a motion by Lon Olson and a second by Robert Hilger.
Monthly Conference Call and Update
The monthly Weaver Conference Call was held on March 7. See Weavers attached report.
To approve payment of $3,400 to Bob Weaver for February work and bill Lower Platte South and Papio NRDs for their portion
Motion Passed: To approve payment of $3,400 to Bob Weaver for February work and bill Lower Platte South and Papio NRDs for their portion passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Matt Bailey.
Monthly Education Program
Dr. Richard Ferguson and his UNL staff will give an update on the Project Sense Program. This is the Nitrogen application program that Joe Birkel and Matt Bailey participated in last summer and are committed to again for the next two summers. LPNNRD along with four other NRDs are helping to sponsor this program.
LB 876 Passed by Legislature
LB 876 was approved by the Nebraska Legislature last week. This is the bill that will allow all units of government to vote electronically. This idea came from our board, was endorsed and forwarded by NARD, sponsored by Senator Jerry Johnson, was expanded by the Government Committee to include all units of government, passed by the legislature and now awaits signature from Governor Ricketts.
Nominating Committee Policy
Last month a proposed policy for operation of the LPNNRD Officer Nominating Committee was prepared and sent to the full board for their comments. Discussion occurred and the Executive Committee amended the proposed policy by changing membership from "...all past board chairpersons..." to "...the immediate past five (5) board chairpersons ...".
To approve the amended LPNNRD Policy for Operation of the Office Nominating Subcommittee
Motion Passed: To approve the amended LPNNRD Policy for Operation of the Office Nominating Subcommittee passed with a motion by Jim McDermott and a second by Matt Bailey.
Discussion with Steve Oltmans
At board retreat it was asked to place on the next Executive Committee a discussion on inviting Steve Oltmans to a board meeting to discuss our manager succession plan. Visiting with Steve he is willing to share his thoughts with the board if you so wish. He would lean more toward hiring a search firm.
The Executive Committee asked that Steve be invited to the April Board Meeting.
March Board Meetings
Another item from our Director's Retreat was to have discussion on permanently changing the starting time of our March Board meeting from it's current 6:00 p.m. start to 1:30 p.m. If this change is made it could not go into effect until 2017.
By motion the committee is recommending that the March meeting begin at 1:30 and asked that Mark Seier be contacted about beginning the November meeting at an earlier time.
*Beginning in 2017 the starting time for the March Board Meeting shall be 1:30 p.m.
Motion Passed: Beginning in 2017 the starting time for the March Board Meeting shall be 1:30 p.m. passed with a motion by Robert Hilger and a second by Jim McDermott.
Game and Parks Letter
Attached find a letter from Game and Parks with their concern on the placement of the car on ice at Lake Wanahoo. Their concern is the precedence this sets, safety and communication. This item was discussed at our annual Lake Wanahoo SRA Meeting on February 19. G & P would rather see some type of constructed item used that would remain in the lake after sinking and serve as permanent fish habitat.
Addendum to Agreement - Wahoo Sign
We previously approved an agreement with the City of Wahoo for placement of Sign on LPNNRD property, the Wahoo Arrow on Lake Wahaooo Property. The City/Chamber of Commerce is asking that we let them tie electricity from our shed to light the sign. The City will reimburse the NRD for the electricity uses. The LED lights pull 8 watts maximum total usage.
*To approve Addendum "A" to the "Commercial Lease Agreement" with the City of Wahoo to allow electrical hookup and authorize the board chair to sign the addendum.
Motion Passed: To approve Addemdum "A" to the "Commercial Lease Agreement" with the City of Wahoo to allow electrical hookup and authorize the board chair to sign the addendum. passed with a motion by Jim McDermott and a second by Lon Olson.
Attached find a list of candidates that have filed for a position on our Board.
Cindy Ourada asked that she and her attorney be given time on the agenda to address the board.
Platte County NRCS Clerk
Lower Loup NRD has filled the Platte County NRCS Clerk position with Jerri Rosno who began in early February.
Mitch O'Reilly Leave Time
Last month the board allowed staff to donate up to 20 hour each to assist O & M Technician Mitch O'Reilly during his recovery time. This time is to be paid out to Mitch at 60% of his normal salary. 205 hours were donated that will carry Mitch until March 9. Our Long Term Disability insurance kicks in on March 27.
Mitch has received doctor clearance to return to work up to 4 hours per day with restrictions. The restrictions are that he not be on his feet more than one to two hours per day, that there be no lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying in excess of 10 pounds. With these restrictions he cannot preform the duties we hire him for. Even getting on and off of machinery would be dangerous for him in his current condition. We will continue to work with him on a week to week basis. He fully intends to return to work full time as soon as possible and be ready for tree planting season.
A few staff members would like to donate additional leave time to get Mitch closer to the March 26 date. Discussion can occur.
*To allow staff to donate up to 59 hours of additional leave time to Mitch O'Reilly
Motion Passed: To allow staff to donate up to 59 hours of additional leave time to Mitch O'Reilly passed with a motion by Lon Olson and a second by Jim McDermott.
Approval of Financial Reports
Attached are the December and January Financial Statements.
To approve the December and January Financial Reports as distributed to all board members
Motion Passed: To approve the December and January Financial Reports as distributed to all board members passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Jim McDermott.
Approval of Managers Time and Expense Sheets
*To approve the Managers Time and Expense Sheets as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes
Motion Passed: To approve the Managers Time and Expense Sheets as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Jim McDermott and a second by Lon Olson.
Accounts over 90 Days