Lower Platte North NRD
March 04, 2016 8:00 AM
Projects Committee Meeting
1. SWCP
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Gottschalk reviewed the attached SWCP spreadsheet with the committee.

Attachments
1.a. SWCP Application Approvals
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None

1.b. SWCP Payments
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14-S-56 John Schultz Terraces/Tile $ 4,795.59 (Above structure 21a)

Recommended Motion

*To approve the SWCP Payment to John Schultz for $4,795.59 as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the SWCP Payment to John Schultz for $4,795.59 as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Lon Olson and a second by Don Veskerna.

1.c. SWCP Cancellations
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None

1.d. Cottonwood Creek Payments
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None

1.e. Sand/Duck Creek Approvals
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None

1.f. Sand/Duck Cost Share Payment
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None

1.g. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Payments
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Curtis Havelka Conservation work Basins/Tile $ 1,366.42 (10%)

Recommended Motion

*To approve the $1,366.42 Wahoo Creek cost share payment to Curtis Havelka as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the $1,366.42 Wahoo Creek cost share payment to Curtis Havelka as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Terry Sobota.

1.h. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Approvals
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New Lands for Conservation Application:

 Darrell Kubik 15.32 acres $   2,818.88

 David & Cynthia Hartman x2 74.83 acres $ 13,768.72
           (40.55 & 34.28 acres)

Czech Pres. Church 35 acres $   6,440.00

$ 23,027.60

Existing EQIP Contracts - Lands for Conservation Applications:

James Egr 15 acres $   2,760.00

Kathleen Vrana 25 acres $ 4,600.00

Douglas Kavan x 2 38 acres $ 6,992.00
( 10.6 & 27.4 acres)

Laverne Kadavy 16 acres $ 2,944.00

William Laughridge 16.2 acres $ 2,980.80

Jerry Urban 25 acres $ 4,600.00

  TOTAL: $ 24,876.80

 

Recommended Motion

*To approve eleven Wahoo Creek Lands for Conservation applications totaling $47,904.40 as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve eleven Wahoo Creek Lands for Conservation applications totaling $47,904.40 as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Terry Sobota.

1.i. SWCP Policy Review & Input
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Mountford reviewed draft changes to our SWCP policy for 2016 as attached.  The committee is asked to review and give input for any proposed final changes at the March 31 Projects committee meeting.    

Attachments
2. WATERSHEDS
2.a. Shell Creek Watershed
2.a.1. Shell Creek Grant - Mainelli Invoice Payment
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Attached is the most recent invoice totaling $18,608 from Mainelli Wagner & Associates, Inc. for design work on three (three are on a separate contract) of four grade stabilization structures he is designing on Shell Creek in Colfax County.  This After this payment, we will have a total of  $45,550.38 paid on our $49,040 contract ($3,489.62 remains).  No Board motion for payment is needed since this was a prior Board approved contract.

Attachments
2.a.2. Shell Creek Grant - Cover Crop Payment
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Attached is a $3,200 cover crop payment request from ACC Farms (Platte County) for 2015.  This payment was 100% reimbursed to LPNNRD from prepaid NET grant funds that we have in our account.  Committee recommendation for payment is requested. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To pay ACC Farms (Platte County) $3,200 for their 2015 cover crop payment as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To pay ACC Farms (Platte County) $3,200 for their 2015 cover crop payment as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Lon Olson and a second by Don Veskerna.

2.a.3. Shell Creek Watershed Environmental Enhancement Plan
Attachments
2.a.4. Shell Creek Watershed Environmental Enhancement Plan
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Attached are the revised goals and objectives for the Shell Creek Watershed Environmental Enhancement Plan.  After EPA's review, the plan will hopefully be officially approved. 

Attachments
2.a.5. Newman Grove Water Testing Supplies
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The Newman Grove Science Club is requesting assistance to purchase water testing supplies for their 2016 Shell Creek Sampling program.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve financial assistance of $1,028.50 to the Newman Grove School toward purchasing water testing supplies, as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes, for their 2016 Shell Creek Water Quality Sampling Program

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve financial assistance of $1,028.50 to the Newman Grove School toward purchasing water testing supplies, as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes, for their 2016 Shell Creek Water Quality Sampling Program passed with a motion by Bob Clausen and a second by Lon Olson.

2.b. Wahoo Creek Watershed
2.b.1. Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan - Phase II
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As mentioned last month and at the Directors Retreat, we have been preliminarly approved for a $106,000 Environmental Trust grant for Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan - Phase II (letter attached).  These funds will accompany $168,215 of NDEQ funds and $500,000 of Special Water Quality Inititive EQIP funds for additional conservation projects in the Wahoo Creek Watershed.

Attachments
3. LOWER PLATTE RIVER CORRIDOR ALLIANCE
3.a. LPRCA Monthly Report
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Meghan Sittler was present and reviewed recent LPRCA activities.  Attached is a schedule for upcoming Recreation Public meetings scheduled in Ashland, Columbus and Fremont.  Board members are encouraged to attend one of the public meetings if possible.  Meghan's full February report is attached. 

Attachments
3.b. Leshara USGS Monitoring Agreement
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In February, the Board approved being a partner for establishing a water quality monitoring gauge near Leshara.  Attached is the agreement with USGS for the Leshara site for your reference.  LPSNRD plans to take action on this agreement on behalf of all of the partners at the Platte River subcommittee meeting, March 21 and Board meeting March 23rd.  They will also execute the separate agreements with the municipalities as well. 

As shown on the attached spreadsheet, the total annual cost of $36,854.67 will be shared each of the three years between USGS, LPNNRD, LPSNRD, PMRNRD, MUD and Lincoln Well Field.  LPNNRD's annual commitment will be a total of $20,427 over the three year period ($6,809 average per year).  

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To budget a total of $20,427 ($6,809 average per year) over the next three fisacal years) for our contribution for operation of the USGS water quality monitoring gauge near Leshara as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To budget a total of $20,427 ($6,809 average per year) over the next three fisacal years) for our contribution for operation of the USGS water quality monitoring gauge near Leshara as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Bob Clausen and a second by Don Veskerna.

4. OTHER
4.a. Army COE 205 Projects
4.a.1. Fremont 205
4.a.2. Schuyler 205
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Weather permitting, the contractor will finish grading and seeding. 

4.b. Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project Update
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No new developments but things seem to be moving forward.

4.c. All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update- JEO Progress Report and Invoice
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JEO has completed our flood pool and breach inundation maps on 20 of our non-high hazard floodwater dams. We met with JEO on February 19 to review and give input on the maps.   This information will help us work with Saunders, Butler and Platte Counties in identifying higher flood risk areas and help them avoid permitting development in those areas.  The completed maps will eventually be posted on our web site and director download page as well.  FEMA/NEMA will be providing $30,000 (75%) reimbursement on our $40,000 JEO contract to complete this work.

We received the final bill and progress report for contact work completed on our Hazard Mitigation Plan update and associated work as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes. This $4,924.90 payment will complete the $126,000 HMP contract with JEO.   

Attachments
4.d. Review of Projects Financial Statement
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As of January 3, 2016, 54.59% for the Projects budget was expended.

4.e. Sand Creek
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The landowners that boarder the Wanahoo Wetland met with Miyoshi on February 26, see attached minutes.

At this time we need to decide if we want to move forward with tiling the three properties or hire one of the firms that submitted an RFP to come up with a solution for us.

  Estimated cost to tile the 40 acres - $40,000

  RFPs

  Headwaters Corporation - $19,830

  EA Engineering - $15,000-$40,000

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To offer tiling and Wetland Reserve Program options to landowners impacted by the Wanahoo Wetland contingent on receiving a hold harmless agreement before exploring other options

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To offer tiling and Wetland Reserve Program options to landowners impacted by the Wanahoo Wetland contingent on receiving a hold harmless agreement before exploring other options passed with a motion by Terry Sobota and a second by Lon Olson.

5. WESTERN SARPY/CLEAR CREEK LEVEE REPORT
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The contractor needs to complete installing gates, hopefully by our March 10th Board Meeting.

6. ADJOURNMENT
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With no additional business, the Projects Committee adjourned at 9:34 a.m.