Lower Platte North NRD
March 02, 2016 8:30 AM
Operations & Education Committee Meeting
1. WILD NE/CREP REPORT
B. Heimann
Rationale

There are no CREP payments and other activities.

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

Staff spent time cutting a large patch of volunteer trees on the Wanahoo SRA behind the shower building.  Also, cut out pines from the nursery and placed them in bundles on the Wanahoo ice. Worked with an area contractor to grade the SRA roads and add rock. 

2.b. Lake Wanahoo Fishery
B. Heimann
Rationale

The Nebraska Game & Parks Commission Fisheries Division will be sampling Northern Pike March 3rd - 10th (this includes the weekend), if you would like to volunteer to help please notify NRD staff.

2.c. Lake Wanahoo SRA
B. Heimann
2.c.1. Playground Proposals
Rationale

The Committee listened to playground proposals from Crouch Recreation, Creative Sites, Sterling West and Outdoor Recreation for equipment on the Wanahoo SRA immediately following the committee meeting.  The following staff and Directors (Heimann, Mountford, Murren, TePoel, Sabatka, McDermott, Veskerna, Clausen, Hagerbaumer) looked at  nine different playground sites from all four companies.  A.motion to approve purchase from one of the vendors is anticipated at the 3-10-16 board meeting.

Attachments
2.c.2. RV Dump Station
Rationale

JEO has revised their RV Dump Station proposal/estimate for design, specifications and to develop a bid proposal package.  This Scope of Services is now $25,920.  We have eliminated the fish cleaning station at this time as Game & Parks is currently re-designing their fish cleaning stations. (See attached)

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve JEO's Engineering and Design proposal to add an RV Dump Station at Lake Wanahoo SRA at a cost of $25,920 (this scope of services takes us all the way through the post construction phase/warranty)

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve JEO's Engineering and Design proposal to add an RV Dump Station at Lake Wanahoo SRA at a cost of $25,920 (this scope of services takes us all the way through the post construction phase/warranty) passed with a motion by Jim McDermott and a second by Fred Hagerbaumer.

2.c.3. Game and Parks Budget
Rationale

The annual finance/budget meeting was held February 19th between the NRD and NE Game & Parks. Topics included Expenses to both agencies, proposed budget, 2016 Park Superintendent and staff, adjustment to the work season, new equipment, park improvements and whether to allow ATV's on the ice.

After reviewing the Operating Budget of 2015 it looks as though the NRD will reimburse the Game & Parks $2,113.27.  NRD staff is waiting on some explanations to some expenses or differences between two expense sheets. (G & P operating budget attached)

 

Attachments
2.d. Eagle Scout Proposal at Lake Wanahoo
B. Heimann
Rationale

Max Hohn has presented an Eagle Scout Project for Lake Wanahoo (attached). The project is to purchase 6 vinyl park benches, assemble, place them on the Lake Wanahoo area anchored to concrete.  The cost to the District for materials is $1,103.61.

The committee and staff questioned if the proposed benches are study enough to meet our needs.  Staff will work with Hohn to see if a more robust bench can be used (may want to use the same bench as is used in our playground RFP).

Attachments
2.e. District Park Regulations
B. Heimann
Rationale

Staff has reviewed our District Park Regulations and made changes where necessary.  Last month waterfowl hunting was approved for Czechland and Homestead Lakes.  The proposed changes will be emailed to all Directors and for approval in April.

3. ROCK AND JETTY
B. Heimann
Rationale

Nothing to report.

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

The KTIC radio ad and Wahoo Newspaper online eAd will focus on tree orders.  Both ads will run through March.

5.a.2. 2016 County Fairs
Rationale

We have received the exhibitor application/contract for the 2016 Platte County Fair.  The booth cost is $220.  Platte Co. Fair is July 6-10th.

Other County Fairs that LPNNRD has had a booth present at in the past:

  • Boone County: July 9th-13th
  • Butler County: July 19th-24th
  • Colfax County: July 21st-24th
  • Saunders County: July 24th-31st

Other counties to consider for 2016:

  • Madison County: July 12th-17th
  • Dodge County: August 4th-7th

We are looking to attend the same five fairs again, but Colfax and Butler County Fairs do overlap.  We will look into Madison & Dodge Counties.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve LPNNRD exhibiting at up to 6 county fairs in our district during Summer 2016

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve LPNNRD exhibiting at up to 6 county fairs in our district during Summer 2016 passed with a motion by Mark Seier and a second by Ronald Sabatka.

5.a.3. Long Range Plan-Fiscal Year 2016
Rationale

The Long Range Plan has been completed with staff contributions for fiscal year 2016.  The full plan can be viewed in the attachments.  

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve and adopt the Fiscal Year 2016 Long Range Plan

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve and adopt the Fiscal Year 2016 Long Range Plan passed with a motion by Ronald Sabatka and a second by Fred Hagerbaumer.

5.b. Education
5.b.1. Fertig Prairie acquisition project
Rationale

The Wachiska Audubon Society would like to ask LPNNRD to consider making a grant towards their organization that would allow for the purchase of the Fertig Prairie near Richland, NE.   This high quality native prairie will be managed for education opportunities and be open for school use and visits by the general public. Please refer to the attachments for more information on the project.

 

Tim Knott from the Wachiska Audubon Conservation Committee is present to further discuss the project.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve pledging $8,839.50 to the Wachiska Audubon Society for the purchase of the Fertig Prairie contingent on the project receiving full funding and the land being purchased by the Society

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve pledging $8,839.50 to the Wachiska Audubon Society for the purchase of the Fertig Prairie contingent on the project receiving full funding and the land being purchased by the Society passed with a motion by Mark Seier and a second by Jim McDermott.

5.b.2. Project WILD & Aquatic WILD
Rationale

Desirae TePoel attended a Game & Parks workshop and is now trained and certified to lead Project WILD and Aquatic WILD activities.

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

Bret Schomer and Desirae TePoel attended Lower Platte South's Test Your Well Night at Ashland-Greenwood High School.  This was their largest Test Your Well event with approximately 80 attendees and over 100 water samples.  Lower Platte South worked with the Ashland FFA chapter and the students actually did the water testing for the public. Many of the attendees who brought samples were from our district.  We are looking into the possibility of developing a similar event for education in our district.

5.c. Computer
6. RURAL WATER SYSTEMS
Rationale

Karen and I have been busy with our new billing software.  We are inputting customer data and rates and are in the process of running a mirror report with our current software looking for issues...have found several and will be working in the next few days to correct.

New trencher attachment is to be in later this week or early next week.

Air relief valves on both systems will be inspected in March and April.

 

6.a. Colon System
Rationale

Samples were taken and meters were read for the month.

We will be replacing two radio readers on the system in March

We will be repairing a sunken valve this month on the line to Colon

 

6.b. Bruno System
Rationale

Samples were taken and meters read for the month.

New 6-8" meter rate ($500.00/month) will be taking affect in April.

 

6.c. Other
7. Adjournment
8. Fremont GI Study
B. Heimann
Rationale

The Army Corps of Engineers informed our partners that additional work needs to be done to reassess flood plain elevations due to Dept. of Roads U.S. 30 Expressway project.  DOR request to change the current flood plain maps for Fremont and Dodge County will require a reassessment of our project with DOR's  proposed floodplain maps and expressway.  This in turn increases the study cost $600,000.

With an increase of $600,000 the break down is: COE $300,000, LPNNRD $150,000, Fremont $72,600, Dodge County $65,100, Inglewood $12,300.

We have ask the COE to complete the study by September 30, 2017 so there is an opportunity to be included for Federal Funding through the Water Resources Redevelopment Act (WRRDA) which maybe in the fall of 2017.

Recommended Motion

To approve the increase study cost of $600,000 proposed by the COE for the Fremont GI Study, with LPNNRD paying $150,000 contingent on our non-federal partners contributing their respective amounts of $72,600 for Fremont, $65,100 for Dodge County and $12,300 for Inglewood.