Lower Platte North NRD
June 30, 2016 8:00 AM
Projects Committee Meeting
1. SWCP
Attachments
1.a. SWCP Application Approvals
Rationale

None

1.b. SWCP Payments
Rationale

15-S-2     Don Anderson     Terraces/Tile     $ 8,258.28

 

                                         TOTAL:                     $ 8,258.28

Recommended Motion

*To approve the SWCP Payment For $8,258.28 as presented in the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the SWCP Payment For $8,258.28 as presented in the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Bob Clausen and a second by Larry Feala.

1.c. SWCP Cancellations
Rationale

None

1.d. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Approvals
Rationale

Edward Sladky      Septic System Inspection & Replacement            $ 3,300.00

Recommended Motion

*To approve the Wahoo Creek Cost Share as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the Wahoo Creek Cost Share as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Terry Sobota and a second by Don Veskerna.

1.e. Nebraska Buffer Strip Program
Rationale

Tom Sprunk    Platte Co.          2.1 acres     10 year contract      $ 225.00/acre     $ 472.50 annual payment

                                                                                                     TOTAL CONTRACT:  $ 4,725.00


Recommended Motion

*To approve the Tom Sprunk NE Buffer Strip contract for $ 4,725.00 ($ 472.50 per year for 10 years)as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the Tom Sprunk NE Buffer Strip contract for $ 4,725.00 ($ 472.50 per year for 10 years)as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Terry Sobota and a second by Larry Feala.

2. WATERSHEDS
2.a. Shell Creek Watershed
Rationale

Mountford reported that the designs on four Shell Creek grade stabilization structures have been completed and are ready for construction upon receiving any needed permits and final grant approval from NDEQ.

2.a.1. Dennis Waak Dam Repair
Rationale

Director Bailey reported that Mr. Waak has decided to complete his dam repair project on his own and not request cost share assistance from LPNNRD.

Attachments
2.b. Wahoo Creek Watershed
Rationale

Saunders County Supervisor Larry Mach was present to offer his support toward  on working with LPNNRD for constructing flood water damage reduction structures in the Wahoo Creek Watershed.  He particularly supported pursuing the construction of Wahoo Creek Dam Site 26 which would replace a damaged county bridge.  Mountford reviewed LPNNRD past, current and future flood water damage reduction efforts in the Wahoo Creek watershed and plans to meet with county representatives to prioritize potential county, NRD and landowner projects.

 

A long discussion took place for budgeting additional funding for placement in our established Wahoo Creek and Shell Creek sinking funds for future flood water damage reduction projects. Further discussion took place that we should pay off our existing Sand Creek Enviromental Project debt (Approximately $1.2 million) before building up our sinking funds for future projects.

Recommended Motion

To budget funds in FY17 for paying off our existing Sand Creek Environmental Restoration Project indebtedness and to place future project reimbursements from NDNR into our Wahoo Creek and Shell Creek sinking funds for future flood damage reduction projects

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To budget funds in FY17 for paying off our existing Sand Creek Environmental Restoration Project indebtedness and to place future project reimbursements from NDNR into our Wahoo Creek and Shell Creek sinking funds for future flood damage reduction projects passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Terry Sobota.

3. LOWER PLATTE RIVER CORRIDOR ALLIANCE
3.a. LPRCA Monthly Report
Rationale

Meghan Sittler was present to review current Alliance activities.

3.b. LPRCA FY 2017 Budget
Rationale

Just prior to the June 13th Board Meeting, former Nebraska Congressional Representative Doug Bereuter was present to discuss his views on the value of the the LPRCA on how this structure helped secure project funding. He also mentioned that by having a local body overseeing activities on the Lower Platte River this helps avoid having a federal designation and related requirements established.  At the meeting, the Board took no action as it was mentioned that we should wait until absent Board Members were present before any motion was considered. 

At the April 28th Projects Committee Meeting the following recommendation was brought to the full Board with no action being taken:" To approve the LPRCA 2017 selected budget project and program items (as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes) totaling $51,200 (as shown in black) and to budget an additional $34,167 for projects and programs (50% of the total shown in red) that will require Board approval before moving forward".

At the May Board Meeting, a motion that LPNNRD "not approve the LPRCA FY 2017 budget and not be a member in the LPRCA"  was tabled. At that meeting, the Board requested dollar figures on what has been spent and received through the LPRCA which are attached.  These attachments include an e-mail Mountford send out outlining estimated federal and state funds that directly and indirectly can be linked to receiving project approvals through the Lower Platte River & Tributaries Authority that was established under the umbrella of LPRCA.  Also attached is a spread sheet showing what amounts LPNNRD, LPSNRD, and PMRNRD have contributed to the Alliance since FY 2006.Also attached is a listing of other grant funding directly secured by the Alliance since 2005.

As outlined in Mountford's attached e-mail, it is estimated that LPNNRD has received $21.7 million in direct federal project money (Sand Creek Environmental Restoration Project and Western Sarpy Clear Creek Project) that came through the Lower Platte River & Tributaries Authority established under the umbrella of LPRCA. While the LPRCA was not directly involved,we have indirectly received about another $20 million of federal and state money that came about because of the approval of the above two large Army COE projects.  As far as other outside funding recieved, since FY 2005,another $3.1 million has has been directly secured by the LPRCA for a variety of projects and programs for all Alliance partners.

Attached in a spreadsheet that shows that LPNNRD has contributed $683,667 to the LPRCA since FY 2006. During the same period, LPSNRD has contributed $1,305,931 and the PMRNRD $1,220,625.LPNNRD's contribution over this period is 52% of what LPSNRD has contributed and 56% of what PMRNRD has paid.  Also attached is the Alliance proposed FY 16-17 Budget and LPSNRD and PMRNRD support letters.

The committee had a lengthy discussion about whether or not LPNNRD should remain a member in the LPRCA.   



Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the LPRCA 2017 selected budget project and program items (as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes) totaling $51,200 (as shown in black) and to budget an additional $34,167 for projects and programs (50% of the total shown in red) that will require Board approval before moving forward

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the LPRCA 2017 selected budget project and program items (as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes) totaling $51,200 (as shown in black) and to budget an additional $34,167 for projects and programs (50% of the total shown in red) that will require Board approval before moving forward passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Lon Olson.

4. OTHER
4.a. Army COE 205 Projects
4.a.1. Fremont 205
4.a.2. Schuyler 205
4.a.2.A. Additional Assistance Payment to Schuyler
Rationale

At the June 13th Board meeting we approved our annual assistance payment to Schuyler for the completed Shell Creek Levee Project.  Upon reviewing past payment records last fall, it appeared that Schuyler owned half of a $50,000 payment we made to the Army COE for completing Schuyler's 205 Study in 2011.  With this belief, we deducted $25,000 from this year's budgeted $125,000 annual assistance and approved a $100,000 payment.

As 2011 information was gathered  to accompany with our $100,000 check, we discovered that while Schuyler did not write us a $25,000 check to reimburse us half of the subject 2011 expense , they did send a check for $5,513.07.   Looking deeper, the Army COE reimbursed LPNNRD $38,973.85 at that time for pre-paid local study funds not used.  Since half of this money was Schuyler’s, we simply deduced $19,486.93 from the $25,000 the City owed, and they paid us the remainder.  

With this new information the committee is asked to recommend paying the remaining $25,000 that is in our current FY 2017 budget for this project assistance.

After this payment, we will have contributed a total of $375,000 toward the construction of the Shell Creek Levee.  The Board has previously approved that our intent is to provide up to $600,000 toward Shell Creek Project construction efforts.   

 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve payment of the remaining FY 2016 budgeted amount of $25,000 to the City of Schuyler toward the construction expense of the Shell Creek 205 Levee Project

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve payment of the remaining FY 2016 budgeted amount of $25,000 to the City of Schuyler toward the construction expense of the Shell Creek 205 Levee Project passed with a motion by Terry Sobota and a second by Lon Olson.

4.b. Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project Update
Rationale

Director Bailey reported that a "no-rise" certificate has been obtained for the proposed project.

4.c. Review of Draft FY 2018 Projects Budget
Rationale

A draft projects budget was passed out for additional committee input by our next meeting.

4.d. Bathometric Survey for Lake Wanahoo
Rationale

As discussed last month, we have been thinking about completing a bathymetric survey and sediment analysis of Lake Wanahoo and its wetlands.   The information and data collected from these surveys can serve multiple purposes including: • Estimating watershed erosion rates • Water quality modeling • Estimating future reservoir sediment maintenance requirements (increasing lost capacity) • Projecting reservoir longevity • Informing the public on general reservoir conditions • Fishery management.  Mountford has contacted NDEQ and will provide  $7,500 grant assistance to complete this work.  During discussion, the committee asked that the wetland area directly above road "O" be included with the proposal.  Lake Tech has indicated that this could be added for an additional $500 which raises the total proposed cost to $11,252. This means $3,752 will be required from LPNNRD.

Paul Brakhage and Jon Mohr with Lake Tech will be present to discuss their proposal. Committee review and possible recommendation is requested.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve budgeting $11,252 for completing a bathymetric survey and sediment analysis of Lake Wanahoo. To further approve hiring LakeTech and authorize the Board Chair to sign the attached contract to complete this work subject to obtaining $7,500 grant assistance from NDEQ

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve budgeting $11,252 for completing a bathymetric survey and sediment analysis of Lake Wanahoo. To further approve hiring LakeTech and authorize the Board Chair to sign the attached contract to complete this work subject to obtaining $7,500 grant assistance from NDEQ passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Lon Olson.

4.e. Husker Harvest Day Volunteers Needed
Rationale

A signup sheet is attached for Director's who wish to volunteer some time at the NARD Booth at Husker Harvest Days.  We need to let them know this week if anyone can assist.

Attachments
5. WESTERN SARPY/CLEAR CREEK LEVEE REPORT
Rationale

All project construction components have been completed and we are now waiting for the Army COE's operation and maintenance manual.  Murren reported that he and our summer interns removed scattered project rock on the Thomas Lake property that the contractor failed to clean up.   

6. ADJOURNMENT
Rationale

With no further business, the Projects Committee adjourned at !0:18 a.m.