Off Site Off Table Concerns Near Sand Creek
No new information has been received since last month.
Water For Food Conference
The 2017 Water For Food Conference is scheduled for April 10-12 in Lincoln. This year poses some difficulty as April 10 is board meeting day for us. Our board meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm that day so conference participants can adjust their schedule accordingly.
A copy of the conference announcement is attached with the agenda and program details to follow when available.
Attached find Mountford's report from the NRD/NARD Employee Benefits Committee and Intergovernmental Risk Management Pool Association Loss Control Committee Meetings held January 23rd.
*To approve Sobota's absence from the November Board Meeting
Motion Passed: *To approve Sobota's absence from the November Board Meeting passed with a motion by Dave Saalfeld and a second by Bob Clausen.
Monthly Education Program
The Education Program for our February board meeting is two presentations by Joe Birkel on his experience in the Water Leaders Academy and an update on Project Sense.
Phoenix Group has informed us that several board members have requested that they give an update on work completed on our Master Database and what is planned for the second contract (of three planned) at our March 13 board meeting.
Our Director's Retreat is scheduled for February 15 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Benedictine Center north of Schuyler. Topics for the day include:
1. Manager Selection Process
2. Groundwater Rules and Regulations
3. Update on Phoenix Software
4. Sand Creek Site 15 - Ourada Complaint
5. Sand Creek Site 15 - Disposition of Farm
6. Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance - Primer for 2-24-17 Meeting
7. Basin Water Supply Discussion
8. HBE 360 Accounting
9. Costco Discussion
Are there other topics we wish to add or delete from this list?
Which topics do we want to have Lausterer present for discussion?
Sand Creek Site 15
Rental of Crop Ground and CRP
The NRD Farm on Sand Creek Site 15 will be discussed at Board Retreat on February 15. We do not currently have a tenant on the ground and it appears that we will not be selling the farm in the near term. The tenant for the past three years Harvey Brabec is willing to farm the 40 acres of tillable land plus manage the two small tracts of CRP that are in their final year.
To approve Harvey Brabec as the tenant for the NRD farm on Sand Creek Site 15 under the same terms as were previously used
Motion Passed: To approve Harvey Brabec as the tenant for the NRD farm on Sand Creek Site 15 under the same terms as were previously used passed with a motion by Dave Saalfeld and a second by John Hannah.
Lausterer has received a letter from the Ourada's attorney Thomas Thomsen that is attached. Discussion can occur at the Director's Retreat or in Executive Session.
Reports from Water Strategies
Four or five days a week we receive a report from Water Strategies. As you can see, the attached report from January 31 is 28 pages long. Do director's wish to have these reports forwarded to them? We could forward the reports for one week and then ask those who wish to continue receiving the report to contact us to remain on the list.
We received a billing from the state for unemployment reimbursement for $1,568 that was paid.
As a Political Sub-Division of the State we do not pay unemployment insurance. However when a previous employee make a claim and the state determines that the claim is valid we are billed the amount that the state makes in payments.
Water Manager Position
Resumes for filling the Water Manager Position are due in our office by noon on February 1. As of Tuesday we have received five applications.
Our plan is to conduct interviews next week and hopefully have a recommendation to fill the position at board meeting on February 13.
Approval of Financial Reports
To approve the July, August and September Financial Reports as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes
Approval of Managers Time and Expense Sheets
*To approve Managers Time and Expense Sheets as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes
Motion Passed: *To approve Managers Time and Expense Sheets as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes passed with a motion by John Hannah and a second by Terry Sobota.
Accounting Update and Approval of Financial Reports
Cindy Love and Grant Nuttelmann from HBE were present at committee meeting to give an update on where we are with our accounting. They presented a draft of our July Financials for review and to make sure the format meets our expectations. Once we are in agreement for the content and format for the new financials HBE will prepare July, August and September financials for approval at our February 13 board meeting. HBE will attempt to complete these financials by Friday so they can be distributed to board members prior to our February 13 board meeting.
HBE will attend the February 13 board meeting to review the new financials.