Lower Platte North NRD
October 02, 2014 8:30 AM
Projects Committee Meeting
1. SWCP
Attachments
1.a. SWCP Application Approvals
Rationale


Stephen Wieser Platte Co. Flow Meter $     625.00
Shirley A Johannes Rev. Trust Colfax Co. W/S Basins $ 10,337.86

Committee discussion requested regarding future flow meter applications.

Recommended Motion

* to approve SWCP applications as presented

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Approve the SWCP Applications as presented passed with a motion by Matt Bailey and a second by Bob Clausen.

1.b. SWCP Payments
Rationale

14-B-24 Patrick Ewert Flow Meter $    625.00
13-P-56 Myron Leffers Flow Meter $    493.50
14-P-38 Donald Yindrick Flow Meter $    535.00
14-C-20 Lewis Grotelueschen Flow Meter $    564.43
14-C-6 Jay Jedlicka Flow Meter $    594.50
14-S-7 Laverne Kadavy Flow Meter $    511.00
13-S-29 James Kubik Planned Graz. $ 3,345.55
14-B-17 John Krafka Flow Meter x 2 $ 1,250.00

TOTAL: $ 7,918.98

TREE PAYMENTS:
The 3 listed landowners had tree applications approved and were planted this Summer.  I thought they had been submitted to Projects committee in June for payment approval and it appears they were not.


Jeff Peterson 200 trees $ 196.00
Zac Bosley 600 trees $ 588.00
Charles Brezina 214 trees $ 209.72

TOTAL: $ 993.72

Recommended Motion

* to approve SWCP Payments as presented

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * approve SWCP Cost Share Payments totaling $7,918.98 as presented passed with a motion by Ralph Pieke and a second by Matt Bailey.

Motion Passed:  * approve Tree Cost Share Payments totaling $93.72 as presented passed with a motion by Robert Meduna and a second by Ralph Pieke.

1.c. SWCP Cancellations
Rationale

None

1.d. Cottonwood Creek Payments
Rationale

None

1.e. Sand/Duck Creek Approvals
Rationale

Michael Swanson Terraces & Tile $ 10,740.00
  -This project is directly above one of the upstream structures. 

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Approve the Sand/Duck Cost Share application for Michael Swanson totaling $10,740 as presented passed with a motion by Ralph Pieke and a second by Bob Clausen.

1.f. Sand/Duck Cost Share Payment
Rationale

None

1.g. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Approvals
Rationale

We are currently evaluating Wahoo Creek Watershed work and funding we will have available for BMPs.  More information will be available at board meeting.

1.h. Lands For Conservation 2015 Application Review/Approvals
Rationale

It is time to review Lands for Conservation applications for 2015 summer work.  Gottschalk has sent out a letter (attached) to potential cooperators who may be interested to apply by October 7th.  A recommended list will be presented for approval at the October 13th Board meeting. 

1.i. Future Cost Share Funding For Irrigation Flow Meters
Rationale

For several months now, the Board has been deliberating on whether or not we should continue to provide cost share to landowners for irrigation flow meters.  The District has made this practice available for over fifteen years as an incentive for landowners.  We since began requiring flow meters on all new high capacity wells for many years and now we are requiring meters in the Special Quantity Areas, which could require up to 300 new meters. Earlier this year, the Projects Committee debated dropping this practice under our SWCS program, as it was discussed that this should be considered just a normal expense to irrigate. We also have large grant matching requirements for land treatment practice in the Wahoo Creek Sand & Duck Creek, Cottonwood Creek and potentially next year in Shell Creek Watersheds. The growing demand for water meter cost share in recent years is using a substantial portion of our SWCP funds..  If we continue cost sharing, especially if we cost share in the Special Quantity Areas, our cost (at 50%) could exceed $200,000 in those special areas alone.  We have applied for an Environmental Trust Grant to assist landowners with the approximate 300 meters required, but will not know the grant outcome until early next year.  In the meantime, staff is recommending placing all new SWCP applications for flow meters on hold until the Board decides whether or not we should continue to provide cost share for this practice. 

Recommended Motion

To no longer approve future SWCP cost share applications for irrigation flow meters

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To no longer approve any new cost share applications for irrigation water flow meters through the District's Soil and Water Conservation Program (SWCP) passed with a motion by Ralph Pieke and a second by John Hannah.

1.j. Emergency Terrace Repair
Rationale

None

2. WATERSHEDS
2.a. Shell Creek
2.a.1. Platte County Bridge Replacement Project
Rationale

At the September 8th Board Meeting, the Board approved assisting landowner Mark Luchsinger and Platte County with a grade control project to help protect the landowners land and the County bridge replacement.  Attached are letters mailed concerning LPNNRD's present involvement. Directors Hannah and Ruzicka attended the Platte County Supervisors Meeting on September 23 to discuss our potential assistance. 

2.a.2. Shell Creek Grant Applications - EA Invoice
Rationale

We received the attached $3,000 invoice from EA Engineering for completing EPA 319 and NET grant applications for the next phase in the Shell Creek Watershed.  The Board authorized this work on August 11, 2014.

Recommended Motion

* approve payment of EA Engineering $3,000 invoice for work completed on Shell Creek EPA 319 and NET grant applications

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve payment of EA Engineering $3,000 invoice for work completed on Shell Creek EPA 319 and NET grant applications passed with a motion by John Hannah and a second by Bob Clausen.

2.a.3. Shell Creek Watershed Plan Payment
Rationale

We received the attached progress report (98% complete) and a $3,382.50 invoice for work completed on the Shell Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan.  

Recommended Motion

* to approve EA Engineering's $3,382.50 invoice for work completed on the Shell Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan, as attached

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve Payment to EA Engineering in the amount of $3,382.50 for work completed on the Shell Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan, as attached passed with a motion by Ralph Pieke and a second by Bob Clausen.

2.b. Wahoo Creek Watershed
2.b.1. Water Quality Plan Phase I
Rationale

We received a $6,150 invoice from JEO for work completed on the Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan. The committee will be asked for a recommendation to pay. 

Recommended Motion

Approve paying JEO's $6,150 invoice for work completed on the Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan as attached

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve paying JEO's $6,150 invoice for work completed on the Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan as attached passed with a motion by Ralph Pieke and a second by Robert Meduna.

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

Meghan will give the most recent update on LPRCA activities.  Attached is information and a registration form for the November 6, 2014 LPRCA Summit.  Jill has e-mailed this to all Directors, but let us know if you wish to attend.

3.b. LPRCA Invoices
Rationale

Meghan Sittler will present invoices for payment as approved in LPNNRD FY 2015 budget. 

Recommended Motion

Approve the LPRCA invoice totaling $33,367, for LPNNRD budgeted items as attached

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve payment to the LPRCA totaling $33,367, for LPNNRD budgeted items as attached passed with a motion by John Hannah and a second by Ralph Pieke.

4. OTHER
4.a. Army COE 205 Projects
4.a.1. Fremont 205
4.a.2. Schuyler 205
4.b. Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project Update
4.c. All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update- JEO Progress Report and Invoice
Rationale

Jeff Henson, JEO, will give an update on progress being made on our District-wide All Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Meetings have been scheduled October 9, 14 & 16 (see attached letter).

Recommended Motion

Approve JEO’s $1,609.80 and $2,007.00 invoices, totaling $3,616.80, for work completed on our District-wide All Hazard Mitigation Plan as attached

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve payment to JEO in the amounts of $1,609.80 and $2,007.00 totaling $3,616.80, for work completed on our District-wide All Hazard Mitigation Plan as attached passed with a motion by Bob Clausen and a second by Robert Meduna.

4.d. Butler County Road Dam Assistance Request
Rationale

Butler County has requested our assistance to repair a road dam that we have on our list for working with the County on needed operation & maintenance (see attachment).  This structure was inspected with the County a couple of years ago and it was jointly determined that rock rip-rap was needed to protect the structure and road.  Director Hilger has since helped locate some free rip-rap, but there will still be costs for hauling and placement of both rip-and soil needed for the repairs.  The County has an $8,324.68 estimate to complete the work.  Committee discussion and a recommendation is requested. 

Recommended Motion

To cost-share with Butler County 50% up to $4,171.34 assistance for repairing the Engle Road Dam as attached and include this payment in the FY 2016 budget

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To cost-share with Butler County 50% up to $4,171.34 assistance for repairing the Engle Road Dam as attached and include this payment in the FY 2016 budget passed with a motion by Ralph Pieke and a second by Matt Bailey.

Motion Passed:   To cost-share with Butler County 50% up to $4,171.34 assistance for repairing the Engle Road Dam as attached and include this payment in the FY 2016 budget passed with a motion by Ralph Pieke and a second by Matt Bailey.

4.e. Review of Projects Financial Statement
5. SAND CREEK ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION PROJECT REPORT - Mike Murren
5.a. Lake Wanahoo
5.a.1. Wanahoo Recreation Agreement with NGPC - Update
Rationale

Directors and staff met on September 15 to discuss details for a proposed Interlocal Agreement with NGPC for operating the Wanahoo Park.  An update will be given. Attached is the most recent update on Wanahoo Park expenses.

5.a.2. County Road 17 Paving Update
5.a.3. Wahoo By-Pass Project
Rationale

The road over Wanahoo Dam is closed for 42 days for paving.  It is set to re-open in November

5.a.4. Wahoo to Wanahoo Trail
5.b. Upstream Structures - Update
6. WESTERN SARPY/CLEAR CREEK LEVEE REPORT
7. ADJOURNMENT