Lower Platte North NRD
January 12, 2015 1:30 PM
Regular Board of Directors Meeting
1. Call to Order
Rationale

NOTE: The agenda is on file at the LPNNRD office and may be changed up to 24 hours prior to the meeting as scheduled.

 

1.A. Meeting Notice
1.B. Inform Public on Location of Copy of “Open Meeting Act”
1.C. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Roll Call
2.A. Introductions
3. Approval of Agenda
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the agenda as presented

4. Comments - Advisors/Guests
4.A. Guest Comments
4.B. NRCS Report
Attachments
4.C. NARD Report
4.D. NRC Report
4.E. Managers Report
Attachments
4.F. Education Program
5. Approval of Minutes
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve minutes as presented

6. Report of Standing Committees
6.A. Executive Committee - Action as Required
6.A.1. MEETINGS
6.A.1.a. Pending
6.A.1.a.1. NARD Washington DC Conference
Rationale

The annual NARD Washington DC Conference is March 21-25.  In the past we have sent two directors and two staff to the event.

Recommended Motion

* To approve sending up to two directors and two staff to the NARD Washington D.C. Conference March 21-25.

6.A.1.a.2. NARD Legislative Conference
Rationale

The NARD Legislative Conference will be January 27-28 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln.  The following Directors are registered to attend: Kavan, Hilger, McDermott, Hannah, Johannes and Clausen.  Registration deadline is January 12th, Please let Breunig know if you would like to attend.

Attachments
6.A.1.b. Reports
6.A.2. MANAGEMENT ITEMS
6.A.2.a. Directors Absence
Rationale

Attached find Director Gibney's excuse of absence from the November Board Meeting.

Attachments
6.A.2.b. Bob Weaver
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6.A.2.b.1. Monthly Conference Call and Update
Rationale

The December Weaver Report is attached to the Executive Committee to the minutes.

The December Weaver conference call will be held Friday, January 9th.

Attachments
6.A.2.b.2. Monthly Bill
Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To approve payment of the December Weaver bill in the amount of $3,300 and bill Lower Platte South NRD and Papio NRD their portion

6.A.2.c. Monthly Education Program
6.A.2.d. CCEI Lawsuit
Rationale

No new information.

6.A.2.e. Election of 2015 LPNNRD Officers
Rationale

Election of our four officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) and NARD representative will take place at our January 12 Board Meeting.  Chair Hilger has appointed a Nominating Committee that includes all past Chairs.  For each office the Nominating Committee will nominate at least one candidate, then the Chair will open the floor for additional nominations.  If only one candidate is nominated voting may occur by roll call.  If more than one nomination is made then voting will take place by written ballot.

6.A.2.f. E-Meeting Software
Rationale

At the December board meeting our E-Meeting software did not keep up with the speed of the meeting.  Our internet provider has asked that he be contacted during the meeting if it occurs again this month so he can see where the bottleneck is occurring.  

6.A.2.g. Accounting Software Upgrade
Rationale

Attached find a bill from the Summit Group in the amount of $2,200 this if for our yearly upgrade on our accounting software.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To make a $2,200 payment to Summit Group for our yearly accounting software upgrade

6.A.3. EQUIPMENT
6.A.3.a. Board Room Microphone System
Rationale

Chair Hilger has asked that we discuss purchasing a Microphone system for the boardroom.  We looked at this over 10 years ago and decided the cost was too high.  Since that time digital technology has made quality sound systems more affordable. 

6.A.4. PERSONNEL
6.A.4.a. Rural Water Manager Position
Rationale

We have advertised for the Rural Water Manager position with resumes being due by close of business on December 29.  As of noon on December 28 we have five applicants.  As directed at last month's board meeting the Executive Committee needs to look at options for filling the position.  A handout has been prepared that looks at:
Filling the postion as it currently is
Filling the position with an operator rather than a manager
Contracting or hiring part-time management of the system and adding an O&M technician

Considerable discussion occurred during the committee meeting.  Director Ruzicka strongly felt we needed a Rural Water Manager that would have ownership of the system and be responsible for the 24-7 coverage that the system requires.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve filling the Rural Water Manager position

6.A.5. FINANCE
6.A.5.a. Approval of Financial Reports
Rationale

The November Financial Statements have been distributed to all Directors.

Recommended Motion

* To approve the November Financial Report as distributed

6.A.5.b. Approval of Managers Time and Expense Sheets
Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To approve Manager Miyoshi's time and expense sheets as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes

6.A.5.c. Accounts over 90 Days
Rationale

The committee reviewed the accounts receivable that are more than 90 day old.  A copy of the list is attached to the Executive Committee Minutes.

Attachments
6.B. Education, Operations & Rural Water Systems Committee - Action as Required
6.B.1. WILD NE/CREP REPORT
6.B.1.a. Wildlife & CREP Payments
B. Heimann
6.B.2. OPERATION & MAINTENANCE & OTHER ITEMS
6.B.2.a. O & M Crew
B. Heimann
Rationale

The O & M Crew continues to do maintenance on equipment, vehicles and the office building.  Also burned more tree piles on recreation sites.

6.B.2.b. Tractor Rental 2015
B. Heimann
Rationale

The District should rent a tractor from Dinkel Implement via the State contract at the $11.80/hr rate w/ the minimum hours of usage at 300 for 2015.
Dinkel Implement informed the District via email that they are unable to provide the District with a tractor next season due to cutbacks in New Hollands program.

6.B.2.c. Czechland Lake Improvements
B. Heimann
Rationale

On the Czechland Lake Improvements project we are currently advertising for three weeks. JEO is handling the distribution of the Plans, Specifications and Bid Documents.  Bids are due by contractors on January 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm at which they will be opened.  Bids will be reviewed and taken to the Board at the regular meeting January 12, 2015.

Attachments
6.B.2.d. Fremont 205 Feasibility Study
B. Heimann
Rationale

The $24,753 received from the NRD will be used to scope the completion of the study and prepare the FCSA.  We plan to provide the scope and cost estimate to complete the Feasibility Study to you for your review in the spring.

The bulk of the work to complete the feasibility study and transition to design and construction will begin in 2016, based on our current information on the arrival of new Federal Funding designated for the Fremont Project.  The present project funding remaining does not allow us to move forward to complete the feasibility study until then, so the majority of the work in 2015 will be setting the stage for that work yet to come.  Most of the work will be directed towards developing the scopes of work and cost estimates needed to secure the Federal funds and matching funds from our local sponsors.  The scoping work will include meetings with all partners to verify that we are on the same page with the scope and cost of the effort to finish feasibility, which is needed to advance the project to design.  (From Mark Nelson, COE)

6.B.2.e. Grass Drill Saunders County
B. Heimann
Rationale

Rezac Seed sent the District $895.56 for the grass drill rental for the second half of 2014.

6.B.2.f. Wanahoo SRA
B. Heimann
Rationale

A spreadsheet with the 2014 Wanahoo SRA NRD expenses is attached, made available by Mike Almond.
A meeting is scheduled between the District and Game & Parks on Tuesday, February 17th at 10:00 a.m. at the NRD office.  Discussion will involve finances and potential improvements for the Wanahoo SRA.

Attachments
6.B.3. ROCK AND JETTY
6.B.3.a. Rock & Jetty
B. Heimann
Rationale

The City of North Bend has submitted invoices for work accomplished on the North Bend levee totaling $5,435. The work accomplished were tree and brush removal and dirt work on the levee. The City is requesting Dodge County assist at $2,000 which will make the difference $3,435.  The District can cost-share at 50% making the assistance to North Bend $1,717.50.

Recommended Motion

To cost-share with the City of North Bend for their work on the North Bend Levee at 50% of $3,435 or $1,717.50 pending staff inspection passed with a motion by Veskerna seconded by Sabatka.

6.B.4. EROSION & SEDIMENT RULES & REGULATIONS
6.B.4.a. Erosion & Sediment Rules & Regs
B. Heimann
Rationale

Heimann has looked into two drainage complaints, one in the Swedeburg area and the other near Linwood.  We are being assisted by the NRCS and Saunders County.  Both sites involve the drainage exiting into county road ditches.

6.B.5. INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
6.B.5.a. Information
6.B.5.a.1. Newspaper & Website Ads
Rationale

This month we'll be running ads on the Nitrogen/Water certification classes starting in January. 

6.B.5.a.2. Long Range Plan
Rationale

A draft copy of the Long Range Plan (attached) was emailed to all directors earlier this month and will be on the agenda for all December committee meetings for directors to provide input.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the Long Range Plan with revisions (if any) from committees passed with a motion by Olson seconded by Veskerna.

6.B.5.b. Education
6.B.5.b.1. Land Judging
Rationale

October 7 has been set as the date for the 2015 East Central Land Judging Contest. Lower Platte South will host and our office will assist. 


The State Land Judging Committee annual meeting is being held today (Dec. 29) in Grand Island. it was a very successful year for Land Judging with record overall participation and a record number of teams at the state contest.

6.B.5.c. Computer
6.B.5.c.1. eMeeting Invoice
Rationale

Attached is the invoice for the eMeeting service for 2015. The cost is $2,500 for the year.

Attachments
Recommended Motion


* Pay the eMeeting service fee of $2,500 for calendar year 2015, per attached invoice passed with a motion by Veskerna seconded by Hagerbaumer.

6.B.5.c.2. Rec Areas and NRD Trees App Updates
Rationale

The 2.0 versions of the NRD Rec Areas and NRD Trees apps for iOS have been beta tested and submitted to Apple for approval. They should be available on the App Store by New Year's Day or shortly after. 

6.B.5.c.3. Great Plains Upgrade
Rationale

Our Great Plains accounting software was upgraded to a new version earlier this month.

6.B.5.c.4. Computer Repair
Rationale

The hard drive in Mike Almond's computer failed in mid-December and was replaced. No data was lost. 

6.B.6. RURAL WATER SYSTEMS
6.B.6.a. Bruno/David City Rural Water
Mike Sousek
Rationale

Sampling and meter reading will be performed on December 29th, sampling results should be known by board meeting.

6.B.6.b. Colon/ Wahoo Rural Water
Mike Sousek
Rationale

Sampling and meter reading will be completed on December 29th.  Sampling results will be known by board meeting.
Staff has spent a considerable amount of time this month with request to help find leaks and phone calls dealing with collecting monies.
Three customers are due for receiving their $100 deposit back.  These customers are John Ell, Dennis Else, and Brian Kucera.  Recommendation is needed.

Recommended Motion

To return the $100 deposit back to for water and sewer service to John Ell, Dennis Else, and Brian Kucera all from the Colon rural water system.

6.B.6.c. Brainard/Dwight Study
Mike Sousek
Rationale

The Brainard/Dwight Study has been completed and is attached.  A joint meeting between LPNNRD, LPSNRD, LBBNRD, Village of Brainard, and the Village of Dwight will be scheduled in January to discuss the report.  

A breakdown of cost can be seen for various projects below.

 Description Capital Cost Debt Service O&M cost Total cost per user
   $  ($/yr.)  ($/yr.)  ($/mo.)
 Existing system $0 $0 $63,785  $14.93
 Brainard/Dwight RWD  $3,272,085  $251,623  $149,785  $103.36
 Brainard RWD  $1,570,335  $120,759  $112,785  $101.94
 Trans. Main and Well field  $2,373,520  $182,524  $76,285  $66.64
 Trans. Main and WTP  $3,259,120  $250,626  $93,785  $88.68

Attachments
6.C. Water Committee - Action as Required
6.C.1. REGULATORY
6.C.1.a. GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT AREA
6.C.1.a.1. Variance Request in the Hydrologically Connected Area (Limited Development Area)
Rationale

No new updates.

6.C.1.a.2. Variance Requests in the Non-Hydrologically Connected Area (Normal Development Area)
Rationale

No new updates

6.C.1.a.3. Variance Requests in the Restricted Development Areas
Rationale

No new updates

6.C.1.a.4. Well Permit Program
6.C.1.a.4.A. Supplemental Well Permit for Ralph Diffey
Rationale

Mr. Diffey has submitted a supplemental irrigation well application for 80 acres in the W½SW¼ of Section 5-T17N-R6E Dodge County (North Bend Subarea).  These acres are currently irrigated with two registered wells using gated pipe. Diffey plans to purchase a center pivot and wipe ½-circle.  The two current wells would be used to irrigated the “corners”.  Due to the gas lines that are located beneath a portion of this “80” and their easements it is too costly to trench an underground line from one of the existing wells to the proposed pivot point location.  Neither Ralph Diffey nor Harold Diffey has a Nitrogen & Water Management (NRD) certification and Oaklund told Harold Diffey that the well permit could not be approved until the certification is obtained.  Harold Diffey related that he intends to go to the first certification class on January 8, 2015, in Fremont, following the Corn Expo.  This would be prior to the January 12, 2015 Board meeting.

Recommended Motion

* To approve the supplemental irrigation well permit for Harold Diffey and Ralph Diffey in the W1/2, SW1/4, Section 5, T17N, R6E Dodge County for 80 acres, pending completion of the NRD operator certification for Harold Diffey and/or Ralph Diffey

6.C.1.a.4.B. Well Permits Approved
Rationale

Wells Permits Approved: Six as of December 29, 2014

 Landowner Number of Wells  Number of New Irrigated Acres  Type of Well  County  Subarea 
Robert Newsham  1 130 new Saunders  Todd Valley
 Timothy Mueller  1  38  new  Platte  Lower Shell Creek
 Jane Stara Revocable Trust  1  0 replacement  Butler  David City
 Douglas Ritthaler  1  125  new  Saunders  Leshara Uplands
 Goedeken Farms  1  0 replacement  Platte  Lower Shell Creek
 Gary Nelson  1  155  new  Boone  Upper Newman Grove
















 

The total number of approved permits for 2014 is 75.  This does not count the Ralph Diffey request.

6.C.1.a.5. Potential Violation of Expanded Irrigation
Rationale

Liberty Livestock has been contacted by phone concerning their irrigation of acres that were not approved by the LPNNRD.  They plan to attend either the upcoming Board meeting or the next Water Committee meeting.
They will be contacted again after the holidays.

6.C.1.a.6. Special Quantity Subareas
6.C.1.a.6.A. GWMA R&R Changes
Rationale

Updates to the GWMA Rules and Regulations are presented for Water Committee review (see attached).  The goal is to get these approved at the January Board meeting and hold a Public Hearing before the February Board meeting. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the modified LPNNRD Ground Water Management Area Rules & Regulations, advertise in area newspapers for three weeks, and hold a public hearing before the February 9, 2015 Board meeting

6.C.1.a.6.B. LPNNRD SQS Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

Two educational classes have been scheduled for producers in the Butler-Saunders SQS:

- Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. (afternoon)
- Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. (evening)

Both classes will be held at Hruska Library in David City.  
Attendance will be required for all irrigators in this SQS.

6.C.1.a.7. Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition (LPRBC)
Rationale

  • A special Lower Platte Basin meeting is being planned for January 27th at 1:00 pm at the next NARD Legislative Conference in Lincoln.
  • The next meeting of the Technical Committee is scheduled for February 2, 2015 at the LLNRD office in Ord at 10:00 am.

6.C.1.a.8. Voluntary Integrated Water Management Plan - LENRD and LPNNRD
Rationale

The next Stakeholders meeting is scheduled for February 3, 2015 at the LPNNRD office at 2:00 pm.

6.C.1.a.9. Cost Share Programs
6.C.1.a.9.A. Irrigation Well Sample Kits
Rationale

A total of 369 kits have been requested and sent (two of these were in mid-December).  The results from 359 of these kits have been received from HHS/Lincoln and sent to the producers; nitrate-nitrogen range is 0.00 to 101.0 ppm.  

6.C.1.a.9.B. Domestic Well Sample Kits
Rationale

No new updates since the last Water Committee

6.C.1.a.10. Bellwood Phase 2 Area
Rationale

2014 is the twelfth year of this Phase 2 Area.  108 producer sample results have now been received (nitrate-nitrogen range of 0.00 to 22.3 ppm).  Two additional sample results since last meeting were 4.63 and 11.8 ppm. and have updated in the table below.

Year

Nitrate-nitrogen Range

Percent

Nitrate-nitrogen

0 to 8.0 ppm

Percent

Nitrate-nitrogen

8.01 to 10.00 ppm

Percent

Nitrate-nitrogen

greater than 10 ppm

2004

0 to 25 ppm

46.3% (44 of 95)

8.4% (8 of 95)

45.3% (43 of 95)

2005

0 to 25 ppm

47% (44 of 94)

15% (14 of 94)

38% (36 of 94)

2006

0 to 24 ppm

41% (29 of 71)

14% (10 of 71)

45% (32 of 71)

2007

0 to 31 ppm

48% (48 of 100)

9% (9 of 100)

43% (43 of 100)

2008

0 to 28 ppm

53.75% (43 of 80)

7.5% (6 of 80)

38.75% (31 of 80)

2009

0 to 22 ppm

45.5% (41 of 90)

15.5% (14 of 90)

39% (35 of 90)

2010

0 to 35.7 ppm

48.65% (54 of 111)

11.71% (13 of 111)

39.64% (44 of 111)

2011

0 to 26.6 ppm

51% (56 of 110)

6% (7 of 110)

43% (47 of 110)

2012

0 to 28.9 ppm

57% (61 of 107)

9% (10 of 107)

34% (36 of 107)

2013

0 to 25.8 ppm

50% (53 of 107)

9% (10 of 107)

41% (44 of 107)

2014

0 to 22.3 ppm

51% (55 of 108)

13% (14 of 108)

36% (39 of 108)



6.C.1.a.11. Richland - Schuyler Phase 2 Area
Rationale

2014 is the eleventh year of this Phase 2 Area.  251 producer sample results have now been received (nitrate-nitrogen range of 0.00 to 101.0).  One additional result has been received since the last meeting at 8.20 ppm. and has been updated in the table below.

Year

Nitrate-nitrogen Range

Percent

Nitrate-nitrogen

0 to 8.0 ppm

Percent

Nitrate-nitrogen

8.01 to 10.00 ppm

Percent

Nitrate-nitrogen

greater than 10 ppm

2004

0 to 47 ppm

30% (42 of 139)

10% (14 of 139)

60% (83 of 139)

2005

0 to 120 ppm

31.3% (74 of 236)

10.2% (24 of 236)

58.5% (138 of 236)

2006

0 to 53 ppm

28% (50 of 181)

14% (26 of 181)

58% (105 of 181)

2007

0 to 99 ppm

32% (75 of 231)

10% (22 of 231)

58% (134 of 227)

2008

0 to 46 ppm

28% (53 of 190)

12% (23 of 190)

60% (114 of 190)

2009

0 to 57 ppm

33% (72 of 216)

6% (13 of 216)

61% (131 of 216)

2010

0 to 57.5 ppm

31% (70 of 229)

7% (15 of 229)

62% (142 of 229)

2011

0 to 65.8 ppm

28% (67 of 241)

9% (21 of 241)

63% (153 of 241)

2012

0 to 52.6 ppm

29% (70 of 241)

9% (21 of 241)

62% (150 of 241)

2013

0 to 94.0 ppm

25% (63 of 252)

9% (23 of 252)

66% (166 of 252)

2014

0 to 101.0 ppm

27% (68 of 251)

9% (22 of 251)

64% (161 of 251)


6.C.1.a.12. LPNNRD Certification
6.C.1.a.12.A. LPNNRD Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

No on-line tests have been completed since the last committee meeting.  Staff of LPNNRD met with UNL County Extension Educators on Monday, December 1st, to set up classes.  Eleven classes have been scheduled (class schedule attached) and mailed to about 500 producers.

Attachments
6.C.1.a.13. Certifying Acres in Saunders and Dodge Counties
Rationale

No new updates.

6.C.1.b. CHEMIGATION
Rationale

At the end of 2014, the District had a  456 chemigation permits.  

Attached are updates to the LPNNRD Chemigation Rules, which includes our new fee schedule.  This is to be reviewed at the Board meeting in January and then advertise for three weeks for review (and hopefully) approval at the February Board meeting.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve changes to the LPNNRD Chemigation Rules and Regulations, to advertise for three consecutive weeks in area newspapers, and to hold a public hearing one hour in advance of the February 9, 2015 Board meeting

6.C.1.c. LIVESTOCK WASTE PERMITS
Rationale

The LPNNRD has received one new livestock permit application from DEQ since the last Water Committee meeting.

 Name Livestock  Type of Permit  Legal Description  County 
Raikes Farm Enterprises Cattle
10,000 head
10,000 A.U. 
Expansion of existing Permit SW1/4 and SE1/4, Section 16,
T13N, R9E 
Saunders 








Raikes Farm Enterprises wants to modify an existing operation of 6, 000 head (6,000 A.U.) with an addition of 4,000 head for a total of 10,000 head of cattle (10,000 A.U.).

6.C.2. GROUND WATER PROGRAMS
6.C.2.a. DECOMMISSIONED WELL PROGRAM
6.C.2.a.1. Well Estimates
Rationale

One new well has been reviewed and approved by Gottschalk for decommissioning since the last Committee meeting.

 Well Owner Type of Well  Cost Share Estimate  County 
 Philip & Jeana Buhman Irrigation $666.95  Platte 







 

6.C.2.a.2. Plugged Wells
Rationale

Three wells have been plugged, reviewed, and ready for cost share payment approval this month (see attached spreadsheet).

 Well Owner Type of Well  Cost Share Estimate  County 
 Don Yindrick Irrigation  $870.96 Butler
Jamie Yindrick 2 x Domestic  $854.59 Butler






 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To approve cost share payment to Don Yindrick to decommission an irrigation well for $870.96 and to Jamie Yindrick to decommission two domestic wells for a total of $854.59

6.C.2.b. LOWER PLATTE NORTH NRD GROUND WATER STUDIES
6.C.2.b.1. Elkhorn Loup Model (ELM)
Rationale

The last training session was held on December 4 and 5, 2014 at the LLNRD in Ord.  Training involves using the completed USGS ground water flow model with GIS applications to develop maps.  The next training session has not yet been scheduled.

6.C.2.b.2. Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA)
Rationale

Data from the latest helicopter flights (AEM) will be presented at the next NARD conference near the end of January 2015.  The next round of helicopter flights are scheduled for the spring of 2015 and one of these flight lines will go over the Prague subarea.

We have received an invoice from ENWRA for our 2015 dues of $30,000 (invoice is attached).

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve payment of ENWRA 2015 dues for $30,000

6.C.2.c. GROUND WATER ENERGY LEVELS
Rationale

Staff have been working on updating the hydrographs from the data loggers placed in several of our monitoring wells.  Staff will place several of these in our upcoming SQS and NRD operator certification classes that are to be held over the winter.

6.C.3. OTHER
6.C.3.a. LPNNRD Long Range Plan
Rationale

Draft copy of LPNNRD Long Range Plan is attached.  This will be voted on at the January 12, 2015 Board meeting.

Attachments
6.C.3.b. GMDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Rationale

GMDA Annual Conference will be held January 6 - 8, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Directors Lon Olson, Don Veskerna, and Gene Ruzicka plan to attend.  Staff members Bret Schomer and Larry Angle will also attend.

6.C.3.c. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
Rationale

Simone Rock of HDR attended the Water Committee.

6.D. Projects Committee - Action as Required
6.D.1. SWCP
Rationale

Gottschalk presented the attached list and status of our SWCP allocations and payments.

Attachments
6.D.1.a. SWCP Application Approvals
Rationale

        75%     
Herman Ostry Terraces/Tile with Basins Butler Co. $ 13,207.44

This project is located directly above Homestead Lake and would be constructed in conjunction with our basin clean-out project.  Because of the needed protection this project will provide to our Homestead Lake Recreation Area, the committee felt that exceeding our normal policy of approving up to $12,500 per landowner project would be justified. 

Recommended Motion

*To approve the Herman Ostry SWCP application for $13,207.44 as presented. It is further recommended to approve exceeding the normal $12,500 limit per landowner project based on the direct benefits the project provides to our Homestead Lake Recreation Area

6.D.1.b. SWCP Payments
Rationale

  APPROVED  ACTUAL
14-C-51 Shirley Johannes Rev. Trust W/S Basins $ 10,337.86 $ 10,329.00
14-P-5 Eugene Wiese Flow Meter $      625.00 $      565.00
14-P-30 Roger Gehring Flow Meter $      625.00      $      625.00
14-P-28 Wilma Loseke Flow Meter $      625.00 $      575.00
14-S-45 BRT Farms/ Robert Bartek Flow Meter $      625.00 $      625.00
14-B-37 Lloyd From Flow Meter $      625.00 $      597.50



SAND & DUCK PAYMENT: 25% 15%

Jerry Soukup Terraces/Tile w/Basins & Waterway      $ 3,109.20

Recommended Motion

* Motion to approve the SWCP and Sand/Duck Watershed Payments totaling $16,425.20 as presented

6.D.1.c. Jones Family Trust Cost Share Payment Request
Rationale

We received a $2,051.73 cost share payment request from John Jones, Jones Family Trust, for conservation work completed in conjunction with a federal EQIP contract located in both the Miller Branch-Wahoo Creek and Cottonwood Creek sub-watersheds. While an SWCP application was completed at the NRCS office in 2012, the application did not get submitted to our office for consideration.  Jami Thoene, NRCS, was present and provided information surrounding the project.  Looking at our 2012 records and policy, this project would have been regarded as high priority for approval.  We did find the Jones Family Trust name and project estimate on a list of anticipated applications for approval, but paperwork was never submitted.  The committee felt that this landowner project payment is warranted based on facts presented.       

Recommended Motion

*To approve the $2,051.73 SWCP project payment to the Jones Family Trust located in the Cottonwood Creek/ Miller Branch-Wahoo Creek sub-watersheds

6.D.1.d. SWCP Cancellations
Rationale

No cancellations for approval this month. 

6.D.1.e. Cottonwood Creek Payments
Rationale

COTTONWOOD CREEK PAYMENT: APPROVED ACTUAL

Kenneth Polacek Terraces/Tile w/Basins $ 7,566.50 $ 7,211.62

Recommended Motion

*To approve the $7,211.62 Cottonwood Creek Watershed cost share payment to Kenneth Polacek for his completed Terrace/Tile/Basins project

6.D.1.f. Sand/Duck Creek Approvals
Rationale

No applications for approval this month.

6.D.1.g. Sand/Duck Cost Share Payment
Rationale

   25% 15%
Jerry Soukup Terraces/Tile w/Basins and Waterways $ 5,204.40

Recommended Motion

*To approve a $5,204.40 Sand/Duck Watershed cost share payment to Jerry Soukup for completion of his terrace/tile/basins/waterways project as presented

6.D.1.h. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Approvals
Rationale

No applications for approval this month.

6.D.2. WATERSHEDS
6.D.2.a. Shell Creek - Watershed Plan
Rationale

NDEQ is putting the final touches on their review of the Shell Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan and will send it to EPA for comment in January.

6.D.2.b. Wahoo Creek Watershed - Water Quality Plan (PIP) Phase I
Rationale

We have worked with landowners to allow JEO to inspect and evaluate Dunlap Creek on their property (landowner letter attached). JEO has submitted their most recent invoice for contract work completed as attached. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve payment of JEO's January 29, 2014 invoice totaling $7,650, for work completed on the Wahoo Creek Watershed Contract as attached

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

Meghan will give the Board an update on recent LPRCA activities at the January 12th Board Meeting.

Attachments
6.D.4. OTHER
6.D.4.a. Army COE 205 Projects
6.D.4.a.1. Fremont 205
Rationale

Heimann gave an update that was presented at the O, E & RW Committee (refer to those minutes for details). 

6.D.4.a.2. Schuyler 205
Rationale

Attached is the status report from the Omaha District's Construction Division as of Monday, 15 December 2014.
  
Earthwork is rated at 90 - 98% complete, however the Contractor has missed the completion milestone of 8 December and is now being assessed Liquidated Damages until Substantial Completion is reached.  Substantial Completion is reached when all that remains is seeding, gates and ROW Markers.  

Final seeding may be completed in the spring, dependent upon winter weather, but will be done prior to the Final Inspection and payment to the Contractor.  

Attachments
6.D.4.b. Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project Update
6.D.4.c. All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update- JEO Progress Report and Invoice
Rationale

Jeff Henson with JEO sent out the attached December 9th e-mail to participating committees outlining the timeline for completing the plan update and to submit projects for future consideration.  JEO is winding down community contacts and despite our best efforts, a very few have not responded so will not be included in the plan update. JEO has submitted an invoice for $10,849.50 for work contract work complected as attached.

 JEO has identified potential HMP projects (see attachment) which will be reviewed at the January 29th Proejcts Committee meeting.  The committee will be asked to select and prioritize projects for further evaluation and analysis.  We have $50,000 of available NEMA/FEMA grant funds to allocate toward project analysis. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve payment of JEO's $10,849,50 invoice for work completed on our District-wide All Hazard Mitigation Plan as attached

6.D.4.d. Grass Waterway Stabilization Checks - Jeremiah Schutz, NRCS
Rationale

Jeremiah Schutz, NRCS, is requesting LPNNRD to purchase some erosion control fabric to use on existing and new grass waterway construction. While there is not a large demand for grass waterways in our NRD, when they are installed, initial erosion can be a problem until the grass is established (see attachments)   A 3' by 600' of this fabric costs $150 plus tax.  The intent is for LPNNRD to purchase this fabric that will be housed at the Dodge County NRCS for landowners to purchase for their grass waterway projects. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve the purchase of two bulk 600 foot rolls of erosion control fabric for use on landowner's grass waterway project establishment

6.D.4.e. Long Range Plan Review/Input
Rationale

Directors have been asked to give input to the Long Range Plan (attached), particularly on areas that their committee is responsible.  The O, E & RW Committee is recommending that the Board approve the plan including any changes on January 12. 

Attachments
6.D.4.f. Review of Projects Financial Statement
Rationale

Attached are financials for Project Activities as of 11-30-14.  At that time we spent 23.81% of the Projects Budget and 21.54% of the land treatment budget (listed in the Water Financials). 

Attachments
6.D.5. SAND CREEK ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION PROJECT REPORT
6.D.5.a. Lake Wanhaoo Paving Project
Rationale

The NRD has received $8,000 from the Saunders County Tourism Grant.  This money will be used to help defray the costs of the entrance road to the Park.

6.D.5.b. Upstream Structures
6.D.6. WESTERN SARPY/CLEAR CREEK LEVEE REPORT
Rationale

Work has resumed on Monday, December 29th.  Segment 4B is about 45% complete.  Winter work will continue as weather allows.

Pre-Construction Meeting for Segment 5 on December 23rd. Contractor will start after January 1st.

Attached find an update on the WS/CC Project that was in the PMRNRD Newsletter.

Attachments
7. Additional Action Items
7.A. Annual and Sick Leave Payout to Mike Sousek
Rationale

When an employee terminates service with the district there is a payout on leave balances. Attached find a worksheet for annual and sick leave payouts for Mike Sousek.  The total includes 81.06 hours of annual leave and 229.68 hours (589.68 - 360 = 229.68) of sick leave minus tuition reimbursement that must be returned to the district (any tuition payments received by an employee of the district with-in one year of separation must be returned to the district).  

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To make payment to Mike Sousek in the amount of $5,689.29 for leave balance payout minus tuition payments received in the past year, subject to tax with-holdings.

8. Approval of Bills Pending
Attachments
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve bills pending as presented

9. Consent Agenda Adoption
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve Consent Agenda as presented

10. Comments from Directors/Guests
11. Meeting Establishment/Adjournment
Rationale

NOTE: The agenda is on file at the LPNNRD office and may be changed up to 24 hours prior to the meeting as scheduled.