Lower Platte North NRD
January 29, 2015 8:30 AM
Operations & Education Committee Meeting
1. Election of 2015 Chair and Vice-Chair
Rationale

The Floor was opened for nominations for O, E & RW Chair for 2015. McDermott nominated Ruzicka.

The Floor was opened for nominations for O, E & RW Vice-Chair for 2015. Gibney nominated McDermott.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Gene Ruzicka to serve as Chair of the Operations, Education and Rural Water Committee for 2015 passed with a motion by Ronald Sabatka and a second by Jim McDermott.

Motion Passed:  To cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for JimMcDermott to serve as Vice Chair of the Operations, Education and Rural Water Committee for 2015 passed with a motion by Ronald Sabatka and a second by Fred Hagerbaumer.

2. WILD NE/CREP REPORT
B. Heimann
Rationale

There are no current payments for CREP or WILD NE.

A Wild Nebraska grant proposal by the NE Game & Parks Commission to enhance the grassland area of 100 acres that we currently hay at Czechland Lake and keep it a viable wildlife management area is proposed.  The Federal Aid grant would help eliminate invasive trees and renovate grasslands.  The grant will assist at 75% cost-share, the estimated total cost currently is $40,692 and will not exceed $45,000.  The District share would not exceed $11,250.  This contract is similar to the Homestead contract tentatively approved in September. The Czechland work would be accomplished in 2016/17. 

Game and Parks still has to gain Federal Aid approval, when this happens we will then approve a 10 year contact to do the work.

Recommended Motion

To approve participating in the Czechland Lake Grassland Enhancement Grant as proposed by NE Game & Parks at an estimated cost of $40,692 with the LPNNRD cost being $11,250 and to budget this amount for F.Y. 2016

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve participating in the Czechland Lake Grasslands Enhancement Grant as proposed by NE Game & Parks at an estimated cost of $40,692 with LPNNRD cost being $11,250 and to budget this amount for F.Y. 2016 passed with a motion by Jim Gibney and a second by Fred Hagerbaumer.

3. OPERATION & MAINTENANCE & OTHER ITEMS
B. Heimann
Rationale

The O & M crew has burned almost every tree pile at Wanahoo and Czechland Lakes.  Also cut other volunteer trees on these locations.  All equipment has been serviced.

3.a. Equipment
B. Heimann
Rationale

Heimann has priced tree cutting attachments for the Bobcat.  A Marshall Tree Saw runs between $12,000 and $13,500 depending on the model. A turbo saw priced around $6,000.  Information to consider for budgeting.

3.b. Tractor Rental 2015
B. Heimann
Rationale

Heimann has contacted Platte Valley and Benes Implement in regard to renting tractors for the upcoming season.

3.c. Czechland Lake Improvements
B. Heimann
Rationale

JEO is working with Sibbernsen Excavating to obtain final documents and to set up a pre-construction meeting in early February.  The contractor has stated that he would like to get started in February.

3.d. Wanahoo SRA
B. Heimann
Rationale

The City of Wahoo's grant application to develop a hiking/biking trail from the city to Lake Wanahoo has been approved. The federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant worth $575,728 was approved through the NE Game & Parks Commission.  The grant covers 80% of the cost, the estimated construction period is 2016. The NRD may be asked to contribute to the portion of the trail which crosses the face of Wanahoo dam. 

3.e. Wanahoo PATH Land Management
B. Heimann
Rationale

The land management team of Heimann, Luedtke (G & P) and Teeter (Pheasant Forever/NRCS) met on Jan. 14th to review the past years accomplishments and the needs for 2015 on the Wanahoo PATH Program Lands.
Refer to land management map to understand the to do list.

Burn CS 1, 2 & 3, WD 2 & 3 west of creek, Hay CS 1, CR 1 & 2, WD 6, Kill Brome grass in CS 4 & 5, also cut large trees along creek, Disk WT 1,2,3,4 and 8 - 15, Spray trees w/ helicopter WT 6 & WD 5.

These are the major items that we will attempt to complete in 2015.

Attachments
3.f. Fremont 205 Feasibility Study
B. Heimann
Rationale

A meeting is scheduled with the Corps of Engineers and the partners of the Fremont 205 Feasibility Study on Thursday, February 12 from 1:00 - 2:30 at the Lower Platte North office.  Information will be presented on the transformation from 205 Feasibility to General Investigation Study and the cost associated with the study and future design/construction cost.

3.g. Ice Jam Monitoring
B. Heimann
Rationale

An ice jam occurred on the Platte River on January 5 and 6 approximately 2 miles south of Hwy 92.  The jam is approximately 1.5 miles long, low land flooding is occurring.  The tie off levee along Clear Creek that ties to Clear Creek Levee is in jeopardy.  The contractor renovating the CC levee responded with his equipment and temporarily stopped or slowed the seepage to prevent levee failure. Papio NRD activated the explosive contractor for removal of the ice jam. The contractor is planning to be in place to begin blasting on Thursday.  More info to come.

4. ROCK AND JETTY
4.a. Rock & Jetty
B. Heimann
Rationale

The North Bend levee was inspected and payment made. There are no other request at this time.

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

We are running ads on certification classes and tree sales this month.

6.a.2. Viaduct
Rationale

An electronic issue of the Viaduct was sent the week of January 19 with information on the upcoming public hearings, the certification class schedule, and tree sales.

6.b. Education
6.b.1. Soil and Water Stewardship Week
Rationale

Soil and Water Stewardship Week materials are now available from NACD for 2015. The theme this year is "Local Heroes - Your Hardworking Pollinators." We have $2,000 budgeted to provide these materials to schools and churches in the district.

Recommended Motion

*To purchase up to $2,000 of Soil & Water Stewardship materials for district schools and churches in 2015

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To purchase up to $2,000 of Soil & Water Stewardship materials for district schools and churches in 2015 passed with a motion by Fred Hagerbaumer and a second by Mark Seier.

6.b.2. Pheasants Forever Request
Rationale

We were contacted by Pheasants Forever - Lower Platte Chapter to see if we would be interested in helping sponsor their 2015 banquet on March 27 in Ashland. The suggested donation is $250.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*Provide $250 to the Lower Platte Chapter of Pheasants Forever to sponsor their 2015 banquet

6.b.3. Shell Creek Scholarship Report
Rationale

We received a transcript of Alex Wiese's grades (all As) for the first semester, per the requirement of our Shell Creek Scholarship.

6.b.4. NGPC Great Park Pursuit
Rationale

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking sponsors for the 2015 "Great Park Pursuit" program. This program is a large-scale "scavenger hunt" for families, where participants search for markers at public recreation areas across the state. NARD is a sponsor and some individual NRDs are sponsors as well. 

The sponsorship levels are listed in the attached Sponsorship Packet.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To support the Nebraska Game and Parks "Great Park Pursuit" program at the $250 level

6.c. Computer
6.c.1. App Updates
Rationale

The updated NRD Rec and NRD Trees apps became available on the App Store the week after Christmas. A minor update to fix a bug in the Rec app was released last week.

6.c.2. Presentation on Paperless Meetings
Rationale

Thompson gave a presentation at the Administrative Staff meeting at the NARD Legislative Conference about LPN's switch to paperless meetings, and some of the issues and successes we've encountered.

6.c.3. Antivirus Renewal
Rationale

The district's network license for the Vipre antivirus/antimalware program was renewed for one year for $270.

6.d. Letterhead
Rationale

We are running low on letterhead and need to order soon. Our last order was 10,000 sheets for $1,384.

Recommended Motion

*To purchase 10,000 sheets of letterhead at a cost not to exceed $1,500

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To purchase 10,000 sheets of letterhead at a cost not to exceed $1,500 passed with a motion by Fred Hagerbaumer and a second by Mark Seier.

7. RURAL WATER SYSTEMS
7.a. Bruno/David City
Rationale

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

One new test site has been secured and will included in future testing schedule.

Staff has located water lines for one Diggers hotline request.

7.b. Colon/Wahoo
Rationale

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

Staff has located water lines for 3 Diggers hotline requests and assisted customers in determining and isolating continuous leaks.

7.c. Brainard/Dwight
Rationale

The Brainard/Dwight Study has been completed and was attached to last month’s meeting agenda. We are currently awaiting a joint meeting between all involved parties to discuss and review the report.

8. Adjournment