Nebraska Water and Water Law Conference
UNL will be hosting the High Plain Aquifer: Sustainability for Food Production and Water Supply Conference on Thursday, March 19th. The Nebraska Water Law Conference will be held Friday, March 20th. Draft agendas are attached to the Executive Committee Minuters. Registration for both days is $290 and March 20th only is $175. Please let Breunig know by March 3rd if you are interested in attending.
National Watershed Conference
The National Watershed Conference is May 17-20 in Ft. Worth Texas. This conference is held every two years and we have attended in the past.
To send up to two directors and two staff to the National Watershed Conference in Ft Worth
Motion Passed: To send up to two directors and two staff to the National Watershed Conference in Ft Worth passed with a motion by Jim McDermott and a second by Robert Hilger.
Groundwater Foundation Annual Meeting
It has been over 10 years since the Groundwater Foundation Annual Meeting has been held in Nebraska. The October 20-22 conference is scheduled for Lincoln and they are looking for sponsors. Attached find information that was sent. The lowest level sponsor is $500 although they will accept general support funds. Is this something we want to be a part of?
* To be a sponsor for the Groundwater Foundation Annual Conference in the amount of $250
Motion Passed: * To be a sponsor for the Groundwater Foundation Annual Conference in the amount of $250 passed with a motion by Lon Olson and a second by Jim McDermott.
Attached find Director McDermott's excuse of absence from the February Board Meeting.
Monthly Conference Call and Update
The monthly Weaver Conference Call was held March 6th.
* To approve the monthly Weaver payment of $3,300 and bill LPS and Papio NRDs for their portion
Motion Passed: * To approve the monthly Weaver payment of $3,300 and bill LPS and Papio NRDs for their portion passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Frank Pollard.
Monthly Education Program
Lausterer gave oral arguments on the CCEI case on February 10. The Brief can be viewed on line.
The Executive Committee has set the date for our Annual Recognition Picnic for June 7 (June 14 Rain date) to be held at Czechland Lake beginning at 5:00 p.m.. All directors, staff and former board members will be invited to attend along with our award recipients.
Report from Director Vacancy Sub-Committee
The director vacancy committee is tasked with bringing forth a candidate for consideration at our March board meeting. So far two applications have been received.
Last year it was found that NWRA was not assessing dues as had been set in their bi-laws. We have received our annual invoice from them and it is for $2,558. A group of NRD Managers are working with NWRA to amend the dues structure so that NRD dues are more inline with irrigation districts. No action is needed at this time.
In February 2014 the Wirka Tract (Sand Creek Site 16) was sold at auction and purchased by Dave Lickteig. Attached find a request from Lickteig's attorney. The NRD has always maintained that most of the lake would be on the Wirka tract, however there was no way to be sure of this until until the lake filled. Unfortunately the auction company placed on the flyer that 100% of the lake would be on the land being sold. Lickteig's attorney seems to be confused as to what our statement of "no public access" means as there is no public access on this lake. On the land closing agreement the auction company added a statement that the west end of the dam is on adjacent property.
Microphone System for Board Room
Mitch O'Reilly is working with audio visual companies and gave a presentation to the committee which are attached to the Executive Committee Minutes. The committee asked for the board room tables to be changed to allow board members to be closer by narrowing the gap between tables and closing the north end (to form an oval). A decision on the sound system and projector will be delayed until the new room layout can be tried.
Approval of Financial Reports
Attached find the January Financial Statement.
* To approve the January Financial Report as distributed to all board members
Motion Passed: * To approve the January Financial Report as distributed to all board members passed with a motion by Frank Pollard and a second by Joe Birkel.
Approval of Managers Time and Expense Sheets
* To approve Manager Miyoshi's time and expense sheets as attached to the Executive Committee agenda
Motion Passed: * To approve Manager Miyoshi's time and expense sheets as attached to the Executive Committee agenda passed with a motion by Jim McDermott and a second by Lon Olson.
Accounts over 90 Days