Lower Platte North NRD
April 29, 2015 8:30 AM
Operations & Education Committee Meeting
1. WILD NE/CREP REPORT
B. Heimann
Rationale

There is one CREP payment for Larry Bruhn, Platte County on 4.7 acres.  Payment amount is $77.08.  This contract expires in May 2017.

Recommended Motion

* To pay Larry Bruhn's CREP contract payment of $77.08

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To pay Larry Bruhn's CREP contract payment of $77.08 passed with a motion by Ronald Sabatka and a second by Fred Hagerbaumer.

2. OPERATION & MAINTENANCE & OTHER ITEMS
2.a. O & M Crew
B. Heimann
Rationale

The O & M crew cut out many old stumps at Czechland Lake, helped with a prescribed burn on the Pheasants Forever tract on the Wanahoo area, bagged and delivered trees and now have started planting, installed a gate for David Lichtig on Sand/Duck Creek Dam15 and dug out a beaver dam below Sand/Duck Creek Dam 13.

2.b. Wanahoo SRA
B. Heimann
Rationale

The new SRA Superintendent, Jason Gabel started the week of April 20.  He is looking forward to running the Wanahoo Rec Site.  The shower house is operational.
The Run-A-Hoo at Wanahoo 5K run was a success earning almost $3,000 for the NARD Foundation. The group will develop a organizational committee for upcoming 5K runs at other NRD recreational areas.  We may have another run at Wanahoo in 3-4 years.

2.c. Wanahoo Dam
B. Heimann
Rationale

Olsson Associates sent an invoice for instrument monitoring on the Wanahoo Dam for $838.50 in accordance with an Agreement dated July, 2011.

Recommended Motion

* To pay Olsson Associates $838.50 for instrument monitoring on the Wanahoo Dam from October 2014 to March 2015

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To pay Olsson Associates $838.50 for instrument monitoring on the Wanahoo Dam from October 2014 to March 2015 passed with a motion by Jim McDermott and a second by Mark Seier.

2.d. Zepplin Dam Renovation
B. Heimann
Rationale

The Zepplin Farms (Sean McFadden owner) dam renovation which is above Bellwood 5-H is completed.  Jamie Yendrick (tenant) has submitted the invoice for the pipe and hardware at $1,658.29. This was previously approved by the Board in March. A copy of the paid invoice and two pictures are available.  Staff will inspect the site in the near future.

Recommended Motion

* To pay Zepplin Farms (Sean McFadden) $1658.29 for the pipe to repair his dam which is directly above Bellwood 5-H after staff inspection

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To pay Zepplin Farms (Sean McFadden) $1658.29 for the pipe to repair his dam which is directly above Bellwood 5-H after staff inspection passed with a motion by Ronald Sabatka and a second by Jim McDermott.

2.e. Czechland Lake Improvement
B. Heimann
Rationale

JEO has sent in the final invoice $5,060 on the oversight of the Czechland Lake Improvements Project. The contract was worth $15,000.  This bill will be paid to complete the services on this project.

Attachments
2.f. Recreation Area Signage
B. Heimann
Rationale

Staff is considering posting signs at our three recreation areas for disturbance and vandalism issues.  As many as six sign could be made such as; For Disturbance/Vandalism Issues call Saunders County Sheriff, 402-443-1000.  Two of the six would be printed for Butler County for Homestead Lake.

Recommended Motion

Proceed with placing 6 signs at NRD recreation areas with local sheriff office numbers

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Proceed with placing 6 signs at NRD recreation areas with local sheriff office numbers passed with a motion by Ronald Sabatka and a second by Jim McDermott.

3. ROCK AND JETTY
3.a. Payment
B. Heimann
Rationale

David Marshall is requesting cost share assistance on Platte River bank stabilization in Colfax County.  He submitted a bill for $1,820 for bank lining.  The District can assist at $910, staff has inspected the site and the fiscal year is nearing the end.

Recommended Motion

* To assist David Marshall in cost sharing on his bank stabilization project at $910

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To assist David Marshall in cost sharing on his bank stabilization project at $910 passed with a motion by Jim McDermott and a second by Fred Hagerbaumer.

4. EROSION & SEDIMENT RULES & REGULATIONS
5. INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
5.a. Information
5.a.1. Radio & Web Ads
Rationale

We have been running ads on the Run-A-Hoo event and promotional ads for outdoor recreation areas and the pier improvements at Czechland Lake. 

5.a.2. Recognition Banquet
Rationale

The district will hold its annual Recognition Banquet on Sunday, June 7 at Czechland Lake Recreation Area. The schedule will be:

  • 5 pm - Social Hour
  • 6 pm - Dinner
  • 7 pm - Awards 

Invitations will start going out in the next few days. 

5.a.3. Viaduct
Rationale

The Viaduct newsletter was distributed in print and electronically in the first week of April. The print version was folded incorrectly (the wrong page was facing out), so the printer has waived folding charges for this issue. 

5.b. Education
5.b.1. Soil & Water Stewardship Week
Rationale

Soil & Water Stewardship Week is being observed now through May 3. Thanks to all directors and staff who helped deliver materials earlier this month. 

5.b.2. Spring Conservation Sensation
Rationale

The Spring Conservation Sensation will be held next Wednesday (May 6) at Czechland Lake. 387 students are registered and FFA students from David City will be group leaders. Directors are always welcome to attend, either to volunteer or just to watch the activities. 

This year we are trying a new program from WasteCap Nebraska called "GoZero". Instead of trash cans, we will have popup tents with separate openings for recycling, composting and landfill material. Students will sort their trash from lunch with the goal of diverting as much material from the landfill as possible. 

5.b.3. National Land Judging Request
Rationale

The Raymond Central land judging team that qualified for state at our East Central contest last fall also qualified for national competition in Oklahoma this May. Their teacher contacted us to inquire if we would help fund their trip, which he estimates will cost a total of $1,000. Lower Platte South NRD has agreed to provide $500.

Recommended Motion

* Provide up $500 to help sponsor the Raymond Central Land Judging team's trip to National Land Judging in May 2015

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * Provide up $150 to help sponsor the Raymond Central Land Judging team's trip to National Land Judging in May 2015 passed with a motion by Ronald Sabatka and a second by Fred Hagerbaumer.

5.b.4. Watershed Education Toolbox
Rationale

Thompson will be working with Katie Pekarek, UNL Extension, on a pilot project to put together a "Watershed Education Campaign Toolbox," with Shell Creek as the focus. The intention is to develop something that could be broadly used by NRDs to help educate their residents about current water issues and projects. 

5.c. Computer
5.c.1. Online Payment Processing
Rationale

We were contacted by eSwype, a company contracted by the major credit card processing firms to provide online payment and virtual terminal services. They prepared a pricing summary that shows we could potentially save 30% of the fees we currently pay to offer online payment. Staff will be looking into this further.

6. RURAL WATER SYSTEMS
Rationale


- April water samples passed
- Read Colon & Bruno meters and sent bills to customers
- New customer has been added to system and sent first billing
- Located water lines for 2 digger's hotline requests
- Resolving two meter radio transmitter issues - Colon

7. Adjournment