The Tama County Conservation Board met in regular session on Wednesday, May 2, 2007, in the Nature Center library, Otter Creek Park.

 

Chairman Anderson called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members present were: Anderson, Benda, and Little. Also present: Etzel, Clyde Bearden (Tama), Pat Johnson (Montour), Dwayne Wood (Toledo), Bill Martens (Toledo), Jason Darter (LeGrand), and Marvin Wente (Toledo).

Minutes from the regular session of April 4, 2007, were read.  Moved by Little, seconded Benda to approve the minutes as read, carried. (All voting aye)

The following bills were presented:

BILLS SUBMITTED, BOARD MEETING, MAY 2, 2007

 

 

 

TO BE PAID FROM GEN'L FUND

 

 

 

 

 

Amount of Bill

Category Total

0002-6100-113-22-013 Health Ins- Co Share

 

 

 

Health Ins Fund

Etzel family for May

1,203.08

1,203.08

0001-6100-261-22 Magazines

 

 

 

Iowa Outdoors

1 yr subscription

7.00

7.00

0001-6100-400-22  Publications

 

 

 

Tama Grundy Publishing

help wanted ads

141.05

141.05

0001-6100-412-22 Postage

 

 

 

Etzel, Robert

as per ten (10) receipts

29.23

29.23

0001-6100-414-22 Telephone

 

 

 

Iowa Telecom

17Apr07, 484-2231 (office), 484-4157 (pay phone)

117.79

 

 

17Apr07, 484-5314 (shop)

57.30

 

Verizon

16Apr07, 484-2231 (office)

11.15

 

 

19Apr07, 484-4157 (pay phone)

11.45

 

 

16Apr07, 484-5314 (shop)

10.36

 

 

 

208.05

208.05

0001-6100-480-22 Dues & Membership

 

 

 

IACCB

Annual dues (2007- 2008)

600.00

600.00

0001-6110-101-22-223 Salary- Main Supervisor

 

 

 

Wise, Craig

7-Apr-06

1,305.60

 

 

21-Apr-06

1,305.60

 

 

 

2,611.20

2,611.20

0001-6110-101-22-226 Salary- Conserv Tech

 

 

 

Dolash, Ron

7-Apr-06

594.80

 

 

21-Apr-06

0.00

 

 

 

594.80

594.80

0001-6110-101-22-224 Salary- seasonal

 

 

 

Bergmann, Sandi

7-Apr-06

45.00

 

 

21-Apr-06

75.00

 

Zody, John

7-Apr-06

46.13

 

 

 

166.13

166.13

0002-6110-113-22-013 Health Ins- Co Share

 

 

 

Health Ins Fund

Wise family for May (Life Insurance)

2.60

 

 

Dolash Family for May

1,203.08

 

 

 

1,205.68

1,205.68

0001-6110-254-22-050 Mt Veh- Minor Repair

 

 

 

CQ Auto Parts

#34335 oil, fuel stabil.;#35177 oil, filter, wiper blades

63.97

 

J&V Auto Parts

#367586 gear oil, refrigerant, freon, oil, tail lamp connector

104.40

 

 

 

168.37

168.37

0001-6110-292-22-052 Main & Supplies

 

 

 

Ar-Jay Center

#0691336 Juno transformer and MR 16 socket

84.25

 

Carlson Painting Service

Storm damage- remove hazard limbs (OCP & TFCP)

1,000.00

 

Etzel, Robert

Parking (2 days), lunch (1) while attending ISAC

12.38

 

Grainger

#9347931660 eyeware, capacitors (2), Lamps 100 W & 65W

209.85

 

Iowa Fire Equip. Co.

#191181 repair fire alarm panel

318.30

 

Lab Safety Supply

#1009415856 emerg light dual lite, battery

101.74

 

Marion Brush Mfg & Janitorial Supply

#00049740 multi-fold towels, Premiere towels, roll towels

414.11

 

Miracle Recreation Equip. Co.

#656864 swing chain, S hooks

130.79

 

Pheasants Forever

10 copies- Prairie Seedling & Seeding Eval Guide

60.00

 

Poweshiek Water Assoc.

Water, TFCP for March & Apr

64.00

 

Premier Office Equipment

#32151 Servicce agreement- Canaon 210S

35.00

 

Schade Lime & Rock, Inc.

Trucking 349T road stone

2,322.56

 

Scharnweber Water Conditioning

West well- 2 pressure switches

47.90

 

Tama Co Highway Dept

Move granite boudler from Montour Quarry to OCP play area

701.82

 

Tama Co Solid Waste Disp. Comm.

Landfill charges for March

71.30

 

Wendling Quarries

#307987 288.61T 1" rd stone

2,092.43

 

Wilkerson Hardware

#B19607 bar & chainoil, recip blades

31.97

 

 

 

7,698.40

7,698.40

0001-6110-431-22 Electricity

 

 

 

Grundy Co REC

OCP thru 3Apr07, 5,170 kwh- meter #1, 2,270 kwh- NC

647.88

647.88

Total Bills Submitted, Gen'l Budget

 

 

 

 

Total Bills Submitted- General Fund

 

 $  15,280.87

FROM NATURE CENTER TRUST

 

 

 

0031-6120-292-22-072 Main & Supplies

 

 

 

Des Moines YMCA Camp

Env. Ed. Activity, 30Apr07, NT & Dysart (86 students @ $8.25 ea)

709.50

 

SOAR

Speaker- 30Mar07 Fun Nite for the NC

250.00

 

Wilkerson Hardware

table rent, 15 tables @ $4 ea (for Fun Nite)

60.00

 

 

 

1,019.50

1,019.50

 

Total Bills Submitted, Nature Center Trust

 

 $    1,019.50

 

Total All Bills Submitted

 

 $  16,300.37

 

Moved by Benda, seconded Adolphs  to approve bills, carried. (All voting aye).

Reports and Correspondence. Staff /Work. Etzel reported the maintenance crews have been very busy during April  preparing facilities in the park for opening, completing tree work caused by the February ice storm, and attempting to keep up with the mowing./ Glacial boulder The granite boulder has been placed at the beach area. The stone weighs 22,880 pounds./Memorial Donation Etzel had spoken with Ray Coleman again regarding a possible donation to the Nature Center. Coleman indicated the family would also consider putting the memorial towards more comfortable seating for small groups using the Nature Center./Exhibit Work Etzel has been communicating with Danek re: the planning stages of the exhibit at the Nature Center. He is providing requested information to her. It is hoped the final plan will be ready for approval by late summer./Summer Staff Seasonal staff for 2007 will be Todd Zell, Grinnell, and Sara Plum, Toledo, as Conservation Aides, and John Zody, Toledo, and Sandy Bergmann, Grinnell, as Seasonal Park Rangers.

A group of anglers interested in improving the Otter Creek Lake fishery were present. This group included: Clyde Bearden (Tama), Pat Johnson (Montour), Dwayne Wood (Toledo), Bill Martens (Toledo), Jason Darter (LeGrand), and Marvin Wente (Toledo). Etzel updated all present on discussions that he has had with Paul Sleeper, Fisheries Biologist, and Steve Waters, SE Regional Fisheries Supervisor both of the Iowa DNR. It is the intention of the Fisheries people to come to a Conservation Board meeting later this summer to present the latest data on the state of the fishery and possible scenarios to improve the fishery. A general discussion on the fishery ensued. The Conservation Board thanked the fellows for attending the meeting and for their interest in making the fishing at Otter Creek Lake better.

The swing set nearest the shelter house at T.F. Clark Park will have to be removed. The cross bar that supports the swings is bowed and is not repairable. A replacement swing (three legged, two swings, galvanized) will cost about $881 plus shipping and the cost and labor for playground safety surfacing. There is another swing set located 200- 300 feet east of the shelter. Any motion was tabled at this time.

Etzel suggested to the Board that now is the time to begin planning efforts to help coordinate several different projects at Otter Creek Lake & Park. He asked permission to contact a few engineering firms to discuss what they can bring to the table and what their charges would be. He stressed the importance of quality engineering and drawings to provide a quality grant application when seeking funds. Also, good planning makes for a good project. The Board was in agreement that this would be a logical step.

The Board discussed real estate issues regarding property of critical value to the Conservation Board program.

The Board discussed purchasing copies of the “Prairie Seedling and Seeding Evaluation Guide” which was recently published by Pheasants Forever. The publication is being offered to County Conservation Boards at a reduced price for a limited time. Etzel suggested purchasing ten copies. He indicated that four copies would be used by staff for use in the field and with the public. The remaining copies could be offered to the general public to encourage planting of native grasses and forbs. After a short discussion it was moved by Little, seconded Benda to purchase ten copies of the “Prairie Seedling and Seeding Evaluation Guide”, carried. (All voting aye)

Little voiced concern over the placement of the large granite boulder donated by Wendling Quarry. He thought the intent was to place it near the Nature Center. Etzel explained that because of the tight time line to move the rock that there were no sites near the Nature Center that were suitable at this time. He felt the current site, at the beach play area, is near enough to be accessed for environmental education purposes and apologized for any misunderstanding.

After discussion of conservation topics of interest it was moved by Benda, seconded Little to adjourn, carried (All voting aye). Adjourned 9:20 p.m..

 

 

                                                          

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CHAIR                                                                            VICE-CHAIR