The Tama County Conservation Board met in regular session on Wednesday, September 5, 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, Little, and Wiese. Also present: Etzel and Wise.

Minutes from the regular session of August 8, 2007, were read.  Moved by Wiese, seconded Benda to approve the minutes as read, carried. (All voting aye)

The following bills were presented:

BILLS SUBMITTED, BOARD MEETING, SEPTEMBER 5, 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 September

1,203.08

1,203.08

0001-6100-260-22 Office Supplies

 

 

 

Staples

#7983336001 toner, paper, hi-liters

152.36

152.36

0001-6100-412-22 Postage

 

 

 

Etzel, Robert

as per seven (7) receipts

27.49

27.49

001-6100-414-22-990 Telephone

 

 

 

Iowa Telecom

17Aug07, 484-2231 (office), 484-4157 (payphone)

119.90

 

 

17Aug07, 484-5314 (shop)

80.76

 

Verizon

16Aug07, 484-2231 (office)

44.69

 

 

19Aug07, 484-4157 (payphone)

11.42

 

 

16Aug07, 484-5314 (shop)

10.79

 

 

 

267.56

267.56

0001-6100-422-22-990 School of Instruction

 

 

 

CCPOA of Iowa, Inc.

CCPOA Fall Workshop- Etzel, Wise

70.00

 

ISAC

Fall School

80.00

 

 

 

150.00

150.00

0001-6100-480-22 Dues

 

 

 

CCPOA of Iowa, Inc.

Dues- 2008 Etzel, Wise

20.00

20.00

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

 

 

 

Wise, Craig

10-Aug-07

1,810.31

 

 

19-Aug-07

1,648.37

 

 

 

3,458.68

3,458.68

0001-6110-101-22-226 Salary- Conservation Technician

 

 

Dolash, Ron

10-Aug-07

1,380.69

 

 

19-Aug-07

1,324.80

 

 

 

2,705.49

2,705.49

001-6110-101-22-224 Salary

 

 

 

Bergmann, Sandy

10-Aug-07

439.48

 

 

19-Aug-07

567.61

 

Plum, Sarah

10-Aug-07

579.56

 

 

19-Aug-07

198.00

 

Zell, Todd

10-Aug-07

660.00

 

 

19-Aug-07

476.44

 

Zody, John

10-Aug-07

420.01

 

 

19-Aug-07

434.44

 

 

 

3,775.54

3,775.54

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

 

 

 

Health Ins Fund

Dolash family for Sep

1,203.08

 

 

Wise- life insurance (Sep)

2.60

 

 

 

1,205.68

1,205.68

0001-6110-250-22-050 Mt Veh- fuels

 

 

 

New Century FS, Inc.

#36-343776, 292.6 gals unleaded gasohol @ $2.60238/gal

761.46

 

 

FET (LUST)

0.29

 

 

State fuel tax @ $0.19/gl

55.59

 

 

137.8 gls  dieselex LS dyed @ $2.45528/gl

338.34

 

 

Hazmat Handling fee

3.44

 

 

FET (LUST)

0.20

 

 

 

1,159.32

1,159.32

0001-6110-253-22-050 Mt Veh- Tires

 

 

 

Z Line Tire & Repair

#12238 tubes (2)

16.88

16.88

0001-6110-254-22-050 Motor Vehicle- Minor Repair

 

 

Southard Implement

#02-200095 I-beam line (weedeater, pin)

27.95

27.95

001-6110-292-22-052 Main & Supplies

 

 

 

Chyma's Machine & Welding

#28424 weld table leg (NC)

20.00

 

Diamond Vogel

#262-83804

133.88

 

Electric Supply of Marshalltown, Inc.

#1030957 30A, GFI breakers (6) @ $40 ea, freight

248.50

 

Fastenal

#IAMAR71217 Ant & Roach Spray, shipping

60.88

 

Menard's

#5838, tube guards, lamp, outlet, switch, circ breaker;#6109 credit memo

58.89

 

Poweshiek Water Assoc.

TFCP thru Aug.

32.00

 

Premier Office Equip., Inc.

#38197 Premier Platinum Plan, Canon IR-210S copier

35.00

 

Scharnweber Water Cond.

Salt

50.00

 

Spahn & Rose Lumber

#2624643 4" inside connector (tile)

3.36

 

Tama County Solid Waste Disposal Commission

Landfill fees- August

95.20

 

WW Grainger

#9436408752 Batteries AA (24)

14.74

 

 

 

752.45

752.45

001-6110-431-22-990 Electricity

 

 

 

Grundy Co REC

OCP thru 2Aug07, 15,500 KWH- meter #1

1,233.19

 

 

1,840 kwh- meter #2 (NC)

140.17

 

 

security lights

18.00

 

 

Maintenance light charges

96.00

 

Traer Municipal Utilities

TFCP thru 16Aug07, 477 kwh

 

 

 

Base charge

15.00

 

 

Electriciity

50.94

 

 

security lights

20.00

 

 

 

1,573.30

1,573.30

 

 

 

 

Total Bills Submitted, Gen'l Budget

 

 $           16,495.78

 

Moved by Wiese, seconded Little to approve bills, carried. (All voting aye).

Reports and Correspondence. Staff /Work. Wise reported on work performed during August. Included were removal of downed trees at TF Clark Park and Manatt’s Landing, catfish were released (estimated that 2,498 were released averaging 8.5” in length and 0.22#), summer staff are gone, replacing interior lights in showerhouse./ Well samples It was reported the five routine samples drawn in August passed with no bacteria being detected. The regular quarterly sample will be run in October./Nature Center Questionnaires Three questionnaires returned by Nature Center renters were shared with the board./Labor Day Weekend- Camping Report- It was reported that an average camping crowd was present over the holiday weekend and no incidents of note were reported./REAP Grant Application- Etzel reported that a grant application had been filed with the DNR. The grant review was slated for Wednesday, September 12. Etzel will attend the grant review session./DNR Fisheries Report An e-mail had been sent to Sleeper and Waters of the Iowa DNR sharing the upcoming board meeting dates for an update on the state of the Otter Creek Lake fishery. No reply has been received but Etzel felt it would be late fall or early winter following completion of the fall netting survey at the lake.

The Board discussed land acquisition. It was moved by Little, seconded Benda, to “enter into closed session in accordance with Iowa Code 21.5 (1)(j). The reason for entering into closed session is that discussion of this particular piece of real estate in public forum could result in an increased price the Conservation Board would have to pay.” (Carried, Anderson- aye, Benda- aye, Little- aye, Wiese- aye) The Board entered into closed session at 7:40 p.m.. Those in attendance in closed session were: Anderson, Benda, Little, Wiese, Etzel and Wise. Motion was made by Little, seconded Benda to return to open session, (Carried, Anderson- aye, Benda- aye, Little- aye, Wiese- aye). The Board returned to open session at 8:01 p.m..

The Board discussed who should sign the legal documents for the aforementioned land acquisition. Gene Anderson, Chairman, normally serves as the agent of the Board in signing documents. It was moved by Wiese, seconded Benda that Gene Anderson, Chairman, sign the approved land acquisition documents and, if Anderson is not available to perform this duty, that Jim Little will sign in his absence, carried. (All voting aye)

It was moved by Wiese, seconded Benda the “offer to buy” document for Parcel A is agreeable to the board and shall be signed by one of the conservation board members approved as agent by prior motion, carried. (All voting aye)

It was moved by Little, seconded Wiese the “offer to buy” document for Parcel B is agreeable to the board and shall be signed by one of the conservation board members approved as agent by prior motion, carried. (All voting aye)

It was moved by Benda, seconded Wiese the “option to purchase” document for Parcel C is agreeable to the board and shall be signed by one of the conservation board members approved as agent by prior motion, carried. (All voting aye)

It was moved by Wiese, seconded Little the “option to purchase” document for Parcel C is agreeable to the board and shall be signed by one of the conservation board members approved as agent by prior motion, carried. (All voting aye)

Etzel reported the Nature Center Exhibit Team had met on August 29 to discuss options regarding the final design work for the formal display area of the Tama County Nature Center. Shared with the board were correspondence and options presented by Terry Brown and Janet Danek, representing the plan and design firm. The Exhibit Team has felt during the planning process that a top flight diorama was the “wow factor” needed in the exhibit component. The Team feels this “wow factor” would motivate people to come time and again to the facility. The exhibit team feels the large diorama as proposed by the design firm would fit that bill. However, after cost study by the design firm it appears the diorama will cause the total budget for the formal display room to exceed the $300,000 budget. It was anticipated the cost to complete the formal display area must increase from $300,000 to $400,000 to include the large diorama. Other options discussed included (1) to remain at the $300,000 budget and have a small diorama or abandon the diorama altogether. (2) An intermediate version of the diorama would require the budget to increase to $350,000 while (3) remaining with the original large diorama will require a $400,000 budget.

Etzel reported the Exhibit Team strongly suggested staying with the large diorama by splitting the construction of exhibits for the formal display area into two phases with Phase 1 being construction of the large diorama. Phase 2 would include the remainder of the formal display area with Phase 3 including the remainder of the building. The “team” felt that to abandon the best option would short change the project. The recommendation of the Exhibit Team was to design the entire formal display room at the $400,000 budget level. Etzel pointed out that an increase in the project budget would also increase the design fees paid. [Note: Design fees are 22% of the project budget.]

A request received from Phillip Williams to lift the ban placed on him in July, 2004, was reviewed. After reviewing past opinions issued by the county attorney and arresting officer it was moved by Little, seconded Wiese, that the ban on Phillip Williams relative to use of all county parks remain in place for an indefinite period of time, carried. (All voting aye)

Etzel relayed information regarding the lack of cleaning after a Nature Center event on August 11, 2007. Following review of the policy regarding assessment against the damage deposit and discussion it was moved by Benda, seconded Wiese to institute a 100% assessment against the party, carried. (All voting aye)

Benda inquired as to when the DNR Fisheries Biologist would come give the update on the Otter Creek Lake fishery. Etzel reported that he had spoken with Chris Mack, DNR Fisheries technician, and Mack indicated they would be doing a netting survey this fall. He anticipated that Sleeper would be coming to a meeting later this fall.

After discussion of conservation topics of interest it was moved by Benda, seconded Little to adjourn, carried. (All voting aye) Adjourned 8:55 p.m..

 

 

                                                          

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CHAIR                                                                            VICE-CHAIR