The Tama County Conservation Board met in regular session on Wednesday, July 2, 2008, in the library, Tama County Nature Center, Otter Creek Park. Members present were: Adolphs, Anderson, Little and Wrage. Also present: Etzel, Wise.

Minutes from the regular session of June 4, 2008, were read.  Moved by Wrage, seconded Anderson to approve the minutes as read, carried. (All voting aye)

The following bills were presented:

BILLS SUBMITTED, BOARD MEETING, JULY 2, 2008

 

 

 

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 July

1,203.08

1,203.08

0001-22-6100-000-29400 Wearing Apparel

 

 

 

Land's End Business Outfitters

#06577616 5 shirts

152.50

152.50

0001-22-6100-000-40000 Off. Publ./Legal Notice

 

 

 

Tama Grundy Publishing

7May08 Ads- help wanted- Ranger

132.12

132.12

0001-22-6100-000-41200 Postage

 

 

 

Etzel, Robert

As per FOUR (4) receipts

7.47

7.47

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

 

 

 

Health Ins Fund

Wise family for July

1.25

 

 

Dolash Family for June

1,203.08

 

0001-22-6100-000-41400 Telephone

 

 

 

Iowa Telecom

17Jun08, 484-2231 (office), 484-4157 (payphone)

120.41

 

 

17Jun08, 484-5314 (shop)

57.86

 

Verizon

16Jun08, 484-2231 (office)

9.88

 

 

19Jun08, 484-4157 (pay phone)

11.69

 

 

16Jun08, 484-5314 (Shop)

10.48

 

 

 

210.32

210.32

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

 

 

 

Wise, Craig

13-Jun-08

1,439.20

 

 

27-Jun-08

1,439.20

 

 

 

2,878.40

2,878.40

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

 

 

 

Dolash, Ron

13-Jun-08

1,328.80

 

 

27-Jun-08

1,328.80

 

 

 

2,657.60

2,657.60

0001-6110-101-22-224 Salary- Seasonal

 

 

 

Beenken, Shawn

13-Jun-08

612.00

 

 

27-Jun-08

686.38

 

Bergmann, Sandy

13-Jun-08

561.10

 

 

27-Jun-08

466.88

 

Gettle, Clayton

13-Jun-08

435.00

 

 

27-Jun-08

438.75

 

Peska, Derriss

13-Jun-08

612.00

 

 

27-Jun-08

522.75

 

 

 

3,036.48

3036.48

 

 

 

 

0001-22-6110-000-25050 Fuels

 

 

 

New Century FS, Inc.

5May08 #345885 Unleaded gasohol (251.3 gl) @ $3.0863/gl

775.59

 

 

State MFT gasohol @ $0.21/gal

47.75

 

 

FET (LUST)

0.25

 

 

Hazmat handling fee

2.26

 

 

30May08 276.8 gl unleaded gasohol @ $3.369/gl

931.96

 

 

State MFT gasohol @ $0.19/gal

52.59

 

 

FET (LUST)

0.28

 

 

30May08 #346117 266.3 gl dieselex dyed B5 @ $4.1984/gl

1,118.03

 

 

FET (LUST)

0.27

 

 

Hazmat handling fee  @ $0.008 per gl

4.89

 

 

 

2,933.87

2,933.87

0001-22-6110-000-25450 Mt Veh- Minor Repair

 

 

 

CQ Auto Parts

#2580-56377 charging, adapter, service hose,#56930 coupler

45.30

 

Southard Implement

#209721 lithium grease, oil, oil filter

23.48

 

 

 

68.78

68.78

0001-22-6110-000-29400 Wearing Apparel

 

 

 

Land's End Business Outfitters

#06577616 six shirts

135.95

135.95

0001-22-6110-000-29252 Main & Supplies

 

 

 

Central Iowa Distributing

#33836 wet mop, mop handle, combo mop bucket

105.65

 

Hrabak Lumber

#0050432 2x10x8' (2), 2x6x8' CCA (1)

                            24.24

 

Iowa DNR

Annual Water Supply fee (PWSID8676998, 86768999)

50.00

 

Mauer Supply

#266889 5 gal truck wash, etc.

79.75

 

Poweshiek Water Assoc.

Water- TFCP thru 23Jun08

32.00

 

Premier Office Equipment, Inc.

#36505 Maintenance Agreement- Canon IR-210S copier

39.00

 

Radio Communications Co.

#2067 batteries for hand-helds (2)

87.27

 

Scharnweber Water Cond.

17Jun08 pump out two restrooms;5Jun08 repair elec- main res

1,192.50

 

Spahn & Rose Lumber

#2633665 stringer (2), tie rafter

37.14

 

Tama CO. Highway Dept

#165 15" x 40' plastic culvert

63.00

 

Tama Co. Solid Waste Disposal Commission

Landfill charges for June

90.00

 

Thomas Co., Inc.

#60506 AC repair- main residence

229.56

 

WW Grainger

#fan (showerrhouse), cordset for fan

52.49

 

Wendling Quarries

#343683 30.1T 1x3 Macadam @ $8.50 per T

255.85

 

Wilkerson Hardware

#B43439,B43735,B43998,#B44282,#B44756,#B45318,

 

 

 

B46640,B46766 misc supplies

                        169.41

 

 

 

2,507.86

2,507.86

0001-6110-431-22-990 Electricity

 

 

 

Grundy Co. REC

OCP thru 3Jun08, 10,120 KWH- meter #1, 1,460- (NC)

1001.94

 

Traer Munnicipal Utilities

TFCP thru 17Jun08, 343 kwh

89.89

 

 

 

1,091.83

1,091.83

 

Total Bills Submitted, Gen'l Budget

 

$17,016.26

 

Moved by Anderson, seconded Wrage to approve bills, carried. (All voting aye).

Reports and Correspondence. Staff /Work. Wise reported regarding work completed during June./Hansen Addition- Parcel D/Wildlife Habitat Stamp Grant Application Field review of the Hansen Tract by the grant review team will be done on July 9 with the formal grant review hearing held on July 11 in Des Moines./Nature Center Exhibits Copies of the Concept Walkthrough document have been received./FEMA On June 23 Etzel attended a meeting in Williamsburg and filed a Request for Funding Assistance. John McMichael, FEMA,  met briefly with Etzel this afternoon to introduce himself. Etzel is to attend a formal meeting on July 3 in the Engineer’s office with state and federal disaster relief officials./End of FY ’08 Report A brief review of revenue shortfalls for FY ’08 were shared with the board. Revenue shortfalls were expected to be in excess of $22,600. It was reported that camping revenues during the April- June period were down 35% from 2007. Etzel felt this was due to several factors including weather causing a late start to the camp season, continued inclement weather impacting weekends through May and June, flooding in central & east central Iowa, and the rising cost of fuel. Etzel reported the Supervisors placed revenues from a variety of sources into the Land Acquisition and Development Account (LAD). The checks totaled $19,979.51. The Supervisors agreed to place approximately $15,400 remaining from the Conservation Board’s Capital Projects general fund line item into the LAD account also. $25,550 from the Conservation Board’s Motor Vehicles line item will be deposited into the Machinery and Equipment Account to pay for the pickup that will not be received until August.

The Board discussed the “Iowa Smokefree Air Act” and its implications to the Board’s operations. Board members shared a mutual displeasure with the act and its requirements. Etzel reported that, as required by the law, all enclosed buildings under management of the County Conservation Board will be smoke free and posted as such. He reported that many of the buildings already were smokefree but the restrooms and shower-house will be added to that list.  Etzel shared that a few counties were considering making their entire park system smoke free. Etzel shared that preliminary information received from ISAC regarding the act indicate parks, campgrounds and other grounds of a public nature can be declared smoke free but is not required by the act and is at the discretion of the managing authority. Board members felt that at this time smoking will be allowed on the grounds and campgrounds of lands managed by the conservation board.

The Board considered sealed bids on three pieces of county equipment. The three pieces of equipment are as follows:

1974 DODGE 600, single axle dump truck

1983 GMC 3500 High Sierra, crew cab pickup

1993 Ford F-150 XLT, 4x4, 6,250 GVW

No bids were received on the 1974 Dodge and the 1983 GMC. One bid was received from Richard Gettle, Elberon, for the 1993 Ford F-150 pickup in the amount of $2,651. A minimum bid of $2,600 was required on the Ford pickup. After discussion it was moved by Anderson, seconded Adolphs, that the sealed bid from Richard Gettle in the amount of $2,651 be accepted, carried. (All voting aye)

The Board discussed what should be done regarding the remaining two vehicles. Inclusion in a consignment auction was discussed. It was moved by Wrage, seconded Anderson to sell the 1974 Dodge 600 single axle dump truck and the 1983 GMC 3500 High Sierra crew cab pickup at consignment auction with a minimum of $500 for the ’83 GMC, carried. (All voting aye)

The Board discussed bids submitted for a new hydrostatic outfront mower. It was explained the unit being  replaced was a 2004 John Deere F1445 with 1,000 hours. Unique to this sale was the fact the heated cab and snow blower attachment from the ’04 unit will fit a new John Deere unit. Etzel pointed out the John Deere bid included a new tractor and deck with charges to mount the board’s cab on the new unit and include a special hydraulic kit for the snow blower. The Kubota bid was for a new tractor, deck, snowblower and heated cab. The following bids were considered:

Central Iowa Farm Store

Kubota F3080, 4 WD, 51” snow blower, hard cab w/heater, 72” deck

$16,235

Southard Implement

John Deere 1445 Series, 4WD, auxiliary hydraulic kit,  72” deck

$12,500

 

Concern was raised regarding the higher price for the John Deere 1445 unit as compared to bids submitted last year. After considerable discussion it was moved by Anderson,  seconded Adolphs to table any decision regarding purchase of a new mower pending further study of the bids as submitted, carried. (All voting aye)

 

Bob Mullen, Toledo, had contacted Etzel regarding Ike’s Tract Shooting Facility. The facility, located two miles west of Toledo, is a seventeen acre public shooting facility managed by the board. Mullen had a few ideas to help make the facility more easily and safely used by the public. Mullen indicated he would donate his time to construct a second 100 yard shooting station. He felt the 100 yard station is more heavily used than the 200 yard station and two shooting benches would allow more to shoot at one time. Mullen felt the board may wish to consider closing the 200 yard station as it is infrequently used and often is used inappropriately by placing targets on the 100 yard station and shooting the legs off that station.

 

The Board discussed the facility and Mullen’s ideas. Wrage felt the 200 yard station should remain as during certain times of the year it is needed by shooters in sighting in their rifles. He felt different means to discourage the improper use of the 200 yard station should be explored citing different shooting cones that guide the shooter to shoot in the proper lane.

 

Board members stated appreciation for Mullen’s suggestions and interest to help make the facility better. They also cited the Eagle Scout project and others who volunteer at the tract to pick up trash. It takes other responsible shooters to help minimize the negative impacts of a few. Etzel and Wise will investigate the plausibility of a second 100 yard station and explore methods to restrict improper use of the 200 yard station.

 

After discussion of various conservation topics of interest it was moved by Anderson, seconded Adolphs to adjourn, carried. (All voting aye). Adjourned 8:45 p.m.

 

 

                                                          

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CHAIR                                                                            VICE-CHAIR