The Tama County Conservation Board met in regular session on Wednesday, May 3, 2006, in the Nature Center Library, Otter Creek Park.

 

Chair Adolphs called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Members present were: Adolphs, Anderson, Benda, Little and Wiese. Also present: Etzel and Wise.

Minutes from the regular session of April 5, 2006, were read.  Moved by Anderson, seconded Wiese to approve the minutes as read, carried. (All voting aye)

The following bills were presented:

BILLS SUBMITTED, BOARD MEETING, MAY 3, 2006

 

 

 

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

1,307.70

1,307.70

0001-6100-400-22  Publications

 

 

 

Tama Grundy Publishing

help wanted ads

100.73

100.73

0001-6100-414-22 Telephone

 

 

 

Iowa Telecom

17Apr06, 484-2231 (office), 484-4157 (pay phone)

115.63

 

 

17Apr06, 484-5314 (shop)

49.19

 

Verizon

16Apr06, 484-2231 (office)

15.59

 

 

19Apr06, 484-4157 (pay phone)

9.71

 

 

16Apr06, 484-5314 (shop)

8.19

 

 

 

198.31

198.31

0001-6100-480-22 Dues & Membership

 

 

 

IACCB

Annual dues (2006- 2007)

500.00

500.00

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

1,307.70

 

 

 

1,310.30

1,310.30

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

 

 

 

CQ Auto Parts

#10245 oil filter, round tube, 5W-20 oil (12)

41.16

 

J&V Auto Parts

#351938 wiper blades (2), parts cleaner, connector

68.96

 

Southard Implement

#02-181008 1/2" hyd hose, #02-181463 dry change

115.09

 

 

 

225.21

225.21

0001-6110-290-22-050 Min Equip- hand tools

 

 

 

Menard's

Inv#42251  drill bits, paint brushes, insul pistol nozzle

55.46

55.46

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

 

 

 

AAA Septic Service Inc.

#3310 rental of porta potties for 27Apr env ed event (4th grade)

90.00

 

Angell Landscaping & Garden Ctr

#3712A, camperdown elms (2)

190.00

 

Central Iowa Distributing

#4279 drain cleaner, pavement paint, gel deo, car wash

420.05

 

Grainger

#9074352940 vacuum breaker, #9074352924 breaker kit, repair kit

32.23

 

Lentz Htg & Cooling

#024945 service call to NC- heat pump #5

187.35

 

Menard's

#42251 paint supplies, pvc, carpet cleaner,sign,grass, fert

249.00

 

Midwest Telephone Supply

#303298 board repair w/exchange (kiosk)

155.85

 

New Century FS, Inc.

remaining balance after Contract LP applied

92.95

 

Poweshiek Water Assoc.

Water, TFCP for Apr

30.00

 

Scharnweber Water Conditioning

Repair dump station

74.45

 

Sevde Fire Extinguisher

#8607, inspect & repair 31 fire extinguishers

179.50

 

Tama Co Highway Dept

Random drug/alcohol screen (Dolash, Wise), dregde NE silt pond

995.72

 

Tama Co Solid Waste Disp. Comm.

Landfill charges for April

31.10

 

Wendling Quarries

#279861 - 105.7T rd stone, #279161 14.8T rd stone,#278498- 134.94T

1,788.08

 

Whannel's Hardware

#16 caution tape

8.39

 

 

 

4,524.67

4,524.67

0001-6110-431-22 Electricity

 

 

 

Grundy Co REC

OCP thru 4Apr06, 5,940 kwh- meter #1, 3,900 kwh- NC

714.54

714.54

0001-0210-610-22-642 Perm Imp & Dev

 

 

 

Tama County Highway Dept

Dredge lake for south loop t-dock replacement

2,715.82

2,715.82

Total Bills Submitted, Gen'l Budget

 

 

 

 

Total Bills Submitted

 

 $  15,024.87

FROM NATURE CENTER TRUST

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

AAA Septic Service Inc.

Portable toilet rental for 10May06, 5th Grade Field Day

90.00

 

Des Moines YMCA Camp

Env. Ed. Activity, 27Apr06, NT & Dysart (78 students @ $8.25 ea)

643.50

 

Stone, Larry

Speaker- 1Apr06 Fun Nite for the NC

150.00

 

 

 

883.50

883.50

Total Bills Submitted, Nature Center Trust

 

 

 $       883.50

Total All Bills Submitted

 

 

 $ 15,908.37

 

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

 

Reports and Correspondence. Staff, Work. Wise updated board members on work accomplished during April./Fun Nite for the Nature Center The preliminary financial report on the event held on April 1 shows net proceeds of $3,094.39 for the event. Etzel reported there were still a few outstanding checks relative to the event which may change the final amount raised/Nature Center- Design Displays Etzel had met with Brent Heeren, County Attorney, regarding hiring a design firm for design and fabrication of displays for the Tama County Nature Center. Heeren was researching the best way to approach the bid letting process./Environmental Education- It was reported that on April 27 that 78 fourth grade students from North Tama and Dysart Elementary came to Otter Creek Park for instruction from Mike Havlik, Head and Naturalist and four staff naturalists from the Des Moines Y Camp (Boone). He reported that the North Tama 1st grade students had received programming on May 2 at the park also./T-Dock Project- The dragline from the County Highway Department had removed silt in a 80’ radius semicircle at the location of the t-dock in south loop, Otter Creek Park. The depth was increased to five to six feet in preparation of a new floating dock to be purchased later this spring. Etzel will be receiving bids on the project in the next ten days./Hladik Roadside Park- Notice has been received that the DOT will remove the blue “Roadside Park” signs along Highway 63. They indicated that they were removing the signs statewide on roadside parks that are not open year round. [Note: Hlaldik Roadside Park is closed to vehicle access during the winter months.]/Summer Staff- Greg Allen, Toledo, and Shea McMurray, Tama, have been hired as seasonal Conservation Aides for the 2006 season. John Zody, Toledo, and Sandy Bergmann, Grinnell, will be returning for their 13th and 12th seasons respectively as Seasonal Park Rangers.

A grant agreement from the Alliant Energy Foundation has been received for the Wolf Creek Nature Trail project. The grant, in the amount of $2,500, is to help fund Phase Two of the project. When complete, Phase Two will connect Gladbrook to the Comet Trail coming out of Grundy County. The Conservation Board will assume management of the Wolf Creek Nature Trail once complete. Etzel explained that the Alliant Foundation will not donate moneys to an organization that give charitable moneys out as part of their operations. Because of that Dave Koester of the Wolf Creek Nature Trail Committee had received permission from Etzel to make the grant application in the name of the Conservation Board. After discussion it was moved by Anderson, seconded Benda, to accept the Alliant Energy Foundation Grant Agreement for use in completion of Phase Two of the Wolf Creek Nature Trail project, carried. (All voting aye)

After short discussion it was moved by Little, seconded Wiese that the Conservation Board request the Supervisors place the grant money, once received, into the Land Acquisition and Development Account (LAD Account) to be held until the Wolf Creek Trail Committee needs the money to fund the project, carried. (All voting aye)

Department heads had met with Vonda Bone, U.S. Department of Labor, regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and it’s implementation on April 20. Arising from that meeting are issues regarding compensation of the Maintenance Supervisor/Park Ranger while performing weekend Ranger duties during the summer. Etzel will report to the Board with possible scenarios to address this issue.

The Board discussed the wetland mitigation bank to be located in Tama County. [Note: See April minutes for further information] Etzel reported that he had spoken with Mark Ackelson, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF)  regarding this site and issues related to taking on a conservation easement. After discussing the issue it was moved by Wiese, seconded Anderson that the Conservation Board will further discuss the conservation easement with Thien Farm Management only with the inclusion of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation during the process, carried. (All voting aye)

The 5 ton heat pump unit at the Nature Center that had failed this spring was discussed. The unit, that was twelve years, had the second compressor fail in March. In speaking with Don Lentz of Don Lentz Heating & Cooling of Waterloo, the cost of replacing the compressor would be around $1,800. Additional work needed to the unit because of water being in the unit could very well add up to another $2,500 to $3,000 to repair. Quotes for a new heat pump were submitted by Don Lentz Heating and Cooling and Scharnweber Water Conditioning, Inc.. The quotes were as follows:

 

Company

Unit Description

Quote

Scharnweber Water Conditioning, Inc.

5T HydroHeat heat pump (3 stage heat, 2 stage cool), 10 yr compressor and 5 yr parts warranty

$8,275.00

Don Lentz Heating & Cooling

5T, Florida Heat Pump, 17.5 eer, 4.5 COP Heat Pump, Warranty: five year parts, one year labor

$7,757.00

Don Lentz Heating & Cooling

5T Florida Heat Pump, ES061 (3 stage heat, 2 stage cool) Warranty: five year parts, one year labor

$8,976.45

After short discussion it was moved by Anderson, seconded Little to purchase the 5T HydroHeat heat pump from Scharnweber Water Conditioning, Toledo, for $8,275 completely installed, carried. (All voting aye)

Benda mentioned that he had noticed one day when he was cleaning fish that the fish cleaning station had many yellow bass in the garbage that were creating quite a stink. He wondered if the Board ever considered using a fish grinder at the cleaning station. Etzel will do some research on the grinder and the feasibility of using it with a septic system layout.

After discussion of conservation topics of interest it was moved by Anderson, seconded Wiese to adjourn, carried (All voting aye). Adjourned 8:20 p.m.

 

 

                                                          

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