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Written by David Mahnken   
Friday, 15 July 2016

SSWCD Board Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

 

Call to Order 6:10 pm

Pledge and a Moment of Silence in Remembrance of the Victims and First Responders of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Roll Call – Present:  Benson, York, Duncan, Kendrick, Young; Associates Mahnken and Menzel present

Approval of Agenda – Moved by York, Second by Young; approved unanimously

Approval of May Minutes – York moved for approval, Chair Benson requested minor revision; York withdrew prior motion and moved for approval as amended by Chair; seconded by Kendrick and approved unanimously

Guest Introductions – Chris Cole from Seminole High School present; Tony Tizzio present

David Millard NRCS Report – Mr. Millard led a discussion focused on finalizing goals and objectives in the update to the Five Year Plan.  Supervisors and Associates provided input on objectives they would take the lead on.

Chairs Report – Chair introduced a written statement showing community support following the recent tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.  Discussion followed, the letter was approved and would be prepared for distribution to recipients (i.e. various community leaders and first responders in Seminole and Orange County.)

The Chair is continuing to pursue obtaining voting membership rights for SSWCD through CALNO.  In order to gain input from others the topic is tabled by CALNO until September.

Chair received a correspondence from a resident concerned about Lake Gore and its water quality decline.  The Chair called for assistance from a Supervisor to investigate potential causes of the perceived issue.  York moved Supervisors be given authority to examine potential impact of development on or near Lake Gore.   Duncan, Mahnken and Young expressed interest.  Chair will coordinate schedules to meet at the site.

Vice Chair Report – Kendrick thanked the Chair regarding the letter to the victims and first responders.  Mr. Kendrick discussed the seasonal “blackout” period to restrict use of fertilizers during wet weather months.  The environmental response is likely to take several years to be observable.

Treasurer Report – Reported account balances:  SSWCD - $36.12; Conserv All Ways, Inc. - $260.85. Mr. Young reported a new book sale through Amazon.  Mr. Young discussed an overdraft reported by the Board’s bank.  Upon investigation with the Bank, Mr. Young and the Bank realized an error occurred on the Bank’s behalf.  The error and account balance was corrected.

Mr. Young described his involvement with visiting other Soil and Water Board meetings.

Mr. Young mentioned a free Cover Crops Informational Session to be held July 15th in Brooksville, Florida.  Mr. Young will distribute information to the Board.

Mr. Young discussed the NRCS State Technical Committee meeting to be held in Gainesville.  Date TBA.  This is an opportunity to participate and discuss Board needs.

Mr. Young also discussed the solar amendments.  Solar Choice Amendment failed.  Constitutional Amendment 4 passed by House and Senate.  Recommendation is to vote yes on Amendment 4 and no on Amendment 1 in November.

Secretary Report – Mr. Duncan commented on FDEP proposal to increase allowable concentration limits of certain contaminants in water supply systems.  Mr. Duncan also commented on progress of RICHES program.

Public Relations Report – No updates.

Associate Supervisor’s Reports – Mr. Mahnken discussed participation in HILS (Hydrologic Interpretations of Land and Soils) training provided by the Florida Association of Environmental Association Scientists.  Mr. Menzel discussed his progress in the RICHES program efforts.  Dr. Lester after looking at the hard copy data, she suggested 2 to 3 years of effort.  Mr. Menzel also talked to Commissioner Dalari regarding the need for office space and the possibility of approaching the Board regarding working with the County, funding, etc.

Old Business – UCF RICHES update discussed proposal and costs from RICHES for digitizing and providing student internship for assistance.  Program is likely a two-year commitment.  Additional discussion will take place in upcoming meetings and discussion with Dr. Lester.  Also discussed the use of GIS in documenting historical data regarding Seminole County and the Board.

New Business – Briefly discussed draft of possible budget items to consider as part of an overall budget request potentially to be presented to the County.  Mr. Menzel recommended to request a bare minimum of funding needed for the RICHES program in addition to funds needed for office space and other needs.

The Board discussed the proposal by Supervisor Young to submit a voter amendment regarding an Ordinance to prevent the addition of contaminants to water supplies over the current allowable limits.  A reading is proposed for the July meeting.

Announcement and Open Comments – The Chair announced an invitation to attend the Lake Okeechobee Learning Collaborative being held by the Florida League of Cities and Florida League of Mayors to discuss the Lake Okeechobee watershed.  In Ft. Myers from 12 to 5 June 22nd.

Next Meeting July 12, 2016 at 6 pm

Adjournment 8:54 pm

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