Sawyer County Land & Water Conservation Committee
March 4, 2004
Committee Members Present: Nate DeLong Frank Romnes
Shirley Suhsen Bill Voight
John Hirschfeld Roger Ploger
Others Present: Carol Larsen, County Human Resources
Mike Anderson, Parks Advisory Committee
Mike Koehler, NRCS
Art Voightlander, NRCS
Dale Olson, County Conservationist
Dianne Ince, County Treasurer
Don Mrotek, County Trails Coordinator
Sue Miller, DNR
The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m. Motion by DeLong, second by Romnes, to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Motion by Voight, second by Hirschfeld, to approve the February 5, 2004 minutes. Motion carried.
Billyboy Dam Easements
Agreements are pending with both parties.
Land Sale Concerns
Request from Winter Co-op to withdraw application to purchase item 14, 2003 Land Sale List due to possible contamination from fuel tanks previously at the site. The sale was approved at the January meeting. Motion by DeLong, second by Voight, to approve withdrawal of the application. Motion carried.
Koehler distributed work report (copy on file). Discussion regarding expansion of Dwight Metcalf’s farm operation. Anticipate EQIP fund sign-up in April. Motion by Hirschfeld, second by Ploger, to approve the work report. Motion carried.
Voightlander provided an update for the soils mapping project (copy on file). Currently 74% of the County mapping is completed. Anticipate completion in early 2006.
Miller reported that conservation warden Tom Heisler will be transferring to the Winter Ranger Station in early April. DNR Big Timber Island purchase has been completed. Fisheries staff have studied rock reef habitats for walleye spawning. The review determined there is a low probability of success.
Park Advisory Committee Report
Anderson reported on discussions regarding a beach site at Tag Alder Boat Landing and Nelson Lake Wayside. Also discussed additions/changes for County Outdoor Recreation Plan to be revised in 2006.
County Work Report
Olson reported on presentation at shoreline zoning meeting. Presentation has resulted in new requests for shoreline buffers. Discussed potential funding for project to inventory Sucker Creek. Technician work report distributed. Motion by Voight, second by Romnes, to approve the work reports. Motion carried.
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Review bids for house removal/demolition at Namekagon River Park
Received one bid for project from Roy’s Enterprises (copy on file). Motion by Hirschfeld, second by Romnes, to approve the bid from Roy’s Enterprises for $2,216.00 for the Namekagon River Park project. Motion carried.
Improvements for Namekagon River Park
Discussion regarding potential improvements for 2004 including handicap accessibility and parking.
Joint DNR/DATCP Grant Application for 2005
Review of grant application including $85,000 for staffing and $60,000 for cost-sharing. Motion by DeLong, second by Voight, to approve the grant application. Motion carried.
Powerline Funding Impact
Distributed information on proposed payments (copy on file). Discussion regarding potential environmental uses.
Reviewed vouchers submitted. Motion by DeLong, second by Voight, to approve the expenditures. Motion carried.
Olson reviewed request from WISPRIG regarding mercury contamination. Also discussed intensive use areas for ATVs and DNR enforcement funding limitations.
Discussion regarding the status of the base flood elevation study for the Billyboy Dam project. Olson will follow-up with Heather Harrington of NWBE.
At 10:30 a.m. motion by Romnes, second by DeLong, to enter into a closed session pursuant to section 19.85(1)(c), Wisconsin Statutes, for the purpose of conducting employee evaluations. Motion carried.
Motion by Voight, second by Romnes, to simultaneously return to open session and adjourn. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 10:40 a.m.
Jan Eck, Recorder