Sawyer CountyLand & Water Conservation Committee
February 10, 2009
Committee Members Present: Bernie Kadlec Jim Bassett
Shirley Riedmann Dean Pearson
Others Present: Mike Koehler - NRCS
Don Mrotek - SCSAA
The meeting was called to order at 9:04 a.m. Motion by Pearson, second by Mrotek to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Motion by Mrotek, second by Riedmann, to approve the January 8, 2009 minutes. Motion carried.
Land & Water Resource Management Plan
Olson stated that a Public Hearing was held on January 30th. He presented the plan to the State Board, which approved it and praised SawyerCounty as one of the strongest conservation programs in the state.
Olson presented a Power Point presentation that he gave at the State Board meeting.
Motion by Mrotek, second by Pearson to send Plan to the full CountyBoard with a recommendation of approval. Motion carried.
Riedmann questioned the use of salt on the roads and how it impacts run off. She also stated that she would be attending Superior Days and was wondering if the State of Wisconsin passed a law against transporting invasive species, would the County be for it. Olson replied yes. If the State mandated the law, but it was unfunded and the county had the responsibility to enforce it, then no.
Re-address Mitigation Policy
Olson reported that the plant plugs (ground cover) do not work well. Trees and shrubs have more success along with not mowing the area. He would like to Committee to suspend the Shoreline Buffer Mitigation Standard and Policy for one year to collect more data. There is a problem with follow up enforcement. Motion by Bassett, second by Mrotek to suspend the ground cover portion of the mitigation standard and policy for one year. Motion carried.
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Resolution to sponsor grant for OspreyLake
The Osprey Lake Association is not qualified to apply for grant and would like county to sponsor the grant - cost is $7400 with the state paying $5500 and the lake association and donations to cover the rest. Motion by Mrotek, second by Bassett to approve application for the grant to do an aquatic plant survey at no cost to the county. Motion carried. Bassett signed the grant application.
Koehler reported: 1) Budget is in the black, the state is starting to fill vacant positions in the state office, and hopes to get technician by Spring. There is more cost share money which means more technical assistance. 2) SawyerCounty - 2 grazing contracts and cranberry contract. 3) Erodible wetlands. 4) New rules for signups.
Tyrolt reported: 1) Lab data back, putting in computer. EPA requires entry in national data base. 2) EddyCreek restoration - beaver management. 3) Contracts for NCRS - wetland/EQUIP contracts.
Riedmann questioned beaver problem on Osprey. Tyrolt stated there is no problem
County Work Report
Work reports were distributed.
a) 2008 Annual Accomplishment Report - Olson passed out report and highlighted major items.
Riedmann questioned why there is no one from DNR at meetings. Bassett will contact Larry Glodoski to request attendance at meetings.
Olson reported on work done at HatcheryCreekPark (heat in pavilion). He and Seidl installed a $600 garage heater (Birkie paid for half) that is working well. It may have to be removed in spring and boxed in. He will check into security cameras for HatcheryCreekPark.
Olson attended meeting in Madison; truck broke down on way home. The second work truck also broke down.
Olson passed out crop damage reports. Riedmann questioned the bear damage claims, if the bear could be given to Food Pantry like deer and Olson replied no. Trapping bear and moving them east or west is better than moving them north to south.
Motion by Riedmann, second by Mrotek to approve the monthly expenditures as presented. Motion carried.
Other Business for Discussion
Riedmann relayed schedule of meetings she plans to attend at Superior Days. Olson passed out DATCP funding level letter from Feingold.
Motion by Riedmann, second by Bassett to move to Closed Session pursuant to 19.85(1)(c) for the purpose of employee evaluation. Motion carried. [Minutes of Closed Session are kept in a confidential file in the CountyClerk's Office.] Motion by SR, second by DM to come out of closed session. Motion carried.
Motion by SR, second by JB to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.
Meeting was adjourned at 11:15 AM.
Delores Dobilas, Recorder