Sawyer County Land & Water Conservation Committee
January 5, 2005
Committee Members Present: Shirley Suhsen Jim Bassett
Shirley J. Riedmann Bill Voight
Frank Romnes Roger Ploger
Others Present: Mike Koehler, NRCS
Carol Larson, County Human Resources
Dianne Ince, County Treasurer
Laine Stowell, DNR
Dale Olson, County Conservationist
Tim Seidl, County Conservation Technician
Dan Tyrolt, LCO Conservation
Don Mrotek, County ATV/Snowmobile Coordinator
The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Motion by Suhsen, second by Romnes, to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Motion by Voight, second by Ploger, to approve the December 3, 2004 minutes. Motion carried.
Camp Smith Lake Trail
Olson reported that a restoration plan has been sent to DNR staff for review. Discussion regarding possible improvements to remaining access road. Olson will provide a plan for consideration at next meeting.
Voight requested change in agenda sequence for Mr. Beissel to address the committee. Request granted.
Review 2004 Wildlife Damage Claims
Mr. Beissel provided information regarding his agriculture operation, costs involved, crop losses and methods used by county staff to access wildlife damage. Requested the committee consider increasing his appraised wildlife damage and change the procedures including issuance of shooting permits for bear.
Stowell distributed information on the administrative rules for the wildlife damage program that county staff must comply with. Discussion regarding the protocol for issuing shooting permits, bear trapping and crop appraisal methods.
Mr. Beissel exited.
List of 2004 wildlife damage claimants with yield losses distributed (copy on file) and reviewed. Motion by Suhsen, second by Voight, to approve the eligible claims presented. Beissel claim will be withheld pending verification of shooting permit compliance. Motion carried.
Establish 2004 Wildlife Damage Crop Reimbursement Rates
Information on crop prices from various sources reviewed. Committee consensus to utilize local feed mill rates, Wood County rate for cranberries and individual producer rates for miscellaneous crops as reimbursement rates.
Motion by Suhsen, second by Voight, to approve the following 2004 wildlife damage crop reimbursement rates: alfalfa/hay - $125 per ton; pumpkins - $6.00 each; sweet corn - $2.50 per dozen; sunflowers - $10.00 per 50 lbs.; bagged silage - $125 per ton; cranberries - $35 per barrel; corn - $2.25 per bushel; oats - $1.58 per bushel; and soybeans $5.49 per bushel. Motion carried.
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Land Sale Concerns
Release of Gravel Rights
Koehler distributed work reports (copies on file). Provided update on staffing changes and grant funds for cranberry growers.
Tyrolt reported on spill containment plan for Herman’s Landing, logging road seeding project and sediment core samples for Round Lake.
Park Advisory Committee Report
County Work Report
Work reports, dam maintenance, 2004 annual report and 2005 workplan distributed (copies on file). Discussion on coordination with zoning staff and committee on large-scale mitigation plans.
Base Flood Elevation Project for Couderay Watershed
Heather Harrington, NWBE, has advised that Carthel will be completing the elevations for Big Round, Little Round and Osprey lakes by January 31st. No date was given for the remaining lakes.
Vouchers reviewed. Motion by Suhsen, second by Bassett, to approve the vouchers presented. Motion carried.
Other Business for Discussion
Larson noted that employee evaluations should be done by department heads in January and committees will review the department head.
Motion by Voight, second by Bassett, to adjourn. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 10:45 a.m.
Jan Eck, Recorder