DEER LODGE VALLEY CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Regular meeting April 9, 2019
6:30 PM – USDA Building

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Jeff Janke. Supervisors present were John Hollenback, Dwight Crawford, Troy McQueary, Joleen Meshnik and Don Despain. Associate Supervisor present was Reece Price. Also present were Seth Beck, Bret Bledsoe, Art Villasenor, Deer Lodge County Planning Board, Karen Laitala, Jason Lindstrom and Susie Johnson.

It was moved by Dwight Crawford, seconded by John Hollenback and motion carried to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:
Treasurer Dwight Crawford reported $1,431.01 in the district checking account and $1,239.02 in the district Range Days account. $100.00 was received from People’s Bank for a donation to the Livestock Seminar.

District Administrator Susie Johnson provided written financial reports. The balance in Petty Cash is $88.71 and $46,348.26 in County Funds.

CLAIMS TO BE PAID:
WRC (Ted’s contracted services for FW&P grant) $ 400.00
Powell County (payroll processing for Jan-March 2019) 250.00
Lickety Print (ad in fair book) 78.85
Total $ 728.85

It was moved by Don Despain, seconded by Troy McQueary and motion carried to pay these
clains.

OLD BUSINESS:
1. WRC was reported on by John Hollenback. WRC is waiting to get new task orders from NRDP. WRC is organizing Mill Town Water Right out reach meetings. May 1st will be the first meeting at the Community Center in Gold Creek (Clark Fork and tribs. Below the mouth of Little Blackfoot to Drummond, including Gold Creek, Hover Creek, Warm Springs Creek near Garrison Jct, Brock, Carten and Hover Creek). May 2nd will be Rocker at Rocker Fire Hall (Brown’s Gulch, Blacktail & German Gulch and Silver Bow). May 6th Clark Fork Mainstem at Racetrack Hall (Warm Spring/Silverbow confluence to mouth Little Blackfoot.) May 8th Little Blackfoot Avon Community Hall (Little Blackfoot and Trib.). May 9th Peterson/Cottonwood at Deer Lodge Community Center (Clark Fork Tributaries, eastside Deer Lodge valley including Peterson/Cottonwood/Fred Burr/Jake Creek, etc.) May 13th Anaconda at Local Development Corporation conference room (Warm Springs Creek, Mill Creek, Willow Creek, Cable Creek and Stucky Gulch). May 14th Dempsey/Racetrack at Racetrack Hall (Dempsey Creek, Racetrack Creek, Tim Cup Joe, Modesty, Lost Creek, etc). All these meetings will start at 7:00 pm.
2. Planning Board Member, Art Villasenor. Art is the Deer Lodge County Planning Board Chairman and was asked by his board to attend a Conservation District meeting to get the history of the Conservation District being a board member on the Deer Lodge County Planning board. According to DLC Planning by laws, it states that a Conservation District member has to be from the Conservation District. John Hollenback stated that a Conservation District member can be on the planning board or the district can appoint someone to represent them on the planning board. Joleen is the only district supervisor that is from Deer Lodge County and she declined to serve on the planning board since her plate is too full at this time. Art said that if they can’t fine someone to serve, the Commissioners will have to appoint someone. If the Commissioners do appoint a person, the conservation district would like to be informed and the district would like for that person to come to the district board meeting yearly to give a report. Art said that he will email the district the agenda and a copy of the previous months minutes each month to see if there is something on the agenda that the district would be interested in.
3. Natural Resource Field Day was discussed. Presenters are all in place, just waiting to hear back from the schools. Troy said the Prison will do the milk and ice cream again this year.

NEW BUSINESS:
1. Tri County Fair Book ad was discussed. It was moved by John Hollenback, seconded by Don Despain and motion carried to keep our ad in the fair book. The ad will be a ¼ of a page with a picture of our no-till drill.
2. Range School, Judith Basin Conservation District, May 29th & May 30th, 2019, Hobson, Mt. was noted.

SB310:

1. DLV-02-19, Montana Rail Link, Little Blackfoot River
Culvert/Wetland Alteration/New Railroad siding/placement of fill.
This application was approved upon team member inspection report at our last
district meeting. Inspection will take place April 30th.

2. DLV-03-19, Rick Duncan, Racetrack Creek
Bank Stabilization/Fish Habitat
This application was approved upon team member inspection report at our last district meeting. Inspection will take place April 30th.

3. DLV-04-19, Perkins Ranch, Dempsey Creek
Irrigation structure/Diversion Dam/Debris Removal
This application was approved upon team member inspection report at our last
district meeting. Inspection will take place April 18th.

4. DLV-05-19, Dan McQueary, Cottonwood Creek
Channel Alteration/Irrigation Structure/Fish Habitat.
This application was approved upon team member inspection report at our last
district meeting. Inspection will take place April 30th.

5. DLV-06-19, Seth Beck, Modesty Creek
Culvert.
It was moved by Dwight Crawford, seconded by Troy McQueary and motion
carried to approve this application as a project and issue a permit conditioned on
the team member inspection report. The inspection will take place April 17th.

AGENCY REPORTS:
1. Bret Bledsoe reported on NRCS activities. Bret handed out to the board the Columbia River Basin SNOTEL report for March and April. Bret also gave the board a Montana Focused Conservation facts sheet.
2. Jason Lindstrom reported that he has been spending all his time sampling the river.
3. Karen Laitala reported on landowner meeting that she will be having May 8th in Deer Lodge and May 9th in Ovando. This is where a landowner can get their pesticide license credits. Karen also updated the board on a new noxious grass that has been spotted in Elliston.

NEXT MEETING IS: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:30 pm., in the USDA Building.

Submitted by Susie Johnson Date: April 11, 2019

 

DEER LODGE VALLEY CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Regular meeting March 12, 2019
6:30 PM – USDA Building

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Jeff Janke. Supervisors present were John Hollenback, Dwight Crawford, Jim lee, Don Despain and Troy McQueary. Also present were Will McDowell, Bret Bledsoe, Jason Lindstrom and Susie Johnson.

It was moved by Jim Lee, seconded by Don Despain and motion carried to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:
Treasurer Dwight Crawford reported $4,431.01 in the district checking account and $944.77 in the districts Range Days account.

District Administrator Susie Johnson provided written financial reports. The balance in Petty Cash is $96.56 and $53,853.39 in County Funds.

CLAIMS TO BE PAID:
Petty Cash (postage) $ 22.20
SWCDM (Plant Material donation) 25.00
NACD (dues) 500.00
MT Envirothon (2 teams) 200.00
MACD (dues) 765.31
Newland & Co. (audit) 7,650.00
Total $ 9,162.51

It was moved by Dwight Crawford, seconded by Jim Lee and motion carried to approve these
claims.

OLD BUSINESS:
1. WRC was discussed. John Hollenback reported on WRC project updates. Mill Town water rights were discussed. WRC will hold 6 public meetings to inform the water right users on what will take place with the call on their water. These meetings will take place the first 2 weeks in May starting with Gold Creek.
2. Livestock Seminar was discussed. The check was presented to the Rialto Board on March 5th in the amount of $3,000.00. Jim Lee, Troy McQueary and Susie presented this check.

NEW BUSINESS:
1. Envirothon sponsorship was discussed. The board received two applications from Powell County High School for sponsorship to the Envirothon. It was moved by Jim Lee, seconded by Don Despain and motion carried to sponsor these two teams in the amount of $100 per team. If any other teams request sponsorship then the district will pay for those teams to attend.
2. Natural Resource Field Day first meeting will be Monday, March 18th @ 1:00 in the USDA conference room.
3. Range and No-till drill were discussed by Troy McQueary. Troy would like to take both drills out to the Prison to have them looked over before they are rented out this spring. It was moved by Jim Lee, seconded by Dwight Crawford and motion carried to take both drills out to the prison to have them looked over and cover any expenses that may occur. FFA would like to use our no-till drill for a mechanic’s contest that they will participate in. It was moved by Jim Lee, seconded by Don Despain to let the FFA use our no-till drill.

SB310:
1. DLV-01-19, John Rusin, Little Blackfoot River
Bank Stabilization/Flood Protection/Placement of Fill.
The district received the updated design and coordinates for this project. It was
moved by Dwight Crawford, seconded by Don Despain and motion carried to
issue a permit conditioned on the modifications of the team member report.

2. DLV-02-19, Montana Rail Link, Little Blackfoot River
Culvert/Wetland Alteration/New Railroad siding/placement of fill
It was moved by Jim Lee, seconded by Troy McQueary and motion carried to
approve this application as a project and issue a permit conditioned on the team
member inspection report.

3. DLV-03-19, Rick Duncan, Racetrack Creek
Bank Stabilization/Fish Habitat
It was moved by Dwight Crawford, seconded by Troy McQueary and motion
carried to approve this application as a project and issue a permit conditioned on
the team member inspection report.

4. DLV-04-19, Perkins Ranch, Dempsey Creek
Irrigation structure/Diversion Dam/Debris Removal
It was moved by Dwight Crawford, seconded by John Hollenback and motion
carried to approve this application as a project and issue a permit conditioned on
the team member inspection report.

5. DLV-05-19, Dan McQueary, Cottonwood Creek
Channel Alteration/Irrigation Structure/Fish Habitat.
It was moved by Don Despain, seconded by Dwight Crawford and motion
carried to approve this application as a project and issue a permit conditioned on
the team member inspection report.

MT FW&P 124 permits:
1. Powell County, Clark Fork River, Bank Stabilization was noted.
2. USFS Pintler Ranger District, NF Cottonwood Creek, Culvert Replacement was noted.

AGENCY REPORTS:
1. Bret Bledsoe reported on RCPP. There are three applications for the EQIP RCPP funds. The regular EQIP will take place this year but in 2020 the new Montana Focused Conservation will take place.

NEXT MEETING IS: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 6:30 pm., in the USDA Building.

Submitted by Susie Johnson Date: March 14, 2019

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