County Lands, Agriculture and Forestry Committee


Joseph Allen

Bernie Blackmore Chairman

Eugene Dawson


Minutes May 1, 2006

Members Present:


Joe Allen, Bernie Blackmore and Gene Dawson

Members Absent:



Staff Present:


Joe Meyers

Others Present:


Mike Meriwether, Janet Person, Russ Blasdell, Trish Drollinger and Charlie Koop

1. Meeting called to order at 9:00 a.m.

2. Public Comment



3. Village of Bellaire Walking Path Lease


Janet Person, Village of Bellaire, informed the Committee of the changes needed to complete the lease on the walking path.


Discussion ensued over the length of the lease, the automatic renewal, and the termination clause.


Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson, to recommend the Board of Commissioners amend the lease on the Village of Bellaire walking path be for fifty years with no automatic renewal clause. Motion carried unanimous.


Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson to recommend the Board of Commissioners amend the lease on the Village of Bellaire walking path so the walking path will stay there and there is no early termination clause. Motion carried unanimous.

4. Forestry Update


Mike Meriwether, County Forester, updated the Committee on forestry activities throughout the County.


Mr. Meriwether indicated that, in regards to the Sevald property, the lower 80 acres would be the only acreage that could be timbered for value while not clear-cutting it. Mr. Meriwether indicated that the timber value would be around $50,000 to $100,000 and the mineral rights could be sold for around $50,000.


Mr. Meriwether noted that a property owner showed interest in purchasing 40 County owned acres adjacent to the Spring Ridge Condos. The Committee directed Mr. Meriwether to negotiate with the property owner to see what we could get for that property.


Discussion ensued over the Memorandum of Understanding for Management of the County Forest Lands and over the oil and gas damage payments. Charlie Koop inquired about what the 75% for the district includes and what does it go for.


Mr. Meriwether indicated that the 75% for forestry and oil and gas damages is over inflated but it goes for conservation projects and private property forestry management with no limitation. Discussion ensued over if we should earmark the money for specific purposes.


Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson to extend the current Memorandum of Understanding month to month until a new agreement can be reached. Motion carried unanimous.



Discussion ensued over a County owned forty-acre parcel in Kearney Township (that we own the minerals to) that a company is looking to lease. Discussion ensued over what kind of policy we should have for oil and gas leases.


Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen to recommend the Board of Commissioners enter into an agreement for the 40 acres for no less than 1/6th of the royalty and no less than a $100 per acre signing bonus. Motion carried unanimous.

6. Communications



7. Member/Public Comment



Meeting adjourned at 10:20 a.m.