County Lands, Agriculture and Forestry Committee


Joseph Allen

Bernie Blackmore Chairman

Eugene Dawson


Minutes – June 4, 2007

Members Present:


Gene Dawson, Joe Allen, and Bernie Blackmore

Members Absent:



Staff Present:


Joe Meyers

Others Present:


Mike Meriwether, Sherry Comben, Todd Vigland, and Charlie Koop

1.         Meeting called to order at 9:04 a.m. 

2.         Public Comment



3.         Forestry Update


Mike Meriwether spoke on the Leonard Road property and the few issues with the adjoining property owners.


Mike also indicated that he wanted to survey the Skinkle Road property per a Commissioner’s request. 


Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Bernie Blackmore, to allow the County Forester to go out for bids to survey the Skinkle Road property.  Motion carried – unanimous.


Discussion ensued over the Lore Road extension for the potential of a boat launch.


Mike indicated that we need an easement on the Valley Road property.  Mike also indicated that a property owner adjacent to the property would be willing to sell us a public easement.


Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Bernie Blackmore, to give the County Forester the authority to negotiate a 33-foot easement to the Valley Road property.  Motion carried – unanimous. 


Discussion ensued over the Sevald property and how a private donor would like to give us $200,000 to purchase the property if we add a protection to the Batchelder Road and the Frog Hollow properties and wants to know what the County will do to ensure that it is not sold.  Further discussion ensued over what would best suit the donor.


Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Bernie Blackmore, to work with the private donor to protect the Frog Hollow and Batchelder Road properties for a $200,000 donation to help with the purchase of the Sevald property.       

4.         Oil & Gas Rights on Foreclosed Property


Sherry Comben and Charlie Koop spoke on the fact that we have been keeping the mineral rights on all foreclosed properties and wanted direction on whether or not the County wanted to continue this practice.  Discussion ensued over the pros and cons of keeping the minerals. 


Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Bernie Blackmore, to recommend the Board of Commissioners continue the practice of retaining the mineral rights on tax foreclosed properties.  Motion carried – unanimous

5.          Chipping Trails at Barnes Park


Discussion ensued over chipping the rest of the trails at Barnes Park.


Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Bernie Blackmore, to chip the rest of the trails at Barnes Park.  Motion carried – unanimous.

6.        Member/Public Comment


Mike indicated that construction of the road in the Kirkpatrick Forest should happen very shortly. 

Meeting adjourned at 10:40 a.m.