County Lands, Agriculture and Forestry Committee

 

Joseph Allen

Bernie Blackmore Chairman

Eugene Dawson

 

Minutes June 26, 2006

Members Present:

 

Bernie Blackmore, Gene Dawson and Joe Allen

Members Absent:

 

None

Staff Present:

 

Joe Meyers

Others Present:

 

Stan Moore, Laura Sexton and Mike Meriwether

1. Meeting called to order at 1:05 p.m.

2. Public Comment

 

None.

3. Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA)

 

Amy Beyer, of Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA), presented the appropriation request for $1,000.

 

Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson, to approve the Conservation Resource Alliance appropriation of $1,000 for submittal to the Finance Committee. Motion carried unanimous.

4. Antrim Conservation District Appropriation

 

Christy Roman, on behalf of the Antrim Conservation District, made the following appropriation requests: $19,000 for the District; $12,000 for the Conservation Technician; and $20,000 for the Employee Stabilization Fund.

 

The Committee discussed the Employee Stabilization Fund and felt that it should be a reimbursement fund.

 

 

Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen, to approve the Antrim Conservation District appropriation request of $19,000 for the District, $12,000 for the Conservation Technician, and $20,000 for the Employee Stabilization Fund for submittal to the Finance Committee. Motion carried unanimous.

5. MSU Extension Budget Request

 

Stan Moore, County Extension Office Director, presented the MSU Extension budget and capital outlay request. There was some discussion and questions.

 

Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson, to approve the MSU Extension budget request for submittal to the Finance Committee. Motion carried unanimous.


6. Antrim County Fair Appropriation Request

 

Theresa Cole, President of the Antrim County Fair Board, presented the Antrim County Fair appropriation request of $6,000.

 

The Committee discussed the appropriation and noted that it had not changed in a number of years. The Committee noted that if they were to raise the appropriation, what would the Fair Board use it for. Ms. Cole noted that improvements could be made that need to be made and it would help a lot.

 

Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson, to approve the Antrim County Fair appropriation request of $6,000 and an additional request of $2,000 by the County Lands , Agriculture and Forestry Committee for submittal to the Finance Committee. Motion carried - unanimous.

7. Watershed Center Appropriation Request

 

Anne Brasie, from the Watershed Center, presented the Watershed Center Appropriation request of $1,000. Ms. Brasie also gave an update regarding the Watershed Center.

 

Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen, to approve the Watershed Center appropriation request of $1,000 for submittal to the Finance Committee. Motion carried - unanimous.

8. Forestry Update

 

Mike Meriwether informed the Committee of a letter he wrote for the Airport regarding the oil leases and gas wells on the property.

 

Mr. Meriwether inquired if money had been set aside for the Forestry Trail at Barnes Park. Mr. Meriwether noted that the trail needed to be chipped and signs needed to be put up.

 

Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson, to approve the County Forester purchase woodchips for the Barnes Park Trail for under $3,000. Motion carried unanimous.

 

Mr. Meriwether noted that he has purchased some gates for certain county lands.

 

Joe Meyers spoke on the memo regarding the County timber cut policy. No action was taken at this time.

 

The Committee discussed the issue of the 40 acres of County property off Batchelder Road. The Committee discussed their options on the next step to take in regards to the property.

 

Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson, to recommend the Board of Commissioners put the 40 acres off Batchelder Road out for bid and we also reserve the right to refuse any and all bids, also this property will be used to acquire the Sevald Property. Motion carried unanimous.

9. Tax Foreclosed Properties.

 

The Committee took no action on this item.

Meeting adjourned at 3:05 p.m.