County Lands, Agriculture and Forestry Committee

 

Joseph Allen

Bernie Blackmore Chairman

Eugene Dawson

 

Minutes – June 30, 2008

Members Present:

 

Bernie Blackmore, Gene Dawson and Joe Allen

Members Absent:

 

None

Staff Present:

 

Joe Meyers and Pete Garwood

Others Present:

 

Stan Moore, Gloria Campbell, Mike Meriwether, Christy Roman, Laura Sexton, Andy Knott, Amy Beyer, Charlie Koop, and Brandon McDowell   

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

2.         Public Comment

 

None.

3.         MSU Extension Budget Request

 

Stan Moore, County Extension Office Director, presented the MSU Extension budget and capital outlay request. 

 

Mr. Moore spoke on why the line items for phones and mileage were increased from last year.

 

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

4.         Antrim Conservation District Appropriation

 

Christy Roman handed out a report of the district’s 2007 accomplishments.

 

Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen, to approve the Antrim Conservation Districts appropriations for submittal to the Finance Committee.  Motion carried – unanimous.

 

5.         Forestry Update

 

Mike Meriwether spoke on the pine thinning at Grass River Natural Area and Murphy Park. 

 

Mr. Meriwether spoke on the Bellaire tree removal. 

 

Christy Roman spoke on the Beals Lake Property.

 

Discussion ensued over the Forestry Contract. 

 

Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen, to recommend the Board of Commissioners sign the Forestry Contract.  Motion carried – unanimous.

 

 

6.         Antrim County Fair Appropriation Request

 

Teresa Cole joined the meeting and presented the County Fair Appropriation for 2009. 

 

Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson, to approve the Antrim County Fair appropriation of $10,000 for submittal to the Finance Committee.   Motion carried – unanimous.

7.         Watershed Center Appropriation Request

 

Andy Knott, of the Watershed Center presented the appropriation request for $1,000.

 

Mr. Knott spoke on projects in Antrim County. 

 

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

8.         Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA)

 

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

 

Amy spoke on the different projects that they are working on to help the Grand Traverse Bay region.

 

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.

9.         Various Matters

 

Charlie Koop spoke on the O.I.L. energy and the Batchelder Road property.  Discussion ensued over using a double drill well head on our property due to the fact that OIL could not get a permit on their original property.  The committee and the county forester inquired about the drilling paths and how they have changed over time.

 

Mr. Koop indicated that the representative would need to provide his information in writing.

 

The Committee tabled the Batchelder Road Property until next month.

 

Charlie Koop also spoke on two other leases the county has with OIL energy.  Mr. Koop indicated that the original lease agreements that we have are for $28,000 and $2,000.  He indicated that it was a clerical error and the total amount of the lease should be $15,840.  Charlie also indicated that they would like to combine the leases into one.

 

Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson, to recommend the Board of Commissioners re-do the lease agreements with OIL Energy.  Motion carried – unanimous.

 

Meeting adjourned at 10:35 a.m.