County Lands, Agriculture and Forestry Committee


Joseph Allen

Bernie Blackmore Chairman

Eugene Dawson


Minutes – August 27, 2007

Members Present:


Gene Dawson, Bernie Blackmore, and Joe Allen

Members Absent:



Staff Present:


Joe Meyers

Others Present:


Russ Blasdell, Charlie Koop, and Mike Meriwether

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

2.         Public Comment



3.         Forestry Program Update


Mike Meriwether spoke on the Valley Road Property and indicated that he will be adding a road and parking lot once we get the agreement finalized.  Mike also discussed the progress of all of the acquisitions that happened since the last meeting.


Mike also spoke on the Cedar River Natural Area trail and how the Village of Bellaire and District will be working together in partnership to connect both trails so people don’t get lost as much.


Mike discussed the interpretive signs at Barnes Park and indicated that he is going to have Ron put some trail posts throughout the trails. 


Mike indicated that there would be an oil and gas well on one of the Star Township properties and indicated that legal counsel was currently reviewing the surface damages. 


Discussion ensued over the memorandum of understanding with the land conservancy for the grant request.


Discussion ensued over the Barnes Park Ordinance.  Discussion ensued over firearms in the park, hunting, and off road vehicles.


Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen, to pay for the closing costs for the Valley Road property out of the forestry fund.  Motion carried – unanimous.


4.         Public/Member Comment



Meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.