County Lands, Agriculture and Forestry Committee

 

Joseph Allen

Bernie Blackmore Chairman

Eugene Dawson

 

September 2, 2008 Minutes

Members Present:

 

Bernie Blackmore and Joe Allen

Members Absent:

 

Gene Dawson

Staff Present:

 

Joe Meyers and Mike Meriwether

Others Present:

 

Charlie Koop and Russ Blasdell

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

2.         Public Comment

 

None.

3.         Forestry Update

 

The Committee reviewed the Forestry Ordinance.  Discussion ensued over the Forestry Ordinance.

 

Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Bernie Blackmore, to recommend the Board of Commissioners review the Forestry Ordinance for discussion at the October Board of Commissioners Meeting.  Motion carried – unanimous.

 

Discussion ensued over a right of way pipeline easement on the Stover Road railroad grade in Kearney Township Section 29.

 

Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Bernie Blackmore to recommend the Board of Commissioners approve a right of way pipeline easement on the railroad grade south of Stover Road in Section 29 of Kearney Township pending legal counsel’s review.  Motion carried – unanimous.

 

Discussion ensued over the Star Township 40 acre parcel in section 26 and the oil and gas development.

 

Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Bernie Blackmore, to recommend the Board of Commissioners approve the 40 acres in Star Township in section 26 for oil drilling pending the calculation of surface damages.  Motion carried – unanimous.

 

Mike Meriwether spoke on the work he has done on the county forest lands.  Mike also indicated that he will be doing a “scale sale” on some county forest lands.  Mike informed the Committee that the scale sale would be the best way to go on these trees because it is not a traditional forestry cut; and we would also be participating with the Bellaire School District and some private property owners.

 

 

Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Bernie Blackmore to recommend the Board of Commissioners approve having a scale sale timber cut on Simpson Road, Murphy Park, Hawk Lake, and the Airport properties.  Motion carried – unanimous.

 

Discussion ensued over Biomass Plants. 

Meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.