County Lands, Agriculture and Forestry Committee


Joseph Allen

Bernie Blackmore Chairman

Eugene Dawson


Minutes – October 25, 2007

Members Present:


Bernie Blackmore, Gene Dawson and Joe Allen

Members Absent:



Others Present:


Joe Meyers, Lindsey Banwell and Mike Meriwether

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

2.         Public Comment



3.         Forestry Update


Mike Meriwether introduced Lindsey Banwell to the Committee as a new employee at the District.  Lindsey spoke on the Beals Lake access and informed the committee that there was an unimproved boat launch that needed some work.  Lindsey indicated that sediment was getting into the lake due to the condition of the boat launch.  In addition, she indicated that through the grant she is working on, there is money to do some improvements on this site.  Lindsey handed out a budget to do the improvements and indicated that the grant required some match. 


Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson to recommend the finance committee approve spending $1,000 out of the Forestry Fund, to match grant funds, to improve the Beals Lake Access Site.  Motion carried – unanimous.


Discussion about GDO investments.


Charlie Koop entered the meeting at 9:15 a.m.


Discussion ensued over the Batchelder Road and the Frog Hollow Properties.


Discussion ensued over the “for forestry purposes only” deed restrictions on county properties.


Discussion ensued over the motion made at the April Board of Commissioners meeting removing the “for forestry purposes only” deed restriction on county proprieties and putting an ordinance in place to protect these proprieties.


Bernie Blackmore directed Legal Counsel to draft an ordinance on the sale of county land.


Mike informed the Committee of the development happening on the Kirkpatrick forest.


Mike spoke on the Del Mason Road Property and how an energy company wanted to drill on an adjacent property and they were seeking an easement across our property. 



Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson to not grant an easement across the Del Mason Road Property because of policy reasons and safety concerns.  Motion carried – unanimous.


Mike informed the Committee of some encroachment issues on the Del Mason Road Property; he indicated that the property owner would remove the items on county property.


Mike also spoke on a thinning on the Valley Road parcel, the Cedar River Natural Area Trails, and the Barnes Park signs.

4.         Various Matters


Gene Dawson spoke on the trails at Antrim Creek Natural Area.

Meeting adjourned at 9:55 a.m.