County Lands, Agriculture and Forestry Committee


Joseph Allen

Bernie Blackmore Chairman

Eugene Dawson


Minutes – December 4, 2006

Members Present:


Gene Dawson, Bernie Blackmore, and Joe Allen

Members Absent:



Staff Present:


Joe Meyers

Others Present:


Mike Meriwether

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

2.         Public Comment



3.         Forestry Update


Mike Meriwether informed the Committee that the DNR has leased the mineral rights on County property in a nondevelopment lease.  Mike indicated that because it was a nondevelopment lease the County did not need to comment.


Mike informed the Committee that the state is reviewing the changes of the property off Orchard Hill Road from a nondevelopmental lease to a developmental lease.  Mike indicated that the County sent a letter of support for this.


Discussion ensued over the “Sevald Property” and potential ways to fund the purchase of this property through potential oil and gas revenues and timber.


Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen to request the Finance Committee help County Lands , Agriculture and Forestry Committee find a way to purchase 180 acres of the Sevald Property at $2,200 an acre.  Motion carried – unanimous. 


Mike presented three quotes for surveying the Leonard Road property in Custer Township.


Eagle Surveying


Ferguson and Chamberlain





Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson to request the Finance Committee approve Ferguson and Chamberlain for surveying on the County property on Leonard Road in Custer Township.  Motion carried – unanimous.


Mike informed the Committee that he would like to look into hiring a consultant to inventory the County Lands for the creation of a master plan.  The Committee directed Mike to get quotes for the project.

4.           Communications  



5.            Member/Public Comment



Meeting adjourned at 9:35 a.m.