MEETING DATE: 03/16/2021

Meeting Location: HSWCD Conf. Room – Bert Harris Center
FINAL – Approved 4/20/2021
Recorded by: Susie Bishop


I. Welcome & Introductions
John Causey Chairman Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Steve Smith Vice-Chair. Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Pam Fentress Supervisor Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Doug Deen Supervisor Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
T.J. Wohl Supervisor Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Scott Kirouac Commissioner Highlands Co. Bd. Of Co. Commissioners
Susie Bishop Ex. Director Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Carlos Torres Conserv. USDA-NRCS

II. Approval of Agenda:
Motion to approve Agenda as presented. (Fentress/Deen).
Unanimous approval.

III. Approval of Meeting Minutes February 16, 2021
a. Motion to approve minutes as presented. (Wohl/Fentress). Unanimous approval.

IV. Financial Activity
a. Overview & Approval of Financial Reports- February 2021 – Bishop reviewed the financial reports. Motion made to approve financial reports as presented (Fentress/Wohl) Unanimous approval.

V. Agency Partner Updates
a. FDACS & MIL – Bishop staff in the Highlands County office has the highest number
of completed IVs yet are continuing to work tirelessly on this new requirement. Cost
share projects are moving slowly which will mean a very busy May and June getting
the projects inspected and reimbursements paid FDACS has asked Bishop to assist with the cost share project work since staff and BMP Techs are consumed with IVs. Bishop reported the MIL is up to date on deliverables with no issues of concern. Because one of the IV requirements is a MIL Evaluation to be performed our MIL will continue to stay very busy. The vacant MIL Technician position has been posted
with zero response to date. Bishop announced cost share agreements have increased in the past few weeks.
b. NRCS – Torres reported the deadline for CSP applications is March 26. The state
office has asked field staff to meet with producers to verify they are still implementing
practices. The Local Working Group Meeting is scheduled for April 8 at 1:30 p.m.
Bishop and Torres are currently inviting producers to participate.
c. HCBCC – Kirouac reported on properties the County is considering purchasing.
They included the former Barnett Bank, SunTrust, Sebring City Hall and the former
power plant property by the Sebring Airport. The only property approved for staff to
proceed with purchasing is the vacant property by the Sebring Airport. A law
enforcement/first responder trailing facility would be built on the land and it would
also include the use for an animal pet shelter during a storm. The COVID
vaccination POD is going very well with 59% of residents age 65 and older being

VI Old Business
a Office Security – Bishop explained all security measures were now installed and the
costs were divided three ways: HSWCD, FDACS BMP Tech Contract and the
FDACS MIL Contract.

VII New Business
a. Local Working Group – Following Torres’ announcement of the scheduled April 8
local working group meeting Bishop shared the list of producers and industry people
being invited to participate. All Supervisors were included in the participate too.
b. AFCD – Bishop shared date of the Area 5 Annual Meeting. It will be held at the
Lorida Community Center in Lorida on May 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon. HSWCD is
not hosting it but was asked by AFCD Executive Director if I could secure a building
in Highlands County. Supervisors were invited to attend.
c. Staffing – Bishop addressed this in MIL Report above.

VIII. Executive Director’s Report
Bishop informed the Supervisors that Carlson Acct. is working to prepare our books
for the annual audit, which will hopefully start very soon. Having recently updated our website, Deen brought it to Bishop’s attention the safety of listing spouse/children’s names on the website. Bishop asked Supervisors if they would prefer we remove the names of spouses and children. It was consensus of the Board to remove the names for security purposes.

IX. Citizens Not on the Agenda

X. Supervisor Comments
Deen – None
Fentress – Shared the overall challenges facing Citrus & other Ag Production is
Smith – None
Wohl – None
Causey – None
Bishop will contact Alan at Avista to report email issues with J. Causey & T.J. Wohl

Meeting Adjourned at 4:20 p.m.