MEETING DATE: 05/18/2021

Meeting Location: HSWCD Conf. Room – Bert Harris Center
FINAL Approved 6-15-2021
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 &a Water Conservation District
Scott Kirouac Commissioner Highlands Co. Bd. Of Co.Commissioners
Susie Bishop Ex. Director Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
K. Nickerson BMp Tech. 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 April 20, 2021
a. Motion to approve minutes as presented. (Smith/Fentress). Unanimous approval.

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

V. Agency Partner Updates
a. FDACS & MIL – Bishop explained the changes in the process of contract renewals
in an effort to obligate remaining funds. Contracts numbers were shared. Cost
Share projects are slowly being completed. Bishop reported the MIL is up to date on numbers and is still in need of hiring a new MIL Technician.
b. NRCS – The annual Civil Rights policy was reviewed with board. The EQIP
applications for FY 2022 will be accepted up to September 1, 2021. The State office
will be conducting Quality Assurance Review in the NRCS office here next week.
The State Con. came last week to meet staff. Next week Torres will submit the
results of the local working group. Fentress inquired about the Biden Conservation
plans. Torres replied that NRCS has not received any information about it but felt
some of the easements in the County may be added to the plan.
c. HCBCC – Kirouac shared with the Board is dealing with septic tank pumping issues
along with the unsatisfactory services being provided by the Waste Management Company.

VI Old Business
a AFCD – Annual Meeting – Bishop & Causey reported the poor attendance and
poor meeting substance. Causey asked Bishop to inquire about a phrase used by
FDACS-OAWP Vanessa Steven, “Legacy Phosphorus” and shared with the Board a new NRCS program labeled Innovation Grants.
b. Ag Producer Forum – Bishop shared the details and agenda for an upcoming
Forum being organized by HSWCD and Farm Bureau to be held on June 3.

VII New Business
a. Audit – The in-house portion of the audit will be completed on May 24 & 25. FinalAudit Report will be presented at the June 15, 2021 Board meeting.
b. FDACS Contracts – Bishop presented that in the FDACS Agency Partner Update.

VIII. Executive Director’s Report
-Letter of support for an award nomination for Scott Kirouac
-Sponsorship of BMP Technician Kasey Martin to attend the Farm Bureau
statewide Young Farmer & Ranch meeting in July was discussed. Motion
made to spend up to $500.00 towards meeting registration, lodging and
meals (Fentress/Smith). Unanimous approval.
-First Southern Bank CD up for renewal at 2%. Unanimous consent to not
make any changes to the CD.
-Letter from DEP to ag classified properties not enrolled in the BMP Program
was shared.
-Financial Disclosures are due in June. Bishop will confirm the requirements
and email Board with her findings.
-Governor appointed three new SFWMD Board members, including dairy
farmer Ben Butler from Highlands County
-Animal rights movement nationwide will be end of May and first week of June.
Protestors are expected all over the state and in Okeechobee County on
June 4.

IX. Citizens Not on the Agenda – None

X. Supervisor Comments
– None
Fentress – Email issues. Bishop will follow up with our IT person, Alan.
Smith – None
Wohl – None
Causey – None

Meeting Adjourned at 4:27 p.m.