MEETING DATE: 2/8/2022

Meeting Location: HSWCD Conf. Room – Bert Harris Center
FINAL – Approved 3/15/2022
Recorded by: Susie Bishop


I. Welcome & Introductions:
John Causey Chairman Highlands Soil &Water Conservation District
Steve Smith Vice-Chair Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Doug Deen Sec./Treasurer Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Pam Fentress Supervisor Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
T.J. Wohl Supervisor Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Susie Bishop Ex. Director Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Kayla Nickerson BMP Tech Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Carlos Torres District Cons. USDA- NRCS
Jennifer Codo-Salisbury Central Florida Regional Planning Council
Jack Scarbrough Citizen

II. Approval of Agenda 
Noted Agenda Item V.c is used as heading twice, change last item on Item V to V.d (Fentress/Wohl) Unanimous approval.
Presentation – Cover Crops, Jack Scarborough

III. Approval of Meeting Minutes – January 18, 2022
a. Motion to approve minutes. (Fentress/Wohl). Unanimous approval.

IV. Financial Activity
a. Overview & Approval of Financial Reports- January 2022 – Bishop reviewed the financial reports, answering questions. Review of budget to actual line item requested. Motion to approve financial reports as presented (Smith/Deen) Unanimous approval.

V. Agency Partner Updates
a. FDACS & MIL – K. Nickerson reported little change since last meeting. Several trainings being held pertaining to soil health. Bishop reported MIL is ahead of schedule with required number of completed evaluations. Pitts will return to the office on March 1, 2022.
b. NRCS – C. Torres gave updates on programs and application deadlines. In late February Torres will be the EQIP manager for Kansas, working remotely from this office. The MOU with HSWCD & NRCS will be reviewed by April.
c. Sentinel Landscape Update – Salisbury gave an overview and update on the project. Consideration is being given to have another Landowner Expo organized and HSWCD would be asked to partner again with CFRPC to host this event.
d. HCBCC – Commissioner Kirouac shared the HCBCC continues to work on gaining easements needed to construct phase 2 of the IMWID water storage project. Once all easement agreements are signed the funding will be reviewed.

VI Old Business
a. HB 783/SB 1038- Committee Hearing Updates – Bishop reported on her
attendance at the SB 1038 committee hearing and the opportunity she had for a one on one visit with Rep. Truenow, sponsor of HB 783. SB 1038 has been approved through 2 of the 3 committees it is assigned. HB 783 committee hearings have still not been scheduled. The future of the two bills is very unknown. Bishop will attend all the future hearings.
e. HB 783/SB 1038 – Resolution for HCBCC – Wohl & Bishop reported it was approved with no discussion. County staff sent the signed Resolution to all the State Senate and House Committee members who will review the bills.

VII New Business
a. County Extension Ag. Tour Support – Smith asked for assistance from the Board to prepare the lunch for these tours on Feb. 17 & March 17. Supervisors who can assist will contact Smith directly.
b. Staffing – Bishop reported all staff has reviewed and signed the new COVID policy. Additional staffing topics were discussed.
c. Agriculture Center Remodel – Bishop reported the County staff has been directed to do a study regarding remodel of the Center for a more efficient special needs shelter, using Federal funds via the COVID programs. She was assured by County staff HSWCD will continue to have an office space in the center.

VIII. Executive Director’s Report
Bishop reported the Agriculture day with Leadership Highlands class went well

IX. Citizens Not on the Agenda – None

X. Supervisor Comments
Fentress – There has been a declaration of freeze event, The Governor has requested Federal funds, alternative crops for citrus groves and weather station program/issues were discussed.
Deen – None
Smith – None
Wohl – None
Causey – None

Meeting Adjourned at 5:15 p.m.