BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING MINUTES
MEETING DATE: 1/3/2023
Meeting Location: HSWCD Conf. Room – Bert Harris Center
FINAL – Approved 2/21/2023
Recorded by: Susie Bishop
MEETING SCHEDULED START: 3:00 P.M. CALL TO ORDER: @ 3:13 P.M.
PUBLIC MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT READ BY CHAIRMAN
I. Welcome & Introductions
Dr. John Causey Chairman Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Steve Smith Vice-Chair Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Doug Deen Sec./Treas. Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Pam Fentress Supervisor Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
T.J. Wohl Supervisor Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Sara Sebring Incoming Supervisor
Susie Bishop Ex. Director Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Kayla Nickerson BMP Tech. Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Staci Deen Guest
Jerome Kaszubowski Highlands Co. Clerk of The Courts
II. Approval of Agenda
Motion to approve agenda as presented (Smith/Wohl) Unanimous Approval.
III. Election of Officers
Smith nominated J. Causey to serve as Chairman with second by Wohl. Smith amended his motion to nominate officers for year 2022 remain in same positions as officers for year 2023. Wohl made second to amended motion. Board Chairman is J. Causey, DVM, Vice-Chair is S. Smith, and Secretary/Treasurer is D. Deen. Unanimous approval.
IV. Approval of Meeting Minutes December 20, 2022
Motion made to approve the minutes as presented (Smith/Wohll). Unanimous Approval.
V. Financial Activity
a. Overview & Approval of Financial Reports- December 2022 – Due to timing of January meeting no financial reports were presented. No Action
VI. Agency Partner Updates
a. FDACS – Bishop reported Ag Commissioner Wilton Simpson was sworn in this morning. New leadership for OAWP has not been named. Multiple vacant positions with FDACS-OAWP and HSWCD were discussed. No Action
b. MIL –Bishop reported MIL Evaluations are above required amount. The MIL Technician position remains vacant with no applicants. MIL Manager Pitts will be moving to Texas in 2-3 months. No Action.
c. NRCS – Torres gave updates on Emergency Funding for Hurricane Ian damages, reminded that all producers need to keep their owner information current with USDA-FSA office in Okeechobee. Applications are being accepted for NRCS programs. No Action.
d. HCBCC – Kirouac reported County has several open positions. County is conducting drainage studies and clean up from Hurricane Ian is still being completed. No Action.
VII. Old Business
VIII. New Business
a. Corrected Meeting Schedule for Year 2023– Corrected 2023 Board Meeting Schedule was distributed. No Action.
IX. Executive Director’s Report
-Updated Board of Supervisors Information distributed.
-Follow-up on Lake June Floating Island Project – HSWCD is in no way connected to the project other than the County applying the $25,000 HSWCD contributed to County Natural Resource Dept. to this project.
-Bishop gave dates of State AFCD Annual Meeting, Feb. 6-8 2023 in Gainesville. NRCS will offer funding for Supervisors to attend.
-Bishop will meet with AFCD Board member next week to discuss options for future of SWCDs statewide.
-Bishop & possibly Nickerson will be presenting the Local Working Group meeting priority items to the USDA-NRCS State Technical Committee on Jan. 18 in Gainesville.
-CD Investment Broker, Tim Baker, will be attending the February 21, 2023 meeting.
-Annual Report financials were clarified and distributed.
IX. Citizens Not on the Agenda – None
X. Supervisor Comments
Meeting Adjourned at 3:58 p.m.