Frank W. Bratt Ag Center, Jamestown, NY 14701

District Board of Directors' Regular Meeting

June 26, 2003


I.  Meeting Called to Order: 1:05 P.M.

    A.  Present:

         David Sturges - Chairman     Debra Kelley - Secretary

         Robert Anderson - Member     David Wilson - Field Manager

         Robert Thompson - Vice-Chair Rob Halbohm - NRCS


II. Minutes of The Previous Meeting:

MOTION by Anderson seconded by Thompson to approve the minutes of the May meeting.Carried.


III.Treasurer's Report:

    MOTION by Anderson seconded by Sturges to accept the Treasurer's report     and pay current bills. Carried.

    A.  The following bills were approved for payment:

              SEE ATTACHED


IV. Correspondence: - none


V.  Reports:

    A.  Other Agencies - none

    B.  Committees - none

    C.  District Conservationist

         1.  Approval of Conservation Plans

              a.  FSA PLANS: MOTION by Anderson seconded by Thompson to approve three FSA Plans for Combs Brothers Dairy, Barbara Ann Goodwill and Gary Frederes. Carried!

              b.  CRP PLANS: MOTION by Anderson seconded by Thompson to approve one CRP Plan for Kimvale Farm (Steve Kimball). Carried!

         2.  EQIP sign Up Starts - 15 producers have signed up for the EQIP Program. I am doing the rankings on them now and I will have them turned in by July 3rd. We will see if any of them get funded.

    D   District Field Manager - David Wilson

         1.  Trees & Shrubs - Final count for 2003 is 365 orders with income of $7,829 this is down from last year.

         2.  Pond Seminar - We held a Pond Seminar on May 28 and June 5 here at the Ag Center. We had about 90 people attend the seminar and made about $1,300.


District Minutes                                                   Page 2.

District Field Manager (cont.)


         3.  Chautauqua County Fair - Is right around the corner. Our tent has been moved to the front of the Fair Grounds. We will be right by the Main Gate.

         4.  Summer Work Load - Requests for hydro-seeding are coming in, so we have quite a bit of this to do. We have a lot of pond requests and some tile to lay out. I think we will have a busy summer.

    E.  District Secretary - Debra Kelley 

         1.  Grass Carp - We sold 415 Carp, income of $1,609.00 up from last year.

2. Koi - We sold 75 Koi, income of $478.00 down from last year.

3. Channel Catfish - we sold 1,000 catfish, income of $751.00 down from last year.


VI. Old Business

    A.  Personnel Appraisals - Tabled

    B.  NACD - Pay National Dues - MOTION by Anderson seconded by Thompson to pay the National Dues. Carried!

    C.  Ag Center Building Lease - USDA Lease expires at the end of June. Coop-Extension has some issues to deal with in regards to the handicapped accessability for the building, before we can finalize a new 5 year lease.


VII.New Business

    A.  Jay Gould Back To Work - MOTION by Anderson seconded by Thompson for Jay to start work on July 1, 2003. Carried!

    B.  2004 County Budget - We do not have to present a budget to IDA for 2004. We will prepare a budget for the board to approve at the next board meeting

    C.  NYS Fair Booth Donation - MOTION by Anderson seconded by Sturges to pay $100 for the NYS Fair Booth Display. Carried!

    D.  Personnel - Motion by Anderson seconded by Sturges to hire Bryan Mentley on a permanent basis, with one year probationary period. Carried!

    E.  Division I Employees Association Meeting - MOTION by Sturges seconded by Anderson for employees to attend the meeting on July 10th in North Java. Carried!

    F.  Contract with NRCS - MOTION by Anderson seconded by Thompson for the district to contract with NRCS for $1,500 for contract services. Carried!

    G.  Building Open House - The Ag center is 25 years old and there will be an open house on July 15th to celebrate the event.


    A.  Council Meeting - There was a meeting in June in Sherman, they discussed Matt Beckerink and timber bridges for Rails to Trails.

IX. Water Quality


X.  Cooperators - None


XI. Next Meeting - Friday, July 25, 2003, 10:00 A.M. in the SWCD Ag Tent at the Chautauqua County Fair Grounds, Dunkirk, NY.

XII.Meeting Adjourned

MOTION by Anderson seconded by Sturges to adjourn at 2:10 P.M. Carried!


Debra A. Kelley                        David J. Sturges

Secretary                              Chairman