Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Board Minutes From February 17, 2016



ESCAMBIA SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS' MINUTES
February 17, 2016


Board Members in Attendance
            Mr. Lynn Laird, Chairman, Mr. Jacob Gilmore, Vice Chairman; Mrs. Anne Bennett,          Treasurer; Mr. Austin Courson, Member.


Attendees
             Mr. Joshua McElhaney, District Conservationist; Mr. Eddie Cooper, Division Manager    Escambia County Natural Resources; Mrs. Debbie Williams, Escambia County Natural         Resources.

           
Call to Order
Mr. Lynn Laird called the meeting to order at 8:04am.
Those present stated the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag in unison. 
Mr. Laird called for a moment of silence for the Invocation.


Minutes of the Last Meeting
            Mr. Jacob Gilmore made a motion to accept the January 2016 Board minutes. 
            Mrs. Anne Bennett seconded the motion.  Motion carried unopposed.


Acknowledgement of Public Notice
            The meeting advertisement was noted.


Treasurer's Report
            Mrs. Bennett gave the treasurer’s report.  The account is in balance.
            With all in favor the treasurer's report was approved.

                                               
Reports
            Mr. Josh McElhaney gave the District Conservationist report. 
            Program measures were             attached.

                       
New Business
            Discussion was held on the election of officers. 
            Mr. Gilmore made a motion to maintain the current officers.  Mr. Courson seconded       the motion.  Motion carried unopposed.
                        Mr. Lynn Laird – Chairman
                        Mr. Jacob Gilmore – Vice-Chairman
                        Mr. Steve Jones – Secretary
                        Mrs. Ann Bennett – Treasurer
           

            Discussion was held on the current meeting schedule, meetings being more productive, and          activities in which the Board could assist with to become more productive. 
            Mr. Courson made a motion to have the meetings every odd month on the third Wednesday        of that month in the Molino Farm Bureau building at 8:00am.  The Board has the option to        call for additional meetings when needed.
            Mr. Gilmore seconded the motion.  Motion carried.
           

            Mrs. Bennett made a motion to obtain more information on hydroponic portable gardens            for an educational activity in local classrooms and to request grant funding through Three           Rivers RC&D.  Mr. Courson seconded the motion.  Motion carried unopposed.
            Mr. Courson will obtain the additional information along with costs to produce an           informative educational packet for teachers along with the display growing case.  The information will then be forwarded to Three Rivers RC&D in request for grant funding for     the project.

            Mrs. Bennett stated NACD requested dues.  Mrs. Bennett made a motion not pay a due to           NACD.  Mr. Gilmore seconded the motion.  Motion carried unopposed.

             

With no further business coming before the Board, Mr. Jacob made a motion to adjourn.  Mrs. Bennett seconded the motion.  The meeting adjourned at 9:00.


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Mr. Steve Jones, Secretary

Board Minutes From January 20, 2016



ESCAMBIA SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS' MINUTES
January 20, 2016


Board Members in Attendance
            Mr. Lynn Laird, Chairman, Mr. Jacob Gilmore, Vice Chairman; Mr. Steve Jones, Secretary;            Mrs. Anne Bennett, Treasurer.

Attendees
             Mr. Brent Wipf, Escambia County Water Quality and Land Management; Mr. Joshua       McElhaney, District Conservationist; Mrs. Debbie Williams, Escambia County Natural            Resources.
           
Call to Order
Mr. Lynn Laird called the meeting to order at 8:08am.
Those present stated the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag in unison. 
Mr. Laird called for a moment of silence for the Invocation.

Minutes of the Last Meeting
            Mr. Jacob Gilmore made a motion to accept the October 2015 Board minutes. 
            Mrs. Anne Bennett seconded the motion.  Motion carried unopposed.

Acknowledgement of Public Notice
            The meeting advertisement was noted.

Treasurer's Report
            Mrs. Bennett gave the treasurer’s report.  The account is in balance.
            Mr. Steve Jones made a motion to accept the treasurer's report.
            Mr. Gilmore seconded the motion.  Motion carried unopposed.
                                   
Public Forum
            Mr. Brent Wipf gave an update on the Wedgwood community arsenic levels in the soil.
            Mr. Wipf gave a brief background the area surrounding Wedgewood before reviewing the             Health Consultation report from the Florida Department of Health         .
            The area in the Wedgewood community was the site of a borrow pit which was permitted by        the State and County to be used a C and D disposal location.  The site had violations prior       but the flood that occurred in 2014 overwhelmed the pits with debris.  The debris was          not handled correctly.  However, drywall, which is permissible, became saturated after    the rains.  This wet condition lead to the breakdown of the debris and caused hydrogen            sulfide gas.  The            gas puts off a rotten egg smell and naturally complaints from area residents          began to happen.  The Escambia County Water Quality and Land Management division             began air and water monitoring.  The samples were sent to the Florida Department of            Health (DOH) in Tallahassee for analyzing.  The DOH compiled the Health Consultation      report.  The report stated the levels observed were generally a nuisance to the public and           to those individuals with breathing issues could be more susceptible.  The permit has now             been lost due to unresolved violations. 
            The State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection has a bond for the proper closure in the amount of $600,000.  After an adequate closure plan is in place the process           can be implemented.  South Palafox, Inc. owners of the site, revoked DEP's access to the facility but the State has to be the ones to implement the plan and these issues should be            resolved hopefully soon.  South Palafox Inc. is also actively trying to remediate an active             underground plume.
           
            Mr. Wipf now discussed the arsenic levels in the Wedgwood community.  The County      has four monitoring sites within the area.  Eight samples an hour are taken at each of those     sites.  All data is sent to the DOH.  Since the facility is now closed, there isn't monitoring on particulates done on site. However, concerns were made regarding dust             from the closed site being deposited on surrounding areas such as the community            recreational parks in the area.  The County did agree to test and on December 3, 2015,            the County followed the standard operation procedure to collect samples in five         locations.  The samples were then sent to a third party lab.  Mr. Wipf presented copies   from the lab of the Summary of Detected Constituents in Soil Wedgewood          Area Soil           Monitoring report.  Mr. Wipf also presented the report by the DOH regarding the arsenic      levels in the indicated by the third party summary report.  The DOH report stated the         levels of arsenic             that were found in the Wedgwood community were not likely to harm         health.
           
Reports
            Reports were deferred to the February 17, 2016 Board meeting.
                       
New Business
            New business was deferred to the February 17, 2016 Board meeting.

Old Business
             Old business was deferred to the February 17, 2016 Board meeting.
             

With no further business coming before the Board, Mr. Jacob made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Jones seconded the motion.  The meeting adjourned at 9:25.


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Mr. Steve Jones, Secretary