LAND & WATER CONSERVATION COMMITTEE Copied: LWCC (6) – CTY Clerk –County Admin.
CALUMET COUNTY COURTHOUSE – ROOM 232 –LWCD (route/file)
Friday, April 2nd 2004 Bob Wilberscheid
1. CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINE IF MEETING WAS PROPERLY ANNOUNCED: The meeting was called to
order by Chair Laughrin at 9:02 p.m., determined that the meeting was properly announced.
2. ROLL CALL:
a) Members present: Pat Laughrin, Bill Barribeau, Pete Dorn,
Jerry Criter, Don Sommers, Jim Schaefer
b) Staff: Eugene McLeod, Mike Haase, Marissa Hacker
c) Agency: Mark Buelke
d) Others: Rock Anderson, DATCP Engineering Specialist, was present during a portion
of agenda item 7.
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
4. ADOPTION OF AGENDA & MINUTES: Motion to approve agenda and minutes as presented by Barribeau, seconded
by Sommers, motion carried unanimously.
5. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION- McLeod read a letter from Bob Wilberscheid stating his views on possible termination of
County participation in the Wildlife Damage Control Program. In the letter, he asked that termination not be
considered as an option at this time.
6. UPDATE ON PROGRESS OF THE COUNTY TASK FORCE ON LIVESTOCK OPERATION- Criter summarized
the progress of the Task Force. He noted that the Task Force members recommended setbacks of new operations to be
500 feet from the roadway & 200 feet from the side property lines. They also recommended a type of stipulated
agreement process with neighbors prior to any permitting or construction of new or expanding large operations. The
1st step of the proposed process would include developing a site plan in consultation with Land & Water, UWEX, and
Planning & Zoning Staff, to ensure all local and state regulations are met. A meeting with neighbors, town officials,
and certain other affected parties would follow, to try to address any concerns that they may have. If concerned parties
and the operator came to an agreement, a permit could be issued. If agreement was not reached at the meeting, the site
plan would go to the Land and Water Conservation Committee for possible changes. The Land Conservation
Committee would also be the permitting authority. McLeod added that proposed ordinance language needs to be
developed for review by Corporation Counsel. He and Julie Heuvelman will be developing the proposed language
within the next month. He also explained that the Task Force wants all ordinances developed from their
recommendations to apply Countywide and not just in zoned areas.
7. WILDLIFE DAMAGE CONTROL PROGRAM - McLeod summarized comments made by Dick Nikolai, DNR
Wildlife Manager, during a recent phone conversation with him concerning County termination of the Program.
Nikolai noted that County residents would not be eligible for wildlife damage reimbursement or assistance in
controlling wildlife damage if the County terminates participation. Nikolai could still issue shooting permits for
damage control, but would need County and Federal assistance in determining if damage was over $1,000. Nikolai
also said that he agrees with the letter that Wilberscheid wrote and that termination should not be considered at this
time. Deer numbers and damage are rising in some parts of the County. Dorn commented on past abuses of damage
claims within the County and overestimation of damage claims. McLeod noted that, according to our contract with
DNR and USDA-APHIS, the County could terminate their participation by written notice. County Board would need
to adopt a resolution to do so. Rock Anderson, DATCP Engineering Specialist and former County Conservationist in
Calumet County, answered questions about the Damage Program during his employment. He noted that in some cases
there wasn’t as much damage as participants claimed. In other cases, there was a lot of damage, but it came from
raccoons or sand hill cranes and not deer. The final consensus of Committee members was that the main concerns with
the program are abuse of damage claims, over-estimation of potential yields on damaged crops, and inflated crop prices
used to determine damage reimbursements amounts. These concerns could be dealt with by setting lower crop prices
for damage claims at a County level, keeping a closer eye on abuses of the program, and expressing their concerns to
DNR and USDA. The Committee took no action on the Program.
8. CONSTRUCTION SITE EROSION CONTROL AND STORMWATER MANAGEMENT ORDINANCES
–Committee members reported that the stormwater education meeting on March 29th was very informational. McLeod
recommended that Land & Water take the lead in County implementation of the erosion control and stormwater
management requirements. The LWCD 2005 budget may need to include additional expenditures for DNR annual
permit fees for Calumet County and for membership in the regional stormwater consortium (NEWSC). Staff from
Land & Water, Highway, and Planning & Zoning have been meeting to discuss ordinance development and other
requirements of EPA and DNR regulations. Other affected municipalities within the County have been invited to
future meetings. McLeod said that the 2004 LWCD tour for County Board and local governmental officials will
highlight construction erosion control and stormwater management practices.
9. CONSERVATION RESERVE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (CREP) – McLeod mentioned that LWCD, NRCS,
and FSA have been meeting to improve the process of administering and implementing the Program. Crop history
requirements changed last year and some applicants are now ineligible. One applicant has been instructed to start title
searches for a permanent easement. Availability of the CREP has been advertised in the FSA & LWCD newsletter.
Separate mailings have also been sent out.
10. COMMITTEE COMMUNICATIONS
a) APHIS DISTRICT ACTIVITY REPORT- McLeod presented the current participant list for the Wildlife
Damage Control Program. There are no new participants at this time.
b) THURSDAY NOTE – McLeod highlighted the portions of the April 1st Note relating to TABOR. WLWCA
has no position on this legislation, but is concerned that the bill would shut down all non-mandated services,
which may affect Land Conservation Departments.
c) OTHER – McLeod summarized other communications, including a letter from Senator Robert Welch on high
capacity well legislation. He also received a bill from Standards Oversight Counsel for $350, but payment is
voluntary and is not in the current budget. WLWCA will have training sessions for committee members on
June 21st in Oshkosh. Total 2003 FPP tax credits in the County have been going down because FPP
agreements are expiring. LWLWCA Spring Conference is scheduled on April 30th, but this date conflicts with
County Board member orientation day.
11. AGENCY REPORTS
a) USDA-NRCS – Buelke reported that no money has been allocated yet for the Calumet County EQIP program.
About a dozen people have signed applications for cost sharing through the Program. We will need to have a
formal signup period once the money is allocated and then rank the applications. WHIP signup is from April
19 until May 31. He added that that applications for animal waste storage cost sharing are reviewed and
ranked by a State committee. This will occur sometime in the near future and successful applicants will be
offered cost sharing.
b) FSA – Schaefer reported that the MILC payments have been 5 cents and will be 2.25 cents. FSA is taking
signups for the DCP program. Milk prices are up.
c) GLACIERLAND RC&D – McLeod and Schaefer reported on a Glacierland sponsored newsletter to advertise
products marketed directly from farms. The newsletter will be distributed to area consumers and there is a fee
to be included in it.
d) GLNAC- The last meeting of GLNAC was in Oshkosh on March 26th and was well attended. Pete
VanAirsdale has retired & Roy Burton will retire soon.
e) AGREEMENTS – 4 conservation plans for CREP Contracts were forwarded to Corp. Counsel to be approved
f) OTHER- Nothing significant to report.
12. STAFF REPORTS- McLeod received a letter addressed to Laughrin, stating that we did not pay our annual voluntary
quota to NACD last year. Next Groundwater Guardians meeting will be on April 22nd at the Chilton Community
Center. There will be an education presentation on reducing and disposing of hazardous household wastes. A local
dignitary will present a plaque to the Calumet Groundwater Guardians from the national parent association,
recognizing their activities in groundwater protection and education. McLeod noted that he would be attending Public
Grounds & Property meetings when space issues are on the agenda. Committee members encouraged him to do so. He
is currently working on annual reports for DATCP & the County and grant applications for 2005. He noted that
according to the 2003 DATCP reimbursement from the County, the total 2003 tax levy for the LWCD was less than
$69,000. $200,000 - $300,000 are brought annually into and spent in the County through successful grant applications
by the Department. He observed that the LWCD is contributing to economic development within the County, as it
assists residents in protecting and improving our natural resources. Haase reported that he has been working on a
Targeted Runoff Management (TRM) Grant application to address an old manure storage in the Kloten area that may
be contributing to groundwater problems.
13. COMMITTEE REPORTS - Dorn asked if the Groundwater Guardians should be more involved in land use activities
and issues related to groundwater, such as the proposed campground near Stockbridge. McLeod and Laughrin
commented that most members do not have expertise in such issues & the group exists more for educational purposes.
Dorn also commented on manure storage on County Y that has historically been overtopping. McLeod said that the
County currently has no regulatory authority to correct the situation. DNR cannot take enforcement actions unless
they can legally prove manure is getting into surface or groundwater. In past instances, they have investigated the
situation and have not been able to prove this. McLeod hopes that language can be put in new animal waste and
livestock ordinances to give the County regulatory authority in such situations. Criter reported that he visited the City
of Chilton’s composting site on Short Road. It was raining the day of his visit and he saw liquids were running off the
asphalt pad and into the shallow bedrock areas adjacent to it. He said he was concerned about possible groundwater
contamination and has attempted to call the Mayor. He will write a letter to the mayor about it.
14. SET NEXT MEETING & ADJOURN - Next meeting –Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 9:00 a.m. Motion to adjourn at
10:27 a.m. by Barribeau, seconded by Sommers, motion carried unanimously.