MARIPOSA COUNTY RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Meeting of the Board of Directors
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2010
Location: Ag. Building, Conference Room
Mariposa Fairgrounds, 5009 Fairgrounds Road
Directors present: Glenn Franklin, Mike Hubert, Len McKenzie
Directors absent: N/A
Associate directors present: Brenda Ostrom, Kris Randal, Emery Ross
Associate Directors absent: Jeanne Darcy, Jerry Progner
Staff present: Pat Garcia, Mary Linn
Guests: Dawn Afman-NRCS, David Mecchi-Mariposa High School, Cody Peterson-Mariposa,
Betsy Ross- Coulterville, Bill Tucker-Mariposa Indian Council
Call to order: 5:03 p.m.
Public communication: None
Special Guests: Cody Peterson-CARCD Regional Speak-Off Contestant-Cody presented his speech
which he gave at the CARCD regional speak-off and where he was awarded 3rd prize.
Approval of the April 1 & 13 meeting minutes: (M) McKenzie, to approve (S) Hubert, no
discussion; unanimous approval.
The March budget and summary reports were reviewed with Len’s comments.
1.) SDRMA safety meeting topics for the month are “Heat Stress-Code Red” and
“Communicating Safety-What's it all about?” 2.) Updated Earth Team forms should be
completed by all directors and associate directors. 3.) The dates for the Rare Plants
Workshop discussed at the last meeting will be May 15-16 and June 11-12. 4.) Credit card
fraud problems have led to new guidelines for charges made when the card is not presented.
5.) Anne Lombardo stopped by and gave Dawn and Pat an update on the Pacific fishers that
are being monitored at Sugar Pine.
Spring Plant Sale: Options for sale dates in May were discussed. It was decided that an
order form will be developed after an inventory of the plants is made that will be kept on
hand in the office for on-going sales.
Pollinator Workshop-May 13: Dawn reported that she has ordered an ADA restroom and
that we have about 25 people signed up for the workshop. The food has been ordered and
we are continuing to look for participants. The article in the paper was commended. A draft
of the agenda has been completed.
Fiscal Year 2011 Budget: Glenn assigned the Budget Committee to review last year’s
income and expenses in preparation to present next year's budget and report back at the June
Motion to change status of RCD employee to contractor: Pat distributed copies of the
revised agreement and noted that copies of his liability and car insurance have been
received. The dollar amount was revised to increase the total of the contract in order to
include any additional authorized tasks and/or travel. (M) Hubert to change the status of the
RCD employee to contractor (S) McKenzie. Discussion followed on the details of the
contract. No further discussion; unanimous approval.
Review updates and adoption of revised Long-Range Plan: The updates have not been
finalized. (M) McKenzie to continue this item until the next meeting, (S) Hubert, no further
discussion; unanimous acceptance.
Motion to assist with travel expenses to CARCD Regional Meeting: Since David Mecchi
drove Cody to the regional meeting for the speak-off in Jackson, it was suggested that his
mileage be reimbursed. (M) McKenzie, to reimburse mileage for the actual miles driven
round-trip, (S) Hubert. Discussion followed regarding the mileage estimate of 240 miles at
$.50 per mile. McKenzie amended the motion to reimburse David at the rate discussed (S)
Hubert, no further discussion; unanimous acceptance.
Watershed: Written report was distributed.
Demo Garden: Kris reported about her progress on the curriculum development for a June 4th event
with 4th graders. Work on the pathway continues, the flowers (and weeds) are doing well. The
Agri-nature tour was well received at the garden. Glenn mentioned he has specs for DG installation.
IRWMP: Brenda reported that we have a new DWR representative and a meeting is planned later
this month. There is continued discussion about the three counties working together or separately.
NRCS: Dawn thanked Brenda for offering her farm for the upcoming Pollinator Workshop. She
reported that the office will be getting a new engineer beginning in 4-6 weeks. She mentioned
receiving approval for two GRP grants that will assist local landowners and she is also working on
new forestry plans.
MCRCD: Pat mentioned that she has added Len's bio to the website and is looking for input from
all of the others directors and associate directors. She said that current events are listed on the front
page; Brenda added details about the showing of “Dirt the Movie”.
Directors’ reports: Brenda commented that she is researching ideas to apply for a grant from the
Scenic Byways program next year. The Watershed applied to that program for a grant to fund the
production of interpretive materials at the River Center. Bill invited Brenda to the Council meeting
for input. Mike-nothing to report. Len mentioned that MERG has recently produced a slide program
on the importance of implementing the General Management Plan. Len would like to present it at a
future board meeting. Glenn- nothing to report. Emery- nothing to report. Bill asked about more
information on area native plants.Kris will work with Bill in July to add additional items to his lists.
Meeting adjourned at 6:27 p.m. (M) McKenzie (S) Hubert; no discussion, unanimously approved.
Submitted by: Pat Garcia Date Approved: _____June 3, 2010________
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