Nemaha NRD Board Meeting Report

Nemaha NRD Board Meeting Report


Tecumseh - Irrigation is again on the mind of landowners within the Nemaha Natural Resources District as the board of directors considered several permits related to irrigation during their meeting Thursday, March 13. Four permits to drill irrigation wells received board approval with two in Lancaster County, one in Gage County, and one in Richardson County. In addition the board also approved an agreement with Marilyn Ach to allow irrigation from Wilson Creek structure 1-F near Lorton in Otoe County.
At the recommendation of the Operations & Education Committee, the board voted to leave the annual lease with Bartlett Grain on the Steamboat Trace at $600. The lease allows Bartlett to operate an overhead conveyor over the trail and two electric winches on the trail corridor for loading and transporting grain to barges on the Missouri River.
Two bids were considered for the construction of concrete steps for access to the beach area at Iron Horse Trail Lake. The steps will replace old, wooden steps that had deteriorated and were no longer useable. Jack McNealy, Humboldt, submitted the low bid of $4,312.50 to install the steps which will be approximately 50 feet long by six feet wide. NRD staff will be responsible for installing the handrail for the steps. Work is expected to be done by mid-May.

Three quotes were reviewed for the purchase of a hydraulic post hole digger attachment for the skid loader. Stutheit Implement, Auburn, submitted the low bid of $2,050 for a Danuser model, which the board approved.

With negotiations set to begin soon on the land rights needed for the Duck Creek Watershed project near Peru, the board considered allowing its Executive Committee to act on offers received as needed. In order to keep negotiations moving between scheduled board meetings, the board voted to authorize the Committee to review and approve offers, which would still be contingent upon full board approval before becoming final.

In other action the board discussed the different awards available for Nemaha NRD area cooperators. Directors were encouraged to submit their nominations prior to the next board meeting.
Once again no applicants came forward expressing interest in filling the vacancy in Subdistrict 10 created following the resignation of Ted Godemann. This position is entirely located within the city limits of Falls City, and the appointee would serve through the end of this calendar year. The board will accept letters from interested people until the position is filled.

The next regular meeting of the Nemaha NRD board of directors will be Thursday, April 10, 2014, beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the NRD headquarters in Tecumseh. Committees will meet prior to the board meeting.