Brevard Soil and Water Conservation District Minutes

The Brevard Soil and Water Conservation District met in regular session on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., in the 4-H Conference Room, UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County, 3695 Lake Drive,
Cocoa, Florida.

The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Bud Crisafulli, at 4:00 p.m.

Board members present were: Bud Crisafulli; Henry Minneboo; Allen Cowart; and Adam Perez.

Staff members present were: Chuck O’Rourke; Mike Engelgau; Jody Lee; and Stacey Simmons

Approval of December 27, 2017, and February 14, 2018, Minutes

Motion by Henry, seconded by Allen, to approve the minutes of December 27, 2017, and February 14, 2018. The vote passed unanimously.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report for the Period of February 14, 2017 – March 13, 2018

Motion by Henry, seconded by Allen, to approve treasurer’s report as presented. The vote passed unanimously.

Old Business

Jody Lee (Environmental Administrator) and Stacy Simmons (Environmental Specialist III) with the Office of Agricultural Water Policy briefed the Board on the process of administering cost-share contract payments on behalf of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Jody informed the Board that the earliest new FDACS cost-share contract funds could become available for Brevard County would be during FDACS’s July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, fiscal year. Jody also informed the Board that if the District decided to administer the cost-share contract funds in order to receive a five percent service fee the District would then be subject to annual audits, but the State of Florida will cover audit expenses up to $4,500 on $750,000 worth of revenue. It was mentioned that all recipients of cost-share contract funds who use the funds to purchase equipment must keep the equipment for at least three years to avoid financial penalties. Motion by Allen, seconded by Henry, to inform FDACS that the District is interested in accepting the administrative responsibilities of managing the cost-share contract funds for Brevard County. Vote was unanimous.

New Business

None

Upon consensus of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:02 p.m.