As recorded by John Bunch, Secretary
Curtis Newsome opened by asking that John Bunch give the minutes reading from the previous meeting.
Following that Jeff Turner made the motion to accept the minutes, seconded by Mark Smith, and adopted by voting with no changes.
Nancy Scott was not in attendance and Jeff reported in her absence that the January expenses were $1984.29, revenues of $10,668.85 . The large revenue for the month was from grant money. Major expenses for the month were for the payment of taxes, Waterkeeper Alliance dues, and rental building for the upcoming banquet.
Bobby Turner was also not in attendance and Jeff reported in his absence that the group still stood at 142 members. Jeff commented that next month the 2008 attendance carry-over for those not paying 2009 dues will be dropped, but that usually a lot of the 2008 members will pay at the banquet.
Curtis brought up the topic of the proposed 2009 budget that Nancy had put together and had sent to us. Jeff wanted it to be voted on tonight and had received Sherri’s ‘yes’ vote from an earlier phone call. The BOD members that were present also voted ‘yes’, so the 2009 Budget was passed unanimously.
Jeff spoke on the desire to purchase a new laptop computer to be an aide to his presentations and to also be able to store all of his files that currently reside on his home computer. This would also be good to have at the upcoming agency and other meetings that he will be attending. Jeff asked the BOD to approve the purchase of this laptop and received a ‘yes’ vote from Curtis and Mark. Nancy and Sherri will weigh in on this at a later date.
Jeff mentioned that, so far, 81 people had sent in their names for the Annual Banquet that will be held on 2/18. The caterers and banquet room are lined up and the group decided to not have the more expensive food from last year, but the more traditional fare of the years before.
The meeting had 6 in attendance. The BOD members present were Jeff Turner, Curtis Newsome, and Mark Smith.
The Riverkeeper Report
As presented by Jeff Turner
On 1/16 – I accepted a position on the Albemarle Pamlico Natural Estuary Program (APNEP) advisory council. The council meets 4 times/year and there are a lot of NC agency folks involved.
On 1/17 – Received the Fly Fishers of Virginia (FFV) award for their Conservationist of the Year. Was able to meet Bob Duncan, the new director of the VDGIF and I extended an invitation to come for a tour of our rivers. He replied that he would accept.
On 1/22 – Spent 3 days on the Blackwater River which was the first trip following having had a broken leg (three months). Collected one bag of trash.
On 2/5 – Received a call from USDA Daryl Marshall concerning the cows in the river on the Nottoway. He wants to be contacted the next time the cows are seen in the river on a regular basis. These cows are only there on a seasonal basis as they are sold for slaughter by the wintertime.
On 2/6 – The new Riverkeeper video has been completed and has been taken to a studio for finishing. It will be shown at the upcoming banquet.
On 2/9 – Spent four days on the Nottoway below Ashland Chemical and collected one bag of trash.
This concluded the Riverkeeper Report
– Clean River’s Day will be held on April the 18th
– Jeff will be attending the Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington which runs from 3/31 – 4/2.