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Conservation Commission Agenda

Background documents related to the open agenda items are available for public viewing at Conservation Department Headquarters, Jefferson City, for eight calendar days prior to the meeting. Any person who would like to comment to the Commission about a specific agenda item must make a written request to the Director at least four calendar days prior to the meeting. The time period allotted for public comment and the number of speakers will be at the Commission’s discretion. Recording the open meeting is permissible, pursuant to any guidelines established by the Commission to minimize disruption to the meeting. Individuals wishing to record the open meeting by audiotape, videotape, or other electronic means should notify the Director at least four calendar days prior to the meeting so accommodations for such recording can be made.

Closed Executive Session

Thursday, December 11, 2014 10:00 a.m.
Conservation Department Headquarters
2901 West Truman Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65109

  • Call to order, roll call, and vote to close meeting.
  • E.1 – Approval of minutes of previous executive session(s) (610.021 RSMo.).
  • E.2 – Consideration of supporting documentation related to recommendations to suspend or revoke hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges (621.021(1), 610.021.14, 454.440.9, 211.321 RSMo.)
  • E.3 – Consideration of confidential or privileged communications between the Commission and its Internal Auditor regarding work product (610.021(17) RSMo.).
  • E.4 – Consideration of negotiated contracts (610.021(12) RSMo.).
  • E.5 – Consideration of recommendations relating to the hiring/firing/disciplining/promoting of personnel (610.021(3) RSMo.).
  • E.6 – Consideration of legal actions, causes of action, or litigation and attorney-client privileged communications as provided for in 610.021(1) RSMo.
  • E.7 – Consideration of potential real estate transactions/negotiations (610.021(2) RSMo.).
  • Adjourn.

Regular Open Meeting

Friday, December 12, 2014 8:30 a.m.
Conservation Department Headquarters
2901 West Truman Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Call to order,
James T. Blair, IV, Chair.

1. Action Item: Approval of minutes of previous open meeting.

Staff Presentation:
2. 2013 Conservation Opinion Survey.
Michele Baumer, Public Involvement Coordinator.
Introduction by David Thorne, Policy Coordinator.

3. Award Presentations:
Robert Ziehmer, Director.
• Clerical Employee of the Year Award – Denise Bateman.
• Workforce Diversity Award – Sherry Fischer.

Regulations Committee:
4. Report of the Regulations Committee.
Tom Draper, Deputy Director and Chairman, Regulations Committee.

Presentation: 2015 Missouri Wild Turkey Season Recommendations.
Jason Isabelle, Resource Scientist.
Action Item: Recommendations for the 2015 turkey hunting seasons.
Tom Draper, Deputy Director and Chairman, Regulations Committee.

Presentation: White-tailed Deer Management in Missouri.
Jason Sumners, Resource Scientist.
Action Item: Recommendations for the 2015 firearms deer hunting season dates.
Tom Draper, Deputy Director and Chairman, Regulations Committee.

Forestry Division:
Lisa Allen, Forestry Division Chief.

5. Action Item: Recommendation for approval to authorize and sell an estimated 1,064,186 board feet of timber located on 506 acres of Compartment 21, Peck Ranch Conservation Area in Carter County.

6. Action Item: Recommendation for approval to authorize and sell an estimated 845,838 board feet of timber located on 537 acres of Compartment 32, Angeline Conservation Area in Shannon County.

Design and Development Division:
Jacob Careaga, Design and Development Division Chief.

7. Major Construction Projects Status Report.

8. Action Item: Recommendation for approval of a negotiated agreement for the development of construction documents and associated services for the construction of the new Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Nature Center located in Taney County and authorization to enter into a contract with the selected consultant.

9. Action Item: Recommendation for approval to adjust the approved total authorization for the construction of the Duck Creek Conservation Area Greenbrier Tract and Pool 1 Fishing Access located in Bollinger and Stoddard Counties.

Information Technology Unit:
10. Presentation: Information Technology Projects Status Report.
Douglas Fees, Information Technology Services Chief.

Administrative Services Division:
11. Current Financial Summary.
Margie Mueller, Chief Financial Officer.

Realty Committee:
Tim Ripperger, Deputy Director and Chairman, Realty Committee.

12. Action Item: Recommendation for approval to purchase approximately 152 acres in Sullivan County as an addition to Union Ridge Conservation Area.

13. Action Item: Recommendation for approval to purchase approximately 191 acres in Jefferson County as an addition to Myron and Sonya Glassberg Family Conservation Area.

14. Action Item: Recommendation for approval to purchase two 80-acre tracts in New Madrid County as an addition to Donaldson Point Conservation Area.

15. Action Item: Recommendation for approval to accept the donation of approximately 88 acres in Clark County as a new conservation area.

16. Action Item: Recommendation for approval to relinquish the Commission's interest in an approximately 160-acre island in St. Charles County.

17. Action Item: Recommendation for approval to sell 0.3 acre of Weldon Spring Conservation Area in St. Charles County.

Staff Presentation:
18. Communications Audit Update.
Heather Feeler, Communications Manager.
Introduction by Tim Ripperger, Deputy Director.

Human Resources Division:
19. Action Item: Recommendation to appoint a new staff representative to the Board of Trustees for the Conservation Employees' Benefits Plan Trust Fund.
Tom Neubauer, Human Resources Division Chief.

Administration:
20. Presentation: Legislative Update.
Aaron Jeffries, Assistant to the Director.

21. Action Item: Recommendation for approval to suspend or revoke one or more hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges of individuals for cause.
Lisa Wehmeyer, Internal Auditor.

22. Action Item: Recommendation for approval to suspend or revoke all hunting and fishing privileges of individuals who are not in compliance with applicable child support laws.
Lisa Wehmeyer, Internal Auditor.

23. Action Item: Recommendation for approval to suspend or revoke one or more hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges of individuals in accordance with the terms of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
Lisa Wehmeyer, Internal Auditor.

24. Action Item: Recommendation for approval to suspend or revoke hunting privileges of individuals who inflicted injury to another person while hunting.
Lisa Wehmeyer, Internal Auditor.

25. Action Item: Recommendation for approval of the 2013-2014 Annual Report for the Department of Conservation.
Tim Ripperger, Deputy Director.

26. Closing comments and announcement of actions taken in executive session, if any.
Robert Ziehmer, Director.

27. Other matters of interest.

28. Announcement of the next regular meeting on February 19-20, 2015.

29. Adjourn.

Future Meeting Dates:

  • February 19-20, 2015
  • April 16-17, 2015
  • May 28-29, 2015
  • July 9-10, 2015
  • August 27-28, 2015
  • October 22-23, 2015
  • December 10-11, 2015

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