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June 15, 2021 Meeting Agenda 

Highlands Soil and Water Conservation District
4505 George Blvd.
Sebring, FL 33875-5837
Board of Supervisors

Board Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – 3:00 p.m.
HSWCD Conference Room- Bert Harris Agriculture Center

I. Call To Order, Welcome & Introductions

II. Approval of Agenda
Audit Presentation – Fiscal Year October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020
John Davis- Wicks, Brown, Williams

III. Approval of Meeting Minutes
a. Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes –May 18, 2021

IV. Financial Activity
a. Overview & Approval of Financial Reports – May 2021– S. Bishop

V. Agency Partner Updates
a. FDACS & MIL – K. Nickerson & S. Bishop
b. NRCS – C. Torres
c. HCBCC – Scott Kirouac

VI. Old Business
a. Ag. Producer Forum – S. Bishop

VII. New Business
a. July Meeting – S. Bishop
b. Gilchrist SWCD Technician – S. Bishop

VIII. Executive Director’s Report

IX. Citizens Not on the Agenda

X. Supervisor Comments

Next Board Meeting – Tuesday, July 20, 2021– 3:00 p.m.

** Citizens Not on the Agenda requesting to speak will be limited to 3 minutes unless additional time is allotted by the Chairman. The Chairman reserves the right to remove anyone from the meeting who is unruly or displays disruptive behavior.

June 15, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

MEETING DATE: 06/16/2021

Meeting Location: HSWCD Conf. Room – Bert Harris Center
FINAL Approved August 17, 2021
Recorded by: Susie Bishop


I. Welcome & Introductions
John Causey Chairman Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Doug Deen Secretary/Trea. Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Pam Fentress Supervisor Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
T.J. Wohl Supervisor Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Scott Kirouac Commissioner Highlands Co. Bd. Of Co. Commissioners
Susie Bishop Ex. Director Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District
Jeff Carlson CPA Carlson Accounting
John Davis Auditor Wicks, Brown, Williams, CPA

II. Approval of Agenda:
Motion to approve Agenda as presented. (Fentress/Wohl). Unanimous approval.
Audit Presentation – John Davis
Following presentation of audit for Fiscal Year 2019-2020, motion made to accept the audit as presented with one finding related to the posting of the MIL Contract Advance (Fentress/Wohl). Unanimous approval.

III. Approval of Meeting Minutes May 18, 2021
a. Motion to approve minutes as presented. (Fentress/Deen). Unanimous approval.

IV. Financial Activity
a. Overview & Approval of Financial Reports- May 2021 – Bishop reviewed the financial reports. Motion made to approve financial reports as presented (Wohl/Deen) Unanimous approval.

V. Agency Partner Updates
a. FDACS & MIL – Bishop reported FDACS has asked for a meeting to discuss the Ag Forum the District hosted. Also, FDACS has moved all staff in the Highlands office under the supervision of Matt Warren in Hardee County. Bishop reported the MIL is up to date on numbers. A young man has been interviewed for the Technician position and has potential. Permission to seek references from his current employer are being sought prior to a firm offer being made. MIL Technician.
b. NRCS – No Report
c. HCBCC – No Report

VI. Old Business
a. Ag Producer Forum – Bishop reported the positive feedback received about the forum. Discussion about the forum took place.

VII New Business
a. July Meeting – Due to vacations of some of the Supervisors in July Bishop asked the board if they desire to cancel the July Board meeting. Motion made to cancel the July 20, 2021 Board meeting. The next meeting will be held on August 17, 2021.
b. Gilchrist SWCD Technician – Bishop presented a request from FDACS for the Gilchrist SWCD Technician to become an employee of HSWCD. Following discussion, concerns were expressed. Bishop will gather more information from FDACS and report back to the board.

VIII. Executive Director’s Report
Nothing further was reported

IX. Citizens Not on the Agenda – None

X. Supervisor Comments
Deen – None
Fentress –None
Smith – None
Wohl – None
Causey – Expressed an idea to conduct research on the quality of water and levels of phosphorus at various depths, asking the Board to think about the concept.

Meeting Adjourned at 4:22 p.m.