Board moves past employee issues
Washington County Conservation Board (WCCB) President Craig Capps began the board’s monthly meeting Thursday by saying that the conservation staff is important to the board. He said the board will not reinstate former park ranger Bob Bellmer, nor will Steve Anderson be terminated as executive director.
Capps went on to say the board would not take any comments concerning Bellmer or Anderson. He said it was time the board and department get started running the parks as they should.
The board did acknowledge the receipt of signatures requesting the removal of Anderson.
An audience of 20-25 people attended the meeting held in the Conservation Education Center.
Anderson talked about creating a subcommittee of WCCB representatives to meet with City of Washington staff and others to plan, fund and create a paved loop trail down the existing KeWash Nature Trail and connecting other amenities as possible to include Willow Pond, the new Kirkwood Learning Center and others.
Board members Lyle Moen and Barb Donkersloot, both of Washington, volunteered to serve on the subcommittee.
Next up on the agenda was the review of employee monthly reports.
Kathy Dolan, coordinator of the Conservation Education Center, told the board that she is getting busier with the upcoming camping season and reservations for use of the facilities. She said that artifacts found during the Lake Darling construction project will be on permanent display at the center later this spring.
The board learned that the application for a Trees Forever grant received tentative approval. The grant funds will be used for trail amenities. The board is also awaiting word on an Iowa Department of Transportation grant that would fund the addition of approximately 900 trees to Marr Park.
The meeting was adjourned 26 minutes after being called to order. The next meeting is expected to be at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Conservation Education Center.