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August Board Meeting Agenda

NORTH PLAINS GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
BOARD MEETING
9:00 AM Tuesday, August 27, 2019
HAMPTON INN & SUITES
2010 South Dumas Avenue, Dumas, TX, 79029
Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum.
Opening Prayer
Pledge
1. Public Comment
2. Consent Agenda
a. Review and approval of Minutes of meetings as follows:
 Regular Board Meeting held July 9, 2019
b. Review and approval of District expenditures for July 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019.
c. Consider approval of payment to Lemon, Shearer, Phillips & Good, P.C. for professional
services and out-of-pocket expenses from July 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019.
d. Consider approval of Dallam County Collection Contract for 2020-2021.
e. Consider approval of tax sale for all of Lot 93, Unit J, Double Diamond Estates, Moore
County, Texas Schoenhals, Lane, Fritch, Texas.
f. Consider execution of a tax deed to R.B. Lynn, his successors, heirs, and assigns to clear
all ad valorem debt on multiple tracts of land in Hutchison County.
g. Consider Hansford County Tax Sale
h. Consider Lipscomb Tax Assessor/Collector Corrected 2018 Tax Roll Reconciliation
3. Action Agenda
a. Review draft of Proposed Order, finalize, adopt and enter the Order concerning the
Prestage Farms of Oklahoma, LLC Application for Exception to District Rules 3.4; 3.7;
5.1.1.; 5.1.4.A.; and 5.1.5.
b. Consider final compliance approval of Water Well Permits as active and complete wells.
c. Consider action to adopt District Budget for 2019-2020.
d. Consider action to adopt debt service fund budgets for Texas Water Development Board
default reserve account and contract for 2019-2020.
e. Review last year’s tax rate, the 2019 effective tax rate and the 2019 rollback rate and
consider a new tax rate.
f. Review and consider Dallam County non-taxed area production fees to pay the area’s share
for District administration and services.
g. Provide input regarding District storage and meeting space needs to develop an opinion of
costs by Parkhill Smith and Cooper.
h. Consider General Manager’s request to amend the District’s 2018-2019 Budget to address
end of year expenses.
i. Receive report and consider action regarding Groundwater Management Area – 1 Joint
Planning Committee.
j. Receive report and consider action as needed regarding Texas Water Development Board
agriculture conservation loan agreement, district agriculture irrigation demonstration
conservation programs and other water conservation education initiatives.
k. Consider action directing the General Manager to amend 2018-2019 Budget based on
consultation with Auditor and report any changes to the Board for review.
l. Receive Quarterly Investment Report ending June 30, 2019
m. Receive report and consider action regarding compliance and contested matters before the
District.
n. Closed Session. The Board of Directors of the District may go into a closed session under
the authority of the Government Code, Chapter 551, Texas Open Meetings Act, to discuss:
a. Consider recommendation(s) regarding matters discussed in closed session.
 Consultation with Attorney – Attorney/Client Privileged Consultations
(§551.071)
 Consultation with general counsel regarding pending compliance matters
before the District, exempt from the Open Meetings Act pursuant to §551.071
of the Government Code.
o. Consider recommendation(s) regarding matters discussed in closed session.
4. Discussion Agenda
a. District Director Reports regarding meetings and/or seminars attended, weather
conditions and economic development in each director’s precinct.
b. Committee reports
c. General Manager’s report
i. Upcoming meetings and conferences
ii. General Manager’s activity summary
iii. Permits Issued in July 2019
iv. District activity summary
5. Discuss Items for Future Board Meeting Agendas and Set Next Meeting Date and
Time.
6. Adjournment.
At any time during the meeting and in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter
551, Government Code, Vernon’s Texas Codes, Annotated, the North Plains Groundwater
Conservation District Board may meet in executive session for consultation concerning attorneyclient
matters (§551.071).
I, the undersigned authority, do hereby certify that the above Notice of Meeting of the Board of
Directors of the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District, is a true and correct copy of said
Notice; and that I posted a true and correct copy at a place convenient to the public at the District
office, at 603 East First, Dumas, Texas, and the Notice was posted on August 15, 2019, on or
before 5:00 pm and will remain so posted continuously for at least 72 hours immediately
preceding the day of said Meeting; a true and correct copy of the Notice was furnished to each
county clerk of the county or counties in which the above District is located.
Additionally, I certify that the above Notice of Meeting was furnished to the Secretary of State on
or before 5:00 pm August 15, 2019.
Dated this the 15th day of August, 2019
North Plains Groundwater Conservation District
By: ____________________________________________
Kristen L. Blackwell, Executive Assistant

 

July Board Meeting Agenda

NORTH PLAINS GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
BOARD MEETING9:00 AM Tuesday, July 9, 2019
HAMPTON INN & SUITES
2010 South Dumas Avenue, Dumas, TX, 79029
Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum.
Opening Prayer
Pledge
Recess for Hearing
Conduct Public Hearing Concerning the Application for Exception to District Rules 3.4;
3.7; 5.1.1.; 5.1.4.A.; and 5.1.5, filed by Marvin W. Jones, Esq., on behalf of Prestage Farms
of Oklahoma, LLC.
At any time during the meeting and in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551, Government
Code, Vernon’s Texas Codes, Annotated, the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District Board may meet in
executive session for consultation concerning attorney-client matters (§551.071).
Adjourn Hearing
Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum.
1. Public Comment
2. Consent Agenda
a. Review and approval of Minutes of meetings as follows:
 Regular Board Meeting held June 11, 2019
 Agriculture Committee Meeting held June 28, 2019
 Property Committee Meeting held June 28, 2019
 Finance Committee Meeting held June 28, 2019
b. Review and approval of District expenditures for June 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.
c. Consider approval of payment to Lemon, Shearer, Phillips & Good, P.C. for professional
services and out-of-pocket expenses from June 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.
d. Consider ratification of Moore County Tax Collection Contract for 2019-2020.
e. Consider Texas Municipal League rerate notice for employee health insurance.
f. Consider Hansford County Tax Sale
3. Action Agenda
a. Consider action concerning the Prestage Farms LLC. application for exception to District
Rules 3.4; 3.7; 5.1.1.; 5.1.4.A.; and 5.1.5.
b. Consider action recommended by Amarillo National Bank to change third party
administration of the District’s 457 John Hancock Retirement Plan.
c. Consider final compliance approval of Water Well Permits as active and complete wells.
d. Receive preliminary report regarding North Plains GCD tax valuations for the purposes of
developing a budget.
e. Receive a report regarding the Agriculture Committee recommendations for the 2019-2020
Budget
f. Receive a report regarding the Property Committee recommendations for the 2019-2020
budget.
g. Consider Finance Committee recommendation to propose the District budget for 2019-
2020.
h. Consider General Manager’s request to amend the District’s 2018-2019 Budget.
i. Receive Quarterly Investment Report ending March 31, 2019
j. Receive report and consider action regarding Groundwater Management Area – 1 Joint
Planning Committee and Panhandle Water Planning Group.
k. Consider Agriculture Committee request to extend Nicholas Kenny contract.
l. Receive report and consider proposed agriculture conservation loan agreement with Texas
Water Development Board.
m. Receive report and consider action as needed regarding District agriculture irrigation
demonstration conservation programs and other water conservation education initiatives.
n. Receive report regarding groundwater production reporting for 2018 and its relationship to
Desired Future Conditions.
o. Receive Hydrology and Groundwater Resources Report 2018-2019.
p. Receive Report regarding 86th Legislative Session.
q. Consider General Manager’s request to modify the District’s pay periods.
r. Receive report and consider action regarding compliance and contested matters before the
District.
s. Closed Session. The Board of Directors of the District may go into a closed session under
the authority of the Government Code, Chapter 551, Texas Open Meetings Act, to discuss:
 Consultation with Attorney – Attorney/Client Privileged Consultations
(§551.071)
 Consultation with general counsel regarding pending compliance matters
before the District, exempt from the Open Meetings Act pursuant to §551.071
of the Government Code.
t. Consider recommendation(s) regarding matters discussed in closed session.
4. Discussion Agenda
a. District Director Reports regarding meetings and/or seminars attended, weather
conditions and economic development in each director’s precinct.
b. Committee reports
c. General Manager’s report
i. Upcoming meetings and conferences
ii. General Manager’s activity summary
iii. Permits Issued in June 2019
iv. District activity summary
5. Discuss Items for Future Board Meeting Agendas and Set Next Meeting Date and
Time.
6. Adjournment.
At any time during the meeting and in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter
551, Government Code, Vernon’s Texas Codes, Annotated, the North Plains Groundwater
Conservation District Board may meet in executive session for consultation concerning attorney client
matters (§551.071)

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON APPLICATION FOR EXCEPTION TO THE RULES OF NORTH PLAINS GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

TO: ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AS DEFINED BY THE DISTRICT’S RULE 11.2.3.D.(2):

The North Plains Groundwater Conservation District (“District”) will conduct a public hearing concerning the Application for Exception to District Rules 3.4; 3.7; 5.1.1.; 5.1.4.A.; and 5.1.5, filed by Marvin W. Jones, Esq., on behalf of Prestage Farms of Oklahoma, LLC.

This public hearing is to provide interested members of the public the opportunity to appear and provide oral or written comments on the proposed Application for Exception to the District’s Rules requested by Marvin W. Jones, Esq., on behalf of Prestage Farms of Oklahoma, LLC.

Date, Time, and Place of Public Hearing.

The date, time and place of the public hearing is as follows:

Date: July 9, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. Daylight Saving Time
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Conference Room
2010 South Dumas Avenue
Dumas, Texas 79029.

Procedures for Submitting Public Comments on the Application for Exception of Prestage Farms of Oklahoma, LLC.

A. Oral Comments:

Any interested person, as defined by District Rule 11.2.3.D.(2), may appear in person, or by authorized representative, at the public hearing on the proposed Exception to the Rules hearing. Any person making an appearance must indicate their desire to make oral comments on the registration form provided by the District at the public hearing. A person must disclose any affiliation on the registration form and if applicable, the legal authority to speak for a person represented. Any other person attending the public hearing will be considered by the District to be an observer not desiring to make comment on the proposed Application for Exception. The District will not consider any comments of an observer in the Rule exception hearing.

The presiding officer will establish the order of oral comments of persons at the hearing. As appropriate, the presiding officer may limit:

1. the number of times a person may speak;

2. the time period for oral comments;

3. cumulative, irrelevant, or unduly repetitious comments;

4. general comments that are so vague, undeveloped, or immaterial as to be impracticable for the District to ascertain the intent or purpose of the person making the general oral comments and that are otherwise unhelpful to the District in analyzing the proposed Application for Exception to the District’s Rules; and

5. other matters that come to the attention of the presiding officer as requiring limitation.

B. Written Comments:

1. Written comments on the Application for Exception must be filed with the District by mail or hand-delivery at the District’s office at 603 East First Street, P. O. Box 795, Dumas, Texas 79029-0795. All written comments must be filed with the District and date-stamped no later than Friday, July 5, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Daylight Saving Time.

2. Written comments should be filed on 8½ x 11-inch paper and be typed or legibly written.

C. Response to Comments:

Please note that the District Board and staff will not respond to oral and written comments at the hearing.

Procedure for Obtaining the Application for Rule Exceptions.

Copies of the Application for Exception may be obtained from the District by:

1. telephoning (806) 935-6401;

2. e-mailing a request to the District at swalthour@northplainsgcd.org;

3 visiting the offices of the District at 603 East First Street, Dumas, Texas 79029-0795; or,

4. visiting the District’s website at http://www.northplainsgcd.org.

Issued this 17 day of June, 2019.

Steven D. Walthour, General Manager
North Plains Groundwater Conservation District

Click here to view the exception application.