Our Board Meetings take place at least once a month, generally on the first Monday of the month. Occasionally special sessions are also called to resolve additional items or unforeseen events. All meetings are open to the public, with the exception of occasional Executive Sessions.
Board meetings cover the general business of East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, while also convening to decide the next steps the District will take in overall operations or within specific programs. Board meetings often follow special committee meetings, which are detailed in the Committees page.
The District office is ADA accessible, and served by bus lines #44, #72 and #6. For Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations, or for translation services, call (503) 222-7645 no later than 48 hours prior to a meeting date.
All members of the Board are expected to attend each meeting, as well as our Executive Director and management team. Non-managerial staff may also attend certain meetings, in order to present to the Board or speak on certain agenda items.
Monday, October 4th, 2021, at 6:00pm. Agenda items include: A review of the Partners in Conservation (PIC) program evaluation recently completed as well as an outline of potential changes to the PIC program for 2022; an update by the E.D. including strategic planning progress; and a brief equity update. There will be no monthly Financial Report in October; November’s board meeting will include a 2-month financial review.
Monday, September 13th, 2021, at 6:00pm. Agenda items include: Third of 3-part series by Eric Nusbaum with ODA on government ethics and including a brief intro to responsibilities under Public Record Law; an update by the E.D., including strategic planning progress and latest COVID protocols; Board discussion and decision regarding Personnel Committee recommendations for a preferred performance evaluation format for E.D.; introduction of facilitators for equity work with the Board; the monthly Financial Report.
Monday, August 2nd, 2021, at 6:00pm. Agenda items include: a brief presentation on Public Meeting Law with an emphasis on Executive Sessions, a review of strategic planning, an Equity Team Update, the monthly Financial Report, the FY20-21 Audit Engagement Letter, and an update to Policy 1.1.3 – Salary & Wages to reflect salary scales being adjusted due to COLI increases.
Monday, July 12th, 2021, at 6:00pm. Agenda items include: intro to SWCDs, Board responsibilities & authorities, relationship between SWCDs and ODA, Executive Director report, Analysis of 2020 CELs data and recommendations, SPA agreement review and approval, and the monthly Financial Report.
Monday, June 7th, 2021, at 6:00pm. Agenda items include: Stipend/COVID leave, Board protocols, Executive Director Report; including 6-month work plan, Equity Team update, FY21-22 Budget Adoption, updates to the Fiscal Policy, monthly financial report, and a tentative Executive Session under ORS 192.660(2)(e) held for discussion of real estate negotiations.
Monday, May 3rd, 2021, at 6:00pm. Agenda items include: A deep dive on pathways to serving on the EMSWCD Board: Associate Board nominations and/or amending current requirements for board eligibility; Executive Director Report, including 6-month work plan; Equity Team update; monthly financial report; Board authorization allowing ACH/Electronic forms of payment, an Executive Session under ORS 192.660(2)(e) held for discussion of real estate negotiations; an Executive Session under ORS 192.660(2)(f) to consider information or records that are exempt by law from public inspection.
Monday, April 19th, 2021, at 4:00pm. Special Board meeting. Agenda items include: A review of a potential Natural Area / Access to Nature opportunity (the Shaull property located in Gresham), public comment (no more than 10 minutes) and an Executive Session under ORS 192.660(2)(e) held for real estate negotiations.
Monday, April 5th, 2021, at 6:00pm. Agenda items include: Deep dive into the Cooperative Landowner Incentive Program (CLIP) and Grants Program, Partners In Conservation (PIC) grant awards, Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) extension, Natural resources Conservation Services (NRCS) MOU, Executive Director update, Equity Team update, and the monthly Financial Report.
Monday, March 1st, 2021, at 6:00pm. Agenda items include: Board Committee appointments, topic areas for future Board meetings, Executive Director update, Equity Team update, and monthly Financial Report.