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Extension Meetings

U of I Extension Council Minutes from January 15, 2013

Tuesday January 15, 2013 • 6:00 PM

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University of Illinois Extension Council Meeting -Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties

January 15, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Rock Island Extension Office, 321 W. 2nd Ave., Milan, Illinois

The meeting of the University of Illinois Extension Council Meeting -Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties was called to order by Adrian Blackwell on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Rock Island Extension Office, 321 W. 2nd Ave. Milan, Illinois.

Roll Call

Present: Latricia Andrews, Adrian Blackwell, Jayne Booth, Al Curry, Eva Dynes, Kyle Lloyd, McCala Miller, Bob Mueller, Gary Smith, Danny Weatherspoon, Alice Webster.

Excused: Jake Anderson, Barbara Chiles, Elizabeth Heaton, Annette Ernst, and Trent Zwicker

Others Present: Tony Franklin, Martha Smith, and Joyce Smith (guest)

Public comments: N/A

Previous Minutes:

· Approval of meeting minutes from the Unit 7 were moved to be accepted as is by Alice Webster; seconded by Latricia Andrews. Motion approved.

Fiscal Report:

· Fiscal reports were reviewed. Tony Franklin reported an estimated current cash balance for unit of $605,983.44. A motion to approve the fiscal report was made by Alice Webster and seconded by Danny Weatherspoon.

Council Reports:

Danny Weatherspoon provided feedback concerning the Eco Bot program held in the East Moline School

District. Students and teachers rated the program as outstanding.

Staff Reports

· See attached Staff Reports. Diane Baker and Cheryl Geitner attended the State 4-H Meeting. A $70,000 grant was awarded to Unit 7 to develop SPIN Clubs. Mercer currently has a new quilting SPIN club. There are 12-14 individuals signed up for the first ever Stark County Leadership Academy. Martha Smith reported on the Community Garden focus group and plans to double the garden planted at the Milan Hyvee. The online Privatate Well Class has received great response throughout the state. Martha also provided flyers about the Nursery School Workshop being held at the I-Wireless Center.

Other Reports and Announcements:

· Tony Franklin announced that the Nutrition/Wellness position for Unit 7 would be posted soon. Testing for the Community SNAP-Ed position has been conducted. The unit is also looking to fill a part-time position to work on the 4-H SPIN grant.

Old Business:

• The Extension Board will consist of 4 people from the Extension Council and 1 representative from each of the

County Boards:

Henry: Rick Livesay

Stark: Jamie Schaffer

Rock Island: Virginia Shelton

Mercer: Larry Stone

• Each Council member was asked to sign-up in areas of interest to serve on a program advisory committee.

New business:

• Martha Smith reported on the Emerald Ash Borer and its impact in Illinois. The Emerald Ash Borer has been identified in Knox County at Knox College and in Kewanee in Baker Park. The Emerald Ash Borer has steadily been migrating from the Chicago area east to the Mississippi. In 2006 an Illinois Federal Quarantine map was initiated to control the transfer of firewood across state and quarantined counties borders. The Dept. of Ag is in charge of policing the transfer of firewood and the potential spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. Martha has been working with municipalities to develop community action plans to eradicate the Emerald Ash Borer and have a plan to remove affected Ash trees. Treatment and removal are both expensive. Municipalities face liability if a city tree causes harm or damage to individuals or property. A workshop has been scheduled in Kewanee for the public to learn more about treatment measures. The Asian Longhorned beetle is also a pest of great concern that damages the support system and puts a wider range of trees at risk. Currently there is no insecticide to kill the beetle and the tree must be removed. Illinois rest areas do have benches that have been made out of reclaimed ash wood.

  • Tony Franklin reminded the council members to seek potential individuals to serve on the Extension Council. Tony also encouraged all council members to spread the word of the great programs and education being provided by U of I Extension.

Motion to adjourn by Gary Smith; seconded by Eva Dynes

Respectfully submitted,

Kyle Lloyd

Extension Council Secretary

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