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University of Illinois Extension serving Logan, Menard and Sangamon Counties

Sangamon County
700 S. Airport Drive
Springfield, IL 62707
Phone: 217-782-4617
FAX: 217-524-6662
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Logan County
980 N. Postville Dr.
Lincoln, IL 62656
Phone: 217-732-8289
FAX: 217-735-5837
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Menard County
420 S. 7th St.
Petersburg, IL 62675
Phone: 217-632-7491
FAX: 217-632-2425
Hours: Monday & Wednesday 8:30 am - Noon and 1 pm - 4 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Extension Meetings

February, 2016 Extension Council Meeting Minutes

Tuesday February 16, 2016 • 7:00 PM

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Unit 16 Extension Council

February 16, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Sangamon County Extension Office

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Mendenhall at 7:00 p.m. Present were: Chard, Graff, Irwin, Keeton, Mendenhall, Oller, Peeler, Petrilli, Struebing, Fishburn, and Merriman. Absent were: Adams, Ayers, Duckworth, Krone, Stambaugh, Jones, Boles, White, Edge, and Martin.

The minutes of the November 17 meeting were approved on a motion by Keeton (Oller).

Copies of staff reports were shared will all members present. It was recommended to study them more in depth, and share with appropriate people.

The fiscal report was given by Fulton. Highlighted were the continued need for local funds, particularly in light of the state funding situation. County board funding has remained constant to this point with the majority committed for the coming year from Logan and Sangamon Counties. Also noted were the strong support numbers from Farm Bureau, Foundations, and the Extension Council. On the expense side, like most educational organizations, most of our expenditures are in the form of salaries and wages. They have totaled about $250,000 so far for half a year in funds from our trust account. Grants of over $380,000 are also received in the unit, with the major sources being the SNAP-ed program and various 4-H programming grants. The revolving account was also discussed. The office is making a concerted effort at spending down balances in this account as it is an account which is easily swept. We are required to use this account when programs take in money for materials or for resale items.

Old Business: The budget discussion did not have much new light to shed on the situation, other than the office was being run in a very conservative mode noting the lack of state funding for this year. Under staffing, Fulton indicated he was leaving the Small Farms educator position open for now, and may look at different options when the funding picture becomes clearer. The SNAP-ed educator position is open, and this one is funded under federal grant funds. There was a failed search for our unit earlier this month, and we will try again.

New Business: Leases were discussed. The lease for Sangamon will be year three of five beginning in July. A significant portion of this lease is reimbursed from the SNAP-ed program. The Logan and Menard leases were discussed, and would be at least year's level for each. For budget agreements, the office will begin working on those with Foundations, Federations, and other donors in March. Council members Adams, Duckworth, Graff, Irwin, Krone, and Petrilli will have expiring terms the end of August. Retiring members will serve as the nominating committee for replacement members. Statistical information was shared on youth programming and Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists. Highlights are 19.9% penetration for Sangamon County youth, 20.6% for Logan County, and 36.8% for Menard County. For Master Gardeners, 155 reported 8800 hours last year. Thirty-three Master Naturalists reported 3400 hours last year. Web hits were also discussed. The unit has built from about 340,000 in 2012 to over 993,000 last year. Our unit is currently the second highest unit in the state behind Champaign County.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 19.

The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Graff (Chard).