The May 18, 2022 Montana CD Employee Roundtable
This Roundtable was about procurement requirements for Conservation Districts handling grant funds. Hailey Graf, DNRC CD Specialist, gave a thorough “101” on requirements depending on type of project and cost of project.
The April 20, 2022 Montana CD Employee Roundtable
The April 20,2022 Employee Roundtable mostly covered more questions about the Permissive Mill Levy. Other things were discussed, including the upcoming Spring Training on Finances on June 15th.
For the first recording where Darla Erickson presented specific information on the Permissive Mill Levy, go to the recording.
The March 16, 2022 Montana CD Employee Roundtable
This Roundtable featured Assistant State Conservationist, Kyle Tackett, and a discussion about the Local Work Groups that Conservation Districts are supposed to convene to assist NRCS in program delivery, and identification of resource concerns in their Conservation District. Documents and links shared in the Roundtable chat are linked below.
February 16, 2022 Montana CD Employee Roundtable
This roundtable covered a number of topics, including the activities of the Employee Organization working with Partners such as MACD, DNRC and NRCS to define roles and responsibilities and provide training. Upcoming potential training was discussed, including a possible QuickBooks training in the spring.
Also discussed is the situation with ARPA funding being subbed in for state funding on a number of grants recently and the added requirement to have an active DUNS number and be current with sam.gov.
January 19, 2022 Montana CD Employee Roundtable
This Roundtable was all about supervisors, the various types, the election information, working with supervisors etc.
December 15, 2021 Montana CD Employee Roundtable
All about succession/continuity for Conservation Districts in Montana with Staff and Board turnover. Included tips and tools on making transitions smoother.
The September 2021 Roundtable focused on Personnel Management topics, specifically policies related to Montana’s Conservation District Employees and Supervisors. It also touched on Maintaining Employees, with discussion about opportunities to improve the stability of staffing at Conservation Districts and also Growing CD Programs and Planning for Expansion.
August 2021 Roundtable This session of the Employee Roundtable for Montana’s Conservation Districts is focused on District Owned Equipment. Many CDs own no-till drills, fabric layers and tree planters, and many other types of equipment
The July 21, 2021 Roundtable efforts by Conservation Districts across Montana to fight the spread of aquatic invasive species, and the various outreach and education efforts by CDs to new streamside landowners about permitting and riparian health.
The June 16, 2021 Employees Organization Roundtable for Conservation Districts in Montana. Discusses the changes to the EO webpage, Fiscal Year End, Department of Administration/Local Government Services Annual Report, Grant reports for the Admin Grants from DNRC, Calendar year end tax forms and considerations with 1099’s, and the Permissive Mill Levy for Employee Benefits process.
Welcomes and attendee introductions
Jason Garber and Panel of CD employees-310 permits and discussion
Eric Rannestad, MACD, CDOWG and Communications Toolkit
Eric Rannestad, Basics Markety/Outreach
Sarah Klaus, Lake CD and Samantha Tappenbeck, Flathead CD–Their CD Outreach Efforts
Women’s History Project with Gail Cicon and Brief review of Employees part of the MACD website with Chris Evans
The following YouTube videos are sessions 1, 2 and 3 of the 2021 QuickBooks training for the Employee’s Organization.
In addition, there were some other documents made available.
Class List Examples:
Paper and electronic records can get to be a nightmare. What do you keep? How do you keep it? What are the rules?
***Update on Board Meeting Minutes–DNRC has requested that Conservation District Board meeting minutes be sent to them in “final” form, which means, signed by a Supervisor and the Recorder, and dated. This could be done when you send the signed minutes to your County Clerk and Recorder’s office for certification. DNRC will accept hardcopy OR scanned meeting minutes. They should be sent to Amy Personette.
This series of slides, taken from a records training that was done at the 2019 convention and revised a bit for presentations in 2021, give some of the basic details on the rules that Montana Conservation Districts must follow to dispose of records and gives some thoughts on how to consider keeping electronic files.
And here’s the webinar that was recorded in March of 2021
These files are from a QuickBooks Training done in 2015. The zip files are large, especially the Training Presentations. You’ll need to download these and then extract the files to a location that you can easily find on your computer.
At the 2017 Convention, Missoula CD’s Jen McBride gave a presentation on checking the County Mill Levy for your district. If you missed the presentation, and would like to watch it, you can view it here: