Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners sought

Monday, July 23, 2018

Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners may come from all walks of life. All that is needed is an interest in protecting natural resources. Anyone qualified to vote in a general election is eligible to be a candidate for election to the board of the Clay Soil and Water Conservation District. Candidates must reside in Clay County. Up to two commissioners may reside in any one township. All townships are open. Five commissioners are elected at general elections on a nonpartisan basis for staggered four-year terms. There will be two terms culminating the end of this year.

Commissioners help decide the direction of soil and water conservation programs in the county, and have the opportunity to influence state and national conservation programs. Involvement will include activities such as soil loss complaints, establishing acceptable soil loss limits, publishing an annual report, approving soil conservation plans, and assisting in the management of district funds and personnel.

They are reimbursed for expenses and protected from personal liability. Commissioners are expected to take part in regular monthly meetings, become knowledgeable of the SWCD laws and programs, develop and carry out soil and water resource conservation plans, and help direct financial incentives programs.

Nominating petitions can be picked up from the District office at 306 11th St. SW Plaza in Spencer or the county’s auditor office. The next general election is Nov. 6. Nomination papers need to be signed by 25 electors and filed with the Clay County auditor by 5 p.m. on Aug. 29.

Questions regarding becoming a commissioner may be directed to Clay County SWCD at 262-3432.

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