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<br /> <br />../ <br /> <br />MINUTES <br /> <br />Week of November 4, 1996 <br /> <br />The meeting was called to order by Chairman Richard Wojt. Commis- <br />sioners Glen Huntingford and Robert Hinton were both present. <br /> <br />CO MMISSI 0 NERS' BRIEFING SESSION <br /> <br />Clay Antieau, Cooperative Extension re: Formation of a Noxious Weed <br />Control Board: Clay Antieau, the WSU Field Agent for Horticulture and Water Quality <br />in Jefferson County introduced Lisa Lantz, Education Specialist, and Laurie McLellan, <br />Executive Secretary, fÌ'om the State Noxious Weed Control Board. They explained the <br />results of a State survey conducted in July along the roadsides of Jefferson County that <br />indicates a need to control several species of noxious weeds. A noxious weed is defmed <br />as a plant that is not native to Washington, that is highly destructive, competitive or <br />difficult to control. The best strategy is to bring the weeds under control before an <br />infestation worsens. Lisa Lantz presented the Board with copies of the survey. <br /> <br />Recently Clallam County approved the formation of a Noxious Weed Control Board, but <br />rather than activate a County Board they would like to work with Jefferson County to <br />form a regional board. In order to establish a five member Board of volunteers, the <br />County Commissioners are required to hold a public hearing and pass a resolution. Some <br />of the functions of a Noxious Weed Control Board are to: 1) survey for weeds, 2) initiate <br />prevention programs, 3) work on control strategies and, 4) work with landowners to <br />provide options to contain the spread of weeds through seeds. This Board has authority to <br />enforce state laws regarding Class A and B weeds throughout the County, including <br />incorporated areas. They also can go onto private property, clean up a weed problem and <br />put a lean on the property to pay for the cleanup. <br /> <br />CUITently, a County Noxious Weed Control Board is not mandated by the State. WSU <br />Cooperative Extension encourages landowners to control weed infestations through <br />education. There is a workshop scheduled on December 12. There was a brief <br />discussion about funding, which would come fÌ'om the counties involved. Commissioner <br />Huntingford requested more information fÌ'om Clallam County regarding their ideas about <br />the structure of a regional board. <br /> <br />Page 1 <br /> <br />val <br /> <br />22 rg <br /> <br />0 t 543 <br />