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Upper Missouri Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission Meeting Minutes
Ag Museum, Fort Benton, Montana
July 22, 2002

Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. Members Present: Scriver, Doerk, Kubick, Parchen, Goldhahn, Stensland. Absent: Martin, Shield. Others present: Sepich.

  1. Minutes from June 24, 2002 meeting were approved with the following correction: 4a "Steve said we should worry about losing $10,000 to $15,000...l" (word not removed from the sentence). Kubick noted that he has not submitted his bill for reimbursement for the State meeting in Glasgow.

  2. Treasurer’s Report. Balance as of July 1, 2002 is $2,957.94. There are no outstanding bills since that date.

    It was noted that the Budget Status report presented should reflect $1,000 received from Choteau County (Item 2) and that Other Grants (Item 5) be reduced by $1,000.

  3. Communication
    1. June State Director's report has been provided;
    2. Commission received MFWP draft of management plan for Giant Springs. A public meeting was held on June 17; written comments are to be received by August 7;
    3. Regional Bicentennial Commission and MTTA meeting minutes were provided.

  4. Status Report
    1. National Council host report. Goldhahn reported that the conference site has been switched from the Heritage to the Holiday Inn. The agreement was signed June 3, 2002. Doerk said the National Council is imploding; meeting next week to decide future; more information available after August 5. Kubick has prepared a letter (attached) to David Borlaug, National Council Chair, regarding issues that have happened. Doerk questioned whether the letter should be sent now. After further discussion, a motion made by Parchen, seconded by Stensland, to send the letter. Passed 6-0. Goldhahn said there is another conference call scheduled on August 13.
    2. Regional liaisons. Kubick has not had any contact with Golden Triangle Commission; no further contact with Marias River Commission (Stensland) and Lewis & Clark Commission (Scriver).
    3. Speaker’s Bureau. Doerk reported there was a Chouteau County meeting on July 23, 7:00 p.m., Ag Museum - will discuss Lewis & Clark Bicentennial efforts

  5. Old Business
    1. No report from Martin regarding the Bicentennial license plate product.
    2. Scriver reported that the interpretive signage proposal is still under development.

  6. New Business
    1. Doerk has heard from many sources regarding serious concerns with Brent Lane and Lewis&Clark200.com. Lane has been sending negative emails around the country upsetting many people. These actions have given Great Falls and Montana a “black eye.” He expressed concerns that Scriver’s association with the company and his involvement with our Commission has the appearance of a conflict of interest. Scriver stated that Mr. Lane is extremely hateful and that he has received personal attacks from him. He said he has a 2% interest in the company but is in the process of dissolving his relationship. Currently, the details are being worked out on the buyout of his interest.

      Kubick said this problem was created when National Council did not “lock up” all related web site titles. Doerk is concerned about Scriver’s reputation. He feels that the commercial aspect needs to be separated from the volunteer/non-profit aspect. Kubick feels, as a county representative, he has a duty to inform the county regarding this issue.

      Scriver has sought legal advice regarding the conflict of interest. It is felt that if he was an “active” partner, it would be a serious conflict. He further stated he would agree to resign from this Commission if it is the decision of the members and governing bodies.

      Doerk feels that Scriver needs to take action steps to resolve this issue. Stensland said he got on the Commission because it is a very worthwhile event but this has “busted his balloon”. Parchen said he does not feel Scriver needs to resign at this time but it may ultimately come to that. Kubick said that Scriver is pictured on the web site as one of the company officers. Doerk feels this Commission must keep a close watch on this issue. Kubick made motion that a letter from Scriver, with his concurrence, be sent to Cascade & Chouteau counties and the City of Great Falls explaining his situation and that if it becomes a problem that he is willing to resign. Stensland seconded; passed 6-0.

  7. Organizational
    1. Kubick stated the bylaw review will be at the next meeting.

    Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

    Respectfully submitted by Jerry Sepich.

 

 

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