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1 Conservation District Supervisor Accreditation Module 2: District Clerk: Roles & Responsibilities

2 What you’ll learn in this module:  Who can be a district clerk?  What does a district clerk do?  What are clerks responsible for?  What are some of the records requirements?

3 Who May Be District Clerk?  May not also be the Treasurer of the district board  May not also be the Chairman of the district board  May be one of the other board members  May be a non-board member

4 CD Clerks  Conservation district clerks support the work of the districts.  Clerks keep the district organized, ensure they comply with SD Codified Law, and assist the board with any other requests.

5 District Clerk Responsibilities  Attend meetings and keep a record of the proceedings.  Maintain the financial records and present a financial report to the board at least quarterly.  Prepare district checks after determining the following:  The claim was properly authorized.  The claim does not over expend the budget.  The claim was approved in advance.

6 Day-to-Day Business  Clerks are responsible for the day-to-day business of the district.  Maintaining office records  Performing conservation projects and activities as directed by the board.

7 Conservation Activities  Clerks may be asked to coordinate dinners, tours or workshops for the conservation district.  Clerks may provide outreach to the community.  Write and distribute press releases  Participate in county fairs  Write a newsletter  Clerks may assist with conservation education.  Farm Field Days  Conservation Speech contests  Water Festivals  Classroom visits

8 Office Records  Comply with Open Meetings Law  General notice – provide annually to local newspaper  Public notice Post in a public place at least 24 hours in advance Post in a public place at least 24 hours in advance Notify local newspaper & a copy of the agenda Notify local newspaper & a copy of the agenda  Agendas  CD meeting agendas are public record. They must be specific. They must be specific. Only agenda items can be discussed. Only agenda items can be discussed. Clerks should add an “Update Clerks should add an “Update from Board Members” line on agenda to allow for impromptu discussion. Accuracy is important! Accuracy is important!

9 Meeting Notice Requirements  All CDs should hold regular meetings and the board shall give public notice at least once a year of its meeting schedule.  Include dates, time and place  If regular meetings are not held, the board shall give at least 24 hours notice.  Specify date, time and place  The board shall give at least 24 hours notice of meeting agendas.

10 Notice Requirements – Public Meeting vs. Public Hearing Requirement Public Meeting Public Hearing Media Must notify at least one newspaper of general circulation within the district’s boundaries, or a local media correspondent. The district does not need to pay for this notice if the newspaper chooses not to publish the notice. Must publish notice in at least one issue of a newspaper of general circulation in which the district is located. If the newspaper requires payment to publish the notice, then the district must pay the fee. If a newspaper of general circulation is not available, then post written notice in three public places within the district.

11 Notice Requirements – Public Meeting vs. Public Hearing Requirement Public Meeting Public Hearing PostingTiming Post written notice at the principal office of the public body, or if no such office exists, at the building where the meeting is to be held. At least 24 hours before meeting. (Same as Regular Meeting) At least 7 days prior to hearing.

12 Agendas Agenda requirements:  Provide reasonable specificity to notify the public of topics to be considered.  Each topic shall be listed under an agenda item.  Board may discuss a topic raised during an open meeting that was not on the agenda, but may not take final action during that meeting.

13 Conducting Public Meetings  It is recommended that districts adopt and follow procedures for conducting meetings, particularly regarding official action by the board.  Many districts find that using Robert’s Rules of Order (or a modified version) is useful for conducting meetings.  A sample District Meeting Motion Policy is shown at right. Board Member States a Motion Motion is Not SecondedMotion is Seconded Motion Dies Chair states motion and opens to floor discussion Board discusses the motion No amendments made to motion Amendments made to motion Chair restates motion and calls for a vote Amendments to motion approved by motion and vote Chair restates the motion as amended and calls for a vote Motion passes or fails according to board vote

14 Meeting Minutes Meeting Minutes  Open meeting minutes are public records.  Minutes are a record of what is done, not what is said.  Minutes kept only by recording must be converted to written minutes within a reasonable time.  Only written minutes shall be evidence of the official action taken at meetings.  Closed meeting recordings and minutes are protected records.

15 Content of Minutes Open meeting minutes shall include the:  date, time and place of the meeting;  name of person presiding and board members present and absent;  substance of all motions discussed, names of persons making the motions, whether adopted or rejected; (a motion which was withdrawn should not be recorded)  votes taken by individual board members;  names of each person who upon recognition by the presiding officer, provided testimony and the substance in brief of their testimony or comments;  points of order and appeals, whether sustained or lost and any other information that a board member requests to be entered in the minutes.

16 Closed Meeting Minutes  When a meeting is closed, the following must be publicly announced and entered on the minutes of the open meeting at which the closed meeting was approved:  the reason for holding the closed meeting;  the location where the closed meeting will be held;  and the vote of each member, either for or against the motion.  The recorded and any written minutes of a closed meeting shall include the:  date, time and place of the meeting;  names of board members present and absent;  names of all others present except where the disclosure would infringe on the confidentiality necessary for the original purpose of closing the meeting.

17  Ethical concerns:  No special favors for self or friends  No financial gain  No telling secrets  Disclose conflict of interest Disclose actual or potential conflict of interest between public duty and personal interest. Disclose actual or potential conflict of interest between public duty and personal interest. Always try to be fair and impartial. Always try to be fair and impartial.  Nepotism  No public officers may employ, appoint, vote for or recommend a relative for employment. Ethics & Nepotism

18 What Districts Expect from Employees  Teamwork and excellence  Professional conduct  Code of ethics  Cost consciousness  Attendance and punctuality  Appropriate personal appearance

19 Resources  NACD website –  SDACD website –  SD Dept. of Ag. Resource Conservation and Forestry website –


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