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Meeting Minutes – March 9, 2020

President Bruce Trotter called the meeting to order at 7:45 PM.
He thanked Lee Florea for hosting the meeting. Lee has cool a setting in remote Monroe County. His Cabin property adjoins the Yellowwood State Forest.
A brief introduction of those in attendance included: Bruce Trotter (President), John Benton (Vice President), Keith Dunlap (Treasurer), Ray Sheldon (Secretary), Brian Cross (Board Member), Contributing Member Dave Black, Associate Member Lee Florea and Guest Sarah Burgess.
The December 2019 meeting minutes were approved.
Treasurer Report:
Dunlap reported $6275.31 in the treasury. Membership stands at 64.
County Director Reports:
Brown, Shelby, Franklin, and Decatur County Director Cross reported no activity but did mention the Shelter in Brown County State Park was recently visited.
Bartholomew, Jackson, Jefferson, and Ripley County Director Sheldon reported that Aaron French turned in an ICS report form updating the location on Willis Slider Cave in Jefferson County.
Jennings County Director Trotter mentioned that Uplinger Cave is on public property and apparently being used interpretably for public use. Some discussion followed with mixed ideas on where this might lead in the future. It probably depends on which map you follow. Work continues at the IKC Lowry Karst Preserve making the site accessible to cavers.
Clark and Scott County Director Dunlap reported no activity. He has probably been working on something else.
Dunlap continues to update the ICS Database with new ICS Report Forms. During this past quarter the following reports were entered: Crawford – 7, Harrison – 6, Jefferson – 1, Jennings – 2, Monroe – 2, Orange – 1 and Washington – 2. He passed on that northern counties’ County Director Jerry Lewis had no new activity. Harrison and Crawford County Director Black reported his activity concurs with the results provided by Dunlap.
Terry Cox has shared caving information with Dunlap about caves he explored and mapped. He provided a spreadsheet for Dunlap to use in which he added 93 maps and 57 scans to Dunlap to potentially add to the ICS database.
Archivist (Dunlap) Report: Nothing new to report.
Public Webmaster (Dick) Report: Nothing reported.
Private Site Webmaster/Database Custodian (Dunlap) Report: Dunlap has made membership changes, reference migrations, and some new references. He continues to process forms for County Directors.
ICS Notebook Report:
Editor Ty Spatta completed the newest issue of the ICS Notebook making it available to members. Dunlap continues to assist with the delivery and is accepting $20.00 donations for the printing of color covers.
Old Business:
1) Bill Baus has made contact with the Handy Meeting Barn and the April 25, 2020 date is set for the ICS Symposium. Trotter is going to call to make arrangements for the cooking staff to start setting up at 3:30. He will also see if we can stay for cleaning up after 10:00. Dunlap made a motion to spend $150.00 on food with an IKC match and Black seconded. The vote was unanimous. Trotter and Dunlap will follow up on securing grills, screen projector and the necessary computer equipment.
2) A letter was sent to the attorney of the Estate of Bill Schulze to give them the opportunity to allow the ICS to examine and archive his life long cave work. No word from anyone associated with this matter.
New Business:
Trotter opened the Mid-States Corridor discussion with concerns about sharing ICS data with the Lochmueller Group. This State project is very large and covers a lot of cave country between Bloomington to the north, I-64 west to the south, Highway 37 to the east and I-69 to the west. The final route also includes following Highway 231 from I-64 west on southward to the Ohio River. ICS data could be used by Lochmueller Group to limit the impact the Expressway will have on caves and cave life. Dunlap is working on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Lochmueller Group and the ICS. He hoping to conclude the request before the next meeting and motioned to empower/authorize the ICS Board to approve the final version. Black seconded and Trotter called the vote. All approved.
From the Floor:
Florea mentioned the Indiana Geological Society and Water Survey has a new web app project funded. He mentioned a Spring Map is forthcoming with information provided by Sam Frushour and others.
Burgess made mention of a water study she is working on in the Mitchell Plateau which measures sulfur levels in an effort to determine its origin and compare the new data with past and future data. Trotter would like her to publish more about this interesting project in the ICS Notebook.
Next Meeting:
ICS President Trotter will host the next meeting at 7:30 PM on June 8th, 2020 at his place in eastern Bartholomew County. See the ICS website for directions
Meeting adjourned sometime around 9:27 PM.

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