Over the course of 2013 and 2014, it had become apparent to board members, staff, advisory committee members, and agency personnel that the board of managers and staff of the Heron Lake Watershed District (HLWD) had communication difficulties. After the February 2014 board meetings, contact was made with Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) staff for assistance. BWSR staff provided information regarding the Performance Review and Assistance Program (PRAP) grant program.
After reviewing the application, Mike McCarvel, HLWD President gave permission for Jan Voit, District Administrator to contact a consultant and draft a grant application. Mike McCarvel explained the proposed format for the communication sessions at the May meeting. A motion was passed to approve submitting the PRAP Grant application.
Due to scheduling conflicts, the workshops were not held until December. Day one was comprised of a group session, followed by individual meetings with the consultant. Day two included a group session. On day one, managers and staff agreed to four action steps. On day two, commitments were made for future interaction.