NORTHEAST DAIRY COMPACT COMMISSION
MONTHLY MEETING MARCH 1, 2000
CENTENNIAL INN, CONCORD, NH
Moved to adopt the minutes of the 2-2-00 meeting as presented.
Moved to adopt amendments to the over-order price regulation to make technical amendments to certain definitions and change certain dates of required action to conform to the federal market order reform regulations and to amend the definition of producer to specify every December since 1996 as a condition of qualification.
Moved that the public interest continues to be served by establishment of minimum milk prices to dairy farmers under Article IV, as amended; that the previously established level price of $16.94 (Zone 1) to dairy farmers under Article IV, is unaffected by these amendments, and will continue to assure that producers supplying the New England market receive a price sufficient to cover their costs of production and will elicit an adequate supply of milk for the inhabitants of the regulated area and for manufacturing purposes; that the major provisions of the order, other than those fixing minimum milk prices, are and continue to be, in the public interest and are reasonably designed to achieve the purposes of the order.
Moved that the terms of the proposed amendments will be approved by producers pursuant to a producer referendum required by Article V, Section 13. Furthermore move to certify that:
1) December 1999 be the designated representative period for determining eligible producers;
2) Ballots will be mailed to eligible producers and qualified cooperatives by March 10, 2000;
3) Qualified cooperatives must mail notice of block votes to members by March 14, 2000;
4) All ballots must be received in the Commission office by 5:00 p.m. on March 20, 2000; and
5) Bobby Starr shall serve as referendum agent.
†Moved that the Commission propose the supply management program as described in the pre-discussion draft and that the Commission hold a public hearing on April 5, 2000 in the Concord, New Hampshire area.
Moved that the Commission agreed that the Bylaws and the Personnel Manual should be amended, as necessary, to accomplish the following:
1) Clarify and affirm that the Commission, as the governing body, is the sole authority for adopting Commission policy;
2) Clarify and affirm that the Commission oversees both the Committee on Administration and the Executive Director;
3) Clarify and affirm that the Committee on Administration oversees the Executive Director;
4) Clarify and affirm that the Executive Director is the Commissionís manager and has the responsibility and authority to implement the Commissionís policies and to conduct the day-to-day operations of the Commission;
5) Clarify and affirm that it is the responsibility of the Executive Director to supervise and conduct performance reviews of the staff; and
6) Clarify and affirm that the Commission is responsible for conducting the performance review of the Executive Director.
Moved to go into executive session
Moved to call the question
Moved to table the question
MOTION PASSED 4 TO 2 (MASS AND NH VOTED NO)
Moved to file for audit the December 1999 financial statements.
Moved to pay the Federal Milk Market Administratorís invoice for the December 1999 pool and the audit completed in January 2000.
Moved to invite a delegation from the Midwest and other areas to attend our monthly meeting to exchange information.
Moved to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters.
Moved to appoint Peter Petrone pro tempore chair of the ad hoc personnel committee and to appoint Fred Hardy pro tempore member of the ad hoc personnel committee.
Moved to appoint Fred Hardy to the Committee on Administration.