DRAFT MOTIONS

NORTHEAST DAIRY COMPACT COMMISSION

MONTHLY MEETING, MAY 3, 2000

CENTENNIAL INN, CONCORD, NH

 

Motion 5/3-1 by Millicent Rooney/Second by Fred Hardy

Moved to accept the minutes of the April 5, 2000 meeting as presented.

MOTION PASSED 6 TO 0

 

Motion 5/3-2 by Bobby Starr on behalf of the Committee on Regulations and Rulemaking

Moved to decline to include written comment received April 26, 2000 from Dennis Ward after the close of the comment period of April 19, 2000

MOTION PASSED 6 TO 0

 

Motion 5/3-3by Bobby Starr on behalf of the Committee on Regulations and Rulemaking

Moved to adopt amendments to the over-order price regulation to create a milk supply management plan through an assessment and refund program that will withhold 7.5 cents per hundredweight from the producer price in months with a Compact pool and to issue refunds, in two parts, to producers whose milk production increased at a rate of 1% or less, compared to the prior yearís production, with one-half of the assessed funds refunded to eligible producers on an equal flat rate basis and one-half refunded on a per hundredweight basis of total production, as described in the pre-discussion draft with a minimum program year of six months.

MOTION PASSED 6 TO 0

 

Motion 5/3-4by Bobby Starr on behalf of the Committee on Regulations and Rulemaking

Moved:

(1) That the public interest continues to be served by establishment of minimum milk prices to dairy farmers under Article IV, as amended;

(2) That the previously established level price of $16.94 (Class I, Suffolk County, Massachusetts) to dairy farmers under Article IV 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 and will meet the objectives of section 9(f) of the Compact;

(3) 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;

(4) That the terms of the proposed amendments will be approved by producers pursuant to a producer referendum required by Article V, Section 13.

MOTION PASSED 6 TO 0

 

Motion 5/3-5by Bobby Starr on behalf of the Committee on Regulations and Rulemaking

Moved 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 May 12, 2000;

3)                  Qualified cooperatives must mail notice of block votes to members by May 16, 2000;

4)                  All ballots must be received in the Commission office by 5:00 p.m. on May 22, 2000; and

5)                  Bobby Starr shall serve as referendum agent.

MOTION PASSED 6 TO 0

 

 

Motion 5/3-6 by Powell Cabot on behalf of the Committee on Finance

Moved to approve the Federal Milk Market Administratorís Invoice Ė February 2000 pool, audits completed during March, referendum costs and programming modifications.

MOTION PASSED 6 TO 0

 

Motion 5/3-7 by Harold Howrigan on behalf of the Committee on Administration

Moved that the following standing committees be appointed for the year 2000 (list attached).

MOTION PASSED 6 TO 0

 

Motion 5/3-8 by Gordon Cook/Second by Jacques Couture

Moved that in the interim between now and any review of the bylaws that we intepret our bylaws to mean that any interim member or designee, including a designee of an officer, who goes to a committee meeting that they will be there with the full authority of the member to participate in the discussion and will have full equal voting rights as full members of the committee.

DISCUSSION FOLLOWED

 

Motion 5/3-9 by Al Bettencourt Jr./Second by Bobby Starr

Moved the previous Question

MOTION PASSED 6 TO 0

 

Vote on Motion 5/3-8

MOTION PASSED 5 TO 1 (RHODE ISLAND DISSENTING)

 

Motion 5/3-10 by Harold Howrigan on behalf of the Committee on Administration

Moved to pay Attorney Rich Cassidy for the work in negotiating a severance package (for Kenneth Becker).

MOTION WITHDRAWN

 

Motion 5/3-11 by Harold Howrigan on behalf of the Committee on Administration

Moved to accept Kenneth Beckerís resignation in the statement, manner and good will in which it is given.

MOTION PASSED 6 TO 0

 

Motion 5/3-12 by Harold Howrigan on behalf of the Committee on Administration

Moved to go into executive session to discuss a legal matter.

MOTION PASSED 6 TO 0

 

Vote on Motion 5/3-10

Moved to pay Attorney Rich Cassidy for the work in negotiating a severance package (for Kenneth Becker).

MOTION PASSED 6 TO 0

 

Motion 5/3-13 by Bobby Starr/Second by Ron Newman

Moved, according to the discussion here today, to empower the Committee on Administration to proceed with negotiations on the severance package.

MOTION PASSED 6 TO 0

 

Motion 5/3-14 by Harold Howrigan/Second by Ron Newman

Moved to take no action on the (ad hoc personnel) committee report heard here today.

MOTION PASSED 6 TO 0

 

Motion 5/3-15 by Ron Newman/Second by Jim Hines

Moved to adjourn

MOTION PASSED 6 TO 0

 

 

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