KSS Meeting

January 17, 2018


Attendees: Howard Kalnitz, Josh Brewer, Amber Yuellig, Christopher Morris, Sean Vanderhoff, Shelia Minor, Mike Keltner, Jim Currens, Shaun, Ben Miller, Preston Forsythe, Sara Arpin, John Cassidy



·      Howard: LIDAR has dropped for missing counties in Kentucky.

·      Jim: Granddad again!


Reading of Previous Minutes:

·      Minutes from previous meeting taken by Howard Kalnitz

·      Minutes read by Howard Kalnitz

·      Motion to accept: Josh, second: Ben, minutes accepted


Treasurers Report:

·      Started:

·      Search Fees:

·      Ending Balance

·      Members

·      Life Members

·      Tax Returns, started today and should be no problems this year, John would like to add a treasurers folder to the KSS Dropbox with balances and tax documents

·      Motion to accept: Jim, second: Shaw


Committee Reports

·      David Shafer asked for info for friend who owns cave in Grayson County


Cave Reporter App

·      Howard has made updates, in order for the changes to take effect you must delete and reinstall the app. Howard has sent out directions.


Database Updates

·      Milestone Alert!- as of 1/16 4,999 caves have been reported in Kentucky, as of today we have 5,004 caves!

·      Should we partner with KGS and put out a press release?

o   Jim suggests working with Mike Lynch at KGS

o   We should also send a press release to the NSS News

o   Howard and Amber will work together to draft the document

·      Database updates- many counties are in need of updates, need to check with current coordinators to see if they wish to remain active or if they need to be replaced


Data Archives

·      More grottos are permitting us to share publications


Emergency Response Committee

·      Updating list with names and numbers

·      Meeting with area organizations to develop working relationship

·      We have a board call-out list for people who have access to the full database who have GIS experience

·      Howard moves to give Ken Baily access to database, Amber motion, Ben seconds, motion approved


Old Business

·      KSS Presentation- push to next month

·      Newsletter update- Josh with Chris’ help are finalizing the newsletter and it will be printed soon, using publishing software and will have a whole new look

·      LiDAR- Howard as published a layer of all the lidar, “Kentucky Geo”

o   Need ArcGIS or ESRI Explorer (Apple/ Android)

·      Data Security

o   No update

·      Survey Initiative Weekend Updates

o   TBD March/ April: Have a cave in Breckenridge in need of resurvey, will be working with the Stoops to plan/coordinate

o   June1-3: second survey initiative for the year


New Business

o   Requesting subset of data to share with arch enthusiasts,

o   Table for next meeting


Next Meeting February 21

March meeting at UK


Motion to close Ben, second Josh