KSS Agenda

April 18 2018


1) Announcements


2) Reading of previous minutes


3) Treasurers Report

1. Paypal button active on website for new members             


4) Committee Reports

A) Data Access Report: -  Sarah Arpin

       -  review request spreadsheet


B) Database Committee- Kalnitz

1. Cave reporter App Still being used to report caves

              - Approx 40 since January

              - Most in Jackson COunty


C) Data Archives - Arpin


D) Emergency Response committee - Keltner

1. New esri product may make this easier


E) Membership Committee – Vanderhoff

1. New committee chartered to help with communications with members

2. New Member mailing. Any update on this?

3. Next Steps

4. 25 new members


5) Old Business:

A) KSS grotto Presentation – Currens

              - No Update

B) Newsletter update – Brewer

              - All newsletters sent out

              - VERY successful

              - 25 new members primarily due to this

              - Will be a hard act to follow next year. Start thinking about maps and articles

              - Did not send to non-member county coordinators, but many DID join






C) ESRI Update – Kalnitz

              - Much work done with Esri over caving trip in Mexico

- Grant given by ESRI conservation group!

* Need to vote 200$ per year for organization costs (note this is an 80% reduction from even the non-profit status

              - Chartered a KSS organization with ArcGIS access for county coordinators

              - Current org has 5 level 2 licenses, and 10 Level 1

- HJK will start working with board to set up organization and sending out to board and county coorodinators


D) Safeguard data/ Security- Elrond

              - No Updates


E) Update on Survey initiative weekends – Brewer

              - DO we have any update on Breckenridge Survey initiative?

              Next Survey initiative in June?


f) Arch Database Data sharing – Morris


G) Request from Kentucky Nature Preserves Committee

              - New input. Need to set up meeting with this group as it may help preserve caves

              - Still many questions to work out HJK will follow up in May and return to Board



6) New Business:

A) Grants

We were approached for a grant from a Kentucky Student for a grant to study cave biology in Nassau. We turned him down, and suggested other places to look for grants.

However, should we formalize a grant process for small grants?

Should the focus of study be karst and caves in Kentucky or region?


B) We should have a write up about the Emergency System

There will be a cave rescue seminar at Great Saltpeter Cave in Rockcastle on April 21-22. We should have a brief write up to share about KSS rescue committee and interfaces to the Kentucky state wide emergency network