KSS October 16, 2011 Meeting Minutes
Bill Walden and Jim Greer
Members present: Jim Currens, Bill Walden, Duke Hopper, Ben Miller, Jim Greer, Lee
Florea, Don Conover, John Cassidy
Guest: Keith Wiedmeier
John Cassidy suggested that we consider moving some money from checking to a
savings account or CD. He said that he would talk to the bank people. Money market
account could be an option. Consider for the January 2012 meeting. Think about it.
Data Access: Jim Currens said there have been a slew of requests including the one from
KY F&W Tammy Johnson has requested information on the Coral Cave System. Should
we have an MOU with KY F&W?
Ecotech requested data along Rt. 150 for bridge rebuilding in Nelson and Washington
Counties. Very little is known in that area..
Cory Blackeagle, PhD candidate, doing dissertation on Karst Geology of Bluegrass
region requested cave entrance elevations. Don Conover: Could Cory give a presentation
on the results of his study?
Ecotech Brandenburg requested cave data on quad for an extension of Rt 313. Steve
Gentry filled this.
6 or 8 requests since last meeting.
Jim Greer asked if we keep a log on data requests? Jim Currens said “No.” Requests are
filed. Jim Currens will log the requests.
Jim Currens asked if we should change procedure for data requests, send direct to the
committee chairman, someone other than Jim Currens, then forward approved request to
Jim Currens. Want to avoid appearance that Jim Currens is approving without committee
approval. So, Jim Currens is a staff member. Will discuss later.
Data Administration: Jim Currens – In consideration of the library, Jim is retiring in two
years. What happens if we lose access to M&M? Some discussion was held about the
need to educate other members/employees about KSS. Jim Currens will make a
presentation to KGS about KSS.
In the interim we could use Jim’s shop, if we lose the KGS access.
There is a good possibility that we can keep M&M for 3 to 5 years past Jim’s retirement.
The MOU is a valuable asset to the KGS.
Database: Howard – 36 of the 71 counties have data sheets completed. 4179 caves in
Lee Florea: Update from Amber:
Russell County 8 caves
Pulaski County 786 down to 769 caves because of duplicates.
Jim Greer: Several new caves in Grayson County now have 36 known caves.
Nominating Committee: Darrell Adkins, Jim Greer, and Bill Walden
Work Sessions: December 4 11 AM to 4 PM., February 5 11 AM to 4 PM
January Meeting at Tiffany’s in Monticello, KY. Meeting at 1 PM, dinner at3 PM
Discussion was held on charging fees for data searches. There may be a need to amend
the bylaws to do this. Jim Greer requested Jim Currens to write amendment proposal to
the by-laws for fees for data search and present at a future meeting.