Minutes of Regular Meeting
November 2, 1999
The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District met in Regular Session on Tuesday, November 2, 1999. Directors in attendance were Chairman Urban Eberhart, Vice Chairman Jim Schnebly, and Larry Bland. Also in attendance were Janeice Jump, Ben George, Jack Carpenter, Barbara Pettit and Legal Counsel John Gilreath.
A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland approved the agenda with the addition of an Executive Session to discuss Legal Issues. The motion passed unanimously.
The minutes of the October 5, 1999 meeting were approved by a motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland. The motion passed unanimously.
Moving to water update Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board latest water storage reports indicate an excellent carryover of approx 600,000 acre feet explaining the Bureau of Reclamation will probably be releasing in relation to flood level curves.
Continuing under Old Business Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he participated in the October 7th Programmatic Responses Meeting at the KRD office and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Hydraulics Project Approval Permit/ESA issues at the CWU Samuelson Union Building. October 13th Mr. Carpenter, Roger Satnik and Pat Clerf attended the Westside Ditch Co. Board meeting to discuss KCWP grant funding; he also attended the IOP meeting in Yakima and a DOE Water Quality Non-Point Source meeting at Hal Holmes. October 18th Mr. Carpenter participated in a Water Quality workshop with the RSBOJC. October 19th Mr. Carpenter facilitated the KCWP agenda workshop and attended the USBR River Ops. Meeting in Yakima. October 20th Mr. Carpenter met with Joe Mentor,Trendwest, and Ron VanGundy, Roza Irrigation District and attended the WSWRA Legislative Committee meeting at SVID. October 22nd KRD and USBR employees participated in a Rappel tour of the inlet/outlet of the Yakima Syphon. October 26th Mr. Carpenter participated in the WSWRA Programmatic Response and met with Doug Warnock for an interview for the Daily Record article. October 27th Mr. Carpenter, Jim Schnebly and Urban Eberhart met with Roza, SVID, and Trendwest. October 28th Mr. Carpenter participated in the KCWP meeting at Sterling Savings. October 29th Mr. Carpenter participated in the Joint Board meeting in Yakima.
Mr. Carpenter presented a main canal liner project update explaining Boss Construction did not do a good job getting started on the project with delays in the concrete saw cutting. After delays and conferences with Boss Construction, they hired a sub contractor to do the saw cutting and the saw cutting was completed in two days. The project is moving along with Boss Construction continuing to anticipate Thanksgivinig as a completion date.
Urban Eberhart presented a TCWRA update explaining things are running smoothly and on track.
Jim Schnebly presented a KCWP update explaining language within the grant is being finalized with the grant expected for signatures in the next two weeks. Mr. Schnebly further explained the four main irrigation entities have approved the $.30 per acre contribution in support of the water monitoring program. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the Bureau of Reclamation has authorized $10,000.00 in funding for water quality testing. Mr. Carpenter further explained a meeting is scheduled for November 10, 1999 to work on the job description of the grant facilitator.
Moving to the Union Wage Proposal Mr. Carpenter distributed a counter proposal from the Union. Discussion followed with the consensus the counter proposal be considered during the budget process.
Continuing under Old Business Legal Counsel John Gilreath explained a parcel of land located in Sec. 11 Twn. 20 Rng. 13 and owned by KRD and the interest in purchasing the property by adjoining landowners. Discussion followed with Resolution 1999-3 presented for approval and signatures. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland approved Resolution 1999-3 as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board no names for Director Division 2 have been submitted to the Kittitas County Commissioners or the KRD Office.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board Jim Schnebly submitted his petition of nomination within the time specified and contained the appropriate signatures. Mr. Carpenter further apprised the Board no other petitions were received. The Board of Directors declared Jim Schnebly elected to Director Division 3 and Mr. Schnebly was presented a Certificate of Election.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he will be sending a written request to Spider/Safeworks for the return of a controller for the 160 foot vertical unit. Mr. Carpenter explained Ron Jarmin, equipment supervisor, has made several phone calls requesting the return of the controller with the explanation they do not know where it is.
Moving to New Business Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce membership has increased to $325.00 per year. Discussion followed with the consensus KRD continue the Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce Membership.
Mr. Carpenter requested approval to send one employee to the February 7th - 11th Water Management Workshop in Denver. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland authorized one employee to attend the Water Management Workshop in Denver. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter presented Harry Whitaker Turnout Request in Sec. 13 Twn. 18 Rng.18 Discussion followed with a motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Jim Schnebly authorizing the Harry Whitaker turnout request as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter presented a notice for the Board of Equalization. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland authorized the Board of Equalization be held on December 7, 1999 beginning at 1 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter presented a membership letter from the Yakima River Watershed Interagency Council. Discussion followed with the consensus participation and or membership be discussed with other Districts prior to any decision.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he received a document from Kittitas County Public Works on Accommodating Utilities in Kittitas County Right Of Ways. Mr. Carpenter further explained a meeting for public review and input is scheduled for 3 p.m. December 2,1999. Mr. Carpenter explained he will be unable to attend as he will be attending the WSWRA Conference in Spokane.
Deviating to Old Business Mr. Carpenter presented Jim Schnebly with a Certificate of Election.
November 3 Facilities Tour KRD
November 5 Swauk Valley Ranch Mtg. Swauk Ranch
November 15 River Ops Yakima
November 17 WSWRA Ephrata
November 18 Cascade Medical Group Training Yakima
November 19 Lake Keechelus Project Boise
November 23 What Irrigators are doing for Salmon and Environmental Resources Pasco
November 23 USGS Water Quality Yakima
November 30 Joint Board Yakima
December 2 Kittitas County Public Works Ellensburg
Moving to Other Business Mr. Carpenter presented information on the installation of the taranap liner material explaining the installation was under the guidance of Jack Haines, USBR, who has experience with the liner material and installation. Discussion followed with Mr. Carpenter requesting the purchase of liner material in the 2000 budget.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he has been contacted by Structures Unlimited, Inc. distributing continuous concrete pipeline to demonstrate their product at no cost on 1,000 feet of KRD ditch . Discussion followed with the recommendation Mr. Carpenter continue discussions with the Structures Unlimited, Inc.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board written comments are due November 11, 1999 on the SEPA Threshold Determination on the eastbound I-90 truck climbing lanes which will cross the KRD canal.
The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 2:20 p.m. to discuss legal issues with a motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Jim Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously. The Board returned to Regular Session at 2:35 p.m. with a motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Jim Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously.
Summary Vouchers for the month of September, 1999 expenses Vouchers # 16199 & 16873 & 16903 - 17028 in the sum of $ 123,613.31 were presented for approval. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland approved the Summary Vouchers as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
The Directors monthly Payroll Vouchers were presented for signatures and checks distributing accordingly.
All Business having been concluded the meeting adjourned.
Jack W. Carpenter Secretary-Manager
Urban Eberhart - Chairman
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