Office of the Secretary Manager
Kittitas Reclamation District Special Board of Directors Meeting
December 17, 2018 Minutes
The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District (KRD) met in Special Session on December 17, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Attending the meeting were Division Four Director and Chairman Larry Bland, Division Two Director and Vice Chairman Ed Wakkuri, Division One Director Mark Hansen, Division Three Director Fred Schnebly, Division Five Director Paul Weaver, Secretary Manager Urban Eberhart, Assistant Manager Kevin Eslinger, Field Supervisor Bob Main, KRD Treasurer Stacy Berg, and Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower.
A motion to approve the corrected agenda was made by Director Wakkuri. The second was made by Director Schnebly, the motion passed unanimously.
Secretary Manager Urban Eberhart presented the 2019 Budget and explained it in detail. The presentation covered the current status of the investments, the 2018 Budget, assessment collections, the layoff of 15 employees for January and February and known upcoming expenses. Director Hansen made a motion to approve the 2019 Budget of $4,443,192.18 and increase the assessment rates by $5.00 per acre with 97.2% of the assessments allocated to Operations & Maintenance and 2.8% allocated to Construction Debt Repayment. The second was made by Director Weaver. The motion passed unanimously.
Director Schnebly made a motion to approve the carry over of annual leave, and the second was made by Director Weaver. The motion passed unanimously.
Director Hansen made a motion to adopt the 2019 Employee Wages which includes a 3.1% cost of living adjustment and wage increases for Stacy Berg, Keli Bender and Tina Webster. The second was made by Director Wakkuri. The motion passed unanimously.
Other Business: Director Hansen reported that the during the Kittitas County Water Purveyors (KCWP) Board Meeting, Director Pat Clerf reported that Ellensburg Water Company would be terminating their involvement with KCWP due to increased contributions. Director Jack Clerf with Cascade Irrigation District had concerns about the increased contributions and the protection of a letter that was written in 2012 from the Washington State Department of Ecology. Director Jack Clerf was not prepared to vote on behalf of Cascade Irrigation District, he stepped down from his position following the meeting. Director Dyk with Westside Irrigation will continue their involvement with KCWP.
Director Wakkuri reported that the Manager of the Double K Retreat & Adventure had requested KRD consider forgiving the interest due to the account which is currently delinquent. Although the board did empathize, they understood it is a non-profit, it would set a precedence to other land owners if they forgave the interest. The consensus of the board was that the Double K Retreat & Adventure would be responsible for the bill in its entirety.
All business having been concluded the meeting was adjourned.
Mr. Bland KRD Board of Directors Chairman
Mr. Eberhart KRD Secretary Manager