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Minutes of Regular Meeting
December 4, 2012
The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District met in Regular Session December 4, 2012. Directors in attendance were Chairman Ed Wakkuri, Fred Schnebly, Paul Weaver, Urban Eberhart and Larry Bland. Also in attendance were Barbara Pettit, Ken Hasbrouck, Kevin Eslinger, Keli Bender, Roger Satnik, Walt Larrick and Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower.
Walt Larrick, USBR, presented the MOA between the Bureau of Reclamation, Washington State Department of Ecology and Kittitas Reclamation District for the feasibility and funding of SB 13.8 for review and signature. Discussion followed with a motion from Paul Weaver and seconded by Larry Bland authorizing Chairman Ed Wakkuri to sign the MOA with the understanding it will provide complete funding and no financial obligation to KRD with final review by Legal Counsel. The motion passed unanimously.
The Agenda was approved as presented with the addition of Executive Session with a motion from Paul Weaver and seconded by Fred Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously.
The minutes of the October 2, 2012 meeting were approved with a motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Paul Weaver. The motion passed unanimously.
Ken Hasbrouck distributed the reservoir system status report explaining the diversions for 2012 were similar to 2011.
Kevin Eslinger presented a maintenance update explaining there were 71 projects
identified with 12 of them completed. Kevin presented information on the completed
and proposed projects. Kevin continued explaining The Wright Construction Co.
was awarded the contract on the Swauk house out building with construction under
way. The inspection of the Yakima River Tunnel is scheduled with CH2MHill.
Moving to KCWP Update Roger Satnik apprised the Board the KCWP Board reviewed possible changes to the water compliance policy and MOU with the Department of Ecology with the next KCWP Meeting scheduled for November 15, 2012.
Ken Hasbrouck presented a fire damage and insurance update on the Taylor Bridge Fire. Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower requested discussion pertaining to potential litigation be moved to Executive Session.
Urban Eberhart presented updated information on YRBWEPIII. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Yakima Basin Joint Board and Kittitas Reclamation District for reimbursement of travel expenses for Urban Eberhart was presented for signatures. A motion from Paul Weaver and seconded by Larry Bland approved Urban Eberhart attend the WSWRA Conference in Spokane December 5th-7th. The motion passed unanimously.
Ken Hasbrouck presented the 2013-2015 Union Counter Proposal for review and discussion. Discussion followed with Paul Weaver and Fred Schnebly appointed to the negotiations committee to begin in November.
Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower addressed the Board regarding the foreclosure procedures on the accounts meeting the criteria.
Moving to New Business a motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Paul Weaver set December 4, 2012 as the date of the Board of Equalization. The motion passed unanimously.
Ken Hasbrouck presented information on the inspection of the Yakima River Tunnel by CH2MHill. Discussion followed.
Ken Hasbrouck apprised the Board petitions of nomination with required signatures were received from Paul Weaver and Larry Bland by 5:00 p.m. Monday November 5, 2012. Certificates of election were presented to Paul Weaver and Larry Bland.
Moving to Inclusion/Exclusion Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower presented recommendations for changes to the existing inclusion/exclusion policy. Discussion followed with a motion from Fred Schnebly and seconded by Paul Weaver approving the recommendations as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Legal Counsel presented information on the Express Easement to KRD on Lateral Sec. 36 Twn. 19 Rng. 17 Lateral NB 5.8 for Western Pacific Timber. Discussion followed with a motion from Paul Weaver and seconded by Larry Bland the Easement for Western Pacific Timber be approved as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Moving to Other Business Ken Hasbrouck presented information on a request to change the wording on the KRD Crossing Permit. Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower addressed the Board with the suggestion he review the form and make revisions and present it to the Board for review. Discussion followed with the recommendation to consider recording all future Crossing Permits with Kittitas County at the landowner's expense.
Continuing under Other Business Ken Hasbrouck apprised the Board a draft 2013 budget will be presented for review and discussion at the December 4, 2012 meeting.
Kevin presented a claim from Walt Farrar for damages he claims were caused by a KRD vehicle. Discussion followed with the consensus KRD pay 50% of the damages.
Upcoming Meetings: Nov. 5th River Ops Yakima
Nov. 30th Joint Board Yakima
With a motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Fred Schnebly the Board adjourned to Executive Session for 30 minutes at 11:40 a.m. to discuss Aquavella Water Rights Adjudication, Potential Litigation on the Taylor Bridge Fire. The motion passed unanimously. The Board returned to Regular Session at 12:10 p.m. with a motion from Paul Weaver and seconded by Fred Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously.
The Summary Vouchers for August, 2012 expenses vouchers # 36401-36511 in the sum $201,322.93 were approved with a motion from Paul Weaver and seconded by Larry Bland. The motion passed unanimously.
The Directors monthly payroll vouchers were presented for signatures and checks distributed accordingly.
All Business having been concluded the meeting adjourned.
Kenneth J. Hasbrouck - Secretary Manager
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