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                                                                             Minutes of Regular Meeting

                                                                             February 2, 2016

 

The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District met in Regular Session February 2, 2016.  Directors in attendance were Chairman Fred Schnebly, Vice Chairman Paul Weaver, by phone, Larry Bland, Mark Hansen and Ed Wakkuri.  Also in attendance were Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower, Urban Eberhart, Barbara Pettit, Keli Bender, Roger Satnik, Kevin Eslinger, Bob Main and Janeice Jump.

 

The Agenda was approved as presented with the addition of Executive Session through a motion made by Ed Wakkuri and a second made by Larry Bland. The motion passed unanimously.

 

The minutes of the January 5, 2016 meeting were approved with a motion made by Ed Wakkuri and a second made by Mark Hansen. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Bob Main presented information on the USBR system status report explaining storage is at 58% of capacity which is 116% of normal. Precipitation is 83% of normal for January and 132% of normal for the year.  Bob continued explaining snotel sites are measuring 100% of normal on the upper sites and 124% of normal on the lower sites.

 

Moving to public comments Janeice Jump asked what the increase in assessment rates are for 2016.  Chairman Fred Schnebly stated rates have been set for 2016.

 

Kevin Eslinger presented a maintenance update explaining all the KRD maintenance vehicles and equipment that are located at the Ellensburg location have been serviced.  Vehicles located in Cle Elum are scheduled for servicing the next week.  Kevin continued explaining the basement office should be completed in February and the privacy fencing has started to be installed on Water Street.   

 

Urban Eberhart requested approval for Bob Main and Kevin Eslinger to attend the Northwest Irrigator Operators Conference in Boise, Idaho on February 16th-19th.    A motion made by Larry Bland and a second made by Paul Weaver approved the request as presented.  The motion passed unanimously. 

 

Moving to KCWP update Roger Satnik apprised the Board a KCWP meeting is scheduled for February 8th at 1:00 p.m.

 

Urban Eberhart presented information on the 2016-2018 Union Proposal explaining no new information has been received.

 

The Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission Practitioner Guide was distributed for review and discussion.

 

Urban Eberhart presented updated information on the Integrated Plan explaining work continues prior to possible introduction in the House of Representatives.    

 

Urban Eberhart presented updated information on the Tributary Drought Supplementation explaining HDR personnel met with KRD and Kittitas County Conservation District on Manastash warranty work and water measurement.  

 

Urban Eberhart presented Resolution 2016-1 for Water Smart funding with a 50% cost share.  A motion made by Ed Wakkuri and a second made by Mark Hansen approved Resolution 2016-1 as presented.   Urban Eberhart presented a grant update explaining work continues on opportunities for grant funding.

 

Urban Eberhart presented updated information on the SB 13.6 & SB 13.8 Upgrade Project and the construction schedule.

 

Urban Eberhart presented updated information on the Kachess Emergency Floating Pumping Plant explaining there is discussion by CH2MHill on placing a pump in the Easton Pool and pumping the water back into Kachees.  A separate discussion on a diversion and pipeline on Cabin and Silver Creek with gravity flow to Kachees is also occurring.

 

Moving to New Business Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower requested Taylor Bridge discussion be moved to Executive Session.

 

The 2016 Family Farm Alliance contribution in the sum of $4,163.46 was presented for review and discussion.  A motion made by Ed Wakkuri and a second made by Larry Bland approved the contribution as presented.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

The 2016 Yakima Basin Joint Board assessment in the sum of $40,000.00 was presented for review and approval.  A motion made by Larry Bland and a second made by Paul Weaver approved the assessment as presented.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

The 2016 Yakima River Basin Coalition assessment in the sum of $32,638.10 was presented for review and approval.  A motion made by Ed Wakkuri and second made by Larry Bland approved the assessment as presented.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

The 2016 WSWRA Dues in the sum of $22,000.00 was presented for review and approval.  A motion made by Larry Bland and a second made by Ed Wakkuri approved the dues as presented.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Urban Eberhart distributed an agreement with RHW Human Resource Service for review and discussion.  A motion made by Mark Hansen and a second made by Ed Wakkuri approved the agreement as presented.  The motion passed with Paul Weaver abstaining.

 

Bob Main presented turn out requests from Bob Chapman Sec. 4 Twn.16  Rng. 20. and Galen Rogers Sec. 21 Twn. 18 Rng. 19. with installation at owners expense.  A motion made by Mark Hansen and a second made by Ed Wakkuri approved the turn out requests as presented.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

 Urban Eberhart requested to attend the Family Farm Alliance Meeting February 17th 19th.  A motion made by Paul Weaver and a second made by Ed Wakkuri authorized Urban Eberhart attend the Family Farm Alliance Meeting.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Moving to Other Business Urban Eberhart presented information on the purchase and installation of security cameras for the KRD office, shop and yard at an estimated cost of $5,071.68. Discussion followed with a motion made by Paul Weaver and a second made by Ed Wakkuri approving the purchase and installation of security cameras as presented.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Continuing under Old Business Urban Eberhart requested approval to return to the original KRD logo and letter head.  Discussion followed with a motion made by Larry Bland and a second made by Ed Wakkuri approving the request as presented.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Urban Eberhart apprised the Board we have a plotter on loan from Roza and suggested the old KRD plotter be surplused.  A motion made by Paul Weaver and a second made by Mark Hansen authorized the old plotter be surplused.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 1:46 p.m. for 20 minutes Per RCW 42.30.110.i to discuss Potential Litigation with a motion made by Paul Weaver and a second made by Larry Bland.  The motion passed unanimously. The Board returned to Regular Session at 2:06 p.m. with a motion made by Mark Hansen and a second made by Ed Wakkuri. The motion passed unanimously. 

 

The Summary Vouchers for December, 2015 expenses vouchers #39677-39681 & 39853-39932 in the sum of $365,561.50 were approved with a motion made by Ed Wakkuri and a second made by Mark Hansen. 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.

 

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Fred Schnebly - Chairman

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Urban B. Eberhart Secretary Manager