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Minutes of Regular Meeting
February 3, 1998
The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District met in Regular Session on February 3, 1998. Directors in attendance were Chairman Paul Weaver, Vice Chairman Urban Eberhart, Larry Bland, Jim Schnebly and John Scott. Also in attendance were Jack Carpenter, Barbara Pettit, Christa White, Pete White, Herb Schmitt, Janeice Jump, Ben George, Paul Harrel, Alan Gayken and Legal Counsel John Gilreath.
A motion from John Scott and seconded by Urban Eberhart approved the Agenda with the addition of an Executive Session.
The minutes of the January 6, 1998 meeting were approved as amended by a motion from Urban Eberhart and seconded by John Scott. The motion passed unanimously.
Deviation to New Business Mr. Carpenter presented a crossing permit for Herb Schmitt to add an additional turnout in Sec. 33, Twn., 17 Rng. 20. Mr. Carpenter further explained the design and work is being installed by Irrigation Sales and will include lockable meterable headgate with a flow meter with anti seep collars installed. A motion from Urban Eberhart and seconded by Jim Schnebly approved the crossing permit. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Schmitt left the meeting at this time.
Mr. Carpenter presented a crossing permit for Pete and Christa White for a crossing in Sec. 1, Twn. 19, Rng. 15. A motion from John Scott and seconded by Larry Bland approved the crossing permit. The motion passed unanimously. Pete and Christa White left the meeting at this time.
Returning to Old Business Mr. Carpenter presented the water update explaining January precipitation was 115% of normal making it about normal for the year. The high elevation snow is about 108%. Mr. Carpenter further explained the Bureau is making no projections at this time. Mr. Carpenter further explained with a 75% snow pack in April-May there should be a 100% entitlement year. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he received a call from the State of Washington Department of Transportation reporting water running over and cutting down the North Side of the Bank east of the Johnson Syphon. Mr. Carpenter explained he sent KRD crews to the site.
Moving to Meeting Review Mr. Carpenter reported he attended the January 9, 1998 River Operations Meeting explaining discussion was continuing on ramping rates. January 19, 1998 Mr. Carpenter met with Tony Jantzer, Cascade Irrigation, and Larry Brown, Ellensburg Water Company, to work on water quality issues on the Wippel Wasteway. January 21, 1998 Mr. Carpenter met with the Roza and Sunnyside Valley Irrigation Joint Board to discuss water quality. January 28, 1998 Mr. Carpenter met with Larry Brown and Tony Jantzer to finalize the agenda for the February 12 meeting. Jim Frost and Ed McGrew, Bell Anderson Insurance, met with Mr. Carpenter to review the policy.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the City of Ellensburg has requested the selling price on the proposal submitted. Mr. Carpenter distributed the appraisal for the KRD facilities. Lengthy discussion followed regarding relocation costs for the KRD facilities and selling price with the consensus KRD is very interested in continuing through the selection process with no price submitted at this time. Janeice Jump stated, as a KRD landowner, she felt all landowners should be notified immediately regarding the discussion with the City of Ellensburg. Chairman Paul Weaver stated his concern is to keep costs and assessments down and not incur a large debt.
Discussion followed with Mr. Carpenter explaining the newsletter will include this information.
The Taneum Canal committee of Urban Eberhart and Jim Schnebly reported they have not met with the Taneum Canal Board. Mr. Eberhart asked Paul Harrel for a suggested meeting date. Discussion followed with a tentative meeting scheduled for February 11, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. at Sterling Savings.
Mr. Carpenter distributed draft KRD Web Page requesting input and explaining Roger Satnik is available to further explain the project. Discussion followed regarding the kind of information being placed on the Web Page. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he assists with preparation and/or reviews all the proposed information for the Web Page. Mr. Carpenter further apprised the Board he felt this was one way to efficiently distribute information. Janeice Jump stated she was opposed to KRD monies being spent on a Web Page. Mr. Carpenter apprised Janeice Jump current employees and equipment are being utilized to facilitate the Web Page at no additional cost. Discussion continued regarding information being proposed for the Web Page with the consensus the Web Page is an effective way of distributing information.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the BPA funding request was returned in the "Fix" category with appropriate changes made and resubmitted and is still being considered.
Moving to New Business Mr. Carpenter presented a request from Joe Hobbs to pipe lateral 6.5 off the Pump Ditch explaining Mr. Hobbs would be responsible for material costs including concrete, steel and bedding material with KRD installing. Mr. Carpenter suggested KRD assist with the bedding material as it would help KRD with maintenance on the lateral and save water. A motion from Urban Eberhart and seconded by Larry Bland approved the Joe Hobbs request with KRD assistance with bedding material be left to the Managers discretion. The motion passed unanimously.
A motion from Urban Eberhart and seconded by Jim Schnebly authorized Jack Carpenter to attend the Northwest Irrigator Operator, Inc. Conference in Boise February 24th-26th, 1998. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the CD at Sterling Savings will mature on February 16, 1998 and requested guidance on reinvestment. Discussion followed with the consensus the monies be reinvested for 6 - 12 months depending rates available.
February 12, 1998 Joint Mtg. - Palace 10:00 a.m.
(KRD, Ellensburg Water Co. Cascade)
February 13, 1998 River Operations Meeting
February 24-26th NW Irrigator Operators Conf. February 27, 1998 Joint Board
Moving to Other Business Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he attended a meeting at the Bureau of Reclamation with Pat Monk where Jack Stanford presented information on Normative River Ecosystem. Mr. Carpenter distributed a KRD Director History and requested the dates be reviewed for accuracy. Mr. Carpenter distributed information on the "Trendwest Bill" and Senate Bill 6184. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he received a call from Ackroyd Crawford, L.L.C. Natural Resource Consultants. Ackroyd Crawford is interested in working in the area of on farm water quality issues.
With a motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland the Board adjourned to Executive Session at 2:10 p.m. for 15 minutes to discuss Legal and Personnel. The motion passed unanimously. Chairman Paul Weaver announced a 5 minutes extension at 2:25 p.m.. Chairman Paul Weaver announced a 10 minute extension at 2:30 p.m. With a motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland the Board returned to Regular Session.
The Summary Vouchers for the month of December, 1997 expenses Vouchers # 13957 & 14109 & 14156 & 14325-14396 & 14398-14403 & 14405-14418 in the sum of $103,250.27 were presented for approval and signatures. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by John Scott approved the Summary Vouchers as presented. 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.
Jack W. Carpenter - Secretary-Manager
Paul Weaver - Chairman
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