Office of Secretary
Minutes of Regular Meeting
March 2, 2004
The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District met in regular session on March 2, 2004 at the District Office. Directors in attendance were Chairman Urban Eberhart, Vice Chairman Jim Schnebly, Larry Bland, Ed Wakkuri and Brad Haberman. Also in attendance were Janeice Jump, Dale Haberman, Ken Hasbrouck, Paul Green, Roger Satnik, Kathleen Satnik, Jack Carpenter, Barbara Pettit and Legal Counel John Gilreath.
A motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Brad Haberman approved the agenda as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Deviating to New Business Dale Haberman presented the 2004 rates for dead animal removal. Mr. Haberman apprised the Board the new rates are based on rates quoted to him by Baker Commodities for disposal of the animals. Dale further explained the rate increase is directly related to the export market of meat meal and the effect of the mad cow incident on foreign markets. Dale Haberman left the meeting at this time.
Returning to Old Business the minutes of the February 3, 2004 meeting were approved as corrected by a motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Brad Haberman. The motion passed unanimously.
Moving to water update Ken Hasbrouck apprised the Board discussions with USBR personnel indicate 2004 should be a 100% water year with normal to above normal subsequent precipitation. Mr. Hasbrouck continued explaining the filling of Keechelus Dam is going smoothly.
Moving to maintenance update Paul Green apprised the Board crews returned to work February 23rd.
Kathleen Satnik presented a KCWP update explaining the FY2005 grant application was submitted to DOE and an automatic 100 points will be received for being the "top priority" project for WRIA 39 as it is the only application being submitted. Kathleen apprised the Board she is preparing the interim report on the current DOE 319 Grant which is due the end of March. Kathleen discussed the applications received for water quality assistance from the current grant explaining applications are still being accepted. Kathleen continued explaining the water quality lab is near completion and requested approval to hire a part time water quality assistant to assist with field and lab work explaining the KCWP Board approved the position. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Brad Haberman authorized Kathleen hire a part time water quality assistant. The motion passed unanimously. Kathleen discussed the Comprehensive Irrigation District Management Plans and requested direction. Discussion followed with the consensus it will be a long term process with the recommendation irrigation entities work together proceeding on a step by step basis with KRD supporting participation in Step One.
Roger Satnik apprised the Board Debby Gallie-Miller, a landowner in the Teanaway, agreed to the installation of water quality equipment on her property and during a routine check of the equipment he apparently hit one of her dogs causing serious damage. Discussion followed regarding payment of the veterinary bills incurred as a result of the accident. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board there would be no deductible if a claim was turned in on KRD insurance. Discussion followed with a motion from Brad Haberman and seconded by Larry Bland authorizing payment of the veterinary bills with the stipulation there be no increase in the KRD insurance premiums resulting from the claim or KCWP will be responsible for payment. The motion passed unanimously.
Roger Satnik apprised the Board DOE has offered to provide in field training for identifying failed drain fields to help identify non agricultural sources of fecal contamination. Lengthy discussion followed with the consensus the field training not be on KRD canals and laterals. Roger further explained other irrigation entities have offered access to their facilities for training. It was the consensus of the Board to accept the offer of training on other irrigation facilities.
Mr. Carpenter distributed a letter from the USBR regarding KRD overhead rates. Mr. Carpenter further explained since Aug. 2002 KRD has billed and been reimbursed at a 30% overhead rate. The USBR now states that 10% is the contractual rate and the 30% was not approved and therefore they are requesting reimbursement of all overhead charges exceeding the contractual 10%. Barbara Pettit explained she has requested information from the USBR contract specialist regarding an appeal or amending the contract to make the 30% retroactive.
Moving to Mountainstar update Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board a meeting is scheduled at the USBR for March 8th.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board it appears most of the ownership of the fish screen diversion issues on the Manastash Creek have been resolved explaining Bonneville Power Administration will own the facility. A series of public information meetings have been scheduled.
Mr. Carpenter presented a legislative update explaining there appears to be no remaining major water legislation being proposed during this session.
Moving to New Business Mr. Carpenter presented the Paul Harrel Sec. 13,14,15,23 Twn. 18 Rng. 17 and Stan Evans Sec. 30 Twn. 18 Rng. 19 segregations for pre-approval subject to meeting the general guidelines. A motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Brad Haberman approved the Paul Harrel and Stan Evans segregations as presented subject to meeting the general guidelines. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter distributed a draft KRD newsletter and requested comments be submitted as soon as possible.
Mr. Carpenter presented an animal escape ramp proposal for the Hayward Hill Syphon area explaining he was contacted by the Field and Stream Club for cost sharing on the project. Discussion followed with a motion from Brad Haberman and seconded by Larry Bland authorizing KRD participate in the project. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter presented the Paul Bieter Crossing Permit Sec. 3 Twn. 16 Rng. 19. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland approved the Paul Bieter Crossing Permit as presented. The motion unanimously.
March 8th River Ops Yakima
March 8th Mountainstar Yakima
March 11th Water Court Yakima
March 16th KCRoad Standards Ellensburg
March 17th WSWRA
March 23rd KCWP Board KRD
March 26th Joint Board Yakima
Moving to Other Business Mr. Carpenter presented a draft O & M road useage letter for review. It was the consensus of the Board the letter be mailed to Pat Jenkins and Bill Linder.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he would be on vacation April 5th-12th.
Discussion followed with the consensus the April Board Meeting be held as scheduled on April 6th.
The Directors monthly payroll vouchers were presented for signatures and checks distributed accordingly.
The Summary Vouchers for January expenses Vouchers #23616-23687 & 23689-23722 in the sum of $250,888.89 were presented for approval. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Ed Wakkuri approved the Summary Vouchers as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
All Business having been concluded the meeting adjourned.
Urban B. Eberhart Chairman
Jack W. Carpenter Secretary- Manager
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