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Minutes of Regular Meeting

March 5, 2002

The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District met in Regular Session on March 5, 2002. Directors in attendance were Chairman Ed Wakkuri, Vice Chairman Brad Haberman, Urban Eberhart, Larry Bland and Jim Schnebly. Also in attendance were Jack Carpenter, Barbara Pettit, Paul Harrel, Janeice Jump and Legal Counsel John Gilreath.

The agenda was approved as presented with the addition of an Executive Session by a motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Brad Haberman. The motion passed unanimously.

The minutes of the February 5, 2002 meeting were approved as presented with a motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Brad Haberman. The motion passed unanimously.

Moving to water update Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board precipitation is around105% of normal explaining if normal subsequent precipitation continues all the reservoirs will fill with the exception of Kachees. Mr. Carpenter further explained KRD should still receive100% of entitlement with 50% of normal subsequent precipitation. Discussion followed with the consensus April 19th is the proposed 2002 water turnon date and the water allotment be set following the April 8th TWSA meeting.

Mr. Carpenter presented updated information on KCWP explaining an informational meeting was held regarding the formation of a Joint Board. Mr. Carpenter further explained it would require a legislative language change to allow all entities to become members of a Joint Board.

Moving to Tri County update Jim Schnebly apprised the Board the Habitat Committee passed a draft document.

Mr. Carpenter presented the 2001 Inter Local Agreement with Olson Ditch for Board signatures.

Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the pipe for the Skyhook Pipeline has been ordered and will be delivered to the storage site in March. Mr. Carpenter further apprised the Board we are working with the USBR for additional funding to finish the project.

Urban Eberhart apprised the Board they met with Representative Doc Hastings and his staff regarding the FSA Drought Assessment Rebate and any possible impacts to the KRD water rights explaining he did not know of impacts and suggested contacting Jim Fitzgerald. Mr. Carpenter distributed a letter from the Yakima Basin Water Conservation Program regarding the FSA Drought Assessment Rebate. Discussion followed with the recommendation a letter be sent to Jim Fitzgerald with a copy to John Keys stating that it is our understanding that the FSA Drought Assessment Rebate cannot impact KRD water rights.

Continuing under Old Business Mr. Carpenter presented Crossing Permits for Ed Sullivan and Allen Sullivan Sec. 7 Twn.17 Rng.18. A motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Jim Schnebly approved the Crossing Permits as presented. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Carpenter presented information on the Department of Ecology Manastash Creek Groundwater Study explaining he has been requested to participate on the steering committee. Mr. Carpenter requested the recommendation of Larry Bland for the committee and he serves as an alternate. Discussion followed with the recommendation Larry Bland be submitted to serve on the committee with Jack Carpenter as alternate.

Urban Eberhart presented updated information on the Kittitas County Road and Utility Standards explaining Paul Bennett is revising Kittitas County standards chapter by chapter. Discussion followed with the consensus the standards revisions should be monitored for impact on irrigation.

Moving to P&H Morris Crane update Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he received a letter from the Texas office. Mr. Carpenter further explained all the issues were not addressed and explained to P&H Morris all issues must be addressed before negotiations could continue.

Mrs. Pettit apprised the Board a CD with Pacific Northwest Bank will mature on March 6, 2002. It was the consensus new rates be obtained and the Board polled.

Moving to New Business Mr. Carpenter presented a request for the John Wayne Wagons and Rides Annual Ride. A motion from Brad Haberman and seconded by Jim Schnebly approved the request. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Carpenter presented the following segregations for preapproval subject to meeting the general guidelines from Carl Jensvold Sec.4 Twn.16Rng. 20; Robert Cory Sec. 15 & 16Twn. 18 Rng.19; Bruce Wilson Sec.12 Twn.17 Rng.17; Robinson Canyon Ranchettes Sec. 26 & 35 Twn.18Rng.17. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland approved the segregations subject to meeting the general guidelines. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Carpenter presented information on replacing windows at the pumping plant building explaining replacing windows would address maintenance issues for ventilation and protecting the new equipment by preventing birds from entering through the windows. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board replacing the windows would require removing the current metal window frame from the concrete and installing the new windows. Discussion followed with the recommendation additional bids be requested for both removing and replacing the windows and replacing the windows without removing the existing frames and presented at a later date.

Mr. Carpenter presented the Leon (Bud) Carlson Crossing Permit Sec. 13 Twn.20 Rng.13. A motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Brad Haberman approved the Leon Carlson Crossing Permit as presented. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Carpenter presented information on the YRBWEP Interim Operating Comprehensive Basin Operating Plan is in draft and is out for reveiw with comments due March 15th. Mr. Carpenter further explained the KRD response will include a statement that KRD supports the Joint Board comments.

Mr. Carpenter presented the Paul and Bonnie Austin Turnout request Sec. 7 Twn.17 Rng.18. A motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Brad Haberman approved the turnout request. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the NWRA 2002 Water Seminar is being held in Washington DC.

Mr. Carpenter requested approval for the purchase of a 1997 Ford F250 ton 4x4 truck through state surplus in the sum of $9,693.00. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland approved purchasing the 1997 Ford F250 for $9,693.00. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Carpenter presented the James and Kristen Goss Crossing Permit Sec. 34 Twn.18 Rgn.18. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland approved the James and Kristen Goss Crossing Permit. The motion passed unanimously.

Upcoming Meetings

March 4th KRD Crews KRD

March 7th NMFS w/Bob Lohn Yakima

March 8th River Ops/TWSA USBR

March 12th DOE NPDES Ellensburg

March 21st Easton Dam CFR Easton

March 21st WSWRA Wenatchee

March 29th Joint Board Yakima

Moving to Other Business Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the crews were back to work yesterday and he has authorized working Saturdays in preparation for water season.

Continuing under Other Business Mr. Carpenter presented the Brian Woldseth Turnout Request Sec. 2 Twn.19 Rng. 15. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland approved the Brian Woldseth Turnout Request. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 2:03 p.m. for 15 minutes to discuss legal and personnel issues with a motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Brad Haberman. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board returned to Regular Session at 2:18 p.m. with a motion from Brad Haberman and seconded by Urban Eberhart. The motion passed unanimously.

The Summary Vouchers for January expenses Vouchers #20498-20583 in the sum of $173,532.82 were presented for approval. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Brad Haberman approved the Summary Vouchers as presented. The motion passed unanimously.

Brad Haberman presented information on his meeting with John Keys, on water issues, in Washington D.C. A motion from Urban Eberhart and seconded by Jim Schnebly authorized reimbursement of the Washington D.C. trip expenses for Brad Haberman. 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.

Edward R. Wakkuri – Chairman

Jack W. Carpenter – Secretary Manager

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