Office of the Secretary Manager

Kittitas Reclamation District Board of Directors Meeting

March 6, 2018 Minutes

 

The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District (KRD) met in Regular Session on February 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Attending the meeting were Division Four Director and Chairman Larry Bland, Division Two Director and Vice Chairman Ed Wakkuri, Division Three Director Fred Schnebly, Division Five Director Paul Weaver,  Secretary Manager Urban Eberhart, Assistant Manager Kevin Eslinger, Field Supervisor Bob Main, Treasurer Stacy Berg, GIS IT / Water Quality Specialist Roger Satnik, and Lands Clerk & RRA Specialist Keli Bender. Also, in attendance were land owners Janeice Jump, Ralph Kratz, Judith Pierce and Jamie Pierce.

 

The agenda was approved with the addition of an executive session for reasons consistent with RCW 42.30.110(1)(f), RCW 42.30.110(1)(g) and RCW 42.30.110(1)(i):(i). The motion was made by Director Wakkuri and the second was made by Director Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously.

 

The minutes for the February 6, 2018 Board Meeting and February 16, 2018 Special Board Meeting were approved with a motion made by Director Schnebly and the second made by Director Wakkuri. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Public Comment: Land Owner Judith Pierce discussed a turnout that she is requesting KRD work with her on the terminology of the permit. Legal Counsel Slothower was not in attendance of the meeting so KRD will follow up with him upon his return.

 

Water Master Report: As of March 6, 2018, the reservoirs are at 75% of capacity and storage is 134% of average. Precipitation at the reservoirs from March 1, 2018 to date is 2.37 inches which is 71% of average and 11% of the months average. Precipitation for the water year to date is 188.3 inches, or 114% of average. The NRCS Snotel sites are reporting 98% of average in the upper sites and 100% of average on the lower sites.

 

Maintenance Report: Mr. Main reported that the crews have been burning and cleaning ditches. Reclaim Company started pouring concrete on the North Branch Lining Project. Global Rope Access has been working with the KRD Rope Access Team in the Yakima Pressure Tunnel. There was more damage near the outlet end of the pressure tunnel than what was originally expected. Robby Main will be welding near the outlet to get the panels reattached.    

 

Secretary Managerís Activity Report: Mr. Eberhart reported that he participated in the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Columbia Basin Partnership Taskforce in Boise, ID on February 21-22, 2018.

 

The Family Farm Alliance Annual Conference was held in Reno, NV on February 23-24, 2018. Mr. Eberhart was part of a panel presentation and had several meetings during the conference with various government officials.

 

The Reverse John Keys Tour scheduled for March 15, 2018 at the Yakima Field Office of the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). There are several KRD employees who will be attending.  

 

On March 23, 2018 Mr. Eberhart will be speaking at the Stanford University Bill Lane Center for the American West meeting in Yakima.

 

Mr. Eberhart will be speaking at the League of Women Voters Conference in Ellensburg on March 24, 2018.

 

The outreach position with American Rivers has been filled by Kelsey Green.

 

The 2018 Tributary Supplementation Meeting is scheduled for March 19, 2018.

 

The Upper Yakima System Storage Assessment Phase II Assessment funding request has been included in a report by the Department of Interior to the United States House and Senate Appropriations Committees.

 

The WaterSmart Application for the Drought Resiliency Project has been submitted.

 

Conversations with Kittitas County Conservation District (KCCD), USBR, Manastash Steering Committee and KRD continue.

 

The concrete liner and turnouts are being poured currently in the North Branch Canal Lining Project Phase II. Phase III is expected to begin in the fall of 2018.

 

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the South Branch Canal Lining Phase I Project is currently at the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. The USBR and KRD are collaborating on the wording that will be used for the informational kiosks that will be placed at the Manastash Trailhead and at the Taneum. The construction for the Phase I portion is expected to start in the fall of 2018. The Phase II portion of the South Branch Canal will be the next project.

 

The report for the Easton Dam Drum Gate Carthodic Protection has been delayed. KRD is expecting to receive the report in March.

 

The emergency repair work at the Yakima Pressure Tunnel has begun. There is a Canadian team that is assisting with the repair work. Once the team began the repair work it was clear that the damages were more severe than originally anticipated. The repair work is expected to take an additional week to finish the project. Director Schnebly made a motion to approve an additional $40,000.00 to finish the repair work on the Yakima Pressure Tunnel. A second was made by Director Weaver. The motion passed unanimously.  

 

Treasurerís Report: The Directorsí monthly payroll vouchers were presented for signatures. Summary Vouchers for the January 2018 expenses and the February 2018 payroll which included check numbers 41966-42057, direct deposit numbers 9901334 through 9901349 in the sum of $766,395.27 were approved with a motion made by Director Wakkuri and the second was made by Director Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Old Business: The remaining delinquent account has been paid by a foreclosure company so KRD will not be moving forward with the foreclosure.  

 

New Business:  Treasurer Berg presented a list of the equipment for disposal. Director Schnebly made a motion to approve the disposal of equipment. A second was made by Director Wakkuri. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Other Business: The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 1:35 p.m. for 20 minutes per RCW 42.30.110(1)(f), RCW 42.30.110(1)(g) and RCW 42.30.110(1)(i):(i) there was a motion made by Director Weaver and a second made by Director Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously. The Board returned to Regular Session at 1:55 p.m. with a motion made by Director Wakkuri and the second was made by Director Weaver. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Mr. Eberhart recommended that the hourly wage for Temporary Employees increase to $14.12 an hour so that KRD is providing a competitive wage for the temporaries. There was also a discussion regarding the incentive pay for the Rope Access Team. Mr. Eberhart recommended that each Rope Access Team Member receive incentive pay in the amount of $537.00 per month which was based on an average 179-hour work month at $3.00 an hour. The board members were in consensus with Mr. Eberhart. The Board members sustained the termination of Christopher Staloch.

 

All business having been concluded the meeting was adjourned.

 

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Mr. Bland KRD Board of Directors Chairman

 

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Mr. Eberhart KRD Secretary Manager