Office of the Secretary Manager
Kittitas Reclamation District Board of Directors Meeting
April 4, 2017 Minutes
The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District met in Regular Session on April 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue Station 2-9 at 1:00 p.m. Attending the meeting were Division One Director and Chairman Mark Hansen, Division Four Director and Vice Chairman Larry Bland, Division Three Director Fred Schnebly, Division Two Director Ed Wakkuri, Division Five Director Paul Weaver, Secretary Manager Urban Eberhart, Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower, Assistant Manager Kevin Eslinger, Office Manager and Treasurer Barbara Pettit, Field Supervisor & Water Master Bob Main, and GIS IT / Water Quality Specialist Roger Satnik, Jason Smith of Jacobs Engineering Group, and landowner Janeice Jump.
Also in attendance were Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project (YRBWEP) Manager Gwendoline Christensen, from the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), Columbia - Cascades Area Office, with her Project Manager Teresa Merriman, Floodplain Properties Manager Jeanne Demorest, Project Manager Richard Visser, Fish Biologist / Project Manager Joel Hubble, Technical Writer Karen Dera, Resource Conservationist Elayne Hovde – Knudson (NRCS), Fish Biologist Pat Monk (USFWS), and Conservation Specialist Stan Isley (ECY).
Other USBR attendees were Yakima Field Office Manager Chad Stuart and Yakima Field Office O&M Manager Chris Wright.
Guests from the Washington State Department of Ecology (ECY) were YBIP Technical Projects Manager Danielle Squeochs, Hydrogeologist Melissa Downes and Legislative Report Writer Jennifer Stephens.
The agenda was approved with the addition of an executive session for reasons consistent with RCW 42.30.110(1) (g) and RCW 42.30.110 (1) (i):(i). The motion was made by Director Weaver and the second was made by Director Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously.
Kittitas Reclamation District Board of Directors, Staff and guests were introduced to the agency personnel.
Information on YRBWEP and the Integrated Plan was presented by Gwendoline Christensen, Jeanne Demorest and Patrick Monk. All agency visitors left after the presentation.
The minutes of the March 7, 2017 meeting were approved with a motion made by Director Weaver and the second made by Director Bland. The motion passed unanimously.
Water Update: Mr. Main presented the current water supply information from the United States Bureau of Reclamation. The storage is at 63% capacity with Lake Easton at the operating level. Storage is at 101.2% of average with April precipitation at 33% of average, 220% of average for March and 108% of average for the year. Snotel sites are at 102% in the Upper Basin sites and 106% in the Lower Basin sites.
The 2017 water turn on date was set for no later than April 14, 2017 and the allotment was set at 2.50 cfs per irrigable acre with a motion made by Director Weaver and a second by Director Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously.
Maintenance Update: Mr. Main reported that the field crews are in the process of finishing structures and preparing for water turn on. Matheson aqualastic application is scheduled and will be applied in the new cement area at the rock trap and in the Hayward Hill area. The application should be completed by April 14, 2017. Mr. Main explained the Rock Trap is scheduled for completion before April 14, 2017.
Public Comment: There were no comments from the public.
Secretary Manager’s Activity Report: Mr. Eberhart updated the Board on Integrated Plan information and reviewed multiple meetings that he attended over the past month.
Mr. Eberhart requested approval for travel to Portland and Washington D.C. in April, 2017. A motion made by Director Wakkuri and a second made by Director Schnebly approved the travel. The motion passed unanimously.
Jason Smith, Jacob’s Engineering presented information on the South Branch Design Project explaining the plan set is at 30% design. Mr. Eberhart requested authorization to sign the Modification-1. A motion made by Director Schnebly and a second made by Director Bland authorized Mr. Eberhart to sign the Modification. The motion passed unanimously. Jason Smith provided updated information on the Whiskey Creek Assessment. He also reported on the Water Storage Assessment. Mr. Eberhart spoke about the North Branch Lining Project concrete that is scheduled to be poured on April 4, 2017 and the project will be substantially complete by April 7, 2017. Mr. Eberhart discussed the Request for Qualifications Process and the Small Works Roster. Mr. Eberhart gave an update on the discussions with Kittitas County Conservation District regarding the Manastash. He also presented information on the Stream Supplementation, Taneum Heart K and Manastash Ridge Trail.
Mr. Eberhart requested approval for the purchase of a Gradall Excavator from Roza Irrigation District for $5,000.00. A motion made by Director Weaver and a second made by Director Schnebly to approve the request. The motion passed unanimously.
Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower presented information from a KRD Customer regarding their obligation to pay the assessment explaining he will send a response.
Mr. Eberhart presented a letter from Barbara Pettit announcing her retirement effective September 1, 2017.
Moving to New Business: Mr. Eberhart presented information on the 2017 USBR Operation and Maintenance cost adjustment explaining the adjustment will be made on the June, 2017 payment.
The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 2:40 p.m. for 20 minutes per RCW 42.30.110(1) (g) and 42.30.110 (1) (i):( i) with a motion made by Director Wakkuri and a second made by Director Weaver. The motion passed unanimously. The Board returned to Regular Session at 3:00 p.m. with a motion made by Director Wakkuri and the second made by Director Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously.
Summary Vouchers for the February, 2017 expenses and the March, 2017 payroll that included check numbers 40982 through 41065 and direct deposit numbers 9901071 through 9901087 in the sum of $215,577.65 were approved with a motion made by Director Wakkuri and the second made by Director Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously.
The Directors’ monthly payroll vouchers were presented for signatures and checks were distributed accordingly.
All Business having been concluded the meeting was adjourned.
Mr. Hansen KRD Board of Directors Chairman
Mr. Eberhart KRD Secretary Manager