The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District met in Regular Session on April 6, 2004. Directors in attendance were Chairman Urban Eberhart, Vice Chairman Jim Schnebly, Ed Wakkuri, Larry Bland and Brad Haberman. Also in attendance were Rod Jovanovich, Sean Northrop, Ben George, Janeice Jump, Kathleen Satnik, Roger Satnik, Paul Green, Ken Hasbrouck, Barbara Pettit and Legal Counsel John Gilreath.
A motion from Brad Haberman and seconded by Ed Wakkuri approved the agenda as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Deviating to New Business the Sapphire Skies Crossing Agreement Request was presented by Rod Jovonovich and Sean Northrop. Mr. Jovonovich distributed pictures and maps explaining the crossing request is for the Little Creek Siphon. Mr. Jovonovich further explained Sapphire Skies is a Timber and Land Investment Company owning a portion of Section 33 with plans to sell the land to create residential use. Existing roads and new roads will be built to meet fire code and county road standards. Mr. Jovonovich explained the fastest and easiest access for quicker emergency response time would be through the Little Creek Siphon. Adjacent landowners have agreed to work with Sapphire Skies with the stipulation permission is received from KRD. Mr. Jonovich apprised the Board Sapphire Skies is agreeable to improving the access for the community creating quicker response time. Chairman Urban Eberhart apprised Mr. Jovonovich public safety issues and maintaining the structural integrity of the Little Creek Siphon will be required. Discussion followed with the Board requesting Sapphire Skies contact Dick Haapala, CH2Mhill, at their expense, to address the public safety and structural concerns and the Board will review the information and recommendations. Rod Jovonovich and Sean Northrop left the meeting at this time.
Returning to the Agenda the minutes of the March 2, 2004 meeting were approved as corrected by a motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Ed Wakkuri. The motion passed unanimously.
Moving to Water Update Ken Hasbrouck distributed the USBR water status report explaining the Junior/Proratable Irrigation Districts have been prorated at 85% due to the below normal precipitation and warm weather with storage control possible in May. Discussion followed with a motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland setting the 2004 water allotment at 1.75 CFS with fair and equitable treatment to all assessed acres with a turn on date of April 19th. The motion passed unanimously.
Roger Satnik presented the draft newsletter for review and requested comments be submitted as soon as possible.
Paul Green presented a maintenance update explaining he will have the system ready for operation by April 19th.
Kathleen Satnik presented the KCWP Update explaining sampling at creek sites is scheduled to begin tomorrow and will be every two weeks.
Kathleen apprised the Board the 2005 DOE Grant Application received the extra bonus 100 points. Kathleen apprised the Board Bethany Wilcox will start work on Thursday and an intern needing field experience has contacted her. Kathleen apprised the Board there are BMP projects scheduled and she is looking for additional projects. There is a KCWP Board meeting scheduled for April 27th and a KCWP public meeting scheduled for April 29th where 2003 water quality data will be presented. Kathleen presented information from the Las Vegas Western Governors Association Conference.
Moving to Manastash Creek Update Larry Bland explaining BPA has agreed to build the facility and own it for 5 years. Larry continued explaining negotiation are continuing with DOE.
A letter from the USBR on the overhead rate was distributed. Discussion followed with a motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Brad Haberman authorizing a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation notifying them the KRD cannot continue to operate the USBR facilities at the current overhead rate and turning operation and maintenance of facilities over to the Bureau of Reclamation in 30 days without the 30% overhead rate approval. The motion passed unanimously. Ben George expressed concerns and requested Taneum Board be notified of any changes in the operations.
Moving to the Bugni CFO Update Legal Counsel John Gilreath apprised the Board the briefing must be in by the end of May.
The Veterinary bill in the sum of $1,121.00 for the dog injured by KRD/KCWP employees and owned by Debby Gallie-Miller were presented for approval. Discussion followed with the consensus Conover Insurance request written confirmation from the CNA Underwriter stating filing of the claim will not increase KRD premiums.
Updated information was distributed on the USBR Appraisal Assessment of Columbia River Water Availability for Black Rock.
Moving to New Business the Ron Busch Sec. 32 Twn. 17 Rng. 20 and Nadine Johnson Sec. 13 Twn. 17 Rng. 19 segregations were presented for pre-approval subject to meeting the general guidelines. Discussion followed regarding a recommendation to waive the fees for the Ron Busch segregation as it was initiated to donate a portion of one parcel of land to Kittitas County Fire District 2. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland approved the Ron Busch and Nadine Johnson segregations as presented with no waiver of fees. The motion passed unanimously.
Authorization to purchase a 1994 Chevrolet pickup in the sum of $19,020.00 was approved by a motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Brad Haberman. The motion passed unanimously.
A request for authorization to use the KRD O & M road for the 2004 John Wayne Trail Ride was approved with the stipulation a John Wayne Trail Rider representative be stationed at the top of Johnson Siphon to direct participants for the duration of the ride with a motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Brad Haberman. The motion passed unanimously.
Barbara Pettit apprised the Board a hard drive was replaced the AS400 computer and is operating efficiently with no further problems at this time. IBM technicians recommend protecting the current system with a RAID card or mirroring. Discussion followed with the consensus no action be taken at this time and a new computer system be included in the 2005 budget. Mrs. Pettit further explained an error with the maintenance agreement on the AS400 computer was discovered during the process explaining payment of the maintenance agreement has continued on the computer traded in on the AS400 and maintenance is being paid on the current machine. Mrs. Pettit explained she has submitted documentation on the duplicate payments to IBM and has requested a refund.
A Puget Sound Energy Master Crossing Agreement request to investigate subsurface soil and ground water conditions at 8 crossings was presented. Discussion followed with no action taken.
The Byron and Ryan Haney Puget Sound Energy Crossing Permit Sec. 35 Twn. 17 Rng. 19 was presented for approval. A motion from Brad Haberman and seconded by Larry Bland approved the Haney Puget Sound Energy Crossing Permit as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Roger Satnik presented the WSWRA/NPDES Xylene Study Request explaining Parametrics is doing a study on fate and transport of xylene and is looking for Districts to participate. Discussion followed with the consensus KRD participate in the study.
Information was presented on ditch burning damaging landowner pipe. Discussion followed with the consensus bills for damages be presented on a case by case basis with information obtained regarding property placed on KRD right-of-ways. A motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Larry Bland approved replacement of damaged pipe for Scott Stampfly and Ed Sullivan if the pipe was not located on KRD right-of-ways. The motion passed unanimously.
Mrs. Pettit apprised the Board a CD will mature at Cashmere Valley Bank on April 7th and will call with updated information.
Vice Chairman Jim Schnebly presented the Eberhart Associatiates Inc. Crossing Agreement Sec. 2 Twn.16 Rng. 19 A motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Ed Wakkuri approved the Eberhart Associatates, Inc. Crossing Agreement as presented. The motion passed with Urban Eberhart abstaining.
The 2004 Kittitas County Farm Bureau Membership fee in the sum of $359.44. A motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Brad Haberman approved the Kittitas County Farm Bureau Membership fee in the sum of $359.44. The motion passed unanimously.
A motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Brad Haberman authorized the purcahse of two 2004 Chevrolet Colorado pickups in the sum of $27,377.80. The motion passed unanimously.
April 2nd Joint Board Yakima
April 5th TWSA/Managers Mtg. USBR
April 13th Irrigation Presentation Senior Center
April 14th Ditch Rider Meeting KRD
April 15th Manastash Creek Steering Comm. Mtg.
April 21st WSWRA
April 30th Joint Board Yakima
Moving to Other Business information was presented on the Lund Main Canal seepage issue. Discussion followed with the consensus Jack Carpenter and Ed Wakkuri will visit the site. Bob Main has suggested Taneum Canal Company needs to establish a road from Killmore (Scotts Dairy) to the Spill at Robinson Canyon. Jack Carpenter has a recommendation that the costs be shared equally with Taneum Canal Company. Discussion followed with a letter requested from Taneum Canal Company
Continuing under Old Business Mrs. Pettit apprised the Board 237 letters were mailed to landowners with delinquent accounts in March, 2004.
The Directors monthly payroll vouchers were presented for signatures and checks distributed accordingly.
The Summary Vouchers for February expenses Vouchers #23723-23783 & 23789-23856 in the sum of $ 142,157.61 were presented for approval. A motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Brad Haberman 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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