Office of the Secretary Manager

Kittitas Reclamation District Board of Directors Meeting

May 14, 2019 Minutes

 

The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District (KRD) met in Regular Session on May 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Attending the meeting were Division Three Director and Chairman Fred Schnebly, Division One Director and Vice Chairman Mark Hansen, Division Four Director Larry Bland, Division Two Director Ed Wakkuri, Division Five Director Paul Weaver, Secretary Manager Urban Eberhart, Assistant Manager Kevin Eslinger, Field Supervisor Bob Main, Treasurer Stacy Berg, Lands Clerk & RRA Specialist Keli Bender, Lands Clerk & RRA Specialist Sara Vickers, Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower. Also, in attendance was KRD land owner Janeice Jump.

The amended agenda was approved with the addition of two executive sessions for reasons consistent with RCW 42.30.110(1)(i):(i). The first Executive session would be at 1:30 p.m. and the second would be prior to the conclusion of the meeting. The motion was made by Director Wakkuri and the second was made by Director Bland. The motion passed unanimously.

 

The minutes for the April 2, 2019 Board Meeting were approved with a motion made by Director Bland and the second was made by Director Weaver. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Public Comment: There were no public comments.

 

Water Master Report: As of May 14, 2019, the five reservoirs were at 71% capacity which was 90.1% of average. Precipitation for the reservoirs from May 1st to date is zero. Precipitation for the water year to date is 177.43 inches, or 89% of average. The Snotel Sites for the Upper Yakima Basin are reporting 33% of average and the Lower Basin sites are at 63% of average. Mr. Eberhart provided documentation from the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) which illustrated the current water forecast in the Yakima Basin.

 

Maintenance Report: Mr. Main reported that the crews are working at Easton Dam, doing ongoing maintenance that has been recommended by the USBR. This includes, replacing log booms in front of the canal intake trash racks, also doing some concrete and stair work. Spray crews have completed the spraying in the badger pocket area and are now working on the North Branch. Crews are hauling out spoils in the badger pocket area, and also doing some road work.

 

Secretary Managerís Activity Report: Mr. Eberhart reported that while he was at the Denver Stakeholders Meeting, it was announced that the USBR had opened and closed a comment period on the draft Directive and Standards (D&S) for O&M of transferred works. What was surprising was that attendees were all from irrigation districts throughout the west and most had not heard of the changes being proposed. After significant encouragement from the attendees the comment period was reopened. The KRD provided comments to the USBR on this matter.

 

Director Weaver made a motion to pay the $500.00 in Ruckelshaus Center Dues. A second was made by Director Bland, the motion passed unanimously.

 

A tour was provided on May 13th to the Assistant Regional Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service who toured the Upper Yakima Projects.

 

On June 4th the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project Integrated Plan Workgroup will be hosting a 10-year celebration.

 

There will be a celebration commemorating 42 years of the Aquavella adjudication, hosted by Department of Ecology on June 5th at Sarg Hubbard Park in Yakima, WA.

 

Director Hansen made a motion to change the date of the June Board Meeting to June 11th at 1:00 p.m. A second was made by Director Weaver, the motion passed unanimously.

 

Mr. Eberhart requested approval to travel to Reno, Nevada to present at the United States Society for Irrigation and Drainage Professionals Conference November 5-8, 2019. Director Weaver made a motion to approve the travel to Reno, NV. A second was made by Director Bland, the motion passed unanimously.

 

Director Bland made a motion to change the date of the November Board Meeting to November 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. A second was made by Director Wakkuri, the motion passed unanimously.

 

There will be a WaterSmart Water Marketing Advisory Group Meeting this week.

 

The Yakima Basin Focused Managed Aquifer Recharge Assessment Group has had a tour that hydrogeologists attended to view some possible project sites. The group will continue to be active throughout the summer.

 

The South Branch 13.8 Connection to Manastash Water Ditch Association (MWDA) has been completed.

 

The South Branch Canal Lining Phase I, including change orders 3,4,5 and 6 are complete.

 

The fencing from the canal road to Boylston Road is complete.

 

Treasurerís Report: The Directorsí monthly payroll vouchers were presented for signatures. Summary Vouchers for the March 2019 expenses and the April 2019 payroll which included check numbers 43157-43244, direct deposit numbers 9901629 through 9901648 in the sum of $2,077,908.18 were approved with a motion made by Director Wakkuri. The second was made by Director Weaver, the motion passed unanimously.    

 

Old Business: The agreements between the KRD and the participants in Kittitas County Water Purveyors (KCWP) were presented. Director Hansen made a motion to approve the agreements that were presented. A second was made by Director Wakkuri, the motion passed unanimously.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

New Business: Legal Counsel Slothower reported that the City of Ellensburg has proposed an expansion of their Downtown Registered Historic District which would include the parcels that the KRD Office is currently housed on. A letter was drafted in opposition and forwarded to the Senior Planner Historic Preservation for the City of Ellensburg. There is also a proposition that the City of Ellensburg would like to change the zoning for the same parcels. The concern is that the change in zoning could make the KRDís existing activities non-conforming. KRD staff will attend the zoning meeting and will continue to monitor the situation.

 

Director Weaver made a motion to approve Resolution 2019-09 which allows KRD to raise the debt ceiling with Jacobs Engineering to not exceed the ceiling of $5,000,000.00. A second was made by Director Bland, the motion passed unanimously.

 

A discussion ensued regarding the benefits of the Retro Safety Program. Director Weaver made a motion to approve the payment for the 2019 Retro Safety Dues in the amount $2,421.60. A second was made by Director Bland, the motion passed unanimously.

 

The 2019 Foreclosure List was presented to the Board which listed all the outstanding 2016 assessments. Treasurer Berg will continue to attempt to collect the outstanding balances and provide an updated report at the next board meeting.

 

Mr. Eberhart presented an email from Nick Marquez who was requesting the Board forgive the past due interest in the amount of $76.16 on an account. The email was read verbatim, the board discussed the request and chose to decline the request.

 

Other Business: The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 1:30 p.m. for 15 minutes per RCW 42.30.110(1)(i):(i) there was a motion made by Director Hansen and a second made by Director Weaver. The motion passed unanimously. The Board returned to Regular Session at 1:45 p.m. with a motion made by Director Wakkuri, and the second was made by Director Bland. The motion passed unanimously. The Board adjourned for the second Executive Session at 2:05 p.m. for 30 minutes per RCW 42.30.110(1)(i):(i) there was a motion made by Director Hansen and a second was made by Director Wakkuri. The motion passed unanimously. The Board returned to Regular Session at 2:35 p.m. with a motion made by Director Wakkuri and a second was made by Director Weaver. The motion passed unanimously.

 

All business having been concluded the meeting was adjourned.

 

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Mr. Schnebly KRD Board of Directors Chairman

 

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Mr. Eberhart KRD Secretary Manager