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Minutes of Regular Meeting

May 4, 1999

 

The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District met in Regular Session on May 4, 1999.

Directors in attendance were Chairman Urban Eberhart, Vice Chairman Jim Schnebly, John Scott and Larry Bland. Also in attendance were John Dyk, Paul Harrell, Janeice Jump, Jack Carpenter, Barbara Pettit and Legal Counsel John Gilreath.

A motion from Larry Bland and seconded by John Scott approved the agenda with the addition of an Executive Session for legal issues. The motion passed unanimously.

The minutes of the April 6, 1999 meeting were approved as corrected with a motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by John Scott. The motion passed unanimously.

Moving to water update, Mr. Carpenter distributed the May 3, 1999 Bureau of Reclamation System Status Report with corrected data. Mr. Carpenter further explained the snow water content is 211% with available data indicating a 100% water year.

Continuing under Old Business Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board April 8, 1999 he met with Jack Stanford, at the Bureau of Reclamation. Mr. Stanford gave an overview of his Group Synthesis Report. Mr. Carpenter also attended the Tri County Water Resources Association meeting at Kennewick Irrigation District. April 12, 1999 Mr. Carpenter met with Phil Bloom to line out the survey for the straight wall, pumping plant trash racks, penstock coating, pumping plant facilities and discussed the 1999 budget allocation. Mr. Carpenter also attended a USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program in Yakima. April 13, 1999 Mr. Carpenter hosted a feasibility and investigation team tour to review Comp Plan sites with Jerry Jacoby, USBR, and YRBWEP personnel. April 15, 1999 Mr. Carpenter met with Ditch riders to discuss the 1999 water season. April 19, 1999 Mr. Carpenter attended the TWSA and River Operations and USBR Budget meetings. April 21, 1999 Mr. Carpenter attended the WSWRA meeting. April 22, 1999 Mr. Carpenter participated in the KCWP agenda planning meeting. April 29, 1999 Mr. Carpenter attended the Kittitas County Water Purveyors meeting at Sterling Savings. May 3, 1999 Mr. Carpenter attended the Chamber Ag. Sub-committee meeting.

Moving to Taneum Creek Enhancement Review and Tributary Study Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board KRD has previously agreed to run enhanced fish waters, of 20 CFS, in Taneum Creek when KRD has capacity subject to yearly review. Mr. Carpenter further explained there is currently no written agreement for the enhanced fish waters. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the Bureau of Reclamation has agreed to provide funding for CWU students to continue monitoring and rating Taneum Creek and Teanaway River gage stations.

Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board confirmation has been received adding Taneum Canal Company as named insured to the KRD Insurance Policy with a copy distributed to Legal Counsel and the Taneum Board. Mr. Eberhart suggested the Taneum committee schedule a meeting to review the proposed revisions of the 1971 contract.

Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he signed an agreement with the USBR to provide $10,000.00 in financial assistance for water analysis services at the USBR Boise Lab with the stipulation KRD will be responsible for costs exceeding the $10,000.00.

Moving to Tom Hawk and Claudia Cumming right-of-way access Mr. Schnebly apprised the Board he visited the site and could see no sign of recent excavation or road construction and no evidence of seepage impacting the proposed road construction area. Discussion followed with the consensus this has been an ongoing situation with no apparent attempt to construct a road. The Board directed Legal Counsel to send a written response to Tom Hawk and Cluadia Cumming informing them the KRD O & M road will be closed at the end of the 1999 irrigation season.

Continuing under Old Business Mr. Eberhart presented an update on the Tri County Water Resource Agency explaining a meeting is scheduled for May 18, 1999 at Hal Holmes Center.

Jim Schnebly presented information on the Kittitas County Water Purveyors explaining he felt the April meeting was well attended. Mr. Schnebly further explained the presentation by Tom Myrum and Mike Schwisow, WSWRA representatives, on the Endangered Species Act, Governor’s Salmon Team and the 1999 water bills were very well prepared and informative.

Moving to New Business Mr. Carpenter presented the Bender Short Plat NW Sec. 31 Twn. 18 Rng. 18. A motion from Larry Bland and seconded by John Scott approved the Bender Short Plat as presented. The motion passed unanimously.

The second USBR second half O & M Billing in the sum of $128,527.47 was presented for approval. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland approved the USBR second half O & M billing in the sum of $128,527.47. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Carpenter distributed letters from Conover and Bell Anderson Insurance for review with the consensus no action be taken.

Mr. Carpenter presented information from the Kittitas County Water Purveyors explaining a joint newsletter was discussed and the requested each entity return with input regarding participating in a joint newsletter. Discussion followed with the recommendation KRD continue to support the Kittitas County Water Purveyors.

Upcoming Meetings:

May 4, 1999 Kittitas Conservation District Ellensburg

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

May 6, 1999 Assoc. of Govern. Accountants Ellensburg

May 12, 1999 US Army Corps Permitting Ellensburg

USBR Managers Meeting Yakima

USBR TWSA Mtg.

May 17, 1999 Roza/Sunnyside Joint Board Sunnyside

May 19, 1999 WSWRA Quincy

May 27, 1999 Tri County Water Resource Agency Yakima

Kittitas County Water Purveyors Ellensburg

May 28, 1999 Joint Board Yakima

Mrs. Pettit presented a delinquent accounts report. Discussion followed with the consensus Legal Counsel be provided with information on accounts from 1996 and prior.

The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 2:00 p.m. for 20 minutes to discuss legal matters with a motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland. Chairman Urban Eberhart announced a 10 minute extension at 2:20 p.m. and a 10 minute extension at 2:30 p.m. The Board returned to Regular Session at 2:40 p.m. with a motion from John Scott and seconded by Larry Bland. The motion passed unanimously.

Summary Vouchers for the month March, 1999 expenses, Vouchers # 16120-16156 & 16200-16298

In the sum of $ 191,135.51 were presented for approval. A motion from John Scott and seconded by Larry Bland approved the Summary Vouchers as presented. The motion passed unanimously. 

The Directors monthly Payroll vouchers were presented for signatures and checks distributed accordingly.

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