Office of Secretary

Minutes of Regular Meeting

May 6, 2003

The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District met in Regular Session on May 5, 2003. Directors in attendance were Chairman Brad Haberman, Vice Chairman Urban Eberhart, Jim Schnebly, Ed Wakkuri and Larry Bland. Also in attendance were Janeice Jump, Jack Carpenter, Barbara Pettit, Carol Ready and Legal Counsel John Gilreath.

A motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Larry Bland approved the Agenda with the addition of Executive Session. The motion passed unanimously.

The Minutes of the April 8, 2003 meeting were approved as presented with a motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Jim Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Carpenter presented a water update explaining the next TWSA meeting is scheduled for May 9, 2003 explaining it appears the percentage of snow pack is holding and the 91% of entitlement should hold up. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the Wippel Pumping Plant electric motors were put back in and while starting the 10-cfs the flow control valve failed. Mr. Carpenter continued explaining Picatti Brothers tried to repair the valve and were unable to; so a new valve was ordered. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he just received word the valve was caught in the tornadoes with shipment expected to arrive at KRD Monday. Discussion followed with Mr. Carpenter directed to get a cost estimate from Picatti Brothers for repairing the old valve and find out if another valve could be located and delivered prior to Monday.

Carol Ready presented updated information on KCWP explaining the legislation allowing KCWP to form as a Board of Joint Control is on the Governors desk for signature. Carol Ready apprised the Board the current BPA/YTAHP funding has been decreased and will end in 2004.

Carol apprised the Board the final draft of the suspended sediment, turbidity TMDL is available for review with comments to be submitted to Jane Creech, DOE. Carol explained the water quality compliance reporting policy for turbidity is in final draft with comments due to Carol immediately. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board BPA is forming a 3 year planning cycle and recommended Carol attend BPA meetings to keep updated on the process and YTAHP funding.

Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he has talked with Jerry Jacoby, USBR and Dick Haapala, CH2Mhill regarding the KRD position of excessive NEPA cost for the YRBWEP South Branch Scope of Work and the potential of duplication of environmental work with Manastash Natural Flow Users and other potential duplication of work, therefore the Board has not approved the project. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the KRD cost share is 10%. Mr. Carpenter presented updated information on water banking explaining a new group has been formed and comments can be made on line.

Mr. Carpenter distributed a WSWRA Summary of Legislation addressing Water Policy Issues explaining the status of all related bills.

Moving to New Business Mr. Carpenter presented the following segregations for pre-approval subject to meeting the general guidelines:

Terry Leader Sec. 17 Twn. 17 Rng. 20; Les Knudson Sec. 30 Twn. 18 Rng. 19. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Urban Eberhart approved the Terry Leader and Les Knudson segregations as presented subject to meeting the general guidelines. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Carpenter distributed the Canyon River Estates letter addressing their concerns regarding mosquitoes at their location. Mr. Carpenter distributed a draft letter of response for review and comments. Discussion followed with the consensus the letter of response, without the last paragraph, be sent to the Landowner Association.

Urban Eberhart and Jack Carpenter presented information from a meeting with General Accounting Office Representatives regarding what the issues are in relationship to the federal agencies responsible for consultation in regards to the Endangered Species Act and how the affected parties are understanding the process. Mr. Eberhart explained this investigation is in a response to a request from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Mr. Eberhart explained this is the first time Representatives from the General Accounting Office have met with staff and requested information.

Upcoming Meetings:

May 8th CH2Mhill Easton Dam   Easton Dam

May 9th TWSA   USBR

May 15th Community Forum On Open Government   Ellensburg Inn

May 21st WSWRA   Wenatchee

May 30th Joint Board   Yakima

Moving to Other Business Barbara Pettit presented the delinquent accounts report. Discussion followed with a motion from Urban Eberhart and seconded by Ed Wakkuri authorizing Legal Counsel John Gilreath send letters to landowners meeting the foreclosure criteria.

The Board adjourned to Executive Session for 10 minutes at 1:45 p.m. to discuss legal matters with a motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Ed Wakkuri. The motion passed unanimously. The Board returned to Regular Session at 1:55 p.m. with a motion from Urban Eberhart and seconded by Larry Bland. The motion passed unanimously.

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

The Summary Vouchers for March expenses Vouchers #22192-22195 & 22307-22458 In the sum of $ 213,855.32 were presented for approval. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland approved the Summary Vouchers as presented. The motion passed unanimously.

All Business having been concluded the meeting adjourned.

Bradley W. Haberman – Chairman

Jack W. Carpenter – Secretary-Manager

Return to Board Meeting Page

Return to KRD Homepage