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Minutes of Regular Meeting
May 7, 2013
The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District met in Regular Session May 7, 2013. Directors in attendance were Chairman Paul Weaver, Vice Chairman Larry Bland, Fred Schnebly, Urban Eberhart and Ed Wakkuri. Also in attendance were Barbara Pettit, Ken Hasbrouck, Kevin Eslinger, Keli Bender, Roger Satnik, Kathleen Satnik, Mary Burke, Janeice Jump, Mike Lowe and Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower.
The Agenda was approved as presented with the addition of Executive Session with a motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Fred Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously.
Deviating from the Agenda Mary Burke addressed the Board regarding the Taylor Bridge Fire. Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower stated KRD has hired a law firm in Seattle and has joined the lawsuit against the State of Washington and contractors on the bridge project. Mary Burke continued with comments and concerns regarding the Integrated Plan and the Manastash SB 13.8 Pipe Project. Lengthy discussion followed. Mary Burke left the meeting at this time.
Returning to the Agenda the minutes of the April 2, 2013 meeting were approved as amended with a motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Fred Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously.
Ken Hasbrouck distributed the reservoir status report explaining KRD is diverting approximately 900 cfs to meet the demands with the unseasonal warm weather. Ken further apprised the Board the reservoirs are filling and releases are being made for flood control.
Mike Lowe entered the meeting at this time.
Kevin Eslinger presented a maintenance update explaining the spring maintenance
work went well with most of the projects completed. The remaining projects will
be prioritized on the fall schedule. Kevin apprised the Board the Pump Ditch
was started on April 29th with a high demand for water. Kevin presented information
on a claim for fire damage on Lateral 26.7-4.4 explaining a fire rekindled on
the property damaging landowner property. The landowner has been requested to
submit the value of the property damage. Discussion will continue with the landowner
regarding property damage and value. Kevin presented information on damages
caused by a KRD employee backing into a vehicle explaining the information has
been submitted to the insurance company. Kevin explained Roger Satnik and Day
Wireless were able to correct the interference on the Telemetry Stations. Kevin
presented information on cutting useable lumber salvaged from trees from the
Taylor Bridge Fire.
Moving to KCWP Kathleen Satnik apprised the Board water quality sampling results indicate higher than normal turbidity in specific areas explaining their may have been mitigating factors.
Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower presented updated information on the Taylor Bridge Fire.
Urban Eberhart presented updated information on YRBWEP.
Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower requested delinquent accounts be moved to Executive Session.
Moving to New Business Ken Hasbrouck presented the following segregations for pre-approval subject to meeting the general guidelines: William Ball Sec. 5 Twn. 16 Rng. 20; Fox Road Farms Sec. 29 Twn. 18 Rng. 20. And David Wickham Sec. 33 Twn. 18 Rng. 19. A motion from Fred Schnebly and seconded by Ed Wakkuri approved segregations for William Ball, Fox Road Farms and David Wickham subject to meeting the general guidelines. A motion from Fred Schnebly and seconded by Ed Wakkuri approved the segregations as presented subject to meeting the general guidelines. The motion passed unanimously.
Ken Hasbrouck presented a Crossing License and Use License prepared by Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower for review and discussion. Legal Counsel Jeff Slothower explained the uses for each and the recommendation all Crossing License and Use License are recorded with the Kittitas County Auditor with costs the responsibility of the landowner. Lengthy discussion followed regarding the liability insurance requirement by the landowner with the recommendation a draft resolution be prepared and discussion continue at the June, 2013 meeting.
Barbara Pettit presented the draft 2012 Annual Report including MD&A, Financial Statements, Notes to Financial Statements and Supplemental Schedules for review and discussion and requested comments no later than May 28, 2013 explaining the final report will be submitted by the May 30, 2013 deadline.
Barbara Pettit presented information from the Washington State Department of Employment Security exempting the reporting of sick leave hours because the KRD sick leave plan has been submitted and approved for exemption. Discussion followed regarding filing amended returns for the past years as allowed under Employment Security rules with the consensus no amended returns be submitted for past years.
Ken Hasbrouck presented a crossing permit on the gravity ditch for Mike Lowe Sec. 8 Twn. 16 Rng. 20. Discussion followed a motion from Urban Eberhart and seconded by Larry Bland approving the crossing permit as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Ken Hasbrouck presented a Crossing License for Chiawana Orchards Sec. 24 Twn. 17 Rng. 19. Discussion followed with a motion from Urban Eberhart and seconded by Ed Wakkuri approved the Crossing License as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Moving to Other Business Ken Hasbrouck presented information from the SB 13.8 construction meeting explaining it was well attended. Paul Weaver requested landowners be notified to keep their ditches clean of garbage and yard waste.
With a motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Fred Schnebly the Board moved to Executive Session at 2:20 p.m. for 10 minutes to discuss Delinquent Accounts and Aquavella Water Rights Adjudication. The motion passed unanimously. Chairman Paul Weaver announced a 15 minute extension at 2:45 p.m. The Board returned to Regular Session at 2:45 p.m. with a motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Larry Bland. The motion passed unanimously.
Upcoming Meetings: May 6th River Ops Yakima
May 31st Joint Board Yakima
The Summary Vouchers for March, 2013 expenses vouchers #36992-37092 & 9900258-9900266 in the sum of $340,284.50 were approved with a motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Fred Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously.
The Directors monthly payroll vouchers were presented for signatures and checks distributed accordingly.
All Business having been concluded the meeting adjourned.
Paul Weaver - Chairman
Kenneth J. Hasbrouck - Secretary Manager
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