Minutes of Regular Meeting
July 17, 2000
The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District met in Regular Session on July 17, 2000. Directors in attendance were Chairman Jim Schnebly, Vice Chairman Larry Bland, Ed Wakkuri, Urban Eberhart and Paul Weaver. Also in attendance were Jack Carpenter, Tina Webster, Roger Satnik, Janeice Jump and Legal Counsel John Gilreath.
A motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Larry Bland approved the agenda with the addition of an Executive Session to discuss Legal and Personnel Issues. The motion passed unanimously.
The minutes of the June 6, 2000 meeting were approved by a motion from Urban Eberhart and seconded by Ed Wakkuri. The motion passed unanimously.
Moving to water update Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he has not heard of any impacts to the water supply. Mr. Carpenter explained there is a technical meeting for operations during spring Chinook spawning scheduled for July 20th at the Bureau of Reclamation Office in Yakima.
Moving to Staff Meeting Review Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he testified at the Spider Court Proceedings on June 13th; June 14th he attended the AFW meeting in Ephrata; June 26th Ron Jarmin participated in the USBR tour of KRD houses; June 30th Mr. Carpenter attended the Joint Board Meeting in Yakima.
Mr. Carpenter presented updated information on the Kiewit Construction/Level 3 fiber optics conduit explaining he sent a letter to Kiewit Construction requesting they gravel, grade, roll and water KRD O & M roads they used during their construction. Mr. Carpenter further explained Kiewit has hired Reecer Creek Excavating to complete the maintenance he requested.
Mr. Carpenter and Jim Schnebly presented information on the MountainStar Master Plan Resort from the public meeting held July 13th where approximately 65 people testified explaining MountainStar said they know they have to deal with third party impacts. MountainStar Master Plan Resort signed agreements with Ellensburg Water Company and Cascade Irrigation District stating that they will not impact their deliveries. There continue to be concerns if MountainStar diverts from the Yakima River explaining there is a lot of work yet to be done. The Kittitas County Commissioners have made no decision regarding the MountainStar Master Plan Resort.
Urban Eberhart presented information on the Tri County Habitat Committee Meeting explaining much of the Habitat Committee Report will not make it into this draft because the members were dissatisfied with the job Parametrics did on the majority of the Habitat Report. The Habitat Committee has required that EES not use Parametrics for any further work on the Habitat report and Dick Bain be hired to put together a Habitat Committee Report.
Roger Satnik presented information on the KCWP water-sampling explaining there continues to be elevated fecal readings at the sample site on the Turbine Ditch area where cattle have access to the ditch located directly above the gage station. Discussion followed with the recommendation Jack Carpenter and Urban Eberhart tour the area.
Mr. Carpenter presented information on the USBR automation upgrade at Easton Dam explaining they will soon be upgrading sluice gate motors and controllers. Roger Satnik explained security procedures are installed with password access. Mr. Carpenter explained there will only be select KRD personnel with the security information.
Moving to Resolution 2000-4 Mr. Carpenter presented draft language for non compliance of KRDs general guidelines for land divisions was presented for review and comment. Discussion followed with a motion from Paul Weaver and seconded by Larry Bland approving Resolution 2000-4 as amended. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the 30 day CD matured on June 18th and was reinvested with Sterling Savings for 60 days.
Moving to ESA update Mr. Carpenter distributed AFW ID process; WSWRA position paper by Dick Erickson, East Columbia Basin Irrigation District Manager. Discussion followed.
Mr. Carpenter presented a letter from the USBR Area Manager explaining the 1999 crop report information will not be necessary and they will provide assistance with the 2000 crop reports as needed.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the new well at the Wippel Pumping Plant is at 380 feet providing 8 gallons per minute with 380 feet of static level.
Moving to New Business Mr. Carpenter presented Resolution 2000-5 draft language increasing mileage reimbursement for the use of personal vehicles for District Business from $.28 to the IRS established rate of $.325 per mile. A motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Urban Eberhart approved Resolution 2000-5. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter presented information in the change in the Public Employees Contribution rates effective September 1, 2000.
Mr. Carpenter distributed a letter from Merrill-Steskal letter requesting the $60.00 per lot land division fee be waved. Discussion followed with the recommendation the request be denied.
Roger Satnik presented information to the Board explaining he is currently dedicating one half of his time on the Water Quality Grant continued explaining the other areas needing more time. Mr. Carpenter explained one option is to prepare projects for GIS graduate students on work-study programs. Discussion followed with the recommendation additional information be obtained and presented at a later date.
Mr. Carpenter presented information on the Wippel Pumping Plant septic system explaining the test pit has passed the Kittitas County Health Dept. inspection. Discussion followed with additional information to be presented at a later date.
July 17-18th AFW ID Ex. Comm. Okanogan
July 19th WSWRA Manson
July 20th Tri County Yakima
July 27th KCWP Ellensburg
July 28th Joint Board Yakima
August 7-11th NWRA Idaho
Moving to Other Business Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board a Deferred Compensation meeting is scheduled for August 25th for all employees. Mr. Carpenter distributed a copy of a news story on toxic chemicals in the upper Yakima.
With a motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Paul Weaver the Board adjourned to Executive Session at 8:55 a.m. for 20 minutes to discuss Legal and Personnel Issues. The Board returned to Regular Session at 9:15 a.m. with a motion from Paul Weaver and seconded by Urban Eberhart. The motion passed unanimously.
The Summary Voucher #17920-#18054 in the sum of $322,664.58 were presented for approval. A motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Paul Weaver approved the Summary Vouchers as presented.
The Directors monthly Payroll vouchers were presented for signatures and checks distributed accordingly.
All Business having concluded the meeting adjourned.
Jack W. Carpenter Secretary-Manager
Jim Schnebly - Chairman
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