Minutes of Regular Meeting
July 6, 1999
The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District met in Regular Session on Tuesday July 6, 1999. Directors in attendance were Chairman Urban Eberhart, Jim Schnebly, Paul Weaver and Larry Bland. Also in attendance were Janeice Jump, Ben George, Chris Lynch, Jack Carpenter, Barbara Pettit and Legal Counsel John Gilreath.
A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Paul Weaver approved the agenda with the addition of an Executive Session for Legal Issues. The motion passed unanimously.
Deviating from the agenda Chris Lynch, Hydraulic Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation, Yakima Field Office presented a Keechelus Dam Update. Mr. Lynch distributed information and presented slides on the Keechelus Dam explaining Keechelus dam was constructed between 1912 1917. Mr. Lynch presented an overview of the proposed repair alternatives, preliminary cost estimates and the proposed repayment schedule explaining final cost estimates are not available at this time. Janeice Jump stated due to current economic impacts on all agriculture the District may not have the ability to pay as implied in the documents provided by Mr. Lynch. Mr. Lynch further explained final decisions regarding the repair alternatives have not been determined. Discussions followed with the consensus of the Board repairs to Keechelus Dam have no negative impact on the KRD water supply.
Returning to the agenda the minutes of the June 1, 1999 meeting were approved by a motion from Paul Weaver and seconded by Larry Bland. The motion passed unanimously.
Moving to water update, Mr. Carpenter requested the Board set the turnoff date for October 2, 1999 to address the contract language in the Main Canal Liner Rehab bid documents. Discussion followed with a motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland the turnoff date be set for October 2, 1999 subject to the awarding of a Rehab Contract. The motion passed unanimously.
Continuing under Old Business Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he participated in the Safety of Dams Inspection at Easton on June 2nd; June 3rd Jack Carpenter, Barbara Pettit and Larry Bland participated in the exit conference with the State Auditors; Mr. Carpenter attended the WSWRA staff conference June 7th; June 11th Mr. Carpenter participated in the Irrigated Ag. Programmatic Response Committee; June 14th Mr. Carpenter attended the TWSA/Mangers meeting at the Yakima USBR Office; June 16th
Mr. Carpenter attended the YRWIAC in Yakima; June 23rd Mr. Carpenter attended the WSWRA meeting in Sunnyside; June 24th Mr. Carpenter met with the Taneum Creek Tributary Team at the USBR Yakima Office; June 25th Mr. Carpenter attended the Joint Board meeting in Yakima; June 26th Mr. Carpenter attended the Sun County Home Owners Association meeting; June 30th Mr. Carpenter attended the WSWRA meeting with Jim Jessernig; July 1st Mr. Carpenter attended the TCWRA meeting in Ellensburg.
Moving to Tri County Planning Unit, Committee Meetings Update Mr. Eberhart presented updated information explaining EES has been approved as consultants.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the Comprehensive Water Conservation Plan the feasibility investigative team wants to expand the components as an addendum to the existing plan. Mr. Carpenter further explained the feasibility team will discuss this proposal at the July 8th fit team meeting.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board KRD is 29th on the list for funding under the 319 Water Quality Grant explaining the list goes to a 30 day public review period.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board KRD has been approved for a$50,000.USBR Small Project Conservation Grant.
Mr. Carpenter presented an update on the DOT I-90 Truck Climbing Lane explaining Paul Green attended the pre-construction meeting.
Moving to New Business Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the New Pacific Northwest Region Director is J. William McDonald.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he will be on vacation July 12th -16th .
Moving to BPA Residential and Farm Exchange Credit Mr. Carpenter distributed information on the proposed decrease in funding. Discussion followed with the consensus letters of support should be submitted for continued funding.
Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board the Yakima Joint Board Tour is scheduled for July 29th. Discussion followed with the suggestion KRD meet the tour at Lake Keechelus.
Mr. Carpenter presented an access permit from Doug Brown Sec. 2 Twn. 17 Rng. 20 for maintenance of the property. Discussion followed with a motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Paul Weaver to approve the access permit as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter presented a crossing permit from Ed Bagachus Sec. 27 Twn. 20 Rng. 14. Mr. Carpenter explained Puget Sound Energy is installing power to the property. Discussion followed with a motion from Larry Bland and seconded by Jim Schnebly approved the crossing permit subject to appropriate papers being completed and received from Puget Sound Energy. The motion passed unanimously.
July 7th Wash. Assoc. Conservation Districts Salmon Leavenworth Recovery Program
July 8th FIT Team Meeting USBR
July 19th RSBOJC Water Quality Workshop Sunnyside
July 22nd KCWP Agenda Work Session KRD
July 29th KCWP Sterling
July 29th TCWRA Yakima
July 30th Joint Board Yakima
The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 3:05 p.m. for 30 minutes to discuss legal matters with a motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Paul Weaver. The motion passed unanimously. Chairman Urban Eberhart announced a ten minute extension at 3:35 p.m. The Board returned to regular session at 3:45 p.m. with a motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Larry Bland. The motion passed unanimously.
Summary Vouchers for the month of May, 1999 expense Vouchers # 16183 - 16185-16187 - 16191 & 16424-16543 in the sum of $329,939.52 were presented for approval. 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.
Jack W. Carpenter Secretary-Manager
Urban Eberhart - Chairman
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