CALL TO ORDER

The Board meeting of the Columbia Irrigation District was called to order at 1:00 pm by President Jerry Sleater.  Present at the meeting were:

 

Jerry Sleater, President
Howard Ellison, Vice President     via telephone Pat Loftus, Operations Lead
Matthew Morrell, Director Bonnie Kulp, Deputy Secretary/Recorder
Jim Gose, Director Bob Ingraham, CID Crew/Union Steward
Vince Shawver, Director Gary Weatherly, JUB Engineers

CONSENT AGENDA Minutes of January 5 and 9, 2015 Director Gose made a motion to approve both sets of minutes for January 5th and 9th.  Director Shawver seconded the motion and it passed.

January  Vouchers 

Voucher #01 Revolving Fund $130,560.25
Voucher #02 SePro Corporation    25,597.70
Total $156,157.95

Director Gose asked if the Vouchers could be sent to them ahead of the meeting to give more time for review.  Office Manager Kulp explained vouchers are entered for payment up until a few hours before the meeting and then reports are printed for the Board to review.  She suggested members of the Board arrive 30 minutes in advance of the meeting start time to allow ample time for review.

The Board reviewed and discussed the January Vouchers.  Director Shawver made a motion to approve the Vouchers and Director Morrell seconded it. Motion approved.

Financial Statement
The Board reviewed the financial statement.

Director Ellison, currently out of town, entered the meeting via telephone.

OLD BUSINESS

Reservoir
Directors Sleater and Ellison both had the opportunity to speak to Sharon Wood about her asking price of $12,000 per acre for the potential reservoir property.  They agreed she was firm on the price and will not consider less.  The general consensus of the Board was favorable and asked JUB Engineer, Gary Weatherly, to begin the analysis necessary to assure the reservoir will meet the needs of the District.

Weatherly stated the site will not help the District in the case of a drought but it will help manage the daily fluctuations  and maintain water deliveries at the end of the canal.

Director Morrell made a motion to purchase the property provided the study comes back with favorable results indicating the reservoir will meet the District’s needs.  Director Shawver seconded the motion and it passed.

Weatherly stated he would contact the Washington State Department of Ecology Dam Safety Office to make sure the location would be approved.

Work Orders by Division
The Board discussed the work orders from their respective divisions.

NEW BUSINESS

Administrative Report
Office Manager, Bonnie Kulp, reported Assessments were certified to the Treasurer and the County will be mailing their tax statements out mid-February.  She also stated staff has had the opportunity to spend time on records retention.

Operations Report
Lead man, Pat Loftus reported the field crew has been hauling rock from Owen’s Pit for two weeks and will continue for a few more weeks.  He stated Layne Pump is repairing a 200 HP motor and a vertical turbine pump from the Lakes pump station.  A variable frequency unit will be installed at LID 49 due to high pressures and a drum screen will be installed at LID 45 due to plugging problems.  Loftus expects the burn crew to begin burning in two weeks.

EXECUTIVE SESSION
At 2:05 pm the meeting was moved into an Executive session for one hour to discuss an employee issue.  The meeting was returned to the regular session at 2:50 pm.  Director Morrell made a motion to investigate allegations brought before the Board by Sheila Thackham, a patron of the District, concerning Secretary/ManagerTeeley.  Director Gose seconded the motion and it passed.  Director Shawver made a motion appointing Director Morrell to contact the District insurance carrier and/or an independent labor attorney to see who might handle the investigation.  The motion was seconded by Director Gose and it passed.

Director Morrell made a motion to do an evaluation on Manager Teeley at the April Board meeting.  Director Shawver seconded the motion and it passed.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was recessed at 3:00 pm.