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

GUESTS See attached list.

Sheryl Brandt, Chief Risk Officer of Enduris, introduced herself.  Enduris is a risk pool in the state of Washington.  It is a governmental entity that provides property and liability insurance to a little more than 500 governmental entities   within the state.


Minutes of March 6, 2015
Director Gose made a motion to approve the March 6th minutes.  Director Shawver seconded the motion and it passed.

March  Vouchers 

Voucher #01 Revolving Fund $ 98,881.89
Voucher #02 Layne of Washington 15,026.98
Voucher #03 United Phosphorus, Inc     37,179.77
Total $151,088.64

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

Financial Statement
Secretary/Manager Teeley reviewed the financial statement with the Board.  Total expenditures were at 35% for the first five months of the fiscal year.  Normal expenditures at this time of year would be at 42%.


Engineer, Gary Weatherly, presented additional information showing moving averages for three day, five day and seven day periods.   The capacity of the reservoir will be about 34 acre feet which will help the 1750 acres downstream, about 20% of District, where the biggest problems occur supplying water.   Director Ellison made a motion to purchase the property from Sharon Wood to build this reservoir.  Director Shawver seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously.

Work Orders by Division
The Board discussed the work orders from their respective divisions.  Director Gose prompted a discussion on canal lining, particularly in the area of Carlson Road near the Highland Drain.  Gary Weatherly stated the District could line the canals in that area but with the seepage and water run-off problems drains would have to be installed to eliminate damage to the liners from the ground water. He stated as KID continues to line more of their canals we should see less drainage issues.

Encroachment Permit
Jackie Chapin, 25602 S 2161 PR SE, Kennewick, presented a request to vacate an easement on the west side of her property to allow her to build a new garage.  The easement leads to a weir box that was used prior to the construction of LID 48.  Pat Loftus reported the existing LID pipeline is on the north side of her property.  He also stated there is an existing building already encroaching on the same easement Mrs. Chapin is asking us to vacate.  The Board agreed they do not want to vacate easements.  Director Morrell made a motion to allow an encroachment license for her building and Director Ellison seconded it.  Motion passed.


Administrative Report
Office Manager, Bonnie Kulp, reported assessment payments were coming in strong, telephone calls have increased, the Bond payment had been made April 1st, and the current interest in the investment pool for CID funds is at 0.39 percent.

Operations Report
Lead man, Pat Loftus reported the canal was opened March 20th and has been flushed.  Currently field crew is opening lines and pressurizing pump stations.

President Sleater moved the meeting into Executive Session at 1:40 pm for 45 minutes to review the results of the employee investigation with Sheryl Brandt, Chief Risk Officer of Enduris and Keller Allen a labor law attorney via a telephone conference.  At 2:25 pm President Sleater extended the executive session 15 minutes and returned the meeting to the regular session at 2:40 pm.

Director Gose made a motion to schedule an executive session for Friday, April 10, 2015 to finalize the employee investigation.  Director Morrell seconded the motion.


There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was recessed at 2:42 pm.