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

Vincent Shawver, President Jeff Sperline, Attorney
Neil Martin, Vice President Clancy Flynn, Manager
Dallas Ayde, Director Bob Ingraham, Operations Foreman
Jim Gose, Director Lila Freshment, Recorder
Sherri Thackham, Director  

Guests: None




President Shawver added an Executive Session to the Agenda after the “Approval of Agenda”. The first and fourth agenda items under Old Business and the first and third under New Business were moved for discussion before the Executive Session.  Director Thackham motioned to approve the Agenda with the changes noted. Director Martin seconded the motion.  Motion carried.


Mr. Flynn notified the Board the final decree is set for May 9, 2019.

ROW Update

Mr. Flynn reviewed the background of the Parella property.  Mr. Parella is proposing the District sell him the right-of-way.  He would then grant CID an easement and the District would issue him a permit for his pool and other structures.  The Board was not in favor of the proposal and directed Mr. Flynn to obtain a survey for the property.

Buechler Property

The Board viewed a map of parcel #1-0880-400-0006-001 which is CID canal and right-of-way.  The County records show Mr. Buechler as the owner.  The District and Mr. Buechler have asked the County to make a correction, but they have declined to do so.  Mr. Flynn recommended CID refund him $2,500.00 in irrigation assessments he has paid on the parcel since 2000, and Mr. Buechler will Quit Claim the parcel back to the District.  Director Ayde motioned to refund Mr. Buechler $2,500.00 in exchange for Quit Claiming the parcel to the District.  Director Martin seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

CID/KID Joint Meeting
Mr. Flynn stated Kennewick Irrigation District has requested a joint meeting of Boards the first part of June.  The District has also been approached regarding membership in the “Defense Coalition”.  Members pay into a fund which covers fees for attorneys to discuss issues in order to avoid litigation between entities. The Board agreed to have a special meeting with the KID Board, and a separate meeting with the Defense Coalition to be arranged by Mr. Flynn.

President Shawver moved the meeting into Executive Session to discuss potential litigation at 1:33 pm for fifteen minutes. The session was extended for another five minutes at 1:48 pm.  The meeting was moved back into open session at 1:53 pm.


Minutes of March 1st & March 15, 2019
Director Gose motioned to approve the minutes of March 1st and 15th.   Director Martin seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

February Vouchers

Voucher 01 Reimburse Revolving Fund $155,314.52

The Board reviewed and discussed the March Vouchers.  Director Ayde motioned to approve the vouchers as submitted.  The motion was seconded by Director Martin.  Motion carried.

February Financial Statement
The Board reviewed and discussed the February Financial Statement.  

Work Orders by Division
The Board reviewed and discussed the work orders in their respective divisions.


Tapteal Settling Pond
There is nothing new to report.

Chandler Electrification
Mr. Flynn stated KID has offered to meet with our Board to give a presentation on the electrification.

Mr. Flynn reported the grant proposals have been submitted and recipients will be announced in the fall.

Recognition Policy Procedure
The discussion was tabled until the next meeting.


Fee Schedule

The Board reviewed and discussed the draft fee schedule.  Mr. Flynn will make some changes and it will be discussed further at the next meeting.

Operations Report

Mr. Flynn gave the water report.  He stated a drought emergency has been declared for the Upper Yakima Basin.  At this time nothing has been issued for the Lower Yakima Basin.  Mr. Flynn reported on April meetings.  He informed the Board he is in the process of getting quotes to update our SCATA system that keeps track of our canal levels.  Mr. Flynn updated the Board on upcoming meetings.  He also informed them we are not able to recoup the deductible for the Hitchcock Drum Screen.  Mr. Flynn said there are some hairline cracks in the new area of canal at the Duportail Bridge which the District is monitoring.


President Shawver asked to have “Your Roll as a Board Member” scheduled for the next training session.  The canal cleaning schedule was discussed.

President Shawver adjourned the meeting at 3:28 pm.