CALL TO ORDER
President Shawver called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Present at the meeting were:

 

Vincent Shawver, President Gary Weatherly, JUB Engineers
Neil Martin, Vice President Troy Phillips, Manager
Dallas Ayde, Director Curt Strifert, Operations Foreman
Sherri Thackham, Director Lila Freshment, Recorder
   

 

Guests: Marilyn Dickenson, Sam Martinez 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

President Shawver added an item to the Consent Agenda to extend the temporary pay increase for Curt Strifert. Director Martin motioned to approve the agenda as amended. Director Thackham seconded the motion. Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT
None

ADD LANDS CONTINUATION

Mr. Sam Martinez was present for the continuation of the discussion of his petition to add parcel 128994060000004, Parkview Acres No.2, Lot 4, to the District. The District has not received a response from Kennewick Irrigation District yet regarding whether this parcel is in their District. President Shawver informed Mr. Martinez that the District is unable to issue more water rights. Mr. Martinez asked for documentation on the parcels that were added to the District in his subdivision.

President Shawver stated that Jim Gose, longtime Director of Division #4, passed away Thursday afternoon. The Benton County Commissioners will be responsible for appointing a Director to finish out the term.

 

INTRODUCTION OF NEW MANAGER
President Shawver welcomed Troy Phillips as the new District Manager for the District.

CONSENT AGENDA

Temporary Wage Increase
Director Ayde motion to extend the 10% temporary wage increase for Curt Strifert to 30 days after the new manager took his position. Director Thackham provided a second. Motion carried.

Minutes of July 2, and 16, 2021
Director Thackham motioned to approve the minutes of July 2, 2021. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried. Director Thackham motioned to approve the minutes of July 16, 2021. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.

July Vouchers

Voucher 01 Reimburse Revolving Fund $240,062.36
Voucher 02 Sepro Corporation $    9,585.34
Voucher 03 Enduris $106,314.00
Voucher 04 Layne Pump $  12,113.10
    $368,074.80

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

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

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

OLD BUSINESS

JUB Surveys
Mr. Strifert stated the surveys were completed for the liner project road, the DNR access road and clay pit.

CID/City of Richland – New Duportail Access Road

The proposed site of the new Duportail access road will not move forward due to the site being located next to a wetland. If nothing can be worked out with DNR, there is an option to use the access road off Valley View. The City of Richland is willing to share the cost to improve that road.

DNR Update
DNR agreed to compromise at 5,240 cubic yards of material removed from the clay pit, bringing the cost to approximately $39,000.00. The District received an invoice for triple damages totaling $118,000.00. Mr. Phillips recommended consulting with our attorney regarding the letter we received from them. DNR would be willing to hear what the District proposes as a resolution. Mr. Phillips requested DNR provide in writing what they would be willing to sell the section of clay pit property for.

Add Lands – Tim Bush
The Order Adding Lands for parcel #136994020012015 was presented to the Board to add parcel for signatures.

NEW BUSINESS

Operations Report
Curt explained to the Board that all field employees are currently driving their CID trucks home at night. This allows them to report directly to the worksite when necessary. It is advantageous in an emergency for crews to be able to go directly to the site instead of picking up their trucks at the Shop. After further discussion the Board agreed field staff will continue to take the trucks home until end of water season and revisit it again before next water season.

2021/2022 Budget
Mr. Phillips gave a presentation on rate analysis and reviewed budget options for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. The Board discussed the benefit of a reservoir versus automated gates. No action was taken.

Director Discussion
There was no director discussion.

ADJOURNMENT
President Shawver adjourned the meeting at 4:32 p.m.