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

Vincent Shawver, President Curt Strifert, General Foreman
Neil Martin, Vice President Lila Freshment, Recorder
Dallas Ayde, Director
Sherri Thackham, Director
Marilyn Dickenson, Director

Guests: None

APPROVAL OF AGENDA
President Shawver added a Director Discussion to the agenda before the Adjournment. Director Martin motioned to approve the agenda as amended. Director Thackham seconded the motion. Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT
None

OPERATIONS REPORT
Mr. Strifert reported on current projects. The Main Canal 1.94 Shotcrete Lining is complete. The Lateral #2 extension liner material has been ordered and should be here within three weeks. He anticipates the liner material will be placed sometime during the first two weeks of January. District staff are working on canal cleaning and have completed preparation for the automated gate installation at the O.J. Check. Mr. Strifert reviewed the funds the District has available in the Project Account. These are funds received from Bonds issued to pay for canal lining. The District has approximately $488,000.00 available for lining related expenses in this account.

CASCADE NATURAL GAS CANAL CROSSING
Mr. Strifert informed the Board that Cascade Natural Gas wants to cross the Main Canal at Columbia Park Trail in Richland. They have requested an exception to the District’s crossing requirement of casing the pipe if it is not at least twenty-five feet under the canal. Mr. Strifert has informed them the District will not allow an exception.

DIRECTOR DISCUSSION
President Shawver stated he received information that funds will be made available for projects on the Lower Yakima River that could be used for Wanawish Dam improvements. Mr. Strifert said he will look into this.

EXECUTIVE SESSION
President Shawver moved the meeting into Executive session at 1:33 p.m. for a period of twenty minutes to discuss the District Manager’s Position. Mr. Strifert exited the room. The meeting was extended for fifteen minutes at 1:53 p.m., for fifteen minutes at 2:08 p.m., for ten minutes at 2:18 p.m., for five minutes at 2:32 p.m., and for ten minutes at 2:37 p.m.

President Shawver moved the meeting into open session at 2:47 p.m. Mr. Strifert re-entered the meeting. The Board discussed entering into a contract with Mr. Strifert for the District Manager’s Position with a salary of $92,500.00 beginning January 1, 2022.

The meeting was moved back into Executive Session at 3:09 p.m. for ten minutes to continue the previous session. The meeting was extended for five minutes at 3:19 p.m.

President Shawver moved the meeting into open session at 3:24 p.m. Director Ayde motioned to offer Mr. Strifert the District Manager’s Position with a salary of $92,500.00 beginning January 1, 2022, with CPI Index increase each year. Director Thackham seconded the motion. The motion carried. Director’s Shawver, Ayde, Thackham and Dickenson voted yes. Director Martin no.

RESOLUTION 2021-3 – SHOTCRETE MACHINE PURCHASE
Mr. Strifert explained Resolution 2021-3 was to purchase the Shotcrete machine under RCW 39.04.281 section 1(b) that allows for exemption from competitive bidding requirements due to market conditions. Director Ayde motioned to approve Resolution 2021-3. Director Thackham seconded the motion. Motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT
President Shawver adjourned the meeting at 3:30 p.m.