CALL TO ORDER

The Board meeting of the Columbia Irrigation District was called to order by President Shawver at 1:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the public was invited to attend remotely.  Present at the meeting were:

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

Guests: Tim Kopf and Christina Frantz from the Department of Natural Resources.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Director Thackham motioned to approve the agenda as submitted. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Mr. Tim Kopf, Local Land Manager for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) addressed the Board regarding parcel #1-1698-200-0001-005. This parcel is part of Chiawana Orchards and has been historically irrigated but has escaped assessment by the District. According to County records the parcel size is 17.09. acres. Mr. Kopf stated only 11.0 acres are being irrigated. He requested the parcel be added to the District with 11.0 irrigable acres. Mr. Flynn stated the District recognizes the parcel as irrigable, but it had been dropped from assessment rolls in the mid 1990’s when the parcel was part of a land segregation. This has been corrected. Mr. Flynn noted a second parcel #1-1698-300-0001-013 that is also being irrigated and is not in the District and was never part of the original land brought in by DNR in 1981. DNR would need to go through the proper procedure for adding lands if they wish to irrigate this parcel. Mr. Kopf also requested the Board consider adjusting the length of time the District is billing for previous years of escaped assessments. He asked the Board to review RCW 4.16.130 regarding the request. President Shawver stated the Board will consider DNR’s request and meet again on December 31, 2020 with an answer. President Shawver adjourned the Board of Equalization until December 31, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

 PUBLIC COMMENT

None

CONSENT AGENDA

Minutes of December 4, 2020
Director Martin motioned to approve the minutes of December 4, 2020 as submitted. Director Thackham seconded the motion. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS

Dave Parella Update
Mr. Flynn stated he and President Shawver met with Mr. Sperline to discuss the permit. The discussion will be continued in Executive Session.

DNR Property/Clay Pit Update
Mr. Flynn stated he is still waiting for DNR to get back to him with a cost estimate for the property. The representative he has been working with will be retiring in January. Mr. Flynn met with Mr. Weatherly at the clay pit. It was determined that if the District wants to open a new cut on the District’s portion of the pit, the job will need to be contracted out due to the experience and equipment needed. He will contact contractors after the holidays. If we can acquire the DNR property we would not need to open a new cut.

NEW BUSINESS

Certificate of Election – Division #4
Director Gose was the only candidate to submit a “Petition of Candidacy” for his Division and therefore, being unopposed, retains his seat on the Board.

Certificate of Election – Division #5
Director Thackham was the only candidate to submit a “Petition of Candidacy” for her Division and therefore, being unopposed, retains her seat on the Board.

Operations Report
Mr. Flynn reported the trees on our right-of-way near the Paul Werner property have all been cut down. Operations Staff is currently cleaning up debris. Mr. Flynn will revise the existing right-of-way policy to include annual tree removal and expense. The transmission went out on the 1987 International Dump Truck. The estimated repair cost is $6,000.00.

Report on Joint Board Meeting
Mr. Flynn, President Shawver and Director Martin reported on the meeting. The Bureau of Reclamation is preparing videos for the Cle Elum Pool Raise Project and the Nelson Dam removal. The Department of Ecology and the Icicle Peshastin Irrigation District are working on rebuilding the 8 Mile Lake Dam. The Governor’s 2021–2023 proposed budget allocates $42 million to the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan. It still needs to be approved by the state legislature. Snow levels were reported to be normal for this time of year. The Yakima Basin Integrated Plan website is up and running and they are also now on twitter. The upcoming state legislative session will be virtual. Members will be allowed to introduce no more than seven bills and will focus on racial equality, carbon issues and COVID-19 response. Mark Limbaugh stated the national government is still working on passing the budget and avoiding a shut down.

EXECUTIVE SESSION
President Shawver moved the meeting into Executive Session for forty-five minutes at 1:47 pm to discuss potential legal property right issues and potential litigation. The meeting was moved back into open session at 2:35 pm. Mr. Sperline will contact Mr. Bowers, attorney for Mr. & Mrs. Parella regarding the right-of-way permit issue and a potential solution.

Director Discussion
President Shawver reminded the Board of the meeting change to December 31st at 9:00 a.m.

ADJOURNMENT
President Shawver adjourned the meeting at 2:36 p.m.