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 Gary Weatherly, JUB Engineers
Neil Martin, Vice President Clancy Flynn, Manager
Dallas Ayde, Director Lila Freshment, Recorder
Jim Gose, Director
Sherri Thackham, Director

David and Linda Parella, Charlie Bowers, Attorney for Mr. & Mrs. Parella.

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



Minutes of November 13, 2020
Director Gose motioned to approve the minutes of November 13, 2020 as submitted. Director Thackham seconded the motion. Motion carried.

November Vouchers

Voucher 01 Reimburse Revolving Fund $121,466.58

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

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

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


Dave Parella
Mr. Charlie Bowers, attorney for David and Linda Parella spoke on their behalf regarding the permitting of structures on the District’s right-of-way. He stated Mr. and Mrs. Parella prefer to obtain fee title ownership of the land which the structures and improvements occupy and then give the District and easement. If the Board is not willing to consider a transfer of ownership they would like the permit to be issued in perpetuity that would allow them to transfer the permit when ownership changes. They would also like to make some changes to the wording in the permit. President Shawver stated the District developed the permitting process to allow abutting landowners the ability to have something on our right-of-way long term. The permits are not transferrable. Although this situation is unique the District endeavors to be fair to all patrons and must carefully consider any request for exceptions. Mr. Bowers asked for Mr. Flynn to be given some authority and direction from the Board to be able to negotiate the details and then present it to the Board for final approval in a future meeting. The Board agreed.

DNR Property/Clay Pit Update
Mr. Flynn stated he asked the Department of Natural Resources if the January deadline was firm. They are willing to work on the issue until it is resolved. They are preparing a presentation to bring before the Board of Equalization regarding a reduction in the amount owed for back assessments. DNR is working on a cost estimate for the land purchase.


Operations Report
Mr. Flynn gave the water report. The snow water equivalent is currently at 131% of average. The Lateral #2 Liner subgrade and anchor trench is complete. The liner material has been delivered and the installation should begin in January. Operations staff has completed 400 feet of clay lining at Bertle Spillway near the Andy Peters property. The project should be finished before Christmas if the weather stays dry. The District hired Samantha La Porte to fill the vacancy left when Paulino Nafarrate retired. She will start on December 8th.

Report on WSWRA Conference
The conference was held virtually December 2nd through the 4th. President Shawver and Director Thackham reported on the conference and topics discussed by various speakers. Congressman Dan Newhouse was the headline speaker at the conference. He was recently elected Chairman of the Western Caucus. He spoke about the Columbia River Treaty negotiations and the battle over the Snake River Dams. Other presentations given by various speakers were legislative reports, reports from the Bureau of Reclamation, food safety and legal issues.

Director Discussion
President Shawver stated an Executive Session needs to be included on the agenda for the December 18th meeting. Director Ayde recommended moving the January 1st  meeting to December 31 due to the  Holiday. Director Thackham motioned to reschedule the meeting of January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2020. Director Ayde seconded the motion. Motion carried. Director Thackham asked if Mr. Flynn could review the Parella permit with Mr. Sperline to iron out some of the details.  Mr. Flynn stated he has emailed the permit to Mr. Sperline for his review. The Board discussed the issue further. No action was taken.

President Shawver adjourned the meeting at 2:38 p.m.