CALL TO ORDER
The Board meeting of the Columbia Irrigation District was called to order by President Shawver at 1:00 p.m. Present at the meeting were:
|Vincent Shawver, President||Jeff Sperline, Sperline Raekes Law|
|Neil Martin, Vice President||Gary Weatherly, JUB Engineers|
|Dallas Ayde, Director||Clancy Flynn, Manager|
|Jim Gose, Director||Bob Ingraham, Operations Lead|
|Sherri Thackham, Director||Lila Freshment, Recorder|
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Director Thackham motioned to approve the Agenda as submitted. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Minutes of January 3, 2020
Director Ayde motioned to approve the minutes of January 3, 2020 as submitted. Director Thackham seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Mr. Flynn gave a brief review of the District’s right-of-way history.
Process to Obtain a Uniform ROW
Mr. Flynn reviewed steps that would need to be taken to obtain a uniform District Right-of-Way.
Mr. Flynn said the recommendation of the staff was to deal with each right-of-way issue on a case-by-case basis and enforce a minimum of fifty feet from center on the Main Canal and twenty-five on the Laterals. He recommends the District only enforce a greater width where it is needed and has supporting documentation to claim such width. Director Gose asked about the right-of-way issue on property belonging to Mr. O.J. Smith. Mr. Flynn stated he will contact Mr. Smith.
Director Thackham motioned to follow the staff recommendation to support right-of-way enforcement at a minimum of fifty feet from the center of the Main Canal and twenty-five feet from center on the Laterals. Any additional will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried. Director Gose motioned to proceed with enforcement of the policy on right-of-way encroachment starting at the beginning of the Main Canal and working down as far as can be accomplished this year. The motion was seconded by Director Martin. Motion carried.
Phone Conference-Mark Limbaugh
President Shawver reported on the phone conference he and Mr. Flynn had with Mark Limbaugh to discuss his assistance obtaining grant funding for the District. Mr. Limbaugh, with the Ferguson Group, is a lobbyist for WSWRA. He stated the District should pursue Bureau of Reclamation WaterSmart Grants. Grant applications are scored on a points basis. If the District can show how the project would reduce canal seepage and benefit fish it will increase our score. He also discussed the possibility of obtaining a larger Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act Grant for canal lining projects and funding of the reservoir. The more District funds that are put towards the grant project increases our chances of obtaining the grant. He suggested seeking letters of support from Phil Rigdon of The Yakima Nation as well as Benton County and city entities. He stated the best way to obtain his services is for the District to become an Associate Member of the Joint Board. With an Associate Membership the District would have access to his services free of charge, otherwise the rate for his staff is $200.00 per hour and $450.00 for his services. Mr. Limbaugh also recommended speaking with Lori Gray, the Regional Director of the Bureau of Reclamation for her support. Mr. Flynn will contact Lori Brady, the Current President of the Joint Board about the Associate Membership rate.
Joint Board Associate Membership
The Board discussed becoming Associate Members of the Joint Board. No action was taken.
President Shawver read a letter he prepared responding to concerns expressed during the January 3rd meeting about the increase in meetings. He stated his opinion on why the added board meeting and attendance of ancillary meetings are necessary.
President Shawver adjourned the meeting at 3:05 p.m.