The Board meeting of the Columbia Irrigation District was called to order at 1:00 pm by President Jerry Sleater.  Present at the meeting were:

Jerry Sleater, President Joel Teeley, Secretary/Manager
Howard Ellison, Vice President Pat Loftus, Operations Lead
Matthew Morrell, Director Bonnie Kulp, Deputy Secretary/Recorder
Jim Gose, Director Bob Ingraham, CID Crew/Union Steward
Vince Shawver, Director Gary Weatherly, JUB Engineers

Secretary Manager, Joel Teeley, administered the Oaths of Office to Jim Gose, Director for Division #4 and Matthew Morrell, Director for Division #5.

President Sleater opened the floor for nominations for President of the Board.  Director Ellison nominated Director Sleater as President and Director Shawver seconded. The voting was unanimous.  Director Sleater nominated Director Ellison as Vice President followed by a second from Director Shawver.  The voting was unanimous and both men retain their respective positions.

Sheila Thackham, 215205 E Pidcock Road, Kennewick, appeared before the Board to discuss the length of time it took to repair a line at her residence.


Minutes of December 1 and 15, 2014
Director Gose made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 1st Board Meeting.  Director Shawver seconded the motion and it passed.  Director Ellison made a motion to approve the minutes of the Board of Equalization and Director Gose seconded it.  Motion passed.  Director Ellison made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting held on December 15th to canvass the ballots for the election.  Director Shawver seconded the motion and it passed.

December  Vouchers 

Voucher #01 Revolving Fund $111,884.46

The Board reviewed and discussed the December Vouchers.  Director Shawver made a motion to approve the Vouchers and Director Ellison seconded the motion. Motion approved.

Financial Statement
Secretary/Manager Teeley reviewed the November Financial Statement with the Board. 


Director Shawver stated he had spoken to a realtor about the appraisal the District received for the Wood property and concurred the $95,000 was a fair appraisal.  Director Ellison agreed to speak to Mrs. Woods again before the District begins negotiating an offer for the property.

The Board members decided to take a field trip to the site on January 9, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Work Orders by Division
The Board discussed the work orders from their respective divisions.


Administrative Report
Office Manager, Bonnie Kulp, reported the office staff has been preparing the assessment roll to be certified with the Benton County Treasurer on the 15th of January.

Operations Report
Loftus reported currently the field crew is cleaning ditches and performing the typical winter work. The pumps at Belmont and Flat Top Park have been serviced and replaced. Pre-emergents for the canal were also discussed.

WSWRA Conference
Director Shawver reported on the WSWRA conference in Spokane.  Several lectures were given pertaining to water value, grants, ecology regulations, the Columbia River Treaty, the Columbia Basin Project and laws pertaining to public records and open meetings.

Benton County Rock Quarry
Secretary/Manager Teeley reported the Benton County Road Department will not renew the interlocal agreement for taking gravel from Owens Pit.  They plan to sell the 80 acres the pit sits on.

Change of Meeting
Director Shawver requested we change the regularly scheduled board meeting day from Monday to Friday due to conflicting work schedules.  Director Gose made a motion to change the meeting day to the first Friday of the month at 1:00 pm and Director Morrell seconded the motion. Motion passed.

There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was recessed at 2:45 pm until Friday, January 9th at 10.00 am.