CALL TO ORDER
President Shawver called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m. Present at the meeting were:
|Vincent Shawver, President||Jeff Sperline, Sperline Raekes Law|
|Neil Martin, Vice President||Curt Strifert, Operations Foreman|
|Dallas Ayde, Director||Lila Freshment, Recorder|
|Sherri Thackham, Director|
Guests: Merrell Peterson, David Brantingham, Louis Austin, Sam Martinez, Paul Knutzen, Tim Bush.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
President Shawver noted changes to the agenda. The meeting time was changed from 1:00 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Public Hearing scheduled for 1:00 p.m. would not be the first item on the agenda. It will remain at scheduled time. Director Ayde motioned to approve the agenda as amended. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Mr. Merrell Peterson, 213504 E. 350 PRSE, addressed the Board regarding problems receiving water to his property recently. He sometimes has problems getting water when his neighbor is watering. Mr. Strifert stated he would attempt to contact the neighbor within the next week to try to resolve the issue. Mr. Peterson exited the meeting.
Minutes of June 18, 2021
Director Martin motioned to approve the minutes of June 18, 2021. Director Ayde seconded the motion. Motion carried.
|Voucher 01||Reimburse Revolving Fund||$148,450.97|
The Board reviewed and discussed the June Vouchers. Director Ayde motioned to approve the vouchers as submitted. The motion was seconded by Director Thackham . Motion carried.
May Financial Statement
The Board reviewed and discussed the May Financial Statement.
Work Orders by Division
The Board reviewed and discussed the work orders in their respective divisions.
Ellsworth Water Share
Mr. Ellsworth addressed the Board on June 4, 2021, to request the Board consider a path to allow combinations of parcels within the District that would allow water from one parcel to be used on another parcel. The Board stated they would take the matter under advisement and consider it again after water season. Mr. Ellsworth requested the topic be added to the agenda for today’s meeting. The District currently has no policy in place that would cover this type of request. The Board will consider developing a policy after water season.
Mr. David Brantingham entered the meeting at 12:25 p.m. and requested to address the Board. He was allowed a public comment period due to the meeting time change. Mr. Brantingham resides in the Lakes Local Improvement District, which has been experiencing an unusual amount of aquatic weeds in the lines recently. He stated there were two pumps installed around the same time the LID was created, but those pumps are no longer there. Mr. Strifert explained that those were the orchard pumps and were removed by the orchard. They were not the LID pumps. Mr. Strifert stated operations staff has located and fixed a problem under water that was allowing weeds to get in the lines. The LID should begin noticing improvement soon. Mr. Brantingham exited the meeting.
DNR Property/Clay Pit Update
Mr. Strifert reported that Gary Weatherly, J.U.B. Engineers, has emailed his findings on the District’s clay removal to DNR. There is a difference of about 10 feet in elevation between DNR’s model and JUB’s. DNR will review it and respond within the next week.
Mr. Strifert asked the Board for a temporary increase in pay of 10% for the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant during the management transition period starting from when Mr. Flynn left his position. Director Ayde motioned to temporarily increase office staff wages by 10% from the day after Mr. Flynn left, to thirty days after the new manager takes position. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried. Water temperatures are abnormally high and causing extreme weed growth. The Lakes LID has been experiencing an unusually large amount of aquatic weeds getting into the lines and clogging filters. Several attempts were made to find the cause. Operations staff located and were able to fix the problem after getting in the canal and searching under water. They also pulled and cleaned all three pumps and motors. The system is working normally now. Office staff is preparing to send letters to two LID’s asking patrons to follow a watering schedule to improve pressure and keep the pumps from overheating. Mr. Strifert asked the Board for approval to have the right-of-way at the Lateral 2 liner extension site surveyed to build a road. He informed the Board of two large trees that will need to be removed in the same area. He also requested approval to survey where the DNR access road abuts CID right-of-way near the clay pit. Mr. Strifert will contact J.U.B. for an estimated cost.
Mr. Louis Austin entered the meeting at 1:00 p.m. and requested to address the Board. With the permission of Add Lands Petitioner, Mr. Sam Martinez’, the only petitioner present at this time, the Board allowed Mr. Austin a public comment period, due to the meeting time change. The Add Lands Hearing was postponed until after the public comment. Mr. Austin’s property is at 216305 Bryson Brown Road. He wants to install a ball valve at the manifold and was told he could only install a gate valve. Mr. Strifert said he is allowed to install a ball valve since he is in a private system. He commented on an issue he was having with one of his neighbors and was advised to work with his neighbor to find a resolution since it is a private issue. Mr. Austin exited the meeting at 1:12 p.m.
The regular meeting was recessed at 1:14 p.m. to conduct the Add Lands Hearing.
ADD LANDS HEARING
The hearing for the petition to add parcel 136994020012015 was called to order at 1:15 p.m. Mr. Tim Bush, Petitioner and Mr. Paul Knutzen, Knutzen Engineering were present. Mr. Bush wishes to add the parcel as non-irrigable, in order to facilitate a parcel combination and boundary line adjustment between this parcel, which is not in the District, and two adjacent parcels which are in the District with relinquished acreage. The process would allow for the land to be further developed. The District received no objections to the petition. Mr. Sperline stated Mr. Bush would be responsible for all costs incurred by the District if the Board approves the petition. President Shawver stated the Board would discuss it and notify them of their decision by next Friday.
The hearing for the petition to add parcel 128994060000004, Parkview Acres No. 2, Lot 4 was called to order at 1:25 p.m. The petitioner, Mr. Sam Martinez, was present for the hearing. Several properties in Parkview Acres No. 2 were excluded from Kennewick Irrigation District’s boundary and added to CID in 1992. His property was not included in this. The District contacted KID and was told his property was still in their District. Mr. Martinez stated he contacted KID and was told the properties added to CID in 1992 were still in KID but not being assessed. The District received no objections to the petition. The hearing was adjourned at 1:40 p.m. to conduct further research, and will continue at the August 6, 2021 meeting.
The Board reconvened the regular meeting at 1:46 p.m.
Oak/Bowles Access Road
Mr. Strifert informed the Board of an issue with a property on Oak and Bowles. A property owner has blocked the access road the District uses to reach one of our sump pumps. Part of the road is on our right-of-way and part is on the landowner’s property. The road is also used by KID and the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to reach their facilities. If the issue is unable to be resolved with the owners, the stretch of road on their property will need to be moved. Mr. Strifert stated both KID and BPA were willing to split the cost. He will provide an update at the next meeting.
CID/City of Richland – New Duportail Access Road
Options were discussed for a new access road.
President Shawver moved the meeting into Executive session for one hour at 1:58 p.m. to discuss potential litigation and manager applicants’ qualifications. The meeting was extended for 18 minutes at 2:57 p.m. and moved back into open session at 3:15 p.m.
Director Thackham motioned to approve Mr. Bush’s petition to add the lands as non-irrigable to Columbia Irrigation District, subject to all fees and costs being paid by the petitioner. Director Ayde seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Director Thackham motioned to offer Mr. Troy Phillips the position as District Manager as discussed and agreed upon by the Board. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.
There was no director discussion.
President Shawver adjourned the meeting at 3:18 p.m.