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

Guests:  None


Director Martin motioned to approve the agenda as submitted. Director Ayde seconded the motion. Motion carried. President Shawver suggested amending the agenda to begin interviews. Director Martin motioned to move New Business to before Old Business. The motion was seconded by Director Ayde. Motion carried.



Minutes of June 4, 2021
Director Ayde motioned to approve the minutes of June 4, 2021. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.


Interview – Mr. Troy Phillips
President Shawver moved the meeting into Executive session at 1:05 p.m. for one hour and fifteen minutes to conduct the interview. The meeting was extended for 15 minutes at 2:18 p.m. The meeting moved back into open session at 2:25 p.m. at which time the Board took a 5-minute recess.

Interview – Mr. Curt Strifert
President Shawver moved the meeting into Executive session at 2:30 p.m. for one hour to conduct the interview. The meeting returned to open session at 3:18 p.m.


Dave Parella Update
Mr. Flynn stated there were no new developments.

DNR Property/Clay Pit Update
Mr. Flynn reported on the meeting with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held on June 10th. DNR agreed to review their estimation of the amount of clay removed by the District. They will include Mr. Weatherly, the District’s engineer, in this process. Mr. Flynn asked about obtaining an easement for access to one of the pump stations, DNR stated the cost would be the same as the price for purchasing the land.

City of Richland Hold Harmless Agreement
The City of Richland has asked the District for an open-ended Hold Harmless Agreement for access under the Duportail Bridge. Mr. Flynn spoke to Mr. Rogalsky, Public Works Director for the City of Richland, about exchanging a Hold Harmless agreement for a new access along the bridge, in the event we are unable to retain the current access through DNR. He also suggested partnering with them to construct the access road. Mr. Rogalsky would like to meet with management at the site at a later date to discuss it further.   Director Martin motioned to approve allowing the City of Richland to obtain an open-ended Hold Harmless Agreement.

Mr. Flynn Consulting Agreement
Mr. Flynn and the Board discussed terms of a consulting agreement. Director Ayde motioned to approve payment to Mr. Flynn of $5,000.00 to complete the grants and prospectuses and allow President Shawver to sign the contract. Director Martin provided a second. Motion carried. Mr. Flynn will prepare the contract and forward it to Mr. Sperline for review.

President Shawver moved the meeting into Executive session at 4:05 p.m. for 15 minutes to discuss qualification of applicants interviewed. It was extended for ten minutes at 4:20 p.m. and returned to open session 4:30. The Board decided to move forward with a background check on Mr. Phillips.


President Shawver adjourned the meeting at  4:35 p.m.