CALL TO ORDER
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||Jeff Sperline, Sperline Raekes Law|
|Neil Martin, Vice President||Clancy Flynn, Manager|
|Dallas Ayde, Director||Lila Freshment, Recorder|
|Jim Gose, Director|
|Sherri Thackham, Director|
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Director Thackham motioned to approve the agenda as submitted. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Minutes of May 1st and May 15, 2020
Director Gose motioned to approve the minutes of May 1st, and May 15, 2020. Director Thackham seconded the motion. Motion carried.
|Voucher 01||Reimburse Revolving Fund||$175,675.44|
The Board reviewed and discussed the May Vouchers. Director Thackham motioned to approve the vouchers as submitted. The motion was seconded by Director Martin. Motion carried.
April Financial Statement
The Board reviewed and discussed the April Financial Statement.
Work Orders by Division
The Board reviewed and discussed the work orders in their respective divisions.
Add Land Petition – 4600 W. Yellowstone Avenue
Mr. Flynn reviewed the petition from Raymond and Patsy Merriman to add their property at 4600 W. Yellowstone Avenue to the District. Director Thackham motioned to deny the Add Land Petition for 4600 W. Yellowstone Avenue. The motion was seconded by Director Martin. Motion carried.
Permanent Encroachment Permit – 2807 N Riverside
Mr. Flynn reviewed the permit request from Matthew Turner at 2807 N. Riverside, to install a fence that will encroach on CID right-of-way. Director Martin motioned to approve the Permanent Encroachment Permit. Director Thackham seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Resolution 2020-7 – Drought Funding Grant
Mr. Flynn reviewed the resolution for the 27.2 Re-Regulation Reservoir Drought Response Program Application (copy attached). Director Thackham motioned to approve Resolution 2020-7. Director Gose seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Credit Card Policy
The Board reviewed and discussed the draft revision to Credit Card Policy 5.3. Director Gose motioned to approve Policy 5.3 as revised. Director Ayde seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Declaration of Emergency & Emergency Response Policy
The Board reviewed and discussed the draft policy (copy attached). Director Gose motioned to approve the Declaration of Emergency & Emergency Response Policy 1.3. The motion was seconded by Director Martin. Motion carried.
Mr. Flynn stated the Bureau of Reclamation has assigned the District a new grant specialist. His name is Bruce Sully. The District will be able to move forward to the bid process once we receive a notice to proceed from the Bureau. We are waiting for an announcement from them on whether we will be awarded funding for the second Lateral 2 Lining Grant Application the District submitted. Mr. Flynn stated he forwarded the 27.2 Re-Regulation Reservoir Grant Application to the Ferguson Group. He has received their comments and edits and is working on incorporating them. Mr. Flynn also noted he is preparing the 27.2 Re-Regulation Reservoir Drought Response Program Application which is due by July 8, 2020.
Mr. Flynn stated he was contacted by a gentleman on Yakima River Road who is concerned water from the canal is seeping onto a property on Yakima River Road. This area is a designated wetland. District personnel are monitoring the situation to see if the canal could be contributing. Lining about five-hundred feet of the canal in the area was discussed.
Mr. Flynn gave the water report. The Bureau is estimating the Junior water right entitlement to be about ninety-two percent this year. They estimated to begin using storage water from the reservoirs on June 15th. Mr. Flynn spoke to the Board about the benefits of moving our head gates upstream. He stated the District may be able to get both state and federal money for the project. Mr. Flynn asked the Board to consider giving him a stipend to use his personal vehicle for District purposes rather that a District issued vehicle. The discussion was tabled until the next meeting.
Hoch Add Lands Discussion
Mr. Flynn explained his discussion with Mr. Hoch regarding drainage waters from his property into the CID canal. Mr. Hoch proposed pumping the water back out of the CID canal onto his property located near the intersection of S. Washington and 27th Avenue which is not in the District. No action was taken.
Report on Meetings
President Shawver reported on the Yakima Basin Joint Board meetings. He reported there was discussion about the banking and transfer of water rights. He also stated the Benton Conservation District and Benton County Mosquito Control are looking into purchasing equipment to remove weeds from the river with money from the State.
Board Meeting of July 3, 2020
The July 3, 2020 meeting was rescheduled for Thursday, July 2, 2020.
President Shawver moved the meeting into Executive Session at 3:15 for a period of ten minutes to discuss potential litigation. The meeting moved back into open session at 3:25.
President Shawver adjourned the meeting at 3:26 p.m.