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


Guests:  Donna Gose, Marilyn Dickenson 


Director Martin motioned to approve the agenda as submitted. Director Gose seconded the motion. Motion carried. 



Minutes of February 19, 2021
Director Thackham motioned to approve the minutes of February 19, 2021 as submitted. Director Martin           seconded the motion. Motion carried

February Vouchers

Voucher 01 Reimburse Revolving Fund $93,632.05

The Board reviewed and discussed the February Vouchers. Director Ayde motioned to approve the vouchers as submitted. The motion was seconded by Director Martin. Motion carried.

January Financial Statement
The Board reviewed and discussed the January Financial Statement.

Work Orders by Division
The Board reviewed and discussed the work orders in their respective divisions.

2021-2022 Attorney Services Contract
Mr. Flynn stated the District received one response to the annual request for qualifications from Attorneys. The response was from the District’s current attorney, Jeff Sperline of Sperline Raekes Law. Director Ayde motioned to renew the contract for another year. Director Martin seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

ROW Use Permit #2021-3
The Board reviewed Right-of-Way Permit Application 2021-3 received from Mr. Russell at 87401 N Harrington Road, West Richland, for existing encroachments that include concrete panels, grape trellises, and trees. Director Ayde motioned to approve the permit. Director Martin provided a second. Motion carried.

Hoch Water Discharge Request
Mr. Flynn reviewed Mr. Hoch’s request to discharge water into the Main Canal from his property at 27th & Washington Street. The Board directed Mr. Flynn to draft a policy to establish a permit process for waters discharged into the canal to present at the April 2nd meeting. Once this is completed and approved the Board will revisit Mr. Hoch’s request.

Boundary Change Request
Mr. Flynn reviewed a boundary change request to exclude two parcels from the District’s boundary. The parcels are located at 520 W Columbia Drive and 627 N Everett Street. The request, received from Paul Knutzen of Knutzen Engineering, and Tim Bush the owner of the property, is to facilitate a boundary line adjustment (BLA) and parcel combination (PC) of the previously mentioned parcels as well as parcel #136994020012015 (no address). The District objected to the BLA/PC when notice was received from the City of Kennewick, because parcels within the District cannot be comingled with those outside its boundary. Mr. Flynn will draft a Boundary Change Policy to present at a future meeting and notify Mr. Knutzen and Mr. Bush they can resubmit their request when a policy is in place. 

Barry Bush from Benton PUD gave a presentation on the proposed Horse Heaven Hills Wind Farm which would stretch along 24 miles of ridgeline south of the Tri-Cities. As many as 244 wind turbines would be placed in up to 6 rows, each turbine would be from 500 to 671 feet tall. The energy generated will not be used in the Tri-Cities area but will be distributed to the west side of the state and California. Director Martin motioned for the Board members to sign a letter opposing the Horse Heaven Hills Wind Farm. Director Thackham seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

WaterSmart Grant Resolution
Mr. Flynn reviewed Resolution 2021-1 for WaterSmart Grant funding for automated gates at the Sand Wasteway on Lateral #1, the Cox Wasteway at the end of Lateral #2 and possibly the Divide or Section 7 check. Director Gose motioned to approve Resolution 2021-1. Director Thackham seconded the motion. The motion carried.


Dave Parella
Mr. Sperline exited the meeting at 2:56 p.m. He will provide an update at the next meeting.

DNR Property/Clay Pit Update
Mr. Flynn reviewed the completed survey of the area. He will share the survey with the Department of Natural Resources early next week and find out how to proceed.

Policy 2.4 – Pandemic Isolation & Quarantine
Director Thackham motioned to approve Policy 2.4. The motion was seconded by Director Gose. Motion carried.

Procedure 2.4 – Pandemic Isolation & Quarantine
Director Thackham motion to approve Procedure 2.4. Director Gose seconded the motion. Motion carried.


Operations Report
Mr. Flynn gave the water report. The concrete liner portion of the Lateral #2 Liner Project is complete. The river level sensor has been installed. The Lateral #1 gate is scheduled to arrive on Monday and should be installed on Tuesday. The first round of burning in the canal is done. Operations Staff are installing a few new check structures in the canal in Kennewick to help better control the water at low flow. The Irrigation Elections Bill passed the Senate and has moved to the House. The version that passed is supported by WSWRA. There is a proposed legislative action in Washington State that would remove the penalty and reduce the interest paid on delinquent taxes. The current system gives the Benton County Treasurer a hammer to use to collect the taxes. With this hammer removed, the ability to collect delinquent taxes is drastically reduced resulting in reduced revenues. Mr. Flynn reported he had signed in online, opposing this new legislation. The Interlocal Agreement with KID has nearly finished the review process. The Operations Staff has been split into two separate crews to reduce the risk and potential loss of manpower due to COVID. Mr. Flynn notified the Board he hired a temporary employee to prepare for water season.

Joint Board Meeting
The discussion was tabled until the next meeting.

Water Start Date
Mr. Flynn proposed starting water on Sunday, March 21st. There were no objections.

The discussion was tabled until the next meeting.

President Shawver adjourned the meeting at 3:31 p.m.