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
Vince Shawver, Director Bonnie Kulp, Deputy Secretary/Recorder
Jim Gose, Director Bob Ingraham, CID Crew/Union Steward
Matthew Morrell, Director Gary Weatherly, JUB Engineers


Minutes of April 3 and 10, 2015 Director Ellison made a motion to approve the April 3rd and 10th minutes.  Director Shawver seconded the motion and it passed.

April  Vouchers 

Voucher #01 Revolving Fund $142,472.09

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

Financial Statement
Secretary/Manager Teeley reviewed the March financial statement with the Board.  Total expenditures were at 39.64% for the first six months of the fiscal year compared to 42.57% last year which included a larger budget.

Director Morrell asked if the District would have any cutbacks due to the drought situation.  Currently, the District is running at 1.62 of our allowable amount of 1.76.  Gary Weatherly stated we do have slot boards in the top of the dam so if we had to get more water there is the possibility of flash boarding the dam.


Director Ellison reported his conversation with Sharon Wood as favorable and she is agreeable to proceed with the sale of her property.  The survey is scheduled to begin Monday, May 4th.  Manager Teeley stated he will work with Benton Franklin Title Company for the sale of the property.

Gary Weatherly stated the reservoir could cost approximately $750,000.  If the District crew could do some of the work there could be some savings but with the dam safety concerns Pat Loftus suggested the project be put out to bid and hire a contractor.

Director Gose asked Weatherly questions about the bottom of the reservoir and the possibility of digging it deeper on the south end to allow for more volume of water.  Weatherly stated it would be sloped lower to get the intake pipes into a low area for draining.

Beverly Meadows
Mr. Weatherly brought a report on water rights for the District concerning the Beverly Meadows Subdivision on Cedar and 15th.  There was some confusion as to whether or not there was a water right to the property.  Manager Teeley asked to meet with Gary and the Beverly Meadows representative before bringing the matter up with the Board.  Beverly Meadows Subdivision was tabled.

Work Orders by Division
The Board discussed the Work Orders completed in their respective divisions.


Administrative Report
Office Manager, Bonnie Kulp, had nothing to report.

Operations Report
Lead man, Pat Loftus reported water start-up went smoothly.  The crew worked efficiently and no major problems occurred.  President Sleater praised the crew for a job well done.

Board Action
Director Gose presented five copies of letters from Patrons of the District to the Board for documentation on previous events occurring in the last couple of years.  He asked the Board to take them home to read and bring any comments they might have back to the next meeting.

Director Ellison stated we do not need an executive session.  He stated we need motions for two letters agreed upon in the previous executive session.    Director Morrell made a motion to approve the letter of Reprimand for Secretary/Manager Teeley and Director Ellison seconded it.  Motion approved.  Director Morrell made a motion to approve the Board Directives for Secretary/Manager Teeley and Director Ellison seconded it.  Motion approved.

Correction to the April Meeting Minutes
Omitted from the April board meeting minutes was the request by Director Gose of Secretary/Manager Teeley to check on getting a change of water right date to allow the CID to open the head gates five to seven days earlier than our court mandated date of March 20th.  At this current meeting Secretary/Manager Teeley reported he had spoken to Teresa Mitchell of the Department of Ecology. She informed Teeley the process would begin with the Benton County Water Conservancy Board.  She stated it would be extremely expensive to go through the process and there was almost no chance of approval.


There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 1:50 pm.