The Board meeting of the Columbia Irrigation District was called to order by President Shawver at 1:00 pm.  Present at the meeting were:

Vincent Shawver, President Gary Weatherly, JUB Engineers
Neil Martin, Vice President Howard Ellison, Manager
Dallas Ayde, Director Pat Loftus, Field Foreman
Jim Gose, Director Bonnie Kulp, Recorder

Guests: Sheila Thackham, Sherry Thackham.

Sheila Thackham wanted to know if the final water right allocation in Aquavella will affect the people that lost their water rights. Ms. Thackham asked if money was being set aside in a reserve account for the reservoir. President Shawver told her that would be addressed in the next budget cycle.


Minutes, April 7, and 20, 2017
The minutes of April 7th and 20th, 2017 were presented to the Board. Director Gose made a motion to approve both sets of minutes and Director Martin seconded the motion.  Motion approved.

April Vouchers

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Reimburse Revolving Fund







The April Vouchers were reviewed and discussed by the Board. Director Gose made a motion to approve the Vouchers and Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion approved.

March Financial Statement
The March Financial Statement was reviewed and discussed by the Board.

Director Shawver announced there will be a one-hour class for the directors, scheduled with Enduris on “The Role as a Director on a Board”, on June 8th at 11:00 am at the District office. Also announced was the date of May 19th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm for a tour of the District’s facilities. He was advised by MRSC to advertise the tour as a special meeting but the training class did not need to be advertised.


Dupertail Bridge
Manager Ellison reported the City of Richland passed the $20 addition to annual license fees for city residents to help cover the cost of the bridge project not covered by the grant.

Gary Weatherly, JUB Engineers, commented on the possibility of salvaging the half-circle panels that will be removed for the project. The panels are the same size as the ones on the Leslie flume. The balance of the flume will be scrapped by the contractors.  The City of Richland will determine whether or not they can save the panels.

There was no activity to report. The Board discussed the history of water rights within the District.

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


Poland & Sons
Manager Ellison informed the Board that LID 34 and LID 21 failed to turn on at the beginning of the season. The pipes underneath LID #34, started leaking so a 20 foot section of pipe needed to be replaced. Due to the time of year, the district crew did not have time to fix it so Manager Ellison hired Poland and Son’s to do the repair.

LID 21 15th/Cedar contractors damaged a pipe while doing construction work on the new Beverly Meadows Subdivision. In the process of fixing it, a section of the LID got cut off and the CID crew was not able to find the valves to charge it. Using old maps, Manager Ellison located the original 15-inch steel line that fed the blocked section but it was found to be 75% full of mud. Poland and Son’s reconnected the dry section.

Operations Report
Operation Foreman, Pat Loftus, reported all water is now on. Other than the cool, wet spring resulting in water users turn on slower than usual, it has been a fairly normal start-up.

Other Business
Manager Ellison updated the Director’s on the status of the Teeley Lawsuit.

Manager also presented a draft of the policy concerning dogs written by Attorney Tom Cowan for the Board to review before the next meeting.

ADJOURNMENT President Shawver adjourned the meeting at 2:25 pm.