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 Bob Ingraham, Operations Lead
Sherri Thackham, Director Lila Freshment, Recorder
   

Guests:  None 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Director Thackham motioned to approve the agenda as submitted. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried. 

PUBLIC COMMENT
None

 

CONSENT AGENDA

Minutes of April 16th & 30th, 2021
Director Thackham motioned to add the Minutes of April 30th to the Consent Agenda. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried. Director Thackham motioned to approve the minutes of April 16th. Director Martin provided a second. Motion carried. Director Thackham motioned to approve the minutes of April 30th. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.

April Vouchers

Voucher 01 Reimburse Revolving Fund $170,186.03
    $170,186.03

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

March Financial Statement
The Board reviewed and discussed the February Financial Statement.

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

OLD BUSINESS

Dave Parella
No new information to report.

DNR Property/Clay Pit Update
Mr. Flynn reported he is preparing to send DNR an estimate of how much clay the District has removed from the clay pit.

NEW BUSINESS

Operations Report
Mr. Flynn gave the water report. The City of Richland has requested CID grant them a long-term Hold Harmless Agreement for access under the Duportail Bridge rather than a long-term crossing permit. Mr. Sperline will review both agreements and provide a recommendation.

Grant Application Debriefing Review
Mr. Flynn reviewed what was discussed with the Bureau of Reclamation in the grant debriefing meeting. The Water and Energy Efficiency Grant includes two funding groups. Group One was for projects requesting less than $500,000.00. The District applied under Funding Group Two, which was for projects requesting up to $750,000.00. He reviewed each category the Bureau evaluated for scoring. The Bureau questioned whether this grant was the right fit for our project since they viewed it as more water management than water savings project. The next grant announcement will come out in August. Mr. Flynn recommended the District apply under Funding Group One.

Add Lands Hearing Date
The District received an Add Land Petitions from Tim Bush requesting to include parcel #1-3699-402-001-2015 in the District boundaries and a petition from Sam Martinez to include parcel #1-2899-403-0000-004 in the District boundaries. Director Thackham motioned to set the Add Lands Hearing for July 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Director Ayde seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Service Change Application
Mr. Flynn reviewed a service change application received from OJ and Doris Smith. They are subdividing their property and are requesting a second lead to service the new parcels. Director Thackham motioned to approve the Service Change Application with costs borne by the landowner. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Joint Board Meeting Report
The report was tabled until the next meeting.

Director Discussion
There was no director discussion.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

President Shawver moved the meeting into Executive Session at 2:52 p.m. for a period of forty minutes, to discuss potential litigation and an employee’s performance. The meeting was extended for an additional 15 minutes. President Shawver moved the meeting into open session at 3:48 p.m.

Mr. Sperline will approach Mr. Shultz, attorney for Mr. Lopez, to renew CID’s offer to assist with the drainage issue on his property.

Manager Position
The District will pursue finding a new manager. Ads will be placed in the Irrigation Leader Magazine and Tri-City Herald. Notice will also be sent to Tom Myrum at WSWRA and Scott Revell, District Manager of Roza Irrigation District. Mr. Flynn will provide training to an employee who may become Interim Manager.

ADJOURNMENT
President Shawver adjourned the meeting at 3:53 p.m.