President Shawver called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Present at the meeting were:

Vincent Shawver, President Curt Strifert, General Foreman
Neil Martin, Vice President Lila Freshment, Recorder
Dallas Ayde, Director
Sherri Thackham, Director
Marilyn Dickenson, Director


Guests: None

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




Lower Canal Automated Gates
Mr. Strifert informed the Board there are no grants available right now that would include automated gates. Curt asked for approval to buy two gates from the Capital Improvement Fund to install this year. The gates would be installed at the O.J. and Riek check structures. Director Martin motioned to approve the purchase of two gates from the Capital Improvement Fund. Director Thackham seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Kennewick School District – Bridge Access
The Kennewick School District has received permit applications for existing pedestrian bridges at Eastgate and Washington Elementary Schools. Once they return the completed application it will be sent to the attorney for review prior to approval.

Automated Cleaner – Dam
Mr. Strifert will meet with a representative from Duperon at the headgates next week. Measurements will be taken to supply a more exact estimate.


Operations Report
Water is being shut-off for the season today. Operations Staff will start blowing out lines next week and will begin working on the Lateral #2, 2.26 Liner Project after that is complete. The District purchased a used compressor and low-boy truck. Other winter projects are, installing the O.J and Riek automated gates, if received in time, and canal cleaning. The District placed a down payment on a used dump-truck which will be received mid-November. Mr. Strifert notified the Board of an issue on the Main Canal in West Richland. Water is seeping onto a patron’s driveway. He will meet at the site with the District’s engineer to discuss the best solution. Mr. Strifert reported on his tour of the Owyhee Irrigation District Canal. Mr. Strifert asked the Board for approval to obtain a survey at 247436 E. SR 397, to find the property line. Director Martin motioned to approve the survey. The motion was seconded by Director Thackham. Motion carried.

Bid Opening – Concrete Lining
The District received one bid for the Lateral #2, 2.26 Concrete Liner for $106,766.84 from Columbia Pumping. Director Martin motioned to accept Columbia Pumping’s bid. Director Thackham provided a second. Motion carried.

Kennewick High School Sports Field
Mr. Strifert spoke with Eric Bruce from KSD. He said the project is not yet complete. In the original plans they were going to be encroaching the District’s Right-of-Way, but he believed they have made adjustments to alleviate this. He will verify the information and let Mr. Strifert know.

Review – Kris Polly – Grants
The Board reviewed a draft contract from Kris Polly, President of Water Strategies for proposed services. The Board will discuss the contract further after review by our attorney and clarification of what the contract covers.

Hickman Claim
Mr. Hickman has submitted a claim for damages to his shop from water overflowing his weir when the canal was running high. The District maintains to the first valve/weir and the second weir is the patron’s responsibility. This has happened a few times since he purchased the property and previous work orders show that operations staff have informed him the second weir is his responsibility. Mr. Hickman requested earlier this year to have the weir replaced with a valve. He is the first on the list to be done in the off-season. Mr. Hickman’s claim was denied.

Annual Review of the Board
The Board conducted their annual evaluation. 

President Shawver stated Director Dickenson needs training on the Open Public Meetings and Public Records Act. He reviewed the Tri-Cities Water Working Group meeting he attended.

President Shawver adjourned the meeting at 3:43 p.m.