CALL TO ORDER
President Shawver called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. Present at the meeting were:

Vincent Shawver, President Curt Strifert, Secretary/Manager
Neil Martin, Vice President Lila Freshment, Recorder
Dallas Ayde, Director
Sherri Thackham, Director
Marilyn Dickenson, Director

 

Guests: None.

 APPROVAL OF AGENDA
President Shawver added a new item under New Business for Mid-Month Board Meeting Date Change. Director Martin motioned to approve the agenda with the addition. Director Thackham seconded the motion. Motion carried.
 

PUBLIC COMMENT
None.

CONSENT AGENDA

Minutes of August 19, 2022
Director Thackham motioned to approve the minutes of August 19, 2022. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.

August Vouchers

Voucher 01 Reimburse Revolving Fund $246,115.92
Voucher 02 Enduris – Property & Liability Ins. $127,089.00
Voucher Total $373,204.92

The Board reviewed and discussed the August Vouchers. Director Thackham motioned to approve the vouchers as submitted. Director Dickenson seconded the motion. Motion carried.

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

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

OLD BUSINESS

Department of Natural Resources Update
Mr. Strifert reported that he had spoken to our attorney Jeff Sperline, Sperline Raekes Law, and he has not received any response from DNR to the letter or phone call.

Union Contract
Mr. Strifert reported that we are still waiting on the formal contract from the Union.

Grant #R22AP001200-00 – End of Canal Automation
Mr. Strifert reported that we have received the finalized cultural review and it has been sent to the Bureau of Reclamation. We should receive our Notice to Proceed within the next few weeks. Once we receive it, we will be scheduling the dates for the five gates to be installed. The grant was for of the gates.

Approval of Policy Revisions
Copies of the revised policies were presented to the Board for review and approval.

Director Thackham motioned to approve Policy 3.4 – Assessment, Acreage Changes and Refunds. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Director Thackham motioned to approve Policy 5.2 – Reimbursement of Expenses. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Board Room Chairs
The Board discussed the purchase of new chairs for the board room. The discussion will continue at the next board meeting.

Yakima Basin Joint Board Tour
The Yakima Basin Joint Board Tour will be held on September 29, at 8:30 a.m. President Shawver, Director Martin, and Director Ayde will attend.

Meeting Date Change
President Shawver requested that we change the mid-month meeting date.  Director Thackham motioned to move the September 16, mid-month Board Meeting to September 23rd, and amended the time from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., to accommodate the Joint Board meeting. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS

Operations Report
Mr. Strifert gave the water report. The Conservation District harvested thirteen loads of weeds in the Yakima River last week. The weed treatments we have done have worked well and there are much fewer weeds in the canal.  The District purchased the two Toyota Tacoma trucks for the ditch riders and they are in use. The District also acquired the 2022 Ford Explorer Expedition SUV for the District Manager.

Water Shut Down Date
Mr. Strifert proposed the District shut off water delivery on October 14th since the 15th falls on Saturday this year.  Director Martin motioned for the water shut-off date to be October 14, 2022. Director Thackham seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Joint Board Meeting Review
President Shawver and Director Martin presented a review of the Joint Board Meeting.

EXECUTIVE SESSION
President Shawver moved the meeting into Executive Session at 10:35 a.m. for 15 minutes to discuss potential litigation. The meeting was moved to open session at 10:50 a.m. No action was taken.

DIRECTOR DISCUSSION
Director Shawver discussed the Board’s evaluation to take place at the next meeting. The Board’s evaluation of the District Manager will be added to the January 2023, Board Meeting Agenda.

ADJOURNMENT
President Shawver adjourned the meeting at 10:58 a.m.