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

Vincent Shawver, President Gary Weatherly, JUB Engineers
Neil Martin, Vice President Jeff Sperline, Sperline Raekes Law
Dallas Ayde, Director Curt Strifert, General Foreman
Sherri Thackham, Director Lila Freshment, Recorder

Allen Ostby, Marilyn Dickenson.

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

Mr. Allen Ostby addressed the Board about his property at 3902 Northlake Drive, West Richland. He is at the end of the line and gets all the debris. He has had to contact the District several times each year to have his line flushed and wants to know what can be done to improve the service. The District will install a flush valve after water is shut off for the season. Mr. Ostby exited the meeting.


2021-2022 Budget
Director Ayde motioned to approve the 2021-2022 Budget as presented. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Minutes of August 20, 2021
Director Thackham motioned to approve the minutes of August 20, 2021. Director Martin seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Minutes of August 25, 2021
Director Thackham motioned to approve the minutes of August 25, 2021. Director Ayde seconded the motion. Motion carried.

August Vouchers

Voucher 01 Reimburse Revolving Fund $169,745.80

The Board reviewed and discussed the August Vouchers. Director Ayde motioned to approve the vouchers as submitted. The motion was seconded by Director Martin. 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.

Mr. Strifert requested approval from the Board to get estimates to automate the cleaning of the trash racks at the Dam. This time of year, Operations Staff must manually clean the racks around the clock. Mr. Strifert will contact companies for estimates.


DNR Update
Mr. Strifert will contact DNR to see if they will accept an independent appraisal.

CID/KID Interlocal Agreement
Mr. Sperline will report on the status at the next meeting.

Oak & Bowles Update
Mr. Strifert is waiting on a response from one of the property owners, regarding the gate they installed.

Lower Canal Automation
The District was notified by USBR that the application for “End of Canal System Automation & Measurement” was among those receiving the highest ratings. A telephone meeting with the USBR representative has been scheduled for next week.

Division #4 Board Position Vacancy
President Shawver contacted the Commissioner’s Office regarding the vacancy. They had no update on a decision yet.


Signatory Update for Accounts
Ms. Freshment asked the Board for a motion to allow Mr. Strifert to be added as a signer on the revolving account, Visa card and accounts at the Benton County Treasurer. Director Ayde motioned to add Curt Strifert as an authorized signer on the District’s accounts. Director Thackham seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Operations Report
Weeds are increasing as the temperatures are going up. The water is very dirty due to the release of water from the reservoirs. There was a mechanical failure at the Divide Screen yesterday which caused Laterals 1 & 2 to run dry. The Ziply Fiber phone line failed to give proper notification of the problem. Ziply has fixed the issue. By the end of the day water was flowing normally. Mr. Strifert asked the Board for authorization to post an ad on, a professional job service website, for a temporary/part-time office employee to be trained to fill in while Tana is on maternity leave. The add will be posted next week.

Board Canal Tour
The discussion was tabled until the next meeting.

Joint Board Meeting Review
President Shawver and Director Martin reported on the Joint Board Meeting.

Marilyn Dickenson exited the meeting at 2:49 p.m.

President Shawver moved the meeting into Executive session at 2:57 p.m. for twenty minutes, to discuss current litigation and legal risks of current proposed actions. The meeting was extended for an additional 5 minutes at 3:17 p.m. It was extended for another 5 minutes at 3:22 p.m. The meeting was moved back into open session at 3:27 p.m. No action was taken.

Kris Polly, Editor-in-Chief of Irrigation Leader Magazine, and president of Water Strategies LLC, has expressed interest in attending a meeting and giving a presentation on their services possibly in October. President Shawver stated the Board needs to conduct the annual review of the Board at the next meeting.

President Shawver adjourned the meeting at 3:39 p.m.