January 2012 board meeting Highlights

Minutes of the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Raymond Irrigation District held Tuesday, January 17, 2012 commencing at 9:00 AM in the RID Board Room.

Attending:Alan HeggieChairman,John McKee, Vice Chairman, Byron Wilde, Director, Gordon ZoBell, General Manager and recording clerk, Mark Jensen Operations Manager, Kelvin Kado, Office Manager, attended as required.

The Agenda for the January 17, 2012 meeting was approved on motion by Byron Wilde and carried.

The Minutes of the, December 21, 2011 board meeting were approved on motion by Byron Wilde and carried.


  1. IRP Project Update given by Mark Jensen and Gordon ZoBell.

ater Management Special Funding IRP 2146 – Nothing to report.

Welling 6&7 IRP 2155 – Nothing to report.

IRP 2218 – Stirling #12 – Mark showed the board a slide presentation which included pictures of work progressing on this project. The pipe has been laid beginning at the north end of the project to approximately one half mile north of highway 52. The project is shut down at the present time due to very cold weather conditions. The project will resume as soon as the weather improves.

IRP 2240 – Welling #5 – Gordon noted that Darin Wilde has the easement maps completed for the project south of highway 52. The land owners will be contacted for approval of the easements, soon. Darin and Gordon will also prepare easements for the next phase of the project, as soon as possible.

RID Maintenance report – It was noted, that over the past month, the RID crew has not been engaged with maintenance of the works.

Irrican – The RID board was reminded that the Irrican annual meeting will be held January 19, 2012 commencing at 9:30 AM in the SMRID board room in Lethbridge.

RID financial report from Kelvin –

Account Receivables for 2011. There has been an improvement from what was reported last month.  Amount outstanding is reduced to $46,486.68.

Winter water charges, R8-2 and R7-1 energy invoices will be sent out in the next week.

RID Website – Gordon reviewed the site with the board online. It is a work in progress.

Aerial Photo’s – Gordon attended a meeting held January 13, 2012 at the County of Lethbridge offices in the City of Lethbridge. A large group including most Counties, M’D’s. Hamlets, Villages and Towns, as well as Irrigation Districts and the Government of Alberta, are partnering to bring the cost down for aerial photo’s. The group would like to see new photo’s obtained this coming summer of 2012. The costs will be far less within the partnership. A contract with the City of Calgary is being completed with Camel Dharandial heading the Ortho project. The RID board noted that they would like to see more information regarding the finished product. Gordon will obtain more information regarding the quality of photos from Camel and bring this information back to the board. The board was in favour of proceeding with the project within reasonable guidelines and pricing.


RID winter party date – The party for all RID board members, employees and their spouses, will be held, January 26th, 2012 at the Keg Restaurant in Lethbridge, commencing at 6:30 PM.

Annual meeting date – March 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM in the Raymond Agricultural Society Building.

Raymond area director – nomination date – The closing date for nominations is February 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM. – The position will be advertised February 9th and 16th  in the West Winds Weekly Newspaper.

Terminable acres – This topic was discussed at some length. The board will consider future options here and discuss this again at a future time.

Next meeting date – February 16, 2012 at the RID board room.