July 27, 2016 RID board meeting highlights

Highlights of the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Raymond Irrigation District held Wednesday July 27, 2016 commencing at 12:00 PM in the RID Board Room.

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

The Agenda for the, July 27, 2016 meeting was approved on motion by Byron Wilde and carried.

The Minutes of the, June 22, 2016 board meeting were approved on motion by Craig Palmer and carried.

IRP Project Update given by Mark Jensen

IRP 2321 W#5 phase #5 – the pipe has been ordered for the project and all easements are complete except for the Meyer sub-line.

Maintenance report – Mark Jensen showed the board a slide presentation of work completed under the district’s maintenance and the IRP program over the past month.

Irrican Power – June income, $347,139 and 22,876 Mwh generation at an average of $15.17/Mwh. It appears that this could well be the worst income year in the history of the plants. Total income is projected at $3,000,000 – $3,500,000 for 2016

RID financial – Kelvin Kado – Preparations for August assessment is under way. Outstanding account are slowly coming in. Amounts paid out for NRG for the 2 pipelines (R7-1 and R8-2) has been quite high this year.

Expansion Plebiscite in the RID – Len Ring met with the board at 11:00 AM to discuss his possible involvement in assisting the RID with a plebiscite vote. After much discussion on motion by Byron Wilde the board agreed to hire the services of Len Ring. Carried. Len charges $180.00 per hour on a strict basis of working on the project. No secretarial or other fees are charged. ½ for travel time.

RID Return Flows – It was noted that return flows are less by about 25% of what they were, to date, in 2015. This is being monitored on a monthly basis by Lloyd Healy of Alberta Agriculture.

Directors Items – Seminar ideas for our 2017 seminar, water pipeline safety, Irrigation scheduling.

Sale of assets – the board approved the sale of 3 pieces of equipment. 1) 1976 Versatile tractor, 2) Ashland scraper, 3) 580 D backhoe – The items will be advertised for sale.

Roofing Quote – Gordon noted that the main shop roof is in need of new shingles or metal. An estimate was obtained from Troy Thompson. The board noted that they would like the RID crew to install a new metal roof if it is felt our crew has time. Mark Jensen noted that this could be accomplished using our crew. The roof will be replaced as soon as possible.

Irrigation Council – Rates and fees for all irrigations districts. A report outlining all the noted fees was shown to the board.

Cal Hancock R/W usage – The manager was asked to investigate the details of how cattle are being grazed on the R/W when Mr. Hancock does not own cattle. It appear that the R/W leased to Mr. Hancock by the RID is being leased to another person without the RID,s knowledge or approval. The manager will report back in the next meeting.

Lethbridge Exhibition Park, Presidents reception invitation – Andy Cummings has invited an RID official to this event. – Kelvin Kado will attend on behalf of the RID.

Household Purposes Agreement – Shane and Janet Dumont of Box 99 Raymond – Plan 0912803, Block 1 Lot 9, SW-16-6-20-W4. Approved on motion by Craig Palmer and carried.

Next meeting date – Wednesday September 28, 2016 commencing at 9:00 AM in the RID board room. If there is rain in early September the board will hold a board meeting at that time. It should be noted that there will not be a regular RID board meeting held in August.

Motion to adjourn and time meeting ended. – There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 1:00 PM on motion by Byron Wilde.