January 20, 2021 Board Meeting Highlights

 Held Wednesday January 20, 2021 commencing at 10:55 AM in the RID Board Room. Covid19 provincial health guidelines were followed during the meeting.

 NOTE: Prior to the commencement of the meeting the Board toured the 8-1 pipelining project.


John McKee, Board Chair                           Jason Miller, Manager

Craig Palmer, Vice Chair                              Cody Heggie, O&M Manager

Rod Wendorff, Director                             Kelvin Kado, Office Manager, as needed

The Agenda for the meeting was approved on motion by Craig Palmer and carried.

The Minutes of the December 16, 2020 board meeting were approved on motion by Rod Wendorff and carried.


O&M Report and IRP Project Update:

Cody Heggie showed a slide presentation of the work performed over the past month. The crew has been working hard on IRP 2356 (8-1). The crew has been working 9-hour days to ensure the pipeline is completed by the end of the construction season.

Cody also reviewed the larger custom work completed in 2020. The crew worked very hard to complete the custom work, especially during the brief window after water was turned off and before work on the IRP projects started.

Irrican – Kelvin Kado reported:

Irrican yearend should be completed soon. There will be an exit meeting with the auditors by the January 25th. The next Board meeting and the AGM will be on January 26.

We have locked in a portion of 2021 production at $7.2 Kwh. We have a new REC contract at $13.50/Mwh for 2021 – 2025.

RID financial – Kelvin Kado reported:

A steady flow of income from 2020 assessment has been coming in. Outstanding A/R is $132,648, excluding the amount due from ICW.

We are preparing for RID year end.

Modernizations Agreement with GOA & CIB:

We are able to share general details regarding our modernization projects – 9 mile and RS4.

New Acre Applications:

On motion made by Craig Palmer and carried, the Board approved the creation of the Acre Allocation Committee and granted the committee the authority to review and approve new acre applications subject to the criteria laid out in the “Purchase of New Acres Application Package”.

The committee’s first meeting will be held on Thursday February 4, 2021 at 9:00 am. Jason Miller will prepare an agenda and information package for the meeting.  

RID Policy Manual Review:

The board reviewed policies 8-18.

Equipment Discussion:

The office staff shared with the board specs, pricing, and operator feedback on new excavators. The board discussed the pros and cons of each brand of excavator, including an in-depth discussion on the prices, specs & features, maintenance & service reputations, warranties, reliability, needs of the RID, and operator feedback.


Directors’ Items:

No director items were brought forward.

Raymond Ward Election:

A notice has been put in the paper for nominations for the Raymond area election. The notice will also be placed on the RID website. Nomination packages can be picked up at the RID office. Nominations will close on February 25, with an election date set for March 11.

March 2021 AGM:

The AGM is set for March 25 at 9:00 am. Due to Covid19 restrictions, at this time the RID will plan on the AGM being a zoom meeting, without a seminar or luncheon. RID staff will advise the Irrigation Secretariat and Irrigation Council of the date and time of the AGM. Notices will also be placed in the paper and on the RID website.

Next Meeting Date:

The next meeting is set for February 24, 2021.

Motion to adjourn – There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 3:44 PM on motion by Craig Palmer.