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May 2018 Board Minutes

May 9, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.

The official minutes are posted.

Chairman David Peterson

Vice-Chair Bryan St.Clair

In Attendance

The following Directors were present and participated in the Regular May Meeting: Director St. Clair, Director Schmedding, Director Wulf and Director Wilhite. Also, in attendance were General Manager Kevin Wells: Jim Fields, Todd Henry, Sara Broderius and District Attorney Joe Carroll.

Call to Order

Director St. Clair called the Regular May meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.

Approval of Agenda

Director Wilhite moved to approve the May agenda at hand. Director Schmedding seconded the motion and the vote was unanimously in favor.

Approval of Minutes

Director Schmedding moved to approve the Regular April Minutes. Director Wilhite seconded the motion and the vote was unanimously in favor.

Treasurer's Report

Mr. Fields presented the District's cash statements for the month of April for the Board to review. A copy is attached for reference.

Certification of Payables

District Expenditures for the month of April were presented to the Board. After general discussion, Director Wilhite moved that District Expenditures in the amount of $1,439,717.50 be approved. Director Schmedding seconded the motion and the vote was unanimously in favor.

Certification of Payroll

Director Schmedding moved that payroll for the month of April in the amount of $275,799.70 be approved. Director Wulf seconded the motion and the vote was unanimously in favor.

New Business by Directors

Director Wulf discussed the potential direction local garbage trucks may take in response to changes in electric vehicle technology.

Director St. Clair discussed an article in the Spokesman-Review that addressed the potential for SG wireless to be accommodated throughout the greater Spokane area and his concerns.

Special Items

Bonneville Spill Surcharge - Mr. Wells notified the Directors that BPA will be· passing on a spill surcharge to recover the cost of increased spill. This increased spill results from a ruling in the Federal Courts to increase the flow of the 2018 spring fish passage season. After much discussion on the District’s current financial standing in the 2018 Budget, the Directors determined that the anticipated 1.14% revenue charge per customer would not be passed on for the 2018 season.

Verizon Contract - After the Regular April Meeting, Mr. Wells and the District Attorney Joe Carroll produced potential contracts to address Verizon's interest in installing equipment on the District's power poles. After some discussion on further steps and potential directions the Board would like to move in, Mr. Wells indicated that the matter would be revisited at the next regular meeting.

Manager's Report

Above High-Water Mark - Above High-Water Mark tracking with BPA began on May 8. This process determines the size of the BPA system for the 2020-2021 purchasing period. The District will determine how much non-federal power it can purchase in October.

Water Rate Communication - Mr. Wells notified the Directors that water rate communications will be going out in one week and that their input in the process has been appreciated.

Valleyway Substation - The Valleyway Substation is down for scheduled maintenance and is (so far) ahead of schedule for its repairs.

New Construction - Harlan Douglas began construction on the newest Sprague apartment complex with a signed contract for exclusive service. A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for May l 0 and a discussion was held on the contract process.

Legal Report

Attorney Carroll reported on the Spokane Aquifer Joint Board amicus brief that was filed in the Crown West appellate case. The SAJB brief was a joint brief with the Pierce County Water Cooperative. Other amicus briefs filed in the case were from the Washington Water Utilities Council, and a combined brief from the Washington PUD Association and the Water-Sewer District Association. The Center for Environmental Law and Policy also filed an amicus brief. The amicus briefs filed for SAJB/Pierce County Cooperative, WWUC and Washington PUD/Water-Sewer Districts challenged Ecology's position on " active compliance".

Attorney Carroll explained that Ecology's main argument is that relinquishment of water rights is to be the default position and to be favored, while the SAJB/Pierce County Cooperative/WWUC and Washington PUD/Water-Sewer District briefs took the opposite position that the Municipal Water Law should be judicially held to protect municipal water rights.

Operations Report

Mr. Henry presented the Operations report for the month of April to the Board for review. A discussion was held regarding the large amount of new construction taking place throughout the District. A copy of the April report is attached for reference.

There being no further business, the Regular May Board Meeting was adjourned at 7:44 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted as prepared by the District Board Clerk, Sara Broderius.

District Secretary

David Peterson/Chairman

Monthly Treasurer's Report

Payables and Payroll May 9, 2018 April 11, 2018 May 10, 2017

Bonneville Payables

$760,429 $906,238 $764,062

Other Payables

$679,289 $763,832


PayrolI Certification

$275,800 $260,103


May 9, 2018 April 11, 2018 May 10, 2017

Unencumbered Funds




2015 Bond Project Fund




2017 Bond Project Fund




Encumbered Funds

$516, 807



Total Cash and Investments $9,465,717 $9,412,407 $10,546,856
2018 Cash on Hand 159 161 135

April 2018 Operations Activity Report

Terminated Installed Monthly Total Net YTD Last Year Total Last Year
Temporary 10 10 44 8 28
Residential 8 8 99 57 176
Commercial 0 0 4 4 5
Altered 1 1 10 3 17
Area Lights 0 0 0 0 1
Water Taps 19 19 57 13 26

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Residential Electric Meters 10,559 Commercial Electric Meters 1,187 Total Electric Meters 11,746
Residential Water Meters 7,958 Commercial Water Meters 456 Total Water Meters 8,414


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Overhead Primary Underground Primary Secondary Water Mains Water Services
Scheduled 0 2 0 1 0
Unscheduled 0 0 0 1 0

Electric Department Activities: Services, Street light maintenance, Pole changeouts, Belleaire 4th addition conduits, Vera sub risers rebuilds, W-3 rebuild, MdDonald to McCabe on Sprague, Ball booster pole/riser rebuild, Evergreen Fountains conduits.

Water Department Activites: Hydrant maintanence, Services, Customer leak checks, Belleaire 4th addition taps, Service leak repairs, Ball booster maintenance.

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