North Kootenai Water District


May 11, 2006





A.        Call To Order/Roll Call


       Meeting called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Davis.


       Present:             Jack Berger, Director/Vice President

                                 Tom Crimmins, Director

                                 Linda Davis, Director/President

                                 Maimie Moore, Director


       Excused:            Richard Fairhurst, Director/Secretary


       Staff Present:      Phil Boyd, District Engineer

                                 Bob Covington, District Attorney

                                 Mike Galante, District Manager

                                 Brad White, District Field Supervisor


       Visitors:             Arthur B. Macomber, Attorney-at-Law


B.        Agenda Items:


1.         Public Hearing On Water Fees:


President Davis introduced staff. 


District Manager gave brief biography of the North Kootenai Water District, history of the District, and reason for public hearing.


District Engineer presented 4 major goals of the proposed rate structure:  Base fixed cost, pay as used basis for water, funded depreciation, and to promote water conservation.  Last rate increase was in 2001.  Rates charged are based on fixed cost, Debt Service Surcharge, and water usage.  The District has used in the past a 3 tier water rate system.  A 4th tier is proposed; this tier is designed to promote water conservation.  The goal of the Board was not to affect those households that use low amounts of water.


President Davis opened floor to questions and answers.


Tami Sonnen, 2077 Sundown Dr., placed a verbal phone call to the District office May 11th, she also contacted Phil Boyd, District Engineer.  She expressed concern that the existing houses should not have to pay higher rates, and that the new houses should have to pay impact fees.  She has a family of 5 and in the summer she uses 50,000 gallons per month, waters her lawn sparingly, and she should not be penalized with the higher 4th tier.


Public Hearing closed at 6:12 p.m.


C.        Adjournment:


       Meeting adjourned at 6:12 p.m. by President Davis.





Michael Galante, District Manager