North Kootenai Water District

Board Meeting Minutes

March 3, 2011 – 11:30 p.m.



A.      Call to Order/Roll Call:


       Meeting called to order at 11:30 p.m. by President Crimmins. 


       Present:                 Tom Crimmins, Director/President

                                    Alanna Grimm, Director/Secretary

                                    Jack Hern, Director

                                    Jim Omerso, Director/Treasurer

                                    Shirley Stoller, Director/Vice President


       Staff Present:        Mike Galante, District Manager

                                    Phil Boyd, P.E., District Engineer

                                    Necia Maiani, P.E., District Engineer

                                    Brian Werst, District Attorney

                                    Robin Potts, Accounts Specialist


       Visitors:                 None



B.    Consent Agenda:


1.      Minutes of 02/17/11 Board meeting were postponed until the March 17th meeting.

2.      Minutes of 02/24/11 Board meeting were postponed until the March 17th meeting.


C.      Oral Communications:




D.      Written Communications:




E.      Treasury Report: 


Hold to 03/17/11 meeting.


F.      Employee Matters: 




G.     District Attorney – Brian Werst, K&L Gates:


1.      Executive Session:


Mr. Werst requested this Executive Session take place at the end of the days meeting.


2.      Falls at Hayden – Late Comer Agreement:


Exhibits for this Agreement will be given to Mike Galante tomorrow for transmittal to the developer for execution.




3.      Policy for Customer Bankruptcy:


Mr. Werst presented ideas to the District to make a new policy to address the increase in foreclosed properties and bankruptcies.  It was decided to keep things as they are for the present.


H.      District Engineer – Phil Boyd, P.E., Welch Comer:


1.      Project Status: 


New flow meters were found to be operating incorrectly.  They are being replaced at Welch Comer’s expense.


2.      Cap Fees / Rate Analysis:


A presentation was made by Necia Maiani showing where the District stood financially in the past and where it stands today.  Projections for the future were made using current and different possible rate and connection scenarios.


After much discussion, the motion was made to increase the water rate and system access fee in the main system by 4.97%.


Director Omerso – motion, Director Hern – second.

Motion approved unanimously.


After discussing the Gozzer system, it was decided to have Ms. Maiani present numbers at the next meeting showing a reduction in cost to non-metered accounts.  


3.      Pay Requests/Change Orders:




I.       District Manager – Mike Galante:


1.      Employee Manual Amendments: 


Mr. Galante presented an “On Call” Policy to be added to the Employee Manual and asked for a change to be made to the Manual to change the language on page 13 of the Vacation Policy from 90 days to 6 months.


Motion was made to accept these changes.

Director Stoller – motion, Director Grimm – second.

Motion approved unanimously.


2.      Chase Business Flex Card:


Mike Galante presented information on the Chase business flex card’s rewards program.  The Board asked him to check on additional business credit cards that offer a rewards program and report his findings at the next meeting.


3.      Office Property Acquisition:


Mr. Galante was directed to pursue the possible acquisition of property for a future office site.


J.      Board Members: 


Into Executive Session at 3:32 p.m. (Idaho Code 67-2345(f))

Director Hern – motion, Director Omerso – second. 

Roll Call Vote:  Ayes – Directors Omerso, Hern, Grimm, Stoller and Crimmins

Out of Executive Session at 3:40 p.m.


K.      Adjournment: 


Motion made to adjourn meeting at 3:45 pm.


Director Hern – motion, Director Omerso – second.

Motion approved unanimously.





Alanna Grimm