North Kootenai Water District

Board Meeting Minutes

April 7, 2011 – 12:30 p.m.


A.      Call to Order/Roll Call:


       Meeting called to order at 12:50 p.m. by Vice President Stoller. 


       Present:                 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

                                    Robin Potts, Accounts Specialist


       Visitors:                 Kathryn McKinley, Jan Gera, Bud Boland


       Excused:                           Tom Crimmins, Director/President


B.    Consent Agenda:


        Minutes of 03/17/11 Board Meeting


Motion made to accept Consent Agenda.


Director Omerso – motion, Director Hern – second. 

Motion approved unanimously.


C.      Oral Communications:




D.      Written Communications:




E.      Public Hearing – Water Rates: 


Public Hearing was opened at 12:48 p.m.


Kathryn McKinley, Jan Gera and Bud Boland asked questions regarding the Gozzer rate changes.  After much discussion, they requested a continuance on the public hearing to allow Ms. McKinley to receive a report from NKWSD showing water usage of Gozzer customers.


Motion was made to continue the Public Hearing until the April 21, 2011 Board meeting.


Director Hern – motion, Director Grimm – second.

Motion approved unanimously.


F.      Public Hearing – Special District Fees: 


Public Hearing opened at 1:52 p.m.


There was no public comment.


Public Hearing closed at 1:53 p.m.


G.     Treasury Report:




H.      Employee Matters:




I.       District Attorney – Brian Werst:


1.   Executive Session


Into Executive Session at 2:15 p.m. (Idaho Code 67-2345(f))

Director Hern – motion, Director Omerso – second. 

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

Out of Executive Session at 2:36 p.m.


2.   Falls at Hayden Lake – Late Comers Agreement


The agreement is currently being reviewed by the Falls at Hayden Lake.


3.   Resolution 2011-04 – Water Rates




4.   Resolution 2011-05 – Special District Fees


Motion was made to adopt Resolution 2011-05.


Director Hern – motion, Director Grimm – second.

Motion approved unanimously.


5.   City of Hayden Road Cut Permit


There was a meeting between the City of Hayden, Hayden Lake Irrigation, Avondale Irrigation and North Kootenai Water District to discuss the waiving of fees associated with road cut permits within the City of Hayden.  No agreements have been reached at this time.


J.      District Engineer – Phil Boyd, P.E.:


1.                Project Status


Mr. Boyd explained that a meeting had taken place last week with Mike Galante, Necia Maiani and Lakes Highway District (LHD).  LHD would like to participate in full width rehabilitation on St. James but not on Friar Drive.  Due to the time frame to enter into a memorandum of understanding with LHD for St James, it was decided to split Friar Drive out of the Phase 2 project and begin advertisement for bid on the Friar portion of work.


Other project information had previously been sent to Board Members.  A copy of which is on file at the District office.




2.                Pay Requests/Change Orders


Motion was made to pay Buddy’s Backhoe for Louisiana Pacific (representing 67% of the completed job).


Director Grimm – motion, Director Omerso – second.

Motion approved unanimously.


K.      District Manager – Mike Galante


1.                Employee Manual Amendment


Motion was made to adopt new On-Call Policy of the Employee Manual.


Director Hern – motion, Director Grimm – second

Motion approved unanimously.


2.                Budget Comparison


A meeting will be scheduled between Director Omerso, Mr. Boyd and Mr. Galante.


3.                Paperless Billing


Mr. Galante reported on the cost of paperless billing compared to the cost of our billing procedures now along with the advantages of having this option available to our customers.


4.                4-S Ranch


DEQ has decided against giving a grant to the people on Dodd Road for waterline extension.


5.                Chilco Public Meeting


Approximately thirty residents attended this meeting and were in favor of being annexed into the District.  They were also in favor of an LID being placed over them for payment of a waterline extension and have requested a second meeting be set.


L.      Board Members:


Director Stoller and Mr. Galante reported on comparisons of different banks and credit unions checking account costs.


M.     Adjournment:


Motion made to adjourn meeting at 4:09 p.m.


Director Omerso – motion, Director Grimm - second.

Motion approved unanimously.





Alanna Grimm