North Kootenai Water District

Board Meeting Minutes

August 4, 2011 – 12:30 p.m.


A.      Call to Order/Roll Call:


       Meeting called to order at 12:31 p.m. by President Crimmins. 


       Present:                 Tom Crimmins, Director/President

                                    Shirley Stoller, Director/Vice President

                                    Jim Omerso, Director/Treasurer


       Staff Present:        Mike Galante, District Manager

                                    Phil Boyd, District Engineer

                                    Robin Potts, Accounts Specialist


       Visitors:                 Derrick Noll

                                    George and Barbara Phinney


       Excused:               Alanna Grimm, Director/Secretary

                                    Jack Hern, Director

                                    Brian Werst


B.    Consent Agenda:


1.     Minutes of 07/21/11 Board Meeting


The minutes were not ready for review so will be addressed at the August 18 Board meeting.


C.      Oral Communications:


1.     Derrick Noll informed the Board of pressure problems at his home on the Rimrock system that he had endured over an eight month period.  The District believed this problem to be related to low pressure in the area that would be relieved by the new Springrock booster pump.  However, it was found that Mr. Noll’s pipes were clogged and needed to be blown out.  Mr. Noll requested compensation for his lengthy inconvenience. 


Motion was made to credit Derrick Noll’s account $60 of the System Access Fee for the eight months of low pressure due to the extenuating circumstances involved.


Director Stoller – motion, Director Omerso – second.

Motion approved unanimously by those present.


2.    George and Barbara Phinney addressed the Board with a problem they have been having for several years at their property on the Hillside system. Water drains through their property leaving it too wet to mow.  The problem is possibly being increased by a neighbor on the hillside above their property that has a possible leak that is not being repaired.  The Board instructed Mr. Galante to write a letter to the customer with the possible leak and inform him of his obligations to repair any leaks due to water conservation.


D.      Written Communications:


1.     Letter from Sue Baldwin from the Honeysuckle Hills system explaining that Kootenai County is consolidating her two lots into one.  The two lots each have an LID.  We can’t reverse this.  The Board discussed the possibility of adding Ms. Baldwin’s property to a list for possible future purchase from someone desiring to split their lot.  Mr. Galante was asked to check with attorney Brian Werst to see if this is a possibility.


2.     Letter from Mike Galante to Representative Barberi asking for help to proceed with the LID formation for the Chilco residents.


3.     Letter from Phil Noel, Carlin Bay POA, requesting the annexation process for Carlin Bay to begin.

E.      Treasury Report: 


Will be given during the August 18th Board meeting.


F.      Employee Matters:




G.     District Attorney – Brian Werst:




H.      District Engineer – Phil Boyd:


1.   Project Status Report


This information is on file at the District office.


2.   Change Order/Pay Requests




3.   Chilco Facility Plan Update


Refer to District Manager’s report.


4.   MOU/Lakes Highway District-Avondale


The Board discussed the line break on Lancaster Rd and how this affects the Avondale project.  The main water line split for 20 feet.  The Board will make the replacement of the Lancaster main line a top priority.


5.   Avondale Phase II


See Project Status Report memo on file at the District office.


I.       District Manager – Mike Galante


1.   Hwy 95 Chilco


Seven water services are in the way of this project.  These services will have to be moved and the road bored.  Approximate costs for Lawrence Construction to do this work are $40,000.


Motion was made to proceed with this project with expenses not to exceed $40,000.


Director Stoller – motion, Director Omerso – second.

Motion approved unanimously by those present.


2.   Chilco Booster Station


Work is proceeding with water shut-downs scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday to complete electrical work.


3.   2011-2012 Budget Update


Mr. Galante announced that the first draft had been sent to Directors Stoller and Omerso.  There was discussion on the employee wages portion of the budget.


4.   Twin Lakes – Lake Line Replacement PO


Mr. Galante informed the board of HD Fowler’s quote for the line replacement.


Motion was made to purchase the material for the project at a cost of $8415.30.


Director Stoller – motion, Director Omerso – second

Motion approved unanimously by those present.


5.   Carlin Bay POA Update


Covered in written communications.


J.      Board Members:


There was discussion of the cost effectiveness of in-house elections.


K.      Adjournment:


Motion made to adjourn meeting.


Director Stoller – motion, Director Omerso - second.

Motion approved unanimously by those present.


Meeting adjourned at 2:54 p.m.






Alanna Grimm