MINUTES
CCWCD, GMS, and WAS Retreat
December 3, 2019

The combined retreat meeting of CCWCD, GMS, and WAS was called to order at 10:16 A.M. on Tuesday December 3, 2019 by President Randy Knutson. Board members present were: Randy Knutson, President; Chad Schafer, Vice President; Bret Schmidt, Treasurer; Everett Kissler; Jim Reasoner; Doug Dill; Vern Kammerzell; Don Rosenbrock; Dave Bernhardt; Gary Herman; and Frank Eckhardt. Alan Axton, Steve Bruntz, Tom Brown, and Ralph Anders were absent.

Others present were: Randy Ray, Executive Director; William Mihelich, District Engineer; Danyelle McCannon, Financial Analyst; Lynn Kramer, Contracts Manager; Tammy Rusch, Office Manager; Rick Hoffman, Ditch Superintendent; Chris French, Meter Program Administrator; Courtney Sandoval, Field Operations Assistant; Ruthanne Sitnick Schaffer, Senior Water Accountant; Francisco Esquivel, Water Delivery Coordinator; John Fingerlin, SCADA Coordinator; Ed Armbruster of White Sands Water Engineers; and Brad Grasmick of Lawrence, Jones, Custer and Grasmick.

The meeting began with a financial discussion of the operating tax collections and expenses for the last ten years for each of the three districts.

Billy Mihelich provided updated projections to the board with various supply options to consider when moving forward with future water purchases.

MOVE TO EXECUTE THE IGA BETWEEN WIGGINS AND CENTRAL FOR THE WALKER RECHARGE PROJECT PENDING FINAL LEGAL REVIEW.
Motion: Gary Herman
Second: Everett Kissler
MOTION CARRIED

APPROVE THE EASEMENT AGREEMENT RIGHT OF WAY WITH WIGGINS FOR THE PIPELINE LOCATION ON WALKER.
Motion: Chad Schafer
Second: Frank Eckhardt
MOTION CARRIED

Tammy Rusch spoke to the board about the reach of Central’s online presence via the website, Facebook, and electronic newsletters. She also updated the board on the Well Watch program.

Discussion then moved to the potential need for more ditch rider positions contracted through Central like Rick Hoffman’s current position with the Rural and Godding ditches. Staff will start looking into this further with the ditch companies to see if there is a need for this type of position(s).

Randy Ray spoke to the board about the possibility of creating a new augmentation plan in the CCWCD district to accept users who have small depletions that they need to cover. Staff will reach out to potential users to determine the need for this service.

Tammy Rusch spoke to the board about the concept of opening a multi-purpose education center. A potential farm located near one of our reservoirs or with access to the river would be ideal for a teaching center for all ages of people in the community.

Courtney Sandoval provided updates on the water quality program and goals for the program moving forward.

President Randy Knutson adjourned the meeting at 1:47 P.M..

Respectfully submitted,

Danyelle McCannon, Financial Analyst