EPID changes January meeting to 1/05/12
During the December 13 meeting of the Board of Directors of Eagle Point Irrigation District, members discussed qualifications and criteria for hiring part-time office help. The board is cautious about hiring and later finding that the candidate is unsuitable. However, Manager David Ford assured the Board that he would be cautious and that the successful applicant will not be eligible for benefits for a specified time to be determined by the Board at a later date.
The position will be considered a part-time, full time (20hours per week) employee. After a certain period of time, the Board will revisit the subject to see that it is working our for the District.
Dave Ford reported that Lake levels in Willow Lake are holding steady, still reading 7320 acre-feet. Creek levels have dropped slightly, due to a couple of factors. No rain has been falling and no appreciable rain is in the short-term forecast. The second factor is that the freezing temperatures have a tendency to lock up available water on the surface without releasing any to creek flows. When temperatures in the area ease, more water will be released.
These factors and the landslide caused Pacificorp to question their agreement with the District. That contract calls for the District providing water for 320 days during the year, to allow for power generation at the Pacificorp generation station located at a point above the canal’s split into the South and West main laterals.
As a result of the lower creek flows, the canal is currently running at 69 CFS, a far cry from the 143 cfs reading at this time last year. Readers may recall that during the Spring months, continual rains kept creek levels high and power generation was at an all-liability carrier has agreed to “go-to-bat” for the District in rejecting any claim made by the County for cleanup of the accident.
The DEQ has also been in the picture, and representative Bill Meier has been invited to the January meeting to get a full report of the incident from the Board.
The board spent considerable time discussing the payment of an existing line of credit by using monies from current CDs. Gary Bedell expressed disappointment at having to pay five percent while money in CDs currently brings only 1/2 percent return. After discussion, the board instructed Manager David Ford to withdraw the cash to the checking account and wait until the January board meeting to determine the best course of action. The Board has repeatedly said they want to have a ready cash reserve to take care of any emergency situation that may occur. They pointed out that having resources available is what made the canal repair happen so quickly.
Due to some scheduling conflicts, the Board changed the date of the January 2012 meeting to January 5, beginning at 2:30 p. m. in the conference room of the District Office. Information is always available from the office at 826-3411.
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