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December 2010 Minutes

Sterling, Colorado, December 8, 2010

MINUTES of a meeting of the Board of Directors of the North Sterling Irrigation District held at their office in Sterling at 12:30 p.m., December 8, 2010.

Directors David Hernandez, David Breidenbach, James Aranci, Secretary James Yahn, and Leon Rose were present.

The group left for lunch at 12:30 p.m. and arrived back at the office at 1:15 p.m.

Minutes of Board meeting held November 8, 2010 were approved as received.

Expense for the month of November was allowed in the total amount of $37,946.51 and ordered paid as shown on sheets attached to and made part of these minutes by due action of the Board, all Directors present voting aye.

The Board and secretary reviewed attorney Ronni Sperling’s legal update, which included an updated trial schedule for cases in which North Sterling is involved.  Secretary Yahn reviewed the water resume which included a recharge filing by Harmony for 252 cfs and a diligence by Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District for their recharge site.  No action was taken.

Secretary Yahn stated that the closing on the Duncan property occurred on December 2.  Mr. Yahn stated that the sale price for the 88 acres was $61,000 and after the sales fees, commission, and cost of survey were subtracted, the District received a check for $55,951.

This being the meeting at which returns of the General Election held throughout the North Sterling Irrigation District on date of December 7, 2010 were regularly canvassed by its Board of Directors.  It was found that the whole number of votes cast at said election were cast for the Director in and for Division No. 2 as follows:

Total number of votes cast. . . . . . 106

For David A. Hernandez. . . . .   58

For Mike Schuppe. . . . . . .  .  48

Thereupon, David A. Hernandez was declared by the Board of Directors of the North Sterling Irrigation District to have been duly elected to be Director in and for Division No. 2 of the North Sterling Irrigation District for the term and period of three (3) years from January 1, 2011.

The Board took under consideration the attached petition for exclusion of land from John and Glenda Schemenaur and the attached petition for inclusion of land from Ryan Koester.  The Board instructed Secretary Yahn to advertise date of January 7, 2011 as the date for hearing of said petitions.

Secretary Yahn presented the Board with the State vehicle bid for a 2011 Chevy ¾ ton 4×4 pickup and for two Chevy ½ ton 4×4 pickups all with towing and off road packages.  The cost of the pickups are $20,306 for the ¾ ton and $18,347 for each of the ½ ton pickups.  Mr. Yahn also stated that the two 2008 GMC pickups currently operated by George Blecha and Rocky Vass are worth $14,000 each.  After some discussion it was the consensus of the board to place the two 2008 pickups for sale and purchase two new replacement pickups through the State bid.  Secretary Yahn stated that he would send a letter to all North Sterling landowners prior to advertising the pickups for sale in any other manner.

It was moved by Director Aranci, seconded by Director Breidenbach, that for Christmas Secretary Yahn purchase a $150 gift certificate for each employee.  Upon being put to a vote the motion passed.  Secretary Yahn informed the directors that a steak lunch would be held at the shop on Thursday, December 23 for the employees and Directors.

Secretary Yahn stated that current storage is 43,220 acre-feet or 58% of capacity and that the current inlet diversion is approximately 388 cfs with about 217 cfs reaching the reservoir.

Director Hernandez asked Secretary Yahn if he had researched the amount of recharge water which could be retimed above the North Sterling in November.  Mr. Yahn stated that he reviewed the accounting of augmentation plans above North Sterling and found that approximately 50 cfs of excess recharge water was available for retiming.

The Secretary and Board discussed if Mr. Yahn had determined if the District could hold a mail in ballot election.  Mr. Yahn stated that the only reference in the irrigation district law is an election at a set polling place.  Mr. Yahn stated that he could get an opinion from one of our attorneys Levi Williamson or Ronni Sperling.  Mr. Yahn was to get a cost estimate for the opinion.

At this time Director Aranci asked Secretary Yahn and Leon Rose to leave the meeting.  The meeting was then considered to be in executive session at 2:35 p.m.  Mr. Yahn and Mr. Rose re-entered the meeting at 3:00 p.m. and were told that discussion took place concerning the proposed water coop and Mr. Yahn’s compensation.

With no further business to come before the Board the meeting was adjoined at 3:05 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,

James T. Yahn, Secretary

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