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March 2011 Minutes

Sterling, Colorado, March 9, 2011

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., March 9th, 2011.

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

The group immediately left for lunch.  The board returned to the office at 1:30 p.m.

Minutes of Board meeting held February 9th, 2011 were approved as received.

Expense for the month of February was allowed in the total amount of $97,761.43, and was ordered paid as shown on sheets attached to and made a part of these minutes by due action of the Board, all Directors present voting aye.

Secretary Yahn stated that a new water court resume had not been released.  Mr. Yahn also stated that the legislation of concern to the District (HB 1068, HB 1165, and HB 1231) had all been postponed indefinitely.

Mr. Yahn brought before the board the matter of leasing recharge water to the State Park for Augmentation of their wells at the North Sterling State Park.  After some discussion it was moved by Director Breidenbach and seconded by Director Aranci to enter into a twenty year agreement to lease 2.5 acre feet of recharge water at a price of $550 per acre foot with the price being adjusted by the consumer price index.  Upon being put to a vote the motion passed.

Secretary Yahn reported to the board that he had asked the employees if they would be interested in a retirement plan as part of their benefit package.  All employees were interested in taking part in such a plan.  Mr. Yahn stated that he then checked into a retirement plan for the employees.  Mr. Yahn stated that he had talked to Jim Smith with Wells Fargo Investments who recommended the Simple IRA plan.  This is an Individual Retirement Account to which the District can contribute matching funds.  This type of plan requires minimal reporting by the employer.  Mr. Yahn also presented board with a revised table outlining his recommended salary increases based on the District contributing up to a 2% match of employee contributions to a retirement fund.  It was moved by Director Breidenbach and seconded by Director Aranci to approve the salary increases and retirement plan with the District matching up to 2% as recommended.  Upon being put to a vote the motion passed.

Secretary Yahn informed the directors that the Lower South Platte Water Symposium is set for March 16.  He stated that the cost is $10 per person and that the District would pay for the Directors to attend.  Mr. Yahn requested he be allowed to also pay for all employees to attend.  It was the consensus of the board to allow all employees to attend.

At 2 p.m. North Sterling attorney Ronni Sperling was called to discuss legal matters.  Director Hernandez was excused from the meeting at this time.  The remaining board and secretary discussed with Ms. Sperling consolidated cases 02CW404 and 03CW442 which are both cases of United Water and Sanitation District.  Ms. Sperling explained the cases in detail and some of the concerns with the cases.  She also stated that the cases are set for trial on April 11 for 5 weeks.  Ms. Sperling said she would forward the new decree to Secretary Yahn once it is received.  The phone call was ended at 2:50 p.m.

Secretary Yahn stated that the reservoir is at a storage capacity of 70,460 or 94% full and the inlet was closed on February 18.  Mr. Yahn also stated water is currently being diverted for recharge at a rate of 77 cfs.

With no further business to come before the Board the meeting was adjourned at 3:00 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

James T. Yahn, Secretary

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