October 2011 Minutes

Sterling, Colorado, October 7, 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., October 7th, 2011.

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

The group immediately left for lunch and arrived back at the office at 1:25 p.m.

Minutes of Board meeting held September 8th, 2011 were approved as received.

Expense for the month of September was allowed in the total amount of $54,024.40 and 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.

The board and secretary discussed the attorney’s report for the month.  In the report, the attorney had commented on a request by Parker Water and Sanitation District to store water out of priority.  After some discussion, the board instructed secretary Yahn to write a letter to the Division Engineer in opposition to Parker’s out of priority storage plan. Secretary Yahn also reported there was no update on the water court resume.  Secretary Yahn stated that there is a move to give more authority to the State Engineer with regard to well pumping through legislation, since there has been some water that has appeared in basements in certain areas.  Mr. Yahn stated that he was monitoring the movement and discussing it with our representative.

The 2012 Proposed Budget was brought before the board for discussion.  Notice of the Proposed Budget of the North Sterling Irrigation District for the calendar year 2012 was published in the Sterling Journal Advocate on dates of September 16th and 23rd, 2011.  There having been no objections filed or registered, it was moved by Director Aranci, seconded by Director Breidenbach, and upon being put to a vote was unanimously carried, “That the Proposed Budget for the year 2012 be approved and adopted by the Board of Directors and that the “Resolution to Adopt the Budget” be signed by the President and Secretary.  Copies of the budget, the resolution, and publication are attached to and made a part of these minutes.

The Resolution to Appropriate Sums of Money for the North Sterling Irrigation District was presented to the Board of Directors.  It was moved by Director Aranci, seconded by Director Breidenbach to approve the resolution, upon being put to a vote the motion passed.  The resolution is attached to and made part of these minutes.

The Annual Appropriation Resolution was presented and its adoption moved by Director Aranci.  The motion was seconded by Director Breidenbach and was unanimously carried, all Directors present voting aye.  Thereupon the annual Appropriation Resolution for 2011 was declared adopted as follows:

BE IT RESOLVED, That the Secretary be hereby instructed to certify to the Board of Commissioners of Logan County, Colorado, the sum necessary to be raised by the 2011 tax levy upon lands of The North Sterling Irrigation District for the certain purposes set forth as follows:

GENERAL FUND – For the current expense for the calendar year 2012

the sum of  – – – – – – – – – – – – – $533,679.65

(40,916.94 acres @ $13.043)(15% – $1.957)($15.00)($613,754.10)

Polling place and Judges of Election to serve at the General Election to be held throughout the District on date of December 6th, 2011, for the purpose of electing one Director in and for Division No. 3, for the term of three years from date of January 1st, 2012, were appointed as follows:

Polling Place – Iliff Community Building (if available) in Iliff, Colorado.

Judges – Norma Dickinson, Bonnie Amen, and Suzanne Meier.

Secretary Yahn was directed to notify all those appointed just prior to election that and allowance of $100.00 will be paid for polling place and for each Judge serving.

Secretary Yahn informed the Directors that both Steve O’Neal, landowner within the district, and Marc Reck of Reck Agri Reality and Auction had contacted him concerning the disposal of his district acres at auction.  Mr. Reck wanted to know what the district would require to hold an auction.  The board and secretary discussed the requirements that district would have.  Mr. Yahn stated that he would put the discussion into a list and send it out to the directors for review.  The auction was initially scheduled for the third or fourth week of November.  It was suggested by the board that the auction be held in the December time frame to avoid a conflict with corn harvest.

Secretary Yahn informed the Directors that the current reservoir storage was 29,773 acre-feet (40%) and that at the current inlet flow rate of 106 cfs and outlet flow rate of 129 cfs.  Mr. Yahn stated that current orders were 93 cfs.

With no further business to come before the board the meeting was adjourned at 2:52 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

James T. Yahn, Secretary

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