September 2010 Minutes

Sterling, Colorado, September 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., September 8th, 2010.

Directors David Hernandez, Dave Breidenbach, James Aranci, Secretary James Yahn and Leon Rose were present.  Scott Szabo of Lauer, Szabo and Associates arrived at 2 p.m.

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

During lunch Mr. Yahn gave the Directors an overview of the Colorado Water Congress summer conference that he had attended.  Mr. Yahn also updated the Directors on the progress of the spillway project.  Mr. Yahn stated that a walk through with our engineers and the State Engineers Office is scheduled for September 23rd.

Minutes of Board meeting held August 9th, 2010 were approved as received.

Expense for the month of August was allowed in the total amount of $253,377.99 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.

Scott Szabo of Lauer, Szabo and Associates gave the Directors and overview of the District’s 2009 audit.  Mr. Szabo explained the audit and answered questions raised by the board.  Mr. Szabo left the meeting at 2:20 p.m.

The board discussed our attorney’s report for the month.  No action was taken.

Secretary Yahn brought before the board a question by landowner Mark Pauling.  Mr. Pauling’s question was if he could forgo using his water on his land and instead use it on a rented piece of property not currently bonded in the District.  It was the consensus of the board that he be allowed to use the water provided he is leasing the land.

Mr. Yahn brought the matter of selling the District’s pickup recently replaced by a new pickup.  Mr. Yahn stated that there is a consignment auction next week at Sterling Livestock.  It was the consensus of the board to put the pickup on the consignment auction.

The Proposed Budget for 2011 was sent to the directors for their review prior to the meeting.  Secretary Yahn asked if there were any concerns or questions about the budget as proposed.  Mr. Yahn stated that a carryover of approximately $164,000 is anticipated predominately due to savings in weed control chemicals, the first payment of the spillway loan not due until 2011, and the sale of a portion of the Duncan property.  Mr. Yahn stated that the budget as proposed would not require an increase in the District levy.  After some discussion it moved by Director Aranci and seconded by Director Breidenbach to advertise that the budget is available for public inspection.

Secretary Yahn informed the directors that the current storage is 23,300 acre feet (31.2%) and that 252 cfs is being released to satisfy 206.25 cfs of orders.

There being no further business to come before the Board the meeting was adjourned at 2:40 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

James T. Yahn, Secretary

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