CME Meeting Minutes

May 5, 2011

St. Ignatius, MT

 

Present:† Lloyd Irvine, Leroy Dumontier, Kerry Doney, Dan Emerson, Leonard Gray, Steve Hughes, Walt Schock, Ron Trahan

 

FIIP:† Gordon Wind, Pete Plant, RaLynn Brown

 

Staff:† Alan Mikkelsen, FJBC

 

Visitors:† Kathy Emerson, Lee Manicke, Dick Erb, Kim Field, Ted Hein

 

†††††††††††† The meeting was called to order at 1:00 pm by Chairman Steve Hughes.† A roll call established that all CME members were present.

 

†††††††††††† Ron Trahan moved to approve the minutes.† Lloyd Irvine seconded the motion.† Motion carried unanimously.†

 

†††††††††††† Pete Plant gave the hydrology report.† The Project is in the process of beginning to water up ditches to provide stock water and debris removal.† There has been little or no runoff so far, but Pete expects it to begin next week.† Snowpack on all snow courses is high, with all courses gaining snow water equivalent in April.† Snow water equivalent is ranging from 150% to 180%.† Pete said that he expects to be releasing up to 200 cfs from Mission and McDonald reservoirs as runoff picks up, and prior to filling.† The Mission Valley quota has been set at .95 acre feet, initially.†

 

†††††††††††† Gordon Wind presented the O&M report.† He showed slides of the Crow Dam gate stems, the Crow Dam pumping system, the Mill Creek washout, the Valley View Canal lining, the Pablo Feeder Canal concrete repair, and the Placid diversion canal failure.† Gordon also showed the CME the failed sections of the stems on the Crow Dam gate.†

 

†††††††††††† Gordon reported that BIA was still working on funding for a spillway patch at Crow Dam.† He expressed concern about this yearís runoff and the ability of Crow Dam to pass the flows through just the upper gate.†

 

†††††††††††† Gordon expressed disappointment that the Project had not been able to burn more ditches for weed and grass control, due to the wet weather.† In response to a question from Ted Hein, Gordon said that the Nautique moss control had been ordered.† Gordon said that the Project has installed over 20 new turnouts this spring, and that he has ordered another 40 headgates due to the demand.†

 

†††††††††††† Gordon said that the Project was in the process of updating and finalizing the BIA forms to request that land be added to or taken out of the Project.† The new forms and letters should be sent by next week, to all applicants for land in or out of the Project.†

 

†††††††††††† RaLynn Brown gave the financial/administrative report.† The current FIIP balance is $1,008,933.74.†

 

†††††††††††† RaLynn discussed the possibility of a Flex plan or a Health Savings Account for FIIP employees.† She will examine the pros and cons of each and report back at the next CME meeting.†

 

†††††††††††† In response to a question from Ted Hein, Gordon said that they did not have a summary of the cost figures for the Mill Creek diversion repair, but would have those in the near future.†

 

†††††††††††† RaLynn discussed new enrollment costs for Workmanís Compensation and noted that work comp costs were significantly lower than last year.†

 

†††††††††††† Gordon Wind discussed the payment in lieu of health insurance for formal federal employees and issues with furloughs.† Dan Emerson moved to pay the back payments of the payments in lieu of health insurance for affected employees, and stop all future payments in lier of health insurance and instead give those qualifying employees an equivalent hourly rate increase.† Ron Trahan seconded the motion.† Motion carried unanimously.†

 

†††††††††††† Alan Mikkelsen reported that there were no Implementation Committee issues to discuss, but noted that the separate bank account for IC monies had been established, although no money has been received from BIA.† There will be an IC meeting May 18.†

 

†††††††††††† Gordon Wind noted that special use permits were working smoother and that a process was in place for handling them.†

 

†††††††††††† Gordon Wind said that each of the excavators had nearly 2,000 hours of work in the last year.† He said that John Morigeau and he would be discussing future equipment needs with the CME at the June meeting.† He discussed the acquisition of a newer excavator and a skid steer with an auger bucket for pre-cast work.† Gordon noted that he had $100,000 in the budget for heavy equipment and $40,000 for light vehicles.†

 

†††††††††††† In public comment, Lee Manicke discussed the land in/out of the Project situation.† He expressed concern that some people were paying for water they canít get.†

 

†††††††††††† In response to a question from Chairman Hughes, Alan Mikkelsen reported that the RRGL planning grant application had still not been posted by DNRC.†

 

†††††††††††† The CME went into executive session at 2:45 pm to discuss personnel issues.†

†††††††††††† The CME returned to open session at 4:20 pm, with no actions taken.†

 

†††††††††††† Chairman Hughes requested that a letter be sent to CSKT Fisheries to discuss fishery issues and stream flows in the Jocko Division with the CME.†

 

†††††††††††† The next regular CME meeting will be June 9, 2011, at 1:00 pm, at the CME meeting room in St. Ignatius.†

 

†††††††††††† The meeting adjourned at 4:25 pm.†

 

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