CME Meeting Minutes

May 9, 2012

St. Ignatius, MT


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


FIIP:  Gordon Wind, Pete Plant, RaLynn Brown


Staff:  Alan Mikkelsen, Les Evarts


Visitors:  Ted Hein, Roy Lake, Don Maks, David Nash



Chairman Ron Trahan called the meeting to order at 1:00 pm. 


Roll Call established all members present except Dan Emerson.


Walt Schock moved to approve the minutes of the April 12, 2012 CME meeting as presented.

Kerry Doney seconded the motion.  Motion carried 6-0 with one abstention. 


Pete Plant delivered the Project hydrology report.  The snowpack conditions for the Mission Valley are 104% of average.  The Jocko Valley snowpack is 107 % of average and the Camas Division snowpack is coming off early, with only about 25% of average snowpack remaining.  Total runoff in the Camas Division will be somewhat more than normal, at approximately 105% of average.  


Pete Plant said that he was planning on starting the Flathead River pumping plant as early as May 14, depending on weather conditions.  An initial quota of .75 acre feet per acre has been set for the Mission Valley, with a final adjustment to be set in July, and a quota of .70 acre feet per acre has been set for the Camas Division. 


Pete Plant also delivered the O&M report with a Power Point presentation.  Work at Jocko Upper J headworks was discussed .  Repairs have been made, pending structure replacement with grant monies.  A contractor is removing trees from B canal in Polson.  Schley Creek works was shown.  The Kicking Horse-Ninepipe Drop structure was discussed and has been repaired, but is still in need of replacement.  Pete Plant conducted an extensive discussion on the Lower Dry Fork Intake.  Safety of Dams mistakenly filled the intake pipe of the outlet works, totally plugging off the structure.  Siphons have been installed to allow the Project to deliver water from the reservoir, pending clearing of the obstructing material.  All work on Lower Dry Fork will be reimbursable from Safety of Dams.  Pete Plant also showed slides of the repair of the Mission H canal washout in the National Bison Range.  He also showed a slide of the new excavator which was purchased on approval of a consent e-mail sent to CME board members. 


Chairman Trahan recognized Don Maks of Charlo who had a complaint about lack of communication in resolving a problem he has.   Gordon Wind noted that Mr. Maks had approached him during the CME annual meeting at the end of March, and that Reed Anderson had visited the site and discussed the job with John Morigeau.  Gordon said that he believed the situation in question would be resolved in the next few weeks. 


RaLynn Brown delivered the financial report.  She reported $411,698.63 in General Checking, $122,385.89 in Payroll Account and $954,672.99 in O&M Savings Account.  Lloyd Irvine moved to approve the financial report.  Steve Hughes seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously. 


Under technical reports, Alan Mikkelsen and Les Evarts reported on the Implementation Committee  meeting of  May 2, 2012.  Les discussed the FIIP/BIA annual report to USFWS, as well as Dry Creek work and a contract with Battelle for analysis work in the Mission/Post Creek drainage.  Alan Mikkelsen noted that the to-do list for the BiOp has been revised downward on the basis of water right discussions and the potential for funding some larger projects through that venue. 


Lloyd Irvine suggested a field trip to Tabor Reservoir at the appropriate time to view the habitat improvement work that will be done. 


Under new business, Gordon Wind asked for approval to purchase a shop hoist for $14,575.  The old hoist has been condemned by inspectors.  Steve Hughes moved to approve purchase of a new shop hoist.  Walt Schock  seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously. 


Gordon Wind asked for approval to purchase a new trailer for moving heavy equipment, for $22,107.  Steve Hughes moved to approve purchase of a new Olympic trailer.  Leroy Dumontier seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously. 


Gordon Wind announced two new hires.  Karrel (Kayo) Reynolds has been hired as a pumping plant operator.  He brings years of experience in industrial electrical settings, including experience with motors as large as 12,000 horsepower and experience with automated controls, as well as millright experience.  A.J. Matt has been hired as a ditchrider in the North Division, to take Les Clarimont’s ride.  Les retired in March.  A.J. Matt worked for the Project last year as a temporary employee.  Gordon also announced that Curtis Yazzie believed that one ditchrider position could also be cut from the South Division (one has been cut from the North, also).  Both those positions will be transferred to maintenance positions.  Gordon Wind also said he was working on the position description for an environmental/hydrology tech.  Gordon also announced that he would be hiring several summer temps, as he did last year, to keep up with work demands. 


The change in temporary employment policy was tabled for another month, at the request of Leonard Gray, to enable him to review the proposal. 


Kerry Doney raised the issue of Black Lake Safety of Dams repairs and noted that the SOD requested empty date would have an extremely negative impact on Jocko irrigators.  Gordon Wind said he would continue to work with Mike Brown on that subject and that he believed that Mike would be flexible. 


Steve Hughes discussed culvert installation problems and Gordon Wind and Pete Plant said that many culverts were installed properly in the past. 


In public comment, Ted Hein discussed the Lower Dry Fork issue and his concerns.  He also expressed his disapproval of the way the CME handled the health insurance issue at the last meeting.  Ted also criticized the CME for not conducting drug tests on anyone with a CDL. 


David Nash expressed concern over Crow Dam repairs.  He asked if someone from Safety of Dams could attend a CME meeting to report on SOD work.  Gordon Wind said he would be travelling to Denver to work on Lower Dry Fork specifications and design. 


Roy Lake asked a question about closing an old ditch on property he was farming. 


Under other, Leroy Dumontier expressed strong concern about the delay in getting water orders filled in the Jocko Division.  Gordon Wind expressed concern that this was the first he had heard of the problems Leroy enumerated. 


Steve Hughes asked for an executive session to discuss personnel issues. 


Executive session was called at 3:00 pm.

Open session resumed at 3:35 pm.


The next regular CME meeting will be June 13, 2012. 


Steve Hughes moved for adjournment.  Kerry Doney seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously, meeting adjourned 3:37 pm.