LAVERKIN CITY WATER BOARD MINUTES

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 3:00 p.m.

435 North Main Street, LaVerkin, UT

 

Present:  Richard Prince, Mark Mangum, Mayor Kerry Gubler, Alan Olsen, Kyle Gubler, Derek Imlay, Troylinn Benson, John Valenti and Christy Ballard.

 

Anna Andregg has been excused.

 

I.                    Call to Order by Mayor Kerry Gubler at 3:10pm.

  

II.                 Approval of Minutes: February 24, 2016 minutes.

 

Motion was made by Kyle Gubler to approve the February 24, 2016 minutes as written, second by Derek Imlay.  Mangum-yes, Kyle Gubler-yes, Imlay-yes, Kerry Gubler-yes, Olsen-yes.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

III.              Reports: 

A.    Financials: Kyle reported we are about to the end of the fiscal year.  The budget is close but both the Irrigation Fund and Water Fund are in the positive.

B.     Water Contracts: Kyle passed out the list of delinquent water contract accounts.  A letter has been sent to them notifying them of the 180 day period they have to make their account current.

The list also includes people who want to sell their water shares.

 

Richard Prince arrived at 3:12pm.

 

C.     Culinary Water Management update:  Derek passed out a packet.  The first page shows the slippage (the difference between water used and water billed for) for the calendar year so far.  February and March are both extremely high.  In February, a line came apart causing the City to lose about ¾ of the storage tank.

In March a PRV valve for the upper tank failed and again the City lost about ¾ of the storage tank. 

Anything below 10% is considered a healthy system.

 

Derek reported there have been 24 culinary breaks since June 1.  There are pictures in the packet of some of those breaks. 

Twelve of those breaks have been around Zion View Estates.  He feels the cause is from a lot of earth movement.  Hurricane is having the same issue. 

There are currently two active culinary breaks.

Earth movement is common during the spring and fall but these breaks have been unusual. 

 

Derek explained the PRV valve that broke is a pressure reducing valve that reduces the pressure that comes from the upper tank.  It failed, causing a surge of water to come through which may have contributed to some of the breaks in Zion View Estates. 

There are two other PRV valves throughout the City.  They were all inspected, repaired and rebuilt to prevent this from happening again.    

There are also three irrigation PRV valves that will be taken care of in the new budget year. 

D.    Irrigation Water Management update: Derek passed out a handout reporting the number of times the system has cycled each month. 

There was also a picture of a filter full of debris and Long Valley mud.  The filters got so full it was impossible to get the pressure needed to service the entire town.  The irrigation water was shut down for 36 hours to get enough water to pressurize the system.

The crew still has to go down and clean out the filters at least 3 times a day.

The Diversion Dam was open a little bit which helped move some of the dirt however, after the last storm the dirt is back against the dam so the Water Conservancy is dredging again.

 

Mayor Gubler explained it has been a difficult year trying to keep the irrigation water in the system.  The Diversion Dam has a large sand bar in front of it.  With all the sand and debris coming down the River, it has already burned up four of our system’s motors. 

 

There was a discussion on the possibility of a reservoir at Anderson Junction and the chance of La Verkin getting their irrigation water from that. 

 

Derek pointed out on the irrigation handout the difference in the number of times the system cycled from last year to this year.  It shows how much harder the system has had to work this year. 

The acre feet amount has stayed pretty consistent.   

 

IV.              Business:

A.    Discussion and possible action to recommend an increase to the culinary water rates.

Kyle passed out a Washington County Water Rate chart and explained the WCWCD passed a wholesale water rate increase effective July 1, 2016.  The increase is $.10 per 1,000 gallons.  Most surrounding cities are raising their water rates to cover the increase. 

It is Staff’s opinion that something needs to be done to offset the increase.  One of the things they have looked into is to begin charging our customers for the monthly surcharge WCWCD charges us for each meter in our City.  Up to this point the City has absorbed the cost.  Only one other city in the County does that. 

For a regular 5/8” meter the fee is $1.75 each month. 

The City pays $2,966.85 each month to the WCWCD for this fee. 

Staff feels this is a fair and easy option.  If the City raised water rates a study would need to be completed, which would cost money, before that could take place. 

It would cover the increase. 

The City Council has the final say but would like to know how the Water Board feels.

 

The last time the City increased the culinary water rates was in 2003.

 

Alan asked if growth had anything to do with the increase.

 

Kyle answered he wasn’t sure, but growth will affect La Verkin City’s rates once we surpass the allotted amount of water we get from the springs.  Once we exceed that amount the City will need to purchase more water from the District.  Currently we have enough excess water that Hurricane buys water from us each month.   

 

Motion was made by Mark Mangum to recommend approval to pass along the Washington County Water Conservancy District’s surcharge fee to the citizens of La Verkin, second by Richard Prince.   Kerry Gubler-yes, Mangum-yes, Olsen-yes, Prince-yes, Kyle Gubler-yes, Imlay-yes.  Motion carries unanimously.     

    

V.                Public Concerns for Board Consideration:

·         Recommended watering times

The Mayor mentioned St. George has placed heavy restrictions on watering times.  La Verkin’s recommended water times are 6pm-10am.  However, he still sees people watering outside of those times and encouraged the Board members to help educate our residents or let Staff know.  Staff is putting an informational blue door hanger on doors of people watering outside the suggested watering times.    

 

VI.              Board members concerns:

Next meeting is October 26, 2016.

 

The irrigation water will be taken out of the system on or before November 15, 2016.

 

VII.           Adjourn:

Motion was made by Derek Imlay to adjourn, second by Alan Olsen.  Kerry Gubler-yes, Kyle Gubler-yes, Mangum-yes, Prince-yes, Imlay-yes, Olsen-yes.  Motion carried at 3:56pm.

 

 

Minutes were done by Christy Ballard.

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