LAVERKIN CITY WATER BOARD MINUTES
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 3:00 p.m.
435 North Main Street, LaVerkin, UT
Present: Mark Mangum, Mayor Kerry Gubler, Alan Olsen, Kyle Gubler, Derek Imlay, and Anna Andregg.
Richard Prince has been excused.
I. Call to Order by Mayor Kerry Gubler at 3:00pm.
II. Approval of Minutes: June 22, 2016 minutes.
Motion was made by Kyle Gubler to approve the June 22, 2016 minutes as written, second by Derek Imlay. Mangum-yes, Kyle Gubler-yes, Imlay-yes, Kerry Gubler-yes, Olsen-yes. Motion carried unanimously.
A. Financials: Kyle passed out the financial report year to date.
Irrigation Fund: The Office Expense line item is over 103%. It is a small number to begin with so the high percentage is from an overage of $15. Water Main Repair is a high percentage also, there have been a lot of irrigation breaks.
Water Fund: This fund is on schedule. There have been a lot of breaks. The percentages are okay, not great. Kyle explained the entire County is having the same issue from the drought we have been in.
Line 3640.610, the uniform budget, states it is at 358%. Derek thinks this is a user error. This budget should be right on.
B. Water Contracts: Kyle passed out the list of delinquent water contract accounts
and the people wishing to sell shares.
C. Culinary Water Management update: Derek explained the cost of fixing a water break is not just the material to replace the broken line but the sand, road base and the asphalt patch. There have been enough breaks on 450 North that almost the entire road will be new asphalt. The number of breaks in Centurion Park (450 N) and the second phase of Zion View Estates is from defective pipe. La Verkin and Hurricane are going after the manufacturer to try and recoup some of the costs. The Company has settled with a few cities so far.
D. Irrigation Water Management update: Derek reported that until the main line break on 300 South, the budget was doing good.
When the water comes out of the system on November 15th the crew will be taking apart the filters and replacing the parts that need it.
The leak at the top of 300 South will be fixed after Nov. 15th as well. The issue there is the air-vac system was man made by the Canal Company so the entire box and area will need to be re-done.
Anna asked if the Anderson Junction Reservoir project was on schedule.
The Mayor replied he thought it was on schedule but it will be 2-3 years before La Verkin knows if the water exchange will be possible. He is optimistic that we will get our secondary water from the Reservoir.
Kyle reported that project is on schedule and will connect into Toquerville’s secondary water system.
If the exchange does happen, the City will want to make sure they maintain their water rights.
La Verkin is number three on the list with two citizens being ahead of them.
He explained the State of Utah owns all the water, the shares are the delivery contract between
La Verkin and the shareholder. The State has the right to take the water back at any time.
Mayor Gubler said La Verkin did not have enough irrigated land for the amount of water rights they had so the La Verkin Canal Company sold the water to the City to keep the State from taking it.
The State would not take water from the City but they would from a private company.
Derek passed out the year-end water usage chart. It is figured in acre feet. To date, the City has used just over half of their allotted amount.
He pointed out the filter system cycles were extremely high the first four months of the season. The diversion dam was opened and after that the system has not had to come off line even through the storms.
A. Discussion on the Irrigation Water year-end turn-off.
The water will be taken out of the system on November 15 until March 15, 2017.
B. Discussion and possible action to set the 2017 Water Board meetings.
Mayor Gubler asked if the Board would like to follow the same schedule as 2016.
The meetings will be at 3pm on the fourth Wednesday of February, June, and October.
V. Public Concerns for Board Consideration:
No comments were made.
VI. Board members concerns:
Kyle reported the WCWCD is moving forward with the Lake Powell Pipe Line Project. Discussion happening now is how to pay for it. Impact fees have been covering 100% of these types of projects. The Southern Utah Builders Association have argued the project should not be funded completely from the new growth. Much of the Board seemed to agree and discussed possible ways to split the cost between impact fees and the citizens, which means water rates will most likely go up.
Mayor Gubler feels the City should keep working on the infrastructure.
Anna suggested the City get a stock supply of items.
Kyle would like to roll over any surplus in the budget and save it until enough has been accrued to replace a section of pipe. The current irrigation pipe is substandard, not deep enough in the ground and located in backyards.
Anna asked if the roads on the west side of town were on schedule to be resurfaced now the east side is done.
Mayor Gubler explained the City has purchased a crack seal machine. Staff is hoping by purchasing the equipment the City can get more done for the same amount of money.
Kyle reported on the CIB loan/grant received for the 300 West Project.
Motion was made by Anna Andregg to adjourn, second by Kyle Gubler. Kerry Gubler-yes, Kyle Gubler-yes, Mangum-yes, Andregg-yes, Imlay-yes, Olsen-yes. Motion carried at 3:35pm.
Minutes were done by Kyle Gubler and Christy Ballard.