Lincoln County Water District
181 Main Street, Suite 115
P.O. Box 206
Pioche, NV 89043
MINUTES - LINCOLN COUNTY WATER DISTRICT (LCWD)
COMMISSION CHAMBERS, LINCOLN COUNTY COURTHOUSE, PIOCHE, NV
November 20, 2013
Action may be taken on items denoted with an asterisk*.
- *Call to order, open meeting compliance, roll call, prayer and pledge of allegiance.
Meeting called to order at 10:06 a.m. Present: Paul Donohue, Adam Katschke, Paul H. Mathews, Wade Poulsen-General Manager, Dylan Frehner-Legal Counsel, and Shannon Simpson-Administrative Assistant. Absent: Kevin J. Phillips, E. Edwin Higbee, Jr. Prayer: Adam Katschke. Pledge: Paul Donohue.
- Public Comment and Discussion. No public comment.
- *Discussion/Possible Action: Approve/Modify minutes from the Lincoln County Water District (LCWD) September 26, 2013, meeting.
Motion by Adam Katschke to approve the September 26, 2013, meeting minutes, 2nd by Paul Donohue, motion passes unanimously.
- *Discussion/Possible Action: Approval of vouchers paid on check dates October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, 2013.
Motion by Adam Katschke to approve the payment of vouchers for check dates October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, 2013, 2nd by Paul Donohue, motion passes unanimously.
- Discussion: Board and Staff Member reports:
• Brent Hafen interested in selling water rights located in Barclay, spring water, certificated 1917, approximately 120 acre feet. Surface right and not movable. Haven’t discussed a price, looking for direction from the Board. Ryan Hoerth stated the quality of the water is real good and may be a good opportunity to market to a bottling company. The water would have to be proved up in 5 years or an extension would have to be filed with the State Engineer. Board recommended checking into the situation.
• There was a “General Manager trip”; Moapa Valley Water District-Joe Davis, Virgin Valley Water District (VVWD)-Kevin Brown, and LCWD to the Tule Desert. Each entity brought some of their staff, and, Greg Buschner and Ryan Hoerth from Vidler. Showed them production well sites, the Toquop gap sites; the monitoring well, precipitation station, gave them an idea of what LCWD is doing out there. Then went over to the energy site where the potential for the power plant would be.
• VVWD asked that we hold off until after the first of the year to meet and have discussions due to litigation that they are currently involved in.
• Update on the Panaca building. Met with Cory Lytle-Lincoln County Building Department. Plan in place for the two rooms that the LCWD will use; west side of the building and the main entrance. Some walls will have to be put in. Good chance that we can put in our own facilities; water and sewer. Costs approx. $80K. Would give us about $8K/year for lease; 10 years if the County Commission agrees. Will bring agreement forward when it gets closer.
• Went to Reno for the Rural Economic Development in October. There are approx. 13,000 industrial parks throughout the west that aren’t being used; two in Lincoln County. State of Indiana one of the leaders in the nation is getting new businesses to come to their industrial parks, in the past year they had five. Majority opinion is that you have to have infrastructure in place. Water and power are the two keys. You have to be competitive and to be competitive you have to show what you have. Seems like we always try to go after the big manufacturing companies. There are several, several opportunities for less than 5 employee businesses.
• Attended Central Rural NV Association Conference in Bishop, CA – Met a lot of good people and had an opportunity to talk with Senator Pete Goicoechea. Senator Goicoechea and Wade will meet after the first of the year to start drafting language for a BDR (Bill Draft Request) to go before the Legislature regarding the situation that occurred with Caliente losing their certificated water rights.
• Working with the City of Mesquite and the County on the 112 acres of development in Mesquite; just above the Wolf Creek Golf Course. Met with Mark Teepen - BLT, and the City of Mesquite. The key issue for development is the water.
• Dylan and Wade continue to look for opportunities.
• November met with Panaca Farmstead, no quorum, discussed with the two members the plans and prospects that the LCWD is working on. They were receptive and would like him to come back in December to present when there is a quorum.
• Attended meeting with Wade and Commissioners regarding City of Mesquite.
• Multiple meetings with Rodney Mehring to discuss how to move forward with these projects.
• Talked with the Real Estate agent for Jim Toreson. Looking at putting together an offer that would be contingent on Board approval.
- Vidler Update.
• Submitted the Plan of Development to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the Toquop Power Plant site. The BLM indicated that the Notice to Proceed should be coming before the end of the year. It will be a conditional notice though because one of the roads was not surveyed properly culturally.
• Kane Springs Valley finished basin inventory. Needed for approval for the change applications to transfer water rights from Kane to Coyote
.• The Lincoln County Planning Commission approved a Special Use Permit for Dry Lake Valley with conditions of approval of BLM and Lincoln County Power District for the transmission line to the site. Will start an Environmental Assessment from the transmission line to the site. Several companies who have expressed interest in the site.
• Tule, Kane, Clover, Coal, and Garden Valleys are continuing to be monitored.
- *Discussion/Possible Action: Approval of Sunrise Engineering to proceed with the Scope-of-Work in the amount of $29,000.00, to update the 2001 Lincoln County Water Resource Plan.
• Wade met with Joe Phillips from Sunrise Engineering. Sunrise can update the Resource Plan for approximately $29,000.
• Dylan stated in the past the LCWD waited to update the Plan to see what was going to happen and feels that they can’t wait any longer to see if others are going to join the plan.
• Alamo Sewer and Water has hired Far West to do their plan.
Motion by Adam Katschke to approve Sunrise Engineering to proceed with the Scope-of-Work in the amount of $29,000.00, to update the 2001 Lincoln County Water Resource Plan, 2nd by Paul Donohue, motion passes unanimously.
- *Discussion/Possible Action: 2012-2013 LCWD Annual Audit Report presented by Daniel C. McArthur, Ltd.
• Dan presented new auditing standards on Page 2, and presented an overview of the audit.
Motion by Adam Katschke to approve the 2012-2013 LCWD Annual Audit Report, 2nd by Paul Donohue, motion passes unanimously.
- *Discussion/Possible Action: 2014 Nevada Water Resources Association (NWRA) Membership renewal.
Motion by Paul Donohue to approve the 2014 NWRA membership renewal, 2nd by Adam Katschke, motion passes unanimously.
- *Discussion/Possible Action: Attendance of the 2014 NWRA Conference February 4 – 6, 2014, at the Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
Motion by Paul Donohue to approve Board and staff member attendance at the 2014 NWRA Conference February 4-6, 2014, 2nd by Adam Katschke, motion passes unanimously.
- Public Comment and Discussion. No public comment.
- *Adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 10:59 a.m.
Minutes submitted for approval on December 18, 2013, by Shannon Simpson, LCWD Administrative Assistant.
Shannon Simpson, LCWD Administrative Assistant /s/ Shannon M. Simpson
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