Kays Creek Irrigation Board Meeting 3/15/17

Kays Creek Irrigation Board Meeting

3/15/17

Meeting with Weber Basin and Carolyn and Randy Weaver

Presentation by Weber Basin Water Conservancy District:

17B-2a-1010 requires conservancy districts with operating budgets in excess of $5 million to adopt a policy to assess, maintain, and replace qualified capital assets and sets up criteria for assessing assets.

Report due to DWR every five years starting December 2017.

Creation of a new fund for repairs.

50 year plan assesses Weber Basin’s assets for repair or replacement.  Steel pipe is good for 30-50 years and they have pushed some of their pipe life as far as they currently can.  3.3 mile aqueduct that services both Davis and Weber counties is a large non pipe repair that will be due in 2061 with cost around $60,000,000.

Q: Will the legislature go after the smaller companies?

That seems to be the trend.  If that is the case, the smaller companies would have to do the same type of assessments and plan changes.

Q: How does this affect Kays Creek right now?

O&M increase for 7.5% for 2018.

New Capital Assets Portion of Rate: Required by law.

  • Replace and replacement cost is higher than cost of new infrastructure.

Estimated Rate Increase: 2018: 7% for secondary, 8% for agricultural, 2019: 18% for secondary, 11% agricultural.

Kays Creek has been using HDPE pipe in the new areas, but the east Layton area repairs have been for regulators and valves, not the old pipe.

Weber Basin will send a representative to make this presentation at the Kays Creek Irrigation Board Meeting on March 22 at 6pm.

Meeting with Carolyn and Randy Weaver:

Scott: Carolyn and Randy Weaver own 28.4 shares.  The only conclusion is that the water should have gone to the ground, which wasn’t your fault, but that was a decision made by those in charge and we know that you want to move it out west for part of your land.  Is that right?

Carolyn: Yes.

Scott: We would have no way of knowing how much water would be going into Andy Adams.  The only way to ensure that enough or not too much water would be going in would be to put in a meter.  Another meter would need to go on the other end to ensure that the water amount is correct.  This would be, with installation costs, around$20,000, which you would be responsible for.

Another option would be to sell the water.

The water out of South Fork is not enough to cover the needs of water users in East Layton.  In the past, the water was gone by July, which is why we buy water from Weber Basin.

Woody: Where is the land where you want the water to go?

Carolyn: Down on Weaver Lane

Randy: In the past we have had permission for the Nature Conservancy to pump water out of the ditch.  We talked to all neighbors and had permission, we thought, but there was a problem with one woman who made a complaint to Kays Creek.

Scott: We were never informed that you were using the pipe.  That is a state law that if you move water across boundaries you have to have permission.

Randy: It is all Kays Creek water, it shouldn’t matter.  Our Kays Creek stock certificate says that it is for Kays Creek stock.

Scott: There is A, B, C, and D stock.

Randy: Well, it doesn’t say which it is.

Scott: All I know is that there is no water, technically, that goes to that land.

Randy: Well, I can see that.

Carolyn: For years we were using water out of a pipe, but it cost us $3000 to clean it out every year.  We couldn’t afford that so that is why we bought the pump.  That is what started all the trouble because there were complaints about the noise.

Woody: How much water would be used?

Randy: We can flood our pasture in 4 hours.  It is a 12 inch pipe.

Jon: Is there another area where the pump can be put? Can we look into that?  Why don’t we see if the Nature Conservancy to give a letter with permission to use the water.

Scott: Can the pump be used further down?

Jon: Maybe you can pay a neighbor to use electricity with an electric pump.  They don’t make any noise.

Randy: That could work.  We want you to know that we weren’t trying to do anything dishonest.  With the changes that are coming, maybe we’ll just sell and move.

Scott: I understand that.  When I started as president of Kays Creek there were a lot of deals between individuals that I didn’t know anything about.  There were deals that involved people without water shares.  But now things are lot more strict with a lot of regulation from the county and state.

Randy: We thought we had everyone on board but then one of the neighbors called the police.  If we can get a letter from Nature Conservancy and then get permission from all the neighbors, maybe use an electric pump, we can work something out.  I could use a pipe in the ditch to move the water.

Woody: You would have to get permission from the county.

Scott: I don’t think that Davis Flood Control would mind, but you have to check.  Let’s get those letters and we’ll go from there.

End of meeting with the Weavers.

Scott: I had a meeting with DWR today and it looks like we will get the grant for the Solar Bee bubblers in Andy Adams.  They want to cut a check to us directly and are very excited that we have the pond open for fishing and that we are working with Layton City.  It could happen within a few weeks.

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