Kays Creek Irrigation Board Meeting
Layton City Building (Engineering Board Room)
Bart Hyde is now on Davis-Weber Water, which is more expensive than Kays Creek. Kays Creek has agreed to pay the difference between his one share and cost of Davis and Weber water. We will bill him $35 which will cover the cost difference.
Bubblers will be installed at Andy Adams this month. Wade Green and Robert Sanchez will build a shed with a concrete floor to house the compressors. The bubblers will be 5 feet off the bottom of the pond. The grant we received will cover the cost of the bubblers. We will need to bore an electrical conduit in order to get enough power for the compressors. The bore will be a few homes away from the reservoir. The Davis Country Sheriff’s Rescue Dive team will help us set the stands for free and the Fish and Game will bring their large boat to help us set the bubblers for free.
Gary Crane: An agreement has been drafted between KCIC and Layton City patterned after the City’s agreement with Weber Basin, but with specific changes. While water is a valuable commodity, the real value is in the capture and delivery systems.
• Layton would be responsible for the entire pressurized system that is not Ag use. Kays Creek would take care of any open ditch and all pressurized Ag.
• Kays Creek would maintain the dams.
• Water control rights remain with Kays Creek.
• Layton City would be responsible for enforcement, billing, repairs (no cap), Capital Improvements ($6 million for improvements over 10 years needed), Blue Staking, Engineering and Construction reviews, GIS, meters (State of Utah is moving toward requiring meters), and insurance.
Problems: In the proposed agreement, Kays Creek Irrigation is the beneficiary while Layton City has more to lose. With a private board in place, how does the City ensure source and ensure a close relationship with the board that recognizes the need for aligning interests? When it comes to the pressurized irrigation system, the City needs to have a stronger voice to ensure continued water delivery. The rights of the water owners need to be honored as well. There needs to be a good balance.
Clark: The fear of shareholders is losing control and losing their voice. They need to know that their rights are protected.
Stephen: We want to be able to run the secondary water system to the standard of quality that the City expects. Layton City runs a professional system, one of the best in the state, and wants that to be the standard across all their utilities. That requires funding. No one likes to hear of prices going up, but what people may not be taking into account is the deferred cost of maintaining the system. That would only become apparent if there was a disaster or a break that would stop the delivery of water.
Jon: Davis Weber water rates went from $70 to $250 because of a canal breach.
Gary: The point of raising rates is not to make money that would be funneled into the City’s General Fund, it is to maintain the lines and the delivery system. The costs need to be tied to what it costs to run the system and to maintain it.
Scott: The cost of the water we buy from Weber Basin is going up every year to pay for their Capital Improvements. In 2017, Kays Creek Irrigation paid $42,153.95. 2018 will be $45,165.35; 2019 will be $52,547.50, 2020 will be $61,698.75, 2021 will be $72,173.75, and the water rates for 2022 will be $85,238.75.
Scott: Part of maintaining the system is having good people in place who know the lines and the locations of the valves. We can’t keep good people if we don’t pay them enough to take care of their families, especially as daily living costs are increasing. I can’t train new people every summer, I need people I can rely on.
Jon: Motion for a pay increase of $5/hour for Wade Green, Robert Sanchez, and Joanna Stowell. Scott Green will not get a raise.
Seconded by Steve Jackson and Clark Hirschi
Steve: Motion to raise rates to 33% increase for 2018. $200 for residential customers $40 for additional thirds, $200 for ag users for the first share, $53 for each additional third.
Seconded by Jon Green and Clark Hirschi
Motion to adjourn: Steve Jackson.
Seconded by Jon Green.
Meeting adjourned at 5:13pm