Board Meeting Minutes September 11, 2023


Written by Laura Dallas

September 11, 2023

BOARD MEETING was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Board Chairman Jim Osman. Other Board members present were Eric Paull, Bob Thurston, and Cliff Sires. Employees present were Colleen Johnson, Tanner Weisgram, and Laura Dallas. The public in attendance was Mark Johnson.


  • 6:15 pm – Brett Converse, JUB (cancelled prior to meeting)
  • 6:45 pm – Mark Haymond, 95 Express Carwash
    Thomas Buford, Board Counsel for Executive Session

ADDITIONS TO AGENDA: Less than 48 hours prior to meeting

Minutes:  Minutes from the July Board meeting were approved as presented.

Financial Statements:  Financials as presented were approved.

Maintenance Report: Maintenance Report was approved as submitted. Operations has been busy fixing laterals. Main line running from Upper Humbird to Ponder Point was repaired last month. The sewer main extension on Bonner Mall Way has been completed. The Kootenai Campus has been working on meeting their requirements so the District can take over ownership of their Sewer Main.


  1. Tanner addressed the NPDES permit since Brett could not make the meeting this month. Tanner and Brett are continuing to work on feasibility studies. Tanner was contacted by the developers interested in building a golf course just outside of the District’s boundary. Originally it was to be 80 acres but plans now are upwards of 100 acres. Looking at utilizing for land application. Tanner will probably be meeting with them again soon. Tanner and Brett also met with representatives regarding the TMDL. Let them know that we are working with bond counsel.
  2. Providence Subdivision. The Board had offered them a 50% portion of their New User Facility Fees to be paid up front, balance at building or sale. Originally the developers suggested 10%, however the Board did not agree. A deadline for this offer was never discussed at the time. Discussed at this meeting if the Board needed to create a deadline for the offer or leave it open ended. The developers are still working on preliminary plans. The Board decided that no new action needed to be taken and the offer will remain out for further discussion when the developer is ready.



  1. Mark Haymond with 95 Car Wash. Carwash currently has 15 New User Facility Fees paid. The original agreement was for them to purchase a total amount of 25.  The additional 10 to be purchased once up and running. The carwash in the meantime has invested in different machinery that allows them to use more recycled water and push less to the District. Right now, it looks like they are using approximately 20 gallons per vehicle, but they are  still working it out.  Mark suggested that they purchase up to 20 NUFFs now and follow the water reads to see when additional will be needed. The Board agreed to allow the purchase of 5 additional NUFFs bringing the Carwash up to a total of 20 NUFFs. Motion was made to lower the 25 NUFFs originally agreed upon to 20 NUFFs by Bob. Cliff seconded the motion.  Eric and Jim recused themselves from voting as they are friends and business associates of Mark.  All in favor.
  2. Resolution 05_2023 Accept revised Private RV Dump Agreement Form. Eric moved not to read the resolution aloud in meeting. Bob seconded the motion. Eric moved to accept Resolution 05_2023 to Accept the revised Private RV Dump Agreement and Bob seconded the motion. All in favor.  New form to take effect immediately.
  3. Motion to donate $150.00 to the City of Ponderay for Ponderay Days was made by Bob and seconded by Cliff. All in favor.


APPLICATIONS and UPDATES: (ACTION) All were accepted.

  1. Residential Sewer Service Connection Request, 193 Ponder Point Lane, Ms. Carter Payne
  2. Residential Sewer Service Connection Request, 744 Ponder Point Drive, Michael & Susanne Eisentat
  3. Commercial-Industrial Additional ER purchase, 477285 Hwy 95 N, 95 Express Carwash



  • 72-206 (f): To communicate with legal counsel for the public agency to discuss the legal ramifications of and legal options for pending litigation, or controversies not yet being litigated but imminently likely to be litigated. The mere presence of legal counsel at an executive session does not satisfy this requirement.
  • 72-206 (b) To consider the evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent, or public-school student.

Motion to go into Executive Session made by Bob and seconded by Eric.

Roll Call Vote:     Eric – Yes, Bob – Yes, Jim – Yes, Cliff – Yes, Larry – absent

No Action taken on discussion with legal counsel.

After discussion Bob moved to increase front desk position to $18.00 per hour effective as of 9/1/2023.

Cliff seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:     Eric – Yes, Bob – Yes, Jim – Yes, Cliff – Yes, Larry – absent  All in favor. Motion passed.

Cliff moved to adjourn the meeting.  Bob seconded.

The meeting adjourned at 7:00 pm.

Motion by Cliff to adjourn meeting.  Larry seconded the motion.  Motioned adjourned at 7:45 pm.

Meeting notes:  Laura Dallas, District Clerk

Executive Session:  Colleen Johnson, Office Manager

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