Board Meeting Minutes – February 25, 2021


Board Members Present: Don Wicks, Linda Fountain, Mike Steffl, Amber Morgan, Ken Aberle, Lisa Dutz, Tom Gunn

Board Members Absent: Malcolm Moreno

Staff Present: Laurie Lago

Members Present: None

This meeting of the LA Water Cooperative was called to order at 6:03pm by Don Wicks, Chairman

Secretary’s Report – The minutes of the Jan. 2021 meetings were presented in writing.
Motion to approve by Ken Aberle. Seconded by Mike Steffl. Voted & Passed

Treasurer’s Report – Presented in writing.
Motion to approve by Linda Fountain. Seconded by Amber Morgan. Voted & Passed

Operation Manager’s Reports – Business, Field, and Water Loss Reports presented in writing.
Motion to approve by Amber Morgan. Seconded by Ken Aberle. Voted & Passed

Field Report – Report presented in writing is below:

Gaston Bridge Project:
Final connection of our lines are complete and our portion of the job will be complete as soon the brackets holding the pipe on the bridge are replaced. Kyle and Denny were not satisfied with the way the pipe was attached to the bridge and contractor agreed. Denny, the Contractor, and Washington County met with the bracket manufacturer and a new design was agreed to and the brackets are being made and will be replaced by contactor when replacement brackets are received.

Gibson & Lambert Pump Houses:
Brightside has completed all repairs to the blown drives from last power outage and has the isolation transformer installed. Claims have been submitted to PGE for all work involved and is being reviewed and processed.

Altitude Valves & PRV’s:
CG Systems spent the day with Kyle and repaired both altitude valves at Jordan as well as reviewed proper maintenance. The altitude valve box did not have a daylight drain and would occasionally fill with rain or ground water, increasing corrosion. Kyle and Mason will be trenching a drain line so water will no longer accumulate in the box. They also rebuilt a Cla-Valve PRV and it was in bad shape, so Kyle learned how to replace most all the interior parts and what parts we need to keep on hand besides the basic rebuild kit.

Snow and Ice Storm:
Electricity was out for 3 days to all pump houses on Albertson and Bald Peak. All customers being fed off Cook, Muddy Gulch, Gammon, Roe Barn, Astleford, Rossman and Bald Peak were reliant on water in the tanks. Due to a large portion of those customers not having power, water usage was low and we managed to survive. When power was restored we were at critical level on most tanks.


1. Employee Tuition Reimbursement Policy – Changes requested.


1. New Service Request
Motion to approve by Tom Gunn. Seconded by Ken Aberle. Voted and Passed

2. Bald Peak Tank Pump Station Capital Improvement Project
discussed the possibility of doing this job this year. Directed to gather info and quotes and bring back to the board.

3. Annual Meeting
Discussed options for meeting with Covid restrictions.
Motion to cancel meeting due to Covid restrictions by Tom Gunn. Seconded by Linda Fountain. Voted and Passed


1. Leak Credit: Customer letter to Board regarding a leak credit.
Motion to deny based on the fact that the leak did not fall within the leak credit guidelines by Tom Gunn. Seconded by Amber Morgan. Voted and Passed.


Motion to Adjourn by Tom Gunn. Seconded by Mike Steffl. Voted and Passed
Meeting Adjourned at 7:09pm