Board Meeting Minutes – September 22, 2022


 Board Members Present:      Ken Aberle, Linda Fountain, David McAdams, Ted Leach, Lisa Dutz, Tom Gunn

Board Members Absent:       Megan Corvus, Don Wicks, Amber Morgan

Staff Present:       Laurie Lago

This meeting of the LA Water Cooperative was called to order at 6:07pm by Ken Aberle, Vice Chair

Secretary’s Report – The minutes of the August 2022 meeting were presented in writing.

Motion to approve by Tom Gunn. Seconded by Linda Fountain. Voted & Passed       

Treasurer’s Report – presented in writing. Motion to approve by Tom Gunn. Seconded by Dave McAdams. Voted & Passed

Operation Manager’s Reports – Business, Field, and Water Loss Reports presented in writing. Motion to approve by Tom Gunn. Seconded by Dave McAdams. Voted & Passed


Field Report – Report presented in writing is below:           

Langley Leak – Repaired 2 leaks on Langley line in an area that has already been repaired 5 times in the past few years.  Need to look at line replacement.

LaSalle Service Line Leak – Service line repair on LaSalle Rd for leaks on our side of the meter.

Goodin Creek Leak – Repaired leak on main line on Goodin Creek Rd.

LaSalle Mainline – Met with our engineer at the LaSalle leak location and reviewed pictures.  He asked us to pothole along the mainline on LaSalle from the start of gravel up to where the leak was suspected. Discovered our line is off from our maps and suspected leak by about 10 feet.  We have scheduled leak detection to come out and check the line to be sure, but it is looking like that leak area may be an old culvert and/or a spring and not our mainline.

Parmele Leak – Repaired a mainline leak on Parmele Road.

Spring Hill Field Fire – our fire hydrant on the Spring Hill line prior to Withycombe was used to fill tankers to fight this fire.  Nick stayed onsite to monitor our incoming pressure at the pumphouse to prevent pump damage.  A total of about 12K gallons was used during the fire.

PGE Power Outage – Sites started losing power on Friday (9/9) late morning and continued to shut down sites throughout the day.  Some stations power came back up by Saturday afternoon, with most not coming back online till Sunday (9/11) afternoon.  Bald Peak and upper portion of Albertson did not lose power.  With no pumps working at Withycombe, a handful of customers had very low pressure or no water and Cox Reservoir at the shop was unable to fill as it is gravity fed from the bottom of Albertson.  Gibson was also down so there was no route for water to pump up to Rossman.  All tanks were low and a few critically low by the time power was restored to all pump stations, but we did not run out of water in any tanks. By Tuesday most tanks had recovered and were back to normal.


Old Business

  1. Mainline Re-alignment in Rock Quarry – Update – have lawyer review easement and advise
  2. Service Line on Spring Hill – Update


New Business

Leak Credits – Motion to approve by Linda Fountain. Seconded by Tom Gunn. Voted & Passed

Financial Assistance for a Customer – research hardship account parameters

City of Hillsboro price increase for 2023 – .08 per 100 CF = .0001 per gallon – review last few years rate increases and determine $ amount we have lost by not passing increases on to coop members.

Water Usage Comparison – May to August

Academy Property Certificates – meeting with developer and Gaston Fire

Langley Road Water Line – failing

Bald Peak State Park  Water service request – Have topography done by Engineering firm to determine if tank site at park would be beneficial to us.


Other Business

– none –

Motion to adjourn by Linda Fountain. Seconded by Dave McAdams. Voted & Passed

Meeting Adjourned at 7:37pm