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April 9, 2009


The monthly meeting of the board of directors of the Fire Mountain Canal and Reservoir Company was called to order by President Luke at 7:30 pm.  Directors present were Bill Houseweart, John Stroh, Dave Stiller, and Wes Spore.  Also present were Trey Denison, Dan Bolton, and shareholder Bob Madden.


Wes S. motions the 3/12/2009 meeting minutes be approved as read, Dave S. seconds and the motion carries.


Wes S. motions the stock transfer be approved, Dave S. seconds and the motion carries.


Wes S. motions the treasurer’s report be accepted, Dave S. seconds and the motion carries.


Dave S. motions the bills be paid, Bill H. seconds and the motion carries.


Dave S. motions to pay Peter Blake $500 (for backhoe work) and Dan Younger $200 (for pipe) for their work on the Leroux Creek trash rack.


Shareholder Bob Madden is interested in becoming a non-voting member of the FMC board; Bob moved here from Palisade about five years ago, he raised hay and peaches in Palisade, and he lives on Powell Mesa.


Superintendent Report (by Trey Denison):

Completed all of ditch cleaning as of today, poured 70 yards of concrete (150 linear feet) at Wolf Park.  Ryan Oakes of Belzona Colorado will be starting at the dam tomorrow, Trey would like seal the Terror Creek concrete, he would also like to replace the Extension parshall as a good start to taking care of the extension shareholders, the Coal Road bridge repair is complete so water can be put in the ditch, the Yeoman bridge is progressing and they are constructing according to the plans.


Discussion on the Hubbard Creek inspection report from McGuire;  discussion on possibility of repairing the “ugly seam” before the water comes on.


Wes Spore motions if Belzona Colorado looks at Terror Creek concrete and can seal the concrete effectively and work can be completed by 4/15/09 and for approximately $5,000 then go ahead with sealing; if bid is greater than $5,000 and/or concrete can’t be sealed effectively by 4/15/09 then FMC board will have a special meeting to discuss proposal, Bill H. seconds and the motion carries.


Discussion on Hubbard Creek siphon, can UUC complete the work by 4/15/09?  Can he seal the joint effectively in time?


Dave S. motions to table the Hubbard Creek siphon work until the fall 2009, Bill H. seconds and the motion carries.


Willow removal/control: the far bank of the ditch is hard to get to and control the willow growth; Trey would like to hire a trackhoe with mower attachment to cut the willows in the bad spots; Trey estimates two days of machine hire to get the bad spots, approximately $1,500 dollars.


Wes Spore motions to have Roop Excavating spend a couple days mowing the willows on the ditch bank, Bill H. seconds and the motions carries.


Trey would like to get with Peter Blake after the water is on to get a vegetation cutting proposal.


Old Business:

#3. Kuretich easement dispute: attorney Greg Stanway and Kathleen Ozga with the Bureau of Reclamation are working on an agreement.


#4. National Forest Service/Lost Lake Slough dam road:  Discussion on non-binding memorandum of understanding between FMC and the NFS regarding maintenance of the road over the Lost Lake Slough dam.  The NFS commits to maintenance of the road and understands the Colorado State Dam Inspector has the final say on the dam maintenance.  Wes Spore motions to accept the letter and authorize Dixie L. to sign the letter of understanding, Dave S. seconds and the motion carries.


Discussion on weed control and spraying:  Bill H. discussion on safety and cost effectiveness; Bill does not thing blanket spraying is safe or cost effective.


New Business:

Dave S., Trey, and Marcel Orton from Harward Irrigation and Engineering  Company are touring part of the ditch tomorrow so Marcel can get a sense of the layout.


#1. Hillyard trees: Mr. Hillyard is convinced that spraying killed one or more of his elm trees; Dixie would like volunteers from the board to pay a visit; Dave S. Trey and Dixie will go to the Hillyards


#2. Holly Wheeler water transfer was discussed and approved.


#3. Bugs: beneficial insects are available at the Grand Junction insectory; Dixie mentions there is a bug that kills goat heads.


#4.  Budget: Bill H. is concerned about the economics of farming and spending money on the ditch and raising the assessment to cover the spending.


Regular meeting adjourned at 10:00 pm.  Board goes into a brief executive session.



Randall W. Fisher, Secretary