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September 11, 2008


The monthly meeting of the board of directors of the Fire Mountain Canal and Reservoir Company was called to order by President Houseweart at 7:30 pm.† Directors present were Dixie Luke, Dave Stiller, John Stroh, and Wes Spore.† Also present were Merritt Denison, Trey Denison, John Burgevin, and several members of the RMWDA led by Myles Roberts.


The minutes are approved as read.


Dixie L. motions the treasurerís report be accepted, Wes S. seconds and the motion carries.


Dixie L. motions the bills be paid, Dave S. seconds and the motion carries.


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


Superintendent Report:

170 cfs in the ditch; Terror Creek break is slightly wet, no change since the ditch came back on 08/24/08.† Merritt met with Dave Kanzer, Senior Water Resources Engineer with the Colorado River Water Conservation District, on Tuesday 09/09/2008.† Kanzer didnít suggest Merritt do anything different than he was already doing; Bob Major with the Bureau of Reclamation did not suggest any changes in procedure at this time either.† Ditch bank has not settled any since 08/24/2008; ditch is also leaking in many different areas not just Terror Creek.† Merritt and Trey believe that cleaning and patching the old concrete pour, upstream of the break, would be a cost effective solution to stopping the leak completely.


New Business:


Dixie L. also spoke to Dave Kanzer about ground penetrating radar (gpr) to look under the ditch bank and see what the strata looks like.† Dave Kanzer wanted to make sure the board understood that his comments were based on a two hour observation and not an intense study; Kanzer also thought that messing around with clay liner of the ditch might cause more harm than good. Kanzer thought using gpr to investigate under the ditch would be a better alternative than digging.


Dixie L., Wes S., and Dave S. felt uneasy about not doing anything with this area of the ditch.


General discussion on installing a drain to relieve the water from the ditch bank at the location of the original break.


Consensus of the board is to see if we can get started on the gpr right away; try Buckhorn Geotech out of Montrose; Dixie L. called Bill Bear at Bowie Mine and Henry Barbe at West Elk Mine.


Wes S. asks what would be the backup plan if gpr doesnít indicate the problem; Trey D. responded the backup plan would be to seal/repair the older concrete pour upstream of the break.


Wes S. discussion of a membrane called geoliner used to line canals; 48 mil reinforced liner, concern of manufacturer would be animal hooves tearing the liner; best preparation would be to cover the material with gravel or roadbase to protect the liner.


General discussion on holding back water to determine if fix worked; discussion on timing, turn ditch off early to get started?


Myles Roberts, of the RMWDA board, said they voted unanimously that the canal be shut down and fixed so the ditch doesnít break again.† The letter written by the RMWDA is attached to these minutes.


Consensus of the board is to try to get a consultant to use gpr on ditch bank, hold back four or five days of water, call the geoliner consultant and see if he can come see the ditch and consult on the use of the geoliner, and communicate quickly so we can meet and adjust the plan.


Coal Road Bridge meeting Tuesday 09/16/2008 at 8:30 am at the North Fork Annex building.† Attendees will be Delta County, BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, and Fire Mountain Canal.


Trey D. said Rolands Welding is adding another steel beam to the Terror Creek Bridge.


John Pickering talked to Dixie L. and should be able to spray soon


Levi Broyles with the NFS, who has been very good to work with, has been transferred temporarily; Dixie L. spoke with the Delta NFS office and has a contact who might be able to help with Beckwith water filings EIS.


Meeting adjourned at 9:45 pm.




Randall W. Fisher, Secretary