JUNE 4, 2018

The Okanogan County Board of Commissioners met for its regular session on June 4, 2018, with Chairman Commissioner Jim DeTro, Commissioner Chris Branch, and Laleña Johns, Clerk of the Board, present.
Commissioner Andy Hover was absent due to attending the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board meeting in Washington DC this week.
Review Commissioners Agenda and Consent Agenda

Briefing Among Commissioners – Discuss Individual Weekly Meetings & Schedule
Commissioners discussed their meeting schedules.

Emily Sisson member of the public taking notes.

Update – Planning – Perry Huston
Char Schumacher

Planning Dept. Study Session
We have been awarded $60,000 grant from ecology separate from the water shed planning grants. He suggested even though no process to access funds, but in the budget starting July 1 he has money to put the Planner I back on payroll. With the $60,000 grant a person could be hired to begin research and reconcile the well logs with ecology, our assessor, and all of those sorts of things. We would have a pure assessment on what permit exempt wells are out there, how many of operating, track cfs in WIRA 49. He has not posted anything yet in terms of soliciting applications. He would like to back fill the Planner I position and then proposed hiring a contract temp for just the grant work, nothing else. Commissioner Branch asked if the director’s intent was to advertise the temp position now without first having the funds. Yes, the funds have not been applied for yet, we’ll need a contract from DOE with scope of work, once he had that in hand and a clear way to the money the budget will need to be adjusted because that was not considered during budget adopting. He doesn’t want to put any effort into the position until he has something to pay them with. As a starting point he would like to post the other Planner I position. He will prepare a notice for the Planner I spot then hook up with DOE on the grant funds. He will work with HR and Cari Hall.

a. Exempt well tracking program
Director Huston noted that he put together a well tracking program. It will essentially allow the information to be printed in report form from the front counter. Obviously some things still need to be buttoned down in terms of the 750 gallons per day type decisions before going hot with the system. He will begin putting in the current information as it comes up and get a lot of good work done. Commissioner Branch relayed that some information can be gathered by just talking to people in the vicinity before knocking on doors.

b. Comprehensive Plan-Map review
Director Huston provided a draft letter to Phil Rigdon of the Yakama Nation Dept. of Natural Resources and the board reviewed it. The letter listed the Yakama Nations 17 policy concerns about revisions to Okanogan County’s Comprehensive Plan that had not been addressed. The letter responds to each of the Yakama’s 17 Policy concerns.

Ms. Schumacher showed the plan draft via projector. The board began their review of the Yakama Nation letter by first discussing Chapter 12 Natural Environment. For Policy 3 concern, Director Huston explained there is no education program, but if the board is interested in that kind of statement, he sees it as a positive and supports education or incentive bases to water quality. Commissioner Branch said it could be broad. Director Huston will draft some language for future review. Commissioners were in favor of looking at some language.

Director Huston explained the Sheriff’s authority for water quality. Commissioner Branch asked how complaints would be handled by the Planning dept. if someone is seen putting building waste fill in near a vicinity of a fish bearing stream he would pass that info on to WDFW. Most of the time he’ll send a first notice of alleged violation
Director Huston discussed aquifer recharge areas that would address the concerns of the Yakama Nation. Further discussed were the points made by the Yakama Nation we are responding to via the attached letter to Mr. Rigdon of Yakama Nations.

With regards to filling and dredging, the SEPA exemptions were discussed in terms of lands covered by water. He suggested another section within 12 to look for and preventing degradation of critical areas with some other language rolled in under project with reference that it is used to evaluate regulation proposals.

c. WRIA 49
Director Huston explained he is taking notes and developing a recommendation of what the work group looked like then build a potential list the initiating governments can look at. He has not spoken with either of the other initiating governments about the lead entity position. He will try and get the list of positions for solicitation.

Administrative Officer Study Session
a Lake Management District
Director Huston explained a draft resolution was submitted for commissioner review regarding setting the public hearing for consideration of creating a Lake Management District on Lake Osoyoos. Commissioner Branch explained the comments he heard from those who own Ag lands on the lake. Director Huston found nothing in statute regarding lands that are later divided into smaller residential lots and how those assessments are applied later on. Commissioner Branch said if the agriculture lands are in the boundaries of the district it seems like we could put some kind of language in the Ordinance that addresses the issue when it happens.

Motion Resolution 57-2018 Lake Management District Public Hearing
Commissioner Branch moved to approve resolution 57-2018 memorializing the intent to create a lake management district to serve certain limited areas around Lake Osoyoos in Okanogan, County. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Motion Methow Valley EMS District
Commissioner Branch moved to adjourn as the BOCC and reconvene as the Methow Valley EMS District. Motion was seconded all were in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Branch moved to approve the Methow Valley EMS District vouchers in the amount of $56,296.50. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Branch moved to adjourn as the Methow Valley EMS and Reconvene as the BOCC Motion was seconded all were in favor, motion carried.

Motion DIVCO Service Agreement
Commissioner Branch moved to approve the DIVCO Advantage maintenance contract for the period of August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019 and authorized the chairman to sign. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Note: Commissioner Branch signed the Delegation of Authority to designate Commissioner Hover to Canvass and Certify the 2018 Primary Election.

Review Meeting Minutes
Commissioners reviewed their meeting minutes.

The board adjourned at 3:50 pm.