NOVEMBER 5, 2018

The Okanogan County Board of Commissioners met for its regular session on November 5, 2018, with Chairman, Commissioner Jim DeTro, Vice Chair Commissioner Chris Branch; Commissioner Andy Hover, Member and Laleńa Johns, Clerk of the Board, present.

Commissioner Hover attended a Department of Ecology conference call this morning. He returned to the meeting at 10:00 a.m.

After the telephone call Commissioner Hover updated the other commissioners and Perry Huston on the conversation about the watershed and water right holders’ discussion he had with DOE. He believes the other option is to legislatively lock the 2cfs allocation. He would like to see the process they used to calculate that. They pretty much cannot amend the code and must put it out to public comment with comment on any part of the rule. If legislatively set aside no one can take that away. Director Huston replied they would have to stomp all over Whatcom Hirst to do that. One thing that came out of the cases is that appropriation of water is appropriation of water no matter what. They could stomp all over their own decision or could change the definition. We have enough water in all the reaches except for the lower one, sooner or later we have to do something.

Director Huston explained some land use complaints he is responding to and what course of action will be taken.

Briefing Among Commissioners
Commissioners used this time to discuss tasks they were individually involved in. Commissioner Hover updated the other commissioners on the Orca Task Force he is part of.

Review Commissioners Agenda & Consent Agenda
Commissioners reviewed their meeting minutes and items listed on the consent agenda.

Members of the public Salley Bull, Gina McCoy, and Lorah Super taking notes on her computer for Okanogan Watch Group.

Update – Planning – Perry Huston

WRIA 49 Planning Grant
DOE has not completed their review of the grant application, but an approval form was provided to the board for chairman signature. The grant form stated the amount applied for was $300,000 ESSB 6091 and will be used to support the initiating governments and the planning unit for WRIA49 in creating the watershed plan updates as required by the bill. There is no county match. The DOE allowed the grant effective date as January 1, 2018 which will allow the county to submit for reimbursements for work done in 2018. Director Huston stated he does not know what the time frame is for the award but expects DOE to relay that to him soon. The effective date of the grant is noted at January 1, 2018 expiring on June 30, 2021.

Motion Grant Approval
Commissioner Branch moved to approve the grant application titled WRIA 49 Watershed Plan Revisions (RCW 90.94) in the amount of $300,000 and authorized the chairman to sign the grant preapproval form and the grant application. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried. (attached)

WRIA 49 Plan Revisions
The revised Water Resource Inventory Area Planning Unit Members list was reviewed and discussed. (attached) Commissioner Hover discussed membership and voting on watershed when the voting members are included in that watershed. Commissioner Branch said it makes sense to put them in the technical advisory group. Director Huston stated the commissioners may see people listed on the Unit Members list that do not actually live in Okanogan County, but represent a group that functions in Okanogan County. Commissioner Branch mentioned the Okanagan Water Board which is for the Okanagan area north of the border.

During the January meeting they will begin to pass off the rest of the work and in 2019 begin in earnest. The first batch is due in February of next year so those processes and membership structures should be in place to support that.

The next Planning Unit meeting will be on November 8 at 6:00 p.m. and will have the IG discussion at that time.

Lorah Super stated her group was hoping to discuss the issue with someone from the county. She is still on the board and there is a meeting tomorrow she said. Director Huston said he would attend. Ms. Super said Director Huston attendance would work even though it was short notice. Commissioner Branch said the concerns of the district should be addressed; the costs could be driven if the watershed planning unit took too many side trips. Director Huston discussed those items that need a finer point, then Aspect and DOE has done their analysis.

Water Availability Study Area
Maps were handed out showing the Tunk Valley water study areas. Director Huston stated that a six month timeline has started according to RCW 36.77.095. On map showed the parcel overlay and the five acre lots in the study area with the rest being larger than that. He showed the common ownership of several parcels which lends a little complexion to the overall picture. The well log in lower Tunk showed 20, upper Tunk creek 137, and Tamarack springs there are 7. The accessory uses of the parcels was discussed to see what usable parcels have developable water. Director Huston showed the map showing the public and private parcels and the potential. He is gathering the base info and has not laid it all out to determine what it all means. There is the hydrology study in the gaining reaches and non-gaining reaches. Solutions of the commissioners will be dictated as we go. Commissioner Hover said he toured the Tunk Valley and was told there were many beaver dams that hold the water back. Commissioner DeTro stated in the mid 70’s they were basically trapped out of there. Commissioner Hover wondered if the beavers could be returned to help store water in the basin. Artificial beaver dams were suggested. He said this would mitigate what is already there not mitigating for more development.

Director will complete the maps so it demonstrates the developable lots and parcels. There was a build out study that showed 1587 lots on lower Tunk. Director Huston said it was a snap shot and they didn’t look at accessory dwellings or binding site plan reviews. There are things like selling development rights for conservation easements that were not considered in the snap shot. They haven’t refined it yet, but will.

Comprehensive Plan Review
Director Huston explained where he is at with the proposed amendment. He explained a 45 day scoping period taking us into the first week of January. He identified several items the EIS will be written around and for the public and public agencies to comment on.

Director Huston stated the revised Taber land transaction will be submitted for reconsideration. Director Huston explained the changes and how the wrong parcel number happened to be on the document prepared for commissioner signature.

Director Huston stated he had nothing new regarding the Champerty Shores Sewer Extension listed on his administrative agenda.

Commissioner Hover explained DOE said they won’t allow anymore wells in the restricted areas. They do not believe they can make the determination of hydraulic connectivity or not in that area. It affects 1017 parcels in Commissioner Hover’s district.

Director Huston asked how he might help with the deliberation of the Comp Plan. The commissioners said there are three alternatives, no change, more restrictive, less restrictive. After scoping, the next tier of review will happen with the Planning Commission.

Director Huston explained the process for publication where the publication will note the documents will be available on the Planning Department website. Commissioners are alright with the arrangement.

Motion - Voucher Approval - Commissioners
Vouchers certified and audited by the Auditing Officer as required by RCW 42.24.080 and those expense reimbursement claims certified as required by RCW 42.24.090 have been recorded on a list, and made available to the Board. As of this date, the Board did vote, by unanimous vote, to approve the regular vouchers in the amount of $772,340.50 and Payroll vouchers in the amount of $1,030,378. Warrant numbers as cited on the attached blanket voucher list. Motion seconded and carried.

Motion Public Health Voucher

Commissioner moved to approve the Public Health Vouchers in the amount of $50,263.61 Warrant numbers as cited on the attached blanket voucher list. 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 Voucher certification and authorize the T Methow Valley EMS District vouchers to be paid 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 and Reconvene as the Oroville Rural EMS District Motion was seconded all were in favor, motion carried.

Motion Oroville Rural EMS District
Commissioner Hover moved to approve the Promissory Note regarding two ambulances between City of Oroville, Okanogan County, and Lifeline and authorized the Chairman to sign. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Hover moved to adjourn as the Oroville Rural EMS and Reconvene as the BOCC Motion was seconded all were in favor, motion carried.

The Clerk of the Board presented the Agreement of Northwest Vital Records for records Storage and Services for commissioners’ consideration. She discussed the Non Departmental revenue and expense lines where recording funds are received and spent for the preservation of historical documents in accordance with RCW 36.22.170. The RCW requires the county auditor to impose a surcharge of five dollars per instrument for each document recorded. One dollar of the surcharge is deposited in the county’s general current expense fund to be used at the discretion of the county commissioners to promote historical preservation or historical programs and includes the preservation of historical documents.

Review Meeting Minutes

The board adjourned at 5:00 p.m.