Short water meeting chock full of info

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The regular meeting on Oct. 4 for the Virgin Valley Water District Board was rather short, but didn’t lack luster when it came to updates from Warren Hardy with the Hardy Consulting Group.

“It’s going to be a very active water agenda,” he said, while also noting that “none of the recommendations that we opposed made it into legislation.” Hardy was referring to bill draft requests that the district had worked with him on and were concerned about should they go through legislation. He also noted that the water district is unique when it comes to the legislature, since they are a small district in a large county. “I have talked to Senator Joe Hardy, who has been on top of our concerns in real-time to make sure that our concerns are met,” he said.

While the 14 items on his watch list are still sketchy as to exact details, Hardy stated the information on the items should be available by Nov. 15 and that the list is updated every two to three weeks. Board President Nephi Julien asked that District Manager Kevin Brown keep the board updated on Hardy’s observations in Carson City as he follows the items.

In other business, Brown gave a short presentation of the District’s 3rd Annual Report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30.

Within that report, Brown gives a general overview on the progress the district has made over the past year and programs, projects and financial stats throughout that time. “The district as a whole continues to make great strides forward,” he stated in his message. “Overall, the district is in the best position it has been in for many years. The district is poised for much success well into the future.”

Brown also told the board that due to the recent rate increases and refinancing of outstanding bonds the financial status of the district is faring well and the “district is very sound financially with the possibility of a slight rate increase (1-2 percent) needed in three years.”

Brown also projected 14 upcoming projects the district will work on for fiscal year 2017.

To view the full report from Brown, view the agenda backup materials from the meeting at under the “About Us“ section.

In other reports, Board Member Sandra Ramaker got what she wished for a few meetings back from District Accountant Wes Smith. Thanks to help from Mary Johnson, Smith was able to work the monthly financial reports to reflect current projects in progress and where they are financially. The new format only applies to projects budgeted at more than $100,000, but will give board members a better idea of where they are at in meeting the budgeted amount set at the time of project approval.

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