Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District is run by a seven-member Board of Directors. Each member is elected to the Board by district rate payers. The terms are 3 years and there is no term limit.
Regular board meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month and a special work session is held the Monday before the regular meeting. The special work session meetings start at 6:00 p.m. and the regular board meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. The meetings are located in the Central Orchards Sewer District Board Room, 1522 Powers Avenue.
An agenda is posted in two places a few days before the meeting: 1) in the district office; and (2) the Sunday Lewiston Morning Tribune newspaper. The meetings are open to the public. If you wish to speak or would like an item added to the agenda, please notify the office at least one week prior to the meeting. No action can be taken on items not listed on the posted agenda.
Barney Metz, District Manager
Barney Metz is the District Manager of Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District. He and his family are residents of the Lewiston Orchards.
The District Manager carries out the duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Board of Directors. He executes the policies and decisions of the Board and reviews and recommends to the Board changes in rules and regulations. He gives overall direction to employees and oversees the work necessary to provide water to our patrons. He represents the Board and our organization with all levels of the government, community and general public.
A recent “Letter to the Editor” in the Lewiston Morning Tribune posed some questions that DESERVE answers:
“LOID will only allow you to make your payments twice a year.”
LOID will accept payments towards a patron’s irrigation assessment or domestic water bill any time a patron can pay towards their debts. Irrigation assessments are mailed in October of each year and the first half is due by December 20th per Idaho Code 43-707. The Idaho Code further elaborates that if any person shall pay one-half (1/2) of his assessment on or before December 20th, the remaining one-half (1/2) shall not become delinquent until the twentieth day of June. The State Law requires the LOID to file a delinquency notice (commonly referred to as a lien) for each unpaid assessment with the County in July. Delinquent assessments incur a penalty, interest and a filing fee. This process is set forth by Idaho statute for all irrigation districts across the state. Once the assessment is paid, the LOID clears the notice of delinquency with the County.
“At this point I paid three-fourths of my bill and was getting one-eighth of the water for it.”
The LOID provides two services to most properties within the LOID boundaries, domestic water and irrigation water. There are no restrictions on domestic water and a patron can water with as much water and pay for the usage as with any other water purveyor in the area. The irrigation assessment is not for a specific quantity of water, it is for a water right. That water right is for a portion of what amount of water is available to the District. We cannot control whether or not Mother Nature produces moisture for us to collect on Craig Mountain. The patrons of the District have repeatedly turned down bond issues in an attempt to go to the Clearwater River for a more reliable source of irrigation water.
“They send out the water police in their new $50,000 trucks to give you a ticket”
LOID has a rotational schedule for its fleet that maximizes the maintenance costs versus any resale value that the LOID can get out of the vehicle. Most of our trucks cost less than $30,000 under the bid process that is established by state law. We feel it is very important to wisely use the monies that the patrons put forth towards the operational costs of the District.
“No warning, no letter to try to work out payments.”
The LOID mails irrigation assessments in October. If the entire assessment is not paid in full by December 20th, the LOID mails a reminder notice in May as a courtesy to our customers. This notice is on solid green paper. After June 20th, the assessment is considered delinquent and the delinquency must be filed with the County. We file delinquent assessments with the County in July. The LOID will accept payment on these assessments anytime during business hours or by mail. The District also provides a drive-by drop box and a walk-up lock box for added convenience. We have several patrons who prefer to pay their irrigation assessment in monthly installments. Although we do not send out monthly statements or bills, we are happy to accommodate those interested in this option.
“Something needs to be done to help low-income people not lose their house over $48 without warning.”
The LOID never wants to take a person’s property. We are held by state law to follow certain procedures. Once a lien is three years old, the District is required to seek a tax deed on the property. The District goes to amazing lengths to work with the patron to avoid placing a tax deed on a person’s property.
The wonderful news is that many people in the community stepped up to pay the remainder of the author’s irrigation assessment so that the lien could be cleared. It is wonderful to live in a community where people care enough to come forth and help out other patrons.
If you have more concerns or questions relating to this manner, please call the District. The District wants to help its patrons and does not want fallacies spread about what service we provide.
Jo Ann Cole-Hansen, C.P.A. – Inactive
Jo Ann is the Financial Manager of the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District. She and her family are residents of the Lewiston Orchards.
The Financial Manager provides financial management and operational support to the District Manager and the Board of Directors. Services provided include accounting, budgeting, long-range financial planning, cash management, purchasing, payroll, audit coordination and collection. The Financial Manager also provides management support through analysis and reporting on the District’s fiscal transactions and monitors the District’s compliance to policies, regulations, procedures and state statutes.
The District’s fiscal year is July 1 to June 30. Under Idaho State Code, the District has an independent audit conducted at the close of each fiscal year.
Engineering, Legal & Audit
Each year, the LOID Board of Directors appoints a general engineer, a legal representative and an auditing firm.
Our patrons are reassured that our appointed representation bring the expertise of their fields to the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District.
BOARD TERM AND ELECTION
Board members are elected to a 3 year term. LOID is run by a seven-member Board of Directors. Each board member is a representative of their division within the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District. (Map of the District) The Board designates a manager and a financial manager to execute its policies and orders.
Name Division Term Expires Location
Chris Dickamore #1 December 2021 E. of Lindsey Creek Rd. and N. of Powers Ave.
Frank Maresca #2 December 2021 The area of L.O.I.D. South of Powers Avenue
Jerry Northrup #3 December 2021 W. of Lindsey Creek Rd. & E. of 16th St. & N. of Powers Ave.
Vern Williams #4 December 2022 E. of 12th St., W. of 16th St. and N. of Powers Ave.
Bob Clark #5 December 2020 E. of 9th St. and W. of 12th St. and N of Powers Ave.
Bob Hasenoehrl #6 December 2020 E. of 6th St. and W. of 9th St. and N. of Powers Ave.
Toby Baldwin #7 December 2022 The area of L.O.I.D. W. of the centerline of 6th St.
September- Election petitions will be available if a patron is interested in running for a position on the board. The patron must own property and reside within the division he or she is interested in representing. Election petitions must be signed by 12 qualified signatures (each signature must be someone living within the LOID boundaries, a US citizen, and at least 18 years old.)
Second Tuesday in November is the election day. LOID attempts to hold elections at the Nez Perce Fair Building. We are usually toward the back on the building. Voters must be a citizen of the United States, be of eighteen years of age, and reside within the District.
Note: Patrons with domestic surplus water agreements such as Lutes Addition are not eligible to vote.
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