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A five-person board representing the five divisions in the District govern Tumalo Irrigation District. Members are elected in cycles for three-year terms. Board meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at the District office with the Board entering into executive session at 10:00 a.m. and returning to regular session at approximately 11:30 a.m. Meetings that fall on holidays will be rescheduled. Please check with District staff.

  • 10:00am — Executive Session
  • 11:30am – Board Meeting (open to the public)

Current board members are:

Division 1

Stephen L Putnam, Director
19885 Innes Market Road
Bend, OR 97703

Division 3

Wally Zimmerman, Vice Chairman
65315 Cline Falls Road
Bend, OR 07703

Division 5

Martin Warbington, Director
19345 Tumalo Reservoir Road
Bend, OR 97703
541-389-1540 (office)

Division 2

John (Jack) Farley, Director
19345 Dusty Loop
Bend, OR 97703

Division 4

Ron Cochran, Chair
18624 Pinehurst Road
Bend, OR 97703

Regular Board Meeting Agenda

April 14, 2020 Proposed Board Meeting Agenda (coming soon)



February 11, 2020 10:00 a.m.
64697 Cook Avenue
Bend, Oregon 97703
BOARD: Ron Cochran, Wally Zimmerman, Steve Putnam, Martin Warbington, Jack Farley
STAFF: Kenneth Rieck, April Harris Spath
ATTORNEY: Mark Reinecke
GUESTS: Greg Mohnen, Todd Peplin, Ron Nelson, Kate Fitzpatrick, Natasha
Chairman Cochran called the regular board meeting to order at 10:10 a.m. and appointed April Harris Spath scribe.
Director Putnam read his oath of office and signed it in front of a notary.
At 10:15 a.m. the Board recessed the regular session and entered executive session per:
● ORS 192.660(2)(f) to consider information or records that are exempt from disclosure by law, including written advice from your attorney.
● ORS 192.660(2)(h) to consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regards to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.
Following executive session, the regular session was reconvened at 11:30 a.m.
Director Farley made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 2019 board meeting. Vice Chair Zimmerman seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Manager Rieck reviewed the current water supply report and the attached graphs, which indicated that Crescent Lake was 52% full. The Board discussed potential start dates for the 2020 irrigation season and decided to set the start date for Monday, April 13, 2020.
On Farm Discussions
The Deschutes River Conservancy and the Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District attended the
meeting to discuss on farm conservation. A public event will be held on March 14, 2020 to discuss the
upcoming water season and will include discussions on maintenance tips to ready irrigation systems,
incentives available to landowners, and knowledge to improve irrigation and grazing management skills.
Flyers will be mailed to all patrons of Tumalo, Swalley and Arnold Irrigation District.
Manager Rieck updated the Board on the progress of the Group 2 piping project. The contractors are still on schedule to reach substantial completion in the spring of 2020. The definition of substantial completion is “the ability to safely deliver water.” The remaining work: back filling, clean-up, brush removal, restoration and reseeding will be done during the summer or this fall.
Director Putnam made a motion authorizing Manager Rieck to apply for grants to be used for the Group 3 piping project. Vice Chair Zimmerman seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The Board discussed the need for the working capital line of credit that the District applied for through First Interstate Bank, as the terms include a loan orientation fee of $1,000. It was noted that the District has already received a late fee from one contractor in the amount of $5,700 which hopefully will be negotiated. The Board decided to table the discussion until it receives more details from the bank on the complete terms of the line of credit.
The District’s application to change the zoning from Surface Mining to MUA-10 for the 540 acres, formerly known as the Cascade Mining Pit, has been approved. The board discussed issuing a request for proposal to have an appraisal done, but no decision was made. (Post meeting, the Board learned that the Court of Appeal’s decision was appealed.)
A patron contacted several board members about why the District chose to use HDPE pipe instead of PVC for the current piping projects. The Board stated that its decision was based on the District engineer’s professional recommendation, which included facts about PVC vs HDPE. He said that PVC was not as durable as HDPE and using PVC would not be as cost efficient.
No comments were made.
Vice Chair Zimmerman made a motion to approve the February 2020 voucher list. Director Warbington seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The date of the next board meeting was set for March 10, 2020.
Vice Chair Zimmerman made a motion to adjourn the regular board meeting at 1:05 p.m. Director Farley seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

2019 Election

The Board of Director’s position for Divisions 1 and 3 will terminate on January 14, 2020. 

An election will be held this year to fulfill these vacancies. The term of office will be for three years, beginning January 14, 2020, and terminating January 10, 2023. The incumbent may apply for an additional term, and any qualified elector from this division may run for this position.  If you wish to run for this position, you may pick up a petition and a list of qualified electors at the District office on or after Thursday, August 29, 2019.  Completed petitions must be received in the District office by 5:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 8, 2019.  Petitions must have at least ten signatures of qualified electors.  If more than one candidate applies, an election will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2019. The election will be held by mail-in ballot.  Ballots will be mailed between October 23, 2019 and October 29, 2019.

If it is necessary to have an election for Division 1 or 3 this year, patrons will be notified by letter regarding the election. Voter registration cards must be on file with the District prior to an election.

Election Policy & Procedures

Tumalo Irrigation District has well-defined elections procedures that outline eligibility to run for the board and to vote in District elections.

Please note: Persons wishing to run for a director position should be able to attend as many of the monthly meetings as possible. The Board generally meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am for the Executive Session and the 11:30 board meeting. Unless otherwise notified, all meeting are held at the District office.

Voter Qualifications (Is an elector the same as a voter?)

The qualifications* for the voter are:

  1. Must have a signed Voter Registration Card on file with the District.
  2. 18 years of age or older.
  3. An owner or a vender under contract of purchase of land situated within the District, applicable Division and subject to the charges or assessments of the District.

* These are the same qualifications required to sign a petition supporting a candidate.

Additional Information

  • Where land is held in multiple ownership, such as husband and wife, only one party may vote.
  • In the case of a Corporation, Company, or Trust, only one vote shall be allowed on behalf of all the owners under the multiple ownership. The vote may be cast by any one of the multiple owners who holds an authorization in writing from the other owners (Voter Authorization Form).
  • If an elector is an owner in two or more divisions of residence and resides in one of them, the elector shall vote in the division of residence, but if an elector is a nonresident of the District, the elector may choose to vote in any one division in which the elector is an owner. When a nonresident landowner chooses to vote in any one division, the landowner shall file a notice of choice of voting division with the Secretary of the Board of the District. A nonresident landowner’s choice to vote in a certain division is permanent and remains permanent until the nonresident landowner’s ownership status changes in any way (Nonresident Election to Vote in Division Form).
  • If you are required to submit either of these forms, and do not already have one on file in this office, please call this office as soon as possible.

State law provides for the following number of votes:

  • One vote for up to 40 acres;
  • Two votes for 40 acres or more but not more than 160 acres; and
  • Three votes for more than 160 acres.