Arch Hurley prepares to select manager

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Last night, Arch Hurley Conservancy District board members reviewed applicants and possibly the candidate for the vacant manager’s post at the district.

Larry Perkins, board chairman, would not reveal the names of the candidates or those considered most qualified for the job.
At 4 p.m. today at a special meeting, the board is scheduled to meet again in an executive session to interview prospective applicants for district manager.

When the board reconvenes from its executive session, the board could make a selection, according to its agenda.

The district manager post is open following the dismissal last month of its past manager.

In matters relating to the hiring of a new manager, board member John Gilbertson, handed out a proposed “Mandatory Criteria for Arch Hurley Manager’s Position” to the board that the district might use in hiring a new manager.

The criteria focus on the measurement of water in the canal and its laterals and accountability.

In previous board meetings, board members have continually stressed the importance of measuring the canals and laterals to make sure that it accounts for its water and water delivery to customers.

In other matters before the board:

l Agreed to allow farmer Bennie Kirksey to put a pivot across a lateral for a parcel of Kirksey’s farmland. The plans for construction must be reviewed and conform to regulations set forth by the BOR, or federal Bureau of Reclamation.

l Discussed the rate to be charged for custom work that the district performs for its customers.

The district has not increased its charges for hourly workers, mileage and other costs for construction by its men on trackhoes, backhoes, dozers and other equipment.

The jobs entail making cement laterals, tanks and other projects that call for heavy equipment which would otherwise be rented from commercial vendors.

Board member Tommy Bruhn said he thought the charges should be increased but not as much as commercial rates because the rates should be favorable to the district’s customers.

Perkins said in previous years, a job that the district was paid $7,000 for cost the district some $13,000.

l The district’s crop census is 75 percent complete and is expected to be finished soon. The census report is used to base the district’s annual payment to the BOR for the irrigation project.