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Water Compact board approves first resolutions

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RONAN — The Flathead Water Compact board finalized their bylaws during their April 13 meeting and passed their very first resolutions as a board. 

The first resolution passed by the board was to establish the spending authority limits for the water engineer. Originally in a draft of the bylaws but changed to a resolution for the sake of simplicity, Resolution 2023-01 establishes the fiscal and procurement policy for the water engineer. With only a few revisions to the proposed draft, the resolution will allow the water engineer limited spending authority, as well as establish a segregation of duties to prevent misuse or loss of funds and establish transparency and financial accountability.  

The second resolution passed clarifies the expectations for decorum at board meetings. Resolution 2023-02 states the rules for transparency, public comment, and interruptions within board meetings to maintain an atmosphere of civility that’s respectful of diverse opinions. 

Ethan Mace with the Office of the Engineer also gave an update of activity during the meeting. A total of 312 individual/shared domestic applications have been received, an increase of 19 since March. There were 31 applications received for Part B of the domestic allowance application, which includes information about well construction and use. This represents an increase of seven since March. 

“It’s amazing how much you’ve gotten to accomplish,” one board member commented to Mace. 

“Your staff has done a lot of excellent work,” Mace stated. “Even though you see me talking to you, you should know that a lot of this stuff is not done by me … I like to acknowledge that that’s going on.” 

Information about the board’s work can be found at: 

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