The Kennewick Irrigation District Board met for six hours Thursday in a session closed to the public to discuss various Red Mountain water and real estate issues.
The agency's attorney attended the session that began at 9 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m. No action was taken, said Doris Rakowski, secretary to Chuck Freeman, the KID district manager.
The topics of discussion listed on the agenda released to the public were:
-- Pending litigation regarding a Columbia River water right that would serve properties on the north side of Red Mountain.
-- Potential litigation and legal risks that could occur with enacting a drafted Red Mountain Irrigation Water Allocation Transfer Program and possible revisions to the district's Irrigable Land Recalibration Principles.
-- To consider buying or leasing property.
-- To consider a price for selling or leasing property and to talk with KID's attorney about risks regarding the agency's real estate division.
Freeman told the Herald that the proposed policies discussed during the meeting were not available for public review, and that they were protected by state law under attorney-client privilege. He refused to talk more about what property KID is considering buying or leasing.
Freeman directed all questions to KID's attorney, Fran Forgette, who told the Herald the discussions were conducted in executive session as allowed by state law.
"This was intended as an opportunity for a detailed discussion. From this point (KID) staff will go forward on each of these items," Forgette said.
There can be legal risks, depending on "if you do something a certain way," Forgette explained.