CASHMERE — The Peshastin Irrigation District and the Icicle Irrigation District could become one if customers of the two districts agree to a merger.
Meetings will be held May 3 at the Chelan County Fire Station in Leavenworth and May 10 at the Riverside Center in Cashmere to gather input on the proposed merger. Both meetings begin at 6 p.m.
The two districts have worked closely together, but with separate boards of directors, since 1917. The districts share an office in Cashmere, as well as employees, a shop, equipment and parts of the canal.
“There’s been talk of combining the districts for 30 years. Now seems the right time,” said Tony Jantzer, secretary-manager for the two districts. “We’re trying to get the word out and see if there’s consensus. We don’t want to do it if there is strong opposition to it. It’s their land and their water,” he said about the districts’ more than 2,000 users.
Merger, Jantzen said, would cut down on several redundancies and combine the two 3-person boards into one 5-person board of directors. It would also lead to better and quicker decisions, more financial stability and better security of water rights.
The two districts operate more than 60 miles of canals between Leavenworth and Monitor. The Peshastin District serves 945 customers and 3,723 acres. The Icicle District serves 1,069 customers and 4,312 acres.
For more information, call Jantzen at 433-4064.
Rick Steigmeyer: 664-7151