The Imperial Irrigation District directors Tuesday voted 3-2 to hold their meetings in the evenings in a move aimed at getting more public participation.
Effective the first meeting in February, the board will start its closed session at 3 p.m. and its public session at 5 p.m.
Board President Andy Horne and directors Rudy Maldonado and Stella Mendoza approved the change. Directors Lloyd Allen and Bruce Kuhn voted against the new hours.
Those in support of the change said it would be on a trial basis to see whether it proves to be a benefit to the public. They said the goal is to avail the meetings to people who might not be able to attend because of their jobs.