Andy Horne, as the incoming president of the Imperial Irrigation District board, eliminated the study groups and replaced them with board committees.
The board committees are open to the public while the study groups were not. Therefore, this was a positive step toward making IID government more democratic. These meetings are noticed on the bulletin board at the El Centro executive office 72 hours beforehand.
The professionalism of administration as well as the democratic process of the entity could be greatly enhanced if policies were established within the following policy-making process:
(1) The information to be heard is introduced at a regular board meeting as an information item.
(2) A public hearing or hearings and a written comment period.
(3) A staff summary of the comments and responses.
(4) The board hearing held within the regular board meeting, which includes board deliberation and action.
(The written summary of comments and responses is part of the board hearing information.)