The issues the Imperial Irrigation District is facing require that board members travel perhaps more than any other governmental agency in the Imperial Valley, in order to protect our water and power needs. We expect it. And the board has done a mostly admirable job of representing its customers, particularly in recent years.
That doesn't mean the board should be free of an expense policy like the one that governs employee staffers. We agree with IID board President Andy Horne and Director Stella Mendoza, who are calling for the board to create such a policy for itself. Other board members questioned the need for such a policy during a recent board meeting, saying it is so important the directors be able to travel when it is necessary.
We agree is crucial that board members have the freedom to travel to meetings that could affect our power or water service. However, we do not see how a policy would prevent such travel.