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IID to reconsider IUSD billing for Dahlia piping

May 07, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors will reconsider Tuesday charging the Imperial Unified School District almost twice what the school district originally expected to pay for the Dahlia Canal pipeline project.

In an April 27 letter sent to IID board President Andy Horne, IUSD Superintendent Barbara Layaye requests the IID board "reconsider billing the school district for the increased piping costs of $44,856 on the Dahlia Canal pipeline cooperative project."

Two years ago the school district entered a project with IID, Imperial County and the city of Imperial to share the costs of putting the Dahlia Canal in Imperial underground.

According to Layaye's letter, the school district budgeted $49,819 for the project. This April, almost a year after the project's completion, the school district was notified "that final project costs had almost doubled due to poor cost estimates."


"The school board feels that the IID has other available resources to assist with funding this increase of $44,856 so that the schools can put the public's money to better use in the education of their children," Layaye writes in the letter.

Also during Tuesday's meeting, the board will review and take action on a board member travel expense policy.

The policy, drafted by Horne, is designed to comply with the statutory requirements of the California Water Code.

The policy requires, among other things, the board establish a budget for directors' travel expenses "taking into account requirements for travel by individual board members," the policy states.

Also on the agenda, board members will discuss recently released total maximum daily load standards requiring the reduction of silt in the Alamo River and pathogens in the New River.

The board will receive updates on:

· the All-American Canal lifeline project

· fiberoptic activities

· Information technology status, including the water order entry initiative.

The board will meet in open session at noon Tuesday in the IID boardroom at 1285 Broadway in El Centro.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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