Quantification settlement pact resolution action is tabled by IID

June 13, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

LA QUINTA — The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors will reconsider approving a resolution supporting legislation assisting implementation of several water issues.

The board will do so at its next meeting.

The resolution recognizes the importance and interconnectedness of the quantification settlement agreement, California's Colorado River use plan and the reclamation of the Salton Sea.

During the board's regular meeting Tuesday, IID Director Stella Mendoza made a motion to table the item as the board had not seen the legislation the resolution supports.

Board President Andy Horne seconded the motion.

The motion failed to carry, however, as directors Lloyd Allen, Bruce Kuhn and Rudy Maldonado voted against it.

Allen made a motion to pass the item with the inclusion of a statement indicating the board is "not supporting any specific restoration plans" for the Salton Sea.


Maldonado seconded the motion, though it too failed to pass as Kuhn, Mendoza and Horne voted against it.

Kuhn expressed displeasure at attaching any "little carriers" to the resolution and the urgency with which the board is being pushed to pass the resolution.

Elston Grubaugh, IID principal engineer, informed the board the legislation will provide money for Salton Sea restoration efforts and All-American Canal reservoirs. The urgency, he explained, is the bill "needs to be in the hopper by July 9."

Without any direction from the board, the issue will return at its next meeting, Horne said.

Also during the Tuesday meeting, the board unanimously approved an upgrade to the district phone system and customer call center.

There are not enough lines to support the heavy call volume IID is experiencing. The result for callers is busy signals and frustration. The $600,611 project will improve customer service by allowing more calls to come into the system.

"The customers sign our checks," Maldonado said. "It's important to keep them happy."

The board also:

· approved the purchase of emission reduction credits from Gold Fields Mining Corp.

· tabled a revision of vehicle assignments policy and procedure until July.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be June 26 in El Centro.

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

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