IID board to mull supporting legislation involving key water issues

June 25, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors at its meeting Tuesday may approve a resolution to support legislation assisting implementation of several water issues.

The resolution was revised to address some concerns expressed by the board since the item appeared on the June 19 agenda. At that time, separate motions to table and pass the item failed to carry.

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.

The board also will review and possibly take action on preparing an agreement with the Imperial Valley Emergency Communication Authority to share IID communication resources, with several conditions.


Some of those conditions require IVECA to grant IID complete indemnification, pay its portion of annual operation and maintenance costs and secure funding for additional infrastructure from sources other than IID.

The board will consider approving $115,000 from the public benefits fund be dispersed to Imperial County agencies to maintain financial assistance to low-income and senior citizen customers.

The Emergency Energy Assistance Program provides assistance to qualifying customers unable to pay past-due electric bills. The EEAP is administered in Imperial County by Campesinos Unidos and the United Way. Both agencies need additional funding to maintain the services through 2001.

The board also will:

· be asked to contribute $25,000 to the Imperial Valley College Desert Museum Society to assist the completion of museum exhibits

· receive an update and discuss the first phase of the districtwide efficiency study

· and consider approving a $97,500 upgrade to lineman apprenticeship program training materials.

The public session begins at 5 p.m. in the IID auditorium at 1285 Broadway in El Centro.

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

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