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More empty promises from IVECA

July 03, 2001

It is time to set the record straight. The Holtville Tribune recently published an article about Imperial Valley Emergency Communication Authority's ill-begotten plan to share the Imperial Irrigation District's newly constructed (and paid for) communications system. A statement was made in that article to the effect "Our Imperial Valley taxpayers are IID's rate-payers." This statement is anything but factual.

While IID's water customers are all here in the Imperial Valley, two-thirds of the power consumers are in the Coachella Valley. The Coachella power consumers are not only going to be forced to pay for IVECA's communications service but will gain nothing for it should the IID Board of Directors decide to give the services to IVECA.

Reading the article in Wednesday's Imperial Valley Press (page 2) "Board has concerns about public safety radio system," how can you interpret IVECA's plans any other way? IVECA has now made it clear that (a) they can not afford to buy into San Diego Regional Communications System as was their original stated intent over 10 years ago, much to the disappointment of SDRCS when three separate ballot measures failed after SDRCS had already built the system to support Imperial County (b) that they cannot afford to pay for the $3 million system upgrade to IID's system to support their own needs and (c) they cannot afford to be held responsible for a financing agreement to pay for the upgrade either.

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IID's system has been in service less than one year and certainly has no need for an upgrade this early, especially to support coverage areas not serviced by either the power or water departments.

IVECA stated at Tuesday's meeting with the IID board that they could pay monthly or yearly fees to cover O&M costs … with what, more empty promises?

BOB GIBBS

Holtville

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