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IID board expected to vote on amending consultant's contract regarding water transfer

August 06, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

The rising cost of environmental work related to the San Diego water transfer will have the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors voting at its meeting Tuesday whether to amend its environmental consultant's contract to include those costs.

The rising environmental assessment and requirement costs result from the evolution of the Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement and the clarification of related subagreements, according to agenda materials.

IID staff is asking the board to amend its contract with environmental consultant CH2M Hill from its current amount of $5.2 million to $6 million.

IID has budgeted and secured bond financing for $23 million to cover water transfer expenditures. All costs associated with the transfer are 35 percent reimbursable by the San Diego County Water Authority.

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The board also is being asked to take action on a request by the Boys and Girls Club of Coachella Valley that IID absorb all or part of $342,436.69 to relocate power poles on the site of the club's new facility in Coachella.

The request was originally proposed in July but the board delayed taking action until it received a recommendation from the Power Consumers Advisory Committee.

After studying the club's request at its last meeting, the PCAC voted 9-2 against supporting the request.

Also during Tuesday's meeting, the board will discuss and possibly adopt changes to the PCAC's bylaws and charter.

The board also will consider adopting an open access transmission tariff that would establish rates and protocols for allowing other agencies to transmit power over IID's system.

Tuesday's meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the auditorium at 1285 Broadway in El Centro.

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

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