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IID efficiency study expected to be released Wednesday

September 10, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The final phase of the Imperial Irrigation District's efficiency study was not released Friday and will not be released until Wednesday, too late for Tuesday's meeting of the IID Board of Directors.

Carl Stills, IID general superintendent for project management, said the study's third phase — in which detailed recommendations on where the district can save money and improve its services — will go to printing today.

He said the study should be ready Wednesday and go to the IID board sometime after that.

The board meets in open session at 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1285 Broadway, El Centro.

Stills said that at Tuesday's board meeting he will request the board schedule a series of three public workshops to discuss the study. It would be during the workshops that the study's final results would be released to the public, Stills said.

The study's second phase roughly identified $21 million in annual savings through more fully implementing the district's new computer system, better management of its vehicle fleet and the timely completion of customers' power construction projects. Other areas where inefficiencies lie include customer services and billing and water-order entry, which could end up with a separate computer system.

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Stills said he will ask the board to undertake a validation process of the numbers in the final, or third, phase of the study. He said the consultant should defend its numbers to the district's process review committee.

The first phase of the $830,118 study involved interviews with district staff and board members regarding those areas on which the study should focus: high-cost areas. Phase two was to develop opportunities for improved efficiency based on the focus areas and processes identified in phase one.

Separately, the board will be asked to hire a project manager to carry out the recommendations of the study, by request of Division 2 Director Bruce Kuhn.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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