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IID directors slated to receive efficiency study update

September 17, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors is scheduled to receive an update on the recently completed efficiency study at a board meeting today.

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

District staff is expected to recommend that the board approve a validation of the data in what is the final phase of the study, expected to list specific recommendations where the district can save money. In addition, the board will be asked to delay the public release of the study until a series of public workshops can be held.

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.

The study's second phase 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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Should the Board of Directors decide to implement the study — which only identified large-ticket items where savings can be made — it lacks the manager to do so, as today's agenda includes a discussion of possibly hiring a project manager to carry out the recommendations.

Besides the project manager, the board will discuss the possibility of hiring a new assistant to the general manager.

The consent agenda includes an energy cost adjustment of $16.40 per 1,000 kilowatt/hours of usage for the month of September.

In other district business, the board:

· will consider approving $212,500 for its share of environmental studies associated with the quantification settlement.

· will consider paying $12,908 in 2001-2002 dues to the California Municipal Utilities Association. The money would come from the power department.

The meeting will begin with a service award ceremony.

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

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