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Imperial Irrigation District board approves costly expenditures

November 21, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors took the following actions Tuesday:

· approved a plan to line the All-American Canal for $126 million, to be reimbursed by the state. The environmental study was originally completed in 1994 and was revalidated in November 2000.

· approved a $3.5 million contract for tree-trimming and substation landscape maintenance.

· on a split vote, approved $250,000 out of a requested $711,219 from Baton Rouge, La.-based Arkel Sugar Inc. for the development of an ethanol distillery and power plant to be built locally.

Directors Lloyd Allen, Bruce Kuhn and Rudy Maldonado voted "yes." Directors Andy Horne and Stella Mendoza voted "no." The latter two suggested the project be re-evaluated by the district public benefits charge consultant before being approved for funding.


The project would use 40,000 acres of sugar cane and 40,000 of sweet sorghum.

· approved a $346,806 high- voltage transformer testing facility.

· approved $46,200 in dues to the California Farm Water Coalition.

· directed staff to further study an alternative risk financing method to insure a portion of the district's power utility.

· approved $68,400 for an independent accounting audit of the district's finances.

· scheduled a public workshop on the district's 2002 budget for 3 p.m. Dec. 3.

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

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