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.