IID employees seek increase in pay, benefits

December 03, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

LA QUINTA — Employee representatives of the Imperial Irrigation District are expected to present their requests for pay and benefits increases at Tuesday's meeting of the IID Board of Directors.

District management has reportedly already made an offer to employees.

The board meets in open session at 1 p.m. in the La Quinta IID boardroom, 81-600 Ave. 58.

The board also will:

· consider a request to hire an independent economist to study two separate reports. The first is the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation study of the economic impacts of fallowing and the second is the economic impacts of the water-conservation alternatives in the draft environmental study for the pending water transfer.

The request is being made by the IID's community advisory commission, which approved a recommendation that the IID board request a longer comment period, to 90 days from 60, from Reclamation for the draft environmental study, due out Jan. 11.


· consider a request by the owner of the Holiday Inn Express and El Dorado Motel in El Centro to split certain construction fees. The owner's portion would be repaid to the district in 12 monthly payments. The cost to the district would be $26,494.50. District staff recommends the board deny the request.

· consider approval of a three-year, $12 million power construction contract to Blue Bell. Pa.-based Henkels & McCoy.

· consider approval of a three-month, $3 million power construction contract to Jackson, Miss.-based Irby Construction.

· consider approval of a new risk-management insurance contract.

· consider approval of a $1.43 million weed-control contract.

· discuss the development of a policy on choosing names for district facilities.

· discuss the development of a policy on how to make budget amendments.

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

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