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IID board agrees to help finance cargo airport study

May 17, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ

Staff Writer

The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors approved spending $42,500 to help pay for a feasibility study to determine if a cargo airport could be located in the Imperial Valley.

This week's action supplies half of the study's cost. The other half is being paid by the county.

Louis Fuentes, president of the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp., told the IID board the study would take 60 to 90 days once begun and it would begin 30 to 45 days after given the go-ahead.

The vote was 4-1, with Division 3 Director Lloyd Allen opposed.

In other business, the IID board:

· voted to pay each director $400 monthly reimbursement for vehicle travel.

· was presented with a study of the water department's cost of services. It's unknown if the results of the study will be implemented.

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· approved spending $180,000 to buy 10 half-ton pickups to be used at the La Quinta headquarters and meet the air emission guidelines of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

· approved spending $60,000 on three compressed natural gas sedans. The price includes certain discounts.

· approved spending $3,500 in dues to the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts organization and $2,611 to the Water Education Foundation.

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

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