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IID to consider $100,000 more for EIR

May 25, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors will consider spending an additional $100,000 for the completion of the water transfer draft environmental impact report.

The board meets in open session at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the William R. Condit Auditorium, 1285 Broadway, El Centro.

The additional amount is needed because there were more comments on the draft EIR than expected, the need for rebuttal testimony at the ongoing state Water Resources Control Board hearings on the transfer petition and that the final EIR's executive summary and environmental justice sections must be translated into Spanish.

The district has spent about $6 million to date on the EIR process, including $780,135 for the final phase.

In a related matter, the board will consider an additional $50,000 to retain the professional services of former IID employee John Eckhardt for negotiations of the transfer's habitat conservation plan and as an expert witness at the state board hearing. A previous $150,000 in additional funds was approved in January.

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In other business, the board will consider:

· approval of $113,000 for payment-processing equipment and software expected to reduce the cost of handling payments from 23 cents per item to 8 cents. The estimated annual savings is about $150,000 through a reduction in staff from three full-time equivalent employees to one, the elimination of supplies and services required under the present process, according to a staff report.

· approval of successfully negotiated agreements for the supply of 75 megawatts of energy to the district.

· approval of a $53,000 contract for a natural gas risk management program.

· consider approval of a $1.95 million contract amendment on work to the district's power-generation, transmission and distribution system. The approval would include ratification of a settlement of potential litigation regarding a dispute between the IID and Norcross, Ga.-based Advanced Control Systems Inc. over ACS's contract performance for installation of an energy-management system and replacement of the system control and data-acquisition system for the district's electrical generation, transmission and distribution operations.

· acceptance of the energy cost adjustment for June of $13.60 per 1,000 kilowatt/hours of electricity. The ECA was established to reflect the fluctuation between the budgeted cost of fuel and purchased power and the actual costs as they are determined.

· adopt a new injury and illness prevention program in accordance with state law.

· selection of GE Hydro Power Inc. as partner with whom to modernize the district's hydro power plants.

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

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