The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors on Monday:
· approved $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.
· approved two agreements for the supply of 25 megawatts each of energy to the district. Under one agreement, IID will pay $36.35 per megawatt-hour for five years. Under the second, the district will pay $81.50 per megawatt-hour for peak power from June 1 through Sept. 30, 2003, 2004 and 2005. The power would be used eight hours a day except for Sundays.
· approved a $53,000 contract for a natural gas risk management program.
Directors Lloyd Allen and Rudy Maldonado voted "no."