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IID to offer wage, benefit increases

June 24, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors is expected to offer wage and benefit increases of $1.9 million for 2002 to its employees.

The board meets in open session at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the William R. Condit Auditorium, 1285 Broadway, El Centro.

The board's offer include:

· a 3 percent lump sum payment of each employee's yearly pay. Wages would not be increased.

· an increase in shift premium.

· a doubling of the service award to $20 per year of service.

· an increase in tuition reimbursement per semester from $350 to $500.

· an allowance for footwear.

· expanded dental coverage.

In other business, the board will consider:

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· a $1 million request by Imperial Bioresources for the continued research and development of a proposed renewable biomass cogeneration plant using sugar cane or sugar beets as the fuel source. The IID awarded $250,000 to the project in Nov. 2001. The money would come from the district's public benefit program.

· filling the vacant assistant general manager's position. The position has been vacant since Jesse Silva was promoted to general manager. Salary for the assistant general manager is $14,753 to $18,829 monthly, including benefits.

· awarding $3,000 in college scholarships to the children of IID employees.

· consider adoption of a vehicle fleet management policy.

· consider extending a professional service agreement with Carmen McPhetridge to $211,860 from $87,700. The agreement is to provide power department project support.

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

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