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Board Hears Capital Improvement Plan Update
Contact: Mary Lynn Carlton, (530) 642-4103, email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Placerville, Calif. — On Monday, April 25, 2011, the El Dorado Irrigation District (District) Board of Directors received a status report on the first quarter 2011 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Highlights of the completed projects during the first quarter included the Flume 9 replacement, which consisted of replacement of 142 feet of degraded wooden flume with precast concrete flume sections, removal of hazardous rock and trees, installation of rock anchors and wire mesh drapery, as well as installation of subsurface drainage. The flume project is part of the District’s long-term rehabilitation program for the 22.3-mile El Dorado Canal, which delivers drinking water to customers throughout the District’s service area and supplies water to generate renewable hydroelectric power. EID associate engineer Daryl Noel told the Board that the “cost of the project came in at $1.9 million, approximately $100,000 under budget estimates.”
As a requirement of the FERC Project 184 license, a new conical fish screen was installed on the Alder Creek diversion dam. The District diverts 15 cubic feet per second from Alder Creek into the El Dorado Canal for power generation. This project was completed for $232,000, a savings of $71,000.
The nearly completed Coach Lane sewer line project replaced 1,700 feet of old, degraded sewer line with new 6- and 8-inch PVC pipe. As soon as weather permits, final paving will be completed. According to EID senior engineer Tim Sullivan, “The project is expected to be completed within budget at a cost of $1 million.” Sullivan also added that outreach efforts to keep businesses notified during each step of the project contributed to the project’s success.
Other ongoing CIP projects include the Reservoir 1 and Reservoir A water treatment plant chlorine conversions, and several sewer lift station upgrades. Upcoming projects will include improvements to the Mother Lode force main, Camp 2 bridge, additional flume repairs, and engineering/environmental studies associated with the District’s wastewater discharge permits.
Redistricting Effort Making Rapid Progress
General Counsel Tom Cumpston provided an update on the progress of drawing new EID Board division lines in the wake of the 2010 census. He described the rapid progress that District staff is making on the laborious task of adapting the census data to EID’s boundary lines. Cumpston reported that the newly formed Redistricting Advisory Committee met for the second time on April 13, and spent four hours reviewing maps and other detailed data pertinent to the assignment. Cumpston discussed the public outreach activities to date and said that all future meetings of the committee will be open to the public for observation purposes, given the interest the public has shown for this topic. “Any member of the public may come observe the committee at work, but we ask that interested parties sign up to attend, due to space limitations,” said Cumpston. Future meetings of the committee will be held at 8:00 a.m. at District headquarters in Placerville on May 25, June 22, and July 27, and EID will soon announce the dates, times, and locations of a series of public workshops to review the committee’s work-in-progress. The EID website at www.eid.org has a webpage dedicated to the redistricting process and all pertinent material, including maps, a “Frequently Asked Questions” document, staff reports, and power point presentations. Sign-up instructions are listed there as well, he added. The goal of the committee is to finish their work and present final boundary options to the EID Board at their August 22, 2011, meeting.
Extern Program Success Seen in Student Work
The Board heard a report on the District’s participation with a local externship program. The District partners with the El Dorado County Career Technical Partnership, sponsored by the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College and EI Dorado County Office of Education, to offer externships with current teachers. The partnership is funded by a grant—with EID receiving a stipend for hosting each extern—and the objective is to enhance technical careers for young people. Mary Lynn Carlton, EID’s communications and community relations director, displayed the results of recent extern Carl Gwyn’s class project around the Board room. Gwyn, a chemistry teacher at Ponderosa High School, developed a poster project based on the District’s fats, oils, and grease (F.O.G.) awareness program after touring the El Dorado Hills wastewater treatment plant. “I’d like to commend Carl Gwyn for his outstanding efforts in putting this program together for his students,” said Board Director George Wheeldon. “This is an excellent example of how he has developed curriculum to enhance his student’s learning by having them actually go to our website to increase their knowledge of our programs. I’d like to suggest that we give the stipend that we are going to be paid for the program back to the teachers so that they can use that money for future supplies. Keep up the good program.”
In other business, the Board—
- Received a status report from General Manager Abercrombie on the progress being made by the Cost-of-Services study committee. Abercrombie noted that the committee is nearing completion of its study. Abercrombie reviewed the committee’s April 6, 2011, meeting agenda which included sewer, recycled water, and water cost of service methodologies and preliminary rates. He also presented the committee’s May 6 meeting agenda, which will include reviewing revised sewer, recycled water, and water methodologies; domestic irrigation recommendations; recycled base charge versus commodity charge; and bill scenarios for average consumptions. Abercrombie also mentioned that the once the committee presents its recommendations to the Board, a series of public outreach meetings will begin in order to obtain public comment.
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