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EID Redistricting Process Moves Forward
EID Wins Third Award for Flume 51 Project
Contact: Mary Lynn Carlton, (530) 642-4103, firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Placerville, Calif. — On Monday, March 28, 2011, the El Dorado Irrigation District (District) Board of Directors received an update from EID General Counsel Tom Cumpston on the District’s redistricting process. Cumpston announced the recently formed Redistricting Advisory Committee, whose task is to develop recommendations for the redistricting process. As recommendations are developed, proactive public outreach will be conducted to help guide the redistricting effort.
Committee members include Maryann Argyres, Division 1; John Winner, Division 2; Judge Patrick Riley, Division 3; Judge Denny Davis, Division 4; Bob Luca, Division 5; with Cumpston serving as staff liaison. Committee selection criteria included being a respected individual with long-term residence and community involvement; no past or present EID connections, except as customers; expertise and/or interest in the subject matter; representation from each existing EID division; and diversity in EID services received and water rate classifications.
The committee held their first meeting on March 16, 2011 and received an orientation to EID and a summary of the public outreach that has been completed and is planned. They also received a review of the legal and procedural aspects, a tentative schedule, and the status of the staff’s work to be completed. The committee will be working closely with District GIS staff members who will be adapting the census data to EID’s external and internal boundary lines and reconciling and adapting the census data to these external and internal boundary lines on a parcel-specific basis, one census unit at a time. “This is a painstaking process that involves mapping, judgment, and database adjustments,” said Cumpston. “The work must be done before much progress can be made in developing redistricting proposals, because otherwise the all-important population counts cannot be accurately determined.” According to Cumpston, the committee will be tasked with developing various mapping scenarios which will be presented to the public through a series of public outreach meetings. The District has set up a webpage on its main website that will provide informational updates, stated Cumpston. Interested parties can request to be added to a special e-mail distribution list found on the webpage which will allow them to receive written updates as soon as they are posted to the website.
“I’m very pleased with the quality of the individuals selected to serve on the committee,” said EID Board President Harry Norris. “This is a really important job and we intend to keep the process as open as we can. There will have to be a lot of give and take but I think we’ll get a good product in the end.”
Staff biographies, e-mail sign up instructions, and more information on the District’s progress to date may be found on the Redistricting page on the District’s website at www.eid.org.
EID Receives ASCE “Outstanding Small Water Project” Award
On March 9, 2011, EID’s Flume 51 project was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) with an award for “Outstanding Small Water Project” in the state of California.
“The Flume 51 project has been a real success for the District and its construction partners,” said EID senior engineer Tim Sullivan. “This is the third time this project has been honored over the last year, and this award is particularly gratifying as it was singled out for being the best small water project in all of California.”
Flume 51— part of the District’s long-term capital improvement program to rehabilitate the Project 184 water conveyance system—was a raised wooden structure traversing steep and unstable landslide-prone slopes. Construction focused on hillside drainage control, landslide material removal, slope grading, and extensive use of woven geotextile fabric to improve soil strength.
“This was a complicated and difficult project and that’s why we got recognized for it,” said EID Board President Norris. “I want to congratulate staff and our contractors, Carlton Engineering and Syblon Reid, for their hard work in making this happen.”
In other business, the Board—
- Received a legislative report from Bob Reeb, of Reeb Government Relations, EID’s state legislative advocate. The State Legislature has produced thousands of bills in its 2011–2012 regular season and Reeb has reviewed the potential legislation and identified 43 Assembly and Senate bills thus far that could affect the District’s interests. At the conclusion of Reeb’s report, the Board approved his position recommendations on this proposed state legislation.
- Authorized staff to renew the District’s existing Microsoft Enterprise Agreement for software license and support for a term of three years in the amount of
Engineering and Operations – Received an update from Brian Mueller, EID’s engineering director, on the El Dorado County Water Agency (EDCWA) project funding requests from the District for fiscal year 2011–2012. Mueller reported that each year EDCWA makes funding available to assist water purveyors with projects.
EDCWA has asked EID and other county water purveyors to identify one or more projects that will assist in preserving, protecting, supporting or conserving local water rights and/or supplies. In response, EID has requested funding for three projects—Folsom Reservoir Temperature Management Study, El Dorado Forebay Dam Remediation, and the District’s Main Ditch improvements. The funding, if awarded, will be a 50 percent cost share of costs incurred by the District. Projects deemed eligible by EDCWA staff will be presented to the EDCWA Board for consideration on April 13, 2011.
EID is a public agency dedicated to providing high quality water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, hydropower, and recreation services in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.