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EID Receives Grant from Sierra Nevada Conservancy
District's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Earns Top Award
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Placerville, Calif. — On Monday, March 14, 2011, the El Dorado Irrigation District (District) Board of Directors received a report from EID Environmental Division Manager Dan Corcoran concerning the District’s receipt of a grant in the amount of $153,446 awarded on March 3, 2011, by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Governing Board. The grant will pay for all staff and consultant costs to complete the design and permitting of the Hazel Creek and Hazel Creek Campground Restoration Project. According to Corcoran, the project includes reconfiguration of campsites, improved traffic circulation and parking, and development of stream setbacks from Hazel Creek to protect water quality in Jenkinson Lake. The design will also include rental cabins, a new recreational opportunity for the park. The improvements were outlined in the District’s Sly Park Master Plan which was completed in 2007. Staff will be developing plans to redesign the Hazel Creek campground during the remainder of this year. Once design and permitting is complete, staff will seek additional grant funds to implement the project in 2012 or 2013.
Previous funding to restore the adjacent Hazel Meadow in 2009 came from the California Department of Fish and Game in the amount of $42,610 for materials cost, with EID matching funds with equipment and labor, as well as $66,000 awarded by SNC for materials and labor to construct an elevated boardwalk and interpretive signage.
“The project was one of only two projects funded in El Dorado County out of 14 applications received from the Central Sierra Subregion, of which EID is a part,” said Corcoran. “EID has been very, very successful over the years in the number of grants we’ve been awarded, which has saved our ratepayers a lot of money and helped improve our efficiency and operations in the park as well as in other areas of the District,” said EID Board member George Osborne.
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Awarded for 14th Year
The District has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), according to EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie, who added that it is nice to receive such an award. “This marks 14 years in a row that the District has earned the award,” said Mark Price, EID’s Finance Director, “and not every submitting agency automatically wins this award as it is quite extensive.” The award was issued by the national Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada after an impartial panel judged that that the District’s CAFR demonstrated a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story. “The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management,” said Price.
In other business, the Board—
- Received a status report from General Manager Abercrombie on the progress being made by the Cost of Service study committee. Abercrombie said that the committee has once again revisited overhead allocation options and discussed many approaches such as customer, operational full-time equivalents (FTE’s), expenses including and excluding labor, as well as debt service allocation methods. He stated that the committee ultimately reaffirmed the overhead allocation method by operational FTE’s with 60% of those costs allocated to water and 40% of the costs allocated to wastewater. Abercrombie discussed the draft proposed water rates with the understanding that more study needed to be done before anything was considered firm. “By and large this is a very healthy process to go through,” said Abercrombie. “It gives us a chance to review our rates to see if they still make sense as we consider other issues.” EID Board President Harry Norris said of the process, “We have time on our side in this study. It’s better to take the time and do it right.”
- Authorized funding to renew the District’s existing Cisco Smartnet equipment repair and support agreement with authorized vendor CDW Government, Inc. for a term of one year in the amount o $57,476.
- Authorized funding in the amount of $341,466 for the District’s capital improvement plan projects: AMR and Small Meter Replacement, FERC Water Temperature Program, FERC Adaptive Management Plan Program, as well as the Hazel Creek Campground Improvements project, which was discussed above.
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.