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EID board approves emergency repair contracts

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously approved two emergency-related repair contracts totaling $800,000 at its Feb. 27 meeting. The contracts are a down payment on what staff estimate will be $10 million to $15 million in repairs to district infrastructure as a result of recent storms. Staff will meet with the Governor’s Office of […]

No Comment / March 01, 2017 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EID OKs emergency repairs

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors held a special meeting as part of its regular Feb. 13 meeting to approve several emergency repair contracts. Operations Director Margaret Washko reviewed in detail the damage caused by recent storms. First up was a $64,000 contract with Doug Veerkamp General Engineering for the emergency repair and replacement of a failed section […]

1 Comment / February 20, 2017 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EID employee costs far higher than claimed

EDITOR: In the El Dorado Irrigation District’s January newsletter to its 40,000 ratepayers and in a “My Turn” article in this newspaper, General Manager Jim Abercrombie asserts, “(EID’s) average personnel expense increase of 0.5 percent per year since 2010 is extraordinary, particularly since it has been achieved in the face of sharp, ongoing increases in […]

Comments Off on EID employee costs far higher than claimed / January 11, 2017 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Message from the EID GM: From strength to strength

It is a pleasure to write these words after having been on a medical leave of absence from the El Dorado Irrigation District. Facing medical challenges can focus the mind and provide a new vantage point for addressing immediate and future challenges. So it is not only a pleasure to return to the important challenges […]

Comments Off on Message from the EID GM: From strength to strength / January 04, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

At EID: Water rate hikes OK’d

After considering various financial projections based on different rate increase scenarios, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a 3 percent increase each year, 2017-2020, at Monday’s meeting. The increase applies to potable water, wastewater and recycled water. The rate discussion drew criticism, with some audience members blaming the increases on EID’s salaries and […]

Comments Off on At EID: Water rate hikes OK’d / December 19, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EID fiscal irresponsibility

EDITOR: El Dorado Irrigation District rates have more than doubled in the last seven years yet EID management wants board approval to continue gouging its ratepayers and increase 2017-18 rates fully 30 times the 0.3 percent increase in 2016-17 Social Security payments. EID management’s proposed 2017-18 operating budget includes median $131,000 per employee compensation with benefits […]

Comments Off on EID fiscal irresponsibility / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Message from EID: Infrastructure and the CIP, understanding the cost

As 2016 comes to a close the El Dorado Irrigation District continues on a strong path guided by a solid financial plan and sustainable capital improvement program. On Oct 24 the EID Board of Directors approved a 2017–21 capital improvement program that chips steadily away at the many projects necessary to keep EID’s facilities in good condition so […]

Comments Off on Message from EID: Infrastructure and the CIP, understanding the cost / November 16, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »



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