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EID’s Abercrombie on medical leave

Jim Abercrombie

The El Dorado Irrigation District board appointed General Counsel Tom Cumpston as acting general manager at a special closed-door meeting on July 7 while General Manager Jim Abercrombie is out on medical leave. Abercrombie has been with EID since 2009 as its general manager. He is a registered civil engineer with a master’s in business administration. He previously worked at […]

No Comment / July 11, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EID needs new board members

EDITOR: In El Dorado Irrigation District Director Greg Prada’s rejection of EID’s annual audit he committed two violations of reason. First, he pulled out fragments of data, embellished some and reached conclusions inconsistent with the audit’s financial results. Then he insisted the audit needed to break out certain detailed data by enterprise instead of summarizing overall […]

1 Comment / July 11, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

EID refinances, takes on more debt

With an improved bond rating in the bank, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted to refinance up to $25 million in revenue bonds at a lower interest rate as well as to issue up to $57 million in new debt in the form of Certificates of Participation at its June 27 meeting. […]

No Comment / July 05, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EID looks at solar/hydro power boosts

The need to invest in more energy generating projects was on the May 23 El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors’ meeting agenda. At previous meetings board members, in particular Directors Dale Coco and George Osborne, expressed concern that energy costs could double by 2020 due to the state’s goal of promoting renewable energy sources. The district spends 10 percent […]

Comments Off / May 31, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EID drought restrictions remain … for now

Proposed changes to the El Dorado Irrigation District’s Drought Action Plan were put off, with the board split between those who voted to end all drought-related restrictions for customers and those who voted to make them less onerous. EID did receive one good piece of news as the level of mandated conservation for its customers is now 24 […]

Comments Off / April 18, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EID’s recycled water program stays as-is

The El Dorado Irrigation District recycled water program may be award-winning but officials apparently have no immediate plans to expand it. Provided to the EID Board of Directors as an information item at its Feb. 22 meeting, managing engineer Elizabeth Wells discussed in detail the district’s recycled water program, noting it first began more than 30 years ago. Initially the […]

Comments Off / February 26, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Message from EID’s GM: Fiscally responsible financial planning

The El Dorado Irrigation District is dedicated to a prudent and sustainable financial path. And that means developing long-term financial and capital improvement plans, not just for this year and the next but for a longer horizon that takes into account current and future financial and operational constraints. I would like to briefly go over the […]

Comments Off / February 15, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »



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