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EID skips having VP

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From page A1 | January 15, 2014 | 4 Comments

For the second time the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors failed to choose a vice president.

Dec. 9 outgoing chairman Director George Osborne nominated Director Alan Day as president and Director Bill George as vice president. Day received a unanimous vote, but George only received two votes.

Jan. 13 the vice presidential vote was deadlocked again.

First the vote was 2-2-1 with Osborne and George voting for George, with Day and Director Greg Prada opposed and Director Dale Coco abstaining.

A second vote for Coco as vice president also was 2-2-1, with Coco abstaining and George and Osborne opposed.

George then made a motion, with Osborne seconding, to leave the office open.

District Counsel Tom Cumpston advised that when the board president is absent the board will have to make a decision about selecting a vice president.

“I think this board is going to be divided on a lot of issues,” said Coco. “Director Day won unanimous backing. The vice president needs unanimous backing. That’s why I’m abstaining.”

“Three directors have been elected for different direction. It won’t be unanimous. I don’t agree with that. I don’t want that statement to stand as my position,” Prada said.

“I don’t agree we need 100 percent,” Day said.

“I don’t agree with Director Coco,” said El Dorado Hills resident Jon Jakowatz. “There are two votes for him. He should accept.”

The motion to operate without a VP was withdrawn and the board president will bring it back at a future date.

At the end of the meeting, which lasted to 1 p.m., the EID Board of Directors sat as the EID Finance Corp., an annual exercise in which it approves the minutes from last year’s meeting. The Finance Corp. approves any Certificates of Participation debt issuance. None was on the agenda, however the EID Finance Corp unanimously chose Day as president and Bill George as VP.

Michael Raffety

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 15, 2014 - 5:46 am

    . . . and thus the drought was postponed . . .

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  • Jim RiordanJanuary 15, 2014 - 3:12 pm

    Congratulations on your election Bill. BTW it sure seems to me like "winning" the rights to store water in Sac County is BS. They will probably laugh in Sac County as they drain OUR water dry to keep sending water to Delta Smelt which will die anyway. If the Good Lord wanted them to live, He might have made the Delta into a big lake instead of a "drainage pipe" straight to the ocean. I say quit trying to make the Delta into something sustainable. It is clearly not sustainable in drought years. It is not EDC's duty to provide precious resources for such a debacle. If we need to build any storage facilities, let them be in EDC. Upstream. Further, if the LA water-wasters want more drinking water, how about Governor Moonbeam making it a misdemeanor to wash a car in the LA basin in drought years! After what I saw down South in the last drought, they deserve it! Let 'em buy bottled water to wash their vehicles!

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 15, 2014 - 5:59 pm

    I havent been living in LA for 20+ years...but we paid a fine if we used excess water during a drought. When we came up here during a drought--my grandmother would yell at all of us for wasting water down there...just because we lived there.

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 15, 2014 - 6:08 pm

    1990 article from orange county...but the fines were all over. "Under an ordinance approved by the council, a 50% penalty would be added to the water bill of any water user who exceeds a city-set limit for daily water consumption." LA TIMES http://tinyurl.com/mp4uatk

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