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Two new board members

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From page A4 | November 08, 2013 | 11 Comments

The election results for the El Dorado Irrigation District were unequivocal. Both Dr. Dale Coco and Greg Prada won by landslide proportions.

The voters chose the two who worked the hardest for their vote. Prada walked precincts, knocking on doors, and Coco made phone calls. Both had effective signs and made favorable impressions on our editorial board.

The two winners will be sworn in and take their seats at the Dec. 9 meeting.

Prada seems well versed on the financial side of EID, but should admit that he has a lot to learn about the operational side. EID is a complex operation that includes five water treatment plants, with two of them being remote, and four wastewater treatment plants. Feeding all those are pressure reducing stations on waterlines and lift stations on sewer lines.

Both incoming directors should take a tour of the Flume 41 construction site before it snows. The flumes, canals, tunnels, a diversion dam and four alpine reservoirs supply one-third of EID’s water and generate an average of $8 million in hydroelectric revenue. During the winter this can supply water all the way to El Dorado Hills, thanks to the Cameron Park Intertie that developers paid for through an assessment district.

The water rights held by the district are equally complex and intricate.

And unlike Georgetown Divide Public Utility District, which has spent months and months reinventing the policy wheel, EID has an organized package for new directors. Included in the packet are the loyalty oath, which means one swears to uphold the Constitution, the mission statement, guiding principles, Form 700 conflict of interest statement, board policies, electronic media policy, hands-free cellular use policy, employee handbook, alcohol-free workplace training, workplace diversity training, workplace violence training, local agency ethics training (AB 1234), how to be an effective board member training, cell phone allowance and use policy, benefits that include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, and a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Employees Association.

Just figuring out the conflict of interest filing and absorbing the board policies will be challenging for new board members. The figuring out the puzzle of how this district gets water to the tap and turns what goes down the toilet into near-potable water for landscaping will take a full term to fully comprehend.

The task ahead for the two new board members is to act on their campaign promises, but remain civil and work to persuade other board members, while maintaining respect for the managers and employees that make the system work and have won praise from the customers.

Mountain Democrat

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  • EvelynNovember 06, 2013 - 6:49 pm

    " . . . unlike GDPUD, which has spent months and months reinventing the policy wheel . . . " --- (I do hope Georgetown responds to this.)

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 06, 2013 - 7:21 pm

    By Mountain Democrat. . . "Prada seems well versed on the financial side of EID . . . If only the Mountain Democrat were well versed! You might have been in a position to ask Mr. Prada to explain his oft-repeated assertion that residential water bills were seventeen times more per acre foot than are agricultural water bills. If it is in fact true that Mr. Prada is, well versed on the financial side of EID," then the Mountain Democrat endorsed a liar. The Mountain Democrat might also have been in a position to impeached Mr. Prada's assertion(false) that most EID employees will receive 7% pay raises in 2014. But I then the Mountain Democrat probably knows this and for some reason beyond my ability to comprehend chose to endorse Eddie Prada Haskell. Good luck. Keep your promise, Mountain Democrat. Keep an eye on "Eddie".

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 06, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    . . . But then the . . .

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  • Pat SnellingNovember 08, 2013 - 9:43 am

    The very reason the NEW Georgetown Divide Public Utility District needed "New" members was the very fact you cited Dear Editor. There was NO "organized package for new directors" -- Norm Krizl & Ray Griffths didn't want it! YOUR reporting kept saying how poor Norm and Ray were being picked on for "stopping" any policy standards. -- Norm and Ray fought the new members every step of the way to anything like this "Package" you praise so highly.

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  • M JonesNovember 08, 2013 - 10:03 am

    Evelyn, I don't think most the GDPUD board members give the mountain democrat any clout . The statements made by the paper toward the Board of GDPUD is not worth a grain of salt. This so called slam at GDPUD is quite funny. EID new board members receive a packet with the policies. GDPUD had no policies for the new board members to receive. I remember one of the new directors made a comment about receiving a stack of documents wrapped with a rubber band (no binder?) and that it contained no policies, but missing information. So the management style of these two districts was different. One is professional and the other was at the elementary level. I say this because it is apparent that the new board at GDPUD has spent the time to change the elementary level towards professional. You know that “policy wheel” which didn’t exist; you can’t reinvent something that is not there. I wish the new board members luck at EID, you at least have a professional manager and God Bless GDPUD they have one now too.

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  • EvelynNovember 08, 2013 - 10:13 am

    Pat Snelling & M. Jones: Not wanting to preempt Georgetown, nonetheless I found it quite amusing that the Mt. Dem, in an article about EID electoral results, couldn't resist a GDPUD snark. ---------- SOP

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  • EvelynNovember 08, 2013 - 10:21 am

    Looking for somewhere to stick THIS article about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, why not here? ********* HOW CAN THE NY TIMES ENDORSE AN AGREEMENT THE PUBLIC CAN'T READ?

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  • R. KeenanNovember 08, 2013 - 1:34 pm

    Evelyn, if only Mike Raffety could have made an accurate truthful dig. M Jones is correct about Gdpud customers pretty much ignoring the Gdpud reporting by the Mountsin Democrap.there was no "reinventing" Mike. There were no policies dumbkoff. As Joanne Shepherd, one of Raffety's favorite old cronies, barked at a meeting "we don't need policies! We have run perfectly fine on history and tradition"!. Yep the old majority didn't want any rules- that way Krizl could get a $420 dinner, yes the had no spending or accounting policies.

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  • EvelynNovember 08, 2013 - 1:52 pm

    R. Keenan: It would be quite fun to take a trip through the Mt. Dem's archives, 'cause the storyline seems to fluctuate. Somewhere in the recesses of my mind there is memory of the Mt. Dem. faithfully reporting the new Board at GDPUD as being obsessed with policy.

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  • R. KeenanNovember 08, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    Evelyn, I think the. Public is best served by board members obsessed with policies then board members like Krizl and Griffiths who prefer to run a government agency with a $4million dollar budget without any policies.

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  • EvelynNovember 08, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    Agreed.

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