A TENSE HI-DESERT WATER BOARD MEETING LAST NIGHT

A TENSE HI-DESERT WATER BOARD MEETING LAST NIGHT

A TENSE HI-DESERT WATER BOARD MEETING LAST NIGHT
The Hi-Desert Water District’s Board of Directors meeting was tense and hostile last night over one item on the agenda. Derwood Andrews reports on what caused the brouhaha…
The atmosphere was tense at last nights Hi-Desert Water District meeting. The item on the agenda that seemed to spark the interest, was a request from staff to see if any Board member wanted to attend a two hour dinner up in Sacramento, a State legislative reception for water agencies of the Inland Empire, at a cost of $750 per person. A few members of the public voiced their displeasure at this use of money and questioned the benefit for customers. A discussion between staff and the Board sited “networking” and “legislative connections” as being worth sending the General Manager and President Sarann Graham to the event in early March. An update on the new ten-hour four-day week schedule concluded that so far, it’s a hit. Lastly the Water Rate Study Workshop part two, with revenue required being $6.9 million and the current trend projecting $6.9 million, we will wait for the next few workshops and a conclusion on whether we will see a raise in the rates.

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