EL CENTRO – At the regular meeting of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors on Tuesday, October 8, proposals for the Local Entity grant awards were presented to the Board.
A total of 98 proposals were submitted with over $28 million in requested funds.
The IID Board of Directors, acting as the Local Entity, function to make grants and provide funds in order to help offset socioeconomic impacts resulting from land fallowing implemented within IID water service territory as a part of the Quantification Settlement Agreement.
The 2012 competitive program provides mitigation for fallowing years 200-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11.
The funding of the Local Entity 2012 competitive grant program is approved through the 2012 water transfer mitigation budget for a total of just over $3 million.
Out of the 98 proposals submitted, 36 failed to complete the proposals as required.
Some of the proposals were completed correctly except for signing the documents in the wrong place or not signing them at all.
Director Stephen Benson suggested that this small infraction be over-looked and that these proposals be reconsidered.
“The proposals submitted missing other required portions should not be included,” said Benson.
In the past, all proposals that were submitted correctly were given awards with the funding split up between the applicants.
With the large number of applicants, the Board will have to choose who will get the funds.
“Some of these proposals are for existing businesses to get new fleets of vehicles or new office equipment,” said Director Norma Galindo. “We need to look at the proposals that are creating jobs. That is what the funding is for, to mitigate job losses from fallowing.”
The Board asked staff to bring back recommendations for proposals that will be creating jobs with the funding from the competitive grant program.
The Board will take action at their next meeting on the program awards.