Local Entity proposals revealed at IID meeting

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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.

 

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. this is so much of a farce. it just pads the pockets of the rich… its not for the working business….

  2. MAYBE THIS NEW BOARD WILL BE DIFFERENT. I SURE HOPE THEY WILL BE FAIR AND REALLY LOOK AT THE APPLICANTS AND THEIR CAUSE. NOT PICK THEM BY THEIR NAMES. BE FAIR FOR THE FIRST TIME..

  3. I HOPE THE FUNDS GO TO IMPROVING BUSINESS AND CREATING JOBS. IT HAS NOT BEEN THE CASE, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO MONITORING OF WHAT THIS MONEY IS USED FOR.
    I KNOW ITS ALWAYS THE SAME ONES. I WAS TOLD DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. ITS ALREADY PREDETERMINED WHERE IT IS GOING. I KNOW PEOPLE WHO HAVE USED IT TO PURCHASE NEW CARS, REMODEL THEIR HOMES, BUY OUT OF TOWN HOMES. NOT A DIME GOES INTO THEIR BUSINESS OR TO HELP CREAT MORE JOBS. THIS IS A TOTAL MISUSE OF FUNDS IF EVER THERE WERE ANY. IID SHAME ON YOU FOR ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN. IT HAS BEEN ASKED BEFORE ABOUT MONITERING. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HOW THAT IS DONE. SHAME ON YOU!!

    • No, you don’t know any of those things. You’ve heard it from your cousin’s mother’s brother’s friend who knows somebody that works at a place that did business with a guy one time that heard it from his dad’s stepmom….if you “knew” something, then you would state it publicly and sign your name to it.

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