NID Oct. 11 Board Meeting Highlights

October 12, 2017

Oct. 11, 2017

Contact: Susan Lauer

(530) 271-6735 ext. 335

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NID Oct. 11 Board Meeting

Grass Valley, CA – A 6 percent rate increase, department efforts to save $7.26 million this year and approval of the 2018 budget were among topics discussed during the Oct. 11 Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting.

Present were President Nick Wilcox, Vice President William Morebeck, alongside directors Nancy Weber, John H. Drew, and Scott Miller.

The rate increase was part of a resolution originally approved in 2014 based on a water rate and fee study. That study recommended annual 6-percent increases for fiscal years 2014 through 2018 to close the district’s operational fiscal gap. Wednesday’s review noted a 6 percent rate increase is the equivalent of $4 increase a month per average user.

The Board also approved a balanced budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The focus on efficiency and sustainability is reflected in continued efforts to develop recreation and hydroelectric business lines, whose stability will continue to improve in the coming years. Highlights included water revenues slightly higher from 2016 to 2017 forecasted levels resulting from rate increases and demand. The proposed 2018 budget estimates a negative $8 million net income and a projection of $5.5 million that will liquidate in 2018.

In other financial matters, efforts to become more efficient have literally paid off with more than $7.2 million in cost savings and additional revenues for the fiscal year. The 2017 Financial Efficiency Report noted specific examples, including in purchasing, operations, maintenance and through grants. Read the staff report here.

In other agenda actions, the board unanimously approved the purchase of a Vac-Con Hydro Excavator for $413,793. The hydro-excavator will save money through long-term efficiency. For example, during a construction project it is necessary to make a pot hole in front of an excavation to locate other utilities that might be in conflict with pipeline installation. A typical pot hole using a backhoe takes about 30 minutes and requires a minimum hole size of 3-by-3 feet. Using a rented hydro-excavator this summer, an NID construction crew was able to locate utilities in about 5 minutes with a hole size of 1-by-1 foot. Not only is the time requirement drastically reduced but less asphalt is needed for the repair, and it creates a safe work environment for staff.

The General Manager reported total acre-feet of storage at 191,000 acre-feet. For the month, 1.65 inches of rain has been measured at Bowman Powerhouse.

The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the NID Business Center located at 1036 West Main Street, Grass Valley. NID Board meetings are open to the public.

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