A work authorization to replace 1,655 feet of the Fig Canal’s concrete lining was presented to the board. The lining, which runs up to Union Pacific railroad crossing to end at Delivery 39 across from Evan Hewes Highway has reached the end of its useful life. The $300,000 project calls for the removal of existing concrete lining, pad preparation and earth work, the raising of structures and installation of appurtenances. IID employees will handle the bulk of this work. Actual contract lining will be handled by a contractor, as the IID does not have the equipment to do this work. The board will be asked to vote on the work authorization at the Nov. 13 Board of Directors meeting.
The Board of Directors was asked to approve a resolution that would appoint Richard Currier of the law firm Currier and Hudson to be its negotiator with the IID’s Professional Salaried Association, a union that represents the district’s salaried personnel. The PSA is represented by a negotiator.
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Director Stella Mendoza moved to approve the motion, with board President John Pierre Menvielle seconding the motion.
Director Jim Hanks moved to table the motion, with board Vice President Matt Dessert seconding Hanks’ motion to table and rewrite the item. Both said they feel that the resolution would give Currier too much power.
The board voted 3 to 1 to table and rewrite the motion. Menvielle was the sole no vote.
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