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CICWCD approves its 2011 budget at special meeting
by Lisa Boshell
Jan 05, 2011 | 256 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CEDAR CITY – Following the Dec. 16 public hearing to discuss the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District’s 2011 tentative budget, the district held a special meeting last Thursday to approve a revised version of the budget before the end of the calendar year.

Scott Wilson, CICWCD general manager, said some parts the budget were revised based on comments given at the public hearing.

The budget line concerning property tax revenue was dropped $100,000. The budget for insurance was lowered by $5,000 to $40,000.

The budget line regarding the rental of a post office box was changed to reflect the actual cost of rent and the remaining was moved into the postage budget.

The only other revision in the budget was in the fund balance – contingency budget line, which was increased to contain amounts to serve as a buffer.

The board raised questions regarding a $55,000 increase from the 2010 to the 2011 water system supplies budget line. Wilson explained the increase as a one-time maintenance cost to be used on a well in Chekshani Cliffs.

George Mason, CICWCD water operator, said that the money would pay for repairs to the very old pumphouse, tank cleaning and chlorination of the water.

The revised 2011 budget was approved by the board with five sustaining votes, with one opposing vote from Dale Brinkerhoff, district board member representing the Cedar City Council.

The board then was given a presentation from Mason regarding ground water quality considerations, following the publication of two articles and a Division of Natural Resources special study on the topic.

The two articles discussed both the recent discovery of a carcinogen, hexvalent chromium, in 31 of 36 major U.S. cities, as well as the increase of nitrate contamination in California groundwater supplies.

The DNR special study’s findings led Mason to determine that the potential of nitrate contamination in the Cedar Valley is moderate to high. The potential contamination would most likely be caused by feedlots or septic systems, Mason said.

The CICWCD follows state and EPA groundwater testing requirements, which require nitrate testing yearly, as well as testing for radionuclides, sodium, sulfate, pesticides, volatile organics, inorganics and metals, lead and copper. Mason said that the CICWCD often tests more than is required.

The board also heard from Kelly Crane, district engineer, who presented an update on the CICWCD’s conservation plan, as is required every five years by the state.

Crane suggested that the board add a section to the updated plan addressing the ability of the district to arrive at using only 150 gallons per capita per day from the current usage of 250 gallons per capita per day and gave several ideas of how the district could work to improve conservation.

The board approved the motion to update the conservation plan by Jan. 13.

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