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EID redistricting to be driven by citizen committees

By: Eric Laughlin Telegraph correspondent
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An effort to re-draw the boundary lines of the El Dorado Irrigation District is expected to generate community discussion in the coming months, according to the agency’s general counsel Tom Cumpston. Cumpston said a redistricting advisory committee with representatives from each of the five regions has met twice so far to analyze maps and data stemming from last year’s federal census. He said residents have expressed interest in the process, particularly those in the El Dorado Hills area, which grew more rapidly than the rest of the region. “Under the current system, El Dorado Hills is one territory and Cameron Park another,” Cumpston said. “But with all the growth, El Dorado Hills is just too big to be its own. The redistricting process has people there interested because they want to make sure their interests are fairly represented.” Cumpston said when the lines are drawn, El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park will likely make up more than 40 percent of the entire district. He said growth was static in the district’s more rural areas that include Georgetown and Pollock Pines. The redistricting is required by law to assure the regions are evenly represented through five board members. The advisory committee’s work will be supplemented by extensive computer work by EID staff and by a series of public meetings. Dates for a series of public workshops have yet to be announced, but the advisory committee’s next meeting is set for May 25. In addition to being briefed by Cumpston on the redistricting progress in last week’s board meeting, the EID directors were also provided with a status report on the 2011 Capital Improvement Plan. The latest project to be completed was replacing 142 feet of degraded wooden flume with pre-cast concrete flume. The project is part of the district’s long-term rehabilitation program for the 22-mile El Dorado Canal, which delivers drinking water and powers renewable hydroelectric power. During the board briefing, EID associate engineer Daryl Noel reported that the project was completed at $1.9 million, which was $100,000 under budget. Other projects that were completed included installation of a new conical fish screen at the Alder Creek diversion dam. Ongoing projects will make upgrades to sewer lift stations and additional flumes and bridges.