Welcome to the website of Laura Peters, Vice Chair of the Nevada Irrigation District.
I’m excited to share with you the progress I see happening at NID. I’m proud to be the vice chair of a board of directors that is coming together to begin to focus on many of the concerns I have spoken about in these past two years since I was elected.
One of them was the practice of conducting business through standing committee meetings at which only two board members could attend as active participants due to provisions of the Brown Act which controls much of what elected officials in California can do. Because of this set-up not all board members were allowed input until it was time to make the final decisions, creating frustration for staff and the members that were involved in the particular committee. Now we are holding the committee workshops in the mornings of our regular board meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, which gives all of us the opportunity to hear the information at the same time and get our questions answered before making decisions.
As some of you may know, our prior general manager left the district last June. Since then, the board has been defining our needs, interviewing management and staff to understand traits they are looking for in a general manager, and this spring we began the earnest effort of interviewing candidates for this important position. A host of good candidates applied and, as I write, we are in the final stages of this process. Once this position is filled, a top priority of the selected candidate will be to backfill the positions of engineering and maintenance manager, as these positions were also vacated in the last year. Having these positions refilled will open up further opportunities for positive change.
A primary goal of mine is to prioritize planning in an effort to better understand the risks the district is facingin all departments. A thorough evaluation of current conditions of infrastructure and business practices will inform where we should be spending the bulk of our rate and taxpayer funding.
The district has been working on two critical upgrades over the last 3 years. One is a financial process called enterprise resource planning (ERP) and the other is a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). ERP is a business process management software that manages and integrates a company’s financials, supply chain, operations, reporting, manufacturing, and human resource activities. CMMS is an asset management software program that centralizes maintenance information and facilitates the processes of maintenance operations. Once these two important upgrades are launched, we will have a far greater understanding of the condition of our business practices and assets and will be able to make more informed decisions.
Other goals include the construction of fish passage in Auburn Ravine at our Hemphill dam diversion site, set up a more environmentally safe vegetation management program, and implement canal modernization and raw water efficiency improvements. Check the Issues page for more details.
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