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SVID adopts by-law changes

In a meeting on Tuesday, the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) board of directors and the Sunnyside Division Board of Control adopted similar changes in by-laws to formalize procedures for purchases and sale of surplus property.

Lori Brady is an assistant manager for SVID, and she says the changes are needed to put policy in writing.

For example, she says SVID already follows state-required procedures using a sealed bid process to make purchases valued at more than $50,000. However, Brady said that needs to be clarified in the entity’s by-laws.

As for the new by-law on selling surplus property, the resolution approved yesterday requires three published notices for sales or leases valued at more than $10,000.

Also yesterday, SVID’s board received a list of all equipment sold as surplus, as well as new equipment purchased in 2014.

SVID this year has purchased equipment valued at $531,387 and received $238,795 for equipment sold. The net difference is $315,999 in expenditures, about $70,000 under budget for this year.

SVID board members adopted one other resolution yesterday involving water rights with lower allotments. The purpose of the resolution is to enable SVID to increase its assessment base without harming existing water right holders. SVID currently assesses 92,375 acres and has an authorized limit to serve up to 94,614 acres.

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