NID employees to get 1% cost of living wage increase |

NID employees to get 1% cost of living wage increase

Directors of the Nevada Irrigation District on Wednesday approved a labor agreement with the NID Employees’ Association that calls for a 1 percent cost of living wage adjustment, retroactive to July 1.

District employees, who have not had a wage adjustment for three years, were also granted a 3 percent adjustment, effective July 1, 2013, as part of the two-year employment agreement.

Terms of the labor contract are the same as those granted in an Oct. 24 agreement with district employees who are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The two groups represent most of the district’s work force.

In other business, NID directors heard an update from Chief Engineer Gary King who reported that construction and landscape restoration on the two-year, $41 million Banner Cascade Pipeline Project are complete except for a few remaining tasks.

“We expect to be closing it out later this month,” he said.

Directors also congratulated Division III Director Scott Miller and Division V Director Nick Wilcox who both were reelected to new four-year terms in the Nov. 6 general election.

Directors also congratulated Water Treatment Supt. Armon W. “Chip” Close III, who was appointed Monday as interim manager of the NID Water Operations Dept. Close is an 18-year district employee.

The directors also welcomed new employee Mark Gravatt, who joined the NID Maintenance Dept. Oct. 29. Gravatt and his family reside in Meadow Vista.

The NID board also held a workshop on the district’s draft budget for 2013, which is proposed at $53 million, down 14 percent from this year. Much of the decrease is in capital spending and attributable to completion of the large Banner Cascade Pipeline Project. Directors are expected to adopt the new budget next month.

The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 28, at the NID Business Center in Grass Valley. NID board meetings are open to the public.

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