- Last Updated: 04 February 2016
MID AWARDED THE USBR REGIONAL DIRECTOR'S AWARD
The Madera Irrigation District (District or MID) has been awarded the Regional Director’s Award from the United States Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region (USBR or Reclamation) for its commitment to improve water management practices, promoting water conservation and efficiency. The Mid-Pacific Region of Reclamation covers a large geographic area spanning from the northern two-thirds of California and most of western Nevada to the southern part of Oregon with a large number of water and power contractors. The Mid-Pacific Region fulfills water obligations for agriculture, power generation, water conservation, water recycling and reuse.
Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region manages one of the largest water storage and transport systems in the world, the Central Valley Project (CVP). The CVP includes twenty (20) dams and reservoirs and eleven (11) powerplants with a combined storage capacity of more than eleven (11) million acre-feet of water. The CVP serves farms, homes, and industry in California’s Central Valley. Madera Irrigation District is a CVP contractor with water contracts from the Friant Unit (San Joaquin River) and Hidden Unit (Fresno River).
The Madera Irrigation District was awarded the Regional Director’s Award at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Conference on January 20, 2016 for its collaboration “with Reclamation’s grant programs to conserve and better manage valuable water resources by implementing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition projects, replacing approximately 100 farm turnouts meters, installing flume gates, and equipping ditch tenders with real-time meter reading applications.” In addition, “the District has made significant progress in the realms of the water industry including infrastructure upgrades, operating under balanced budgets during drought years, promoting public education on water related topics, and fostering cooperation and partnerships with neighboring agencies.”
“This is one of the highest honors that Reclamation can award a district, MID is extremely proud to have received this recognition. This award shows the dedication and commitment of the District’s Board of Directors and staff to improve water management practices for the benefit of our District and our growers” stated Thomas Greci, General Manager.
Pictured from left: General Manager Thomas Greci, Board President Carl Janzen, US Bureau of Reclamation
Regional Director David Murillo, Assistant General Manager Dina Nolan, and Director Brian Davis
- Last Updated: 14 December 2015
The December 11, 2015 workshop presentation is available here.
- Last Updated: 24 November 2015
BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVE MODIFICATION TO REGULAR BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE
The Madera Irrigation District Board of Directors approved Resolution No. 2015-82 on November 17, 2015 modifying the regular board meeting schedule to the third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. Open session will continue to begin at 2:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Board Secretary Andrea Sandoval at 559-673-3514 ext. 215.
- Last Updated: 22 October 2015
TRANSPARENCY CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE AWARDED TO MADERA IRRIGATION DISTRICT
The Madera Irrigation District (District or MID) has been awarded a District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance. SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation and other recognition programs.
“This award is a testament to the District’s commitment to open and transparent government,” said Thomas Greci, General Manager. “MID strives for transparency in all of our practices. I believe that for an organization to serve the public it represents, it must be transparent.”
In order to receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of eight essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner. The District fulfilled fifteen website requirements including providing readily available information to the public such as board agendas, past minutes, current District budget, and three years of financial audits. The District also had to demonstrate outreach to its constituents that engaged the public in its governance. This was accomplished through newsletters, a Facebook account, a Twitter account, annual growers meetings, presentations at various service clubs, and special community engagement projects such as the logo design contest the District held earlier this year.
- Last Updated: 21 October 2015
MADERA IRRIGATION DISTRICT FEATURED IN
ASSOCIATION OF WATER AGENCIES (ACWA) MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Madera Irrigation District is proud to be featured in the October 15, 2015 edition of the ACWA Newsletter. To read the Member Spotlight on the District, please click here.
- Last Updated: 18 September 2015
The Madera Irrigation District (MID or District) closed a bond refunding on September 17, 2015 that is scheduled to reduce the District landowners’ Proposition 218 (9(d)) assessments by thirteen (13) years. The new bond term extends to 2030 and will likely end as early as 2027, as opposed to the previous bond schedule of 2040. “The District is incredibly excited to announce the results of a very complex, yet extremely successful bond refunding” stated General Manager, Thomas Greci, “the benefit of the bond refunding will be realized directly by the landowners in our District through the elimination of the Proposition 218 assessments 13 years prior to what was originally expected.”
The Proposition 218 assessments were approved by resolution on March 15, 2011, following a Proposition 218 assessment ballot proceeding, where the District landowners voted and approved the proposition to finance acquisition of the 9(d) contract from the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). The Proposition 218 assessments are restricted in use for the USBR contract payments and are not available for general District purposes.
On September 17, 2015 the Madera Irrigation District closed a bond refunding for $29,275,000 in Water Revenue Refunding Bonds Series 2015. The total cash flow savings, as a result of refunding the 2011 bonds, is over $20 million, with net present value savings of over $7.6 million. This equates to the massive savings of 23.5% of the refunded bonds. The 2015 Bonds were structured to be repaid from the special assessments through the year 2030 (but allowing for likely early repayment by 2027). The process the District undertook with the refunding of the bonds included (a) earning a Standard & Poor’s (S&P) rating upgrade to “A” from “A-” on its outstanding water revenue refunding bonds which were issued in 2008 and (b) earning a S&P rating of “A” on the 2015 Bonds in addition to obtaining bond insurance with a “AA” rating on the insured portion of the 2015 Bonds.
The majority of landowners in the District currently pay an assessment that ranges from $20.35 to $31.88 per acre per year, depending on the land type. The savings of these assessment payments over a thirteen year period will result in considerable benefits to the landowners themselves and the community as a whole. “Reducing the number of years of bond payments and assessment collections to just over half the original term, from an initial term of 30 years to a scheduled term of 17 years, is a significant monetary savings for the landowners in our District” stated General Manager, Thomas Greci, “the District’s Board of Directors and Staff are pleased to have achieved this savings for our landowners.”
- Last Updated: 26 August 2015