KENNEWICK -- The Kennewick Irrigation District is offering a town hall-type informational meeting Saturday, to hear concerns from the public and to show how the agency is working to be more efficient and improve its public image.
The meeting is from 9 to 11 a.m. at the KID board room, 12 W. Kennewick Ave., and will include informational displays and staff available to answer questions.
Questions can be asked ahead of time by e-mailing them to Chuck Freeman, KID manager, at email@example.com.
Four key topics for the session are: how things work; the water rate advisory committee and rate study; Red Mountain; and their strategic planning and district goals.
KID held a town hall meeting a year ago, when about two dozen people attended, and most of them had complaints about high rates and low or no water pressure.
This year, the meeting will be less formal, allowing the public to visit information stations.
Freeman said the questions and comments will be noted and answered immediately if possible.
"We are trying something different to get the public more involved," Freeman said.
"We'd like to see the public turn out and learn more about how the district operates. If they have concerns, this will give the board opportunity to hear them," said John Jaksch, board president.
"If we don't have answers right away we will get back to the people with those answers," he said.
Jaksch said after hearing complaints last year on water rates, the board appointed a water rates advisory board that has been meeting for several months.
That board is expected to make recommendations for the 2011 rates at the August KID board meeting, Jaksch said.
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