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Board of Supervisors: Prohibition ordinance, financial support policy on agenda

January 06, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ,Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will be asked to provide staff with direction relating to the potential development of an ordinance that would prohibit contact between board members and individuals or businesses that have projects pending before the county.

The board meets at 9:30 a.m. in the County Administration Center, 940 Main St. in El Centro.

The matter is being handled at the staff level by Assistant County Counsel Joanne Yeager, who previously presented the board with a report on the issue that included an ordinance used in San Diego County. That ordinance, if adopted here, would also affect the county Planning Commission, the building appeals board, the environmental evaluation committee and the county planning director. Violation of the San Diego ordinance is a misdemeanor.

Yeager said it has been recommended that the board not take a public position on issues pending before it until a decision must be taken formally.

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Also on policy matters, the board will be asked to provide direction regarding financial support for community groups and other governmental agencies. The issue was raised when the board authorized a $10,000 contribution to Imperial Valley United, a coalition of business and agriculture interests formed to protect the Valley's water rights.

In other matters, the board will be asked to approve the 2010 vision statement by the county Overall Economic Development Commission.

The statement says: "By 2010, Imperial Valley will be a well-planned rural community led by a strong network of civic and business leaders, residents and community-based organizations. This will be accomplished through community and multi-national collaboration that will enhance business development, education, cultural opportunities and recreational activities, resulting in a high quality of life and strong economic growth for all Imperial Valley residents."

The board also will do the second reading of an ordinance to merge the county offices of tax collector and treasurer.

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