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Prior decisions on telecommunications tower placement will stand

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:

January 10, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors let stand two decisions by the county Planning Commission regarding the location of two telecommunications towers in the east county.

The Planning Commission approved a tower at the freeway interchange of Interstate 8 and Sidewinder Road in the Winterhaven area and rejected locating a tower farther to the west.

Both decisions were appealed to the Board of Supervisors, which after a joint public hearing on both towers rejected both appeals.

Residents of the area and representatives for both tower construction companies showed up at Tuesday's board meeting to support and oppose both towers.

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The representatives intimated they would eventually share whichever tower was approved.

In other actions, the board:

l gave final approval for the merger of the County Tax Collector's Office with the County Treasurer;

l set Jan. 22 as the date for a board leadership training, mission development and goal-setting workshop;

l approved a letter in response to a proposal by Pacific Gas & Electric National Energy Group to build a natural gas pipeline along the east side of the county from Blythe to Mexico. The letter contains the county's environmental concerns to be addressed in the project's draft environmental document that is being produced by the State Lands Commission. An environmental scoping meeting on the pipeline is set for 7 tonight at the Vacation Inn, 2000 Cottonwood Circle, El Centro;

l approved additions to employee health benefits to include mammograms and prostate cancer screening. The added benefits are expected to cost the county $30,000 yearly but ultimately save the county money by detecting the diseases early;

l approved the 2010 vision statement recommended by the county Overall Economic Development Commission;

l approved an interagency agreement between the Valley of Imperial Development Alliance and San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus to, among other things, hold a conference on workforce and economic development. The board authorized $5,000 be paid to SDSU-IV for its efforts;

l approved an application to the state for a $100,000 grant to be used for the preparation and implementation of an economic development strategy, as well as business attraction and business expansion efforts. The money would come from the state Department of Housing and Community Development. There is a 10 percent fund matching requirement.

Staff writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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