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Supervisors to consider taking on FCC over right-of-way

January 13, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors will receive an update on the beef- processing plant being built in Brawley when the board meets in open session at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The meeting is at 940 W. Main St., El Centro.

The board will be asked to give direction to staff on the issue of lending county support and $300 to oppose efforts by some telecommunications companies that have petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt local controls over rights-of-way.

The companies have asked the FCC to pre-empt local control over streets and highways by prohibiting municipalities from requiring utilities to place their services underground and setting the terms on which cable companies can attach their lines to municipally owned utility poles.

Some of the issues are being addressed in lawsuits in Ohio, according to a Jan. 3 memorandum received by the county by the Grand Rapids, Mich., law firm of Varnum, Ridderling, Schmidt and Howlett.


"The cases are important because they go to the two key issues of (1) local control over the rights-of-way and (2) the express denial by Congress of any FCC jurisdiction over such matters," the memo states.

The board also will be asked to:

l approve the return of a preliminary questionnaire and grant request to the state Water Resources Control Board to pay for the cost of developing ordinances, regulations and elements for the county general plan or other planning devices to assist in providing uniform standards for the permitting and operation of animal feeding operations within the county jurisdiction. Of special interest to the county is using the funds for its dairy-attraction efforts;

l approve $26,900 for new computers and software for the county executive office and $16,810 for new laptop computers and software for the supervisors;

l approve revisions to various Air Pollution Control District rules, regulations and permitting fees.

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