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LAFCO participation update, property sale on agenda

January 16, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The El Centro City Council is scheduled to hear an update on new state requirements regarding the city's participation in the Local Agency Formation Commission.

The City Council's open session begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1275 Main St.

Under the new law, the county's cities are required to pay half of LAFCO's expenses, with the county paying the other half. Under the formula used to split the costs among the cities, El Centro's share is estimated at $14,109.84, or 56.1 percent of the cities' half. The estimated budget for LAFCO for 1999-2000 is $50,300.

The new law, Assembly Bill 2838, includes significant changes that will affect LAFCO operations and how it processes projects, according to a letter from the county's Planning Department to the city.

The City Council will conduct a public hearing to consider the sale of property in the city's Redevelopment Agency project area. The properties are at 1203 S. Industrial Way and 866 and 898 Ross Ave.


In other business, the council:

l will consider submitting a $500,000 grant request to the state Department of Housing and Community Development to provide down-payment assistance to first-time homebuyers;

l will consider a memorandum of understanding with the Imperial County Office of Education for the use of eight AmeriCorps members to work in the city's recreation and community centers;

l will receive an update on the Imperial County Overall Economic Development Commission's process in planning for the region's future and consider the approval of the OEDC's 2010 vision statement;

l will consider seeking a $16,500 state grant to help pay for the building of new bus stops and shelters.

The council, sitting as the RDA board, will be asked to approve the city's downtown parking lot revitalization proposal and put the project out for bid.

The RDA board will stage a public hearing to consider the sale of three lots in the city's Centerpoint Business Park.

Finally, the City Council will hold a special joint meeting at 5:30 p.m. with the El Centro Community Services Commission.

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

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