"I'd also like to see the supervisors move forward with a lawsuit against the surety company, so when they win that lawsuit, that money will come back to help pay back this grant," he said. "The landowners are responsible for paying back this grant. It's not a freebie."
The lawsuit Menvielle referred to would be against the surety company of Tower Construction, which did not complete the Gateway project infrastructure.
County Counsel Ralph Córdova Jr. said the county would likely file a motion for summary adjudication against the surety company involved within the next 60 days or so.
"We're still moving toward resolving the matter," he said.
The filing would be made in Superior Court in San Diego County.
As a condition of the grant award, the county must guarantee at least 51 percent of all jobs created will be filled by members of targeted income groups, that is, individuals whose household incomes fall below 80 percent of the median for Imperial County, according to a county staff report. Additionally, if the grant is awarded, the county must agree to provide matching funds in the amount of $76,574 to be obtained from property owner trust funds. The county will be allowed to use up to $75,000 of the $1 million grant for general administration.
The grant money would further efforts under way at the project area, where infrastructure work began last year.
"The sewer and water plants started construction in early October of last year," said Grady Dutton, Gateway project manager. "They have a project completion date, I believe, of Feb. 28."
Dutton said the project is close to its schedule and most of the work is being done by locals under subcontracts.
In other business, the board approved the acceptance and allocation of $152,868 in state Community Oriented Policing Services program funding for fiscal 2000/01.
It was announced that the county received a $750,000 grant from the state Integrated Waste Management board to help with the closure of the Brawley landfill.