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Supervisors likely to meet twice a month

February 12, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

Weekly meetings of the county Board of Supervisors are likely a thing of the past as the board will discuss alternative meeting schedules.

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

Under a proposal introduced at a board workshop last month, the board was told that weekly meetings are inefficient for county staff. As such, the board will be presented with three alternatives, each of which would have the board meeting every two weeks. The only remaining question would be to decide at what time of day to meet.

The choices are to meet at 8:30 a.m. or at 1:30 p.m., every other Tuesday.

In addition to the board meeting change, the supervisors would establish what's called a committee of the whole, which would meet the Monday before each board meeting, either at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. Action on issues discussed at committee meetings would not be formally acted upon until two weeks later at a regular board meeting, not at the next day's board meeting.

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Any change to the board's meeting schedule requires a change to a county ordinance, which must be read twice before it becomes effective.

In other business, the Board of Supervisors is expected to adopt a resolution in support of building a small business incubator in Calexico. The incubator would be "designed to assist small manufacturing businesses which have links with the maquiladora industry," according to the proposed resolution for adoption.

The board will be asked to join a cooperative venture with the county Office of Education and the Imperial Irrigation District, which are installing a fiber optic network. The board will be asked to authorize $70,000 be spent to begin connecting certain county offices to the network and develop a priority list for connecting county offices in the future.

Other action items include:

l accepting $56,504.86 in joint venture victim/witness funding between the county and Calipatria State Prison;

l the designation of county Behavioral Health Services as lead agency for the implementation of the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000;

l a request to approve a state grant request for funds to renovate county facilities being utilized as shelter for battered and homeless women and children;

l discussion and possible appointments to the Children and Families First Commission.

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

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