Fuentes extends invitation to Calexico to join IVEDC

February 14, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — The City Council here is looking into the possibility of joining the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp.

Louis Fuentes, IVEDC executive director, appeared at the council meeting Tuesday night to invite the city to join IVEDC.

Fuentes said IVEDC is dedicated to helping cities in the Valley pursue economic development.

He said Brawley, El Centro and Calexico are members and IVEDC officials are trying to attract the rest of the cities in the county.

Fuentes told the council about IVEDC and how it can help Calipatria in seeking economic development opportunities.

He informed the council about levels of membership: $1,000 will provide the city with information for seeking developers, $5,000 will give it a seat on the board with voting rights, and $10,000 will give the city automatic sponsorship to anything in which IVEDC is involved.

The council will further discuss the matter at its next meeting.

The council granted permission to City Manager Rumualdo Medina to negotiate a lease with Greenfix America on a building on Lyerly Road.


Mark Kimberlin of Greenfix appeared before the council to answer questions regarding the matter.

Kimberlin told the council the company wants to use the building as a storage facility.

That matter will also be discussed during the next council meeting.

The council approved purchasing another vehicle for the city police fleet.

The vehicle to be purchased is a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria, for $23,768.25. The fleet currently has four vehicles, one being driven by Police Chief Reggie Gomez.

Gomez said, "It was badly needed."

Community members asked the council if it would consider another resolution to open City Hall five days a week, as opposed to the four days it is operating.

Luis Zendejas, Michael Fong and Denny Lang went before council to ask for the resolution.

"A five-day City Hall would really help the city of Calipatria," said Fong.

The matter might be brought up at the next council meeting.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 370-8549.

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