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Ross Avenue alternative school hearing slated

February 20, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The El Centro City Council will continue a public hearing to discuss the possibility of locating an alternative school on East Ross Avenue.

The use and storage of potentially hazardous materials, the lack of on-site parking, truck traffic, the lack of sidewalks and local aesthetics kept the City Council from taking any action on the matter at its meeting two weeks ago.

The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1275 Main St. There will be a joint workshop at 5:30 between the council and the city library's board of trustees to discuss the library's role and the board's plans for the coming year.

The alternative school location was previously rejected by the El Centro Planning Commission. The Imperial County Office of Education is appealing the commission's decision to the City Council. The new school would replace one in the same area.

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City staff has recommended the council deny the appeal. The hearing is set to start about 7:35 p.m.

The council will receive a presentation on and be requested to support a proposal to develop and implement a plan to provide a water and wastewater treatment system for the irrigated areas of the Imperial Valley. Participants would include Imperial County, the Imperial Irrigation District and the county's seven incorporated cities.

The presentation will be made by members of the Imperial County Enterprise Community Infrastructure Committee, which is a part of the President's interagency task force on the economic development of the Southwest border pilot program. The infrastructure committee is a partnership among the county and 17 federal agencies. It was formed in September 2000.

"In concept, the project would combine into one managed system all of the water treatment and distribution needs of the cities and the county, and to likewise do the same for the wastewater component," according to the concept paper of the proposal. "The end result would be a grid of infrastructure connecting the seven cities, special districts and the county through piping, lift stations, pump stations, etc."

In a second presentation, the council will be informed of the legislative changes to the Local Agency Formation Commission.

Other council business includes:

l discussion and possible action to adopt the city's statement of investment policy;

l discussion and possible action to adopt the city's comprehensive annual financial report dated June 30, 2000.

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

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