Change in city work schedule, new skate park slated for discussion

March 05, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A significant change in this city's work schedule, the site of a new skate park and a plan to help relieve traffic congestion flowing into Mexico are a few of the hot-button topics that will be discussed here Tuesday at the City Council meeting.

Much of the agenda deals with ongoing issues affecting Calexico such as air pollution from agricultural field burnings. There will also be discussion on tentative city infrastructure projects that would involve funding from the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission and the North American Development Bank.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at 608 Heber Ave.

Of particular interest to city employees will be discussion regarding a new schedule that would give them an extra day off, while lengthening the average work day by one hour.

The "9/80" work schedule is in place at other departments in the Imperial Valley, including the Imperial Irrigation District.


In other city business, Mayor Javier Alatorre intends to discuss the funding of a traffic congestion relief program at the meeting in response to the slow-moving line of cars heading south into Mexico.

Alatorre is looking to use state transportation funding to implement such a plan.

Also on the agenda is a planned discussion of possible sites for a city skateboard park.

The council has long expressed interest in building a skate park in the city. Still, the council has yet to come to consensus on where such a park would be built.

One location favored by the council would place the skate park at Heber Park on Sheridan Street near the National Guard Armory. According to Calexico City Clerk Lourdes Cordova, the council will be open to suggestions.

The council will also discuss and possibly take action on the hiring of a public relations firm to deal with the media and promote the city. A contract for $2,100 a month between the city and the public relations firm of Sanchez and Treviño for its services will be discussed by the council.

Council members will also take on the issue of local air quality when Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner Steve Birdsall comes before the council Tuesday night to discuss field burnings.

At a council meeting two weeks ago, City Councilman Gilbert Grijalva complained of the air quality over Calexico in the wake of continued ag field burnings. He requested the issue be addressed at the next meeting to see if the county could work with the city to do something about the pollution.

He said farmers should consider tilling under their fields instead of burning the ag waste.

Calexico Public Works Director Mariano Martinez will likely update the council on an upcoming infrastructure project that would use BECC and NADBank funds.

Martinez has said his department is looking to upgrade components of the city's wastewater treatment plant using NADBank funds. NADBank/BECC funded a prior wastewater plant expansion and upgrade and was used to expand the water treatment plant.

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