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Supervisors lend support to bond bill

March 07, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a resolution in support of Assembly Bill 20, the senior center bond act of 2001.

If approved by the Legislature and the governor, the bill would place a $225 million general bond issue on the March 2002 primary ballot. If approved by voters, the money could provide funds to acquire, construct, renovate and equip senior centers.

The following additional actions were taken by the board:

l directed staff to ask the Imperial County Office of Education what safeguards are in place to prevent occurrences of violence on local campuses;

l approved a $2,000 memorandum of understanding with the Brawley Public Library to provide mobile library services;

l approved an MOU with Literacy Volunteers of America to confirm the historical relationship, continued collaboration and ongoing maintenance of providing adult literacy instruction, volunteer training and other programs;

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l approved the extension of a consulting agreement, not to exceed $12,300, for accounting services to the Valley of Imperial Development Alliance;

l approved an increase of $139,115 to the state Employment Development Department to hire new staff to work with county CalWORKs high school youth to identify proactive solutions to truancy.

l approved a $397,493 state grant application for a county medical services program. The goal of the funds would be to reduce the need for hospital emergency room services. A partnership would be formed among the county, the Imperial Valley Health Advisory Council, El Centro Regional Medical Center, Pioneers Memorial Health Care District, Las Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo and the Imperial County Social Services Department.

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

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