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County supports minute of remembrance for veterans

March 14, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted a resolution in support of one minute of remembrance honoring military personnel lost to accidents or terrorism.

A formal event to include local veterans groups is scheduled for 11 a.m. March 21 in front of the County Courthouse. County facilities' flags will be flown at half-staff through then.

The idea was introduced by El Centro resident Bruce Kuhn, who said he thought of it after a Florida Air National Guard plane crashed in Georgia in February, killing all 21 service members aboard, and after the terrorist bombing of the destroyer USS Cole DDG-67, where 17 sailors were killed in a Yemeni port in October.

In other business, the board:

l voted unanimously to spend $495.55 for a quarter-page advertisement in this newspaper to help celebrate the paper's 100th anniversary.

County Executive Officer Ann Capela said it was customary for local government to help celebrate such events, though she made no specific recommendation on what action the board should take.

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The funds will come from the board's professional and specialized services account.

l was told there is about $300 million in highway improvements slated for the county or already under way. The board was told the environmental study for the so-called Brawley bypass will be released for public comment in the next two months, and there is no preferred alternative at this point.

The board was also introduced to the new district director for the California Department of Transportation.

l approved a job description and salary range of $34,320 plus benefits for a county inspector to monitor existing and new building compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

l approved a resolution naming Stefanie Bolin, an accounting clerk with the sheriff-coroner department, as employee of the month for March.

l approved a resolution proclaiming the week of April 22-28 as national county government week.

l approved $12,080 for the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program for Earth Day activities. The money will come from the county's environmental trust fund. The third annual Earth Day festival is set for April 7 at the Imperial Valley Expo in Imperial.

l agreed that $50,000 in matching funds for a $500,000 state Community Development Block Grant, and $30,000 in matching funds for a second $300,000 CDBG grant, approved in 1998 were to be allocated from the county's general fund. The $500,000 grant is being used in Heber, while the $300,000 grant is being used in Ocotillo.

l directed staff to research the possibility of banning pit bull dogs from the county. Supervisor Joe Maruca recounted a recent attack in the Imperial area by two pit bulls on a horse. He said one dog had to be shot in order to get it to release the horse, which had to be euthanized.

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

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