State of Calexico touted during luncheon

March 31, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — City leaders here touted civic improvements in the past year during an event Friday to address the city's growth and look toward a future officials hope will be filled with more development.

The event, a luncheon, gave Mayor Javier Alatorre a chance to share with the community the city's accomplishments over the year as his role as mayor nears an end.

In the past year the city has developed a Web site, completed a state-of-the-art child-care center, developed a mission statement and constructed more than 400 homes.

Alatorre said he is pleased with the results of the teamwork between the community and city during his term.

"The city of Calexico is growing and it's not going to stop," Alatorre said.

"By planning properly we have been able to take a tentative plan for Calexico's improvement and make it a reality."

The lunchtime meeting was one of Alatorre's final acts as mayor.


Alatorre announced to the assembled city officials he expects Mayor Pro Tem Victor Carrillo to be appointed mayor before the City Council meeting Tuesday.

He said Carrillo is a qualified person with high ethical standards who will "take the city to the next level."

After his short speech Alatorre listened to reports from the city's department heads concerning projects started, worked on and finished within the past year.

Bob Williams of the city Planning Department said the more than 400 homes and nine commercial projects built in the past year have added $52 million to the city treasury from combined taxes of new residents and businesses.

He mentioned that two new 81-unit senior citizen projects are nearing completion.

City Manager Richard Inman congratulated the staff on working together to finish the city's mission statement.

Inman announced a new program that would take all the written goals of the various city departments and put them up for approval by the City Council.

This way the council could take all the various projects into consideration when developing a budget.

Inman said those goals would be unveiled at a special meeting Saturday.

Juan Verdugo, director of the city Redevelopment Agency, said the Web site has been a great addition to the city.

The site,, has been operational since October but has recently been updated to include City Council agendas and more information about city events.

Verdugo listed a number of the projects funded by the agency. Those include the new city maintenance shop that opens Monday, the new day-care center run by Campesinos Unidos and the $1.265 million in state funds that has assisted 72 families buy homes.

The day-care center on Fourth Street and Heber Avenue provides child-care services to 100 children under age 6 and employs 15 people.

Nick Finley, assistant city manager, said the new maintenance shop will allow the city to repair police cruisers, street sweepers, ambulances and fire trucks faster and more efficiently.

Police Chief Tommy Tunson said the community policing efforts instituted in the past year have been successful.

Fire Chief Carlos Escalante announced the award of a $50,000 grant that will be used to build a decontamination trailer.

"If field workers, for example, are exposed to something deadly, we will be able to get them treated quickly," Escalante said.

This trailer will be used throughout the Imperial Valley but will be housed in Calexico.

City Planning Director Ricardo Hinojosa said a traffic consultant has been hired to ease the congestion of the Cole Road corridor.

He also announced that the Calexico International Center, a multi-million business development along Highway 111 south of Heber, is moving steadily through the planning stages and will soon enter the development stage.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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