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Board approves milk pooling subsidy petition

April 11, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors approved a petition aimed at getting the state Department of Food & Agriculture to expand its milk pooling transportation subsidy to the county.

The action came at Tuesday's board meeting.

County Agricultural Commissioner Stephen Birdsall said the county's two dairies will benefit from the subsidy and the subsidy will serve as an incentive for dairies to locate in the county.

In other county business, the board:

l received a $4.76 million property tax payment from local geothermal company CalEnergy that brings its tax payments on 10 parcels up to date. Vince Signorotti, CalEnergy property manager, said because of a recent court ruling allowing the company to sell its power to buyers other than Southern California Edison, the company is now paying off its debts.

"It will take a little time because Edison still owes us $140 million," he told the board.

l approved a master plan study update for the county airport. The county will supply $25,560 of the $150,000 study. The remainder will come from the Federal Aviation Administration. Airport manager David Conn said the study will look at the viability of the airport over a 20-year period.


"It's not really a relocation study," he said, adding the study is done every five to seven years.

l approved contributing $45,000 to help the city of Calipatria expand its library, including a move out of a triple-wide trailer and possibly into the old Meyer Memorial Library building. The total cost is estimated at $90,000.

l approved spending $235,290 in state grant moneys on school campuses, $67,987 on the peer court and $210,000 on the Police Athletic League.

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

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