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Supervisors mull changes in conduct

April 13, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors at its next meeting will discuss a potential change in how the board conducts its business as well as that of county departments.

The board meets in open session at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro.

The issue is being brought forward by Supervisor Wally Leimgruber, who suggests the board could be more efficient by eliminating Monday committee meetings, by replacing all standing committees through the creation of a management team to review items scheduled for board agendas, by eliminating the county executive office's analyses of board items and by the creation of a standing agenda item to include those items on the following week's agenda.

In other business, the board:

l will receive presentations by representatives of Sempra Energy International and Boston-based InterGen Aztec Energy regarding their under-construction power plants in Mexicali. County officials have expressed concern with the amount of potential air pollutants that could come from the two plants.

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l is scheduled to hear an update on efforts to convert the former Bank of America in Brawley to a Northend county administration center.

l will be presented the 2000 crop report.

l will be asked to approve a $100,000 federal grant request for a one-year study to evaluate the feasibility of using locally grown sugar cane and sugar beets to establish a sugar-to-ethanol processing facility in the Imperial Valley.

l will be asked to approve a $500,000 federal grant request to the North American Development Bank's community adjustment and trade investment program to be used as a revolving loan fund to create jobs lost and at-risk due to economic impacts from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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

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