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Supervisors support finance authority

April 25, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors approved spending $5,000 on efforts to redraw supervisorial districts, including up to $500 for a ceremonial dinner to thank the 10 community members who volunteered to help with the decennial task.

The vote was 4-0, with one supervisor absent.

A movement to pay the volunteers a stipend or mileage was briefly discussed but did not draw enough support for board approval.

Of the funds approved, $3,500 would go toward computer software and miscellaneous supplies and $1,000 toward publicity.

The redistricting committee, which includes six county staff members, will meet at 7 a.m. Thursdays. If all needed information on the 2000 census becomes available on time — that is, block level data, by Monday — redistricting is expected to be completed by late May, with public hearings set to begin by mid-June.

In other business, the board approved sending a letter to the state Senate in support of a bill that would create the California and Mexico Border Infrastructure Financing Authority.

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Senate Bill 865 would give the authority the power to promote and finance infrastructure and economic development projects along the California/Mexico border. The authority would be an agency of the state treasurer's office.

The authority would have a 15-member board, including one member each from the Imperial and San Diego county boards of supervisors and one member each from the Calexico and San Diego city councils. Two members would be appointed by the governor, subject to state Senate confirmation; one appointed by the governor without confirmation; two would be appointed by the state Senate Committee on Rules; two would be appointed by the speaker of the Assembly and four members would be from Mexico.

According to the bill analysis, projects to be financed would be based on a master plan from proposals submitted by the authority, specific cities and counties in California, the municipalities of Mexicali and Tijuana and other Mexican authorities. It says the intention of the bill is to help address the tremendous growth along the border and escalating infrastructure need.

Both Supervisor Tony Tirado and Supervisor Joe Maruca expressed interest in being appointed to the border authority. Under the bill, each board of supervisors and city council would appoint its own members.

In other business, the board:

l approved a week-long retreat for staff and administrators of the Betty Jo NcNeece Receiving Home for May 7-11. The $14,321.62 cost will be paid for by the state Children's System of Care program.

l approved May as water safety month, urging people to stay out of canals and drains.

l approved a $49,063 state Integrated Waste Management Board grant request to clean certain county areas. The money would come from the farm and ranch cleanup and abatement program. Areas to be cleaned include Highway 78 at the Alamo River, Fredricks Road at the New River, Dogwood Road at Robinson Road, Dogwood at Neckel Road and a parcel on West Villa Road in El Centro.

l approved the full-time assignment of a county worker to perform maintenance at the county airport along with increased funding.

l has staff searching for funds in the Health Department to potentially help fund the placement of water containers in the desert for illegal aliens traversing the area.

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

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