In other business, the council:
· heard an update of El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau activities. Outgoing chamber president Cliff Caldwell said the incoming president is John Anderson, county schools superintendent.
· approved a tentative condominium subdivision map on a 1-acre vacant lot at 1630 Euclid Ave. The project also received city Planning Commission approval, with certain conditions.
· held two public hearings and unanimously approved the sale of two city-owned parcels in the Centerpoint Business Park. The two parcels will be for the development of an office/shop of about 5,000 square feet and the development of a light industrial manufacturing plant of similar size. The former is expected to result in 15 to 30 jobs and the latter in 10 to 20 jobs.
· adopted a resolution approving an agreement with the Los Angeles-based law firm of Liebert Cassiday Whitmore to provide legal services pertaining to employment relation matters. The hourly rates range from $75 for a paralegal to $260 for certain attorneys.
· adopted a resolution approving an agreement and associated costs with Motorola Communications for an upgrade to the Police Department's communications center. The total cost is $265,585.78, of which the city's share is expected to not exceed $90,585.78. Motorola has reportedly offered to finance the upgrade.
· approved a request by the Imperial County Office of Education to adopt a resolution in support of the ICOE's attempt to seek supplemental funding from the state for the completion of the county's fiber optic network.
· set a public workshop on the city's budget for 6 p.m. June 11 at the city library.
Separately, Dhillon told the council that members of the Centinela State Prison citizens advisory board are making the rounds of service organizations and planting the seed that the prison might expand in the future. He said the effort is being made in light of the Valley's rejection of a mental health hospital for repeat violent sexual predators.
The council was invited to attend a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. May 28 in front of the Elks Lodge downtown. Guest speakers will be Mayor Walker and the commanding officer of Naval Air Facility El Centro.
Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.