Calexico council plans to work on budget Tuesday

June 25, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The City Council here will have a budget workshop starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Woman's Improvement Club, 320 Heber Ave.

The council, City Manager Richard Inman and heads of the city's 10 departments will crunch numbers for the upcoming fiscal year's budget and discuss how general fund dollars will be divvied.

In preparation for the workshop, each department head has compiled a preliminary budget, which will be used at the workshop to guide the council and city employees in their discussions.

A few of the proposals in this year's preliminary budget include:

· $250,000 for the paving of De Anza Road near the wastewater treatment plant. According to the description by the city Public Works Department, "improvement needed on this road due to constant traffic and lost discharge operations during storms. Complaints received for road conditions. Only access for hangar renters. During last storm, operators had to assist stuck trucks. This cost the city money as operators had to take time from their responsibilities on the plant to help."


· The Planning Department is requesting an additional planner and an additional office clerk to deal with "anticipated project workload."

· The city library is looking to hire a children's/reference librarian and re-roof the Camarena Memorial Library.

· From the city Economic and Community Development Department: implementing a summer paint program, which assistance in a form of a grant will be provided to elderly or disabled very-low income property owners in painting their houses by utilizing students. Technical training will be provided to students through a professional craft person.

· $220,000 for the Fire Department to buy a new ambulance.

· $82,000 for room dividers for the Community Center.

This workshop was to have been last week but due to scheduling concerns has been penciled in for Tuesday.

Fiscal 2002-2002 begins July 1.

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

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