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El Centro seeks $200,000 from county for ‘greenbelt' on canal near La Brucherie

June 25, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors will be asked to award $200,000 to the city of El Centro for a project to install a "greenbelt" along La Brucherie Road where the Dahlia Canal was pipelined from Interstate 8 to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

The money would come from the county's clean air fund.

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

The El Centro project would consist of a pathway separated from the roadway by a 5-foot landscaped area to be used by bicyclists, pedestrians, joggers, those in wheelchairs and in-line skaters. The pathway would be 8 feet wide with lighting, benches, bike racks, shade trees and water fountains. The total cost of the El Centro project is $766,250.

The greenbelt project was deemed superior to a proposal by the Imperial Irrigation District for $260,000 to purchase two water trucks and reduce dust by watering the beltway.

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A county staff report says the El Centro proposal "is most cost-effective and provides air quality and health benefits to the greatest number of Valley citizens."

The Board of Supervisors will conducted a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. to consider an appeal by El Centro attorney John F. Lenderman regarding the awarding of a seniors legal services contract by the Area Agency on Aging. The $25,956 contract was awarded to San Diego-based Elder Law and Advocacy/Progressive Social Services Systems Technology.

According to AAA meeting minutes, its committee that reviewed the two bids scored Elder Law above Lenderman, and reportedly found that Lenderman's bid omitted a budget. In a June 14 letter, Lenderman seeks to appeal the decision.

He said his "bid is superior to the one accepted in that more services are to be provided each and every business day by an attorney as opposed to once a week and the outreach services are superior."

In other business, the Board of Supervisors:

· will be asked to approve a two-year, $1,963.50 per month, lease of office space at 551 Main St., suite 5, in Brawley, from Las Flores Partners — Jim Duggins, Five Crown Inc. and Niaz Mohamed Jr.

· will be asked to approve $34,448 for the Imperial County Office of Education to hire a clerical assistant for July 1 through June 30, 2002, for the Niland Family Resource Center.

· will be asked to approve $90,000 in ergonomic furniture for the County Counsel's Office as part of the office's remodeling and expansion.

· will be asked to approve a $532,750 contract with the state Department of Aging for services to the elderly from July 1 to June 30, 2002.

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

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