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County supervisors to choose new district boundaries Tuesday

July 02, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors is scheduled to choose new supervisorial boundaries reflecting the county's new population.

An ad hoc committee consisting of senior county staff, elected officials and community members submitted four alternatives for the board to consider. The alternatives were then presented to the public at several hearings. The board reportedly directed staff to make some modifications and come up with a fifth alternative expected to be adopted at Tuesday's board meeting.

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

The new boundaries are intended to reflect the county's 2000 census count, and the districts are required to contain as close to the same number of people as possible. The board has given itself until late this month to formally adopt a redistricting plan to allow potential candidates to review the new districts and where they reside.


In other county business, the board:

• will consider adopting a resolution in support of economic development projects as well as a resolution supporting the construction of a privately run illegal alien detention facility south of El Centro.

The first resolution says the board will consider supporting projects that provide environmentally and fiscally sound development; provide job opportunities for the local community; provide a financial "win-win" for the project and the county; meet the requirements of the county's general plan; have been reviewed by county staff, received approval from the county Planning Commission and met the requirements of the land-use process; have or are meeting environmental requirements and have agreed that such conditional support by the county does not imply a pre-approval of the project, as well as understands that any one or all of the requested permits or entitlements may ultimately be denied.

The second resolution, in support of the detention facility, has language referring to the first resolution.

• will be asked to solicit public comment on and approve the use of a $291,550 grant to the Sheriff's Office for equipment and personnel.

The grant funds are expected to continue funding two full-time deputies assigned to the Glamis Dunes area and expand their patrol to other dunes areas in the county, according to a staff report. The money would go toward paying overtime to other law enforcement agencies that help patrol the dunes.

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

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