The council first addressed the housing projects at its June 20 meeting when it sent the matter back to city staff and the developers to work out several issues. Those include how the extension of Orange will be built in the new development to its full 84 feet width without impacting an existing sewage treatment plant and an existing residential driveway while including curbs, a sidewalk, turn pocket and parkway.
Other issues to be resolved included specifics on what type of barriers are intended to be used to block off the existing Haskell Drive and Sunset Drive from new traffic and the need for a city park somewhere on the three parcels, not to be combined with a water retention basin. The issue of what to do about the Lotus Canal and Lotus Drain also were to be resolved
At that same June meeting, the council approved the final environmental impact report for the western annexation, pre-zone and tentative subdivision maps for the housing projects.
In other business, the council is scheduled to have a public hearing to consider approving a conditional use permit for the location of a 14,490 square-foot, 24-hour Walgreens Drug Store on the northwest intersection of Main Street and Imperial Avenue. The building would be constructed on the north half of the property and have 61 parking spaces on the south and west sides, with access from Main and Imperial.
The project was approved by the city Planning Commission on May 1, and a negative environmental declaration is expected as the city has determined the project will not cause any substantial harm to the physical environment.
The Four Seasons Buffet & Grill would make way for the drug store.
In a further public hearing, the council will consider applying liens against 30 properties from which the city removed material considered nuisances, such as weeds, grasses, dead trees or shrubs. The removals were part of the city's nuisance abatement program. The property assessment will be forwarded to the county for recording. The hearing is tentatively set for 8 p.m.
The City Council also:
· will hear a presentation on behalf of the El Centro Firefighters Association regarding safety, staffing levels and funding.
· is expected to award a $265,500 contract to Imperial-based Castillo Construction Co. to design and construct a city public works administration and warehouse building.
· will be asked to approve a $99,042 state grant to the city Police Department to identify and assist in the prosecution of career criminals throughout the Imperial Valley. The grant does not require matching funds, according to the city staff report.
Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.