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Council starts action that would increase fines for flooding

July 19, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — The City Council and city staffers talked again about raising the fine for residents who flood their lawns at night.

Public Works Director Joe Diaz told the council about a month ago that the water plant was having problems keeping up with the constant demand.

He said residents who leave the water running all night on their lawns are mostly to blame.

Diaz said the city knows who the perpetrators are.

The city has an ordinance that fines residents $25 for flooding but Police Chief Fred Beltran says that amount is not high enough. He said there are people who don't care and keep flooding their lawns and nearby streets.

No action was taken but Mayor Henry Halcon directed Beltran to talk to Mitch Driskill, the city attorney, and formulate a new ordinance that would raise the fine amounts for repeat offenses.


During the meeting, the council also …

*Did the first reading of an ordinance changing the water bill due time from 5:30 to 5 p.m. on the 22nd of every month.

*Unanimously voted to write an ordinance to receive equipment the Imperial County got through the California Disaster and Civil Defense Master Mutual Aid Agreement Act.

Beltran told the council the county will be distributing equipment to agencies that apply.

"It enables the responding agencies to prepare and have the equipment available for a terrorist attack within the city or county," said Beltran.

The equipment includes detection paper for nerve and blister agents, chemical protective gloves, chemical protective splash suits and a monitor for radiation detection. Total cost of the equipment is $2,950.

*Awarded two contracts for $30,950 and $18,700 to Dave Gaddis Construction of El Centro for the rehabilitation of two residential properties in the city.

The contracts are part of the Community Development Block Grant.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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