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Calexico council wants public input on RDA spending

July 30, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Mayor Victor Carrillo wants all Calexicans to attend a public workshop at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Women's Improvement Club.

The purpose of the workshop is to prepare a new general plan for the growth and development of Calexico.

In addition to Carrillo and the rest of the City Council, City Manager Richard Inman and other city employees will field questions and listen to suggestions.

The Women's Improvement Club is at 320 Heber Ave.

Recently the City Council, seated as the city Redevelopment Agency, appropriated money for various civic projects.

Those projects include completing Nosotros Park and building a skate park on the site, re-roofing the Camarena Memorial Library, building monuments at the four highway entry points of the city and renovating the Community Center on Dool Avenue.

The RDA board has pledged money to the Calexico Unified School District toward building a gymnasium for De Anza Junior High School.


If the school district is successful in securing state money for the gym, the RDA is obligated to pay $750,000 of the $3 million project while the school district would pay $750,000 and the state would pay $1.5 million.

The RDA's price tag for the approved projects, including the gym, is around $2.25 million.

That leaves around $5.5 million in RDA funds unallocated.

At the workshop, the council will listen to residents' suggestions on how the money should be spent and offer their ideas.

In the past the board has heard requests for an art center, a "sports park" and more parks in general.

City Councilman Gilbert Grijalva said most of the money should be used to bring economic stimulus to the area.

Mayor Pro Tem John Renison said the city should look into building a rural health-care facility.

In closed session the council has considered spending $2 million on land near Highway 111 and Jasper Road. Councilman Frank Montoya said that project is on the back burner.

Another project being considered is the renovation of old City Hall for use by the Mexican consulate. Architect Kent Hems said the city is waiting on word from the consulate before moving forward.

Hems said the board has discussed spending $750,000 to renovate the downtown Carnegie Library.

One big-ticket item the board could consider is the revitalization of Rockwood Plaza.

The RDA board purchased the downtown plaza from the city and could use some of the nearly $6 million to renovate that area.

The council has talked about putting in a fountain or an arts and entertainment stage in the plaza.

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

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