In other business, the City Council:
· approved a two-year extension of the city's contract for visitors' services with the El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. City staff recommendation was for $145,000 for each year, but it was revealed that an agreement had already been worked out between the city and the chamber for $145,000 for fiscal 2001-02 and $152,250 for fiscal 2002-03, a 5 percent increase over 2001-02.
City Manager Abdel Salem said the recommendation was in line with the intention of keeping the status quo condition of the city's budget. As such, the item was approved on a 4-1 vote, with councilman Jack Dunnam dissenting, arguing that to give the chamber the increase it sought the council should give increases to the various city departments seeking them.
Several council members, including Dunnam, praised the chamber for its efforts on behalf of the city.
· held a public hearing and approved a conditional-use permit for the construction of a 100-foot broadcasting tower at 1803 N. Imperial Ave. pending review by the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Communications Commission and the county Airport Planning Commission. The council also approved an environmental negative declaration for the project.
The council was told the tower would be about the same height as the city's water tower on Eighth Street.
· voted to become the lead administrator for the Imperial Valley Waste Management Task Force in dealings with Allied Waste Systems. State law requires each city to implement a source reduction and recycling element and household hazardous waste element as part of a reduced waste stream program.
The household hazardous waste facility will provide residents with a disposal location for items such as oil and latex paint, gasoline, used oil, batteries, aerosol cans, pesticides and antifreeze, among other items.
The facility will be at the materials recovery facility in El Centro.
· approved $16,800 as its share of a fiber optic, telecommunications system joint powers authority with the Imperial County Office of Education, the Imperial Irrigation District and the county.
Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.