Calexico may hire more, but how many?

August 06, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — This city's department heads have asked, lobbied, and in one case, pleaded for more money to hire new employees.

At a recent budget workshop and a City Council meeting, the council fielded requests for more than 25 new city positions.

Mayor Pro Tem John Renison said the council will not be able to fund all those slots.

For two weeks City Manager Richard Inman has been analyzing various requests and the city's working budget to figure out exactly how many people can be hired.

He will present his recommendations at Tuesday's regular City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 608 Heber Ave.

At past meetings the council has shown strong support for new employees in the parks and recreation and planning departments.

Planning Director Ricardo Hinojosa — the man who pleaded his case before the council — said his department needs at least one more employee if not two because of the expected workload this coming year.


In the next couple months, the department could process paperwork for the development of 8,000 new homes, he said.

In addition to supporting the Planning Department, the council has said hiring part-time employees for park maintenance was a high priority.

Certain departments, such as the Fire Department, are waiting on the council's decision with crossed fingers.

Fire Chief Carlos Escalante has requested funding for six firefighter positions because the department doesn't have the manpower needed to comply with several state requirements.

Fighting a fire on July 29, the department was hampered by a lack of firefighters, according to Capt. Ernesto Avila.

He said the fire at a Seventh Street apartment complex could have been doused faster if the department had more firefighters on the scene.

Before the discussion on new positions, the council could:

· Vote on the terms of agreement for representation in China to attract investors.

· Give direction to city staff to look into funding for a rural health-care facility.

· Set the fee schedule for Horacio Luna Gun Club and possibly authorize an increase in fees for the community and senior centers.

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

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