Grogan to address Westmorland council

August 14, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — The City Council here will be the next to hear El Centro Mayor Pro Tem Larry Grogan's request to join a countywide task force that would look into imposing a quarter-cent tax throughout the Imperial Valley.

The Westmorland council will hear the proposal at its meeting Wednesday.

Grogan had already made a similar pitch to the Calexico City Council and the county Board of Supervisors.

Grogan said the revenue taken in by the tax could be used by local cities to buy new police and fire vehicles.

Also during the meeting:

· the council will stage a public meeting to hear suggestions and comments on several proposed zoning changes.

George Galvan of The Holt Group said, "The city's map has some questionable zones, so we are trying to update them so everything in the city is compatible with each other."

The Holt Group is an El Centro firm that provides engineering, planning and other services to the city.


· Police Chief Fred Beltran will appear before the council to seek a fine increase for residents who flood their lawns at night.

The issue had came up during an earlier council meeting but the council took no action because a resolution wasn't written at that point.

The city has an ordinance that fines residents $25 for flooding but Beltran says that is not enough. He said there are people who don't care and keep flooding their lawns and streets despite the fine.

During the last council meeting, Beltran was directed by Mayor Henry Halcon to talk to City Attorney Mitch Driskill and write a new ordinance to raise fines for repeat offenses.

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

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