At the public hearing, the representatives of the landowners said they will argue that the proposed developments would be a boon to the city and should be green-lighted immediately.
The landowners have estimated the project will create 700-1,000 new jobs, bring 32 new companies into Calexico, along with 800 new residents and "240 tourists."
Representatives of the landowners reiterated that they don't need to pay for an environmental report because all of the potential impacts of their project have been addressed in the planning.
City Planning Director Ricardo Hinojosa said he will argue at the hearing that the project will affect traffic along Cole Road — declared a "hazardous area" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — and create a drain on public facilities and services.
The Planning Commission resolution signed by Hinojosa states, "The Bravo/Rodiles subdivision project presents the potential to overburden and exceed city's ability to provide an adequate level of municipal services."
Earlier in Tuesday's council meeting, the council voted to approve the hiring of two city employees with money from the 2001-2002 general fund.
City Manager Richard Inman said part of the cost for the new employees would be recovered by anticipated revenue from new housing developments.
The council then asked Police Chief Tommy Tunson about staffing of the department.
Tunson told the council that four department applicants will be sent to a police academy after a round of interviews and background checks.
He added the department is scouring police academies throughout Southern California to bring in recruits to Calexico but is having a hard time attracting candidates because of the comparatively low pay here.
Councilman John Renison said the council should look into raising the pay for the police and fire departments. Tunson said raising the pay would be the only way to attract more officers.
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