CALEXICO — This city's Redevelopment Agency will pay Seattle-based R.W. Beck Inc. $150,000 to prepare a cost analysis of a $50-60 million plan to clean, cover and line a stretch of the New River from the international border to Highway 98.
According to the $150,000 agreement, Beck will submit the breakdown to a lending agency representing charitable foundations before Sept. 21 in an attempt to secure the cost of the river project in humanitarian grant money.
Beck is a nationwide corporation of independent engineers that works with multi-lateral banks in finding alternative funding for civic and nature-based operations.
No one from Beck spoke at Tuesday night's meeting.
Before the board voted unanimously to appropriate the $150,000, City Councilman Gilbert Grijalva asked a couple questions.
"Staff is not capable of preparing this application?" he asked.
City Manager Richard Inman said he didn't think anyone on the city staff had the expertise to prepare the application.