RDA agrees to pay $150,000 for cost analysis on New River project

August 15, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

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.


"I've heard some reports that there is a possibility the $150,000 will be reimbursed. What assurance do we have? Do we have anything in writing?" Grijalva asked.

"No we don't," Inman replied.

Inman did say there was verbal assurance that if Beck was successful in securing the grants, the $150,000 would be reimbursed.

"That's all the assurance we have," Inman said.

With that, the City Council, seated as the RDA board, voted to appropriate the money and enter into an agreement with Beck.

A collection of people sitting in the back of the council chambers left after the decision.

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

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