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Benson, Vasquez to be reappointed to seats on Brawley council

September 01, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — City Council members John Benson and Esteban "Steve" Vasquez will be reappointed to four-year terms at Tuesday's council meeting.

Vasquez and Benson were unopposed in their bids for re-election to the Brawley City Council.

Vasquez will be serving his third term on the council and said there's a lot of issues he's looking forward to tackling.

The issue he said he is going to try to emphasize is streets.

"We need to emphasize on street repairs and hopefully we'll get better streets in the future," said Vasquez.

"In the past we have dealt in other issues. Hopefully the other council members will agree with me," he added.

Vasquez said, "The street issues have been put in the back. I'm forever trying to make this a major issue in the city but I can't promise anything."

Benson, who served on the council over the past four years, and in year's past, also is a former Imperial Irrigation District director.

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He was unavailable for comment Saturday.

Also at the meeting…

n The council will take action on extending an agreement with Tom DuBose, owner of Development Design & Engineering in El Centro, for consultation and liaison services between the city and the under construction beef-processing plant.

City Manager Jerry Santillan hired DuBose in April to provide consulting and liaison services between the city and the beef plant operators. On Tuesday the council will vote on extending DuBose's services and pay.

n The council will vote whether to approve a contract with Water 3 Engineering, Inc. to provide technical engineering assistance during the wastewater treatment plant expansion.

Now that the new influent pipeline and aerator installation are under way and the remainder of the work on the plant is scheduled to start in October, the city must consider retaining the services of the design engineer so it can provide technical engineering services during construction.

The technical services the company would provide include: interpreting bidding documents, reviewing contractors' shop drawings and submittals, providing information to contractors request for information, negotiating change order and resolving claims and disputes.

n The council will do the first reading of an ordinance that would establish stop sign intersections at a couple spots in the city.

The council wants to replace existing yield signs on River Drive at the intersection with Eastern Avenue with stop signs with painted stop bars on both sides of River Drive.

The action also would replace existing yield signs on Fifth and E streets with stop signs, with a painted stop bar on E Street.

n El Centro Mayor Pro Tem Larry Grogan will ask the city of Brawley to join a countywide task force that would look into imposing a quarter-cent tax throughout the Imperial Valley.

Grogan has made a similar appeal to the City Council in Calexico 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, among other essentials.

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

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