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Westmorland council to hear rate-hike proposal

September 04, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — The City Council will hear a proposal by the city consultant Joel Hamby regarding raising rates on water and wastewater services.

Early in the year, Hamby went before the council to ask for the rate increase.

Hamby proposed the increase because the city did not have a reserve fund for the under-construction water and wastewater plants.

The council did not take action but instead directed Hamby to wait to see how the plant construction goes and then come before the council again.

Also during the meeting:

· The council, in a public hearing, will discuss and take action 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, of El Centro, provides engineering, planning and other services to the city.


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

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

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 about the fine and keep flooding the streets.

Beltran was directed by Mayor Henry Halcon to talk to City Attorney Mitch Driskill and write a new ordinance that would raise the fines for repeat offenses.

· The council will discuss and take action on proposed changes to the nuisance abatement ordinance, which had caused friction among residents.

The changes were suggested by a residents committee formed to review the ordinance.

· The council 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.

Grogan made a similar request 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 and for other city essentials.

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

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