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Brawley extends DuBose contract as liaison for beef plant, city

September 05, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday night to extend its relationship with and increase the pay of Tom DuBose, the city's consultant and liaison with the beef-processing facility now under construction in the northeast area of the city

Contracted by the council in April, DuBose's rate of pay was not to exceed $5,000.

However, Tuesday's decision saw DuBose's pay increase to an amount not to exceed $25,000 at a rate of $100 per hour. According to a resolution prepared by Brawley City Manager Jerry Santillan and approved by the council, the increased pay is for additional services to be performed by DuBose, which include issues related to Brawley's wastewater treatment plant.

Santillan praised DuBose for the work he has done regarding the beef plant.

City Councilwoman Toni Carrillo also praised DuBose: "He's done an excellent job."

She also asked Santillan if the $25,000 includes pay for work already done.


Santillan said it does.

Carrillo then asked who would track DuBose's hours, to which Santillan said he would along with Public Works Director Manuel Aceves.

Councilwoman Jo Shields asked Santillan if DuBose's subconsultant, Sandy Walker, would get paid with the added money, adding she thought Walker also has done a great job.

Of Walker's pay, Santillan responded, "Yes. What happens is Walker bills DuBose and DuBose bills us."

Mayor Wayne Johnson said of hiring DuBose in April, "It was well worth it because he came with some really good solutions."

In other city business:

· the council staged the first reading of an ordinance placing stop signs at various intersections in the city.

The original ordinance called for yield signs to be replaced with stop signs at North Eastern Avenue where it intersects with River Drive and at E Street where it intersects with Fifth.

During the meeting another intersection was added to the list — North Imperial Avenue at North Plaza.

The second reading will be at the next council meeting.

· the council agreed to enter into a contract with Water 3 Engineering Inc. to provide technical engineering assistance during the wastewater treatment plant expansion.

The wastewater plant construction is entering phase two and needs the technical engineering assistance.

· the council agreed to contract with Environmental Utilities International in association with L.J. Farrington Engineers Inc. and Water 3 Engineering Inc. to provide additional professional services.

The companies are to seek methods of reducing ammonia content of the beef plant effluent. They will work in conjunction with the beef plant consulting team.

· the council agreed to purchase an ultraviolet disinfecting system for the wastewater treatment plant expansion project.

· the council agreed to commence the first stage of the city's water conservation program.

Stage one would include the installation of water meters and a public information outreach program that would help answer and inform the public on the change. The outreach information would consist of flyers sent to every water customer in the city.

Stage two will be a follow-up program implemented only if there is a need for further water conservation. If it is needed it would start Jan. 1, 2005.

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

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