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E.C. council to discuss support for private prison

September 18, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The El Centro City Council on Wednesday will discuss formally supporting a privately run prison for 1,500 low-risk illegal immigrants.

The council meets in open session at 6:30 p.m. at 1275 Main St.

Sarasota, Fla.-based Correctional Services Corp. would build and operate the facility. The prison would be adjacent to the county jail south of El Centro.

In other city business, the council will:

· conduct a public hearing on a request to change zoning on the north side of the 200 block of West State Street from general commercial to single-family residential.

· conduct a public hearing to receive public input on the use of $76,038 in local law enforcement block grant money. The city will add $8,449 to that amount in matching funds. The Police Department proposes the money be used for essential equipment directly related to basic law enforcement functions.

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· discuss what regulations and fees should be implemented for the use of the El Centro Town Square facility.

· discuss how to deal with absences on the various city boards and commissions.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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