County resolution condemns terrorist attacks

September 19, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

In two patriotic moves, the county Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution condemning the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States and proclaimed Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

Representatives of the Daughters of the American Revolution encouraged the board and everyone to read the Constitution.

The board also discussed and approved a letter in response to one from Intergen Services Inc., a Boston-based company building a 750-megawatt power plant in the Mexicali region.

The county's Sept. 11 letter says it would be better for the county's air if Intergen were to install additional air emission control technology at all of its plants rather than a multi-million dollar, multi-year program to reduce the effects of ozone along the border region by funding clean-up projects identified by an independent science advisory board.

"It does not take an independent science advisory board to figure out that the best way to reduce the effects of ozone on the border region would be to prevent its formation in the first place," the letter states.


Lauren Grizzle, representing the Imperial County Farm Bureau, read a Sept. 13 letter to the board, stating the Farm Bureau's concern with the potential support of the Mexicali power plants by the Board of Supervisors.

"As residents of this county, we are concerned about our air quality and its health impacts on our families, neighbors and communities," the letter says. "Now is not the appropriate time for Imperial County leadership to endorse a Mexican-based power generating facility that will have an impact on the county's air quality, with or without California emission standards. We must first protect our interests at home."

In other business, the board:

· received an update and written report on the infrastructure work and expenditures associated with the Gateway of the Americas project.

· approved a consolidation plan for the tax collector and treasurer offices.

· approved a reorganization plan for the planning and building departments.

· among other things, authorized the advertisement for bids and approved final plans and specifications for the construction of the new $2 million county administration center in Brawley.

· approved $32,000 for animal control services with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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

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