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Grants received to build business incubator

October 04, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The city of El Centro was awarded a $1.29 million federal grant to build a business incubator, it was announced at Wednesday's City Council meeting.

"That will be used to assist small business owners in developing business plans and strategies to get their businesses up and running successfully here in El Centro," Mayor Cheryl Walker said.

In addition, the city received a $35,000 technical assistance grant from the California Department of Housing for the same facility, Walker said.

Walker said this morning construction on the facility in the city's Centerpoint Business Park must begin within 18 months to keep the grant.

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The $1.29 million is from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

In other business, the City Council:

· delayed until after the November election consideration of budget amendment requests by department heads. The delay was requested by staff.

· approved recommendations by the city's community services commission on how to spend $246,000 in parks and recreation funds. The money is the city's portion of the state's 2000 parks and recreation bond act. The commission recommended $24,250 for the cool deck and shading at the Plunge swimming pool, $121,570 for compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements at Bucklin Park, $73,595 for ADA compliance at Adams or Swarthout parks and $26,585 for partial funding of a skateboard park. The city already has $20,000 for the project. The skateboard park is estimated to cost $92,000.

· approved seeking $300,000 in state grant money for use at McGee Park. Suggested uses include making the park ADA compliant, building a shade structure to cover playground equipment, reconstruct the basketball court and build a new restroom facility.

· adopted rules, regulations, fees and applications for the use of the town square.

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

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