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Calexico Council set to approve tree-planting contract

November 05, 2001|By aaron claverie, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Hundreds of eucalyptus red gum, eucalyptus lemon-scented, Indian laurel, Chilean mesquite and Thomless mesquite will be shading the streets here after the Calexico City Council approves a tree-planting contract with International Environment Corp. during Tuesday's regular council meeting.

Two companies bid on the contract but International Environmental's $62,373.50 bid was nearly $30,000 less than the other bid.

The city is paying for the trees with Proposition 12 money.

In other business, the council will hear a presentation on the alternatives document for the Salton Sea. The presentation will be by Tom Kirk, executive director of the Salton Sea Authority.

The authority's alternatives document lays out various alternatives for "saving" the Salton Sea, including fallowing of Imperial Valley farmland.

The council will decide whether to send three Calexico Fire Department captains to New York to attend a Nov. 18 memorial service for firefighters and rescue personnel killed Sept. 11. The cost for the trip is $1,500.

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"I am respectfully asking if the city and or the Fire Department could sponsor us in this endeavor. The cost for the trip is quite reasonable and would, in our eyes, be a nice gesture on behalf of the Calexico Fire Department," Capt. Art Navarro wrote in a letter to the City Council.

The council also will vote on putting the city's "big box" ordinance up for a public vote on the March 5 election.

The "big box" ordinance was hotly debated earlier this year.

Supporters asked the city to overturn the ordinance that does not allow stores such as Wal-Mart to expand to more than 150,000 square feet if a large percentage of the floor area is devoted to groceries.

Downtown grocers had pushed for the ordinance last year because they feared the prospect of a Super Wal-Mart or another "big box" store would undercut their prices.

Instead of repealing the ordinance earlier this year, the council decided to put the issue on the March election.

Tuesday's action by the council will finalize that decision.

>>Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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