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Maruca delays power plant resolution

November 07, 2001|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

County Supervisor Joe Maruca decided to delay for one week his resolution opposing future power plants across the border in Mexico.

Maruca said he wanted to re-word the resolution to include condemning the natural gas pipeline serving the power plants.

"Any additional pollution on the border is too much. No matter how clean you make them, they will still dirty the air," Maruca said, referring to the power plants.

The board plans to take action on closures at the Imperial Sand Dunes.

In October, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management ordered some driveable washes closed to vehicles and 25,600 acres east of the dunes closed to camping as part of a settlement with environmental groups.

"It is our intention to be involved in the appeal process," Supervisor Gary Wyatt said.

The latest closures brings the total open land in the 150,000-acre sand dunes to about 50 percent, according to BLM field manager Greg Thomsen.


The board also created a new intergovernmental relations director position to help the supervisors take advantage of legislation that could bring more money to the county. The salary range for the position starts at $78,000.

The job description was amended to include an accounting of the funds generated for the county, as requested by Maruca. Supervisor Wally Leimgruber cast the only dissenting vote.

The board, acting as the Air Pollution Control District Board, set a public hearing for 11 a.m. Dec. 11 to revise fees, rules and regulations for cremation incinerators.

The board also:

· amended a $300,000 community block grant for reconstruction home loans for low income colonia residents,

· adopted plans and specifications for construction of a bridge on Brandt Road, across the New River,

· Granted a $65,000 line of credit to the Niland Sanitary District.

>>Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 760-337-3452 or

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