Imperial adopts anti-fallowing resolution

November 22, 2001|By JENNIFER RALTON-SMITH, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — Minutes after becoming the new mayor of this mid-Valley city, Doug Cox presided over his first City Council meeting here Wednesday night.

A major item on the agenda was the discussion and approval of a resolution to oppose fallowing agricultural land to restore the Salton Sea.

Bruce Kuhn, a member of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors, addressed the meeting on this issue.

"We need to make sure that this fallowing proposal is not confused with the San Diego water transfer," said Kuhn. "It is a separate issue in and of itself."

He told council members the thrust of the proposal is to permanently fallow nearly 20 percent of all farmable acreage in Imperial County.


Kuhn voiced concern that an "environmental nightmare" might well be the long-term result if widespread fallowing took place.

He concluded his comments by saying, "The Salton Sea was created by run-off farm waters from the Imperial Valley. I don't think it should be our legacy to kill the Valley to save the sea."

The resolution to oppose fallowing was passed unanimously.

A resolution to adopt a memorandum of understanding for 2001-2002 with the Imperial Police Officers Association was approved.

Still on police matters, Imperial police Officer Sean Acuña presented to council a series of new police badges under consideration for adoption by his department.

Another subject up for discussion was the possible implementation of stop signs and/or rumble strips at three intersections within city limits.

Outgoing Mayor Mark Gran briefly addressed the council and thanked it, along with city staff members, for "a good year as mayor — with no major problems."

He went on to say he is proud of what was accomplished by the council during his time as mayor.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 5.

>> Jennifer Ralton-Smith can be reached at 337-3442.

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