Calexico council faces full agenda

December 03, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The agenda for Tuesday's City Council meeting here is packed with lingering land disputes, controversial resolutions and a closed-session item regarding an interim police chief.

The city's most recent police chief, Tommy Tunson, was hired by the Southgate Police Department. His final day in Calexico was Nov. 27.

At the meeting, the City Council here also could:

· pass a resolution opposing the fallowing of farmland to restore the Salton Sea.

· authorize the city manager to write and sign a resolution accepting a grant agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board.

· appoint an interim police chief.

· allow the owners of farmland near the intersection of Highway 98 and Cole Road to build an industrial park, houses and an RV park.


The council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 608 Heber Ave.

The public is invited to take part in a hearing scheduled for the beginning of the meeting on the Bravo/Rodiles development proposals.

That hearing, which was canceled last week, regards developments planned for a 324-acre, triangle-shaped wedge of land at the intersection of Highway 98 and Cole Road on the eastern side of town.

The council will ask to hear from those in favor of the projects and those opposed.

For the past year, a collection of landowners — the F.S. Bravo Partners and Dr. Horacio and Sandra Rodiles — has worked to get interconnected but separate projects approved by the city Planning Department and City Council.

The Bravo Partners want to build an RV park north of Cole Road near new homes off Meadows Road. They hope to sell another chunk of their land to a developer who plans to build an industrial park near the intersection of Highway 98 and Cole Road.

The Rodiles family wants to build 80 acres of houses and a gas station on land near the intersection of Bowker Road and Cole Road.

The projects have been designed to complement each other by El Centro development consultant Tom DuBose.

Earlier this year, the city Planning Commission delayed the approval process for the project due to concerns that the project could negatively impact the city's ability to provide police and fire service to the community as a whole. There also were concerns the project could affect the traffic near one of the busiest intersections in the city and about the layout of the projects.

The commission required the landowners to pay for a $200,000 environmental review to address potential impacts before it would approve the projects.

At a City Council public hearing, DuBose said his clients did not need to pay for a review since he had properly accounted for all possible impacts in his planning.

The council backed the commission, requiring the review.

The landowners then sued the City Council in an attempt to overturn that decision.

That lawsuit never went to trial because the City Council reconsidered the issue at a later meeting and overruled the Planning Commission decision.

The council decided to allow the landowners to move forward with their project without paying for an environmental review if certain conditions were met.

On Tuesday, the council will vote to certify or reject that decision.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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