E.C. needs to be heard by council

December 04, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The El Centro City Council will hear a presentation Wednesday on city needs and resources.

The city faces budget deficits in coming years if it does nothing to increase revenues while holding down expenses.

City department heads are expected to make their spending priorities known to the council.

The council meets in open session at 6:30 p.m. at 1275 Main St.

In other business, the council:

· will conduct a public hearing and ask for input on how the city should spend a $100,000 state law enforcement grant allocated to the city.

· will consider increasing City Clerk pay by 3.5 percent effective Aug. 1, 2001, and 4 percent effective Aug. 1, 2002. The base salary is $5,529 monthly.


· will consider granting a three-year extension for solid waste collection to Valley Environmental Services Inc. The contract would include the possibility of another three-year extension. The company must continue to meet certain city requirements.

· will consider approving a $30,000 per year household hazardous waste disposal contract with Camarillo-based MSE Environmental for two years on behalf of the Imperial Valley Waste Management Task Force. The city of El Centro is the task force's administrator.

· will discuss and possibly take action on the development of a water and wastewater rate plan and revenue program to fund necessary operations, maintenance and capital improvements. The city foresees expenses of $11.36 million for water system capital improvements during the next 20 years and $4 million for the wastewater system.

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

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