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Klemm to manage Brawley's airport

December 05, 2001|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The City Council here agreed Tuesday to enter into a contract with Richard Klemm of El Centro to become the city's airport manager/fixed base operator.

The council unanimously voted to allow City Manager Jerry Santillan to negotiate and enter into an agreement with Klemm.

The other candidate was Jamie Pankratz of Brawley.

In November the city airport commission recommended Klemm to the council.

In other city business:

· The council agreed to spend $39,734 for police radars. The money comes from a state Office of Traffic Safety grant. The equipment to be purchased includes 11 in-vehicle radar units, a radar speed-monitoring trailer and two hand-held radar units.

· The council awarded a contract to A&R Construction of Brawley to reconstruct sewage pump lift station No. 1.

Lift station No. 1, on Ninth Street south of Malan Street, receives sewage from the most southwesterly portion of the city and will serve the Brawley Gateway project.

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The reconstruction will involve rehabilitating the deteriorated concrete well, replacing the electrical control system and installing two new sewage pumps. The original pumps are 14 years old.

· The council discussed the police chief vacancy. The city has five applicants for the position. One is local.

Councilwoman Jo Shields asked Santillan who would serve on a four-member review committee. The review committee would narrow the applicants to three.

Santillan said one council member, a law enforcement administrator, a city administrator and a community member at-large would serve on the committee.

Shields also asked who would select the committee members. Santillan said he would.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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