Calexico may award $1.5 million in bids

December 17, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Construction of curbs, gutters and sidewalks and the installation of signal lights at the corner of Meadows Road and Andrade Avenue should begin in January after the City Council here accepts a bid from one of three companies vying for the job.

The city's public works director, Mariano Martinez, has recommended accepting the $1,447,316 bid from Granite Construction Co. of El Centro. Granite's bid was the low of the three received.

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, the council will consider awarding the bid to Granite, discuss the reorganization of the Police Department and consider granting a liquor license to a Food-4-Less warehouse grocery store.

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

Ralph's Grocery Co. of Los Angeles is looking to build a Food-4-Less on the old FedMart site at the northwest corner of Highway 98 and Highway 111.


In a letter to the City Council, Patrick Barber, senior vice president of the Ralph's Grocery Co., wrote, "Our planned supermarket at the licensed site will be approximately 58,000 square feet and will provide, as a convenience to customers, all of the customary departments normally provided in all major supermarkets in California."

According to Barber, 800 square feet of the store will be allocated for liquor.

Ralph's needs to apply for a "determination of public convenience" from the council before it can be approved for a liquor license because there is already a concentration of licenses within the census tract in which the company is planning to build.

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