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Brawley council postpones reorganization

five percent salary hike for Santillan OK'd

December 19, 2001|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The City Council here did not name a new mayor Tuesday night.

The council instead tabled its reorganization.

Councilman Steve Vasquez was not at the meeting. He and City Manager Jerry Santillan were in Sacramento on a business trip.

During a council meeting earlier this month, Vasquez had told the council he would not be at the meeting and wanted the reorganization to be done at a meeting when he could be present. The council agreed.

Councilwoman Toni Carrillo is expected to be selected as mayor, replacing Mayor Wayne Johnson. Carrillo has served as mayor pro tem for the last year.

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In other city business:

· the Brawley Gateway plan was not finalized. The council was to discuss and possibly finalize the specific plan that details the infrastructure needed for the project.

Council members Jo Shields and John Benson own property near the project site, which does not allow them to take part in the voting on the issue. With Vasquez not present, a voting quorum was not available.

The project calls for building residential, commercial and light industrial developments east of Highway 86 in the southwest section of the city, east of Pioneers Memorial Hospital.

The property is owned and would be developed by former Brawley residents Steven and Thomas Church.

· The council approved a 5 percent pay raise for Santillan. The raise is in line with raises the council has given to all city employees.

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

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