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Supervisor Hank Kuiper is named board chairman

January 09, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

County District 2 Supervisor Hank Kuiper was elected as the chairman of the board Tuesday night, replacing District 1 Supervisor Tony Tirado, whose term as chairman had expired.

Supervisor Joe Maruca, who represents District 3, was elected vice chairman, replacing Kuiper.

Both votes were unanimous, 4-0, with District 5 supervisor Wally Leimgruber absent.

"People ask why I do this. My three grandsons give me three good reasons for being involved," Kuiper said.

Kuiper said he wants to continue to build on what Tirado did as chairman of the board.

Tirado said he was honored to be the chairman this past year and is excited about the steps the board took toward economic development.

Earlier Tuesday, the board listened to public comments at a hearing to repeal the 1998 approval of the Felicity specific plan area.

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The Felicity project is a planned new city in Imperial County six miles west of Yuma, county Planning Director Jurg Heuberger said.

The board approved the repeal, although it did not have much choice since the repeal was required by the court, Heuberger said.

The Quechan Indian tribe sued the county over the project for multiple reasons including groundwater and archaeological issues, he said.

The county won the original case but upon appeal the court decided to have the county repeal the original approval, Heuberger said.

Also at the meeting, the board:

· acting as the air pollution control district board, approved an increase of $189,045 for maintenance of the compressed natural gas facility;

· named David Harrison Sr. and Christine Boswell Harris to the Bombay Beach Community Service District;

· released the request for proposals for welfare-to-work services for the Workforce Investment Board.

>> Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or lauramitchell9@yahoo.com

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