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Supervisors looking at food bill, horned lizard listing

January 14, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors is scheduled Tuesday to consider taking action on state legislation proposed by Assemblyman Dave Kelley, R-Idyllwild, making it easier for non-profit, charitable, temporary food facilities to be used in community events.

The existing law was the center of debate between the county Health Department and local chambers of commerce and non-profit organizations that sell food at events such as the Cattle Call and Freedom Fest.

Chamber leaders said the law imposed health standards similar to those for restaurants and the strict requirements forced many non-profit groups to stay away from chamber-sponsored or other community events.

The bill, AB 610, amends the existing California Uniform Retail Food Facilities Law to include established clubs, student organizations or campaign committees. The bill allows nonprofit charitable temporary food facilities to operate up to 72 hours once a year for each community event.

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The board also will discuss and possibly take action on the announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to renew its proposal to list the flat-tailed horned lizard as a threatened species. More than 100,000 acres of the lizard's habitat is in Imperial County.

A similar listing for Pierson's milkvetch closed major portions of the Algodones Dunes to motorized off-road vehicles at the Imperial Sand Dune Recreation Area.

The board scheduled a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. to take action on an appeal by Nextel Communications. Nextel's request for a permit to build a 150-foot communication tower south of Highway 98 and east of Barbara Worth Road was denied by the county Planning/Building Department.

Also at the meeting, the board is scheduled to:

· discuss and possibly take action on the aging sewer pipeline at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort. Since the 1970s, there has been an agreement between the county and the city of Holtville to maintain the sewer line at the club.

· consider rejecting bids for the Brawley administration center and the agriculture commissioner wing addition projects and redo the bidding process in phases;

· consider rejecting bids for the County Administration Center phases five and six and redo the bidding process;

· approve a one-year contract with Dr. Bruce E. Haynes as the county emergency medical services medical director, retroactive to June 1, 2001.

The Board of Supervisors meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the board chambers on the second floor of the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro. Meeting agendas are available online at: www.imperialcounty.net

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

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