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El Centro council may go against power lines

January 15, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The El Centro City Council will consider adopting a resolution against the construction of electrical transmission lines that would carry power from utility plants under construction in Mexicali through Imperial County to San Diego.

Representatives from Sempra Energy Resources, which is one of the companies building in Mexicali, and from National Energy Group, which is building a natural gas pipeline to supply the power plants, are scheduled to speak in favor of their projects to the City Council before a decision is made on the resolution.

The council meets in open session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1275 Main St.

In other action, the council will consider one of two new paid provisions for City Clerk Rita Noden, an elected official. The base salary is $5,529 monthly. If approved, the pay would increase 3.5 percent on Aug. 1, 2001, and 4 percent on Aug. 1, 2002.

Under one proposal, a vehicle allowance would be deleted and longevity pay would be reinstated. Under the second proposal, the vehicle allowance would be deleted. The longevity pay equals $15 per month for each five years of continuous service to the city, in addition to the salary.

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The council also will be presented with the spending priorities of each city department head.

In city Redevelopment Agency business, the council will be asked to approve the RDA's 2001-02 budget of $6.9 million and 2002-03 budget of $3.5 million.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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