Supervisors end state of emergency in wake of grant

January 23, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors discontinued a local state of emergency at its meeting Tuesday after receiving money from the state to pay for additional law enforcement at the Imperial Sand Dunes over busy holiday weekends.

The supervisors declared the emergency Dec. 18 to try to get help from the state after a chaotic Thanksgiving holiday weekend at the dunes where 190,000 visitors were patrolled by fewer than 40 law enforcement officers. One person died from a shooting in the dunes that weekend and others were injured in assaults

The county Sheriff's Office applied for a $242,400 grant from the state Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Commission and on Jan. 11 was awarded $500,000.

Also at the meeting, the board agreed to appoint a supervisor to sit on the Southern California Water Committee. The committee is a partnership of business, government, water agencies, agriculture and public interests working on water policy issues in Southern California.


"Imperial County has the most at stake. We need to be there," Supervisors' Chairman Hank Kuiper said.

In addition, the board agreed to sponsor and appoint a member to the Low Desert Resource Conservation and Development Council of Indio.

The council will promote improvements and rural development to the low desert area, which includes all of Imperial County and other desert areas in Southern California, council spokesman David Erskine said.

The council needs sponsorship to be accepted and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The board also:

· approved plans and will open bids for reconstructing the intersection at Dogwood and Keystone roads;

· took action, required for grant money to clean up the north slope of the Brawley landfill and to close the Ocotillo, Palo Verde and Picacho landfills within five years;

· approved $7,200 for two board members and the county executive officer to travel to Washington, D.C., for the National Association of Counties legislative conference March 1-5.

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