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Lights for Las Casitas

February 17, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Construction workers installed 18 new light structures at Las Casitas Park on Friday.

The new lights will allow residents living near the park to play soccer at night and keep better watch over their neighborhood.

Councilman Javier Alatorre said he was happy to see public and private sectors come together to help the community.

Installation of the light structures was made possible by a joint effort of the City Council, the city's Police Commission, the Imperial Irrigation District and IRBY Construction of Brawley.

Alatorre recently put an item on the City Council's agenda asking his peers to allocate $19,000 for new lights to fulfill a promise that council members made to Calexicans living near Las Casitas Park, a retention basin park on the northwest side of town.

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Those residents had asked members of the Police Commission to do something to make the park safer at night.

After the council approved the expenditure, Airport Manager Luis Estrada contacted IRBY Construction about picking up some poles the IID had said it was willing to donate.

IRBY donated employees and vehicles in picking up the poles, attaching the city's lights to those poles and then erecting the light structures Friday.

Alatorre gave all the credit to city staffers, saying, "We cannot do things like this without the employees. They are the people who make it."

In addition to the 18 structures at Las Casitas, eight more light structures will be erected at the retention basin park across from the school district offices on Andrade Avenue.

IID Division 5 Director Rudy Maldonado said the Las Casitas project was just one of many projects in which the district is involved.

He said the IID has donated poles, materials or manpower to similar projects in Brawley, Heber and Imperial.

Calexico Mayor Pro Tem John Renison said he was glad to see the west side of town get a sprucing.

"The council has tried to set priorities — this is mission accomplished but there is still more to do," he said.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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