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3 parking lot upgrade bids approved

February 21, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The El Centro City Council, sitting as the Redevelopment Agency board, on Wednesday approved three bids for downtown parking lot upgrades as part of the ongoing revitalization efforts.

The contracts are to El Centro-based Granite Construction for $203,488.25 for the asphalt overlay or seal coat for parking lots two, three, five, seven and 10; Holtville-based Sun Landscape Inc. for $57,821.60 for the landscaping of lots two, three, four, five and eight; and to DEZ Construction for $60,973.61 for two shade structures each on lots two and five.

The City Council:

· approved a $179,975 contract with Pasadena-based Cotton/Bridges/Associates to update the city's general plan. Council members directed staff to ensure the public receives as much notice as possible to ensure adequate input into the changes.

· approved efforts to clean up a city-owned lot near Imperial Valley College for use as a regional public safety training facility. Officials from the other cities will be asked to participate. It was reported that IVC officials have submitted a $150,000 state grant request to build part of the facility.

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· approved seeking a $200,000 state grant to remove tires from throughout the county.

· approved the job description, salary grade level and budget allocation for the hiring of a risk manager. The monthly pay would be $3,969 to $4,983. The City Council decided to hire a risk manager to help reduce the costs of workers compensation through improved safety.

· received progress reviews by the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp. and the Imperial County Film Commission.

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

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