Calexico City Council meeting rescheduled

February 25, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — There will be no City Council meeting here this Tuesday, according to City Clerk Lourdes Cordova.

The meeting has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday because three councilmen would not be able to attend a meeting Tuesday.

On Thursday, the council will discuss the status of negotiations with developers looking to build a hotel and an Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar near the Calexico 10 theater off Scaroni Road.

Late last year, representatives of the developers asked the City Council to offer monetary incentives to help speed construction of a new restaurant and hotel here instead of in El Centro or Brawley.


Specifically, the developers asked the council to pay $450,000 to construct two roads on property owned by Raul Estrada that would be used primarily by patrons of their respective establishments.

Estrada owns four plots of land north of the theater that the developers are in negotiations to buy.

The council agreed to build the roads but said there will be no asphalt laid down until the developers committed to building in Calexico.

Recently, a lawyer representing Raul Estrada said the developers have balked at that arrangement.

The lawyer, John McClendon, told the council to press on with the roads' construction because his client, Estrada, would strike a deal with the developers.

McClendon told the council Estrada could guarantee that those developers would build here if the council signed off on the improvements.

The council took no action on McClendon's suggestion at its last meeting.

In other business Thursday, the council will look at the pay of the city's various department heads.

Members of the council have said they want to make sure the salaries are comparable to the salaries offered by other cities.

In closed session, the council will evaluate the job performance of City Manager Richard Inman.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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