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IID to ask county for power lines right-of-way from county for

February 25, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

The Imperial Irrigation District is asking the county Board of Supervisors to grant a right-of-way Tuesday for power lines south of Brawley.

The district wants to locate the power lines through county property at the Imperial Valley Conservation Research Center. The research center opposes locating the power lines at the center.

District officials say new home development and a new addition to Pioneer's Memorial Hospital will require additional power lines to the Panno Substation.

John Grizzle, chairman of the research center's powerline subcommittee, stated in a letter to the district the proposed route is longer and could cost $100,000 more than an alternate route.

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The letter also stated 26-feet tall palm trees at the research center would have to be removed if the proposed route is used, the center's farm plots will be reduced and rentals will be affected.

The district is offering to relocate the trees on the same property.

Also Tuesday, the supervisors are scheduled to approve out-of-state travel for County Executive Officer Ann Capela to travel to Detroit, Mich., for a Society of Automotive Engineers convention March 6 and 7.

Capela said she wants to attend the convention to promote the Gateway of the Americas industrial development. She said the Mexicali Industrial Commission also will be attending to promote the maquiladora industry.

The cost of the trip would be about $300.

The board meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in its chambers on the second floor of the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro. Meeting agendas are available online at: www.imperialcounty.net.

>>Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or lauramitchell9@yahoo.com.

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