4 of 5 seats on Westmorland council up for grabs

March 04, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — Four of five seats on the City Council here are up for election Tuesday — three full-term seats and one short-term seat.

Incumbents John Makin and Henry Halcon have filed for re-election while City Councilman Rumaldo Marquez Jr. is not seeking re-election.

The short-term seat belonged to councilman Thomas Marquez, who resigned from the council after two years of his term. Marquez was called to duty by the U.S. Air Force reserves after the terrorist attacks in September. He missed several meetings and decided to resign from the council.

Those seeking election for the full-term seat are Martha Louise Cruz, Thomas "Bud" Landrum, Henry D. Graham, Maria C. Olivas and Makin.

Halcon and Victor M. Sanchez are seeking the short-term seat.

Whichever candidates are elected to the four seats, along with incumbent City Councilmen Larry Ritchie, will have to face the task of fixing problems plaguing the city. The biggest problem is the city's streets.


The council has been working hard to fix the streets and has been moving forward but the city's biggest and probably most important street has yet to be fixed — South Center Street. South Center Street is one of the main roadways that truckers use to enter the Imperial Valley. It has left the street cracked and bumpy.

City officials have been working on fixing South Center Street for several years.

The city will see some growth with two incoming projects, a motel and a residential drug and alcohol treatment center for women. Construction on both projects will start shortly.

A project still in the planning stages is the Highway 86 overpass. The purpose of the overpass is to give school students a safe crossing over Highway 86 on their way to and from school.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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