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Vehicular needs tops list for Calexico City Council

April 01, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The City Council here could vote to go out to bid to lease 11 cruisers for the Police Department and to buy two vehicles for the Fire Department, a 1-ton pickup and a super cab pick up.

If the council votes to put the vehicles out to bid, the purchases will be paid from impact fees, according to the agenda for Tuesday's City Council meeting. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 608 Heber Ave.

In addition to addressing the vehicular needs of this city's public safety departments, the council could:

· allow city staffers to sign a lease agreement with Golden, Colo.-based First Municipal Leasing Corp. for a new ambulance.

According to the corporation's Web site, "First Municipal assists municipalities and governmental entities of all types, including school, fire, water and other districts, as well as cities, counties and state agencies in financing essential use equipment and buildings using lease-purchase financing incorporating tax-exempt interest rates and payment terms that best suit the customer's budget and financial circumstances."

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· approve a contract with Turbo Data Systems to collect two years of unpaid parking citations and every year thereafter.

Turbo Data is a private company with corporate headquarters in Orange. TDS has served cities and other agencies since 1985, according to its Web site. On that site, the company claims the city could collect 70 percent to 85 percent of the money it is owed by people who haven't paid their tickets.

· approve emergency purchase of a radio recording system for the fire and police dispatch center.

· award bid proposal for water line replacement between Second and Third streets to Floyd Nelson Jr. and Sons of Holtville for $264,563.34.

· approve resolution authorizing examination of sales and use tax records.

· discuss a sale of city property at 425 Cesar Chavez Blvd. Weeks ago, an agenda item regarding this potential sale had been tabbed for the council's closed session.

After City Treasurer Rudolfo Moreno complained the description of the item was vague, the council and City Attorney Michael Rood decided to add the item to Tuesday's public session agenda.

Meanwhile, in closed session during Tuesday's meeting, the council will discuss the situation at Calexico Tissue Co.

Last week it was reported that the company's Portico Boulevard plant could be sold soon, according to restructuring specialists from Chicago handling the reorganization of Calexico Tissue's parent company, American Tissue Inc.

The Hauppauge, N.Y.-based corporation filed for bankruptcy protection on Sept. 10. The action affected thousands of people across the country, including employees of Calexico Tissue, who were laid off when the paper mills were closed or processing plants drastically cut back production.

Calexico Tissue Co. owed the city more than $300,000 when American Tissue filed for bankruptcy, according to city officials.

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

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