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Supervisors to again mull computer training

April 08, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors will again consider at its meeting Tuesday hiring someone who would train county staff to use a recently installed accounting system.

County Purchasing Director Terry Huskey requested the position at last week's board meeting but the supervisors split the vote 2-2. Supervisors Tony Tirado and Wally Leimgruber voted for the position. Supervisor Gary Wyatt and Chairman Hank Kuiper voted against.

Supervisor Joe Maruca was on vacation and is expected to be the deciding vote this week.

Wyatt and Kuiper said at last week's meeting they are against

adding to the cost of the $373,171 computer system.

The board, acting as the Air Pollution Control District Board, will get an update on odor problems at the Brawley Beef plant. The district hearing board held a public hearing March 28 based on complaints from residents who live near the plant.

The board scheduled a public hearing at 11 a.m. to decide if it should use tobacco settlement money to pay for future capital improvement projects. Tobacco settlement money was given to states and counties from a settlement with tobacco companies originally to be used for health care.


The board also is scheduled to take action on:

· participating in a state program where the state will pay the majority of the costs to build a multi-purpose, joint-use facility. If approved, the county Office of Education and the county will each pay $450,000 toward the $2 million facility. The state will pay the remaining $1.1 million;

· partially funding an air cargo market and economic study. The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp. is asking the county and the

Imperial Irrigation District to each fund 50 percent of the $85,000 study;

· approving a new rate and charges analysis for land improvement at the Imperial County Airport;

· hiring Rocky Vandergriff of Seeley for $3,600 a month as a consultant to operate and maintain the water and sewer plants at the Gateway County Services Area;

· deciding if the county, as part of El Centro's downtown, should vote for an El Centro maintenance district, which would provide, among other things, cleanup of downtown streets and graffiti;

· increasing the budget of the Area Agency on Aging by $110,131, the bulk of which goes to the home-delivered meals program.

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

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