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Heber board sympathetic, but big rigs are county's problem

April 18, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

HEBER — Janet Lopez has had it up to here with big rigs parking on Heber streets.

She asked Heber's Public Utility District board to do something about it during Wednesday's meeting.

Lopez said crossing Main Street in a vehicle or as a pedestrian is dangerous because it is hard to see around trucks parked near intersections.

"My 10-year-old came home crying. A truck was about to hit her because other trucks were blocking her view," she said.

Lopez said the truck drivers, some of them Heber residents, can use truck parking lots at the outskirts of town instead of "saving themselves a few bucks" by parking in Heber.

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"It's a safety issue and immediate action should be taken," she said.

HPUD President Patricia Becerra said, "We do not service roads. They belong to the county."

Lopez had said earlier when she tried to bring the situation to the attention of the Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol, they told her it was a "Heber issue."

"Someone is telling you different but we don't have that authority," Becerra said.

Becerra recommended bringing the matter before the county Board of Supervisors.

Director Margarito Huerta said, "What we can do is send (the supervisors) a letter in support of an ordinance because it is a safety issue that other people have mentioned."

Huerta said, "Sometimes you have to go halfways into the street to cross."

In other business during Wednesday's meeting, district Manager George Aguilar updated the board on the district's finances and Director Frank Marquez talked about the budget for the Heber Kids Baseball League.

Marquez said the league is running in the black. He showed revenues of $15,569 and expenses of $12,244.

A majority of the revenue for the league, $4,525, was raised by ticket sales for a new car giveaway promotion. People who bought a ticket for the giveaway can find out if they won at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The winning ticket will be drawn at the end of a dinner and fund raiser for the newly formed Heber Community Foundation at the Imperial County Expo's Casa de Manana.

To find out how to buy a ticket for the dinner or for the drawing call 353-0323.

The foundation is giving away a Honda Civic donated by El Centro's Direct Auto Plaza and two trips, among other prizes.

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

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