E.C. council OKs disaster plan

April 18, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The El Centro City Council on Wednesday approved a new plan for dealing with natural disasters, technological incidents and national security emergencies.

The two-part, 310-page plan is intended for use during large-scale disasters.

Fire Chief Charles Beard told the council the new plan meets state and federal guidelines and the city could get as much as 70 percent reimbursed for public and private costs associated with a declared disaster.

In other business, the City Council:

· approved the purchase of six lots in the Mealy Industrial Park for $380,000. The lots sit across the street from the city's Centerpoint Business Park.

· approved the $100,000 sale of a business park lot for the $200,000 to $300,000 development of an electrical contracting office/shop of about 10,000 to 15,000 square feet.


· approved the first reading of new language to a city ordinance regarding skateboarding parks.

· adopted a resolution amending the city's housing rehabilitation program guidelines to reflect the state requirement to pay so-called prevailing wages on the projects.

City staff said the cost for such housing rehabilitation would increase 20 to 30 percent as a result.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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