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County ironing out funding exchange for Calexico

April 24, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

County Director of Public Works Tim Jones said this morning an agreement authorizing a transfer of county funds to Calexico in exchange for federal funds should be ironed out soon.

Calexico has $911,000 in federal funds that it wants to exchange for county funds. Calexico's Public Works Department would use that money and money collected from developers to widen Cole Road.

Jones said Calexico wants to exchange monies because there is a process the city has to go through before that federal money can be used.


"They don't have the time to go through the process," he said.

Traffic congestion on Cole Road has necessitated moving quickly on the widening project, according to city officials.

Jones said the county would transfer the money and take on the federal process, which includes reams of paperwork and environmental clearances, when it uses the $911,000 to overlay county roads.

Jones said, "This is the second time the county has supported Calexico in exchanging funds in unusual circumstances."

He gave credit to the county Board of Supervisors for being open to helping cities.

"We don't have to do this," he said.

As for why it's taken so long to negotiate the agreement, Jones said a transfer of funds of such a magnitude has to be approved by a number of federal and state agencies.

"You can't just snap your fingers and it's done," he said.

Calexico received the federal funds years ago when dollars from the federal transportation budget were divvied up among the county's cities.

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