Contentious plan on Calexico council agenda

April 29, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Newly sworn city councilmen David Ouzan and Alex Perrone will tackle their first agenda item at a special City Council meeting here Tuesday night — and it's a doozy.

For the past few weeks the council has wrestled with an agreement that could settle a potential lawsuit from Calexico landowner Raul Estrada, who could sue the city because it paved a .73 acre piece of his land that had not been deeded to the city.

The City Council has twice rejected versions of the proposed settlement because certain concessions to Estrada were too generous, according to various councilmen.


The council meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.

According to the agreements the council has rejected, Estrada would donate land to the city so it could pave two streets — Fiesta and Robinson roads — that would be used by a new hotel and restaurant north of the Calexico 10 theater complex.

Fiesta would run from Cole Road north to an intersection with Robinson, which would run east-west on the north side of the theater.

With the prospects of the new roads guaranteed, Estrada's attorney has said he would broker an agreement with the developers of the hotel and restaurant to make sure they build on Estrada's land.

According to fine print in the agreement, if the developers don't the city would be reimbursed for the street improvements.

In exchange for the donation of his land, Estrada's attorney has requested the city make sure Estrada receives a certain price for the parcels of land surrounding the potential new street intersection.

The sticking point in negotiations between the city and Estrada's attorney has been how much land near the intersection should be covered by the city's price protection guarantee and how much should the price be set at.

Area landowner Steve Scaroni has asked the council to conduct a public hearing on the matter so the community could better understand the potential financial impact to the city.

Mayor Pro Tem Frank Montoya said Friday night he thinks the council and Estrada will come to a mutually beneficial agreement.

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