Skaters wearing protective gear key issue for Calipatria

May 13, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — With the goal of making sure kids wear protective gear when using the city's skate park, the City Council here Tuesday will consider creating a fine for those not wearing such equipment.

The council also will consider setting aside funds to nearly double the size of the city's library.

The council meeting is set for 7 p.m. in City Hall.

The council will be asked to approve an updated ordinance for use of the skate park. The ordinance would call for a $135 fine for anyone found using the skate park without wearing a helmet, elbow pads and knee pads.

City Manager Romualdo Medina said the city ordinance in place requires the safety gear but it does not include a fine for those not wearing the equipment.

Medina said as far as he has seen most youths using the skate park wear the proper safety gear.

Calipatria was the first city in the Imperial Valley to open a skate park. Calexico has followed and Brawley is expected to build a skate park in the coming fiscal year, which starts in July.


On the issue of the library expansion, the city had set aside $48,000 in its Community Development Block Grant money.

Initially those funds were to go toward building new bathrooms for the library. However, Medina said the scope of the project increased to include a complete library expansion. The plans call for nearly doubling the size of the library, adding more than 1,000 square-feet to the existing building.

Instead of building new bathrooms, the restrooms will be renovated.

Still, the library expansion will cost about $30,000 more than the $48,000 already set aside. Medina said the council will be asked Tuesday to approve the $30,000 in CDBG money.

Medina said the decision was made to expand the library to ultimately save money. The city pays $2,400 a month for use of a modular building connected to the main library.

The council also will be asked to set aside $20,000 in CDBG funds to build five park shelters in Radamacher Park.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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