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County to seek help to pay for discarded-tire removal

May 15, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL

Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to work with local city and county representatives on figuring out how to pay for the cleanup of tires dumped on the side of roads.

The county has tried unsuccessfully for years to keep people from dumping used tires and other waste off county roads.

In 1998 the state spent $12,000 to remove 4,000 tires at two sites in Imperial County — Smoke Tree Valley north of the Chocolate Mountains and the Painted Gorge waste tire site near Ocotillo. Other tire cleanups also have be done, including one organized by a student at Southwest High School in El Centro.

But the cleanups did not stop tires from re-populating county roads.

Supervisor Hank Kuiper said new tires are sold within city limits but old tires are dumped on county roads, Kuiper said.

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Kuiper said the county needs input from city representatives via the Imperial Valley Association of Governments before taking action.

Also at the meeting, Supervisor Gary Wyatt said he and Supervisor Joe Maruca have been working since the March 5 primary election with a citizens group on election issues.

Questions were raised after the primary election when only 101 of 142 county precincts reported within four hours after polls closed. One of those precincts is less than a mile from the Registrar of Voters Office.

Wyatt and Maruca said they are ready to get input from the public on election issues. They are calling for a series of public meetings May 28 in Brawley, May 29 in El Centro and May 30 in Calexico. All the meetings would start at 7 p.m. The exact meeting places will be announced.

The board also:

· delayed making a decision to write a letter supporting proposed legislation from U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, on Colorado River water rights and water allocation;

· accepted $39,529.09 from the Calipatria Joint Venture Program to be used for a victim-witness trust fund;

· acting as the county Air Pollution Control District Board, purchased a compressed natural gas vehicle.

>> Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or lauramitchell9@yahoo.com

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