Lack of safety gear in skate park could mean fine

May 16, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — This city is on the verge of issuing a fine against anyone found not wearing proper safety equipment when using the skate park.

In a first-reading vote Tuesday, the City Council determined the city is ready to charge a $135 fine to those not wearing safety gear, including a helmet and elbow and knee pads.

Before the fine is finalized and can go into effect, the council will have to approve a second reading of the ordinance. That vote will occur during the next meeting May 28.


City Manager Romualdo Medina said the fine would be issued against anyone not wearing all safety gear named in the ordinance.

He said if a youth is wearing a helmet but not the elbow and knee pads that youth could be charged the fine.

Medina said the goal is not to issue fines but reinforce the idea that safety is a must for those using the skate park.

In other action, the council approved funding to start a library expansion project that will nearly double the size of the facility by adding more than 1,000 square feet.

The project will cost about $150,000, with the county providing 50 percent of the cost. The city had already set aside about $46,000 for its share of the cost and this week approved another $30,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for the project.

Medina said the library construction should be done during the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

The council also approved spending $20,000 in CDBG funds to build five park shelters in Radamacher Park.

Medina said the project will cost $35,000, with the remaining $15,000 coming from donations. He said the donations will be provided by the Latin American Club, the Calipatria Lions Club and Nate Mata Memorial Fund.

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

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