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E.C. council to mull lighting, maintenance district

June 04, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ

Staff Writer

The potential establishment of a Main Street lighting and maintenance district in downtown El Centro will be addressed Wednesday by the El Centro City Council.

The City Council meets in open session at 6:30 p.m. at 1275 Broadway.

The recommendation before the council is to approve a resolution initiating the proceedings to form such a district by ordering the city engineer to prepare a report that analyzes the assessments to be levied and the potential benefits to those properties within the proposed district. The district's boundaries would be the Union Pacific Railroad tracks on the east and Imperial Avenue on the west. Only Main Street would be included.

If the resolution is approved, a public hearing would be conducted Aug. 7 and ballots would go out to all property owners.

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The proposed resolution states activities of the LMD may include providing street, sidewalk, alley and public parking lot cleaning and other municipal maintenance services supplemental to those normally provided by the city, and installation of certain physical amenities throughout downtown.

The city expects to raise about $186,000 yearly from the LMD. The City Council already approved the establishment of a business improvement district in the downtown area expected to raise about $34,000 yearly.

All properties, public and private would be included in the LMD.

In other business, the City Council will:

l continue the public hearing to consider the recommendation of the city Planning Commission on the approval of the 465-home Buena Vista Park tentative subdivision map subject to certain conditions. The subdivision would be on 120 acres in the south part of the city adjacent to Clark Road, north of McCabe Road. The council will consider the appeal of local residents in opposition to the subdivision.

l consider adopting a resolution in support of the "no-action" alternative of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area recreational area management plan's draft environmental impact statement.

The proposed resolution states "any needless or unmitigated loss of jobs is not satisfactory and the other three alternatives would cause a loss of more than 1,250 jobs and more than $24 million in lost income."

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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