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E.C. council approves annexation involving 57 homes

June 07, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ

Staff Writer

The El Centro City Council has approved an annexation that would enable a neighborhood of existing homes on Sunset Drive and Haskill Road to become part of the city.

Before the annexation is finalized it must be approved by the Local Agency Formation Commission, a joint government agency that rules on land annexations throughout Imperial County.

Residents in the 57-home neighborhood just west of the city said the annexation is an important step that will allow them to receive water and sewer services from the city.

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Residents found their water and wastewater systems coming under ever-tightening state and federal environmental requirements to the point where they were facing about $650,000 in needed upgrades.

Claude Finnell, a Sunset Mutual Water District board member, said the residents finally turned to the city for water and sewer services.

That request — through annexation — was approved by the council Wednesday, and he said the issue will go before LAFCO on July 25 for final approval.

"If they will sign off on it, then we'll be in the city," Finnell said, adding he and board president Joe Menvielle were pleased with the council's approval. "It's a good deal for the residents and a good deal for the city."

Under terms of the agreement, Sunset will turn over the water and sewer systems to the city, including the property on which they sit. Residents will be required to pay water and sewer capacity fees of $2,077 per home, connection fees for water service and impact fees of $500 per acre.

Steve Hogan, city public works director, said the city will begin to supply the needed services after LAFCO gives its approval.

"It made sense for a lot of reasons for the residents and for the city to do this," he said.

The neighborhood is more than 20 years old, and the original owner of the property subdivided it and installed the water and sewer systems. The homes sit on sites one-third to one-half acre in size.

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

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