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Aquatic center again on agenda

June 10, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The City Council, seated as the city Redevelopment Agency board, will again consider building an aquatic center.

At a March RDA board meeting, two of the five members voted to pursue building a $6 million aquatic center that would have featured two indoor pools, one with water park elements and another that would have been a warm-water pool that could have been used to host therapy sessions for the city's senior citizens and learn-to-swim programs.

The two members who supported the center, Mayor John Renison and Victor Carrillo, are still on the board and still trying to get it built.

Two of the board members who voted against pursuing an aquatic center, Javier Alatorre and Gilbert Grijalva, have been replaced by David Ouzan and Alex Perrone.

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The third "nay" vote, Mayor Pro Tem Frank Montoya, voted against pursuing funding for a center because there was "confusion" as to where the money would come from and whether construction of the center would tap the RDA's accounts.

Voicing their concerns as members of the public during that March meeting, Ouzan and Perrone asked the board to wait to make its decision until they were seated. The meeting was on March 19, weeks before the pair were sworn onto the council and weeks after the March election.

After the 2-3 vote killed the project, Renison said a revised proposal for a center would be brought back. According to the agenda for Tuesday's meeting, it has been.

The RDA board meets at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 608 Heber Ave.

In addition to the aquatic center, the board will discuss the RDA balances for fiscal year 2001-2002.

In closed session, the RDA board will talk about Calexico Tissue Co., one of the properties of bankrupt corporation, American Tissue Inc. of Hauppauge, N.Y.

Calexico Tissue Co. owes the city roughly $300,000 that it loaned the company years ago to expand its Portico Boulevard paper-processing facility.

The liquidation of American Tissue's assets, including Calexico Tissue Co., is being handled by Brent Kugman and Associates of Chicago.

Dale Marcus, a partner at the firm, has said the Calexico Tissue Co. facility could be purchased soon.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or aclaverie@aol.com

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