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County could approve Niland as ‘colonia'

June 17, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL

Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors is being asked to approve a buy-back of more than $160,000 in compensatory time off, or comp time, from 15 county property services employees.

Two of the 15 employees have over 1,500 hours of comp time that would be bought back from the county at over $20,000 each.

Randy Rister, director of county property services, stated in a letter to the board that lack of money and staff contributed to the growth in comp time.

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The board will consider the request at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The supervisors also are scheduled to discuss and possibly approve designating the town of Niland as a "colonia" at a public hearing at 11 a.m.

The "colonia" designation makes Niland eligible for state money under the Community Development Block Grant program for affordable housing and a water and sewer system.

The board will ask for input at the hearing on a $35,000 job creation grant application by the county department of Community and Economic Development.

Also at the public hearing, the board will consider a permit to increase the amount of groundwater being pumped from the San Felipe Creek drainage to Allegretti Farms south of Highway 78.

The Sierra Club sent a letter to the board June 13 asking the permit be denied because adjacent property owners and the concerned public did not receive enough notification to evaluate the permit's negative effects.

The board also will:

· discuss the Imperial County assessment practices survey by the state Board of Equalization;

· consider supporting the Sea-to-Sea Trail Foundation's walking-riding trail connecting the Salton Sea in Imperial County to Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego County;

The supervisors meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the board chambers on the second floor of the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro. Meeting agendas are available online at: www.imperialcounty.net

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

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