Resolution for E.C. district on agenda

June 18, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The city of El Centro expects to raise $186,030.95 in fiscal 2002-03 for the downtown area through the creation of a lighting and maintenance district on Main Street, according to a city report.

The El Centro City Council will consider adopting a resolution stating its intention to form the district and accept the report. The council meets in open session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1275 Main St.

The LMD is intended to improve the business district image, attract new customers to the area, increase sales, increase Main Street occupancies and ultimately increase property values, the reports says.

The district's boundaries are from the Union Pacific Railroad tracks on the east and Imperial Avenue on the west. It would include parcels in the north and south alleys along Main. The district would have two benefit zones, including from Fourth to Eighth streets and the alleys, and from the railroad tracks to Imperial and so-called wrap-around frontages. The former would be the core area.


The core area would generate $113,169.07 in the first year, while benefit zone No. 2 would generate $72,861.88.

Of the moneys raised, 66 percent, or $122,780.42, would go toward maintenance and cleaning; 30 percent, or $55,809.29, would go toward operations, management and advocacy; and 4 percent, or $7,441.24, would go to reserves.

The generation of funds would be based on linear footage and gross property size. For benefit zone No. 1, the annual assessment would be $9.66 per linear foot and $0.05655 per square foot. For benefit zone No. 2, the annual assessment would be $7.25 per linear foot and $0.0424 per square foot.

No property owners would be exempt, including government agencies such as the city, county or Imperial Irrigation District.

The ultimate formation of the district will be based on a weighted vote of property owners within the district.

In other business, the council will:

· conduct a public hearing on whether to sell three lots in the city Redevelopment Agency's Centerpoint Business Park for $179,000 for the construction of a 37,000-square-foot assembly plant. The operation is expected to produce custom cables and harnesses used in the manufacture of semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

· conduct a public hearing to consider the sale of one lot in Centerpoint for $138,000 for a storage facility.

· consider spending $53,000 from general fund reserves for four temporary full-time park maintenance employees through the end of the calendar year.

· discuss contract issues related to an impasse between the city and its certified water treatment plant operators association. The employee group has been without a contract since June 30, 2000. Disputed items include pay of various types and the creation of a grade five operator position.

· hear a report on a survey of the city's quality of life.

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

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