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Push for public-private partnership for port rehab continues

December 18, 2012|ALEJANDRO DAVILA

The effort to fund the Calexico West Port of Entry expansion continues with today's approval of a memorandum of understanding between the county and the California Power Corp, a developing consultant.

The Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved the MOU in which the county agrees to negotiate for one year exclusively with the California Power Corp.

The California Power Corp. is involved with Kinsell, Newcomb & de Dios, the investment firm interested in funding the Calexico West POE expansion, a project estimated to cost some $300 million.

IVEDC gets county funding

The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation received a pledge for $75,000 from the county. Supervisors unanimously approved the monetary support, albeit after a discussion that reduced Supervisor Gary Wyatt's initial suggestion that the county give IVEDC $100,000. 

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Changes affecting business licensing approved

Internal changes affecting business licensing procedures were approved by the Board. Once these changes are put in effect, a county business license will be issued in 30 days to an applicant, said Karen Vogel, Imperial County treasurer/tax collector, who noted business licenses are currently given immediately to applicants.

The changes, Vogel said, were made in order to properly notify departments specifically affected by the business license application.

The change, which includes the purchase of software and the hiring of a code inspector, allows for better business monitoring and resolves internal logistical issues, she added.  Business license fees remain unchanged.

For more about the Imperial County Board of Supervisors meeting please read Wednesday's edition of the Imperial Valley Press.

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