Holtville Opens Walnut Street

HOLTVILLE, CA, MARCH 18, 2010: The City of Holtville will complete our first Federal Stimulus project this Thursday, March 18, 2010 and will open Walnut Avenue between Main and Fourth Streets for traffic and access to the parking area. The City’s project is one of the first ARRA funded projects to be completed in this region and will be recognized during a brief ribbon cutting ceremony that took place at 3pm on Thursday, March 18th. City Council members where  on hand to welcome representatives from Cal Trans, Imperial Valley Transportation Commission as well as other local officials.
The City received $302,374 in ARRA funding for the Street rehabilitation of Walnut Avenue including curb, gutter, and sidewalk, between 5th Street and 4th Street. The street is built to full width to accommodate truck and car traffic from Bonds Corner I8 exit and the industrial and commercial businesses in the area. Curb, gutter and sidewalk was constructed on the west side of Walnut, and sidewalk improvements were made to the east side. The landscaping and irrigation system the utilized the Netafim Irrigation System constructed as a part of the Walnut Avenue Improvement Project. Netafim is an underground “drip” irrigation system with a number of advantages. These advantages were unique to the Walnut Avenue Project. The major advantages are as follows:
1. There are no above grade sprinkler heads to break and repair. The Netafim System is totally underground and practically maintenance free. This greatly reduces the landscaping maintenance requirements.
2. There is no water which will overspray onto sidewalk areas, spray pedestrian traffic, fill the curbs and gutters with water, etc. The Netafim system is totally underground and no above ground overspraying and nuisance water will be noticed.
3. Netafim is extremely efficient in terms of water use. There is no evaporation losses as it is totally underground. A 30 to 35 percent water savings should be realized with the Netafim system. Roughly $500.00 per year in water savings should be realized for the Walnut Avenue Project.

U.S. Border Patrol Agents Stop Smuggling Attempt along the Colorado River

Evidence of foiled smuggling attempt disrupted by Border Patrol

Yuma, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector stopped a smuggling attempt along the Colorado River early Wednesday morning and seized three bundles of marijuana.

Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Station detected the illegal entry of two individuals in the area of County 9th Street and the Colorado River at about 3 a.m. As agents responded, the two individuals dropped three large backpacks and returned to Mexico to avoid arrest.

Police Briefs

City of Holtville

March 15
It was reported that the caller’s 16 year old daughter never came home from her friends house last night. After making a few phone calls she was finally found at another friends house, the teenager was counseled for her actions, the parents were advised on how to handle the situation.
It was reported that the caller’s neighbor is working on something in his backyard. The caller stated that the noise of hammers and rotary saws woke him up early and he has the graveyard shift at his work. The subject was contacted and asked to take a break.
It was reported that a male subject was seen rummaging through the caller’s garbage early this morning. The subject was believed to be looking for cans, though the caller is worried he might find something else, the subject was sent on his way.
March 16
It was reported that a male subject was seen searching thru the caller’s neighbor’s vehicle, the caller does not know the subject. He was gone before an officer appeared, it is unknown if anything was stolen, the caller was advised of his options.
It was reported that a male subject was acting strange and loitering in front of the caller’s home. The subject refuses to leave and only got irate when asked to do so, he eventually did leave the area.
It was reported from one of the gas stations that a teenager has taken off with a 12 pack of Budlight without paying for it, the subject took off in a white colored four door vehicle, the subject was described as having a shaved head, and an piercing.
March 17
It was reported that the caller’s brick fence was spray painted sometime last night. The caller stated that the paint is on the outside facing the alley and was last seen clean yesterday evening, the caller was advised of his options.
It was reported that a male and female pair were having some type of argument in front of their home. The couple was confronted and counseled, they were advised that if the problem continues, to take it to a civil court, they complied.
It was reported that the caller’s son is believed to have skipped on his medication. He is walking around the house very irate and being very noisy, the young man was contacted and advised to follow doctors orders, he complied.

New Calexico Port of Entry Will Make Big Improvements

By Mario Conde
Calexico will suffer a big transformation when the new port of entry opens in 2013 and its preparing itself to make big improvements on Cesar Chavez Blvd.
The new Calexico Port of Entry is expected to being construction in 2011 after the environmental study is finished and approved the federal government. The new port of entry will be for vehicles only and intends to ease the heavy traffic congestion. The first face of the new port of entry projects to have 10 to 12 stations to cross the border according to a study made by GSA. The current port of entry will be used for pedestrians that will cross to the traditional downtown Calexico. Downtown merchants have expressed concern about the new port of entry will take away costumers from them since they will now be entering the U.S. from Cesar Chavez. The new port of entry design shows that there will be an alternative route from Mexicali were vehicles can take Adolfo Lopez Mateos and Cristobal Colon to enter Imperial Ave. in Calexico
The City of Calexico has begun working on Cesar Chavez Blvd. congestion improvements. The City received California Department of Transportation $900,000 in federal funds as part of the Highway Safety Improvement Program. Calexico was the only City in the valley that got this funding. The total cost of the project will be $1,800,000. Calexico was one of 113 projects that were selected statewide from a candidate pool of 476 applications.
Calexico also received in 2009 $2,850,000 earmark demo as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, President Barack Obama signed into law that includes a project of great significance in the region. U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer said in a letter to the City of Calexico that the bill includes funding for Cesar Chavez Blvd/Calexico West Port of Entry Congestion Improvements.
As part of the improvements the City plans to put traffic signals between Cesar Chavez and Highway 98. The project also includes installing traffic signals; construct AC pavement, curb, gutter, sidewalk and curb ramps; install traffic signs, stripes and pavement markings.
City Engineer Veronica Atondo said that the improvements need to be done by 2013 before the first phase of the new port of entry opens. Atondo said that the project will have regional impacts and these improvements are necessary to mitigate future traffic congestions and for pedestrians since its dangerous for people that currently walk through Cesar Chavez blvd.