By Chris Furguson
William “Bill” Brandt, of the Brandt Ranches, was named the 2010 Brawley Chamber of Commerce Branding Iron Award winner at a special dinner and ceremony at the Del Rio Country Club on June 3, 2010.
In addition to the award, the Chamber’s presidency was passed from Frances Avendano-Hoskins to Victor Nava, new members were introduced to the Board of Directors and retiring members were honored.
Prior to the presentations, a steak dinner was served to the dignitaries in attendance.
The Volunteer award was handed to Valerie Smith, a local business owner who spends time helping many organizations.
Brawley Mayor Ryan Kelley, during his speech to the assembled crowd, announced that if things went as promised by state representatives, the fire substation proposed for the eastern portion of the city would begin construction by fall of 2010.
“Council members [Don] Campbell and [Miguel] Miranda were in Sacramento” said Kelley, “and we’re fairly confident that we can get the project out to bid in September and that construction would begin in October.”
Funding for the project would involve a transfer of money from other departments as the Redevelopment Agency funds had been taken over in May by the state.
Kelley also mentioned the funding approval for the final phase of the Brawley Bypass, which may be complete twelve months after construction begins if things go correctly.