By Mario Conde
The City of Calexico will once again see fireworks this Fourth of July as the Council approved the sale of fireworks to three local non-profit organizations.
Last March, the City of Calexico started taking applications for non-profit organizations to sell safe and sane fireworks within the Calexico City limits. The sale of fireworks will only be allowed outdoors. Eligible non-profits needed to have a principal and permanent meeting place in the City and a bona fide membership of at least 20 members.
The majority of the members must have been residents of the City of Calexico. The three non-profits that received the Ok from the City were The Police Officers Association, Calexico Baja Runners, and Calexico Desert Valley Bandits.
Tony Tirado representing the Calexico Baja Runners said that this will be beneficial for the City since there will be fireworks in Calexico for the first time in many years and will bring tax revenue to the City’s coffers. During the meeting, the Council gave approval to the POA to sell its fireworks at Joel Reisen Field. POA Chairman Luis Casillas said that this cooperation between the City and the Police Association will help youth athletic groups in Calexico.
In other news, the Council approved the Tax Allocation Bonds for the Calexico Unified School District that was approved last week. The bonds will be used to improve various areas within the School District but the main focus for these bonds will be the re-build the swimming pool at Calexico High School. The School Board approved these bonds since Governor Brown proposal to eliminate the Redevelopment Agencies have failed as of press time.
This window of opportunity has allowed the City and the District to sell bonds. The bond is expected to be given to the City in the next two weeks. The Heffernan Memorial District could also be involved in this new pool by providing wellness programs.
The pool was damaged by the 7.2 earthquake and was red tagged. The City Council and the Calexico School District will have a joint session meeting next week to discuss how they are going to use the bonds.