From the daily archives: Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The County Board of Supervisors elected District 3 Supervisor, Michael Kelley, to be the Chairman for 2012.

Supervisor Kelley was voted 5-0 by the Board to be new Chairman of the Board and Supervisor Gary Wyatt will be the Vice-Chairman. The newly elected Chairman began by thanking outgoing Chair, Jack Terrazas, for a job well done during 2011. Kelley said Terrazas is a hard worker and did a lot by serving in a lot of commissions and to bring solutions to the challenges the County faced last year.

The outgoing Chair thanked the board for their support and also thanked CEO Ralph Cordova and County Counsel Mike Rood for all their help. He also thanked the County Clerk’s office for helping him with policy materials and last minute agenda items.

The rest of the Board echoed Kelley’s comments regarding Terrazas and his good job as Chair. Supervisor Kelley said it was a great honor to be elected as Chair and said that he is looking forward working with the board to tackle the challenges ahead and find the solutions to those challenges. Kelley is a former County Chief Probation Officer and worked for the County for nearly 30 years. He said he is proud of County employees since they had to sacrifice some benefits for these economic times.

Kelley said the year ahead will be very difficult but is sure that the County will continue to move forward in 2012.

In other news, the board approved a proposed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in support of the Citizens Energy proposal to lease a portion of the Imperial County Segment of the Sunrise Powerlink. Deputy CEO Any Horne said that the California Public Utilities Commission approved the Sunrise Powerlink Transmission Project. Recently, construction of the line has been completed in Imperial County. In May of 2009, SDG&E entered into a joint development agreement for Sunrise with Citizens Energy Corporation, A Massachusets-based non-profit, which would lease a 50% share in the transmission line. Part of that agreement would be a provisions that half of Citizens’ net profit, estimated to be approximately $1 million annually, would be contributed to fund energy-related project for low-income and elderly residents of Imperial County. On December 2011, Citizens filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting approval of the Transmission Owner Tariff and establishing the Transmission Revenue Requirement under FERC regulations. Citizens Energy has requested that the Board of Supervisors submit a letter to support their application.

The Board voted 5-0 to support this application.


By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors approved a contract between the County and Niland Fire District for public safety services.

In recent months, the Niland Fire District Board approached the County Executive Office and Imperial County Fire Department staff requesting assistance. Their Fire Chief, Mike Aleksick, was retiring and they were looking for oversight and operational assistance from the County. This prompted both agencies to move forward and begin working on the attached agreement for service. The County assumed duties on Monday the 9th of January on an emergency basis.

County Fire Chief Tony Rohoutas said that Niland has agreed to compensate County for services performed. However, the fiscal impact would be determined by the amount of overtime that would e used. The overtime would be to compensate personnel covering the assignment in Niland and backfill any open positions left in the day to day operations of the remaining Imperial County Fire Stations.

The County will take over the fire department for 90 days while the Niland Fire District evaluates the problems that they are currently facing.

Supervisor Gary Wyatt thanked the County Fire Department for helping small communities like Niland in these hard times. Wyatt emphasized that the County is not taking over the Niland Fire District but they are only working to continue services in that area.

The board voted 5-0 to approve this contract.

In other news, the County Board awarded a contract to Crosno Construction for the repairs of the earthquake damages to the 1.0 million Gallon Welded Reservoir and 0.5 Million Gallon Bolted Steel reservoirs at the Calexico Port of Entry.  The water tanks in Calexico were badly damaged at the 7.2 earthquake almost two years ago.  The County went on bid and chose Crosno Construction in an amount not to exceed $492, 685.08.

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