By Mario Conde                  

The Measure “H” Commission held its first workshop this past Monday to build a priority list for projects in Calexico.

This is part of the series of workshops that the commission will hold in order to establish priorities of the bond measure that the City will seek for capital improvement projects by bonding against Measure “H” revenues. A handful of Calexico residents attended the Measure H meeting and spoke about the priorities the City should take.

Resident John Romo said that Measure “H” money should go for public safety and remodel the current building police station. Calexico resident Javier Gonzalez also supported having public safety as a priority and asked the commission to prioritize having a public safety building instead of focusing only on building a new Fire Department. Gonzalez also supported the construction of a new state of the art Community Center since the current one is very old said the City deserves a new one.

Police Association Representative Gabriel Rodriguez asked to be placed on the agenda for the next Measure “H” meeting to explain why the Police Department needs a new public safety building and be join the fire department in having a modern building. Rodriguez said that this will be the only chance the City will do this. The current Police and Fire Department located on Fifth Street was built in 1971.

Other residents like Marcela Garcia who is a teacher in Calexico said to be concerned about the parks that are in very bad condition. She said that parks should be a priority for the City and fix the problems that could pose a threat for the safety of the families.

Member Guillermo Hermosillo said that the City needs to come out solutions and be more proactive.

“We need to show the community that we are giving back to the community and that their tax dollars made a difference in the community.” Hermosillo said.

Hermosillo supported the creation of a public safety building and a new community center and added that the City should look into building a municipal swimming pool so that the residents can have access to the that pool year round.

The next workshop will take place at the Carmen Durazo Cultural Arts Center next Monday August 5th at 5:15pm.

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