Brawley City Council aligns with State climate goals

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City of BrawleyBrawley –During comments, Luis Olmedo of Comite Civico Del Valle, Inc. stood before the Brawley council and had nothing but praise for the Brawley Fire Department for their heroic efforts in fighting the July fire, and the care that they exhibited while inside the premises.

He also thanked everyone from city staff to the Brawley Police Department for their help.

Olmedo gave a brief history of the Comite Civico Del Valle, Inc. and the work that they continue to do, even with the devastating fire.

The council voted to make a zone change for a senior apartment project that will be behind the Dollar store on South Eastern Avenue.

The current zoning went from M-1, light manufacturing to R-3, residential medium density. The 2.44-acre site is currently vacant and will have 43 to 56 units.

The council approved a resolution adopting as accurate the final report for the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and accepted as complete the Draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) and Draft General Plan amendment.

The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) awarded a grant to the City of Brawley in 2013 to fund CAPs, which include development plans, sustainable community strategies, and other planning efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions consistent with the State’s climate action goals.

The $127,600 grant enabled the city to complete a program that complies with the state and local measures that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Water conservation and active transportation, such as walking and biking, contribute to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, which are incorporated in the plan.

In other business, the council voted to allow the new owners of Toni’s Place a beer and wine only business license.

Toni’s Place is located next to another bar and the owner of that bar addressed the council asking them not to allow the license. The owner of Nat’s Place, Ray Guzman, has called the police for noise complaints from Toni’s Place over seventy times the past three years. Guzman lives in a residence behind his bar, which shares a wall with Toni’s Place.

No other residents have complained about noise.

Toni’s Place owners were told that the license comes with a stipulation that the doors must be closed during business hours and that consumption of alcohol may not be consumed outside the bar.

The council noted that the new owners deserved a chance to do business in Brawley.

Funding was OK’d for the emergency repair of a cracked water line and a collapsed manhole. The water line was a recent installation and the city is looking into some type of warranty from the pipe manufacturer. The total for the repairs was $134,869.54.

The council approved funding for four new police vehicles and equipment for a total of $173, 242.67.

The council approved a $500 sponsorship request from the United Way of Imperial County for their Annual Kick-Off Breakfast and Awards, Wednesday, September 16.

Mayor George Nava suggested that each of the council members donate $100 from their expense accounts for the city’s sponsorship.