County Mulls Solar Farm Choices, County Library Amnesty and Pattern Energy Policy


wind-sunsetEL CENTRO -  During Board comments at the Tuesday Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Michael Kelley (Dist 3) noted that 8minutenergy solar firm plans on building their next solar farm on prime farm land. Kelley noted that it was never the intention for solar fields to be built on the better ground, only on more marginal fields.

In keeping with that philosophy, Kelley has been approached by farmers who came forward complaining about the chosen solar farm building site. Kelley promised to allow the farmer to speak to the board soon.

Supervisor Jack Terrazas (Dist 2) spoke that the residents of Ocotillo were angered that the workers with Pattern Energy were urinating in the desert. The citizens of Ocotillo use well water. The matter has been broached to Pattern Energy before with no results.

Terrazas stated there were photos to prove the citizens’ point and he asked CEO Ralph Cordova to draw up a written notice to Pattern asking for a written reply. According to Terrazas, he didn’t see any portable toilets in the working area.

Public Works

Department of Public Works, William Brunet, informed the board that Highway 78 is closed and they are hoping to have the mudslide cleared by the middle of the week. Brunet mentioned that an employee in his department that worked the landfills was trapped by the Lopitas Wash mudslide on the north side and wasn’t able to return home until 2:00 a.m. Monday morning.

County Library

Connie Barrington, County Librarian, told the board that the Imperial County Free Library branches will be closed the week of August 11-15 for their annual inventory. According to Barrington, that is the slowest time of the year and the only time her staff can take a physical count and recording of the libraries possessions.

Barrington said the book drops will be available during this time and the branches will resume their regular open house on Monday, August 18.


From August 15 to 31, the County Library will have an amnesty period. Any overdue materials returned during this period will have the fines on the items removed. However the items must be in good condition and returned either in person or in their book drops during this period.