EL CENTRO – The Imperial County Board of Supervisors voted to approve and enter into a contract with Republic Services, Inc. for the Neighborhood Cleanup projects in the Desert Shores, Salton Sea Beach, Seeley and Palo Verde areas during Tuesday’s regular board meeting.
Each community will be provided with a means of disposal for accumulated trash, scrap metal, appliances, tires, and other materials, or a minimum of four days in one week, with one day allocated to the disposal of household hazardous waste.
Previously, the county received a grant through the California Department of Housing and Community Development (ICCED) to fund six activities: Heber Community Center, Seeley Housing Rehabilitation, Seeley Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements, Palo Verde Potable Water System Improvements, Winterhaven Water/Sewer System Improvements, and Neighborhood Cleanups Programs.
According to Community and Economic Development Manager Esperanza Colio, the Seeley Housing Rehabilitation Program did not have a successful outcome due to factors beyond her control, therefore, instead of returning the unused funds to the state, alternative projects were presented to utilize the funds.
On January 11, the board conducted a public hearing and received input from community members and the ICCED on how the funds should be spent.
Subsequent to the hearing, the board approved the Neighborhood Cleanup program and directed the ICCED submit a request to the Department of Housing and Community Development (HDC) to add locations to the existing Neighborhood Cleanup activity to the Community Development Block Grant.
“The first clean-up is scheduled to begin on May 18 in Palo Verde, and will continue for three to four days. The remainder of the locations will take place in the months of September and October,” said Colio.
Additional dates and times will be provided at a future date.