CALEXICO — The Calexico City Council authorized City Manager Miguel Figueroa to file notice of completion on three different installation and replacement projects at its regular meeting Wednesday, July 21. 

The three projects included are a water replacement for 2nd Street, the installation of a fire alarm system at City Hall and the Public Library, and installing sport lighting at Adrian C. Cordova Memorial Park. 

The 2nd Street, Dool Avenue, and Beach Avenue Water Pipeline Replacement Project consisted of installing a new 8-inch diameter water main pipeline and connecting existing water services and fire hydrants. 

The sport lights were installed at the various basketball, baseball, and soccer fields located at Cordova Park. 

“Moving forward, the ground is being prepped so we can possibly have seating very soon and we could potentially be having grass as it pertains to the fall and winter of this upcoming season,” said Figueroa. 

Councilmember Camilo Garcia was pleased to hear of the possibility of having a soft opening later in the year at Cordova Park, something he has been requesting for some weeks now. 

Figueroa announced that in the coming weeks the Council will be receiving a presentation of an art rendering and overall update on the construction of Heber Park. 

He also announced that he was contacted by the California Environmental Protection Agency and confirmed they have approved the New River Improvement Project to be on a list of projects up for consideration under the Federal Water Resource Development Act. 

“What that means is that our three infrastructure projects here in Calexico are going to receive a streamlined process to secure the regulatory permit for construction from the US Army Corps of Engineers. This will fast track us securing the permit for the project and it will keep us within the timeline that we’ve been sharing, in which we want to break ground by the end of the year,” said Figueroa. 

The Council also approved a final change order to complete the Street Improvement Project that was designed to replace 20 sidewalks, grinding existing asphalt pavements, and adding slurry seal for an estimated amount of $4,629,923. The new change order will cover additional curbs, replace handicap ramps, and install valves and manholes that will increase the amount to over $5,000,000. 

Councilmember Arreola-Fernandez brought up the constant calls they received from residents complaining of the delayed start of construction on their streets. 

“It seems like they never get to them, they’re working on the street across town instead of ours. I don’t think that we have to have residents call five times to get our attention,” said Arreola-Fernandez.

Public Works Manager Liliana Falomir said the reason it takes so long to get to them is because they have to conduct studies on the condition of the streets and inspect the condition of the water pipes underneath them. 

Falomir encouraged citizens to contact the Public Works office to list their streets for the 2022 Street Improvement Project starting soon. 

Councilmember Raul Urena, who called into the meeting by phone, revealed he was recovering from COVID-19 and is about to end his quarantine.

Urena urged citizens who have not been vaccinated yet to get the shot because it will help diminish the severity of the symptoms and hopefully further prevent infections. 

“I am recovering as a person that is young. I am recovering as a person with asthma. I am recovering as a person who has been vaccinated. And this recovery has not been a cake walk, but thanks to the vaccine, I am making it through this COVID illness,” said Urena. 

It was also announced that the City Library will be reopening on August 2, with limited hours from Monday through Thursday and will only allow 20 people in the building at a time.

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