The El Centro City Council on June 4 approved the release of bid documents tied to the second phase of improvements to Bucklin Park.
The decision clears the way for the city’s Community Services Department to send the improvement project out to bid for construction, Council Member Cheryl Viegas-Walker said.
Phase 1 of the Bucklin Park project is currently underway, with the building of a monument sign, new trash receptacles and benches throughout the park and parking lot paving. That work is slated to end in July.
The second phase, Viegas-Walker said, will include the rehabilitation of restrooms at the south end of the park, replacing concrete slabs and adding sidewalks at all four ramada areas, and new drinking fountains.
Phase 2 will cost the city about $690,000 from its Measure P funds. Measure P is a half-cent sales tax approved by city voters in November 2016.
Also discussed at the June 4 meeting was the city’s moratorium on commercial cannabis activities with the council issuing the Community Development Department two objectives.
First, Viegas-Walker said the department was directed to have ready for the June 18 council meeting an ordinance extending the moratorium for at least a year.
Second, the council wishes to have a consultant brought in to discuss what other cities and counties are doing concerning cannabis, and projected revenues if a dispensary was allowed to open.
“We want additional time to establish pros and cons,” she said.
No timeline was set on a search for a consultant.
Viegas-Walker noted that while no approvals are in place for commercial cannabis locations in the city, that isn’t stopping mobile companies from operating there. She said the council cannot ban commercial delivery service, and so far the council has been told there are 22 such companies operating in the city.