Since late 2017 and early 2018, Calexico has intensified its focus on rehabilitating city streets and making the ride a little smoother through a series of projects approved by the city council.
During its Oct. 23 meeting the council unanimously approved the certificate of completion on a $750,000 reconstruction of De Las Flores Street immediately south of William Moreno Junior High School on the city’s west side.
The project saw the replacement of sewer and water lines, new fire hydrants, new traffic signals, a rebuilt roadway, curbs and gutters. It stretches from Kloke Road to Eady Avenue.
Construction began in March and wrapped up in July and, despite two change orders on the project, officials said the work came in slightly under budget.
Pyramid Construction and Aggregate Inc. was awarded the bid in fall 2018 for $760,944 and finished the project for $758,713, according to a report from Calexico Public Works Manager Lilliana Falomir.
The work was mostly funded by a $403,000 federal grant, with the remainder coming from $130,000 in wastewater operating funds and $225,713 in voter-approved Measure D half-cent sales tax funds, according to the report.
Calexico City Manager David Dale told the council the project was “designed in-house” and has helped spur some development in the area with the establishment of a Dollar General store.
Also at the Oct. 23 meeting, Calexico City Council Member Morris Reisen appointed former mayor and local businessman Alex Perrone to the five-member Business Improvement District board.
Reisen’s last appointee, Linda Lara, resigned a few months after her appointment due to health issues. Perrone was not present at the Oct. 23 meeting.
The city was expecting a report on the BID from board chairman Jesse Lopez at the start of the meeting, but Lopez did not show up, according to Mayor Bill Hodge. Hodge said the council still has until the start of 2020 to decide the fate of the newly reconstituted BID when it would start up BID assessments with the renewal of city business licenses.
BID assessments, which affect about 450 merchants in the downtown area and along the Highway 111 corridor to Highway 98, are $100 per year.
Hodge, who recently fired his BID appointee, Jesus Gallardo, said he has chosen Yum Chinese Food owner Louis Wong as his replacement, but conceded he neglected to get the issue on the agenda in time for the Oct. 23 meeting.
The council voted 4-0 to appoint Carlos Roldan to the Calexico Housing Authority board. Council Member Lewis Pacheco abstained.
In other council action, as part of an on-going effort to control costs, the council changed mail-service providers. In a unanimous vote, a contract and lease with agreement was approved for MailFinance Inc. for a postage machine and mail folder/inserter machine for 60 months for $28,458, or $474.30 per month.
A new contract with the city’s former service provider, Pitney Bowes, would have cost the city about $10 more a month over the five-year life of the contract.