EL CENTRO — The El Centro City Council on Feb. 4 approved projected budgets totaling $56 million for the city’s planned new library and police headquarters. The vote was 4-0 with Council Member Edgard Garcia absent.
station would be built on the site of the current station bounded by Broadway,
and Main, 11th and 12th streets at a cost of $36 million.
It was not immediately known where the police station would relocate during
would be built at the northeast corner of a parking lot in front of the former
shopping mall housing the current library on Imperial Avenue south of Villa
Avenue. The cost would be $20 million.
the projects would come from bond sales and the coffer from Measure P, the
half-cent sales tax approved by city voters in November 2016. The costs
represent scaling back from original wish-lists for both projects.
$13.8 million has been realized from Measure P, reported Liz Zarate, assistant
to the city manager. There was $9.7 million committed to city projects
including park improvements, fire station 1 and 2 upgrades, and information-technology
Chief Brian Johnson gave an update on building the new police station, stating
several options were under consideration, including a three-story building up
to 31,000 square feet.
point I want to drive home is the initial cost was $42 million,” said
Johnson. “But we came up with some compromises (with consultant McClaren,
Wilson and Lawrie, Inc.).”
three stories, there would be a main headquarters scaled back to 25,000 square
feet plus an ancillary building of 21,000 square feet at the back. The ancillary
building would house an evidence room and lab, supplies and maintenance, a
firearms range, a K-9 unit, multi-use common room and future needs area.
noted the on-site firing range would save time and money from going to the Calipatria
State Prison range as city officers currently do. Even though the Border
Tactical range is in town, the U.S. Border Patrol frequently has it booked up
and it is difficult to schedule time, Johnson explained. Also, using non-lead
ammunition cuts the cost of power usage for ventilation in half.
New Library Also Scaled Back
For the proposed
new library, the building was cut back from 25,000 square feet to 20,000, while
the current space is just 13,000.
from Measure P generates $5 million annually and that will be for the above
projects, explained Council Member Cheryl Viegas-Walker. So, with a projected
cost of $20 million for the library and $36 million for the police station the
city still needs to issue bonds to cover the entire costs.
capacity for the city is between $55 million and $60 million with proceeds
between $44 and 49 million after deducting debt service expense that is about
$3.5 million annually, explained Viegas-Walker. But no debt service payments would
be required until the buildings are complete sometime in 2022.
we’ll sock away Measure P funds as they come in, hold that in reserve, which
allows us to have capital to pay debt service when it comes due (after
construction is complete),” said Viegas-Walker.
action, emergency repair funds were authorized by the council for the Villa
Main Sewer line. The panel voted 4-0 to approve a third change order of $28,161,
bringing the total cost of the project to $530,243, explained Abraham Campos, city
Public Works director in a presentation.
informed about a depression in the area between 12th Street and Imperial Avenue
along the north side of a private structure, noted Campos.
video survey noted considerable ground water infiltration entering sewer main
at a location directly below the slab settlement,” said Campos. “This
is the main city line and it had the potential to result in a sink hole and
affect (a) parking lot as well as city residents.”
originally approve emergency repairs in May. A contract was awarded to Nu-Line
Technologies for $260,225 but the work to stop water infiltration was
Order 1 for $42,205 also failed. Campos decided dewatering the area was the
next viable option yet it was a costlier repair at $199,652. It was approved
and aimed to perform dewatering wells and establish a sewer bypass.
lowers the ground water table to below the infiltration elevation so it allows
repairs without water rushing into the pipe work area,” said Campos.
“This operation succeeded. Then change order 3 was recommended to repair
the settled slab to correct elevation.”