The parcel containing this 79,000-square-foot industrial building at 120 W. Cole Blvd. was expected to be added to the Calexico Cannabis Overlay Zone by the city council on Feb. 19. | Corissa Ibarra photo
CALEXICO — To jump-start cannabis revenue tied to small-scale cultivation and manufacturing, the Calexico City Council was expected to give final approval to expanding the city Cannabis Overlay Zone.
The move would add one
parcel at 120 W. Cole Blvd. that includes a structure with water and electric power,
and warehousing space.
The item was on the
agenda of the Feb. 19 meeting held after this newspaper’s deadline. If
approved, the addition would go into effect 30 days after the meeting.
The same parcel was once rejected
for inclusion into the zone by the city in summer 2019. However, due to the
need for parcels in the zone connected to the electric grid, it was
reconsidered and preliminarily approved after a public hearing on Feb. 5.
Adding the parcel to the
Cannabis Zone would mean more than 79,000 square feet of warehousing space
available for cannabis operations, a city planning official said Feb. 5. Prospective
businesses could renovate the space through tenant improvements instead of the
lengthier and costlier process of building from the ground up.
In another item from the
Feb. 19 agenda, the council was expected to consider establishing a calendar for
work on the 2020-21 budget. The next fiscal year begins July 1.
Key dates include:
March 4: Budget worksheets to departments
and meetings between the Finance Department and individual city departments
March 10: Budget workshop between city council
and Economic Advisory and Finance Advisory committees
March 18: Budget narrative deadline
April 15: Third-quarter report for 2019-20
budget, five-year budget projection, publish proposed 2020-21 budget
May 6: Present proposed 2020-21 budget
May 13 and 20: Budget hearings at which
department heads present to the city council
May 27: Third budget hearing
June 3: Adopt fiscal 2020-21 budget
As the city continues to
rebound from prior deficits, officials have said it is expected the 2019-20 fiscal
year will end on June 30 with a budget surplus for the first time since 2014.
Setting a calendar of
relevant dates for preparation of the next budget is among the measures the
city is implementing to prevent further deficits..
Change Order for Streets Project
On Feb. 19, the council was
expected to consider a change order of about
$160,000 on a project started in summer 2019 that is rehabilitating about 50
streets. The initially approved cost was $5.14 million.
The change is being sought
due to additional work not foreseen during the initial design phase for the
resurfacing of Second Street/Anza Road between Gran Plaza Circle and the
All-American Canal, a report by Public Works Manager Liliana Falomir states.
The additional funds will
not affect the city budget. Rather, the funds will come from a 2018 Imperial
County Local Transportation Authority bond, which is paid for through
Calexico’s share of the Measure D half-cent sales tax funding for roads
The project, one of
several the city has undertaken recently to catch up on infrastructure
improvements, is being completed by Aggregate Products Inc. of Pico Rivera.
The council is also expected
to consider several appointments, including selecting a delegate member and
alternate from the council to the Southern California Association of
Governments’ Regional Conference and General Assembly Conference in Palm Desert
SCAG is the planning
organization dedicated to infrastructure issues for Imperial, Orange, Los
Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.
Locally, council members
David Romero and Morris Reisen are expected to make their appointments to the city
Personnel Commission and Reisen is expected to make an appointment to the Library,
Arts and Historical Board.
The names of any nominees
were not immediately available.