CALEXICO — Legion Park, home to a pair of baseball/softball diamonds used by youth leagues, will not be sold for potential development until Calexico has more ball fields in play, city officials said.
The Calexico City Council
voted unanimously March 4 to record a final map with the county that would split
up Legion Park into smaller sections to sell for commercial development. However, any sale will
wait until three new ball fields at Cordova Park complete, City Manager David
Dale said during the meeting.
“Yes. The agreement is lots as part of Legion Park will not be sold or used until new baseball fields or softball fields are made,” Dale said, responding to an inquiry from Mayor Pro Tem David Romero.
Although bids are being
sought for fencing at the Cordova fields, Dale could not say when the fields
would be ready when he was contacted March 6.
“We’re doing the project
in small chunks as we can,” Dale stated in a brief email.
After the fencing is up,
the city will next install irrigation and plant grass using existing staff and
funds as they become available, Dale said previously. The city has about $1
million set aside for Cordova Park, but information on the expected use of
those funds beyond the fencing was not immediately available.
The city recently
completed grading for the Cordova fields with the help of Imperial Irrigation
District, which hauled away 12,000 cubic yards of dirt at no cost to the city.
Streets Project for 2019 Signed Off
In other business, the
council unanimously approved authorizing Dale to sign off on the completion of
a 2019 streets project. The $5.29 million effort involved the rehabilitation of
about 50 city streets.
It is one of several upgrades
the city has undertaken over the past year as it catches up on infrastructure
improvements. The streets project was completed by Aggregate Products Inc. of
Pico Rivera in December.
Public Works Manager
Liliana Falomir, whose staff designed the roads project, said at the meeting
the city can begin the process of starting its 2020 streets project. She did
not say when that would occur.
Water System Equipment
Additionally, the council
unanimously approved awarding a $75,301 bid to purchase a machine that flushes
out water from dead ends in the distribution system and exercises distribution
valves, according to a staff report from Falomir.
The functions of the
piece of equipment are requirements from the State Water Resources Control
Board Division of Drinking Water, Falomir stated in her report.
The council authorized Dale
to explore purchasing an extended warranty for the machine, which only has a
one-year warranty on it now.
Council Member Lewis
Pacheco thought such a purchase seemed costly without an extended protection
plan on the equipment.