I’m a little concerned regarding who is paying for this construction at Bucklin Park right now. I noticed that they have removed a border of the sidewalk they already constructed like a week ago. I don’t know what went wrong, but who pays for all this material, the machines and for the workers? I don’t know if it comes from our taxes. Can you please investigate this issue? — Park Lover, El Centro
Fear not, Park Lover, the paving of the south-side parking lot at Bucklin is mostly being paid for by a California Mitigation Air Quality grant meant to cut down the amount of dust in the air by paving the lot.
Senior Engineer Abraham Campos said that while the grant and project had nothing to do with the CMAQ grants used to install the pavers at Bucklin, one can almost see them operating in tandem, as the pavers were paid by CMAQ and also cut down air pollution.
In fact, mitigating air pollution is a popular way to get some projects done. As we write this, construction is beginning on the Sunflower soccer field parking lot, one of the most heavily traveled and heavily used unpaved lots in the city. El Centro got a grant from the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District to do the work.
But back to Bucklin. The reader is correct — there was a mistake made on the parking lot job. Campos said the concrete subcontractor on the project poured the concrete in the wrong place, and it has been removed and is being done correctly.
Campos said that cost is the responsibility of the subcontractor, not the city.