Council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. today at City Hall

Staff Report, Alice Echo-News Journal

The Alice City Council is scheduled to take its first action on a $9.6 million bond passed by voters in May during a regularly scheduled meeting tonight.

Voters approved the $9.6 million bond on May 12, authorizing the city to begin the first phase of a proposed water and wastewater infrastructure improvement project.

Tonight, the council is scheduled to hear a presentation from financial advisors on the issuance of the bond and could authorize financial advisors and bond counsel to take actions necessary to issue them.

The Alice City Council is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of Alice City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

In addition to the bond, the council is also scheduled to consider the following items on Monday's agenda:

Hear presentation from Jake Sheeran, Rural Development manager, USDA Rural Development, regarding upcoming funding availability. Conduct a public hearing and consider and act upon an ordinance rezoning the east half of Lot 20, all of Lots 21 and 22, Block 2, H.H. Craig Park Addition, 205 West Sixth Street, from R-1 One-Family Residential to R-4 Multi-Family Residential. Conduct a public hearing to consider and act upon a request to close a 20-foot alley out of the original Block 1, West End Addition, South of Chestnut Street between North Johnson Street and Walnut Street, and retain a 20-foot Utility Easement within the limits of the alley to be closed. Conduct a public hearing and consider and act upon an ordinance re-adopting and continuing provisions of Article II (Curfew), of Chapter 15 (offenses-miscellaneous), establishing a fine not to exceed $500 for violations. Hear presentation from Brent Lawrence, Fugro Consultants, regarding seismic surveying, outlining the process and addressing concerns related to possible utility line damage, foundation damage or other potential concerns. Consider and act upon request from Weems Geophysical in coordination with AP Land Services, Inc. to conduct exclusive vibroseis seismic survey on property owned by the city of Alice, Jim Wells County, Texas. Hear presentation relating to the Sept. 7 and 8 Hispanic Heritage Festival and consider and act upon requests for use of city hall and chamber of commerce parking lots; street closures; event security; installation/disassembly of portable fencing along railroad tracks; accessibility to water for cook-off teams and vendors; electrical outlets for vendors and main stage; lighting; assistance in bringing in bleachers for public seating; loan or rental, set up and dismantling of the city's portable stage; hanging of a street banner at Main and Front Streets; use of city hall first floor for exhibits; alcoholic beverage sale permit; and use of parking lots along railroad tracks from Cameron Street to Reynolds Street for cook-off and other events. Consider and act upon authorizing a one time monetary incentive in the amount of $3,150.00 to Carbo Ceramics in support of their efforts to expand their operations into the city of Alice, contingent upon a monetary incentive in an equal or greater amount from Jim Wells County, Texas. The council may enter into Executive Session to discuss the following pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074: Personnel Related Matters - Interviews of City Manager Applicants. Return to Open Session and take any action necessary as a result of discussions in preceding Agenda Item No. 12 pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074: Personnel Related Matters - Interviews of City Manager Applicants. Consider and act upon Final Plat of Rosas Addition. Consider and act upon entering into an "Inmate Housing Agreement" between the City of Alice and Jim Wells County, Texas. Consider and act upon entering into an "Interlocal Agency Agreement Specialized Crime Task Force" between the City of Alice, City of Orange Grove, City of Premont and Jim Wells County, Texas. Hear presentation on quarterly investment report ending March 31 and financial report for quarter ending March 31. Consider and act upon authorizing Public Works' Department, Operations Division, to temporarily adjust "Salary Equity Plans" until a comprehensive study of salaries and wages is completed. Consider and act upon authorizing entry into an agreement to conduct a comprehensive study of the city's organizational structure and recommend revisions.