Council had a full agenda Thursday

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

In addition to tabling three items related to a proposed garbage and brush pickup plan, the Alice City Council reviewed and took action on a number of other items Thursday.

The following items were APPROVED by the council:

Consider and act upon an Ordinance of the City of Alice, Texas, granting Green-N-Go Cab Co. a Franchise for the privilege of operating motor vehicles on the streets, highways and thoroughfares of the City of Alice for the purpose of transporting passengers for hire beginning thirty days after the final date of passage; upon the terms and conditions set forth; providing fees to be charged; providing for the termination of the grant; and public liability security; providing for supervision under the City Manager; providing for the surrender of rights and privileges heretofore granted; and providing a savings and separability clause and an effective date. Consider and act upon a Resolution approving a variance application to sell, for off-premise consumption, wine and beer, within three hundred feet (300') of a public school, church, hospital, day care or child care facility. Location is a 140' x 150' parcel of the unrecorded Noonan Tract, Alice Farm Lots Addition, 301 North Johnson Street, Alice, Texas. Consider and act upon selection of site for Skate Park/Plaza. The city selected P.S. Anderson Park as the site for the proposed skate park. Consider and act upon Final Plat of Gill and Binning Subdivision (La Quinta Inn). Consider and act upon Final Short Form Plat of Bhagat Subdivision (Hampton Inn). Consider and act upon awarding contract for Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Supplies (pipes and fittings). Consider and act upon awarding contract for Chemicals for the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants. Consider and act upon amending the budget to include a partial funding request from the Alice Boys and Girls Club in the amount of $25,000.00 for the Fiscal Year 2007-2008, and procurement of funds from city fund balance. Consider and act upon acceptance of a courtesy vehicle from Vence Lone Star motors for the benefit of the City of Alice. Consider and act upon approving a personnel policy addition to Employee Benefits, Section V, Sub-Section E, Injury Leave, prohibiting any outside employment by employees when off on injury leave. Consider and act upon approving a personnel policy addition to Employee Benefits, Section V, Sub-Section C, Sick Leave, prohibiting any outside employment by employees when off on sick leave. Consider and act upon converting office space into office for Airport Manager and paying $200 per month to Mesquite Aviation for use of space and utilities. Consider and act upon an Interlocal Government Joint Election Agreement between the City of Alice and Alice Independent School District. (Council member Shane Valverde voted against approving this item.) Consider and act upon approval to release funds for payment to T.J. Electric for actuator replacement project at Lake Corpus Christi/Alice Pump Station. Consider and act upon acceptance of Petition Requesting Annexation by Area Landowners, Helen Clare Atkinson Properties, Ltd. (a Texas Limited Partnership) by Helen Clare Atkinson Management Trust 2002, its General Partner, Clare Atkinson Wonders and Newell W. Atkinson. Consider and act upon Request for Qualification selection process for project engineer for $9.6 Million bond utility project. Return to Open Session and take any action necessary as a result of discussions in preceding Agenda Item No. 33: pursuant to Texas Government Code: Consultation with Attorney 551.071, EEOC claim and settlement of pending litigation, Israel Gomez vs. City of Alice; In the District Court; 79th Judicial District; Jim Wells County, Texas; Cause No. 06-07-44792-CV; and 2) Section 551.071 - pending litigation - In the Matter of: R&H Oil/Tropicana Superfund Site, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas; pursuant to CERCLA 122(g), 42 U.S.C. 9622(g).

The following items were TABLED by the council:

Consider and act upon proposed boundaries for the City of Alice garbage and brush/mixed debris pickup. Consider and act upon an Ordinance amending the City Code of the City of Alice, Texas, Chapter 66, "Solid Waste," Article II, "Collection", Section 66-31, "Definitions," and Repealing Section 66-37, "Brush, Bulky Items" and replacing Section 66-37 with a new Section; establishing a fine of up to $500 for violations; publication of notice of the passage of this Ordinance; providing a savings and separability clause; and providing an effective date. (Council member Dorella Elizondo voted against tabling this item.) Consider and act upon approval of Resolution of the City Council of the City of Alice, Texas, adopting the Year 2008-2018 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan; finding and determining that the meeting at which this resolution was passed was open to the public as required by law. Consider and act upon approval of recommendation from Skate Park Feasibility Committee for Skate Park/Plaza. Consider and act upon entering into negotiations for lease/purchase agreement for the old H-E-B building and/or parking lot on Adams between Main and First Streets, should Jim Wells County not purchase said property. Consider and act upon establishing or dissolving City of Alice Boards, Commissions or Committees, as well as appointments, reappointments, removals and/or term clarifications of membership to City of Alice Boards, Commissions and Committees; including, but not limited to: Annexation Committee and City Charter Review Committee. Consider and act upon Annexation Plan. Hear presentation on quarterly investment reports ending June 30, 2007 and Sept. 30, 2007 and financial reports for quarters ending June 30, 2007 and Sept. 30, 2007. Consider and act upon previous City Council Minutes.

The council took NO ACTION on the following item:

Consider and act upon authorizing Dan Stiefel, DSGS Transportation, LLC, d/b/a "Green-N-Go Cabs", to begin a taxicab business pending the three (3) readings of the Franchise Ordinance.