The Alice City Council voted 3-1 Thursday night to accept the resignation of City Manager Albert Uresti, effective July 9.
Uresti informed the council in a letter dated April 2 that he would not seek renewal of his contract when it expired in July.
“I plan to work extra hard over the final 97 days of my contract,” Uresti wrote. “As always, thank you for the opportunity to serve you, our wonderful employees and the great citizens of Alice.”
Following Thursday’s vote, Uresti reiterated those statements and once again thanked the council for the opportunity to serve.
“I’d like to thank the council for the opportunity to be here,” Uresti said. “Tonight is not good night or goodbye, because we still have a lot of work to get done.”
Mayor Pro-tem Dorella Elizondo was the only council member to vote against accepting Uresti’s resignation Thursday.
“We still have a lot of other projects that need to be done. I know he said if we still needed him that he would continue. I just hope that maybe he won’t leave us before the budget cycle started,” Elizondo said, following the meeting. “I think they wanted to do an official resignation, but I’m still holding out hope that he’ll stay.”
In other personnel business, the council voted unanimously to hire Monty Winters as the new City Engineer, at a salary of $72,000 per year.
The council reviewed a number of items related to the city’s employee compensation and organization chart, but tabled any action on the items.
The council reviewed a proposed new organizational structure for the city that included the creation of an Economic Development Division and consolidating the city engineer and public works director positions.
The city took no action on an agenda item to appoint current Public Works Director Baldo Cantu as the Public Works Deputy Director.
The council also reviewed a proposed equity and compensation plan for employees.
Council members voted to table the items Thursday, but indicated they would hold a council workshop on the items at a later date.
One agenda item related to those matters was an action item to hire an outside consultant to address the city’s organization and filling job vacancies.
The council voted 3-1 to table that item, with only council member Shane Valverde voting against the item.
Valverde told the council he did not believe state law would allow the city to hire a consultant for those reasons because city staff has the resources to address the issues.
In other business, the council voted to approve a policy of offering a $1,500 enlistment incentive to new police officers, as a way of recruiting officers to the department.
The council approved the item with the understanding that the program will be discontinued once all positions in the department are filled.
The council also authorized the purchase of a new brush truck for the Alice Fire Department, at an estimated cost of $169,817.
The Jim Wells County Commissioner’s Court recently voted to accept bids on a second brush truck for the department.
The council accepted a refund of $88,417 from the Texas Municipal League Risk Pool for a reduction in the number of workmen’s compensation claims filed by city employees from 2006 to 2007.