Interviews candidates for part-time city manager

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

SAN DIEGO - The City Council moved a step closer toward the construction of a new city hall Wednesday, with a presentation of final documents related to the construction of the building.

Nora Parizot, an architect hired by the city to develop plans for a new city hall, presented the final construction documents to the council. The council is scheduled to open sealed bids for the construction of the new city hall on April 26.

In other business, the council voted to remove the probationary period on Chief of Police Joe Olvera, promoting him to permanent status.

The council also accepted a $40,000 Texas Parks and Wildlife Recreational Trails grant. City officials said the grant will be used to renovate a walking trail in the city.

The council also approved the placement of two speed bumps on Juanita and Tobin streets.

The council also heard a presentation by representatives of the Texas Department of Transportation regarding the proposed Port to Port Corridor between Corpus Christi and Laredo. The corridor, which would be open only to cargo trucks, would move freight brought to Laredo overland from the Pacific coast to cargo ships in Corpus Christi. The estimated cost of the corridor is between $800 million and $1.7 billion. Construction could begin as early as 2011, TxDOT officials said.

The council tabled an agenda item to approve a change in the city's personnel policy and an agenda item to consider an inmate housing agreement with Jim Wells County.

The council interviewed two applicants for an open part-time position of city manager in executive session, but tabled an agenda item to hire a part-time city manager in open session.