Every time Alice Councilman Pete Beltran would visit city hall, the sight of old detaching tiles on the back exterior wall bothered him and recently decided to do something about it.

"The whole section was basically falling apart," he said. "I felt the repair of our flagship was important and had to be done. I want to take care of our home."

The old tile was removed on Monday, August 17 and stucco is currently being applied to the area by city construction employees. The project is expected to be completed by early next week.

"We chose to go with stucco because of the cost and since it would last a lot longer than tile," Beltran said.

To save money, City Attorney Joe Torres said the work is done internally instead of going through a contractor.

The estimated price of the project was $4,700, Torres said.

"This has been an issue for at least four years," he said. "I felt like it was a bad representation of our town. I want to give respect to our home and show that we take pride here in Alice."

"This sets a good example for the city," Torres said.

Beltran said there are many minor improvements around City Hall that need attention including parking lot lines, curbs and fire line paint.

"Right now we're doing one thing at a time, but there is definitely more to come," he said.