City Council leaders met during the scheduled city council meeting on Tuesday to discuss and vote on the following agenda issues for the City of Alice.
Highlights from the meeting
City council members voted to oppose opening the Natatorium for spring break. Councilman Robert Molina opposed opening the water park due to funding and it was voted on unanimously; the park will remain closed during the spring break holiday scheduled in March.
A unanimous vote approved a city event for the 4th of July, in the amount of $30,600. The event will include bands, fireworks and multiple planned festivities throughout the holiday weekend.
City Manager Micheal Esparza addressed the "Lack of Confidence" letter the Alice Police Department submitted with 14 signatures that stated the departments concerns with interim Police Chief Ancieto "Cheto" Perez Jr. and his leadership. "Human resources has spoke with every employee from the department and we will have report compiled from our internal investigation hopefully by this Friday." said Esparza. The city is also looking to fund a third party consultant to help determine areas of weakness within the Alice Police Department and areas of concern with personnel. City leaders held a closed executive session on the issue that lasted over an hour in half and eventually postponed the topic with zero comments and will be placed on next months meeting agenda.
The city is working on phase one with the Texas Water Development Board on city’s new groundwater wells and reverse osmosis treatment plants. A contract was awarded to start test drilling and production on the well construction.
City leaders voted to give City Manager Micheal Esparza the authorization to sign grant fund applications to the following entities and specific purposes.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission for computers and software at the Alicia Salinas Public Library.
The Local Border Security Program to fund overtime and operational funds for the Alice Police Department.
The Office of the Governor State Homeland Security for radios and fire apparatus equipment.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant to purchase self contained breathing apparatuses, with a 10 percent match required by the city.