JANUARY 9TH 2001

CITY OF ALPINE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

JANUARY 9, 2001

6:00 P.M.

 

COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:

MAYOR PAUL R. WEYERTS; MAYOR PRO-TEM FRANK CARGO; COUNCILORS FRANK YAKUBANSKI; GERALD RAUN; JOE PORTILLO AND KACHOO VALENZUELA

 

CITY STAFF PRESENT:

CITY MANAGER BILL LEWIS; CITY SECRETARY ANNABEL M. HOLGUIN; CITY ATTORNEY STEVE HOUSTON;.

 

OTHERS PRESENT:

APPROXIMATELY 7 CITIZENS AND NEWS MEDIA.

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY MAYOR PAUL WEYERTS. THE INVOCATION WAS GIVEN BY CARGO AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WAS GIVEN BY PORTILLO. MAYOR WEYERTS ASCERTAINED THAT A QUORUM WAS PRESENT ACCORDING TO ARTICLE 6252-17, VTCS THE NOTICE OF THE MEETING HAD BEEN POSTED AT 4:00 P.M., JANUARY 4, 2001.

 

ITEM NO. 4.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: REGULAR MEETING: DECEMBER 12, 2000

 

MOTION BY COUNCILOR RAUN, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR YAKUBANSKI THAT THE MINUTES FOR THE REGULAR MEETING ON DECEMBER 12,2000 BE APPROVED AS CORRECTED. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

ITEM NO.5.

REPORT FROM TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MARY BROWN CONCERNING PAYMENT DUE ON PROJECT HIGHWAY US 67.

 

MARY BROWN EXPLAINED THE TXDOT PROJECT AGREEMENT EXECUTED FEBRUARY 14, 1997. THE FIRST INCREMENTAL PAYMENT WAS RECEIVED FEBRUARY 13, 1997; REQUEST FOR SECOND INCREMENTAL PAYMENT WAS SENT APRIL 30′ 1998; SECOND INCREMENTAL PAYMENT WAS RECEIVED JUNE 1998; REQUEST FOR THIRD AND FOURTH INCREMENTAL PAYMENTS WAS SENT AUGUST 31, 1998; DOUG LIVELY CONTACTED THE ALPINE AREA OFFICE ON MAY 12, 2000 TO REQUEST LETTER THAT CITY HAD MET THEIR OBLIGATION ON THE PROJECT SO CITY COULD CLOSE OUT THEIR YEAR; SECOND REQUEST FOR THIRD AND FOURTH INCREMENTAL PAYMENTS SENT MAY 15, 2000; CONTACTED KARLIN DEVOLL BY TELEPHONE ON STATUS OF INCREMENTAL PAYMENTS. SHE REQUESTED COPIES OF CORRESPONDENTS AND PAYMENTS BE FAXED TO HER. COPIES FAXED ON JULY 18, 2000; MEETING WITH DAVID BUSEY ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2000 TO DISCUSS PAST DUE INCREMENTAL PAYMENTS; CONTACTED DAVID BUSEY BY TELEPHONE ON NOVEMBER 29, 2000 TO DISCUSS PAST DUE

 

THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION.

 

CITY MANGER LEWIS EXPLAINED THAT A MEETING HAD BEEN SET WITH TXDOT IN EL PASO ON JANUARY 25, 2001 IN ORDER TO POSSIBLY ARRANGE A PAYMENT SCHEDULE. IF A PAYMENT SCHEDULE CAN NOT BE ARRANGED WITH TXDOT THE COUNCIL WILL HAVE TO SCHEDULE A BUDGET WORKSHOP TO BE ABLE TO

COME UP WITH THE MONEY OWED.

TXDOT HAS PUT A HOLD ON THE DEPOT PROJECT UNTIL THE MONIES OWED ARE PAYED.

 

THERE WAS SOME QUESTIONS FROM THE COUNCIL CONCERNING THESE MONIES AND WHERE WERE THEY SPENT AND WHY.

 

THE COUNCIL DELIBERATED AND NO ACTION WAS TAKEN.

 

ITEM NO. 6.

SET DATE FOR WORKSHOP ON POLICE DEPARTMENT POLICY MANUAL.

 

CITY MANAGER LEWIS WOULD LIKE TO SET A WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS THE POLICE DEPARTMENT POLICY MANUAL ON JANUARY 23, 2001 AT 6:00 P.M.

 

ITEM NO. 7

DISCUSS PROPOSED BUILDING PERMIT FEE STRUCTURE.

 

CITY MANAGER LEWIS PRESENTED THE PROPOSED BUILDING FEE STRUCTURE FOR THE CITY. THE BUILDING FEES HAD NOT BEEN UPDATED FOR AT LEAST 33 YEARS.

 

FOR THE PERIOD OF OCTOBER 1999- SEPTEMBER 2000, ISSUED PERMITS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,783,932.00 AND COLLECTED FEES IN THE AMOUNT $ 4,559.05 THE BUDGET FOR THE INSPECTION DEPARTMENT SALARIES ALONE PLUS BENEFITS DURING THAT SAME PERIOD OF TIME WAS $74,457.00.

 

THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION.

 

ITEM NO. 8

RECOMMENDATION FROM PARKS BOARD TO FUND BIG BEND LITTLE LEAGUE.

 

CITY MANAGER LEWIS RECOMMENDED TO TABLE THIS REQUEST UNTIL THEY COULD RESOLVE THE ISSUE WITH TXDOT.

 

MOTION BY COUNCILOR RAUN, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR YAKUBANSKI THAT RESOLUTION #1-1-2001 THAT THE PARKS BOARD RECOMMENDATION TO FUND

BIG BEND LITTLE LEAGUE BE TABLED UNTIL THE ISSUE WITH TXDOT IS RESOLVED. COUNCIL MEMBER CARGO VOTED NAY. MOTION CARRIED.

 

ITEM NO. 9

DISCUSS THE FUTURE USE OF WEST BROWN STREET.

 

CITY MANAGER LEWIS EXPLAINED THAT BETWEEN 8TM STREET AND 10TM STREET

ON WEST BROWN THERE WAS EXISTING STRUCTURES THAT WERE ENCROACHING ON BROWN STREET.

 

CITY MANAGER LEWIS RECOMMENDS THAT THE CITY ABANDON THIS PART OF THE STREET AND RETAIN A 20 FT. UTILITY EASEMENT.

 

THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION.

 

MOTION BY COUNCILOR RAUN, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR PORTILLO THAT RESOLUTION #1-2-2001 THAT WEST BROWN BE ABANDONED BETWEEN 8TM AND l0TM STREET AND RETAIN A UTILITY EASEMENT AND INSTRUCT CITY ATTORNEY HOUSTON TO PREPARE THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

ITEM NO. 10

DISCUSS AIRPORT LEASE AGREEMENT HANGAR #27.

 

CITY ATTORNEY HOUSTON EXPLAINED THE AIRPORT LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND GEORGE KELLER.

 

MR. KELLER HAS NOT PAID HIS LEASE AGREEMENT AND HAS BEEN NOTIFIED AS SUCH.

 

THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION.

 

MOTION BY COUNCILOR YAKUBANSKI, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR RAUN THAT RESOLUTION #1-3-2001 TO INSTRUCT CITY MANAGER TO PROCEED IN CONFISCATING THIS HANGAR. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

ITEM NO. 11

DISCUSS PROPOSED SALVAGE VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT.

 

CITY MANAGER LEWIS SUBMITTED PROPOSED SALVAGE VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT IN ORDER TO BE AUCTIONED OFF. PROCEDURES NEED TO BE ADDRESSED IN THE FUTURE.

 

MOTION BY COUNCILOR MEMBER RAUN, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR YAKUBANSKI THAT RESOLUTION # 1-4-2001 THAT THE PROPOSED SALVAGE VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT LIST BE DECLARED SURPLUS WITH NO MINIMUM REQUIRED BID. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

ITEM NO. 12

INTRODUCE ORDINANCE #2001-1-1 CLOSING A PORTION OF GARNETT STREET

 

THIS IS THE FIRST READING OF THIS ORDINANCE AND ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AT A LATER DATE.

 

ITEM NO. 13

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT.

 

NONE.

 

ITEM NO. 14

COUNCIL MEMBER’S COMMENTS.

 

COUNCILOR RAUN COMMENTED THAT THE STREET LIGHT REQUEST ON FT. DAVIS HAS STILL NOT BEEN TAKEN CARE OF.

 

ITEM NO. 15

CITIZENS COMMENTS

 

MR. PEDRO MATA COMMENTED ON AN INCIDENT WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT HIS HOME ON SATURDAY NIGHT. CITY MANAGER LEWIS ASKED MR. MATA TO STAY AFTER THE MEETING AND TALK TO HIM ABOUT INCIDENT.

 

COUNCILOR RAUN ASKED IF THE TREE LIMBS STACKED UP AS A RESULT FROM THE ICE STORM COULD BE USED AS FIREWOOD.

 

MR. LAIRD FROM THE AVALANCHE REPORTED THAT THE DUMPSTERS ON SOUTH 11TM AND MURPHY WERE SITTING ON THE SIDEWALK AND IF THE CITY COULD POSSIBLY MOVE THEM.

 

BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS, CHAIRMAN MOVED ADJOURNMENT AT 7:00 P.M.

 

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PAUL R. WEYERTS, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ANNABEL M. HOLGUIN, CITY SECRETARY

 

 

CERTIFICATE

 

I, ANNABEL M. HOLGUIN, CITY SECRETARY, DO HEREBY CERTIFY THAT I POSTED A TRUE AND CORRECT COPY OF THE NOTICE OF THE MEETING AT THE CITY HALL OF ALPINE, TEXAS AT A PLACE CONVENIENT AND READILY ACCESSIBLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT ALL TIMES AND SAID NOTICE WAS POSTED AT 4:30 P.M. ON JANUARY 4, 2001 AND REMAINED SO POSTED CONTINUOUSLY FOR AT LEAST 72 HOURS PRECEDING THE SCHEDULED TIME OF SAID MEETING.

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ANNABEL M. HOLGUIN, CITY SECRETARY

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