Written by Julie Silva Friday, 13 December 2013 08:00
The Alton City Commission agreed to move more than $230,000 toward the purchase of fire equipment in a quick meeting Tuesday evening.
City Manager Jorge Arcaute also announced the city has received three grants totaling $75,000, mostly for a radio system, from the Lower Rio Grande Development Council. He said construction of the building is behind schedule, but steel beams were delivered this week for the structure and it should move forward now.
The $230,000 is coming from leftover funding provided by Urban County and originally slated for street improvement projects from 2009 to 2012.
But the crowd at the meeting Tuesday that caused city officials to bring in additional seating wasn’t there to hear about the new fire station. After the city commission adjourned its meeting, Patricia O’Caña-Olivarez was sworn in as the city’s alternate municipal judge. O’Caña-Olivarez, also a member of the Mission Consolidated Independent School District School Board, said she and her family were raised to be a part of the community.