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Mission PD names assistant police chief

City-of-Mission-logoMission Police Chief Roberto Dominguez announced in the Tuesday meeting of the Mission City Council he had appointed Lt. Joel Larralde as assistant police chief for administrative matters.

As such, Larralde will be in charge of agenda items, city ordinances, city council reports, public meetings, the records division, the jail administration, dispatch and communications as his primary duties. He will also handle grants like BorderStar and Stonegarden that require a lot of paperwork.

Larralde has been with the Mission Police Department 27 years. He was a patrolman for several years as a corporal. In 2000, he was promoted to sergeant and in 2009 be became a lieutenant.

He has been married 17 years to his wife, Corina. They have two children.

Larralde said Mission’s other assistant chief, Jose Antonio Garcia, is in charge of operations that included supervision of criminal investigations, patrol supervision, matters relating to the bridge, narcotics, task force projects and the canine units.

Reimbursement agreement

Approval of a reimbursement agreement between the Mission Redevelopment Authority/Reinvestment Zone Number One and the City of Mission was approved. The agreement gives Mission authority over the $6.6 million in funds from the Mission Redevelopment Authority/Tax Increment Reinvestment ZoneContract Revenue Bond Series 2013, which is approximately $6.6 million.

Funds are to be used for construction of lift stations along Bryan Road /Anzalduas Highway. The funds can be used for right-of-way acquisition along North Inspiration Road. They also will be used for the extension of Walsh Avenue from Business 83 to Expressway 83.

In other action updates to the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Thoroughfare Plan were approved. Plans call for the extension of Mile 1 South from Scheurbach Road to Abram Road. (FM 1424). The proposed southwest loop will be included in the alignment.

Glasscock Road’s alignment will be extended from FM 1016 to FM 494.

Mission’s Civil Service Rule 5.10 was amended to allow a retest of someone who failed the physical test for employees. It removed the physical agility part that included being able to run one mile, sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups and the sit and reach requirements. Jesse Lerma, civil service director, said those skills were not considered necessary.

Following executive session the council approved a new extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) with the city of Penitas. The western edge of Mission’s ETJ will now run along Western Road from the river to a point at the three-and-a half mile line. From there, the line will move northeast to Texan Road and go north to the Mile 8 Line.

Mission’s three-and-a half-mile ETJ will stop at a point about halfway between the Mile 3 Road and the Mile 4 Road when it meets Western Road. The five-mile rural ETJ for Mission will stop moving west at Texan Road just north of the Mile 7 Road.

Penitas will have a one-mile ETJ to the east, north and west because it is the smaller city.

Also following executive session, the council decided to defer action on a request for an enclosed foyer or entryway for St. Paul’s Catholic Church, on portions of lots seven and eight of block 191, Mission Original Townsite, that would intrude 10 inches into the right-of-way along Francisco Avenue.

Staff did not object because the proposal did not impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic and the church owned the entire block. Francisco Avenue has 60 feet of right-of-way and is paved 35 feet back-to back, leaving 12 and one half feet on each side.

However after discussion in executive session the council decided to table the matter and refer it to the Zoning Board of Adjustments for its approval before granting the request.

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