During the Mission City Council meeting held this week, purchase of 93 rifle-resistant bulletproof vests was approved for the Mission Police Department.
The vests will be purchased from Galls LLC Company, a state contract vendor in the amount of $39,381. The vests will be used as additional protection worn over uniforms in critical shooting situations and will be issued to patrol, SWAT, bridge and traffic officers. Funding for these vests comes through a grant.
A second purchase of bulletproof vests from Galls LLC Company was approved to replace 25 bulletproof vests already in use for five years. The cost of these vests is $28,764 and would be funded through the Bulletproof Vest Grant Program.
Mission Police Department was also authorized to amend the interlocal agreement with Rio Grande Valley Communications Group for replacement of P25 radio antenna at Military Highway and Bryan Road. The new agreement not only allows access to the tower, but authorization of repair services for radio repeaters and related problems in case of system failure where RGVCG cannot respond in a timely manner.
A presentation of public service recognition was presented to Assistant Chief of Police Jose Antonio Garcia on his retirement after 36 years of service with the City of Mission.
A similar presentation of public service was also given to deputy Fire Chief Ricardo Balderas who retired after 35 years of service to the city.
Temporary paid leave for a period up to 18 months due to an illness has been approved for a Mission Fire Department Lieutenant duty to illness presumed to be related to line of duty services.
Authorization was granted to L&G Engineering to conduct a speed zone study for Mile 3 Road and Inspiration Road.
The city approved a donation of funds in the amount of $1,372 to the Parks and Recreation Department from the Mission Winter Texan Activities Association, which has decided to cease activities after 30 years of operation.