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Alton Police awarded FBI LEEDA Agency Trilogy Award, City starts Phase 2 of the drainage project

“This article first appeared in the July 16 issue of the Progress Times.”

The Alton City Commission honored the Alton Police Department after their recognition by the FBI and receiving the FBI LEEDA Agency Trilogy Award while also discussing Phase 2 of their Louisiana drainage project.

The Planning & Zoning meeting began after approving the minutes of the June 8, 2021 meeting, where Alton Mayor Salvador Vela addressed the new business items.

Ordinance 2021-11, a voluntary annexation request from Blesson George to annex a 5.0-acre tract out of Lot 44-9, West Addition to Sharyland Subdivision, was discussed for approval. It was then approved, 5-0.

A request by Quintanilla, Headley & Associates on Behalf of Red Rock Real Estate Group to rezone a tract at 509 N. Alton Blvd. from a general commercial/family district to a duplex/fourplex was considered by the Commission. The owner has proposed to develop the property with 60 multi-family lots. The item did not pass.

Consideration of wholesale wastewater collection and treatment agreement with Izaguirre Real Estate Holdings, LLC for Eduardo’s Subdivision No. 9 was approved. Although the area is within Mission’s ETJ, the CCN is unclaimed. The property is a proposed 85 lot subdivision near Trosper Rd. and 6 1/2 Mile Rd. The developer proposed to transport the wastewater to Alton’s system. It was approved 5-0.

The final item on the Planning & Zoning meeting was a request by Melden & Hunt Inc., representing Novellini, LTD, wanting to acquire preliminary approval of the proposed Westwood Villas Subdivision. The owner proposes 53 multi-residential lots on a 19.55 acre-tract, a portion out of Lot 381, John H. Shary Subdivision. It is north of Mile 4 Rd. on the west side of Stewart Rd.

Once the final item was approved, the Planning and Zoning meeting adjourned as the regular meeting began.

Mayor Vela and City Manager Jeff Underwood announced the re-appointment of City Secretary as the first item, which was approved 5-0.

The second item highlighted the Alton City Police Department as they received the FBI LEEDA Agency Trilogy Award. The department is the first agency in the Rio Grande Valley and the third in Texas to receive such an honor.

“Three years ago, we started this partnership with the FBI to bring law enforcement leadership training to the Rio Grande Valley, and we wanted to bring it to Alton,” said Alton Police Chief Jonathan B. Flores. “One of the things we’re going to do now moving forward is to continue our partnership with the FBI.”

Flores then continued: “It’s a collective effort. Here in Alton, we all pull together, and we all work as a team. So this is very much a reflection of that.”

The next item on the agenda was a proclamation declaring Friday, July 16, 2021, as National Park and Recreation Professional Day. This item recognizes that the field is a diverse and comprehensive system that improves personal, social, environmental, and economic health, all through the maintenance of parks, recreational programming of sports, enriching the lives of senior citizens, and the safety and security of all those who enjoy their services.

Ordinance 2021-12 was approved 5-0. The ordinance approved a negotiated resolution between the City and Texas Gas Services regarding the company’s April 29, 2021, cost of service adjustment filing, which declared the rates as unreasonable.

The city of Alton Budget related to the American Rescue Plan funding came into a discussion by the Commission. Alton will be receiving a total of $4,486,164.65 through the ARP funding, with four expenditure categories in the Act: Public Health, Premium Pay, Revenue Loss, and Infrastructure. It was approved 5-0.

The Commission authorized City Engineer HCE to design a water pump station at the Trosper Heights Subdivision for the #2 retention pond since it has already reached capacity due to recent heavy rainfall. It was approved 5-0.

Authorization of the staff to seek bids for the construction of Phase 2 Louisiana Street Regional Stormwater Detention Facility approved to minimize flooding in the area. It was approved 5-0.

The purchase of a new garbage truck through Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative Buyband came into discussion. Due to wear and tear in the city’s current trucks, the Commission has decided to invest in a new one to serve the needs of their citizens, especially since there are constant repairs on two of their oldest trucks.

The final item was an updated Mayoral Declaration of Local State of Disaster, which declares that the Texas Government code for the state of disaster for public health emergency shall be effective 12:01 a.m. July 14, 2021, until July 27, 11:59 p.m.

The meeting then adjourned.

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