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Posted: Monday, July 8, 2019 3:43 pm

The Odessa City Council will look at requests from outside agencies for funding from hotel-motel tax dollars for programs intended to promote the city. 

Council members will meet to look at this and other items during their 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday in the fifth floor meeting room at City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St. 

Assistant City Secretary Cindy Muncy said the amount requested this year by agencies was $4,753,523, an increase from last year’s amount of almost $4.4 million. Some of these agencies requesting funds include the Black Cultural Council, who run the annual Juneteenth event every year, Odessa Teen Court and Odessa Arts. 

At the meeting, each agency will give a 3-minute presentation on why they need the money, and council members will each be polled on how much funding should be given. 

Not all of the hotel/motel tax dollars are going to these outside agencies. David Turner said some of that money will be saved for the possible sports complex the city has been discussing, which is aimed at hosting tournaments and bringing in outside visitors to Odessa to increase tax revenue. But Turner said they would be waiting to discuss the sports complex until after the money is given to the outside agencies. 

Council members will also look at approving the rezoning of a 2-acre tract of land near Fitch Avenue and Avenida de Mexico during the meeting, from general residential and neighborhood services to special dwelling district. 

This, Planning Director Randy Brinlee previously said, will allow for more housing in smaller lot sizes. The plan now is for 33 lots of affordable housing, which Brinlee said would be comparable to the houses already in the area. 

During a 4:30 p.m. briefing, the agenda shows council members will also discuss law restrictions on use of public funds to pay for information brochures or information spots related to certificates of obligation. This has to do with giving out information to the public about the $93 million worth of debt the city is pursuing to pay for improvements. They will also be discussing mobile homes in District 1, an item placed on the agenda by District 1 Council Member Malcolm Hamilton, but Hamilton declined to comment on the item until the meeting.  

IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE COUNCIL WILL

  • Consider approval of City Council Special Work Session minutes, June 18, 2019.
  • Consider approval of City Council Work Session minutes, June 18, 2019.
  • Consider approval Joint City Council - Odessa Development Corporation minutes June 25, 2019.
  • Consider approval of City Council minutes, June 25, 2019.
  • Consider approval of City Council Work Session minutes, July 2, 2019.
  • Consider approving the Guidelines and Criteria Governing Tax Abatement in Reinvestment Zones and Enterprise Zones and amending the Odessa City Code Chapter 11 “Taxation” to become Chapter 11 “Taxation and Finance” by adding a new Article 11-3 “Tax Abatement In Reinvestment Zones And Enterprise Zones” to codify said guidelines and criteria (Ordinance – Second and Final Approval).
  • Consider a TxDOT agreement for a temporary street closure (Resolution).
  • Consider authorizing the City Manager to allow Billing and Collection to establish an Ambulance Compliance Program and enter into a contractor agreement with PCG (Resolution).
  • Consider a bid award for laboratory supplies to Fox Scientific for $68,699.
  • Consider contract renewal for school crossing guard services and agreement with Ector County ISD for cost sharing, $166,922.10.
  • Consider award of contract for the purchase of 5/8" x 3/4" AMR water meters for $129,600 from National Meter & Automation.
  • Open a public hearing to consider approval of the request by Lourdes Jasmin Molina, owner, for a specific use permit to allow an auto painting and body rebuilding shop use in a Light Commercial (LC) zoning district on Lot 4 and part of Lot 5, Block 3, Judkins Subdivision (3007 Andrews Hwy.) (Ordinance - First Approval).
  • Open a public hearing to consider approval of the request of PTCAA Texas, LP, owner, for annexation to the City of Odessa and original zoning of Light Industrial (LI) on Lot 1, Block 1, Flying J Addition (northwest corner of the intersection of Kermit Hwy. and W. Loop 338) (First Public Hearing).

 

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