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Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:58 pm

The Odessa City Council approved distributing more than $3.4 million in hotel/motel tax revenue to various outside agencies to help promote the city during their Tuesday meeting. 

Council members in total approved distributing $3,472,599 in hotel/motel tax revenue to 21 different outside agencies, and approved distributing $272,170 in general revenue funds to 6 different outside agencies. 

The amount given out in hotel/motel tax revenue is about $1.5 million short of the total amount requested. These funds are given out in hopes the agencies will attract more people to the city to generate further hotel/motel tax revenue. Some of these agencies included Downtown Odessa Inc., Odessa Arts, and the Black Cultural Council. 

Some of the money saved in hotel/motel funds is being reserved for a potential sports complex to further attract visitors to the city for events like tournaments, which Mayor David Turner previously said they would look at following the distribution of these funds. 

Council members also approved a rezoning of a 2-acre tract of land near Avenida de Mexico and Fitch Avenue, from general residential and neighborhood services to special dwelling district. This will allow for smaller sized lots to build traditional homes. Planning Director Randy Brinlee told council members the area would have 33 lots for affordable single-family homes, comparable to the homes already in the area. 

Prior to the meeting, District 1 Council Member Malcolm Hamilton also told council members about his desire to see a moratorium placed on all trailer homes for no less than two years, meaning not issuing any permits for any new mobile homes to be installed. 

“I do not see how we can continue to say that we want to develop in District 1 and allow trailer homes to be placed right beside traditional houses,” Hamilton said. “It’s killing the property value, it’s killing anyone’s opportunity to sell their homes.”

Hamilton said from 2018 to 2019, 120 total trailer home permits were granted for District 1, more than half of all trailer home permits issued. More than 80% of those were issued south of Second Street. 

“If we’re going to promote the development of homes, I don’t see how we can continue to allow trailer homes to just abundantly be spread all across District 1,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said this would be done to allow developers to come into the district and build either modular or traditional homes that would appreciate in value, unlike mobile homes. 

District 3 Council Member Detra White said she didn’t disagree with Hamilton, but her first thought was of people who can’t afford a traditional home. 


IN OTHER BUSINESS, COUNCIL MEMBERS

  • Approved City Council Special Work Session minutes, June 18, 2019.
  • Approved City Council Work Session minutes, June 18, 2019.
  • Approved Joint City Council - Odessa Development Corporation minutes June 25, 2019.
  • Approved City Council minutes, June 25, 2019.
  • Approved City Council Work Session minutes, July 2, 2019.
  • Approved 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).
  • Approved a TxDOT agreement for a temporary street closure (Resolution).
  • Approved authorizing the City Manager to allow Billing and Collection to establish an Ambulance Compliance Program and enter into a contractor agreement with PCG (Resolution).
  • Approved a bid award for laboratory supplies to Fox Scientific for $68,699.
  • Approved contract renewal for school crossing guard services and agreement with Ector County ISD for cost sharing, $166,922.10.
  • Approved award of contract for the purchase of 5/8" x 3/4" AMR water meters for $129,600 from National Meter & Automation.
  • Approved 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).
  • Approved 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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