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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2019 5:14 pm

The Odessa City Council is meeting for their biweekly work session today, which includes an executive session where they will discuss the hiring of a permanent city attorney.

Council members had two separate executive session meetings last week on Wednesday and Thursday, both lasting most of the day, where they interviewed potential candidates and discussed hiring.

District 4 Council Member Tom Sprawls said they would be calling back two candidates to interview before making their final decision.

“There’s a good possibility we’ll hire one next week,” Sprawls said.

Interim City Attorney Gary Landers said he isn’t sure if the council will hire a new city attorney this week or exactly when they will hire one. Landers has been on staff since March of 2018, hired after former City Attorney Lary Long retired after a sexual harassment complaint. Landers’ contract shows the city has been paying him an hourly rate of $107 per hour, plus providing on-site lodging and two round-trip flights from Odessa to his home in Tyler per month or mileage reimbursement. That hourly rate works out to about $222,560 annually.

The summary of the city attorney position describes the role as acting as chief legal advisor to the mayor and council, and minimizing risks and safeguarding the city’s operations. Minimum requirements include a Juris Doctorate degree and seven years of experience in legal practice, ideally in the public sector and in Texas.

The agenda also shows there will be discussion of development outside the city limits and fire department requests, but Sprawls said he wasn’t sure what they would be discussing yet.

Also listed on the agenda is discussion of approving a resolution in support of the 2020-2029 Unified Transportation Plan. The plan, released by the Texas Department of Transportation last week, dedicates $600 million to the Permian Basin during the next two years. Of that funding, about $243 million would go toward converting frontage roads and reconstructing interchanges on I-20 in Midland and Ector Counties.

No items will have an action taken on them until the City Council meeting next Tuesday.



>> Consider approving the purchase of CALIBER T5 Bomb Robot for Police Department for $133,830.

>> Consider ordinance revision for Sherwood Community Center rental fees.

>> Discuss an ordinance amending Code in regards to EMS Ambulance fees.

>> Consider amending City Charter – Chapter 12 “Traffic and Vehicles”, “General Provisions and “Operation of Vehicles.”

>> Consider resolution to apply for TxDOT’s TASA and SRTS projects and commit the City to provide funds or in-kind support of any awarded project, provide a severability clause and declare an effective date.

>> Consider TxDOT documents for local partial funding for intersection at Yukon and Loop 338.

>> Request approval of the City of Odessa’s 2019 Action Plan.

>> Consider awarding bid for emergency removal of structure for $84,550.

>> Consider amending City Charter – Chapter 6 “Health and Sanitation”, “Accumulations, Weeds, Rubbish, Brush and Other Questionable Matter” and adding section 6-5-10 to provide for payment on costs incurred.

>> Consider a temporary alley closure on N. Texas Avenue between East 4th and 5th Streets.

>> Consider amending City Charter – Chapter 3 “Building Regulations”, “Streets and Sidewalks”, by amending “Vegetation” and adding “Network Nodes in Public Right-of-Way.”

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