City Council

Dee Margo

Peter Svarzbein, District 1

Mayor

Alexsandra Annello, District 2

 

Cassandra Hernandez, District 3

 

Sam Morgan, District 4

Tommy Gonzalez

Isabel Salcido, District 5

City Manager

Claudia L. Rodriguez, District 6

 

Henry Rivera, District 7

 

Cissy  Lizarraga, District 8

 

 

 

NOTICE OF WORK SESSION

OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF EL PASO

November 23, 2020

9:00 AM

 

Teleconference phone number 1-915-213-4096

Toll free number:  1-833-664-9267

Conference ID: 569-067-611#

 

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF OPEN MEETINGS LAWS DUE TO EMERGENCY

 

The Texas Governor temporarily suspended specified provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act to allow telephonic or videoconference meetings and to avoid congregate settings in physical locations.

 

Notice is hereby given that a Work Session of the City Council of the City of El Paso will be conducted on November 23, 2020 at 9:00 AM. Members of the public may view the meeting via the following means:

 

Via the City’s website. http://www.elpasotexas.gov/videos

Via television on City15

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/cityofelpasotx/videos

 

In compliance with the requirement that the City provide two-way communication for members of the public, members of the public may communicate with Council during public comment, and regarding agenda items by calling the following number:

 

1-915-213-4096 or Toll free number: 1-833-664-9267

 

At the prompt please enter the following Conference ID: 569-067-611#

 

The public is strongly encouraged to sign up to speak on items on this agenda before the start of this meeting on the following links:

 

http://www.elpasotexas.gov/municipal-clerk/meetings/city-council-meetings

and

http://legacy.elpasotexas.gov/muni_clerk/signup_form.asp

 

 

 

The following members of City Council will be present via video conference:

 

Mayor Dee Margo and Representatives Peter Svarzbein, Alexsandra Annello, Cassandra Hernandez, Sam Morgan, Isabel Salcido, Claudia Rodriguez, Henry Rivera, and Cissy Lizarraga

 

A quorum of City Council must participate in the meeting.

 

 

 

 

AGENDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.

Presentation and discussion by the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Cross-Functional Team providing information on key activities, efforts and processes.

 

1. Overview (Tommy Gonzalez)

 

2. Cross Functional Team Operations (Chief Mario D’Agostino/ Angela Mora)

 

3. City Attorney’s Office Update (Karla Nieman)

     a) Governor Abbott's Executive Orders & Proclamations

     b) Declaration of a Public Health Disaster

     c) Texas Supreme Court Emergency Orders

     d) Emergency Ordinances

     e) Local Emergency Directive

      f) City Attorney's Office COVID-19 Support

  

4. Team Lead Reports:

     1. Health Focus (Hector Ocaranza, M.D.)   

         a)  Community Task Force Recommendations Update

         b)  Presentation and Update by Ciudad Juarez

     2. Economic Recovery  (Jessica Herrera, Kelly Kotlik)

     3. Financial Focus (Robert Cortinas)

     4. Data Analysis (David Coronado)

     5. Testing Recap and Update (Tracey Jerome)

     6. Education, Communication and Compliance (Ellen Smyth, Dionne Mack)

     7. Community Vulnerabilities and Human Services (Abraham Gutierrez)

     8. Operations Focus (Richard Bristol)

All Districts

City Manager's Office, Cary Westin, (915) 212-1063

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

Discussion and action on an Emergency Ordinance re-enacting Emergency Ordinance No. 019035 extending a Disaster Declaration due to a Public Health Emergency.

All Districts

Fire, Chief Mario D'Agostino, (915) 212-5605

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

Discussion and action on an Emergency Ordinance re-enacting and amending Emergency Ordinance No. 019036, as amended; penalty as provided in Section 8.

All Districts

Fire, Chief Mario D'Agostino, (915) 212-5605

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Discussion and action on an Emergency Ordinance re-enacting Emergency Ordinance 019091, penalty as provided in Section 6.

All Districts

Capital Improvement, Sam Rodriguez, (915) 212-0065

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

Discussion and action that the City Manager be authorized to sign a Chapter 380 Agreement by and between the CITY OF EL PASO, a Texas home rule municipal corporation, and LIFTFUND, INC., in support of the administration of a small business relief program to provide grants to eligible small businesses within the City of El Paso affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

All Districts

Economic and International Development, Jessica Herrera, (915) 212-1624

Economic and International Development, Eddie Garcia, (915) 212-1570

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

Discussion and action on the application and program implementation of community funding through the CARES Act during COVID-19.

All Districts

Representative Peter Svarzbein, (915) 212-1002

Representative Cassandra Hernandez (915) 212-0003

Representative Henry Rivera (915) 212-0007

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.

Discussion and action to direct the City Manager to create or expand on existing seroprevalence survey efforts to learn more about the percentage of El Pasoan’s who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; and strongly encourages partnerships with commercial laboratories and blood collection centers, and establishes blood testing within neighborhoods.

All Districts

Representative Cassandra Hernandez, (915) 212-0003

Representative Peter Svarzbein, (915) 212-0001

Representative Alexsandra Annello, (915) 212-0002

 

 

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF OPEN MEETINGS LAWS DUE TO EMERGENCY

 

The Texas Governor temporarily suspended specified provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act to allow telephonic or videoconference meetings and to avoid congregate settings in physical locations.

 

The following members of City Council will be present via video conference:

 

Mayor Dee Margo and Representatives Peter Svarzbein, Alexsandra Annello, Cassandra Hernandez, Sam Morgan, Isabel Salcido, Claudia Rodriguez, Henry Rivera, and Cissy Lizarraga

 

 

 

 

 

The City Council of the City of El Paso may retire into EXECUTIVE SESSION pursuant to Section 3.5A of the El Paso City Charter and the Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapter D, to discuss any of the following: (The items listed below are matters of the sort routinely discussed in Executive Session, but the City Council of the City of El Paso may move to Executive Session any of the items on this agenda, consistent with the terms of the Open Meetings Act and the Rules of City Council.) The City Council will return to open session to take any final action and may also, at any time during the meeting, bring forward any of the following items for public discussion, as appropriate.

 

Section 551.071            CONSULTATION WITH ATTORNEY

Section 551.072            DELIBERATION REGARDING REAL PROPERTY

Section 551.073            DELIBERATION REGARDING PROSPECTIVE GIFTS

Section 551.074            PERSONNEL MATTERS

Section 551.076            DELIBERATION REGARDING SECURITY DEVICES OR SECURITY AUDITS

Section 551.087            DELIBERATION REGARDING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEGOTIATIONS

Section 551.089            DELIBERATION REGARDING SECURITY DEVICES OR SECURITY AUDITS;                                     CLOSED MEETING

 

                Discussion and action on the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EX1.

Public Safety Bonds real estate acquisitions; Matter No. 20-1004-1132 (551.071) (551.072)

Capital Improvement, Sam Rodriguez, (915) 212-0065

 

 

 

 

 

 

EX2.

Application of Texas Gas Service Company, a division of ONE Gas, Inc., to Implement Initial Rates for a Conservation Adjustment Clause Tariff;

Matter: 20-1008-158; (551.071) (551.087)

 

 

 

City Attorney’s Office, Karla M. Nieman, (915) 212-0033

City Attorney’s Office, Abbie Mullin, (915) 212-0033

 

 

 

 

 

 

EX3.

Maria Pina v. City of El Paso; Matter: 19-1026-10491; (551.071)

 

 

 

City Attorney's Office, Karla M. Nieman, (915) 212-0033

City Attorney’s Office, Abbie Mullin, (915) 212-0033

 

 

 

 

 

 

EX4.

Outstanding invoices sent to Donald J. Trump for President Inc.;

Matter No. 19-1056-088 (551.071)

 

 

 

City Attorney’s Office, Karla M. Nieman, (915) 212-0033

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EX5.

Litigation Update to Council: FY2020; Matter No. 19-1021-1210; (551.071)

 

 

 

City Attorney's Office, Karla M. Nieman, (915) 212-0033

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADJOURN

 

 

 

 

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC:

Sign Language interpreters are provided for regular City Council meetings. Copies of this Agenda will be provided in Braille, large print, or audiotape upon requests made a minimum of 48 hours prior to the meeting.

 

 

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