Nixon City Council discusses funding for city projects


The Nixon City Council discussed funding for several projects at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Members began by discussing the awarding of a Rescue Bed bid to Kyrish Government Group, but moved the item into executive session to discuss the project with Fire Chief Mark Mendez. The same was done with agenda items 5, 6, 7, 8, 15 and 17, as they concerned the city’s real property, including the Fire station as well as possible brush and rescue trucks.

The Texas Local Government Codes cited were 551.071 and 551.071, in which “A governmental body may not conduct a private consultation with its attorney except: (1)  when the governmental body seeks the advice of its attorney about:(A)  pending or contemplated litigation;  or(B)  a settlement offer;  or(2)  on a matter in which the duty of the attorney to the governmental body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with this chapter,” and, “A governmental body may conduct a closed meeting to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person.”

Nixon Little League Coach Junior Acevedo asked the council to consider having lights installed at the little league field, so that players can practice after sundown and the ability to host games and tournaments would be enhanced. After discussing different methods of funding, the council voted to allow City Manager Harold Rice to seek bids for financing of the project.

Two residential carport variances were considered by the council as well. One, for Ron and Maggie Gaytan, was approved for a length of 12 feet from their property line, as no objections from neighbors had been presented and no other aspects of city property such as water or gas lines would be obstructed.

A similar residential carport variance request from Fire Chief Mark Mendez was considered but determined unnecessary as it is not intended to be a permanent structure.

In other business:

  • The relocation of a 1992 trailer home to a different part of the city, on Third Avenue, was also approved by the city.
  • Reports were received from interim Nixon Police Chief Greg Huston, City Manager Harold Rice and Fire Chief Mark Mendez for the months of November and December.
  • The Police Department received approval to sell a dog kennel to Nueces County Defense Attorney’s Office for $2,500.
  • The council appointed City Secretary Deborah Bustamente as Temporary Assistant City Manager with authority to act on behalf of the City Manager should he be unavailable.