Saturday, June 23, 2018
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City-of-Mission-logoReferring to it as a “guinea pig” task force, Mission Fire Chief Ricardo Saldana told said the Fire Department will be part of a first responder team for disasters that occur in South Texas.

The city council approved a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Texas Task Force One to allow members of the Mission Fire Department to participate with the task force in a Type III Rapid Response Team.

Saldana said South Texas has been designated as the first area to have a regional task force that could be first on the scene while waiting for the Texas Task Force to arrive from College Station in case of an emergency. If the project, which was created by Gov. Rick Perry, is a success, a similar task force will be created in each of the seven Texas Department of Public Safety regions of Texas. The South Texas region includes everything from Laredo to Corpus Christi and south.

The chief said the South Texas team will be made up of 96 volunteers all over the Valley who would be divided into two teams. Chief Lenny Perez of Brownsville and Chief Sean Snyder of Edinburg will lead the two teams.

Giving examples of when the teams might be called out, Saldana said in the case of a river flood, a bridge collapse, a major explosion (like the fertilizer plant last year in West, Texas), a building collapse or any other scenario where time was critical to prevent loss of life or for the safety of the area around the situation.

Cities that volunteered to take part in the regional task force are Mission, McAllen, Edinburg, Weslaco, Brownsville and Corpus Christi. Those firemen who are going to participate will go to training April 25-28 at Texas A&M University.

In other action, the council approved a general exception to the procurement policy for an emergency situation that occurred with an old clay sewer line collapsed on Mayberry Avenue between Country Club and Pamela Streets. There was a risk of a cave-in around the proximity of the line that could have caused injury to motorists or pedestrians.

Garco Industries did the repair at a cost of $25,000. Public Works Director Roberto Salinas said the line was 17 feet underground but a leak was noticed when crews were working near the lift station. To correct the situation, the old abandoned lift station was removed and approximately 100 feet of clay pipe was replaced with new PCP pipe. Repair of the project took 11 days to complete.

Approval for staff to seek a memorandum of understanding with the Mission Consolidated Independent School District was approved regarding updating the jointly owned swimming pool on Nicholson Drive north of Landry Stadium. Julian Gonzalez said the drainage, circulation and filtration systems needed to be updated and the structure needed to be reinforced and the pool walls replastered. The project also would look into the possibility of heating the pool as well. Efforts would be made to assure the pool was in compliance with ADA requirements.

In other action, the council approved an agreement with Texas Gas Service for relocation of a gas line and meter for the Mayberry Pool.

The council also approved an election service contract with Hidalgo County Elections Department for the upcoming May 10 elections.

Under zoning matters, the council approved a permit for a new electrical substation development to be built 100 feet south of Trinity Road along the east side of Mayberry Road. It will be used to provide better electrical services to the area that includes Mission Regional Medical Center and Royal Technologies. There will be new 42-foot double steel circuit poles along Mayberry, Trinity and behind the Mission Economic Development Corporation Industrial Park.

Following executive session the law firm of Jones & Galligan was hired to address concerns regarding the CSV Service Center building and renovation contract and the Bannworth and SWV Park improvement projects.