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SPECIAL MEETING - APRIL 20, 2021

BE IT REMEMBERED, that on this the 20th day of April, A.D., 2021, there was begun and held a SPECIAL MEETING of the Honorable Commissioners Court of Nueces County, Texas, wherein the following members thereof were present, to-wit:
 
BARBARA CANALES COUNTY JUDGE
ROBERTO G. HERNANDEZ COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO. 1
JOE A. GONZALEZ COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO. 2
JOHN MAREZ COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO. 3
BRENT CHESNEY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO. 4

and KARA SANDS, COUNTY CLERK of Nueces County, Texas, wherein the following proceedings were had, to-wit:
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   1.   CALL TO ORDER
             
   A.   Commissioner Chesney led the Invocation.
             
   B.   The Court led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America and Texas Flags.
             
   C.   County Judge Canales called the Special Meeting to order at 9:12 a.m. and certified that a quorum was present. The meeting was held in the Commissioners Courtroom located at 901 Leopard Street on the 3rd floor of the Nueces County Courthouse.
             
   D.   Safety Briefing was given by Rebecca Ramirez, Emergency and Risk Management Specialist.
             
   E.   PUBLIC COMMENT: Was given by Angelica Hernandez, First Assistant District Attorney, and Michelle Putnam.
             
   F.   GENERAL INFORMATION REPORTS:
             
   1.   Introduction of Chief Deputy, David Cook, Nueces County Sheriff's Office.  No action taken.
             
   2.   The Court received an update from Kathy Ard-Blattner, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator on the COVID-19 response, plans for COVID-19 testing, alternative care sites, Governor Orders, amended Orders, and activities related to area economic recovery. 
             
   3.   The Court received an update from Kathy Ard-Blattner, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, on Hurricane and Tropical Storm recovery, including items related to Bob Hall Pier, parking lots, roads, drainage, debris removal, other infrastructure.
             
   4.   The Court received an update from Kathy Ard-Blattner, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, on Severe Weather Recovery, Disaster Declarations, Utility, Electricity, and Water Supply.
             
   G.   Accept the following Minutes:
             
   1.   The Court accepted the minutes of March 24, 2021, April 1, 2021, and April 9, 2021.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: Commissioner Marez
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  03 24 2021 Minutes
  04 01 2021 Minutes
  04_09_2021 Minutes
 
             
   H.   Adopt the following Resolution(s), Proclamation(s), and/or Order(s):
             
   1.   The Court recognized the Robstown Early College High School Lady Pickers Basketball Team, Area Qualifiers.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Marez, Second by: Commissioner Chesney
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210232-4/20 1.H.1.
 
             
   2.   The Court recognized the Robstown Early College High School Lady Pickers Powerlifting Team, State Qualifiers.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Marez, Second by: Commissioner Chesney
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210233-4/20 1.H.2.
 
             
   3.   The Court recognized the Veteran's Memorial Eagles Girls Volleyball team.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: Commissioner Gonzalez
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210234-4/20 1.H.3.
 
             
   4.   The Court recognized April 2021 as "Safe Digging Month".
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Gonzalez, Second by: Commissioner Chesney
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210208-4/20 1.H.4.
 
             
   5.   The Court voted in support of HB 4621 - relating to the number, terms, and compensation of the commissioners of the Nueces County Drainage and Conservation District Number 2.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: Commissioner Gonzalez
         




  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210209-4/20 1.H.5.
  DD2 Resolution in Support of HB 4621
  HB 4621
 
             
   I.   Present the following Certificate(s) of Recognition:
             
   1.   The Court recognized Don Manuel, Corrections Officer III, retiring after 33 years of service to Nueces County.
             
   2.   The Court recognized Annette DuVall for 20 years of service with the Nueces County Child Welfare Board and the Nueces County Child Welfare Foundation.
             
   J.   BOARD APPOINTMENTS:
             
   1.   The Court appointed Bruce Wilson to the Nueces Center for Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities Board.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Gonzalez, Second by: Commissioner Marez
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  Buddy Ewing Application
  Bruce Wilson Application
 
             
   2.   The Court appointed Troy Adler, Rick Patel and Cody Bates to the Nueces County Board of Coastal Parks Commissioners Board.
  Attachments:
  Coastal Parks Board Description
  Letter of Resignation - Jim Needham
  Letter of Intent - Kimberly Zahn-Winton
  Letter of Intent - Troy Adler
  Letter of Intent - Tyler Thorsen
  Letter of Intent - Bob Paulison
  Application - Jason Cody Bates
  Application - Danan Myers
  Application - Elizabeth Erickson
  Application - Jerry Plemons
 
             
   2.   CONSENT AGENDA:
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Marez, Second by: Commissioner Hernandez
         
Motion: Approve Consent Agenda Items A-C, E-G, I-M, O-Q and S.





  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
             
   A.   The Court authorized payment of bills - regular bill summaries dated March 19, 2021, March 26, 2021, March 31, 2021, April 01, 2021, April 09, 2021, and April 12, 2021.
  Attachments:
  Ck Reg 03-19-21.pdf
  Ck Reg 03-26-21.pdf
  Ck Reg 03-31-21.pdf
  Ck Reg 04-01-21.pdf
  Ck Reg 04-09-21.pdf
  Ck Reg 04-12-21.pdf
 
             
   B.   The Court authorized payment of bills - manual check registers dated March 16, 2021, to April 12, 2021.
  Attachments:
  Manual Ck Reg.pdf
 
             
   C.   The Court authorized payment of bills - special motions list dated April 20, 2021.
  Attachments:
  Special Motions List
  Special Motions Backup
 
             
   D.   The Court authorized payment of bills - group health insurance claims and fees by Boon Chapman dated April 06, 2021, and the month of March 2021.  
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: Commissioner Gonzalez
         





  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  Group Health Weekly.pdf
  Group Health Monthly.pdf
 
             
   E.   The Court approved and accepted donations to the county in accordance with LGC 81.032.
  Attachments:
  Donations.pdf
 
             
   F.   The Court accepted FY 2019-2020 "Family Protection Fee" Report from Family Counseling Service.
  Attachments:
  FY19/20 FPF Report - Family Counseling Service
 
             
   G.   The Court accepted FY 2018-2019 Diabetes Report from The American Diabetes Association.
  Attachments:
  18/19 American Diabetes Report
 
             
   H.   The Court approved the following Diabetes Contracts for FY 2020-2021
1. Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center- Total $2,000.00
Commissioner Pct 1 - $1,000; Commissioner Pct 2 - $1,000
2. American Diabetes Association - Total $10,000.00
County Judge - $2,000; Commissioner Pct 2 - $1,500; Commissioner Pct 4 - $6,500
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: Commissioner Gonzalez
         
Motion: Amend the total amount for the American Diabetes Association to $13,500, and for Commissioner Pct. 4 from $6,500 to $10,000.







  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  TAMUCC-Garcia Art Center
  American Diabetes Assoc
 
             
   I.   The Court authorized the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District (CCNCPHD) to enter into a contract amendment with the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in the amount of $41,865.00 for the period September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022 to continue funding HIV Surveillance activities; and authorized the Director of the CCNCPHD to sign on behalf of Nueces County.
  Attachments:
  20210210-4/20 2.I.
 
             
   J.   The Court authorized the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District (CCNCPHD) to enter into a contract amendment with the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in the amount of $264,003.00 for the period July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 to continue funding Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) activities; and authorized the Director of the CCNCPHD, to sign on behalf of Nueces County.
  Attachments:
  20210211-4/20 2.J.
 
             
   K.   The Court adopted a resolution approving the submission of a grant application to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for the Other Victim Assistance Grant (OVAG).
  Attachments:
  20210212-4/20 2.K.
 
             
   L.   The Court adopted a resolution approving the submission of a grant application to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for the Victim Coordinator and Liaison Grant (VCLG).
  Attachments:
  20210213-4/20 2.L.
 
             
   M.   The Court adopted a resolution in support of an application for the Indigent Defense Improvement Grant Program available through the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.
  Attachments:
  20210214-4/20 2.M.
 
             
   N.   The Court approved purchase with DebtBook for software needed to aid County Auditor in meeting Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) reporting requirements on Annual Financial Reports.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Gonzalez, Second by: Commissioner Chesney
         





  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210215-4/20 2.N.
 
             
   O.   The Court approved sole source renewal amendment with SOE Software Corporation (dba SCYTL) for Clarity elections suite hosting a support for the Election Night Reporting (ENR) suite software for the County Clerk's office.
  Attachments:
  20210216-4/20 2.O.
 
             
   P.   The Court ratified the approval of the engagement letter with the law firm Branscomb PC, specifically attorney Keith Sieczkowski, to represent Nueces County, Texas, in Case No. 2:20-cv-00316; John Smith vs. Nueces County; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Corpus Christi Division.
  Attachments:
  20210217-4/20 2.P.
 
             
   Q.   The Court ratified the approval of the engagement letter with McKibben, Jarvis, Martinez & Wood LLP, specifically Jim McKibben and Ken Fields, to represent Nueces County, Texas in Cause No. 13-21-00069-CV; Sundial Owners Association, Inc. vs. Nueces County et al., In the Court of Appeals, Thirteenth District of Texas.
  Attachments:
  20210218-4/20 2.Q.
 
             
   R.   The Court ratified Amendment to Professional Services Agreement between Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Nueces County, and Nueces County Hospital District for extending termination date.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Gonzalez, Second by: Commissioner Marez
         



  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210219-4/20 2.R.
 
             
   S.   The Court ratified agreement with BCFS Health and Human Services for Incident Management Team Supplementation services related to support of Covid-19 vaccination operations.
  Attachments:
  20210220-4/20 2.S.
 
             
   T.   The Court ratified Emergency Interlocal Agreement between Nueces County and Wilson County for Performance of Postmortem Examination.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: Commissioner Marez
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210221-4/20 2.T.
 
             
   U.   The Court ratified Short Term License Agreement with Corpus Christi Retail Venture LP for space at La Palmera mall related to COVID-19 vaccination operations.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Gonzalez, Second by: Commissioner Marez
         
Commissioner Chesney abstained.


  Vote: 4 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210222-4/20 2.U.
 
             
   3.   REGULAR AGENDA:
             
   A.   AGENDA ITEMS
             
   1.   The Court approved Change Order No. 1 from Geofill Construction for the Horace Caldwell Pier Observation Deck.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: Commissioner Gonzalez
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210223-4/20 3.A.1.
 
             
   2.   The Court tabled the Texas Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Authority 2020 Annual Report until April 28, 2021; approved execution of professional services agreement with the Texas PACE Authority for purposes of administering the Nueces County PACE program.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: County Judge Canales
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210224-4/20 3.A.2.
  2020 PACE Report
  HB 89
 
             
   3.   The Court tabled the update from Animal Control Advisory Committee until April 28, 2021.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Marez, Second by: Commissioner Chesney
         





 
             
   4.   The Court received a presentation from the Department of Family and Protective Services on the status of Child Welfare in Nueces County.
  Attachments:
  DFPS Presentation
 
             
   5.   The Court received a presentation from Craig Brown of Buckeye Partners, regarding their Southern Rail Hub and Solar Project at McKenzie Road and CR 44.
  Attachments:
  Presentation
 
             
   6.   The Court received information from the Nueces County Medical Examiner's Office and the District Attorney related to the current workload of the Medical Examiner's Office.
             
   7.   The Court tabled approving an interlocal agreement for Medical Examiner Services with Wilson County until April 28, 2021.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: Commissioner Gonzalez
         


 
  Attachments:
  Interlocal Agreement w/ Wilson County
 
             
   8.   The Court approved a request for improvements to the 13th Court of Appeals on the 10th floor of the Nueces County Courthouse, pursuant to Section 22.214 of the Texas Government Code.  Comment by Chief Justice Dori Contreras.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Marez, Second by: Commissioner Gonzalez
         
Motion: Appropriate and prioritize from CO 2021, $66,114 with a reimbursement provision from the next court.


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
             
   9.   The Court updated the Texas Health and Human Services’ Contractor Certification of Contract Information and related documents.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Gonzalez, Second by: Commissioner Chesney
         



  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210225-4/20 3.A.9.
 
             
   10.   The Court discussed the Nueces County Capital Improvements Plan 2021-2025 (updated CIP 2019) project prioritization.
  Attachments:
  CIP - Project Funding Prioritization - Budget Workshop - April 1.2021
  CIP Update Presentation
 
             
   11.   The Court tabled the Sale of Facilities Agreement (SOF) between Nueces County and AEP for Nueces County Courthouse and jail and Contribution-In-Aid-Of-Construction Agreement for Electric Distribution Service until April 28, 2021.
             
  Motion by: County Judge Canales, Second by: Commissioner Chesney
         


 
             
   12.   The Court approved participation in the unclaimed capital credits received by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts from electric cooperatives under Section 74.602 of the Texas Property Code, and certified the purpose of the use of the funds in compliance with the provisions of Section 381.004 of the Texas Local Government Code.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Gonzalez, Second by: Commissioner Marez
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210235-4/20 3.A.12.
 
             
   13.   The Court tabled information regarding Nueces County’s selection as a FloodWise Community until April 28, 2021.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Marez, Second by: Commissioner Chesney
         


 
             
   14.   The Court approved execution of second Modification of Restrictive Covenants in Special Warranty Deed and Third Amendment to the Amended and Restated Development Plan Agreement, related to Corpus Christi Bay Outlets property.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Marez, Second by: Commissioner Chesney
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210226-4/20 3.A.14.
  20210227-4/20 3.A.4.
 
             
   15.   The Court adopted a Resolution relating to the “Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council and Settlement Allocation Term Sheet”; and related matters; Case: 201863587, MASTER CASE v TEXAS OPIOID LITIGATION.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: Commissioner Gonzalez
         



  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210228-4/20 3.A.15.
 
             
   16.   The Court received a report from Maria Bedia, Grants Administrator, and Kathy Ard-Blattner, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, on COVID-19, Winter Storm Uri, and Hurricane Hanna response expenses and reimbursements to date.
             
   17.   The Court approved overtime pursuant to County policy for essential exempt employees during declared disasters as it relates to COVID-19, and storm preparedness and response; severe weather preparedness and response; in addition, authorized payment of overtime to essential exempt City County Health District Employees.
             
  Motion by: County Judge Canales, Second by: Commissioner Marez
         
Commissioner Gonzalez was not present for the vote and Commissioner Chesney abstained.


  Vote: 3 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  Approved Overtime Hours 4-20-2021
 
             
   B.   PUBLIC WORKS
             
   1.   The Court approved an interlocal agreement between Nueces County and the Nueces County Drainage District #2 for the County Road 18 Bridge Replacement Project.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Marez, Second by: Commissioner Gonzalez
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210229-4/20 3.B.1.
 
             
   2.   The Court approved Change Order No. 1 for the Nueces County Roadway Rehabilitation Projects County Road 67, County Road 69, County Road 77 & Bauer Road.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Marez, Second by: Commissioner Gonzalez
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210230-4/20 3.B.2.
 
             
   3.   The Court approved a Purchase Order with International Consulting Engineers for engineering services related to the County Road 6 and County Road 79A Detention and Water Quality Pond.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Gonzalez, Second by: Commissioner Hernandez
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
             
   4.   The Court approved the execution of an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Services Contract with Richter Architects to provide architectural services related to the new Hilltop Community Center facility.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Hernandez, Second by: Commissioner Gonzalez
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  20210231-4/20 3.B.4.
 
             
   5.   The Court approved Hot Mix Asphalt and Base material (HMAC) for Richard Borchard Fairgrounds parking lot located by the RV Park, subject to being included in the prioritization.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Gonzalez, Second by: Commissioner Chesney
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
             
   C.   PURCHASING
             
   1.   The Court awarded RFP No. 3158-21 Nueces County Security Services for Courthouse, Juvenile Justice Center and Keach Library to Sec-Ops Inc.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: Commissioner Marez
         



  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  Proposal Tab RFP No. 3158-21
 
             
   2.   The Court awarded RFQ No. 3156-21 Engineering Services for Bob Hall Pier Parking Lot Reconstruction to Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam Inc.
  Attachments:
  RFQ No. 3156-21 Proposal Tab
 
             
   3.   The Court awarded RFQ 3161-21 Engineering Services for Bob Hall Pier Marine Debris Removal and Demolition to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc subject to the prioritization of the funds.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: County Judge Canales
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  RFQ No. 3161-21 Proposal Tab
 
             
   4.   The Court awarded IFB No. 3154-21 Nueces County Courthouse and Jail Emergency Generators to Generac Industrial Power, subject to the prioritization of the funds.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: County Judge Canales
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  IFB No. 3154-21 Bid Tab
 
             
   5.   The Court awarded IFB No. 3155-21 Nueces County Jail Annex Emergency Generator to Generac Industrial Power, subject to the prioritization of the funds.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: County Judge Canales
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  IFB No. 3155-21 Bid Tab
 
             
   D.   AUDITOR
             
   1.   The Court tabled the Monthly Financial Report for the month of January 2021 until April 28, 2021.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: Commissioner Gonzalez
         


 
  Attachments:
  MFR JAN 2021.pdf
 
             
   2.   The Court approved Budget Change Order No. 11 for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: Commissioner Gonzalez
         
County Judge Canales was not present for the vote.


  Vote: 4 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  BCO#11 List.pdf
  BCO#11 Backup.pdf
 
             
   3.   The Court approved Capital Project Budget Change Order No. 95.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Chesney, Second by: Commissioner Gonzalez
         
County Judge Canales was not present for the vote.



  Vote: 4 - 0 Approved
  Attachments:
  CPBCO#95 List.pdf
  CPBCO#95 Backup.pdf
 
             
   E.   HUMAN RESOURCES
             
   1.   The Court tabled reclassifying one Assistant Chief Deputy Sheriff position to an additional Chief Deputy Sheriff position until April 28, 2021.
             
  Motion by: County Judge Canales, Second by: Commissioner Marez
         


 
             
   2.   The Court approved a $10,000.00 supplement to the District Attorney's new Investigator position.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Gonzalez, Second by: Commissioner Hernandez
         


  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
             
   3.   The Court approved a $10,000.00 supplement for the District Attorney's Chief of Intake.
             
  Motion by: Commissioner Gonzalez, Second by: Commissioner Hernandez
         






  Vote: 5 - 0 Approved
             
   4.   EXECUTIVE SESSION: The Court convened into Executive Session at 3:17 p.m. and reconvened into Regular Session at 4:00 p.m.
             
   A.   The Court consulted with the County Attorney and/or outside counsel regarding legal issues related to Corpus Christi Polymers, LLC Tax Abatement agreement, pending appraisal district hearing, discussed any related proposal, and other related matters; Discussed and consider approval of any related proposal, including Amended Tax Abatement Agreement.  No action taken.
             
   B.   The Court consulted with the County Attorney on legal issues related to second Modification of Restrictive Covenants in Special Warranty Deed related to Corpus Christi Bay Outlets property and related matters.  No action taken.
             
   C.   The Court consulted with the County Attorney regarding legal matters relating to property insurance coverages.  No action taken.
             
   D.   The Court consulted with the County Attorney regarding public works and liability issues.  No action taken.
             
   E.   The Court consulted with the County Attorney in Case:  201863587, MASTER CASE v TEXAS OPIOID LITIGATION; discussed and considered adopting a Resolution relating to the “Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council and Settlement Allocation Term Sheet”; and related matters.  No action taken.
 

The Court was adjourned at 4:05 p.m. in memory of Al Mora.

There being no further business to come before the Court, it is ordered that this meeting does now
stand adjourned, this the 20th day of April, 2021.


I, Kara Sands, County Clerk of Nueces County and Ex-Officio Clerk of the Commissioners Court, do certify that the following Special Meeting Minutes for April 20, 2021, are a true and correct record of the proceedings.



______________________________________
Kara Sands, County Clerk
and Ex-Officio Clerk of the
Commissioners Court of Nueces County, Texas


    

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