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ORDINANCE NO. 019349

AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE RE-ENACTING EMERGENCY ORDINANCE NO. 019035 EXTENDING A DISASTER DECLARATION DUE TO A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas declared a state of disaster and the President of the United States of America declared a national emergency in relation to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the Mayor signed a Local Emergency Declaration and requested the aid of the State Government pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 418.108; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to El Paso City Code Section 2.48.020(C), a local state of disaster declaration may not be continued or renewed for a period in excess of seven days except by or with the consent of City Council; and

WHEREAS, City Charter Section 3.10 allows for the City Council to adopt an emergency ordinance to meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or the public peace; and

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the City Council adopted Emergency Ordinance No. 019035, Extending a Disaster Declaration Due to a Public Health Emergency; and

WHEREAS, since March 2020, El Paso City Council has re-enacted Emergency Ordinance No. 019035 monthly, with the most recent re-enactment taking place on June 21, 2022; and

WHEREAS, as of July 8, 2022, the number of COVID-19 active cases in El Paso is over 3,516; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to City Charter Section 3.10, every emergency ordinance shall stand repealed automatically as of the 31st day following the date on which it was adopted, but may be re-enacted to continue a Disaster Declaration; and

WHEREAS, Emergency Ordinance No. 019336 which re-enacts Emergency Ordinance No. 019035 is set to expire on July 21, 2022;

WHEREAS, the condition necessitating a declaration of a state of disaster continues to exist.

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF EL PASO, TEXAS:

  1. That the state of disaster proclaimed for the City of El Paso by the Mayor on March 13, 2020, and extended by Emergency Ordinance No. 019035, is hereby re-enacted and shall continue for thirty (30) days unless re-enacted in accordance with City Charter Section 3.10 or until terminated by City Council, whichever is sooner.
     
  2. This ordinance is adopted as an emergency measure with the unanimous vote of the City Council Representatives present and the consent of the Mayor and pursuant to City Charter Section 3.10.

 

PASSED AND ADOPTED, this 18 day of July 2022.

THE CITY OF EL PASO, TEXAS
Oscar Leser
Mayor

ATTEST:
Laura D. Prine
City Clerk

APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Karla M. Nieman
City Attorney

APPROVED AS TO CONTENT:
Mario M. D’Agostino
Deputy City Manager
Public Health & Safety

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ORDINANCE NO. 019350

AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE RE-ENACTING EMERGENCY ORDINANCE NO. 019036 INSTITUTING EMERGENCY MEASURES, AS RE-ENACTED, RESTATED AND AMENDED BY EMERGENCY ORDINANCE NO. 019151; AND FURTHER RE-ENACTED AND AMENDED BY EMERGENCY ORDINANCE NOS. 019156, 019169, 019191 and 019284; PENALTY AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 8

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas declared a state of disaster and the President of the United States of America declared a national emergency in relation to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, by proclamation issued on March 13, 2020, the Mayor declared a local state of disaster for the City of El Paso resulting from a public health emergency; and 

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the City Council, pursuant to City Charter Section 3.10, adopted Emergency Ordinance No. 019036 to meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or the public peace; and

WHEREAS, since March 2020, City Council has re-enacted Emergency Ordinance No. 019036 monthly, with the most recent re-enactment, re-statement and amendment taking place on March 16, 2021, and with the most recent re-enactment taking place on June 21, 2022; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to City Charter Section 3.10, every emergency ordinance shall stand repealed automatically as of the 31st day following the date on which it was adopted, but may be re-enacted if the emergency still exists; and

WHEREAS, a disaster continues to exist and requires that certain emergency measures be taken to meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or the public peace; and

WHEREAS, the City Council desires to re-enact Emergency Ordinance No. 019036, as re-enacted, restated and amended on March 16, 2021 through Emergency Ordinance No. 019151, as further re-enacted and amended on March 29, 2021 through Emergency Ordinance No. 019156, as further re-enacted and amended on April 26, 2021 through Emergency Ordinance No. 019169, as further re-enacted and amended on May 24, 2021 through Emergency Ordinance No. 019191, as further re-enacted and amended on January 31, 2022 through Emergency Ordinance No. 019284, which shall remain in effect for thirty days or until otherwise terminated, re-enacted, or superseded by a conflicting El Paso Local Health Authority order, or state or federal law or order.

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF EL PASO, TEXAS:

  1. Emergency Ordinance No. 019036, as re-enacted, restated and amended by Emergency Ordinance No. 019151, and as further re-enacted and amended by Emergency Ordinance Nos. 019156, 019169, 019191, and 019284, penalty as provided in Section 8, is hereby re-enacted.
     
  2. Emergency Ordinance No. 019036, as re-enacted, restated and amended by Emergency Ordinance No. 019151, and further re-enacted and amended by Emergency Ordinance Nos. 019156, 019169, 019191, and 019284, penalty as provided in Section 8, shall remain in full force and effect and continue for thirty (30) days unless re-enacted in accordance with City Charter Section 3.10 or until terminated by the City Council, whichever is sooner.
     
  3. This ordinance is adopted as an emergency measure with the unanimous vote of the City Council Representatives present and the consent of the Mayor, pursuant to City Charter Section 3.10.

 

PASSED AND ADOPTED, this 18 day of July 2022.

THE CITY OF EL PASO, TEXAS
Oscar Leser
Mayor

ATTEST:
Laura D. Prine
City Clerk

APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Karla M. Nieman
City Attorney

APPROVED AS TO CONTENT:
Mario M. D’Agostino
Deputy City Manager
Public Health & Safety

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ORDINANCE 019351

AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE RE-ENACTING EMERGENCY ORDINANCE NO. 019241 ALLOWING TEMPORARY USES ON THE PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY AND PRIVATE PROPERTY BY SUSPENDING VARIOUS CITY ORDINANCES; PENALTY AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 6.

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas declared a state of disaster and the President of the United States of America declared a national emergency in relation to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, by proclamation issued on March 13, 2020, the Mayor declared a local state of disaster for the City of El Paso resulting from a public health emergency; and 

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, El Paso City Council adopted Emergency Ordinance No. 019035 extending the City’s Disaster Declaration due to a Public Health Emergency; and

WHEREAS, since March 2020, El Paso City Council has re-enacted Emergency Ordinance No. 019035, with the most recent re-enactment taking place on June 21, 2022; and

WHEREAS, Governor Abbott has similarly renewed the State’s COVID- 19 Disaster Declaration, with the most recent extension taking place on June 21, 2022; and

WHEREAS, El Paso City Charter Section 3.10 allows City Council to adopt an emergency ordinance to meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property, or the public peace; and

WHEREAS, the El Paso City Council desires to support restaurants and similar establishments in their efforts to safely operate during the COVID-19 pandemic by further facilitating outdoor service and dining opportunities; and

WHEREAS, on October 11, 2021, City Council enacted an Emergency Ordinance Instituting Emergency Measures to Allow Temporary Uses on the Public Right of Way and Private Property by Suspending Various City Ordinances (“Emergency Ordinance No. 019241”); and

WHEREAS, pursuant to City Charter Section 3.10, every emergency ordinance shall stand repealed automatically as of the 31st day following the date on which it was adopted, but may be re-enacted if the emergency still exists; and

WHEREAS, City Council re-enacted Emergency Ordinance No. 019241, with the most recent re-enaction taking place on June 21, 2022 (Ord. No. 019338) (“Re-enacting Ordinance”); and

WHEREAS, a disaster continues to exist and requires that certain emergency measures be taken to meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or the public peace; and

WHEREAS, City Council desires to re-enact its October 11, 2021, Emergency Ordinance No. 019241, which shall take effect immediately, and remain in effect until August 17, 2022 or until otherwise terminated, re-enacted, or superseded by a conflicting El Paso Local Health Authority order, or state or federal law or order.

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF EL PASO, TEXAS:

 

  1. That Emergency Ordinance No. 019241, is re-enacted and shall remain in full force and continue for thirty (30) days unless re-enacted in accordance with City Charter Section 3.10 or until terminated by the City Council, whichever is sooner;
     
  2. This ordinance is adopted as an emergency measure with the unanimous vote of the City Council Representatives present and the consent of the Mayor and pursuant to City Charter Section 3.10.

 

PASSED AND ADOPTED, this 18 day of July 2022.

THE CITY OF EL PASO, TEXAS
Oscar Leser
Mayor

ATTEST:
Laura D. Prine
City Clerk

APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Karla M. Nieman
City Attorney

APPROVED AS TO CONTENT:
Mario M. D’Agostino
Deputy City Manager
Public Health & Safety

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ORDINANCE NO. 019352

AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE EXTENDING EMERGENCY ORDINANCE NO. 019333 AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ASSIGN PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES TO ASSIST IN ADDRESSING THE HUMANITARIAN AND PUBLIC SAFETY CRISIS RESULTING FROM A MASS MIGRATION THROUGH EL PASO

WHEREAS, on May 23, 2022, the Mayor and City Council of the City of El Paso (the “City”) passed an Emergency Ordinance No. 019333 “Authorizing the City Manager to Assign Personnel and Resources to Assist in Addressing the Humanitarian and Public Safety Crisis Resulting from a Mass Migration through the City of El Paso”; and

WHEREAS, thousands of migrants from Latin America have already gathered at or near the U.S.- Mexico border in hopes that President Biden will ease immigration restrictions that will make it easier to enter the United States; and

WHEREAS, because of war between Russia and Ukraine and the political situation in Turkey, Ukrainians, Russians, and Turks are arriving at the Southern border for admission to the United States; and

WHEREAS, on April 1, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) announced the repeal of the Public Health Services Act, 42 U.S.C. §265 (“Title 42”), which was expected to allow for the inflow of migrants from the southern border; and

WHEREAS, federal litigation ensued to enjoin the CDC from repealing Title 42 on the intended date of May 23, 2022; and

WHEREAS, on June 30, 2022, a United States Supreme Court ruling allowed the President to end the Migrant Protection Protocols, which would allow for the inflow of migrants from the southern border; and

WHEREAS, the Southwest had 239,416 land border encounters in the month of May, 2022; and

WHEREAS, the El Paso sector of CBP had 34,638 land border encounters in the month of May, 2022 and a total of 177,789 encounters for federal fiscal year 2022; and

WHEREAS, although Title 42 remains in place as a result of the federal litigation, the number of Border Patrol encounters remain high averaging 600 to 1000 per day; and

WHEREAS, due to this high volume, the number of refugees and asylum seekers amounts to 200-300 releases to the Annunciation House, a local non- governmental organization (“NGO”), on a daily basis; and

WHEREAS, on some days, the number of releases is lower due to the limited NGO space; and

WHEREAS, when the City faced a migrant surge in March of 2019, the NGO was able to establish over thirty hospitality sites throughout the El Paso region, versus today’s fifteen hospitality sites; and

WHEREAS, the primary challenge is that the NGO does not have the volunteer base to sustain or increase current capacity at its current hospitality sites (twelve in El Paso, Texas, three in Las Cruces, New Mexico, one in Deming, New Mexico, and another in Albuquerque, New Mexico); and

WHEREAS, although NGO volunteer recruitment efforts will continue, it is not anticipated that the volunteer base will keep up with the current demand, despite the NGO having identified additional facilities that could receive migrants; and

WHEREAS, when the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (“CBP”) Central Processing Center is over capacity and NGO space is unavailable, that is when the potential for street releases arises; and

WHEREAS, on May 15, 2022, the federal authorities released 119 single adults on the downtown streets of the City of El Paso; and

WHEREAS, in response to the May 15, 2022, street release, the El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management (“OEM”) reallocated twenty-nine COVID-19 Operations staff to assist as migrant shelter surge staff, and on May 17, 2022, this staff began orientation training at Casa del Refugiado, the NGO’s largest hospitality site; and

WHEREAS, OEM has created a job specification, for general disaster operations to include humanitarian relief duties to hire and assign staff to assist with NGO capacity with 36 staff currently assigned; and

WHEREAS, the El Paso City Charter Section 3.10, allows for the adoption of one or more emergency ordinances to meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property, or the public peace; and

WHEREAS, Section 121.003 of the Texas Health & Safety Code states that a municipality may enforce any law that is reasonably necessary to protect public health; and

WHEREAS, Section 122.006 of the Texas Health & Safety Code provides home-rule municipalities express authority to adopt rules to protect the health of persons in the municipality, including quarantine rules to protect the residents against communicable disease; and

WHEREAS, OEM continues to provide COVID-19 isolation and quarantine hotel support to migrant shelters, expanding operations when outbreaks occur in congregate shelter facilities; and

WHEREAS, OEM has provided isolation and quarantine services to over 2,483 migrants in close coordination with NGOs since April 2020; and

WHEREAS, the release of mass groups of people without access to potable water, food, or shelter exposes the migrants and El Paso residents to the origination and spread of potential and actual disease; and

WHEREAS, there are significant public safety and security concerns related to the wave of migration, including but not limited to the risk to injury or loss of life with migrants in El Paso streets with little or no resources on days that reach hot or cold temperatures and the inherent risks that come with increased demand on local shelters; and

WHEREAS, for these reasons, the City is faced with the imminent threat of widespread injury or loss of life resulting from a surge in transient migrants traveling to the region during an ongoing global pandemic; and

WHEREAS, there is the potential for loss of property for both residents and migrants due to those who would take financial advantage of this wave of migrants; and

WHEREAS, the City of El Paso is home to 4 of the 28 international ports of entry between Texas and Mexico; and

WHEREAS, based on mass migration events in the recent past, the City anticipates significant delays at the international ports-of-entry to include trade; and

WHEREAS, the potential encampment of large groups of migrants on City rights of way and parks poses safety risks to migrants and citizens alike; and

WHEREAS, in awaiting the due support of the federal government, the City finds that the expenditure of public funds for staff to coordinate resources and supplies, serve as shelter surge staff and transport migrants released in the City of El Paso accomplishes a valid public purpose of protecting public infrastructure, and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of El Paso; and

WHEREAS, in order to protect the health of persons in the municipality, the City Council wishes to continue to assist the local NGO with surge staff, coordination of resources and supplies, and transportation in light of the continued high number of community releases; and

WHEREAS, OEM and the City will continue to prepare and evaluate the need for mass emergency sheltering in anticipation of the eventual repeal of Title 42 and other regional migration surges that may impact the El Paso region; and

WHEREAS, this Ordinance shall remain in effect until otherwise terminated, re-enacted, or superseded by a conflicting ordinance, El Paso Local Health Authority Ordinance, or state or federal law.

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF EL PASO:

  1. That the Emergency Ordinance No. 019333 passed and adopted by the City Council of the City of El Paso on May 23, 2022 is hereby re-enacted and shall continue for thirty (30) days unless re-enacted in accordance with City Charter Section 3.10 or until terminated by City Council, whichever is sooner.
     
  2. This ordinance is adopted as an emergency measure with the unanimous vote of the City Council Representatives present and the consent of the Mayor and pursuant to City Charter Section 3.10.

 

PASSED AND ADOPTED, this 18 day of July, 2022

THE CITY OF EL PASO, TEXAS
Oscar Leser
Mayor

ATTEST:
Laura D. Prine
City Clerk

APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Karla M. Nieman
City Attorney

APPROVED AS TO CONTENT:
Mario M. D’Agostino
Deputy City Manager
Public Health & Safety

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NOTICE OF ADOPTION

Notice is hereby given that, during a regular meeting of the City Council held on August 2, 2022, the Mayor has approved and the City Council has passed the following Ordinances:

ORDINANCE 019357 An Ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of El Paso, Texas, Water and Sewer Revenue Bonds, in one or more series, in an aggregate amount not to exceed $441,000,000 for System improvements and to refund certain obligations issued for System improvements; and resolving matters which are necessary to effect such issuance, including the delegation of matters relating to the sale and issuance of the bonds to an authorized City officer or employee within certain specified parameters.

ORDINANCE 019358 An Ordinance authorizing the issuance of “City of El Paso, Texas, Municipal Drainage Utility System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2023” in an amount not to exceed $25,330,000 to refund certain previously issued obligations of the City; and resolving matters which are necessary to effect such issuance, including the delegation of matters relating to the sale and issuance of the bonds to an authorized City officer or employee within certain specified parameters.

ORDINANCE 019359 An Ordinance changing the zoning of a portion of Tract 9A1, 9B1, Laura E. Mundy Survey 238 and a portion of Nellie D. Mundy Survey No. 244, City of El Paso, El Paso County, Texas from R-5/c (Residential/conditions) to C-2/c (Commercial/conditions) and from R-5/sp (Residential/special permit) to C-2 (Commercial) and imposing conditions. The penalty is as provided for in Chapter 20.24 of the El Paso City Code.
The proposed rezoning meets the intent of the Future Land Use designation for the property and is in accordance with Plan El Paso, the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
Subject Property: Generally North of Transmountain Road and East of Interstate 10
Applicant: EP Transmountain Residential, LLC. PZRZ22-00009

ORDINANCE 019360 An Ordinance changing the zoning of a portion of the East 300 feet of North 150 feet of South 165 feet of Tract 9-D, First Supplemental Map of Parkland Addition, City of El Paso, El Paso County, Texas from R-4 (Residential) to A-O (Apartment/Office) and imposing conditions. The penalty is as provided for in Chapter 20.24 of the El Paso City Code.The proposed rezoning meets the intent of the Future Land Use designation for the property and is in accordance with Plan El Paso, the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
Subject Property: North of Woodrow Bean Transmountain Drive and East of Bomarc Street
Applicant: CEA Group, PZRZ22-00015

ORDINANCE 019361 An Ordinance granting a Special Privilege License to 1031 Firestone, LLC to permit the construction, installation, maintenance use and repair of an aerial encroachment of an outdoor stairway for additional access to the property located at 1025 Texas Avenue, El Paso, Texas; setting the License term for a term of fifteen years (15) with one (1) renewable fifteen (15) year term.
Subject Property: 1025 Texas
Applicant: 1031 Firestone, LLC., NESV2022-00002

ORDINANCE 019362 An Ordinance amending Title 12 (Vehicles and Traffic), Chapter 12.88 (Schedules), Section 12.88.150 (Schedule XIV-Speed Limits), to amend paragraph N (Speed limits on the following of Pershing Drive and Dyer Street) subparagraph 2; and to amend by  deleting paragraph N-(Speed limits on the following of Pershing Drive and Dyer Street) subparagraph 3, to amend by deleting paragraph N (Speed limits on the following of Pershing Drive and Dyer Street) subparagraph 4; and to amend by deleting paragraph N (Speed limits on the following of Pershing Drive and Dyer street) subparagraph 5; the penalty being provided in Chapter 12.84 of the El Paso City Code.

Laura D. Prine, City Clerk

 

NOTICE OF INTRODUCTION

Pursuant to Section 3.9A of the El Paso City Charter, the following Ordinance was properly introduced at a Special Council Meeting on AUGUST 1, 2022:

  1. Introduction of an Ordinance levying FY 2022 - 2023 taxes.

PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 23, 2022 FOR ITEM 1

Laura D. Prine, City Clerk