Sale of Rivera Building to be discussed at council meeting (copy)

The sale of the Rivera Building, located across the street from City Hall, has now been through two of the three reading required before the sale can be confirmed.

DOUGLAS — Douglas City Council voted during last Wednesday’s meeting and in a special meeting on July 16 to approve the second reading regarding the purchase of the Rivera Building, located at 357 E. 10th St., to Harrell Cooley LLC for $65,000.

Douglas City Clerk Alma Andrade said that according to the city charter, the ordinance for the property sale requires three readings to be approved before the council can finalize the sale.

Andrade said that the council will have their third reading on the sale of the Rivera Building in August.

Interim City Manager Luis Pedroza said that the city put in an Invitation for Bid (IFB) and received two bids for the building: one bid totals at $65,000 and the other at $60,000.

The council carried the motion to approve the first reading on the 14, and a second reading on the 16, thus advancing to a third reading to review the offer from Harrell Cooley LLC for the Revera Building for $65,000.

“The purpose as stated within the bid is to do housing in the second floor and an artist collective space in the first floor,” said Pedroza during the July 14 meeting. “Renovations and business license will be obtained within 18 months according to the bid.”

The Douglas All Stars, including divisions 9 & 10 and 11 & 12, were honored during last Wednesday’s meeting.

“I just want to congratulate you guys, and I’m sure every member here is very proud of you guys,” said council member Danya Acosta during her address to the team, which was present during the meeting. “We know how much work it takes for the players, the coaches’ time, the parents’ time: it’s incredible.”

Acosta continued, “Just take a look around you: the world is huge. The opportunities you are getting while playing sports are big, and they teach a lot of important lessons. Hopefully, someday some of you will be up here too.”

The council also approved the final budget for fiscal year 2021/2022 on the special meeting on July 16, totaling at $48,626,891.

According to Monica Miranda, City of Douglas Finance Manager, the $4,385,561 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allows city to allocate funding to the following areas:

• $1 million investment into Streets Equipment Infrastructure

• $1.1 million to Community projects

• $829,000 to Public Safety

• $300,000 Downtown Revitalization

• $500,000 Port of Entry (POE) Water/Sewer Infrastructure

“It covers not only public safety salaries but other approved expenditures under the ARP Act,” Miranda said during Friday’s special meeting.

Additionally, the council voted to change the name of the Leisure Services department to Parks & Recreation. According to the agenda, the purpose of the name change is to help the community better identify what the department manages.

The city has attempted to fill the position for Public Works Director/City Engineer since 2019, but has not had any success. Instead, the council voted to modify the position to only include the Public Works Director: city engineers will be contracted on an as needed basis.