Council approves bulletproof vests for police

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Odessa City Council tabled several items on the agenda during Tuesday’s council meeting, including a proposal to amend the City Council Act to make all city boards, committees, subcommittees and commissions subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Councilor Mark Matta, moving to put the issue on the agenda, quickly asked that the item be tabled so that he could “study further” the issue.

Prior to the meeting, Matta said the change would make all boards and commissions subject to the open session law.

The council has given in to a police agency request to purchase 48 new bulletproof vests for a total of $ 106,370.25.

These costs also include 14 vests and accessories for the SWAT team and 146 rifle plates, Police Chief Michael Gerke previously told the council.

The vests are paid for from donations to the police force and a federal grant of $ 27,200.

The council also tabled action on an agenda item on Tuesday to consider a settlement agreement with Odessa-based Lisa Zaragoza, who has filed a lawsuit against the city. The Council unanimously voted to table the item without further comment.

Mayor Javier Joven also announced towards the end of the meeting that a planned closed session would also be presented to “consider pending or contemplated legal disputes”.

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