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CITY OF LUBBOCK
SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING
November 17, 2021
5:00 P.M.


 
The City Council of the City of Lubbock, Texas met in special session on the 17th of November, 2021, in City Council Chambers, Citizens Tower, 1314 Avenue K, Lubbock, Texas at 5:00 p.m.

 
5:02 P.M.               CITY COUNCIL CONVENED
City Council Chambers, Citizens Tower, 1314 Avenue K, Lubbock, Texas
Present:
Mayor Daniel M. Pope; Mayor Pro Tem Steve Massengale; Council Member Juan A. Chadis; Council Member Randy Christian; Council Member Jeff Griffith; Council Member Latrelle Joy; Council Member Shelia Patterson Harris; City Manager W. Jarrett Atkinson; City Secretary Rebecca Garza; City Attorney Chad Weaver
Note: This was a joint meeting with the Lubbock County Commissioner's Court. Members of the .........Commissioner's Court, in attendance, were: Judge Curtis Parrish, Commissioner Terence Kovar, .........Commissioner Jason Corley, Commissioner Gilbert Flores, and Commissioner Chad Seay.
 
Note:      City Council addressed agenda items in the following order:
  • 1.4; 1.1-1.3; 1.5
             
   1. Hear and discuss potential American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) topics for possible joint participation by the City of Lubbock and Lubbock County.
             
   1. Public Health - Joint City/County Public Health Operation & Facility

Mayor Daniel M. Pope introduced the topic, gave comments, and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court.

Katherine Wells, director of public health, gave a presentation on the proposed Joint City/County Public Health District and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court. Topics discussed included: the reasons public health services are needed; the Texas public health system; Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 121; the responsibilities of the proposed public health district; proposed changes to the Board of Health; public health authorities; and the proposed joint funding structure.

Jarrett Atkinson, city manager, gave comments and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court.
             
   2. Broadband Availability to Non-Served or Under-Served Areas

Mayor Daniel M. Pope introduced the topic, gave comments, and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court.

Gaby Rowe, with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), gave a presentation on Operation Connectivity and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court. Topics discussed included: the objectives of Operation Connectivity, state and regional statistics related to broadband access, the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund, and broadband pilot projects that are currently in development. James Brown, director of information technology, gave a presentation on potential pilot project areas in Lubbock County, local and regional partners, pilot project options and funding projections, and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court.

Jarrett Atkinson, city manager, gave comments and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court.
             
   3. Mental Health Collaborative

Judge Curtis Parrish introduced the topic, gave comments, and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court.

Beth Lawson, CEO of StarCare Specialty Health System, gave a presentation on the proposed HOPE Center for Health and Well-being and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court. Topics discussed included: the current mission of StarCare Specialty Health System; an overview of regional partners in the West Texas Mental Health Collaborative; the community-wide mental health needs assessment; services to be offered at the HOPE Center; cost estimates; and an estimated timeline for completion, if approved.

Jarrett Atkinson, city manager, gave comments and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court.
             
   4. Homelessness

Mayor Daniel M. Pope introduced the topic, gave comments, and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court.

Karen Murfee, director of community development, gave a presentation on programs and funding options related to homelessness and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court. Topics discussed included: current funding status and available funding; homelessness prevention programs currently in operation; and the proposed Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, including the program's proposed mission and goals and the steps required to establish a CoC Program.

Jarrett Atkinson, city manager; and Bill Howerton, deputy city manager, gave comments and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court.
             
   5. Potential ARPA Funded Micro-Grant Programs, including but not limited to small business grants

Judge Curtis Parrish introduced the topic, gave comments, and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court.

Jarrett Atkinson, city manager, gave a presentation on the City of Lubbock's 2020 Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) micro-grant program, potential joint City/County ARPA funded micro-grant programs, and answered questions from City Council and Commissioner's Court.
7:17 P.M. CITY COUNCIL ADJOURNED
 
There being no further business to come before Council, Mayor Pope adjourned the meeting.


 
The November 17, 2021 Special City Council Meeting minutes were approved by the City Council on the 14th day of December, 2021.

 
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DANIEL M. POPE, MAYOR
ATTEST:
 
 
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Rebecca Garza, City Secretary
 

    

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