EL PASO, Texas — Contentious exchanges stuffed Tuesday night’s marathon metropolis council assembly, which lasted practically 9 hours. Some key selections had been made in regards to the pandemic, in addition to the easiest way for El Paso representatives and leaders to reply.
One of the crucial heated debates was over the potential for requiring El Paso’s bars and eating places to cease dine-in providers utterly for 2 weeks. The movement finally failed.
Metropolis Reps. Peter Svarzbein, Alexsandra Annello and Cassandra Hernandez voted in favor of the proposal. Representatives Sam Morgan, Isabel Salcido, Claudia Rodriguez, Henry Rivera, and Cissy Lizarraga voted towards it.
The proposal was made by metropolis consultant Peter Svarzbein, who made a passionate plea to native leaders that many assumed they weren’t doing sufficient in response to the pandemic.
Mayor Dee Margo pushed again on that concept and mentioned native governments had been restricted by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s orders. The town legal professional reaffirmed that El Paso couldn’t prohibit eating places previous the 50% occupancy limits set in place by the governor.
At instances, the dialog turned contentious. Mayor Margo mentioned Svarzbein was pursuing “gestapo-like” techniques.
The council did unanimously agree on growing the effective on companies that fail to adjust to native well being orders from $500 to $1000.
The council additionally seemed into whether or not the town may revoke certificates of occupancy on enterprise that fail to adjust to native well being orders. The vote on the proposal resulted in a tie, which Mayor Margo broke when he voted towards it.