El Paso City Council to vote on supporting renaming of part of Patriot Freeway

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — In addition to creating a municipal district commission, the El Paso City Council will also consider supporting a state bill to rename a portion of U.S. 54.

Tuesday’s agenda includes a number of issues, including a resolution on whether the council supports fair and comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level. And, approving a $2 million contract for architect and engineering services for the El Paso Police Department’s Central Regional Command Center.

The council meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday on the city’s Livestream and YouTube pages. It is unclear when the council will begin to hold in-person meetings.

On the agenda, the council will consider supporting Texas Senate Bill 1704, which proposes a dedication of a portion of U.S. 54, also known as the Patriot Freeway, in honor of Korean War veterans.

The portion would add to a piece of the highway between the New Mexico state line and Loop 375 that is already designated as the Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway.

Also on the council’s to do list, is an item over whether to issue $93-million in non-voter approved debt to finance various capital improvement projects and help ongoing quality of life initiatives.

In February, the council initiated the process to issue the certificates of obligation on a 6-2 vote. Tomorrow, the council will introduce an ordinance allowing the city to go to the bond market to issue the debt.

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