The Robstown City Council approved two items Monday that council members hope will ease the way for the construction of a proposed outlet mall in the city.

During its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, the council passed a resolution approving an economic development agreement relating to the development and construction of the proposed outlet mall, which will be built on land near the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds.

The council also amended an ordinance declaring the land on which the proposed mall will be built a "Tax Reinvestment Zone," and establishing a board of directors for that zone.

The eight-member board approved by the council Monday includes representatives from the city, the Robstown Independent School District, the county, the drainage district and the developer. Those members include: Robstown City Council Member Arlene Rodriguez, City Council Member Amanda Vasquez, Drainage District Chairman Sam Santos, Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal, RISD Board Member Richard Gonzalez, Robstown City Secretary Paula Wakefield, Robstown Improvement Development Corporation Board Member Pablo Avila and developer Rick Carduner.

In other business, the council selected a contractor to begin street improvement work funded through 2009 bond money authorized in the council's January meeting. The first phase of the project, authorized Monday, includes improvements to Picker Lane, East Avenue I, Avenue C and First Street.

The city received seven bids for the project, and the council approved the lowest bid, of $506,070, submitted by HAAS-Anderson Construction, of Corpus Christi. Work on the project is expected to begin within the next few weeks.

The council also authorized a new bid process for the second phase of the street improvement project.

The council authorized a notice of request for proposals for the purchase of a new fire engine for the Robstown Fire Department. That fire engine will be purchased through newly acquired bond money authorized by the council last month.

In order to conform with state law, the council also authorized a joint election agreement with the Robstown ISD for the May 9 general election and approved an order calling for the election.

The council also received information from City Attorney Armando Gonzalez that a lawsuit brought against the city by the Robstown Development Corporation was dismissed recently, following a settlement agreement between the two parties. The details of that agreement, which reportedly did not include a cash settlement, were not immediately available Monday, Gonzalez said.