COUNCIL COMMUNICATION

 

         DATE:

     06/02/2003   

    

 

SUBJECT:   FINAL READING ORDINANCE 2003-O-132

AMENDING CHAPTER 19. MOTOR VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC, ARTICLE VIII, STOPPING, STANDING OR PARKING, SECTION 19-361, CONTROLLED ACCESS PARKING LOTS AND SECTION 19-362, PARKING LOT RATES AND HOURS OF OPERATION, OF CODE OF ORDINANCES, CITY OF LAREDO: AUTHORIZING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PARKING RATES, ENFORCEMENT REGULATIONS, AND HOURS OF OPERATION FOR ALL CITY-OWNED PARKING LOT FACILITIES, PROVIDING FOR EFFECTIVE DATE AND PUBLICATION.

 

 

INITIATED BY:  Larry Dovalina, City Manager             STAFF SOURCE:   Roberto Murillo, P.E., Traffic Safety Director

 

 

PREVIOUS COUNCIL ACTION:     

 

Ordinance introduced & approved by City Council on 05-19-03.

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:  

 

City Council approved the final reading of Ordinance 2001-O-039 on February 05, 2001 that established the parking rates and hours of operation for the Bridge I parking lot that is currently in operation.  A fee of $ 1.75 per hour for hourly parking and $ 8.00 per day is presently being charged.  It presently operates 24 hours a day.  This is the parking facility located immediately adjacent to the Bridge I Administration Building . 

 

City Council approved Ordinance 2001-O-164 on August 20, 2001 that established parking rates, enforcement regulations and hours of operations for the Riverfront Parking Lot located on Pedregal Rd., that also included enforcement regulations for the existing Bridge I Parking Lot. The parking rates for the Riverfront Parking Lot include; one dollar per hour or eight ($8.00) maximum per day for passenger vehicles.  Truck Tractors and Recreational vehicles are charged a ten dollar ($10.00) flat fee daily rate. Buses are charged a twenty dollar ($20.00) flat fee daily rate. This parking lot is operated 24 hours a day and is the only one with a parking lot attendant present 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

The proposed ordinance amendment also includes the establishment of parking rates, enforcement regulations, and hours of operation but for any new city owned parking lot facility that is opened by the City of Laredo within the vicinity of the Central Business District. With the acquisition of properties to create additional off-street parking areas, it is imperative that this ordinance be authorized so that there would be no need to request city council approval for parking rates, enforcement or   hours of operation every time a new parking lot is opened.  The proposed rates vary depending on the area of the CBD and could be adjusted, as market may dictate, by City Council through proper ordinance amendments.

 

(Background Cont’d., on next page)

 

 


FINANCIAL: 

 

Funding for parking lot improvements and equipment is available from Capital Outlay Parking Meters Land Account Number

251-2620-525-9101.

 

 


RECOMMENDATION:                                       STAFF:  Recommend that City Council approves

                                                                                                                           this ordinance.  

 

 

 

 

 

(Background Continued)

 

 

The proposed parking lot rates for all city owned parking lot facilities will be as follows:

 

(1)   One dollar and seventy five cents ($ 1.75) per hour for hourly parking and eight dollars ($ 8.00) maximum daily rate, where      available, for all parking lots established within parking lot Zone A, as identified on Exhibit II, bounded by Water St. on the       South, Matamoros St., on the North, Santa Maria Ave. on the West and San Bernardo on the East. 

 

(2)      One dollar and fifty cents ($ 1.50) per hour for hourly parking and seven  dollars ($ 7.00) maximum daily rate, where available, for all parking lots established within parking lot Zone B, as identified on Exhibit II, bounded by Matamoros St.. on the South, Moctezuma St., on the North, Santa Maria Ave. on the West and San Bernardo on the East.

 

(3)      One dollar ($ 1.00) per hour for hourly parking and six dollars ($ 6.00) maximum daily rate, where available, for all other parking lots established within the vicinity of the Central Business District.

 

The parking rates and hours of operation are different from the proposed ordinance amendments and will remain the same for the         existing Bridge I and Riverfront Parking Lots. New parking lots with different parking rates or hours of operation than what is being proposed will have to be established by separate ordinance amendment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ORDINANCE 2003-O-132 

                                               

AMENDING CHAPTER 19. MOTOR VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC, ARTICLE VIII, STOPPING, STANDING OR PARKING, SECTION 19-361, CONTROLLED ACCESS PARKING LOTS AND SECTION 19-362, CONTROLLED ACCESS PARKING LOT RATES AND HOURS OF OPERATION, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, CITY OF LAREDO: AUTHORIZING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PARKING RATES, ENFORCEMENT REGULATIONS, AND HOURS OF OPERATION FOR ALL NEWLYACQUIRED CITY-OWNED PARKING LOT FACILITIES, PROVIDING FOR EFFECTIVE DATE AND PUBLICATION.

 

WHEREAS, the Parking Enforcement Division of the Traffic Department is the authority in charge of applying the ordinances and regulations governing parking meter and public parking lot operations in the City of Laredo; and

 

WHEREAS, the city of Laredo has been acquiring properties within the vicinity of the CBD in order to provide additional parking areas to better serve the needs of citizens and tourists, and it is necessary that parking rates, enforcement regulations, and hours of operations be established for all newly acquired city owned parking lot facilities; and

                WHEREAS,          in order to improve operation of all city-owned parking lot facilities it is necessary that authorization be granted to cite and/or tow vehicles for failure to pay the established parking rates, abandonment of vehicles and for other parking violations; and 

               

WHEREAS, it is in the opinion of City Council that it is in the best interest of the city to amend this ordinance and apply the best and fairest method to maintain reasonable parking rates for city owned parking lot facilities and also recognizing that parking lot facilities constitute a benefit to the City; and

 

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAREDO THAT:

 

          SECTION 1.   AMENDMENT.

 

Chapter 19,Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or Parking, Sections 19-361 through 19-362  of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo is hereby amended as follows:

 

 

Chapter 19

Motor Vehicles and Traffic

 

 

Section 19-361.  City Owned Controlled Access Parking Lots Lot .Enforcement

 

 

 

                                                Article VIII.           Stopping, Standing, or Parking 

 

(a).          The Parking Enforcement Division under the Parking Division Manager will be the authority in charge of applying the ordinances and regulations governing city owned controlled access parking lot operations in the Central Business District.  They shall have the authority to manage, operate, and maintain the parking facilities and enforce the hourly and long term parking rates and parking time limits and to cite or tow away vehicles in violation of these provisions in the event that a vehicle is parked in violation.

 

 

 

Section 19-362.  Controlled Access City-owned Parking Lot Rates and Hours of Operation

 

(a)           Unless otherwise provided for, the hours of operations for all city owned parking lots within the Central Business District shall be between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Central Standard Time or other standard time established or proclaimed by the United States for an area including the city, except Sundays and holidays, additionally, that within the meaning of this section the term “holiday” shall include the following days only; the first (1st) day of January, the fourth (4th) of July, the first (1st)  Monday in September, the twenty-fifth (25th) day of December, and the day designated and set aside by the President of the United States as a day of Thanksgiving, and all other holidays observed by the City of Laredo.

 

(a) (b).    The rate for passenger vehicles at the Bridge I parking lot shall be one dollar and seventy-five cents ($1.75) per hour for hourly parking. The rate for long-term parking at the Bridge I parking lot shall be $ 8.00 per day.  Bridge I parking lot shall be operated 24 hours 365 days a year.   No other vehicles, other than passenger vehicles, will be authorized to park at the Bridge I parking lot.

 

(b).          The rate for long-term parking at the Bridge I parking lot shall be $ 8.00 per day.

 

( c).         Said Bridge I parking lot shall be operated 24 hours 365 days a year. 

 

 

 

(d) (c).    The rate for passenger vehicles at the Riverfront parking lot shall be one dollar  ($1.00) per hour for hourly parking. The rate for long-term parking for passenger vehicles at the Riverfront parking lot shall be $8.00 per day..  The parking rate for tractors and recreational vehicles at the Riverfront parking lot shall be a flat rate of $10.00 per day.  Tractor trailer combinations are prohibited in the parking lot.  The parking rate for buses at the Riverfront parking lot shall be a flat rate of $20.00 per day.  The Riverfront  parking lot shall be operated 24 hours 365 days a year. 

 

(e).          The rate for long-term parking for passenger vehicles at the Riverfront parking lot shall be $8.00 per day.

 

(f).        The parking rate for tractors and recreational vehicles at the Riverfront parking lot shall be a flat rate of $10.00 per day.  Tractor trailer combinations are prohibited in the parking lot.  

 

(g).        The parking rate for buses at the Riverfront parking lot shall be a flat rate of $20.00 per day.

 

(h).          The Riverfront  parking lot shall be operated 24 hours 365 days a year. 

 

(d)           The parking rates for all of the newly-acquired city owned parking lots are hereby established as follows:

 

             (1) Two dollars ($ 2.00) per hour for hourly parking and ten dollars ($ 10.00) maximum daily rate, where available, for all parking lots established within the following boundaries: Water St. on the South, Matamoros St. on the North, Santa Maria Ave. on the West and San Bernardo on the East. 

(2)     One dollar and seventy five cents ($ 1.75) per hour for hourly parking and eight  dollars ($ 8.00) maximum daily rate, where available, for all parking lots established within parking lot Zone B, as identified on Exhibit II, bounded by Matamoros St. on the South, Moctezuma St. on the North, Santa Maria Ave. on the West and San Bernardo on the East.

(3)      One dollar and twenty five cents ($ 1.25) per hour for hourly parking and six dollars ($ 6.00) maximum daily rate, where available, for all other parking lots established within the vicinity of the Central Business District.

 

 

SECTION 2: SEVERABILITY

 

If any provision, section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this ordinance, or the application of same to any person or set of circumstances is for any reason held to be unconstitutional, void, invalid or for any other reason unenforceable, the validity of the remaining portion of this ordinance or its application to other persons or sets of circumstances shall not be affected thereby, it being the intent of the City Council of the City of Laredo in adopting this ordinance that no  portion hereof or provision or regulation contained herein shall become inoperative or fail by reason of any unconstitutionality, voidness or invalidity  and all provisions are declared severable for that purpose.

 

 

SECTION 3:  PUBLICATION

 

This ordinance shall become effective upon its passage following the date of  publication required pursuant to the provisions set for in Section 2.09 (d) of the City Charter.

 

 

 

 

PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL AND APPROVED BY THE MAYOR ON THIS _____________DAY____________, 2003.

 

 

 

                ATTEST:

 

 

                _________________________                      _______________________

                GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.                              ELIZABETH G. FLORES

                CITY SECRETARY                                                         MAYOR

 

 

 

 

 

                APPROVED AS TO FORM:

                JAIME L. FLORES

                CITY ATTORNEY

 

 

 

                By: ______________________

                ALLAN W. Mc GRAW

                ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY