CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A2000-R-26

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 25, 2000

5:30 P.M.

 

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aid or services, are requested to contact Gustavo Guevara, City Secretary at (956) 791-7308 at least two working days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  The accessible entrance and accessible parking spaces are located at City Hall, 1100 Victoria Ave.

 

Out of Consideration for all attendees of the City Council meetings, please turn off all cellular phones and pagers, or place on inaudible signal.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

 

 

    I.      CALL TO ORDER

 

 II.      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.      ROLL CALL

 

IV.      MINUTES

 

V.              COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.   The Laredo Fire Department would like to recognize Mr. Efrain Garcia for his unselfish efforts in providing aid and comfort to the family of the September 3, 2000 accident on the IH-35 southbound lane, working with the Emergency Medical Service personnel.  Mr. Garcia, a Certified Paramedic, rendered assistance in providing scene assessment and vital information to firefighters and paramedics responding.

 

 

 

 

Communiqués

 

a.   A presentation by Ceara Byrne, Secretary of the Red Cross Youth Organization on the Sign On, Live On Project which will be sponsored by the American Red Cross, on October 28, 2000.

 

 

 VI.    APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

 

   VII.         PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.   Public hearing concerning an application by Leticia Quintana authorizing the amendment of a Conditional Use Permit for a flower shop by removing the time restriction on Lot 10, Block 712, Eastern Division, located at 220 S. Loring Ave.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended a two (2) year extension of the Conditional Use Permit.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

                        Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the amendment of a Conditional Use Permit for a flower shop to remove time restriction on Lot 10, Block 712, Eastern Division, located at 220 S. Loring Ave.; providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

2.   Public hearing concerning an application by Seymon Deutsch amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 14.875 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Springfield Rd. and north of Mann Rd. from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District), B-1R (Limited Office/Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

                        Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 14.875 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Springfield Rd. and north of Mann Rd. from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District), B-1R (Limited Office/Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

 

3.      Public hearing concerning an application by Aaron Mendoza, Entice Custom Homes amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 11 and 12, Block 10, Crown Ridge Subdivision, Phase 5, located at 410 and 412 Northstar Rd. from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 11 and 12, Block 10, Crown Ridge Subdivision, Phase 5, located at 410 and 412 Northstar Rd. from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

 

4.      Public hearing concerning  an application by San Isidro Monarch, Ltd., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 9.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Monarch Dr. (proposed) and south of Loop 20 from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 9.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Monarch Dr. (proposed) and south of Loop 20 from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

5.      Public hearing concerning an application by Daniel Lopez, La Roca Restaurant amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.0069 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of McPherson Rd. and south of Jacaman Rd. from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of proposed zone change.        

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.0069 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of McPherson Rd. and south of Jacaman Rd. from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

6.      Public hearing concerning an application by Butch Haynes amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1,2,3,4 and W1/2 of 5, Block 1082, Eastern Division located at 609 Buena Vista Ave. from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1,2,3,4 and W1/2 of 5, Block 1082, Eastern Division located at 609 Buena Vista Ave. from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

7.      Public hearing concerning an application by Holding Institute, Inc., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block 200, Western Division located at 1102 Santa Maria Ave., from R-O (Residential/Office District) to CBD (Central Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change.           

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block 200, Western Division located at 1102 Santa Maria Ave., from R-O (Residential/Office District) to CBD (Central Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

8.      Public hearing concerning an application by Lauro and Olga Villarreal amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4 and the W1/2 of Lot 5, Block 1394, Eastern Division, located at 2417 Kearney St., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4 and the W1/2 of Lot 5, Block 1394, Eastern Division, located at 2417 Kearney St., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

 

9.      Public hearing concerning an application by Rodolfo Garcia amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 13.44 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Mines Rd. and south of Flecha Ln., from AG (Agricultural District) and B-3 (Community Business District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 13.44 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Mines Rd. and south of Flecha Ln., from AG (Agricultural District) and B-3 (Community Business District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

10.  Public hearing concerning an application by Olga de los Santos amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2, 4, 6, and the S1/3 of 8, Block 947, Western Division, located at 3701 Davis St. from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission.     

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2, 4, 6, and the S1/3 of 8, Block 947, Western Division, located at 3701 Davis St. from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

11.  Public hearing concerning  an application by Gerardo G. Salinas amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 2, Hilltop Subdivision, Phase II, located at 7302 Wagner Ct. from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed B-3 zoning and approval of a B-1 zoning.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 2, Hilltop Subdivision, Phase II, located at 7302 Wagner Ct. from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

12.  Public hearing concerning  an application by Vaquillas Development, Ltd. amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.79 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of S.H. 359 and east of Concord Hills Blvd. from R-1A P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area Planned Unit Development) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed B-3 zoning and approval of a B-1 zoning.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.79 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of S.H. 359 and east of Concord Hills Blvd. from R-1A P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area Planned Unit Development) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

13.  Public hearing concerning  an application by Vaquillas Development, Ltd. amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.931 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of S.H. 359 and east of Concord Hills Blvd. from R-1A P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area Planned Unit Development) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed B-3 zoning and approval of a B-1 zoning.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.931 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of S.H. 359 and east of Concord Hills Blvd. from R-1A P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area Planned Unit Development) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

14.  Public hearing concerning  an application by Kent Martin amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 294, Eastern Division, located at 301 Clark Blvd. from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a used car lot.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 294, Eastern Division, located at 301 Clark Blvd. from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

15.  Public hearing to amend ordinance passed December 15, 1981 and setting the annual salaries of the  members of the City Council and the Mayor of the City of Laredo pursuant to Article II Section 2.02 of the City Charter.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Ordinance passed December 15, 1981, and motion passed on September 17, 1992 thereby increasing the annual salaries of the member of the City Council from $6,000.00 to $12,000.00 per year and the salary of the Mayor of the City of Laredo from $18,000.00 per year to $36,000.00 per year, pursuant to Article II, Section 2.02 of the City Charter.

     

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

 

16.    A.   Request by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.

 

1.      Presentation by Mr. C.Y. Benavides on Camino Colombia Toll Road.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action on standardizing specifications for subdivision development.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action on requesting TXDOT to conduct a traffic circulation study on Mines Road with a high priority status.

 

                                                           

                (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

 

17.    2000-O-223     An ordinance providing for the levy and collection of General and Special Ad Valorem and Alcoholic Beverage taxes for the City of Laredo for the tax year 2000.  Therefore, providing revenue for the operation of the City and payment of the Interest and Sinking fund for Debt Service. (City Council)

 

 

 

2000-O-226     Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures by $8,150.00 in the Convention & Visitors Bureau Fund – Special Events budget due to receipt of donations from the private sector for the annual City of Laredo Washington Trip to meet with members of Congress and federal agencies and incurring expenditures associated with said project and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-227     Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-27-00 in the amount of $4,400,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a portion of a parallel taxiway to Runway 17L/35R and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-230     Identifying employees and granting retiree medical benefits to those employees who retire between October 1, 2000 through March 31, 2001 with the exception of Firefighters and Police Officers who are provided for under a collective bargaining agreement and providing and effective date of October 1, 2000.

                        (City Council)

 

2000-O-231     Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12)(a) except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of October 1, 2000.  (City Council)    

 

2000-O-232     Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $240,000.00 for fuel cost increase.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-233     Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $17,139.00 for the Hepatitis C Study Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001: and increasing revenue line item 226-0000-323-4085 from $0 to $17,139.00 and expenditure line item 226-6036 from $0 to $17,139.00.

                        (City Council)

 

2000-O-234     Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $2,654,500.00 to operate the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, and to issue approximately $13,000,000.00 in federal food vouchers by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001; and increasing revenue line item form the WIC Program 226-0000-323-4037 from $0 to $2,654,500.00 and expenditure line item 226-6035 from $0 to $2,654,500.00. (City Council)

                      

2000-O-235     Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $4,470.00 in additional funds from $149,000.00 to $153,470.00 for the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2000, through December 31, 2000; and increasing revenue line item 226-000-323-4043 from $149,000.00 to $153,470.00 and expenditure line item 226-6016 from $149,000.00 to $153,470.00.

                        (City Council)

 

2000-O-236     An ordinance adopting the City of Laredo Policy on Workplace Violence.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-237     An ordinance adopting the City of Laredo Policy on Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment.  (City Council)

                      

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

 

18.    2000-R-129     A resolution accepting the assignment of 25.05 acre feet of municipal water rights from the balance of 800 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, Ltd. in payment of water availability charges and 16 acre feet of municipal water rights in payment of annexation charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Community, Phase VI.

 

 

19.    2000-R-130     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an interlocal government agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Independent School District for the participation of the City of Laredo Police Department in the School Resource Officer Program.  Compensation in the amount of one hundred seventy nine thousand two hundred and seventy seven dollars ($179,277.00) to be paid by L.I.S.D., for the 2000-2001 school year.

                                      

 

20.    2000-R-137     A resolution accepting the assignment of 10.5 acre feet of municipal water rights from the balance of 800 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, Ltd., in payment of water availability charges and 5.6 acre feet of municipal water rights in payment of annexation charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Community, Phase X.

 

XII.    MOTIONS

 

21.       Consideration to adopt a schedule of hearings and proceedings and directing staff to prepare a service plan for the voluntary annexation of five (5) tracts of land totaling 698.1724 acres, more or less, and the unilateral annexation of three (3) tracts of land totaling 295.474 acres, more or less, for a total of 993.6464 acres, more or less, in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

22.              Consideration to award contract number FY00-139, to the MOST RESPONSIVE PROPOSER, ICSS, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $16,547.00 for the purchase of thirteen computers.  These computers will be purchased and installed at the Santo Nino Branch Library.   The City has established a base price for the computers and option pricing for accessories such as modems and zip drives.  Delivery of all requested equipment is expected within thirty days.   Funding is available in the Library budget.

 

23.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-148, to the LOW BIDDER, Laredo Fence Materials Inc. (Maverick Fence), Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $22,579.00, for the installation/repair of chainlink fencing at five city facilities.  Funding is available in the N.P.D.E.S. fund.  

 

24.       Consideration to award a two-year professional contract to the most qualified accounting firm to provide external audit services for fiscal year ending September 30, 2000 and for fiscal year ending September 30, 2001.  Contact will be subject to appropriation for fiscal year 2001. Funding is available in the Finance Department Budget.

                                         

 

25.              Consideration to award a two-year professional service contract to the lowest qualified proposer Wells Fargo Bank Texas, N.A. for banking services to be provided to the City of Laredo for fiscal year 2001 and 2002 at an estimated cost of $40,219.20 for basic banking services and $30,280.80 for additional services for a total estimated cost of $70,500.00 per year.  Funding is available in the Finance Department Budget.

 

 

26.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 5 a net decrease of $6,234.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Laredo International Airport New Passenger Terminal Project; approval to retain $50,000.00 for the completion of pending punch list items and approval to release partial retainage in the amount of $144,188.00 to Don Krueger Construction Company, Victoria, Texas.  Final contract amount is $15,080,911.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Terminal/Taxiway-Building /Retainage Payable.

 

 

27.              Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application to Untied States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Zacate Creek Stream Restoration project from Gale Street to  East of McPherson Road.  The grant monies will be used for the stream restoration with alternative methods other than concrete.  The alternate construction materials includes gabions, erosion control mats, and any other materials approved by EPA.  The grant monies will also provide training for the local developers, contractors, engineers and city personnel about alternate methods of stream restoration.  The project will be designed and constructed in-house.  The total project cost will be $400,000.00 including $100,000.00 match from the City.

 

 

28.       Consideration to vote for Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr. for the 2000 Board of Trustees Election for Place 13 of the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Board of Trustees Election, with possible action.

 

                       

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

 

29.       Staff report update by the Laredo Police Department on the current status and future improvements to the emergency communications system.

 

 

 

XIV.     EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, when it deems it necessary to consult privately with its attorney about any item upon this agenda, pursuant to the provisions of Section 551.071(2) of the Texas Government Code.

 

XV. ADJOURNMENT

 

 

This notice was posted at the Municipal Government Offices, 1110 Houston Street, Laredo, Texas, at a place convenient and readily accessible to the public at all times. Said notice was posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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