CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2001-R-27

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

OCTOBER 22, 2001

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

 

Approval of the minutes of August 20, 2001 and September 4, 2001.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

Presentation of “Tribute to America” flag by the F. S. Lara Annex students to the City of Laredo.

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

David Cardwell, AEP Project Manager Economic Development, for his 33½ years of exemplary service to our community.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

           

 

VII.      PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept funds and amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $50,000 in funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project – Case Management of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.

 

2.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 12  of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo, Texas to include Article IV to establish fees for fire inspection services and life safety inspections, within the corporate limits of the City of Laredo, Texas.

 

3.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance  amending  Chapter  21,  of

the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo by creating Article VII, establishing a juvenile day-time and night-time curfew, defining terms, creating offenses for minors, parent and guardians of minors, and business establishments violating curfew regulations, providing defenses, providing for enforcement by the Police Department, providing for a waiver by the Municipal Court of jurisdiction over a minor when required under the Texas Family Code, providing for a penalty not to exceed $500.00, providing for classification of any offense listed herein as a Class “C” misdemeanor, providing for a savings clause, providing for a severability clause, establishing an effective date, and providing for publication in a  local newspaper.

 

4.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4, 5, and the East ½ of Lot 3, Block 1268, Eastern Division, located at 2219 Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited to Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

5.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Blocks 954, Western Division, located at the 2100 block of Pierce St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning and Zoning Committee has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

6.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning All of Blocks 955, Western Division, located at the 2200 block of Pierce St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning and Zoning Committee has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

7.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7 and 8, Block 529, Western Division, located at 1604 and 1606 Park St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

8.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2000-O-306, authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for mini-storage warehouses on Lots 7, 8, 9, and 10, Block 431, Eastern Division, located at 202 W. Saunders St., such that the permit includes a revised site plan.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit amendment.

 

9.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1-A and 1-B, Block 3, G & M Apartment and Townhouse Project, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, located at 7019 Village Blvd. from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

10.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5-B and 5-C, Block 1, North Creek Plaza Subdivision located east of Springfield Rd. and north of Del Mar Blvd. from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and B-4 (Highway Commercial District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

11.  A. Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.                  Status report on opening of Bartlett Avenue and closing of Jarvis Avenue at Market Street, with possible action.

2.                  Status report on the down payment assistance program including balance of funds and accountability, with possible action.

3.         Discussion with possible action to consider an exemption for those persons over 65 years of age with homestead exemptions for the basic charge for residential water service of $7.50 per month for consumption of up to 4,000 gallons, in the event that the City proceeds with the privatization of the Utilities Department.

           

      B.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

1.                  Status report on the proposed park at Eistetter and San Francisco.

2.         Status report on the conversion of the former Union Pacific Railroad Bridge at Ryan Street across Zacate Creek to a pedestrian bridge.

 

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

1.                  Discussion with possible action regarding constructing gazebos at Father McNaboe Park for rental purposes.

2.                  Discussion with possible action regarding the City of Laredo’s official position in reference to working relations with the County of Webb on the Bridge V project and ensuring the City’s official position is made clear during presentations to be made at the XXX Meeting of the United States-Mexico Binational Group on Bridges and Border Crossings in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

    D.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.                  Discussion with possible action regarding odor in La Azteca neighborhood.

2.                  Discussion with possible action regarding installation of lights at Las Palmas Park.

3.                  Discussion with possible action to open the proposed police substation at Bridge I.

4.                  Discussion with possible action to create a half hour program on the Public Access Channel to inform the public of ongoing projects in City Council Member Districts.

 

 

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

12.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of the City of Laredo as Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 for the operation of a Zone Site 3 within said Foreign Trade Zone and specifically authorizing the City Manager to enter into an operation agreement with Rafael A. Morales, to operate an approximate 5,000 square foot designated area within a 70,000 square foot facility at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94-Site 3 located at the Killam Industrial Park, in return for the services provided by the City as a Foreign-Trade Zone Grantee and providing for an effective date. 

 

13.       Approving and adopting the districting plan of the Redistricting Commission; providing for the redistricting of the eight (8) City Council Districts within the City of Laredo; providing for publication and effective date.

 

           

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

14.  2001-O-245       Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no 3-48-0136-32-01 in the amount of $3,500,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a portion of an air cargo apron at the Laredo International Airport and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  The local match is available in the Airport Land Acquisition Reimbursement Account. 

 

2001-O-246               Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-31-01 in the amount of $2,000,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a service road along the inside perimeter of the Laredo International Airport and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  The local match is available in the Airport Land Acquisition Reimbursement Account. 

 

2001-O-247               Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant agreement CSJ Number M222LREDO with the Texas Department of Transportation under the Routine Airport Maintenance Program in the amount of $30,000.00 for the purpose of airport maintenance at the Laredo International Airport.  The City’s fifty (50%) percent local match for this project in the amount of $30,000.00 is available in the Airport Land Sale Proceeds Restricted Fund.

 

2001-O-248               Authorizing the City Manager to execute a budget amendment to appropriate all funds associated with the Texas Department of Transportation State Project Contract No. 511226041 as follows:  State Funds in the amount of $1,054,000; transit sales tax local match of $40,000; and state toll credits of $223,500 for a total of $1,317,500; and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund Accounts.

 

2001-O-249               Introduction of an ordinance accepting and adopting the City of Laredo’s Write-off Policy for Accounts Receivable as presented to the Audit Committee on September 17, 2001.

           

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

15.  2001-R-116        Approval of a resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the Texas Department of Public Department of Public Safety, Governor’s Division of Emergency Management for a grant in the amount of $20,000.00 with the City designating $4,000.00 in matching funds and/or in-kind services for a total of $24,000.00 to implement a public outreach program in Spanish concerning hazardous materials transportation issues with an emphasis on community protection.

 

16.  2001-R-119        Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of a 3.2326 acre, more or less, parcel of land as right-of-way for the extension of Springfield Avenue.  Said parcel of land being out of Porcion 24, Abstract 268, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and /or inability to locate the listed owner.

 

Being a 3.2326 acre tract of land, out of Porcion 24, Abstract 268, Toribio Rodriguez, Original Grantee, and being out of a 41.52 acre tract of land conveyed to Gilbert R. Leyendecker, as per instruments recorded in Volume 388, Pages 230-1 (10 acre tract), and Volume 390, Page 694, (31.5 acre tract), Deed Records of Webb County, Texas; said 3.2326 acre tract being situated in the City of Laredo, County of Webb, State of Texas.

 

17.  2001-R-120        Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of a 1.2831 acre, more or less, parcel of land as a thirty-five-foot-wide drainage easement along the proposed extension of Springfield Avenue.  Said parcel of land being out of Porcion, 24, Abstract 268, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a set market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner.

 

Being a 1.2831 acre tract of land, out of Porcion 24, Abstract 268, Toribio Rodriguez, Original Grantee, and being out of a 41.52 acre tract of land conveyed to Gilbert R. Leyendecker, as per instruments recorded in Volume 388, Pages 230.1 (10 acre tract), and Volume 390, Page 694, (31.52 acre tract), Deed Records of Webb County, Texas; said 1.2831 acre tract being situated in the City of Laredo, County of Webb, State of Texas.

 

 

18.  2001-R-121        Authorizing the City of Laredo to enter into an interlocal agreement with the Dallas Area Transit Authority-Dart, for the assignment of option rights to the City for the purchase of two, 40 ft. 102” compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in the amount not to exceed $325,000 each from Nova Bus, Inc.

 

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

19.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award a professional services contract to Carter Burgess, an engineering firm, for an amount not to exceed $48,600 to amend the 1997 Master Plan by updating the community’s needs assessments and prioritizing those park activities.

 

20.       Consideration to rescind the selection of Harry Jewett Associates, Laredo, Texas, as consultants for the Inner City Park to be located on two City blocks at Locust/Plum and Barcelona/McDonnell due to complete change in the project scope of work and budget, and authorize staff to re-submit Request for Qualifications for the project with the revised Scope of Work.

 

21.       Consideration to approve an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb-Central Welfare Agency for cemetery services.  The Interlocal Agreement shall be in effect from October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2002.

 

22.       Consideration to award a contract for a Tennis Professional in the amount of $26,400.00 for a twelve (12) month period from October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2002, with Carlos Ortiz, individually and D.B.A. Tennis Professional, to provide professional tennis lessons at the Market Street Tennis Courts.  Funding for FY 2001-2002 in an amount of $26,400.00 is available from Professional Services in the Recreation Division.

           

 

XIII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

23.       Presentation by Patrick McGarry (the City of Laredo arena consultant) of International Facilities Group, L.L.C. on the status of the Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

 

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, October 17, 2001 at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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