SEPTEMBER 22, 2003

12:00 NOON


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I.          CALL TO ORDER


II.         ROLL CALL




1.      Public hearing and adoption of Resolution 2003-R-116 adopting the 2004-2008 Capital Improvement Program of the City of Laredo.





2003-O-230             Adoption of the annual budget for fiscal year 2003-2004; appropriating the estimated revenues, expenditures and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2003 and ending September 30, 2004, consistent with the financial plan described in said annual budget; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said annual budget.  (As amended)


2003-O-231             Providing for the adoption of a tax rate of 0.641761 per $100.00 value with a Maintenance and Operation rate of $0.500648 per $100.00 and an Interest and Sinking rate of $0.141113 per $100.00 value and for the levy and the collection of General and Special Ad Valorem for the City of Laredo for the tax year 2003 and FY 2003-2004. 


2003-O-232             Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 Risk Management Fund by appropriating $300,000.00 for revenues and expenditures related to the Worker’s Compensation charges and claims.  The amendment will increase estimated revenues for administrative charges/workers compensation by $300,000.00 and the estimated expenditure for compensation claims by $300,000.00.


V.        MOTIONS


3.      Authorizing the City Manager to write-off various antiquated accounts receivable that are deemed to be uncollectible by the City’s audit firm of Garza, Martinez, & Company as per their letter to Management.  The total amount of the write-off is $2,445,177.74; a summary by account type is available for review.  The financial impact to the City is an expenditure of $254.00 for the fiscal year.


4.      Consideration for approval to award a design/build contract for the modification to the City of Laredo Health Department 2600 Cedar Avenue to R.J. Cantu Designer/Builder, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $165,000.00.  Funding is available in the Health Fund-WIC Grant-Building.


5.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a renewed Interlocal Agreement for FY 2003-2004 between the City of Laredo and County of Webb in the amount of $150,000.00 for locally supported public health services to non-Laredo residents of Webb County for the period beginning October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.


6.      In the event that the County of Webb has not signed the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb by September 30, 2003, the City Manager is authorized to execute an extension for a period of thirty (30) days at a cost of $ 50,000.00 based on the new contract rate for the provision of fire protection, emergency medical and rescue services for all unincorporated areas of the County of Webb, Texas, lying outside the incorporated limits of the City of Laredo.




The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the City, pursuant to his or her duty under Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to consult privately with his or her client on an item on the agenda, or on a matter arising out of such item.


7.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code § 551.071 (1)(A) to discuss with City Attorney pending litigation, City of Laredo v. Leyendecker Properties, Ltd., Cause No. 2003EDA000001-C1, and return to open session for possible action.



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 Friday, September 19, 2003 at 12:00 noon.





                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                             City Secretary