CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2004-R-012

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JUNE 21, 2004

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 May 3, 2004 and May 24, 2004.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of the winners of the 2004 Distinguished Business Awards:    Hugo Gutierrez, Hugo Gutierrez, Jr., Adolfo Gutierrez, Robert Gutierrez and Hugo Gutierrez, III.

 

b.      Recognition of Linda Xochitl Mora Garcia from the City Manager’s Department Public Information Office on her selection as May Employee of the Month.

 


Communiqués

a.      Presentation by Sylvia Bruni, Laredo Independent School District regarding the HOSTS (Helping One Student to Succeed) program.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4, 5, and the eastern 11.56 feet of Lot 3, Block 117, Western Division, located at 502 Houston Street, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

2.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a tattoo parlor on Lots 3 and 4, Block 61, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 5216 Springfield Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.

 

3.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a tattoo parlor on Lot 12, Block 988, Eastern Division, located at 1802 Corpus Christi Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.

 

4.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Block 42, Eastern Division, located at 305 Corpus Christi Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) and B-3 (Community Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

5.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 17.0722 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Hwy 359, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

6.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 19.7148 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Hwy 359, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

7.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 18.4346 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Hwy 359, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

8.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 10, 11, 12, Block 891, Eastern Division, located at 1618 and 1620 Chihuahua St., from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

9.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 7.16 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately east of Saldaña Avenue and west of  the proposed Bartlett Avenue extension, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

10.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 19.14 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Southgate Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

11.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 7.61 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Southgate Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

12.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 24.236 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Merida Drive, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

13.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a bar on Lot 1, Block 9, Crownridge Subdivision, located at 416 Shiloh Drive; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.

 

14.            Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 55.75 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located northwest of Summerwind Subdivision, Unit I, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) and R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

15.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.74 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located northwest of Summerwind Subdivision, Unit I, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

16.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 46.40 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located west of R.W. Emerson Loop, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

17.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending City of Laredo’s Land Development Code Handbook, Article IV, Section 24.69.2, entitled General Provisions, by establishing further areas of special flood hazard identified by the Flood Insurance Rate Map Index, to include index Nos. 5, 10, 640, and 730; providing for publication and effective date.

 

18.           Public hearing in consideration of proposed amendment to the City of Laredo’s Land Development Code Handbook, Chapter 24: Article IV, Section 24.65.6 : Single Family Manufactured Housing District: Subsection (1), to allow for non-manufactured home development in R-1-MH zone districts, and Section 24.77.1: Dimensional Standards, by increasing the minimum lot area required for a manufactured home in R-1-MH zone districts to 4,500, and the minimum lot area required in R-O zone districts to 4,500; providing for publication and effective date.

 

19.           Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the 2004 Consolidation Plan which identifies the projects proposed to be funded by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development through the 30th Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the 2004 HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the 2003 American Dream Downpayment Initiative; the 2004 American Dream Downpayment Initiative and the 2004 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG).  

 

20.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $16,573.00 from Mercy Ministries of Laredo for the City of Laredo Health Department to support their efforts in providing limited amount of urgent public health medications to their patients.  The medications will be charged at cost plus 15% administrative fee.  This contract will begin on March 1, 2004 through March 31, 2005.

 

21.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $742.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Binational TB Card Pilot Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the contract period beginning December 1, 2003, through September 30, 2004.  The decrease in funds is due to a reduction in funding from the Texas Department of Health.

 

22.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures, in the amount $15,000.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health to conduct the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2004, through February 28, 2005.

 

23.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget to appropriate grant revenues and expenses from the 2003 and 2004 State Homeland Security Grant Subrecipient agreements between the City of Laredo and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in the original amount of $1,195,134.00 and accepting and appropriating a supplemental amount of $216,658.00 for a total amount of $1,411,792.00.  In addition, accepting and appropriating State Homeland Security Grant through the State Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program Sub-grant in the amount of $51,142.00, for a grand total amount of $1,462,934.00.  Equipment received through the grant agreement will be used for the City’s Fire, Police, and Health Departments.  The appropriation of the said grant revenue and expenditures will account for grant proceeds and equipment purchased through the grant and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment. 

 

24.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing Operation Cooperation Program (southbound) by $20,000.00.  The United States Customs Service will reimburse this full amount for overtime expenses incurred by police officers working in conjunction through joint task forces.  The term of the original agreement is from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.   

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.     INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

25.           Closing as public easements, certain platted but unopened city street sections  described in Exhibits “A”, “B”, “C” and “D” said street sections being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and authorizing the City Manager to (1) convey fee simple title to the “surface only” of the tracts described in Exhibits “A”, “B”, and “C” to David Slaughter and Wife Millicent B. Slaughter; provided however, that the City of Laredo will retain as utility easements the two tracts described in Exhibits “B” and “C” as utility easements; and (2) to convey fee simple title to the “surface only” of the tract described in Exhibit “D” to Sheila Slaughter Glassford; said conveyances being in partial consideration by the city for the City’s pending purchase of the Slaughter Farm, for the creation of a future park in South Laredo; and providing for an effective date. (Prior action on item #32/ Resolution 2004-R-054 required)

 

26.           Closing as a public easement that section of Maryland Avenue between Clark Boulevard and O’Kane Street situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

27.           Closing as a public easement that section of Eistetter Circle which is bounded by Eistetter Street and surrounded by Block 478 as per the Amended Retama Park Subdivision Plat recorded in Volume 2, Page 171, of the Plat Records of Webb County, Texas situated in the Retama Park Subdivision, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

28.           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of the City of Laredo, Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, Site I, and specifically authorizing the City Manager to enter into an operations agreement with International Dairy Products, Inc., Zone Site Operator, for approximately 15,000 square feet of activated space located at 5400 Thomas Avenue at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, Site I, effective upon execution of this contract and ending on October 31, 2009.  Providing activation, administration, and transactions fees to the City and providing for an effective date.

 

29.           Closing as public easements those sections of:

 

 A.  Farias Street between Davis and Main Avenues, including a remaining             portion of right-of-way between the west right-of-way line of Main Avenue and the east right-of-way line of the Union Pacific Railroad Company;

 

 B.  Davis Avenue between Ortiz Street and the west right-of-way line of Sta. Maria Avenue, including the intersection;

 

C.    Main Avenue between the north right-of-way line of Ortiz Street and the east right-of-way line of the Union Pacific Railroad Company including the intersection;

 

All said streets are situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

30.            

2004-O-133                    Authorizing the City Manager to execute two (2) year lease agreements for retail space at  “El Mercado” located on Hidalgo and Lincoln Street with the following retail Lessors; Chez Mauricette, Helados La Playa and Hot Dog Express; copies of which are provided as Exhibits “A” through “C”; and providing for effective date.

 

2004-O-134                    Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount $20,000.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH-Title V) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003, through August 31, 2004. 

 

2004-O-135                    Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount $20,000.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Family Planning Services of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003, through August 31, 2004.

 

2004-O-136                    Adding new Article II [regulation of private premises vendors] to Chapter 18 of the Code of Ordinances; said Article II defining “private premises vendors”, regulating them, requiring permits, setting duration of permit, setting fee of $100.00 for a permit on land owned by permittee and of $500.00 for a permit on land not owned by permittee, and providing for penalty for violation of any provision of the regulations; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-137                    Authorizing the City Manager to accept $600.00 in donations and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 General Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues in the amount of $600.00 in the form of a donation from Westwind Homes and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $600.00 for the purchase of food and beverages for the Indian Sunset Pond Clean Up Campaign that was held Saturday, May 22, 2004.

 

2004-O-138                    Authorizing City Manager to convey on behalf of City of Laredo, as Trustee, Lots 7 and 8, Block 1299, Eastern Division, to City of Laredo, for its appraised fair market value of $9,578.00 of which the net proceeds shall be disbursed to the creditor taxing entities in the proportion each entity holds of the tax judgment; and providing for effective date. 

 

2004-O-139                    Authorizing City Manager to convey on behalf of City of Laredo, as trustee, Lots 4 and 5, Block 1299, Eastern Division, to City of Laredo, for its appraised fair market value of $9,578.00 of which the net proceeds shall be disbursed to the creditor taxing entities in the proportion each entity holds of the tax judgment; and providing for effective date.

 

2004-O-140                    Authorizing the City Manager execute Easement Document WR# 2137814 with American Electric Power (AEP) for a 12’ x 750’ easement (9,000 square feet) and right-of-way out of the 1,259.09 acre tract of the Laredo International Airport recorded in Volume 478, Page 479-480 of the Webb County Deed Records for the purpose of installing underground electrical facilities to serve the Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) to Runway 17L; and providing for an effective date. 

 

2004-O-141                    Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its market value of $7,583.18, for certain property described as a 5,924.36  sq. ft. (0.1360 of an acre) tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of the 2200 block of Lincoln Street between Eagle Pass Avenue and the Laredo Community College property line to Millco International, Inc.; said tract being situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being generally

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

31.           2004-R-053    Declaring the Council's support to the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in their request to U.S. Senator John Cornyn for the initiative:  "Primero:  Educacion, Salud y Seguridad."  This is a long term, multi-disciplinary approach to address the health care needs, health care professions shortage, and other public health preparedness challenges facing South Texas and Border communities.  Therefore, the City of Laredo endorses this project with the hopes that resources are obtained and that a new partnership is forged between the City of Laredo and The University of Texas Health and Science Center in San Antonio.

 

32.           2004-R-054    Authorizing the City Manager to sign the earnest  money contract in the form  attached as Exhibit A  with sellers, David Slaughter, Sheila Glassford and Slaughter Properties, Ltd., for the  purchase of 18 blocks and parts of 6 blocks, [the greater part of the  Slaughter Farm] for the following consideration from the city:

1.      Cash in amount of $2,500,000.00;

2.      Fencing improvements at estimated value of $157,631.25;

3.      Street improvements at an estimated value of up to $70,081.25; and

4.      Conveyance of the surface of certain street sections in the two areas being retained by sellers for their homes; and rescinding Resolution No. 2004-R-037 on the same subject.


 

33.           2004-R-055    Authorizing the City Manager to reallocate 100 % of the privatization cost savings to water and wastewater projects within their respective funds.

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

34.           Authorizing the City Manager to  acquire from  seller, Slaughter Properties, Ltd., Block 616, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, [save and except for a 0.1243 acre part thereof which is not owned by the seller] for not more than $58,000.00.  Funding is available in the 2003 CO.

 

35.           Consideration to award an annual supply contracts (FY04-085) to low bidders,  Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $15,344.00,  and Oil Patch Petroleum Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $31,334.50 for the purchase of lubricants for the Fleet Maintenance Division.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

36.           Consideration to award contract number FY04-090, to the sole bidder, Kustom Signals, Inc., Lenexa, Kansas, in the amount of $59,100.00 for the purchase of one hundred and fifty (150), wireless audio recording microphones and transmitters for use with the Police Department’s in vehicle video recording systems.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund budget.

 

37.           Consideration to enter into a contract with Laredo Newspapers, Inc. (Laredo Morning Times), the only newspaper of general circulation,  in the estimated annual amount of $45,900.00 for the publication of legal/public notices as required by the Local Government Code.  Funding is available in the respective department budgets that require the publication of legal notices. 

 

38.           Consideration to award contract FY04-087, to the low bidder meeting specifications, Fairway Landscape & Nursery Inc., San Antonio, TX in the total amount of $186,635.00 to landscape the grounds at the Laredo International Airport Passenger terminal.  Two lower bids were received, however, neither fully complied with the bid requirements.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund -Land Proceeds. 

 

39.           Authorizing the City Manager to grant public fireworks display permits to Atlas Enterprises, Incorporated for fireworks displays on July 4, 2004, at the Laredo Country Club, Laredo Entertainment Center and Veteran’s Field.   

 

40.           Authorizing the award of a contract in the amount of $76,228.00 to Hanson Wilson, Inc., for the development of the Laredo Rail Line Relocation Feasibility Study.  Funding is available through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) account using Federal Planning Grant (PL112) funds.

 

41.           Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Estoppels Certificate regarding that lease agreement approved by Ordinance 2001-O-042 dated February 20, 2001, as amended between the City of Laredo (“Landlord”) and Fedlaredo Partnership, L.P., a Pennsylvania limited partnership (“Tenant”) for the benefit of GLK, L.P., a Washington limited partnership (“Purchaser”).  Tenant intends to sell of its right, title and interest in the leased premises to Purchaser on or about June 28, 2004.

 

42.           Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of May 2004, represents an increase of $66,160.16.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

43.           To award a contract to the second lowest bidder Guillermo Gallegos Backhoe Services, Inc. of Laredo, Texas in the amount of $94,774.00 to construct 10 septic tanks and piping to provide on site wastewater treatment system to Los Corralitos.  The contract award is subject to the approval of the Texas Water Development Board.  Funding is available in the Colonias Construction Account.

 

44.           Authorizing the City Manager to amend a contract with Camp Dresser and McKee Inc. in the amount of $117,009.20 under the Odor and Corrosion Control Project of the 1998A C.O., for design of odor control facilities for the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, inclusive of the professional services for the emergency repair of the 42” raw influent line and expansion of the original scope to include items recommended by United Water for replacement and repair.  The total amended contract will be $685,609.20.  Funding is available in the 1998A Bond Issue.

 

45.           Authorizing the City Manager to amend a contract with Montgomery Watson Harza in the amount of $137,618.00 under the Chlorine and Ammonia Improvement Project, for additional design services to install onsite generation chemical fees systems at remote sites such as Mary Help of Christians, Sierra Vista, and Milmo Booster Stations.  Incorporating other beneficial changes to the operations of such equipment and amending the final project professional services cost to $141,303.00.  Funding is available in the 2000 CO Bond, Compress Gas Containment.

 

46.           Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant York International Sales and Service, San Antonio, Texas, for the Airport Thermal Ice Storage System and authorization to negotiate a design / build  services contract for the installation of glycol heat exchanger system.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund Development and Improvement Grants. 

 

47.           Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Zertuche Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 28 (30 Blocks) in the base bid amount of $210,319.45. Funding is available in the CD Projects/Sidewalks – 29th action year / 2003 Grant.

 

48.           Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Service, Laredo, Texas for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 26 (30 Blocks) in the base bid amount of $199,452.35. Funding is available in the CD Projects / School Sidewalks – 28th action year/2002 Grant & CD Projects / Sidewalks – 29th action year / 2003 Grant.

 

49.           Consideration for approval of change order No. 5 an increase of $145,517.00 to the construction contract with Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport Northeast Cargo Apron and Access Road for construction of an improved surface on existing areas within the Southwest Cargo Apron to support large cargo aircraft and associated cargo handling equipment.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund under Grant No. 38 and Grant No. 41.

 

50.           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between City of Laredo and the Laredo National Bank at an annual fee of $1.00 for housing the Veterans Monument at the Flag Park of the Americas, a site further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”.

 

51.           Consideration for acceptance of the Jefferson Street Water Treatment High Service Pump Station Project and approval of final net decrease change order of $50,000.00 and final payment of $52,302.22 which includes retainage for the completion of the contract in the amount of $2,615,111.13.  Funding is available in the Waterworks Fund.

 

52.           Consideration for approval of Amendment #1 to authorize up to an additional $87,252.00 to the existing professional services contract with Cutler-Gallaway Services, Inc., San Antonio, Texas for Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project to assess and provide a determination regarding the structural integrity of the foundations and to prepare construction documents (plans and specifications) for repairs, as needed, of the additional 24 housing units at the project.  Funding is available in the  Los Obispos Housing Project.

 

XII.      STAFF REPORTS

           

53.            

A.     Submittal of the proposed FY 2005-2009 Capital Improvement Program, with possible action.

 

B.     Update report on the status of the Colonias Project.

 

C.    Presentation regarding the 2004 property tax and debt survey for the State of Texas.

 

D.    A request by Police Officer Barbara Goodman to consider extending her injury leave with pay, with possible action.

 

E.     A request by Police Officer Heriberto Rodriguez to consider extending his injury leave with pay, with possible action.

 

 

XIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

54.            

 

            A.        Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1. Status Report on street lights in Century City Subdivision, with 

    possible action.

 

2. Status Report on Cielito Lindo Fire Station / Police Substation,  

    with possible action.

 

B.        Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore John C. Galo

 

1.      Motion to reimburse up to $100.00 per month to the tennis pro at the Market Street courts for the purchase of tennis balls for the rest of the fiscal year and to ask staff to bring back to City Council estimates for additional wind screens and for misters to be placed under the patio area.

 

2.      Discussion regarding the dumping problem on the first block of Buena Vista, south of Chacon Creek, with possible action.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding property tax values set by the Webb County Appraisal District.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding traffic issues in District VI.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action on creating a farmer’s market.

 

4.      Discussion with possible action on creating an Ordinance Review Committee.

 

D.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.      Discussion with possible on establishing a procedure to inform the public of power blackouts.

 

2.      Discussion with possible on extending the bus route to the Rio Vista area.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action on resurfacing San Bernardo Avenue from Jefferson to Scott Street.

 

4.      Discussion with possible on placing Council Member Requests at the beginning of the agenda.

 

XIV.     EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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.

           

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 June 16, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

                                                                       

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary