September 20, 2004

12:15 p.m.


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 I.         CALL TO ORDER


II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III.                ROLL CALL


IV.               PUBLIC HEARING


1.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $35,000.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services (formerly Texas Department of Health) for the Office of Border Health: Buena Vida Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005. 




2.      Providing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100.00 value with a Maintenance and Operation rate of $0.508677 per $100.00 value and an Interest and Sinking fund rate of $0.128323 per $100.00 value and for the levy and the collection of General and Special Ad Valorem Taxes for the City of Laredo for the Tax Year 2004 and the Fiscal Year 2004 - 2005.


3.      Closing as public easements those sections of Arkansas Avenue between Napoleon and Boulanger Streets; and Bismark Street between Louisiana and New York Avenues both situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and providing for an effective date.


4.      Authorizing the City Manager to convey to Laredo Independent School District (1) Blocks 972 & 989, Western Division, & Blocks 301, 1399, 1503, 810, 1728, 302, 1400, 801, 1622, & 1504, Eastern Division and (2) the following closed streets: (a) Seymour Avenue between Grant Street & Mercer Street; (b) Loring Avenue between Green Street & Mercer Street; (c) Milmo Avenue between Clark Street & Musser Street; (d) Gustavus Street between Martin Avenue & Texas Avenue; (e) Maryland Avenue between Clark Boulevard & O’Kane Street; & (f) Arkansas Avenue between Bismark Street & Napoleon Street; & providing for effective date.  


VI.               MOTIONS


5.      Approval of the logo for the 250th Anniversary Celebration of the City of Laredo.


6.      Ratification of the approval of a contract with Ellis & Ellis Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the lump sum amount of $70,000.00 for emergency repairs of the drainage system located at 100 Santa Cleotilde adjacent to the Rio Grande Plaza Hotel. The drainage system collapsed on September 8, 2004 due to the heavy rain and the age and deteriorating condition of the 9' 6" metal corrugated pipe situated approximately 25' below the street surface. The collapsed system poses an immediate danger to the traveling public and neighborhood residents.  Funding is available in the NPDES Fund, Maintenance: Building and Other Improvements.




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.




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 15, 2004, at 5:15 p.m.



                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

               City Secretary