CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2005-R-02

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

January 24, 2005

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.      Recognition of Jose Luis Aun, winner of the Laredo's 250th Anniversary Celebration poster contest.

 

Communiqués

a.      Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores reports on the City of Laredo Airport Department.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.      Appointment by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores of Elia Solis to the Telecommunications Commission.  

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s Land Development Code Handbook, Article IV, Section 24.63, entitled Permitted Uses and Appendix A, by establishing and defining the retail sale of imported crafts in specified zoning districts; providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

2.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Street Name Map of the City of Laredo by renaming FM 255 to SH 255; providing for publication and effective date.

 

3.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.17 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit A, located approximately south of Masterson Road and east of Santa Fe Subdivision, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

4.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 17, Block 1, Belmont Plaza, located at 312 Maguey Drive, 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 denial of the proposed zone change.

 

5.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.95 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located east of Hwy 83 and north of Southgate Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural 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 35 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 9998 S. Hwy 83, 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.

 

7.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 and 6, Block 2, Eastern Division, located at 3420 Guerrero Street, 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.

 

8.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending three sections of Article 1, Chapter 24 of the Code of Ordinances & Land Development Code, Namely, Section 24.1.2.1: Historic District / Landmark Board created, composition, appointment, and terms of office of members; Section 24.1.2.2: Historic District / Landmark Board, power and duties; and Section 24.1.3.2: Responsibilities of Zoning Board of adjustment, providing for publication and effective date. 

 

9.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Bridge System Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by appropriating $378,728.00 from the Bridge System Construction fund balance to the Machinery & Equipment and Engineer Fees accounts. Funding will be used for expenses related to the Toll Equipment Upgrade and Engineer Fees for “El Portal Project “.

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.     INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

10.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association, Inc., (W.B.C.A.) for approximately fifteen (15) acres of concrete ramp located on the southwest cargo ramp of the Air Operations Area to include City owned vacant non-aeronautical use land located at the Laredo International Airport for event parking use. Lease term is for two (2) days commencing February 12, 2005 and ending on February 13, 2005. City Council finds and declares that a valid public purpose would be served in setting the daily rental fee at $1.00; providing for an effective date.

 

11.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute Lessor’s Consent of an Assignment of the Ground Lease dated August 19, 2002 and all amendments of modifications thereto between the City of Laredo, as Landlord, and Prime Sites, LLC, as Tenant, for approximately 12,713 square feet of land located at 1820 Pappas Street for the purpose of locating an antenna tower at the Laredo International Airport. Prime Sites, LLC, assigns its rights and interest under the Ground Lease to SBA Properties, Inc. All terms and conditions of the original lease agreement remain the same and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

12.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lease Agreement with the County of Webb, on behalf of the Webb County Head Start Program Child Development Center, for the properties locally described as Lots 5 & 6, Block 113, Eastern Division, located at 2802 McDonnell Avenue in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

13.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey four (4) drainage easements to the State of Texas, at their market value, for the U. S. Highway 83 @ State Highway 359 Interchange Project. Said four parcels being: Parcel 25(E) – a 0.456 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land out of Lots 3, 4, 5 & 6 in Block 1783, Eastern Division, Parcel 26(E) – a 0.475  of an acre, more or less, parcel of land, being part of Canada Avenue and Chacon Street, Eastern Division, Parcel 28(E) – a 0.076 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land being part of Lots 1, 2, & 3, Block 1869, Eastern Division and Parcel 41- a 0.392 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land, being part of Lots 1 & 2, Block 1784, Eastern Division.  All four parcels being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibits A, B, C & D, and providing for an effective date.

 

14.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey a 20 x 100 foot right of way and utility easement to Medina Electric Cooperative, in order to construct a secondary distribution line to serve the new water system in the Las Blancas Subdivision. Said proposed right of way and utility easement being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County Texas; more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit A, and providing for an effective date.

 

15.    Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Right-of-Entry Permit to the United States of America in the area encompassed by City-owned Blocks 708 and 708B, Western Division, City of Laredo, which are delineated on attached Exhibit A. Said Right-of-Entry Permit, which is described on attached Exhibit B, will be used to access the Rio Grande River in order to remove pylons from the river; and providing for an effective date. 

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

16.     

2005-O-013             Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a fire station on Lot 2, Block 3, Cielito Lindo Commercial Plat, located at 309 Cielito Lindo Boulevard; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2005-O-014             Amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget to reflect an appropriation in Federal Planning Grant (PL112) Funds. The appropriation of $84,815.00 comes from 2003 – 2004 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) unexpended funds.

 

2005-O-015             Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $50,000.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for a total budget amount of $463,077.00 for the Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiology Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

2005-O-016             Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $85,767.00 in additional funds, totaling $257,450.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Immunization Action Program of the City of Laredo Health Department and extending the grant period from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004 to January 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

2005-O-017             Authorizing the City Manager to accept a $1,000.00 donation from Wal-Mart Foundation and to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 General Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues in the amount of $1,000.00 in the form of a donation of $1,000.00 for the purchase by the Nonprofit Management & Volunteer Center of promotional material for the Annual Volunteer Awards Reception.

 

2005-O-018             Authorizing the City Manager to accept a $500.00 donation from the International Bank of Commerce, Banquito at Plantation and to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 General Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $500.00 in the form of a donation for the purchase of items for the Jingle Bell 5K Fun Run.

         

2005-O-019             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lessor’s Consent to an assignment of the lease agreement approved by Ordinance No. 95-O-177 dated August 7, 1995, between the City of Laredo and Gerardo Javier Ramos and assigned to Ruperto Villarreal and Santos Ramos authorized by Ordinance No. 96-O-184 dated October 28, 1996 and as amended by Ordinance No. 98-O-284 dated November 2, 1998 for approximately 16,291.44 square feet of land located on Lot No. 2 of Block No. 15 of the Subdivision Plat of the Laredo International Airport, and authorizing the City Manager to execute a Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement between the City of Laredo, as Landlord, Miguel A. Rojas, as Tenant, and International Bank of Commerce, as Mortgagee.  Said lease is assigned to Miguel A. Rojas. All other terms and conditions remain the same and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

2005-O-020             Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Assignment of Lease between The Hearst Corporation, as Assignor, and the City of Laredo, as Assignee, for an approximate 59,836.72 square foot tract of land including the improvements located thereon at the Laredo International Airport authorized by Ordinance No. 87-O-106 dated July 21, 1987, as amended by Ordinance No. 94-O-005 dated January 3, 1994 and authorizing the City Manager to pay One Hundred Sixty-Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($167,500.00) to purchase the leasehold interest from The Hearst Corporation; providing for an effective date.

 

2005-O-021             Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinance Chapter 28, Article II, Division 2, Permit – Streets,  Sidewalk and Public Places, Excavations, general conditions for specifications by specifically creating Section 28-40, to establish and adopt the City of Laredo Utility Planning and Coordination Guide, thereby requiring that all construction projects that will have an impact on the public right-of-way shall follow the Utility Coordination Process in accordance to the Utility Planning and Coordination Guide prior to securing a permit for construction, providing for publication and effective date.

 

2005-O-022             Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 28, Streets, Sidewalks, and Public Places Article II, Excavations, Division 2, Permit – Section 28-31, Requirements; Exceptions of the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo; thereby requiring that all construction projects impacting the public right-of-way shall follow the Utility Coordination Process in accordance to the Utility Planning and Coordination Guide prior to securing a permit for construction, providing for publication and effective date.

 

2005-O-023             Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article XIV, Residential Permit Parking Program, Section 19-624, (C) Penalty, of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo, to specify the towing of vehicles for violation of the Ordinance providing for publication and effective date.

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

17.    2005-R-005        Declaring a public necessity to utilize the area under IH-35, between Park Street and Sanchez Street, as a parking staging area on January 29, 2005 for the Jamboozie Festival, February 17, 2005 for the annual Youth Parade and on February 19, 2005 for the Washington’s Birthday Parade and authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the use of said property.

 

18.    2005-R-006        Accepting the donation of two (2) utility easements from Marco Antonio Landa for the extension of utility service lines to the San Carlos Subdivision, Phase II. These being:

 

1.      A strip of land 15 (fifteen) feet in width, containing 2,771.50 square feet or 0.064 acres, more or less, and being situated in Porcion 31, Abstract 3116, as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B; and

2.      A strip of land of 15 (fifteen) feet in width, containing 2,958.18 square feet of 0.068 acres, more or less, and being situated in Porcion 31, Abstract 3116, as described by metes and bounds and survey  attached as Exhibits C and D.

 

19.    2005-R-008        Supporting the development of a Class 2 Racetrack Facility that would facilitate thoroughbred and quarter horse racing, pari-mutuel betting and simulcast race wagering as a means to further promote local tourism and spur economic development.

           

XI.       MOTIONS

 

20.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Texas A & M International University, Texas Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development, in the amount of $24,943.80, to conduct a drive-by, windshield survey of a random sample of approximately 7,000 residential single family and mobile home units in Laredo. The survey will identify the condition of housing in Laredo. This contract shall commence on January 31, 2005 and shall terminate on April 15, 2005, unless otherwise specifically provided by the terms of this contract.  Funding is available in the 27th Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Survey Fees.

 

21.    Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, Brothers Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas for the Ejido Avenue Extension (Pita Mangana Boulevard- Chacota Street) in the amount of $1,294,298.25.  Funding is available in the Community Development Block Grant Fund: CD Project/Ejido Street Extension Project – 27th and 30th Action Year -2001 and 2004 Grants

 

22.    Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant  Puig Engineering, LLC., Laredo, Texas, for the West Laredo Corridor Phase II – Las Cruces/Flecha Lane and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

23.    Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, for the West Laredo Corridor Phase II – Calton Road Railroad Grade Separation and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

24.    Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant SplashSpot, LLC., Waco, Texas, for the Seven Flags Park Water Splash Project (Design Build) and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

25.    Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1, a decrease of $5,000.00, for a credit of a contingency allowance that was not used; acceptance of the Chain Link Fencing Project for Babe Ruth Baseball Field at Father McNaboe Park and approval of final payment in the amount of $55,942.00 to Laredo Fence Materials Maverick Fence Company, Laredo, Texas. Final contract amount is $55,942.00. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Father McNaboe Park Improvements. 

 

26.    Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $2,463.80 for items constructed by the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department, acceptance of the Father McNaboe Irrigation Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $7,535.20 to Quality Water Products Irrigation Division, San Antonio, Texas. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Retainage.

 

27.    Ratification of the approval of Change Order No. 1 an increase of $85,607.97 to the construction contract with Leyendecker Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the City of Laredo Bridge of Americas Modification Project (El Portal) for water and sanitary sewer improvements not included in the original contract. Funding is available in the Bridge System Revenue Bond Series 2002 – Improvements Other Than Buildings.

 

28.    Consideration to award contract FY05-032 for the following annual contracts for repair parts and service for the heavy equipment fleet: Holt Co. of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $200,000.00 and RDO Equipment Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $20,000.00. All parts and services will be purchased on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

29.    Consideration to amend motion approved by City Council on January 10, 2005 to reflect new rates negotiated by CSEC (Commission on State Emergency Communications) for Cingular Wireless and execute service agreements with Cingular Wireless in the estimated amount of $30,000.00 and Verizon Wireless in the estimated amount of $30,800.00 for providing Wireless Phase I services for the Four County Regional 9-1-1 System for a period of one year.  These agreements may automatically renew for up to four (4) successive terms of one year each (subject to appropriations and availability of funds).  The new contract represents a decrease (savings) of approximately 26%.  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.  The City of Laredo is the 9-1-1 Regional Administrator for the Four County Region of Webb, Zapata, Starr, and Jim Hogg Counties

 

30.    Consideration to award Sections II and III of contract FY05-020 to the low bidder, Gray’s Wholesale Tire, Fort Worth, Texas, in the estimated amount of $33,314.00, for the purchase of tractor, heavy equipment, and landfill tires; and further consideration to reject all bids received for Section I of contract FY05-020 and to authorize the solicitation of new bids. All tires are purchased on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

31.    Consideration to award contract number FY05-037 to low bidder, Infolab, Inc., Round Rock, Texas, in the amount of $39,591.00, for the purchase of nine, hemoglobin measurement systems and the necessary cuvettes used in the testing process. Funding is available in the Health’s Department WIC Budget.

 

32.    Consideration to ratify and approve the action taken by the City Manager to submit a grant proposal to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the amount of $99,781.00 for the  “USAID Tuberculosis Elimination Project” of the City of Laredo Health Department.

 

33.    Consideration to ratify and approve the action taken by the City Manager to submit a grant proposal to the Department of Health and Human Services in the amount of $2,300,000.00 for an Obesity and the Built Environment NutriFit Laredo Program for the City of Laredo Health Department.

 

34.    Consideration to ratify and approve the action taken by the City Manager to submit a grant proposal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), Office of Children’s Health Protection, in the amount of $150,000.00 over a 24-month period for a “Health Provider Children’s Environmental Health Skills Building of Providers for Accessible Health Care Response and Management along the US-Mexico-Canadian Borders” by the City of Laredo Health Department.

 

35.    Consideration to ratify and approve the action taken by the City Manager to submit a grant proposal to the Texas Department of State Health Services in the amount of $15,000.00 for continuation of the “Epidemiology Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program” of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006.

 

36.    Consideration to authorize the purchase of a forty (40) foot steel frame octagonal pavilion shelter from Hunter-Knepshield of Texas, Inc., Dallas, Texas, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $25,773.00. Utilizing the Buy Board contract pricing, this pavilion shelter will be installed by city crews at the Eastwoods Park. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Fund.

 

37.    Consideration to award contract number FY04-081, to the low bidder, Gall’s Inc., Lexington, KY, for the purchase of leather gear, raincoats, flashlights, and other accessories used by the Police Department. This contract will establish contract pricing for a six month period. These items will be purchased on an as-needed basis. Funding is available in the Police Department Budget.

 

38.    Consideration to award an exclusive contract to Cindy’s Catering Service, Laredo, Texas, for the food and beverage concessions at the Laredo Civic Center; and to authorize the City Manager to sign all contract documents.  The term of this contract will be for one year with options to renew for two - one year periods. Revenues from this contract will be realized in the Civic Center Fund Concession Commission Account.

 

39.    Refund of property tax in the amount of $18,747.14 to the following taxpayers and companies:

1.      A refund in the amount of $500.28 payable to First American Real Estate Tax Service due to an overpayment. Account # 968-00009-111.

2.      A refund in the amount of $559.16 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 968-10006-040.

3.      A refund in the amount of $773.83 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 989-00007-120.

4.      A refund in the amount of $1,041.24 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 991-00001-220.

5.      A refund in the amount of $727.39 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 992-00009-090.

6.      A refund in the amount of $538.77 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 984-10001-230.

7.      A refund in the amount of $628.40 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 928-00005-040.

8.      A refund in the amount of $861.48 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 970-60013-030.

9.      A refund in the amount of $1,098.36 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 987-20003-130.

10. A refund in the amount of $512.91 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 217-00834-160.

11. A refund in the amount of $2,441.49 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 927-0008-447.

12. A refund in the amount of $756.83 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 969-30008-300.

13. A refund in the amount of $653.26 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 985-83003-040.

14. A refund in the amount of $635.92 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 965-30001-001.

15. A refund in the amount of $837.53 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 989-00009-110.

16. A refund in the amount of $547.12 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 938-20006-330.

17. A refund in the amount of $547.95 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 937-00020-426.

18. A refund in the amount of $541.26 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 989-30002-601.

19. A refund in the amount of $587.25 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 968-20010-070.

20. A refund in the amount of $528.46 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 968-81001-015.

21. A refund in the amount of $725.42 payable to International Bank of Commerce due to a double payment. Account # 909-00018-280.

22. A refund in the amount of $917.13 payable to James and Evangelina Leal due to an overpayment. Account # 991-00008-050.

23. A refund in the amount of $558.97 payable to Jose Luis Chapa and Mayra G. Chapa due to a double payment. Account # 968-60001-090.

24. A refund in the amount of $1,226.73 payable to Franklin Bank due to a double payment. Account # 973-60017-200.   

 

40.    Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll. The amount to be adjusted for the month of December 2004 represents a decrease of $19,409.08. These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

41.    Approving Change Order No. 3 to the construction contract with Lambda Construction I, Ltd., for an additional 60 days with no cost increase to the Construction of State Highway 359 Planning Area - Work Order No. 5. This change order is required to extend the time for the installation of permanent power supply to the booster station. The contract amount is $611,925.75, and the total number of days is 300 days. Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

42.    Authorizing the funding of one additional year to the contract with Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association in the amount of $77,397.53 to cover the cost of the 2005 program. The program will run through December 2005, and will provide coverage of the entire surface of Webb County. The City will guarantee the full payment of the program and will collect donations and other commitments from County residents to defray the cost. Funds for this project are available in the Water Availability Fund.

 

XII.      STAFF REPORTS

 

43.     

A.          Discussion with possible action to consider Police Officer Jose L. Ramos’ fourth request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073 (b) of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

B.          Status report on the Colonias Project.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

44.     

A.          Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the placement of a crossing light on the corner of Mier St. and Arkansas Ave.

2.      Status report on the drainage in the Eastwoods Subdivision.

 

B.          Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the re-stripping of McPherson Avenue north of Shiloh.

2.      Discussion with possible action on initiating speed hump studies for Laurel Dr., Weatherwood Rd., Topaz Trail, and Country Club Dr. from Del Mar Blvd. to Kimberly Lane.

  

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

1.      Discussion on the laws governing mopeds, mini motor bikes,, ATV’s, etc…, and the requirements for the use of protective head and body gear by riders, especially minors, with possible action.

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding concern for the safety of unsupervised children in public places.

 

D.         Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez                  

1.      Discussion with possible action on opening the landfill on the 2nd Sunday of February.

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of posts to prevent vehicle access to Zacate Creek where the creek intersects at Clark Blvd, O’Kane St. and Monterrey Ave.

3.      Discussion with possible action regarding blockage at Sanchez St. by the Union Pacific Railroad.

 

 

 

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.

 

45.    Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071(1)(A) of the Government Code to consult with the City Attorney regarding the pending case of Martin Villarreal, et al. v City of Laredo, et.al., Cause No. L-03-11, in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division [Case pertaining to the Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project]; and return to open session for possible action thereon.

 

46.    Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(1)(A) to consult with City Attorney regarding the pending case of Webb County V. Gregg Abbott, Attorney General, City of Laredo, et al. in the 261st District Court of Travis County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action thereon.

 

XV.           RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

           

47.    Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071(1)(A) & (B) of the Government Code to consult with the City Attorney regarding possible settlement of Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation v. Darla M. Yaskiewicz in County Court at Law No. 1, Cause No. 2003CVD000082L1, and return to open session for possible action.

 

XVI.         ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION AND RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL.

 

XVII.       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, January 19, 2005 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

               City Secretary