CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2005-R-16

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

August 15, 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.

 

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I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of July 5, 2005.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Andrea P. Sanchez, of Municipal Court, on her selection as July 2005 Employee of the Month.

 

Communiqués

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

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.      Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia of Erika Garcia to the Laredo Commission for Women to replace Minita Ramirez.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.103 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the West side of Mines Road, south of Big Bend Blvd, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change.   

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a paint and body shop on Lots 10-12, Block 1704, Eastern Division, located at 2802 Guadalupe Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed conditional use permit.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 9.22 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located on Loop 20 north of Winfield Parkway, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.     

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3,893 square feet out of Lot 9, Block 1635, Eastern Division, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located at 408 S. Arkansas Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission 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 Lots 1-3, Block 1, Iglesia Cristiana Misericordia, Unit 1 located at 4519 E. Del Mar Boulevard, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission 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 2.74 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located north of Hwy. 359 and east of Coronado Avenue, from R-1A (Single-Family Residential Reduced Area District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change.  

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the amendment of Ordinance No. 2002-O-003 which authorized a Special Use Permit for mini-storage/warehousing on Lot 2A, Block 4, McPherson Plaza Subdivision, located at 1317 East Hillside Road by transferring permit to the current owner; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit amendment.     

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the amendment of Ordinance No. 94-O-139 which authorized a Conditional Use Permit for mini-storage/warehousing on Block 13, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 5115 San Francisco Avenue by transferring permit to the current owner; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit amendment.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the amendment of Ordinance No. 98-O-149 which authorized a Special Use Permit for mini-storage/warehousing on Lot 3, Block 2, Townlake Plaza Subdivision, located at 1234 Townlake Drive by transferring permit to the current owner; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit amendment.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning the East 2/3 Lot 4, Block 203; Lots 1, 2 & part of 3, Block 204 and the northerly 7,716 sq. ft. of Jarvis Avenue Right-of-Way between Santa Barbara & Santa Clara Streets, Eastern Division, located at 1502 Zapata Highway, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.    

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.6 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 4307 Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.                  

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1A & 3A, Block 475, Western Division, located at 2308 and 2302 Santa Ursula Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial 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 used car lot on Lot 5, Block 110, Western Division, located at 502 Matamoros Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.  

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 & 6, Block 1012, Western Division, located at 4001 Santa Maria Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.    

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 1 of Ordinance 2004-O-334 of the City of Laredo and authorizing an increase in the bridge toll rates schedule for southbound non-commercial traffic not utilizing the Automatic Vehicle Identification System (A.V.I.) or Colombia – Solidarity Bridge as further described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting funds in the amount of $128,600.00 from the South Texas 9-1-1 Regional Administration Division to cost share personnel at the Laredo Police Department Public Safety Answering Point in accordance to Section 771.0751 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and Rule 251.3 Use of Revenue in Certain Counties from the Commission on State Emergency Communications; and amending the Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 General Fund Budget of the City of Laredo by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $128,600.00 for salary expenses for Laredo Police Department Communications Division.

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $391,301.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services and from Program Income for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH-Title V) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2006.   

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures of $7,219.00 in additional funds totaling $28,876.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Laredo Obesity Prevention and Control Project (LOPAC) of the City of Laredo Health Department, to extend the grant period by four (4) additional months, from September 1, 2004 through December 31, 2005.

 

19.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s 2004 – 2005 Budget, El Metro Operations Fund and Transit Capital Grants Fund, by $143,693.00 and ($179,616.00) respectively. El Metro Operations will be amended by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $143,693.00 from the transfer of Savings of Capital Funds from Federal Transit Administration’s Fiscal Year 2000 Grant No. TX-90-X499. Transit Capital Grants Fund will be amended by reducing revenues and expenditures by $179,616.00 to reflect the transfer of Capital Funds to Operating Funds. Local match of $35,923.00 is already appropriated in the El Metro Operations Fund and will be transferred to Sales Tax Reserve appropriation.   

 

20.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Water Availability Fund Annual Budget by appropriating expenses in the amount of $3,000,000.00 by drawing down the opening balance for Water Rights Acquisition.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

21.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only” at its market value of $14,900.00 for certain property described as a 19,859 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of those former sections of Jarvis Avenue between Marion and Gates Streets (including its intersection with Gates Street) and Gates Street between Jarvis and Martin Avenues, said tract being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being generally described on attached Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

22.       

2005-O-193                  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., for approximately 220 square feet of office space at Bridge I and approximately 120 square feet of office space and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540 square feet at Bridge II.

 

1.      Lease term is for one (1) year commencing
September 1, 2005 and ending on August 31,
2006
.

2.      Monthly rent will be $4,000.00 for both               
properties, including an exclusive office entry
lane.

3.      The lease may be terminated by either party with    
a thirty (30) day written notice.

 

2005-O-194                  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Fleet Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $750,000.00 for the purchase of fuels.  Funding is available in the respective City Department Budgets.

 

2005-O-195                  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interagency Cooperation Subcontract between the South Texas Development Council and the City of Laredo to accept a grant award in the amount of $1,200,000.00 for the period beginning July 1, 2005, and ending August 31, 2006, from the State of Texas, Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division; and amending the FY 2004-2005 Communication System Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,200,000.00.  Grant funds will be used for the purchase of equipment for the City of Laredo’s proposed 800 MHz Trunked Radio Communication System Project.

 

2005-O-196                  Authorizing the City Manager to implement the FY 2006-2010, 9-1-1 South Texas Regional Administration Strategic Plan as approved by the Commission on State Emergency Communication (CSEC) on July 21, 2005; and amending the FY 2004-2005 9-1-1 Regional Administration Fund of the City of Laredo by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,124,461.00 for administrative, equipment and program budgets for Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg, and Starr Counties for the period beginning September 1, 2005 and ending August 31, 2006.  Funding for subsequent years is contingent upon future budget approvals.

 

2005-O-197                  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the FY 2004-2005 Convention and Visitor’s Bureau 250th Anniversary Celebration Budget to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $29,719.00 provided by the sale of 250th Anniversary Celebration promotional items, and entrance, registration and sponsorship fees / contributions collected at the 7 Flags – 7 Cultures Festival.  Funds will be used for scheduled 250th Anniversary Celebration events.

 

2005-O-198                  Amending Chapter 33, Environmental Protection, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas by creating Article III, Commercial Litter Prevention, which will regulate the handling and disposal of commercial litter; providing for severability, publication and an effective date.

 

2005-O-199                  Amending Ordinance # 2004-O-336 so as to accept a supplemental grant in the amount of $8,404.00 by the South Texas Development Council (STDC) with no matching funds and to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget for the NPDES Fund by appropriating this supplemental grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  With this additional grant, the total amount for the STDC grant will be $49,232.00.  The grant funds will be used to promote electronic waste (e-waste) recycling events, as well as for disposal fees for the materials collected. (As Amended)

 

2005-O-200                  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures of $13,184.00 in additional funds totaling $65,919.00 from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for the City of Laredo Health Department’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); extending the grant period three additional months from September 1, 2004 through November 30, 2005; and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract.

 

2005-O-201                  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Texas Migrant Council for approximately 1.158 acres (50,442 square feet of land) located at 5102 North Bartlett Avenue on Tract 3, Block 25 at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for two (2) years commencing on August 1, 2005 and ending on July 31, 2007, and may be extended for three (3) terms of one (1) year each ending on July 31, 2008; July 31, 2009; and July 31, 2010.  Monthly rent shall be $2,128.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

23.      2005-R-073     Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Manuel C. Torres for the extension of utility services lines to the San Carlos Subdivision, Phase I. This being a strip of land 15.00 feet in width, containing 2,198.84 square feet or 0.05 of an acre, more or less, over and across Lot 3, Block 2, and being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

          

24.      2005-R-075     Resolution of the City of Laredo, Texas authorizing the employment of Lloyd Gosselink, Attorneys at Law as legal counsel and 4MP Consultants for the Centerpoint Energy Entex Gas Rate Case, and authorizing a steering committee with representatives from Laredo, Victoria, Edna, Kingsville, and other interested cities to coordinate the work of legal counsel and consultants, to consider settlement offers and to issue rate recommendations to the City Council.

 

25.      2005-R-076     Disapproving of self-help groups seeking to assist duly assigned federal and state law enforcement officers in the enforcement of the Nation’s Immigration Laws: Expressing its particular undesirability in Webb County and City of Laredo in view of the long historic connection between this locality and the Republic of Mexico; exhorting landowners within Webb County and City of Laredo to refuse assistance and co-operation to private individuals or associations whose aim is the rhetorical one of assisting in the enforcement of the Nation’s Immigration Laws.  

 

26.      2005-R-077     Supporting and authorizing the City of Laredo’s participation in the South Texas Development Council, and authorizing payment of the City of Laredo’s assessed membership dues in the amount of $41,227.80 for the period of October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006, subject to final approval of the Fiscal Year 2006 Annual Budget.

 

27.      2005-R-078     Confirming the appointment of representatives from the City of Laredo to serve on the Board of Directors of the South Texas Development Council for the period of October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006.

 

28.      2005-R-080     Authorizing the Mayor and the City Manager to execute the Interjurisdictional Mutual Aid Agreement between and among the City of Laredo, Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb, and Zapata Counties and the following incorporated cities: La Grulla, Rio Grande City, Rio Bravo, El Cenizo and Roma. The parties recognize that this agreement will allow for better coordination of effort, would provide that adequate equipment and manpower is available, and would help ensure that mutual aid is accomplished in the event of a disaster or civil emergency. 

 

29.      2005-R-081     Authorizing the City Manager to accept an Airport Improvement Program Grant (AIP), if offered, in the amount of $1,000,000.00 from the Federal Aviation Administration for the purpose of acquiring land for the Runway Protection Zone abutting the Laredo International Airport.  The 5% local match in the amount of $52,632.00 is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

30.      Consider a recommendation to approve the Site Development Plan dated June 13, 2005 prepared by and submitted by Laredo Town Center, L.P., a Texas Limited Partnership, as Lessee, to an approximate 88.6913-acre tract approved by Ordinance No. 2005-O-060 dated March 28, 2005. Said tract is located on the east side of Bob Bullock Loop fronting the Airport Passenger Terminal. The lease term is for forty (40) years. Approval of the Site Development Plan will not diminish or modify Lessee’s obligations under the lease and Lessor’s approval of the Site Development Plan is conceptual in nature only.

 

31.      Authorizing the City Manager to approve payment from the City’s Arena Renewal and Replacement Account for the purchase of seats and parts in the amount of $18,253.00 (50% of the total cost of $36,506.00) and the purchase of a Zamboni in the amount of $21,080.50 (50% of the total cost of $42,161.00). Items purchased through the Renewal and Replacement Account are on a 50% cost basis to the City of Laredo and a 50% cost basis to Arena Ventures, L.L.C.; funding is available in the Renewal and Replacement Account.

 

32.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the contract with the Holiday Inn Civic Center for hosting the 2005 Miss Texas USA Pageant and to increase the contract from $42,285.88 to $49,561.03 to cover the Holiday Inn Civic Center final invoice total. Funding is available in the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau Fiscal Year 2005 Budget, under the Miss Texas Division in the Convention Hosting Line. 

 

33.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with Graphitiks Advertising Design, Inc., Laredo, Texas, who will design, produce, sell advertising and print the 2006 Laredo / Nuevo Laredo Official Visitors Guide. Graphitiks will print, at no cost to the City of Laredo, 130,000 copies of the guide which is a 76-page full color magazine featuring “Los Dos Laredos”. The guide will be produced under the direction of the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau relative to style, design, and editorial content.  

 

34.      Consideration to execute a service agreement with Nextel Partners in the estimated amount of $75,000.00 for Wireless Phase I services for the four county regional 9-1-1 system  for a period of one (1) year. This agreement may automatically be renewed for up to four (4) successive terms of one (1) year each (subject to appropriations and availability of funds).  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund. 

 

35.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract between the City of Laredo (City), South Texas Development Council (RPC), and Commission for State Emergency Communications (CSEC) for the period beginning September 1, 2005 and ending August 31, 2007 to administer the approved 9-1-1 Strategic Plan on behalf of the RPC for the Counties of Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg and Starr.

 

36.      Calling for a public hearing regarding the City’s Capital Improvement Program to be held on September 6, 2005, at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting held at City Hall, 1110 Houston Street at 5:30 p.m.; and authorizing publication of a newspaper advertisement for 10 consecutive days to inform the general public of the public hearing and advising that three copies of the Capital Improvement Program are available at the City Secretary’s Office and the Laredo Public Library.

 

37.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of three (3), half ton pick-up trucks for the Fire Department in the total amount of $49,236.00 from Philpott Motors, Inc., through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program. Funding is available from a Homeland Security Grant administered by the Fire Department.

 

38.      Consideration to award the annual Municipal Court software maintenance contract in the amount of $30,252.00 to Incode InVision. The amount represents a 5% increase over the previous year. The annual software maintenance contract covers the following areas; Acuserver, Cash Collections, HTE Interface, Municipal Court applications, and Data Dictionary. Funding is available in the Municipal Court Budget.    

 

39.      Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of a Hazardous Cargo Community Risk Assessment and Route Alternative Analysis for Laredo, Texas. In order to amend the Presidential Permit to allow the crossing of hazardous material on the World Trade Bridge, an updated designated hazardous material route is mandated.

 

40.      Consideration to utilize the State of Texas – Department of Information Resources (DIR) TE-XAN telecommunication contracts with SBC – Southwestern Bell Telephone for local and dedicated voice and data services; and Public Utility Commission Tariff #73 rates for seventeen (17) data circuits as recommended by our consultant, Carolyn Arnold Communications Consultant (CACC), Inc. These recommended changes will reduce the City’s yearly telecommunications fees by approximately $43,000.00. The affected changes will be reflected on the user department’s communication budget.

 

41.      Authorizing the City Manager to acquire through negotiations, the “Surface Only” of one (1) parcel of land for the Chacon Creek Acquisition Project. Said parcel being a 15.01 acre tract of land known as Share 1 of the Moreno Partition of part of Porcion 30; less and except a parcel of land being the extreme Southern portion of said Share 1, consisting of a strip of land one hundred and twenty-five (125) feet in length by forty (40) feet in width, as described in Sheriff’s Deed to Matilde A. Hirsch, et. al., recorded in Volume 134, Pages 78-79, Webb County Deed Records; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value not to exceed $216,000.00 plus incidental expenses as established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser. This will be a voluntary transaction. Funding is available in the 2005 Certificates of Obligation, Chacon Creek Acquisition Project.

 

42.      Approval of the 2005 Appraisal Roll from the Webb County Appraisal District for the development of our tax roll, acceptance of the Effective and Rollback Tax Rate calculations for Tax Year 2005, and setting the first public hearing date on August 29, 2005 for the proposed tax rate of $0.637000/$100 value.

 

43.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll. The amount to be adjusted for the month of July 2005 represents an increase of $202.27. These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

44.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $1,964.49 to the following taxpayers and companies:

 

1.      A refund in the amount of $1,964.49 payable to Reynaldo Godines due to an erroneous payment. Account # 974-20002-060.

 

45.      Awarding a construction contract to Price Construction, Ltd., of Big Springs, Texas, in the amount of $324,578.60 for the Santa Clara 24” Sanitary Sewer Line. The project consists of installing approximately 879 linear feet of a 24” diameter sewer line on Santa Clara Street between Zapata Highway (US 83) and Meadow Avenue.  The construction time is 120 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Sewer Plant Improvement Account.

 

46.      Awarding a construction contract to the lowest bidder J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas in the amount of $294,670.00 for the SH 359 & US 83 Interchange Utilities Improvements.  The project consists of adjusting and relocating water and sewer main lines, manholes, water valves and one horizontal bore under US 83.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

47.      Approving the acceptance of SH 359 Planning Area-Work Order No. 5 Ground Storage Tank and Booster Station and authorizing the release of final payment in the amount of $30,596.29 to Lambda Construction I, Ltd., of New Braunfels, Texas.  The total contract amount is $611,925.75.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund Retainage Account.

 

48.      Approving the acceptance of the SH 359 – Work Order No. 6, 500,000 Gallon Elevated Storage Tank and authorizing the release of final payment in the amount of $50,022.50 to Landmark Structures Inc., of Fort Worth, Texas.  The final contract amount is $1,000,450.00. Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund Retainage Account.  

 

XII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

49.       

a.       

A.        Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

1.           Veto of the motion passed by City Council at the meeting of August 1, 2005 regarding the  naming of East Cental Park, pursuant to the Charter of the City of Laredo, Section 2.15 (4).   In additon, suggesting the naming of the park after former City Council Member,  Blas  Castaneda for his efforts in securing the park for his District.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Status report regarding the expansion of the outbound inspection area at Bridge II to expedite the bus inspection process and to better accommodate bus passengers traveling to Laredo.

 

XIII.           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.

 

50.      Request for executive session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1)(A) & (B) of the Texas Government Code to consult with the City Attorney the pending case and possible settlement 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.

 

51.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(1)(A)&(B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding pending litigation and possible settlement of Mary Godines and Patricia Godines vs. The City of Laredo, Texas and Guadalupe Peña,  Jr., Cause No. 2004CVQ001765-D3, in the District Court 341st Judicial District, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

52.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(1)(A) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding pending litigation of Jose Luis Martinez v. City of Laredo, Cause No. L-99-110, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division; and return to open session for possible action.

 

53.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate the value of, and the possible purchase of, an approximately 7.08 acre parcel of real property from Fasken Ltd. out of its master plan area known as Embarcadero Southwest Quadrant to be used for a recreation center, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with a third party; and return to open session for possible action.

 

XIV.         RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD.

 

54.      2005-RT-002   Authorizing the City of Laredo to file an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, United States of America, in the amount of $2,546,681.00 for Fiscal Year
2004 – 2005 for Section 5309 earmarks to be used for the
administrative / operations / maintenance facility, and authorizing the City Manager to execute all related documents.

 

55.       Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 an increase of $5,109.15, for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the El Metro Bus Bays Project, and approval of final payment in the amount of $10,305.28 to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $103,052.78.  Funding is available in the El Metro Bus Bays Project – Improvements Other Than Buildings.

          

XV.        ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL.

 

XVI.   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, August 10, 2005 at 7:45 p.m.   

 

                                               

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                City Secretary