CITY OF LAREDO

ANNUAL BUDGET WORKSHOP

A-2005-W-003

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

AUGUST 8, 9, & 10, 2005

5:30 P.M.

 

 

BUDGET PRESENTATIONS

 

 

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.

 

SPECIAL NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

 

During this budget workshop, the budgets of each of the Departments of the City of Laredo, as hereinafter listed, will be discussed; however, there may be occasion when the order of discussion may be changed by the City Council. Under review will be the number of employees in each Department, their classifications, positions, salaries and benefits of employment, such as health and life insurance, retirement benefits, licensing and continuing education; also, there will be discussed the matter of supplies and materials, land acquisitions, contracted services, equipment, capital improvements, and other charges and matters necessary to the functioning of each department in the accomplishment of its goals and objectives.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  ROLL CALL

 

III.                PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

IV.               COMMUNICATIONS

 

V.                 DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2005-2006 ANNUAL BUDGET.

           

A.              Introduction of the budget by City Manager Larry Dovalina, including budget process, vision and goals, and reorganizational changes.

 

B.              Ad-valorem tax rate.

 

C.              Personnel issues, including proposed employee pay plan and employee health and benefits plan.

 

D.           Proposed General Fund highlights.

 

E.            Engineering/Public Works Department funding and operations, and status of construction projects.

 

F.            Police Department funding and operations.

 

G.           Fire Department funding and operations, including Fire Prevention and Suppression, EMS & ambulance service, and the Laredo International Fire and Law Enforcement Training Facility.

 

H.            Solid Waste Department funding and operations including sanitation and land fill operations.

 

I.                Traffic Department funding and operations.

 

J.             Health Department funding and operations.

 

K.            Airport Department funding and operations.

 

L.             Transit/El Metro funding and operations, including capital improvements.

 

M.           Bridge Department  funding and operations.

 

N.            Environmental Services Department funding and operations, including NPDES and Hazmat operations.

 

O.           Parks & Recreation Department funding and operations, including Civic Center/Mercado operations.

 

P.            911 Regional Communications funding and operations including fleet management and parking meters.

 

Q.           Planning Department funding and operations including building and planning operations.

 

R.            Utilities Department funding and operations, including water and wastewater operations and capital improvements.

 

S.            Funding and operations of the Mayor and City Council Department, City Manager’s Department, Administrative Services Department, Budget Department, City Attorney’s Department, City Secretary’s Department, Community Development Department, Financial Services Department, Laredo Public Library, Municipal Court Department, MIS Department, Convention and Visitors Bureau Department, and Tax Department.

 

VI.               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.

 

VII.             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 Friday, August 5, 2005 at 12:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

                                                                         Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

    City Secretary