CITY OF LAREDO
1110 HOUSTON STREET
LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
DECEMBER 3, 2007
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CALL TO ORDER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS
Recognition of Lauren Nicole Guzman for winning Miss Texas Teen USA®
Recognition of the City of Laredo 2007-2008 Sister Cities Youth
by Minita Ramirez, WBCA President, regarding the 2008 Washington Birthday
Citizens are required to fill out a witness card
and identify themselves at the microphone.
Comments should be relevant to City business and delivered in a
professional manner. No derogatory
remarks will be permitted. There is a
time limit of three minutes per speaker.
APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND
Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Daniel Rodriguez
to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee.
GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND
Council Member Hector J. Garcia
Discussion with possible action to consider amending the priority
procedures manual by placing the general Council discussion items at the end
of the agenda as opposed to the current order in which they are placed as per
the City Council’s action of November 20, 2006.
Request by Mayor
Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares
possible action on appropriating funds for re-striping the JSJ Estates entrance.
Status report on the replacement
of waterlines and the recycling of streets at Regency Subdivision.
Status report on the
temporary traffic lights at Alexander and Winfield Estates.
possible action on a temporary traffic light installation at Village Blvd., and Springfield Ave.
Council Member Juan Chavez
Discussion on finding a solution to the vagrant situation especially
those that are causing problems in the community with possible action.
Request by Council
Member Juan Ramirez
possible action on extending the deadline for request for proposals for the
water park until January 2008.
Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending
the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008
Contractual Obligation Fund by
appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $120,000.00. A portion of the funds will be appropriated
for the Alerting System Upgrade Project and the difference will be set aside
in the Reserve Appropriation.
and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Land Development Code, Chapter 24 Article
III, by creating section 24-56, entitled “Parkland Dedication Ordinance”, and
amending the City of Laredo Land Development Code, Appendix A, by adding the
Parkland Dedication Fee Methodology as
per the attached Exhibit A; providing for severability, publication and
Authorizing the City Manager to grant License
Extension to that certain License Agreement by and between The City of
Laredo, Texas and AT&T Corp., dated September 15, 1997 for the use of one
(1) inner duct in the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge and 555.5 linear feet of
Term of the extension shall be for five (5) years commencing at 12:00
a.m., October 1, 2007 and terminating at 12:00 p.m., September 30, 2012.
Annual duct fee shall be $17,000.00 and will increase by five percent
(5%) every year the license is in place. In addition to the duct fee,
Licensee shall pay a six dollar ($6.00) linear foot right-of-way fee, and
will increase by five percent (5%) every year.
FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES
Amending Article II,
Section 2-16, “Departments of the City,” of the Code of Ordinances of the
City of Laredo, Texas, by creating, consolidating and eliminating departments;
and providing for severability and an effective date. (As amended)
Amending Chapter 2
Administration Article VI Investment Policy of the Code of Ordinances in
Section 2.257 Authorizing Investment Advisors; and
Add new Section 2.270 Investment Strategy by
Deleting part of renumbered Section 2.258
Authorized Investments, to delete thereform (d) Bankers Notes and (e)
Commercial Paper; and
Amending and modifying the other sections of
Article IV in order to make the article comply with Chapter 2256 of the
Government Code known as the Public-Investment Act; and providing for an
Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the Conditional Use
Permit for a birthing clinic on Lots 4, 9, and 10, Block 941, Western
Division, located at 3712 Santa Ursula Avenue.
The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the
Conditional Use Permit. District VII
Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 17 Library,
Article 1, in General, Section “Fines and Fees for Library Services”,
allowing for the addition of a new fee associated with the Laredo Public
Library Main Branch becoming a Passport Acceptance Facility; Providing for publication
and effective date.
Amending Section 903.2.7 of the International Building Code [Adopted as
the Building Code of the City under Section 7-1 of Chapter 7 of the Code of
Ordinances] in order to provide for deletion of requirement of an automatic sprinkler
system for a four (4) Dwelling Unit; providing for publication and effective
Amending Section 108.3 of the International
Building Code [Adopted as the Building Code of the City under Section 7
Chapter 7 of the Code of Ordinances] in order to:
Correct a printing error; and
Reduce the building permit valuation for utility buildings from $20.40
and providing for an effective
date and publication.
Amending Chapter 12 [Fire Prevention and
the Code of Ordinances in the following respects:
Section 903.27 of the International Fire Code [Adopted as the Fire Code of
the City under Section 12-2 of Chapter 12 of the Code of Ordinances] in order
to provide for deletion of the requirement of the requirement of an automatic
sprinkler system for a four dwelling unit:
Deletion of Section 12-5 [Fire Prevention
Deleting Section 12-6 [Life Safety Code
and providing for an effective date and
Amending the lease between the City of Laredo & Webb County of Lots
9 & 10, Block 320, Eastern Division, a copy of which amendment is
attached as Exhibit A, in which the changes are as follows:
Providing for contribution from the City of $300,000.00 towards the
cost of constructing the community center for the elderly on the leased
Adding a tract of 5,069.85 sq. ft., out of Lexington Avenue between
Stewart Street and Reynolds Street, described by metes and bounds and survey
attached as Exhibit 3 of Exhibit A and
Adding a tract of land of 7,717.28 sq. ft., out of the north half of Lexington Avenue fronting Stewart Street described by metes and bounds
and survey attached as Exhibit A; and providing for effective date.
2007-R-092 Authorizing the
City Manager to enter into negotiations for a tax abatement agreement with
Laredo WLE, LP as provided in Section 3.9 (b) of the City’s Guidelines and
Criteria Governing Tax Abatements.
Consideration to award
contract number FY 08—018 to the low bidder Pabo Industries, Inc., Newark, NJ, in the amount of $99,480.00 for the purchase of 1.5
million plastic bags for use in the City’s recycling program. Funding is available in the Solid Waste
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 26.11 acres tract of land known as Shares 2
& 3 of the Moreno Partition of part of Porcion 30, Original Grantee, Jose
F. C. Moreno, as per Plat recorded in Volume 1, Page 81, Webb County Plat
Records; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the
acquisition of said parcel in an amount not to exceed $523,000.00 plus,
approximately $5,000.00 in incidental expenses. This will be a voluntary
transaction. Funding is available in
the 2005 Certificates of Obligation, Chacon Creek Acquisition Project.
Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a purchase agreement with
Clear Technologies, Coppell, Texas, in the amount of $196,515.16. The agreement is for an upgrade to the existing
iSeries 520 System, a capacity backup system and high availability/disaster
recovery software. Funding is
available in the 2006 Public Property Financial Contractual Obligation Bond
Proceeds and the Information Technology & Support Services Fund.
Authorizing the City
Manager to sell excess water and sewer capacity from the over-sizing effort
of the Colonias project in the form of Living Unit Equivalency (LUE) in the
amount of $315.00 per LUE. The
provisions for sewer are made available through the over sizing of the water
and wastewater line extensions for the Colonias Project on Mines Road. The funds
received from the sale of the individual LUE’s will be transferred back into
the Colonias fund to cover additional expenses in the project.
Status report by Mario
G. Medina, P.E., Laredo District Engineer, Texas Department of
Transportation, on the World Trade and Colombia-Solidarity Border Inspection
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, November
29, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.
Gustavo Guevara, Jr.