CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2007-R-23

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

DECEMBER 3, 2007

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

 

Recognitions

 

a.      Recognition of Lauren Nicole Guzman for winning Miss Texas Teen USA® Pageant.

 

b.      Recognition of the City of Laredo 2007-2008 Sister Cities Youth Committee.

 

Communiqués

Presentation by Minita Ramirez, WBCA President, regarding the 2008 Washington Birthday Celebration.


 

Citizen comments

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.

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Daniel Rodriguez to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee.

 

VII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.           

 

A.                 Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.           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.

 

B.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on appropriating funds for re-striping the JSJ Estates entrance.

2.           Status report on the replacement of waterlines and the recycling of streets at Regency Subdivision.

3.           Status report on the temporary traffic lights at Alexander and Winfield Estates.

4.           Discussion with possible action on a temporary traffic light installation at Village Blvd., and Springfield Ave.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

1.           Discussion on finding a solution to the vagrant situation especially those that are causing problems in the community with possible action.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action on extending the deadline for request for proposals for the water park until January 2008.

 

VIII.           PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

2.          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.

 

3.          Public hearing 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 effective date. 

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

4.          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 right-of-way.

1.           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.

 

2.           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.

 

X.                 FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

5.           

 

2007-O-242               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)

 

2007-O-243               Amending Chapter 2 Administration Article VI Investment Policy of the Code of Ordinances in order to:

Add new Section 2.257 Authorizing Investment Advisors; and

1.           Add new Section 2.270 Investment Strategy by Fund Type;

2.           Deleting part of renumbered Section 2.258 Authorized Investments, to delete thereform (d) Bankers Notes and (e) Commercial Paper; and

3.           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 effective date.

 

2007-O-244               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

 

2007-O-245               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.

 

2007-O-246               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 date.

 

2007-O-247               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:

1.           Correct a printing error; and

2.           Reduce the building permit valuation for utility buildings from $20.40 to $11.00;

and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2007-O-248               Amending Chapter 12 [Fire Prevention and Protection] of the Code of Ordinances in the following respects:

Amending 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:

a.      Deletion of Section 12-5 [Fire Prevention Code]

b.      Deleting Section 12-6 [Life Safety Code 101]

c.      and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2007-O-249               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:

 

1.           Providing for contribution from the City of $300,000.00 towards the cost of constructing the community center for the elderly on the leased premises;

2.           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

3.           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.

 

XI.               RESOLUTIONS

 

6.          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.

 

XII.             MOTIONS

 

7.          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 Services budget.

 

8.          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.

 

9.          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.

 

10.      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.

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORTS

 

11.      Status report by Mario G. Medina, P.E., Laredo District Engineer, Texas Department of Transportation, on the World Trade and Colombia-Solidarity Border Inspection Facilities.

 

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.

           

XV.           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, November 29, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                       

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary