CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2008-R-04

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

FEBRUARY 19, 2008

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

 

Approval of the minutes of August 13, 2007, August 14, 2007 and August 15,   2007.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

AEP Texas will be presenting a $3,300 incentive check for the City’s participation in the AEP CitySmart Program, a program offered to select cities in Texas to help them improve energy efficiency and reduce municipal facility’s energy operating costs.

 

Communiqués

3-1-1 is now available for all information and service requests for City of Laredo and Webb County services.

 


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

 

VII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.           

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Status report on the operations of the Laredo Animal Shelter.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on supporting efforts by the federal government to assist homeowners to combat foreclosure of homes.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Discussion with possible action to clarify violation of strict adherence to non-lobbying efforts related to any rail project in Laredo and Webb County.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector J. Garcia)

 

C.                Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the Mobile Tech Unit (mobile computer lab) for the Library Department.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding outstanding loans/debts owed to the City of Laredo.   

 

D.                Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion with possible action on using discretionary funds in the amount not to exceed $50,000.00 for the Three Points Swimming Pool.

 

E.                 Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.           Discussion with possible action on installing street lights by using District IV Discretionary Funds for the following locations:

·        700 block of Frost St.

·        300 block Urbahn Ave.


 

F.                 Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Presentation by the Laredo Broncos regarding their new stadium, with possible action.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on appropriating $7,000.00 of in-kind and/or monetary sponsorship for the Laredo Community College Future of the Region Economic Development Conference to be held on August 21st  and 22nd  2008 in Laredo. A brief presentation by Blas Castañeda.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on placing speed humps on West Mayberry from Springfield to Gallagher by using District V Discretionary Funds.

 

G.                Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

1.      Discussion with possible action on impounding uninsured vehicles and those operated by unlicensed drivers.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action on accepting a donation of approximately 1 acre tract of land and $100,000.00 from Danny Wyers.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action on setting, publishing and conducting public hearings to amend the towing ordinance to reflect necessary changes as per the ordinance.

 

4.      Discussion with possible action on earmarking sufficient acreage for the Laredo Animal Protective Society at North Central.

 

VIII.           PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

2.          Public hearing providing interested citizens opportunity to comment on the potential environmental impact to the Rancho Peñitas West Wastewater Treatment Plant located off FM 3338 (Las Tiendas Road-Northwest corner of Peñitas) and the revised alignment of the proposed 6” force main.  The most recent construction cost for the wastewater collection system is $4,900,000.00.  Funding will be provided by the North American Development Bank (NADB).

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept payment in the amount of $41,623.00 from the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TMLIRP) as settlement for the replacement of a stolen 2001 Caterpillar Backhoe Loader and to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Capital Improvement Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures for the purchase of a replacement backhoe loader and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 1 of Ordinance 2007-O-134 of the City of Laredo and authorization to implement a cost of $15.00 per sticker tag for the upgraded Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) System for southbound traffic utilizing the City of Laredo International Bridges as further described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Securitas Security Services, USA, Inc., for 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 April 1, 2008 and ending on March 31, 2009.

2.      Monthly rent will be $2,810.00 for approximately 120 square feet of office space and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540 square feet at Bridge II.

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

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 2, Article I of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas to include subsection (e) under Section 2-3 “Fees for Services” to establish a 3% credit card convenience processing fee for internet users and voice activated payments on all City payments.  The 3% fee is based on the amount of transaction.

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a $330,500.00 donation from the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Capital Improvement Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $330,500.00 in the form of a donation for the design, construction and installation of 19 shade structures throughout various park areas in Laredo.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $100,000.00 from the Office of the Governor, the Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) and to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Annual Budget in the same amount.  The Office of the Governor, the Division of Management has made a project grant available in order to organize and deploy state agency and local government law enforcement personnel and equipment to participate in a project to enhance border security along the Texas-Mexico border.  Funds will be used to pay overtime, fringe benefits and operational expenses from February 15, 2008 through August 15, 2008.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Article IX [Swimming Pools] of Chapter 15 of the Code of Ordinances in the following respects:

Section 15‑135 [Definitions] in order to establish and define the three terms:  Building Official, Private Swimming Pool, & Spa; 

Section 15‑136 [Swimming Pool Permit Required] in order to require Building Permit for the construction of a Private Swimming Pool or Spa;

Section 15‑137 [Application for a Swimming Pool Permit], in order to specify the Requirements for a private Swimming Pool or Spa Construction Permit;

Section 15‑138 [Authority to Inspect] in order to authorize the Building Official and designees to inspect Private Swimming Pools or Spas;

Section 15‑139 [Issuance Fees] in order to establish issuance fee for a Private Swimming Pool or Spa;

Section 15‑140 [Duration of Permit] in order to establish the duration of a Permit for Public, Semi‑Public or Private Swimming Pool or  Spa;

Section 15‑141 [Permit Renewal] in order to amend caption; 

Section 15‑142 [Permit Revocation] in order to amend caption

Section 15‑143 Unchanged; and adding new Section 15‑144 [Private Pool or Spa Barrier Requirements], in order to specify standards for safety barriers for Private Swimming Pools and Spas; and renumbering Section 15‑144, 145 and 146, To 15‑145, 146, & 147 and as renumbered:

Section 145 [Penalty for Violation] In order to provide for fines from $500.00 to $2,000.00 for violation of these new regulations relating to Private Swimming Pools and Spas;

Section 15‑146 [Injunctive Relief] in order to provide that building official may seek Injunctive Relief;

Section 15‑147 [Severability] unchanged; and providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 2, Cuatro Vientos Norte Subdivision Phase 1 located at 3302 Cuatro Vientos Drive, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The proposed use is office/laundromat.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval.  District I

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a day care on .32 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 2101 Ejido Avenue.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval.     District I  

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a nationalization of vehicles enterprise on Lots 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, Block 899, Western Division, located at 3501 San Bernardo Avenue and 3502 Santa Ursula Avenue.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial.   District VII

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the south ½ of Lot 4, Block 365, Western Division, located at 1807 San Dario Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change. The proposed use is auto sales.  District VIII

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 127, Eastern Division, located at 219 W. Travis Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is single-family residential.  District V

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.29 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the east side of U.S. Highway 83 south of Cielito Lindo Boulevard, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is a shopping center.  District I

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.26 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the southwest corner of International Boulevard and Veracruz Drive, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval.  The proposed use is commercial.  District VI

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.23 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the southwest corner of International Boulevard and Simon Bolivar, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval.   The proposed use is commercial.  District VI

 

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.68 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the northwest corner of International Boulevard and Veracruz Drive, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval.  The proposed use is commercial.  District VI

 

19.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.14 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the southwest corner of International Boulevard and Juan Escutia Boulevard, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval.  The proposed use is commercial.  District VI

 

20.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 6.13 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the northwest corner of International Boulevard and Juan Escutia Boulevard, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval.   The proposed use is commercial.  District VI

 

21.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for mini-storage/warehousing on Lots 4, 5, and the south 116.28 feet of Lot 6, Block 3, McPherson Acres Development Unit I Subdivision, located at 615 Gale Street.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval.  District V

 

22.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an adult day care on Lot 1 and west ½ of Lot 2, Block 829, Eastern Division, located at 1501 E. Musser Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit.  District III

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

23.      Establishing guidelines and criteria governing tax abatements by the City of Laredo for Laredo WLE, LP; providing for severability; providing for an effective date and publication.

 

24.      Consider a recommendation from the Airport Advisory Committee to approve an Amendment to the Lease Agreement approved by Ordinance No. 91-O-097 dated May 6, 1991, and as amended by Ordinance No. 2000-O-172 dated  July 3, 2000, between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Barker Aeromotive, Inc., as Lessee, for the southeastern two-thirds of Hangar No. 1309 consisting of approximately 20,078 square feet of hangar space and approximately 1,404 square feet of office space all situated on a 48,051 square foot tract of land.  Amending Section 1.03, Rent Obligation, to allow the phasing-in over a five (5) year period the rent adjustment effective July 1, 2006, resulting in total rent reduction of approximately $40,763.95. The annual rent obligation effective July 1, 2006, is calculated as nine percent (9%) increase as opposed to twelve percent (12%) of the  appraised value (average of three [3] appraisals) of the leased premises as provided for in the lease agreement, the three percent (3%) difference shall be phased-in over a five (5) year period. The initial annual rent effective July 1, 2006, shall be $40,763.97.   All terms and conditions will remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

25.      Consider a recommendation from the Airport Advisory Committee to approve an Amendment to the Lease Agreement approved by Ordinance No. 95-O-156 dated August 8, 1995, between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Aero Center, Inc., as Lessee, for a tract of land of approximately 92,192 square feet which includes the approximate 24,818 square feet of hangar and office space known as Hangar   No. 182 located at 5203 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport. Amending Section 1.03, Rent Obligation, to allow the phasing-in over a five (5) year period the rent adjustment effective July 1, 2006, resulting in total rent reduction of approximately $52,679.95. The annual rent obligation effective July 1, 2006, is calculated as nine percent (9%) increase as opposed to twelve percent (12%) of the  appraised value (average of three [3] appraisals) of the leased premises as provided for in the lease agreement, the three (3) percent difference shall be phased-in over a five (5) year period. The initial annual rent effective July 1, 2006, shall be $52,679.97.   All terms and conditions will remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

26.      Consider a recommendation from the Airport Advisory Committee to approve an Amendment to the Lease Agreement dated August 7, 1995, between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and The Laredo National Bank, as Lessee, amending Section 1.03, Rent Obligation, to allow the phasing-in over a five (5) year period the rent adjustment effective July 1, 2006, resulting in total rent reduction of approximately $81,000.00. The annual rent obligation effective July 1, 2006, is calculated as nine percent (9%) increase as opposed to twelve percent (12%) of the  appraised value (average of three [3] appraisals) of the leased premises as provided for in the lease agreement, the three percent (3%) difference shall be phased-in over a five (5) year period. The initial rent effective July 1, 2006, shall be $81,000.00 and approving Lessor’s Consent to an Assignment of Lease dated August 7, 1995, and approved by Ordinance No. 95-O-159 between the City of Laredo and Aero Center, Inc. and subsequently assigned to The Laredo National Bank on July 21, 1997, by Ordinance No. 97-O-151 and now assigning said Lease to Aero Center, Inc. for Hangar No. 142 and Building Nos. 144, 147 and 148 at the Laredo International Airport.   All terms and conditions will remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

 

X.                 FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

27.       

2008-O-022           Authorizing the issuance of the City of Laredo, Texas, Texas Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations, Series 2008, in the principal amount of $3,555,000.00 for the purchase of municipal buses for the Mass Transit System; authorizing amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for the purposes authorized herein; approving sale of contractual obligations; making provisions for security thereof; authorizing the execution of private placement letter; and ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

2008-O-023           Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Water Availability Fund Annual Budget by appropriating an additional $2,000,000.00 and drawing down the opening balance for water rights acquisitions increasing the budget to $11,298,509.00 for the purchase of $7,312,500.00 of municipal water rights (3,250 ac/ft).

 

2008-O-024           Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $300,000.00 over a twenty-four (24) month term from the Environmental Protection Agency grant under the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) for the Health Department’s Laredo Environmental Action on the Texas-Mexico Border Project, a partnership with the Environmental Services Department for the term of October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2009; amending FY 2007-2008 full time equivalent positions, by creating one (1) Epidemiologist and (1) Program Coordinator positions; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

2008-O-025           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Laredo Equities, LLC, for the use of Veteran’s Field.  The lease term is for one (1) season beginning on May 10, 2008 and ending on September 10, 2008 at a lease rate of $45,000.00 per season, ($1,000 per game) plus $1,000.00 per playoff game.  Laredo Equities will also be responsible for 50% of utility costs and repairs to Veterans Field during the term of the lease as outlined in the lease agreement terms.

 

2008-O-026           Authorizing the City Manager to convey to South Texas Financial Group, Inc. fee simple title, to the “Surface Only” at its market value of $21,340.00, for certain property described as a 6,097 sq. ft. (0.14 of an acre) tract of land, more or less being a portion of South Buena Vista Avenue between the Old Zapata Road and Barrios Street, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being generally described on attached Exhibit “A” and providing for an effective date.       

 

2008-O-027           Reflecting an increase in salary and benefits of $31,446.00 for Municipal Court Judge Alfonso H. Ornelas, Jr. and establishing the annual salary at $100,000.00.  Funding is available in the Municipal Court Department budget.

 

2008-O-028           Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with Webb County Area Justice Foundation d/b/a Laredo Family Recovery Center, as Lessee to an approximate 15,244 square foot building situated on an approximate 1.6501-acre tract located at 2920 E. Saunders (rear). The lease term is for five (5) years commencing February 1, 2008 until January 31, 2013 with one renewal option of five (5) years until January 31, 2018.  The initial monthly rent is the sum of $8,384.00 and providing for rent abatement in consideration of certain improvements to the leased premises. 

 

XI.               RESOLUTIONS

 

28.      2008-R-012     Ordering and proclaiming a General Election to be held on Saturday, May 10, 2008; designating polling places; designating polling places; designating a run off date; providing for publications; and authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract with the Webb County Elections Administrator for the purpose of conducting a joint election with the City of Laredo.

 

XII.             MOTIONS

 

29.      Awarding a construction contract to CG Construction, Inc. DBA CC Construction, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $1,393,537.00 for the relocation of the McPherson lift station.  The project consists of relocating the existing McPherson lift station, adjusting and relocating force mains, and constructing new gravity sewer main.  The construction time is 300 calendar days.  Funding is available in the 1998 & 2006 Sewer Revenue Bonds.

 

30.      Approving Change Order No. 2 to Ramos Industries, Inc., in the amount of $251,000.00 for the construction of the Tanquecitos I Wastewater Collection and Water Distribution Improvements for a total contract amount of $2,027,680.66.  This is a Colonias Project funded by the Texas Water Development Board Economic Distressed Areas Program.

 

31.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract number FY08-022 awarded to HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $250,000.00, for the purchase of PVC pipe used by the Utilities Department. The term of this contract will be for sixty (60) days.   These materials are purchased on an as needed basis for construction and repair projects. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

32.      Consideration to award annual contract FY08-040 to Holt Co. of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $200,000.00 for the purchase of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) heavy equipment parts and service for the City’s Caterpillar equipment fleet.  All parts and services will be secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Management budget.

 

33.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract number FY07-045 awarded to the low bidders:

 

(1.)           Al & Rob Sales, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $88,865.10 for the purchase of uniform trousers, and;

(2.)           V F Imagewear, Inc., Nashville, TN, in the estimated amount of $79,367.60 for the purchase of uniform shirts for the Police Department.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Police Department budget. 

 

34.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of:

a)         two, 2008 Heil DP Python 28 yard automated side loaders in the amount of $182,623.20 from Heil of Texas through the BuyBoard Cooperative program and;

b)         two 2008 Peterbilt 320 cab and chassis for the side loaders in the amount of $252,526.00 from Rush Truck Centers of Texas L.P., through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC).  This equipment will be assigned to the Solid Waste’s Sanitation Department.  Funding is available from the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds. 

 

35.      Consideration to award a professional services contract to W. D. Schock Company, Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee, in the amount of $625,473.00, for the provision of residential sound reduction services, as part of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program to soundproof (53) apartment units located at 3220 Frost Street and 3202 Price Street. Funding for this project is available in the Noise Abatement Fund and the Airport Construction Fund. 

 

36.      Authorizing the City Manager to approve a memorandum of understanding between the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School and City of Laredo Health Department to coordinate and implement enhanced dental care and primary prevention services at the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of March 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008 to be renewed each year thereafter.

 

37.      Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate the purchase of approximately 30 acres of property for the Rancho Peñitas West Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The proposed location is northwest of the Rancho Peñitas West Colonia.

 

38.      To amend the City of Laredo’s Housing Rehabilitation Program Policy & Procedures Manual by:

(1.)           Increasing the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program limit from $30,000 to $35,000.  The program will provide loans at 0% interest, to rehabilitate a single family housing unit which is owned and occupied by an individual or family of low income (80% of median).   Up to 43% of the loan will be forgiven if a residency requirement is met.  A 100% forgivable loan will also be made available under this program to elderly or disabled, very low income (60% or below median) head of households. The loan would be amortized for a 10-year period.

(2.)           Eliminating the Fire Rehabilitation Loan Program, and implementing a Reconstruction Loan Program, which would provide loans at 0% interest in an amount to be determined on a case by case basis, based on family size and need, to reconstruct a single family housing unit which is owned and occupied by an individual or family of low income (80% of median), and has been damaged as a result of a fire, or requires demolition and reconstruction.  Up to 43% of the loan will be forgiven if a residency requirement is met.  A 100% forgivable loan will also be made available under this program to elderly or disabled, very low income (60% or below median) head of households.  The loan will be amortized up to a 15-year period.

(3.)           Eliminating the Emergency Repair Grant, the Sewer Connection Grant, and the Paint Grant programs, and implementing a Livability Grant which would provide assistance of up to $8,000.00 to address housing components, that if left uncorrected, would pose a life threatening hazard or hardship to the occupants of the housing unit, and to provide for modifications to the unit to address handicapped accessibility.  The grant would be provided to owner occupants who do not qualify for assistance under the loan program and who have incomes at or below 80% of median.   

(4.)           providing changes to all applicable program documents as needed to coincide with the new policies.

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORTS

 

39.       

A.                 Presentation regarding the Laredo Development Foundation activities by Roger Creery, LDF Executive Director.

 

B.                 City Council discussion with possible action clarifying the Impact Fees Advisory Committee and the newly created Developers Advisory Committee and appointments at such time.

 

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.

 

40.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (A) & (B) to consult with Attorney on the pending case of Marigloria Gonzalez v. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2005CVQ000905D2, in the 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas.

 

41.      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 Anthony Stahl, et al. v. City of Laredo, Texas, Cause No. 5:07-cv-00093; in the United States District Court Southern District, Laredo Division; and return to open session for possible action.

 

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, February 13, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.                              

                                  

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary