CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2008-R-021

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

NOVEMBER 3, 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 July 21, 2008 and July 30, 2008.

 

V.           COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

Recognizing La Reynera Bakery on their 80th Anniversary of being in business at the same location of 1819 San Bernardo.

 

Communiqués

Council Member James Rodriguez and Anthony Hall, Chief Administrator for the City of Houston, will thank the City of Laredo staff and constituents for their support during Hurricane Ike.

 

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

a.    Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Council Member Juan Narvaez to the Community Action Agency Advisory Board.

 

b.    Appointments to the City Charter Review Commission:

 

Mayor Raul Salinas                                                       Madeline Escoto

Council Member Mike Garza                                       Jesse Guillen

Council Member Hector Garcia                                   John Galo

Council Member Michael Landeck                            Salvador Tellez

Council Member Juan Narvaez                                  Andy Ramos

Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza             Jesus Dominguez              

 

VII.         PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Article XII, Chapter 19, Division 2, Section 19-562 (c) of the Code of Ordinances to include and implement a new downtown trolley service route free of charge to the public for the purpose of promoting the historical downtown area; providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2008-2009 Special Police Annual Budget by reducing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $119,657.00.  The Office of Justice Programs is contributing the full grant amount of $40,343.00 with no match amount obligated by the City of Laredo.  The City of Laredo and Webb County will each receive $20,171.50.  The City of Laredo will utilize this funding for the purchase of equipment for Homeland Security purposes by the Laredo Police Department for the period of October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2011.

 

3.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a Direct Aid Grant from the Texas Library Loan Star Libraries Program in the amount of $30,709.00 for new public computers and replacement hardware and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2008-2009 annual budget revenues and expenditures by decreasing the amount by $19,921.00

 

4.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Transit Capital Grants Budget in the amount of $850,164.00 by appropriating Capital funds from the Federal Transit Administration, Section 5309 E-2006-BUSP-972, in the amount of $680,130.00 in Federal match and $170,034.00 in Local match by increasing the sales tax match.  The sales tax match expenditures will increase from $194,000.00 to $364,034.00 and reserve appropriation will decrease from $841,218.00 to $671,184.00.

 

5.       Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of four (4) tracts of land (Tract 1:  El Portal Industrial Park Tract – 183.26 acres, more or less; Tract 2:  Las Ventanas Tract – 0.03 acres, more or less; Tract 3:  N. D. Hachar Tract – 80.00 acres, more or less; Tract 4:  Killam Quiote Tract – 101.06 acres, more or less); for a total of 364.35 acres, more or less, as described in the attached tract summaries, as required by Section 43.063 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

6.       Public hearing concerning an appeal of the denial order issued on September 18, 2008, by the Historic District/Landmark Board regarding the facade alteration:

Location:  South 53.1’ of 5 Ex-Trapezoidal Strip on East Side, Block 41, Western Division

Commonly known as:  1110 Lincoln St.

Petitioner:  Wolf Hofman

Old Mercado Historic District

HDLB-22-2008

                       

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

7.       Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Article II, Section 2-16, “Departments of the City” which sets forth the departments of the City, by restructuring the Economic Development Department whereby the Convention and Visitors Bureau Division will become the Convention & Visitors Bureau Department and providing for severability and an effective date.

 

8.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute Supplemental Lease Agreement No. 3 to Lease No. GS-07B-15259 approved by Ordinance No. 2002-O-325 dated December 16, 2002, amended by Ordinance No. 2005-O-112 dated May 16, 2005, and further amended by Ordinance No. 2008-O-090 dated May 5, 2008, with General Services Administration for approximately 1,313 square feet constituting office space occupied by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Said Supplemental Lease Agreement No. 3 extends the lease term five (5) years until November 17, 2013, with two (2) years firm and 30-day termination rights.  The monthly rent amount is increased to $4,376.67 and shall be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.  All other terms and conditions of lease remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

9.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) Operations Agreement approved on March 27, 2006, by Ordinance No. 2006-O-057 by and on behalf of the City of Laredo, Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 and Bruni International Inc., as Zone Site Operator.  Said Amendment will change the FTZ Operator name from Bruni International, Inc. to NYK Logistics (Americas) Inc.  All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

10.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association, Inc., (W.B.C.A.) for approximately ten (10.0) acres of concrete ramp located on the West General Aviation parking ramp of the Air Operations Area to include City owned vacant non-aeronautical use land located at the Laredo International Airport for the purpose of hosting the 2009 W.B.C.A. Air Show.  Lease term is for two (2) days commencing on February 14, 2009 and ending on February 15, 2009.  City Council finds and declares that a valid public purpose would be served in setting the daily rental fee at $1.00; providing for an effective date.     

 

11.    Authorizing the City Manager to convey to Gerardo G. Salinas and Frances Salinas, the following two tracts of land:

Lot 24, block 2 (of 0.0547 of an acre), Hilltop Subdivision, Phase II, as described in Exhibit “A”, & Lot 7, Block 4, (of 0.2631 of an acre), Hilltop Subdivision, Phase II, as described in Exhibit “B,”  in exchange for the following from Gerardo and Frances Salinas:

(1)   conveyance to the City of Lot 1, block 5, (of 0.0382 acre), Hilltop Subdivision, Phase II, as described in Exhibit “C” and 

(2)   payment to the City of $6,962.00. 

 

 

IX.          FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

12.     

 

2008-O-213       Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2008-2009 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures; and accepting a continuation grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services in the estimated amount of $4,545,028.00 [$4,125,795.00 (6008) and $419,233.00 (6009)] for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program for the City of Laredo Health Department beginning October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009.

 

2008-O-214       Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2-4, Block 2, James Haynes Industrial Park Phase VI, and 2.68 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located north of Maria Luisa Drive and west of Bob Bullock Loop, from B-4 (Highway Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District) and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2008-O-215       Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 86.76 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located east of the City Landfill and north of State Highway 359, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2008-O-216       Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the east 11.2 feet of Lot 2, Lot 3, the west 19 feet and the north 83.8 feet of the east 50 feet of Lot 4, Lot 6, Block 48, Eastern Division, located at 219 Market Street and 210 Cortez Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District) and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2008-O-217       Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas extraction and a drilling permit for a well on 2.03 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located approximately 2,448 feet southwest of the proposed Valley Boulevard extension and approximately 525 feet north of the South Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant at Rio Bravo, Texas and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2008-O-218       Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.55 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located east of FM 1472 and south of State Highway 255, from B-4 (Highway Commercial District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2008-O-219       Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for Building Material Sales on Lot 1, Block 1, Prida Plat located at 7100 Santa Maria Avenue and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

 

X.           RESOLUTIONS

 

13.    2008-R-131     Confirming the appointment/reappointment for a member of the Fire Fighters’ & Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission of the City of Laredo to serve a three (3) year period effective November 3, 2008 to November 2, 2011.

 

14.    2008-R-132     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a Memorandum of Understanding, attached hereto as Exhibit A, between the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Laredo Police Department regarding Texas Crime Information Center (TCIC) stolen license plate and stolen vehicle information.  Information will be used to support the electronic license plate reader.

 

XI.          MOTIONS

 

15.    Authorizing the City Manager to solicit Requests for Proposals from interested parties to convert the Airport Passenger Terminal Parking Lot located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop from free to pay parking. The proposal specifications will include that the proponent manages, operate, and make all the necessary infrastructure improvements to collect parking fees to include making an advance payment to the City of Laredo Airport Fund in the amount of $500,000.00. Airport employees and tenant employees shall park free and the initial two (2) hours of parking shall be free to the public.

 

16.    Authorizing the City Manager to submit a Notice of Intent application to the Federal Aviation Administration under the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Non-Hub Pilot Program which is regulated by FAR Part 158.30 to (1) increase the current PFC collection level from $3.00 to $4.50 per enplaned revenue passenger, (2) increase the PFC eligible projects, (3) increase the eligible collection amount by $7,854,865.00 and (4) extend the PFC expiration to June 2022 or until the collected PFC revenue equals the allowable reimbursable cost of the approved projects.

 

17.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute individual contracts with the following Third Party Funding Recipients, totaling $465,702.50 for FY 2008-2009.  Funding is available in the General Fund: 

Area Health Education Center                                                        $15,000.00

BEST                                                                                        $10,000.00

Bethany House                                                                                  $18,500.00

BigBrother/Sister of South Texas                                                    $  5,000.00

BANC                                                                                                   $28,125.00

Boys & Girls Clubs                                                                             $41,000.00

Boys Scouts of America                                                                    $  5,000.00

Casa de Misericordia                                                                         $11,000.00

Catholic Social Services                                                                   $  5,000.00

Children’s Advocacy Center                                                            $22,500.00

Girl Scouts of South Texas                                                               $  5,000.00

Habitat for Humanity                                                                         $10,500.00

Imaginarium of South Texas                                                           $50,000.00

Kidney Foundation                                                                            $15,000.00

Laredo Amateur Boxing                                                                    $10,000.00

Laredo Crime Stoppers                                                                     $  1,000.00

Laredo Little Theatre                                                                          $31,740.00

Laredo Philharmonic Chorale                                                         $  3,200.00

LISD Crime Stoppers                                                                         $  1,000.00

Literacy Volunteers                                                                            $  2,625.00

Sacred Heart Children’s Home                                                       $15,000.00

SCAN                                                                                       $13,500.00

South Texas Food Bank                                                                   $25,875.00

Special Olympics                                                                               $  5,000.00

STCADA                                                                                  $  5,000.00

TX Migrant Council Safe Haven                                                        $10,000.00

Veteran’s Coalition                                                                            $80,000.00

*Club Olympia                                                                                    $  4,500.00

*Holding Institute                                                                              $  4,500.00

*Laredo Regional Food Bank                                                        $  8,437.50

*Laredo Webb NHS                                                                          $  2,700.00

TOTAL                                                                                                 $465,702.50

*These organizations did not complete program requirements; therefore, their fund levels were reduced by 10%. 

 

18.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute individual contracts with the following Hotel/Motel Tax Fund Recipients totaling $476,149 for                 FY 2008-2009.  Funding is available in the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund.

Border Olympics                                                         $   70,000.00

Chamber of Commerce/Cola Blanca                                 $   25,000.00

Laredo Center for the Arts                                                    $ 150,000.00

Laredo Heat Youth Soccer Association                                         $   17,283.00

Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra                                          $   46,800.00

Lulac 12                                                                                   $   10,000.00

Lulac 7                                                                         $     7,283.00

Mexican Cultural Institute                                                     $     9,783.00

Society of Martha Washington                                            $   10,000.00

Streets of Laredo                                                                    $   15,000.00

WBCA                                                                          $   60,000.00

Webb County Heritage Found.                                            $   55,000.00

TOTAL                                                                                     $ 476,149.00 

 

 

19.    Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2007 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan by reprogramming 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th Action Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant Fund balances totaling $150,000.00  to be used toward the design of a Recreational Complex at the Laredo Community College South Campus.  CDBG fund balances proposed to be reprogrammed to include:

 

24th AY , FY 1998 Community Development Block Grant (Fund Balances)

 

Tinaja Chacon Pilot Channel                                                          $12,499.00

East Hachar Recreation Center                                                      $  2,390.00

Total                                                                                                     $14,889.00

  

25th AY , FY 1999 Community Development Block Grant (Fund Balances)

Code Enforcement                                                                            $         4.00

Total                                                                                                     $         4.00

 

26th AY, FY 2000 Community Development Block Grant (Fund Balances) 

Community Development Administration                                     $     487.00

Housing Rehabilitation Administration                                          $       76.00

Code Enforcement                                                                            $  1,081.00

Graffiti Removal                                                                                 $  1,244.00

Centro Iturbide Street Improvements                                              $31,707.00

Ryan St. Railroad Bridge Improvements                                       $  1,184.00

Feasibility Study                                                                     $         1.00

Chacon Creek Improvements                                                          $         1.00

Sidewalks                                                                                            $  5,012.00

South Laredo Park                                                                             $  3,620.00

Riverfront Project                                                                               $     600.00

Total                                                                                                     $45,013.00

 

27th AY, FY 2001 Community Development Block Grant (Fund Balances)

Community Development Administration                                     $  6,388.00

Code Enforcement                                                                            $     645.00

Graffiti Removal                                                                                 $       48.00

Ejido Street Extension                                                                       $  4,745.00

Inner City Park                                                                                    $         1.00

Lafayette Linear Park                                                                                    $     195.00

Total                                                                                                     $12,022.00

 

28th AY, FY 2002 Community Development Block Grant (Fund Balances)

Housing Rehabilitation Administration                                          $  1,076.00

Code Enforcement                                                                            $     262.00

School Sidewalks                                                                              $     603.00

Zacate Creek  Phases III, IV, V                                                        $34,937.00

Cielito Lindo Fire Station Ambulance                                            $     340.00

Hamilton Hotel Section 108 Loan Reimbursement                     $     560.00

South Laredo Park - Phase II                                                           $  1,082.00

El Cuatro Phase II                                                                              $         1.00

Farias Splash Playground                                                          $        1.00

Total                                                                                                     $38,862.00   

 

29th AY, FY 2003 Community Development Block Grant (Fund Balances)

 

Community Development Administration                                     $  1,659.00

Graffiti Removal                                                                                 $         3.00

Sidewalks                                                                                            $  4,528.00

Zacate Creek Park                                                                             $  2,838.00

Inner City Park – Phase II                                                                 $     117.00

S. Salvador Neighborhood Park                                                      $         1.00

Lafayette Park Lighting                                                                     $         1.00

Eistetter Park                                                                                       $         1.00

Farias Community Center                                                                $27,121.00

South Laredo Park Lighting                                                                         $  2,050.00

Riverfront Project                                                                               $     891.00

Total                                                                                                     $39,210.00

 

Total of Funds to be Reprogrammed                                          $150,000.00

 

20.    Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $555,623.97 to increase the quantity of concrete pavement to be reconstructed and to add forty-five (45) calendar days to the construction contract with Price Construction, Ltd., Big Springs, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport Runway 14/32 Reconstruction.  Current construction contract amount is $2,928,418.48.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – Improvements Other Than Buildings – Grant No. 53. 

 

21.    Consideration for approval of amendment no. 2 an increase of $34,336.00 for additional construction support services and resident project representative services to the professional services contract with Carter & Burgess, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport Runway 14/32 Reconstruction.  Total professional services contract amount will be $367,849.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – Project Engineer Fees – Grant No. 51.  

 

22.    Consideration for approval of amendment no. 4 an increase of $146,635.00 to the professional services contract with Architectura SA, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the Clinical/Laboratory Expansion and Renovation for the City of Laredo Health Department for design services to include new parking lot at west side and interior design services for dental clinic, coordination of all dental equipment infrastructure with drawings and for windows and plumbing.  Current engineering contract amount is $689,427.00.  Funding is available in the UTHSC-SA Dental Clinic Construction.  

 

23.    Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional services contract to TBG, Inc., from San Antonio, Texas, in an amount not to exceed $270,000.00 for the development of a construction plan for the Phase I improvements of Independence Hills Park.  Funding is available through the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Funds.

 

 

24.    Considerations to award a contract to the sole provider, McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Houston, Texas, in the amount of $135,00.00 for the refurbishing of four (4) refuse trucks. Extensive repairs are needed in order to maintain these units in operational condition.  It is anticipated that these repairs will provide three (3) to four (4) years of additional operational use.  Funding is available in the Fleet Management Budget.

 

25.    Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract FY07-162 awarded to McNeilus Truck, Hutchins, Texas, for OEM McNeilus repair parts/service (refuse trucks) in the estimated annual amount of $90,000.00.  All parts and service will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget. 

 

26.    Consideration to exercise the renewal option for an additional twelve (12) month period for contract FY08-001 awarded to Nick Benavides, Laredo, TX, on November 5, 2007, in the total amount of $68,950.00 for providing monthly mowing and maintenance of the Zacate Creek areas. The term of the contract was for a period of twelve (12) months with the option to extend this contract for two (2) additional twelve (12) month periods.  The contract includes the collection of trash, debris, rubbish, and other floatable material along the creek from Meadow and Canal Streets to the mouth of the river.   Funding is available in the Environmental Service Department Budget.   

 

27.    Consideration to authorize a professional service contract with Bexar County Forensic Science Center, San Antonio, TX, in the estimated annual amount of $140,000.00 for criminal investigation laboratory services for the Police Department.  All services are requested on an as needed basis.  Services include examination of evidence involving: arson, controlled substances, DNA, firearms, tool marks, toxicology, serology, and other services required for criminal investigations.    Funding is available in the Police Department Budget.

 

28.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Webb County to incarcerate prisoners at the Webb County Jail which are arrested for Class C misdemeanor violations.  The current agreement sets a daily rate of $56.84 per day per prisoner.  The daily rate is subject to change in accordance with the rate allowed by the United States Government for incarcerating federal prisoners in the Webb County Jail.  The term of this agreement shall be for a period of one (1) year.  Funding is available in the Police Department Budget.

 

29.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the Laredo Development Foundation in the amount of $473,000.00 for Fiscal Year 2008-2009.  Funding is available from the General Fund in the amount of $425,000.00 and the Bridge Fund in the amount of $48,000.00.       

 

30.    Awarding a construction contract to Austin Engineering Co., Inc. Austin, Texas; in the amount of $962,730.00 for the 24” Sanitary Sewer Line Along FM 1472 – Mines Road.  The project consists of approximately 1157 linear feet of 24” sewer line, retaining wall, concrete piers, steel structures, manholes, storm water pollution prevention and incidentals. The contract time is 180 calendar days.  Funding is available in the 2007 Utility Sewer Bond.

 

31.    Motion instructing staff to cancel the Municipal Water Park Project and to transfer the appropriation for the acquisition of a trolley for the downtown area at an estimated cost of $370,000.00 and dividing the balance of $630,000.00 equally among the eight (8) City Council Members Districts for Discretionary Funding.

 

32.    Consideration to award a contract for downtown concessions to Carlos Becerra to provide food and non alcoholic beverages at the corner of Convent and Iturbide for a term of two (2) years at a monthly rate of $515.00.  Mr. Becerra was selected based on his bid proposal and his good standing as a current concessionaire.

 

33.    Consideration to authorize a contract with T.F. Harper & Associates, LP, through the BuyBoard Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing, in the total amount not to exceed $225,000.00 for the design, purchase and installation of two (2) steel basketball shade structures at Blas Castañeda Park and Canizales Park.  Funding is available through the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

34.    Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract for public relations, marketing and advertising services with PM Design Group in the base amount of $88,800.00 and not to exceed a total contract amount of $300,000.00 for Fiscal Year 2008-2009.  Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau Operating Budget.

 

35.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the Laredo Animal Protective Society otherwise known as the Laredo Animal Shelter, totaling $300,000.00 for Fiscal Year 2008-2009.  Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

36.    Consideration to award annual supply contract to Graybar Electric, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $50,000.00 for the purchase of electrical parts and accessories through the U.S. Communities Purchasing Alliance Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing.  This contract will supplement the department’s electrical maintenance capabilities.  Funding is available in the Water and Wastewater Operations Fund.

 

37.    Consideration to renew contract FY07-035 currently awarded to Rafter P. Transport, New Braunfels, Texas, in the estimated amount of $81,250.00 to load and haul dry sludge from the Jefferson Water Treatment Plant to the City of Laredo landfill.  The frequency and number of hours vary depending on the City’s need but the contract is based on a base bid of $6.00 per cubic yard of material.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department – Water Treatment Division Budget.

 

38.    Consideration to amend the contract award to Philpott Motors, Port Neches, TX, for the purchase of thirty-two (32) police sedans to include a pursuit safety equipment package for each vehicle in the amount of $87,843.52.   The revised contract award will increase from $802,924.16 to $890,767.68.  These vehicles will be purchased through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative purchasing program contract number VE03-06.  Funding is available in the 2008 C.O. Bond Proceeds.

 

 

XII.         GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

39.     

a.     

A.           Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

1.       Establishing the creation of a "Shop Laredo First" initiative to promote the local economy during these challenging economic times.

 

2.       Discussion with possible action to establish a committee to promote the film making industry to produce filming movies, documentaries, etc., to promote the positive image of our city.

 

3.       Discussion with possible action on the maintenance of El Metro fleet. 

 

4.       Discussion with possible action to develop programs of activities for senior citizens at the City's Recreation Centers. 

 

B.           Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.    Discussion with possible action on the subsidizing of the units of the Hamilton Hotel.

 

C.           Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.       Discussion with possible action on allocating funds for the 46th National US/Mexico Sister Cities Conference and for the Sister Cities Youth Conference to be held in Laredo during the week of January 21-25, 2009.

 

D.           Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.       Report history and progress plans for the conclusion of the Colonia Villa Hermosa Project with possible action.

 

E.           Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.       Discussion with possible action on the status of La Retama Phase II waterline replacements.

 

2.       Status report on the fencing project at the Jose A. Flores Apartments.


 

F.            Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.       Discussion with possible action on creating a resolution supporting Ponderosa Regional Landfill, and directing the City Manager to draft and submit a cover letter of support to TCEQ. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Mike Garza)

 

2.       Discussion with possible action on securing an airport hanger for use by the Laredo Police SWAT Team for equipment, vehicle storage and personnel use. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

3.       Discussion with possible action on creating an annual homestead exemption for those 65 years and older, disabled, and/or veterans based on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector Garcia and Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

4.       Discussion with possible action on authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Texas A&M University College Station for a secondary water and wastewater treatment Pilot Program administered by Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).

 

G.           Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Jose A. Valdez, Jr.

1.       Discussion with possible action regarding police patrol in private subdivisions.

 

 

XIII.       STAFF REPORTS

40.     

A.   Discussion with possible action to consider Police Lieutenant Pedro Sarmiento’s second request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073 (b) of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

B.   Discussion with possible action regarding the Civic Center concession operations.

 

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

                       

41.    Motion to waive bus fare collection to and from the HEB “Feast of Sharing” Sunday, November 23, 2008 as participation by the City of Laredo co-sponsoring this event.  HEB will provide a $1,500.00 contribution to offset the fares.  The shuttle will start at the Transit Center, 1301 Farragut to and from the Civic Center from 9:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m.

 

42.    Authorizing the City Manager to waive the parking fee for persons attending the 11th annual UETA Jamboozie Festival and implementing a flat fee charge of $300.00 to the Streets of Laredo Urban Mall Association for personnel costs, overtime and extra security for traffic and crowd control for the use of the parking facility on Saturday, January 24, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

           

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

 

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, October 29, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary