CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2009-R-08

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

May 4, 2009

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 April 20, 2009

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

 

Recognizing Hector “Hurricane” Ferreyro for winning the IBC World Heavyweight Title Boxing Event against Cissie “Cool C” Salif.

 

Recognizing Miguel T. Ramirez, Laredo Morning Times, for his 35 years of service, long-standing and sound journalism career.

 

Recognizing Amparo Gutierrez Elementary School Gators Basketball Team for their undefeated season and City Championships.

 

Recognizing †Fernando D. Gutierrez, Sr., Central Drug Company, in appreciation for services to the Laredo community, his state and country, honoring  the profession as a pharmacist, and exemplary citizen of Laredo.

 

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 Tim Schmidt, CEO, Doctor’s Hospital to the Blue Ribbon Health Committee replacing Abe Martinez, CEO, LMC.

 

b.      Appointment by Mayor Pro-Tempore Jose A. Valdez, Jr. to the Third Party Funding.

 

c.      Appointment by Mayor Pro-Tempore Jose A. Valdez, Jr. to the Laredo Commission for Women replacing Carmen Treviño.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for accessory parking on Lot 13, Block 6, Indian Sunset Subdivision Phase 11, located at 12921 Mohawk Drive.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit, with a six (6) month expiration date.

 

2.          Amending the City of Laredo FY 2009 Airport Construction Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-56-09 in the amount of $8,000,000.00 to rehabilitate Runway 17R/35L at the Laredo International Airport and appropriating said grant revenue to the appropriate revenue and expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  No local match is required for this grant. (Approved by Finance Committee)

 

3.          Amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2008-2009 Budget by adding one (1) full-time equivalent position, being a Chief of Dental Health Services with benefits, in lieu of contractual services to more efficiently meet the oral health needs of the community.  Funds in the amount of $66,000.00 are available through the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) contract between the City of Laredo Health Department and the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School for the remainder of the fiscal year, funding is renewable for another two (2) years for a total of four (4) years as per the MOU signed February 25, 2008.  Funding for the second year is subject to future appropriations.  (Approved by Finance Committee)

 

4.          Accepting four hundred nineteen thousand four hundred fifty dollars ($419,450.00) in funds from the South Texas Development Council; amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2008-2009 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of four hundred nineteen thousand four hundred fifty dollars ($419,450.00) in funds from the South Texas Development Council for continuation of the department’s HIV/Ryan White Program which provides medical care, case management and supportive care and amending the City of Laredo Health Department Budget by adding a full-time equivalent position, being one (1) Health Educator Supervisor with benefits for the term period beginning April 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010. (Approved by Finance Committee)

 

5.          Amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2008-2009 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenses in the amount of fifty two thousand one hundred twenty five dollars ($52,125.00) for the Community Preparedness Section/ Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Discretionary Fund from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the term period beginning June 1, 2009 through November 30, 2009. (Approved by Finance Committee)

 

6.          Amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2008-2009 annual budget by increasing revenues and expenses in the current contract from the Texas Department of State Health Services by one hundred forty seven thousand three hundred fifty eight dollars ($147,358.00) in additional funds not to exceed a total of four million six hundred ninety two thousand three hundred eighty six dollars ($4,692,386.00) [four million two hundred fifty eight thousand four hundred five dollars ($4,258,405.00) (6008) and four hundred thirty three thousand nine hundred eighty one dollars ($433,981.00) (6009)] for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program for the City of Laredo Health Department beginning October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009. (Approved by Finance Committee)

 

7.          Providing community residents an opportunity to comment on their housing and community needs and the projects that they wish to see funded for fiscal year 2009-2010, with funds totaling an estimated $4,900,000.00 to be received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in support of the preparation and submission of the 2009 Consolidated One Year Action Plan to HUD.  The actual formula allocations from HUD have yet to be released; however, the City anticipates receiving funding levels similar to the 2008-2009 program year.  The following estimated amounts are being used solely for planning purposes:

 

·        Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)                $3,500,000.00

·        HOME Investment Partnerships Grant (HOME)               $1,200,000.00

·        Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)                                         $160,000.00

·        American Dream Downpayment Initiative Program (ADDI)     $5,000.00

 

8.          Authorizing the City Manager to accept (1) a donation from H-E-B Tournament Of Champions (TOC) in the amount of $5,000.00 to support the Laredo Public Library’s HEB Multi Purpose Room and (2) a grant from Humanities Texas in the amount of $1,000.00 to help fund the 6th Annual Laredo Poetry Festival and   amending the City of Laredo FY 2008-2009 Friends of the Library budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures by $11,000.00, inclusive of $5,000.00 for future contributions.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

9.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute cattle grazing lease with A/C Cattle Co., Laredo, Texas for approximately 220 acres of undeveloped land located in Northwest Laredo in the Pinto Valle Area, next to the International Fire Training/ Public Safety facility.  The lease term is for five (5) years commencing on June 1, 2009, with the option of two (2) one year terms; the annual rent shall be $1,760.00.

 

10.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an assignment of the lease agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and IRCO Corporation, as Lessee, approved by Ordinance No. 92-O-182 dated October 5, 1992 to the approximate 97,183 square feet of land including approximately 28,000 square of building space known as Building No. 1315 located at 2015 Pappas at the Laredo International Airport. The lease term is for twenty five  (25) years commencing on June 1, 1992 and ending May 31, 2017 with one, ten (10) year renewal extension until May 31, 2027. Said assignment is from IRCO Corporation, as Assignor to Adex Trading, Inc. as Assignee. All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.  

 

11.      Adding new Article VII(A) [Parental Responsibility] to Chapter 21 [offenses and miscellaneous provisions] of the Code of Ordinances, containing the following new sections, namely, Section 21-146 containing definitions; Section 21-147 specifying the offenses; Section 21-148 providing for affirmative defense; & Section 21-149 providing for the penalty; and providing for effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

12.       

2009-O-065 Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2008-2009 Full Time Equivalent Positions (FTE) by reclassifying one (1) Police Sergeant to the position of one (1) Police Investigator in the Laredo Police Department’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.  There is no cost to the City of Laredo’s General Fund.  Funding is available from within the HIDTA Program Division 223-2317.

  

2009-O-068 Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2009 Certificate of Obligation Series 2005 Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $190,000.00.  Available funds are from a reimbursement of a prior period expense.  The funds will be used for the acquisition of a time and attendance system including software and hardware and computer hardware for the Fire Department.

 

2009-O-069 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 9 & 10, Block 1703, Eastern Division, located at 2806 Laredo Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is a child day care.  District II

 

2009-O-070 Amending Ordinance No. 2003-O-052 authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a welding shop on Lot 1, Block 22, Moreno Addition, located at 1417 Harding Avenue, by amending the provisions to extend the five (5) year expiration date; providing for publication and effective date. District II (AS AMENDED)

 

2009-O-071 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.93 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located west of US Highway 83 and north of Riverhill Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is commercial.  District III

 

2009-O-072 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the south twenty-eight (28) feet of Lots 3 & 4 and the north twenty-seven (27) feet of Lots 5 & 6, Block 495, Eastern Division, located at 4416 Maryland Avenue, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-family Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is apartments or a duplex.  District IV

 

2009-O-073 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.6 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located at 211 E. Ash Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is a bus transportation facility.  District IV     

                                                                                                             

2009-O-074 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for the Laredo Independent School District Food Service Facility on all Block 425, Eastern Division, located at 101 W. Saunders Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.  District V

 

2009-O-075 Amending Chapter 32, Vehicle for Hire, Article II, taxicabs, operating authority, Section 32-20, transfer of operating authority, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, adding that background checks must be obtained on transferor before any transferring of taxicab permit, that processing time may take up to 60 days, and that all permit transfers shall be processed  60 calendar days before renewal date, otherwise current permit holder shall renew permit and then process transfer, Section 32-29 (H) suspension and revocation of annual permit, adding ten days for revocation appeal to the City Manager, Section 32-35 (I), taxicab driver’s license, application, adding “charged or” and replacing the word “permit” with “license”, and to provide for severability, publication and effective date.

 

2009-O-076 Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Foreign-Trade Zone Operations Agreement with South Texas Traffic, Inc.; as Zone Site Operator of Site No. 3 located at 8501 Killam Industrial Blvd., effective May 1, 2009, and ending on September 30, 2009.  Providing for activation, administration and transaction fees to be paid to the City; providing for an effective date.

 

2009-O-077 Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Foreign-Trade Zone Operations Agreement with Connections Global Logistics, Inc., as Zone Site Operator of Site No. 3 located at 8202 Killam Industrial Blvd., effective May 1, 2009, and ending on September 30, 2009.  Providing for activation, administration and transaction fees to be paid to the City; providing for an effective date.

 

2009-O-078 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1 Prida Plat, located at 7100 Santa Maria Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is a lease for warehouse storage.  District VII

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

13.      2009-R-045 A resolution by the City Council of the City of Laredo in support of the United States Department of Homeland Security’s use of the old Mercy Hospital Building for their operational and training activities.

 

14.      2009-R-046 Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration in the amount of $8,000,000.00 and to accept said grant for the Rehabilitation of Runway 17R/ 35L at the Laredo International Airport.  No local match is required for this American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus) grant. (Approved by both Operations and Finance Committees)

 

15.      2009-R-048 Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to obtain a grant in the amount of $10,000,000.00, and a loan in the amount of $10,000,000.00 to purchase water rights. (Approved by both Operations and Finance Committees)

 

16.      2009-R-051 Authorizing the City Manager to execute the termination of the maintenance & monitoring agreement dated January 4, 2007 [which agreement is recorded in Volume 2269, pp. 622-630, Official Property Records of Webb County, Texas] in the form attached as Exhibit 1, and accepting the payment of $60,790.00 by Norez Ltd. in lieu of detention requirements; Environmental Services Department recommends that the $60,790.00 be used for the improvements in the Upper Zacate Creek Multipurpose Detention Pond.

 

17.      2009-R-052 Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of eight (8) parcels of land for the Calton Road Grade Separation Project, said parcels of land being described as follows:

 

Tract 1. A tract of land containing 0.13 acres (5,854.87 sq. ft.) more or less, being out of that certain 1.50 acre tract of land conveyed to Gambit Bingo Partnership Ltd., recorded in Volume 280, Pages 816-819, Webb County Deed Records, Texas, situated in Survey 1026, J. F. Fuentes Original Grantee Abstract 317, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Tract 2. A tract of land containing 0.46 acres (20,092.38 sq. ft.) more or less, being out of that certain 11.1784 acre tract of land conveyed to Yellow Freight System, Inc., recorded in Volume 545, Pages 62-64, Webb County Deed Records, Texas, situated in Survey 1026, J. F. Fuentes Original Grantee Abstract 317, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Tract 3. A tract of land containing 0.37 acres (15,946.98 Sq. Ft.) more or less, being out of that certain 6.6924 acre tract of land conveyed to United States Cold Storage, LP., a Texas Limited Partnership, described in General Warranty Deed, recorded in Volume 1693, Pages 232-245, Webb County Deed Records, Texas, situated in Survey 1238, E. Garza Original Grantee, Abstract 425, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Tract 4. A tract of land containing 0.16 acres (6,862.98 Sq. Ft.) more or less, being out of the remaining portion of that certain 0.5173 acre tract of land conveyed to Agustin Maldonado, Jr. Trustee, recorded in Volume 579, Pages 543-544, Webb County Deed Records, Texas, situated in Survey 1238, E. Garza Original Grantee Abstract 425, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Tract 5. A tract of land containing 0.01 acres (251.16 Sq. Ft.) more or less, being out of a 2.6924 Acre tract of land shown in Central Power & Light Company Subdivision Plat recorded in Volume 17, Pages 32, Webb County Map Records, Texas, situated in Survey 1238, E. Garza Original Grantee Abstract 425, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Tract 6. A tract of land containing 0.02 acres (816.65 Sq. Ft.) more or less, being out of a 2.6924 Acre tract of land shown in Central Power & Light Company Subdivision Plat recorded in Volume 17, Pages 32, Webb County Map Records, Texas, situated in Survey 1238, E. Garza Original Grantee Abstract 425, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Tract 7. A tract of land containing 0.37 acres (15,908.62 Sq. Ft.) more or less, being 0.34 acres out of that certain 9.4675 Acre tract of land conveyed to Central Power & Light Co., recorded in Volume 396, Pgs 77-86, Webb County Deed Records and 0.03 Acres out of that certain 1.3118 acre tract of land conveyed to Central Power and Light Co., recorded in Volume 400, Pages 228-231, Webb County Deed Records, Texas, situated in Survey 1238, E Garza Original Grantee, Abstract 425 and Survey 1026, J. F. Fuentes Original Grantee Abstract 317, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Tract 8. A tract of land containing 0.01 acres (303.36 Sq. Ft.) more or less, being out of a 7.813 Acre tract conveyed to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., recorded in Volume 28, Pages 11-14, Webb County Deed Records, Texas, situated in Survey 1238, E. Garza Original Grantee, Abstract 425 and Survey 1026, J.F. Fuentes Original Grantee, Abstract 317, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and

each of said eight (8) tracts is more particularly described by metes and bounds in Exhibits 1 to 8, inclusive, attached to this resolution; and

authorizing staff to negotiate with the owners for the acquisition of said parcels by purchase at their market values established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser; and

authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire one or more of said parcels if staff is unable to acquire one or more due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate a listed owner.

 

18.      2009-R-053 Accepting a grant in the amount of $20,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for enforcement of Vehicle Occupant Protection during the Click It or Ticket Campaign amending the City of Laredo’s FY09 Annual Budget in the amount of $20,000.00.   This grant is for overtime salaries, including fringe benefits, and is funded 100% by the Texas Department of Transportation. (Approved by Finance Committee)

 

 

 

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

19.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Jerry Resendez Enterprises, Inc., Laredo, Texas in the amount of $1,062,290.11 for the India Avenue Drainage, Utilities, Widening and Paving Improvements. Construction contract time is one hundred sixty (160) working days after notice to proceed is issued. Funding is available in the 2007 Environmental Services C.O. and Water and Sewer Bond.

 

20.      Consideration to award annual supply contract FY09-034 to the low bidders, Executive Office Supply, Laredo, Texas and Patria Office Supply, Laredo, Texas for the purchase of general office supplies.  The term of this contract shall be for a period of one (1) year with a renewal option for an additional twelve (12) month period upon mutual agreement.  Funding is available in the office supply line item budgets for the respective departments. (Approved by both Operations and Finance Committees)

 

21.      Consideration to award contract number FY09-045 to Envirodyne Laboratories, Houston, Texas in the estimated annual amount of $130,000.00, for providing laboratory analytical services for water and wastewater samples in accordance to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved standard methods.  The testing laboratory will be responsible for sample handling analysis, and reporting for a wide range of environmental parameters in soil, water, and sludge samples for both water and wastewater applications.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget. (Approved by both Operations and Finance Committees)

 

22.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Closner Construction Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $1,305,630.80 for the Rosario Street Potable Water, Wastewater Collection and Stormwater Improvements Project. Construction contract time is one hundred eighty (180) working days after notice to proceed is issued.  Funding is available in the 2007 Environmental Services C.O. and 2008 Water and Sewer Bonds. (Approved by Finance Committee)

 

23.      Consideration for approval of change order no.3, an increase of $32,589.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, release of retainage, acceptance of the McPherson Road Widening North of Del Mar Blvd., Phase II, Step “C” (Mahogany Dr. to Shiloh Dr.) and approval of final payment in the amount of $90,742.97 to Rhino Builders, Ltd., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $1,119,668.50.  Funding is available in the 2004 Transit C.O., Project #TRMAHO. (Approved by Finance Committee)

 

24.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s 34th AY, 2008 Consolidated One Year Action Plan to include additional funding in the amount of $1,490,976.00 in Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) funds authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The intent of the HPRP program is to assist homeless individuals and families who reside in the community, or those on the verge of becoming homeless, by providing rental assistance, security deposits, utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, motel and hotel vouchers, and housing relocation and stabilization services. (Approved by Finance Committee)

 

25.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s 2008 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan for the purpose of reprogramming Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds totaling $1,020,000.00 to facilitate the design and construction of the South Laredo Branch Public Library.  Funds to be reprogrammed derive from 27th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, and 34th Action Year CDBG fund balances from completed projects, and the cancellation of certain CDBG funded projects as noted below.

 

cdBG Project Fund Balances

 

27th AY

Demolition of Substandard Buildings                                                $1,856.00

 

29th AY

Demolition of Substandard Buildings                                                $1,507.00

Garcia-Vela Park Lighting                                                     $18,450.00

Farias Community Center                                                       $2,206.00

Total 29th AY Fund Balances                                                  $22,163.00

 

30th AY

Community Development Administration                              $1,282.00

Housing Rehabilitation Administration                                                  $390.00

Code Enforcement                                                                                       $3.00

Housing Rehabilitation Loans                                                         $43,900.00

Plaza Theatre Improvements                                                                     $ 1.00

Ejido Street Extension                                                                         $5,458.00

Lafayette Spray Park Improvements                                                     $833.00

Cigarroa Recreation Center                                                             $18,478.00

Total 30th AY Fund Balances                                                  $70,345.00

 

31st AY

C D Administration                                                                                  $919.00

Housing Rehabilitation Administration                                                    $55.00

Code Enforcement                                                                               $1,732.00

ADA Sidewalk Improvements                                                                $711.00

Milmo Street Improvements                                                                $2,800.00

Demolition of Substandard Buildings                                                   $861.00

Zero Depth Water Park – Lyon & San Francisco                                $704.00

Total 31st AY Fund Balances                                                     $7,782.00

 

32nd AY

Community Development Administration                                        $37,502.00

Housing Rehabilitation Administration                                             $30,910.00

Code Enforcement                                                                             $28,750.00

Graffiti Removal                                                                                    $2,061.00

Automotive                                                                                                 $23.00

Total 32nd AY Fund Balances                                                  $99,246.00

 

33rd AY

Community Development Administration                                       $48,608.00

 

Cancelled CDBG Projects

Laredo Family Recovery Center (32nd AY)                                   $300,000.00

Laredo Community College Recreational Complex (33rd AY) $150,000.00

Cielito Lindo Park Improvements (34th AY)                                  $100,000.00

Riverhills Parkland Acquisition (34th AY)                                      $220,000.00

 

TOTAL FUNDS TO BE REPROGRAMMED                        $1,020,000.00

(Approved by Finance Committee)

 

26.      Consideration to award contract FY09-037 to the lowest bidder, Altius Group Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $72,710.60, for the complete replacement of a deteriorated steel building located at the South Side Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The contract vendor will be required to demolish the current steel building and erect a new pre-fabricated steel building.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department 2006 Utilities Revenue Bond. (Approved by Finance Committee)

 

27.      Requesting authorization to waive $128.35 of penalty and interest in accordance with Section 33.011(a) of the Property Tax Code.  The Webb County Appraisal District committed the act or omission which caused or resulted in the taxpayer’s failure to pay the tax before delinquency.  Tax account 900-90221-113.  The property owner is Guillermo Cavazos.

 

XII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

28.       

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Presentation by Fernando Perez del Rio, Spontaneous Films, on Laredo becoming a film friendly City and the possibility of creating a film television commission in Laredo, with possible action.

 

2.           Presentation by Sylvia Bruni, on the Children’s Advocacy Center of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, with possible action.

 

             B.        Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Presentation of a detailed comparative city elections cost estimate for a May 2010 elections. Cost estimate to include a most probable city wide run off election and the scenario of a possible move of the LCC elections to November 2010. The comparison should be done to the cost of a November 2010 city elections in conjunction with all other political entities that plan elections in 2010. Further a report on the scheduling and cost of the expected special election for city council in District 7. (Presenters to include City Secretary Gustavo Guevara and Webb county elections administrator Oscar Villareal).

 

             C.        Request by Council Member Juan Narvaez

1.           Presentation by Sgt. 1st Class Jorge Martinez on the Texas Challenge Academy, with possible action.

 

             D.        Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Status report regarding an update of the Blas Castaneda Skate Park flaps, with possible action.

 

E.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on implementing a reverse 9-1-1 system.

 

2.           Status report with possible action regarding the extension of Shiloh.

 

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

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the implementation of a traffic signal light at Mines Road (FM 1472) and Verde Road.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action to sponsor a free Consumer Expo due to present economic conditions to be held at the Laredo Civic Center.

 

             G.        Request by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza

1.           Discussion with possible action on working with Laredo Main Street to create an arts and entertainment district at downtown Laredo.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on organizing a city wide belated welcome home celebration for all the veterans of WW II, Korean War and Vietnam War to be held on Veterans Day November 2009. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Juan Narvaez and Council Member Johnny Rendon)

 

 

XIII.           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.

 

29.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate the value of Lot 3A, Block 1004, Modern Industrial Park, Section 2, II, City of Laredo.

           

XIV.         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, April 29, 2009 at 6:15 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary