CITY OF LAREDO

                         CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                              M2000-R-13

                         CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                          1110 HOUSTON STREET

                          LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                             MAY 15, 2000

                               5:30 P.M.

    I.  CALL TO ORDER

 

        With a quorum present Mayor Elizabeth Flores called the meeting

        to order.

 

   II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

        Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

  III.  ROLL CALL

 

        In Attendance:

        Elizabeth G.  Flores,           Mayor

        Alfredo Agredano,               Councilmember, District I

        Louis H.  Bruni,                Councilmember, District II

        John C.  Galo,                  Councilmember, District III

        Johnny Amaya,                   Councilmember, District IV

        Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,             Councilmember, District V

        Joe A.  Guerra,                 Councilmember, District VI

        Mario G.  Alvarado,             Councilmember, District VII

        Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo,      Mayor Pro Tempore, District VIII

        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,           City Secretary

        Larry Dovalina,                 Acting City Manager

        Cynthia Collazo,                Acting City Manager

        Jaime Flores,                   City Attorney

 

   IV.  MINUTES

 

        Approval of the minutes of April 17, 2000 and April 20, 2000.

 

        Moved :  Cm.  Agredano

        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

    V.  COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

        Announcements

 

          Cm. Agredano was impressed with the completion of the water

          tank honoring the Cigarroa Toros.   He congratulated the City

          employees that assisted in the completion of the project.  He

          specifically thanked the Cigarroa Toros Parents' Support Group.

 

        Invitations

 

        Recognitions

 

        a.  Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of

            employees that retired from the City of Laredo with 20 years

            or more of service for the period of March, 2000.

 

            Mayor Flores and the City Council presented the following

            employees with a plaque of recognition for retiring from the

            City with 20 or more years of service:

 

            Maria F.  Arzamendi worked with the Building Department for

            21 years.  Guadalupe Briones, Jr. worked for the Public Works

            Department for 30 years.

 

            Aurora A.  Carrales worked for the Health Department for 26

            years.

 

            Juan P. Flores worked for the Public Works Department for 25

            years.

 

            Andres J.  Garcia worked for the Public Works Department for

            37 years.

 

            Jose L. Garcia worked for the Parks & Recreation for 38

            years.

 

            Jose O. Gonzalez, Jr. worked for the Engineering Department

            for 23 years.

 

            Gloria C. Gutierrez worked for the health Department for 22

            years.

 

            Donaciano Ibarra worked for the Public Works Department for

            29 years.

 

            Arturo Mata worked for the Public Works Department for 35

            years.

 

            John E. Orfila worked for the Community Development for 28

            years.

 

            Rumaldo A. Parra worked for the Public Works Department for

            32 years.

 

            Ricardo Pena worked for the Health Department for 21 years.

 

            Irma Reyes worked for the Health Department for 24 years.

 

            Reynaldo Venegas worked for the Public Works Department for

            24 years.

 

            Jose L. Villarreal worked for the Public Works Department for

            36 years.

 

        b.  Mayor Flores and the Council presented a Seven Flags

            Certificate of Recognition to students from Gutierrez

            Elementary.  The classroom worked hard to be the first class

            in history to maintain perfect attendance as a whole.

 

                     Mrs.  Dora Gallagher's 4th Grade Class

 

                Randee Arechiga                Daniela Mancha

                Oscar Chavez                   Anuron Mandal

                Bianca M. Cubriel              Angel Martinez

                Genaro Flores                  Christina A. Martinez

                Christina Maria Fuentes        Andrew C. Navarro

                Jorge J. Gallegos              Priscilla E. Palacios

                Karla A. Galvan                Carlos A. Rodriguez

                Javier Gernardo Gonzalez       Anthony A. Rofoogar

                Francisco X. Guevara           Margaret E. Rubio

                Barbara J. Lopez               Christopher Urruela Stauss

                Manuel A. Lopez                Gilberto Villarreal

 

        Communiques

 

        a.  Edna Garcia from South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug

            Abuse presented a video on cancer due to the use of tobacco.

            She stated that prevention was the answer.

 

        b.  Cm. Galo stated that he and Keith Selman had attended a

            Border Trade Alliance meeting to garner support for the city

            of Laredo.  He is concerned about the lack of representation

            for Laredo. He encouraged citizens to be cognizant of all

            committee meetings so Laredo will have a voice in all issues

            that affect Laredo.

 

        c.  Cindy Collazo reported on the North America International

            Trade Corridor Program.  She stated that representatives from

            all areas were in attendance.  She added that they exchanged

            ideas that will enhance our community.

 

        d.  Francisco Romanos, Jr., a concerned citizen, asked the

            Council to consider creating an ordinance naming streets and

            parks after brave men and women from Laredo who served our

            country.

 

        e.  Chief Agustin Dovalina read the following speech:

 

            "Greater Love hast no man..." is the proud epitaph emblazoned

            upon the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial in

            Washington, D.  C.

 

            It is not only an inspirational Biblical passage but the true

            epitome of why it is that we observe a police Memorial Day

            today.  Ladies and Gentlemen, it was 38 years ago today that

            President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation

            design ating May 15 as National Peace Officers' Memorial Day

            and it exists today to honor America's fallen heroes; those

            brave men and women in law enforcement who were killed in the

            line of duty protecting the lives and property of there of

            their fellow citizens.

 

            According to the latest statistics, there's been a dramatic

            drop in the Nation's Crime rate.  However, despite these good

            news, the number of law enforcement officers killed in the

            line of duty does not reflect this substantial reprieve from

            crime.

 

            It is truly heartening to report that crime in America

            continues on a steady decline thanks to our law enforcement

            officers who continue to do a better job than ever before.  I

            have to tell you though, that while the lives of most

            Americans have gott en a lot safer, it is certainly

            disheartening to note that the same does not hold true of our

            law enforcers.

 

            The latest news on Police deaths reminds us that the price

            for a safer American is being paid for by the blood of our

            law enforcement officers.  Our Nation's courageous crime

            fighters appear to be winning the war, but they are doing so

            at the very considerable cost.

 

            More than 1,200 federal, State, and Local Law enforcement

            officers have lost their lives in the performance of duty.

            That averages out to 158 police deaths each year, or one

            officer killed somewhere in American roughly every 54 hours.

            I should note that eleven of the officers killed in line of

            duty deaths in 1999 alone were women, the second highest

            annual total ever recorded in a single year.

 

            Ladies and gentlemen, despite the fact that the number of law

            enforcement officer deaths dropped to its lowest level in

            more than 30 years, there will be 280 new names added to the

            National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial in Washington, D.

            C. this y ear including 134 officers who were killed in the

            line of duty in 1999.  The figures represent the deaths of

            too many officers who are husbands & wives; sons & daughters,

            mothers & fathers; brothers and sister, and friends who have

            been killed in lin e of duty deaths.  Nonetheless, we don the

            badge of law enforcer and continue to serve proudly.

 

            These figures serve to remind us that given the nature of our

            jobs in law enforcement, we must remain cognizant of the

            daily realization that our mortality is at the height of risk

            at any given moment.  Yet, the sometimes grim prospect of

            returning t o our homes after shifts' end does not, and

            should not, deter us from performing to the best of our

            abilities - - it didn't deter those that we honor today from

            doing so.

 

            At the recent funeral of a brother officer killed during a

            domestic violence arrest in another jurisdiction, a chaplain

            commented on the death of the officer stating that "killing a

            law enforcement officer fractures the very foundation upon

            which our society is built and rips apart the very basic

            fabric from which our society is made.  He added that

            "killing a cop demonstrates the epitome of sheer contempt for

            God who Created the world and the laws provided." His words

            certainly provided some measure of comfort to a grieving

            community and serve to remind our law enforcers that our work

            is truly appreciated.

 

            I believe that it is Shakespeare who said "Evil Flourishes

            when good men do nothing..." I submit to you Ladies &

            Gentlemen that your law enforcement officers, those that we

            honor today, are certainly the "good men" characterized by

            this eloquent Shakespearean passage.  They did not stand by

            and "do nothing" while the scourge of "evil flourished"; they

            did not choose the path of least resistance in the

            performance of their duties, they did not cower in the face

            of danger.  Those "Good Men" and wo men , guardian angels in

            uniform, stood between us and crime; stared into the face of

            danger and death, and made the ultimate sacrifice so that we

            might enjoy the tranquility of knowing that "evil" does not

            "flourish" in our communities --they died for us.

 

            We gather here today...to pay tribute to those brave men and

            women who gave their lives protecting our communities from

            the terror and tyranny of crime.  We honor them for thewir

            unselfish devotion to duty.  We remember their heroic actions

            and, memo rialize them acknowledging that the love of their

            follow man was what compelled them to give their lives for

            their fellow man; the ultimate sacrifice, in the line of

            duty.  Truly "Greater love hath no man than this.." I'll

            close now with something I read recently which I feel aptly

            describes who we are...The author is unknown...

 

                              First he takes the Oath.

 

              He takes...     it in stride when people call him pig.

              He takes...     Time to stop and talk to children.

              He takes...     Your verbal abuse while giving you a ticket

                              you really deserved.

              He takes...     On creeps you would be afraid to even look

                              at.

              He takes...     Time away from his family to keep you safe.

              He takes...     Your injured child to the hospital.

              He takes...     The graveyard shift without complaint

                              because it's his turn.

              He takes...     His life into his hands daily.

              He takes...     You home when your car breaks down.

              He takes...     Time to explain why both your headlights or

                              taillights have to work.

              He takes...     The job no one else wants - telling you a

                              loved one has died.

              He takes...     Criminals to jail.

              He takes...     In sights that would make you cry.

                              Sometimes he cries too, but

              He takes...     It anyway because someone has to.

 

              If he's lucky he takes retirement.

              He takes memories to bed each night that you couldn't bear

              for even one day.

              Sometimes he takes a bullet.

              And yes, sometimes he takes a free cup of coffee.

              Then one day, he pays for all he has taken and God takes

              him.

              God Bless them all.

 

   VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

        a.  Confirmation of Cm. Eliseo Valdez, Jr., appointee Susan

            Garcia to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        b.  Appointment of  Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr. to the

            Health & Benefit Ad Hoc Committee.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

  VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

        1.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 2000 Budget in

            the amount of $2,500.00 for a grant from the Texas Book

            Festival and providing for effective date.

 

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

            Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000 Budget in the amount of

            $2,500.00 for a grant from the Texas Book Festival and

            providing for effective date.

 

            Motion to open the public hearing.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            There was no public input.

 

            Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

        2.  Public hearing amending the contract with the Texas

            Department of Health and FY 1999-2000 Budget in the amount of

            $2,502.00 in additional funds for the Special Projects

            Program "Youth Tobacco Prevention Campaign" of the City of

            Laredo Health Department for the period beginning May 1,

            2000, through August 31, 2000; and increasing revenue line

            item no. 226-0000-357-2566 from $2,497 to $4,999, and

            increasing expenditure line item no. 225-6400 from $2,497 to

            $4,999.

 

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

            Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and

            FY 1999-2000 Budget in the amount of $2,502.00 in additional

            funds for the special projects program, "Youth Tobacco

            Prevention Campaign" of the City of Laredo Health Department

            for the period beginning May 1, 2000, through August 31,

            2000; and increasing revenue line it em no.  226-0000-357-

            2566 from $2,497 to $4,999, and increasing expenditure line

            item no. 225-6400 from $2,497 to $4,999.

 

            Motion to open the public hearing.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Bruni

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            There was no public input.

 

            Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Alvarado

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

        3.  Public hearing concerning an application by N.W. Laredo

            Development, Ltd., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the

            City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 1, Bartlett

            Apartments Subdivision at Jacaman Ranch located west of

            Bartlett Ave.  and north of Jacaman Road from R-2

            (Multifamily Residential District) to B-3 (Community Busine

            ss District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended

            approval of the proposed zone change.

 

                               INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

            Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

            rezoning Lot 2, Block 1, Bartlett Apartments Subdivision at

            Jacaman Ranch, located west of Bartlett Ave. and north of

            Jacaman Road, from R-2 (Multifamily Residential District) to

            B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication

            and effective date.

 

            Motion to open the public hearing.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            Ron Whitehawk spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

            Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Galo

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

        4.  Public hearing concerning an application by N.W. Laredo

            Development, Ltd., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the

            City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 3, Block 1, Bartlett

            Apartments Subdivision at Jacaman Ranch located west of

            Bartlett Ave.  and north of Jacaman Road, from R-2

            (Multifamily Residential District) to B-3 (Community Busin

            ess District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission

            recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

            Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

            rezoning Lot 3, Block 1, Bartlett Apartments Subdivision at

            Jacaman Ranch , located west of Bartlett Ave. and north of

            Jacaman Rd., from R-2 (Multifamily Residential District) to

            B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication

            and effective date.

 

            Motion to open the public hearing.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Bruni

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            There was no public input.

 

            Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For: 8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

 VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

        5.  A.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

                1.  Staff update on the status of the final tract of land

                    to commence the reconstruction of the Chacon/Meadow

                    Bridge.

 

                    Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director,

                    informed the Council that the final tract has been

                    identified and the owner has agreed to sell.  He

                    added that TxDot would commence with construction of

                    the Chacon/Meadow Bridge in August.

 

                2.  Staff update on the 4 way stop sign at Mendiola and

                    Laredo Street.

 

                    Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Director, reported that

                    recent data compiled by staff clearly indicates that

                    the intersection of Mendiola and Laredo Street does

                    not merit stop signs.

 

                    Cm. Galo requested the intersection be included in

                    the Speed Hump Pilot Program.

 

                3.  Discussion on the enforcement of the vehicles parked

                    on sidewalks.

 

                    Agustin Dovalina, Chief of Police, commented that the

                    Public Access Channel has launched Public Service

                    Announcements in reference to vehicles parking on

                    sidewalks.  He added that his department would

                    vigorously enforce this issue.

 

                    Cm. Galo requested that staff  create flyers to

                    submit to Laredoans encouraging them to refrain from

                    parking on sidewalks.  He also instructed staff to

                    ask for assistance from the media on this issue.

 

                 4. Update on the recycling of Aldama St. and Corpus

                    Christi St.

 

                    Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, confirmed that

                    construction would begin immediately on the recycling

                    of Aldama St. and Corpus Christi St.

 

            B.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

                1.  Discussion with possible action on the resurfacing of

                    Calton Road from Springfield Ave. to McPherson Ave.

 

                    Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, acknowledged that

                    Calton is in need of repair however; the resurfacing

                    of Calton Road is not included in the budget for

                    2000.  He added that it would be scheduled with the

                    new C.I.P.'s for 2001 and that it will cost

                    approximately $120,000.  He noted that patchwork

                    would be done to improve current conditions.

 

                    Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, stated that they

                    have identified the primary problem.  He stated that

                    a long-term solution is currently being generated.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

        6.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease

            with Valero Development Corporation for approximately 46,838

            square feet of land located on Tract 1 of Block 25 at the

            Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for forty (40)

            years commencing on July 1, 2000 and ending on June 30, 2040.

            Monthly rent shall be $585.48 an d will be adjusted annually

            according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further

            adjusted by fair market rental appraisal on the 10th, 20th,

            and 30th anniversaries.

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

        7.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease

            amendment to the lease agreement authorized by Ordinance No.

            94-0-178 dated September 19, 1994, between the City of

            Laredo, as Lessor, and Jett Racing and Sales, Inc., as

            Lessee, to permit Lessee to install on 10,000 gallon self-

            contained above ground fuel tank.

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

        8.  Rescinding Ordinance No. 91-0-115 dated May 20, 1991, which

            authorized a lease agreement with TAESA Airlines for Hangar

            No. 123.  TAESA Airlines terminated scheduled international

            commercial passenger airline services in November 1999 and

            has vacated and relinquished the leased premises.

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

        9.  Rescinding Ordinance No. 99-0-307 dated October 18, 1999,

            which authorized a lease agreement with TAESA Airlines for

            space within the passenger terminal.  TAESA Airlines

            terminated scheduled international commercial passenger

            airline service in November 1999 and has vacated and

            relinquished the leased premises.

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

       10.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease

            with Webb County for approximately 252 square feet of office

            space constituting Suite No. 7 of Building No. S-1 located at

            1718 E.  Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.

            Lease term is

            for two (2) years commencing in April 1, 2000 and ending

            March 31, 2002, and may be extended for one (1) year each

            ending on March 31, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $290.00 and

            will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension

            term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price

            Index.

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

       11.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease

            with the City of Laredo Police Department for approximately

            2.650 square feet constituting Suite No. 5 and 6 within

            Building No. 134 located at 4603 Maher Avenue.  Lease term is

            for one (1) year and six (6) months commencing April 1, 2000

            and ending September 30, 2001, and may be extended for three

            (3) terms of one (1) year each ending on September 30, 2002 ,

            September 30, 2003 and September 30, 2004.  New monthly rent

            shall be $3,313.00 and will be adjusted annually according to

            changes in the Consumer Price Index during the primary and

            extension terms of this lease.  Previous monthly rental was

            $3,158 .00.

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

       12.  An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of the

            1300 Block of South Urbahn Ave. between  Bismark Street and

            the east right-of-way line of South Meadow Ave., situated in

            the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas

            and providing for an effective date.

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

       13.  Supporting and participating in the South Texas Development

            Council; and authorizing payment of $35,309.40 for City

            Membership Assessment for the period October 1, 1999 to

            September 30, 2000.  Funding is available in the General

            Fund.

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

    X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

 

        Internet Available:  //www.cityoflaredo.com

 

        Motion to waive final reading of ordinances # 2000-O-111,

        # 2000-O-124, # 2000-O-125 and # 2000-O-126.

 

        Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

        Second:  Cm.  Galo

        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        14.  2000-O-111  Authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit

                         for gas extraction on 3.00 acres out of Porcion

                         - 46, Abstract 478, as further described by

                         metes and bounds, located west of Hwy. 83  and

                         north of the City of Rio Bravo, known as

                         McKendrick - Akin No. 2; providing for

                         publication and effective date.  (Cm.  Alfredo

                         Agredano)

 

             Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-111.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

             For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

             2000-O-124  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's FY 1999-

                         2000 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and

                         expenditures in the 1998 Certificate of

                         Obligation for interest earnings which have been

                         earned, but not yet

                         appropriated.   (City Council)

 

             Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-124.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

             For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain: 0

 

             2000-O-125  Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Annual

                         Budget to appropriate the revenues and

                         expenditures upon acceptance of a donation of

                         $4,000.00 from South Texas

                         Distributors/Budweiser, $800.00 from Conoco

                         Pump-n-Shop and $3,000.00 from Clark Hardware,

                         Inc., for the purchase of a Teco mascot, Teco T-

                         shirt and the sponsorship of the Famous Chicken,

                         respectively.  (City Council)

 

             Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-125.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

             For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

             2000-O-126  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to

                         execute a lease agreement with Jose Mario Flores

                         for approximately 25,264.80 square feet of land

                         to include Building No.  464 that consists of

                         8,332 square feet located at 1705 E.  Hillside

                         Road.  Lease term is for twenty five (25) years

                         commencing May 1, 2000 and ending on April 30 ,

                         2025 and may be extended for one (1) term of

                         five (5) years ending on April 30, 2030.

                         Monthly rent shall be $1,333.00 and will be

                         adjusted annually during the primary and

                         extension terms of this lease according to

                         changes in the Consumer Price Index, and further

                         adjusted by Fair Market Value appraisal on the

                         10th and 20th anniversaries.  Previous tenant

                         was Madrid Printing paying monthly rent of

                         $1,318.71.  (City Council)

 

             Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-126.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

             For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

   XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

        15.  2000-R-070  A resolution authorizing the issuance of a

                         Drilling Permit to drill and operate a natural

                         gas well to Columbus Energy Corp. on 3.00 acres

                         out of Abstract 478, as further described by

                         metes and bounds, located west of Hwy.  83 and

                         north of the City of Rio Bravo, Known as the

                         McKendrick Akin No.  2 Well.

 

             Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-070.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

        16.  2000-R-071  A resolution supporting U.S. Legislation (S.

                         1760) providing for the funding to extend the

                         United States Department of Justice's Community-

                         Oriented Policing Services program for another

                         five years to ensure that crime fighting remains

                         a top priority for America in the 21st Century.

 

             Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-071.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        17.  2000-R-072  Resolving that the City Manager is authorized to

             execute a Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment

             Agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor,

             International Bank of Commerce, as Lender and L.A. Ventures,

             Inc., as Lessee, to Lenders mortgage, thereby encumbering

             the leasehold interest in the amount of $338,000.00

             regarding Lot No. 8 authorized by Ordinance No. 95-O-251

             dated February 20, 1996 to finance the construction of a

             22,500 square foot cargo facility.  The subject property is

             located in Block No. 1 at the Laredo International Airpark

             Subdivision at t he Laredo International Airport.

 

             Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-072.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

        18.  2000-R-073  A resolution confirming the Mayor's appointments

                         and reappointments to the Metropolitan Planning

                         Organization (MPO) Policy Committee.

 

             Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-073.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

        19.  2000-R-074  A resolution urging the U.S. Secretary of

                         Transportation to declare the City of Laredo,

                         Texas an underserved community regarding air

                         transportation as authorized under the Wendell

                         H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for

                         the 21st Century (AIR-21) Title II and urging

                         the Secretary of Transportation to give

                         favorable consideration to applications under

                         the Regional Air Service Incentive Program,

                         under which commuter air carriers can receive

                         Federal credit instruments to purchase regional

                         jet aircrafts to improve service to Laredo,

                         Texas.

 

             Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-074.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

         20. 2000-R-075  A resolution accepting and approving the terms

                         of a final release and settlement agreement and

                         authorizing and directing the City Manager and

                         Class Counsel to execute a final release and

                         settlement in Cause No. 96-12-7404 styled City

                         of San Benito, ET AL., V.  P.G.&E.  Gas

                         Transmission, a Texas Corporation, filed in the

                         107th Judicial District Court of Cameron County,

                         Texas; making findings and providing for

                         participation.

 

             Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-075.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

        21.  2000-R-076  A resolution accepting the donation of a 0.3774

                         acre tract of land from Vimosa II, a Texas

                         General Partnership.  Said  0.3774 acre of land

                         being a part of the Sierra Vista Police Station

                         Plat and designated as Lot 20, Block 5, out of

                         the Myrlane Ranch; and being delineated on Webb

                         County Plat.

 

             Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-076.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

  XII.  MOTIONS

 

        22.  Consideration to approve an agreement with the Texas State

             Library and Archives Commission for the TexShare

             Interlibrary Loan Protocol and authorizing the City Manager

             to execute the Participation Agreement.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        23.  Consideration to refund property tax to the following

             taxpayers and companies:

 

             a.  U.S. Filter Distribution Group, c/o Juan De Leon in the

                 amount of $987.32 due to a double assessment.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        24.  Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax

             roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of April

             2000, which represents an increase in levy, is $970.34.

             These adjustments are determined by the County Appraisal

             District and by Court Orders.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        25.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-091, to the MOST

             RESPONSIVE PROPOSER, Southwestern Bell, Laredo, Texas, in

             the amount of $17,919.06, for the installation of a

             telecommunications wiring network for the Health Department.

             The contractor will install a data cabling system needed the

             computer network at several building locations within the

             Health Department complex.  Funding for this project has

             been allocated in the Health Department fund.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        26.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one, 1,500 gpm,

             fire pumper truck, through the Houston Galveston Area

             Council of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing

             Program, in the total amount of $325,999.00.  This truck

             will be assigned to Fire Station No. 12.  Delivery of the

             truck is anticipated within eight (8) to twelve (12) months.

             Funding is available in the General Obligation Bond - Series

             1997.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        27.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-088, to the LOW

             BIDDER, JEF Utility Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of

             $16,560.00, for the assembly and installation of street name

             blades.  Street  signs will be installed at 736

             intersections.  The contract vendor will be required to

             install vandal resistant street name signs on ex isting or

             new stop sign poles.  Funding is available in the Capital

             Improvement Fund.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        28.  Consideration to award annual contract number 00-077, to the

             SOLE BIDDER, Mo-Vac Environmental, in the estimated amount

             of $15,000.00 for the transportation of leachate at the City

             of Laredo Landfill.  The successful bidder will be required

             to transport the leachate to the City's Southside Wastewater

             Plant.  The contractor wi ll be responsible for performing

             this contract in accordance to TNRCC regulations.  The term

             of this contract is one year.  Funding is available in the

             Solid Waste Fund.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        29.  Consideration to award contract number 99-092, to the LOW

             BIDDER, Rankin Automatic Transmission, Laredo, Texas, in the

             estimated amount of $41,715.00, for an annual contract for

             transmission repairs for the Fleet Maintenance Division.

             The bid pricing will be firm during the contract period and

             all repair work will be sec ured on an as need basis.  The

             City did receive a lower bid from A-1 Auto Shop, Laredo,

             Texas, however, this vendor submitted a bid for the purchase

             of replacement transmissions and did not include

             installation and diagnostic services.  The bid prici ng is

             approximately 8% higher than the previous contract period.

             The funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Division.

 

             Motion to approve with correction to contract number from

             99-092 to 00-092.

 

             Moved :  Cm. Galo

             Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        30.  Consideration award of annual supply contract 00-054 to the

             LOW BIDDERS, Municipal Pipe and Supply, McAllen, Texas

             ($75,927.60), Hughes Supply Inc., San Antonio, Texas

             ($49,730.18), and US Filter Distribution Group, Laredo,

             Texas ($32,890.80) for the purchase of water works materials

             for construction and repair projects b y the Utilities

             Department.  The City received four bids for an annual

             supply contract for providing water materials such as

             mechanical joint retainer glands, brass and galvanized

             fitting, valve and meter boxes, and copper pipe for the

             Utilities Department - Water Operations.   Funding is

             available in the Utilities Department Fund.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm. Galo

             Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        31.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a

             contract with Turner Collie & Braden Inc., for project

             management and inspection services regarding the Colonias

             Water and Wastewater Improvements Project located in the

             Mines Road and SH 359 areas.  Services included are

             performing administrative and management services, meeting

             performance criteria and coordinating the construction of

             the projects.  The contract is for $1,044,400.00.  Since the

             Texas Water Department Board (TWDB) is the funding agency,

             approval of this contract does not constitute an obligation

             under City Charter Section 6.10 until the TWDB formally

             commits the project funds or the City authorizes the

             issuance of subordinate revenue bonds for water and sewer.

             Execution of this contract is necessary for commitment of

             funds by the TWDB.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm. Galo

             Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        32.  Amendment to existing contract with Montgomery Watson

             Americas Inc., and authorization to transfer $149,118.00

             from the 1998 Sewer Bond Reserve to fund an Industrial

             Pretreatment Development Program.  The amendment will

             provide for additional services in the completion and

             submission of an approval Pretreatment Program to comply

             with Texas Natural Resources Commission specifications.  The

             contract will be amended from $226,000.00 to $375,118.00.

             Funding is available in the 1998 Sewer Bond Reserve.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm. Galo

             Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        33.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the LOWEST

             BIDDER Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas, in the base

             bid amount of $146,344.00 for the Zacate Creek

             Beautification Project Phase II (Re-bid).  This is funded by

             the Community Development Block Grant.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm. Galo

             Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        34.  Consideration to adopt the Disadvantage Business Enterprise

             (DBE) program for the Laredo International Airport that

             ensures that minority owned businesses - and women owned

             businesses have continued opportunity to participate in

             Federally -funded transportation projects.  The submittal

             includes a goal of 12% participation with DB E. Federal

             Aviation Administration requires periodic updates to the

             plan and goals as a condition for continuing eligibility for

             Federal Airport Improvement Program.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm. Galo

             Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

 XIII.  STAFF REPORT

 

        35.  Status report on Capital Improvement Projects for FY 1999-

             2000.

 

             Keith Selman, City Planner, went over the Capital

             Improvement Projects.  He noted that the public might review

             the detailed status of these projects at the office of the

             City Secretary.

 

  XIV.  RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE  LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

        Motion to recess as City Council and convene as the Laredo

        Transit Board.

 

        Moved :  Cm.  Galo

        Second:   Cm.  Alvarado

        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        36.  Consideration of award of contract (FY00-072), to the listed

             vendors for providing bus and van fleet parts.

             Approximately 450 different items purchased for non warranty

             repairs were identified and bids were solicited for awarding

             and annual contract.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Galo

             Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        37.  To approve the exercise of a one (1) year option extension

             with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, in the

             estimated amount of $70,000.00 for providing tires to be

             used for the Laredo Metro, Inc., (45) buses and (19) para-

             transit vehicles.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Galo

             Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

             Motion to recess as Laredo Transit Board and reconvene as

             the City Council.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Galo

             Second:  Cm.  Valdez

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

 

                             City of Laredo

                           City Council Meeting

                                M2000-S-13

                           City Council Chambers

                            1110 Houston Street

                            Laredo, Texas  78040

                                May 15, 2000

                                   5:30 p.m.

 

                              Supplemental Agenda

 

  XII.  Motions

 

        1.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 for an

            increase of 30 calendar days to the construction contract

            with Price Construction, Inc.,  Laredo, Texas, for Killam

            Industrial Blvd.  Extension Project approximately 8000 L. F.

            from Sara Road to I. H.  35 due to weather impacts and

            impeded access to job site related to constructio n detours

            on projects surrounding the site.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

   XV.  ADJOURNMENT                                    Time: 7:20 p.m.

 

        Motion to adjourn.

 

        Moved :  Cm.  Galo

        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages one to 18 are

true, complete and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held

on the 15th day of May, 2000.

 

________________________

Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

City Secretary