CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2000-R-14

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MAY 22, 2000

5:30 P.M.

 

I.  CALL TO ORDER

 

II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.  ROLL CALL

 

IV.  MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of April 24, 2000.

 

V. COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a. Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of the recent participation in the  

    1999 United Way Campaign by the City of Laredo and City Departments.

 

b. Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of City Co-op Program employees

    who will complete their term of employment with the City on May 26, 2000.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing to approve an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of

    Health and budget in the amount of $533,204.00 (which consists of $337,000.00 in direct

    funds from the State and in-kind services match of $196,204.00 from LISD) for an

    Abstinence Education Program partnered between the City of Laredo Health Department

    and the Laredo Independent School District for the beginning of February 1, 2000, through

    August 31, 2001.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $533,204.00 (which consists of $337,000.00 in direct funds from the State and in-kind services match of $196,204.00 from LISD) for an Abstinence Education Program partnered between the City of Laredo Health Department and the Laredo Independent School District for the period beginning February 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001; and increasing revenue line item 226-0000-323-4077 from $0 to $337,000.00, and expenditure line item 226-6021 from $0 to $337,000.00.

 

2.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $264,000.00 for a grant from the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission for technical assistance for the Colonias Water and Wastewater Improvements Project.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $264,000.00 for a grant from the Border Environment Cooperation Commission for technical assistance for the Colonias Water and Wastewater Improvements Project.

 

 

 

3. Public hearing concerning an application by Antonio C. Vela amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 12, Block 1710, Eastern Division, located at 2802 Aldama St. from B-3 (General Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.          

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 12, Block 1710, Eastern Division, located at 2802 Aldama St. from B-3 (General Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

 

 

4. Public hearing concerning an application by Manuel Garcia, amending Ordinance No. 99-O-025, authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit on Lot 1, Block 1, Ejido Subdivision, located at 3301 Santa Barbara St., by changing the use from a beauty salon to a convenience store/meat market.  The current zoning district for this property is R-3 (Mixed Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit amendment.      

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Ordinance No. 99-O-025, authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit on Lot 1, Block 1, Ejido Subdivision, located at 3301 Santa Barbara St., by changing the use from a beauty salon to a convenience store/meat market.  The current zoning district for this property is R-3 (Mixed Residential District). 

 

 

5. Public hearing concerning an application by Bruno Figueroa amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo rezoning Lot 10, Block 1633, Eastern Division, located at 216 N. Arkansas Ave. from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.          

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo rezoning Lot 10, Block 1633, Eastern Division, located at 216 N. Arkansas Ave. from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District). 

           

 

6. Public hearing concerning an application by the City of Laredo amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 251.2262 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and east of Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.  

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 251.2262 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and east of Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District). 

           

7. Public hearing concerning an application by Central Power and Light Co. authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for above ground storage of fuel on 7.5252 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 1520 Calton Road.         

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for above ground fuel storage on 7.5252 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 1520 Calton Road.  The property's current zoning district is B-3 (Community Business District).

 

8. Public hearing amending Chapter II, Section 2-1 of the Subdivision Ordinance No. 84-O-0006 of the City of Laredo (with Amendment in effect as of 02/01/93) pertaining to 'SUBDIVISION PLATS REQUIRED, FORM AND CONTENT OF PLATS, APPROVAL PROCESS FOR ALL PETITIONS, INCLUDING SPECIAL USES, AND PERFORMANCE BOND REQUIREMENTS;" providing for publication and effective date.          Currently only lots of record used for residential purposes not abutting arterials or collectors are exempt from platting requirements.  Staff is recommending that all lots of record not abutting arterials or collectors be exempt from platting.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Chapter II, Section 2-1 of the Subdivision Ordinance No. 84-O-0006 of the City of Laredo (with Amendment in effect as of 02/01/93) pertaining to 'SUBDIVISION PLATS REQUIRED, FORM AND CONTENT OF PLATS, APPROVAL PROCESS FOR ALL PETITIONS, INCLUDING SPECIAL USES, AND PERFORMANCE BOND REQUIREMENTS;" providing for publication and effective date.

 

9. Public hearing amending Chapter 19, Article XII.  Transit System, of the Laredo Code of Ordinances, specifically Division 2.  Charter Service, Section 19-562, by increasing the reduced charter rate of eighty percent (80%) to one-hundred percent (100%) of the base rate and the base rate is increased to $60.49 per hour; providing for severability and providing for effective date and publication.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Chapter 19, Article XII.  Transit System, of the Laredo Code of Ordinances, specifically Division 2.  Charter Service, Section 19-562, by increasing the reduced charter rate of eighty percent (80%) to one-hundred percent (100%) of the base rate and the base rate is increased to $60.49 per hour; providing for severability and providing for effective date and publication.

 

VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

10.  A.  Request by Council Member  Louis H. Bruni

 

     1. Status report on the proposed street paving project on the 2800 block of Guadalupe

         Street, North of the TEX-MEX Railroad tracks, with possible action.

 

      2.  Status report on the Texas/Price Drainage Improvements project, with possible action.

 

      3.  Status report on the continuing problem of tractor trailers parking on city property  

           located at the old K-Mart building, with possible action.

 

      4.  Status report on creeks being cleaned in District 2, with possible action.

 

B.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

      1.  Status report on the Chaparral Park with reference to play module, trees and a

           pedestrian bridge.

 

      2.  Status report on the lighting of Cruz Field.

 

      3. Status report on the Raquel Gonzalez Park.

 

C. Request by Council Member Mario G. Alvarado

 

      1.  Status report on the Mines Road Task Force activities with recommendations for

           traffic control.

 

      2.  Status report on the Santa Maria Reconstruction Project.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

11.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with United Exports Trading Association (U.E.T.A.) of Texas, Inc., for approximately 2,526 square feet out of Lot 10, Block 22, in the western division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, lying north of the concrete pavement connecting Salinas Street with Water Street:

 

1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing April 21, 2000 and ending April 20, 2001.

2. Monthly rent will be $720.00 providing for effective date.

3. City of Laredo may terminate this lease  with a ninety (90) day written notice.

 

12.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease amendment to the lease agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Jett Racing & Sales, as Lessee, approved by Ordinance No. 2000-O-047 dated February 28, 2000 for a tract of land containing approximately 74,053 square feet located at the Laredo International Airport to extend the rental grace period from six (6) to eight (8) months to allow for the platting of the leased premises and to provide a rent abatement of $1,000/month, said amount not to exceed $60,000.00 over five year period in exchange for the construction of offsite improvements consisting of construction of access taxi lane to the airport aircraft movement areas and construction of sanitary sewer improvements.

 

13.  An ordinance amending Chapter 19, Article XII.  Transit System of the Laredo Code of Ordinances specifically Division 4.  Transit Center, Section 19-601, Parking rates, by adding sections (f) Park-n-Shop, and (g) Advance Payment Discount Lease; and providing for effective date and publication.

 

X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

14.  2000-O-115 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-2 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. (Cm. Louis H. Bruni)

           

2000-O-116   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. (Cm. Louis H. Bruni)

 

 

 

2000-O-127    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. (City Council)

 

 

 

2000-O-128  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. (City Council)

 

2000-O-129    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 and 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.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-130   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. (City Council)

 

2000-O-131    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. (City Council)

 

2000-O-132    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. (City Council)

 

2000-O-133   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. (City Council)

 

2000-O-134   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. (City Council)

 

2000-O-135   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. (City Council)

 

2000-O-136 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. (City Council)

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

15. 2000-R-077  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $264,000.00 for technical assistance from the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC) for the Colonias Water and Wastewater Improvements Project.

 

16.  2000-R-078  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute  an interlocal agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo International Fair & Expositions (LIFE) for the beneficial reuse of the asphalt millings resulting from City's Recycling Project to improve the grounds at the LIFE Fairgrounds on Highway 59, because City Council finds that it is in the best interest of the public.

 

17. 2000-R-079  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute and deliver a letter of intent between the City of Laredo and Arena Ventures, L.L.C., regarding the development of an arena entertainment center in the City of Laredo, Texas.

XII.  MOTIONS

 

18. Consideration to approve construction plans and specifications and authorization to advertise for bids for the construction of Solid Waste Building and New Scale House at the City of Laredo Landfill with tentative award date on June 26, 2000.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

19.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Dannenbaum Environmental Corporation, Houston, Texas, for the engineering services for a technical study for the evaluation of a transfer station for the City of Laredo and citizen collection centers for County of Webb and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  The cost will be divided between the City of Laredo, County of Webb, and Southern Sanitation.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

20.   Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit an application to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in the amount of $100,000.00 for the construction of a hike/bike trail along the banks of the Chacon Creek extending approximately from the mouth of the Rio Grande River to Dryden Optimist Park and further authorizing the City Manager to execute all contracts that result from this submission.  It is proposed that the required 20% match be drawn from Community Development Block Grant Funds ($18,750) and an additional $6,250.00 from General Fund.

                                   

21.  Consideration to award an architectural/engineering contract to Frank Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $58,000.00 for the preliminary/alternative design phase for the Gateway to the Americas Bridge (Bridge I) Access, Export Lot & Parking Lot Modifications.  Funding is available in the in the Bridge System Export Lot.

 

22.  Consideration to authorize City Manager to approve amendment #2 to the existing contract with Turner Collie & Braden, Inc., for completion of the Environmental Information Document and preparation of step 2 of an application for supplemental funding from the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC) for the Colonias Project.  The amendment will provide funding received from BECC for technical assistance in the amount of $264,000.00 to pursue certification of the project and thus be eligible to receive funding from the NAD Bank for the wastewater project on Mines Road. The contract will be amended from $135,000.00 to $264,000.00.   Funding is available in the Colonias line item.

 

23.  Consideration to approve a contract for legal representation between the City of Laredo and its Tax Assessor Collector and the Law firm of Jones and Gonzales, Laredo, Texas and Cotham, Harwell and Evans in Houston, Texas, to investigate and collect taxes on real and personal property associated with oil and gas production, when such property may have been undervalued on the tax roles or not reflected on the tax roles, utilizing and pursuing all legal remedies.

 

24.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell three (3) used 1988 Ford vehicles to our Sister City of Tlahualilo, Durango, E.U.M., in the total amount of $1,500.00

 

XIII.  EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

 

25.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1)(A) Texas Government Code to consult with the City Attorney regarding contemplated litigation to (a) identify and obtain certain currently unrendered taxable real and personal property for the city's tax rolls, and (b) collect all taxes potentially owned to the city for the applicable statutory roll back period; and return to open session for possible action.

 

26.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071 (1)(A) & (1)(B) to consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation and a settlement offer regarding Linda Cantu Vs. City of Laredo, Texas, Charge No. 360 98 0792 before The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and return to open session for possible action.

 

27.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.074 (a)(1) to deliberate the appointment and employment of Jaime L. Flores as City Manager for the City of Laredo, and return to open session for possible action.

 

XV. ADJOURNMENT

 

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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Approved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Galo

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Galo

Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

as a Cup

Cm.  Galo

Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

as a CUP

Cm.  Agredano

Ordinance Introduction:

Cm.  Agredano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved as a CUP

Cm.  Galo

Ordinance Introduction Cm. Galo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Bruni

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Bruni

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Alvarado

Ordinance Introduction:

Cm.  Alvarado

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Galo

Introduction:

City Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

 

 

 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinance Introduction:

City Council

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Bruni

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Bruni

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Bruni

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Bruni

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Bruni

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Bruni

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Bruni

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Bruni

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Bruni

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Bruni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Bruni

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Bruni

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Alvarado

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Alvarado

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Alvarado

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Galo

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Galo

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Galo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Galo

 

 

 

Motion to Table

Cm.  Bruni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved

Cm.  Galo

 

 

 

 

 

Approve**

Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo