CITY OF LAREDO

                         CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                              M2000-R-15

                         CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                          1110 HOUSTON STREET

                          LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                              JUNE 5, 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

        Cynthia Collazo,                  Acting City Manager

        Larry Dovalina,                   Acting City Manager

        Jaime Flores,                     City Attorney

 

   IV.  MINUTES

 

        Approval of the minutes of May 1, 2000, May 10, 2000 and May 22,

        2000.

 

        Moved :  Cm.  Guerra

        Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

    V.  COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

        Announcements

 

        a.  Mayor and City Council introduces the Laredo Metro, Inc.

            Board of Directors and invites downtown Merchants and the

            general public to witness the unveiling of Laredo's and EL

            METRO'S first Bus Wrap themed, "Re-Live the Good Ol' Days,

            Shop the Streets of Downtown Laredo".  The LMI Board of

            Directors and EL METRO believe that this theme will help the

            effort of supporting Downtown Laredo and will unlock the

            potential of increased commerce and tourism.

 

            Cm.  Alvarado introduced the following Laredo Metro, Inc.

            Board of Directors:

 

            Members                             Representing

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo,       City Council

            Alfredo Agredano,                 City Council

            Les Norton,                       Downtown Business Community

            George MacDonald Jr.,             Academic community

            Francisco Javier Salas,           Disabled Transit Riders

            Dora A. Gonzalez,                 General Public at large.

 

            Peter Berhman, El Metro Director, explained a promotion that

            was launched in order to stimulate interest in the downtown

            shopping area.

 

            The Mayor and the City Council was impressed with the

            innovative ideas presented by staff to increase revenue for

            El Metro and downtown businesses.  Viola Sanchez, Marketing

            Coordinator, discussed the new bus wraps that the City has

            acquired.  She ad ded that the staff's goal is to encourage

            Laredoans to shop downtown.

 

            She submitted the following information:

 

            "The Park & Shop Merchant Program is another cooperative

            effort between Public and Private Business in Laredo"

 

            Bus Wrap

 

              El Metro's first Bus Wrap themed, "Re-Live the Good Ol'

              Days, Shop the Streets of Downtown Laredo" is the

              introductory project to the Park & Shop Merchant Program.

              The Transit Committee, LMI Board of Directors, and El Metro

              staff believe that this t heme will help the effort of

              supporting Downtown Laredo and will unlock the potential of

              increased commerce and tourism.

 

              The City of Laredo is rapidly growing and El Metro is

              taking an aggressive approach to this new concept of

              advertising by offering more options to advertisers in

              Laredo and around the country.  El Metro is currently

              developing guidelines for this type of advertising and will

              work with local, regional, and nation-wide advertising

              agencies that are interested and willing to offer this

              advertising option to the public.  Bus Wrapping is becoming

              increasingly popular among other transit systems throu

              ghout the country.  This concept differs from the billboard

              advertisements and buses with wraps are mobile and travel

              throughout the City of Laredo.

 

            Parking Pass

 

              El Metro has designed a parking pass that offers three

              hours (3) of FREE parking to the public.  These passes are

              pre-sold to participating merchants for $1.00 each at a

              minimum of $50.00 per transaction.

 

              Participating Merchants receive one "car card" space for

              advertising on El Metro buses for one month for each $50.00

              purchase.

 

              The Parking Passes includes an area where the public can

              write their name, address and phone number to enter a

              monthly drawing for merchandise donated by downtown

              merchants.

 

            Participating Merchant Stickers

 

              El Metro has designed stickers that participating merchants

              display on their business front door window to identify

              them as an "El Metro Park & Shop Participating Merchant".

 

            Park & Shop Participating Merchant Advertising Tag

 

              El Metro is requesting that participating merchants "tag"

              their advertising with the El Metro Park & Shop

              Participating Merchant logo.

 

            Yearly Parking Contract

 

              El Metro is offering a payment discount for prepaying a

              parking space for an entire year.  This discounted amount

              will be approximately $400.00 per year.  The party may use

              the pass or provide it to an employee at a savings of

              $80.00

 

            Parking Sings on I H -35 & Bridge II

 

              The City Traffic Department in cooperation with TxDot will

              be placing parking signs on IH-35 & Bridge II to direct the

              public to the Transit Center Parking Garage.

        Invitations

 

        Recognitions

 

        a.  Recognition to the Laredo Crime Stoppers Inc., for their

            state awards.

 

            Mayor Flores and the Council presented the Laredo Crime

            Stoppers Association, Tony Reyes and Rene Lopez, with a Seven

            Flags Certificate for bringing honor to the City of Laredo.

 

            The Laredo Crime Stoppers' Board of Directors that attended

            the meeting were: Lorenzo G.  Hernandez, President; Carolyn

            Leyendecker, Executive Director; Tony Reyes, Coordinator;

            Ramiro Saucedo, Treasurer; David Blumberg, Board Member and

            Rene Lopez, actor in award winning video.

 

            Laredo Crime Stoppers submitted the following press release:

 

            Laredo Crime Stoppers, Inc. Board of Directors are proud to

            announce that Laredo Crime Stoppers, Inc. has won prestigious

            State awards.  Two first place in two categories.  The Laredo

            Crime Stoppers, Inc.  Board of Directors attributes winning

            the awa rd to the support of the community, media and area

            law enforcement agencies.

 

        Awards won were:

 

        * Texas Crime Stoppers Advisory Council

          Productivity Award 1999

          Greatest Dollar Recovery

          Population 100,000-249,999

          Laredo Crime Stoppers, Inc.

 

        * Texas Crime Stoppers Advisory Council

          Television Competition 1999

          Best PSA/Special Production

          Market size 101+ Laredo Crime Stopper, Inc. and

          Time Warner Communications

 

        These awards were presented at the 12th Annual Texas Crime

        Stoppers Advisory Council State Conference sponsored by the

        Office of Governor George W. Bush May 15-17, 2000 in Corpus

        Christi, Texas.

 

        * There are 215 Crime Stoppers Programs across the State of

          Texas.  We were proud to announce that Officer Antonio "Tony"

          Reyes, of the Laredo Police Department won the Texas Crime

          Stoppers Advisory Council Coordinator of the Year for Laredo

          Crime St oppers, Inc.

 

        * The First place awards for the Greatest Dollar Amount of

          Recovery of Stolen Property and Narcotics were as follows:

 

          Recovered Stolen Property $101,700

          Narcotics seized $22,798,693 for a grand total of $22,900,393.

          This is the largest amount in any population category in Texas

          Crime Stoppers

 

        * The award winning Public Service Announcement was produced by

          Ramiro Saucedo of Time Warner Communications.

 

          Laredo Crime Stoppers, Inc.  Board of Directors is proud of the

          track record of providing an opportunity for community

          involvement and still maintain necessary anonymity.  The public

          is reminded in this day and time when nearly all phones have

          caller ID that Laredo Crime Stoppers, Inc.  TIPS line (956)

          727-TIPS or 1-800-558-TIPS) does not have a caller ID and never

          will.

 

          As you see from the amount of drugs taken off the streets of

          Laredo in 1999, drugs are the major reason for the increasing

          crime rate.  Drugs are eroding the fabric of our society from

          top to bottom.  Crime Stoppers has made an impact on combating

          dr ug trafficking and other drug related crimes in the

          community, but much more needs to be done.

 

          Laredo Crime Stoppers will continue to serve the community in

          the fight against crime with the continued support of

          individuals and businesses as yourself.

 

          End of document

 

        Communiques

 

          The mayor congratulated the 2000 graduates.  She read the

          following information:

 

          Martin High School had 425 graduates.  The Valedictorian was

          Celia Macias and the Salutatorian was Gerardo Valdez.

 

          Nixon High School had 414 graduates.  The Valedictorian was

          Adriana Romero and the Salutatorian was Arturo Briseņo.

 

          Cigarroa High School had 293 graduates.  The Valedictorian was

          Dinorah Sepulveda and the Salutatorian was Adriana Gonzalez.

 

          United High School had 296 graduates.  The Valedictorian was

          Allison Lyn Frecsko and the Salutatorian was Raquel Garcia.

 

          Alexander High School had 423 graduates.  The Valedictorian was

          Horacio Vela, III    and the Salutatorian was James W.  Lacy,

          III.

 

          United South High School had 471 graduates.  The Valedictorian

          was Magdalena Mar and the Salutatorian was Rebecca Buckley.

 

          Cm.  Guerra read the following letter:

 

          Dear Mr.  Guerra:

 

            As a member of the Board of Directors for the Streets of

            Laredo Urban Mall, Inc., an employee of Central Power and

            Light Company, and a constituent of your district, I would

            like to recommend that any monies allocated for the "Downtown

            Restoration Pr ojects" remain as originally planned.

 

            A proposal to re-allocate $150,000 from Downtown Street

            Project, along with $100,000 from the Renovation of the Plaza

            Theatre Project, is being considered to fund the River Front

            Project Feasibility Matching Grant Fund.

 

            Although all three projects are most important, monies should

            not be taken from one project to fund another.  It is very

            important for the economic development of the Downtown Area

            and the City of Laredo, for all projects to be funded as

            originally d esignated.

 

            Thank you for you continued support in these most worthy

            endeavors.

 

            Cynthia M.  Salinas-Snyder

 

          Cm. Guerra expressed his concerns with the year 2000 Webb

          County Appraisal District's Notice of Appraised Values.  He

          requested that staff include a presentation explaining

          appraisal procedures from Sergio Delgado, Chief Appraiser for

          Webb County Ap praisal District, on the next agenda.

 

          Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo introduced David Featherstand from

          Public Utilities Commission of Texas.  He stated that he is

          currently developing an expanded local calling pilot program

          that would allow for toll free calling between Laredo and Nuevo

          Lar edo.

 

          Cm.  Alvarado expressed his sincere gratitude to his family and

          friends that supported him in his re-election bid and during

          his tenure as Council member for District VII.  He stated that

          he was honored to be a part of the City Council that was the m

          oving force behind multiple infrastructure projects in all

          areas of Laredo.  He added that he would eagerly continue to be

          of service to the community of Laredo.

 

          Cm. Bruni submitted the following reports from the Southwest

          Texas Rain Enhancement Association.

 

        SWTREA

        Seed Tracks and Storm Locations

        Seed Flight # 10

        05/28/00 (Start 6:45 p.m. Stop: 7:45 p.m.)

 

        Result:  Storm did not respond well to seeding because it had

                 already entered an advanced decay stage over

                 Northeastern Webb County.  Also, because of

                 communications problems seeding plane was not able to

                 interrupt large storm clusters over Zapata/We bb line.

                 Radar total rainfall on the storm over northeastern Webb

                 county were around 0.05 inches walls storm over Zapata

                 county averaged around 1.00 -1.75 inches.

 

                 Seeding success rating:  Poor (Storm was well into the

                 decay stage prior to seeding in NE Webb Co.)

 

        SWTREA

        Seed Tracks and Storm Locations

        Seed Flight # 1 1

        05/29/00 (Start 5:55 p.m. Stop: 8:15)

 

        Results:  Storm responded favorable well to seeding.  Storm tops

                  remained high with total storm area increasing until

                  the effects of daytime heating died off.  radar

                  reflectivity for all the seeded storms were strong.

                  Radar estimated rainfall was around .075 inches just

                  northwest of Encinal to 0.05inches southeast of Carrizo

                  Spring as well as 11 miles south of Cotulla to 0.25

                  inches over Cotulla.

 

                  Seeding success rating:  Good/Excellent

 

        SWTREA

        Seed Tracks and Storm Locations

        Seed Flight # 12

        06/02/00 (Start 4:07 p.m. Stop: 6:00)

 

        Result:  Storms responded favorable well to seeding.  Radar

                 indicated that seeded storm continued to intensify and

                 grow in total area after seeding had taken place.  The

                 life span of the seeded cells was also longer than that

                 of the non-seeded cells.  Radar estimated rainfall for

                 this day ranged from 0.50 inches in central Zavala to as

                 much as 1.00 -1.50 inches in central and western Dimmit.

 

                 Seeding success rating:  Good

 

                 Cm. Bruni submitted the internet address for the

                 Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association is as

                 follows www.vsta.com\-synoptic

 

        Cm. Galo informed the public that the Mobile Home Ad Hoc

        Committee strives to guide themselves with the growth of Laredo.

        He re-assured the public that no individual would be asked to

        move from his or her mobile home.

 

        Cm. Agredano reported on the flags that were used for Veteran's

        Day.  There was a total of 2,523 flags and  1, 945 were issued.

        He also thanked the volunteers that were present to place the

        flags.

 

   VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

  VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

        1.  Public hearing providing community residents an opportunity

            to comment on the preparation and submission of the City of

            Laredo 2000-2005, Five Year Consolidated Plan and One-Year

            Action Plan on the use of the 26th Action Year Community

            Development Block Grant ($4,316,000.00), Program Income

            ($39,900.00), 2000 HOME Investment P artnership Program

            ($1,356,000.00), and 2000 Emergency Shelter Grant

            ($152,000.00) to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban

            Development (HUD).

 

            Motion to open the public hearing.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Galo

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, submitted

            the following information:

 

            What is the Consolidated Plan?

 

              The Consolidated Plan is one process and one document made

              up from many City sources that receive funds from local,

              state, and federal governments.  The plan has to indicate

              what programs and resources will be used over the course of

              the long-term st rategy.

 

              The Consolidated Plan is also the planning, application,

              and performance reporting requirements of three programs

              run by Community Planning and Development (CPD) and the U.

              S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

 

              CDBG (Community Development Block Grants)

              HOME (type of block grant only for affordable housing.)

              ESG (Emergency Shelter Grant)

 

            What does the Consolidated Plan cover?

 

              CDBG's

              a. Community Development Plan

              b. Statement of Objectives

              c. Grantee Performance Report

 

              Home's

              a. Program Description

              b. Annual Plan

 

              ESG's

              a. Comprehensive Homeless Assistance Plan (CHAP)

 

            Why is the Consolidated Plan important?

 

              The Consolidated Plan plays a very important role for the

              City of Laredo because it requires a jurisdiction to

              identify all of its housing and community development

              needs, and then come up with a long-term strategy for

              meeting those needs.

 

            How is information obtained for the Consolidated Plan?

 

              Public Meetings

              Public Hearings

              Non-Profit Agency Input

              Citizen Input

              Housing Survey

              Homeless Count

 

            Public Meetings

 

              Cigarroa Recreation Center

              Tarver Recreation Center

              Farias Recreation Center

              Civic Center

              Public Hearings

 

            Non Profit Agency Input

 

              Grant-writing training

              More state, local, or federal funding

              Participation from the private sector

              Better coordination among non-profit organizations to

               maximize resources

              Affordable land to provide housing

              Volunteer help from the community

 

            Citizen Input

 

              Sidewalks approaching schools

              Bike trails in neighborhoods

              Skating ring

              Downtown housing

              Fences along creek

              Assistance to food bank

 

            Housing Survey

 

              Conducted by TAMIU's Texas Center for Border Economic &

               Enterprise Development

              Consisted of a 10% sample of the City (approx 5,700

              surveys) Housing Stock Needing Rehab

               * 30% CT 4, 5, 6, 14

               * 40% C T 1.01,3,7,8,12, 16

 

                                   Homeless Count

 

            Participants                 Males             Females

       Police Department Count            33                  4

       Support Housing Program             1                  6

       Wood Living Center                  4                  2

       Casa de Misericordia                6                 10

       Sacred Heart Children              16                 10

       Salvation Army                     18                  0

       Lomas Alta                         10                  2

       La Frontera                         2                  5

       SCAN Youth                          3                  3

       Mi Casita                           1                  5

 

       Total                              94                 78

 

 

                         CDBG- National Objective

 

     The Plan must comply with national objectives for the use of CDBG

     funds.

 

     Criteria for national objectives:

 

     Activities benefiting low - and moderate-income persons

     Activities to address slums or blight on an area basis

 

     Activities designed to meet community development needs having a

     particular urgency.

 

                  Proposed One-Year Action Plan - CDBG 2000-2001

 

     Proposed Activities                             Proposed Budgets

     Community Development Administration           $   665,662.00

     Housing Rehabilitation Administration          $   168,980.00

     Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program            $   250,000.00

     Code Enforcement                               $   271,492.00

     Hamilton Hotel - Section 108 Loan Repayment    $   234,000.00

     Graffiti Removal Program                       $    28,462.00

     Zacate Creek Railroad Bridge                   $   142,000.00

     Sidewalk Approaches                            $   958,452.00

     Demolitions                                    $    50,000.00

     Centro Iturbide Street Improvements            $   300,000.00

     Ejido Street Extension Project                 $    50,000.00

     South Laredo Park                              $   200,000.00

     Villa del Sol Park Lighting                    $    40,000.00

     Acquisition of Riverfront Property             $   455,304.00

     Chacon Creek Improvements                      $   250,000.00

     Plaza Theater                                  $   350,000.00

     Estimated Proposed Budget                      $ 4,414,352.00

 

              Proposed One-Year Action Plan - HOME 2000-2001

 

     Proposed Activities                           Proposed Budgets

 

     Administrative Costs                          $   135,600.00

     Loans to CHDO's                               $   203,400.00

     Downpayment Assistance                        $   600,000.00

     New Construction                              $   112,000.00

     Substantial Rehabilitation                    $   180,000.00

     Tenant Based Rental Assistance                $   125,000.00

     Estimated Proposed Budget                     $ 1,356,000.00

 

                            Proposed Activities

 

     Homeless Prevention Program                   $    45,900.00

     Operations/Rehabilitation                     $   105,600.00

     Administration                                $       500.00

     Estimated Proposed Budget                     $   152,000.00

 

            Cm. Valdez stated that he would like to appropriate $25,000

            to initiate a feasibility study to connect North and South

            San Francisco located behind H. E. B.

 

            Motion to close the public hearing with the correction of

            $1,356,000 instead of $1,346,000.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        2.  Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000

            Annual Budget by creating a position of Administrative

            Assistant I within the Administrative Services Department

            which will be funded from anticipated line item savings and

            authorizing the City Manager to implement said Budget.

 

                           INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

            Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Annual Budget by

            creating a position of Administrative Assistant I within the

            Administrative Services Department which will be funded from

            anticipated line item savings and authorizing the City

            Manager to implement said Budget.

 

            Motion to open the public hearing.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Galo

            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

 

        3.  Public hearing to amend the fiscal year 2000 City of Laredo

            Bridge System Fund Budget to appropriate $70,500.00 in

            contributions from various firms for the World Trade Bridge

            Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and authorizing the City Manager to

            implement said budget.

 

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

            Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2000 Laredo Bridge

            System Fund Budget to appropriate $70,500.00 in contributions

            from various firms for the World Trade Bridge Ribbon Cutting

            Ceremony and authorizing the City Manager to implement said

            budget.

 

            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.  Alvarado

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

        4.  Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 Annual

            Budget in the amount of $115,000.00 for the Criminal Justice

            Division Grant from the Office of the Governor.  The Office

            of the Governor is contributing $80,000.00 with the City

            designating $35,000.00 in matching funds.  This funding will

            be used for the Domestic Violence G rant under the Violence

            Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of June 01, 2000

            through May 31, 2001.

 

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

            Amending the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 Annual Budget in the

            amount of $115,000.00 for the Criminal Justice Division Grant

            from the Office of the Governor.  The Office of the Governor

            is contributing $80,000.00 with the City designating

            $35,000.00 in matching funds.  This funding will be used for

            the Domestic Violence Grant under the Violence Against Women

            Act (VAWA) for the period of June 01, 2000 through May 31,

            2001.

 

            Motion to open the public hearing.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Alvarado

            Second:  Cm.  Galo

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            There was no public input.

 

            Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

            Moved :  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

        5.  Public hearing to amend Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, of

            the Laredo Code of Ordinances by establishing Article VII,

            On-Site Sewage Disposal; providing for severability; and

            providing for effective date and publication.

 

                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

            Amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, of the Laredo

            Code of Ordinances by establishing Article VII, On-Site

            Sewage Disposal; providing for severability; and providing

            for effective date and publication.

 

            Motion to open the public hearing.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            There was no public input.

 

            Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

            Moved :  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

 

                1.  Status report on the quality of the water in the Rio

                    Grande river and requesting staff to conduct a study

                    to identify contamination sources, with possible

                    action.

 

                    Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, explained that

                    the Rio Grande basin is 3000 times bigger than

                    Laredo.  Therefore, there are several jurisdictions

                    that have to be considered in cleaning the river.

 

                    1.)  Federal Jurisdiction - International Boundary

                         and Water Commission which was created more than

                         a century ago by the governments of the United

                         States and Mexico to apply the provision of

                         various boundary and water treaties, and settle

                         difference arising from such applications

                         through a joint international commission located

                         at the border.

 

                    2.)  Environmental Engineering Division the adoption

                         of the Storm Sewer the Storm Monitoring Programs

                         that were adopted last year.

 

                         Riazul Mia, Environmental Engineer, submitted a

                         report on "The Rio Grande Basin"

 

         Texas Clean Rivers Program

 

           In its first full year of administering the Texas Clean Rivers

           Program (CRP) for the Rio Grande Basin, the U. S. Section of

           the International Bounday and Water Commission (USIBWC) has

           been working with local communities to address water quality

           issue s.

 

           CRP partners throughout the basin have been participating in

           water quality monitoring and providing valuable input to help

           shape and direct the CRP, Federal, State and local

           governments, and private citizens are working side by side in

           the spirit of cooperation with a common goal to assess water

           quality and present information to educate their people about

           the importance of protecting their water resources.

 

           The Texas Clean Rivers Program Rio Grande Basin Advisory

           Committees (BAC) provide a forum for the local community to

           interact directly with federal and state agencies and allow

           for the two-way exchange of information that is necessary for

           the CRP to succeed.

 

           In February and March of 2000, BAD meetings were held in

           Harlingen, Laredo, Pecos, and El Paso, Texas.  Meeting topics

           included FY2000 programs tasks, the Total Maximum Daily Load

           Program, the Texas Nonpoint Source Program, and coordinated

           monitoring .  Issues that were of concern to individuals were

           addressed and recorded in the meeting minutes to insure

           follow-up discussions.

 

         Special Studies

 

           Special studies are incorporated into the CRP to address

           issues and concerns that were re-expressed at the BAD

           meetings.  CRP staff solicit assistance from the BAD to

           prioritize the concerns and develop a scope of work that will

           be submitted to the T exas Natural Resource Conservation

           Commission (TNRCC) for approval.  Currently there are six

           special studies that have been proposed to TNRCC.  Of the six

           proposed, three have been approved and are in progress.

 

           Historical and stochastic data assessment for the Lower Rio

           Grande (pending approval).

 

           This study will be conducted in conjunction with Texas A & M -

           Kingsville.  The objective of this study is to develop an

           understanding of the processes and factors affecting water

           quality in the Lower Rio Grande Valley by:

 

           1.)  Conducting an assessment of historical data to determine

                correlations and relationship between in-stream water

                quality and loadings;

 

           2.)  Developing a preliminary mathematical model to predict

                in-stream water quality; and

 

           3.)  Using model predictions to assess gaps in monitoring data

                and determine the causal factors driving water quality in

                the basin.

 

           Assessment of potential impacts of illegal dumping and

           discharges to the Lower Rio Grande (pending approval).

 

           The objective of this assessment is to provide a preliminary

           evaluation of the magnitude and potential impacts of the

           illegal dumping of solid waste and unauthorized discharges

           into the Rio Grande Basin from Laredo to Brownsville.  Such an

           assessment can provide value input information for

           understanding water and sediment quali ty characteristics

           within the river and baseline information for further river

           basin management planning.

 

           Assessment of water quality standards compliance and suggested

           alternative in Rio Grande segments 2307 and 2308 (pending

           approval).

 

           Current and historical water quality data will be evaluated to

           determine if the water quality standards established for

           segments 2307 and 2308 are representative of each reach.

           Additionally, further analysis will be conducted to assess

           current segme nt boundaries and proposed amendments to the

           boundaries based on the information collected if needed.

 

           Members of the CRP staff will be working on this project.

 

           A study of chemical and microbial contamination in the Upper

           Rio Grande Basin.  (Approved).

 

           The potential for surface and groundwater contamination with

           infectious microorganisms and toxic chemicals as a result of

           agriculture, domestic and maquilador activities is very high.

           El Paso Community College and New Mexico State University are

           conducting this study with assistance from CRP.  Tests to

           determine if a correlation exists between chemical and

           microbial contamination, and indicator organisms such as fecal

           coliform can be correlated with the presence of bacterium

           Helicobacter pylori , which is know to cause gastric ulcers.

 

           Cm.  Bruni exemplified the Council's concerns in the cleaning

           of the Rio Grande river.  He reiterated the fact that the

           river is very large and that the Council is making every

           effort to contact the necessary agencies to help Laredo with

           the environm ent.  He stated that plea correspondence is

           submitted to Senators and agencies.

 

           Finally, he encouraged the public to call the City hotline

           number to report individuals that are in violation of the

           Ordinance.  The telephone number is 727-7794.

 

                2.  Status report on the police enforcement of  Ordinance

                    No.  95-O-107 as it pertains to tractor trailers

                    parking in residential areas (R-1), with possible

                    action.

 

                    Cm.  Bruni presented a video of tractor-trailers that

                    were in violation of the City ordinance.

 

                    Agustin Dovalina, Police Chief, reported that over

                    500 truck-tractor violations have been issued in the

                    first five months of this year.  He stated that his

                    department would continue to work stringently in

                    enforcing the ordinance.  He also noted that there

                    are several public service announcements being played

                    in order to inform the viewers of tractor-trailers

                    ordinance.

 

                    The council asked staff to present viable solutions

                    to resolve the tractor-trailer problem.

 

                3.  Status report on the enforcement of the truck route,

                    with possible action.

 

                    This item was discussed together with item # 2.

 

                4.  Status report on certain code enforcement violations

                    at the Ramos Industrial Park, with possible action.

 

                    Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director,

                    reported that the Code Enforcement Officers inspected

                    the Ramos Industrial Park area and eleven property

                    owners were cited.  He added that the violators had

                    ten days to adhere to city ordinance or they would be

                    taken to Municipal Court.

 

                    He stated that Code Enforcement Officers did inspect

                    McPherson Acres Industrial Park as well.  Nine

                    property owners were cited for warehouse violations

                    and would have ten days to adhere to the City's

                    Ordinance.

 

                    Cm.  Bruni noted that the streets in both of the

                    industrial parks were in deplorable condition. He

                    asked the staff to include them in the recycling

                    program.  He requested that public works patch the

                    holes.

 

                    Finally, Cm. Bruni asked staff to create safer

                    conditions for drivers traveling east of the Jett

                    Bowl area.  He was concerned about the concrete

                    bridge with no railings.

 

            B. Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

               1.  Status report from traffic on the study of the 100

                   block of Mier, with possible action.

 

                   Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, informed the

                   Council that an ordinance converting the 100 block of

                   Mier is currently underway.

 

                2. Status report on the Three Points Park with discussion

                   on installing fencing.

 

                   Joe Guerra, Public Works Director, explained that

                   renovations at Three Points Parks would be completed

                   in a couple of days.  He stated that he would proceed

                   with installing a sample of the expanded metal as an

                   experiment.

 

                3. Request for a speed hump to be located at either the

                   1600 or 1700 of Laredo St.

 

                   Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, stated that he

                   would include the 1600 block of Laredo on the Speed

                   Hump Pilot Program.  The Pilot program will be

                   completed in July.

 

                He submitted the following memo:

 

                  The additional locations for consideration of speed

                  hump installation that have so far been identified by

                  City Council are included.  Those locations requested

                  at the last City Council meeting of April 24, by Cm.

                  Eliseo Valdez and Cm.  Cecilia Moreno , are also

                  included.

 

        District I        Cm. A. Agredano          None

        District II       Cm. L. Bruni             Los Ebanos St.,

                                                   2400-2500 Lane Street

        District III      Cm. J. Galo              Stone Street

        District IV       Cm. Moreno               300-400 Blk Garden,

                                                   2900-3100 Tilden,

                                                   200-300 Blk E.  Locust

        District V        Cm. E. Valdez            4200-4400 Maryland,

                                                   Allende & Martin ,

                                                   Chaparral,

                                                   Pita Drive

        District VI       Cm. J. Guerra            Plantation

                                                   Subdivision, Boise Way

        District VII      Cm. M. Alvarado          Lowry Rd.

        District VIII     Cm. C. Montalvo          None

 

                4. Status report on the traffic signal upgrade at

                   Matamoros and San Dario.

 

                   Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, stated that the

                   traffic equipment on Matamoros and San Dario is

                   obsolete.  He added that TxDot is replacing the signal

                   equipment and the project will be complete in two

                   months.

 

            C.  Request by Council Member John Amaya

 

                1. Status report on speed humps at Ochoa and Tarver

                   Elementary Schools.

 

                   Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer stated that Ochoa

                   and Tarver Elementary are currently on the Speed Hump

                   Pilot Program.

 

                2. Results of a traffic light study at Lyon and Cedar.

 

                   Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, stated that a study

                   has been issued and the results should be ready the

                   first week of July.

 

               3.  Status report on pedestrian traffic light signal at

                   San Dario and Park as to when is it going to be

                   activated by TXDOT.

 

                   Robert Murillo, Traffic Engineer, stated that Tx Dot

                   is having problems with the re-construction of the

                   frontage road due to the underground lines.  He said

                   that it would be another six months before the

                   construction was complete.  He added that the City

                   would assist TxDot to expedite the construction in

                   order to assure safety for the pedestrians.

 

            D.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

                1.  Discussion with possible action on the traffic light

                    situated at the intersection of McPherson Rd. and

                    Bustamante St., regarding the turning signal

                    synchronization.

 

                    Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, stated that they

                    will be upgrading the signal light and it would be

                    ready in three weeks.

 

                2.  Discussion with possible action on the enforcement of

                    Mobile Home Skirting and requirements within the

                    current Mobile Home Ordinance.

 

                    Motion to table.

 

                    Moved :  Cm.  Valdez

                    Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                    For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

                3.  Discussion with possible action on paving or closing

                    the 100-400 Block of Ryan Street.

 

                    Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that the

                    closing of the 100-400 block of Ryan would be added

                    to Project 62.  He stated that a report would be

                    given at the next city council meeting.

 

                4.  Request for a staff report on the status of resolving

                    the Fire Department's radio communication dead zones

                    around the County, with possible action.

 

                    Tomas Ramirez, Fire Chief, affirmed that there is a

                    dead zone problem here in Laredo.  He commented that

                    other agencies have the same problem and the solution

                    is costly.

 

                    Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, noted that staff

                    would work diligently to create several solutions for

                    the communication problems.

 

                    Cm. E. Valdez asked staff to inquire about receiving

                    some type of funding to resolve the problem.  He

                    advised staff to contact Betty Ann Kane, a Washington

                    representative, about receiving equipment from the

                    Pentagon.  He emphasized the importance of

                    communications and was gravely concerned about the

                    public that resides in the dead zone areas.

 

            E.  Request by Council Member Mario G. Alvarado

 

                1.  Status report on Mines Road Task Force activities

                    and/or recommendations for traffic control on FM1472,

                    with possible action.

 

                    Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, stated that the

                    fly-by would be open in a few days.  He stated that

                    he is continuing to monitor the traffic on Mines Road

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

        7.  Ordinance setting the maximum speed limits on that portion of

            FM1472 between Santa Maria Ave. and Pan American Blvd.,

            within the City Limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as

            45mph, 50 mph, 55 mph and 60 mph, as defined in the Texas

            Department of Transportation Control Section Map 2150-04.

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Alvarado

 

        8.  Closing as a public easement that section of the 1000 Block

            of South Buena Vista Avenue between Ligarde and Barrios

            Street, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo,

            County of Webb, Texas and providing for effective date.

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

    X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

 

        Internet Available:  //www.cityoflaredo.com

 

        Motion to waive final reading of ordinances # 2000-O-137,

        # 2000-O-138, # 2000-O-139, # 2000-O-140, # 2000-O-141,

        # 2000-O-142, # 2000-O-143, # 2000-O-144, # 2000-O-145,

        # 2000-O-146 and # 2000-O-148.

 

        Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

        Second:  Cm.  Agredano

        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        9.  2000-O-137  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.  ( City Council)

 

            Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-137.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain: 0

 

            2000-O-138  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.   (City Council)

 

            Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-138.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

            2000-O-139  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).  (Cm.  John C. Galo)

 

            Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-139 with correction

            (Conditional Use Permit)

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

            2000-O-140  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).  (Cm.  Alfredo

                        Agredano)

 

            Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-140.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

            2000-O-141  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).  (Cm. John C. Galo)

 

            Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-141 with correction

            (Conditional Use Permit)

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

            2000-O-142  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).  (Cm.  Louis H. Bruni)

 

            Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-142.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

            2000-O-143  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).  (Cm. Mario G.

                        Alvarado)

 

            Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-143.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

            2000-O-144  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.

                        (City Council)

 

            Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-144.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

            2000-O-145  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.  (City Council)

 

            Motion to adopt ordinance # 2000-O-145.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

            2000-O-146  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.  (Mayor Pro

                            Tempore Montalvo)

 

            Motion to adopt ordinance # 2000-O-146.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

            2000-O-147  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.

                        (City Council)

 

            Motion to adopt ordinance # 2000-O-147.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm. Alvarado

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

            2000-O-148  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.  (City Council)

 

            Motion to adopt ordinance # 2000-O-148.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

   XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

        10.  2000-R-080  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to

                         accept a grant from the Criminal Justice

                         Division, Office of the Governor in the amount

                         of $80,000.00 for the funding of the Violence

                         Against Women Act (VAWA) Program.  The Office of

                         the Governor is contributing $80,000.00 with the

                         City designating $35,000.00 in matching fu nds

                         for a total of $115,000.00 to fund the program.

                         Funds will be used to pay personnel salaries,

                         fringe benefits and operational expenses from

                         June 01, 2000 through May 31, 2001.

 

            Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-080.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Galo

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

        11. 2000-R-081  A resolution amending Resolution No. 98-R-198 in

                         accordance with the Uniform Relocation

                         Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act of

                         1970, as amended, to the owner of a parcel of

                         land legally described as Lots 1, 2, 3, & 4,

                         Block 1988, Eastern Division, City of Laredo,

                         Webb County, Texas.  Said parcel having been

                         acquired as authorized by Resolution No. 98-R-

                         198, to be used as part of the Airport Runway

                         Protection Zone for Runway 35L.

 

            Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-081.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Galo

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

        12. 2000-R-082  A resolution accepting the donation of the

                        "Surface Only" of a 2.6061 acre tract of land,

                        more or less, from Trend Land Development Inc., a

                        Texas Corporation.  Said 2.6061 acre tract of

                        land being situated in the Dellwood Park

                        Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas;

                        being generally described below, and more

                        particularly described by metes and bounds.

 

            Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-082.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain: 0

 

        13. 2000-R-083  A resolution accepting the donation of Access

                        Easements from Mr. Jose Luis Barroso and wife,

                        Rosalinda, from Mr.  Mario Hector Salinas, and

                        from Messrs. Rene and Armando Espitia, for the

                        maintenance of a Utility/Drainage Easement owned

                        by the City of Laredo.  Said Access Easements

                        being the South 10 feet of Lot 53, Bloc k 2, the

                        South 10 feet of Lot 54, Block 2, and 483.75 sq.

                        ft., more or less, out of Lot 55, Block 2,

                        respectively.  All being situated in the Dellwood

                        Park Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County,

                        Texas; and being described on Subdivision Plat

                        for the Barroso and Salinas Easement, and on

                        metes and bounds for the Espitia Easement.

 

            Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-083.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

        14. 2000-R-084  A resolution authorizing the use of surplus

                        proceeds from the City of Laredo - Public

                        Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO),

                        Series 97-B, in the amount of $42,938.00, to

                        complete the funds required to purchase one,

                        1,500 gpm, fire pumper truck.  The cost of the

                        new pumper truck is $325,999.00, with $283,061

                        .00 being available from the G.O.  Bond -Series

                        1997.  This truck will be assigned to Station No.

                        12.

 

            Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-084.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

        15. 2000-R-085  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to

                        proceed with scheduling public hearings on June

                        19, 2000 and June 26, 2000 regarding the calling

                        of an election for a one fourth of one percent

                        sales and use tax under Article 5190.6 of the

                        Texas Revised Civil Statutes and/or under (334 of

                        the Texas Local Government Code

                        and the scheduling of a public hearing on July

                        20, 2000, to advise the general public about the

                        cost and benefit of the proposed Laredo

                        Entertainment Center.

 

            Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-085.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

        16. 2000-R-086  Authorizing the City Manager to submit to the

                        United States Foreign-Trade Zones Board an

                        application for a boundary modification on behalf

                        of the Embarcadero Industrial Park requesting a

                        transfer of Foreign Trade Zone designation status

                        from La Barranca Ranch and known as Site No.  5

                        to the Embarcadero Industrial Park to be

                        designated as Site No.  7.  The boundary

                        modification, if approved by the Foreign Trade

                        Zones Board, will transfer Foreign Trade Zone

                        status (designation only) to 10 acres from the La

                        Barranca Ranch Site No. 5 to the Embarcadero

                        Industrial Park .

 

            Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-086.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain: 0

 

        17. 2000-R-087  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to

                        submit a full application for a site expansion,

                        if needed, to the United States Foreign Trade

                        Zones  Board on behalf of the Embarcadero

                        Industrial Park requesting the designation of 360

                        acres of foreign trade zone designation floating

                        within the 1,200 acre master planned Embarcad ero

                        Industrial Park to be designated Site No.  7

                        located on both sides of the Mines Road FM1472

                        and near the World Trade Bridge.

 

            Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-087.

 

            Moved :  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

            For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain: 0

 

  XII.  MOTIONS

 

        18.  Consideration to authorize the 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 Proj ect.

             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 Roa d.  The contract will be amended from $135,000 to

             $264,000.00.  Funding is available in the Engineering Fees

             lines item.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        19.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell two (2)

             used 1992 Dodge vehicles to our Sister City of El Cenizo,

             Texas in the amount of $1,000.00.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        20.  Consideration to renew the contract with Betty Ann Kane &

             Company, Washington, D.C., in the amount of $4,000.00 per

             month, for Washington liaison services for a term of two

             years, July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2002.  The fee for

             these services has not increased since inception of this

             contract in 1992.  Funds for this contract are available in

             the General Fund budget.  The second year funding would be

             contingent upon 2001-2002 Budget Approval.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        21.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-097, to the LOW

             BIDDER, ECCO, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $47,700.00,

             for the purchase of radio communication equipment for the

             Police Department.  The equipment includes special vehicle

             portable radio cradles, adapters, and antennas.  A total of

             sixty sets will be purchased.  The bid pricing includes

             installation on Police Department vehicles.  Delivery of

             this radio equipment is expected within sixty days.  These

             radios will be purchased using the Police Department -

             Financial Task Force Grant, Narcotics Task Force Gr ant and

             Local Law Enforcement Block Grant.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        22.  Consideration to award a six month supply contracts (FY00-

             099) to the LOW BIDDERS,  STR Tire Co., Laredo, Texas

             ($75,864.20), Tire Centers LLC., Laredo, Texas ($25,239.06),

             Goodyear Auto Store, Laredo, Texas ($24,630.00), and A to Z

             Tire & Battery, Laredo, Texas ($1,069.32) to supply tires

             and tubes for all City vehicles.  Tires are purchased on an

             as needed basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

             For:  8  Against:  0  Abstain:  0

 

        23.  Consideration to award a contract to the SOLE PROVIDER,

             Timesoft, Long Beach, CA., in the total amount of

             $28,496.50, for providing automated time recorder equipment

             and software.  The City is currently utilizing this system

             for City Hall personnel and is expanding the use of

             automated time recording for the Health Department and the

             Bridge System operation   Funding is available in the

             respective department's budgets.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        24.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-094, to the LOW

             BIDDER , Steadfast Bridge Biltolast Products, Ft. Payne,

             AL., in the amount of the $19,398.00, for the purchase of a

             pre-engineered, pre-fabricated steel pedestrian bridge.

             This bridge will span the creek to provide access to the

             Chaparral Park area.  Funding is avail able in the 1998 CO

             Account.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        25.  Consideration to award contract number 00-096, to the LOW

             BIDDER, Municipal Pipe and Fabricating Co., McAllen, Texas,

             in the estimated amount of $60,160.00, for the purchase of

             approximately eighty fire hydrants for use by the Utilities

             Department in construction and replacement projects.  The

             bid pricing will be fixed for the contract period of one

             year and all hydrants will be purchased on an as needed

             basis.   Funding is available in the Utilities Department

             Fund.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm. Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        26.  Consideration to contract number 00-102 to the LOW BIDDER,

             Al & Rob Sales, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $16,311.15,

             for the purchase of jackets, windbreakers, and Class A

             uniforms for the Fire Department.  The Fire Department

             personnel have a $500.00 yearly clothing allowance, as per

             the terms of the collective bargainin g agreement, which can

             be used for the purchase of uniforms, jackets, windbreakers,

             and safety footwear.  Delivery is expected within sixty

             days.  The City did receive a bid from Skaggs Public Safety,

             San Antonio, Texas, which was the lowest bid, how ever, this

             vendor did not sign the bid and therefore cannot be

             considered.  Funding is available in the Fire Department

             budget.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Agredano

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        27.  Consideration to ratify the purchase of spill containment

             equipment, for the Fire Department, from Complete

             Environmental Products, Houston, Texas, in the amount of

             $23,154.00.  This specialized equipment will be used to

             contain chemical spills on the Rio Grande River.  This

             purchase was authorized by City Management as an exception

             to the procurement process due to the emergency response

             needed to secure containment equipment to protect the City's

             ability to produce potable water.  Delivery of this

             equipment is expected within the next two weeks.  Funding is

             available in the Fire Department's Safety Equipment Budget.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Agredano

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        28.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-103, to the LOW

             BIDDER, Tennant, Minneapolis, MN., in the amount of

             $36,482.72, for the purchase of two riding power sweepers

             for the Bridge System.  One will be assigned to the Colombia

             Bridge and the other to the World Trade Bridge.  Funding is

             available in the Bridge Fund.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Agredano

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        29.  Consideration to amend the security guard service contract

             (FY99-129) awarded to J.M.C. Security Co., Laredo, Texas, to

             include guard services for the World Trade Bridge, in the

             estimated annual amount of $26,208.00.  Security guard

             services are required daily for eight hours Monday thru

             Friday, and sixteen hours on Saturday and Sunday.  Funding

             is available in the Bridge Systems budget

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Agredano

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        30.  Consideration to create an AD Hoc Third Party Funding

             Advisory Committee which will evaluate all Third Party

             Applications and make funding recommendations to Council.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Agredano

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        31.  Consideration to reject the two (2) bids received for the

             Three Police Substations to be located at Sierra Vista Blvd.

             at Cenizo Loop, Springfield Ave. at Ryan Street and Santa

             Maria Ave. at Ortiz St. due to the fact that the bids

             received were over budget and

             authorizing staff to modify plans and re-bid the three (3)

             substations separately.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Agredano

             Second:  Cm.  Galo

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        32.  Consideration to award an engineering contract to Rosin

             Group, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed

             $65,000.00 for architectural design and construction

             administration work necessary building and site design

             services and preparation of plans and specifications for the

             Fire Station No. 12 located at Bob Bullock Loop in the

             vicinity of TAMIU.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Amaya

             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        33.  Consideration to approve Change Order no. 10, a net increase

             of $101,547.43 to the construction contract with M W

             Builders, Inc., contractors for the Border Facilities for

             the World Trade Bridge for additions/deletions of

             construction items to enhance operations namely: modify duct

             bank system for SW Bell and Time Warner; add voice and data

             boxes, electrical circuits and cabinetry to Federal

             Inspection Offices; add exhaust devices, concrete barriers,

             hydro mulch, sod, erosion controls, CCTV cameras; and

             channelization curbing, lane dividers, and signage to

             separate truck types ; also delete the remaining portion of

             the CP&L allowance to offset added expenses.  Funding is

             available in the SIB Loan, Tax Exempt Bond and Taxable Bond.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Amaya

             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        34.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 for an

             increase amount of $14,937.80 for subgrade stabilization and

             to add 12 calendar days to the construction contract with

             Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the University

             Blvd.  Extension Project.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Amaya

             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        35.  Consideration to award an engineering contract to Rosin

             Group, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed

             $35,000.00 for surveys, design and preparation of plans and

             specifications for the City Wide - Sidewalks Project No. 12

             (33 Blocks).  Funding is available in the CD - School

             Sidewalks Account.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Amaya

             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        36.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a

             Lease Agreement between the City of Laredo and Fasken

             Properties, Ltd., for the purpose of allowing the City of

             Laredo to place a modular building on property located on

             Atlanta Drive, adjacent to the Deerfield Subdivision, at no

             rental cost to house the WIC and Health Prom otion Programs.

             The term of the agreement shall be for five years beginning

             December 1, 1999, through November 30, 2004.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Alvarado

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        37.  Consideration to approve the execution of a contract for

             legal representation between the City of Laredo and its Tax

             Assessor/Collector, and the law firm of Jones and Gonzalez,

             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 produc tion.

             Instructing staff to fund such contract from the City of

             Laredo Mineral Leases Fund and setting up a reimbursement

             mechanism to reimburse the Mineral Lease Fund once revenues

             are realized.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

             For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

        38.  Consideration to approve the execution of contract for legal

             representation for the City of Laredo by the Law Firm of

             Bickerstaff, Heath Et Al., to prepare and file a law suit

             against the Texas Department of Transportation regarding its

             failure to follow the intent of S. B. 913 for implementation

             of "One-Stop" Border Inspection Stations and its plans to

             implement the "Two-Stop" Border Inspection Stations pursuant

             to Texas Transportation Commission Minute Order No.  108047.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

             For:  8                          Against:  0

             Abstain:  0

 

 XIII.  STAFF REPORT

 

        39.  Presentation regarding the City of Laredo's Foreign Trade

             Zone Program and its acreage designation at the Laredo

             International Airport.

 

             Charles Martens read the following letter:

 

               On May 2, 2000 a meeting of the Airport Advisory Committee

               was called to order.  At this time the Airport Director's

               Office requested a transfer of 200 acres of the City of

               Laredo's Foreign Trade Zone Status without any background

               information for us to consider, with no bid or due process

               posting.  On the May 2nd meeting I abstained from the

               discussion and from the vote on the FTZ issue due to a

               possible conflict of interest.  The recommendation from

               staff to transfer the 200 acres failed

               unanimously due to lack of information.

 

               During the May 2nd Advisory Committee Meeting the board

               felt it necessary to hold some workshops to discuss

               establishing a fair due process on Foreign Trade Zone

               Procedures, Policies and Transfers from public ownership

               to private ownership.  We were held up in a dilemma.  We

               didn't exactly know what to do here we were with

               developers sitting there it was a rather unusual position

               that your staff placed on the Airport Advisory Board.

               During the first workshop May 30th I indicated that the

               May

               2nd and the April 17th Airport Advisory Committee Meeting

               covering the Foreign Trade Zone Conveyance was also

               improperly posted.   During the May 30th workshop the

               Airport Director chose to post for council review, some

               resolutions without Airport Ad visory Committee review

               which I also believe circumvented due process.

 

               Jose Flores, Airport Director, reported that Humberto

               Garza is the Operations Manager who oversees the Foreign

               Trade Program.

 

             He read the following report:

 

               Foreign-trade zones are secure areas under U. S. Customs

               supervision that are considered outside the Customs

               territory of the United States for the purposes of Customs

               duty payment.  Located in or near U.  S.  Customs ports of

               entry, they are the U.  S .  version of what are know

               internationally as Free Trade Zones.  Authority for

               establishing these facilities is granted by the Foreign-

               Trade Zones Board under the Foreign-Grade Zones Act of

               1934, as amended (19 U.  S. C.  81a-81u), and the Board's

               regulations (15 C.  F.  R.  Part 400).  The Executive

               Secretariat of the Board is located within the Import

               Administration of the U.  S.  Department of Commerce,

               Washington, D.  C.  20230.

 

               Foreign and domestic merchandise may, subject to FTZ Board

               and Customs regulations, be moved into zones for

               operations not otherwise prohibited by law involving

               storage, exhibition, assembly, manufacturing, processing.

               All zone activity is subject to public interest review,

               and all manufacturing and processing activity requires a

               case-by-case review.  Under zone procedures the usual

               formal Customs entry procedure and payment of duties is

               not required on the foreign merchandise unless and until

               it enters Customs territory for domestic consumption, in

               which case the importer normally has a choice of paying

               duties either on the original foreign materials or the

               finished product.  Domestic goods moved into a zone for

               export are considered

               exported upon entering the zone for purposes of excise tax

               rebates and drawback.

 

               George Martinez, TransMaritime Inc. representative, asked

               City Council to modify the Foreign Trade Zone.   He stated

               that it would behoove the company and assist them in

               competing with other border cities.

 

  XIV.  ADJOURNMENT                                  Time: 9:35 p.m.

 

        Motion to adjourn.

 

        Moved :  Cm.  Bruni

        Second:  Cm.  Galo

        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 32 are

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

on the 5th day of June, 2000.

 

________________________

Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,

City Secretary