CITY OF LAREDO

                                                CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                             M2000-R-17

                                              CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                  1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                   LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                            JUNE 26, 2000

                                                                 5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present Mayor Elizabeth G.  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,                                                 Mayor Pro Tempore, District VI

            Jose Alberto Valdez, Jr.,                                   Councilmember, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                   Councilmember, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara,                                             City Secretary

            Cynthia Collazo,                                               Acting City Manager

            Larry Dovalina,                                                 Acting City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                    City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            Invitations

 

            Recognitions

 

            Communiqués

 

            a.  Request by the Laredo Country Club for a permit for fire works display for their Annual

                 4th of July Celebration.

 

Patricia Guajuardo, representative for the Laredo Country Club, asked City Council to approve of a permit for the fire works display to be held on July 4, 2000. 

 

                 Motion to accept the request from the Country Club.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            b.  Mayor Flores read the following letter from Oversized Load Escort Service:

 

As frequent customers of the Traffic Safety Department, we are taking this opportunity to inform you of the excellent job that Mr.  Juan Morales and his staff perform in their department.  In our business, related to transporting oversized loads within the city limits, we are constantly facing challenges and concerns related to the safe movement of these loads.  In this regard, the staff of the Traffic Safety Department has proven itself time and again in answering our questions and in helping us resolve our problems.  They have taken time, may times outside business hours, to help us ensure that particular loads are transported fast and efficiently across the city limits.  I believe that they have a genuine desire to make a positive difference in helping to keep Laredo the top commercial traffic in land port.

 

We hope that you will keep in mind the efforts of the Traffic Safety Department and its excellent employees and recognize them properly when evaluating their performance.

 

In you have any questions please let me know.  Thank you for your time and attention.

 

Sincerely yours,

Sylvia L. Garza

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Appointment of Maria Elena Guzman by Council Member Alfredo Agredano to the

                 Third Party Funding Committee.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            b.  Appointment by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr., of Susan Foster to the Third Party

                 Funding Committee, Richard Perales to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee

                 and Jose Diaz De Leon and Gregorio Benavides, Jr.,  to the Redistricting Committee.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

c.  Appointment by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr. of Maria de la Luz Flores to the

                 Third Party Funding Committee, Manuel E. Perez to the Parks and Recreations Advisory

                 Committee, Trent M. Stricker to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee and

                 Richard E. Raymond to the Transportation & Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing concerning an application by Victoria Investment Properties and Muller

and Muller amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 10 and Lot 9 less E 4.44', Block 120, Western Division, located at 919 San Bernardo Ave. from CBD (Central Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change and approval of a 5 year C.U.P. for a Bus Stop.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 10 and

     Lot 9 less E 4.44', Block 120, Western Division, located at 919 San Bernardo Ave. from

     CBD (Central Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for  

     publication and effective date.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a Conditional Use Permit.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

     Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

     For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

 

2.  Public hearing concerning an application by Reymundo A. Flores amending the Zoning

Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning N1/3 of Lot 1 and S1/3 of Lot 3, Block 552, Western Division, located at 2404 Main Ave. from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning N1/3 of Lot 1 and S1/3 of Lot 3, Block 552, Western Division, located at 2404 Main Ave. from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

     For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mr.  & Mrs.  Reymundo Flores, applicants, appeared before City Council to request approval for the purposed use of a Day Care Center.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a Conditional Use Permit with the following restrictions:

 

       1.)  The Conditional Use Permit is issued to Rosa Flores and is nontransferable.

       2.)  The Conditional Use Permit is restricted to the site plan.

       3.)  The Conditional Use Permit is restricted to a daycare.

       4.)  Opaque fencing of seven (7) ft. or higher shall surround the property.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

     Second:  Cm.  Bruni

     For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Ramirez

 

3.  Public hearing concerning an application by John J. Jacaman, amending the Zoning

Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 49.71 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of the Bob Bullock Loop and north of the proposed Jacaman Rd. extension from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) and AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 49.71 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of the Bob Bullock Loop and north of the proposed Jacaman Rd. extension from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) and AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:  8                                 Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Miguel Orozco, from Scherffey Engineering, representing the Jacaman Family appeared to answer any questions from the Council.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and table.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

4.  Public hearing concerning an application by Steve Whitworth, Lago Del Mar Ltd.,

amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for mini storage warehouse on Lot 1, Block 1, Lago Del Mar Subdivision, Unit II, located on the east side of Bartlett Ave. and south of Del Mar Blvd.  The current zoning for this site is B-3 (Community Business District)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for mini storage warehouse on Lot 1, Block 1, Lago Del Mar Subdivision, Unit II, located on the east side of Bartlett Ave. and south of Del Mar Blvd.  The current zoning for this site is B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Agredano

    For:  8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

5.  Public hearing concerning an application by Andres Varela, amending the Zoning

Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5A and N1/2 of Lot 3, Block 254, Western Division, located at 1414 Santa Maria Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5A and     N1/2 of Lot 3, Block 254, Western Division, located at 1414 Santa Maria Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Sally Varela, applicant, spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with a Conditional use permit for one  

year.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Ramirez

 

6.  Public hearing to create a Special Paving Permit, suspending platting and certain survey

requirements for a six month period to allow for the paving of parking lots; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

     Creating a Special Paving Permit, suspending platting and certain survey requirements

     for a six (6) month period to allow for the paving of parking lots; providing for

     publication and effective date.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

     Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

     For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  Public hearing providing community residents an opportunity to comment on the City of

Laredo 2000-2005 (5 year) Consolidated Plan, Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER), and One-Year Action Plan on the use of the 26th Action Year Community Development Block Grant ($4,316,000.00), Program Income ($98,352.00), 2000 HOME Investment Partnerships 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.  Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Agredano

     For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, presented a comprehensive report on the Consolidated Plan, Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report and the One-Year Action Plan.  

 

As a result of this particular funding he named the following projects:

 

123 Blocks of Sidewalks

Market Street Tennis Courts

Park Improvements

Demolition of buildings on Cedar Street

ADA Sidewalk compliance in conjunction with the Paseo de Latino downtown

43 intersections streetlights

333 traffic street signs

Preliminary work on the Zacate Creek Phase I

Worked on Paving Project 61

Acquisition of the Plaza Theater

Code Enforcements Activities

Graffiti Removal

Design Work on the East Hachar Recreation Center

Housing Rehab Loans

Acquisition for the La Fayette Street Widening Project

Design work on Zacate Phase II Project

Clark/Hendricks the Birds of Buenos Ayeres Project

 

He added that it is important to prioritize the needs of the citizens of Laredo.  He reported the number of Laredoans that has received assistance from certain programs through Community Development Projects.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra requested an update from staff on the 1.3 million dollar railroad overpass project at the Unitec Industrial Park. 

 

Luis Diaz De Leon, interested citizen, requested funding to end the stench of the Zacate Creek. 

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

8.  Public hearing and final reading of ordinance ordering and proclaiming a Special

Election to be held on Saturday, August 12, 2000, designating polling places, providing for publication in reference to an election for the approval of a sports and community venue project ("The Laredo Entertainment Center") and for one-fourth of one percent sales and use tax and authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract agreement to conduct said Special Election and other matters relating thereto.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Ordering and proclaiming a Special Election to be held on Saturday, August 12, 2000, designating polling places, providing for publication in reference to an election for the approval of a sports and community venue project ("The Laredo Entertainment Center") and for one-fourth of one percent sales and use tax and authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract agreement to conduct said Special Election and other matters relating thereto.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cynthia Collazo, Acting City Manager, highlighted sections in the ordinance pertaining to the election.  She added that the City has received a determination from the Comptroller of Public Accounts that the Sports and Community Venue project will not have a significant negative physical impact on state revenue.

 

Irene Flores spoke in favor of the arena.  She stated her opinion was due to a disappointing experience she had because of the inability of Laredo’s facilities to accommodate the abundance of people that attend graduation ceremonies.  Finally, she stated that the arena would enhance entertainment for the entire family and would mark Laredo on the map as a diversified city.

 

Charles Martens stated that he was presently undecided about his decision in the proposed arena because he needed more information.  

 

Aldo Tatangelo stated that he was in favor of a facility for entertainment.  However, he felt like the new facility should be included in the revitalization of the river frontage.  He suggested renovation of an existing facility similar to other cities in Texas.  He asked the Council to slow down the process and take a better look at the all possibilities that are obtainable.

 

Luis Diaz De Leon stated that he is opposed to the arena mainly because of the amount of money that is involved.  He asked the Council to postpone the election and acquire more information.

 

Jesus Hernandez spoke in favor of the arena for the youth.   He enthusiastically encouraged the youth to speak up for their future.

 

Jesus Ponce asked how much land would be included in the arena site.  He also asked the Council to protect the citizens of the community against indebtedness in the event the project is a failure. 

 

Rafael Garcia stated that he would support the arena if they would promote a Major League Soccer League rather than hockey.

 

Luis Dovalina spoke in favor of the arena project.  He was impressed with the concept and goals of the proposal.  He added that Laredoans should envision a positive outlook for Laredo.

 

Michelle Martinez, Danny Martinez and Jessie Garcia spoke in favor of the arena.  They reiterated the fact that the arena would enhance entertainment opportunities for the youth of Laredo. 

 

Julian Delgado spoke in opposition to the arena with a plea to revisit the project.  He stated that the project was irresponsible and an enormous waste of money.  He added that the possibility of having famous people entertain in Laredo was delusional.

 

Ms.  Christine Lopez was in favor of the arena.  She emphasized that the arena would generate jobs for Laredo. 

 

Javier Mendoza was suspicious of the Council’s interest in Arena Ventures.  He insinuated that their support might be questionable.  He expressed his support for an arena but stated that allowing Arena Ventures into the project was absurd.

 

Richard Mendoza spoke against the project.  He commented that top names would not come to Laredo to perform.  He was also concerned with property taxes. 

 

Mercurio Martinez, III, briefed the public on the proposed Multi Use Laredo Entertainment Center.  He stated that the entertainment center is a 35 million dollar venture designed to improve the quality of life in Laredo by bringing nationally recognized entertainment.  He added that the true value of the Laredo Entertainment Center is a diversed mix of events to satisfy all interests.  He explained that such a facility will treat Laredoans to a variety of cultural and entertainment activity year round.  He pointed out that the citizens would be able to comfortably enjoy events such as concerts, family shows like the circus or  Disney on Ice, wrestling, boxing, rodeos, festivals, trade shows and the all too familiar graduations. 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, explained the exact location of the proposed arena and why that particular area would be the most appropriate location to serve the growing community of Laredo.

 

Cynthia Collazo, Acting City Manager, stated that the Laredo Entertainment Center would be constructed on 25 acres.  In addition, Arena Ventures has an additional 55 acres to develop.  The advantages for the city is that the additional development that would occur as part of the arena would greatly enhance the economic tax base as well as the property tax base of the community. 

 

Mayor Flores exemplified the fact that she and the Council have gone through a very meticulous and lengthy process in obtaining thorough information about the entertainment center. 

 

Kiki de Ayala, representative from Arena Ventures, stated that some individuals have been misinformed. He stated that Arena Ventures is trying diligently to advertise in order to inform the public of the correct facts.

 

He added that Laredo should be very honored that SMG, the worlds largest booking company, is willing to enter into a contract by bringing spectacular entertainment to Laredo. 

 

Heberto Ramirez, Budget Director, stated that the arena project is “project specific” therefore, the sales tax would only be used for the arena.  He also informed the Council that unlike 1982 or 1994 the economy is more diversified and is able to support the arena project.

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, reminded the Council that the city is only binded by a letter of intent.  He added that if the election fails on August 12th that the project would be terminated with no expense.  However, if the citizens approve the project, then the City will have 180 days to negotiate with Arena Ventures. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra stated that he was opposed to the arena.

 

Cm.  Ramirez stated that he was also opposed to the arena.  

 

Cm.  Galo voiced his support for the arena and referred to the project as a dream.  He encouraged the public to exercise their right to vote on August 12, 2000.  He reminded the public that the additional tax increase could not be used for developing or repairing any areas of the city other than the arena. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:  6                                             Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                                                                        Cm.  Ramirez

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  Public hearing amending the Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Administration,

     Article I, In General, Section 2-3, Fees for City Services, Subsection (b) providing for   

     charges for the duplication of EMS Activity Report Records; providing for severability 

     and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

                 Amending the Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, In

General, Section 2-3, Fees for City Services, Subsection (b) providing for charges for the duplication of EMS Activity Report Records; providing for severability and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

          10.  Public hearing amending Ordinance No. 91-O-246 to increase the fee from $1.00 to

     $4.00 per person for the administration of immunization at the City of Laredo Health

     Department, and setting a maximum fee of $12.00 per family.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

     Amending Ordinance No. 91-O-246 to increase the fee from $1.00 to $4.00 per person 

     for the administration of immunization at the City of Laredo Health Department, and

     setting a maximum fee of $12.00 per family.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

11.  A.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1.  Status report on opening the landfill on Sunday.

 

Oscar Medina, Assistant Director Public Works, recognized Randall 

Kippenbrok, Manager of the Land field, who asked the council for time to do an analysis of the cost opening later and closing later.

 

2.  Status report on the paving of the 3500 block of South Bartlett and the three

     blocks on Ejido St., north of Loop 20.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, asked the if they could put the item on the agenda at a later date.  

 

                   B.  Request by Council Member John Amaya

 

1.  Status report, with possible action, on the curb and gutter cave-in at 2800 Cedar.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that the curb and gutter cave in at the 2700 block of Cedar is not in the current budget.  He will research the project and see if the city can fund the project in-house. 

           

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

12.  An ordinance  authorizing the City Manager to execute a Outgrant No. DTFA07-84-L-

01097 between the United States of America, as Lessor, and the City of Laredo, as Lessee, for the purpose of leasing the Air Traffic Control Tower Building and its electronic equipment.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing April 1, 2000, and ending on March 31, 2005.  Rent shall be $1.00.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Autophone of

Laredo, Inc., for approximately 5,672 square feet constituting Building No. 962 located at 1816 Pappas Street.  Lease term is for 20 years commencing on October 1, 2000 and ending September 30, 2020.  New monthly rent shall be $3,403.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted by Fair Market Rental Appraisal on the 10th anniversary.  Current monthly rent is $2,253.86.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease amendment to the lease

agreement between the City of Laredo and Barker Aeromotive approved by Ordinance No. 91-O-097 dated May 6, 1991 for Hangar No. 1309 consisting of approximately 21,482 square feet of hangar and lobby space located at 4015 North Jarvis Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Said amendment extending the term of the lease agreement from twenty (20) years to twenty-nine (29) years ending on June 30, 2020 and may be extended for two (2) terms of five (5) years, ending on June 30, 2025 and June 30, 2030, respectively.  Monthly rental shall be adjusted based on changes in the Consumer Price Index and the rental obligation shall be further adjusted based on Fair Market Appraisal at each ten-year anniversary.  

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

15.  An ordinance granting a Transitting License to Williams Communications, Inc. d/b/a

Vyvx, Inc. (in the State of Texas), to erect, construct, maintain, and operate a wire telecommunications system for a term of four (4) years with one (1), four (4) year renewal option pursuant to the City of Laredo's Wire Telecommunications System Registration and Licensing Ordinance of 1998- #98-O-353; and providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Internet Available:  ///www.cityoflaredo.com

 

Motion to waive final readings of Ordinances # 2000-O-149,  # 2000-O-156, # 2000-O-157, # 2000-O-158, # 2000-O-159, # 2000-O-160 and # 2000-O-161.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:  8                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

16.  2000-O-149  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Fire

Department FY1999-2000 Budget in the amount of $2,901.50 for a total 

of $10,401.50 distributed from Senate Bill 102 EMS/Trauma Systems Care Fund to be used toward the purchase of educational, communication and training equipment.  Original budgeted amount for FY1999-2000 was $7,500.00. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-149.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2000-O-156  Approve of amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of 

                                        Health and budget revision in the amount of $20,000.00 in additional f 

                                        funds for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS 

                                        (HOPWA) Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period

                                        beginning February 1, 2000, through January 31, 2001; and increase

    revenue line item 226-0000-323-4058 from $74,409.00 to $94,409.00 and

    expenditure line item 226-6018 from $74,409.00 to $94,409.00.  (City  

    Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-156.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

 2000-O-157  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo's 1999-2000

    Annual Budget in the amount of $380,000.00 for the upgrade of the

    Laredo Police Department's communication system and to pay for the

    security fence around the narcotics building.  The upgrade of the

    communications system is not to exceed $350,000.00.  Funding is

    available from the opening balance of the Laredo Police Department's

    Trust Fund. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-157.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2000-O-158  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo's 1999-2000

    annual budget in the amount of $208,466.00 for the Local Law

    Enforcement Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  This

    project funds the salaries, fringe benefits, overtime, and equipment for

    support personnel.  Two additional clerical staff members will be added. 

    The U.S. Department of Justice will designate $158,466.00 and the City of

    Laredo will designate $50,000.00 to fund this grant from October 1, 1999

    through September 30, 2001.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-158.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2000-O-159  Amending the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of

    $1,552,624.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotic Task Force.  The 

    Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating

    $1,164,624.00 and the City of Laredo will be designating $175,000.00

    from the opening fund balance and $213,156.00 of personnel salary

    contributions for a total amount of $388,156.00 in matching funds. 

    Funding will be used to pay salaries, fringe benefits, overtime expenses,

    indirect operating expenses, and equipment from June 1, 2000 through

    May 31, 2001.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-159.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-160  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a Foreign-Trade

Zone Operators Agreement between the City of Laredo, as Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 and with Geologistics Americas, Inc., as Zone Site Operator of an approximate 4,810 square foot facility located at the Killam Industrial Park, Site No. 3.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-160.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-161  Ordering and proclaiming a Special Election to be held on Saturday,

August 12, 2000, designating polling places, providing for publication in reference to an election for the approval of a sports and community venue project ("The Laredo Entertainment Center") and for one-fourth of one percent sales and use tax and authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract agreement to conduct said Special Election and other matters relating thereto.   (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-161.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

17.  2000-R-093  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to spend $800,000.00 for

construction of the 16-inch water line on Highway 359 as the City of Laredo's contribution to the Colonias Water and Wastewater Improvement Project.

                                               

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-093.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                                        Second:  Cm.  Galo

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

18.  Consideration to award a contract in the amount of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00)

to SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect, Inc.) to fund the 4th of July Family Fiesta and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract, and fund the contract form FY1999-2000 account number 244-4930-553-5423.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

 

19.  Report on new proposed Municipal Court Building cost estimate and schematic design

       prepared by Mr. John Hickey, Architect.

 

       John Hickey, Architect, presented the schematic design.

 

Judge Rosario Tijerina asked the Council for their support.

 

John Hickey, local practicing architect, spoke on the proposed Laredo Municipal Court Building.  He submitted the following Construction Cost Estimate.

 

Division 1 – General Requirements                                              Estimated Cost

Mobilization – stakeout and surveying                                            15,820.00

Schedules, Reports, Permits                                                           10,170.00

Samples & Shop Drawings                                                              8,814.00

Temporary Facilities                                                                      16,498.00

Temporary Signs                                                                             2,825.00

Project Utilities                                                                              11,865.00

Clean Up & Close Out                                                                  11,865.00

Bonds & Insurance                                                                        62,500.00

                                                                                                140,357.00

Division 2 – Site work

Clear Site                                                                                        8,500.00

Soil Treatment                                                                                 3,585.00

Excavation – Beams                                                                        1,806.25

Compacted Fill                                                                                2,893.75

Landscaping Allowance                                                                 19,500.00

                

36,285.00

Division 3 – Concrete

Reinforced Steel                                                                            18,550.00

Concrete Formwork                                                                      38.350.00

Concrete Finish – Curing                                                               19,120.00

Ready Mix Concrete 3000 PSI                                                      28,600.00

Concrete Accessories                                                                      5,650.00

Second Floor Lightweight Concrete                                                        0.00

                                                                                                107,770.00

Division 4 – Masonry

Split – face CMU                                                                          258,500.00

CMU                                           

Masonry Accessories                                                                        5,650.00

Masonry Cleaning                                                                            10,170.00

Stucco                                                                                             40,680.00

                                                                                                     315,000.00

Division 5 – Metals

Structural Steel                                                                              135,600.00

Miscellaneous Steel                                                                         45,200.00

 

                                                                                                180,800.00

Division 6 – Carpentry      

Rough Carpentry

Miscellaneous Rough Framing                                                          24,860.00

¾ “ CDX Plywood Decking                                                            21,187.50

Pre-Engineered Roof Trusses                                                         101,700.00

Fasteners & Misc.                                                                           24,860.00

                                                                                                     172,607.50

Finish Carpentry

Door & Window Wood Trims – Interior                                          24,000.00

Shelving                                                                                           56,000.00

Millwork                                                                                       168,750.00

                                                                                                248,750.00

Division 7  - Thermal/Moisture Protection

Standing Seam Metal Roof                                                            90,000.00

Insulation                                                                                       35,850.00

Sealants & Caulkings                                                                     11,300.00

                                                                                                     137,150.00

Division 8 – Doors – Windows & Glass

Storefront Glass                                                                             45,200.00

Exterior Fixed Glass Windows w/Aluminum Frame                           6,732.00

Exterior Hollow Metal Doors w/Frame                                             2,380.00

Interior s.c. Wood Doors w/Frame                                                11.900.00

Exterior Glass Storefront Doors                                                        4,072.00

Overhead Door and Opener                                                             6,780.00

Door Hardware Allowance                                                            22,600.00

Hardware Millwork Allowance                                                         8,000.00

                                                                                                     107,664.00

Division 9 – Finishes

Suspended Acoustical Ceilings                                                         71,700.00

Paint interior Walls                                                                         550,000.00

12 x 12 Tile Flooring                                                                     130,872.50

4x4 Ceramic – Wet Areas – Walls                                                   18,645.00

4x4 Wet Areas – Floors                                                                  10,257.50

                                                                                                     781,475.00

Division 10 Specialties

Bathroom Accessories                                                                   10,170.00

Signage                                                                                           6,780.00

                                                                                                     16,950.00

Division 11 – Equipment                                                                Not in contract

Division 12 – Furnishings                                                               Not in contract

Division 13 – Special Construction                                                 Not in contract

Division 14 – Conveying Systems                                                   Not in contract

Division 15 – Mechanical

HVAC                                                                                          45,500.00

Plumbing                                                                                       45,500.00

                                                                                                     91,000.00

 

Division 16 – Electrical

Electrical                                                                                       66,800.00


Total                                                                                             2,402,608.50

Total Cost per sq. ft.                                                                                100.53

 

       Motion to accept the design.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  Agredano

       For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  Consideration to amend the City of Laredo Protocol Handbook - Section VI - H(5)

"Appointees who are reappointed by a different Mayor or Council Member and who have not served a total of eight years shall serve for extended terms concurrent with terms of their new appointing officials, provided that they serve no longer than a total of eight years in any appointed capacity or combination thereof, except in a "holdover" capacity defined as when the appointing council member is him or herself in a holdover seat or the new council member has not yet appointed his or her representative".

 

Motion to approve as written.     

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:  2                                           Against:  6                                            Abstain:  0

Cm.  Bruni                                    Cm.  Agredano

Cm.  Ramirez                                Cm.  Galo

                                                                        Cm.  Amaya

                                                                        Cm.  E.  Valdez

                                                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                                                                        Cm.  Ramirez

 

A motion was made to approve that appointees may serve no more than eight years in one committee and no more than 16 years combined

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                   For:  6                                           Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm.  Bruni

                                                                        Cm.  Ramirez

 

21.  Consideration to amend the City of Laredo Protocol Handbook - Section XII-A

       regarding the order of seating of the City Council.

 

       Motion to approve the seating of council members according to the District number.

 

       Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

       Second:  Cm.  Bruni

       For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

22.  Staff report on the circulation study for Lamar Middle School, as presented by Traffic

Engineers, Inc., in conjunction with the widening of Lane Street between Milmo and Arkansas and authorizing staff to proceed to negotiate right of way (r.o.w.) donation, as needed, with adjoining property owners for this project.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, gave a presentation before the council.

 

Mayor Flores asked City Managers to contact Laredo Independent School District for a time line of their construction.

 

Motion to negotiate right of way donation, as needed with adjoining property owners. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

XIV.    ADJOURNMENT                                                                             Time:  9:12 p.m.

 

            Motion to adjourn

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:  8                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 19 are true, complete and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on the 26th day of June, 2000.

 

                                                                               _____________________

                                                                                           Gustavo Guevara

                                                                                           City Secretary