CITY OF LAREDO

                           CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                M2000-R-20

                           CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                            1110 HOUSTON STREET

                            LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                               JULY 24, 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                   Council Member, District I

       Louis H. Bruni                     Council Member, District II

       John C. Galo                       Council Member, District III

       Johnny Amaya                       Council Member, District IV

       Eliseo Valdez, Jr.                 Council Member, District V

       Joe A. Guerra                      Mayor Pro Tempore, District VI

       Jose A. Valdez, Jr.                Council Member, District VII

       Juan Ramirez                       Council Member, District VIII

       Cynthia Collazo                    Acting City Manager

       Larry Dovalina                     Acting City Manager

       Jaime Flores                       City Attorney

 

  IV.  MINUTES

 

       None.

 

   V.  COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

       Announcements

         None.

 

       Invitations

         None.

 

       Recognitions

 

         a.  Recognition to Sgt. Jose Jalomo, Jr., of the Laredo Police

             Department who recently returned for the Federal Bureau of

             Investigation's National Academy (FBINA) as he graduated

             from the 201st Session, in Quantico, Virginia, on June 16,

             2000.

 

             Mayor Flores and the City Council recognized Sgt. Jose

             Jalomo, Jr. for his dedication and achievements in law

             enforcement and presented him with a plaque for his

             outstanding accomplishments.

 

       Communiques

 

         Cm. Jose A. Valdez, Jr. read a letter from the Texas Department

         of Transportation in connection with one of his agenda items

         discussed at a previous meeting.  The Texas Department of

         Transportation reported that the city could not have a non-

         commercial traffic lane established on the Mines Road between

         Killiam Industrial Blvd. and Santa Maria Ave.

 

  VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

       a.  Appointment of Ana Maria Montoya by Council Member Eliseo

           Valdez, Jr., to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

           Motion to approve.

 

           Moved :  Cm. Galo

           Second:  Cm. Amaya

           For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

 VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

           the Texas Department of Health and Budget revision in the

           amount of $12,000.00 for the La Familia Health Care Program of

           the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning

           September 1, 1999, through August 31, 2000.

 

                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

           Approval of an amendment of the contract with the Texas

           Department of Health and Budget revision in the amount of

           $12,000.00 for the La Familia Health Care Program of the City

           of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September

           1, 1999, through August 31, 2000; and decrease revenue line

           item 226-0000-323-4036 from $200,000 to $188,000 and

           expenditure line item 226-6007 from $200,000 to $188,000.

 

           Motion to open the public hearing.

 

           Moved :  Cm. Galo

           Second:  Cm. Bruni

           For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

           There was no public input.

 

           Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

           Moved :  Cm. Guerra

           Second:  Cm. Agredano

           For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

           Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

       2.  Public hearing concerning an application by Angel R. Laurel,

           Jr., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo

           by amending Ordinance 99-O-196, authorizing a name change on

           the Conditional Use Permit, for used clothing sales, from Dan

           iel B.  Hastings, Sr. to Angel R. Laurel, Jr. on Lots 6 and 8,

           Block 195, Western Division, located at 1119 Flores Avenue.

           The current zoning for this site is CBD (Central Business

           District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended

           approval o f the proposed amendment to the Conditional Use

           Permit.

 

                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

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

           amending Ordinance 99-O-196, authorizing a name change on the

           Conditional Use Permit, for used clothing sales, from Daniel

           B. Hastings, Sr. to Angel R. Laurel, Jr. on Lots 6 and 8,

           Block 195, Western Division, located at 1119 Flores Avenue;

           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. Guerra

           Second:  Cm. E. Valdez

           For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

           Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Ramirez

 

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

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

           rezoning 1.680 acres, as further described by metes and

           bounds, located on the northwest corner of Jacaman Rd. and the

           Bartlett Avenue extension, from R-1 (Single Family Residential

           District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning

           and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the B-4 and

           approval of a B-1 (Limited Business District).

 

                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

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

           rezoning 1.680 acres, as further described by metes and

           bounds, located on the northwest corner of Jacaman Rd. and the

           Bartlett Avenue extension, from R-1 (Single Family

           Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District);

           providing for publication and effective date.

 

           Motion to open the public hearing.

 

           Moved :  Cm. Bruni

           Second:  Cm. Agredano

           For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

           Ron Whitehawk, Cherokee Engineering, spoke in favor of the

           zone change to a B-1 designation.  He mentioned that this

           zoning change would allow for the development of a convenience

           store together with a gasoline station type facility.  He

           added that it will be a necessary neighborhood convenience and

           asked that the City Council approve this zone change.

 

           Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Director, provided

           information that his department favors the requested zone

           change to a B-1 designation rather than to a B-4 designation.

 

           Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

           Moved :  Cm. Bruni

           Second:  Cm. Galo

           For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

           Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Bruni

 

       4.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Annual

           Budget by creating 4 new positions for Parks and Recreation

           Department, D.  D. Hachar Recreation Center, authorizing the

           City Manager to implement said amendment.

 

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

           An ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Annual

           Budget by creating 4 new positions for the Parks and

           Recreation Department, D. D. Hachar Recreation Center,

           authorizing the City Manager to implement said amendment.

 

           Motion to open the public hearing.

 

           Moved :  Cm. Galo

           Second:  Cm. Agredano

           For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

           There was no public input.

 

           Cm. Galo mentioned that this issue did not need to be

           presented at the budget hearing because it had previously been

           approved and funded.

 

           Cm. Ramirez inquired as to the budgeted amounts for the four

           new positions.

 

           John Vidaurri, Parks and Recreation Director, responded that

           the total amount for the four positions is $79,691.05.

 

           Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

           Moved :  Cm. Agredano

           Second:  Cm. Galo

           For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

           Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

       5.  Public hearing authorizing the transfer from Mineral Leases

           Fund to the Capital Improvements Fund in the amount of

           $115,080.00 to partially fund the development of a 4.16 acre

           neighborhood park located in Eastwoods Subdivision at the 3600

           block of Sheffield and Derby in District II; amending the City

           of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Annual Budget for General Fund by

           appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of

           $108,201.28 as proceeds from the settlement of a lawsuit

           styled City of San Beni to, et al., vs. P.G.  & E. Gas

           Transmission; transferring $66,920.00 to the Capital

           Improvements Fund to provide additional funding for Eastwoods

           Park and the COPS Substation to be located at Springfield Ave.

           and Ryan St. in District V, and authorizin g the City Manager

           to implement said Budget.

 

                           INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

           Authorizing the transfer from Mineral Leases Fund to the

           Capital Improvements Fund in the amount of $115,080.00 to

           partially fund the development of a 4.16 acre neighborhood

           park located in Eastwoods Subdivision at the 3600 block of

           Sheffield and Derby in District II; amending the City of

           Laredo FY 1999-2000 Annual Budget for General Fund by

           appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of

           $108,201.28 as proceeds from the settlement of a lawsuit

           styled City of San Benito , et al., vs. P.G.  & E. Gas

           Transmission; transferring $66,920.00 to the Capital

           Improvements Fund to provide additional funding for Eastwoods

           Park and the COPS Substation to be located at Springfield Ave.

           and Ryan St. in District V, and authorizing the City Manager

           to implement said Budget.

 

           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. Bruni

           Second:  Cm. Agredano

           For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

           Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

        6.  A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

                1.  Presentation of the Texas Border Infrastructure

                    Coalition's Legislative Agenda for the 77th

                    Legislative Session.

 

                    Mayor Flores thanked the members of the City Council

                    for the opportunity to present the Texas Border

                    Infrastructure Coalition Legislative Proposal.  She

                    introduced coalition members who joined her in the

                    presentation before City Council.  Ren e Gonzalez,

                    TBIC Coordinator, Horacio De Leon, TBIC

                    Transportation Tri-Chair and Blas Castaneda, TBIC

                    Education and Workforce Development Tri-Chair.

 

                Following is a written summary of the presentation made

                before City Council:

 

                The TBIC was formed during the early part of the last

                legislative session when it was apparent that the

                legislature wanted a collaboration of efforts along the

                Texas/Mexican Border.  For Laredo, Council Members John

                Galo and Joe Guerra were part of the team instrumental in

                developing our agenda, plan of action, and lobbying

                efforts.  Mr. Rene Gonzalez will give us a brief reminder

                of that success.  I was appointed Chair of the Texas

                Border Infrastructure Coalition, September, 1999.  Since

                then, the TBIC has met with many individuals representing

                federal, state, and local government, industry, and the

                private sector.  We met with people from the border and

                people who had never been to the border.

 

                The purpose of our meetings was to understand other

                Texan's vision for the border in terms of transportation

                infrastructure, education, and workforce development.  We

                also met to present to others the important role the

                border plays in the success of other Texas cities. We met

                to discuss how the border could be better, not only for

                the border but also for Texas.  The TBIC members know

                that after 1500 years of benign neglect, of having to "go

                it alone", the border has been receiving some very wel

                come attention.  But TBIC members also recognize that the

                economic future of Texas depends on Texas' stronger and

                more immediate investment in the Border.  The TBIC has

                two reports to give you today that have been turned over

                to the Senate Border Affairs committee, the Senate State

                Affairs Committee, and the Border Legislatures with

                recommendations for the 2001 Legislative Session.  One

                report is from the Transportation Committee and the other

                from the Workforce and Education Committee.

 

                            Transportation Sub-Committee

 

                We believe that the impact of NAFTA has been very

                positive for the state as a whole.  The border region can

                surely identify with the positive by the decrease in the

                unemployment rate and the increase in private investment.

                But the border region can also identify with the negative

                and this is the increase in NAFTA related traffic causing

                accidents, infrastructure, maintenance, congestion, air

                and nose pollution, and construction of highways

                straining local economies and impacting the quality of

                life of our citizens.  For these reasons, the following

                recommendations are made:

 

                Recommendation 1:  Compress TxDOT's $1.8 billion Border

                                   Trade Transportation Task Force Plan

                                   from ten years to five years.

 

                Recommendation 2:  Increase maintenance and expansion of

                                   farm to market roads and off system

                                   streets along the border linking NAFTA

                                   traffic with NAFTA corridors.

 

                Recommendation 3:  Streamline right-of-way acquisition by

                                   TxDOT on state funded projects.

 

                Recommendation 4:  Streamlining the environmental process

                                   in the preliminary design phase of

                                   TxDOT projects.

 

                Recommendation 5:  Review the current statutes and

                                   procedures and create solutions that

                                   will speed up the TxDOT consultant

                                   selection process.

 

                Recommendation 6:  Amend the Transportation Code to

                                   automatically waive local match

                                   requirements for projects in the 53

                                   economically disadvantaged counties

                                   identified by TxDOT.

 

                Recommendation 7:  TxDOT must include local communities

                                   in their decision making process for

                                   the creation of state inspection

                                   facilities.

 

                Recommendation 8:  The State of Texas should allow any

                                   new transportation revenues and

                                   innovative financing to be invested in

                                   developing, improving, and

                                   constructing NAFTA roadways that

                                   provide access to international ports

                                   along the Texas-Mexico border.

 

                        Workforce Development and Education

 

                The mission developed by the Workforce Development &

                Education Committee is to provide a better quality of

                life for the citizens of the Texas-Mexico border region

                by providing economic development opportunities,

                sustainable livable wages, and promoti ng a clean,

                healthy, and safe environment.

 

                There is a gap that exists in Texas even in communities

                that are experiencing growth and lower unemployment.  A

                lack of education and lack of skill gap that is keeping

                our border residents from taking advantage of our great

                Texas economy.  Because so much depends on the border

                residents and their ability to perform, we believe the

                future of Texas depends on its willingness to close this

                gap.

 

                Recommendations by our workforce committee, if

                implemented, will make it possible to help close the gap

                that isolates communities from the economic mainstream of

                Texas.  If we work together, we can help prepare all of

                our citizens to enter the labor force with the necessary

                skills to earn salaries that support a higher standard of

                living.

 

                Recommendation 1:  Enact legislation to permit the

                                   creation of Workforce Development

                                   Districts.

 

                Recommendation 2:  To effectively implement a

                                   comprehensive array of Adult

                                   Educational Training Programs required

                                   to address economic development.

 

                Recommendation 3:  Appropriate a high level of funding

                                   for the High Priority Development

                                   Program which was enacted by the 76th

                                   Legislature.

 

                Recommendation 4:  Increase appropriations for

                                   universities serving distressed

                                   communities.

 

                Recommendation 5:  Increase appropriations for the Skills

                                   Development Fund.

 

                Recommendation 6:  Public Service Space.

 

                Recommendation 7:  The legislature needs to appropriate

                                   funds to meet the federal matching

                                   requirements for childcare funds that

                                   are available to the State.

 

                Recommendation 8:  Authorize legislation that allows

                                   Workforce Development Boards to

                                   qualify for Telecommunications

                                   Infrastructure Funds.

 

                There is no denying that the Texas border is a very

                important piece of the future of the great State of

                Texas.  Indeed, to the future of the United States of

                America.  For this reason, TBIC has formed alliances with

                hardworking groups throughout the state in order to

                understand and advocate for each other.  This is why the

                Transportation Committee and Workforce and Education

                Committee have worked extra hard to deliver this

                informative, current, and substantial proposal.  The

                recommendations were developed with input from

                representatives of cities, counties, universities,

                community colleges, private sector representatives,

                international trade organizations, workforce development

                organizations, and region service centers that

                participated in a series of meetings, focus groups, and

                discussions held throughout Texas.

 

                The answers lie in cooperation and collaboration so that

                we can have healthy competition. We have done lots of

                work, but I suspect this is only the beginning.  As we

                approach the next legislative session, the TBIC asks that

                you please make plans to help us promote the needs of the

                Border and the TBIC --recommendations to Senators, State

                Representatives, the Lt.  Governor, and the Governor.  We

                need your help.  We need the help of the private sector

                and every citizen on the border.  As you know, because of

                our success, other coalitions have formed around the

                state.  We are prepared to continue to work with everyone

                concerned to find the best possible solutions to the many

                challenges we will face together in our effort to make

                Laredo and other Border towns the best they can be.

 

                Following is a summary provided by Rene Gonzalez, TBIC

                Coordinator, to illustrate the history of  infrastructure

                along Texas borders and the goals to be realized by the

                Coalition.

 

                The Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition (TBIC) is made

                up of representatives from communities along the Texas-

                Mexico border region.  The Coalition came together to

                form a united front and develop key recommendations on

                infrastructure needs of the border.  Cities, counties,

                businesses, community colleges, universities, and

                individuals have partnered to develop strategies to

                address the transportation and workforce needs of our

                region.  He mentioned that the Texas border continues to

                be the fast est growing sector of the nation and includes

                the largest inland ports in the world.  NAFTA has and

                will continue to benefit the State of Texas and the

                entire nation.  Our transportation needs as a result of

                NAFTA have increased exponentially in the la st three

                years.

 

                     Texas at Center of North-South Trade Axis:

 

                The U.S.-Mexico border is the most crossed border in the

                world, and Texas has the longest international border of

                any state bordering either Mexico or Canada.  Annually,

                more than 200 million people cross the international

                boundary.  In 1996, more than 2.8 million trucks, 33

                million cars, and 15 million pedestrians crossed the

                Texas-Mexico border through 11 Texas ports of entry.  In

                Laredo alone, more than 2.7 million trucks crossed at the

                Laredo port of entry in 1999.

 

                Texas exports to Mexico in 1999 were $41,412,851,585.

                Texas exports to Mexico have increased by 73% since 1994.

                In 1999, Laredo alone handled about $32 billion in U.S.

                exports and $35 billion in U.S. imports.  Communities

                throughout Texas and the United States are experiencing

                positive economic impacts from trade flows through border

                ports.  At 15,000 jobs per $1 billion in exports, the $32

                billion in U.S.  exports through Laredo represent 500,000

                U.S. jobs.  At about $15.00 per hour or $30,000 per year

                for manufacturing, that is about $15 billion in U.S.

                wages.

 

                Unpredictable (transportation) time periods of having

                goods delivered to their facility as opposed to having

                them delivered to the border increase the effective costs

                by 20 to 30 percent.  These costs are due to lack of

                personnel at federal agencies charged with inspecting

                trucks at the border, as well as, outdated computer

                systems and inadequate infrastructure.

 

                For the period of 1994 to 1998, the State of Texas

                contributed 45 percent of the overall cost for border

                infrastructure projects.  California contributed 12

                percent of the overall cost; Arizona and New Mexico

                contributed 26 percent and 24 percent, re spectively.

                California has two counties in the border region, Arizona

                and New Mexico have four counties each and Texas has 23

                counties in the border region.  Arizona and New Mexico's

                costs for border infrastructure projects were about $320

                million a nd #363 million, respectively.  The total costs

                of border projects for the State of California for the

                years 1994-1998 were about $1.25 billion.  The total

                costs of border projects for the State of Texas for the

                years 1994-1998 were about $1.21 billion.

 

                The transportation infrastructure goal of the TBIC is to

                bring federal and state investment to the Texas border

                region.  The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

                has created tax-based pressure on local governments along

                the Texas-Mexico border region.  Local governments at all

                border points of entry are faced with high cost of

                maintenance, matching funds, and expansion needs in areas

                of roadways, highways, international crossings, rail

                facilities, commercial cargo airports, and sea shippi ng

                cargo facilities.  Local governments cannot be expected

                to carry the financial burden of an entire state or

                nation.

 

            B.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

                1.  Status report on City's acquisition of secondary

                    water source, with possible action.

 

                    Motion made to discuss this item in conjunction with

                    Item #27 (water source proposal).

 

                    Moved :  Cm.  Galo

                    Second:  Cm. Bruni

                    For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

            C.  Request by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.

 

                1. Discussion with possible action to implement a parking

                   permit system for the   downtown parking meters.  (Co-

                   sponsored by Council Member Juan Ramirez)

 

                   Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, provided the City

                   Council with some options regarding the parking permit

                   system.  He reported that his department has been

                   making several changes in improvements to the parking

                   meters, creating different par king zones, replacing

                   some of the equipment, etc.  The department purchased

                   electronic meters a few months ago and his crew will

                   be installing new electronic meters to about three-

                   fourths of the meters needed in the downtown area.  He

                   mentioned that the City Council recently approved the

                   purchase of the remaining meters and the entire city

                   will have new meters in the near future.

 

                   One of the options of the new electronic meters is the

                   potential to utilize a swipe card.  He commented that

                   the City Council would have to approve the purchase of

                   additional equipment and software in order to use this

                   particular feature on the new m eters.  Also, his

                   department would have to make adjustments for the

                   selected time limits to be programmed on the parking

                   meters.  He explained that the card would allow the

                   user to swipe the card for a set amount of time in .25

                   cent increments.

 

                   On a related matter, Mr. Murillo mentioned that his

                   department receives a great number of telephone calls

                   regarding residential parking spaces around the magnet

                   schools where the employees of the schools are parking

                   their vehicles in the residential neighborhoods.  He

                   is currently researching this matter to see how other

                   cities handle this particular situation to allow only

                   the residents to park their vehicles in the

                   residential parking spaces.

 

            D.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

                1.  Request for a status report on the Tecolotes contract

                    that includes, cost to the City per game, cost of

                    promotions, effectiveness of promotions, average

                    attendance and other information relevant to the

                    contract, with possible action.

 

                    Goyo Lopez, Veterans Field Coordinator, provided the

                    City Council with a status report as to operational

                    costs as well as the different types of promotional

                    features employed to increase attendance for the

                    games.

 

                    Season Tickets - A total of 198 season tickets have

                    been sold.  Of this total, 173 fans purchased tickets

                    in the reserved section with the remaining 25 buying

                    seats in the general admission section.  Nearly

                    $20,000.00 in season tickets has b een sold.  Thirty-

                    nine season ticket holders remain on the accounts

                    receivable list because of the balance of $5,140.00

                    owed to the City.

 

                    Average Attendance -- As of our last game on July 15,

                    2000, the average paid attendance for the Tecos has

                    hovered at the 1,030 mark.  $42,832.00 in revenue has

                    been generated at the gate.  The amount averages to a

                    take of $2,677.00 per game.

 

                    Novelty Sales - The sale of t-shirts, caps, hand

                    clappers, and Teco programs have done fairly well.

                    As of July 15, 2000, the novelty sales have generated

                    $5,751.00 in revenue for an average of $359.00 per

                    game.

 

                    Paid Outfield Advertisements - Fifteen signs have

                    been sold for a total sum of $20,640.00.  Four signs

                    measure 12 feet in height and 32 feet in width.  The

                    remaining 12 signs measure 12 feet in height and 16

                    feet in width.  $16,995.00 has alr eady been

                    deposited and an amount of $3,645.00 remains pending.

                    The following is a list of paid advertisers.

 

            International Bank of Commerce      Commerce Bank

            Laredo National Bank                Falcon International Bank

            Twins Air Conditioning (partial)    El Metro

            Dairy Queen                         Time Warner

            CPL                                 Laredo Medical Group

            Mercy Health Center                 Mercy Health Plans

            Physical Therapy Consultants        E. Garza Construction

            Mariscos El Pescador                Conoco Pump-N-Shop

 

                2.  Discussion with possible action on the need for a

                    police unit at the intersections approaching the

                    International Bridge II during peak hour to control

                    traffic.

 

                    Police Chief Agustin Dovalina indicated that his

                    department had rerouted some units over to the Mines

                    Road area being that the heavy traffic had shifted

                    over to that part of the city due to the new bridge

                    opening.  He stated that he would sen d some police

                    units to the mentioned intersections approaching

                    Bridge II during peak hours to handle traffic flow.

 

                3.  Discussion with possible action on the need for

                    parking facilities in the downtown area and

                    specifically in the area of San Agustin Church.

 

                    Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, provided

                    information regarding the three parking facilities

                    available around the San Agustin Church area which

                    amount to 166 available spaces.  He stated that there

                    are also 60 parking meters available withi n a two-

                    block radius.

 

                    Arturo Garcia, Downtown Economic Development

                    Coordinator, reported that there is a $1,000,000.00

                    allocation for parking acquisition within the central

                    business district.  He stated that the agency has

                    acquired two properties: one at the corne r of

                    Iturbide St.  and Santa Maria Ave.  and a second one

                    at the 1500 block of Grant St.  He commented that

                    there is approximately $600,000.00 that they can

                    utilize to acquire more properties.

 

                4.  Request for additional lighting on the east side of

                    the Civic Center along San Bernardo Ave.

 

                    Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that a

                    preliminary survey had been made of the area several

                    years ago, and at that time additional lighting had

                    been installed along San Bernardo Ave.  He stated

                    that his department did identify som e areas in front

                    of the Civic Center that require improved lighting.

                    Therefore, he will be making a request to Central

                    Power and Light Company to provide a cost estimate

                    for improving the lumens and installing more lights

                    along that stretch of San B ernardo Ave.

 

  IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

       7.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with

           Webb County for approximately 300 square feet of office space

           constituting Suite No. 20 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718

           E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease

           term is for one (1) year commencing on July 1, 2000 and ending

           on June 30, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one

           (1) year each ending on June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003.

           Monthly rent shall be $345.00 and will be adjusted annually

           during the primary and extension terms of this lease according

           to changes in the Consumer Price Index.

 

           Ordinance Introduction:  City Council except Cm. E. Valdez and

                                    Cm. Amaya

 

       8.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease

           agreement with Texas Migrant Council for approximately 50,442

           square feet of land located on Tract 3, Block 25 (5102 North

           Bartlett) at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is

           for five (5) years commencing on August 1, 2000 and ending on

           July 31, 2005 with a 120-day notice to terminate by either

           party.  New monthly rent shall be $750.00 and will be adjusted

           annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.

           Current monthly rent is $724.93.

 

           Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

       9.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with

           Juan Vargas d/b/a The Education Center for approximately 4,308

           square feet constituting Building No. 1169 located at 4407

           Foster Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term

           is for three (3) months commencing on October 1, 2000 and

           ending on December 31, 2000.  Lessor has the option of

           extending this lease for one (1) term of six (6) months ending

           on June 30, 2001.  New monthly rent shall be $1,625.00.

           Current monthly rent is $1,537.00.

 

           Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

      10.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with

           Border Maintenance Services, Inc., for approximately 2,504

           square feet constituting Building No. 1421 located at 1817

           Pappas Street at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term

           is for one (1) year commencing on July 1, 2000 and ending on

           June 30, 2001.  New monthly rent shall be $851.00.  Current

           monthly rent is $725.00.

 

           Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

      11.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with

           Webb County for approximately 300 square feet of office space

           constituting Suite No. 22 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718

           E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease

           term is for one (1) year commencing on July 1, 2000 and ending

           on June 30, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one

           (1) year each ending on June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003.

           Monthly rent shall be $345.00 and will be adjusted annually

           during the primary and extension terms of this lease according

           to changes in the Consumer Price Index.

 

           Ordinance Introduction:  City Council except Cm. E. Valdez and

                                    Cm. Amaya

 

      12.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with

           Webb County for approximately 300 square feet of office space

           constituting Suite No. 23 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718

           E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease

           term is for one (1) year commencing on July 1, 2000 and ending

           on June 30, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one

           (1) year ending on June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003.  Monthly

           rent shall be $345.00 and will be adjusted annually during the

           primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes

           in the Consumer Price Index.

 

           Ordinance Introduction:  City Council except Cm. E. Valdez and

                                    Cm. Amaya

 

   X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

 

       Internet Availability:  http://www.cityoflaredo.com

 

       Motion to waive final reading of ordinances # 2000-O-183,

       # 2000-O-184, #2000-O-185, # 2000-O-186, #2000-O-187, and

       # 2000-O-188.

 

       Moved :  Cm. Bruni

       Second:  Cm. Galo

       For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

       13.  2000-O-183  Establishing and creating Policy and Procedures

                        to consider requests for Foreign-Trade Zone

                        Boundary (FTZ) Modifications that temporarily

                        transfer FTZ designation from the Laredo

                        International Airport Site No.  1 to private

                        sites not currently participating in the FTZ

                        Program; establishing an Administrative Fee of

                        $200.00 per acre per month, subject to Foreign-

                        Trade Zones Board approval; and authorizing the

                        City Manager to implement said Policy and

                        Procedures; providing for an ef fective date.

                        (City Council)

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-183.

 

                        Moved :  Cm. Bruni

                        Second:  Cm. Galo

                        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

            2000-O-184  An ordinance designating as a one-way eastbound

                        that section of Mier Street, block number 100,

                        between Monterrey Avenue on the west and Sanders

                        Avenue on the east, providing for the

                        installation of appropriate signs to i ndicate

                        one-way traffic in the east direction and

                        providing for publication and effective date.

                        (Cm.  John C.  Galo)

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-184.

 

                        Moved :  Cm. Bruni

                        Second:  Cm. Galo

                        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

            2000-O-185  An ordinance setting the maximum speed limits in

                        that portion of Spur 400 between Arkansas Ave.

                        and Loop 20, within the City Limits of Laredo,

                        Webb County, Texas, as 35mph, 45mph, as defined

                        in the Texas Department of Transportation Control

                        Section Map 3543-01.  (Cm.  Louis H.  Bruni)

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-185.

 

                        Moved :  Cm. Bruni

                        Second:  Cm. Galo

                        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

            2000-O-186  An ordinance setting the maximum speed limits on

                        that portion of US 59 between Arkansas Avenue and

                        IH 35, within the City Limits of Laredo, Webb

                        County, Texas, as 35mph, as defined in the Texas

                        Department of Transportati on Control Section Map

                        0542-01.  (Cm.  Louis H. Bruni)

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-186.

 

                        Moved :  Cm. Bruni

                        Second:  Cm. Galo

                        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

            2000-O-187  An ordinance setting the maximum speed limits on

                        that portion of US 83 (Guadalupe and Chihuahua)

                        between Santa Ursula and Milmo Avenue, within the

                        City Limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as

                        30mph, as defined in the Texas Department of

                        Transportation Control Section Map 0086-01.

                        (Cm. John C. Galo)

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-187.

 

                        Moved :  Cm. Bruni

                        Second:  Cm. Galo

                        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

            2000-O-188  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to

                        purchase from the Utilities Department at fair

                        market value, lots number one (1), and twelve

                        (12), block number six hundred eighty-five (685)

                        in the Eastern Division of the Ci ty of Laredo,

                        also commonly known as the 2200 Block of

                        McPherson in order to establish a centralized

                        recycling drop off site.  (City Council)

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-188.

 

                        Moved :  Cm. Bruni

                        Second:  Cm. Galo

                        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

  XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

       14.  2000-R-106  A resolution resolving that the City Manager

                        execute a Subordination, Non-Disturbance, and

                        Attornment Agreement with the City of Laredo, as

                        Landlord, Valero Development Corporation, as

                        Tenant, and Falcon International Bank, as

                        Mortgagee, thereby subordinating to the bank's

                        mortgage the lease agreement for approximately

                        46,838 square feet of land located on Tract 1,

                        Block 25 at the Laredo International Airport that

                        was authorized by Ordinance No.  2000-O-129 dated

                        May 22, 2000.

 

                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-106.

 

                        Moved :  Cm. Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Bruni

                        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

       15.  2000-R-107  A resolution resolving that the City Manager

                        execute a Subordination, Non-Disturbance, and

                        Attornment Agreement with the City of Laredo, as

                        Landlord, Valero Development Corporation, as

                        Tenant, and Falcon International Bank, as

                        Mortgagee, thereby subordinating to the bank's

                        mortgage the lease agreement for Building No.  55

                        located at 4818 Thomas Avenue that was authorized

                        by Ordinance No. 99-O-102 dated April 19, 1999.

 

                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-107.

 

                        Moved :  Cm. Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Bruni

                        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

       16.  2000-R-108  A resolution resolving that the City Manager

                        execute a subordination, Non-Disturbance, and

                        Attornment Agreement with the City of Laredo, as

                        Landlord, Jose Mario Flores, as Tenant, and

                        Falcon International Bank, as Mortgagee, thereby

                        subordinating to the bank's mortgage the lease

                        agreement for Building No.  464 located at 1705

                        E.  Hillside at the Laredo International Airport

                        that was authorized by Ordinance No.  2000-O-126

                        dated May 15, 2000.

 

                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-108.

 

                        Moved :  Cm. Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Bruni

                        For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

 XII.  MOTIONS

 

       17.  In accordance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of

            the City of Laredo, referring the proposed City of Laredo

            Comprehensive Plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission and

            requiring a report from the Planning and Zoning Commission on

            any recommendation to be brought back before the City Council

            no later than September 30, 2000.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved :  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

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

            of $81,495.00 for additional utility work to the construction

            contract with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for

            the 16-Inch Water Line Along State Highway 359.  Funding is a

            vailable in the Waterworks 1997 Bond Issue Line Extensions.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved :  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

       19.  Consideration for acceptance of the Construction of Sidewalks

            and Handicap Ramps on School Approaches and other Streets

            located within the Community Development Target Areas,

            approximately 123 Blocks and approval of final payment in the

            amount of $106, 768.52 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo,

            Texas.  Final contract amount is $476,703.22.  Funding is

            available in the Community Development 25th Action Year and

            Capital Improvements Project.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved :  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

       20.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 3 a decrease

            amount of $15,180.50 for the balance of quantities actually

            constructed in place, acceptance of the CDBG Sidewalks in

            District IV Project (City of Laredo Sidewalk Construction

            Project No. 10) and approval of final payment in the amount

            of $58,277.00 to Pete Gallegos, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final

            contract amount is $238,317.00.  Funding is available in the

            Community Development 25th Action Year.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved :  Cm. Bruni

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

       21.  Consideration to REJECT THE SOLE BID submitted by

            Construction Inc.  for the Police Substation located at

            Santa Maria Ave.  at Ortiz Street due to the base bid being

            too high, and the bid package being incomplete with no

            acknowledgement of addenda and a bid bond with pages missing

            and authorizing the City Manager to construct the Police

            Substation with in-house forces (Public Works Department).

            Funding is available in the Community Development 25th Action

            year -Farias Police Substation.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved :  Cm. Bruni

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

       22.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 to the DPW

            Service Center (EDA Project No. 08-01-03159) for an amount of

            $20,316.62 for additional construction work preparation of

            subgrade at Thomas Avenue by Marshall Company.  Funding is

            available in the Betterment Allowance already in the

            contract.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved :  Cm. Bruni

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:  7  Against:  0 Abstain:  1

 

            Cm. J. Valdez

 

       23.  Consideration to award a construction contract to Laredo

            Class One Builders, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of

            $115,000.00 for Police Substation located at Sierra Vista and

            Cenizo Loop.  Capital Improvement Projects - Cops Substation

            District I.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved :  Cm. Bruni

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

       24.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to donate used

            child development equipment to the City of El Cenizo, Texas,

            507 Cadena, El Cenizo, Texas, 78046.  This is strictly a

            donation and will be at no cost to the City.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved :  Cm. Bruni

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

       25.  Consideration for approval of the Plans and Specifications

            for Phase IA and Phase 1B of the City of Laredo Residential

            Sound Insulation Program, as part of the Federal Aviation

            Regulation Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program; and

            authorization t o advertise for bids for soundproofing work

            in accordance with said plans and specifications.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved :  Cm. Bruni

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

       26.  Consideration to authorize the payment of a vehicle allowance

            of $250.00 per month to Assistant City Manager Cynthia

            Collazo.  This vehicle allowance is equal to the allowance

            currently paid to Assistant City Manager Larry Dovalina.

            This payment is to be effective as of July 1, 1999.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved :  Cm. Bruni

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

XIII.  STAFF REPORT

 

       27.  Status report on the Privatization of the Utilities

            Department and authorization to publish Request for Proposals

            from interested parties.

 

            Cm. Bruni read a portion of the minutes of the May 1, 2000,

            department meeting wherein a staff report illustrated

            recommendations made to the Water Issues Committee by the

            Utilities Department regarding selection of two firms to

            develop a sec ondary water supply with possible action.

 

            As per minutes of the May 1st meeting, a motion was made by

            Cm.  Bruni to select two companies that would submit

            proposals for the City of Laredo short-term secondary ground

            water development project.  The two companies are:  U.S.

            Filter Opera ting Services, Inc.  of Houston and United Water

            Services, L.L.C.  of New Jersey.  A motion was also made to

            instruct the Acting City Manager to proceed with negotiations

            with Zachary Thames for the long-term water source in NW Webb

            County.  He mention ed that this is what spurred the Water

            Issues Committee to place this item for discussion at the

            meeting of July 15, 2000.  He noted that it had been 90 days

            since the City Council had made this directive to the

            Utilities Department, and Cm.  Bruni wa nted to listen to the

            report that was presented before the Water Issues Committee

            meeting.

 

            Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, provided a copy of the

            report presented at the Water Issues Committee meeting which

            revised the goals and direction of the groundwater

            development project.  He stated that the two motions made at

            the council meeting to negotiate for the NW water source are

            accompanied by further direction received at the Water Issues

            Committee meeting which is to find a "strike price", a

            maximum price that the City of Laredo could pay for water

            that would address certain criteria.  He informed the City

            Council on the progress made by the Utilities Department.

            In the course of 90 days, they conducted a technical session

            with the firms and consultants on June 20th.  The objective

            was to address any areas of discr epancies they might have

            found from the proposals to the study already prepared and to

            better understand the approach the companies had prepared.

            His department has also had the consultants verify the cost

            assumptions so that they can have the confi dence that what

            we are looking at is close to the figure to be paid out.

 

            He stated that this groundwater project has had an effect on

            the impact fees calendar.  He further stated that if there is

            going to be a major shift in capital, the department needs to

            recognize that and the best way to do this is before

            committing to the CIP.  He commented that he has a consultant

            working on this matter and that he would be providing

            modifications to the CIP by the end of the week.  Based on

            those figures obtained, the Utilities Department will be able

            to put that in th eir overall assessment of this project.

 

            He also reported to City Council on the matter of the "strike

            price".  He has been working on preparing this draft copy of

            a report which provides a financial analysis of what is

            required to bring water under various price scenarios,

            funding sources, and rate increases, if necessary.   Cost

            accountants are conducting this review to ensure that all the

            assumptions are correct and that his department is putting

            forth a product that the City Council can rely on.  They will

            give him a final recommendation on Friday and at that time

            his report will be finalized.  He concluded that the three

            firms are willing to invest their money in the verification

            process and are willing to invest up to $1,000,000.00 to

            verify that they have the produc t being offered for sale.

            The question posed by them to the Utilities Department is

            what certainty do they have that they will be awarded the

            contract should they invest the money.  He mentioned that the

            Utilities Department would be contacting their legal

            consultants whom they hired for this express purpose so they

            can prepare a Letter of Intent for the City Council's review.

 

            Mr. Roman went on to present the City Council with a report

            regarding the privatization of the Utilities Department.  He

            provided figures on the amounts of funds needed to purchase

            water at a given price.  He focused on the issue being

            explored of operational savings should the Utilities

            Department become privatized.

 

            Skip Stitt, a consultant for Competitive Government

            Strategies out of Indianapolis, IN provided some information

            on the transition process by other municipalities.

 

            Motion to authorize to publish Request for Proposals from

            interested parties on the privatization of the Utilities

            Department.

 

            Moved :  Cm. Guerra

            Second:  Cm. Galo

            For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

       28.  Submission of Fiscal Year 2000-2001 Annual Budget as per

            Article VI, Section 6.02, Submission of Budget of the Charter

            of the City of Laredo which states that "sixty (60) days

            before the end of the fiscal year, or any time before th at,

            the City Manager shall present to the Council, in an open

            public meeting, after proper public notice, and having been

            placed on the Council meeting agenda, a budget for the

            ensuing fiscal year with an accompanying message".

 

            Beto Ramirez, Budget Director, submitted the proposed annual

            budget and informed the City Council of the schedule for the

            upcoming budget workshops.  The tentative dates will be

            Wednesday, August 9, 2000, through Friday, August 11, 2000,

            beginning at 5:30 p.m.  and ending at 10:00 p.m.

 

            On a related issue, Mr. Ramirez mentioned that this is the

            time of the year when his department schedules the town hall

            meetings at the different council districts.   His estimated

            cost analysis for carrying out this project is about

            $41,000.00.  This expenditure for the eight council meetings

            plus the one at Mall del Norte includes personnel overtime

            wages, materials for presentations, etc.  He recommended to

            the City Council that they continue with the presentation at

            Mall del Norte an d eliminate the individual town hall

            meetings at the council districts.

 

            Mayor Flores stated that there has to be another avenue for

            disseminating this information out to the public due to the

            lower citizen turnout at past meetings.

 

       29.  Presentation on the recruitment progress of the City Manager

            position, with possible action.

 

            Dan Migura, Administrative Services Department Director,

            reported that his department had received two written

            inquiries from two potential candidates.   There is one

            additional qualified applicant bringing the total of

            qualified applicants for the position to eleven.

 

            Cm. Galo inquired whether the executive search firms that

            have shown an interest in being retained for the selection

            process are charging a straight fee or would it vary

            depending on whether the City of Laredo hired one of their

            chosen applicants.

 

            Dan Migura responded that the search firms would provide a

            qualified applicant and would charge a straight fee

            regardless of whether the City of Laredo would hire that

            individual or not.

 

       30.  Presentation by Graphitiks Advertisement Design Inc., on the

            AVI Marketing Logo for the City of Laredo's transponders,

            with possible action.

 

            Rafael Garcia, Bridge System Director, stated that the goal

            is to develop a logo that would represent our city and our

            global position as a Gateway to Mexico.  Having gone through

            a combination of slogans and logos, his department narrowed

            the choices down for the City Council to consider.  He

            introduced Joe Garcia of Graphitiks Advertising who gave a

            presentation before council on the proposed design for the

            transponders.

 

            Joe Garcia followed with a presentation for the creation of a

            slogan and logo design for the AVI marketing project.   He

            displayed several representations of the names and logo

            designs for the transponder swipe card for consideration by

            City Council.    The City Council approved the "Easy Go"

            slogan and logo recommended by Joe Garcia.

 

 XIV.  RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

       Motion to recess as City Council and convene as Laredo Municipal

       Housing Corporation.

 

       Moved :  Cm. Guerra

       Second:  Cm. Bruni

       For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

       31.  2000-RMH-003  A resolution for the approval from the Laredo

                          Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) Board of

                          Directors to charge 80% of Fair Market Rents

                          (FMR) on all rental units that become vacant at

                          the Jose A. Flores Apartments, effective July

                          25, 2000.  The proposed calculated rental rates

                          at 80% of FMR are as follows: $388.00 for a 2-

                          bedroom, $485.00 for a 3-bedroom, and $546.00

                          for a 4-bedroom.

 

                          Jesus J. Ponce spoke regarding his disapproval

                          as to the increase in rental rates because

                          there are certain residents that cannot pay

                          these increases to the rental units.

 

                          Mario Maldonado, Laredo Municipal Housing

                          Corporation Director, reported that rent for

                          those units are based on 30% of income sources.

                          He explained that the Laredo Housing Authority

                          provides assistance to families that file an

                          application.  The Laredo Municipal Housing

                          Corporation does not have income li mits and

                          charges below fair market rents on their rental

                          units.  He further stated that they are making

                          improvements to the units such as kitchen

                          cabinets, air conditioning and heating units,

                          etc.

 

                          Motion to approve.

 

                          Moved :  Cm. Bruni

                          Second:  Cm. Agredano

                          For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain: 0

 

                          Motion to recess as Laredo Municipal Housing

                          Corporation and reconvene as the City Council.

 

                          Moved :  Cm. Galo

                          Second:  Cm. Bruni

                          For:  8  Against: 0 Abstain:  0

 

  XV.  ADJOURNMENT                                   TIME:  8:45 P.M.

 

       Motion to adjourn.

 

       Moved :  Cm. Bruni

       Second:  Cm. Agredano

       For:  8  Against:  0 Abstain:  0

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 23 are

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

on the 24th day of July, 2000.

 

 

____________________

Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

City Secretary