CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2000-R-22

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

AUGUST 21, 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

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                   City Secretary

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                           Acting City Manager

            Larry Dovalina,                                                 Acting City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

 

  IV.     MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of July 3, 2000, and July 17, 2000.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Agredano

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

   V.     COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

Cm.  Bruni submitted a two-week rain enhancement report from Southwest Texas    Rain Enhancement Association.  The report is available in the City Secretary’s Office for public viewing.

 

Mayor Flores read a section from the following letter:

 

Mr.  William B.  Madden, Chairman

Texas Water Development Board

1700 North Congress Avenue

Austin, Texas  78701

 

Dear Chairman Madden:

 

In my role as Governor George W.  Bush’s lead liaison on Texas-Mexico border issues, I strongly state my support for the City of Laredo-Webb County Colonia Improvements Project.  This project is one of Governor Bush’s top priorities for his colonia program for 2000.  I encourage the board to approve the financial commitment for this much-needed and long-awaited project.

 

This project will provide first-time water and wastewater service to thousands of Colonia residents living along Highway 359 and Mines Road.  I know many local officials and residents have worked diligently to carry this project forward to this point.  Also, dozens of state officials and Board staff have put in numerous hours guiding this project through the development phase.  As a result, we will soon see the benefits of our cooperative efforts.

 

On behalf of the Governor, I want to thank Judge Martinez, Commissioners Gutierrez and Urdiales, Mayor Flores, city and county staff, and the Board members and staff for their dedication to see this project through to this juncture.  I reiterate my and the Governor’s full support for this project and the financial commitment the State of Texas will be making for these Colonia residents to receive safe drinking water and adequate wastewater service.

 

Sincerely,

Elton Bomer 

Secretary of State

State of Texas

           

Mayor Flores stated that the White House Millennium Council recently designated the City of Laredo as an official Millennium Community. 

 

Roger Garcia, Acting Director of the Health Department, circulated a press release from the Health Department discussing the Community Health Status Report of Webb County regarding the decline in border birth defects.  The report confirmed that birth defects are yielding dramatically from a result of the Health Department and their ability to inform the public of the importance of nutrition and folic acid. 

 

Invitations

 

a.  Mr. Daniel B. Hastings, Jr., would like to invite the Mayor and the City Council to

attend The Treasury Advisory Committee meeting on Commercial Operations (COAC) of the U.S. Customs.  The Committee's objectives are to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on issues relating to the commercial operations of the  Customs Service. A tour and dinner will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2000 and COAC Committee meeting will be held on Friday, September 22, 2000 at La Posada.

 

Mr. Hastings thanked the Mayor and the Council and publicly invited them to attend the Treasury Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of the U. S. Customs.    He also extended the invitation to Acting City Managers Dovalina and Collazo. 

 

            Recognitions

 

     a.  In recognition to Officer David Hinojosa, Jr. and Leticia Garcia from the Laredo

          Police Department and Patricia Martinez from the Engineering Department for their

          noble act as Bone Marrow Donors.

         

Mayor Flores and the Council presented a Seven Flags Certificate to Leticia Garcia from the Police Department and Patricia Martinez from the Engineering Department for their compassionate and heroic act as a Bone Marrow Donors.  The Mayor acknowledged their humanitarian deed in unselfishly donating the gift of life.  Officer David Hinojosa was not present. 

 

     b.  Mayor Flores presented a Seven Flags Certificate of Recognition to Lucy Trapane

          from Stoneworks of Texas for investing in Laredo.

 

            Communiqués

             

  VI.     APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

     a.  Appointment of Blanca N. T. Castro by Council Member Johnny Amaya to the  

              Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. Galo

                     Second:  Cm. Agredano

                     For:         8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

         b.  Appointments by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr. of Javier "Rito" De Anda to the

              Library Advisory Committee and Blas Martinez to the Airport Advisory Committee.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Agredano

                     Second:  Cm. Amaya

         For:         8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

         c.  Appointment of Patricia Martinez by Council Member Juan Ramirez to the Citizens

              Environmental Committee.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                     Second:  Cm. Bruni

                     For:         8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of

$424,000.00 for the Governor's Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Grant.  A.T.P.A. is contributing $325,000.00, the City is designating $77,000.00 in matching funds and Webb County is designating $22,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $424,000.00 to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001.  (Approval of Resolution 2000-R-117 needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amend the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $424,000.00 for the Governor's Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Grant.  A.T.P.A. is contributing  

    $325,000.00, the City is designating $77,000.00 in matching funds and Webb County is

    designating $22,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $424,000.00 to fund the Laredo

    Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001.

 

                Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                Second:  Cm. Galo

                For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                There was no public input.

           

    Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

           

    Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                Second:  Cm. Agredano

                For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing to approve a contract with South Central Texas Chapter of March of  

Dimes and budget in the amount of $2,990.00 for the Children's Health Insurance Outreach Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of August 1, 2000, through December 31, 2000.  (Approval of Resolution 2000-R-121 needed before Public Hearing)

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Approval of a contract with South Central Texas Chapter of March of Dimes and budget in the amount of $2,990.00 for the Children's Health Insurance Outreach Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of August 1, 2000, through December 31, 2000; and authorizing the City Manager to make transfers within the Budget.

           

 

    Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                Second:  Cm. Galo

                For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                There was no public input.

           

    Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

           

    Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                Second:  Cm. Bruni

                For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.  Public Hearing to amend the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 Annual Budget to reflect an

         appropriation in Transportation Planning Funds.  The appropriation of $21,039.00 comes

     from the release of 1998-1999 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) unexpended   

     funds.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

   Amending the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 Annual Budget to reflect an appropriation in   

   Transportation Planning Funds.  The appropriation of $21,039.00 comes from the release

   of 1998-1999 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) unexpended funds. 

 

 

   Motion to open the public hearing.

             

                 Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                 Second:  Cm. Galo

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

           

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  Public Hearing to repeal the Ambulance Advisory Council Ordinance dated April 7,

1981 consisting of eight (8) members for the purpose of advising and consulting with the City of Laredo in regards to operations of both the public and private ambulance systems.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

   Repealing the Ambulance Advisory Council Ordinance dated April 7, 1981 consisting of   

   eight (8) members for the purpose of advising and consulting with the City of Laredo in

   regards to operations of both the public and private ambulance systems.

 

 

   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. Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

5.  A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.  Creation and appointment of Council Committee to work with city staff in the

     matter of the Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

     The Mayor read the following:

 

We have a mandate, a majority vote, from the people of Laredo who exercised their right to vote on August 12, 2000.  The people voted for a ¼ of 1% sales and use tax for the purpose of building the Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

We also have a Letter of Intent approved by the City Council Members and executed by the City and Arena Ventures, LLC which requires both parties to enter a 180 day negotiation period and in good faith work towards agreeing how to get the Laredo Entertainment Center designed, built and operated.  If we cannot come to agreement within the next 180 days the parties can go their separate ways and the City can proceed to negotiate with any other party that may show interest.

 

Having said that, I want to stress that we have, as I said at first…we have a mandate, we have been told by the people.  “We want it…get it built!”

 

And we will now begin to do just that.

 

As we begin, I want to share with you some organizational points on how we plan to proceed with the negotiations.

 

Tonight I am appointing every council member to an area of contribution towards this great endeavor.  I will also be sharing with you the composition of the city managers’ negotiation team and how these two bodies will work together throughout the negotiation process.

 

First, however, let me clarify one point:  The negotiations for the City will be conducted by a team of city staff with assistance from additional city staff members and outside expert consultants.  The core city staff negotiations team will be headed by the City Managers and will consists of the City Attorney, the City Engineer, the City Planner, the City Building Director and the City Budget Officer.  Assisting this core group will be the City Finance Officer, the City CVB Director and the City Convention Center Director.  And, of course, behind them is every single member of the city’s staff.

 

The City Negotiation Team will also assisted by outside legal consultants from the law firm of McCall, Parkhurst and Horton.  They will also be assisted by the City’s Financial advisors, the firm of Estrada-Hinojosa.  Additionally, this team will be further assisted by professionals yet to be determined who will have specific expertise and will provide engineering, architectural and arena management consultation.

 

Because of the significance of this project and the importance of obtaining citizens’ input through their elected representative I am calling on the entire council to serve in different capacities.  Accordingly, I am naming the council members to lend their expertise and advice in important areas, which I will identify at this time as “focus groups”.

 

Architectural and Engineering:

 

              District II          Council Member Louis Bruni

              District III         Council Member John Galo

              District VII       Council Member Jose Valdez

 

Transportation and Infrastructure:

 

              District I           Council Members Alfredo Agredano

              District IV        Council Member John Amaya

              District VIII      Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

Financing and Management:

 

              District III         Council Members John Galo

              District V          Council Member Eliseo Valdez

              District VI        Council Member Joe Guerra

 

Directly advising and meeting with the City Negotiation Team will be a committee of City Council members to be known as the “Council Laredo Entertainment Center (CLEC) Committee”.  This Committee which I am also creating and appointing tonight will be chaired by the Council Member from District III, John Galo and will also include as Members, District II Council Members Louis Bruni and District V Council Member Eliseo Valdez.

 

The inter-working for these different groups is a dynamic one.  It will be a challenge for the city negotiation team to find the manner and the method to best utilize the time and expertise of the staff, the consultants and the citizens as represented by their elected representative.

 

As we have done in every other project and with every other contract, we bring our good faith efforts to the table and we bring a full knowledge that as representative of the citizens of Laredo we owe a duty to every single taxpayer to obtain the best possible return for every public dollar spent.  We have demonstrated our ability to do just that.

 

The public trust demands a direct correlation between the value of the good and services obtained and the cost and expense incurred for those goods and services.

 

Accordingly, these contract negotiations will be directed at obtaining a full and best value for each taxpayer dollar spent to build the Laredo Entertainment Center.  That is our mission and our resolve and today we begin with these assignments and with an excited anticipation that come September 2002 we shall swing open the doors to a new era of entertainment and economic development in Laredo.

 

In closing let me say this Laredo.  Your calls have been uplifting, your direction clear and your hope that we finish early will be carefully taken into consideration.  I will promise the Class of 2002 that the Council and I, along with every member of the team will do everything in our power to finish in time for your 2002 graduation ceremonies.  Let’s get it done.

 

Council Laredo Entertainment Center (CLEC) Committee

 

 Purpose of Setting up CLEC Committee:

 

Ad Hoc Committee of City Council members to provide advice to the City of Laredo Staff Negotiation Team in the matter of the City’s negotiation with Arena Ventures, L. L. C.  in all areas involved in financing, building and managing of the Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

Members:

 

District II           Council Member Louis Bruni

District III          Council Member John Galo, Chair

District V           Council Member Eliseo Valdez

 

Focus Groups

 

Purpose of Setting up Focus Groups

 

Because of the significance of this project the entire council who represent the citizen’s interest will serve in different capacities.  Accordingly, the following council members will lend their expertise and advice in the following areas identified at this time as “Focus Groups”.

 

 

Motion to confirm the Mayor’s appointments to the Council Laredo Entertainment Center (CLEC), Architectural and Engineering Committee, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Financing and Management Committee. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

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

 

1.  Status report on the communication efforts for emergency vehicle response during

     the blockage of intersections by the Tex-Mex and Union Pacific Railroads.

 

Lt. Palacios assured the Council that the communication efforts for emergency vehicles would be fully functional within a week. 

 

2.  Request for the construction of a sidewalk on Albany St. from Rancho Viejo to  

     Kazen Elementary, with possible action.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, informed the council of the cost estimate for construction of the sidewalk.  The cost estimate, which includes the removal of the landscaping, will be $ 6,500 dollars.

 

Cynthia Collazo stated that the city is ready to move forward with the project because the City partnered with United Independent School District to expedite the construction.

 

Motion was made to proceed in the construction of the sidewalk on Albany St. from Rancho Viejo to Kazen Elementary. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

3.  Requesting a report from City Staff regarding sidewalks and safety improvements

     needed around schools and school approaches.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, explained that each year his department re-stripes all crosswalks and verifies that all flashing beacons are functioning properly.   He added that his staff works closely with Risk Management addressing specific concerns.  Metro Government Committee does meet to decide what schools they can prioritize to be able to do some studies.  United Independent School District and Laredo Independent School District utilize some of the funds that are available for the purpose of sidewalks and safety improvements. 

 

Gabriel Del Bosque, from the Planning Department, stated that the Metropolitan Planning Organization recently approved the Unified Planning Work Program for the next fiscal year which includes $70,000 authorized for a school zone safety study.  Representatives from both school districts will determine the best locations and gather enough data to identify the necessary improvements for safety and circulation.  Also, to prepare grant applications through programs such as Hazard Elimination Safety Programs

 

                           Motion to have the priority set where we work around the schools first.

 

                           Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                           Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                           For:     8                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      C.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Requesting staff to provide information on the Council action that provided the  

      authorization of transferring funding from the surplus Hotel-Motel Fund to the 

     Civic Center Reserve, Capital Improvement Fund.

 

     Heberto Ramirez, Budget Officer, reported that at the last City Council meeting he  gave a history on the Hotel-Motel Funds and how they were used.  Also, how they were transferred.   

 

     Cm.  Ramirez asked staff how they determine the amount of money that Third  

     Party Funding receives. 

  

     Beto Ramirez, Budget Director, stated that Hotel Motel Legal Requirements 

     section 351.103 dictate the terms of the allocation of revenues. 

    

     Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, remarked that staff would meet with

     Cm.  Ramirez and explain the entire process and address his concerns.  

 

 

2.  Status report on proposed traffic patterns and master plan for the downtown area 

     and specifically around San Agustin Church, with possible action.

 

     Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, stated that the last study was completed in 1996.

    Motion was made to update the study and incorporate the new changes that are recently being considered.

 

    Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

    Second:  Cm.  Agredano

    For:     8                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

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

     agreement authorized by Ordinance NO. 91-O-266 dated December 2, 1991, and as  

     amended by Ordinance No. 95-O-161 dated July 17, 1995, in order to assign the lease to Josefa Lago De Sarabia, surviving wife, successor in interest, and heir of Herculano Sarabia, deceased, for Hangar No. 162 at the Laredo International Airport, amend Section 1.02, titled "Term" by extending the lease term for an additional six (6) years and nine (9) months ending September 30, 2009, amend Section 1.03, titled "Rental Obligation" by adding a clause providing for a fair market appraisal to determine the monthly rent effective December 31, 2002, which is the beginning of the amended lease term extension period, amend Section 1.06, titled "Use , Use Conflict and Sublease", in order to allow Lessee to sublease to Labata Services, and amend Section 4.08, titled "Notices", thereby changing the name to Josefa Lago de Sarabia.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect.

 

               Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

           

7.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to  

effectively convey fee simple title to the "Surface Only", at its market value of $38,107.00, of certain property described as a tract of land containing 12,292.65 sq. ft., more or less, out of that former section of the 1200 block of N. India Ave. between the north right-of-way line of Guadalupe Street and the south right-of-way line of the Texas Mexican Railroad tracks to Heirloom Investments, L.C. (Miracle Candle Company).  Said tracts being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being described on the City Plat; and hereby approving the submitted Improvement Plan, which is in compliance with Section 10 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy Handbook, as approved per Resolution No. 97-R-140; and providing for an effective date.

 

               Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  An ordinance amending Ordinance No. 94-O-050, to reflect the new abutting property owner being Mr. Narsario Soliz as the authorized buyer of the northeast quarter of that former section of Malinche Avenue between Pecan and Sta. Clara Streets instead of Manuel M. Garcia; and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title of the "Surface Only" at its market value of said City property to Mr. Narsario Soliz who is now the current abutting property owner and providing for an effective date.

 

               Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  An ordinance setting the maximum speed limits in that portion of SH 359 between Market Street and Coronado Street, within the City Limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 30 MPH, 45 MPH, and 55 MPH, as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation, Control Section Map 0086-01.

 

               Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

10.  An ordinance granting an Interim License to Adelphia Business Solutions of Texas, L.P. ("ABS") to erect, construct, maintain, and operate a wire telecommunications system for a term of one (1) year pending amendment of the City's Wire Telecommunications System Registration and Licensing Ordinance of 1998, Ordinance No. 98-O-353, to conform with Texas Local Government Code, Subtitle A, Chapter 283, as amended in 1999; and providing for an effective date.

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.  An ordinance amending Ordinance NO. 98-O-141, which established guidelines and 

        criteria governing Tax Abatements by the City of Laredo, by authorizing a five (5) year renewal option period, in order to extend the 100% Tax Abatement for a maximum ten (10) year term, for companies that have provided and have agreed to maintain over 200 jobs, and $10 Million in required investment during the five (5) year renewal option period, after verification by the City's Tax Assessor Collector, providing for severability; providing for an effective date.

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

   X.     FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

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

 

Motion to waive final reading of ordinances #2000-O-200, #2000-O-164, #2000-O-201, #2000-O-202, #2000-O-203, and #2000-O-204.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Bruni

         Second:  Cm. Galo

         For:     8                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

12.  2000-O-200  Amending the City of Laredo General Fund FY 2000 Annual Budget for a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the amount of $118,561.00 for computer hardware, software and professional development for library staff, providing for effective date.   (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-200.

 

                                      Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                                      Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                      For:    8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-164   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.  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-164.

 

                                      Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                                      Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

2000-O-201  Approval of a contract with Texas Department of Health and amending the budget in the amount $552,000.00 for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001; and increase revenue line item 226-0000-323-4034 from $0 to $504,000.00, and increase expenditure line item 226-6025 from $0 to $504,000.00; and increase expenditure line item 226-6026 from $0 to $48,000.00      (City Council)

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-201.

 

                                      Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                                      Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2000-O-202   Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of Health and amending the budget for seven grants as depicted in the amount of $1,117,569.00 in direct funds and $360,678.00 in program income for the City of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.            (City Council)

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-202. 

 

                                      Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                                      Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2000-O-203   Approval of a contract with the Texas Department of Health and amending the budget in the amount of $42,000.00 for the Chronic Disease Prevention Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP), of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001; authorizing the City Manager to make transfers within the budget.    (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-203. 

 

                                      Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                                      Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2000-O-204  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement authorized by Ordinance No. 99-O-099 dated April 19, 1999, and as amended by Ordinance No. 99-O-240 dated August 23, 1999, with Webb County Juvenile Board for approximately 100,357 square feet of land located on Block No. 23 at the Laredo International Airport.  Said amendment will amend the lease term to end on December 31, 2000 instead of May 31, 2000.  All other terms and conditions remain in effect and unchanged.   (City Council)

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-204.

 

                                     Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                                     Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                     For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

  XI.     RESOLUTIONS

 

13. 2000-R-116  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to continue using the Webb County Jail to incarcerate prisoners that are arrested for Class C misdemeanor violations, and to pay Webb County $46 dollars a day for each prisoner.  This agreement will continue annually unless written notice from either party to discontinue the services is submitted.  Webb County Jail is the only source that provides this service within our geographic area.

 

                                    Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-116.

 

                                    Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                    Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                    For:     6                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  2

                                                                                                                                    Cm.  Amaya

                                                                                                                                    Cm.  E.  Valdez

 

14. 2000-R-117  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Governor's Automobile Theft Prevention Authority in the amount of $325,000.00 to fund the City of Laredo's Auto Theft Program.  The Governor's Automobile Theft Prevention Authority is contributing $325,000.00, the City of Laredo is designating $77,000.00 in matching funds and Webb County is designating $22,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $424,000.00 to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001.

 

                                    Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-117.

 

                                    Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                    Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                    For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

15. 2000-R-118  A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the "Surface Only" of one parcel of land for the construction of a downtown parking lot.  Said parcel being legally described as Lots 3 & 4, Block 6, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and being delineated on copy of City Plat, and authorizing staff to negotiate for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser.

 

                           Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-118.

 

                           Moved:  Cm. Galo

                           Second:  Cm. Agredano

                           For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

16. 2000-R-119  A resolution accepting the donation of the "Surface Only" of a 0.0194 of an acre (845.78 sq.ft.) parcel of land, more or less, from Hector H. Garcia, Jr. and Anna Isabel Garcia, for the widening of Calton Road East of McPherson Road.  Said parcel of land being out of Block 5, McPherson Plaza Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described, and more particularly described by metes and bounds.

 

                           Motion to table.

 

                           Moved:  Cm. Galo

                           Second:  Cm. Bruni

                           For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

17. 2000-R-120  A resolution in which the City of Laredo is urging the Texas Municipal League to support changes in state law to create a state wide deposit system for glass and plastic bottles, because in states where such a program has been implemented, recycling rates increased dramatically and litter volume was reduced remarkably.

                                   

                           Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-120.

 

                           Moved:  Cm. Galo 

                           Second:  Cm. Agredano

                           For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

18. 2000-R-121  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the South Central Texas Chapter of the March of Dimes in the amount of $2,990.00 for the Children's Health Insurance Outreach Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of August 1, 2000, through December 31, 2000; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

 

                           Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-121.

 

                           Moved:  Cm. Galo 

                           Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                    For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

19. 2000-R-123  A resolution concerning the transfer of the controlling interest of the Cable Television Franchise, franchisee and its Cable Television System and granting the consent of the City Council to the assignment and transfer of the controlling interest of the Cable Television Franchise, Franchisee and its Cable Television System from Timer Warner, to AOL Timer Warner.

 

                           Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-123.

 

                           Moved:  Cm. Galo 

                           Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                    For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

 XII.    MOTIONS

 

20.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $53,825.00 for additional utility work requested and to be paid for by Southwestern Bell on the construction contract with Pate & Pate Enterprises, Inc., The Woodlands, Texas, for the South Laredo/Chacon Creek Interceptor.  Funding is available in the 1998-A Bond Issue Chacon Interceptor.

 

                 Motion to approve. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Bruni

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

21.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into an interlocal agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the reimbursement of building rental fees.  Currently the City of Laredo Police Department is leasing building 134, suite 5 and 6, located at the Laredo International Airport.  The DEA is agreeing to reimburse the City of Laredo Police Department $3,600.00 per month for their usage of the building.  The commencement of this agreement is from May 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Bruni

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

22.  Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of July 2000, represents an increase in levy, of $13,696.73.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

           

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0                               

23.  Consideration to refund property tax to the following company:

 

a.  Penske Logistics, Inc. is requesting a refund in the amount of $559.21.  This property 

     did not exist on the first of the year.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consideration to approve the 2000 Appraisal Roll from the Webb County Appraisal District for the development of the tax roll, and to accept the calculations of the effective tax rate for fiscal year 2000-2001.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

25.  A motion to set a public hearing and issue notice thereof on a proposed tax rate of $0.576358/$100 value.  The public hearing will be held on September 5, 2000 at 5:30 p.m. at City of Laredo, City Hall Chambers, 1110 Houston, Laredo, Texas.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

26.  Consideration to award a contract for a Tennis Professional, in an amount of $26,400.00 for a twelve (12) month period from October 1, 2000 to September 30, 2001, with Carlos Ortiz, individually and D.B.A. Tennis Professional, to provide professional lessons for the playing of tennis at the Market Street Tennis Courts.  Funding for FY  00/01 in an amount of $26,400.00 will be available from Professional Services.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-135, to the SOLE BIDDER, Grande Truck Center, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $44,365.40, for the purchase of one, 1 1/2 ton truck with service body and crane. This truck will be assigned to the Utilities Department - Wastewater Collection Division.  Funding is available in the Utilities Fund. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-133, to the SOLE BIDDER, Advanced Business Solutions, Inc., Houston, Texas, in the annual amount of $19,035.00, for a maintenance agreement for the Bridge System's cash settlement system and the currency and coin counters.  Funding for this maintenance agreement has been allocated in the Bridge Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

 29.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-134 to the LOW BIDDER, Southwestern Bell Telephone, Laredo, Texas, in amount of $17,525.00, for the purchase and installation of a communications router at the Bruni Branch Library.  Funding is available in the Library budget. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-138, to the LOW BIDDER,  Bill Peace and Sons, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $16,655.00, for the purchase of a forklift for the Traffic Safety Department.  Funding is available from FY2000 Contractual Obligation Bond proceeds. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration to award six month supply contracts (FY00-129) to the LOW  BIDDERS,  Leyendecker Oil Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $10,796.35, and Arnold Oil Co. dba Lone Star Lubricants, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $7,922.54, for the purchase of lubricants for the Fleet Maintenance Division.

 

In addition, the City Council must choose lots to determine the contract vendor for automatic transmission fluid.  There was a tie bid for this commodity between Leyendecker Oil Inc. and Lone Star Lubricants at a unit cost of $2.98/gallon.  The bid pricing will be firm during this six month period and all items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  

 

                 The winning bid drawn by lots was Leyendecker Oil, Inc.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo 

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-132, to the LOW BIDDERS, Office Depot, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $10,301.63, Executive World, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $6,025.00, and Office Max, McAllen, Texas, in the amount of $3,816.00, for the purchase and installation of office furniture at the World Trade Bridge Administrative offices.  Funding for this furniture has been allocated in the Bridge Fund.

           

Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

33.  Consideration to waive the bus fare collection during "Try Transit Week", on September 12, 2000 and motion to waive the Transit Center Parking Garage fee for Saturday, September 16, 2000.  This action will give El Metro an opportunity to attract new customers and support this community event.  The estimated revenue loss will be $7,854.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

34.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 3 for an increase of $15,080.00 and to add 30 working days to the construction contract time with Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas, for the Calton Road Widening Project at the Public Library and the McPherson Road Widening Project from Calton Road to the Culvert Drainage Channel at Cotulla's Restaurant.  This change order will provide for the relocation and reconstruction of a portion of a brick/wrought iron fence to provide a safe sight distance for traffic exiting main library south driveway onto Calton Road.  Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue Calton Road Improvements.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration for acceptance of the Killam Industrial Blvd. Extension Project approximately 8000 L.F. from Sara Road to I.H. 35 and approval of final payment in the amount of $85,077.17 to Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $1,701,543.37.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund, Killam Industrial Blvd. Extension.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration to enter into an interlocal agreement with South Texas Development Council and the City of Laredo under Chapter 791 of the Government Code and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract relating to the planning, development, operation and provisions of 9-1-1 service.  The term of this agreement shall be for two years beginning on the 1st of September, 1999 and ending on the 31st day of August, 2001.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

 

37.  Presentation on the recruitment progress of the City Manager position, with possible action.

 

       Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, affirmed that there are 14 candidates that have applied for the City Manager position.  He added that the recruitment process is in the second phase of advertising. 

 

       Mayor Flores encouraged the Council to review the applications.

 

       Mayor Pro Tempore requested a deadline for applications.

 

        Motion to set a deadline date of September 21, 2000 for taking applications in order to start the interviewing process. 

 

        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

        Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

        For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.  Presentation on an update by the Laredo Police Department on the current status and future improvements to the emergency communications system.

      

      Bob Hyder, representative from Motorola, informed the Council that Motorola would submit a proposal on the 7th of September, which will include several options.   He stated that a team of Motorola engineers completed a review of the existing system.  The equipment was operating at manufacturing specifications.  The problem was site noise, which takes increased issues of receiver strength getting back in from a unit and then back to the base station.   Currently,  the Motorola staff is working on the equipment list and the services required to provide a solution for the problem which would enhance the portable talk back coverage of the police department’s units.

 

       Cm.  E.  Valdez asked Bob Hyder if this solution would solve the communication 

       problems that the Fire Department is experiencing.

 

      Bob Hyder commented that the short-term solution would quickly solve the problem.  However, the long-term solution would be switching to digital. 

 

      Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, informed the Council that a short-term solution was important and the recommendations would be back in two weeks.  However, the long-term solution is a combination of the entire radio system and would take some time.  He added that the new radios that are being purchased are digital ready.     

 

      Mayor Flores asked the City Managers to come back to Council with recommendations in a timely manner.

    

39.  Status report on the request for the clean up of brush and trash in the area of Farias St. and Baltimore St. along the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way.

 

       Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, reported that Union Pacific was given a citation and would be appearing at the Municipal Court on August 30, 2000.

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, when it deems it necessary to consult privately with its attorney about any item upon this agenda, pursuant to the provisions of Section 551.071(2) of the Texas Government Code.

 

  XV.    RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

Motion to recess as City Council and convene as Laredo Mass Transit Board.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Guerra

            Second:  Cm. E. Valdez

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

 

40.  2000-RT-002  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Texas Department of Transportation Grant No. 51122F1013 in the amount of $275,584.00 from the State Public Transportation Fund for the 2000-2001 Biennium; and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City Transit Department Accounts.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo 

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                 Against: 0                     Abstain:  0

 

41.  2000-RT-003  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute Amendment No. 1 for Grant Agreement No. 51922F6007 between the City of Laredo and the Texas Department of Transportation extending the contract termination period to January 31, 2001.  All of the other terms, conditions and provisions of the original contract shall remain in full force and effect.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                 Against:  0                    Abstain:  0

 

            Motion to adjourn as Laredo Mass Transit Board and reconvene as City Council.

 

            Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    ADJOURNMENT                                                                             TIME:  7:17 p.m.

                                                                       

Motion to adjourn.

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 22 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on August 21, 2000.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ____________________________________                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary