CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2000-R-23

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

AUGUST 28, 2000

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores called the meeting to order.

 

II.            PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In Attendance:

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                     Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                        Councilmember, District I

            Louis H.  Bruni,                                                         Councilmember, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                Councilmember, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                            Councilmember, District IV

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                                                       Councilmember, District V

            Joe A.  Guerra,                                                             Mayor Pro Tempore, District VI

            Jose Alberto Valdez, Jr.,                                           Councilmember, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                       Councilmember, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                  City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                          Acting City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                            Acting City Manager

            Jerry Cain,                                                                City Attorney

 

IV.             MINUTES

 

            None

 

V.            COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

            Cm.  Galo read the following report from the Building Department:

 

Activity update as of July 31, 2000

                                                                            This year                    Last Year       Percent Change

New Residential (Single Detached Homes)

861

741

16.1% inc

New Commercial Building Permits

62

60

3.3% inc

Commercial Additions

57

39

46.1% inc

Multi-Family Building Permits

11

4

175.0% inc

Mobile Home Installation Permits

439

666

34.0% dec

Total Building Permits

3,696

3,095

19.4 % inc

Total Building Permits Construction Value

$151,693,824

$110,390,587

37.4%

           

Latest Building Permits Issued in excess of $1,000,000 (July and August 2000)

New Webb County Administration Building

$10,888,600

Killam Office Building at 4320 University Blvd

$2,800,000

Warehouse at Killam Industrial Park

$1,836,000

Warehouse at Killam Industrial Park

$1,260,000

H-E-B (1301 Guadalupe) Remodeling

$1,090,000

Condominiums (23 Units)  201 Martingale

$1,031,856

 

Plans Submitted for Plan Examinations:

 

1.  “TOYS’R US” remodeling

2.  UISD Education Support Complex @ Cielito Lindo Subdivision

3.  9813 Sterling Street (Business Office Complex)

 

Invitations

 

None

 

Recognitions

 

a.  The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA)

presented a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the City of Laredo, Texas for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 1999.

 

The award is the highest form of recognition in government budgeting.  Its attainment represents a significant achievement by the City of Laredo.  The City has received the award for the ninth consecutive year.

 

Mayor Flores congratulated the Budget Director, Heberto Ramirez, and his staff for this achievement.

 

Communiqués

 

City Secretary, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., reminded the public that the next City Council Meeting would be held on Tuesday, September 5th, due to the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 4th.

 

VI.            APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.  Appointment of Cristine Baeza and Beatriz Escamilla by Council Member Alfredo

     Agredano to the Redistricting Commission.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:   Cm. Galo

     Second:   Cm. Amaya

     For:     8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain: 0

 

 

b.  Appointment of Eva Delgado by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr. to the

     Redistricting Commission.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Galo

     Second:  Cm. Agredano

     For:      8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0

 

VII.            PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing concerning an application by Petra Limon amending the Zoning

Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 290, Eastern Division, located at 605 Clark Blvd., from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 290, Eastern Division, located at 605 Clark Blvd., from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Galo

     Second:  Cm. Amaya

     For:      8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and table for September 18, 2000.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Galo

     Second:  Cm. Agredano

     For:      8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0

 

2.  Public hearing concerning an application by Gerardo Mendoza amending the Zoning

Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1 and the W 16' of Lot 2, Lot 12 and the W 16' of Lot 11, Block 1231, Eastern Division, located at 2101 Kearney St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1 and the W 16' of Lot 2, Lot 12 and the W 16' of Lot 11, Block 1231, Eastern Division, located at 2101 Kearney St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District), providing for publication and effective date.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Agredano

     For:      8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0

 

                 Oscar Cadena spoke in favor of the proposed change and asked that City Council table the item for the September 18, 2000 meeting.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and table for September 18, 2000.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Amaya

     Second:  Cm. Galo

     For:      8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0

    

3.  Public hearing concerning an application by Jesse and Hector Martinez amending the

Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for the E 2/3 of Lot 2, Block 2165A, and Lots 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, 11 and 12, Block 1480, Eastern Division, located at 2600 block of Diaz Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

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

issuance of a Special Use Permit for the E 2/3 of Lot 2, Block 2165A, and Lots 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, 11 and 12, Block 1480, Eastern Division, located at 2600 block of Diaz Street; providing for publication and effective date.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Agredano

     Second:  Cm. Galo

     For:      8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0

 

                 Edward Garza from Crane Engineering and representing the property owners, appeared and answered questions of City Council and spoke in favor of the zone change.  

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Agredano

     Second:  Cm. Bruni

     For:     8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Agredano

 

4.  Public hearing concerning an application by Jesse and Hector Martinez amending the

Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the E 2/3 of Lot 2, Block 2165A, and Lots 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 and 12, Block 1480, Eastern Division, located at the 2600 block of Diaz Street, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change.  

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the E 2/3 of  

Lot 2, Block 2165A, and Lots 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 and 12, Block 1480, Eastern Division, located at the 2600 block of Diaz Street, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Galo

     Second:  Cm. Agredano

     For:     8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0

 

     Edward Garza from Crane Engineering and representing the property owners, appeared  

and answered questions of City Council and spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Bruni

     For:      8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Agredano

           

VIII.            GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

5.  A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.  Discussion on a possible site to distribute compost (mulch), with possible action.

 

Mayor Flores encouraged citizens to take advantage of the good quality mulch that is available at the City’s landfill.  She added that water conservation in Laredo would be greatly aided by educating the public as to the varied uses of mulch.  

 

Mayor Flores asked Joe Guerra, Public Works Director, and Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, to create a schedule so the city can deliver mulch to various educational or non-profit facilities and also to assist citizens in obtaining mulch from the landfill at no cost. 

 

     B.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

                 1.  Discussion on the condition of railroad grade crossings, with possible action.

 

Cm.  Galo stated that that the crossing of Monterrey and Laredo is a hazard and a safety issue. 

 

Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, assured the Council that the crossing at Monterrey and Laredo is on the Customer Complaint Report and is currently in the process of being upgraded.  He added that the solution to railroad grade crossings is a large process that is aggressively being pursued by City staff.  He added that other options are being explored but cannot be discussed at this time.  However, he will submit recommendations to the Council at a later date. 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, reported that the state statute dictates that the city shall deal with the crossings from tie to tie and that the state would be responsible between ties.  He reiterated the fact that it is a slow process. 

 

2.  Discussion on railroad companies maintenance of properties and right-of-way,

     with possible action.

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, explained that the Code Enforcement Division is persistent in contacting the railroad companies with a plea to maintain the properties clear of any and all debris.  

 

                  C.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Status report on the Raquel Gonzalez Park, with possible action.

 

John Vidaurri, Parks and Recreation Director, announced that the property was acquired in March of 2000 and that park crews have been placing dirt on the site in order to achieve a final grade.  The construction will take place during the next four months and will be completed early next year.   He added that the project is a Block Grant Project.

 

2.  Status report on the Chaparral St. speed hump study, with possible action.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, explained that staff is currently working on gathering information for the traffic data analysis on speed humps.  He added that staff would submit recommendations to the Council in four weeks. 

 

Cm.  E.  Valdez pointed out that he wanted Chaparral Street on the priority list for District V.  He affirmed that staff has visited with a concerned property owner several times with ideas for slowing vehicular traffic and preventing cars from going into their house to no avail.  He asked staff to consult with other cities to see how they slow vehicles down on residential streets that are conducive for speeding.

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on conducting a traffic study on San Francisco

     Ave. and Lafayette St. and Barcelona Ave. and Saunders St.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, mentioned that staff has begun gathering data pertaining to the corner of San Francisco Ave. and Lafayette St. and will have recommendations for the Council in five weeks.

 

4.  Status report on erosion problem between 3200 block and 3300 block of San

     Francisco St. at the Zacate Creek Linear Park, with possible action.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that the construction plans have already been submitted to Public Works.  It is just a matter of scheduling.  

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on the city's efforts to curb vandalism in different

     areas of the city.

 

Agustin Dovalina, Chief of Police, asked the community to assist in reporting vandalism so they can deter that type of criminal activity.  Currently, the Police Department partnered with the Parks and Recreation Department and Crime Stoppers Programs to set up public service announcements.  He avowed to coordinate with the local Justice of the Peace and Municipal Court Judge to continue to use offenders to clean up areas that are badly infected with graffiti.  Finally, he stated that the department would identify the areas that are most prevalent so that he can increase patrol efforts in the particular areas.       

 

Cm.  J. Valdez encouraged citizens to report any form of vandalism so that the police department can identify trends.

 

Agustin Dovalina, Chief of Police, stated that vandalism is not an actual violation of the city ordinance but in fact, a state law.  The monetary damages incurred, will determine the degree of classification of the crime, which was committed. 

 

John Viduarri informed the Council that the park signs are being made by United Independent School District and that there has been a slight delay.

 

Mayor Flores stated that staff should report any delays to the Council if the project exceeds the time originally reported. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on initiating a program for citizens on a fixed

     income to assist in the payment of water bill.

               

Cm.  J.  Valdez stated that his concern is to assist the elderly that have large homes and are on a fixed income.   

 

Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, informed the Council that several staff members are working together to come up with ways to formulate assistance for the elderly. 

 

Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reminded Council that the City has a contract with Catholic Social Services who will assist in some emergency relief for low-income residents.  There is also a deferred payment plan offered to customers with a high bill that they cannot pay for some reason. 

 

IX.            INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            None.

           

 

 

 

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

 

            Internet available:  //www.cityoflaredo.com

 

Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances # 2000-O-206, # 2000-O-207, # 2000-O-208, # 2000-O-209, # 2000-O-210, # 2000-O-211, # 2000-O-212, # 2000-O-213, # 2000-O-214 and # 2000-O-215.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0

 

6.  2000-O-206  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-206.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                           Against:  0                           Abstain:  0

 

     2000-O-207  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-207.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                           Against:  0                           Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-208  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-208.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                           Against:  0                           Abstain:  0

 

 

2000-O-210  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.  (City Council)

           

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-210.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                           Against:  0                           Abstain:  0

    

                 2000-O-211  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. (City Council) (As

   Amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-211.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                           Against:  0                           Abstain: 0

 

                 2000-O-212  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-212.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                           Against:  0                           Abstain:  0

 

                 2000-O-213  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-213.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                           Against:  0                           Abstain:  0

 

                 2000-O-214  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-214.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                           Against:  0                           Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-215  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.   (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-215.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                           Against:  0                           Abstain:  0

 

 

 

XI.            RESOLUTIONS

 

7.  2000-R-124  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a non-financial

agreement between the City of Laredo - Laredo Public Library and the Webb County Head Start Program to coordinate services provided to Head Start families.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-124.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                           Against:  0                           Abstain:  0

 

XII.            MOTIONS

 

8.  Consideration to authorize Amendment No. 2 for $100,000.00 to the Groundwater

Source Development contract with CH2MHILL Engineers.  This amendment represents phase II for work related to the selection of a groundwater provider; development of the project requirements and specifications; and assistance to the City on the technical/financial aspects of the final contract negotiation with the selected firm.  This amendment brings the total groundwater contract to $305,000.00.  Funding is available in the Waterworks Construction Fund.

 

Motion to table and send to committee Tuesday, August 29, 2000, at 4:30 p.m.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                          Against:  0                          Abstain:  0

 

9.  Consideration to call for a public hearing to consider the proposed 2001-2005 Capital

Improvement Program on September 18, 2000 and notifying the public of said hearing by advertising ten consecutive days in the newspaper and informing the public that three copies of the proposed Capital Program are available at the City Secretary's Office and the City Library in accordance with Article VI, Section 6.07 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                          Against:  0                          Abstain:  0

 

10.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with the Laredo

Independent School District in the amount not to exceed $160,474.00 in collaboration with the "Mi Futuro" Abstinence Education Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning August 8, 2000, through August 31, 2001.  The City of Laredo will reimburse the Laredo Independent School District an amount not to exceed $160,474.00 for salaries and fringe benefits for four full-time Health Educators and two master teachers at (.075FTEs) for the project's scope of services.  Funding is available under the Mi Futuro Abstinence Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                  Against:  0                  Abstain:  0

                                               

11.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 2 a decrease amount of $96,824.13 for

the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Reconstruction of Cargo Apron and Taxiways A, F and G and approval of final payment in the amount of $590,466.49 to Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $4,942,127.19.  Funding is available in the  Airport Construction FAA Grant #22, #23 and #25, Improvements Other Than Building.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                  Against:  0                  Abstain:  0

 

12.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 a decrease amount of $4,386.18 for

the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Rehabilitate Portion of Runway 17R-35L and approval of final payment in the amount of $37,587.72 to Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $385,250.32.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction FAA Grant #25, Improvement Other Than Building.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                  Against:  0                  Abstain:  0

 

13.  Consideration to award an engineering contract to Rosin Group, Inc., Laredo, Texas for

an amount not to exceed $48,625.00 for surveys, design, and preparation of plans and specifications for the Zacate Creek Linear Park, Phase III, IV & V.  Funding is available in the Community Development 25th Action Year Zacate Creek Park.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                  Against:  0                  Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

 

14.  Presentation by staff regarding previously identified projects to be submitted to the

Economic Development Administration (EDA) for possible funding consideration and request to establish a clear priority project for submission.

 

Ronnie Acosta, Grants Administrator, stated that in February of this year Council passed a resolution that identified two projects to be considered for possible EDA funding.  On the top of the list were the Streets of Laredo Urban Mall and the CPL Road Extension. She added that in preparing these applications, it is important to know that EDA does not grant more than one project at a time to any locality.  The staff’s recommendation is to give priority to the Street’s of Laredo Urban Mall Project.  Finally, she stated that the City has the match through CDBG and that EDA has indicated the favorable consideration of this particular project.

 

Motion to establish that the Streets of Laredo Urban Mall be the top priority for submission to EDA for potential funding.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                  Against:  0                  Abstain:  0

 

15.  Status report on the McPherson Rd. Widening Project, north of Del Mar Blvd.  Project.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they had consulted with Public Works and that this project would be completed by September.

 

16.  Status report on the modifications of the bus shelters.

 

Peter Behrman, El Metro General Manager, reported that staff is gathering data and will come back to Council with recommendations. 

                       

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 MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

Motion to recess as City Council and convene as the Laredo Municipal Housing

Corporation.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0

 

17.  2000-RMH-004  Approval by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC)

Board of Directors to charge 71% of Fair Market Rents  (FMR) on all occupied rental units that have not been completely renovated at the Jose A. Flores Apartments, effective October 1, 2000.  The proposed calculated rental rates at 71% of FMR are as follows: $345.00 for a 2-bedroom, $430.00 for a 3-bedroom and $485.00 for a 4-bedroom.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8            Against:  0                  Abstain:  0

 

18.  2000-RMH-005  Approval by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC)

Board of Directors to charge 71% of Fair Market Rents (FMR), equivalent to $345.00 for a 2-bedroom and $430.00 for a 3-bedroom, on all rental units under the Fair Market Rent Program and $250.00 for a 2-bedroom and $275.00 for a 3-bedroom for rental units under the Low Income Program at the Tomas Flores Apartments, effective October 1, 2000.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8            Against:  0                  Abstain:  0

 

19.  2000-RMH-006  Authorization to adopt the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation

(LMHC) Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2000-2001 by the LMHC Board of Directors, appropriating the estimated revenues and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2000 and ending September 30, 2001 and authorizing the LMHC Director to implement the LMHC Annual Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8            Against:  0                  Abstain:  0

 

Motion to adjourn as the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation and reconvene as City Council.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0

 

Supplemental Agenda

M2000-S-23

 

V.            Appointments to Commission, Boards and Committees

 

a.  Appointment of Dr.  Oscar Cartas by Council Member Jose A.  Valdez, Jr. to the  

     Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Agredano

     Second:  Cm. Galo

     For:      8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0      

                       

            b.  Appointment of Sylvia Palombo by Council Member Johnny Amaya to the Library

     Advisory Committee.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Galo

     For:     8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0

 

VII.            General Council Discussions and Presentations

 

            A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores

 

1.  Request by the Webb County Sheriff’s Department for the use of the Benavides

Softball Fields including the waiver of fees for September 8, 9 and 10, 2000.  This will be a benefit for Pablo Degollado, Sheriff’s Department employee that has been stricken with terminal cancer, with possible action.

 

Jose Manuel Martinez, from the Sheriff’s Department, asked council to waive the fees for the tournament.

 

Motion to approve the waiving of fees.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                     Against:  0                            Abstain:  0

 

2.  Notifying the City Council of the City of Laredo’s participation in the Rio

Grande Institute Disaster Mitigation Project funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Economic Development Administration. 

 

Mayor Flores stated that the Rio Grande Institute Mitigation Project was created through the American Heritage River Association.  She added that when she and the Acting City Managers visited Washington, they proposed to FEMA a pro-active approach to assisting residents in moving out of the disaster areas prior to experiencing a life-threatening situation.  She mentioned that several surrounding counties, FEMA and the Economic Development would be attending a workshop on August 29th at the City Council Chambers. 

 

 

 

 

 

XI.            Resolutions

 

2.  2000-R-127  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the South

Texas Development Council (STDC) for the amount of $31,000.00.  This grant will be used to help fund the Citizens Recycling Convenience Center.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-127.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                              Against:  0                              Abstain:  0

 

XIII.            Adjournment                                                                                           Time:  7:20 p.m.

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                              Against:  0                                              Abstain:  0

 

            I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 through 16 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on the 28th day of August, 2000.

 

 

 

                                                  _______________________________

                                                  Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                  City Secretary