CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2000-R-25

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 18, 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

            Larry Dovalina,                                                 Acting City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of August 7, 2000, August 10, 2000, August 14, 2000 and August 15, 2000.

 

            Motion to approve the minutes.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Mayor Flores announced the creation of the Rail Policy Committee which will be composed of Cm. Jose A. Valdez, Jr. as Chair, Cm. Juan Ramirez, and Cm. John C. Galo.  She stressed that there are many light-rail and heavy-rail issues that must be addressed in the community, and Union Pacific will send some staff to provide input on these freight rail matters to the newly formed committee.

 

Victor Jacaman announced the creation of a Trail Ride with the cooperation of the City of Laredo to benefit the children of Laredo.  The trial ride would provide a positive form of recreation for the children.  The route to be followed by the trail riders would serve to  familiarize them with Laredo as well.

 

Mayor Flores informed Mr. Jacaman that there is also a committee in place composed of city staff that is working on a trail and bike route for the community.  She mentioned that the city staff would add his name to the committee list and send him an invitation to attend the next meeting.

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

Communiqués

 

            Cm. Bruni submitted a Rain Enhancement Report from the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association for seeding flight activity of September 13, 2000.  This report     is available at the City Secretary’s Office for public viewing.

 

            Cm. Bruni also submitted a letter addressed to Erasmo Villarreal, Cynthia Collazo, and Arturo Garcia via e-mail by Marisela Rangel in connection with noise abatement concerns. 

 

Mayor Flores provided council members with a brief summary of the matters addressed during the Conference of Mayors which she attended in Boise, Idaho.   She mentioned that there were several important issues discussed during this Leadership Conference which she will elaborate on in her written report to the council members. 

 

Cm. Bruni read some of the Laredo International Airport’s year-to-date accomplishments and activities. 

 

·        Passenger activity is up 5 % to 62,793 in plane passengers;

·        Air cargo activity is up 12 % to 262 million pounds of gross landed weight;

·        Aircraft operations are up 10 % to 44,519 operations;

·        Completed reconstruction of the air cargo apron, several taxiways, and a portion of runway 17R representing an investment of $4.9 million dollars; 

·        Private sector investment in the construction of four cargo facilities totaling $1.6 million dollars;

·        Private sector investment in the construction of commercial buildings totaling almost $1 million dollars;

·        Process two airport improvement program grants from the Federal Aviation Administration in the total amount of $5.2 million dollars to rehab a portion of runway 17R and acquire a tract of land to extend our parallel taxiway;

·        Submit a request from Federal Aviation Administration to fund an update on the PART 150 noise compatibility study;

·        Submit a request to the Federal Aviation Administration to fund an airport Master Plan to include medical-related use of non-aeronautical properties;

·        Creation of the foreign trade policy and procedures to transfer foreign-trade-zone designations within the City of Laredo; and

·        Creation of an airport land marketing policy that enables the payment of real estate commissions to real estate brokers whose efforts result in leasing of airport property.

 

Mayor Flores heard testimony from Luis Dovalina, Laredo Police Department President,

who spoke regarding the meeting with the Chief of Police concerning their request for additional investigator positions.  Officer Dovalina reported that the city needs to plan ahead due to the tremendous growth the city is experiencing and this justifies the need for more investigators’ positions due to the increase in crime in Laredo.

 

Chief Agustin Dovalina reported on some of the options proposed to the City Manager’s Office, and he recommended choosing Option B which would be the most cost effective method to ensure that all candidates on the list are promoted and to secure the additional sergeant positions as well.

           

Luis Dovalina suggested that Option A be accepted which would require reclassification of personnel in order to increase the number of investigators’ positions.

 

Acting City Manager Larry Dovalina stated that Chief Dovalina’s proposal to the City Manager’s Office included a proposed submittal for a COPS grant for creation of 40 additional positions for which the city has budgeted the money.  He commented that the central issue here is that this request is being driven by the eligibility list on which these individuals are.  If these officers do not receive a promotion at this time, they will lose their eligibility status and will have to re-compete for the positions.  Mr. Dovalina clarified some points on the issue of annexation and the related laws that were passed.  He explained that the laws state that the city must provide comparable service to that being provided within the community; and as long as the city provides that equal service, it does not state that the city needs to increase public safety or any particular areas of the budget in order to be able to annex. 

 

Chief Dovalina affirmed that the police department does have the adequate manpower to handle the pressing needs of the community at this time.

 

Officer Jorge Luna reported on the crime statistics compiled and the level of increase in crime from July, 1999, to July, 2000.

 

Officer Luis Martinez stated that Option A is the best solution for personnel as well as for the city in ensuring public safety to the community.

 

Officer Anthony Carrillo spoke regarding the number of investigators that are needed within each division.  He stated that the supervisors of each separate division recommend a minimum number of two investigators in order to adequately serve the department. 

 

Officer Ricardo Taguma restated the reasons why the city needs more investigators, including the need to reduce the number of cases assigned to the limited investigative personnel.

 

Motion to bring up as a secondary motion consideration of Item B (1) from page twelve of the agenda.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Motion to accept Option A recommended by Officer Luis Dovalina.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Guerra

            Second:  Cm. Bruni

            For:      6                                              Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Bruni

                                                                        Cm. Galo

 

June Leyendecker addressed City Council to voice her objections over a zone designation change and to protest a paving project which bisected her property by Springfield Avenue.   Being that Springfield Avenue is now fully paved up to Michigan Avenue on Hilltop Road, she is concerned that this paving project will cause uneven deterioration of the sub-base and uneven curing since the road is only partially paved lengthwise to her property line. 

 

She is requesting that the routing of Springfield Avenue be carried out as it had been proposed initially by the Planning and Zoning Department in 1991.  She stated that the originally proposed route would direct Springfield northward, which is the preferred and logical direction for the road. 

 

Charles Martens spoke to City Council on behalf of U.S. Filter and Killam Ranch properties regarding the city’s secondary water source.   He stated that the firm has made a financial commitment of approximately $700,000.00 of its money to drill two test wells in order to find out their sustainability.  He emphasized that they have the resources, the easements, the water source, etc., but they cannot take on their commitment without a Letter of Intent from the City of Laredo.  

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.  Appointments by Council Member Juan Ramirez of Rosa Elia Treviño to the Laredo

Commission for Women, Arturo Tijerina to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Lily Perez to the Re-Districting Commission, and Richard Gentry to the Tree Advisory Committee.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra 

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 budget by appropriating

revenues and expenditures by $8,150.00 in the Convention & Visitors Bureau Fund - Special Events budget due to receipt of donations from the private sector for the annual City of Laredo Washington Trip to meet with members of Congress and federal agencies and incurring expenditures associated with said project and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures by $8,150.00 in the Convention & Visitors Bureau Fund - Special Events budget due to receipt of donations from the private sector for the annual City of Laredo Washington Trip to meet with members of Congress and federal agencies and incurring expenditures associated with said project 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.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-27-00 in the amount of $4,400,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a portion of a parallel taxiway to Runway 17L/35R and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-27-00 in the amount of $4,400,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a portion of a parallel taxiway to Runway 17L/35R and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

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.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.  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, for use as a car lot, 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.  Bruni

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Fernando Limon, a family member representing Petra Limon, requested a conditional use permit.

 

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

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Amaya

 

 

 

4.  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.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and table.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

   

5.  Public hearing and adoption of Resolution 2000-R-126 adopting the 2001-2005 Capital

     Improvement Program for the City of Laredo.

 

ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 2000-R-126

     Adopting the 2001-2005 Capital Improvement Program for the City of Laredo.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Director, provided a summary to the City Council regarding proposed projects and their respective revenue allocations.   He commented that it is the responsibility of the Planning and Zoning Commission to provide recommendations to the City Council on the Capital Improvement Program.  He mentioned that as part of the requirements in the Capital Improvement Program process as outlined in the Charter provisions, the Capital Improvement Program goes to the Planning and Zoning Commission for consideration.  Mr. Selman stated that there were two public hearings held at the Planning and Zoning Commission level over the Capital Improvement Program, and that it is the responsibility of the commission to provide recommendations to the City Council. 

 

 

Cm. Bruni called for a motion to include in the Capital Improvement Programs the extension of Bartlett St. from Hillside to Gale and from Gale to Jacaman Road.  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra stated he would second the motion provided there was a stipulation that District VI be granted $800,000.00 for additional projects needed.

 

Mayor Flores stressed that before the City Council votes on the bond issue, she wants to make sure that the projects under the Capital Improvement Program can be started immediately. 

           

                 Cm. Bruni withdrew his motion to reserve an additional portion of the revenues under the Capital Improvement Program for the Bartlett St. extension. 

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and adopt the Capital Improvement Program subject to future revisions on the mentioned projects.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

6.  Public hearing and adoption of Resolution 2000-R-136 adopting the Comprehensive

Plan of the City of Laredo without amendment in compliance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 2000-R-136

Adopting the Comprehensive Plan of the City of Laredo without amendment in compliance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and adopt.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

7.  Public hearing to identify and grant retiree medical benefits to employees who retire

between October 1, 2000 through March 31, 2001 with the exception of Firefighters and Police Officers who are provided for under a collective bargaining agreement and providing for and effective date of October 1, 2000.        

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Identifying employees and granting retiree medical benefits to those employees who retire between October 1, 2000 through March 31, 2001 with the exception of Firefighters and Police Officers who are provided for under a collective bargaining agreement and providing and effective date of October 1, 2000.

 

                 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.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2,

Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12)(a) except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of October 1, 2000.  

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2, Article II,   

Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12)(a) except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of October 1, 2000.    

                 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.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Annual Budget by

appropriating Revenues and Expenditures in the Fleet Management Fund by $240,000.00 due to the increase in fuel costs.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo's FY 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $240,000.00 for fuel cost increase.

 

     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.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

          10.  Public hearing amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget

     in the amount of $17,139.00 for the Hepatitis C Study Project of the City of Laredo

     Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2000 through August 31,   

     2001.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $17,139.00 for the Hepatitis C Study Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001; and increasing revenue line item 226-0000-323-4085 from $0 to $17,139.00 and expenditure line item 226-6036 from $0 to $17,139.00.

 

     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.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

          11.  Public hearing amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget

     in the amount of $2,654,500.00 to operate the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

     Program, and to issue approximately $13,000,000.00 in federal food vouchers by the

     City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2000, through

     September 30, 2001.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $2,654,500.00 to operate the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, and to issue approximately $13,000,000.00 in federal food vouchers by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001; and increasing revenue line item form the WIC Program 226-0000-323-4037 from $0 to $2,654,500.00 and expenditure line item 226-6035 from $0 to $2,654,500.00.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 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

 

          12.  Public hearing to amend the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in

     the amount of $4,470.00 in additional funds from $149,000.00 to $153,470.00 for the

     HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Project of the City of Laredo Health Department

     for the period beginning January 1, 2000, through December 31, 2000.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $4,470.00 in additional funds from $149,000.00 to $153,470.00 for the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2000, through December 31, 2000; and increasing revenue line item 226-000-323-4043 from $149,000.00 to $153,470.00 and expenditure line item 226-6016 from $149,000.00 to $153,470.00.

 

     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:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

13.  A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.  Discussion on the possibility of opening the Civic Center Pool on weekends

       during the extended warm weather months.

 

        John Vidaurri, Parks and Recreation Director, stated they have looked into the matter and have found that to open the pool for an additional six-week period would cost approximately $5,000.00 or approximately $800.00 per weekend.   One of the problems they have encountered is obtaining an adequate number of lifeguards.   The current season runs through the middle of August, which is about the time children begin their school year. 

 

       Motion to approve the opening of the Civic Center Pool on weekends for six 

       additional weeks.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

       Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

       For:     8                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                    B.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1.  Status report on the meeting between the Laredo Police Officers Association and          Staff regarding the Investigators positions, with possible action.

 

     Item was discussed earlier under Communiques.

 

     Motion to adopt Option A.

 

     Reclassification of seven (7) patrolman positions to the rank of investigator as

     follows:

 

     $57,595.31              Investigator’s annual salary including benefits

-   $52,448.04              Patrol Grade 5 annual salary including benefits

     $  5,147.27              Difference

                x   7              # of positions requested

     $36,030.89             Total cost for reclassification  --  FY 01

 

     Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

     Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

     For:  6                                 Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                Cm.  Bruni

                                    Cm.  Galo

             

                    C.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1.  Status report on the Letter of Intent from the City of Laredo on the Secondary

     Water Source, with possible action. (Co-sponsored by Council Member John C.  

     Galo and Joe A. Guerra)

 

                             Cm. Bruni mentioned that the Water Issues Committee met on September 5, 2000, and provided some directives to Fernando Roman to get this process moving along.

 

                             Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, provided a draft of the Letter of Intent to be addressed to the firms who have shown an interest in providing a secondary water source to the City of Laredo.   He stated that the Letter of Intent meets the desires of the Water Issues Committee by stating the city’s commitment to the project without necessarily having a binding type of letter.  It simply tells the firms that the City of Laredo is proceeding with the project and allows the firms sufficient time to gather their own data and put together a report with their particular technical expertise.  Once they present a report that fulfills the city’s terms and conditions, then the City of Laredo will initiate its negotiations to reach agreement on a water supply contract.

 

                             Motion to authorize the City Manager to forward the Letter of Intent to the two secondary water source firms.

 

                             Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                             Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

                             For:  8                                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.  Discussion and possible action on providing alternative routes to alleviate and

     reduce truck traffic on Calton Rd. and McPherson Rd.

 

                             Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Director, mentioned that this item was discussed in the workshop where a couple of scenarios were considered.  He recommended forwarding this item to the Traffic Safety Committee to look into four different scenarios. 

 

                             Motion to take this item to the Traffic Safety Committee with a 30-day turnaround to the City Council for an update.

 

                             Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                             Second:  Cm. Galo

                             For:  8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                                   

3.  Status report on the extension of Bartlett St. to Gale St., with possible action.

 

                              Item was discussed earlier under Item #5 (Capital Improvement Program).

 

 

 

                    D.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on El Metro's - El Lift Program and the service 

     provided by their automated and response telephone system.

 

      Cm. Valdez stated he had received several complaints from citizens that they place calls to the agency but do not get the quality customer service they deserve.

 

      Also, on the matter of the El Lift Program, the major complaint that he wants addressed is the requirement imposed on callers to provide a two weeks advance notice for transportation.   He stated that in some situations this is not a realistic requirement and he wants to re-evaluate El Lift’s service to ensure it is in tune with the needs of the community.

 

      Peter Behrman, El Metro Manager, clarified some points regarding reservations accepted for transportation service.  He stated that people are not required to reserve a seat two weeks in advance, but they are given the option to reserve as far as two weeks in advance.  It is merely a courtesy to those people that would like to reserve the service ahead of time. 

 

      Regarding the telephone system on Scott St., he agreed that there have been a number of problems, and they are working on revamping the system to eliminate these problems in the future.  He reported that his department is scheduled to begin construction this week on a Customer Service Center that will be open at 6:00 a.m. and will be staffed by people to provide quality service to the public.  He commented that all calls will be routed there and staff will be available to answer the phone and provide information on all bus routes as well as the El Lift program routes.

 

      Cm. Valdez suggested that this information be released to the public to ensure they are aware that El Lift does not have a two-week requirement.   

 

      Daniel Gonzalez, Jr. supervisor with El Metro, stated they have 17 routes to cover with 18 vans.

 

      Danny La Duque, a citizen, spoke regarding the unsatisfactory service provided by El Metro’s El Lift program.   He has received many complaints via the BEST organization about callers who are turned down for transportation.  He would like to see El Metro upgrade its transportation system to assist as many members of the community as possible.

 

      Cm. Valdez suggested that a motion be made to include Mr. La Duque as part of the Laredo Metro Committee to provide citizens’ input in looking at the operations of the transportation program.

 

      Jaime Flores, City Attorney, commented that Mr. La Duque and the BEST organization have sued the City of Laredo.  He mentioned that some of the issues that Mr. La Duque is discussing are part of the litigation and that while it is in order to listen to Mr. La Duque’s concerns, he advises the City Council to withhold any type of response on the matter because it is currently in litigation.

 

      Mr. La Duque asserted that neither he nor BEST have filed a lawsuit against the City of Laredo.

 

                              Peter Behrman stated that they have been working in conjunction with the BEST organization for a number of years.  He mentioned that El Metro has a contract in place with the organization to go through the certification list to ensure they are updated, and Mr. La Duque has been helpful in keeping that list up to date.  He emphasized they have a good working relationship with the BEST organization. 

                             

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on requesting staff to conduct a noise impact

study caused by the increase in railroad traffic and find available federal funding to mitigate any adverse impact to affected areas near the railroad right-of-ways.

 

                             Cm. Valdez suggested that a study similar to the airport study be prepared to determine the noise-impacted areas due to railroad traffic.

 

                             Cm. Galo stated that this concern had been addressed some time ago when he met in Washington, D.C. with the Deputy Secretary of Transportation.  At that time, she had stated that there were no funds available and he agrees that this should be looked into once more.        

                            

                             Keith Selman mentioned that some of the UPWP monies could be used for such a noise study.   He suggested that the City Council consider analyzing the impacts as well as the mitigating measures and put together some type of capital programming.  He mentioned that the UPWP is on the agenda for the MPO Policy Committee meeting and that there are some monies there that could be tapped into.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action to initiate a bus study for an additional bus route

     from downtown to Indian Sunset Subdivision.

 

     Motion to table.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

     Second:  Cm.  Bruni

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

3.  Status report on the safety signalization at the Lafayette Bridge overpass, with

     possible action.

 

                             Cm. Valdez stated there was a study underway a month ago.

 

                             Tony Garcia, Traffic Department, reported that four signs have been installed in the area to reduce speed.  He also mentioned that the department is finalizing the acquisition of some underground conduits needed to proceed with the placement of flashing beacons in the area.

 

                    F.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on park benches around the Civic Center and Los 

     Dos Laredos Park.

 

John Vidaurri, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that some benches were removed from the park after the flood.  He stated that his department does have an item in the upcoming budget to replace those benches as well as to replace barbeque grills in the first quarter of the new fiscal year.  With regard to the Civic Center, the department does not currently have any funding in the budget for benches off of San Bernardo Avenue.  The placement of any benches would be under the shade trees along the West side of the street.

 

Cm. Ramirez suggested that some local business people could donate the benches to the City of Laredo. 

 

John Vidaurri stated that the cost per bench would run approximately $500.00 for the bench together with the bench pad. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on the construction of a sidewalk at the 1400

block of San Eduardo on the west side and the 1600 block of San Eduardo on the east side.

 

                             Gabriel Martinez, City Engineering Department,        reported that currently they have 107 blocks of sidewalks under construction and another 143 blocks of sidewalks under design, but neither one of these blocks is identified on the project list.  He mentioned that the cost per block would run approximately $9,000.00, which includes the design as well as construction.

 

                             Acting City Manager Larry Dovalina stated that there is a problem on the 1600 block of San Eduardo because there are two homes that encroach unto the right-of-way with a covered canopy.  In order to construct the sidewalk, the city would have to remove those canopies or ask the homeowners to allow the city to connect that portion already in place with the proposed sidewalk.  He stated that the City Council would need to find the funding source possibly adding it on to the budget items that they would receive under the CIF fund.

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on increasing the salaries of the Mayor and City

     Council.

 

     Cm. Ramirez stated that the current City Council Members earn $500.00 per month or $6,000.00 per year.  He stated that a Council Member’s job is fast becoming a full time job.  He also mentioned that Mayor Flores goes well beyond her assigned duties and is instrumental in securing growth and prosperity for our city.  He recommended that the annual salary for the Mayor be increased by $8,000.00 and the salary for City Council Members be increased to $12,000.00.

 

     Jaime Flores, City Attorney, explained that the raise would take effect upon the new respective term of each council member and the same goes for the mayor’s term.

 

     Mayor Flores mentioned that the Council Members’ service to their constituents requires the addition of support staff to better serve the citizens’ needs.  She also stated that some Council Members have had the ability to fund their own staff, but others have not.  She emphasized the need for all Council Members to be provided with a support staff to better address the needs and concerns of  their constituents. 

 

     Motion to instruct the City Manager’s Office to prepare an ordinance setting the salaries for the City Council pursuant to Section 2.02 of the City Charter at $12,000 annual salary for Council Members and $36,000.00 annual salary for the Mayor for the next term for each respective council seat and the mayor’s seat.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

     Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

     For:  8                                 Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

14.  An ordinance providing for the levy and collection of General and Special Ad Valorem

and Alcoholic Beverage taxes for the City of Laredo for the tax year 2000.  Therefore, providing revenue for the operation of the City and payment of the Interest and Sinking fund for Debt Service.

 

Mayor Flores read the Ordinance in its entirety.

           

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

15.  An ordinance adopting the City of Laredo Policy on Workplace Violence.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

16.  An ordinance adopting the City of Laredo Policy on Sexual and Other Forms of

       Harassment.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Internet Availability:  http://wwwcityoflaredo.com

 

Motion to waive final reading of ordinances 2000-O-209, 2000-O-220, 2000-0-221,

2000-O-222, 2000-O-224 and 2000-O-225.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

17.  2000-O-209  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 adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-209.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Flores temporarily out and Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra presiding.

 

2000-O-220  Adopting the Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2000-2001 by appropriating

the estimated revenues and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2000 and ending September 30, 2001, consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget.  (City Council)

 

The following motions were presented by Heberto Ramirez, Budget Officer, for council consideration:

 

Motion to increase revenues and expenditures as follows:

 

Increase current year taxes (revenues) in Hotel-Motel Fund  $60,000

Increase transfer-out (expenditures) in Hotel-Motel Fund

   to Convention & Visitors Bureau Fund                                          $60,000

Increase transfer-in (revenues) in Convention & Visitors

   Bureau Fund from Hotel-Motel Fund                                            $60,000

Increase marketing expenditures in Convention & Visitors

   Bureau Fund                                                                                 $60,000

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:   7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Increase expenditures in Hotel-Motel Fund for Historical and Arts

Third-Party Agencies for a total fund balance decrease of $12,555

as follows:

 

Increase Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra                                          $12,000

Increase Laredo Little Theater                                                         $     555

Decrease Fund Balance                                                                 ($12,555)

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:  7                                 Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

 

Increase Boy Scouts Gulf Coast Council (General Fund Third-Party

Agency) as follows:                                                             

 

Increase Boy Scouts Gulf Coast Council and

  to include Veterans funding, if available:                              $  8,000

Decrease Bad Debt expenditures in General Fund by $8,000     ($  8,000)

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:  7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

Motion to increase and decrease revenues and expenditures as follows:

 

Increase Transit Operating Budget (558) revenues            $275,584

Increase Transit Operating Budget (558) expenditures                  $211,264

Increase Transit Center Facility Budget (518) expenditures     $    9,165

Decrease transfer-out (expenditures) in Sales Tax

   Revenue Budget (518) to Operating Budget                              ($64,320)

Decrease transfer-in (revenues) in Operating Budget (558)

   from Sales Tax Revenue                                                           ($64,320)

Increase transfer-out (expenditures) in Sales Tax Revenue

   Budget (518) to Transit Center Facility Budget                            $  9,165

Increase transfer-in (revenues) in Transit Center Facility

   (518) from Sales Tax Revenue Budget                                        $  9,165

Increase Sales Tax Revenue Budget (518) reserve

   appropriation                                                                              $55,155

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:  7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0                               

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-220 as amended.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Motion to approve $43,000.00 in line item savings during the year from

the Police Budget to fund additional salaries for the reclassifications of police officers.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:  7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-221  Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Budget in the amount of

$20,000.00 for the Children's Dental Health Program of the City of Laredo Health Department to reflect an amendment to the contract with the Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch for the period beginning August 1, 2000 through July 31, 2001; and increase revenue line item 226-0000 from $0 to $20,000 and expenditure line item 226-6301 from $0 to $20,000.  (City Council)

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-221.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-222  Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Airport Budget to recognize

additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-26-00 in the amount of $849,845.00 for the purpose of rehabilitating a portion of Runway 17R/35L and for the purpose of acquiring a parcel of land to expand the Runway Protection Zone to Runway 35L and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

                                        (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-209.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

  2000-O-224  An ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 budget by

transferring the revised budget from General Fund Improvements Other   than Building in the amount of $125,000.00 and Professional Services in the amount of $9,784.00 to the Capital Improvement Fund  for a total of $134,784.00 for the Skate Board Park in order for monies not to lapse and completion of project to continue and be finalized in FY 2000-2001 and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Budget.    (AS AMENDED)  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-224.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

   2000-O-225  An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of the 1900 block

   of Poggenpohl Street between  Sta. Rita and Vidaurri Avenues situated in

   the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas and

   providing for an effective date. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-225.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

18.  2000-R-128  A resolution declaring the City of Laredo's intent to sponsor the

construction of a Fifth International non-commercial, bridge crossing joining the Mexican State of Tamaulipas and the State of Texas and located in the City of Laredo for the purpose of meeting the  needs of the area's growing populous; instructing the City Manager to notify all applicable levels of government in Mexico and the United States of the  City's intent and to formalize discussions necessary in moving this project forward; and further directing the City Manager to receive proposals to undertake preliminary studies in regard to location, design, financial feasibility, and the social and environmental impact of the project.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-128.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

19.  2000-R-131  A resolution accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the

amount of $17,139.00 for the Hepatitis C Study Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-131.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

 Second:  Cm.  Galo

 For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

20.  2000-R-132  A resolution accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the

amount of $2,654,500.00 to operate the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, and issue approximately $13,000,000.00 in federal food vouchers by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-132.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

21.  2000-R-133  A resolution resolving that the City Manager is authorized to execute a

Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, L.A. Ventures, Inc., as Lessee and International Bank of Commerce as Lender thereby encumbering the leasehold interest in the amount of $427,520.00 regarding Lot No. 9 authorized by Ordinance No. 95-O-252 dated February 20, 1996 to finance the construction of a 22,550 square foot air cargo facility.  The subject property is located in Block No. 1 at the Laredo International Airpark Subdivision at the Laredo International Airport.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-133.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

22.  2000-R-134  A resolution resolving that the City Manager is authorized to execute a

Subordination, Non-Distrubance and Attornment Agreement  between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, L.A. Venture, Inc., as Lessee and International Bank of Commerce as Lender thereby encumbering the leasehold interest in the amount of $415,000.00 regarding Lot No. 10 authorized by Ordinance No. 99-O-176 dated June 28, 1999 to finance the construction of a 22,500 square foot air cargo facility.  The subject property is located in Block No. 1 at the Laredo International Airpark Subdivision at the Laredo International Airport.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-134.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

23.  2000-R-135  A resolution to adopt a new health benefits rate structure by increasing all

medical contribution amounts by ten percent (10%) for the City of Laredo's Medical Plan and providing for an effective date of October 1, 2000.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-135.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

24.  2000-R-138  Opposing the designation of San Antonio International Airport for

Customs processing of certain private aircraft arriving in the United States and urging other border communities to oppose SEC.  1433 of  H. R.  4868 which enables the designation and authorizing the City Manager to provide a copy of Resolution No. 99-R-95 to the Honorable U. S. Senator Phil Gramm, the Honorable U. S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and to the Honorable U. S. Congressman Henry Bonilla.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-138.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

25.  Consideration to refund property tax to the following taxpayers and companies:

 

a.  A refund in the amount of $762.27 for Daniel L. Bell due to an overpayment

     made by Harbor Financial Mortgage Corp.

 

                        Motion to approve.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                        Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                        For:     8                                   Against:  0                                           Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be

adjusted for the month of August 2000, which represents an decrease in levy, is  $10,628.66.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to award a contract to the sole source supplier HTE, Inc., of Lake Mary,

Fla., in the amount of $44,328.00 for the purchase of software for centralizing database for parking ticket inquiries and reconciling the Parking Division Account Receivable.  Funding is available in the Parking Meter Fund.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                                   

28.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-142, to the LOW BIDDER, Air Weld

Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $18,960.79, for the installation of two, ADA compliant rest rooms at the Civic Center auditorium.  Funding is available in the Civic Center Fund.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-143, to the LOW BIDDER, Rush Truck

Center - San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $50,856.00, for the purchase of one, three ton truck with service body for the Utilities Department - Wastewater Treatment Division.  Funding for the crew cab truck are available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration to award annual contract number 00-144, to the SOLE BIDDER, Aldo T.

Rodriguez DBA Laredo Electric Motor Service, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $60,000.00, for providing electric motor repair services for the Utilities Department.  The bid pricing will be firm during the contract period and all repair work will be secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-145, to the LOW BIDDER, Playland

Adventures, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $38,800.00, for the purchase and installation of two play structures.  One play structure will be installed in the Father McNaboe Park and the other at Santa Maria Ave. and Circle Drive play area.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project Budget.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-146, to the LOWEST BIDDER

MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Easy Drive Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $22,591.77, for the purchase of surveying equipment and software for the Engineering Department.  The contract price includes three days of training.  Funding is available from Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) series 2000 proceeds.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-147, to the SOLE BIDDER, Kinloch

Equipment & Supply, Pasadena, Texas, in the amount of $19,279.00, for the purchase of two, skid mounted, vacuum litter collection equipment for the Public Works Department.  One will be used for the downtown area and the other will be used at the City landfill.  Funding is available in the Public Works Department - Capital Outlay Budget and the Solid Waste Fund.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration to award a professional services contract to Freese and Nichols, Inc.,

Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $75,709.50 to provide but not limited to engineering services to include design(s), surveys, preparation of plans and specifications, geotechnical testing, cost estimates, bid documents, and bid tabulation for the rehabilitating of Runway 17R/35L to include declared distances for Runway 17R/35L.  Funding for the engineering services is available in Airport Project Engineering Fees, Account No. 242-3650-583-5512.  The Federal Aviation Administration has issued and Airport Improvement Program Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-26-00 to fund this project during FY 2000.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to opt out of the Federal Health Insurance

Portability and Accountability Act  of 1996 (HIPAA), effective October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001, as a result of the City currently meeting or exceeding minimum HIPAA benefit provisions.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to amend the contract with Mercy Health

Plans of Laredo increasing the cost from $225,000.00 to $228,000.00 for the second year of the two-year Children's Health Insurance Project of the City of Laredo Health Department beginning on September 1, 1999, through August 31, 2000.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute professional services renewal

contracts for one year with health care providers to provide public health services to clients of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.  Consideration for approval of final change order no. 6 a net decrease of $39,198.00 for

the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Santa Maria Reconstruction Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $231,464.31 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contact amount is $2,793,948.95.  Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue Santa Maria Reconstruction.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

39.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Rosin Group, Inc., Laredo,

Texas, for the Centro Iturbide Project and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  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

 

40.  Consideration to award a twelve (12) month Service Agreement Contract with

Transcore, Harrisburg, PA for an amount not to exceed $126,000.00 for a Service Center Liaison to be responsible for the training, implementation and operation of the Customer Service Center which will have a direct impact on the successful implementation of our WIM/AVI System.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

41.  Consideration to approve a professional services contract with Estrada Hinojosa &

Company, Inc., Dallas, Texas, in connection with the negotiation of various agreements related to the Laredo Entertainment Center.  Funding for these services will be available in the Proposed Sales Tax Revenue Bond closing.  These service are exclusive of customary financial advisory services.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.  Consideration to approve a professional services contract with McCall, Parkhurst &

Horton L.L.P., Dallas, Texas, in connection with the negotiation of various agreements related to the Laredo Entertainment Center.  Funding for these services will be available in  the Proposed Sales Tax Revenue Bond closing. 

 

       Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

 

43.  Status report on the Laredo Entertainment Center Project negotiations with Arena

       Ventures.

           

                    Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, reported that they met with city staff and he made reference to the two motions that were approved tonight as it relates to the hiring of bond counsel who will assist in the negotiations process for the proposed arena.   There was also an item on enhancing the contract of the financial advisor and hiring him specifically for these negotiations in connection with the proposed arena.  The City Manager’s Office is in the process of asking people to submit proposals to the City of Laredo for the purpose of advising the city as arena consultants. 

 

In addition, the first meeting of the CLEC Advisory Committee will be held this coming Wednesday, September 20, 2000.  Arena Ventures representatives are recommending the architectural firm of Lockwood, Andrews, and Newnam, and they will be making a presentation to the committee.  This will be a joint meeting of the CLEC Advisory Committee and the Architectural/Engineering Group Committee in order to allow Cm. Jose A. Valdez, Jr. to review the architectural presentation to be made on Wednesday. 

 

44.  Presentation on proposed programs related to water utility billing to assist customers on

       a fixed income, with possible action.

 

        Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that he has reviewed two proposals for consideration.  The first plan he referred to as the “equal payment plan” would allow a homeowner to get on an equal payment plan proportionate to their financial needs.  He commented that their software provider noted that this billing software was very easy to install.  The second plan he referred to as the “donations fund plan”.  He explained that it provides the 45,000 customers an opportunity, based on some type of legend, to donate any dollar amount desired.  These monies would be deposited in a designated city fund that could disburse awards to customers in need.  Some of the aspects that must be resolved prior to implementing this particular plan include:  identifying the criteria necessary to access this fund; designating who will be establishing account limits as to how many times a customer can access this fund; determining whether this is merely a seasonal fund or whether it will be utilized year round.   Mr. Roman stated he would provide an update to City Council at the meeting of October 2, 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.

 

XIV.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                  TIME:  9:15 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 through 28 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on the 18th day of September, 2000.

 

 

 

                                                                                                _____________________________

                                                                                                Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                                City Secretary