CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2000-R-26

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 25, 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

            Louis H.  Bruni,                                                                        Council Member, District II

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                                                                     Council Member, District V

            Joe A.  Guerra,                                                                         Council Member, District VI

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

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Acting City Manager

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         Acting City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.  The Laredo Fire Department would like to recognize Mr. Efrain Garcia for his unselfish

efforts in providing aid and comfort to the family of the September 3, 2000 accident on the IH-35 southbound lane, working with the Emergency Medical Service personnel.  Mr. Garcia, a Certified Paramedic, rendered assistance in providing scene assessment and vital information to firefighters and paramedics responding.

 

 

 

Tomas Ramirez, Fire Chief, introduced Efrain Garcia, a certified paramedic, who provided aid and comfort to the family that was involved in a car accident on IH-35 on September 3, 2000.  He added that for five years Efrain Garcia has been instrumental in training other Emergency Medical Service on his off-duty time. 

 

Communiqués

 

a.  A presentation by Ceara Byrne, Secretary of the Red Cross Youth Organization on the

Sign On, Live On Project which will be sponsored by the American Red Cross, on October 28, 2000.

 

Ceara Byrne read the following letter:

 

Hello, my name is Ceara Byrne, I am Secretary of the Red Cross Youth Organization and a senior at St. Augustine High School.  I have organized a project concerning the “Sign On, Live On” Program that was originally created by the American Red Cross.  The Sign On, Live On Program is designed to promote the awareness of organ and tissue donation.  Tonight we are here to officially start the project off.

 

The aim of the project is to hand our donor cards to as many people in Laredo as we can on ‘Make a Difference Day’, which is Saturday, October 28, 2000.  I have gathered together representatives from the seven high schools in Laredo, and we are preparing to invite the students from each of the high schools to volunteer for the project.  We hope to have the 100 students from each school.  With the help of these 700 volunteers we anticipate reaching out to 35,000 people in our community.

 

This project is very important to our society.  At the moment we have a five-month old baby girl waiting for a new heart. There are so many people in our city who are in need of organs or in need of tissue.  We lost a friend this past summer because she could not get a bone marrow match.  With the grace of God, this project will be successful. That will be one person who has been given the opportunity to live despite the challenges that have occurred.

 

Without the effort of the representatives behind me, and my brothers, James and John, this program would not have been possible.  I thank them for their help and participation in getting this organized.  I would also like to thank Mr. Carlos Luna of Wal-Mart for his generous grant to help offset expenses, Joseph Mendiola, and the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department for allowing us to use the Hillside Recreation Center for our meetings.  I thank Ms. Debra Murphy and Ms. Lucy O’Barr of the Red Cross for their  support as well.  I thank you Mayor Flores, for inviting us here this evening, and I thank you all for your time.  I extend an invitation for you all to join us.  Hopefully, this will be a very successful event.  Thank you and have a good night.

 

b.   Mayor Flores read a proclamation claiming September 17th thru September 25th as

      Constitution Week.  

 

 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing concerning an application by Leticia Quintana authorizing the

amendment of a Conditional Use Permit for a flower shop by removing the time restriction on Lot 10, Block 712, Eastern Division, located at 220 S. Loring Ave.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended a two (2) year extension of the Conditional Use Permit.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the amendment of a Conditional Use Permit for a flower shop to remove time restriction on Lot 10, Block 712, Eastern Division, located at 220 S. Loring Ave.; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and extend the Conditional Use Permit for a total of  

six years and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

2.  Public hearing concerning an application by Seymon Deutsch amending the Zoning

Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 14.875 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Springfield Rd. and north of Mann Rd. from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District), B-1R (Limited Office/Residential District) to B-1 (Limited 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 14.875 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Springfield Rd. and north of Mann Rd. from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District), B-1R (Limited Office/Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ron Whitehawk asked the Council to concur with Planning and Zoning.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 For:      4                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

 

3.  Public hearing concerning an application by Aaron Mendoza, Entice Custom Homes

amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 11 and 12, Block 10, Crown Ridge Subdivision, Phase 5, located at 410 and 412 Northstar Rd. from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential 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 Lots 11 and 12, Block 10, Crown Ridge Subdivision, Phase 5, located at 410 and 412 Northstar Rd. from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

 

4.  Public hearing concerning  an application by San Isidro Monarch, Ltd., amending the

Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 9.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Monarch Dr. (proposed) and south of Loop 20 from AG (Agricultural 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 9.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Monarch Dr. (proposed) and south of Loop 20 from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ron Whitehawk, representing Sherffey Engineering, spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

 

5.  Public hearing concerning an application by Daniel Lopez, La Roca Restaurant

amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.0069 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of McPherson Rd. and south of Jacaman Rd. from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of proposed zone change.  

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.0069 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of McPherson Rd. and south of Jacaman Rd. from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

6.  Public hearing concerning an application by Butch Haynes amending the Zoning

Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1,2,3,4 and W1/2 of 5, Block 1082, Eastern Division located at 609 Buena Vista Ave. from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1,2,3,4 and W1/2 of 5, Block 1082, Eastern Division located at 609 Buena Vista Ave. from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Butch Haynes, property owner, appealed to the Council for a zoning change approval to

place manufactured homes on the property.

 

Ricardo Garcia spoke against the zone change request because he did not want to see mobile homes at the site.

 

Mrs. Duncan spoke against mobile homes in her neighborhood.

 

Margarita Gonzalez spoke against the zone change. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and concur with Planning and Zoning to deny the zone change request.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

7.  Public hearing concerning an application by Holding Institute, Inc., amending the

Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block 200, Western Division located at 1102 Santa Maria Ave., from R-O (Residential/Office District) to CBD (Central 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 all of Block

200, Western Division located at 1102 Santa Maria Ave., from R-O (Residential/Office District) to CBD (Central Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to table.

 

Moved:  Cm  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

8.  Public hearing concerning an application by Lauro and Olga Villarreal amending the

Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4 and the W1/2 of Lot 5, Block 1394, Eastern Division, located at 2417 Kearney St., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4 and the W1/2 of Lot 5, Block 1394, Eastern Division, located at 2417 Kearney St., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mrs. Olga Villarreal, petitioner, asked approval for the zone change to build a second

home.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, stated that a one-house dwelling is allowable.  However, if the applicant constructs two separate attached dwellings, they shall be classified as a duplex, which would require an R-2 type zoning. 

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and send back to Planning and Zoning.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  0

                 For:                                                Against:                                                Abstain:  0

 

                 This item was sent back to staff.

   

9.  Public hearing concerning an application by Rodolfo Garcia amending the Zoning

Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 13.44 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Mines Rd. and south of Flecha Ln., from AG (Agricultural District) and B-3 (Community Business District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing 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 13.44 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Mines Rd. and south of Flecha Ln., from AG (Agricultural District) and B-3 (Community Business District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing the property owner, asked the Council to concur with the Planning and Zoning recommendation and allow this property to be used to its highest and best use. 

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                 Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  J. Valdez

 

          10.  Public hearing concerning an application by Olga de los Santos amending the Zoning

     Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2, 4, 6, and the S1/3 of 8, Block 

     947, Western Division, located at 3701 Davis St. from B-1 (Limited Business District) to 

     B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission

     recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This is an appeal from an

     unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission.         

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2, 4, 6, and the S1/3 of 8, Block 947, Western Division, located at 3701 Davis St. from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to table.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

    

           11.  Public hearing concerning an application by Gerardo G. Salinas amending the Zoning

     Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 2, Hilltop Subdivision,

     Phase II, located at 7302 Wagner Ct. from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3

     (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended

     denial of the proposed B-3 zoning and approval of a B-1 zoning.  This is an appeal from

     an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 2, Hilltop Subdivision, Phase II, located at 7302 Wagner Ct. 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.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Edward Gutierrez, representing the property owner, appeared before Council requesting  

a B-1 zone change. 

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a B-1.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 For:     3                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                                    Cm.  Guerra

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

 

          12.  Public hearing concerning     an application by Vaquillas Development, Ltd. amending the

     Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.79 acres, as further

     described by metes and bounds, located south of S.H. 359 and east of Concord Hills

     Blvd. from R-1A P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area Planned Unit Development) to

     B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission

     recommended denial of the proposed B-3 zoning and approval of a B-1 zoning.  This is

     an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation from the Planning and Zoning

     Commission.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.79 acres, as 

     further described by metes and bounds, located south of S.H. 359 and east of Concord

     Hills Blvd. from R-1A P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area Planned Unit Development)

     to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Edward Garza, on behalf of Vaquillas Development, spoke in favor of a B-1 zoning.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as recommended by staff as a B-1.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

          13.  Public hearing concerning an application by Vaquillas Development, Ltd. amending the

        Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.931 acres, as further

     described by metes and bounds, located south of S.H. 359 and east of Concord Hills  

     Blvd.  from R-1A P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area Planned Unit Development) to

     B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission

     recommended denial of the proposed B-3 zoning and approval of a B-1 zoning.  This is

     an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning

     Commission.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.931 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of S.H. 359 and east of Concord Hills Blvd. from R-1A P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area Planned Unit Development) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 For:    4                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Edward Garza, on behalf of Vaquillas Development, spoke in favor of a B-1 Zoning.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a B-1.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

          14.  Public hearing concerning an application by Kent Martin amending the Zoning

        Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 294, Eastern

        Division, located at 301 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 and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a used

        car lot.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation from the Planning and

        Zoning Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 294, Eastern Division, located at 301 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.  Bruni

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing, concur with Planning and Zoning and staff as a Conditional Use Permit, and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

          15.  Public hearing to amend ordinance passed December 15, 1981 and setting the annual

     salaries of the  members of the City Council and the Mayor of the City of Laredo

     pursuant to Article II Section 2.02 of the City Charter.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Ordinance passed December 15, 1981, and motion passed on September 17, 1992 thereby increasing the annual salaries of the member of the City Council from $6,000.00 to $12,000.00 per year and the salary of the Mayor of the City of Laredo from $18,000.00 per year to $36,000.00 per year, pursuant to Article II, Section 2.02 of the City Charter.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

 

            1.  Presentation by Mr. C. Y. Benavides on Camino Colombia Toll Road.

 

Carlos Benavides III, President of Camino Columbia Toll Road, formally announced that Camino Columbia would be having a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 18th and that on the 19th they would be open to traffic.  He added that Camino Columbia has spent every dollar necessary to make it the safest facility. He said that Camino Columbia is the best quality built project in the state of Texas. 

 

He encouraged Federal, City and County agencies to go an extra mile in providing excellent customer service so that we can take the image of Laredo to the next level.  He wants to promote our community as one diverse economy with transportation as the leader.   He requests for the City to potentially initiate 24-hour service at the 3rd International Bridge. 

     

            2.  Discussion with possible action on standardizing specifications for subdivision

     development.

 

Cm.  Valdez expressed his concerns for standardizing specifications for subdivisions.  He requested initializing a committee that would create standards and procedures in order to speed up the process for the developers.

 

Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, stated that Cm.  Galo had initiated a call to the City Manager’s Office stating that the Builders’ Association would be having a meeting to address several issues on the standardizing specifications for subdivisions.   He added that they would be gathering information considering all ordinances of subdivisions existing within the Planning, Building and Engineering departments.  He said that the City would work with them in order to assure that the process is streamlined to enhance the City’s procedure.

 

Cm.  Bruni stressed the importance of assisting the developers in expediting projects.  He asked staff to come back with some recommendations.

 

Mayor Flores stated that the City should work on changing the current image of the City Inspectors.  She said that they should do the inspection in an effective and timely manner.  She encouraged staff to notify the Council of any problems in the process so they could address it immediately.  

 

Benny Salinas, Building Director, explained the process in which his department receives request for inspections.  He stated that the inspectors inspect the properties the following day.  He added that the only department that is backlogged is the plumbing department, and that he will be hiring a new inspector soon.

 

Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, stated that the Building Department is striving to meet the needs of Laredo.  He said that the department has been provided with computer and software programs that will allow the permit process to flow quicker.  He added that property owners and builders could acquire permits on the Internet, which allows property owners the option of obtaining permits without leaving their businesses.

 

Cm.  J.  Ramirez inquired about the ADA Compliance.

 

Benny Salinas stated that two inspectors would acquire their ADA Certification in October.

 

Larry Dovalina informed the Council that the City does encourage all the different construction companies and different developers that are developing commercial to submit their plans to the State Architectural Barriers Board.

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on requesting TXDOT to conduct a traffic

     circulation study on Mines Road with a high priority status.

 

Cm.  J. Valdez voiced his frustration with TxDOT governing Mines Road.  He stated that on several occasions the City has submitted ideas for the congestion on Mines Road and TxDOT submits a letter stating that they cannot comply.  His plea was for TxDOT to implement short-term goals for the citizens in that area. 

 

Fitzgerald Sanchez, Director of Operations, replied by saying that TxDOT is receptive to any ideas.  He mentioned several projects that have been completed by TxDOT on Mines Road recently, which included the synchronization of the traffic lights, the re-striping and the re-surfacing.  He also mentioned the long-term projects. 

 

Mayor Flores informed the public that the delay is not with the local TxDOT but with the process of receiving funding.  She added that we needed the construction a long time ago.  She reiterated that it is very difficult to receive state and federal funds.  Once the funds are granted it takes a long time to actually receive the money. 

           

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            None

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

 

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Motion to waive final reading of ordinances 2000-O-223, 2000-O-226, 2000-O-227, 2000-O-230, 2000-O-231, 2000-O-232, 2000-O-233, 2000-O-234, 2000-O-235, 2000-O-236 and 2000-O-237.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

            For:     4                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

17.  2000-O-223  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. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-223.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                                        (Mayor Flores voted in favor)

 2000-O-226  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-226.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

  2000-O-227  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-227.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

   2000-O-230  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.  (City Council)

 

 Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-230.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     4                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2000-O-231   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.  (City Council)      

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-231.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     4                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      2000-O-232  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. 

   (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-232.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2000-O-233  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-233.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      2000-O-234  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. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-234.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

             

  2000-O-235  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-235.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2000-O-236  An ordinance adopting the City of Laredo Policy on Workplace Violence. 

     (City Council)

 

Luis Dovalina, President of the Laredo Police Officers Association, was concerned how the Work Place Violence Ordinance would affect the Police Department. 

 

Dan Migura, Administrative Services Department, informed the Council that the Ordinance has had extensive review from City Staff, which includes the Legal Department.  He added that other cities our size have an ordinance of this nature and they are do not exclude the public safety employees.  He said that the ordinance would also notify employees of the different types of harassment. 

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, reiterated by stating that the Ordinance has been closely reviewed.  He stressed the importance of having the procedures and awareness for harassment documented for all city employees.  

 

Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, informed the council that the policy is a global situation of the entire city and how they interact with each other within the workplace.

 

City Council instructed to send Ordinance # 2000-O-236 back to staff and present it at the next meeting.

 

                  2000-O-237  An ordinance adopting the City of Laredo Policy on Sexual and Other

    Forms of Harassment.  (City Council)

 

City Council requested for Ordinance # 2000-O-237 to be sent back to staff and present it at the next meeting.

             

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

18.  2000-R-129  A resolution accepting the assignment of 25.05 acre feet of municipal

water rights from the balance of 800 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, Ltd. in payment of water availability charges and 16 acre feet of municipal water rights in payment of annexation charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Community, Phase VI.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-129.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     4                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

19.  2000-R-130  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Interlocal

government agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Independent School District for the participation of the City of Laredo Police Department in the School Resource Officer Program.  Compensation in the amount of one hundred seventy nine thousand two hundred and seventy seven dollars ($179,277.00) to be paid by L.I.S.D., for the 2000-2001 school year.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-130.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                       

20.  2000-R-137  A resolution accepting the assignment of 10.5 acre feet of municipal water

rights from the balance of 800 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, Ltd., in payment of water availability charges and 5.6 acre feet of municipal water rights in payment of annexation charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Community, Phase X.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-137.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     4                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

21.  Consideration to adopt a schedule of hearings and proceedings and directing staff to

prepare a service plan for the voluntary annexation of five (5) tracts of land totaling 698.1724 acres, more or less, and the unilateral annexation of three (3) tracts of land totaling 295.474 acres, more or less, for a total of 993.6464 acres, more or less, in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

2000 Annexation Schedule

 

Pursuant to Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code the following schedule is proposed for annexation:

 

Application Submittal Deadline                                      July 3, 2000

 

Council Authorization                                                                 September 25, 2000

 

(Staff authorized to prepare a service plan for annexed area and to adopt a schedule for annexation)

 

 

 

Planning & Zoning Commission Review                                    November 16, 2000

Public Hearing Before City Council                                           November 20, 2000

 

(Noticed by publication on November 3rd, not less than ten or more than twenty days before the hearing)

 

Public Hearing before the Council                                             November 27, 2000

 

(Noticed by publication on November 10th, not less than ten or more than twenty days before the hearing.)

 

Introduction of an ordinance instituting annexation proceedings and adopting a service plan for the areas to be annexed.                            December 4, 2000

 

(Not more than forty nor less than twenty days from the date of public hearings.)

 

Final Reading of Ordinance                                                       December 18, 2000

 

(Proposed effective date of annexation December 31, 2000)

 

Annexation proceedings must be concluded within 90 days of December 18, 2000. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra requested a service plan from staff.

 

Motion to approve and to include the Life Downs and State Park as part of the City’s plan for annexation.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     4                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:   

 

22.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-139, to the MOST RESPONSIVE

PROPOSER, ICSS, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $16,547.00 for the purchase of thirteen computers.  These computers will be purchased and installed at the Santo Nino Branch Library.   The City has established a base price for the computers and option pricing for accessories such as modems and zip drives.  Delivery of all requested equipment is expected within thirty days.   Funding is available in the Library budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Flores voted in favor.

 

23.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-148, to the LOW BIDDER, Laredo

Fence Materials Inc. (Maverick Fence), Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $22,579.00, for the installation/repair of chainlink fencing at five city facilities.  Funding is available in the N.P.D.E.S. fund.  

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consideration to award a two-year professional contract to the most qualified

accounting firm to provide external audit services for fiscal year ending September 30, 2000 and for fiscal year ending September 30, 2001.  Contact will be subject to appropriation for fiscal year 2001. Funding is available in the Finance Department Budget.

 

Rosario Cabello, Finance Director, reported that on September 24th a motion by the Audit Committee to contact Contract Padget as lead auditors for FY2000-FY2001 was requested.  Padget has subcontracted with local firms of Garcia/Martinez for those two fiscal years.  However, at this point the two firms have not made their decision as far as contracting and the City is unable to award a contract at this time.  

 

Motion to award the audit contract to the local firm of Martinez & Garza.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                

25.  Consideration to award a two-year professional service contract to the lowest qualified

proposer Wells Fargo Bank Texas, N.A. for banking services to be provided to the City of Laredo for fiscal year 2001 and 2002 at an estimated cost of $40,219.20 for basic banking services and $30,280.80 for additional services for a total estimated cost of $70,500.00 per year.  Funding is available in the Finance Department Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 5, a net decrease of $6,234.00 for the

balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Laredo International Airport New Passenger Terminal Project; approval to retain $50,000.00 for the completion of pending punch list items and approval to release partial retainage in the amount of $144,188.00 to Don Krueger Construction Company, Victoria, Texas.  Final contract amount is $15,080,911.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Terminal/Taxiway-Building /Retainage Payable.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application to Untied

States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Zacate Creek Stream Restoration project from Gale Street to  East of McPherson Road.  The grant monies will be used for the stream restoration with alternative methods other than concrete.  The alternate construction materials includes gabions, erosion control mats, and any other materials approved by EPA.  The grant monies will also provide training for the local developers, contractors, engineers and city personnel about alternate methods of stream restoration.  The project will be designed and constructed in-house.  The total project cost will be $400,000.00 including $100,000.00 match from the City.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     4                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to vote for Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr. for the 2000 Board of

Trustees Election for Place 13 of the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Board of Trustees Election, with possible action.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     4                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

 

29.  Staff report update by the Laredo Police Department on the current status and future

       improvements to the emergency communications system.

 

Assistant Chief of Police Fructoso San Miguel reported that Motorola had completed their study on September 9th and the department is ready to proceed.

 

Cynthia Collazo, Acting City Manager, informed the Council that staff would like the opportunity to meet with Mr.  Hyder from Motorola before the final suggestions are brought back to the Council. 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental Agenda

M2000-S-26

September 25, 2000

 

XII.     Motions

 

1.  Consideration to award change order no.  1, for a decrease of $29,967.00 and an increase

13 days to the total contract time, to Lambda Construction, of New Braunfels, Texas, in the San Isidro and Highland Booster Stations project.  The change order brings the contract total to $895,214.00.  The project is 90 percent complete and is expected to be in operation on October 14, 2000.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XV.      ADJOURNMENT

 

      Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

            For:     4                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 and 21 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on the 25h day of September, 2000.

 

 

 

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Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,

City Secretary