CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2000-R-32

PLANNING AND ZONING AGENDA

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

NOVEMBER 27, 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

            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,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jerry Bruce Cain,                                                                      Assistant City Attorney

                       

            Motion to excuse Cm.  Agredano.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

            For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.   p

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

           

Announcements

 

              Mayor Flores publicly announced the projects summary for FY00 from the Engineering Department as follows:

 

212 projects are presently under construction resulting in $128 million incurred for projects   

that have been constructed or are under construction

1,167 blocks were paved for a total of 66 miles

647 blocks of sidewalks were completed for a total of 40 miles

703,800 linear feet of curb and gutter were placed for a total of 133 miles

68,034 tons of asphalt were placed for a total of 2,720 truck loads

52,020 of cubic yards of concrete were used for a total of 5,780 truck loads

133 letters of credit were checked totaling $30 million for construction projects 

$43 million in private development has been initiated

1,968 acres were developed as subdivisions

2,574 lots were developed for construction

150,974 feet of sanitary sewer lines were placed for a total of 28 miles

120,632 feet of water main lines placed for a total of 22 miles

66,205 linear feet of storm sewer lines placed for a total of 12 miles

2,182 street cut permits were issued for a total of  102,000

166 subdivisions constructed

           

Mayor Flores announced that Mr. Frank Leach, former director of the Laredo Development Foundation, passed away this morning and requested a moment of silence in his memory.

                       

            Cm. Bruni submitted a Rain Enhancement Report from the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association for seeding flight activity for October, 2000, along with minutes of the October 10, 2000 SWTREA Board meeting.  He mentioned that the association has suspended the project for the rest of this year being that November, December, and January have only one seedable rain event.  They will resume the program on February 1, 2001.  A detailed report is available at the City Secretary’s Office for public review.

 

            Cm. Amaya publicly thanked the businesses that contributed to his first Annual

Turkey Give-Away to benefit the low income families and senior citizens of District IV.

            He also thanked the Laredo Housing Authority Director Abraham Rodriguez, Jr. and Administrative Assistant Mrs. Romy Dovalina for their assistance in facilitating this event.  He further thanked the volunteers Aurora Rendon, Manuel Reyna, Francisco Llanes, Gilberto Mancha, Rogelio Rodriguez, Pete Ramirez, and Lily Perez for their assistance.

 

            Cm. Jose A. Valdez, Jr. thanked Mrs. Gloria Sanchez Webber of Hamilton Trophies for inviting him to be the starter at this year’s Guajolote 10K Run.  He also thanked the Parks & Recreation Department director and staff for their assistance in coordinating the Recreation Center Thanksgiving holiday feast.

           

 

Invitations

 

Mayor Flores invited the public to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony scheduled for Friday, December 1, 2000, at 7:00 p.m. at the Laredo Center for the Arts.  She mentioned that there would be entertainment for the whole family. 

           

Recognitions

 

a.  Recognizing "The Best Little Blood Drive on the Border." The City of Laredo and Webb

County came together to donate 315 pints of blood.  These donations have the ability to help as many as 1260 people as per the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.  The winner of this year's blood drive is the City of Laredo with 184 pints of blood. Webb County donated 131 pints of blood. There were a total of 42 people who registered to become bone marrow donors. Congratulations City of Laredo and Webb County.

 

                  Dan Migura, Administrative Services Department Director, provided some statistics.  He stated that this is a joint initiative of Webb County and the City of Laredo and, in combination, are one of the top contributors in the area as a result of this event.  The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center was able to collect 315 pints of blood between the county and the city.  The City gained a four percent rise over last year’s contribution.  The number of bone marrow donors also increased from 112 to 154 donors for this year.  He mentioned that the Center expects to assist approximately 1,260 people with these contributions.

 

Communiqués

 

Ron Whitehawk, speaking on behalf of the Hotel Operations Company, Inc., read a letter on an appeal from a denial of a zoning designation on a 13.6-acre tract. 

 

Dear Council Member Guerra:

 

On behalf of Hotel Operations Company, Inc., I would strongly protest the Planning Department Director not placing the above-referenced appeal before the City Council at tonight’s City Council meeting.  This case was heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission on November 2, 2000, and recommended for denial by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  An appeal letter to the City Council was received by the Planning and Zoning Department on November 7, 2000.  Said appeal letter should automatically have qualified our right to be heard this evening.  Instead, the Planning and Zoning Department tried to reach me last Wednesday afternoon after having had the appeal letter for 14 days to advise me that the rezoning case would not be heard as per the schedule laid out in the appeal letter itself. 

 

Planning and Zoning Department personnel advised me this morning that the Planning and Zoning Department Director decided to not place this zoning appeal before the City Council since it represented a substantial change from the original rezoning application.  It does not seem to matter that the substantial change is going from 13.5 acres to a 4-acre rezoning change.  To my knowledge, in the past a reduction in area or a reduction in zoning intensity was allowed to be presented to the City Council upon appeal and decided by the City Council.  I strongly object to the Planning and Zoning Department Director taking it upon himself to not place this before the City Council in a timely manner.  If he had reasons to object to the reduction in rezone area, he could have and should have presented them to the City Council at tonight’s meeting and allowed the City Council to decide upon the appropriate course of action.  A real estate closing was originally scheduled for mid-December and the possible construction of a hospital is pending the City Council’s decision.  There are good and practical reasons to protest the Planning and Zoning Department Director’s decision and action in this matter.  On behalf of Hotel Operations Company, Inc., I would like to ask you and the City Council to instruct the Planning and Zoning Department Director to perform his ministerial duty and place the applicant’s appeal before the City Council at your meeting of December 4, 2000, so that said appeal can be heard by the proper governing legal authority. 

 

            VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.  Appointment by Council Member John C. Galo of Victor Sauceda and Ricardo Hinojosa,

     Jr. to the Redistricting Committee.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

      

1.  Public hearing concerning an application by Lauro and Olga Villareal 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-2 (Multi-Family 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-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:       7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Director, stated that this item came before the City Council on September 25, 2000, for consideration of an R-3 designation.  At that time, the applicant discussed the notion of attaching the unit as a duplex which would, therefore, convert it to an R-2 designation.  The City Council, at that time, requested for this item to go back before the Planning and Zoning Commission for its recommendation on the R-2 application.

 

Mrs. Olga Villarreal, petitioner, requested an R-2 zoning designation for construction of a dwelling adjacent to the existing property. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing, override Planning and Zoning, and approve the zone change and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

2.  Public hearing concerning an application by Lewis and Elaine Calk, amending the

Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 110.003 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Ejido Ave. and north of Eistetter Rd.  (Wormser Rd.), from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area 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 110.003 acres,

as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Ejido Ave. and north of Eistetter Rd.  (Wormser Rd.), from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.  Public hearing concerning an application by Killam Oil Company amending the Zoning

Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 56.4870 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located on the northwest corner of Bob Bullock Lp. and Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 56.4870 acres,

as further described by metes and bounds, located on the northwest corner of Bob Bullock Lp. and Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family 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.  Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

 

 

4.  Public hearing concerning an application by B. B. Loop - 20 Property, Ltd. amending the

Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 28.916 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Bob Bullock Lp. and north of Maria Luisa Dr., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commerical 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 28.916 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Bob Bullock Lp. and north of Maria Luisa Dr., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Richard Haynes, developer, requested approval of the zoning designation change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

5.  Public hearing concerning an application by B. B. Loop - 20 Property, Ltd. amending the

Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.084 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Bob Bullock Lp. and north of Maria Luisa Dr., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  This item was presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission as a 31.931 acre tract, from R-1 to B-4.  The Commission recommended approval of a B-1 zone on this 8.084 acre tract.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.084 acres, 

 as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Bob Bullock Lp. and north of

 Maria Luisa Dr., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited      Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

6.  Public hearing concerning an application by B. B. Loop - 20 Property Ltd. amending the

Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 23.847 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Bob Bullock Lp. and north of Maria Luisa Dr., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  This item was presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission as a 31.931 acre tract, from R-1 to B-4.  The Commission recommended approval of a B-4 zone on this 23.847 acre tract.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 23.847 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Bob Bullock Lp. and north of Maria Luisa Dr., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing, concur with Planning and Zoning with a B-4 zoning designation on Lot Number Six (6), and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

7.  Public hearing concerning an application by Lakeside Subdivision, L.L.C., amending the

Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 73.0759 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Bob Bullock Lp. and south of Lakeview Blvd., from AG (Agricultural 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 73.0759 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Bob Bullock Lp. and south of Lakeview Blvd., from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

8.  Public hearing concerning an application by the Webb County Correctional Center

Public Facility Corp. amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Webb County Detention Center Plat, located north of the City of Rio Bravo and west of South Highway 83, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change and recommended approval of a Conditional Use Permit.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Webb County Detention Center Plat, located north of the City of Rio Bravo and west of S. Hwy. 83, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Alfonso Garza and John Salazar representing WSBC Civil Engineers inquired as to the restrictions imposed on the site.

 

Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Department Director, reported as follows:

 

1)    the conditional use permit shall be limited to the correctional facility only;

2)    the conditional use permit shall be issued to the Webb County Correctional Center

       Facility Corporation; and

3)    the conditional use permit shall not be transferable.

 

Motion to close the public hearing approving a conditional use permit for the proposed use and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  Public hearing concerning an application by John S. Jacaman Cattle Company, Ltd.

amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 22.84 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Sinatra Parkway and west of Bob Bullock Lp., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) and R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial 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 22.84 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Sinatra Parkway and west of Bob Bullock Lp., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) and R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing Sherfey Engineering, recommended approval on the proposed zoning designation for commercial use (multi-purpose area).

 

Cm. Bruni inquired whether the City of Laredo has received a commitment from the Jacaman family to secure the necessary right-of-way to increase the width of the street.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, mentioned that the City of Laredo has received approval on all of the tract of land, with the exception of the one piece of property that was sold, from the owner.  He is anticipating getting the other owner’s approval on that particular tract which will secure the additional footage needed by the city.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

          10.  Public hearing concerning an application by Enedina Carmona amending the Zoning

     Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 1693, Eastern Division,

     located at 2820 Clark Blvd., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited

     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 Lot 5, Block 1693, Eastern Division, located at 2820 Clark Blvd., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Department Director, reported that there is an update to the communication.  There is a petition with 42 signatures in favor of the proposed zone change.  His department checked the petition against the mail-out notices and there were 8 individuals in that petition that were within the 200-foot mail-out.

 

Enedina Carmona, petitioner, requested the zone change approval in order to set up a day care facility.

 

Diana Carmona spoke in favor of the zone change request. 

 

Denisha Rodriguez spoke in support of the zone change request.

 

Eloy Rodriguez, owner of the property, requested approval of the zone change designation.  He stated that he favors the regulations imposed on facilities to provide qualified child care in the community.  His wife, who is a speech therapist, will be providing this type of service at the facility once it opens.

 

Laura Vaughn requested approval of the zoning designation change. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a conditional use permit specifically for use as a child day care facility.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

          11.  Public hearing concerning an application by Fernando Sada Quiroz amending the Zoning

     Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use      

     Permit for mini-storage warehouses on Lots 7, 8, 9, and 10, Block 431, Eastern Division,

     located at 202 W. Saunders St.  The current zoning for this site is B-3 (Community

     Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the

     proposed Special Use Permit.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for mini-storage warehouses on Lots 7, 8, 9, and 10, Block 431, Eastern Division, located at 202 W. Saunders St.; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Jesus Romero, of J. Romero Construction, was in agreement to secure a special use permit from City Council.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and approve as a Special Use Permit.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

 

          12.  Public hearing concerning an application by Riata Minerals, Ltd., a Texas Limited

         Partnership, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

         1.03 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, being a part of Lot 1, Block 1,

         Twiss Subdivision, located east of Santa Maria Ave. and north of Casa de Palmas

         Subdivision, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial

         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 1.03 acres, as

further described by metes and bounds, being a part of Lot 1, Block 1, Twiss Subdivision, located east of Santa Maria Ave. and north of Casa de Palmas Subdivision, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing Sherfey Engineering, spoke in favor of the zone designation change.  He mentioned that part of the property is currently split zoned, and the plat requires that the lot be unified and come under one zoning designation.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

 

          13.  Individual public hearings for the voluntary annexation of five (5) tracts of land (Tract 1:

     Dolores Ranch Tract - 169.195 acres, more or less; Tract 2: Killam Industrial Tract –

     207.4636 acres, more or less; Tract 3: Killam Ponderosa Tract - 194.8842 acres, more 

     ore less; Tract 4: Hurd Tract - 124.6586 acres, more or less; Tract 5: Treviño Tract –

     1.971 acres, more or less) totaling 698.1724 acres, more or less, and the unilateral 

     annexation of three (3) tracts of land (Tract 6: Tex-Mex Railway Tract - 228.6075 acres,

     more or less;  Tract 7: Mines Road Tract - 14.817 acres, more or less; Tract 8: Wormser

     Road Tract –  5.9861 acres, more or less) totaling 249.4106 acres, more or less, for a

     total of 947.583 acres, as described in the tract summaries as required by Section 43.063

     of the Texas Local Government Code.

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 1.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, publicly described the proposed service plan.

 

Motion to close the public hearing for Tract 1.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 2.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, publicly described the proposed service plan with changes to the fire protection and emergency medical services which will be provided by Fire Station #10.

 

Motion to close the public hearing for Tract 2.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 3.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, publicly described the proposed service plan with changes to the fire protection and emergency medical services which will be provided by Fire Station #11.

 

Motion to close the public hearing for Tract 3.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 4.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, publicly described the proposed service plan with changes to the fire protection and emergency medical services which will be provided by Fire Station #9.

 

Motion to close the public hearing for Tract 4.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 5.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, publicly described the proposed service plan with changes to the fire protection and emergency medical services which will be provided by Fire Station #11.

 

Motion to close the public hearing for Tract 5.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 6.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, publicly described the proposed service plan.

 

Pete Saenz, Jr., attorney for the Texas-Mexican Railway Company, Arturo Dominguez, and Ron Whitehawk spoke against the proposed annexation.  The reasons they were in opposition are as follows:

 

§         The Tex-Mex Railway Company should not be annexed because there is no major corridor or highway coming in or out of the city at that location and the annexation is not necessary to protect the entrance to the city.

 

§         The tract is not located in a place where it would adversely impact any surrounding developments.  It adjoins the city’s landfill -- everything else in the immediate area is completely vacant and undeveloped. 

 

§         Texas-Mexican Railway Company foresees that there could be a significant adverse economic impact to Tex-Mex if they are required to comply with the city’s commercial parking ordinance for trailer parking.  There are currently 65 acres of trailer parking that Tex-Mex uses as part of its own development. 

 

Mayor Flores replied that their comments in opposition to the proposed annexation are duly noted, but that the Tex-Mex Railway Company has not been very accommodating when the City of Laredo has requested their cooperation in the past. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing for Tract 6.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 7.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing Laredo Sand & Gravel, stated that they are not in opposition to being annexed, but would like to recommend to the Planning and Zoning Commission that the initial zoning designation be approved as an M-1.  The applicant would like to state to the City Council is that it is an existing concrete batching plant.  The owner is aware that his business can come in as a legal non-conforming use business.  However, it would be more logical to allow him to come in under an M-1 (Special Use Permit) designation so that the owner can legally come in and not have to go back to request approval for a Special Use Permit at a later date.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, publicly described the proposed service plan with changes

to the fire protection and emergency medical services which will be provided by Fire Station #9.

 

Motion to close the public hearing for Tract 7.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 8.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, publicly described the proposed service plan with changes to the fire protection and emergency medical services which will be provided by Fire Station #2.

 

Motion to close the public hearing for Tract 8.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

          14.  Public hearing adopting the Speed Hump Installation Policy of the City of Laredo which

  establishes procedures and priorities for the Speed Hump Installation, removal,

  alteration, location, eligibility requirements and cost sharing criteria; providing for

  publication and effective date.  (As Amended)

 

FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE 2000-O-295

Adopting the Speed Hump Installation Policy of the City of Laredo, which establishes procedures and priorities for the Speed Hump Installation, removal, alteration, location, eligibility requirements and cost sharing criteria; providing for publication and effective date.  (As Amended)

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance #2000-O-295.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

15.  A.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1. Status report on the construction of Highway 359, with possible action.  (Co-

    sponsored by Council Member Alfredo  Agredano)

 

Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Department Director, stated that there had been a utilities problem that had held up the construction project.  That problem has finally been resolved and the project is now moving forward.  He stated that the project is now 76% complete and the contractor is currently scheduling his hot mix and overlay crew and have set a completion date for mid-January. 

 

2.  Status report on the Eastwood Park, with possible action.

    

                              Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they received the Request for

                             Qualifications on November 20, 2000.  They will have a recommendation for this

                              project for the second meeting in December.

 

                              Cm. Bruni inquired what the timeline would be for this project once they receive funding approval from City Council.

 

                              Rogelio Rivera replied that there would be a contract in place by January, 2001, and the project would be initiated immediately thereafter.

 

                   B.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.  Status report on all ordinance violations by Tex-Mex Railroad, with possible

     action.

 

 Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that a meeting was held earlier with  

 representatives from Tex-Mex Railway to  address some of the City’s concerns.  

 He stated that they have received copies of all the violations that are pending

 before the court that have not yet been resolved.  There are at least five different

 citations involving unimproved parking lots currently in use.  There is also one

 citation concerning a nuisance violation.  There was discussion on these issues as to how they could correct some of these violations to the satisfaction of the City.   

 

 Mr. Pete Saenz, Jr. attorney for Tex- Mex Railway, stated that his solid recommendation to management will be to work these issues out with the City.   He will do the best he can to persuade management to respond readily and responsibly to these concerns that the City has raised.  He proposed that the city staff might want to consider scheduling a meeting with Tex-Mex Railway and in that way obtain a firm commitment from the General Manager to work jointly with the City of Laredo to resolve these concerns.

 

  Mayor Flores inquired as to the type of feedback that local management is confronted with from the corporate office when they are presented with problems that are beyond local management’s control. 

 

  Arturo Dominguez replied that they are very concerned about these problems. He mentioned that the executives that make these decisions for the local office are operating much bigger railroads besides the local Tex-Mex rail line.  He further stated that they do recognize that the local problems are legitimate problems.  Unfortunately, in the corporate world tasks do not get accomplished as promptly as they would if decisions were assumed by local management.  Mr. Dominguez mentioned that he would convey the local office’s commitment to come up with an acceptable solution for everyone.

 

 Mayor Flores replied that the City Council would appreciate his efforts in facilitating a meeting with the corporate office in order to secure a steadfast commitment from the Texas-Mexican Railway that these concerns will be given top priority.

 

 Cm. Galo suggested that they consider having the Rail Committee meet with these corporate representatives as well in order to sustain a continuing dialogue with both railway companies and work on getting some of the problems worked out faster.

 

 Cm. Bruni stated that his concerns revolve around the issue of obtaining rights-of way from Tex-Mex Railway in the vicinity of Arkansas Ave. and Saunders St. to allow the City to facilitate the traffic flow in the area.

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            None.

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Internet Availability:  http://wwwcityoflaredo.com

 

Motion to waive the final readings of ordinances 2000-O-281, 2000-O-284, 2000-O-285, 2000-O-286, 2000-O-288, 2000-O-289, 2000-O-290, 2000-O-291, 2000-O-292, 2000-O-293 and 2000-O-294.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      7                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

16.  2000-O-281 Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 General Fund Budget by

creating seven (7) new firefighters positions to the EMS Division at Fire Station No. 11 located on Highway 359, as authorized by the City Council to be effective upon adoption; and increasing estimated revenues and expenditures of $106,551.00 in said budget.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-281.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

  2000-O-284  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000/2001 Public Works budget to

recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $40,348.00 for the purpose of constructing the Citizen's Convenience Center of the City of Laredo Public Works Department and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment; providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-284.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

       

2000-O-285  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of

$153,470.00 for the HIV/AIDS Prevention Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2001, through December 31, 2001. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-285.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2000-O-286  Amending the FY 2000-2001 budget by transferring the amount of

   $44,701.00 from the FY 1999/2000 fund balance to the current FY

   2000/2001 budget for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH - Title V)

   Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of

   September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-286.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

             

 2000-O-288  Amending the FY 2000-2001 Budget by increasing revenues in the amount

of $157,329.00 and increasing expenditures in the amount of $157,118.00 for the FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Abatement Compatibility Program. (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-288.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2000-O-289   Establish rental rates based on 8.5% (percent) of the appraised value of 

 each home, establish a rent deposit equivalent to one (1) month's rent and  

 establish a late fee of $5.00 per day after the 10th day of each month for 

 the homes purchased by the City of Laredo under the FAR Part 150 

 Airport Noise Compatibility Program and to be leased by Laredo 

 Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC).  (Council Member Louis H. 

 Bruni)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-289.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

                  2000-O-290  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment

   to the License authorized by Ordinance No. 97-O-303 dated December

   15, 1997 with In-Ter-Space Services, Inc. d/b/a Interspace Airport

   Advertising and Display, as Concessionaire, to allow Concessionaire

   additional advertising spaces as well as extend the primary term. The

   proposed amendment will extend the primary term from five (5) years to

   seven (7) years and three (3) months ending on October 31, 2005 instead of

   July 31, 2003 and increase the number of advertising locations by nine (9)

   at the Laredo International Airport; all other terms and conditions remain

   unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-290.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

  2000-O-291  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with

   Pinkerton for two office spaces totaling approximately 500 square feet and

   located at the International Bridges I & II.

 

1.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on November 1, 2000

     and ending on October 31, 2001.

2.  Monthly rent will be $2,000.00 for both properties.

3.  City of Laredo may terminate this lease within ninety (90) days of

     written notice.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-291.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      2000-O-292  An ordinance amending Ordinance No. 96-O-093 to reflect the new 

abutting property owners being Mr. Daniel Garcia, Jr. and wife Melida Garcia as the authorized buyers, instead of Imelda Yolanda Bustamante of the "Surface Only" of Parcel No. 3-a 1,286.21 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, comprised of a portion of the north half of Jarvis Avenue right-of-way between the south right-of-way of Sta. Barbara Street and the north right-of-way of Sta. Clara Street, also bounded on the west and east by Blocks nos. 203 and 204 respectively, Eastern Division, as per the City of Laredo Original Land Grant, recorded in Volume 7, Page 15, Webb County Plat Records; and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title of the "Surface Only" at its market value of said City property to Mr. Daniel Garcia, Jr. and wife Melida Garcia who are now the current abutting property owners and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-292.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

    2000-O-293  An ordinance closing as a public easement a 60.0 foot strip of land out of a

    portion of Casa Verde Road between west right-of-way line of Loop 20

    and the east right-of-way line of the new University Boulevard Extension.  

    Said 60.0 foot strip of land being situated in Porcion 26, Abstract 282,

    City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below

    and more particularly described by metes and bounds, provided that the

    City retains a 12 foot wide (23,224 square feet) Central Power and Light

    Company utility easement as described, and providing for an effective

    date for the closure of the parcel and reversion of the public's interest in

    said parcel to the abutting owner.

 

Being a strip of land generally 60.0 feet in width and containing 2.648 acres, more or less, out of the certain 1,450 acre tract more fully described in a conveyance from Delfina Benavides Alexander to Delfina Alexander Ochoa and Josefina Alexander Gonzalez, recorded in Volume 414, Pages 502-503, Deed Records, Webb County, Texas said strip of land being a portion of the Test Site Road also known as Casa Verde road in the vicinity of its intersection with Loop 20, situated in Porcion 26, Abstract 282, Agustin Sanchez, Original Grantee, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-293.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

    For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      2000-O-294  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary

documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the "Surface Only", at its adjusted market value of $11,824.00, of certain property described as a tract of land containing 13,436.00 sq. ft., more or less, out of that former section of the 200 block of Laredo Street between Sanders Avenue and the west right-of-way line of the Texas Mexican Railroad, to Alexander Investments.  Said tract being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; provided the City of Laredo will retain the entire street property as a utility easement, being described on the excerpt of a City Plat, and hereby approving the submitted Improvement Plan, as described and which is in compliance with Section 10 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy Handbook, as approved per Resolution No. 91-R-140; and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-294.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

 For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

*note:  correction made to reflect accurate Resolution Number which is 

            #97-R-140.

 

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

17.  2000-R-161  A resolution accepting the donation of the "Surface Only" of a 1.357 acres

(59,106.17 sq. ft.), more or less, tract of land, and a 0.643 of an acre (28,013.48 sq. ft.), more or less, tract of land from Delfina A. Alexander, Josefina Alexander Gonzalez, and Alexander Residential Corporation; for the construction of a Fire Station on Casa Verde Road, with frontage to Loop 20.  Said 1.357 acres and 0.643 of an acre tract of land being out of the D. Alexander Ochoa and J. Alexander Gonzalez Properties, in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described, and more particular by metes and bounds.

 

Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-161.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

18.  2000-R-162  A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the "Surface Only"

of one parcel of land for the construction of a downtown parking lot.   Said parcel being legally described as Lot 9 and 2 Varas of Lot 8, Block 33, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and being delineated on copy of City Plat, and authorizing staff to negotiate for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established be a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser.       

 

Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-162.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

19.  Consideration to award a demolition contract to III PG Enterprises of Laredo in the

amount of $178,770.00 to demolish two masonry buildings identified as Building No. 1450 and No. 1451 located at the Laredo International Airport and authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute said contract.  The term of the contract to complete the scope of work is 60 calendar days.  III PG Enterprises is the responsive low bidder meeting all bid specifications.  A total of eight (8) bids were received.

 

Cm. Bruni mentioned that there were two other buildings scheduled to be demolished on the north side of the airport on Cactus Street. 

 

Jose L. Flores, Airport Director, mentioned that one of the buildings had been demolished, namely the building previously leased to Webb County at the corner of Cactus St. and Cherry Hill.  He stated that the other building in question belongs to the Texas Migrant Council and is still in use at this time.  He mentioned that there are a number of additional buildings that need to be demolished.

 

Cm. Bruni requested that he furnish a list to City Council of all other buildings scheduled for demolition.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with the Catholic

Social Services of Laredo, Inc. (CSS) in the amount of $120,060.00 to administer the City's Fiscal Year 2001 General Fund Welfare Assistance Program through which rental, utility, burial, transportation, ambulance, and health care assistance is provided to indigent individuals and families residing in the community.  The contract would cover expenditures for the period of October 1, 2000 to September 30, 2001.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Ratify and approve action taken by the City Manager on November 3, 2000 to renew

the contract with Arthur J. Gallagher, insurance broker on behalf of XL Specialty Insurance Company for Airport Liability and Control Tower Liability Insurance coverage for the annual premium amount of $51,000.00, effective October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

 

            22.  Presentation by International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) on the Water

                  Quality of the Rio Grande.  IBWC is under contract with Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and is responsible for collecting the water quality data from seventy two (72) monitoring stations along the Rio Grande River.

 

Mr. Gilbert Anaya, Environmental Protection Specialist for the International Boundary and Water Commission, made a presentation to City Council on how the IBWC has administered the Texas Clean Rivers Program.

 

                    In its first full year of administering the program, the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission has been working with local communities to address water quality issues.  The Clean Rivers Program partners have been participating in water quality monitoring and providing valuable input to help shape and direct the Clean Rivers Program.  Federal, state, and local governments, and private citizens are working side by side in the spirit of cooperation with a common goal to assess water quality and present information to educate people about the importance of protecting their water resources.

 

The Texas Clean Rivers Program Rio Grande Basin Advisory Committees (BAC) provide a forum for the local community to interact directly with federal and state agencies and allow for the two-way exchange of information that is necessary for the Clean Rivers Program to succeed.  In February and March 2000, Basin Advisory Committee meetings were held in Harlingen, Laredo, Pecos, and El Paso, Texas.  Meeting topics included FY2000 program tasks, the Total Maximum Daily Load Program, the Texas Nonpoint Source Program, and coordinated monitoring.  Issues that were of concern to individuals were addressed and recorded in the meeting minutes to insure follow-up discussions.

 

Mr. Anaya mentioned that the IBWC relies on the expertise and collection of data from the local partners in this region such as Mayor Flores, City Manager Larry Dovalina, Victor Oliveros from the City/County Health Department, Dr. Tom Brown from the Rio Grande International Studies Center, and Riazul Mia, Environmental Services.  He also recognized the diligent efforts of Robert Ramos, Project Coordinator within the local field office, who provides much of the necessary data compiled from his expertise and familiarity with the area.

 

Cm. Bruni inquired whether the City would be seeing improvements, in terms of quality of water, as a result of their monitoring efforts.

 

Mr. Anaya replied that as they continue to increase the amount of infrastructure in the area, in particular the water and sewer treatment at the Nuevo Laredo Plant, they are better able to eliminate a large portion of what goes into the river.  He mentioned that when the Environmental Department joined the program, one of the first sites they looked into was Manadas Creek.  They want to do additional surveys in the tributaries to help determine where the influences to the river are. 

 

Cm. Galo inquired whether funding for the sewer plant in Nuevo Laredo will soon expire.

 

Mr. Anaya replied that the treatment plant is now being run by COMAPA, Nuevo Laredo’s utilities provider. 

 

Cm. Bruni inquired whether the treatment plant in Nuevo Laredo has already reached 100% capacity as is being unofficially reported.

 

Mr. Anaya stated that the capacity of the treatment plant is 31 million gallons per day.  At the present time, it is operating at 21 million gallons per day. 

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. inquired whether the City of Laredo gets to make recommendations regarding Nuevo Laredo’s infrastructure/investment needs as it relates to their wastewater treatment plant. 

 

Mr. Anaya stated that those areas of development pertain to the agencies created by NAFTA such as the NAD Bank and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission.  These are the agencies that fund and also certify the projects.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Guerra  suggested that the staff prepare a letter to Land Commissioner David Dewhurst to follow up on the cleanup efforts of the Rio Grande.  Mayor Flores mentioned that she would be preparing a follow up letter to the Land Commissioner.

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

XV.      ADJOURNMENT                                                                                       Time:  8:05 p.m.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 through 27 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on the 27th day of November, 2000.

                                                                                                _______________________________

                                                                                                Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                                City Secretary