CITY OF LAREDO

                                         CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                       M2001-R-01

                                       CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                           1110 HOUSTON STREET

                             LAREDO, TEXAS 78040JANUARY 2, 2001

                                                           5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

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

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                     Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                        Council Member, District I

            Louis H.  Bruni,                                                            Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                              Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                             Council Member, District IV

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                                                         Council Member, District V

            Joe A.  Guerra,                                                             Mayor Pro Tempore, District VI

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

            Juan Ramirez,                                                               Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                   City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                             City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                           Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of November 20, 2000 and November 27, 2000.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

            None.

Invitations

 

            None.

 

Recognitions

 

a.  Recognition of Anita Stanley, Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator, who recently

received the Programmers Choice Award for Best Adult/Senior Program for the event of The Senior Egg Hunt at the National Recreation and Park Association Conference.  Ms. Stanley attended the conference in mid-November and had the opportunity to submit samples of Laredo's most effective recreational programming to a panel of judges from across the nation.  Ms. Stanley was one of only ten programming-award recipients named at the conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Mayor Flores and City Council publicly recognized Anita Stanley for her exemplary accomplishments achieved by her hard work and dedication.

 

b.  Recognition of the Health Department's Vital Statistics Registration Staff for being

awarded the 5-Star Vital Registration and Excellence Award from the Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics.

 

The Mayor and City Council presented a Seven Flags Certificate to the employees of the Health Department’s Vital Statistics Registration Staff for being awarded the 5-Star Vital Registration and Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year. 

 

Communiqués

 

a.  Presentation by Olga Maldonado, General Manager of Community Services of AEP, on

     AEP's Today Magazine featuring "Laredo: Economic Boom Town".

 

     Ms.  Maldonado gave a brief summary of the article that was in the AEP’s Today

     Magzaine.  She stated that Laredo is the fastest growing City in the AEP System.  She

     added that the quality of Customer and Community service they provide is the reason

     they are viewed as a solid company in the community.  

 

b.  Cm.  Bruni expressed his concerns about the lawlessness of people discharging firearms

     in the air on New Years Day.  He requested for staff to inform citizens of the dangers

     through the public access channel.

 

VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.  Appointment by Mayor Pro-Tempore Joe A. Guerra of Alberto Magnon to the

     Transportation and Traffic Safety Committee.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

b.  Appointment by Council Member Juan Ramirez of Frank Quesada to the Transportation

& Traffic Safety Committee, Ruben Longoria to the Parks & Recreation Committee, Graciela R. Garcia to the Redistricting Commission and Jose Salvador Tellez to the City Charter Commission.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

c.  Appointment by Council Member Louis H. Bruni of Alfredo Solis to the Redistricting

     Commission.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Galo

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $161,793.00 for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project.  The Texas Department of Health has awarded a $161,793.00 grant to the City of Laredo for the period beginning January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.  (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-003 is needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $161,793.00 for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project.  The Texas Department of Health has awarded a $161,793.00 grant to the City of Laredo for the period beginning January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

All of Block 45, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 510 W. Canal St., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) and B-3 (Community Business District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  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 all of Block 45, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 510 W. Canal St., from B-1 (Limited Commercial 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.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cesar Cantu voiced his opinion against the zone change. 

 

Benjamin Hinojosa and Mike Villarreal voiced their opinion in favor of the zone change.

 

Olga Maldonado from AEP/CPL spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

Mr.  Hinojosa, Supervisor/ Customer Designer AEP/CPL, spoke in favor of the zone change.  He reassured Council that safety is not an issue. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and table for the next meeting.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

3.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lot 8 and the N 1/2 of Lot 6, Block 485, Western Division, located at 309 Park St. from B-1 (Limited Commercial 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 soft drink distributor.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 8 and the N 1/2 of Lot 6, Block 485, Western Division, located at 309 Park St. from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a Conditional Use Permit subject to Planning & Zoning Commission’s restrictions. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Ramirez

 

4.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

0.403 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of San Dario Ave. and south of Lost Oaks Rd., from B-3 (Community Business 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 0.403 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of San Dario Ave. and south of Lost Oaks Rd., from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of Sherfey Engineering, spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

 

5.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lot 1, Block 5, Del Mar Village Subdivision, located at 102 W. Village Blvd., from R-O (Residential-Office 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 Lot 1, Block 5, Del Mar Village Subdivision, located at 102 W. Village Blvd., from R-0 (Residential-Office District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

 

6.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

0.010 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Bob Bullock Loop and north of Del Mar Blvd., from 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 0.010 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Bob Bullock Loop and north of Del Mar Blvd., 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.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of Sherfey Engineering, requested approval of the zone change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

 

7.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

14.0061 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Cielito Lindo Blvd. and east of Hwy. 83, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed B-3 Zone and approval of a B-1 Zone.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 14.0061 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Cielito Lindo Blvd. and east of Hwy. 83, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a B-1 as per staff and Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

8.  Public hearing amending Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

129.9939 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Cielito Lindo Blvd. and east of Hwy. 83, from AG (Agricultural 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 129.9939 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Cielito Lindo Blvd. and east of Hwy. 83, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

9.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

All of Block 29 and Lot 79B, Block 79, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 402 W.  Calton Rd., from B-3 (Community Business District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) with a Special Use Permit for storage and handling of hazardous materials.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change and Special Use Permit.  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 all of Block 29 and Lot 79B, Block 79, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 402 W. Calton Rd., from B-3 (Community Business District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) with a Special Use Permit for storage and handling of hazardous materials; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ernesto Longoria spoke against the approval of the zone change.

 

Reynaldo Rodriguez appeared to oppose the zone change.

 

Ron Whitehawk and Juan Flores, part owner of Dinastia, spoke in favor of the zone change request. 

 

Zulema Longoria, whose residence is behind of Dinastia, opposed the zone change request due to the safety of the children.

 

Mr.  Villarreal, adjoining neighbor, spoke against the zone change due to the fire hazards.

 

Socorro Bea spoke against the zone change.

 

Maria Teresa Rodriguez spoke against the zone change.

 

Humberto and Maria Solano spoke against the zone change.

 

David Cortez stated that it was not proper to place a warehouse with hazardous materials in a business and residential zone.

 

Kay Carmona spoke against the zone change.

 

De Ann Sweeper spoke against the zone change.

 

Reverend Billy Cummings spoke against the zone change. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and deny the zone change.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

10.  Public hearing amending Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lot 5, Block 1018, Eastern Division, located at 1820 Bayard St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change and approval of a B-3 Zone.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 1018, Eastern Division, located at 1820 Bayard St., from R-3 (Mixed 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.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as B-3.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

11.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

rezoning Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, Block 3, San Isidro/McPherson No. 3 Subdivision, located at 9802 McPherson Rd., from B-1 (Limited Business 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 Lot 1, 2, 3

  and 4, Block 3, San Isidro/McPherson No. 3 Subdivision, located at 9802 McPherson

  Rd., 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:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

Ron Whitehawk, representative from South Texas National Bank, spoke in favor of the

zone change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

 

12.  Public hearing authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for above ground fuel

storage on Lots 1 and 2, Block 101, Western Division, located at 520 Farragut St.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed Special Use Permit.  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 authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for above ground fuel storage on Lots 1 and 2, Block 101, Western Division, located at 520 Farragut St.; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Dr.  Julio  Gomez Rejon  spoke against the zone change.

 

Ricardo Tenorio spoke against the zone change.

 

Fern Fisher informed the Council about the safety precautions that have been taken for the ground fuel storage.    

 

Motion to deny.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  None

 

Motion to close the public hearing; override Planning and Zoning; and introduce as a Special Use Permit.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                        Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                     Cm.  Ramirez

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

13.  A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.  Presentation to inform the rest of the Council that the patients of the Laredo

Kidney Center will loose the van services currently being provided due to loss of funding.

 

Joe Guerra, Administration Manager for El Metro, informed Council of the additional monies needed in order to better serve the public. 

 

R. J. Garza, with El Metro, stated that it is difficult for them to be efficient because of the rapid growth of the city.  He indicated that they are submitting the problems to the Board for solutions. 

 

Motion to instruct staff to proceed with appropriating the necessary funds.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                    B.  Request by Council Member  Alfredo Agredano

 

1.  Request for approval of the proposed Veterans Monument site, with possible

     action.  (Co-Sponsored by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, mentioned the sites that were being considered for the Veterans Monument.  He added that the Civic Center would be the best site for the monument.

 

Motion to accept staff’s recommendation on the selection of Civic Center as the site for the Veterans Monument.

 

                             Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                             Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                             For:     8                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

                   C.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1.  Status report on the annexation of county lands east of Laredo in District II, with

     possible action.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, discussed the reasons for the delay in the annexation. 

 

Cm.  Bruni expressed his concerns with the delay.  He added that the Council would be negotiable with organizations that have special needs in that area. 

 

     Motion to proceed with the annexation procedures as soon as possible.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

     Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

     For:     8                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on requesting from TXDot the installation of

sensors and signalization in railroad crossing to inform drivers of the direction in which the train is traveling along the railroad tracks of Union Pacific in District VII.

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez requested sensors that would notify drivers of which direction the trains are traveling and what entrances are open.

 

Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Director of Safety, stated that TxDot is currently working on the installation of advanced sensors and they will be installed in December of 2001.     

 

Motion to instruct staff to write a letter to TxDot to expedite the installations of sensors. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                E.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion on the placing of street lights along the 1300 - 1500 block of Santa

     Ursula, with possible action.

 

Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Director, requested time to conduct a survey in that area.

 

2.  Discussion on providing sidewalks along the 2200 - 2400 block of Zaragoza and

     the 2300 - 2400 block of Grant, with possible action.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, informed the Council that he is working with Community Development in developing listings for future projects.  He added that he would return to Council in three weeks for their approval.

 

3.  Discussion on paving the 2200 - 2400 block of Ventura, with possible action.

 

Cm.  Ramirez expressed his concerns about property encroachment.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, confirmed the encroachments and suggested placing a black base treatment to give the property owner a hard surface to alleviate maintenance. 

 

4.  Discussion on the response letter from TX Dot concerning the entrance ramp to

     the Freeway from Santa Ursula, with possible action.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, informed Council that a Utility Coordination Committee would be addressing the issues concerning the entrance ramps to the downtown area.  He added that TxDot must conform to their standards.

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

14.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County

Juvenile Board for approximately 100,357 square feet of land located at 4602 North Bartlett Avenue.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on January 1, 2001 and ending on December 31, 2003; lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a one hundred and eighty (180) day written notice.  Monthly rent shall be $1,775.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council except Cm.  Amaya & Cm.  E.  Valdez

 

15.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Washington's

Birthday Celebration Association, Inc. (WBCA) for approximately fifteen (15.0) acres of concrete ramp located on the southwest cargo ramp of the Air Operations Area of the Laredo International Airport for a term of one (1) day, on February 18, 2001.  City Council finds and declares that a valid public purpose would be served in setting the rental fee at $1.00; providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

16.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Labata Services for

approximately 6,166 square feet constituting a vehicular parking located at 5003 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for eight (8) years and ten (10) months commencing on December  01, 2000 and ending on September 30, 2009.  Monthly rent shall be $180.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

17.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement by and

between the Laredo Municipal Transit System and the City of Laredo Department of Community Development for the lease of 6,628 sq. ft. of building space at the Laredo Intermodal Transit Center located at 1301 Farragut (East), for the monthly sum of $3,976.80; to be paid as follows: Community Development Block Grant $3,022.36; Home Investment Partnership Program $198.85; and City of Laredo General Fund $755.59; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

 

            Internet availability:  //www.ci.laredo.tx.us.

 

Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances 2001-O-001, 2001-O-002, 2000-O-003, 2000-O-004, 2000-O-005, 2000-O-006, 2000-O-007, 2000-O-008, 2000-O-009 and

2000-O-010.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  2001-O-001  Amending Chapter 21 of the Laredo Code of Ordinances to include

Article XIV to prohibit the sale of and/or use of "Liquid String" and "Snappers" at parades and imposing a fine in an amount not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00); providing for severability, publication and effective date. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-001.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

  2001-O-002  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    13.6475 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north

    of Calle Del Norte and east of Mall Del Norte, from B-3 (Community

    Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for

    publication and effective date. (Mayor Pro Tempore Joe A. Guerra)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-002 with the correction of 4.0 acres instead of 13.6475.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

2001-O-003  Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicles and Truck Traffic, Article XI

Truck Traffic by specifically amending Section 19-410, Section 19-433, Section 19-434, Section 19-435 and Section 19-439. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-003.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

                  2001-O-004  Amending the City of Laredo's 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of

    $69,411.00 to fund the COPS MORE 2000 grant project.  The U.S.  

    Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Service will

    designate $52,058.00 and the City of Laredo will designate $17,353.00 to

    fund this project.  Funding will be used to hire three (3) Clerk III Support

    Staff members. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-004.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

  2001-O-005  Amending Chapter 19, Article XII - Transit System, of the Laredo Code of

    Ordinances; specifically Division 2 - Charter Services, Section 19-562, 

    subparagraph (b) to include current City employees and current El Metro 

    employees to be charged the charter "base rate"; providing for an effective

    date. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-005.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-006  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Jett

 Racing and Sales, Inc., for approximately 12,000 square feet constituting 

 Hangar No. 123 located at 4617 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International 

 Airport.  Lease term is for ten (10) years commencing on January 1, 2001

 and ending on December 31, 2010.  Monthly rent shall be $3,910.00 and

 will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price

 Index; providing for an effective date. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-006.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

   2001-O-007  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Jett

   Racing and Sales, Inc., for approximately 18,000 square feet constituting  

   Building No. 104 (former passenger terminal) located at 4805 Maher

   Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for ten (10)

   years commencing on January 1, 2001 and ending on December 31, 2010. 

    Monthly rent shall be $4,690.00 and will be adjusted annually according

    to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

    (City  Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-007.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

  2001-O-008  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aero

   JBR - Laredo, Inc., for approximately 5,980 square feet constituting 

Hangar No. 1307 located at 4400 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for ten (10) years commencing on December 1, 2000 and ending on November 30, 2010.  Monthly rent shall be $2,400.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-008.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

   2001-O-009  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Maria

Elena Salinas d/b/a Casas y Caminos Realty for approximately 252 square feet constituting Suite No. 10 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on December 1, 2000 and ending November 30, 2001 and may be extended for one (1) year ending on November 30, 2002.  However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party on not less than thirty (30) days written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $315.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-009.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

    2001-O-010  An ordinance designating as a one-way that section of road to include:

   Vidaurri Avenue, Southbound, Block Number South 100, between Water

    Street on the North and Ventura Street on the South; Ventura Street,

    Eastbound, Block Number 1900, between Vidaurri Avenue on the West

    and Santa Rita Avenue on the East; Santa Rita Avenue, Northbound,

    Block Number South 100, between Ventura Street on the South and Water

    Street on the North; providing for the installation of appropriate signs to

    indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction and providing for

    publication and effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-010.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

19.  2000-R-172  A resolution appointing Fernando Montemayor, Rosemary Nieves, Les

Norton, Nick Reyna, Frank Lopez and Joe Muñoz to the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau (LCVB) Advisory Committee effective January 1, 2001.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2000-R-172.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

20.  2001-R-001  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an

Interlocal Governmental Agreement pursuant to the Vernon's Texas Governmental Code, Chapter 791, between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb, in which Webb County's law enforcement agency, namely the Webb County Sheriff's Department and the City's law enforcement agency, namely the Laredo Police Department, require the formation of a mutual aid law enforcement task force to mutually assist each other in the areas of traffic control, crowd control, and general law enforcement both within and beyond  the city limits during the "Menudo Bowl" scheduled for January 27, 2001.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-001.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  2

                                                Cm.  Amaya

Cm.  Guerra was not present.                                               Cm.  E.  Valdez

 

21.  2001-R-002  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an

Interlocal Governmental Agreement pursuant to the Vernon's Texas Government Code, Chapter 791, between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb, in which Webb County's law enforcement agency, namely the Webb County Sheriff's Department and the City's law enforcement agency, namely the Laredo Police Department, require the formation of a mutual aid law enforcement task force to mutually assist each other in the areas of traffic control, crowd control, and general law  enforcement both within and beyond the city limits during the various Washington's Birthday Celebration festivities scheduled for February 3, 2001 to February 18, 2001.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-002.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  2

                                                Cm.  Amaya

    Cm.  Guerra was not present.                                               Cm.  E.  Valdez

 

22.  2001-R-003  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the

Texas Department of Health in the amount of $161,793.00 for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2000-R-003.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

23.  2001-R-004  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application

with the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division to fund the Texas Narcotics Control Program.  This funding will be used to pay salaries, overtime, indirect operating expenses, and the purchase of equipment from June 1, 2001 through May 31, 2002.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2000-R-004.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

24.  Consideration to award a professional service contract to Karger Key Barnes &

Springer, Attorney at Law, Fort Worth, Texas, for a maximum amount of $60,000.00 for legal services for the City of Laredo Police Department.  All services are requested on an as needed basis. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

25.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-021, to the LOW BIDDER, Lopez Floor

and Wall Coverings, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $22,440.00, for the replacement of approximately 22,500 square feet of vinyl composition tile at the Civic Center ballroom.  The contract vendor will be required to remove the existing floor tile within a seventeen-day period.  No events have been booked during this period to complete these renovations.  Funding is available in the Civic Center Fund. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-028, to the LOW BIDDER MEETING

SPECIFICATIONS, H.D. Industries, Jacksonville, Texas, in the amount of                        $179,886.00, for the purchase of two pot patcher trucks, for the Public Works Department.  These trucks will be assigned to the Street Maintenance Division. Delivery of this truck is expected within ninety days.  Funding for one truck will be available from 2000 Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO) proceeds and the other from the Utilities Department Fund.

 

The City received a lower bid from Freightliner of Laredo; however, the pot patcher proposed by this vendor did not meet several important bid specifications.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to reject all bids received for contract FY01-032, for providing janitorial

services for the Health Department - WIC Program and authorizing staff to solicit new bids.  The scope of work requires that the company provide all personnel, equipment, and supplies needed to properly clean the different locations.    The City received two bids however, both the contract pricing proposed by both vendors where significantly higher than the budgeted amount for this contract. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-0036, to the LOW BIDDERS,

Executive World, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $46,707.80, Corporate Express, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $43,829.73, and G & S Office Supply Inc., Laredo, Texas in the amount of $28,509.00, for the purchase and installation of office furniture for the new Public Works Facility.  Funding for this project has been allocated in the Public Works Fund and the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-038, to the LOW BIDDER, Glory Inc.,

Carrollton, TX., in the amount of $19,194.48, for the purchase of six currency counters for the Bridge System.  These counters will be used at all four international bridges.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-040, to the most responsive proposer,

Southwestern Bell Telephone, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $56,995.94, for the purchase and installation of a telecommunications network for the new Public Works Facility and the Utilities Department Building.  The contractor will install a complete telephone system at this facility.  Funding for this project has been allocated in the Public Works Fund, Solid Waste Fund, and the Utilities Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of fifteen portable radios for the Police

Department through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the amount of $50,604.10.  These voice secure digital radios will be purchased through the cooperative purchasing contract vendor Motorola.  Delivery of these radios is expected within sixty days.  Funding for the purchase of these radios are available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of a replacement recording system for the

Police Department communication system through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the amount of $35,140.71.  All 911 calls and Police Department radio communications are recorded for archival purposes.  The Department is replacing the current Dictaphone recording system that is ten years old. Delivery and installation of this system is expected within sixty days.  The contract price includes a trade in allowance for the current system.  Funding for the purchase of these recording system is available in the Police Trust Fund. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Consideration to authorize a repair contract to the SOLE SOURCE PROVIDER,

Gardner Denver EPC, Houston, Texas, in the amount of $21,010.00, for repairs needed to the wastewater treatment compressor.  This unit provides oxygen for the treatment process and is one of three used at the Zacate Wastewater Treatment plant.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department - Wastewater Fund. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute all documents for the award of

FY 2000 HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) set-aside funds in the amount of  $80,000.00 to Laredo-Webb Neighborhood Housing Services to utilize towards the rehabilitation of 16 rental units located at 2502 and 2504 Boston, and FY 2000 HOME Program CHDO set-aside funds in the amount of $123,400.00 to Habitat for Humanity of Laredo, Inc. for the acquisition of 6 lots in the Riverhills Subdivision.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1, a decrease of $23,725.50 for the

balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the CDBG Sidewalks Project No. 11-A (28 Blocks) and approval of final payment in the amount of $57,722.45 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $151,074.50.  Funding is available in the Community Development - 23rd Action Year CD Projects/Sidewalks.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

36.  Consideration for approval of final Change Order No. 1, an increase of $1,501.24 for

the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the CDBG Sidewalks Project No. 11-B (25 Blocks) and approval of final payment in the amount of $56,409.64 to J. Solis Maintenance of Welding Service, Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $170,954.24.  Funding is available in the Community Development 25th Action Year- CD Projects/School Sidewalks.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a renewal contract with Andrea

McWilliams, for fiscal year 2000-2001 to provide legislative representation in the amount of $4,500.00 per month for the period of October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.  Funding is available in the FY 2000-2001 General Fund Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

           

38.  Status report of the Colonias Project to announce the date of the public meeting the

       oversizing of the water and sewer lines expanding the service area of the project.

 

       Fernando Roman, utilities Director, presented the following report:

 

Request for Expressions of Interest colonias water and sewer infrastructure oversize criteria.

 

       1.  Introduction

           

The City of Laredo will begin the design of water and sewer facilities to serve the Hwy 359 and Mines Road colonias project in March 2001.  In order to maximize the impact of the state and federal dollars that will come to the community with this project, the City will accept requests from individuals or organizations interested in expanding the capacity of said infrastructure to serve additional areas beyond the original scope of the project. 

 

                   2.  Eligibility

 

Individuals or organizations wishing to develop property along or near highway 359, FM 1472, or FM 3338, may apply for water and sewer service, subject to the conditions established by the Laredo City Council for this project.  Applicants must be able to finance the project in accordance with the provisions of this document.

 

                   3.  Financial Contribution

 

All contributions toward the over sizing of the project shall be made prior to the start of the project.  As a minimum, the applicant shall deposit with the City of Laredo an amount sufficient to cover all anticipated engineering, construction, testing and inspection, and project management fees associated with the requested oversize, including 15 percent additional funds for contingencies.

 

                   4.  Engineering charges

 

The applicant shall cover all engineering and other planning costs related to the oversize request.  The City will use its hydraulic model to determine the impact of the applicant’s request on the city grid.  Applicants may be asked to pay separately for the cost of running additional computer model scenarios when changes to the original request are made.   

 

                   5.  Pipeline cost

 

The applicant must cover the construction costs associated with over sizing the line.  In exchange for the contribution the City will allow the applicant access to the water and sewer lines subject to capacity considerations, existing and future development ordinances and policies, and prevailing regulatory requirements.

 

                   6.  Storage and pumping cost

 

In order to more efficiently utilize the capacity of a water line, elevated storage or ground storage and pressure boosting will be required.  In the event that the City has facilities with excess capacity for possible use by future developers, said capacity will be sold at the time of platting on a first come-first serve basis, based on a cost recovery formula that compensates the City for the capacity yielded.  Where no surplus capacity is available the applicant will commit to provide the appropriate amount of storage and pumping capabilities to his development at his own expense at the time the project is developed.

 

                   7.  Area subscribed to project

 

The capacity assigned to applicants participating on the line oversize will be given in living unit equivalents (LUE) to reflect land use instead of land surface.  Said capacity will be available to the developer to use in residential or commercial applications regardless of the housing density or land surface developed but limited to the total capacity purchased.

 

                   8.  Procedure to apply for over sizing

 

Individuals or business entities interested in expanding the capacity of the colonias lines must provide the City of Laredo Utilities department with the following information: 

q        

q       Name of the organization or individual applying for the oversize.

q       Name, phone and fax number or e-mail address of the contact person authorized to represent the organization during the transaction.

q       Description and a map of the area to be served by the oversized facilities.

q       Desired use of the property.

q       The water and sewer line capacity request, in gallons per minute and gallons per day, with calculations demonstrating the basis for the request.

q       A statement regarding the willingness and ability to pay for the over sizing costs at the time the City accepts the capacity requests.

 

The capacity information must be prepared by a qualified professional with experience in the development field.  The Utilities Department reserved the right to accept or reject applications based on their technical merits and completeness.

 

Upon receipt of the information, the City will input the capacity requests into the hydraulic models and approximate the pipeline and facility size changes required, both in technical and financial scope.  Requests should be submitted as early as possible before the deadline so that the hydraulic model can be modified as the data comes in and be ready to run immediately after the February 2nd date. 

 

Applicants will be notified shortly thereafter of the estimated financial commitment required to participate in the process.  Applicants will have to make formal financial commitments by the time design of the facilities begins in March 2001.

 

                   9.  Public meeting

 

The City of Laredo will host a public meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2001, at 5:30 p.m., at the City Council chambers, 1100 Houston, Laredo, Texas to elaborate on the details of the project and receive comments from interested parties and the public in general. 

 

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:  8:30 p.m.

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages one through 24 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on the 2nd day of January.

 

                                                                       

                                                                                    _______________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary