CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2001-R-03

PLANNING AND ZONING MEETING

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JANUARY 22, 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

 

            None

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

Mayor Flores asked the audience to observe a moment of silence for the passing of Mayor Pro Tempore’s father, Joe A. Guerra.

 

 

            Invitations

 

            a.  An invitation from the Streets of Laredo Urban Mall inviting the Mayor and the City

                 Council Members to the annual "JAMBOOZIE" Mardi Gras, Noche de Carnaval                      Festival to be held on Friday, February 9, 2001.

 

Roberto Gonzalez, President of The Streets of Laredo, formally invited the Mayor, the City Council members and the public to attend the “Noche de Carnaval, Mardi Gras” to be held on February 9, 2001.  He asked Mayor Flores to be the Festival Marshal.

 

            Recognitions

 

a.  Recognition of Luis Torres by Council Member Alfredo Agredano for his participation

in Community Projects since 4th grade, as a member of the South Laredo Youth Alliance since 1995, and selected as the Border Patrol Youth for the month of October.

 

Cm.  Agredano presented the Certificate of Recognition to Luis Torres for his outstanding achievements and for his unyielding service to our community.

 

Communiqués

 

Cm. Galo reminded the residents of District III and District I about the Chacon-Meadow Bridge closure due to construction.  He stated that a meeting is to be held at Daiches Elementary, 1401 Green St. on January 24, 2001, at 6:00 p.m. to inform the public of the particulars such as construction timelines, as well as the temporary street detours to be taken during its closing.

 

Cm. Bruni extended his congratulations to Richard Raymond, newly elected State Representative for District 42.  He stated that he will not only be making an outstanding addition to the state legislature due to his previous experience, but that our city will be able to enlist his help in advancing our community’s concerns when need be.

 

Mayor Flores also extended her congratulations and best wishes to Representative Richard Raymond as he embarks on this challenging legislative post.

 

Mayor Flores made a brief report to City Council regarding her meeting at the U. S. Conference of Mayors.  She commented that the key speaker was the Mayor of London, who related to the conference participants the various concerns and issues that a large city such  as his must address.  She also mentioned that the International Affairs Committee received a promising report regarding trade with China, and she will continue to keep the City Council appraised of any developments.  She also reported on her participation in the Urban Affairs Committee, which entails promoting the elimination of unfounded mandates and the exercising of more local control over spending.  She further reported that she was selected to be the Chair of a newly formed committee called the Cities and Borders Committee.  She said the focus of this particular committee would be to remind everyone that the northern and southern borders are not bookends.  In fact, most border cities interact and are responsible for a great deal of flourishing economic development within all cities of the United States. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra submitted a letter for the record in reference to a water bill.

 

Ms. Maldonado, General Manager for CPL, and Benjamin Hinojosa from CPL reported on the electrical outage which occurred on Sunday in the Del Mar area.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

1.  Appointment of Eduardo Rodriguez by Mayor Pro-Tempore Joe A. Guerra to the

     Redistricting Commission.

   

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2.  Appointments to the Plaza Theater Renovation Project Committee by each Council

     Member.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Mayor                                                                                 Yolanda Gutierrez-Garcia

     Cm.  Eliseo Valdez, Jr.                                                        Patricia Davila

     Cm.  Alfredo Agredano                                                       Jose R.  Perez

     Cm.  John C.  Galo                                                              Lisa G.  King

     Cm.  Johnny Amaya                                                            J. C. Trevino

     Cm.  Jose Valdez, Jr.                                                           Ronny Goodman

                                               

     Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

     Second:  Cm.  Agredano

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

3.  Appointment of Patricia Davila by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr. to the Plaza

     Theater Renovation Project Committee.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

     Second:  Cm.  Agredano

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing regarding the submission of a Texas Recreation and Parks

Account/Outdoors Grant application in the amount of $500,000.00 to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in consideration of funding improvements for the Zacate Creek Linear Park.  

ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 2001-R-007

A resolution authorizing the submission of a Texas Recreation and Parks Account/Outdoor Grant application in the amount of $500,000.00 the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in consideration of funding improvements for the Zacate Creek Linear Park as matched by previously allocated Community Development Block Grant and Transportation Enhancement Funds; designating the City Manager as being responsible for, acting for and on behalf of the City of Laredo in dealing with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and further authorizing the City Manager to execute any and all documents pertaining to and/or resulting from this submission; certifying that the City of Laredo is eligible to receive Texas Recreation and Parks Account Outdoor Grant Program Assistance and has readily available the required 100% match; and dedicating the Zacate Creek Linear Park for permanent public park and recreational uses.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

John Vidaurri, Parks & Recreation Director, gave a presentation before the Council.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce and adopt Resolution 2001-R-007.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a plug back of Richter No. 1 gas `well on 2.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Masterson Rd. and west of Hwy. 83.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit for a plug back.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a plug back of Richter No. 1 gas well on 2.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Masterson Rd. and west of Hwy. 83; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a Special Use Permit with recommendations of the Committee and staff.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

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

authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a plug back of Ervin #1 gas well on 3.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Masterson Rd. and west of Hwy. 83.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit for a plug back.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a plug back of Ervin #1 gas well on 3.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Masterson Rd. and west of Hwy. 83; 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 Special  Use Permit with recommendations of Committee and staff.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

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

authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a plug back of H.B. Zachry Unit #2 gas well of 5.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Hwy. 83 and south of Southgate Blvd.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit for a plug back.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a plug back of H.B. Zachry Unit #2 gas well of 5.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Hwy. 83 and south of Southgate Blvd.; 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 a Special  Use Permit with recommendations of Committee and staff.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

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

Lots 4, 5, and 6, Block 794, Eastern Division, located at 1419 Market St., from R-O (Residential-Office District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for an adult day care.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4, 5, and 6, Block 794, Eastern Division, located at 1419 Market St., from R-O (Residential-Office District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Andrew Smith, with South Texas Development Council, spoke in favor of the zone change request and was in agreement to the conditions specified by the Commission.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a Conditional Use Permit with conditions specified by Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

 

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

Lot 200, Block 10, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, Section I, Area "A", located at 618 Idylwood Ln., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a child day care center.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 200, Block 10, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, Section I, Area "A", located at 618 Idylwood Ln., from R-1 (Single Family 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.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Monica Calles and Sylvia Holguin spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

Ana Luisa Bella, 609 Idylwood, spoke against the zone change request.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and send back to staff for the next meeting.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

Lot 1, Block 1, Eagle Ridge Subdivision, located on the northeast corner of Country Club Dr. and McPherson Rd., from RSM (Residential Suburban Multi-Family District) to R-2 (Multi-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 Lot 1, Block 1, Eagle Ridge Subdivision, located on the northeast corner of Country Club Dr. and McPherson Rd., from RSM (Residential Suburban Multi-Family District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential 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

 

Val Namis, Architect of the project, appeared to answer any questions.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as R-2 zone.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

 

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

3.206 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located on the southwest corner of Bartlett Ave. and Jacaman Rd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed B-4 Zone and approval of a B-3 Zone. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.206 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located on the southwest corner of Bartlett Ave. and Jacaman Rd., 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 Sherffey Engineering, spoke in favor of allowing a B-3 zone instead of the initial request of a B-4 zone.

 

Cm.  Bruni requested the developer of Jacaman Rd to develop the south side of Bartlett as well as the north side.    

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

           

9.  Public hearing amending sections of the Laredo Land Development Code pertaining to

manufactured housing, specifically Section 24.63.3, Non-Conforming Uses or Buildings; Section 24.63.2, Permitted Uses; Section 24.65.7, R-3 Mixed Residential District; Section 24.65.6, R-1 MH Single Family Manufactured Housing District; Section 24.77.1, Dimensional Standards; Section 24.93.2, Manufactured Housing Park; and Appendix A; providing for publication and effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending sections of the Laredo Land Development Code pertaining to manufactured housing, specifically Section 24.63.3, Non-Conforming Uses or Buildings; Section 24.63.2, Permitted Uses; Section 24.65.7, R-3 Mixed Residential District; Section 24.65.6, R-1 MH Single Family Manufactured Housing District; Section 24.77.1, Dimensional Standards; Section 24.93.2, Manufactured Housing Park; and Appendix A; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr. expressed concerns about Section 24.65.7 and requested that they add the following language “unless otherwise prohibited by law”, and to change the wording to read “existing material for wall and roofing”.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

10.  Public hearing amending Subsection 24-84.5(a) Exceptions, of Section 24.84 Sidewalk

Standards of the Laredo Land Development Code clarifying conditions for exemptions; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Subsection 24-84.5(a) Exceptions, of Section 24.84 Sidewalk Standards of the Laredo Land Development Code; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.  Public hearing designating as one-way westbound the 1100 Block of Grant Street

between Flores Avenue on the east and Convent Avenue on the west; providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction; approval of this ordinance is contingent and subject to the Downtown traffic analysis study approval and providing for publication and effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Designating as one-way westbound the 1100 Block of Grant Street between Flores 

Avenue on the east and Convent Avenue on the west; providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction; approval of this ordinance is contingent and subject to the Downtown traffic analysis study approval and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.  Public Hearing amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII.

Stopping, Standing or Parking of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, specifically creating section 19-361 Parking Meters. Secured Controlled Access Parking Lots and section 19-362, Parking Lot Rates and Hours of Operation and providing for publication and  effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII. Stopping, Standing or Parking of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, specifically creating Section 19-361 Parking Meters. Secured Controlled Access Parking Lots and Section 19-362, Parking Lot Rates and Hours of Operation and providing for publication and  effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

13.  A.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Status report on the construction of the Skate Park, with possible action.

 

John Vidaurri, Parks & Recreation Director, reported that weather conditions have delayed the project. 

 

       B.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Status report on the plan of action to be taken to remedy the problems of the

     deterioration of Calton Rd., with possible action.

 

a.  Plans to repair and maintain Calton Rd.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that the department has an estimated cost of recycling Calton Rd. from Santa Maria to McPherson.  He added that Calton Rd. would be recycled in phases.  The first phase will be McPherson to Springfield.

 

Cm. E. Valdez requested a timetable and a plan of action.

 

b.  Status of the proposed french drain for Calton Rd. at the intersection of

     McPherson and Calton Rd.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, informed Council that his department is working on a remedy, and the plan is about 80% complete. 

 

c.  Status on the steps to be taken to remove Calton Rd. from the truck route along

     with a timetable.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, affirmed that his department would be consulting with the Traffic Committee on possible alternatives for the routing of the trucks.   He added that he would report possible alternatives to Council within a month.

   

2.  Request for TxDot to review the unsafe design currently in place at the southbound turn

     around at IH-35 and Lafayette.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, stated that his department advised the Technical Committee of the MPO and TxDot of the issue.  He encouraged Council to send a formal letter requesting a response. 

 

3.  Status report on the improvements to parks in District V. (Proposed Gonzalez Park,

     Community Park, Zacate Creek Linear Park)

 

     Motion to Table.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

     Second: 

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on the implementation of a computer purchase program

     for City Employees.

 

Rosario Cabello, Finance Director, requested time to complete an employee survey and to check on various options that may be offered that would be acceptable to the City Manager and the Council. 

    

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding street vending regulations.

 

James Stemple, concerned citizen, voiced his concern about the unfair treatment to vendors by city employees.  He stated that a City employee who demonstrated rude behavior had cited him.  

 

Mayor Flores requested a copy of the citation.  

 

Cm.  Valdez expressed his desire to assure the public that all street vendors are treated equally and fairly.  He requested that staff contact other cities to see how they handle the street vendors issue.

 

Rogelio Garcia, Health Director, explained the Ordinance that refers to street vendors who sale food items.  He added that his department aggressively enforces the ordinance. 

 

Assistant Police Chief San Miguel, explained the procedures for soliciting for donations at intersections.

 

       D.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

           

1.  Status report on the unfinished construction repair done on Hidalgo Street, Main

     Avenue, and Iturbide Street.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, mentioned that the temporary patches are not effective; therefore, Engineering will be requesting permanent patches.  He added that he would return to Council with a report on the situation. 

 

2.  Status report on the regulations of shuttle vans.

           

Jose Escalante, concerned citizen, appeared before the Council complaining about shuttle van service being provided throughout the city, which vans are not regulatory and do not have valid city permits.

 

Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Engineer, discussed the ordinance in reference to shuttle vans. 

 

Juan Morales, representing the Traffic Safety Department, stated that the department is very aggressive in identifying and citing illegal shuttle vans.  He requested time to conduct research in reference to the shuttle vans, and he will report back to Council.

 

IX.       FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

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

 

Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances 2001-O-018, 2001-O-026, 2001-O-027, 2001-O-028 and 2001-O-029.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

14.  2001-O-018  Amending the contract with the Texas Health and Human Services

Commission and FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $30,850.00 in additional funds for the Children's Health Insurance (CHIP) Outreach Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the fiscal year 2000-2001 ending August 31, 2001. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-018.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

                   2001-O-026  Amending Chapter 31, Utilities, Article II Sewer and Sewage Disposal,

    Division 4 Private Sewage Disposal, of the Laredo Code of Ordinances,

    Section 31.81 and 31.82, authorizing an on-site sewage facility permit

    fee; and authorizing a penalty for violation of this ordinance; and

    providing for effective date and publication.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-026.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2001-O-027  Amending Chapter 25, of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances entitled

Plumbing, specifically, Section 25-3, code adopted, by adopting the 2000 Edition of the International Plumbing Code and modifying Appendix A, Sections 101.1, 106.5.2., 106.5.3., 108.4., 108.5., 305.6.1, and 904.1. of said Code in order to tailor it to the specific needs of the City of Laredo; deleting Section 25-65; repealing all other ordinances and parts of any ordinance in conflict herewith; providing for publication and effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-027.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-028  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for an electric substation on all of Block 45, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 510 W. Canal St.; providing for publication and effective date.  (AS AMENDED)   (Mayor Pro-Tempore Joe A. Guerra)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-028.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-029  An Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a License

Agreement with Nextel Partners, Inc. for a 35' x 40" ground space located at 1101 Garden St., Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and being more fully described in License Agreement; for the installation and operation of a temporary mobile mini-cell site, for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is 90 days commencing January 22, 2001 and ending April 21, 2001.  In lieu of rent Licensee will construct a 6ft, 35' x 40', heavy duty chain link fence, with double-drive gate and a man gate, all posts set in concrete, with 3 strands of barbed wire as described in License Agreement; providing for effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-029.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.  RESOLUTIONS

 

15.  2000-R-173  A resolution authorizing the acceptance of a donation from Antonio De

Llano and Guillermo Cavazos of 2 tracts of land containing .99 acre, and 1 acre, more or less both situated in Porcion 22, Abstract 277, Leonardo Sanchez, original grantee, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, both for the use as 100' wide drainage easements.  Said tracts being out of a larger 33.0 acre tract of land deeded to Antonio De Llano, as recorded 1219, Pages 018-022, Webb county Deed Records, Webb County, Texas, and both being more particularly described by metes and bounds.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2000-R-173.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

16.  2001-R-008  A resolution authorizing the acceptance of a donation of a tract of land at

fair market value containing 23.50 acres and the dedication of the right-of-way to a tract of land containing 9.37 acres, and a tract of land containing 5.20 acres described more specifically in the "Donation Deed and Right-of-Way Dedication" and the exhibits thereto and incorporated for all purposes within Resolution No. 2001-R-008.  The tracts are donated and dedicated to the City of Laredo by Laura G. Jacaman, Laura Jacaman f/k/a Laura Jacaman Sanchez, John S. Jacaman Cattle Co. Ltd., Joe John Jacaman, Eduardo A. Jacaman, Patricia Jacaman, and Joseph Jacaman.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2000-R-008.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  1                                Abstain:  0

                                                                                    Cm.  Ramirez

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

17.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit FY2002 Transportation and

Community and System Preservation Pilot Program Discretionary Grant Applications to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in support of the design and planning of El Portal Riverfront Park and Scenic Road and the development of the Zaragoza Corridor east of Convent Avenue to Santa Maria Avenue in the amount of $1.5 million each; and further authorizing the City Manager to execute any and all documents pertaining to and/or resulting from these submissions.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract agreement with the

Texas Department of Transportation for the Ryan Street Railroad Bridge Conversion and Zacate Creek Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Project.  The Texas Transportation Commission selected the project and awarded a maximum of $571,200.00.  The City's estimated contribution is $142,800.00.  Funding is available from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

19.  Consideration to amend a contract with Laredo Development Foundation for economic

development services to include governmental relations and legislative services for fiscal year 2000-2001 for an amount not to exceed $72,400.00.  The total amount of the contract will be $357,400.00.  Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Galo

 

No action was taken due to tabling motion.

 

Motion to table for February 5, 2001.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  Consideration to authorize improvements to the Benavides Softball Complex in the

total amount of $90,000.00.  These improvements include the construction of a perimeter trail, walkway, landscaping, installation of a playground module, bar-b-que pits, football and soccer goals, fencing and other related improvements.  These improvements will be done in-house.  Funding is available in the Benavides Park Improvement.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.   STAFF REPORT

           

21.  Update report on the possible privatization of the Utilities Department, with possible

       action.

 

Fernando Roman gave the following presentation:

 

Analysis of Privatization Proposals for the Utilities Department

 

Responses Received

 

q       American Water Services, Inc.

q       OMI/Thames

q       United Water Services

q       U. S. Filter

 

Broad Range of Opinions

 

q       American Water: “operational improvements…not material enough….to add value and earn a reasonable return”

 

q       U. S. Filter:  from 1997:  $2 million in savings, employee surplus;  35….no proposal however, unless tied to groundwater

 

q       OMI:  $3 million, employee surplus: 75

 

q       United Water:  $5 million, employee surplus:  82

 

Concerns

 

q       Second fastest growing city in U. S.  (first year price probably not fixed)

 

q       Apples to apples

 

q       Capital improvements or capital outlay not included

 

q       Some O & M expenses only partially accounted for

 

q       Power savings:  25 percent difference among proposals

 

q       Not just meet permit

 

Due Diligence

 

q       Finalize staff review of proposals (identify all areas of concern)

 

q       Discuss proposals with consultants ($20,000 available) and prepare list of question for proposers

 

q       Discuss questions with proposers for clarification purposes

 

q       Check references and visit with cities recently privatized by proposers (telephone, e-mail, or in person) for evaluation tips

 

q       Redefine proposals after clarification of questions

 

q       Prepare apples to apples comparison

 

Evaluation

 

q       Division by division analysis (addition and subtraction to offers depending on apples to apples comparison)

 

q       Definition of employee issues including timetable for reduction of staff (critical for firm-saving determination)

 

q       Definition of capital outlay and capital improvement issues and timetable (critical for creation of reserves)

 

q       Definition of reserve and contingency requirements

 

Where is the Money?

 

q       Operation and Maintenance

 

q       Minor Repairs under $15,000

 

q       Capital Outlay and Improvements

 

q       major Repairs and Rehabilitation

 

q       In-house Construction Services

 

q       Contingencies and Reserves

 

Cm.  Bruni voiced his frustrations in the delay of securing a second water source.  

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, informed Council that he would review the contract to see what is called for, and he would put the item back on the agenda for the approval of $20,000.  

 

XIII.    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.

 

XVI.    RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

            Motion to recess as City Council and reconvene as the Laredo Mass Transit Board.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.  Status report on the purchasing of El Lift Vans.      

 

Peter Berhman, Transit Manager, reported that they are going to replace eight vans, and that they would be delivered in eight months.  He explained the difference between the current vans and the low floor vans. 

      

Motion to recess as Laredo Mass Transit Board and reconvene as City Council.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIV.    ADJOURNMENT                                                                            

 

      Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  10:20 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages one through 19 are true, complete, and correct proceeding of the City Council Meeting held on the 22nd day of January, 2001.

 

 

                                                                        _________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary