CITY OF LAREDO

                                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                         M2001-R-06

                                  PLANNING AND ZONING MEETING

                                           CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                               1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                 LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                    FEBRUARY 26, 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

            Johnny Amaya,                                                             Council Member, District IV

            Joe A. Guerra,                                                              Mayor Pro Tempore, District VI

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

            Juan Ramirez,                                                               Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                   City Secretary

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                           Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

           

            Motion to excuse Cm. Bruni, Cm.  Galo and Cm.  E.  Valdez.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     5                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                                   

  IV.     MINUTES

           

            None.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Maria Elena Guzman, Katy Gutierrez, Gazelle Sandoval, Bonnie Guzman, Ludy Guerrero, Jr., Mike Garza, Erika De La Cruz, Lucy Agredano, Vivian Guzman and Andrea Guevara appeared before Council to announce an event called “God Stalk” that will be held April 28, 2001 at Veteran’s field from noon to 10:00 p.m.

 

Mayor Flores encouraged the youth to contact the Parks and Recreation Department for ideas or assistance that would later be presented to council. 

 

Damian Weiss, a concerned professional driver, gave a suggestion to Council in reference to allowing local brokerages to inspect equipment, administer drug testing and scale trucks entering into the United States from the Mexico border.  He feels that it would generate revenues for the City and would suppress national concern.

 

Invitations

 

None.

 

Recognitions

 

a.  Recognizing 14 students from local middle schools who have been chosen as "Eighth

Grader of the Month" for February by the Laredo Police Department Community Relations Unit and local school counselors. 

 

Mayor Flores and Council presented Seven Flag Certificates to the following students for being selected as “Eighth Grader of the Month”:

 

Xochitl Martinez                              Lamar Middle

Cristina Trevino                               United Middle

Janeth Rodriguez                             Trautman Middle

Robert Garcia                                  United South Middle

Ana C.  Flores                                 St.  Agustin

Franz Brunner                                  United Day

Jose Alfredo Torres             Mary Help of Cristians

 

Communiqués

 

None.

           

VI.       PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Northgate Plaza Subdivision, located at 5820 San Dario Ave., from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a sales office of modular homes.  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 Lot 1, Northgate Plaza Subdivision, located at 5820 San Dario Ave., 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.  Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of Armadillo Homes and International Bank of Commerce, spoke in favor of the zone change.  He asked to amend condition # 10 by including the words “where needed” at the end of the sentence.

 

Mayor Flores read a letter from James K.  Jones Development Company, owner of Auto Plaza Center, who opposed the zone change or a Conditional Use Permit.

 

Javier Pena stated that they would accept a two (2) year term as a Conditional Use Permit.

   

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a Conditional Use Permit, which would be not only limited to a two-year term but not subject to being renewed or extended, also, to include “where needed” at the end of the tenth condition. 

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                 Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

 

2.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 11.7646 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Santa Martha Blvd. and east of Organo Blvd., from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing 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 11.7646 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Santa Martha Blvd. and east of Organo Blvd., from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

3.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.977 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located on the northwest corner of Atlanta Dr. and Killam Industrial Blvd., from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) to R-1A, P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area District, Planned Unit Development).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.977 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located on the northwest corner of Atlanta Dr. and Killam Industrial Blvd., from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) to R-1A, P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area District, Planned Unit Development); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Steve Snow spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez asked the City Manager to instruct staff to initiate a study on the wetlands, rather than contracting the survey to the private sector.  He added that an agreement should be reached with the developer if the wetlands are damaged. 

 

Cynthia Collazo, Assistant City Manager, stated that employees of the City have not performed a survey on wetlands.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

 

4.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 204, the E 2/3 of Lot 4, Block 203, and a 0.1772 acre tract (formerly the N1/2 of Jarvis Ave., between Santa Barbara & Santa Clara Streets), Easter Division, located at 2219 Sta. Barbara St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) and B-4 (Highway Commercial 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 Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 204, the E 2/3 of Lot 4, Block 203, and a 0.1772 acre tract (formerly the N1/2 of Jarvis Ave., between Santa Barbara & Santa Clara Streets), Easter Division, located at 2219 Sta. Barbara St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) and B-4 (Highway Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

5.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 9, Indian Sunset Subdivision, Phase 2 (P.U.D.), located at 509 Seminole Circle, from R-1A, P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area District, Planned Unit Development) to R-2, P.U.D. (Multi-Family Residential District, Planned Unit Development).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This is an approval 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 Lot 5, Block 9, Indian Sunset Subdivision, Phase 2 (P.U.D.), located at 509 Seminole Circle, from R-1A, P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area District, Planned Unit Development) to R-2, P.U.D. (Multi-Family Residential District, Planned Unit Development); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Damian Weiss, property owner and petitioner, spoke in favor of the zone change request.

 

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

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                 Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 VII.    FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

 

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

 

            Motion to waive final reading of ordinances 2001-O-047, 2001-O-048, 2001-O-049, 2001-O-050, 2001-O-051, 2001-O-052, 2001-O-053, 2001-O-054, 2001-O-055, 2001-O-056. 

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     5                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

        

6.  2001-O-047  Authorizing the City Manager to revert the 28.5 acre-feet of municipal water rights to the Sacred Heart Children's Home (Grantor) at the expiration of the water rights contract and authorizing the City Manager to execute all releases. (City Council)

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-047.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                                       Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                                       For:     5                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

                  2001-O-048  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $12,395.00 from program income towards the purchase of equipment for the Immunization Action Plan Project budget of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001.  (City Council)

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-048.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                                       Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                                       For:     5                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

2001-O-049  Amending the Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Administration,

Article I, In General, Section 2-3.  Fees for City Services, Subsection (b) providing for postage, certified mail - return receipt requested at the current prevailing rate, and outside the U.S., or Priority, Express or International mail at the prevailing rate; providing for severability; publication and effective date.  (City Council)

           

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-049.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                                       Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                                       For:     5                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

2001-O-050  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 21, Offenses

and Miscellaneous Provisions, Article V, Alarm Systems, specifically Section 21-78(g) by clarifying the definition of "Medical Alert Alarm Notification"; and Section 21-82, by adding a $75.00 service charge for false fire or medical alarms; and Section 21-89, by increasing the deadline to appeal; and Section 21-89, by increasing the deadline to appeal a denial or suspension of an alarm permit, from ten to thirty days; providing for severability, publication and effective date.  (City Council)

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-050.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                                       Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                                       For:     5                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

2001-O-051  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 31, Utilities,

Article III, Water, Division 3, Rates and Charges, specifically Section 31-138(b)(6)(a), Water Rates and availability by increasing the Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) check services charge from $15.00 to $25.00; and amending Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, in general Section 2-3, Fees for City Services, by adding subparagraph (e) to establish a $25.00 charge by all City Departments for all returned checks, drafts and money orders due to non-sufficient funds or Stop Payments, and also reversed Credit Card Charges, providing for publication, severability and effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-051 with change of fee charge from $25.00 to $20.00.

 

                                       Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                                       Second:  None

For:                                       Against:                                    Abstain:

 

Motion to accept as stated.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     4                                Against:  1                                Abstain:  0

                                             Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

 

 2001-O-052  Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute a Budget Amendment

   to the Transit Operations Budget by appropriating additional revenues, in

   the amount of $352,539.00 ($314,956.00 from additional State Oil

   Overcharge Funds and $37,583.00 from Sales Tax Reserve), and

   increasing the Transit Operations Expense Budget by $352,539.00 from

   $8,916,959.00 to $9,269,498.00, and authorizing the City Manager to

   execute said transfers. (City Council)

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-052.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                                       Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

   For:     5                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

 2001-O-053  Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article XVIII, Stopping,

standing or parking and Article X.  Impoundment of vehicles of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo:  Specifically Section 19-355, Minimum Fines for Parking Violations, Section 19-360, Parking Meters, Section 19-375, Definitions, Section 19-378, Booting or Towing, and creating Section 19-363, Statement Fees, and Section 19-364, Special Fees and Permits, and providing for publication and effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-053 with the following amendments:  

To extend the boundary east to San Eduardo Ave. as opposed to Santa Ursula and to delete Section 19-363.  

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                                       Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                                       For:     5                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

2001-O-054  An ordinance setting the maximum speed limits on that portion of Del Mar

Boulevard between McPherson Road and Winfield Parkway, within the City limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 30 miles per hour and 40 miles per hour, as defined in the Control Section Map provided by the City of Laredo, Traffic Safety Department.  (City Council)

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-054.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                                       Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                                       For:     5                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

2001-O-055  An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of the 2000 block of

Poggenpohl between Vidaurri and Santa Isabel Avenues situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, and providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-055.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                                       Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                                       For:     5                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

 2001-O-056  An ordinance amending Ordinance No. 98-O-189, (closure of that section

   of Zaragoza St. between Flores and Convent Aves. to vehicular traffic), to

   allow entrance and exit by l delivery, refuse collector, and grease disposal

   vehicles which provide services to merchants abutting said former street,

   provided however, that they appropriately use the space designated by the

   architectural design of the pedestrian walkway and comply with the

   provision of all City ordinances which affect the San Agustin Historic

   District; and providing for an effective date.  (As Amended)  (City

   Council)

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-056.

 

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                                       Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

    For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

VIII.    RESOLUTIONS

 

7.  2001-R-026  A resolution authorizing the issuance of a permit for a seismic survey, as

further described on attached on Exhibit "A", located South of Hwy. 359, East of Loop 20, and North of Wormser Rd., providing for publication and effective date.           

 

                                       Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-026.

 

                                       Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                                       Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     5                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

IX.       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.

 

X.        ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  6:45 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     5                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 09 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on the 26th day of February 2001.

 

 

 

                                                            ______________________________________

                                                            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary