CITY OF LAREDO

                                             CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                           M2001-R-09

                                           CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                               1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                        APRIL 2, 2001

                                                             5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present 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

            Jose 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 February 1, 2001, February 5, 2001, February 20, 2001 and February 26, 2001.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                                        Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

 

 

Announcements

 

Cm.  Bruni mentioned that he was the Master of Ceremonies for the opening game of this season for the Tecolotes.  He encouraged the public to support the Tecolotes.  

 

Mayor Flores noted that she had received a letter commending the extraordinary work of Robert Eads who is the Customer Service Coordinator for the City.  The letter stated that he is a true asset to the City of Laredo. 

 

Cm.  Ramirez congratulated the Fire Department for their quick and efficient response in extinguishing two different fires in his district.  He also commended the Police Department for assisting the Fire Department in assuring a safer control.

 

Cm.  E.  Valdez also applauded the Fire Department for responding quickly to a fire in his district.

 

Mayor Flores read excerpts from the following letter:

 

This week, we began the second of two heavy equipment operator training programs we are conducting in Laredo this year.  It has been over ten years since we last conducted the program in your city.  We have wanted to return during the interim, but lacked funding to make it possible.  This past year, however, we are able to secure a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission that made our return possible.  As one of the fastest growing areas in the country, Laredo seemed to us to be a prime location to train equipment operators to enter the construction industry.

 

It takes a great deal of effort on the part of numerous agencies to import one of our programs.  We have been fortunate to receive great cooperation from several in your city.  The Workforce Center has been helpful with the recruitment process, acting as our primary conduit for interested students.  The Agricultural Extension Service and the Colonias Project of the A & M System have helped with the marketing.  The Job Corps provided a number of the students and their facility on Island St. for the classroom portion of the class.

 

My purpose in writing you, however is to make special mention of the cooperation we received from those in your employ.  Oscar Medina, of your Public Works Department, was instrumental in providing us with a location, Father McNaboe Park.  He recognized that the south end of the park, which was awaiting the site preparation work necessary to expand the soccer fields and other recreational areas, would be a perfect site for our program. There is no training exercise better for our purposes than project work.  During the course of the first program the students were able to advance the development of the Park significantly.  We will continue that work with this second program.  Oscar and his employees have been the soul of cooperation and have made it possible for us to conduct a program we are very proud of.  The representatives of the Parks Department have likewise been very helpful and have proven to be fine ambassadors for your City.  We are grateful for the help we have received from your employees and wish to say thanks. 

 

 

 

Invitations

 

Cm.  Agredano invited Council and the public to attend the grand opening of the newly renovated Benavides Softball Park on April 3rd at 7:30 p.m. 

 

Recognitions

 

a.  Recognizing United South Panther Boys and Girls Basketball Teams for achieving the

     30-5A District Championships, Area Champions and Regional Quarter Finalists.

 

     The Mayor and City Council presented the following students a Seven Flag Certificate:

 

     Varsity Boys Basketball                                                  Varsity Girl’s Basketball

 

     Brian Dunivant         Sr.                                                        Lizzy Garcia                 Sr.

     J. C. Santos             Sr.                                                        Viri Elizondo                 Sr.

     Jeffery Castillo         Jr.                                                        Jessica Santana             Sr.

     Juan Cantu              Sr.                                                        Priscilla Garcia              Jr.

     Jaime Lara               Sr.                                                        Nancy Hernandez         Jr.

     Vidal Hinojosa         Sr.                                                        Lizzy Moncivais            Jr.

     Reggie Lopez          Sr.                                                        Gloria Loredo               Sr.

     Pablo Ledezma        Sr.                                                        Belinda Macias             Sr.

     Bernie Elizondo       Jr.                                                        Shelly Alfaro                 Sr.

     Rudy Martinez         Sr.                                                        Clarissa Martinez          Sr.

     Rafael Garcia           Jr.                                                        Hefziba Hernandez       Soph.

     Jonathan Jimenez     Fr.                                                        Jessica Morales            Fr.

     Mario Alva              Sr.                                                        Christina Ibarra             Sr.

     Fidel Hale                Sr.

 

                 Managers:               Danny Sanchez                         Clarissa Cardenas

                                                Paul Martinez

 

                 Head Coach:           Joe Gonzalez                                        Head Coach:    Bob Wolk

                 Assistants:               Tomas Rodriguez III                             Assistants:        Clara Sandoval

                                                Dennis Mikulin                                                              Dawn Aguilar

                                                Ricardo Marquez                                                          Robert Burrier

                 Trainer:                    Shuji Tanaka                                        Trainer:             Heather Lash

                 Principal:                 David Del Toro

                 UISD  Athletic         Frank Carter

 

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

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

 

The Mayor and City Council presented Seven Flag Certificates to the following students:

 

Rene Gonzalez                                                         Mary Help of Christians

Melissa Merano                                                       Salvador Garcia Middle

Manuel Sanchez                                                      George Washington

Pablo Mejia                                                             San Augustine

 

Communiqués

 

None.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.  Appointment of Mr. Don Fields by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores to the Tree Board

     Committee.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

     Second:  Cm.  Bruni

     For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's Code of Ordinances Chapter 2, Article II,

Sec. 2-16, which sets forth the departments of the city, by creating the Environmental Services Department; providing for an effective date and amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget by creating two positions within the Environmental Services Department which will be funded from reserves by the N.P.D.E.S. Fund and the Hazardous Materials Fund and authorize the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo's Code of Ordinances Chapter 2, Article II, Sec. 2-16, which sets forth the departments of the city, by creating the Environmental Services Department; providing for an effective date and amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget by creating two positions within the Environmental Services Department which will be funded from reserves by the N.P.D.E.S. Fund and the Hazardous Materials Fund and authorize the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

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:  Cm.  Bruni

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

Lots 1, 2, 3, and 4, Block 1345, Eastern Division, located at 2315 Chihuahua St., from R-O (Residential-Office District) and B-1 (Limited 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, 3, and 4, Block 1345, Eastern Division, located at 2315 Chihuahua St., from R-O (Residential-Office District) and 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.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of South Texas National Bank, spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

 

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

20.73 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Cielito Lindo Blvd. and east of St. David St., 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 20.73 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Cielito Lindo Blvd. and east of St. David St., 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.  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.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

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

Lot 12, Block 685, Eastern Division, located at 1202 Gustavus St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of a B-1 Zone for only the north 57 ft. of Lot 12.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 12, Block 685, Eastern Division, located at 1202 Gustavus St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Amaya

 

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

Lot 2, Block 245, Western Division, located at 620 Coke St., from B-1 (Limited 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 Lot 2, Block 245, Western Division, located at 620 Coke 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.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of Rene Chavez, spoke in favor of the proposed zone changes.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public hearing amending the issuance of a Special Use Permit for sand and gravel sales

and storage, on 10 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 18015 FM 1472.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the issuance of a Special Use Permit for sand and gravel sales and storage, on 10 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 18015 FM 1472; 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, representing Laredo Sand and Gravel Company, explained that the property was recently annexed.  He added that it is zoned M-1; however, needs a Special Use Permit for the business.  He asked Council to concur and grant the Special Use Permit.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

 

7.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Annual Budget in the

amount of $70,000.00 for a donation by the Friends of the Library, Laredo, Texas, Inc., providing for effective date.  (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-036 is needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount of $70,000.00 for a donation by the Friends of the Library, Laredo, Texas, Inc., providing for effective date. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 12, entitled

Fire Protection and Prevention, by amending Section 12-2, Fire Prevention Code-Adopted, and adopting the 2000 Edition of the International Fire Code; Section 12-3 same amendments, by adopting four supplementations to the 2000 Edition of the International Fire Code as adopted in Section 12-2; creating Section 12-6 Life Safety Code 101 and Handbook-Adopted; providing for severability; publication, and effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 12, entitled Fire Protection and Prevention, by amending Section 12-2, Fire Prevention Code-Adopted, and adopting the 2000 Edition of the International Fire Code; Section 12-3 same amendments, by adopting four supplementations to the 2000 Edition of the International Fire Code as adopted in Section 12-2; creating Section 12-6 Life Safety Code 101 and Handbook-Adopted; providing for severability; 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.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  Public hearing creating a Special Revenue Fund to account for the proceeds of a one-

fourth of one cent sales and use tax and the related debt service, and to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,265,914.00 for FY2000-2001; creating a Capital Project Fund to account for bond proceeds for the construction of the arena facility, and to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $35,500,000.00 for FY2000-2001; and authorizing the City Manager to implement such budget and fund in current and future city budgets.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Creating a Special Revenue Fund to account for the proceeds of a one-fourth of one cent sales and use tax and the related debt service, and to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,265,914.00 for FY2000-2001; creating a Capital Project Fund to account for bond proceeds for the construction of the arena facility, and to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $35,500,000.00 for FY2000-2001; and authorizing the City Manager to implement such budget and fund in current and future city budgets.

 

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. Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

           

10.  A.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.  Staff report on vacant land in District III available to be used as baseball field,

     with possible action.

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, mentioned several blocks that could be temporarily used for baseball fields. 

 

John Viduarri, Parks and Recreation Director, stated that there are no funds appropriated in the budget for clearing of the blocks or for the backstops.

 

Cm.  Galo instructed staff to contact the American Little League and inquire how the City can best accommodate their needs.  He agreed to use his discretionary funds for the project.  

 

2.  Staff update on the Sidewalk Project in District III, with possible action.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that he had submitted a detailed report on Sidewalk Projects and Construction for District III, which was initiated today and would be complete in four months.   

 

3.  Staff update on the progress of the Chacon/Meadow Bridge, with possible action.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that the Chacon/Meadow Bridge would be completed by June 2001.  They are currently fifteen percent complete.

 

Cm.  Galo requested that this project be placed on the agenda on a monthly basis.  He also requested video tapes of the projects progression. 

 

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

 

1.  Status of animal control sweep in District VI, with possible action.

 

Teresa Hill, Cynthia Bustamante, Alvaro Bustamante, and Hector Farias, Chairman for VIDA, appeared before the Council to discuss an animal sweep that took place in District VII.

 

Mr.  Hector Farias, spokesperson for VIDA, encouraged the Council to increase funding and personnel in the City Health Department.  He also gave his interpretation of a situation between City employees and the animal sweep that was held in order to prevent the spread of rabies.

 

Ms.  Bustamante, a concerned citizen, described the behavior of the animal control officers as being unethical, rude and arrogant.  She asked Council to encourage directors to improve the education of their officers to ensure that laws are enforced properly.  She was disappointed that the Animal Control Officers did not follow up with the rabies results from the animals taken from her home, and her main concern was that her children had been handling the dogs. 

 

Mr.  Bustamante, a concerned citizen, expressed his disappointment with  the Animal Control Officers.  He said that they threatened his wife with a $2,000 fine if she did not release the registered Dalmatian to them.  He also stated that they took nine Labradors from his property. 

 

Teresa Hill, a resident of Los Minerales, complained about the procedures that the Animal Control Officers used. 

 

Isabel Mendez, a representative from the Animal Protective Society, remarked that the Society is dealing with a large amount of sick, injured, contagious or unwanted animals on a monthly basis.  She explained that most of the animals have to be destroyed.  She added that the facility is too small to handle observing more than 10 dogs at a time. 

 

Ms. Reed, an employee of the Animal Protective Society, asked Council for their help and support.  She added that the shelter needs more observation pens.  She stressed the point that every animal that enters the shelter is important.

 

Victor Oliveros, Division Chief of the Health Department, advised the Council that the rabid dog was found in the Los Minerales area.  The Animal Control Officer went to 16 houses in that subdivision and collected 48 dogs that had not been vaccinated.  He added that seven citations were issued because the residents were uncooperative and did not allow the Officers to obtain the animals.  He stated that the complaints against the Officers were being taken very seriously and that he would report back to Council at a later date. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, encouraged the public to report any unethical or immoral act of a City employee to his office and management would aggressively pursue the alleged accusation.    

 

Cm. J.   Valdez requested a report explaining the qualifications needed to be an animal control officer.  He also requested documentation on all dogs that were retrieved from the Los Minerales Subdivision. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that a report is already being compiled and would be submitted to Council upon completion. 

 

     C.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion on the cutting of public streets and failure to resurface the street, with

     possible action.

 

Cm.  Ramirez stated that he would like to create an ordinance that allots contractors a specific time to repair street cuts.  If they do not comply with the ordinance, they should be cited. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that his office approves all street cut applications.  Other alternatives to street cuts are considered as well.  He added that if the cuts are not patched within a reasonable amount of time that the City will shut the Contractor’s work down.   

 

Jesus Garza, from the Engineering Department, who is in charge of issuing the street cut permits, reported that the street cuts on Davis and Main will be completed in two weeks.   

 

2.  Discussion on the flooding problems at the intersection of Vidaurri Avenue and

     Sanchez Street, with possible action.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that his department is currently compiling studies and will bring proposals back to the Council to remedy the flooding problem at the intersection of Vidaurri Avenue and Sanchez Street. 

 

3.  Discussion on the construction of sidewalks on the 1600-1700 block of Sanchez

     Street and the 1500-1600 block of Park Street, with possible action.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that the reports were submitted to Council.  He stated the street could be added to the new if it was the desire of the Council. 

 

4.  Discussion on the cleanup and maintenance of the 4 city owned blocks by the

     River Drive Mall that are used for parking, with possible action.

 

Agustin Dovalina, Chief of Police, stated that he would direct the bike patrol to work that area as soon as possible.     

 

John Viduarri, Parks and Recreation Director, added that his department is working diligently to clean up and maintain the area.  He added that he would request for additional funding to assist in proper maintenance. 

        

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

11.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Border Area

Nutrition Council for approximately 481 square feet constituting Suite No. 25 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 January 1, 2001, and ending on December 31, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on December 31, 2002, and December 31, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $600.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.  An ordinance to authorize the City Manager to execute lease with Kiwanis

International for a tract of land containing approximately 4.95 acres located on Block 1 at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) days commencing on April 20, 2001, and ending on April 22, 2001.  Rent shall be $1,800.00; providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13.  An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of the 300 block of Laredo St.

between Springfield Ave. and the east right-of-way line of the Texas Mexican Railroad Co.  situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Internet available:  www.ci.laredo.tx.us

 

Motion to waive the final reading of ordinance 2001-O-065, 2001-O-066, 2001-O-067 and 2001-O-067.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

14.  2001-O-065  Establishing a 15% penalty on the 2000 delinquent tax accounts as of July

1, 2001 to defray costs of collection pursuant to section 33.07 (a) of the Texas State Property Tax Code; providing for publication and effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-065.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       2001-O-066  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of

     $7,500.00 in additional funds for the Chronic Disease Prevention

     Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP), of the

     City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1,

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

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-066.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-067  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Budget Amendment to

appropriate State Funds from the Texas Department of Transportation

State Project No. VCR 0101 (22), Contract No. #5112256004 in the amount of $574,793.00 providing for a local match of $166.00 from the Transit Sales Tax Proceeds Budget Reserve Account No. 518-5162-584-9900.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-067.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 XI.      RESOLUTIONS

 

15.  2001-R-035  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to

the National Endowment for the Humanities' General Preservation Assessment Grant Program in the amount of $5,000.00 to assess five archival collections in Webb County.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-035.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

16.  2001-R-036  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a donation from the

Friends of the Library, Laredo, Texas, Inc. in the amount of $70,000.00 for the purchase of books and equipment to augment programs and services at Laredo Public Library.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-036.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

17.  2001-R-037  A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the "Surface Only"

of one parcel of land for the Chacon Creek Improvements Project. Said parcel of land being Lots 1, 2, 3, 7, & 8, Block 1719, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by donation or purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-037.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

18.  2001-R-038  A resolution directing publication of notice of intention to issue City of

Laredo, Texas Sales Tax Revenue Bond, Series 2001 in the principal amount of $35,500,000.00 for paying all or a portion of the City's Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-035.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

19.  2001-R-039  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 2001-R-039.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 XII.    MOTIONS

 

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

Department of Health for the continuation of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Program in the amount of $592,000.00, the Title V Population Based - Community Health Education Project in the amount of $150,000.00, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project in the amount of $50,000.00, and the Community Oriented Public Health - La Familia Health Care Program in the amount of $225,000.00 of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.  

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute professional services renewal

contracts for two years with J&A Pharmacy not to exceed $200,000.00 to provide pharmaceutical services to HIV/AIDS clients of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2001, through March 31, 2003.   State grant funds are utilized for these services.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant proposal to the Texas

Department of Health in the amount of $120,000.00 for the continuation of the Nutricion Familiar/Family Nutrition Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Ratifying addendum to 1999-2000 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City

of Laredo and the Laredo Police Officers' Association regarding processing of the clothing allowance under Article 13, Section 5 of the Agreement allowing for the payment of the allowance with the regular paycheck and taxing of the payment at each officer's computed tax rate.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application in the

amount of $1,500,000.00 from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office for the funding of the COPS MORE 2001 Program.  The funding will be used to purchase equipment/technology for the implementation of mobile data terminals at the Laredo Police Department.  The total grant award for this program is $1,500,000.00 with the U.S. Department of Justice providing 66% ($1,000,000.00) of the total grant award and the City contributing 34% ($500,000.00) in matching funds.  This grant provides funding for one year and requires the City to maintain the equipment for one additional budget cycle after federal funding has ended and adhere to the program's retention policy.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Consideration to award a contract to Harry Jewett and Associates, of Laredo, Texas, for

$205,170.00 for the design and construction services of water transmission lines to serve the Mines Road Colonias.  The contract will be paid for by the Texas Water Development Board Colonias Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 4 for an increase of $23,402.50 for

additional utility work to the construction contract with Pate & Pate Enterprises, Inc., The Woodlands, Texas, for the South Laredo/Chacon Creek Interceptor Project. This Change Order No. 4 covers the cost to rehabilitate an 8" wastewater line with a cure in place lining system to avoid replacing the line with the open-cut technique. Funding is available in the 1998-A Bond Issue Chacon Interceptor. This Change Order No. 4 brings the total contract amount to $9,530,383.12.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to award a contract to CH2MHILL of San Antonio, Texas, for

$212,500.00 for the design and construction services of water transmission lines, booster station, and distribution system to serve the Mines Road Colonias.  The contract will be paid for the Texas Water Development Board Colonias Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to award a contract to NRS Engineers, of Harlingen, Texas, for

$110,500.00 for the design and construction services of a booster station and ground and elevated storage tanks to serve the HWY 359 Colonias.  The contract will be paid for by the Texas Water Development Board Colonias Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to authorize the conversion of the City Cemetery Ad Hoc Committee

into a standing Advisory Committee for the purpose of providing permanent assistance and advice in evaluating services in association with ongoing Cemetery issues.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one replacement fire pumper truck for the

Fire Department through the Houston Galveston Area council of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $324,667.02.  This truck will be delivered within eight months and is a replacement for the fire pumper truck assigned to Station No. 5.  Funding is available in the 2000-A Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation Bond proceeds. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration to award annual supply contract FY01-067 to the LOW BIDDERS, US

       Filter Distribution Group, Laredo, Texas ($60,097.57), Hughes Supply, Inc., San  

       Antonio, Texas ($22,637.37), and Municipal Pipe and Supply, McAllen, Texas  

       ($18,259.55), for the purchase of water works materials for construction and repair

       projects by the Utilities Department.  The City received four bids for an annual supply

       contract for providing water materials such as service saddles, couplings, and

       mechanical joint fittings and clamps.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department –

       Water Distribution Operation.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to award a six month supply contract (FY01-078) to the LOW

BIDDERS, Arnold Oil Co. d/b/a Lone Star Lubricants, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $41,587.72, and Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $3,780.00. for the purchase of lubricants for the Fleet Maintenance Division.  The bid pricing will be firm during this six-month period and all items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Consideration to approve the award of an engineering contract to Foster Engineering

Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $80,900.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Del Mar Widening (McPherson to Fenwick) approximately 3,175 linear feet.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the LOW BIDDER, L&M

Construction Company, Laredo, Texas, in the net base bid amount of $19,725.00 for the Main Library sign.  Funding is available in the New Public Library Improvements Other Than Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 an increase of $16,233.75 to the

construction contract with Brothers Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Jacaman Road Extension Project to install additional 1,665 linear feet 7' high security fence with three strand barbed wire per FAA specifications along the east and west boundary line of the Airport newly acquired 114.77 acre tract, south of Jacaman Road and to add an additional 20 working days to the construction contract time.  Funding is available in the Building and Improvements to Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration for approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids

for the Calle Del Norte/Springfield Street Improvements Right-Turn Lane.  Funding is available in the 2000 C.O. Issue Springfield/Calle Del Norte.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 an increase of $23,000.00 to the

construction contract with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the City-Wide Sidewalks Project No. 14 (37 Blocks) to construct the sidewalks at the Community League Field Park located at 400 St. James between Conrad Drive/Martens. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 2 an increase of $803.00 for the

balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the McPherson Acres Subdivision Drainage Improvements Phase I, and approval of final payment in the amount of $57,320.03 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas.  Final contract amount is $555,424.50.  Funding is available in the 1998 C.O. Issue McPherson Acres Drainage Improvements.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

39.  Consideration to authorize the award of a contract in the amount of $53,300.00 to Post,

Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan (PBS&J) for the development of a School Zone Safety Study for Laredo, TX.  The study will evaluate the area around selected schools in order to resolve pedestrian and vehicular conflicts and to identify specific improvements that would increase the safety of pedestrians, as well as identify possible funding sources for such improvements.  Funding for the project is available through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

40.  Consideration to authorize the award of a contract in the amount of $72,000.00 to

Carter & Burgess, Inc., for the Corridors & Intersections Analysis - Phase II for Laredo, TX.  The study will identify necessary capital improvements that are key intersections to enhance the safety of the traveling public and expedite the flow of cars and trucks to and through Laredo.  The study will provide locations and impact of infrastructure deficiencies along identified corridors, capital improvement alternatives, cost estimates, alternative circulation recommendations and order of implementation for proposed improvements.  Funding for the project is available through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

41.  Consideration to approve a five-year professional service contract with Estrada-

Hinojosa & Company, Inc., of Dallas, Texas, for Financial Advisory Services for the City of Laredo.  Financial advisory services fees are based on the size of the debt issuance sold and are paid from said proceeds.  Funding for these services will be available from proceeds of the debt issuance.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell five surplus vehicles to our Sister

City of Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon and eleven surplus vehicles to our Sister City Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore informed the Council that the City held a recent auction where 90 vehicles were sold for $129,375, which is an average of $1,437.50 per vehicle.  He added that Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon and the City of Guadalupe bought 16 vehicles for $17,681.25, which is an average of $1,105 per vehicle.  Finally, he stated that as a City on the International Border with Mexico that it was in the public’s interest to maintain the City of Laredo’s good relations and good will to assist our Sister Cities.  The sale would be at 25% of the market value.

 

Motion to authorize the City Manager to sell two pickup trucks, two dump trucks and one Suburban with a total market value of $5,756.25 to Cienega de Flores and nine pickup trucks, one suburban and one blazer with a total price of $11,925 to Guadalupe. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     7                                        Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm.  Ramirez

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

           

43.  Presentation by Mike Personett, Water Rights Consultant, to the City of Laredo, on an

update report on the efforts to identify opportunities to purchase water rights from agricultural entities and others who may be willing to transact long-term rights or contracts in exchange for project funds.  This approach was identified in Senate Bill 1 as the most important issue in making water available for municipalities. 

 

Mike Personett, Water Rights Consultant, gave a presentation of findings from contacts with the irrigation district in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) and from preliminary discussions with other water users regarding the feasibility of developing alternative water sources for other municipal industrial water users in the Rio Grande Region.    The report also included recommendations regarding the “next steps” that the City of Laredo might take in further development of innovative water rights acquisition strategies.

 

He gave the following presentation: 

 

Shared-Savings Concept

 

q       Assist irrigation districts with project development.

 

q       Investment in irrigation efficiency improvements.

 

q       Water rights associated with a portion of the water savings would be transferred to the City of Laredo.

 

q       Actual conversion and transfer would be deferred until the water is actually needed.

 

 

Estimated Water Savings associated with Recommended agricultural Water Conservation Strategies

                       

Strategy

2000

2010

2020

2030

2040

2050

Conveyance Improvements

0

59,862

119,724

119,724

119,724

119,724

On-Farm Measures

0

43,635

57,270

104,722

122,176

139,630

Total

0

103,497

206,994

224,446

241,900

259,354

 

                   Objective:

 

Identify and evaluate opportunities for investment by the City of Laredo in irrigation water conservation projects.

 

Identify and evaluate opportunities for investment by the City of Laredo in the development of alternative water supplies as a substitute water source for current users of the Rio Grande.

 

Assess the interests and capabilities of irrigation districts and other holders of Rio Grande water rights to enter into partnerships with the City of Laredo for the implementation of irrigation water conservation projects or the development of alternative water supply sources.

 

Recommended water Supply Plan for the City of Laredo

 

 

2000

2010

2020

2030

Population

188,525

251,238

328,439

428,492

 

 

 

 

 

Projected Water Demand

42,235

52,964

65,927

84,571

Current Water Supply

43,575

43,575

43,575

43,575

Projected Water Supply Needs

1,338

-9,391

-22,354

-40,766

Recommended Water Management

 

 

 

 

     Additional Water Conservation

0

1,059

2,637

5,074

     Non-Potable Water Reuse

0

1,059

1,978

4,229

     Groundwater

0

5,475

7,212

10,950

     Acquisition of Rio Grande Water Rights

0

1,798

10,527

20,745

Total “New” Supply

0

9,391

22,354

40,766

 

 

44.  Staff report on the traffic conditions along Shiloh Blvd. as a result of the meetings with

       the various neighborhood groups.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, informed the Council of the safety measures that his department is taking in order to comply with the requests of United Independent School District and the neighborhood groups.  However, some of the requests will require additional funding and data to determine justification.  He will return to Council with the information.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra stressed his concern about the traffic congestion in the area.  He requested that the Police Department assist in controlling the traffic in the early morning hours. 

 

Chief of Police Agustin Dovalina stated that his department would continue to provide traffic enforcement as rigidly as possible.  He informed Council that they have issued almost five hundred traffic citations in that area alone.    

 

45.  Staff report on the Speed Hump Program as it concerns District VI.

 

       Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Director, submitted the following information:

 

The Speed Hump Installation Policy was approved though Ordinance on November 20, 2000.  Based on this policy, as prescribed by ordinance, the following requests have been officially recorded and status is hereby provided:

 

     Mayberry Street

 

Did not qualify preliminary study.  The 1000 feet section length requirement was not met.  Letter send informing resident was sent on December 18, 2000.

 

Candlewood

 

Qualified the preliminary study.  Meeting with applicant was held on December 21, 2000 requesting that the collection of petition signatures be initiated and submitted as required prior to continuing with collection of traffic data to determine whether installation of speed hump is justified based on speed hump criteria.  To date, no petition signatures have been received from applicant.

 

Andrew

 

Qualified the preliminary study.  Meeting held with applicant on January 11, 2001.  Requirement petition signatures were received January 25, 2001.  Traffic study was initiated February 06, 2001.  It did not meet the minimum 35 mph 85th percentile speed requirement.  Traffic data showed that the 85th percentile speed recorded for this section of road was 32 MPH.  Application was notified on February 20, 2001. 

 

Sandy Lane

 

Qualified the Preliminary Study.  Meeting held with applicant January 10, 2001 requesting that collection of petition signatures for neighborhood support be initiated.  All required signatures have been received and traffic data collection has been initiated.  Study findings should be available by next weeks and citizen will be notified accordingly. 

   

46.  Presentation by Michael Heath, P.E., from Alliance Texas Engineering Company,

regarding the downtown parking and traffic circulation plan for the Traffic Safety Department.

 

Michael Heath, P. E. from Alliance Texas Engineering Company, gave a presentation to evaluate the condition of traffic circulation and associated parking near the St.  Agustin Church in downtown Laredo.  These alternatives were developed to address the concerns of local citizens and businesses.  Within the study area, the transportation system is assessed on performance and efficiency. 

 

47.  Presentation on the Plan of Finance by Noe Hinojosa of Estrada-Hinojosa Financial

Consultants on a proposed sale of a Sales Tax Revenue Bond for the construction of an arena.

 

Noe Hinojosa of Estrada-Hinojosa financial Consultants, gave a presentation on the Plan of Finance for the Sale Tax Revenue bond.

 

Laredo Entertainment Center Project Needs and Summary

 

Project Fund:                     $35,500,000 needed to fund Laredo Entertainment Center Project

 

Reserve Fund:                   Reserve Fund Negotiable – To be established from Bond Proceeds and/or ¼-Cent Sales Tax or Surety Bond.

 

Additional Bond                Negotiable

Test:

 

Interest Rate:                     Negotiable

 

Redemption Fund              Negotiable

Account:

 

Security:                            Sales Tax Revenue Bonds would be Special obligations secured by a pledge of the ¼-Cent Sales and Use Tax.  The ¼-Cent Sales and Use Tax could only be used for Laredo Entertainment Center Project.

 

Call Provision:                   Negotiable – 10 year or 8 year

 

Laredo Entertainment Center Project Flow of Funds

 

Flow of funds:                    Tax Receipts from ¼ - Cent Sales Tax to be used for Laredo Entertainment Center as follows:

 

                                         a.)  Debt Service Payments

                                         b.)  Reserve Fund, if not fully funded

                                         c.)  Renewal and Replacement Fund (up to  

                                               $125,000/annually, if needed)

                                         d.)  Operating Reserve Fund Account of Venue, if needed

                                         e.)  Any other lawful Arena Project purpose as voted

                                               including Redemption Fund.

 

Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2001

Timetable of Events

 

April 2, 2001                                 Present Plan of Finance to the City Council

 

April 4, 2001                                 Distribute 1st draft of Official Statement to Working Group

 

April 11, 2001                               Receive comments on 1st draft of Official Statement

 

April 20, 2001                               Distribute 2nd draft of Official Statement, Insurance Companies & Rating Agencies

 

April 26, 2001                               Meeting w/Bond Insurance Companies

 

April 27, 2001                               Meeting w/Bond Rating Agencies

 

April 30, 2001                               Receive comments on 2nd draft of Official Statement

 

May 4, 2001                                 Print and Distribute Preliminary Official Statement

 

May 7, 2001                                 First reading by the City Council of the Bond Ordinance authorizing the Issuance of the Sales Tax Revenue Bonds

 

May 8, 2001                                 Receive ratings and Bond Insurance premiums

 

May 15, 2001                               Pricing of the Bonds

 

May 16, 2001                               Sell the Bonds.  Sign Bond Purchase Agreement.  Second reading of the ordinances by City Council al Special Meeting

 

May 21, 2001                               Submit documents to Texas Attorney General

 

June 4, 2001                                 Obtain Texas Attorney General’s Approval of Bonds and Certificates

 

June 6, 2001                                 Close, deliver Bonds.

 

 

A full report can be viewed at the City Secretary’s Office.

 

Motion to authorize the City Manager to implement the proposal Plan of Finance.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

48.  Status of the Veterans Monument, with possible action. 

 

Horacio De Leon, Administrative Assistant to City Manager, reported that the Veterans Advisory Committee met and heard a presentation from the GI Forum to consider fundraising for the Veteran’s Monument.  In addition, the Committee also heard a presentation from the Veteran’s Coalition opposing fundraising.  Currently, the design has been presented to the Council with a cost estimate of $125,000.  They have a conceptual plan, but as far as specifications for different materials and design they do not have any contract with an artist or engineer.

 

Cm.  Agredano stated that Council would have to wait for the budget hearings in order to appropriate the correct funds for the monument.

Motion for staff to come back with a cost estimate and a design competition for the design of the monument. 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     5                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

   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

 

                Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  8:55 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

            Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

            For:     5                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Cm.  Bruni, Cm.  Galo, Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 through 26 are true, complete and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on April 02, 2001.

 

 

 

                                                                                                _______________________________

                                                                                                Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                                City Secretary