CITY OF LAREDO

                                           CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                         M2001-R-11

                                          CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                              1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                               LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                       APRIL 23, 2001

                                                            5:30 P.M.

 

    I.    CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present, Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra called the meeting to order.

 

   II.    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

  III.    ROLL CALL

 

            In Attendance:

 

            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

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Mayor Flores.

           

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra was chairing the meeting.

 

  IV.    MINUTES

 

            None.

 

   V.     COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

None.

 

Invitations

 

            None.

 

Recognitions             

 

            None.

 

Communiqués

 

Cm.  Bruni submitted the South Texas Rain Enhancement reports to be on file at the City Secretary’s Office.  

 

Cm.  Bruni read the following excerpts from a letter from Kenneth A.  Oleson from H. B. Zachry Company:

 

“The initial request for proposals by the City of Laredo was announced on October 19, 1999.  Over one and a half years have past, which is my personal judgment, has lead to a broader understanding of the need and the issued of finding water in sufficient quantity to meet the growth needs of Laredo.  However, an unfortunate by-product of the passage of time is 1)  the loss of a variety of opportunities to those who, in fact, hold the rights to such water resources, 2)  the ultimate right to sell and transport such reserves from an underground source in an area and 3)  the uncertainty of payment for the reservation of water rights.

 

While I believe that the City of Laredo should continue in its efforts, I must advise you that the San Lorenzo Water Partners, the source of our water supply for our project, has advised us that they no longer are content to be bound by an earlier expressed interest to reserve their resources for the City of Laredo.  The two reasons for withdrawing their commitment is the amount of time for which they have already reserved their resources and prospectively would need to ensure until final resolution and the uncertainty of the quantity of resources that might need to be proven on the over one hundred thousand acres they have reserved irrespective of the preliminary studies by CH2M Hill.

 

It is only fair to advise you that any proposal we might now make consistent with the RFP that is being developed would be without a commitment by Lorenzo Partners.  We would have to proceed on the basis that the same landowners would be willing to reconsider if the outcome was consistent with their earlier desires. 

 

Cm.  Bruni expressed his concerns about the delay in the Secondary Water Source issue. He directed staff to schedule a Water Issues Committee Meeting on Friday.  He also directed the City Manager to place the Water Issues on the next agenda with Cm. Galo and Mayor Pro Tempore as co-sponsors for the item.

 

Cm.  Galo submitted an article from the Houston Chronicle in reference to a water war that Houston is facing.  He stressed the importance of expediting the issue in the City of Laredo.

 

Cm. Ramirez recognized Roy Garcia, Code Enforcement Supervisor, and Javier Pena, from Community Development, for supervising a group of young men that cleaned up the downtown area.  The men are as follows: 

 

Saul Rodriguez                                                 Jose Lozano

Valentin Ocha                                                   Armando Cantu

David Hannies                                                  Alberto Soto

Jacob Espinoza                                                 Chris Perez

Jose Viegas                                                      Pedro Medrano

Jose Cruz                                                         Gerardo Salinas

 

Mayor Pro Tempore read the following report from the Environmental Services Department:

 

City of Laredo thanked the citizens of Laredo for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Tire Roundup event on April 21, 2001.  The following is a summary of the waste collected at the event:

 

q       13,837 lbs.  of Household Hazardous Waste Collected (which is almost 1,600 lbs more than the previously most successful event).

q       2,145 used tires collected.

q       400 gallons of used oil collected.

q       100 used oil filters.

q       178 used batteries.

 

During this event more than 700 people participated in keeping Laredo clean.  Furthermore, this event would not have been possible without the help from the following entities:

 

q       United High School AFJROTC

q       Alexander High School

q       Rio Grande International Study Center

q       City of Laredo

q       Library Non- Profit and Volunteer Center

q       Public Works

q       Engineering

q       Environmental

q       Traffic

q       Finance

q       El Metro

 

Moreover, the following corporate sponsor should be recognized:

 

q       Southern Distributors

q       HEB Company, (specifically, HEB Del Mar)

 

Finally, We would like to commend the efforts of students at Juarez Lincoln Elementary for collecting over 160 used tires for this event.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra gave an update on the Mayor participation at the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. 

  

  VI.    APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None.

 

 VII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.1915 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and west of the City of Laredo Landfill, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.1915 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and west of the City of Laredo Landfill, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo 

                 Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

2.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.20 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and east of Coronado Ave., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.20 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and east of Coronado Ave., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

                

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

3.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1C, Block 2, Jacaman Ranch-Unit I Subdivision, located north of Jacaman Rd. and west of Bartlett Ave., from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1C, Block 2, Jacaman Ranch-Unit I Subdivision, located north of Jacaman Rd. and west of Bartlett Ave., from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

                 Second:   Cm.  Galo

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Henry Mejia from Sherffey Engineering spoke in favor and was present to answer any questions from Council.

 

                 Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

4.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1B, Block 2, Jacaman Ranch-Unit I Subdivision, located north of Jacaman Rd. and west of Saldana Ave., from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1B, Block 2, Jacaman Ranch-Unit I Subdivision, located north of Jacaman Rd. and west of Saldana Ave., from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Henry Mejia from Sherffey Engineering spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

                 Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

           

5.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the South 93.8 ft. of Lots 7 and 8, Block 87, Eastern Division, located at 102 Rosario St., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-O (Residential-Office District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the South 93.8 ft. of Lots 7 and 8, Block 87, Eastern Division, located at 102 Rosario St., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-O (Residential-Office District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Henry Mejia with Sheffey Engineering, representing the applicant spoke in favor. 

 

                 Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

           

6.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 30.81 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and west of Bob Bullock Lp., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 30.81 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and west of Bob Bullock Lp., 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.  Agredano

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Henry Meja with Sherffey Engineering, representing the applicant, spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

                 Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

7.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 6, Block 1088, Western Division, located at 4402 Vidaurri Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 6, Block 1088, Western Division, located at 4402 Vidaurri Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Omar Cavazos spoke against the zone change request.

 

                 Isabel Martinez, applicant, spoke in favor of the zone change for a restaurant-kiosk.

 

                 Motion to close public hearing and table to send to Planning and Zoning for review and recommendation as a Conditional Use Permit.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain: 

                

8.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, and the west varas of Lot 2, Block 48, Eastern Division, located at 201 Market St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has 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, and the west varas of Lot 2, Block 48, Eastern Division, located at 201 Market St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano 

                 Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Sylvia Marie, property owner, spoke in favor to develop it as a possible day care or doctor’s office or offices. 

 

                 Motion to close public hearing and introduce with an amendment to the Introduction of the Ordinance to read “and the west three varas of Lot 2, Block 48, Eastern Division.”

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo 

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

 

9.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 1456, Eastern Division, located at 2510 Norton St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 1456, Eastern Division, located at 2510 Norton St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

10. Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 and 6, Block 2026, Eastern Division, located at 3220 Ligarde St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change, but recommended approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a term of ten days.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 and 6, Block 2026, Eastern Division, located at 3220 Ligarde 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.  Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Irma Liendo, property owner, stated that she would like to table this item until she is able to submit an updated plan to Planning and Zoning.

 

                 The agenda should read ten years rather than ten days.

 

                 Motion to close public hearing and table.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

11. Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the N1/2 of Lots 7 and 8, Block 580, Eastern Division, located at 3204 McClelland Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the N1/2 of Lots 7 and 8, Block 580, Eastern Division, located at 3204 McClelland Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

               Moved:  Cm.  Amaya 

               Second:  Cm.  Bruni

               For:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:   0

 

               Maria Del Rosario Niño, property owner, spoke in favor of the zoning change for a child daycare center. 

 

               Motion to close public hearing and introduce as a Conditional Use Permit subject to the eight parking spaces and all daycare requirements.  

 

               Moved: Cm.  Amaya

               Second:  Cm.  Galo

               For:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

               Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Amaya

 

12. Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 15.34 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of Clark Blvd. and east of Ejido Ave., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change, but recommended approving a zone designation of B-3 (Community Business District) for the first 175 ft. from the south R.O.W. line of Clark Blvd. and a zone designation of R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) for the remainder of the site.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 15.34 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of Clark Blvd. and east of Ejido Ave., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

               Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

               Second:  Cm.  Amaya

               For:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

               Richard Haynes, developer, spoke in favor of allowing an R-2 for the entire tract and suggested that they  come back to Council at a later date to a zone change for a B-3 in the front section of the tract.

 

               Arturo Martinez spoke against the zone change request.  He added that he had a signature list of 17 individuals that were against the zone change.  They requested that this property be developed as an R-1.  His other concern was flooding due to an existing creek and a drainage problem.

 

               Motion to close public hearing and table and send back to Planning and Zoning for further review. 

 

               Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

               Second:  Cm.  Agredano

 

               The maker of the motion withdrew his motion to table.

 

               Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the 175 ft. north frontage as B-3 and the rest as an R-2.

 

               Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

               Second:  Cm.  Galo

               For:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

               Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

         13. Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the S 1/3 of Lot 8 and the S 1/3 of the W 1/3 of Lot 7, Block 1606, Eastern Division, located at 2919 S. Louisiana Ave., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

               Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the S 1/3 of Lot 8 and the S 1/3 of the W 1/3 of Lot 7, Block 1606, Eastern Division, located at 2919 S. Louisiana Ave., 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.  Agredano

               Second:  Cm.  Amaya

               For:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

               Clara Carrillo spoke in favor of the zone change for a day care.  She stated that she will be moving out and that the additional two parking spaces will not be required.

 

               Motion to close public hearing and introduce as a Conditional Use Permit subject to them meeting the minimum of six parking spaces.

 

               Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

               Second:  Cm.  Bruni

               For:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

               Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

         14. Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.527 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of McPherson Rd. and north of San Isidro Parkway, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.527 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of McPherson Rd. and north of San Isidro Parkway, from AG (Agricultural 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:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

               Henry Mejia, Sherffey Engineering, stated they were in agreement with the zone change.

 

               Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

               Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

               Second:  Cm.  Agredano

               For:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

               Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

 

          15. Public hearing authorizing the amendment of the Special Use Permit for a mini-storage warehouse on Lot 1, Block 1, Crown Ridge Subdivision, Unit 1, located at 602 Shiloh Dr.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the amendment to the Special Use Permit.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the amendment of the Special Use Permit for a mini-storage warehouse on Lot 1, Block 1, Crown Ridge Subdivision, Unit 1, located at 602 Shiloh Dr.; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

               Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

               Second:  Cm.  Amaya

               For:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

               Jerry O’Brien, representing the owners, was present to answer any questions from the Council.

 

               Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

               Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

               Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

               For:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

               Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

 

         16. Public hearing authorizing the amendment of the Special Use Permit for a mini-storage warehouse, on Lot 1, Block 1, Lago Del Mar Subdivision, Unit II, located at 7611 Bartlett Ave.   The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the amendment to the Special Use Permit.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the amendment of the Special Use Permit for a mini-storage warehouse, on Lot 1, Block 1, Lago Del Mar Subdivision, Unit II, located at 7611 Bartlett Ave.; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

               Moved:  Cm.  Galo

               Second:  Cm.  Bruni

               For:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

               Roberto Martinez, representing applicant, spoke in favor. 

 

               Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

               Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

               Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

               For:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

         17. Public hearing authorizing the temporary four (4) month extension of fixed bus route services to Muller Memorial Blvd. serving La Bota Ranch/Indian Sunset Subdivision and authorizing the City Manager to amend the Transit Budget by transferring $26,000.00 from Fund 518 Transit Reserve to Fund 558 Transit Operations to cover operational cost and salaries.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the temporary four (4) month extension of fixed bus route services to Muller Memorial Blvd. serving La Bota Ranch/Indian Sunset Subdivision and authorizing the City Manager to amend the Transit Budget by transferring $26,000.00 from Fund 518 Transit Reserve to Fund 558 Transit Operations to cover operational cost and salaries.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

               Moved:  Cm.  Galo

               Second:  Cm.  Bruni

               For:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

               There was no public input.

 

               Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

               Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

               Second:  Cm.  Bruni

               For:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

               Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

18.  A. Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1. Status report on the Street Recycling Project in District IV, with possible action.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that staff evaluates streets by window windshield inspections.  The streets are evaluated and prioritized according to the damage.  He informed Council that they work in conjunction with Utilities and that coordination is very important.  He advised Council Members to notify him of any future concerns in reference to street deterioration. 

 

2. Status report on the request for additional information by TNRCC from the

    Engineering Department, on the plans for the Eistetter Park, with possible action.

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, reported that TNRCC has received the layout of the proposed park, and they are currently studying the waste limits.  He added that he expected progress on the project within ten days. 

 

Cm.  E. Valdez questioned whether the City has complied with all requests from TNRCC.  He stressed the importance of expediting the project in order to receive additional funding from an interested source.   

 

3. Status report on the TXDOT Grant awarded to the City of Laredo for the

    improvements and the beautification of the Union Pacific Bridge, (conversion to a 

    pedestrian bridge), at Zacate Creek, with possible action.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, informed the Council that the contract issues have been resolved and the contract has been signed and forwarded to TxDOT.  He noted that an RFP for the design of the project would be issued as soon as TxDOT notifies staff that the contract has been executed.

 

4. Discussion with possible action on a problem throughout some areas of the City

    with abandoned grocery carts, and requesting staff to work with businesses to

    address this problem.

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, stated that abandoned grocery carts are an ongoing problem, and that Code Enforcement Officers address merchants frequently to seek solutions. 

 

C. Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1. Discussion and possible action for the use of San Ignacio St. as a truck route from 

    Jefferson St. South to Houston St.

 

Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Safety Director, stated that San Ignacio Street is not adequate for heavy traffic.  He also stated that he would be concerned because the it is a residential area and the City of Laredo Human Resource Center is located there.

 

Cm.  Ramirez emphasized the importance of creating a solution to alleviate traffic congestion in that area.     

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, recommended that Council entertain the possibility of sending the issue to the Traffic Safety Committee to review the study and  report back to Council.   

 

2. Discussion and possible action on the traffic problem at Zaragoza St. and Headen

    Ave.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, stated that an analysis would be completed at Zaragoza Street and Headen Avenue.  He added that he would report back to Council once the report is compiled.   

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, recommended that staff send the issue to the Traffic Safety Committee and report back to Council with recommendations.     

 

                        3. Status report on the conditions of the parking lot at the former U.S. Customs

                            Export Lot with regards to the light fixtures, with possible action.

 

                Jose Escamilla, Superintendent of Bridge I & II, stated that the

                lighting problem has been identified and will be completed within 24 hours. 

                           

                            Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, gave several options for Council to consider.   

                            He mentioned installing parking meters for now until he has had the opportunity

                            to meet with the City Manager to discuss other options. 

 

4. Discussion on the make up of the Police Department (addition of police officers),

    with possible action.

 

Agustin Dovalina III, Police Chief, reported that there are 338 total authorized patrol officers that are assigned to 15 patrol precincts.  The average number of officers assigned to every precinct ranges from 10 to 12 depending on the size of the call volumes received in the areas.  

 

    Cm.  Ramirez expressed his concern in reference to the funding for the 

    Community Oriented Policing Services.

 

Agustin Dovalina III, Police Chief, assured Council that he was informed from a recent trip to Washington that the Laredo Police Department should be receiving additional funds.  He said that according to the FBI, the department should have 2.7 officers per 1000 residents and the City of Laredo is currently at 1.6 per 1000.  He added that the department needs 140 officers to meet FBI Standards. 

           

  IX.    FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive final readings of Ordinance #2001-O-080.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano 

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

19.  2001-O-080  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 adopt Ordinance #2001-O-080.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Agredano 

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:     7                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

           

   X.    RESOLUTIONS

 

20.  2001-R-049  A resolution supporting the current configuration of the 21st Texas Senatorial district as it has historically been a strong bipartisan district equally representing 19 counties and communities of interest while achieving excellence in State Government through unity of purpose.

 

                                         Motion to approve Resolution #2001-R-049.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

 

                                         For:     7                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

 

 XI.    MOTIONS

 

      21.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant proposal to the Texas  Department of Health for the continuation of the Immunization Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo Health Department in the amount of $150,000.00 for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.

 

                    Motion to approve.

 

                    Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                    Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                    For:     7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

XII.    STAFF REPORT

           

22.  Status report regarding the signalization at Jacaman Road and McPherson Road, with 

       possible action.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that he had conducted the study at the intersection of Jacaman and McPherson, and it did satisfy one of the warrants to install a traffic signal there.  The cost for the signal with new equipment would be $65,000, and the time frame would be six months.  If the department utilizes equipment, the City can save 8 to 10 thousand dollars, and the time frame would be three months.   

 

Motion to direct staff to utilize used equipment.  Also, to report to Council at the next City Council meeting to report estimated amount to expedite putting up the light.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Status report regarding the location of the COP's Station in the downtown area, with

       possible action.

 

Police Chief Agustin Dovalina reported that the department is considering the possibility of moving the downtown workstation to the bridge.  He is currently studying the impact on the resources as far as funding is concerned.  He affirmed that it would be very useful given its proximity to the border and the traffic situation that occurs there.   Finally, he stated he would submit a report to the City Manager and report back to Council with further recommendations. 

 

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.

 

 

XIV.    RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

24.  Consideration to propose a Summer Fun Bus Pass for people ages 6-18 years old and to approve a contract with Graphitiks, Inc. for production of materials.  Graphitiks would design and print necessary materials at no cost to the City but would solicit advertising to pay their costs.  Pass users would pay a special fare of $19.95 per person for unlimited rides on all El Metro buses during the months of June, July, and August of 2001.

 

                    Motion to approve.

 

           Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                    Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                    For:     7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

25.  2001-RT-003  A resolution supporting a biennium appropriation increase to small urban and rural public transportation systems from the Texas Legislature and directing that a study be conducted to find a permanent and adequate funding source for public transportation in Texas.

 

                                            Motion to approve.

 

                                           Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                            For:     7                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

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

 

                                            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                            For:     7                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

            XV.    ADJOURNMENT                                                                 

 

                        Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  8:00 p.m.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                        For:     7                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

                                                                                   

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 18 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on April 23, 2001.

 

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                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary