CITY OF LAREDO

                                            CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                          M2001-R-14

                                          CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                              1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                               LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                        JUNE 4, 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.,                                                         Mayor Pro Tempore, District V

            Joe A.  Guerra,                                                             Council Member, 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

 

The Mayor called a short recess at 5:05 p.m. for the Council Members and the visiting public to watch the Peter Jennings Show, which featured Laredo.  The meeting reopened at 5:58 p.m.

 

IV.     MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of April 2, 2001 and April 16, 2001.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

a.  Presentation on “Summer Arts Splash 2001” by the Laredo Public Library and the

     Laredo Center for the Arts.

 

     Motion to table.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

     Second:  Cm.  Agredano

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

b.  Announcing an expansion of services within the Fire Department with the receipt of two

     new vehicles:  a Freightliner 4 x 4 Brush Master Pumper/Tanker, and an Engine/Pumper.

 

     The Mayor, Council and attending public went outside to view the new equipment.

 

c.  Cm.  Guerra read excerpt from the following letter from a concerned citizen, Chuck

     Owen.

 

“Since I have moved to 115 Village Blvd. six years ago, I have addressed numerous communications regarding the need for more traffic control at Springfield and Village.  Each case has come back with an answer that the traffic count does not warrant additional devices.  Well, in my opinion, traffic has warranted better measures, but this is to ask you to look at it again.

 

Additional businesses keep being built on West Village.  Now comes a new office building.  More dramatically, a hotel is in completion stage and another hotel is scheduled to be built.  When these buildings are completed, the problem and hazards at Springfield and Village will multiply, I believe.  Now is the time to look at it.  I believe that, at least, it warrants a four-way stop at this intersection.

 

I think there is some worry of northbound traffic coming around the curve at the Tosoro Building not being aware of the stop sign.  This could be handled, or improved by additional signage and by the number of “rumble” cross-hatching on the pavement before Village. 

 

Getting onto Springfield has been a problem a lot of the time over the past six years I have lived there, and it gets worse as time gone on.  The problem is from both directions coming off Village onto Springfield.  As a user, many times I sit and wait and wait and finally, jump out there, fearing I am going to be hit by an oncoming Springfield automobile, which in most cases is exceeding the speed limit, I would say.  I worry more about my family and other drivers without much experience in “jumping out there.”  When the new buildings are complete, this fear will increase from me and all the others.

 

Also, with this message, Mr.  Guerra, I would like to appear before council in communications if this request is denied or if I could add to the importance of taking action.”

 

d.  Cm.  Guerra stated that he had a letter and a petition with over 70 names from residents

of the Country Club and the Plantation area requesting a traffic control device to be installed at the intersection of Country Club Drive and Del Mar Blvd.  He informed the individuals that a device has been approved and will be installed.  

 

e.  Cm.  Agredano congratulated the employees of the Post Office for an annual food drive

     where over 12,000 pounds of food was collected for distribution to needy Laredo 

     families.

 

f.  Cm.  Agredano thanked individuals for their assistance at the Memorial Day Service held

for the Veterans.  He especially recognized the United South Junior ROTC, Mr.  Adolfo Aguilar, Nixon ROTC, and Ms.  Joe Cisneros

 

g.  Cm.  Bruni submitted the South Texas Rain Enhancement Report for the record to be on

     file at the City Secretary’s Office.

 

h.  Cm.  Galo wanted to inform the public that he had an interview with Pro-8 News about

the current problems with railways.  He asked Senator Judith Zaffirini and State Representative Richard Raymond to create laws at their next legislative session pertaining to railway companies and their lack of cooperation with the City.   He added that the railroad companies have too much power.

    

i.  Cm.  Amaya mentioned that he is impressed with the Laredo COPS Program.  He

     especially thanked Investigator T. J. Tinajero and Officer Gazinao for their participation

     in the program.   

   

Invitations

 

None.

 

Recognitions

 

a.  Recognizing the Honorable Judith Zaffirini, State Senator the Honorable Richard

Raymond, State Representative and the Honorable Tracy O. King, State Representative for their continuing support on behalf of the citizens of the City of Laredo.

 

Mayor Flores and the Council presented plaques to Senator  Judith Zaffirini and State Representative Richard Raymond.  State Representative Tracey O.  King was unable to attend. 

 

b.  Recognizing Christina F. Guevara for initiating a successful district-wide recycling

     program for United Independent School District.

 

     Mayor Flores and Council presented Christina F.  Guevara with a plaque of recognition

     and appreciation for initiating a successful recycling program for United Independent

     School District.

 

c.  Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of Mr. Raul P. Garcia, Jr., for his

twelve (12) years of faithful and devoted service to the Fire Fighters’ and Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission.

 

Mayor Flores and Council presented Raul Garcia, Jr., with a plaque for his 12 years of service with the Civil Service Commission.

 

d.  Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of employees that retired from the

     City of Laredo with 20 years or more of service for the period of March 2001.

 

     Mayor Flores and the Council recognized the following retired employees:

 

     Ruben De Leon                                           Utilities Department                              29 years

     Reynoldo Rodriguez                                    Public Works Department                     31 years

     Domingo Reyes                                           Public Works Department                     25 years

 

e.  Recognizing Laredo’s Best Eighth Graders, fourteen middle school students chosen from

a group of students at 14 different campuses previously recognized during the school year.  This is a culmination of the Police Department’s Community Relations Unit program where students had to submit an essay detailing their thoughts on the “role of the police department in the community.”

 

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

 

Oscar Montemayor                                                             St. Augustine

Jackie Stout                                                                         Trautmann Middle

Jesus Garcia                                                                        Salvador Garcia Middle

Pablo Contreras                                                                  Clark Middle

Veronica Aleman                                                                 Los Obispos Middle

Jose Marcos Cruz                                                               Cigarroa Middle

 

f.  Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of City Departments for their

contribution and participation to the United Way Campaign and special recognition to Jerry Leal from the Public Access Channel, recipient of the Dr. Billy F. Cowart Award;  and Daniel E. Migura, Jr., recipient of the Ramiro Sanchez Volunteer of the Year Award.

 

Mr.  Escudero  recognized the following departments for their 100% participation in the United Way Campaign:  Legal Department, Budget, Building, Cemetery, Civic Center, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Engineering, Fleet Management, MIS, Municipal Court, Municipal Housing, Parks and Recreation, Planning, Public Access, City Secretary and the Tax Office.

 

The departments that gave between $1000 and $4,999 to United Way were Airport, Bridge, Community Development, City Manager’s Office, Administrative Services, Public Library, Public Works and Traffic.

 

 

The departments that gave between $5000 and $9,999 were Health, Police, and Utilities. 

 

The Fire Department donated $10,000 plus to the United Way.

 

Mayor Flores was presented with the Blue Iceberg Award for the donations from the City between $50,000.00 and $69,999.00.

 

Also recognized was Phyllis Colon for serving a six-year term on the board. 

 

The Ramiro Sanchez Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Dan Migura.

 

The Dr.  Billy F.  Cowart Award was awarded to Jerry Leal from the Public Access Channel.

 

g.  Mayor Flores recognized Cm.  Guerra for serving as Mayor Pro Tempore from 5/2000

     through 5/2001.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Airport Budget to recognize

additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-28-01 in the amount of $2,500,000.00 for the purpose of implementing Laredo’s FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Airport Budget to recognize additional

revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-28-01 in the amount of $2,500,000.00 for the purpose of implementing Laredo’s FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Airport Budget to recognize

additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-29-01 in the amount of $1,919,379.00 for the purpose of updating the Airport Master Plan, updating the FAR Part 150 noise study, rehabilitate taxiways, acquire land for approaches and construct a portion of service road and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  (APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION 2001-R-062 NEEDED BEFORE PUBLIC HEARING)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-29-01 in the amount of $1,919,379.00 for the purpose of updating the Airport Master Plan, updating the FAR Part 150 noise study, rehabilitate taxiways, acquire land for approaches and construct a portion of service road and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.  Public hearing providing community residents an opportunity to comment on their  

housing and community needs and the projects they wish to see funded through the 27th Action Year Community Development Block Grant ($4,485,000.00), 2001 HOME Investment Partnership Program ($1,504,000.00), and 2001 Emergency Shelter Grant ($152,000.00) in support of the preparation and submission of the 2001 Consolidated Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Abraham Rodriguez, Laredo Housing Authority Director, spoke on the issue of inadequate water and sewer in the areas of the Azteca and San Francisco Javier neighborhoods.  They are willing to help with any housing program. 

 

Jose Ceballos, from the Homeless Coalition, stated the purpose of the coalition is to look at ways to advocate for the homeless and for the agencies. He asked the Council to partner with other entities to raise funds for a Safe Haven for the homeless.  The shelter will be an entry point for homeless to gain services.      

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo 

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

4.  Public hearing amending Ordinance 2000-O-065, Section 2-3(b) of Chapter 2 of the

Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo providing for an additional charge of $1.00 for death certificates, $1.00 for death records (additional copy), and  $8.00 for birth or death records for genealogy purposes; deleting (6) Laminations and (7) Relaminations; and including (6) Plastic Covers; providing severability, publication, and effective date. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Ordinance 2000-O-065, Section 2-3(b) of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo providing for an additional charge of $1.00 for death certificates, $1.00 for death records (additional copy), and  $8.00 for birth or death records for genealogy purposes; deleting (6) Laminations and  (7) Relaminations; and including (6) Plastic Covers; providing severability, publication, and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 For:     7                                          Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm.  Ramirez

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

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

the W1/2 of Lot 2, Block 248, Western Division, located at 918 Coke St. from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the W1/2 of Lot 2, Block 248, Western Division, located at 918 Coke St. from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Nora Madrigal, property owner, asked for approval of the zone change to establish a used furniture and antique store.

 

Hugo Madrigal, property owner, also spoke in favor and stated that they have complied with the parking spaces.

 

Motion to close the public hearing override Planning and Zoning and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Ramirez

 

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

Lot 1, Block 526, Western Division, located at 2002 Santa Rita Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential 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 1, Block 526, Western Division, located at 2002 Santa Rita Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mr.  Paulin Torres, petitioner, spoke in favor of allowing the zone change for use as a

residence.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing override Planning and Zoning and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                

                 Motion to table was made and approved, setting the previous motion null and void.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                 For:     7                                          Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm.  Ramirez

 

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

Lot 7, Block 1578, Eastern Division, located at 2620 Bismark St., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block   

1578, Eastern Division, located at 2620 Bismark St., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

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

Lot 7, Block 7, Moreno Addition, located at 3420 Galveston St., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 7, Moreno Addition, located at 3420 Galveston St., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 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:  Cm.  Bruni

 

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

Lot 4, Block 1597, Eastern Division, located at 2619 Bayard St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the B-1 zone change, and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a child daycare center.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 1597, Eastern Division, located at 2619 Bayard St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business 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

 

Esther Rodriguez, property owner, requested approval of the zone change for a child day care center.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as per Planning and Zoning

recommendations as a Conditional Use Permit and add its ADA compliance provisions.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

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

rezoning 16.95 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 10852 Bob Bullock Lp., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 16.95 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 10852 Bob Bullock Lp., 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.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Harry Jewett, representing Winfield LTD, requested Council’s approval.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Guerra

 

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

rezoning Lot 1331, Block 79, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, Section V, Area “C”, located at 701 Plymouth Ln., from R-S (Residential Suburban District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential 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 1331, Block 79, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, Section V, Area “C”, located at 701 Plymouth Ln., from R-S (Residential Suburban District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing Mr.  & Mrs.  Cuellar, requested approval of a zone change from R-S to R-1.  He added that they were asking for a transition period of 3 months to 6 months only with a C. U. P., and they were willing to comply with all

C. U P. conditions.  They are asking for the transition period to allow them to move to a commercial area. 

 

Motion to table.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

12.  Public hearing amending Ordinance No. 99-O-156 authorizing the extension of a  

Conditional Use Permit for storage incidental to the transportation of used batteries on Lots 1, 2, 6, and 7, Block 12, McPherson Acres Subdivision, Unit IV, located at 802 Gale St.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the extension of this Conditional Use Permit.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Ordinance No. 99-O-156 authorizing the extension of a Conditional Use Permit for storage incidental to the transportation of used batteries on Lots 1, 2, 6, and 7, Block 12, McPherson Acres Subdivision, Unit IV, located at 802 Gale St.; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing Emilio Richer, spoke in favor of the zone change request.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce and renew for two years.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

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

rezoning Lots 1, 2, 11, and 12, Block 99, Western Division, located at 619 Farragut St., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, 11, and 12, Block 99, Western Division, located at 619 Farragut 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

 

Ana Ortegon, who works with Mr.  Anzaldua, spoke in favor of the zone change request. 

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Ramirez

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

14.  A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.  Presentation by the Webb County Appraisal District on the 2001 Residential

     Appraisals.

 

Sergio Delgado, Chief Appraiser for Webb County Appraisal District, gave a presentation on the 2001 residential appraisals.  He submitted the following information:

 

                                               2001 Submission Values

                                                       May 30, 2001

 

 

# Acct

Market Value

Total Exempt

Taxable Value

Webb County

123,066

8,038,085,300

505,877,163

6,417,065,087

Webb Road/Bridge

123,066

8,038,085,300

505,874,220

6,352,634,544

L. I. S. D.

27,975

1,988,337,543

356,453,251

1,397,138,018

Webb Cons. I. S. D.

19,292

776,569,916

6,316,880

617,891,190

United I. S. D.

74,122

5,235,848,786

141,760,165

4,021,723,659

Mirando City

1,750

41,100,538

1,072,360

20,084,790

Laredo C. C.

65,514

6,021,616,095

489,484,350

5,190,145,031

City of Laredo

65,470

6,021,827,661

489,466,750

5,069,624,834

City of Rio Bravo

1,646

44,347,535

1,184,620

41,299,113

City of El Cenizo

1,003

19,509,535

779,800

17,594,877

Webb Drainage

744

67,931,457

144,240

51,199,527

 

 

2.  Request by LULAC Council No. 7 on the Hispanic Heritage Month Festival to

     be held on October 6, 2001.

 

Joe Ramos, LULAC Council No. 7 President, stated that the LULAC Council No. 7 requested assistance from the City for the Hispanic Heritage Month Festival.  He noted that the LULAC was an aggressive force that has donated over a million dollars in scholarships to graduates. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, advised LULAC to apply for Third Party Funding.  

 

Horacio De Leon, Director of Parks and Recreation, informed Council that he would meet with LULAC to see if it is feasible for the City to accommodate them with the fencing and manpower.  He stated that he would return to council with a comprehensive report.

 

                    B.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1.  Discussion with possible action to provide transportation and funding to the

Marine Corp League on their upcoming meeting during the outcome of the June 8th district meeting.

 

Cm.  Agredano discussed the upcoming Marine Corp League. 

 

Motion that the City Council find that the Marine Corp League Convention in Laredo, Texas, promotes tourism and the Convention and Hotel Industry in Laredo; and that, therefore, a maximum revenue of $5,000 from the Municipal Occupancy Tax be used for these expenditures that may qualify as eligible categories of expenditures listed in the Texas Tax Code Section 351.101, and meet with representative to see what is refundable.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                    C.    Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1.  Discussion and possible action on establishing a water point on Highway 359 on

     our most eastern line point of water.

 

Luis Diaz De Leon, member of the Colonias Olvidadas on Hwy.  359, spoke before City Council on the issue of water accessibility for residents of the different colonias.  He mentioned that the members of this citizens group would like to see the point moved from La Pulga about 4 miles down so that people in the colonias can have easier access to water.  He brought up a separate concern affecting the colonias.  He stated that they have a garbage truck under lease being utilized by the 13 colonias.  They would like to request the City to allow them to bring garbage to the City Landfill without any charge because they have no structure to collect any fees at this point.  He stated that the vehicle is properly licensed and insured and they would like for this item to be considered by the City Council.  

 

Cm.  Bruni stated that the County provides water points for the residents of the colonias because the City is in the design stage of providing a 22 million dollar water project for the people.  He added that the City is waiting for the County to provide right-of-way acquisition in that area.  It is their obligation to provide right of way acquisition for our transmission lines and for our wastewater lines and water lines.  He assured the people of the colonias that the Council is placing their needs as a priority. 

 

Motion to take $10,000 from Cm.  Bruni’s discretionary fund and establish a water point on Hwy. 359 at a location that will meet the criteria.  He instructed staff to come back at the next City Council meeting with a comprehensive report.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.  Status report on providing water for the Colonias on Highway 359 and Mines

     Road with possible action.

 

Pablo Martinez, of the Water and Utilities Department,  noted that the cost of providing water for the Colonias on Highway 359 is $35 million dollars. 

 

Cm.  Bruni stressed that the City is on schedule with the time line that was presented to the public in reference to providing water to the Colonias.    He emphasized that the City has exercised due diligence in trying to expedite the project.   

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, noted that correspondence was sent to the County Commissioners from the Engineering Company offering to give a presentation explaining the process of the water issues.   

 

Mayor Flores encouraged staff to submit a monthly report to the County Judge and to the County Commissioners on the progress of providing water to the Colonias on Hwy 359. 

 

                   D.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on the funding level for the Fire Training Facility

     and the actual amount of funding available for the construction of the facility.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they received only one bid from Marshall Construction and the base bid together with alternatives was approximately $7.2 million.  He added that the City is in the process of trying to negotiate a change order to get the award done.

 

Carlos Mejia, Project Engineer, reported that the project is in the Pinto Valle area off of Mines Road.  The facility will be a full administrative building with classrooms and an apparatus bay for the fire department.  The training area has three different training departments. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the City has a certain amount of money and will start the project.  He added that the bids were set up in such a way that they could phase in certain projects.  He mentioned that he had contacted the Border Patrol and asked about joint use of the Driving Course.  He went on to say that he contacted NAD Bank about a $2 million grant for the City to finalize the construction.  He indicated to them that the City would be willing to train Mexican Fire Fighters as necessary to offset the cost of the money.  He also stated that he has contacted FEMA about paying for props .  Finally, he stated that he has contacted the universities about their participation in the facility. 

 

Blas Castaneda, Chief Development Officer for the Laredo Community College, stated that he has had discussion with the City Manager, and the College is very excited about what is going on in the City.  He added that the University will be formulating a degree program in fire technology.

 

                    E.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Requesting that staff review improving and/or upgrading the lighting system at

     the Villa San Luis Housing Project, with possible action.

 

Tony Garcia, from the Traffic Department, explained the City would identify the lights that belong to the City and change the lumens from 16,000 to 27,500.  He added that the complex is privately owned and he would convey the problem to the property owner.   

 

                    F.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on modifying one of the islands on Calton Rd. to

create a safe turning lane into the Westgate Subdivision.  (Co-sponsored by Cm. Joe Guerra).

 

Tony Garcia, from the Traffic Department, reported that the cost to implement a left turn lane would be $15,000.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez requested for the City to save the tree that needs to be removed.

 

Motion that both Cm.  Guerra and Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez participate in the cost of the improvement.

 

                             Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

                             Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                             For:     8                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on the property purchased from Raquel Gonzalez

     for creation of a park and establishing of a construction timeline.

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, reported that they had received approval to proceed with the park project.  He informed the Council that it would be an additional 60 to 90 days before the project begins because the project plans are only 90% complete.  

 

3.  Status report from staff as to the grocery cart problem and discussion as to staff

     developing an ordinance to address this problem.

 

Larry Dovalina, stated that City Staff would meet with the business sector and advise them that we are going to start picking up the grocery carts and will expect reimbursement of our expenses. 

 

4.  Status report from staff on the Northeast San Francisco Feasibility Study

     regarding the connection of North and South San Francisco behind HEB.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, said that he would come back to Council at the next meeting to discuss the cost estimates of construction of the bridge, right-of- way acquisition, utility relocation and the additional street construction.  He added that the City is in the process of identifying the landowners for acquiring the right-of-way. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez expressed his concern about choosing the simplest plan possible. 

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on the removal of Jefferson Street from San

Bernardo Avenue to Santa Maria Avenue (westbound) from the designated truck route.

 

Tony Garcia, from Traffic Department, recommended sending the item to the Transportation and Traffic Committee because the impact would be severe. 

                            

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding a travel policy for City elected

     officials.

                            

                             Motion to table. 

 

                             Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

                             Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                             For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   H.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding nepotism guidelines for the City of

     Laredo.

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that the guidelines are specifically within the City Charter, and the Charter is based upon state law.  The City Charter goes beyond that and says that within these degrees, this would be third degree by blood and second by marriage.  You cannot work for the City if you are related to any public official, Mayor, Council Member or City Manager.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding safety regulations required by the

Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife  at Lake Casa Blanca and what other safety procedures may be implemented by the City of Laredo to notify visitors of the Lake.  (Co-sponsored by Cm. Louis H. Bruni)  

 

Richard Geissler stated that the lake is low due to the Golf Course taking water from the lake.  He added that the County should stop draining water from the lake.

 

Mr.  Henry Leal, Game Warden for the State, stated that the State does not allow questioning of people entering into the park.  He emphasized the importance of the public using life preservers if they are going to be in the lake.    He gave a quick overview of the laws for boating and informed the Council of actions taken against violators.  He also stated that there are only two Game Wardens for Webb County. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, informed the Council that the City has no jurisdictional rights at Lake Casa Blanca, which prevents them from assisting in safety at the lake.  

 

Motion to direct staff to bring back the annexation of Lake Casa Blanca and LIFE Downs. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

15.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Laredo Independent

School District for approximately 5.75 acres located on Block No. 19 of the Laredo Airport Subdivision Plat at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for thirty (30) months commencing on June 1, 2001 and ending on October 31, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $4,383.26; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Internet Availability: //wwwci.laredo.tx.us

 

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinance 2001-O-104, 2001-O-105, 2001-O-106, 2001-O-107, 2001-O-108, 2001-O-109, 2001-O-110, 2001-O-111, 2001-O-112 and 2001-O-113.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

16.  2001-O-104  Amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 annual budget in the amount

of $20,025.00 to fund the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Public Corruption Task Force at no cost to the City.   Funds will be used to pay for overtime, travel and operational expenses beginning January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-104.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Bruni was no longer present.

 

2001-O-105  Amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 annual budget in the amount

of $637,772.00 to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force from the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City.   Funds will be used to pay for personnel salaries, travel and operational expenses beginning January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-105.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-106  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2000-

2001 annual budget in the amount of $19,443.00 for overtime expenses  that are to be reimbursed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to fund the Laredo Border Region Violent Crimes Task Force (LBRVCTF).  The Laredo Police Department will assign one Investigator and one Police Officer to the task force.  Reimbursement of overtime expenses will commence on October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-106.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

  

                   2001-O-107  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with

     Corpus Christi SMSA Limited Partnership, d/b/a Cingular Wireless, by

     its General Partner, Southwestern Bell Wireless, L.L.C. for ground space

     at the Fire Station located at 9402 Northeast Bob Bullock Loop, Laredo,

     Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in lease agreement

     to construct on such premises a 125 ft. high monopole and related

     building equipment for use with its communications business.  Term of

     the lease is ten (10) years commencing May 28, 2001 and ending May 28,

     2011 with three (3) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual

     base rent shall be $7,700.00 each year during the term of the lease and

     will be adjusted by three percent (3%) on each anniversary of the

     commencement date, providing for effective date. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-107.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

       

                   2001-O-108  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with

     Corpus Christi SMSA Limited Partnership, d/b/a Cingular Wireless, by

     its General Partner, Southwestern Bell Wireless, L.L.C. for ground space

     at the Unitec Water Tanks Compound located at 13378 South Unitec

     Drive, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and more fully described in lease

     agreement to construct on such premises a 180 ft. high self-supporting

     type tower and related building equipment for use with its

     communications business.  Term of lease is ten (10) years commencing

     May 28, 2001 and ending May 28, 2011 with three (3) successive renewal

     terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $7,700.00 each year

     during term of the lease and will be adjusted by three percent (3%) on

     each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date. 

     (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-108.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                       

                  2001-O-109  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement

     between the Airport Fund, as Lessor, and City General Fund, as Lessee,

     for approximately 23.96 acres of land located at the northwest quadrant of

     the Laredo International Airport.  The lease term is for forty (40) years

     commencing December 1, 2000 and ending on November 30, 2040. 

     Monthly rent shall be $6,958.04 and will be adjusted annually based on

     changes in the Consumer Price Index and by fair market rent appraisal at

     each ten-year anniversary.  The monthly rent obligation shall commence

     effective December 1, 2000; providing for an effective date.  (City

     Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-109.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-110  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement

between the Airport Fund, as Lessor, and City Utilities Fund, as Lessee, for approximately 3.64 acres of land located at the northwest quadrant of the Laredo International Airport.  The lease term is for forty (40) years commencing December 1, 2000 and ending on November 30, 2040.  Monthly rent shall be $1,056.82 and will be adjusted annually based on changes in the Consumer Price Index and by fair market rent appraisal at each ten-year anniversary.  The monthly rent obligation shall commence effective December 1, 2000; providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-110.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-111  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary

documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only” of a 9,006.84 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of the Laredo Street right-of-way between the West right-of-way line of Springfield Avenue and the east line of the Texas-Mexican Railway Company’s right-of-way, provided that the City of Laredo retains a 15’ wide sewer easement said tracts being described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibits “A” and “B” respectively; to Texas-Mexican Railway Company in exchange for the “Surface Only” of a tract of land containing 0.27362 of an acre (11,919.01 sq. ft.), more or less, out and part of approximately 200’ wide Texas-Mexican Railway right-of-way between Arkansas Ave. and New York Ave. being described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “C”; and providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-111.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-112  An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of a 2,487.84 sq.

ft. (16’ x 162.57’) parcel of land, more or less, out of the 500 block of Tilden Avenue between Willow and Aldama Streets, said parcel of land being encroached upon by the improvements of the abutting property being described as a 2,294 acre tract of land, more or less, part of Block 64, both situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, described in attached Exhibit “A” and authorizing the sale of the “Surface Only” of said parcel of land at the market value of $5,225.00 and  authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Victor Manuel Lujan Treviño and providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-112.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-113  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the

     Federal Transit Administration Grant No. TX90X526, in the amount of

     $3,502,309.00 for Fiscal Year 2000-2001; and amend the Transit Systems

     Operating Budget by increasing the Federal Transit Administration

     Operating Grant contribution from $2,670,601.00 to $3,502,309.00 and

     decreasing the sales tax match for operating expenses from $3,222,342.00

     to $2,390,342.00 and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City

     of Laredo Transit Fund. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-113.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

17.  2001-R-062  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit an application and to

accept an Airport Improvement Program grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the amount of $1,919,379.00 for the purpose of updating the Airport Master Plan, updating the FAR Part 150 noise study, rehabilitate taxiways, acquire land for approaches and construct a portion of service road and acknowledging the availability of the city’s local matching funds. The local match is available in the Airport Land Reimbursement Account.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-062.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

18.  2001-R-063  A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only”

of three parcels of land for the Riverfront Development Project. Said three parcels being Lots 1, 4, & 5, Block D; Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owners for the acquisition of said three parcels by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and authorizing relocation assistance payments as required by Section 210 of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended; and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire those parcels that 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 a listed owner.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-063.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0        

 

 

19.  2001-R-064  Adopting the list of capital improvement projects to be submitted to the

South Texas Development Council (STDC) for incorporation in the Overall Economic Development Program Plan (OEDP) to be provided to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) for potential funding consideration and authorizing the City Manager to submit a follow-up grant application as may be directed by EDA and to execute any and all related documents.  Projects named include:

 

1.  El Portal Riverfront Development Project

 

2.  Extension of Bartlett Project (Gale to Del Mar)

 

3.  Fenwick Extension Project (McPherson to Loop 20).

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-064.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

20.  2001-R-065  Authorizing the City Manager to submit FY2001 Transportation

Enhancement Program nomination forms to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in support of (1) the construction of El Portal Riverfront Bikeway/ Pedestrian Facility,  (2) the Rehabilitation and Conversion of the Benavides Herrera Home to a Transportation Museum, and (3) the Laredo Community College Second Campus Pedestrian Facilities Project; and further authorizing the City Manager to execute any and all documents pertaining to and/or resulting from these submissions.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-065.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XII.     MOTIONS

 

21.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with Judith

Zaffirini, PhD d/b/a Zaffirini Communications for an amount of $15,000 to develop a draft revision of the City Charter and materials, incorporating proposed amendments recommended in the 1999 and 2001 Procedures Manuals and to include the development of a travel policy for elected officials.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                        Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                     Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

 

22.  Consideration to authorize the exercise of an option to extend the current contract for

an additional one year term with De La Rue Cash Systems Inc., Milwaukee, WI., in the annual amount of $21,635.66, for a maintenance agreement for the Bridge System's cash settlement system and the currency and coin counters.  Funding for this maintenance agreement has been allocated in the Bridge Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-093, to the lowest bidder meeting

specification, Turf & Irrigation Hardware, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $42,570.00, for the purchase of three riding mowers.  These will be assigned to the Parks and Recreation Department. Delivery of these mowers is anticipated within thirty days. Funds are available from the FY2000-2001 Public Property Financial Contractual Obligation proceeds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-112, to the SOLE BIDDER, American

Sterilizer Co., Erie, PA., in the amount of $26,462.00, for the purchase and installation of a replacement laboratory sterilizer for the Health Department.  Funding is available in the Health Department budget. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Consideration to award contract FY01-116, to the sole bidder, Atlas Enterprises, Fort

Worth, Texas, in the amount of $20,000 for the purpose of a pyrotechnic show immediately following a regularly scheduled Tecolotes baseball game on July 4, 2001 at Veterans Field.  Funding is available in the Mayor's Promotional Budget and the Convention and Visitor's Bureau Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

    

26.  Consideration for acceptance of the Street Paving Assessment Project No. 61-B (9

Blocks) constructed by in-house forces (Public Works Department and Utilities Department). Final contract amount is $262,485.00. Funding is available in the Waterworks 94 Bond, Sewer 94 Bond and Community Development 23rd Action Year.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration for approval of the project plaque and acceptance of the Police

Substation located at Santa Maria Ave. and Ortiz Street constructed by in-house forces (Public Works Department and Utilities Department).  Funding is available in the Community Development 25th Action Year Budget-Farias Police Station.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Crane Engineering

Corporation, Laredo, Texas, for the Santa Rita Park Improvements and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Community Development 25th Action Year Budget-Santa Rita Park (Phase I).

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Harry Jewett Associates,

Laredo, Texas, for the Inner City Park and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2000 CO Issue -InnerCity Park.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement (as described

on attached Exhibit “A”) with Maria Del Rosario Hernandez, whereby Ms. Hernandez grants the City of Laredo right of entry to her property to make improvements on Lots 4 & 5, Block 2173 E. D, encompassing the banks of the Chacon Creek in order to reduce slum and blight in the area.  The City of Laredo would further agree to indemnify Ms. Hernandez from any and all liability as a result of this action.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award a contract to South Plains

Contracting of Adkins, Texas, for $56,500 for the demolition project of the abandoned Del Mar Water Treatment Plant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to approve an award of an engineering contract to Foster Engineering

Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $105,675.00 for professional surveying services for drainage easements and for design and preparation of plans and specifications of a drainage structure at Gale Street for the Upper Zacate Creek Drainage Project Phase I.  Funding is available in the 98 CO Issue – Zacate Creek U.R. Pilot.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

                       

33.  Staff report regarding the cost for installing streetlights on Calton Road by the Laredo

       Public Library.

 

       Motion to table.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Presentation on study results regarding a request to consider designating the 600 Block

       of Hidalgo St. as a “No Parking” zone   with staff recommendation.

 

Tony Garcia, Traffic Department, gave a presentation on the staff recommendations for designating the 600 Block of Hidalgo Street as no parking zone.  He recommended the installation of seven new parking signs in that area. 

 

35.  Update report on the status of the Colonias Project.

 

       This item was discussed with item C (1).

 

36.  Status report on the monthly activities conducted by the Parks Task Force consisting of

the Laredo Police Department, Parks and Recreation Department and the Code Enforcement Division.

 

Horacio De Leon, Director of Parks and Recreation, reported that Parks and Recreation, the Laredo Police Department, and the Code Enforcement Division have been working very diligently in trying to deter vandalism in the parks.  He stated that the Laredo Police Department has provided two full time police officers  to work at the Parks division.  Finally, he stated that they are conducting a feasibility study on video surveillance, and they will come back to the Council with a comprehensive report.

 

Chief Granados added that they have assigned the School Resource Officers to patrol the parks during the summer hours.

 

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:  11:00 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 through 27 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on the 4th day of June, 2001.

 

 

                                                                                    _____________________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary