CITY OF LAREDO

                                              CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                            M2001-R-15

                                             CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                 LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                          JUNE 18, 2001

                                                               5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present, Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores called the meeting to order.

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In Attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                     Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                        Council Member, District I

            Louis H.  Bruni,                                                            Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                              Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                             Council Member, District IV

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                                                         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

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of April 23, 2001 and May 7, 2001.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

            Mayor Flores read a letter that appeared in the Laredo Morning Times written by Rosalinda Perez:

 

            “A couple of weeks ago, my truck received a hole from a ricocheting bullet.  Some unknown subjects cruising Bartlett decided to show their machismo and shoot at each other without regard for innocent bystanders or the surrounding homes.  My parked vehicle received a huge bullet hole to the front passenger door.  Fortunately it was the truck and not a person.  My husband and I felt the inconveniences this was causing my family – making a police report, insurance claim, calling an adjuster, etc.  Not to mention getting all kinds of weird stares from other motorists when they saw us driving a truck that looked like it came out straight out of a Godfather movie.  However, I am writing to thank our garbage collector for brightening my moods and teaching me how to see life with a new perspective.  My children and I got to witness how this man picked up six very heavy garbage cans filled to capacity and painstakingly loaded them unto the truck.  While waiting for the garbage to get compressed, he backed away from the truck and started dancing in the middle of the street.  A big smile on his face and didn’t seem to mind his smelly, back-breaking job.  I, on the other hand, was dreading the many places I had to visit to have my truck fixed.  I want to thank my garbage collector for teaching me that no matter how hard your day is going, it is the attitude that you take that counts.  To the dancing, happy-go-lucky garbage collector on Montgomery St., whoever you are, I say thank you.”

 

            Cm. Bruni submitted the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association Report to City Council for Flights 23, 24, and 25 conducted on June 14, 2001; Flight 26 conducted on June 15; and Flight 27 conducted on June 16, 2001.  The complete reports are available at the City Secretary’s Office for review.

 

            Cm. Galo mentioned he had received a petition, some photographs, and letters from the student body at Daiches Elementary regarding a pond problem on campus.  He thanked the teachers for engaging their students in this project.

 

            Mayor Flores asked for a moment of silence for Mr. Joe Azios and Mr. Alfonso Lozano who passed away this week. 

 

            Mayor Flores expressed her appreciation to the Catholic War Veterans group for organizing the Flag Day Ceremony held on June 14, 2001.  She wants to make next year’s event an even larger ceremony with more attendance to actively involve the community.

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Invitations

 

None.

 

Recognitions

 

A.  Recognition of International Bank of Commerce 2001 recipient of the  

      Governor's Award for Volunteerism.

 

Mayor Flores presented the Seven Flags Certificate of Recognition to IBC President Dennis Nixon and bank employee Ramiro Martinez for their acts of volunteerism and outstanding work done on behalf of the community.

 

Communiqués

 

A.  Presentation on the State of Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation's

issuance of the State of Texas Architectural Barriers Certificate of Substantial Compliance for the Passenger Airport Terminal at the Laredo International Airport.

 

Jose Flores, Airport Director, reported that this certificate confirms that the airport terminal meets or exceeds the new construction and alteration requirements under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

B.  Presentation on "Summer Arts Splash 2001" by the Laredo Public Library and

     the Laredo Center for the Arts.

 

      Martha Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Center for the Arts, stated that the 4th session of the children’s summer art classes are scheduled for this summer.  She mentioned that the Laredo Public Library has been an important force in this collaboration by assisting in purchasing for the supplies and providing use of the Multi-Purpose Room at the Public Library.  The children will be doing painting, sculpture, etc. and will spend quality time at the library. 

 

      Janice Weber, Library Director, mentioned that she is pleased to collaborate with the Laredo Center for the Arts.  She stated that the art supplies being provided would be paid for through the Canseco Interest funds.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

A.  Appointment by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr. of Jose A. Valdez to the Vehicles

for Hire Ad Hoc Committee and Deborah L. Gonzalez - Montemayor to the Library Advisory Committee.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:  8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing accepting a bequest by Sam H. Sullivan (deceased) and amending the

City of Laredo FY2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount of $26,408.46, providing for effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Accepting a bequest by Sam H. Sullivan (deceased) and amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount of $26,408.46, providing for 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:  Mayor Pro Tempore E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:      8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2000-2001 annual budget in

the amount of $63,600.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  Funding is available from the opening balance of the Narcotics Task Force Fund (224) and will be used to pay overtime and benefits for the period of March 1, 2001 through May 31, 2001.  The Governor's Office, Criminal Justice Division approved this adjustment on May 29, 2001.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $63,600.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  Funding is available from the opening balance of the Narcotics Task Force Fund (224) and will be used to pay overtime and benefits for the period of March 1, 2001 through May 31, 2001.  The Governor's Office, Criminal Justice Division approved this adjustment on May 29, 2001.

 

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. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of

$1,333,870.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $998,115.00, the City of Laredo will designate $299,769.00, the Webb County Constable's Office will designate $32,550.00 and the remaining $3,436.00 will be designated out of opening fund balance.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, fringe benefits, direct operating expenses, and equipment from June 1, 2001 through May 31, 2002.  (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-067 before the Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo's 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $1,333,870.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $998,115.00, the City of Laredo will designate $299,769.00, the Webb County Constable's Office will designate $32,550.00 and the remaining $3,436.00 will be designated out of opening fund balance.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, fringe benefits, direct operating expenses, and equipment from June 1, 2001 through May 31, 2002.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 31, Utilities,

Section 31-16, Definitions, by adding "Illegal Connection", Section 31-133 by adding paragraph (e) to establish a connection fee of $500.00 (Five Hundred dollars) for any person attempting to establish an account for a property after an illegal connection has been discovered and removed by the City at that same location; and paragraph (f) written notification to City of an illegal connection; providing for an effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 31, Utilities, Section 31-16, Definitions, by adding "Illegal Connection", Section 31-133 by adding paragraph (e) to establish a connection fee of $500.00 (Five Hundred dollars) for any person attempting to establish an account for a property after an illegal connection has been discovered and removed by the City at that same location; and paragraph (f) written notification to City of an illegal connection; providing for an 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.

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. inquired whether the person who is found to be in violation turns around and sells the property where the illegal tap is found, would the new owner residing on that property be fined. 

 

Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, made the presentation before City Council.  He stated that the ordinance proposes that the property be designated as ineligible for service for actions of the resident acquiring water without establishing an account.  He explained that they have come across certain situations where individuals have had their meters removed and they do some creative plumbing establishing a direct connection from the system.  They have no way of establishing who is the individual responsible.  His department disconnects these illegal taps immediately upon detection.  He stated that the customer is required to pay a reconnection fee of $500.00 to re-establish service. 

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that the ordinance does not allow for imposing of a fine against that individual, it is a fee that would be charged to the individual wishing to re-establish service at the particular location.  It would not be applied to the incoming individual who would now be residing at that location.  He stated that the incoming individual did not set up the illegal tap and, therefore, would not be charged the $500.00.

 

Cm. Galo mentioned that the question was not properly addressed.  He wanted clarification regarding responsibility for payment of the reconnection fee.  He also inquired as to how the department would know whether the new resident was a tenant renting the property or a new property owner.  He wanted to know whether the department was going to check the tax records to determine who is the legal owner.

 

Mr. Roman stated that the department does have access to property tax records and the Tax Appraisal District’s database. 

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. inquired whether the department could apply the same tactic for owner compliance that the City applies toward the owners of empty lots that are vacant for years.  He mentioned that the City is forced to clean these neglected lots and a lien is then attached to the property whenever it goes up for sale. 

 

Mr. Roman reported that there is a companion piece to the proposed would require a heavy public relations effort.  He would like to encourage the landlords to do the check on their respective tenants for compliance of ordinance requirements.

 

Cm. Agredano inquired as to the longest span of time between the time that a resident  might have an illegal connection and the time that service is terminated.

 

Mr. Roman reported that the normal time frame is one month, but there are special circumstances in which the crews cannot locate the meter and these individuals, therefore, have free service for several months until an audit is conducted. 

 

Cm. Guerra inquired as to how many illegal connections we have throughout the city.

 

Mr. Roman stated that he did not have a total number, but the department finds between three to ten violators per month.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  Public hearing amending the FY 2000-2001 Annual Budget by transferring $8,000.00

from General Fund to the Veterans Field Fund and appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $8,000.00 in the Veterans Field Fund to fund an amendment to Section 3, Sub-Section A, Item IV of the contract between the City of Laredo and Grupo Vision Empresarial, Nuevo Laredo, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican corporation operating the Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos of the professional "Triple-A" Mexican Baseball League, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the FY 2000-2001 Annual Budget by transferring $8,000.00 from General Fund to the Veterans Field Fund and appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $8,000.00 in the Veterans Field Fund to fund an amendment to Section 3, Sub-Section A, Item IV of the contract between the City of Laredo and Grupo Vision Empresarial, Nuevo Laredo, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican corporation operating the Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos of the professional "Triple-A" Mexican Baseball League, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:      8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

6.  A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

 

1.  Presentation on the new Audix Voice Messaging System at City Hall and the

     training plan for City Staff for this new system.

 

     Robert Eads, Customer Service Coordinator, reported that City Hall has set up this system to improve on customer service issues and quicker response time to the  constituents’ concerns.  He stated that the messaging system is a PC-based server connected to the City Hall’s phone system.  The system was installed in April of this year and the end users received 30-minute training sessions at that time.  The instruction offered provided the users with training on how to activate the phone system, how to retrieve messages, etc. 

 

     Mayor Flores invites the public to assist City staff with suggestions on how to improve the messaging system to meet their needs.

           

                 B.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1.  Status report on the proposed Hwy. 359 waterpoint, with possible action.  (Also

     included as a Staff Report)

 

     Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated that the department has made contact with the landowners of the property directly across from the landfill.  The owners have agreed to set up a waterpoint at the location provided that the department can ensure the operation will not be impeded by technical issues.  He believes that the City will have a successful site at the location.   He mentioned that the necessary equipment has been ordered and the staff has a conceptual design available so that as soon as they have the consent to enter the property in question, his department will be able to get to it.

 

     Cm. Bruni inquired as to the terms of the lease for the landowners. 

 

     Mr. Roman stated that he does not have the details yet, but as soon as the colonias obtain water in 2003, the City will not need it any longer and the City would be able to clear the land. 

 

     Cm. Bruni inquired whether the department would consider setting up two lines for trucks to pull up and have two vehicles load up at the same time.

 

     Mr. Roman stated that generally the space required to accommodate two vehicles would be approximately 100 feet.  The amount of space that the department can currently make use of is approximately 75 feet to 100 feet lengthwise, but he will look into this suggestion.  He also stated that the department would require two to three weeks of work to get the site ready.  He mentioned that if the City decides to set up a second loading point, the department would order the necessary materials.

 

     Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. inquired whether commercial trucks would be allowed to use this waterpoint.

 

     Mr. Roman stated that the facility is accessible to anyone with quarters who can operate the machines.

 

     Cm. Bruni mentioned that this posed a problem because there was an eighteen-wheeler on one occasion that was clogging up the entire facility.

 

     Mayor Flores stated that she wants to be assured that they work with TxDOT to avoid creating hazards for those individuals driving in with their tanks.  She also stated that they should post signs that read “For Personal Use Only” being that the water is not for commercial use.

 

     Mr. Roman agreed to have some signs posted at the site and possibly add some height restrictions as well.

 

     Cm. Guerra inquired about the water point that was set up at the intersection of Hwy. 359 and Loop 20. 

 

     Mr. Roman mentioned that there was a water point at Loop 20 being privately operated. 

 

     Cm. Galo inquired as to the cost for the water.

 

     Mr. Roman stated that the customers could purchase 150 gallons for 25 cents.

 

     Cm. Galo inquired what are the rates on commercial meters for trucks.

 

     Mr. Roman stated that the minimum is $200.00 per month for 125,000 gallons.

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on revisiting the Police precinct lines and the

Council District boundary lines as a result of the proposed redistricting with the intent to have the officers assigned at the Police Substations to cover all parks within that same Council District.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez, Jr. mentioned that there are some new COPS substations around the city and he would like to have the coverage area for the substation under District V moved further south. 

 

Police Chief Agustin Dovalina reported that they have several police precincts that overlap some of the council districts.  He stated that his department would be looking into the existing boundaries and conducting a new study on crime statistics to try to reconfigure the precinct boundaries.  He mentioned he would welcome the opportunity to sit down and work on this task together with the City Manager and the Mayor Pro Tempore.

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding trash pick up along the Union Pacific

     Railroad Line in District VII.

 

     Cm. Valdez, Jr. mentioned that he had brought up this concern with Community Development.

 

     Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, reported that Code Enforcement officers have been working with Union Pacific Railroad.  He stated that the railroad company has begun the cleanup process.  He mentioned that the company was taken to court in April of this year at which time the court fined the company $2,000.00 and, shortly after that, their staff started working with the City’s Code Enforcement staff.  The railroad company began cleanup on the southernmost part of their line and they are now cleaning northbound.  The Code Enforcement staff has seen good progress from the company’s end in its cleanup efforts.  Mr. Villarreal stated that he has also been in communication with the company’s attorney, Bob Burns, and they have discussed working in close coordination with Ned Ruiz and Carlos Mata to address any future concerns.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action to add a basketball court with benches to the

     Canizales Park. 

 

     Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that this item is included in the department’s Capital Improvement Program and is an item being recommended for the Community Development’s Block Grant funds. 

    

3.  Discussion with possible action of having a summer youth program in the Mines

     Road Area.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that when this project was in the planning stages, the department worked to have a fair distribution of sites throughout the City.  He stated that the department relies on the recreational centers to provide these sites and it also relies on the school districts to provide additional sites throughout the City.  Both United Independent School District and Laredo Independent School District were contacted and the department depends on the sites available.  United Independent School District had some schools under construction in the Mines Road area, and that is why the site was not available.  Since then, he has been in contact with Roberto Santos from the school district and he has sent a letter to Dr. Jerry Barber, Superintendent, to see if they would reconsider making a site available on the Mines Road. 

 

                E.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on the relocation of Police Substation No. 5

(HEB) and the former Police Substation at the Civic Center to Bridge No. 1 and the feasibility of supplying pylons to police officers to help control traffic.

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that he would like to have police officers equipped with pylons in order to allow them to control traffic more effectively.

 

Police Chief Agustin Dovalina mentioned that the pylons are useful items for the officers to have and would consider purchasing some with funds available in the new budget. 

 

On the relocation of Substation No. 5 (HEB), Police Chief Dovalina stated that he had provided a staff report to City Council back in April and submitted his recommendation in relocating the substation over to the bridge area.  He reported that the department has looked at the building being considered and the facility would be inadequate to house 9 to 12 officers.   Chief Dovalina mentioned that he would like to recommend an alternative site for the substation.  He proposed looking at the weigh station as a viable alternative. 

Motion to go ahead and open a new police substation at Bridge #1 and to instruct staff to submit a cost plan.   

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Second:  Cm. Guerra

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on the garbage charge for those who do not use

     the whole building as a business.

 

     Jaime Flores, City Attorney, reported that the ordinance language is very clear and there is no rate adjustment allowable for temporary non-use. 

 

     Joe Guerra, Public Works Director, reported that the merchants sometimes do not place the garbage outside the business ready for pickup.  He stated that it also depends on the type of trash that the business owners have collected.   

     

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

     Laredo.

 

      Motion to table.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

      Second:  Cm. Guerra

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

4.  Discussion with possible action regarding the creation of a water park for the

     City of Laredo.

 

      Horacio De Leon reported that he has been able to trace back the challenge over the creation of a water park.  He mentioned that Erasmo Villarreal, Community Director, had worked back in 1993 with a local prospect that was interested in building a water park.  The challenge facing the City is to be able to make it economically feasible.  He stated that the typical entry fee for these parks is between $13.00 to $20.00.  He mentioned that a feasibility study would show that it takes approximately 200 to 300 people on a daily basis to make it operate at a profit.  Having the guarantee of 200 to 300 people at a water park on a daily basis poses a challenge.  He suggested inviting a partner from the private sector to make the investment in order to remove the risk from the City.  He reported that in 1999, the Parks and Recreation staff had done a cost estimate on a smaller scale water park and the costs for that park were $1,000,000.00.

 

      Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez, Jr. inquired as to how aggressive is the incentive package being offered by the City in order to attract a partner from the private sector. 

 

      City Manager Larry Dovalina stated that the City could attempt to contact some private investors and look at the particulars behind the water park in Edinburg, Texas, and learn from that experience.

 

Motion to instruct staff to provide an in-house feasibility study for the creation of a water park.

 

                              Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                              Second:  Cm. Guerra

                              For:     8                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                             

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

7.  An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of the 2900 block of South

Buena Vista Avenue between Norton and the East right-of-way line of U. S. Highway 83, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

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

 

Motion to waive the final readings of ordinance 2001-O-115, 2001-O-116, 2001-O-117, 2001-O-118, 2001-O-119, 2001-O-120, 2001-O-121, 2001-O-122, 2001-O-123 and 2001-O-124.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

8.  2001-O-115  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. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-115.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:  8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-116  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-116.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:  8                                   Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

           

 2001-O-117  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-117

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

 2001-O-118  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.  (Council Member

   Juan Ramirez)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-118.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

 2001-O-119  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.  (Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-119.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-120  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.  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-120.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-121  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

authorizing the issuance of Conditional Use Permit for a child daycare  center on Lot 4, Block 1597, Located at 2619 Bayard St.; providing for publication and effective date. (As Amended)  (Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

        

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-121.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-122  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.  (Council Member Joe A. Guerra)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-122.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-123  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.  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-123.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-124  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.  (Council Member Juan Ramirez)

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-124.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

             

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

9.  2001-R-066  The City Council of the City of Laredo authorizes approval of the issuance

of Revenue Bonds by the Health and Educational Facilities Authority of the State of Missouri to provide funds to finance Health Care Facilities located in the City of Laredo operated by Mercy Health System of Texas, Inc., an affiliate of Sisters of Mercy Health System, St. Louis, Inc.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-066.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Galo

 Second:  Cm. Agredano

 For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

10.  2001-R-067  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the

Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $998,115.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $998,115.00 and the City of Laredo and the Webb County Constable's Office will designate the remaining $335,755.00 for a total of $1,333,870.00.  The City of Laredo will designate $299,769.00, the Webb County Constable's Office will designate $32,550.00, and the remaining $3,436.00 will be designated from the opening fund balance.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, direct operating expenses, and the purchase of equipment from June 1, 2001 through May 31, 2002.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-067.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Galo

 Second:  Cm. Agredano

 For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

11.  2001-R-070  A resolution authorizing and approving the creation of the Laredo Water

Corporation; approving the articles of incorporation and bylaws thereof; and confirming the appointment of initial Directors.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-070.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Galo

 Second:  Cm. Agredano

 For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

12.  2001-R-071  A resolution accepting the donation of a 1,968.72 sq. ft., more or less,

Drainage Easement from the Iglesia Metodista Libre, for the South Seymour Drainage Project.  Said 1,968.72 sq. ft. Drainage Easement being out of Lots 7 &8, Block 806, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A".

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-071.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Galo

 Second:  Cm. Agredano

 For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

13.  Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be

adjusted for the month of May 2001, which represents an increase in levy is $2,577.39.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

14.  Consideration to refund property tax to the following taxpayers and companies:

 

a.  A refund in the amount of $797.01 payable to Reynaldo Gutierrez, Jr. due to a

     change of value by the Webb County Appraisal District.

 

b.  A refund in the amount of $2,475.86 payable to First American Real Estate Tax

     Service, account paid in error.

 

c.  A refund in the amount of $823.50 payable to First American Real Estate Tax

     Service, account paid in error.

 

d.  A refund in the amount of $863.67 payable to First American Real Estate Tax

     Service, account paid in error.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

15.  Consideration to rescind the authorization granted to purchase one, full size utility

vehicle from Padre Ford, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $28,401.00, and authorizing the purchase of one, full size Suburban from Brown Chevrolet, Devine, Texas in the amount of $30,100.00.  The bid from Padre Ford was for the smaller Expedition model and not the Excursion model being requested.  The City is now requesting authorization to purchase this vehicle from the FY01-105 contract pricing submitted by Brown Chevrolet    Delivery is expected within ninety days.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

16.  Consideration to rescind contract FY01-105 awarded to Sames Motor Co., Laredo,

Texas, in the amount of $212,600.00, for the purchase of ten vehicles, and authorizing the purchase of six additional vehicles in the amount of $140,292.00 from Paul Young Co., Laredo, Texas, and four additional vehicles in the amount of $74,380.00 from Brown Chevrolet, Devine, Texas.  These vehicles will be purchased for the Police Department and include General Motors and Chrysler models.  Sames Motor Co. recently informed the City that they could not deliver the vehicles as per the bid submitted.  The Ford factory is no longer accepting orders for the 2001 models. The Police Department has selected other General Motors and Chrysler models in lieu of the Ford vehicles.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

17.  Consideration to award annual supply contracts (FY01-108) to the LOW BIDDERS

MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Firestone Store, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $58,423.18 and Tire Factory Outlet, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of  $150,755.00 to supply tires and tubes for all City vehicles.  With the closing of our contract vendor, Goodyear Auto Service, Laredo, Texas, new bids where solicited for the tires under contract.  All tires are purchased on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  Consideration to award contract FY01-109, to Avaya Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the

amount of $36,407.00, for the purchase and installation of a voice mail system for the Police Department.  This system will service all personnel stationed at the Police Station and all substations.   Funding for the purchase of this system is available in the Police Trust Fund. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

19.  Consideration award contract number FY01-114, to the LOWEST BIDDER

MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Cascade Engineering, Grand Rapids, MI., in the amount of $136,850.00, for the purchase of 3,400 roll out waste containers for the Public Works Department. These containers are designed to be mechanically lifted onto the sanitation trucks.   Funding for these items is budgeted in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  Consideration to amend Section 2.8 of the contract dated October 23, 2000 between the

Laredo Veteran's Coalition and the City of Laredo for Fiscal Year 2000-2001; to allow the City of Laredo access to the applicant files; to require the social security number of the applicant only and to require certification of applicant's eligibility as part of the monthly report. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with Mike Personett

and Associates for an amount not to exceed $30,000.00 to pursue the development of innovative water rights acquisition alternatives.  Mr. Personett has previously conducted a study for the City identifying possible opportunities. This contract will be focused in targeting those opportunities with the greatest potential for the City.  Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund.

 

Motion to revisit this item in September.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Guerra

For:     6                                        Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Galo

                                                                        Mayor Pro Tem E. Valdez, Jr.

 

22.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $29,967.00 for the `

balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the San Isidro and Highland Booster Stations Project and approval of the final payment in the amount of $44,760.70 to Lambda Construction Co., New Braunfels, Texas.  Final contract amount is $895,214.00.  Funding is available in the Waterworks Issue - 2000 Certificates of Obligation.

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

23.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 5 a decrease of $23,402.50 for the

balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the South Laredo Interceptor Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $95,104.36 to Pate & Pate Enterprises, Inc., The Woodlands, Texas.  Final contract amount is $9,510,435.62.  Funding is available in the 1998-A Bond Issue Chacon Interceptor.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 2, a decrease of $23,726.00 for the

deletion of J-14 Walkway at Gate 1 Passenger Loading Bridge and deletion of Maintenance Contract from Construction Contract, acceptance of the Passenger Loading Bridges Package for the New Airport Passenger Terminal and approval of final payment in the amount of $94,753.00 to FMC Corporation Jetway Systems, Ogden, Utah.  Final contract amount is $1,618,838.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff, Austin,

Texas, for the Environmental Assessment for the City of Laredo International Bridge No. 5 and Border Facilities and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Bridge - Fifth Bridge Purchased Professional Services.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration for acceptance of the Railroad Overpass with Retaining Walls and

Approach Road to Unitec Industrial Center Phase 7, EDA Project No. 08-01-03264; approval to retain $20,000.00 for the completion of pending punch list items and approval to release partial retainage in the amount of $35,499.76 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas.  Final contract amount is $941,275.15.  Funding is available in the EDA - Unitec Overpass Improvements Other Than Buildings.

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the SOLE BIDDER Marshall

Company, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the base bid amount of $7,193,598.04 for the Fire Fighting Training Facility and approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $2,031,938.22 for street and storm sewer system, ARRF, waste water treatment plant, emergency vehicle operative course and four sheds and benches for net award of $5,161,659.82.  Funding is available in the Fire Training Facility Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 15 an increase of $3,142.00 for

repairs to fence gates at bridge entrance, and for reinstallation of glass windows at City Toll Booth Doors; acceptance of the World Trade Bridge Border Facilities Project; approval to retain $50,000.00 for the completion of pending punch list items; and approval to release partial retainage in the amount of $342,078.08 to MW Builders, Inc., Temple, Texas.  Current construction contract amount is $31,560,585.13.  Funding is available in the Bridge System - Taxable Bond - Improvements Other Than Buildings - SIB Loan.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to award an engineering contract to Rosin Group, Inc., Laredo, Texas,

for an amount not to exceed $135,700.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Centro Iturbide Project EDA Project No. 80-01-03534 which includes improvements along Iturbide Street from Flores to Juarez Avenues, a three block area.  Funding is available through CDBG and EDA Grants.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration for acceptance of the Bridge Toll System Upgrade project and approval

 of final payment in the amount of $841,625.67 to Transcore.  Final contract amount is $9,172,946.00. Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration to amend the contract between the City of Laredo and Grupo Vision

Empresarial, Nuevo Laredo, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican corporation operating the Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos of the professional "Triple-A" Mexican Baseball League from the current amount of $128,000.00 to a minimum of $138,000.00 and a maximum of $150,000.00 as a result of increased fees for bridge crossings charged by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.  Funding is available in the Veterans Field Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to terminate the existing contract with

       Texas Department of Transportation for maintenance of traffic signals on IH35.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

amount of $2,266,908.00 from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office for the funding of the COPS In Schools program. The Funding will be used to hire fourteen (14) new police officers to work as school resource officers for the Laredo Independent School District. The total grant award for this program from the U.S. Department of Justice is $1,750,000.00 (77%) with the City designating $516,908.00 in matching funds. This is a three-year grant that requires the City to fully fund the program for at least one additional budget cycle after federal funding has ended.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

34.  Consideration to approve a request from the Department of the Treasury U. S. Customs

Service to photograph and engrave the Friendship Campfire scene located at the Laredo International Airport on a medallion commemorating the opening of the new federal office building located at 109 Shiloh Drive.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration of confirmation of the City Manager's appointee to the position of Fire

Chief for the City of Laredo pursuant to Texas Local Government Code, Section 143.013 (a)(1).

 

City Manager Larry Dovalina announced his appointment of Luis Sosa, Jr. as the new Fire Chief.

 

Motion to confirm the appointment of Luis Sosa, Jr. as Fire Chief for the City of Laredo.

 

Moved:  Cm. Guerra

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

           

36.  Report on the establishment of a water point on Highway 359 in the eastern most part

       of the existing 16" water line, with possible action.

 

                    This item was combined with the Item 6(B) status report.

                   

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.

 

 

 

 

 

City of Laredo

M2001-S-15

Supplemental Agenda

 

I.          MOTIONS

 

1.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with Competitive

Government Strategies in the amount of $40,000.00 for Phase II of the Utilities Department privatization to present an evaluation matrix, conduct site tours and reference checks, and resolve internal City issues.  Funding is available in water and sewer reserves.

 

Motion to table this item for next week’s council meeting.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XV.      ADJOURNMENT

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

            For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

 

 

                                                                                    _______________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,

                                                                                    City Secretary