CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2001-R-19

PLANNING AND ZONING MEETING

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JULY 23, 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

            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

            Larry Dovalina,                                                             City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                           Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Cm.  Galo.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of June 18, 2001 and June 19, 2001.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Cm.  Amaya stated that he would be hosting the District IV Student Scholarship Recipient Dinner on Wednesday, July 24, 2001.  

 

Mayor Pro Tempore E. Valdez, Jr. thanked the Parks and Recreation Department, City Manager’s Office and the Police Department for their success in creating a safe haven for our youth at city parks.

 

Cm.  Ramirez submitted a petition in favor of the water park.

 

Invitations

 

None.

 

Recognitions

 

A.  Recognition of the Laredo National Guard Soldiers leaving for Bosnia.

 

The Mayor read excerpts from the following article in the Laredo Morning Times written by Inv.  Luis (T. J.)  Tinajero, Sr.:

 

“There are many honorable aspects involved with serving your community as a civil servant.  And there are also many honorable aspects involved with serving your country as a member of the Texas Army National Guard. 

 

Combine both sets of attributes and you have a very special and unique group of individuals with a rare sense of selfless service to the common man.

 

The sacrifices and hard work required to fall under this elite group of citizen soldier demand administration and respect for not only the individual, but also for the families who also sacrifice their time away from their loved ones.

 

As you read this article in your nice air-conditioned room I humbly ask you to think of several things.  Think of trying to find a shaded area, of trying to keep from dehydrating, and of trying to write this week’s article in 123 degrees temperature in the Mojave Desert, California in the United States Army National Training Center. 

 

Want to trade?  I didn’t think so.  This training ground is the premier military training site in the world and the 449th Chemical Company from Laredo is currently training for the modern battlefield as part of a Louisiana State Separate Infantry Brigade.

 

The Laredo contingency of elite citizen soldiers will be here for a little over three weeks, which believe you me, it feels like years.  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to member of the Laredo and Webb County community who are presently serving their country and the agencies through which they will serve their fellow man.

 

From the Webb County Sheriff’s Office: SGT Lyndon Atwell and SPC Miguel A. Gallegos;  from the U. S. Border Patrol: SPC Thomas Diaz De Leon III, SFC Salvador Garza and SFC Lisandro Moreno Jr.; representing the U. S. Customs is SSG Jose Casas, SFC Rene Reyes, and SFC Ezequiel Rodriquez; from LaSalle County we have SSG Joseph Canales and from USDA, SGT Sylvia Rodriguez.

 

Also joining us in the fun are SPC Jaime Tovar and SGT Juan Lara.  And last but certainly not least, your cops representing Laredo PD are SPC Ernesto Chavez, SSG Jose Cueva, SGT Jose P. Ugarte, and yours truly as the company commander.

 

The aforementioned individuals proudly serve both Laredo and the United States regardless of how dangerous, uncomfortable or challenging the task or mission may be.  From the extremely hot, dusty and unforgiving sands of the Mojave Desert in California they send their regards and anxiously await the orders to re-deploy back home, primarily to continue serving you, but also to be able to take a shower, eat real food, and just stand in front of an air-condition in their birthday suites.” 

 

Mayor Flores and City Council presented Seven Flags Certificates to the following National Guard Soldiers:

 

Platoon Leader                                                       Philip A. Kost

Squad Leader                                                         Luis R. DeLeon

Automatic Rifleman                                                 Juan Barragan

Automatic Rifleman                                                 Richard Martinez

Platoon Sergeant                                                    George Martinez

Team Leader                                                          Victor Lopez

Automatic Rifleman                                                 Roberto Lara

Automatic Rifleman                                                 Luis Morales

Squad Leader                                                         Luis R. Morales

Team Leader                                                          Jesus Marchan

Automatic Rifelman                                                 Fitzgerald Lozano Gomez

Automatic Rifleman                                                 Gilbert Gonzalez Barrientos

 

B.  The Mayor recognized an Italian T. V. Crew that was attending the City Council

      meeting. 

 

Communiqués

 

            None.

 

 VI.      APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

Lots 5 and 6, Block 2026, Eastern Division, located at 3220 Ligarde St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change, but recommended approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a child daycare center.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by Lots 5 and 6, Block

2026, Eastern Division, located at 3220 Ligarde St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Irma Liendo spoke in favor of the Conditional Use Permit.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a Conditional Use Permit.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

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

Blocks 56, 67 and 68, Eastern Division and those portions of Cedar Ave., Piedra China St., and Logan Ave., which were previous public right-of-ways, located at 301 Logan Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing 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 Blocks 56, 67 and 68, Eastern Division and those portions of Cedar Ave., Piedra China St., and Logan Ave., which were previous public right-of-ways, located at 301 Logan Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

Blocks 14, 46, and 75, Eastern Division and those portions of Willow St. and Cedar Ave. which were previous public right-of-ways, located at 420 Logan Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing 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 Blocks 14, 46, and 75, Eastern Division and those portions of Willow St. and Cedar Ave., which were previous public right-of-ways, located at 420 Logan Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

Lot 5, Block 527, Western Division, located at 2615 San Agustin Ave., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 527, Western Division, located at 2615 San Agustin Ave., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Guerra

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

Lots 8, 9 and part of Lot 10, Block 350, Western Division, located at 11 Iturbide St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 8, 9 and part of Lot 10, Block 350, Western Division, located at 11 Iturbide St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Ramirez

 

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

Lot 21, Block 1, Indian Crossing Subdivision, Unit I, located at 2317 Geronimo Dr., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 21, Block 1, Indian Crossing Subdivision, Unit I, located at 2317 Geronimo Dr., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Armando Macias, father of the petitioner, spoke in favor of the Conditional Use Permit.

 

Motion to close the public hearing granting a Conditional Use Permit, which should include the following restrictions:

 

       1.)  No catering vehicles on the property.

       2.)  No signage of any kind.

       3.)  The Conditional Use Permit is limited to six months.

4.)  The Conditional Use Permit is non-transferable. 

The kitchen and the food preparation building shall not exceed 192 square feet.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

 

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

Lot 4 and the north 19.78 ft. of Lot 5, Block 815, Eastern Division, located at 605 N. Seymour Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a single-family residence and a mechanic shop.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4 and the

north 19.78 ft. of Lot 5, Block 815, Eastern Division, located at 605 N. Seymour Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

Lot 4, Block 1744, Eastern Division, located at 2819 Bayard St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 1744, Eastern Division, located at 2819 Bayard St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

9.  Public hearing authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas

extraction on 3.00 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Hwy. 83 and north of Salvador Garcia Middle School, known as McKendrick No. 4 Well.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas extraction.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas extraction on 3.00 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Hwy. 83 and north of Salvador Garcia Middle School, known as McKendrick No. 4 Well; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Cm.  Bruni added that the communications omitted Columbus Energy Corporation who is doing the drilling. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

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

     rezoning Block 19, Laredo Airport Plat Subdivision, located at 4400 Daugherty Ave.,

     from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The

     Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Block 19, Laredo Airport Plat Subdivision, located at 4400 Daugherty Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstian:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Guerra

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

11.  A.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on creating an ordinance to specifically address

discarding glass bottles, which create a nuisance and unsafe conditions for both pedestrians and the motoring public.

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, discussed the ordinance that the City currently has.  He stated that staff would need to explore the legalities of amending the current ordinance to requiring deposits on glass bottles.  He added that he would come back to Council with a comprehensive report in the first week of September. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez suggested researching other cities and states to see how they deal with the problem of discarding glass bottles.

 

2.  Status report on the results of the traffic signal study on Lafayette at West San

     Francisco.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, indicated that the results of the traffic signal study on Lafayette and West San Francisco does warrant a traffic signal.  However, he stated that TxDOT was requesting additional information.  He will report back to Council at a later date. 

 

3.  Status report on the Ryan Street Railroad Bridge Conversion and Zacate Creek

     Pedestrian/Bicycle Project funded through a TXDOT Enhancement Grant.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, stated that the contract was approved by City Council on January 16th and it was consummated in receipt from TxDOT on May 21st .  He added that the Request for Qualifications was issued on June 29th , and the deadline for the submittal is July 30th.  After staff receives the Request for Qualifications the City will review the applications submitted and bring a recommendation to City Council for selection.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez asked when we would get activity or work on the bridge. 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, stated that he was reluctant to answer because TxDOT is heavily involved in the project.  When we get our engineering team on board we will start getting plans to TxDOT for review and consideration.  It goes through a fairly extensive and exhausted review with TxDOT.  The City will be able to go through the normal process for putting the project out for the bid. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez stressed the desire to expedite the project.

 

Keith Selman stated that the match is being met through a Community Development Block Grant.

 

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

 

1.  Discussion and possible action on the status of all improvements to Father

     McNaboe Park.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, gave a comprehensive report on the status of all improvements to Father McNaboe Park. 

 

Cm.  Valdez thanked the City departments that are assisting in the improvements to Father McNaboe Park. 

 

2.  Discussion and possible action on the status of the CP& L roadway. 

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, said that the department is continuing the surveys to determine a route for the CPL road.  He added that staff has Crane Engineering subcontracting with a testing company that is looking into a design to see if we can find a desirable treatment for the subgrade so the City does not have to excavate and remove the trash from the sub grade.  Finally, he stated that he will need to meet with TxDOT to further discuss the item.

 

Mayor Flores instructed the City Manager to schedule meetings with staff and TxDOT and to report back to Council with a comprehensive report. 

                            

                   C.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion and possible action on the ambulance for Station No. 4 and 2

     additional ambulances for the City of Laredo.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the item would be addressed in the upcoming 2002 budget.   

 

Fire Chief Sosa exhibited a chart that demonstrated the fire coverage for the City of Laredo.  He stated that he is concerned for the northern side of Laredo that lacks proper protection. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reminded Council that staff members on the fire trucks are EMT’s. 

 

Fire Chief Sosa stated that the City has 150 Paramedics.

 

Mayor Flores stated that the council would have time to study each district and the equipment needed when the budget is presented.  

 

2.  Discussion and possible action on the Tree Board Committee.

 

Cm. Ramirez questioned the duties of the Tree Board. 

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, read the duties of the Tree Board from the ordinance, and he introduced Richard Gentry, chairman of the Tree Board. 

 

Richard Gentry, Chairman of the Tree Board, gave an overview of the board and their concerns for the City of Laredo.  He added that it is not feasible to enforce regulations on private property.    

 

The Mayor suggested for the City to launch a “Save the Tree” campaign that would inform the property owners of the importance of saving their trees or donating them to the City or  schools. 

 

3.  Discussion and possible action on the presentation of a Resolution for the

     LULAC Council.

 

Rolando Hererra, member of LULAC # 12, presented a resolution that was approved at the LULAC Convention that deals with crossing of illegal aliens.  

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

12.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Lone Star Aviation,

a general partnership, for approximately 5,980 square feet constituting Hangar No. 1307 located at 4400 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on August 1, 2001 and ending on July 31, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $1,075.00 and shall be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Chad E. Sims for

approximately 2,040 square feet constituting Building No. 1341 located at 4113 North Jarvis Avenue, #100, at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on August 1, 2001 and ending on July 31, 2004.  Lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a 90-day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Annual rent shall be $3,000.00 and paid in advance and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with SER Jobs for

Progress Southwest, Inc., for approximately 1,600 square feet constituting Suite No. 8 of Building No. 134 located at 4603 Maher Avenue.  Lease term is for two (2) months commencing on July 1, 2001 and ending on August 31, 2001.  Monthly rent shall be $1,600.00; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

15.  An ordinance amending Article IX, Truck Traffic, Division 2, Truck Routes, Section

19-410 Truck Route Designations, of Chapter 19 of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances deleting Calton Road from IH-35 to McPherson Road and adding Airpark Drive from US 59 to Bustamante Street, Bustamante Street Eastbound to Maher Avenue, Maher Avenue Northbound only to Hillside Road, Hillside Road Westbound only to Thomas Avenue, Thomas Avenue and Gale Street between Hillside and McPherson Road, Thomas Avenue Southbound only from Hillside Road to Pappas Street, Pappas Street Westbound only to Daugherty Avenue, Daugherty Avenue Southbound only to Bustamante Street, Bustamante Street Southbound only to US 59; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Cm.  Bruni expressed his concern about the truck stop and he requested a public hearing.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

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

 

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinance # 2001-O-146, #2001-O-147, # 2001-O-148, # 2001-O-149, # 2001-O-150 and # 2001-O-151.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

16.  2001-O-146  Amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2000 General Fund annual budget

by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $137,481.00 from a Lease Purchase Agreement to finance the acquisition of the upgrade of the AS/400 Computer System.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-146.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

2001-O-147  Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and

amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $400,000.00 for the new "Mosquito Abatement Project" of the City of Laredo Health Department for a two-year project period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2003.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-147.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-148  Amending the contract with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation

Commission (TNRCC) and amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $70,000.00 to continue the operation of the two continuous air monitoring stations (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-148.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

2001-O-149  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a Foreign-Trade

Zone Operator Agreement with Trade Unlimited, Inc., to operate an approximate 28,400 square foot facility within Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94-Site 3 located at the Killam Industrial Park for a term of one (1) year with two (2) one (1) year renewal options ending on July 31, 2004.  The FTZ Board has approved this site; providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-149.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-150  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lease Agreement with Adolfo

Gutierrez as described on attached Exhibit "A", for and on behalf of the City of Laredo for 15,679.91 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of Farias Street between San Dario and San Eduardo Avenues and out of a portion of a drainage easement adjoining the former street, said tract abutting Lot 1, Block 1102-A, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas for the proposed use of improving the scenery of the tract, and for additional parking/access space for a term of four (4) years for substantial monetary or like consideration in the form of enhancements, for public purposes, of the City property; provided however, that the City be held harmless on all of its easements, including, but not limited to, drainage; and that all easements, whether or not recorded, shall be held to remain intact; and providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-150.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2001-O-151  Closing as a public easement those sections of:

 

A.  The 2200 block of Cleveland Street between Bartlett and Jarvis

      Avenues.

 

B.  The 600 block of South Jarvis Avenue between the South

property line of Block 1292-A, Eastern Division and Cleveland Street, including the intersection of Cleveland Street and Jarvis Avenue situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-151.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

17.  2001-R-081  Accepting an FY 2001 Military Airport Program (MAP) Grant from the

Federal Aviation Administration in the amount of $ 335,000.00 and appropriating a local match of $37,223.00 from the Airport Land Acquisition Reimbursement Account and authorizing the City Manager to execute the grant agreement. The Federal funds will be used to construct an aviation fuel farm to be located on the east side of the Laredo International Airport at the Laredo International Airport.

 

Motion to approve Resolution #2001-R-081.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

18.  Consideration to approve a professional services contract with Miller & Van Eaton,

P.L.L.C., to provide legal services to the City of Laredo in connection with advice regarding telecommunications regulations, procurement, cable television regulations and deployment on international cross border communications issues.  The contract term for this engagement is October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2002.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

19.  Consideration for award of a professional services contract in the amount of

$158,788.00 to Parsons Brinckerhoff, Quade and Douglas for the preparation of an Environmental Assessment for the City of Laredo International Bridge No. 5 and Border Facilities.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement between the

City of Laredo and N.W. Properties Limited memorializing the requirement of $250.00 per residential lot, in consideration for the Planned Unit Development granted by City Council, to be dedicated to improvements to the Muller Park located adjacent to the Indian Sunset Development.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Consideration to authorize a lease purchase contract, with Business Integrators, Inc., in

the amount of $197,481.00, for the purchase and installation of an upgrade to the AS/400 computer system.  This upgrade will enhance the current IBM AS/400 620 system, which maintains the City's financial and operational software requirements.  The term of the lease purchase contract shall be for a three-year period and will be financed by IBM Credit at an effective interest rate of 4.52%.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

           

22.  Status report on the extension of Springfield.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, stated that due to conflicting schedules with various team members there has been difficulty scheduling a meeting.  However, they will meet in August. 

 

23.  Submission of the Fiscal Year 2001-2002 Annual Budget as per Article VI, Section

6.02, Submission of Budget of the Charter of the City of Laredo which states that "sixty (60) days before the end of the fiscal year, or any time before that, the City Manager shall present to the Council, in an open public meeting, after proper public notice, and having been placed on the Council meeting agenda, a budget for the ensuring fiscal year with an accompanying message".

 

Beto Ramirez, Finance Director, stated that staff submitted the 2001-2002 Annual Budget as per Article VI, Section 6.02 and a copy could be reviewed at the City Secretary’s Office. 

 

24.  Status report on the installation of bus shelters Citywide.

 

Peter Berhamn, General Manager of Laredo Metro Inc.  gave an update on the bus shelters throughout the City.  

 

25.  Report on the Open Records Requests received by the City.

 

Blasita Lopez, Public Information Officer, gave a comprehensive report on open records request.  She illustrated the increase of requests from 1985 to present.  She added that she has received 46 requests in 2001.   She attributed the increase to the private sector becoming more familiar with the Open Records Act.  

 

Mayor Flores informed the public that the Public Information Officer spends her time answering open records requests, which slows down other issues that need to be addressed.

 

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.

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  7:30 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Guerra

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 17 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on the 23rd day of July,  2001. 

           

 

                                                                        _______________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary