CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2001-R-24

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 17, 2001

5:30 PM

  

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor 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

            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,                                                           Asst. City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

           

IV.       COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Cm. Agredano expressed his condolences to the firefighters in New York City and their families for the countless lives lost during the tragic events of September 11th.

 

Cm. Bruni explained the symbolism behind the Ribbon of Prayer which has been distributed as a prayer for the entire nation in this time of great sadness.  He mentioned that the ribbon colors symbolize unity, courage, peace, and purity of heart.  The ribbon campaign has been adopted at the request of the Aleman Family and is being displayed around the city as a symbol of unity and strength for all Americans during the recovery effort.

 

Cm. Galo expressed his sympathy and offered condolences to all families who have lost loved ones during this tragic event.

 

Cm. Amaya expressed his condolences to all those who have lost family members and trusts that whoever is responsible for this tragedy is brought to justice.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore E. Valdez, Jr. stated that as citizens and fellow Americans the best thing that we can do is to keep these families in our prayers to help them through this sadness.

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. offered his prayers and condolences to all those who lost loved ones during this tragedy. 

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that the only other times he has felt this great sorrow and shock was on hearing the news of President Kennedy’s assassination and the Oklahoma City bombing.  He expressed his condolences to all those families who have suffered a loss. 

 

Mayor Flores stated that on Friday, she called Mayor Giuliani of New York City in response to an invitation to attend a conference to be held on October 22nd and 23rd at the World Trade Center.   The topics were to include:  bioterrorism, business-media relations, interagency coordination, and building collapses to name a few. 

 

Mayor Flores read a letter from the City of Santiago de Queretaro:

 

“Por medio de la presente y en nombre de los habitantes de la ciudad de Santiago de Queretaro, nos permitimos expresar nuestras condolencias por los atentados terroristas susitados el dia de hoy en various puntos de la union Americana.  Asi mismo expresamos nuestro apoyo al pueblo de los Estado Unidos de Norte America y condenamos energicamente la violencia de estos actos.”

 

Mayor Flores read a letter from the Mayor of San Miguel de Allende:

 

“Dear Mayor Flores:

 

By this, we let you know that this municipality of San Miguel de Allende and my government, in this moment, join our American brothers and categorically disapprove these terrorist acts.  We express to you our solidarity and express our deepest condolences.  We are in your order at any time you need and made votes for the peace coming to the world.”

 

Mayor Flores added that all Laredoans are stunned by these tragic and cowardly acts of terrorism.  She empathizes with all the families of those victims whose lives were tragically taken from them who are now grieving.   She mentioned that mayors across the country have moved quickly to increase security and ensure the safety of the people in their cities.  She stated that everyone applauds the heroism of the numerous rescue workers and volunteers across the country.  She especially thanked the local firefighters for mobilizing quickly to collect donations and the health department for contacting the blood banks to mobilize the local blood drive in the community.  She also thanked our friends across the border for their show of sympathy and support. 

 

Invitations

 

            None.

 

Recognitions

 

A.  Recognition of the Honorable Judith Zaffirini for her continued support of  

      Texas Libraries.

 

      Mayor Flores announced that Senator Zaffirini was not able to attend but wanted to publicly thank her for her continued support of Texas Libraries.

 

B.  Recognition and appreciation of Laredo’s Media and the Public Information  Officers in the community for their cooperative efforts in handling the September 11th tragedy in the United States.

 

Mayor Flores presented a Certificate of Appreciation and Recognition to the following media representatives for their remarkable proficiency in providing accurate and informative news accounts. 

 

KLDO Univision 27                       Terry Elena Ordaz – General Manager

KVTV Channel 13                         Larry Sanchez – General Manager

KGNS Pro 8 News                        Mary Nell Sanchez – General Manager

Laredo Morning Times                   Bill Green – Publisher

El Mañana                                      Juan Reynaldo Lucio – Coordinator for

                                                      Section E (Laredo)

San Antonio Express-News            Bonnie Pfister

(Border Bureau Office)

Rodriguez Communications             Ruben Villarreal – Operations Manager

(KQUR/KLNT/KNEXT)

Guerra Communciations                  Roberto Estrada – General Manager

Catholic Radio KHOY                   Bennet McBridge – General Manager

Radio Manantial KBNL                  Pablo Bell – General Manager

La M – KBDR                               Victor Alvarez – General Manager

Laredo Police Department              Juan Rivera; Tony Reyes

City of Laredo                                Blasita Lopez

United ISD                                     Susan Carlson – Communications Director

Laredo ISD                                    Marco Alvarado

 

C.  Recognition of Rafael Garcia and Jennifer Ortiz for participating and completing the Internship Program with the City of Laredo in conjunction with Texas A&M International University.

 

      Mayor Flores and the City Council presented Certificates of Recognition to TAMIU students Rafael Garcia and Jennifer C. Ortiz for their participation in the City’s internship program.

 

D.  Recognition of Julian Mendoza, Jr., a United South High School athlete, selected to be a member of the United States People to People Sports Ambassadors Program.

 

      Mayor Flores presented Julian Mendoza, Jr. with a Certificate of Recognition for his accomplishments in track and field oversees and for winning the Gold Medal in the 800 and 1500-meter race at the Dutch Challenge in August.

           

Communiqués

 

None.

 

 V.       PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public Hearing amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2 Article II, Division 3, Section 2-58 (a), Holidays, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo by adding one additional holiday, a personal holiday, for all City of Laredo employees, except as otherwise stated in a collective bargaining agreement.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2 Article II, Division 3, Section 2-58 (a), Holidays, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo by adding one additional holiday, a personal holiday, for all City of Laredo employees, except as otherwise stated in a collective bargaining agreement.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 Cm. Guerra was not present.

                

There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:    7                                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  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 open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

                

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and postpone to the 2nd meeting in October.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Bruni

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

                

3.  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 open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and postpone.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo 

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 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. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and follow Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation to deny the proposed zone change.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

5.  Public hearing authorizing an increase in the bridge toll rate schedule for southbound non-commercial vehicles as further described in Exhibit “A”, and authorizing a u-turn violation fee for southbound commercial traffic as further described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

                                                INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

                 Authorizing an increase in the bridge toll rate schedule for southbound non-commercial vehicles as further described in Exhibit “A”, and authorizing a u-turn violation fee for southbound commercial traffic as further described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 Jesus Sanchez stated that he opposed the rate toll increase. 

 

Miguel Conchas, Chamber of Commerce President, asked that City Council reconsider the $0.50 rate increase. 

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:    7                                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public Hearing adopting the Comprehensive Plan of the City of Laredo without amendment in compliance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 2001-R-095

Adopting the Comprehensive Plan of the City of Laredo without amendment in compliance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and adopt resolution.

                 Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain: 0 

 

7.  Public hearing amending Ordinance #98-O-279 by adopting the City of Laredo Investment Policy and amending the City of Laredo Investment Policy to comply with Public Funds Investment Act Chapter 2256, Texas Government Code.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Ordinance #98-O-279 by adopting the City of Laredo Investment Policy and amending the City of Laredo Investment Policy to comply with Public Funds Investment Act Chapter 2256, Texas Government Code.

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo 

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem E. Valdez, Jr.

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:    7                                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount  $169,525 for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  This grant funds the salaries, fringe benefits, overtime, and equipment for support personnel.  The U.S. Department of Justice will designate $119,525 and the City of Laredo will designate $50,000 to fund this grant from October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2003.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount  $169,525 for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  This grant funds the salaries, fringe benefits, overtime, and equipment for support personnel.  The U.S. Department of Justice will designate $119,525 and the City of Laredo will designate $50,000 to fund this grant from October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2003.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo 

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

  

VI.       GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

9.  A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

     1.  Adoption of Resolution 2001-R-099

 

     Pledging the support and cooperation of the citizens of the City Of Laredo,   

     Texas to United States President Bush George W. Bush, and for his call for    

     unity and national resolve in the face of terroristic attacks upon the United

     States, and for other purposes.

 

Motion to adopt resolution.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                              Abstain:  0

 

B.  Request by Council Member Louis Bruni

 

1.   Discussion with possible action on the lack of water and wastewater services on the intersection of Highway 359 and Loop 20.

 

                       Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that there are water and sewer services available in the subdivision.  He stated that all customers needed to pay for a line extension in order to get the services on to their property.  He mentioned that this is a standard procedure that is applied city-wide to all customers.  He stated that the prices that they quote reflect the costs that are in place under the ordinance. 

           

2.  Status report on the proposed extension of Guadalupe to New York on the Tex-Mex right-of-way with possible action.

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that he had submitted a report on this item and his department has the warranty deed in its possession.  He has submitted the preliminary plans to the Utilities Coordinating Committee as required for any new construction project.  He stated that they are already coordinating the layout on the ground.

 

Cm. Bruni stated that since there is no money in the General Fund, he would like to use some of the $50,000.00 balance in his discretionary funds toward this project.

 

3.  Status report on all existing and projected parks for District II with possible action.

 

     Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported on the projected parks under the Capital Improvement Plan with their proposed fiscal year.

 

     Airport Recreational Complex                                          FY 2003

     Newman Neighborhood Park                                          FY 2003

     Spur 400 Recreational Center                                          FY 2004

     Eastwoods Park  *                                                          FY 2000

 

     * He mentioned that this park is under contract with Hickey & Associates and      

       the conceptual design should be completed some time in November.  He  

       further stated that he expects it to be under construction by January, 2002.   

 

    

                     He made mention of the Chacon Creek Master Plan which includes District II.  This is a linear park that traverses District II along the creek area with park improvements including hike and bike trails, ecosystem restoration, flood control, etc. for a total Capital Improvement Plan of $23 million over the next ten years.  He also mentioned the Fred Bruni Park which is a 6-acre tract of land to be donated by the San Jose Subdivision principals to be developed by the City of Laredo in partnership with the Lamar Bruni-Vergara foundation. 

 

4.  Status report on the secondary water supply with possible action.

 

                     Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that pursuant to the instructions given to him, he has sent a letter to all three companies asking them to submit a proposal by December 19, 2001.  He mentioned that two of the three companies are expected to respond.   He stated that once the proposals are in, he would evaluate them and then bring the matter up before City Council in early January, 2002. 

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the flooding situation in       

                            the Chaparral area.

 

                           Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they have done significant improvements to the Chaparral area.  They are currently in the process of acquiring the last section of a creek south of Calton Road where the City can improve the ditch for drainage.  As far as other inlets, they have made improvements to them through the years except for the one in Chaparral and Pita which is only five feet in length.  There is also one facility that has not seen construction of inlets and that has now been included in the Capital Improvement Plan for 2003.  This is at the corner of Pita and Calton Road where the water overflows and sends water to Chaparral and Pita.  He mentioned that he is awaiting the results of the studies from Brown and Root. 

 

                           Mayor Pro Tempore E. Valdez, Jr. stated that the citizens in that area are entitled to more peace of mind and an assurance that these concerns are being addressed by City Council. 

 

                           Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the City did not have a storm water management plan in place before the one implemented in 1999.  As a result, there was water runoff that would occur.  Now, the City is doing stop gap measures to try to control what had occurred earlier.  All the new developments in the northern part of the city fall within that storm water management plan and they must all adhere to that plan. 

 

2.  Presentation by Jesus Hernandez regarding the needs that GI Forum still   has with possible action.

 

     Luis Diaz De Leon stated that he came before City Council on behalf of Jesus Hernandez who is in the hospital.  He mentioned that he did get feedback from the City and he agreed to have a committee meeting set up to include Larry Dovalina, City Manager, in order to work out the details with the Food Bank staff and the Parks and Recreation staff.

 

D.  Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

 

                       1.  Requesting to re-classify sixteen (16) positions within the Laredo
 Police Department with possible action.

 

                           Motion to postpone this item.

 

                           Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                           Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                           For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

                   E.   Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Status report on the condition of fire engines and ambulances in the Fire
     Department with possible action.

 

     Luis Sosa, Fire Chief, reported that on Engine No. 3, there was a defective fan clutch that required repairs.  The fire truck was repaired and it is back in service.  As far as Engine No. 8, there was a hydraulic booster that was damaged.  This fire truck was also repaired and it is back in service.  He mentioned that all the fire trucks have top of the line engines and he thanked City Council for it. 

 

     Cm. Ramirez mentioned that he has learned that the department commonly experiences problems with the hydraulics on some ambulances.

 

EMS District Chief Rick Rangel reported that since they do make a lot of runs, the wear and tear on some of these ambulances are excessive.  He stated that the department has certified mechanics that provide maintenance to the units.  He is expecting to receive the units that were purchased last year by the City by October 1st at which time they will be replacing two of the older units.  For the new fiscal year, the department has received approval for four more units and they will expedite these requests in order to bring them in as soon as possible. 

 

                       2. Discussion with possible action regarding the 1100 Block of Zaragoza to   

                           install a street light, clean-up area  and remove the garbage dumpsters on the weekend.

 

                           Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the City would address this issue of the dumpsters and street lights. 

 

                      3.  Discussion with possible action regarding the flooding problems at

                           the following intersections:

 

                           a.  Callaghan St. and San Bernardo Ave.

                           b.  Coke St. and Convent Ave.

                           c.  Sanchez St. and Vidaurri Ave.

                           d.  Garcia St. and Lee Ave.

 

                           Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that the drainage systems in these areas probably date back to the 1960’s or 1970’s and they do flood quickly when there are storm events.  The only thing that could be done would be to enlarge the inlets, but there would still be localized flooding because the main lines do not carry great amounts of water that quickly. 

 

                           Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that all of the systems throughout the city are designed for ten-year floods and there is no way to prevent the localized flooding during these brief storm events.

 

                           Cm. Bruni stated that the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association stated that they are not allowed to seed over the corporate city limits.

 

                           Cm. Ramirez mentioned that the pipe over by Garcia Street that empties into Zacate Creek is always full of debris and that is why the water flow is backed up.

 

                           Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that the system on Garcia Street goes on to Pinder and Coke streets and that system empties into the river and not into Zacate Creek. 

 

 VII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

10.  Authorizing the City Manager to purchase from the Utilities Department at fair market value, on lots number one (1) through four (4), block number three hundred and eight (308) including improvements, in the Eastern Division of the City of Laredo, also commonly known as the 600 block of Reynolds in order to establish the centralized office for the Environmental Services Department. 

 

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.  Providing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.576358/$100 value with a Maintenance Operation rate of $0.435878/$100 and an Interest and Sinking Fund rate of $0.140480/$100 and for the levy and the collection of General and Special Ad Valorem and Beverage Taxes for the City of Laredo for the tax year 2001 and the fiscal year 2001-2002.

 

        Mayor Flores publicly read the ordinance.

 

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its adjusted market value of $6,112.00, for certain property described as 6,945.00 sq. ft. tract of land, out the north half of the Garden Street right-of-way between the east right-of-way line of Sta. Isabel Avenue and the west right-of-way line of Vidaurri Avenue to Felix J. Canales Treviño; provided that the City of Laredo retains the entire north half of said former street as a utility easement; said tract being situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being described in Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date.

 

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its market value of $9,920.00, for certain property described as a 2,479.88 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out the southeast section of San Jose Street between Milmo and Jarvis Avenues, dedicated as a public easement as per the McMillan Park Subdivision Replat recorded in Volume 2, Page 156 of the Webb County Plat Records; situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, being more particularly described  in the attached Exhibit “A” to Mario Gonzalez and Eleuterio Garza; and providing for an effective date.  (Action needed on Final Reading of Ordinance #2001-O-207)

 

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its adjusted market value of $11,874.00 of certain property described as a 10,640 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of Poggenpohl Street between Sta. Rita and Vidaurri Avenues to Sergio Mares; provided that the City of Laredo retains a 6,250 sq. ft. tract of land as a utility easement said tracts being situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being described in the attached Exhibit “A” and hereby approving the submitted Improvement Plan, as described in Exhibit “B”, and which is in compliance with Section 10 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy Handbook, as approved by Resolution No. 97-R-140; and providing for an effective date.

 

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

15.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its combined market value of $15,063.00, for certain properties described as follows to their respective abutting property owners and providing for an effective date.

 

Parcels  A & B – Consisting of 1,524.03 sq. ft., more or less, and 893.85 sq. ft., more or less; respectively, to  Juventino Gonzalez and wife Maria B. Gonzalez, at the total combined market value  of $5,803.00;  said parcels being out of South Urbahn  Avenue between Bismark Street and the east right-of-way line of South Meadow Ave. situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being described in attached Exhibits “A”, and  “B”; Parcel C – Consisting of 3,858.36 sq. ft., more or less, to Domingo Hernandez at the market value of $9,260.00. Said parcel being out of South Urbahn Avenue between Bismark Street and the east right-of-way line of South Meadow Ave. situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being described in attached Exhibit “C”.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

16.  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Right-of-Entry-Permit to the Texas Department of Transportation in order for that agency to conduct feasibility studies on certain City owned properties, for a proposed grade separation of U.S. Highway 83 (Guadalupe and Chihuahua Streets) over the Texas Mexican Railroad tracks.  The area encompassed by said City-owned properties, includes:  All of block 88-A (except State R.O.W.), Lots 4A, 4B, 4C, 5 & Parts of Lots 6 & B, Block 89A (except State R.O.W.), all being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being delineated on attached copies of City Plats; and providing for an effective date. 

 

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

  

VIII.    FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

 

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

 

Motion to waive final readings of Ordinances 2001-O-204; 2001-O-205; 2001-O-206; 2001-O-207; 2001-O-208; 2001-O-209; 2001-O-211; 2001-O-212; 2001-O- 213; 2001-O-214; 2001-O-215; and 2001-O-216.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:      7                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

17.  2001-O-204  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend Chapter 14, Garbage, Trash & Refuse, Article II, Section 14-9, Rates, subsection (a) service fee for individual residences, by changing the garbage collection fee from $7.00 per month to $8.50 per month; amending subsection (e)(5) fees, by changing the fees for any residences being utilized in whole or in part as a commercial establishment or business; amending subsection (j) (4) landfill fees, by changing the current landfill fees for all city vehicles from $13.50/ ton to the current TNRCC solid waste fee of $1.25 per ton  or as may be amended; providing for severability, effective date and publication.  (as amended) 

 

                             Motion to adopt Ordinance #2001-O-204.

                            

                             Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                             Second:  Cm. Agredano

                             For:     7                       Against:  0               Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-205  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows: Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12)(a) except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of September 30, 2001. 

 

                     Motion to adopt Ordinance #2001-O-205.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                     Second:  Cm. Agredano

                     For:     7                        Against:  0                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 2001-O-206  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Annual Budget by reclassifying nine (9) firefighters to three (3) Captains, three (3) drivers and three (3) assistant drivers to man Fire Station Number Twelve (12) as authorized by City Council to be effective upon adoption and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance #2001-O-206.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                                       Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                       For:      7                      Against:  0                          Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-207  An ordinance closing a public easement a 2,479.88 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of the southeast section of San Jose Street between Milmo and Jarvis Avenues, dedicated as a public easement as per the McMillan Park Subdivision Replat recorded in Volume 2, Page 156 of the Webb County Plat Records, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, being more particularly described on the attached Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date.

 

                       Motion to adopt Ordinance #2001-O-207.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                       Second:  Cm. Agredano

                       For:     7                        Against:  0                            Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-208  An ordinance authorizing the abandonment and vacating of a 17.7 foot wide alley dedicated for public use in Block 631, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County Texas; and providing for an effective date.

           

                       Motion to adopt Ordinance #2001-O-208.

 

 

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                       Second:  Cm. Agredano

                       For:     7                        Against:  0                            Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-209  Adopting the Annual Budget for fiscal year 2001-2002 appropriating the estimated revenues, expenditures and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2001 and ending in September 30, 2002, consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget.

 

                       Heberto Ramirez, Budget Director, reported to City Council that on August 17, 2001, at the budget workshops, City Council had directed staff to fund two new ambulances with the manpower for an EMS unit at Fire Stations #9 and 12, plus the manpower for an aerial truck at Fire Station #12.  He mentioned that staff recommends starting a Fire Academy in May, 2002. 

 

                       Motion to create 29 new positions for the City of Laredo FY2001-2002 annual budget consisting of:

 

§         two EMS crews for Fire Stations No. 9 and No. 12

§         one crew to operate the aerial truck housed at

      Fire Station No. 12

§         one District Fire Chief

§         one Deputy Fire Chief

§         one Deputy Police Chief.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Galo

                       Second:  Cm. Agredano

                       For:   7                          Against:  0                            Abstain:  0

 

                       Motion to approve funding of $150,000.00 to be placed in a War Memorial Fund to cover costs for erection of a monument.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Galo

                       Second:  Cm. Agredano

                       For:     7                        Against:  0                            Abstain:  0

 

                       Motion to adopt Ordinance #2001-O-209.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                       Second:  Cm. Agredano

                       For:      7                       Against:  0                            Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-211  Authorizing the City Manager to establish the position of Sanitarian II in the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) Grant 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.

 

                       Motion to adopt Ordinance #2001-O-211.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                       Second:  Cm. Agredano

                       For:     7                        Against:  0                            Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-212  Authorizing the City Manager to accept funds and amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $10,000 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health, Office of Border Health for the Border Health Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001.  These funds were awarded specifically for the Binational Health Conference that will be held on September 6-7, 2001 at Texas A&M International University.

                      

                       Motion to adopt Ordinance #2001-O-212.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                       Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                       For:      7                       Against:  0                            Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-213  Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation for four grants from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $3,222,093 for the Community Health Education Program, Maternal and Child Health (MCH-Title V), Women Infants and Children “WIC” Program, and Los Dos Laredos of the Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002, and October 1, 2001, through September 30, 2002, respectively; and amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $47,269.42.

 

                       Motion to adopt Ordinance #2001-O-213.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                       Second:  Cm. Agredano

                       For:      7                               Against:  0                       Abstain:  0 

           

2001-O-214  An ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2001 General Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $49,005.72 for the Lease Purchase Agreement to finance the acquisition of a multimedia messaging system (phone voice mail) for the City Hall Phone System.

                      

                       Motion to adopt Ordinance #2001-O-214.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                       Second:  Cm. Agredano

                       For:     7                                Against:  0                      Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-215  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with M & M Air Cargo and Delivery Service, Inc., for approximately 11,988 square feet constituting Sections 2 and 3 of Building No. 170 located at 5103 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on May 1, 2001 and ending on April 30, 2006. However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party on not less than ninety (90) days written notice from the party terminating to the other. Monthly rent shall be $4,795.20 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

                       Motion to adopt Ordinance #2001-O-215.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                       Second:  Cm. Agredano

                       For:     7                                Against:  0                    Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-216   An ordinance designating one-way road sections to include: Maher Avenue northbound from Bustamante Street to Hillside Road, Thomas Avenue southbound between Hillside Road and Pappas Street, Pappas Street westbound between Thomas Avenue and Daugherty Avenue, and Daugherty Avenue southbound between Pappas Street and Bustamante Street; providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction and providing for publication and effective date.

 

                       Motion to adopt Ordinance #2001-O-216.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                       Second:  Cm. Agredano

                       For:     7                                Against:  0                    Abstain:  0 

 

IX.       RESOLUTIONS

 

18.  2001-R-092  Declaring  the  public  necessity to  acquire the “Surface

Only” of twenty-seven (27) corner clips for the widening of McPherson Road, from Canal Bridge to Saunders Street.  Said corner clips being: Tract I – Part of Block 855-A, Tract II – Part of Lot 8, Block 854, Tract III – Part of Lot 1, Block 663, Tract IV – Part of Lot 5, Block 662, Tract V – Part of Lot 8, Block 663, Tract VI – Part of Lot 4, Block 661, Tract VII – Part of Lot 1, Block 664, Tract VIII – Part of Lot 5, Block 661, Tract IX – Part of Lot 8A, Block 664, Tract X – Part of Lot 4, Block 660, Tract XI – Part of Lot 1, Block 665, Tract XII – Part of Lot 5, Block 660, Tract XIII – Part of Lot 4, Block 659, Tract XIV – Part of Lot 1, Block 666, Tract XV – Part of Lot 5, Block 659, Tract XVI – Part of Lot 8, Block 666, Tract XVII – Part of Lot 4, Block 658, Tract XVIII – Part of Lot 1, Block 667, Tract XIX – Part of Lot 5, Block 658, Tract XX – Part of Lot 11, Block 657, Tract XXI – Part of Lot 8, Block 667, Tract XXII – Part of Lot 1, Block 668, Tract XXIII – Part of Lot 11, Block 656, Tract XXIV – Part of Lot 12, Block 657, Tract XXV – Part of Lot 8, Block 668, Tract XXVI – Part of Lot 1, Block 669, and Tract XXVII – Part of Lot 12, Block 669, all blocks being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by donation or purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution #2001-R-092. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:     7                              Against:  0                       Abstain:  0 

 

19.  2001-R-093  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface

Only” of a parcel of land to be used as part of the Airport Runway Protection Zone of Runway 35L. Said parcel of land being Lot 3A, Block 1, William Bejarano, Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution #2001-R-093.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:     7                              Against:  0                       Abstain: 0

 

20.  2001-R-094  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface

Only” of a 2,032.82 square foot, more or less, tract of land as a Drainage Easement from, Dean Sanditen.  Said parcel of land being out of the Westgate Place Subdivision, Survey 1019, Abstract 62, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”.

 

Motion to approve Resolution #2001-R-094.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:     7                              Against:  0                       Abstain:  0

 

21.  2001-R-096  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a non-financial

agreement between the City of Laredo, Laredo Public Library and Webb County Head Start Program to coordinate services provided to Head Start families.

Motion to approve Resolution #2001-R-096.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:     7                              Against:  0                       Abstain:  0 

 

22.  2001-R-097  Adopting a new health benefits rate structure by increasing

all medical contribution amounts by twenty  (20%) for the City of Laredo and for all persons covered under the City of Laredo’s Medical Plan unless otherwise provided in a collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of October 1, 2001.

 

Motion to approve Resolution #2001-R-097.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:    7                               Against:  0                       Abstain:  0 

 

 

23.  2001-R-098  Authorizing the  City  Manager  to  execute grant agreement CSJ

Number M222LREDO with the Texas Department of  Transportation under the Routine Airport Maintenance Program in the amount of $30,000.00 for the purpose of airport maintenance at the Laredo International Airport.  The City’s fifty (50%) percent local match for this project in the amount of $30,000.00 is available in the Airport Land Sale Proceeds Restricted Fund.

 

Motion to approve Resolution #2001-R-098.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:     7                              Against:  0                       Abstain:  0 

 

  X.      MOTIONS

 

24.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-163, to WalkerCom, in the amount of $27,000.00 for the purchase and installation of an automatic call distribution system for the Utility Billing Division.  This system complements the current phone system by distributing calls to available customer service personnel.   Funding is available in the Utility Department – Utility Billing Division Capital Outlay Budget. 

 

        Motion to approve.

 

        Moved:  Cm. Bruni

        Second:  Cm. Galo

        For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

25.   Consideration to authorize the purchase of one cab and chassis truck, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $91,764.54 and will be assigned to the Utilities Department – Wastewater Collection Division.  A vacuum truck unit will be mounted on this truck.  Funding is available in the Utilities Fund – Wastewater Collection Division.

 

        Motion to approve.

 

        Moved:  Cm. Bruni

        Second:  Cm. Galo

        For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

26.   Authorizing the City Manager to amend a contract with Camp, Dresser,  and Mckee, Inc. for an amount of $120,000 under the Odor and Corrosion Control Project, for the design of the rehabilitation and repair of the aerated grit chambers and primary clarifiers of the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The total amended contract will be $169,800 to be funded from Zacate Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant Corrosion Control budget in the Sewer Fund.

 

        Motion to approve.

 

        Moved:  Cm. Bruni

        Second:  Cm. Galo

        For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

27.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Lambda Construction I, Ltd., New Braunfels, Texas in the amount of $2,418,000.00 for the construction of the Jefferson Street Water Treatment Plant 60 MGD High Service Pump Station.  Funding is available in the 94 and 97 Bond Issues.

       

        Motion to approve.

 

        Moved:  Cm. Bruni

        Second:  Cm. Galo

        For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

       

28.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-164, to the low bidder Philpott Motor Company, Nederland, Texas, in the amount of $31,750.00, for the purchase of two trucks for the Health Department’s WIC Program.  The Texas Department of Health has granted approval to use program funds for this purchase.  

                       

        Motion to approve.

 

        Moved:  Cm. Bruni

        Second:  Cm. Galo

        For:    7                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

29.  Consideration to award a six-month supply contract (#FY01-162) for the purchase of safety footwear for city maintenance personnel to Gateway Uniform, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $25,589.50.  Contract pricing has been secured for boot styles approved for use by city maintenance personnel.  Each department will have the option to choose the type of boot best suited for the work environment and budget allocation.   All safety footwear is purchased on an as needed basis from the respective departmental budgets. 

 

        Motion to approve.

 

       

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

        Second:  Cm. Galo

        For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

30.  Consideration to approve an insurance contract for the Airport Liability and Control Tower.  The annual insurance premium will provide coverage from 10-01-01 to 09-30-02.  The proposals will be opened on Friday, September 14, 2001.  The insurance carrier selected by the City will be announced during the City Council Meeting.

 

        Motion to approve and increase insurance coverage for airport liability

        from $20,000,000.00 to $50,000,000.00 at a cost of $20,267.00; and increase coverage on the airport control tower for a total of $10,000,000.00 at a cost of $22,500.00.

 

        Moved:  Cm. Bruni

        Second:  Mayor Pro Tem E. Valdez, Jr.

        For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

           

31.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with the State of Texas, General Services Commission on behalf of the Texas Department of Health, Public Health Region 11, for 2,205 square feet of office space at the City of Laredo Health Department Complex located at 2600 Cedar St.  The term of the lease renewal will be from September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.  The lessee shall pay a sum in the amount of $919.66 per month.

 

        Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

        Second:  Cm. Agredano

        For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to direct staff to prepare a service plan for the voluntary annexation of five (5) tracts of land totaling 91.096 acres, more or less and the unilateral annexation of five (5) tracts of land totaling 1,354.2455 acres, more or less, for a total of 1,445.3415 acres, more or less, as shown on attachment “A”, in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

       

Motion to approve.

 

        Moved:  Cm. Bruni

        Second:  Cm. Agredano

                    For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

33.  Consideration for acceptance of the East Hachar Recreation Center, and approval of final payment in the amount of $61,154.70 less $21,000.00 for liquidated damages per original contract and as stated under take over agreement for a net final payment of $40,154.70 to Evergreen National Indemnity Company, Austin, Texas.  Final contract amount is $1,060,362.00.  Funding is available in the Community Development - 24th Action Year - East Hachar Recreation Center -Retainage Payable.

 

        Motion to approve.

 

        Moved:  Cm. Bruni

        Second:  Cm. Agredano

        For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the low bidder Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas, in the bid amount of $631,955.68 for the McPherson Avenue Widening (Canal to Saunders (U.S. Hwy 59).  Funding is available in the 2000A C.O. Issue McPherson Widening Phase I.

 

        Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

        Second:  Cm. Agredano

        For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one brush truck with a grapple (branch pickup crane) through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $80,999.80.  This will be assigned to the Sanitation Department and will be used for branch pickup.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

        Motion to approve.

 

        Moved:  Cm. Bruni

        Second:  Cm. Agredano

                    For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one full size passenger van, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $24,342.34.  This van will be available for use by all City departments.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

        Motion to approve.

 

        Moved:  Cm. Galo

        Second:  Cm. Agredano

        For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

37.  Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of August 2001, represents a decrease in levy of $65,516.96.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

 

        Motion to approve.

 

        Moved:  Cm. Galo

        Second:  Cm. Agredano

        For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

38.  Refunds of property tax to the following taxpayers and companies:

 

a.  A refund in the amount of $609.10 payable to Luis E. & Anna L. Chavez due to a change of value certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board.  The square footage for the improvements was incorrect for the year 97, 98, 99 and 2000.

 

b.  A refund in the amount of $2,758.97 payable to Castaneda Dump Trucks, Inc.  This business closed in June of 1998 and therefore, did not exist nor was taxable for the 1999 and 2000 years.  

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

     For:      7                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

39.  Motion to approve the agreement between the City of Laredo and the International Association of Firefighters local 1390 through its president said agreement which was negotiated by the representatives of the city and local 1390 I.A.F.F. in accordance with the provisions of the Texas Local Government Code Section 174.01 (formerly Article 5154c-1 of the revised Civil Statutes of Texas), and authorizing the City Manager to execute said agreement.

  

Motion to approve.

 

        Moved:  Cm. Galo

        Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                    For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   

XI.       STAFF REPORT

 

            40.  Status report on the Colonias Project.

 

                  Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that his department has been working on three fronts.  The engineers hired under the $16,000,000.00 grant are making progress and are asking for a decision on the oversizing.  The oversizing project entails making the pipes larger than what the state will pay for in order to accommodate some growth.  He stated that he is scheduled to receive the third round of modeling this week in order to make some decisions.  By the end of this month, he expects to have a list of the individuals with their financial commitment.  At that point, he will be able to give the City Council an idea of how much money they will have between the private contribution and the likely public contribution to enhance the capacity of this project.  The third avenue is the NADBank grant in which he has received expressions of interest from 15 companies.  He will be creating a short list of three companies, submit them to the bank for approval, and then select one firm from that list to begin work on the project design.

 

41.  Status report on the installation of bus shelters citywide.

 

                    R. J. Garza, El Metro Operations Manager, reported that they have a total of 42 bus shelters installed throughout the city.  They also have 8 shelters pending installation within one week.  He mentioned that they have other requests throughout the city, but they are reviewing them to see whether these requests  meet their criteria for installation. 

  

XII.     RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

           

Motion to recess as the Laredo City Council and convene as the Laredo MassTransit Board.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:      7                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

42.  Consideration to award a contract to the lowest bidder, Washing  Equipment of Texas (WET) for the sum of $93,000 for furnishing all labor and materials needed to replace and install a new bus wash system to include a spot free system at the Laredo Metro Operations Facility located at 401 Scott St.  Funding is available from line item 518-5196-565-9001, Machinery and Equipment, FTA Grant TX 90-X-438.

 

                    Motion to approve pending approval of the Laredo Metro, Inc. Board.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Agredano

                    Second:  Cm. Amaya

                    For:    7                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

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

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Galo

                    Second:  Cm. Amaya

                    For:     7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

XIII.    ADJOURNMENT                                                                     TIME:   8:25 p.m.

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:      7                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0                                                                   

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 28 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on September 17, 2001.

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary[fp1] 

 


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