CITY OF LAREDO

                                            CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                           M2001-R-27

                                          CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                              1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                               LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                   OCTOBER 22, 2001

                                                             5:30 P.M.

 

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor 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

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jerry Cain,                                                                                Assistant City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse John C.  Galo.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of August 20, 2001 and September 4, 2001.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Presentation of "Tribute to America" flag by the F. S. Lara Annex students to the City of Laredo.

 

Alma Ramon, an instructor from F. S. Lara Annex,  presented Council with a billboard size United States Flag created from over 800 paper flowers by the following participants:  Gracie Venegas, Araceli Venegas, Albert Munoz,  students from F. S. Lara Annex; Toby Rodriguez, Police Officer and Feliz Nunez, Firefighter.   F. S. Lara Annex held a program entitled “Tribute to America” in memory of those Americans that lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

 

Invitations

 

Tony Gamboa invited the Council, the Mayor and the public to attend the 1st Annual Veteran’s Banquet held on Friday, November 9, 2001 at 7 p.m. at the Christ Worship Center.

 

Cm.  Guerra invited the Council and the public to attend a Red Ribbon Parade at Trautman Elementary School to be held on October 23, 2001, at 9:00 a.m.

 

Recognitions

 

David Cardwell, AEP Project Manager Economic Development, for his 33 1/2 years of exemplary service to our community.

 

The Mayor presented a Certificate of Recognition to David Cardwell for his unyielding dedication and exemplary service to the community of Laredo.

 

The Mayor congratulated Cynthia Collazo, Assistant City Manager, for graduating from the Leadership Texas Class.  She stated that it is an honor to be selected for the class.   

 

The Mayor thanked the following corporate sponsors who made Dia del Rio possible:

 

A Frame 4-U, Robert Jacaman

Asplundh Tree Expert Company

City of Laredo

E. Q. Enterprises, Diana Esquivel

Garza, Martinez, & Company P. L. L. C.

Gentle Family Dentistry, Rolando Guerra, DDS

Golden Coral, Manuel Canseco

H-E-B Food Stores, Gregorio Flores, III

Jeffery A.  Jones, Investments

Laredo Community College

LareDos, Meg Guerra

LaredoSun.com, Vince Cantu

Leyendecker Oil Inc., Frank Leyendecker & Rebecca Wise

Litho Business Forms Inc, Elias Mendiola

Managing Edge, R.  Rodriguez

My Dentist, Sonia Garza Rodriguez, DDS

O’Boy Service Company

Pens by Danny Gunn

R. C. Cola Company – Memo Trevino

Southern Sanitation

Target Stores

Texas Environmental Consultants, Jorge Dominguez

United States Army Reserve – Laredo

 

Mayor Flores presented the following individuals a plaque for having the most volunteers at the Dia del Rio.

 

3rd place went to United High School for having 62 volunteer. 

2nd place went to Laredo Community College with 75 volunteers.

1st place went to Texas A & M Int'l. with 103 volunteers.

 

City Council Members received Certificates of Appreciation for his residents participation in the Dia del Rio as follows:

 

Alfredo Agredano for the 90 residents from District I.

 

Louis H.  Bruni for the 38 residents from District II.

 

John C.  Galo for the 30 residents from District III.

 

Johnny Amaya for the 31 residents from District IV.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Eliseo Valdez, Jr., the 37 residents from District V.

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez for the 100 residents from District VII.

 

Cm.  Ramirez for the 61 residents from District VIII.

 

Mayor Flores presented Cm.  Joe A.  Guerra a trophy for having 155 residents that participated in the Dia del Rio.  She explained that the trophy would be awarded each year to the Council Member with the most participants.

 

Communiqués

 

Mike Lucci, owner of Hill Country Engineering,  informed Council that the Leyendeckers main concern is that the proposed alignment will interrupt the agricultural purpose.  He said that the daughter is a veterinarian who raises horses and the prime grazing will be interrupted if the City bisects their property.  He mentioned several alternatives.  Finally, he informed Council that the curves on the proposed alignment do not meet the City's regulations in the Municipal Code book.  He recommended that the Council reconsider realigning the entire route because of the alignment.  

 

June Leyendecker read the following letter:

 

"I believe the City is fully responsible for allowing the route of Springfield to be changed from it's original location in 1991, without even the courtesy of discussing it with us.  In my opinion we have been treated most unfairly by the City over the years in this Springfield matter as well as in many other matters which I am not at liberty to discuss at this time.

 

In order to try to educate myself on how things at City Hall worked, as well as to try to defend our property, there were many City Council as well as Planning & Zoning Commissions meetings which I attended.  I spoke at some of those meetings.  Over the years, I also visited the Planning Department many times.  I changed my position on the route of Springfield after talking to my attorney, Julio Garcia, Esquire in 1997 ( I believe it was in August, 1997).

 

In a letter dated September 25, 1997 my attorney addressed a letter, to then Mayor Saul Ramirez, objecting to the bisecting of our property.  Copies were sent to all Council Persons, to Planning and Zoning Commissioners, & to the Planning Department. All were sent certified mail.  There was no response.  Later Springfield was paved to our property line on the west.

 

I became very angry after reading a copy of the minutes of the P & Z Commission meeting of March 21, 1991 which were given to me by Keith Selman in September, 1997, the day after a City Council Meeting at which I spoke and had been told I was mistake.  I knew I was right and those minutes were the proof I needed.  Believe it or not, I was not aware of the fact the minutes of these meetings could be made available to anyone who asked.  I was completely ignorant.  My education in a B. S. in Nursing which certainly did not prepare me at for this type of fight.  I have always exercised my privilege to vote, but have been extremely unwise about political goings on.

 

I want to again go on record that we strongly object to the bisecting of our property by Springfield extension even though we are willing to donate land for an alternate route.  The change, in 1991, of the route of Springfield was without our knowledge, until after the fact.  This change was approved by Council in spite of denial by Mr.  Dave Pasley, Planning Director at the time.  In late 1991, not realizing we could actually dare to oppose the City, and knowing nothing of matters such as this, I consulted with Carlos Mejia, P. E.  Engineering.  He had been left without access by the development of Salinas Key.  Now that we are in our seventies, we only wish to continue to live our remaining years on our property in peace. 

 

I beg you not to be so unfair as to bisect our property.  Our offer to donate property for Springfield extension (if our property remains undivided) still stands."

 

Julio Garcia, an attorney representing the Leyendeckers, urged the Council to table any action on Items 16 and 17 of the agenda.  He stressed the importance of the Council reviewing  information before making a decision. 

Cm.  Guerra read the following letter from the Laredo Customs Brokers Association:

 

"The Laredo License Customs Brokers Association would like to go on record in opposition of the proposed fees on commercial facilities.  During this time of economic slowdown in the Untied States we the Brokers Association fee that it would impair our community to continue to impose additional financial burdens on the industry that has been the back bone of Laredo. 

 

The continuance of Laredo in burdening International companies with increased fees and using them as a source additional funding thru fees and taxes will assuredly encourage these companies to find other ports of entry into the United States.

 

The Association feels that the city should look at what this trade brings to Laredo instead of having this industry look at where else they can go.

 

We the Laredo Brokers Association urge you to cease all increases at this time."

 

Cm.  Guerra submitted two other letters for the record to be on file at the City Secretary's Office. 

 

Cm.  Agredano stated that he was privileged to represent the Mayor at the October 19th  Meadow/Chacon Bridge opening. He also mentioned the success of the Las Palmas Clean-Up that was held on October 20th.  Finally, he invited the public to participate in the 4th Annual 5 K Run to be held on October 28th that will provide scholarships to students in District I.  He said the run would be dedicated to victims of the September 11th terrorist attack on the United States. 

 

Cm.  Bruni thanked staff for their prompt response to complaints from his constituents. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez thanked his constituents that participated in the Dia del Rio.  He also stated that he would be working on several issues concerning the skate park. 

 

Cm.  Guerra mentioned that he was honored to represent the Mayor and Council at a Red Ribbon Week Parade at Nye Elementary School.  

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez expressed his dissatisfaction about an article that was printed about privatization.  He mentioned that there are several issues that need to be addressed before Council makes a decision. 

 

Cm.  Ramirez thanked all the individuals that participated in the cleaning of Las Palmas Park. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez said that he represented the Mayor at a Proclamation for National Bus Safety Week that will be held from October 22nd to 27th.  He expressed his appreciation to all drivers. 

 

Jessica Hein, Assistant to City Manager, invited the Council, Mayor and City employees to attend Make A Difference Day to be held on October 27th at the Las Palmas Park.  

 

Mayor Flores mentioned that she had received a letter from the Laredo Philharmonic Chorale asking permission for patrons and chorale participants to park at the El Metro Parking facility on October 29th and 30th at no cost. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, noted that the ordinance does allow for the City Manager to waive the fees for the Laredo Philharmonic Chorale. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None.

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept funds

and amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $50,000 in funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project - Case Management of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.

 

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 introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:  7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 12  of the Code of

Ordinances, City of Laredo, Texas to include Article IV to establish fees for fire inspection services and life safety inspections, within the corporate limits of the City of Laredo, Texas.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

David Newman, member Fire Inspection Ad Hoc Committee, gave a brief overview of the issues that the committee addressed.  He said the most important issue is safety and working with the business owners to notify them of the annual inspection. 

 

Mike McBain, from Laredo Cotton Transfer, stressed the importance of educating business owners about the new ordinance. 

 

Tom Wade, manager of Emmerson Electric and a representative of the Transportation  Association, spoke against the fee for fire inspection services.

 

Joseph Martinez, from Southwestern Motor Transport, spoke against the fee.

 

Frank Vida, President of Brenco Inc., spoke against the fee.

 

Tom Garmen, Central Freight Line, spoke against the fee.

 

Ricardo Arredondo, from American Freightways, stated that the ordinance needs to be researched more before the fee is implemented.

 

Fire Chief Luis Sosa reported that he agreed with the outcome of the Ad-Hoc Committee.  He added if the business owners are in compliance with the ordinance that they would not pay a penalty. 

 

Chris Niles, from Fire Department, gave a small presentation on the differences between the original ordinance and the new proposed ordinance.   He stated that the new ordinance does not have a fee for the annual inspection; however, if a re-inspection is required a fee will be charged.  He noted that businesses will be given a blank fire inspection form prior to the inspection.   

 

    Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

                 Second:  Cm.  Valdez

     For:     5                                          Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

     Cm.  Agredano                                Cm.  Guerra

     Cm.  Bruni                                       Cm.  Ramirez

     Cm.  Amaya

     Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

     Cm.  Valdez

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council except Cm.  Guerra and Cm.  Ramirez

 

            3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 21,  of

the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo by creating Article VII, establishing a juvenile day-time and night-time curfew, defining terms, creating offenses for minors, parent and guardians of minors, and business establishments violating curfew regulations, providing defenses, providing for enforcement by the Police Department, providing for a waiver by the Municipal Court of jurisdiction over a minor when required under the Texas Family Code, providing for a penalty not to exceed $500.00, providing for classification of any offense listed herein as a Class "C" misdemeanor, providing for a savings clause, providing for a severability clause, establishing an effective date, and providing for publication in a  local newspaper.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Sylvia Hurd spoke in favor of the ordinance. 

 

Ester Firova, United Independent School District representative, stated that they are in favor of the 12 midnight curfew.

 

Jesus "Toro" Martinez, Program Director for Webb County Coalition, spoke in favor of the ordinance.  He stated that he is totally against government going into private lives; however, he said that the present ordinance has been successful in assisting parent, and he feels that a more stringent ordinance is needed. 

 

Motion to ask the City Attorney to research on whether the City can mandate the Municipal Court Judge to issue community service to the youth that violate the City Ordinance. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the

City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4, 5, and the East 1/2 of Lot 3, Block 1268, Eastern Division, located at 2219 Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited to Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

     Second:  Cm.  Agredano

     For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mr.  Mario Gutierrez stated that he is not interested in rezoning that area. He is interested in obtaining a Conditional Use Permit which will allow him to operate a portrait studio from his residence.  He submitted a list of names from surrounding neighbors agreeing to the business. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing postpone until next meeting.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of

the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Blocks 954, Western Division, located at the 2100 block of Pierce St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning and Zoning Committee has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

     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.  J.  Valdez

     Second:  Cm.  Bruni

     For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of

the City of Laredo by rezoning All of Blocks 955, Western Division, located at the 2200 block of Pierce St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning and Zoning Committee has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Bruni

     For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

     For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

 

 

 

7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of

the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7 and 8, Block 529, Western Division, located at 1604 and 1606 Park St., 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.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Bruni

     For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing the Earles Family, asked for the zone change to be amended to a Conditional Use Permit for a daycare center.  Ivonne Earls submitted a petition which was solicited from surrounding neighbors seeking their approval of the Conditional Use Permit. 

 

Mr.  Martinez spoke against changing the zone.

 

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

 

     Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

     For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

 

8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2000-O-306,

authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for mini-storage warehouses on Lots 7, 8, 9, and 10, Block 431, Eastern Division, located at 202 W. Saunders St., such that the permit includes a revised site plan.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit amendment.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Bruni

     For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

Motion to close and postpone until the applicant complies with the landscaping agreement.  

 

     Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

                 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

     For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of

the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1-A and 1-B, Block 3, G & M Apartment and Townhouse Project, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, located at 7019 Village Blvd. from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

     Second:  Cm.  Agredano

     For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of the property owner, spoke in favor of the zone change request. 

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Guerra

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

     For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Guerra

 

10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map)

of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5-B and 5-C, Block 1, North Creek Plaza Subdivision located east of Springfield Rd. and north of Del Mar Blvd. from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and B-4 (Highway Commercial District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Guerra

       Second:  Cm.  Bruni

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       There was no public input.

 

       Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Guerra

                   Second:  Cm.  Bruni

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Guerra

 

 

 

 

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

11.  A.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.  Status report on opening of Bartlett Avenue and closing of Jarvis Avenue at

     Market Street, with possible action.

 

     Motion to postpone.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

     Second:  Cm.  Bruni

     For:     7                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2.  Status report on the down payment assistance program including balance of

     funds and accountability, with possible action.

 

     Motion to postpone.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

     Second:  Cm.  Bruni

     For:     7                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

3.  Discussion with possible action to consider an exemption for those persons over

65 years of age with homestead exemptions for the basic charge for residential water service of $7.50 per month for consumption of up to 4,000 gallons, in the event that the City proceeds with the privatization of the Utilities Department.

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr., noted that he had the item on the agenda over a year ago.  He requested staff to research the issue and come up with some recommendations. 

 

                             Motion to create guidelines and recommendations from staff.

 

                             Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                             Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                             For:     7                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

1.  Status report on the proposed park at Eistetter and San Francisco.

 

Miguel Pescador,  Assistant Parks & Recreation Director, reported that the project is out for bids.  He noted that the bids will be opened on November 8th and will be awarded on November 19th.  He said the project will be completed in April or May of 2002. 

 

2.  Status report on the conversion of the former Union Pacific Railroad Bridge at   

     Ryan Street across Zacate Creek to a pedestrian bridge.

 

 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, stated that TxDOT signed the agreement which authorized the City to go out on Request for Proposals.  He noted that staff is currently negotiating with the consultant, and they will bring the item back to Council with recommendations as soon as possible.   

 

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

                       

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding constructing gazebos at Father

     McNaboe Park for rental purposes.

 

Miguel Pescador, Assistant Parks & Recreation Director, stated that there are areas that staff may consider for construction of a gazebo that would be above the flood plain.  He noted that staff would research the project and report back to Council.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the City of Laredo's official position in

reference to working relations with the County of Webb on the Bridge V project and ensuring the City's official position is made clear during presentations to be made at the XXX Meeting of the United States-Mexico Binational Group on Bridges and Border Crossings in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, read the caption of Resolution # 2001-R-061:

 

"Opposing the construction of an International Bridge Crossing that is not part of the Laredo Bridge System, that would compete directly with the City's system, and further opposing any construction of an International Bridge inside the City's corporate limits, including the extra territorial jurisdiction, that is not constructed or sponsored by the City of Laredo."

 

Cm.  J. Valdez noted that the City tried to work with the County but it is not feasible. 

 

                   D.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding odor in La Azteca neighborhood.

 

Heberto Ramirez, Interim Utilities Director, stated that the City has contracted with Camp Dresser and McKee to assess odor and corrosion control problems at the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.  He said  the scope of the work established under this project includes the design a rehabilitation plant corrosion collection chemical injection study and the design of ventilation and chemical scrubbing equipment.  He went on to say that the project is still under design and it is not expected to be complete until February of 2002.  The project will go out for bids in April of 2002 and will be awarded in August of 2002.  He said the completion date is June of 2003. 

 

Adrian Montemayor, Treatment Manager, gave a brief explanation as to why the odor is worse in the winter than in the summer months. 

 

 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding installation of lights at Las Palmas

     Park.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, informed Council that staff is inquiring on installing lights at the Las Palmas Park.

 

Mayor Flores requested lighting that will enhance the tone for the area.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that he talked to AEP/CPL, and cannot install the lights or use their equipment to assist the City  because the area is in a flood plain; however, they will provide service. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that staff would come back with a proposal.

 

3.  Discussion with possible action to open the proposed police substation at

     Bridge I.

 

Chief Granados, mentioned that the Police department will assign several officers to the building after minor modifications are done.   

 

4.  Discussion with possible action to create a half hour program on the Public

Access Channel to inform the public of ongoing projects in City Council Member Districts.

 

Cm.  Ramirez emphasized the importance of informing the public about City projects. 

 

Mayor Flores suggested contacting the local newspapers to announce City projects. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, noted that he would work with the Public Information Officer and the Public Access Director in formulating a program that will run every two weeks. 

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

12.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of the City of

Laredo as Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 for the operation of a Zone Site 3 within said Foreign Trade Zone and specifically authorizing the City Manager to enter into an operation agreement with Rafael A. Morales, to operate an approximate 5,000 square foot designated area within a 70,000 square foot facility at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94-Site 3 located at the Killam Industrial Park, in return for the services provided by the City as a Foreign-Trade Zone Grantee and providing for an effective date. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

13.  Approving and adopting the districting plan of the Redistricting Commission;

providing for the redistricting of the eight (8) City Council Districts within the City of Laredo; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.                 FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

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Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinance # 2001-O-245, # 2001-O-246, # 2001-O-247, # 2001-O-248 and # 2001-O-249.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

14.  2001-O-245  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Airport Budget to recognize

additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no 3-48-0136-32-01 in the amount of $3,500,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a portion of an air cargo apron at the Laredo International Airport and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  The local match is available in the Airport Land Acquisition Reimbursement Account.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-245.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2001-O-246  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Airport Budget to recognize

    additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation

    Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-31-01 in the amount of

    $2,000,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a service road along the

    inside perimeter of the Laredo International Airport and appropriating said

    grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and

    authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  The 

    local match is available in the Airport Land Acquisition Reimbursement

    Account. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-246.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

                 2001-O-247  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Airport Budget to recognize

   additional revenues from a 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 adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-247.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2001-O-248  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a budget amendment to

   appropriate all funds associated with the Texas Department of

   Transportation State Project Contract No. 511226041 as follows:  State

   Funds in the amount of $1,054,000; transit sales tax local match of

   $40,000; and state toll credits of $223,500 for a total of $1,317,500; and

   providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit

   Fund Accounts.

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-247 with the amendment to change

   "Contract No.  511226041 to Contract No.  51122f6041."

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

     2001-O-249  Introduction of an ordinance accepting and adopting the City of  Laredo's

                           Write-off Policy for Accounts Receivable as presented to

   the Audit Committee on September 17, 2001.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-249.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

15.  2001-R-116  Approval of a resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit an

application to the Texas Department of Public Department of Public Safety, Governor's Division of Emergency Management for a grant in the amount of $20,000.00 with the City designating $4,000.00 in matching funds and/or in-kind services for a total of $24,000.00 to implement a public outreach program in Spanish concerning hazardous materials transportation issues with an emphasis on community protection.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-116.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

16.    2001-R-119  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the "Surface Only" of a 3.2326

acre, more or less, parcel of land as right-of-way for the extension of Springfield Avenue.  Said parcel of land being out of Porcion 24, Abstract 268, 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 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.

Being a 3.2326 acre tract of land, out of Porcion 24, Abstract 268, Toribio Rodriguez, Original Grantee, and being out of a 41.52 acre tract of land conveyed to Gilbert R. Leyendecker, as per instruments recorded in Volume 388, Pages 230-1 (10 acre tract), and Volume 390, Page 694, (31.5 acre tract), Deed Records of Webb County, Texas; said 3.2326 acre tract being situated in the City of Laredo, County of Webb, State of Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-119.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

17.  2001-R-120  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the "Surface Only" of a 1.2831

acre, more or less, parcel of land as a thirty-five-foot-wide drainage easement along the proposed extension of Springfield Avenue.  Said parcel of land being out of Porcion, 24, Abstract 268, 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 purchase at a set 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.

 

Being a 1.2831 acre tract of land, out of Porcion 24, Abstract 268, Toribio Rodriguez, Original Grantee, and being out of a 41.52 acre tract of land conveyed to Gilbert R. Leyendecker, as per instruments recorded in Volume 388, Pages 230.1 (10 acre tract), and Volume 390, Page 694, (31.52 acre tract), Deed Records of Webb County, Texas; said 1.2831 acre tract being situated in the City of Laredo, County of Webb, State of Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-120.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

           18.  2001-R-121  Authorizing the City of Laredo to enter into an interlocal agreement with

    the Dallas Area Transit Authority-Dart, for the assignment of option rights

    to the City for the purchase of two, 40 ft. 102" compressed natural gas

    (CNG) buses in the amount not to exceed $325,000 each from Nova Bus,

    Inc.

 

No action.

XII.     MOTIONS

 

19.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award a professional services contract

to Carter Burgess, an engineering firm, for an amount not to exceed $48,600 to amend the 1997 Master Plan by updating the community's needs assessments and prioritizing those park activities.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  Consideration to rescind the selection of Harry Jewett Associates, Laredo, Texas, as

consultants for the Inner City Park to be located on two City blocks at Locust/Plum and Barcelona/McDonnell due to complete change in the project scope of work and budget, and authorize staff to re-submit Request for Qualifications for the project with the revised Scope of Work.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Consideration to approve an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Laredo and the

County of Webb-Central Welfare Agency for cemetery services.  The Interlocal Agreement shall be in effect from October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2002.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  2

                                                                                         Cm.  Amaya

                                                                                         Mayor Pro Tempore E.  Valdez

 

22.  Consideration to award a contract for a Tennis Professional in the amount of

$26,400.00 for a twelve (12) month period from October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2002, with Carlos Ortiz, individually and D.B.A. Tennis Professional, to provide professional tennis lessons at the Market Street Tennis Courts.  Funding for FY 2001-2002 in an amount of $26,400.00 is available from Professional Services in the Recreation Division.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

23.  Presentation by Patrick McGarry (the City of Laredo arena consultant) of International

       Facilities Group, L.L.C. on the status of the Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

Patrick McGarry, with IFG, L. L. C, gave a summary report on the Laredo Entertainment Center.  He noted that the project is performing positively in all measures including schedule, cost, quality and design. 

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, when it deems it necessary to consult privately with its attorney about any item upon this agenda, pursuant to the provisions of Section 551.071(2) of the Texas Government Code.

 

XV.      ADJOURNMENT

M2001-S-27

City Council Chambers

October 22, 2001

Supplemental Agenda

 

I.          RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD.

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

1.  2001-RT-006  Authorizing the City of Laredo to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with

the Dallas Area Transit Authority-Dart, for the assignment of option rights to the City for the purchase of two 40 ft.  102” compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in the amount not to exceed $325,000 each from Nova Bus, Inc.

 

Larry we are waiting for a letter from the Dallas area Rapid Transit System that spells out the interlocal agreement and we would like you to make the motion contingent upon our receiving that letter. 

 

Motion contingent on receiving a letter from Dallas Area Rapid Transit System. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

II.        Adjourn

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

            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 20 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on October 22, 2001.

 

 

 

                                                                                    _______________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary