CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2001-R-29

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

NOVEMBER 19, 2001

5:30 P.M.

 

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

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

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G. Flores,                                                                  Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Council Member, District I

            Louis H. Bruni,                                                                         Council Member, District II

            John C. Galo,                                                                           Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                                                                     Mayor Pro Tempore, District V

            Joe A. Guerra,                                                                          Council Member, District VI

            Jose A. Valdez, Jr.,                                                                  Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

IV.       COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Cm. Ramirez announced that Mayor Pro Tem Valdez, City Manager Dovalina, and other city staff members met with the delegation from San Miguel de Allende and had good communications with them.  He extended Thanksgiving wishes to everyone and their families and asked for prayers for those soldiers stationed overseas.

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., wished everyone a good and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Cm. Guerra wanted to thank staff on two issues:  1) he has received the report from the 77th Legislative Session concerning the Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition; and 

 

2)  action taken regarding some flooding problems in the older part of Del Mar Subdivision.  He thanked staff for their assistance in coming up with a solution to this matter.  He extended Happy Thanksgiving wishes to everyone.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez, Jr. thanked the City Manager and his staff for the work they continue to do for District V.  He wished everyone in District V and the City of Laredo a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. 

 

Cm. Amaya mentioned that there will be a distribution of turkeys to the less fortunate residents of District IV during the 2nd Annual Turkey Giveaway.  Last year, over 60 turkeys were donated to needy families and tomorrow he expects to do even better.  He thanked the local businesses who provided financial support to this and other District IV projects.  He also thanked the people who have volunteered their time and dedication.  He wished everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. 

 

Cm. Galo stated that he had the good fortune of attending the Feast of Sharing where they served over 12,000 meals to the people.  On a separate note, he mentioned that on the Punt-Pass and Kick competition, we had two ambassadors from Laredo.  There is a 10-year old athlete, Ms. Agent, who qualified for the quarter finals by winning her division.

 

Cm. Bruni submitted the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association reports for Flight #s 93 through 97 dated November 14, 2001, and Flight #s 98, 99, and R-21 dated November 15, 2001, for the record.  He reminded everyone that the association does not seed over the metropolitan areas.   He also wished the constituents in District II and the citizens in the City of Laredo a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Cm. Agredano extended good wishes and blessings to all his family, the citizens of Laredo, and his committee appointees. 

 

Mayor Flores extended good wishes for a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday to everyone in the City of Laredo.  She also welcomed the new coordinator for the Customer Service Department, Eddie Zavala, who recently joined the city staff. 

 

Invitations

 

None.

 

Recognitions

 

None.

 

Communiqués

 

            None.

 

 V.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None.

 

VI.       PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1a.  Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of Tract 1:  UISD Tract-10.00 acres, more

       or less; and

 

       Motion to open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

       Second:  Cm.  Galo

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       There was no public input.

 

       Motion to close the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  Bruni

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

1b.  Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of Tract 2:  Mejia Tract-0.34 acres, more

       or less; and

 

       Motion to open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

       Second:  Cm.  Galo

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       There was no public input.

 

       Motion to close the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

1c.  Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of Tract 3:  Heirloom Tract-13.67 acres,

       more or less; and

 

       Motion to open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       There was no public input.

 

       Motion to close the public hearing.

       Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

       Second:  Cm.  Galo

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

1d.  Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of Tract 4:  FESCO Tract-66.126 acres,

       more or less; and

 

       Motion to open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

       Second:  Cm.  Galo

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       There was no public input.

 

       Motion to close the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  Agredano

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

1e.  Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of Tract 5:  Flores Tract-0.96 acres, more

       or less; and

 

       Motion to open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       There was no public input.

 

       Motion to close the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

       Second:  Cm.  Agredano

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

1f.  Public hearing for the unilateral annexation of Tract 6:  Tex-Mex Railway Tract

       228.6075 acres, more or less; and

 

       Motion to open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

       Second:  Cm.  Galo

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       Keith Selman, City Planner, recommended that City Council close all the public   

       hearings rather than taking in additional action being that there will be two additional   

       public hearings in December.

 

       Ron Whitehawk, representing Tex-Mex Railway, stated that this particular annexation  

 is an involuntary annexation.  It is the same acreage and same location as was seen last   

 year which was ultimately not annexed by the City.  He mentioned that the entire  

 acreage is used by the Tex-Mex Railway (Solano Railroad yard)  and there will be no 

 surrounding development in  terms of their own acreage as part of the Tex-Mex Master  

 Plan.  He is recommending to City Council that the land not be annexed.   

 

       Motion to close the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  Bruni

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

1g.  Public hearing for the unilateral annexation of Tract 7:  Lake/Life Downs Tract-

       776.19 acres, more or less; and

 

       Motion to open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

       Second:  Cm.  Galo

       For:     6                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  2

                                                                                                            Cm.  Amaya

                                                                                                            Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

 

       Pete Morales, Assistant Planning Director for Webb County, spoke on the County's 

       opposition to the annexation of this tract, specifically, the annexation of the Road and 

       Bridge Department facility.  He stated that there is no revenue to the City from this 

       land and requested that City Council follow Planning and Zoning Commission's 

       recommendation to deny annexation of this property.   He further stated that if L.I.F.E. 

       Downs were to be annexed, the paving ordinance requirement would kick in. 

 

       Mayor Flores stated that when the City decides to annex certain land, it does not 

       annex with a particular zone except for something that is already established. 

 

       Keith Selman, City Planner, agreed that it is City Council's discretion to bring certain  

       land in on a given zoning designation.  In this particular case, he would not recommend 

       giving a property located on Hwy. 59 an M-2 zoning which is the least restrictive 

       zoning  designation.  He would recommend to City Council to let the property come in 

       under an AG  zoning designation, stating that whatever is occurring, in terms of use of

       property, would be allowed to occur under a non-conforming status.  He stated that if

       there ever was a transition into a more intensive use or expansion of the non-

       conforming status, then they would come in and petition for a change through the zone 

       change process.  On the issue of the paving requirement, the owners would be required 

       to pave the land as stated under the paving ordinance. 

 

       Cm. Galo also stated that he would not recommend an M-2 zoning designation and  

       would rather grant a conditional use permit instead of an M-2 designation. 

       Mayor Pro Tempore E. Valdez, Jr. inquired whether it is true that there are some other 

       M-2 uses in that area. 

 

       Keith Selman, City Planner, responded that he does not know whether there are other 

       M-2 uses in the area.   He indicated that there are specific issues that must be resolved   

       and it is difficult to resolve said issues during this initial annexation hearing. 

 

       Tomas Rodriguez, Jr., Webb County Utilities Director, spoke about the issue and stated 

          that the County is against the annexation.  He is most concerned about the Road and  

          Bridge Department complex that is already operating.  He requests that the City 

          Council consider the M-2 zoning designation for that particular area.  He stated that the

          County already platted their property back in 1997 and spent about $235,000.00 to

          $250,000.00 worth in sewer lines to properly develop the land.  Now, he is asking that

          City Council consider an M-2 zoning designation for this complex.

 

       Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. stated that he recommends granting the County a conditional use 

       permit designation.

 

       Motion to close the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  2

                                                                                                            Cm.  Amaya

                                                                                                            Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

 

1h.  Public hearing for the unilateral annexation of Tract 8:  Larga Vista Tract-36.26 acres,

       more or less; and

 

       Motion to open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       Pete Morales, Assistant Planning Director for Webb County, stated that the only  

       opposition the County had to the annexation of this tract is the annexation of Lots 55  

       and 56.  These are county-owned lots on which the Community Center is located.  He 

       mentioned that the proposed zoning as an R-3 has been discussed at length with Keith

       Selman.  He pointed out that in the Land Development Code, the City requires a B-1

       designation for government buildings.  He, therefore, requests that the City Council   

       carve out those two lots and not annex them or if annexed, to grant the County a B-1

       designation for these county-owned lots.

      

       Motion to close the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

1i.  Public hearing for the unilateral annexation of Tract 9:  Colombia Bridge Tract

      137.8539 acres, more or less.

 

       Motion to open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

       Second:  Cm.  Bruni

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       Ray Rodriguez, attorney,  spoke on behalf of Scibienski and Dolores Land Company 

       and Trust, fee simple title holders of the property underlying the proposed annexation. 

       The Scibienski Family did not receive timely notice of this proposed annexation.  The 

       Dolores Family Trust has never received notice at all.  Nevertheless, the land owners 

       are cooperating and looking forward to obtaining an M-1 zoning designation on said

       property.

 

       Motion to close the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

       Second:  Cm.  Bruni

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain

           

2.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $180,866 for the Laredo Multi Agency Narcotics Task Force.  Funding is available in the opening balance of the Narcotics Task Force Fund.  Funding in the amount of $92,866 will be used to pay overtime and benefits.  The additional amount of $88,000 will be used to match the grant from November 1, 2001 through May 31, 2002.

 

Motion to open public hearing.

 

      Moved: Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0       

 

                  There was no public input.

                       

                  Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                  Second:   Cm.  Bruni

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $40,000 for overtime and travel expenses for four Laredo Police Department Investigators and four Webb County Narcotics Investigators from October 20, 2001 through September 30, 2002.  This overtime is reimbursed 100% from an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Agreement (OCDETF) in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Department of Justice.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0       

                 

VII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

4.         A.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.      Discussion of contract between the City of Laredo and Laredo

Metro, Inc., with possible action.

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, explained that the contract between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Metro, Inc. is a contract entered into back in July, 1999, and addresses the responsibilities of Laredo Metro, Inc. and the City of Laredo. 

 

Cm. Ramirez mentioned that he wants some concerns addressed in regards to the lack of a union contract. 

 

Cm. Galo asked for clarification as to what exactly is the purpose of having the City Manager review the responsibilities of Laredo Metro, Inc. under the contract.  He mentioned that he has received numerous complaints regarding the performance by Laredo Metro, Inc.  He inquired whether the next step would be to submit a request for proposals.

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that it would be appropriate for City Council to articulate specific complaints regarding their dissatisfaction with the performance by Laredo Metro, Inc.   This is merely notice from the City Manager and City Council of their intent to look into the growing concerns rather than providing notice of termination of the existing contract.  He advised that first, the City should consider giving notice to the transit system's management of the City Council's  dissatisfaction with its performance.  Then, the City Manager's Office could come back with a report to City Council as to what change came about.  He stated that if there was no change, City Council could then proceed with requests for proposals and the actual notice.

 

Mayor Flores stated that members of City Council that are not satisfied with the contract should be given an opportunity to express their concerns. 

 

Cm. Galo mentioned that his concerns revolve more around the way the employees are being treated.   He stated that the complaints have been on the rise since the new management team has been in place and he would like to address those concerns. 

 

Mayor Flores commented that there is a serious meltdown in the whole organization and she does not believe it is fair to the general manager or the employees.  She also stated that this situation is something that can be remedied if the City Council takes quick action that is fair.

 

Motion to instruct the City Manager to provide notice to the Laredo Metro, Inc. General Manager of a possible termination of the contract. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the City would send a letter this week so the board members of Laredo Metro, Inc. may address this concern at their meeting of December 12, 2001. 

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. mentioned that he is primarily concerned with the employee complaints and would like to correct this as soon as possible. 

 

Cm. Galo inquired whether the City needs to send a letter of termination or can the City go forward with its requests for proposals. 

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, replied that it would be something that the City would do simultaneously. 

     

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

4.      Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicles and Truck Traffic, Article XI Truck Traffic by specifically amending Section 19-435, Permit Issuance, to increase the width limits for oversize loads from sixteen feet to seventeen feet and the height limit from fourteen feet six inches to fifteen feet at the World Trade Bridge; providing for severability, an effective date and publication.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with ASA Group, Ltd., for approximately 3.135 acres (136,560.60 square feet) constituting Tract 6 of Block 1 and approximately 3.135 acres (136,560.60 square feet) constituting Tract 7 of Block 1 of the Subdivision Plat of the Laredo International Airport Terminal Subdivision located at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for forty (40) years commencing on December 1, 2001 and ending on November 30, 2041.  Monthly rent shall be $4,100.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted by fair market value appraisal on the 10th, 20th and 30th anniversaries; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.              FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

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

 

Motion to waive final readings of ordinances 2001-O-260; 2001-O-261; 2001-O-

262; 2001-O-263; 2001-O-264; 2001-O-265; 2001-O-266; 2001-O-267; 2001-O-268; 2001-O-269; 2001-O-270; 2001-O-271; 2001-O-272; 2001-O-273; 2001-O- 274; and 2001-O-275.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

7.  2001-O-260  Amending    the 2001-2002   Transit   System    budget   by appropriating

$158,000 from fund balance and appropriating such funds as a reserve to  

partially fund the acquisition of buses. 

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-260.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

   Second:  Cm.  Galo

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

           

2001-O-261  Authorizing the City Manager to amend Chapter 14, Garbage, Trash &

   Refuse, Article I, Section 14-1, Definitions; also Article II, Section 14-9,

   Rates, subsection (c) by deleting subparagraph (c)(4); adding subsection

   (d) Special Event Fee; deleting portions of subsection (e) garbage and

   mandate fees schedule, by changing the square footages and adjusting the

   rates for garbage collection; adding subsection (f) commercial

   establishments exclusions; adding subsection (g) Appeals Process; and

   amending subsections h to m to alphabetize each subsection correctly;

   providing for severability, effective date and publication. 

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-261 with correction as 2001-O-195.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

   Second:  Cm.  Galo

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-262  Amending the City of Laredo Home Investment Partnerships Program

    2001-2002 grant in the amount of $1,508,000.00 to reflect a $4,000.00

    increase to Community Housing Development Organizations and

    Administrative Costs, and authorizing the City Manager to implement

    said budget amendment.

 

    Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-262.

    Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

    Second:  Cm.  Galo

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-263  Amending the City of Laredo 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of

   $30,000 for a Safe Streets Program Grant from the Texas Department of

   Transportation.  The Texas Department of Transportation will be

    designating $22,500 and the City of Laredo will be designating $7,500 in

    matching funds.  Matching funds are available in the general funds

    transfer in fund balance.  (As amended)

 

    Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-263.

 

    Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

    Second:  Cm.  Galo

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-264  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002

   annual budget in the amount of $125,000 to fund the Comprehensive

   STEP (S.T.O.M.P) Program.  The Texas Department of Transportation

   will be designating $95,000 and the City of Laredo will be designating

   $30,000 in matching funds.  The match for this grant is available in

   General Fund.  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 2001

   through September 30, 2002.

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-264.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

   Second:  Cm.  Galo

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-265  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the FY 2001-2002 budget in the

   amount of $44,968 for the Medicaid Administrative Cost (MAC) Project

   of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October

   1, 2001, through September 30, 2002.

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-265.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

   Second:  Cm.  Galo

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

           

2001-O-266  Amending the FY 2001-2002 budget by transferring $59,217 in

    unexpended program income from the FY 2000-2001 fund balance to the

    current FY 2001-2002 budget for the Women and Children Health

    Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of

    October 1, 2001, through September 30, 2002.

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-266.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

   Second:  Cm.  Galo

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-267  Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation

   from the Texas Department of Health for the HIV/AIDS Prevention and

   Education Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and

   appropriate said budget in the amount of $153,470 for the period

   beginning January 1, 2002, through December 31, 2002.

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-267.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

   Second:  Cm.  Galo

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-268  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2001

   2002 annual budget in the amount of $1,418,975 to fund a program under

   the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing

   Service (COPS) and authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the

   amount of $1,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of

   Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS).  The U.S. Department of

   Justice will be designating $1,000,000 and the City of Laredo will be

   designating $418,975 in matching funds.  Funding will be used to purchase

   Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs), computer hardware, and computer

   software needed to implement new technology in police units.  Matching

   funds are available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-268.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

   Second:  Cm.  Galo

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-269  Amending the City of Laredo’s 2001-2002 annual budget by authorizing

   the addition of four (4) Sergeant positions by reclassification of four (4)

   Investigator positions at the Laredo Police Department.  The approximate

   additional cost to General Fund is $24,000 to pay for the salaries and

   fringe benefits for four (4) additional Sergeant positions from November

   20, 2001 through September 30, 2002.

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-269.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

   Second:  Cm.  Galo

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-270  Appointing Alfonso H. Ornelas, Jr., as Associate Municipal Court Judge

   for the City of Laredo for a limit of two (2) years; providing for effective

   date and severability.

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-270.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

   Second:  Cm.  Galo

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

                                         

2001-O-271  Closing as public easements those sections of:

 

A.        Tacuba St. between the east right-of-way line of Union Pacific Railroad Company and the west right-of-way line of Sta. Maria Avenue including the intersections.

B.         Davis Ave. between Chicago Street and the south right-of-way line of Ortiz Street.

C.        Main Ave. between Chicago Street and the south right-of-way line of Ortiz Street.

 

Situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and,

 

D.        Elm St. between Springfield and Monterrey Avenues including the intersections.

E.         Sanders Ave. between Locust and Ash Streets.

F.         Marcella Ave. between Locust and Ash Streets.

 

Situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-271.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

      Second:  Cm.  Galo

      For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                   2001-O-272  Closing the intersection of Jarvis Avenue at Market Street to vehicular

     traffic traveling in a Northerly and Southerly direction by barricading at

     the North and South right-of-way lines of said intersection, situated in the

     Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb and providing for an

     effective date. (As amended)

 

     Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-272.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

     Second:  Cm.  Galo

     For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                  2001-O-273   Ratifying the City Manager’s acceptance of a grant in the amount of

     $34,000.00 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and

    amendment of the FY 2001-2002 annual budget for the NPDES fund by

    appropriating the said grant revenue and local match of $10,000.00 to the

    appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant monies will be used for

    collection and disposal of Hazardous Materials from the Conditionally

                Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG).  The local match is  

                available in the NPDES Fund.

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-273.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

   Second:  Cm.  Galo

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                 2001-O-274  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Texas Migrant

   Council for approximately 1,600 square feet constituting Suite No. 8 of

   Building No. 134 located at 4603 Maher Avenue at the Laredo

   International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year and one (1) month

   commencing on October 1, 2001 and ending October 31, 2002.  Monthly

   rent shall be $1,800.00; providing for an effective date.

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-274.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

   Second:  Cm.  Galo

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                 2001-O-275  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Howland Surveying,

   Co., Inc. for approximately 6,174 square feet constituting Suite No. 100   

   Building No. 170 located at 5103 Maher Avenue at the Laredo

   International Airport.  Lease term is for one year commencing on

   December 1, 2001 and ending on November 30, 2002.  Monthly rent shall

   be $2,532.00; providing for an effective date.

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-275.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

   Second:  Cm.  Galo

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

           

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

8.  2001-R-130  Accepting the assignment of .645 acre feet of municipal water rights from 

                          the balance of 21.33391 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Richard

  E. Haynes in payment of water availability charges in connection with the

  final plat of James Haynes Industrial Park, Unit IV.

 

  Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-130.

 

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

  Second:  Cm.  Bruni

  For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

9.  2001-R-132  Renaming of the park facility currently known as Zacate Creek Little

  League Park located at Lyon Street and San Francisco Avenue to the Jose

  “Pepe” Moreno Park in memory of his work with the youth of Laredo and

  years of service to the Laredo Little League.

 

  Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-132.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

  Second:  Cm.  Bruni

  For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

10.  2001-R-136  Adopting the amended Parks and Recreation Master Plan, updated by

 Carter and Burgess Engineering Firm, to better reflect the changing needs

 of the community and prioritizing these park activities based on their

 assessment of a survey and the input of community representatives

 involved in this process.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-136.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

 Second:  Cm.  Bruni

 For:     8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

XI.       MOTIONS

           

11. Consideration to amend Motion dated September 17, 2001, to correct  amount of      award to Lambda Construction I, Ltd., New Braunfels, from $2,418,000 to $2,428,000 due to bid summation error, for the Jefferson Street Water Treatment Plant 60 MGD High Service Pump Station.  The amendment does not affect the bid results of Lambda Construction I, Ltd. of being the lowest bidder.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:   Cm.  Bruni

Second:   Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                      Abstain:  0 

 

12. Consideration for acceptance of the Elevated Storage Tank Improvements Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $33,775.00 which includes a retainage reduction in the amount of $29,340.00 for the completion of the contract in the amount of $193,750.00.  Funding is available in the Elevated Tanks Improvement Project-Retainage Payable.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:   Cm.  Bruni

Second:   Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

13.     Authorizing the City Manager to amend a contract with CH2MHILL 

Engineers, of San Antonio, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $55,900.00 for a total contract of $250,900.00, for Project Management Services for the Secondary Water Supply Project.  The services include evaluation of the proposals, presentation and discussion of the evaluation of proposals with the Water Issues Committee and City Council, preparation and review of draft Letter of Intent and preparation of the final Letter or Intent.

 

   Motion to approve.

 

Moved:   Cm.  Bruni

Second:   Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

           

14.        Award of annual contract number FY02-023, to the sole bidder, Aldo T. Rodriguez DBA Laredo Electric Motor Service, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $60,000.00, for providing electric motor repair service for the Utilities Department.  The bid pricing will be firm during the contract period and all repair work will be secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Water and Wastewater Department Funds.

 

   Motion to approve.

 

Moved:   Cm.  Bruni

Second:   Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

15.         Consideration to amend a contract with Foster Engineering, Co., Laredo, Texas for $97,500.00 to include additional surveying services required to acquire easements for water and wastewater lines at Old Milwaukee.  The amendment brings the total contract amount to $399,800.00.  Funding is available in the Colonias Fund Project Engineering Fees Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:   Cm.  Bruni

Second:   Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

16.        Consideration to award contract number FY 02-022 to the Sole Bidder, Leno Industries, Inc., of Pittsfield, MA, in the amount of $182,443.00, for the purchase of an armored response vehicle for the Police Department.  Delivery is anticipated within one hundred and twenty days.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:   Cm.  Bruni

Second:   Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

17.        Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of October 2001 represents a decrease in levy of $8,881.82.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

18.   Refund of property tax to the following taxpayers and companies: 

 

a.       A refund in the amount of $816.96 payable to Rafaela G. Juarez.  The mortgage company is responsible for the taxes; therefore, the taxpayer is requesting the refund.

 

b.      A refund in the amount of $5,993.89 payable to B-Works, Ltd., due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board.  District Court Judgment Cause #2000-CVQ-000878-D2, Supplement #2.

 

c.       A refund in the amount of $3,731.58 payable to Sears Roebuck & Co., due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board.  Judgment #2000-CVQ-000839-D1.

 

Motion to approve.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

   Second:  Cm.  Galo

   For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

19.       Consideration to approve 28 General Fund Third Party Funding contracts.  The contracts are for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002 and total $555,420.

                                   

                        Bringing Everyone Special Together                                          $   14,063

                        Bethany House                                                                         $   20,000

                        Border Area Nutrition Council                                                  $   35,000

                        Boy’s & Girls Club of Laredo                                                   $   90,000

                        Boy Scouts Gulf Coast Council                                                 $   18,000

                        Casa de Misericordia                                                                $   15,000

                        Catholic Social Services                                                           $   15,000

                   Club Olympia                                                                           $     4,500

                   Communities in Schools                                                            $   15,000

                   Community Action Agency – Elderly Nutrition Program             $   20,000                              

                   Community Action Agency – Meals on Wheels                         $   19,000

                   Girl Scouts Paisano Council                                                      $   10,000  

                   Int’l Sports Hall of Fame                                                           $     3,600

                   Laredo Crime Stoppers                                                            $   15,000

                   LISD Campus Crime Stoppers                                                 $     7,500

                   Laredo Little Theater                                                                $   27,055

                   Laredo Regional Food Bank                                                     $   20,000

                   Laredo Webb County Child Welfare Board                              $     5,202                      

                   Laredo Webb County Food Bank                                            $   30,000

                   Laredo Webb Neighborhood Housing Service                          $   15,000

                   Laredo International Fair and Exposition                                   $     4,500

                   Literacy Volunteers of America                                                 $     7,000

                   Rio Grande International Study Center                                      $   20,000

                   Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin Coalition                                      $     5,000

                   Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center                                         $   75,000                    

                   Sacred Heart Children’s Home                                                $     5,000

                   South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse                      $   10,000                     

            Webb County American Red Cross                                         $   10,000

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:    8                                    Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0 

 

20.       Consideration to approve 15 Hotel/Motel Fund Third Party Funding contracts.  The   contracts are for the  Fiscal Year October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002 and   total $409,515.       

 

Laredo Chamber of Commerce – Cola Blanca                                      $     9,000

                        LULAC #7                                                                                          $     5,000 

                        LULAC #12                                                                                        $     5,000

                        Society of Martha Washington                                                              $   10,000      

                        Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association                                     $   23,000

                        Washington’s B-Day Celebration Assoc. Museum                                $   15,000

Laredo Children’s Museum                                                                   $   50,000

Webb County Heritage Foundation                                                       $   60,000

Laredo Center for the Arts                                                                    $ 131,360

L.C.C. Dance/Music Community Productions                                       $   32,815

Laredo Philharmonic Chorale                                                                $     2,340

Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra                                                             $   37,000

                        T.A.M.I.U. Dance Productions                                                             $   10,000

Border Olympics                                                                                  $     9,000

Streets of Laredo Urban Mall                                                               $   10,000

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

XII.   STAFF REPORT

           

21.       Status report from Rene Gonzalez regarding the State House and Senate interim charges for standing committees.

 

                        Rene Gonzalez, Laredo Development Foundation Intergovernmental Relations Representative, submitted the House and Senate Interim Charges for the 78th Legislative Session to the Mayor and City Council.  He touched upon one charge from the House dealing with inspection stations which is a topic of interest to City Council.  He stated that the Transportation Committee has asked that locations for inspection stations be reviewed during the interim session.  A copy of said packet is available for review at the City Secretary's Office. 

 

                        Cm. Galo inquired whether the City has made any progress on the inspection stations situation.

 

                        Rene Gonzalez stated that he was in Washington, D.C. and spoke to staffers from Senator Phil Gramm's office and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson's office.  He mentioned that the Transportation Committee is fully aware of the City's concerns that these inspection stations should be located outside the city limits.

 

XIII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during 0this 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.

 

22.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071 (1) (A) to

consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation, Michael R. Adelman, and Dynamic Publishing and Distributing L.L.C. v. City of Laredo, a Municipal Corporation, Cause L-01-156, United States District Court Southern District of Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

       Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071 (1)

       (A) to consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation, Michael R.  Adelman,

       and Dynamic Publishing and Distributing L .L. C. vs.  City of Laredo, a Municipal

       Corporation, Cause L-01-156, United States District Court Southern District of Texas,

       and return to open session for possible action.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       After Executive Session, Mayor Flores announced that no formal action was taken.

           

23.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071 (1) (A) to

       consult with City Attorney pending litigation, Richard J. Gonzalez and The Laredo

       Morning Times and Jessica Kent v. The City of Laredo, Texas Mayor Betty Flores,

       Council Members Alfredo Agredano, John Galo, Joe Guerra, Juan Ramirez and Eliseo

       Valdez, Jr., Cause No. 2001-CVQ001229-D2, in the District Court, 111th Judicial

       District, Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.        

 

       Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071 (1)

       (A) to consult with City Attorney pending litigation, Richard J. Gonzalez and The

       Laredo Morning Times and Jessica Kent v. The City of Laredo, Texas Mayor Betty

       Flores, Council Members Alfredo Agredano, John Galo, Joe Guerra, Juan Ramirez and

       EliseoValdez, Jr., Cause No. 2001-CVQ001229-D2, in the District Court, 111th

       Judicial District, Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.        

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       After Executive Session, Mayor Flores announced that no formal action was taken.

 

24.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071 (1) (A) to

       consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation, Gilbert L. Leyendecker, and

       wife, June G. Leyendecker, and Leyendecker Properties, Ltd. vs. The City of Laredo,

       Texas, Alfredo Agredano, City Council Member, District I, Johnny Amaya, City

       Council Member, District IV, Eliseo Valdez, Jr., City Council Member, District V, Joe

       A. Guerra, City Council Member District VI, Jose Alberto Valdez, Jr., City Council

       Member, District VII, Juan Ramirez, City Council Member, District VIII, in their

       individual and official capacities, Cause No. 2001CVQ001635-D1, in the District

       Court, 49th Judicial District, Webb County, Texas and return to open session for

       possible action.

 

       Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071 (1)

       (A) to consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation, Gilbert L. Leyendecker,

       and wife, June G. Leyendecker, and Leyendecker Properties, Ltd. vs. The City of

       Laredo, Texas, Alfredo Agredano, City Council Member, District I, Johnny Amaya,

       City Council Member, District IV, Eliseo Valdez, Jr., City Council Member, District

       V, Joe A. Guerra, City Council Member District VI, Jose Alberto Valdez, Jr., City

       Council Member, District VII, Juan Ramirez, City Council Member, District VIII, in

       their individual and official capacities, Cause No. 2001CVQ001635-D1, in the District

       Court, 49th Judicial District, Webb County, Texas and return to open session for

       possible action.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       After Executive Session, Mayor Flores announced that no formal action was taken.

 

25.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in

       regards to deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property in the

       North Laredo area, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental

       effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and

       return to open session for possible action.

 

       Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section

       551.072 in regards to deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real

       property in the North Laredo area, because deliberation in an open meeting would have

       a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a

       third person; and return to open session for possible action.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       After Executive Session, Mayor Flores announced that no formal action was taken.

 

           

XIV.   ADJOURNMENT

           

 

City of Laredo

City Council Meeting

M2001-S-29

November 19, 2001

 

I.                   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.  a.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

Presentation by Dr.  James M.  Earhart regarding preservation of greenspace.  (Sponsored by Council Member Juan Ramirez and Co-sponsored by Council Member Joe A.  Guerra)

 

Dr. James Earhart made a presentation to City Council explaining the current preservation efforts being made around the city.  He discussed the importance of preserving the woodland and wetland areas around the city.   He mentioned that the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee will be recommending that City Council adopt an ordinance to protect the remaining woodland, wetlands, and ponds in our community.

 

                        b.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni 

                          

           Discussion with possible action to abolish or rescind all appointed Focus Groups

created to study privatization issues at the meeting of November 13, 2001, and have all privatization issues brought forth to the City Council and/or workshops.  (Sponsored by Council Members Louis H. Bruni and Co-sponsored by Council Member Joe. A.  Guerra)

 

Cm. Bruni stated that his only concern is that the last time that Mayor Flores appointed council members to focus groups, there were some issues of great importance to all the community that went before the focus groups.  He feels that certain council members were not aware and informed as to what took place at these focus group meetings.  He does not want the same thing to happen with the critical issue of privatization.  He proposed that the City Council retain two of the three focus groups:  the City Manager's Contract Focus Group and the Employee Focus Group.  He would like to have all Council Members involved in the Benefit/Oversight Group so that they all share the information being provided by the two companies. 

 

Motion to abolish the existing Employee Benefit/Oversight Group and create a new focus group that includes all City Council Members and allow the focus group to appoint a chairman. 

 

Mayor Flores stated that she would not take that motion because the committees are committees that she has set up.  She suggested that if Cm. Bruni wants to set up an additional committee and the City Council agrees to that, she would not have any objection.   She emphasized that these committees are there to offer advise to the Mayor and as such she advises the community of their information.  She stated that if he prefers, she would include the other two members of the Water Issues Committee to join the focus group. 

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. stated that his understanding is that the members of the focus groups will report to the City Council.  He agrees with Cm. Bruni that everyone should be on the same committee in order to relay information to the public.

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. seconded the motion initiated by Cm. Bruni relating to dissolution of the main focus group.

 

Mayor Flores voted not to take the motion.

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that with regard to the Mayor's authority to appoint the ad hoc mayoral committees, she does hold that authority.  He pointed out that this is a committee that she has created and the intent of this committee is to advise the Mayor.  He did agree that City Council may create a similar committee of all the council members. 

 

Cm. Galo stated that this is the same process that was applied with the sports arena project.  He mentioned that those people that wanted to attend did, in fact, attend the meetings.

 

Mayor Flores asked whether Cm. Bruni wanted to make another motion to create another committee.

 

Cm. Bruni replied that he did not.

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that his understanding was that this three-member committee would be the representatives of the full City Council involved in the negotiations of the contract.  He explained that the motion to abolish  the committee cannot be made because it has been created by Mayor Flores as an advisory group.  He provided clarification that if this committee's purpose is to participate in the negotiations, it will create some confusion. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, explained the process involved during the negotiations for the arena project.  He stated that city staff went out and handled the minute details of everything and then they came back to the focus group with the major components of the contract.  As the City went forward with the negotiations, they were approving those portions of the contract being reviewed.  He mentioned that the focus group itself was not directly involved in the negotiations.  This was done in order to move the process along and speed it up. He stated that if the opinion is that the City cannot sit and negotiate and that City Council has to be present during these negotiations, then he believes that the process will take a rather long time.

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. mentioned that the focus groups do serve their purpose.  He feels that in this issue of privatization, everyone needs to be informed of the minute details.  A focus group makes suggestions as to what they prefer as far as particulars that are in the contract.  He believes that the whole City Council should be involved and it would mean more if everyone is on the same page and is invited to make recommendations. 

 

Mayor Flores explained that the Council Members can attend and participate at these meetings.  The significance of the focus groups is that it serves as a good sounding board for the rest of the council members. 

 

Cm. Bruni stated that if the Water Issues Committee can be part of the focus group, he will accept the appointment.

 

Mayor Flores appointed Cm. Bruni along with Cm. Guerra to the Main Focus Group along with Cm. Ramirez to the Employee Focus Group.

 

Following  Mayor Flores's new appointments, the motion was withdrawn.

 

      II.              MOTION

 

                        2.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Hawkins, Delafield &

Wood of New York in an amount not to exceed $250,000 to serve as Legal Council during contract negotiations pertaining to the privatization of the water and wastewater operations.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

    III.               Adjourn.         

 

                        Motion to adjourn.                                                                    Time:    9:00 p.m.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 24 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on November 19, 2001.

 

 

                                                                  ____________________________________

                                                                  Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                  City Secretary