CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL ANNUAL BUDGET WORKSHOP

FOR PROPOSED FY 2001-2002 BUDGET

M2001-W-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2001

 

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. Proposed Annual Budget Workshop for FY 2001-2002

 

a. Review and present FY 2001- 2002 Proposed Annual Budget (Continued)

 

J. Engineering Services

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer

 

1. Engineering Operations

 

Major Programs and Activities Proposed

 

         Repaired 86 street cuts per month

         Patched 430 potholes per month

         Speed Hump Construction

         Improved response time

         Reduced repeat patching

         Established sprinkler system ordinance

 

Major Accomplishments Street Construction

 

         Fire Station No. 12

         Ryan Street Paving

         Juarez Ave. Paving

 

Major Accomplishments Street Cleaning

 

         1200 street lane miles swept

         400 storm sewer inlets serviced per month

 

Major Accomplishments Creek Maintenance

 

         Maintained 741 acres of creek area (branch pickup)

         Water Street right-of-way clean-up

         Continue Concrete Pilot Channel program

 

Major Accomplishments Building Rehab

 

         Farias Police Substation

         Recycling Drop-Off Center

 

Major Accomplishments Construction Crew

 

         Chaparral Park Pedestrian Bridge

 

Creek Cleaning Projects

 

         Maintained 1100 acres of dedicated easements

 

Major Accomplishments Landfill

 

         Installed tire shredder passed two TNRCC inspections

         Semi-automatic garbage pilot program

 

Major Programs Proposed Department of Public Works

 

         New Solid Waste Facility

         New Garbage Route Cost Analysis

o       new water connections: 1600 per year

o       building permits: 2000 per year

o       one new garbage route can handle 800-1000 new

garbage pickups

 

         New Garbage Route Expenses

o       new garbage truck $25,000

o       fuel and maintenance 14,000

o       heavy truck driver 16,286

o       two refuse collectors 29,286

o       benefits 12,760

o       materials and supplies 3,000

 

TOTAL EXPENSES $107,332

 

Mr. Rivera, City Engineer, proposed a motion to increase the $7.00 monthly garbage fee by $1.50 to $8.50. He stated that this would increase revenues by $810,000.00.

2. Status of Construction Projects

 

K. Parks & Recreation Department

Horacio de Leon, Parks & Recreation Director

 

1. Parks & Recreation Department

Department Functions:

 

         Maintenance of 90 parks or 638.2 acres

         Maintenance of 4 plazas

         Maintenance of 18 Little League fields and softball fields

         Maintenance and operation of 5 swimming pools

         Maintenance and operation of Veterans Field

         Rentals of pavilions and pools

         Operation of 6 recreational centers

         Operation of 9 summer program sites

         Recreational programming

         CIP project management

         Operation of City Cemetery

 

Capital Improvement Projects in Progress:

 

         Eastwood Park $ 150,000

         Inner City Park 750,000

         San Francisco & Eistetter Park Imp 200,000

         Santa Rita Park 200,000

         South Laredo Park 200,000

         Zacate Creek Linear Park 448,000

         CIF Discretionary Improvements 306,585

 

TOTAL CIP PROJECTS $2,254,585

 

2. Cemetery Operations

 

3. Veterans Field Operations

 

Planning and Development

 

         Master Plan to acquire more land and develop more parks

         Subdivision Ordinance

         Fee Structure must be amended to increase revenues

         Contracts and Agreements

 

L. Library Department

Janice Weber, Library Director

 

 

1. Library Operations

Performance Measures

 

Category

Main

Library

Santo Nino

Branch

Bruni Plaza Branch

 

Book

Mobile

Estimate Totals

Check Outs

244,864

34,300

13,832

6,138

299,134

Reference

Questions

22,243

4,670

2,561

n/a

29,474

Computer

Uses

47,426

7,385

8,534

n/a

63,345

Room Use/ Attendance

2,728/ 38,320

104/ 1,202

n/a

330/ 9,938

2,832/ 49,460

 

Category

Main Library

Santo Nino

Branch

Bruni Plaza

Branch

Book Mobile

Estimate Totals

Programs

3,506

176

32

305

4,019

Program Attendance

68,248

7,434

426

9,938

86,046

Visitors

 

270,750

56,290

 

29,520

 

10,000

 

366,560

Card Holders

81,342

10,123

462

n/a

91,927

Accomplishments

 

      Computer Labs

      Weekend & Spanish Story Hours

      Community Collaborations

o       WBCA -- Telescopes -- Dia de los Ninos -- Center for the Arts Star Party programs

      TexShare / E-books

      Employee Incentive Program

 

Library Program of Service for FY2002

 

         Staffing of 5 vacancies

o       recruiting efforts

               Programs

o       computer training for staff and public

               Master Plan

               TrnsBorder Library Forum

o       March 13 16, 2002

               Archival Preservation Projects

               Photo Restorations

 

M. Public Works Department

Joe Guerra, Public Works Director

 

1. Landfill Operations

 

2. Public Works Operations

 

Joe Guerra, Public Works Director, requested that City Council consider a motion to increase the garbage collection fee by $1.50.

 

Motion to transfer $2,573,369.00 from the Solid Waste Management Fund to a restricted reserve fund for future closures expenses and post-closure costs.

Moved: Cm. Galo

Second: Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0

8:00 p.m. BREAK

 

N. Traffic Department

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director

 

1. Traffic Operations

 

Major Accomplishments FY 2000-2001

 

         CBD Traffic Signal Controller Upgrades

         Downtown Parking Facilities

         Speed Hump Installation Ordinance

         Street Name Sign Replacement Project

         School/Warning Flasher Installations

         Construction of Traffic Safety Warehouse

         New Traffic Signals (3 locations)

 

O. Bridge Department

Rafael Garcia, Bridge Director

 

1. Bridge Operations

 

Revenues: Budget to Actual Comparison as of July, 2001

 

BUDGETED $25,672,549

 

ACTUAL $24,211,296

 

Decrease of 6% ($1,461,253)

 

Revenues

 

2000-2001 (estimated) $29,053,555 2% increase

2001-2002 (projected) $31,808,301 10% increase*

 

* with approved $0.25 increase on non-commercial vehicles

 

Commercial

 

2000-2001 (estimated) $1,382,175 2% decrease

2001-2002 (proposed) $1,423,640 3% increase

 

 

Non-Commercial

 

2000-2001 (estimated) $7,424,257 1% increase

2001-2002 (proposed) $7,466,635 1% increase

 

All Vehicles

 

2000-2001 (estimate) $8,806,432 0% increase

2001-2002 (proposed) $8,899,275 1% increase

 

Pedestrian

 

2000-2001 (estimated) $4,330,065 1% increase

2001-2002 (proposed) $4,373,365 1% increase

 

Automatic Vehicle Identification System

Status Report January through July, 2001

 

Total # of Tag Customers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,600

Total # of Tags Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,200

Total $ Deposit in Accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 520,000

Total # of Tag Transactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 600,000

 

One-Time Swipe Cards

 

Total # Sold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80,000

Total $ Amount . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 700,000

 

Motion to increase non-commercial bridge fees to $2.00.

 

Moved: Cm. Ramirez

Second: Cm. Agredano

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0

 

Mayor Flores stated that the additional $0.25 increment would be earmarked for one-time expenditures on the list. She further stated that Beto Ramirez, Budget Director, would come back with the tax increase figures for operations.

 

P. Airport Department

Jose Luis Flores, Airport Director

 

1. Airport Operations

 

Major Accomplishments

 

         Completed Rehab of Rwy 17R

         Demolished 6 buildings

         Private Sector Investments Aviation

         L. A. Ventures

         Federal Express

         Federal Aviation Administration Grants: $4,754,379

         $3,334,942 discretionary

         $1,419,437 entitlement

         Noise Abatement $ 2,500,000

         Airport Master Plan $ 300,000

         Noise Study Update $ 200,000

         Rehab Runway 17R $ 300,000

         Rehab Taxiways $ 580,000

         Acq. Land Approach $ 239,379

         Const. Service Road $ 300,000

         Const. Fuel Farm $ 335,000

         UT Health Science Center

         Air Service Aeromar

         Purchased:

         Airport and Fire Fighting Vehicle

         Airport Sweeper

         Paint Striping Machine

 

Proposed FY 2002 Programs/Projects

 

         Pursue Passenger Jet Service

         Pursue Federal Aviation Administration Grants

         Continue Noise Abatement

         Complete Airport Master Plan and Noise Study

         Acquire RPZ parcels Rwy 35L

         Construct:

-         North Parallel Taxiway

-         Fuel Farm

-         Service Road

-         Construct Cargo Apron Pads

         Rehab Portions of Taxiways

         East Side Cargo Development

         Demo Additional Buildings

         Acquire Land for Compatibility

 

V. Adjournment Time: 10:00 p.m.

 

Motion to adjourn.

 

Moved: Cm. Agredano

Second: Cm. Amaya

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 through 9 are true, complete and correct proceedings of the Annual Budget workshop held on the 16th day of August, 2001.

 

_______________________________

Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

City Secretary