CITY OF LAREDO

                                        CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                    M2002-R-010

                                      CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                          1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                           LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                    MAY 20, 2002

                                                        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

Gene Belmares,                                                                           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

Jaime Flores,                                                                               City Attorney

 

 IV.  MINUTES

 

         Approval of the minutes of April 1, 2002.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Amaya

         Second:  Cm. Belmares

         For:         8                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

V.   COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

 Announcements

 

a.  Presentation of the 2001-2002 City of Laredo Cooperative Office Education Training   

     Program (CO-OP) and Industrial Cooperative Training (ICT) student employees.

 

The Mayor and City Council presented a Seven Flags Certificate to the following students for participating in the 2001-2002 City of Laredo Cooperative Office Education Training Program:

 

             Denise Abredo                         Community Development                      United South

             Monica Arriaga                        Parks and Recreation                            Cigarroa

             Aida A.  Benavides                   Parks and Recreation                            Nixon

             Yanira Flores                            Health                                                  United

             Elena R.  Garcia                       Parks and Recreation                            Nixon

             Jessica Gaytan                          Finance-Purchasing                               Cigarroa

             Martha E.  Gonzalez                 Traffic                                                  Alexander

             Brenda E.  Gonzalez                 Tax                                                      United South

             Leslie A.  Granado                   City Manager’s Office                          United

             Sabrina Y. Hill                          Parks and Recreation                            Martin

             Tanya Menchaca                      Health                                                  United

             Delilah  Mendiola                     Secretary’s Office                                 Cigarroa

             Jose L.  Olivares                       Parks and Recreation                            Cigarroa

             Christina Perez                         Administrative Services             United South

             Kristy N.  Perez                       Airport                                                 United

             Cristina Sanchez                       Parks and Recreation                            Cigarroa

             Joel A.  Vazquez                      Convention and Visitor’s Bureau           United South

             Stephanie Villanueva                 Parks and Recreation                            Nixon

             Zaida D.  Zapata                      Parks and Recreation                            Nixon

 

b.  Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation from Council Member Joe A. Guerra to all his appointees to various committees.

 

      Joe A.  Guerra, former City Council Member from District VI, presented Seven Flags Certificates to individuals that served for him on various committees during his tenure. 

 

                  Dr.  Michael Yoder                              Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee

                  Martha Gonzalez                                  Third Party Funding Advisory Committee

                  Laura Martens                                      Library Advisory Committee

                 Irma Trautman                                      Cemetery Advisory Committee

                  Gene Belmares                                     Airport Advisory Committee

                  Dr.  Vaughn                                          Citizens Environmental Committee

                  Richard Perez                                       Redistricting Committee

                  Mark Pease                                          Planning and Zoning Commission

       

c.  Presentation by Texas Migrant Council, Inc., regarding the address by First Lady Laura  

     Bush to the children and families of the City of Laredo on April 30, 2002.

 

Mary Guevara-Capello, Chief Executive Officer for Texas Migrant Council, asked City Council to continue to support "El Dia De Los Ninos".  She noted that in 1999, “El Dia De Los Ninos" was proclaimed a national holiday.     

 

Laura Tedford, leader of the Youth Committee for the Texas Migrant Council, Inc. encouraged over 2000 students to write letters to First Lady Laura Bush. 

 

     A video of First Lady Laura Bush addressing the children of Laredo was played.  

 

Invitations

 

a.   Invitation by L.U.L.A.C. Council #7 and Parks and Recreation to the 1st Annual Memorial  

      Day Celebration on May 26, 2002, at El Metro Park and Ride (Airport Grounds) from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, mentioned that LULAC Council # 7 and the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the 1st Annual Memorial Celebration to be held on May 26, 2002.  He said that the event will provide live music, entertainment and arts and crafts.  He invited the Council Members and the public to attend the special event.   

 

Recognitions

 

a.       Recognition of Airport Police Captain Alejandro Martinez for exceptional meritorious service while serving with the United States Army as Security Force Member during Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia Herezegovina from September 17, 2001 to April 1, 2002.

 

Jose Flores, Airport Director, was proud and honored to recognize Airport Captain Alejandro Martinez for his exceptional meritorious service while serving the United States Army as Security Force Member during Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia Herzegovina from September 17, 2001 to April 1, 2002. 

 

Communiqués

 

a.       Proclamation recognizing the affiliation between the City of Laredo, Texas and Mexticacan,  Jalisco as Sister Cities.

 

Mayor Flores presented a token of appreciation to the Mayor of Mexticacan.  She read the proclamation recognizing the affiliation between the City of Laredo and Mexticacan.  

 

Cm.  Bruni submitted a South Texas Rain Enhancement report to be on file at the City Secretary’s Office.

 

Cm.  Galo welcomed  Cm.  Gene Belmares to the City of Laredo City Council. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez mentioned the District V Scholarship Fundraising Project that was held to raise money for graduates.  He noted that the annual fundraiser has been able to assist seniors by donating over $100,000 in the previous years. 

 

Cm.  Belmares thanked the public and City Council for a warm welcome.

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez welcomed Gene Belmares to the City Council.  He also recognized former Council Member Joe A.  Guerra, for his hard work and dedication for the City of Laredo.  He went on to say how what a privilege it was to work with Cm.  Guerra.  Finally, he congratulated Larry Dovalina, City Manager, for being selected President of the Region VIII Texas City Manager’s Association.  

 

Cm.  Ramirez congratulated and thanked the former Council Member, Joe A.  Guerra for his hard work and dedication to the people of Laredo.  

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, noted that he was successful in bringing the presidency of Region VIII Texas City Manager’s Association to Laredo.   

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.   Appointment by Mayor Pro-Tempore Eliseo Valdez of Theresa Nimchan to the Third Party Funding Committee.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Galo

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

                  For:     8                                         Against:   0                                           Abstain:  0

                                

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 10, Block 1633, Eastern Division, located at 216 N. Arkansas Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed change, denial of a Conditional Use Permit for a heavy mechanic shop, and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a light mechanic shop.

 

                  Motion to open public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                  Second:  Cm. Agredano

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Bruno Figarroa, property owner, requested a zone change or a conditional use permit because his business is currently closed.       

 

                  Motion to close public hearing and deny the B-4 zone change and allow for a conditional use permit.     

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Galo

                  Second:  Cm. Bruni

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Galo

 

2.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Tesoro Plaza Plat, Unit 2, located at 5002 San Bernardo Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

                  Motion to open public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                  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. J. Valdez, Jr.

                  Second:  Cm. Bruni

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 

3.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 3, Block 1579, Eastern Division, located 2605 Bismark St., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

                  Motion to open public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  There was no public input.

 

                  Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Bruni 

                  Second:  Cm. Agredano

                  For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Bruni

 

4.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1,848 square feet, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located west of Mines Road approximately 706 feet north of Killam Industrial Blvd., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

                  Motion to open public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Galo

                  Second:  Cm. Bruni

                  For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                 

                  Henry Mejia spoke in favor of the zone change. 

 

                  Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                  Second:  Cm. Bruni

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 

5.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a mini-storage facility on 2.6479 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located north of International Boulevard and east of Bazan Subdivision; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit with conditions. 

 

      Motion to open public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Galo

                  Second:  Cm. Bruni

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Fred Guerra, representing the applicant spoke in favor the zone change.    

 

                  Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                  Second:  Cm. Bruni

                  For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

6.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing issuance of a Special Use Permit for a mini-storage facility on Lots 1 through 6, Block 1175, Eastern Division, and Lots 1 through 6, Block 1176, Eastern Division, and Lot 1, Block 1176-A, Eastern Division, located at the 2800 and 2900 blocks of Urbahn Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit with conditions.

 

                  Motion to open public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Agredano

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

                  For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Fred Guerra spoke in favor the zone change.

 

                  Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Agredano

                  Second:  Cm. Belmares

                  For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Agredano

 

7.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.9436 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A" located east of McPherson Road and north of Northridge Dr., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a bank.

 

                  Motion to open public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Galo

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Roberto Balli, representing the property owner, spoke in favor of a zone change which would allow the property owner to place two billboards on the property.  

 

                  Lawrence Miles, property owner of 8519 Crown Woods, urged City Council to support the Planning and Zoning Commission’s decision to  deny the zone change from B-1 to B3.  He noted that he was strongly opposed to placing billboards in the area. 

 

                  Keith Selman, City Planner, noted that larger Cities regulate signage and landscaping.    

 

                  Motion to close public hearing, and follow the staff recommendations to deny the zone change from B-1 to B-3 but approve a conditional use permit for the bank. 

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                  Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                  For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

8.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1,848 square feet, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located west of McPherson Road and approximately 430 feet north of Fenwick Drive, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

                  Motion to open public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Galo

                  Second:  Cm. Bruni

                  For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Leopoldo Ruiz, owner of the billboards, spoke in favor of the zone change. 

 

                  Mr.  Albert Muller spoke in favor of the zone change.  

 

                  Henry Mejia, representing the applicant, spoke in favor of a B-3 zone change.

 

                  Motion to close public hearing, deny the request for a B-4 zone change and approve a B-3 zone change.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                  Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

9.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions by amending the budget to create two (2) FTE for additional Airport Security Officer positions. Funding for these positions is available in the Airport Fund; providing for effective date.

 

                  Motion to open public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Galo

                  Second:  Cm. Bruni

                  For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Galo

                  Second:  Cm. Bruni

                  For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

          10.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 11.5 Emergency Management of the Code of Ordinances.  This amendment includes only the City of Laredo's response to emergency situations and omits Webb County's mutual responsibility.  Webb County will be amending their emergency management plan accordingly.  The State of Texas, Division of Emergency Management requires that all emergency management plans be updated periodically; repealing all conflicting ordinances; providing for severability, publication, and effective date.

                 

Motion to open public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Galo

                  Second:  Cm. Bruni

                  For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  There was no public input.

 

                  Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                  Second:  Cm. Galo

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.  Public hearing granting Reliant Energy Entex, a division of Reliant Energy Resources      Corp., and its successors, the right, privilege and franchise to construct, lay, maintain and operate pipelines and gas mains in, under, over, across and along, and to use present and future streets, alleys, public thoroughfares and grounds of the City of Laredo, for the purpose of transporting, distributing and selling gas (natural, artificial or mixed) for all purposes for which gas is or may be used to the municipality and inhabitants of said City of Laredo, Texas, and to any other person or persons, for a term of twenty years; providing for the manner of acceptance of this franchise by Entex; providing for payment by Entex to City for the rights and privileges granted by this franchise; and making miscellaneous provisions in connection therewith.

     

Motion to open public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Galo

                  Second:  Cm. Bruni

                  For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  There was no public input.

 

                  Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                  Second:  Cm. Galo

                  For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12. Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant awarded by the Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Governor in the amount of $40,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo's FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $66,576.00 for the   Criminal Justice Division Grant from the Office of the Governor. The Office of the Governor is contributing  $40,000.00 with the City designating $26,576.00 in matching funds.  This funding will be used for the Domestic Awareness Response Team Program under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of June 01, 2002 through November 30, 2002. 

 

Motion to open public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Galo

                  Second:  Cm. Bruni

                  For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  There was no public input.

 

                  Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Agredano

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

                  For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo's FY 2001-02   annual budget in the Fire Training Facility Fund by appropriating revenues and expenses of $37,500.00 from available interest earnings for the purchase and installation of fiber optic cable at the Laredo Fire / Public Safety International Training Facility, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

                  Motion to open public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Galo

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

                  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

           

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

14.  A.  Request by Council Member  Alfredo Agredano

 

1.   Discussion with possible action on placing a speed hump on the 400 block of East Century Drive.

 

      Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said staff needs to identify funding in order to install the speed hump. 

 

      Cm.  Bruni agreed to donate $500 from his discretionary funds to place a speed hump on the 400 block of East Century Drive. 

 

                    B.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1.   Discussion with possible action on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' report concerning arsenic, chromium, lead and petroleum compounds exceeding state environmental limits in soil and groundwater samples taken from the former Laredo Air Force Base.

 

      Jose Flores, Airport Director, informed Council that the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers was unable to attend.  He added that they would address Council at a later date. 

 

      Cm.  Bruni expressed concern with the delay in previous reports from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

 

Motion to postpone until the next meeting.   

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     6                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Agredano and Cm.  Ramirez were not present. 

 

2.   Discussion and possible action on the two water storage tanks on the corner of Meadow and Lyon.

 

      Heberto Ramirez, Utilities Director, stated in November of 2001 it was determined that the water storage tanks have cracks within the tank that go into the foundation.  The cost to repair the tanks is approximately $500,000 and the cost to replace a tank is 1.5 million dollars.  He said funding is available in a bond issue; however, it is not enough to repair the tank.  He went on to say that he would meet with the City Manager for direction.   

 

3.   Discussion and possible action on the acceptance of a land donation from the owners of Heritage Park for a police substation.

 

      Agustin Dovalina, Chief of Police, requested time to meet with the property owners.  

 

     Cm.  Bruni asked staff to place the item on the June 3, 2002 agenda. 

 

4.  Status report on Eastwood Park, with possible action.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, noted that the bids have been received and are being reviewed by staff and the consultants.  He noted that he would return to Council with a recommendation on the June 3, 2002 agenda.

 

C.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Consideration with possible action on the continuation of brick pavers on the

     medium along Clark Boulevard from Ryan Elementary School to Bartlett

     Avenue.      

 

     Larry Dovalina, City Manager, noted that an earlier Council allowed individuals

     to landscape and they would be opposed to removal of the landscaping.  

 

     Cm.  Amaya asked staff to initiate negotiations with the individuals.   

 

     Motion to continue with the brick pavers on the 2200 block of Clark.  Funding  

     will be taken from the discretionary fund of Cm.  Amaya.     

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                             Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                             For:     8                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

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

 

1.  Status report on Casa Verde.

 

     Keith Selman, Planning Director, informed the Council that staff has held several

     neighborhood meetings and is in the process of obtaining right of entry.  He

     added that they need to survey the property in order to continue with the project.   

  

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding a speed hump study on Quail Creek

     between Albany and Atlanta.

 

     Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said staff is waiting for the applicant to

     respond to a request of information. 

 

     Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez expressed his frustration for placement of speed

     humps. 

 

     Mayor Flores created a committee to make recommendations to the

     Transportation Committee.  They are:

 

     Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

     Cm.  J.  Valdez

     Cm.  Agredano

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on creating or amending an Ordinance to establish a buffer zone between existing commercial and residential zones.

 

                  Keith Selman, City Planner, informed Council that there is a draft ordinance that staff will continue working on and will present the ordinance to council. 

                 

3.  Discussion with possible action regarding the status of the Lafayette Linear Park.

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, said that staff met with the engineering firm to discuss plans and recommendations.  The project will be placed for bids next week. 

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez emphasized the importance of expediting the project.  

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, noted that at the last Council meeting we basically committed to do the skate park at Father McNaboe.  He said there was a delay at the Father McNaboe so staff will focus on finishing the slab at the Lafayette Linear Park. 

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez –requested for the departments to work together to complete the project. 

 

4.  Discussion with possible action to re-open the intersection of Ejido and Corpus Christi.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

     Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, said that the connection of Ejido and Corpus

     Christi is on the Tex-Mex right-of-way.  He noted that staff will meet with Tex

     Mex and request their assistance on the issue and report back to Council.

   

F.   Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on increasing the salaries of Mayor and City

     Council.

 

     Motion to increase the Mayor’s salary to $48,000 a year and City Council to

     $24,000 a year.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

     Second:  0

    

     Motion dies for lack of a second.

  

2.      Discussion with possible action on increasing the Council Member requests from four to six items.

 

Motion to raise the number of Council Member request from four to six items.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

 

Mayor Flores stated that she will entertain a motion only by the prevailing side.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated most of the Council issues can be addressed without being place on the agenda.  He continued to say some issues are of special importance and need to be addressed through the Council but for the most part staff is eager to solve and address any issues that the Council Member may have. 

    

3.  Discussion with possible action on having a design competition for the Zacate Creek improvements similar to El Portal.

 

     Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, stated that staff has a plan

     for beautification along the Zacate Creek; however, the project is very costly and

     the City is addressing the project in phases. 

 

     Cm.  Ramirez asked the Mayor to create a committee that would focus on the

     Zacate Creek improvements.

 

     Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez said that staff should revisit and change the Master

     Plan.

 

     4. Discussion with possible action regarding the appeal by Ms. Madrid to the 

         reinstatement of her taxi permit.

 

               Motion to postpone.

 

                           Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

                           Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                           For:     8                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

15.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively  

 convey fee simple title to the "Surface Only", at its combined market value of

 $22,241.00 for certain properties described as follows to their respective abutting

 property owners and providing for an effective date.

 

Parcel A - consists of 8,112.59 sq. ft., more or less, to Carlos J. Vergara at the market value of $14,524.00; said parcel being out of Milmo Avenue between Blaine Street and the north right-of-way line of Loop 20, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being described in attached Exhibit "A";

 

Parcel B-consists of 3,858.36 sq. ft., more or less, to the Carmen Jacaman Family Limited Partnership at the market value of $7,717.00; said parcel being out of Milmo Avenue between Blaine Street and the north right-of-way line of Loop 20, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being described in attached Exhibit "B".

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

16.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an oil and gas lease between   the City of Laredo, Lessor and Pogo Producing Company, Lessee, approximately 3.7 acres of City-owned land within and including the following boundaries:  the Eastern boundary of Columbia Street to the West; 50 feet North of the North boundary of Columbia Street to the North; the South boundary of Pecos Street to the South; and the original Laredo City Limits to the East, as reflected on the plat attached hereto as Exhibit "A", for a primary term of 3 years, and so long thereafter as an oil, gas and other minerals are produced from said land or lands with which said land is pooled thereunder.  In exchange for this lease, Lessee shall pay to Lessor a 25% royalty payment on all oil and gas produced from said land, and in addition, Lessee shall tender to Lessor a signing bonus in the amount of $1,000.00 upon execution of the lease.  

 

      Motion to postpone this item until the next meeting.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Bruni

      Second:  Cm. Galo

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

17.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Texas #20 Rural Cellular, Inc. d/b/a "U.S. Cellular", a Texas corporation, for space at the South Laredo Elevated Water Storage Tank located at 2210 Mexico Ave., Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit "A" of lease agreement for the installation and operation of certain antennae facilities for use with its communications business and a parcel of land within the Owned Premises for the location of an equipment building and related facilities associated with the antennae facilities.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing June 3, 2002 and ending June 2, 2007 with four  (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $8,400.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be increased by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

18.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between the Airport Fund, as Lessor, and Laredo Candle Company, LP, as Lessee, for Building No. 1005 consisting of approximately 28,800 square feet and located at 4608 Daugherty Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  The lease term is for sixty (60) days commencing May 21, 2002 and ending on July 18, 2002.  Monthly rent shall be $11,500.00 payable in advance. The monthly rent obligation shall commence effective May 21, 2002.

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

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

 

Motion to waive final readings of ordinances # 2002-O-090; 2002-O-091; 2002-O-092;  2002-O-093; 2002-O-094; 2002-O-095; 2002-O-096; 2002-O-097; 2002-O-098; 2002-O-099; 2002-O-100; 2002-O-101; 2002-O-102; and 2002-O- 103.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      5                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

19.   2002-O-090     Amending and revising the 2000 International Fire Code by adding Section 105, and amending Sections 3402, 3406, and Appendix H to provide for Regulation of Mobile Fueling via Amendment of Section 3406 of Chapter 34, "Flammable and Combustible Liquids" of the Code of the City of Laredo; providing for the issuance of permits, that this ordinance be cumulative, severability, a saving clause, publication, and effective date.

 

                                 Motion to adopt Ordinance #2002-O-090.

 

                                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                 For:     5                          Against:  0                    Abstain:  0

 

                           Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

2002-O-091    Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002  annual budget in the amount of $65,000.00 to continue the renovations and modifications to building number 60 (16,000 sq. ft.) located at the 4800 block of Maher Avenue.  The Laredo Police Department leases this building from the Laredo International Airport.   Modifications are needed to expand the fiber optic cabling, re-wire cat 5 voice/data line for the entire building, secure property/evidence warehouse, and replace the roof.  Funding for the project is available through the Laredo Police Department Trust Fund Opening Balance.      

                       

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance #2002-O-091.

 

                                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:    5                              Against:  0                    Abstain:  0

 

                        Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

    

 

 

2002-O-092    Amending the City of Laredo's 2001-2002 annual budget by increasing  estimated revenues and appropriations in the Ryan Street Railroad Bridge Conversion and Zacate Creek Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Project fund by $571,200.00 and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget, providing for publication and effective date.

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance #2002-O-092.

 

                              Moved:  Cm. Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:    5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

2002-O-093    Amending Ordinance 2001-O-219 and authorizing the standardization in the manner by which bridge toll fares are tabulated for all southbound vehicular traffic.  As further described in Exhibit "A" and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all Ordinances currently in effect. 

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance #2002-O-093.

 

                                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:    5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

2002-O-094    Authorizing the City Manager to amend the FY 2001-2002 annual budget   in the amount of $18,020.00 in additional funds 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 #2002-O-094.

 

                              Moved:  Cm. Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:    5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

           

2002-O- 095   Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Annual Budget to  appropriate revenues and expenditures upon the acceptance of a donation of $2,000.00 from L & F Distributors/Budweiser, $3,000.00 from Clark Hardware, Inc., and $1,000.00 from Conoco Pump-N-Shop for a $4,200.00 sponsorship of the professional mascot d/b/a "Reggy" and a $6,000.00, sponsorship of the professional mascot d/b/a the "Famous Chicken" and the purchase of miniature baseball bats with the Tecos logo for a total amount of $1,500.00, respectively.  Funding is available in the Veteran's Field Fund.

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance #2002-O-095.

 

                              Moved:  Cm. Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:    5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

2002-O-096    Amending the City of Laredo's FY 2001-2002 Annual Budget in the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures of $36,227.00 from Claim #0200080288 for fire damages at 569 A-Maple Court on January 13, 2002, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance #2002-O-096.

 

                              Moved:  Cm. Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:     5                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                        Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

2002-O-097    Amending the City of Laredo's FY 2001-2002 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions by amending the budget to create .19 FTE for an additional Associate Municipal Court Judge position.  Funding for this position is available in the 2001-2002 Municipal Court salary line item.

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance #2002-O-097.

 

                              Moved:  Cm. Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:    5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                                          Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

2002-O-098    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aero JBR Laredo, Inc., for approximately 996 square feet constituting Building No. 193 located at 5301 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on March 1, 2002 and ending on February 28, 2003 and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on February 29, 2004 and February 28, 2005.  Monthly rent shall be $800.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for effective date.

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance #2002-O-098.

                              Moved:  Cm. Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:    5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                        Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

2002-O-099    Approving and authorizing the City Manager to execute a utility easement to the Texas Department of Transportation for the purpose of installing fiber optic cable to integrate the City of Laredo Traffic Management Center (TMC) to the TXDOT's Traffic Management Center.  Said proposed utility easement is located at the Laredo International Airport on land known as Lots 1, 2, 3, and west portion of Lot 4 being Block No. 1988, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

                       

Motion to adopt Ordinance #2002-O-099.

 

                                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                          For:    5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                                          Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

2002-O-100    Approving a contract with the Federal Aviation Administration on behalf of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract. The purpose of this contract is to reimburse the City of Laredo for its costs in providing a uniformed sworn and certified law enforcement officer at the passenger security screening checkpoint at the Laredo International Airport until such time as the TSA assumes responsibility for such functions. The total estimated cost of this agreement shall not exceed $250,098.00. The effective date and term of this agreement is from May 10, 2002 and shall continue in effect until December 1, 2003 or until earlier terminated by the parties.  The TSA may choose to extend the term of this agreement, at its sole discretion, for up to an additional 90 days beyond the above stated completion date; providing for an effective date.  (As amended)

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance #2002-O-100.

 

                              Moved:  Cm. Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:    5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

2002-O-101    Authorizing the City Manager to accept Grant Offer No. 3-38-0136-33-02 in the amount of $41,626.00 from the Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2001-2002 supplemental appropriation through the Federal Aviation Administration and authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Airport Fund FY 2002 Budget to appropriate the grant revenue and expenditures.  The Grant reimburses the Airport Fund for Increased Law Enforcement Officer Personnel / Overtime and Outside Services, Contractor Support expenses incurred as a result of the events of September 11, 2001.  The grant does not require a local match; providing for an effective date.

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance #2002-O-101.

 

                              Moved:  Cm. Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:    5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                                   

                                          Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

2002-O-102    Closing the intersection at Loring Avenue and Aldama street to vehicular traffic traveling in a northerly and southerly direction by barricading at the north and south right-of-way lines of the Texas Mexican railway company tracks, subject to Bartlett avenue being constructed and opened, said intersection is situated in the eastern division, city of Laredo, County of Webb and providing for an effective date. (As amended)

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance #2002-O-102.

 

                              Moved:  Cm. Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:    5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

2002-O-103    Authorizing City Manager to execute a lease with the Boys and Girls Club of Laredo, Inc. at the unimproved real property located at the San Isidro Devine Mercy Church Subdivision, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in exhibit "A" of the lease agreement for the construction and operation of a Boys and Girls Club facility. The term of the lease is for forty (40) years commencing upon the approval of the agreement by City Council. The annual base rent shall be one ($1.00) dollar for the term of the lease.  (As amended)

                       

Motion to adopt Ordinance #2002-O-090.

 

                              Moved:  Cm. Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                          For:    5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

           

20.  2002-R-044    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a clinical affiliation agreement between the City of Laredo Fire Department EMS and Laredo Regional Medical Center LP, dba Doctors Hospital of Laredo.

 

 

                              Motion to approve Resolution #2002-R-044.

 

                              Moved:  Cm. Agredano

                              Second:  Cm. Amaya

                              For:    5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                              Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

21.  Consideration to award a twelve-month rental supply contract number (FY 02-088) to 

       the Low Bidder, Cintas Corporation, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of  

       $25,000.00 for providing dust mops and floor mats for city buildings.  The contract 

       requires that these items be exchanged on a weekly basis.  This service is requested for 

       the following operations:  City Hall, Public Works Service Center, Airport Terminal,

       Police Department, Traffic Safety, Parks and Recreation, Bridge System, Health

       Department and Utilities Department.  Funding is available in the respective 

       departmental budgets.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. Agredano

       For:     5                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

           

22.  Ratification of a repair contract with Bradley's, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, in the 

       amount of $32,762.85 for the emergency repair of two, 350 hp pumps that are used at

       the Jefferson Water Treatment Plant.  These are 60 mgd intake pumps.  Since these

       pumps are critical to the operation of the water treatment plant, the City Manager

       authorized the issuance of an emergency purchase order.  These pumps were sent to the

       repair shop for immediate repairs on May 7, 2002.  Funding is available in the Utilities

       Department budget.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. Agredano

       For:     5                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

23.  Consideration to award contract number FY 02-099 to the Sole Bidder, Holt Company

       of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $422,505.00 for the purchase of one landfill

       waste handler (tract tractor) for landfill operations.  This equipment will be purchased

       using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provisions for a five-

       year maintenance contract and a guaranteed re-purchase price.  Delivery of this

       equipment is expected within sixty days.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. Agredano

       For:     5                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                       

                  Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

           

24.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend a professional pharmaceutical services contract 

       with J & A Pharmacy in the amount not to exceed $40,000.00 to provide

       pharmaceutical services to HIV/AIDS Ryan White Project clients of the City of Laredo

       Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2002, through August 31, 2002.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. Agredano

       For:     5                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

     

25.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to amend the Home Investment 

 Partnership Program FY 2000 Community Housing Development Organization

                   (CHDO) contract with the Laredo Webb Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (NHS) 

                   to re-direct the use of the $80,000.00 from rehabilitating 16 rental units located at   

                   2502- 4 Boston St. to utilizing the 2000 CHDO funds toward the purchase of four

                   residential lots located in South Laredo.  These lots will serve as the sites for the

                   construction of single-family homes for qualifying low-income first time homebuyer

                   families.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Galo

                   Second:  Cm. Agredano

                   For:     5                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

26.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract for architectural and engineering

       services not to exceed $42,700.00 with Sepulveda Associates Architects, Inc. for

       Airport Fire Station Improvements.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund Land Sale

       Proceeds account.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. Agredano

       For:     5                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  1

                                                                                                            Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 

      Cm. Bruni and Cm. Galo were not present.

 

27.  Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the

       month of April 2002 represents an increase in levy of $161,951.01.  These adjustments

       are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and court orders.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. Agredano

       For:     5                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

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

 

 a.  A refund in the amount of $637.96 payable to Cayetano Argais, Jr. due to an overpayment. The taxpayer applied for an over 65 exemption.  Account #446-01108-170.

b.   A refund in the amount of $1,021.49 payable to Calixto Seca due to an over payment. The taxpayer applied for an over 65 exemption.  Acct. #438-00743-020

c.   A refund in the amount of $592.03 payable to Juan C. & Monica C. Anaya due to an overpayment by Wells Fargo. Account #985-60006-190

d.   A refund in the amount of $2,000.17 payable to Ramona Moore Hachar due to an overpayment. The taxpayer applied for an over 65 exemption.  Account #985-20004-070

e.   A refund in the amount of $571.55 payable to Elsa A. Massin due to an over-payment. The taxpayer applied for an over 65 exemption. Acct. #922-50007-280

f.   A refund in the amount of $523.91 payable to Transamerica Real Estate Tax Service due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board . Exempt Property. Supplement 9 Cause #01-4338.  Account#218-00854-010

g.   A refund in the amount of $546.84 payable to Felipe Mendoza, Jr. due to a double payment for the 2001 tax year. Account #443-00984-040

h.   A refund in the amount of $523.80 payable to Sara Vargas due to a double payment for the tax year 2000.

i.   A refund in the amount of $586.79 payable to IBOC McAllen c/o Cristina Martinez

     due to a double payment for the 2000 & 2001 tax years. Acct. #550-01327-070

j.   A refund in the amount of $745.40 payable to Alberto Suarez, Jr. due to an over

     payment by the taxpayer. Account #335-00556-010.

k.  A refund in the amount of $3,343.05 payable to 1st Nationwide Mortgage c/o Lisa Davidson due to an incorrect payment. Account #968-81001-020 was paid and the account that should have been paid is 968-81001-018.

l.   A refund in the amount of $771.00 payable to Falcon National Bank due to an overpayment.  Account #977-60006-030

m.  A refund in the amount of $5,197.77 payable to Red Roof Inns, Inc. #224 c/o Accor Economy Lodging. Accor Economy Lodging, on behalf of Red Roof Inns, paid in error 2000 taxes.  Account #933-30000-010

n.   A refund in the amount of $1,183.54 payable to Liverpool Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Lazar Electronic due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board. Supplement 10 Cause #20001-4572 Account #800-12000-892

o.   A refund in the amount of $860.22 payable to RCTR Inc., - c/o Burrwoff due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board. Supplement 10 Cause #2000-2048.  Acct. #800-18020-108.

p.  A refund in the amount of $835.26 payable to Carlos E. Villarreal due to a   double overpayment on account #909-00016-418 made by the mortgage company and the taxpayer.

q.   A refund in the amount of $898.97 payable to Moreno's Grocery due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board, Supplement 10 #2001-4598. Account #800-20000-337.

r.   A refund in the amount of $963.50 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board. Improvements did not exist on the 1st of the year. Supplement 10

s.   A refund in the amount of $503.36 payable to Mario G. & Kathleen R. Garcia due to a double payment made by the mortgage company and Border Abstract Co. Border Abstract is requesting the refund be made to the taxpayer.  Account #442-00931-010

t.   A refund in the amount of $1,316.69 payable to Rafael Vanegas due to a payment made in error. Transamerica Real Estate Tax Service paid in error for the tax years 2000 & 2001. Account #983-10001-060

u.   A refund in the amount of $593.01 payable to IBOC-McAllen due to an over payment by the mortgage company and the title company. Acct. #909-00042-705

v.   A refund in the amount of $643.85 payable to Jose S. Trevino, Jr. due to a double payment by the Title Company and the Mortgage Company.  Account #909-00481-040

w.  A refund in the amount of $1,702.34 payable to Jesus G. Vela Cuellar Etal due to a double payment by the bank and the taxpayer. Account #104-00179-060

x.   A refund in the amount of $540.97 payable to First Nationwide Mortgage Co. due to a double payment by the taxpayer and mortgage company. #918-00103-600

y.  A refund in the amount of $1,302.68 payable to Falcon National Bank due to a double payment by the bank. Account #800-06000-035.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Galo

                   Second:  Cm. Agredano

                   For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

                 

            29.  Consideration for approval of change order No. 5 an increase of $47,723.19 to the 

       Jacaman Road extension construction contract with Brothers Paving, Inc., Laredo,

       Texas, for upgrading a waterline from 8" to 12" along Sinatra Parkway, and for

       drainage pipes from the Jacaman Road Sinatra Parkway intersection along Sinatra

       Parkway to the arena site in conjunction with the Laredo Entertainment Center Project. 

       Funding is available in the Laredo Entertainment Center Project-Improvements Other

       Than Building and Water Distribution Improvements Accounts.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. Agredano

       For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

           

30.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, Triple A Concrete,  

       Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 19A (35.5 blocks)

       in the bid amount of $153,412.50.  Funding is available in the Community

       Development 26th Action Year Project. 

 

       Motion to approve.

     

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. Agredano

       For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

31.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, Triple A Concrete,

       Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 19B (35 blocks)

       in the bid amount of $197,166.00.  Funding is available in the 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd,

       24th & 26th Action Years. 

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. Agredano

       For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                    Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

32.   Amending a contract with Smith, Russo & Mercer Consulting Engineers, Corpus

        Christi, Texas, for $18,695.00 to include additional basic engineering and surveying

        services required to extend an additional 4,000 linear feet of wastewater line for the

        Highway 359 work order #1 and to extend the contract time to an additional 120 days

        bringing the total time to 3 years and 2 months.  This amendment brings the total

        contract amount to $128,930.00.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Engineer

        Fees account.

 

        Motion to approve.

 

        Moved:  Cm. Galo

        Second:  Cm. Agredano

        For:     5                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

        Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

33.   Consideration to approve a professional services contract with Robert Grieve 

        International, Incorporated, for the recovery of State Excise Taxes paid on gasoline

        and diesel fuels for the period covering July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2003 with an option to

        extend for two additional years.

 

        Motion to approve.

 

        Moved:  Cm. Galo

        Second:  Cm. Agredano

        For:     5                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

           

34.   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for the sale for one-time use of 474.66 acre feet of water acquired from Arrow Brook Limited Partnership and 217.721 acre feet of water acquired from Sam R. Sparks, Inc.  This sale comes from the total 692.381 acre-feet of irrigation water currently in these two accounts on the books of the Rio Grande Watermaster.  The parties agree to pay the City of Laredo $25,000.00 for the water that is currently in the accounts of Valley Acres Irrigation District and Sam R. Sparks, Inc.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:     5                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                       

                     Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

35.   Consideration to authorize the purchase of twenty (20), portable radios for the Police Department through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments Cooperative Purchasing Program in the total amount of $65,207.36.  Delivery of these radios is expected within thirty days.  Funding is available in the Police Department's capital outlay budget.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:     5                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

         Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

           

36.   Consideration to award a design/build contract to Reliant Energy, Houston, Texas in the amount not to exceed $457,185.00 for the CNG Compressor Station at City of Laredo Fuel Distribution Center (Design/Build Project).  Funding is available in the Fleet Management and Transit System Buildings accounts.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:     5                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

         Cm. Bruni, Cm. J. Valdez, Jr., and Cm. Ramirez were not present.

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

37.   Presentation on the plan of finance by Noe Hinojosa of Estrada-Hinojosa & Company, financial consultants, on a proposed sale of various issues including a personal property finance contractual obligation and certificate of obligation bond issues.

 

         Noe Hinojosa, representing Estrada & Hinojosa submitted a comprehensive report that  is on file with the City Secretary’s Office.  He stated that he would report back to Council on June 17, 2002 with a Notice of Intent. 

 

         Tax Rate Impact – 2002 Bond Issue                           Pre-2002

 

                                                CM+35BPS                             CM+35BPS

         TIC:                                5.21%                                      3.85%

         Par Amount                     $8,935,000                              $2,285,000

         Dated:                             7/1/02                                      7/01/02

         Par Amount:                    $8,700,000                              $2,202,940

         Existing Debt

         Service                            $212,902,841                         

         Total Debt Service           $212,902,841

         Less Self-Supporting       $130,927,461

         Total Net Debt                $  81,975,380

 

         General Obligation Debt Service Requirements                    Pre-2002

 

         Outstanding Debt

         Principal                                      $152,185,000

         Outstanding Debt Interest            $  60,717,841

         Total                                           $212,902,841

         Less:  Self-Supporting Debt

         Principal                                      $   92,439,223

         Interest                                        $   38,488,238

         Total                                           $ 130,927,461

         Net Debt Debt

         Principal                                      $     4,088,224

         Interest                                        $   22,229,603

         Total                                           $   81,975,380

 

         % of Principal Retired     

2005       32.12%

2010       64.87%

2015       89.94%

2018       100.00%

 

Tax Rate Impact – 2002 Bond Issue                                       Post 2002

 

CM+35BPS                                            CM+35BPS

         TIC:                                                        5.21%                                      3.85%

         Par Amount                                             $   8,935,000                           $2,285,000

         Dated:                                                         7/1/02                                      7/01/02

         Par Amount:                                            $   8,700,000                           $2,202,940

         Existing Debt Service                               $212,902,841 

         Comb. Tax & Rev C/O                           $  14,350,053

         PPF Contractual Obligations                    $    2,502,185

         Total Debt Service                                   $229,755,079

         Less:  Self-Supporting Debt                     $147,779,699

         Total Net Debt Service                            $  81,975,380 

 

         Landfill Coverage Calculation – Comb. Tax & Rev. C/O’s Series 2002

 

         Combination Tax & Revenue

         Certificates of Obligation, Series

         Principal                                                  $  8,935,000

         Interest                                                    $  5,415,053

         Total                                                       $14,350,053   

  

Existing Landfill Debt Debt Service Pre 2002

 

Principal                                                  $  2,064,521

Interest                                                    $     490,945

Total                                                       $  2,555,466

Additional Capacity from Drop                $15,686,466

Coverage Overage/(shortage)                  $  1,336,414

 

Total international Toll Bridge System Debt Requirements

 

Total Senior Lien Revenue Debt Service

 

Principal                                                  $49,485,000

Interest                                                    $22,876,303

Debt Service                                           $72,361,303

 

Plus:  SIB Loans

 

Principal                                                  $35,744,860

Interest                                                    $16,551,676

Debt Service                                           $52,296,536

 

Total Debt Service                                   $124,657,838

 

International Toll Bridge System Revenue

 

 

 

Principal                                                  $11,775,000

Interest                                                    $  7,914,229

Debt Service                                           $19,689,229

 

Less Payments from GSA                        $ 21,051,292

 

Total Net Debt Service                            $ 123,292,775

 

International Bridge Financing

Series 2002

 

Sources and Uses:

 

Sources:

Par Amount Tax Exempt Revenue Bond Issue                  $11,775,000.00

Accrued Interest                                                              $       59,561.50

Issuer Contribution                                                          $  3,500,000.00

Total                                                                               $15,334,561.50

 

Uses:

 

Construction Fund                                                           $13,905,000.00

Debt Service Reserve Fund                                             $     977,132.94

Cost of Issuance                                                              $     165,000.00

Underwriters Discount                                                     $     117,750.00

Deposit to Interest & Sinking Fund                                  $       59,561.50

Bond Insurance Premium                                     $     108,290.76

Additional Proceeds                                                        $         1,826.30

Total                                                                               $15,334,561.50

    

38.   Status report on the widening at the intersection of Saunders and Milmo.

 

       Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, informed Council that staff took pictures of the area, 

       identified driveways, and will be installing no parking signs on both sides.  When the

       analysis are final staff will return to Council with an ordinance widening the

       intersection of Saunders and Milmo. 

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the City, pursuant to his or her duty under Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to consult privately with his or her client on an item on the agenda, or on a matter arising out of such item.

 

39.   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 City of Laredo Downtown District, 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 City of Laredo Downtown District, 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. Galo

         Second:  Cm. Amaya

         For:     7                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

         Cm. Bruni was not present.

 

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

 

 

XV.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Cm. Bruni was not present.

 

40.  2002-RT-003       Adopting and implementing the Texas Unified Certification Program which is a "One Stop" certification process for disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) in the contract bidding process.

 

                                    Motion to approve.

 

                                    Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                    Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                    For:     7                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                                    Cm. Bruni was not present.

 

41.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Porras Engineering Company, 

       Laredo, Texas, for the City of Laredo Sidewalks Project No. 18 and authorization to

       negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Transit System

       Grant #456 Improvements O/T Buildings.

     

      Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Galo

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:    7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Cm. Bruni was not present.

 

42.  Ratifying the submission by City Manager of a statement of intent to apply for up to 

       $4,200,000.00 in transit operational funds for FY 2002-2003.  The Texas Department

       of Transportation distributes State funds for transit capital and operating assistance in

       urbanized areas and transportation related planning.

 

       Motion to approve subject to approval of Laredo Metro, Inc. Board action.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. Agredano

       For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       Cm. Bruni was not present.

 

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

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. Amaya

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       Cm. Bruni was not present.

 

XVI.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  9:22 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            Cm. Bruni was not present.

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 31 are true, complete and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on May 20, 2002.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ________________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary