CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2002-R-013

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JULY 1, 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 Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Mayor Pro Tempore, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                                                                     Council Member, 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 May 20, 2002.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

Cm. Garcia congratulated the Laredo Community College on the groundbreaking for their second campus.  He also thanked Chief Dovalina and his staff for joining him along with United Independent School District for providing input on training sessions being scheduled with school administrators.

 

Cm. Galo submitted reports from the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association for Flight numbers 33 through 42. 

 

Cm. Amaya urged everyone to have a safe and happy Independence Day celebration.

 

Cm. Eliseo Valdez, Jr. thanked city staff for the great job done in putting together the workshop last weekend.   He also asked the community for prayers for those missionaries who were involved in a serious traffic accident. 

 

Cm. Belmares extended his gratitude to Deputy Chief  Fructuoso San Miguel and Keith Selman, Planning Director, for attending a meeting with Del Mar residents. 

 

Mayor Flores expressed her condolences to the families of Coach Barton and Dan Hinojosa for their loss.   Mayor Flores also provided a brief review of the Strategic Planning Session held by City Council last weekend.  She thanked the Council Members for their vision in planning for Laredo’s needs and anticipated issues for the years 2010 and 2020.   She stated that the workshops fostered a renewed sense of commitment among City Council and staff to work together as a team for common goals. 

 

            Invitations

 

Cm. Ramirez invited everyone to the July 4th celebration at Veterans Field.  He mentioned that there will be two baseball games featuring the All-Stars from South Texas.  There will also be a fireworks display following the games.

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of City employees for their participation and contribution to the 2002    

                 American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

 

                 Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, recognized the participants from the  

                 various city departments:

 

                 Donna Magnon                                Most Money Raised by an Individual

                 City Manager’s Office and               Most Money Raised by a Team

                     City Secretary’s Office               

                 Larry Dovalina                                 Special Recognition

 

                 The following employees were also recognized for their efforts:

 

The Steering Committee members include Linda Teniente, Blasita Lopez, Lucia Antu, Eddie Zavala, Robert Eads, Sylvia Arrellano, Anita Stanley, and Donna Magnon.

 

The Parks and Recreation Department participants include Santiago Loa, crew leader, and his staff who set up the tents.

 

The Mayor’s Office staff which assisted with the team registration fees.

 

The Environmental Services Department and El Metro staffs which purchased the team        t-shirts for the participants. 

 

For top contributors in the $4,999.00 category: 

 

Donna Magnon                         City Secretary’s Office

Celina Rivera/Gloria Garza                    Parks & Recreation Dept.        

Sylvia Arrellano                                    Health Department

 

For top contributor in the $3,999.00 category:

 

       Osvaldo Guzman                                  Community Development

      

For top contributor in the $2,999.00 category:

 

       Evelyn Luciano                         Bridge Department

 

For most funds raised by an individual category:

 

       Donna Magnon                         City Secretary’s Office

 

                 Cordy Barrera mentioned that total contributions this year were $76,004.00.  She further 

stated that the City’s contributions collected totalled $28,629.62, a significant increase from last year’s contribution of $11,256.00.  She presented Mayor Flores with a small token of appreciation for the contribution of her first month’s check to the organization.

 

            Communiqués

 

            a.  Appreciation of City of Laredo Code Enforcement employees by Judge Oscar Martinez            for their efforts in keeping Laredo beautiful.

 

                  Judge Oscar Martinez stated that these individuals worked every Sunday for the past three years in a program known as “Keep Laredo and Webb County Clean”.  They not only perform community work but they also provide counseling and guidance.  He recognized the following employees for their dedication to the program:

 

                  Elda Rivera                         Eusebio Benavides

                  Rolando Perez                                Carina Ramos

                  Lauro Valle, Jr.                               Luis Villa

                  Mario A. Gutierrez             Raul R. Garcia

                  Mario Casarez                   

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.       Appointments by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores to Laredo Housing Authority.

 

Motion to confirm the appointment of Maria del Carmen Rodriguez as Project Resident representative.

           

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            b.  Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Tomas M. Rodriguez, Jr. to the            

                 Transportation and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

 

                 Motion to confirm the appointment.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

c.  Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia of Rosie Centeno to the Vehicles for

     Hire Ad Hoc Committee.

 

     Motion to confirm the appointment.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

d.  Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia of Chantal Cantu AIA to the

     Cemetery Advisory Committee.

 

    Motion to confirm the appointment.

 

     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 authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit to East Country Limited for a mini-storage facility on 3.8955 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located at the 3500 Block of Del Mar Blvd.; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit with a condition.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ray Rodriguez, attorney for East Country Limited, stated that they are asking for issuance of the Special Use Permit.

 

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of

Ordinances, Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, Article VI, Tattoo and Body Piercing, providing definitions, establishing a tattoo and body piercing permit program; providing for exemption from requirements, terms of permits, terms of renewal, terms of denial, and terms of suspension or revocation; providing for injunctive relief and severability; authorizing fee of $100.00 for tattoo or body piercing permits; and $200.00 for a combined studio permit for issuance or annual renewal of permits, and a $10.00 fee for replacement; authorizing a penalty for violation of this Ordinance; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 97-O-114

authorizing the City of Laredo Health Department to increase the fee from $10.00 to $20.00 per person not registered in a clinic as Health Department patients for phlebotomy services at the Health Department Laboratory; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

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 hearing and introduce.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation,

of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by amending Article VII, Swimming Pool Permit, providing definitions;  establishing a swimming pool permit, terms of swimming pool permit, establishing authority to inspect swimming pools, authorizing a fee of $100 for issuance or renewal of a swimming pool permit, authorizing a fee of $10 for issuance of duplicate permits; terms of renewal, terms of denial, and terms of suspension or revocaton; providing a waiver of permit fee to the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department; providing for injunctive relief and severability; authorizing a penalty for violation of this Ordinance; and providing for publication.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002

annual budget by appropriating additional funds in the amount of $212,470.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and extending the grant period from April 1, 2002 through August 31, 2002 to April 1, 2002 through March 31, 2003.

 

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 hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

           

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002

annual budget by appropriating revenues in the amount of $39,337.00 in additional funds for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Project of the City of Laredo Health Department to extend the program period from February 1, 2002, through August 31, 2002, to February 1, 2002, through January 31, 2003.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 13-21 definitions, Article

II (Food Products Establishments) Division 1 (Generally) of Chapter 13 (Food and Food Products) of the Code of Ordinances to revise the definition of a food products establishment, providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 13-39, (Fees) of Division 2,

License of Article II (Food Products Establishments) of Chapter 13 (Food and Food Products) of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances to increase the annual license fee to be paid by a food establishment, which will continue to be based on the number of employees per establishment.  Establishing a fee of $50.00 for a new food establishment application and fee of $25.00 for request for inspection services, providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of

Ordinances, Section 13-81 (Fees) of Article IV, Permitting of Food Service Operator, Chapter 13, Food and Food Products to raise the fee of ten ($10.00) to thirty ($30.00) for a Food Service Operator Permit; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya  

For:     7                                          Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                       Cm. Ramirez

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     7                                          Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                       Cm.  Ramirez

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council except Cm.  Ramirez

 

 

 

10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a

reimbursement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the amount of $19,717.00 for overtime expenses and amend the City of Laredo's FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $19,717.00 to fund the Laredo Border Region Violent Crime Task Force (LBRVCTF).  The Laredo Police Department will assign one Investigator and one Police Officer to the Task Force.  Reimbursement of overtime expenses will commence on October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  There was no public input.

 

  Motion to close the hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 90-O-177 by

increasing the fee of $8.00 to $15.00 per sample for the bacteriological analysis of water and allowing for a waiver of the fee to the Health Department; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

  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 hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

  Second:  Cm.  Belmares

  For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                   Cm.  Amaya

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council except Cm. Amaya

 

12.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Laredo Code of Ordinances,

Chapter 2 (Administration) Article I (In General) Section 2-3 (Fees for City Services)

Subsection (b), increasing the fee for certified birth certificates from $11.00 to $13.00 to include an administrative fee; providing for severability; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  There was no public input.

 

  Motion to close the hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

  Second:  Cm.  Belmares

  For:     7                                        Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                       Cm.  Ramirez

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council except Cm. Ramirez

 

13.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Laredo Code of Ordinances,

Section 13-58(e) (Issuance of Food Handler's Certificates) of Division 3 (Employees) of Article II (Food Products Establishments) of Chapter 13, Food and Food Products to raise the annual fee of $8.50 to $20.00  for a Food Handler Certificate, and establish a fee of five dollars ($5.00) for a duplicate Food Handler  Certificate, and extend the  effective period from one (1) year to two (2) years, providing for  publication and effective date.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  There was no public input.

 

  Motion to close the hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     6                                        Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                       Cm.  Ramirez

                                                       Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  9 Except Cm.  Ramirez and Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

 

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

execute all documentation from the Texas Department of Health for the Bio-Terrorism

Preparedness Program of the City of Laredo Health Department in the amount of $411,076.00 in additional funds for the period beginning June 1, 2002, through August 31, 2003, and amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 budget in the same amount; and authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo's full-time equivalent positions by creating 1 - Senior Epidemiologist; 1 - Public Health Technician; 2 - Registered Nurse II; 1.25 - Sanitarians; and 1 - Health Educator, which will be funded by this grant, and will serve Webb, Duval, Zapata and Jim Hogg Counties.

  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 hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

15.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo's FY 2001-

2002 annual budget in the Capital Improvements Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $80,000.00 which are being donated by Paul Young Properties, LTD., to fund the installation and activation of a traffic signal on U.S. Highway 59 at Casa Blanca Road and the entrance to Paul Young Auto Mall, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

  Second:  Cm.  Galo

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  There was no public input.

 

  Motion to close the hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

  Second:  Cm.  Galo

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

16.  A.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding McPherson widening project.

 

      Cm. Amaya stated that the complaints have already been addressed.

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that he had submitted a status report on the project.   He mentioned this is a widening project on both sides of the roadway which requires dealing with the utility poles and telephone pedestals on certain blocks and relocation of lines.  He mentioned that the project is approximately 85 % complete and that he is still working on some acquisitions in certain areas.  He is anticipating completion of the project in 45 days.   

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding a traffic study on Allende St. behind

     Retama II.  

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that they had had one of  the residents call his department back in October, 2001, asking that speed humps be installed in that area on Allende St.   The process for consideration of speed humps was explained to the resident but the department never received a letter requesting the speed humps.  In March of this year, the process was explained to the resident through a hand-delivered letter to the resident.   In order to consider installation of speed humps, the department would need some signatures from the residents. 

 

                   B.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Presentation by Luis Guerra on a proposed sports complex for the City of Laredo

with private sector participation, with possible action.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Gene Belmares)

 

Luis Guerra, Jr., representing a new committee of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce called Laredo Diamonds which was created to support this project.  This property is on a 45-acre tract of land east of McPherson Medical Building.  The developers are asking the City to contribute $1,800,000.00 to assist them with the infrastructure component of the project. 

 

Motion to instruct staff to proceed in working with this organization to make this project feasible. 

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action to develop an area park behind Farias Recreation

     Center.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that his department did visit the site but there is no funding currently available for this project.

 

Motion to instruct staff to look into creating a design for the park and identify a funding source for this project.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2.  Status report on the widening of Rancho Viejo Drive, with possible action.

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that he turned in a cost estimate for this project which is approximately $93,000.00.  He mentioned that the only item pending is whether removal of the island is necessary in order to have stacking room. 

 

      Motion to bring this item back for the first City Council meeting in August.

 

      Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   D.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding heavy truck traffic on Jefferson Street.

 

      Police Chief Agustin Dovalina reported that the department has issued almost one thousand citations for truck route violations in the 2001-2002 year.  They continue to monitor and randomly deploy the traffic section officers to continue issuing citations.  He has also advised the officers assigned to that area to continue with issuance of citations and to be extra vigilant, specifically when school is in session.  He will try to bring back the public service announcements to advise the public of the truck route that is being violated.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that they had taken this concern to the Transportation Advisory Committee to consider the possibility of moving the truck traffic from Jefferson Street.  Their recommendation was to leave it alone for now because once you close a truck route it will create some problems if there is no alternative for the trucks. 

 

Motion to instruct staff to remove Jefferson Street from the truck route.

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     6                                         Against:  2                                Abstain:  0

                                                      Cm. Agredano

                                                      Cm. Belmares

 

                        2.  Discussion with possible action regarding planting trees on Iturbide between San

                             Agustin and Flores and possibly through Convent.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that staff has to make sure that they find   

out where the right-of-way is on this particular street.  Once staff has done the survey, if City Council wants to take action to plant the trees, then the funds can be taken from the Council Member’s discretionary funds. 

 

                             Motion to survey the area for right-of-way ownership, plant the trees, if  

                             allowed, with District VIII discretionary funds. 

 

  Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

  Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

  For:    8                                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

17.  Introductory Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with SER Jobs

for Progress Southwest Texas, Inc., for approximately 6,102 square feet of office space constituting Suite No. 9 and approximately 450 square feet of storage area constituting Suite No. 10 of Building No. 134 located at 4603 Maher Avenue.  Lease term is for two (2) years commencing on December 1, 2001 and ending on November 30, 2003 and lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a ninety (90) day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $5,800.00 commencing on December 1, 2001 and ending on November 30, 2002 and monthly rent shall be $6,245.00 commencing on December 1, 2002 and ending November 30, 2003; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Removed from introduction and will be re-introduced  correctly as per Mayor.

 

18.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County for approximately

380 square feet of office space constituting Suite No. 9 of Building No.  S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road 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 one (1) year ending February 29, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $494.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council except Cm. Amaya

 

19.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease between the City of Laredo Airport   

Fund, as Lessor, and the City of Laredo Environmental Department, as Lessee, for approximately 400 square feet constituting Suite No. 8 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for six (6) months commencing on April 1, 2002 and ending on September 30, 2002.  Monthly rent shall be $520.00; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

20.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey

a 3,382.41 sq. ft. parcel of land to AEP/Central Power and Light Company, as an easement, for the installation of certain underground electric service facilities to serve the premises at 6415 Sinatra Parkway in Laredo, Texas.  Said 3,382.41 square foot parcel being out of and a part of Lot 4, Block 2, Jacaman Ranch, Unit 3, Laredo Entertainment Center Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A", and providing for an effective date.  Being a CP&L Easement containing 3,382.41sq.  ft. (0.0776 of an acre) of land, more or less, being out of and a part of Lot No. 4, Block No. 2, Jacaman Ranch, Unit 3, Laredo Entertainment Center Subdivision, recorded in Volume 21, Page 68, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

21.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey

fee simple title to Mary Furrh Gomez, Rafael Gomez and Molly E. Gomez, for the "Surface Only" of certain City property being generally described as those former street sections being Mendiola Avenue between Palo Blanco & Bayard Streets excluding the intersections and that former street section being Thurman Street between Tapeyste & Mendiola Avenues, provided that the City of Laredo retains a 40 foot-wide Sanitary Sewer Easement on that section of Mendiola Avenue between Palo Blanco & Thurman Streets.  All said former street sections situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described on the attached excerpt of a City plat and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

22.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with United Exports Trading

Association (U.E.T.A.) of Texas, Inc. for approximately 2,526 square feet out of Lot 10, Block 22, in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, lying Northeast of the concrete pavement connecting Salinas Street with Water Street.

 

1.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on April 1, 2002 and ending March 31,

     2003.

2.  Monthly rent will be $720.00

3.  City of Laredo may terminate this lease within ninety (90) days written notice. 

 

       Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

23.  Appointment of an Associate Municipal Court Judge for the City of Laredo for a limit

       of two (2) years; providing for effective date.

 

  Mayor Flores read the list of candidates:

 

  Jose Arce                                     Alonzo Ramos

  Homero Martinez             Rosaura “Wawi” Tijerina

  Belinda Mendez

 

  Motion to postpone this item until next City Council meeting. 

 

  Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

  Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

  For:    3                                        Against:  5                                            Abstain:  0

                                                      Mayor Pro Tem Agredano

                                                      Cm. Garcia

                                                      Cm. Galo

                                                      Cm. Amaya

                                                      Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

 

  Motion to postpone and schedule a special City Council meeting for Friday, July 5,  

  2002. 

 

  Moved:  Cm. Amaya

  Second:  Cm. Galo

  For:    8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to approve the final reading of Ordinances #2002-O-126, #2002-O-127, #2002-O-128, #2002-O-129, #2002-O-130, #2002-O-131, # 2002-O-132, # 2002-O-133, # 2002-O-134, # 2002-O-135, # 2002-O-136, # 2002-O-137, # 2002-O-138, # 2002-O-139, # 2002-O-140 and # 2002-O-141.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  2002-O-126  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit to Larinco, Ltd. for a mini-storage facility on 3.47 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located south of Jacaman Road and west of Saldaña 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 adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-126.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-127  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    Lots 7 and 8, Block 1149, Eastern Division, located at 2020 Chihuahua

    St., from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-3 (Community Business 

    District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and

    Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone

    change.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-127.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-128  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

    authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a drapery shop on

    Lot 7, Block 251, Eastern Division, located at 1802 Cedar Avenue;

    providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-128.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-129  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

    authorizing the issuance of Conditional Use Permit for a used car lot on

    Lot 8, Block 364, Western Division located at 1819 San Eduardo Avenue;

    providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-129.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2002-O-130  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 budget by appropriating

additional revenues in the amount of $8,190.00 for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2002, through December 31, 2002. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-130.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2002-O-131  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 budget by appropriating

additional funds in the amount of $41,836.00 for the HIV/AIDS Health and Social Services Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2002. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-131.

 

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-132  Amending Chapter 30 of the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo,

   Texas to include Section  30-4 Credit Card Payment Processing Fee to

    establish a credit card payment-processing fee for the payment of property

    taxes.  The fee will be based on the amount of payment processed.  (As

    amended)

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-133  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Veteran's Field Fund annual

                                        budget by appropriating revenues in the amount of $18,000.00 from

                                        General Fund and appropriating the expenditure line item for the

                                        Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos contract by $18,000.00.  The transfer is for

                                        the increases in Immigration and Naturalization fees, American Consulate                  

                                        fees, and Mexican Consulate fees pertinent to bridge crossings.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-133.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2002-O-134   Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo's 2001-2002

 annual budget in the amount of $5,204.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-  

 Agency Narcotics Task Force and amend the current number of grant  

 funded Full-Time Equivalent positions from 11 to 11.5 with the addition of

 .5 for a Custodian.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division

 will be designating $998,115.00, and the City of Laredo and participating

 agencies will designate $334,778.00 in matching funds for a total amount

 of $1,332,893.00.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, fringe benefits,

 direct operating expenses and equipment from June 1, 2002 through May

 31, 2003; and accepting the grant in the same amount.

 

 Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-134.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2002-O-135   Accepting a grant awarded from the United States Department of Justice,

   Community Oriented Policing Services in the amount of $3,000,000.00

   And amending the City of Laredo's FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the

  

    amount of $5,308,520.00 to fund the COPS program, and amending the

    City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Full Time Equivalent Positions by adding  

    40 Patrol Officers Cadets.  The United States Department of Justice will  

    be designating $3,000,000.00 and the City of Laredo will be designating

    $2,308,520.00 in matching funds for a total of $5,308,520.00 for a three

    year funding period of the "Universal Hiring" program beginning March  

    1, 2002 through February 28, 2005.  (As amended)

 

 Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-135.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-136  Accepting a grant awarded by the Criminal Justice Division, Office of the

    Governor for the amount of $51,652.00 and amending the City of Laredo's

    2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $299.00 to fund the Juvenile

    Accountability Incentive Block Grant.  The Office of the Governor,

    Criminal Justice Division is contributing $51,652.00 with the City of

    Laredo designating $5,739.00 in matching funds.  This funding will be

    used to pay for the salaries and fringe benefits of an Administrative

    Assistant II position and to purchase the necessary equipment to expand

    information within its current intelligence database for its juvenile

    program.  Grant period is from August 1, 2002 through July 31, 2003.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-136.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-137  Closing as public easements those sections of:  Mendiola Avenue between

    Palo Blanco and Bayard Street, excluding the intersections; and Thurman

    Street between Tapeyste and Mendiola Avenues all situated in the Eastern

    Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and providing for an

    effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-137.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-138  Closing as public easement that section of Urbahn Avenue between Palo

    Blanco and Thurman Streets situated in the Eastern Division, City of

    Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-138.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-139  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to

    effectively convey fee simple title to the "Surface Only" at its market

    value of  $7,494.00.00, for certain property described as a 4,654.82 sq. ft.

    tract of land, more or less, out of the south 83.78' of McDonnell Avenue

    between Ryan and Taylor Streets to Manuel Patiño, Jr. and wife Margarita

    G. Patiño said tract of land situated in the Eastern Division, City of

    Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being described on Exhibit "A"; and

    providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-139.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-140  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aura Inc., d/b/a The

    Education Center for approximately 4,308 square feet constituting

    Building No. 1169 located at 4407 Foster Avenue located at the Laredo

    International Airport.  Lease term is for six (6) months commencing July

    1, 2002 and ending on December 31, 2002.  Monthly rent shall be

    $2,100.00; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-140.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2002-O-141 Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Dairy Process, Inc.

    for approximately 2,600 square feet constituting Building 1006 located at

    4608 Daugherty Avenue.  Lease term is for ten (10) years commencing on

    July 1, 2002 and ending on June 30, 2012 and may be extended for two

    (2) terms of five (5) years each ending on June 30, 2017 and June 30,

    2022.  However, Lessee may terminate lease upon giving a 60-day written

    notice to Lessor.  Monthly rent shall be $650.00 and will be adjusted

    annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further

    adjusted by Fair Market Value appraisal on the tenth (10th) anniversary;

    providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-141.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

25.  2002-R-054  Adopting the list of capital improvement projects which will be submitted

to the South Texas Development Council for incorporation in the Overall Economic Development Program Plan (OEDP) to be provided to the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) for potential funding consideration and further authorizing the City Manager to submit a pre-application and a follow-up grant application as may be directed by EDA and to execute any and all related documents in support of the same.  Projects named include:

 

1.  La Barranca Industrial Park - 16" Waterline Extension

2.  Bartlett Avenue Extension from Gale to Del Mar Blvd.

3.  El Portal Riverfront Development Project

 4.  Airport Medical Park Development Phase III (this project is not included in the resolution adoption)

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-054.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

26.  2002-R-056  Accepting the donation of the "Surface Only" of a 0.1352 of an acre

parcel of land from Juan Ramirez Properties, Ltd., for the Upper Zacate Creek Improvements Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Survey 1021, Abstract 64, Northern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A".  Being a tract of land containing 0.1352 acres (5891.07 sq. ft.), more or less, situated in Survey 1021, Abstract 64, GB & CNG RY CO., Original Grantee, Northern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.1352 acres being out of a 1.4328-acre tract of land, recorded in Vol. 1110, Pages 699-701, Webb County Deed Records.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-056.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

27.  2002-R-059  Directing publication of Notice of Intention to issue City of Laredo, Texas

Combination Tax and Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 2002, in the principal amount of $9,965,000.00 for paying all or a portion of the City's Contractual Obligations for the purpose of acquisition of downtown property to be used for future municipal offices; acquisition of the Slaughter Farm land to be used for municipal park space including sports

fields, nature trails and other park recreational uses; acquisition of land in

northeast of Laredo to be used for a municipal solid waste landfill; acquisition of land for the Laredo International Fire and Law Enforcement Training Center; acquisition of downtown property including improvements for a surface municipal parking lot, and for the payment of legal, fiscal, architectural and engineering fees in connection with such projects.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-059.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

II.        MOTIONS

 

28.  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a permit for a public fireworks display at

       Veteran's Field on July 4, 2002 at 9:15 p.m. to Atlas Enterprises, Inc.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with the sole

source provider, Transcore, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $100,000.00 for the software upgrade needed to convert revenue reporting system from one based on deposits to one based on actual traffic volumes.  Funding is available in the Toll Equipment account.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with Hawkins, Delafield & Wood

in an amount not to exceed $118,216.80 for compensation for hours of services rendered in connection with contract negotiations pertaining to the privatization of water and wastewater operations from April 17, 2002 through May 8, 2002.

 

Motion to approve..

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:     5                                        Against:  4                                            Abstain:  0

Cm.  Agredano                              Cm.  Garcia

Cm.  Galo                                     Cm.  Amaya

Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.                       Cm.  J. Valdez, Jr.

Cm.  Belmares                               Cm.  Ramirez

 

Mayor voted in favor.

 

31.  Consideration to award contract number FY 02-119 to the low bidder, Dooley

Tackaberry, Inc., Deer Park, Texas, in the amount of $32,000.00 for the purchase of twelve sets of self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for the Fire Department.  Bid pricing for this contract was secured using a reverse auction format.  Funding is available from the PPFCO Contractual Obligation bond proceeds.

 

Motion to approve.

   

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Amending the HOME Investment Partnership Program Policy and Procedures Manual

       as it pertains to Down Payment Assistance.  The following changes are proposed:

 

1.  To allow the maximum loan amount of $15,000 (an increase from $9,000) to be

     provided to households with incomes at 60% or below area median income;

2.  To allow for a maximum loan amount of $12,000 provided to households with

      incomes above 60% and up to 70% of area median family income.

3.  To allow the maximum loan amount of $9,000 (an increase from $6,000)

provided to households with incomes above 70% and up to 80% of area median family income.

4.  To change the manner in which the down payment assistance loans are

processed, by allowing application intake to be provided by participating mortgage/finance companies.  Department of Community Development staff will continue to process and approve all applications.

5.  To allow participants under the HOME Down Payment Assistance program to

refinance the existing mortgage loan provided that the structure of the down payment assistance loan remains the same.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:    Cm.  Agredano

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

33.    Consideration to award contract number FY 02-118 to the low bidders, Dr. Ike's Home

Center, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $24,074.00; Laredo Steel, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $15,225.00; and Alamo Iron Works, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $7,151.00 for providing rebar and wire mesh for a six month period.  This contract establishes contract pricing for these materials used for construction or repair projects scheduled during the next six months.  All materials will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Public Works budget and Capital Improvements Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:    Cm.  Agredano

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the sole bidder, Pete Gallegos Paving,

Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Lafayette Street Park Project in the negotiated bid amount of $248,808.50.  Funding is available in the Lafayette Linear Park Project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:    Cm.  Agredano

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to ASD Art, Inc.,

(Armando Hinojosa Artist/Sculptor), Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $150,000.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications and for construction of the Veteran's Monument Project.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund, Veteran's Monument Project. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:    Cm.  Agredano

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration to award contract FY 02-116 to Lamar Advertising, Laredo, Texas, for

outdoor billboard advertising in the annual cost of $26,279.00 for rental and vinyl production, and authorizing the City Manager to sign all contract documents.  The term of the contract will be for one year with an option to renew for two, additional one-year terms.  These billboards are part of the Laredo airline marketing strategy.  Billboards will be contracted for the corridors:  Corpus Christi to San Antonio and Eagle Pass to Laredo and in Zapata, Texas.  Funding is available in the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau billboard advertising account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:    Cm.  Agredano

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Ratify and approve action taken by the City Manager on May 7, 2002 to issue an

emergency purchase order for the repair of two 350 hp motors at the Jefferson Street Water Treatment Plant, Raw Water Intake Structure.  The cost to repair these pumps was $32,762.85.

 

Motion to approve.

 

           

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:    Cm.  Agredano

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

           

38.  Presentation by Robert Murillo, Traffic Director, regarding the recent video and data

       enhancements to the centralized traffic management center.

 

 Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, made a power point presentation before City  

 Council as follows:

 

 Closed Loop System

 

  In 1994, the City of Laredo Traffic Safety Department initiated the installation of a

  computerized closed loop system in the Central Business District for communication

  between the traffic signal controllers and the traffic management center. 

 

  Traffic Management Center

 

·        In 1998, Traffic Safety conducted research of several communication systems that would integrate with our existing CBD system

·        Based on the information gathered, a new data wireless radio communication system was found to be compatible with our existing system

·        The City’s I-Net was used as a backbone to initiate video communications to the traffic management center

·        There are currently 98 out of 243 traffic signals in our communication network

·        There are 7 data repeater stations used in this network

·        Currently there are 9 video cameras that are used to monitor traffic movements

 

Benefits to a Traffic Management Center

 

·        Monitor traffic movement on major intersections

·        Have the capability to modify/adjust timing patterns from central location

·        Maintain traffic controllers on arterials in synchronization with each other

·        Faster response time to signal malfunctions

 

Our Goal

           

·        Have 100% of the traffic signals incorporated to the traffic management center

·        Have access to the Texas Department of Transportation management center

·        Install video surveillance cameras on major intersections

 

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.

 

XV.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

            Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

39.  Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Porras

Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $18,116.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the City of Laredo Sidewalks Project No. 18.  Funding is available in the Transit System Capital Grant #456 Improvements Other Than Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  Agredano

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to adjourn as the Laredo Mass Transit Board and convene as the Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY WATER LOCAL GOVERNMENT CORPORATION

 

40.  2002-RW-004  Authorizing the President of the Laredo City Water Local Government

Corporation ("LWC") to expand the Advance Authorization to Proceed ("AATP") agreement with MHW Americas, Inc. for interim work and extend AATP for 45 days to finalize negotiations for the Secondary Water Supply Agreement.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2002-RW-004 with 60 days.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

Motion to adjourn as the Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation and reconvene as City Council.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  8:16 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            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 through 27 are true, complete and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on July 1, 2002.

                                                                                   

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                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary