CITY OF LAREDO

                                                    CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                                 M2002-R-018

                                                  CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                       1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                        LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                          SEPTEMBER 16, 2002

                                                                     5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present,  Mayor 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,                                                                    Mayor Pro Tempore, District I

            Hector J. 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

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of August 5, 2002 and August 19, 2002.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

 

 Cm. Agredano thanked all Laredoans who participated at the candlelight vigil 

 held on September 11, 2002, at the Firefighters Hall. 

 

 Cm.  Garcia expressed his appreciation for all those people who opened up their hearts and  

 attended the candlelight vigil in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11th.

 

 Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. reminded his constituents of District V of an informational meeting to 

 be conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers to provide information to the public over 

 their concerns about soil testing taking place.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 

 September 17, 2002, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Newman Elementary Cafeteria at 

 1300 Alta Vista Road.  There will be a formal presentation over the results of the

 environmental studies conducted at six locations at the former air base. 

 

 Cm. Belmares thanked City Manager Larry Dovalina and city staff for the coordinated

 response to  the rain event.  He also thanked Public Works Director Joe Guerra and crew  

 for their assistance following the second rain event.  He also commended the City Manager  

 and  the Legal Department for their quick response in their handling the legal contracts.

 

 Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. thanked the Laredo Fire Department, the Laredo Police Department, the  

 Public Works crew and city staff for their quick response during the severe weather  

 conditions.  He stated that his heart goes out to those folks who have been affected by the 

 rainstorms and  looks forward to resolving these problems.

 

 Cm. Ramirez thanked the Holiday Inn Civic Center and the Laredo National Bank for the 

 special event held on September 11th.  He also announced that the Laredo Bridge System   

 will be having a Steak Sale on Saturday, September 21, 2002, at Wal-Mart.  The proceeds  

 from this steak sale will go to help United Way.   He also mentioned that he has seen a      

 huge improvement on the sidewalk  project at  San Francisco Xavier neighborhood.

 

 Mayor Flores read a letter she wrote to the Laredo Morning Times:

 

 “The members of the City Council and I would like to thank everyone who joined us as we closed Laredo’s commemoration of the September 11th events with a candlelight vigil.  All day long, Laredoans remembered that tragic day and the unimaginable losses.  We stood

together in our homes, churches and synagogues, schools, fire stations, parks and buildings

to remember and to reaffirm our resolve to defend our country and our loved ones. 

 

It was fitting that we ended the day at a place built by the men and women who are our rescuers.  Whose brothers and sisters were taken while doing their job and whose efforts will never be forgotten.  After that dreadful day last year, I remember the spirit of Laredo with great pride.  I remember the people that lined up to give blood, to pray, to put money into the Firefighter’s Boot.  I remember people that asked “what more can we do?”  I remember the spirit of Laredo.

 

All year, people in cities all across America wept together and prayed together.  We have felt great sorrow but we have emerged with great strength, and one purpose – to defeat terrorism.  Our freedom will not be taken from us.  The people who died on September 11th did not die in vain.  We shall remember and we shall overcome.  For after all, we live in America.  America – the land of the Free, home of the Brave.  Thank you, Laredo.

 

With all my respect and love,

 

Betty G. Flores

Mayor of Laredo”

 

 

             Invtations

 

a.   Invitation by Andres S. Rodriguez author of “Cien Poesias” to his autograph session on

      October 3, 2002 at the Public Library.

 

Mayor Flores announced that Mr. Rodriguez became ill and is unable to attend tonight’s

council meeting to formally invite the citizens to his autograph session.  She stated that Mr. Rodriguez is personally inviting the Council Members and citizens to his autograph session to be held on October 3, 2002, at the Main Public Library on East Calton Road from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

 

            Recognitions

 

a.   Recognition of Henry Leal, Dan Olivas, Hector Chapa of Wendy's, Coastal Conservation Association, Onyx Benavides, Danny Garcia and Laredo Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Incorporated, for their sponsorship and assistance in the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Fishing Derby on August 3, 2002.

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, presented the sponsors of this annual fishing derby with a plaque for their endeavors.  He mentioned that the event would not be possible without the dedication, resources, and time given by these fine sponsors.

 

            Communiqués

 

VI.   APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.   Announcement by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores of appointment of Arabella Peña to      the Laredo Housing Authority.

b.  Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Adriana Ramos to the Laredo

              Commission for Women.

         c.  Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Sylvia Byrd to the Laredo

              Commission for Women.

         d.  Appointment by Council Member Jose Valdez of Blanca Nalaschi to the Laredo

              Women’s Commission.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

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 Lots 13 and 14, Block 2, Jacaman Ranch Subdivision, Unit 6, Jacaman Commercial Park, located northeast of Rosson Lane, from B-4 (Highway 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.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the

City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 408, Eastern Division, located at 519 East Saunders Street, 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 denial of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1825, Eastern Division, located at 2201 Lyon Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential 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.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ricardo Guardiola, property owner, requested approval of a zone change to allow for use as a used car lot on the property.    

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a Conditional Use Permit for one year with restrictions as stated in the communication sheet.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Amaya

4.  Public hearing and adoption of Resolution 2002-R-078 adopting the Comprehensive

Plan of the City of Laredo with amendment in compliance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to close the public hearing and adopt Resolution # 2002-R-078.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo,

Texas Subordinate Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 2002, in the amount of $710,000.00; and awarding the sale for the bonds to the Texas Water Development Board and making provisions for the security thereof; and authorizing the amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for the purpose authorized herein; and ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

     Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

     Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo,

Texas Subordinate Water System Revenue Bonds, Series 2002, in the amount of $741,000.00; and awarding the sale of the bonds to the Texas Water Development Board and making provisions for the security thereof; and authorizing the amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for the purpose authorized herein; and ordaining matters relating to the subject.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

2002 by appropriating revenues in the following Funds:  Certificates of Obligation Series 1998 $40,754.00, DPW Infrastructure Development $46,800.00 and Capital Improvements $399,533.00 and appropriating expenditures by the same amounts in respective funds.  The funds will be appropriated to fund the Alexander Park Project.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-02

General Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $100,000.00, $50,268.00 for August 2002 and $49,732.00 estimated for September 2002.  Expenditures will only be incurred and disbursed if the revenue is collected by the Tax Department.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing an increase in the bridge toll rate

schedule for southbound pedestrian traffic as further described in exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     5                                          Against:  3                                            Abstain:  0

                                                       Cm.  Galo

                                                       Cm.  Amaya

                                                       Cm.  Ramirez

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council except Cm.  Galo, Cm.  Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez

 

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

contract with South Texas Development Council (STDC) and amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget by appropriating the amount of $107,754.00 for the HIV/AIDS Health and Social Services Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

2002 budget by appropriating additional funds in the amount of $5,400.00 for the Bureau of Women’s Health, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP) of the City of Laredo Health Department and extending the contract period by one month from the period beginning September 1, 2001, through        August 31, 2002 to September 1, 2001, through September 30, 2002. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

annual budget  by appropriating additional funds in the amount of $70,000 from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC), now known as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), to continue the operation of the two continuous air monitoring stations (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health Department, and extending the contract period for one year from September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002, to September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2003.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                                    Against:                                                Abstain:

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13.  Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s FY

2001-2002 annual budget in the General Fund by appropriating revenues in the amount of $785,800.00, which were received in the electric franchise settlement with Central Power & Light, and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $785,800.00, which will be placed in a restricted reserve, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            14.  A.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Alfredo Agredano

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the status of Newman Park behind

     Perez Elementary School.

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that the property was acquired last month.  This project is identified under the Capital Improvement Program for the year 2003 where the City has $200,000.00 for the design.  The park includes a recreation center and park amenities for a total of $2,000,000.00.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding abandoned homes in Century City.

                       

                              Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, reported that on these particular properties, the Code Enforcement staff sent notices to the owners advising that they were not in compliance because of overgrown weeds and vegetation.  He added that staff has proceeded to take these units forward as a force clean due to fire hazards because of the accumulation of rubbish.  He stated that his department has secured the contractors bids and by Wednesday the units will be force cleaned. 

 

                   B.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

            1.   Discussion with possible action regarding the timeframe for installing a traffic   

      light at the intersection of Jefferson and San Francisco.

 

      Traffic Department Roberto Murillo reported that they will begin with the design for the traffic light in mid-October.  He mentioned that they plan to utilize some of the used poles from other poles.  He anticipates that they will have the installation in place by February, 2003. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the McPherson Road widening project.

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they are about 95% complete with the project.  There are only two major areas pending which include the completion of Bustamante Street and the intersection by Saunders.  He stated that they also have a water line to replace but they are still waiting for a permit from TxDOT.  The rest of the area is complete; all they are pending are three handicap ramps to complete. 

           

                   C.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Status report on Casa Verde Road, with possible action.

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that as of two weeks ago, the City Manager received word from TxDOT that they would not be completing the work on Loop 20 until December.  This has prompted the City Manager to look into an alternative roadway to access the arena area which would be Casa Verde Road.  The department has done some alignment for utilities on the road and Public Works has already done some grading.  His department is planning on paving the road, but they have to install some crossings before they do this.  The Utilities Department is providing them with several stations where they will need the crossings so that the conduits can be placed across the roadway.  Once that is done, then Public Works crew will take care of the paving within a week.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding Chaparral area flooding.

 

      Mrs. Yolanda Garcia, resident of Chaparral Subdivision, stated that they still

      require more assistance from the City to prevent the flooding problems that develop with the heaving rains.  She wants to make the council aware that it is very difficult for the residents to cope with these flooding incidents in their neighborhood.  They are constantly on a state of alert whenever it rains. 

 

      Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. mentioned that although the City has increased the capacity to some of the outlets and inlets in the area, there is still some more work that needs to be done to alleviate the concerns of the residents.

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that the City has restricted some of the post development flows.  Most of the developers have had to detain their post development flow as a result of the new ordinances.  However, when the city receives rains like we have lately, there will be problems as a result of the downpour in a short period of time.  In the Chaparral area, the department has widened the inlets and it has made improvements downstream.  He added that Brown and Root made some recommendations for additional improvements.  The study suggests building whatever ponds are necessary on the upstream end.  This would entail constructing something similar to a detention pond in order to hold back the waters and give the waters downstream a chance to recede. 

 

      Cm. Galo inquired as to what the language is in the ordinance that explains to someone who is planning on building in a flood plain.

 

      Keith Selman, City Planner, stated that construction is allowed in a flood plain area, but there are a lot of things that need to take place before construction can occur in the flood plain.  In some of these instances, the flood plain was determined by an engineer.  The finished floor elevation was determined to be eighteen inches and the elevation of the finished floor showed up on the face of the plan as well.  Whether the contractor met that requirement or not is what is at question.  He added that the City has passed an ordinance which physically requires the full documentation on that flood plain determination but also requires prior to the pouring of the slab an elevation certificate. 

 

      Cm. Agredano inquired whether the City has pinpointed the areas that constantly flood every time it rains.

 

      Keith Selman, City Planner, replied that City Council has been very aggressive over the last ten years in doing drainage improvements to mitigate flooding.

 

      Rogelio Rivera stated that there are areas where nothing has been done such as in those areas that stay in their natural state, but where the City has development that is being controlled the City is making headway along those lines. 

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that this was an unusual rain event and people need to understand that.  There are some homeowners that got at least two feet of water in their homes that were not in flood plains. 

       

                   D.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the residential parking permit pilot

     program.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that this item was presented before the Transportation Committee in August.  He stated that they will begin the program in the Magnet School area and will meet with the residents in early October.  They will try to implement the program some time in mid October.  The purpose of the program is to provide some parking for the residents where there is limited parking.  Eventually, he plans to expand the program to other high school areas.  He added that there would be no charge for the permit since it is operating as a pilot program.  The department will issue three permits per household and one permit for a visitor. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that they have a lot of issues around several of the high schools.  He mentioned that staff would come back to City Council with a report and try to localize another area for the pilot program.

 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding abandoned tires.

 

      Hector Gonzalez, Health Director, reported that the department has a budget to handle one tire collection per month.  They are working with the Environmental Services and Public Works crews for a routine collection of tires as well.  He added that the current grant only allows for a monthly collection and they had calculated about six hundred tires and they are collecting between 800 to 1400 tires.  He stated that they can try to do one collection next week and then do one final collection toward the end of the month. 

 

      Riazul Mia, Environmental Services Director, reported that their next event would have been in November, but he has received a request to assign those monies and schedule the tire collection now.  The department will issue a public service announcement to inform the public when they open the Recycling Center for disposal of abandoned tires. 

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on the paving of the south side of the 1000 block

     of Coke Street.

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they have taken a look at the area and have taken measurements of the south side of the sidewalk.  The cost for working on this project would run about $5,525.00 for the one block.  He has provided a copy of a proposed change order which includes other items that have been requested on sidewalks.  He stated that the grand total on that change order is $15,723.39 and is working on obtaining funding for it in order to assign it to the contractor. 

 

      Motion to provide funding for the south side of the 1000 block of Coke Street from District VIII discretionary funds.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

4.  Discussion with possible action regarding traffic around San Agustin Plaza.

 

      Traffic Director Roberto Murillo reported that a study was done back in March, 2001 which was intended to monitor the traffic circulation in that area.  The results provided by Alliance Engineering was that everything was operating properly at level service A which is the best rating and, therefore, no action was taken at that time.  They did provide an alternative solution which entailed reversing the traffic flow around San Agustin Plaza to provide another way out of the area.  Their estimate at that time was for $60,000.00 to make that change.  He added that the only option would be that every time that someone schedules an event, Grant Street could be reversed during special events where motorists would only be allowed to travel in the opposite direction to get traffic flowing. 

      

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

15.  Providing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.630537 per $100.00 value with a

Maintenance and Operation rate of $0.487580 per $100.00 value and an Interest and Sinking Fund rate of $0.145776 per $100.00 value and of the levy and the collection of General and Special Ad Valorem and Beverage Taxes for the City of Laredo for the tax year 2002 and the fiscal year 2002-2003.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council except for Cm.  Galo, with corrections to the rate:  $0.630534 and the maintenance and operations rate:  $0.484758

 

16.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with Pinkerton’s Inc. and

Burns International Security Services Corporation for two office spaces totaling approximately 500 square feet and located at International Bridges I and II.

                        a.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on November 1, 2002 and ending on

     October 31, 2003.

                        b.  Monthly rent shall be $2,200.00 for both properties.

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

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

17.  Closing as public easements the following streets located in the area known as the

“Embargo Yard” of the Texas Mexican Railway Company situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas conveyed by the City of Laredo to said company, by Warranty Deed dated March 12, 1884 and recorded in Volume 13, Pages 11-14, Deed Records of Webb County Texas.

 

a.  Aldama Street between the West right-of-way line of Tilden Avenue and the East     

     right-of-way line of Logan Avenue.

b.  Aldama Street between the West right-of-way line of Logan Avenue and the West

      boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard” including          

      the intersections.

c.  Willow Street between the West right-of-way line of Logan Avenue and the West

      boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard” including    

      the intersections.

d.  Chacon Street between the West right-of-way line of Tilden Avenue and the West

      boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard” including  

      the intersections save and except the East one-half section of Chacon Street between   

      Tilden and Logan Avenue.

      e.  Piedra China Street between the West right-of-way line of Tilden Avenue and the   

           West boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard”   

           including the intersections.

f.  Green Street between the West right-of-way line of Tilden Avenue and the West

     boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard” including   

     the intersections.    

g.  Mercer Street between the West right-of-way line of Tilden Avenue and the West

      boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard” including  

      the intersections.

h. Wooster Street between the West right-of-way line of Tilden Avenue and the West

     boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard”       

     including the intersections. 

i.   Logan Avenue between the South right-of- way line of Willow Street and the South

           boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard”.  

j.   Cedar Avenue between the South right-of- way line of Guatemozin Street and the  South boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard”.             

k.  Lexington Avenue between the South right-of-way line of Guatemozin Street and the

     South boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard”.          

l.   Maryland Avenue between the South right-of-way line of Guatemozin Street and the

           South boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embar2002-O-226,  

           go Yard”.      

m. Springfield Avenue between the South right-of- way line of Guatemozin Street to the

           South boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard”. 

n.  Marcella Avenue between the North and South boundary lines of the Texas Mexican

           Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard”.

All said streets are situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinance # 2002-O-226, # 2002-O-227, # 2002-O-228, # 2002-O-229, # 2002-O-230, # 2002-O-231, # 2002-O-232, # 2002-O-233, # 2002-O-234, # 2002-O-235, # 2002-O-236, # 2002-O-237, # 2002-O-238, # 2002-O-239, # 2002-O-240, #2002-241 and # 2002-O-242.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  2002-O-226  Amending Section 24.63.2, Permitted Land Uses of the Laredo Land

Development Code to designate Children’s Amusement Services (Outdoors) as an allowable land use in a B-3 (Community Business District), B-4 (Highway Commercial District), M-1 (Light Manufacturing District), and MXD (Mixed Use Development District); and Appendix A, Definitions; and providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-227  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

    authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit to A.E. Santos for       

    an office on Lot 1 and the west ½ of Lot 2, Block 1141, Eastern Division,  

    located at 2001 Clark Blvd.; providing for publication and effective date. 

    (As amended)

 

    Motion to approve with correction to add Roberto Salinas.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

 For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2002-O-228  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

 rezoning 21.62 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on  

 attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Bob Bullock Loop, west of

 Sandia Drive and north of San Isidro Parkway, from AG (Agricultural

 District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

              2002-O-229  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.83

acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Emerald Hills Subdivision, Phase I and southeast of Dorel Drive, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

              2002-O-230  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an         Interlocal

Government Agreement between the City of Laredo and Laredo Independent School District (LISD) for the participation of the City of Laredo Police Department School Resource Officer Program and to accept reimbursement in the amount of $367,000.00 from LISD and to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $367,000.00.  The Laredo Police Department will provide eight (8) officers that will be assigned to various middle and high schools, and LISD will reimburse the City of Laredo up to three hundred sixty seven thousand dollars ($367,000.00) for the FY 2002-2003 school year. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

              2002-O-231  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Veterans Field Fund Annual

Budget by amending and appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $35,000.00 from the West Martin Ticket Sales and amending and appropriating the expenditures for the Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos contract by $35,000.00.  The transfer is to fulfill contractual obligations regarding payment for services rendered during playoff games.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

             2002-O-232   Amending Chapter 19 Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII:  Stopping,

Standing or Parking of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo; specifically amending Section 19-364(2) which establishes no parking anytime/tow away zones in the area of the Riverfront Parking Lot adjacent to Bridge I; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

              2002-O-233  Accepting a grant by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s

US-Mexico Border Program in the       amount of $25,000.00 with the City designating $1,316.00 in matching funds for a total of $26,316.00 and amending the        City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 Annual Budget for the NPDES Fund by appropriating said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant monies will be used to implement two Computer Electronic Collection Events.  Matching funds are available in the NPDES Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

              2002-O-234  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2,

Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section        2-87.7 (12)(a) except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective of September 29, 2002.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

             2002-O-235  Adoption of the Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2002-2003;       appropriating the

estimated revenues, expenditures and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1,          2002 and ending September 30, 2003, consistent with the financial plan described in said annual budget; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said annual budget.

 

Ronnie Castro, vice-Chair of VIDA and volunteer organizer for the Central Labor Council of Webb County spoke before City Council.  He expressed his support for the city workers of Laredo, in particular the sanitation workers. 

 

Jose Angel Gonzalez, a sanitation worker, spoke on the annual budget and added that he was not in favor of an across the board wage increase. 

 

Carlos Delgado, a sanitation worker, stated that they are asking for City Council to look at other cities’ budgets to compare the wages earned by other sanitation workers.  He stated that a 2.8% increase of the current wages earned by a sanitation worker is not sufficient. 

 

Mark Pitt stated that he had hoped there would be some alternative proposals by the City Manager’s Office.  He added that they continue to be opposed to the general 2.8% increase.  He stated that the current wage system does not adequately compensate those individuals at the lower end of the pay scale.

 

Dan Migura read a letter sent to City Council highlighting some important points regarding the pay plan review:

 

The City of Laredo has been addressing pay equity issues since 1992.  In 1997, it became apparent to the City that a 15% pay equity existed when comparing average salaries of comparable positions and comparable cities.  Since then, City Council and staff have actively addressed this inequity. 

 

Mr. Migura referred to the Cost of Living Allowance chart that follows:

 

Date of Increase

Cost of Living Allowance

Merit

Adjustment

Oct. 1, 1997

5.0%

 

 

Apr. 1, 1998

3.5%

 

 

May 31, 1998

1.5%

 

 

Oct. 1, 1998

2.4%

 

 

Oct. 3, 1999

1.6%

0 – 4 %

5%

Oct. 1, 2000

2.2%

0 – 4 %

 

Sep. 30, 2001

3.0%

0 – 4 %

 

 

19.2%

0-12%

5%

 

What does this mean to a Refuse Collector?

 

A refuse collector hired prior to October 1, 1997 has realized at least a 19.2% COLA plus a 5% salary adjustment given on October 3, 1999 and the potential to receive a 12% merit over the last three fiscal years.  Our records indicate that some refuse collectors have received up to 35% pay increases since 1997.  Our current starting wage for refuse collectors is $7.25/hour.  With the recommended 2.8% COLA adjustment on October 1, 2002, the starting wage will be $7.45/hour.

 

How do our wages compare to comparable cities?

 

We have conducted a quick survey of at least 17 cities for this position and of the 15 cities that responded, 6 cities indicated that they have automated this function, 3 cities have contracted these services to a private company, and of the remaining cities a salary range low of $7.23/hour to a high of $17.42/hour has been reported.

 

How does our minimum starting wage compare to other entities in the City of Laredo?

 

With the exception of the pending wage increase proposed by Webb County of $8.25/hour, the City of Laredo’s wage of $6.89/hour is higher than comparable starting rates at LCC, TAMIU, UISD, and LISD which ranges from $5.59 to $6.35.

 

Are we having difficulty attracting and retaining employees with our minimum-starting wage?

 

No.  Market indicators such as turnover, vacancy rates, and recruitment efforts demonstrate that the City of Laredo has an ample applicant pool to fill these positions at any given time.

 

Is the wage paid to our sanitation workers equitable for the working conditions that they are exposed to?

 

I believe it is, however, a more comprehensive study should be conducted to address wage equity issues for these as well as other classifications.

 

What would be the cost to adjust our minimum wage to $8.00 or $8.25 for all classifications?

 

Based on our initial analysis, this cost would be approximately $378,352 or $545,459 for 290 or 345 employees.  However, if you factor in the compaction adjustment the cost would be approximately $3,235,989 or $3,860,009 respectively.  This does not include a 30% benefit cost.

 

What is my recommendation?

 

Maintain our course.  Propose a 2.8% COLA increase on October 1, 2002 and continue our merit program.  Monitor our budget and do a comprehensive study of all positions in pay grades R-22 through R-25 to determine if a need exists to adjust these wages.  If funds are available, address equities in January, 2003 or April, 2003.

 

Let me know if additional information is required.”

 

Cynthia Collazo, Assistant City Manager, read a letter from Dr. Michael Patrick, Director for the Texas Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development:

 

“Dear Ms. Collazo:

 

This note is a follow-up to our earlier conversation.  Normally, in a free enterprise system such as ours (United States), wages are determined by market conditions.  Since market conditions can vary from region to region and community to community, we would expect to see wages to vary also.

 

It is not appropriate to compare average wages between different communities, say Laredo and Pasadena or Grand Prairie, even though they are roughly the same size (population), because the economic structures of the communities are not similar.  Laredo’s economy is characterized by a labor-intensive service sector that requires a semi-skilled labor force.  The economies of Pasadena and Grand Prairie, on the other hand, are integral parts of the Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth metroplexes, where manufacturing and high tech industries dominate and rely upon a highly skilled labor force.  When it comes to comparing average wages, a fair comparison requires comparable conditions.  That is, we need to compare apples to apples and not apples to oranges.

 

Nor can one necessarily compare wages in the same occupation across communities.  Take the duties of a secretary for example.  A secretary responsible for the handling and filing of paper work and interacting with the public for a top executive in a major corporation will likely have higher skills and receive higher pay than a secretary in a small freight forwarding company.

 

Other factors may cause wages to vary between occupations and within occupations across communities, including relative worker productivity and cost of living differentials. 

 

Finally, an important factor in determining wages is the supply and demand for workers in the marketplace.  When there are more qualified workers than available jobs, wages will be competed down.  On the other hand, when there are fewer qualified workers than available jobs, wages will be competed up.  The Laredo labor market tends to be in the former category – more qualified workers than available jobs, which works to hold average wages down.

 

Wage levels are influenced by many factors; I have only touched on a few.  I trust you will find my comments useful.”

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

J. Michael Patrick, PhD

Director

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that city staff would be proposing to take the following actions: 

 

He mentioned the discussion held over the issue of these employees working on holidays.  He is proposing to eliminate working on those ten holidays and to take the monies saved by not working those holidays and using that money to pay the workers up to $8.00/hour.  The total monies saved would be approximately $49,000.00 and the 51 employees that would be affected would cost somewhere in the range of $45,000.00.  He is also looking at changing and improving the work conditions and he will assign Elizabeth Martinez, Jessica Hein, and Martin Aleman to conduct an operational audit of the Sanitation Division.   In addition, Joe Guerra, Public Works Director, is assigning Oscar Medina, Assistant Public Works Director, to manage, control, and administer the day-to-day operations of the Sanitation Division.  Also, staff is looking into an automation pilot program in the City as well to attempt to relieve some of the additional routes being impacted by the city’s growth. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     6                                   Against:  2                                Abstain:  0

                                                Cm.  Galo

                                                Cm.  Ramirez

 

              2002-O-236  Authorizing the City Manager to accept funds and amend the City of

Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $20,000.00 from the Texas Department of Health-Office of Border of Health for the Border Health Conference of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2002, through September 30, 2002.  These funds             were awarded specifically for the “Los Dos Laredos” Bi-         National Health Conference that will be held on September 18-19, 2002.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

             2002-O-237  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2001-2002 Bridge Fund annual

budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $340,000.00 and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  Funds are available from the collection of overweight penalty fees for Fiscal Year 2001-2002.

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

             2002-O-238  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2001-2002 Airport Fund annual

budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-34-02 in the amount of         $6,332,000.00 for the purpose of acquiring land for noise mitigation, constructing a portion of the east side air cargo apron, complete construction of parallel Taxiway J, acquire finger printing equipment and install CCTV monitoring cameras and related security equipment at the Laredo International Airport.  The City’s ten (10%) percent local match for this project in the amount of $703,556.00 is available in the Airport Land Reimbursement Account. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

              2002-O-239  Amending the City of Laredo FY 01-02 Airport Construction Fund Budget

by appropriating revenues & expenditures of $170,035.00 and transferring an additional amount of $563,130.00 from the Airport Construction Fund to the Airport Operations Budget.  The transfer consists of $400,000.00 from additional interest earnings and $163,130.00 from Land Sale Proceeds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

              2002-O-240  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Airport Budget to recognize

additional revenues and expenditures resulting from a Law Enforcement Personnel Agreement with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in the amount of $250,098.00.   The purpose of the agreement 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; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

              2002-O-241  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Comision Mexico-

Americano Para la Erradicacion Del Gusano Barrenador (USDA) for approximately 19,765 square feet constituting Building No. 1308 located at 4305 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease        term is for five (5) years commencing on June 1, 2002 and        ending on May 31, 2007.  Monthly rent shall be $6,901.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.       

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

              2002-O-242  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease          agreement between

Laredo Metro, Inc., and the City of Laredo Department of Community Development for the lease of 6,628 sq. ft. of building space at the Laredo Transit Center located at 1301 Farragut, second and third floors (East) for a monthly sum of $4,088.15.  The monthly base rate will be amended annually according to consumer price index.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

19.  2002-R-079  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Parks

and Wildlife Department for consideration of the Community Outdoor Outreach Grant Reimbursement Program in the amount not to exceed $30,000.00 for funding of Summer outdoor recreational and educational programming for local school age children that participate in the Parks and Recreation Summer Program and certify that the City of Laredo is eligible to receive program assistance and that funding for this program is available through the Department of Parks and Recreation and further authorize the City Manager to execute any and all documents pertaining to and resulting from this submission.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

20.  2002-R-080  A resolution of the City of Laredo, Texas authorizing the City Manager or

his designee to execute an electric supply agreement pursuant to the contract to be signed by South Texas Aggregation Project, Inc. for deliveries of electricity effective January 1, 2003.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

21.  2002-R-081  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel

of land from the Texas-Mexican Railway Company.  Said parcel known as the “Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Lands”, and containing 7.84 acres, more or less, and being located adjacent to the North of the Rio Grande River and on the East side of the Zacate Creek, in the Eastern Division of the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, or refusal to sell.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

22.  2002-R-082  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between the

Laredo Community College on behalf of the Workforce Education Division, Health and Sciences Division, Workforce Development Division and the City of Laredo Fire Department Training Division to define responsibilities for the instructional activities to be offered for academic credit and/or workforce continuing education at the Laredo International Fire and Law Enforcement Training Center.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

23.  2002-R-083  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between Laredo

Community College on behalf of the Workforce Development Division to define responsibilities for both parties for the no-credit workforce continuing educational instructional activities to be offered to non-firefighter trainees and out of country first responders at the Laredo International Fire and Law Enforcement Training Center.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

           

24.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute professional services renewal contract with J

& A Pharmacy for $30,000.00 to provide pharmaceutical services to La Familia Health Clinic clients of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002, through August 31, 2003.  State grant funds are utilized for these services. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Authorizing the City Manager to make a change order in the contract to C.W. Tenorio

Security, Laredo, Texas by increasing the amount established for the City of Laredo Health Department from $21,645.00 per annum to $44,265.00 per annum the two periods that the contract was awarded.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Authorizing the City Manager to prepare a service plan for the voluntary annexation of

six (6) tracts of land totaling 683.83 acres, more or less, and the unilateral annexation of one (1) tract of land totaling 511.83 acres, more or less, for a total of 1,195.66 acres, more or less, as shown on attachment “A” in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

Motion to approve.

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                     Cm.  Ramirez

 

27.  Consideration for approval of the acceptance of the Rehabilitation of Runway 17R-35L

and a portion of Runway 14-32 Laredo International Airport AIP Project No. 3-48-0136-26-01 and release retainage in the amount of $45,940.99 to Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $656,102.33.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                 Cm.  Galo

 

28.  Consideration to award a design/build contract to United Construction Company,

Laredo, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $135,000.00 for the Civic Center ballroom concession renovations (Design/Build Project).  Funding is available in the Civic Center Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a professional services

agreement with RWL Group, Inc., to provide employee benefit services to the City of Laredo for a period of twelve months to commence on October 1, 2002 and to conclude on September 30, 2003.  Funding is subject to fiscal year 2002-2003 appropriation.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration to renew the existing contract with RWL Group and the City of Laredo

for one year to provide Risk Management with property and liability insurance consulting services and authorizing the City Manager to execute all retainer documents.  Funding is subject to fiscal year 2002-2003 appropriation.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration to vote for Administrative Services Department Director, Daniel E.

Migura, Jr., for the 2002 Board of Trustees election for Region 7 of the TML Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool, with possible action.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

       

32.  Consideration to award contract number FY02-114 to the low bidder, Grant Brothers,

L.L.C., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $98,060.00 for the fabrication and installation of aluminum safety handrails for the oxidation ditches and chlorine contact chamber at the Zacate Creek Wastewater Plant.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with THC, Utility Management

Specialists in the amount of $32,600.00 to provide technical advice, assistance in developing a contract administration manual, and staff support for transition to professional contract operations, maintenance and management of the City’s water and wastewater operations, as described in the contract for professional services.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Extending the existence of the Impact Fees Advisory Committee to August 7, 2003.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration to rescind contract number FY02-134, awarded to the low bidder,

Shadeports, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $41,000.00, for the installation of a shade structure at the Solid Waste facility and award contract number FY02-145 to the sole bidder, Laredo Discount Metals, Laredo, Texas in the amount of $32,995.00, for the purchase of a pre-engineered metal roof structure.  A shade structure was going to be installed at the Solid Waste facility’s maintenance area; however it is less expensive and more effective to install a pre-engineered metal roof structure.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste fund.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.   Consideration to extend the Rental Agreement between the City of Laredo and the City

       of Rio Bravo for an additional three (3) months for the use of a sanitation truck.

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

month of August 2002, represents a decrease in levy of  $22,154.50.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

a.  A refund in the amount of $882.52 payable to Leon O. Ramirez due to a double

     payment by the bank and the taxpayer. Account #900-90221-071.

b.  A refund in the amount of $1,532.07 payable to FARETS/ Attn: K. Purdon

     ASC019 due to a double payment by mortgage company. Acct. #965-90001-070.

c.  A refund in the amount of $507.33 payable to Discount Windshield of Texas due

to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board. Did not exist on the 1st of the year. Supp. 13 Cause #2001-6445,6444,6443,6442. Account #800-04095-196.

d.  A refund in the amount of $1,035.08 payable to Cat Sale Co. due to a Webb

County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board. Did not exist on the 1st of the year. Supp. 13 Cause #2001-6467.  Account #801-03020-133.

e.  A refund in the amount of $3,942.29 payable to General Motors Corporation c/o

Tax Staff due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board. Did not exist on the 1st of the year. Supp. 13, Cause #2001-6468. Account #801-07021-113.

f.  A refund in the amount of $918.29 payable to Daniel G. Rodriguez & Wf., due to

a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board. Clerical Error 25.25. Corrected Sq. ft. Supp. #13, Cause #2002-1186D, 1186C, 1186B, 1186A. Account #909-40002-040.

g.  A refund in the amount of $997.90 payable to First American Real Estate Tax 

Service/ Attn: Kelly Purdom-ASC-019-HP. This account was erroneously paid. Account #938-20002-020.

h.  A refund in the amount of $971.57 payable to IBOC-McAllen/Attn: Cristina

     Martinez due to a double overpayment by the Title Co. and the Mortgage Bank.

     Account #988-10001-150.

i.  A  refund in the amount of $680.85 payable to IBOC-McAllen/Attn: Cristina

Martinez due to a double overpayment by the Title Co. and the Mortgage Bank. Account #946-42000-160.

j.  A refund in the amount of $533.86 payable to C & C Auto Center II due to an

    overpayment by the owner for several tax years. Account #804-03096-051.

k.  A refund in the amount of $691.05 payable to UETA Continental LLC due to a

Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Review Board. Did not exist on the 1st of the year. Supp. 14, Cause #2001-6989.  Account #800-03097-700.

l.  A refund in the amount of $1,993.62 payable to L. A. Salomon Terminal, Inc.,

due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board. Part of value did not exist on the 1st of the year.  Supp. 14, Cause #2001-6998, 6997. Account #800-18000-236.      

m.  A refund in the amount of $1,898.41 payable to Fleet Capital Leasing, Burr

Wolff due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board. Did not exist on the 1st of the year. Supp. 14 Cause #2001-7002. Account #801-20002-260.

n.  A refund in the amount of $1,028.91 payable to Countrywide Tax Service/Attn:

P. Suniga due to a double overpayment by the Title Co. and the Mortgage Co., account #985-30016-030.

o.  A refund in the amount of 5,833.89 payable to Mercy Hospital of Laredo due to

an overpayment by the company and the title company for 1998. Account #900-90251-289.

p.  A refund in the amount of $799.23 payable to Transamerica Real Estate Tax

Service due to a double payment. Taxes were paid in error by Transamerica.  Account #954-00002-072.

q.  A refund in the amount of $529.27 payable to Mark Dimarco due to a double

     overpayment by the homeowner and the mortgage co.  Acct. #969-30006-080.

r.  A refund in the amount of $1,388.71 payable to Jose Aranda Jr. and Violeta due

     to an overpayment by the mortgage and title company. Acct. #985-70001-080.

s.  A refund in the amount of $783.39 payable to Provident Funding due to a double

     overpayment by the title and mortgage company. Acct. #989-10002-120.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

           

39.  Presentation by Daniel Hernandez Joseph, Mexican Consulate, on the use of the

       matricula consular identification system, with possible action.

 

      Mexican Consulate Daniel Hernandez Joseph explained that the matricula consular is an identification card that Mexican consulates and embassies issue to Mexican citizens living outside of Mexico.  It serves to prove to local authorities that they are Mexican nationals.  Since September 11th, the matricula took on a higher importance especially for their citizens who are living within the United States.  They have been working on a high security matricula project and they began issuing this matricula as soon as they could.  The goal is to ensure that authorities can have the certainty that the person who is carrying this identification is the person before them.   

 

      Motion to have a resolution brought before City Council supporting the use of the matricula consular identification system. 

 

      Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      Second:  Cm. Garcia

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

40.  Update report on the status of the Colonias Project.

 

       Keith Kendall, Project Manager with Turner, Collie, and Braden, reported that a     

       meeting was held earlier today.  On State Highway 359 Work Order #1, they received  

       the plans from the engineer today and will be forwarded to the Laredo Water Development Board for review.  They are scheduled for advertisement in October.  The City has reported that they are completing negotiations with Tex-Mex Railway for the right-of way permit. 

 

      Under Work Order #2, Foster Engineering is submitting final plans this month although there are still ongoing issues with the right-of-way and easements.  They are scheduled for advertisement in December pending the right-of-way and easements. 

 

      Under Work Order #3, is HNTB which is the remaining water distribution and wastewater collection system.  They have stated that their plans are complete for most of the areas except for the section of Old Milwaukee.  They are still coordinating with Tomas Rodriguez from Webb County and Keith Selman, City Planner, on the proposed plat.  They will be able to eliminate one of the lift stations which will subsequently reduce the project cost. 

 

      Under Work Order #4, the 12-inch transmission line has been oversized to a 16-inch water line for approximately 38,000 feet.  They had a pre-bid meeting on September 4th with 8 contractors.  They have received 32 sets of plans go out and will be taking bids on the 12th; the engineering bid is approximately $100,000.00 below the facility plan estimate. 

 

      Under Work Order #5 represents the ground storage tank and the booster pump station.  They have now located a site for the ground storage tank inside the City’s landfill area.  They can now begin with the surveys and the geotechnical investigations.

 

      Under Work Order #6 is the 250,000 gallon elevated storage tank.  Surveys and geotechnical investigations are already under way at the site.  They expect to have the design completed in January and advertising in February for construction.

 

      For the Mines Road area under Work Order #1 the water distribution for the five colonias, they expect to have the final plans to be submitted October 1st.  They are scheduled for advertisement to start late October or early November pending the acquisition of the right-of-way and easements.  They will continue to try and complete the plans and obtain approval from the Water Development Board. 

 

      For the Mines Road area under Work Order #2, CH2MHill is doing the booster pump station and the 8-inch and 10-inch water lines.  They are still completing the TxDOT permit application and are starting the modeling for the booster pump station and the ground storage tank.  They will try to have final plans by late November or early December and will follow with advertisement in early January. 

 

      The final item is the NADBank project.  They have provided general agreements and contracts to Crane Engineering that the City has selected for the 16-inch water line.  That agreement has been returned to the City and is under review by the legal staff.  The same is true for Arcadis Engineering for the Mines Road wastewater collection and wastewater treatment plant. 

        

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.

 

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

to consult with City Attorney regarding contemplated litigation, City of Laredo, Texas v. United States General Services Administration; Administrator Stephen A. Perry, in his official and individual capacities; United States Department of Transportation; Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, in his official and individual capacities;        Texas Transportation Commission; Commissioner of Transportation,  John W.  Johnson, in his official and individual capacities; Commission Member, Robert Nichols,  in his official and individual capacities; and Commission Member, Ric Williamson, in his official and individual capacities; Texas Department of Transportation, and Michael W. Behrens, Executive Director, in his official and individual capacities, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code § 551.071 (1)(A) to consult with City Attorney regarding contemplated litigation, City of Laredo, Texas v. United States General Services Administration; Administrator Stephen A. Perry, in his official and individual capacities; United States Department of Transportation; Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, in his official and individual capacities; Texas Transportation Commission; Commissioner of Transportation,  John W.  Johnson, in his official and individual capacities; Commission Member, Robert Nichols,  in his official and individual capacities; and Commission Member, Ric Williamson, in his official and individual capacities; Texas Department of Transportation, and Michael W. Behrens, Executive Director, in his official and individual capacities, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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 as the Laredo Mass Transit Board.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

            Second:  Cm.  Garcia

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.  Public hearing and motion to modify the following El Metro routes in           order to

       increase efficiency, productivity, and on-time performance.  

 

* *        Eliminate 3rd Corpus bus and leave bus #1 and #2

* *        Modify the San Eduardo route

* *        Modify San Bernardo route

* *        Re-route Santa Maria

* *        Extend Retama route

* *        Extend Convent route

* *        Split the Express bus to bus A and bus B

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

43.  To waive all bus fare collection Thursday, October 3, 2002 for Communities in

Motion Day (previously known as Try Transit Week).  This action will give El Metro an opportunity to attract new customers and support the community event.  The estimated revenue loss will be $7,500.00. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.   ADJOURNMENT

 

 

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M-2002-S-09

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 16, 2002

5:30 p.m.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

  

I.          GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

       

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on implementing a Resolution

                             declaring a local disaster due to the severe weather impacts of

                             Hurricane Fay.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Johnny Amaya)

 

                             Motion to implement the resolution.

 

                             Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                             Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

                             For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

II.        RESOLUTION

 

            2.  2002-R-084   Declaring a disaster within the City of Laredo under Section

                                       418.108 of the Texas Government Code, from flooding and

   water damage to  property  from  Tropical   Storm Fay on

   Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, 2002.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

III.       MOTION

 

3.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement Between

the City of Laredo and the County of Webb to provide $150,000 of the requested $300,000.00 (25%) cash match from Webb County for the submittal of an application in the amount of $900,000.00 to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Department through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the dredging of Lake Casa Blanca.  The City’s contribution would be utilized exclusively for the dredging project.

  

                 Motion to approve.

 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                                    Cm.  Amaya

IV.       ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  9:48 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Bruni

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 through 33 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on September 16, 2002. 

 

 

                                                                        ____________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary