CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2002-R-19

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

OCTOBER 7, 2002

6:00 P.M.

 

  I.        CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

 II.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

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

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Mayor Pro Tempore, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            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

 

            Motion to excuse Cm. Galo.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:      7                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of August 12, 2002, August 13, 2002, and August 14, 2002.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      7                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Cm.  Ramirez presented a Diamond Sponsor Certificate to the Mayor and City Council Members from a Border Trade Alliance Conference held in San Diego, California.

 

Cm.  Agredano thanked the staff from several City departments for cleaning two abandoned houses in his district.    

 

Cm.  E.  Valdez expressed his thanks to individuals that may have participated in the completion of Casa Verde Road. 

 

Invitations

 

            Cm.  Garcia invited constituents from Villa Del Sol to attend a neighborhood meeting.

 

Recognitions

 

1.  Recognition of City's Customer Service Representatives in observance of National

Customer Service Week, which will be celebrated on October 7, 2002 through October 11, 2002.

 

The following Customer Service Representatives were given a Seven Flags Certificate from the Mayor and Council in recognition of National Customer Service Week:

 

Kavita Idnani,                                                          Administrative Services

Francis Perez,                                                          Airport Department

Berta Rivera,                                                           Bridge Department

Raul Flores, Jr.,                                                       Building Department

San Juanita De Los Reyes,                                       City Attorney’s Office

Donna Copeland-Magnón,                                      City Secretary’s Office

Osbaldo Guzman,                                                    Community Development Department

Monica Vidaurri,                                                     Laredo Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

Teresa Esparza,                                                       City Engineering Department

Janie Garcia,                                                            Finance Department

Belinda D.  Sanchez,                                                Fire Department

Syvia Arrellano,                                                       Health Department

Maria G.  Soliz,                                                       Library Department

Sandra Aleman,                                                       Management Information System

John Porter,                                                 Environmental Services

Gloria Garza,                                                           Parks and Recreation Department

Rosie Cantu,                                                            Planning Department

Jose Biaza,                                                              Police Department

Gerardo Leal,                                                          Public Access

Alejandra Santana,                                                  Tax Department

Rosita Martinez,                                                      Traffic Department

Diana Soliz,                                                 Transit/El Metro

Yvonne Hinojosa,                                                    Utilities Department

Federico Flores,                                                      Utilities Department

 

Communiqués

 

a.  Recognition of Juan Morales, Traffic Department Employee, for his honest act in

     returning a bank deposit bag containing money to its owner.

 

Mayor Flores and Council Members presented Juan Morales a Seven Flags Certificate for his honest act in returning a bank deposit bag to its owner. 

 

b.  Gabriela Rodriguez, Director of Bannum Place Halfway House, submitted the following

     letter for the record.

 

“This document is written as a Letter of Support for Bannum Place of Laredo, A community Corrections Center (CCC) located on 2920 East Saunders Avenue, Laredo, Texas.  The CCC has been in this location since February 1998.  The average population of the CCC has ranged from 40-55 residents.

 

The Director of Bannum Place of Laredo is Ms.  Gabriela D.  Rodriguez. 

 

Inasmuch as we have been a part of the community since 1998, we are requesting your support for this facility and its program.  If you feel you can support the CCC and its program, by acknowledgement, please sign and date this letter below.

 

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the director, at the above phone or fax number.

 

Sincerely,

Gabriela D.  Rodriguez”

 

C.     Ricardo Trevino, representing Mayor Pedro Garza Trevino submitted the following  

      letter:

 

     Presente. –

 

     Sirva la presente para enviarle un cordial saludo, esperando se encuentre bien.

 

En nombre mio y del Ayuntamiento de esta ciudad, me permito solicitar la venta de behiculos tipo Pick-up para uso y servidio de esta Administraction; y seguir dando un major servicio a nuestra comunidad.

 

Le agradecere hacer extensivo este reconocimiento al Ayuntamiento bajo su digno cargo asi como tambien a sus calaboradores de Laredo, Texas Ciudad hermanda de Guadalupe, N. L. 

 

Espero tener en breve la oportunidad de saludaria personalmente, mientras tanto me es grato reiterarme de usted fraternalmente.

 

Sufragio Efectivo, no reeleccion

CD. Guadalupe, N. L. A 7 de Octubre de 2002

C.     President Municipal

Ing.  Pedro Garza Trevino”

 

D.  Richard Johnson, Director of Operations for United Water, thanked the Mayor and

Council Members for having confidence in their company.  He noted that the United Water staff is working very diligently to exceed Council’s expectations. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.  Appointment by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr. of Raul Valdez to the City

     Charter Revision Commission.

 

    Motion to approve.

 

    Moved:   Cm. Agredano

    Second:  Cm. Amaya

    For:     7                                           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 the east 13.89 feet of Lot 1, Lots 2 and 3, and the west 13.89 feet of Lot 4, Block 524, Eastern Division, located at 903 and 917 East Taylor Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ruben Cortinas, applicant, spoke in favor of the zone change.  He assured the Council Members that he would restrict his business to indoors activities so the neighbors would not be disturbed.   

 

Carlos Sanchez spoke against the zone change.  He stated that he was against the zone change even if it is changed to an indoor business because of the traffic parking problem and the devaluation of their properties.    

 

Valentin Jorge Cuellar, a resident of Retama Park area, spoke against the zone change.

 

Jose Rodriguez, a resident of Retama Park, spoke against the zone change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and deny the zone change

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 24-94, Appendix A, and

Appendix B-3 of the Laredo Land Development Code, in order to establish standards and procedures governing the issuance of Conditional Use Permits; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, announced the following changed to the ordinance: 

 

1.  Section 24. 94.1   General

     General discussion of conditional uses.

2.  Section 24.94.2  Purpose

     A description of the purpose of a conditional use permit.

3.  Section 24.94.3  General Contents of a Conditional Use Permit Application and Fees

A description of the required contents of a conditional use permit application and its accompanying fees.  

                 4.  Section 24.94.4 Process

                      A description of the process by which a Conditional Use Permit may be granted.

                 5.  Section 24.94.5  Conditional Use Permit Application Submittal Criteria

                      A description of the criteria under which a conditional use permit request may be  

                      submitted.

                 6.  Section 24.94.6  Conditional Use Permit Review Standards

                      A description of the review standards for conditional use permit applications.

                 7.  Section 24.94.7  Authorization to Impose Conditions

                      A description of the powers of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and the

Planning and Zoning Department Director to recommend conditions and the

Council’s power to impose.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, also noted that under Section 24.94.5 staff needs to delete paragraph C and amend paragraph D where it says “not denial” to “has not denied or approved.”

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 27.7124 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located east of Los Presidentes Subdivision, Unit 7 and proposed Unit 9, from AG (Agricultural District) and R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                           Cm. Garcia

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                   Cm. Garcia

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Agredano

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 10.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A" located south of Cielito Lindo Blvd. and west of St. David Lane, from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Agredano

 

5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $236,298.00 from the Texas Department of Health and $118,150.00 in in-kind funds from the Laredo Independent School District for the Mi Futuro (My Future) Abstinence Education Program of the City of Laredo Health Department from October 1, 2002, through September 30, 2003; and authorizing the City Manager to amend the current number of full-time equivalent positions from 0 to .5 with the addition of .5 Public Health Technician position which will be funded by this grant.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

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

execute all documentation from the Texas Department of Health for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department.  The City of Laredo Health Department is expecting to be reimbursed an estimated $2,654,860.00 during FY 2002-2003.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance 89-O-231 of the Code of

Ordinances for the City of Laredo providing for an increase in charge from $3.00 to $10.00 per client for the Influenza Immunization at the Immunization Clinic of the City of Laredo Health Department and implementing a charge of $16.00 for the pneumococcal vaccine; providing for a sliding fee to persons unable to pay due to indigency; and providing for severability, effective date and publication.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     6                                          Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                       Cm. Ramirez

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

           

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

8.  A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.  Report to Council regarding the presentation made of Bridge V Project at the

     XXXII Meeting of the US-Mexico Binational Group in San Diego, California on

     October 1, 2002.

 

     The Mayor gave the following presentation:

 

     Efforts to Insure Border Crossing Efficiency

 

     Construction of a Fifth Bridge

     Utilization of the World Trade Bridge as a Hazardous Material Crossing

     Placement of Truck Safety Inspection Stations away from Border Crossing

     Facilities.

 

     Fifth Bridge

 

     Meet the demands of population Growth (4.6% annually)

     Expedite and insure safe border crossings.  (4% annual increase in non-

     commercial crossings.)

     Promote economic and educational opportunities on both sides of the border.

 

     Signs of Growth

 

     Building Permits Up

     Expansion of Higher Education Facilities

     Opening of Laredo Entertainment Center

     State of the Art Medical Centers

 

     Security

 

     The City is the first responder in the case of an emergency.

     Continued traffic delays at our border crossings are a major security concern.

     Responsibility to provide the infrastructure to the facilitate the movement of  

     goods and people rests upon the City. 

     It is imperative that the federal and state government streamline the process for

     the construction of border crossings.

 

     City of Laredo International Bridge Locations

 

     1.  Juarez/Lincoln Bridge

     2.  Gateway to the Americas

     3.  Colombia Solidarity Bridge

    4.  World Trade Bridge

    5.  Proposed South Laredo Bridge

 

     Financial Strength

 

     No additional community tax burden/supported by Bridge System revenues.

     General Fund Balance for FY 2002 of $13.4 million.

     Strong Credit Ratings:

 

     Moody’s                             A2

     Fitch                                    A+

     Standards & Poor’s             A

 

     Construction Financing

 

     The City of Laredo is prepared to finance Mexico’s share of the cost of 

     constructing the City’s Newest International Connection.

 

     Fifth Bridge Status                                                Complete

 

     Economic Feasibility and Impact Study                    Complete

     Location and Traffic Study                           Complete

     Environmental Assessment (EA)                               Complete

     Approval of EA by TxDOT                         Pending

     Presidential Permit Submittal                                    November 2002

 

     Efforts to Insure Border Crossing Efficiency

 

     Hazardous Materials Crossing at World Trade Bridge

 

     The Problem

 

     The Colombia-Solidarity Bridge is designated as the only Hazardous Materials

     Crossing.

 

     The Haz-Mat containment facility is located only on the U. S. Customs side.

 

     The additional 40-5- miles traveled daily by over 200 trucks carrying hazardous

     materials creates a safety burden.

 

     Security Measures

 

     The proximity of the World Trade Bridge to emergency response units insures

     that any hazardous material spills will be more quickly and better contained.

 

The distance between emergency response units and the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge creates opportunity for a hazardous material spill to spread and create a greater health risk.

 

The City maintains a HAZ MAT Emergency Response Plan for the River that includes protecting the  City’s water intake and haz-mat product recovery utilizing specialized equipment and trained personnel.

 

The Solution

 

Amend the Presidential Permit to allow non-radioactive-hazardous materials crossing at the World Trade Bridge.

 

Construct a hazardous containment facility capable of handling any and all spill emergencies for both Northbound as well as Southbound commercial traffic.

 

Allow hazardous materials to reach their destination point as quickly and safely as possible.

 

     The Location

 

      Proposed Haz-Mat Containment Facility

 

     Status

 

City of Laredo has submitted a formal request to the U. S.  Department of State to amend the permit for the World Trade Bridge.  Pending Response.

 

Nuevo Laredo has begun an environmental study to facilitate the designation of a hazardous materials crossing.

 

Efforts to Insure Border Crossing Efficiency

 

Truck Safety Inspection Stations

 

Congestion, Congestion, Congestion

 

“On May 27 at FMCSA’s inspection facility in the U. S. Customs Service compound here at the World Trade Bridge, six inspector were stopping Mexican trucks and inspecting them mostly in teams of two.  The inspections took a little over one hour each – between pulling trucks over, checking truck and driver conditions and filling out documents.”

                                                                                    Transport Topics

 

                             U. S.Mexico Trade

 

41% of all overland trade between the U. S.  and Mexico crosses at the Laredo Port of Entry.

 

North Bound Trucks 2001:

 

World Trade Bridge

1,067,650

 

Colombia Solidarity Bridge

336,264 crossings

 

Interpretation

 

Regulation

Public Law 107-87 states the desire of Congress to the Department of Transportation inspect and certify Mexican commercial vehicles entering the interior of the U. S.  beyond the commercial zone.

 

Opinion

 

FMCSA believes the intent of Congress to ensure safety at the border would be best served if inspection facilities are places as a close as possible to ports of entry.  TxDOT is following this interpretation.

 

Border vs. Non-Border Truck Crashes

 

Historical data shows that the number of truck crashes which occur in non-border counties is far greater than the number for border counties.

 

Recommendation

 

Build inspection stations outside the authorized commercial zone.

 

Respect the authority of municipal police to inspect local drayage trucks.

 

Trucks need to have a CVSA decal to travel into the interior of the U. S. 

 

United Stance

 

As attested to by the Governor of Tamaulipas, the Mayors of Laredo, TX and Nuevo Laredo, Tam. as well as the Presidents of the Nuevo Laredo Transportistas and Asociacion de Agentes Aduanales, this letter was presented to Lic.  Francisco Gil Diaz, Secretario de Hacienda y Credito Publico on August 29, 2002.  The Secretario in turn hand carried it to the U. S. Secretary of Commerce, Mr.  Don Evans.  The letter was on the agenda for discussion.

 

“…los firmantes proponemos que se construya un punto de inspeccion mas alla de la milla 24 de la carretera 35 a San Antonio, Texas, toda vez que de no ser asi se generarian una serie de ineficiencias, congestionamientos y demoras, hecho que no queremos que en nuestras ciudades sucedan.”

 

Opposition by Business Community

 

There were 139 businesses who testified and/or submitted written testimonies at the TxDOT Public hearing held on July 23, 2002, who opposed the placement of the inspections stations at the port of entry.

 

The Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition (TBIC)

 

Executive Committee on August 8, 2002, accepted the position that inspection stations be placed outside the commercial zones (preferably at Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Stations) of selected border cities in Texas.

 

Represented were the Cities of Pharr, Laredo, Eagle Pass, Del Rio, McAllen, Edinburgh and Brownsville. 

 

The following letter was submitted by Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition:

 

August 23, 2002

 

Honorable Mayor Elizabeth “Betty” Flores

City of Laredo P.O.  Bpx 579

Laredo, Texas  78042

 

Dear Mayor Flores,

 

The Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition (TBIC) Executive Committee met on August 8, 2002, and amended their position regarding the construction of border safety inspection stations at or near the bridges of any international crossing.  City representatives from Pharr, Laredo, Eagle Pass, Del Rio, McAllen, Edinburg, and Brownsville, unanimously accepted the position that inspection stations be placed outside the commercial zones [preferably at Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Stations] of selected border cities in Texas.  Previously, during the former Legislative Session, TBIC stood firm on their position requesting that “TxDOT” include local communities in their decision making process for the creation of state inspection stations.”  TBIC later amended their position to include that inspections stations be built simultaneously.  Today, TBIC is requesting that TxDOT allow local communities to partake in the decision making process regarding the placement of inspection stations.

 

TBIC supports the necessity for inspection stations, but the issue is location.  Several cities participated in TxDOT’s public hearings on border safety inspection stations and still conclude that bridges are not the best locations for these facilities and that for reasons for trade, safety, and national security, these facilities would be best located outside the commercial zones of each respective port.  It has always been TBIC’s policy to support issues unanimously.  Therefore, before we make a formal stand, the TBIC executive Committee respectfully requests your community’s opinion on this matter.  Because this is a very critical issue for all of us, who live on the border we ask for your input. 

Should you have any questions, please call Carla Mancha, City Planner and TBIC Coordinator at (830) 773-1111, ext 7438, email cmancha@cityofeaglepass.com or write her at 100 Monroe, Eagle Pass, Texas 78852.

 

Sincerely,

Jose “Pepe” Aranda, TBIC Chair

 

Cost Efficiency

 

Both commercial bridges meet at mile marker 24 on IH 35

 

Mile marker 24 is presently the boundary of the commercial zone in Laredo.

 

Estimated cost to construct each inspection station is approximately $12.5 million.

 

Building inspection stations outside the commercial zone will save $12.5 million that can be used for infrastructure projects on the border.

 

Status

 

The U. S.  Conference of Mayors on June 18, 2002 unanimously approved a resolution to keep planned “two-stop” inspection stations away from international bridges.

 

Congress passed legislation directing the Texas Department of Transportation to consult with the City of Laredo and consider its concerns regarding site selection for a cross-border inspection facility.

 

TxDOT held two public hearings on the proposed location of inspection stations.  City of Laredo voiced strong opposition to the proposed location at both the World Trade and Colombia Bridges.

 

Texas has received a $40 million federal grant to build eight inspection stations.

 

Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas will maintain an aggressive pace to guarantee its citizens a safe and efficient cross border bridge system.

 

We need continued State and Federal cooperation to succeed!

                              

                  B.  Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

1. Discussion with possible action regarding the steps taken to improve the flooding

     on the 3100 block of Ash.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that the Environmental Division has already cleaned the inlets and flushed the lines on the 3100 block of Ash.  He said the subdivision itself has a system that carries the water into a pond south of the subdivision. 

           

2.  Status on the Chacon Creek clean-up at Highway 359 and Zapata Highway, with

     possible action.       

 

Cynthia Collazo, Assistant City Manager, stated that staff has been in contact with the TxDOT District Office to obtain a permit to clean the area.  She noted that there had been some confusion about the issue; however, staff received a call from TxDOT stating that they will clean up the area.  She went on to say that certain areas will be cleaned by  City staff. 

 

                   C.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

                        1.  Comment regarding Alta Vista/Vista Hermosa.

                                   

Cm.  E.  Valdez expressed his concerns regarding the testing by the Army Corps of Engineers.  He encouraged all interested individuals to write to their congressional representatives and request further testing in that area.  He assured the public that the City staff will focus primarily on health concerns and property values for individuals that reside in the Alta Vista/Vista Hermosa.

 

                        2.  Discussion with possible action on the efficiency of the El Lift Program

                             operations.

 

Cm.  E.  Valdez stated he had concerns on the inefficiency of El Lift Program.  He discussed several concerns including the automated system, reliability of service and the desire to have more flexibility with the service that is being provided. 

 

Joe Guerra, Director of El Metro, noted that the next Board of Director’s meeting will be held on October 15th and he would include items of concern on the agenda.  He will report back to Council with viable solutions.    

 

                   D.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.  Staff report on the damage claims and improvement efforts done to reduce

     flooding in those areas, with possible action.

 

Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, reported that on September 16, 2002, City Council passed a resolution which was targeted to help home owners.  He said that Eddie Zavala, Customer Service Coordinator for the City of Laredo, has been in contact with Jo Ann Peskey with the Division of the Emergency Management who notified him that Webb County must submit a letter requesting the Governor’s assistance in declaring Webb County a disaster area.  The City provided Webb County officials with a list of homeowners who said their home were affected by the flooding.  During this time, a list of homeowners was also submitted to FEMA 1800.  Governor Perry is planning a trip to Webb County to assess the damage.   

 

 

 

Cm. Belmares asked what the City is doing to address the issue.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, said that staff is evaluating the flooding problems and is working towards compiling a report with workable solutions.

                                   

2.  Discussion with possible action on moving the traffic light at Alexander High

     School to the intersection of Alexander and Winfield.

 

Tony Garcia, employee of the Traffic Department, stated that the traffic light at Alexander was installed in 1999 with 50% funding participation by United Independent School District.  H went on to say that the cost to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Winfield/Tradewinds and Del Mar Blvd is $65,000 provided the City can identify and utilize used traffic signal poles and other needed equipment.  The estimated cost to remove the traffic signal at Alexander High School is $4,000.  

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, discussed several solutions to the traffic congestion experienced at Alexander High School and Winfield.  He said staff would place the item on the Traffic and Safety Committee Agenda for their recommendations.

                            

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

 

1.  Discussion   with   possible   action   regarding  all  construction  projects in

District  VII  to  include, but not limited  to:  Rancho Viejo entrance, sidewalks, Lafayette Linear   Park, Markley railroad   improvements  and Father McNaboe Park.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, discussed the following construction projects in District VII:

 

The Rancho Viejo Culvert plans are complete and are being submitted to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR) for review on ADA compliance, and to TxDOT for their review and concurrence on design requirements. 

 

Improvements on Markely Land at the railroad crossing are being scheduled by the Department of Public Works, and ADA compliance work at Father McNaboe Park has been completed.

 

The Lafatyette Project is a little behind schedule due to rain and problems with building permits.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, gave a short report on the activities at the Father McNaboe Park.

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez informed staff that he appreciates all the work they have done in District VII.

 

 

 IX.      INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

9.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with San Antonio MTA, L.P., d/b/a

Verizon Wireless for space at the Airport Water Tower located at 4903 Maher, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit "A" of lease agreement for the installation and operation of certain antennae facilities for use with its communications business and a parcel of land within the owned premises for the location of an equipment building and related facilities associated with the antennae facilities.  Term of the lease is ten (10) years commencing October 21, 2002 and ending October 2012 with three (3) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $8,400.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be increased by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 10.   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Texas #20 Rural Cellular, Inc.,

for a 40' x 58' ground space at the Lyon Street Water Tanks located at 1501 East Lyon Street, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described on attached Exhibit "A" of lease agreement to construct on such premises an 80 ft. high monopole tower and related equipment building for use with its communication business.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing October 21, 2002 and ending October 20, 2007 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $8,400.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be adjusted by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with San Antonio MTA, L.P., d/b/a

Verizon Wireless for ground space at the McPherson Water Tower located at 8711 McPherson, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described on attached Exhibit "A" of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 120 ft monopole and related equipment building for use with its communications business.  Term of lease is five (5) years commencing October 21, 2002 and ending October 20, 2007 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $8,400.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be increased by four (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with San Antonio, MTA, L.P. d/b/a

Verizon Wireless for ground space at the Milmo Booster Station located at the corner of San Luis and Milmo Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described on Exhibit "A" of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 100 ft. high monopole and related equipment building for use with its communication business.  Term of this lease is five (5) years commencing October 21, 2002 and ending October 20, 2007 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $8,400.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be increased by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Catholic Charities Archdiocese

of San Antonio, Inc., for approximately 300 square feet constituting Suite No. 20 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 August 1, 2002 and ending on July 31, 2003 and may be extended for one (1) year ending July 31, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $390.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.  Approving and authorizing the City Manager to execute an underground utility

easement conveying to the Texas Department of Transportation for the purpose of installing fiber optic cable to integrate the City of Laredo Traffic Management Center to the TXDot's Traffic Management Center.  Said proposed utility easements are located at the Laredo International Airport on land known as Lots 1, 2, 3 & west portion of 4, Block 1988; ED, and continue onto Block 1965-B; ED and block 1965-A; ED; providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

15.  Closing as a public easement the 1600 block of Benavides Street between Davis and

Main Avenues situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

16.  Closing as a public easement the 3100 block of Valencia Avenue between Locust and

Plum Streets situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

17.  Closing as a public easement the 600 block of Garcia Street between San Dario and San

Eduardo Avenues situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to adopt the final readings of Ordinance # 2002-O-247; # 2002-O-248; # 2002-O- 249; # 2002-O-250; # 2002-O-251; # 2002-O-252; # 2002-O-253; # 2002-O-254; # 2002-O-255; and # 2002-O-256.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Agredano

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  2002-O-247  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by 

authorizing  the issuance of a  Conditional Use Permit to        Jose Maria Guardiola for a used car lot on Lot 1, Block 1825, Eastern Division, located at  2201    Lyon    Street; providing for publication and effective date.   (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-247.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-248  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 adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-248.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-249  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 adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-249.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-250  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 adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-250.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2002-O-251  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 adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-251.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2002-O-252  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 adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-252.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-253  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 adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-253.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-254  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 adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-254.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2002-O-255  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-255.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-256  Amending Ordinance 2001-O-218 to adopt the City of Laredo Investment

   Policy and amending the City of Laredo Investment Policy   to comply 

   with the Public Funds Investment Act Chapter 2256, Texas Government

   Code.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-256.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

19.  2002-R-077  Accepting the donation of the "Surface Only" of one parcel of land from

Santa Fe Development, L.C., for the construction      of a public park.  Said parcel of land being Lot 41, Block 22, Santa Fe Subdivision, Unit IX, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and being delineated on attached copy of the City plat.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-077.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

20.  2002-R-086  Endorsing the acceptance within the City of Laredo, Texas of the

identification card known as the "Matricula Consular" which is issued by Consulates of the United Mexican States for use by Mexican Nationals.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-086.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

21.  2002-R-087  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Texas

Parks and Wildlife Department to accept a grant in the amount of $48,150.00, a 10% match of the National Park Service Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Program grant for  the  rehabilitation  of  Seven  Flags Park and certify that local matching funds are available and further authorize the   City   Manager   to    execute   any   and  all  documents pertaining to and/or resulting from this agreement.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-087.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

22.  2002-R-088  Declaring the public  necessity  to acquire the "Surface Only" of  two  

parcels   of land   for    the  Riverfront   Development Project.  Said parcels being Parcel A:  Lots 1, 2, 3, & 4,   and Parcel B:  part of Lot 8, Block 1109, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb  County,  Texas,  as  delineated  on  attached copy of City Plat; and  authorizing staff  to  negotiate  for  the acquisition of  said parcels by purchase at a market  value to be  established  by a State Certified  Real  Estate  Appraiser, and  further     authorizing the City  Attorney  to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcels  if staff is unable to  acquire  through  negotiations due  to  inability  to agree to a  purchase  price, conflict  of  ownership,   owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate owner.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-088.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

23.  2002-R-089  Authorizing   the   City   Manager's    submittal   of   a   grant application

to South Texas Development Council (STDC)  in the amount of

$27,000.00 with no matching funds.  Funds will be used to fund a   tire    clean-up program    to   remove illegally     dumped     tires   from the   city,    which    will  increase   the   aesthetics   of   the city  as  well   as   remove support   for vectors   that may   transmit   dengue fever and West Nile virus.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-089.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.  MOTIONS

 

24.  Consideration to award a two-year professional services contract to Wells Fargo Bank

Texas, N.A. for banking services to be provided to the City of Laredo for fiscal year 2003 and 2004 at an estimated amount of $126,305.64.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $55,132.00 to the

construction contract with Modern Construction, Inc. Laredo, Texas, for the new Laredo Municipal Court Building Project for additional construction work to add ceramic tile flooring and marble wainscot at waiting area.  Funding is available in the  2000A C.O. Issue Municipal Court.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration for acceptance of the removal of submerged concrete bridge components

at Laredo International Bridge I and approval of final payment in the amount of $94,475.00 to A & R Demolition, Inc., Del Valle, Texas.  Final contract amount is $229,000.00.  Funding is available in the  Bridge System-Bridge Construction Toll Plaza Improvements.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Authorizing the City Manager to submit the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination

System (TPDES) Stormwater Permit Application to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) formally known as the TNRCC.  The City of Laredo's Municipal Separate Stormwater Permit expires on April 30, 2003 and is required to submit the permit application before November 1, 2002 or 180 days before the expiration of the permit in order to discharge to the waters of the United States.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.,

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a professional services renewal contract  with

Victor D. Trevino, M.D. to provide public health services to clients of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002, through August 31, 2003.  Funding is available in the  State grant budget; MCH-Title V and Women and Children's Program Division.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of three vehicles through the Houston

Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC)-Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $65,193.00.  These vehicles will be assigned to the Fire Department's Arson Division.  Delivery is expected within ninety to one hundred days.  Funding is available in the  2000-A Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation Bonds (PPFCO).

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Catholic Social Services of

Laredo, Inc. (CSS) in the amount of $120,360.00 to administer the City's Fiscal Year 2003 General Fund Welfare Assistance Program through which rental, utility, burial, transportation, ambulance, and health care assistance is provided to indigent individuals and families residing in the community.  The contract would cover expenditures for the period of October 1, 2002 to September 30, 2003.  Up to $108,360.00 of the General Welfare Funds would be designated for the assistance of indigent individuals and families of low income while $12,000.00 (approx. 10%) would be allocated to cover administrative expenses to include: overhead, wages, and office supplies costs incurred by Catholic Social Services. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

31.  Presentation of City's NPDES Permit Assessment by the City's Consultant Carter &

       Burgess, Inc.

 

Tom Mountz, Project Manager from Carter & Burgess, Inc.  gave the following presentation before Council:

 

       What is Storm Water? 

      

       Why Control Storm Water?

 

When it rains or snows, the water that runs off of city streets, parking lots, and construction sites can wash sediment, oil, grease, toxics, pathogens, and other pollutants into nearby storm drains.  Once this pollution has entered the sewer system it is discharged – untreated – into local streams and waterways.  Known as storm water runoff, this pollution is a leading threat to public health and the environment today.” 

From EPA

 

Introduction to NPDES/TPDES

 

How did we get into this?

 

Definitions

Chronology of Regulatory Highlights

NPDES Phase I Experience

Storm Water Management Plan

TPDES/Phase II Changes

 

Definitions

 

EPA – U. S. Environmental Protection Agency

NPDES – National Pollutant Discharge Elimination

TPDES – Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

TNRCC – Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission

TCEQ – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

MS 4 – Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System

SWMP – Storm Water management Program

BMP – Best Management Practice

 

Chronology of Regulatory Highlights

 

Clean Water Act Amendments of 1987

Phase I Rules issued 1990

TNRCC/TCEQ Receives Delegation of NPDES/TPDES on September 14, 1998

December 8, 1999 – Phase II Rules Issued

 

NPDES Phase I

 

Phase I Regulated

 

- Medium/Large Cities (over 100,000 population)

- Construction Sites of 5 or More Acres in Size

- Many Industrial Activities

 

NPDES Phase I

 

Phase I Emphasized

 

- Date Gathering (Outfalls, Industries, Pollutant Sources, etc.)

- Extensive and Somewhat Overlapping Monitoring Requirements

- Development of Comprehensive Management Program

- Legal/ Fiscal Infrastructure Issues

 

Using the TPDES Permit Renewal Process for Desired Program Changes

 

·        Existing Program Works Well, but Established Under Different Circumstances…setting has changes. 

·        EPA-TNRCC (TCEQ) Transition Provides Window to Ease/Modify Program Requirements

·        TCEQ Receptive to Fairly Significant Program Modifications

·        Phase II Rules Provide Opportunities to Reevaluate Programs

·        Extensive Program Experience in Place

·        Compare Programs to other Texas MS45 Permits and Renewal Applications

 

       Laredo Phase I Permit

 

       City Adopted SWMP and Submitted Permit Application in 1996

       NPDES MS4 Permit Issued March 20, 1998; Effective May 1, 1998

       Permit Renewal Application Required by November 1, 2002

       NPDES Permit Expires April 30, 2003

       Current SWMP Includes 15 Program Areas

 

       Permit Renewal Approach

 

·        Review Existing Program vs.  Permit Requirements

·        Evaluate Existing Monitoring Data

·        Examine Legal issues

·        Establish Regulatory Expectations without Establishing Regulatory positions

·        In-Depth meetings with City Staff to define what works, what could be improved,

·        what’s needed

 

                   SWMP Provisions of TPDES Permits

 

                   1.  Structural Controls

                   2.  Areas of New Development and Significant Redevelopment

                   3.  Roadways

                   4.  Flood Management Projects

                   5.  Pesticides, herbicides, and Fertilizers

                   6.  Illicit Discharges and Improper Disposal

                   7.  Spill Response and Prevention

                   8.  Industrial and High Risk Runoff

                   9.  Construction Sites and Site Planning

                   10.  Public (Storm Water) Education Program

                   11.  Field Screening

 

                   Proposed Laredo SWMP Provisions

             

                   1.  Structural Controls

                   I.I  Subdivision Storm Drainage Requirements

 

                   2.  Areas of New Development and Significant Redevelopment

 

                   2.1  Comprehensive Master Plan

 

                   3.  Roadways

 

                   3.1  Street Maintenance

                   3.2  inlet/Manhole/Outfall/storm Sewer

 

                   Flood Management Projects

 

                   4.1  Flood Control/Stream Restoration Projects

                   4.2  Creeks & Drainage Structures Inspection and maintenance Program

 

                   5.  Pesticides, Herbicides, and Fertilizers

 

                   5.1  Pesticides, Herbicides, and Fertilizers (PHF) Management Program

 

                   6.  Illicit Discharges and improper Disposal

 

                   6.1  Illicit Connection Elimination Program

                   6.2  Illegal Dumping control Program and code Enforcement

                   6.3  Floatable Controls

                   6.4  Inlet Stenciling Program

                   6.5  Used Oil Recycling Program

                   6.6  Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Proper Disposal Program

                   6.7  Recycling Program

                   6.8  Pretreatement Program

                   6.9  Sanitary Sewer Spill and Overflow Containment Program

 

                   7.  Spill Response and Prevention

 

                   7.1  Hazardous Material management Permit Program

               

                   8.  Industrial and High Risk Run off

 

                   8.1  Industrial Storm Water Compliance Program (ISCP)

                   8.2  Landfill’s Storm Water Discharge Monitoring Program

                   8.3  Waste Water Treatment Plants’ Storm Water Monitoring Program

 

                   9.  Construction Sites and Site Planning

           

                   9.1  Land Disturbance Permit Administration

 

                   10.  Public (Storm Water) Education Program

 

                   10.1  Public (Storm Water) Education Program

 

                   11.  Field Screening

 

                   11.1  Dry Weather Screening

                   11.2  Wet Weather Screening

                   11.3  Wet Weather Monitoring

 

                   TPDES Related Program Tasks

 

                   GIS Mapping/Data Base Management

 

                   Needs Assessment Report

 

                   Public Education Program

 

                   Children’s Web Page

 

                   Storm Water Utility

 

                   Rate Structure Analysis

 

32.  Presentation by Nick Reyna, Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau Director on the

       activities of the bureau.

 

       The Color of Cultures

       Patricia L.  Taylor, Assistant Director

 

        LCVB Staff

 

       Nick Marks Reyna,  Director

       Ramon Hernandez, Marketing Manager

       Michelle Romani, Project Coordinator

       Monica Vidaurri, Administrative Assistant

       Dahlia Cardenas, Travel Counselor

       Nora Bertani, WBC Museum Travel Counselor

       Blas Jasso, Custodian

 

       Laredo Trade & Travel Center

 

       Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

       Sergio Zavalza, Director

       Selene Rodriguez, Tourism Development

       Sergio Garcia, Business & Trade Development

 

       Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

       Founded in 1975 under the auspices of the Laredo Chapter of Commerce

       Incorporated in 1993 as the City of Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau

       Total operation budget 2002-2002 = $1.3 million

       Funding provided by the Hotel/Motel Tax revenues

 

       Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

       Mission Statement

 

Enhance the Laredo area economy by the creation of an ever increasing demand for visitors related facilities and services located in and around the City of Laredo.

 

Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

Positioning Statement

 

The Color of Cultures

 

Visitors

 

Group Tours

Leisure Travelers

Meeting Market

Direct Sales

Advertising

Public Relations

Collateral Materials

Fulfillment Process

Sales & marketing Department

Information Centers

Special Events Communications

Administration

Administration Support

 

Nick Marks Reyna

Director

Advertising

Brochure Design

Airline Marketing

Laredo Trade and Travel Center

Birding Market Development

 

Patricia Taylor

Assistant Director

Tour and Travel Groups

Smerf Groups

Leisure Market

Local Tour Development

 

Ramon Hernandez

Marketing Manager

Convention Sales

Convention Services

Mexico Tour & Travel

Sports Marketing

U. S.   & Mexico Sales Missions

 

Michelle Romani

Events/Communications

 

Special Projects Coordination

Community Events

Convention Services

Media Relations

 

Open

Sports Marketing Manager

Sports Events

Local Sports Events

Coordination

Sports Calendar

 

Stakeholders

 

Hotels

Restaurants

Attractions/Museums

Shopping Centers

Tourism Services Providers

Community

Nuevo Laredo

Regional Community

 

Tourism Infrastructure

               

34 Hotel/Motels

3034 Hotel/Motel Rooms

13 Venues with Meeting facilities

     Nine Hotels

     Laredo Civic Center

     Laredo Entertainment Center

     TAMIU

     Laredo Community College

Library

                    3 Museums

                        Republic of the Rio Grande

                        WBC Museum

                        Laredo Children’s Museum

                    Lamar-Bruni Vergara Science Center

                    Laredo Center for the Arts

                    Lake Casa Blanca State Park

                   2 Golf Courses

                   Laredo Entertainment Center

                   Numerous Independent and Franchise Restaurants

                   Mall del Norte

                   Downtown Shopping

                   San Bernardo Ave.  Import Shops

                   Nuevo Laredo Shopping & Night Life

 

                    Laredo Tourism

                       

                    $800 Million economic impact

                    5,170 Jobs Generated

                    $5.1 Local Tax Receipts

                    22.1 Million State Tax Receipts

                    67.9%  Occupancy (56.9 State Average)

                   Primarily Business Destination

                   Primarily Leisure Destination Weekends

 

                   Performance Measures “Challenge”

 

                   Multitude of Stakeholders

                   Multitude of measurements

                   Local governments differ from stakeholders needs

                   Lack of Industry Standards

                   Terminology

                   What’s in it for me

                   Methodology

                   Not Selling Widgets

 

                   Industry Performance

 

                   Overnight Visitors

                   Visitor Spending

                   Hotel Room Nights

                   Occupancy Rates

                   Hotel ADR

                   Airport arrivals

                   Attraction Attendance

                   Convention/Meetings Attendance

 

                   Program Effectiveness

 

                   Sales Measurements

§         Leads

§         Room nights

                   Advertising Measurements

§         Pre & Post awareness studies

§         Image Perception studies

§         Conversion Studies

                   Market Reports

·        Market Share & Competitive Set

 

       Top Ten Cities

 

       San Antonio          28%

       Austin                    20%

       Houston                14%

       Dallas                    7%

       Fort Worth            6%

       Other                    25%

 

       Top Ten States

 

       New York             4%

       Louisiana               5%

       Florida                  7%

       California               7%

       Texas                    60%

       Other                    17%

 

       Purpose of visit

 

       Traveling to Mexico                       77%

       Visiting, Business, Other    8%

       Vacation                                        15%

 

       Inquiries by Source

 

       TX Spring Insert                            30%

       Website                                         26%

       Southern Living                              2%

       Walk-ins CBV                              2%

       Parade Mag                                  37%

       Tx Spring Insert                             30%

 

       Hotel Occupancy  2001-2002

 

       October                70%

       November             73%

       December             70%

       January                  71%

       February               78%

       March                   78%

       April                      80%

       May                      71%

       June                      77%

       July                       82%

       August                   75%

       September 72%

 

       Hotel ADR  2001-2002

 

       October                $69.00

       November             $72.00

       December             $73.00

       January                  $71.00

       February               $71.00

       March                   $75.00

       April                      $72.00

       May                      $71.00

       June                      $71.00

       July                       $74.00

       August                  $76.00

       September $70.00

 

       LCVB Vision

 

       Premier Leisure border destination

       Add visitor attractions

       Centralized Database

       Centralized reporting through research department

       Customized reports & analysis for stakeholders, local government and employees

       Visitor relationship management

       Maximize ROI

 

33.  Status report on the outstanding water utilities reimbursement balance.

 

       Beto Ramirez gave the following report:

 

Beto Ramirez submitted a listing of nine reimbursements contracts including their starting dates.  He referred to Ordinance 86-O-16 which calls for fifteen years so if there have not been amendments, the contract will terminate in 2003.  It states that the City Charter provides that the cost of the Utility Expansion must be made by those requesting expansion and the City Council will obligate any citizen by adjusting the utility rate.  In addition to that, the City Council deems it necessary and appropriate to place and outer limit of fifteen years on the opportunity of an applicant for extension to obtain the reimbursement from subsequent beneficiary in addition to that there is an interest that the ordinance places on the particular reimbursement contract.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, acknowledged that the current Ordinance is weak and noted that staff is working to strengthen the ordinance.  

 

       Water Reimbursement Contracts

      

Type of Account

Name

Principal

Starting Dates

Main Account

Laredo National Bank

$4,861.00

1/5/98

Main Account

Julia M.  Ruhlman

$2891.89

3/14/90

Main Account

Vaquillas – 94

$73,664.79

11/20/95

Main Account

Hilltop II

$10,785.18

11/28/98

Main Account

Hurd Urban Develop

$106,113.06

8/15/94

Main Account

Albert F.  Muller

$8,146.61

11/14/89

Main Account

Twin Peaks

$29,982.34

3/20/95

Main Account

J. J. Haynes

$7,071.68

10/5/88

Main Account

Royal Joint Venture

$289,590.93

5/31/88

 

Sewer Reimbursement Contracts

 

Type of Account

Name

Principal

Starting Date

Main Account

Hilltop II

$48,069.60

11/28/98

Main Account

J. J. Haynes

$4,478.61

10/05/88

Main Account

Killam Development

$34,650.09

6/07/93

Main Account

Twin Peaks

$61,409.08

3/20/95

Main Account

Triple H. Development

$2,080.55

2/28/91

Main Account

Total

$150,687.93

 

 

            34.  Status report on the Municipal Court monthly fines, suspensions, collected and

       uncollected revenues and community service hours used.

 

Tommy Ochoa, Municipal Court Clerk, submitted the following report: 

 

Municipal Court Monthly Report

 

I.  Revenue

 

 

Month

Year to Date

Month

Year to Date

 

Sept 2002

10/2001 to 9/02

Sept 2001

10/2000 to 9/2001

 

 

 

 

 

Traffic Fines

$156,461

$1,882,762

$116,661

$2,099,208

State Court Cost

$67,561

$791,055

$50,847

$933,403

State Over Weight Fees

0

0

0

0

Copies

$52

$626

$8

$183

Re-deposits

$125

$2,715

$1,278

$5,288

Cash Over/Short

$60

$111

$80

$227

Returned Check Fee

$25

$425

$275

$855

Grand Total

$224,284

$2,677,694

$169,149

$3,039,165

COMPLAINTS

 

 

 

 

Police-Traffic

4,790

72,359

4,735

87,385

Police – Other

43

571

54

565

Environmental

6

143

0

0

Fire Department

2

23

1

47

Engineer Department

3

52

7

67

Bldg/Zoning Depart.

41

427

39

483

Health Department

22

249

31

538

Care of Premise

29

249

18

297

Water pollution

0

2

0

22

Grand Total

4,936

74,075

4,885

89,404

NOTICES MAILED

 

 

 

 

Traffic Tickets

3,010

38,332

2,564

48,190

WARRANTS

 

 

 

 

 

8

2,836

165

3,734

RESERVED

151

2,051

139

2,038

GRAND TOTAL

159

4,887

304

5,772

JURY

137

2,663

114

1,526

TRAFFIC CASES

 

 

 

 

Defensive Driving

16

202

54

543

Credit

417

4,085

326

3172

Dismissed

151

1,696

158

1,356

Deferred Dispositions

284

4,043

618

5,079

Prod. Valid

333

5,142

393

6,090

Community Service

99

1,321

56

823

Fine Suspended

1,105

18,735

790

20,024

Paid

1,388

16,563

1,060

19,391

Appealed

0

1

0

1

Acquitted

0

1

0

2

Grand Total

3,793

51,789

3,455

56,481

                  

*  Community Service for FY01-02 represents 138 defendants performing a total of 8,674 hours.

 

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.

 

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

consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation, Jose Luis Martinez vs City of Laredo, et al, Cause No. L-99-110, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Laredo Division and Jose Luis Martinez vs. City of Laredo, et al, State Cause No. 98-CVQ-00904-D1 (49th Judicial District, Webb County, Texas) on removal, Federal Cause No. L-98-90, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Laredo Division and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071(1) (A) to consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation, Jose Luis Martinez vs City of Laredo, et al, Cause No. L-99-110, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Laredo Division and Jose Luis Martinez vs City of Laredo, et al, State Cause No. 98-CVQ-00904-D1 (49th Judicial District, Webb County, Texas) on removal, Federal Cause No. L-98-90, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Laredo Division and return to open session for possible action.

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

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

consult with City Attorney to discuss pending litigation by some of the residents of Los Obispos Subdivision Styled Villarreal, Martin v. City of Laredo, The Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation, M.G. Builders, and Frank Architects, Inc. Cause No. 2002-CVQ-001299D3 in the 341st District Court at Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071 (1) (A) to consult with City Attorney to discuss pending litigation by some of the residents of Los Obispos Subdivision Styled Villarreal, Martin v. City of Laredo, The Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation, M.G. Builders, and Frank Architects, Inc. Cause No. 2002-CVQ-001299D3 in the 341st District Court at Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                         Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

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

 

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

 

Motion to recess as City Council and convene as the Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation. 

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Authorizing the President of the Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation

("LWC") to execute the fourth amendment to the Advanced Authorization To Proceed Agreement ("AATP") with MWH Americas, Inc. extending this agreement for one year for the purpose of evaluating financial options and identifying and verifying the best location for a secondary source of water.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                     Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                                                     Cm. Ramirez

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.   ADJOURNMENT

 

      Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  10:25 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

            For:      7                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0