CITY OF LAREDO

                                                    CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                               M-2002-R-024

                                                  CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                      1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                       LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                         DECEMBER 16, 2002

                                                                   5:30 P.M.

 

 

 

 I.         CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Mayor Pro Tempore, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                                                                     Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

            Jose A.  Valdez, Jr.,                                                                 Council Member, District VII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Cm. Ramirez.    

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

            For:    6                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of October 7, 2002, October 21, 2002 and     November 4, 2002.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:      6                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:   0 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Mayor Flores mentioned an excellent performance by the three Mexican Tenors who were in town for a show at the Laredo Civic Center.  She stated that they met with the crowd in the lobby after the performance and signed autographs for everyone. 

 

She also presented a drawing from the University of Texas Health Science Center – Laredo Extension that was given to the citizens of Laredo.  She commented that the Ribbon Cutting/ Dedication Ceremony was held this morning and the City Council was proud to be a part of this project.  She also thanked Jose Flores, Airport Director; Larry Dovalina, City Manager; and those sitting Council Members back from 1999 who voted to pass the resolution to donate this land.  She stated that the total value of the donation was over $10 million.  She mentioned that the City is very proud to have participated in this way for the future health needs of Laredo. 

 

            Invitations

 

None.

 

Recognitions

 

a.   Recognition of Maria G. Soliz, Assistant Library Director for Outstanding Service as   the Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA), Site Coordinator 1998 - 2003, by IRS AREA 5, Territory Manager, Mr. Billy Hubbard.

 

      Maria G. Soliz was presented with a plaque by Billy Hubbard, Territory Manager for Internal Revenue Service, Area 5, for her outstanding service as a Volunteer Tax Assistant. 

 

b.   Recognition of members of the Laredo Commission for Women in appreciation for their years of service to the Commission.

 

      Mayor Flores and City Council recognized the following members of the Commission for Women for their eight years of dedication and commitment to all women and for all their efforts in placing women’s issues in the forefront of the community.

     

                  Cynthia Conchas                            Lilian Dickinson                        Lucy R. Cardenas

                  Esther G. Buckley                           Ana Maria Montoya                 Imelda Navarro

                  Sylvia Bruni                                    Irma Morales                            Dr. Phyllis Voltz Creamer

                  Blanca Nalaschi                              Rosa Elia Trevino                     Sister Rosemary Welsh

Communiqués

 

Cm. Agredano arrived at 5:50 p.m.

 

Cm. Agredano wished everyone in his district and the citizens of Laredo a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  He hopes that the new year will bring added blessings to all. 

 

Cm. Hector Garcia wished everyone Happy Holidays and that the celebration with family be a pleasant and peaceful one.

 

Cm. Galo wished everyone a happy holiday season and hopes that everyone has a safe and happy holiday time.  He added that there is some speeding taking place in the Santa Rita area and asked that the police should be more vigilant on Prada-Machin Road. 

 

Cm. Amaya mentioned that on December 21, 2002, his special projects committee will conclude the Council Member’s Third Annual Christmas Toy Giveaway.  They will be distributing toys to 140 students from seven elementary schools in District IV.  He also wished everyone happy holidays on behalf of his family. 

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  He asked that everyone stop and count their blessings and not take anything for granted.

 

Cm. Belmares extended Christmas wishes to all the families in Laredo on behalf of his family.  He stated that this week he attended a conference of Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition and he provided a gavel that was presented to Mayor Flores for her service to the coalition. 

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  He also thanked the Public Works crew for their work on Santa Maria and Del Mar Boulevard. 

 

Cm. Ramirez conveyed his wishes in writing for a wonderful holiday season to his colleagues and all the citizens of Laredo. 

 

Mayor Flores extended wishes to everyone for a Merry Christmas and a healthy and safe new year.  She thanked the citizens of Laredo for allowing her to serve the community another four years and for making Laredo a wonderful place to represent and to live in.  She added that this season brings thoughts of families and friends and the good deeds done to make our community a better place. 

 

She also mentioned two opposing viewpoints from two different newspaper articles discussing the proposed border inspection stations.  She stated that in addition to the transfer trucks that come through our city  on the international bridges, there are an additional 12,000 trucks that come into this city that never cross the International Bridges.  If the inspection stations were to be built on the bridge, they will never be inspected.  She agrees that all commercial trucks should be inspected.  She mentioned that 70 % of Texas trucking companies have fewer than 10 trucks, of those 5% violate state and federal safety laws.  None of those trucks will ever cross the International Bridges.  Of the 33,000 trucking companies registered in Texas, only 900 were audited last year.  State troopers conducted 176,000 inspections but the majority were visual checks, not full safety inspections.  She believes that there are many safe trucks on the roadways, there are many trucking companies caring about safety. But she believes that because these trucks travel thousands of miles, they should have an inspection facility they can clear before they go beyond the City of Laredo. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.   Appointment by Council Member Jose A. Valdez of Jesus Amezcua to the Library Advisory Committee.

 

      Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Agredano

      Second:  Cm. Garcia

      For:     7                                         Against:  0                                           Abstain:   0

 

    VII.         PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.     Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the proposed amendment to the 2002 Consolidated Plan providing for the reprogramming of 28th Action Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDGB) totaling $400,000.00 to be used for the construction of two new Zero Depth Water Spray Playgrounds to be located within the area of the Farias Recreation Center and at the Lafayette Linear Park, and to eliminate funding from the 28th Action Year Community Development Block Grant for the proposed West Laredo Park.

 

28th AY Community Development Block Grant 

Farias Splash Playground                                  $200,000.00

Lafayette Splash Playground                 $200,000.00

West Laredo Park (Cancel)                  $   -0-

Total Funds Reprogrammed                  $400,000.00

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                   

2.      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 open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing the developers, requested that City Council postpone this item.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and postpone indefinitely.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

         the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for townhouses on 9.9237 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located west of McPherson Road and southwest of Ranchway Drive, providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit.

     

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mr. Edward Garza, speaking on behalf of Vaquillas Development, stated that they do support  the issuance of a special use permit. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

 4.    Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.2485 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located at 7060 San Bernardo Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mr. Frank Mireles asked for approval of the proposed zone change. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 

5.     Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 31, Santa Rita Subdivision, Unit XI, located at 501 Lope de Vega Drive, from R-1A (Single Family Residential Area District) and B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

        

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing Santa Rita Enterprises, requested approval for the  consolidation of land which is under one owner.   This consolidation would allow for a shopping center to go in very close to the main entrance of the South Laredo community college. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Galo

 

6.     Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 6, 8, and 10, Block 1030, Western Division, located at 4102 Santa Maria Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing the property owner, requested approval for an automobile sales lot.  He mentioned that this particular zone change has the support of the surrounding neighbors.  He stated that if there is some objection by City Council in approving this zone change, they will present to staff recorded deed restrictions which will eliminate those uses that might be objectionable.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

         Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 

7.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.3876 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located at the rear of 3901 East Saunders Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Jeff Puig, on behalf of Foster Engineering, stated that he was in favor of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

 

8.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.2924 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located at 6801 McPherson Road, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

 

9.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of  the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.4151 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located west of Highway 83 and north of Santa Marta Boulevard, from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing 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. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Galo

 

10.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of   the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 through 6, Block 1066, Western Division, located at the 4300 block of San Agustin Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of the property owner, spoke in favor of the proposed zone change.  He stated that the property owner took great care to get in touch with the neighbors on the residential area and the owner does have their support. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:  7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 

11.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by adopting Chapter 18, Sections 18-2-1 and 18-2-2, games and amusement devices requiring a permit for establishments operating certain game and amusement devices; requiring payment of fee prior to issuance or permit; repealing all ordinances in conflict herewith and providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that this ordinance is being generated because of the concern of the rapidly growing business of eight-liners all over the city.  The new ordinance requires a permitting process in order to determine the location of all these devices and to ensure that these businesses are adequately covering all city ordinances.  He stated that this particular ordinance by no means approves the business itself, it merely regulates its activity. 

 

Veronica Urbano, Budget Department, reported that they have brought forward an amendment to the Code of Ordinances.   What is being proposed at this time is setting up a fee schedule for these types of businesses.  Any establishment with five machines or less will pay $50.00 per machine; those establishments with more than five machines will pay $100.00 per machine.  If an establishment were to be found operating additional machines without permits, city staff would go in and conduct random inspections and seal the machines.  The owners would then have to pay an additional $20.00 per machine in order to take off these seals from the machines.  The permitting would be issued by the City Secretary’s office and regulation would be done by city staff with an annual inspection.  The permit would expire on the anniversary date of when the initial permit was purchased and the owner would have to renew said permit on a yearly basis. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that these establishments are opening in all parts of the city and they are currently unregulated.  As a result, certain problems are beginning to surface but the City is not by any means attempting to say anything about the legalization of this process.  He wants to ensure that the occupancy rules, safety rules, etc. are adhered to under the local building codes.

 

Mayor Flores inquired as to whether city staff has looked into how the city is going to fund these compliance officers that will be needed to ensure these businesses are in compliance.   She added that she would recommend to tie back a permanent fee to the cost of setting up a department that is going to ensure that everyone is in compliance.

 

Cynthia Collazo, Assistant City Manager, stated that city staff has looked into the permitting amount but still does not know how many machines are set up around the city.  For the meantime, city staff would like to begin by permitting these businesses and possibly setting up a task force to learn how many machines are out there.  At this point, they would like to establish this and also take into account what the District Attorney’s Office has said in order to adjust the fees. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

12.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a budget amendment appropriating operation funds from the Urban Transportation Grant, Section 5307 for fiscal year 2002-2003 in the amount of $41,781.00 increasing the State Operating Grant from $500,000.00 to $541,781.00 and decreasing the sales tax match from $3,825,955.00 to $3,784,174.00 and transferring $41,781.00 to sales tax reserve appropriation.  (Contingent up approval of Resolution 2002-RT-006)

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

             

13.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $17,833.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program 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:  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. Amaya

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s full-time equivalent positions by creating three (3) part-time with no benefits (1.44 FTE) Community Service Aides positions at 19.21 hours per week in the  Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) of the City of Laredo Health Department, funded by the Texas Department of Health.

 

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. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

15.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or Parking, of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo:  specifically adding Section 19-364(5) which establishes certain street sections adjacent to Shiloh Drive and to the north entrance of the United High School campus as permit parking only/tow away zones between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, providing for 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. Garcia

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

16.  A.   Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

 1.   Discussion with possible action on opening the Landfill free of charge to the   

       public on December 26, 2002 and January 2, 2003.

 

       John Orfila, Public Works Department, reported that there should be no problem  

       opening the facility on those two dates.  He also mentioned that the landfill will be

       open that weekend after January 2, 2003. 

     

       Motion to approve the opening of the landfill free of charge because it is in the

       best interest of the public.

     

       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

       Second:  Cm. Amaya

       For:    7                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2.   Formal notice to the general public regarding the unlawful discharge of firearms  

       during the holidays and status report by Police proactive measures including El

       Protector and Community relations unit, with possible action.

           

       Police Chief Agustin Dovalina that in keeping with the department’s theme of 

       safety, they will be out in full force enforcing the ordinance and state law that 

       prohibits firing inside the city limits.  In respect to El Protector, they will be 

       working on some PSA’s with Crimestoppers to inform the public that this activity

       is against the law.  The Community Relations Unit will also be involved in making

       presentations with the local media as well as on the Public Access Channel. 

 

 B.   Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Status report on the Casa Verde Project and the possibility of adding lighting to the area, with possible action.

 

   Keith Selman, City Planner, reported that the signatures have slowed down, they   

   are not at 30% signatures in the areas that are needed.  They need the signatures   

   from the section that you can see from Jacaman Road.  There are some easements  

   located in there as opposed to public rights-of-way.  He mentioned that the City

   needs the property owners to sign off in order to allow the City to do the survey work.  He reported that on the other section along Casa Verde Road, the water line is currently going in and property owners in that area have come into his department to inquire about the platting processes.  He stated that now that the water line is in place, that makes the platting of the properties a reality.  In those development processes that is where the street lighting will go up being that this is a  provisional requirement in the development process. 

 

      Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. suggested sending out notices out again with some type of deadline and then proceeding with whatever the City has at that point to assist as many residents as possible. 

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

17.   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Nextel WIP Lease Corporation, a Delaware Corporation, d/b/a Nextel Partners, space on the rooftop of the Laredo Transit Center located at 1301 Farragut, 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 portion within the owned premises for the location of an equipment building and related facilities associated with the antennae facilities.

 

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

18.   Authorizing the City Manager to grant a license to Alestra S. De R.L. de C.V., a Mexican Corporation for the use of a telecommunication PVC conduit located at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge and the use of 47 linear feet of City right-of-way from the river bank to the 500 block of Iturbide Street, Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  License term is five (5) years commencing on January 6, 2003 and ending January 5, 2008.  Annual rent shall start at $7,600.00 with a five percent (5%) increase each anniversary date plus $5.00 per linear foot for the use of the right of way; providing for effective date.

 

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

19.   Authorizing the City Manager to convey fee simple of the surface only of all former streets lying within the area of Tract “A” of 51.7338 acres, and to quitclaim the balance of Tract “A” to Mexrail, Inc. and to convey fee simple of the surface only of the Tract “B” of 0.3543 acres to Mexrail, Inc. and to convey fee simple of the surface only of Tract “C” of 2.1085 acres to Mexrail, Inc. in exchange for conveyance to the City of Laredo by Mexrail, Inc. of the fee simple of the surface only of Tract “D” of 12.8617 acres, and the fee simple of the surface only of Tract “E” of 0.0072 acre, and of a sanitary sewer easement over Tract “F” of 0.8223 acre; and providing for effective date.

 

Said tracts being generally described below, and more particularly described on attached Exhibits “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, “E”, and “F” respectively.

 

Tract “A” consisting of Aldama, Willow, Chacon, Piedra China, Green & Mercer Streets, and Maryland, Lexington, Cedar & Logan Avenues.  Said streets and avenues being situated in a 51.7338 acre tract of land consisting of City blocks and portions of the street right-of-ways, out of the area known as the “Embargo Yard”.

Tract “B” being a 0.3543 of an acre (15,434.57 sq. ft.) tract of land, more or less, out of the Aldama Street right-of-way between Logan and Tilden Avenues.

Tract “C” being a 2.1085 acre (91,845.34 sq. ft.) tract of land out of the existing right-of-way of Guatemozin & Cortez Streets between Springfield Avenue and Lexington Avenues, and Maryland Avenue between Guatemozin Street and 105.75 feet north of Cortez Street situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo provided that the City of Laredo retains the entire said tract as a utility easement.  

Tract “D” being a 12.8617 acre tract of land, more or less, also referred to as the “Riverbank Tract”.  Said tract being out of the area known as the  “Embargo Yard”.

Tract “E” being a Corner Clip consisting of a 0.0072 of an acre (312.50 sq. ft.) tract of land, more or less, out of the Southwest corner of Block 64, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas.  Said tract being out of the area known as the “Embargo Yard”.

Tract “F” being a tract of land containing 0.8223 acres (35,818.07 sq. ft.), more or less, for a 20 foot wide Sanitary Sewer Line Easement, being out of the Mexican National Construction Company, now known as the Texas Mexican Railway Company, also known as “Embargo Yard”, recorded in Volume 13, Pages 11-14, on March 12, 1884, Deed Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

                      Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Galo

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive final readings of Ordinance # 2002-O-318; # 2002-O-319; # 2002-O-320; # 2002-O-321; # 2002-O-322; # 2002-O-323; # 2002-O-324; # 2002-O-325; # 2002-O-326; and  # 2002-O-327.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

20.

 
 

 


 

2002-O-318    Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $50,000.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project Case Management of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003.  This grant includes funds for an existing Case Manager/Registered Nurse II position.

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-318.

                       

Moved:  Cm. Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:    7                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2002-O-319    Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $39,000.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Screening Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-319.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:    7                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2002-O-320    Amending the City of Laredo 2002-2003 budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $26,667.00 (from $13,333.00 to $40,000.00) for the Hepatitis C Screening Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and extending the contract period from September 1, 2002 through December 31, 2002 to September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-320.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:    7                                    Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

 

 2002-O-321   Amending the Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Administration Article I, In General, Section 2-3.  Fees for City Services, Subsection (b) providing for charges for the duplication of medical records (to include a fee for a notarized affidavit); amending the City of Laredo Health Department budget for fiscal year 2003 and appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $3,360.00 which will be generated revenues from these fees to the Maternal and Child Health Program to continue with the scope of services; and providing for severability, effective date and publication.

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-321.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:    7                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2002-O-322   Amending the City Of Laredo’s Code of Ordinances Chapter 2, Article II, Sec. 2-16, which sets forth the departments of the City, by restructuring the Public Works Department whereby the Sanitation Division and the Landfill Division will become the Solid Waste Department; the Fleet Division will become a division of the Traffic Department; and the remaining Public Works Divisions will become divisions of the Engineering Department which will be renamed the Engineering/Public Works Department; and placing the Building Inspections Department as a division under the Planning and Zoning Department; and providing for an effective date. (As amended)

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-322.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:    7                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2002-O-323    Amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2002-2003 annual budget by creating one new full time teller supervisor position to oversee the five tellers operating the Riverfront Parking Lot facility at a cost of $34,893.92 which includes salary and benefits which will be paid from the fund balance and $2,500.00 for computer hardware and software, and providing for effective date and publication.

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-323.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:    7                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2002-O-324    Authorizing an amendment to each of the following two contracts with Metro Affordable Housing Corporation:  1.  Contract for the use of 20 lots by Metro Affordable Housing Corporation and Contract for HOME Investment Partnership Program/Community Housing Development Organization Funds (DCD 1998), to extend the period for construction of the remaining ten of the twenty lots from December 31, 2002 to no later than December 31, 2003; and authorizing the City Manager to execute a subordination of lien for the interim construction loan from bank for the ten (10) lots remaining.

                       

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-324.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:    7                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2002-O-325    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for approximately 1,313 square feet constituting office space located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for two (2) years commencing on December 1, 2002, and ending November 30, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $3,111.18.  The premises are leased in an “as is” condition and TSA will be responsible for making all modifications and improvements, as may be necessary; providing for an effective date.

                       

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-325.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:    7                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2002-O-326    Designating as a one-way westbound that section of Moctezuma Street, Block numbers 400, 500, and 600 between San Jorge Avenue on the east of San Dario Avenue on the west, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the west direction and providing for publication and effective date.

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-326.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:    7                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2002-O-327    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement between the City of Laredo, as Landlord, General Electric Capital Business Asset Funding Corporation, a Delaware corporation, as Mortgage, and Fedlaredo Partnership, LP, a Pennsylvania limited partnership, as Tenant, thereby subordinating the lease agreement authorized by Ordinance No. 2001-O-042 dated February 20, 2001 and assigned on November 4, 2002 as authorized by Ordinance No. 2002-O-285, at the Laredo International Airport to the Lender’s mortgage.

                       

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-327.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:    7                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2002-O-328    Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease agreement approved by Ordinance No. 98-o-053 dated February 17, 1998, between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and UETA of Texas, Inc., a subsidiary of Duty Free International, Inc., as Lessee, to amend the lease area at the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal and rental obligation, extend the term of the agreement by 30 months, consolidate duty free and news/gift shop merchandise, provide for additional modifications and improvements to the new leased area and amend hours of operation, providing for effective date.

                         

Motion to postpone for the first meeting of January, 2003. 

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Agredano

                        Second:  Cm. Galo

                        For:    7                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

21.  2002-R-111      Accepting the assignment of 26.595 acre feet of municipal water rights         

  from the balance of 337.0855 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, Ltd. by applying 18.9 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges and 6.195 acre feet for annexation charges in connection with the final plat of San Isidro Monarch Subdivision, Unit I; and 1.5 acre feet of municipal water rights for availability charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Phase VII.

 

  Motion to approve.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Cm. Agredano

  For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

22.  2002-R-113      Authorizing the assignment of the Development Agreement dated February 1, 2001 between City of Laredo and Arena Ventures, L.L.C. from the latter to Arena Ventures Holdings, L.P. a Texas Limited Partnership; and authorizing the assignment of the Operating Agreement dated February 1, 2001 between City of Laredo and Arena Ventures, L.L.C. from the latter to Laredo Arena Operating, L.P., a Texas Limited Partnership; and approving an amendment to the Operating Agreement to clarify the seat usage charge.

                                            

                                             Motion to approve.

 

                                             Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                             Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                             For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

23.  2002-R-114      Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the construction of a City of Laredo parking lot. Said parcel consisting of Lots 2 & 4, Block 214, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and being delineated on attached copy of City plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser.

 

                                 Motion to approve.

 

                                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                 For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

24.  2002-R-116      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an Interlocal Governmental Agreement pursuant to the Vernon’s Texas Government Code, Chapter 791, between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb, in which Webb County’s law enforcement agency, namely the Webb County Sheriff’s Department and the City’s law enforcement agency, namely the Laredo Police Department, require the formation of a mutual aid law enforcement task force to mutually assist each other in the areas of traffic control, crowd control, and general law enforcement both within and beyond the city limits during the “Menudo Bowl” scheduled for January 25, 2003.

 

                                 Motion to approve.

 

                                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                 For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

25.  2002-R-117     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an Interlocal Governmental Agreement pursuant to the Vernon’s Texas Government Code, Chapter 791, between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb, in which Webb County’s law enforcement agency, namely the Webb County Sheriff’s Department and the City’s law enforcement agency, namely the Laredo Police Department, require the formation of a mutual aid law enforcement task force to mutually assist each other in the areas of traffic control, crowd control, and general law enforcement both within and beyond the city limits during the various Washington’s Birthday Celebration festivities scheduled for February 13, 2003 to February 23, 2003.

 

                                 Motion to approve.

 

                                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                 For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

26.   Amending the 2002 Consolidated Plan to allow for the reprogramming of 24th, 25th, and 26th Action Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant Fund balances totaling $120,840.00 to be used towards the purchase of an ambulance for the Cielito Lindo Subdivision Fire Station.  CDBG funds proposed to be reprogrammed include:

 

24th AY Community Development Block Grant

Three Points Park                                                         $   20,349.00

 

25th AY Community Development Block Grant

Hacienda Apartments Improvements                 $        206.00

(Cancellation of Project and reprogramming of funds)

Housing Rehab Administration                          $        440.00

 

26th AY Community Development Block Grant

Code Enforcement                                                        $   27,966.00

CD Administration                                                        $   24,520.00

Housing Rehab Administration                          $   47,359.00

 

Total Funds Reprogrammed                              $ 120,840.00

 

                        Motion to approve.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.   Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City’s 1997 and 1998 HOME Investment Partnerships Program - Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Contracts with the Azteca Economic Development and Preservation Corporation (AEDPC) in the amounts of $178,950.00 and $87,850.00 respectively, to extend the contract expenditure deadlines from December 31, 2002 to May 31, 2003.  The intended use of these funds is for the construction of two duplex rental units to be located in the Azteca neighborhood.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. Amaya

         For:     7                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to approve a payment of $17,657.60 to Texas Border Infrastructure  Coalition as the City’s annual assessment for the period of October 2002 through September 2003.  These dues are the City’s contribution to support the efforts of the Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition.  The Coalition’s mission is to make Legislative recommendations to help the Texas Border Region grow and prosper economically. 

         Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.   Consideration to award contract FY03-024 to the low bidder, O’Boy Service Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for providing portable restrooms for City parks, City sponsored events, and construction job sites.  All services will be secured on an as needed basis.  Contract pricing has been secured for daily, weekend and monthly services.  Funding is available in the Public Works and Parks and Recreation department budgets.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

30.   Consideration to ratify Change Order No. 1, 2 and 3 in the amount of $30,602.19 and approval of final payment in the amount of $39,980.56 to R.J. Cantu Designer-Builder, Inc. for the remodeling of the building at 619 Reynolds in order to establish the centralized office for the Environmental Services Department.  Final contract amount is $318,037.19.  Funding is available in the Hazmat and NPDES Funds.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.    Consideration to award contract number FY 03-023 Smart Control Systems L.L.C. d/b/a Hotsy Equipment Company, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $113,061.24 for the purchase of a high pressure washer and wash recycling system for the Solid Waste Facility.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste budget.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of four, automated side loader refuse trucks through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $640,176.00.  Utilizing the Buy Board contract pricing, four auto side loader collection chassis trucks will be purchased from Rush Truck Center in the amount of $392,372.00 and four McNeilus auto side loader collection units (31 cubic yard) will be purchased from McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc. in the amount of $247,804.00.  Funding is available in the  Solid Waste Fund.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

33. Consideration to award contract number FY03-022, to the low bidder meeting specifications, Executive Office, Laredo, Texas in the amount of $57,541.00 for the purchase of office chairs, desks and workstations for the new Municipal Court Building.  All furniture items will be delivered within sixty days.  Funding is available in the Municipal Court budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.   Motion authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Lineas Aereas Aztecas, S.A. de C.V. for City Conventions and Visitors Bureau to purchase from Lineas Aereas Aztecas S.A. de C.V. (“Azteca Airlines”) no more than 20 round trip airline tickets on the following flights:  Mexico City/Laredo, Texas/Mexico City or Laredo/Mexico City/Laredo, Texas.  The cost shall be $150.00 per round trip and the total contract amount shall not exceed $120,000.00 for a 15-week period and shall commence on the date specified in the contract.  Tickets purchased by City will be sold to wholesale travel and other travel agencies and used for promotional purposes, without a loss to the City.  This use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenues is authorized by the Texas Tax Code, §351.101. Funding is in the Laredo Convention and Visitor Bureau Fund promotional line item that will be later reimbursed by the Hotel/Motel Fund.  

 

         Motion to authorize the City Manager to negotiate a contract with Lineas Aereas Aztecas.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

35.   Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Zacate Creek Linear Park Phases III, IV, & V Scope of Work I Sidewalks in the base bid amount of $495,500.00.  Funding is available in the  Zacate Creek Phase III, IV & V 25th  and 28th Action Year CDBG.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.   Consideration for approval of engineering firm for the fueling station facility at City of Laredo Solid Waste Facility (design/build project) and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  The Architectural and Engineering Review Committee is scheduled to make a recommendation on Friday, December 13, 2002. 

 

         Motion to approve the company of Petroleum Solutions of San Antonio as per recommendation of the Engineering Contract Review Committee.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

37.   Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Triple A Concrete, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Sidewalk Project No. 18 (El Metro Transit System Improvements) in the base bid amount of $82,662.50.  Funding is available in the Transit System - Transit Grant No. 456 - Improvements Other Than Building.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with the sole source provider, Transcore, Inc., in the amount not to exceed $162,000.00 for the toll system enhancement to increase security and audit ability of access at each of our customer service center workstations.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund Capital Improvement Project Account. 

 

         Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

39.   Consideration to authorize the purchase of one heavy duty grapple truck through the Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $90,489.00.  This truck will be used for brush and debris pickup.  Delivery is expected within ninety to one hundred twenty days.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

40.   Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract to complete a Vulnerability Assessment of infrastructure security for the water system.  The Architectural and Engineering Review Committee is scheduled to make a recommendation on Friday, December 13, 2002.

 

Motion to approve the firm of Montgomery Watson Harza as per recommendation of the Engineering Contract Review Committee. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

   

41.    Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of November 2002, represents an increase of $3,961.56.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

   

42.    Refund of property tax the following taxpayers and companies:

a.    A refund in the amount of $1,218.25 payable to Johnny C. Cavazos due to a  double payment on the 2000 taxes.  Account #965-00005-007.

b.    A refund in the amount of $771.09 payable to VETA, Inc. #124 due to an overpayment on account.  Account #800-21020-105.

c.    A refund in the amount of $ 846.63 payable to Sovereign Bank due to the personal  property being double-assessed for the year 2001.

d.    A refund in the amount of $2,459.56 payable to Corona Development, L.C. due the personal property being double assessed for the years 2000 and 2001.  Account #900-90231-062.

e.    A refund in the amount of $740.14 payable to Cameron Mineral Trust #2 c/o Gilbert Denman Trustee.  Clerical error 25.25, erroneously coded City of Laredo by Pritchard & Abbot, Inc.  Account# 0381614-1134000-RI.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

   

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

            43.   A.   Status report on the CPL Road by Mr. Edward D. Garza, P.E., Crane Engineering  

   Corporation. 

 

    Edward Garza, of Crane Engineering, reported that this 1.8 mile road lies between

       the Rio Grande River and the Mines Road.  He mentioned that their proposed

    right-of-way is a 70-foot right-of-way.  This will allow them to design when they are  

    in the floodplain because they are proposing a low water crossing through Manadas   

    Creek.  They are also proposing a 56-foot wide back-to-back street which would be   

    a four-lane road.  They are awaiting a contour map from the aerial company which  

    will allow them to get into detailed design.  They are wrapping up surveys for right  

    of acquisition.  They are ready to proceed to submit the surveys to the City in order  

    to pursue the signatures on the rights-of-way acquisition.  There are 19 parcels of

    property and they have estimated construction on this project to be approximately

    $2.6 million. 

 

 Cindy Collazo, Assistant City Manager, stated that Community Development  

 Department has begun to make some contact with the property owners. 

 

B.   Presentation by the Traffic Safety Department regarding the installation of wireless   

       video cameras at the railroad crossing on FM 1472 to assist Fire and Police

       Departments emergency personnel to determine when a train is blocking a crossing,

       with possible action.

 

    Roberto Murillo, Traffic Department Director, reported that the estimate for two  

    wireless cameras is $9,500.00 to install the still cameras and this will allow  

    monitoring from a particular fire station or police department.  He added that this  

    estimate does not include personal computer connections.  The Fire Department

    would rather have the cameras because the first ambulance response comes from the  

    station on Del Mar Boulevard and the subsequent one comes from the station on

    Calton Road.  He stated that he estimates four to six weeks for installation. 

 

    Motion to obtain $9,500.00 from District VII discretionary funds for the purchase of   

    the equipment. 

 

    Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

    Second:  Cm. Amaya

    For:    7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

         

 Keith Kendall, Program Manager for Turner, Collie and Braden, provided a report

                            to City Council.  He mentioned that under Work Order #1, they received the

 TxDOT permit last month and pending the Tex-Mex Railway permit, they will    

 begin advertisement for this project.  The final design plans were submitted today

 and will be forwarded to the Water Development Board.  He expects to receive

 approval for advertisement in early January, 2003. 

 

 Under Work Order #2, the wastewater collection and the water distribution in the   

 Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, the final plans are to be submitted in early January.   

 Webb County is continuing through the right-of-way acquisition.  The TxDOT  

 permit is expected to be received in January, 2003.  Pending the County’s right-of-

 way acquisition in Pueblo Nuevo, the advertisement will begin in March or early

 April, 2003. 

 

        Under Work Order #3, the wastewater collection and water distribution for all the   

        remaining colonias with the exception Los Tanquecitos.  Los Tanquecitos 1 is being

        handled by Webb County.  The final design on this project is February, 2003.  it is

        anticipated that the County will obtain all the rights-of-way acquisitions either

        March or April of 2003.  There are a number of easements that the City will be  

        requiring for this project as well.  These easement descriptions are expected to be

        submitted to the City in early January, 2003.

 

  On Old Milwaukee Road, the possibility of lagging behind because of the attempt   

  to get the Colonia platted.  Keith Selman, Tomas Rodriguez, and Edward Garza  

  have met and have been able to resolve a lot of the pending issues.  The engineer   

  has obtained the title clearance and it looks like the project will be brought in

  together with the Work Order #3 packet. 

 

  Under Work Order #4, the City had a groundbreaking ceremony in November,   

  2002.  The contract documents have been completed by the City and will be  

  forwarded to the Water Development Board.  They will be doing a pre-construction  

  conference and issue a notice to proceed in early January, 2003. 

 

  Under Work Order #5, the ground storage tank and booster pump station, the City  

  decided to site that on the landfill.  Design has been able to begin with the geo-

  technical investigations. 

 

  For Work Order #6, the elevated storage tanks, they have completed  

  negotiations with the landowners so the design surveys can begin. 

 

     For Mines Road Work Order #1, that project is scheduled for final plans in early   

     January, 2003.  The County indicates that they are concentrating their efforts on

     Hwy. 359. 

 

For Mines Road Work Order #2, the water transmission line, they have the site now for the ground storage tank and booster pump station.  They have completed the coordination for the county water line work and are expecting to complete the design in early February, 2003.  He added that the City is proposing to oversize the water line for Mines Road.  The firm submitted environmental information documents to the Texas Water Development Board and the Environmental  Protection Agency with the hope that the Environmental Protection Agency would not require that they go back with an amended information document which would cause a delay.  The good news is that the Environmental Protection Agency reported that everything is in order and that the City could go forward. 

 

Regarding the NADBank project Work Order #1, which is the 16-inch water line running from the Laredo South elevated storage tank up to Loop 20.  The design is under way with the topography surveys and the geotechnical investigations. 

 

For the NADBank project Work Order #2, which is the wastewater collection and wastewater treatment plant, they are beginning a preliminary design.  They held a meeting with the consultants on October 31, 2002. 

 

He added that with Work Order #4, the first contract that was led out, it came in $120,000.00 below the facility plant estimate prepared in 1999. 

 

 D.    Presentation by Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Department Director, regarding  

      health assessment on Alta Vista Subdivision.

 

   Dr. Gonzalez, Health Department Director, provided an update to City Council.       

   He introduced Lucia Antu-Chandarlis, RN Supervisor, who is heading the Epi-

demiology team.  He explained that the team randomized the community around    the old Air Force Base and ran a survey through different scientists (toxicologists) to review this tool that they created to conduct simple analysis and testing.  He

   emphasized that the department has always been concerned about health impact. 

   Therefore, the department developed this tool and has gone door to door to do a

   preliminary assessment.  He reported that they will be doing 50 samples of the   

   area.  Out of those 50, they have already analyzed 26 and they have all come back

   normal.  Now, what the department is continuing to do is review the data with the

   Center for Disease Control and also approach the Environmental Protection  

   Agency for additional funding.  He is urging the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to  

   come finish its environmental assessment.  They have been contacted and they

   stated that they would return early after the first of the year to continue their  

   evaluation of what else they need to do. 

 

   Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. mentioned that when the City is done with the assessments, he  

   would like to request a letter from the Texas Environmental Control Commission   

   to show that the area has received a clean bill of health.  He also inquired whether

   these families that have participated in the random sampling would be given a copy

   of the report.

 

   Dr. Gonzalez replied that everyone that has been tested has been given a copy of  

   their test results. 

 

   Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that he wanted to advise City Council that based on the work done by the Health Department, the City Attorney’s Office has been working closely with Ron Rodriguez, counsel for the plaintiffs, to see how the City might continue to assist the residents and have this matter resolved.  He added that the plaintiffs have reached an agreement that dismisses the lawsuit. 

 

E.   Staff report of the Laredo International Sister Cities Festival scheduled for January 30, 2003 through February 2, 2003 by Nick Reyna, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director.

 

      Nick Reyna, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director, stated that the City will be hosting an exciting event next month.  He mentioned that this event has been in the planning stage for several months now and the department is now in the promotion and sales phase. 

 

      Patricia Taylor, Assistant Director, reported on the various cities and events to be held during this four-day event.  The Laredo International Festival is a unique opportunity for our sister cities to promote their business, trade, tourism, arts and culture.  She mentioned that this is the first exposition and the department is planning to make this an annual event.  The vision behind this festival lies in the City’s interest in expanding Laredo’s image from the Gateway to Mexico to the “Gateway to the World”.  She reported that invitations have been sent out to those cities that have a Sister City relationship, many of which are in Mexico.  In addition to cities in Mexico, there a couple of Sister Cities in the Republic of China, Argentina, and Spain.  The event itself will include business and tourism seminars where local businesses can network with the different city representatives and establish ties.  She stated that the department is also sending invitations out to all the departments of economic development statewide, local importers/exporters, travel agents, and educational institutions.  She encouraged everyone to make plans to attend this event to be held at the Civic Center Ballroom which will be free of charge to the public.    

 

 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.

 

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

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

         After executive session, Mayor Flores announced that no formal action was taken.

 

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    7                                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

45.  2002-RT-006    Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute a grant Amendment no. 1 to the FY 2002-2003 Section 5307 Urban Transportation Grant Contract No. 51322F1013 from the Texas Department of Transportation in the amount of $41,781.00 for a total grant amount of $541,781.00; and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund Accounts.

 

                                 Motion to approve.

 

                                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                 For:    7                             Against:  0                                 Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:    7                                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

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

 

Moved:   Cm. Galo

            Second:   Cm. Agredano

            For:    7                                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 31 are true, complete and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on the 16th day of December, 2002.

 

 

                                                                        ___________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary