CITY OF LAREDO

                                                  SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                                     M2002-SC-009

                                                         CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                             1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                              LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                                       JULY 29, 2002

                                                                           12:00 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

           

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

            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.  E.  Valdez, Jr., Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr. and Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

            Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

            For:     5                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

III.       PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002             budget in the amount of $16,544.00 by increasing the Texas Department of Health’s                             share of program income and expenditures for the Immunization Action Plan Project                              budget of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of September 1, 2001,                          through August 31, 2002.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

budget in the amount of $1,000.00 by increasing the Texas Department of Health’s share of program income and expenditures for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program budget of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IV.       FINAL READING

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinance #2002-O-171.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     5                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

3.  2002-O-171  Appointing one or more persons as Associate Municipal Judge (s) for the

Municipal Court of the City of Laredo for a limit of two (2) years; amending the City of Laredo approved positions to provide for the positions of the persons appointed; and providing for an effective date.  (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-171.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     5                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

V.        STAFF REPORT

 

4.  Submission of the Fiscal Year 2002-2003 Proposed Annual Budget as per City Charter

Article VI, Section 6.02, Submission of Budget, which states that “Sixty (60) days before the end of the fiscal year, or any time before that, the City Manager shall present to the Council, in an open public meeting, after proper public notice, and having been placed on the Council meeting agenda, a budget for the ensuing fiscal year with an accompanying message,” and discussion related to the current and proposed budget.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, made a presentation before the Council.

 

Veronica Urbano, Acting Budget Director, gave a brief overview of the budget process. 

 

Reduction to deficit:                                                                                 (5,260,866)

 

Funded the match for COPS Grants (54 officers)                                         529,741

from Police Trust Fund

Overtime reduce to 50% except police and fire                                            185,801

Reduced Operational line items to a zero percent growth                              832,827

Transfer Creak Cleaning Crews to Solid Waste                                            428,347

Initial reduction from various departments                                                     358,702

Freeze all vacant position for the first quarter                                                235,647

Review of Revenues                                                                                    248,776

 

Total deficit being proposed to be funded by tax increase                     (2,441,025)

 

Proposed new items for FY2002-2003

 

                                                                   General Fund Only                All Funds

 

31 Police Officer transferred from                $1,038,758                                         

COPS Universal Program and El

Protector

33 New Firefighters                                     $ 1,488,729

Approved New positions                             $    139,391                             $    254,446

20% Health Insurance increase                    $    813,227                             $ 1,267,476

2.8 COLA                                                  $    362,705                             $ 1,408,963

Merit                                                           $    264,744                             $    622,915

New Municipal Court                                  $    342,218

Other department request                            $    811,094

 

Total                                                          $5,260,866

 

Bridge Short Fall                                         $ 2,025,474

 

Impact on General Fund                              $ 1,012,737

 

Approximately 96 vehicles from Utilities will be used to start a Motor Pool Program.

 

                               Operating Expense       Capital Experience        Total Appropriation

 

FY 2001-2002        $274,649,355              $   59,437,501             $334,086,856

FY Proposed for

2002-2003              $282,492,818              $   24,418,108             $306,910,926

Difference                $    7,843,463              $  (35,019,393)            $(27,175,930)

 

Larry Dovalina stated that the General Fund Balance for the end of the fiscal year is $13,451,415.00.

 

The Mayor acknowledged that the submission of the Fiscal year 2002-2003 Proposed Annual Budget was presented to the Council in an open public meeting. 

 

VI.       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.

 

VII.     ADJOURNMENT

 

      Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  12:45

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

            Second:  Cm.  Galo

            For:     5                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 04 are true, complete and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on July 1, 2002.

 

 

 

                                                            __________________________________________

                                                            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                            City Secretary