CITY OF LAREDO

                                                   SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                                       M2002-SC-014

                                                          CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                              1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                               LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                                 SEPTEMBER 20, 2002

                                                                            12:00 p.m.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

II.        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

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Jerry B.  Cain,                                                                          Assistant City Attorney

 

III.       PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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 open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

           

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IV.       FINAL READINGS

 

            Motion to waive the final readings of  Ordinance  # 2002-O-243, # 2002-O-244, # 2002-O-

            245 and # 2002-O-246.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  2002-O-243  Providing for the adoption of a  tax rate  of  $0.630534 per  $100.00 value with a Maintenance and Operation rate of  $0.484758 per  $100.00  value                                     and an Interest and Sinking  fund rate of  $0.145776 per $100.00  value and of the levy and the collection of General and Special  Ad Valorem and                                           Beverage Taxes for the City of Laredo for the tax year 2002 and the fiscal year 2002-2003.

 

                                      Motion to adopt.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

                                      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  1                                Abstain:  0

                                                                                    Cm.  Galo

           

                2002-O-244  Amending the City of Laredo’s  FY 2001-02 General Fund annual budget

                                      by appropriating  revenues  and expenditures in the amount of $100,000.00;

                                      $50,268.00 for August 2002  and   $49,732.00 estimated for September 2002.  Expenditures will only be incurred  and disbursed if the revenue is                                collected by the Tax Department.

 

                                      Motion to adopt.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

                                      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2002-O-245  Amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the General Fund by appropriating revenues in the amount of $785,800.00, which were                                   received in the electric franchise settlement with Central Power & Light, and appropriating  expenditures in the amount of $785,800.00, which will

  be placed in a restricted reserve, and authorizing the City Manager to

  implement said budget. 

 

  Motion to adopt.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

                                      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

                2002-O-246  Closing as  public easements the following streets located in the area known

as the “Embargo Yard” of the Texas Mexican Railway Company situated in   

the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas conveyed by

the City of Laredo  to said company, by Warranty Deed dated March 12,

1884 and recorded in Volume 13, Pages 11-14, Deed Records of Webb

County Texas.

 

Motion to adopt.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

                                      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

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

    Avenue and the East right-of-way line of Logan Avenue.

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

Avenue and the West boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard” including the intersections.

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

Avenue and the West boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard” including the intersections.

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

Avenue and the West boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard” including the intersections save and except the East one-half section of Chacon Street between Tilden and Logan Avenue.

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

Avenue and the West boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard”  including the intersections.

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

and the West boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard” including the intersections.    

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

Avenue and the West boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard” including the intersections.

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

Avenue and the West boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway Company’s “Embargo Yard” including the intersections. 

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

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

j.  Cedar Avenue between the South right-of- way line of Guatemozin

    Street and the South boundary line of the Texas Mexican Railway    

    Company’s “Embargo Yard”.             

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     All said streets are situated in the Eastern Division,City of Laredo,  

     County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

V.        RESOLUTION

 

3.  2002-R-085  Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the Federal

Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program and  to accept a    

Grant, if offered, in  the estimated amount of  $2,000,000.00 for the

purpose of acquiring Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) Properties for

Runways 35R and 35L at the Laredo International  Airport.  The   City’s

ten (10%) percent local match for this project is $222,223.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

VI.       MOTION

 

4.  Requesting the approval of City Council to write-off various accounts receivable that are

deemed to be uncollectible.  The City’s audit firm of Garza, Martinez & Company recommended in their Letter of Management to write-off antiquated accounts receivable.  A summary of account receivables by account type is attached that represent a portion of the receivables that are past due.  The total amount of the write-off is $2,894,941.65.  The financial impact will be an expenditure of $61,636.37 for the fiscal year.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     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.

  

VIII.    ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  12:12 p.m.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 05 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on September 20, 2002.

 

 

 

                                                                                    _______________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary