CITY OF LAREDO

ANNUAL BUDGET WORKSHOP

M2002-W-004

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

AUGUST 12, 2002

5:35 P.M.

 

SPECIAL NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

 

During this budget workshop, the budgets of each of the Departments of the City of Laredo, as hereinafter listed, will be discussed.  In these discussions will be included the matter of the number of employees in each Department, their classifications and positions, their salaries and the benefits of employment such as health and life insurance, retirement benefits licensing and continuing education; also there will be discussed the matter of supplies and materials acquisitions, land acquisitions, capital improvements, equipment and tools acquisitions, and matters necessary to the functioning of each department in the accomplishment of its assigned goals and objectives.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        ROLL CALL

 

            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

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

           

III.       DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2002-2003 ANNUAL BUDGET.

 

A.  Introduction to budget by City Manager Larry Dovalina, including budget

      process, vision and goals, update of current bond projects, and proposed new

      personnel.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, explained that staff has worked diligently to present the budget workshop with no hidden agendas or tricks.  He encouraged Council to ask questions at any given time.  The goal for every department is to provide the best services and the basic services without any interruptions.  Finally, he gave a comprehensive report on the budget for 2002-2003. 

 

B.  Ad-valorem tax rate

 

            Phyllis Colon, Tax Assessor/Collector, gave the following presentation:

 

Webb County Appraisal District

 

Certification of year 2002 Appraisal Roll

For the City of Laredo

 

            Total Appraised Value $6,618,760,457

            Total Assessed Value               $6,459,119,870

            Total Taxable Value                  $5,552,568,287

 

            2001    Taxable Value Loss to first time qualification                  $8,814,285

            2001    Taxable Value Loss to first time qualify for Ag Value     $330

            Pollution Control exemption                                                                  $452,760

            Taxable Value of Property under protest                                               $6,413,930

            Taxable Value of Property Annexed                                                      $3,693,540

            Taxable Value of New Improvements                                       $298,107,420

 

Taxable Values

           

Year

Value

% Increase

94/95

$3,014,769,360

8.9%

95/96

$3,282,444,963

7.8%

96/97

$3,538,521,904

7.8%

97/98

$3,806,075,234

7.6%

98/99

$4,073,722,461

7%

99/00

$4,354,083,033

6.9%

00/01

$4,700,652,717

7.9%

01/02

$5,055,436,374

7.5%

02/03

$5,552,568,287

9.8%

 

History of Tax Rates

 

94/95

0.551600

95/96

0.551601

96/97

0.526766

97/98

0.539930

98/99

0.539930

99/00

0.569218

00/01

0.576358

01/02

0.576358

 

 

 

Current Tax Levy

 

94/95

$16,039,990

95/96

18,265,316

96/97

19,146,735

97/98

20,550,143

98/99

21,995,250

99/00

24,784,228

00/01

27,168,694

01/02

29,224,731

 

Amount of Current Collections

 

94/95

$15,496,593

95/96

$16,954,182

96/97

$18,249,510

97/98

$19,377,343

98/99

$20,643,873

99/00

$23,445,387

00/01

$25,821,461

01/02

$28,139,304

 

Term Definitions

 

Total Appraised Value – the value of all property in the City including exempt property of governments, schools, churches.

 

Total Assessed Value – the market value of all taxable property.

 

Total Taxable Value – Value less exemption for Over-65, for Veterans Agriculture Use, limitation on increase on value of homesteads. 

 

Taxable Value Loss to first time qualification – Taxable value lost from previous year due to qualifying for an exemption for the first time.

 

Taxable Value loss to first time qualify for Ag-value – Taxable value lost due to new Ad Use Exemption.

 

Pollution Control Exemption – An exemption for taxation for all or part of real and personal property that the person owns and that is used wholly or partly as a facility, device, or method for the control of air, water, or land pollution.

 

Taxable Value of Property Under Protest – the value of property that is still under protest before the Appraisal Review Board.  This may be taken to court if a settlement can not be reached.

 

Taxable Value of Property Annexed – Taxable value of property annexed before the end of 2001.

 

Taxable Value of New Improvements – this includes building and personal property. 

 

This notice concerns 2002 property tax rates for the City of Laredo.  It presents information about three tax rates.  Last year’s tax rate is the actual rate the taxing unit used to determine property taxes last year.  This year’s effective tax rate would impose the same total taxes as last year if you compare properties taxed in both years.  This year’s rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate the taxing unit can set before taxpayers can start tax rollback procedures.  In each case these rates are found by dividing the total amount of taxes by the tax base (the total value of taxable property) with adjustments as required by state law.  The rates are given per $100 of property value.

 

Last year’s tax rate:

 

Last year’s operating taxes                                                                   $21,407,220

Last year’s debt taxes                                                                           $8,127,369

Last year’s total taxes                                                                           $29,534,589

Last Year’s tax base                                                                             $5,124,347,888

Last year’s total tax rate                                                                        $0.576358/100

This year’s effective tax rate:

Last year’s adjusted taxes                                                                     $29,483,785

(after subtracting taxes on lost property)

/This year’s adjusted tax base                                                               $5,256,728,497

(after subtracting value of new property)

= This year’s effective tax rate                                                               0.560877/$100

x 1.03 = maximum rate unless unit                                                         0.577703 /$100

publishes notices and hold hearing        

This year’s rollback tax rate

Last year’s adjusted operating taxes (after                                             $21,404,559

Subtracting taxes on lost property and adjusting for any

transferred function, tax increment financing, and/or

enhanced indigent health care expenditures)

/This year’s adjusted tax base                                                               $5,256,728,497

= This year’s effective operating rate                                                     0.407184/$100

x 1.08 = this year’s maximum operating rate                                          0.439758/$100

+ This year’s debt rate                                                                          0.145776/$100

= This year’s rollback rate                                                                    0.585534/$100

 

Statement of Increase/Decrease

 

If the City of Laredo adopts a 2002 tax rate equal to the effective tax rate of $0.560877 per $100 of value, taxes would increase compared to 2001 taxes by $1,641,924.

 

The following estimated balances will be left in the unit’s property tax accounts at the end of the fiscal year.  These balances are not encumbered by a corresponding debt obligation.

 

Type of Property Tax Fund                                                               Balance

General Fund                                                                                        $5,658,986

 

Schedule B

2002 Debt Service

 

The unit plans to pay the following amounts for long-term that are secured by property taxes.  These amounts will be paid from property tax revenues (or additional sales tax revenues, if applicable).

 

Description of Debt                  Principal                       Interest                         Total Payment

 

2000 Airport C                        $65,000                       $115,148                     $180,148

2000 CO PPFCO                    $990                            $45,647                       $46,637

2000 ACO PPFCO                 $290,000                     $61,278                       $351,278

2002 CO PPFCO                                                        $498,234                     $498,234

1992 GO Bonds                       $170,000                     $5,398                         $175,398

1992 G O Refund bond            $796,303                     $174,444                     $970,747

1993 Bond                               $140,000                     $13,825                       $153,825

1994  G 0                                $290,000                     $39,960                       $329,960

1994A G O                              $590,000                     $124,232                     $714,232

1996 G O                                $1,140,000                  $684,276                     $1,824,276

1997 G O                                $220,000                     $272,260                     $492,260

1997B Cert. O Obli                 $118,622                     $30,438                       $149,060

1998 G O                                $809,682                     $670,475                     $1,480,157

1998  GO Refund Bond                                               $736,808                     $736,808

 

Total required for 2002 debt service                                                                 $8,103,020

Total to be paid from taxes in 2002                                                                   $8,103,020

Total debt levy                                                                                                  $8,103,020

 

MOTION

 

Approval of the 2002 Appraisal Roll from Webb County Appraisal District for the development of the City tax roll and acceptance of the calculation of the effective tax rate for fiscal year 2002-2003.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Phyllis Colon, Tax Collector/Assessor, also submitted document pertaining to the appraisal records that can be viewed at the City Secretary’s Office. 

 

C.  Debt service review, including update of debt service indebtedness.

 

Rosario Cabello, Finance Director gave the following presentation before the Council:

 

The total outstanding debt for the City is $260,000,000.  It is comprised of three different categories:  General Obligation Debt, Revenue Bonds, and Certificates of Obligation. 

 

                        City of Laredo Total Outstanding Debt by Type September 30, 2002

 

                        General Obligation Bonds                                             23%     61 Million

                        Certificates of Obligation Bonds                                    36%     93 Million

                        Revenue Bonds                                                            41%     107 Million

 

                        Total Outstanding Debt by Source

 

                        General obligation                                                         23%

                        Arena                                                                           15%

                        Water System                                                               3%

                        Sewer System                                                              2%      

                        Int’l Toll Bridge                                                            21%

                        Self Supporting                                                 36%    

 

                        Total Self Supporting Outstanding Debt

                        September 30, 2002

 

                        Landfill                                                             13%     11.2 Million

                        C. I. F.                                                                         10%     9.2 Million

                        Airport                                                                         6%       5.7 Million

                        Others                                                                          3%       6.6 Million

                        Water                                                                           38%     33 Million

                        Sewer                                                                          30%     26.9 Million

                       

                        Debt Service Payments Next Five Years

 

                        Self Supporting

 

                        2003                                                                                        $12.2 Million

                        2004                                                                                        $11.6

                        2005                                                                                        $11.2

                        2006                                                                                        $11.0

                        2007                                                                                        $10.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            Tax Supported                                                                       

 

            2003                                                                                        $7.2

            2004                                                                                        $7.4

            2005                                                                                        $7.7

            2006                                                                                        $7.6

            2007                                                                                        $6.8

 

City of Laredo Tax Rate Impact – 2002 Bond Issue Post 2002

 

            Existing Debt Service                                                                $212,902,841

            Comb. Tax & Rev C/O                                                            $14,941,447

            PPF Contractual Obligations                                                     $2,413,774

            Total Debt Service                                                                    $230,258,062

            Less Self-Supporting Debt                                                        $148,282,682

            Total Net Debt Service                                                 $81,975,380

 

D.  Personnel issues, including presentation of proposed employee pay plan and  

       Proposed employee health and benefits plan.

 

            Dan Migura, Administrative Service Director, gave the following presentation:

 

            Mission Statement

 

To attract, maintain, and develop a quality workforce by providing employee training, benefits, security and safety to the City of Laredo organization; while minimizing the potential for risk and exposure to liabilities.

 

Proposed Pay Plan Adjustment

 

2.8 cost of living adjustment (COLA) for an effective date of 10-01-02 to all employees (except unless otherwise addressed in a collective bargaining agreement)

 

Retain the current merit pay plan

 

Entry Level Wages of Index Cities

 

Waco                                       $5.77                                       Recreational Aid

Wichita Falls                             $6.05                                       Golf Course Attend.

Abilene                         $6.15                                       Nurse’s Aide

San Angelo                               $6.81                                       Laborer

Laredo                                     $6.89                                       Laborer

Harlingen                                  $7.03                                       Laborer

Brownsville                               $7.48                                       Maintenance Worker

Midland                                    $7.64                                       Custodian

McAllen                                   $7.99                                       All FT Level Positions

Beaumont                                 $8.00                                       Clerk I

San Antonio                             $8.50                                       Custodian

Garland                                    $8.64                                       Custodian

Port Arthur                               $9.09                                       Custodian

 

Minimum Wage in Laredo Government Entities

 

Location                                   Title                                          Hourly

 

City of Laredo                          Custodian                                 $6.89

Webb County                           Custodian                                 $6.50

LCC                                        Custodian                                 $6.35

TAMIU                                    Custodian                                 $6.11

UISD                                       Custodian                                 $5.82

LISD                                        Custodian                                 $5.59

 

Merit Distribution

 

Percentage Increase                  Evaluation Score                       Evaluations Processed

0%                                           2.9 or less                                11

1%                                           3.0 – 3.49                                55

2%                                           3.5 – 3.99                                209

3%                                           4.0 – 4.49                                429

4%                                           4.5 – 5.0                                  341

 

Based on 1,045 Annual performance evaluations received between 10-1-01 through 8-12-02.

 

Current Employee Health Benefits Plan

 

Adjustments last year

 

Adjust physician co-payment

Adjust prescription co-payment

Adjust medical contribution rate by 20%

Implement an expanded employee assistance program

 

Options considered

 

Adjust deductible

Adjust out of pocket maximum

Change prescription plan (MacB to Mac A)

Adjust medical contribution rate (20% to 35%)

 

Proposed Employee Health Benefits Plan

 

Adjust medical Contribution Rate by 20%

Implement a disease management program

 

FACTS

 

Escalating medical and prescription cost trends continue to deplete the City’s Health and Benefits Pool.

Since the plan was implemented in 1989 the following modifications have occurred:

·        1991 Rate adjustment

·        1996 10.00 Physician Office Co-Payment introduced

·        October 2000 10% rate increase

·        October 2001 20% rate increase and plan modification

 

Proposed Dependent Medical Contribution

 

                                                Current             Proposed         Adjustment

Regular Employee                     $86.48                         $103.78           $17.30

Bi-weekly

Civil Service Employee $77.82                         $93.38             $15.56

 

Medical Claims

 

98-99               $6,490,012

99-00               $5,597,724

00-01               $7,919,202      Budgeted $5,750,000

01-02               $6,612,500      Pending 2 Reporting Months

02-03               $6,804,375      Proposed

 

*Prescription cost included

 

Prescription Claims

 

99-00               $960,268

00-01               $1,463,706                  (Budgeted $1,124,300)

01-02               $1,127,636                  Pending 2 Reporting Months

02-03               $1,480,384,384           Proposed

 

Stop Loss Fixed Cost

 

98-99                           $340,467

99-00                           $363.537

00-01                           $538,071

01-02                           $885,056

02-03                           $1,066,835 (Proposed)

 

E.  Proposed General Fund revenues and expenditures.

           

            Veronica Urbano, Budget Director, gave the following presentation before Council:

 

            Consolidated Operating Revenues

 

            General Fund                                        31%

            Hotel Motel                                          1%

Risk                                                     2%

Fleet                                                     1%

Airport                                                 2%

Sports & Community Venue                 2%

Other                                                   4%

Community Development                      3%

Health & Benefits                                 4%

Solid Waste                                          5%

Special Police Programs                       3%

Sewer                                                  6%

Water                                                   8%

Debt Service                                        13%

Bridge                                                  12%

 

Consolidated Operating Expenditures

 

General Fund                                        32%

Hotel motel                                           1%

Risk                                                     2%

Fleet                                                     1%

Airport                                                 2%

Sports & Community Venue                 3%

Other                                                   4%

Community Development                      3%

Health & Benefits                                 4%

Solid Waste                                          6%

Special Police Programs                       4%

Sewer                                                  5%

Water                                                   7%

Debt Service                                        11%

Bridge                                                  12%

 

Consolidated Expenditures History

 

                        Operating Expenditures                    Capital Project Expenditures

94-95               135,212,399                                        122,956,125   

95-96               158,871,931                                        87,174,213

96-97               165,070,203                                        70,266,350

97-98               180,376,758                                        48,326,601

98-99               194,405,295                                        113,169,058

99-00               216,109,345                                        40,950,126

00-01               237,071,452                                        60,023,753

01-02               274,649,355                                        59,437,501

02-03               282,492,818                                        24,418,108

 

General Fund Revenues

 

Taxes                                       51%

                        Reimbursement             1%

                        Intergovernmental                     1%

                        Fees & Collections                   1%

                        Rents & Royalties                     1%

                        Other Financing                        1%

                        Fines & Forfeits                        3%

                        Licenses & Permits                   6%

                        Franchise Fees                         8%

                        Charges for Service                  27%

                       

 

98-99

99-00

00-01

01-02

02-03

Telecommunications

1,588,693

2,148,691

2,729,785

2,664,745

2,710,660

Bridge Transfers

13,073,602

14,374,238

14,273,971

15,766,414

16,983,082

Municipal Court

1,740,175

2,209,781

2,551,848

2,163,917

2,356,032

General Sales

13,665,869

15,230,665

16,512,506

17,483,188

18,007,683

Electric System Fra

3,789,064

4,576,651

5,506,199

6,288,768

5,691,632

Property Taxes

13,713,150

16,435,187

18,361,387

20,958,918

24,602,468

 

Tax Rate History

                       

 

97-98

98-99

99-00

00-01

01-02

02-03

M & O

0.336788

0.351858

0.393256

0.417755

0.435878

0.465614

DEBT

0.203142

0.188072

0.175962

0.158603

0.140480

0.145776

 

            Tax Rate Comparison

 

            San Angelo                               0.8680

            Port Arthur                               0.7750

            Waco                                       0.7150

            Odessa                                     0.6600

            Brownsville                               0.6500

            Garland                                    0.6410

            Beaumont                                 0.6350

            Arlington                                  0.6340

            Abilene                         0.6090

            San Antonio                             0.5790

            Laredo                                     0.5760

 

            Tax Collection Rate History

 

FY1990                                   93.10

FY1991                                   92.50

FY1992                                   93.50

FY1993                                   93.17

FY1994                                   93.17

FY1995                                   93.46

FY1996                                   93.83

FY1997                                   95.28

FY1998                                   95.90

FY1999                                   96.11

FY2000                                   96.37

FY2001                                   95.50

FY2002                                   95.70

 

 

            Valuations

 

            93-94                                       2,737,236,448                                    

            94-95                                       3,002,802,661

95-96                                       3,272,887,663

96-97                                       3,625,120,578

97-98                                       3,793,336,218

98-99                                       4,068,358,418

99-00                                       4,321,657,265

00-01                                       4,691,009,886

01-02                                       5,102,030,281

02-03                                       5,558,529,457

 

Sales Tax Trend History

 

 

96-97

97-98

98-99

99-00

00-01

01-02

02-03

Arena

0

0

0

0

2,285,483

4,323,744

4,501,921

Transit

2,799,455

3,098,447

3,302,112

3,758,743

3,966,988

4,310,016

4,527,986

City

11,665,798

12,863,423

13,665,870

15,230,665

16,512,506

17,483,188

18,007,683

 

 

General fund Expenditures

 

Public Safety – Police/Fire                                58%

Health & Welfare                                             1%

Public Works                                                   4%

Other Financing Uses                                        8%

Cultural & Recreational                                     10%

General Government                                         15%

Public Safety- Traffic                                        4%

 

Personnel Cost by Activity

 

 

1998-99

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

Other Financing

35,111

39,751

23,973

10,000

30,000

Public Works

2,125,423

2,142,651

2,464,994

2,803,380

2,752,555

Cultural

3,042,774

3,527,156

3,861,816

4,491,788

5,842,641

General Govern

6,565,144

7,188,241

7,652,014

8,763,908

9,877,293

Public Safety

29,758,846

33,402,841

36,551,695

41,164,063

45,644,633

 

Full Time Equivalents

 

 

98-99

99-00

00-01

01-02

02-03

Public Works

87.50

92.00

94.50

97.00

79.50

Culture

133.72

152.95

174.08

195.56

195.56

General

188.61

199.11

212.15

221.48

229.35

Public

603.00

623.05

649.00

709.00

741.50

 

 

Police and Fire Operating Expenditures

 

 

1998-99

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

Fire

14,408,889

16,080,416

17,682,566

19,500,427

21,911,336

Police

17,636,071

20,079,896

22,165,084

25,216,336

26,955,912

 

            Police and Fire Percentage

 

           

 

99-00

00-01

01-02

02-03

Police

90%

110%

139%

155%

Fore

92%

111%

132%

161%

 

 

F.  Proposed FY 2003-2007 Capital Improvements Program.

                        Jessica Hein, Assistant to City Manager, gave the following presentation:

 

            Budget Workshop Presentation

 

            Outline of Presentation

 

            Projects Completed in 01-02

            Projects in Progress in 02

            Projects in 02 Sale of bonds

            03-07 Summary of CIP Revenues & Expenditures

            Projects Proposed for FY 03

            Projects Proposed for FY 04-07

            Summary

 

            Projects Completed in 01-02

 

            Airport Projects

·        Rehabilitation of runways 17R-35L & 14-32

            Bridge Projects

·        Bridge I Resurfacing

            Traffic Projects

·        Signal Lamp LED Replacements

·        Country Club and Del Mar Boulevard Signalization

            Public Works Projects

·        Landfill Administration Building and Scale house

            Laredo International Fire and Law Enforcement Training $6,040,714 – Phase I

·        2002 - $950,000 – C. O. Purchase of Additional land

·        2003 - $750,000 Project Close-Out Re-allocation – Industrial Fire Fighting Tower

 

            Street Projects

·        Barlett Avenue Extension – Hillside to Gale

·        Shiloh Drive Widening – McPherson to I – 35

·        Street Recycling 2000-2001

·        Springfield/Calle Del Norte Intersection Upgrade

·        Michigan Avenue Reconstruction – Springfield to International

·        South Meadow Bridge

            Side Walk Projects

·        Projects # 12a & b, 13, 14, 16, 17a, & b and 20

            Park Projects

·        Eistetter Park

            Jacaman/Sinatra Road Extension

 

            Projects in Progress in 02

 

            Airport Projects

·        Airport Landside improvements Phase “E”

            Traffic Projects

·        Lafayette and San Francisco

·        Jefferson and San Francisco

·        Saunders and Paul Young Drive Way

·        Market and Stone

·        Del mar and McPherson (upgrade)

·        Cielito Lindo and U. S. 83

·        Jacaman Road (3)

·        Loop 20 and Wal-Mart

            Laredo Entertainment Center

            Parks

·        Santa Rita Park

·        Dryden Park Improvements

·        Eastwoods Park

·        El Cuatro Park

·        Inner City Park

·        Lafayette Linear Park

·        South Laredo Park

            Rio Grande Ecosystem Restoration 2002

            Streets

§         San Francisco Xavier Road

§         McPherson Road Widening

§         Santa Maria Reconstruction $1,235,000

§         Del Mar Widening – Fenwick to McPherson $1,000,000

·        2004 - $1,757,000 – McPherson to Loop

·        2007 - $1,750,000 – Fenwick to Springfield

§         Ejido Boulevard $1,100,000

§         Springfield Extension – Del Mar to International $800,000

·        Phase II:  International to Shiloh – 2004 - $1,180,000

 

 

Sidewalk Projects

·        Project # 19A, B and C

Land Acquisition

·        Riverfront Property Acquisition $455,000

LCC to Zacate Creek

Street of Laredo Urban Mall - $450,000

·        2003 - $1,000,000 – EDA

New Municipal Court House

·        $2,938,500

Plaza Theater Restoration

·        Transformation to Community Center for performing arts

·        $325,000 – CDBG

Colonias Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

Drainage Projects

·        McPherson Acres

o       2002 – Phase I:  Drainage ditch at Hidden Meadows, North of Hillside Subdivision to Gale Street - $730,000

o       2003 – Phase II:  Gale Street to 300 feet North of Calle del Norte - $400,000 – NPDES Fund Proposed C. O.

o       2004 – Phase III: Calle del Norte to the Southern boundary of Del Mar Subdivision - $780,000

o       Tinaja/Chacon Creek Pilot Channel - $859,000

Chacon Creek

·        Acquisition and clean-up

o       Year-to-date $622,000

o       2002 – Phase I - $150,000

o       River to Hwy 359

o       2003 – Phase II - $78,000

o       North of Hwy 359 to CDBG limits

·        Flood Sediment Control

o       2002 - $550,000 – System Revenues

o       2003 - $12,000,000 – Army Corps of Engineers

·        Drainage Improvements

o       2003 - $770,000 – NPDES Fund Proposed C. O.

o       Construction of concrete box culvert from Clark and India to Ejido (design complete)

Zacate Creek

§         Drainage (Upper Reaches Pilot Channel)

o       McPherson Road bridge North of Wyoming extending 7,000 linear feet Northeast to North of Jacaman Road

o       2002 - $300,000

o       2003 - $290,000  - NPDES Fund Proposed C. O

o       2004 - $1,845,000 – Unfunded/Proposed C. O.

Linear Park - $448,000

o       2002 – Saunders South to Lyon and Saunders to Taylor

o       2003 – Lyon to Gustavos, Corpus Christi to Iturbide: Seven Flags Park Improvements

o       $600,000 – CDBG; $430,000 – Grants

 

 

Projects in 02 Bond Sale

Land Acquisitions

·        City Hall Annex

·        Slaughter Farms

·        Recreational amenities

·        New Landfill

·        2002 - $750,000

·        Parking Lot

Projects in 02 Sale of Bonds

El Portal

·        2002 - $12,890,000 – 2002 C. O.

·        2002 - $3,500,000 – Bridge Bond Residual Funds

03-07 CIP

Projects Proposed for 03

Bartlett Avenue Extension to Del Mar

·        Phase I:  Hillside to Gale – complete

·        Phase II:  Gale to Jacaman - $2,001,000

      2003 – Transit Sales Tax Proposed C. O.

·        Phase III – Sandman to Hillside - $916,000

      2005 – Proposed C. O.

·        Phase IV:  Jacaman to Del Mar

·        2006 – Proposed C. O.

Bartlett/Saunders Intersection

·        2003 - $266,000 – Transit Sales Tax Proposed C. O.

Bartlett Avenue Extension to Meadow

·        2006 – Phase I:  Market to Hwy 83 - $7,477,000

·        2007 – Phase II:  Guatemozin to Chacon - $2,498,000

Laredo Street Drainage Improvements

·        2003 - $444,000 – NPDES Fund Proposed C. O.

El Eden Recreation Center

·        2003 - $200,000 – CDBG

·        2004 - $750,000 – CDBG

·        2004 - $1.25M – Unfunded/Proposed C. O.

West Laredo Park

·        2003 - $400,000 – CDBG

·        2004 - $500,000 – CDBG

·        2005 - $500,000 – CDBG

Sidewalk Project # 21

·        2003 - $599,000 – CDBG

Alexander Sports Complex - $6,307,645

·        2002 – $900,000 – Project Close-out Reallocation

·        2003 - $300,000 – Unfunded/Proposed C. O.

·        2003 - $5,108,645 – Private Contributions

Intersection Reconstruction/Widening  Transit Sales Tax Fund Proposed C. O.

·        Hillside/McPherson - $456,000

·        Hillside/Springfield - $386,000

·        Market/Bartlett - $50,000

·        Market/Meadow - $120,000

·        San Bernardo/Calton $375,000

·        Stewart/Malinche - $80,000

Projects Proposed for FY04-07

Del mar Skate Park – 2004 - $200,000

Northwest Laredo Recreation Center – 2004 - $1,550,000

·        $750,000 Texas Parks and Wildlife Grant

·        $800,000 Unfunded/Proposed C. O.

New Cemetery Land Acquisition – 2004 - $500,000

Paving Project # 62 – 2004 – $1,900,000

Shiloh Drive Extension to Loop – 2004 - $700,000

Bridge II Overlay and Bridge III Renovation – 2004 - $1,370,000

Bridge V

COPS Substation

Fire Stations

Fire Department Headquarters

Health Department Extension & Renovations

Library Branch Addition & Renovations

Fleet Management Facility

CIP SUMMARY

02 – Sale of Bonds - $22,475,000

·        El Portal

·        New Landfill Land Acquisition

·        City hall Annex Land Acquisition

·        LIFLET Center Additional Land Acquisition

·        Slaughter Farm land Acquisition

·        Parking Lot Land Acquisition

03- NPDES Proposed C. O. $1,904,000

·        Zacate Creek upper Reaches Pilot Channel

·        Laredo Street Drainage Improvements

·        McPherson Acres Drainage Improvements

·        Chacon Creek Tributary Drainage Improvements

03 – Transit Sales Tax Proposed C. O.  $4,693,000

·        Bartlett Extension:  Gale to Jacaman

·        Bartlett/Saunders Intersection

·        Calton Reconstruction:  Yeary to Springfield

·        Hillside/McPherson Intersection

·        Hillside/Springfield Intersection

·        Market/Bartlett Intersection

·        Market/Meadow Intersection

·        San Bernardo/ Calton Intersection

·        Stewart/Malinche Intersection

03 – Community Development Block Grant - $2,807,567

·        Sidewalks

·        Chacon Creek Acquisition

·        El Eden Recreation Center

·        Santa Rita Park – Phase III

·        Zacate Creek Linear Park – Phases III, IV and V

·        South Laredo Park – Phase II

·        West Laredo Park

·        El Cuatro Park – Phase II

·        ADA Improvements

03 – Water System Revenues - $1,493,000

03 – Wastewater System Revenues - $1,460,000

03 – Water and Wastewater Proposed C. O.  $3,250,000

03 – Solid Waste System Revenues - $1,660,000

03 – Other grants - $13,845,000

03 – Other Contributions - $8,637,000

 

Summary

Airport Projects - $58,070,000

·        03 - $6,170,000

·        04 - $22,200,000

·        05 - $13,550,000

·        06 - $6,750,000

·        07 - $9,400,000

TxDOT Projects

·        03 - $57,810,000

·        04 - $66,845,000

·        05 - $36,460,000

·        07 - $43,360,000

 

MOTION

 

To publish a newspaper advertisement for public hearing for 10 consecutive days to inform the general public that three copies of the capital improvements program are available at the City Secretary’s Office and Public Library, pursuant to Section 6.07 of the City Charter.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

G.  Traffic Department operations.

 

            Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, gave the following presentation:

 

            Mission Statement:

 

To provide safe and efficient movement of pedestrian and vehicular traffic and minimize risk of liability to the City.

2610 Traffic Administration

Major maintenance Responsibilities:

243 Traffic Signals

100 School Flashing Beacons

850,000 L. F. Pavement Markings

30,000 Traffic Signs

 

Traffic Administration Other major Responsibilities:

 

Regulate Vehicles – for – Hire (Taxis, Shuttle Vans, etc.)

Issue overweight and oversize permits

Oversee Speed Hump Installation Program

Develop and implement traffic signal timing programs

Conduct traffic signal and traffic sign studies

Design and install new upgraded traffic signals

Design and implement pavement markings and traffic sign plans

Review road construction and subdivision plans

Oversee the utility Coordination Committee

 

Major Projects FY01- 02

 

Traffic Signalization

 

District                        Location                                              Est. Cost

 

VI                                Country Club Drive                              $65,000

II                                  Loop 20/Wal-Mart Driveway               $80,000*

V- VI                           Jacaman Rd./McPherson Rd.                $70,000

V                                 Jacaman Rd./ Sinatra Pkwy.                 $100,000

V                                 Jacaman Rd./ Loop 20                         $80,000

I – III                           Cielito Lindo Blvd. /US 83                    $105,000

IV                                San Francisco Ave./Lafaeyette              $65,000

IV                                Jefferson St. / San Francisco                 $65,000

II                                  Saunders (US 59)/ Paul Young             $80,000*

III                                Market St./ Stone Ave.                         $55,000

VI                                Del mar Blvd/ McPherson                     $25,000

 

Traffic Calming

 

District                                    Location

 

All                                            Speed Hump installations – 18 Inquiries, Six (6) locations studied, Two (2) locations qualified and installed, nine speed humps total.

VII                                           Lafayette Overhead Flashers – signs and Warning Flashers installed

VII                                           Rancho Viejo – Traffic Calming study, pavement markings installed

V                                             Springfield Avenue – Traffic Study, Pavement Markings, Illumination, Sign Upgrade Installed

IV                                            Buena Vista – Traffic Calming Study with Proposal

VI                                            Country Club Dr.  – Traffic Study, pavement markings and Signs installation

 

 

 

Traffic – Other

 

District          Location                                                                                   Cost

IV                  McPherson Rd./Taylor St. – Traffic Signal Relation                     $8,000

IV                  Bustamante St./McPherson Rd. – Traffic Signal Upgrade            $15,000

IV                  McPherson Rd./Saunders St. – Traffic Signal Reloca.                  $8,000

V                   Airport Truck Route – Signs and Markings                                  $5,000

ALL              LED Replacement – Citywide Traffic Signals                               $150,000

VI                 Del Mar Blvd/Lindenwood – Traffic Signal Upgrade                    $15,000

VIII               Corpus Christi St. – Traffic Signal Controller Upgrade                 $15,000

IV                  Lyon St./Meadow – Traffic Signal Controller Upgrade                $5,000

IV & VIII      Clark, Gustavus, Meadow and Seymour – Traffic                        $20,000

ALL               Street name Sign Replacement Program                                      $25,000

 

Significant Performance measures

 

Traffic

Location

 

Traffic sign Maintenance Work Orders Issued                                       2,600

Emergency Repairs on Traffic Signals                                                    575

Linear Feet Striped (Roadway markings including                                              850,000

Crosswalks, RR-Xing’s yellow/red curves

Traffic Signs installed (New Projects)                                                    410

Emergency Repairs for Traffic Signs                                                                  300

Oversize/Overweight Permits Issued                                                                 13,000

 

Street Lighting

General Fund

2650 Street Lighting

 

·        Responsible for the operation and maintenance of street lights along IH 35 and sections of Loop 20.

·        Responsible for maintenance and operation of other street lights not installed by CP & L (AEP)

·        Administer the installation and operation of over 8,500 street lights citywide.

 

Major Projects

Street Light Installation Projects

Villa Del Sol Subdivision

Jacaman Rd.  Phase I and II

Calton Rd. (widening project)

Mcpherson Rd. (widening project)

Paseo Del Antiguo Laredo (CBD)

Sinatra Parkway

Gale Street

Bartlett Ave.  Extension

 

 

 

 

Parking Meter Fund

Enforce all parking ordinances within the CBD.

Install and maintain 954 parking meters.

Operate and maintain Bridge I Pay – to – Park and Riverfront Parking lots.

Collect and process all parking meter and parking lot monies.

Identify parking areas and provide for additional parking availability within the CBD.

River Front Parking Lot

Bridge I Parking Lot

Iturbide Street

Santa Maria Ave.

Grant Street

Parking Meter Lots

 

Parking Lot Revenues

(Riverfront & Bridge I)

FY01-02          $300,000

FY01-02          $331,088

FY01-02-03    $300,000

 

Parking Meter Revenues

FY01-02          $409,313

FY01-02          $500,832

FY02-03          $450,000

 

Parking Fine Revenues

FY01-02          $303,958

FY01-02          $212,446

FY02-03          $240,000

 

Motion to adjourn.                                                                             9:35 p.m.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0