CITY COUNCIL WORKSHOP


                                                  CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                     1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                       LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                          NOVEMBER 13, 2002

                                                                     5:30 P.M.



I.          CALL TO ORDER


            With a quorum present, Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano 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

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

Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney


Motion to excuse Mayor  Flores  and Cm. Galo.


Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:     6                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0


III.             MOTION


            Consideration for approval of construction plans, specifications and authorization to advertise  the Inner City Park Project for bids.  The project is to be located on Locust and Plum Streets between Barcelona Avenue and McDonnel Avenue.  This project is funded through the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust Fund and Community Development Block Grant monies.


            Motion to approve.



Moved:  Cm. Amaya

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:    6                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0


            Motion to recess for 15 minutes.


            Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

            Second:  Cm. Belmares

            For:    6                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 


            Mayor Flores joined the meeting at 5:50 p.m.


IV.       Presentation regarding the Community Oriented Policing Services Program (COPS)      including current and future locations, with possible action.


Police Chief Agustin Dovalina made a presentation before City Council.  Assisting in the presentation were Assistant Chief Eliodoro Granados, Deputy Chief Gilbert Navarro, and Officer Joe Baeza. Chief Dovalina mentioned that community policing is proactive, solution-based, and community driven.  It takes place when police officers and law abiding citizens work together to arrest offenders, prevent crime, solve ongoing problems, and improve the overall quality of life.  He explained that the concept of COPS envisions the world of the police subscribing for an absence of crime and disorder.  It perceives the role of the community as an active agent and partner in promoting security.  He also provided a historical chronology of community policing efforts in Laredo.  He mentioned that there are four patrol sectors throughout the City.  Two police precincts, namely 1 and 14, are currently without a workstation. 


Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. inquired as to what resources does the City have for future construction of workstations within different sectors of the city. 


Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that although the police department budget is a cash-rich budget, there is a restriction as to what those monies can be used for.  He added that our police department is leading other border police departments in technology that is being acquired such as the 911 system, audio-video equipment, etc. 


Motion to proceed with construction of workstations at Precincts Number 1 and 14; to create an additional Precinct 12, and to have the project done using in-house labor. 


Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 



            Motion to move one of the COPS workstations in the downtown area to Precinct 12. 


            Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:    6                                                Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Ramirez


Motion to instruct staff to research and facilitate, through the City’s legislative agenda, the creation of Laredo’s own 911 district.


            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

            For:      6                                              Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Ramirez



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.



Motion to adjourn.                                                                                      Time:  7:20 p.m.


Moved:  Cm. Amaya

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 03 are true, complete and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on November 13, 2002. 




                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary