CITY OF LAREDO

                                                 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                              M2003-R-01

                                                CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                    1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                     LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                          JANUARY 13, 2003

                                                                   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 Elizabeth 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

            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

 

            Motion to excuse Cm.  Belmares.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.       MINUTES

           

            Approval of the minutes for November 13, 2002, November 18, 2002 and December 9,          2002.

 

            Motion to approve the minutes.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

Cm.  Ramirez was excused from the meeting at 6:15 p.m. with a motion made by Cm.  J.  Valdez and seconded by Cm. Galo.  All were in favor. 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            Invitations

 

             Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of the J.W. Nixon Football Team for their football accomplishments in   

                 2002.

 

Mayor Flores and City Council recognized the following football team players and coaches:

 

Guillermo Rodriguez                                                                        Jose Sanchez

Enrique Sanchez                                                                              Charlie Rendon

Phillip Garcia                                                                                   Zane Jerry

Jaime Martinez                                                                                Joseph Martinez

Gino Ferrezano                                                                                Lionel Palafox

Eddie Garcia                                                                                   Wesley Rollins

Frank Hernandez                                                                             Ricky Sanchez

Robert RFlores                                                                                Oscar Moreno

Joel Lugo                                                                                        Juan Hernandez

Robert Mata                                                                                    Jesse Chandarila

David Zapieo                                                                                   Pedro Gutierrez

Rene Flores                                                                                     Sammy Rubio

Jesse Santos                                                                                    Diego Madrigal

Rene Magana                                                                                  Arturo Mendoza

Agustin Fuantes                                                                               Efrain Lopez

Jason Villarreal                                                                                Jerry Soto

Joey Rodriguez                                                                                Jose Luis Osoria

Joey Martinez                                                                                  Guillermo De Santos

Issac Garcia                                                                                    Hector Tijerina

Eric Guzman                                                                                    Ricky Gonzalez

Hector Casarez                                                                               Christian Rosales

Jorge Perez                                                                                     Alfonso Castillo

Mike Pena                                                                                       Frank Moncada

Edgar Sepulveda                                                                             Joaquin Ramirez

Jorge Munoz                                                                                   Fernando Cruz

 

 

Superintendent:  Interim Superintendent Jerry Barber

Principal:  Sylvia Rios

Athletic Director:  Nick Villarreal

Assistant Athletic Director:  Butch Flores

Athletic Coordinator/Head Coach:  Joel Lopez

J. W.  Nixon Football:  Brad Hopkins, Gilbert Gomez, Tommy Ramirez, Jorge Vasquez, Alex Colin, Jesus Sandoval, Beto Munoz, Henry Yzaguirre, Jaime Gonzalez, Carmelo Gonzalez, Hugo Garcia, Isidro Garcia, Edi Flores, Mario Saldivar and Martin Sanchez.

 

            b.  Recognition of Amelia "Amy" Martinez of the Community Development Department for             her selection as 2002 City of Laredo Employee of the Year.

 

Amelia “Amy” Martinez was public recognized by the Mayor and City Council and was presented with a Severn Flags Certificate.

 

            c.  Recognition of employees who assisted in the special project to complete improvements             at Bridge I to alleviate congestion of pedestrians crossing into Laredo.

 

                 Mayor Flores and City Council recognized the following City employees:

 

                 Adan Cedillo                                                                                   Jaime Cantu

                 Jorge Ramon                                                                                   Gabriel Eligio

                Adrian Cedillo                                                                                  Juan Jose Medina

                David Moreno                                                                                  Gorge Olmos

                Regino Rodriguez                                                                             Verancio Mota

                Ramon Vasquez                                                                               Efrain Mendiola

                Jose A.  Alfaro                                                                                 Fernando Liendo

                Noe Camacho                                                                                  Sergio Chavez

 

d.  Cm.  Ramirez recognized Poncho Sanchez, recipient of the 2002 Latin/Jazz

Grammy Awards.  He noted that Mr.  Sanchez is an outstanding musician that performs around the world.  

 

             Communiqués

 

Cm.  Agredano thanked Code Enforcement, especially Roy Garcia, for cleaning up the debris of a home that burned several months ago.  He also wished his wife a happy birthday. 

 

Cm.  Garcia welcomed everyone and noted his enthusiasm for working with the unified Council and City staff for the year, 2003.  He praised the Police and Fire Departments for their hard work during the holiday season. 

 

Cm.  Galo also welcomed everyone.  He thanked God for the safe holidays.  He also thanked the Police and Fire Departments for their hard work during the holiday season. 

 

Cm.  Amaya reiterated what Cm.  Garcia said about the unity of the Council.  He expressed his desire to work hard for constituents in his district and throughout the City of Laredo.  

 

Cm.  E.  Valdez thanked the Mayor, Council Members, staff, and his constituents for working together as a team to complete projects in his district and throughout the City of Laredo.  He also wished his sister a happy birthday.  

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez welcomed everyone to the New Year.  He noted his desire to get back to work with City staff.  He applauded the work they have done in his district and in the City.  He also thanked his colleagues for their cooperation and hard work.   

 

Cm.  Ramirez thanked staff for their hard work.  He thanked the Police and Fire Department for their work efforts in extinguishing a warehouse fire in his district. 

 

Mayor Flores thanked the council for their positive comments.  She read the following information:

 

The year is 1903…one hundred years ago…what a difference a century makes.

 

The average life expectancy in the United States was 47 years.

Only 14% of the homes had a bath tub.

Only 8% had a telephone.

A three minute call from Denver to New York cost $11.00

There were only 8,000 cars in the United States and144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 miles per hour.

Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Iowa were more heavily populated than California with a mere 1.4 million residents. 

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average wage was .22 cents an hour.

The average U. S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could earn $2,000 a year, dentist $2,500, a Veterinarian between $1500 and $4000.  A mechanical engineer could earn about $5,000 per year.

More than 95% of all births in the U. S. took place at home.

Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians had no college education.

Sugar cost .04 a pound.  Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.  Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.

Most women washed their hair once a month and used borox or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering their country for any reason

The five leading causes of death were phenomena/influenza, tuberculosis, diarrhea, heart disease and stroke.

The American flag had 45 stars;  Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn’t been admitted to the Union.

The population of Las Vegas Nevada was 30.

Cross word puzzles, beer and ice tea had not been invented.

No Mother’s day and no Father’s day.

Only one 1 in 10 from the United States could read and write.

Only 6% of all Americans had graduated high school.

Marijuana, heroin and morphine were available in corner drug stores.

According to one pharmacist heroin clears the completion gives buoyancy to the mind regulates the stomach and the bowls and is the perfect guardian of health

18% of house holds had at least one full time servant or domestic and there were only 230 reported murders in the entire United States. 

So I ask you to think today how you think it will be in another 100 years.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

            a.  City Council confirmation of Mayor Flores’ appointments to the Electrical Examining            

                 Board of the following:  Roberto Narvaez, Hugo Garcia, and Carl Johnson.

 

                Motion to approve the appointments of Roberto Narvaez, Hugo Garcia and Carl Johnson         to the Electrical Examining Board.

 

                Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                For:     6                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block 2024, Eastern Division, located at 3200 Blaine Street, from R-2 (Multifamily Residential District) to B-1 (Limited 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.  E. Valdez

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Luis Sandro Guerra, representing Carancahua Investments, spoke in favor of a zone change approval for commercial development.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 6.0035 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located east of Highway 83 and south of Sierra Vista Blvd., from AG (Agricultural 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.  Garcia

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:       6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 2, Cuatro Vientos Norte Subdivision, Phase I, located at 3302 Cuatro Vientos Drive, from R-1A (Single Family Residential Area District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential 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:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

 

4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the

FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $52,931.00 for the Medicaid Administrative Cost (MAC) Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2002, through September 30, 2003.  This amount includes program surplus funds from FY 2001-2002 in the amount of $34,537.00 and funding in the amount of $18,394.00 which was received in the current fiscal year.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the city manager to amend the

City of Laredo’s FY 2002/2003 annual budget in the Convention & Visitors Bureau operating fund in the amount of $42,521.00 for revenue and expenses from the management and operation of the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Museum, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $169,983.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2003.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s Convention

and Visitors Bureau full time equivalent positions by adding 1.5 full time clerks positions for the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Museum and information center operation.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2003

2000A Certificate of Obligation Issue Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues of $2,000,000.00 in the form of a donation from Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust for $2,000,000.00 and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $2,000,000.00 for the construction of the Inner City Park.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

       

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on placing a traffic light at the 3300 block of

     Clark and 2300 block of Townsend or at the corner of Clark and Newport.

 

Cm.  Garcia read his discussion item as follows:  “Discussion with possible action with placing a traffic light on the corner of Clark and Townsend or the corner of Clark and Newport.”

 

Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Director, said that the department would proceed with the accident reports and traffic counts on both intersections, which would take four to six weeks to complete.

2.  Discussion with possible action on opening the end of Ejido and Corpus Christi

     Streets.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, explained the different problems of opening the end of Ejido and Corpus Christi.  The main delay would be obtaining permission from Tex-Mex because they own the right-of-way. 

 

                B.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.  Staff report concerning the rights of property owners whose property has been

     damaged by traffic accidents, especially when the wrecked vehicle lies across

     both City easements and private property, with possible action.

 

Agustin Dovalina, Police Chief, reported the police department will enforce the violations that have been committed.   If the vehicle is obstructing the public right-of-way the vehicle will be towed.  

 

Cm.  Galo asked if the property owner, whose property has been damaged by the traffic accident, can keep the car until the owner of the vehicle pays for the damages.  He continued to say that the owners of the property should be able to protect their rights as a property owner.  He suggested approaching the legislature with a resolution to be able to assist the property owners.  

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, said the property owner may keep the vehicle in their yard until the owner of the vehicle pays for the damages provided the police department has no interest in the vehicle. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said staff would study the insurance laws because he believes there are already provisions in the insurance laws that will assist the property owner. 

 

2.  Staff report regarding opening of Bartlett at Market with possible action.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that as far as the construction aspect, staff is ready to commence with the project.  Once the monies are available, they will begin the project. 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner,  noted an street closing agreement with TxDOT is the cause for delay.  They have had the agreement in their office since July of last year and staff needs the document for ratification. 

             

                C.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Discussion with possible action  regarding updating the J.W. Nixon football team

     accomplishments on the Utilities Department water towers at the corner of

     Malinche & Lyon.

 

Beto Ramirez, Utilities Director, noted that in the past the City has worked with the school districts to paint the tanks and has never absorbed the cost.  He added that he would work with Laredo Independent School District regarding updating the J. W. Nixon football team. 

 

Motion to direct staff to contact Laredo Independent School District in regards to updating the water towers at the corner of Malinche & Lyon and come back to council with recommendations.  

 

                D.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.  Discussion with possible action to begin a study for possible placement of a

traffic light or stop signs at the intersection of Springfield Avenue and Village Boulevard.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Eliseo Valdez)

 

Chuck Owen, resident, spoke on the need of a traffic light or stop signs at the intersection of Springfield and Village Boulevard due to the increase of traffic and the need for traffic safety. 

 

Robert Murillo, Traffic Director, noted the intersection does merit a traffic light; however, the item is scheduled to be funded in the 2004 Capital Improvement Plan.  Funding needs to be identified for the four way stop.  A four way stop will create delays unless other measures are taken.  He recommended removing the four way stop at Sunset. 

 

Cm.  Galo and Cm.  E.  Valdez requested a list of traffic lights that are pending funding.

 

Motion to move with the temporary solution by installing a four way stop at the intersection of Springfield Avenue and Village Boulevard and removing the three way stop at Sunset in order to avoid traffic delays.  Also, identify funding for a light to be installed at the intersection of Springfield Avenue and Village Boulevard. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

      

                 E.  Request by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding a presentation by Laredo Police

Officers on the need for additional investigators.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector J. Garcia)

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, reminded council that the presentation can end with a recommendation or an instruction for the City Manager.

 

Luis Maldonado gave the following presentation:

 

Laredo Police Department

Promotional Study

Crime Scene Investigators/Detectives

 

Purpose:  This study attempts to show that there exists a real need for the expansion of Crime Scene Investigators and detectives within the Laredo Police Department.

 

Study Foreword:  Two important factors must be kept in mind:  1.)  We strongly believe that the future and safety of the citizens of this community must not be compromised nor limited and 2.) The department will improve productivity with the right amount of crime scene investigators and detectives, the city demands.

 

Justification:

 

I.     To ensure that the Laredo Police Department meets the demands of the community since Laredo is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

 

II.    To increase investigation productivity.

 

III.  Cost Effectiveness

 

Courses of Action:

 

I.     The approval of this proposal may be accomplished in one of the following methods.

 

       A.  Reclassification of positions

       B.  Creation of positions

       C.  Reallocation of funds from other city programs or sources

       D.  Salary Savings

Proposal:

 

I.  With 20 qualified patrolman on the promotional list, it is advisable that this opportunity be taken to provide the best possible service to the citizens of this community. 

 

II.    The following are the job functional descriptions of Crime Scene Investigators and Detectives taken directly from our Policy and Operations Manual.

 

Detective Job Functional Description

 

Works in plain clothes and uses considerable discretion in detection of crime:

Receives orders from superior officers and follows cases to conclusion which

normally ends in the preparation of a case for prosecution.

 

Inspects crime scenes for evidence and reconstruction of the crime;

interviews, victims, witnesses, suspects and prisoners to collect information

about crime; and investigates and follows up all possible clues to apprehend the

offender and prepares and renders detail written reports of his investigation.

 

Recovers stolen property.

 

Exercises considerable independent judgment in specific cases, acquires working

knowledge of established rules and procedures, keeps abreast of legal and

technical changes.  Work is reviewed through performance, accomplishments,

personal inspections and a review of written reports covering activities.

 

1.  The following are the Laredo Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division in which additional detectives are needed:

 

Crimes Against Property                                                      2 Inv. needed

Crimes Against Persons                                                       4 Inv. needed

Family Violence/Sex Crimes                                                4 Inv. needed

Juvenile Enforcement                                                           2 Inv.  needed

 

(This information was obtained from the Laredo Police Department’s heads and supervisors)

 

2.  The following is the amount of caseload per detective in the Laredo Police 

     Department:

 

Crimes Against Persons:  Each detective is getting approximately 30-35 cases per month.

 

     Crimes Against Property:  Each detective is getting 20-25 cases per month.

 

     Juvenile Enforcement Team:  Each detective is getting between 25-40 cases  

     Per month.

 

     Sex Crimes Unit:  Each detective is getting approximately 25-30 cases per

    month.  Take into consideration that these cases are long termed cases which

     cause the rest of the other cases to get backlogged.

 

     Domestic Violence Unit:  Each detective is getting approximately 25-30 cases

          per month.

 

     These cases get investigated on a five day work week, and unfortunately cases

     get backlogged due to the lack of personnel.

 

     Crime Scene Investigator Job Functional Description:

 

     Performs the same duties as a patrol officer; however he may act as a field

    advisor in the absence of the patrol sergeant.  A Crimes Scene Investigator:

     Identifies, photographs and collects evidence of crime scenes.

 

     Work normally consists of routine patrol, preliminary investigation of crimes   

     or incidents that may perform follow-up investigations as assigned by the

     patrol supervisor.

 

     Receives assignments and instructions from supervisor or commander and

     works in conformance with all laws, criminal procedures and departmental

     policies, goals and rules.

 

Conducts routine patrol in an assigned area to deter or detect violations of law  and takes appropriate actions when violations occur.

 

Makes arrest, issues citations, obtains evidence, protests crimes scenes, and testifies in court; locates missing person, lost or stolen property, and advices citizens on crime prevention.

 

Drives vehicle, motorcycle, or works on foot or other conveyance as assigned; and may receive another assignment to work in another capacity.

 

Reports criminal information activity to other commands or sections as applicable.

 

Documents and completes reports of crimes committed and traffic accidents; and repots other incidents as needed. 

 

3.  Crime Scene Investigation:

 

Crime scene investigation is a very crucial part of any criminal investigation.  Regardless of the crime, the crime scene must be treated with utmost importance.  Crime scenes are managed “to aid the injured, apprehend suspects, identify witnesses, protect and preserve physical evidence and thoroughly and accurately document the investigation” “LPD Operations Manual.

 

                             4.  History:

                                  As recent as the late 1980’s and early 90’s there were very few Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) positions in Laredo Police Department.  It was not

uncommon to only have one crime scene investigator for the entire city.  If two were available one would take care of the West and the other would take care of the east. 

 

Prior to the commitment to Community Oriented Policing philosophy, the patrol division was divided into squads.  These were composed of six to twn patrol officers.  Usually a CSI was assigned to one of the two or the three squads working a particular shift.  If a Csi was absent there was no replacement for that shift.  The shifts were and still are, broken down to morning (7-3 am), afternoon (3-11 p.m.), and night shift (11-7 ) a.m.  The city was divided into district with one patrol officer assigned to each.

 

                             5.  Present state:

 

Since then, the city has grown tremendously.  As a matter of fact, Laredo is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.  At the present time, the city of Laredo divided in to four Sectors and 15 precincts.  Even though there have been major positive improvement for the patrol division, within these last few years, we still lack Crime Scene Investigators. Currently, we have only 10 Crime Scene Investigators for the whole city.  We have 6 out of the 15 districts without a CSI.  Upon checking with our Laredo Police Department Communications Manager, within last quarter, we’ve had an average of one CSI per shift working for the whole city, and sometimes the city is left without a CSI.  This means that a Crime Scene Investigator has to be called on overtime which obviously the city pays for.  

 

In addition, the Crime Scene Investigators we have are not always available.  For Instance, CSIs have the meet T.C.L.E.O.S.E. (Commission of Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education) requirements which means they attend training courses and there is nobody to cover for their position while they are out.  Needless to say, they are also confronted with unforeseen circumstances such as injury leave, death in a family, or maternity leave and as mentioned before there is no one to cover for those positions while they’re out.  For instance, we had a female CSI who was out for almost a year due to her pregnancy.

 

This clearly shows that there is a demand for CSIs, because not only are the victims being victimized once by the different kinds of crimes that are being committed against them, but twice by the Laredo Police Department not offering the proper services to the citizens of Laredo need.

 

6.  The following shoes cities of comparable sizes in Texas and the number of  

     investigators for each city.  

                                       

     Police Department          City Pop.                      # of Officers     # of Invest.

 

     Lubbock, Tx.                 198,000                       320                  90

     Plano, Tx                        200,000                       317                  85

     Amarillo, Tx                   170,000                       280                  70

     Laredo, Tx                     200,000                       371                  74

 

In addition to Laredo’s estimated population, Laredo also has approximately 35,000 who cross on a daily basis according to the U. S. Customs statistics.

 

Information was obtained from each police department’s personnel division.

7.  Upon speaking to several field supervisors, they concluded that each district

needs 2 Crime Scene Investigators which would be a total of 30 CSIs working for the city plus the 12 detectives aforementioned.  This means that the city now has 10 which is only 1/3 of what the city demands.  We currently have a promotional list of 20 investigators and only 10 to increase the productivity within the Laredo Police Department investigations as a whole.

 

                             8.  Reclassification vs.  Creation of Positions

 

The following is the amount of money the city will pay if the remaining 10 positions were to be reclassified:

 

Each patrolman position makes approximately $38,000.00 annually and each Investigator makes approximately $48,000.00, which means that if the city were to reclassify 10 patrolmen positions to investigator positions, the total cost would be $100,000.00 annually.    

 

**Take into consideration that the approximate amount of money the city is paying on overtime due to the shortage of Investigators throughout the department is $26,000.00 annually (see attachment for explanation of this), which means that if you subtract the $36,000.00 the city will no longer have to pay for overtime (due to Inv.  Shortage) from the $100,000.00 if allowing the reclassification, the city will only pay an approximate total of $64,000.00 annually, but will have the right amount of investigators the city demands for the best investigation productivity.  Also, the Laredo Police Department has been obtaining federal grants that have between approved by the city to hire 65 new patrol officers and have just obtained another federal grant for 30 more patrolmen positions yet to be approved by the city, but if obtained the city would only reclassify 10 patrolmen positions of the 95 for investigators. 

 

The following is the amount of money the city will pay if the positions were to be created:

 

10 investigator positions created equals to $480,000.00 annually.

 

III.     The following breakdown represents the approximate amount of money that was spent to obtain the current promotional investigator list.

 

          Exam preparation           1 week pay salary for Cesar Garza & 1 staff     $130,000

          March 27, 2001             101 patrolman took the exam

          Test copies                     $8,599.00

          Appeals Prep                 1 wk salary for administrative worker                $900.00

          Appeals Proceedings      20 patrolman for 2 hours                                   $800.00

          Court Reporter                                                                                    $2,000.00

          1 week salary for Cesar Garza and 1 staff`                                           $1,300.00

          Oral board Proceedings (3 days)

          1 investigator                                                                                          $562.80

          2 Investigators from Corpus Christi,                                               * not included

 

Approximate Total Cost                                                        $17,861.80

 

Motion to instruct staff to look at this at this presentation  and come back with  recommendations. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  E. Valdez expressed a desire for staff to follow up on the current overtime of officers for the department and the backlog of cases that are pending and report back to Council.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the proposed recommended changes

     for advertising on taxi cabs.  (Co-sponsored Council Member Johnny Amaya)

 

Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Director, said the Vehicle for Hire Ad Hoc Committee is a sub-committee of the Transportation &Traffic Advisory Committee.  He said that all the recommendations from the ad-hoc committee must be approved by the Transportation & Traffic Committee and their meeting was canceled because of a lack of quorum.  However, they are having another meeting soon and will address all the amendments brought before them.  He added that the ad hoc committee was in favor of changes for advertising on taxi cabs.

 

Motion to instruct staff to initiate an amendment amending those sections that have been approved by the Ad Hoc Committee.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:     6                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on traffic calming devices in District VII.

 

Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Director, said the Transportation and Traffic Safety Committee is addressing the issue of traffic calming devices.  Staff will report back to Council with recommendations for approval.  

 

4.  Discussion with possible action regarding the paving of one block of Pierce

     Street west of Eagle Pass.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, gave a comprehensive report regarding the paving of one block of Pierce Street west of Eagle Pass.  He explained that the developer had replatted the block to increase the lot count and density.  Permits were given to the developer because the ordinance mandates that three elements be in place and he had complied; however, the road way was never open until the developer opened it.  The developer is responsible for paving the entire roadway. 

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, went on to explain that the developer is not responsible for paving the entire roadway.  He is responsible for the paving half of the roadway. He is also responsible for gutters, sidewalks, and drive way areas stated in the specs.  The City will need to provide a hard weather service for the other half of the roadway.  The hard weather surface will avoid having to cut up the streets when the other section is developed and the need to extend other utilities arises.

       

                   F.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Requesting the recognition of Ricardo De Anda for his donation of trees for the

     beautification of San Agustin Plaza.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, presented a plaque to Ricardo De Anda for donating twelve oak trees valuing $3,800 for the beautification of San Agustin Plaza.

 

Motion to recognize Ricardo De Anda.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2.  Requesting the recognition of Justo Penn for his donation to Las Palmas Park.

 

Receiving the recognition for the Justo Penn was Wayo Leyendecker.  He thanked Council and the City for accepting the donation of a parcel of land which will become part of the Las Palmas River Park.  He recognized the descendents of Justo Penn. 

 

Motion to recognize and accept the donation of a parcel of land from the descendents of Justo S.  Penn.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

3.  Letter to TXDoT requesting the use of overpass for parking on Sanchez and Park

     for the Jamboozie Festival and WBCA, with possible action.

 

Cynthia Collazo, Assistant City Manager, reported the City has received the agreements from TxDOT and the item will be placed on the next City Council agenda so the City Manager can be authorized to execute the agreements.

4.  Discussion with possible action regarding sidewalks using District VIII

discretionary funds for the following streets:  800 block of Jefferson Street (south side), 800 block of Garden Street (north side). 

 

Motion to use District VIII discretionary funds for the south side of the 800 block of Jefferson Street.

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

      

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

Motion to waive the final readings of Final Readings of Ordinances # 2003-O-001, # 2003-O-002, # 2003-O-003, # 2003-O-004, # 2003-O-005, # 2003-O-006, # 2003-O-007, # 2003-O-008, # 2003-O-009, # 2003-O-010, # 2003-O-011, # 2003-O-012, # 2003-O-013, # 2003-O-014, # 2003-O-015 and # 2003-O-016.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

2003-O-001  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-001.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-002  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-002.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

           2003-O-003  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. 

 

         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-003.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-004  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-004.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

           2003-O-005  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. 

 

         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-005.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

           2003-O-006  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.

 

         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-006.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

           2003-O-007  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. 

 

         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-007.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

           2003-O-008  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. 

 

         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-008.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

           2003-O-010  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.

 

         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-010.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

  

           2003-O-011  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-011.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

           2003-O-012  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-012.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

            2003-O-013  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-013.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

       

           2003-O-014  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.

 

         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-014.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

           2003-O-015  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.

 

          Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-015.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

           2003-O-016  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.

 

         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-016.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

           

11.  2003-R-001  Authorizing the City Manager to accept an FY 2003 Routine Airport

Maintenance Program (RAMP) Grant from the Texas Department of Transportation CSJ Number M322LREDO for fifty percent (50%) of the eligible project cost or $30,000.00 whichever is less, per fiscal year and subject to availability of State appropriations.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-001.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     6                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

12.  2003-R-002  Authorizing the donation of an atomic absorption spectrometer with a

microwave digester for metal analysis to Texas A& M International University (TAMIU) and an ion chromatograph with automatic sampling capabilities for mineral analysis to Laredo Community College (LCC) which will be used in the examination of water and wastewater, since the City has no use for this equipment and plans to dispose of it absent interested donees.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-002.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     6                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

13.  2003-R-003  Accepting a 7.92 acre tract of land, more or less, from the Fasken Trust

for park and open space use located adjacent to Deerfield Subdivision Phase 2, Lot 1, Block 1 and north of Father McNaboe Park as described by metes and bounds in Exhibit “A” herein attached.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-003.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

14.  2003-R-004  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of two parcels of land from

Zaftex Corporation, for the construction of a public park.  Said parcels being Tract B, containing 3.76 acres, and Tract C, containing 3.43 acres, for a total of 7.19 acres of land. Both parcels being out of Share A, Part A, Original Share 1, Bruni Estate, Porcion 32, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described on attached Exhibit “A”.

Tract B – Being a 3.76 acre tract of land out of a 128.093 acre tract, recorded in Volume 410, Pages 79-81, L. E. Bruni to Fred Galo and H. D. Hall III, Aug. 11, 1971, Porcion 32, Webb County Deed Records, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Tract C – Being a 3.43 acre tract of land out of a 128.093 acre tract, recorded in Volume 410, Pages 79-81, L. E. Bruni to Fred Galo and H. D. Hall III, Aug. 11, 1971, Porcion 32, Webb County Deed Records, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-004.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

  

15.  2003-R-005  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application with the

Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division for $998,115.00 to fund the Laredo Narcotics Task Force.  CJD will designate $998,115.00 and the City of Laredo and participating agencies will designate $334,778.00 for a total amount of $1,332,893.00.  This funding will be used to pay salaries, direct operating expenses, and the purchase of equipment from June 1, 2003 through May 31, 2004.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-005.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

16.  Amend the 2002 Consolidated Plan by authorizing the reprogramming of 28th Action

Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG) 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 eliminating funding from the 28th AY CDBG funds 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 approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya       

                   For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                                   

17.  Consideration to exercise the renewal contract option for ninety days for the following

annual contracts for repair parts and service for the vehicle fleet and medium and heavy duty trucks:  North Park Lincoln, San Antonio, Texas (FY02-007), in the estimated amount of $20,000.00, Powell Watson Motors, Laredo, Texas  (FY02-007); in the estimated amount of $10,000.00; and Fleet Pride, Laredo, Texas (FY02-017), in the estimated amount of $5,000.  New bids will be solicited based on changes on the estimated needs for this contract period.  All parts will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya       

                   For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  Consideration to exercise the renewal contract option for one additional year for the

following annual contracts for repair parts and service for the heavy equipment fleet, sweepers and lawn maintenance equipment:  Holt Co. of Texas, Laredo, Texas, (FY02-008) in the estimated amount of $125,000.00; RDO Equipment Co., Laredo, Texas (FY02-008) in the estimated amount of $25,000.00; and Kinlock Equipment and Supply Inc., Pasadena, Texas, (FY02-018) in the estimated amount of $40,000.00.  All parts will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

                    Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya       

                   For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

19.  Consideration for award of a construction contract to the lowest responsible bidder

meeting requirements of the project of the Inner City Park to be located on Locust and Plum Streets between Barcelona Avenue and McDonnel Avenue.  The project is funded through the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust Fund and Community Development Block Grant.  Contingent upon the final passage of Ordinance 2003-O-009 on January 27, 2003.

 

Motion to approve to award contract to Leyendecker Construction in the amount of $2,546,000.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $92,300.00 to the

contract with Howland Engineering & Surveying Company, Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal and Related Airside/Landside Improvement Improvements Phase “E” – Taxiway “J”.  This amendment is for additional inspection services for the Laredo International Airport Northeast Cargo Apron and Access Road Project and for the Services Road.  Funding is available in the Project Engineer Fees.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya       

                   For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Amending a contract with CH2MHILL, San Antonio, Texas for $29,000.00 to include

additional basic engineering services required to design the water line extension oversize and booster pump station for Mines Planning Area - Work Order #2 and to extend the contract time to an additional 360 days.  The extension brings the design completion to within 3 months.  The services include additional modeling work for the booster station and the impact on the existing system for the Mines Road area.  The amendment brings the total contract amount to $241,530.00. Funding is available in the Colonias Project Engineering Fees.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya       

                   For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract on behalf of the

Joint Venture Office in Monterrey, Laredo Trade & Travel Center, in the amount of            $18,000.00 with Laredo Arena Operating, L.P., for Promotional and Marketing Services to benefit the Arena; services to be provided by the Laredo Trade & Travel Center in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya       

                   For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Final acceptance of the biosolids Improvement Project and approval of final payment

of the retainage of $5,000.00 for the final completion of the contract in the amount of $1,337,914.88.  Funding is available in the  Biosolids Improvement Project-Retainable Payable.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya       

                   For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

A.  Status report on improvements to George Washington Park located at Los Presidentes

and appropriation of $30,000.00 for Phase II that includes park benches and a playground module.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund District I Discretionary Funding.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, relayed that the project is 30% complete.  The cement work is done.  He explained that the Council Member has requested an appropriation of $30,000 for playground equipment and park benches.  The project will be complete the first week of March. 

 

 

 

 

B.  Report and update on the Laredo International Festival of Sister Cities.

 

     Patricia L.  Taylor, Assistant Director, gave the following report:

 

     Laredo prepares for First International Sister City Festival

 

From as far west as the western Mexican state of Sinaloa to as far east as Zixing in the Hunan Province of the People’s Republic of China, Laredo’s sister cities will descend upon the city to participate in the first ever International Festival of Sister Cities from Friday, January 31st through Sunday, February 1st.

 

The event, organized by the City of Laredo Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and the City Secretary’s Office, will be held at the Laredo Civic Center.  The festival highlights the importance of Laredo’s global relationships.  Along with Sinaloa, Mexico and Zixing, seven other Mexican states will also be exhibiting at the festival.

 

“We’ve received excellent response and cities are still confirming at this time,”  said Patricia L.  Taylor, LCVB assistant director.  “This says a lot about Laredo’s image as the nation’s largest inland port.”

 

Beginning with a ribbon cutting ceremony officiated by Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores on January 31st, exhibitors and visitors alike will have an opportunity to exchange in dialogue and explore each other’s economy and culture.  Exhibitors, in turn, will tour Laredo’s infrastructure to learn how the fast-paced flow of international trade speeds through the city on a daily basis.

 

While the sister cities are the primary exhibitors, other cities from throughout Mexico have been invited to showcase their culture and economy as well.  “Monterrey and Mexico City will be sending delegations to the festival,” Taylor said.

 

Chambers of Commerce from throughout the state of Texas have been invited to attend as have high school and university students.  “This festival presents everyone, from the business leader to the student, with the chance to interact with the sister cities in a way that has never been done before,”  Nick Marks Reyna, LCVB director, explained.  “Whether one’s interest lies in trade, tourism or technology, there is a sister city ready to engage in dialogue.”

 

The event if free of charge to the public.  Exhibit hours run from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. for both days.

 

Exhibitor Confirmations as of January 13, 2003

 

Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes

Ciénega de Flores, Nuevo León

Ciudad de México

El Fuerte, Sinaloa

Estado de Coahuila

Gomes Palacio, Durango

Guadalupe, Nuevo León

León, Guanajuato

Mexticacan, Jalisco

Monclova, Coahuila

Monterrey, Nuevo León

Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

Tapachula, Chiapas

Zixing, Hunan Province, People’s Republic of China

 

Participating Foreign Organizations to Date

 

Secretaria de Desarrollo Económicos

México, DF.

 

Secretaria de Desarrollo Económico

Guadalupe, Nuevo León

 

Secretaria de Desarrollo Económico

Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León

 

Secretaria de Desarrollo Económico

Tapachula, Chiapas

 

Cámara de Comercio

León, Guanajuato

 

Instituto Estatal de Turismo

Estado de Coahuila

 

Cámara de Comercio México/E. U.

Aguascalientes

 

Ayuntamiento de Cienega de Flore, Nuevo Leon

 

Ayuntamiento de Mexticacan, Jalisco

 

Ayuntamiento de Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León

 

Ayuntamiento de Guadalupe, Nuevo León

 

Secretaria de Turismo de Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

 

Secretaria de Desarrollo Económico

Toluca, Estado de México

 

Foreign Dignitaries & VIP’s Confirmed to date

 

Mayor                                                         Zinxing, Hunan Province, PR China

Vice Mayor                                                 The People’s Government of Zixing

Director                                                       Standing Committee of Zixing

Office of the Vice Director                           Zixing Overseas Chinese Affaire

Director                                                       Zixing Finance Bureau

General Manager                                         Chenzhou Sanjiang Ferroalloy co. LTD

Vice Director                                               Hunan Dongjiang Water & Electricity Factor

Director                                                       Zixing Education Bureau

Chief                                                           Powerise Information Systems Co.  LTD

General Manager                                         Zixing Foreign and Economic Cooperation

Mayor                                                         Monclova, Coahuila

Mayor                                                         El Fuerte, Sinaloa

Vice Presidenta de Comercio Exterior          León, Guanajuato

Sub. Secretario de Desarrollo Económico    Toluca, Estado de México

 

XIII.    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.

 

25.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code  Section 551.071

       (A) & (B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding settlement offer pending l

       itigation, being Pascual Miravete and Gloria Miravete v. City of Laredo, Cause No. L-

       02-CV-46, in the US District Court, Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division, and

       Oscar J. Pena and Martha Pena, Cause No. L-02-CV-47, in the US District Court,

       Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division, and return to open session for possible   

       action.

 

       Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code  Section  

       551.071 (A) & (B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding settlement offer

       pending litigation, being Pascual Miravete and Gloria Miravete v. City of Laredo,

       Cause No. L-02-CV-46, in the US District Court, Southern District of Texas, Laredo

       Division, and Oscar J. Pena and Martha Pena, Cause No. L-02-CV-47, in the US

       District Court, Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division, and return to open session

       for possible action.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

       For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       After Executive Session the Mayor announced that no formal action was taken.

 

26.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in

order to deliberate the possible purchase, lease or value of certain property in North Laredo for open space and green belt use, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate the possible purchase, lease or value of certain property in North Laredo for open space and green belt use, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons, and return to open session for possible action.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

       For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

After Executive Session the Mayor announced that no formal action was taken.

 

Motion to proceed with negotiations.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

     

27.  Consideration to extend the award of contracts (FY02-004), to the listed vendors for

providing bus and van fleet parts for a period of ninety days: Andy’s Auto Air ($3,500.00), CC Battery Co. Inc. ($3,600.00), Gillig ($22,500.00), Laurel Battery ($25,000.00), Laredo Wholesale Auto ($1,000.00), MCI Service Parts ($10,000.00), McCarty Equipment ($500.00), Muncie Transit Supply ($17,500.00), O’Reilly Auto Parts ($3,000.00), Prevost Car, Inc. ($7,875.00), Rush Truck Center ($1,750.00), San Antonio Brake & Clutch ($4,100.00), and Stewart & Stevenson ($31,000.00).   This ninety-day extension will allow the management company to work with staff to secure competitive bids for a new contract period.   Funding is available in the Transit Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.   ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            9:50 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do herby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 31 are true, complete and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on January 13, 2003.

 

                                                                        __________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary