CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2003-R-02

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JANUARY 27, 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 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

            Gene Belmares,                                                            Council Member, District VI

            Jose Alberto 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

             

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

           

 V.       COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

None.

 

Invitations

 

None.

 

 

Recognitions

 

a.  Recognition of the City of Laredo's Health Department Vital Statistics registration staff

for being awarded the 5-star Vital Registration and Excellence Award from the Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics.

 

Mayor Flores and the City Council acknowledged that the criteria for this award consisted of timeliness, training, issuance, accountability, and paternity certification.  This is the sixth year that the City’s Health Department receives this recognition.

 

b.  Recognition of Sgt. Eugenio "Gino" M. Moncivais of the Laredo Police Department who

recently returned from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy (FBINA) on his graduation from the 211th Session, in Quantico, Virginia, on December 13, 2002.

 

Mayor Flores and the City Council recognized Sgt. Eugenio “Gino” Moncivais for his professionalism and dedication to the police department and for completing the three-month training at the FBI academy. 

 

c.  Recognition of participants and winners of the Mayor's Cup Softball Tournament.

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, announced the winners of the Mayor’s Cup Softball Tournament. 

                                                            A” Division                             B” Division

 

      1st Place                                         Fire Department                       Bridge Department

      2nd Place                                        United Water                            City Hall

      Overall Mayor’s Cup                      Fire Department                      

 

Communiqués

 

Cm. Agredano mentioned that the Parks and Recreation Department has two city parks on the fast track in District I.  He expects these two parks will be ready by the end of the school year.

 

Cm. Garcia congratulated Mayor Flores on the excellent job she did on the recent segment on C-Span.

 

Cm. Galo mentioned that the arena has been a very successful venture and has allowed the community to experience the thrill of watching a live hockey game and other events.  He publicly thanked the Laredo National Bank for the wonderful gesture of sponsoring 8,000 local students to attend one of the hockey games.  He urged other corporate sponsors to chip in and follow their lead and give more of our youth an opportunity to attend one of these events.  On a separate note, he also reported on an item regarding one recourse that people can take when a motorist causes damage to their property.  He stated that individuals can file a claim with Texas Department of Public Safety and it will notify the responsible party that they must pay the damage if not their license and registration will be revoked.

 

Cm. Amaya thanked the Public Works Department and its crew for their brick paving work on Clark Boulevard.

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. thanked Laredo National Bank for their initiative in sponsoring all those students to the hockey game.  He applauds the bank’s efforts of giving back to the community.  He also wanted to express his appreciation to the offices of the City Manager, Community Development, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation for their involvement in securing another park for District V.  He reported that the ribbon cutting ceremony for this new park will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. 

 

Cm. Belmares congratulated Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, for the successful softball tournament they coordinated.  He also congratulated Mayor Flores for the excellent job she did on the segment with C-Span.

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. invited the public to the Father McNaboe Skate Park ribbon cutting ceremony to be held on Friday, January 31, 2003. 

 

Cm. Ramirez thanked the Public Works Department crew for the swift job they did in completing the sidewalk project on the 600 block of Jefferson.  He thanked John Orfila and Oscar Medina for getting this job completed in a short amount of time.

 

Mayor Flores reported that being a guest on C-Span was quite an experience.  She added that the production of the segment was very well coordinated and the interview was carried out in a very professional manner.  She thanked all those individuals who have called in to congratulate her and she stated that the reason she had so many topics for discussion is because of the great people of Laredo who make things happen.  She also asked the members of the audience to observe a moment of silence for those Laredoans we have lost and who dedicated their lives to family, friends and their city. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $112,280.00 from the Texas Department of Health and amending the City of Laredo's FTE positions from 2 FTEs to 2.15 FTEs for the Prevention Services HIV-Infected Persons Project (PSHIP) 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.  Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $199,854.00 from the Texas Department of Health and amending the City of Laredo's FTE positions from 3.35 FTEs to 3.32 FTEs for the HIV Prevention 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.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

annual budget by appropriating revenues in the amount of $37,722.00 and expenditures in the amount of $18,000.00 to the salaries line items and $19,722.00 in the contractual services line item to allow the City of Laredo Health Department to proceed with efficient, quality and cost effective services for the period of October 1, 2002 through September 30, 2003.  The amount of $37,722.00 will be generated from the increase in certified birth certificate fees approved on July 15, 2002. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

 

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

City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $21,000.00 for Project Alcance.  The Driscoll Children's Health Plans of Corpus Christi has awarded this grant to the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

annual budget in the amount of $77,300.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force Intelligence Initiative.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will now be designating $1,075,415.00 and the City of Laredo and participating agencies will designate $427,644.00 in matching funds for a total amount of $1,503,059.00.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, fringe benefits, direct operating expenses and equipment from December 1, 2002 through May 31, 2003; and accepting the supplemental grant in the same amount.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of

Ordinances by adopting Chapter 18, Sections 18-2-1 and 18-2-2, games and amusement devices, requiring a permit for establishments operating certain game and amusement devices; requiring payment of fee prior to issuance of permit; repealing all ordinances in conflict herewith and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Juan Narvaez asked about the fee schedule for the amusement devices.

 

Cynthia Collazo, Assistant City Manager, reported that for anyone with 1 to 5 machines, the fee would be $50.00 per machine.  For those establishments with 6 or more machines, the fee would be $100.00 per machine. 

 

Robert Howland stated that he operates two game rooms.  He commented that the City is applying a special fee only to these types of businesses.  He added that part of the problem with these businesses not following city ordinances is that many of these proprietors are first-time business owners. 

 

Carlos Golarte, owner of Winners Corner, stated that imposing a fee on these business owners will not solve the problem.

 

Motion was made to charge a uniform fee of $25.00 per machine.

 

Motion dies for a lack of a second.

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. inquired as to what the inspectors’ duties would entail once they are hired.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that their duties would be the same as any other inspector involved in zoning issues. 

 

Motion to charge a $25.00 flat fee per machine. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     7                                          Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                       Cm. Ramirez

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating $211,305.00 from the Bridge System Construction fund balance into the Bridge Improvements Account and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  Funding will be used for Bridge Improvements: Static Scale project for Bridge IV in the amount of $150,000.00 and the pneumatic coin system for Bridge II in the amount of $61,305.00.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                          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:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

A.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding railing improvements to the

Lafayette/Saunders Bridge by the Texas Department of Transportation for safety purposes.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that a rail had been built some time ago on the northwest corner.  Based on the cost of that design, if the department were to build the other three it would cost approximately $8,000.00.  They have asked TxDOT for permission and they are not opposed to having the City construct them.  He stated that in a meeting held earlier regarding the Ryan Street conversion into a pedestrian bridge, the plans include the construction of these rails.  He added that the plans are being now being reviewed and the project is approximately 90 % complete.  He is estimating a time frame of 4 to 5 months for the contract to come to bid. 

 

2.  Status report regarding the additional testing conducted at the Alta Vista/Vista

Hermosa area; and request to get information from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regarding their proposal for additional testing and a timeline for getting started and presenting final results to bring closure to existing community concerns.

 

Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Director, reported that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mentioned that they would return in December, 2002 to develop a strategic plan on the next round of testing.  He has since learned that David Scotto, team leader, is no longer in charge of this project.  The new team leader is Dan Davis and they have set up a meeting with him.  He reported that Mr. Davis did mention to him that monies were appropriated for the next round of testing.  As far as what the Health Department is doing, he mentioned that they have continued with the health assessments.  They have conducted approximately 35 assessments and all of them have been normal.  In regards to the Commission on Environmental Quality, at their last meeting in September, 2002, the U.S. Corps of Engineers obtained a remediation plan from the Commission but part of it consisted on them conducting a second round of testing.  It is now in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ court to complete the testing. 

 

B.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action to remove the 600 block of Farragut from

     Ordinance 2003-O-013.

 

      Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that the ordinance number that established this block is 2001-O-194.  The purpose of this ordinance was to handle the issue of the nationalization of vehicles.  What the department did was set up “no parking” zones around the area around Bridge II.  He mentioned that where the City has parking meters set up, they have designated them tow-away zones before 8:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m. and it does include the 600 block of Farragut St. 

 

      Motion to bring the ordinance with an amendment.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

9.  Amending Chapter 32, Vehicles for Hire, Article II, Taxicabs, of the Code of Ordinances

of the City of Laredo by specifically amending Section 32-78 advertising on taxicabs allowing advertising on the rear passenger doors of taxicabs.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

10.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the Airport lease agreement

between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Howland Surveying Company, Inc., as Lessee, authorized by Ordinance 2001-O-175 dated November 19, 2001, for the purpose of extending the term for an additional ninety (90) days ending on February 28, 2003, adjust the monthly rent obligation.  Said amendment will amend, specifically, section 1.02 titled "Rental Obligation" wherein commencing on December 1, 2002, the monthly rent obligation shall be $2,785.20.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

11.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Tomas Sandoval, III, d/b/a El

Patio Nursery for approximately 1.41 acres of land located at 1704 E. Hillside at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on January 1, 2003 and ending on December 31, 2007.  Monthly rent shall be $1,275.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the consumer price index; providing for an effective date. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with South Texas Development

Council for approximately 252 square feet constituting Suite No. 10 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for two (2) years commencing on January 1, 2003 and ending on December 31, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $327.60 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the  consumer price index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the Final Readings of Ordinances # 2003-O-017, # 2003-O-018, # 2003-O-019, # 2003-O-020, # 2003-O-021, # 2003-O-022, and # 2003-O-023.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2003-0-017  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-017.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-0-018  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-018.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-0-019  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-019.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-0-020  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-020.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-0-021  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-021.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-0-022  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-022.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

2003-0-023  Amending the City of Laredo's Convention and Visitors Bureau full time

equivalent positions by adding 1.5 full time clerk positions for the Washington's Birthday Celebration Museum and information center operation.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-023.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-0-024  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 postpone.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS 

 

14.  2003-R-006  Authorizing the City Manager to accept the donation of 100 tons of

limestone base material for the City of Laredo's use from Martin Marietta Materials, a recently established construction materials yard located at mile marker 16 on IH 35 just north of Laredo.  The value of the material is approximately $1,500.00.

 

Wayne Skipper, from Martin Marietta, stated that they are the largest producer of high quality construction materials worldwide.   He added that they would like to donate 100 tons of the limestone base material so the City can compare it with the local material being used. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-006.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

15.  2003-R-007  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Office

of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $80,000.00 with the City designating $55,200.00 in matching funds for a total of $135,200.00 for funding a Domestic Violence Grant under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-007.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

16.  2003-R-008  Declaring a public necessity to utilize the area under IH 35, between Park

Street and Sanchez Street as a parking/staging area on February 15, 2003, for the Jamboozie Festival; on February 19, 2003, for the Annual Youth Parade; and February 22, 2003, for the Washington's Birthday Parade; and authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the use of the said property.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-008.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

17.  2003-R-009  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Texas

Parks and Wildlife Department of a grant request not to exceed $500,000.00 from the Texas Recreation and Parks Account Outdoor Grant Program in consideration of funding improvements for Zacate Creek Linear Park, certifying that it is dedicated for permanent public park and recreation use, and certifying that the City of Laredo is eligible to receive Texas Parks and Recreation Account Grant Program Assistance and has readily made available the required 50% matching funds through Community Development Block Grants and further authorizing the City Manager to execute any and all documents pertaining to and resulting from this submission.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-009.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

18.  2003-R-010  Granting the Laredo Lodge No. 547 AF&AM an exception from AD

Valorem taxation.  The 77th Session of the Legislature, HB1689 was passed which allows for the exemption from property of "Organizations Engaged Primarily in Performing Charitable Functions."  The Texas Legislature and the State Comptrollers of Public Accounts declared that this organization and its local chapters are eligible for this relief.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-010.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

19.  2003-R-011  Endorsing certain legislative changes to Senate Bill 7 supported by South

Texas Aggregation Project, Inc., where major problems have plagued cities and their citizens over the past year.  These problems include, amongst other things, delays in switching accounts, erroneous, duplicate or missed bills, decline in service quality, price increases for residential customers and market power abuses.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-011.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

20.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with the

local Little League Associations.  This valid public purpose agreement authorizes the use of little league fields for a fee of $1.00 per year for a term of two (2) years.  The valid public purpose of this agreement is instituting a baseball program for all of the youth of Laredo.

 

American Little League     Garcia Vela Park

Del Mar Little League        Rangel Field/Community Fields

Hillside Little League         LIA Base Fields III, IV, V

National Little League       Al King Field/Jose "Pepe" Moreno Field

Optimist Little League       Dryden Park Little League Field

Rio Grande Little League  Taylor Field/Cruz Field/Eistetter Park

Gateway Girls League       LIA Base Field II

Northwest Little League     Father McNaboe Little League Field

PAL's Little League            Santa Fe Little League Field

 

Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the existing contract with Jayantilal L. Patel,

 D.D.S., by $1,200.00, due to increased services provided to clients of the Dental Health  

 Services Clinic of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning

 September 1, 2002, through December 31, 2002. The revised  contract amount is

 $25,200.00.  Funds are available in the  Dental Health Budget.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

22.  Consideration to award an annual maintenance contract for library automation, network

services, software, Vmark licenses and equipment for the libraries' Dynix(tm) network  to epixtech, inc. in the amount of $48,227.16.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

 Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 for additional services requested by    

       the Fleet Department an increase of $19,961.00 acceptance of the CNG Compressor  

       Station at City of Laredo Fuel Distribution Center (Design/Build Project) and approval

       of the final payment in the amount of $170,785.00 to Reliant Energy, Houston, Texas. 

       Funding is available in the Fleet Management Capital Outlay Buildings.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the sole bidder, Cutler Repaving,  

       Inc., Lawrence, Kansas, in the bid amount of $479,484.30 for the 2002-2003 Street   

       Recycling Project (204.5 blocks).  The cost per block is approximately 10% less than  

       last year.  Funding is available in the Infrastructure Maintenance Street

       Materials/Cutler Repaving Account.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) for the Existing Land Use

 Assessment for Laredo, TX.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization has budgeted  

 $80,000.00 for the project.  Funding is available in the MPO Account.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  To authorize the City Manager to waive the parking fee for persons attending the

 Jamboozie Festival, and implementing a flat fee charge of $200.00 to the Streets of  

 Laredo Urban Mall Association for personnel costs, overtime and extra security for

 traffic and crowd control for the use of the parking facility from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.  

 on February 15, 2003.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a management contract with    

       First Transit, Inc., a Delaware corporation, for management of the city's transit system

       for a five year term beginning February 1, 2003, in accordance with the terms of the

       negotiated contract, the basic elements of which are set forth in the background section.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

           Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

           For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of nine Motorola motorcycle radios through the

 Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing  

 Program in the total amount of $34,232.50.  These radios will be installed on nine new

 motorcycles assigned to the Police Department.  Delivery is expected within sixty days. 

 Funding is available in the  Police Trust Fund.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to waive parking fees for the Riverfront

     Parking Lot area, west of Santa Maria Avenue, for persons attending the Jamboozie   

     Festival on February 15, 2003.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the  

       month of December 2002, represents a decrease of $33,041.49.  These adjustments are  

       determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

31.  Refund of property tax to the following taxpayers and companies:  

 

  a.  A refund in the amount of $734.73 payable to Ido and Nava Aharonson due to a Webb

County Appraisal District change of value. Cause #2002-1992,1992A.  Account #988-20001-040.                             

  b.  A refund in the amount of $768.20 payable to Sunglass Hut Trading Corp., due to an

            over payment for tax years 2001 and 2002. Account #801-20000-925.

c.  A refund in the amount of $608.23 payable to Washington Mutual c/o Lereta Corp.  due to an over payment. Account #442-00934-090.  

 d.  A refund in the amount of $791.76 payable to Sylvia Rendon due to a double payment.

            Taxes were paid by the bank and mortgage company. Account #991-50004-290.       

  e.  A refund in the amount of $1,247.64 payable to The Laredo National Bank due to a

double payment for 2002 taxes. Taxes were paid by the bank and by owner.  Account #970-40001-190.                               

   f.   A refund in the amount of $902.48 payable to The Laredo National Bank due to a double payment for 2002 taxes. Taxes were paid by the bank and by owner. Account #970-20003-040.                            

 g.  A refund in the amount of $619.94 payable to The Laredo National Bank due to a double payment for 2002 taxes. Taxes were paid by the bank and Border Abstract.  Account #923-00028-552.                             

 h.  A refund in the amount of $714.52 payable to The Laredo National Bank due to a double payment. Taxes were paid by the bank and the owner. Account #986-00007-505.      

 i.  A refund in the amount of $500.04 payable to Eliseo M. and Catalina Farias due to a  

     double payment by Mortgage Company and Owner. Account #949-50004-110.          

 j.  A refund in the amount of $2,364.75 payable to Luis and Jean Zaffirini due to a double

     payment by Abstract Company and Owner. Account #965-00005-009.

 k.  A refund in the amount of $660.11 payable to Juan Angel and Adriana C. Davila due to  double payment by Border Title and First Horizon. Account #923-00013-257.

 l.   A refund in the amount of $1,252.18 payable to Daniel L. Bell due to a double payment by Mortgage Company and Owner. Account #909-00022-370.   

 m.  A refund in the amount of $718.05 payable to International Bank of Commerce McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #970-00004-097.     

n.   A refund in the amount of $3,261.74 payable to International Bank of Commerce

McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce for tax year 1998 and 2002. Account #927-00014-296.

o.   A refund in the amount of $1,991.73 payable to International Bank of Commerce

McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #927-10002-120.           

p.   A refund in the amount of $748.51 payable to International Bank of Commerce McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #980-60003-440.     

q.   A refund in the amount of $1,011.75 payable to International Bank of Commerce

      McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #970-60011-030.           

r.    A refund in the amount of $1,161.57 payable to International Bank of Commerce

McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #437-00697-010.           

s.   A refund in the amount of $795.80 payable to International Bank of Commerce

 McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Webb County Title and  International Bank of Commerce. Account #442-00935-010.          

t.    A refund in the amount of $1,036.16 payable to International Bank of Commerce

     McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #549-01276-070.           

u.   A refund in the amount of $993.72 payable to International Bank of Commerce

McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of   Commerce.  Account #909-00016-418.          

v.     A refund in the amount of $816.10 payable to International Bank of Commerce McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #905-00048-030.     

w.     A refund in the amount of $1,205.77 payable to International Bank of Commerce

McAllen due to a double payment.  Account paid by Borde Title and International Bank of Commerce. Account #985-00003-170.           

x.      A refund in the amount of $1,699.10 payable to International Bank of Commerce

McAllen due to a double payment. Account was paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #970-60008-090.           

y.      A refund in the amount of $541.94 payable to International Bank of Commerce McAllen due to a double payment. Account was paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #968-30002-050.     

z.       A refund in the amount of $1,017.05 payable to Neel Title Corporation due to a double

payment. Account paid by Neel Title Corporation and by Tax payer. Account #945-00851-423.                            

 aa.       A refund in the amount of $701.15 payable to Juan Jose and Diana H. Vela due to a

double payment. Account was paid by Border Abstract and Transamerican Real Estate Tax Service.  Account #969-30002-050.   

 bb.      A refund in the amount of $1,448.84 payable to Henry and Phyllis J. Colon due to a

double payment. Account was paid by Countrywide Mortgage Company and Owner.     Account #909-00681-116.                 

cc.       A refund in the amount of $525.68 payable to the Laredo National Bank due to a double payment. Account was paid by the Laredo National Bank and Owner.  Account #923-00003-450.                             

 dd.      A refund in the amount of $1,107.97 payable to the Laredo National Bank due to

double payment. Account paid by the Laredo National Bank and Owner.  Account #439-00753-080.                             

ee.       A refund in the amount of $1,933.97 payable to International Bank of Commerce due to a double payment. Account paid by Webb County Title and International Bank of   

      Commerce. Account #965-00002-002.

 ff.        A refund in the amount of $981.55 payable to International Bank of Commerce

McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Border Title and International Bank of Commerce. Account #945-00861-416.

 

                        Motion to approve.

 

          Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

                 For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

32.  A.  Presentation by Geoffrey Gay of Lloyd, Gosselink, Blevins, Rochelle, Baldwin &

Townsend, P.C., Attorneys at Law, regarding deregulation and the effects that it has 

caused.  A legislative agenda will also be presented.

 

 Geoffrey Gay stated that he has handled regulatory matters for approximately 25  

 years and has represented South Texas cities on rate cases for approximately 15 

 years.   He stated that he is recommending that the best way for the City to handle  

 deregulation would include creating a political subdivision corporation.  He

 commented that after  Senate Bill 7 passed in 1999, which permitted the breakup of

 the centralized utility system, cities learned that deregulation made no sense.   

 They have discovered that profits are going to each of the separate entities and this

 breakup has created a monstrous  bureaucracy known as ERCOT.  He added that 

 they have provided a better contract under CAP and STAP than the City could get   

 in the marketplace and they have provided savings against price to beat.  He stressed

 that deregulation has been a harassing obstacle for many City Managers throughout   

 the state.

 

 He stated that there is a resolution before the City Council this evening which      

 authorizes the City’s endorsement of the CAP and STAP agenda.  He added that this     

 is important in order to ensure that they have a place at the table on behalf of all the

 cities to speak on behalf of the consumers of the state and thus protect city budgets

 and be able to negotiate a more favorable result. 

 

XIV.    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.

 

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

reqards to deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property in the City of Laredo International Airport area, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and return to Open Session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in reqards to deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property in the City of Laredo International Airport area, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and return to Open Session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

XV.   ADJOURNMENT

 

 

City of Laredo

City Council Meeting

M2003-S-01

City Council Chambers

1110 Houston

Laredo, Texas  78040

January 27, 2003

5:30 p.m.

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.  Appointments to Commissions, Boards and Committees.

 

    a.  Appointment by Council Member Jose A.  Valdez, Jr. of Albert F.  Muller, Jr., to the

         Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Garcia

         For:     8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

    b.  Appointment by Council Member Jose A.  Valdez, Jr., of Greg Ebe to the Transportation

         and Traffic Safety Committee.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Garcia

         For:     8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

II.  General Council Discussions and Presentations

 

     A.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano.

 

Discussion with possible action to accept the Veteran’s Coalition design of the Veteran’s Monument and instruct the City Manager to find money for said monument. (co-sponsored by Council Member Jose A.  Valdez, Jr.)

 

Armando Hinojosa stated that he has been working with the members of the Veterans Coalition for the last four to five months reviewing different designs.  He displayed the two different designs that the coalition members had narrowed the choices to. 

 

Mayor Flores commented that in all the conflicts there have been women veterans.  She posed a question to Mr. Hinojosa as to how the Veterans Coalition plans to address that.  She emphasized that she feels the City needs to recognize all the veterans in an appropriate manner because this is the City’s opportunity to recognize all the people being honored.

 

Jesus Cantu stated that there is no record of any women being designated as Medal of Honor recipients. 

 

Motion to table.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

III.     Adjournment.

 

                Motion to adjourn.                                                                               Time:  8:30 p.m.

 

                Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

                For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

          I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained  

          in pages 01 to 20 are true, complete and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting 

          held on the 27th day of January, 2003.

 

 

                                                                                          ______________________________

                                                                                          Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                                City Secretary

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2003-R-02

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JANUARY 27, 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 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

            Gene Belmares,                                                            Council Member, District VI

            Jose Alberto 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

             

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

           

 V.       COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

None.

 

Invitations

 

None.

 

 

Recognitions

 

a.  Recognition of the City of Laredo's Health Department Vital Statistics registration staff

for being awarded the 5-star Vital Registration and Excellence Award from the Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics.

 

Mayor Flores and the City Council acknowledged that the criteria for this award consisted of timeliness, training, issuance, accountability, and paternity certification.  This is the sixth year that the City’s Health Department receives this recognition.

 

b.  Recognition of Sgt. Eugenio "Gino" M. Moncivais of the Laredo Police Department who

recently returned from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy (FBINA) on his graduation from the 211th Session, in Quantico, Virginia, on December 13, 2002.

 

Mayor Flores and the City Council recognized Sgt. Eugenio “Gino” Moncivais for his professionalism and dedication to the police department and for completing the three-month training at the FBI academy. 

 

c.  Recognition of participants and winners of the Mayor's Cup Softball Tournament.

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, announced the winners of the Mayor’s Cup Softball Tournament. 

                                                            A” Division                             B” Division

 

      1st Place                                         Fire Department                       Bridge Department

      2nd Place                                        United Water                            City Hall

      Overall Mayor’s Cup                      Fire Department                      

 

Communiqués

 

Cm. Agredano mentioned that the Parks and Recreation Department has two city parks on the fast track in District I.  He expects these two parks will be ready by the end of the school year.

 

Cm. Garcia congratulated Mayor Flores on the excellent job she did on the recent segment on C-Span.

 

Cm. Galo mentioned that the arena has been a very successful venture and has allowed the community to experience the thrill of watching a live hockey game and other events.  He publicly thanked the Laredo National Bank for the wonderful gesture of sponsoring 8,000 local students to attend one of the hockey games.  He urged other corporate sponsors to chip in and follow their lead and give more of our youth an opportunity to attend one of these events.  On a separate note, he also reported on an item regarding one recourse that people can take when a motorist causes damage to their property.  He stated that individuals can file a claim with Texas Department of Public Safety and it will notify the responsible party that they must pay the damage if not their license and registration will be revoked.

 

Cm. Amaya thanked the Public Works Department and its crew for their brick paving work on Clark Boulevard.

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. thanked Laredo National Bank for their initiative in sponsoring all those students to the hockey game.  He applauds the bank’s efforts of giving back to the community.  He also wanted to express his appreciation to the offices of the City Manager, Community Development, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation for their involvement in securing another park for District V.  He reported that the ribbon cutting ceremony for this new park will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. 

 

Cm. Belmares congratulated Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, for the successful softball tournament they coordinated.  He also congratulated Mayor Flores for the excellent job she did on the segment with C-Span.

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. invited the public to the Father McNaboe Skate Park ribbon cutting ceremony to be held on Friday, January 31, 2003. 

 

Cm. Ramirez thanked the Public Works Department crew for the swift job they did in completing the sidewalk project on the 600 block of Jefferson.  He thanked John Orfila and Oscar Medina for getting this job completed in a short amount of time.

 

Mayor Flores reported that being a guest on C-Span was quite an experience.  She added that the production of the segment was very well coordinated and the interview was carried out in a very professional manner.  She thanked all those individuals who have called in to congratulate her and she stated that the reason she had so many topics for discussion is because of the great people of Laredo who make things happen.  She also asked the members of the audience to observe a moment of silence for those Laredoans we have lost and who dedicated their lives to family, friends and their city. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $112,280.00 from the Texas Department of Health and amending the City of Laredo's FTE positions from 2 FTEs to 2.15 FTEs for the Prevention Services HIV-Infected Persons Project (PSHIP) 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.  Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $199,854.00 from the Texas Department of Health and amending the City of Laredo's FTE positions from 3.35 FTEs to 3.32 FTEs for the HIV Prevention 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.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

annual budget by appropriating revenues in the amount of $37,722.00 and expenditures in the amount of $18,000.00 to the salaries line items and $19,722.00 in the contractual services line item to allow the City of Laredo Health Department to proceed with efficient, quality and cost effective services for the period of October 1, 2002 through September 30, 2003.  The amount of $37,722.00 will be generated from the increase in certified birth certificate fees approved on July 15, 2002. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

 

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

City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $21,000.00 for Project Alcance.  The Driscoll Children's Health Plans of Corpus Christi has awarded this grant to the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

annual budget in the amount of $77,300.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force Intelligence Initiative.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will now be designating $1,075,415.00 and the City of Laredo and participating agencies will designate $427,644.00 in matching funds for a total amount of $1,503,059.00.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, fringe benefits, direct operating expenses and equipment from December 1, 2002 through May 31, 2003; and accepting the supplemental grant in the same amount.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of

Ordinances by adopting Chapter 18, Sections 18-2-1 and 18-2-2, games and amusement devices, requiring a permit for establishments operating certain game and amusement devices; requiring payment of fee prior to issuance of permit; repealing all ordinances in conflict herewith and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Juan Narvaez asked about the fee schedule for the amusement devices.

 

Cynthia Collazo, Assistant City Manager, reported that for anyone with 1 to 5 machines, the fee would be $50.00 per machine.  For those establishments with 6 or more machines, the fee would be $100.00 per machine. 

 

Robert Howland stated that he operates two game rooms.  He commented that the City is applying a special fee only to these types of businesses.  He added that part of the problem with these businesses not following city ordinances is that many of these proprietors are first-time business owners. 

 

Carlos Golarte, owner of Winners Corner, stated that imposing a fee on these business owners will not solve the problem.

 

Motion was made to charge a uniform fee of $25.00 per machine.

 

Motion dies for a lack of a second.

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. inquired as to what the inspectors’ duties would entail once they are hired.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that their duties would be the same as any other inspector involved in zoning issues. 

 

Motion to charge a $25.00 flat fee per machine. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     7                                          Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                       Cm. Ramirez

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating $211,305.00 from the Bridge System Construction fund balance into the Bridge Improvements Account and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  Funding will be used for Bridge Improvements: Static Scale project for Bridge IV in the amount of $150,000.00 and the pneumatic coin system for Bridge II in the amount of $61,305.00.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                          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:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

A.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding railing improvements to the

Lafayette/Saunders Bridge by the Texas Department of Transportation for safety purposes.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that a rail had been built some time ago on the northwest corner.  Based on the cost of that design, if the department were to build the other three it would cost approximately $8,000.00.  They have asked TxDOT for permission and they are not opposed to having the City construct them.  He stated that in a meeting held earlier regarding the Ryan Street conversion into a pedestrian bridge, the plans include the construction of these rails.  He added that the plans are being now being reviewed and the project is approximately 90 % complete.  He is estimating a time frame of 4 to 5 months for the contract to come to bid. 

 

2.  Status report regarding the additional testing conducted at the Alta Vista/Vista

Hermosa area; and request to get information from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regarding their proposal for additional testing and a timeline for getting started and presenting final results to bring closure to existing community concerns.

 

Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Director, reported that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mentioned that they would return in December, 2002 to develop a strategic plan on the next round of testing.  He has since learned that David Scotto, team leader, is no longer in charge of this project.  The new team leader is Dan Davis and they have set up a meeting with him.  He reported that Mr. Davis did mention to him that monies were appropriated for the next round of testing.  As far as what the Health Department is doing, he mentioned that they have continued with the health assessments.  They have conducted approximately 35 assessments and all of them have been normal.  In regards to the Commission on Environmental Quality, at their last meeting in September, 2002, the U.S. Corps of Engineers obtained a remediation plan from the Commission but part of it consisted on them conducting a second round of testing.  It is now in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ court to complete the testing. 

 

B.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action to remove the 600 block of Farragut from

     Ordinance 2003-O-013.

 

      Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that the ordinance number that established this block is 2001-O-194.  The purpose of this ordinance was to handle the issue of the nationalization of vehicles.  What the department did was set up “no parking” zones around the area around Bridge II.  He mentioned that where the City has parking meters set up, they have designated them tow-away zones before 8:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m. and it does include the 600 block of Farragut St. 

 

      Motion to bring the ordinance with an amendment.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

9.  Amending Chapter 32, Vehicles for Hire, Article II, Taxicabs, of the Code of Ordinances

of the City of Laredo by specifically amending Section 32-78 advertising on taxicabs allowing advertising on the rear passenger doors of taxicabs.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

10.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the Airport lease agreement

between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Howland Surveying Company, Inc., as Lessee, authorized by Ordinance 2001-O-175 dated November 19, 2001, for the purpose of extending the term for an additional ninety (90) days ending on February 28, 2003, adjust the monthly rent obligation.  Said amendment will amend, specifically, section 1.02 titled "Rental Obligation" wherein commencing on December 1, 2002, the monthly rent obligation shall be $2,785.20.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

11.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Tomas Sandoval, III, d/b/a El

Patio Nursery for approximately 1.41 acres of land located at 1704 E. Hillside at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on January 1, 2003 and ending on December 31, 2007.  Monthly rent shall be $1,275.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the consumer price index; providing for an effective date. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with South Texas Development

Council for approximately 252 square feet constituting Suite No. 10 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for two (2) years commencing on January 1, 2003 and ending on December 31, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $327.60 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the  consumer price index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the Final Readings of Ordinances # 2003-O-017, # 2003-O-018, # 2003-O-019, # 2003-O-020, # 2003-O-021, # 2003-O-022, and # 2003-O-023.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2003-0-017  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-017.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-0-018  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-018.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-0-019  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-019.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-0-020  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-020.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-0-021  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-021.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-0-022  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-022.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

2003-0-023  Amending the City of Laredo's Convention and Visitors Bureau full time

equivalent positions by adding 1.5 full time clerk positions for the Washington's Birthday Celebration Museum and information center operation.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-023.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-0-024  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 postpone.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS 

 

14.  2003-R-006  Authorizing the City Manager to accept the donation of 100 tons of

limestone base material for the City of Laredo's use from Martin Marietta Materials, a recently established construction materials yard located at mile marker 16 on IH 35 just north of Laredo.  The value of the material is approximately $1,500.00.

 

Wayne Skipper, from Martin Marietta, stated that they are the largest producer of high quality construction materials worldwide.   He added that they would like to donate 100 tons of the limestone base material so the City can compare it with the local material being used. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-006.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

15.  2003-R-007  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Office

of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $80,000.00 with the City designating $55,200.00 in matching funds for a total of $135,200.00 for funding a Domestic Violence Grant under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-007.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

16.  2003-R-008  Declaring a public necessity to utilize the area under IH 35, between Park

Street and Sanchez Street as a parking/staging area on February 15, 2003, for the Jamboozie Festival; on February 19, 2003, for the Annual Youth Parade; and February 22, 2003, for the Washington's Birthday Parade; and authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the use of the said property.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-008.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

17.  2003-R-009  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Texas

Parks and Wildlife Department of a grant request not to exceed $500,000.00 from the Texas Recreation and Parks Account Outdoor Grant Program in consideration of funding improvements for Zacate Creek Linear Park, certifying that it is dedicated for permanent public park and recreation use, and certifying that the City of Laredo is eligible to receive Texas Parks and Recreation Account Grant Program Assistance and has readily made available the required 50% matching funds through Community Development Block Grants and further authorizing the City Manager to execute any and all documents pertaining to and resulting from this submission.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-009.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

18.  2003-R-010  Granting the Laredo Lodge No. 547 AF&AM an exception from AD

Valorem taxation.  The 77th Session of the Legislature, HB1689 was passed which allows for the exemption from property of "Organizations Engaged Primarily in Performing Charitable Functions."  The Texas Legislature and the State Comptrollers of Public Accounts declared that this organization and its local chapters are eligible for this relief.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-010.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

19.  2003-R-011  Endorsing certain legislative changes to Senate Bill 7 supported by South

Texas Aggregation Project, Inc., where major problems have plagued cities and their citizens over the past year.  These problems include, amongst other things, delays in switching accounts, erroneous, duplicate or missed bills, decline in service quality, price increases for residential customers and market power abuses.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-011.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

20.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with the

local Little League Associations.  This valid public purpose agreement authorizes the use of little league fields for a fee of $1.00 per year for a term of two (2) years.  The valid public purpose of this agreement is instituting a baseball program for all of the youth of Laredo.

 

American Little League     Garcia Vela Park

Del Mar Little League        Rangel Field/Community Fields

Hillside Little League         LIA Base Fields III, IV, V

National Little League       Al King Field/Jose "Pepe" Moreno Field

Optimist Little League       Dryden Park Little League Field

Rio Grande Little League  Taylor Field/Cruz Field/Eistetter Park

Gateway Girls League       LIA Base Field II

Northwest Little League     Father McNaboe Little League Field

PAL's Little League            Santa Fe Little League Field

 

Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the existing contract with Jayantilal L. Patel,

 D.D.S., by $1,200.00, due to increased services provided to clients of the Dental Health  

 Services Clinic of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning

 September 1, 2002, through December 31, 2002. The revised  contract amount is

 $25,200.00.  Funds are available in the  Dental Health Budget.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

22.  Consideration to award an annual maintenance contract for library automation, network

services, software, Vmark licenses and equipment for the libraries' Dynix(tm) network  to epixtech, inc. in the amount of $48,227.16.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

 Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 for additional services requested by    

       the Fleet Department an increase of $19,961.00 acceptance of the CNG Compressor  

       Station at City of Laredo Fuel Distribution Center (Design/Build Project) and approval

       of the final payment in the amount of $170,785.00 to Reliant Energy, Houston, Texas. 

       Funding is available in the Fleet Management Capital Outlay Buildings.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the sole bidder, Cutler Repaving,  

       Inc., Lawrence, Kansas, in the bid amount of $479,484.30 for the 2002-2003 Street   

       Recycling Project (204.5 blocks).  The cost per block is approximately 10% less than  

       last year.  Funding is available in the Infrastructure Maintenance Street

       Materials/Cutler Repaving Account.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) for the Existing Land Use

 Assessment for Laredo, TX.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization has budgeted  

 $80,000.00 for the project.  Funding is available in the MPO Account.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  To authorize the City Manager to waive the parking fee for persons attending the

 Jamboozie Festival, and implementing a flat fee charge of $200.00 to the Streets of  

 Laredo Urban Mall Association for personnel costs, overtime and extra security for

 traffic and crowd control for the use of the parking facility from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.  

 on February 15, 2003.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a management contract with    

       First Transit, Inc., a Delaware corporation, for management of the city's transit system

       for a five year term beginning February 1, 2003, in accordance with the terms of the

       negotiated contract, the basic elements of which are set forth in the background section.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

           Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

           For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of nine Motorola motorcycle radios through the

 Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing  

 Program in the total amount of $34,232.50.  These radios will be installed on nine new

 motorcycles assigned to the Police Department.  Delivery is expected within sixty days. 

 Funding is available in the  Police Trust Fund.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to waive parking fees for the Riverfront

     Parking Lot area, west of Santa Maria Avenue, for persons attending the Jamboozie   

     Festival on February 15, 2003.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the  

       month of December 2002, represents a decrease of $33,041.49.  These adjustments are  

       determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

31.  Refund of property tax to the following taxpayers and companies:  

 

  a.  A refund in the amount of $734.73 payable to Ido and Nava Aharonson due to a Webb

County Appraisal District change of value. Cause #2002-1992,1992A.  Account #988-20001-040.                            

  b.  A refund in the amount of $768.20 payable to Sunglass Hut Trading Corp., due to an

            over payment for tax years 2001 and 2002. Account #801-20000-925.

c.  A refund in the amount of $608.23 payable to Washington Mutual c/o Lereta Corp.  due to an over payment. Account #442-00934-090.   

 d.  A refund in the amount of $791.76 payable to Sylvia Rendon due to a double payment.

            Taxes were paid by the bank and mortgage company. Account #991-50004-290.       

  e.  A refund in the amount of $1,247.64 payable to The Laredo National Bank due to a

double payment for 2002 taxes. Taxes were paid by the bank and by owner.  Account #970-40001-190.                                   

   f.   A refund in the amount of $902.48 payable to The Laredo National Bank due to a double payment for 2002 taxes. Taxes were paid by the bank and by owner. Account #970-20003-040.                        

 g.  A refund in the amount of $619.94 payable to The Laredo National Bank due to a double payment for 2002 taxes. Taxes were paid by the bank and Border Abstract.  Account #923-00028-552.                         

 h.  A refund in the amount of $714.52 payable to The Laredo National Bank due to a double payment. Taxes were paid by the bank and the owner. Account #986-00007-505.       

 i.  A refund in the amount of $500.04 payable to Eliseo M. and Catalina Farias due to a  

     double payment by Mortgage Company and Owner. Account #949-50004-110.          

 j.  A refund in the amount of $2,364.75 payable to Luis and Jean Zaffirini due to a double

     payment by Abstract Company and Owner. Account #965-00005-009.

 k.  A refund in the amount of $660.11 payable to Juan Angel and Adriana C. Davila due to  double payment by Border Title and First Horizon. Account #923-00013-257.

 l.   A refund in the amount of $1,252.18 payable to Daniel L. Bell due to a double payment by Mortgage Company and Owner. Account #909-00022-370.       

 m.  A refund in the amount of $718.05 payable to International Bank of Commerce McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #970-00004-097.   

n.   A refund in the amount of $3,261.74 payable to International Bank of Commerce

McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce for tax year 1998 and 2002. Account #927-00014-296.

o.   A refund in the amount of $1,991.73 payable to International Bank of Commerce

McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #927-10002-120.       

p.   A refund in the amount of $748.51 payable to International Bank of Commerce McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #980-60003-440.   

q.   A refund in the amount of $1,011.75 payable to International Bank of Commerce

      McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #970-60011-030.       

r.    A refund in the amount of $1,161.57 payable to International Bank of Commerce

McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #437-00697-010.       

s.   A refund in the amount of $795.80 payable to International Bank of Commerce

 McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Webb County Title and  International Bank of Commerce. Account #442-00935-010.           

t.    A refund in the amount of $1,036.16 payable to International Bank of Commerce

     McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #549-01276-070.       

u.   A refund in the amount of $993.72 payable to International Bank of Commerce

McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of   Commerce.  Account #909-00016-418.     

v.     A refund in the amount of $816.10 payable to International Bank of Commerce McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #905-00048-030.   

w.     A refund in the amount of $1,205.77 payable to International Bank of Commerce

McAllen due to a double payment.  Account paid by Borde Title and International Bank of Commerce. Account #985-00003-170.     

x.      A refund in the amount of $1,699.10 payable to International Bank of Commerce

McAllen due to a double payment. Account was paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #970-60008-090.     

y.      A refund in the amount of $541.94 payable to International Bank of Commerce McAllen

    due to a double payment. Account was paid by Owner and International Bank of Commerce. Account #968-30002-050.     

z.       A refund in the amount of $1,017.05 payable to Neel Title Corporation due to a double

payment. Account paid by Neel Title Corporation and by Tax payer. Account #945-00851-423.                                 

 aa.       A refund in the amount of $701.15 payable to Juan Jose and Diana H. Vela due to a

    double payment. Account was paid by Border Abstract and Transamerican Real Estate Tax Service.  Account #969-30002-050.     

 bb.      A refund in the amount of $1,448.84 payable to Henry and Phyllis J. Colon due to a

double payment. Account was paid by Countrywide Mortgage Company and Owner.     Account #909-00681-116.                 

 cc.       A refund in the amount of $525.68 payable to the Laredo National Bank due to a double

   payment. Account was paid by the Laredo National Bank and Owner.  Account #923-

   00003-450.                         

 dd.      A refund in the amount of $1,107.97 payable to the Laredo National Bank due to

   double payment. Account paid by the Laredo National Bank and Owner.  Account #439-  

   00753-080.                          

 ee.       A refund in the amount of $1,933.97 payable to International Bank of Commerce due to

   a double payment. Account paid by Webb County Title and International Bank of   

      Commerce. Account #965-00002-002.

 ff.        A refund in the amount of $981.55 payable to International Bank of Commerce

 McAllen due to a double payment. Account paid by Border Title and International Bank   

 of Commerce. Account #945-00861-416.

 

                        Motion to approve.

 

          Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

                 For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

32.  A.  Presentation by Geoffrey Gay of Lloyd, Gosselink, Blevins, Rochelle, Baldwin &

Townsend, P.C., Attorneys at Law, regarding deregulation and the effects that it has 

caused.  A legislative agenda will also be presented.

 

 Geoffrey Gay stated that he has handled regulatory matters for approximately 25  

 years and has represented South Texas cities on rate cases for approximately 15 

 years.   He stated that he is recommending that the best way for the City to handle  

 deregulation would include creating a political subdivision corporation.  He

 commented that after  Senate Bill 7 passed in 1999, which permitted the breakup of

 the centralized utility system, cities learned that deregulation made no sense.   

 They have discovered that profits are going to each of the separate entities and this

 breakup has created a monstrous  bureaucracy known as ERCOT.  He added that 

 they have provided a better contract under CAP and STAP than the City could get   

 in the marketplace and they have provided savings against price to beat.  He stressed

 that deregulation has been a harassing obstacle for many City Managers throughout   

 the state.

 

 He stated that there is a resolution before the City Council this evening which      

 authorizes the City’s endorsement of the CAP and STAP agenda.  He added that this     

 is important in order to ensure that they have a place at the table on behalf of all the

 cities to speak on behalf of the consumers of the state and thus protect city budgets

 and be able to negotiate a more favorable result. 

 

XIV.    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.

 

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

reqards to deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property in the City of Laredo International Airport area, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and return to Open Session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in reqards to deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property in the City of Laredo International Airport area, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and return to Open Session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

XV.   ADJOURNMENT

 

 

City of Laredo

City Council Meeting

M2003-S-01

City Council Chambers

1110 Houston

Laredo, Texas  78040

January 27, 2003

5:30 p.m.

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.  Appointments to Commissions, Boards and Committees.

 

    a.  Appointment by Council Member Jose A.  Valdez, Jr. of Albert F.  Muller, Jr., to the

         Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Garcia

         For:     8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

    b.  Appointment by Council Member Jose A.  Valdez, Jr., of Greg Ebe to the Transportation

         and Traffic Safety Committee.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Garcia

         For:     8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

II.  General Council Discussions and Presentations

 

     A.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano.

 

Discussion with possible action to accept the Veteran’s Coalition design of the Veteran’s Monument and instruct the City Manager to find money for said monument. (co-sponsored by Council Member Jose A.  Valdez, Jr.)

 

Armando Hinojosa stated that he has been working with the members of the Veterans Coalition for the last four to five months reviewing different designs.  He displayed the two different designs that the coalition members had narrowed the choices to. 

 

Mayor Flores commented that in all the conflicts there have been women veterans.  She posed a question to Mr. Hinojosa as to how the Veterans Coalition plans to address that.  She emphasized that she feels the City needs to recognize all the veterans in an appropriate manner because this is the City’s opportunity to recognize all the people being honored.

 

Jesus Cantu stated that there is no record of any women being designated as Medal of Honor recipients. 

 

Motion to table.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

III.     Adjournment.

 

                Motion to adjourn.                                                                               Time:  8:30 p.m.

 

                Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

                For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

          I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained  

          in pages 01 to 20 are true, complete and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting 

          held on the 27th day of January, 2003.

 

 

                                                                                          ______________________________

                                                                                          Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                          City Secretary