CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2003-R-04

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

FEBRUARY 18, 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 A. Valdez, Jr.,                                                                  Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.                                                                City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

           

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of December 2, 2002 and January 7, 2003.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

            Second:  Cm.  Belmares

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

 

            None.

 

            Communiqués

 

Cm.  Garcia thanked individuals that participated in organizing the Gateway to Mexico Sports Clinic.  He also congratulated Frances Wawroski, President of the Pocahontas, for their presentation of Yemile M.  Guerra, Pocahontas, and her escort, Alejandro Garza.  He extended an invitation to the public to attend the Jalapeno Festival to be held on the 25th of February.

 

Cm.  Galo commended City staff for their assistance in all the current events being held in the month of February.  He also thanked all individuals who worked on securing the 2005 All Star Game for Laredo.

 

Cm.  Amaya thanked the Streets of Laredo Committee for organizing the Jamboozie.

 

Cm.  Ramirez also thanked the Streets of Laredo Committee for organizing the Jamboozie.

 

Mayor Flores congratulated the organizers of both the Jamboozie and the Poccahontas events.  She noted that the U. S. Conference of Mayors has finished their T-21 Legislative Platform.  She added that because of the hard work of Rene Gonzalez and the City’s Washington Consultants a very important piece of legislation was added into the recommendations.  She read the following addition:

 

“revise the borders and corridors program to increase overall funding from this

program to 520 million for each fiscal year from 2004 thru 2008 and require that 60% of these funds 312 million be provided for projects within 50 miles of the border and prioritized based on the volume of traffic crossings at the border points.”

 

Blasita Lopez, public Information Officer, announced the distribution of the City of Laredo’s tabloid called “Laredo”.  She explained that 5,000 copies were printed and they would be available to constituents, businesses, and legislators.  The quarterly report will include information from the Mayor, City Manager, and City Council Members.  The tabloid will also feature different City departments and the services they provide.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Appointment by Council Member Alfredo Agredano of Martha L. Martinez to the   

                 Laredo Women's Commission.

 

                Motion to approve.

 

                Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                For:     7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano joined the meeting at 6:02 p.m.

 

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 $94,409.00                  from the South Texas Development Council for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities                for Persons with AIDS Project (HOPWA) of the City of Laredo Health Department for           the period beginning February 1, 2003 through January 31, 2004.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a  

                 grant from Texas Parks & Wildlife in the amount of $75,200.00 with a 20% local match            from Community Development Block Grant for the construction of a portion of the                         Chacon Creek Trail and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2002-2003 Capital                    Improvements Projects Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues of $94,000.00                     from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Grant ($75,200.00) and a contribution from                                       Community Development ($18,800.00) and appropriating expenditures in the amount of                 $94,000.00 for the construction of a portion (7,000 linear feet) of the Chacon Creek Hike              and Bike Trail.

 

                 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.  Galo

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

                 City of Laredo's FY 2002-2003 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions by creating                      twenty-four (24) Firefighter/Cadet positions for Fire Station #14 located at Cielito Lindo                Subdivision.

 

                 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

 

4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into an  

Adopt-A-Park agreement with community organizations for the purpose of gaining active support from the community in beautifying our city parks and authorizing the City Manager to accept $3,000.00 donations yearly and/or improvements in lieu of from organizations participating in the Adopt-A-Park program and amend the City Of Laredo Fiscal Year 2003 General Fund budget by appropriating $18,000 in revenues and appropriating $18,000 in expenditures for yearly maintenance and improvements at adopted park sites.

 

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 contents of Section 24-63.2,

Section 24-65.14, and Appendix A, of the Laredo Land Development Code, in order to establish regulations and performance standards governing amusement redemption machine establishments; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment including two revisions.

 

     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.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 12.41 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A", located east of McPherson Road and north of University Park Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family Residential Area) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 1.05 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A," located east of McPherson Road and north of International Boulevard, from R-2 (Multifamily Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 1.01 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A," located east of McPherson Road and south of Shiloh Commercial Subdivision, from R-2 (Multifamily Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 721, Block 44, and Lot 1, Block 44A, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, Section 2-A, Area "C", located at 555 Del Mar Boulevard, from RS (Residential Suburban District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2000-O-012

authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit to Ricardo Paredes for a welding shop on Lot 1, Block 22, Moreno Addition, located at 1417 Harding Avenue, by renewing the terms of the Conditional Use Permit; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed permit renewal.

 

       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 to renew for five years and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

 

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

City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit to the City of Laredo for the International Bridge I facility on all of Blocks L, M, N, and 21 and Lots 6C, 7C, 8C, 9C & 10, Block 22, Western Division and that portion of Water Street between Juarez Avenue and Flores Avenue and that portion of Convent Avenue between Ventura Street and Zaragoza Street, and that portion of Salinas Avenue between Ventura Street and Water Street commonly known as International Bridge I; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed permit.

 

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.  Ramirez

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Ramirez

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 20.70 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A," located west of McPherson Road between Monarch Drive and San Isidro Parkway, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 8.22 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A," located east of McPherson Road and south of San Isidro Parkway, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

14.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 12 Article IV of the Code

Of Ordinances City of Laredo, Texas by adding Section 6 to waive the Fee of $45.00 for request for foster home fire inspection services and life safety inspections, within the corporate limits of the City of Laredo, Texas; providing for publication and effective date.

 

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:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

                   Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding traffic control on Highway 59 during

     the WBCA Carnival and Jalapeño Festival events for residents of Heritage Park,  

     Fiesta Loop and San Jose.    

 

Tony Garcia, Traffic Department, reported that City staff has been working with TxDOT in order to gain approval of utilizing the shoulder lane on Highway 59 during the WBCA Carnival and Jalapeno Festival. 

 

Chief Dovalina assured Council that the Police Department has been pro-active in assuring that the traffic flow will be safe and smooth for area residents and individuals visiting the WBCA Carnival and Jalapeno Festival.

 

                    B.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on the status of the traffic study for Buena Vista

     area.

 

     Motion to table.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on the activation of the traffic light at San

     Francisco and Jefferson.     

 

Tony Garcia, Traffic Department, noted the light will be activated the first week of March. 

                       

                   C.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on expediting the process for the Bartlett

     extension project to create much needed relief for McPherson and Loop 20 North 

     and South traffic circulation during peak traffic hours.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, said that he has been working with the developer for that area.  He said that they have discussed partnering with them to get the roadway constructed and extended through there to make the tie to Jacaman complete.  It is a project that is included in the Capital improvement Plan.  He noted that the City must identify the revenues.  The developer will absorb the cost of the engineer going to the roadway and the City’s cost will be the construction.  He added that all the detail have not yet been discussed. 

 

Motion to continue negotiating with the developer for expediting the process for the Bartlett extension and search for funding to complete the project.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

16.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Texas Migrant Council for

approximately 1,600 square feet constituting Suite 8 of Building 134 located at 4603 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for two (2) years commencing on November 1, 2002 and ending on October 31, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $1,850.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the consumer price index; providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

17.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Texas Migrant Council Child

Care Management Services (CCMS) for approximately 5,732 square feet of office space constituting Suites 1, 3, 4 and 5 of Building No. 134 located at 4603 Maher Avenue.  Lease term is for two (2) years commencing on December 1, 2002 and ending on November 30, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $5,732.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the consumer price index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

18.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Gearbuck Aviation Services for   

approximately 400 square feet constituting Building No. 124 located at 4603 Maher Avenue-Rear at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on February 1, 2003 and ending on January 31, 2006.  However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a thirty (30) day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $500.00 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-036, # 2003-O-037, # 2003-O-039, # 2003-O-040, # 2003-O-040, # 2003-O-041, and, # 2003-O-042.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-036  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2002-2003 NPDES Fund Budget by

appropriating the opening balance.  The amendment will draw down $136,663.00 from the NPDES unaudited opening balance and appropriate said funds.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-036.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez
Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-037  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 Annual Budget in the amount of

$115,000.00 and appropriating such sum from a grant awarded to the City of Laredo Utilities Department by the Environmental Protection Agency. Funds will be used to partially pay the cost of a Vulnerability Assessment of the water system.  (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-037.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez
Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-038  Amending Section 13-39, Fees, of Division 2 License, of Article II, Food

Products Establishments of Chapter 13 (d), Food and Food Products, of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances to exempt the fee of $25 .00 for request for inspection services for foster homes;  providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-038.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez
Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

2003-O-039  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Washington's

Birthday Celebration Association, Inc., for approximately fifteen (15.0) acres of concrete ramp located on the southwest cargo ramp of the Air operations area of the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for two (2) days commencing on February 22, 2003 and ending on February 23, 2003.  City Council finds and declares that a valid public purpose would be served in setting the daily rental fee at $1.00; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-039.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez
Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-040  Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping,

Standing or Parking, Section  19-364 (2), restricted parking areas,  of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo, to exclude the 600 block of Farragut Street as a No Parking Anytime/Tow Away Zone providing for effective date and publication.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-040.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez
Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-041  Closing as public easement that section of the 1100 block of India Avenue

between Guadalupe and Chihuahua Streets situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-041.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez
Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-042  Closing as public easements the following street sections:

 

a.  The 100 block of North Seymour Avenue between Mercer and Green  

     Streets.

b.  The 100 block of North Loring between Mercer and Green Streets;

Situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, county of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-042.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez
Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

20.  2003-R-014  Consideration to  authorize the City Manager to sell one (1) 1988 GMC

extended cab pick-up truck in the amount of $1,000.00 to the Fire Department of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, and to donate one (1) 1990 unsalvageable Chevrolet Corsica to the Volunteer Fire Department of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.

 

Motion to approve Resolution #2003-R-014.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

21.  2003-R-016  Accepting the donation of the "Surface Only" of a 22.17 acres, more or

less, parcel of land as a Drainage Easement from the Texas Mexican Railway Company for the construction of enhanced drainage improvements in the City Landfill area.  Said parcel of land being situated in Porcion 31, Jose Trevino Abstract 3116, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A," as a strip of land containing 22.17 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 31, Jose Trevino Abstract 3116, Webb County, Texas.  Being out of that certain 200.00 acre tract owned by the Texas Mexican Railway Co. dated November 30, 1976, and recorded in Volume 526, Page 16, Deed Records, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-016.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

22.  2003-R-017  Authorizing the City Manager to submit to the United States Foreign-

Trade Zones Board an application for a temporary boundary modification on behalf of Transmaritime, Inc., requesting a transfer of Foreign-Trade Zone designation status from the Laredo International Airport known as Site No. 1 to the Transmaritime, Inc., facility to be designated as Site No. 9.  The temporary boundary modification, if approved by the Foreign-Trade Zones Board, will transfer Foreign-Trade Zone status (designation only) of one (1) acre from the Laredo International Airport, Site No. 1 to the Transmaritime, Inc., facility located at 22219 Mines Road.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-017.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

23.  Consideration to change the regularly scheduled City Council meeting of March 17,

       2003 to March 24, 2003 due to the annual trip to Washington, D.C.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a five (5) year Collective Bargaining

Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Officers Association effective October 1, 2002 through September 30, 2007.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a contract with Recycle America for

       recycling computers and other e-waste collected from two e-waste collection events.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration for approval of consultant and of a professional services contract with

Foster Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $21,000.00 for surveys, design and preparation of plans and specifications for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 21 (30 Blocks).  Funding is available in the Community Development Block Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration for approval of consultant and of a professional services contract with

TEC Engineers & Consultants, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $21,000.00 for surveys, design and preparation of plans and specifications for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 22 (30 Blocks).  Funding is available in the Community Development Block Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration for approval of consultant and of a professional services contract with

Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $18,900.00 for surveys, design and preparation of plans and specifications for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 23 (27 Blocks).  Funding is available in the Community Development Block Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration for approval of consultant and of a professional services contract with

Harry Jewett Associates, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $21,000.00 for surveys, design and preparation of plans and specifications for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 24 (30 Blocks).  Funding is available in the Community Development Block Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 a decrease of $6,285.75 for the

balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 19B, and approval of final payment in the amount of $57,479.45 to Triple A Concrete, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $205,522.25.  Funding is available in the Community Development Block Grant - Sidewalks.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $46,860.50 to the

construction contract with Cutler Repaving, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas, for the 2002-2003 Street Recycling Project (204.5 blocks) to add approximately eight (8) blocks of McPherson Avenue from Saunders Street north to Canal Street to the recycling project and to add five (5) working days to the construction contract time.  Funding is available in the  McPherson Widening Project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to approve the selection of a consultant for the Eleden Recreational

Facility and to authorize staff to negotiate a professional services contract with the selected consultant.  Funding is available in the Eleden Recreation Center Project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Consideration to award a professional services contract to Drash Consulting Engineers,

Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $42,755.00 to provide laboratory, sampling and testing services of materials for quality control for the Laredo International Airport Northeast Cargo Apron and Access Road.  Funding is available in Grant #32, Cargo Apron Testing Fees.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract and to award 27th Action Year

Community Development Block Grant Funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $50,000.00 to the Laredo Homeless Coalition, Inc., for the rehabilitation of the building located at 815 Hidalgo owned by the Bethany House to include repairs to the existing roof structure, plumbing, electrical system, and other general improvements contingent upon final environmental clearance from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract and award 2002 Emergency Shelter

Grant Funds (ESG) made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $30,000.00 to Bethany House for Homeless Prevention Assistance.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract and award 2002 Emergency Shelter

Grant Funds (ESG) made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $75,000.00 to the The Laredo Homeless Coalition for shelter operations of a Homeless Shelter and $45,000.00 for the rehabilitation of the same for a total of $120,000.00 contingent upon final clearance from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a professional services contract with

Montgomery Watson Harza in the amount of $238,173.00 for a Vulnerability Assessment of infrastructure security for the water system. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

month of January 2003, represents an increase of $21,418.48.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

a.  A refund in the amount of $729.02 payable to Raul & Zulema Salazar due to a

    double  payment for the year 2002. International Bank of Commerce and Border 

    Title both paid. Account #969-40001-080.

b.  A refund in the amount of $541.42 payable to Chase Manhattan Mortgage/Loan 

Transfer, Attn: Suzanne Oaks.  Payment was applied to the wrong account.  Account #107-00316-011.

c.  A refund in the amount of $528.39 payable to Countrywide Home Loans Attn:

Tax Dept-SV24 due to a double payment. Account was paid by Countrywide and by owner.  Account #985-40004-120.

d.  A refund in the amount of $649.45 payable to Countrywide Home Loans/Attn:

     Tax  Dept-SV24 due to a double payment. Account was paid by Countrywide 

     and by owner.  Account #439-00789-070.

e.  A refund in the amount of $1,929.12 payable to Countrywide Home Loans/Attn:

Tax Dept-SV24 due to a double payment. Account was paid by Countrywide and by owner.  Account #927-10009-090.

f.  A refund in the amount of $897.06 payable to Countrywide Home Loans/Attn:

Tax Dept-SV24 due to a double payment. Account was paid by Countrywide and by owner.  Account #991-20003-210.

g.  A refund in the amount of $1,030.23 payable to Countrywide Home Loans/Attn:                  

    Tax Dept-SV24 due to a double payment. Account was paid by Countrywide and 

     by owner.  Account #987-20001-100.

h.  A refund in the amount of $2,398.68 payable to Countrywide Home Loans/Attn:

Tax Dept-SV24 due to a double payment. Account was paid by Countrywide and  

by owner.  Account #439-00783-030.

i.  A refund in the amount of $641.63 payable to Countrywide Home Loans/Attn:

Tax Dept-SV24 due to a double payment. Account was paid by Countrywide and 

by owner.  Account #989-00001-260.

j.  A refund in the amount of $610.89 payable to Countrywide Home Loans/Attn:

Tax Dept-SV24 due to a double payment. Account was paid by Countrywide and  

Webb Title.   Account #980-30002-103.

k.  A refund in the amount of $810.87 payable to Countrywide Home Loans/Attn:

Tax Dept-SV24 due to a double payment. Account was paid by Countrywide and Border Title.  Account #985-60005-360.

l.  A refund in the amount of $551.84 payable to Joshua & Laura Gallagher. 

    Account was paid in error by Mrs. Gallagher.  Account #983-30001-060.

                        m.  A refund in the amount of $627.23 payable to ABN Amro Mortgage Group, Inc. 

                 Account was paid by Amro Mortgage and owner. Account #549-01268-040.

n.  A refund in the amount of $2,687.97 payable to Laredo National Bank. Account

     was paid in error by Laredo National Bank.  Account #968-81001-010.

o.  A refund in the amount of $707.14 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax. 

     Account was paid by Border Abstract and Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax. Account

     #909-00022-368.

p.  A refund in the amount of $629.90 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax. 

Account was paid by Border Abstract and Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax.  Account #980-60003-080.

q.  A refund in the amount of $623.09 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax.  

     Account was paid by owner and Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax. Account #969-

     30008-280.

r.  A refund in the amount of $1,714.36 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax 

    Account was paid by Neel Title Company & Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax. 

    Account #983-00003-220.

s.  A refund in the amount of $1,030.70 payable to Avelino Cisneros, Jr. & Diana

    Cisneros. The taxes were paid by  Border Title and Nets Electronic. Account   

   #909-40003-110.

t.  A refund in the amount of $714.52 payable to Luis R. Delgado & Ethel E.

    Rodriguez. Both the tax payer and the mortgage company paid on this account.  

    Account #986-00007-504.

u.  A refund in the amount of $753.49 payable to Ricardo & Annabell Perales. 

     Account was paid by Neel Title Company & GMAC Mortgage. Account #909-

     00038-644.

v.  A refund in the amount of $1,463.47 payable to Rene Fernando & Melissa Y. 

     Cruz.  Account was paid by Owner and Fifth Third Bank. Account #991-00014 –

     050.

w.  A refund in the amount of $666.10 payable to Henri David & Jo Ann Kahn. 

Account was paid by Owner and 1st Nationwide Mortgage.  Account #970-10006-020.

x.  A refund in the amount of $5,462.28 payable to International Bank of Commerce

    due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by Appraisal

    Review Board. Clerical Error 25.25 (D) Appraised value exceeds by more than 

    one-third the corrected appraised value. Supp. 6 Cause #2002-8264.  Account

    #801-09022-104.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the City, pursuant to his or her duty under Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to consult privately with his or her client on an item on the agenda, or on a matter arising out of such item.

 

40.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code  551.071 (1) (A) to

consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation, namely, Civil Action No. L02 CV 21, City of Laredo, Texas v. United States General Services Administration; Administrator Stephen A. Perry, in his official and individual capacities; et. al.; in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division; and Cause No. 2002-CVQ-001309-D2; City of Laredo, Texas v. Texas Transportation Commission; Commissioner of Transportation, John W. Johnson, in his official and individual capacities; et al; in the 111th District Court of Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code  551.071 (1) (A) to consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation, namely, Civil Action No. L02 CV 21, City of Laredo, Texas v. United States General Services Administration; Administrator Stephen A. Perry, in his official and individual capacities; et. al.; in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division; and Cause No. 2002-CVQ-001309-D2; City of Laredo, Texas v. Texas Transportation Commission; Commissioner of Transportation, John W. Johnson, in his official and individual capacities; et al; in the 111th District Court of Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

After Executive session Mayor  Flores announced that no formal action was taken.

 

XIV.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:

            Second:

            For:                                                      Against:                                                Abstain:

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2003-S-02

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

FEBRUARY 18, 2003

5:30 P.M.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

 

I.          GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            1.  A.  Request by Mayor Pro Temp Alfredo Agredano

 

1.  Discussion with possible action to accept the Veteran's Coalition recommendation for 

the Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients' monument as presented by Mr. Armando Hinojosa on January 27, 2003, with minor changes and instruct the City Manager to find money for said monument.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Gene Belmares and Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

Cm.  Agredano discussed questions in regards to the recommendations for the Hispanic Medal of Honor monument.  He noted the funds would be issued through the Third Party Funding.  He also stressed that at no point did the coalition have intentions of discriminating against any individual.  He stressed the coalition’s purpose was to simply honor individuals for their unyielding sacrifice. 

 

Cm.  Galo explained why he does not support being selective in honoring the Medal of Honor recipients for the monument.  He said he does not feel that it is in the City’s best interest to segregate the honorees for the monument.

 

Jesus Cantu, Webb County Administrative Officer, said that the Veteran’s Coalition is submitting suggestions for the monument; however, the final decision would be the City Councils.

 

Richard Geissler,, Vietnam Veteran, said that fourteen veteran groups from Laredo assembled together and agreed that the monument should honor the Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients.  He informed the Council that the WWII Veterans certainly deserve the recognition because of the way they were treated when they returned home after serving in the armed forces. 

 

Motion to accept the Veteran’s Coalition recommendations for the Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients as presented by Mr.  Armando Hinojosa on January 27, 2003.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

II.        PUBLIC HEARING

 

            2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2003             General Fund Budget and Contractual Obligations Fund by transferring $ 4,040,850.00                  from the General Fund Balance and appropriating it in the Contractual Obligation Fund.              The amendment will decrease $4,040,850.00 from the General Fund opening balance                           and appropriate a transfer out to the Contractual Obligations Fund.  This amendment of             the Contractual Obligations Fund will appropriate $4,040,850.00 for the Personal                    Property Finance Contractual Obligation is for the acquisition of automotive and                    machinery and equipment.

 

                 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.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

III.       RESOLUTION

           

            3.  2003-R-018  A resolution expressing official intent to reimburse the cost of $4,040,850                                 associated with the acquisition of automotive, machinery and equipment for                                  various City of Laredo departments.

 

                                       Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-018.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                       For:     8                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

IV.       EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

     regards 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 regards 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.

 

                 After executive session Mayor Flores announced that no formal action was taken.

 

 

V.        ADJOURNMENT                                                                             Time:  8:20 p.m.

 

 

      Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

            Second:  Cm.  Belmares

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0