CITY OF LAREDO

                                             CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                          M-2003-R-05

                                           CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                 LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                        MARCH 3, 2003

                                                              5:30 P.M.

 

 

 I.         CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Elizabeth G. 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 16, 2002 and January 13, 2003.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Ramirez not present.

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.   Recognizing the Laredo International Airport Air Traffic Controllers for reaching a milestone of ten (10) consecutive years without a single operational error.

 

Jose Flores, Airport Director, stated that this award was presented to the traffic controllers at the airport.  He mentioned that the Federal Aviation Administration stated that the business of air traffic brings different challenges in the form of complex traffic conditions.  He added that the personnel assigned to this airport rise to these challenges each and every day.   The employees who were recognized for their outstanding performance are: 

 

Robert Arredondo              Tower Chief                             6 years, 1 month of service

Angel Santiago, Jr.              Air Traffic Controller                18 years, 9 months of service

William Bowes                   Air Traffic Controller                8 years, 3 months of service

Laura Pena                         Air Traffic Controller                3 years, 10 months of service

Joe Corder                         Air Traffic Controller                1 year, 9 months of service      

 

b.   Recognition of Raul "Roy" Garcia, Community Development Department Code Enforcement Supervisor, on being selected as January 2003 City of Laredo Employee of the Month.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, presented Roy Garcia with a Certificate of Recognition  for the dedicated work in his position with Community Development as well as the volunteer work that he performs year round for the City. 

 

Communiqués

 

Cm. Galo publicly thanked Mayor Flores, colleagues, friends, and everyone for their prayers, donations, and thoughtfulness following the death of his mother. He especially thanked the EMS crew who responded so quickly and handled her with great care and attention and also the physicians at Mercy Hospital for their treatment of his mother on her trips to the hospital.  He also wanted to congratulate Ms. Pantoja for being named Laredo’s Big Twelve Indoor Champion in the 1000 meter run held in Nebraska last weekend. 

 

Cm. Garcia congratulated the United Longhorns for their successful basketball season this year.  He acknowledged the hard work of the outstanding coaching staff at United High School.  He also thanked Traffic Director Roberto Murillo and his staff for the assistance in improving traffic flow at the subdivisions off of Hwy. 59.  He mentioned that the police department maintained control of the traffic in the area as well.  He thanked City Manager Larry Dovalina for the presentation made before several government classes at Alexander High School.   He also thanked the City of Laredo for its support provided to the Border Olympics two-week long events. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Agredano stated that he attended the groundbreaking ceremony of Garcia Elementary.  He expressed his thanks to the Garcia Family for inviting him to speak at the ceremony.  He further stated that he hopes to see more public schools built in South Laredo in the future.

 

Mayor Flores commented on a news article that columnist Carlos Guerra from the San Antonio Express wrote on the Texas economy.  She stated that most Laredoans who have worked with federal and state governments have come to realize that there is a bigger picture to look at when considering our taxing system and budget shortfalls.  She read from the article which states that if we want Texas out of the bottom of the national rankings in economic, educational, environmental and related quality of life considerations, we need a taxing system that is efficient and fair. 

 

Cm. Ramirez joined the meeting at 6:05 p.m.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None.

           

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between the City of Laredo and U.S. Customs Service, Special Agent in Charge, San Antonio, Texas for the purpose of receiving reimbursable costs for overtime resources for joint operational task forces.  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2002, through September 30, 2005.  These funds will be reimbursed to the City.  The total reimbursable overtime amount allowed is $13,000.00 per officer per fiscal year for seven narcotic officers (October-September).  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2002-2003 annual budget in the amount of $91,000.00.

 

      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.  Garcia

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

 

 

2.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2002-2003 annual budget in the amount of $47,458.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  Funding is available in the opening balance of the Narcotics Task Force Fund 224 and will be used to pay overtime benefits for the period beginning March 1, 2003 through May 31, 2003.

 

      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.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or Parking and Article X, impoundment of vehicles of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo; specifically Section 19-360, Parking Meters to extend the northern parking meter boundary from Moctezuma to Scott Street and 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:  Cm.  Galo

Second:   Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a Transit System budget amendment reducing the State operating grant transfer in the amount of $541,781.00 by $11,872.00 to $529,909.00 and increasing the transfer in sales tax amount from $3,825,955.00 by $11,872.00 to $3,837,827.00 for FY 2002-2003.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  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:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

5.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2002-2003 General Fund annual budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $189,888.00 from the Technology Fund fees collected by the Municipal Court.  Funds are being appropriated from the restricted opening fund balance and will be used to purchase the new software system for the Municipal Court.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $45,000.00 from the Texas Association of Local Health Officials (TALHO) for Bio-terrorism Consequence Management/Automated Disease Surveillance Pilot Project for the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2003 through August 31, 2003.

 

      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.  Galo

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 Water Availability Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues of $2,900,000.00 from the opening balance and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $2,900,000.00 for the Water Rights Acquisition.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo 

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

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.  Belmares

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s Full-Time Equivalent Positions by creating two (2) part-time with no benefits (.96 FTE) Community Service Aides positions at 19.21 hours each per week for the HIV Hepatitis C Screening Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period from September 1, 2002, through August 31, 2003.

 

      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.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s Full-Time Equivalent Positions by creating three (3) part-time with no benefits (1.44 FTE) Community Service Aides positions at 19.21 hours each per week in the HIV Prevention Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, funded by the Texas Department of Health.

 

      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.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 10.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s Full-Time Equivalent Positions by creating one (1) part-time with no benefits (.48 FTE) Community Service Aid position at 19.21 hours per week for 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.  Amaya

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 11.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s Full-Time Equivalent Positions by allocating one (.05 FTE) Chief of Public Health Education Division position and deleting one (.05 FTE) Public Health Technician position for the Mi Futuro (My Future) Abstinence Education Program of the City of Laredo Health Department from the October 1, 2002, through September 30, 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.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.    Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing an amendment to    the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) Fund for FY 2002-2003 Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $53,065.00 and authorizing the city manager to implement said budget.  

 

      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.  Garcia

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

13.   A.   Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.   Discussion with possible action regarding the implementation of a    traffic calming device at JSJ Estates and Springfield Road. 

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that he has provided City Council with several options to consider in order to mitigate the concerns from motorists exiting from JSJ Estates. 

 

Alternative # 1 would be to get rid of the obstruction, i.e. fence, and some of the landscaping without affecting the integrity of the roadway.

 

Alternative # 2 would be to relocate a portion of the fence and also shifting the traffic over one lane towards the west forcing the motorists to turn right.  However, motorists would not be allowed to make a left turn coming out of Jordan Drive. 

 

Alternative # 3 would be to maintain the existing right-of-way with the existing cross section of the road but reduce the northbound travel lane from two to one lane.

 

Alternative # 4 would be to eliminate the northbound right lane on Springfield and force the traffic right when exiting Jordan Drive.

 

Alternative #5 would be to close both northbound lanes on Springfield and utilize the continuous left-turn lane as one northbound through lane. 

           

Cm. Belmares suggested that these recommendations be taken before the Transportation and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee, obtain some input from the residents along with some cost estimates and bring back the item in April.

 

2.   Discussion with possible action regarding left turn signal at Country  Club and McPherson.

     

                  Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, stated that McPherson Road only has two lanes in each direction without a left-turn lane.  He mentioned that when a left-turn lane has been introduced, problems surface in regards to timing.   He explained that the southbound left turn lane that is in place going into the subdivision was implemented several years ago.  He reported that they have completed a preliminary design for upgrading the intersection as part of the proposed project to widen McPherson Road.  He recommends that the City wait until it is implemented in conjunction with that widening project. 

 

3.   Discussion with possible action regarding the use of City baseball fields in District VI. 

 

                  Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that these lease agreements on the Little League came before City Council at the last meeting.   He mentioned that at the time these agreements were signed by the presidents of the Little League, he discussed with them the needed improvements to the field conditions.  He mentioned that some improvements needed include grading, seeding of turf, concrete foundations under the bleachers, lighting structures and shade structures for some of the fields.  He has submitted an estimate and they have come to an agreement as to what can be budgeted for this year and will be proceeding with those improvements that have been budgeted.

 

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

 

      1.   Discussion with possible action regarding the status of the proposed new COP’s stations. 

 

                  Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that there was an RFQ prepared for three COPS stations.  However, those  RFQ’s are on hold at the present time.  They were trying to get in touch with the engineers who worked on the other stations.  He stated that the company has since split up and he has not had a response on his inquiries made to the company.  He is suggesting that the City go out for new RFQ’s. 

 

Cm. Valdez, Jr. requested that the department needs to move forward on this matter and requested an update on this item in six weeks.

 

2.   Discussion with possible action regarding the drug and gun free zones.

 

      Police Chief Agustin Dovalina reported that the preparation involved for this ordinance has been a lengthy process.  He stated that there are a number of complexities regarding the actual mapping of the areas that would be affected by this particular ordinance.  He mentioned that the plan is to get started with the public schools first but some of the schools’ jurisdictions overlap to some degree.  He added that the group that is working on this project is in the process of reconciling the mapping criteria, etc. to get this project to a head in order to present the ordinance before City Council.  He stated that he is anticipating bringing back an ordinance to City Council within the next 30 days.

 

      Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. suggested that another individual that should be included in the discussions should be an employee from the Building Department in order to get an updated list as to who has been issued a new building permit. 

 

C.   Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.   Discussion with possible action on installing more lights at the Civic Center on the Garden Street side and replacing the south side lights.

 

      Cm. Ramirez mentioned that he had brought this item up before some time last year and he would like to see some reflector lights installed on the north side that would illuminate the parking lot area.

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, stated that his department had done an assessment and an evaluation on the current lighting.  The assessment includes a $5,500.00 cost estimate to be able to install additional lighting in this area.  This does not include any trenching or upgrading of transformers.  He stated that they could follow up with CP&L in order to obtain a proposal from them based on the assessment and secure funding for this project. 

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that he is willing to use discretionary funds once they obtain the proposal from CP&L and a final cost estimate.

  

   2.   Status report on the San Francisco Javier Project.

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that this is a four-month project and it is currently 20% complete.  He mentioned that the weather has been a factor in the construction progress.  The completion date will most likely have to be extended to June or July.  One issue that they discovered upon excavation of the area is that a concrete section of the piers from the old bridge was found five feet under the surface.  He stated they will need a cost estimate from Foster Engineering to partially remove that in order to accommodate the street area. 

 

3.   Discussion with possible action on the 911 service specifically on February 21st at 5:30 p.m. and on the failure to answer the main Police Station number of 795-2800.

 

      Police Chief Agustin Dovalina stated that he had his Communications Manager look into this concern and he has researched the number of calls received that Cm. Ramirez mentioned.

 

      James Dempsey, Communications Manager, stated that on the day in question, between the hours of 1714 and 1745, there were 19 “911” calls managed by three operators.  At the same time they received 16 calls at the 795-2800 number for a total of 35 calls in 31 minutes.  Of the four missed “911” calls, two of the callers were children.  The other caller was an adult that reported the same 10-50 on a car accident.  The fourth caller was a caller who accidentally dialed the speed dial button.  He added that each month, the Emergency Center averages roughly 12,900  911” calls and they manage 25,020 “800” calls.  He stated that the potential to miss a “911” call is there being that they manage the center with three operators.  He stated that e very year they have an average of 444,000 calls with twelve written complaints.  He mentioned that the safeguards work and he would certainly want every phone call to be picked up within one ring.  However, with the current staffing and the current volume of phone calls this is not possible. 

     

4.   Discussion with possible action on replacing trees at the Center for Arts on San Agustin and Water Streets between Convent and Flores. 

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that they have two requisitions being processed in order to replace trees in the downtown area.   He mentioned that one of the requisitions is for $8900.00 to replace all the dead trees around the Mercado.  The other requisition which this item pertains to is for the area around Zaragoza between Convent and Flores Streets.  He stated  that there is a concern with replacement of those particular trees due to the loading and unloading of supplies at that location.  He mentioned that of the trees that were there, some of the limbs had been broken by the vendors around that location.  He stated that the trees that he does plan to have replaced will be replaced during this month. 

        

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

14.       Internet Availability:   http://www.ci.laredo.tx.us

 

Motion to waive final reading of Ordinances # 2003-O-043; # 2003-O-044; # 2003-O-045; # 2003-O-046; # 2003-O-047; # 2003-O-048; # 2003-O-049; # 2003-O-050; # 2003-O-051; # 2003-O-052; # 2003-O-053; # 2003-O-054; # 2003-O-055; # 2003-O-056; # 2003-O-057; # 2003-O-058; # 2003-O-059; and # 2003-O-060.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-043  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-043.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-044    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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-044.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-045    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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-045.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-046    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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-046.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-047    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. 

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-047.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-048    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. 

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-048.

 

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-049    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. 

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-049.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-050    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. 

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-050.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-051    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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-051.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-052    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.  (As amended)

 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-052 with correction that “as amended” be added.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-053    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. 

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-053.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-054    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. 

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-054.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-055    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. 

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-055.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

 

2003-O-056    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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-056.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-057    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.

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-057.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-058    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.

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-058.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-059    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.

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-059.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-060    Amending the City Of Laredo fiscal year 2003 General Fund Budget and Contractual Obligations Fund by transferring $ 3,989,300 from the General Fund Balance and appropriating it in the Contractual Obligation Fund.  The amendment will decrease  $3,989,300 from the General Fund opening balance and appropriate a transfer out to the Contractual Obligations Fund.  Amending the Contractual Obligations Fund to appropriate $ 3,989,300 for the Personal Property Finance Contractual Obligation for the purpose of acquisition of automotive and machinery and equipment. (As Amended)

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-060.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

15.  2003-R-019        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of 0.0344 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, from Rafael Hernandez, as a Utility Easement, for the State Highway 359 Water Transmission Line Extension Project.  Said parcel of land being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”.

 

Being a tract of land containing 0.0344 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Antonio Trevino, Original Grantee, Webb County, Texas. Said 0.0344 acre tract being out of Tract A-4, Tanquecitos Partnership II, called to contain 1.0 acre as per deed dated October 3, 1994, and recorded in Volume 252, Pages 096-099, Official Public Records of Webb County, Texas, said Tract A-4 being out of a 433.1399 acre tract conveyed by J. C. Martin, Jr. to Jose M. Azios, Trustee by deed dated August 31, 1980, and recorded in Volume 624, Pages 293-303 of the Webb County Deed Records.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-019.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

16.  2003-R-020         Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a parcel of land from Hurd Ranch Company Ltd., as a Utility Easement, consisting of: Tract H5-E1- a 0.0298 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land, Tract H5-E2- a 0.2804 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land, and Tract H5-E3- a 0.0551 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land; for the State Highway 359 Water Transmission Line Extension Project.  Said three tracts of land being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibits “A, B & C”, respectively.

 

Tract H5-E1- Being a tract of land containing 0.0298 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Antonio Trevino, Original Grantee, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.0298 acre tract being out of the Hurd Enterprises Ltd., Tract H-5 called to contain 2855.039 acres as per deed recorded in Volume 1219, Page 762, Real Property Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Tract H5-E2- Being a tract of land containing 0.02804 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Antonio Trevino, Original Grantee, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.02804 acre tract being out of the Hurd Enterprises Ltd., Tract H-5 called to contain 2855.039 acres as per deed recorded in Volume 1219, Page 762, Real Property Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Tract H5-E3- Being a tract of land containing 0.0551 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Antonio Trevino, Original Grantee, Abstract 296, Webb County,Texas.  Said 0.0551 acre tract being out of the Hurd Enterprises Ltd., Tract H-5 called to contain 2855.039 acres as per deed recorded in Volume 1219, Page 762, Real Property Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

17.  2003-R-021         Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.0309 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, from Jose R. Sanchez and Feliciana Sanchez, as a Utility Easement, for the State Highway 359 Water Transmission Line Extension Project.  Said parcel of land being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”.

 

Being a tract of land containing 0.0309 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 32,  Antonio Trevino, Original Grantee, Abstract 296, Webb Webb County, Texas. Said 0.0309 acre tract being out of Lot 28 as per deed of January 19, 1988, recorded in Volume 18, Page 607, of the Real Property Records of Webb County, Texas, said Lot 28 being out of Lot 7 of Los Altos Subdivision as per plat of August 14, 1985 recorded in Volume 4, Page 52, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-021.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

18.  2003-R-022         Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-022.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

19.  2003-R-023         Accepting a twelve-foot wide Sanitary Sewer Line Easement from the Texas Mexican Railway Company for the colonias located outside and East of the City limits of the City of Laredo.  Said Sanitary Sewer Line being approximately six miles in length and situated West of Loop 20 and East to the Tanquecitos Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as delineated on attached Exhibit “A.”

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-023.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

20.  2003-R-024          Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the Santa Rita Park Project.  Said parcel being Lot 9, Block 11, Santa Rita Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and being delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/ or inability to locate the listed owner.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-024.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

21.    Consideration to post agenda on Friday, March 21st for regular City Council meeting of Monday, March 24th, due to annual Washington trip.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

22.    Consideration to approve the selection of Architect Plus, Inc., Laredo, Texas, 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.  Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

23.    Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $50,000.00 to the professional services contract with ASD Art, Inc., (Armando Hinojosa, Artist/Sculptor) Laredo, Texas, for additional design features to the original contract to the Veteran’s Coalition Committee.  The construction of the Parks and Recreation Department Warehouse/Storage Building Project under the CIF Fund will be deferred for a future date to provide funding for this amendment.  Funding is available in the Veteran’s Monument Project.

 

Julian Delgado spoke against the monument paying tribute only to one particular race. 

        

         Motion to approve.

 

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

24.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of approximately 2,000 net acre-feet of water rights from Presidio Valley Farms in Presidio, Texas, for the sum of $2,900,000.00.

 

         Motion to approve.

        

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

25.    Consideration to award contract FY03-042 to the low bidder, Ferrara Firefighting, Apparatus, Inc., New Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $56,289.50 for the purchase of protective clothing (bunker gear) for the Fire Department.  The clothing includes fifty protective suits for conventional fire fighting situations.  The proposed gear meets all the standards all of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Funding is available in the 2003 PPFCO Contractual Obligation bond.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

26.    Consideration to award contract FY03-025 to National Reimbursement Services (NRS)  Inc., Houston, Texas, for providing billing services for the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) operation.  NRS will be responsible for obtaining reimbursement services provided by our EMS Division utilizing their expertise in deal- ing with Medicare and private insurance companies.  In addition, they are required to provide, at no cost to the City, new and specialized computer equipment for each ambulance crew with docking stations for these computers at the fire stations and both hospitals.  The term of this contract is for a three-year period with options to renew for three additional one-year terms.  NRS will charge the City 10% of all collections received as a result of their billing services.  It is anticipated that with the services provided by NRS the City’s collection rate will increase approximately twenty percent.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

        

27.    Consideration to award contract number FY03-027 to the low bidder Mr. Camera, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $20,534.00 for the purchase of photographic film and $25,638.00 for film processing.  A base price has been established for a twelve-month period for the purchase of 35mm and Polaroid films and photo development services for all City departments.  The majority of the film will be purchased by the Police Department, Community Development, Parks and Recreation, Environmental Engineering and Building Services Departments.  Funding is available in their respective budgets.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

         For:     7                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                        Cm.  Ramirez

 

 28.   Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY99-124 awarded to UTW Tire Collection Services, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated of $28,000.00 for the renewal and disposal of tires at the City landfill.  The City has a renewal option for one additional year.  Staff estimates that approximately 260 tons of tires will be removed, however this contract is  based on actual tons of tires removed and disposed from the landfill.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste budget.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

29.    Consideration to award annual contracts (FY03-030) to the low bidders Fleetpride, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $35,820.48; Rush Truck Center, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $27,628.16; A & A Automotive Supplies, San Antonio, Texas, in the base amount of $17,196.10; and O’Reilly Auto Parts, Springfield, MI, in the base amount of $9,8120.05, for the purchase of general repair parts.  These replacement parts will be purchased on an as needed basis for all City fleet vehicles.  The contract items include oil/fuel filters, front end parts, hoses, clamps, belts, lamps/bulbs, service lubricants, and brakes.  Funding is available in the  Fleet Maintenance budget.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

30.    Consideration to award contract FY03-041 for the purchase of dealer repair parts for the vehicle fleet:  Sames Motor Company, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $70,000.00; Paul Young, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $25,000.00; and North Park Lincoln, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $20,000.00.  All parts will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the  Fleet Maintenance budget.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

31.    Consideration to authorize the City to negotiate a contract with InCode Invision, Lubbock, Texas, to provide a comprehensive software package for the Municipal Court operations.  Two vendors submitted proposals for consideration and after various site visits and demonstrations staff is recommending that InCode InVision be selected.  The negotiated contract will be presented to City Council at a subsequent meeting for final approval.  Funding is available in the Municipal Court budget.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

32.    Consideration to award annual service contract number FY03-037 to the lowest bidder, Star Operations, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $400,000.00 for the furnishing of materials, machinery and equipment, labor and all other services necessary for the maintenance of street lights (not maintained by AEP/CPL) and traffic light signals and street lights and for installation, construction and underground work, for new and/or upgraded traffic signals and for the installation and maintenance of street lights.  This contract also contains provisions for the City departmental electrical service projects and repairs.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

33.    Consideration to approve change order No. 3 for the net decrease of $27,494.50 to Lambda Construction Company for the Jefferson Street High Pump Station construction project.  Decrease in contract is due to the effective use of existing 48” butterfly valve on hand instead of purchasing new valve.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

34.    Consideration to fund an additional year of the contract with the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association for $77,397.53 to cover the cost of the 2003 program.  The program, which will run through December 2003, provides coverage of the entire surface of Webb County.  The City will guarantee the full payment of the program and will collect donations and other commitments from the county government and residents to defray the cost.  Funds for this project come from the Water Availability Fund.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

35.   Consideration to award annual contract FY03-033 to the low bidder meeting specifications, Laurel Battery, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $29,557.80 for the purchase of automotive batteries for the City’s fleet.  This contract will be for a period of one year.  Since no battery inventory is maintained at the maintenance facility, all batteries are purchased on an as needed basis.  The City did receive lower bids from another vendor; however, the batteries proposed by this vendor did not meet the minimum acceptable cranking amps or the reserve capacity rating required by the City.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

36.    Consideration to award contract number FY02-135 to Motorola Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $1,117,233.00 and H.T.E., Inc., Lake Mary, Florida in the amount of $462,195.65 for the procurement of a mobile data communications system for the Police Department.  The system will utilize a notebook or laptop computer and an automated vehicle location (AVL) system integrated as part of the mobile data system’s vehicular terminal.  Motorola, Inc., will be responsible for the design and installation of the communication system, which includes seventy-five mobile terminals that will be installed on patrol and detective vehicles.  H.T.E. will provide the automated vehicle location (AVL) system, which will provide real-time, fleet monitoring and mapping display including all associated hardware.  H.T.E. will provide the interface with the City’s existing computer aided dispatch (CAD) system and the data terminals.  Funding is available in the Special Police Program Grant.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

37.    Consideration to authorize the purchase of sixty Motorola portable radios through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $192,675.23.  Delivery is expected within sixty days.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund budget.  

 

         Motion to approve.

 

 

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

38.    Authorizing the selection of a consultant and to enter negotiations for the Existing Land Use Assessment for Laredo, TX.  The consultant recommended for selection is Alliance-Texas Engineering Company.  The MPO has budgeted $80,000 for this project using federal planning grant (PL112) funds, pending an internal line item transfer.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

        

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

 
 

A.   Presentation on the plan of Finance by Noe Hinojosa of Estrada-Hinojosa & Co.,  

       Financial Consultants, on a proposed sale of various issues including a personal  

       Property Finance Contractual Obligation and Certificate of Obligation Bond  

       Issues.

 

       Motion to postpone.

 

       Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

       Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

       For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

B.  Presentation by Killis P. Almond, FAIA of Killis Almond & Associates on the Plaza Theatre Feasibility Study.

 

                           Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director,  stated that what the department has done is hire a professional to provide some direction to the City as to what could be done with the historic Plaza Theatre.  He stated that Mr. Almond has extensive experience in working with rehabilitation of old theatres and converting them into current uses. 

 

Killis P. Almond provided a brief summary of recommendations to the City Council.  He stated that the initial investigation was to determine the feasibility of rehabilitating the theatre as a venue for live performing arts.  He reported that the study included a needs assessment workshop, an architectural condition assessment, a market assessment, a use program and building program, as well as a resource analysis and implementation plan which were included in the study.  He added that in order to serve the full spectrum of community needs and be operationally viable, the facility will need to be able to rent, present, exhibit and host a variety of programming.  He stated that the theatre will have to be a very flexible, multi-purpose venue.  Management will have to be very proactive in developing programming.  He said that one of the smallest costs is the restoration costs in contrast to the operational costs involved over an extended period of time.  He estimates that the total cost of construction for either a single theatre or two theatre concept is $5 million.  This is based on current construction costs and includes fees, permits and insurance; furniture and office allowance; rehab and escalation contingency; and theatre equipment allowance.  He stated that he recommends government funding, as well as financing from foundations, corporations, individuals, and special event projects for this project. 

 

C.   Presentation by Jessica L. Hein, City Manager's Office, regarding status  

       of 2002-2003 Capital Improvements Program (CIP).

 

Jessica L. Hein made a presentation before City Council.

 

     

PROJECTS COMPLETED

 

·        Laredo International Fire and Law Enforcement Training Center

o       Phase I - $6,035,857 (Phase II $1,397,723, 80%, piping and props)

o       Purchase of Additional Land - $950,000

 

·        Laredo Entertainment Center - $35 M

 

·        Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Facility - $477,146

 

·        Eistetter Park $ 552,279

 

·        Street Projects

o       Del Mar Widening – Fenwick to McPherson - $1,041,922

o       McPherson Road Widening – Phase II - $697,820

o       Jacaman Road/Sinatra Extension - $2,717,561

o       Jacaman Road Extension (Porras) - $674,000

 

·        Sidewalk Projects

o       Projects #19a, b, and c, and 20 - $735,408 (see list)

 

PROJECTS UNDER DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION

 

·        Airport Projects

o       Landside Improvements Phase “E”  - $5,428,521- 90%

o       Access Roads - $1,342,487 – 25%

o       Northeast Cargo Apron - $4,755,652 – 25%

 

·        Traffic Projects

o       Traffic Signals

§         Lafayette/San Francisco – pending TxDOT approval

§         Jefferson/San Francisco – construction complete – mid-March

§         Saunders/Paul Young Driveway – pending design – December

§         Market/Stone – under design – May

§         Del Mar/McPherson Drive (upgrade) – under design – May

§         Cielito Lindo/US 83 – under construction – July

 

·        Parks

o       Santa Rita Parka - $435,252 – 3%

o       Dryden Park Improvements - $84,437 – 90%

o       Eastwoods Park - $162,870 – 43%

o       Inner City Park - $2,546,000 – 0%

o       Lafayette Linear Park - $248,808 – 80%

o       South Laredo Park - $182,963 – 80%  (Phase II $300,000 additional recreational amenities)

 

·        Rio Grande Ecosystem Restoration

o       $700,000 – 90% Feasibility & Design

o       $1,079,000 – Land In-Kind Match

o       (2004 - $1,302,000 – Army Corps of Engineers – construction)

 

·        Streets

o       San Francisco Xavier Road – 20% - $618,791

o       Santa Maria Reconstruction – 98% - $1,235,000

o       Rancho Viejo Widening – 95% - $95,000

 

·        Sidewalk Projects

o       Project #18 – 30% - $82,662 (see attachment)

 

·        Utilities

o       Colonias Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

 

·        Centro Iturbide – 7% - $1,186,328

 

·        New Municipal Court Building – 96% -$3,001,141

 

·        Drainage Projects

o       McPherson Acres

 

2002  - Phase I: Drainage Ditch at Hidden Meadows, North of

Hillside Sudivision to Gale Street - $730,000

 

2003 – Phase II: Gale Street to 300 ft. North of Calle del Norte –

$400,000 – NPDES Fund Proposed C.O.

 

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

 

o       Tinaja/Chacon Creek Pilot Channel - $859,000 – land acquisition ongoing

 

 

·        Zacate Creek

o       Linear Park - $495,500 – construction of sidewalks – pending City approval

        Phases III, IV, and V

o             Drainage (Upper Reaches Pilot Channel)

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

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

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

 

PROJECT STATUS

 

·        Plaza Theatre Restoration

o       Transformation to community Center for performing arts

o       $325,000 feasibility study complete; pending City Council action

 

·        Land Acquisitions - $9,585,000

o       City Hall Annex – acquisition ongoing

o       Slaughter Farm – acquisition ongoing

o       New Landfill – land acquired

o       Parking Lot – partial acquisition; acquisition ongoing

 

·        Fire Station #14 at Cielito Lindo – awaiting receipt from RFQs sent out

 

·        El Portal Bridge I Re-design – pending City Council review – expect to begin construction July ’03 - $16.4

 

·        Intersection Reconstruction & Widenings (Transit Sales Tax

Fund Proposed C.O.)

o       Hillside/McPherson - $456,000

o       Hillside/Springfield - $386,000

o       Market/Bartlett - $50,000

o       Market/Meadow - $120,000

o       San Bernardo/Calton - $375,000

o       Stewart/Malinche - $80,000

o       Santa Maria (Industrial to Del Mar) - $442,000

o       Bartlett Avenue

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

§         Saunders Intersection - $266,000

§          

·        Ejido Extension $1,100,000 – Design 50% complete

 

·        Springfield Extension – Del Mar to International - $800,000 – surveys and appraisal complete as part of ongoing acquisition process

 

·        Sidewalk Project #21, 22, 23, & 24 - $599,000 – approx. 117 blocks – design phase awarded

 

·        Laredo Street Drainage Improvements

o       2003 - $444,000 – NPDES Fund Project C.O.

·        Chacon Creek

o       Drainage Improvements

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

 Construction of concrete box culvert from Clark and

 India to Ejido (design complete).

 

·        El Eden Recreation Center - $200,000 – design consultant award pending

City Council approval

o       2004 - $750,000 CDBG $125M Unfunded/Proposed C.O.

 

·        Zero Depth Water Spray Playgrounds – RFP for equipment early March

o       Farias Recreation Center & Lafayette Street Overpass

 

·        Alexander Sports Complex - $6,307,645 negotiations pending for

Agreement and land transfers

 

·        El Cuatro Park - $350,000 – under design – 85%

 

D.   Discussion with possible action regarding the City’s Down Payment  

      Assistance Program. 

 

                           Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, provided a summary on the monies set aside for this program and how the monies were used.  He stated that out of the 106 loans that the department has processed, 89 loans have already been funded and closed.  The department had approximately $1.2 million available for this program.  He mentioned that 37 of the down payment assistance loans were done at the 60% median family income which is approximately 45 % of the loans; 30 of the loans were done at the 70% median family income which is roughly 32% of the loans; and 22 of the loans were done at the 80% median family income which is roughly 23%.  He noted that the loans that the City provided before the current program change was roughly 4% at the 60% of median income.  He stated that one of the significant changes made to the program is that now the lenders and builders would be informed, through e-mail access on the City’s web page, on the amount of monies available through the program, the number of loans that are being processed, etc., in order to keep them apprised of the funding balances available through the program. 

 

E.   Discussion with possible action to consider firefighter Ramiro Garza’s   

      request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073 (b) of the Texas Local Government Code. 

 

      Gilbert Hernandez, Firefighters Association President, stated that the affected party is scheduled for surgery on March 7, 2003, and will have an estimated recovery period of six to eight months.  He stated that the firefighter will have exhausted all accrued sick leave and annual leave by April 12, 2003.  He would like to request an extension to cover the period of recovery following the firefighter’s surgery.

 

      Ramiro Garza, firefighter, stated that he has come before City Council to make a plea that they grant this extension of injury leave with pay due to the anticipated length of recovery time following his scheduled surgery.

 

      Fire Chief Luis Sosa reported that Mr. Garza has been on injury leave for the past year.  He concurred that he has exhausted all his sick leave and has begun tapping into his annual leave.  Mr. Garza needs an eight month’s extension to retire and there is a possibility that the firefighter would come up short on the time needed to complete his leave. 

 

      Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, pointed out that when Mr. Garza had his work-related injury, he was placed on the City’s return to work program.  There is a period of time that that is extended to all employees and this particular employee and that has been exhausted.  He added that effective January 28th, he reached his 260th lost work day and he had reached the point where the City had fulfilled its responsibility to pay him one year’s full year according to 143.073(a).  He pointed out that this is a work-related injury and as such Mr. Garza is receiving workers’ compensation benefits.  He stated that the employee has approximately 50 weeks of pay still remaining that would carry him through one more year.  He would like to obtain some indication from the doctor regarding his prognosis following the surgery.  The City’s position at this point is to wait until after the surgery to see what the prognosis will be to determine whether the firefighter would be able to return to work or not.

 

      Motion to postpone this item until the first meeting in April. 

 

      Moved:  Cm. Gelmares

      Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

      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 Governmental Code Section 551.071 (A) & (B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding settlement offer for pending litigation, being Webb county, Webb Consolidated Independent School District, Mirando Independent School District, City of Laredo, and United Independent School District v. Mr. Sergio Delgado in his capacity as Chief Appraiser for Webb County, et al., Cause No. 2000-CVQ-000819-D1, in the 49th Judicial Court of Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

         Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Governmental Code Section 551.071 (A) & (B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding settlement offer for pending litigation, being Webb county, Webb Consolidated Independent School District, Mirando Independent School District, City of Laredo, and United Independent School District v. Mr. Sergio Delgado in his capacity as Chief Appraiser for Webb County, et al., Cause No. 2000-CVQ-000819-D1, in the 49th Judicial Court of Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

         Moved: Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Garcia

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                             Abstain:    0

 

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

 

         Motion to approve the proposed Agreed Judgment in the case of Webb County, City of Laredo, te al vs.  Sergio Delgado, Chief Appraiser for Webb Council, cause No. 2000-CVQ-000819-01, in the 49th District Court of Webb County, Texas. 

 

         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

         Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                  Abstain:  0 

 

41.    Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documents for this second amendment to Texas Department of Transportation grant contract agreement No. 51322F1033.  The maximum amount of the grant after the change is $529,909.00. 

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo

         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE

AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

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

 

Moved: Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

 

 

 

XVI.   ADJOURNMENT

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M-2003-S-03

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MARCH 3, 2003

5:30 P.M.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.          PUBLIC HEARING

           

1.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s 2002-2003 annual budget by authorizing the addition of two (2) Investigator positions by reclassification of two (2) patrolman positions at the Laredo Police Department and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.  The approximate additional cost to the General Fund is $7,236.00 to pay for the salaries and fringe benefits for two (2) additional Investigator positions from March 25, 2003 through September 30, 2003.

 

         Motion to open the public hearing.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo 

         Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

         For:     8                                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                     Roberto Mireles, Jr., President of the Laredo Police Officers Association, speaking on behalf of the association stated that he would like City Council to consider the original proposal of promoting all the investigators. 

 

Police Chief Agustin Dovalina reported that as a result of the January 13th Council meeting, they were asked to study the possibility of adding these positions to the existing budget.  He provided background information stating that the Civil Service Commission established an investigators’ promotion and eligibility list for patrolmen on March 27, 2002, as per Texas Local Government Code Section 143 and the present Collective Bargaining Agreement.  He mentioned that 20 patrolmen made the eligibility list and to date 10 patrolmen have been promoted to the rank of investigator and one more will be promoted shortly.  Nine patrolmen remain on the eligibility list which will expire March 27, 2003, and there are no other vacant investigator positions at the present time. 

 

He mentioned that the department has a sergeant eligibility list with a number of investigators that are vying for the position of sergeant.  He informed City Council that Civil Service Commission has also established a sergeant’s promotional eligibility list for police investigators on July 24, 2002 as per the Texas Local Government Code Section 143 and the present Collective Bargaining Agreement.  He stated that five investigators made the eligibility list and to date one investigator has been promoted to sergeant and four remain on the eligibility list.  He added that there are no vacant sergeant positions at the present time.

 

He explained that after studying the possibility of reclassifying everyone who exists on the eligibility list, staff has been able to total out the cost of reclassification from patrolman to investigator for the nine remaining officers at $37,440.00.  The cost of reclassification for the four remaining candidates on the sergeant eligibility list is an additional $10,849.28 for a total of $48,269.28.    He advised City Council of his concerns regarding the state of their promotional process and the individuals’ requests to have positions reclassified in order to gain promotion.

 

Cynthia Collazo, Assistant City Manager, stated that it is a matter of economic considerations and of maintaining a balanced budget.  She added that the City expects some changes at a future date that will create additional vacancies, but at this time the City has reviewed the budget at length and has made these two recommendations. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez 

         Second:  Cm.  Garcia

         For:     8                                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

II.        EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

2.      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 Downtown District, 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 Downtown District, 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 Executive Session, Mayor Flores announced that no formal action was taken.

 

         Motion to authorize the City Manager to proceed with the acquisition of Lot 3 and Lot 8, and the East 20 feet of Lot 2 and Lot 9, Block 73, Western Division for use as a public building. 

 

 

 

 

         Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

         Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                    Abstain:  0

 

III.       ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  10:05 p.m. 

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                  Abstain:  0 

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 34 are true, complete and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on March 3, 2003.

 

 

                                                                        __________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary