CITY OF LAREDO

                                                      CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                                    M2003-R-08

                                                    CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                        1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                         LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                                 APRIL 21, 2003

                                                                        5:30 p.m.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            The Mayor 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

 

            None.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

 

             Invitations

 

            None.

 

 

            Recognitions

 

            None.

 

            Communiqués

 

Cm.  Ramirez announced that the Community Development Department is going to have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Laredo Homeless Coalition Shelter.  He continued to say that on Friday, they would be holding a ground breaking for the El Quatro Park.  He also took the time to wish all the mothers of Laredo a Happy Mother’s Day.

 

Cm.  Gene Belmares encouraged constituents that reside within the United Independent School District boundaries to vote in the up-coming school board election.  He said the district is facing huge budget cuts, challenges; and he stressed the importance of good leadership.  Finally, he wished his older brother a happy birthday. 

 

Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr. made reference to a town hall meeting that would be held to discuss the modifications to the bus routes.  He encouraged interested individuals to attend the meeting and voice their concerns.  He also mentioned the different functions commemorating the beginning of CDBG Week. 

 

Cm.  Amaya thanked Erasmo Villarreal, Ronnie Acosta and the entire staff from Community Development for their presentations at recent town hall meetings. He encouraged Laredoans to attend the town hall meetings that would be held during CDBG Week. 

 

Cm.  Galo said he was glad to be back in Laredo after being out of town for a while.  He asked District III constituents to be patient with him while he reviews his messages and returns all calls. 

 

Cm.  Garcia thanked Beto Ramirez, Utilities Director, and United Water for acting quickly to a water problem on Hwy.  359.  He also thanked Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, for fixing a lighting problem in District II.  He went on to congratulate the Buck’s Hockey Team for a great year. He also thanked the previous City Council Members for being the driving force behind the Entertainment Center.  Mostly, he recognized Mayor Betty Flores for being the heart beat behind the Laredo Entertainment Center.  Her foresight and persistence certainly paid off because the Entertainment Center is finally being recognized as a success. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano also congratulated the Bucks for a great season.  He mentioned the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new HEB Shopping Center in South Laredo.  He said he was very impressed with the HEB Shopping Center and he invited Laredoans to visit the center.

 

Mayor Flores announced that a recent publication of Texas Magazine listed the Laredo Entertainment Center as the #1 Hot Spot for arenas that seats 5,000 to 10,000.    

 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS, AND COMMITTEES

           

a.  Appointment by Mayor Pro-Tempore Alfredo Agredano of Reynaldo Campos to the

     Third Party Funding Committee.

 

Motion to approve the appointment of Reynaldo Campose to the Third Party Funding Committee.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

b.  Appointment by Mayor Pro-Tempore Alfredo Agredano of JoEmma Sherfey to the

     Laredo Commission for Women.

 

Motion to approve the appointment of JoEmma Sherfey to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing providing community residents an opportunity to comment on their

housing and community needs and the projects that they wish to see funded through the 29th Action Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the 2003 HOME Investment Partnership Grant, and the 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) in support of the preparation and submission of the 2003 Consolidated Plan to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Also for discussion and comment, is the FY 2001-2002 Consolidated End-of-the-Year Performance Report regarding the City’s administration of HUD Programs.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development, noted that the city of Laredo is recognized as an Entitlement City by HUD and is eligible in the next fiscal year to receive funding through the Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $4,407,000, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program in the amount of $1,454,026, and the Emergency Shelter Grant in the amount of $150,000.  The award of funds is contingent on the submission and approval of a Consolidated One Year Action Plan, which specifically details the activities/projects to be funded with HUD program funds.

 

One of the requirements of the Consolidated Plan process is that a public hearing be held to allow interested persons the opportunity to comment on needs and the projects they wish to see funded with HUD entitlement funds.  In addition to this public hearing, 5 public meetings will be held to obtain comments.  All comments received will be considered in the preparation of the 2003 Consolidated Plan. 

 

It is also a requirement that a public hearing be held annually to discuss the City’s performance in administration of its CDBG, ESG, and HOME programs.  The report period reviewed extends from October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2002.  HUD, in its assessment, determined that the City of Laredo’s overall program process and its ability to meet high priorities is satisfactory.  In comparing the CAPER with the five-year Consolidated Plan and Action Plan, they have determined consistency in the priorities identified and implemented.  The activities of the program year comply with the requirements of the Housing and Community Development Act and other applicable laws and regulations, and the City of Laredo does have the continuing capacity to carry out it’s CDBG, HOME and ESG programs in a timely manner.

 

The consensus area changed District VII to serve more constituents through CDBG Funds.

   

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance establishing a 15% penalty on the 2002

delinquent tax accounts as of July 1, 2003, to defray costs of collection pursuant to Section 33.07 (a) of the Texas State Property Tax Code; providing for publication and effective date.

 

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:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

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

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $5,000.00 in additional funds from the Texas Association of Local Health Officials (TALHO) for the Bioterrorism Consequence Management/Automated Disease Surveillance Pilot Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2003 through August 1, 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.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

Colonias Project and Water Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $281,205.00 from the Water Fund and appropriating the transfer in and expenditure in the amount of $281,205.00 for the Colonias Project Fund.

 

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 authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo,   

Texas Combination Tax and Sewer System Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 2003, in the principal amount of $3,660,000.00 for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the City’s Contractual obligations for constructing, improving, and extending the City’s Sewer System, and for paying legal, fiscal, and engineering fees in connection with this project and authorizing an amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for the purposes authorized herein and approving an official statement and ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

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.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo,

Texas, Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations, Series 2003, in the principal amount of $2,825,000.00, for the purchase of vehicle equipment, trucks, cars, trailers, Fire Department equipment, EMS equipment, boat ramps, sweepers, mowers, projectors, studio lights, generators, testing equipment for toll system, street equipment, computers, related hardware and software, paint remover equipment, statement sorter and power sweepers; and authorizing amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein; and approving an official statement; and ordaining other matters related to the subject.

 

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.  Ramirez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo,

Texas, Combination Tax and Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 2003, in the principal amount of $3,550,000.00, for paying all or a portion of the City’s contractual obligations for the purpose of constructing drainage improvements, including a pilot channel, and constructing and equipping a fire station, and for the payment of legal, fiscal, architectural and engineering fees in connection with such projects; authorizing amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for the purposes authorized herein; and approving an official statement; and ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

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:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 4.383 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on form one one a is for a way to go settle the shot down from all oh oh say so the two 8:00 AM back for a new show the back attached exhibit “A”, located south of the intersection of Gates Street and Loring Avenue, from AG (Agricultural District); R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Anthony Pena appeared before Council to answer any questions.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

 

9.  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 Penfam, Ltd. for an adult daycare facility on 0.96 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located south of the intersection of Gates Street and Loring Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Anthony Pena appeared before Council to answer any questions.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Jose Lopez Plat, located at 5003 Tesoro Plaza Drive, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Jose G.  Lopez and Ron Whitehawk spoke in favor of allowing the zone changes for a U-Hall business.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Valdez

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 30.20 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately at the 3300 block of Clark Boulevard; from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and R-2 (Multi-family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  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.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 12.44 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located west of Atlanta Drive and north of Weathers Drive from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 15.20 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located northwest of Chimayo Road and northeast of Don Pascual Lane, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area 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.  Garcia

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

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 8.0076 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Pita Mangana Road and west of Cuatro Vientos Subdivision Phase I, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     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.  Ramirez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block 1477 and an 8,112.59 square foot tract of land out of the Milmo Avenue right-of-way between the south right-of-way line of Blaine Street and the north right-of-way line of Loop 20, situated in the Eastern Division, located at approximately the 800 block of Texas Avenue, from R-2 (Multi-family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  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:  Cm.  Garcia

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 9, Block 351, Eastern Division, located at 114 Lyon Street from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to table.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

17.  Authorizing the City Manager to repeal Ordinance No. 2000-O-171 dated July 3, 2000

and authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with KK Communications, L.P. for approximately 5,672 square feet constituting Building No. 962 located 1816 Pappas Street at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for seventeen (17) years and six (6) months commencing April 1, 2003 and ending on September 30, 2020.  Monthly rent shall be $3,617.22 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted by fair market value appraisal on the 10th anniversary; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

      A.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on the deteriorating condition of McPherson to Shiloh.

    

     Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, gave a brief history as to the construction of the   

     McPherson roadway.  Approximately 7,000 linier feet were paved in the early 80’s and 

     an additional 1,000 feet were paved in 1986.  The useful life of the roadway is fast

     approaching because roadways are designed for a 20 year lifespan.  There are areas of

     spot deterioration due to the wear and tear of vehicular traffic and underlying water.

     Staff have gone to excavate and replace areas of the roadway several times only to

     deteriorate again.  Staff is recommending submitting a Request for Proposal for sub-

     surfacing testing for water levels which should cost around $5,000 depending on the

     results.  The testing will determine solutions for permanent repair to the roadways.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on the traffic safety concerns at the intersection of Chris

     Lane and Kimberly Lane.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, noted that three years ago staff had a meeting in the Public Library with interested parties from that area.  As a result of that meeting, staff installed enlarged signs and  flashers to persuade drivers to slow down.  Staff encouraged residents to submit a request for speed humps; however no requests were submitted.  He gave several suggestions for impeding vehicular traffic including installation of speed humps on the flat stretch; however, the request must come from surrounding residents.  Staff is currently acquiring more data on the intersection and will report back to Council.

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on the City’s Access Management Plan.

 

Cm.  Belmares noted his concern for curb cuts and speed factors for corridors.  The topic will be given to the Transportation Traffic Safety Committee rather than discussed during City Council Meeting. 

 

      B.   Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on a presentation by Azteca residents regarding police

     surveillance and enforcement of teen curfew.

 

Mrs. Virginia Gutierrez reported that the police are not providing surveillance for their neighborhood.  She has placed reports on delinquent teens, robberies, and damages to property, to no avail.

 

Police Chief Dovalina stated that he has not heard any complaints from the substation.  He added that he is ready and willing to sit down with the ladies present and work out a solution to their concerns. 

 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on a request by residents regarding the increase of   

     monthly rent for Hamilton residents.

 

Cm.  Ramirez noted that residents of Hamilton received a letter notifying them that their rent would increase. 

 

Fletcher Corley, resident of Hamilton, said he would like to protest the excessive rent increase that has been proposed at the Hamilton.  The Hamilton was refurbished with government funds to provide affordable housing for citizens to enjoy the sunset of their lives.  After the construction was more or less completed, individuals who were 60 years or older were allowed to rent apartments at affordable rates.  He gave his rental amounts and the increases he has experienced since he moved into the facility in December 2002.  He went on to say that he recently had received a letter noting that the rent would increase 14%.  His housing cost is absorbing 67% of his check. How does this impact the City?  To a program administered by the Community Development program, citizens can receive assistant housing.  This means the citizens pay 30% of their income and the City or government picks up the rest.  This rent increase has no impact whatsoever on these people but the City will pick up the increases.  There are 100 units being provided with assistance that means that the City will absorb $57,000 of cost.   He asked Council to stop the increases.

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, met with the managing partners in reference to the increases and they said told him that another letter has been sent to the residents of the Hamilton rescinding the increases. 

 

3.  Discussion with possible action to consider allowing furniture delivery trucks of a

business located on Eagle Pass to use Santa Isabel Truck Route and San Francisco Xavier Road as access for delivery of fragile furniture.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, reported that the truck route currently allows that a vehicle take the shortest route off of the truck route to its place of business.    

  

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinance # 2003-O-092, # 2003-0-093, #2003-O-094, #2003-O-096, #2003-O-097, and # 2003-O-098.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-092  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by decreasing

revenues and expenditures in the amount of $8,190.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2003.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-092.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-093 Amending an ordinance and allowing, under the act governing the Texas

Municipal Retirement System, updated service credits:  in said system on an annual basis for service performed by qualifying members of such system who at the effective date of the allowance are in the employment of the City of Laredo; providing for an increased prior and current service annuities for retirees and beneficiaries of decease retirees of the City; to increase the rate of deposits to the Texas Municipal Retirement system by the employees of the City from 5% to 7%; and establishing an effective date for the ordinance.  This Ordinance will allow the City to increase the City contribution rate from approximately 10% to 14%, which will improve the City employee, pension plan.

 

Motion to adopt.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-094  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $65,000.00

from the Texas Department of Transportation for the enforcement of the seat belt law and amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget in the amount of $65,000.00.  This grant is for overtime salaries and is funded 100% by the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

Motion to adopt.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-095  Authorizing the approval of overweight penalty fees to be considered as part

of the International Bridges toll receipts and follow the flow of funds as described in Resolution # 98-R-164 and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

Motion to adopt.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-096  Amending the Laredo Municipal Housing FY 2003 budget by drawing down

and appropriating $865,000.00 from the opening balance to the City’s Capital Improvement Fund.  This transfer will be set up to carry out necessary repairs associated with the owner-occupied units constructed by the Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation as part of Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project.  The amendment is authorized by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation’s Article’s of Incorporation.

 

Motion to adopt.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-097  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Roberto Villaseñor for

approximately 960 square feet constituting Building No. 1319 located at 4011 North Jarvis Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for two (2) years commencing on December 1, 2002 and ending on November 30, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $317.02 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

         For:     8                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-098  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a license to Grande River

Communications, L.L.P. for the use of a telecommunications PVC conduit located at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge and the use of 47 linear feet of City right-of-way from the riverbank to the 500 block of Iturbide Street, Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  License term is five (5) years commencing on May 5, 2003 and ending May 4, 2008.  Annual rent shall start at $15,194.00 with a five percent (5%) increase each anniversary date plus $5.00 per linear foot per year for the use of right-of-way; providing for effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

20.  2003-R-039  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of two parcels of land from

Carlos M. Martinez and Inez R. Martinez, as Utility Easements, consisting of: Tract 23-E- a 0.0689 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land, and Tract 24-A-E- a 0.0689 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land; for the extension of water service lines to the Tanquecitos South Acres I Subdivision.  Said two parcels 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 & D”, respectively.

 

Tract 23-E- Being a tract of land containing 0.0689 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Antonio Trevino, Original Grantee, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.0689 acre tract being out of Lot 23, as per deed dated May 16, 1997, and recorded in Volume 505, Page 540, Official Public Records of Webb County, Texas, said Lot 23 being out of Tanquecitos South Acres, called to contain 344.3001 acres as per Plat dated March 18, 1987 and recorded in Volume 5, Page 67, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

Tract 24 -A-E- Being a tract of land containing 0.0689 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Antonio Trevino, Original Grantee, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.0689 acre tract being out of Lot 24-A as per deed dated May 16, 1997, and recorded in Volume 505, Page 538, Official Public Records of Webb County, Texas, said Lot 24-A being out of Tanquecitos South Acres, called to contain 344.3001 acres as per plat dated March 18, 1987, and recorded in Volume 5, Page 67, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

21.  2003-R-040  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of two parcels of land, from

Key Energy Services-South Texas, Inc., as Utility Easements, consisting of: Tract 17-E- a 0.0689 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land, and Tract 18-E- a 0.0689 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land; for the extension of water service lines to the Tanquecitos South Acres I Subdivision.  Said two parcels 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 & D”, respectively.

 

Tract 17-E- Being a tract of land containing 0.0689 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Antonio Trevino, Original Grantee, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.0689 acre tract being out of Lot 17, Tanquecitos South Acres as per Plat dated March 18, 1987 and recorded in Volume 5, Page 67, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

Tract 18-E- Being a tract of land containing 0.0689 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Antonio Trevino, Original Grantee, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.0689 acre tract being out of Lot 18, called to contain 6.1176 acres as per deed dated August 24, 1993, and recorded in Volume 141, Page 871, Official Public Records of Webb County, Texas, said Lot 18 being out of Tanquecitos South Acres, called to contain 344.3001 acres as per plat dated March 18, 1987, and recorded in Volume 5, Page 67, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

22.  2003-R-041  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of 0.298 of acre parcel of

land, more or less, from Oscar O. Martinez, as a Utility Easement, for the Colonias Water Service Lines Extension Project.  Said parcel of land being situated in Rancho Penitas West Subdivision, Unit V, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached  Exhibits “A & B”.  Being a 0.298 acre tract of land situated in Porcion 9, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.298 acre tract being out of Rancho Penitas West Subdivision, Lot 61, Unit V, recorded in Volume 4, Page 32, Webb County Map Records.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

23.  2003-R-042  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of 0.230 of an acre parcel

of land, more or less, and a 0.046 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, from Rosalva Requena, as Utility Easements, for the Colonias Water Service Lines Extension Project.  Said parcels of land being situated in Rancho Penitas West Subdivision, Unit V, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached corresponding Exhibits “A & B”.

 

Tract I- Being a 0.230 acre tract situated in Porcion 8, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.230 acre tract being out of Rancho Penitas West Subdivision, Lot 66-A, Unit V, recorded in Volume 4, Page 32, Webb County Map Records.

Tract II- Being a 0.046 acre tract of land situated in Porcion 8, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.046 acre tract being out of Rancho Penitas West Subdivision, Lot 66-B, Unit V, recorded in Volume 4, Page 32, Webb County Map Records.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

24.  2003-R-043  Accepting the assignment of 3.725 acre feet of municipal water rights

from the balance of 310.4905 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, Ltd. by applying .425 acre feet of municipal water rights for the installation of one (1) 3” hydrant water meter in connection with the final plat of Monarch Townhouses; and 3.3 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Phase VII.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

25.  2003-R-044  Confirming the appointment of a member of the Fire Fighters and Police

Officers’ Civil Service Commission of the City of Laredo to be determined by the City Manager.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

26.  2003-R-045  Authorizing the City Manager to apply for a grant in the amount of

$741,529.00 to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force and a grant in the amount of $49,997.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Drug Related Public Corruption Task Force.  Both grants are funded by the Executive Office of the President, Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City.  Funding will be used to pay personnel salaries, overtime, travel, and operating expenses from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

       

27.  2003-R-046  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application with the

Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division for $1,142,115.00 to fund the Laredo Narcotics Task Force.  CJD will designate $1,142,115.00 and the City of Laredo will designate $334,778.00 for a total amount of $1,476,893.00.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, direct operating expenses, and the purchase of equipment from June 1, 2003 through May 31, 2004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

28.  2003-R-047  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the United States of

America, General Services Administration for a period of twenty-five (25) years, with a one hundred eighty (180) day written termination notice, for the use of the lower level of the former Import Lot at the Juarez-Lincoln  Border Station at the  termination of  Interstate Highway 35, Laredo, Texas as further defined on the site map, attached hereto and made a part thereof, as Exhibit “A”.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                                           

XII.     MOTIONS

 

29.  Consideration to approve the selection of a consultant Rosin-Johnson, Inc., Laredo, Texas,

for the Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation Project and authorize staff to negotiate a

professional services contract with the selected consultant.  Funding will be made available at time of contract approval.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

    30.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the sole bidder A-1 Scale Service, Inc.,

  San Antonio, Texas in the bid amount of $63,647.00 for the Static Scale for World Trade

  Bridge.  Funding is available in the Bridge Improvements.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

             Moved:  Cm.  Galo

             Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

             For:     8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain: 

      31.  Consideration to award a contract in the amount of $75,000.00 to Alliance Texas

 Engineering Company for the existing land use assessment for Laredo, Texas.  Funding for this project is available through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) account using Federal Planning Grant (PL112).

 

   Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

          Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

     32.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, Lambda

Construction I, Ltd., New Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $695,500.00 for the Effluent Pond Improvements at the North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The project consists of (1) constructing an 18” by pass line; (2) dewatering the existing north pond; (3) excavation of the new pond; (4) construction of the perimeter levees; (5) installation of the geosynthetic erosion control mat; (6) miscellaneous piping, manholes and structures to maintain continuous operation of the pond system; and (7) constructing access roadways and fence lines within the confines of the site.  Funding is available in the N.W.W.T.P. Pond line item.

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

    33.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sign the hardware and software sales

agreements and contract documents with InCode InVision, Lubbock, Texas, in the total amount of $196,681.00 for providing a comprehensive software package for Municipal Court operations.  Funding is available in the Municipal Court budget.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      34.  Consideration to award contract number FY03-065 to the low bidder, Little Tikes

 Commercial, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $18,666.00 for furnishing all labor and

 materials needed to install a playground module at the George Washington Park.  Funding

 is available in the Capital Improvement Project (City Council District 1).

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     35.  Consideration to award contract FY03-062 to the following low bidders, Commercial Video

Systems, Austin TX, in the amount of $25,990.00, Video Service of America, Lincoln, NB, in the amount of $15,482.00 and Visual Interactive, Houston, TX, in the amount of $1,604.00 for the purchase of audio and video equipment for Public Access.  The equipment includes a studio camera, video camera, character generator, and audio equipment.  Funding is available in the Public Access Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     36.  Consideration to ratify the purchase of influenza and pneumococcal vaccines in the amount

of $30,812.10 for the 2002-2003 flu season from the Texas Department of Health.  The Health Department initially budgeted $25,000.00 for 5,000 doses of flu vaccines; however, due to the demand for this vaccine, 500 additional doses were ordered.  Funding is available in the  Health Department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     37.  Consideration to award contract number FY03-055 to the sole proposer, Westnet, Inc.,

Huntington Beach, CA, in the amount of $277,469.86 for the purchase and installation of fire station control system.  This system will be installed at thirteen fire stations and provides for audible and visual alarms for dispatching EMS or Fire Department crews.  Funding is available in the  2003 PPFCO Capital Outlay Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

of March 2003, represents a decrease of $25,476.45.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            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 $551.84 payable to National City Mortgage Company due to a

double payment.  National Mortgage Company and Neel Title paid the 2002 tax.  Account #909-00044-320. 

b.  A refund in the amount of $755.32 payable to National City Mortgage Company due to a

double payment.  Taxes were paid by National City Mortgage Company and Webb County Title.  Account #985-83003-070. 

c.  A refund in the amount of $1,192.40 payable to National City Mortgage Company due to

a double payment.  Taxes were paid by National City Mortgage Company and by Need Title Corp.  Account #945-00841-431.

d.  A refund in the amount of $650.58 payable to National City Mortgage Company due to a

double payment.  Taxes were paid by National City Mortgage Company and by The Laredo National Bank.  Account #986-00002-210. 

 

 

e.  A refund in the amount of $999.65 payable to National City Mortgage Company due to a

double payment.  Taxes were paid by National City Mortgage Company and Neel Title Corp.  Account #991-50004-360.

f.  A refund in the amount of $2,730.34 payable to Transamerica Real Estate Tax

Service/Refund Dept. due to a double payment.  Taxes were paid by Transamerica and Border Title.  Account #968-81001-020.

g.  A refund in the amount of $1,954.02 payable to Speedy Stop #1037. c/o C. L. Thomas,

Inc. due to a double payment.  Taxes were paid twice by owner .  Account #801-19099-115.          c/o C. L. Thomas, Inc. due to a double payment.  Taxes were paid twice by owner.  Account #801-19099-115.         

h.  A refund in the amount of $1,303.89 payable to David G. Peake/Chapter 13 Trustee due

to an overpayment.  This parcel has not been in the city roll since 2000.  Account #900        -90241-095. 

i.  A refund in the amount of $900.91 payable to Village Heights, Ltd. due to a double

payment.  Taxes were paid by Village Heights and Border Title.  Account #900-90221-116.

j.  A refund in the amount of $895.86 payable to Washington Mutual Home Loans c/o

Lereta Corp.  Taxes were paid by Washington Mutual and by Border Title.  Account #989-10002-070. 

k.  A refund in the amount of $745.58 payable to Ridgebury Funding LLC due to a Webb

County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board.  Account #800-18021-117. 

l.  A refund in the amount of $5,850.98 payable to EOG Resources (Minerals) c/o Ernst &

    Young LLP.  Account has a credit due to a clerical error. Account #M 0-00592-201.

m.  A refund in the amount of $2,957.12 payable to EOG Resources (Minerals) c/o Ernst &

     Young LLP.  Account has a credit due to a clerical error.  Account #M 0-00572-175.

n.  A refund in the amount of $865.03 payable to Holt Company of Texas/ Attn: Tax

     Department.  Account was overpaid due to a payment by owner and by Webb County   

     Tax Office.  Account #804-30098-001.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     40.  Consideration to award an annual contract number FY03-056 to the low bidder meeting

specifications, Manny Trevino Enterprises, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $39,499.50 for the purchase of soft body armor vests for the Police Department.  This contract establishes contract pricing for a one-year term for bulletproof vests.  Funding is available in the Police Department’s budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

    41.  Consideration to award contract number FY03-070 to the low bidder, Valu Care Cleaners,

Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $28,320.00 to provide laundry and dry cleaning services for Police Department non-uniformed officers.  The City provides dry cleaning service for non-uniformed police officers as a condition of the new collective bargaining agreement.  Funding is available in the Police Department's budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

    42.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Vaquillas Development, Ltd.,

           whereby the latter will donate 31.439 acres in South Laredo to the City of Laredo.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

           

A.  Staff report regarding the flooding issues a Indian Sunset Subdivision.

 

Rogelio Rivera, said the plans regarding the flooding issues at Indian Sunset were given to the developer, Steve Snow, and staff will be contacting him for his reply. 

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez asked staff to expedite the project.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said staff would place the item on the agenda for May 1st, 2003. 

 

B.  Update report on the status of the Colonias Project.

 

Keith Kendall, representative from Turner Collie & Braden, Inc.  submitted the following report:

 

We have prepared a monthly status report for your review of the activities to date for the above referenced project.  A summary of the current project activities is listed below.  A monthly design status meeting was held on March 24, 2003 at the offices of the Utilities Director.  Present were the design consultants, Webb County, TWDB, TC& B and the City of Laredo staff.  Each consultant team member provided a review of the design status for each of the projects.  The status of each design effort is shown in Table 1 (attached).  The next design status meeting is scheduled for April 28, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. at the Utilities Director’s Office.

 

 

 

 

 

Project Milestone/Issues

 

The City Council approved the award of the construction contract to Closner Construction for a contract amount of $1,208,725.10 for SH 359 Work Order No.  4 Construction is continuing and the Contractor is on schedule.  The first construction status meeting between the TWDB, City, Contractor, Crane Engineering and TC & B is scheduled was held on March 25, 2003 at 10:30 a.m.  The next construction status meeting is scheduled for April 29, 2003 at 2 p.m.

 

The City, County and various agency representatives met on February 27, 2003 to review the funding constraints and identify potential options to allow the County to construct the wastewater improvements in Los Tanquecitos I (SH 359) and water improvements in Los Corralitos (Mines Road)

 

The funds acquired by the County for Los Tanquecitos I was required to be expended by August 2002.  the County secured these funds from ORCA (formerly TDHCA) when the Laredo EDAP Project was authorized to meet the County’s cost portion.  However, due to the time required to complete design and obtain right of way, the construction could not begin.  ORCA requires that the funds be expended within the project period (2 years) for the County to remain eligible for future grant funding.  Consequently, the County missed one grant funding cycle to date and is facing another loss unless the County de-obligates the project.  The City agreed at the January Project Status meeting for the County deobligate the project with the understanding that the County will re-submit the project for the September ORCA application deadline.  The application will be for construction only since the design has been completed.

 

Similarly to Los Tanquecitos I, the County obtained ORCA funds for design and construction of water improvements at the Los Corralitos colonia.  The waterline has been constructed by the water services cannot be installed until the colonia is platted.  The County originally though the completion deadline was April 2003 and that once again the County would be ineligible to apply for future grant funds in the next funding cycle by ORCA.  However, the ORCA representative indicated that September 2003 is the actual deadline.  There were two alternatives identified that both the County and the City agreed to.  These include:

 

1st  The County Engineer will need to supply a list of variances required to plat the colonia.  The City and County planning departments would work together to develop the plat for approval by the City.  This would allow the County complete the water services and be eligible for funding. 

 

2nd  If the platting process could not be completed prior to July 2003, the County would delete the water services from the project and the funds retured to ORCA.  Although the Countuy could not close out the contract with ORCA, they would not be over the threshold and would be eligible to apply for the next ORCA funding cycle.

 

The City has complete coordination with the NADB and awarded the design of the SH

359 Project to Crane Engineering and the Mines Road Project to Arcadis Engineering.

The NADB projects include the Mines Road Wastewater Collection and Treatment

System and 16-inch Water Transmission Line for the SH 359 project area from the

Laredo South Elevated Storage Tank.  Design is well underway for the 16-inch water

line.  However, the City decided to pursue the alternative of expanding the existing

Columbia Wastewater Treatment Plant for the Mines Road Colonia sewer flows rather

than build a new Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The Engineer completed an alternative

analysis and although the City’s alternative has a higher capital coast, the O & M cost

are projected to be less. 

 

Consequently, the City has requested approval from NADB to pursue this alternative.

The City, TC & B and Arcadis met with NADB representatives on March 20, 2003 at

the offices of the NADB to review the alternative proposed.  It was agreed that the

NADB would provide technical review comments and that the City would provide an

updated cost analysis for the project to determine if there are sufficient funds for the

alternative project. 

 

It was also noted at the meeting that the City needed to begin the outreach program to

determine the eligibility of residents for NADB funded water/sewer connections.

NADB noted that the City could use the connections funds (1.2 million) for the outreach

program and connection surveys in addition to the actual construction of services.  The

City agreed to begin this process in April 2003.

 

Advertisement of the Request for Bids for SH 359 Work Order No. 1 is underway.  A

mandatory Pre-Bid meeting was held on March 26, 2003 at 10 a.m. and bids were

received on April 4, 2003. The apparent low bid amount if $1,912,549 from Price

Construction Ltd.  The EDAP-Eligible portion is $1,695,626 and the over sizing cost is

$216,923.

 

We are continuing to coordinate with the County on the progress of the Right-Of-Way

acquisition for SH 359 and Mines Road area.  Currently, all of the consultants have

completed their coordination with the County on the Right-Of-Way to be acquired by

the County and the additional easements or Right-Of-Way to be acquired by the City. 

 

The platting of Old Milwaukee is continuing with completion of the surveys by Foster

Engineering.  The title research effort is 80% complete and coordination between the

County and City Planning department is underway.  The issue with Old Milwaukee is

that because the subdivision is not platted, the design of the water and wastewater

improvements cannot begin since there are not any dedicated rights-of-way or

easements.  Since Old Milwaukee is part of SH 359 Work Order No. 3, it may be

necessary to let design continue to completion without Old Milwaukee and issue as a

separate project. This would only be done to avoid delaying the construction of water

and wastewater improvements for the remaining nine colonia areas.

 

The Project Manager has requested that the City staff provide updates of the easement

and rights-of-way acquisition at each monthly meeting.  The Timely acquisition of

easements and rights-of-way cannot be overemphasized since final design is dependent

on the acquisition of the proposed easements and rights-of-way. 

 

Tables and graphs are on file at the City Secretary’s Office.

 

 

 

 

C.  Update report on the progress of the Compensation Committee wage study for Pay

     Grades R-22 through R-25 by Mr. Daniel Migura, with possible action.

 

Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, gave a comprehensive report derived from the Compensation Committee which has met five times.  The committee worked very diligently and came to several conclusions and three options.  The City’s pay plans are very competitive.  Due to the change in index, there were three cities whose pay scale was higher than the City of Laredo.  The cities were:  Corpus Christi, El Paso, and San Antonio.  The three cities that were comparable to the City of Laredo were Brownsville, Harlingen, and McAllen.  There following pay scales: R22, 23,24 and 25 were found to be in need of adjustments.  They recommended the three options listed below: 

 

1.  The City of Laredo should continue with the current pay scale of no wage

      adjustments.

2.  The City of Laredo should adjust the minimum wages per each of the pay grades of    

      the grades 22, 23, 24, 25 and adjust all employees below the minimum to the new   

      wage on Oct 1. 2003.

3.  Adjust all employees in R22, 23,24,25 by 1.5 percent in addition to the proposed  

cola that we are planning of 1.6 effect October 1, 2003. 

 

The committee agreed that option three would be the best option.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, asked Council to allow him time to meet with the Compensation Committee.  He said he would come back to Council to concur with the Committee or offer additional options. 

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

           

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

order to deliberate on the value of, and the possible purchase of, real property near the Central Business District, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action and direction to staff.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code  Section 551.072 in order to deliberate on the value of, and the possible purchase of, real property near the Central Business District, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action and direction to staff.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Motion to continue to negotiate and purchase real property near the Central Business District.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XV.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

            For:     8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

45.  2003-RT-001  Accepting the findings and recommendations as developed by A & R

Consulting to improve the services and operations of El Lift Paratransit services.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

46.  2003-RT-002  Endorsing the updated Laredo ADA Paratransit Plan and recommending

that the Laredo Metropolitan Planning Organization approve the proposed document.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

47.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to file a grant application with the

Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, United States of America, in the amounts of $3,554,774.00 (Formula 5307 Funds) and $58,618.00.00 (Supplemental 5307 Funds) for a total amount of $3,613,392 for FY 2002-2003, under the Federal Transit Act as codified at 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53, as amended; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the application and all related documents.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    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.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVII.     ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            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 in 01 through 28 are true, correct, and complete proceedings of the City Council meeting held on April 21, 2003.

 

 

 

                                                                        ____________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary