CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2003-R-09

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MAY 5, 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

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr. and Cm.  Ramirez.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0       

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of minutes for February 3, 2003 and February 18, 2003.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

            Second:  Cm.  Garcia

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

             Announcements

 

             

             Invitations

 

 

            Recognitions

 

a.  Recognition of American Electric Power for their donation of six personal computers for

     use at the City’s Recreation Centers.

 

      Mayor Flores and City Council recognized American Electric Power and presented a plaque of recognition to Ms. Olga Maldonado, General Manager for AEP, for their generous donation of computers that are being utilized at one of the recreation centers.

 

b.  Recognition by American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Laredo Chapter of

     Public Administrator of the Year and Public Administration Educator of the Year.

 

      Jerry Elizondo, Training Coordinator, introduced the members of the Board of the Laredo Chapter of ASPA.  He also introduced the first honoree:  Dr. Carol Waters, Chair of the Department of Social Services at Texas A & M International University.  He stated that Dr. Waters received her PhD. in Political Science with a concentration in public administration from Texas Tech University.  She has provided different publications and has conducted extensive research on MPA-related activities which laid the groundwork for the MPA program at TAMIU which was adopted and implemented in 1999.  She has served as the MPA Coordinator at the university, worked in the past years with the National Accreditation Agency for schools of public administration. 

 

Jerry Elizondo went on to introduce the second honoree:  Larry Dovalina, City Manager.  Mr. Dovalina was recognized for his superior management and leadership abilities.  Jerry Elizondo added that he successfully couples a strong positive drive with a sincere concern for the training of each City employee.  He has a unique ability to relate to personnel of varied groups and backgrounds.  He has provided 25 years of public service to the City of Laredo, has launched a Certified Public Management Program with Southwest Texas State and has created the local American Society for Public Administrator chapter.  He also established the sixth class of city employees Leadership Development Program for the enhancement of all city operations, problem-solving skills, etc.   All these accomplishments and total dedication to public service make him this year’s choice for Public Administrator of the Year.

 

c.   Recognition of April employee of the month.

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that Donna Copeland-Magnon has been an outstanding employee with the City.  She is always a shining star within the City Secretary’s Office.  He mentioned that she was part of the original group of the R.E.A.C.H. Committee which has been involved in fundraising efforts within the City and providing community service work to other agencies. 

       

      Communiqués

 

Cm. Belmares thanked the Laredo Police Department for allowing the Council Member to ride along with one of its officers on patrol.  He stated that he has become aware of the challenges that are faced by the officers on a daily basis. 

 

Cm. Amaya announced that he attended two events sponsored by Laredo Independent School District which was the groundbreaking ceremony for Alma Pierce Elementary and the ribbon-cutting ceremony for J. W. Nixon High School’s new facility. 

 

Cm. Galo congratulated all those candidates who won in the recent school board elections.  He also announced that the U.S. Professional Tennis Association will be hosting Tennis Across America Day on May 16th at United High and May17th  at the Market Street Tennis Courts.  He stated that the group will be handing out 500 free tennis rackets and $1,000.00 in cash prizes.  

 

Cm. Garcia thanked the Health Department for assisting in taking care of a mosquito problem at Villa del Sol Subdivision.  He also thanked Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, for taking care of placing additional lights at that location.  He also thanked the J. W. Nixon High School for the invitation extended to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the school gymnasium.  He congratulated his father and Cm. Agredano for their recognition as part of the Class of ’56 Martin Legends.  He also extended an invitation to everyone to participate in the golf tournament to be held this weekend.  He stated that this tournament is intended to raise monies for scholarships and the athletic programs at Alexander High School.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Agredano thanked Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, and his staff for the successful town hall meeting held April 24, 2003.  He mentioned that they arranged a spectacular presentation for the public.  He also thanked John Orfila at the Public Works department for the work done at Century Boulevard.   He announced that on May 10, 2003, the Postal Service will be sponsoring its annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  He asked that the community contribute some non-perishable items  and that they be placed by the mailboxes this Saturday.

 

Mayor Flores recognized the commitment and dedicated service of Phyllis Colon, City Tax Assessor-Collector, to the City of Laredo and its taxpayers.  Mrs. Colon was presented with a plaque by Mayor Flores for her ten years of dedicated service to the citizens of Laredo. 

 

Mayor Flores introduced Dr. Jose Luis Gonzalez from our Sister City of Monclova, Coahuila, who appeared before City Council.  He stated that his visit was to bring awareness of what Monclova has to offer in tourism.  He also asked for assistance from Laredo in the form of equipment and vehicle donation or sale of surplus vehicles.  His petition was for the acquisition of these donated items from the City of Laredo due to the depressed economy faced by the people of Monclova.   He also extended an invitation to attend a festival in Monclova on May 28, 2003 known as “Guanajuato en Monclova”. 

 

Mayor read the following on behalf of Cm. Juan Ramirez in his absence: 

 

Cm. Ramirez wishes all Laredo mothers a Happy Mother’s Day and congratulates all the TAMIU graduates especially his daughter, Linda Ramirez, who will be receiving a Master Degree in Criminal Justice.   He also congratulates all the graduates of Laredo Community College who will be receiving Associates Degrees this Saturday, May 10, 2003, especially his son, Manuel Ramirez, who will be receiving a paramedic degree. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

1.  Appointment by Council Member John C. Galo of Irma Deutsch to the Laredo

     Commission for Women.

 

     Motion to approve the appointment.

 

     Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

2.  Appointment by Council Member John C. Galo of Ricardo Godines to the Third Party

     Funding.

 

     Motion to approve the appointment.

 

     Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 VII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

           

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

annual budget by increasing Texas Department’s Health share of program income and expenditures for the Maternal and Child Health Program of the City of Laredo Health Department in the amount of $42,893.00 from ($27,107.00 to $70,000.00) for the period beginning September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

annual budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant amendment received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant offer No. 3-48-0136-33-02 increasing the amount from $41,626.00 to $63,543.00 an increase of $21,917.00 for the purpose of reimbursing the City of Laredo for increased law enforcement services provided by the Laredo Police Department immediately following the tragic event of September 11, 2001 and providing for an effective date.  The grant does not require a local match.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of the City of

Laredo, Texas General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2003; approving an official statement; authorizing the execution of a purchase agreement and an escrow agreement; making provisions for the security thereof; establishing procedures for selling and delivering the bonds; and ordaining other matters related to the subject.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant awarded by the Office of the

National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in the amount of $688,313.00 at no cost to the City; and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003 Financial Task Force Budget in the amount of $83,484.00 to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force and amend the Special Police Budget in the amount of $5,040.00 to fund the STX Multi-Agency Drug Related Corruption Task Force. Funds will be used to pay personnel salaries, travel and operational expenses beginning January 1,2003 through December 31, 2003 and amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 Full-Time Equivalents (FTE’s).

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Article XII, Chapter 19, Division 4,

Section 19-601 of the Code of Ordinances; to (1) increase monthly contract parking rate for El Metro Transit Center from $40.00 to $50.00; (2) to increase the refundable key deposit from $10.00 to $25.00, (3) to increase the replacement charge for damaged key from $10.00 to $25.00; and (4) to reduce the advanced payment discount from $80.00 to $50.00 for a lump sum annual payment of $550.00, and providing for effective date and publication.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance setting a daily rental rate for the El Metro

Park & Ride Facility located at 4600 Daugherty for $250.00 for private entities and $180.00 for non-profit organizations; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance providing for fare increases for the fixed route

transit service as follows:  from $.75 to $1.00 for adults and student fare from $.35 to $.50 providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ramiro Martinez stated that he was opposed to the fare increase by El Metro.  He stated that El Metro has not demonstrated that it is consumer-oriented. 

 

Richard Sander spoke against the rate increase. 

 

Maria Franco thanked Mayor Flores and Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. for their respect of people with disabilities.  She stated that El Metro should not be asking City Council to increase the bus fares.  She stated that the quality of the buses is very poor and on occasion the bus riders do not get to their destination because the buses break down. 

 

Andres Ramos, Jr., President of B.E.S.T., asked if the increase excluded the elderly and the disabled. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, replied that the fare increase did not include the disabled. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 7 of Ordinance 89-O-122

to increase the one-way fare in the El Lift Program from $.75 to $1.00; providing for publication and effective date.

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Andres Ramos, Jr. mentioned that most of the riders of El Lift are disabled and elderly people that are on fixed incomes.  As a result, those people are hardest hit by the utility companies and government entities.  For people on a fixed income, a 25% increase in bus fare is too high.  He urged the City Council to instruct the City Manager to look into monies available in the fund balance and alleviate this burden on this group of people who can least afford the increase. 

 

Tom Lucek, General Manager for El Metro, stated that they are considering a Customer Service Training for the drivers.  The Transit Center also just joined with the City’s TrackWise program to ensure all complaints are documented and addressed.  He stated that a PowerPoint presentation was presented to the Metropolitan Policy Organization.  The consultant reviewed the operations and accessibility for El Lift program.  He also researched the financials, operations, services, telephone systems, etc. and he presented his findings and recommendations.  He commented that ADA requires accessible transit to persons with disabilities and the fixed route service must become fully accessible.  ADA is a complementary para-transit service only for those who cannot use the fixed route service. The consultant’s findings show that Laredo has a higher cost per trip than any of its peers.  The cost per trip in Laredo is growing roughly 11% per year since 1997.  It is a much higher cost per trip than any of the peers and it has low service productivity (transporting only 3 riders per hour per van).  He explained the reasons why Para-Transit is so expensive in Laredo.  He stated that you have the morning drivers and the seven drivers waiting for the call to pick the riders up.  If it is a rainy day, many of the riders will cancel the request which means the morning driver/afternoon driver does not pick up or drop off anyone.  They have a manual scheduling system and it is very difficult to schedule 17 drivers manually.  There are also many no shows and cancellations.  Also, the high cost involved for labor costs:  van drivers are paid 0.30 more per hour than the bus drivers.  He did mention is that Laredo has a much higher level of para-transit service than required by the ADA and the fare is still relatively low.  He added that if the City wants to see improved service, there is a tradeoff.  There must be stricter eligibility requirements if the company is to become more efficient.  The developed findings and recommendations include:  reducing the advance reservation period from 14 days to 3 days; limit El Lift service to area of bus service; adjust El Lift fare to the same amount as fixed route fare; and limit the number of trip callbacks. 

 

Mayor Flores requested that Mr. Lucek come back with a recommendation on how the voucher system could be applied to Laredo. 

 

Mr. Lucek stated that it is used quite frequently in other cities and could be introduced here.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that city staff will come back with a proposal for City Council to explain what the dynamics are and possible changes that should be made to El Lift program.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation,

Article VI “Indoor Clean Air”, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas by amending Sections 15-78 through 15-82; “Smoking in Public Places”; thereby designating certain retail and service establishments, public buildings, and food establishments as nonsmoking areas; providing minimum standards for nonsmoking areas; providing minimum standards for nonsmoking areas; providing sign requirements; requiring the posting of signs regarding the smoking and nonsmoking areas; requiring written policies implementing this chapter; providing for severability; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that what has come before City Council tonight is a working document.  This ordinance is going to take some time to analyze and review in order to compose an acceptable ordinance.  He mentioned that the ordinance will have some controversy because of the standards to be implemented.  He stated that what City Council will try to do is balance the interest of smokers against the interest of non-smokers and how their health is impacted.

 

Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Department Director, stated that the three key issues:  the protection of the children, workers, and adults.  He commends the City Council and City Attorney for their concern in looking at this health issue.  In making this presentation, he hopes to provide facts to the public and submit an ordinance that is logical and protects everyone’s health. 

 

Christopher Craddock, representing SCAN, stated he is appearing before City Council to show his support of amending the ordinance. 

 

Adriana Craddock, representing SCAN, spoke in favor of the smoking ordinance because it is a health issue for themselves and their children.

 

Dora Maria Ramirez spoke in favor of the Clean Air Ordinance for the safety of the children.

 

Mark Cantu stated that he was opposed to this ordinance because of the private business owners.  He feels it sends a wrong message to the community.  The real issue is violation of individual rights. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and schedule a workshop.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            A.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.  Request for presentation from Traffic Department on traffic calming devices in

     District III, with possible action.

 

      Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that there are two speed hump requests that are still pending performance of a traffic study.  He stated that they are working on the design and are trying to accommodate the 16 poles in order to shorten the time needed for installation.  They are expecting to install these poles before the end of October.  He added that in terms of a request for 4-way stops, the department will be looking into this matter. 

 

2.  Request for update on the opening of Bartlett on Market and Cortez, with

     possible action.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, reported that the cut sheets are 100% complete and the water lines have been relocated and that is complete.  He added that Entex has also relocated a gas line and there was a determination made that the fiber optic line was not in conflict with the proposed layout.  He stated that Tex-Mex Railway constructed the concrete planking which was completed in January.  What still remains pending is the funding agreement with TxDOT.  He has been in touch with the Austin office since June of last year in order to get said agreement worked out.  He added that over the last three months they have       e-mailed and phoned every week in order to follow up on this issue and will continue to get this item through the Austin office.

     

            B.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on the deteriorating conditions of Jacaman Road

from McPherson to the residential areas and a report on the street lighting along this roadway.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that generally it is the water that gets beneath the asphalt.  Most of the problems lately are a result of the sprinkler systems and excessive watering and water getting onto the streets.  The water penetrates to the caliche base and deteriorates the road. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, that this concern has been discussed and city staff recommends changing from caliche base to black base.  The black base seems to  withstand the moisture better than the caliche.  He explained that the plan is to lay the black base all across the curb and then lay the curb over the black base.

 

Cm. Valdez, Jr. stated that he would like to know whether the standards are being met by the developers and what kind of timeline the engineers have set.

Rogelio Rivera stated that they are trying to get the developer to come back and correct the situation.  However, if they have some difficulties, the Engineering Department will have to work on the project.  On the issue of the lighting for the road, these are trust accounts and on this the developers have to place the lighting.

 

4.  Request for a status report on the extension of water and sewer services for Casa

     Verde Project.

 

      Keith Selman, City Planner, reported that they have extended the water line around 1,000 feet but the property still needs to be platted in order to hook up services.  He added that they have just received the first plat that will go before the Planning and Zoning Commission.  He acknowledged that they have not been able to obtain the authority from all property owners in the area that is most dense to allow the City to go in and survey.  He mentioned that those properties along Casa Verde Road do not require a release to access the properties.  The areas that are harder to get to are towards the West and particularly an easement on the southernmost portion of the tract. 

 

            C.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.  Commentary/Presentation of Texas Supreme Court ruling on eight liners.

 

      Carlos Golarte, local business owner, mentioned that these eight liners have had a tremendous impact on his business.  He stated he had 47 full-time employees and part-time employees plus four managers prior to the passage of the legislation.  Many of these employees had to be terminated as a result of the  legislation.  He stated that the business has been losing revenue on a daily basis but he has decided to remain open.  He added that he is one of the property owners that was generating steady revenue to the City in the form of taxes.  In the month of January, 2003, his business spent $99,355.00 in gift certificates from local merchants.  In the month of February, 2003, he spent $148,000.00 in gift certificates from local merchants.  This is money that is being injected into the local economy, it is not a profit for the establishment.  This recent ruling has had a negative impact on the city as a whole not only on the local merchants. 

 

2.  Status report on the Pilot Parking Permit Program, with possible action.

 

      Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that this permit program was started in January, 2003.  He explained that they have submitted information to the high school students and the residents along the area.  They have distributed decals in the target area and had parking staff deliver information to all the residents in the area.  He added that an ordinance was introduced and the final reading was approved creating the tow-away zone areas.  The residents were informed to make sure that if they are interested in parking on the street that they require a parking decal.  The information was provided to 135 residents regarding this project.  There are 54 residents that have already obtained permits.  They are issuing two parking permits per residence provided proof of residence and information on the vehicles is presented.   The parking permits have been issued for one year and they will be monitoring the area.  The next step is to conduct a survey of those who participated in this project to see the program’s success. 

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

11.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Nextel WIP lease Corporation,

d/b/a Nextel Partners, for approximately 559 square feet located at 8711 McPherson Road, Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of lease agreement for the construction and operation of its communications equipment facility.  Term of the lease is fifty-two (52) months commencing June 20, 2003 and ending October 20, 2007 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $4,200.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be adjusted by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for an effective date.

 

Introduction of Ordinance:  City Council

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the Final Readings of Ordinances # 2003-O-099; # 2003-O-100; #2003-O-101; # 2003-O-102; # 2003-O-103; # 2003-O-104; # 2003-O-105; # 2003-O-106; # 2003-O-107; # 2003-O-108; # 2003-O-109; # 2003-O-110; # 2003-O-111; # 2003-O-112; and # 2003-O-114.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-099  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-099.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2003-O-100  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-100.

 

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2003-O-101  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-101.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            2003-O-102  Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and

Sewer System Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 2003, in the principal amount of $3,620,000 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.  (As Amended)

 

Robert Estrada, from Estrada Hinojosa & Company, reported that there were six bids from a broad section of underwriters regarding the sale of debt.  The lowest bid was by UBS Payne Weber with a true interest cost of 4.2006% and a total interest cost of $1,800,121.21.00.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-102.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2003-O-103  Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Public Property Finance

Contractual Obligations, Series 2003, in the principal amount of $2,795,000, 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 .  (As Amended)

 

The lowest bid was UBS Payne Weber with a true interest cost of 2.3089% with a total interest cost of $148,773.92. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-103.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

          For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-104  Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Combination Tax and

Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 2003, in the principal amount of $3,510,000 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.  (As amended)

 

The lowest bid was UBS Payne Weber was the lowest bidder with a true interest cost of 4.2082% with a total interest cost of $1,781,026.61. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-104.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-105  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.383

acres, as further described by metes and bounds on 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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-105.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-106  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.  (As amended)  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-106.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-107  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-107.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-108  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-108.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

 For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

   

2003-O-109  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-109.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

   

2003-O-110  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-110.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-111  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-111.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

   

2003-O-112  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-112.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-114  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-114.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

13.  2003-R-044  Confirming the appointment of a member of the Fire Fighters’ & Police

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

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2003-R-044 appointing Ray Gardner to the Civil Service Commission. 

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

For:     6                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

          

             14.  2003-R-049  Authorizing the City Manager to accept an amendment to Grant Offer

     No. 3-48-0136-33-02 increasing the amount from $41,626.00 to   

     $63,543.00 an increase of $21,917.00 from the Federal Aviation

     Administration reimbursing the City of Laredo for increased law

     enforcement services provided to the Airport Department by the Laredo   

     Police Department immediately following the tragic event of September

     11, 2001.  The grant does not require a local match.

 

      Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-049.

 

    Moved:  Cm.  Galo

    Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano     

    For:     6                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

15.  2003-R-050  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.0689 of an acre

parcel of land, more or less, from Maria Teresa Soto de Flores, as a Utility Easement, for the extension of water service lines to the Tanquecitos South Acres I Subdivision.  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 Exhibits “A & B”.

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 7-A, called to contain 3.9809 acres as per deed dated April 11, 2000 and recorded in Volume 899, Page 376, Official Public Records of Webb County, Texas, said Lot 7-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 Resolution # 2003-R-050.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     6                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

16.  2003-R-051  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.261 of an acre parcel

of land, more or less, from Ramon Rojas and Maria Del Jesus Rojas, as a Utility Easement, for the Colonias Water Service Lines Extension Project.  Said parcel of land being situated in Rancho Penitas West Subdivision, Unit IX, 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 0.261 acre tract of land situated in Porcion 7 and 8, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being out of Rancho Penitas West Subdivision, Lot 66, Unit IX,  recorded in Volume 4, Page 32, Webb County Map Records.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-051.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     6                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

17.  2003-R-052  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Interlocal Government

Agreement between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb for the engineering, surveying, aerial photography and environmental assessment for the Cuatro Vientos Road Project to increase the City's contribution by $111,983.00.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-052.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  1

                                                                                            Cm.  Amaya

XII.     MOTIONS

 

18.  Consideration for approval of final change order no. 6 an increase of $33,248.42 for the

balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Del Mar Widening Project from Fenwick Drive to McPherson Road and approval of final payment in the amount of $121,586.65 to MTZ Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $1,075,170.96.  Funding is available in the 2000 A CO Issue McPherson Widening Phase I.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

19.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Triple A Concrete,

Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $97,192.01 for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 23 (27 Blocks).  Funding is available in the School Sidewalks 27th and 28th Action Years.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  Consideration to award contract number FY03-072 to the low bidder, Laredo Coca

Cola, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00, for providing powdered electrolyte replacement drinks (Powerade) for City service crews.  Electrolyte replacement drinks are purchased on as needed basis during the summer months for the service crews to prevent dehydration.  The contract pricing is approximately 8% less than the previous contract period.  Funding is available in the following budgets:  Public Works, Sanitation, Fleet Maintenance, Traffic Safety, Engineering, Risk and Parks and Recreation Departments.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Consideration to award annual contract number FY03-063 to the low bidder, Gall’s

Inc., Lexington, KY, in the estimated amount of $34,511.25 for the purchase of leather gear, raincoats, flashlights, and other accessories used by the Police Department.  This is an annual contract, which established contract pricing for a one-year period.  These items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Police Department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.  Consideration to award contract number FY03-069 to the sole bidder, Holt Company of

Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $471,965.00 for the purchase of one, replacement compactor for the landfill operation.  This equipment will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provisions for a five-year maintenance contract and a guaranteed re-purchase price.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within sixty days.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration to award contract number FY03-068 to the low bidder, Holt Company of

Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $427,482.00 for the purchase of one, replacement tract type tractor for the landfill operation.  This equipment will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provisions for a five-year maintenance contract and a guaranteed re-purchase price.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within sixty days.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consideration to award contract number FY03-067 to the sole bidder, Holt Company of

Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $480,482.00 for the purchase of one, replacement scraper for the landfill operation.  This equipment will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provisions for a five-year maintenance contract and a guaranteed re-purchase price.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within sixty days.  Funding is available in the  Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

25.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute the purchase of vaccines in the

amount of $39,500.00 for the 2003-2004 flu season from Aventis Pasteur, Inc.  The Health Department will utilize the Texas Department of Health’s federal contract pricing with Aventis to purchase these vaccines.  Funding is available in the Health Department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Joe A. Aceves, a.k.a.

Municipal Water Utilities, and Project Development Consulting Services, of San Antonio, Texas, for consulting services and oversight of the development of a Secondary  Water Supply Project, in the sum not to exceed $36,000.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY03-052 to the LOW

BIDDER, Oil Patch Petroleum, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $917,480.00, for the purchase of transport loads of unleaded and low sulfur diesel fuel and tank wagon loads of high sulfur diesel fuel, for the City of Laredo's fleet.  The unit cost for the transport loads of unleaded fuel is $0.0095 less and the transport loads of diesel fuel are $0.0250 less than the previous contract period.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.  

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of two ambulances through the Texas Local

Government Purchasing Cooperative Agreement (Buy Board) contract from Wheeled Coach, Winter Park, Florida, in the total amount of $258,076.00.  These ambulances will be assigned to Station 9 and Station 14.  Funding for one unit as been budgeted with PPFCO bond proceeds and the other with Community Development-CDBG Funds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to award contract FY03-071 to the low bidder, Lawrence Marshall

Chrysler, Hempstead, Texas, in the total amount of $299,775.00 for the purchase of fifteen (15) replacement sedans for the Police Department.  The City is requesting that these vehicles be delivered fully equipped with light bars, sirens, decals, and other accessories normally installed by the Fleet Maintenance Division.  Only the radios will be installed after the vehicles have been delivered to the City.  This will expedite the process to activate units for patrol duty.  Funding has been allocated in the 2003 PPFCO bond sale.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Authorization to use District VII discretionary funds in the amount not to exceed    

$12,000.00 for sidewalks along the north side of the 1500 to 1800 block of Burnside from Santa Rita to Santa Maria Avenues.  Construction will be done in-house by Engineering/Public Works Department.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

A.  Legislative Update by Rene Gonzalez, City’s Legislative Consultant.

 

      Rene Gonzalez reported that the latest legislative session has been a defensive one.  Out of 3,600 house bills and 1,900 senate bills, only 37 of those have been approved.   He mentioned that there have been quarrels on the floor over budget, tort reform, and education.  There are hundreds of bills that are still in committee that have not gone through their due process.  He mentioned the redistricting process that has been introduced and that it will be a very difficult task.  He added that Sen. Zaffirini has been named to the Appropriations Conference Committee.  He provided a general overview on a few house bills.  Regarding HB 3554 which is the Inspection Station bill, one of the representatives wants some issues to be taken care of.  The composition of the Transportation Commission has changed from three to five members.  He also mentioned the creation of Regional Mobility Authorities which deal with the study, evaluation, design, and operation of transportation projects.  This agency would create toll roads.  There is one bill, the Ethics Commission bill, that affects the City’s governing body.  Any elected official, city attorney, city manager, and others would have to file financial reports prior to running for office and annually while in office.  He also mentioned the handgun issue relating to places where weapons are prohibited and the application of criminal trespass laws to those licensed to carry concealed handguns. 

 

B.  Discussion regarding the City of Laredo's participation in the Rio Grande Regional

     Water Authority, with possible action.

 

      Cm. Galo reported that the Water Issues Committee did meet but they did not have a consensus.  He concluded that the group did not see the benefits of the City’s participation in this governing body. 

 

      Rene Gonzalez reported that when this went through a Senate Committee, the structure of the board changed which leaned toward heavy irrigation districts in the region.  This brought up several concerns from individuals in other municipalities including Laredo because of the geography and demographics of our city.  The option has been given to the City of Laredo to visit with the House Chair to allow for insertion of language to where the City could opt out at any time. 

 

      David Mendez from Austin, Texas, stated that he has met with the Water Issue Committee a few times over the last month regarding this legislation.  Senate Bill 1902 is the creation of a regional district which includes Laredo.  The basic purpose of the district is to create a financing vehicle for large-scale construction projects to reclaim water and conserve water on the river.  He made one suggestion for an amendment to this legislation to Senator Lucio.  The committee wanted to make sure that Laredo has the flexibility for it to opt out of the district should the City not favor the way the appointments are made.  He has drafted legislation that Senator Lucio has agreed to support and this legislation would allow the City by resolution of the City Council and by notice to the various participants in the district that it would choose to opt out. 

 

      Motion to allow for the City of Laredo to opt out of the Rio Grande Regional Water Authority once the item clears the Senate. 

 

      Moved:  Cm. Galo

      Second:  Cm. Belmares

      For:    6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

C.  Presentation by Armando Hinojosa on the proposed design of the Veteran’s Monument,

     with possible action.

 

      Mike Pescador from the Parks and Recreation Department reported that on February 18th  the City Council had approved the budget increase to accommodate the design with the proposed changes.  He introduced Mr. Hinojosa who presented the design changes.

 

      Armando Hinojosa, artist, explained the two different groups to be recognized.  One side will have the three Medal of Honor recipients and the other side will be a Veterans Memorial dedicated to all veterans in any war served or any war to come. 

 

      Motion to accept the Veteran’s Monument design with the dedication as suggested by Mayor Flores.  One of the plaques shall be dedicated to all the Veterans organizations and the other plaque shall be dedicated to the people of Laredo who believe in the men and women who have fought for their freedom. 

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Agredano

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:    6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

D.  Presentation by Keith Selman, Planning Director, regarding the City’s Development

      Standard Specification Book.

 

      Keith Selman, City Planner, presented to City Council a synopsis of what is covered in the Specification Book.  He stated that it covers all elements of the subdivision development  processes such as water, waste water, drainage, streets, etc.  It will specifically tell the contractor what is required and will get some of the common issues resolved.  He mentioned that he will bring this item back to City Council as quickly as possible.

 

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.

 

XV.      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:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

 

32.  Public hearing and a motion to modify the following El Metro routes to increase

       efficiency, productivity, and on-time performance.

 

* *        Eliminate 3rd Corpus bus and leave bus #1 and #2

* *        Modify San Eduardo Route

* *        Modify San Bernardo Route

* *        Re-route Santa Maria

* *        Extend Retama Route

* *        Extend Convent Route

* *        Split the Express bus to Bus A and Bus B

* *        Modify Mines Road Route #17

 

Gloria Tellez, local resident, spoke in reference to the modification of the San Eduardo-Sanchez route.  Her concern is that she has noticed an influx of people with the bus stop now by her property.  There is now an accumulation of litter and people trample on her property.  Another concern is the noise created by the buses as they drive by – her windows start to rattle as the bus passes by her house.  

 

Clara Guevara spoke on the #2 bus route – Gale St. and Calle del Norte.  She stated that now pedestrians will have to walk more than five blocks to the nearest bus stop to take the bus.  This includes elderly people and those on wheelchairs.

 

Roy Cepeda, Director for Texas Careers, had a concern that bus service for students attending the Texas Careers facility would be reduced. 

 

                  Joe Guerra, Director for El Metro, discussed the proposed fare increases and route realignments.  He mentioned that there has been an $800,000.00 cut in federal funding.  The department is expecting to have a reduction in funding from $1,000,000.00 to $700,000.00.  The total cuts that they are facing for next fiscal year is $1,100,000.00.  He believes that by utilizing the bus routes more efficiently, the department can partly make up for the shortfall.

           

                  Motion to close the public hearing and modify the bus routes as per El Metro.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

                  For:     6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

33.  2003-RT-003  Resolution of the City of Laredo sitting as the Mass Transit Board

       adopting a revised Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy.

 

       Motion to approve #2003-RT-003.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

       Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:     6                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY03-052 to the low bidder, Oil

Patch Petroleum, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $477,310.00, for the purchase of transport loads of low sulfur diesel and tank wagon loads of unleaded fuel, for the transit system’s fleet.  The unit cost for the tank wagon  loads of unleaded fuel is $0.005 less and the transport loads of diesel fuel is $0.0250 less than the previous contract period.  Funding is available in the Transit Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Authorization to cancel, by mutual agreement, contract purchase order dated January   

14, 2002, with Neoplan USA, Inc., for 8 low floor CNG buses due to contractor’s inability to meet delivery date.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm. E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Authorizing 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 (Supplemental 5307 Funds) for a total amount of $3,613,392.00 for Fiscal Year 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. E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY WATER LOCAL GOVERNMENT CORPORATION

 

            Motion to adjourn as the Laredo Mass Transit Board and convene as the Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    6                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  2003-RW-001  Authorizing the President of the Laredo City Water Local Government

Corporation (“LWC”) to execute a fifth amendment of the Advanced Authorization to Proceed (AATP) with MWH Americas, Inc., and resume the completion of the Secondary Water Supply by contracting for engineering services for the pre-verification phase of the 1,500 acre site owned by the City and located approximately 8 miles north of Laredo, in the amount not to exceed $200,000.00.

Motion to approve 2003-RW-001.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    6                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

  

XVII.   RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY WATER LOCAL GOVERNMENT             CORPORATION AND RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

Motion to adjourn as the Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation and reconvene as the Laredo City Council.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVIII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2003-S-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MAY 5, 2003

5:30 P.M.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

  

I.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

       

            1.  A.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares.

1.  Staff presentation on the recommendation of a traffic light at Jordan and

     Springfield, with possible action.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Eliseo

     Valdez, Jr.) 

 

      Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, stated that five alternatives were brought before City Council and these were taken before the Transportation Committee.  He mentioned that they have provided the cost estimates to the committee as well.  His recommendation is to go forward with Alternative #2 with a cost estimate of $27,000.00 because they are not recommending a traffic light. 

 

      Cm. Belmares instructed the City Manager to begin conducting a cost study and then proceed with the implementation of the rumble strips.

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that if there is a different way to install these and if the cost is reasonable then they will go ahead and put those strips in as a pilot project.  He added that if this is effective, then he will suggest to leave them there. 

 

 

II.        RESOLUTION

 

2.  2003-R-053  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Interlocal

Government Agreement between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb for the creation & development of a public park in North Central Laredo.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2003-R-053.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     5                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  1

                                                                                 Cm.  Amaya

 

III.       ADJOURNMENT

 

      Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  10:45 p.m. 

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

            Second:  Cm.  Galo

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 through 27 are true, correct, and complete proceedings of the City Council meeting held on May 5, 2003.

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary