CITY OF LAREDO

                                                CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                            M-2003-R-012

                                              CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                  1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                    LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                             JUNE 16, 2003

                                                                 5:30 P.M.

   

 I.         CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Flores led in the Pledge of allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Mayor Pro Tempore, 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

 

            Cm.  Alfredo Agredano joined the meeting at 5:58 p.m.

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of minutes of March 3, 2003, March 24, 2003 and April 7, 2003.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

None.

 

Invitations

 

None.

 

Recognitions

 

a.    Recognition of Maria Teresa "Terry" Gonzalez, of the Parks and Recreation   

       Department, for being selected May Employee of the Month.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, described the accomplishments and mentioned that Terry Gonzalez has worked for the City of Laredo for over twenty years.    

 

Maria Teresa Gonzalez thanked Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, Mayor, Council Members, and Co-workers for the opportunity to be employee of the month.

       

Communiqués

 

Cm.  Garcia thanked the City Manager and other City departments for keeping the Council Members and the public abreast of all situations during a storm that pounded the City on June 2, 2003.  He specifically applauded the Police Department, Fire Department, United Water, Traffic Department and the Utilities Department. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Galo echoed Cm.  Garcia’s by thanking City staff for doing such an outstanding job for District III during the June 2, 2003 storm.  He commented that his constituents have been calling him expressing how thankful they are to City staff for helping them clean up the storm debris.  He also said he had the pleasure of representing the City of Laredo at the American Cancer’s ‘Relay for Life’.  He thanked the employees for their fund raising efforts for non-profit organizations.  Finally, he submitted an article from the McAllen Monitor called “Booking the Big Ones…What does Laredo have and McAllen doesn’t.” to be on file at the City Secretary’s Office.   

 

Cm.  Amaya also thanked City staff for an excellent job responding to the June 2, 2003 storm.  He specifically congratulated the City Manager. 

 

Cm.  E.  Valdez reiterated the other Council Members by congratulating and thanking City employees for their efforts in cleaning up after the June 2nd storm.  He especially thanked Beto Ramirez and United Water for assisting constituents in his area. 

 

Cm.  Belmares also took the time to thank the City employees for their hard work during the June 2, 2003 storm.  He recognized the Bridge Department for their fund raising efforts held at H. E. B.  He said the Bridge Department raises monies throughout the year so they can help the children at the orphanage have a brighter Christmas.

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez concurred with the other Council Members about the excellent job that the City employees did during the June 2, 2003 storm.  He noted how much he appreciated their efforts. 

 

Cm.  Juan Ramirez thanked City staff for their hard work during the June 2, 2003 storm.  He also thanked Olga Maldonado, from AEP, for working hard to restore electricity to all the homes.  He invited the public to attend the 4th of July celebration which will be held at Veteran’s Field Stadium where he will distribute free apple pie and ice-cream.   

 

Mayor Flores acknowledged the hard work of City employees during the storm.  She went on to thank Eddie Zavala, Customer Service Coordinator, and the City Manager/Mayor’s Office for receiving all the telephone calls with complaints/concerns about the June 2, 2003 storm.  She also mentioned a news advisory where the City had received recognition for their “Blue Bag Curb Service”.  An application for the award was completed by Cynthia Collazo, Oscar Medina, Blasita Lopez, and Xochitl Mora. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

            

a.       Appointment by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores of Clema Owens to the Third Party Funding Committee.

 

Motion to approve the appointment of Clema Owens to the Third Party Funding Committee.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia of Francisco Gonzalez to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee.

 

Motion to postpone the appointment.

 

Motion to postpone

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0  

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by reducing revenues and expenditures from $2,000.00 to $1,000.00 for a grant from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio for the South Texas/Border Region Health Professional Education Initiative.  State funding for academic programs correlate to this reduction.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem 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. E. Valdez, Jr.

                     For:     8                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from grant agreement CSJ Number M322LREDO from Texas Department of Transportation under the Routine Airport Maintenance Program (RAMP) in the amount of $30,000.00 for the purpose of airport airfield maintenance at the Laredo International Airport.  The local match for this project in the amount of $30,000.00 is available in the Airport Construction Fund (433) under the Land Sale Proceeds Division; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem 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 Tem Galo

                     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 increasing expenditures and revenues in the amount of $43,833.00 from the Texas Department of Health and $30,000.00 in program income for the Immunization Action Program of the City of Laredo Health Department and extending the grant period from September 1, 2002, through August 31, 2003 to September 1, 2002, through December 31, 2003.

 

 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

 

 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

 Second:  Cm. Amaya

 For:    8                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                     There was no public input.

 

                     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                     Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                     For:     8                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $363,668.00 from the South Texas Development Council and $2,000.00 in program income for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Services Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of April 1, 2003 through March 31, 2004.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                     There was no public input.

 

                     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                     Second:  Cm. Amaya

                     For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.424 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located at 413 Shiloh Drive 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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                     There was no public input.

 

                     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                     Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                     For:     8                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

6.           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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing Luis De Leon, asked to withdraw this request.

 

                     Motion to close the public hearing and withdraw the request.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                     Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                     For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

7.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.02 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located east of Highway 83 and northeast of the American Towers Plat No. 2, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing 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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0  

 

Manuel Escamilla asked to table this item.

                    

Motion to close the public hearing and table.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. Agredano

                     Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                     For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

 

 

 

8.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.27 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Loop 20 and east of Monarch Dr., 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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0  

 

                     There was no public input.

 

                     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                     Second:  Cm. Agredano

                     For:    8                                       Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

 

                     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

9.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7 and 8, Block 8, Country Club Commercial Subdivision, Unit I, located at 3608 E. Saunders Street, 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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Andreo S.  Rodriguez spoke against the zone change request.

 

Mary Lopez and Tomas Lopez spoke against the zone change request. 

 

Jesus Martinez, resident of the Country Club Subdivision, spoke against the zone change request. 

 

Ron Whitehawk confirmed that the owner did want to withdraw the zone change request. 

                    

                     Motion to close the public hearing and deny the zone change.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

                     Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                     For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

10.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block 1072, Eastern Division, located at 2801 Garfield Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) and 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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ron Whitehawk, spoke on behalf of Felipe Murillo, who has a tire repair business.  He asked for expansion of this commercial business. 

 

                     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a B-3.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                     Second:  Cm. Agredano

                     For:     8                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

 

11.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Block 2, Rancho Viejo Subdivision, Unit 1, located west of Mines Road and south of Rancho Viejo Drive, 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 approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                     Second:  Cm. Agredano

                     For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 

 

12.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 59.62 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located southeast of the intersection of Del Mar Boulevard and McPherson Road, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and B-1 (Limited Commercial 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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                     There was no public input.

 

                     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

                     Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                     For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

 

13.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 22.97 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Loop 20 and east of Monarch Drive, from AG (Agricultural 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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                     There was no public input.

 

                     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                     Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                     For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

           

 

 

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

 14.      A.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

                      

1.         Status report regarding Mario Tijerina, George Washington and Los Obispos Parks. 

 

Cm.  Agredano stated that the agenda should read Mario Tijerina, George Washington and El Eden. 

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, gave the following report:

 

Status report for the Mario Tijerina Park:

 

Phase I of the project is 95% complete:  Softball field, soccer field, skate pad and irrigation system and landscaping.

 

Phase II of the project is the purchase of skate ramps, playground modules, construction of a walking trail, parking lot, additional improvements to softball field (lateral fencing from existing backstop, dugouts) and perimeter post and cable to the park.  Skate ramps were delivered on Friday.  A change order to contractor for Phase I is being drafted to include concrete work for walking trail, parking improvements and post cable.   

 

George Washington Park – Improvements include basketball court, sidewalks, playground module and landscaping.

 

Project is 85% complete.  Pending is completion of landscaping, sidewalk ramps to meet ADA and other minor improvements.

 

El Eden Recreation Center and Park Improvements – Acceptance of Warranty Deed is scheduled for next City Council Meeting.  A contract with Architect Plus is currently being evaluated by the engineering department and will be considered for approval at the next council meeting.  A conceptual layout has been presented to staff for input and amenities to the recreation center and park are being evaluated. 

 

2.         Status report on the vacant property located two blocks south of Cigarroa High School for a possible park.

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, said that several individuals are working with family members to convey the property.   The delay is finding clear titles to the properties.   

 

 

 

3.         Status report regarding land acquisition for a future City cemetery.

 

Horacio De Leon, Park and Recreation Director, reported that this item will be discussed during the 2003-2004 Budget Workshop.  Staff is reviewing several sites; noting, the current cemetery has space for two or three more years.  

 

4.         Discussion with possible action on the connection of South Merida and North Merida. 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, reported that the connection of South Merida and North Merida has been considered for some time.  The City Council included the project into the Capital Improvement Project and funded it to participate in the drainage.  It was to include some of the culverts along the tributary that will basically bisect the roadway.  This roadway runs north and south and the tributary runs east and west.  The cost was $300,000.  The monies are still there to pay for those drainage improvements.  It was hoped that the Community Development would then participate in the funding of that road with our participation.  It would be able to stimulate the construction of that roadway.  As it turns out it did not.  Since that time, the City has since acquired the entire tract including a large portion adjacent to it for park purposes.  It is a project that has not hit the Capital Improvement Plan as a street project because it has never been included.  Staff would recommend that it be placed in the Capital Improvement Plan for 2003-2004 as a street project. 

 

Motion to include this item into the Capital Improvement Plan as a street project for this year.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano                                                     

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

B.         Request by Mayor Pro Tempore John C. Galo

 

1.      Update on the new at-grade crossing on Bartlett between Market and Cortez, with possible action.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, said that staff has not received any information since a memo was sent to TxDOT about the at-grade crossing on Bartlett between Market and Cortez.   City staff is still pending the agreement.   

 

Cm.  Galo acknowledged that TexMex Railroads has placed the planking at the grade crossing on Bartlett between Market and Cortez. 

 

 

 

2.      Staff report on the Chacon Creek clean-up project and hike and bike trail, with possible action.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that 50% of the hike and bike trail has been completed.  This includes 3,500 linear feet 8’ wide.  The trail initiates at the mouth of the river and extends along the Chacon Creek connecting existing parks like Benavides Softball and Dryden Optimist Little League Park.  Three crossings are part of this Phase I trail and are located at Meadow Street crossing, north east of Benavides Softball Park and west of Dryden Park.  Coordination of Public Works for scheduling work is currently taking place.  A grant proposal to Parks and Wildlife has been submitted for the construction of Phase II of this trail.  The proposal includes the construction of the trail from Dryden Park to Hwy 359 and estimated 5,500 linear feet.  Project cost is estimated at $90,380. 

 

3.      Status report on filling the vacancy of the tennis pro position at the Market tennis courts, with possible action.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, noted that a request for proposals were issued and advertised on March 30th and April 6th of this year.  This same Request for Proposals were published in the USTA newsletter.  One proposal was received. An interview with the applicant was conducted with staff and the president of the Tennis Association.  The proposal was over our existing budget so meetings were held with the City Manager to evaluate available funding.  An offer was mailed on June 9th and we are awaiting a response.  We called to confirm receipt of the offer and there was a positive communication with intent to accept the offer.  We will await written confirmation and will have an item on the next City Council Agenda for approval of contract.

 

4.      Discussion on the implementation of City Ordinances on businesses that require State and Federal permits, with possible action. 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, informed Council that businesses are not exempt because they have licensing provisions at the state level. 

 

C.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.   Discussion with possible action on the creation of a Para-transit  Advisory Committee appointed by the Mayor and City Council.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Eliseo Valdez) 

 

     Tom Lucek, General Manager of El Metro, discussed the creation of a Para-Transit Advisory Committee.  He gave several suggestions for the new committee including a committee that would be allowed to select their own chairman.  He also suggested appointing a staff person who would record any and all meetings.  Finally, he suggested having a management person from the transit team to advise the committee on budgets, policy and complaints. 

 

      Motion to instruct staff to create an Ad Hoc Committee called Para-Transit Advisory Committee.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

             

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

 

1.   Discussion with possible action to consider the construction of Phase I to include land clearing and preparation for an elderly community center to be located adjacent to the Farias Recreation Center on City property. 

 

      Cm.  J.  Valdez expressed a desire to build a new facility for an elderly community center to be located adjacent to the Farias Recreation Center.  He has talked to Mrs.  Farias, an employee of the Community Action Agency, in reference to transportation service.  He also has been in touch with Webb County to see if both entities can work together to provide funding for this project.  In the meantime, he wants to start the process of hiring architects to get the project started.  He asked staff to evaluate the area and come up with a cost for new dirt.  He expressed a desire to use his discretionary funds to begin the process. 

    

      Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, said that staff can expedite the project once the funding has been identified. 

 

      Motion to instruct staff to locate any additional monies through the CDBG funds to set this project in motion.  Staff should look into hiring the architects. 

 

      Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      Second:  Cm. Ramirez

      For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.   Discussion with possible action to request that City crews construct a concrete stairway from the upper level to the lower level at Father McNaboe Park. 

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, said a design for the stairway was completed back in October 2001 by the Engineering Department.  This design included the ramp in the north side of the park needed to meet ADA standards.  The Parks and Recreation Department prioritized the construction of the ramp as a result of a pending lawsuit at the time.  Using this design our department estimates that the cost of materials and incidentals is $7,000.00.

 

      Motion to use discretionary funds to construct a  concrete stairway from the upper level to the lower level at Father McNaboe Park. 

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

     Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

     For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

E.         Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.   Discussion with possible action on installing a stop sign at the intersection of Zaragoza and Santa Cleotilde. 

 

      Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that staff will do a traffic study for the intersection of Zaragoza and Santa Cleotilde.  He will return to Council with recommendations. 

 

2.   Discussion with possible action regarding authorization to include a two-hour parking fee exemption on value cards for downtown shoppers. 

 

      Viviana Frank, member of the Streets of Laredo Urban Mall, said back in 1996 a few people from downtown/property owners got together to create ways to expand downtown to include retail rather than a wholesale base.  She discussed a discount card that will be sold to sponsors as a marketing tool to promote more usage of the downtown area. 

 

      Rafael Torres, a member of the Board of the Streets of Laredo Inc., said the card will create consumer traffic in the downtown businesses.  He asked City Council to consider authorizing a two-hour parking fee exemption on the value cards for downtown shoppers.  The Board feels that the request will be a real incentive for people to purchase the card and to shop downtown. 

 

      Joe Garcia spoke in favor of authorizing two hour parking on the value card.  He went on to say that the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has agreed to purchase 1000 cards to distribute to airlines from Mexico. 

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said the current ordinance establishes rights for parking fees to be given at a promotional rate subject to consultation from the General Manager of the El Metro.  He was concerned about the far reaching impact and expressed a desire to analyze the decision to allow two-hour parking for each card.  He mentioned placing a limit on each card.  

   

3.   Reconsider Clark Boulevard bus route, with possible action.

 

Tom Lucek, El Metro Manager, reported that bus routes must be changed through holding public hearings. 

 

Joe Guerra, employee of El Metro, explained why the bus route was changed.  The change was to better utilize the resources.  He noted that the route can be changed back to the original route at a public hearing held in October of 2003. 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion to start the process to change the bus route back to Gustavus Street. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                             Against:  2                                Abstain:  0

                                          Cm.  Agredano

                                          Cm.  Garcia

 

4.   Discussion with possible action regarding Transit Center’s budget overtime expense and El Lift Program.

 

     Richard Zander spoke against increase to any fees.

 

      R. J. Garza, with El Metro, reported on several changes that will help the system enhance efficiencies, scheduling, and prepare our schedulers for addressing calls timelier.  Our staff will be monitoring the system and will return with recommendations to better serve the public. 

    

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES 

 

15.    Closing as a public easement the section of Dorel Drive between Cheyenne Drive and the West boundary line of Doral Drive as shown on the amended plat of Cheyenne Subdivision, Phase I, recorded on Volume 18, Pages 6 & 7, Webb County plat records, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; which section is also depicted as a 0.274 acre tract as described in Exhibit “A,” save and except that within such 0.274 acre tract there continues to exist (1) A 0.073 acre gas line easement which is described in Exhibit “B” and a 849 square foot easement in favor of Centerpoint Energy (Entex) which is described in Exhibit “C”. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

16.  Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinance # 2003-O-137, # 2003-O-138, # 2003- 

       O-139, # 2003-O-140, # 2003-O-141, and # 2003-O-142.

 

                    Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                    Second:  Cm. Amaya

                    For:    8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-137    Amending Section 2-3(D), of Article I of Chapter 2, Administration, of the Code of Ordinances, in order to conform the schedule of charges for copies of public information with that specified by the Public Information Act, Texas Government Code, Subchapter F.

                       

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-137.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                    Against:  0                         Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-138    Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures, as per the Texas Department of Health, in the amount of $2,679.00 in the Tuberculosis Elimination Program budget of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-138.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                    Against:  0                        Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-139    Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by increasing expenditures and Program Income/Revenues in the amount of $5,500.00 for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program budget of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.  (As amended)

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-139.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                    Against:  0                        Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-140    Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $111,757.00 for the Los Dos Laredos Binational Neural Tube Defects (NTD) Pilot Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and extending the program period from April 1, 2002 through March 31, 2003 to April 1, 2002 through September 30, 2003.

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-140.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                    Against:  0                        Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-141    Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease agreement approved by Ordinance No. 98-O-053 dated February 17, 1998, between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and UETA of Texas, Inc., a subsidiary of Duty Free Americas, Inc., as Lessee, to amend the lease area at the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal and rental obligation, extend the term of the agreement by 30 months, consolidate duty free and news/gift shop merchandise, provide for additional modifications and improvements to the new leased are and amend hours of operation, providing for effective date.  (As amended)

 

                        Motion to adopt # 2003-O-141.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                    Against:  0                        Abstain:  0

 

 2003-O-142   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with South Texas Development Council for approximately 240 square feet constituting Suite No. 7 of Building S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one-year (1) commencing on April 1, 2003 and ending on March 31, 2004 and may be extended for one year (1) ending on March 31, 2005.  Monthly rent shall be $312.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

                        Motion to withdraw Ordinance # 2003-O-142.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                    Against:  0                        Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

17.  2003-R-064    Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.264 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, from Patrick H. Alexander, as a Utility Easement, for the Colonias Water Service Lines Extension Project.  Said parcel of land being situated in Rancho Peñitas West Subdivision, Lot 65 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 0.264 acre tract of land situated in Porcion 7, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, said 0.264 acre tract being out of Rancho Peñitas West Subdivision, Lot 65, Unit IX, recorded in Volume 4, Page 32, Webb County Map Records.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                       Against:  0                        Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

18.  2003-R-065    Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an Interlocal Government Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Independent School District for the participation of the City of Laredo Police Department School Resource Officer Program.  The Laredo Police Department will provide eight (8) officers that will be assigned to various middle and high schools, and the Laredo Independent School District will reimburse the City of Laredo up to three hundred forty nine thousand five hundred eleven dollars ($349,511.00) for the 2003-2004 school year.

           

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                       Against:  0                        Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

19.  Confirmation of the Mayor’s Declaration of a Local State of Disaster to Severe Windstorm Damage which occurred on June 2, 2003, in accordance with the City’s Code of Ordinances Section 11.5-21.

 

         Mayor Flores announced that action was no longer necessary.     

                         

20.    Ratification of submission of grant application for the Homeland Security Overtime Program from the US Department of Justice COPS Office.  The total amount of funds requested is $239,080.00 from the United States Department of Justice and $79,694.00 from the City.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.    Ratification of submission of a grant application for 60 new police officer positions under the Universal Hiring Program from the U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS Office.  The total amount of funds requested is $4,500,000.00 from the U.S. Department of Justice and $5,415,840.00 from the City over a three (3) year period.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.    Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Ramos Industries,  Inc., Pasadena, Texas, in the bid amount $169,337.00 for the Hillside Road 18-inch sanitary sewer line.  Funding is available in the Hillside Trunk Line Project Account.

        

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

23.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute professional services contract with Martinez Pharmacy not to exceed $75,000.00 to provide pharmaceutical services to HIV/AIDS clients of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2003 through March 31, 2004.  State grant funds are utilized for these services.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.    Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Association for Library Service to Children for the NASA @ your library™ traveling exhibit.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.    Consideration to authorize United Water Laredo to subcontract the installation of a sludge transfer pump station at a cost to the City of Laredo of  $54,777.00.  Funding is available in the Sewer Fund.

        

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.    Consideration to authorize United Water Laredo to replace the existing sewer inspection vehicle with televising capabilities, at a cost not to exceed $75,000.00.  Funding is available in the Sewer Fund.

        

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.    Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Gilmar Construction, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $132,570.00 for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 22 (30 Blocks).  Funding is available in the Community Development Block Grant 28th Action Year-School Sidewalks.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.    Amending a contract with Sherfey Engineering, Co., Laredo, Texas for $34,480.00 to include additional basic engineering and surveying services required to change the alignment for the Chacon Extension wastewater trunk line from the Casa Blanca Golf Park to the east Airport property.  The amendment brings the total contract amount to $373,280.00.  Funding is available in the 1998-A Bond Issue Chacon Interceptor.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.    Consideration to award contract FY03-079 to 4 Alarm MES, McAllen, Texas, in the amount of $67,706.00 for the purchase of rescue equipment for the Fire Department. The equipment includes 32” hydraulic spreaders, cutters, pneumatic impact tools, and Kevlar airbag systems.  The City did receive a lower bid from Wilson Fire Apparatus and Equipment, New Braunfels, Texas; however, this vendor did not bid on the specific equipment requested by the Fire Department.  The department has standardized the rescue tool systems and only Hurst emergency products were requested.  The Fire Department has extensive training on this type of equipment.  Funding is available in the 2003 PPFCO Contractual Obligation Bond.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.    Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of May 2003, represents a decrease of $9,497.62.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.    Refund of property tax to the following taxpayer and company.

 

A refund in the amount of $ 2,545.66 payable to Citicapital Commercial Leasing due to an overpayment by Citicapital.  Account #801-01002-201.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

           

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a.  Discussion with possible action regarding progress on the Development Standard

     Specification Book.

 

     Bill Skeen notified the Mayor and Council that he has been working with City staff

     to create the Development Standard Specification Book.  He said there are a couple

     of outstanding issues but assured Council that it should be complete by the end of

     August.  He acknowledged several directors and thanked them for their input.  He

     specifically thanked Cm.  Belmares for being the driving force behind completing

                       the Specification Book. 

      

b.  Status update regarding Capital Improvement Program process.

 

     Jessica Hein, Assistant to City Manager, explained the guidelines for Capital

     Improvement Plans as stated in the City Charter.  She encouraged the Council

     Members to contact her office to include projects to be considered for the Capital

     Improvement Plan. 

 

    Cm.  E.  Valdez stressed the importance of continuity while considering the Capital

    Improvement Plan.   

 

c.  Discussion with possible action to consider firefighter Ramiro Garza’s request for an

     extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073 (b) of the Texas

     Government Code.

 

     Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, asked Council to consider extending

     Ramiro Garza’s injury leave with pay for 90 days

 

     Motion to extend Mr. Garza’s injury leave for 90 days.

 

 

      Moved:  Cm. Agredano

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:    8                                    Against:  0                                    Abstain:  0 

 

XIII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

33.    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 Tem Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

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

 

         Motion to authorize the City Manager to proceed with finalizing the purchase of Lot 1, Block 276-A; Lot 4, Block 276-A; and Lot 2, Block 162, Western Division for a total sum not to exceed $507,000.00.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

           

XIV.    RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

            Motion to recess as the Laredo City Council and convene as the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    8                                                    Against:  0                                        Abstain:  0

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinance # 2003-O-143.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    8                                                   Against:  0                                         Abstain:  0 

 

34.  2003-O-143   Authorizing the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) to establish a revised rental structure by amending Ordinance 2000-O-289, for the houses managed on behalf of Laredo International Airport’s Noise Compatibility Program.

 

                                 Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-143.

 

                                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                 For:    8                           Against:  0                    Abstain:  0 

 

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING AND RECONVENE AS           THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

Motion to adjourn as the Laredo Municipal Housing and reconvene as the Laredo City Council.

 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                                                  Against:  0                                        Abstain:  0

 

XVI.   ADJOURNMENT

           

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M-2003-S-08

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JUNE 16, 2003

5:30 P.M.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.          INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

 

1.    Confirming the Mayor’s proclamation of a local state of disaster proclaimed on June  

       10, 2003, and extending the proclamation until terminated by the City Council.

 

                   Mayor Flores announced that action was no longer necessary. 

 

II.        MOTIONS

 

2.    Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Rosin-Johnson,  

       Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $32,600.00 for design and  

       preparation of plans and specification for the Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation Project

       located by Zacate Creek on the West, J.C. Martin Elementary School on the East,  

       Guerrero Street on the North, and Tex-Mex Railroad on the South.  Funding is

       available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation.

 

      Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                        Abstain:  0

 

3.   Ratifying the City Manager’s emergency approval of a contract with GCI Contents Restoration & Remediation company in the amount not to exceed $75,000.00 to perform demolition of water soaked materials, drying of the interior and emergency roof repairs to Building No. 132 located at 4719 Maher, Building No. 134 located at 4603 Maher, and Building No. 1050 located at 4812 N. Bartlett, all located at the Laredo International Airport.  This emergency work is necessary to mitigate further damage to these buildings until permanent roof repairs are made. The cost of this contract will be reimbursed by the Texas Municipal League Insurance Plan less the $10,000.00 deductible per occurrence.

 

      Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

III.       ADJOURNMENT

                                                                       

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  8:38 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    8                                                    Against:  0                                        Abstain:  0       

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 24 what are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on June 16, 2003.

 

 

 

                                                                                    _______________________________

                                                                                                  Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                                       City Secretary