CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M-2003-R-013

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JULY 7, 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,                                                                    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

           

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes for April 21, 2003, May 5, 2003, and June 1, 2003.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

            None.

Invitations

 

None.

 

Recognitions

 

a.       Recognition of Larry Dovalina for receiving the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) Professional Development Award as the city management professional who has made contributions to the development of new talent by implementing outstanding career development programs for local government employees.

 

Mayor Flores and City Council publicly recognized Larry Dovalina for receiving the Texas City Management Association Professional Development Award.

 

b.      Recognition of employees retired from the City of Laredo with 20 or more years of service.

 

Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, announced the following employees who  were recognized for their years of service to the City of Laredo:

 

Sergio C. Aguero               21 years                       Carlos Hernandez                     24 years

Antonio Aguilar                  20 years                       Felix F. Lerma                          27 years

Pedro Araiza, III                21 years                       Jorge Lopez                             21years

Jose D. Barron                   22 years                       Maria M. Lozano                     21 years

Alberto A. Cantu                20 years                       Hector E. Martinez                   24 years

Jose L. Casarez                  21 years                       Jesus J. Melendez                     22 years

Rodolfo C. Centeno, Jr.      22 years                       Raul S. Montiel             22 years

Raul Chapa                        25 years                       Salvador E. Pena                      21 years

Roberto Z. Chapa              21 years                       Rosana Rodriguez                     25 years

Jose E. Chavarria               27 years                       Victor A. Rodriguez                  20 years

Heriberto Fuentes               21 years                       Humberto Salinas                     24 years

Rafael Garcia                      34 years                       Carl R. Scruggs, Jr.                  23 years

Raul Garza                         21 years                       David A. Siegfried                    29 years

Arturo Gomez                    22 years                       Jose L. Sotelo                          20 years

Fernando Guillen                23 years                       Amador Tijerina, Jr.                  26 years

Natividad Hernandez          24 years

 

c.       Recognition of Mary Mireles of the Tax Department for being selected June Employee of the Month.

 

Mayor Flores and City Council publicly recognized Mary Mireles as the City of Laredo’s  Employee of the Month for June. 

 

d.   Recognition of Pfc. Derly Bernardini  for his tour of duty in Iraq.

 

Pfc. Derly Bernardini was publicly recognized and presented with a Seven Flags Certificate by Mayor Flores for serving our country while assigned to the Army’s 75th Exploitation Task Force and Artillery Battery Special Unit in pursuit of freedom and democracy in Iraq. 

 

Communiqués

 

Cm. Ramirez thanked everyone involved with the event held during the July 4th celebration at Veterans Field.  He thanked the staff of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and Parks and Recreation departments for the outstanding job done in putting this event together.  He mentioned that next year’s event will hopefully be a much bigger and greater celebration. 

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. asked for a moment of silence in memory of former Commissioner Mike Urdiales who passed away last week.  He also mentioned the success of the July 4th parade held last week.  He publicly thanked the parishioners and the bishop of St. Jude Parish for inviting him to a ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating their new parish hall. 

 

Cm. Belmares thanked City Manager Larry Dovalina, Assistant City Manager Cynthia Collazo, and Assistant to the City Manager Jessica Hein for participating at the latest District VI Advisory Council’s monthly meeting. 

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. mentioned the fine work the staff has done in putting together a draft of the new city budget. 

 

Cm. Amaya congratulated Cm. Juan Ramirez and the Parks and Recreation Department for the fine job done in coordinating the Fourth of July celebration.  He also thanked the Public Works Department crew for the speedy work done in repairing a damaged handrail at Clark Boulevard and Tilden St.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo thanked everyone from the Fire Department and the Police Department for the excellent job done in responding to all issues related to the Fourth of July events held last week. 

 

Cm. Garcia thanked the Police Department and Fire Department for their hard work during the Fourth of July events.   He congratulated Lite Productions for the entertaining children’s play put on this weekend.  He thanked the constituents of his neighborhood for participating at the block party during the Fourth of July weekend.  He also thanked Ms. Garcia from D.D. Hachar Recreation Center for hosting a Menudo bowl for the neighborhood. 

 

Cm. Agredano submitted a petition with over 150 signatures from families within the Los Angeles Colonia.  He mentioned that they are asking that bus route #20 be reinstated.

 

Mayor Flores thanked everyone who participated in the parade and Fourth of July activities that the City hosted.  She stated that there were many great events held this past weekend for all Laredoans to enjoy.  She mentioned that the fireworks display following the games at Veterans Field was outstanding.  She stated that she also attended a first annual car show put on by the Outsiders Car Club this weekend.  She also extended her sympathies to Commissioner Mike Urdiales’s family and thanked him for all the years of service he provided to the community.    

 

a.       Analysis by Dr. John Adams, Executive Director of the Laredo Development Foundation, regarding the Milken Report.

 

John Adams made a presentation regarding the Milken Report of the top 10 performing cities for 2003.  He stated that one of the biggest factors applied by the Milken Institute as a gauge is an outcomes-based measure as well as exploring what dynamic economic diversity is found within the community and the public/lprivate sector.  He provided some employment figures as well as the number of new jobs created since May, 2001 for Laredo and other South Texas cities that showed the workforce growth in Laredo.  He included a comparative study on employment figures and reported that in the past two years Laredo has created 6,003 jobs.  He added that it is advantageous that the current City Council is a business-oriented council which supports business expansion, job training, etc.  He mentioned that this is the kind of information that they like to provide to companies that shows the steady growth found in Laredo, Texas. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.   Appointments to the Para Transit Advisory Committee:

i.         Roberto Santos by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

ii.       Maria Cuellar by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

iii.      Sammy Amaya by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

Motion to approve the appointments. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

City Attorney will look into Sammy Amay’s appointment if he is related to Cm. Amaya.

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Juan Ramirez of Elvira Gonzalez to the Laredo Commission for Women.           

 

Motion to approve the appointment.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

VII.           PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 & 2 and the north 10.8 feet of Lots 7 & 8, Block 1343, Eastern Division, located at 2301 Market Street from B-3 (Community Business 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 Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing the Rodriguez family, requested that the zone change be approved or, in the alternative, that City Council grant a conditional use permit.  He urged that the City Council allow the family to continue to operate for a period of one year to provide evidence to the neighbors that the business can operate in a friendly atmosphere.   He provided a petition signed by customers and friends of Rodriguez Pipe and Steel requesting that City Council approve the conditional use permit so they can remain in operation. 

 

Diana Rodriguez, daughter of the property owner, stated that it is important that the business be allowed to operate at this location and requested approval of the zone change.

 

Claudia Gonzalez Liendo, speaking on behalf of San Juanita Liendo, stated that the property owner is not cooperating and requested that the zone change be denied.

 

Joel Pena, a neighbor, requested that City Council allow the property owner some time to correct the problem.

 

Miguel Amaro, resident of 1717 Guadalupe, spoke in support of Mr. Rodriguez’s request and asked that he be allowed to continue his business at the current location.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce and allow a Conditional Use Permit

for a period of one year.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     2                                      Against:  6                                            Abstain:  0

Cm. Galo                                     Cm. Garcia

Cm. Agredano                             Cm. Amaya

                                                    Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

                                                    Cm. Belmares

                                                    Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                                                    Cm. Ramirez

 

Motion fails.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and approve denial of zone change.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 7,070.0 square feet, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located at 2301 Market Street, from R-3 (Mixed 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 Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Claudia Gonzalez Liendo spoke against the zone change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and approve denial of zone change.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

3.           Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the 2003 Consolidated Plan which identifies the projects proposed to be funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the 29th  Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $4,407,000.00, the 2003 HOME Investment Partnerships Program in the amount of $1,454,026.00 and the 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant in the amount of $150,000.00.

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

 For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

 Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, made a presentation on the consolidated planning process.   He stated that citizen participants wanted to see the federal funds used for the following:  continued down payment assistance, affordable rental housing, rehabilitation of owner and rental housing units, implementation of summer youth programs, creation of more neighborhood parks and community centers in West Laredo and La Azteca neighborhoods, and better maintenance of the Zacate Creek beds.   He stated that the CDBG allocation for next fiscal year has increased by approximately 1% for an allocation of $4,407,000; the home programs allocation has decreased by 3% or an allocation of $1,454,026.00; and the emergency shelter grant had a slight decrease of 2% or an allocation of $150,000.00.  He added that these services are geared for low to moderate income citizens within the community.   

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                      Against:  8                                            Abstain:   0

 

4.           Public hearing to change the San Eduardo route from Clark Boulevard back to Gustavus Street due to the safety issues of the elderly in that neighborhood.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Tom Lucek, Transit General Manager, stated that at the last City Council meeting City Council inquired as to why the change was made.  He reported that the reason was to reduce costs and approximately $250,000.00 was saved.  Since an issue of safety has come up and a Safety Committee has been created and a report was put together to provide an alternative for consideration. 

 

The alternative proposal would be to leave the bus route as it is now it is acceptable.  He anticipates that next year they will have a budget with no growth.  The proposal does take the bus off of Clark Boulevard in a key area but does allow for a 30-minute bus service.  With the new proposal the bus goes through San Eduardo Avenue, makes a right-hand turn on Gustavus Street down to Urbahn Street. This eliminates the safety concern on Clark Boulevard for those senior citizens who ride the bus and they would not have to cross Clark in order to board.  Instead of going into the DPS office, the bus will take a left turn on Bullock Loop and continue on the Loop to Highway 59.  They will set a bus stop at Campos Street and the Loop.  It will then go straight on to Hwy 59 and go into San Jose, Heritage, and Casa del Sol subdivisions.   

 

Motion to adopt Transit’s new proposal.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

5.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $74,157.00 for the Border Health Vector Control Project (a binational effort) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning June 1, 2003 through August 31, 2003.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore 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.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $39,000.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Screening Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore 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.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $50,000.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project-Case Management of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004.  This grant includes funds for an existing Case Manager/Registered Nurse II position.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance to enter into an agreement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the amount of $10,000.00 and amend the FY 2002-2003 City of Laredo budget by $10,000.00.  The agreement’s purpose is to reimburse costs of overtime incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources for OCDETF (Organized Drug Enforcement Task Forces).  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2002 through September 30, 2003.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Federal Administration Grant, Section 5307, in the amount of $3,613,392.00 for fiscal year 2002-2003; and amending the Transit System Operating Budget by increasing the Federal Transit Administration operating grant contribution from $3,500,000.00 to $3,613,392.00 and decreasing the sales tax match for operating expenses from $3,796,046.00 to $3,682,654.00 and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

10.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a multi-year lease with sole bidder, U.E.T.A of Texas, Inc., for approximately 7,700 square feet of unbuilt retail space located adjacent to the upcoming new bridge administration building at Bridge I at the corner of Convent and Water Street.

a.       Lease term is for twenty (20) years.

b.      Rent:   Yrs. 1-4 - $8,000.00 per month.

                  Yrs. 5-8 - $8,160.00 per month

                          Yrs. 9-12 - $8,323.17 per month

              Yrs. 13-16 - $8,489.67 per month

                         Yrs. 17-20 - $8,659.50 per month

Percentage rent: In addition to the annual rent, tenant shall pay, on a yearly basis, three percent (3%) of each dollar of gross revenue for the first $3,000,000.00 plus three and one-half percent (3.5%) of each dollar of gross revenue above $3,000,000.00.

           

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore 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.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

11.

 
 


A.        Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

           

1.      Presentation to the public regarding the original formation of the Paratransit Advisory Committee.

 

Mayor Flores stated that the Paratransit Advisory Committee is created to assist and advise the City Council and El Metro staff regarding the implementation of Paratransit Eligibility and Certification programs, and transit services for elderly and disabled people.  In carrying out this charge, the committee shall:

 

1.  Review current services and programs.

 

2. Review both short and long-range plans, including the plans for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and any other local, state, or federal requirements relating to accessible transportation. 

 

3. Review the performance of EL LIFT paratransit services through monthly statistical reports and special surveys.

 

4.  Assist the City Council in ascertaining paratransit needs in the Laredo area.

 

5.  Develop a policy and participate in the “Appeals Process” for those persons who are denied EL LIFT paratransit services.

 

6. Make recommendations to the City Council and El Metro staff concerning paratransit program goals and objectives. 

 

7. Review the current certification process and recommend a re-certification program for the EL LIFT paratransit service with the assistance of the El Metro staff according to ADA standard requirements.

 

2.      Update on availability of personnel during emergency situations.

 

Mayor Flores stated that the problem is that certain employees did not provide assistance to the community and did not work the long hours when requested to do so. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that there have been some individuals in a particular department who have taken a path that is contrary to the philosophy of teamwork that is practiced by the City of Laredo.  He stated that the majority of employees that were called in did report for service on that night.  There were also situations where people have gone on workers compensation leave which has created holes in the work crews thereby disabling the crews.  He added that there is a separate item on the agenda that addresses this issue of hiring temporary help in order to overcome this type of setback in an emergency situation. 

           

            B.         Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

                       

1. Discussion with possible action regarding tractor-trailers parked in residential areas.

 

Police Chief Agustin Dovalina reported that there have been a number of complaints made.  He stated that all the police officers within the precincts are supposed to be citing these people and picking up vehicles when needed.  As far as trucks parking on the driveways, he stated that he is not aware whether the officers have the authority to enforce those violations.  He will continue to advise the police officers to vigorously enforce this ordinance in order to eliminate this nuisance.

 

Keith Selman, Planning Director, reported that the present city ordinance does not allow for tractor trailers to park in residential districts.   An individual can take the tractor trailer home if he or she resides in a multi-family residential or commercial district.  When notification is received that there is a violation, the department does investigate those complaints.   He added that when there is a violation, they notify the property owner; and if the problem is not corrected, then they do issue citation. 

 

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding obstruction of traffic due to trees and shrubs throughout the city.

 

Tony Garcia, from the Traffic Department, reported that they do have an inspector who conducts daily inspections of obstructed views of stop signs due to limbs and branches.  He stated that the obstructed view at Musser Street and Malinche Avenue has been cleared.  He added that there are some trees on the rights-of-way that are obstructing the view.  He stated that they can approach the property owners and ask whether they can trim the branches.  He explained that, by law, any trees that extend 20 feet from an intersection should be cleared. 

 

C.        Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

1.         Presentation by Parks and Recreation Department regarding their summer programs.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported on the status of the summer programs available at the recreations centers around the community.  He mentioned that there is an array of events that are taking place at the different centers.  He gave a presentation on the playground programs, summer camps, and different activities such as the horseback riding, salsa line dancing, swimming classes, etc.  He also mentioned that they have implemented a bus pass program that allows children unlimited ridership to any of the recreation centers, libraries, etc. on an El Metro bus  for a cost of $19.95. 

 

2.         Status report on opening the swimming pools at the Lake Casa Blanca State Park.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.) 

 

This item was postponed.

 

D.        Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.             Status report on the damaged fence at San Francisco and Jefferson.

 

Cm. Amaya reported that this item had been taken care of.

 

2.             Discussion with possible action on the damaged bridge handrail at Clark and Tilden.         

 

Cm. Amaya reported that this item had been taken care of. 

 

 

 

 

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

 

1.       Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of an area light at the 700 block of Antelope Lane.

 

This item was postponed.

 

2.       Discussion with possible action regarding the implementation of a pilot program to install raised platform type traffic calming devices.

 

This item was postponed. 

 

3.       Discussion regarding citizens' concerns about crime in District VII.

 

This item was postponed. 

 

4.       Discussion with possible action regarding update and status of proposed police substations. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector J. Garcia)

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that the architect is going forward with a re-design based on comments that have been received.

 

Motion to instruct city staff to look into the legality of funding this project  from the Police Trust Fund monies.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                  Against:  0                            Abstain:  0

 

F.         Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.       Status report on San Francisco Xavier Road.

 

This item was postponed.

 

2.       Discussion with possible action regarding odor on the east and west corner of Flores and Zaragoza.

 

This item was postponed.

 

            (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

12.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with AT&T Wireless Services of San Antonio, Inc., a Texas Corporation d/b/a AT&T Wireless for approximately 20 X 40 feet of ground space at the La Bota Water Tower located at 14100 FM 1472, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 150 foot self supporting type tower and related equipment building for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing July 21, 2003 and ending July 20, 2008 with four (4) successive renewal terms for five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $8,652.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be increased by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

Introduction of Ordinance:  City Council

 

13.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with AT&T Wireless Services of San Antonio, Inc., a Texas Corporation d/b/a AT&T Wireless for approximately 20 X 40 feet of ground space at the Del Mar Tower located at 610 Del Mar Blvd., Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 150 foot self supporting type tower and related equipment building for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing July 21, 2003 and ending July 20, 2008 with four (4) successive renewal terms for five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $8,652.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be increased by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

Introduction of Ordinance:  City Council

 

14.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with AT&T Wireless Services of San Antonio, Inc., a Texas Corporation d/b/a AT&T Wireless for approximately 20 X 40 feet of ground space at the McPherson Tower located at 8711 McPherson, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being fully described on Exhibit “A” of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 120 foot self-supporting type tower and related equipment building for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing July 21, 2003 and ending July 20, 2008 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $8,652.00 each year during the term of he lease and will be increased by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

Introduction of Ordinance:  City Council

 

15.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with AT&T Wireless Services of San Antonio, Inc., a Texas Corporation d/b/a AT&T Wireless for approximately 20 X 40 feet of ground space at the South Milmo water station located on South Milmo and Monterrey, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being fully described on Exhibit “A” of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 120 feet self-supporting type tower and related equipment building for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing July 21, 2003 and ending July 20, 2008 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $8,652.00 each year during the term of he lease and will be increased by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

Introduction of Ordinance:  City Council

                                                                     

16.       Closing of vehicular traffic those sections of:

a.         the south one half section of Santa Cleotilde Avenue between Baltimore Street and the north access road of the Lafayette overpass bridge; and,

b.        the north one half section of Santa Cleotilde Avenue between Madison Street and the south access road of the Lafayette overpass bridge; and,

c.         the north and south access roads of the Lafayette overpass bridge between Main and Santa Rita Avenues including its intersection with Santa Cleotilde Avenue;

situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and 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-144; # 2003-O-145; # 2003-O-146; # 2003-O-147; # 2003-O-148; # 2003-O-149; # 2003-O-150; # 2003-O-151; # 2003-O-152; # 2003-O-153; # 2003-O-154; and # 2003-O-156.  

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

17.   2003-O-144     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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-144.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

            2003-O-145    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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-145.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

            2003-O-146    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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-146. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-147    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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-147. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-148    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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-148.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-149    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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-149. 

 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-150    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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-150. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-151       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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-151.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-152       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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-152. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-153    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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-153. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-154    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 Center point Energy (Entex) which is described in Exhibit “C.”

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-154.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-156    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 smoking and nonsmoking areas; providing criteria and procedural requirements for designated smoking areas; providing sign requirements; providing for violations, enforcement and penalties of the policies implementing this chapter; providing for severability; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to send ordinance back to public hearing for amendments for next meeting.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

                          

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

18.  2003-R-066            Requesting that the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications (The CSEC) amend its FY 2003-2007 Strategic Plan for statewide communications, specifically as it concerns the administrative authority for the regional planning commission for the counties of Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg and Starr by designating the City of Laredo, Texas as the administrator of the Region’s 9-1-1 Emergency Communication System.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-066. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez , Jr.

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

19.  2003-R-067            Declaring the public necessity to acquire the surface only of the following properties:

1.      Block No. Six Hundred Twelve (612)

2.      Lots One (1), Two (2), Five (5), Six (6), Seven (7), and Eight (8), In Block Number Six Hundred Thirteen (613)

3.   Block Six Hundred Fourteen (614)

4.   Block Six Hundred Fifteen (615)

5.   Block Six Hundred Sixteen (616)

6    Lots One (1) and Two (2) located between Block Nos. 614 and 615

 

All in the Western Division of the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as per map or plat of said city; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owners of said properties for the acquisition of the same by purchase at fair market value to be established by a state certified real estate appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said properties if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree on a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate a listed owner.  This resolution amends Resolution 2001-R-006 of January 16, 2001, to  correct the identity of the properties specified  therein to the current list of the parcels to be acquired.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-067. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

20.  2003-R-068            Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a collaborative agreement between Dale Carnegie Training of South Texas and the City of Laredo-Laredo Public Library to sponsor the Dale Carnegie Course beginning July 30, 2003 for twelve weeks and ending October 22, 2003.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-068. 

 

  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

  Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

                                            For:     8                              Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

21.  2003-R-069            Accepting the surface only of lot twelve (12), block one (1) of the Eleden B.P. Newman Park plat subdivision, for use as a park.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-069. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

22.  2003-R-070            Directing AEP Texas Central Company to file certain information (“rate filing package”) with the City of Laredo; setting a procedural schedule for the gathering and review of necessary information in connection therewith; setting dates for the filing and the company’s analysis of the company’s filing and the company’s rebuttal to such analysis; authorizing hiring of legal counsel and consultants; requiring the reimbursement of the City of Laredo’s rate case expenses; setting a public hearing for the purposes of determining if the existing rates of AEP Texas Central Company are unreasonable or in any way in violation of any provision of law and the determination by the City of Laredo of just and reasonable rates to be charged by AEP Texas Central Company.

 

Olga Maldonado, General Manager, stated that they will comply with the City’s request to file a rate filing package in support of the inquiry into our transmission and distribution rates. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-070.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

23.  2003-R-073            Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract between the City of Laredo and the Verde Corporation, N.D. Hachar Trust, David Hachar, Lily Hachar Salazar, and the Estate of Daniel Hachar for provisions of wastewater to 5,543.0 acres referred in the contract as the adjacent land.  This contract will have a life span of 25 years in which the developer(s) wishes to develop by annexing, platting and building according to all City of Laredo requirements for all or part of the 5,543.0 acres. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-073.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                             Against:  0                             Abstain:  0 

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

24.         Adopting a schedule of hearings and proceedings for voluntary and unilateral annexations for calendar year 2003, in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

25.         Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of audiovisual equipment at the Police and Fire Training Facility through the Texas Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) contract from Schoolhouse Audio Visual, Plano, Texas, in the amount of $49,773.00.  Funding is available in the 2003 PPFCO.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

26.         Consideration to award contract FY03-086 to 4 Alarm MES, McAllen, Texas, in the amount of $148,743.03 for the purchase of fifty one (51) sets of self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for the Fire Department.  Funding is available in the 2003 PPFCO.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

27.         Consideration to authorize the purchase of seventy five (75), Motorola mobile radios through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program in the total amount of $238,093.46.  These radios will be installed on the seventy five sedans being delivered to the Police Department.  Delivery is expected within sixty days.  Sixty units were budgeted in the Police Trust Fund budget and fifteen from the 2003 PPFCO.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

28.         Consideration to award contract FY03-083 to the low bidders, Champion Chevrolet, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $239,529.00 for the purchase of eight unmarked vehicles and Lawrence Marshall Dealerships, Hempstead, Texas, in the amount of $44,692.00 for the purchase of two unmarked vehicles for the Police Department.  Funding for these vehicles has been allocated from the 2003 PPFCO.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

29.         Consideration to award contract FY03-089 to the sole bidder, Rochester Armored Car Company, Inc., Omaha, NE, the annual amount of $78,954.00 for providing bank courier services for the City operations.  The term of this contract is for two (2) years.  This is an annual contract subject to continued appropriation in future fiscal years.  The new contract pricing is approximately 3% higher than the previous two-year contract pricing.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

30.         Consideration to exercise the renewal contract option for contract number FY02-112 for one additional twelve month period for the purchase of general office supplies from the low bidders, Executive Office Supply, Laredo, Texas, and Patria Office Supply, Laredo, Texas.  This contract is based on the lowest cost format utilizing a published pricer for City orders.  Department will be able to order from the vendor’s general catalogs.  Funding is available in the office supply line item budgets for the respective departments.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

31.         Consideration to award annual contract FY03-093 to the low bidder, Staff Force, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $124,800.00 for providing contract laborers to the Solid Waste Department.  The department will require temporary contract employees for office work, litter abatement, tire shredding, garbage collection and scale house operations.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

32.         Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with Link2Gov for internet and interactive voice response customer service system for Tax, Utilities, Municipal Court, and parking ticket payments.  Funding is available in the respective department budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

33.         Consideration to authorize the installation of speed humps on the 600 block of Allende Street in accordance with the speed hump installation policy under the special provision for installation; project costs are estimated at $4,500.00.  Accident data was obtained indicating that a safety hazard does exist on that section of the roadway.  Funding is available from Capital Improvement Projects-City Council District IV. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

34.         Consideration for approval of amendment no. 3 an increase of $440,276.00 to the architectural/engineering contract with Frank Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Gateway to the Americas Bridge (Bridge I) Access, Export Lot & Parking Lot modifications for additional architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and civil engineering professional services in conjunction with the original scope of work for the Bridge of the Americas Project.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Revenue Bond Series 2002 purchased professional services.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

35.         Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $11,329.34 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of Sidewalk Project No. 18 (El Metro Transit System improvements), and approval of final payment in the amount of $44,718.09 to Triple A Concrete, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $114,366.84.  Funding is available in the Transit System Grant #456 Improvements Other than Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

36.         Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $48,298.15 to the construction contract with Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport Northeast Cargo Apron and access road for revised traffic control plan, removal of unacceptable subgrade material, and deletion of concrete pavement and curb from access road west of apron.  Funding is available in Grant 32 Improvements Other than Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

37.         Ratifying and approving the submittal of a grant application in the amount of $400,000.00 to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation for funding consideration under the Small Community Air Service Development Pilot Program.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

38.         Consideration to award contract number FY03-094 to the sole bidder, Royal Treat Car Wash, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $56,000.00 for furnishing car wash services for the City’s automotive fleet.  Bids were requested on car wash service with and without inside vacuum.  All services are secured on an as needed basis.  The bid pricing increased approximately 50% form the previous contract period.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

39.         Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract on behalf of the City of Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau (LCVB) with Interlex Advertising, L.L.C. for the purpose of marketing and promotional efforts including the development of a media plan to promote the City of Laredo in the major market areas of the United States and Mexico.  Funding is available in the LCVB operating budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

40.         Ratifying the extension of the Declaration of Local State of Disaster Due to Severe Windstorm Damage of June 10, 2003 to June 24, 2003 and the Executive Order Terminating the Declaration of Disaster effective June 24, 2003.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

                       

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

           

41.   A.   Presentation by Nick   Reyna, Convention   and   Visitors   Bureau Director, of the new promotional and marketing campaign.

 

               Nick Reyna, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director, stated that he is pleased that the Advisory Committee has suggested hiring knowledgeable people out of San Antonio to offer their expertise with the City’s promotional campaign.  He introduced Rudy Ruiz of Interlex Advertising, L.L.C. who made a presentation before City Council on the growth of Laredo tourism and explained the strategy he suggests be taken for greater marketing success.

                          

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.

 

42.         Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071 (1) (A) to consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation, namely, Civil Action No. L02 CV 121, City of Laredo, Texas v. United States General Services Administration; Administrator Stephen A. Perry, in his official and individual capacities; et.al.; in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071 (1) (A) to consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation, namely, Civil Action No. L02 CV 121, City of Laredo, Texas v. United States General Services Administration; Administrator Stephen A. Perry, in his official and individual capacities; et.al.; in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

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

 

43.         Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code  Section 551.071(1)(A) to consult with City Attorney regarding contemplated litigation.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code  Section 551.071(1)(A) to consult with City Attorney regarding contemplated litigation.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:   Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

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

 

Motion to authorize the City Attorney to proceed with litigation on a trespass to try title matter concerning a house improperly located on Santa Rita Avenue, between Ventura and Piedregal.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to extend the City Council meeting for fifteen minutes.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

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

           

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

44.         Consideration to award contract number FY03-080 to the lowest responsible bidder, Arguindegui Oil, Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $15,207.10 for the purchase of gear lubricants, multi-purpose grease, coolant, automatic transmission fluid, hydraulic oil, and 30W oil; and authorize the use of First Transit, Inc., corporate contract agreements in the amount of $39,745.00 for the purchase of diesel engine oil and oil analysis.  The City would save an additional $4,119.00 annually by using the First Transit contracts.  The supplier would contract Leyendecker Oil, Inc., a local firm to furnish these services.  Funding is available in the Transit System Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

                    

XVI.    RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M-2003-S-09

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JULY 7, 2003

5:30 P.M.

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.          MOTION

 

1.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract agreement with the Texas

Department of Transportation for the Bartlett Avenue railroad crossing.  The City of Laredo will be reimbursed a maximum of $40,000.00 for work performed at the new Bartlett crossing in exchange for closing Loring Avenue and the Jarvis Avenue portion of the Market Street crossing.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

II.        EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

regards to the deliberation of the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property because deliberation in an open meting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and return to open session for possible action. 

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in regards to the deliberation of the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property because deliberation in an open meting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and return to open session for possible action. 

 

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

 

Motion to authorize the City Manager to proceed with negotiations to exchange approximately 100 acres of City land for approximately 193 acres of privately owned land and to return to City Council with a final contract on same. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

III.       ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                   Time:  11:00 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

            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 28 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on the 7th of July, 2003.

 

 

 

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                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary