CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2003-R-014

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

JULY 21, 2003

5:30 P.M.

 

  I.        CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

 II.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.  

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Mayor Pro Tempore, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                                                                     Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

            Jose A.  Valdez, Jr.,                                                                 Council Member, District VII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse  Cm.  Ramirez.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 IV.      MINUTES

 

            None.

 

  V.      COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

           

Announcements

 

None.

           

 

 

 

 

            Invitations

a.  South Texas Blood & Tissue Center will be hosting a blood drive at the Public Works   

     Service Center Training Room #1 every Monday between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m.

     from July 21, 2003 to August 25, 2003.

 

Belinda Valdez, representing South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, encouraged individuals to support their efforts in collecting blood.  The blood drive will be held at the Public Works Service Center Training Room # 1 every Monday between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. from July 21 to August 25, 2003. 

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of Robert Ortiz for serving our country in the 10th Combat Service Support

                 Battalion 1st Marine Division in Iraq to pursue our freedom and democracy.

 

The Mayor and Council presented Robert Ortiz with a Seven Flags Certificate of Recognition for serving our country in the 10th Combat Service Support Battalion 1st Marine Division at Iraq. 

 

            b.  Recognition of the Laredo Bucks for being selected Franchise of the Year of the Central

                 Hockey League.

 

Marc Solis, along with other staff members of the Arena Ventures, presented the Mayor and Council Members replica plaques of Central Hockey League 2002-2003 Franchise of the Year.  He discussed how impressed the rest of the Nation was with the support that Laredoans gave the Laredo Bucks.  He thanked all individuals who showed their support and stated that the enthusiasm was overwhelming. 

           

c.  Recognition of Francisco Yerena in appreciation for his volunteer assistance 

     after the severe wind storm to the citizens of Laredo.

 

Mayor Flores and City Council presented a Seven Flags certificate of Appreciation for his volunteer assistance after the severe wind storm to the citizens of Laredo.

d.  Recognition of Ernie Salinas for winning World Karate Champion for the second time in

                 Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Mayor Flores and City Council presented Ernie Salinas with a Seven Flags Certificate of Recognition for winning the World Karate Championship in Nevada. 

 

Communiqués

 

 

 

 

 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Appointments to the Para Transit Advisory Committee:

 

                        i.          Ricky Hinojosa by Mayor Pro Tempore John C. Galo.

                        ii.          Adriana Jaro by Council Member Johnny Amaya. 

                        iii.         Dr. Judson Somerville by Council Member Gene Belmares.

 

Motion to appoint the approval of Ricky Hinojosa, Adriana Jaro and Judson Somerville to  

the Para Transit Advisory Committee.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance 2001-O-123 by

    authorizing the extension of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for storage incidental to the   

    transportation of used batteries on Lots 1, 2, 6, & 7, Block 12, McPherson Acres

    Subdivision, Unit IV, located at 802 Gale Street; providing for publication and effective

    date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed   

    Conditional Use Permit extension.

 

    Motion to open the public hearing.

 

    Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

    Second:  Cm.  Amaya

    For:     7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing the ReShea Family, spoke in favor of the Conditional Use Permit.

 

    Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

    Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

    Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

    For:     7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

    Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

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

     City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 3, Block 1694, Eastern Division, located at 2801 Clark

     Boulevard, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial 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 Tempore Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

 

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

     City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit to Morgan Stern

     Merchant Bank, Ltd., for an electronic display on Lot 8, Block 24, Western Division,

     located at 1600 Water Street; 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 Tempore Galo    

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

     Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

     For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

 

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

     City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit to Morgan Stern   

     Merchant Bank, Ltd., for an electronic display on Lot 8, Block 276A, Western Division,

     located at 1600 Water Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning

     and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use

     Permit.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

     Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

     For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

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

     City of Laredo by rezoning 63.17 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on

     attached Exhibit "A," located south of Mines Road and east of Deer Creek Mobile Home

     Park, 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 Tempore Galo

    Second:  Cm.  Amaya

    For:     7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

    There was no public input.

 

    Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

    Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

    Second:   Cm.  Amaya

    For:     7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

    Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

 

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

     City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2, 4, 6, and 8, Block 532, Western Division, located at

     1818 Bruni Street, from R-3 (Mixed 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 Tempore Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, spoke on behalf of Mr. & Mrs.  Ritz property owners, requested approval for support of a zone change.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

 

     Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 31.74 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A," located south of Del Mar Boulevard and west of Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial 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 Tempore Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez 

     Second:  Cm.  Garcia

     For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 16.94 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A," located south of Del Mar Boulevard and west of Loop 20, from R-1 (Single 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 Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved: Cm.  E.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

 

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

     City of Laredo by rezoning 39.23 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on

     attached Exhibit "A," located south of Del Mar Boulevard and east of Loop 20, from R-1

     (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing

     for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has

     recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

     Second:  Cm.  Belmares

     For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

 

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

       City of Laredo by rezoning 30.30 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on

       attached Exhibit "A," located east of International Boulevard and north of Woodridge

       Drive from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1 (Single 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 Tempore Galo

       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       There was no public input.

 

       Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

      nd Zoning Commission has Pledge of Allegiange.  eeting to order.

 

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

       City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block 270, Eastern Division, located at 2001 Cedar

       Avenue, 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 Tempore Galo

       Second:  Cm.  Garcia

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of the property owners, asked Council to grant the zone change for a vocational training school.

 

Norma Garza Carranco, daughter of a resident that resides close to the property,  spoke against the zone change request. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and send back to Planning and Zoning for a

Conditional Use Permit with conditions.

 

       Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

       Second:  Cm.  Belmares

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

12.  Public hearing 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 open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

       For:     7                                        Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

Raul Perales, representing Fasken Oil and La Posada, asked City Council to re-assess the ordinance so it will be more sensitive to the community which will be negatively affected. 

 

Julian Delgado, concerned citizen, spoke against any changes in the ordinance because he says it violates the rights of business owners.   

 

Justin Hathoway, owner of Bennigans, urged the Council to give the amended ordinance more consideration before adoption.  He gave several examples where restaurants had to close because of similar ordinances passed in other cities.    

 

Adriana Aguirre Craddock from SCAN spoke in favor of the In Door Clean Ordinance.  She noted the ordinance will enhance businesses. 

 

Roque Vela, owner of the bowling alley, spoke on an alternative by installing smoke eaters.  He submitted the following letters for the record:

 

“The Laredo Bowlers Association has a membership of over three hundred bowlers.  Not including our families, we bowl approximately three times a week with a large percentage of us being smokers.  We look forward to Jett Bowl having an air purification system, enabling them to provide clean air, and a safe environment for all smokers and non-smokers.

 

The Laredo Bowlers Association is against the proposed City Ordinance to ban smoking from all local restaurants and Jett Bowl North.  Please consider the amount of people that have smoking habits.  Passing such an ordinance will create problems for Laredo’s Business that currently allows smokers. 

 

We appreciate your time and cooperation in this matter.

 

Henry Goldberg

President”

 

Norma A.  Gonzalez, spoke in favor of amending the city’s current in-door clean air ordinance.  She is employed by a program funded by state and federal monies funded from the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.  Part of the grant money is allocated to educating students about the dangers of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.  She stated that by approving a smoke free environment, her job will have more of an impact on students. 

 

Roque Vela Sr. said there is technology that would allow the smoker and the non-smoker to coexist.  We are asking the council to look at alternative methods for the smoke free ordinance. 

 

At this time, the Council Members expressed their opinions for and against the ordinance for a smoke free environment. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and send back to staff to do more research.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

13.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of

       Ordinances, Subsection(a) Section 30-1 by providing that $30,000.00 of the assessed

       value of residence homesteads of persons over sixty-five years of age on or before  

       January 1st of any year shall be exempt from City ad valorem taxes, and providing for

       an effective date.

 

       Motion to open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       There was no public input.

 

       Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and

execute the vehicle capital replacement (VCR) Grant 0301 (22) Contract No. 51322F6002 with the Texas Department of Transportation in the total amount of $620,000.00; consisting of $496,000.00 in Federal funds, matching Transit Sales Tax funds of $124,000.00, and providing for grant/contract funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund account; and amending the Laredo Transit Fund to appropriate $620,000.00 for bus purchases.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

15.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of

Ordinances Section 31-2, entitled "Policies and Procedures for Applicants Requesting Water and Sewer Extensions" by setting new policies and procedures to calculate the pro-rata share for reimbursement based on the line capacity; deleting references to Appendix I, "Calculating Pro-Rata Charges" and moving and amending said calculations to newly created subsection VI; providing for publication and an effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Frank Saldana, attorney representing the Newman Family, directed his comments in reference to Section IV and V which deals with reimbursements to developers who have to extend lines to their development.  He noted proposed provisions are a step forward but said he feels the time is right to step back and approach the situations by getting input from different people.  He suggested getting some input from all individuals and see if there is not a more efficient manner things can be addressed. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with one amendment.  After the 15 years that the City will no longer reimburse the developer but continue to charge the gallons per minute charge for individuals that want access.  Now and the next meeting meet with interested individuals for a win-win situation.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

16.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a   

       contract with United Independent School District, and amend the City of Laredo FY

       2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of

       $19,950.00 for the Immunization Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for

       the period beginning April 1, 2003 through August 31, 2003.

 

       Motion to open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

       Second:  Cm.  Garcia

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       There was no public input.

 

       Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

       Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

17.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo annual budget

       by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $88,000.00 from the

       "Mosquito Abatement Project" of the City of Laredo Health Department for a two-year  

       project period which began September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2003.

 

       Motion to open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       There was no public input.

 

       Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

       Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

       annual budget by appropriating funds in the amount of $70,000.00 from the Texas

       Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ-formerly TNRCC) to continue the   

       operation of the two continuous air monitoring stations (CAMS) by the City of Laredo   

       Health Department for the contract period beginning September 1, 2003 through

       August 31, 2004.

 

       Motion to open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

       Second:  Cm.  Belmares

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       There was no public input.

 

       Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

19.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2002-2003 annual budget

       in the Fire Prevention and Arson Fund by accepting a donation of $500.00 from Wal-

       Mart Stores and appropriating said funds to purchase fire safety educational promotion

       materials for the Fire Prevention Division.

 

       Motion to open the public hearing.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       There was no public input.

 

       Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

       Second:  Cm.  Belmares

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            20.  A.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

                       

1.  Status report on the Cielito Lindo Fire Station to include:  land, building,

     equipment, and personnel.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that staff met with the developer’s engineer to discuss the final steps for the recordation of the tract.  The architect is being approved at the July 21 meeting. 

 

Fire Chief Sosa reported that 30 cadets were hired for the Cielito Lindo Fire Station.  The cadets will graduate April, 2004. 

 

                    B.   Request by Mayor Pro Tempore John C. Galo

1.  Discussion on the current Zoning and Conditional Use Permit Ordinance(s), with

     suggestions to amend such ordinance(s).

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, suggested widening the scope for obtaining a Conditional Use Permit.  The amended ordinance will not allow a person to come back for a conditional use permit once they have asked for a zone change.  He went on to say the ordinance should include a section considering older buildings. 

            2. Status report on open records request complaints, with possible action.        

 

Blasita Lopez, Public Information Officer, discussed several complaints about the timeliness of the open records request.  She specifically addressed a complaint from Ms.  Cavazos.  She explained that staff generated over $285 of information for Mrs.  Cavazos.  The complaint was filed by Mrs.  Cavazos when a meeting was scheduled to clarify some of the information that she was requesting.   

Blasita Lopez went on to say that she has received 116 open records request.  Out of the 116 open records 146 were actually generated due to follow up requests.  She said that staff has taken steps to coordinate open records request more efficiently.  

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, added that Blasita Lopez only coordinates the materials.  The different City departments are responsible for researching and obtaining the information for the open records requests. 

 

                    C.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

                       

1. Discussion with possible action regarding traffic safety concerns at the

    intersection of International and Augusta Loop.

 

Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Director, indicated that the design and curvature of the road is ultimately the problem at the intersection of International and Augusta Loop.  He said that staff has installed signs, stripping and buttons.  He noted that he could add another speed sign and lights; however, the true problem is the way the plat was designed. 

 

Gene Belmares asked staff to place railing on the opposite side of the curve to protect the families there.  He also asked staff to go back and restripe, place reflector tape and rumble strips.  He encourage staff to create a solution as soon as possible to assure the safety of residents in that area. 

2. Status report regarding traffic issues related to the construction at the intersection

    of Loop 20 and McPherson.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, spoke to Carlos Rodriguez at TxDOT in reference to the construction at the intersection of Loop 20 and McPherson.  He informed staff that the problem stems from construction at Milo Intersection.  He added that an officer, paid from TxDOT, works from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  but McPherson lanes are not wide enough to handle the amount of vehicular traffic. 

 

Cm. Belmares strongly urged staff to create a solution regarding traffic issues relating to the construction at the intersection of Loop 20 and Mc Pherson.  He gave several suggestions including contacting TxDot about hiring a second officer for the intersections.    

 

                    D.  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.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that staff has completed a survey and concluded that there was a deficiency in the lighting at the 700 block of Antelope Lane.  Staff has already made a proposal to CP& L for installation. 

 

                        2. Discussion with possible action regarding the implementation of a pilot program

                            to install raised platform type traffic calming devices.

 

Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Director, noted that criteria for installing raised platform type traffic calming devices are in order.  Staff needs to make sure that an area is truly having a problem before they add the devices.  There was a motion to place the raised platforms in the new subdivisions; however, there was a request to consider placing them in existing subdivisions. 

 

 

 

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

21. Authorizing the City Manager to grant a license to AT&T Corp., a New York

Corporation, for the use of a telecommunications PVC conduit located at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge and the use of 555.5 linear feet of city right of way from the riverbank to the 500 block of Iturbide Street, Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  License term is five (5) years commencing on August 4, 2003 and ending August 3, 2008.  Annual rent shall start at $7,600.00 with a five percent (5%) increase each anniversary date plus $5.00 per linear foot per year for the use of the right of way; providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

22. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a rental car agency concession and lease

agreement with Coastal Bend Rent a Car, Inc. d/b/a Avis Rent a Car for the approximate 133 square feet of office and counter space located in car rental space #5 and 19 parking spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on July 1, 2003 and ending June 30, 2006.  Monthly rent shall be $4,583.33 or six percent (6%) of gross sales; whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

23.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Rental Car Agency concession and lease

agreement with Laredo Car Rental, Inc. (National Car Rental) for the approximate 165 square feet of office and counter spaces located in car rental space #3 and 19 parking

spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  

Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on July 1, 2003 and ending on June 30, 2006.  Monthly rent shall be $4,650.21 or six percent (6%) percent of gross sales; whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

24.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a rental car agency concession and lease

agreement with Enterprise Rent A Car Company of Texas, a Texas Corporation for the approximate 171 square feet of office and counter space located in car rental space #1 and 19 parking spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on August 1, 2003 and ending on July 31, 2006.  Monthly rent shall be $5,200.00 or six percent (6%) of gross sales; whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

25.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a rental car agency concession and lease

agreement with Instant Signs, Inc., d/b/a Budget Rent A Car of Laredo for the approximate 171 square feet of office and counter space located in car rental space #2 and 19 spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop a the Laredo International Airport.  The term of the agreement is for three (3) years commencing on July 1, 2003 and ending on June 30, 2006.  Monthly fee will be $3,510.50 or six percent (6%) of gross sales; whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

26.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a rental car agency concession and lease

       agreement with Southwest-Tex Leasing Company, Inc., d/b/a Advantage Rent A Car

       for the approximate 165 square feet of office and counter space located in car rental

       space #4 and 17 parking spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo

       International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on July 1, 2003

       and ending on June 30, 2006.  Monthly rent shall be $5,064.00 or six percent (6%) of

       gross sales; whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

       Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

27.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease and restaurant concession agreement

       with Carlos Bella d/b/a Villa Laredo Restaurant for approximately 1,116 square feet

       constituting suite number 101 on the first floor of the airport passenger terminal located

       at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five 

       (5) years commencing on July 1, 2003 and ending on June 30, 2008.  Monthly rent

       shall be $2,000.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer

       Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

       Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

28.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County for approximately

1,000 square feet constituting Building No. S-3 located at 1703 Sandman Street at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on May 1, 2003 and ending on April 30, 2004, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on April 30, 2005 and April 30, 2006.  However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a ninety (90) day written notice for the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $400.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer  Price Index;

providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to approve the final readings of Ordinances # 2003-O-155, #2003-O-157, #2003-O-158, # 2003-O-159, # 2003-O-160, # 2003-O-161, # 2003-O-162,  # 2003-O-163, # 2003-O-164, # 2003-O-165, #2003-O-166 and # 2003-O-167.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

2003-O-155  Third and Final Reading authorizing Aleskar Villarreal, d/b/a Villarreal

Dumps and Backhoe Service, Inc. a non-exclusive franchise, to construct, maintain and operate a commercial container refuse gathering and disposing service in the City of Laredo, Texas, and providing the terms, conditions, obligations, and limitations upon and under which such franchise shall

                                  be exercised; providing indemnity to the City, City retains authority to

regulate rates except for rate increases resulting from increased landfill fees which are passed on to the customer; providing for increased service rates; providing for franchise payments; and providing for severability. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-155.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2003-O-157  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-157.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2003-O-158  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-158.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2003-O-159  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-159.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

2003-O-160  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-160.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2003-O-161  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 adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-161.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            2003-O-162  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 and three and one-half percent (3.5%) of each dollar of gross revenue above $3,000,000.00.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-162.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2003-O-163  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 20 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.  (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-163.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2003-O-164  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 20 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.  (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-164.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2003-O-165  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 20 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.  (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-165.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2003-O-166  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 20 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 the lease and will be increased by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.  (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-166.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2003-O-167  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-167.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

30.  2003-R-071  Accepting the assignment of 62.153 acre feet of municipal water rights

from the balance of 306.7655 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, Ltd. by applying 20.249 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges and 9.954 acre feet for the installation of water meters in connection with the final plat of Monarch Townhouses; 3.6 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Phase VII; and 18.95 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges and 9.4 for annexation charges in connection with the final plat of

                                        Concord Hills Phase IX.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2003-R-071.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                        Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

31.  2003-R-072  Resolving that the City Manager be authorized to execute a landlord

subordination agreement between the City of Laredo, as Landlord, the Huntington National Bank, as lender, and R.G. Barry of Corporation, as lessee, thereby subordinating the lease agreement authorized by Ordinance No. 89-O-221 dated November 2, 1989 at the Laredo International Airport to the lender.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2003-R-072.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                        Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

32.  2003-R-078  Directing AEP Texas Central Company to file certain information ("Rate

Filing Package") with the City of Laredo; setting a date for the filing of the company's analysis of why existing rates should not be reduced; authorizing the hiring of legal counsel and consultants; and requiring the reimbursement of the City of Laredo's rate case expenses.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2003-R-078.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                        Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

33.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one custom fire truck through the Texas

Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract from American La France Gulf Coast, Houston, Texas, in the total amount of $330,572.00.  This is a replacement fire truck that will be assigned to Station 9.  Delivery is expected within six to eight months.  Funding has been budgeted from PPFCO bond proceeds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration to award annual contract FY03-102, to the low bidder, JJJ International

& Safety, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $112,846.50 for providing traffic paint for the Traffic Department-Safety Division and the Airport Department.  This contract establishes the unit pricing for traffic paint and glass beads used for street and runway/taxiway striping for a one-year period.  All

items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety and Airport-Ground Maintenance budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration to award FY03-085 to Ferrara Firefighting Equipment, New Braunfels,

Texas, in the amount of $27,538.00 for the purchase of twenty-five sets of structural fire fighting protective clothing for the Fire Department.  The set includes the fire coat, trousers, knee boots, gloves, hoods, suspenders, and helmets.  Funding is available in the 2003 PPFCO Contractual Obligation bond.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration to award contract FY03-097 to the low bidders, Dr. Ike's Home Center,

Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $19,091.00 and Rob K Concrete Products, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $21,425.00 for providing rebar and wire mesh for a one year period.  This contract establishes contract pricing for these materials used for construction or repair projects.  All materials will be purchased

on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Public Works budget and the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Consideration to award an architectural engineering (A/E) contract in the amount not to

exceed $177,000.00 to Architects Plus, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Eleden Recreational Facility Project.  Funding is available in the 28th Action Year, Community Development Projects.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort

Worth, Texas, for the construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of airport pavement areas and other aeronautical improvements at the Laredo International Airport and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Award of A/E contract is subject to funding availability.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

39.  Consideration for approval of change order No. 1 an increase of $102,257.00 to the

construction contract with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Zacate Linear Park Phases III, IV & V scope of work I-sidewalks for additional construction of sidewalks and handrails from an apparent miscalculation of quantities.  Funding is available in the Community Development Project-Zacate Creek Phase III, IV & V.

 

Motion to use the discretionary funds of Cm.  E.  Valdez to connect the linier park under Lafayette and Saunders which should cost $34,000.   

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 21 (30 blocks) in the base bid amount of $169,793.10.  Funding is available in the  28th Action Year School Sidewalks.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

41.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Sepulveda Associates, Inc.,

for the Laredo International Airport roof repairs for Building No. 132, 134, 1054 and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in

                   the Airport Fund-storm/wind damages.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.  Consideration for approval of change order No. 3 a decrease of $58,060.00 to the

construction contract with Modern Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the New Laredo Municipal Court Building Project for reconstruction of four (4) existing handrails at exterior stairways and to comply with ADA requirements and to conduct ADA and PEW allowances.  Funding is available in the  2000A CO Issue

                   Municipal Court Project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                 Cm.  Garcia

 

43.  Consideration for approval of the plans and specifications for Phase II of the City of

Laredo Residential South Sound Insulation Program, as part of the Federal Aviation regulation part 150 Noise Compatibility Program; and authorization to advertise for bids for said plans and specifications.  The program is funded through Federal Aviation Administration Grant #35 for noise abatement.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

44.  Approving the submission of the 2003 Consolidated Plan to the U.S. Department of

Housing and Urban Development to request for funding though the 29th Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $4,407,000.00; the 2003 HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) in the amount of $1,454,026.00; and the 2003 Shelter Grant (ESG) in the amount of $150,000.00 and authorizing the City Manager to execute all documents as a result of the Plan's submission.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

45.  Consideration to reject the two bids received for the remediation of building foundation

settlement for an estimated 26 single family housing units constructed as part of the Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project since bids received were incomplete and did not meet bid specifications.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

46  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to negotiate a contract with CastleGarde,

Tampa, Florida, to conduct a security assessment of the Laredo Bridge System's computer network, system, internet, and application security.  The security assessment will identify all computer network security exposures that may exist and provide recommendations to prevent, eliminate or at least minimize the exposure of intrusion.  The negotiated contract will be  presented to the City Council at a subsequent meeting for final approval.  Funding is available in the  Laredo Bridge System budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

47.  Approving a reimbursement agreement with the Transportation Security  

Administration (TSA) to reimburse the airport for law enforcement services associated with the passenger screening checkpoint, and authorizing the City Manager to execute said agreement.  The total estimated cost of this agreement is $423,714.50 over the term of the agreement.  The effective date is of this agreement is retroactive

from June 1, 2003 and shall continue in effect until September 30, 2007 or until earlier terminated by the parties.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

48.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with   

Crystal Group, Inc, a Texas Corporation, for the purpose of hosting the "Miss Texas USA Pageant" for the next five years (the years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008). Funding is budgeted in the LCVB Operating Budget FY 2003/2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clema Owens, Lodging Consultant for the Holiday Inn Civic Center with the Posada’s USA Organization, expressed her support for hosting the “Miss Texas USA Pageant”.    She noted that the Holiday Inn Civic Center employees have listened to the representatives of the different organizations and are ready to accommodate their needs to enhance Laredoans economy.  She added that the hotel donated 60 room nights for ten nights.  The City will have 1,500 to 2,000 parents and friends who will come into this City to view the pageant.  We have a win-win situation for the entire City of Laredo.   

 

Myra Lynn Zepeda, participant of the pageant from San Ygnacio, Texas, spoke in favor of hosting the “Miss Texas USA Pageant” here in Laredo, Texas.

 

Maria Alvarez, representing Miss La Posada Teen USA, Texas Pageant, also spoke in favor of holding the Miss Texas USA Pageant” here in Laredo, Texas.  She said the pageant would allow a world of culture to enter Laredo.

 

Blanca Benavides, local director for the Local Miss USA Pageant, was pleased to say that Laredo have ten contestants representing the City of Laredo for the Miss USA Pageant.  We have three contestants in the Miss Texas USA in Lubbuck.  She asked the Council for their support.

 

Tiffany Lynn Benavides, from J.B Alexander High School, noted how much her life has been enriched by representing Laredo as Miss Laredo Teen USA.

 

Christina Cavazos, Miss Webb County Teen USA, spoke in favor of holding the pageants here in Laredo. 

 

Alexsis Tijerina, representing the Gateway City, offered support for holding the pageant in Laredo.  

 

Ester Fiorva, Miss Teen USA, La Posada Hotel’s and Suites, mentioned the different ways that the pageant will impact the City of Laredo.  She said that La Posada Hotel is extremely excited about the City hosting the pageant in Laredo and noted their desire to assure that the pageant is a huge success. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

49.  Consideration to award contract FY03-081 to the low bidder, Air Gas, Inc., Laredo,

Texas, in the estimated amount of $40,000.00 for providing welding gases, welding rods, cut links used by the service departments and medical oxygen used by the Fire Department.  This is an annual contract and all line items will purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the  following departmental budgets:  Traffic Safety-Fleet Maintenance, Parks and Recreation Department and Fire Department.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

50.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Miller & Van Eaton, P.L.L.C.,

Washington, D.C., in an amount of $120,000.00, billed at a rate of $6,000.00 per month plus related expenses, for the period beginning May 1, 2003 and ending December 31, 2004, to provide Washington representation, meaning, advice concerning, and advocacy of, the City's position on federal-city relations and the federal appropriations process.  Funding is available in General Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

51.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute the State Homeland Security Grant Program

Subrecipient Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Texas Engineering Extension Service "TEEX" to perform certain project tasks for the period beginning July 1, 2003 and ending on April 30, 2005, and accepting total grant award in the amount of $1,195,134.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

       month of June 2003 represents an increase of $16,651.74. 

 

These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

53.  Refund of property tax to the following taxpayers and companies:

 

a.  A refund in the amount of $1,316.78 payable to Ruben Lara, Jr., and Graciela due    

    to an overpayment by taxpayer.  Account #909-00007-850.

b. A refund in the amount of $668.24 payable to George A. & Christine M. Aguirre

due to a double payment on behalf of Border Abstract and Transamerican Real Estate.  Account #969-30009-160.

c. A refund in the amount of $1,054.97 payable to EAB Leasing Corporation due to    

    a double payment made on the 2001 taxes.  Account #801-05020-112.

d. A refund in the amount of $775.56 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due to   

    a double payment made by the taxpayer and Wells Fargo. Account #991-20002- 

    110.?

e. A refund in the amount of $1,027.83 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due

   to a double payment made by Border Title and Wells Fargo.  Account #973-

   10004-100.?

f. A refund in the amount of $731.80 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due to

    a double payment made by the taxpayer and Wells Fargo. 

                            Account #965-30005-020.?

g. A refund in the amount of $632.93 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due to

    a double payment made by Webb County Title and Wells Fargo.

                            Account #989-00006-140.?

h.  A refund in the amount of $585.70 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due

to a double payment made by Neel Title Abstract and Wells Fargo.  Account #980-70004-040.

i.  A refund in the amount of $1,043.66 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due

    to a double payment made by Neel Title Abstract and Wells Fargo.  Account #989-10002-230.?

j.  A refund in the amount of $1,047.88 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due

    to a double payment made by Neel Title Abstract and Wells Fargo.  Account    

    #987-20002-230.

k.  A refund in the amount of $825.75 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due

    to a double payment made by Neel Title Abstract and Wells

                            Fargo.  Account #983-40001-130.

l.  A refund in the amount of $508.21 payable to Transamerica Real Estate Tax

    Service Refund Department due to a double payment by taxpayer

                            and Transamerica.  Account #968-81001-014.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

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

 

Keith Kendall, Project Manager for Turner, Collie & Braden, explained that the project has been delayed because of the right-of-way and easement acquisitions.  The acquisition rule is funded through federal monies which require additional steps with legalities.  Construction should continue later in the fall. 

           

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.

 

55.  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:  Cm.  Amaya

       Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Motion to authorize the City Manager to proceed with the acquisition of  two parcels in the Central Business District, specifically the East 25 feet of Lot 8, Block 162, Western Division and Lot 7, Block 162,  Western Division for the sum of $348,145.00.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XV.      ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.

City of Laredo

Supplemental Agenda

 

I.          Motions

 

1.  Consideration to approve the selection of consultant for Fire Station No.  14 Cielito

Lindo Subdivision and to authorize staff to negotiate a professional services contract with the selected consultant. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2.  Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate an Interlocal Agreement between Laredo

Independent School District (L. I. S. D.) and the City of Laredo, which will include provision (s) for eventual conveyance to L. I. S. D. of the following two sections:

 

 

a.  Benavides between Davis and Main (in connection with McDonell School); and

b.  Garcia between San Dario and San Eduardo (inconnection with Bruni School)

     subject to provision for the easements for existing utilities and maintenance;

     and for license to use a 20 foot wide section of Davis adjoining Blocks 274 and 255,  

     Western Division; and granting permission to L. I. S. D. to enter said street sections

     for the school District’s school improvement purposes pending the completion of the

     Interlocal Agreement provided that L. I . S. D. does not impeded the existing utilities

     on said streets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

II.        Motion to adjourn                                                                                          9:53 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

            For:     7                                               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 29 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on the 21st of July, 2003.

 

 

 

                                                                        ________________________________________

                                                                                          Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                                City Secretary