CITY OF LAREDO         

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2003-R-018

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 15, 2003

5:30 P.M.

 

 I.         CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present, Mayor Pro Tempore Galo called the meeting to order.

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Galo led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            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

            Donna Magnón,                                                                        Deputy Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

            Second:  Cm.  Belmares

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

             Cm.  Garcia joined the meeting at 5:42 p.m.

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

             Approval of the minutes of July 7, 2003, July 21, 2003 and August 25, 2003.

 

             Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

             Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

             For:     8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

 

            Invitations

 

None.

 

            Recognitions

a.  Recognition of Sandra Ramirez, of the Budget Department, on her selection as August

     Employee of the Month.

 

Martin Aleman, Budget Director, stated that Mrs. Ramirez has been an Administrative Secretary for the past two and one-half years with the Budget Department.  She is responsible for preparing the working budget document that is presented to the Mayor and City Council prior to the budget workshops.  She is also entrusted with the responsibility of putting the final document together prior to publication. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo and City Council presented Sandra Ramirez with a Seven Flags Certificate for her outstanding performance and dedicated service to the City of Laredo.

     

            Communiqués

 

Cm. Agredano submitted some copies of correspondence from the Texas Department of Health and the Webb County Community Coalition in connection with the clean air ordinance that City Council is working on.  He added that the City of Harlingen has passed a non-smoking ordinance and it has not affected their businesses or the city negatively.  He submitted the documents for the record to the City Secretary’s Office.

 

Cm. Belmares extended a thank you to Planning and Zoning Commissioner Orlando Navarro and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Member Henry Mejia for touring the neighborhoods in District VI.  He stated that they toured the neighborhoods to see the extent of flooding following the rains and will be working on a plan of action for the district.

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. gave his appreciation for everyone’s prayers and support offered to him and his family.  He also stated that he wanted to clarify a news story regarding the status on pending city projects within District VII.  He added that he placed this item on the agenda a week ago and he had not received any phone calls from anyone.  He stated that these are significant projects that are going to impact the district. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.  Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Maria D. “Josie” Perez to the

    Laredo Commission for Women.

 

Motion to approve the appointment of Maria D.  “Josie” Perez” to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

          

VII. PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for the storage of hazardous materials on Lots 2-7, Block 49, Eastern Division, located at 220 Market Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Ramirez

      

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

City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit on all of Block 270, Eastern Division, located at 2001 Cedar Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Ramirez

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

City of Laredo by authorizing a Planned Unit Development Overlay District (PUD) for Lots 1-27, Block 5, Lots 1-8, Block 6, Lots 1-9, Block 7, Lots 1-3, and 5-7, Block 8, Green Subdivision, Phase I, and 13.36 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located north of Mines Road and south of Green Boulevard; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed Planned Unit Development Overlay District.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mr. Carlos Mejia, of Mejia Engineering, spoke in favor of the project. 

 

Hugo Gutierrez, owner/developer of the property,  presented a map of the proposed subdivision and the homes they plan to build on the lots.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

 

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

Ordinances by repealing Chapter 14 (Garbage Trash & Refuse), Article III, Rates for Federally Mandated NPDES Program Sections 14-10 through 14-20 and by creating Chapter 33, Article VII, entitled Stormwater Fees to include new sections, 33-430 through 33-450, defining the stormwater rates for residential and commercial customers 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

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 6, Block 3, Del Mar Village Addition, located at 102 Del Court, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 212, Eastern Division, located at 1701 S.   Meadow 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 denial of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Margarito Mendez spoke before City Council requesting the zone change to a B-3.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and send it back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a Conditional Use Permit for a tire shop and hand car wash.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 4.8 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Highway 359, 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.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce and follow the recommendation of staff.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 0.454 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located north of River Bank Drive and west of Atlanta Drive, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

 

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

annual budget in the amount of $337,328.00 to fund the Laredo Autotheft Task Force.  The Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority will be awarding $282,805.00, the City of Laredo will be designating $134,887.00 in matching funds, and Webb County will be designating $23,430.00 in matching funds for a total of $441,122.00.  This grant is effective from September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

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.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 10.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 14 (Garbage Trash &

Refuse) of the Code of Ordinances, specifically to update the ordinance to address the Solid Waste Director, add and refine definitions and services to change the Landfill City Vehicle rate fee to $1.25, add a commercial exemption to administrative fee of $2.50 and to revise the franchise requirements; providing for publication and effective date.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

  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

      

11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance 2002-O-262 of the

Code of Ordinances for the City of Laredo providing a charge of $15.00 per client for the Influenza Immunization at the Immunization Clinic of the City of Laredo Health Department, and $20.00 for the pneumococcal vaccine, providing for a sliding fee to persons unable to pay due to indigence; and providing for severability, publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

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

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

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $336,184.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health and $147,307.00 in program income for the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $13,333.00 for the HIV Hepatitis C Screening Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for a four (4) month period beginning September 1, 2003 through December 31, 2003.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

contract with the South Texas Development Council and amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $103,275.00.  The South Texas Development Council will grant the City of Laredo $103,275.00 for the HIV/AIDS Health and Social Services Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, for the period beginning September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

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.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

Risk Management Fund by appropriating $300,000.00 for revenues and expenditures related to the Worker’s Compensation charges and claims.  The amendment will increase estimated revenues for administrative charges workers compensation by $300,00.00 and the estimated expenditure for compensation claims by $300,000.00.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            A.  Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.  Discussion with possible action on hiring an additional Assistant City Manager.

 

Cm. Garcia pointed out that the City has seen tremendous growth.  He asked that the City Manager consider hiring an assistant either now or as soon as monies are available. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the City currently has approximately 30 to 35 positions that have seen approval of the FTEs.   This is based on anticipation that the economy will turn and there will be a change and salary savings during the coming year.   He explained the difference between a Deputy City Manager and an Assistant City Manager that would be coming in.  He stated that the Assistant City Manager would not have the capacity, knowledge and expertise that the Deputy City Manager has acquired having gone through budget processes, different crisis, etc. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo inquired whether the City intends to hire someone with experience such as an Assistant City Manager from another municipality.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the individual would go through an evaluation process and staff would conduct an assessment.  The City would probably have a committee composed of the City Manager’s staff and some of the department directors in conducting the screening process.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo read some comments from Mayor Flores:

 

“Although I agree that we need another Assistant City Manager, the City of Laredo budget includes 24 highly trained and experienced department directors for each of the City’s critical services.  They serve as an Assistant City Manager in their respective fields to ease the load of the City Manager.  This being a tight budget year, I believe that we should maintain the current management structure and focus any additional funds in the health care professions.  The City continues to face shortages in nurses which put our community at increased risk to health care threats.  To aid this health care crises, we must adequately  compensate our nurses to make sure we retain them.  Therefore, the City should provide any additional funds to hire needed nursing staff and provide nurses with competitive salaries.”

 

Motion to approve the FTE position and, if monies become available, to proceed with the hiring of the Assistant City Manager. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                              For:    7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding traffic around Lamar Middle School

      between Arkansas and Lane.

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, acknowledged that the problem on campus is the student drop-off location and the congestion.  He mentioned that when he went to the site, the school had temporarily set up a one-way system.  The main problem is that students are being dropped off at both sides of the street.  The three-block section that is shown on Lane Street between Milmo and Arkansas could be converted into a one-way street going in an easterly direction.  He added that they have a new drop-off layout and the request would be to make the drop-off  site a one-way direction.  He is recommending that this will be implemented only during the peak hours and make sure there is always a peace officer available, especially on Arkansas Avenue and Lane Street.  He stated that the department needs to have an ordinance in place in order to implement this.

 

Cm. Garcia requested that Lane Street be converted to a one-way street from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   He added that the recommendation is that the south side of Lane Street be designated as a “no parking” zone for two blocks. 

     

            B.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on creating temporary playing fields for the boys

     and girls flag football fields. 

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that earlier last week he met with Cm. Belmares.  They identified some property north of Mary Help of Christians School and the crew has been preparing that site for flag football use.  Due to the recent rains, they have not been able to view the property today but he foresees that they will have the property ready prior to game day. 

 

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

1. Discussion with possible action regarding all District VII Projects to include

    existing basketball courts, sidewalks, parks and water splash park projects.

 

 Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that the basketball   

 courts park has not been completed.  He had a meeting to review the status of this 

 project and learned that there are some items that remain pending.  A decision  

 was made at said meeting to end the contract with the contractor and recover

 the retainage monies and complete the project in-house.   In regards to the parks  

 and water splash project, he stated that the RFP is due September 4th initially.   

 The RFP was extended to October 2nd and they are looking for a design/build

 project both at Lafayette and Farias Parks.  He explained that staff will review the  

 RFPs and make a  recommendation for award of the projects.   He added that the  

 recommendation could come in early November to City Council for approval. 

 Regarding the splash park project, he stated that he expects the project to come in

 under $200,000.00.  He mentioned that the master plan is as described, and if 

 there is a bid that is lower than $200,000.00 they can probably cover the

 improvements needed.  There has not been any additional funding from CDBG  

 funds identified for this project.  He added that he will know more after the

 October 2nd bid opening. 

 

 Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. mentioned that they had already met with vendors and received

 estimates for the project.  He stated that they have received estimates close to 

 $200,000.00 and he would like to see staff allocate funding for it.

 

 Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. mentioned that in regards to the Junior and Senior League Park,  

 they recently had all the legal paperwork settled.  He stated that now there is an

 issue with the plat.

 

 Horacio De Leon  stated that this property obtained approval through resolution

 from City Council.   There was an on-site meeting held September 8th  with the

 Engineering Department to review the grounds.  The Engineering Department  

 has advised him that the  U.S. Corps of Engineers needs to look at the crossing

 over the creek.  Also, the property needs to be platted prior to construction and

 grading.  He stated that he is working to have the parks ready prior to the start  

 of the baseball season.  He added that staff has committed to work in-house on   

 this project, but he will require some funding for materials and supplies.  As to

 the ramp project by the Father McNaboe Park, the crew from Public Works and

 Engineering Department worked on a ramp at the north end of the park.  Later on,

 it was requested that they consider a ramp in the middle of the park aligned with

 the concession area.   The Engineering Department recently has completed the

 design for the ramp.  He stated that funding for this project has been appropriated

 from discretionary funds and work is scheduled to begin by late September.  On  

 the issue of seeking approval for the soccer fields, Mr. De Leon mentioned that

 those monies will be available October 1st.  He stated that the plan is to revisit the 

 master plan for Father McNaboe Park and update the existing design to include 

 all the improvements mentioned. 

 

 Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that in regards to the sidewalk projects 

 that were just awarded, there will be a meeting tomorrow.  He explained that  

 they need to get the bonds approved and the appropriate staff signatures before    

 they  start with the project next week. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding increasing the number of street

     sweepers and requesting that the City Manager prepare an analysis to determine

     the feasibility of contracting out a portion of the street sweeping services.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the City of Laredo has more street sweepers than anybody in South Texas per city.  He will go back through the TrackWise program and bring back a summary of how many items have been called in regarding street sweeping.

 

John Orfila, Public Works Director, reported that there are nine sweeper crews one of which is assigned to downtown.  He stated that the downtown crews come in from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.  He mentioned that the crews do work on some of the TxDOT rights-of-way on Saunders, San Bernardo, Guadalupe, but he would need to find out whether they work on the Mines Road as well.    

 

3.  Discussion with possible action requesting that the City Manager have the

Department of Public Works crews construct sidewalks on the 3300 & 3400 Salinas Avenue on both sides of the street and on Madison between Salinas Avenue and Juarez Avenue on the south side only.  Funding will be provided from District VII Discretionary Funds.

 

Motion to use District VII discretionary funds for construction of sidewalks on the 3300 and 3400 blocks of Salinas Avenue and on Madison Street between Salinas Avenue and Juarez Avenue.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

17.  Providing for the adoption of a tax rate of 0.641761 per $100.00 value with a

Maintenance and Operation rate of $0.500648 per $100.00 and an Interest and Sinking rate of $0.141113 per $100.00 value and for the levy and the collection of General and Special Ad Valorem for the City of Laredo for the tax year 2003 and FY 2003-2004.  (Must be read in complete form.)

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

18.  Authorizing the City Manager to (1) convey a parcel of 2,916.69 sq.ft. out of the east

side of lot 5, Block 194, Eastern Division, and to (2) execute a contract with Jose Martinez and Teresa G. Martinez, in order to clear an encroachment on Springfield Avenue between San Pedro Street and Olive Street; the salient elements of such contract being the following: (1) City will convey the above property; (2) city will pay up to the $27,500.00 for the acquisition of a mobile home to be placed on the property to be conveyed; and (3) City will be allowed to demolish the entire encroaching structure located on lot 4, block 194, Eastern Division; providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

19.  Approving the public sale of three (3) tracts of airport non-aeronautical use land located

at the Laredo International Airport to the following successful bidders meeting all bid specifications being Tracts “A” consisting of approximately 3.91 acres to Dr. Ricardo G. Cigarroa, a Limited Partnership, in the amount of $ 1,200,753.00, Tract “B” consisting of approximately 5.46 acres to Dr. Ricardo G. Cigarroa, a Limited Partnership, in the amount of $ 1,724,323.00 and Tract “D” consisting of approximately 1.6087 acres to Dr. Amando Garza, III, a Joint Venture, in the amount of $475,001.00; providing for effective date. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinances # 2003-O-217, # 2003-O-218, # 2003-O-219, # 2003-O-220, # 2003-O-221, # 2003-O-222, # 2003-O-223, # 2003-O-224, # 2003-O-225, # 2003-O-226, # 2003-O-227, # 2003-O-228, and # 2003-O-229.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

2003-O-217  Amending Laredo Land Development Code, Section 24.77.1, entitled

Dimensional Standards, by revising the maximum building height requirements in certain zoning districts; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-217.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-218  Amending Chapter 3:  Subdivision Design Standards, Section 3-6:  Lots and

Lot Arrangements, Paragraph J. Laboratory Testing, of the Subdivision Ordinance of the City of Laredo by allowing a developer to select the testing laboratory for ordinance compliance, providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-218.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

2003-O-219  Amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2002-2003 General Fund annual budget to

increase revenues and expenditures in the amount of $175,000.00 for attorney fees paid to De Anda Law Firm.  Expenditures will only be incurred and disbursed if the revenue is collected by the Tax Department. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-219.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-220  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Section 2-9 to provide

access to database in order to inspect City property tax records via the internet; adding definitions and basic terms of the access agreement; changing term to be for one (1) year with an automatic renewal for one (1) year unless otherwise indicated by either party; deleting the equipment fee; deleting the reference to exhibit A, “The Standard Agreement,” providing for severability and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-220.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-221  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating

revenues and expenditures in the amount $346,993.00 in funds from the Texas Department Health and $57,012.00 in program income for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH-Title V) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003, through August 31, 2004; and amending the City of Laredo’s full-time equivalent positions.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-221.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

2003-O-222  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating

revenues and expenditures in the amount $21,657.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Laredo Obesity Prevention and Control Project (LOPAC) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-222.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-223  Authorizing the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating

revenues and expenditures in the amount of $69,464.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health and $16,600.00 in program income for the La Familia Health Care Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003 through February 29, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-223.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

 

 

 

 

2003-O-224  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating

revenues and expenditures in the amount of $81,751.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health in the Family Planning Services of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 2003, through August 31, 2004; and amending the 2002-2003 full time equivalent positions. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-224.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-225  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2,

Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12)(a) except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement and providing for publication and effective date of September 28, 2003 for a cost of living increase of 1.6%.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-225.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-226  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to

effectively convey a 0.0835 of an acre (twelve-foot), more or less, parcel of land, as a Utility Easement to AEP Texas Central Company, for the extension of an overhead 3-phase primary line to serve a proposed wastewater lift station in the Wyndum Terrace Subdivision.  Said 0.0835 of an acre (twelve-foot) easement being out of tract of land previously conveyed to the City of Laredo for the North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant; and providing for an effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-226.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-227  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to

effectively convey two parcels of land to the Texas Mexican Railway Company, said parcels being:  Tract 1 – a 3,272 square foot parcel of land and Tract 2 – an 868 square foot parcel of land, in exchange for two other parcels of land: Tract 3 – a 10,640 square foot parcel of land, and Tract 4 – a 653 square foot parcel of land.  All four parcels are situated in that section of Salinas Avenue that lies between Washington Street and Moctezuma Street, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and providing for an effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-227.

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0  

 

2003-O-228 Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between the City

of Laredo, as Lessor and Clemente M. Bedia, as Lessee for approximately 624.77 sq. ft. of building space to be used as a (WIC) Woman, Infant and Children Food Store at the area commonly known as 2300 Saltillo part of the Mario Tijerina Park site, for a term of one year at a monthly rate of $350.00 per month and will be adjusted annually according to Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective.  (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-228.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2003-O-229  Adopting a new health and dental benefits rate structure by   increasing all

medical contribution amounts by five percent (5%) and all dental contributions by ten percent (10%) for the City of Laredo and for all persons covered under the City of Laredo’s medical and dental plan unless otherwise provided in a collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of September 28, 2003. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-229.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

21.    2003-R-109  Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the FY 2004 Section

5307 Urban Transportation Grant Agreement No. URB 0401(22), State Project No. 51422F7053 from the Texas Department of Transportation in the total amount of $783,869.00 instead of the anticipated amount of $1,000,000.00 for FY 03-04 for a difference of $216,131.00; and providing for grant/contract funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2003-R-109.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

22 .  2003-R-110  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.015 of an acre

(640.481 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from S. T. K. Investments, a Texas General Partnership, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 6, Block 2, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

             Motion to approve Resolution 2003-R-110.

 

        Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:     7                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

23 .  2003-R-111 Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.009 of an acre

(385.460 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Pilar Munoa, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of the East 33.80 feet of Lot 7, Block 2, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2003-R-111.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

24 .  2003-R-112 Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.028 of an acre

(1221.271 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Natan Bar-Yadin, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lots 9 & 10, Block 2, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2003-R-112.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

25 .  2003-R-113  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.007 of an acre

(310.625 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Fernando Salinas, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 8, Block 2, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2003-R-113.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

26.  2003-R-114  Authorizing the removal of the traffic signal located at the intersection of

     Corpus Christi Street and Hendricks Avenue due to the lack of conditions         that warrant a traffic signal device.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution 2003-R-114.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

27.  2003-R-116  Adopting the 2004-2008 Capital Improvement Program of the City of

                            Laredo.

 

Motion to postpone for September 22nd. 

 

    Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

    Second:  Cm.  Amaya

    For:       7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XII.     MOTIONS

 

28.  Consideration to award a contract FY03-115 to the low bidder, Zertuche Construction

in the amount of $42,722.00 for the purchase and installation of an acoustical ceiling for the Civic Center auditorium.  Funding is available in the Civic Center budget.

 

Motion to approve with the amendment of changing the wording Civic Center Auditorium to Civic Center Ballroom.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

29.  Directing staff to prepare a service plan for the voluntary annexation of four (4) tracts

of land totaling 829.55 acres, more or less, and the unilateral annexation of one tract of land totaling 680.00 acres, more or less, for a total of 1,509.55 acres, more or less, as shown on attached Exhibit “A,” in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

month of August 2003, represents an increase of $68,154.18.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

a.  A refund in the amount of $ 1,493.23 payable to Amistad Enterprises due to   

    double payment.  Account #948-30003-004 was paid by owner and by Amistad

    Enterprises.

b.  A refund in the amount of $ 1,321.75 payable to FJK Development, Inc. due to a

     District Court order, Cause #2003-CVQ-000231-D-4.  Account #977-00015-031.

c.  A refund in the amount of $ 1,198.46 payable to FJK Development, Inc. due to a

     District  Court order, Cause #2003-CVQ-000231-D4.  Account #977-00015-032.

d.  A refund in the amount of $2,730.34 payable to First Nationwide Mortgage/577

due to a double payment.  Account #968-81001-020 was paid by First National Mortgage and Border Title.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

32.  Consideration for approval of a design/build consultant and authorization to negotiate a

professional services contract for the modifications to the City of Laredo Health Department Auditorium located at 2600 Cedar Avenue.   Funding is available in the Health Department Fund-WIC Grant.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that the recommendation is to go with R. J. Cantu Design Builders.

 

Motion to approve. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

33.  Consideration to award contract number FY03-123 to the lowest bidder meeting

specifications for the purchase and installation of a truck scale for the City of Laredo Landfill.  Bids are due on September 11, 2003 at which time all bids will be evaluated by the Solid Waste Department.  The lowest bidder meeting specifications will be recommended to City Council for consideration to award the contract.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve and award to A-1 Scale Service Inc. for $100,696.39.

 

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

34.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with the State of Texas

General Services Commission on behalf of the Texas Department of Health, Public Health Region 11, for 912 square feet of office at the City of Laredo Health Complex located at 2600 Cedar Street.  The term of the lease renewal will be from July 1, 2003 through February 29, 2004.  The lessee shall pay a sum in the amount of $414.12 per month.

 

Motion to approve with a correction to read Texas Building and Procurement Commission. 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

35.  Consideration to award contract number FY03-111, to the LOW BIDDER, Toter

Incorporated, Statesville, North Carolina, in the amount of $134,460.00, for the purchase of 3,600 roll out waste containers for the Solid Waste Department.  The low bidder was determined based on an evaluation point system, which included the purchase cost, experience of firm, service, product design, customer references, production, and compatibility.   The bid pricing is approximately 7% less than the previous year purchase.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

36.  Consideration to award contract number FY03-119 to the sole bidder, Perkins

Manufacturing, LaGrange, Illinois, in the amount of $31,820.00 for the purchase of ten hydraulic cart lifters and accessories. These are replacements for hydraulic cart lifters that are no longer working properly and for routes being assigned automatic refuse containers.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

37.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, J. Solis

Maintenance  & Welding Services, Laredo, Texas in the bid amount of $77,805.00 for the construction of an 8 feet high wrought-iron fence between Laredo International Bridges 1 and 2 at the former GSA Import lot.  Funding is available in Improvements Other Than Buildings Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

38.  Consideration to approve the selection of consultant for the design of foundation

repairs and quality control services for the Los Obispos Housing Project (approximately 26 units) and to authorize staff to negotiate a professional services contract with the selected consultant.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that the recommendation is to go with Cutler Galloway Services. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

39.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of thirteen vehicles for various City

departments through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $258,934.00.  The vehicles include eight compressed natural gas engine trucks, four crew cab trucks, and one 8-passenger van.  Funding is available from Airport, Community Development, Environmental Services, Utilities Department, and PPFCO Contractual Obligation bond funds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

40.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $44,777.75 to the

construction contract with R. Aguero Trucking, Laredo, Texas, for the South Laredo Park Project in the vicinity of Kawas Elementary School for construction of a parking lot (23 spaces), approximately 1,100 linear feet of a 10 feet wide walking trail and accessible ramps.  Funding is available in the South Laredo Park Phase II-28th Action Year 2002 Grant. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

41.  Consideration to award an annual supply contract FY03-099 to the low bidders meeting

specifications, TCI Tire Centers, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $19,888.12, Firestone Store, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $73,414.00, Wingfoot Commercial Tires, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $141,302.64 and A to Z Tire and Battery, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $30,027.00 for the purchase of tires and tubes for all City vehicles.  All tires are purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

XIII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

42.  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 located in North Laredo, east of IH35, because deliberation in an open meeting would have detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action.

 

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 located in North Laredo, east of IH35, because deliberation in an open meeting would have detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

After Executive Session, Mayor Pro Tempore Galo announced that no formal action was taken.

 

Motion to authorize the City Manager to acquire 5.0 acres located in North Laredo for public use for the amount of $240,000.00.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr. was not present.

 

43.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code § 551.071 (1)(A)

to discuss with City Attorney pending litigation, City of Laredo v. Leyendecker Properties, Ltd., Cause No. 2003EDA000001-C1, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code § 551.071 (1)(A) to discuss with City Attorney pending litigation, City of Laredo v. Leyendecker Properties, Ltd., Cause No. 2003EDA000001-C1, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

After Executive Session, Mayor Pro Tempore Galo announced that no formal action was taken.

 

XIV.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  7:55 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            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 24 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on September 15, 2003.

 

 

 

                                                                                                _______________________________

                                                                                                Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                                City Secretary