CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2003-R-20

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

OCTOBER 20, 2003

5:30 P.M.

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Mayor Pro Tempore, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                                                                     Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

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

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

           

IV.       MINUTES

            Approval of the minutes of August 25, 2003 and August 26, 2003.

 

            Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.     

            Second:  Cm. Ramirez

            For:      6                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            Cm. Garcia and Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. not present.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. joined the meeting at 5:48 p.m.

 

             Announcements

            a.   Dia del Rio event update and Make a Difference Day activity preview on the efforts to               clean the river vega, forge new trails and maintain others, by Blasita J. Lopez, Public                        Information Officer.

 

                  Blasita Lopez, Public Information Officer, reported on the success of the cleanup event on the Paso del Indio Trail this past Saturday, October 18, 2003.  She stated that the City went out and supported the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Center with the creation of two new sections along their trail at the Laredo Community College campus.  She reported that they had a great turnout with 400 to 500 volunteers assisting with the weeding of cactus and the planting of native plants.  She anticipates that they will have another good turnout this coming weekend with the Make a Difference Day event.  She explained that for the Make a Difference Day event on October 25th, volunteers should report at 7:30 a.m. to the Civic Center to register.  All volunteers will then be taken to the work site which is east of Zacate Creek and below the Tex-Mex rail yard.  The work entails picking up debris which has washed up, spreading mulch, building up the nature trails, etc.  She added that the volunteers should bring their own tools such as rakes, shovels, hoes, and pitchforks. 

                       

            Invitations

            a.  Invitation by Randy Willard to the Grand Opening of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts        

                 scheduled for October 28, 2003.

Randy Willard, owner, stated that 147 employees were hired for the Laredo doughnut shop.  He invited Mayor Flores, the Council Members, and the general public to the grand opening.

 

            Recognitions

            a.  Recognizing the Texas Migrant Council for its exemplary record in serving the needs of              migrant worker families and being named the “National’s Council of La Raza Affiliate          of the Year.”

 

Mayor Flores and the City Council presented Mary G. Capello and Blas Castañeda with a Certificate of Recognition for receiving the National Council of La Raza Affiliate of the Year award.

     

            Communiqués

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that he traveled with Cm. Agredano and Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, to our Sister City Mexticacan, Jalisco.  They met with the Mayor who will take office January 1, 2004.   He added that they met with the State of Jalisco officials concerning the Sister Cities Festival.

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. acknowledged former Council Member Blas Castaneda and former Commissioner Roque Vela who were in the audience.

 

Cm. Amaya acknowledged John Charles, appointee to the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee, who was in the audience. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo reported that he attended a National Aids Awareness Day ceremony with Dr. Hector Gonzalez.  He added that it is amazing how this message still requires dissemination.  He thanked the Health Department for working on a day-to-day basis with people with HIV and AIDS.  He further thanked Dr. Hector Gonzalez for the outstanding job that he and his staff are doing in educating the public on this disease. 

 

Cm. Agredano mentioned that the annual United South 5K Run will be held this Sunday, October 26, 2003.  He stated that this 5K run is held annually to raise scholarship funds for high school students from Cigarroa High School and United South High School.  He added that next year they will be including L. B. Johnson High School.   He also mentioned that he is quite embarrassed over the vandalism over at the new skate park in south Laredo.  He stated that the City worked very hard to have this park installed for the youth in south Laredo and urged his constituents in District I to take care of their park. 

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. stated that he attended the AARP ribbon-cutting ceremony this past weekend.  He added that the Laredo chapter has a very good organization and that it was great meeting with this group of retired individuals to find out in what ways the City can provide assistance to them. 

 

Mayor Flores read a letter from CenterPoint Energy:

 

“Honorable Mayor Betty Flores,

 

On September 30th and October 1st, I had the distinct honor of attending the 21st NGV Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

The City of Laredo was one of twelve awardees to be recognized for their outstanding contributions toward the advancement of natural gas as a vehicular fuel.

 

Councilman John C. Galo represented the City of Laredo and participated in a panel discussion on the use of alternative fuels in municipal fleets.  Councilman Galo represented the City well.  His PowerPoint presentation highlighted Laredo’s demographics, alternative fuel initiatives in respect to the City’s fleet and El Metro’s CNG buses.  Laredo’s CNG efforts were some of the strongest considering that the City is in attainment.  The panel included representatives from New York City and Madero, California.

 

This award would not have been possible without the continued support of the Mayor, the City Council and the City Administration.  Your continued efforts to support CNG as the alternative fuel for Laredo, clean air and a better Laredo are to be commended.

 

CenterPoint Energy Entex is proud to be a partner with the City in their alternative efforts.

 

If there is anything I can be of assistance, please give me a call at 723-6351.

 

Congratulations on the award and recognition you so well deserve.

 

Yours truly,

 

Nelda I. Juarez

District Manager”

 

Mayor Flores also mentioned the TxDOT public hearing tonight on Webb County’s application for their bridge application.  She mentioned that the City is being represented by Rafael Garcia, Bridge Director. 

 

“I stand before you as an official representative for the City of Laredo.  My comments in regard to Webb County’s permit application for the construction of an international bridge crossing collectively reflect those of the City of Laredo’s governing body and its management. 

 

I would like to begin by stating that the City of Laredo and the County of Webb have enjoyed and continue to enjoy a positive and mutual working relationship as it pertains to addressing local community needs.  However, in this matter, the City of Laredo must necessarily assert its prerogative.

 

The City of Laredo adamantly opposes Webb County’s application for a permit to construct an international bridge crossing and moreover, opposes the approval of such a permit by the Texas Transportation Commission.  The City is contractually bound, and therefore legally bound, to oppose the establishment of an international bridge within the City of Laredo by any other entity, such as Webb County, which might, could, or would be in competition with the City of Laredo’s existing international bridges and which can reasonably be expected to compete with, and draw revenue and traffic away from, the Laredo Bridge System. 

 

It is the City of Laredo’s intention to submit formal written, opposing comments for the consideration by the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Transportation Commission within the prescribed time limits.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to speak before you tonight.”

 

Rafael Garcia, Jr.

Bridge System Director

 

Mayor Flores thanked all the volunteers who participated in the Dia Del Rio event last weekend.  She mentioned that there is another opportunity to help with the cleanup efforts this Saturday, October 25, 2003, for the Make a Difference Day event.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

            None.

  

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            Cm. Garcia joined the meeting at 6:35 p.m.

 

            1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the               City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 10 and 11, Block 816, Western Division, located at                      3103 San Agustin 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. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ron Whitehawk, representing Henry and Esmeralda Hereford, stated that this property 

                 has been owned by the family for many years but it has a split zone designation.  The 

                 front of the property is a B-3 zone and the back half of the property is presently zoned as

                 a B- 1.  However, the use of the property has to be zoned as a B-3 on the back half so   

                 that the entire property can be put to use.

 

                 Eva Delgado, neighborhood resident, spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing, introduce as a B-3 and override Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     8                                          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 rezoning 3.40 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located north of Del Mar Boulevard and east of Burke Drive, from AG (Agricultural 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 Tem Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 48.70 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located north of Del Mar Boulevard and east of Burke 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 Tem Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Gelmares

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Belmares

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 8.34 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located north of Del Mar Boulevard and east of Burke Drive, from AG (Agricultural 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:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     8                                          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 Lot 2, Block 1, Ramirez Industrial Subdivision and 0.3625 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located at approximately 3700 Loop 20, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) and M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing 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 Tem Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Garcia 

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the
     City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 8, Block 1739, Eastern Division, located at 2619 S.   

Arkansas Avenue 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 denial of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Jesus Ortega, property owner, requested approval of his request for a proposed zone  

                 change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce and override Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Agredano

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Agredano

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 1081, Eastern Division, located at 1901 Aldama Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                

 

 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                  Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                  For:                8                                          Against:  0                                  Abstain:  0

 

                  Luis Bruni, representing the Ramos family, spoke in favor of the proposed zone change. He added that the property owners would like to build some apartments at this location.

 

                  Ricardo Godines, neighborhood resident, spoke against the zone change request.

 

 Motion to close the public hearing and follow Planning and Zoning’s recommendation

 to deny zone change request.

                

                  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

                  For:                8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

               

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 12.12 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of proposed Havana Drive and east of Woodridge 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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 6.00 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Casa Blanca Road, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed B-4 designation and approval of a B-3 zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Alex Villarreal, III, property owner, spoke in favor of a B-4 zone change.  He explained  

                 that the property has been cleaned up and no longer has the abandoned trucks, 55-gallon 

                 drums, etc. that were there before. 

 

                 David Garza, private citizen, spoke in favor of the zone change request. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce and override Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

                 Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction: Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

 

 10.  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 a commercial parking lot on the west ¾ of Lot 7, and the north ½ of Lot 5, Block 178, Western Division, located at 607 Washington Street and 1014 San Eduardo 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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Guadalupe Garcia, property owner, requested approval of the zone change request.  Her daughter added that they would like a 24-hour permit instead of being restricted to the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for use as a parking lot. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and deny the conditional use permit.

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004

parking meter fund budget by appropriating a draw down of $511,566.00 from the opening balance and appropriating it for land acquisition and improvements.  The projects planned projects consists of land acquisition, improvement and construction of surface municipal parking lots in the downtown area.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Article I Section 24.1.3.2,

Responsibilities of the Board of Adjustment, creating Section 24.1.8, Standard Technical Specification Manual Committee, Creating Article III, Section 24.58, Standard Technical Specification Manual, Creating Article VI Section 24.96, Amendment Procedures for the Standard Technical Specification Manual, of the Laredo Land Development Code of the City of Laredo, providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Mayor Flores read a letter from the Laredo Builders Association in regards to the standard subdivision specifications manual.

 

“Personally and on behalf of the Laredo Builders Association, I want to thank Council Members Belmares, Eliseo Valdez, and Jose Valdez for keeping all of us focused on completing the Standard Specifications Manual for the City of Laredo.  Over the past year and a half, members of the development community, local engineers, and city staff directed by Larry Dovalina and ably coordinated by Keith Selman have met on a regular basis to develop the Standard Specifications Manual.  Staff members from the Water Utilities Department represented by Pablo Martinez, the Engineering Department represented by Rogelio Rivera and Gabriel Martinez, the Environmental Services Department represented by Riazul Mia, and the Traffic Department represented by Robert Murillo have attended the meetings along with other staff members.

 

I especially want to thank Keith Selman and his staff for their efforts.  Rosa Silva was given the monumental task of organizing and typing in the information that resulted in the Standard Specifications Manual that is being presented for first reading tonight.

 

With rising material and labor costs, the development community wanted to establish Standard Specifications that fairly represented what other cities along the border require for subdivision development.  During our meetings, we agreed most of the time but in some cases we agreed to disagree.  One of these areas was the type of water and sewer line pipe.  Our analysis indicated that most cities and particularly those along the border, Corpus Christi, and even San Antonio specify a less costly but in no way inferior PVC water line and sewer line.  The water utility staff was concerned about the potential for a contractor to improperly install the water or sewer line and that this potential problem would be offset by a different grade pipe.  This is the reason for inspections by the Project Engineer and City of Laredo.  There is no reason to specify water line for a constant pressure of 200 pounds per square inch when the Laredo water main pressure averages 60 pounds per square inch.  We would strongly urge the council to consider changing the water line and sewer line pipe specification to DR-18 water line and SDR-35 sewer line to a depth of 10 feet.

 

Laredo has come a long way from where it was ten or fifteen years ago.  There are a number of professional engineering firms headquartered in Laredo and as licensed engineers they are capable of designing projects that meet acceptable criteria.  In the future any engineer designing a project in Laredo must include the Standard Specifications Manual.

 

While not perfect, the Standard Specifications Manual provides a foundation that can be improved on over time as we all learn from its implementation.  Most importantly, the accompanying ordinance establishes a committee comprised of city staff and six members of the development community appointed by the Laredo Builders Association.  This committee will probably need to meet on a more regular basis for the first year after implementation of the Standard Specifications Manual.

 

Again, I want to thank everyone that participated in this process.

 

Sincerely,

 

William C. Skeen”

 

Pablo Martinez, Utilities Department, stated that the committee met several times to put all the documentation together.  During the review part by the Utilities Department, it was brought to their attention the possibility of lowering the standards for those pipes.   He stated that they currently have the DR-14 water pipe for standard use by developers for construction and the SVR-26 for sewer pipe use.  They reached an agreement that they did not want to change the sewer line at this point. 

 

Cm. Belmares inquired whether it would be the project engineer who is ultimately liable for the plans should the pipe fail.   He mentioned that by allowing us to require a greater standard would put the City at a disadvantage because it would be more expensive to do development in Laredo. 

 

Pablo Martinez explained that there is a fine line between who is responsible.  The engineer could easily claim that the contractor did not install the pipe as per his specifications. 

 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, stated that the engineer seals off on the design, not necessarily on the quality of the pipe.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the specifications book with amendments to the water pipe and sewer pipe from a DDR-14 to a DDR-18 and from an SVR-26 to an SVR-35.  The committee shall meet quarterly the first year, semi-annually the second year, and annually thereafter, or as needed. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004

annual budget by appropriating   revenues and expenditures in the amount $8,400.00 in additional funds from Webb County for a total of $158,400.00, for the period beginning October 1, 2003, through September 30, 2004.  The Central Welfare Agency – County Indigent Program is allotted space at the Health Complex at no cost.  Due to the rise in costs of security and maintenance supplies, a prorated cost has been applied to support a .5 Security Guard  (contract) and $600.00 for janitorial supplies.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by transferring unexpended funds in the amount of $19,950.00 from FY 2002-2003 from the United Independent School District to FY 2003-2004 for the Immunization Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 3, 2003, through July 2, 2007, contingent upon availability of funds and yearly contract renewal.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

contract with the University of Arizona and amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $20,000.00.  The University of Arizona will grant the City of Laredo $20,000.00 for the Border Vision Fronteriza (BVF) 2: Community Health Workers for Children’s Health Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, for the period beginning September 14, 2003, through September 13, 2004; and authorizing the City Manager to amend the City’s FY 2003-04 full-time equivalent positions by creating two (2) part-time Community Service Aide positions for a total of  .96 FTE.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Ramirez

 

16.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount $15,000.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health to conduct the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning November 1, 2003, through June 20, 2004; and amending the FY 2003-2004 full-time equivalent positions by creating one (1) part-time Health Educator position for a total of  .48 FTE.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

17.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the

City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by transferring unexpended funds in the amount of $73,500.00 from FY 2002-2003 from the Laredo Independent School District to the Immunization Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2003, through August 31, 2003, contingent upon availability of funds and yearly contract renewal.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Note:  There is a connection on the contract ending date; it should read to end August   31, 2004.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

18.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004

annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $143,387.00 to reflect the actual grant amount from the Texas Department of Health and decrease in-kind funds in the amount of $48,150.00 from the Laredo Independent School District for the Mi Futuro (My Future) Abstinence Education Program of the City of Laredo Health Department from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

19.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004

annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $690.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of $169,293.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

20.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004

Airport Construction Fund Budget to appropriate $400,000.00 in additional revenues received through a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Small Communities Air Service Development Pilot Program and a transfer in from the Convention and Visitors Bureau Fund in the amount of $100,000.00 and appropriating $500,000.00 in expenditures for said pilot program.  The funds will be used to increase the use of services at the airport and to improve airfares available to travelers in our community.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce and instruct staff to bring back a strategic plan on how those monies will be used. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

21.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance electing for the City of Laredo to make

current service and prior service contributions to the City's account in the Municipal Accumulation Fund of the Texas Municipal Retirement System at such rate within legal limits, as the actuary annually determines is required to fund within a period of twenty-five years from the most recent valuation date, the costs of employee benefits payable from, or chargeable to, the City's said account in said fund.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

Article VI “Indoor Clean Air” of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas, by amending Sections 15-78 through 15-82; “Smoking in Public Places,” thereby designating 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 effective date and publication.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Adriana Craddock, Webb County Community Coalation and SCAN, Inc., spoke in favor of the proposed ordinance.   She admitted that the proposed ordinance is not perfect but it is a step in the right direction.  It creates a fair balance between the rights of smokers, non-smokers, and business owners. 

 

Roque Vela, Jr., spoke against the ordinance because it would deter new businesses in Laredo.  He proposed that this issue be placed to the voters of Laredo.

 

Raul Perales stated that it should be a freedom of choice and it should be left up to the individuals to decide whether they want to go to a place where there is smoke or not.

 

Mike Pharr, representing TKO Sports Bar & Grill, spoke against passage of the ordinance.

 

Roque Vela, representing Jett Bowl North, spoke against the ordinance and stated that the patrons should be allowed to choose.

 

Francisco Ramirez, from the American Cancer Society, stated they are working to protect  our children from the effects of smoking and second-hand smoke.  He strongly supports any ordinance that prohibits smoking in public places, especially those places where children are taken.

 

Dr. Philip Huang, Chief of Bureau of Chronic Disease and Tobacco Prevention at the Texas Department of Health, spoke before City Council.  He stated that second hand smoke is a proven public health hazard and he applauds City Council for addressing this important public health issue.  He added that the department’s position on ventilation systems is that they do not achieve safe levels of exposure to reduced health effects.  Therefore, any ventilation proposal does not actually protect the public health or the patrons.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and postpone indefinitely. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:   5                                                Against:  3                                Abstain:  0

                                                           Cm. Agredano

                                                           Cm. E. Valdez, Jr

                                                           Cm. Ramirez

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

             A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

 1.  Discussion by Police Chief Agustin Dovalina, III, regarding police protection for our

citizens in light of the Nuevo Laredo shootings and related activity occurring in the community. 

 

            Police Chief Agustin Dovalina stated that in spite of the current state of violence,  the City of Laredo is well equipped to provide the type of protection the community deserves.  He provided a synopsis of the strength in the police force.  There are a total of almost 400 police officers assigned to different duties within the department. 

He added that the department is highly trained to keep our community safe and continues to provide quality law enforcement services to the community. 

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. stated that the City would need to push for some legislative changes regarding gun ownership and the right to carry weapons.  He suggests that the adults that expose the children to a life a crime should be severely penalized.

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. stated that we need to actively legislate for preventive measures to reduce juvenile crime, e.g., burglaries and drug possession. 

 

Cm. Garcia mentioned that there used to be a time when the police officers would go to different campuses on a monthly basis.  They would be educating the youth on gangs, violence, drug use, etc.  He suggests that the police officers should be patrolling more of the neighborhoods on a regular basis.  He further suggests that law enforcement should be more aggressive and detain juveniles for longer periods of time. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo suggested that perhaps a new substation can be built on the west side that could serve as a holding facility where the children could be detained until the parents go pick them up.

 

Mayor Flores stated that all these suggestions will be provided to the City Manager’s Office so that they may be taken into consideration. 

 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the loitering and the inappropriate and

     offensive behavior by vagrants at Jarvis Plaza.

 

Mayor Flores mentioned that several downtown groups have complained of the loitering and offensive behavior by new vagrants. 

 

Police Chief Agustin Dovalina mentioned that he will place an assigned officer to aggressively patrol the area.  He stated that if there is no complaining party or an officer who witnesses the offensive behavior, there is very little that can be done.   He stated that there is an ordinance that enforces the breaking up of camps by homeless people.  He explained that if there is no violation committed, there is little that the police officer can do once he or she removes the individual from the location. 

 

Motion to have staff look into how to better address this issue and provide a study to City Council within 30 days in order to strengthen our ordinance. 

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            B.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1.  Discussion with possible action authorizing the City Manager to have the Department of      

Engineering/Public Works construct sidewalks on 2000 & 2100 South Milmo (east side); 2300 & 2400 Chestnut (north side); 2300 San Luis (south side); and the 2900, 3000 and 3100 South Martin (west side); to be funded with District 1 discretionary funds.

 

Motion to approve construction of sidewalks with District I discretionary funds.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

     

            C.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore John C. Galo

 

1.  Update on hiring of Tennis Pro for Market Street courts.

 

      Miguel Pescador, Assistant Parks Director, reported that the department sent out notices for proposals and, in both instances, proposals were received from one applicant at a time.  He added that the applicants have been interviewed but their requests exceed what is budgeted for said program.  They made a proposal to the first applicant back in April and the individual declined the offer due to the high cost of living and the short term termination.  He stated that there is a third individual who may be willing to accept the terms of the contract.  He mentioned that they will be forwarding the necessary documents to the Purchasing Department in order to advertise for the Request for Proposals one more time.

 

2.  Report from Traffic Department regarding accidents on Meadow and Galveston, with

     possible action.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that the department has conducted a study regarding the high incidence of accidents at this intersection.  He explained that in order to conduct the study they had to collect some accident data and traffic counts.  There was quite a number of right-angle accidents but they could not find any type of problem in terms of obstructed view.  The traffic counts show over 15,000 vehicles on Meadow compared to 1,000 vehicles on Galveston.  He recommended monitoring the intersection some more and possibly increasing the size of the stop signs. 

           

            D.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Status report by Legislative Liaison, Rene Gonzalez, regarding the effectiveness of

City's Lobbyist Team during last legislative session, including those issues affecting the constituents of the City of Laredo that were approved and those that were not and the impact either way to the community; status of Special Legislative Session regarding issues that affect the City of Laredo and how we can become involved; and consideration for Lobbyist Team to report directly and more often to either the Legislative Committee or the City Council, especially during creation of legislative agenda. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Gene Belmares)

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. encourages the legislative consultant to report on a more frequent basis to the Ad Hoc Committee and to learn how much effort is put into some of the items that the City Council wants done.  He is requesting more feedback from them as to whether the City Council needs another sponsor for a bill, whether they need to change the language on a particular bill, etc. 

 

Rene Gonzalez explained that during the last legislative session, an important bill that had been introduced by then Rep. Henry Cuellar was later sponsored by Sen. Hinojosa.  He stated that Sen. Hinojosa was not able to get that particular bill out of committee to the House floor.  He added that one of the hardest tasks that legislative consultants have is getting those six or seven members of a committee to allow a bill to get through committee in order to be heard on the floor.  He mentioned that they try to target those specific groups who have some background in the particular issue that they are lobbying for. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the development of the Standard Technical

Specifications Manual and setting a thirty (30) day deadline for its completion. (Co-sponsored by Council Members Gene Belmares and Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. stated that this item was addressed earlier under item no. 12.

 

3.  Discussion with possible action to provide solutions for District V constituents regarding

     floodplain insurance as it relates to the latest floodplain map.

 

      Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. stated that this item could be listed as a staff report at a future City Council meeting.  He mentioned that some of his constituents have gotten renewal notices for floodplain insurance that they may or may not need.  He would like for this  information to be filtered out so that people may obtain some flood relief. 

     

      Keith Selman, City Planner, mentioned that there are no new floodplain lines. 

 

4.  Status report on the studies being conducted at the former air force base (Alta

     Vista/Vista Hermosa) and activities of the Committee.

 

      Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Department Director, stated that a meeting will be held this Thursday, October 23, 2003, at 5:30 p.m. at the Public Works conference room.

 

            E.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on enforcement efforts to control roadside vendors.

 

      Cm. Belmares postponed item for next City Council meeting.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action to provide financial assistance to the Marine Corps

League on a reimbursable basis for direct expenditures for the Mid-Winter Conference.  (Co-sponsored by Veteran’s Affairs Committee)

 

Motion to provide financial assistance to the Marine Corps League on a reimbursable basis for direct expenditures to the Mid-Winter Conference.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

3.  Discussion with possible action to reconsider fire service contract with Webb County for

the provision of fire protection, emergency medical and rescue services for all unincorporated areas of the County of Webb, Texas, lying outside the incorporated limits of the City of Laredo at an annual rate of $43,750.00 per month from November 2003 through September 2004 and $50,000.00 per month from October 2004 through September 2005 for a total of 23 months beginning November 1, 2003 and ending September 30, 2005 in the total amount of $1,081,250.00.

 

Cm. Belmares mentioned that the actual amounts should be as follows:

$1,125,000.00 for a two-year period with $525,000.00 due for the first year and $600,000.00 due for the second year.

 

Motion to approve the figures as read.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                   Cm. Amaya

 

4.  Discussion with possible action on creating on aircraft viewing area as recommended by

     the Airport Advisory Committee.

 

      Cm. Belmares postponed item for next City Council meeting. 

 

            F.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Status report on the Calle Iturbide project.

 

      Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, reported that this is a three-block area of Iturbide Street.  The scope of the project is the removal and disposal of the existing sidewalks and pavement in order to widen the sidewalks.  He stated that the project is approximately 65% complete and is tentatively scheduled to be ready in December. 

 

      Mayor Flores announced the percentages of work completed by the contractor on this project:  demolition is 80% complete; storm sewer is 93% complete; sanitary sewer system is 98% complete; water line improvement is 75% complete; curb and gutter work is 80% complete; colored stamp roadway is 50% complete; colored stamp sidewalk is 75% complete; canopies and mist cooling system is 15% complete; irrigation and landscaping is 45% complete; and underground relocation of utilities is 80% complete.

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

24.  Closing as a public easement that section of the 2000 block of Plum Street between

Malinche and Urbahn Avenues situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinance # 2003-O-248, # 2003-O-249, # 2003-O-

250, # 2003-O-251, #2003-O-252, #2003-O-253, #2003-O-254, # 2003-O-255, # 2003-O-256, # 2003-O-257, # 2003-O-258, # 2003-O-259, # 2003-O-260, and # 2003-O-261.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-248  Adopting the Municipal Court schedule of window fines as per attached list

and Section 542.031, Transportation Code, as added by House Bill 3588, creating a $30.00 State traffic fee court cost on conviction for offenses, including parking and pedestrian offenses, under subtitle C, Rules of the Road, Transportation Code and amending the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20, Section 20-37, by adding subsection (h); providing for severability, effective date and publication.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-248.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-249  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a Comprehensive STEP grant from

the Texas Department of Transportation and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by decreasing $68,050.00 for the Comprehensive STEP program.  The Texas Department of Transportation will contribute $51,255.00 for this program and the City will contribute $5,695.00 in matching funds. This grant will be utilized to pay overtime for the enforcement of traffic laws.  The funding period for this grant will be from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-249.

 

Moved:   Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:   Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-250  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a Comprehensive Commercial Motor

Vehicle STEP grant from the Texas Department of Transportation and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget in the amount of $55,556.00 for the Comprehensive STEP program.  The Texas Department of Transportation will contribute $50,000.00 for this program and the City will contribute $5,556.00 in matching funds. This grant will be utilized to pay overtime for the enforcement of traffic laws.  The funding period for this grant will be from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-250.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-251  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Texas Department of

Transportation for the “El Protector” program and amending the City of Laredo’s 2003-2004 annual budget in the amount of $29.00 and amending the Full Time Equivalent Positions.  The Texas Department of Transportation will contribute $35,000 for this program and the City will contribute $42,226.00 in matching funds. These funds will pay for the salary and fringe benefits for one police officer.  The funding period for this grant will be from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-251.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-252  Accepting a direct aid grant from the Texas State Library Loan Star Libraries

Program in the amount of $18,627.00 for new computers at the Santo Nino Branch Library and study rooms, and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget in the amount of ($1,686.00).

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-252.

 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-253  Amending Chapter 5.5, Ambulances Article I- In General, of the Laredo Code

of Ordinances, by specifically amending Section 5.5-28 (a) to standardize basic rates, and providing for publication and effective date of January 1, 2004. The increase in rates are primarily to recover from insurance carriers, and were compiled from a rate review survey of 32 cities in Texas.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-253.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-254  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing

expenditures and revenues by $5,859.00 from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Outreach Project of the City of Laredo Health Department; extending the contract period for one month beginning February 1, 2002 through October 31, 2003.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-254.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-255  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing

revenues and expenditures in the amount of $95,374.00 for the Texas Department of Health for the Women, Infants and Children "WIC" Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2003, through September 30, 2004; and amending the FY 2003-2004 full-time equivalent positions from 80 to 82.5. The new grant total budget will be $2,911,507.00.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-255.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-256  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with Pinkerton, Inc.

and Burns International Security Services Corporation for two offices totaling approximately 500 square feet and located at International Bridges I & II  a.) Lease term is for one (1) year commencing November 1, 2003 and ending on October 31, 2004  b.) Monthly rent will be $2,200.00 for both properties  c.) City of Laredo may terminate lease within ninety (90) days written notice.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-256.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-257  Closing as a public easement that section of the 2800 block of South Canada

Avenue between Palo Blanco and Thurman Streets situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-257.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-258  Closing as a public easement that section of the 2000 block of Frost Street

between Malinche and Urbahn Avenues situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-258.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-259  Approving and authorizing the City Manager to execute a consent and

estoppel agreement between City of Laredo, and Laredo Texas Hospital Company, L.P., covering certain land conveyed by the City of Laredo, as Grantor, to Mercy Regional Medical Center, as Grantee and approved by Ordinance no. 95-O-016 conveying unto said Grantee an approximate 50.7656-acre tract of land located at the Laredo International Airport by executing a document containing the following proviso that (i) no seismic testing, drilling, reworking, or other operations for exploration, development, production, marketing, transportation, storage, sale, refinement or treatment of oil, gas or other minerals (the "minerals"), will be conducted on the surface of the land described in this ordinance  ("the land") in connection with the exploration of the minerals in, on, under or that may be produced from the land; (ii) grantor shall have no rights of  ingress or egress to the surface of the land for any purpose, including but not limited to, the purpose of seismic testing, mining, reworking, drilling, exploring, developing, producing, marketing, storing, transporting, and/or any other kind of operation customarily used in the oil, gas and mining industry in connection with the exploitation of the minerals; and (iii) grantor shall not use the surface of the land for surfacing or strip mining, or for the removal of hard rock minerals or surface or near surface mineral substances.  Operations for exploration or recovery of the minerals conducted on the subsurface of the land and/or on other lands owned by grantor (including the surface and/or subsurface of such other lands) shall be permissible so long as all surface operations in connection therewith are located at points outside the land and upon the condition that none of such operations shall be conducted so as to interfere with the use and enjoyment of the land and/or with the load bearing strength thereof.  These covenants and agreements shall be binding on grantor, grantor's heirs, executors, administrators, successors, assigns and lessees, and shall constitute negative easements running with the ownership of the minerals, hard rock minerals or surface of or near surface mineral substances lying, in and/or under the land and grantor's adjoining lands, providing for effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-259.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-260  Designating as a one-way eastbound the 400 and 500 block of O’kane Street

between Springfield Avenue and Lexington Avenue, and as one-way southbound the 2300 block of Lexington Avenue between O’kane Street and Clark Boulevard to be effective during the peak hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, during school days, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-260.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-261  Designating as a one-way eastbound the 2500, 2600, & 2700 block of Lane

Street, between Milmo Avenue and Arkansas Avenue, to be effective during the peak hours of 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, during school days, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-261.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

26.  2003-R-132  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.001 of an acre

(53.327 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from C. S. Rodriguez Estate, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 10, Block 4, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-132.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

27.  2003-R-133  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.004 of an acre

(174.240 sq. ft.) parcel of land and a 0.001 of an acre (43.516 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as perpetual easements, from Maria E. Barreda, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcels of land being out of Lot 7, Block 4, and Lot 8, Block 4; respectively, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-133.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

28.  2003-R-134  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.003 of an acre

(149.481 sq. ft.) parcel of land and a 0.004 of an acre (155.841 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as perpetual easements, from Talagon Ltd., for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcels of land being out of Lots 8 & 9; respectively, Block 4; Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-134.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

29.  2003-R-135  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.001 of an acre

(43.560 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Gonbar Realty, Ltd., for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 9, Block 4, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-135.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

30.  2003-R-136  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.004 of an acre

(162.231 sq. ft.) parcel of land and a 0.006 of an acre (269.814 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as perpetual easements, from Minimall of Laredo, Inc., for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Both parcels of land being out of Lot 6, Block 4, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-136.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

31.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between L.I.S.D. and

City of Laredo in which City agrees to convey two former street sections namely, (a) Benavides Street between Davis Avenue and Main Avenue, and (b) Garcia Street between San Dario Avenue and San Eduardo Avenue, and license to use (c) 12,675 sq. ft. out of Davis Street for school parking in exchange for (1) conveyance to City of certain properties owned by L.I.S.D. and (2) providing for L.I.S.D. to be responsible for existing utility lines on said former street sections; and directing that after L.I.S.D. has conveyed the referenced properties to the City, ordinance be submitted authorizing the conveyance of the two closed street sections and granting said license to use part of street for parking.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to award an eleven month contract to Government Relations, Inc.,

Washington, D.C., in the amount of $82,500.00, plus travel and related expenses up to $5,000.00 for the period beginning November 1, 2003 and ending September 30, 2004 for intergovernmental, informational, and advocacy services to the City of Laredo.  Funding is available in General Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Consideration to approve Change Order No. 5 in the amount of $121,095.26 to Lambda

Construction Company for the Jefferson Street High Service Pump Station construction project to pay for remobilization of contractor due to the delays associated with timing of water production shut down and delivery of electrical power supply.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for annual contract number FY03-006   

awarded to the low bidders, Al & Rob Sales, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $264,000.00 for the purchase of trousers and Gall, Inc., Lexington, KY, in the estimated amount of $69,000.00 for the purchase of shirts for Police Department personnel.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Police Department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a one year service agreement with H.T.E.,

Inc., Lake Mary, Florida, in the amount of $74,802.00 of which United Water will pay $16,602.00 and the City of Laredo will pay $58,200.00.  The service agreement is for service and maintenance on the municipal applications residing on the City’s I-Series 400 computer for the period of October 1, 2003 thru September 30, 2004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of computers through the State of Texas

Department of Information Resources (DIR) cooperative purchase contracts for City Departments.  The City is able to utilize the Department of Information Resources’ purchasing power in acquiring information systems such as personal computers.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of telecommunication and networking

equipment in the estimated amount of $35,000.00 through the State of Texas Department of Information Services contract vendors.  The telephone and networking equipment will be installed at the Police Department’s Financial and Narcotics Task Force offices.  Grant funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.  Consideration to ratify the expenses incurred to make repairs to the Transit Center

offices resulting from water damages on September 1, 2003.  A water heater line break flooded the El Metro offices on the east wing of the third floor, Community Development offices on the second floor, and Burger King Restaurant.  Repair contracts in the total amount of  $67,077.81 were issued to the following vendors:  E.G. Construction-$26,690.00, Pro Remediation, Inc.-$30,403.00, Lopez Floor and Wall Covering-$8,100.00, and Bexar Electric Company-$1,884.81.  All expenses will be reimbursed by our insurance carrier, Texas Municipal League (TML) less a $10,000.00 deductible per occurrence.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

39.  Consideration to award contract number FY04-002 to the low bidder, Rankin Auto

Transmission, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $58,975.00 for transmission repairs for the Fleet Management Division.  The term of this contract is one year.  The bid pricing will be firm during the contract period and all repair work will be secured on an as needed basis.  The new contract pricing is approximately 10% less than the previous contract amount.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

40.  Consideration to award annual contract number FY04-001 to the low bidder, Garcia’s

Auto Glass, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $46,122.00 for providing glass replacement service for the Fleet Maintenance Division.  The term of this contract is approximately 8% lower than the previous contract period.  All work will be done on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

41.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for annual contract FY03-003 to the low

bidder, Southern Sanitation, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $40,092.00 for providing trash collection services for large volume containers.  These services will be required for various City operations such as Airport, Bridge, Civic Center, Parks and Recreation, Public Access, and Solid Waste.  The contract is also required to provide these containers for special events such as the household collection event.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.  Authorizing the City Manager to withdraw the Letter of Map Revision (LOMR)

Application, release the retainage and close the contract with Brown & Root for the Zacate Creek Stormwater Management Master Plan Project.  The Master Plan was developed to alleviate the flooding problem on Zacate Creek Watershed.  Since the detention pond on the Alexander Property was not built and the City is proposing channel improvements on the upper Zacate Creek, the Map Revision Application needs to be withdrawn and submitted at a later time when the improvements are done.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

43.  Consideration to authorize the payment of the solid waste fee assessed by the Texas

Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in the estimated yearly total amount of

$401,250.00.  The City is assessed a solid waste fee of $1.25/ton for all waste processed (disposed) at the landfill.  The department estimates that approximately 321,000 tons of waste will be processed during the next year.  The fee is assessed quarterly and funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

44.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, for

the Laredo Street drainage improvements and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the  2003 CO Issue-Laredo Street Drainage.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

45.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement between the City of Laredo and

Hurd Urban Development, Ltd., Tanquesitos Land & Cattle Co., Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership & 3G’s Partners, Jesse Martinez, Francisco Guerra, Sr., Francisco Guerra, Jr., Pedro I. Saenz, Jr., Richard E. Haynes and Vinateria Ranch Company, Ltd., respective owners of eight parcels of land described in the agreement for provisions of water and sewer capacity in the form of Living Unit Equivalency (LUEs). The provisions for water and sewer are made available though the oversizing of both the water and wastewater line extensions for the Colonias Project on SH 359 and the Texas Mexican Rail Road right-of-way.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

46.  Authorizing the City Manager to award a contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates,

Inc., for professional services in the amount of $147,843.00 for an Intelligent Transportation System Plan for the City of Laredo.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

47.  Motion to approve a contract with the Laredo Development Foundation for economic

development.  The Laredo Development Foundation’s mission is to help create jobs, industrial attraction, and enhancement of local business, which they do through the Industrial Attraction Division, Small Business Development Division/Center, and the Special Projects Division.  The contract is for fiscal year 2004 in the amount of $407,400.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

48.  Motion to approve twenty-nine general fund third party contracts for fiscal year 2003

       for a total of $621,047.00.  The contracts are listed as follows:

 

Bringing Everyone Special Together                                          $  10,547.00

Bethany House                                                                         $  15,000.00

Border Area Nutrition Council                                                  $  26,250.00

Boy’s & Girls Club of Laredo                                                   $  67,500.00

Boy Scouts Gulf Coast Council                                                 $  13,500.00

Casa de Misericordia                                                                $  11,250.00

Catholic Social Services                                                            $  11,250.00

Children’s International Advocacy                                            $  45,000.00

Club Olympia                                                                           $    3,750.00

Communities in Schools                                                            $  11,250.00

Community Action Agency – Elderly Nutrition Program             $  15,000.00 

Community Action Agency – Meals on Wheels                         $  14,250.00

Girl Scouts Paisano Council                                                      $    7,500.00  

Laredo Crime Stoppers                                                            $  11,250.00

L.I.S.D. Campus Crime Stoppers                                             $    5,625.00

Laredo Regional Food Bank                                                     $  18,750.00

Laredo Webb County Food Bank                                            $  22,500.00

Laredo Webb Neighborhood Housing Service                          $  11,250.00

Laredo/Webb Child Welfare Board                                          $    3,375.00

Laredo Animal Protective Society                                             $126,000.00

Laredo Veteran’s Coalition                                                       $  45,000.00

Laredo International Fair and Exposition                                   $    3,375.00

Literacy Volunteers of America                                                 $    5,250.00

Rio Grande International Study Center                                      $  15,000.00

Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center                                         $  56,250.00

Sacred Heart Children’s Home                                                 $    3,750.00

South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse                      $    3,750.00

Serving Children and Adolescents in Need                                $  27,000.00

Webb County American Red Cross                                          $    7,500.00

Special Olympics                                                                      $    3,375.00

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

              

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

month of September 2003, represents an increase in levy of $3,601.72.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

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

 

a.  A refund in the amount of $870.55 payable to Arnulfo & Janice Gonzalez Jr., due to   

     an over payment by the taxpayer.  Account #927-00006-089. 

b.  A refund in the amount of $673.67 payable to Fairbanks Capital Corp., c/o of Lereta

      Corporation due to an over payment by the Mortgage CompanyAccount #945-

      00851-420.

c.  A refund in the amount of $734.41 payable to Fairbanks Capital, Corp. due to an

     overpayment by the Mortgage Company. Account #983-10001-090.

      d.  A refund in the amount of $995.80 payable to 1st National Bank of Arizona.  The

           payment was applied to the wrong parcel number. Account #801-01000-770.

      e.  A refund in the amount of $9,075.57 payable to G/S Leasing Inc., Attn: Property Tax    

      Department due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the      

     Appraisal Review Board.  Account #801-07099-134 as clerical error as per Section  

     25.25.

     f.  A refund in the amount of $690.37 payable to Casanova Auto Parts, c/o Jose C.

         Casanova due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the q 

         Webb County Appraisal Review Board as double assessment.  Account #800-03000-  

         500.

     g.  A refund in the amount of $594.18 payable to Homer Ortiz due to a Webb County

     Appraisal District change of value certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review      

     Board as double assessment. Account #812-02000-917.

     h.  A refund in the amount of $633.96 payable to Maria Arciga Davis due to a Webb

     County Appraisal change of value certified by the Webb Webb County Review Board

     as an over 65 exemption.  Account #902-00009-030.

     i. A refund in the amount of $796.42 payable to Duty Free Americas, Inc., due to the    

        delay in arriving at the tax office.  Penalty, interest, and collection fees are being   

        refunded.  Account #800-09000-040.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

           

A.  Presentation by Riazul Mia, Environmental Services Director, on the bi-national study

and Regional Assessment of Water Quality in the Rio Grande Basin between the United States and Mexico by International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC)-Clean River Program.

 

 Riazul Mia, Environmental Services Director, stated that the program is a state funded

 program.  The City of Laredo Environmental Services and Health Departments are

 partners of the Clean River program.  He added that all these communities along the Rio

 Grande collect samples and send them to the International Boundary and Water

 Commission for analysis. 

 

 Wayne Belzer, Environmental Protection Specialist with the International Boundary and 

 Water Commission, provided a short presentation to City Council.  He stated that the  

 State of Texas created the Clean  Rivers Program  which is mandated to monitor the

 waters of the state and assess those waters. 

 

                                                     LAREDO SITES

Site

Partner

Parameters

Apache Ranch

IBWC

Conventionals/Bacteria

Colombia Bridge

RGISC/Laredo Health

Conventionals/Bacteria

World Trade Bridge

RGISC

Conventionals/Bacteria

Manadas Creek

Laredo Environmental Services

Conv/Metals/Bacteria

CP&L Power Plant Intake

Laredo Health

Bacteria

Laredo Water Treatment Plant Intake

RGISC/Laredo Health

Conventionals/Bacteria

US81 (Convent Ave) in Laredo

Laredo Health

Bacteria

International Bridge #2

RGISC/Laredo Health

Conventionals/Bacteria

Masterson Road

Laredo Health

Bacteria

El Cenizo

Laredo Health

Bacteria

Pipeline crossing

Laredo Health

Bacteria

Webb/Zapata county line

RGISC

Conventionals/Bacteria

Falcon Reservoir

RGISC

Conventionals/Bacteria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATA ANALYZED

·        Conventionals – Salts, Nutrients, Chlorophyll, Field

·        Bacteria – E. Coli and Fecal Coliform

·        Metals – Dissolved and Total

·        Toxicity – Chronic and Acute

 

DESIGNATED USES

 

·        Contact Recreation

·        Public Water Supply

·        Fish Consumption

·        Quality Aquatic Habitat

 

                                                                       LAREDO DATA

 

Site

Concerns

Trend

Apache Ranch

None

None

Colombia Bridge

Nutrients

None

World Trade Bridge

None

None

Manadas Creek

None

None

CP&L Power Plant Intake

None

None

Laredo Water Treatment  

Plant Intake

None

None

US81 (Convent Ave.) in

Laredo

Bacteria

None

International Bridge #2

Bacteria

Bacteria

Masterson Road

Bacteria

None

El Cenizo

Bacteria/ammonia

NH3 FC

Pipeline crossing

Bacteria/ammonia

NH3 FC TPO4

Webb/Zapata County Line

Bacteria

NH3 FC DO NO3 pH

Falcon Reservoir

None

None

 

NUEVO LAREDO STUDY

 

·  November, 2000

·  5 sites – 3 on Rio Grande, NLWWTP influent,

NLWWTP effluent

·  No exceedances under minute 279

·  NH3 – 21.3 in, 0.0 out

 

CONCLUSIONS

 

·  Bacteria concentrations in the Rio Grande increase through Laredo

·  Bacteria and ammonia trends are declining

·  Salts, metals, and toxicity are not exceeding state and federal criteria

·  Fish consumption standards are being met

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

           

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

52.  Consideration to award contract FY03-105 to the lowest responsible bidder GFI

Genfare, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, for the purchase of fifty (50) replacement electronic fare boxes, two (2) training fare boxes include spare and one ticket vending machine and related software in the amount of $553,700.00.  These new fare boxes will accept coins, bills, and magnetic face cards.  Delivery and complete installation of this new fare box system is expected within 60 days after contract award.  Funding is available from the Federal Grant TX-90-456. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

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

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT                                                                                         Time:

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.          COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

 

a.       Recognition of Mr. Jose Guadalupe Alejandro for receiving the Dr. Sandra Richard Memorial Award by Laredo Regional Food Bank.

 

Mayor Flores and Council Members presented Mr. Alejandro, an employee with the Environmental Services Department, with a Seven Flags Certificate of Appreciation for his commitment to the community and his individual effort in collecting almost 50,000 pounds of food products in an attempt to eliminate hunger in Laredo. 

 

II.        GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

 

A.    Discussion with possible action regarding the status of three proposed COPS Substations, including preliminary drawings, time schedules, and groundbreakings.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector J. Garcia)

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that the plans and specifications are 99% complete.  There might be last minute changes resulting from suggestions from the Utilities Committee.  By all accounts, the plan should be out of the Utilities Committee before the end of October at which time they can go out for bids and wait for submittals within 45 days or so.  He added that the groundbreaking can be scheduled anytime after that with Blasita Lopez, Public Information Officer. 

 

III.       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.

 

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

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Motion to authorize the City Manager to proceed with the acquisition of an 18.5 acre portion of acreage, more or less, out of Abstract 277, Porcion 22, for the sum of no more than $25,000.00 per acre.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.       ADJOURNMENT                                                                             Time:  11:06 p.m.

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Agredano 

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 38 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on October 20, 2003.

 

 

 

                                                                        ______________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary