CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2003-R-022

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

NOVEMBER 17, 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 September 15, 2003 and September 22, 2003.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Agredano           

            Second:  Cm. Ramirez

            For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

           

 

 

Announcements

           

Mayor Flores asked for a moment of silence for Miguel “Michael” Lozano who passed away yesterday.  She also read a letter that was delivered to County Judge Louis Bruni:

 

“Dear Judge:

 

The City of Laredo and the County of Webb, as two distinct governmental agencies, have historically complemented each other’s efforts to benefit the citizens they both serve, and they continue to do so.  In regard to the proposed construction of a Fifth Bridge, the question remains, “What action will best serve the community?”  It is our responsibility as Mayor and Laredo City Council Members to ensure that the action that we take best serves the needs of Laredoans.

 

You know very well that political differences have never been our motivation or basis for the City’s decision to move forward with the construction of the City’s Fifth Bridge, independently of Webb County’s.  The City has based its decision on the facts of the matter related to financial and operational feasibility and practicality, and ultimately the manner in which the citizens of Laredo can best be served.  The City has and continues to make available the professional studies on which this decision is based. 

 

Unnecessary competition must come to an end.  This can only occur if the facts are made evident for everyone to view.  The City of Laredo is legally bound by its bond indentures and contractual obligations related to the financing of its existing four international bridges to oppose the construction of a competing international bridge within its city limits.  However, the question still remains;  What does Webb County bring to the table in terms of partnering with the City in the construction of the City’s Fifth Bridge.  More specifically, what is it that the County can offer Laredoans that they are not already being provided by the City of Laredo and the Laredo Bridge System?

 

It is also very important that Webb County identify how it plans to fund the bridge construction without impacting the taxpayer, the majority of whom are Laredoans.  Webb County’s answers to these questions are critical to achieving complete public understanding of the issues at hand.  It is essential that efforts to stabilize our community not be played out in the media but be based on the hard and true business facts.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores, John C. Galo, Mayor Pro Tem Galo; Alfredo Agredano, Council Member, District I; Hector J. Garcia, Council Member, District II; 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”

 

Cm. Agredano mentioned the 6th Annual South Laredo 5K Run that took place October 6, 2003.  He stated that there were close to 60 participants at the 5K Run and they raised $18,000.00 for scholarships.   He thanked the Parks and Recreation Department, the Laredo Fire Department and the Laredo Police Department for all their assistance.

 

Cm. Garcia thanked Mr. Richard Haynes for his assistance with the second annual turkey give-a-way for the residents of District II.  He also reminded the voters within the United Independent School District that tomorrow is the last day of early voting. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo mentioned that the City Council signed a letter regarding the proposed construction of a fifth bridge.   He stated that the plan of the City of Laredo is to close Bridge I to vehicular traffic so all that traffic would move over to Bridge V.   He added that the City

has taken great steps to revitalize the downtown area and is spending close to $50,000,000.00 in the downtown El Portal project. 

 

Cm. Amaya mentioned that this coming Saturday they will be delivering a Thanksgiving meal to about 75 to 100 families in District IV thanks to the donations from many local businesses and volunteers.  He extended greetings for a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. commended Mayor Pro Tem Galo for stating the facts correctly and that the City is here to do this the right way based on the fact that it is in the best interest of the taxpayers.

 

Cm. Belmares extended his appreciation to the firefighters of District III for allowing him to ride in service with them.   He also thanked the United Independent School District for allowing the Boys and Girls Clubs to use Krueger Field for their championship game and congratulated the six graders of Trautmann Middle School for their City championship this year.

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. thanked the staff of the Parks and Recreation Department for the excellent job done in setting up the festivities for Veterans Day at Jarvis Plaza.  He also mentioned that he had read the newspaper article over the bridge application issue and he stated that the City of Laredo has the right to work on this fifth bridge project on its own. 

 

Cm. Ramirez congratulated the Nixon Mustangs for winning its bi-district game and applauded the entire team, the coaches and parents for their accomplishment.  He also extended good wishes to all Laredoans for a Happy Thanksgiving.   

 

             Invitations

 

a.  H.E.B Feast of Sharing to be held on November 23, 2003.

 

      Norma Trevino, Chairperson for the Feast of Sharing, personally invited the Mayor and City Council to this event which started 15 years ago.  This holiday dinner will take place at the Civic Center ballroom on November 23, 2003 from 10:00 a. m. to 3:00 p.m. 

She stated that the event to be held here will be the largest of 24 dinners that will be served throughout Texas and Mexico.  This year they will serve over 215,000 meals at all the different sites and they are expecting approximately 12,000 people for the Laredo Feast of sharing alone plus 2,500 meals for the homebound citizens. 

 

b.  International GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day will be celebrated locally at

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) with numerous exhibitors from local agencies, companies and universities from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on November 19, 2003, in Room 111 of the Western Hemispheric Trade Center. 

 

John Porter, from the Environmental Services Department, and Michael O’Barr, with the local GIS Day Committee extended an invitation to this second annual event.  They encouraged everyone to come to the Exhibit Hall Room at the Western Hemispheric Trade Center to meet with the exhibitors. 

     

            Recognitions

a.  Recognizing the participants and sponsors of Dia del Rio opening ceremonies, Dia del

Rio and Make a Difference Day.  In all, approximately 650 people volunteered their time and efforts. Cumulatively, 300 hours were spent beautifying, weeding, trail building, removing non-native vegetation and litter from the areas along the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo on October 18 and October 25, 2003.

 

Blasita Lopez, Public Information Officer, reported that local volunteers contributed over 3,700 hours to the community in this city-wide event.  She recognized those individuals who assisted this year at both events:

 

Nick Benavides, Buttecrust Bakery, SIER – Nuevo Laredo, Golden Corral, Laredo Food Bank, Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center, Laredo Community College, O-Boy Portable Toilets Company, Preparatoria Covat – Nuevo Laredo, Laredo Rio Grande International Studies Center, Sacred Heart Childrens’ Home, Aztec Council Boys Scouts, South Texas Distributing, Texas Watch, United High School Choir, Webb County Food Bank.  She added that there were many City Departments that contributed to the events including:  Airport, Bridge, Civic Center, Community Development, Environmental Health (Health), Environmental Services, Fire Department – EMS, Health Department, Park and Recreation, Police Public Works, Solid Waste, Tax, Traffic, United Water, Utilities Department, Laredo Public Library Volunteer and Non-Profit Management Center, City Manager’s Office, Public Information Center.  She added that one person who was key to the planning and execution of these events is Reneé La Perriere, administrative intern with the City Manager’s Office. 

 

Mayor Flores presented a Certificate of Recognition to Danny Gunn and Dr.  Jim Earhardt in appreciation for their valuable contributions to Dia del Rio and Make a Difference Day in Laredo.  Mayor Flores also presented a Certificate of Recognition to Paul Foster, Director of U.H.S. Longhorn Choir for his help with the entire project. 

 

b.  Recognition of Herlinda Rodriguez of the Parks and Recreation Department on her

     selection as October Employee of the Month.

 

      Mayor Flores and the City Council presented Herlinda Rodriguez with a Certificate of Recognition for her outstanding performance and dedicated service to the City of Laredo.  Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Department Director, mentioned that she is a great asset to the department and the Cigarroa Recreation Center where she is based.  He added that her creative problem-solving skills and innovative ideas have benefited the department and the general public. 

 

c.  Presentation of the 2004 Employee Leadership Development Class. 

 

      Jerry Elizondo, stated that the Leadership Development Class is in its seventh year.  He introduced the new members of the class for 2004:

 

                  Roberto Cuellar Jr.             Nutritionist                                Health 

Mario I. Maldonado Jr.      Asst. Bridge Director                Bridge

David H. Piton                    Deputy Fire Chief                     Fire

Rodolfo Gonzalez Jr.          Animal Control Supervisor        Health

Jose A. Gamboa                 Sr. Programmer Analyst            Fire

Santos Reyes                      Street Cut Inspector                 Engineering

Celina Rivera                      Admin Asst II                           PARD

Homero Vazquez-Garcia    Coordinator                              Library

Leopoldo F. Rodriguez Jr.  Auditor II                                 City Manager’s Office

Jose A. Lopez III               Admin Asst II                           Airport

Veronica Urbano                Budget Analyst III                    Budget

      Marco A. Gutierrez            Engineering Associate I Utilities

    

            Communiqués

a. Presentation by United Independent School District (UISD) regarding the proposed bond

    election to be held November 22, 2003.

 

    Mr. Bobby Santos, Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services at United

    Independent School District, briefed the City Council on the upcoming bond election that  

    will take place next Saturday, November 22nd.  He stated this bond issue will finance the  

    construction of the six new elementary schools, one middle school, as well as renovate an

    existing high school and  build a new high school.   He reported that the district has been

    growing at a rate of 1,500 students per year for the last ten years. 

 

    Francisco Gonzalez, United Independent School District Board Vice-President, stated he is   

    asking for  the City’s support and vote for this project.  He mentioned that this school  

    bond issue is for $142,000,000 but it will eventually bring in more money more than

    $340,800,000 to the community and would like everyone to take that into consideration. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

            None.

           

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 & 3, Block 889, Western Division, located at 1101 Lafayette Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District), providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro 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. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1825, Eastern Division, located at 2201 Lyon Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change and approval of the extension of the previously approved Conditional Use Permit.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mr. Ricardo Guardiola, property owner, requested approval for the proposed zone change for a used car lot. 

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Amaya

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 432, Eastern Division, located at 301 W. Olive Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and follow staff’s recommendation to deny the zone change request.

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 667, Eastern Division, located at 1208 E. San Pedro Street from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

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. Amaya

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Amaya

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 1.73 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located at approximately 23008 Mines Road from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing the property owner, requested that City Council grant Mr. Jose Ramos Gonzalez the zone change request for nationalization of trucks. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing, introduce and deny the M-1 zoning designation and approve a B-4 zoning designation.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:   Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 4.198 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located approximately east of Mines Road and south of World Trade Center Loop, from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing 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. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mr. Juan Gomez, representing the property owner, stated that he requests that the City Council approve the zone change request. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 6, Block 1413, Eastern Division, located at 2419 Market Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing the property owner, spoke in favor of the proposed zone change for conversion of the existing property for commercial use. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

 

 

 

 

8.  Individual Public Hearings for the voluntary annexation of four (4) tracts of land (Tract

1: Las Blancas Tract - 419.4591 acres, more or less; Tract 2: Las Misiones Tract - 83.0116 acres, more or less; Tract 3: McNary and Calk Tract - 70.42 acres, more or less; Tract 4: Zachry Tract - 256.66 acres, more or less) totaling 829.55 acres, more or less, and the unilateral annexation of one (1) tract of land (Tract 5: Highway 359 Tract- 622.5 acres, more or less), for a total of 1,452.05 acres, more or less, as described in the attached tract summaries as required by Section 43.063 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Gerardo Gutierrez, property owner of a junk yard on Hwy 359, spoke against his property being annexed by the City. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

annual budget for the following funds:  Hotel-Motel Fund annual budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $441,270.00 for third party agency contract funding, Parking Meters Fund annual budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $63,427.00 for the FY 2003-2004 Debt Service payment, and Capital Improvements Fund (CIF) annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $400,000.00 in order to fund various capital improvement projects in each City Council district, and authorizing the City Manager to implement such budget.

 

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. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance repealing Ordinance 2003-O-253 and

amending Ordinance 2000-O-254, Chapter 5.5, Ambulances Article I-In General, of the Code of Ordinances, by specifically amending Section 5.5-28 (a) and (c)(2) so as 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 open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

Colonias Project Fund, Water Fund, and Sewer Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues in the amount of $275,213.00 from the Colonias landowners participating in oversizing and appropriating the transfer in an expenditure in the amount of $275,213.00 for the construction of SH 359 work order no. 4 Water Transmission Line Extension Project and SH 359 work order no. 1 Wastewater Trunk Line Project in the Colonias Fund.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Daniel Bustamante stated that the main water line is on the north side of the highway.  He inquired whether the tax increase was on the whole property itself or on the portion being affected. 

 

Mayor Flores explained that there are no tax increases involved other than user fees.  If the property owners are able to get water they must pay for the connection.  Then, the owners will pay water usage fees and sewer usage fees according to the amount used.  The portion of the property that will be inside the city limits is what will be taxed.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

12.  A.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1.  Status report on the low water crossing road connecting Merida and

     Independence Hills.

 

      Keith Selman, City Planner, reported that the City did recently get a donation of a 40-acre tract.  Within those 40 acres, about 3,000 linear feet would be the Merida roadway connecting Los Presidentes to Loop 20.  He stated that a section of that roadway, approximately 800 feet, is still under separate ownership but the City expects to get that right-of-way secured.  He added that it is a project targeted for the 2005 CIP with the hopes that the right-of-way is secured.  As far as the low water crossing is concerned, he would like to wait to see how it comes out in the design to see what would be the most appropriate way to handle this area. 

 

Gabriel Martinez, Engineering Department, mentioned that they have some preliminary cost estimates for the concrete box culverts to accept the water at this low water crossing.  He stated that these cost estimates are included in the 2005 CIP and the estimate is for $891,000.00.  However, the department cannot start with the engineering designs to bid out the work until the project is funded.

     

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

1.  Report on all CIP Park projects in District III for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005

     budget years, with possible action.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported on the recreational improvements in District III.

 

Park Improvement Projects

FY04

Budget

 Expenses

Balance

Funding Source

Chacon Creek Improvements

$130,380.00

$24,464.00

$105,916.00

   

Market Street Tennis Courts

25,000.00

$22,790.00

2,210.00

$500,000.00

Santa Fe Park Improvements

25,000.00

25,000.00

   -

 

Santa Fe Park Improvements

(CDBG)

300,000.00

 

300,000.00

 

Santa Rita Park Improvements

825,000.00

-  

825,000.00

300,000.00

Dryden Park Bleachers

7,000.00

7,000.00

-

 

Slaughter Park

2,000,000.00

1,800.00

1,998,200.00

 

Zacate Creek Linear Park

489,000.00

-

489,000.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Park Improvement Projects

FY05

Budget

 Expenses 

 Balance

Proposed     2005

Three Points Pool Renovation

-

-

-

110,000.00

 

 

 

 

2.  Update on the Bartlett Street opening between Cortez and Guatemozin, with   possible action. 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, stated that the project will come before City Council for budget amendment approval at the next City Council meeting.  After that, the City will be in a position to get reimbursed for the labor and work to be done in order to get this project moving. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo stated that Tex-Mex Railway has done their planking and they stated that they would have everything done within three months. 

3.  General discussion on the need for greater enforcement of property maintenance

      by both citizens and the City, with possible action.

 

      Mayor Pro Tem Galo stated that he had received a few complaints about the overgrown weeds on the airport property.  He mentioned the grass that grows between the street and the curb which destroys the integrity of the curb.  He wants to put an emphasis on this and asked that Code Enforcement should remind people to keep their lots clean. 

 

      Cynthia Collazo, Assistant City Manager, stated that they will schedule a Public Works crew to make inspections around the areas mentioned and remove any overgrown weeds from city property.

           

              C.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

1.  Detailed status report, including funding, for all parks in District V.

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported on the recreational improvements in District V.

 

     

Park Improvement Projects

FY04

Budget

Expenses

 Balance

Funding    Source

Soccer Field  Acquisition

And Improvements

$268,600.00

-

268,600.00

CIF

Taylor Baseball Park Improvements

75,000.00

-

75,000.00

CDBG

District V Park Improvements (Interlocal)

25,000.00

-

25,000.00

COUNTY

Pedestrian Crossing @ Lafayette/Saunders

80,400.00

-

80,400.00

CIF

Eistetter Park Improvements

125,000.00

-

125,000.00

CDBG

 

      Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. asked that he report back to City Council after 30 days with a report as to the costs evaluation on the properties and then follow up with an action plan. 

2.  Status report on the Ryan Bridge project.

 

      Keith Selman, City Planner, reported that the project is on schedule.   The pre-bid meeting was held last week and bids are scheduled for opening later this month.  He added that construction should begin some time in December. 

3.  Status report on the Saunders/Lafayette traffic and light study.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that they have a consultant already on board working on the engineering study.   All the traffic counts have been completed and he should be receiving a draft report by the end of November.  He explained that TxDOT needs to approve any report that is submitted to the Traffic Department before the traffic lights can be installed. 

4.  Status report regarding possible development of locked land in the Calton    

     Gardens area located within Hillside, Calton and Springfield Roads.

 

      Keith Selman, City Planner, reported that the areas being discussed are Blocks 52 and 57 which are the remaining undeveloped portions.  He stated that the tracts were replatted and what happened is the City received a dedication of 20 additional feet along Aurora Street and Marcella Avenue.  He stated that the developer went back to the property owners of Blocks 52 and 57 and got them to agree to dedicate 20 feet from their blocks gaining a 40-foot right of way.  The commission did require the extension of services and improvements for a section of Marcella Avenue.  As a result, the development processes have ensured that some of the associated costs for getting roadways into these tracts have been taken care of.

      

               D.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

                        1.  Discussion with possible action on the installation of street lights on San

     Francisco Road.

 

      Gabriel Martinez, Engineering Department, reported on the proposal received from AEP for $9,880.00.  The Traffic Department sent a correction on that stating that the proposal does not include the cost for trenching.  The cost, therefore, increases to $15,255.00 and department of Community Development is currently looking into funding for this project. 

2.  Discussion with possible action on the repairs of the railroad crossing on

     Jefferson Street.

 

      Gabriel Martinez, Engineering Department, reported that they have already sent a letter to the railroad company regarding the repairs needed.  He commented that he would send a copy of said letter to the City Manager and the Mayor.

3.   Status report on the Calle Iturbide Project.

 

      Gabriel Martinez, Engineering Department, stated that there are still some utility relocations and this has been the cause of some of the delays.  Even though there have been some delays, the contractor appears to be on time for the project  completion date of January. 

 

      Cm. Ramirez mentioned that he is concerned about the rush of shoppers for the Christimas holidays.  He would like them to make some type of preparation for the people to walk through while the streets are under construction. 

4.  Discussion with possible action on the parking lot by the riverbank.

 

      Cynthia Collazo, Assistant City Manager, reported that they are currently working with the federal agencies there.  The Engineering Department staff has already met with the officials from GSA to approve the erection of a wrought iron fence in order to separate the property that belongs to the federal agencies and the City of Laredo.  She added that the City intends to request access through some of the areas that the City had been previously denied access to. 

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

13.  Closing as a public easement that section of the 300 block of Texas Avenue between

Chacon and Piedra China Streets situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.  Closing as a public easement the North one-half section of the 2300 block of Canada                            Avenue between O’kane and Clark Streets situated in the Eastern Division, City of

       Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

       Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

15.  Closing as a public easement that section of the North 346.66 feet of Naranjo Avenue

between Pappas and the North property line of Block 32-A as per the Laredo Airport Subdivision Replat recorded in Volume 16, pages 49-51 of the Webb County Plat Records, situated in the Laredo Airport Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described on the attached Exhibit “A,” provided that the Laredo International Airport retains all existing easements located on said section of Naranjo Avenue and providing for an effective date for the closure and reversion of the public’s interest in said street to the Laredo International Airport.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

16.  Closing as a public easement that section of Sta. Rita Avenue between Ventura and

Piedregal Streets situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance was not introduced.

 

17.  Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or

Parking, of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo:  specifically   Section 19-364 (5), Restricted Parking Areas, to extend the existing permit parking only/tow away zone boundaries to include Longhorn Drive, Yale Drive, and Alameda Drive; providing for effective date and publication.  

 

Ordinance Introduction:   City Council    

 

18.  Amending Section 28-100 of the Code of Ordinances which makes it unlawful to use

public property for private commercial purposes, in order to increase the penalty for a violation of the section from two hundred dollars to five hundred dollars; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Diana Song, an attorney with Texas Rural Legal Aid, called the City Council’s attention to this proposed ordinance which would more than double the amount of fines payable by street vendors.  She stated that we are targeting those citizens who are the least employable in the city.  She pointed out that perhaps there could be specific exceptions to the general prohibitions within the proposed ordinance for local street vendors. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinances # 2003-O-282, # 2003-O-283, # 2003-O-284, and # 2003-O-285.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

19.

2003-O-282  Amending the City of Laredo annual budget by decreasing revenues and

expenditures in the amount of $6,300.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of $14,700.00 for Project Alcance.  The Driscoll’s Children’s Health Plans of Corpus Christi has awarded this grant to the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-282.

 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                Against:  0                    Abstain:  0

2003-O-283  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Airport Construction and Noise

Abatement budgets to recognize additional revenues from two grants received from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program being Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-38-2003 in the amount of $1,314,480.00 for improvements to the Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station, rehabilitation of taxiways, reconstruction of apron and construction of cargo apron pads; and Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-39-2003 in the amount of $3,000,000.00  and a local match in the amount of $333,334.00 available in the Airport Construction Fund for acquisition of residences and avigation easements and to sound insulate residential structures all in the 65 DNL noise contour of the Laredo International Airport; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-283.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:  8                                  Against:  0                    Abstain: 0

 

2003-O-284  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a reimbursement from the Federal

Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the amount of $10,720.00 for overtime expenses and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget in the amount of $10,720.00 to fund the Laredo Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).  The Laredo Police Department will assign one police investigator to the task force.  Reimbursement of overtime expenses will commence on October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-284.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2003-O-285  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Right-of-Entry Permit to the United

States of America in the area encompassed by the following City-owned blocks, for use as a work area for environmental exploration and survey, Southward and Eastward up to Tilden Avenue, including any public right-of-way abutting said blocks and any river vega land. Said blocks being delineated on attached copy of City Plat: all of Blocks 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 57, 68, 414, 415, 416, 425, 450-A 629, 630, 644, 645, 658, 659, 672, 673, 674, 675, 676, 677, 680, 708, 708-B & 724; all being situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-285.

 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                Against:  0                    Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

20.  2003-R-142  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.007 of an acre

(310.625 sq. ft.) parcel of land, and a 0.007 of an acre (310.625 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as perpetual easements, from Mandel Family Enterprises, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcels of land being out of the West 22.50 feet of  Lot 7, and out of Lot 8, Block 2, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-142.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

21. 2003-R-143  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.002 of an acre

(105.390 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Laredo Coin & Gift, Inc., for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of the West 26.71 feet of Lot 10, Block 37, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-143.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

22. 2003-R-144  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.005 of an acre

(221.804 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Norton Stores, Inc., for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 7A, Block 36, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-144.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

23.  2003-R-145  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.008 of an acre

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

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-145.

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

24.  2003-R-146  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.005 of an acre

(221.804 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from the George A. Talamas Family Limited, Partnership, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 8, Block 36, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-146.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

25.  2003-R-147  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.006 of an acre

(246.626 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from The Estate of Goldie Shaffer, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 9, Block 36, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-147.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

26.  2003-R-148  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.006 of an acre

(253.861 sq. ft.) parcel of land, and a 0.002 of an acre (93.959 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as perpetual easements, from Yu-Ting Chiang, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcels of land being out of Lot 10, Block 36, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-148.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

27.  2003-R-149  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.006 of an acre

(256.346 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from In Bok Yi, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 6, Block 37, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-149.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

28. 2003-R-150  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.012 of an acre

(537.950 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Minnie Dora Bunn Haynes, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lots 7 & 8, Block 37, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-150.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

29.  2003-R-151  Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.005 of an acre

(214.212 sq. ft.) parcel of land, and a 0.003 (111.772 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as perpetual easements, from Burco Realty Comapny, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcels of land being out of Lot 9, and the East 28.85 feet of Lot 10, Block 37, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-151.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

30. 2003-R-152  Resolution of the City of Laredo suspending the effective date of AEP

Texas Central Company’s requested rate changes to permit the city time to study the request and to establish reasonable rates; approving cooperation with other cities within AEP Texas Central Company’s service territory; authorizing intervention in the proceeding at the Public Utility Commission; requiring reimbursement of cities’ rate case expenses; requiring notice of this resolution to the company.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-152.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

31.  2003-R-153  Expressing the concern of the City Council as to how the implementation

of the United States Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Program (US-VISIT) might adversely impact the City of Laredo, Texas, and directing the City Secretary to forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of Homeland Security and our U.S. Senators and Congress member.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-153.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

32.  2003-R-154  Confirming the appointment of representatives from the City of Laredo to

serve on the Board of Directors of the South Texas Development Council for the period beginning October 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-154 with an amendment to name Jose A. Valdez, Jr. in place of Eliseo Valdez, Jr. and remove alternates #4 and #8 from the list. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

33.  2003-R-155  Supporting and participating in the South Texas Development Council;

and authorizing payment of $36,315.20 for City’s membership assessment for the period covering October 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-155.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

34. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute renewal contracts for legislative

consultant services provided to City of Laredo in Austin, Texas.  The contracts include the following:

 

A.  McWilliams & Associates for a twelve month period beginning October 1, 2003    

 and ending September 30, 2004, at a rate of $3,500.00 per month and no out-of-  

 pocket expenses.

B.  Baker Botts L.L.P. for a twelve month period beginning October 1, 2003 and

 ending September 30, 2004, at a rate of $4,000.00 per month and out-of-pocket  

 expenses not to exceed $5,000.00.

C.  Mario A. Martinez for an eleven month period beginning November 1, 2003 and     

 ending September 30, 2004 (previous contract ended 10/31/2003), at a rate of   

 $3,500.00 per month and out-of-pocket expenses not to exceed $5,000.00.

D.  Raul G. Liendo, d.b.a Tejas Consulting, for a nine month period beginning

January 1, 2004 and ending September 30, 2004, at a rate of $1,500.00 per  month and out-of-pocket expenses not to exceed $2,000.00.

 

Funding is available in the General Fund budget for FY 03-04.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

For:    8                                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Cutler-Gallaway

Services, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $82,985.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Los Obispos Housing Project (approximately 26 units) including a $7,500.00 allowance for subsurface exploration work.  Funding is available in the Los Obispos Housing Project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 3 an increase of $113,928.25 to the

construction contract with Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport northeast cargo and access road for the addition of a concrete pavement on a portion of the access road west of the cargo apron and additional guidance signs.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund under Grant 29.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Freese and Nichols,

Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $88,494.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Laredo International Airport east fuel farm.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund under Grant 30. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.  Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Freese and Nichols,

Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $35,876.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Laredo International Airport placement of concrete panels at strategic locations within the southwest cargo apron.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund under Grant 38. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

39.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the sole bidder, Zertuche

Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport improvements to Fire Station No. 6 in the base bid amount of $440,500.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund under Grant 38. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

40.  Consideration to award a construction contract to Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena,

Texas, in the bid amount of $651,710.00 for taxiway G for the Laredo International Airport reconstruction of portions of Taxiway G Project.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction under Grant 38. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

41.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $6,162.00 to the

construction contract with Gilmar Construction, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 22 (30 blocks) for additional concrete sidewalk and concrete header wall to prevent erosion on City’s right-of-way to be constructed on the 2200 block of San Eduardo and 2700 block of McPherson.  Funding is available in the District IV Discretionary Funds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $850.00 to the

construction contract with Triple A Concrete, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 24 (30 blocks) for additional concrete header curb to prevent erosion to be constructed at 303 W. Travis Street and to add five (5) working days to the construction contract time.  Funding is available in the District V Discretionary Funds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

43.  Consideration to award contract FY04-015 to the sole bidder, Little Tikes Commercial,

San Antonio, Texas, in the total amount of $68,938.31 for the purchase and installation of two playground modules.  These will be installed at the South Laredo Park (Mario Tijerina Park).  Funding is available in the 28th Action Year-2002 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

44.  Authorizing the award of 2003 HOME Investment Partnerships Program Community         

Housing Development Organization (CHDO) set aside funds in the amount of $218,104.00 to the Azteca Economic Development and Preservation Corporation (AZTECA), and further authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract with AZTECA for the same.   A sole, viable proposal was submitted by Azteca to construct a 6-unit multi-family rental low-income housing complex within the Azteca neighborhood. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

45.  Consideration to ratify payment for invoices prior to October 2003 in the amount of

$25,350.00 and award a professional service contract to DNA Reference Lab, San Antonio, Texas, for an estimated annual amount of $100,000.00 for criminal investigation laboratory services for the Laredo Police Department on an as needed basis.  Services include DNA, firearm comparison analysis, serology, and other services required for criminal investigations. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

46.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sign an Interlocal Agreement for E9-1-

1 Service and Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Equipment between the South Texas Development Council (STDC) and the City of Laredo as it relates to the planning, development, operation and provision of 9-1-1 service, the use of 9-1-1 funds, and adherence to applicable law for a period of no more than six months ending February 29, 2004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

47.  Authorizing the City Manager to continue using the Webb County Jail to incarcerate

prisoners that are arrested for Class C misdemeanor violations, and to pay Webb County for these services at a rate of $49.43 per day per prisoner.  The daily rate is subject to change in accordance with the rate allowed by the United States Government for incarcerating federal prisoners in the Webb County Jail.  This agreement will continue annually unless written notice from either party to discontinue the services is submitted.    Webb County Jail is the only source that provides this service within our geographic area.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

48.  Consideration to award contract number FY04-014 in the estimated annual amount of

$50,000.00 for the purchase of paper for copiers and printers from the sole bidder, Executive Office Supply, Laredo, Texas.  Departments will order these items on an as needed basis.  The term of this contract is for a twelve-month period and will include copy paper, green bar and other computer paper.  Funding is available in the  office supply line item of the respective departments.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

49.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreement with Integrated Payment

Systems (Western Union Convention Pay Service) to automate the pay station activity used to collect water utility payments.  With this automation, funds and data will be electronically transmitted and processed, thus improving on the efficiency and accuracy of this activity.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

month of October 2003, represents an increase in levy of $8,444.56.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

a.  A refund in the amount of $702.96 payable to Veronica Ramirez due to double

     payment.  Account# 909-00004-580.

b.  A refund in the amount of $978.68 payable to Citifinancial Mortgage due an

     erroneous payment by the mortgage company.  Account 968-00015-235.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

52.  Consideration for approval of amendment no. 3 an increase of $14,500.00 to the

professional services contract with Rosin Group, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Zacate Creek Linear Park, Phase III, IV & V-scope of work II, for additional design of a low water crossing/pedestrian bridge across Zacate Creek upstream from the Rio Grande River.  Funding is available in the CDBG Zacate Creek Park Phase III, IV & V-28th Action Year-2002 Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

           

53.  a.  Update report on the status of the Colonias Project.

 

            Motion to postpone.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       b.  Presentation by consultant Tetra Tech, Inc. for the three police substations.

 

Mr. Alvin Peters, Architect, reported that they have completed the design for the three substations.  He added that all three of the substations will be located on fire department sites.   

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo inquired whether they have any personnel at these facilities on a full-time basis. 

 

Police Chief Agustin Dovalina stated that the department has had to modify the Master Plan due to the continued growth of the city and the requests for continued enhancement of community policing workstations.   He stated that he would like to get a snapshot of the current workstations and the ones they are going to build and be able to man those and not create any more policing workstations. 

 

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.

 

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

discuss with City Attorney pending litigation, Mariagloria Gonzalez v. City of Laredo, Alfredo Agredano, Johnny Amaya, Gene Belmares, Elizabeth G. Flores, John C. Galo, Hector Garcia, Juan Ramirez, Eliseo Valdez, Jr., Jose Alberto Valdez, Jr., Cause No. 2002CVQ1562-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code  551.071(1)(A) to discuss with City Attorney pending litigation, Mariagloria Gonzalez v. City of Laredo, Alfredo Agredano, Johnny Amaya, Gene Belmares, Elizabeth G. Flores, John C. Galo, Hector Garcia, Juan Ramirez, Eliseo Valdez, Jr., Jose Alberto Valdez, Jr., Cause No. 2002CVQ1562-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Motion to approve settlement agreement in the case of Maria Gloria Gonzalez vs. City of Laredo, et al, Cause No. 2002-CVQ-001562 in the 111th District Court, in which settlement agreement it is agreed that Plaintiff agrees to dismiss the case with prejudice and the Defendants agree to pay the sum of $4,300.00

 

Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

discuss with City Attorney pending litigation, Gilbert L. Leyendecker, and wife, June G. Leyendecker and Leyendecker Properties, Ltd., vs. City of Laredo, Texas Civil No. L-01-174, in the United States District Court Southern District, Laredo Division, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code  551.071(1)(A) to discuss with City Attorney pending litigation, Gilbert L. Leyendecker, and wife, June G. Leyendecker and Leyendecker Properties, Ltd., vs. City of Laredo, Texas Civil No. L-01-174, in the United States District Court Southern District, Laredo Division, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Motion directing the City Attorney to place on the agenda for the next City Council meeting an Executive Session to discuss the proposed settlement documents relating to the case of Gilbert and June Leyendecker v. City of Laredo, Cause No. L-01-174 in federal court, and all pending matters relating to the acquisition of the Springfield Road extension through the property of Leyendecker Properties, Ltd., and for proposed final action thereon.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

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

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

56.  Consideration to reject all bids received for the purchase of five mini vans with an

ADA conversion package (bid FY03-105) and authorize staff to solicit new bids.  Three vendors responded to the bid request, however, two failed to include the ADA conversion package and the other vendor does not have the required state license to sell vehicles in Texas.  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.    RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AS THE             LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

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

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                     Time:  9:36 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 27 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on November 17, 2003.

 

                                                                                    _______________________________

                                                                                     Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                     City Secretary