CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2003-R-024

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

DECEMBER 8, 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

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

Mr. Paul Foster, United High School Choir Director, stated that the United High School Choir will be traveling to New York City in June, 2004.  He mentioned that, as part of a fundraising project, the group will be scheduling Christmas caroling around the community and will perform three songs for $25.00.  He introduced the group of students who performed a few Christmas carols before City Council. 

 

Ms. Edna Garcia, Director for MADD, conveyed a message to the public regarding the consequences of drinking and driving.  She stated that it is her wish that everyone in the community spend a joyous holiday season by staying sober.  She reminded everyone that the organization has kicked off a campaign “Tie One on For Safety” that will continue through the holidays.  She urged everyone to keep the streets safe and wished everyone a wonderful holiday season. 

 

Fire Chief Luis Sosa presented some photographs of the fire scene this morning in Mirando City.  He mentioned the effectiveness of the Laredo Fire Department’s quick response was critical in controlling the blaze.  He added that the department was concerned because the tankers contained non-hazardous, flammable liquids which they expected to rupture.  They had to use some bulldozers to get to the scene and extinguish the flames from the boxcars. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that earlier in the year there was objection to the increase in fees when the fire contract was renewed with Webb County.  He stated that the increase went up in smoke today in responding to that blaze in Mirando City.  He added that the City of Laredo received the first call at 2:26 a.m. regarding the train derailment.  He mentioned that the City of Laredo responded with two engine companies, a tanker, an ambulance, and a hazardous materials response team along with a district chief.  The situation was a very dangerous one and had our fire department not been there, a major catastrophe would have taken place because the poisonous gas container would have blown.  He mentioned that this is a major blaze and the fire department’s presence will be required throughout the night and tomorrow.  He emphasized that one incident in one period of time can wipe out any contract that exists and the City’s quick response certainly shows our commitment to our surrounding communities and the City’s concern for them. 

 

Cm. Agredano expressed Merry Christmas and Happy New Year wishes to all the citizens of Laredo and all the different city departments.  He sent Christmas greetings to all those members of the armed forces who are serving our country around the world, all the veterans who have sacrificed for us, and also those veterans who are long gone.  He wished all his constituents of District I a very Merry Christmas.

 

Cm. Garcia conveyed wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the citizens of Laredo, city staff, and the City Council.  He reminded everyone to refrain from drinking and driving.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo expressed happy holiday greetings to everyone in the City of Laredo and asked that we be thankful for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us.  He asked that everyone remember what this holiday is all about.  He thanked all the employees of the City of Laredo for all the hard work accomplished throughout the year.  He expressed his appreciation to all the law enforcement agencies and members of the armed forces for allowing all of us to enjoy the holiday season. 

 

Cm. Amaya stated that there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony in March, 2004 for the Inner City Park in District IV.  He mentioned that there is a toy give-away scheduled for December 20th for needy children from schools within District IV.  He also thanked the City Manager and city staff for their hard work in maintaining a balanced budget throughout the year.  He commended all the city employees for their outstanding work as well.  He sent wishes to all the citizens of Laredo for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. conveyed on behalf of himself and his family Merry Christmas greetings to everyone.  He stated that the City of Laredo has had a banner year.  He asked that everyone continue to count their blessings and asked that everyone pray for our troops serving our country as well as our police officers and fire fighters.  He asked for continued blessings for the Mayor, the City Council and all the citizens of Laredo. 

 

Cm. Belmares expressed wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to his colleagues, city staff and the citizens of Laredo.  He added that without the support of his family he would not be able to serve the citizens and he thanked them for it.  

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. stated that we all get caught up in day-to-day things and asked that everyone make time to hug their loved ones at the end of the day.  He expressed holiday greetings to everyone in the community.   He showed his appreciation to city employees, city staff and City Council for all their hard work throughout the year.

 

Cm. Ramirez wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  He reminded everyone to thank God for all their blessings and when we celebrate the holiday to remember to show our thanks for everything we have received.  He mentioned that he is here, as is the rest of the City Council, to serve the citizens of Laredo.  

 

Mayor Flores stated that there are always good times and bad throughout the year.  She mentioned several examples of distressing decisions that negatively impacted our families in one way or another.  Through it all, this legislative body has had continued faith in our God, our families, and our country.  She added that this year has been a spectacular year for the City of Laredo and they will continue to conduct their meetings with the utmost professionalism and perform their work in the public view for all to see.  She pledged their continued commitment to forge ahead for better jobs, safer streets, a cleaner city, safe homes for children and their parents.  She stated that she, her immediate family, and her extended family would like to thank the citizens of Laredo for all the support and love shown always.  She pledged to continue to work for all of us as our Mayor and wished everyone in the community a healthy, happy, and holy holiday.   

 

            Invitations

           

            None.

 

            Recognitions

 

            None.

      

            Communiqués

            a. Presentation by Streets of Laredo Urban Mall Association of the Jamboozie Mardi Gras            2004 Poster and Iturbide Street.

 

 Hector Garcia, Streets of Laredo President, presented the Jamboozie poster for the new 

 celebration to the Mayor and City Council. 

 

 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

            None.              

  

VII.     PUBLIC HEARING

 

            1.  Public hearing amending the 29th Action Year 2003 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan          to reprogram a total of $50,000.00 from 2003 Community Development Block Grant                        (CDBG) funds by deleting the Inner City Park Phase II - Irrigation/Landscaping                    Improvements and creating a public service activity known as the Inner City Technology           Instruction Program totaling $50,000.00. 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 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

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            2.  A.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

                        1.  Discussion with possible action on the installation of restrooms at El Cuatro  

                             Park. 

 

                              Motion to table.

 

                              Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                              For:    7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                        2.  Discussion with possible action regarding paving the 2200 Block of Hidalgo

                             Street using District VIII discretionary funds.

 

                              Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that they had a concern to see as to how the City plans to structure this.  He added that he would like to research this to see whether they can legally do this work being that this street is not open to the public.  He explained that he would like to bring back a commercial assessment paving plan to City Council.  He would like to do both Hidalgo Street and Eagle Pass Avenue, assess the property owners for their share of paving the street, and then come back and put in the City’s portion. 

 

                              Motion to pave the 2200 block of Hidalgo Street it if is legal to use City funds. 

 

                              Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                              Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                              For:    5                                          Against:  3                                Abstain:  0

                                                                                    Cm. Garcia

                                                                                    Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

                                                                                    Cm. Belmares

 

                        3.  Discussion with possible action to assure the street lights on the streets adjacent                         to Bridge I are working properly.

 

                              Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that the department had initiated an inventory to identify lights that were out for the entire downtown area.  They identified approximately 25 street lights and they will repair those as soon as possible.  He has made contact with the contractor and will also make contact with CP&L to make sure they work on repairing the ones that belong to them.

 

                        4.  Discussion with possible action on patching the street cuts on Convent and   

                             surrounding streets.

 

                              Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they ran a survey and there have been some cuts done in regards to the Iturbide project and those are being worked on.  He also identified some street cuts done by the Utility Department along Grant Street, Flores Street and some other areas.  He stated that they will try to get those repairs done as soon as they can. 

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the Final Readings of Ordinance # 2003-O-300, # 2003-O-301, # 2003-O-302, # 2003-O-303, # 2003-O-304, # 2003-O-305, # 2003-O-306, # 2003-O-307, # 2003-O-308, # 2003-O-309, # 2003-O-310, # 2003-O-311, # 2003-O-312, # 2003-O-313, and # 2003-O-314.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            3.  2003-O-300  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2003-2004 annual budget in        

                                      the amount of $79,294.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task                                                Force.  Funds will be used from generated program income to pay for                                                   overtime and benefits for twenty (20) task force officers for the period of                                               October 1, 2003 through March 30, 2004.  The use of program income was                             previously approved by the Office of the Governor Criminal Justice                                           Division through a grant adjustment dated September 8, 2003.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-300.
 

  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2003-O-301  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Texas                                                 Forest Service to accept a grant in the amount of $20,000.00 with a 50%                                              local match for the hiring of a City forester with the Parks and Recreation                                   Department and amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 full time                                           equivalent positions of the General Fund Park Maintenance Division from                                  69 to 70 and amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 General Fund budget                                       by appropriating revenues of $20,000.00 in the form of a grant from the                                           Texas Forest Service and appropriating expenditures in the amount of                                                  $20,000.00.  Local match of $20,000.00 will be appropriated from General                                      Fund reserves.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-301.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2003-O-302  Concerning an application by Home Mart, Inc. and East Royal Land, LC,

                                      Vinateria Ranch Company, Ltd. and Brothers Materials, Ltd., altering and                                 extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional                                                 territory of 419.1608 acres, more or less, located north of Highway 359 and                             approximately 3.2 miles east of the municipal landfill, as further described                                   by metes and bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the Las Blancas Tract,                                      providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City                                         Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed                                                  territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family

Reduced Area District) for 66.8351 acres, B-3 (Community Business District) for 10.7918 acres, B-4 (Highway Commercial District) for 247.5606 acres, and M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) for 93.9733 acres.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-302.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-303  Concerning an application by Las Misiones General Partnership and Mr.

A.R. Sanchez, altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 83.0116 acres, more or less, located south of Highway 359 and west of the municipal landfill, as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the Las Misiones Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District). 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-303.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2003-O-304  Concerning an application by Laredo Four Winds and Mrs. Elaine Calk,

altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 70.42 acres, more or less, located northeast of Eistetter Rd., as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the McNary and Calk Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District). 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-304.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2003-O-305  Concerning an application by H.B. Zachry Company and Wyer Family

  Trust, altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo,

  annexing additional territory of 256.66 acres, more or less, located east of  

  Ejido Ave. and south of Eistetter Rd., as further described by metes and

  bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the Zachry Tract, providing for the

  effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a

  contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing

  the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District). 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-305.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-306  Concerning an application by the City of Laredo, altering and extending the

boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 617.8277 acres, more or less, located along Highway 359 from the municipal landfill to approximately 4.5 miles east, as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the Highway 359 Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1 (Single Family Residential District). 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-306.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2003-O-307  Amending the City of Laredo's 2003-2004 annual budget to reflect an

 appropriation for the development of the Bartlett Avenue railroad crossing.  The appropriation of $63,000.00 comes from a Texas Department of Transportation reimbursement grant in the amount of $40,000.00 and from a Texas-Mexican Railway Company reimbursement in the amount of $23,000.00.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-307.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-308  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004

annual budget by increasing expenditures and revenues by $5,000.00 which represents a state grant from the Texas Department of Health for the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the contract period beginning November 1, 2003, through August 31, 2004. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-308.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

    2003-O-309  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004

annual budget by increasing expenditures and revenues by $22,735.00

which represents a state grant from the Texas Department of Health for the Binational TB Card Pilot Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the contract period beginning December 1, 2003, through September 30, 2004; and amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 FTEs by .20. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-309.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-310  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004

annual budget by decreasing expenditures and revenues by $67,234.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of $43,946.00 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 for the contract period beginning November 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004 and amend the FY 2003-2004 full time equivalent positions from 2.44 to 1.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-310.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-311  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004

full time equivalent positions for the Laredo Obesity Prevention and Control Project (LOPAC) of the City of Laredo Health Department from 1.51 to .90.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-311.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-312  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004

full-time equivalent positions of the Border Vision Fronteriza (BVF) two (2) Community Health Workers for Children’s Health Project from .96 to .70.  (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-312.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-313  Approving the public sale of one tract of airport non-aeronautical use of

land located at the southwest corner of Foster Avenue and Pappas Street at the Laredo International Airport to Gateway Community Health Center, Inc., sole bidder, meeting all bid specifications being Tract “C” consisting of approximately 3.808 acres in the amount of $1,077,954.00 and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary conveyance documents; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-313.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2003-O-314  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Laredo

Independent School District for approximately 5.75 acres located on Block 19 of the Laredo Airport Subdivision plat at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for two (2) years commencing on November 1, 2003 and ending October 31, 2005.  However, the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a ninety (90) day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $4,425.00 commencing on November 1, 2003 and ending on August 31, 2004 and monthly rent shall be $6,650.00 commencing on September 1, 2004 and ending on October 31, 2005; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2003-O-314.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                                      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

                                   

4.  2003-R-161  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a non-financial agreement

between the City of Laredo Public Library and the Webb County Head Start Program to coordinate services provided to Head Start families.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-161.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

5.  2003-R-162  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Office of

the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $80,000.00 with the City designating approximately $55,200.00 in matching funds for a total of $135,200.00 for funding a Domestic Violence Grant under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-162.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

6.  2003-R-165  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the United

States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in the amount of $25,000.00 with 25% matching funds from the City of Laredo.  Funds will be used for the environmental education program for elementary school children.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-165.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

7.  2003-R-166  Authorizing the City of Laredo to enter into a master contract for purchase

of goods and services under the auspices of the U.S. communities cooperative purchasing alliance as permitted by section 791.025 of the Texas Government Code; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the same. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-166.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

8.  2003-R-167  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between

the County of Jim Hogg and the City of Laredo for the collection of landfill fees for disposal of garbage at the City’s landfill site by the County of Jim Hogg on a daily basis.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2003-R-167.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       MOTIONS

 

9.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell/donate surplus equipment to Encinal

and to our Sister Cities of Monclova, Coahuila, Mexticacan, Jalisco; San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato.

 

 

                        MONCLOVA, COAHUILA

Salvage Value

1

13150

1996

GMC

UT 1 ton

1GDKC34F25J510960

7,275

2

13119

1993

Chevrolet

Van E 2500

1GNEG25H6PF362036

3,750

3

2140

1993

Ford

P/U 1500

1FTDF15N2PNA63964

2,500

4

13115

1993

Ford

P/U F-150

2FTDF15NOPCA70949

2,500

5

13126

1994

Ford

P/U F-150

1FTEF15N5RLB45853

2,775

6

13135

1995

Ford

P/U F-250

2FTHF25H3SCA40404

4,700

7

13117

1993

Ford

P/U F-150

2FTDF15N9PCA70948

2,500

8

13121

1994

Ford

P/U F-150

1FTEF15N1RLA77213

2,775

9

2145

1993

Chevrolet

P/U 2500

1GBGC24KXPE227713

4,425

10

13131

1995

Ford

Van E-150

1FBHE31H3SHA93633

4,650

 

MEXTICACAN, JALISCO

1

8062

1991

DODGE

15-P VAN

2B5WB35Z6MK418119

2,475

2

13120

1994

Chevrolet

Van 1500

1GCDG15H6RF125872

4,125

 

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

1

13111

1992

FORD

F150

1FTDF15NXNNA67161

2,150

 

ENCINAL

1

4055

1980

FORD

TRACTOR

C640798

2,000

 

                  Surplus sale is as previous council action setting a 25% of salvage value.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

 For:                 8                                         Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0

10.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultants for the CDBG sidewalks city-

       wide project (approximately 120 Blocks) as follows:

a.  TEC Engineer & Consultants, Inc., Laredo, Texas (30 Blocks)

b.  Foster Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas (30 Blocks)

c.  Arcadis, Laredo, Texas (30 Blocks)

d.  Howland Surveying Company, Inc., d/b/a The Howland Companies, Laredo,

     Texas (30 Blocks) and authorizing to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

 Funding is available in the Community Development Block Grant Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:                8                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

11.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Roger B. Hartman, d/b/a THC

Utility Management Specialists (THC) in the amount of $29,000.00 including labor, direct costs, and incidentals to provide technical consulting services during contract compliance for the administering of the agreement between the City of Laredo and United Water.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:                8                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

12.  Final acceptance of the South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project

and approval of final payment of $13,000.00 to Reddy Engineers & Contractors for the agreed upon completion of the contract in the amount of $4,985,631.78.  Funding is available in the South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project retainage payable account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:                8                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

13.  Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of a playground module

complete with fibar system from Sports and Recreation Products, San Antonio, Texas, through the U.S. Communities Cooperative Purchasing Alliance, contract pricing in the total amount of $54,994.41. This playground module will be installed at the El Cuatro Park.  Funding is available in the 27th Action Year 2001 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:                8                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

14.  Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) for the Laredo Metropolitan

Transportation Update.  The MPO has budgeted $200,000.00 for the project.  Funding is available in the General Fund MPO Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:                8                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

15.  Consideration to authorize the installation of speed humps on the 8600 and 8700 blocks

of Chris Lane in accordance with the speed hump installation policy under the special provision for installation; project costs are estimated at $3,000.00; accident data was obtained indicating that a safety hazard does exist on that section of the roadway. Funding will be made available from City Council District VI discretionary funds in the Capital Improvements Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:                8                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

16.  Consideration to award a contract for a Tennis Professional, in an amount of

$60,000.00 for a twenty-four (24) month period from January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2005, with Ross Boling, individually and D.B.A. Tennis Professional, to provide professional tennis lessons at the Market Street Tennis Courts.  Funding is available from Professional Services in the Recreation Division.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:                8                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

17.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant for a Community Center to be

located by the Farias Recreation Center on Ortiz Street and west of Santa Maria Avenue and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

Motion to approve the selection of Ashley, Humphries, and Sanchez, architects.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

Maintenance & Welding Services, Laredo, Texas, for the Ryan Street Bridge Conversion & Zacate Creek Pedestrian & Bicycle Facility in the corrected bid amount of $632,481.30.  Funding is available in the Ryan Street Railroad Bridge Capital Outlay Improvements Other than Buildings and Community Development 26th Action Year Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

19.  Consideration for approval of the selection of Howland Geoscience, Inc., Laredo,

Texas, as consultant for the Bridge of the Americas Laboratory Services: Materials Testing and Quality Control and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

20.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, St. Michael

Homes, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the three police workstations in the base bid amount of $368,612.23.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:

Second:

For:                                               Against:                                                Abstain:

21.  Adopting the amended City of Laredo Strategic Plan.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

Cm. Ramirez and Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. went on record to oppose the mechanism for the selection of a Municipal Court Judge.  They stated that they would not like to deprive the people of their right to choose their Municipal Court Judge.

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

           

            Mayor Pro Tem Galo left the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

 

22.  A.  Report regarding survey results of street vending practices in other Texas cities and

discussion regarding possible vending requirements on private property (non right-of-way) within the city of Laredo, with possible action.

 

 Cynthia Collazo, Assistant City Manager, made a presentation before City Council.    

 She stated that city staff conducted a survey of how other cities regulate vendors.  A

 committee that included Dr. Gonzalez, Keith Selman, Chief Agustin Dovalina,  

 Anthony McGettrick, and City Manager’s staff discussed the survey results and

 drafted some recommendations for vendor regulations. 

 

 She mentioned that certain departments with regulations in place that control the  

 street vendors are as follows:  Health Department, Parks Department, Police   

 Department, and Planning Department.  On the Health Department, for mobile   

 street  vendors, there is a fee of $100.00 per year and a temporary food service  

 operations  permit and the fee is $20.00 per event.   For special events, there is a

 permit issued for special events such as the Washington’s Birthday Parade and the

 fee is $15.00 per day.   For street solicitors, there is a permit fee of $20.00 for a

 maximum of three days.  For individuals who set up garage sales on private

 property, there is no permit fee required as long as  they do not run for more than

 two consecutive days nor on more than two separate occasions during a year. 

 

 Susana Ramos, Administrative Assistant, mentioned that city staff conducted 

 surveys of McAllen, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Mission and San Antonio.  She 

 explained the different permit fees, the duration of the permits, and requirements set  

 by the respective cities.   The suggestions made include: issuing vendor permits for    

 a period of six months for a fee of $500.00.  The requirements are that vendors not   

 be allowed on public property or rights-of-way.  The individual must display a tax  

 I.D. permit and vendor/peddler permit (original).  The individual is required to have

 a signed  affidavit from the owner, photo I.D. card for the permit holder, and the

 permit holder must be present at the vending site.   The commercial zone should be  

 a B-1  designation and up or a B-3 designation and up; there must be minimum  

 setbacks according to the applicable zone, a paved parking area, on-site garbage

 container, and access to bathroom facilities. 

 

 As far as dissemination of information, the suggestions include airing public service

 announcements, sending press releases, providing notices to existing vendors,

 posting notices at the public library, the recreation centers, and the City’s web site. 

 The enforcement will be handled by the Planning/Building Department and any

 restrictions are that animal sales be prohibited.  She added that the City would be

 filing a report with the State Comptroller’s Office as to whom the permits are   

 issued. 

 

Mayor Flores announced the appointment of Cm. Agredano, Cm. Garcia, and Cm. Belmares to an Ad Hoc Committee for Street Vending Practices. 

 

B.  Presentation by Janice Weber, Library Director on Texas Public Standards and

Accreditation / Summary of Criteria for Membership in The Texas State Library System: How Laredo Measures Up.

 

Janice Weber, Library Director, made a presentation before City Council.  She stated that in FY02-03, the State of Texas contracted to have a study done of state library services.  As a result, standards were reviewed in order to revise them.  She went over the data that has impacted public libraries.   She added that the Laredo Public Library meets all the required criteria identified by the State Library System.

 

Hammel & Wilson Recommendations to the State Library

 

1.  Encourage and provide incentives for the formation of “larger units of service”.

2.  Eliminate or reduce indirect charges to system grants.

3.  Reduce the number of system administrative units.

4.  Consider a reduction in the number of interlibrary loan “clearinghouses.”

5.  Establish a program that would enable maximum benefit from State’s

     program for leasing computers.

6.  Encourage establishment of joint school – public libraries under interlocal

     agreements in areas where stand-alone public libraries are unlikely to remain    

     viable. 

7.  Encourage libraries that would benefit from current library district legislation

     to consider funded with property tax revenues.

8.  Regional library systems should be encouraged to consider alternative

     governance structures.

9.  TSLAC/TLA Joint Task Force on Public Library Standards and Accreditation

      should consider long-term strategies to link funding with implementation of

      standards.

 10.   Partners in public library development should explore non-traditional sources

         of potential income for libraries including, but not limited to, impact fees.

 11.   To ensure all libraries are aware of opportunities to secure gifts and grants

         of all types.

 12.   Use mutual interests in continuing education as a platform for developing a

          new and higher level of cooperation.

 13.   Regional library systems should explore ways to cooperate more closely with

         each other.

 14.   Ensure that all public libraries have access to online databases. 

 15.   The Joint TSLAC/TLA Task Force on Public Library Standards needs to

         develop a plan for standards implementation that accomplishes three goals:

 

§         Create awareness that standards can be a valuable tool in public library development

§         Identify a core subset of minimum standards that are challenging but, with assistance, achievable

§         Clearly spell out the kind of assistance and aid that will help libraries meet standards

 

GOVERNANCE

 

(R)  Libraries in all population levels should meet the definition of a public library as stated in the Texas Library Systems Act.

(R)   Director joins the Texas Library Association each year.

((EL)  At least one board member joins the Texas Library Association each y ear (all

           advisory committees are members)

 

FACILITIES

 

(R)  comply with federal, state and local building codes, including the Americans

       with Disabilities Act (ADA);

(R)  have an exterior sign identifying the facility as a library;

(R)  have adequate provision for current and future electrical, data and telephone

       connections;

(R)  have controlled temperatures and humidity for the benefit of users and staff

        as well as the protection of library property;

(R)  have adequate interior and exterior lighting in all areas;

(EL)  be flexible, functional, attractive and adaptable;

(EL)  be located and designed with input from all stakeholders, including users,

         staff, and governing officials, and provide accessibility to the greatest

         number of users;

(EL)  have furnishings and equipment adequate to the needs of users and staff;

(EL)  ensure maximum safety for users and staff;

(EL)  have adequate space to meet its service, operation and storage needs;

(EL)  have adequate noise control;

(EL)  have convenient and adequate parking based on applicable building

         codes and anticipated usage; and

 (EL)  feature well designed signs and graphics

 

SERVICE STANDARDS

 

(R)  All basic library services shall be available whenever the library is open to

       the public.

(R)  All libraries shall be accessible to individual with special needs.

(R)  All libraries shall have a minimum of two Internet accessible computer

        terminals.

(R)  All libraries shall have Internet access for staff.

(R)  All libraries shall have a catalog of holdings and a copy machine available

        for administrative and public use.

(R)  All libraries shall have a telephone and fax machine available for administrative

        use.

INFORMATION SERVICES

 

Essential services include:

 

(R)  reference and readers advisory assistance;

(R)  reference service by telephone to all callers all hours the library is open to

       the public; and

(R)  information and instruction on the use of the library and its materials and

       equipment. 

 

Enhanced services include:

 

(EL)  customized database searching, and

(EL)  reference service via e-mail or fax.

 

Excellent services include:

 

(R)  customized database searching, and

(R)  reference service via e-mail or fax.

 

PROGRAMMING

 

Essential:

 

(R)  Presenting educational, cultural, and recreational programs that reflect

       community needs and interests.

(EL)  Offering reading programs such as Texas Reading Club, the Governor’s

         Reading Initiative, etc.

(EL)  Collaborating with other community organizations and educational

         institutions to promote library services.

(EL)  Providing library outreach services which include service to the un-served.

 

C.  Presentation regarding the aircraft viewing area as approved by the Airport

Advisory Board, with possible action.

 

                  Motion to table.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Agredano

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

                  For:    7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                       

XIII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

XIV.    RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

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

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

23.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2) mobile lifts through the Texas Local

Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $46,798.00 from SEFAC, Inc., Baltimore, MD.  These mobile lifts are capable of lifting large buses, trucks and other vehicles for the purpose of inspection, maintenance, servicing and cleaning.  Funding is available in the Federal Grant TX 90-X438.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

24.  Consideration to award contract FY04-019 to the low bidder, Staff Force, Inc., Laredo,

Texas, in the estimated amount of $49,920.00 for providing contract employees.  Four contract employees will be required to work as cashier clerks, thirty-two hours per week, for fifty-two week period.  Funding is available in the Transit System operations budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

    

XV.   ADJOURNMENT                                                                                           Time:

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2003-S-15

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

DECEMBER 8, 2003

5:30 P.M.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.          COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

            a.  Recognition of Leticia Benavides, of Environmental Services Department, on her      

                 selection as December 2003 Employee of the Month.

 

                  Riazul Mia, Environmental Services Director, spoke about Ms. Benavides and her accomplishments that contributed to her selection as employee of the month.  He mentioned that she has very strong ethics and takes pride in the work that she does.  She was presented with a Certificate of Recognition by Mayor Flores and the City Council. 

 

II.        GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

           

            1.  A.  Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.  Status report on Inner City Park. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector J. Garcia)

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that the project is $2,000,000.00 and is about 95-98% complete.  Pending activity includes landscaping and paving of the parking lot and should be completed by the end of the week.  The architect and the project manager will punch list the project starting Wednesday.  They will expect to receive a proposal for a security fence from the contractor by the end of the week. 

 

            2.  Status of sidewalks on Bartlett from Locust to Lyon and Malinche from Plum to Frost,               with possible action. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector J. Garcia)

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that the plans for these blocks were finalized and sent to the Utilities Committee.  They expect to get this review done at the next committee meeting in order to get started on this project. 

 

III.       MOTION

           

            2.  Consideration for acceptance of the modifications to the City of Laredo Health                   

                 Department 2600 Cedar Avenue and approval of final payment in the amount of                        $40,377.50 to R.J. Cantu Designer / Builder, Inc. Final contract amount is $125,000.00.                Funding is available in the Health Fund - WIC Grant - Building.

 

                 Motion to approve.

           

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

IV.       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.

 

V.        ADJOURNMENT                                                                             Time:  8:16 p.m.

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 20 are true, complete and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on December 8, 2003.

                                                                        ___________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                    City Secretary