CITY OF LAREDO

ANNUAL BUDGET WORKSHOP

M2003-W-005

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

AUGUST 27, 2003

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

II.        ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Mayor Pro Tempore, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                                                                     Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

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

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Allen McGraw                                                                          Assistant City Attorney

 

III.       DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2003-2004 ANNUAL BUDGET.

           

A.  Introduction to budget by City Manager Larry Dovalina, including budget

process, vision and goals, update of current bond projects, and proposed new personnel.

 

This item was discussed during the M2003-W-003 meeting.

 

B.     Debt service review, including debt service indebtedness.

 

This item was discussed during the M2003-W-003 meeting.

 

C.     Personnel issues, including proposed employee pay plan and employee health and       benefits plan.

 

This item was discussed during the M2003-W-003 meeting.

 

 

D.    Proposed General Fund highlights.

 

       This item was discussed during the M2003-W-003 meeting.

 

            F.  Proposed FY 2004-2008 Capital Improvements Program.

                       

            1. MOTION

 

To publish a newspaper advertisement for public hearing for 10 consecutive days 

to inform the general public that three copies of the capital improvements program are available at the City Secretary’s Office and Public Library, pursuant to Section 6.07 of the City Charter.

 

This item was discussed during the M2003-W-003 meeting.

 

            G.  Engineering/Public Works Department funding and operations, and status of                

                  construction projects.

 

       This item was discussed during the M2003-W-003 meeting.

 

H.    Environmental Services Department funding and operations.

 

      This item was discussed during the M2003-W-004 meeting.

 

I.   Fire Department funding and operations, including the Laredo International Fire

     and Law Enforcement Training Facility.

 

     This item was discussed during the M2003-W-004 meeting.

 

J.  Convention & Visitors Bureau Department funding and operations, including and

      Hotel Occupancy Tax.

 

     This item was discussed during the M2003-W-004 meeting.

                       

K.  Traffic Department funding and operations, including fleet management

      operations.

 

       This item was discussed during the M2003-W-004 meeting.

 

L.     Health Department funding and operations.

 

       This item was discussed during the M2003-W-004 meeting.

 

            M.  Library Department funding and operations, including third party agencies.

 

                   Janice Weber, Library Director, gave the following presentation:

 

Who …. Do we serve?  What programs and services are we providing?  Where do we   

provide these services? 

 

Who do we serve?

 

What programs and services are we providing?

 

·        Material check out – books, book-on-tape & CD, musical CD’s, videos, DVD’s

·        Computer & Computer Classes

·        Room Rentals

·        Reference Services

·        Bookmobile Service

·        Tours

 

        Total Materials Circulation:  308,995

        Total Computer Usage:  76,613

        Total Room Use:  3,393

        Total Room Attendance:  21,500

        Total Reference Questions Answered:  79,805

 

        Story Hours

 

       Total Story Hours presented:  106

       Total Story Hours Attendance:  3,917

 

        Special Programs:

 

        PBS Character
        George Shrinks

        Scholastic Books “Franklin

        National Library Week

        VITA (The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

        Total Taxpayers Assisted:  1,039

 

        Collaborations

 

        Texas A & M International University

        City of Laredo Health Department – Health Fairs

        Webb CountyInterlocal Agreement with Headstart

        TAMIU – Summer Literacy Camp

        Gateway Astronomical Society – Star gazing parties

        LCC – ESL & GED classes

        Laredo Chess Club – Information Fairs & Tournaments

        LISD & UISD – School Visit, Tours, Story Hours

        Dale Carnegie Training – Courses start September

        TWU – Women’s Club Exhibit

        Daughters of the American Revolution – (local Lucy Meriweather Chapter)

        Exhibit on the Korean War

 

        Dia de los Ninos….Dia de los Libros

 

        Community organizations that participated:

 

Children’s Museum, the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department, the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Center, SCAN, Center for the Arts, Girl Scouts, Crime Stoppers, and the Army National Guard.

 

KLDO’s Hora de Cuento

Total Attendance:  1308

 

Center for the Arts Summer Arts Splash

Total Attendance:  720

 

New Webpage (English & Spanish)

Online Resources

 

                    Generations Online – Website especially for seniors.

                    Learn-a-test – online practice test

                    Mitchell I – car repair

                    College Source – college catalogs

                    Online Homework Help (Tutor.com) – live homework 4th – 12th grade

                    Online Book Club – book club via email

 

                    Third Party Funding Fiscal Year 2003-2004

 

Name of Agency

Actual

Agency Request

Committee

Staff Recommendation

BEST, Inc

14,063

20,000

10,547

10,547

Bethany House

20,000

50,000

5,000

15,000

Border Area Nutrition Council

35,000

45,000

26,250

26,250

Boy Scouts Gulf Coast Council

18,000

30,000

13,500

13,500

Boy’s & Girls’ club of Laredo

90,000

150,000

67,500

57,500

Casa de Misericordia

15,000

45,500

11,250

11,250

Catholic Social Services

15,000

25,000

11,250

11,250

Children’s Intl’ Advocacy

60,000

75,000

45,000

45,000

Club Olympia

5,000

5,000

3,750

3,750

Communities in Schools

15,000

25,000

11,250

11,250

Community Action Agency

39,000

75,000

29,250

29,250

Girl Scouts Paisano Council

10,000

7,500

7,500

7,500

L. I. F. E.

4,500

20,000

3,375

3,375

LISD Campus Crimestoppers

7,500

7,500

5,625

5,625

Laredo Crime Stoppers, Inc.

15,000

25,000

11,250

11,250

Laredo Regional Food Bank

25,000

25,000

18,750

18,750

Laredo Veteran’s Coalition

60,000

60,000

45,000

45,000

Webb County Child Welfare

4,500

12,500

3,375

3,375

Webb County Food Bank

30,000

50,000

22,500

22,500

Webb NHS. Inc.

15,000

20,000

11,250

11,250

Literacy Volunteers of America

7,000

10,000

5,250

5,250

Rio Grande International

20,000

30,000

15,000

15,000

Ruthe B.  Cowl Rehab

75,000

125,000

56,250

56,250

S. T. C. A. D. A.

5,000

45,732

3,750

3,750

Sacred Heart Children’s Home

5,000

10,000

3,750

3,750

Serving Children & Adoles

36,000

40,000

27,000

27,000

Special Olympics Texas

4,500

10,000

3,375

3,375

Red Cross

10,000

15,000

7,500

7,500

Laredo Guardian Volunteers

 

15,000

 

 

Laredo HSDA HIV/AIDS

 

10,000

 

 

South Texas Workforce

 

25,000

 

 

Texas A & M Research

 

40,547

 

 

Holding Institute

 

20,000

 

 

Total General Fund

660,063

1,171,779

495,047

495,047

 

        Hotel Motel Fund

 

Name of Agency

Actual

Request

Committee

Dollar

Staff

Border Olympics

12,000

25,000

25,000

13,000

12,000

Laredo Chamber of Commerce

10,000

20,000

10,000

0

10,000

LULAC Council # 12

5,000

10,000

5,000

0

5,000

LULAC Council # 7

5,000

5,000

5,000

0

5,000

Mexican Cultural Institute

10,000

50,000

9,000

-1,000

10,000

Streets of Laredo Urban Mall

10,000

25,000

9,000

-1,000

10,000

Society of Martha Washington

10,000

13,000

9,000

-1,000

10,000

Washington’s Birthday Cele.

20,000

75,000

19,000

-1,000

20,000

Sub-Total Tourism and Promotion

82,000

223,000

91,000

9,000

82,000

        Historical and Arts

 

L.C.C. Music/Dance Community

32,815

32,800

31,815

-1,000

32,815

Laredo Center for the Arts

131,360

143,360

130,360

-1,000

131,360

Laredo Children’s Museum

50,000

60,000

49,000

-1,000

50,000

Laredo Latin American Sports

5,000

5,000

4,000

-1,000

5,000

Laredo Little Theater

28,758

29,218

27,758

-1.000

28.758

Laredo Philharmonic Chorale

2,340

10,000

2,340

0

2,340

Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra

38,897

39,000

37,897

-1,000

38,897

TAMIU – Dance Productions

10,000

10,000

9,000

-1,000

10,000

WBCA Museum

10,000

30,000

9,000

-1,000

10,000

Webb County Heritage

50,000

60,000

49,000

-1,000

50,000

Sub-Total Arts

359,170

419,378

350,170

-9,000

359,170

Total Hotel/Motel Fund

441,170

642,378

441,170

 

441,170

 

 

                  Interlocal Agreements

Name of Agency

Actual

Agency Request

Staff Recomm.

Laredo Animal Protection Society

126,000

130,000

126,000

Laredo Development Foundation

357,400

407,400

407,400

Total

483,400

537,400

533,400

 

 

 

 

 

Motion to adopt the Committee’s recommendation on the General Fund Third Party Funding, the Hotel/Motel Funding, and staff’s recommendation for Interlocal Agreements.  The motion will include a caveat stipulating that all recipients must apply for additional funding from other agencies. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                 Cm.  Garcia

 

M.  Police Department funding and operations.

 

       This item was discussed during the M2003-W-004 meeting.

 

N.    Bridge Department funding and operations.

 

       This item was discussed during the M2003-W-004 meeting.

 

P.  Parks & Recreation Department funding and operations, including Cemetery,

     Veteran’s Field, and Civic Center/Mercado operations.

 

                  Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, gave the following presentation:

 

                  Parks & Recreation Department

 

                  “We do more…for less!!!”

 

                    Mission Statement

 

To deliver services that enhances the quality of life of all citizens through recreational programming and effectively maintain and develop Laredo’s park system. 

 

Operations & Maintenance

 

Upkeep & Maintenance of 8 New Park Facilities

Inner City Park (Tech-Rec & Aquatic Center)

Park Police Task Force

Recreation Center Activities

    Web Page and Summer Program!

    Hours of Operation and attendance

    Capital Improvement Projects

    Innovation Financing of CIP

 

FY2004 Action Plan

 

Department’s Needs for FY 2004

 

Ground Maintenance

 

New Facilities for FY 2004

 

Inner City Park                                         3.90 Acres

Eastwood Park                                         4.16 Acres

Sta. Rita Park                                           22.14 Acres

Mario Tijerina Park                                  3.89 Acres

El Cuatro Park                                         1.81 Acres

LaFayette Linear Park                              1.60 Acres

George Washington Park                          .51 Acres

Loma Alta Park                                        1.00 Acres

 

Total Additional Acreage                      39.01

 

Inner City Park

 

Estimated Date of Completion                   December 2003

 

Opening Date                                           March 2004

Hours of Operation                                   Monday thru Friday      3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

Tech Rec List of Activities:

Introduction to PC/Internet Navigation

Rock Climbing Competition

Audio, Video Digital Recording & Editing

Movies, Science and Fitness Camps

 

Aquatic Center List of Activities

 

Children Learn to Swim

Adult learn to Swim

Water Aerobics

Lifeguard & Water Safety Certification

 

Park Police Task Force

 

 1 Police Sergeant

 

     Available Monday – Friday

     Available for Emergency Meetings

     Good Inter-Department Communication

 

 

 

3   Police Officers

    Patrol City Parks from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

 

3  Park Supervisors

    Available 24 hours/7 days a week

 

1 Parks Superintendent

    Available 24 hours/7 days a week

 

Summer Playground Program

 

Program Expenditure History

 

 

Personnel (Seasonal Employees)                           $126,000

Materials & Supplies                                            $  30,500

Contractual Services                                             $  18,000

Other (Administrative)                                          $    5,250

 

                TOTAL                                                $179,750

 

Proposed Program Fees

 

Option                              Fee                              Estimated Revenue

 

A                                     $15.00/per participant              $18,000

B                                      $25.00/per participant              $30,000

C                                     $30.00/per participant              $36,000

Leave as is                       Free of charge                          -0-

Other                               ???                                           $???

 

Recreation Centers Division

 

Weekday Attendance Average

 

Rec Center                       High Attendance           Low Attendance           Saturday

Cigarroa                           400-500                       200-300                       59

Farias                               300-400                       100-200                       60

Hachar                             200-300                       100-200                       57

Hillside                             200-300                       100-200                       66

Tarver                              350-500                       250-350                       58

 

Proposed new Hours of Operations

 

Rec Center                       Days Open                   Hours Open

 

Cigarroa                           Monday – Friday          3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Farias                               Monday – Friday          3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Hachar                             Monday – Friday          3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Hillside                             Monday – Friday          3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tarver                              Monday – Friday          3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Recreations Centers Division

 

Total Members & Attendance

 

Rec Center                       Attendance                   Membership

 

Tarver                              133,673                       10,759

Cigarroa                           73,083                         8,504

East Hachar                      56,885                         2,206

Farias                               44,975                         5,909

Hillside                             32,539                         15,787

Ladrillera                          520                              100

 

TOTAL                            341,675                       43,265

 

Other Users – Rec Centers

 

Buena Vida Aerobics

 

Boys & Girls Club Basketball League

 

LISD Athletics, Education & Misc.

 

Capital Improvement Project

 

Project                                                     Funding Source                        Amount

 

Central park                                             Interlocal City/County   1,025,000

McNaboe Junior/Senior                            Interlocal City/County      100,000

District V Parks improvement                   Interlocal City/County        50,000

Soccer Field Acquisition                           CIF                                 268,600

Eastwoods Park Phase II                          CIF                                 200,000

Convention Center Feasibility                    CIF                                   50,000

Water Park Feasibility Study II                 CIF                                   20,000

Baseball/Softball Sports Complex             CIF                                 415,000

 

Motion to adopt B option of the Summer Playground Program fees.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez expressed his concern for families that may not be able to afford the fee. 

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks Director, gave several examples of how the City may be able to assist financially challenged families.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that the Director is suggesting permission to pursue a grant process that will assist families.  

 

Cm.  Agredano noted he would be interested in seeking other options.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Galo asked if the City could set an affordable rate per child if the grants were not approved.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, noted that the ratio of participants to staff is very high and the fee will limit the number of participants.

 

Cm.  Garcia asked if staff could create a family plan option.  

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez asked staff to create a survey that would assist them in submitting recommendations to the Council.  The survey would include questions regarding the number of children in a household.  The survey would also ask families what they would do with their children if there were no recreational facilities. 

 

Cm.  E. Valdez withdrew his second to the motion.

 

Cm.  Ramirez withdrew his motion.

 

Motion dies. 

 

Mayor Flores asked if there would be an objection if Council tables on the motion until staff returns to Council with more information. 

 

Motion to accept proposed new hour of operations at the recreation centers.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            Q.  Solid Waste Department funding and operations.

 

                  Current Integrated Solid Waste Management Program

 

                  Sanitation – Residents and Businesses

                  Landfill – Waste Disposal, Tires, White Goods, Mulch

                  Recycling – Blue Bags, Recycling Center and Drop-Off Center

                  Branches and Lawn Clippings

 

                  Solid Waste

                  FY02-03 Performance Measurements

 

                  Landfill – Passed TCEQ Inspection

                  Landfill – Processed Over 314,000 Tons

                  Landfill – Served over 114,000 Customers

                  Sanitation – Serving 49,000 households

                  Sanitation – Will Collect over 80,000 Tons

                  Sanitation – Semi – Automated Garbage – 11 Routes

                  Recycle – Collected over 6,000,000 Pounds

                  Branches – 10,003 Pick-Ups for 1,408 tons

 

                  Solid Waste

                  FY02-03 Capital Improvements Projects

 

                  2nd Scale and Software                   $65,000

                  Relocation of Warehouse                $119,430

                  Sediment Ponds and Ditches           $50,000

                  Heavy Equipment Wash Rack         $259,336

 

                  Solid Waste

                  FY02-03 Capital Outlays

 

                  4 Automated Garbage Trucks         $660,000

                  1 D8 Dozer                                    $430,000

                  1 Scrapers                                      $481,000

                  1 Trash Compactor                        $472,000

                  TOTAL                                       $2,043,000

 

                  Solid Waste

                  Proposed FY03-04 Capital Outlays

 

                  6 Automated Garbage Trucks         $990,000

                  6,000 Refuse Collection Cans         $242,797

                  GPS System for 20 Trucks $  32,000

 

                  Solid Waste Department

                  Sanitation Division

                  Current Operation

 

                  52 Residential Routes

                  32 Routes with 800 to 950 Homes per Route

                  20 Routes with 1,000 Homes or more per Route

                   4 Business Routes

 

                  Chapter 14 – Garbage, Trash and Refuse

 

                  Reference Solid Waste Director

                  Add and Refine Definitions

                  Residential Landfill Fee Exemption

                  Commercial Exemption Administrative Fee (2.50)

                  Franchised Haulers

 

 

            R.  Transit/El Metro funding and operations.

 

                   Thomas N.  Lucek, Laredo Transit Management, Inc.,  gave the following presentation:

 

                   Annual Budget and Program of Projects for FY 2003-2004

 

                   Accomplishments

 

                   Accepted delivery of 4 additional CNG buses for approximately $1.2 million

       Installation and implementation of Para-Transit van scheduling software with  

       associated hardware.

 

      Integrated map system enables viewing of street, routes, and locations

      Geocording provides greater spatial accuracy.

 

      Fixed Route Operations

 

      Ridership

      (Fixed-Route Program)

 

      FY’00        4.5 millions

      FY’01        4.2 millions

      FY’02        4.6 millions

      FY’03        4.4 millions

      FY’04        4.4 millions

 

      Operating Expenses

      (Fixed-Route Program)

 

      FY’00        $6.8 millions

      FY’01        $7.1 millions

      FY’02        $7.2 millions

      FY’03        $8.2 millions

      FY’04        $8.4 millions

 

      Passenger Revenues

      (Fixed-Route Program)

 

      FY’00        $2.3 millions

      FY’01        $2.3 millions

      FY’02        $2.2 millions

      FY’03        $2.3 millions

      FY’04        $2.4 millions

 

      El Lift Van Operations

 

 

      Ridership

                  (El Lift Van Program)

 

                  FY-00        48 Thousands

                  FY’01        48 Thousands

                  FY’02        42 Thousands

                  FY’03        45 Thousands

                  FY’04        48 Thousands

 

                  Operating Expenses

                  (El Lift Van Programs)

 

                  FY’00        $1.5 Millions

                  FY’01        $1.6 Millions

                  FY’02        $1.9 Millions

                  FY’03        $2.04 Millions

                  FY’04        $2.06 Millions

 

                  Passenger Revenues

                  (El Lift Van Program)

 

                  FY’00        $43,739

                  FY’01        $32,045

                  FY-02        $29,593

                  FY-03        $33,000

                  FY-04        $43,320

 

                  Operations and Maintenance Facility

 

                  Funded $1,700,000

                  Pending $1,750,000

 

Motion to move $1,000,000 from Reserve Appropriation to the Restricted Reserve within Transit Sales Tax Fund.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            S.  Utilities Department funding and operations.

 

                  Beto Ramirez gave the following presentation:

 

                  Mission of the Utilities Department

 

Provide the community with safe drinking water, on demand, and sufficient quality; and to remove and dispose of wastewater and its by-products in an environmentally sound manner.

 

Major Accomplishments FY2002-03

 

Colonias 16” water line extension along SH-359

Lyon Street 5 MG tank repairs

North Laredo WWT Plant effluent pond improvements

18” Hillside trunk line

Colombia Wastewater Treatment Plant feasibility study

2002-2003 street recycling project

Iturbide St.  improvements

Casa Verde water line extension

Colonias oversizing contract

 

Major on-going Projects FY2002-03

 

Permit amendment for North Laredo WWT Plant

Permit amendment for Unitec WWT Plant

Chacon truck line extension

Colonias project on SH-359 and FM 1472

Bridge of Americas lift station relocation

Santa Clara Wastewater line extension

 

Performance Measures

 

Miles of Water Mains                     591.67

Water Average Daily                      32 M.G.D.

Water Plant Capacity                      66 M. G. D.

Miles of Sanitary Sewer                  395.02

Sewer Daily Average                      16.3 M. G. D.

Number of Sewer Treatment           5

Maximum Capacity of Sewer          21 M. G. D.

Number of Lift Stations                   80

 

Water Accounts

 

1999                      43,183

2000                      44,685

2001                      47,370

2002                      49,084

2003                      50,620

 

Sewer Accounts

 

1999                      44,940

2000                      43,639

2001                      45,483

2002                      47,035

2003                      48,378

 

 

 

 

Water Rights

 

1999                      40,593

2000                      42,389

2001                      42,439

2002                      45,678

2003                      46,038

 

Metered Water Sales

 

FY99-00                $13,241,402

FY00-01                $13,600,241

FY01-02                $14,104,795

FY02-03                $13,606,632

FY03-04                $14,622,710

 

Sewer Services Charges

 

FY99-00                $13,009,666

FY00-01                $11,970,434

FY01-02                $12,352,210

FY02-03                $12,242,315

FY03-04                $12,056,780

 

Capital Improvements Program

 

Proposed Water Capital Improvements Program

FY2003-04

 

Project Name                                 FY2003-2004

Casa Verde Water Lines                     400,000

24” Transmission Line at CPL              100,000

Expand Pumping Capacity       400,000

Street Recycling Program         200,000

Secondary Water Supply                30,000,000

 

Proposed Sewer Capital Improvement Program

 

FY2003-04

 

Project Name                                           FY2003-04

 

Upper Zacate Creek Lift Station                 600,000

El Azteca improvements                                50,000

Downtown Improvements                 50,000

Lift Stations upgrades                                 100,000

Residuals Management Programs                  75,000

 

Privatization

 

Personnel

 

Managed Employees

                              2002-03           2003-04           2004-05           2005-06           2006-07

 

Total Employees                 30                    14                    10                    6                      3

Transfer                              16                      4                      4                    3                      3

Balance                              14                    10                      6                    3                      0

 

Annual Fixed Cost of Privatization

                                         

                                          FY2003                       FY2004

 

Fixed Fee Contract $9,302,900                  9,302,900

 

CPI Adjustment                                                      + 250,000

 

Total                                  $9,302,900                  $9,552,900

 

Projects of Contractual Obligation by United Water

Laredo Entertainment Center

 

Within one year of the Commencement Date, the Company shall complete the following initial Capital Improvements:

 

Jefferson Water Plant          Post Filter Chlorine/ph Monitor            

Raw Water Turbidimeter/ ph    

Auto ph Control for Caustic

Clarifier Flow Control

Control Software Improvements

                   Zacate Creek                    Return Sludge piping

                   Wastewater                       High Efficiency Membrane

                   Treatment Plant                 Chlorine residual Monitoring

                                                            Auto feed rate adjustment

                                                            Alarm Autodialer

                   South Laredo                    Sludge redirection to thickener

                   Wastewater                       Chlorine Residual Monitoring

                                                            Auto feed rate adjustment

                                                            Alarm Autodialer

                   North Laredo                    Auger Monster for One Racetrack

                                                            Return Sludge Piping Modification

                                                            Chlorine Residual Monitoring

                                                            Auto feed rate adjustment

                                                            Filtrate piping Extension Wetwell

 

                   Unitec Wastewater            Chlorine Residual Monitoring

                                                            Alarm Autodialer

           

 

 

T.  Mayor and City Council Department, City Manager’s Department, Airport   

Department, Budget Department, City Attorney’s Department, City Secretary’s Department, Community Development Department, Financial Services Department, Municipal Court Department, Planning Department, Public Information Office Department, Purchasing Department, and Tax Department.

 

Tommy Ochoa spoke on the need for additional personnel for the Municipal Court. 

 

Motion to authorize to create four new positions for the Municipal Court Department with a guarantee to increase the revenues. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Larry Dovalina stated he could not recommend the four new positions without a guarantee on the revenue.

 

Judge Ornelas noted that he would work hard to bring in the revenue. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, asked City Council to approve a motion for the Health Department.  He noted that the motion was omitted from the presentation given by

Dr.  Gonzales. 

 

Motion to increase the Ambulance Collections Fees in the Health Department.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

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                                                                             10:11 p.m.