CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2004-R-02

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

FEBRUARY 2, 2004

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

 

            Approval of the minutes of December 8, 2003 and January 12, 2004.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

            Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

            For:    7                                                  Against:  0                                          Abstain:  0

            Cm. Agredano was not present.

           

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

     

a.  Presentation by Linda Payle, Parent Involvement Coordinator for the Webb County

     Head Start Program. 

 

      Linda Payle, Head Start Coordinator, reported that the program has been in existence since 1966 and introduced Ms. Belen Cisneros, one of the parents present at the City Council meeting.  Ms. Cisneros extended an invitation to Mayor Flores, the City Council and the citizens of Laredo to become volunteers.  She stated she was inviting skilled professionals who want to make a difference in the life of a child to go read to the Head Start children. 

 

b.  Presentation by Dr. Hector Gonzalez, City of Laredo Health Department Director, on an

innovative and creative award wining “Bienestar Program” with funding from the National Institute of Health, National Diabetes Center. 

 

Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Department Director, stated that the health department has entered into a partnership with Dr. Roberto Trevino to conduct a program for children in elementary schools for four years.  He explained that they will be making a presentation before the school boards before bringing this project to Laredo and a pilot program is scheduled to begin next month.  This program will be an intervention program that  incorporates nutrition and exercise drills with games.   

 

            Invitations

 

            Recognitions

     

a.  Recognition of Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association for being named one of

     the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association.

 

      Nick Reyna, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director, reported that the City was able to nominate the WBCA event for consideration by a 12-judge committee of traveling professionals.  He stated that all of the fifty states and 12 provinces from Canada submitted nominations for this recognition and over 500 events qualified for this recognition.  He added that this is another first for Laredo that the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association is named as one of the top 100 events in North America for 2004. 

 

b.  Recognition of the AARP for being the most active local chapter in the state.

 

      Cm. Jose A. Valdez, Jr. mentioned that the citizens’ involvement in community issues keeps them young at heart.  He stated that Laredo’s chapter is the most active chapter in South Texas and he complimented them for the work they do for our community.

 

      Mayor Flores and City Council recognized the local chapter members for their dedication, devotion and unselfish volunteer work within the community. 

 

      Juan Castaneda                                                      Olivia Aguilar   

      Rafael Garcia                                                          Maria Perez

      Jesus Laurel                                                            Patricio Perez

      Alicia Laurel                                                           Lilia Moore

      Maria Martinez                                                       Modesta Wilkerson

      Benita Valdez                                                         Lucia Salinas

      Carlota P. Dominguez                                             Pedro Salinas

      Nancy Laurel                                                          Moses Ramirez

      Jose Laurel

     

c.  Presentation by E. E. Reed Construction, L.P. to the City of Laredo in recognition of the

“Ice Award” Excellence in Construction awarded by Houston Associated Builders and Contractors for the Laredo Entertainment Center Project.

 

                  Kiki De Ayala, Laredo Entertainment Center representative, delivered the award on behalf of E.E. Reed Construction.  He stated that the Houston Associated Builders Association requests submission of new projects worthy of an award under different categories such as commercial, industrial, public works, etc.  The Laredo Entertainment Center was submitted under the commercial category of $25,000,000 to $50,000,000 projects and E. E. Reed Construction won the award.  The company felt it was appropriate to share the award with the City of Laredo and the project developer. 

 

d.  Recognition of the 2003 Retirees of the Laredo Police Department.

       

Assistant Chief Eliodoro Granados                    31 years 4 months

Lieutenant Ismael Alardin                                  31 years 3 months

Sergeant Gaspar Ambrose                                35 years 6 months

Sergeant Ramiro Soto                                       41 years 3 months

Investigator Abraham Romero              34 years 4 months

Investigator Hector Mitchell                              25 years 5 months

Officer Leonardo Gutierrez                               20 years                                                          

Chief Dovalina, Police Chief, stated that all of these individuals faithfully protected and served their community for many years.  He added that these officers have served with distinction and provided dedicated law enforcement service to their community.

 

            Communiqués

 

Cm. Agredano came in at 6:00 p.m.

 

Cm. Garcia stated that out city will soon begin with the annual Washington’s Birthday Celebration and he urged all our residents not to drink and drive.  He reminded everyone to be responsible and watch out for the youth that are also out enjoying the festivities.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo expressed his condolences to the family of Jesus “Chuy” Hernandez.  He stated that Mr. Hernandez was an advocate of the citizens of Laredo and he attended the City Council meetings on a regular basis.

 

Cm. Amaya congratulated John Orfila and his staff at the Public Works Department for their work on the five-block sidewalk project leading up to Nixon High School.  He also mentioned that he attended a National Little League ceremony last Friday.  He thanked Mr.  Joe Munoz, President, and Mr. Marcos Escamilla, Manager, who invited him to present the trophies to the recipients.  

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. reminded his constituents that there will be a town hall meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2004, at the Lions Club.  He encouraged everyone to attend and stated that he would welcome their input.   He also welcomed the AARP members that were present in the audience.

 

Cm. Belmares introduced Mr. Juan Avila who extended an invitation for everyone to attend the United Spring Festival at the Student Activities Center on Hwy. 359.  This event will be held March 6, 2004 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and asked for the City Council and Mayor’s support.  

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. congratulated Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, for the great work done in organizing another successful Sister Cities event this past weekend.  He mentioned this is the second year that the City of Laredo hosts an exposition on tourism, culture, and business and this year was even more successful than the one held the year before.  He complimented him and everyone who worked with him to make this event a great success. 

 

Cm. Ramirez extended his condolences to the family of Carlos Rendon who passed away yesterday.  He mentioned that Mr. Rendon was his appointee to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.  He also congratulated the organizers of the Jamboozie Festival for an outstanding event and Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, for the successful Sister Cities Festival held this past weekend.  He also encouraged everyone to register to vote before the upcoming elections.  He mentioned that Laredo has been split into two congressional districts and Laredo more than ever needs the support from Washington, D.C. 

 

Mayor Flores stated that the delegation from the City of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato presented her with a replica of the archangel that looks over the City of San Miguel de Allende to the people of the City of Laredo.   She mentioned that this hand-carved statue was one of the examples of the wonderful work brought by the visitors from Mexico for the exposition.   She thanked Patricia Taylor, Assistant Director of CVB, and Nick Reyna, Director, and the staff of the Convention and Visitors Bureau for their hard work.  She added that Gustavo Guevara, Jr. who is the direct contact for all the sister city affiliates, also provided his assistance in coordinating this event.   She also congratulated the Laredo Police Department and the folks involved with the Jamboozie Festival for a very successful event.   She mentioned that Cm. Amaya was presented with an award for his outstanding leadership and support of Buenos Aires Elementary.  She added that he spearheaded the efforts to place traffic signs around the elementary school. 

                       

VI.      APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES      

 

a.  Appointment by Council Member Juan Ramirez of Enrique de la Garza to the

    Transportation and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

 

    Motion to approve.

 

    Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

    Second:  Cm. Garcia

    For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

             

VII.       PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

 City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2 and the east 23 feet of Lot 1, Block 848, Eastern   

 Division, located at 1509 East San Pedro 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. Amaya

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Amaya

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 37.34 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located west of Mines Road and south of Bob Bullock Loop, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), B-4 (Highway Commercial District) and M-1 (Light Manufacturing 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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 10.06 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located east of Country Club Drive and south of Del Mar Boulevard from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended 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. E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

 

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

City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Full Time Equivalent positions of the General Fund Parks and Recreation Department – Recreation Center Division from 27 to 28 to appropriate the monies to be received from the Community Development Block Grant Program, for one Recreation Specialist for the purpose of providing a Community Service Program at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Inner City Park, Technology Recreation Center.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a

contribution in the amount of $625,000.00 from Webb County through an Interlocal Government Agreement and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $625,000.00 for the acquisition and development of the North Central Laredo Park. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                   Cm. Amaya

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2004

Parking Meter Fund by appropriating a draw down of $400,000.00 from the opening balance and appropriating it for land acquisition.  The project consists of construction improvements and demolition costs of a surface municipal parking lot in the downtown area.  The Parking meter fund will be reimbursed from the proceeds of a proposed Parking Meter Fund Certificate of Obligation Bond.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

annual budget by appropriating a draw down of $5,925,000.00 from the opening balance and appropriating it for equipment acquisition.  The project consists of twenty-five (25) automated refuse trucks and 45,000 trashcans.  The Solid Waste Fund will be reimbursed from the proceeds of a proposed Solid Waste Fund Certificate of Obligation Bond.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.        GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

8.  A.  Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding traffic control and safety precautions

     on Highway 59 during the WBCA events.

 

      Police Chief Agustin Dovalina replied that they will have the same kind of police presence as they had last year during those hours that the WBCA events are taking place.   

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding security for parks.

 

      Police Chief Agustin Dovalina reported that they have advised City Council that there would be a contingency of officers patrolling the parks.  He mentioned that there are three officers and one supervisor patrolling approximately 94 to 100 parks and they are targeting the problem areas at different times of the day.  He stated that he has already contacted Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, regarding several initiatives they have in place for patrolling the problem areas.  He added that they are considering implementing a program called Adopt-a-Park where they elicit the help of the residents in the area.  

 

      Cm. Garcia recommended that city staff look into installing some cameras in order to deter vandalism at the parks and find out the cost for adding cameras at the parks.  

     

                  B.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on extending the median with stamped concrete

     on Clark Boulevard by using District IV Discretionary Funds.

 

      Motion to appropriate $50,000.00 from District IV discretionary  funds to continue with the Clark Boulevard median stampers. 

 

      Moved:  Cm. Amaya

      Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      For:  8                                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

                   C.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on establishing a park in the San Francisco Javier   

     neighborhood.

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that the City is planning to build a huge park next to San Francisco Javier once the U. S. Corps of Engineers comes in with a design. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding a traffic control device at the

     intersection of Main and Scott.

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, stated that they would need to conduct a traffic count to determine the need for a traffic control device at that intersection.   He stated that they can make the signs bigger and add markings on the ground in order for motorists to make a complete stop at that intersection. 

 

Police Chief Agustin Dovalina stated that they would get motorcycle officers to patrol the area and issue citations when warranted.

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on improving drainage flow on Main and

     Benavides.

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that there is a system on Benavides St. and the reason why the water ponds is because the inlet that is being constructed on Main Avenue is not complete.  He spoke to Mr. Cabello today and they will be working on the inlet this week. 

 

4.  Discussion with possible action on establishing a permanent taxi parking stand

     near the corner of Salinas and Hidalgo.

 

      This item was discussed under Item 39 (A). 

 

IX.        INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

  9.   Setting the maximum speed limit on that portion of IH 35 main lanes within the city

limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 55 mph from mile point 3.387 to mile point 7.091 as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation Control Section Map 0018-06-152, to be in effect during reconstruction providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate speed changes in the designated areas and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

10.   Approving the public sale of airport non-aeronautical use land located at the Laredo

 International Airport to Lawrence Friedman, Trustee, sole bidder, meeting all bid  

 specifications being: Block No. 34 of the Subdivision Plat of Laredo Airport consisting  

 of approximately 3.30-acres and Block No. 35 of the Subdivision Plat of Laredo

 Airport consisting of approximately 0.56-acres in the amount of One Million Ninety

 Two Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty One Dollars and Eighteen Cents  

 ($1,092,921.18); and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary

 conveyance documents; providing for effective date.

 

 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.   Amending Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, In General, Section 2.5 of the Code of

 Ordinances by amending subparagraph (b) entitled Agenda Order of Business, and  

 providing for publication and effective date.

 

 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Washington’s Birthday

 Celebration Association, Inc., (WBCA) for approximately fifteen (15.0) acres of  

 concrete ramp located on the southwest cargo ramp of the Air Operations Area to

 include City owned vacant non-aeronautical use land located at the Laredo

 International Airport for event parking use.  Lease term in for three (3) days

 commencing on February 13, 2004 and ending on February 15, 2004.  City Council  

 finds and declares that a valid public purpose would be served in setting the daily

 rental fee at $1.00; providing for an effective date.

 

 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13.   Amending chapter 19. Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article XI, Truck Traffic, Section

 19-415 (a)(1)(e) of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo: deleting Section (e) that  

 will now prohibit departing from a designated truck route for the purpose of obtaining  

 lodging, providing for effective date and publication.

 

 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County Juvenile Board for

 approximately 100,357 square feet of land located at 4602 North Bartlett Avenue.    

 Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on January 1, 2004 and ending on  

 December 31, 2006; lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a one

 hundred and eighty (180) day written notice.  Monthly rent shall be $2,137.35 and will

 be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for  

 an effective date.

 

 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council except Cm. Amaya who abstained. 

 

15.   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease of blocks 08, 08-A, X, Y, and an

 additional 14,333 square feet between the said blocks, and excluding 1,225 square feet  

 within the block 08-A, Western Division, City of Laredo, to Morgan Stern Realty   

 Holdings, L.L.C., a California Limited Liability Company, Cathy Associates L.L.C, a  

 Colorado Limited Liability Company, and Mary Associates, L.L.C, a Colorado

 Limited Liability Company, in accordance with the terms of the negotiated lease

 attached as Exhibit A, including commencing monthly rental of $5,109.00 with annual  

 adjustment thereof based on any change in the Consumer Price Index; and providing

 for effective date.

 

 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES

 

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinances # 2004-O-001; # 2004-O-002; # 2004-O-003; # 2004-O-004; # 2004-O-006; # 2004-O-007; # 2004-O-008; # 2004-O-009; # 2004-O-010; # 2004-O-011; # 2004-O-012; # 2004-O-013; # 2004-O-014; # 2004-O-015; # 2004-O-016; # 2004-O-017; # 2004-O-018; # 2004-O-019; # 2004-O-020; # 2004-O-021;  # 2004-O-022; # 2004-O-023; # 2004-O-024; and # 2004-O-025.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

            Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

            For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

16.  2004-O-001 Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a mechanic shop on Lots 11 & 12, Block 448, Eastern Division, located at 118 & 120 East San Carlos Street; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-001.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2004-O-002  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

2.66 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located approximately at the 3900 block of Bob Bullock Loop, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-002.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2004-O-003   Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lots 1 and 2, Unit 1, El Rancho Subdivision, located at 4120 Loop 20, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-003.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-004  Authorizing the amendment of a Special Use Permit for a mini-storage

warehouse, on Lot 1, Block 1, Lago Del Mar Subdivision, Unit 11, located at 7611 Bartlett Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-004.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0  

 

 2004-O-006  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lot 8 and the west 22.56 feet of Lot 7, Block 1692, Eastern Division, located at 2401 Arkansas Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to introduce ordinance as amended from a B-3 to a B-1.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 2004-O-007  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lot 2, Block 1, Hilltop Subdivision, Phase I, located at 420 Hilltop Road, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-007.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2004-O-008  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

    authorizing the amendment of a Conditional Use Permit for a meat

    market/supermarket on Lot 2 and the South 1/3 or 23.14’ of Lot 4, Block

    1056, Western Division, located 4201 Flores Avenue; providing for

    publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-008.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2004-O-009  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

    authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a sign on Lot 5A, Block 849,

    Eastern Division, located at 1520 East San Pedro Street; providing for   

    publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-009.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-010  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    0.05 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit

    “A” located northwest of the intersection of Loop 20 and the Texas

    Mexican Railroad right-of-way, from R-1 (Single Family Residential  

    District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication

    and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-010.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

                  2004-O-011  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    2.00 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit

    “A” located west of South Lucy Avenue and south of Cassata Lane, from

    R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced

    Area District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-011.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2004-O-012  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

219.26 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located west of Mines Road and south of Bob Bullock Loop, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), and M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-012.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-013  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    8.89 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit

    “A” located west of Mines Road and south of Bob Bullock Loop, from M-

    1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District);

    providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-013.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0  

                  2004-O-014  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    41.25 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit

    “A” located west of Mines Road and south of Bob Bullock Loop, from M-

    1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential

    District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-014.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-015  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

    authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a second single family

    residential dwelling on Lot 1 and the west ½ of Lot 2, Block 1158, Eastern

    Division, located at 2001 Piedra China Street; providing for publication

    and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-015.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2004-O-016  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

    authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for the outdoor storage of heavy

    equipment on Lot 1G, Block 1, Jacaman Ranch, Unit 1, located at 6320

    Krone Lane; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-016.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2004-O-017  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

    authorizing a Planned Unit Development Specific Use Overlay District on

    Lot 1A, Block 1, Pan American Mobile Home Park, located

    approximately at 4502 Game Creek Road; providing for publication and

    effective date.

 

 

 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-017.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-018  Amending Article I Section 24.1.3.2, Responsibilities of the Board of

    Adjustment, Creating Section 24.1.8, Standard Technical Specification  

    Manual Committee, Creating Article III Section 24.58, Standard

    Technical Specification Manual, Creating Article VI Section 24.96,

    Amendment Procedures for the Standard Technical Specification Manual,

    of the Laredo Land Development Code of the City of Laredo, providing

    for publication and effective date.  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-018.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-019  Authorizing the City Manager to accept $2,750.00 in various donations to

    the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department and amending the

    City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by 1) appropriating revenues

    in the amount of $2,250.00 in the form of equal amount donations of

    $750.00 each from:  South Texas National Bank, International Bank of

    Commerce and Escamilla and Poneck, Inc., and appropriating

    expenditures in the amount of $2,250.00 for the attendance at Austin Expo

    2004 in Austin, Texas; 2) appropriating revenues of $500.00 in the form

    of a donation from HEB Food Stores and appropriating expenditures in

    the amount of $500.00 for the purchase of recreational equipment for the

    Mario Tijerina Park ribbon cutting ceremony.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-019.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2004-O-020  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Texas

    Parks and Wildlife Department to accept a grant in the amount of

    $489,793.00 and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 Capital

    Improvements Projects Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and    

    expenditures in the amount of $979,586.00 for the construction and

    redevelopment of Zacate Creek Linear Park with 50% funding from the

    Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Recreation Grant Program and 50%

    local matching funds from Community Development Block Grants   

    ($81,679.00) and a Tex-Mex land donation ($408,114.00).

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-020.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2004-O-021  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a contribution to the City of

Laredo Parks and Recreation Department in the amount of $12,500.00 from the Prairie Foundation and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues of $12,500.00 in the form of a contribution from the Prairie Foundation and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $12,500.00 for the 2004 Summer Playground registration fees.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-021.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2004-O-022  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing

    expenditures and revenues in the amount of $65,750.00 from the Texas

    Department of Health and $36,965.00 in Program Income for a six-month

    budget for the Immunization Action Program of the City of Laredo Health

    Department for the grant period beginning on January 1, 2004, through

    December 31, 2004; and amending the Full-Time Equivalent Positions by

    -.13. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-022.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:   0

 

                  2004-O-023  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Webb

    County for approximately 2,378 square feet constituting Building No.

    1228 located at 4704 Naranjo Street at the Laredo International Airport. 

    Lease term is for fifteen (15) months commencing on May 1, 2003 and

    ending on July 31, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $1,500.00; providing for

    an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-023.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2004-O-024  Setting the maximum speed limits on that portion of Jacaman Road

    between Summerwind Boulevard and Sinatra Parkway, within the city

    limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 40 mph as defined in the control

    section map provided by the City of Laredo, Traffic Safety Department.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-024.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2004-O-025  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement by and

    between the Laredo Transit Management, Inc., and the City of Laredo

    Community Development Department for the lease of 6,628 sq.ft. of

    building space at the Laredo Transit Center located at 1301 Farragut

    (East) second and third floors (East) for a monthly sum of $4,218.97 for a

    term of three (3) years commencing on February 1, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-025.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

17. 2004-R-011  A resolution expressing official intent to reimburse costs associated with

demolition and construction improvements of a surface municipal parking lot in the downtown area.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-011.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

18.  2004-R-012  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant with the Office of the

Governor, Criminal Justice Division.  The City Manager is authorized to apply for, accept, reject, alter, or terminate a grant.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be funding 90% of the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant and the City of Laredo will be designating 10% in matching funds.  Funding will be used to pay for the salaries and fringe benefits of an Administrative Assistant II in support of the juvenile program.  Grant period is from August 1, 2004 through July 31, 2005.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-012.

 

 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

 Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

19.  2004-R-013  A resolutions expressing official intent to reimburse costs associated with

the purchase of twenty five (25) automated refuse collection trucks and 45,000 trash cans.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-013.

 

 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

 Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

20.  Consideration to change the regular City Council meeting for March 2004 scheduled

       for March 15th to March 29th due to the annual Washington trip.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

       Second:  Cm. Amaya

       For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

21.  Consideration to renew an annual contract FY 02-032 awarded to the low bidder, Cantu

Electric, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the base annual amount of $33,980.00 for the maintenance of the illumination system along IH 35, Loop 20, Milo I, and FM 1472 for one additional year.  The contract vendor will be required to maintain, repair and/or replace the various appurtenances related to the existing roadway assemblies.  The term of this contract was for one year with an option to renew for an additional year upon mutual consent of the City and the contractor.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety Department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

22.  Consideration to extend annual service contract number FY 03-037 awarded to the low

bidder, Star Operations, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, in an amount not to exceed $400,000.00 for the furnishing of materials, machinery, equipment, labor and all other services necessary for the maintenance of street lights (not maintained by AEP-CPL) and traffic signal lights throughout the city for one year commencing on March 3, 2004.  The contract includes electrical service for traffic signals and street lights and for installation, construction, and underground work, for new and/or upgraded traffic signals and for the installation and maintenance of street lights.  The term of this contract was for one year with an option to extend this contract under the same terms and conditions.  This contract also contains provisions for the City departmental electrical service projects and repairs.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety Department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

23.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of five, compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles

for various city departments through the Houston Galveston Area Council of           Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $100,760.00.  Two trucks will be purchased for the Community Development Department and three for the Utilities Department.  The vehicles will be delivered within ninety days.  Funding is available their respective budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

24.  Consideration to award contract number FY04-025, to the low bidder meeting

specifications Cintas Corporation, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $189,196.80, for a thirty-six month industrial uniform rental contract.  The contract vendor will be required to provide eleven sets of new uniforms to approximately three hundred service employees and provide weekly laundry service.  The following departments require this type of service: Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Traffic Safety, City Hall, Library, Civic Center, Health, Utilities and Fleet Maintenance.  The contract pricing is approximately 3% lower than the current contract amount.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

25.  Consideration to award a contract to Ferris and Flinn Engineering of Harlingen, Texas,

in the amount of $68,290.00 to update the Capital Improvements Program in calculation of the impact fees.  This project consists of updating the CIP, providing a hydraulic model of the water system, wastewater model and a master plan for both water and wastewater improvements.  Funding is available in the Sewer Construction Impact Fees and 1993 & 1994 Water Bond Impact Fees Accounts.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

26.  Consideration to award an annual maintenance contract to Dynix in the amount of

$45,720.76 for library automation, network services, software, Vmark licenses and equipment for the libraries’ Dynix™ network.   Funding is available in the Library’s Operational Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

27.  Consideration to award an architectural engineering (A/E) contract in the amount not to

exceed $55,201.26 to Ashley Humphries & Sanchez Architects, Laredo, Texas for the community center to be located by the Farias Recreation Center on Ortiz Street and west of Santa Maria Avenue.  Funding is available in the CD Project/Community Center-29th Action Year. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

28.  Consideration for approval to award a resident project representative (inspection

services) contract in the amount not to exceed $34,450.00 to Howland Engineering & Surveying Company, Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport reconstruction of Taxiway A, B, D, & G Schedule I.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund/Grant No. 38.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

29.  Consideration to award an engineering contract in the amount not to exceed $65,500.00

to Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo Street Drainage Improvements Project.  Funding is available in the Laredo Street Storm Sewer Improvements Project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:                                                Abstain:

30.  Consideration to award contract number FY04-050, to the low bidder for furnishing the

prefabricated concrete rebar, wire mesh and other items needed for the McPherson Drainage Project Phase II.  The contract vendor will be required to provide the necessary rebar, precut and detailed, for the concrete channels, walls and inlets as per the construction plans.  Funding is available in the 2003 Contractual Obligation Fund-McPherson Acres Drainage Project.

 

Motion to postpone for February 17, 2004, as requested by Francisco Meza being that no bids were received.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

31.  Consideration to award contract number FY04-044, to the low bidder, Varmicon

Industries, Harlingen, Texas, in the amount of $33,297.00 for furnishing the reinforced concrete pipe needed for the McPherson Drainage Project Phase II.  The contract vendor will be required to provide 42” and 48” reinforced concrete pipe.  Funding is available in the 2003 Contractual Obligation Fund-McPherson Acres Drainage Project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one regenerative air street sweeper from

Kinlock Equipment & Supply, Inc., Pasadena, Texas, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $113,997.00.  Utilizing the Buy Board contract pricing, this equipment will be purchased and assigned to the Engineering Department-Public Works Division.  This is a replacement for a 1993 unit.  Funding is available in the 2003 Contractual Obligation PPFCO bond proceeds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

33.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one ditch witch trencher with backhoe and

trailer from Earle Kinlaw Associates, Inc., Stone Park, GA, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $45,904.50.  Utilizing the Buy the Buy Board contract pricing, this equipment will be purchased and assigned to the Traffic Department.  Funding is available in the 2002A Contractual Obligation PPFCO bond proceeds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

34.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of two octagon shelters, nine picnic tables, and

four round concrete tables from Hunter Knephshield Company, Plano, Texas, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $37,774.00.  Utilizing the Buy Board contract pricing, this playground equipment will be installed at the Eistetter Park.  Funding is available in the 29th Action Year-2003 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

35.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Zertuche

Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport Buildings Roof Replacement Project in the base bid amount of $684,427.00 and approving a net deduction of $383,270.42 for a net award of $301,156.58 for Buildings #132, #142, #182, #1054 and #1307.  Funding is available in the Airport Budget Storm and Wind Damage Account. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

36.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to ratify and amend a professional

services contract with Quest Diagnostics, Inc., to perform clinical laboratory testing services submitted by the City of Laredo Health Department and ratifying the contract amendment by increasing the cumulative amount from $515,000.00 to $675,000.00.  Funding is available in the following state grants:  MCH-Title V, La Familia (COPC), HIV/AIDS/STD Program, TB Binational, and the Buena Vida Health Program.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

37.  Consideration to award contract FY04-030, to the low bidder, A Clean Portoco,

Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00, for providing portable restrooms for city parks, city sponsored events, and construction job-sites.   All services will be secured on an as needed basis.  Contract pricing has been secured for daily, weekend, and monthly service.  The bid pricing is the same as last year.  Funding is available in Public Works – Street Reconstruction and Parks and Recreation departments.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

38.  Consideration to amend the City’s contract with Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and

Douglas, Inc. for the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed City of Laredo International Bridge No. 5 and Border Facilities by an amount not to exceed $15,597.35 to provide for additional review and response to agency comment and report reproduction over that agreed to in the original scope of work and to further extend the contract period to September 30, 2004.  The contract amount will increase from $208,203.00 to $223,800.35.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

           

39.  A.  Presentation by Roberto Murillo, Traffic Safety Director, regarding implementation

of a recommended plan of action for the taxicab industry that is consistent with some of the findings and recommendations identified in a recently conducted City of Laredo Taxicab Industry Study, with possible action.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, made a presentation before City Council based on the study conducted by Bruce Schaller of Schaller Consulting.  He stated that the purpose of the study was to:  review the number of taxicabs, evaluate the adequacy of service, enforcement, and vehicle inspections; and assess how taxicab stands are being operated.  He mentioned that the central conclusion from the study was that the city has more taxicabs than are needed to meet the current demand for service.  He added that priority # 1 is to address the problem of oversupply; priority # 2 is to require off-street premises for taxicab operations; and priority # 3 is to require modernization of the taxicab companies dispatch systems.  Mr. Murillo stated that the department would like to implement these recommendations upon the City Council’s approval. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo asked that city staff work on implementing the following recommendations:  the hiring of an inspector to do extra inspections; working with El Lift to refer clientele to the taxicab industry; and developing of the limousine ordinance. 

 

Motion to direct staff to implement these three items and continue to work on the entire package recommendations following review by the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee, and bring back to City Council. 

 

Motion:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

  B.  Tax Collections Report for December 2003 by Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Assessor

        Collector.

 

        Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Assessor-Collector, made the presentation before City  

        Council.  She introduced some of the staff that has worked closely with her on the

        automated services available to the customers.  She explained that the department

        has now integrated automated services in order to run more efficiently and utilize   

        parts of the system that were not being utilized. 

 

       Electronic Filing of Mortgage Payments: 

 

       The Tax Department initiated a pilot program to electronically process mortgage company payments.  The first payment file was successfully transmitted and process on December 10th.  With this automation, we were able to process a total of six payment files totaling $4,847,170 and interface payment data of 8,294 transactions with the IS-400; thus reducing manual processing time from approximately 91 man hours.  (Staff-in-charge:  Dora Maldonado) 

 

       Automation of Name and Address Changes: 

 

       On January 15th, the Tax Department successfully completed their second goal of electronically interfacing the name and address changes submitted by the Webb County Appraisal District on a monthly basis.  This file of 1,480 changes, which would have normally taken 40 man hours to complete was completely processed in 2.5 hours (Staff-in-charge:  Arnulfo Cisneros) 

 

       Implementing Hotel-Motel Receivables into the IS-400: 

 

       All Hotel-Motel accounts were being maintained in manual ledgers and payments were not interfaced with the IS-400.

 

The department is currently 99% complete in the testing and interfacing of this activity.

 

The completion of this activity will improve on the accuracy and efficiency of processing Hotel-Motel receivables.

 

(Staff-in-charge:  Elizabeth Martinez and Alejandra Santana)

 

       Automation of Pay Station Water Utility Collections: 

(approx. 60-90 days from completion):

 

By entering into agreement with Integrated Payment Systems for the electronic submittal of funds and payment file, the department will:

 

1.  eliminate staff  from having to pick up daily collections from pay station sites   (approximately two hours daily);

 

2.  eliminate staff from manually entering an average of 670 payments a day (approximately five hours daily);

 

3.  credit customer accounts three to six hours earlier;

 

4.  increase pay station sites up to a possible 80 locations.

 

(Key staff-in-charge:  Elizabeth Martinez) 

 

 

 

Current Property Tax Collection

YTD December, 2003

 

Projected YTD Totals as of

December, 2003

 

        $ 14,972,003

Actual YTD Totals as of

December, 2003

 

        $ 17,138,239

Increased Collections as of the end of

December, 2003

       

         $  2,166,236

 

 

Current Property Tax Collection

YTD Totals as of January, 2004

 

Projected YTD Totals as of

January, 2004

 

$ 29,237,125

Actual YTD Totals as of

January, 2004

 

$ 29,073,975

Difference in Collections as of

January, 2004

 

  (   $163,150)

Add Expected Collections for Today

(Taken as 01/31 included in February 10, 2004

Report)

 

$   1,200,000

Adjusted Collections (Adding Monday’s

Collections)

 

$   1,036,850

 

 

                   C.  Update report on the status of the Colonias Project.

 

 Keith Kendall, Project Manager, reported on the status of the project.  Starting with 

 State Highway 359, Work Order #1 is under construction and is about 45% 

 complete.   Work Order # 4 which is 16” water transmission line has been 

 completed and is pending final inspection which should take place this month.  The  

 remaining contracts that the City has include the elevated storage tanks and ground   

 storage tanks  and booster pump station.  They accepted bids on those this month   

 and should be bringing those before City Council for award at the February 17th  

 meeting.  The remaining water collection and wastewater distribution design has

 been completed but is pending easements and right-of-way acquisitions to be going  

 forward with those projects.  On the NADBank projects, he explained that those are

 about 75% complete with the water transmission line in the Hwy. 359 area and

 about 90% complete with a preliminary design for the wastewater collection and

 water treatment plant in the Mines Road area.  He also clarified a concern raised by

 the news media that the funding for this project is in jeopardy.  He explained that

 Laredo’s project is secure; the funding that has been held up at the last legislative

 session is for funds that have not been committed to any cities.    

 

 

 

 

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.

 

40.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code  551.072 in order

to deliberate the possible purchase, lease or value of a parcel of land in South Laredo because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action and direction to staff.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code  551.072 in order to deliberate the possible purchase, lease or value of a parcel of land in South Laredo because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action and direction to staff.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  2

                                                                                                                 Cm. Garcia

                                                                                                                 Cm. Amaya

 

The Mayor announced that no formal action was taken in Executive Session.

 

Motion to authorize the City Manager to proceed with the purchase of 17.331 acres out of One River Place Subdivision for the sum of $42,000 to be used for public purposes.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  2

                                                                                                                 Cm. Garcia

                                                                                                                 Cm. Amaya

  XV.   ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                        Time:  9:00 p.m.

                                                                                               

      Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.
            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 through 26 are true, correct, and complete proceedings of the City Council meeting held on February 2, 2004.

                                                                                                _______________________________

                                                                                                Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                                City Secretary