CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2004-R-04

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MARCH 1, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

These are preliminary minutes from the City Council Meeting of March 1, 2004.  These minutes will be approved at a later date.

 

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Mayor Pro Tempore, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                                                                     Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

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

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            Invitations

     

a.  Invitation by Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to the “Street Fiesta” Centennial

Celebration at the Guadalupe School grounds on Saturday, March 20, 2004 from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

                 

                  Mayor Flores presented the festival organizers with a Proclamation for their 100 years’ celebration before the City Council meeting.   

 

             Recognitions

 

a.  Recognition of the new Laredo Law AFL2 Football Team. 

 

Kiki De Ayala, representing the Laredo Entertainment Center, introduced Coach Scott Maynard of the Laredo Law Football Team.   Mr. De Ayala stated that there was no more noble profession than coaching.  He added that they held local tryouts last Sunday and both he and the coach were very pleased with the talent that was present.   

 

b.  Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of employees that retired from the

     City of Laredo with 20 or more years of service.

 

      Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, announced the retirees as follows:

 

      Rodolfo Jalomo                              34 years                          Public Works

      Jesus S. Juarez                               21 years                          Community Development

      Martha Morales                              25 years                          City Manager’s Office

      Martin Ramos                                 20 years                          Utilities

      Jose L. Hernandez                          29 years                          Solid Waste

      Jose A. Meza                                 30 years                          Solid Waste

      Cynthia M. Rodriguez                     20 years                          Utilities

      Paz Vedarte                                   35 years                          Solid Waste

      Alfredo Santos                               23 years                          Parks & Recreation

      Miguel S. De La Fuente                  20 years                          MIS

      Pablo Cadena                                 27 years                          Airport         

      Juanita Walls                                  24 years                          Public Library

      Shirley O. Garza                             27 years                          Health

      Javier E. Martinez                           26 years                          Health

      Gloria  Drowns                               26 years                          Health          

      Juan F. Zambrano                           29  years                         Utilities

      Oscar Palacios                               22 years                          Solid Waste

      Toribio G. Cantu                            24 years                          Traffic

      Rosalinda D. Garza                         27 years                          City Secretary’s Office

 

            Communiqués

 

            Mayor Flores introduced and welcomed the visitors from Shanghai and Danyang City, China to Laredo.  The delegation included from China included: Vice-Mayor of Danyang City Wang Jian; Mr. Wong, Vice-Director of Foreign Economic and Trade Bureau; Mr. Tan Yuhua, President of Jinmu Optical Company; Ms. Gan Ping, General Manager of Jin Hang International Trading Company; Mr. Li Hongsheng, Manager of Danyang Foreign Trade Corporation; Mr. Zhao Xiaofan, General Manager of Danyang Foreign Trade Corporation; and Mr. Zhang Xiao Hui,  Assistant General Manager of  Shanghai International Trading Company. 

 

Cm. Agredano reminded everyone to exercise their right to vote and encouraged them to vote early for the upcoming elections. 

 

Cm. Garcia thanked the Laredo Police Department and Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, for their assistance with traffic control along Highway 59 during the WBCA events and Jalapeno Festival.  He also thanked United Water for its sponsorship of the Border Olympics events and everyone who participated.  He added that the Parks and Recreation Department crew provided assistance as well.  He stated that this is a great event for our youth and there were several scouts from different universities observing the athletes. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo thanked the Society of Martha Washington for inviting him to serve as master of ceremonies at the pageant.  He also wanted to address the problems with litter along the parade route following the youth parade.  He added that we need to educate the citizens and supply the necessary trash bins along the route so that the streets remain clean.  He thanked the Public Works crews responsible for the time spent in clearing the streets of trash following the parade.  He also thanked the Border Olympics members, participants, winners, and volunteers for making this event a great success.

 

Cm. Amaya thanked the Public Works crew for the great job done on the median along Clark Boulevard.

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. congratulated Mayor Pro Tem Galo for the excellent job done at the pageant.   He also thanked Eddie Zavala, Customer Service Coordinator, for his assistance  and the quick response provided to his constituents’ needs. 

 

Cm. Belmares thanked Keith Selman, City Planner, and the members of the TxDOT District Office for attending the District VI Advisory Meeting and working through some of the issues and concerns that they have in District VI.  He reminded everyone that the City will break ground on the North Central Park this Wednesday, March 3, 2004, in District VI.  Also, they will be recognizing this year’s inductees to the Women’s Hall of Fame on Sunday, March 7, 2004. 

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. thanked the Public Works crew responsible for picking up some litter bags that were out by the pond and clearing the area around District VII of trash and debris. 

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that they held a grand opening ceremony on Sunday for the United Soccer League.  He felt that the work done at the soccer field was due to the fact that Horacio de Leon, Parks Director, and the Parks and Recreation crew have really improved the field.  He added that the 13 soccer teams are now anxious to play games on Saturdays and Sundays.  He also thanked Jose Prieto, Soccer League President and league members along with the merchants for attending the grand opening.  He mentioned that Dolores Quesada will open a Little Ceasar’s Pizza restaurant in approximately one week at 2020 Santa Maria.  He also invited everyone to attend the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church festival on Saturday, March 20, 2004, from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

 

Mayor Flores welcomed back Jessica Hein, Assistant to the City Manager, who had been out on leave for three months.  She also thanked all the volunteers that made the February celebration so wonderful for Laredoans.  She congratulated all the young women presented at the pageants and related events during the celebrations.  She stated that she wanted to pay tribute to her uncle, Enrique Garcia, who passed away last week.  She also spoke about a colorful, dedicated journalist and radio commentator, Edmundo Lozano, who passed away last week.  She sent her deepest sentiments to his family for their loss.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

              

            None.

 

VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance of the City of Laredo, Texas finding after

reasonable notice and hearing, that AEP Texas Central Company’s electric transmission and distribution rates and charges within the city should be changed; determining just and reasonable rates; adjusting street lighting charges; adopting recommendations of consultants, providing recovery of rate case expenses; preserving regulatory rights of the city; and providing for repeal of conflicting ordinance.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance adopting a budget for FY 2003-2004 for the

South Texas Regional 911 System Fund.  The proposed budget consists of $1,015,921.00 in revenues from the Commission on State Emergency Communications and $1,015,921.00 in expenditures for the following counties:  Webb (City of Laredo) County, Jim Hogg County, Starr County, Zapata County and Regional System. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:                                                Abstain:

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Full Time Equivalent Positions by reclassifying three (3) Fire Fighter Positions to three (3) Fire Captain Positions for the Fire Suppression Division, EMS and the Fire Prevention Division of the Fire Department.  Funding is available in the General Fund Reserve Appropriation in the amount of $27,651.00.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore 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.  Garcia

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

4.  Approving an amendment to Ordinance No. 2003-O-247 dated October 6, 2003, hereby

deleting the public sale of Tract B to Dr. Ricardo G. Cigarroa, L.P.; providing for an effective date.  

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  Closing as a public easement that section of Mier Street between McDonnell and

Monterrey Avenues situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Closing as a public easement that section of the 2200 block of Lincoln Street between

the west right-of-way line of Eagle Pass Avenue and the Laredo Community College property situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  Abandoning two utility easements located in Lot 74 and in the westerly 39.94 feet of Lot

73, Block 5 Regency Park Subdivision, Unit 1, Section 1, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as shown in Exhibit “A”; and providing for effective date. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

8.  Amending Chapter 19, Section 541 to 544, titled “Transit Committee,” Motor Vehicles

and Traffic,” Article XII, Division I “Transit System,” of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, thereby clarifying the appointment and role of the City Council members serving on the Transit Committee; providing for severability; and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  Designating as a one-way northbound the 700 and 800 block of Bartlett Avenue,

between Market Street and Guatemozin Street and as a one-way southbound the 700 and 800 block of Malinche Avenue, between Market Street and Guatemozin Street, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated directions and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinance # 2004-O-040, # 2004-O-041, # 2004-O-042; # 2004-O-043; # 2004-O-044; # 2004-O-045; # 2004-O-046; # 2004-O-047; # 2004-O-048; # 2004-O-049; # 2004-O-050; and # 2004-O-051.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

10.

 

2004-O-040  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 34.28

acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located east of Highway 83 and north of La Pita-Mangana Road, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-040.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-041  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 20.82

acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located west of Highway 83, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  (As Amended)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-041.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-042  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

148.66 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located south of Concord Hills Boulevard 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-042.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-043  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.26

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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-043.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-044  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.56

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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-044.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-045  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating

revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,500.00 from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Health Education Training Centers Alliance of Texas to conduct the tenth annual “Los dos Laredos” TB Conference by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-045.

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-046  Amending the FY 2003-2004 budget by appropriating the amount of

$58,122.00 in unexpended program income from the FY 2002-2003 budget fund balance for the Maternal and Child Health Program grant of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-046.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-047  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating  

revenues and expenditures in the amount $69,464.00 in additional funds for a grand total of $138,928.00 from the Texas Department of Health for La Familia Health Care Program of the City of Laredo Health Department, and extending the grant period from September 1, 2003, through February 29, 2004, to September 1, 2003, through August 31, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-047.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-048  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating  

revenues and expenditures in the amount $87,800.00 from the South Texas Development Council for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Project (HOPWA) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning February 1, 2004, through January 31, 2005. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-048.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-049  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by decreasing

revenues and expenditures in the amount of $8,230.00 to reflect a reduction of grant funds from the Texas Department of Health for a new grant total of $41,770.00 for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project - Case Management of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004; and amending the City of Laredo full-time equivalent positions by decreasing one Case Manager/Registered Nurse II position.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-049.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-050  Amending Ordinance 2002-O-047 adding voting Precincts 254 and 353 to

District IV; adding voting Precinct 452 to District VIII; adding voting Precincts 255 and 451 to District V; redefining boundary lines for Precincts 218 and 313 in District IV, redefining boundary lines for Precincts 239 and 308 in District V; and redefining boundary lines for Precinct 414 in District VIII; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-050.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-051  Authorizing the City Manager to convey to the Laredo Independent School

District for the consideration of $18,500.00 for a tract of land being the section of Canada Avenue between Palo Blanco Street and Thurman Street, with reservation of the tract utility easement; and providing for an effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-051.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

11. 2004-R-021  Authorizing the City Manager to execute two documents entitled lien

holders’ subordination to right-of-ways and utility easements the purpose of which is to subordinate the listed tax judgment liens from those parts of the lots to which the tax judgments pertain, which parts have been acquired by Webb County for right-of-ways in specified colonias for street improvements.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-021.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

12.  2004-R-022  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Armando Rodriguez

and wife, Maria del Socorro Rodriguez, for the D-5 acres subdivision easement acquisition project. This being a strip of land 15 feet in width, containing 3,218.21 square feet or 0.074 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in Porcion 33, Abstract 3084, D-5 acres subdivision, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-022.

 

 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

 For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

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

a.  A refund in the amount of $1,908.59 payable to Falcon National Bank due to an

                 erroneous payment.  Account # 972-30003-100.

b.  A refund in the amount of $880.94 payable to Lereta Corp. due to a double

     payment.  Account # 970-50002-080.

c.  A refund in the amount of $1,321.21 payable to Kevin A. Richardson due to a

     double payment.  Account # 900-90371-061.

d. A refund in the amount of $582.07 payable to South Texas Title & Abstract due a

    double payment.  Account # 941-00005-080.

e.  A refund in the amount of $924.20 payable to Neel Title Corp. due to a double

    payment.  Account # 663-01956-120.

f.  A refund in the amount of $1,625.19 payable to First American Real Estate Tax

    Service due a double payment.  Account # 989-20001-040.

g.  A refund in the amount of $807.61 payable to B.P. Newman Investments Co. due

     to an over-payment.  Account # 812-07000-416.

h.  A refund in the amount of $1,268.63 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax

     Services due to an erroneous payment.   Account # 989-20001-030.

i.  A refund in the amount of $1,101.94 payable to Nora S. Sanders due to a double

                 payment.  Account # 900-90281-172.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

14.  Consideration for approval of amendment no. 4 an increase of $135,745.00 to the

architectural/engineering contract with Frank Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas for the Gateway to the Americas (Bridge I) Access, Export Lot and Parking Lot modifications for proposed revisions to construction drawings that came about during the process of bidding the project and requested by the International Boundary & Water Commission (IBWC) (Mexican section).  Funding is available in the Revenue Bond Series 2002-Purchase Professional Services.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

15.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 5 of $23,963.18 to the construction

contract with Leyendecker Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Inner City Park located on Locust and Plum Streets and McDonnel Avenue for additional construction items including maintenance items and increasing the safety of the building structures.  Funding is available in the 2000-A CO Bond Issue.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

16.  Consideration for approval of the release of a partial retainage $95,000.00 from the

current retainage amount of $126,636.41 from the construction contract with Leyendecker Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Inner City Park.  An Amount of $31,636.41 is being retained for completion of pending items.  Funding is available in the 2000-A CO Bond Issue.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

17.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one GMC cab and chassis with an oil

distributor body for the Public Works Division through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC)-Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $99,011.00.  This equipment will be purchased from Rush Star Truck Center.  This vehicle will be delivered within one hundred twenty days and will be used for street paving and street repair projects.  Funding is available in the 2003 Contractual Obligation PPFCO bond proceeds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 5 a decrease of $1,625.00 for

contingency funds allotted in Change Order No. 4 for funds not used, acceptance of the San Francisco Xavier Road Improvements Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $31,786.65 to Brothers Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $635,733.02.  Funding is available in the Community Development-San Francisco Xavier Road-Improvements Capital Improvement Fund-San Francisco Xavier Improvements and Retainage Payable.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

19.  Consideration for approval of acceptance of the fire sprinkler system for the Colombia

Solidarity Bridge Toll Plaza Facility and approval of final payment in the amount of $10,684.12 to Universal Sprinkler Corporation, Houston, Texas.  Final contract amount is $50,206.00.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Quality Water Products

Irrigation Division, San Antonio, Texas, and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract for the Father McNaboe Irrigation Project to be located at the developed soccer, baseball and open play area at the lower level of the park.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund-Father McNaboe Park Improvements. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Consideration to award contract FY04-051 to the low bidders, Philpott Motors, Port

Neches, Texas, in the amount of $18,725.00 for the purchase of one truck for the Utilities Department and Access Chevrolet, Robstown, Texas, in the amount of $14,750.00 for the purchase of one cargo van for the Public Access Channel Division.  Delivery of these vehicles is expected within ninety days.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract FY03-

041 for the purchase of dealer repairs parts for the vehicle fleet awarded to:  Sames Motor Company, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $70,000.00; Paul Young, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00; and North Park Lincoln, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $20,000.00.  All parts will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of a little league baseball sports

lighting system from Musco Lighting System through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $72,950.00.  Utilizing the Buy Board contract pricing, this sports lighting system will be installed at the South Laredo Park (Mario Tijerina Park).  Funding is available in the 29th Action Year-2003 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the low bidder, Larecon, L.L.C,

Laredo, Texas, in the base bid amount of $79,465.90 for the South Laredo Park (Phase II).  Funding is available in the Community Development 28th Action Year/2002 Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Consideration to amend the 29th Action Year 2003 Consolidated One Year Action Plan

to reprogram a total of $50,000.00 from the 2003 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds by reducing the amount of funding for the San Salvador Neighborhood Park Project, from $300,000.00 to $250,000.00, and creating a new activity known as the Garcia Vela Little League Field Lighting Project totaling $50,000.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration to exercise the renewal contract option for one additional year for the

following annual contracts for repair parts and service for the heavy equipment fleet, sweepers:  Holt Co. of Texas, Laredo, Texas, (FY02-008) in the estimated amount of $125,000.00; RDO Equipment Co., Laredo, Texas (FY02-008) in the estimated amount of $25,000.00; and Kinlock Equipment and Supply Inc., Pasadena, Texas, (FY02-018) in the estimated amount of $40,000.00.  All parts will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Olympia Landscape Irrigation

& Lawn Service, Laredo, Texas, for the Zacate Creek Irrigation Project located from Saunders to Lyon Street and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

           

28.

 

A.  Presentation by Mr. Thomas Lucek, El Metro General Manager, regarding the Transit’s

       new fare box system.

 

      R. J. Garza, Assistant General Manager, reported that they have been working on this project for over a year and explained that the new fare box system is an electronic validating fare box.  He introduced Lawrence Chefalo, a representative from Genfare, who provided a video presentation on the new fare box system. 

           

B.  Presentation on the “Viva Laredo” campaign and the Sister Cities Festival by Mr. Nick

     Reyna, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director.

 

Nick Reyna, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director, reported on the Viva Laredo campaign and the success of the Second Annual Laredo International Festival of Sister Cities.  He reported that there were 96 booths this year and over 250 exhibitors for the exposition.  He thanked the City Secretary’s Office, the Civic Center staff, the Parks and Recreation Department staff, and the Laredo Development Foundation for their assistance.  He added that they reduced expenses from last year by $15,000.00 by getting some local corporate sponsors involved.  He mentioned that next year’s International Festival of Sister Cities will be held January 28th through January 30th, 2005 at the Laredo Civic Center and he hopes to have an even larger number of participants for that event.  He added that one of the recommendations being made by the Convention and Visitors Bureau is making a permanent trade exhibit location in Laredo where these visitors could lease the space in order to exhibit their products year round.  He stated this would allow the exhibitors to have a trade center on the border to distribute their products throughout the United States.

 

      Nick Reyna spoke briefly on the Viva Laredo campaign and introduced Rudy Ruiz, President of Interlux, who made a presentation on the Laredo tourism marketing campaign.  He stated that it has been six months since the beginning of the contract period.  He added that it normally takes about three years for the effects of these types of destination campaigns to be seen.  He mentioned that he presented the results of the trends that are developing to the advisory board and they were amazed at the results that have transpired in the short period of time.  He stated that they are targeting the leisure travelers, meetings and conventions attendees, travel and organized bus tours, and the national Hispanic market.  They are also targeting the leisure and business travelers, as well as tour operators and travel agents, in Mexico. 

 

C.  Staff report regarding “t-shirt” bags and other trash within the city limits.

 

      Riazul Mia, Environmental Services Director, reported that his department had a meeting with the City Manager on this problem.  He mentioned that the 2002 Leadership Program class developed a 5-year action plan to tackle this problem.  He stated that many of the cities are affiliated with the “Clean Texas” program, but the City of Laredo does not have any of these programs.  He stated that when they have approached local businesses they are not receptive to them because they see the City staff as regulators, but if a non-profit agency would approach them, the outreach program would work better.

 

John Porter from Environmental Services stated that the Leadership Class talked about different elements of the plan such as organizing a Keep Laredo Beautiful group, developing community relations, commercial implementation, a recycling program, internal implementation, IH-35 corridor, downtown sector, enforcement, and drafting an ordinance.  He explained that the ordinance would deal with commercial entities acquiring a certain number of trash receptacles.  It would also require a trash removal schedule and a litter removal schedule for businesses.  He mentioned the proposed ordinance will be going for review before the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee in April.

 

He reported that the class did a survey on January 12, 2003, and some things they discovered were that 82% of people surveyed agreed that Laredo has a litter problem.  People stated that the main problem areas are in west and south Laredo.  He added that adults litter the most and that people prefer plastic over paper bags.  He reported that two-thirds of the respondents stated they did recycle and a majority said they would participate in a clean-up project.  Also, fifty-nine percent of those surveyed stated that they do pick up litter.  He mentioned that he spoke to the City Manager last week and they discussed forming a non-profit organization “Keep Laredo Beautiful”.  He mentioned that the Executive Director would be funded by the City but it would have a Board of Directors in order to be able to apply for grants.  Also, he recommended that the group work closely with Public Access Channel to create some public service announcements.  He added that they want to continue their education efforts with LISD and UISD and also continue their child care center environmental education pilot program.  He stated that they are modeling the program after the McAllen program which is affiliated with the “Keep Texas Beautiful” and “Keep America Beautiful” campaigns.     

 

      Mayor Pro Tem Galo stated that the City Council had suggested to local retailers that they set up trash receptacles and he passed by Sam’s Club and they did not have one trash can outside the store. 

     

 

 

D.  Staff report regarding the creation of a speed watch program.

 

      Police Chief Agustin Dovalina reported that they have conducted research on this particular program and are planning on implementing this initiative.  He discussed some of the issues with the Municipal Court Judge who stated that he has some concerns over things such as liability issues, security concerns for the volunteers, and the potential for backlog of court cases.  There is also a dilemma that may arise in the event that the license plate number recorded from the speeding motorist and whether the driver of the vehicle is in fact the registered owner of the vehicle. 

 

      Cm. Belmares stated that he would like to create a program to assist the police officers, and he would like to have the parameters set out for the program. 

 

E.  Status report to include a timeline on the three (3) new Police Substations.   

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that the performance bond and the general liability insurance have not been submitted, but the documents will be submitted later this week.  The contractor has submitted the signed contracts and those have been turned over to the Legal Department for review.  Once the documents are submitted and they are approved by the Legal Department, the contract can be executed and the notice to proceed will be issued.  He anticipates that this will be a five-month project and they can look for the worked being phased out for the three substations.  He will be asking the contractor for a work schedule and will submit it to the City Manager and the City Council once it is received. 

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

29.

 

            A.  Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

1.  Status report on the sidewalks on Lane Street across from Lamar Middle School.

 

      Cm. Garcia had left the meeting but left word that he had received the report. 

           

            B.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore John Galo

 

1.  Authorizing the use of discretionary funds from District III in the amount of

     $6,000.00 for the purchase of a new scoreboard for the Garcia-Vela Field.

 

Motion to authorize the use of $6,000.00 from District III discretionary funds for the purchase of a new scoreboard for the Garcia-Vela Field. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    7                                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

Cm. Garcia was not present. 

     

 

 

            C.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Timeline on scheduled improvements on the Ryan Bridge Enhancement Grant

Project and report on new improvements on Eistetter Park.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that this is a six-month contract. However, he has received word from the contractor who states that he will accelerate the work and try to complete the project in a shorter period of time.  They have already done some work along the banks of the creek.  The next step is to do some of the trenching work and after that they will concentrate on the landscaping. 

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Department, reported that the 40-foot diameter octagonal pavilion has been ordered.  They received the plans last week which are currently being reviewed for approval.  As soon as the plans are approved, the company will be shipping the pavilion and he foresees installation of the pavilion within 45-60 days after the company receives approval to the plans.

 

2.  Status report on the traffic situation on Yeary between Calton and Hillside.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that the timing at this location is a problem along Yeary Road.  He is recommending that a consultant go observe the area and the other two intersections together with Yeary Road to look at the whole impact around the area.  He stated that the intersection would require more than just timing, therefore, he would like to get some recommendations from the consultant to make sure he takes the traffic count at different times throughout the week and the weekend. 

 

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

 

1.  Requesting that staff coordinate a clean-up campaign on the fringes of the pond

in Indian Sunset Subdivision and further requesting that staff implement a natural filtering process for the adjoining water tributaries.

 

Cm. Valdez, Jr. stated that he drove along the creek areas and there was a lot of trash in the major water areas leading up to the pond.  He thanked the staff from Environment Services Department, Community Development, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation Department for joining him and going to assist in cleaning up the general areas.  He thanked Roy Garcia, Community Development, for going with his group of volunteers to clean up the pond areas. 

 

Motion to instruct staff to organize a clean-up campaign with volunteers and to have staff bring back recommendations for installation of a filtering system.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                        Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                        For:    7                                        Against:  0                                        Abstain:  0 

 

             E.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the intersection of Eagle Pass and

     Hidalgo Street.

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they are continuing to do surveys to make an exact determination of the alignment of Eagle Pass with the property lines and the railroad tracks.  He provided City Council with some aerial maps and he pointed out that the railroad track patterns are similar.  He noted that Union Pacific did some work years ago in upgrading the rails from a size 90 to a size 120.  In preliminary surveys, they have determined that there are 14 to 15 feet from the outside rail to the right-of-way of Eagle Pass.  He explained that the width necessary between rail tracks is fifteen feet.  He added that they are providing the surveys on the ground all the way from Victoria Street down to Zaragoza Sreet and they are determining the exact alignment of the rails as they exist today.  He stated that they will be submitting that information to City Council through the City Manager.

 

2.  Status report on the Water Park, with possible action. 

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that a year ago the City had awarded a contract for Phase I of a feasibility study to Arcadis Engineering.  He stated that Phase I included a market study and user forecast.  This study has been completed and the department is now reviewing the possibility of Phase II.  They have been contending as to which locations have been reviewed and considered as the best location for this activity.  Lake Casa Blanca has been identified as the best site for the water park.  He mentioned that there has been an interest expressed by the County to partner with the City for some kind of water park project.  He reported that Phase II of the study will include possible schematic alternatives, a rendition of a final schematic plan, preliminary demolition plan, analysis of existing utilities, predicted water usage, etc.   He added that they have been in contact with MBGS International and they have expressed an interest in the development of a water park.  They will be working with Arcadis Engineering in doing a conceptual layout on a 20-acre site at Lake Casa Blanca.  He mentioned that he received e-mail correspondence from an out-of-town prospective investor who learned of this proposed park and they will be scheduling meetings to meet with him. 

 

3.  Status report on the Santa Ursula entrance to the River Drive Mall.

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that the City awarded a feasibility study contract on August 19, 2003, to Structural Engineering Associates.   The scope of the study included surveying, site plan options, cost estimates, definition of needed area, and coordination with the International Boundary and Water Commission.  He stated that the City and SEA have met with GSA and other federal agencies to discuss the project.  Last week, the City and SEA personnel met with both U.S.and Mexico sections of IBWC.  He stated that the most significant comment was that a hydraulic study is required to determine any impacts of the connector.  He added that a meeting has been set with the City’s Utility Coordination Committee to identify existing utility conflicts with the connector.  A final report will then be submitted which will summarize the consultants’ findings and recommendations.  For the next phase, the consultants are in the process of preparing a proposal to perform the hydraulic study requested by IBWC and to prepare and submit a conceptual bridge layout to IBWC for their review.   

 

4.  Report by Thomas Lucek, General Manager, regarding over time and overall

     financial status.

 

      Motion to postpone this item and send to the Transit Committee for discussion.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Agredano

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:    7                                          Against:                                    Abstain:  0

 

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.

 

30.  Executive session pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Government Code to discuss with

the City Attorney the pending case of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company v. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2002-CVQ-001498-D2 in the 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action thereon.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Government Code to discuss with the City Attorney the pending case of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company v. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2002-CVQ-001498-D2 in the 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Motion to approve the settlement offer in Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. v. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2002-CVQ-001498-D2, in the 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas, authorizing the City Manager to transfer three private utility easements to SBC, to be located on:

 

1)  Salinas St., between Water St. and Zaragoza St.;

 

2)  Avenida Mexico, at the South Laredo Water Tower; and,

 

3)  On the Farias Street public utility easement in the 4500 block of San Dario.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (B) of the Government Code to

discuss with the City Attorney the case of the City of Laredo v. Beatriz Canales, Cause No. 2003-EDA-000002-C1 in the County Court at Law No. 1, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action thereon.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (B) of the Government Code to discuss with the City Attorney the case of the City of Laredo v. Beatriz Canales, Cause No. 2003-EDA-000002-C1 in the County Court at Law No. 1, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action thereon.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

32.  Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section

551.071(a)(1)& (2) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding pending or contemplated litigation and possible settlement offer, in the matter of Dr. Ricardo G. Cigarroa, L.P. and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section

551.071(a)(1)& (2) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding pending or contemplated litigation and possible settlement offer, in the matter of Dr. Ricardo G. Cigarroa, L.P. and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Motion to authorize the City Manager to retain 50% of the bid deposit of $43,100 regarding tract “B” at the Laredo International Airport consisting of approximately 5.46 acres in settlement of the mater.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

            Motion to recess as the Laredo City Council and convene as the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FAR Part 150 Airport Noise

Abatement Compatibility Program Fund budget for the FY 2003-2004 by appropriating $400,000.00 from the beginning fund balance of $63,981.00 for demolition costs, for those properties that are not feasible for renovation and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

Motion to open the public hearing and introduce. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with the correction from $63,981.00 to $623,981.00. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

XVI.    ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION AND             RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

Motion to adjourn as the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation and reconvene as the Laredo City Council.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  9:23 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0