CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2004-R-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MARCH 29, 2004

5:30 P.M.

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present, Mayor Pro Tempore John C. Galo called the meeting to order.

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore John C. Galo led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            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

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

            Motion to excuse Mayor Flores, Cm. Agredano and Cm. Garcia.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Amaya

            Second:  Cm. Belmares

            For:    5                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of February 17, 2004, March 1, 2004 and March 8, 2004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:      5                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

None.

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

 

a.  Recognition of Doroteo Vasquez of the Parks and Recreation Department on his

     selection as February 2004 Employee of the Month.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, read the following statement: 

 

The Parks and Recreation Department is very proud in nominating their employee DoroteoTeo” Vasquez.  Mr.  Vasquez’ employment with the City began as a groundskeeper with the Parks and Recreation Department in 1988.  With his dedication and hard work, he was promoted to crew leader in 1996.  While different challenges came about in our department, Mr.  Vasquez was not far from advancing as supervisor in the maintenance division.  In December 2002, Mr.  Vasquez was promoted to Building and Grounds Supervisor.  His 110% dedication has show his willingness and capability of taking on this new challenge in all aspects.

 

Echoing the new directive for “thinking outside the box”, Mr.  Vasquez has initiated a maintenance plan for converting manual irrigation systems to fully automating ones “in-house,” throughout several of our City Parks to include:  Veterans Field, Ladrillera Soccer Field, Pepe Moreno Baseball Park, and St. Peter’s Plaza.  This action has saved the City of Laredo an estimated $30,000 and continues to benefit the department as this requires less manual labor to irrigate these parks facilities.  Furthermore, Teo Vasquez has also demonstrated his talents in several landscaping improvement projects with his signature on it, such as:  George Washington Park, Benavidez Softball Complex, and all the Downtown Plazas.  Mr.  Vasquez is an exemplary employee that is always available after hours and willing to respond to emergency calls concerning any and all park needs.  His wife and family should also be commended for their support and commitment to Mr.  Vasquez and his job.

 

His tenure and proven track record with the Parks and Recreation Department demonstrate his dependability and self initiative whenever necessary.  During this month of February alone, Mr.  Vasquez successfully handled and coordinated maintenance issues in several events that required his expertise.  The Jamboozie, which kicked off the WBCA events, was one in which Mr.  Vasquez was responsible for the placement of all banners in the downtown area, as well as around City hall.  During the WBCA events, Mr.  Vasquez supervised in the maintenance of our four downtown plazas before and after the Youth and Grand Parades.

 

 

 

Another demanding event in which Mr.  Vasquez demonstrated his expertise was with the Mayor’s Cup.  Mr.  Vasquez supervised every maintenance issue including landscaping and maintaining the park and playing fields at the Benavides Complex, by grading them; and installing an automated irrigation system.  The concession stand and restrooms were also given a maintenance touch-up for this special event.

 

Last, but not least, the border Olympics.  This event required the painting of the press box, concession stand, and restroom facilities at the Veterans Field Complex.  Mr.  Vasquez supervised the maintaining of the field represents the best quality ball field in the Laredo area.  In addition to the maintaining of fields and plazas, Mr.  Vasquez’ other main focus is the maintaining of the facilities in the south Laredo area that the Parks and Recreation Department upholds. 

 

As a supervisor his work is overwhelming, yet it speaks for itself where supervision is rarely required by higher management.  Mr.  Vasquez is on call day and night, without any hesitation whenever a situation arises; his punctuality and attendance reflect this.

 

There is no doubt that Mr.  Vasquez is a leader with initiative and dependability, who leads by example and demonstrates to his crews that he knows his field in the area of building and grounds maintenance.  Mr.  Vasquez maintains a well-organized schedule and assures that all projects have and will come through successfully.

 

Ms.  Vasquez deals with the public on occasion and always provides good customer service.  His mission, along with the department, is to provide a fund, safe, and clean environment for the community of Laredo by the up-keeping of fields and parks.

 

His 16 years experience with the Parks and Recreation Department, demonstrate great pride in his work and has earned the respect and confidence from his workers, co-workers, and management. 

 

            Communiqués

 

Cm. Amaya thanked Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, and his staff for giving a presentation at the Inner City Park on Community Development Block Grants.

 

Cm.  Belmares congratulated Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, and his staff for a groundbreaking ceremony that was held at North Central Park.  He also congratulated Larry Dovalina, City Manager, and his staff for doing an exceptional job in organizing the annual trip to Washington.  He noted that staff, along with several Council Members, was able to network with people who are going to help the community of Laredo move forward. 

 

Cm.  Valdez thanked the employees from Public Works for doing an outstanding job on Industrial Street. 

 

Cm.  Ramirez mentioned that Little Cesar’s Pizza and J. L. Car Wash have opened for business in District VIII. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Galo asked for a moment of silence for the recent passing of

Mary J.  Solis and other Laredoans that have recently lost their lives.  He went on to congratulate individuals who traveled to Washington.  He added that he had attended the Border Trade Alliance in Washington and was happy to report that the administration and the Homeland Security are backing off implementing the US VISIT.  He noted that he was discouraged because the private sector of Laredo is not represented at the Border Trade Alliance.  He added that Laredo has a lot of businesses that should be present at the meetings because the Alliance makes daily decisions that affect the livelihood of the private sector. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, added that Mary J. Solis was employed by the City of Laredo from August 28, 1978 to January 31, 1991.  He said that she was the City of Laredo’s first personnel director and set the foundation for many of the personnel policies that the City has today such as health insurance and pensions. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None.

           

  VII.   PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 563, Eastern Division, located at 918 Willow Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed 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:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to  close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning the west 46.30 feet of Lot 8, Block 1536, Eastern Division, located at 2602 Ash Street, 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 denial of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Juan Botello, resident of said area, spoke against the proposed zone change.  He pointed out that there are two schools in the area and he is concerned about the safety of the children.  He also expressed his concerns regarding additional vehicular traffic in the area noting that the proposed apartments would only increase the traffic flow causing more traffic accidents.  

 

Marcial Ruben Gonzalez, future resident of the area, spoke against the zone change for the same reasons as Juan Botello.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and postpone for 30 days.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:      5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

    

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

City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for general automotive repair on Lots 19 and 20, Block 30, Vista Hermosa, Unit II, located approximately at the 5400 block of McPherson Road, providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. E.  Valdez, Jr.

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 21.88 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located east of Havanna Drive, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

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

City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a used car lot on Lot 4, Block 236, Western Division, located at 1309 San Dario Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and postpone for next meeting. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Laredo Land Development Code,

Sections 24.63.2, 24.65.14 and Appendix A, by allowing, regulating and defining nationalization “nacionalizacion” of vehicle enterprises in certain zoning districts; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing Batista Roman Enterprises, Inc., a

non-exclusive franchise, to construct, maintain and operate a commercial container refuse gathering and disposing service in the city of Laredo, Texas, and providing the terms, conditions, obligations, and limitations upon and under which such franchise shall be exercised; providing indemnity to the city; city retains authority to regulate rates except for rate increases resulting from increased landfill fees which are passed on to the customer; providing for increased service rates; providing for franchise payments; and providing for severability.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Oscar Medina, Solid Waste Director, assured the Council that the applicant has the capacity to comply with the requirements of the franchise once Council approves it.  He said that the City Manager has asked staff to review the current ordinance and report back to council with recommendations.     

 

Manuel Bautista spoke before the Council to explain the nature of his franchise. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, discussed the deficiencies of the current ordinance.  He said that it does not address the differentiation of solid waste and how they are in other cities.  He said there are a lot of independent haulers performing services without licensing and proper equipment.   

 

 Cm.  E.  Valdez addressed the issue by noting that Council should address the issue expediently as possible.  He agreed that there should be tighter regulations and set penalties for businesses that don’t comply. 

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant from the Federal Emergency

Management Agency (FEMA) which has awarded a $27,350.00 grant with the City of Laredo designating $11,722.00 in matching funds for a total of $39,072.00 and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget from General Fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant monies will be used to implement rapid intervention team kits (rit kits) along with the purchase of the two (2) thermal imagers.  Matching funds are available in General Fund.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

full-time equivalent positions by increasing one (1) part-time Health Educator position on a total of  .48 FTE without benefits to .50 FTE with benefits in the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning November 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004.  Funding is available in Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Grant.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

City of Laredo’s FY 2003-2004 full-time equivalent positions by converting three (3) part-time with no benefits (1.44 FTE) Community Service Aide positions at 19.21 hours each per week to one (1) full-time position with benefits Community Service Aide position in the HIV Prevention Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, funded by the Texas Department of Health to provide continuous support services to the HIV Program clients and to maintain effective preventive services.  Funding is available in the HIV Prevention Project Grant.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:   5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

City of Laredo’s FY 2003-2004 full-time equivalent positions by converting one (1) part-time with no benefits (.48 FTE) Community Service Aide position at 19.21 hours each per week to one (1) full-time with benefits Community Service Aide position for HIV-Infected Persons Project (PSHIP) of the City of Laredo Health Department to provide continuous support services and to maintain effective client prevention services.  Funding is available in the HIV-Infected Persons Project (PSHIP) Grant.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmare

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures by $10,000.00 which represents a contribution from Mercy Health Plans for children’s health insurance outreach activities of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning May 1, 2004, through September 30, 2004.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $33,644.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of  $332,590.00 from the South Texas Development Council for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Services Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of April 1, 2004, through March 31, 2005.  

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into

an agreement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the amount of $10,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 General Fund by 10,000.00.  The purpose of the agreement is to reimburse the cost of overtime and fringe benefits incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources to OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces).  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

15.  Public Hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 14 (Garbage, Trash &

Refuse) of the Code of Ordinances, specifically to update the ordinance to address the Solid Waste Director, add and refine definitions and services, change the Landfill City Vehicle Rate Fee to $1.25, add a commercial exemption administrative fee of $2.50, to add a credit account late fee of $100.00 and revise franchise requirements; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

Solid Waste Fund Budget by appropriating a draw down of $241,751.00 from the opening balance and appropriating it for equipment acquisition.  The project consists of one (1), five wheel loader for landfill operations. The bid price includes provisions for a five-year maintenance contract and guaranteed repurchase price.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmare

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VII.     INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

17.  Authorizing the City Manager to convey on behalf of the City of Laredo, as Trustee,          

Lots 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, Block 261, Eastern Division, to Laredo Independent School District; such conveyance being for the consideration of $182,000.00 of which the net proceeds shall be disbursed to the creditor taxing entities in the proportion each entity holds of the Tax Judgment; and providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

18.  Authorizing City Manager to (1) convey Benavides Street between Davis and Main

Avenues and (2) to convey Garcia Street between San Dario and San Eduardo Avenues, subject to retention of easements for existing utilities on said street sections and (3) to sign a Licensing Agreement whereby LISD may use indefinitely a 20' wide section of Davis Avenue of 0.0291 acres adjacent to Blocks 255 and 274, Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, as a parking adjunct to MacDonnell School.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

19.  Authorizing the City Manager to convey to Laredo Independent School District, for the

consideration of  $19,300.00, a tract of land being the section of Plum Street between Logan and Tilden Avenues, with reservation of the tract as a drainage and utility easement; and providing for effective date. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

20.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Foreign-Trade Zone Operations Agreement

between the City of Laredo, as Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, and Transmaritime, Inc., as Zone Site Operator, for approximately one (1) acre of activated space located at 22219 Mines Road, Foreign-Trade Zone Site 8 for three (3) years commencing on March 1, 2004 and ending on February 28, 2007.  Said agreement provides that activation, administration and transaction fees be paid to the City; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

21.  Closing as a public easement a 231.45 sq. ft. (5’ x 46.29’) parcel of land, more or less,

out of the 1300 block of Green Street between Stone and Loring Avenues, said parcel of land is being encroached upon by the improvements of the abutting property being Lot 9, Block 714, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, described in attached “Exhibit A” and authorizing the sale of the “Surface Only” of said parcel of land at the market value of $556.00 and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Patricia Hernandez and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

22.  Setting the maximum speed limit on that portion of FM 1472 within the city limits of

Laredo, Webb County, Texas, from 50 mph to 45 mph from milepoint 14.2 to milepoint 13.9 and as from 55 mph to 45 mph from milepoint 13.9 to 13.8 as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation control section map 2150-04-040, to be in effect during construction providing for installation of appropriate signs to indicate speed changes in the designated areas and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinances # 2004-O-055, # 2004-O-056; # 2004-O-057; # 2004-O-058; # 2004-O-059; # 2004-O-060; and # 2004-O-061.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  2004-O-054  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 postpone until next meeting. 

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-055  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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-055.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

       2004-O-056  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-056.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-057  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-057.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-058  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-058.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2004-O-059  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-059.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2004-O-060  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-060.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2004-O-061  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 $623,981.00 for demolition costs, for those properties that are not feasible for renovation and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-061.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

IX.       RESOLUTIONS

 

24.  2004-R-024  Accepting the donation of a 0.003 of an acre (123.984 sq. ft.) parcel of

land, as a permanent easement, from the Ike Alexander Estate, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 10, Block 35, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2004-R-024.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

25.  2004-R-025  Accepting the donation of a Drainage Easement from Alexander

Residential Development, L. P., a Texas Limited Partnership. Said Drainage Easement consisting of two tracts, located in the DJ Alexander Subdivision being:

 

Tract I – a 151.00-foot-wide strip of land containing 41,817 square feet or 0.96 acres of land, more or less, out of Porcion 25, Abstract 50, and partly out of Porcion 26, Abstract 282, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B; and

 

 

Tract II – a 156.00-foot-wide strip of land containing 69,553 square feet or 1.60 acres of land, more or less, out of Porcion 25, Abstract 50, and partly out of Porcion 26, Abstract 282, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits C and D.  

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-025.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

26.  2004-R-026  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Leopoldo Rodriguez

and wife, Yolanda Rodriguez, for the D-5 Acres Subdivision Easement Acquisition Project. This being a strip of land 15 feet in width, containing 3,142.44 square feet or 0.072 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-026.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

27.  2004-R-027  Authorizing the City Manager to apply for a grant in the amount of

$637,267.00 to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force and a grant in the amount of $99,916.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Drug Related Public Corruption Task Force.  Both grants are funded by the Executive Office of the President, Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City.  Funding will be used to pay benefits, overtime, travel and operating expenses from January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2004-R-027.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

       

28.  2004-R-028  Authorizing the surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo Public Property

Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO), Series 2002A, in the amount of $24,438.00 for the purchase of a Graco Lazer III 5900 airless walk behind striper, Pro-35 II Diesel asphalt/concrete cutter BM 250 bituminous applicator and a line remover for the Traffic Safety Department’s traffic pavement markings and signals installation projects.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-028.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

29.  2004-R-029  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement

between the County of Zapata and the City of Laredo for the collection of landfill fees for the disposal of garbage at the City’s landfill site by the County of Zapata.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2004-R-029.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    5                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

30.  2004-R-030  Authorizing the City Manager to submit two grant applications to the

Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program and to accept Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-41-04 in the estimated amount of $6,000,000.00 for the purpose of implementation of airport noise abatement program and acquisition of a tract of land located within the Runway Protection Zone and accepting a second Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-42-04 in the estimated amount of $4,276,134.00 for the purpose of installing an Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) at end of Runway 35L, rehabilitating a portion of the taxiway system and constructing cargo pads at the Laredo International Airport. The City’s five (5%) percent local match for this project in the amount of $540,850.00 is available from the Airport Fund Balance/Land Sale Proceeds.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2004-R-030 with the grant numbering corrections from 41 to 40 and from 42 to 41. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

31.  2004-R-031  A resolution of the City of Laredo, Texas, opposing any school finance or

tax system reforms that would negatively affect city revenues and economic development efforts.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2004-R-031.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    5                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

32.  2004-R-032  Resolution expressing the City of Laredo, USA, to the citizens of Madrid,

Spain and the people of Spain for the tragedy of the terrorist attacks of          March 11, 2004, and directing the City Secretary to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the King of Spain and the Mayor of our Sister City of Laredo, Cantabaria, Spain.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2004-R-032 with the correction to add the word “condolences of”.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    5                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

33.  2004-R-033  A resolution of the City of Laredo to develop and implement a 10-Year

Plan to End Homelessness throughout the community by providing access to permanent and transitional housing and the needed support services.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2004-R-033.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

X.        MOTIONS

 

34.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between the City of

Laredo and the County of Webb in the amount of $36,026.00 for the provision of addressing for all unincorporated areas in Webb County and addressing maintenance for all of Webb County, including the incorporated area of the city of Laredo, for the period ending August 31, 2004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

Plus Mayor Pro Tem Galo                                                             Cm. Amaya

 

35.  Approval to appoint Dr. Maurice Click to continue to serve as the Health Department’s

Health Authority under Section 121.033 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, for the period of April 1, 2004, through March 31, 2006, and authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Dr. Click for professional services in the amount not to exceed $12,720.00 per year.  Funding is available in the Office of Public Health Practice Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

36.  Consideration to approve a contract with Washington’s Birthday Celebration Museum

of Laredo, Texas, to oversee the day to day operations of the museum located at 900 Zaragoza Street, Suite 100, which is filled with costumes and other paraphernalia commemorating and promoting Laredo’s oldest and largest celebration.  The City of Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau will also operate the venue as an information center and will hire 1.5 personnel for daily management.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

37.  Authorizing the City Manager to (1) amend its 2002 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)

contract with the Laredo Homeless Coalition by reducing the amount of shelter operation funds by a total of $15,000.00 from $60,000.00 to $45,000.00 and (2) to enter into contract and award the $15,000.00 to Casa de Misericordia for shelter operations.  These changes pertain to 2002 Emergency Shelter Grant Funds, which are made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

38.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a six-month Extension Agreement and

allocating an additional $109,554.00 to the originally approved budget in the amount of $215,762.00, of a Professional Services Contract entered into with W. D. Schock Company, Inc., for the provision of residential sound reduction services, as part of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.  Said contract includes other services yet to be determined such as legal work, title and air space easements, recording, and environmental testing.  These items will be done by subcontractors that will be screened by W. D. Schock Company, Inc.  Funding is available in the Noise Abatement Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

39.  Consideration to award contract FY04-059 to the low bidder, Cere Environmental,

Brooklyn Park, MN, in the estimated annual amount of $36,880.00 for the grinding of wood waste material (brush, branches, pallets, etc.) at the City Landfill.  Approximately 15,000 cubic yards of material are available for disposal.  The contract is based on a unit cost of $1.39 cubic yard of material, which is 2% less than the previous contract amount.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

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

month of February 2004, represents an increase of $82,563.87.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

a.  A refund in the amount of $2,052.28 payable to Guaranty Residential Lending

    due to a double payment.  Account # 968-81001-020.

b.  A refund in the amount of $737.57 payable to Chase Mortgage due to a double

     payment.   Account # 909-00481-042.

c.  A refund in the amount of $1,010.64 payable to Border Title Group due to double  

     payment.  Account # 909-40002-050.

d.  A refund in the amount of $3,078.78 payable to Holt Company of Texas due to a  

     double payment.  Account # 804-30098-001.

e.  A refund in the amount of $3,921.81 payable to Ayoub Investments-Texas due to

a clerical error certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board.  Order # 03-6255 of Supplement # 1.  Account # 977-30003-140.

f.  A refund in the amount of $634.86 payable to Juan A. Esparza due to a double

    payment.  Account # 936-00009-140.

g.  A refund in the amount of $524.90 payable to The Laredo National Bank due to

     an erroneous payment.  Account # 968-80003-060.

h.  A refund in the amount of $1,000.02 payable to Jose Vasquez Ancira and Luis F.

     Vasquez Diaz due to an over payment   Account # 977-30001-050.

i.  A refund in the amount of $945.05 payable to Aurora Loan Services, Inc. due to a

     double payment.  Account # 990-20014-050.

j.  A refund in the amount of $569.99 payable to Araceli Gallo due to an erroneous

    payment.  Account # 811-18000-186.

k.  A refund in the amount of $8,274.01 payable to Lowe's Home Center Inc. due to

a decrease in value certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board.  Case # 2002CVQ000976-D2 of Supplement # 8.  Account # 976-20002-300.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

42.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of nine thousand (9,000) garbage/refuse carts

from Toter, Inc., Statesville, NC, through the State of Texas Contract Number 450-A2 for two wheel containers pricing in the total amount of $351,000.00.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

43.  Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) for the Rail Line Relocation

Feasibility Study.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization MPO has budgeted $60,000.00 for the project and funding for the project is available in the MPO Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

44.  Amending the construction contract with Landmark Structures Inc., for the over sizing

of the SH 359 Work Order #6 Elevated Storage Tank from 250,000 gallons to 500,000 gallons.  The contract is subject to the approval by the Texas Water Development Board. This amendment increases the contract by $92,000.00 from $913,950.00 to $1,005,950.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

45.  Consideration to fund an additional year of the contract with the Southwest Texas Rain

Enhancement Association for $77,397.53 to cover the cost of the 2004 program.  The program, which will run through December 2004, provides coverage of the entire surface of Webb County.  The City will guarantee the full payment of the program and will collect contributions and other commitments from Webb County landowners to defray the cost.  Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

46.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend a professional services contract to Professional

Operations, Inc., Dallas, Texas, in the amount of $14,940.00 for services related to the update of adjustment of the rate study in order to anticipate the current needs of the Capital Improvement Fund.  The rate study will be used to plan future bond issuances.  Funding is available in the Impact Fees Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

47.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Saldana and Associates, Inc.,

San Antonio, Texas, in association with Mr. Joe C. Freeman, Architect Historic Preservation Consultant, Austin, Texas, for the Former Southern Hotel located at the 1200 Block of Matamoros Street and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract. Funding is available in the 2002 CO Issue Former Southern Hotel.

 

Motion fails.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    4                                         Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                     Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                                                     Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 

Upon being put to a vote, the motion failed due to lack of five affirmative votes.

48.  Consideration for approval of the El Cuatro Park/Electrical and Illumination System

and approval of final payment in the amount of $9,354.87 to Cantu Electric Company, Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $47,246.86.  Funding is available in the Community Development Projects/El Cuatro Park - 27th Action Year/2001 Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

49.  Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Inner City Park located between Locust

and Plum Streets and between Barcelona Avenue and McDonnel Avenue, and approval of final payment in the amount of $60,675.09 to Leyendecker Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $2,576,691.35.  Funding is available in the Inner City Park and Retainage Payable.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

50.  Consideration for approval of acceptance of the construction of 8 feet high wrought-

iron fence between Laredo International Bridges 1 and 2 at the former GSA import lot and approval of final payment in the amount of $7,639.00 to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $76,390.00.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Retainage Payable. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

51.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the sole bidder Rhino Builders, Ltd.,

Laredo, Texas, for the Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation Project in the bid amount of $411,792.25.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund - Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

52.  Consideration for approval to re-bid the Zacate Creek Linear Park Phase III, IV & V –

Scope II due to the sole bidder’s failure to submit a bid bond, therefore bid is not acceptable.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund - Zacate Creek Linear Park.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

53.  Approval of City staff's recommendation for termination of construction contract with

Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Eastwoods Park Project due to "Notice of Abandonment of Work and Default of Contract," and pursuant to paragraph C-9.08 of the construction contract documents and the Engineer's Certificate stating that sufficient cause exists to justify termination of the construction contract and taking actions as are permitted under the terms of the construction contract.

 

Motion to withdraw. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

54.  Approval of City staff's recommendation for termination of construction contract with

Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Santa Rita Park Improvements Project due to "Notice of Abandonment of Work and Default of Contract," and pursuant to paragraph C-9.08 of the construction contract documents and the Engineer's Certificate stating that sufficient cause exists to justify termination of the construction contract and take actions as are permitted under the terms of the construction contract.

 

Motion to withdraw.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

55.  Consideration to award a design/build contract to TNT Construction Company, Inc.,

Waco, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $399,300.00 for the Farias and Lafayette Street Spray Parks.  Funding is available in the Community Development Projects/Farias Splash Playground/Lafayette Splash Playground.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

56.  Consideration to award an engineering contract to Olympia Landscape Irrigation &

Lawn Service, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $62,800.00 for surveys, design, and preparation of plans and specifications and installation of all equipment necessary thereof for the Zacate Creek Irrigation Project to be located between Saunders and Lyon Streets West of Zacate Creek.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Projects - Zacate Creek Irrigation. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

57.  Consideration to award an engineering contract to Quality Water Products Irrigation

Division, San Antonio, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $101,140.00 for surveys, design, and preparation of plans and specifications and installation of all equipment necessary thereof for the Father McNaboe Irrigation Project to be located at the developed soccer, baseball, picnic and open play areas at the lower level of the park.  Funding is available in Capital Improvements Projects–Father McNaboe Park Improvements.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

58.  Consideration to award contract FY04-063 to the low bidder, BWI, Schulenburg,

Texas, in the estimated amount of $23,886.70 for providing bermuda seeds, fertilizer, and paper blocks for mulching for the Parks and Recreation Department.  The term of this contract will be for a period of six months.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department budget and construction projects-El Cuatro and Inner City Parks.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

59.  Consideration to award contract FY 04-062 to Leslie Poolmart, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona,

in the estimated amount of $35,626.42 for providing pool chemicals for the Parks and Recreation Department.   The City received four bids for the purchase of pool chemicals for the maintenance of City’s swimming pools.  Due to lack of storage space and safety concerns of storing high volumes of chlorine, the department is now requesting that the chemicals be delivered monthly to each swimming pool.  The contract pricing is the same as the previous year.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

60.  Consideration to award contract FY04-060-124, to UTW Tire Collection Services,

Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $43,500.00 for the removal and disposal of tires at the City landfill.  The term of this contract will be for one-year period with an option to extend this contract for three (3), one-year terms.  Staff estimates that approximately 500 tons of tires will be removed; however, this contract is based on actual tons of tires removed and disposed from the landfill.  The contract pricing is approximately 18% less than the previous contract amount.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

61.  Consideration to award contract number FY04-058 to the low bidder, Mr. Camera,

Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $26,800.20 for the purchase of photographic film and film processing.  A base price has been established for a twelve-month period for the purchase of a 35mm and Polaroid films and photo development services for all City departments.  All services and film will be secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Police, Community Development, Parks and Recreation, Environmental Services, and Building Departments’ budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

Plus Mayor Pro Tem Galo                                                             Cm. Ramirez

XI.       STAFF REPORTS

 

62.  A.  Status report on Veteran’s Monument. 

             

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, said that the Veteran’s Advisory Committee met to discuss the Veteran’s Monument status.  It was further discussed and agreed by the Veterans Advisory Committee that because of tight contingency dates it would be best to move the unveiling to the next national holiday which is July 4th 2004.  He went on to say that the Engineering Department is waiting the establishment of points from TxDOT to enable them to provide meets and bounds at the proposed location.  The representatives from TxDOT will meet with the artist to discuss the actual placement of the sculpture at the proposed area.  A sight construction will commence after the location concerns had been addressed.   

 

Luis De Leon, asked Council to modify the Veteran’s Advisory Committee’s decision to only include the names of national organizations on the monument.  He said that it was not the Committee’s intent to have the Laredo Veteran’s Coalition excluded because all veterans are somehow affiliated to the organization.  He added that the Laredo Veteran’s Coalition distributes funds to the veterans and their widows.  He also questioned the placement of the bricks with names on them because donations have been given to the GI Forum.  He gave suggestions for the project and said that the brick should be 4” by 8”.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said the brick project was a proposal presented by the GI Forum to fund the monument.  The City of Laredo funded the project; therefore, it was never conceded to that approval.  He added that as far as the City of Laredo is concerned the brick issue is not an issue.    

 

Luis De Leon asked Council to approve the brick project.   

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that Council cannot approve the item because it is not on the agenda; however, he will ask staff to come back to Council with recommendations for the brick project. 

 

XII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

63.  A.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Status report on pending repairs of empty elevated storage tank at Lyon and Meadow.

 

Pablo Martinez, Utilities Department, reported that the pending repairs of empty elevated storage tank at Lyon project originally consisted in civilizing the ground beneath the tank, repairing the concrete slab, and realigning the inside of the tank.  He said that most of the work has been completed but the there are change orders that are still pending. 

 

Marcus J.  Naiser, P.E., and employee of LNV Engineering, gave a comprehensive report about pending repairs of the elevated storage tank.  He said that the primary contractor is completing ejection of the high-density poly earth project to density the soil and fill the voids beneath the floor and foundation of the tank.  They have also removed the seals at the water stalks of the two internal concrete joints inside the tank that was previously leaking and replaced them with hydrophilic water stalk material.  He added that they have nearly completed the interior lining which they used a high density poly urethane coating for the walls and the floors.  They also applied a poly membrane to seal off whatever leaks possible region.  Finally, he said that they are 97% complete and the contract completion date is May 5th with the total cost amount of $581,000. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding traffic and street repairs on Lyon Street

     between Springfield and Meadow.

 

Cm.  Amaya expressed his concerns for the street repairs on Lyon Street between Springifield and Meadow.  He noted that there are a lot of patches in the asphalt between the section of Lyon and Springfield.  He said that the patches and street cuts are due to the water tanks on Seymour.  He mentioned that the water lines may need to be replaced in that area.  He said that prior efforts to patch the area was unsuccessful and requested a solution to the constant pot holes in that area. 

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, said that the Engineering Department needs to coordinate with the Utilities Department for inspections in that area.  He said that they will see if the lines need to be replaced or repaired.      

 

3.  Discussion with possible action regarding lighting on Lyon Street between Springfield

     and Meadow, with possible action.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that the City of Laredo has a copy of the actual plans for the street lighting on Lyon Street between Springfield and Meadow.  There is a light at every intersection with 16,000 lumens which is common for residential areas.  He said that he would request an upgrade from AEP/CPL but they take three weeks to respond. 

 

4.  Authorizing the use of approximately $5,000.00 in discretionary funds from District IV

for the construction of sidewalks on the south side of the 700 block of Stewart.         Construction will be completed in-house by the Engineering/Public Works Department and proceeding with the 1300 Block of Stewart funded by the Transit Sales Tax Fund.

 

Cm.  Amaya stated that the agenda item should read “north” and not “south”.  He also said that the job had been completed by the Public Works Department. 

 

                  B.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding parking issues in District VI.

 

Cm.  Belmares said that he is concerned about the Parking for Permit Program which was started last year.  He mentioned that some the signage was not completed. 

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, noted that he will be submitting a comprehensive report and a draft ordinance regarding the Permit Parking Program in two weeks. He suggested for Council to wait for the report before they extend the project to include different areas.  He added that the report will include proposals on the cost benefit analysis. 

 

Cm.  Belmares asked for a complete report on May 3, 2004.      

 

Cm.  Belmares also discussed commercial parking by the border patrol station north of Loop 20 and McPherson.  He mentioned several reasons why individuals are parking in the area and expressed his concerns for the security of the location because they have two fuel and propane tanks placed near the fence.  He said that the sight is an easy target for a terrorist act against their facility.  He suggested placing no parking or tow away zone at the compound.    

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that the tow away zone must be brought to Council for approval.   

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding park space in District VI.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, discussed the acre around Andrew Circle.  He noted that the area has limited space and is used for t-ball.  He explained that the department historically uses Community Development Block Grants monies to develop existing land but the funds are not available for District VI.  Instead, District VI is funded through Capital Improvement Plans or bond money.  There is a window of opportunity to go out for bonds in 2005-2006 and staff is preparing for in the Capital Improvements Plan.  They are getting cost estimates to be able to propose for future bonds. 

 

Cm.  Belmares asked Horacio De Leon to discuss future developments in District VI.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks & Recreation Director, said that the Parks and Recreation Board met and asked staff to look at the fencing that fronts Rangel Field.  In December staff submitted a cost estimate of $15,267 which was not approved.  The current cost for the fencing has increased to $25,000.   

 

Motion to use discretionary funding from Cm.  Belmares to complete the fence at Rangel field and instruct staff to develop a community based project to complete the other portion.   The community based project would include plants, other materials, and labor.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0     

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, said that staff has researched further development of the Community Park and the land does not belong to the city of Laredo so there is no space for additional development.     

 

Cm.  Belmares asked if staff could make the property more accessible for baseball or soccer by clearing the land and installing backstops or soccer goals.  He asked the City Manager to come back with a proposal to use the field.  He suggested using community based funds for the Community Park.   

 

Horacio De Leon said that Community Park needs appropriate lighting.  He noted that he has an estimate and materials that were acquired through a donation.  The only item pending is funding for the labor and that is something that staff would like to come back with recommendations.   The proposed estimate for the labor is $18,000 which would include trenching and installing electric poles. 

 

3.  Request for comprehensive report regarding COPS program, including initial intent,

     accomplishments to date, and future plans.

 

Agustin Dovalina III, Chief of Police, said that the department is currently preparing a report as directed by the City Manager for the Mayor and City Council regarding community oriented police initiative. The report should be ready within the next 30 days.  He noted that staff has previously provided Council with two community policing work shops as well as several updates on their initiative. 

 

Cm.  Belmares said that he would place the item back on the agenda in 30 days. 

 

Chief Dovalina said that the original intent of the program was to go into community policing which was a pro-active approach to policing as opposed to reactive approach.  Community policing included visiting neighborhoods, implementation of or deployment of officers in specific areas within the City to address problems, and people making partnerships to be able to address whatever concerns they have.  The program was implemented by a small group of individuals and was expanded into a city wide initiative.  The department tapped into federal funding for additional personnel to be able to accomplish the purpose.  The program has reached an end to the federal funding under the Department of Justice.  The next step is to continue in that growth personnel and resource wise to accommodate the entire city.  There are a number of initiatives that staff are looking at and hoping to get more funding.  We are hoping to be able to supplement the areas that are still lacking in optimum number of personnel to be able to better enhance our community police initiative.

 

4.  Discussion with possible action regarding the 2004 street recycling program.

 

City Engineer, Rogelio Rivera, said that the FY03-2004 Street Recycling Project proposes to improve 211 blocks which are in a high degree of deterioration.  The lists of streets were submitted to the Utilities Coordination Committee during the early part of 2004 for coordination with all utilities to clear the paved street off.  Staff was advised that all areas are cleared with the exception of water and sanitary sewer.  Water and Sanitary Sewer has submitted a list of the areas that are cleared per district.  This year the street paving is to be carried out by in-house Engineering/Public Works Department, and therefore a budget of $200,000 has been allocated for the project which translates to $25,000/district (approximately 8 blocks)

 

Cm.  Belmares instructed the City Manager to return to Council with recommendations on a sealant program similar to what TxDOT uses for hiways.    

 

                C.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the hiring of police officers due to recent

     retirement numbers at Police Department.

 

Chief Dovalina said that the Police Department has 401 sworn officer positions with 80 civilian positions.  The Civil Service Commission will be administering promotional examinations and they will be administering a police examination on May 5th.  There are 11 cadets in training.  He added that the department has a team of recruiters that have been visiting universities, job expositions, and job fairs and they are trying to recruit people from Austin, Corpus Christi, Austin, and San Antonio.  The base pay for the police officers at the academy level it $39,000 a year with benefits. 

 

Motion looking into hiring more police officers for next year’s budget.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     5                                          Against:                                                Abstain:

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding distribution of information and hosting of

     town hall meeting to educate business owners in crime prevention.

 

Cm.  Ramirez mentioned that the recent outbreak of burglaries and theft prompted him to place the item on the agenda.  He said that he has visited several crime scenes and noticed that the owners have deficiencies in their security.  He asked the Chief if he could organize a town hall meeting for interested businessmen to learn tips that will deter the rash of break-ins. 

 

Agustin Dovalina, Chief of Police, advised that the Department has been visiting with business owners in the area to advise them of several educational services that the department has to offer at no cost.  He added that the Community Relations Unit will be initiating block watches for interested individuals especially in areas where burglaries have been occurring.  He said that staff will distribute flyers and encourage interested individuals to attend a town hall meeting.  In addition to the CRU unit, the other departments have been working very diligently to solve the crimes and have arrested six individuals for burglaries/theft in that area. 

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez made a suggestion for the Crime Unit to visit the interested businesses individually to education and advise them where they have deficiencies in their security rather than holding a town hall meeting. 

 

3.  Discussion with possible action regarding increasing illumination of street lights from

     the 1200 to 2700 blocks of San Bernardo Avenue.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that the area from block 1200 to 2700 was upgraded six years ago to high pressure sodium vapor 27,500 lumens which is the maximum lumens that is used.  He added that in the 16 block are there are over 40 lights with an average of two to three lights per block.   

 

4.  Status report on El Cuatro and Seven Flags Parks.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, said that all major items of construction are complete at El Cuatro Park.  He noted some minor items that are pending such as parking lot striping, hydro mulching/seeding, and installation of a water fountain, tables, and the basketball goals.  He added that the Seven Flags Park Project is included in the agenda for award of a contract to Rhino Builders, Ltd.  The contract time is 160 calendar days. 

  

XIII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

64.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in

order to deliberate on the value of, and possible purchase of, real property near Laredo International Airport, 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.

 

There was no Executive Session action taken.

 

XIV.   ADJOURNMENT

           

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2004-S-02

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MARCH 29, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

      I.   PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2003-2004 Annual Budget by authorizing the addition of one (1) Administrative Assistant I position for the South Texas 9-1-1 Regional Administration.  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund, Administration Division. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    5                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    4                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

Cm. Ramirez was not present. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

     II.   RESOLUTION

 

2.      2004-R-034     Expressing the support of the City Council of the City of Laredo for the

                              Mike Waters proposal to continue the existing allocation formula establishing the methodology for the next two years (2005-2006) and correspondingly expressing its opposition to the adoption of a revised formula as may be proposed by the Office of Rural Community Affairs Executive Board and directing the City Secretary to forward a copy of this resolution to the Executive Board of the Office of Rural Community Affairs and to South Texas Development Council.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr. and Council Member Johnny Amaya)

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-034.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    5                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

   III.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

 

1.      Status report by United Water regarding water and sewer breaks that occurred recently, with possible action.  (Co-Sponsored by Council Member Johnny Amaya)

 

Terrace W.  Stewart, P. E., Operations Manager for United Water, gave the following presentation:

 

30” Water Transmission Main Break at Price & Tilden and 36” Wastewater interceptor Collapse at Drainage Channel South of Canel Street.

 

Briefing Outline

 

I.  30” Water Transmission Main Break

 

A.  Location of 30” Water Main Break

B.  Chronology of Events

C.  Status of Repairs

 

II.  36” Wastewater Interceptor Collapse

 

A.  Location of Collapse

B.  Chronology of Events

C.  Status of Repairs

 

III.  Questions and Answers

 

Chronology of Events

 

March 20, 2004 – Saturday

 

Night Serviceman receives broken water pipe call at 3:30 p.m.

United Water Distribution Crew begins shutdown at 5:00 a.m.

City Engineering contacted to assist with valve locate at 8:30 a.m.

Lyons tank dropped below 3 ft. Pumps shut off at 9:30 a.m.

Paved over isolation valve uncovered and shut at 12 noon; flow continues.

Water routed from north side of town to service Mercy Hospital at 4:30 p.m.

30” water main shutdown at 6:00 p.m. when left hand value closed.

 

March 21, 2004 – Sunday

 

Distribution crews continue main break repairs at various locations.

 

March 22, 2004 – Monday

 

Purchasing Requisition for 30” repair parts initiated

Repair material delivered to site at 7:35 p.m.

 

March 23, 2004 – Tuesday

 

30” water main repaired at 3:00 a.m. small leak found.

 

March 24, 2004 – Wednesday

 

Additional failed section of pipe removed starting at 8:00 a.m.

 

Repairs completed at 2:45 p.m.

 

March 25, 2004 – Thursday

 

Efforts begin to chlorinate main.  Tap performed for this process showed main in poor condition.

 

City of Laredo Utilities notified of pipe condition.

 

Status of Repairs

 

30” Water Main has been isolated from distribution system

 

Water service to customers has been restored.

 

Pipe break has been repaired, however, exiting pipeline is in poor condition and may rupture if placed back in service.

 

Alternatives being discussed with the City

 

Chronology of Events

 

March 19, 2004 – Friday

 

United Water notified of sewer spill at 8100 Mines Road at 4:00 p.m.

Wastewater Collection crews found two manholes overflowing into Manadas Creek within an hour.  Estimated overflow rate was 50,000 gallons/day.

The 24” main was flushed downstream; however, the overflow continued.

 

March 20 & 21, 2004 – Saturday & Sunday

 

Wastewater Crews determined blockage in a downstream portion of 36” main 3 miles way was causing the overflow.  A 22-foot deep hole was found over the main at Mall del Norte.

 

Efforts to clear blockage using Vactor Trucks were unsuccessful.  Another sinkhole found behind Pep Boys at Ortiz St.  Decision was made to setup bypass pumping on Monday once vendor opened.

 

March 22, 2004

 

Two 6” pumps ordered and installed around noon.  Pumps reduced overflow, but could not pump all of peak daytime flow.

 

March 23, 2004

 

Two additional 12” pumps were ordered and installed.  The overflow at Mines Road was stopped at 4:00 a.m.

 

Staff was directed to cleanup and disinfect the area as soon as it was dry enough.

 

Status of Repair

 

Bypass pumping is in place

Overflow at Manadas Creek has been stopped

United Water has provided scope of work for contract services to City

Heavy utility contractor will be obtained by City to repair 36” main

 

2.      Discussion with possible action to request that the City Manager ask staff to prepare an amendment to the Land Development Code, Section 24-77, to alter the minimum lot area for site built homes, specifically Section 24-77.1, Dimensional Standards to permit the minimum lot area of 4,200 sq. ft. for single family residential lots in R-1MH zones comparable to the requirements currently allowed for R-1MH manufactured homes. This amendment would allow families owning the lots to construct a single family residential unit, thus increasing the values on the tax roll.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.)

 

 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, gave a presentation on the request to prepare an amendment to the Land Development Code Section 24-77.1.  He reported that there are two separate performance standards for lots zoned R1-MH.  One standard is for sight built homes and the other one is for manufactured homes.  He said that the heights of the structures are the same but there are other variances.  Ex:  The rear and front yard set backs are different, area square footage.  The square footage for a manufactured home must be at least 4,200 square feet and the sight built home must be 4,500 square feet.  It may seem like it is conflicting but it was done by design because the R1-MH sight built home lot is the same as the smallest R1A lot. Previous City Councils have been very concerned about smaller lots because the developers were platting them to be smaller and smaller causing a sandwich effect.    With the current Ordinance sight built homes has proven to provide flexibility and options for home builders for the manufactured homes and potential home builders in R1MH zones.  The obstacle that the individuals are facing is in the older subdivisions where home owners cannot get a permit to do a sight built home because the square footage is 4,200 square foot.  If the Council wants to move towards allowing construction in those subdivisions that are within that section staff can work to amend the section. 

 

Cm.  Valdez expressed his desire to assist homeowners that reside in the older subdivisions by allowing them to build sight homes on the 4,200 square feet lot.   

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Galo said that this has been an ongoing discussion throughout the years.  He noted that some of the mobile home subdivisions have outgrown there usefulness and it is time for them to migrate into a sight built home.  He said the City needs to offer the homeowner a way to grow out of their mobile home.  He said that the developer should not be left with the decision for lots to be 4,200 square feet  because once he sells the lots he doesn’t worry about future use of the property.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, said that he could return to City Council in three months with recommendations to amend the Land Development Code Book by assisting property owners in the older subdivisions that have lots with 4,200 square feet and are not allowed to build site homes.  He noted that he will come back with recommendations of changing the standard for R1MH lots from 4,200 square feet to 4,500 square feet regardless of use. 

 

   IV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

3.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code  551.071 (1)(A) & (B) to consult with City Attorney on a matter of threatened  litigation; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session.pursuant to Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to consult privately with his or her client on an item on agenda, or on a matter arising out of such item.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    5                                          Against:  0                                     Abstain: 0

 

After Executive Session, Mayor ProTempore Galo announced that no formal action was taken in Executive Session.

 

Motion to authorize the City Manager to settle all matters regarding the two contracts in dispute with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc, identified as Agenda Items x.53 and 54, with the parties,’ mutual agreement to terminate the Eastwood Park and the Santa Rita Park contracts, and authorizing the City to pay the balance due on the Eastwood Park contract in the amount of $17,786.95 and the amount of $20,000 for the work performed on the Santa Rita Contract.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 V.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  10:02 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

            Second:  Cm. Belmares

            For:    5                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 36 are true, correct, and complete proceedings of the City Council meeting held on March 29, 2004. 

 

                                               

                                                                                    _______________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                            City Secretary