CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2004-R-07

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

APRIL 19, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Elizabeth 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

 

            None.

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

 

            Recognitions

 

            None.

     

            Communiqués

 

            None.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

             

            a.  Appointment by Council Member Juan Ramirez of Ricardo Tenorio to the Ad Hoc  

                 Vehicles for Hire Committee.

 

            Motion to approve.

           

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            b.  Appointment by Council Member Juan Ramirez of Alberto Martinez to the  

                 Telecommunications Committee.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 24-94, of the Laredo Land            Development Code, in order to revise the established standards and procedures                             governing the issuance of Conditional Use Permits; 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 and introduce.

           

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

            2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the               City of Laredo by amending Ordinance No. 2002-O-058 authorizing the issuance of a                  Conditional Use Permit to David Richter for a concrete batch plant on 5.00 acres, as                      further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located on the west side                of Highway 83 and north of Masterson Road, by extending the terms of the permit two                  (2) more years; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning         Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing and introduce.

           

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

 

            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 a bar on Lot                  1, Block 5, Del Mar Village Subdivision, located at 120 West Village Boulevard;                  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 and introduce.

           

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and postpone.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

            4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the               City of Laredo by rezoning 13.18 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on                    attached Exhibit “A,” located northeast of Havana Drive from AG (Agricultural District)                  to R-1 (Single Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.                   The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone             change.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing and introduce.

           

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                 For:      8                                         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 rezoning Lot 4, Block 1, Summerwind Subdivision, Unit 1, located                     north of Jacaman Road and east of Bartlett Avenue, from R-1 (Single Family Residential             District) to B-3 (Community Business 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 and introduce.

           

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, spoke in favor of the zone change request on behalf of the applicant Norgua Ltd.  He asked Council to postpone the item for two weeks to give him time to present an alternative set of plans to a B-3.    He said that the lot has 30,000 square feet and is part of the Summerwind Subdivision at the corner of Jacaman and Bartlett Road.  He added that the lot is five times the size of the surrounding residential lots.  The zoning patterns across the street and cattycorner are B1 and B3.  He acknowledged that the original intent of this lot was an R2 zone and further stated that the B-3 may be too intensive to be on the subdivision side of Bartlett road and on the subdivision side of Jacaman Road. 

 

Luis Landin, a resident of the area, spoke in opposition to the zone change.

 

Ramiro Leal spoke against the commercial development in the Summerwind Subdivision.  He said that he does not want any business or activity that would increase the flow of vehicular traffic in the residential area.    

 

Frank Carrejo spoke against the zone change request.  He said that Summerwind has a deed restriction prohibiting commercial activity.    

 

Bobby Monson commented that he was told that the lot in questions was going to be converted into park area and that is why he purchased property in Summerwind.  He said that he is opposed to any type of commercial property being constructed in the area. 

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and postpone for two weeks.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

                 Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                

            6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the               City of Laredo by rezoning 2.07 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on                      attached Exhibit “A,” approximately located south of Southgate Boulevard and east of        Highway 83 from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District);                     providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has                recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing and introduce.

           

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend City               of Laredo’s FY 2003-2004 annual budget in the amount of $1,250,000.00 to fund a                      program under U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing                         Services (COPS).  The U.S. Department of Justice will be designating $1,250,000.00                    and City of Laredo will be designating $369,250.00 in matching funds within the three-              year life of the grant.  Funding will be used to hire 10 additional School Resource            

                 Officers (SRO).  The funding for this grant will be from September 1, 2002 through                  August 31, 2005.  The City of Laredo 2003-2004 Full Time Equivalents will be                             amended by the addition of 10 Grade 71 Cadet Police Officers.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing and introduce.

           

                 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.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

Capital Improvement Project Fund budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $12,660.00 for the school flasher/beacon program.  Revenues consists of contributions from Laredo Independent School District (LISD) in the amount $3,165.00 and United Independent School District (UISD) in the amount of $9,495.00.

 

Motion to open the public hearing and introduce.

           

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance establishing a 15% penalty on the 2003

delinquent tax accounts as of July 1, 2004; to defray costs of collection pursuant to section 33.07 (a) of the Texas State Property Tax Code; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing and introduce.

           

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

two (2) year lease agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Amateur Boxing Club, Inc., for use of the “Orlando and Gaby Canizales Boxing Gym” located at 1610 Guadalupe Street, as described on attached Exhibit “A,” for an annual rent fee of $1.00; and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ricardo De Anda, President of the Board for the Laredo Amateur boxing Club, said the club operates five days a week from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  He added that approximately 70 children ranging in ages 8 to 15 attend the facility on a daily basis.   

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

 

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

annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $15,479.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of $28,053.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Texas-Tamaulipas Border States Birth Defects Project:  Neural Tube Defects (NTD) Pilot Project in Los Dos Laredos of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2004, through August 31, 2004; and authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2003-2004 Full-Time Equivalent Position by  including .27 Health Educator position. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount for the $20,000.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Office of Border Health:  Buena Vida Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2004, through August 31, 2004.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                        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 increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $4,995.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Office of Border Health:  HIV Awareness Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2004, through August 31, 2004.  

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:

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

annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $3,500.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Office of Border Health: Environmental Epidemiological Study Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2004, through August 31, 2004.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,000.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Office of Border Health:  Tuberculosis Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2004, through August 31, 2004.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

Recreation Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $15,000.00 for the administration of recreation programs and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

Noise Abatement and Airport Construction Funds to recognize additional revenues from two grants received from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program being Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-40-04 in the amount of $6,000,000.00 for acquisition of residential structures, sound insulate residences and acquire navigation easements; and Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-41-2003 in the amount of $4,276,134.00 for construction of Engineered Materials Arresting System for Runway 35L, rehabilitate portion of Taxiway System and construct cargo pads at the Laredo International Airport; and  appropriating said grant revenue in the Noise Abatement and Airport Construction Funds and local match in the amount of $540,850.00 from the Airport opening fund balance to the appropriate expenditure accounts; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Received Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

18.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a

one (1) year lease agreement between the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department and “Escuela de Futbol Soccer America’s Laredo” for use of two (2) soccer fields at the southern area of Father McNaboe Park formerly known as River Oaks Park for a fee of $200.00 per month plus the cost of utilities. The primary purpose of this agreement is to institute a soccer program for the youth of Laredo with the understanding that the fields are open for public use during non-programs hours.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cesar Merla said that a year ago he had the opportunity to express his gratitude to the members of the City Council for their support to the youth soccer players. He went on to say that “Escuela de Futbol Soccer Americas Laredo” is a branch of a renowned professional Mexican soccer league well-regarded world-wide.  He said that the soccer school is newly operational in the city of Laredo and is offering the youth of the City an opportunity to receive professional instructional training in the sport of soccer.  He invited the viewing public and the City Council Member to a dedication and inauguration ceremony on May 1st. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

19.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant and amending the City of

Laredo FY 2003-2004 budget by decreasing revenues and expenses in the amount of $16,454.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of $637,267.00 awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), at no cost to the city, to fund the Laredo Financial Task Force.  Funds will be used to pay personnel salaries, travel and operational expenses from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004.  Accepting a grant and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 budget by increasing revenues and expenses in the amount of $49,916.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of $99,916.00 awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), at no cost to the City, to fund the STX Multi-Agency Drug Related Corruption Task Force. Funds will be used to pay overtime, fringe benefits and operational expenses from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004.

 

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.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinance # 2004-O-083, # 2004-O-084, # 2004-O-085, and #2004-O-086.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  2004-O-083  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-083.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0  

 

2004-O-084  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of

$10,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the enforcement of the seat belt law and authorizing the City Manager to decrease the City of Laredo’s FY 03-04 annual budget in the amount of $22,500.00. This grant is for overtime salaries and is funded 100% by the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-084.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0  

 

2004-O-085  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2003-2004 annual budget in

the amount of $5,208.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force to be used for vehicle maintenance and wrecker fees.  The use of program income was approved by the Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division through a grant adjustment dated March 19, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-085.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0  

 

2004-O-086  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to

amend the Transit Capital grants budget by appropriating $322,592.00 as a local match, for the Texas Department of Transportation Vehicle Capital Replacement (VCR) Grant in the amount of $610,300.00 for the purchase of three 35 feet CNG buses to total $932,892.00; and reaffirming the City of Laredo intent to participate in the State VCR Program.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-086.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0  

 

IX.       RESOLUTIONS

 

21.  2004-R-035  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Texas

Automobile Prevention Authority to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2004-R-035.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

22.  2004-R-037  Authorizing the city manager to sign an earnest money contract with

David Slaughter, Sheila Glassford and Slaughter Properties, LTD., for purchase of 18 blocks and parts of 6 blocks, as shown on exhibit 1 [the greater part of the Slaughter Farm for the following consideration from the City:

 

1.  Cash in amount of $2,500,000.00;

2.  Title insurance up to $14,000.00;

3.  Fencing improvements at estimated value of $218,912.50;

4.  Street improvements at estimated value of up to $90,493.75;

5.  Conveyance of the City’s mineral interest in the platted streets in the

     area being acquired and in the area being retained by sellers; and

6.  Conveyance of the surface of certain street sections in the area being

     retained by sellers.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, noted that it does become a zoning issue for the issuance of the special use permit for the drilling.  He said that his interpretation would be that the City Council would have discretion over the location for the drilling. 

 

Motion to approve 2004-R-037. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

Motion to approve subject to second amendment.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Galo asked for there to be a clarification for the property owners to understand that they are not allowed to expand.  Their properties can be transferred to immediate families for primary housing; however, they may not rent the properties. 

X.        MOTIONS

 

23.  Consideration to award contract FY 03-125 to Carolyn Arnold Communications

Consultant (CACC), Inc., Boerne, Texas, for conducting a telephone inventory and audit; and authorizing the City Manager to sign all contract documents. 

 

 

a.  This firm will conduct a physical inventory of city phone service and telephone  

bill audit will be performed to include assessment of charges for services being billed by voice and data providers. This is a contingency contract in which this vendor is compensated only after a refund has been received by the City of Laredo based on this audit.  The compensation will be 45% of the savings incurred by each recommendation accepted by the City of Laredo to reduce telephone expenses for a twelve-month period.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

24.  Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract in the amount not to

exceed $29,900.00 to Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, for the Water Park Feasibility Phase II.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Projects Fund-Water Park Study.

 

Cm.  Ramirez reported that he had attended Webb County Commissioner’s Court and they have directed their legal staff to start communications with the City of Laredo staff if reference to properties for the water park.  He noted that the County Commissioners along with the Judge agreed to contribute $1.4 millions for the project.  He said that he would like to instruct staff to start the procedure of negotiating with the County in regards to the land for the water park.    

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

25.  Approving that the Laredo International Airport enter into a Gold Sponsorship contract

with the Ms. Texas USA Pageant in the amount of $50,000.00. Funding is available in the FY 04 Airport Budget under the Small Communities Air Service Development Program. 

 

Motion to postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

26.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend Club Olympia’s third party funding contract

Section 4 and Section 5, which requires quarterly reimbursement and allowing a one-time payment for services provided.  Club Olympia’s activities take place during May, June, July, and August.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

27.  Consideration to award contract FY04-052 to the low bidder, G.T. Distributors, Inc.,

Austin, Texas, in the estimated amount of $45,599.24 for the purchase of new holsters for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Department budget.

 

 

a.  All current duty holsters will be replaced with Level III holsters that provide  

     greater protection from unauthorized removal of the service pistol.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

28.  Consideration to award contract FY04-046 to the low bidder, G.T. Distributors, Austin,

Texas, in the amount of $79,500.65 for the purchase of 225 new SIG Sauer pistols for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund. 

a. The contract includes a trade in allowance for 185 duty pistols that will be replaced.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

29.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application to the U.S.

Department of Justice (USDOJ) for an interoperable voice communication and information sharing system.  The amount requested from the U.S. Department of Justice will be $4,000,000.00 and the City’s cash match will be (25%) of the total award.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

30.  Consideration to reject the sole bid received for contract FY04-066 from Wirtgen

       America, Antioch, TN, for the purchase of a pavement profiler (milling machine). 

 

a. The bid submitted by the vendor exceeded the funds allocated for this equipment. 

    The bid specifications will be modified and new bids solicited.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

31.  Consideration to award contract number FY 04-069 to the low bidder, JJJ International

Safety Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for providing powdered electrolyte replacement drinks (Sqwincher) for City service crews.  Funding is available in the following budgets:  Public Works, Solid Waste, Fleet Maintenance, Traffic Safety, Engineering, Risk, and Parks and Recreation.

a.  Electrolyte replacement drinks are purchased on an as needed basis during the

summer months for the service crews to prevent dehydration.  The contract pricing is approximately 7% less than previous contract period.  

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

32.  Consideration to award contract FY04-049 to the lowest bidder meeting specifications,

Laurel Battery, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $29,642.70 for providing automotive batteries for the City’s fleet.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget.

a. This contract will be for a period of one year.  Since no battery inventory is

maintained at the maintenance facility, all batteries are purchased on an as needed basis.  The City received lower bids from another vendor; however, batteries proposed by this vendor did not meet the minimum acceptable cranking amps nor the reserve capacity rating required by the City.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute bus exterior and interior

advertising services contract between the City of Laredo (City) and Bus Ads (contractor).  Contractor shall be entitled to maintain and place advertisements on and inside El Metro buses for the term of three (3) years commencing on May 1, 2004, and extending to April 30, 2007, for the greater of the minimum annual guaranteed revenue or fifty percent (50%) of net billings as described in the contract.  End of contract is negotiable for an additional two (2) – one (1) year options.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

34.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 an increase of $39,000.00 to the

construction contract with Rhino Builders, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, for the Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation Project to construct a 4” thick reinforced concrete slab over 13,000 square feet at skate park location, and which was not included in original plans.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Projects Fund-Seven Flags Park.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

35.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a six (6) game contract with Vaswani

Soccer Ventures, LLC, (Laredo Heat Soccer) for use of Veteran’s Field for an amount of $15,400.00 and 15% of gross concession sales.  The primary purpose of this agreement is to provide a venue for the Laredo Heat Soccer League home games.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

36.  Ratify and approve action taken by the City Manager on April 5, 2004 to authorize an

emergency contract to Ellis & Ellis, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $63,000.00 for the repair of the collapsed 36” wastewater interceptor at San Francisco and Ortiz, and authorize the City Manager to proceed with the emergency repair of three (3) manholes on the 30” line leading into the 36” for an additional $147,000.00, and a total motion for $210,000.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

37.  Consideration to award a lease purchase contract  (FY04-070) to the low bidder,

Philpott Motors, Port Neches, Texas, in the total amount of $1,179,821.67 for the acquisition of forty seven (47) replacement police sedans; and authorizing the City Manager to sign any and all lease purchase documents. 

 

a. Financing will be secured through Ford Municipal Lease Corporation. The City is

requesting that these vehicles be delivered fully equipped with light bars, sirens, decals, and a fire suppression system for the rear fuel tank.  Only the radios will be installed after the vehicles have been delivered to the City.  This will expedite the process to activate units for patrol duty.  The lease purchase payments have been allocated in the Police Trust fund.

 

Motion to cancel.  This item was replaced by item # 1 in the supplemental agenda.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

month of March 2004 represents an increase of $5,628.84.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

a.  A refund in the amount of $599.41 payable to Arnulfo & Diana Santos due to a       

     double payment.   Account # 989-30001-010.

b.  A refund in the amount of $812.53 payable to Ophelia Castillo due to a double   

     payment.  Account # 990-10001-040.

c.  A refund in the amount of $630.46 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due           to a double payment.  Account # 969-00007-070.       

d.  A refund in the amount of $1,253.10 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

     due to a double payment.  Account # 987-21003-010.

e.  A refund in the amount of $556.08 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax

     Service due to a double payment.  Account # 968-60012-310.

f.  A refund in the amount of $1,147.59 payable to Settlement Services Group due to

     a double payment.  Account # 991-00007-020.

g.  A refund in the amount of $986.45 payable to Vicente & Laura Salcedo due to a           double payment.  Account # 909-40003-240.

h.  A refund in the amount of $1,085.37 payable to Commerce Bank due to a double

     payment.   Account # 926-10021-013.

i.  A refund in the amount of $576.93 payable to First American Real Estate Tax

     Service due to a double payment.  Account # 965-21003-124.

j.  A refund in the amount of $1,495.76 payable to First American Real Estate Tax    

   Service due to a double payment.  Account # 909-30731-172.

k.  A refund in the amount of $5,019.73 payable to First American Real Estate Tax

     Service due to a double payment.  Account # 945-00811-310.       

L.  A refund in the amount of $608.04 payable to First American Real Estate Tax

     Service due to a double payment.  Account # 983-10001-140.

m.  A refund in the amount of $1,029.81 payable to First American Real Estate

     TaxService due to a double payment.  Account # 965-20008-112.               

n.  A refund in the amount of $688.46 payable to AEP Texas Central Company due

     to a double payment.  Account # 900-90161-024.

o.  A refund in the amount of $1,825.99 payable to AEP Texas Central Company

     due to a double payment.  Account # 730-00198-010.

p.  A refund in the amount of $1,080.00 payable to Transamerica Real Estate Tax    

     Service due to a double payment.  Account # 969-50001-160.

q.  A refund in the amount of $514.66 payable to Alan D. & Yolanda Robbins due to

     a double payment.  Account # 923-00029-588.

r.  A refund in the amount of $5,139.96 payable to Orix Capital Markets, LLC due

     to a double payment.  Account # 948-30030-009.

s.  A refund in the amount of $1,006.74 payable to The Laredo National Bank due to       

     a double assessment as certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board.   

     Supplement # 6, Cause # 2003-3771.   Account # 989-52001-180.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

XI.       STAFF REPORTS

           

40.  A.  Presentation on the Plan of Finance by Noe Hinojosa of Estrada-Hinojosa &

Company, Financial Consultants, on a proposed sale of various revenue bonds, tax  

exempt contractual obligation bonds and refunding bond issues.

 

Noe Hinojosa, employee of Estrada-Hinojosa & Company, gave the following 

presentation:

 

Certificates of Obligation, Series 2004

 

City of Laredo Certificates of Obligation, Series 2004

Project Fund Estimates

 

Project                                    Total                           Length                                    Payment Source

 

Street Improvements                 $  6,000,000                20                                Transit Sales Tax

Parking Improvements  $  1,400,000                20                                Parking Fund

Landfill                         $  5,925,000                5                                 Landfill Fund

 

Total                                        $13,325,000               

 

City of Laredo Estimated Tax Rate Impact

 

Pre-2004 Issue

 

Existing Debt Service                            Total General                                        Total net Tax

Obligation Debt Service                        Supported Debt

 

$205,669,277                                      $205,669,277                                      $81,606,193

 

Post 2004

 

$205,669,277                                      $224,285,351                                      $81,606,193

 

Waterworks & Sewer System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Taxable series 2004-A

 

Waterworks & Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Tax Exempt Series 2004-B

 

Project Fund Estimates

 

Project                                                             NOTE              TOTAL                        LENGTH

 

North Laredo WWTP (1MGD)                        R                      $1,650,000                  20 Years

Unitec WWTP (1MGD)                                   R                      $   200,000                  20 Years

Zacate Creek WWTP Rehab                            R                      $1,400,000                  20 Years

Primary Lift Pumps @ Zacate Waste                RR                   $   180,000                  20 Years

Clarifier Scum Removal                                    SE                    $   100,000                  20 Years

MHOC Expand pump capacity             R                      $   400,000                  20 Years

Filter Media Replacement                                 SE                    $  100,000                   20 Years

Transmission Line McPherson to TAMIU         R                      $1,650,000                  20 Years

Transmission Line MHOC to McPherson          R                      $1,200,000                  20 Years

Rehab Lower Filters @ Jefferson Water           RR                   $  250,000                   20 Years

Raw Water Pumps @ Jefferson Water  RR                   $  175,000                   20 Years

                                                                                                $7,295,000

 

Note:  R – Regulatory/Expansion Needs

SE – System Enhancement

RR – Repair & Replacement

 

 

International Toll Bridge System Revenue Bonds, Taxable Series 2004

 

Project                                                 Total                Length                                      Payment Source

 

Bridge #1 Land Acquisition                   5,500,000        20                                            Bridge System

Commercial Development                                

 

Other information and charts are available for viewing at the City Secretary’s Office.

 

Upcoming Bond Issues Timetable of Events

 

April 19, 2004              City Council Adopts Plan of Finance.

 

April 22, 2004              Mail first draft of the POS to working group, Rating Agencies, and Bond Insurance Companies.

 

May 3, 2004                Adopt Resolution authorizing the publication of the notice of intent to issue Certificates of Obligation.

 

May 4, 2004                Mail second draft to the POS to working group.

 

May 6 & 7, 2004         Meet with Rating Agencies and Insurance Companies

 

May 11, 2004              Receive comments on second draft of the POS & Bond Documents from working groups.

 

May 13, 2004              Publish 1st Notice of Intent to issue Certificates.

 

May 17, 2004              City Council introduces ordinance to sell the Obligations.

 

May 17, 2004              Mail third draft of the POS to working group.

 

May 20, 2004              Publish 2nd Notice of Intent to issue Certificates.

 

May 20, 2004              Receive comments on third draft of the POS & Bond Documents from working group.

 

May 21, 2004              Receive Ratings and Qualifications and Premiums for Bond Insurance.

 

May 25, 2004              Print and distribute POS.

 

June 3, 2004                Price the Obligations.

 

June 7, 2004                City council Adopts ordinance to sell the Obligations.

 

June 9, 2004                Submit documents to Texas Attorney General.

 

July 5, 2004                 Obtain Texas Attorney General’s Approval of the Bonds.

 

July 8, 2004                 Closing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

41.  A.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore John C. Galo

1.  Motion to add Market Street from Meadow to US Highway 83 South to the

     recycling program.  (Co-Sponsor Hector J. Garcia)

 

     Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstian:  0

 

XIII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

42.  Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to

deliberate on the pending negotiations for the acquisition of real property in downtown Laredo, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate on the pending negotiations for the acquisition of real property in downtown Laredo, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Motion to Authorize the purchase of a 2,656.25 square feet tract of land comprised of all of Lots 7B, 8B, and 9B and the west 45.82 feet of Lot 6B, block 22, Western Division, for not more than $475,000.00.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

XIV.    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:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

43.  Consideration to award contract FY04-065 to the sole bidder, Cantu Electric, Inc.,

Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $187,316.18 for the removal and replacement of electrical service entrances at 148 units at the Jose A. Flores apartment complex.  Funding is available in the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation budget.

a.  All the electrical service entrances are being upgraded to current code requirements.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XV.      ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION AND             CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

Motion to adjourn as the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation and convene as the Laredo Mass Transit Board.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

44.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of Pem Encoder Machine and Odyssey Spare

Parts/Test equipment from the sole source vendor, GFI Genfare in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, in a total amount of $78,252.74.  Funding is available in the Federal Grant TX-90-456.

a.  The spare parts and equipment will be used for backup and for maintaining the

     electronic fare collection fareboxes.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

XVI.    ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AS             THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

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

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time

 

            Moved:

            Second:

            For:                                                      Against:                                                Abstain:

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2004-S-04

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.          MOTION (This item replaces item #37 on regular City Council agenda)

 

1.             Consideration to award a lease purchase contract  (FY04-070) to the low bidder, Sames Motor Company, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $1,179,821.67 for the acquisition of forty seven (47) replacement police sedans; and authorizing the City Manager to sign any and all lease purchase documents.   

2.              

a.        Financing will be secured through Ford Municipal Lease Corporation. The City is requesting that these vehicles be delivered fully equipped with light bars, sirens, decals, and a fire suppression system for the rear fuel tank.  Only the radios will be installed after the vehicles have been delivered to the City.  This will expedite the process to activate units for patrol duty.  The lease purchase payments have been allocated in the Police Trust fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                           Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

 

II.        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.

 

1.             Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate on the pending contract for the acquisition of the Slaughter Farm property, which is subject of Resolution 2004-R-037, Item XI (22) of agenda, 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.

 

III.       ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

            Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

            For:     8                                             Against:  0                                           Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 25 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the Laredo City Council meeting held on April 19, 2004.

 

 

                                                                         _________________________________________

                                                                         Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                         City Secretary