CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M-2004-R-10

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MAY 17, 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 G. 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

         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,                                                                          Deputy City Manager

         Jaime Flores,                                                                               City Attorney

 

         Motion to excuse Cm. Amaya.

 

         Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         Second:  Cm. Belmares

         For:    7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 IV.   MINUTES

 

         Approval of the minutes of March 29, 2004 and April 5, 2004.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

 

         Moved:  Cm. Garcia

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    6                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

         Cm. Garcia left the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

    

  V.   COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

         None.

 

         Invitations

 

         None.

 

         Recognitions

     

a.   Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation from Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr. to his appointees to various committees.

 

      Cm.  E.  Valdez presented certificates to the following committee members:

 

Patricia Davila,                                              Plaza Theater Renovation Project Committee

Gregorio Benavidez,                          Redistricting Committee

Jose Diaz De Leon,                                       Redistricting Committee

                                                                           Historical Landmark Board

Rogelio Rodriguez,                                        Planning and Zoning Commission

Robert Ocha,                                                Library Advisory Committee

David Perez,                                                  Parks & Recreation Committee

Tamara Casso,                                              Environmental Advisory Committee

Juan J.  Cruz,                                     Environmental Advisory Committee

Susan Foster,                                                Third Party Funding

                                                                           Charter Revision Committee

Steve Jackson,                                              Cemetery Advisory Board

Christopher Paul Arthur,                                Board of Adjustments

Javier Montezuma,                                         Airport Advisory Board

Elizabeth Gil,                                     Tree Advisory Board

                                                                           Historical District Landmark Board

Mary Hightower,                                           Beautification Committee

Martha Dole,                                     Laredo Women’s Commission

Dan Rodriguez,                                              Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee

Dr.  Carmen Ramirez Rathmell                       Laredo Women’s Commission

Hilario Cavazos, III,                                      Transportation & Traffic Advisory Committee

                                                                           Telecommunications Advisory Board

Theresa R.  Nimchan,                                    Third Party Funding Committee

Richard Perales,                                            Telecommunications Advisory Board

     

        Communiqués

     

  a.    Presentation of the 2003-2004 City of Laredo (COOP/ICT) Administrative Procedures   Program and Industrial Cooperative Training Program for student employees.

 

         Nelly Alejandro                                 PARD – Cigarroa                                 Nixon

         Jennifer Alonzo                                  PARD – Tarver                                    Nixon

         Veronica Avalos                                Tax Department                                    Alexander

         Cynthia Carmona                               PARD – Hillside                                   Nixon

         Daniel Chavez                                   Finance – A/P                                      Alexander

         Edna Cruz                                         Fire Department                                   Cigarroa

         Cindy Faz                                          ASD                                                    United South

         Viridiana Leyva                                 Community Development                      Alexander

         Kristina Ortiz                                      PARD – Farias                                    United

         Diego Partida                                    Airport                                                 United

         Carlos Rendon                                  PARD – Hachar                                   Nixon

         Annette Salinas                                  PARD – Farias                                     Martin

         Viridiana Villalobos                            PARD – Hachar                                   Nixon

         Miguel Villarreal                                Fire Department                                   United South

 

         Cm.  E.  Valdez said a prayer in the loving memory of James Dempsy who was the Communications Director for the City of Laredo Police Department.  The Mayor asked for a moment of silence in honor of James Dempsy.  

 

         Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that James Dempsy gave unstintingly of himself as a City of Laredo employee.  He said that he was the motivating force behind several innovative ideas that the City of Laredo has implemented for the Police Department.  He went on to say that his leadership and devotion to his profession would be greatly missed. 

 

         Cm.  E.  Valdez thanked his constituents for giving him the honor, privilege, and pleasure of serving them as Council Member.  He said that his family has missed out on a lot of activities because of his commitment to the City; however, they made his job easy by being supportive.  He mentioned that his mentor in the world of politics is his brother, Danny Valdez, for always standing beside him in showing his support.  He went on to thank his parents for involving him in politics when he was a child.  He also thanked the individuals who served on different committees for District V.  He added that he is grateful to the Committee Members for donating their time, knowledge, and expertise.  He expressed thanks to the Christian community for their strong support. He expressed his gratitude to the City Manager, Deputy City Manager, City Attorney, and City staff for putting his ideas in motion and bringing them into fruition.  Finally, he said the Mayor is a tremendous leader, spokes person, and a good advocate for the City of Laredo.  

 

 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 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 change.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Cm. Garcia and Cm. Amaya not present

 

      Juan Botello, 2406 Ash, spoke against the zone changes and wants to keep it as an R-1 designation.

 

Ruben Gonzalez, 2603 Montgomery, spoke against the zone change request.

 

Olivia Vela Gutierrez, 2516 Locust, said that she has resided there for 45 years and was present to protest the zone change.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and deny. 

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

     

2.   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 condominiums on 1.00 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located north of the proposed Shiloh extension and east of Stone Creek Subdivision; 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. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      Jerry O’Brien spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. Ramirez

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:   Cm. Belmares

 

3.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the amendment of Ordinance 99-O-039, which authorized a Conditional Use Permit for major auto repair, on the south ½ of Lot 3 and Lots 4, 5 and 6, Block 197, Eastern Division, located at 4115 Sanders Avenue, by including tire repair as an additional allowed conditional use; 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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      Ron Whitehawk, representing the developer, spoke in favor of allowing the change for a major auto repair and include tire repair.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing, introduce, and override with the following amendments:

 

1.      Hours of operation shall be limited to those between Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2.      At least ten (10) percent of the lot area shall be devoted to the landscaping to be located along the site’s westernmost or southernmost boundaries.  All property shall be kept in an attractive fashion with landscaping properly maintained.  All trash, garbage and all other waste shall be kept in sanitary containers, which at all times must be concealed from public view.

      3.      The entire lot shall be paved except for the landscaped areas.

      4.      Seventy-five (75) percent of any future buildings shall be composed of masonry, glass, or brick.

     5.       Inoperative cars or trucks shall not be allowed.

     6.       All vehicles on site as a result of the mechanic/tire shop shall be prked inside the facility at all times.

     7.       Heavy equipment or large trucks shall not be allowed.

     8.       Parking shall comply with the Laredo land Development Code.

     9.       Any portion of the site adjoining a residential zone or use shall be divided from the zone by an opaque fence of at least seven (7) feet high.

     10.     All lighting on site must be directed inward and from abutting residential structures.

     11.     Signage shall be limited to that which is permitted by the B-1 zoning district.

     12.     The C.U.P.  is issued to Nancy, Maria, and Jose Torres and is nontransferable.

     13.     The C. U. P. is restricted to the site plan, exhibit “A”.

 

      Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

      Second:  Cm. Belmares

      For:    6                                             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 Lots 10, 11 & 12, Block 1704, Eastern Division, located at 2802 Guadalupe Street, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial 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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      Ron Whitehawk spoke on behalf of the applicant who asked to have the zoning request downgraded from a B-4 to a B-3.  He said that the property is currently zoned B-1.  He added that the property is surrounded by commercial development.  The applicant would like to have an automotive repair shop allowing him to do light automotive work.  He would not be allowed to do heavy automotive work or automotive painting.  He added that the applicant approached the surrounding residents and no one was in opposition to the shop. 

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a B-3 instead of original B-4 request.

 

      Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      Second:  Cm. Belmares

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 

5.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 12, Block 988, Eastern Division, located 1802 Corpus Christi Street, from B-1 (Limited Commercial 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.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      David and Denise Rodriguez, property owners, requested approval of the zone changes for use as a tattoo shop.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and postpone and allow applicant to apply for a conditional use permit.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

6.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 11, Block 3, Hilltop Subdivision, Phase II, located approximately at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Huron Court, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-family District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed change.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      Fred Guerra, with G. G. Salinas Engineering, spoke in favor and was present to answer questions.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

7.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo rezoning Lot 7, Block 1, Alexander Commercial Subdivision, Phase I, located southeast of the intersection of Del Mar Boulevard and Rocio Drive from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

 

8.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute two (2) year lease agreements for retail space at “El Mercado” located on Hidalgo and Lincoln Street with the following retail Lessors; Chez Mauricette, Helados La Playa and Hot Dog Express; copies of which are provided as exhibits “A” through “C” and providing for an effective date. 

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. G. Belmares

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

9.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 budget by appropriating an increase in revenues and expenditures in the amount of $24,672.00 which resulted from the increase in fee for the flu vaccine approved by City Council on October 6, 2003, for the Immunization Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for FY 2003-2004.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

10.    Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the FY 2003-2004 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $12,926.00 for the Medicaid Administrative Cost (MAC) Project of the City of Laredo Health Department.  This amount consists of program surplus funds from FY 2002-2003.

        

         Motion to open the public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.    Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2003-2004 budget by increasing the Texas Department of Health ‘s share of program income and expenditures for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program of the City of Laredo Health Department in the amount of $10,000.00 for the period beginning September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:  6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:   City Council

12.    Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 budget by increasing the Texas Department of Health’s share of program income and expenditures generated by the La Familia Health Care Program of the City of Laredo Health Department in the estimated amount of $5,000.00 for the period beginning September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13.    Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $35,450.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Bio Terrorism Preparedness Program of the City of Laredo Health Department specifically to enhance laboratory capabilities and smallpox vaccinations for the period beginning September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      Second:  Cm. Belmares

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

  14.     Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004   budget by appropriating additional estimated revenues generated by the Women, Infants and Children’s Program and Nutrition Services of the City of Laredo in the amount of $195,000.00 for the period beginning October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

15.    Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2003-2004 Ryan Street Railroad Bridge Fund by increasing estimated revenues and appropriations in the amount of $15,000.00 and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment and providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

   Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

   Second:  Cm. Agredano

   For:      6                                              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:      6                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

16.    Public hearing and introductory ordinance approving the public sale of one (1) tract (surface only) of airport non-aeronautical use land located at the Laredo International Airport being Tract “B” consisting of approximately 5.46 acres in the amount of $1,724,423.00 to Dr. Ricardo Cigarroa, a Limited Liability Company, providing for effective date and amending the City of Laredo Airport FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,724,323.00 for the deletion of the initial bid offer by Dr. Ricardo G. Cigarroa.

 

   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

   Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

   Second:  Cm. Agredano

   For:    6                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

   There was no public input.

 

   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

   Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

   Second:  Cm. Belmares

   For:      6                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

17.    Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 2004A, for the purpose of improving and extending the City's combined Waterworks System and Sewer System, approving an official statement, authorizing the execution of a purchase contract, and making provisions for the security thereof, combining the waterworks system and the sewer system and authorizing amendment to the city's budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein, and ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

 

   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

   Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

   For:    6                                                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:      6                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

18.    Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas International Toll Bridge System Taxable Revenue Bonds, Series 2004, for the purpose of constructing and improving the pedestrian way for Bridge of the Americas Bridge No. 1, by constructing building E as entrance to pedestrian way, the overhead pedestrian way to the administration building B100 and the entrance to the toll bridge by pedestrians, together with necessary land acquisition, and other improvements in connection therewith, approving an official statement, authorizing the execution of a purchase contract, and authorizing amendment to the City's budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein, and authorizing and ordaining other matters related to the subject.

 

   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

   Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

   For:    6                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

   There was no public input.

 

   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

   Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

   For:    5                                                Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                               Cm. Ramirez

 

   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

19.    Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2004, for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the City's contractual obligations for the purpose of constructing, repairing and maintaining city streets for the benefit of the municipal transit department, acquiring, constructing, improving and equipping surface municipal parking lots in the city's downtown area, including demolition of existing facilities, and purchasing refuse trucks and trash cans and other improvements for the Solid Waste Department, and for the payment of legal, fiscal, architectural and engineering fees in connection with such projects; authorizing amendment to the city's budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein; and approving an official statement; authorizing the execution of a purchase contract and ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

   Second:  Cm. Agredano

   For:      6                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

   There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

   Second:  Cm. Agredano

   For:      6                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

20.    Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue refunding bonds, Taxable Series 2004B, for the purpose of refunding Waterworks System Revenue Refunding Bonds, new series, approving an official statement, authorizing the execution of a purchase contract and the execution of an escrow agreement, and making provisions for the security thereof, combining the Waterworks and Sewer System and authorizing amendment to the city's budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein; and ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

   Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

   For:    6                                                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:      6                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

21.    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 the South Laredo Girls Softball League for use of a softball field at Mario B. Tijerina Park located at 2300 Saltillo for a fee of $1.00 per year. The primary purpose of this agreement is to conduct a girl’s softball program for the youth of Laredo.

 

      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:      6                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:   0

 

      There was no public input.

      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Agredano

      Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      For:      6                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

22.    Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Capital Improvement Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $110,000.00 donated by the South Texas National Bank of Laredo in order to fund the installation and activation of a traffic signal on McPherson Road at Sterling Loop/Tiara Trail.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:      6                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      For:    6                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

       

 

  VIII.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

23.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute Lease No. DTFASW-04-L-00018 between the City of Laredo and the United States of America for a parcel of land within the boundaries of the Laredo International Airport for the purpose of installing, operating and maintaining a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) on Runway 17L as well as the meter and transformer site together with a 10 foot wide cable easement.  The term shall commence on May 1, 2004 and continue through September 30, 2019 inclusive; providing for an effective date.

 

   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive final readings of Ordinance # 2004-O-105, # 2004-O-106, # 2004-O-107, # 2004-O-108, # 2004-O-109, # 2004-O-110, # 2004-O-111, and # 2004-O-112.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:      6                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            2004-O-105    Amending the City of Laredo Land Development Code, Article III, by

                                    creating section 24-57, “Green Space Preservation,” and amending the

City of Laredo Land Development Code, Appendix A, by including

definitions relating to Green Space Preservation; providing for

severability, publication and effective date. 

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-105.

 

                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:      6                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

2004-O-106    Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,000.00 in additional funds for a grant total of $22,000.00 from the University of Arizona for the Border Vision Fronteriza (BVF) 2:  Community Health Workers for Children’s Health Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, for the period beginning September 14, 2003, through September 13, 2004.

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-106.

                       

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:      6                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

2004-O-107    Authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreement with Texas Parks and Wildlife to accept a grant in the amount of $55,380.00 with a 20% local match for the construction of the Chacon Creek Trail Phase II and amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 Capital Improvements Projects Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $90,380.00 for the construction and development of Phase II of the Chacon Creek Hike and Bike Trail.

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-107.

 

                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:      6                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

2004-O-108    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 W. Village Blvd.; providing for publication and effective date.  

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-108.

 

                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:      6                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

2004-O-109    Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Bridge System Construction Fund by appropriating $750,000.00 for the Bridge II expansion project. Funding will be provided by appropriating a draw down of $370,531.00 from the construction fund opening balance and a transfer in from operating fund in the amount of $379,469.00. 

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-109.

 

                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:      6                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2004-O-110    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of the City of Laredo as Zone Grantee of Foreign Trade Zone No. 94 Site 6 and specifically authorizing the City Manager to enter into operations agreement with Ravisa Distribution Center, as Zone Site Operator for approximately 5,000 square feet of activated space and 2,150 square feet of yard space located at 13485 South Unitec Drive, Unitec Industrial Park Foreign Trade Zone Site 6 and authorizing the City Manager to execute said agreement.  Providing activation, administrative and transaction fees to the City and providing for an effective date.

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-110.

 

                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:      6                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

2004-O-111    Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively to convey to Jesus Padilla, fee simple title to the “Surface Only” of certain property described as being a 3,544.6830 square feet or 0.081 acres, more or less, parcel of land, at its market value of $5,300.00 and being situated in Survey 1019, Abstract 62, City of Laredo, Webb County Texas; as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B; and providing for an effective date. 

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-111.

 

                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:      6                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

2004-O-112    Amending Chapter 19, “Motor Vehicles and Traffic” Article VIII; Stopping, Standing or Parking, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo:  Specifically Section 19-364, Restricted Parking Areas, establishing a “No Parking Anytime/Tow Away Zone” on the east side of the 11000 block of McPherson Road between Nafta Street and Grand Central Boulevard, within city limits of Laredo; providing for severability, effective date and publication.

 

                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-112.

 

                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                        Second:  Cm. Agredano

                        For:      6                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

X.    RESOLUTIONS

 

25. 2004-R-038     Releasing the buffer zone agreement of August 13, 1990, pertaining to planned improvements at the North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant and the abandonment of the existing south effluent pond.

 

                              Motion to approve Resolution 2004-R-038.

 

                              Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                              For:    6                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

26. 2004-R-041    Authorizing the City Manager to execute two documents entitled lien holders’ subordination to right-of-ways and utility easements the purpose of which is to subordinate the listed tax judgment liens from those parts of the lots to which the tax judgments pertain, which parts have been acquired by Webb County for right of ways in specified Colonias for street improvements.

 

                              Motion to approve Resolution 2004-R-041.

 

                              Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                              For:      6                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

27. 2004-R-042     Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Juan Estrada and Pedro Estrada, for the right of way acquisition, Laredo Ranchettes, Inc.  This being a strip of land generally 30 feet in width, containing 6,829.06 square feet or 0.157 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in porcion 32, abstract 296, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

                              Motion to approve Resolution 2004-R-042.

 

                              Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                              For:      6                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

28. 2004-R-043     Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Luz Olivia Gonzalez for the Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision easement acquisition project. This being a 0.2910 acre, more or less, parcel, which is out of lot 6, block 10, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2004-R-043.

 

                              Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                              For:      6                                  Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0 

 

29. 2004-R-044     Authorizing the use of surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo - Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO), Series 2003, 2002A, 2000 and 2000A, in the total amount of $240,176.00, for the purchase of a pavement profiler (milling machine/cold planer) for the Engineering Department – Public Works Division and consideration to award contract FY04-082 to the low bidder, Holt Company of Texas, Laredo, Texas in the amount of $240,176.00 for the purchase of this pavement profiler.

 

                              Motion to approve Resolution 2004-R-044.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

                              Second:  Cm. Agredano

                              For:      6                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

 XI.   MOTIONS

 

30.    Approving the selection of consultant Cook-Joyce, Inc., Austin, Texas, to provide professional engineering services for the design and permitting of a Materials Recovery Center of the City of Laredo Landfill in accordance with the environmental regulations set forth by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    6                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

31.    Consideration to award contract FY04-045 to Adrian’s Screen Printing and Embroidery, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $83,772.00 for the purchase of promotional material for the Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Funding is available in the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau promotional account budget.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    6                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

32.    Consideration to award annual contract FY04-079 to the low bidder, Nick Benavides, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $108,108.00 for Phase I and CGS Specialty Services, Hallsville, Texas, in the amount of $51,437.54 for Phase II of the Chacon Creek Re-vegetation Project.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department budget.   

 

         Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    6                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

33.    Consideration to award annual contract number FY04-071 to the low bidder meeting specifications, Galls, Inc., Lexington, KY, in the estimated amount of $89,401.00 for the purchase of soft body armor vests for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund budget.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:     6                                                  Against:   0                                           Abstain:  0 

 

34.    Consideration to award contract number FY03-092 to the low bidders, Precision Delta Corporation, Ruleville, MS, in the amount of $48,850.00 and Dakota Ammo, Inc., Sturgis, S.D., in the amount of $7,290.00 for the purchase of practice and duty ammunition for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Department budget.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    6                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

35.    Authorizing the selection of Hanson Wilson Incorporated as a consultant and authorizing staff to enter into negotiations with the selected consultant for the development of the Laredo Rail Line Relocation Feasibility Study.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has budgeted $60,000.00 for this project using Federal Planning Grant (PL112) funds.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    6                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

36.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to donate eight (8) surplus law enforcement vehicles to Dimmit County and the City of Encinal.

 

         Motion to table for next meeting.

 

         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

         Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    6                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

37.    Approving the monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for April 2004 represents an increase of $240,294.75.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

        

Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

         Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    6                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

38.    Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest responsible bidder meeting requirements of the project for the sidewalk construction project to cross under Lafayette Street east side at Zacate Creek Bridge.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund-Zacate Creek Linear Park Bridge project.

Motion to approve and award to J & S Services, Inc. in the amount of $47,000.00. 

 

         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

         Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    6                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

XII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

     

39.  A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

           

               1.  Special presentation to City Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.  for his seven (7) years

                    of service in Planning and Zoning Commission  and eight (8) years of service as

                    Council Member for District V.

 

                    The Mayor read the following letter:

 

               “Today we say goodbye to a great Council Member, but most importantly a good friend.  Eliseo Valdez, Jr. has represented his district well.  When faced with a redistricting challenge, he took it up in a minute as he always does by quietly getting informed and quietly making changes for the betterment for the people in those new neighborhoods, and those people in the new business sections.  Several years ago, many of us in this room watched Council Meetings deteriorating badly and conduct expressed that should not be tolerated in a business meeting.  During this time, Council Member Valdez never lost focus of his responsibility.  He did not join the ruckus because he vowed to stay true to his faith, his promise to the people of his district and more importantly his promise to his family to represent them honorably.  We have all learned from you Council Member Valdez.  Your strong convictions, your loyalty and your dedication have been an inspiration to us all.  From your seat on this Council to your seat at meetings in Washington, New York, Mexico City, and everywhere in-between you have excelled by being well informed and ready to advocate for your City.  Although he has not always agreed with his fellow Council Members or with this Mayor he has respected our positions and he is always worked well with the City Managers, City Attorney and all the staff.  When he served as the City’s Mayor Pro Tempore he did so with dignity and pleasure.  During the time Council Member Valdez has served his City he faced many personal challenges but each time he looked to his Savior for guidance and to his family and friends for support.  Council Member I have always felt confident with you at my side.  Your district and this city have gained much from your service and although tonight you empty this seat we smile as we know that you will continue to be in our community working for Laredo’s families.”

           

B.     Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

         1.  Discussion with possible action on sidewalks on International and North Oakmont.

 

Motion to use discretionary funding from Cm.  Belmares for sidewalks on International and North Oakmont. 

 

              Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

              Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

              For:     6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

         2.  Discussion with possible action regarding flooding on Whitewood.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that staff has looked at the photographs that were provided by Cm.  Belmares regarding the flooding that takes place on Whitewood Street.  He stated that the Engineers have visited the site and would like the opportunity to review the original construction plans.  They will return to City Council with recommendations.  

 

Motion to instruct the City Manager to place the item back on the agenda at the first meeting in June.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

     

C.     Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

         1.  Discussion with possible action on removing the sewer plant from downtown.

 

Cm.  Ramirez mentioned a motion that he made at the November 3, 2003 City Council meeting which instructed staff to research the possibility of removing the Zacate Creek Sewer Plant from the downtown area.  He expressed dissatisfaction with the odor that emanates from the sewer plant.  He noted that he would use $10,000 of his discretionary funds for a solution. 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, agreed that the motion was made to research the removal of the sewer plant.  At that time, staff discussed the different projects that were outlined within Capital Improvement Plan and the priority of the needs.  Staff is currently in the process of expanding sewer plants throughout the City and redirecting flow through inner connections that will minimize the use of the Zacate Creek Sewer Plant.  He also noted that staff believes that the odor has no relationship to the sewer plant. 

 

Pablo Martinez, Utilities Department, reported that staff has reviewed the feasibility studies on removal, rehabilitation, and corrosion control projects for the Zacate Creek Sewer Plant.  The report indicates that the appropriate measures would be to begin expansion of other sewer locations, minimize the use of the downtown plant, and rehabilitate the remaining sewer plant.  The cost to expand surroundings plants is $8.25 million dollars and the cost to relocate the Zacate Creek Sewer Plant is $32 million dollars. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, discussed the options of expanding the surrounding plants to redirect the sewer flow away from the downtown plant. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Galo asked the City Manager to expound on the continued illegal taps in the downtown district.  He said that there are individuals who connect their sewage into the City’s drainage system which causes horrific odor for the downtown area. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that the City has Environmental Engineers who typically monitor the storm drains to see what is flowing into the creeks and the rivers.   He said that in some instances pipes are cracked and need repair but there are frequent cases where citizens connect their sewage to our drainage.  However, the City of Laredo does not have a standing ordinance which would allow us to fine the violator.    

 

Motion to create an ordinance allowing the City of Laredo to issue fines for individuals who connect their sewerage into the City’s drainage.      

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

         2.   Discussion with possible action regarding lease agreement with Rio Grande Plaza Hotel.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that the Rio Grande Plaza Hotel lease expires in 2007.   Staff will report back to Council with a full report 90 days.   

 

         3.   Discussion with possible action on repairing sidewalks on San Bernardo Avenue.

 

Cm.  Ramirez expressed his desire to upgrade the sidewalks on San Bernardo Avenue. 

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, acknowledged that staff considered replacing the sidewalks with brick pavers but the funding was not available.  He noted that staff would research the item and bring a cost estimate back to Council. 

 

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

 

Horacio De Leon, Park Director, reported that there is a project that is being undertaken by the City to compliment the neighborhood.     

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, advised that Laredo Community College, City of Laredo,  and Laredo Independent School District has had several meetings to outline a series of recreational fields.  He said that the College has asked for assistant to build the proposed facilities.  The college has also indicated that they would allow the neighborhoods on both sides of Laredo Community College to use the facilities field space.  The City of Laredo is beginning to look at a bond issue that will create a number of parks.  The San Francisco Javier neighborhood does not have a great deal of land that is available for development because of new projects that are being constructed next to the Halfway House.   

 

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.

 

40.    Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate on the value of, and the possible purchase of real property North of Fort McIntosh, in the proximity of the Rio Grande River, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action, and direction to staff.

 

         Motion to postpone indefinitely.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Agredano

         Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    6                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

41.    Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate on the value of, and the possible purchase of real property North of the Laredo Water Treatment Plant, in the proximity of the Rio Grande River, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action, and direction to staff.

 

         Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate on the value of, and the possible purchase of real property North of the Laredo Water Treatment Plant, in the proximity of the Rio Grande River, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action, and direction to staff.

        

         Moved:  Cm. Agredano

         Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    6                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

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

 

         Motion that the City Manager be instructed to negotiate and acquire the following property in an amount not to exceed $130,000.00 plus incidental expenses (tax certificates, escrow fees, recording fees, copies):  All of Block 712 situated in the Western Division of the City of Laredo. 

 

         Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    6                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

XIV.   ADJOURNMENT

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

 

I.    COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

      Recognitions

 

a.   Awarding the Mayor’s Golden Key to Danny’s Restaurant on McPherson.

 

Mayor Flores awarded the Mayor’s Golden Key to Danny’s Restaurant for demonstrating community pride.  She said that Danny’s Restaurant serves delicious food and has eight locations for the citizens of Laredo to enjoy. 

 

b.   Recognizing United South High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC for participating at the National High School Drill Team Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida, held on May 2 & 3, 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Lady Panthers

 

      1st Place – Commander’s Trophy – Cadet Colonel Maxie Montano

     

      South Lady Panthers                                                 South Panther Rifles

 

      Commander:  Cadet Colonel Maxie Montano   Cadet Lieutenant Ruben Baldazo

 

      Cadet lance Corporal Jeanette Alfaro                            Cadet Lance Corporal Jaime Aleman

      Cadet Sergeant Celeste Arcibar                                    Cadet First Lieutenant Rolando Bernal

      Cadet Staff Sergeant Maricela Barajas              Cadet Sergeant Major Juan Garcia

      Cadet Lance Corporal Idalia Benavides                        Cadet First Lieutenant Edar Leza

      Cadet First Lieutenant Iris Elioza                                   Cadet First Lieutenant Jesus Loyo

      Cadet Captain Julia Gonzalez                                        Cadet First Sergeant Pedro Martinez

      Cadet Corporal Mariza Mendoza                                 Cadet First Lieutenant Diego Otero

      Cadet First Sergeant Jenny Ramirez                              Cadet First Lieutenant Mike Palacios

      Cadet Sergeant Maricela Ramirez                                 Cadet lance Corporal Israel Palencia

      Cadet Lance Corporal Abigail Rodriguez                      Cadet Gunnery Sergeant A.  Ramirez

      Cadet First Lieutenant Kristal Rodriguez                       Cadet Lance Corporal H. Saldana

      Cadet Captain Anna Solis                                             Cadet Staff Sergeant Juan Trevino

      Cadet First Sergeant Ednna Solis                                  Cadet Gunnery Sergeant Jorge Vasquez

 

c.   Recognizing Valedictorians and Salutatorians of Laredo Independent School District, United Independent School District and St. Augustine High Schools.

 

                                                                  Valedictorian                          Salutatorian

 

      Alexander High School             Lisa Flores                               Bryan Jerry Carroll

      United High School                               Federico Lozano, Jr.                 Bryan Jerry Carroll

      United South High School                     Perla Y Silva                            Claudia y.  Poblano

      Cigarroa High School               Jessica Castro                          Cynthia Velasco

      Nixon High School                               Andrea Landa                          Melissa Yvette Arana

      Martin High School                               Lindsay L.  Calderon                Juan E.  Martinez, Jr.                                                                           

 

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.

 

 

 

        

III.   STAFF REPORT

 

      1.   Staff report regarding the Laredo Independent School District’s request that the City of Laredo execute deeds to transfer of title to certain City of Laredo parcels currently dedicated and set apart by City Ordinance as park and plazas.

 

            Mayor Flores read a letter that is to be sent to State Representative Richard Raymond as follows:

 

            “Dear Representative Raymond: 

 

            I am writing you on behalf of the City Council of Laredo and with the knowledge and agreement of the School Board of the Laredo Independent School District (LISD) to request your assistance with obtaining the guidance of the Texas General.

 

            A question has arisen in Laredo which affects the public interest and which is of importance economic and political significance, as the issue impacts both political subdivisions, the LISD and the City of Laredo.  The matter pertains to an issue of title to certain parcels of land once dedicated and set apart by city ordinance as city parks and plazas, but now claimed by the LISD based upon their use of such parcels for school purposes over the past fifty years.  The same issue applies to certain sections of city streets which traverse those parcels of land.

 

            In addressing the issue, the LISD obtained a legal opinion from their attorney.  That opinion was studied by the City Attorney and he issued a legal opinion to the governing body.  In the interest of brevity and to present the different views as clearly as possible, I enclose a complete set of the LISD attorney’s opinion (Exhibit “A”) and of the City Attorney’s legal opinion to the City Council (Exhibit “B”).  In brief, the LISD attorney while recognizing that the City has record title to the subject parcels and streets, requests that the City execute deeds transferring title to the LISD and presents argument for same based on his conclusion that ownership to the tracts vested in the LISD by operation of law.  The City Attorney disagrees and states that the City Council can only transfer title to the parks lands after the electorate votes to approve such sale to the schools and, that the sale must be at fair market value in accordance with state law.  The City Attorney also concludes that the conveyance of the sections of the streets must also follow the process for the closure and sale of city streets established by city ordinance. 

 

            The City Council is working with the School Board to facilitate a solution, however, Council can only act in conformity with applicable law.  The fact is that the School board is in a situation where it must obtain title as soon as possible in order to enable a sale of bonds to finance badly needed school construction on the subject sites.  Additionally, the School Board also wishes to have the properties donated, not sold to them.

 

            The issue with which we request your assistance is obtaining an Attorney General’s opinion is therefore, which opinion is correct?  In a nutshell, may we the governing body of the city of Laredo find legally that the state statues and Texas Constitution provisions cited by the City Attorney are not applicable and proceed to donate the subject properties to the school district?

 

            We thank you in advance for your assistance in obtaining the Attorney General’s guidance with the interpretation of the applicable state statutes and the Texas Constitution.”

 

            Jaime Flores, City Attorney, emphasized that the City of Laredo wants to support and assist the Laredo Independent School District in working together to clear the issue of land titles for the school properties. He said that the difference of opinion between the City and School District goes back to an ordinance that was passed by the City Council in 1888.  The ordinance dedicated and set apart legal words to mean that they were going to identify certain parcels, lots, and blocks for different uses.  In 1951 there was an election asking the City whether they wanted to create a separate control of laws and properties.  The election had an overwhelming response to allow the school district to have their control and properties.  He said that the language in the ordinance created in 1888 is clear as to what properties were to be set aside for schools; however, schools were built on properties that were set aside for parks and plazas.  He added that the title is under the name of the City of Laredo and staff needs to know how to legally turn over the title to the schools.  There are certain laws that say that a property of land that is dedicated to a park needs to stay a park. The law is very strong and a referendum for election may be considered.  The difference of opinions on transferring the titles must be decided by the highest legal authority.  He noted that Richard Raymond, State Representative, has the materials and we should wait for his assistance in obtaining an opinion from the Attorney General. There is another law that states that the City must get fair market value for the properties because they cannot give properties to anyone.  It is questioned how the City of Laredo can establish fair market value for the properties when all interested parties are taxpayers.  Finally, he said that all parties are working together to get the matter resolved in court.  The City is looking to ensure that the public lands are disposed of in a way that protects all the citizens of Laredo.

 

 IV.   ADJOURNMENT

 

         Motion to adjourn.                                                                                   Time:  10:20 p.m.

 

         Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    6                                                   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 29 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on May 17, 2004.

 

 

 

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                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary