CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M-2004-R-012

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JUNE 21, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Mayor Pro Tempore, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                                        Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

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

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of May 3, 2004 and May 24, 2004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

None.

 

Invitations

 

None.

 

Recognitions

 

a.       Recognition of the winners of the 2004 Distinguished Business Awards:    Hugo Gutierrez, Hugo Gutierrez, Jr., Adolfo Gutierrez, Robert Gutierrez and Hugo Gutierrez, III.

 

The Mayor and City Council presented a Seven Flags Certificate of Recognition to Hugo Gutierrez, Hugo Gutierrez, Jr., Adolfo Gutierrez, Robert Gutierrez, Richard Gutierrez, and Hugo Gutierrez, III for receiving the 2004 Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Business Award. (Hugo Gutierrez, III and Roberto Gutierrez were not present)

 

Jorge Cedillo, First Vice President of Commerce Bank, expressed his thanks for being nominated Distinguished Business Award by the Small Business Administration.  He also thanked the Chamber of Commerce and the Laredo Development Foundation for allowing him to participate in the program for 2004.  He added that it was a distinguished honor to be part of the program with the Gutierrez Family.  He also expressed his thanks to the small business owners by acknowledging that they are the backbone of the community.  

 

b.      Recognition of Linda Xochitl Mora Garcia from the City Manager’s Department Public Information Office on her selection as May Employee of the Month.

 

Blasita Lopez, Public Information Officer, read the following comments:

 

“This individual is self-motivated, talented and most definitely deserves the employee of the month for May.

 

First and foremost, she possesses excellent customer service skills that she exhibits to both her internal and her external customers.  On a daily basis she handles media inquiries that she then must relay to department heads, managers and elected officials to obtain an appointment or information.  She does this in a very professional and efficient manner.  This month, she spent extra time helping an internal customer with a request for a phone number for an external customer.  The call came in at the end of the day and she saw the task through and then wrapped up her own day to head home.  This is not uncommon, but her dedication to the task was evident. 

 

 

 

 

Secondly, any task that is delegated to her she completes.  This month she took the initiative, as she has in the past, and coordinated or co-coordinated various events.  On May 4, the City kicked off a joint phone book recycling project with SBC.  She coordinated media interview spots on radio and television to promote the contest.  For the finale of the recycling campaign, she coordinated all the participants and award recipients in a culmination event on May 24 where several schools were presented cash awards for their participation in the contest.  In addition to this task, she also co-coordinated a groundbreaking event together with the Utilities Department that was held on May 26, 2004.  She coordinated with participants and took charge of the on-site set-up, program and media material. 

 

In addition to these tasks, this individual has also been a huge advocate for the American Cancer Society, assisting in every aspect of the City Manager’s team fundraising efforts.  During May, when most of the fundraising activities took place, she spent much of her extra time buying items to contribute to plate sales, making sales and keeping the rest of her team motivated by example.  She took over certain tasks when she was needed and stood by to help in the trenches when that was necessary, as well.

 

This employee should also be commended for the one-year anniversary of an informative, effective campaign entitled Trash Tips.  For a little over one year, this employee has been coordinating with the Solid Waste Department Sanitation division and several others to obtain helpful tips to pass on to the City’s trash collection customers.  The campaign has contributed to reducing the amount of complaints to the Customer Service Trackwise system, improved working conditions for Sanitation employees, and enhanced customer response.

 

Xochitl Mora Garcia is to be commended for all that she does accomplish, especially in the cramped workspace that she shares with her supervisor.  Please help me congratulate her for this honor.

      

Communiqués

 

a.       Presentation by Sylvia Bruni, Laredo Independent School District regarding the HOSTS (Helping One Student to Succeed) program.

 

Motion to postpone for July.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                         Abstain:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Richard Perez, Program Manager for Texas A&M International University, said that the Texas Center for Border Economic Enterprise Development is mandated to initiate special projects that focus on improving the community.  He distributed a survey called “Laredo Speaks” that asks the community to give their opinions on questions relating to human relations, cultural enrichment, economic development, physical environment, facilities and services, and demographic information.  He advised Council that the project is a joint effort by the Laredo Conventions & Visitor’s Bureau, Laredo Development Foundation, The Laredo Morning Times, and Webb County.  The survey will point out the strengths and weaknesses of the community and assist in a plan of action to make improvements or recommending solutions.  He noted that the analysis will take place in August with community based groups who will develop a plan that will be implemented in November.  

 

  VI.     APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            Motion to approve the following appointments:

 

            Audit/Insurance Committee

 

            Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores

            Cm.  Garcia

            Cm.  Galo

            Cm.  Valdez

 

Nominating Committee to CVB Advisory Board

 

Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores

Cm.  Garcia

Cm.  Ramirez

 

Community Action Agency Advisory Board

 

Cm.  Agredano

Cm.  Garcia

Cm.  Ramirez

 

El Metro Transit System Committee

 

Cm.  Agredano

Cm.  Amaya

Cm.  Rendon

 

Engineering Review Committee

 

Cm.  Galo

Cm.  Valdez

Cm.  Amaya

 

Health & Benefits/Issues Committee

 

Cm.  Garcia

Cm.  Amaya

Cm.  Rendon

 

Legislative Liaison Committee

 

Cm.  Agredano

Cm.  Garcia

Cm.  Belmares

Metro Government Committee

 

Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores

Cm.  Agredano

Cm.  Galo

Cm.  Rendon

Cm.  Belmares

 

            Oil & Gas Review Committee

 

            Cm.  Galo

            Cm.  Amaya

            Cm.  Valdez

 

            Protocol, Procedures & Customer Service

 

            Mayor Elizabeth G  Flores

            Cm.  Galo

            Cm.  Garcia

 

            Rail Policy Committee

 

            Cm.  Galo

            Cm.  Valdez

            Cm.  Ramirez

 

            South Texas Development Council

 

            Mayor Flores

            Cm.  Amaya

            Cm.  Valdez

 

            Street Committee

 

            Cm.  Amaya

            Cm.  Belmares

            Cm.  Ramirez

 

            Veteran Affairs Committee

 

            Cm.  Agredano

            Cm.  Belmares

            Cm.  Valdez

 

            Water issues Committee

 

            Cm.  Galo

            Cm.  Amaya

            Cm.  Belmares

 

            Metro Planning Organization – already assigned last Council meeting by resolution.

 

            TAMIU Scholarship Advisory Committee

 

            Cm.  Garcia

 

VII.           PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4, 5, and the eastern 11.56 feet of Lot 3, Block 117, Western Division, located at 502 Houston 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 Tempore Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Louis Lavaude, attorney for the Jacaman Family, spoke in favor of the zone change

by noting  it would not impair any of the surrounding businesses or properties. 

 

Marina Ramirez spoke against the zone change to B-3.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and deny the zone change request.

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    8                                          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 a tattoo parlor on Lots 3 and 4, Block 61, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 5216 Springfield Avenue; 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.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Rendon

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Rendon

           

3.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a tattoo parlor on Lot 12, Block 988, Eastern Division, located at 1802 Corpus Christi Street; 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.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Denise and David Rodriguez, applicants, spoke in favor of the Conditional Use Permit.  They asked Council to consider changing the hours of operation from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  She also expressed her dissatisfaction of prohibiting music outside of the building because they enjoy listening to the radio for recreation.  She discussed the condition of placing a seven foot opaque fence where the site abuts any residential zone and suggested placing the fence around the parking lot so her children could continue play with other children in the neighborhood.  Finally, she asked Council to consider allowing them to paint murals on the walls with the colors of their choice.   

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, explained that staff recommended the Historic District Landmark Board’s approved color palette because there are 300 colors to choose from.  He continued by explaining that staff suggests a single color for the entire structure with the exceptions of the roof and trim because murals fall under the definition of signage.  He reminded Council about the mural on the Pro 8 News structure which had to be reduced because it was considered to be signage.  

 

Denise Rodriguez, applicant, explained that the Land Development Code defines a mural as “art work that is applied directly to a wall, ceiling, or floor surface where forms and or figures are the dominate element.  Any form of wording or logo shall be secondary nature to a mural.”  She added that signs are not generally construed as works of art; therefore, a wall sign is not a mural. 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, said the difference is that their design is painted with the intentions of attracting attention to the business.   

 

Denise Rodriguez, applicant, described the mural.     

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, said that Council cannot grant variances to the signage provision under the Conditional Use Permit.  The applicant would need to appeal to the Administrative Board of Adjustment.

 

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

 

1.)  The Conditional Use Permit shall be issued to David and Denise Rodriguez and is

       nontransferable.

2.)  Parking and Paving for the entire site shall at all times comply with all applicable

City of Laredo Land Code requirements.  All relevant City of Laredo development requirements shall apply.

                  3.)  The parking lot shall be paved and configured for commercial purposes.

                  4.)  Signage shall be limited to that which is allowed under the B-1 designation.

      5.)  A seven foot opaque fence shall be placed around the parking lot area and shall be

             open where the site abuts a residential use.             

      6.)  Hours of operation shall be limited from Mondays through Saturdays from

            2:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

                  7.)  Speakers or music are prohibited in front of the building at all times, during

                        business hours. 

                  8.)  The Conditional Use Permit shall be issued for a one year term.  

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

 

4.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Block 42, Eastern Division, located at 305 Corpus Christi Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) and B-3 (Community Business 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. Garcia

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ron Whitehawk,, representing Jorge Madrigales, asked Council to allow the zone change to be downgraded. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Ramirez

 

 

 

 

 

5.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 17.0722 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Hwy 359, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Richard Haynes, property owner, asked for approval of the zone change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

 

6.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 19.7148 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Hwy 359, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

 

 

 

 

7.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 18.4346 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Hwy 359, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing 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. Garcia

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Richard Haynes, property owner, asked council to approve of the zone change request.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

 

8.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 10, 11, 12, Block 891, Eastern Division, located at 1618 and 1620 Chihuahua St., from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

 

9.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 7.16 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately east of Saldaña Avenue and west of  the proposed Bartlett Avenue extension, 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 approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Rendon

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Rendon

 

10.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 19.14 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Southgate Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

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:  Cm. Agredano

 

11.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 7.61 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Southgate Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Agredano

 

12.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 24.236 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Merida Drive, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. 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. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

13.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a bar on Lot 1, Block 9, Crownridge Subdivision, located at 416 Shiloh Drive; 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.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

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

 

14.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 55.75 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located northwest of Summerwind Subdivision, Unit I, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) and 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 approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Rendon

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Rendon

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain: 0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Rendon

 

15.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.74 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located northwest of Summerwind Subdivision, Unit I, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  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. Rendon

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Rendon

 

16.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 46.40 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located west of R.W. Emerson Loop, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Rendon

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Rendon

 

17.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending City of Laredo’s Land Development Code Handbook, Article IV, Section 24.69.2, entitled General Provisions, by establishing further areas of special flood hazard identified by the Flood Insurance Rate Map Index, to include index Nos. 5, 10, 640, and 730; providing for publication and effective date.

 

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. Rendon

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

 

 

 

18.        Public hearing in consideration of proposed amendment to the City of Laredo’s Land Development Code Handbook, Chapter 24: Article IV, Section 24.65.6 : Single Family Manufactured Housing District: Subsection (1), to allow for non-manufactured home development in R-1-MH zone districts, and Section 24.77.1: Dimensional Standards, by increasing the minimum lot area required for a manufactured home in R-1-MH zone districts to 4,500, and the minimum lot area required in R-O zone districts to 4,500; providing for publication and effective date.

 

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. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

19.        Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the 2004 Consolidation Plan which identifies the projects proposed to be funded by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development through the 30th Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the 2004 HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the 2003 American Dream Downpayment Initiative; the 2004 American Dream Downpayment Initiative and the 2004 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG).  

 

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. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

20.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $16,573.00 from Mercy Ministries of Laredo for the City of Laredo Health Department to support their efforts in providing limited amount of urgent public health medications to their patients.  The medications will be charged at cost plus 15% administrative fee.  This contract will begin on March 1, 2004 through March 31, 2005.

 

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:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

21.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $742.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Binational TB Card Pilot Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the contract period beginning December 1, 2003, through September 30, 2004.  The decrease in funds is due to a reduction in funding from the Texas Department of Health.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

 

 

22.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures, in the amount $15,000.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health to conduct the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2004, through February 28, 2005.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Rendon

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

23.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget to appropriate grant revenues and expenses from the 2003 and 2004 State Homeland Security Grant Subrecipient agreements between the City of Laredo and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in the original amount of $1,195,134.00 and accepting and appropriating a supplemental amount of $216,658.00 for a total amount of $1,411,792.00.  In addition, accepting and appropriating State Homeland Security Grant through the State Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program Sub-grant in the amount of $51,142.00, for a grand total amount of $1,462,934.00.  Equipment received through the grant agreement will be used for the City’s Fire, Police, and Health Departments.  The appropriation of the said grant revenue and expenditures will account for grant proceeds and equipment purchased through the grant and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        

24.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing Operation Cooperation Program (southbound) by $20,000.00.  The United States Customs Service will reimburse this full amount for overtime expenses incurred by police officers working in conjunction through joint task forces.  The term of the original agreement is from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.  

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

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

     

 VIII.   INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

25.        Closing as public easements, certain platted but unopened city street sections  described in Exhibits “A”, “B”, “C” and “D” said street sections being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and authorizing the City Manager to (1) convey fee simple title to the “surface only” of the tracts described in Exhibits “A”, “B”, and “C” to David Slaughter and Wife Millicent B. Slaughter; provided however, that the City of Laredo will retain as utility easements the two tracts described in Exhibits “B” and “C” as utility easements; and (2) to convey fee simple title to the “surface only” of the tract described in Exhibit “D” to Sheila Slaughter Glassford; said conveyances being in partial consideration by the city for the City’s pending purchase of the Slaughter Farm, for the creation of a future park in South Laredo; and providing for an effective date. (Prior action on item #32/ Resolution 2004-R-054 required)

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

26.        Closing as a public easement that section of Maryland Avenue between Clark Boulevard and O’Kane Street situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

27.        Closing as a public easement that section of Eistetter Circle which is bounded by Eistetter Street and surrounded by Block 478 as per the Amended Retama Park Subdivision Plat recorded in Volume 2, Page 171, of the Plat Records of Webb County, Texas situated in the Retama Park Subdivision, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

28.        Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of the City of Laredo, Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, Site I, and specifically authorizing the City Manager to enter into an operations agreement with International Dairy Products, Inc., Zone Site Operator, for approximately 15,000 square feet of activated space located at 5400 Thomas Avenue at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, Site I, effective upon execution of this contract and ending on October 31, 2009.  Providing activation, administration, and transactions fees to the City and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

29.        Closing as public easements those sections of:

 

A.  Farias Street between Davis and Main Avenues, including a remaining  portion of right-of-way between the west right-of-way line of Main Avenue and the east right-of-way line of the Union Pacific Railroad Company;

 

 B. Davis Avenue between Ortiz Street and the west right-of-way line of Sta. Maria Avenue, including the intersection;

 

C.     Main Avenue between the north right-of-way line of Ortiz Street and the east right-of-way line of the Union Pacific Railroad Company including the intersection;

 

All said streets are situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 IX.   FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

         Motion to waive final reading of ordinances # 2004-O-133; # 2004-O-134; # 2004-O-135; # 2004-O-136; # 2004-O-137; # 2004-O-138; # 2004-O-139; # 2004-O-140; and # 2004-O-141.

 

         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    8                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.                   

2004-O-133        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 effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance #2004-O-133 with the exception of lessor Chez Mauricette.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2004-O-134        Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount $20,000.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH-Title V) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003, through August 31, 2004. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance #2004-O-134.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2004-O-135        Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount $20,000.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Family Planning Services of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003, through August 31, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance #2004-O-135.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2004-O-136        Adding new Article II [regulation of private premises vendors] to Chapter 18 of the Code of Ordinances; said Article II defining “private premises vendors”, regulating them, requiring permits, setting duration of permit, setting fee of $100.00 for a permit on land owned by permittee and of $500.00 for a permit on land not owned by permittee, and providing for penalty for violation of any provision of the regulations; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance #2004-O-136.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2004-O-137        Authorizing the City Manager to accept $600.00 in donations and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 General Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues in the amount of $600.00 in the form of a donation from Westwind Homes and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $600.00 for the purchase of food and beverages for the Indian Sunset Pond Clean Up Campaign that was held Saturday, May 22, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance #2004-O-137.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2004-O-138        Authorizing City Manager to convey on behalf of City of Laredo, as Trustee, Lots 7 and 8, Block 1299, Eastern Division, to City of Laredo, for its appraised fair market value of $9,578.00 of which the net proceeds shall be disbursed to the creditor taxing entities in the proportion each entity holds of the tax judgment; and providing for effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance #2004-O-138.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-139        Authorizing City Manager to convey on behalf of City of Laredo, as trustee, Lots 4 and 5, Block 1299, Eastern Division, to City of Laredo, for its appraised fair market value of $9,578.00 of which the net proceeds shall be disbursed to the creditor taxing entities in the proportion each entity holds of the tax judgment; and providing for effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance #2004-O-139.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-140        Authorizing the City Manager execute Easement Document WR# 2137814 with American Electric Power (AEP) for a 12’ x 750’ easement (9,000 square feet) and right-of-way out of the 1,259.09 acre tract of the Laredo International Airport recorded in Volume 478, Page 479-480 of the Webb County Deed Records for the purpose of installing underground electrical facilities to serve the Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) to Runway 17L; and providing for an effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance #2004-O-140.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2004-O-141        Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its market value of $7,583.18, for certain property described as a 5,924.36  sq. ft. (0.1360 of an acre) tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of the 2200 block of Lincoln Street between Eagle Pass Avenue and the Laredo Community College property line to Millco International, Inc.; said tract being situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being generally described on attached Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date.

 

This item was replaced by item on supplemental agenda.

 

X.  RESOLUTIONS

 

31.        2004-R-053     Declaring the Council's support to the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in their request to U.S. Senator John Cornyn for the initiative:  "Primero:  Educacion, Salud y Seguridad."  This is a long term, multi-disciplinary approach to address the health care needs, health care professions shortage, and other public health preparedness challenges facing South Texas and Border communities.  Therefore, the City of Laredo endorses this project with the hopes that resources are obtained and that a new partnership is forged between the City of Laredo and The University of Texas Health and Science Center in San Antonio.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-053.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                           Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

32.        2004-R-054     Authorizing the City Manager to sign the earnest  money contract in the form  attached as Exhibit A  with sellers, David Slaughter, Sheila Glassford and Slaughter Properties, Ltd., for the  purchase of 18 blocks and parts of 6 blocks, [the greater part of the  Slaughter Farm] for the following consideration from the city:

 

1.            Cash in amount of $2,500,000.00;

2.            Fencing improvements at estimated value of $157,631.25;

3.            Street improvements at an estimated value of up to $70,081.25; and

4.            Conveyance of the surface of certain street sections in the two areas being retained by sellers for their homes; and rescinding Resolution No. 2004-R-037 on the same subject.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-054.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

33.        2004-R-055     Authorizing the City Manager to reallocate 100 % of the privatization cost savings to water and wastewater projects within their respective funds.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-055.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

 XI.   MOTIONS

 

34.            Authorizing the City Manager to  acquire from  seller, Slaughter Properties, Ltd., Block 616, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, [save and except for a 0.1243 acre part thereof which is not owned by the seller] for not more than $58,000.00.  Funding is available in the 2003 CO.

 

  Motion to approve.

 

  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

  Second:  Cm. Amaya

  For:    8                                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

35.            Consideration to award an annual supply contracts (FY04-085) to low bidders,  Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $15,344.00,  and Oil Patch Petroleum Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $31,334.50 for the purchase of lubricants for the Fleet Maintenance Division.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

  Motion to approve.

 

  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

  Second:  Cm. Amaya

  For:       8                                              Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

 

36.            Consideration to award contract number FY04-090, to the sole bidder, Kustom Signals, Inc., Lenexa, Kansas, in the amount of $59,100.00 for the purchase of one hundred and fifty (150), wireless audio recording microphones and transmitters for use with the Police Department’s in vehicle video recording systems.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund budget.

 

  Motion to approve.

 

  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

  Second:  Cm. Amaya

  For:       8                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

37.            Consideration to enter into a contract with Laredo Newspapers, Inc. (Laredo Morning Times), the only newspaper of general circulation,  in the estimated annual amount of $45,900.00 for the publication of legal/public notices as required by the Local Government Code.  Funding is available in the respective department budgets that require the publication of legal notices. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

38.            Consideration to award contract FY04-087, to the low bidder meeting specifications, Fairway Landscape & Nursery Inc., San Antonio, TX in the total amount of $186,635.00 to landscape the grounds at the Laredo International Airport Passenger terminal.  Two lower bids were received, however, neither fully complied with the bid requirements.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund -Land Proceeds. 

 

  Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                                              Against:   0                               Abstain:  0

 

39.            Authorizing the City Manager to grant public fireworks display permits to Atlas Enterprises, Incorporated for fireworks displays on July 4, 2004, at the Laredo Country Club, Laredo Entertainment Center and Veteran’s Field. 

 

  Motion to approve.

 

  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

  Second:  Cm. Amaya

  For:       8                                              Against:   0                                Abstain:  0

 

40.            Authorizing the award of a contract in the amount of $76,228.00 to Hanson Wilson, Inc., for the development of the Laredo Rail Line Relocation Feasibility Study.  Funding is available through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) account using Federal Planning Grant (PL112) funds.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

 Second:  Cm. Amaya

 For:    8                                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

41.            Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Estoppels Certificate regarding that lease agreement approved by Ordinance 2001-O-042 dated February 20, 2001, as amended between the City of Laredo (“Landlord”) and Fedlaredo Partnership, L.P., a Pennsylvania limited partnership (“Tenant”) for the benefit of GLK, L.P., a Washington limited partnership (“Purchaser”).  Tenant intends to sell of its right, title and interest in the leased premises to Purchaser on or about June 28, 2004.

 

  Motion to approve.

 

  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

  Second:  Cm. Amaya

  For:    8                                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:   0

 

42.            Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of May 2004, represents an increase of $66,160.16.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

43.            To award a contract to the second lowest bidder Guillermo Gallegos Backhoe Services, Inc. of Laredo, Texas in the amount of $94,774.00 to construct 10 septic tanks and piping to provide on site wastewater treatment system to Los Corralitos.  The contract award is subject to the approval of the Texas Water Development Board.  Funding is available in the Colonias Construction Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                                              Against:  0                                 Abstain:  0

 

44.            Authorizing the City Manager to amend a contract with Camp Dresser and McKee Inc. in the amount of $117,009.20 under the Odor and Corrosion Control Project of the 1998A C.O., for design of odor control facilities for the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, inclusive of the professional services for the emergency repair of the 42” raw influent line and expansion of the original scope to include items recommended by United Water for replacement and repair.  The total amended contract will be $685,609.20.  Funding is available in the 1998A Bond Issue.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

45.            Authorizing the City Manager to amend a contract with Montgomery Watson Harza in the amount of $137,618.00 under the Chlorine and Ammonia Improvement Project, for additional design services to install onsite generation chemical fees systems at remote sites such as Mary Help of Christians, Sierra Vista, and Milmo Booster Stations.  Incorporating other beneficial changes to the operations of such equipment and amending the final project professional services cost to $141,303.00.  Funding is available in the 2000 CO Bond, Compress Gas Containment.

 

This item was replaced by item #5 in supplemental agenda.  

 

46.            Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant York International Sales and Service, San Antonio, Texas, for the Airport Thermal Ice Storage System and authorization to negotiate a design / build  services contract for the installation of glycol heat exchanger system.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund Development and Improvement Grants. 

 

  Motion to approve.

 

  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

  Second:  Cm. Amaya

  For:     8                                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

47.            Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Zertuche Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 28 (30 Blocks) in the base bid amount of $210,319.45. Funding is available in the CD Projects/Sidewalks – 29th action year / 2003 Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:      8                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

48.            Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Service, Laredo, Texas for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 26 (30 Blocks) in the base bid amount of $199,452.35. Funding is available in the CD Projects / School Sidewalks – 28th action year/2002 Grant & CD Projects / Sidewalks – 29th action year / 2003 Grant.

 

  Motion to approve.

 

  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

  Second:  Cm. Agredano

  For:       8                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

49.            Consideration for approval of change order No. 5 an increase of $145,517.00 to the construction contract with Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport Northeast Cargo Apron and Access Road for construction of an improved surface on existing areas within the Southwest Cargo Apron to support large cargo aircraft and associated cargo handling equipment.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund under Grant No. 38 and Grant No. 41.

 

  Motion to approve.

 

  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

  Second:  Cm. Agredano

  For:    8                                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

50.            Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between City of Laredo and the Laredo National Bank at an annual fee of $1.00 for housing the Veterans Monument at the Flag Park of the Americas, a site further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:      8                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

51.            Consideration for acceptance of the Jefferson Street Water Treatment High Service Pump Station Project and approval of final net decrease change order of $50,000.00 and final payment of $52,302.22 which includes retainage for the completion of the contract in the amount of $2,615,111.13.  Funding is available in the Waterworks Fund.

 

  Motion to approve.

 

  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

  Second:  Cm. Agredano

  For:    8                                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

52.            Consideration for approval of Amendment #1 to authorize up to an additional $87,252.00 to the existing professional services contract with Cutler-Gallaway Services, Inc., San Antonio, Texas for Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project to assess and provide a determination regarding the structural integrity of the foundations and to prepare construction documents (plans and specifications) for repairs, as needed, of the additional 24 housing units at the project.  Funding is available in the  Los Obispos Housing Project.

 

  Motion to approve.

 

  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

  Second:  Cm. Agredano

  For:       8                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

           

53.             

A.     Submittal of the proposed FY 2005-2009 Capital Improvement Program, with possible action.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that submittal of the proposed FY 2005-2009 Capital Improvement Program is a compliance issue of the City Charter which states that City Council must be given a copy of the Capital Improvement Plan. 

 

Motion accepting the submittal of the 2005-2009 Capital Improvement Plan.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Keith Kendall, Program Manager for Turner, Collie, & Braden, said that there are eleven Colonias Projects of which eight are the Texas Water Development Board, four are under construction, and two are going out for advertisements in the summer.  He advised that an award is being approved in tonight’s Council agenda which will allow one of the North American Development Bank Projects to begin in summer 2004.  The remaining projects will start in the fall to mid-fall.  He noted that the construction contracts are on schedule.     

 

C.     Presentation regarding the 2004 property tax and debt survey for the State of Texas.

 

Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Collector/Assessor, gave the following presentation: 

 

Texas Property Tax Code

 

Governs how the property tax process will work.

 

The Texas Constitution sets out five rules used in defining these policies:

 

·        Taxation must be equal and uniform.

·        With some exceptions, all tangible property must be taxed on its current market value.

·        All property is taxable unless a federal or state law provides an exemption.

·        Property owners have a right to reasonable notice of increases in appraised property value.

·        Each property in a county must have one appraised value.

 

      Stages in the Property Tax System

      Appraisal Phase

      Equalization Phase

      Assessment Phase

      Current Year Collection Phase

      Delinquency Collection Phase

 

Appraisal Phase

(Webb County Appraisal District) August thru May

 

·        Appraise Property

·        Set Values

·        Ownership Changes

·        New Subdivision/Annexations

·        Exemptions

·        Mailing Increase of Value Notices to Property Owners in May

 

Equalization Process

(Webb County Appraisal District)

 

·        Appraisal Review Board (ARB) Reviews

·        Challenges and Protests are heard

·        Value Changes are made

·        Appraisal Records approved and certified

 

      Assessment Phase

      (Taxing Entity)  August thru September)

 

·        Receive Certified Rolls

·        Budget Adoption Process

·        Truth in Taxation (Effective Tax Rate & Roll Back Rate Calculations)

·        Publish Rates and Hold Hearings

·        Adopt Rate and Levy Taxes

·        Mail Tax Statements

 

      Current Year Collection Phase

      (Taxing Entity)  October thru January

 

·        Receive Tax Payments

·        Account for Taxes Collected

·        Make Supplemental changes

·        Oversee Delinquent Tax Collection Efforts

 

      Delinquency Collection Phase

      (Taxing Entity)  February until collected

 

·        Add Penalty and Interest

·        Mail Delinquent Notice

·        Add Attorney Fees

·        Take Legal Action to Collect

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, explained that staff has selected a number of cities that monitor themselves in the Collective Bargaining Agreements which are comparable to Laredo.  The report demonstrated population figures starting with El Paso and gave Council their assessed valuation with their gross tax rate. The cities include: Arlington, Corpus Christi, Laredo, and Brownsville.  They have the same tax rate but there is a disparity in the valuations from city to city.  He also pointed out that the City of Laredo has doubled in size and more in population, yet the correspondence tax increase has only been fourteen cents in the last twelve years.  He pointed out that if an individual takes the same process and looks at the other taxing entities, and the levels of taxation, they would see that the City of Laredo has been very conservative in its approach to make taxes stretch.  Taxpayers don’t realize that the City of Laredo is only one part of a four part component that levies taxes.  Certainly the City’s taxes, considering the services that we provide, speak for itself. 

 

Tax Rate and Property Tax Levy

(Property within UISD Jurisdiction)

 

Taxing Entity

Tax Rate

Tax on

 

2003

Taxable Value of

 

 

$100,000

UISD

$  1.476871

$        1,476.87

LCC

$  0.236000

$           236.00

Webb County

$  0.457923

$           457.92

City of Laredo

$  0.641761

$           641.76

 

Total Tax

 

$      2,812.56

 

Taxing Entity

Tax Rate

Tax on

 

2003

Taxable Value of

 

 

$100,000

LISD

$ 1.502714

$          1,502.71

LCC

$ 0.236000

$             236.00

Webb County

$ 0.457923

$             457.92

City of Laredo

$ 0.641761

$             641.76

 

Total Tax

 

$         2,838.40

 

 

 

 

 

                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.  A request by Police Officer Barbara Goodman to consider extending her injury

                             leaves with pay, with  possible action.

 

Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, explained that the firefighters/police officers are entitled to full pay for an illness or an injury that is related to the line of duty for a period commensurate with the nature of the line of duty, illness, or injury.  If necessary, the leave shall continue for one year.  He said Officer Barbara Goodman, who was injured on the job on December 21, 2002, has worked with the City’s Return to Work Program.  She has also worked with modified duty; however, she had a surgical procedure and is in the latten stages of that recovery.  Records indicate that she has exhausted the 260 Loss Work Days effective on June 22, 2004.  She has also exhausted the City’s Modified Duty on June 17, 2004.  The provision reads that at the end of one year period the municipalities governing body may extend the line of duty, illness, or injury leave at full or reduced pay.  So based on that provision Officer Goodman is present to petition the Council to consider an extension of that 260 work days that we have already paid. 

 

Officer Goodman stated that her next Doctor’s appointment is on July 16, 2004 where she is hoping to be released for to return to full duties.  At a recent visit, the doctor did not release her because she was receiving injections and he wanted her to let the treatment settle and release her when she was fully recovered.  She asked City Council to extend her injury leave with pay for 45 days. 

 

Motion to extend Barbara Goodman’s injury leave with pay for 45 days. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

E.  A request by Police Officer Heriberto Rodriguez to consider extending his injury

     leave with pay, with possible action.

 

Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, said that Officer Heriberto Rodriguez was injured on the job on October 19, 2002.  He added that the officer has been through a series of modified duty assignments and he is in the latten stages of his recovery.  He noted that the officer has an appointment on July 5, 2004 where he feels confident that the doctor will release him to return back to work with full duties.  He asked Council to consider extending the officer’s injury leave for 45 days. 

 

Motion to extend the injury leave with pay for Officer Heriberto Rodriguez for 45 days.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

54.             

A.     Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1.  Status Report on street lights in Century City Subdivision, with 

  possible action. 

 

 Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that upon inspection of the street 

 lights in the Century City Subdivision staff has upgraded three lights from 

 16,000 lumens to 27,500 lumens.  Staff has also assisted AEP/CPL in  

 replacing three lenses and they cleaned the rest of them because they were

 faded.  Staff will be working to improve the lighting at the entrance of 

 Century City.

  

                                2.  Status Report on Cielito Lindo Fire Station / Police Substation,  

 with possible action.

 

Cm.  Agredano asked if the City of Laredo is prepared with enough manpower and equipment to man the Cielito Lindo Fire Station/Police Substation. 

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, gave the following report:

 

Fire Station No.  14 & police Substation Cielito Lindo Subdivision

 

Construction of a new fire station and police substation, driveways with parking lot, as per plans and specifications prepared by Sepulveda Associates Architects, Inc.

 

Project Schedule:

 

June 13, 2004              Advertise for Bids

June 20, 2004              Advertise for Bids

June 22, 2004              Pre Bid Meeting

June 29, 2004              Receive and Open Bids

 

Base bid includes Fire Station # 14 with 3-bay apparatus room, separate men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers, dormitories, kitchen, dining/living room, dispatch area, two private offices, a public restroom, mechanical and equipment room, hose tower, concrete retaining wall, concrete driveways and parking lot, landscaping, and irrigation system.

 

If funding become available at the time of award of the construction contract, the additive alternate of the police substation is as follows:

 

Add Alternate No. 1                 Police Substation includes general office area with a locker section, a private office, a weapons storage area, restroom and mechanical room.   

 

If base bid exceeds the allotted budget, the following deductive alternates

will be considered:

 

Delete Alternate No. 2 – One Apparatus Bay/Flatwork

Delete Alternate No.  3 – West Parking Concrete Flatwork

Delete Alternate No.  4 – North Parking Concrete Flatwork

Delete Alternate No. 5 – West Side Lattice Work and Roof

 

Construction time:  270 Calendar Days (Nine Months)

 

July 6, 2004 – Award Bid (Tentative)

 

Motion to move up Cm.  Rendon’s item.

 

             V.  B.  Discussion with possible action on activating Aerial Truck No. 3 and

Ambulance No. 12 to be operating at Fire Station No. 12 as previously

approved on September 17, 2001, in Ordinance 2001-O-209 as unanimously

approved by the City Council.

 

Cm.  Rendon questioned a directive that was given at a Budget Workshop in the August 17, 2001.  He said the motion read “to approve as priority the funding for an ambulance and crew for Station No. 9 and an ambulance and crew for Station No. 12 as well as a transfer of the Aerial Truck to Station # 12 with the necessary crew.” He asked why administration has not taken action on the item after three years.   

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, asked Council to consider the statement that Cm.  Rendon read, “the City Manager shall prioritize and find the funding”.  He noted that the Council’s action was during the budget year of September 11, 2001.  The City of Laredo had a loss of bridge revenues for 2001 of $1,674,000 because of the terrorist acts on the United States on September 11, 2001.  He advised that he has a responsibility to the Mayor, City Council, and to the City of Laredo to make sure that he balances the budget.  He said it would be dereliction of his responsibilities to be funding items without resources to pay for them.  He gave a comprehensive report explaining how administration has been hiring and distributing equipment and manpower.    Staff has taken the course that indicates there are no funds to activate Aerial Truck No. 3 because they are programming the construction of Cielito Lindo; however, City Council can override their recommendation.  He asked Council if they would like to activate the aerial truck as soon as possible and transfer it to Cielito Lindo when it is opened. 

 

Cm.  Rendon explained that an aerial truck is the most important apparatus at the fire station.  He added that the truck carries all the extra equipment that a firefighter needs to save people in the time of need. 

 

Fire Chief Sosa said that an aerial truck needs twelve firefighters that include: three drivers, three captains, three assistance, and three firefighters.  He noted that the department has the firefighters; however, the department would need to reclassify the firefighters, which would cost $89,000.  He also mentioned the fact that several firefighters need to obtain their certification by the national registry. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said as the City’s budgets are approved there are different administrative decisions that need to be made.  The decisions are not meant to remove the intentions of Council but they must show fiscal responsibility and that is what administration is tempting to do.  Council needs to understand that staff has done a great deal of expansion in the fire department.  There has been an increase for the police and fire department of $52 million dollars.  The City needs to do what the City can afford.  He said that he is not suggesting that one piece of equipment is less vital than others but the hard reality is there is only so much money.  He asked Council if the Fire Department should continue to service calls outside of the City limits.

 

Cm.  Belmares mentioned that at some point in time the City of Laredo would need to provide basic services without putting a cost on safety.  He stressed that if the City of Laredo needs to activate an aerial truck, firestation, and crews then the Council must find resources to fund them.  He emphasized that Council may need to consider safety for the community rather than providing funding for projects that are not truly needed. 

 

Cm.  Rendon reiterated that three years ago the Council felt that there was a necessity to have an Aerial Truck No. 12 covering the Texas A & M University,  Laredo Entertainment Center, Alexander High School, Winfield Estates, Doctor’s Hospital and other newly constructed sites.  

 

Chief Sosa gave a recommendation to activate Aerial Truck No. 3 in October.  He said it would allow the department time to train twelve firefighters needed for the opening of Cielto Lindo in 2005.    

 

Cm.  Agredano stressed that the City of Laredo needs to build Cielito Lindo Fire Department for the record. 

 

Cm.  Garcia agreed with the other Council Members that administration should locate the funds to construct and man Cielito Lindo

 

Cm.  Rendon reminded the City Manager that it has been almost four years since Council allocated the monies to activate the aerial truck.  He stressed that the aerial truck should be activated because Council directed staff to do so. 

 

Rudy Ocha, President of the Firefighters of Laredo, said that response time is extremely important.  Fire fighters need the proper equipment to be able to do their jobs properly.  He said that Council should consider that Laredo is growing at a rapid rate and no one should put a price on life.    

 

 

 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that safety for the firefighters and the community is a top priority for administration; however, staffing is the issue.  The City of Laredo has built four new stations with an increase of six million dollars in the fire budget.  He added all the departments have the arduous task of trimming their budgets. 

 

Motion to proceed with Cielito Lindo to be staffed.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Motion to activate in command Aerial Truck No. 3.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     4                                   Against:  4                                Abstain:  0

 

After discussion the Mayor asked for a show of hands to activate the AT3.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     6                                   Against:  2                                Abstain:  0

                                                Cm.  Galo

                                                Cm.  Ramirez

 

Motion to postpone all other items on the Agenda.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

B.      Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore John C. Galo

 

1.      Motion to reimburse up to $100.00 per month to the tennis pro at the Market Street courts for the purchase of tennis balls for the rest of the fiscal year and to ask staff to bring back to City Council estimates for additional wind screens and for misters to be placed under the patio area.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.      Discussion regarding the dumping problem on the first block of Buena Vista, south of Chacon Creek, with possible action.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

C.           Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding property tax values set by the Webb County Appraisal District.

 

Dr.  Xavier Cantu asked Council to debate the increase of property values that have been imposed on the tax paying citizens of Laredo.  He said that increased values have been exorbitant reaching as high as 300% over the prior year’s values for many property owners.  The economic significant and impact of the increases are tremendous.  He asked Council to join him in the fight against rising property taxes. 

 

Jacqueline Geissler stated that Citizens United towards Fair Assessment in Taxes is more than what their name indicates.  She explained that their goal is to monitor elected officials and what they do with taxpayer’s monies.  She said that Council should curtail their expenditures by cutting back like the citizens of Laredo have to cut back.  She emphasized that “CUT FAT” will assist City Council to think outside the box. 

 

Joe Botello expressed the same opinion as Jacqueline Geissler and

Dr.  Cantu.  He also said that “CUT FAT” is a non-profit corporation that is chartered by the State of Texas to address concerns or problems.  CUT FAT wants to implement a process so citizens can avail themselves of the right to be able to file a protest.  He feels that one of the weaknesses that entities have is conveying the proper procedures to the public in a friendly manner.  He noted that several individuals from the community stated that they do not want to protest at the Webb County Appraisal District because they feel that the Chief Appraiser is arrogant and he doesn’t go an extra mile to assist protesters.  Protesters do not feel comfortable enough to approach the Webb County Appraisal Review Board because they are intimidated by the procedure. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said he did not know if the Council could take action at tonight’s meeting but he did say that staff needs to research the issue of rising property values and return to Council with recommendations.  He pointed out that there is a $30,000 exemption on City property taxes for everyone that is over-65.  He also pointed out that the State Comptroller’s Office audits the values that are set by the Webb County Appraisal District’s and if they are not market value the schools could loose their funding. 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Galo concurred with the City Manager that the Webb County Appraisal District is mandated to appraise properties at market value.  He encouraged any individual that feels that his property is overvalued to protest.  He serves on the Webb County Appraisal District Board of Directors therefore he would remind staff to walk protesters through the process of protesting as painlessly as possible.  He applauded the efforts of “CUT FAT.”  He agreed that the current taxing process does not seem to be fair.    He stressed the fact that the City of Laredo has been very prudent with their monies.  He noted that the City has constructed streets, parks, recreations centers, and have tried to meet the demands of the community as fiscally responsible as possible. 

 

Cm.  Valdez also applauded the efforts of CUT FAT.  He said that the City Council is fighting for the Fifth Bridge for the very reason that the City of Laredo cannot afford to share the bridge system revenues. 

 

Mayor Flores assured CUT FAT that the City Council is very cautious in spending the taxpayer’s monies.  She said that Council attends Strategic Planning Sessions each year that entails reviewing a five-year plan so they can select their projects as fiscally and prudently as possible.  She praised the City Manager and his staff for staying focused with their vision that serves the people of Laredo.  She said that the directors approach the City Manager with ideas and plans to better their departments and he has the unfortunate task of denying additional funds.  It is difficult to “cut fat” without cutting the services that the people receive.  It is very hard for Council to comprehend that the State of Texas Legislature cannot get their arms around this enormous need that we have in educating our children. 

 

Cm.  Belmares said that he needs the community to be mindful of what they are asking the Council to do when they ask them to “cut back.”  Government cannot be all things for all people.  There are so many things that the City provides that are not essential services but if we cut some of those services others individuals in the community would go into an uproar.  He specifically mentioned the Third Party Funding where the City assists with non profit organizations and park programs that Council provides that it is not the rule of the government to create recreation.  Finally he said that Council can cut it as thin as the community would like for us too but be mindful that there are certain things that CUT FAT may not ask for but the other members of the community do.  

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding traffic issues in District VI.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

3.      Discussion with possible action on creating a farmer’s market.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

4.      Discussion with possible action on creating an Ordinance Review Committee.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

D.     Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on establishing a procedure to inform the public of power blackouts.

 

This item was replaced by item 6 (C) 1 in the supplemental agenda.  

 

2.   Discussion with possible action on extending the bus route to the Rio Vista area.

 

This item was replaced by item 6 (C)) 2 in the supplemental agenda.  

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on resurfacing San Bernardo Avenue from Jefferson to Scott Street.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano  

For:    8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

4.   Discussion with possible action on placing Council Member Requests at the beginning of the agenda.

 

This item was replaced by item 6 (C) 3 in the supplemental agenda.  

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

           

 

 

XV.      ADJOURNMENT

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

      I.    COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

         

Recognition

 

a.   Recognition of the  Laredo Select Hoopsters composed of local middle school girls for their 3rd place win in the Junior Varsity category of the basketball tournament held June 16, 2004, in Elgin, Texas.

 

     Mayor and City Council recognized the Laredo Select Hoopsters and presented them with a Seven Flags Gift Certificate of Recognition.

 

 II.   PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Hotel Motel Fund  budget by appropriating a drawdown of $250,000.00 from the opening balance by amending the transfer of funds to the Convention and Visitors Fund, and amending the City of Laredo’s Convention and Visitors Fund budget by appropriating revenues and expenses in the amount of $250,000.00, which will be placed in a Miss Texas Pageant division, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budgets.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III.   FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES

 

            2.  This item replaces Final Reading # 2004-O-141 on regular City Council agenda.

 

2004-O-141  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only,” at its market value of $7,583.18, for certain property described as a 5,924.36  sq. ft. (0.1360 of an acre) tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of the 2200 block of Lincoln Street between Eagle Pass Avenue and the Laredo Community College property line to Millco International, Inc.; said tract being situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being generally described on attached Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance #2004-O-141.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

  IV.     MOTIONS

           

3. Consideration to amend the existing contract with Crystal Group, Inc., a Texas Corporation from $150,000.00 to $260,000.00 to include contractual obligations of the City of Laredo related to lightning and staging of the “Miss Texas USA Pageant.”  Funding is available in the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau budget.

 

      Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

4.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the Laredo Entertainment Center for the purposes of hosting the Miss Texas USA Pageant, which includes expenses for the move-in move-out, Preliminary Competition, Dress Rehearsal, Final Show and Live Telecast at a cost not to exceed $100,000.00.

 

      Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

5.   This item replaces item #45 on the regular City Council agenda.

 

Authorizing the City Manager to amend a contract with Montgomery Watson Harza in the amount of $137,618.00 under the Chlorine and Ammonia Improvement Project for additional design services to install onsite generation chemical fees systems at remote sites such as Mary Help of Christians, Sierra Vista, and Milmo Booster Stations.  Incorporating other beneficial changes to the operations of such equipment and amending the final project professional services cost to $414,303.00.  Funding is available in the 2000 CO Bond, Compress Gas Containment.

 

Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:    8                                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

   V.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

6.  A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.  Presentation by American Electric Power (AEP) representative regarding the power outage of Friday, June 11, 2004.

 

      Mike Cearley, from Corpus Christi Office, gave the following report:

 

     The Event

 

      Approximately 15:37 on Friday, June 11, 2004 a voltage sensing transformer at the Laredo PS failed and caught fire.

      Primary relay protection did not operate.

      Backup relay protection operated and prevented further damage to the system and limited the outage duration.

      Laredo PS and 69V Loops were isolated from the system and were outaged.

      Approximately 30,948 customers were outaged.

 

     Event Recovery

 

      Event began at approximately 15:37.

                                    # 1 – 138 v Bus pt’S were cut in clear between 16:00 and 16:30

                                    Service restoration began at 16:30

                                    All customers were back on in one hour and 41 minutes by 17:28.

# 1-138kV bus was put back in service approximately 21:10 with temporary potentials from the #2 bus.

# 1 – 138 V bus PT’s were replaced @ 21:16 the next day

 

Action Items

 

Relays and relay systems were tested for proper calibration.

Found and corrected current transformer wiring problem.

Found and corrected timer setting on # 2 Auto transformer.

Both 138k buses were Trip Tested to confirm that they will trip when called upon to do so.

Install test switches to facilitate trip testing – AEP best practice.

 

 

 

Recent Laredo Area Improvements

 

Laredo 138k Statcom installation

Replaced 2-138k V circuit breakers at Laredo PS

North Laredo SS installation

Wormser Road – Falcon – Garza 138V line upgrade

Zapata substation capacity increase

Zacate Creek substation nearing completion

 

Future Transmission Plans for Laredo Area

Laredo 69kV Inner Loop Conversion to 138kV

CFE – Laredo Back to Back Tie

Laredo Hwy 59
           

B.   Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

1.      Discussion with possible action on activating Aerial Truck # 3 and Ambulance # 12 to be operating at Fire Station # 12 as previously approved on September 17, 2001, in reference to Ordinance 2001-O-209 as unanimously approved by the City Council.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector J. Garcia)

 

This item was discussed with item 54(A)2.

 

C.   Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

The following items replace items 54. D. 1, 2, and 4 on the regular City Council agenda.

                                     

1.  Discussion with possible action on establishing a procedure to inform the  public of power blackouts.

 

      Cm.  Ramirez gave several suggestions for establishing a procedure to inform the public of power blackouts.  He suggested for staff to work on creating an agreement with the Nuevo Laredo radio stations.  He said that would give the citizens a chance to listen to their radios for important information that affects the community. 

 

      Mayor Flores advised the Council Member that the City of Laredo has developed an emergency plan with Nuevo Laredo which will be implemented when the Emergency Center is in operation.  

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that he would have staff to work with the Nuevo Laredo Officials and he will report back to Council with recommendations. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on extending the bus route to the Rio Vista area.

 

      Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                                    Second:  Cm. Agredano  

                                    For:    8                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on placing Council Member requests at the beginning of the agenda.

 

      Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

   Second:  Cm. Agredano  

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 VI.      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.

 

VII.     ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  11:13  p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            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 42 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on June 21, 2004.

 

 

 

                                                            ______________________________________

                                                            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                            City Secretary