CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2004-R-013

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

July 6, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Galo led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            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,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Mayor Flores.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Galo

            Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

            For:    6                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            Cm. Agredano not present.

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of May 17, 2004, June 11, 2004, and June 29, 2004.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    6                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

            Invitations

 

            None.

            Recognitions

 

            Cm. Agredano joined the meeting at 5:38 p.m.

 

            a.  Recognition of Vicente Moreno of the Parks and Recreation Department on his selection           as June 2004 City of Laredo Employee of the Month.

 

Mike Pescador, Assistant Parks and Recreation Director, spoke on the achievements and accomplishments that led to Mr. Moreno’s selection as Employee of the Month.  He stated that he is always willing to work when called upon even on weekends, evenings, and during emergencies.  He provided valuable assistance in the construction of the Eistetter Pavilion.  He went the extra mile by providing his assistance with the Relay for Life fundraising activities and during the Relay for Life walk.  Upon his initiative, Mr. Moreno followed his contacts to acquire trash receptacles for several of the City’s parks.  Throughout his tenure, his acquisition of more than 100 trash barrels has saved the City approximately $22,000.00.  As a participant of the Employee Communication Committee, he comes well prepared to share ideas and make recommendations for doing different projects to improve productivity.  Mr. Moreno always leads by example and demonstrates that his many contributions has earned him respect among his coworkers and management. 

 

            b.  Recognition of Mr. Humberto Garza, Operations Manager for the Laredo International              Airport, on his prestigious designation of Airport Certified Employee (ACE) by the                         American Association of Airport Executives.

 

Jose Flores, Airport Director, reported that Mr. Garza is being recognized for receiving the prestigious designation of Airport Certified Employee.  This enables Mr. Garza to use the ACE Operations designation after his name, a designation that is unique to the aviation industry and a designation that only 69 individuals in the nation have attained.  Mr. Garza had to be accepted and successfully pass an intensive aviation and operations based program which is reviewed by Federal Aviation Administration and senior airport operations personnel. 

 

            c.  Recognition of Bernadette Galvan for placing 1st place in both the 2003 National

                 Physique Committee (NPC) Cornerstone Classic Competition and the 2004 (NPC)                                  Lonestar Classic Competition.

 

Ms. Bernadette Galvan received a Certificate of Recognition from Mayor Pro Tempore Galo and City Council for her accomplishment. 

 

            Communiqués

 

Cm. Agredano mentioned the United States Postal Service collected over 16,000 lbs. of food items during its food drive.  Nationwide, they collected over 71,000,000 lbs. of food for distribution to the needy.  He also mentioned that Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director; Mike Pescador, Assistant Director, and the staff of the Parks and Recreation Department were very instrumental in the preparations for the dedication of the Mario Tijerina Park.  He expressed his gratitude to all those who provided donations for the event, especially International Bank of Commerce, LULAC Council 12 and LULAC Council 14, Pizza Hut, H.E.B., Belinda Guerra and Z-93.  He also mentioned that he was present for the unveiling of the monument for the Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients and he thanked everyone who attended the ceremony.

 

Cm. Garcia congratulated Cm. Agredano, Cm. Belmares, and Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. for the long-awaited ceremony for the veterans’ monument and thanked Laredo National Bank for their assistance.  He also thanked the people at the D.D. Hachar Recreational Center for hosting a Sunday Party for the area children.  He thanked Mike Pescador, Assistant Parks Director, and the Parks and Recreation Department for the assistance provided this week with the Little League baseball games throughout the city.  He also thanked Mayor Pro Tem Galo for the donation of the scoreboard to the Garcia-Vela Park.  He also thanked United Water for their patience and for the great work being done at the Villa del Sol subdivision.  He also congratulated Cm. Amaya on his swearing-in ceremony held yesterday.  

 

Cm. Amaya thanked Rudy Ochoa and the firefighters for hosting the swearing-in ceremony.  He thanked Justice of the Peace Hector J. Liendo as well for his participation at the ceremony.  He also thanked Cm. Hector Garcia, Cm. Gene Belmares, L.I.S.D. School Board Member George Beckelhymer, Cynthia Collazo, Deputy City Manager, as well as all the constituents for being in attendance. 

 

Cm. Rendon thanked Mike Pescador, Assistant Parks Director, and the Parks and Recreation staff for their support at the Second Annual Veterans Day Parade.  He also mentioned that he attended the unveiling of the monument by Laredo National Bank Park and he stated that  he appreciates that the bank is supporting what the Council is doing for the community.

 

Cm. Belmares stated that he knows that the local veterans provided plenty of input and advice to ensure the correct placing of this monument.  He added that high praise is due to Mike Pescador, Assistant Parks Director, for handling this project diligently from beginning to end. 

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. thanked Cm. Agredano and Cm. Belmares for their hard work and input provided during the Veterans Advisory Committee meetings.  He mentioned that the City Council has been working on this project for over four years and he was glad to see this project through to fruition.  He stated that it was a great contribution by everyone and congratulated the local veterans on their monument.  He also thanked John Orfila, Public Works Recycling Coordinator, for his assistance with some of the preparations for the event.

 

Cm. Ramirez thanked the participants who were involved in the Veterans Day Parade, the Outsiders Car Club, and the TAMIU dancers during the event held at the Civic Center grounds.  He also thanked H.E.B. for the donation of ice cream and apple pie that was handed out to the people at the baseball field.  He mentioned that everyone present enjoyed the fireworks display later that evening. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo stated that it was a wonderful 4th of July weekend with all the different events around the city.  He added that most events went off without any problems.  He also thanked Mike Pescador, Assistant Parks Director, for all his hard work and the great job done by staff.  He expressed his appreciation to the fire department and the police department for their diligence and patience following the rain events.  He also thanked the City Manager for being so courteous and providing his assistance following the rain events.  Lastly, he congratulated the Medal of Honor recipients and all the local veterans who have proudly served our country.   He thanked the Laredo National Bank for all the contributions made to allow the citizens of Laredo to remember our fallen veterans.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

            a.  Appointment by Council Member Johnny Rendon of:

 

            1.    Jesus D. Romero to the Airport Advisory Committee

            2.    Joseph H. Hein to the Citizen's Environmental Advisory Committee

            3.    Melba N. Gonzales to the Library Advisory Committee

            4.    Delia Peña to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee

            5.    Veronica R. Cantu to the Planning and Zoning Commission

            6.    Luis Meza to the Transportation & Traffic Safety Advisory Committee

            7.    Frances G. Wawroski and Alicia Medina to the Laredo Women’s Commission

            8.    Eliseo Valdez Jr. to the Para Transit Advisory Committee

            9.    Ray Ayala to the Third Party Funding Advisory Committee

            10.  Rosy Gregory to the Tree Advisory Committee

 

            Motion to approve the appointments by Council Member Johnny Rendon.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Agredano

            Second:  Cm. Belmares

            For:      7                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo's FY 2003-2004           Annual Budget by authorizing the addition of three Full Time Equivalents (FTEs)                             including one (1) 9-1-1 Program Manager, one (1) 9-1-1 Specialist, and one (1) 9-1-1                              Mapping and Database Maintenance Specialist for the South Texas 9-1-1 Regional                        Administration Division.  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Administration                          Fund.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Agredano

                 Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $20,017.00 in additional funds, totaling $85,767.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Immunization Action Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the grant period beginning January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2004.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

 

3.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Assignment of that Rental Car Agency

Concession and Lease Agreement entered into between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Instant Signs, Inc., dba Budget Rent a Car of Laredo, as Lessee, by Ordinance No. 2003-O-191 dated August 4, 2003.  Said Assignment is to Budget Rent a Car System, Inc., for approximately 171 square feet of office and counter space located in Car Rental Space #2, and 19 parking spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  All the terms of the original Rental Car Agency Concession and Lease Agreement will remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinance # 2004-O-142, # 2004-O-143, # 2004-O- 144; # 2004-O-145; # 2004-O-146; # 2004-O-147; # 2004-O-148; # 2004-O-149; # 2004-O 150; # 2004-O-151; # 2004-O-152; # 2004-O-153; # 2004-O-154; # 2004-O-155; # 2004-O-156; # 2004-O-157; # 2004-O-158; 2004-O-159; # 2004-O-160; # 2004-O-161; # 2004-O-162; # 2004-O-163; # 2004-O-165; # 2004-O-166; # 2004-O-167; # 2004-O-168; # 2004-O-169; and # 2004-O-170.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Agredano

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:      7                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

2004-O-142  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-142.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-143  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-143.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:   7                                        Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

2004-O-144  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-144.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-145  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-145.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-146  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-146.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-147  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-147.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-148  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-148.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-149  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.  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-149.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-150  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-150.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-151  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.  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-151.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-152  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-152 as amended to include the cold storage and restrooms to the facilities. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-153  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-153.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-154  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-154. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-155  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-155.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-156  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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-156.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-157  Amending 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 square feet, and the minimum lot area required in R-O zone districts to 4,500 square feet; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-157.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-158  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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-158.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-159  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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-159.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

2004-O-160  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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-160.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-161  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating

revenues and expenditures in the amount of $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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-161.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

2004-O-162  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003/2004 General Fund 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 the 2004 calculated base grant award in the amount of  $216,658.00 for a total amount of $1,411,792.00.  In addition, the acceptance and appropriation of the State Homeland Security Grant through the State Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program Sub-grant will be $51,142.00. The total amount appropriated from the State Homeland Security Grant will be $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.  The above said grant requires no in kind or matching funds.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-162.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-163  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing

Operation Cooperation (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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-163.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-165  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-165.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-166  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-166.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-167  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-167.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-168  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 transaction fees to the City and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-168.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-169  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-169.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-170  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Assignment of the lease

agreement approved by Ordinance No. 2001-O-042 dated February 20, 2001, as amended, between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Fedlaredo Partnership, L.P., a  Pennsylvania limited partnership. Said Lease Assignment is to GLK, L.P., a Washington limited partnership, as Assignee, for approximately 2.82 acres at the Laredo International Airport; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-170.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

5.  2004-R-049  A resolution of support for the water use strategy of sea water desalination

     for the purposes of providing additional sources of water for the Rio    

     Grande basin.

 

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-049.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Agredano

     Second:  Cm. Amaya

     For:    7                                  Against:  0                                    Abstain:  0

 

6.  2004-R-057  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel

of land for the Riverfront Development Project.  Said parcel being the South 69.44 feet of Lot 1, Block 50, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner.

 

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-057.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Agredano

  Second:  Cm. Amaya

  For:    7                                  Against:  0                                    Abstain:  0

 

7.  2004-R-058  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Yolanda Avitia for the

right-of-way acquisition, Ranchitos 359 East Subdivision project.  This being a strip of land 15 feet in width, containing 3,209.25 square feet or 0.074 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in porcion 31, abstract 3116, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-058.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Agredano

  Second:  Cm. Amaya

  For:    7                                  Against:  0                                    Abstain:  0

 

8.  2004-R-059  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Teodoro Delgado and

wife Hermelinda Delgado for the right-of-way acquisition, Ranchitos 359 East Subdivision project.  This being a strip of land 15 feet in width, containing 3,209.25 square feet or 0.074 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in porcion 31, abstract 3116, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

  Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-059.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Agredano

  Second:  Cm. Amaya

  For:    7                                  Against:  0                                    Abstain:0

 

9.  2004-R-060  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Luz Olivia Gonzalez

for the Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision easement acquisition project.  This being a 0.02066 of an acre, more or less, parcel, which is out of Lot 6, Block 10, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-060.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Agredano

  Second:  Cm. Amaya

  For:    7                                  Against:  0                                    Abstain:0

 

 

 

10.  2004-R-061  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Francisco Guerra, Jr.,

and the Guerra Living Trust for the right-of-way acquisition, Laredo Ranchettes, Inc. project.  This being a strip of land generally 30 feet in width, containing 25,432.52 square feet of 0.584 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in porcion 31, abstract 3116, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-061.

 

    Moved:  Cm. Agredano

    Second:  Cm. Amaya

    For:     7                               Against:  0                                    Abstain:  0

 

11.  2004-R-062  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Manuel Gutierrez

and wife, Maria Del Socorro Gutierrez, and Jose D. Martinez and wife, Sandra G. Martinez, for the right-of-way acquisition, Laredo Ranchettes, Inc. project.  This being a strip of land generally 30 feet in width, containing 12,301.29 square feet or 0.28 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in porcion 32, abstract 296, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-062.

 

    Moved:  Cm. Agredano

    Second:  Cm. Amaya

    For:     7                               Against:              0                        Abstain:  0

 

12.  2004-R-063  Accepting donation of one utility easement from Juan Manuel Molina, Jr.,

for the right-of-way acquisition, San Carlos Subdivision, Phase I project.  This being a strip of land 15 feet in width, containing 225.00 square feet or 0.005 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in porcion 32, abstract 296, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

   Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-063.

 

   Moved:  Cm. Agredano

   Second:  Cm. Amaya

   For:   7                                  Against:  0                                    Abstain: 0

 

13.  2004-R-065  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the South

Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $35,000.00 with no matching funds required. Funds will be used to promote two (2) electronic waste (e-waste) recycling events, as well as for disposal fees for the materials collected.

 

      Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-065.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Agredano

  Second:  Cm. Amaya

  For:    7                                  Against:  0                                    Abstain:  0

 

14.  2004-R-066  Ratifying the City Manager’s submittal of a grant application to the

United States Environmental Protection Agency’s US-Mexico Border Program in the amount of $30,000.00 with the City designating $1,500.00 in matching funds for a total of $31,500.00 for the Los Dos Laredos Early Childhood Education Program for the Environmental Services Department.

 

       Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-066.

 

   Moved:  Cm. Agredano

   Second:  Cm. Amaya

   For:   7                                  Against:  0                                    Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

15.  Appointment of Mayor Pro Tempore as per Ordinance # 90-O-101, which sets the

second meeting of the month of May or at the first meeting after all Council Members are elected and qualified, City Council shall confirm one of the Council Members who shall be known and designated as Mayor Pro Tempore.

 

Motion to confirm the nomination of Cm. Amaya as Mayor Pro Tempore. 

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

16.  Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of a sports lighting system for

the Lafayette Neighborhood Park. The sports lighting system covers the skate park, the basketball pavilion under the existing canopy, and security lighting of the entire park.  Contract will be awarded to Musco Lighting System through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract in the total amount of $99,200.00.  The system includes delivery and installation at the job site (1900 Lafayette).  Funding is available in the 29th Action Year – 2003 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

17.  Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation at the Santa Fe Neighborhood

Park of one Little League Baseball Sports Lighting System, lighting for three (3) recreational basketball courts and lighting for the entire recreational park from Musco Lighting System through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract in the total amount of $129,800.00.  Utilizing the Buy Board contract pricing, this sports lighting system will be installed and delivered at the Santa Fe Neighborhood Recreational Park located at the corner of Canones & Organo.  Funding is available in the 29th Action Year – 2003 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  Authorizing the City Manager to acquire the “Surface Only” of Lots 2 & 3, Block

1719, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; for an amount not to exceed $24,000.00.  Said property acquisition to be consummated through the use of Laredo City Council District II discretionary funds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

1.  A refund in the amount of $972.13 payable to 3 M Rental due to a double

     payment.  Account # 550-01330-080

2.  A refund in the amount of $531.87 payable to Neel Title Corporation due to a

     double payment. Account # 107-00313-040

3.  A refund in the amount of $935.89 payable to John Patrick Hearn due to a double

     payment. Account # 909-00014-306

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

20.  Consideration to award contract number FY04-099 to the Low Bidder, Union Metal

Corp., Pipe Creek, TX, in the amount of $45,315.00 for the purchase of traffic poles, mast arms, and related items. These are for two new traffic signal installations.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety Capital Improvement Projects account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract Renewal Agreement of a

Professional Services Contract entered into with W.D. Schock Company, Inc., on February 18, 2003, for the rendering of certain administrative and management services for the Airport Residential Sound Reduction Program, as part of the overall City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.  Said contract Renewal Agreement in the amount of $560,872.00 is for the completion of Phase III (thirty homes) of Sound Reduction Program and may not exceed eighteen (18) months, beginning July 1, 2004, and ending December 31, 2005.  Funding is available in FAA grant # 35.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for prenatal and family planning \

services entered into with Texas Department of Health in the amount not to exceed $429,707.00 for the provision of prenatal, preventive, primary child health, and family planning services for Title V eligible clients.  The contract for prenatal is in the amount of $347,956.00 and $81,751.00 for family planning services.  This contract will begin on September 1, 2004, through August 31, 2005.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for services for tuberculosis

prevention and control entered into with Texas Department of Health in the amount not to exceed $205,860.00 for the provision of basic and outreach services, to individual with tuberculosis (TB) or are at high risk of developing TB.  This contract will begin on September 1, 2004, through August 31, 2005

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

XII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

24.  A.  Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

1.  Update on all projects pending for District II.

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported on the Eastwoods Park, Phase II project.  He stated that staff has had several meetings with the consultant to determine the scope of work for Phase II.   He mentioned that they have received the revised proposals and staff is working towards providing them a Notice to Proceed.  He stated that additional funds have been located for this project so they will be revising the proposal accordingly.  He added that on the police substations, they will be having a groundbreaking ceremony on July 8, 2004 at 9:00 a.m.  He mentioned that construction time should be approximately five to six months. 

 

      Terry Stewart, Director of Operations for United Water, reported that they have completed all the main line construction for Villa del Sol.  He mentioned that they had 211 water services that had to be transferred once those water lines were reconstructed.  There are 143 remaining to transfer over and this cannot be accomplished until they have completed their main line work.  He anticipates another four weeks to transfer those water services and then all the paving construction work should be performed in the area. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action replacing dim lights down Arkansas. 

 

      Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that they have checked the location and have been advised of the correct wattage for those street lights.  He stated that they had upgraded those lights before to 27,500 lumens which are the ones in place at this time.  He added that they have these lights at every corner but they could have lights installed at every half block to add more lighting.   He stated that he would be calling AEP to have them clean the covers over the lights to see whether this would improve the lighting along Arkansas. 

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on moving/upgrading the water station on Hwy    

     359. 

 

Adrian Montemayor, Utilities Department, reported that he does not have the exact count of how many times the machine has been inoperative. 

 

Terry Stewart, Director of Operations, stated that last week they experienced a main break of a 10” water line.  They attempted to reroute water through an 8” line but it was not enough volume to deliver the amount of water.  He added that they respond immediately whenever there is a report of low pressure or no water at all to those water points.  He stated that he would like to get an approximate time frame to investigate what was going on during that time frame. 

 

Jesus Sanchez, colonia resident, spoke regarding the lack of water pressure at this location.  He would like the City to move that water distribution point to another location or for more officers to patrol the area as a safety precaution. 

 

Cm. Garcia stated that he met with Chief Dovalina regarding the incident.  The police chief has increased patrol out on Highway 359 for the citizens’ safety.   He went to the distribution center last week and he did see several patrol officers driving by the area. 

           

       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, as well as a spray module.

 

Mike Pescador, Assistant Parks Director, stated that the tower mister costs approximately $1,200.00 with an additional charge for freight and installation for a total of $1,700.00.  He reported that they have gone out to the courts to check out the existing wind screens and the ones that need to be replaced are the ones facing Market Street.  He stated that they could purchase additional screens to replace the ones facing Market Street and additional screens could be purchased to overlap the existing wind screens for the rear.  He estimates a cost of $1,425.00 for the additional wind screens.  He added that in reference to the tennis balls, the department has a purchase order to provide an inventory of tennis balls for use by the instructor. 

 

Motion to use District III discretionary funds to stockpile tennis balls for use by the instructor and to purchase tower mister and windscreens for the Market Street courts. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.  Discussion regarding the dumping problem on the first block of Buena Vista,

     south of Chacon Creek, with possible action.

 

Riazul Mia, Environmental Services Director, reported that they visited the site.  He stated that this site has been used for years as an illegal dumping site.  They have already inspected and talked to the owner of this site.  He reported that the owner of the mechanic shop has cleaned up his area and they have already issued a citation to Paisano Drive-Thru.  He reported that none of them made a court appearance when they have been summoned. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo stated that placing the burden on the owner for the illegal dumping activities would be unfair.  He met with the owner who stated that he does clean the place and removes the debris and items that are left there, but within three days the lot is full again.   The main problem is that other people from the neighborhood are using his location as a dumping site.   He inquired whether there is any way that it can be declared a public necessity to close off that street so it can be fenced off. 

 

       C.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

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

 

Cm. Belmares stated that the City Council is trying to work with the street vendors and eventually take them off the street.  Part of the reason for creating a farmer’s market is to have a forum for these vendors to continue their businesses where they can slowly move into the mainstream.   He mentioned that Dallas and Austin have had great success with their market in providing a forum for economic development.  What he would like is for the City to sponsor just one weekend a month and offer a venue for vendors to market their products.

 

Dr. Hector Gonzalez reported that in the initial evaluation it would be best for the Health Department to work together with other city departments that would be involved in order to evaluate how this could be supported and monitored.  He added that there is a manual printed by the Department of Agriculture which suggests that the farmers market be run by a government official.  He provided a preliminary report from the Health Department on some of the concerns that they would have for such a market.  He stated that one additional concern is that they know where the food items are coming from since we are on the border. 

 

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

 

Cm. Belmares stated that there might not be any ordinances that are in conflict with each other, but this might be a good time to create a committee that would review all ordinances to make sure they are properly codified and synchronized. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that all ordinances have been codified and are up-to-date.  He explained that typically all the ordinances should rest by subject in the same section of the code book.  There are amendments that supersede the original ordinances and the City never removes the ordinances from the code book.  He added that the amendments are just included in the code book and city staff is aware of this.  When there are ordinances that are in conflict with state law, the legal department addresses those issues.   

 

Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, stated that ordinances have been codified since the beginning of time as Book # 1.  All the ordinances are compared with state laws by the Municipal Code Corporation and they also compare them to the older ordinances to see if there is any conflict.  He explained that as they are codified, a history is placed at the end of the paragraph of that section within the chapter.  Their legal department also verifies that the city ordinances are not in conflict with state law, and if they are, the Municipal Code Corporation will notify the City Secretary’s Office. 

 

Cm. Belmares stated that there was a concern among the District VI advisory group that some of the ordinances are in conflict with state law.  He stated that he would like to monitor this a little closer to see whether that is the case.  He added that some of the conflicts found relate to the Land Development Code.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that if there is a service that can codify the Land Development Code the City would be willing to subscribe to it. 

 

Cm. Belmares requested a recommendation as to the cost involved for codifying the land division ordinances and subdivision ordinances under the Land Development Code. 

 

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on amending the Ordinance that creates the

     Historic District/Landmark Board.

 

Cm. Belmares stated that he feels the downtown area and the historic district is a community asset and as such merits representation from each council member.  The ordinance that creates this particular board currently stipulates that the Mayor appoints all the members.  He would like to change that so that each of the council members would have one appointee to the board so that each one would have some counsel from the respective appointee on the given issues. 

 

Motion to instruct staff to draft an ordinance to allow City Council and Mayor to appoint members to the Historic District/Landmark Board. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action to consider amending the Land Development

Code and differentiate splash parks from swimming pools in relation to the number of parking spaces required.

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. stated that there are two parks being built in District VII at this time.  He wants to ensure that this distinction is in the Land Development Code and not be in conflict with the Code of Ordinances book. 

 

Motion to instruct staff to make a recommendation on this issue for the next meeting.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:   7                                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, stated that City Council has already provided some direction as to what it would like city staff to do.   He suggested having staff go forward with the process of drafting an ordinance instead of bringing it back to City Council to get some direction later.  He mentioned that the motion would not bring action before City Council for the next Council meeting. 

 

Motion to update City Council on the status of the draft ordinance for the next meeting.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.  Discussion with possible action to consider common parking areas for such

     projects as joint use community centers, etc.

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. stated that they are adding an elderly center at one of the recreational centers, and he would like to consider changes regarding the parking areas at the recreation center.  He mentioned that the need at this center is really in the mornings and he would like to draft an ordinance for joint-use parking. 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, stated that this falls under the same section of the ordinance that deals with parking provisions.  He explained that they are looking at two possible amendments and he would like to combine both into one amendment.   He added that there is a shared parking provision under the ordinance, but in order to share parking areas the establishment or organization must have a common interest in the parking areas. 

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. stated that he would want to allow the centers to be granted joint use of the parking areas.  He recommended that the ordinance specify that joint use of a building is for city facilities only.  He would like for staff to bring this item back at the next meeting in order to move forward on the building.    

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, stated that shared property use can occur now as long as one activity ceases while the other activity is occurring. 

 

                   E.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on resurfacing San Bernardo Avenue from

     Jefferson to Scott Street.

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that part of the avenue needs re-building because part of the surface on the 2500 block of San Bernardo Avenue is loose. 

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that there are approximately 14 blocks with intermittent areas of deterioration that need resurfacing.  He stated that these 14 blocks are not included in the street recycling project and, therefore, not being reviewed by the Utilities Committee.  The resurfacing of these blocks would be an add-on to the project and there is no funding for this work.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that staff will be polling the City Council to set up a CIP workshop so that items like this could be included in the CIP so the City can find the monies to do these projects.  He explained that there is a process whereby the City completes some projects and there are residual monies available from the completed project.  He stated that staff is currently working on identifying a process by which those monies are either reallocated within the district or all the surplus funds are combined for everyone to use.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that the total for repairs to those blocks is  approximately $42,000.00 if City Council approves the resurfacing.

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that he was going to approve some blocks but he is planning to go inspect them tomorrow.  He mentioned that resurfacing the 2400 and 2500 blocks will not help because the street is deteriorating. 

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that he will send a crew down there to try to repair it as needed.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that they will have staff inspect the streets and if there are major repairs that need to be done on some sections they will take care of it.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on extending the bus route to the Villa Del Rio

     Subdivision.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Galo inquired whether this item has been taken before the Transit Committee for their recommendation. 

 

Motion to send this request to the Transit Committee for recommendation.

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

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

     beginning of the agenda.

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that there is a need to move this agenda item in order to accommodate those citizens who want to comment on issues within their district.  He added that at the present time, constituents are required to wait until the Council Member requests come up on the agenda.

 

Cm. Belmares stated that the City Council has always been courteous to the constituents who come to speak on specific agenda items.  He mentioned that if the need ever arises for City Council to move those items forward, they would be willing to accommodate the constituents. 

 

Cm. Valdez, Jr. stated that when a constituent is present to speak on a given item, the City Council typically makes a motion to move a particular item up in order to accommodate the constituent. 

 

XIII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

XIV.    RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

            Motion to recess as the Laredo City Council and convene as the Laredo Mass Transit Board.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Consideration to exercise the option year for contract FY03-049 awarded to the lowest

bidder, National Embroiders, for the purchase of operator and supervisor uniforms in the estimated annual amount of $35,354.34.  Funding is available in the Transit Systems budget.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  7:44 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garcia

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    7                                                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 through 25 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Workshop held on July 6, 2004.

 

 

                                                                                    _____________________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                              City Secretary