CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2004-R-014

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

July 19, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                     Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                        Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                              Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                              Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                             Mayor Pro Tempore, 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

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of June 7, 2004.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

 

 

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

     

a.  Recognition of Adriana Garza from Alexander High School on being selected to

compete in the 2004 Tourney Sport USA Hawaii Classics Competition and winning the top pool medalists competition and overall tournament championship. She was also selected to the All-Tournament Team and placed 2nd in the setting skills contest.

 

Motion to postpone for next meeting.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

b.  Recognitions of  Sam Youngs (home school, 4th grade), Alex Lopez (Milton Elem., 5th

grade), Anaissa Leal (Matias De Llano Elem., 5th grade), Kristyn Ramirez (Gutierrez Elem., 4th grade) and Patrick Carroll (St. Peter’s Memorial, 6th grade) for their time and dedication for the production of the Environmental Educational Video “It’s Up To Me and You”  for the City of Laredo.

 

Mayor Flores and City Council recognized the students for dedicating their time to produce an environmental educational video.  They presented each child with a Seven Flags Certificate of Recognition. 

 

Riazul Mia, Environmental Services Director, expressed his gratitude to the children for dedicating their time to produce a video addressing environmental issues and to the Mayor and Council for their continued support for environmental issues.  He noted that the newly produced video is twenty six minutes long and will be aired on the Public Access Channel and it will also be distributed to elementary schools in Laredo. 

 

c.  Recognition of Jonathan Leyendecker Swisher for being the youngest competitor to win

     the Doc Novoa’s Golf Championship.

 

Motion to postpone for next meeting.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

d.  Recognition of Loryn Elysha Muñoz for competing in the National American Miss

     Princess Pageant in Houston, Texas.

 

Mayor Flores and City Council presented Loryn Elysha Munoz with a Seven Flags Certificate for competing in the National American Miss Princess Pageant in Houston, Texas.  She mentioned the different titles that Loryn Munoz received and noted that she brought home six different trophies from the event.  She added that Loryn Munoz will be competing in the National Finals in California in November 2004.  Loryn Elysha Munoz is the six year old daughter of Donna and Luis E. Munoz.   

 

            Communiqués

     

a.  Presentation by Sylvia Bruni, Laredo Independent School District, regarding  HOSTS

    (Help One Student To Succeed) Program.

 

Ms.  Bruni, Administrative Assistant for Special Projects for Laredo Independent School District, announced that Laredo Independent School District has adopted HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed) which is a program that is nationally recognized.  She said the program has proven to be very successful by getting mentors for children.  The children are encouraged and praised by an adult that is not their teacher and that is the single element that distinguishes the phenomenal affect that the program has.  Laredo Independent School District is looking for 3,000 volunteers for approximately 1,000 students.  She encouraged the Mayor, Council, and the viewing public to take the time to HOSTS a child in the Laredo Independent School District.

 

Cm.  Agredano thanked Oscar Medina, Public Works Director, and his department for distributing trash containers in District I, District II, and Santa Nino areas.  He also wished his daughter, Francis Agredano a Happy Birthday. 

 

Cm.  Garcia congratulated Mayor Flores on her appointment by the President of the United States to the Board of Trustees for the Help America Vote Foundation.  He also encouraged the public to support the youth of Laredo by attending the King & I which will be held at the United Independent School District Student Center.  Finally, he explained that the organizers at the Laredo Entertainment Center are requesting approval from City Council to have a fireworks exhibit on Saturday, July 26, 2004; therefore, he requested a Special Call on Friday 28, 2004. 

 

Cm.  Galo congratulated Mayor Flores on her appointment to the Board of Trustees for the Help America Vote Foundation by President George W. Bush.  He acknowledged that the Mayor is the only Texan serving on the Board.  He noted that the Mayor’s networking in Washington and other areas has proven to be effective.  He went on to say that he had attended a well organized hunting extravaganza at the Laredo Entertainment Center.  He noted that the first class extravaganza was similar to the extravaganza that is held at the Joe Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.   He expressed his displeasure about an article which was printed in the Laredo Morning Times entitled “City Water Deal Going Sour”.  He read the following statement:

 

“I was disgusted upon reading the article in Sunday on the Laredo Morning Times entitled “City Water Deal Going Sour”.  The more I read the more upset I became.  How can anyone belittle the savings of a million dollars?  How can it be wrong to save tax payer and rate payer money?  How can someone, let alone City staff, utter such a statement during this time of outrage over property evaluations?  In the time of tight budgets; a time when the utility departments is asking for Council to un-restrict that savings so it can be used to improve old infrastructure;  How can he have a gall?  Then I looked at the byline and realized that Patricia Cortez wrote the article. I have known Beto Ramirez for some time and found it difficult to believe what I saw in print.  When Mr.  Ramirez took over for Mr.  Roman as the Director of the Utilities Department, we were already studying privatization.  Mr. Ramirez, with his budget background, was very helpful in identifying areas where savings could be achieved.  In a short time he pushed the staff to be competitive with the private sector.  Ultimately the transition was made and he had been administrating the contract.  I remember when he called me and was eager to report that the Utilities Department was able to verify almost $1,000,000 in savings this budget year.  Even after all the transitional cost which I believe we are at about a half a million dollars, there was possibly an additional one to five hundred thousand in savings in energy cost which is still under dispute.  That is why this article seemed so strange to me.  I still had to speak to Mr.  Ramirez to make sure.  Before I had a chance to call him, he called me.  He said that he had spoken to the City Manager and the first question to him was “Do I still have a job?”.  He assured both the City Manager and me that those were not his quotes and Ms.  Patricia Cortez took his items out of context and even made things up.  Having the same things happen to me on several occasions I tend to believe Mr.  Ramirez.  Ms.  Cortez and the Laredo Morning Times like to write editorials instead of reports.  The stories are usually skewed and filled with inaccuracies.  It is a shame  that they can’t just report the news.  Why do they look at everything half empty instead of half full?  Why put a negative spin or a false spin?  Why not report the facts and let the people decide?  Why does Ms. Cortez even write stories concerning the City while the City Manager is suing her individually?  Why can’t Selina Alvarado, who is the City Beat Reporter, cover for now?  Quit printing propaganda and report the facts. Why didn’t they report the news when the City got their approval for TxDOT Fifth Bridge Application?  Why wasn’t it a front page story when it was done like for the County when they received their approval?  I guess it is not news or not the news they wanted to hear.  Why do they continue to place headlines about the City refusing to give Laredo Independent School District paper streets when the actual problem was that of park land designation?  A simple law that prohibits public officials from giving away property that belongs to the people.  My message to the local newspaper is quit trying to make up news just print the news.  Print that the City has saved at least one million dollars not counting the several hundred thousand dollars in materials the City saved because United Water must pay the first fifteen thousand dollars on ever single repair before the City must contribute.  In fact, United Water provided me with a copy on just three water breaks alone it was a total of $46,284.96 the City did not have to pay.”

 

Mayor Flores thanked Cm.  Galo for expressing frustration that she and other Council endure by different articles published in the Laredo Morning Times.  More specifically, she mentioned the article which misinformed the public about the City’s association with the Laredo Center of Arts.   She also presented Cm.  Amaya with the Certificate of Election which is presented to the Council Members once the election is canvassed.   

 

Cm.  Amaya thanked Mayor Flores, his family, the voters of District IV for supporting him in the 2004 City Council Elections.  He expressed his desire to be an exemplary Council Member  by working hard to meet the needs of District IV and the City of Laredo.  He also thanked Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, and John Orfila, Public Works Director, for the great work they did at the intersection of Springfield and Ash.

 

Cm.  Rendon thanked John Orfila, Public Works, for resolving a complaint from a constituent in a timely manner.  

 

Cm.  Belmares thanked his constituents for being patient with him while he was on vacation and was not able to return their calls.  He also congratulated Del Mar Little League for their success. 

 

Cm.  Valdez congratulated North West for their victory in the Little Leagues.  He said that he hopes that both teams come back with a state championship title.  

 

Cm.  Ramirez encouraged all business owners along San Bernardo to attend an organizational meeting which was organized by the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

 

Mayor Flores said the City of Laredo had been selected by the Sister Cities International Organization to win the Best Program Award.  The award was presented to the City by the granddaughter of the late President Dwight D.  Eisenhower.  Mayor Flores said that it was inspirational to see the work that she does with the different people and was impressed with her emphasis on the importance of Cities in the Untied States establishing relations with our Sister Cities all over the world.  She added that Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary and Patricia Taylor, Assistant Director of the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau attended intensive programs at the conference which would assist them to enhance the City of Laredo’s Sister City International in future years.      

 

Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, said from the outcome of all the awards the City of Laredo competed for including arts, culture, and business economic development the City will begin looking at youth programs for next year.  He noted that the majority of the sister cities had exceptional programs for the youth.  He went on to say that he would be initiating bylaws to launch a youth program for the Laredo Program Sister Cities International.  Students from all over the world expressed their enthusiasm at different workshops where they exchanged ideas for the Sister Cities International Program.   

 

Mayor Flores asked Cm. Garcia to serve as the Council liaison to the Sister City  Youth International staff.  She emphasized the importance of staying involved with Sister Cities International. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.  Appointment by Council Member Johnny Rendon of:

 

1.  Roberto Mancha to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee

2.  Jesus Hinojosa, III, to the Board of Adjustment

3.  Michael Smith to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee

 

Motion to approve the appointments by Council Member Johnny Rendon:

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

 

 

 

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 150 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located west of Hwy 83, 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.  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:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 39.6014 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Hwy 359 and Las Blancas Subdivision, 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:  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.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

 

 

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 6, Block 1093, Western Division, located at 4403 Santa Maria Avenue, 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:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for the long-term storage of hazardous materials (pool maintenance chemicals only) on Lot 22, Block 5, San Isidro Ranch East Point Center Subdivision, Unit 2, located at 801 Union Pacific Boulevard; 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.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 60, Calton Gardens Subdivision No. 2, located one block west of Marcella Avenue and one block north of Calton Road from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  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.  Rendon

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Rendon

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4B, Block 352, Western Division, located at 1711 San Dario Avenue, 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:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Rosa Hernandez appeared before Council to request approval of the zone change for a used car lot.

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $70,000.00 from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to continue the operation of the two continuous air monitoring stations (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health Department for the contract period beginning September 1, 2004, through August 31, 2005.  One of the CAMS is located at Laredo Community College on the northeast side of the campus, and the second CAMS is located at Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge #2. 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

full-time equivalent positions for the City of Laredo Health Department’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program from 83 to 86 by creating three full-time Nutrition Aide positions.  Funding is available in the  program grant.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:                                                Abstain:

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

full-time equivalent positions by reclassifying nine (9) firefighters to the positions of three (3) captains, three (3) drivers and three (3) assistant drivers to activate aerial truck #3 for fire station #12 located at 9402 N.E. Bob Bullock Loop.  Funding for these positions is available in the Fire Department’s operating budget in the amount of $20,133.09.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

          10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2003-2004 annual budget

in the amount of $1,141,000.00 to fund the 2002-2005 Universal Hiring COPS Grant from United States Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services.  The purpose of this grant is to hire 15 Patrol Officer Cadets for a three-year funding period of the “Universal Hiring” program beginning August 1, 2002 through July 31, 2005.  The Department of Justice will contribute $1,125,000.00 and the City of Laredo will contribute $1,216,770.00 in matching funds in the (3) three year grant period for a total grant amount of $2,341,770.00.  The City of Laredo 2003-2004 full-time equivalents will be amended by the addition of fifteen (15) Grade 71 Cadet Police Officers.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                                      Against:                                                Abstain:

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

11.  Setting the maximum speed limit on that portion of U.S. 59, within the City limits of

Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 35 mph from milepoint 42.755 to milepoint 45.085, located east of Ejido Avenue, as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation Control Section Map 0542-01-039, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate speed changes in the designated areas and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

12.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute Lessor’s Consent to an assignment of that

Lease Agreement approved by Ordinance No. 95-O-155 dated August 7, 1995, between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Aero Center, Inc., as Lessee, for the approximate 0.5573 acre tract of land located at 800 Flightline at the Laredo International Airport to Khaledi Global Sales Co., Ltd.  All terms and conditions of the original lease will remain the same and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City  Council

 

13.  Consider a recommendation authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with

Ronny Salamon dba Avionics Services for approximately 5,980 square feet constituting Hangar No. 1307 located at 4400 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing August 1, 2004, and ending on July 31, 2007.  Monthly rent shall be $1,301.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the consumer price index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinance # 2004-O-171, # 2004-O-172, and # 2004-O-173.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

14.  2004-O-171 Amending the City of Laredo's FY 2003-2004 Annual Budget by authorizing the

addition of three (3) 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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-171.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

       

      2004-O-172  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 for a nine month budget 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.  The

    City’s contribution to the program is in the amount of $199,103.00 for FY 04-05.

    (As Amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-172.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

      2004-O-173  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.

 

    Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-173.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

15.  2004-R-064  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a non-financial agreement

between Texas A & M International University ~ Eduardo M. Hinojosa Reading Research Center and the City of Laredo ~ Public Library to provide a Summer Literacy Camp for fourth and fifth grade students July 12–31, 2004.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-064.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

16.  2004-R-068  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Maria Esther Garcia

for the extension of utility service lines to San Carlos Subdivision, Phase I.  This being a strip of land 8.00 feet in width, containing 1,255.37 square feet or 0.029 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-068.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

17.  2004-R-069  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Rafael De La Rosa

for the extension of utility service lines to San Carlos Subdivision, Phase I. This being a strip of land 8.00 feet in width, containing 688.64 square feet or 0.016 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-069.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

18.  2004-R-070  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Rosa Liendo for the

extension of utility service lines to Antonio Santos Subdivision.  This being a 1,293.00 square foot tract out of tract 8 in the Antonio Santos Subdivision, and being situated in porcion 10, abstract 280, 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-070.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

19.  2004-R-071  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Federal

Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program and to accept a grant(s), if offered, in the estimated amount of $2,788,451.00 for the purpose of rehabilitating taxiways, $3,000,000.00 for the purpose of rehabilitating cargo apron, and $1,800,000.00 for the purpose of acquiring land for the Laredo International Airport.  The grant application for the Discretionary Funding is for a total of $7,588,451.00. The City’s five (5%) percent local match in the estimated amount of $399,393.00 is available in the Airport Fund Balance/Land Sale Proceeds.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-071.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

    For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

20.  Approving the submission of the 2004 Consolidated One Year Action Plan to the U.S.

Department of Housing and Urban Development  in request for funding through the 30th Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $4,336,000.00; the 2004 HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) in the amount of $1,444,006.00; the 2003 American Dream Downpayment Initiative in the amount of $38,244.00; the 2004 American Dream Downpayment Initiative in the amount of $45,129.00; and the 2004 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) in the amount of $161,205.00, and authorizing the City Manager to execute all documents as a result of the Plan’s submission.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 3 an increase of $256,631.26 and to add

75 calendar days to the construction contract with Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport Access Roads for revised alignment of the Fuel Farm Road and South Access Drainage Improvements. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – Grant No. 29.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.  Consideration to approve award of amendment no. 1 to Foster Engineering Company,

Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $251,000.00 for professional services to include preparation of drainage easement surveys, design and preparation of plans and specifications, and construction phase services for the Upper Zacate Creek Drainage Project Phase II.  Funding is available in the 1998 C.O. Zacate Creek U.R. Pilot and 2003 C.O. Zacate Creek Upper Pilot.

 

Motion to approve with the amendment not to exceed $251,000.00 to $251,090.00.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration to award contract number FY04-098 to Quest Diagnostics, Inc., San

Antonio, Texas, in an estimated annual amount of $225,000.00 to perform clinical laboratory testing services submitted by the City of Laredo Health Department.  The term of the contract is for an amount not to exceed $675,000.00 for a period of three years beginning October 1, 2004, through September 30, 2007.  The vendor was selected based on the testing fees, years of experience, and their ability to meet the City’s requirements.  Funding is available in the Health Department’s budget and is contingent on future budget appropriations for subsequent years.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Texas Department of

Health in an amount not to exceed $134,342.00 for the provision of comprehensive medical and preventive health care and case management services for family health, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease as well as counseling and diagnostics to eligible low-income individuals.   This contract will begin on September 1, 2004, through August 31, 2005, and grant compliments the city’s contribution of $45,564.00 for FY 04-05.  Services are provided to 560 clients per year.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Texas Department of

Health in the amount not to exceed $21,657.00 for the provision of health screening, counseling and behavior modification and education for chronic diseases (cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes, and obesity), and general wellness.  This includes medical case management, nutrition, prevention, and aerobics, as well as diagnostics and referral for specialty care. These services are provided to 4,000 clients. This contract will begin on September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration to exercise the option year for contract FY03-081 awarded to the low

bidder, Air Gas, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $40,000.00 for providing welding gases, welding rods, and cut links used by the service departments and medical oxygen used by the Fire Department.  Funding is available in the following departmental budgets: Traffic Safety – Fleet Maintenance, Parks and Recreation Department and Fire Department – EMS Division.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to cancel contract FY04-069 awarded to Super X Mowing Service,

Laredo, Texas, on May 3, 2004, for providing monthly mowing and maintenance of the Zacate Creek areas due to non compliance with our contract provisions and poor performance; and award a new contract to Nick Benavides, Laredo, Texas, in the annual amount of $72,168.00.  Nick Benavides was the previous contract vendor for this project and provides the best value for the City due to his past experience and satisfactory performance.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department budget.

 

Motion to table.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to award contract 04-102 to the low bidder, D.R. Kidd Co., Inc., Round

Rock, Texas, in the total amount of $168,145.00 to repair the damaged sections of the International Airport passenger terminal roof.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund.  This is a reimbursable TML expense from the storm/wind damages.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

of June 2004, represents an increase of $49,814.34.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

1.  A refund in the amount of $1,131.10 payable to Ramiro and Maria Bustamante

     due to over payments. Account # 900-90241-097.

2.  A refund in the amount of $869.90 payable to Richard M. Sample and Marie L.

     Sample due to a double payment.  Account # 909-00014-317.

3.  A refund in the amount of $2,357.96 payable to Caterpillar Financial Services

     due to a double payment.  Account # 801-03000-515.

4.  A refund in the amount of $908.17 payable to Graciano and Gabriela Bortonio

     due to a double payment.  Account # 970-50001-160.

5.  A refund in the amount of $864.42 payable to V. & P. Incorporated due to a

     double payment.  Account # 964-40008-350

6.  A refund in the amount of $512.25 payable to Juanita A. Cruz due to a double

     payment.  Account # 968-60005-160.

7.  A refund in the amount of $595.20 payable to the International Bank of

Commerce due to a decrease in value certified by Webb County Appraisal Review Board.  Account # 801-09099-108.

8.  A refund in the amount of $1,321.82 payable to Kayce A. Frye due to a double

     payment.  Account # 970-60009-110.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

31.  Consideration for approval of change order #2 to Price Construction, Ltd., Big Spring,

Texas, in the amount of $36,000.00 for the construction of State Highway 359 Planning Area - Work Order No. 1 Wastewater Trunk Line from Chacon Creek to Los Altos. This increase in contract amount is a result of additional expenses incurred while excavating through a rock strata which was not identified in the plans or contract documents. The construction contract time is extended for an additional nine (9) calendar days. The revised contract amount is $1,959,745.25 and is subject to the approval of the TWDB. Funding is available in the Colonias Construction Fees.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Authorizing the City Manager to solicit bids and conduct a public sale of three (3)

tracts of airport non-aeronautical use land consisting of approximately 35.63 acres located along the east side of Bob Bullock Loop and  across from the Airport Passenger Terminal at the Laredo International Airport.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

33.  A.  Report by Planning Director, Keith Selman, regarding issues to be considered in the

upcoming draft amendment to the parking ordinance relative to recreation facilities.

 

Keith Selman, Planning Director, gave a comprehensive report on the upcoming draft amendment to the parking ordinance relative to recreation facilities.  He noted that staff will be reviewing four particular items including parking around businesses for nationalization of vehicles, pool areas, recreations centers, and outdoor amusement centers.  He added that they are currently under one provision and staff will be initiating a provision for each one.  He also informed Council that staff will be looking at the provisions for the multi-family and the City of Laredo’s facility parking.  Finally, he said that staff will be reviewing the entire ordinance at a later date and will return to Council with recommendations.    

 

B.  Request by Police Officer Jose Luis Ramos to consider extending his injury leave

     with pay, with possible action. 

 

Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, asked Council to consider a provision under Chapter 143, which allows Officer Ramos to extend his injury leave.  He said that the officer was injured on the job July 1, 2003, and he began loosing time on July 2, 2003.  He underwent one surgery on December 16, 2003 and another surgery on April 30, 2003.  He visited his doctor on July 7, 2004 who determined that he is still in pain and needs to restart his therapy for the injuries.  The doctor noted that Officer Ramos is not ready for duty because of the medication he is taking and difficulty with the injured areas of his body.  The officer has pending appointments with both of his doctors.  He said that Mr. Ramos has exhausted his 260 Loss Work Days according to the City’s Return to Work Policy effective June 28, 2004.  He is currently receiving Worker’s Compensation Temporary Income Benefits. 

 

Officer Ramos appeared before Council to answer any questions.  He advised that he is under the treatment of three physicians.  One physician performed surgery on his neck, one physician did surgery on his arm, and the third physician is his primary physician.  

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said the officer has had several injuries over the course of the last three years.  He asked Council to allow the officer some additional time; however, the time should be limited to 60 days.  He noted that in the last three years the officer has only worked 40% of the time.   

 

Cm.  Galo asked Officer Ramos if his physicians have advised him when he might be able to return to work?

 

Officer Ramos said that he might need more surgery on one of his arms.  He advised Council that the two-specialist report to his primary physician who has the final authority to release him back to duty.  He added that he could not specify when he would return to work but it would not be in 60 days.  He informed the Council that he is currently having problems with a nerve in his arm.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, explained the reason staff is recommending 60 days is because the Officer has been out for a considerable amount of time. He noted that the City has been rather mindful of the fact that he has given a great deal of service to the City; however, staff is recommending an analysis from a physician that will advise them on whether the officer will be able to continue his job or not. The officer cannot indefinitely continue with sick leave.  There has to be a point where it must be determined whether he will be able to recover sufficient enough to come back to work.

 

Dan Migura, Administrative Services, explained that officers and firefighters are issued full pay when they are on injured leave.  The officer must return the checks that he receives from Workman’s Compensation.  He said that Officer Ramos has twenty weeks remaining from Workman’s Compensation and will be given a Maximum Medical Improvement Rating at that time. 

 

Officer Ramos noted that in October he would have worked for the City of Laredo Police Department for 30 years. 

 

Motion to grant an extension of Officer Ramos’s injury pay for 60 working days retroactive to June 29, 2004. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya  

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Keith Kendall from Turner, Collie, and Braden, gave an update on the status of the Colonias Project.  He said four of eleven contracts are under construction.  The contractor for the sewer interceptor is completing his project 45 days ahead of schedule. A contract for Los Corillitos was awarded for the onsite systems.  He said that he will be meeting with the Webb County Officials to discuss various colonia efforts.  Finally, he noted that the Water Development Board will be giving a tour to various legislative staffers that want to tour the Laredo Colonia areas.   

           

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

34.  A.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.  Authorizing the City Manager to use District III discretionary funds to install a

mister system at Santa Fe Park and Three Points Park in an amount not to exceed $4,000.00, with possible action.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.  Discussion with possible action requiring all utility franchises of the City of

     Laredo to have local contact numbers in case of emergency.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, advised that he has the personal telephone numbers for the key individuals of utility companies.  He suggested for the Council Members to coordinate through him or the Laredo Police Dispatch in case of an emergency. 

 

                   B.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Discussion with possible action authorizing the City Manager to use

discretionary funds for installing a mister system at Lyon Street Skate Park in an amount not to exceed $4,000.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding street repairs for Lyon Street between

     Meadow and Springfield.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that the above request contains twelve city blocks.  Although Lyon Street was not included in the original four year Street Recycling Program 2002-2006, the street continues to deteriorate due to the numerous utility cuts it has had in the past few year.  Even though City forces continuously do repair work, sections of this stretch of roadway need to be resurfaced and the condition of the paved surface re-evaluated.  The Lyon/Tilden Intersection, which is adjacent to the Laredo Independent School District, has a tremendous loading of traffic and is worn out.  We will continue to do spot repairs and if the City Council directs staff to include Lyon in a recycling program, we can immediately commence the process for utilities clearance. 

 

Motion to use discretionary fund from Cm.  Amaya for the intersection of Tilden and Ryan. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstian: 0

 

3.  Status report regarding street repairs on Bartlett Avenue between Saunders and

     Elm.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, said that the street repairs on Bartlett Avenue between Saunders and Elm are included within the 2003-2004 Recycling Project; however, the street has not been cleared by the utility work.  He advised that United Water has the time schedule as to when the additional lines will be complete. 

     

                     C.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

1.  Status report on District V ongoing projects, specifically the Zacate Creek Linear

     Park.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks Director, reported that the irrigation lines have been installed along the Zacate Creek Linear Park.  Staff has planted trees, landscaping, and installed irrigation and they are pending a water meter to be able to provide the hydrogen for irrigation.  In addition, the Ryan Street Bridge Project  is 80% complete. Finally, the structure for the pavilion in the Eistetter Pavilion Project has been installed including electrical preparations.  Staff will install picnic tables upon completion of the foundation work and the project should be complete at the end of July. 

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on creating a Council Ad Hoc Committee to

provide project oversight for the official activities of the City of Laredo’s 250th Anniversary Celebration. 

 

Cm.  Valdez expressed his opinion on creating a Council Ad Hoc Committee which would provide project oversight for the official activities of the City of Laredo’s 250th Anniversary Celebration.  He added that the Council Members can facilitate all the information and report to Council similar to other projects that have been initiated by the City of Laredo.

 

Mayor Flores agreed with Council Member Valdez and appointed Cm.  Valdez, Cm.  Garcia, and Cm. Belmares to the Ad Hoc Committee. 

 

Nick Reyna, Director of Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, gave a comprehensive report of what has transpired with the City of Laredo’s 250th Anniversary Celebration.  He further explained that Eddie Zavala has been appointed to be the coordinator of the 250th Anniversary Celebrations. He named several organizations that are showing interest in the organization and informed the Council that he would report back to City Council with a full report detailing the recommended events. 

 

Mayor We have a protocol we have a protocol and procedures handbook that should be followed  -

 

Cm.  Garcia requested a meeting with the Ad-Hoc Committee prior to the detailed report that will be presented to City Council in August. 

 

Motion to create the Ad Hoc Committee to provide project oversight for the official activities of the City of Laredo’s 250th Anniversary Celebration.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:     8                              Against:  0                                            Abstian:  0

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on potential amendments to the Conditional Use

     Permit Ordinance.

 

Cm.  Valdez explained that the Council does not approve with every zone change because it open doors to businesses that are not desirable in the neighborhood; however, there are times that the business may operate under a conditional use permit.  He suggested lowering the fees of the conditional use permit to be comparable to zone change fees.         

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, said there are several points on potential amendments to the Conditional Use Permit Ordinance.  Council must consider what staff must do when an individual inquires about obtaining a zone change or a conditional use permit.  A pre-application meeting with the potential applicant on a zone change is required where staff outlines what the requirements are for the submittal of the zone change.  Staff also gives the applicant some kind of precursor to a staff position on the case.  Staff then outlines the procedure on the application and gives the applicant a recommendation that will go the Planning and Zoning Commission which will eventually go to the City Council for ultimate legislative action.  Staff walks each application through the process. The process for the conditional use permit is similar to the zone change but is more specific in nature.  Staff must know exactly what the applicant is going to do and how they are proposing to operate.  One of the reasons that applicants may be choosing zone changes as opposed to the conditional use permits is because they want to go for the highest and best opportunity rather than having to be very specific or because the fee is only $300 as opposed to the fee of $500 for a conditional use permit.  He added that he was not sure that the difference of $200 is a discouragement for applying for the conditional use permit.  The reason the fee is higher for conditional use permits is because staff must review and give greater scrutiny to the application.  He said the prior process for considering the conditional use permit process did not allow staff to anticipate the “what if’s”.  Staff would review a case based on its potential zone change and had not been able to review it from mitigation stand point.  Often time’s staff would not get full disclosure from an application in terms of exactly what they were proposing to do so it was very difficult to negotiate the conditional use permit with the potential applicant. He went on to say that he feels that taking the conditional use permits through the Planning and Zoning Commission assist City Council with their decision. Loggarria area     

 

Cm.  Valdez said that Council should consider temporarily lowering the fee for a conditional use permit and see if it will better serve the community.  

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, noted that he must contact the City’s Legal Department in regards to the statutory issues of notification.  Staff has created a conditional use permit overlay which is a zoning issue which falls in the state statutory requirements for notification. 

 

Motion to lower the fee for a conditional use permit from $500 to $300.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on the sewer overflow at the 8100 block of

     Mines Road.

 

     Motion to postpone.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

     Second:  Cm.  Galo

     For:      8                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                    E.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action concerning train safety to prevent derailments.

 

Cm.  Ramirez expressed his concerns about train safety and derailments within residential areas in the City of Laredo.

 

 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, advised that representatives from the Rail Committee wanted to attend the City Council meeting but they were out of town.  He went on to say that the first step in alleviating problems concerning safety issues around railroad tracks is for the City of Laredo to deny homeowners the right to build additions, remodel, or new structures in areas that are considered at risk in the event of a derailment.   

 

Cm.  Valdez mentioned that the Rail Committee is equally concerned about train safety for families that reside along the tracks.  He encouraged staff to consult with the railroad companies and their procedures for maintaining and cleaning tracks. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action to create a position of Design and Building

Coordinator for the City of Laredo to oversee projects such as Zacate Creek and El Portal.

 

Cm.  Ramirez discussed creating a position of Design and Building Coordinator for the City of Laredo. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that in the past there was a position titled Downtown Economical Development Coordinator; however, the current budget does not have the administrative position listed.  He noted that Council may add the position during the budget process if they so desired.   

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on placing a water fountain in Zacate Creek

     honoring the late Simon Villarreal.

 

Cm.  Ramirez requested placing a water fountain in Zacate Creek honoring the late Simon Villarreal.  He noted that he knew the late Simon Villarreal he was impressed by his constant efforts for being an advocate for clean water issues.   

 

Motion to use the discretionary fund to place a water fountain in Zacate Creek honoring the late Simon Villarreal.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

4.  Status report on communication with Webb County regarding the water park.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, advised that the City of Laredo is waiting for the Webb County Attorney to contact our Legal Department. 

 

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.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO

            MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

Motion to recess as the Laredo City Council and convene as the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  2004-RMH-001  A resolution authorizing the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation

(LMHC) to charge 80% of the HUD updated Fair Market Rents (FMR) established on October 1, 2003, equivalent to $419.00 for a 2-bedroom, $520.00 for a 3-bedroom, and $586.00 for a 4-bedroom at the Jose A. Flores Apartments.  Rents at the Jose A. Flores Apartments will be adjusted to reflect 80% of FMR every two years after October 1, 2004.  Also authorizing to charge $374.00 for a 2-bedroom, $461.00 for a 3-bedroom, $280.00 for 2-bedroom low income units, $305.00 for 3-bedroom low income units (a total of 13 low income units) at the Tomas Flores Apartments, also charging a $200.00 deposit to all new tenants at the Tomas Flores Apartments, effective October 1, 2004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION AND

            RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

Motion to adjourn as the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation and reconvene as the Laredo City Council.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

      Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm..  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore 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 25 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on July 19, 2004.

 

                       

                                                                        ________________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.   

      City Secretary