CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2004-R-015

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

August 2, 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 called the meeting to order.

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 Tem, 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

IV.       COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

 

            Invitations

           

            None.

 

 

 

 

 

 

             Recognitions

 

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

     at the Doc Novoa’s Golf Championship.

 

The Mayor and Council Members presented Jonathan Leyendecker Swisher with a Seven Flags Certificate for being the youngest competitor to win at the Doc Novoa’s Golf Championship. 

 

b.  Recognition of Gabriel E. Lozano, Police Department, for winning 1st place in the A

     Flight Division of the Doc Novoa’s Golf Tournament.

 

Mayor Flores and City Council recognized Police Officer Lozano by presenting him with a Seven Flags Certificate of Recognition for winning 1st place in the A Flight Division of the Doc Novoa’s Golf Tournament.   

 

c.  Recognition of the Northwest and Del Mar Little League Teams for their participation in

     the State Tournaments.

 

      Mayor Flores and City Council recognized the following Little League and players:

 

Texas West Little League District 34 Champions 

Texas West Section 4 Champions

Texas West State Tournament 3rd Place

 

Hector Andres Guevara

Jose Luis Rodriguez, III

Edward James Herbst, II

Daniel Jacob Gomez

Troy Galvan

Nicholas Perales

Nolann Mauricio Cervantes

Jason Lee Jasso

Edward Lopez

Enrique Alejandro Navarro

James David Montalvo, III

Ramiro Gerardo Maldonado

Coach Porfirio Arreguin, III

Manager Edward James Herbst 

Leandro Jasso Jr., Coach

 

Northwest Little League “Junior Division”

2004 City All Stars Championship 

Sectional Champions

Third Place State Tournament

 

Luis A. Pollorena

Cesar S. Cardenas

Daniel Navarro

Ramon Sandoval, Jr.

Victor A. Tijerina, III

Adrian Israel Pena

David De Leon

Javier Perez, Jr.

Leonardon D.  Garcia

Cesar G.  Marchan

Coach:  Oscar Pollorena

Assistant Coach:  Carlos Garcia

 

             Communiqués

 

            Cm.  Agredano wished his daughter, Selina Agredano, a happy birthday.

 

Cm.  Garcia reminded the viewing public that the first day of school is on the 16th day of August and he asked them to respect the speed limits and drive safely within the school zones. 

 

Cm.  Rendon congratulated Eddie Herbst, Little League Manager for the Texas West Little League District 34 Champions, for winning third place at the State competition.    

 

Cm.  Valdez congratulated the Parks and Recreation Department for having an outstanding summer program for the youth. 

 

Cm.  Ramirez congratulated the new officers for the Avenida San Bernardo Association.   He acknowledged his support for the new organization. 

 

Mayor Flores discussed an autobiography entitled “Coming of Roses” which was written by an instructor from Laredo by the name of Ruth Victoria Fierros.  She mentioned what a wonderful teacher she is and noted that the book, which was donated to the City of Laredo Library, is inspirational for all ages.  She encouraged everyone to obtain a copy of the book. She also mentioned that she was impressed with the Gloria Esteban concert which was held at the Laredo Entertainment Center.  She applauded the Laredo Entertainment Center for bringing great concerts and went on to say that the next concert would be KISS.  Finally, she mentioned that school is around the corner and commented how wonderful it is that Laredo has a lot of children which makes Laredo a great place to reside. 

 

V.        APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

            None.

 

VI.       PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s Subdivision

Ordinance, Appendix B of the Code of Ordinances, Chapter II, Section 2-3.4, entitled Expiration of plat approval, by including expiration periods and/or extensions of preliminary plats, final plats, plats established within floodplains, and master plans/general plans; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

           

Keith Selman, City Planner, said that the current ordinance states “plat approvals” and doesn’t distinguish between preliminary plats and final plats.  The amended ordinance will define the difference between plats.  The revised ordinance will also address issues of expiration periods for properties that are being developed within the flood plains.  Finally, the amendment will deal with the issue of vested rights and master planning. 

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

Annual Budget in the amount of $61,363.00 to fund the Laredo Autotheft Task Force and accepting an award in the amount of $282,805.00 from the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority.  The City of Laredo will be designating $197,193.00 in matching funds, and Webb County will be designating $34,798.00 in matching funds for a total of $514,796.00. This grant is effective from September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Agredano

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a

grant in the amount of $25,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for enforcement and prevention of Labor Day Weekend Driving While Impaired by which the City will pay for fringe benefits in the amount of $7,000.00 and authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 03-04 Annual Budget in the amount of $32,000.00. This grant is for overtime salaries and is funded 100% by the Texas Department of Transportation. The City of Laredo will only pay for the added fringe benefits in the amount of $7,000.00.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance establishing a residential permit parking

program within the City of Laredo on certain residential streets that are located within close proximity to school institutions and authorizing the implementation process that includes the minimum criteria for considering designating residential parking permit zones and establishing a permit fee schedule to pay for the costs incidental to the issuance of said permits and providing for severability and for an effective date and publication.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

                 For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Department, said that the ordinance will pertain to residential areas that are within a 1,000 feet of a school district.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as amended by limiting a maximum of two (2) permanent visitor tags to each resident within the permit area. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

the South Texas Regional 911 System Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,458,717.00 from the Commission on State Emergency Communications for the following divisions: Regional Administration, Webb County, Jim Hogg County, Starr County, Zapata County and Regional Programming.  Said budget amendment is for the period beginning September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

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. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VII.     INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

6.  Closing as a public easement that section of Cherry Hill Dr. between Sandman and E.

Calton Road situated in the Laredo Airport Subdivision, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Rendon

For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

VIII.    FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinances # 2004-O-174; # 2004-O-175; # 2004-O-176; # 2004-O-177; 2004-O-178; # 2004-O-179; # 2004-O-180; # 2004-O-181; # 2004-O-182; # 2004-O-183; and # 2004-O-184.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

7.  2004-O-174  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-174.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2004-O-175  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-175.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                2004-O-176  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-176.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Ag

For:    8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2004-O-177  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-177.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2004-O-178  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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-178.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2004-O-179  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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-174.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                2004-O-180  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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-180.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2004-O-181  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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-181.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2004-O-182  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-182.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                2004-O-183  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-183.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2004-O-184  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-184.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

IX.       RESOLUTIONS

 

8.  2004-R-072  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a non-financial agreement

between the City of Laredo – Public Library and the Webb County Head Start Program to coordinate services provided to Head Start families.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-072.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

9.  2004-R-073  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Eulogio Chavez, for

the extension of utility service lines to the Los Altos Subdivision. This being a strip of land generally 15 feet in width, containing 1,135.62 square feet or .026 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in porcion 31, abstract 3116 and 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-073.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

10.  2004-R-074  Accepting the donation of two utility easements from Hector Farias, Jr.,

for the extension of utility service lines to the San Carlos subdivision, Phase I. These being:

(1)  A strip of land 8.00 feet in width, containing 915.03 square feet

or 0.021 acres, more or less, and being situated in porcion 31, abstract 3116, as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as exhibits a and b; and

(2)  A strip of land 8.00 feet in width, containing 981.32 square feet

or 0.023 acres, more or less, and being situated in porcion 31, abstract 3116, as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as exhibits c and d.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-074.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Galo

 Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

 For:   8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

11.  2004-R-075  Advising the State of Texas Department of Transportation of the City of

Laredo’s intent not to acquire a portion of State right-of-way that has been declared to be surplus property by the State of Texas.  Said right-of-way portion being located at the Southeast corner of U. S. Interstate Highway 35 and Shiloh Drive.

 

  Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-075.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

  For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

12.  2004-R-076  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a funding agreement with the

Texas Department of Transportation and to disburse a payment in the amount of $58,500.00 as the City’s contribution to the cost of the proposed FM 1472 Railroad Grade Separation Project.

 

  Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-076.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

  For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

13.  2004-R-077  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a funding agreement with the

Texas Department of Transportation and to disburse a payment in the amount of $25,350.00 as the City’s contribution to the cost of the proposed Loop 20 Diamond Interchange at US 59.

 

  Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-077.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

  For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

14.  2004-R-078  Authorizing the City Manager to submit Articles of Incorporation, IRS tax

exempt forms, and any other required forms to the Internal Revenue Service, and or the Texas Secretary of State for the purpose of establishing Keep Laredo Beautiful, Inc., a nonprofit organization.

 

  Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-078.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

  For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

15.  2004-R-079  Recommending that Webb County’s grant application for the Laredo

Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force for Fiscal Year June 1, 2004 through May 31, 2005, be approved by the office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division; Authorizing City Manager to decline the $1,142,115.00 grant  from the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division to fund the  Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force for the same period; And authorizing the City Manager to terminate the City’s participation in the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.

 

Police Chief Agustin Dovalina reported that after deliberation and study regarding the crime patterns in our City, including the increase in violence associated with the criminal drug activity, the department will initiate a strategic plan to enhance the department’s fight against drug activity. The recommendation to terminate the City’s grant application with the task force should in no way be construed as casting aspersions on participating agencies.  However, the City wants to focus on efforts inside community streets through its in-house narcotic unit.  In addition, the department’s current in-house narcotic section also divides time in conducting vice and gambling investigation activities.  He advised that there have been a number of cities throughout the state that have decided to utilize their personnel resources in a more effective and efficient manner.   

 

Assistant Police Chief Gilbert Navarro discussed the history behind the  Laredo Multi-Agency Task Force.  He said that the City of Laredo has participated in the Task Force since 1988.  He explained that several counties have withdrawn their participation in the Task Force including La Salle and Jim Hogg County.    He mentioned the current participants noting that there are twenty one (21) members of which ten (10) are through the Laredo Police Department.  The oversight authority belongs to the Texas Department of Safety, Task Force Commander, and Deputy Commander.  He added that there is a Board of Directors comprised of the Department Heads of the participating agencies which partake in the board and their function is to give directions and present recommendations.  He clarified why the Department of Public Safety is in charge of the Task Force.  He went on to say that the past and current financing of the Task Force has been at risk for different reasons and explained that this is the nature of a “grant”.  He said that the current employee retirements allowed the department to place task force employees back into the department without impacting the department financially.  He praised the current narcotic unit but said the additional personnel would better serve the community.  He said that the increase of manpower would assist in cracking down on the narcotics enforcement in Laredo.  He further explained that the Police Department and the Finance Department exchanged dialogue before addressing the City Manager who said that the City can safely and financially withdraw from the Task Force once City Council approves the item. 

 

Martin Aleman, Budget Director, advised that the City of Laredo could not qualify for a grant for Citizens on Patrol until all General Fund positions were filled.  There are a total of eight (8) positions in narcotics task in the General Fund for a total of $634,688 which could be consolidated into the General Fund for a total of $484,623 leaving a difference of $150,000.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, advised City Council that there is a procedure that must be followed by the City of Laredo which includes obtaining approval from the Council to exit the Task Force.  However, during the process of discussion the media was advised and they were trying to ascertain the facts before he was prepared to release working documents. 

 

Cm.  Ramirez expressed his opinion relating to the Task Force and the delay in advising City Council Members of the department’s desire to withdraw from the grant application.  He noted that he would have liked to have been notified earlier in the process of exiting the force. 

 

Chief Dovalina acknowledged the fact that the Council Members were not advised in a timely manner.  He explained the information was time sensitive and he was unable to wait until today’s date to move on the grant application.  He continued to say that the City of Laredo has had a great working relationship with all the entities that are involved in the Task Force and his department will continue to assist anyone that needs help. 

 

Cm.  Valdez agreed with Cm.  Ramirez in stating that the Council Members should have been notified earlier of the withdrawal from the Task Force. 

 

Cm.  Garcia concurred with the other Council Members that the Council should have been notified as soon as the information was being disseminated and considered. 

 

Chief Dovalina advised that the department has been trying to be proactive and is constantly searching for ways to become more effective and efficient. 

 

Mayor Flores pointed out that the Chief had mentioned that the Police Department might withdraw from the Task Force at a budget workshop.  She agreed with the Council Members noting that the item should have been addressed to allow for review but said that the Council is moving in the right direction by withdrawing from the Task Force. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-079.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

  For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

X.        MOTIONS

 

16.  Motion to approve change of day for regular City Council meeting from Monday,

September 6, 2004, to Tuesday, September 7, 2004, in observance of Labor Day holiday.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

17.  Consideration to authorize the nomination of Larry Dovalina, City Manager, for the

position of Trustee, Place 7, on the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool Board of Trustees for a six year term beginning on October 1, 2004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  Authorizing the City Manager to submit an offer in response to Solicitation No.

DTFASW-4-R-00022 from the Federal Aviation Administration for a five (5) year proposal in the amount of $1,598,577.00 with Federal Aviation Administration for air traffic control services at the Laredo International Airport utilizing City of Laredo Airport Fund employees and authorizing the City Manager to execute annual contracts for said services.  Under this proposed contract the City of Laredo will continue to provide labor, supervision, materials and equipment and supplies as required.  The Federal Aviation Administration reimburses the City of Laredo for Air Traffic Control Services rendered at the Laredo International Airport.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

19.  Requesting authorization to amend the City of Laredo’s 1998, 1999, and 2002

Consolidated Plans and to acquire all of block 712, Western Division, in the City of Laredo, State of Texas, with use of reprogrammed 24th, 25th, and 28th Action Year CDBG fund balances totaling $132,000.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

20.  Consideration to award a contract for concessionaire at the Benavides Softball

Complex and all municipal swimming pools to Mr. Antonio Almendarez for a period of one year.  This vendor was recommended based on the price structure provided during the bid process.  The agreement is expected to provide a monthly rental income of $100.00 during active sales months including 15% of the gross revenue from sales.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

21.  Approval of Change Order No. 1 in the amount of $36,223.35 to Ellis & Ellis, Inc., for

additional bypass pumping requirements to complete the repair of the collapsed 36” wastewater interceptor at San Francisco and Ortiz and bring collection line back into full service eliminating potential of additional sewage overflows.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

22.  Ratify action taken by the City Manager on July 1, 2004, to authorize Change Order

No. 1 to Grant Brothers, L.L.C., in the amount of $37,372.40 for the repair of the collapsed 42” raw wastewater line into the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

23.  Ratify and approve action taken by the City Manager on May 17, 2004, to authorize an

emergency contract to Grant Brothers, L.L.C., in the amount of $122,620.00 for the repair of the trickling filter at the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant due to the major break in the 20” feed line into and within the trickling filter Treatment Unit.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

24.  Authorization to advertise for bids for the construction phase of the Zacate Creek

Wastewater Treatment Plant Odor Control and Rehabilitation Project. The project construction is projected to be substantially complete by October 2005.  Funding is available in the 2004 B Revenue Bond.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

XI.       STAFF REPORTS

 

25.  A.  Report by Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Nick Marks Reyna and 250th

 Anniversary Celebration Coordinator Eddie Zavala on developments relating to the  

 250th Celebration.

 

Eddie Zavala, 250th Anniversary Celebration Coordinator, gave the following presentation:

 

Resolution 2002-R-109 was passed by City Council on December 2, 2002.

 

Creation of a Commission to manage and coordinate the City of Laredo’s 250th Anniversary that would service to facilitate the community’s commemoration of this historic milestone.

 

Designate the City of Laredo Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and Webb County Heritage Foundation as the City’s official Co-Chair organizations.

 

The Co-Chair organizations appoint individuals representing aspects of Laredo’s economic, tourism, religious, education, community, sporting, and military life to serve as members of the City of Laredo’s 250th Anniversary Celebration Commission. 

 

City of Laredo 250th Celebration Commission

 

Honorary Co-chairman                         Honorary Co-Chairman

City of Laredo                                      Webb County

 

Executive Committee

Webb County Heritage Foundation

Laredo Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

 

Scheduling

Maria E. Calderon

 

Protocol

Mercurio Martinez, Jr.

Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

 

Media

Bill Green

 

Finance

Rosario Cabello

Anselmo Castro, Jr.

 

Corporate/Business

Melissa Cigarroa

 

Education

Dr.  Ray Keck

 

Community Based Organizations

Dody & Susan Foster

 

Government/Military

Jorge Gonzalez

 

Tourism

                        D. J. Utterback

 

                        Arts/Culture

                        Brendan Townsend

                        Linda LaMantia

 

                        Religious

                        Gregorio Lopez

 

                        Regional Outreach

                        A. B.  Barrera

 

                        Nuevo Laredo

                        Alma Gloria Resendez

 

                        Proposed Calendar of Events

 

                        October 2004                          Commemorative Poster Competition

                        January 2005                            Opening Kick-Off Celebration

                        February 2005                         History Fairs at Local Schools

                        March – December 2005         Neighborhood Celebrations @ Eight Council Districts

                        May 13, 2005                          Dinner Gala Honoring Tomas Sanchez Descendants

                        May 14, 2005                          Founder’s Day Parade

                        May 15, 2005                          Founder’s Day Reenactment

                        Weekend of July 4th                  7 Flags – 7 Nations Festival

                        September 7, 2005                   250th Day of Year Celebration

                        On-going Project                      Anniversary Landmark/Mural

                        On-going Project                      Band Shell (Amphitheatre)

                        May 2006                                250th Pictorial/Yearbook

                       

       B.  Report by Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Director, on creating a farmer’s market.

 

Dr.  Gonzalez, Health Director, said that his department has not received requested materials from other areas in regards to the farmer’s market.  They were able to obtain information from San Antonio that suggests organizing an association of farmers that designates areas to sell under the guidance of the Health Department and Planning & Zoning Department to assure that they are in compliance with the regulations and rules.  The other option would be to designate a structure and appoint a director to monitor all laws, health, and safety issues. 

 

Cm.  Belmares said that he is interested in establishing a place where entrepreneurs can congregate once a month to introduce items they have to sell.  He noted that he would not like to place a lot of restrictions on the seller because it would limit participation. 

 

Nick Reyna, Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Director, advised that the project would consist of hundreds of booths where an individual would need to assure that all the vendors have obtained their sales tax permits, permits, and have met regulations.  He noted that the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is working in conjunction with the City Secretary to organize different functions that will allow cities in Mexico to sell their products in Laredo at different dates. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, advised Council that staff would return with cost estimates, recommendations, and suggestions about the farmer’s market.   

           

 

 

 

 

XII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

26.  A.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Johnny Amaya

1.  Status report on any vacant City owned land in District IV.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, noted that staff will submit a map indicating which areas are City owned.   

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

discretionary funds for installing a mister system at East Central Park and Ochoa Park in an amount not to exceed $4,000.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                        1.  Status report on the sewer overflow at the 8100 block of Mines Road.

 

Terrace W.  Stewart, P. E. Director of Operations for United Water, gave the following comprehensive report on the sewer overflow at the 8100 block of Mines Road

 

36” Wastewater Main Blockage and Overflows along Mines Road

 

Briefing Outline

 

Wastewater System Background

 

·        Interceptor Sewer is approximately 15 years old

·        The interceptor extends approximately 7 miles from Zacate Creek plant up Mines Road

·        Wastewater main consist of 24” to 42” pipe

·        Approximately 17 Concrete Manholes exist along the interceptor main

·        Since March, catastrophic collapse of these deep manhole structures has caused blockage in the interceptor

 

Concrete Manhole Detail

 

The detailed sketch is on file at the City Secretary’s office.

 

Chronology of Events

 

United Water notified of sewer spill at 8100 Miles Road at 4:00 p.m.

Wastewater Collection crews found two manholes overflowing into manadas Creek within an hour. 

Estimated overflow rate was 50,000 gallons/day

The 24” main was flushed downstream, however, the overflow continue.

 

March 20 & 21 2004

 

Wastewater crews determined blockage in a downstream portion of 36” 3 miles away was causing the overflow.  A 22-foot deep hole was found over the main at Mall Del Norte.

 

Efforts to clear blockage using Vactor Trucks were unsuccessful.  Another sinkhole found behind Pep Boys at Ortiz Street.  Decision was made to setup bypass pumping on Monday once vendor opened.

 

March 22, 2004

 

Two 6” pumps ordered and installed around noon.  Pumps reduced overflow, but could not pump all of peak daytime flow.

 

March 24, 2004

 

Two additional 12” pumps were ordered and installed.  The overflow at Mines Road was stopped at 4:00 a.m.

 

Staff was directed to clean up and disinfect the area as soon as it was dry enough.

 

March 25, 2004

 

City hires contractor to repair manholes at San Francisco and Ortiz, Red Lobster, and Taco Tote.  Repairs are completed and main placed back in service.

 

July 1, 2004

 

United Water receives overflow call at 8111 Mines Road.  Overflow believed to be cause due to rain event.  Spill was estimated to be 100 gallons.

 

July 9, 2004

 

United Water responds to overflow call at 8111 Mines Road. L Sewer main was flowing full.  Collection crews investigated main for blockages.  Spill was estimated to be 100 gallons. 

 

July 13, 2004

 

United Water crews responds to report of overflowing manhole at the 8100 block of Mines Road.  Crews cleaned siphon at Manadas Creek and surveyed flow through interceptor.  Crews discovered blockage in main 3 miles away at San Francisco Street

 

United Water contracts with Mo-Vac to pump sewage from system during peak flow period until bypass pumping can be established.  Spill was estimated to be 100 gallons.

 

July 15, 2004

 

Bypass pumps and piping ordered from Godwin Pump.  A 6” and 12” pump would be required.

 

July 16, 2004

 

Bypass pumping operation is placed in service.  Blocked manhole and adjacent mains are televised at San Francisco St.  Manhole is found to have sewer structural damage and about to collapse.  Spill was estimated to be 250 gallons.

 

July 28/29 2004

 

United Water received manhole insert required to protect workers during removal of debris from damaged manhole.  Insert installed and debris removed from manhole during low flow period after midnight.  Blockage caused by 150 pound piece of concrete.  Approximately 85% of main flow capacity was restored.

 

July 30, 2004

 

United Water continued to monitor flows throughout the day to determine if main capacity was sufficient to pass peak flow and bypass pump operation can cease.

 

Manhole Collapse History

 

Location                                   Manhole Depth Bypass Pumping           Manhole Rebuilt

 

Village @ IH35                        24 Feet                                    YES                             United Water

Across from Red Lobster         22 Feet                                    YES                             Private Contractor

San Francisco                           21 Feet                                    YES                             Private Contractor

Baltimore Street                        22 Feet                                    NO                              United Water

Taco Tote                                22 Feet                                    YES                             Private Contractor

 

Concrete Manhole Collapse Site Photographs

 

Photographs are on file at the City Secretary’s Office.

 

Results of Visual manhole Inspection

 

·        United Water visually inspected 17 manholes along the 30” Wastewater Main interceptor between Mines Road and the blockage at San Francisco. Street

·        Ten of the manholes were found to be in “good” condition.

·        The remaining seven had damage consisting of damaged over, deteriorated wall sections and manhole bases. 

 

Wastewater Main Remediation Next Steps

 

·        Repair damaged manhole and TV sections of interceptor downstream

·        Request City of Laredo Engineering analysis of upstream sewer flows from new developments

·        Coordinate with City of Laredo to develop Interceptor Structural Assessment Strategy

·        Monitor Interceptor flows until Structural Assessment strategy is implemented

·        Recommend Capital improvements needed to reduce/eliminate Interceptor overflows

 

       C.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding street cuts on the 1400, 1500, and 1600

     Blocks of Lincoln.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, said that he has discussed the street cuts with the Street Cut Division and they are aware of the areas that are exposed.  He added that several trenches have been opened because Entex is upgrading their facilities which require for them to continually enter the same section.    

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the water park for the city of Laredo.

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, said that he has not heard from the attorneys from Webb County in regards to the water park for the City of Laredo.   

 

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.

 

27.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in

order to deliberate the possible purchase, lease or value of a parcel of land in the downtown area because deliberation in an open meeting would have detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action and direction to staff. 

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate the possible purchase, lease or value of a parcel of land in the downtown area because deliberation in an open meeting would have detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action and direction to staff. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

After Executive Session, Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores announced that no formal action was taken.

 

Motion to authorize City Manager to proceed with purchase of certain property identified as the North 43.1’ of Lots 6, 7, 8 and 9, Block 22, Western Division, approximately 10,245 square feet for $2,000,000.00. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIV.    ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  8:28 p.m.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem 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 22 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on August 2, 2004.

 

 

                                                                                    _______________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                        City Secretary