CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2004-R-016

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

August 16, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Mayor Pro Tem, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                                        Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

            Jose 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

            Valeria Acevedo,                                                                      Assistant City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of June 21, 2004 and July 23, 2004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Rendon

For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

            None.

Invitations

 

None.

 

Recognitions

 

a.  Recognition of Maria Josefina "Josie" Cardenas of the Laredo Public Library on her

     selection as July 2004 Employee of the Month.

 

Janice Weber, Library Director, stated that she is very pleased to have another employee from the Laredo Public Library selected for this recognition.   She mentioned that her department prides itself on providing great customer service and Ms. Cardenas is the epitome of that.  She mentioned that Ms. Cardenas has done a wonderful job for the department in the five years that she has been assigned to the library.  She has shown the initiative to create opportunities for the children at the branch library with programs such as story hour and arts and crafts classes. 

 

b.  Recognition of City Departments for their contribution and participation in the 2004

     American Cancer Society Relay for Life event.

 

Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, stated that the City has increased the amount of contributions raised with this event.  He added that the City of Laredo continues to give back to the community and that is reflected in the contributions made to the American Cancer Society.  He also thanked the members of the City of Laredo’s R.E.A.C.H. Committee for all their efforts:  Linda Teniente, Committee Chairperson, Evelyn Luciano, Jerry Leal, Sylvia Arrellano, and Eddie Zavala, who were instrumental in the success of all the fundraising events held for the American Cancer Society. 

 

Pete Soto, President of the American Cancer Society, presented the employees of the City of Laredo with a plaque for the most money collected by an organization.  He mentioned that the City, with 17 teams, collected approximately $26,000.00 this year. 

Blasita Lopez, Public Information Officer, stated that she is very proud to be part of the City and presented the following awards to City employees.  She introduced Carlos Ramirez, of the City Secretary’s Office, who was recognized for the winning design of the t-shirt.  She also presented certificates to the following departments for their participation at the Relay for Life event: Community Development; Planning and Building; Finance Department; Budget Department; and Tax Department.  There was also a separate recognition made to the following departments:  Airport/City Secretary’s Office; Convention & Visitors Bureau, Laredo Transit, and the Public Library.  There were individual awards presented to the following departments for their efforts:

 

Blue Glass Award                           Utilities, Environmental Services, Administrative Services for raising between $500.00 and $999.00

 

Bronze Glass Award                       Solid Waste, Traffic Safety, Engineering – Public Works Division, Parks & Recreation, City Manager’s Department for raising between $1,000.00 and $2,499.00.

 

Silver Glass Award             Health Department for raising $3,354.97.

 

Platinum Glass Award                     Bridge Department for raising $7,477.17.

           

c.  Recognition of the 2004 United High School Engineering & Technology Magnet

Internship Program students who successfully completed their internship with the City of Laredo.

 

Oscar Rodriguez, Superintendent for United Independent School District, thanked the City of Laredo for the opportunity given to these students for the hands-on experience to become responsible and productive citizens. 

 

Mayor Flores and City Council presented the following students with a Certificate of Recognition for the work completed during their internship with the City of Laredo.

 

Nathaniel Suneson,  Jacqueline Solorzano, Elijah Garcia, Jessica Aquino, Jesus Valenzuela, Aldo Gallegos, Jose M. Gonzalez,  and Mario Lopez. 

 

d.  Presentation by Oscar Medina, Solid Waste Director, regarding "Slow Down to Get

     Around"  program and recognition of all participants.

 

Oscar Medina, Solid Waste Director, stated that several months ago he was approached by the McNeilus Companies regarding a program that they have distributed nationwide about protecting garbage collectors.  He reported that they are airing public service announcements through the Public Access Channel asking drivers to slow down around service workers, including trash collectors.  He mentioned that he got together with staff from the Public Information Office, the Laredo Police Department, Laredo Fire Department, Utilities Department, and Public Access Channel to customize some commercials that were suitable to our situation.  He stated that they will be launching a publicity campaign to get this message out to the public.  He showed the Mayor and City Council a 30-second commercial that he plans to air on public access to get the message out to the public. 

 

The following City employees were recognized for their participation and assistance in these public service announcements:

 

Accident victim – Jose Caballeros, Solid Waste Department

Reckless driver – Xochitl Mora Garcia, Public Information Office

Other driver – Federico Flores, Utilities Department

EMS – Silvestre Rodriguez, Firefighter/Paramedic, Laredo Fire Department

EMS – Gerardo Vasquez, Firefighter/Paramedic, Laredo Fire Department

EMS – Pedro Gonzalez, Firefighter, Laredo Fire Department

Police Officer – Officer Mario Casares, Laredo Police Department

Production Team – Jerry Leal, Producer/Director, Public Access Channel

Production Team – Juan Garcia, Cameraman, Public Access Channel

Production Team – Patricio Salinas, Cameraman, Public Access Channel

 

 

 

 

 

Communiqués

 

            Cm. Garcia stated that with the start of the new school year, parents should be extra cautious when dropping off children to school and to get up a little earlier in the mornings in order to avoid traffic congestion on the street.

 

            Cm. Amaya stated that he, together with Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, will be at Alma Pierce Elementary at 2:00 p.m. to monitor the traffic situation as the students are let out from school. 

 

            Cm. Belmares thanked Constable Tino Juarez for his assistance throughout  the school district.  He mentioned that he has done a wonderful job of policing the traffic areas in District VI.  He also thanked the staff from Communities in Schools for a phenomenal tournament this weekend. He added that the organization will always have his support. 

 

a.  Legislative update by The Honorable Richard Raymond.

 

      Richard Raymond reported that the next legislative session will begin in the early fall, most likely in September.  The Governor has announced that he may call the legislators in for a Special Session in early September.  He mentioned that the biggest issue that they dealt with before the last session closed was to restructure the system of school finance within the State of Texas.  Some proposals being considered are items that will affect us all even though it is a school finance bill.  He encouraged the City Council to begin putting together a legislative package of those concerns that are important to the City of Laredo.  He added that he enjoys the close working relationship that has developed with the City Manager.   He mentioned that Larry Dovalina always provides input on important issues that affect our community to the legislators. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.  Appointment by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores of Roberto Garcia to the Building    

     Standards Board.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

b.  Appointment by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores of Council Member Johnny Rendon to the

     Ad Hoc Traffic Calming Committee.           

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

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 0.87 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located approximately at 4250 Hwy 359, from R-3 (Mixed 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. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Rendon

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 1.05 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located at 4250 Hwy 359, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. 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. Garcia           

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

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 11, Block 1328, Eastern Division, located at 2310 Boulanger Street, from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-2 (Multifamily 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. Belmares

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. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Galo

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 10.20 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", approximately northeast of the intersection of Calle Del Norte and Springfield Avenue, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Michelle Raymond, neighborhood resident, spoke against the proposed zone change.  She stated that zoning changes that affect growth in our community should make sense.

 

Chano Alderete spoke in favor of the zone change and the project.  He stated that the project is conducive for the older residents within the neighborhood.  He urged the City Council to look at this proposed change favorably. 

 

Adolfo Campero, Jr. spoke in opposition due to the high traffic problems at all hours of the day on Calle del Norte.  He stated that increasing the flow of traffic around Calle del Norte or on Springfield Avenue makes any sense.  He stressed that if the City Council were to drive around 8:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. they would see large groups of pedestrians along those streets taking children to school. 

 

Edward Mattox stated that this use is inconsistent with the comprehensive plan for this property.  He mentioned that the city needs some kind of transition between the heavy, intensive commercial uses and the single-family homes and neighborhoods. 

 

Arlene Aldridge stated that she is one of the landowners of the property within the area.  She explained that they would like to change the zoning designation and she added that this project would be advantageous for the city to have. 

 

Pedro Morales, Jr., project designer, stated that the idea is to create a community within a community.  He mentioned that regarding the concerns of the JSJ residents, the idea is for the residents to come down from their subdivision and have the convenience of going to one of these businesses without having to drive to the location.

 

Carlos Mejia, engineer, spoke in favor of the project.  He explained that the proposed project is appropriate to the area in relation to the major streets that surround it.  To the south, the area has been zoned B-4 and catty corner from the location is a B-4 zoning designation and the area directly west of that is zoned a B-4 designation. 

 

Mark Wohlforth, contractor, stated that his company is currently developing some condominiums in San Antonio.  He mentioned that there is a similar development right across the river from the King William district. 

 

C. Y. Benavides, III, spoke in favor of  the proposed zone change.  He stated that what is being proposed is a great opportunity for Laredo.  He stated that what they want to do is put the best project possible for Laredo

 

Baldemar Garcia, Jr., a JSJ resident, spoke against the proposed project.  He stated that whenever a property owner submits a proposal for a project, that person should carry his or her fair share of the weight when it comes to providing infrastructure, etc.  He added that the residents are being overburdened and this development will negatively impact  the subdivision and the residents.  

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

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 4, Block 1127, Western Division, located at 2012 Farias Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Valdez, Jr.

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Capital

Improvement Project FY 2003-2004 annual budget to reflect an appropriation for the development of the West Laredo Multimodal Trade Corridor Phase II Project.  The Federal appropriation of $2,597,272.00 comes from the FY 2003 Federal Transportation spending bill and the City's contribution is $649,318.00. The total project budget is $3,246,590.00.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2003-

2004 Water and Colonias Funds by appropriating a transfer out of $132,550.00 from Water Fund to the Colonias Fund, and amending the City of Laredo's Colonias Fund budget by appropriating the transfer in from the Water Fund and the capital expense in the amount of $132,550.00, which will be used to pay for the over size of the Colonias Elevated Storage Tank from 250,000 gallons to 500,000 gallons in the SH 359 area, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budgets.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  8                                            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

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount $336,184.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health and an estimated amount of $116,656.00 in Program Income for the Office of Public Health Practice of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004, through August 31, 2005.

 

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. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

2004 Capital Improvement Fund budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $8,000.00 for the School Flasher/Beacon Program.  Revenues consist of contributions for United Independent School District (UISD) with a 50% match from the City.  Total project cost is $16,000.00.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

  execute the Section 5307 Urban Transportation Capital Investment Grant Agreement  

  NO. TX-90-X624, state project NO. VCR 0401(22)624, contract NO. 51422F7192 from

  the Texas Department of Transportation in the amount if $610,300.00 with a local match

  of $322,592.00 for the purchase of three 35 ft. CNG buses for a grand total $932,892.00;

  and to amend the Transit Capital Grant budget for a net amount of $102,350.00; and

  providing for grant/contract funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

execute the Federal Transit Administration Grant, Section 5307, TX-90-X644, in the amount of $2,446,138.00 for fiscal year 2003-2004; and amend the Transit Systems Operating budget by decreasing the Federal Transit Administration Operating Grant Contribution from $3,554,774.00 to $2,446,138.00 and increasing the sales tax match for operating expenses from $3,127,695.00 to $4,236,331.00; and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund. 

 

 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. Agredano

 Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

 For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a

budget amendment by appropriating funds from the Federal Transit Administration Grant NO. TX 90 X599, for fiscal year 2002-2003 in the amount of $312,839.00 to be used for operating expenses in fiscal year 2003-2004; increasing the federal contribution from $2,446,138.00 to $2,758,977.00 and decreasing the sales tax match for operating expenses from $4,236,331.00 to $3,923,492.00 and transferring $312,839.00 into sales tax reserve appropriation.

 

  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

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

13.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Southwestern Bell Wireless,

LLC, as general partner of the Corpus Christi SMSA Limited Partnership for ground space at the Fire Station located at 2100 Zacatecas, Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and being more fully described in Exhibit "A" of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 125 ft. high monopole   and    related equipment building for use with its communications business. Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing September 7, 2004 and ending September 6, 2009 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $12,000.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be adjusted by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with United Exports Trading

Association (U.E.T.A.) of Texas, Inc., for approximately 2,526 square feet out of Lot 10, Block 22, in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, lying north of the concrete pavement connecting Salinas Street with Water Street:

1.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on June 1, 2004 and ending May 31,

     2005.

2.  Monthly rent will be $1,000.00.

3.  City of Laredo may terminate this lease within thirty (30) days     prior written

     notice.  

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

15.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey

fee simple title to the "surface only", at its market value of $11,318.00, for certain property described as a 4,353 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of Buena Vista Avenue located east of Block 1006, Eastern Division, west of Block 1070, Eastern Division and south of South Meadow Avenue and north of Boulanger Avenue to Daniel Vargas and wife Mayela M. Vargas; said tract being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being generally described on attached Exhibit "A"; and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.              FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES

 

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinance # 2004-O-185; # 2004-O-186; # 2004-O-187; # 2004-O-188; and # 2004-O-189. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

          16.  2004-O-185  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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-185.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-186  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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-186.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Galo

     Second:  Cm. Agredano

     For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-187  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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-187.

    

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

     Second:  Cm. Agredano

     For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-188  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

     severability and for an effective date and publication.  (As amended)

 

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-188.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Galo

     Second:  Cm. Agredano

     For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-189  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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-189.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Galo

     Second:  Cm. Agredano

     For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

17.  2004-R-080  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Magdaleno Gutierrez

for the Pueblo Nuevo subdivision easement acquisition project. This being a 0.0275 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land which is out of lot 4, block 11, Pueblo Nuevo subdivision, described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-080.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

18.  2004-R-081  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Mario Coronado, Jr.,

and Juanita H. Coronado for the extension of utility services lines to the San Carlos subdivision, phase II. This being a strip of land 10.00 feet in width, containing 1,136.00 square feet or 0.026 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in porcion 32, abstract 296, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-081.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

19.  2004-R-082  Confirming the appointment of representatives from the City of Laredo to

serve on the Board of Directors of the South Texas Development Council for the period from October 1, 2004 to September 30, 2005.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-082 with the following appointees and alternates:

 

Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores, Mayor Pro Tempore Johnny Amaya, Cm. Jose A. Valdez, Jr., Gil Lopez, and David Cardwell. 

 

The following are appointed as alternates for one or more of the appointed representatives:  Keith Selman, Planning and Building Department; Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development; John E. Orfila, Jr., Engineering/Public Works Department; Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary’s Office; Jose Flores, Airport Department; Jessica L. Hein, City Manager’s Office; Rafael Garcia, Jr., Bridge Department; Chief Mike J. Garza, Fire Department; Chief Gilberto L. Navarro, Police Department; and Rene Gonzalez, Laredo Development Foundation.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

20.  2004-R-083  Supporting and participating in the South Texas Development Council;

and authorizing payment of $40,212.80 for City's membership assessment for the period covering October 1, 2004 to September 30, 2005.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-083.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

21.  2004-R-084  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an interlocal

government agreement between the City of Laredo and United Independent School District for the participation of the City of Laredo Police Department in the School Resource Officer Program. The Laredo Police Department will provide fourteen (14) officers that will be assigned to various middle and high schools, and United Independent School District will reimburse the City of Laredo up to one hundred thirty-four thousand, five hundred fifty-eight dollars ($134,558.00) for the 2004-2005 school year.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-084.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

22.  Recommending the setting of regular City Council meeting dates through March 2005

as follows: September 27, 2004, October 11, 2004, October 25, 2004, November 15, 2004, December 6, 2004, December 20, 2004, January 10, 2005, January 24, 2005, February 7, 2005, February 22, 2005, March 7, 2005,  and March 29, 2005.  Tuesday, September 7, 2004, was previously approved by City Council on August 2, 2004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

23.    Authorizing the use of District VI discretionary funds in an estimated amount of

$6,750.00 to place a guard rail on Shiloh Road approximately half a block south of International Boulevard.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the Law Offices of William           

M. McKamie, P.C., for legal services related to Cause No. 2004-CVQ-000609-D3, Jose A. Guerra v. First Transit, Inc. f/k/a Laredo Metro Inc. d/b/a El Metro and Laredo Transit Management, Inc., and City of Laredo, Texas. The contract is for legal fees, plus costs and expenses, for a maximum of $20,000.00 for this contract.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

25.    Approval of the first renewal of a possible three for a lease agreement between the City

of Laredo and Entravision Communications Company, L.L.C. for the use of a 1,225 square foot parcel of vega land lying South of Water Street and West of Santa Maria (adjoining the Riverdrive Mall Shopping Center) for the operation of a 352-foot high self-supporting type communication tower for use in connection with its communications business, as per section 2.  Current revenue is $8,394.98 per year and will be adjusted as per the consumer price index each subsequent year.  Terms and Renewals. Term of renewal is five (5) years commencing November 13, 2004 and ending November 12, 2009

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.    Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo's HOME Investment Policy

and Procedures Manual to reflect local programmatic changes designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness through which local affordable housing assistance is provided to families and individuals of very low, low, and low and moderate income and to incorporate reference pertaining to HUD's Integrated Disbursement and Information System and newly created American Dream Downpayment Initiative.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.    Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $76,197.00 to delete

Building # 132 due to excessive water damage, acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Buildings #142, #182, #1054, and #1307 Roof Replacement Project, and approval of final payment in the amount of $11,247.98 to Zertuche Construction, Laredo, Texas. Final contract amount is $224,959.58. Funding is available in the Airport Fund - TML Storm/Wind Damages.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.    Amending the contract to Turner Collie & Braden, Inc., Pharr, Texas, for $50,000.00

for water and $40,000.00 for wastewater to include Project Management Services and an extension of time for 365 calendar days for the City of Laredo Colonias TWDB-EDAP Project funded by the Texas Water Development Board.  The funding has already been authorized by City Council through the General Agreement between the City and the TWDB. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.    Consideration for approval to reject the sole bid submitted by Price Construction, Big

Spring, Texas, for the Santa Clara 24" sanitary sewer line, due to bid amount being in excess of allocated budget, and to authorize staff to revise the scope of work and re-bid the project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.    Authorizing the City Manager to sell the excess capacity from the over sized Colonias

sewer line in the form of Living Unit Equivalency (LUEs). The provisions for sewer are made available through the over sizing of the wastewater line extensions for the Colonias Project on SH 359 and the Texas Mexican Rail Road right of way. The monies collected from the sale of the LUE's will be transferred back into the Colonias Fund to cover additional expenses in the project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.    Amending the contract to Ferris and Flinn Engineering of Harlingen, Texas, in the

amount of $201,340.00 due to a new scope on the contract for the implementation of a Geographic Information System (GIS) in the Utilities Department mapping system. This project consists of creating an electronic mapping system that includes a complete inventory of the water and wastewater infrastructure. Funding is available in the Sewer Construction Impact Fees Account and 1997 Water Bond Impact Fees Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.    Consideration to award contract FY04-069 awarded to Nick Benavides, Laredo, Texas,

in the annual amount of $72,168.00 for providing monthly mowing and maintenance of the Zacate Creek areas. Super X Mowing Service, Laredo, Texas, was awarded this contract on May 3, 2004; however, this contract was canceled due to non compliance with our contract provisions and poor performance. 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 Service Department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.    Consideration to ratify and approve the action taken by the City Manager to submit a

grant proposal to the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $30,000.00 for a "School Physical and Nutrition Survey (SPAN) Project" of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2004, through September 30, 2005.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.    Consideration to authorize the purchase of nine thousand (9,000) garbage/refuse carts

from Toter, Inc., Statesville, NC, through the State of Texas - Building and Procurement Commission (TBPC) contract number 450-A2 for two-wheel containers in the total amount of $351,000.00.  Funding for these carts has been budgeted in the Solid Waste 2004 CO.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.    Consideration to award contract number FY04-108 to low bidder, Pabco Industries,

Inc., Newark, NJ, in the amount of $69,720.00 for the purchase of 1.5 million plastic bags for use in the City's recycling program. The bid pricing is 3% higher than the previous purchase amount. Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.    Approval of the 2004 Appraisal Roll from the Webb County Appraisal District for the

development of our tax roll, acceptance of the Effective and Rollback Tax Rate calculations for Tax Year 2004, and setting a public hearing date of September 7, 2004 for the proposed tax rate of $0.638270/$100 value.

 

Motion to approve with an amendment to the tax rate of $0.637/$100 value. 

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

of July 2004, represents an increase of $34,424.85. These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

1.      A refund in the amount of $562.70 payable to Vicenta Soliz due to an over

     payment. Account # 556-01619-011.

2.      A refund in the amount of $553.27 payable to Armando Arredondo Jr. due to a

     double payment. Account # 969-00002-140.

3.      A refund in the amount of $600.85 payable to Nereyda Flores due to a double

     payment. Account # 969-30012-140.

4.      A refund in the amount of $790.21 payable to Oscar Moreno and Betty Bunn

Moreno due to a double payment for the years 1998, 1999, and 2000. Account # 922-10003-010.

5.      A refund in the amount of $700.25 payable to Oscar Moreno and Betty Bunn

Moreno due to a double payment for the years 1998, 1999, and 2000. Account # 922-10003-020.

6.  A refund in the amount of $1,063.69 payable to Yarco Trading Co. Inc. due to an

     over payment.  Account # 942-80002-040.

6.      A refund in the amount of $1,295.21 payable to Armadillo Construction Co. Inc.

     due to an over payment. Account # 801-01000-745.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

39.  Adopting a revised schedule of hearings and proceedings for voluntary and unilateral

annexations for calendar year 2004, in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

40.  Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute an agreement with Green-Mines

Ranch, Ltd., regarding the placement of two signs in City of Laredo right-of-way as follows: one sign to be placed in the Verde Blvd. right-of-way, located northwest of the intersection of Mines Road and Verde Blvd., and another to be placed in the Peoples Blvd. right-of-way, located northeast of the intersection of Verde Blvd. and Peoples Blvd.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                 Cm. J. Valdez,Jr.

 

41.  Consideration to award contract number FY04-112 to the low bidders, Traffic Parts,

Inc., Spring, TX, in the amount of $38,810.80; Consolidated Traffic Controls, Inc., Arlington, TX, in the amount of $10,758.50; Control Technologies, Tomball, TX, in the amount of $5,610.00; Signal Equipment Co., Shreveport, LA, in the amount of $3,338.00; and GDI Communications, LLC, Alpharetta, GA, in the amount of $1,800.00, for the purchase of traffic signal assemblies and related items. These are for maintenance of existing traffic signal assemblies, upgrades and two new traffic signal installations.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety budget and capital improvement projects accounts.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.  Extending the existence of the Traffic Calming Ad Hoc Committee to August 31, 2005.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

43.  A.  Staff report by John Adams, Laredo Executive Development Director, regarding

             economic development activities in Laredo.

 

John Adams, Executive Director, provided a brief summary of some of the industrial development, job creation, etc. that is taking place in Laredo which has an ongoing impact on our growing community.  He directed the Mayor and City Council’s attention to the back page of the latest Laredo 2020 publication in which the Texas Workforce Commission report shows Laredo as the number one job creator in the State of Texas.   He mentioned that the rapid job growth of the local economy can be attributed to the expansion of local businesses. 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview of 2003-04 LDF

 

·        Facilitated site visits for over 60 prospective companies (Sept. to July)

 

·        Provided direct information on investment in Laredo, Webb County to over 306 requests as well as over 9,000 website hits to www.laredo-ldf.com

 

o       Result:  over 3,000 jobs created and noted by TEC as number one  job creator in the State of Texas

 

·        Provided direct support in trade data and trends to civic leaders and local firms

 

·        Developed and enhanced primary Laredo location data package on industrial locations (see attached pack)

 

·        Host and foster the Small Business Development Center, the one-stop contact for new business start-ups and local business expansion

 

o       Snap-shot October 1, 2003 to July 31, 2004

o       Client counseling hours – 703 clients

o       Attendees to 80 different training sessions – 1,186 persons

o       Packaged over $5,000,000 in new local business loans

 

·        Behind the scenes assistance with identification of funding and support for Laredo Fire Training School with TEEX, to include facilitation of site visit of key decision makers

 

·        Publish the Laredo 2020 to highlight and promote city as plan to business and investment

 

·        Work with community organizations such as LBA, LMA, LTA, TAMIU, LCC to identify trends and enhancement of local business

 

·        Track local trade statistics, with over 20 years of prime data

 

·        Assist with attraction of business conferences to Laredo, for example:

 

o       Attract the Port to Plains Conference, annual meeting of over 2o00 attendees with economic impact of $80,000 to $100,000 to Laredo economy

 

o       Host annual manufacturing conference in September to attract new business and investment:  11th Annual Manufacturing in Mexico and on the U.S. Border Conference.  Economic impact:  annually over $80,000

 

·        Assist with government agency contact and data to highlight Laredo needs and dynamic value of trade to national economy

·        Conducted over 80 newspaper interviews nationwide on the Laredo economy, sample:

 

o       Area Development 

o       Feature in Twin Plant News

o       El Financiero

o       Fort Worth Star Telegram

o       San Antonio Express News

o       LMT Business Journal

o       El Manana

o       Value Retail News

o       Texas Transportation Research Center

o       New York Times

 

·        Sponsor of “Laredo:  Qualify of Life Survey” with TAMIU, Chamber, and LMT (results pending final report)

 

·        Provide monthly briefing to UTSA Health Science Center for new doctors and public health professionals

 

·        Represented City at trade shows and events to attract new investment to the downtown area

 

·        Sponsored Hazmat training for warehouse needs

 

·        Sponsor and staff the Business Anti-Smuggling Coalition (BASC) program, a key component to the support of CT-PAT and border security.

 

o       Publish Laredo BASC Newsletter

 

·        Facilitated interaction with key agencies on Laredo growth, trade and trends:

 

o       TxDOT

o       San Antonio Trans. Assoc.

o       Port of Corpus Christi

o       U.S. Consulate – N.L.

o       U.S. Customs

o       Border Patrol

o       Homeland Security

o       TEEX

 

·        Re-accredited as one of the seventeen Accredited Economic Organizations (AEO) in the United States (April 2004)

 

                   B.  Presentation by Carlos G. Rodriguez and Melissa Montemayor, Texas Department

                         of Transportation, regarding ongoing and future construction projects.

 

 Mr. Carlos G. Rodriguez, TxDOT Engineer, reported on the ongoing construction  

 projects.  He stated that in regards to the IH-35 and Milo Interchange project, they

 expect to have substantial completion by December, 2004, and final overall  

 completion by May,  2005.  He added that traffic will be using the newly

 constructed roadways by December, 2004.  The second project is the Loop 20

 project which is the widening  project that is currently going on in front of the  

 sports arena from the armory to  McPherson Road.  They are looking at completion 

 date of May, 2005.  The third project is the IH-35 widening project which was

 started in March, 2004.  They are anticipating a 42-month completion time.  He 

 explained that this runs from IH-35 to the Milo Interchange to UniTech.  The fourth

 project is inside Lake Casa Blanca and it is a continuation of the project that was  

 there before.  He explained that their plan is to bring everything up to par with  

 ADA requirements and they anticipate a completion date of August, 2004.  The   

 fifth and sixth projects are at Hwy. 59 on Loop 20 which involve the interchange of   

 Hwy. 59 at Loop 20.  He added that project six was let this August and they have  

 a delayed start to March, 2005, so they can have all the utilities adjusted to allow

 for construction to begin without delay.  Project five is adjacent to project number

 six and that project is going to tie in with project six so that the  project can be  

 functioning while they handle the construction.  Project seven is along IH-35 which   

 will  be a direct connector taking traffic from IH-35 and allow traffic to free flow

 and connect to the World Trade Bridge.  He added that this project is scheduled to

 go out for bids in January, 2005, and will have a six-month delayed start to allow  

 for delivery of materials.  Project eight deals with designing the right-turn lanes at 

 Calton Road and Del Mar Boulevard.  He mentioned that they have already

 obtained the rights-of-way for this construction project.  He stated that all the

 projects  that exist under Project 9 are traffic related.  He stated that all the traffic

 related projects are scheduled to be let in June, 2005.  Upon completion of all the

 traffic related projects, they should have more signal-coordinated functions to allow

 for smoother traffic flow.  Project 10 is the installation of beacons at the corner of 

 Ejido which is also a traffic-related project.  He stated that Projects 11 and 12 are  

 grade separations and a raised median project, respectively, at Hwy. 83 in the Three    

 Points area.  He stated that Project 13 consists of reconstruction of the roadway all

 the way up the Chacon Bridge with construction scheduled to begin in June, 2005. 

 

 Melissa Montemayor, with TxDOT, provided a detailed summary of the proposed 

 construction projects for FY 2006-2013. 

 

 

Prelim.

 

Limits

Limits

Layman’s

 

Estimated

No

Let Date

Hwy

From

To

Description

FY

Cost

1

Sep 05

US 59

Ejido

Buena Vista

Install raised median Ejido just east of cemetery

06

9,600,000

2A

Feb 06

Various

Located in vicinity of GSA facility

Bridge IV

For the construction of a border safety inspection facility

06

9,600,000

2B

Feb 06

Various

Located in vicinity of GSA facility

Colombia/Solidarity

For the construction of a border safety inspection facility

06

9,600,000

3

Mar 06

Various

Intersection of SH 359 & Loop 20

Proposed outer loop

Loop 20, extension of Loop 20, construct 7 lane urban section

06

39,607,639

4

Apr 06

Loop 20

0.20 mi south of Spur 400

1.68 mi north of US 59

For the construction of a diamond interchange

06

10,000,000

5

May 06

Loop 20

Los Presidentes

US 83

Install raised median

06

230,000

6

May 06

US 59

Maryland

San Dario

Install raised median

06

200,000

7

Jul 06

Loop 20

Boomtown/Century St./ Los Presidentes

New York Avenue

Interconnection of traffic signal

06

125,000

8

Jul 06

FM1472

At the intersection of Flecha Lane

 

Upgrade Traffic Signal

06

125,000

9

July 06

FM1472

At the intersection of San Gabriel

 

Upgrade Traffic Signal

06

125,000

10

Aug 06

IH 35

Shiloh Road

0.25 mi north of Loop 20, FM 3464

Widen NB and SB mainlanes tao 3 lanes each direction

06

 6,000,000

11

Aug 06

Loop 20

SH 359 intersection

In Laredo

Construction of an interchange facility

06

18,000,000

12

Aug 06

Various

US 83

Proposed Cuatro Vientos St

Outer loop, construct 4 lane divided facility with interchange at US 83 (Phase I)

06

  6,070,000

13

Aug 06

Various

Intersection of Cuatro Vientos/ Outer Loop

US 83 main entrance to Rio Bravo

Loop 20 extension of Cuatro Vientos – construct 2 lane rural section

06

  4,000,000

14

Sep 06

Loop 20

.32 mi west of Milo Interchange

.57 mi east of  McPherson Road

For the construction of main lanes over IH 35

07

10,000,000

15

Sep 06

Loop 20

.39 mi west of McPherson

.39 mi east of McPherson

For the construction of interchange facility over McPherson Road

07

  4,083,608

16

Jun 07

VA

At Cuatro Vientos

Intersection of outer loop & Cuatro Vientos

For the construction of an interchange

07

  3,000,000

17

Aug 07

Loop 20

US 59

SH 359

Widen and upgrade intersection at Spur 400

07

  5,000,000

18

Aug 07

Various

Cuatro Vientos intersection

SH 359

Outer loop, construct 2-lane section w/shoulder (Phase 1)

07

 6,120,000

19

Aug 07

Various

At SH 359

 

Outer loop, for construction of an interchange

07

 3,000,000

20

Oct 07

Various

SH 359

US 59

Outer loop, construct 2-lane section w/shoulder and RR grade separation (Phase I)

08

 8,400,000

21

Oct 07

Various

Int. of Inner Loop 20

US 59

Outer loop, construct 2- lane section w/shoulder and an interchange at inner Loop 20 (Phase I)

08

17,000,000

22

Oct 07

US 59

.019 mi east of Int. of E San Francisco

.021 mi west of Int. of W. San Francisco

For the construction  of the replacement of an existing bridge

08

 1,200,000

23

Feb 08

US 59

3.3 mi E of Arkansas St.

12.64 mi E of  Arkansas

Construct 4 lane divided facility

08

 14,934,400

24

May 08

US 83

San Eduardo St.

McPherson Road

Construct RR grade separation str and approaches

08

   9,360,000

25

Apr 10

City street

Industrial Blvd intersection

FM 1472 intersection

For the construction of a new location roadway CP&L

10

  4,094,570

26

Apr 10

City street

0.25 mi East of Calton Road/Sta. Maria

0.25 mi E of Las Cruzes/ Flecha Ln

For the realignment of Flecha Lane/Las Cruzes along FM 1472

10

  2,555,750

27

Apr 10

City street

0.25 mi East of  Calton Road/Sta. Maria

0.25 mi W of of Calton Road/Sta. Maria int.

For the construction of a grade separation at Calton/Sta. Maria int.

10

  6,000,000

28

Jun 10

City street

On Meadow Ave. in Laredo at

Tex-Mex RR crossing

Replace bridge and approaches

10

  3,500,000

29

Apr 12

IH 35

On SB IH 35 at Mann Road

1.7 mi N. of US 59

For the construction of the widening and/or rehabilitation of bridge facility

12

   350,000

30

July 13

Various

Cuatro Vientos

SH 359

Outer Loop upgrade to a 4 lane divided facility (Phase II)

13

 8,773,939

 

 

 

 

 

                   TOTAL

      211,254,906

 

 

 

 

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

 

Keith Kendall, Program Manager, reported on the progress of the Colonias Project.  He stated that on SH 359 area, the sewer interceptor running along Tex-Mex Railroad at Chacon Creek has been completed.  He stated that they are going through the final inspection at this time.  He added that the 16” water transmission line along Pueblo Nuevo has been completed as well.  The only thing pending is the wastewater collection system and water distribution system which are pending the rights-of-way and easements.  On the Mines Road area, he reported that they are starting advertising for the water transmission lines to extend water out to the area.  He expects to have a groundbreaking ceremony in October once bids are awarded and contracts have been executed.   Also, the only thing pending is the wastewater collection system and water distribution system which are pending the rights-of-way and easements.  He mentioned that they have added about $6,000,000 worth of construction and they are still on budget, however, they are slightly behind schedule. 

 

D.     Presentation by Killis Almond and Associates on an interim report regarding the

      feasability study of a proposed Convention Center and Civic Center facilities.

 

Mike Pescador, Assistant Parks and Recreation Director, introduced  Mario Jasso and Bill Krueger representing Killis Almond.  He stated that before they begin on Phase II, he would ask that City Council agree to set up a workshop in order to obtain input from the Council. 

 

Mario Jasso, of Architects Plus, Inc., is the local member of the consulting team who introduced Bill Krueger of Conventions Sports & Leisure.

 

Bill Krueger, Conventions Sports & Leisure, reported on the Market Demand and Building Program for a new or expanded Laredo Convention Center.  He stated that what they are looking at is the market demand and market supportable building aspects associated with a new/expanded Center.  He explained that Phase Two of the study will consist of various tasks relating to site/location, financial operations, economic impacts, construction costs and conceptual design work.  He added that a full report and supporting architectural documents will be completed following the conclusion of Phase Two of the study and should be reviewed in order to gain a full understanding of the study methods, limitations, and implications.  A full copy of the program analysis is available for inspection at the City Secretary’s Office.

           

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

44.  A.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding van accessible parking in downtown.

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that he has received complaints from citizens that there is not enough parking for disabled individuals in the downtown area.  The sidewalks along the parking meters are too high for people with disabilities to maneuver their wheelchairs, therefore, they cannot utilize the parking meter spaces available.  They would like to have an area which is van accessible in order to lower the ramp on the van being used to transport these individuals.

 

Tony Garcia, Traffic Department, reported that the accessible parking requirement for vans is a minimum of sixteen feet in length and twenty feet in width.  For general accessible disabled parking, the requirement is thirteen feet.  He explained that these are ADA requirements that must be complied with and he pointed out that the street is not big enough to allow for those changes. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding traffic issues in nearby neighborhoods

caused by students exiting Laredo Community College.

 

Tony Garcia, Traffic Department, reported that their department has taken action to remedy this situation.  They have reviewed the number of stop signs around the area and there are only a couple of intersections along Pinder St. and San Ygnacio Ave. that have stop signs.  He mentioned that they are planning to install additional signs in the area.   

 

3.   Status report on Seven Flags Park.

 

Gabriel Martinez, Engineering Department, reported on the progress being made to the park construction.  He explained that the Notice to Proceed was issued back in June, 2004, but the work has been behind schedule.  He stated that most of the demolition work has been completed. He reported that the concrete pad for the pavilion structure, the sidewalks leading up to the pavilion, and the silt fencing have been completed.   He mentioned that the company has increased the number of laborers to ensure that the rate of progress remains consistent with the contract time. 

 

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 MASS TRANSIT BOARD

           

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

45.  Consideration to exercise the renewal contract option for one additional year for

contract (FY02-109), air condition service agreement for bus and van fleet air-conditioning service for Laredo Transit Management, Inc.; Andy's Auto Air & Supply, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $24,000.00; and Thermo King, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $10,000.00.  Funding is available in the Laredo Transit Management, Inc., budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

46.  Authorizing the City Manager to apply for State Public Transportation funds in the

amount of $729,717.00 with the Texas Department of Transportation which is authorized to distribute state funds for transit capital and operating assistance in urbanized areas under 200,000 in population.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

 

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M-2004-S-08

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

August 16, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

    I.      MOTION

 

1.      Consideration for approval of final change order no. 2, a decrease of $9,569.07 for materials, supplies and labor provided by city crews, acceptance of the Veterans Monument Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $10,430.93 to Armando Hinojosa, ASD Art Inc., for the completion of the design and construction of the Veteran’s Monument. Final contract amount is $190,430.93. Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Projects Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                               Against:  0                           Abstain:  0 

 

   II.     EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

 III.     ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion to adjourn.                                                                                   Time9:43 p.m.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

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 29 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on August 16, 2004.

 

 

 

                                                            ______________________________________

                                                            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                            City Secretary