CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2004-R-19

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

October 11, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

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

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                     Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                        Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                              Council Member, District II

            John Galo,                                                                    Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                             Mayor Pro Tempore, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                            Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                            Council Member, District VI

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

            Juan Ramirez,                                                               Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                   City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                             City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                           Deputy City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Cm.  Amaya.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  Garcia

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of August 2, 2004, August 9, 2004, and Budget Workshops for             2004.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  Garcia

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

Cm. Ramirez inquired about approval of a grazing lease with A. C. Cattle Company which was approved on September 27, 2004.

 

Mayor Flores replied that the City Manager’s Office would provide the information requested by the Council Member.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

Cm. Agredano stated that there will be a South Laredo Scholarship 5K Run on Sunday, October 31, 2004, at 8:00 a.m.  He mentioned that for the past six years they have raised over $20,000 in scholarship money for the students of United South and Cigarroa High School.  This year they will be including the new L. B. Johnson High School in the scholarship fund.  He thanked Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, and Mike Pescador, Assistant Director, for all their hard work in coordinating this annual event.

 

            Invitations

 

            a.  Inviting the City Council and general public to participate in two community events, Dia              Del Rio and Make a Difference Day. Work along the Paso del Indio Trail at LCC is                       scheduled on Saturday, October 16, 2004;  work on the Las Palmas/Justo Penn Park just              east of Bridge II is scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2004.

 

                  Mr. Tom Miller, with Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center, mentioned that over the last ten years, the Rio Grande International Study Center has supported the Dia del Rio/Rio Bravo Coalition which has involved hundreds of communities along the Rio Grande basin.  He added that here in Laredo the focus has been on the Paseo del Indio nature trial.  He mentioned that there have been thousands of people working thousands of volunteer hours and they now see the city moving towards enhancing the river area, passing the green space ordinance, etc.  He envisions that the city now has an opportunity to work on an extended nature trail for hiking and biking.  He explained that on Saturday he anticipates 500 to 600 people to help with the rebuilding of the trails.  He stated that over the past three years, they have been coordinating with the City to rebuild many of these trails and he asks the community to participate once again. 

 

                  Blasita Lopez, Public Information Officer, stated that volunteers are needed for the Dia del Rio at Paso del Indio on Saturday, October 16th  from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and for the Make a Difference Day at Las Palmas/Justo Penn on Saturday, October 23rd.  She invited everyone to come help out with the rebuilding of the nature trails. 

 

            Recognitions

 

a.       Recognition of Gerardo Jalomo, of the Fleet Management Division, on his selection as  

      September 2004 Employee of the Month.

 

      Tony Lara, Fleet Management Manager, stated that Mr. Jalomo has been employed with the City for 12 years and his major area of expertise within the Fleet Division involves working on police cruisers.  He stated that he also serves as the lead mechanic on the floor.  Mr. Lara added that Mr. Jalomo exemplifies everything that the Fleet Management Division strives to instill in its employees. 

 

      Mayor Flores and City Council presented a Certificate of Recognition to Gerardo Jalomo for his selection as Employee of the Month. 

 

            b.  Recognition of the City of Laredo Customer Service Representatives as part of National 

                 Customer Service Week.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that Customer Service provides a connection between the people in the community that we serve and the work that we carry out for the community.  He mentioned that these City employees take requests on service calls very seriously and provide the City Council with a tracking system that shows the status of the calls that come in.  He wants to make sure that these people get recognized for their outstanding work throughout the year. 

 

Kavita Idnani                                  Administrative Services

Frances Perez                                 Airport

Berta L. Rivera                               Bridge

Norma de la Fuente                        Building

San Juanita de los Reyes                 City Attorney

Blanca Cortinas                              City Manager

Hilda Negrete                                 City Secretary

Ana Lopez                                     Community Development

Monica San Miguel             Convention & Visitors Bureau

Teresa Esparza                               Engineering

Leticia Benavides                            Environmental

Janie Garcia                                    Finance

Belinda Sanchez                             Fire

Maria A. Gonzalez              Fleet

Sylvia Arrellano                              Health

Maria G. Soliz                                Library

Sandra Aleman                               MIS

Rosalinda Ortiz                               Municipal Court

Gloria Garza                                   Parks and Recreation

Rosie Cantu                                    Planning and Zoning

Jose E. Baeza                                 Police

Gerardo Leal                                  Public Access Center

Angie Ojeda                                   Public Works

Sandra Martinez                             Solid Waste

Alejandra Santana                          Tax

Rosita Martinez                              Traffic

Daniel Gonzalez                              Transit

Jessica Orbe                                   Utilities

 

Eddie Zavala, Customer Service Coordinator, introduced the four new representatives for the following departments:

 

Diana Garza, Administrative Services; Maria Gonzalez, Fleet Management Division; Deirdre Reyna, Parks and Recreation; and Federico Flores, Utilities. 

Communiqués

 

Mayor Flores requested a moment a silence for Mr. Roberto Cantu, former member of the Historic District/Landmark Board.   She extended her condolences to his entire family. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

            None.

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Individual Public Hearings for the voluntary annexations of eight (8) tracts of land (Tract

1: Carranco Tract  - 1351.37 acres, more or less; Tract 2: E.G. Ranch I Tract - 140 acres, more or less; Tract 3: E.G. Ranch II Tract - 47.85 acres, more or less; Tract 4: Hurd I Tract - 31.82 acres, more or less; Tract 5: Hurd II Tract 21.89 acres, more or less; Tract 6: Transborder Tract - 27.59 acres, more or less; Tract 7: Treviño Tract - 4.51 acres, more or less; Tract 8: Wormser Ranch III Tract - 200 acres, more or less), for a total of 1825.03 acres, more or less, as described in attached tract summaries as required by Section 43.063 of the Texas Local Government Code.  

 

Motion to open the public hearing for tract # 1.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to open the public hearing for tract # 2.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Edward Garza, on behalf of E. G. Ranch, Ltd., stated that they would like to voluntarily annex the tract of land.  He inquired whether a landowner would not be able to submit a request for agricultural exemption upon annexation of the land.  He stated that typically landowners would rather maintain an agricultural extension until such time as they are prepared financially to proceed with land development. 

 

Cm. Galo stated that they have had many tracts of land within the City of Laredo that have not been developed.  He mentioned that if a landowner is serious about being annexed by the City, then that landowner needs to be ready and take that approach and not just have the land within the city limits and obtain city services without the City getting any benefit.  He would like for the Planning and Zoning Department to look at a time frame or not more than three years for the landowner to have an opportunity to bring the property on line.   He explained that the City does not want a situation where the landowners have farm animals in order to maintain their agricultural use exemption.  He wants to make it clear that the City is annexing land that the City is anticipating to develop in the near future. 

 

Motion to amend the article to read that the landowners shall keep their agricultural exemption for not more than three years.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:

 

Motion to open public hearing for tract # 3.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to open public hearing for tract # 4.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:                                                 Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to open public hearing for tract # 5.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to open public hearing for tract # 6.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to open public hearing for tract # 7.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing for tract # 8.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo's FY 2004-2005

Full Time Equivalent Positions and creating one Executive Director Position. This position will be assigned to the Environmental Services Department for the Keep Laredo Beautiful Program.  Funding for this position is available in the 2004 - 2005 Keep Laredo Beautiful Fund.

 

Motion to open the public hearing

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2004 - 2005 Annual Budget

in the Fire Prevention and Arson Fund Budget by accepting a donation of $500.00 from Devon Energy Oil and Gas Company and appropriating said funds for the purpose of purchasing Fire Safety Educational Promotional Materials for the Fire Prevention Division.

 

Motion to open the public hearing

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 - 2005

Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $24,301.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the "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 open the public hearing

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 - 2005

Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $30,000.00 from the South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (STACADA) for services to be rendered by the HIV/AIDS Program of the City of Laredo Health Department; and to approve a (9) nine-month contract between the City of Laredo Health Department and STACADA beginning October 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005, for these services.

 

Motion to open the public hearing

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005

Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $16,600.00 in additional funds and authorizing the City Manager to renew the Interlocal Agreement for FY 2004-2005 between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb for the total amount of $175,000.00 for locally supported public health services to residents of Webb County, for the period beginning October 1, 2004  through September 30, 2005.

 

Motion to open the public hearing

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005

Budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $24,457.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services to reflect a total grant of $3,061,508.00 for the Women, Infants and Children "WIC" Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005.

 

Motion to open the public hearing

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

Direct Aid Grant from the Texas State Library ~ Loan Star Libraries Program in the amount of $15,139.00 for new computers at the Main Library, and amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 - 2005 Annual Budget in the amount of $139.00. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 - 2005

Annual Budget by reducing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $46,412.00 for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant awarded by the United States Department of Justice and authorizing the City Manager to accept the grant in the amount of $38,109.00 with the City of Laredo designating $182,827.00 in matching funds for a total of $220,936.00. This project funds salaries and fringe benefits for support personnel. The funding period for this project is from October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2006.

 

Motion to open the public hearing

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 28-87 of Chapter 28,

streets, sidewalks, and public places, Article III Civic Center of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo to allow for rate changes in meeting room rentals and equipment rentals; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the pubic hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2004 - 2005 Annual

Budget for the South Texas Regional 911 System Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $8,964.00. The Commission on State Emergency Communication provided a subsequent allocation to the South Texas Region. The City of Laredo as Administrator designated the use of those funds for Regional Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Training.

 

Motion to open the pubic hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 19. Motor Vehicle and

Traffic, Article III, Stopping, Standing, or Parking, Section 19-362, City-owned parking lot rates and hours of operation, of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo: Specifically (d)(1) Extending the boundary west to Davis Ave. and providing for severability and effective date.

 

Motion to open the pubic hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

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

Center, Inc., for approximately 178 square feet consulting AOA Office #5 located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for eight (8) months commencing on November 1, 2004 and ending on June 30, 2006. Lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a thirty (30) day written notice from the party terminating to the other. Monthly rent shall be $467.00 and will be adjusted during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of the City of

Laredo, Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 and specifically authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Operations Agreement with Continental Texas Warehousing, L.P., Zones Site Operator, to activate approximately 15,000 square feet of warehouse space located at 13704 N. Unitec Dr., at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, Site 6, effective upon execution of this contract and ending on October 31, 2009. Providing the activation, administration and transaction fees be paid to the City and providing for an effective date.

 

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 combined market value of $13,504.00, for certain properties described as follows to their respective abutting property owners and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

Parcel A - consisting of 3,858.36 sq. ft., more or less, to Alfredo Genaro Ortiz and Alfonso Rodolfo Ortiz, Jr., at the total market value of $6,752.00; said parcel being out of the northeast quarter of Sta. Rita Avenue between Pace and Ugarte Streets situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being described on attached Exhibit "A",

 

Parcel B - consisting of 3,858.36 sq. ft., more or less, to Antonio Martinez at the market value of $6,752.00; said parcel being out of the northwest quarter of Sta. Rita Avenue between Pace and Ugarte Streets situated in the Western Divison, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being described on attached Exhibit "B".

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

16.    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; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES

 

Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances # 2004-O-206, # 2004-O-227, # 2004-O-228, # 2004-O-229, # 2004-O-230, # 2004-O-231, # 2004-O-232,  #2004-O-233, #2004-O-234, # 2004-O-235, # 2004-O-236, # 2004-O-237, # 2004-O-238, # 2004-O-239, # 2004-O-240, # 2004-O-241, # 2004-O-242, # 2004-O-243, # 2004-O-244, # 2004-O-245, # 2004-O-246, and # 2004-O-247. 

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Garcia

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

17.    2004-O-206  Granting to Proviron, Inc., and its successors, or assigns, the easements,

rights, privileges, and franchise to construct, lay, maintain, and operate pipelines and gas mains in, under, over, across, and along present and future streets, alleys, public thoroughfares and public grounds of the City of Laredo, and to use said properties for the purpose of transporting, distributing, and selling gas (natural, artificial or mixed) for all purposes for which gas is or may be used by the City and its inhabitants, and to any other person or persons; providing for the manner of acceptance of this franchise by Proviron, Inc., of the rights and privileges granted by this franchise; further fixing and ordering rates to be charged by Proviron, Inc. to residential and commercial customers; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-206.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-227  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

4.21 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A," located south of Don Camilio Boulevard, from R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area Residential District) to B-1 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. (As Amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-227.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-228  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

3.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A," located west of Cuenca Drive, from R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-228.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-229  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    the north 92.88 feet of Lot 1 and the north 92.88 feet of the west 22.8 feet

    of Lot 2, Block 340, Eastern Division, located approximately at 701

    Kearney Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-O

    (Residential/Office District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

    Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-229.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-230  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

8.12 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A." located approximately south of Del Mar Boulevard, 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-230.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      2004-O-231  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    6.34 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit 

    "A," located south of Del Mar Boulevard, from R-1 (Single-Family

    Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for

    publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-231.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-232  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a detention facility on 150 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A," located north of Rio Bravo on Hwy 83; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-232.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-233  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lots 15 and 16, Block 2132, Eastern Division, located at 604 South Meadow Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-233.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-234  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lots 1-20, Block 22 and those portions of Lots 1-15, Block 23 and Lot 21, Block 22, Santa Fe Subdivision, Unit IX, located south of Santa Martha Boulevard and east of Organo Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1MH (Single-Family Manufacturing Housing District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-234.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-235  Establishing Keep Laredo Beautiful, a non-profit organization, and

     approving the articles of incorporation and bylaws thereof.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-235.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-236  Amending the City of Laredo 2003 - 2004 Fiscal Year Budget for the

2003 Certificate of Obligation Fund by transferring $58,000.00 from the Fire Training Facility Fund and appropriating $58,000.00 for the awarding of the construction contract for the Cielito Lindo Fire Station, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-236.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-237  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Annual Budget by

     appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $134,342.00 in

     funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services and

     $19,332.00 in Program Income for the La Familia Health Care Program

     of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning

     September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-237.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-238  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Annual Budget by

     appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $81,751.00 in

     funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Family

     Planning Services of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period

     beginning September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005, and amend the

     City of Laredo's FTEs. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-238.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-239  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Budget by appropriating

     revenues and expenditures in the amount of $413,077.00 from the Texas

     Department of State Health Services for the Public Health Preparedness

     and Epidemiology Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for

     the period beginning September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-239.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-240  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a supplemental overtime award

     from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the amount of $4,000.00 and

     amend the FY 2003 - 2004 City of Laredo Budget by $4,000.00.  The

     purpose is to reimburse cost for overtime incurred by the Laredo Police

     Department in providing resources of OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug

    Enforcement Task Forces).  The term of this agreement is from October 1,

     2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-240.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-241  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Annual Budget by

    increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $85,916.00 in

    additional funds, totaling $171,683.00 from the Texas Department of State

    Health Services for the Immunization Action Program of the City of

    Laredo Health Department for the grant period of January 1, 2004 through

    December 31, 2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-241.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-242  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Annual Budget by

    appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $205,860.00

    from the Texas Department of State Health Services (formerly Texas

    Department of Health) and $9,530.00 in Program Income for the

    Tuberculosis Elimination Program of the City of Laredo Health

    Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004, through August

    31, 2005.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-242.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                    2004-O-243  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Annual Budget by

     appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $21,657.00 in

     funds from Texas Department of State Health Services for the Laredo

     Obesity Prevention and Control Program (LOPAC) of the City of Laredo

     Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004, through

     August 31, 2005.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-243.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                    2004-O-244  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Annual Budget by

     appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount $347,956.00 in

     funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services and

     $43,345.00 in Program Income for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH-

     Title V) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period

     beginning September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005, and amending the

     City of Laredo's FY 2003-2004 FTE's.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-244.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-245  Amending Chapter 32, "Vehicles for Hire" ", Article II; Taxicabs, of the

    Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo: specifically Sections 32-20

    transfer of operating authority,  Section 32-22 initial applications for

    annual permit, Section 32-23 inspection of initial applications, Section 32-

    29 suspension & revocation, Section 32-33 substitute or replace taxicabs,

    Section 32-35 application, Section 32-36 investigation, Section 32-37 term

    & renewal, Section  32-42 driver lists to be maintained and Section 32-71

    taximeters required, providing severability and for an effective date and

    publication.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-245.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-246  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with United Exports

    Trading Association (U.E.T.A.) of Texas, Inc., for approximately 2,656.25  

     square feet comprised of all of Lot Numbers NINE-B (9B), EIGHT-B

     (8B), SEVEN-B (7B), and the West 45.82 feet of Lot Number SIX-B

     (West 45.82 of 6B) in Block TWENTY-TWO (22), in the Western

     Division of the City of Laredo.

1.      Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on June 18, 2004 and

      ending May 31, 2005.

2.   Monthly rent will be $3,000.00.

3.      City of Laredo may terminate this lease within ninety (90) days

      written notice.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-246.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       2004-O-247  Closing as public easement that section of Garfield Street between

     Bartlett and Jarvis Avenues situated in the Eastern Division, City of

     Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-247.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

18.  2004-R-098  Resolving that the City Manager be authorized to execute a

Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement with the City of Laredo, as Landlord, Aero Center, Inc., as Tenant, and Laredo National Bank, as Mortgagee, thereby subordinating to the bank's mortgage of the lease agreement for approximately 92,192 square feet which includes approximately 24,818 square feet of hanger and office space known as Hanger No. 182 located at 5203 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport, that was authorized by Ordinance No. 95-O-156 dated August 8, 1995.

 

Motion to approve of Resolution # 2004-R-098.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

19.  2004-R-099  Resolving that the City Manager be authorized to execute a

Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement with the City of Laredo, as Landlord, Aero Center, Inc., as Tenant, and Laredo National Bank, as Mortgagee, thereby subordinating to the banks mortgage of the lease agreement for two (2) twenty thousand (20,000) gallon aboveground fuel storage tanks located on a 4,500 square foot tract of land located at the Laredo International Airport, that was authorized by Ordinance No. 95-O-157 dated August 7, 1995.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-099.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

20.  2004-R-100  Resolving that the City Manager be authorized to execute a

Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement with the City of Laredo, as Landlord, Aero Center, Inc., as Tenant, and Laredo National Bank, as Mortgagee, thereby subordinating to the banks mortgage of the lease agreement for approximately 4,500 square feet constituting a tract of land located at the Laredo International Airport, that was authorized by Ordinance No.95-O-158 dated August 7, 1995.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-100.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

21.    2004-R-102  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a Computer Accommodations for

Texans with Disability (Cat-D) Computer System from San Antonio College of San Antonio, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-102.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

22.  2004-R-104  Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services in

the amount of $92,910.00 in funds and $70,000.00 in-kind from the Laredo Independent School District for the Mi Futuro (My Future) Abstinence Education Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-R-104.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

23.  2004-R-105  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency in the amount not to exceed $70,000.00 and $3,684.00 of in-kind contributions for the Environmental Health and Prevention Intervention Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005, and to execute the grant agreement.  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-R-105.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       MOTIONS

 

24.  Amending the 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant contract with Laredo - Webb County

Community Action Agency (CAA) to change the approved limitation imposed on the disbursement of Homeless Prevention funds allocated to CAA by allowing for an increase in rent assistance from one month to two months and from a maximum of $700.00 to a maximum of $1,000.00 and allowing for an increase in mortgage assistance from $1,500.00 to $3,000.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.    Amending the 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant contract with Bethany House to change

the approved limitations imposed on the disbursement of Homeless Prevention funds allocated to Bethany House by allowing for an increase in rent assistance from one month to two months and from a maximum of $700.00 to a maximum of $1,000.00 and allowing for an increase in mortgage assistance from $1,500.00 to $3,000.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.    Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Catholic Social Services of

Laredo, Inc., (CSS) in the amount of $45,135.00 to administer the City's Fiscal Year 2005 General Fund Welfare Assistance Program through which rental, utility, transportation, and health care assistance is provided to indigent individuals and families residing in the community. The contract would cover expenditures for the period of October 1, 2004 to September 30, 2005. Up to $40,622.00 of the General Welfare Funds would be designated for the assistance of indigent individuals and families of low income while $4,513.00 (approx. 10%) would be allocated to cover administrative expenses to include: overhead, wages, and office supplies costs incurred by Catholic Social Services. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.    Consideration to award a professional services contract to Freese and Nichols, Inc.,

Fort Worth, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $272,291.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications and cost estimates for the Laredo International Airport Rehabilitation of General Aviation Apron, Phase I.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund - FAA Grant No. 42 - Purchased Professional Services / Project Engineer.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.    Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $15,219.00 for the

balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Hillside Road 18-inch Sanitary Sewer Line Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $15,411.80 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena Texas. Final contract amount is $154,118.00.  Funding is available in the 92A Sewer Bond Funds - Hillside Trunk Line Project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.    Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, Laredo Fence

Materials Maverick Fence Company, Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $60,942.00 for the Chain Link Fencing Project for Babe Ruth Baseball Field at Father McNaboe Park. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund - Father McNaboe Park Improvements.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.    Consideration to award a professional services contract to TEC Engineers &

Consultants, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $49,825.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Bartlett Avenue Extension (Sandman to Hillside). Funding is available in the Transit System - 2004 Comb. Tax & Revenue C.O. - Improvements Other Than Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.    Consideration to award a contract to REMOTEC, Inc., Oak Ridge, TN, in the amount

of $171,296.00 for the purchase of one (1) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robot for the Police Department. This vehicle is being purchased through the State of Texas-TXMAS program. Funding is available from a Homeland Security Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.    Consideration to award a software maintenance contract to the sole source provider,

Sunguard H.T.E. Inc., Lake Mary, FL, in the amount of $94,900.00. This maintenance contract will provide customer support and service for the Police Department's Computer Aided Dispatch System, Crime's Management System, Crackdown software, Mobile Data Terminal software and the Fire Department's Fire Management System. Funding is available in the Police and Fire Department budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.    Consideration to award contract number FY04-105, for the purchase of general office

supplies from the low bidders, Patria Office Supply, Laredo, Texas, and Executive Office Supply, Laredo, Texas. This contract is based on the lowest cost format utilizing a published pricer for city orders. Departments will be able to order from the vendors' general catalogues. Funding is available in the office supply line item budgets for the respective departments. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.    Consideration to award a twelve month janitorial supply contract number FY03-043 to

the low bidders, Gulf Coast Paper, Corpus Christi, Texas, Matera Paper Company, San Antonio, Texas, and Star Janitorial Supplies, Laredo, Texas, for providing general janitorial supplies to all city departments. This contract establishes the contract pricing for those janitorial supplies most commonly utilized by city departments. These vendors also offered contract pricing from their general catalogues. All items will be purchased on an as needed basis and funding will be secured from the user departments budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.    Consideration to award contract number FY04-125, to the sole bidder, Royal Treat Car

Wash, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $56,065.00, for furnishing car wash services for the City's automotive fleet. Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

number FY04-002 to the low bidder, Rankin Auto Transmission, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $58,975.00, for transmission repairs  for the Fleet Maintenance Division. The bid pricing will be firm during the contract period and all repair work will be secured on as needed basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.    Consideration to exercise a renewal option for one additional year for contract number

FY04-001 to the low bidder, Garcia's Auto Glass, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $46,122.00, for providing glass replacement service for the Fleet Maintenance Division. All work will be done on a per need basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.    Authorizing the City Manager to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder

LEM Construction Co., Inc. in the amount of $3,567,450.00 for the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Odor Control and Rehabilitation Project.  Funding is available under the 2003 Combination Tax/Sewer Bond and the 2004 Sewer Revenue Bond.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     6                                        Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                     Cm.  Ramirez

 

39.    Refund of property tax in the amount of $9,539.84 to the following taxpayers and

       companies:

1.      A refund in the amount of $732.15 payable to Pollo Loco, EPL Laredo Inc. due

       to a double payment. Account # 800-16097-500.

2.  A refund in the amount of $727.43 payable to Border Abstract & Title Co. due to

     a double payment. Account # 985-80006-240.

3.  A refund in the amount of $743.27 payable to Border Abstract & Title Co. due to

     a double payment. Account # 989-30001-010.

4.  A refund in the amount of $617.16 payable to Citifinancial Mortgage due to an

     overpayment. Account # 983-50007-010.

5.  A refund in the amount of $798.24 payable to Citifinancial Mortgage due to an

    overpayment. Account # 985-60007-430.

6.  A refund in the amount of $508.01 payable to First American Real Estate Tax

    Service due to a double payment. Account # 965-20001-301.

7.  A refund in the amount of $522.00 payable to First American Real Estate Tax

     Service due to a double payment. Account # 968-81001-015.

8.  A refund in the amount of $531.18 payable to First American Real Estate Tax

     Service due to a double payment. Account # 909-00044-310.

9.      A refund in the amount of $693.40 payable to First American Real Estate Tax

     Service due to a double payment. Account # 925-70002-250.

10.  A refund in the amount of $648.58 payable to John W. & Gabriela Johnson due

      to an overpayment. Account # 986-01014-170.

11.   A refund in the amount of $928.55 payable to Tomas & Maria Fuentes due to

       an overpayment. Account # 965-20010-011.

12.  A refund in the amount of $2,089.87 payable to Citifinancial Mortgage due to

      an overpayment.  Account # 992-00003-060.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

40.     

 

       A.  Update by Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Department Director, on the United States

-Mexico Border Health Commission and the Binational Health Week/Semana  

Binacional De Salud (Families In Action/Familias En Accion) Activities.

 

Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Director, reported that this event is taking place from   

California  through Texas where cities are conducting promotion and prevention  

services and enhancing coordination efforts.  He added that this event reinforces the Los Dos Laredos history of working together and this joint approach

continues to serve as a model for others.  He expressed his appreciation to the Mayor and City Council for its continuous support in promoting binational cooperation to enhance a healthy community and disease containment. 

 

B.     Presentation by Eddie Zavala, City of Laredo 250th Anniversary Celebration

      Coordinator, on the 250th Anniversary Celebration logo, with possible action. 

 

 Eddie Zavala, 250th Anniversary Celebration Coordinator, reported that the  

 committee members presented their recommendation to the Ad Hoc Committee.  

 The City Council Ad Hoc Committee has selected the logo depicting Don Tomas 

 Sanchez on horseback with the words “250 years” to be used as the official logo

 during the City’s 250th Anniversary Celebration. 

 

 Motion to accept the logo presented during the committee meeting as the official

 logo to be used during the 250th Anniversary Celebration. 

 

 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

 Second:  Cm. Garcia

 For:    7                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

41.    A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.  Ask Council Members to reinstate funding to the Girl Scouts Paisano Council as

     recommended in the amount of $3,750.00.

 

      Mayor Flores stated that she would like to request the City Council’s support in asking the City Manager to find a funding source to allocate these monies to the Girls Scouts Paisano Council.

 

      Motion asking the City Manager to find monies to fund the Girl Scouts Paisano Council in the amount of $3,500.00. 

 

      Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      Second:  Cm. Belmares

      For:    8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

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.

 

42.    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 North of Fort McIntosh, in the proximity of the Rio Grande River, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action.

 

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 North of Fort McIntosh, in the proximity of the Rio Grande River, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Motion to authorize the City Manager to purchase the following parcels of land legally described as:

 

Lots 5, 6, 7, and 8 in Block 515;

Lots 1,2,3,4, 9, 10, 11, and 12 in Block 517;

All of Blocks 437 and 516; all in the Western Division for an amount not to exceed $75,480 plus incidental expenses. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

43.    Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074 to

evaluate the performance and pay of City Manager Larry Dovalina, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074 to evaluate the performance and pay of City Manager Larry Dovalina, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Flores acknowledged copy of an evaluation of Mr. Larry Dovalina submitted by John Castro on behalf of the Students in Democratic Action group.    

 

John Castro, spokesperson for Students in Democratic Action, stated that he wanted to submit the group’s proposal orally and he mentioned that this right is protected under Section 551.042 of the Local Government Code.  He mentioned that denial of this right to speak is a criminal action of official oppression.

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, explained that there is no criminal action whatsoever on  behalf of City Council.  He stated that what Mr. Castro is talking about is one’s ability to make an inquiry under Section 551.042 which is on a separate item that Mr. Castro wanted to ask about.  He added that on this particular item, if Mr. Castro wished to submit to the Mayor and City Council his recommendations, he would be allowed to submit them at this time.

 

Mr. Castro continued expressing his beliefs and mentioned that there was another inquiry dealing with falsified documents from the Health Department Director. 

 

Mayor Flores advised Mr. Castro that he was out of order and that City Council would at this time go into Executive Session. 

 

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

 

Motion to approve changes to the City Manager’s contract to reflect a cost of living adjustment of 2.3% (the same amount approved by Council for all non-civil service city employees) and a merit increase of 2% for a total of 4.3%; a contribution to the City Manager’s ICMA Retirement Corporation Plan of 4.3 % of his salary; and an amendment to clarify that he earns annual leave, sick leave, and holidays on the same basis as all non-civil service city employees.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     6                                        Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                     Cm.  Ramirez

 

 

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:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

44.    Consideration to reject the sole bid received from Thyssen Krupp Elevator, to award a

five year elevator maintenance contract for the Transit Center located at 1301 Farragut and to authorize staff to solicit new bids. The bid pricing submitted by this vendor is approximately 54% higher than the previous contract amount. Funding is available in the Transit System Budget.

 

Motion to reject the sole bid. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:     7                                        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.  Belmares

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2004-S-010

October 11, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

 

I.                   COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Communiqués

 

Report to City Council on the trip to China by the delegation.

 

Mayor Flores mentioned that she returned from this trip with many positive thoughts of the difference that this visit will make for the future of Laredo.  She added that this visit by the Laredo delegation to China focused on strengthening the investment potential of our border city.  She stated that the Laredo group met with very important people to promote Laredo which will open many doors for our city on a social, economic, and educational level. 

 

Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, made a power point presentation before City Council.  He provided statistics on the different Asian cities that they visited during their trip.  He also provided photographs of the individuals that they met throughout their trip. 

 

Dr. Ray Keck, President of  Texas A & M International University, stated that China is eager to work with our city in every conceivable way.   He visited with Shanghai University officials as well as students and they are also eager to work with Laredo in every way possible. He added that the time had come for Laredo to establish personal contact with China to promote Laredo. 

 

Dr. Dan Jones, Provost of Texas A & M International University, stated that they visited eight universities in less than eight days.  He mentioned that regardless of perceptions that we hear of Americans abroad, the Chinese are eager to work with us.  The representatives of the Chinese universities are very eager to explore the possibilities of joint degree programs.  He also mentioned that the representatives from Hong Kong are eager to provide an opportunity to partner with our university for joint degree programs.  He noted that Texas A & M International University is one of two universities in the state of Texas that has statutory authority to offer joint degree programs with international universities.  He emphasized that it was a very rewarding trip and he is very grateful to be able to share some of the highlights of the trip.

 

John Adams, Laredo Development Foundation, stated that what facilitated this trip to China was a formal letter of invitation by the Chinese.  He said that this was a very ambitious trip and he tallied between 18 to 20 companies that they met with to foster interest in our city.  He stated that one of the biggest challenges is to make sure that we continue to position Laredo where Laredo is.  He met with one of the U.S. Consul and explained to him where the border city is and explained to him that the impact of our economy.  He explained that the port of Laredo does more business on a daily basis than the port of New York does.  The connection with the U.S. Consul was important  to facilitate obtaining the necessary visas for the investors as well as the professors and students that Laredo would bring here.   He concluded that this was a very timely trip for Laredo in order to be able to put together all the dynamics of the sister city affiliations, the educational component, and the economic development. 

 

Mayor Flores reported that most of the Fortune 500 businesses are looking for new inter-modal facilities and they are just now learning about Laredo.  She stated that one of the problems encountered when requesting the business visas was that the travelers are mentioning that they are traveling to Laredo.  The visa clerks at the embassies over there are questioning why they were choosing to travel to Laredo.  They have told them what is in Laredo and that has made a big difference in approving the visa issuance to Laredo. 

 

 

 

 

II.                INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

 

Authorizing the City Manager to execute an easement to AEP Texas Central Company for underground electric service facilities over the following two tracts of City property (1) A 2,562.01 sq. ft. parcel out of Block 1322, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, as described in Exhibit 1(A) and (2) a 907.21 sq. ft. parcel out of South Martin Avenue as described in Exhibit 1(B); and providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

III.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon:

 

Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of McPherson and Commerce. (Co-sponsored by Cm. Gene Belmares)

 

Graciela Gonzalez, neighborhood resident, stated that she has been working diligently to get a traffic light installed since 1994.  She added that besides her business, Kristi-Lins Academy, there are 32 other businesses in that area.  She submitted a petition with over 3,000 signatures requesting a traffic light at the corner of Commerce and McPherson Road.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, stated that there is a process which has to take place before a traffic light is installed.   They did conduct a study back in 1996 , 1998, and 1999 and the traffic count on the minor street is what normally dictates whether a traffic signal satisfies a warrant.  Once the traffic count satisfies a warrant, then they must look at other factors in the area to recommend installation of a traffic signal. 

 

Cm. Belmares suggested that the Traffic Director include in his report the number of accidents dating back from 1998 to the present. 

 

Motion to conduct a traffic study and move it along without delay. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:   7                                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

IV.              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.

 

V.                 ADJOURNMENT

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, asked for a point of clarification regarding the inquiry made earlier in the council meeting.  He wanted to explain that that request made by the gentleman was no longer necessary because he had already left.

 

            Mayor Flores posed a question to the audience asking for the inquiry.

 

Having no response from anyone in the audience, Mayor Flores closed the meeting.

 

Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  10:15 p.m.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 31  and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on October 11, 2004.

 

 

                                                                        __________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

               City Secretary