CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2004-R-020

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

October 25, 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 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

 

            Cm.  Garcia joined the meeting at 6:40 p.m.

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of August 16, 2004, September 1, 2004 and September 20, 2004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm. Garcia was not present.

 

 

  V.      COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

 

            None.

 

            Communiqués

 

            Cm.  Agredano invited everyone to attend the Seventh Annual 5K Scholarship Run at

8:00 a.m. in South Laredo.  He said that the monies raised from the run will provide scholarships for seniors that graduate from United South, Cigarroa, and Lyndon B.  Johnson High Schools.   He also wished his daughter, Lucy, a Happy Birthday.  He presented Certificate of Recognitions to Denise Arnold and Rene Alvarado for their dedication to God and their Country in serving in the United States Military.   He mentioned that both soldiers were home after serving in Iraq and have been chosen for the Veteran’s Day Parade Marshal for 2004.   He also expressed his concerns about a call that he received informing him that children were planning to spend Halloween night at the facility where Mercy Hospital was located.  He asked City staff to contact the owner of the facility to consider additional security measures on Halloween night. 

 

            Cm.  Galo thanked the Parks and Recreation Department and the Public Works Department for cleaning the Slaughter Farm.  He offered his condolences to the Dolores Hernandez and Aldefa Hernandez families. 

 

            Cm.  Amaya acknowledged that it was good to return back to Council meetings after suffering from an illness.  He announced that he had attended a proclamation on the Mayor’s behalf at the Tomas Sanchez School where one of the students wrote a poem for

Mayor Flores.

 

            Cm.  Rendon thanked John Orfila, Public Works Manager, and his crew for continuing the hard work at the Calle Del Norte work sight. 

 

            Cm.  Belmares congratulated the principal from Bonnie L.  Garcia School, Irma Flores, and her staff for organizing a fantastic Red Ribbon Day Parade.  He also thanked the Boys & Girls Club and the Parks & Recreation Department for organizing another successful year of flag football.

 

            Cm.  Ramirez thanked individuals who worked to preserve the vegetation around the Las Palmas Park.  He also encouraged the public to exercise their right to vote in the November 2, 2004 elections.    

           

            Mayor Flores announced that the City of Laredo will participate in a National Aluminum Can Recycling Contest which will allow comparable cities to compete against each other to see what city can collect the most aluminum cans between November 2nd and November 15th.  The winning city will have bragging rights and a $5,000 cash prize to be used for additional recycling education programs.  She noted that she has issued a challenge to the Mayors of Edinburg, McAllen, Mission, and Pharr with the friendly wager that says “Laredo will recycle more cans”.  She advised that the Bonnie L.  Garcia Elementary School held a dedication and she received a thank you note that she wanted to share with the viewing public.  She read the following note:   

 

            “My Dear Mayor,

 

            Thank you for being a Mayor and daughter at my dedication of Bonnie L. Garcia Elementary School.  I was the greatest and proud mother in the City of Laredo.  May God Bless you Always and keep you safe from harm.  Love Bonnie”

                                                                                                                                                    

a.  Presentation by Brendan Townsend regarding the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Brendan Townsend, Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra conductor, announced that the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating their 25th anniversary.  He said he was hired as part of a corrective procedure to adjust the Orchestra’s vision which brought Texas A & M International University and the Laredo Community College together to form a joint collaboration.  He advised that he has been working very hard to create an orchestra that the City of Laredo could be proud of and partake in.  He discussed several changes that he implemented to enhance the program including changing the time of performance and modernizing the music.  He said that he has created an outreach program which gives everyone an opportunity to attend the concerts.  Music education is an extremely vital part of the over education picture.  Statistics will show you that students that are involved in the performance of the musical instrument score on average at least 300 points higher on the SAT scores.  He went on to say that they have created a youth orchestra where 30 musicians meet every Wednesday.  He thanked the Mayor of Laredo and the City Council for their continued support through the Third Party Funding. 

 

            Cm. Garcia joined the meeting at 6:40 p.m.

 

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;

 

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 1.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Tract 2: E.G. Ranch I Tract – 140 acres, more or less;

 

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 2.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:   Cm. Agredano

Second:   Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Tract 3: E.G. Ranch II Tract – 47.85 acres, more or less;

 

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 3.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:   8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Tract 4: Hurd I Tract – 31.82 acres, more or less;

 

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 4.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:   0                                           Abstain:  0 

 

Tract 5: Hurd II Tract 21.89 acres, more or less;

 

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 5.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Tract 6: Transborder Tract – 27.59 acres, more or less;

 

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 6.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Tract 7: Treviño Tract – 4.51 acres, more or less;

 

Motion to open the public hearing for Tract 7.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

 

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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 8.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

2.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Laredo Land Development Code, Chapter 24, Appendix B-3, entitled Zoning Fees, by amending the fees required of both Special and Conditional Use Permit requests; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

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. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a drive-thru restaurant and additional signage on Lot 5A, Block 819, Eastern Division, located approximately at 1020 North Meadow Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ron Whitehawk spoke on behalf of Jesus Padilla who is the owner/operator of the Subway Sandwich Shop.  He said that the business “Subway” has been open for a few years and the owner did not realize that he was not in compliance with the zoning.  He spoke in favor of the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit and further asked Council to allow the owner to install a standardized sign on the premises. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

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 authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a bus parking lot on Lots 1 and 2, Block 766, Western Division, located at 2802 and 2804 San Bernardo Avenue; providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Antonio Gonzalez, owner of the property, said that the owners of Transporte Chihuahua rented the lots so the drivers could park their buses there.  He informed the Council that he has beautified the lots and assured Council that they will not be used as a bus terminal.   

 

Motion to close the public hearing, override Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation and introduce as a conditional use permit for one year with the following conditions except # 2 and # 4.

 

1.  Parking shall comply with the Laredo Land Development Code at all times.

2.  Signage shall be limited to that which is allowed in a B-3 district.

3.  The Conditional Use Permit shall be issued to Antonio G.  Gonzalez and is nontransferable.

4.  The applicant shall plant and maintain 16 trees along the site’s easternmost and southernmost boundaries.

5.  Lighting shall be directed downward and away from any adjoining residential areas.

6.  The Conditional Use Permit shall be issued for a one year term.

7.  The site shall be limited to six (6) buses at any one time.

8.  No bus maintenance activities shall be carried out at any time.

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Ramirez

 

5.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 7.29  acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately south of Highway 359 and east of Las Misiones, Unit I, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Rendon

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

 

6.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.67 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, approximately west of Highway 83 and south of Masterson Road, 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:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                           Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing property owner, asked Council to concur with the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation for approval on this property.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Galo

 

7.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.53 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, approximately west of Highway 83 and south of Masterson Road, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway 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 

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing DCB, Ltd., said the site is located between two B-4 zoned areas along Hwy. 83, which is identified by the Transportation Plan as a truck route and a major arterial.  The proposed designation is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan’s designation for the area and would allow uses similar to those already present along this corridor. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Galo

 

8.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.17 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately south of Masterson Road and east of Santa Fe Subdivision, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

     

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ron Whitehawk spoke on behalf of the land developer and property owner.  He said that he would like to superimpose a previous map that was shared with Council in their packet and exhibit a parcel of land that looks like a plat but has not been submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission for review.  The zoning intent which is R1MH is an extension of the adjoining Santa Fe subdivisions.  There was concern on part of the Planning Commission and City staff for a portion of the acreage.  He said that he has a copy of the amended meets and bounds and an amended map which he would like to change the zoning from 3.17 acres to 2.4 acres.  He said that he would hold the deleted area in ambiance in terms of a proposed zone change and resubmit it to Council at a later date.  He added that there have been some alternatives put forward to the R1MH which he would like to explore with City staff and give Council his opinion as to what the most appropriate zone change is.  However, for the purpose of tonight’s evening he asked that the R1MH be allowed to move forward.    

 

Motion to close the public hearing and table the item and send it back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for review or a different zone change. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

9.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a mini-storage warehouse on Lot 1, Block 8, Crownridge Subdivision, Phase I, located at 502 Shiloh Dr; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Chanel Aldrete, Sales Manager for Park Avenue Landmark Construction, said that the proposed building is a tilt wall constructed building with two levels.  The bottom level will be used for offices and retail and the upstairs will be designated for temperature control humidity controlled storage facilities. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

 

 

 

10. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.28 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately south of Cielito Lindo Blvd. and west of St. David Lane, from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area 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. Garcia

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:  Cm. Agredano

 

11. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.32 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately west of St. David Lane and north of St. Luke Blvd., from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area 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. Garcia

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. Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Agredano

 

12. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of  Laredo by rezoning 2.50 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately north of Cielito Lindo Blvd., from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area 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. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Agredano

 

13. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of  Laredo by rezoning 20.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately west of Casa Verde Road, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Rendon

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Rendon

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Rendon

 

14. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.66 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately east of the intersection of Piedmont St. and Allegheny St., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to RSM (Residential Suburban Multifamily District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.           

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

 

15. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 7.06 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 5300 E. Saunders St., from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway 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. Garcia

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. Rendon

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

Cm. Galo was temporarily out. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Rendon

 

16. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5, 6, 7 and 8, Block 1216, Eastern Division, located at 2102 Chihuahua St., from R-O (Residential/Office 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. Belmares

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:    7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

Cm. Galo was temporarily out.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Agredano

 

17. Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey ten (10) city-owned lots to the Metro Affordable Housing Corporation for a Lease-Purchase Program for residents of public housing. Said ten (10) lots being Lots 11,12,13,14,15,36,37,38,39 and 40, all being situated in the Los Obispos Subdivision, Unit 5, Block 3, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being delineated on attached copy of City Plat, and providing for an effective date.              

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

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:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

                     

18. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount not to exceed $70,000.00 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 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 amending the FY 2004 – 2005 Full-Time Equivalent by one (1) position.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

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

 

19. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $39,153.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for a total grant in the amount of $208,446.00 for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                          Against:   0                                           Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

20. Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $58,148.00 from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to reflect the actual grant amount of $35,157.00 for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Outreach Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004 through April 30, 2005; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

21. Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between Texas Engineering Extension Service/ Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX) and the City of Laredo Fire Department to define the responsibilities for both parties for the education/instructional activities to be offered to Firefighters, non Firefighter trainees and out-of-country first responders at the Laredo International Fire/Law Enforcement Training Center.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

David Piton, Assistant Fire Chief, Laredo Fire Department introduced Robert Moore who is the Program Coordinator from TEEX.

 

Roger Moore, Program Coordinator for Texas Engineering Extension Emergency Institute, said that TEEX will work with the City of Laredo to promote and utilize the Laredo International Fire/Law Enforcement Training Center to provide educational instructional emergency services programs and training that will meet the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and the Texas Department of State Health Services requirements.   The Laredo International Fire/Law Enforcement Training Center facility will be utilized by TEEX/ESTI as a regional training site, hosting scheduled classes at this training facility. 

 

Mayor expressed her satisfaction in regards to the agreement between Texas Engineering Extension Service and the City of Laredo

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

 

22. Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Texas Forest Service to accept a grant in the amount of $25,000.00, with a 50 % local match for the hiring of a City Forester within the Parks and Recreation Department and amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 General Fund Budget by appropriating revenues of $25,000.00 in the form of a grant from the Texas Forest Service and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $25,000.00. Local match of $25,000.00 will be appropriated from the Parks and Recreation Department Budget.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

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

 

23. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 23-3 and Section 23-5 of Chapter 23 (Parks and Recreation) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo to allow for rate changes in public swimming pool instructional fees, the addition of new recreation center membership fees, program fees and league fees; and amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 General Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $100,000.00 for the new summer program fees and annual membership fees; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

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. Belmares

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

24. Public hearing and introductory ordinance ratifying the City Manager’s acceptance of a grant by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $30,000.00 with the City designating $1,579.00 in matching funds for a total of $31,579.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget for the NPDES Fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant monies will be used to educate children, 3-5 years of age in Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamps., Mexico on environmental issues.  Matching funds are available in the NPDES fund.

 

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. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.      INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

           

25.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of the City of Laredo, Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, and authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Operations Agreement with AZ Logistics, LLC, Zone Site Operator, to activate approximately 19,000 square feet of warehouse space and 4,500 square feet of yard area located at 1209 Uniroyal Dr., at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, Site 6, effective upon execution of this contract and ending on October 31, 2009. Providing activation, administration and transaction fees be paid to the city and providing for an effective date.

 

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

26.    An introductory ordinance appointing Edward F. Maddox as Associate Municipal Court Judge to a two (2) year term and reappointing Judge Juan B. Caballero to a new two (2) year term as per the requirement of the Charter of the City of Laredo, Article V, Section 5.02.

 

   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

27.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with United Exports Trading Association (U.E.T.A.) of Texas, Inc. for approximately 9,578.54 square feet situated in Webb County, Texas, and being the Surface only of the North 43.1 feet of Lots Number Six (6), Seven (7), Eight (8), and Nine (9) [N.43.1’ of Lots 6-9], in Block Number Twenty-two (22), Western Division of the City of Laredo, save and except that portion of Lot Six (6) conveyed to the City of Laredo on July 1, 1927, by instrument recorded in Volume 105, Page 132, Webb County Deed Records.

 

1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on August 1, 2004 and ending on July 31, 2005.

 

2. Monthly rent will be $9,132.00.

 

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

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

28.  Motion to waive final reading of Ordinances # 2004-O-248; #2004-O-249; # 2004-O-

250; # 2004-O-251; # 2004-O-252; # 2004-O-253; # 2004-O-254; # 2004-O-255; # 2004-O-256; # 2004-O-257; # 2004-O-258; # 2004-O-259; # 2004-O-260; # 2004-O-261; # 2004-O-262; # and 2004-O-263.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-248    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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-248.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

2004-O-249     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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-249.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against: 0                                             Abstain: 0

 

2004-O-250    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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-250.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0 

 

2004-O-251    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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-251.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0 

 

2004-O-252     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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-252.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 1

                                                                                                        Cm. Amaya

 

2004-O-253    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.  (As Amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-253.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0 

 

2004-O-254    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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-254.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0 

 

2004-O-255     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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-255.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0 

 

2004-O-256     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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-256.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

2004-O-257     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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-257.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0 

 

2004-O-258    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 adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-258.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0 

 

2004-O-259    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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-259.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0 

 

2004-O-260    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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-260.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0 

 

2004-O-261    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.

 

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”.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-261.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0 

 

2004-O-262    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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-262.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

2004-O-263    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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-263.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0 

 

   X.     RESOLUTIONS

 

29.    2004-R-106        Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Elias Herrera and Olga F. Herrera for the extension of utility service lines to the Ranchitos IV, Los Minerales Subdivision. This being a 4,896 square foot tract of land out of Tract 36 in the Ranchitos IV, Los Minerales Subdivision, and being situated in Porcion 10, Abstract 280, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

                                    Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-106.

 

                                    Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                    Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                    For:   8                                     Against:  0                                Abstain: 0 

 

30.    2004-R-107       Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Cesar Villarreal Jr.,  Vicente Villarreal, Luis Gerardo Villarreal, Salvador Villarreal, and Arturo Villarreal for the extension of utility service lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision. This being a strip of land 30.00 feet in width, containing 12,249.86 square feet or 0.28 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-107.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                Abstain: 0 

 

31.    2004-R-108     Supporting and partnering with the Webb County Chapter of the American Red Cross by entering into an agreement to provide Red Cross the use of Park and Recreation facilities as emergency shelters for victims of disaster.

 

                                 Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-108. 

 

                                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                 For:   8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain: 0 

 

32.    2004-R-109    Accepting a grant awarded by the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $80,000.00 for the Violence Against Women Grant. The Office of the Governor is contributing $80,000.00 with the City designating $61,456.00 in matching funds for a total grant amount of $141,456.00. This funding will be used for the Domestic Awareness Response Team Program under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-109. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:   8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain: 0 

 

33.    2004-R-110    Accepting a grant awarded by the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $36,118.00 for the Juvenile Accountability Grant. The Office of the Governor is contributing $36,118.00 with the City designating $12,327.00 in matching funds for a total grant amount of $48,445.00. This funding will be used for the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program for the period of August 1, 2004 through July 31, 2005.

 

                                 Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-110.

 

                                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                 For:   8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

34.    2004-R-111    Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the South Texas Development Council and accept a grant in the amount of $100,989.00 for the HIV/AIDS Health and Social Services Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, for the period beginning September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005, and further that the City Manager be authorized to accept additional funds from the South Texas Development Council in support of the activities funded by these grants.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-111.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:   8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain: 0 

 

35.    2004-R-112    Authorizing the City Manager to submit a Brownfield Grant application to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) under the Brownfield Program in the amount of $200,000.00, with $40,000.00 in matching funds, for a total of $240,000.00.  This grant will allow for community wide assessment and clean-up. Matching funds are available in the Environmental Services Department’s NPDES Fund.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-112.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                 For:   8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain: 0 

 

36.    2004-R-113    Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between Laredo Community College on behalf of the Health Sciences Division and the City of Laredo Fire Department EMS Division to define the responsibilities for both parties for the instructional activities to be offered for academic credit and/or workforce continuing education.

 

                                 Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-113.

 

 

 

                                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                 For:   8                                        Against: 0                                 Abstain: 0

 

37.    2004-R-114    1.)Opposing the development of any alternative highway or transportation system that would divert vehicular traffic from, and thereby threaten, the traditional and historic NAFTA trade route through Texas;   2.) Endorsing the creation of the River of Trade Corridor Coalition and its initiative to ensure the long-term use by the NAFTA trade Industry of the historic Texas NAFTA Trade Corridor running from Laredo, Texas to Texarkana via Dallas; and  3.) Expressing the City’s intent to: 

  

A.  Work with the Texas Dept. of Transportation and other Departments of the State  to develop a NAFTA Trade Corridor Plan.

B.   Support the creation of a Texas State Legislative Caucus and a U.S. Congressional Caucus to work with the Coalition in support of the same; and

C.  To forward a certified copy of this Resolution to interested parties, including the Texas Congressional Delegation, the Governor of Texas, members of the Texas Legislature, the Texas Transportation Commission, and the Texas Chambers of Commerce within the historic Texas/NAFTA Trade Corridor.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-114.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:   8                                        Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

38.   Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an extension of a contract between the City of Laredo and the law firm of William M. McKamie, P.C., for the lawsuit styled Carlos Blanco, Jr. and Maria Gloria Gonzalez V. the City of Laredo, cause No. 2004CVQ000760-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District, Webb County, Texas for a total amount not to exceed thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000.00). Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

39.    Approval of a contract with Miller & Van Eaton, P.L.L.C., to provide telecommunications and cable legal services to the City of Laredo. The contract term for this engagement is two years, October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2006; with a contract amount not to exceed $50,000.00 per Fiscal Year. The first year of funding is available in the Telecommunications Budget; the second year of funding is subject to future budget appropriations. 

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

40.    Consideration to award a professional services contract to G.G. Salinas Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $37,500.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Reconstruction of the Arkansas/Clark Intersection and the San Eduardo/Sanchez Intersection. Funding is available in the Improvements Other Than Buildings.  

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

41.    Consideration for approval of final change order no. 1, a decrease of $16,629.40 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 26 (30 Blocks) and approval of final payment in the amount of $25,221.30 to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas. Final construction contract amount is $182,822.95. Funding is available in the Community Development Fund – CD Projects/Sidewalks – 29th Action Year/2003 Grant.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

42.    Consideration for approval of change order no. 2, an increase of $5,300.00 to the construction contract with Rhino Builders, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, for the Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation Project for additional work to include the construction of a concrete slab for the skate park and other park amenities that were not included in the original scope of the project. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

 

 

43.    Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Construction of concrete islands at the Colombia Solidarity Bridge Parking Lot and approval of retainage payment in the amount of $6,499.90 to Zertuche Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas. Final construction contract amount is $64,999.00. Funding is available in the Bridge System – Retainage Payable.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

44.    Consideration for approval of final change order no. 1, a decrease of $0.85 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Ryan Street Bridge Conversion & Zacate Creek Pedestrian & Bicycle Facility and approval of final payment in the amount of $102,138.60 to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas. Final construction contract amount is $632,480.45. Funding is available in the Ryan Street Railroad Bridge Fund – Capital Outlay/Improvements Other Than Buildings – Retainage Payable.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

45.    Consideration to award a construction contract to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $818,248.50 and approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $96,886.00 for deletion of asphalt parking, trash receptacles and betterment allowance, for a net award of $721,362.50 for the Zacate Creek Linear Park Phase III, IV & V – Scope II – Project I and Project II. Project III is not recommended for award at this time, since bids are well beyond the budget allotted. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Zacate Creek Linear Park.  

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

46.    Consideration for approval of change order #3 to Price Construction, Ltd., Big Spring, Texas, reducing the construction amount by $2,409.00 for the Construction of State Highway 359 Planning Area – Work Order No. 1 Wastewater Trunk Line from Chacon Creek to Los Altos. This change order consists of a decrease in contract amount as a result of reconciliation of contract quantities for items 5,6,7,8 and 26 from Section 00300-BID of the contract document. The total contract amount is $1,957,336.25. Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

47.    Consideration to accept  the Effluent Pond Improvements at the North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant, and approval for final payment in the amount of $34,782.15 to Lambda Construction Co., Laredo, Texas. The final contract amount is $695,643.00. Funding is available in the N.W.W.T.P. Sewer 2000 C.O. Bond.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

48.    Approving Change Order #2, a decrease of $32,417.20 for the reconciliation of contract quantities actually constructed in place; accepting Work Order #4 for the SH 359 Water Transmission Line Extension Project; and approving final payment in the amount of $58,935.40 to Closner Construction Co., Laredo, Texas. The final contract amount is $1,178,707.90. Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

49.    Consideration to exercise the renewal option for annual contract number FY04-012, awarded to the low bidder, A-1 Dry Cleaners, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $27,468.00 for providing laundry dry cleaning services for Police Department uniforms. As a condition of the collective bargaining agreement, the City provides dry cleaning service for police uniforms. Funding is available in the Police Department budget.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

50.    Consideration to authorize the purchase of Police and Fire Department entrance and promotional exams from the sole source vendor, Wollack and Associates, Redmond, WA., in the estimated amount of $40,000.00.  This contract will cover all exams needed this fiscal year. The City will be charged for only those exams used on the test day. Funding is available in the Police and Fire Department budgets.

 

         Motion to table.

 

 

 

         Moved:  Cm. Agredano

         Second:  Cm. Ramirez

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

51.    Consideration to reject all bids received for contract FY05-002 for providing tires and tubes for city vehicles and authorizing that new bids be solicited. This action is necessary due to a bid notice posting omission on the City web page. The complete bid specification document was not available for download.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

52.    Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of a cashier/toll booth, automatic gate arm equipment and parking vending equipment for the Zaragoza Street parking lot being constructed by the City. This equipment will be purchased from the low bidder. Funding is available in the Parking Meter Fund.

 

         Motion to approve and award to B.P. Equipment, League City, Texas, in the amount of $41,625.00.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. Agredano

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

53.    Consideration to authorize the purchase of computers through the State of Texas – Department of Information Resources (DIR) cooperative purchase contracts, for City Departments. The City is able to utilize the Department of Information Resources purchasing power in acquiring information systems such as personal computers. Funding for these items is available in the respective Department’s budget.

        

Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

54.    Consideration to exercise the renewal option for annual contract FY03-003 awarded to the low bidder, Southern Sanitation, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $40,092.00, for providing trash collection services for large volume containers. Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

55.    Consideration to award contract number FY05-005, to the low bidders, Gateway Uniform Service, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $70,000.00; Mission Western Wear, Mission, Texas, in the estimated amount of $20,000.00; Iron Age, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $8,000.00 and Mike’s Western Wear, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $5,000.00 for the purchase of safety footwear for city maintenance personnel. Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

56.    Motion to authorize the City Manager to execute three General Fund monthly reimbursement third party contracts for Fiscal Year 2005 for a total of $162,000.00. The contracts are listed as follows:

 

Children’s International Advocacy                                 $  22,500.00

Laredo Animal Protective Society                                 $126,000.00

Serving Children and Adolescents in Need                    $  13,500.00

 

Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

57.    Motion to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with the Laredo Development Foundation for economic development. The Laredo Development Foundation’s mission is the creation of jobs, industrial attraction, and enhancement of local business, which they do through the Industrial Attraction Division, Small Business Development Division/Center, and the Special Projects Division. The contract is for Fiscal Year 2004 - 2005 in the amount of $407,400.00. Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

58.    Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll. The amount to be adjusted for month of September 2004 represents a decrease of $227.20. These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

 

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

59.  A.  Presentation by Wilbur Smith Associates on the development of the 2005-2030

             Laredo Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).

 

Bob Ham, representing Wilbur Smith Associates, gave a comprehensive presentation on the development of the 2005-2030 Laredo Metropolitan Transportation Plan.  He said that federal regulations require that the Transportation Plan be updated every five years.  He went on to say that the study area includes the City of Laredo and the surrounding areas that may be expected to urbanize within the next twenty years.  He informed the Council of the different committees and said that each one provided guidance and assistance in updating the plan.  He went on to say that the project included an analysis of existing conditions and travel characteristics in the area, projection of future travel demands, development of transportation improvement alternatives, and recommendations of the financially constrained Metropolitan Transportation Plan for Laredo MPO.  This report concludes with a recommended transportation plan that prioritizes the improvements into short and long-term programs.  This plan also includes multimodal improvements, such as improved transit service, and recommends effective implementation strategies such as access management measures, and corridor preservation.  He announced that there will be a 45 day public comment period prior to finalizing the document for adoption by the MPO Policy Committee in December 2004.  A complete copy of this draft is available on the City’s web site and a hard copy is on file at the City Secretary’s Office. 

 

Motion to include the extension of International with a grade separation all the way through Loop 20. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       B.  Presentation by consultants with Lloyd, Gosselink, Blevins, Rochelle and

            Townsend, P.C. regarding electrical rates and related issues, with possible action.

 

             This item will be postponed until November 15, 2004.

 

Mayor Flores said that her office has received various complaints and concerns regarding electrical rates and bills that are being processed.  

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, explained that the consultants with Lloyd, Gosselink, Blevins, Rochelle, and Townsend, P. C.  are a group of attorneys that represented the Central Power & Light Steering Committee that was formed by cities throughout Texas in an effort to reduce cost.  The City has filed some legal notices and actions at the Public Utilities Commission objecting to the recent increases.  They will explain the actions and what the rate increases means as far as the global figure.  Unfortunately, the attorneys were unable to attend the Council meeting because their flights were cancelled due to severe weather.    

                       

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

           

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding paving the 200 Block of McDonald.

 

Motion to table this item.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:    8                                 Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on upgrading El Metro bus stops on Zapata Highway.

 

      Cm  Garcia expressed his dissatisfaction with the El Metro bus stops on Zapata Highway.  He said the bus stops are on dirt and are pieces of wood with cement holding the passenger.  He mentioned that the landscaping was being neglected.  He added that the bus stops are an eye soar and project a negative image for the City of Laredo

 

      Ron Moore, General Manager for El Metro, said that Highway 83 is a state right-of-way and El Metro must obtain their permission to install newer shelters.  The state does not allow advertising on the bus stops. 

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that staff will upgrade the bus stops on Zapata Highway with the City’s materials and they will comply with state regulations. 

    

3.  Update on the Villa Del Sol Street Reconstruction Project.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported the he submitted a  short report on the reconstruction of Villa Del Sol to Council in their Friday packet. 

 

John Orfila, Public Works Manager, said that 30 blocks out of 45 blocks have been resurfaced with ½” of asphalt.  He added that 38 blocks have been milled.  He also said that 850 linear feet of curb has been reconstructed and they are pending 650 linear feet to complete the project.  He informed the Council that staff is unable to continue working on the project because the asphalt plant was not open.  The project will be complete by the later part of November. 

 

4.  Discussion with possible action on converting the 3200 Block of Frost and 3000

     Block of Travis to pocket parks.  

 

 

 

 

     Jose Flores, Airport Director, said that he contacted FAA regarding the proposed

     views and they agree that it is a compatible use with airport noise.  FAA is

     requiring fair market value in terms of rent for the airport which would be

     program income for the noise abatement program. 

           

B.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Discussions with possible action to extend the injury leave for Laredo Police

     Department Investigator, Arturo Galvan, for a period not to exceed 90 days.

 

      Dan Migura, Administrative Service Director, said that Investigator Arturo Galvan has asked Council to take a look at the possibility of extending his injury leave with pay.  Staff is pending a report from his physician which will advise them if the Investigator is able to return to work on a modified duty basis.  

 

      Investigator Galvan said that he has worked for the City of Laredo for the past 25 years.  The result of his injury was on an arson burglary that occurred June of 1985 where he was injured during the line of duty. 

 

      Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, asked Council to allow him to place the item on the agenda on November 15, 2004.  The additional time will allow staff time to receive the recommendations from the physician and staff can report back to Council with the proper recommendations. 

                                               

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

 

1.  Update on extending benefits to the City of Laredo employees currently serving on active duty, with possible action.

 

      Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, advised that the department received direction from Council on September 27, 2004 to extend benefits to the employees that will serve on active duty.  He noted that the Health and Benefits Committee met on September 28, 2004 to continue discussion on the item.  They looked at a number of modeled policies and found that San Antonio had a similar policy statement which was issued from the City Manager that implements benefits rather than having to amend an ordinance.  Due to the immediacy the City Manager implemented a policy effective Friday which addresses the issue of employees currently serving on active duty.    

 

      Cm.  J. Valdez advised the City Manager that he is pleased that the policy is in effect; however, he stressed the importance of creating an ordinance that would strengthen the policy. 

 

       Larry Dovalina, City Manager, assured Council that staff would be creating an  

       ordinance and issued the following policy:

 

     The War in Iraq has raised many issues and questions concerning the activation of Reserve and National Guard units, therefore, this policy addresses procedures for departments that employ Reservists and National Guard personnel and will be used in conjunction with Ordinance No. 91-O-038.

 

      By law, the City is required to grant leave of absence to employees, who are activated, and restore them to the same position held at the time of activation or to a position “of like” seniority, status and pay, if physically and mentally qualified to perform the duties of that position.  This applies to employees only if they are discharged under honorable conditions and upon timely application to the City for re-employment. 

 

      Notification Procedures

 

      Upon Reserve or National Guard unit activation, the employee will notify his/her department.  The Department’s payroll assistant will notify the Personnel Division, Administrative Services Department at (956) 791-7411, who will inform the Payroll section of the Finance Department.

 

      Employment Status

 

Employee(s) will remain on an active employment status and continue in that position with salary supplement in that position.  The position cannot be filled unless it is an essential position.  For essential positions (as determined by the Department Director) that require immediate staffing, a position action request form should be submitted to the Administrative Services Department, Personnel Division (City Hall-first floor).  With the approval of the City Manager, if applicable, a temporary employee will be haired to fill the position until the employee returns.

 

Leave Pay

 

With the exception of Military Leave, any and all leave accrued after the date of activation shall be restored to the employee upon his/her return from active duty as required by law and cannot be used by the employee until such time.  Employees may only use leave that has accrued as of the date of activation.  Questions regarding Leave Benefits should be directed to the Administrative Services Department, Personnel Division at (956) 791-7411.

 

Employees who are activated are eligible to use fifteen days of paid Military leave per calendar year and must use their Annual, Sick Leave, and Compensation Time balances.  Upon exhausting all leaves, the City will supplement Military pay with the difference between the employee’s Military pay and the employee’s base pay.

 

The employee must use his/her Military leave and accrued leave balances in any combination in an amount not to exceed a normal work week payment until these leaves have been exhausted or reached the balance amount as designated by the employee.

 

Supplemental Pay

 

The employee agrees to supplement his/her Military pay with al leave balances available at the date of activation.  If the employee’s gross Military pay is less than his/her current gross City pay, the employee may elect to use Military leave, accrued Annual, Sick leave, and or Compensation Time balances to supplement the total difference between the gross Military pay and the gross City pay during active duty.

 

Once all other leaves have been exhausted, the employee’s Military pay will be supplemented by the City as previously states.

 

Rapid Deployments

 

Employees who are rapidly deployed and were not able to make arrangement with the Administrative Services Department will need to give power of attorney consent to someone who will handle these matters for him/her.

 

Payroll Procedures

 

Employees who are activated will coordinate with their payroll assistants to ensure that all documentation has been submitted.  When the employee uses his/her Military leave, accrued Annual, Sick leave and or/Compensation Time balances, she/she must sign the Request for Leave form indicating the maximum amount of leave balance for each type of leave (Military leave, Annual, Sick Leave, and/or Compensation Time balances.  The employee must provide the payroll assistant with his/her leave earnings statement.  (LES).

 

The Department payroll assistant will process and submit the Supplemental Pay Form to the Administrative Services Department, Personnel Division (City Hall – first floor).  The Administrative Services Department, personnel Division will then coordinate payment with the Payroll section of the Finance Department.

 

Automatic Voluntary Deductions

 

Automatic Voluntary Deductions will continue only if the employee receives any type of payment from the City.  Therefore, it will be the employee’s responsibility to make other arrangements with those organizations receiving these payments through payroll deduction.

 

Questions regarding payroll procedures or voluntary deductions should be directed to the Administrative Services Department.

 

D.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez 

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding changing the traffic pattern on Iturbide

     Street from Main Avenue to Santa Cleotilde Avenue from a two-way to a one-way

     heading west.

 

      Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that the streets on Iturbide Street from Main Avenue to Santa Cleotilde Avenue are narrow.  He added that there is a residential area with cars parked on both sides of the streets.  He said that if they try to create a one-way street it may cause confusion in the vehicular flow.  He asked Council to allow him some time to evaluate the entire area and come back with recommendations which would need to be presented to the Transportation Committee.  Once the pattern is approved by the committee he would return to Council with further recommendations. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on restoring third party funding for the Martin High

     School Crime Stoppers program.

 

      Estella Quintanilla, District Coordinator for Laredo Independent School District Campus Crime Stoppers, thanked the City Council for their support in previous years.  She advised that the monies that the school crime stopper receives, through Third Party Funding, is one of their basic tools to pay for rewards.  She added that the organization has had 1,023 tips since 1991 and she feels that the school is a much safer place because of the program.  The program has seized cigarettes, drugs, and even weapons. 

 

      Cm.  Belmares asked Estella Quintanilla how large the budget is for the Martin High School Crime Stoppers program.    

 

      Estella Quintanilla, District Coordinator, said the budget for the crime stoppers for the school is $75,000.  She explained how the program raises funds including grants and fundraising projects.  She asked for the City Council’s support. 

 

      Martin Aleman, Budget Director, said that the funds that were designated to the Martin High School Crime Stoppers program were transferred to Club Olympia.   

 

      Motion to transfer the monies originally allocated for the Martin High School Crime Stoppers ($2,813) then transferred to Club Olympia back to the Crime Stoppers program.     

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

      Second:  Cm.  Belmares

      For:     7                                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

3.  Discussion with possible action regarding making improvements to the Northeast

     corner of Grant and San Agustin.

 

     Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, noted that there was a ramp that was proposed with

     the Tatangelo Walkway in 1989; however, there are three electrical boxes which

     prevents any type of construction in that area.  He noted that the City will create an

     ADA ramp once the gate is relocated. 

 

4.   Status report on Seven Flags Park.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, said that the contractor for the Seven Flags Park has 160 calendar days to complete the project and they have used 106 days.  He noted that the flat work has been completed and once the contractor receives the equipment they will erect it as soon as possible. 

 

 

 

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:    8                                                     Against:  0                                       Abstain: 0

 

61.    Establishing rental rates on all multi-family apartment properties acquired in the Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program, based at a minimum of the Fair Market Rents established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and establishing a rent deposit of $200.00 for said properties. Late fees will be charged at the currently established $5.00 per day after the 10th day of each month; the maximum days to be charged per month is twenty (20) days. These units will be managed by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC).

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

         For:    8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

XVI.    ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING AND CONVENE THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

 XVII. ADJOURNMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

             SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.             COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

 

a.       Recognizing Eduardo Anibal Discoli, a goodwill ambassador from Argentina, as he embarks upon another phase of his journey on horseback across the United States, Canada and Africa.

 

Cm.  Rendon introduced Eduardo Anibal Discoli as a goodwill ambassador from Argentina as he embarks upon another phase of his journey on horseback across the United States and Africa.   

 

Mayor Flores read the following letter: 

 

“Dear Mayor Flores,

 

As per our conversation this morning, this is to confirm that the referenced Argentina horseman is currently making a good will ride on horse from Argentina having departed his home town of San Pedro and the Province of Buenos Aires on July 2001 and is planning to ride all the way to New York to then continue his epic journey to Europe and North Africa.  Mr.  Discoli’s enterprise has the official sponsorship of the Argentine Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the Argentine National House of Representatives, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Lower Chamber of the Province of Buenos Aires, and numerous institutions and organizations in my country.  Mr.  Discoli will be participating in a horse ride in the City of Laredo in honor of former Council Member Mike Uriales of which Council Member Johnny Rendon is aware.  Mr.  Discoli is being most kindly sponsored and supported in Laredo by Ms. Rosy DeGregory who has even provided him with a cell phone to aid him in his endeavors.  The purpose of this letter is to serve as a presentation for Mr.  Discoli and to attest to his good standings.  Any courtesy support your office my wish to extend to him for the better fulfillment of his undertaking would be most appreciated. 

 

Ricardo Cortiea Consul General of Argentina

 

            Mayor said that we have a certificate for Mr.  Discoli for his efforts as an ambassador of Good Will and for being a modern day icon representing a culturally rich Argentinean heritage as he embarks upon his momentous journey across the United States to Laredo, Texas

 

II.          PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $338,280.00 from opening balance in the Police Department Trust Fund and appropriating $443,069.00 from the Capital Proceeds line item. Funding will be used for various items including a lease purchase of Mobile Data Terminals (MDT’s), the purchase  of the maintenance contract and licensing fees for these MDT’s, the purchase and upgrade of computers, the purchase of rape kits and the purchase of traffic gear and tools. Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund Budget.

 

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. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Rendon

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $15,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for an Occupant Protection and Traffic Enforcement by which the City will pay for the fringe benefits in the amount of $4,200.00 and authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget in the amount of $15,000.00.  This grant is for overtime and is funded by the Texas Department of Transportation. The City of Laredo will pay for the 10% match requirement plus $2,700.00 for fringe benefits. Funding is available through a transfer from General Fund.

 

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. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III.       GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

A.           Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Johnny Amaya

 

1.      Status report on Bartlett Street Recycling Project between Saunders and Locust. (Co-sponsored by Cm Hector J. Garcia)

 

John Orfila, Public Works Manager, said that staff will proceed resurfacing between Saunders and Locust once they have received clearance from United Water. 

 

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

 

1.      Consideration to increase funding for the Border Area Nutrition Council (BANC) by $5,000.00. (Co-sponsored by Cm Juan Ramirez)

 

Cm.  Valdez asked for the Council’s support in locating $5,000 for the Border Area Nutrition Council.  The additional monies will provide an additional 9,000 meals for individuals. 

 

Motion to instruct staff to locate $5,000 for the Border Area Nutrition Council. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:    6                                 Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                             Cm.  Belmares

                                             Cm.  Galo

 

Cm.  Galo stressed that the budget has been adopted and Council should avoid problems by altering the approved funds. 

 

IV.       ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  9:15 p.m.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:     8                                                    Against:  0                                       Abstain: 0 

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr, City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 through 41 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on October 25, 2004..

 

 

                                                                        _____________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                            City Secretary