CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2004-R-22

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

December 6, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

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

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            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

 

            Motion to excuse Cm.  Agredano.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

            Second:  Cm.  Garcia

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of October 11, 2004.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

 

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

            For:  6                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

            a.  Presentation on “Drive Friendly Laredo”, a public service campaign developed by the          

                 City of Laredo to promote traffic safety.

 

Xochitl Mora Garcia, Assistant Public Information Officer, said the Mayor initiated a service campaign to promote “Traffic Safety” during the holidays because of the amount of telephone calls that were received from various businesses and constituents that were expressing their concerns about the traffic congestion in Laredo.  She said the campaign has been well received from several different entities in Laredo.  The campaign includes encouraging all Laredoans to drive friendly and express patience in order to avoid road rage incidents which can escalate into accidents or even death.   

            b. Presentation of the 2004 – 2005 Employee Leadership Development Class.

 

Jerry Elizondo, Human Resources Supervisor, said that in March 1997, the City Employee Leadership Development Program was created to identify and train future leaders.  Its mission is to promote staff involvement in the future development of Laredo.  This is enhanced through increased knowledge of the City’s mission and operations.  It is the intent of the program to create and implement a curriculum of study through a series of structured seminars and experiences that expand the participant’s insight and knowledge of all City operations, leadership qualities, skills, problem solving and practical application of skills learned. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that the City of Laredo Employee Leadership Development Program has risen to the top of the City’s most successful employee programs.  From lectures on enhancing leadership skills to active participation in special activities.  Those employees who have completed the Leadership Development Program have improved themselves in this organization 100%.  Employee commitment to the program presents opportunities for internal and external networking, leadership and management skills development, and recognition for achievements. 

 

Adrian Gause                                   Environmental Services Department

Xochitl Mora Garcia                         Public Information Office

Blandina Gomez                               Health Department

Norma De La Fuente                        Planning & Zoning Department

Andrea P.  Sanchez              Municipal Court

Patricia Taylor                                  Laredo Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

Rena Ren                                         Laredo Public Library

Evelyn Luciano                                 Laredo Bridge System

Anabelle Cruz                                   City Attorney’s office

Sandra Aleman                                 MIS Department

 

 

            c. Presentation by our Sister City of Thlahualilo, Durango by Mayor Horacio Gonzalez

                Alvarado, City Secretary Edgardo Ramirez and Mrs. Gonzalez, Director of Desarollo                 

                Integral de la Familia (DIF).

 

Horacio Gonzalez Alvarado, Mayor of Tlahualilo in the state of Durango, Mexico presented Council Members and the Mayor with hand-carved treasure boxes and a plaque with Tlahualilo’s Coat of Arms.  He spoke to Council with a plea for assistance for the citizens of Tlahualilo.  He submitted the following letter:

 

“Apreciables representantes del Pueblo y de La Ciudad de Laredo en el Estado de Texas:

 

En este día en que me presento ante el Cabildo de esta Hermosa Ciudad de Laredo, soy portador de La representación del pueblo de Tiahualilo, para hacerles entrega de una saludo fraternal inyectado de esperanza y de fé; Vengo igualmente, a nombre del Honorable Cabildo de Tiahualilo, con La intención solemne de estrechar y fortificar las relaciones de amistad y hermandad que existen entre nuestras Ciudades y que han sido desde su inicio, motivo de gran orgullo para nuestro pueblo, para todos los habitants de nuestro Municipio.

 

Pero también vengo en lo personal a presentarme ante tan distinguidas personalidades como Presidente Municipal para el período 2004 – 2007, cargo que me ha conferido y confiado La gente de Tlahualilo, para tartar de mejorar La preocupante situación que enfrenta el desarrollo de nuestro Municipio, responsabilidad que me ha motivado a realizar intensas giras de trabajo con La finalidad de tocar puertas, abrir espacios y canales de comunicación y apoyo, en una sola frase: “ser tomados en cuenta”.

 

Ya en anteriores ocasiones hemos sido tomados en cuenta por el Honorable Ayuntamiento de Laredo Texas y es justo y pertinente agradecer a ustedes el apoyo que en multiples ocasiones han brindado y han hecho llegar a Tlahualilo, mi pueblo lo agradece y reconoce por me conducto.

 

No obstante, el reto que enfrentamos es grande, los rezagos y los problemas son más grandes que las oportunidades para el avance y el desarrollo; Por ello, quiero solicitor una ves más a sus finas atenciones, para que en La medida de lo possible, se pudiera donar a La Ciudad de Tlahualilo, Vehículos de Maquinaria Pesada y Asfalto, que tanta falta nos hacen para trabajar en mejorar las comunicaciones terresteres y asícombatier el hacinamiento y La marginación de La mayoría de nuestras localidades, material para uso y desecho en Hospitales, medicamentos que tanta falta le hacen a nuestros ancianos y las personas de La tercera edad, Cobertores, para hacerle calor a nuestra gente en esta temporada de frío invierno, donde las temperatures bajan en algunas regions de nuestro municipio hasta 10 ó 15 cnetigrados bajo cero.   

 

En fin, cualquier tipo de Ayuda, cualquier impulse, cualquier aliciente e incluso cualquier palabra de apoyo es bienvenida en nuestra lucha por alcanzar un major scenario y mejores condiciones de vida para nuestros hijos y para los hijos de nuestros hijos.

 

 

 

Un Dato que revela la enorme problemática que se vive y se respire es el hecho de que en 1970, es decir hace más de tres décadas, éramos en Tlahualilo poco más de 21,000 habitantes, hoy quedamos menos de La mitad y queremos que nuestra gente no continúe sufriendo La auscencia de sus seres queridos y sus familiars mas cercanos que viajan a otras entidades e incluso se arriesgan a cruzar La frontera hacia este Paím en busca de mejores oportunidades.

 

En La administración que encabezo, creemos que con el apoyo suficiente y La eficiente coordinación de esfuerzos podemos detener La emigración y podemos ocupar a La Poblacion para que La gente de Tlahualilo se quede en Tlahualilo, trabeje en Tlahualilo y para Tlahualilo y entre todos podamos ofrecerles a nuestras futures generaciones, mas y mejores espacios para sus desarrollo.

 

Podria hablaries a ustedes de los porques de este tremendo rezago en nuestro desarrollo, pero todos los sabemos, intensas sequias, baja rentabilidad de nuestras actividades agricolas, preocupante desercion escolar entre muchos otros factores, pero por ahora, lo que nos debe de preocupar y de ocupar son los comos, como podemos resolver los enormes desafios, La problematic existente, pore so recurrimos en esta occasion a esta Ciudad hermana, que siempre nos ha demostrado en le terreno de los hechos su solidaridad y su apoyo incondicional. 

 

Por mi parte, La intencion permanente de fortalecer y magnificar las relaciones entre nuestras Ciudades sera firme, durante el periodo que dure mi encargo, para llevaria incluso al intercambio cultural o deportivo donde podemos enriquecer mutuamente nuestros acervos y conocimientos, aprendiendo de nuestros potenciales humanos y costrumbres de vida.

 

Ofrezco pues, una amistad que perdure y se incremente, mas alla de una relacion meramente diplomatica, porque en “Tlahualilo somos personas agradecidas, sinceras y luchadoras, y estoy cierto de que podremos seguir fomentando en diferentes areas esta relacion.

 

Por ello, requerimos de todo su apoyo, del impulse de todos, para que todos en Tlahualilo, nos pongamos a trabajar en bien de nuestro municipio, queda esta peticion en sus manos.

 

Aprovecho La oportunidad de su atencion para reiterarme a sus distinguidas ordenes en el Ayuntamiento de Tlahualilo y reiterar el caluroso y fraternal saludo de los habitants de Tlahualilo para La gente de esta Hermosa Ciudad, que proximamente se vestira aun mas bella, para festejar un aniversario mas de su fundacion.  Muchas Gracias y muchos Felicidades!

 

Atentamente,

Talhualilo de Zaragoza Durango

El President Municipal

Horacio Gonzalez Alvarado”

 

            Invitations

 

                 None.

 

            Recognitions

            a.  Recognition of Juanita Anabel Cruz, of the City Attorney's Office, on her selection as           

                 November 2004 Employee of the Month.

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that Juanita Anabel Cruz was selected as November 2004 Employee of the month because of her dedication and loyalty as a City employee for more than ten years.  She is the support staff for six municipal attorneys as well as several contract attorneys.   He added that Juanita Anabel Cruz is an Administrative Assistant that takes care of any and all documents that need to be reviewed by the City Attorneys.  Along with her hard work and dedication, Juanita Anabel Cruz is known for her great sense of humor.  In addition, Anabel has received her certification as an Emergency Medical Technician, she’s a member of the 2005 Leadership Laredo Class of 2005, a Notary, a member of the City of Laredo Toastmaster’s Club, and she recently completed her certification as a paralegal.  Finally, he noted that Juanita Anabel Cruz brings a lot of integrity to the office of the City of Laredo Legal Department.

 

            Communiqués

 

a.  Presentation by Diana Ortiz, Chair, on the Bulldogs on Broadway participation on the

     2005 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

 

     Motion to postpone for the next meeting.

 

    Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

    Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

    For:     7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Ramirez congratulated the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Department for organizing the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Center for the Arts.  He also congratulated the Jaycees for organizing a Christmas Parade.  He mentioned that the Culturas en La Plaza was a very special event held at the San Agustin Plaza.   

 

Cm.  Valdez mentioned the holiday season and asked the viewing public to be patient and thoughtful of each other while driving their vehicle and Christmas shopping.  He wished for families to have safe and happy holidays. 

 

Cm.  Belmares congratulated the Laredo Jaycees for organizing a wonderful Christmas Parade.  He said the parade was very well attended and noted that there were a lot of participants in the parade.  He said that he enjoyed being a judge during the Jaycee Christmas parade.  He also congratulated the Public Works Department for completing the Calle Del Norte Project ahead of schedule.  He went on to say that the department did a fantastic job on the project. 

 

Cm.  Rendon congratulated John Orfila, Public Works Manager, and his staff on the completion of the Calle Del Norte Project.  He reiterated his satisfaction with the department for completing the project prior to the completion date.  He said that their effectiveness made a huge difference in assisting with the vehicular flow during the Holiday Season. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya said it was a pleasure and an honor to attend the Tree Lighting Ceremony on behalf of the Mayor.  He said that his son enjoyed Santa Claus and Bucky from the Laredo Bucks.  He added that the event was fantastic and the City Departments did a great job.  He went on to say that the District IV Special Projects Committee was working hard to distribute toys to children in District IV who are less fortunate.   

 

Cm.  Garcia agreed that the Tree Lighting Ceremony was a very nice family event for Laredoans to attend.  He thanked and congratulated Joel Lopez and the Nixon Mustangs, for a tremendous football season and for advancing to the Area playoffs.  He added that the Nixon Mustangs represented Laredo in a positive manner by showing that Laredo does have a lot of talented students.  He also thanked his District Committee for assisting him as he distributed 110 turkeys to families that are financially challenged.  Finally, he thanked the residents of the Ponderosa Subdivision for allowing his District Chairman to attend a Neighborhood Watch meeting.  He noted that he was out of town the day the meeting was held at the Ponderosa Subdivision. 

 

Mayor Flores asked everyone to have the patience that they need to have a very happy holiday season.  She mentioned that Antonio, her grandson, was in the hospital and she had promised to say hello to him on television.  She reminded parents to watch their children for dehydration and continue to wash their hands to avoid illness during the winter season. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

Mayor Flores advised Council of her interest in having the City of Laredo to participate in the National League of Cities.  She asked Cm.  Rendon to represent the City at the National League of Cities Committee. 

     

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Second Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of

Ordinance Chapter 21, Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions, Article XII, Aggressive Solicitation, by adding definitions, prohibiting persons under the age of eighteen (18) from participating in street solicitation, authorizing police officers and code enforcement officers to halt ongoing solicitation as a penalty for violating any provision of this ordinance; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Garcia asked if the new amended ordinance will pertain to the children that are selling newspapers at various intersections.

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that the sale of newspapers is protected by case law.   The above ordinance amendment is primarily geared towards removing minors from the streets for the solicitation of funds.    

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation,

Article VI “Indoor Clean Air”, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas by amending the definition of public place, Section 15-78; amending Section 15-79 by prohibiting smoking in any city owned or leased facility; and deleting section 15-80, which allows for exceptions; providing for severability; and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Laredo Municipal Housing FY

2005 Budget by drawing down and appropriating $700,000.00 from the its opening balance to the City’s Capital Improvement Fund.  This transfer will be set up to carry out necessary repairs associated with the owner-occupied units constructed by the Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation as part of the Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project.  The amendment is authorized by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 1 of Ordinance 2002-O-

0251 of the City of Laredo and authorizing the implementation of an administrative fee of $1.00 per swipe card for southbound commercial traffic that utilizes the City of Laredo International Bridges as further described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the

29th AY Community Development Block Grant budget for the FY 2004 – 2005 by increasing the original Program Income Budget of $11,493.00 by $57,572.00 in additional program income, for a total of $69,065.00. The Program Income funds will be used for land acquisition for the Riverfront Green Space Acquisition Project.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance ratifying the City Manager’s acceptance of a

grant by the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $40,828.00 with no matching funds for a total of $40,828.00 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 funds will be used to promote two electronic waste (e-waste) recycling events, as well as for disposal fees for the materials collected.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a

rental agreement between the City of Laredo and SER-Jobs for Progress for the use of two classrooms at East Hachar Recreation Center and Inner City Tech/Rec Center, in the form attached as Exhibit “A”; and amending the FY 2004 – 2005 General Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $5,600.00 for computer hardware and software to further enhance technology programming.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

$1,000.00 donation from Wal-Mart Foundation and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 General Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues in the amount of $1,000.00 in the form of a donation of $1,000.00 and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $1,000.00 for the purchase of trees for the Tree Farm Project.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance designating a certain area as a Tax Abatement

Reinvestment Zone for commercial/industrial tax abatement, establishing the boundaries thereof and other matters relating thereto; declaring findings of fact; providing for severability; and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Collector Assessor, advised Council that the law requires for the City to define and establish the zone for commercial/industrial tax abatement every five years. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

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

fee simple title to the “surface only”, at its market value of $37,000.00, for certain property described as a 15,433 sq. ft tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of the 1100 Block of India Avenue between Guadalupe and Chihuahua Streets to the Laredo Independent School District; said property being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being described on attached Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.  Authorizing the City Manager to convey to Southwestern Bell Telephone, L.P. three

easements, namely: (1) A 100 square foot easement out of Lot 10, Block 22, Western Division, in the form attached as Exhibit 1 herein; (2) a 1,600 square foot easement out of former Farias Street Section in the form attached as Exhibit 2 herein; and (3) a 625 square foot easement out of Lot 5, Block 30, Las Americas Subdivision, Unit 2, in the form attached as Exhibit 3 herein; and providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.  Closing as public easement that section of Davis Avenue between Zaragoza and Water

streets situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13.  Closing as public easements those sections of Ventura Street between Main and Santa

Maria Avenues, including its intersection with Davis Avenue; all situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinance # 2004-O-292, # 2004-O-294, # 2004-O-295, # 2004-O-296, # 2004-O-297, # 2004-O-298,  # 2004-O-299, # 2004-O-300, # 2004-O-301, # 2004-O-302, # 2004-O-303, # 2004-O-304, # 2004-O-305, # 2004-O-306, # 2004-O-307, # 2004-O-308, # 2004-O-309, # 2004-O-310, # 2004-O-311, # 2004-O-312, # 2004-O-313, # 2004-O-314, # 2004-O-315, # 2004-O-316, # 2004-O-317, #2004-O-318, # 2004-O-319, # 2004-O-320, # 2004-O-321, # 2004-O-322, # 2004-O-323, # 2004-O-324, # 2004-O-325, # 2004-O-326, # 2004-O-327, # 2004-O-328, # 2004-O-329, and # 2004-O-330.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Valdez

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

14.  2004-O-292  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a “tortilleria” on Lot 4, Block 465, Eastern Division, located at 4220 Valencia Ave.; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-292.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-294  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    Lot 6, Block 236, Western Division, located at 1315 San Dario Ave., from

    B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District);

    providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-294.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-295  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lot 8, Block 253, Western Division, located at 1419 Santa Maria Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-295.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-296  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

197.36 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately north of Summerwind Subdivision, Unit I, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-296.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2004-O-297  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

4.27 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located west of Bob Bullock Loop, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-297.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-298  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

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

    “A”, located approximately south of Bartlett Ave., from R-1 (Single-

    Family Residential District) to B-1 ( Limited Commercial District);

    providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-298.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-299  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    16.30 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 Residential District) to B-1 (Limited

     Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-299.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       2004-O-300 Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

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

    “A”, located approximately east of Hwy. 83, from R-1 (Single-Family

    Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for

    publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-300.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-301  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

21.29 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit   “A”, located approximately at the 2700 block of Avenida Los Presidentes, from AG (Agricultural District) and R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-301.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

                   2004-O-302 Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

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

    “A”, located approximately at 2414 Old Spanish Trail, from AG

    (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District);

    providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-302.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-303 Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

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

    “A”, located approximately at 1821 Aguila Azteca Dr., from R-1 (Single-

    Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District);

    providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-303.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-304 Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

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

   “A”, located approximately east of Aguila Azteca Dr. and south of Clark

    Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community

    Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-304.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-305 Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

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

    “A”, located approximately west of Aguila Azteca Dr. and south of Clark

    Blvd., from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community

    Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-305.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

                   2004-O-306 Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

    authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a 19 story

    structure on 10.20 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in

    attached Exhibit “A”, approximately northeast of the intersection of Calle

    Del Norte and Springfield Avenue; providing for publication and effective

    date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-306.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2004-O-307  Application by E.G. Ranch, Ltd., altering and extending the boundary

    limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 140 acres of

    land, more or less, located South of Highway 359 and the City of Laredo

    Landfill, as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment “A”,

    specifically E.G. Ranch I Tract, providing for the effective date of the

    ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a

    service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of

    R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-307.

 

Moved:

Second:

For:                                      Against:                                    Abstain:

 

 2004-O-308  Application by E. G. Ranch, Ltd., altering and extending the boundary

limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 47.85 acres of land, more or less, located south of Highway 359 and Colonia Old Milwaukee, as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment “A”, specifically E.G. Ranch II Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-308.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-309  Application by Laredo Hills, Ltd., LLP, altering and extending the

    boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of

    31.82 acres of land, more or less, located east of Loop 20 and north of

    Maria Luisa Drive, as further described by metes and bounds in

    Attachment “A”, specifically Hurd I Tract, providing for the effective date

    of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract

    adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the

    initial zoning of R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District). 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-309.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2004-O-310  Application by Laredo Hills, Ltd., LLP, altering and extending the

    boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of

    21.89 acres of land, more or less, located east of Loop 20 and north of the

    U.I.S.D. Student Activity Complex, as further described by metes and

    bounds in Attachment “A”, specifically Hurd II Tract, providing for the

    effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a

    contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing

    the initial zoning of R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).   

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-310.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2004-O-311  Application by Transborder Investment, L.L.C., altering and extending

the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 27.59 acres of land, more or less, located north of Highway 359 and east of Coronado Avenue, as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment “A”, specifically Transborder Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).   

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-311.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

         

      2004-O-312  Application by Humberto Treviño, altering and extending the boundary

    limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 4.51 acres of

    land, more or less, located north of Highway 359 and west of the U.I.S.D.  

    Student Activity Complex, as further described by metes and bounds in

    Attachment “A”, specifically Treviño Tract, providing for the effective

    date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract

    adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the

    initial zoning of R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) for 2.91 acres and

    B-4 (Highway Commercial District) for 1.6 acres.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-312.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                                                                                                                                                                  

                  2004-O-313  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinance as follows: Chapter 2,

    Article II, Division 3, Section 2-61(a) Military leave, subsection (3) and

    adding subsection (4), to allow the City of Laredo to supplement military

    base pay with the difference between the employee’s military base pay

    and the employee’s base pay from his/her employment with the City of

    Laredo, after all military leave, annual leave and/or compensatory time

    have been exhausted.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-313 with the following amendment.

 

Cm.  Garcia asked to amend the ordinance by striking annual leave:  “(4), to allow the City of Laredo to supplement military base pay with the difference between the employee’s military base pay and the employee’s base pay from his/her employment with the City of Laredo, after all military leave, annual leave and/or compensatory time have been exhausted.”

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-314  Amending the FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Operating Budget in the Laredo

    Fire Department EMS Division Budget by accepting a donation of

    $1,500.00 from Wal-Mart Stores and appropriating said funds for the

    purpose of purchasing a new computer system with Emergency Medical

    Testing Software for the EMS Division.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-314.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2004-O-315  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by

    appropriating   revenues and expenditures in the amount of $10,000.00 in

    additional funds for a grand total of $32,000.00 from the University of

    Arizona for the Border Vision Fronteriza (BVF) 2: Community Health

    Workers for Children’s Health Project of the City of Laredo Health

    Department, and extending the program period from September 14, 2003

    through September 13, 2004, to September 14, 2003 through March 13,

    2005.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-315.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-316  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005

    Annual Budget by appropriating unexpended fund balances in the amount

    of $14,525.00 from FY 2003-2004 and appropriate new funds from both

    districts in the amount of $56,385.00 for the total amount of $70,910.00

    from the Laredo Independent School District and the United Independent

    School District contracts for the Immunization Program of the City of

    Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2004

    through September 30, 2005.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-316.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-317  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005

    Annual Budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of

    $4,846.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services to reflect

    the actual grant amount of $17,889.00 for the Binational TB Card Pilot

    Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the contract period

    beginning November 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005; and

    authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-317.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-318  Accepting a supplemental grant awarded and amending the City of Laredo

    FY 2004 – 2005 Budget by increasing revenues and expenses in the

    amount of $80,000.00 for an Interdiction Project awarded by the Office of

    the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug

    Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Funds will be used to pay overtime expenses

    for a drug interdiction unit compromised of Financial Task Force agents

    and Laredo Police Officers from January 1, 2004 through December 31,

    2004. Funds for fringe benefits are already appropriated in the program

    income accounts.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-318.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

                   2004-O-319  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the

Laredo Housing Authority in the amount of $25,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by the same amount. The agreement’s purpose is to reimburse costs for overtime incurred by the Laredo Police Department officers in providing resources for the Weed and Seed Community Building Program.  This overtime will be reimbursed at no cost to the city.  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-319.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2004-O-320  Amending the City of Laredo FY2004-2005 Annual Budget by reducing

    revenues in the amount of $8,940.00 and reducing expenditures in the

    amount of $2,318.00 for a total budget amendment of $11,258.00 for a

    grant awarded by the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in

    the amount of $36,118.00 for the Juvenile Accountability Grant program.

    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 01, 2004 through July 31,

    2005. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-320.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-321  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing

expenditures and revenues in the amount of $727,200.00 in overtime for Operation Stonegarden. The United States Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) will reimburse this full amount for overtime expenses incurred by police officers working under the homeland security parameters of Operation Stonegarden.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-321.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-322  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2005 Airport Fund (Operating) and

Airport Construction Fund Budgets by appropriating $2,327,250.00 and $1,500,000.00 respectively.  Airport Fund will be amended by drawing down $2,327,250.00 from the Airport’s Opening Fund balance and increasing the appropriate expenditure line items by $2,327,250.00 to cover the cost of multiple airport projects;  the Airport Construction Budget will be amended by increasing revenue and expenditure line items by $1,500,000.00 to reserve the local match funding needed for future Airport Improvement Program and TxDOT Grants; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendments; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-322.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-323  Amending Ordinance No. 99-O-077, Exhibits “A” and “B” of the Water

Line Reimbursement Agreement for Hilltop Subdivision, Phase II, by amending start date from March 15, 1999 to November 15, 2004, in order to reflect effective time to add interest  to the balance owed by the future connectors.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-323.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-324  Amending  Ordinance No. 99-O-078, Exhibits “A” and “B” of the Sewer

Line Reimbursement Agreement for Hilltop Subdivision, Phase II, by amending start date from March 15, 1999 to November 15, 2004, in order to reflect effective time to add interest to the balance owed by the future connectors.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-324.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-325  Amending Ordinance No. 99-O-244 of the City of Laredo, updating water

conservation and drought contingency plans providing for severability and an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-325.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

                  2004-O-326  Authorizing the City Manager to implement a southbound pedestrian toll

    free crossing for the period of December 17th through December 24th,

    2004.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-326.

 

Moved:

Second:

For:                                      Against:                                    Abstain:

           

                  2004-O-327  Closing as public easements those sections of Jarvis Avenue between

    Marion and Gates Streets (including its intersection with Gates Street) and

    Gates Street between Jarvis and Martin Avenues all situated in the Eastern

    Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and providing for an

    effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-327.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-328  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to

effectively convey a 454.71 square foot easement and right of way to AEP Texas Central Company, to serve the City of Laredo Landfill Water Tank on State Highway 359. Said 454.71 square foot easement and right of way being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 3116, City of Laredo, Webb County Texas; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-328.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-329  Closing as a public easement that section of Chihuahua Street between

Texas Avenue and east right-of-way line of U.S. Highway 83 situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo. County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-329.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2004-O-330  Setting the maximum speed limit on that portion of I.H. 35 Main Lane,

north and south direction, within the City Limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 55 MPH from mile point 7.401 to mile point 7.613 and 60 MPH from mile point 7.613 to mile point 8.351, located approximately between Shiloh and Loop 20, as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation control section map 0018-06-138, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate speed changes in the designated areas and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2004-O-330.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

           

15.  2004-R-119  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Ramiro Vela for the

Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision easement acquisition project. This being a 0.0275 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land which is out of Lot 6, Block 11, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.     

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-119.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

16.  2004-R-121  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant and to execute contract

documents in the amount of $199,854.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the HIV Prevention Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the contract period beginning January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-121.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

17.  2004-R-122  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel

of land for the El Portal Project. Said parcel consisting of Lots 5 & 6, Block 23, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel for purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner(s). 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-122.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

18.  2004-R-123  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant and to execute contract

documents in the amount of $169,293.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-123.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

19.  2004-R-125  Authorizing the use of surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo – Public

Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO), series 2002-A, in the amount of $12,000.00 and $1,745.25 from General Fund Capital Outlay for the purchase of (1) fifteen foot shredder for maintenance use on our city parks.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2004-R-125.                                                         

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     5                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

                       

XI.       MOTIONS

 

20.  Consideration to authorize contracts with Southwestern Bell Company in the estimated

amount of $72,000.00; Intrado Inc., in the estimated amount of $62,700.00; the State of Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) in the estimated amount of $35,000.00; and Valley Telephone in the estimated amount of $7,600.00; for providing 9-1-1 telephone network and database services for the four county Regional 9-1-1 System. Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

21.  Consideration to award contract FY05-011, to the low bidders Lowe’s Home

Improvement and Erick’s Lumber for the purchase of rebar and wire mesh for a three month period. This contract establishes contract pricing for these materials used for construction or repair projects scheduled during the next three months. All materials will be purchased on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Public Works Budget and the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

22.  Consideration for approval of final Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $17,660.71 for

the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the CDBG Sidewalks City – Wide Project No. 28 (30 Blocks) and approval of final payment in the amount of $28,956.23 to Zertuche Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas. Final construction contract amount is $192,573.01. Funding is available in the Community Development Fund – CD Projects/Sidewalks 29th Action Year.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

23.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Freese and Nichols, Fort

Worth, Texas, for the construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of airport pavement areas and other aeronautical improvements at the Laredo International Airport and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Garcia.

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

24.  Consideration for approval of Amendment No. 5 an increase of $79,000.00 to the

architectural/engineering contract with Frank Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Gateway to the Americas Bridge (Bridge I) Access, Export Lot & Parking Lot Modifications for new design work for Building E. Current contract amount is $1,396,021.00. Funding is available in the Architectural Fees – 2002 Bridge Revenue Bond.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

25.  Consideration for approval of final change order no. 2 a decrease of $73.00 for the

balance of the betterment allowance of quantities actually constructed in place; acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Improvements to Fire Station No. 6 and approval of final release of retainage in the amount of $23,085.72 to Zertuche Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas. Final construction contract amount is $461,714.35. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – Development and Improvement Grants – Building and Improvements to Buildings.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

26.  Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Passenger

Terminal and related Airside/Landside Improvement Phase “E” and approval of final retainage payment in the amount of $50,000.00 to TJ&T Enterprises, Inc., Laredo, Texas. Punch list items have been completed. Final contract amount is $4,402,169.45. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund/Grant No. 27 and 34 – Retainage Account.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

27.  Consideration to award a professional services contract to O’Conner Engineering &

Science, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $34,000.00 to prepare plans, specifications and cost estimates for asbestos abatement and demolition for the Laredo International Airport Building No’s 1429, 1430, 1431, 1432, 1325, 861, 979, 1228, 1169, 1331 and Hangar 123. Funding is available in the Airport Operations Fund – Demolition Costs.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

28.  Approval of selection of consultant and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a

professional services contract with Kinnetic Laboratories Inc., Santa Cruz, California, to provide consulting services for the upgrade of the City’s environmental monitoring system, and the addition of rain gauges. The scope of services include but are not limited to the following elements:

1.  Installation of five (5) additional rainfall gauges.

2.  Software upgrade

3.  Radio communication upgrade of existing stations.

 

This upgrade will allow citizens and emergency management personnel to                                                                                                      view real-time storm data on the Internet. Funding is available in the NPDES          Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

29.  Consideration to award contract FY05–007 to Office Communications Systems,

Laredo, Texas, for a forty-eight (48) month rental contract in the total amount of $26,282.88 for three digital coin operated copiers for the Library System. Funding is available in the Library Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

30.  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a Universal Service Program grant application

to Schools & Libraries Division / Universal Services Administrative Company / Federal Communications Commission in the estimated amount of $850,000.00 for multi-year E-Rate discounts and communication and technology infrastructure enhancements.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

31.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute twenty-three General Fund Third Party

Contracts for the Fiscal Year 2005 for a total of $223,713.00. The contracts are listed as follows:

                                               

                        Bringing Everyone Special Together                                                      $     5,274.00

                        Bethany House                                                                         $     7,500.00

                        Border Area Nutrition Council                                                  $   13,125.00

                        Boys and Girls Club of Laredo                                                  $   33,750.00

                        Casa de Misericordia                                                                            $     9,375.00

                        Catholic Social Services                                                                        $     5,625.00

                        Children’s International Advocacy                                                         $   22,500.00  

                        Club Olympia                                                                                       $     1,875.00

                        Communities in Schools                                                                        $     5,625.00

                        Community Action Agency – Elderly Nutrition Program             $     7,500.00

                        Community Action Agency – Meals on Wheels                         $     7,125.00

                        Girls Scouts Paisano Council                                                                 $     3,750.00

                        LISD Campus Crime Stoppers                                                 $     2,813.00

                        Laredo Regional Food Bank                                                                 $     9,375.00

                        Laredo Webb County Food Bank                                                        $   16,875.00

                        Laredo Veteran’s Coalition                                                                   $   30,000.00

                        Literacy Volunteers of America                                                 $     2,625.00

                        Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center                                                     $   28,125.00

                        Sacred Heart Children’s Home                                                 $     1,875.00

                        South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse                                  $     1,875.00

                        Webb County American Red Cross                                                      $     3,750.00

                        Special Olympics                                                                                  $     3,376.00

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

32.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute seventeen Hotel/Motel Tax Fund Third Party

Contracts for the Fiscal Year 2005 for a total of $441,170.00. The contracts are listed as follows:

           

                        Laredo Chamber of Commerce                                                            $   18,000.00

                        LULAC # 7                                                                                         $     5,000.00

                        LULAC # 12                                                                                       $     5,000.00

                        Society of Martha Washington                                                  $     9,000.00

                        Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association                         $   19,000.00

                        Laredo Children’s Museum                                                                   $   49,000.00

                        Webb County Heritage Foundation                                                       $   49,000.00

                        Laredo Center for the Arts                                                                    $ 130,360.00

                        Laredo Little Theatre                                                                            $   27,758.00

                        Latin American Sports Hall of Fame                                                      $     5,000.00

                        L.C.C. Dance/Music Community Productions                           $   31,815.00

                        Laredo Philharmonic Chorale                                                                $     2,340.00

                        Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra                                                 $   37,897.00

                        T.A.M.I.U. Dance Productions                                                 $     9,000.00

                        Border Olympics                                                                                  $   25,000.00

                        Streets of Laredo Urban Mall                                                               $     9,000.00

                        Mexican Cultural Institute of Laredo                                                      $     9,000.00

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

33.  Authorizing the City Manager to award an annual maintenance contract for library

automation, network services, software, Vmark licenses and equipment for the libraries’ Dynix network to Dynix in the amount of $41,219.96. Funding is available in the Library Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

34.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a joint use agreement between the City of

Laredo and the Laredo Independent School District for the purpose of sharing joint use of outdoor recreational facilities including Albert Ochoa Baseball Park, East Martin Field, Veteran’s Field, Freddie Benavides Baseball Field, Cigarroa Recreational Sports Complex Tennis Courts and Multi Purpose Field, Airport Base I Softball Field and Soccer Fields, Market Street Tennis Courts Complex, Ochoa – Sanchez Park and Seven Flags Park. The term of this agreement is for 5 years, beginning August 1, 2004 and ending July 31, 2009.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

 

35.  Consideration to authorize Change Order no. 1, a reduction in the total amount of

$26,420.00 for the purchase of ten (10), automated side loader refuse trucks through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the revised total amount of $1,633,200.00. Funding is available in the Solid Waste fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

36.  Refund of property tax in the amount of $16,990.96 to the following taxpayers and

       companies:

 

1.  A refund in the amount of $5,733.19 payable to South Texas National Bank due

     to an overpayment. Account # 800-19000-618.

2.  A refund in the amount of $781.57 payable to Green Tree Servicing due to an             

     overpayment. Account # 812-02000-024.

3.  A refund in the amount of $1,735.57 payable to San Juana Santos Garza and

     Alberto Santos due to a double payment. Account # 106-00268-030.

4.  A refund in the amount of $991.23 payable to Araceli P. Brulloths due to the

reinstatement of an exemption by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board.   

Account # 660-01810-060.

5.  A refund in the amount of $6,316.36 payable to Porcelanite Inc. due to the

     reinstatement of a Freeport exemption by the Webb County Appraisal Review

     Board. Account # 801-16096-069.

6.  A refund in the amount of $1,433.04 payable to Webb County Tittle & Abstract

Co. due to a partial exemption granted by the Webb County Appraisal Review    

Board. Account # 101-00022-060.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

37.  Authorization to select and execute a contract with Sherfey Engineering, Co., Laredo,

Texas for $36,700.00 for basic engineering and surveying services required to relocate water and wastewater lines along Hwy 59 due to the Texas Department of Transportation Improvements. The utility relocations include the section of the Chacon Extension wastewater trunk line from the Chacon Creek to Casa Blanca Road. Funding is available in the 2000 Water Bond Issue Utility Relocations – TxDOT and the 1998 Sewer Bond Issue Utility Relocation – TxDOT.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez were not present.

 

XII. STAFF REPORTS

           

38.  A.  Presentation by Arcadis on the Water Park Feasibility Study.

 

Alfonso Garza,  ARCADIS, employee of ARCADIS, gave the following presentation:

 

             Presentation Outline

 

             Project Tasks

             Task 1:  Market Feasibility Study

             Task 2:  Schematics

                        Schematics,

                        Site Infrastructure, and

                        Preliminary Estimates

             Possible Project Funding Sources

             Summary of Findings

             Project Tasks

             Task 1:  Feasibility Study

             What is a water park?  Splash Town in San Antonio

             Municipally owned example in Texas:  Garland and Hurst

             Garland “Surf & Swim” Water Park size:  3.5 Acres

             Financed:

                        Federal Grant of $700,000

                        General Obligation Bonds of $1,475,000

             Equipment:

                        Wave Pool and

                        O’Depth Play Area

             Yearly Attendance:

                        In 1984 attendance of 58,000

                        In 2004 attendance of 85,000

             Winter Months:

                        Pools and pipes are drained to prevent freezing

                        Pools are repainted before beginning of season

             Employees for Three Areas

                        9 Managers (Pool Operations, Retail, Ticket Sales)

                        35 Lifeguards (Pool Operations)

                        20 (Retail & Ticket Sales)

             Project Tasks (continue)

             Lake Casablanca location benefits

                        Available state park land makes project feasible and self sustainable

                        Assuming no debt, net income of $70k first year

                        Adult rate of $6.50 and child rate $4.50

Existing Infrastructure:  Loop 20 access, parking lots and utilities.  TAMIU Water Tank will be constructed in the late 2006.

 Projected attendance

           For conservative estimates, the Mexican market was excluded from study

           Projected attendance of 800 people/day

           Peak attendance design of 1600 people/day

           Projected attendance requires a Water Park with

                       10,640 square feet of pool area

                       Four water slides at a later date

                       Based on these requirements, schematics were developed

 Task 2:  Schematic Phase

           Proposed 20 acre tract of land

                       Proposed Phases:  1,2,3, and 4

           Short Term Recommended Schematic (phase I)

           Mid Term Schematic (phase 2)

           Development of Phases 3 and 4 will be for the remaining 10 acres.

 Site Infrastructure

           Water and Wastewater

                       Existing 12” water line and 10” sanitary sewer line

                       Future TAMIU Water Tank (available late 2006)

                       Yearly Water Demand of Water Park:  1.4 MG for Season

500,000 gallons for fill up and 180,000 gallons/month for evaporation, back washing of system and usage water loss

Assuming Water Park will be open in May and closed in late September

                            Project Task

                            Preliminary 2004 Construction Cost

                                                Short term schematic (phase 1):  $6.0 million

                                                Mid term schematic (phase 2):  $8.6 million

Short term schematic (phase 1): with City performing some construction tasks (parking lot improvements, grading, landscaping, roadway improvements, etc.: $5.25 million dollars

 

                            Forecasted 2004 to 2009 Preliminary Construction Estimates

 

Alternative

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Phase I Schematic with City performing some tasks

 

$5.25

 

$5.75

 

$6.33

 

$6.96

 

$7.66

Phase 1 Schematic

$5.96

$6.56

$7.21

$7.93

$8.73

Phase 2 Schematic

$8.60

$9.46

$10.41

$11.45

$12.59

 

                        Recommended year:

                        TAMIU Water Tank constructed in late 2006, and

                        Minimize Total Cost due to inflation

 

                        Revenue and Expenses Forecast

 

                        Projected Net Income

                        (dollars in thousands)

                       

Year

Revenue

Operating Expenses

Net Operating Income

2004

$708.50

$638.40

$70.10

2005

$844.10

$680.00

$164.10

2006

$994.20

$724.50

$269.70

2007

$1,060.60

$757.40

$303.20

2008

$1,130.70

$791.90

$338.80

 

                        Possible Project Operations and Funding Sources

 

                        Possible private and public operation combination

 

                        Private Example:  Maintenance

                        Public Example:  Management and life guards

                        Possible Funding Scenario:

 

                        City of Laredo Certificates of Obligation

                        Grants

                        City of Laredo Revenue Bonds

                        Webb County funding

 

                        Summary of Findings

 

                        2004 annual attendance of 100,000 without Mexico market

                        Central lake Casa Blanca Location

                        Available land makes project feasible and self sustainable

                        Infrastructure available

                        Benefits

                        Economic Development

                        Gives Laredoans another option for entertainment

                        Affordable family entertainment, similar to movies

                        Improve the Quality of Life

Planned projects:  golf courses, convention center, Chacon Creek improvements.

                        Surveys indicate citizens want a Water Park

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

           

39.  A.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1. Discussion with possible action on utilizing $5,000.00 from District I

discretionary funding for the purchase and installation of two mister modules and one drinking fountain at Mario B. Tijerina Park.

 

Motion to approve utilizing $5,000 from District I discretionary funding for the purchase and installation of two mister modules and one drinking fountain at Mario B.  Tijerina Park.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:    5                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Not present:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez.

 

                    B.  Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on utilizing $9,500.00 from District II

discretionary funding for the manufacture and installation of a decorative rod iron gate and fencing at the entrance of Dryden Park. 

 

Motion to utilize $9,500 from District II discretionary funding for the manufacture and installation of a decorative rod iron gate and fencing at the entrance of Dryden Park.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     5                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Not present:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and Cm.  Ramirez

 

        C.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on the status of utility relocation or adjustments

along Bartlett Ave. between Saunders and Locust in order to schedule the resurfacing of the street.

 

Johnny Amaya noted that he had hoped that the project would be completed before school and is now hoping that it will be completed before the end of the year. 

 

Terrance Stewart, Director for United Water Laredo, said the anticipated completion day for the project is December 13, 2004.   He said that part of the delay is due to a restriction that does not allow United Water to work during the week days. 

 

                    D.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on garbage collection for elderly and disabled

     persons who need special assistance.

 

Cm.  Belmares expressed his concerns for the elderly that continue to have problems with their garbage container. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that he has asked Oscar Medina, Solid Waste Director, to initiate a survey from different cities that make exceptions for different individuals.  He advised that staff would come back with recommendations to the Council.  He went on to say that the City is concerned about the liabilities they may face if they go into the customer’s home. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on the development of a flag football field in

partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Laredo on City owned land located in the Tiara-Sontera Subdivision. 

 

Cm.  Belmares expressed his desire to derive a cost figure for the Boy’s & Girls Club for a temporary irrigation system at the land located in the Tiara-Sontera Subdivions for flag football fields that should replace the fields that were being used on the base. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, recommended having a meeting to discuss the development of a flag football field in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Laredo on City owned land. 

 

Cm.  Belmares asked the City Manger to return to Council with a cost amount for an irrigation system.  He also asked the City Manager to create an agreement as to how to cost share on a temporary basis.   

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks & Recreation Director, advised that he would begin the process and meet with the Boys & Girl’s Club.  He commented that there is a need for park space in the area.  He said that there are five acres there that could be used for a multi-purpose field.  Finally, he said that if the City is going to improve the field that they need access to the property year round. 

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action to create an ordinance that would prohibit sex

     offenders from being near or at any city park.

 

Cm.  Valdez expressed his desire to create an ordinance that would prohibit sex offenders from being near or at any city park.  He said in another city where an ordinance of this type was being enforced a sex offender sued the City saying that the ordinance was breaking his constitutional rights.  When the suit went to court the sex offender found that the courts were in favor of the City noting that the ordinance was for the betterment of the community and the children. 

 

Jaime Flores, said that legal is researching the possibilities of creating an ordinance that would prohibit sex offenders from being near or at city parks.  He advised that he would bring the item back in the early part of January with recommendations.  He mentioned the possibilities of placing the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Database on the City’s webpage. 

 

 

Motion to create and ordinance that would prohibit sex offenders from being near or at any city park.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the street cut process and the

     subsequent repairing of cut streets by the utility companies.

 

     Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer,  reported that he submitted the following report:

 

The Street Cut Division within the City Engineering/Public Works Department oversees the street cut process, consists of four employees.  The Street Cut Division includes two street cut inspectors, one street cut supervisor and one clerk.  Apart form managing street cut permitting, the Division also handles driveway and sidewalk permits.  Inspectors must be present during court hearings for cases involving their citations.  The Street Cut Division also oversees irrigation (on the right-of-way) permits, and reviews all building permits (residential and commercial) for compliance with restrictions and sidewalk/driveway compliance.

 

     The report will address:

 

       I.  Street Cut Division purpose and ordinance compliance,

      II.  General volume of work,

     III.  Requirements for cutting a street and time limitations,

     IV.  General construction specifications,

      V.  Cause (s) for Citation for non-compliance, and

     VI.  General commentary on division effectiveness.

 

 

     I.  Street Cut Division purpose and Ordinance Compliance.

 

The Street Cut Division, under the City Engineering/Public Works Department, exists to permit and oversee all street cuts within the right of ways (City and State) and sidewalk and driveway construction as per Ordinance 83-00132, passed by City Council on October 16, 1979 and related amendments made thereafter.

 

 

                             II.  General Volume of Work:

 

The number of permits processed, including street cuts, driveway/sidewalks, and irrigation for the past two years is as follows:

 

2002 to 2003               4,196 permits were issued

2003 to 2004               4,512 permits were issued

 

Within the last month, the following utility companies applied for street cuts:

 

November 2004

 

United Water Wastewater                      16                                14%

Untied Water Waterlines                         52                                46%

Center point Energy                                19                                17%

Time Warner                                            6                                 5%

SBC                                                         6                                 5%

Proviron                                                 14                                12%

Total:                                                    113                              100%

 

 

                             III.  Requirements and Conditions for Cutting a Street

 

Applicant must apply for a street cut permit, with proof of insurance coverage.  The permit must be requested at least 48 hours prior to commencing work, and inspections must be scheduled at least 8 working hours before the work is to be inspected.  The permit fee is $25.00, unless the applicant is one of the utility companies with whom the City has a franchise agreement.  Insurance coverage must include $300,000 for damages arising out of bodily injury, or death, and $25,000 for injury to, or destruction of property in any one accident.  Permits are in effect for three months after date of issue.

 

It is stated on the permit that the applicant must comply with the street cut ordinance, and failure to comply is a misdemeanor criminal offense, with penalties of $200 to $2,000.  Applicants are required to submit a working drawing of the work proposed, and where the street cut inspector deems necessary, a traffic control plan must be submitted and reviewed by the City Traffic Department.

 

 

                              IV.  General construction specifications:

 

Applicants must use city approved materials and methods for trench backfill and pavement patching.  Where the applicants selects to use cement-stabilized backfill in lieu of compacted native soil in layers, the requirements for density testing does not apply.  Practically all contractors use cement stabilized backfill, and then hire a paving contractor to make the final street patch. 

 

 

                              V.  Cause (s) for Citation for non-compliance:   

 

Contractors, or adjacent property owners who perform street cut or driveway/sidewalk construction without a permit, failure to perform the work on an approved permit according to city specifications, or failure to obtain a permit renewal for an expired permit are typical reasons for citations. 

 

 

VI.  Given the great volume of street cuts and the minimum number of street cut

enforcement personnel, the Street Cut Division manages to oversee the work at a fairly adequate level.  In order to improve on the process, adding more street cut inspectors would be advantageous; however, such would be restricted by current office space and department budget. 

                                   

Another alternative for improving the Street Cut Process would be to re-evaluate the ordinance to determine how the process could be improved.  City Engineering has made some inquiries to other Texas cities in the past to determine their approach to street cuts, but a continued study would likely benefit the effort to made ordinance amendments. 

 

                     F.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding establishing a skate module and

     basketball goal post on the west side of the Civic Center parking lot.

 

Cm.  Ramirez asked if it was possible to establish a skate module and basketball goal post on the west side of the Civic Center parking lot. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, advised that he would contact the Superintendent of the Laredo Independent School District in regards to allowing students to use the school districts playground facilities after school hours. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the creation of an economic

     development incentive fund for infrastructure and job training expenses to attract   

     new industry to Laredo and establishing guidelines.

 

Cm.  Ramirez said that he was reading the San Antonio Express where they offered an incentive to businesses.  He said that he is interested in the creation of an economic development incentive fund for infrastructure and job training expenses to attract new industry to Laredo. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that the City of Laredo tried to develop an economic incentive fund for infrastructure and job training expenses to attract new industry to Laredo and the voters of Laredo rejected it.  At that point in time, the Council used the quarter of a cent for the Sports Venue Tax which eliminated any capacity to do incentives in the future unless the debt is completed. 

 

Mayor Flores said that the City of Laredo has attracted large industries without the creation of an economic development incentive.  She said the voters of Laredo would never vote in favor of the incentive fund because they were very against it in the past.   

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, informed Council that some businesses prey on smaller cities by draining them of their incentives and moving once the agreement has expired.  He said they move from place to place taking advantage of the incentives. 

 

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.

 

40.  Request for executive session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1)(A) of the Texas

Government Code, to meet with the City Attorney regarding contemplated litigation by United Water Services L.L.C. against the City of Laredo and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1)(A) of the Texas

Government Code, to meet with the City Attorney regarding contemplated litigation by United Water Services L.L.C. against the City of Laredo and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Galo

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Flores announced that no formal action was taken during Executive Session.

 

Cm.  Galo said that when the City of Laredo entered into a contract with United Water they warned them that they would need to perform up to the highest standards of the contract.  He expressed his dissatisfaction with United Water. 

 

Motion to authorize the City Manager to respond to United Water’s offer to negotiate the terms of dissolution of their Service Agreement with the City of Laredo.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

41.  Motion amending the Laredo Municipal Housing FY 2005 Budget by drawing down

and appropriating $700,000.00 from the its opening balance to the City’s Capital Improvement Fund.  This transfer will be set up to carry out necessary repairs associated with the owner-occupied units constructed by the Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation as part of the Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project.  The amendment is authorized by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION AND

            CONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

            MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.  Motion considering award of Contract No. FY04-114 to the lowest responsible bidders,

Oil Patch Petroleum Incorporated in the amount of $30,576.00 and Arguindegui Oil in the amount of $13,838.00 for the purchase of diesel engine oil, coolant, automatic transmission fluid, hydraulic oil, and 30W oil. Funding is available in the Transit System Fund. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVIII.  ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND CONVENE AS THE

             LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                                                                                   

XIX.    ADJOURNMENT

           

           

 

Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0       

 

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 40 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on December 6, 2004.

 

 

 

                                                                        ____________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

              City Secretary