CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2005-R-01

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

January 10, 2005

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 Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Mayor Pro Tem, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                                        Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

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

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Donna Magnon,                                                                        Deputy Secretary IV

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Anthony McGettrick,                                                                Assistant City Attorney

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of November 15, 2004.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

           

Mayor Flores mentioned that FOX Sports Southwest Network will be running spots on Friday, January 14, 2005 about the City of Laredo during the CHL All-Star game.  She noted that FOX Sports Net markets Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and parts of New Mexico.  The game will also be broadcasted on Maple Leafs TV which has 1.3 million subscribers within the Toronto market.  Finally, the MHL Network will be broadcasting the All-Star game on January 18, 2005.  MHL Network has approximately 8.1 million subscribers across Canada

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

a.  Recognition of Rene Ramos, of the City Manager's Office, on his selection as December

     2004 Employee of the Month.

 

Ronnie Acosta, Programs Administrator, introduced Rene Ramos as Employee of the Month for December 2004.  She said that Rene Ramos is employed with the City Manager’s Office and serves in the capacity as Building Maintenance Supervisor.  He was selected for the month of December 2004 Employee of the Month in recognition for his achievement in obtaining the designation of Certified Public Manager and for his continuing efforts to maintain the security and cleanliness of City Hall for the benefit of the general public as well as his fellow employees.  Rene Ramos was among 27 employees that completed the Certified Public Management Program.  The program required extensive reading completion and take home exams and the presentation of a research paper.  Participation in the program required a commitment in terms of personal time and energy.  In addition to the responsibilities of home and work, equally impressive is the fact that he received his principal education in Mexico and as a direct result of his can do attitude and hard work ethic has been able to over come a language barrier to achieve personal and professional success.  It is without a doubt that the skills have changed in the CPM Program have proved fruitful.  Much to Rene’s credit the City Hall maintenance crew while short staffed has been able to maintain levels of service and assist other City Hall departments as needed.  Rene Ramos is to be congratulated for his personal achievement and his continuing efforts to provide quality service.  

 

            Communiqués

 

Cm.  Agredano wished everyone a Happy New Year.  He said that the City has accomplished many projects in District I and he went on to discuss additional projects that he would like to complete for 2005 including the annexation for the Santa Nino Library and recreational parks in the Los Angeles, Los Obispos, Newman Properties, and Century City areas.  He thanked Roy Garcia and the Community Development Department for cleaning up graffiti in District I.  He noted that he was honored at Salinas Elementary School where he spoke to the children that were taking the TAAS test.  He encouraged the residents of Laredo to take an initiative and demonstrate their support for the soldiers serving in the armed forces.  He encouraged everyone to tie yellow ribbons around their trees or fences or display the United States flag which will show the soldiers that Laredo is very supportive and that we are happy that they are home.  Finally, he wished his wife a Happy Birthday. 

 

Cm.  Garcia mentioned the unusual snowfall that Laredo experienced on Christmas Day.  He congratulated the City of Laredo Police Department for making their presence known throughout the holidays noting that it made a difference.  He also congratulated the City of Laredo Fire Department.  He mentioned an emergency call where he was able to witness how well orchestrated the Fire Department is in putting out fires.  He went on to thank the Sanitation Department for all the hard work they did throughout the holiday season.  He briefly discussed projects that were completed in District II and he mentioned project that he would like to focus on for 2005.  He congratulated the newly elected officials.  Finally, he thanked the Mayor and Council Members for their hard work and said that he is looking forward to another successful year for the City of Laredo

 

Cm.  Galo said it is great to be back to Council and back to business.  He wished everyone a very prosperous 2005.  He touched on a few projects in District III but stressed that the City is moving forward as a whole and is progressing and prospering very well. 

 

Cm.  Amaya thanked all the City of Laredo Departments for doing a great job in 2004.  He specifically thanked the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager.  He mentioned the opening of the Lamar Bruni Vergada Inner City Park which cost approximately three million dollars.  He vowed to continue to working with Council and other elected officials for the betterment of the City of Laredo

 

Cm. Rendon said that when he took office in May of 2004 he witnessed the completion of several projects.  He mentioned the most important project that he will be working with for 2005 is the drainage system has been causing flooding problems in District V.  He thanked the City of Laredo staff for being very supportive and for solving problems in his district.  He also thanked the Mayor and Council for accepting him to Council with open arms.  He noted that his wife and several of his friends flew to Washington for the swearing in of Congressman Dr.  Henry Cuellar.  He advised that he has been in touch with Dr.  Cuellar and he said that he is looking forward to working with the City of Laredo for the betterment of the community and our citizens.    

 

Cm.  Gene Belmares wished everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.  He said that he hopes that everyone has had a safe and happy holiday.  He acknowledged that a lot of work has been done in District VI.  He added that he has a lot of confidence in the staff for the City of Laredo.  He noted that everyone one wins when they work together for the betterment of the City.    

 

Cm.  Valdez wished everyone a Happy New Year.  He thanked the City of Laredo staff and mentioned that he is very supportive of them.  He went on to say that staff does a lot of work for all the districts and they solve a lot of problems that the general public does not hear about.  He assured staff that the citizens appreciate their hard work.  He congratulated the newly elected officials noting that they have an opportunity to serve the public.  He also congratulated the new Congressman Dr.  Henry Cuellar.  He said that he looks forward to working with him for the betterment of the community.  He went on to say that he is looking forward to the ribbon cuttings for two spray parks that will be opened in the spring. 

 

Cm.  Ramirez thanked everyone for their calls, cards, flowers, and words of encouragement and condolences on behalf of his sister, Margie Ibarra who lost her husband during the holiday.   

 

 

 

 

 

a.  State of the City address by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores.

 

     My fellow Laredoans:

 

Happy New Year!  2004 has been indeed a year of preparations and of miracles.  Whether we knew it or not, we spent the year preparing for an important birthday.  One that would began with a clean and fresh perspective.  For as the Christmas snow fell on Laredo for the first time on that night, family, and friends meant so much more as we celebrated His birthday.  I want to thank my husband, Antonio for his endless support, my daughter for her great attitude and fortitude, my grandson for his wet kisses and huge hugs.  My mother had serious surgery this year and thanks to Laredo doctors she is doing very well.   I thank her and my brothers and sisters and my friends for all their help and advice. 

 

Laredoans prepared for 2005 because we wanted to know that we did our part for a city that has made significant progress through years of good times and bad.  I thank the Members of the City Council for reaching out to their constituents and for their well thought out plans to provide each district with important improvement projects as well as  quality of life projects such as the Inner City Park.  But most especially I thank them for watching out for how your tax dollars are being used, for maintaining a high degree of professionalism and respect on this Council and for their commitment to serving Laredoans.  Laredo’s growth, reflected in the long list of requests from our constituents, has been both a blessing and a challenge as has been stated here tonight.  So much so, that we became the foundation for a television station’s most important program. 

 

This past year we said goodbye to our dear friend and confidant, Council Member Eliseo Valdez, and we welcomed with open arms, Council Member Johnny Rendon.  Campaigns and elections were a big part of 2004.  I hope to see accomplishments now that we can celebrate from those in new offices and look forward to our continued relationships with those we have worked so well with over the years. 

 

Nobel prizes are seldom, if ever, handed out for over coming severe challenges in small geographic areas.  But this has not kept 250 years of back breaking effort by fellow Laredoans from making an enormous difference in the history of the economy of two nations.  The City of Laredo is at the center of the primary trade route connecting Canada, the United States, and Mexico.  We are at Mile Marker 1 of the IH 35, Mile Marker 1 of IH 69 and Mile Marker 1 of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor.  The Port of Laredo is the largest inland port on the United States and Mexico border and we often forget.  Our Port consists of four international bridges that were built and are owned by the City of Laredo.  These consist of two passenger vehicle bridges and two commercial bridges, the World Trade Bridge and the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge.  On a daily basis there are more than 25,000 pedestrian crossings, more than 35,000 vehicular crossings, and more than 9.,000 commercial crossings at the Port of Laredo.

 

Trade between the United States and Mexico continues to grow from $82 billion in 1993 to over $240 billion in 2003.  Laredo handles more than 40 percent of this trade.  The Laredo port of entry accounts for more than twice the amount of United States-Mexico trade dollars (79.4 billion) than our nearest competitor, El Paso (38.6 billion).  And, almost twice as much trade as the next three ports combined:  Otay Mesa, California (20,4 billion), Nogales, Arizona ($12.7 billion) and Hidalgo, Texas (10.8 billion).

 

Two point nine (2.9) million commercial loads crossed through the Port of Laredo in 2002.  This amount of crossings has increased by more than 100 percent from one point three (1.3) million commercial crossings in 1993.  This traffic does not include the over 10,000 trucks driving through the streets of Laredo entering from the interior of the United States and Canada on a daily basis.

 

With this trade traffic comes labor mobility.  Our border communities are unique in that we share metropolitan areas with another country.  This formula that we see so often used to acquire transportation dollars does not take into account the hundreds of thousands of citizens that live right across our border cities.  My MSA is not all in the United States of America.  My city is 500,000 by day and 200,000 by night.  As you know, this is characteristic of most “twin” border cities on the Texas-Mexico border.  These cities are often blocks away, a shorter distance than many cities that are grouped together in the same MSA within other States.

 

Our infrastructure takes the use and abuse on a daily basis.  This additional traffic in our cities accounts for more purchases of gas, goods, and services, and investment in our cities and ultimately in the economy of Texas.

 

The general concept of a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) is one of a large population nucleus, together with adjacent communities that have a high degree of economic and social integration with that nucleus.  We are exactly like other MSAs in Texas, yet we are penalized because the street that divides our communities is not made of asphalt, but made of water.  We need help from our state legislature in order to level the playing field and change the way state agencies treat our border MSAs.  It is imperative to the economy of the State of Texas and certainly to the continued sustainability of this city formulas to be  adapted to take the specific needs of our border cities into account.

 

As the Mayor of the largest inland port along our United States borders I spend countless hours advocating not only for Laredo’s needs but the needs of all border communities.

 

Border communities have been working with Congress (and Laredo will have a unique opportunity now) to allocate more funds to the Border Program in the next Transportation Authorization Bill.  We hope that this program brings awareness to the importance of our land ports of entry and the infrastructure improvements needed to handle the growing relationships between our trade partners. 

 

Degrees are not given for successfully founding and funning a business or raising a family as many of Laredo’s families have done.  Each and everyone of us have a personal example of a family’s success beyond any college degree or SAT score.  But we have not let lack of a formal education stop us.  We have pursued more than just the dream of our children attending college.  This community worked hard to make

Texas A & M International a reality as well as the UT Health Science Center.  And have you seen the second campus of Laredo Community College?  In the dictionary the word “dumb” means lacking the human power to speak, lacking some usual attribute, lacking intelligence to process data.  Go back a few years, a few months, a few weeks, a few days, and you will know that the labels others have placed on us with not stick.  Read our story, review our history, and you will meet the essence of our perseverance and determination.  Weather you were born here or chose to make Laredo your home; I hope that you review your personal contributions to our birthday year.

 

City Manager Larry Dovalina, Deputy Manager Cynthia Collazo and their team of experts, using this Council’s strong fiscal policies, have carefully worked their way into a strong borrowing position.  Because this City had so much catching up to do, this year we will issue bonds to cover quality of life projects that before were only a dream.  I can not stress enough how important this is for every Laredoan.   We are indeed in a very special place.  We thank our managements team for striving towards motivated, involved employees who are given the chance to progress as deserved so that they can discover their true capacity to create and accomplish.  Our legal team was busy last year and will continue to be busy this year.  Before this year, few Laredoans noticed or cared about the carefully developed systems and enterprise funds that have been set up to keep the tax rate down and protect our tax base.  Yet one of those systems is being threatened by our own County government.  Know that protecting the integrity of these hard earned systems which were put in place for the benefit of our taxpayers, our citizens and our residents is something we will never tire of defending. 

 

We continue to thank our first line of defense police officers and fire fighters for their unselfish sacrifice to protect our property and our lives.  I hope that this year will bring an end to lack of communication problems that we have experienced amongst all of our law enforcement agencies.

 

We all have pictures on our desks, our computers, we have certificates on our walls that we receive from time to time from a grateful public.  But I believe the most generous compliment is when someone stops you at the market, the games, at mass, or a restaurant to thank you for a job well done.  These are memories I will relish and include in my history book.

 

And as I start the last calendar year of my service to this wonderful city I remember that our Second Annual International Festival of Sister Cities broke all previous records and today we prepare for another yet exciting Festival.  Our Miss Texas USA was very successful and in spite of high fuel prices Laredo had many visitors.  I still hear fans cheering after the great Hockey victory.  What a night that was.  Gloria Stephan made it back to Laredo.  Tourism is on the rise in spite of the border headlines and Laredo will continue to attract more and more people and businesses.  Downtown Laredo is remodeling and if it is true that activity breeds sales, then we will see great things happen to our downtown before the end of the year.  I can tell you from my unique experience in China that changes will take place soon that will have a very positive affect on our economy.  Much of our image is gathered now from the internet and the available printed media.  Unfortunately, Laredo continues to have a starting newspapers and television stations.  Because the pay is not attractive reporters with little experience and little knowledge of Laredo continue to tell our story for us.  The Members of Council, the administration and I are committed to find other ways to sell our image to a work ready for a trainable workforce and a City on the move.

 

The past year has been filled with as many tears as it has been filled with smiles.  Moms and Dads, wives, husbands, and children saw their loved ones leave for the privilege to serve their country.  I hope we all remember every day that living in this country is our privilege and pray for the brave men and women helping to protect it.

 

I am not as old as Laredo, but when I was a kid you could buy a Chevy Coupe for $600 but then who could afford one?  Too bad, because has was 11 cents a gallon.  We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs or guys wearing earrings.  We had a 5 & 10 cents store where you could actually buy something for five and ten centers.  Ice cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar and a Pepsi were all a nickel. I was born before television, penicillin, polio shots (although I got one when I was six or seven) I was born before frozen foods, Xerox, and contact lenses.  There was no radar, credit cards, laser beams or even ball-point pens.  Fast food was what people ate during Lent.  We have come a long way Laredo, we have learned as we gained yet another year that wrinkles don’t hurt, that laughing is good exercise and that today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.  Happy New Year and Happy Birthday. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.  Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia of:

 

1.  Mercurio Martinez III to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee, to replace

     Victor Garcia.

 

Motion to approve the appointment of Mercurio Martinez, III to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

2.  Victor Garcia to the Planning and Zoning Commission, to replace Mercurio Martinez III.

 

Motion to approve the appointment of Victor Garcia to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

     Second:  Cm.  Agredano

     For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

3.  Mike Kazen to the Para Transit Advisory Committee, to replace Roberto Santos.

 

     Motion to approve Mike Kazen to the Para Transit Advisory Committee.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

     Second:  Cm.  Valdez

     For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a fire station on Lot 2, Block 3, Cielito Lindo Commercial Plat, located at 309 Cielito Lindo Boulevard; providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year

2004 – 2005 Annual Budget to reflect an appropriation in Federal Planning Grant (PL112) Funds. The appropriation of $84,815.00 comes from 2003 – 2004 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) unexpended funds.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $50,000.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for a total budget amount of $463,077.00 for the Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiology Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $85,767.00 in additional funds, totaling $257,450.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Immunization Action Program of the City of Laredo Health Department and extending the grant period from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004 to January 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

$1,000.00 donation from Wal-Mart Foundation and to amend 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 for the purchase by the Nonprofit Management & Volunteer Center of promotional material for the annual Volunteer Awards Reception.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

$500.00 donation from the International Bank of Commerce, Banquito at Plantation and to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 General Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $500.00 in the form of a donation for the purchase of items for the Jingle Bell 5K Fun Run.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

7.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lessor’s Consent to an assignment of the

lease agreement approved by Ordinance No. 95-O-177 dated August 7, 1995, between the City of Laredo and Gerardo Javier Ramos and assigned to Ruperto Villarreal and Santos Ramos authorized by Ordinance No. 96-O-184 dated October 28, 1996 and as amended by Ordinance No. 98-O-284 dated November 2, 1998 for approximately 16,291.44 square feet of land located on Lot No. 2 of Block No. 15 of the Subdivision Plat of the Laredo International Airport, and authorizing the City Manager to execute a Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement between the City of Laredo, as Landlord, Miguel A. Rojas, as Tenant, and International Bank of Commerce, as Mortgagee.  Said lease is assigned to Miguel A. Rojas. All other terms and conditions remain the same and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Assignment of Lease between The Hearst

Corporation, as Assignor, and the City of Laredo, as Assignee, for an approximate 59,836.72 square foot tract of land including the improvements located thereon at the Laredo International Airport authorized by Ordinance No. 87-O-106 dated July 21, 1987, as amended by Ordinance No. 94-O-005 dated January 3, 1994 and authorizing the City Manager to pay One Hundred Sixty-Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($167,500.00) to purchase the leasehold interest from The Hearst Corporation; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinance Chapter 28, Article II, Division 2,

Permit – Streets,  Sidewalk and Public Places, Excavations, general conditions for specifications by specifically creating Section 28-40, to establish and adopt the City of Laredo Utility Planning and Coordination Guide, thereby requiring that all construction projects that will have an impact on the public right-of-way shall follow the Utility Coordination Process in accordance to the Utility Planning and Coordination Guide prior to securing a permit for construction, providing for publication and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

10.  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 28, Streets, Sidewalks, and

Public Places Article II, Excavations, Division 2, Permit – Section 28-31, Requirements; Exceptions of the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo; thereby requiring that all construction projects impacting the public right-of-way shall follow the Utility Coordination Process in accordance to the Utility Planning and Coordination Guide prior to securing a permit for construction, providing for publication and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.  Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article XIV, Residential Permit

Parking Program, Section 19-624, (C) Penalty, of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo, to specify the towing of vehicles for violation of the Ordinance providing for publication and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final Readings of Ordinances # #2005-O-001, # 2005-O-002, # 2005-O-003, # 2005-O-004, # 2005-O-005, # 2005-O-006, # 2005-O-007, # 2005-O-008, # 2005-O-009, # 2005-O-010, # 2005-O-011, and # 2005-O-012.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Garcia

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

12.  2005-O-001  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a new and used auto dealership on Lot 11, Block 3 and Lot 1, Block 4, Emerald Hills Subdivision, located at 1022 Dicky Lane and 4250 Cheyenne Dr; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-001.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2005-O-002  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of  Laredo by

authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for used 18 wheeler tractor sales on Lot 85A and 85B, Block 2, Wolf Creek Commercial Development, located at 12602 and 12606 Mines Road; providing for publication and effective date. As Amended.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-002 with the amendment of including Jr. to Oscar E. Rios found in the 1st provision in the Ordinance.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

      2005-O-003  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    Lot 3, Block 10, Crown Ridge Subdivision, Phase I, located at 413 Shiloh

    Dr., from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-2 (Multifamily

    Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-003.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2005-O-004  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

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

    A, located approximately north of Hwy. 359 and east of Larga Vista   

    Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3

    (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective

    date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-004.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                                                                                                    

                  2005-O-005  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    Lots 1 and 2, Block 699, Eastern Division, located at 1202 Cortez St.,

    from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family

    Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.   

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-005.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

       

                  2005-O-006  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    Lots 9 and 10, Block 3, Hilltop Subdivision, Phase II, located

    approximately at the northwest intersection of Michigan Avenue and Erie

    Lane, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-family

    District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-006.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2005-O-007  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

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

    “A”, located approximately north of San Isidro – Los Agaves Subdivision,

    Phase III., from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1 (Single Family

    Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-007.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2005-O-008  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

18.38 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately north of La Pita Mangana Road, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-008.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2005-O-009  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for the co-location of an antenna on an existing communication tower, on .031 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located approximately at 27005 Mines Road; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-009.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2005-O-010  Amending the City’s FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget, Laredo Fire

    Department EMS Division Budget by accepting a donation of $2,500.00

    from Wal-Mart Stores and appropriating said funds for the purpose of

    purchasing new computers for the Laredo Fire Department EMS Division.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-010.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2005-O-011  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2004 –

    2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the

    amount of $63,244.00 from the United States Conference of Mayors

    Research and Education Foundation for the HIV/AIDS Prevention Project

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

    January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005, and to amend the FY 2004 –

    2005 full-time equivalent positions by 1.07.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-011.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2005-O-012  Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute an amendment to

federal grant TX-90-X644-01 increased by $814,412.00 from $2,446,138.00 to $3,260,550.00, amending the Transit Operations Budget by appropriating the $814,412.00 additional federal revenues and decreasing transfer in sales tax funds by $814,412.00.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-012.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

13.  2005-R-001  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a Brownfield Job Training Grant

application to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) under the Brownfields Job Training Grant Program in the amount of $200,000.00 with no matching funds for a total of $200,000.00.  This grant will allow for community-based hazardous materials training to be provided by the Environmental Services Department.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-001.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

14.  2005-R-002  Accepting the donation of a quitclaim deed from Juan Ramon Lopez and a

quitclaim deed from Maria Del Carmen Lopez. Said quitclaim deeds having been executed in order to clear the City of Laredo’s title to: replat lot 2, Block 1432A, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-002.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

15.  2005-R-003  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of a 0.0488

acre parcel of land for the Tinaja/Chacon Creek Pilot Channel Improvements Project, Phase II.  Said parcel being out of, and part of Lots 9 and 10, Block 1325, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and which parcel is more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit A; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by 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 through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner.    

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-003.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

16.  2005-R-004  Adopting the list of capital improvement projects to be submitted to the

South Texas Development Council (STDC) for incorporation in the Overall Economic Development Program Plan (OEDP) to be provided to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) for potential funding consideration and authorizing the City Manager to submit a follow-up grant application as may be directed by EDA and to execute any and all related documents.  Projects named include:  

 

1.  Zaragoza St. Walk To Shop

2.  Avenida San Bernardo

3.  Extension of Bartlett Ave. (Jacaman Rd. to Del Mar Blvd.)

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-004.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

17.  Motion to amend the 2004 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan by reprogramming a

total of $200,000.00 of 30th Action Year (AY) 2004 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds by reducing the amount of funding for the Acquisition and Relocation Project along Monterrey Avenue, from $500,000.00 to $300,000.00 and utilizing the difference of $200,000.00 to allow for the design of the Slaughter Park and further amending the 2003 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan by reprogramming a total of $249,824.00 of 29th AY 2003 CDBG funds by canceling the San Salvador Neighborhood Park Project and utilizing the $249,824.00 for the Dryden Park Improvement Project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez                                                                                     

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  Awarding a contract to Nxtcycle for recycling computers and other e-waste collected

from two (2) e-waste collection events. Contract will not exceed $25,000.00; contract will be based on a per pound recycling fee. Funding is available in the Environmental STDC Grant Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez                                                                                     

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

19.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 3, an increase of 30 calendar days to

the construction contract with Rhino Builders, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, for the Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation Project for additional work not included in the original scope of the project and material delivery delays and rain days.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez                                                                                     

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Zertuche

Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas for the City of Laredo S.H.359 Concrete Landfill         Parking Lot in the base bid amount of $745,121.65.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez                                                                                     

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Consideration to authorize the following three (3) contracts: Cingular Wireless in the

estimated amount of $40,700.00; Verizon in the estimated amount of $44,000.00, and Verizon Wireless in the estimated amount of $30,800.00; 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. The City of Laredo is the 9-1-1 Regional Administrator for the Four County Region of Webb, Zapata, Starr, and Jim Hogg Counties.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez                                                                                     

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.  Consideration to authorize Change Order No. 1 providing an increase in the amount of

$60,000.00 to the contract with Southwestern Bell Company to provide network and equipment rental services for the Four County Regional 9-1-1 system.  The revised total amount is $132,000.00.  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.  The City of Laredo is the 9-1-1 Regional Administrator for the Four County Region of Webb, Zapata, Starr, and Jim Hogg Counties.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano                                                                                

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration to extend the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee through May 7,  

       2005.

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez                                                                                     

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Authorizing the City Manager to allocate an additional $75,000.00 to pay for legal

services related to the existing retainer agreement with the Law Firm of Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Keever & McDaniel, L.L.P., on International Bridge matters and its current representation in the case styled Webb County V. City of Laredo, et al in the 261st District Court of Travis County, Texas.  Funding is available in the  Bridge Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez                                                                                     

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Border Area

Nutrition Council third party funding contract Section 4 by increasing the awarded amount by $5,000.00 from $13,125.00 to $18,125.00. (Funding is available in the …)

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez                                                                                     

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Authorizing the selection of Wilbur Smith Associates as a consultant and authorizing

staff to enter into negotiations with the selected consultant for the development of the Laredo Railroad Quiet Zone Study.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has budgeted $104,208.00 for this project using Federal Planning Grant (PL112) funds. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez                                                                                     

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Authorizing the selection of Alliance Transportation Group, Inc. as a consultant and

authorizing staff to enter into negotiations with the selected consultant for the development of the River Road Feasibility Study.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has budgeted $60,000.00 for this project using Federal Planning Grant (PL112) funds. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez                                                                                     

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

28.  Consideration to award contract number FY05-026 to the low bidder, RM Personnel,

Inc. Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $115,000.00 for providing contract employees for the Police, Traffic, Safety and Convention and Visitors Bureau Departments.  Temporary contract employees have been requested for office and custodial positions.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez                                                                                     

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a bond conditioned on the faithful

performance of duties for City’s Tax Assessor Collector in the amount of $100,000.00 in accordance with Section 6.29 of the Texas Property Tax Code.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya                                                            

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Refund of property tax in the amount of $73,217.69 to the following taxpayers and

       companies:

 

1.  A refund in the amount of $53,735.60 payable to Wal-Mart Stores Texas LP due

     to a double payment.  Account # 801-23023-109.

2.  A refund in the amount of $761.92 payable to Mary Lou Garcia due to a double

     payment. Account # 438-00725-030.

3.  A refund in the amount of $1,577.51 payable to Enron Metals & Commodity

     Corp. due a decrease in value as certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review

     Board.  Personal property did not exist first of year.  Account #801-05021-105.

4.  A refund in the amount of $523.91 payable to Congregacion Central De Los

Testigos De Jehova due to a Religious organization Exemption granted by the Webb County Chief Appraiser.  Account # 218-00854-010.

5.  A refund in the amount of $510.62 payable to Countrywide Home Loans due to a

     double payment.  Account # 443-00993-070.

6.  A refund in the amount of $603.43 payable to Countrywide Home Loans due to a

     double payment.  Account # 985-40003-170.

7.  A refund in the amount of $790.45 payable to Countrywide Home Loans due to a

     double payment.  Account # 980-60001-020.

8.  A refund in the amount of $616.62 payable to Countrywide Home Loans due to a

     double payment.  Account # 909-00046-120.

9.  A refund in the amount of $673.47 payable to Countrywide Home Loans due to

     an overpayment.  Account # 985-83003-100.

10.  A refund in the amount of $3,692.50 payable to Webb County Title due to an

       overpayment.  Account # 549-01299-040.

11.  A refund in the amount of $3,351.98 payable to Webb County Title due to an

       overpayment.  Account # 549-01299-070.

12.  A refund in the amount of $586.49 payable to Towers of America LLP

                               due to a double payment.  Account # 800-01024-110.

13.  A refund in the amount of $1,038.56 payable to Landamerica  Tax & Flood

      Service due to an overpayment.  Account # 983-60005-180.

14.  A refund in the amount of $753.06 payable to Landamerica Tax & Flood

      Service due to a double payment.  Account # 923-00017-349.

15.  A refund in the amount of $716.37 payable to Landamerica Tax & Flood

      Service due to a double payment.  Account # 923-00013-258.

16.  A refund in the amount of $700.38 payable to Landamerica Tax & Flood

      Service due to a double payment.   Account # 984-10001-140.

17.  A refund in the amount of $688.72 payable to Landamerica Tax & Flood

      Service due to a double payment.  Account # 909-00041-697.

18.  A refund in the amount of $581.14 payable to Landamerica Tax & Flood

      Service due to a double payment.  Account # 968-60003-130.

19.  A refund in the amount of $552.22 payable to Landamerica Tax & Flood

      Service due to a double payment.  Account # 929-20002-200.

20.  A refund in the amount of $582.54 payable to Landamerica Tax & Flood

       Service due to a double payment.  Account # 937-20002-030.

 

Motion to approve with the following amendments:

 

5.  A refund in the amount of $510.82 instead of $510.62.

11.  A refund in the amount of $3,531.98 instead of $3,351.98.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya                                                            

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration for acceptance of the construction of fourteen (14) Septic Tanks at El

Pico Road On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems and approval for final payment in the amount of $4,738.70 to Guillermo Gallegos Backhoe Service, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  The final contract amount is $94,774.00.  Funding is available in the Colonias Construction Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya                                                            

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Amending the construction contract between the City of Laredo and Jimmy Closner

and Sons Construction Co., Inc., Mercedes, Texas in the amount of $10,000.00 for the construction of the Mines Road Work Order #2 – Water Main and Pump Station Project. The amendment is required for the over- sizing of the ground storage tank from 66,000 gallons to 250,000 gallons. Funding is available in the Waterworks Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya                                                            

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

33.  A.  Discussion with possible action to consider Police Officer Jose L. Ramos’ fourth

 request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073(b) of   

 the Texas Local Government Code.

 

 Motion to postpone.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia 

 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

 For:     8                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

B.  Discussion with possible action to consider Police Officer Jesus Munoz’ first

request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073 (b) of  

the Texas Local Government Code.

 

Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, said that Investigator Munoz was 

injured in an accident in 1999 and returned to duty for a period of time.  However, he had surgery because of complications from the injury and is scheduled for additional surgeries.  He commented that staff is in support of 180 working days extension effective January 7, 2005.

 

Motion to extend the injury leave for Police Officer Jesus Munoz with pay in

accordance with 143.073 (b) of the Texas Local Government Code for 180 working days effective January 7, 2005.  

 

Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                 Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       C.  Discussion with possible action to consider Police Officer Barbara Goodman’s third

request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073(b) of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, said that Police Officer Barbara Goodman has had additional surgery due to her injury and has an appointment to see her surgeon on February 1, 2005.  He spoke with Barbara Goodman who states that she is making very good recovery, as far as her rehabilitation, as is optimistic that she will be able to return to work soon.   

 

Motion to extend the injury leave of Police Officer Barbara Goodman for 60 working days effective November 30, 2004

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

D.  Presentation by Kimley-Horn Associates, Inc. regarding the Intelligent

Transportation System Master Plan for the City of Laredo Traffic Safety   

Department.

 

Tom Fowler, Kimley-Horn Associates, Inc. gave the following presentation:

 

ITS Master Plan

 

What are Intelligent Transportation Systems?

 

Purpose of the Master Plan

 

Identify priority ITS services for the Traffic Safety Department

Document existing and planned ITS projects

Identify and prioritize ITS projects within the City of Laredo

Develop a concept of operations

Ensure consistency with the Regional ITS Architecture

 

Participating Agencies

 

Bridge Development

El Metro Transit

Environmental Services Division

Fire Department

Management Information Systems

Police Department

Telecommunications Department

Traffic Safety Department

TxDOT

 

Process Input

 

Kickoff (ALL)                                                                         January 21st

Stakeholders Agency Interviews                                                          February

ITS Mission & Vision Development/Needs Prioritization                      April 14th

System Concept Review (Traffic Safety)                                              May 12th

Project Concepts Review & Prioritization (All)                         June 24th

Final Project Presentation to City of Laredo                                         January 10th

 

City of Laredo ITS Mission

 

Mission

 

The City of Laredo will serve the transportation needs of its citizens and visitors by improving public safety, reducing congestion, and providing real-time traveler information through the deployment of intelligent transportation systems, integration of elements, and coordination of all departments involved in the transportation network.   

 

 

ITS Requirements

 

ITS Requirement

Requesting Agency

Implementing Agency

Consider co-locating the City of Laredo Traffic Management Center, Emergency Operation Center, and 911 Dispatch.

Fire, Police, Traffic

Fire, Police, and Traffic

Upgrade the existing traffic signal system and improve traffic signal coordination

El Metro, Traffic

Traffic

Upgrade the existing traffic signal system and Improve traffic signal coordination

El Metro, Traffic

Traffic

Increase network surveillance through CCTV camera deployment and video showing between the Laredo TMC and other department

Bridge, Environmental Services, Fire, Police, Traffic, TxDot

Traffic

Implement DMS on arterial streets

Bridge, Police, Traffic, TxDot

Traffic

Implement flood detection on arterial streets and bridges

Bridge, Environmental Services, Fire, Police, Traffic

Traffic

Implement system to detect rail corssing closures and provide information to the public and other City of Laredo Departments

Fire, El Metro, Police, Traffic

Traffic

Implement traffic signal preemption for emergency vehicles, including fire, emergency medical services, and police

Fire, Police

Fire, Police, Traffic

Implement traffic signal priority for transit buses

El Metro

El Metro, Traffic

Implement a 511 traveler information number

Police, Traffic

Bridge, El Metro, MIS, Traffic

Implement Smart cards for transit, parking meter, and International bridge crossing payment

Bridge, El Metro, Traffic

Bridges, El Metro, MIS, Traffic

Implement additional fiber optic communications in the City of Laredo to support the transportation Infrastructure

Telecommunications, Traffic, TxDOT

Telecommunications, Traffic, TxDOT

Consider automated enforcement technologies for speed and red light running

Police, Traffic

Police, Traffic

 

Top Ten Recommended Technologies

 

Ranking

City of Laredo ITS Service or Technology

Number of Stakeholders Selection

 

1

2

4

5

6

 

 

Peek-Hour Traffic Management Center

Flood Detection Sensors

Remote Traffic Signal Control

Traffic Surveillance Capabilities

24-Hour Traffic Management Center Operations

Dispatching Capabilities

Vehicle Classification Capabilities

Signal Coordination

Emergency Vehicle Traffic Signal Preemption

 

 

11

10

10

9

7

7

7

7

7

 

Recommended Projects

 

ITS Roadside Implementations

 

Traffic Coordination

 

 - Bridge 1 & 2 Traffic Coordination System                                         $245,000

 - Bridge 3 Traffic Coordination System                                                $120,000

 

Flood Detection

 

 - Flecha/Las Cruces Flood Detection and Closure                                $74,000

 - Anna/Calton Flood Detection and Closure Sys                                  $57,000

 - Jacaman Flood Detection and Closure Sys                                        $27,000

 

ITS Roadside Implementations

 

CCTV Camera Deployments\

 

 - McPherson CCTV Camera Deployment                                           $75,000

 - East Laredo CCTV Camera Deployment                                          $80,000

 - San Bernardo CCTV Camera Deployment                                        $60,000

 

Recommended Projects

 

Other Projects

 

Farragut/Juarez Transit improvements                                        None

Regional Smart Card                                                                            TBD

Automated Enforcement                                                                       TBD

511 – Traveler Information                                                                   TBD

Telecommunications                                                                              TBD

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

34.  A.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Status report on Bridge II Widening Improvement Projects.

 

Gabriel Martinez, Jr., Engineering Department, said the Bridge II Improvement Project dates back to August of 2002 where the intent is to reconstruct the traffic lane configurations from three to four lanes.  The last action that was taken on the project was the amendment to the consultant KBR back in December 13, 2004

 

Cm.  Ramirez asked if funding is available for the Bridge II Widening Improvement Project.    

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, explained that the City of Laredo had the project on the fast tract but was forced to set the project aside when they discovered that their was no federal monies available.  He noted that he has had a meeting with Gene Garza from Homeland Security and the federal government is again showing interest in the project.  He has asked for a formal letter from Homeland Security indicating their interest because the City must have federal monies to pay for the Mexican portion of the construction.  The project will cost an estimated 1.4 million dollars. 

 

2.  Status report on El Portal Project.

 

Rafael Garcia, Bridge Director, said the El Portal Project is on schedule and it should be completed in 2006.  He submitted the following report:  

 

Competitive sealed proposals were received on May 25, 2004.  Proposals were received from Leyendecker Construction, Marshall Company, LTD, and Satterfield & Pontikes.  The City Council approved the selection of a general contractor, Leyendecker, with whom to negotiate a contract.  Council also authorized an award in the amount of $19,059,090 for the Bridge of the America’s Project.  Leyendecker began work on September 13, 2004 on the 546 calendar-day contract.  To date, Leyendecker has invoiced $1,249,494 or about 7% of the total contract amount.  To date, there has been one allowance expenditure authorization approved the City Manager on October 22,2004 in the amount of $34,100 for the purpose of demolishing a discovered retaining wall which was in conflict with proposed building piers south of Water Street at Salinas Ave.  The initial allowance of $500,000 was therefore reduced to $465,900.  A change order for water and sewer line adjustments in the amount of $85,607.97 will be forthcoming to the City Council for ratification on January 24, 2005 although work has already commenced.

 

Delays experienced on the project have been mainly due to an SBC easement, now in the process of being transferring though a SBC lawsuit settlement agreement, and due to the occupancy of the UETA building at 108 Convent, due to be vacated on January 14, 2005 for the purpose of asbestos abatement of Jupe Environmental Inc, of San Antonio, Texas.  The contractor has not yet submitted a request to extend the contract time.

 

In the week of January 10th, the contractor plans to complete the concrete pour for the retaining wall along Water Street, extend utility lines along Water Street, and continue demolition west to Santa Maria.  The contractor continues to coordinate the temporary closures and control of vehicular and pedestrian traffic though the City’s Traffic, Bridge, and Engineering departments. 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Discussion with possible action regarding traffic circulation on Jefferson Street

     in preparation for the Washington Birthday Celebration Parade.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said he would work with the parade officials for solutions regarding circulation on Jefferson Street in preparation for the Washington Birthday Celebration Parade.    

 

4.  Discussion with possible action on traffic circulation around San Agustin Plaza.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that there are two poles that are in conflict and they must be moved by Southwestern Bell Company before they can start the construction on the traffic circulation around San Agustin Plaza.  He noted that the pole will be moved by February 2005. 

 

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.

 

35.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section

551.071(1)(A) to consult 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 Texas Government Code Section

551.071(1)(A) to consult 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.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

36.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to section 551.071(1)(A) of the Government

Code to consult with the City Attorney the pending case of Martin Villarreal, et al. V. City of Laredo, et al., Cause No. L-03-11, in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division [Case pertaining to the Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project]; and return to open session for possible action thereon.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

37.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section

551.071(1)(A) to consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation in the case styled Webb County V. City of Laredo, et al. in the 261st District Court of Travis County, Texas, Cause No. 403 943, and return to open session for possible action.  

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:     8                                        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:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

38.  Consideration to award contract FY 05–026 to the low bidder, RM Personnel, Inc.,

Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for providing contract employees for the Noise Abatement Program. Three contract employees will be required to work on an as needed basis, as a groundskeeper, maintenance worker, and clerk. Funding is available in the Noise Abatement Lease Program budget administered by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION AND

            RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL.

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               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:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

39.  Consideration of award of annual supply contracts (FY04-092) to the listed vendors for

providing bus and van fleet parts.  Contracts will be awarded by item(s) to the lowest responsible bidders for parts most commonly purchased for non-warranty repairs.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Transit Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

           

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

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIX.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm.  Valdez

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 28 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on January 10, 2005.

 

 

                                                                        __________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary