CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2005-R-06

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

March 29, 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 G.  Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 III.      ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John 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

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

           

Cynthia Collazo, Deputy City Manager, asked that Larry Dovalina, City Manager, be excused due to a death in the family.

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of February 7, 2005 and March 14, 2005.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Agredano

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

            None.

 

            Invitations

 

            None. 

 

            Recognitions

 

a.  Recognition of Jennifer Gonzalez, Miss Laredo USA, Patricia Kirby, Miss Webb County

USA and Margaret Ann Garza, Miss Gateway City USA for winning their respective titles at the 2005 Miss Laredo USA Scholarship Pageant.

 

Mayor Flores and City Council publicly recognized Miss Barbara Falcon, Miss Laredo Teen USA; Miss Jennifer Gonzalez, Miss Laredo USA; Miss Patricia Kirby, Miss Webb County USA, and presented them with some gifts.  Miss Margaret Ann Garza, Miss Gateway City USA was not present. 

 

            Communiqués

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, reported that this is the start of the department’s consolidated planning process whereby they go out into the community to solicit input from the citizens.  He stated that they will begin with their public meetings tomorrow, March 30, 2005, at 6:30 p.m. at the Inner City Recreation Center, 302 W. Plum and the following meetings will take place on March 31, 2005, at the Cigarroa Recreation Center, 2201 Zacatecas; then on Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. at La Ladrillera Elderly Recreation Center; then on Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at 6:30 p.m. at the Azteca Economic Development Center, 20 Iturbide; then on Thursday, April 7, 2005, at 6:30 p.m. at the Farias Recreation Center, 1601 Farias Street. 

 

Mayor Flores reported briefly on the Washington trip made by herself and the Council on behalf of the citizens of Laredo.  She stated that Congress was not in session and they were fortunate to meet with the heads of the different agencies, administrators, and the commissioners.  Usually, these individuals are up on Capitol Hill testifying and the Mayor and City Council do not have much time to meet with these top officials.  She expressed her appreciation to Congressman Henry Cuellar’s staff that was able to escort the Laredo group from one building to another.  Congressman Henry Bonilla’s, Senator Cornyn’s, and Senator Hutchinson’s senior staff also made themselves available throughout their trip.

 

Cm. Galo stated that it was a very successful trip and was very pleased with the quality of time that senior staff members and agency administrators spent with the group from Laredo.  He mentioned that there were some Homeland Security issues that were already being addressed even while the delegation was still in Washington.   He added that the way the transportation bill came out of Congress is very favorable for the City of Laredo in the way the federal monies will be apportioned.  He stated that 50% of the railway freight with Mexico and South America comes through Laredo, Texas

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. that they had many successful meetings with agency representatives.  He mentioned that they had a meeting with the COPS program representatives and discussed issues dealing with communications.  He also mentioned that he met with individuals from the State Department and had good exchange regarding the fifth bridge issues.  He also reported on the meeting with the Federal Railroad Administration and mentioned that the City of Laredo expressed its interest in implementing pilot programs that not only affect Laredo but other communities with similar issues.

 

Cm. Garcia stated that the meeting with Congressman Cuellar’s office was very successful.  He added that he met with officials from Housing and Urban Development to talk about the CDBG grants regarding securing additional money.  He met with individuals from the national Parks and Recreation, GSA, and the American Bus Association.  He stated that he also met with Tim Honey, from Sister Cities International organization, who extended an invitation to the City of Laredo to attend and participate in the Best Practice Showcase this July in Spokane, Washington, to report on our Sister Cities program. 

 

Cm. Belmares stated that in looking at all the meetings that they had, every single meeting had a critical benefit for the City of Laredo.  He explained that Washington does not always have all the facts on how to get the monies that they have down to the municipalities that truly need them.  In talking to EPA, he invited them to come to Laredo and have them visit the communities where they intend to implement their programs.  He mentioned that while he is impressed with the staff in Washington, D.C., he stated that the City of Laredo’s staff was more impressive.  He stated that it was wonderful to see them in action discussing the key issues and bring those points home to have the Washington representatives understand why Laredo needs more of the funding.  He pointed out that he met with Congressman Tom De Lay and his senior staff and was impressed with the length of time that they spent with them to discuss the nuts and bolts of the issues to move the projects forward in Laredo

 

Cm. Rendon stated that the trip to Washington was a positive, learning experience.  He mentioned that he was gratified by the warm reception and added that the process was enlightening and gave him excellent insights into the workings of the legislature.  He stated that one of the main meetings that he participated in was GSA and the discussions focused on the application requirements for local hotels and motels.  He stated that nine local hotels are currently eligible to receive per diem funding from GSA.  He stated that they also visited the American Bus Association representatives who expressed a willingness to work with the Convention & Visitors Bureau to send tours to our city.  He mentioned that he also had a meeting with representative from the Federal Aviation Administration.  Their discussion included acquisition, construction of the northeast cargo, and numerous improvements at the airport.  He mentioned that the individual was very supportive of the fact that Laredo has taken a positive stance to acquire land that encroaches the airport. 

 

Cm. Agredano stated that on May 21, 2005, he had the honor of representing the City of Laredo at Congressman Cuellar’s announcement of the $3.3 million that was designated for Laredo for the Chacon Creek Hike and Bike trail.  He stated that Congressman Cuellar mentioned that some of this money will be used to purchase a bus to allow residents from Zapata, Texas, to have transportation to our local colleges, hospitals, etc.  He also reported on a town hall meeting last night at the Cigarroa Recreation Center regarding the Social Security system and the citizens’ concerns.  He added that Congressman Cuellar was present and he answered many of the citizens’ questions.  He also congratulated the Parks and Recreation Department for the installation of a new basketball court floor at the Cigarroa Recreation Center.  He also thanked Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, who is working hard on the traffic light installation in South Laredo for the LCC South campus. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Amaya thanked Laredo Police Department Chief Agustin Dovalina and Assistant Chief Gilbert Navarro for hosting the town hall meeting at Villa San Luis Rey Senior Citizens Home.  He mentioned that there will be a town hall meeting tomorrow, March 29, 2005, and he invited the residents of District IV and District V to attend. 

 

a.  Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores reports on the City of Laredo Tax Department.

 

     Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.   Appointment by Mayor Pro - Tempore Johnny Amaya of Rogelio Rodriguez to the

     Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning 0.75 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately south of Masterson Road and east of Santa Fe Subdivision, from AG (Agriculture District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change. (District III)

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing the property owner, stated that the concern expressed earlier by City Council and city staff has been resolved. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Galo

 

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

City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for three detached condominiums on Lot 8, Block 1, Los Pinos Subdivision, located at 3451 Pine Street; providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.  (District I)

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing Prada Construction, LLC, stated that the owners had requested that they be allowed to build three condominium units on this lot.  He mentioned that the four conditions that were spelled out are acceptable, however, the owners are requesting that the portion of the condition #2 which makes the condominium non-transferable be deleted. 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, reported that they did receive a petition with 11 signatures against the proposed conditional use permit.  He added that eight of those 11 signatures were within 200 feet of the proposed property. 

 

Ricardo Nuño, property owner, stated that under the petition, the residential area has become saturated with condominiums and apartment complexes.  He added that the residents have voiced their concerns to the Planning & Zoning Commission and they are asking the City Council respect the decision of the commission. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing, override Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation and introduce as a conditional use permit.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:     5                                          Against:  4                                            Abstain:  0

Cm. Agredano                                 Cm. Garcia

Cm. Galo                                        Cm. Rendon

Mayor Pro Tem Amaya                   Cm. Belmares

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.                            Cm. Ramirez

 

Mayor voted in favor of the item to break the tie and the motion passed, but the vote did not override Planning and Zoning’s recommendation which requires six votes. 

 

3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2000-O-303, by

authorizing issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a detention facility on 35 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located at 9998 S. Hwy 83, by expanding the existing facility to the adjacent property; providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit. (District III)

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the conditional use permit with conditions. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Galo

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7 and 8, Block 305, Eastern Division, located at 818 and 820 Clark Boulevard, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District), providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change. (District IV)

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Salvador Sciaraffa, Jr., representing the property owners, stated that they are opposed to this zone change.  He explained that whenever there is a rain event, they have the runoff from the rains coming down toward their corner.  He also mentioned that the water runs down from 803 O’Kane to 820 O’Kane and with this proposed change, if those owners do build the warehouse, that warehouse will block the excess water coming down that drains into that particular corner and create a flooding problem.    

 

Jose Leandro, property owner, stated that the main reason for the conditional use permit is to be able to extend the days and hours of operation. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and send back to Planning and Zoning Commission for a revision to the conditional use permit.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning the North 1/3 of Lot 1 and North 1/3 of Lot 2, Block 2, Eastern Division, located at the intersection of Zacatecas Street and Arkansas Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.  (District I)

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Agredano

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Northgate Plaza Subdivision, located at 5801 San Dario Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.   (District V)

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Rendon

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Rendon

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 875, Eastern Division, located at 1619 Lyon Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change. (District IV)

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

 

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

City of Laredo by amending Ordinance No. 2004-O-108, by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a bar on Lot 1, Block 5, Del Mar Village, located at 120 W. Village Boulevard, by expanding the bar to the adjoining suite; providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.  (District VI)

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and postpone indefinitely. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Concord Hills, Phase XI, located at 5327 Hwy 359, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.  (District I)

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Jeffrey Puig, representing the applicant, spoke in favor of the proposed zone change. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Agredano

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 1, Cheyenne Subdivision, located at Cheyenne Drive and Dorel Drive, from R-1MH (Single-Family Manufactured Housing District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.  (District II)

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Garcia

  Second:  Cm. Galo

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Jeffrey Puig, representing the applicant, spoke in favor of the proposed zone change.

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Garcia

  Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

 

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

City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas extraction on 4 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at Link Ranch #6; providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit. (District I)

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Belmares

  Second:  Cm. Rendon

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Adolfo Campero, representing United Resources, spoke in favor of the proposed zone    

  change.

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Agredano

  Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Agredano

 

12.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending City of Laredo’s Subdivision

Ordinance, Appendix B of the Code of Ordinances, Chapter IV, Section 4-2: Enforcement, by allowing a permit to be issued on unplatted City owned properties for which a public purpose is intended; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Garcia

  Second:  Cm. Galo

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  There was no public input.

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

  Second:  Cm. Belmares

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

$1,000.00 in contributions and amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Annual Budget by appropriating revenues of $1,000.00 in the form of a corporate contribution from the International Bank of Commerce for the 2005 Laredo International Sister Cities Festival; and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $1,000.00 for CVB Marketing Division expenses.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Garcia

  Second:  Cm. Agredano

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

  There was no public input.

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Agredano

  Second:  Cm. Belmares

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 –

2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $87,800.00 from the South Texas Development Council for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Project (HOPWA) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning February 1, 2005 through January 31, 2006.

 

  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. Agredano
  Second:  Cm. Belmares

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

15.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 –

2005 Budget for the Utilities Department for Full-time Equivalent (FTE) positions by deleting 12 FTE positions under the Managed Employees’ Divisions and creating 159 FTE positions as indicated in the Revised FTE Listing incorporated herein; and waiving the five work day advertising requirement of 2-87.7(8) of the Code of Ordinances, for these positions only, in furtherance of terms agreed to in Section 7 of the Mutual Dissolution Agreement between the City and United Water, dated March 17, 2005. Funding for these positions is available through an operating budget transfer from the Waterworks and Wastewater Compliance Divisions.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Belmares

  Second:  Cm. Rendon

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  There was no public input.

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Agredano

  Second:  Cm. Garcia

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

    

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

16.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Paul Young Properties, Ltd., for

approximately 3.632 acres of land located north of the Airport Passenger Terminal at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term shall be for two (2) years commencing on May 1, 2005 and ending on April 30, 2007, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on April 30, 2008 and April 30, 2009. Monthly rent shall be $5,000.00 and will be adjusted during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

17.  Authorizing the City Manager to convey two easements (one measuring 311 square

feet, the other measuring 276 square feet) more or less, as utility easement and right-of-way for underground utility services, for the installation of certain underground facilities to serve the building structures in the Bridge of the Americas Project. Said 311 sq. ft. tract being situated within Block 22 WD, and 276 sq. ft. tract being situated in Block M, W.D.; and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

18.  Amending Chapter 19, Article IV. Bicycles and Play Vehicles, of the City of Laredo

Code of Ordinances by adding Division 3. Play Vehicles; by adding Section 19-125 Definitions; Section 19-126 Prohibition regarding motor assisted scooter; Section 19-127 Prohibition of play vehicle use; Section 19-128 Helmets required; Section 19-129 Seizure for violation; and providing for publication; providing for severability and an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

19.  Designating as a one-way westbound, that section of Grant Street, Block 1100, between

Flores Avenue on the east and Convent Avenue on the west, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the west direction and providing for publication and effective date. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES

 

Motion to waive the Final  Reading of Ordinance # 2005-O-052; # 2005-O-053; # 2005-O-054; # 2005-O-055; # 2005-O-056; # 2005-O-057; # 2005-O-058; # 2005-O-059; # 2005-O-60;  and # 2005-O-061.  

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  2005-O-052  Amending Ordinance No. 2002-O-144 authorizing the City of Laredo

Health Department to revise the current laboratory analysis services to provide care for the uninsured and others who lack access to health care in Laredo and Webb County, and amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by appropriating additional funds in the amount of $31,680.00 through the end of the fiscal year. The Department recommends that a fee of $20.00 plus cost of laboratory tests performed be charged to these clients. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-052.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                    Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 2005-O-053  Amending Chapter 15, Article I, Section 15-6 of the Code of Ordinances

    for the City of Laredo by authorizing the City of Laredo Health

Department to include additional dental services provided to both children and their families in the City of Laredo and Webb County, and amend the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by appropriating additional funds in the amount of $29,280.00. The services provided and the amount assessed will be based on an adjusted fee scale. A dental clinic user fee of $25.00 will be charged to all adults for the initial oral examination, and any needed dental services will be based on a fee schedule that has been developed. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-053.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2005-O-054  Amending Chapter 15, Article I, Sections 15–9 and 15–12 of the Code of

Ordinances for the City of Laredo by authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $3,000.00, and to approve the action by the City of Laredo Health Department to provide additional nursing services to address the needs of the uninsured and those without access to health care. The cost of the nurse care will be $20.00 per visit and will be for persons without health care access and/or without health insurance. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-054.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2005-O-055  Authorizing the City Manager to execute Lessor’s Consent to an

    assignment of the lease agreement approved by Ordinance No. 90-O-67   

    dated April 16, 1990 between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Daniel

    Radiator Corporation, as Lessee, for a tract of land constituting

    approximately 184,842.80 square feet located at the Laredo International

    Airport, to Laredo Town Center, L.P., or its Nominee, which is allowed

    pursuant to the original lease terms.  All other terms and conditions

    remain the same and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-055.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2005-O-056  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease

    agreement for approximately 16,291.44 square feet of land located at 1719

    E. Hillside Street at the Laredo International Airport between the City of

    Laredo, as Lessor, and Miguel A. Rojas, as Lessee.  Original lease

    agreement was approved by Ordinance No. 95-O-177 dated August 7,

    1995, and was amended by Ordinance No. 98-O-284 dated November 2,

    1998.  Proposed amendment will modify Section 6.04 titled “Lessee’s

    Right to Encumber”   in order to allow Lessee to encumber the lease until

    August 2015.  All other terms and conditions remain the same and in

    effect; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-056.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2005-O-057  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of

the City of Laredo, Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 and authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Operations Agreement with Tanjore Corporation, Ltd., Zone Site Operator, to activate approximately 10,000 square feet of warehouse space located at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, Site 3, effective upon execution and ending on October 31, 2009. Providing activation, administration and transaction fees be paid to the City and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-057.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                            Against:  0                    Abstain:  0 

 

                  2005-O-058  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to

    effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only” at its adjusted

    market value of $26,235.00, for certain property described as a 15,432.35

    sq. ft., tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of Garfield

    Street between Bartlett and Jarvis Avenues, to the Diocese of Laredo;

    provided that the City of Laredo retains the entire tract as a utility

    easement, said tract being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo,

    Webb County, Texas being generally described on attached Exhibit “A”;

    and hereby approving the submitted Improvement Plan as described on

    Exhibit “B” , and which is in compliance with Section 10 of the Street    

    Closing/Sales Policy Handbook, as approved per Resolution No. 97-R-

    140; and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-058.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2005-O-059  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to

    effectively convey to Arechiga Properties, Inc., fee simple title to the

    “Surface Only” at its market value of $14,310.00, for certain property

    described as being the East 30 feet of Lot 2, Block 899, Western Division

    of the City of Laredo, Texas, as per the R.L. Muller Replat of said block,

    being a tract of land out of said Lot 2, in the Northeast corner thereof,

    fronting East 47.7 feet of Santa Ursula Avenue, and running West the

    width of said Lot 2 a distance of 30 feet in depth; being generally

    described on attached Exhibit ‘A’; and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-059.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2005-O-060  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Laredo Town

Center, L.P., a Texas Limited Partnership, as Lessee, for an approximate 88.6913-acre tract of land, including improvements located thereon, located on the eastside of Bob Bullock Loop fronting the Airport Passenger Terminal at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for forty (40) years commencing on the first day of the month immediately following the execution of this lease agreement as authorized by the City Council of the City of Laredo. Providing for base and percentage rentals and rent adjustments; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-060.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2005-O-061  Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Sports Venue Sales Tax

    Revenue Improvement and Refunding Bonds, Series 2005, in the principal

    amount of $34,520,000.00 to finance a Sports Venue Project for related

    infrastructure improvements to the multipurpose entertainment arena, for

    acquisition and construction of additional parking and refunding of the

    City’s Sports Venue Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2001; and

    ordaining other matters relating to the subject including authorizing a

    bond purchase agreement, escrow agreement and official statement, and

    providing for the security of the bonds and the pledging of a sales tax and

    authorizing amendment to City’s Budget to appropriate such proceeds for

    purposes authorized herein.

 

 Larry Jordan, with Estrada-Hinojosa & Company, reported that there were   

 three underwriting firms that are looking to sell the City’s bonds.  He

 provided an explanation to City Council about the interest rates for the

 sale of bonds and the upgraded bond rating issued to the City of Laredo.   

 The underlying credit rating for the bonds is as follows:  Moody’s rating is  

 A3;  Standard & Poor’s rating is A-; and Fitch’s rating is A. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-061 with correction of the amount to reflect $33,550,000.00 as amended. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

21.  2005-R-021  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Texas

Automobile Theft Prevention Authority to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2006.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-021.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

22.  2005-R-023  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Office

of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance in the amount of $62,312.00 for funding for the period of October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2008.  This funding will be used for support staff overtime and equipment for police operations.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-023.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

23.  2005-R-024  Accepting the donation of three easements for water and sewer utilities

from Luciano Santoya and Jesusa Santoya for the D-5 Acres Subdivision Easement Acquisition Project. These being:

 

1.  A strip of land 15.00 feet in width, containing 3,368.24 square feet or

0.077 of an acre, more or less, over and across tract 1 in the D-5 Acres Subdivision in Porcion 33, Abstract 3084; as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

    2.  A strip of land 15.00 feet and 25.00 feet in width, containing 5,418.65

         square feet or 0.124 of an acre, more or less, over and across Tract 2 in    

         the D-5 Acres Subdivision in Porcion 33, Abstract 3084; as described

         by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits C and D.

    3.  A strip of land 25.00 feet in width, containing 2,425.50 square feet or

         0.056 of an acre over and across Tract 3 in the D-5 Acres Subdivision   

         in Porcion 33, Abstract 3084; as described by metes and bounds and

         survey attached as Exhibits E and F.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-024.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

24.  2005-R-025  Accepting the donation of one (1) utility easement from Richard E.

Haynes and Idelia Bautista, for the Ranchitos 359 East Subdivision Easement Acquisition Project. This being a strip of land 15.00 feet in width, containing 2,738.3 square feet or 0.06 of an acre, more or less, over and across Lot 28, in the Ranchitos 359 East Subdivision, and being situated in Porcion 31, Abstract 3116, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-025.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

25.  2005-R-026  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Richard E. Haynes

and Armando Bautista, for the Ranchitos 359 East Subdivision Easement Acquisition Project. This being a strip of land 15.00 feet in width, containing 3,300.3 square feet or 0.08 of an acre, more or less, over and across Lot 27, in the Ranchitos 359 East Subdivision, and being situated in Porcion 31, Abstract 3116, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-026.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

26.  2005-R-027  Authorizing the City Manager to apply for a grant in the amount of

$637,945.00 to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force and a grant in the amount of $101,916.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Drug Related Public Corruption Task Force. Both grants are funded by the Executive Office of the President, Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City. Funding for the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force will be used to pay personnel salaries, fringe benefits, overtime, travel and operating expenses from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006.  Funding for the STX Multi Agency Drug Related Public Corruption Task Force will be used for payment of fringe benefits, overtime, travel and operating expenses from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-027.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

27.  2005-R-028  Accepting the donation of an easement for water and sewer utilities from

John R. Daves, for the D-5 Acres Subdivision Easement Acquisition Project. This being a strip of land 25.00 feet in width, containing 2,425.50 square feet or 0.56 of an acre, more or less, over and across tract 4 in the D-5 Acres Subdivision, and being situated in Porcion 33, Abstract 3084, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-028.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

28.  2005-R-029  Accepting the donation of an easement for water and sewer utilities from

John R. Daves, for the D-5 Acres Subdivision Easement Acquisition Project. This being a strip of land 25.00 feet in width, containing 2,175.44 square feet of 0.050 of an acre, more or less, over and across a portion of Tract 5 in the D-5 Acres Subdivision, and being situated in Porcion 33, Abstract 3084, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-029.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

29.  2005-R-030  Authorizing the removal of the traffic signal located at the intersection of

Grant Street and Flores Avenue due to the intersection geometry alterations at the 1100 Block of Grant Street One Way West Conversion. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-030.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

30.  2005-R-034  Accepting the payment of $57,500.00 from Hill Top Farm, Ltd. in lieu of

dedication of 1.63 acres of parkland in Los Presidentes, Unit 10, Subdivision as required by the Annexation Service Plan to which said land pertains; and directing that the said amount of $57,050.00 be retained in an account for future improvements to the City land known as “The Vaquillas Property” when such property is dedicated by the City as a City Park.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-034.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

31.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder,

Hollywood Garden, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Santa Rita Park Phase I, Project 2 in the bid amount of $65,305.50.  Funding is available in the Community Development Santa Rita Park Phase II.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

Terminal Roof Repairs FY04-102 and approval to release retainage in the amount of $ 16,814.50 to D.R. Kidd Company Inc., Round Rock, Texas, Texas. Final contract amount is $168,145.00. Funding is available in the Airport Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Consideration to award contract FY05-060, to the sole bidder, Rob-K Concrete,

Laredo, Texas for the purchase of rebar and wire mesh for a six (6) month period.  This contract establishes pricing for these materials used for construction or repair projects scheduled during the next six (6) 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. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

34.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to Zertuche Construction,

Inc., for the Santa Rita Park Phase I, Projects 1,3,4 and 5 in the amount of $598,505.68. Funding is available in the Community Development Santa Rita Park – Phase I and II.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    6                                         Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                                                                        Cm. Belmares

 

 Motion to reconsider Item No. 34.

 

 Moved:  J. Valdez, Jr.

 Second:  Cm. Belmares

 For:    2                                         Against:  6                                            Abstain:  0

 Cm. Belmares                                Cm. Agredano

 Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.              Cm. Garcia

                                                      Cm. Galo

                                                      Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

                                                      Cm. Rendon

                                                      Cm. Ramirez

 

 Motion to ratify Items No. 31 through 36. 

 

 Moved:  Cm. Galo

 Second:  Cm. Garcia

 For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration to award contract FY05-051 for the purchase of dealer repair parts for

the vehicle fleet to: Sames Motor Company, Laredo Texas in the estimated amount of $70,000.00 and North Park Lincoln, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $20,000.00.  All parts will be purchased on an as-needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration to award contract FY05-052 to the low bidder meeting specifications,

Southern Tire Mart, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $143,320.00, for the purchase of truck and industrial tires. All tires are purchased on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2003 Home Improvement Partnership

Program, Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Funds with Azteca Economic Development and Preservation Corporation (AEDPC) by extending the time of the contract from November 17, 2004 to November 17, 2005, due to difficulties in acquiring land.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.  Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of audio visual equipment for

the training room at Fire Station #6 located at the International Airport, through the Texas Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) Contract #R4529 from Schoolhouse Audio Visual, Plano, Texas, in the amount of $25,376.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Budget. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

39.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of safety equipment for the Fire Department in

the amount of $115,846.10 from Fisher Scientific Company LLC, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Government (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program. Funding is available from a Homeland Security grant administered by the Fire Department.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

40.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2) vehicles for the Fire Department in

the total amount of $44,131.25 from Philpott Ford, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program. Funding is available from a Homeland Security grant administered by the Fire Department.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

41.  Consideration to award contract FY05-050 to Leslie Poolmart Inc., Phoenix, AZ, in the

estimated amount of $30,411.30 for providing pool chemicals for the Parks and

Recreation Department.  The contract pricing is approximately 4% higher than the previous contract amount.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.  Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of a playground module from

Miracle Recreation Equipment Company, San Antonio, Texas, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $26,247.34.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Fund – Eastwood Park.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

43.  Consideration to award contract FY05-054 to the Low Bidders, Al & Rob Sales,

Safety, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $129,395.25 for the purchase of trousers; and Galls, Inc., Lexington, KY, in the estimated amount of $41,539.15 for the purchase of shirts for the Police Department.  All items will be purchased on an as-needed basis.  The bid pricing for shirts is 5% less than the previous contract amount, and the trousers are 2% higher.  Funding is available in the Police Department Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

44.  Consideration to award contract FY05-056 to Omni Lifts Inc. DBA Omni Elevator,

Corpus Christi, Texas, for a five (5) year elevator and escalator maintenance service contract.  This contract will provide for monthly maintenance on the elevators and escalators at the following municipal buildings: Airport Terminal, Bridge III and IV, City Hall, Police Department, Public Library, El Mercado Building, and the Parking Division Building.  This contract is subject to continued appropriation of funds in future fiscal budgets.  Funding for the Fiscal Year 2005 contract is available in the respective Departmental Budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

45.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract

FY04-060, to UTW Tire Collection Services, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $43,500.00, for the removal and disposal of tires at the City’s landfill. The term of this contract will be for a one (1) year period with an option to extend this contract for three (3) one (1) year terms.  Staff estimates that approximately 500 tons of tires will be removed; however, this contract is based on actual tons of tires removed and disposed from the landfill.  The contract pricing will remain the same as last year.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

46.  Consideration to award contract FY05-057 to U.S. Filter Recovery Services, Luling,

Texas, for the collection, transportation, and disposal services for used automotive motor oil and filters from City of Laredo Do-It-Yourself Centers, Fleet Maintenance Shop and El Metro Shop.  The term of this contract will be for a one (1) year period with an option to extend this contact for two (2), one (1) year terms.  The City will be paid $0.33/gal for used motor oil, and there will be no charge for the other services.  Funds will be deposited in the respective department’s revenue accounts.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

47.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract

FY04-059 to the low bidder, Ceres Environmental, Brooklyn Park, MN., in the estimated annual amount of $36,000.00 for the grinding of wood waste material (brush, branches, pallets, etc.,) at the City landfill.  Approximately 15,000 cubic yards of material are available for disposal.  The contract is based on a unit cost of $1.39/cubic yard of material which is 2% less than the previous contract amount.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

month of February 2005 represents an increase of $135,474.14. These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

49.  Refund of property tax in the amount of $17,075.07 to the following taxpayers and

       companies:

1.  A refund in the amount of $1,107.42 payable to Laredo Harley-Davidson Shop

     due to a double payment.  Account #804-12024-101.

2.  A refund in the amount of $653.43 payable to Nueces Power Equipment due to a

     double payment.   Account #804-30098-009.

3.  A refund in the amount of $3,508.72 payable to 7110 McPherson, L.P. due to a

     double payment.  Account #557-01668-010.

4.  A refund in the amount of $749.30 payable to Holt Company of Texas due to a

     double payment.  Account # 804-30098-001.

5.  A refund in the amount of $1,454.84 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax

     Services due to an erroneous payment.  Account # 945-00871-452.

6.  A refund in the amount of $888.36 payable to Escamilla Used Car & Truck

     Center due to a double payment.  Account # 804-05024-102.

7.  A refund in the amount of $940.28 payable to Land America Tax Services due to    

     a double payment.  Account # 989-10002-170.

8.  A refund in the amount of $1,624.73 payable to Universal Truck SVC & SLS

     due to a double payment.  Account # 804-30023-104.

9.  A refund in the amount of $1,023.79 payable to FNIS Tax Services due to a

     double payment.  Account # 923-00035-693.

10.  A refund in the amount of $890.97 payable to RDO Equipment due to a double

       payment. Account # 804-30098-008.

11.  A refund in the amount of $1,101.50 payable to Zapata Auto Sales due to a

       double payment. Account # 804-26099-101.

12.  A refund in the amount of $525.90 payable to LSI Tax Services due to an

       overpayment.  Account #968-70001-090.

13.  A refund in the amount of $565.24 payable to Catron & Associates, PC due to

       an overpayment.  Account # 905-00055-011.

14.  A refund in the amount of $1,510.46 payable to Voicestream PCS II Corp due

to a decrease in value as certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board. Account # 801-19021-117.

15.  A refund in the amount of $530.13 payable to Property Management Inc. due to

a decrease in value as certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board.  Account # 800-16021-109.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

50.  Consideration to award annual service contract number FY05-042 to the lowest Bidder,

Cantu Electric, Inc. Laredo, Texas , in an amount not to exceed $400,000.00 for the furnishing of materials, machinery, equipment, labor, and all other services necessary for the maintenance of street lights (not maintained by AEP- CPL) and traffic signal lights throughout the City. Funding is available in the Traffic Safety Budget.   The contract includes electrical service for traffic signals and street lights and for installation and maintenance of street lights and for installation, construction, and underground work, for new and/or upgraded traffic signals and for the installation and maintenance of street lights.  This contract also contains provisions for the City departmental electrical service projects and repairs.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

51.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one aerial truck for the Traffic Safety

Department in the amount of $67,089.00 from Philpott Motors, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board).  Funding is available from Texas Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) proceeds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

52.  Consideration for acceptance of the Lyon Street 6MG Ground Storage Tank Repairs

Project, approval of Change Order No. 2 in the amount of $817.10 to adjust the total contract amount to $685,817.10, and approval for release of retainage in the amount of $34,290.86 to Peltier Brothers Construction, Ltd., Houston, Texas. Funding is available in the Lyon Tank Improvements Project in the Water Utilities 2000 C.O. Bond.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

53.  Awarding a construction contract to the lowest bidder Price Construction, Big Springs,

Texas in the amount of $366,161.00 for the installation of approximately 2,600 linear feet of 12” PVC gravity sewer line along Calle Del Norte. Funding is available in the Calle Del Norte 12” Sewer Line Project in the Sewer Operating Construction Fund and the 1994 C.O. Bond.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

54.  Amending a contract with Smith, Russo & Mercer Consulting Engineers, Corpus

Christi, Texas, by accepting a change in the company name to LNV Engineering, and by increasing the contract amount by $20,000.00 to include additional construction observation services for the Lyon Street 6MG Ground Storage Tank. This amendment brings the total contract amount to $44,900.00. Funding is available in the Lyon Tank Improvements Project in the 1998 Water C.O. Bond.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

55.  A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.   Report by Mayor Flores and Council Members who traveled to Washington, DC

       regarding improvements to the GSA inspection and processing facilities at Bridge No. 1 to provide for improved customer service amenities; the expansion of parking at Bridge No. 2 to accommodate the inspection and processing of bus and vehicular traffic; and the creation of a SENTRI (Secure Electronic Network for Traveler’s Rapid Inspection) Lane on Bridge II, with possible action.

 

Mayor Flores reported that now Mexico has the funding for the necessary improvements with U. S. dollars.  She stated that one of the things presented by the City regarding the SENTRI lane was the fact that the City of Laredo needs some assistance.  She noted that everyone that has anything to do with the bridge, for instance, Customs, State Department, GSA, wants for the City to have the SENTRI lane.  She stated that in order to build the lane, the City is still looking for the $1.2 million needed to build it.  At Bridge #1, the City has finally got the City’s needs heard and things are moving along much faster now.  This also includes the expansion of parking at Bridge #2 to accommodate the inspection of bus and vehicular traffic.

 

Cm. Galo stated that he really feels that the City needs to find the money to get the SENTRI lane built.  He inquired whether the City could impose an extra fee on the traveling public that wishes to use that lane in order to recoup the monies.

 

Rafael Garcia, Bridge Director, stated that with the lane in El Paso, the fee on the United States side was $185.00 and on the Mexican side it was $225.00 fee.  He stated that it would be best if the City addresses getting the revenues back into the city coffers by the additional traffic that is expected with the opening of those lanes. They anticipate having bridge traffic increase by 2000 vehicles a day with the additional two lanes.  He stressed that the SENTRI lane is very critical to the City and if they do not address the issue quickly, those monies on the Mexican side will be distributed somewhere else and that opportunity will be gone.  

 

Cynthia Collazo, Deputy City Manager, stated that the City wants to make sure that the City receives a letter from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico to ensure the funding will be provided for the construction of the lane on the Mexican side. 

 

                  B.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.   Discussion with possible action regarding the repair and maintenance of the Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

Cm. Galo stated that he has noticed a lot of wear and tear of the chairs and the floors.  He wanted clarification on the monies that have been set aside for repairs and maintenance at the arena. 

 

Martin Aleman, Budget Director, stated that both the City and the arena deposit  $125,000.00 on an annual basis into a special account.  Last November, they made a request to use that funding to replace some broken chairs.  He explained that this is a separate account with annual deposits being made for the past two years.  He added that this account currently has a balance of $291,660.00. 

 

Cynthia Collazo, Deputy City Manager, stated that several staff members could do a walk through of the arena.   She is suggesting that staff should inspect the facility so that they can prioritize the items that really need to be addressed first and work together with the staff at the arena.

 

Cm. Valdez, Jr. inquired whether there is a minimum or maximum amount that they can request for repairs and maintenance.

 

Martin Aleman, Budget Director, stated that he will review the contract but he believes the contract stipulates the minimum amount is $15,000.00 worth. 

 

                  C.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.   Discussion with possible action regarding improvements to the GSA inspection and processing facilities at Bridge No. 1 to provide for improved customer service amenities.

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that the problem the City is having on Bridge #1 is similar to the one with the request for extra inspection stations.  He added that the City needs to show more aggressive improvement at the bridge because many people coming in from across the border complain about the inspections and the long lines.  He stated that people coming in as visitors should not have to get down from their vehicles to form a line. 

 

2.   Discussion with possible action regarding the expansion of parking at Bridge No. 2 to accommodate the inspection and processing of bus and vehicular traffic and the creation of a facility to house shops and services to better meet the needs of travelers.

 

      Cm. Ramirez suggested that perhaps the City could set up a restaurant or coffee shop for the travelers while they wait to be processed.  

 

      Mayor Flores mentioned that Homeland Security will not allow for that near the international bridges. 

 

3.   Discussion with possible action to utilize a portion of the $3 million paid by United Water to the City of Laredo as per the Mutual Dissolution Agreement, as seed money for the engineering and design of a Water Park.

 

      Motion to set aside $200,000.00 for the engineering and design of the Water Park when the City has the land available.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

 

      Motion dies for lack of a second.

 

      Cm. Agredano inquired how these monies will be used by the City of Laredo.

 

      Heberto Ramirez, Executive Information and Financial Systems Director, reported that of the $3 million that was negotiated with United Water, $1 million was for electricity costs and the other $2 million was to cover operational expenses related to the transition.  He stated that they have not elaborated on the budget as to how the City proposes to spend that money.  He noted that the bond covenants themselves restrict the use of the monies, which means that the monies could be used for water and sewer improvements but not necessarily for the design of a water park. 

 

      Cm. Galo stated that the money requested of United Water was for them to cancel their contract.  He believes the money should remain there but the money should not be restricted in any shape, way, or form.  He stated that if the City could already identify a piece of land, he would support Cm. Ramirez to allocate monies in this budget cycle. 

 

      Cynthia Collazo, Deputy City Manager, stated that the City Manager has indicated that he wishes to reserve the majority of these funds for improvements needed for infrastructure. 

 

4.   Discussion with possible action regarding the City parking lot located on Zaragoza / Santa Maria to provide for extended hours of operation.

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that some folks that use this facility are complaining because the lot closes at 6:00 p.m. and sometimes there is no attendant at the parking lot.  He mentioned that he would like to see the hours of operation  extended. 

 

Jessica Hein, Executive Assistant to the City Manager, reported that the parking lot currently operates from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and it is manned by one teller at all times.  She explained that there is an exit control component that prohibits entry after 6:00 p.m. but the individual is still allowed to exit after that time.  She mentioned that two blocks from this facility, the City has the riverfront parking lot that is manned 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

 

 

XIII.    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.

 

56.  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 Martha Escamilla, et al., vs. The City of Laredo, Cause No. 2004CVQ000450-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District Webb County, Texas; 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 City Attorney regarding pending litigation in the case styled Martha Escamilla, et al., vs. The City of Laredo, Cause No. 2004CVQ000450-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Motion to direct the City Attorney to appeal to the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio from the anticipated adverse judgment in the case of Escamilla et al v. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2004CVQ000450-D2 in the 111th District Court after such judgment is signed by the Court. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

XIV.    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. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

57.  Consideration for approval to reject the two bids received for the El Metro Bus Bays

and to authorize staff to re-bid the project. Funding is available in the Transit System Capital Grants.

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Rendon

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XV.      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 Tem Amaya

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion to adjourn.                                                                                   Time9:31  p.m.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Rendon

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 30 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on March 29, 2005.

 

 

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                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                              City Secretary