CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2005-R-07

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040     

April 4, 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 Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

In attendance:

 

Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Council Member, District I

John C.  Galo,                                                                          Council Member, District III

Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Mayor Pro Tem, District IV

Johnny Rendon                                                                         Council Member, District V

Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

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

Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

Valeria Acevedo,                                                                      Assistant City Attorney

 

Motion to excuse Cm. Garcia.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of February 22, 2005.

     

            Motion to approve.

     

            Moved:  Cm. Agredano

            Second:  Cm. Ramirez

            For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 V.       COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

     

 a.  Alzafar Shrine Temple members to address the Mayor, City Council, and public on their

      upcoming Shrine Hospital Week event in Laredo, Texas.

 

John Calvi, Assistant Rabbin and South Texas Fundraising Chairperson, announced that the Shriners will be conducting a bucket brigade fundraising event this Saturday, April 9, 2005, and invited the public to give generously to a very worthy cause.

 

            Invitations

     

            None. 

 

            Recognitions

     

            a.  Recognizing the private sector sponsors of the Laredo Day Reception held in 

                 Washington D.C. on March 23, 2005.

 

Motion to table.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

b.  Recognition of Kazen Elementary 1st and 4th Grade Basketball Teams for winning the

     City Championship in their age groups.

 

The Mayor and City Council recognized the teams from Kazen Elementary School for an undefeated season and for winning the Boys and Girls Club 4th Grade City Basketball Championship. 

 

Coach Eric Garcia                                                              Coach Ricardo Calderon

Asst. Coach Daniel Saldivar                                                Asst. Coach Cesar Quiroga

Den Mom  Connie Zipprian                                                Team Mom  Connie Gonzalez

 

Aaron Gonzalez                              Marcus Flores                          Alejandra Lozano

Cesar Quiroga                                Ricardo Ramirez                       Sean Garcia

Jesus Martel                                   Fernando Garcia                       Stephanie Hernandez

Roel Calderon                                Dylan Saldivar              Jose Sanchez

Jacqueline Gonzalez                        Christopher Rios                       Ruben Vallejo

Ivan Gonzalez                                 Andrew Zipprian                      Todd Whalen

Omar Gonzalez                               Roger Moreno                          Christian Bocanegra

Jacqueline Hernandez                                

 

 

     

     

            Communiqués

          

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

 

      Motion to table.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

For:    7                                              Against:  0                                        Abstain:  0

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None.

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing providing community residents an opportunity to comment on their

housing and community needs and the projects that they wish to see funded for FY 2005–2006 through the 31st Action Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the 2005 HOME Investment Partnerships Grant (HOME), the 2005 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and the 2005 American Dream Downpayment Initiative Program (ADDI) in support of the preparation and submission of the Five Year Consolidated Plan and 2005  One Year Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Also for discussion and comment is the Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 – 2004 Consolidated Annual Performance Report regarding the City’s administration of HUD Programs. 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Magdalena Martinez, 2002 N. Milmo, stated that she is a resident of Grupo Colonia Hermosa, and she stated that their need is for water and sewer services.

 

Patricia Benavides, 2519 Piedra China, petitioned City Council for water services in the colonia because of their primary concern for the children. 

 

Juan Manuel Benavides, expressed the residents’ need for potable water.  He added that they have lived there for more than 10 years and they are requesting assistance with the dumping of trash into vacant lots.  He would like to see more vigilance by law enforcement in order to apprehend the individuals who are dumping trash in the area. 

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, reported on the consolidated plan by HUD.  He commented that HUD’s reporting system is the IDIS computerized system and the City had some areas under the Emergency Shelter Grant application that had some blank fields.  He stated that the same problem occurred with some of the CDBG projects.  He added that staff will go back and fill in those blanks and submit the information to HUD in a timely manner. 

                Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance approving the public sale of Lots 1, 2, 3, and

4 on Block 276A Western Division located on the south side of the 1500 Block of Zaragoza Street in the Central Business District of the City of Laredo to El Portal Center, LLC, sole bidder, meeting all bid specifications in the amount of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,500,000.00); authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary conveyance documents; and providing for effective date.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Galo

     Second:  Cm. Agredano

     For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

    Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Belmares

     Second:  Cm. Agredano

     For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:   City Council

 

3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2004–2005

Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $19,177.00 from Mercy Ministries of Laredo for the City of Laredo Health Department to support their efforts in providing limited amount of public health medications to their patients. This contract period is from March 1, 2005 through March 1, 2006.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Belmares

     Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

     For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Agredano

     Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

     For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures by $8,789.00 from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Outreach Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, and to extend the grant period two additional months. The term period would be September 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Belmares

     Second:  Cm. Rendon

     For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Belmares

     Second:  Cm. Agredano

     For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

     Ordinance  Introduction:  City Council

 

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

City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $3,400.00 from the University of Texas at San Antonio for a “Walking in Laredo/Andando en Laredo” (Pilot) Pedometer Pilot Study by the City of Laredo Health Department, for the term February 9, 2005 through June 30, 2005.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 There was no public input.

     

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Belmares

     Second:  Cm. Agredano

     For:    7                                           Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0 

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 14 (Garbage, Trash, &

Refuse) of the Code of Ordinances, specifically to revise landfill fees to allow other counties or municipal entities outside Webb County to pay $30.00 per ton provided they have an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Laredo.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Agredano

     Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

     For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Oscar Medina, Solid Waste Director, stated that the ordinance as it reads states that any garbage coming from outside of Webb County is $200.00/ton.  He mentioned that the City currently has interlocal agreements with Jim Hogg County and Zapata County and they are currently working on an agreement with Encinal, Texas.  He explained that the City would need to revise the existing ordinance to provide for the $30.00/ton rate. 

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Belmares

     Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

     For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

7.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Laredo Independent

School District for approximately 28,800 square feet constituting Building No. 1005 located at 4608 Daugherty Avenue at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on June 1, 2005 and ending on May 31, 2008, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year ending on May 31, 2009 and May 31, 2010. Lease may be terminated by either party upon giving ninety (90) day notice from the party terminating to the other. Initial monthly rent shall be $7,200.00 and shall be adjusted annually 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

 

8.  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 $8,000.00, for certain property described as a 0.1853 of an acre (8,073.49 sq. ft.) tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of Chihuahua Street between Texas and the east right – of – way line of U.S. Highway 83 to Hector Cabello; 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 providing for an effective date.

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  Abandoning the 20 ft. wide Sewer & Drainage Utility Easement on the north side of a

4.40 acre tract abutting Cheyenne Subdivision, Phase I, and authorizing the City Manager to execute a Quitclaim and Release of Easement to Romacat, Ltd; and providing for effective date.

 

     Ordinance  Introduction:  City Council

 

 10.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an interlocal agreement between the City of

  Laredo and Laredo Independent School District and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal   

  Year 2004 – 2005 Capital Improvement Project Fund Budget by appropriating revenues

  and expenditures in the amount of $2,000.00 for the installation of one (1) solar powered

  school zone flashing beacon assembly. Revenues consist of contributions from the

  Laredo Independent School District (LISD) with a 50% match from the City. Total

  project cost is $4,000.00.

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 IX.      FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

11.  Motion to waive final reading of Ordinances # 2005-O-062; # 2005-O-063; # 2005-O-

       064; # 2005-O-065; # 2005-O-066; # 2005-O-067; # 2005-O-068; # 2005-O-068; #

       2005-O-070; # 2005-O-071; # 2005-O-072; # 2005-O-073; # 2005-O-074; # 2005-O-

       075; # 2005-O-076; and # 2005-O-077. 

 

        Moved:  Cm. Galo

        Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

        For:    7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

               

2005-O-062  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. (District III)

 

          Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-062.

 

          Moved:  Cm. Galo

          Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

          For:    7                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-063  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. (District III)

 

          Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-063.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2005-O-064  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. (District I)

 

          Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-064.

 

          Moved:  Cm. Galo

          Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

          For:    7                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-065  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-065. 

 

          Moved:  Cm. Galo

          Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

          For:    7                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-066  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. (District IV)

 

          Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-066. 

 

          Moved:  Cm. Galo

          Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

          For:    7                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2005-O-067  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.  (District I)

 

          Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-067.

 

          Moved:  Cm. Galo

          Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

          For:    7                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-068  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. (District II)

 

          Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-068.

 

          Moved:  Cm. Galo

          Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

          For:    7                                      Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-069  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. (District I)

 

          Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-069.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-070  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. 

 

         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-070.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-071  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-071.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

                     Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-072  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-072.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-073  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-073.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

2005-O-074  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.

 

         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-074.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

                     Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-075  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.

         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-075.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-076  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.

 

Sophie Ardenghi spoke against the ordinance stating that the ordinance should apply to children.  She supports the City’s effort to prohibit children from driving these vehicles on the road, but opposes applying the ordinance to adults. 

 

Cm. Galo stated that the speaker is misunderstanding the prohibition as it is written in the ordinance.  He added that all motor bikes and scooters must meet certain requirements to be driven on a city street.  He explained that the person must meet those licensing requirements, and this ordinance is not banning anything that meets those requirements.  If that is the vehicle that she is operating, she is not permitted even now, without this ordinance taking effect, from driving on any street.

 

Mayor Flores inquired whether she has a license plate because in order to be on the street in any city in Texas, a motorist must have a Texas license plate.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-076.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-077  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.

 

         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-0-077.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Galo

         Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

         For:    7                                       Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

 

 

 

X.        MOTIONS

 

12.  Consideration for approval of Final Change Order No. 6, an increase of $160.77 for the

balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Northeast Cargo Apron and Access Road and approval of final payment in the amount of $264,410.01 to Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas. Final contract amount is $5,285,145.66. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – FAA Grant #31 and Retainage Payable.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

       For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

13.  Consideration for approval by the City Manager to submit a grant proposal to the

Office of Population Affairs (OPA) under the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in the amount of $375,000.00 plus a $125,000.00 in kind match for a “Adolescent Family Life Demonstration Project” for the City of Laredo Health Department.

 

Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

       For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

14.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the existing contract with Victor D. Treviño,

M.D. by an increased amount of $5,200.00 for a total contract amount not to exceed $30,000.00 to provide medical services to clients of the Maternal & Child Health Title V Clinic of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005.  Funds are available in the Health Department Budget.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

       For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

15.  Consideration to award contract number FY05-061, to the low bidder, JJJ International

Safety Equipment, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for providing powdered electrolyte replacement drinks (Sqwincher) for City service crews. Electrolyte replacement drinks are purchased on an as needed basis during the summer months for the service crews to prevent dehydration. The contract pricing is approximately 5% less than the previous contract period. Funds are available in the following budgets: Public Works, Solid Waste, Fleet Maintenance, Traffic Safety, Engineering, Risk and Parks and Recreation.

 

       Motion to approve.

 Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

       For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

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

Texas in the amount of $673,243.00 for the construction of the US 59 Utility Relocation Project. This project consists of installing a 30”  sanitary sewer line along US 59 from the Chacon Creek to Casa Blanca Road and the replacement of 1,450 linear feet of 16 inch diameter water line. The construction time is 120 calendar days.  Funding is available in the TXDOT Improvements Project Water and Sewer System.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

       For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

XI.       STAFF REPORTS

 

17.  A.  Presentation of the recommended radio communication system by John Griesel,

 Santa Rita Consultants, Inc., with possible action.

 

Mr. John Griesel, Santa Rita Consultants, reported on the City’s plan to revamp the 

two-way radio communication for city departments.  He stated that he interviewed 

representatives from all City radio-user departments and visited several City radio  

repeater installations, the City’s 9-1-1 Center and the Emergency Operations 

Center to address problems identified and to recommend an improved, reliable

radio system.  He mentioned that they also reviewed suitable tower locations to

meet radio coverage requirements and performed new radio coverage analysis to

include candidate tower locations.  He added that the equipment must interface 

with the 9-1-1 Center and provide for system expandability.  The recommended 

system is a three-site, 10 channel simulcast network.  In addition, the system will be

enhanced with a single channel repeater for the Colombia Bridge area.  It will  

provide for new console equipment and support electronics for the 9-1-1 Center and 

for the overall management and control unit at the 9-1-1 Center.  He added that the

system is designed to allow the City to use the infrastructure for a period of 10 to 15

years and they have obsolescence protection included in the Request for Proposal. 

 

Motion to proceed with the Request for Proposal and allow for the initial phase to  

take care of all the public safety sector. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                               Against:                                    Abstain:  0

 

       B.  Presentation on stormwater management through stormwater fee/ utility.

 

 Motion to postpone.

 

 

 Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

 For:    7                                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

18.  A.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

               

1.  Status report on the widening of McPherson Avenue from Villa Court to

     Mahogany Drive. 

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that the department has just completed the utility process and they will be going out for bids on April 22, 2005

 

2.  Status Report on the Martingale Creek Improvements.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that they have requested the funds from the bank but have not received them yet. 

 

Cm. Belmares suggested possibly covering those funds through discretionary capital improvement funds and then have them reimbursed so that the department can proceed with the improvements.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that there is a Letter of Credit and the developer had requested an extension but was denied the extension.  Therefore, the City is requesting that the funding be provided instead of an extension to the Letter of Credit.

 

Cm. Belmares stated that this item be placed on the council meeting agenda of April 18th and that Mr. Rivera provide City Council with a report. 

     

3.  Discussion with possible action addressing after hours and weekend ordinance

     enforcement, with possible action.

 

Cm. Belmares stated that in the last year or so, more things are taking place on the weekends and the City does not have enough enforcement staff.  He would like to address these issues and look into creating flex schedules in order to be able to accommodate a weekend enforcement crew. 

 

4.  Discussion with possible action regarding the Street Recycling Program in

     District VI.

 

Cm. Belmares stated that there were some streets that were scheduled to be done in FY03-04 that have yet to be done.  He suggested that the City add $30,000.00 from the capital improvements discretionary fund for the recycling program in  District VI to address some additional streets.

 

Motion to allocate $30,000.00 from the capital improvements discretionary fund for the Street Recycling Program in District VI.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:    7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the implementation of a go-cart and

off-road vehicle recreational area and the preparation of a plan of action that includes site location, conceptual design, operations, and the feasibility of a public/ private venture, with possible action.

 

Cm. Valdez, Jr. stated that he would like for staff to come back with some recommendations.  He suggested that they look into funding at the state level through the Texas Parks and Wildlife to purchase some land.  He would like to see whether the City could apply for some grants through the state and then work with someone to do a private/public facility available to the entire community.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that there is a funding source through the State of Texas.  He informed City Council that there is a substantial amount of money available for this type of venture.    

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the creation and implementation of an

independent grievance board to hear all city employee grievances, as appointed by the Mayor and City Council, with term limits.

 

Cm. Valdez, Jr. stated that this request has no reflection on what is taking place right now in the City.  He mentioned that he is looking into the future and he has asked for a comparison of past grievances that have come before the City under previous administrations and what the recommendations and actions taken by the board have been.  He stated that he would like to have an independent body formed to oversee these grievances and for that board to have the final say-so. 

 

Larry Dovalina stated that Administrative Services will be making a presentation at one of the workshops.  He added that this should also be presented at the time when they have discussions at a workshop regarding the proposals for civil service.  He mentioned that some cities have opted for a grievance board with some variations of what the council member has suggested. 

 

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.      

 

 

 

 

 

XIV.   ADJOURNMENT

           

Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time6:44 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Amaya

            For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 16 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on April 4, 2005.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                      City Secretary