CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2005-R-08

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

April 18, 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

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Council Member, District III

            Johnny Rendon,                                                                        Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

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

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Mayor Pro Tem Amaya.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Agredano

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:    6                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Cm. Galo was not present.

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of March 7, 2005 and April 11, 2005.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

           

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:    6                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

Jesus Gonzalez, Chief of Staff for State Representative Richard Raymond, reported that the subject of school finances has been a strong issue needs to be resolved by October of 2005 or schools will be closed.  He invited the Mayor, Council Members, and the viewing public to attend a rally advocating the importance of Laredo Schools on April 30, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. starting at the west side of the Civic Center and ending at Martin High School. 

 

Cm.  Agredano thanked the City of Laredo Community Development Department for coordinating a town hall meeting in his District.    

 

Cm.  Garcia wished the students from Laredo Independent School District and United Independent School District luck in their TAKS test.  He congratulated Delia Pena, Martin High School Track Coach, and Javier Coronado, Nixon Track Coach, for tying District Champions.  He reminded the viewing public about the two year construction project on Hwy. 359.  He recognized Janice Weber, City of Laredo Librarian Director, because of Library Recognition week.      

 

Cm.  Rendon said that he was honored to represent the Mayor and City Council at the Hillside Little League Parks ceremony which marked their 25th anniversary.  He further commented how impressed he was with the President of the Hillside Little League, Julian Rios, who is doing a fantastic job with the league.    

 

Cm.  Belmares similarly honored the Del Mar Little League who held their opening ceremonies.  He too commended the president of the league, Richard Rios, and his staff for committing their time to organize and structure one of the largest leagues in Texas.  He went on to recognize and thank Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, and his staff for doing a beautiful job working with all the leagues and their needs each year adding that the fields look great.  In conjunction, he thanked Ron Moore, General Manager for the Transit System, for providing buses to shuttle families from Nye Elementary School to the baseball field.  He also invited everyone to attend a joint town hall meeting in District VI.  Finally, he congratulated the Budget Department for their recent distinguished award and he read an excerpt from a letter he had received from a colleague:   

 

“Dear Mr.  Aleman,

I am please to notify you that the City of Laredo, Texas has received the distinguished Budget Presentation Award” for the current fiscal year for the Government Finance Officer’s Association.  This award is the highest form of recognition governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by organization.”

 

Cm.  Valdez announced that the Northwest Little League held their opening in District VII.  He noted that each year the league participation is growing.  He too thanked the Parks and Recreation Department for doing an outstanding job with the fields and meeting the needs of the little leagues. 

 

Cm.  Juan Ramirez congratulated Horacio De Leon and John Orfila for their participation in the Cola Blanca and noted that the Cola Blanca Reception Awards was very nice.  He also announced that District VIII has mulch available for the public on the corner of Eagle Pass and Callahan Street.   

           

            a.  Presentation by the Nuevo Laredo, Tamps. MX. Tourism Office on their enhanced  

                 services.

 

Patricia Taylor, Interim Director for the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, welcomed the new Director of Tourism for the City of Nuevo Laredo, Ramon Garza Benvides and his Assistant Director, Liliana Ramos to the City Council meeting.  She noted that the Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to confirm its commitment to continue working with the Nuevo Laredo Tourism Department.  Challenges often generate opportunities.  This is a time for focusing not only on addressing present challenges, but also on preparing for future joint efforts.  The Nuevo Laredo Tourism office now has a staff of twenty-two (22).  They recently launched a program that provides ten (10) trained bilingual tourist guides who are available at the Nuevo Laredo tourism district to escort and guide tourists as they experience that city.  The Convention and Visitors Bureau will be working with its counterparts to generate tourism to both cities. 

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of Gerardo “Jerry” Cerda, of the Laredo Public Library, on his selection as             March 2005 Employee of the Month.

 

Janice Weber, Director for the City of Laredo Libraries, recognized Jerry Cerda, Micro Computer Specialist for the Library.  She said that Jerry Cerda is a multi-talented and highly motivate employee who has been a city employee for four years.  She noted that he wears many hats and has become a crucial support member for the Library.  Aside from many other accomplishments, Jerry was nominated from March Employee of Month for his involvement in assisting the federal government investigate email threats and for his assistance in obtaining video surveillance that helped identify a possible stalker of a City employee.  Jerry’s knowledge in technology has provided all City libraries with new high-tech capabilities and high-speed communications.  Finally, she noted that he is truly a “jack of all trades” and no job is too complicated or too dirty for him to tackle. 

 

            b.  Recognizing the members of the Antonio Gonzalez Middle School Puma Cheerleaders               for being named Small Ensemble - Grand Champions - Superior Division at the Cheer &                  Dance / Drill Team America Festival Competition held at Sea World in San Antonio                             Texas on April 2, 2005.

 

                 Mayor Flores and City Council recognized the following students and parents:

 

                 Diandra Lozano, Sabrina Soto, Jennifer Benavidez, Karla Vasques, Anali Chavez

                 and Jennifer Benavidez

 

                 Sponsor:  Dee Dee Lozano Flores

                 Choreographers:  Diana Rendon Gutierrez, Danika Guerra and Hilda Vasguez

 

            c.  Recognizing the City of Laredo's Environmental Services Department for having earned              the prestigious Texas Environmental Excellence Award presented by the Texas                        Commission on Environmental Quality in support of the City's successful Environmental      Education Program that helps educate children regarding waste reduction and pollution                 prevention.

 

Mayor Flores and City Council recognized the Environmental Services Department; Riazul Mia, Director; and his staff.

 

Riazul Mia, Environmental Services Director, reported that before 1999, the City did not have ordinances regarding the environment.  He thanked the City Manager, Mayor, and City Council for supporting him and his staff.  He also recognized the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee and thanked them for dedicating their time to serve on the committee.  Finally, he thanked the school districts, KVTV, and Gregorio Lopez from KHOY for assisting staff in creating a video.  Through their efforts, the department has been able to reach hundreds of children through presentations and videos.   

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, also mentioned that Valeria Acevedo, Assistant City Attorney has been instrumental in assisting the Environmental Services Department to obtain the prestigious Texas Environmental Excellence Award.

 

            d.  Announcing the private sector sponsors of the Laredo Day Reception held in

                 Washington D.C. on March 23, 2005.

 

Mayor Flores mentioned that “Laredo Day” was held in Washington D. C. on March 23, 2005.  She noted that the trip has proven to be very successful in the past and has already garnered positive results from this year’s trip.  She went on to say that the City would not be able to travel to Washington D. C. if it was not from the donations from the private sector.  She added that the City has received donations amounting over $61,000 from the following businesses: 

 

Architects Plus Inc, Asociacion de Agencias Aduanales; Baker Botts, L. L. P.; Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Kever & McDaniel, L. L. P.; Carter Burgess; Crane Engineering Corp.; Denton, Navarro, Rocha, and Bernal;  Doctor’s Hospital;  Estrada Hinojosa, Fletcher and Springer, LLP.; Foster Engineering; Frank Architects, Inc.; Freese and Nichols, Inc.; H. K. Global Trading, LTD.; Howland Surveying Company; Infrastructure Solutions; Laredo Energy; Lawrence Freidman Real Estate Brokerage Inc.; Malcom Pirnie, Inc.; Martinez & Associates, McCall, Parkhurst & Horton, McWilliams & Associates; Miller & Van Eaton, P. L. L. C.; Morgan Stern Merchant Bank, LTD.; SEA Associates, Inc.; Southwestern Bell Company; Time Warner; Turner, Collie & Braden, Inc.; UETA Duty Free America; Werner Enterprises; and

Wilber Smith Associates.

 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

     

            None.

            Cm. Galo joined the meeting at 6:45 p.m.

                       

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005 Bridge

System Fund by appropriating revenues and expenses in the amount of $453,820.00    

through a transfer from a balance of the Infrastructure Fund.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “Staying Connected Grant” in the amount of $20,843.00 for 16 computers and software for the Laredo Public Library and its branches. This grant requires a one third match, which will be funded from General Fund in the amount of $10,421.00. The total cost of the computers is $31,264.00. The City Manager is authorized to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by reducing the Annual Budget in the amount of $7,236.00 and providing for an effective date. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

Ordinances, Chapter 17 Library, Article1, in general, Section “Fines and Fees for Library Services” allowing for the addition of new fees associated with new and expanded services, the deletion of fees for services no longer offered, and the updating of policies and procedures associated with these services at Laredo Public Library and its branches, providing for publication and effective date. 

 

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. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

2004 – 2005 Civic Center Budget, by appropriating an opening balance in the amount of $62,999.00 to the building improvements line item for continuing Civic Center improvement projects.

 

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. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Valdez, Jr.

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance establishing a 15% penalty on the 2004

delinquent tax accounts as of July 1, 2005 to defray costs of collection pursuant to section 33.07 (a) of the Texas State Property Tax Code; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Rendon

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

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

fee simple title to Mr. Pablo David Morales for the sale of the “Surface Only” of a tract of land containing 12,894.06 sq. ft. (0.2960 of an acre), more or less, comprised of the northwest 212.01 sq. ft. of Lot 7, the west 5,737.55 sq. ft. of Lot 9, and all of Lot 10, Block 994, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as described on the attached exhibit, said property is being sold to the sole bidder as awarded by City Council pursuant to its public sale; and providing for an effective date.  (Action needed on item #30 prior to introduction of ordinance)

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the Final Readings of Ordinances # 2005-O-076; # 2005-O-078; # 2005-O-079; # 2005-O-080; # 2005-O-081; # 2005-O-082; # 2005-O-083; # 2005-O-084; # 2005-O-085; and # 2005-O-086. 

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

7.  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.  (As Amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-076.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:   7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2005-O-078  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-078.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

   For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2005-O-079  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-079.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

   For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2005-O-080  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-080.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:   7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2005-O-081  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-081.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:   7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2005-O-082  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-082.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            2005-O-083  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-083.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:   7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2005-O-084  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-084.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:   7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

     2005-O-085  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-085.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:   7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2005-O-086  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-086.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:   7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

8.  2005-R-031  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between

the County of Jim Hogg and the City of Laredo for the collection of landfill fees for disposal of garbage at the City’s landfill site by the County of Jim Hogg on a daily basis for a one year term.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-031.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

9.  2005-R-032  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between

the County of Zapata and the City of Laredo for the collection of landfill fees for the disposal of garbage at the City’s landfill site by the County of Zapata on a daily basis for a one year term.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-032.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

10.  2005-R-033   Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement

between the City of Encinal and the City of Laredo for the collection of landfill fees for disposal of garbage at the City’s landfill site by the City of  Encinal on a daily basis for a one year term.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-033.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Galo

 Second:  Cm. Agredano

 For:   7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

11.  2005-R-035    Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the U.S.

Department of Homeland Security, Office of State and Local Government Coordination & Preparedness. This grant will be for equipment and is offered under the Fiscal Year 2005 Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-035.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Galo

 Second:  Cm. Agredano

   For:   7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain: 0        

12.  2005-R-036   Authorizing the City Manager to submit a supplemental grant application

to the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority to fund the Laredo Auto Task Force for the period of September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2006. This supplemental application will be for equipment and will not require a match by the City of Laredo.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-036.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Galo

 Second:  Cm. Agredano

 For:   7                                  Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

13.  2005-R-037   Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an interlocal

government agreement between the City of Laredo Police Department and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office. The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to jointly apply for a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), in the amount of $124,624.00. This MOU is required in order to receive funding from BJA.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-037.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Galo

 Second:  Cm. Agredano

 For:   7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

14.  2005-R-038    Confirming the City Manager’s recommended appointment of a member

to the Fire Fighters’ & Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission of the City of Laredo.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-038 appointing Oscar H.  Garza.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

15.  2005-R-039  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an interlocal government

agreement with Texas A&M International University regarding expansion of the City of Laredo’s Rainfall Monitoring Program by operating and maintaining rainfall gauges owned by TAMIU, for a term of one (1) year, with the City’s option to renew annually. 

 

   Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-039.

 

   Moved:  Cm. Galo

   Second:  Cm. Agredano

   For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       MOTIONS

 

16.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the sole bidder Gilmar

Construction Ltd., Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport East Fuel Farm Paving and Fencing Improvements in the base bid amount of $126,687.00. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – FAA Grant #30 – Improvements Other Than Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

17.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 an increase of $11,873.05, for the

balance of quantities actually constructed in place and the addition of thirty-nine (39) calendar days to the construction contract time; acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Reconstruction of Portions of Taxiway G; and approval of final payment in the amount of $81,795.64 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas. Final contract amount is $663,583.05. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – FAA Grant # 38 – Improvements Other Than Buildings and Retainage Payable.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  Consideration for approval of the selection of Juarez Engineering Company, Laredo,

Texas, for water, sanitary sewer, storm drainage and paving improvements on the Piedra China Street / Texas Avenue area in South Laredo and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract. The Water Issues Committee recommended to fund the water and sewer improvements for this project from United Water Privatization Savings.

 

Cm.  Galo asked the City Manager to bring the item back so Council could identify the funds to finish the project.  He said that Council approved the item three to four year ago. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, asked the Council Member if he was asking for the funding?   He said that staff has a general price but advised that once the engineering projects are approved staff negotiates the contracts and brings it back to Council.

 

Pablo Martinez, Civil Engineer for Utilities, said that staff will request authorization to select the engineering and then they negotiate the contract and come back requesting authorization to award the contract.  The study that was done six years ago was a preliminary study.

 

Mr.  Dovalina said that staff can provide the figures to Council. 

 

Cm.  Galo reiterated that Council approved the monies three years ago.  He said the item was one of the three projects that Council authorized the City Manager to complete.  He added that the item was placed on the Water Issues Committee Agenda who voted unanimously to placing the item on the agenda for approval.  It was the recommendation of the Water Issues Committee to use the monies from the privatization savings to complete the project.  

 

Mr.  Dovalina explained that the monies to complete the project will be identified through the budget process.   

 

Cm.  Galo asked staff how quickly they can negotiate the engineering contract.

 

Pablo Martinez said the engineering contract would be negotiated by the next City Council Meeting. 

 

Mr.  Dovalina advised that the projects are being held up by the participants because of issues related to the ownership of land.   

 

Cm.  Galo commented that the ownership of the land issue has been solved.   

 

Mr.  Dovalina acknowledged that staff has been advised that the ownership issue has been solved; however, staff has asked for proof. 

 

Cindy Collazo, Deputy City Manager, said that staff asked the attorney that is representing the family to provide staff with this information regarding the item.  The attorney advised that some final documents have been sent to the City engineers for clearance.      

 

Mr.  Dovalina explained that once the city places sewer lines that all property owners do not have an option but must connect to the line according to a city ordinance.  He added that staff has attempted to complete the project with CDBG funds but had to abort because there was an issue with the federal requirements.  He noted that staff will identify the monies within the budget. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:   7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

19.  A construction contract to the lowest bidder Jupe Environmental, San Antonio, Texas

for the Asbestos Abatement Schedule 1 for the Laredo International Airport Building nos. 1228, 1429, 1430, 1431, 1432, 1169, 123, 861 and 979 in the bid amount of $187,401.60. Funding is available in the Airport Fund / Demolition Costs.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

20.  Approval of a construction contract to the lowest bidder Access Environmental, San

Antonio, Texas for the Demolition Schedule 2 for the Laredo International Airport Buildings nos. 1228, 1169, 1331, 123, 979, 1429, 1430, 1431, 1432 in the base bid amount of $149,467.00 plus Alternates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 in the amount of $150,350.00 for a total award of $299,825.00. Funding is available in the Airport Fund/ Demolition Costs.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:   7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

21.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one sweeper for the Engineering Department

– Public Works Division in the total amount of $116,976.00 from Kinloch Equipment and Supply Inc., Houston, Texas, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board). Funding is available from the Texas Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) proceeds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:   7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend its 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)

contract with the Laredo – Webb County Community Action Agency by extending the contract deadline from June 1, 2005 to September 15, 2005. The 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant Funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                         Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

23.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend its 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)

contract with the Laredo Homeless Coalition by extending the contract deadline from June 1, 2005 to September 15, 2005. The 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant Funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

24.  Consideration to authorize contract FY 05-070 to the Holiday Inn, Laredo, Texas in the

estimated amount of $42,285.88. Holiday Inn will be the primary host hotel for the Miss Texas USA Pageant in accordance to the requirements of the hosting agreement. Funding is available in the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

25.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with Interlex Advertising Agency,

       LLC and decrease the total contract amount from $800,000.00 to $700,000.00. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration to award contract FY05-069 to the low bidder, Columbus Country Ford,

Caldwell, Texas in the amount of $45,788.00 for the purchase of four (4) mid-size trucks for the Planning and Building Department. Funding is available from Texas Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) proceeds. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

27.  Authorizing  the City  Manager  to allocate an additional $25,000.00 to pay for final

bills for legal services related  to  the  existing  retainer  agreement with the law firm of Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Kever & McDaniel, L.L.P., regarding the case styled Webb  County V. Gregg Abbott, Attorney  General,  City  of  Laredo, et al. in the 261st District Court of Travis County, Texas.   Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:   7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

28.  Consideration to authorize a contract with Cingular Wireless, utilizing the State of

Texas Department of Information Services (DIR) contract pricing, in the estimated monthly amount of $2,050.00 for fifty (50) cell phones for the Utilities Department. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

29.  Consideration to award a contract to the sole bidder, Koch Corporation of Louisville,

Kentucky, in the amount of $776,301.00, for the soundproofing of thirty-one (31) homes. This is referred to as, Phase III of the City of Laredo Residential Sound Insulation Program, which is a component of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program. Funding for this project is available in the FAA Grant #39.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:   7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

30.  Authorizing competitive bid award to the sole bidder, Mr. Pablo David Morales, for the

sale of the “Surface Only” of a tract of land containing 12,894.06 sq. ft. (0.2960 of an acre), more or less, comprised of the northwest 212.01 sq. ft. of Lot 7, the west 5,737.55 sq. ft. of Lot 9, and all of Lot 10, Block 994, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, in the amount of $26,100.00 as described on the attached exhibit.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

31.  Consideration to award contract number FY05-053 to the low bidder, A-1 Scale

Service, Inc., San Antonio, Texas in the amount of $79,878.00, for the purchase and installation of a new truck scale for the City landfill. Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

32.  Refund of property tax in the amount of $2,761.75 to the following taxpayers and

       companies:

1.  A refund in the amount of $740.13 payable to Jeffrey H. Tamkin Inc. due to a

     double payment. Account # 900-00003-119.

2.  A refund in the amount of $881.98 payable to Vimex LTD due to an

     overpayment. Account # 801-22024-106.

3.  A refund in the amount of $560.61 payable to Vimex LTD due to an

     overpayment. Account # 977-00008-070.

4.  A refund in the amount of $579.03 payable to Jesus Javier & Hector Martinez

     due to a double payment. Account # 900-90321-225.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

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

month of March 2005 represents an increase of $60,807.59. These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

34.  Consideration to approve the selection of Tedsi Infrastructure Group to design roadway

improvements and traffic signal construction on Del Mar Boulevard at the intersection of Winfield Parkway on the north and John B. Alexander Parkway on the south, and to negotiate a professional services contract. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

35.  Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional services contract to Ferris &

Flinn, LLC, Harlingen, Texas in the amount of $99,240.00 for inspection services of the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Project.  Funding is available in the Reserve Bond Appropriations Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

36.  Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute a Letter of Intent Agreement

with Grass Valley Water Company (Grass Valley Water) to initiate a study that will determine the economic feasibility of purchasing source water located in Kinney County from Grass Valley Water, and to reimburse Grass Valley Water the cost of the study in an amount not to exceed $50,000.00 if the City Council determines for any reason other than affordability, that the project is not in the City’s best interest.  Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund, Construction Project Titled Ground Water Development.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

Cm.  Agredano left at 9:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

37.  A.  Presentation on stormwater management through stormwater fee/ utility, with

             possible action.

 

            Riazul Mia, Environmental Services Director, made the presentation:

 

            National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

(NPDES)

 

History:  Suburban growth in the 1950’s through the 1970’s coupled with higher expectations for quality of development led to development of efficient curb and gutter drainage systems to quickly convey rainwater off streets and yards and into streams.  Later, efforts such as the National Urban Runoff Program indicated that urban areas were a major contributor to non-point source pollutants.  In early 1987 the United States Congress passed the Water Quality Act, which amended the Clean Water Act.  In so doing, Congress directed the states to develop programs to reduce non-point source pollution therefore initiating the NPDES program, (Federal Register, December 7, 1988).

 

Why is a Storm Water Management Utility Needed?

 

In the past, storm sewer system planning focused on flood control, utilizing sound practices of sewer system sizing, flood routing, and storm water detention.  The growing pressures of urbanization and increased federal regulation have dictated that modern storm water system management must take a total water resources management point of view, considering not only the volume of storm runoff, but also pollution prevention.

 

Most people think storm water runoff is a relatively harmless, natural occurrence, and do not realize it has the potential to pollute one of our most precious natural resources, our lakes and streams.  Storm water frequently has high levels of sediment, litter, phosphorus, nitrogen, heavy metals, oil, grease, and organic materials. 

 

The City of Laredo has chosen to take a socially responsible, proactive approach to systematically manage the storm water discharged by our community.  By managing runoff and preventing the pollutants from entering the environment, we are striving to avoid the potentially high costs of flooding, future treatment and increased federal regulation.

 

Effects of Urbanization

 

·        Disruption of national water balance

·        Increased flood peaks

·        Increased stormwater runoff

·        More frequent flooding

·        Increased bankfull flows

·        Lower dry weather flow

·        Stream widening & erosion

 

Watersheds in Laredo Entertainment Center

Zacate Creek

Manadas Creek

Chacon Creek

Sombrerito Creek

San Idelfonso Creek

 

Status of City’s SW Program

 

SW Ordinance

 

Only allowed the Pre Dev/Detention

Defined drainage requirements

Pollution Prevention Requirements

 

Flood plain ordinance

 

Rules for development in the Flood Plain

Requires for CLOMR, LOMR

Finished Flood elevation

 

Green Space Ordinance

 

Protection of green space in the buffer zone

Restoration of wetlands/riparian corridor

Encourages low impact development

 

How is the City’s SW Funded

 

SW Fee for residential/multifamily

 

1.25/month

 

SW Fee for commercial customers

 

0 – 10,000 sq. ft. - $8 a month

10,001 to 40,000 sq. ft. - $23.00 a month

40,001 to 75,000 sq. ft. - $46.00 a month

75,001 to 110,000 sq. ft - $75.00 a month

110,001 sq. ft - $120 a month

 

Program Level           Cost per acre              Typical Program Features

 

Incidental                      $15 - $25                     Reactive incidental maintenance, and

regulation as part of the program.

Minimum                      $30 - $50                     ADD:  ROW maintenance, better

                                                                        regulation and inspection, more staff,

                                                                        and erosion control. 

Moderate                     $40 - $70                     ADD:  Additional maintenance

programs and levels of service, better regulation and inspection, some planning, minor capital programs, and general upgrade of capabilities

Advanced                     $70 - $140                   ADD:  Maintenance (of some sort) of

the whole system, master planning, regional treatment, some water quality, data collection, multi-objective planning, strong control of development and other programs, and utility funding. 

                        Exceptional                   over $200                    ADD:  Storm water quality, advanced

flood control, advanced levels of service for maintenance, aesthetics become more important, and public programs.

 

Texas Cities

 

Growth

Land Area

Population

Fee

City

3.20%

11

35,670

2.5

Duncanville

6.90%

115

206,481

4.99

Lubbock

14.80%

408

1214725

2.29

San Antonio

18.10%

343

1208318

2.83

Dallas

19.30%

57

218027

2.4

Garland

20.20%

16

50118

2.5

Euless

22.40%

43

129270

3

Mesquite

23.50%

67

194455

2

Irving

27.10%

96

355007

1.3

Arlington

32.80%

252

672011

6.3

Austin

35.90%

35

96159

4

Killeen

41.20%

78

197488

1.25

Laredo

80.80%

36

33123

3.5

Mansfield

91.60%

20

51102

2

Rowlett

101.00%

18

33951

5

Keller

124.80%

26

62400

2.75

Allen

222.00%

41

60621

1.25

Flower Mound

 

 

15216

3

Stephenville

           

            Proposed Rate:

 

City’s existing rate - $1.25 a month

State average is - $2.94 a month

Proposed rate - $2.25 a month

 

Revenue projection through increase fee

 

 

Approximately $640,000 a year

Able to sell a bond of $8 million for land acquisitions/drainage projects in Manadas/Zacate and other watersheds.

Allow the city to take a proactive role in the SW management.

 

Motion to authorize staff to bring back an ordinance to increase the fees for the Storm Water Management.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

       B.  Presentation by Land Design Partners on the Golf Course Feasibility Study

             for the City of Laredo, with possible action.

 

Jesus Moulinet, Planning Director for Land Design Partners, gave the following  

presentation:

 

             National Statistics

 

In 2003, 26.2 million golfers in the United States.  Golfer defined as “anyone 18 and above who played at least one round of golf in the past 12 months”

 

Golf participants, “anyone ages 18 and above who either played a round of golf or visited a golf practice facility” reached 36.7 million, 13% of the U. S. population

 

There are 15,827 courses nationwide, 72% are open to the public

 

Texas ranks 4th to Florida, California, and Michigan with 838 facilities

 

Golfers spent $24.3 billion in 2002 on equipment and fees.  Median cost of a weekend of golf at an 10-hole municipal golf course is $36.00, including golf and green fee

 

An estimated 10% - 2.4 million golfers represent a racial minority.  Estimated 1.4 million of Hispanic

 

Laredo Market Statistics

 

Of eleven golfing regions identified by National Golf Foundation, the City of Laredo falls in the Golf coast Region

 

Between 2002 and 2003 this region experienced 4.4% growth change in the rounds of golf.  Compared to the decrease of 1.5% for the entire United States

 

Laredo Market Statistics

 

City of Laredo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P 2000 Census

P2010

P2020

P2030

P2040

P2050

P2060

 

176,576

234,423

302,377

378,468

462,176

553,670

650,317

 

                                                       Existing Golf Facilities

Course

Holes

Yards

Rating

Par

Type

Access

Casa Blanca

18

6,950

69.4

72

Regulation

Public

Country Club

18

7,125

74.6

72

Regulation

Private

Course

Proximately

Rounds

Weekday Fee

Week-end Fee

Cart Fee

 

Casa Blanca

5.0 miles

45,000

$22.73

$24.90

$20.00

 

Country Club

5.4 miles

30,000

 

 

 

$2,856

Member

 

 

 

 

$11.50

 

Guest

 

 

$40.00

$60.00

$60.00

$70.00

$13.00

$26.00

 

 

Casa Blanca Golf Course

 

Course Description:  Flat terrain for beginners

Support Facilities:  Pro Shop

Miscellaneous Information:  Owned by Webb County

 

Existing Golf Facilities

 

Course Description:  Undulating Terrain

Current Course Description:  Private

Support Facilities:         Amenity Center

                                                            Driving Range

                                                            Pro Shop

 

Potential Demand for a Municipal Golf Course

 

Year

Population Increase

% Increase from previous year

Golfing Population Increase

Rounds Increase

2000

176,576

 

11,900

238,000

2010

234,423

32.76%

15,798

315,960

2020

302,377

28.99%

20,378

407,560

2030

378,468

25.16%

25,505

510,100

 

In Summary, using 2000 as a bench mark, the two existing course serve an estimated 75,000 rounds of golf annually with a demand in 2000 of approximately 238,000 rounds.  Therefore there is an estimated shortage of 163,000 rounds annually – a shortage that will only continue to increase as the population increases.

 

Construction Projections

 

Park Facility

COST

UP TO

*Construction of 18-hole course

$1,600,000

$4,500,000

Maintenance Equipment

$300,000

$500,000

Maintenance Building

$125,000

$450,000

TOTAL

$2,025,000

$5,450,000

 

     

 

Item

Costs

Site Preparation and Grading

Site Preparation

Rough Grading

Miscellaneous Construction

SUB-TOTAL

$240,000

$500,000

$180,000

$920,000

Automatic Irrigation

Automatic Tees, Greens, Fairways

And Double Row in Landing Zones

Pumping Plant

SUB-TOTAL

$910,000

 

$210,000

$1,120,000

Finish Work

Green Construction

Tee Construction

Fairway Construction

Tree Planting, Estimate

SUB_TOTAL

$625,000

$80,000

$240,500

$215,000

$1,160,000

Miscellaneous Golf construction

Sand Traps

Cart Paths

Maintenance Barn

Maintenance Equipment

SUB-TOTAL

$100,000

$60,000

$275,000

$300,000

$735,000

Total

All Construction Items and Maintenance Equipment

$3,935,000

                        

Revenue and Operation Expenses

 

Revenues

 

Round Revenue                                                            $800,250

F & B Revenue                                                            $193,770

Merchandise Revenue                                                   $113,140

Practice Range Revenue                                               $  74,710

Other Revenue                                                 $  49,820

 

Total Revenue                                                           $1,231,690

 

Total Revenue:  $1,231,690

 

Revenue and Operation Expenses

 

Adjusting for inflation the following total revenue for a municipal 18-hole golf course per annum are projected as follows: 

 

2004

$1,231,690

2005

$1,280,957

2006

$1,332195

2007

$1,385,483

2008

$1,440,903

2009

$1,498,539

2010

$1,558,480

2011

$1,620,820

2012

$1,685,565

2013

$1,753,078

2014

$1,823,202

2015

$1,896,130

2016

$1,971,975

2017

$2,050,854

2018

$2,132,888

2019

$2,218,203

2020

$2,306,932

2021

$2,399,209

2022

$2,495,177

2023

$2,594,984

2024

$2,698,783

 

Note:  For calendar years 2004 forward, an estimate 4% annual inflation rte was projected.

 

Expenses

 

Maintenance

 

Payroll                                      $          256,610

Non-Payroll                             $          240,030

Subtotal Maintenance               $          496,640

 

Golf Payroll                              $          144,480

F & B Payroll                           $          87,220

G & A Payroll                          $          85,820

Subtotal Payroll                        $         574,130

 

Cos – F & B (excel. Payroll)    $            71,920

COS – Merchandise                 $            75,320

Other                                       $            25,840

 

Total Expenses                      $          987,240

 

Revenue and Operation Expenses

 

2004

$987,240

2005

$1,026,729

2006

$1,067,798

2007

$1,110,510

2008

$1,154,931

2009

$1,201,128

2010

$1,249,173

2011

$1,299,140

2012

$1,351,106

2013

$1,405,150

2014

$1,461,356

2015

$1,519,810

2016

$1,580,602

2017

$1,643,826

2018

$1,709,579

2019

$1,777,962

2020

$1,849,081

2021

$1,923,044

2022

$1,999,966

2023

$2,079,964

2024

$2,163,163


Revenue and Operation Expenses

 

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Gross Revenue

$1,498,539

$1,558,480

$1,620,820

$1,685,565

$1,753,078

Operating Expenses

$1,201,128

$1,249,173

$1,299,140

$1,351,106

$1,405,150

Profit (Loss) pre-Debt Retirement

$297,411

$309,307

$321,680

$334,459

$347,928

Bond Debt

$500,000

$500,000

$500,000

$500,000

$500,000

Profit (Loss)

($205,589)

($190,693)

($178,320)

($165,541)

($152,072)

 

Note:  the anticipated breakeven point for profit with the inclusion of the debt retirement is between the years 2222 and 2223 with a start up date of 2009.

 

Revenue and Operation Expenses

 

National Golf Foundation – Average total rounds played for public courses in the Sunbelt – 37,490 rounds per course.  The Laredo Metropolitan Area has an estimated 163,000 round shortage

 

2004 – total gross revenue per round of golf for public courses in the Sunbelt was $33.10

 

County-owned Casa Blanca Golf course has revenue per round of $44.90 – not including food and beverage, merchandise and golf range

 

Laredo Municipal Golf Course

 

35,000 rounds at $33.10 projected revenue per round = $1,158,500 per year in 2004

4% inflation annually, $1,409,492 in 2009

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, asked Council’s to consider allowing staff to continue to initiate a Request for Proposal.  He noted that several different individuals have shown interest in donating land and are asking questions regarding the proposals.  The proposed Capital Improvement Program has the golf course listed within the five year plan funded in the bond program. 

 

Cm.  Belmares made a motion to authorize City Manager to continue the feasibility for the golf course study. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:    8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

38.  A.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.  Motion to reconsider the reopening of Cherry Hill between Sandman and Calton,

     with possible action.

 

Cm. Rendon explained his reasoning for placing the item on the agenda.  He advised that the residents are against closing Cherry Hill between Sandman and Calton.    

 

     Motion to reconsider the closing of Cherry Hill between Sandman and Calton.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

     Second:  Cm.  Garcia

     For:     8                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Robert Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that staff conducted two different traffic counts prior to the closing of Cherry Hill

 

Cm.  Rendon asked if the closing of Cherry Hill was contingent to the sale of the property. 

 

Jose Flores, Airport Director, noted that the sale of the properties was not contingent to the closing of Cherry Hill.

 

Cm.  Rendon asked for the status of the sale of Cherry Hill

 

Jose Flores said that staff has not provided the potential buyer with the cost of Cherry Hill because they are waiting on a feasibility study as to how much it would cost to make the improvements for the traffic circulation.  An estimate was provided last week and staff has an appraised value of the street.     

 

Cm.  Galo asked the City Manager to refresh the Council on the details of the sale because he has been receiving calls from constituents in Cm.  Rendon’s District. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said when staff placed the tracts of land for sale there was a discussion about the proposed use of the particular tract and the concern by the individuals who were interested in the land.  He explained that there are two tracts of land separated by Cherry Street which cuts through the middle of the two tracts.  The same individual is interested in purchasing both tracts of land and expressed a desire to connect the tracts by the purchase of Cherry Hill.  City staff initiated proper traffic counts which were completed by the Traffic Department, and the issued the proper letter notifications to land owners that are within 200 feet of the Cherry Hill property.  At that time, no one gave a negative response to the closing of Cherry Hill

 

Cm. Rendon asked the City Manager if staff should have extended the 200 feet notice to include more property owners since it would affect more residents. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager said that staff typically follows a set process on all  transactions to make sure that they are consistent with what the law requires and that they meet the city’s obligations each and every time.  Staff posted a public hearing for the closure process and it was published in the local newspaper.

 

Cm.  Rendon advised the City Manager that he has met with approximately twenty five (25) residents that provided him a petition with more than a 100 signatures stipulating that they would like to re-open the street for their use. 

 

Cm.  Galo noted that several individuals have expressed interest in the property but they wanted to purchase the street as well.  He wanted to know if the street sale was imperative to the property owner. 

 

Mr.  Dovalina replied that the interested buyer would more than likely want the street but was not sure of his intent.

 

Jose Flores, Airport Director, said that the tract is a good size but it has set back all around it which would allow the owner to have a small structure.   

 

Cm.  Galo asked the City Manager if the city could refund the monies for the properties in order to reopen Cherry Hill

 

Mr.  Dovalina said that Council can choose to make an offer but they are not obligated to do so.

 

Cm.  Galo expressed a desire to extend the courtesy of retracting the sale to the purchaser. 

 

At that point, Cm.  Rendon added that the elderly have a difficult time understanding the circulation that the City has in place which causes a safety concern for the residents.  

 

Maria Luisa Ortiz and Maria R.  Rucio expressed their desire to reopen Cherry Hill.  They went on to say that the street closure was a total surprise to them because they did not receive notification of the closure.  They remarked that the new traffic circulation is confusing to the driving public which in turn causes safety concerns.  

 

Carol Burler, a local resident, asked Council to reconsider the street closure.  She added that a high number of people spoke out against the street closure.  She expressed her disappointment that the families that are affected the most by the closure did not have the opportunity to voice their views about the closure.   

 

Motion to open Cherry Hill between Sandman and Calton Road.  In addition, City staff shall allow the buyer of the two parcels of land the option to rescind their purchase of the land.    

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

     Second:  Cm.  Garcia

     For:     8                              Abstain:  0                               

 

2.  Motion to provide a four way stop at the corner of Marcella Avenue and

     Bustamante Street, with possible action.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, advised staff will initiate the process to provide a four way stop at the corner of Marcella Avenue and Bustamante Street

 

                   B.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

           

1.  Status Report on the Martingale Creek Improvements, with possible action.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that he called the bank officer who stated that they sent the document for an amendment to extend and our receptionist signed for it and the bank took it as being authorization that the City agreed to extend.  I told him that the City would be demanding the letter of credit and he agreed to process it.  We have created the letter and it has been submitted to the bank and we are prepared to move forward with the work on the Martingale Creek Improvements.

 

John Orfila, Public Works Director, said that staff has obtained permission from United Independent School District, the cable locates company, and the heavy equipment will be transferred to being the Martingale Creek Improvements.  The project will be complete in three to four weeks. 

 

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

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the construction of sidewalks on both

sides of the 3600 block of Juarez Avenue located between Pierce and Baltimore Streets with District 7 Discretionary Capital Improvement Project Funds estimated to total $7,000.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the purchase and installation of

bleachers at Father MacNaboe Park at an estimated cost of $ 6,200.00 with District 7 Discretionary Capital Improvement Project Funds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      6                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 D.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding establishing parking on the north and

     west side of Jarvis Plaza from 10:00 p.m. to  3 a.m.

 

Cm.  Ramirez said that some of the businesses, more specifically Danny’s Restaurant and Galaxy do not have enough parking for their clients between 10:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.  He expressed a desire to assist the business owners by creating areas for their customers. 

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said the project could be completed with proper signage on the street which would advise the public of the proper hours.  He noted that staff would research the item, identify areas, and return to Council with recommendations. 

2.  Discussion with possible action on setting aside $10,000.00 from District 8

Discretionary Capital Improvement Project Funds for the surveying of land for the water park.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, said that the City has an engineer surveying the land for a water park proposal. 

 

Motion to use the discretionary funds from District 8 for surveying of land for the water park.

 

Motion:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     6                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

3.  Status Report of El Portal Project and the Outlet Stores that will be located at El

     Portal Center.

 

Frank Rotnofsky, Frank Architects, gave a brief update on the Bridge of Americas project which is currently under construction.  He advised that the project is 15% complete.  He added that there as been several delays including increment weather and varied debris.  He went on to say that they are working with Leyendecker construction to update the construction schedule. 

 

Allen Davidov, partner for El Portal Project, announced that he was excited to be part of the development scheme for the Outlet Center.  He said that he is actually in the mall business but has partnered with a factory outlet center to create the unique and exciting shopping center here in Laredo.

 

 

 

Tom Rumptz, Senior Vice President for Horizon Group Properties, Inc., said the project was based on the activity with the El Portal, the redevelopment, and the Bridge of the Americas.  It was exciting to the Horizon Group to see the demographics of the market, the number of people, the population growth, and the amount of retail trade that our company has completed.  He gave the following presentation:

 

The Laredo Outlet Stores provides the greatest visibility throughout the area.  Positioned at the foot of the sole pedestrian bridge between Mexico and the United States, the center is easily seen by the 9 million pedestrians and 17 million vehicular passengers that cross it annually.  A newly constructed exit off of Interstate 35 and directly in front of the shopping center, will ensure the quick and easy access for the 17 million travelers coming into the country. 

 

All Road Lead to Laredo, Texas

 

At the center of the primary trade route connecting Canada, the United Sttes and Mexico, and the gateway to Mexico’s burgeoning industrial complex, Laredo and Nuevo Laredo offer markets, business opportunities and profit potential which business simply cannot find anywhere else.

 

Know locally as Los Laredos, Laredo and Nuevo Laredo are actually one city divided only by the Rio Grande.  Laredo/NuevoLaredo became the first “official” Port of Entry on the United States/Mexico and now its Customs District handles more trade than the ports of Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas combines.

 

Less than two hours away, Monterrey Mexico, with its 8.5 million residents, is the most affluent of all Mexican cities on a per capita basis.

 

New Customs Plaza

 

Laredo Outlet Stores is adjacent to a new $30 million customs bridge, a 4 block public plaza and a major downtown redevelopment backed by the City of Laredo.  Travel within the 25 mile border area of the United States is easily facilitated with Mexican citizens being able to visit without special visas.  To encourage and enhance the ease of pedestrian and vehicular passage between the two countries, a new “Bridge of the Americas” is being constructed.

 

New City El Portal Riverfront Development Project

 

In conjunction with the new customs bridge, the city will be building a new plaza, providing a beautiful place for customers to gather and enjoy not only the outlet center, but the area around them.  All of these new elements will provide a unique environment making Laredo Outlet Stores a place for customers to shop, visit and enjoy their surroundings.

 

 

 

 

Overview

 

A potential market of over 10.5 million….

1.5 million from San Antonio, Texas

8 million from the Monterrey, Mexican Metropolitan area

800,000 from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

200,000 from Laredo and surrounding areas

 

9 million pedestrian crossings and 17 million vehicular crossings between Laredo and Mexico, the downtown area stands as one of the busiest ports of entry along the border.

 

With Homeland Security tightening enforcement of the 25-mile limit into the United States, Laredo Outlet Stores will become the preferred shopping destination for Mexico

 Laredo continues to be the center for retail and wholesale trade along the United States/Mexico border.

Bus rider ship into downtown Laredo exceeds 5 million annually.

Laredo is ranked as one of the top ten fastest growing cities in the country

$30 million city development project along the Rio Grande river directly in front of Laredo Outlet Stores.

 

All Roads Lead to Laredo, Texas

 

Laredo Outlet Stores is undergoing a complete renovation taking advantage of its unique location.

 

4.  Status Report on Zacate Creek Project within District 8.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks & Recreation Director, gave a comprehensive report on the projects that are taking place within District VIII.  He displayed several photos for the Council to see on the overhead projector. 

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

           

XV.      ADJOURNMENT

     

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

I.          RESOLUTIONS

           

            1.    2005-R-040    Ratifying City Manager’s submittal of a grant application to the

                                          Federal Aviation Administration requesting an Airport Improvement

                                          Program Grant in the amount of $4,271,932.00 to rehabilitate a

                                          Portion of Runway 17R and to improve runway safety area at the Laredo International Airport.  The local match for this grant in the amount of $224,839.00 is available in the Airport Construction Fund/Land Sale Proceeds. 

 

                                          Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-040.

 

                                          Moved:  Cm. Galo

                                          Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                                          For:    7                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

II.        GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            2.   

                   A.    Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

                           1.    Discussion with possible action regarding instructing the City Manager to

                                  have a Traffic Department representative present at every Planning and

                                  Zoning Commission meeting.  (Co-sponsored by Cm. Johnny Rendon)

 

                                 Cm.  Belmares advised that the Planning and Zoning Commission meetings have been postponed because of questions that arise about traffic issues and there is not a representative from traffic to resolve the question. 

 

                                 Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that he had a discussion with Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, and he agreed that the he had given him instructions to have a representative at the Planning and Zoning Meeting.  He advised that he would have a representative from the traffic department at all future meetings. 

 

 

III.       ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  9:40 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

            For:    6                                                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 33 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on April 18, 2005

 

 

 

                                                                        ___________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

             City Secretary