CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2005-R-11

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

June 6, 2005

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present, Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya called the meeting to order.

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Mayor Pro Tem, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                                        Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

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

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Mayor Flores.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Agredano

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:    6                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

Cm. Agredano thanked everyone that joined him at the City Cemetery to place flags on the graves of all the fallen veterans.   He expressed his appreciation to American Legion Post 59 for supplying the Honor Guard, Rev. William Buford for the invocation, Luz Beatriz Escudero for singing the National Anthem, and Judge Danny Valdez for serving as the guest speaker.  He also thanked Rosario Lopez, City Cemetery Superintendent; Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director; LULAC #7, LULAC #14, Coca-Cola Distributing Company, Ready Ice Company, and the Laredo Housing Authority. He also thanked Cm. Hector Garcia for joining him for the ceremony that morning at the gravesites. 

 

Cm. Garcia stated that he was very proud to join Cm. Agredano at the City Cemetery for the ceremony honoring our fallen veterans.  He congratulated both the Laredo Independent School District and the United Independent School District for all the graduating classes at the end of this school year.  He congratulated Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, for being unanimously voted in as Director of the National Mexican Association of Sister Cities representing the State of Texas at the Sister Cities Conference this past week.

 

Cm. Rendon thanked the U.S. Marine Corps Commander Tomas Rodriguez for allowing him to provide the welcoming remarks at their convention recently. 

Mayor Pro Tem Amaya introduced the Webb County officials who were in the audience and thanked them for their attendance at the meeting. 

 

Cm. Belmares thanked Beto Ramirez and the Utilities Department for the quick response to  several utilities issues within District VI.  He congratulated the Alexander Bulldogs and the coaching staff at the school for their phenomenal season this year in baseball.  He also congratulated his daughter for her loving gesture of donating her hair to Locks for Love.

 

Cm. Valdez congratulated Beto Ramirez and thanked the emergency crew that recently went out to the location on Mines Road and took care of a main break.  He explained that the Utility Department used to have roughly seven crews handling all the service calls and during the privatization period, the number went down to three.  He added that the biggest hurdle to overcome is to improve the efficiency of their response to every service call.  He also reminded the citizens that the summer programs at the City of Laredo Recreation Centers have begun and asked everyone to be extra careful when driving by the centers. 

 

Cm. Ramirez thanked the Public Works crew that worked on a problem at the intersection of Constantinople Street and San Bernardo Avenue yesterday. 

 

            a.  Presentation by Laredo Independent School District (LISD) Interim Superintendent,            

                 Sylvia Bruni, on a proposed $60 million 2005 School Bond Election.

           

Ms. Sylvia Bruni, Interim Superintendent, spoke in reference to the upcoming bond election that will allow for much needed improvements within the district which includes rebuilding the older schools as well as Shirley Field stadium and field house.  She stated that early voting begins Wednesday, June 8, 2005, and continues through June 21, 2005.  Election day for the bond election is Saturday, June 25, 2005

 

Mr. Jesus Guerra, Laredo Independent School District board member, spoke in support of the school district and the upcoming bond election.   He wants the people to be aware that this money is needed to continue to nurture the school children and to fund the rebuilding of several school facilities.  He urged the public to be in support of this important bond issue for the renovation and construction of school facilities.    

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of Carlos Ramirez of the City of Laredo’s City Secretary Office  on his

                 selection as May 2005 Employee of the Month.

 

Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, stated that Carlos Ramirez epitomizes what public customer service is all about.  He always provides the best customer service to everyone including city staff.  He handles any request made to the department willingly and is always going out of his way to assist the Council Members and department employees. He is responsible for maintaining the City’s website and for updating the department’s directory profiles.  He continually strives to improve his computer skills and is a leading example of what a City employee should be.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya and City Council formally recognized Carlos Ramirez and presented him with a Certificate of Recognition. 

 

            b.  Recognizing Jennifer Gonzalez, Miss Laredo, with a $2,200.00 sponsorship from the           

                 City of Laredo to assist with her pageant expenses as she officially represents the                       Gateway City during the 2005 Miss Texas USA competition.  Miss Laredo will also                       assist in the official drawing to award two VIP tickets to attend the telecast of the          

                 pageant scheduled for June 26, 2005.

 

Ms. Rocio Garza, Convention and Visitors Bureau Project Coordinator, introduced Ms. Jennifer Gonzalez.  She stated that in March, 2005, Ms. Jennifer Gonzalez, was selected as Miss Laredo at the local pageant.  Ms. Gonzalez is a 22-year old Laredoan and Nixon High School graduate who received a bachelor’s degree in communications from UTSA.  She is now prepared to compete for the Miss Texas USA Pageant which will be held here in Laredo this month.  Rocio Garza added that Jennifer hopes to be a role model for other young Laredo women and is proud to representing our city.

 

Cm. Belmares stated that the City Council recognizes the dedication and effort that is required of Jennifer Gonzalez and knows that she will make Laredo proud.  In order to assist her during the pageant, the City of Laredo presented her with a check for $2,200.00 as a token of the City’s appreciation for her role as Laredo’s representative. 

 

Ms. Jennifer Gonzalez expressed her appreciation to her family and City Council for all their support and encouragement.  She stated that she looks forward to representing Laredo at this special event.  She mentioned that this is a prestigious event being held in Laredo, Texas, and extended an invitation for all to attend.  She also drew the winning name of Adela B. Peña for two complimentary tickets to the pageant. 

 

            c.  Recognition of Teresa Contreras, Martin High School; Daniela Prado, Nixon High

                 School; and Arturo Jimenez, United South High School for placing in the 2005 District,              Regional and State Track and Field Competitions.

 

Cm. Johnny Rendon and the City Council presented a Certificate of Recognition to the athletes for placing in the 2005 District, Regional and State Track and Field Competition.

 

Teresa Contreras                Martin High School                   High Jump, Triple Jump

Daniela Prado                     Nixon High School                   3200 Meter Run

Arturo Jimenez                   United South High School         High Jump

 

            Communiqués

 

            a.  Recognition awarded by the Mayor and Members of the City Council to all City of  

                 Laredo Departments participating in the 2005 United Way fundraising campaign and                              their efforts to raise over $129,000.00 for the 25  institutions assisted through this    

                 program.  Special awards to be presented include: the Gold Glass award - Fire

                 Department; the Silver Glass award - Police Department; the Bronze Glass award –

                 Bridge, Health, Parks and Recreation and the City Manager's Office; the Mucho Corazon

                 award and Most      Presentations of the Year award bestowed by United Way on Jerry

                 Leal, Public Access Center Manager; and the Distinguished Officer award bestowed by

                 United Way upon Linda Teniente, Administrative Services Department employee.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that City employees have faithfully dedicated themselves to supporting the community and have become the highest employee group participant of the entire city and county.  He mentioned that he City has raised over $500,000.00 in the last four years and this is an outstanding accomplishment due to the efforts of key employees and Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director. 

 

Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, introduced the R.E.A.C.H. Committee Members Linda Teniente, Eddie Zavala, Blasita Lopez, Evelyn Luciano, Jerry Leal, Karla Robles, Anabel Venegas, Alejandra Santana, and Celina Rivera

 

Mr. David Cartwell, 2004 Campaign President, expressed his appreciation to the City employees for their support and contributions to United Way.  The United Way team reached its campaign goal and surpassed it by $4,000.00 which is a record.   He pointed out that the City of Laredo employees were very instrumental in helping United Way surpass this goal.  He thanked the City of Laredo for assisting United Way in providing help to the less fortunate. 

 

Linda Teniente, R.E.A.C.H. Committee Member, stated that the City employees once again rose to the occasion and contributed $516,554.44 over the past five years.  This year was no exception in number of contributions raised.  She reported that a total of $129,230.00 was contributed by employees, and they have surpassed the Pacesetter goal by going $44,000.00 over the set goal.  The following awards were bestowed by United Way to the City of Laredo:

 

Certificate of Recognition with 100% Employee Participation        

 

Budget Department                         City Manager’s Fleet/Parking

City Attorney’s Office                                 Mayor/City Council

City Secretary’s Office                               Utilities Department

 

Certificate of Recognition (contributions over $1,000)

 

Administrative Services Department

Airport

Community Development

Convention & Visitors Bureau

El Metro

Engineering

Engineering/Public Works

Environmental Services

Finance Department

Management Information Systems

Municipal Court

New Employees

Planning & Zoning

Public Access Center

Public Library

Solid Waste

Tax Department

Traffic Department

 

Bronze Glass Award (contributions of $5,000 to $9,999)

 

Bridge (1-Leadership Giver)

Health (1-Leadership Giver)

City Manager’s Office (4-Leadership Givers)

Parks & Recreation (1-Leadership Giver)

 

Silver Glass Award (contributions of $10,000 to $24,999)

 

Police Department (14-Leadership Givers)

 

Gold Glass Award (contributions of $25,000 to 49,999)

 

Fire (26-Leadership Givers)

 

Highest Employee Group Contributor Award (employee contributions over $100,000)

 

City of Laredo employees (meeting Pacesetter, 5 depts., 100%,  54 Bronze, 7 Silver and 4 Gold Leadership Givers)

 

Champions Award

 

R.E.A.C.H. Committee

 

United Way Distinguished Officer Award

 

Linda Teniente – Administrative Services Department

 

 

United Way “Most Presentations” of the Year Award & Corazon Award

Jerry Leal – Public Access Center

 

Cm. Galo arrived at 6:35 p.m.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

            a.  Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia of Rebecca Azios Benavides to the

                 Laredo Commission for Women.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

     

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

                 City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues in the                              amount of $9,000.00 to the City of Laredo Health Department’s share of program                    income projected to be earned through lab fees, dental co-payments, adult health lab

                 fees, and Medicaid fee reimbursements collected by the Texas Department of State

                 Health Services Office of Public Health Practice (OPHP) Program, grant period from

                 September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005. The program income generated will be

                 applied to further the activities and the scope of work of this program.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Valdez

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues in the amount of $2,000.00 to the City of Laredo Health Department’s share of program income projected to be earned through fees collected from client co-payments and Medicaid fee reimbursements by the Texas Department of State Health Services-La Familia Health Care Program, grant period from September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.  The program income generated will be applied to further the activities and the scope of work of this program.

 

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. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues in the amount of $17,618.00 to the City of Laredo Health Department’s share of program income projected to be earned through fees collected from vaccines administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services-Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program, grant period from January 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005. The program income generated will be applied to further the activities and the scope of work of this program.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Valdez

                 Second:  Cm. Belmares

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues in the amount of $1,000.00 to the City of Laredo Health Department’s share of program income projected to be earned through fees collected from x-rays and Medicaid fee reimbursements by the Texas Department of State Health Services-Tuberculosis Elimination Program, grant period from September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.  The program income generated will be applied to further the activities and the scope of work of this program.

 

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. Valdez

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

2004-2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount $86,124.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for a total budget amount of $549,201.00 for the Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiology Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 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. Galo

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $12,274.00 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, and to extend the term of the study six additional months from June 15, 2005 through December 31, 2005, bringing the total grant amount to $15,674.00.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

2004-2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $27,500.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services – Office of Border Health for the City of Laredo Health Department, period beginning June 1, 2005 through August 31, 2005.  These funds are awarded specifically for the “Binational Health to Foster Development” Conference to be held on June 21, 2005 through June 24, 2005.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 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. Valdez

                 For:    7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

2004 General Fund Budget and Bridge System Fund by transferring $615,000.00 from the General Fund and appropriating it in the Bridge System Fund.  The amendment will draw down $ 615,000.00 from the General Fund opening balance and appropriate a transfer out in the same amount to the Bridge System for the purpose of funding the engineering and the preparation costs associated with the construction of a one way south bound bridge ramp (The Santa Ursula Connector). (Action needed on item #21 prior to introduction of ordinance.)

 

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. Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Valdez

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

grant in the amount of $50,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the Driving While Impaired Enforcement and authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget in the amount of $50,000.00.  This grant is for overtime salaries and fringe benefits which are funded 100% by the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Agredano

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Valdez

                 Second:  Cm. Belmares

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

execute the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grant, Section 5307, TX-90-X664, in the amount of $2,081,869.00 for Fiscal Year 2004-2005; and to amend the Transit System’s Operating Budget by decreasing the Fiscal Year 2004-2005 FTA Operating Grant contribution from $3,200,000.00 to $2,081,869.00 and increasing the Transit sales tax match for operating expenses from $4,079,947.00 to $5,198,078.00 and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   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. Valdez

                   For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council  

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

11.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to lease agreement authorized

by Ordinance No. 2005-O-074 dated April 4, 2005, with Paul Young Properties, Ltd., for approximately 3.632 acres of land located north of the Airport Passenger Terminal at the Laredo International Airport by allowing Paul Young Properties, Ltd., to assign its leasehold interest to Paul Young Chevrolet, Inc. All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease agreement

approved by Ordinance No. 91-O-266 dated December 2, 1991, and as amended by Ordinance No. 2000-O-210 dated August 28, 2000, with Josefa Lago de Sarabia, Lessee, for Hangar No. 162 located at the Laredo International Airport.  Said lease will be amended as follows.

 

A.  Extend the lease term an additional five (5) years ending on September 30, 2014;

B.  Allow Lessee to assign its leasehold interest; with prior written consent from

      Lessor;

C.  Apply insurance proceeds received in the amount of Fourteen Thousand Seven

Hundred Forty-Six Dollars ($14,746.00) for Lessee’s use to make structural roof    

repairs; and

       D.  Waive Lessee’s rental obligation for three months.

                         All other terms and conditions remain in the same and in effect; providing for an

                         effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13.  Approving and authorizing the City Manager to sign an interlocal agreement with

       Webb County for the purposes of:

                        (1)  accepting a grant in the amount of $50,000.00 from Webb County for lighting

                               improvements at the baseball field at Father McNaboe Park;

                        (2)  accepting a grant in the amount of $50,000.00 from Webb County for specified

                               improvements to be done at Noon Lions Park; and

(3)  authorizing the City Manager to lease a parcel of 4,956.00 square feet out of the

Ladrillera Recreation Center Area to Webb County for a term of 5 years at no rent, and 60 day right of termination and commencing when this ordinance is passed; all as set forth in Exhibit 1 attached to this ordinance; and providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.  Closing as public easements those sections of Maher Avenue between Bustamante

Street and Bartlett Avenue, including the west turning lane towards Bartlett Avenue and that section of Daugherty Avenue between Bustamante Street and Maher Avenue, situated in the Laredo Airport Subdivision, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

fee simple title to Consuelo Lugo Rivas and Fred Boubel, Jr. for the “Surface Only” at its adjusted market value of $3,641.00 for certain property described as Tract “A” containing 661.66 sq. ft. (0.0152 of an acre), and Tract “B” containing 2,354.46 sq. ft. (0.0541 of an acre) both tracts being out of the former north one-half section of Canada Avenue between O’Kane and Clark Streets provided that the City of Laredo retains entire Tract “B” as a drainage and utility easement; said tracts being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being generally described on attached Exhibits “A”, “B” and “C”  and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

16.  Amending Chapter 19, “Motor Vehicles and Traffic”, Article VIII; Stopping, Standing

or Parking, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo: Specifically Section 19-364, Restricted Parking Areas, establishing a “Bus Only/No Parking Anytime/Tow Away Zone” everyday between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on the east side of the 700 Block of Juarez, and on the North Side of the 400 Block of Farragut Street, and a “Taxicab Stand/No Parking Anytime/Tow Away Zone”, everyday between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and  10 p.m., on the south side of the 400 block of Matamoros Street, within city limits of Laredo; providing severability and for an effective date and publication.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council with corrections to delete the word “anytime” and correcting the block number to “1400” block of Matamoros.

 

17.  Amending Chapter 19, “Motor Vehicles and Traffic”, Article VIII; Stopping, Standing

or Parking, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo; specifically Section 19-364, restricted parking areas, establishing a “No Parking Anytime/Tow Away Zone” on the east and west side of Livingston Drive, between North Star Drive and Shiloh Drive and between Shiloh Drive and 300 feet north of Shiloh Drive, within city limits of Laredo; providing severability and for an effective date and publication.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the Final Reading of Ordinance # 2005-O-118; # 2005-O-119;  # 2005-O-120; # 2005-O-121; # 2005-O-122; # 2005-O-123; # 2005-O-124; # 2005-O-125; and # 2005-O-126.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

18.  2005-O-118  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lots 1 and 2, Block 1, Juan Morales Plat, located at 11102 Mines Road, from B-4 (Highway Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-118.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2005-O-119  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    the Tex Mex Right-of-Way of Block 1343, Eastern Division, located at

    the intersection of Jarvis Avenue and Market Street, from R-3 (Mixed

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

    publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-118.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2005-O-120  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

     authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an amusement redemption

     machine establishment on Lot 8, Block 4, Western Division, located at

     1309 and 1311 Iturbide Street; providing for publication and effective

     date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-120.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     7                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                    2005-O-121 Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for inventory storage on Lots 1 and 3, Block 992, Western Division, located at 3902 Main Avenue; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-121.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     7                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2005-O-122  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

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

     “A”, located at 1450 Concord Hills Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural

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

     publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-122.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

                   2005-O-123  Authorizing the City Manager to accept $18,000.00 in contributions and

     amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004–2005 CVB Annual

     Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of

     $18,000.00 to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Fund. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-123.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2005-O-124  Amending City of Laredo Code of Ordinance, Chapter 23 Parks and

     Recreation, by adding Section 23.8, prohibiting child sex offenders from

     entering any city park and from loitering on a public way within 300 feet

     of a city park; and defining Child Safety Zone, City Park, Child Sex

     Offender, Loiter and Public Way; providing for enforcement procedures

     and penalties; and providing for severability and effective date. 

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that the amendment refers to the inclusion of the severability clause which states that if any provision of this ordinance is invalidated by any court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining provisions shall not be affected and shall remain in full force and effect.

           

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-124 as amended.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     7                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

                  2005-O-125  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to

    effectively convey fee simple title to Robert W. McMahon for the

    “Surface Only” at its market value of $2,400.00 for certain property

    described as a tract of land containing 900 square feet or 0.02066 of an

    acre, more or less, situated in Porcion 25, Abstract 50, Webb County,

    Texas, being generally described on attached Exhibit; and providing for

    an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-125.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2005-O-126  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to

effectively convey fee simple title to El Portal Center, LLC., for the “Surface Only”, at its market value of $100,000.00 for certain property described as being a 6,666 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of Davis Avenue between Zaragoza and Water Streets, situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas being generally described on the attached Exhibit; and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-126.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     7                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

19.  2005-R-052  Accepting the donation of two utility easements from San Juana l.

Medellin for the Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision easement acquisition project;

these being:

 

(1)  a 0.0179 acre, more or less, parcel of land which is out of Lot 1,

      Block 11, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb

      County, Texas; as described by metes and bounds and survey

      attached as Exhibits A and B; and

(2) a 0.0275 acre, more or less, parcel of land which is out of Lot 2,

      Block 11, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb

      County, Texas, as described by metes and bounds and survey

      attached as Exhibits C and D.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-052.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Valdez

For:    7                            Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

20.  2005-R-053  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between the City

of Laredo and Fasken Limited for funding the installation of a traffic signal on FM 1472 and Fasken Blvd.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-053.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Valdez

For:    7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

21.  2005-R-054  A resolution expressing official intent to reimburse costs of $615,000.00

related to the engineering designs and preparation plans in order to build a one way south bound bridge ramp (The Santa Ursula Connector). 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-054.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

22.  2005-R-055  Directing publication of Notice of Intention to issue City of Laredo, Texas

Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2005, in the principal amount of $17,000,000.00 for paying all or a portion of the City’s contractual obligations for the purpose of purchasing trucks, vehicles and equipment for the Fire Department and purchasing trucks and vehicles for Planning, Building and Public Works Departments, acquiring and constructing a City Communication System and improvements to City Health Clinic and the acquisition of land and equipment, together with improvements for municipal parks to wit:  East Side Sports Complex, North Central Sports Park Phase I, Father McNaboe Park, Northwest Recreation Center, together with the construction of improvements to Father McNaboe Park and the Northwest Recreation Center/Pool and the acquisition of Land and Preliminary Design for Drainage Purposes for Zacate Creek, Manadas Creek and Chacon Creek and design and Drainage Improvements for Maryland/Taylor Creek, Flecha Lane and Riverfront Vega Phase I, and for the payment of legal, fiscal and engineering fees in connection with such projects.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-055.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

23.  2005-R-056  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreement with Sate of Texas

Parks and Wildlife Department to accept a grant in the amount of $22,672.00 with a local in kind match for the Outdoor Exposure Recreational Program.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-056.

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Valdez

For:    7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       MOTIONS

 

24.  Consider a recommendation to authorize the City Manager to approve Amendment No.

1 in the amount of $95,000.00 to the contract with URS Greiner Woodward Clyde, Airport Master Plan and Noise Study Update Consultant, to amend the scope of work by increasing the number of public hearings and public participation and to incorporate changes requested by the Federal Aviation Administration to the forecast of military operations. The total revised contract amount is $595,000.00.  Funding is available in the AIP Grant Project No. 29 within the Airport Construction Fund / Consultant Fee Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

25.  Approval of services from Interlex Advertising L.L.C. thru September 30, 2005 to

cover pending billing, media activity, and miscellaneous expenses through the end of Fiscal Year 2005.  The contract amount will not increase.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

26.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant for the City of Laredo Landfill

Type IV Cells per requirements of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) Project and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  (To be named at the meeting.)

 

Motion to approve and award to Raba Kistner Consultants, from San Antonio, Texas

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

27.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant for the Engineering and

Surveying Services for a 12 month period for the City of Laredo Landfill in compliance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Subtitle D requirements of the 30 Texas Administrative Code 330 Municipal Solid Waste Regulations Project and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  (To be named at the meeting.)

 

Motion to approve and award to Foster Engineering.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

28.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant for the Materials Recovery

Center for the City of Laredo Landfill in accordance with the requirements of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Project and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  (To be named at the meeting.)

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

29.  Consideration to award annual supply contracts FY05-077 to the low bidders, Hollon

Oil Company, Weslaco, Texas, in the estimated amount of $24,812.00; Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $22,186.55; Lone Star Lubricants, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $3,080.00; and Oil Patch Petroleum Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $393.70 for the purchase of lubricants for the Fleet Maintenance Division.  The bid pricing will be firm for a one-year period and all items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

30.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell surplus equipment to Dimmit

County Sheriff’s Department.  The sale consists of two used Ford Crown Victoria patrol units in the total amount of $3,400.00. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

31.  Consideration to award contract number FY05-093, a forty eight (48) month rental

contract to Office Communication Systems, a Toshiba Company, San Antonio, Texas in the base amount of $33,000.00 for providing a color copier for use by all City Departments.  The copier is assigned to the City Secretary’s Office.  The cost per copy is $0.275, which is approximately 28% less than the current rate. Each user department is charged for their actual usage. Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

32.  Consideration to award contract number FY05-081 to the low bidder, Hughes Supply,

Helotes, Texas in the estimated annual amount of $112,809.21 for the purchase of water meters for the Utilities Department.  The bid pricing will be fixed for a one year period and will allow the department to purchase meters on an as needed basis. Funds for the purchase of these meters are available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

33.  Consideration to authorize a contract with Tom Benson Chevrolet, San Antonio, Texas,

in the total amount of $79,261.44 for the purchase of eight  (8) mid size trucks.  These trucks are assigned to the Utility Billing Division.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:   7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

34.  Consideration to award contract number FY05-087 to the low bidder, National

Waterworks Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $103,262.96 for the purchase of rubber couplings, and PVC pipe used for wastewater applications for the Utilities Department.  These materials are purchased on an as needed basis by the Utilities Department – Wastewater Operations for construction and repair projects.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:   7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

35.  Consideration to award contract number FY05-080 to the low bidder, National

Waterworks Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $144,445.77; Ferguson Waterworks, McAllen, Texas in the estimated amount of $37,654.50; Hughes Supply Inc., Helotes, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,273.84; and ACT Pipe and Supply, Pharr, Texas, in the estimated amount of $11,004.00 for the purchase of mechanical joint fittings, valve boxes and pipe tubing for the Utilities Department. These materials are purchased on an as needed basis by the Utilities Department – Water Operations for construction and repair projects. Funding is available in the Utilities Department.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

36.  Consideration to award contract FY05-083 to the low bidders:  Laroche Industries Inc.,

Atlanta, GA (anhydrous ammonia); AOC Welding Supplies, Laredo, TX (anhydrous ammonia cylinders, liquid chlorine cylinders);  FSTI, Manor, TX (Liquid Sodium Hydroxide); Kemiron Companies, Inc., Lawrence, KS (liquid ferric sulfate); DPC Industries, Inc., Corpus Christi, TX (calcium hypochlorite); Altivia Corp., Houston, TX (liquid chlorine); Bay Chemical Co., Odem, TX (liquid aluminum sulfate, liquid ammonium sulfate); Pennco Inc, San Felipe, TX (liquid ferric sulfate); Polydyne Inc, Richboro, GA (cationic polymer bulk/tote); Nalco Company, Naperville, IL (wastewater polymer); and Univar USA, Corpus Christi, TX (bleach sodium hypochlorite);  for providing water and wastewater treatment chemicals for the Utilities Department. The annual estimated amount is $625,000.00.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.  

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

37.  Consideration to award contract FY05-085 to the low bidder, Castaneda Sand and

Gravel, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $40,000.00 for the purchase of top soil and fill dirt. This is an annual contract and all materials will be purchased on an as needed basis throughout the year for park maintenance and park projects. Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department and Park Construction Project Budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

38.  Consideration to aware annual supply contract number FY05-076 for the purchase of

unleaded and low sulfur and high sulfur diesel fuel for the City of Laredo’s fleet to the low bidder, Oil Patch Petroleum, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, or to Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, under the local bidder’s preference provision of the Texas Local Government Code 271.905.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

Francisco Meza, Purchasing Agent, stated that the Local Government Code allows for a local preference provision from the governing body. 

 

Motion to approve to local bidder Arguindegui Oil Company. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

39.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for reimbursable expenses up to

$10,000.00 with the State of Texas Marine Corp League in support of the League’s conference held in Laredo on June 2-5, 2005.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:1 

Cm. Rendon

 

40.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to LEH Contractors, Inc.,

San Antonio, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $219,950.00 for the Los Obispos Phase I Project.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund- Los Obispos Housing Project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

41.  A.  Update report on the status of the Colonias Project.

 

Keith Kendall, Project Manager, reported on the accomplishments to date.  He stated that on the 359 work order #1 Mines Road project, the sewer line construction has been completed.  On Work Order #2, which covers Pueblo Nuevo, the design is complete but is still pending easements and rights-of-way.  He explained that Work Order # 3 is also pending easements and rights-of-way.  He added that this work order covers 8 colonias, which includes Old Milwaukee, San Carlos #1 and #2, Tanquesitos #2, Laredo Ranchettes, and 359 East.  Regarding Work Order #3, on Hwy. 359, which also includes Tanquesitos #1, he mentioned that Webb County has obtained funding to do the wastewater collection and the City is using EDAP funds to do the water distribution.  He added that final plans are being submitted to the Water Development Board tomorrow.  Regarding Work order #4, the 16” water transmission line along 359, has been completed as well as Work Order #5 and Work Order #6 which are the ground storage tank and booster pump station and the elevated storage tank.  On the 359 area, they already have the major infrastructure in place.  What they are lacking is to put in the water distribution and waste water collection in the colonias.  The reason for this is because they still need to obtain easements and rights-of-way in the Hwy. 359 area. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that they have the names of those individual property owners from those colonias that have yet to agree to provide the City an easement.  He mentioned that the residents are aware that there are certain property owners that are reluctant to give the City those easements. 

 

Cm. Galo inquired whether the City has condemnation power in this area to move forward with the improvements to provide water distribution. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the issue has been that the easements and rights-of-way were seen as improvements for the residents of this area and the City was asking for their voluntary assignment of the easements in order to provide them with necessary services.  He mentioned that the next step would be for the City to go before the Texas Water Development Board and indicate to them which properties the City has not been able to obtain easements and rights-of-way from and allow the City to carve those residents out and not provide them water and sewer services. 

 

Webb County Commissioner Judith Gutierrez addressed the City Council.  She stated that she has discussed this issue with the City Manager and the discussions center around possibly placing some maps to post at the colonias.   She explained that these maps would indicate who those property owners are who have not signed over the easements necessary to continue with this project. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, requested authorization from City Council to instruct Keith Kendall to go before the Water Development Board to try to accelerate the connection of water and sewer lines to those colonias.

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

42.  A.  Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.  Status report on the Dryden and Eastwood parks, with possible action.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Valdez

For:    7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   B.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the use of $5,000.00 from District V

  Discretionary Capital Improvement Project Funds for the construction of a         

  sidewalk within Chaparral Park.

 

Motion to approve the use of $5,000.00 from District V Discretionary Capital Improvement Project Funds for the construction of a sidewalk within Chaparral Park.

 

Moved:  Cm. Rendon

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:    7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0                         

 

                   C.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.   Discussion with possible action regarding the use of the Civic Center Ballroom and the Veterans Field for a fireworks display and an exhibition baseball game for the 4th of July Celebration.

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that he is bringing this to City Council because it has to do with the 4th of July celebration.  If the planning for this event is carried out, this would be the 4th year that a 4th of July celebration would be held at the Civic Center.   He inquired whether any companies have been contacted to see if they are available for that day. 

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that in the past there have been some celebrations and there is a strong possibility that a baseball game could be held at Veterans Field because it will not be used that weekend.  However, the Civic Center grounds will still have some of the installations that are going to be in place from the festival that ends on Saturday, July 2, 2005.  He added that one day is not enough time to remove all the installations and to have the Civic Center grounds ready.  

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that the probability of having the people available on that day so late in the game is pretty slim.  Horacio De Leon explained that Atlas Company is not programmed to hold a show and it would be very expensive to contract with them at this time.  He added that Atlas Company has quoted the City a $20,000.00 figure in addition to the other events that the City is hosting. 

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, inquired if what the Council Member is asking is to have the Civic Center ballroom available for that day.

 

      Cm. Ramirez stated that he would like to have the Civic Center ballroom and part of the area there by the grass. 

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, mentioned that they will have people on that day tearing down a lot of the things that are there. 

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, added that the crews will not be going to do the tear down until Tuesday, July 5th because Monday is the holiday. 

 

Cm. Garcia stated that there will be a fireworks display at the Student Activity Complex on Hwy. 359 on the 4th of July which is free to the public.  He suggested that perhaps the Transit Center could provide some bus transportation from Veterans Field to the Student Activity Complex on that day.

 

2.   Discussion with possible action on having a parade from St. Peter’s Plaza to the Civic Center for the 4th of July Celebration.

Motion to hold a parade on the 4th of July from St. Peter’s Plaza to the Civic Center grounds. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Second:  Cm. Valdez

For:    7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Cm. Ramirez mentioned that he would like to have an event going on at the grounds after the parade.  He stated that he would like to see if they could have a baseball game that same day because he has apple pie and ice cream to hand out to the spectators. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, inquired who would be coordinating any planned event at the Civic Center grounds.

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that it would be Amador Ballesteros from Lulac Council #14 and himself working on coordinating the event. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, explained to the Council Member that if any city staff is requested to assist him at the Civic Center on the 4th of July they will be earning double time and this is on top of the overtime they will be earning for working on Saturday, July 2nd.

 

Cm. Garcia inquired whether the City is responsible for providing security at the grounds if this event is being done by Lulac Council #14.

 

Cm. Ramirez replied that it would be Mr. Amador Ballesteros who would be handling the details such as permit, electricity, etc. 

 

Motion to allow Cm. Ramirez to work out the details with the City Manager.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Valdez

For:    7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

3.   Discussion with possible action regarding the addition of two (2) parking spaces for taxis at San Agustin Plaza.

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that there are fewer parking spaces for the taxicabs due to the movement of the traffic pattern around the plaza.  He added that it has been suggested to him that this item be taken before the Vehicles for Hire committee.

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, explained that the problem is that the people involved in the hotel renovation project, who are making an $8 million investment, are complaining about the lack of parking spaces.  He added that if the Council Member is requesting that all of the public parking space should be converted into taxicab stands, then the city would be chasing all the people going into the hotel away from there.  He mentioned that the City is working with the hotel property owners on a special project with them.

 

      Jessica Hein, Administrative Assistant to the City Manager, reported on the current area that serves as parking spaces for taxicab stands and the ones that are parking meter spaces.  She stated that city staff could work on redesigning the block on Flores that the Council Members have made reference to.  She added that there are 16 to 18 taxicab stands in total within the downtown area. 

 

      Motion to designate two more parking meter spaces for taxicab stands.

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Second:  

Motion dies for a lack of second. 

4.   Discussion with possible action regarding waiving the entrance fee for the 250th

Anniversary 7 Cultures 7 Flags Festival; explanation of the expenses for the 250th Anniversary Celebration activities and fee justification. 

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that he is being asked why the citizens are being charged an entrance fee to attend the festival.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that the Mayor and City Council created the 250th Anniversary Celebration Commission.  This commission is made up of volunteers and these individuals were charged with determining what activities and events were to be held throughout the year long celebration.  He added that the City has gone through 40% of the activities that are scheduled to be held. 

 

Eddie Zavala, Customer Service Coordinator, reported that there is an entrance fee that the commission established which is $3.00 for adults, $1.00 for children between 6 to 12 years of age, and free entrance for children under 6 years of age.  He stated that the reason for this is because the commission would like to continue with the year-long celebration and stated that there are approximately four additional events that have not yet taken place.

 

Minita Ramirez, Chairperson of the Seven Flags, Seven Cultures Festival event, expressed her appreciation on behalf of the commission for the support and the flexibility they were given in setting up the different activities for the year.  What they decided was to hold this particular event on July 1st and July 2nd because they wanted the community to celebrate our city’s birthday along with the celebration of our nation’s independence.  She added that the commission has other activities to put on the rest of the year such as the history symposium. She reported that to date the commission has gone through $100,000.00 of the monies that were allocated.  She mentioned that the commission members have worked on these festival activities as volunteers before.  She stated that with the musical entertainment, booths, security, equipment, etc. they are already over budgeted by $15,000.00 for this coming event. 

 

Eddie Zavala, Customer Service Coordinator, provided City Council with a breakdown of the expenses following the festival.  He mentioned that the commission is looking at spending $80,000.00 plus another $15,000.00 for the 4th of July fireworks display, and additional expenses for the 250th day of the year celebration.  He stated that this is why it is important to charge this minimal $3.00 entrance fee in order to continue with the year-long celebration.

 

Cm. Garcia stated that perhaps City Council could consider waiving the fee to those 65 years of age and older and the local veterans. 

 

Motion to waive the entrance fee of $3.00 for the elderly over age 65, the  disabled, and the veterans.

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Motion dies for a lack of second. 

 

Cm. Valdez stated that the Council Member also could have expressed his opinion at the planning stage before any events were scheduled.  He stated that an ad hoc committee was created for this purpose of developing and providing a calendar of events for the year.  He also requested that Eddie Zavala inform the City Council of the next meeting date of the 250th Anniversary Celebration Commission and suggested that they place the Council Member’s request on their agenda. 

 

Ms. Minita Ramirez stated that she would express the Council Member’s wishes to the commission members of waiving the fee for anyone over 65 years of age.

 

Cm. Ramirez requested to get a report of action taken by the commission by the next council meeting. 

 

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.

 

43.  Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section

551.071(1)(A) to consult with City Attorney regarding the pending case of Martin Villarreal et al. v. City of Laredo, et al, Cause No. L-03-CV-011 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division; and possible action thereon.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(1)(A) to consult with City Attorney regarding the pending case of Martin Villarreal et al. v. City of Laredo, et al, Cause No. L-03-CV-011 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division; and possible action thereon.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

After Executive Session, Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya announced that no formal action was taken.

 

44.  Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in

regards to deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property located northwest of the Laredo International Airport, for the purposes of drainage improvements and airport purposes, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in regards to deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property located northwest of the Laredo International Airport, for the purposes of drainage improvements and airport purposes, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:   7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

After Executive Session, Mayor Pro Tempore Amaya announced that no formal action was taken.

    

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Rendon

            For:   7                                                 Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

45.  Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY05-076 for the purchase of

unleaded and low sulfur and high sulfur diesel fuel for the City of Laredo’s fleet to the low bidder, Oil Patch Petroleum, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, or to Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, under the local bidder’s preference provision of the Texas Local Government Code 271.905.  Funding is available in the Transit Fund.

 

Motion to approve and award to Arguendegui Oil. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Valdez

For:   7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

   I.       MOTION

 

1.   Motion to reschedule the regular City Council meeting of Monday, July 4, 2005, to Tuesday, July 5, 2005, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                  Second:  Cm. Agredano

                  For:    7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 II.       STAFF REPORT

 

            2. 

     A.   Presentation of a Plan of Finance by Noe Hinojosa of Estrada – Hinojosa & Co., Financial Consultants, on a proposed sale of various bond issues including a combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligations Bond, General Obligation Refunding Bond, International Bridge Revenue & Refunding Bond, International Bridge Revenue & Refunding Bond and a Waterworks & Sewer System Revenue Bond.

 

Noe Hinojosa, Financial Consultant, stated that there are five financings for the City’s existing and future projects.  The comprehensive report is available for inspection at the City Secretary’s Office. 

 

III.       EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

IV.       ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time10:13 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Valdez

            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 28 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on June 6, 2005

 

 

                                                                        ___________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                              City Secretary