CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2005-R-22

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

November 21, 2005

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present, Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores called the meeting to order.

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Elizabeth Flores called the meeting to order.

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                            Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                               Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                     Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                      Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                   Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon                                                   Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                    Council Member, District VI

            Jose A.  Valdez, Jr.,                                             Mayor Pro Tem, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                      Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                          City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                    City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                  Deputy City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                 Assistant City Manager

            Rafael Garcia,                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                        City Attorney

            Motion to excuse Cm.  Galo from the No Smoking Ordinance Workshop.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Garcia

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Cm.  Valdez was not present.

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of September 16, 2005.

 

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of the City of Laredo Youth Exchange Committee.

 

Juniors

Britney  Rodriguez                    Alexander High School            

Michael Castillo                        Cigarroa High School

Erica L.  Lopez             Lyndon B.  Johnson High School

Jose M.  Chavana                     Martin High School

Mark Gonzalez             Nixon High School

Karissa A.  Lozano                   StAugustine High School

Eduardo Gonzalez                    United High School

Danny Martinez                        United South High School

 

                               Seniors

                                    Elizabeth Aguilera                     Cigarroa High School

                                    Javier O.  Torres                      Lyndon B.  Johnson High School

                                    Alexis N.  Herrera                    Martin High School

                                    Priscilla Argaiz              Nixon High School

                                    Guillermo Huerta                      StAugustine High School

                                    Santiago Sandoval                    United High School      

                                    Jonathan Alonso                       United South High School

 

Luis Rendon, a Senior at Alexander High School, was attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

            b.  Recognition of the Code Enforcement Division Inspectors for receiving the              

                 “Congressional Award to the Code Enforcement Division Inspectors for distinguished and outstanding service and dedication to the Community, the State, and the Nation”.

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Director of Community Development, acknowledged that it was a tremendous honor to receive the Congressional Award.  He noted that it is important to recognize them for their efforts on a day to day basis but more so for what they do on the weekends.  He emphasized that a lot of their work is done on a volunteer basis during the weekends.  They work with the youth that have been given community service by cleaning areas that have litter and graffiti.  He specifically recognized Roy Garcia, Code Enforcement Officer, who does an outstanding job and is extremely dedicated to youth and the community. 

 

Roy Garcia introduced the Code Enforcement Division.  He thanked the Mayor, Council, and other businesses for supporting the community service program. 

            c.  Recognition of City Attorney Jaime Luis Flores for his recent election to the Board of           

                 Directors for the Texas City Attorneys Association (TCAA).

 

Larry Dovalina, City Attorney, said that it is always a pleasure to have one of the “City” team members selected and recognized at the state level.  He noted that Mr.  Flores was elected to the state wide board of directors at the TCAA regular meeting held last month from a slate of 14 nominees.  Their mission is to continue legal education of municipal attorneys to certify municipal attorneys, to provide a professional network for those attorneys to meet, and discuss issues with each other. 

            d.  Presentation of certificates to the Mayor and City Council Members by Ms. Estella  

                 Quintanilla on behalf of Laredo Independent School District (LISD) Crimestoppers.

                 

Ms. Estella Quintanilla thanked the Mayor and City Council for their support.  She added that the Laredo Independent School District won five different awards at a conference that was held in Austin.  She recognized students from the district that participated in different projects at the conference. 

 

            Communiques

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

 

The City’s Legal Department is our in-house law firm consisting of six lawyers and two paralegals.  As General Counsel, the department also counts on the services of several outside contract attorneys who provide assistance in some litigation and specialty areas.  For the most part, however, our six in-house counsel meet the department’s mission of providing legal representation before all courts of law, drafting or reviewing all legal documents involving city transactions and rendering legal advice to this governing body and to all city departments.

 

While it is quite impossible to measure the number of “calls to legal” for guidance and advice,  we do estimate that on average our six attorneys provide between 700-1000 telephone or in-person consultations and legal opinions per month.  Attorneys also provide legal advice and problem-solving in numerous meetings and conferences every day in staff meetings,  planning and zoning meetings,  staff advisory and ad-hoc sub-committees meetings, such as engineering, water issues, charter revision, airport advisory, telecommunications, civil service, health benefits, environmental, parks, El Metro, third party funding and others.  And of course, the City Attorney also provides legal counsel at all City Council meetings and legal opinions as requested on all questions of municipal law and the City Charter.

 

Speaking of which, every item that we have before us tonight, whether in the form of ordinances, resolutions, motions, or contracts, has passed through one of our six attorneys’ hands.  Easily, that means somewhere around 6,000 items a year.  Regarding city contracts, of course, there is almost always intense preparation, review, negotiation and drafting involved, and our attorneys are there on them all, from real estate matters, to purchases, to service agreements, leases, acquisitions, tax, health, international matters to... you-name-it... our attorneys are on top of them, zealously guarding the best interests of the city.

 

Although a growing city of the size of Laredo is faced with new daily challenges from providing police and fire protection to providing every public service through its 27 departments, service delivery does not go on without some litigation.  All attorneys work with lawsuits to some extent, however, the city’s litigation work falls primarily on Mr. Jerry Bruce Cain and Mr. Anthony McGettrick.  Both of these gentlemen are experienced litigators with a combined municipal law experience of 35 years.  As mentioned previously, some of our cases in court are handled by TML attorneys, that is litigators that work with our city attorneys and who are paid  under the city’s TML coverage for litigation.  This is where our “small in-house law firm” expands to retain up to 20-30 lawyers at times for different cases.

 

In addition to these court cases, our Municipal Prosecutor handles around 2,000 Class C misdemeanor cases a year.  These are the cases that impact Laredoans on day-to-day basis and that keep our city ordinances and traffic citations enforced.  Mr. Ernie Garcia is our primary prosecutor; Ms. Melissa Saldaña is the back-up municipal prosecutor.

 

The bulk of the legal work for the city, however, gets done with six lawyers and two assistants only.  This staff in essence serves all 27 departments, management, the governing body and ultimately every citizen of the City of Laredo.  That’s around 30,000 plus citizen clients per attorney, since city attorneys ultimately represent the interests of the citizenry, given that practically every facet of municipal work affecting the interests of Laredoans requires a legal transaction or ordinance to make it happen. 

 

In the Legal Department, each attorney is assigned specific departments, and each attorney becomes not only an expert on, but also, and just as importantly, a virtual member of his or her assigned departments.  For example, one attorney handles all matters concerning the Airport, Environmental, Administrative Services, MIS, Sanitation, and Utilities departments.  That attorney is Ms. Valeria Acevedo.  Similarly, every city attorney is responsible for assisting specific departments.

 

With close to 100 years of collective municipal law experience, the department is well-prepared to guide the City of Laredo in serving the public in every way.  I’d like to close by individually recognizing our hard-working attorneys and staff...  please stand up as I call your names:

 

     Senior Paralegal, San Juanita De Los Reyes ( 24 years with the City)

     Paralegal, Anabel Dovalina (11 years with the City)

     Assistant City Attorney, Melissa Saldaña (11 months with the City)

     Municipal Prosecutor, Ernesto Garcia (3 years with the City)

     Assistant City Attorney, Valeria Acevedo (8 years with the City)

     Assistant City Attorney, Anthony McGettrick (15 total years with the City)

     Assistant City Attorney, Jerry Bruce Cain (20 years with the City)

     and City Attorney, Jaime L. Flores (8 1/2 years with the City)

 

Edna Garcia, representing MADD, thanked Council for allowing her to share the recognition that was given to DWI Law Enforcements.  MADD’s mission is to stop drunken driving, assist victims, and to stop under aged drinking.  The only way that the mission can be completed is to congratulate the enforcers and encourage them to continue their hard work. 

 

The Mayor read the following inscription on the plaque that was presented to the enforcers:

 

“In recognition of your exemplary efforts in DWI enforcement contributing to thousands of lives saved each and every day on America’s Roadways.  Mother’s against Drunk Driving honors your commitment to traffic safety for your community and your country.”  

 

Webb County District Attorney’s Office

The Honorable Danny Valdez

George Altgelt, District Attorney’s Office

Eddie Torres, Agent from Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission

Orlando Alaniz, Lieutenant from the Department of Public Safety

Frank Lopez, Trooper

Webb County Sheriff’s Office

Laredo Police Department

 

Cm.  Agredano apologized to the Parks and Recreational Department for forgetting to mention them at the last City Council meeting.  He praised their efforts in preparing for his annual 5 K run which allows him to raise monies for graduating seniors in South Laredo.  He also thanked the Police, Fire, Community Development, and Health Department for assisting in the 5 K run.  He went on to say that in the last eight years it has been his privilege to be able to distribute over 400 turkeys to families that are less fortunate.   He hoped that all individuals would have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  He especially mentioned that everyone should be thankful to the people that are serving in the armed forces.  He applauded the local veterans for celebrating Veteran’s Day. 

 

Cm.  Garcia noted that he had traveled to Montemorelos with the City Manager and City Secretary to sign a Sister City agreement.  He said that it was a beautiful ceremony that was well attended.  He also wished the Alexander High School Band a wonderful and safe trip to the Macy’s Parade in New York City, New York.   He added that he would be distributing over 100 turkeys to District II families that are less fortunate.  He mentioned that a reporter had asked him what he was thankful for and he replied that he is thankful for the strength that God has given his family.  He stressed that his family and friends have provided the love they need to carry on after the death of his loving mother and brother. He said that he is grateful to everyone for expressing their kindness and prayers to his family.  

 

Cm.  Galo thanked the Veterans for all of their sacrifices throughout the years.  He asked the community to join him in thanking the local veterans.  He mentioned there is so much to be thankful for including the Feast of Sharing. He said that over 12,000 plates were served to less fortunate families.  He thanked the Laredo Police Department for dispersing cruisers to organize with Code Enforcement to issue citations to offenders that park on the side walks downtown.  He congratulated the Nixon Mustangs and United Longhorns for playing great football games.  He thanked everyone and wished everyone a wondrous and safe Thanksgiving. 

 

Cm.  Amaya said that he had attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at Katherine Tarver School.  He noted that it is a beautiful school.  He exemplified City employees, local judges, and businesses for donating their time and monies to beautify his district by removing 34 bags of litter and painting 120 sites that were covered with unlawful markings.   Finally, he mentioned the District IV Turkey give-away where 150 families will receive a turkey. 

 

Cm.  Rendon wished all of the community a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving Day.  He noted that he looks forward to spending time with his family.  He also invited the community to attend the ceremony that will officially name the park on Park and Hillside the Blas Castaneda Park. 

 

Cm.  Belmares mentioned that he had attended a ceremony at the South Texas Food Bank.  He encouraged the community to continue to donate to the South Texas Food Bank because they do excellent work in the community and provide food to families that are less fortunate.  He said that he traveled to Rio Grande City to watch the United Longhorns football team play Los Fresnos.  He said it was a wonderful game.  He also mentioned the Nixon Mustangs football team and their game against PSJA.  He said that the young men are a tribute to their parents, coaching staff, and the community.  He also mentioned that an excellent coach from Alexander, Alfredo Espinoza, had announced that he will retire.  He said that he is an outstanding coach who was a great influence on hundreds of young men throughout the years.  He wished him the best of luck in the future.  He also wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez thanked Alexander High School for inviting him to attend their “Kick-Off” to the Macy’s Day Parade.  He also congratulated Coach Alfredo Espinoza on his retirement from Alexander.  He wished the community a Happy Thanksgiving and noted that people should not drink and drive through the holiday season.    

 

Cm.  Ramirez wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  He acknowledged the soldiers that are serving during the holidays and prayed that they return home safely.  

 

Mayor Flores thanked the Laredo Independent School District Crime Stoppers for presenting a certificate of appreciation to members of the Council and the Mayor for continued support of their program. 

 

Moises Goldberg, Economic Secretary of Guadalajara, thanked the Mayor,

Councilmembers, and staff on behalf of the Mayor from Guadalajara Emilio Gonzales Marcos for doing a tremendous job with the recent celebrations. He mentioned that he spoke with City Secretary Gustavo Guevara and Patricia Taylor, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Director, about signing an agreement to bring a fashion parade from Guadalajara for the 250th Celebration Anniversary.  He mentioned initiating a cultural exchange with the universities and businesses.  

 

Mayor Flores thanked the individuals that strive to make Laredo a wonderful place to live.    She noted that she receives criticism when she says “my Laredo” but feels that it is her home and she can say “my Laredo” like any other person.  Laredo is a very special place to live.  She thanked the Chief of Police and his officers for providing a safe community.   She said it is very important for everyone to remember the families that are struggling to provide safety for families.  She noted that safety is provided by the efforts of different entities.  She went on to discuss a trip to Washington.  She said that she met with Senator Hutchinson, Senator Cornyn, Congressman Bonilla, and more importantly Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff.   She noted that he is not supporting a “wall” but is supporting technology that will speed the process without compromising border safety.  Finally, she mentioned an delightful interchange that she had with the ambassador from Canada while eating breakfast at the Whitehouse. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

            a.  Appointment by Council Member Gene Belmares of Tony Vedia to the Plaza Theater          

                 Renovation Committee.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                 Second:  Cm.  Valdez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

     

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1.  Individual Public Hearings for the voluntary annexation of ten (10) tracts of land :

                

Jesus Sanchez noted that he had mixed feelings regarding the annexations.  He asked City Council to consider the colonias in their decision making.  

 

Luis Alfonso Diaz De Leon, said that he wanted to focus on the fact that besides Tanquesitos, which we have included in the annexation, there are many other colonias that are not receiving sewer or water.  He said that it looks like the City is bypassing them and incorporating 867.81 acres in addition to what they already have.  He noted that he cannot understand why colonias are not provided water and sewer year after year.  He went on to say that he objects to further annexation until the current colonias have the same privileges as other City tax payers. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, informed Council that the Tanquesitos that is identified in the annexation is not a colonia. 

 

Mayor Flores advised that the annexations are volunteer annexations that have been requested by the property owners. 

               

                 o Tract 1: San Isidro Northeast Tract– 440.32 acres, more or less;

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Belmares said the he has talked to the developer and he will be building the proper infrastructure necessary for the water needs. 

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                 o Tract 2: Killam Ranch Tract– 13.00 acres, more or less;

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            o Tract 3: Hurd Ranch I Tract – 92.13 acres, more or less;

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

            o Tract 4: Hurd Ranch II Tract – 37.26 acres, more or less;

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Valdez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            o Tract 5: Hector Gaona Tract – 0.33 acres, more or less;

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            o Tract 6: Rolando Gaona Tract – 0.74 acres, more or less;

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                 o Tract 7: Las Misiones Tract – 0.71 acres, more or less;

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Valdez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                 o Tract 8: Carrasco Tract -23.39 acres, more or less;

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                 o Tract 9: E. G. Ranch Tract – 222.28 acres, more or less;

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                 o Tract 10: Tanquecitos Tract – 37.65 acres, more or less,

                 for a total of 867.81 acres, more or less, as described in the attached tract                                  summaries, as required by Section 43.063 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Valdez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Valdez

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                                    Cm.  Garcia

 

            2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the               City of Laredo by rezoning the East 2/3 of Lot 4, Block 494, Eastern Division, located at               319 East Taylor Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited                                   Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and                            Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                                    Cm.  Garcia

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close and table for the next meeting. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the               City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 thru 8, Block 2024, Eastern Division, located at 3200               Blaine Street, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business                         District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning                            Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Valdez

                 For:      8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

 

            4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the               City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7, 8 and 9, Block 26, Eastern Division, located at 719                  Chihuahua Street, from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial                 District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning                            Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of the property owners, said that the B-1 would allow the property owners to construct a small mixed use shopping center.  He asked Council to concur and allow the project to move forward. 

 

                 Motion to cloase the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the               City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 10, Block 368, Western Division, located approximately                at 1819 San Agustin Avenue, from R-2 (Multifamily Residential District) to R-O                             (Retail/Office District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and                  Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Valdez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input and introduce.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Ramirez

            6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the               City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for maintenance and parts for                     forklifts on Lots 11 and 12, Block 432, Eastern Division, located at 302 W. Saunders                    Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning                                    Commission recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit. 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a Conditional Use Permit.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Rendon

 

            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the               City of Laredo by rezoning 10 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in                          attached Exhibit "A", located south of Hwy 359 and East of Riata Road, from R-1                       (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for        publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended                                approval of the zone change.  

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2 and 3, Alexander Commercial Subdivision Phase I, located at 1701 Peaceful Meadow Court, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Rendon

 

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

City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a welding shop on the North 1/3 of Lot 1 and the South 1/3 of Lot 3, Block 927, Western Division, located at 3604 Santa Maria Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a conditional use permit.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

                 Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Valdez

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning the South 54.5 feet of the East 1/3 of Lot 3 and the South 54.5 feet of Lot 4, Block 774, Eastern Division, located at 2816 Seymour Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Juan Carrillo, speaking on behalf of Cesar Vela, spoke in favor of the zone change.  He said that the property owner needs to replat so he can construct an addition to his existing home to accommodate his growing family.  

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Amaya

 

11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance requesting the amendment of Ordinance No.

1997-O-200 which authorized a Special Use Permit for sand and gravel sales and storage on Lot 1, Block 1, Northeast Complex Subdivision, located at 1319 Muller Road by revising the site plan and to approve an above ground diesel storage tank; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Special Use Permit. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reminded Council that the property owner is encroaching on the City property. 

 

Cm.  Rendon asked the property owner to removed and reorganize his business as soon as possible. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Rendon

 

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

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 9 and the West ½ of Lot 8, Block 1262, Eastern Division, located at 2216 Lyon Street, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.  

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and deny.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

13.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 24-78, Off-Street Parking

& Loading Requirements, (p) Parking Space Requirements, (5) Schools (Public, Parochial, or Private), (e) Kindergartens, child care center, nursery schools, and similar uses, except as a home occupation, of the City of Laredo Land Development Code by amending the number of required parking spaces from a minimum of 6 parking spaces to 1 parking space for every 400 square feet of gross floor area, providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to implement a

south bound pedestrian toll free crossing for the week of December 18 through 24, 2005.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

15.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the lease contract with Securitas

Security Services USA, Inc., by removing approximately 220 square feet of office space at Bridge I and reducing the monthly rent by $1,500.00 due to the upcoming demolition of the existing administration building at Bridge I.

 

1.  Amended lease contract will be in effect from January 16, 2006 and end on    

     August 31, 2006.

 

2.  Rent for January 2006 will be $3,226.00 for approximately 220 square feet of

office space at Bridge I for 15 days only and approximately 120 square feet of office space and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540 square feet at Bridge II for the entire month.

 

3.  Monthly rent for February 2006 through August 2006 will be $2,500.00 for

approximately 120 square feet of office space and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540 square feet at Bridge II.

 

            4.  The lease may be terminated by either party with a thirty (30) day written notice.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ross Kaledi, business owner, commented that the rent increase it too high. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

2005-2006 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $10,000.00 in additional funds, and amending the Full Time Equivalent positions for the City by creating one (1) fulltime Sanitarian position and authorizing the City Manager to renew the Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Interlocal Agreement between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb for the total amount of $200,000.00 per fiscal year for locally supported public health services to residents of Webb County for the period beginning October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006.  

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

17.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a

lease agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Webb County Texas, Community Action Agency, as lessee, for a building space of approximately 2,900 square feet, more commonly known as the Lilia Perez Community Center, located at 4420 Santa Maria, as further described in attached exhibit “A”.  The purpose of this lease is for the operation of an Elderly Nutrition Program and other social services to benefit low and moderate income populations.  Lessor will be charged $1.00 per year lease payment and shall be responsible for all utility charges.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Horacio De Leon, Assistant City Manager, said that there is a correction to the agenda item.  He noted the agenda reads “lessor will be charged $1.00 per year” and it should read lessee. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Valdez

 

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

Transit System’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Operating Budget for the Texas Department of Transportation Operating Grant No. 51622F7052 by decreasing the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 State Operating Grant contribution from $740,212.00 to $705,482.00 and increasing the transit sales tax match for operating expenses from $5,590,646.00 to $5,625,376.00.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Rendon

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

19.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into

an agreement between Texas Engineering Extension Service/ Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX) / Emergency Service Training Institute (ESTI) and the City of Laredo Fire Department that will define the responsibilities of both parties for the educational instructional activities to be offered to Firefighters, non-Firefighter trainees and out-of-country first responders to take place at the Laredo International Fire/Law Enforcement Training Center for a period of one (1) year.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

 

20.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a License Agreement with Nextel WIP Lease

Corp., a Delaware Corporation d/b/a Nextel Partners for space at the Fire Station located at 9402 N.E. Bob Bullock Loop, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of License Agreement, to construct a telecommunications equipment building and concrete pad for a standby power generator, more fully described in Exhibit “C,” for use in connection with its communication business.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing December 12, 2005 and ending December 11, 2010 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $7,500.00 each year during the terms of the lease and will be increased by five percent (5%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

21.  Designating as a one-way in the northbound direction Yeary Avenue, between Calton

Road and Hillside Road, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction, and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES  

 

Motion to waive the final readings for Ordinance # 2005-O-284, # 2005-O-285, # 2005-O-286, # 2005-O-287, # 2005-O-288, # 2005-O-289, # 2005-O-290, # 2005-O-291, # 2005-O-292, # 2005-O-293, # 2005-O-294, # 2005-O-295, # 2005-O-296, #2005-O-297, # 2005-O-298, # 2005-O-299, and # 2005-O-300.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Garcia

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.  2005-O-284  Amending the Street Name Map of the City of Laredo by renaming

Southgate Blvd. to Lomas Del Sur Blvd.; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-284.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2005-O-285  Adopting Article 102.0045, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, as added

     by Senate Bill 1704, “Court Cost to Reimburse Counties for Cost of Juror

     Services” and amending the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20, Section 20-

     37 by adding Subsection (i); and providing for severability, effective date

     and publication.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-285.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2005-O-286  Adopting Chapter 133, Subchapter C, Sec. 133.105 (a)(b)(c), Local

     Government Code, as added by House Bill 11 “Fee for Support of Court-

     Related Purposes”, and amending the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20,

     Section 20-37 by adding Subsection (j); and providing for severability,

     effective date and publication.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-286.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2005-O-287  Amending the City of Laredo’s Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Article II,

     Sec. 2-16, which sets forth the Departments of the City, by restructuring      

     the Engineering/Public Works Department whereby the Public Works    

     Division will become the Public Works Department and renaming the

     Engineering/Public Works Department to Engineering Department; and

     by restructuring the Planning and Zoning Department whereby the

     Building Inspections Division will become the Building Services

     Department; and whereby renaming the Administrative Services

     Department to the Human Resources Department; the Management

     Information Systems Department to the Information Technology and

     Support Services Department; and the Landfill/Sanitation Department to

     the Solid Waste Services Department; and providing for an effective date. 

     As Amended.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-287.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2005-O-288  Amending Ordinance No. 2004-O-087 by authorizing the granting to

     Batista Roman Enterprises, Inc., (a non-exclusive franchise commercial

     container service provider in the City of Laredo, Texas), an increase in

     service rates due to fuel and equipment price increases; and amending the

     franchise agreement to include Batista Roman Enterprises, Inc., dba

     Orange Waste Management.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-288.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2005-O-289  Authorizing the City Manager’s acceptance of a grant from the Texas

Forest Service in the amount of $2,000.00 with $2,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $4,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2005-2006 Annual Budget for the Keep Laredo Beautiful (KLB) Fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  Matching monies are available in the KLB account.  The grant funds will be used for the ShadeMasters NeighborWoods Program for the purchase of trees.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-289.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2005-O-290  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 full-time

equivalent positions by creating one (1) full-time Community Service Aide position with benefits in lieu of three (3) contractual positions in the Immunization Action Plan Program beginning September 1, 2005August 31, 2006.  Funding is available in program income.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-290.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2005-O-291  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures of $39,552.00 in additional funds totaling $105,471.00 from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); extending the grant period nine additional months, from September 1, 2004 - August 31, 2006; and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-291.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2005-O-292  Amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2005-2006 full-time equivalent

positions by reclassifying (3) three firefighter positions to three fire captain positions for the EMS Division.  Funding for these positions is available in the Fire Department Operating Budget in the amount of $59,971.79.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-292.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2005-O-293  Amending the FY 2005-2006 Annual Operating Budget for Keep Laredo

     Beautiful by accepting four (4) donations: $500.00 from Westwind

     Development; $499.00 from Wells Fargo for the purchase of oak trees;

     and donations of $150.00 from Falcon International Bank and $100.00

     from G.A. Palacios Construction for the purchase of food for the

     volunteers during the Make a Difference Day Project at Trautmann Park.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-293.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2005-O-294  Amending the City of Laredo 2005 – 2006 Communication System Fund

Annual Budget by adding one (1) full-time equivalent position and appropriating revenues and expenditures in the total amount of $94,311.00 to pay personnel and operating expenses associated with the 800 MHz trunked radio communication system.  Funding is available from the various user departments.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-294.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2005-O-295  Amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Operating Budget in the

Fire Prevention and Arson Fund Budget by accepting a donation of $2,500.00 from Wal-Mart Stores and appropriating said funds for purchasing fire safety educational promotional materials for the Fire Prevention Division.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-295.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2005-O-296  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the airport advertising license

with In-Ter-Space Services, Inc., d/b/a Interspace Airport Advertising and Display, as Concessionaire, authorized by Ordinance No. 97-O-303 dated December 15, 1997, and as amended by Ordinance No. 2000-O-290 dated November 27, 2000.  The proposed amendment will amend Section 7 (A) “Annual License Fees”, subsection (2) “Percentage of Annual Gross Receipts” and Section 7(D) “Definition of Gross Receipts, subsection (2) shall hereby be amended by adding subsection “f”.  This amendment will generate additional revenues to the Airport Fund. All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-296.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

  2005-O-297  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Permit and Right of Entry for

Access Agreement by an Off-Airport Rental Car Business with Gateway Rent-A-Car d/b/a Hertz Rent-A-Car, as Permittee, at the Laredo International Airport. Term shall be for nine (9) months commencing on October 1, 2005, and ending on June 30, 2006.  Permittee shall pay $1,200.00 per year plus six percent (6%) of gross receipts derived from commercial activity at the airport; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-297.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2005-O-298  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Foreign-Trade Zone

Operations Agreement with Valls International (Laredo) Inc., as Zone Site Operator, covering 15,816 square feet of activated space located at 302 Grand Central Blvd., Foreign Trade Zone Site 1-A effective December 1, 2005 and ending November 1, 2006, with two (2) options to renew ending on November 1, 2007 and November 1, 2008. Providing activation, administration and transaction fees be paid to the City; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-298.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2005-O-299  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to

     effectively convey fee simple title to Zita Martha Mendez, the “Surface

     Only”, at its market value of $5,775.00 for certain property described as a

     2,100.09 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of

     Malinche Avenue between Pecan and San Salvador Streets said property

     being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County,

     Texas, being described on attached Exhibit “A”, and providing for an

     effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-299.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2005-O-300  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a License Agreement with

Nextel WIP Lease Corp., a Delaware Corporation d/b/a Nextel Partners for space at the South Laredo Elevated Water Storage Tank located at 2106 Mexico Ave., Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of License Agreement, for the installation and operation of certain antennae facilities for use in connection with its communications business and a parcel of land within the Owned Premises for the location of an equipment building and related facilities associated with the Antennae Facilities. Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing November 21, 2005 and ending November 20, 2010 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $15,000.00 each year during the terms of the lease and will be increased by five percent (5%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-300.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

23.  2005-R-123  Accepting the donation of a 0.1099 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land

as an Access and Utility Easement, from Lago Del Mar Property Owners Association, Inc., a Texas Non-Profit Corporation. Said parcel of land being out of Lot 1, Block 2 of Lago Del Mar Subdivision-Unit 4, of record in Volume 20, Page 55, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas; as described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A & B.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-123.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

24.  2005-R-124  Accepting the donation of a 0.45 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land as

a Utility Easement, from Alexander Residential Development, L. P., a Texas Limited Liability Partnership.  Said parcel of land being situated in Porcion 26, Abstract 282, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A & B.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-124.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

25.  2005-R-125  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a Brownfield Grant application to

the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) under the Brownfield Program in the amount of $200,000.00, with $40,000.00 in matching funds, for a total of $240,000.00. This grant will allow for a community wide assessment and cleanup, if applicable. Matching funds are available in the Environmental Services Department.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-125.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

26.  2005-R-126  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of a 65.81

acres, more or less, parcel of land adjacent to the Laredo International Airport, for airport purposes and to install drainage improvements.  Said parcel of land being out of C. B. & C. N. G. R. R. Survey 1021, Abstract 64, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B; and authorizing staff to negotiate for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner(s).

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-126.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

27.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Ashley Humphries Sanchez

Architects, Laredo, Texas, for the Boxing Gym to be located adjacent to the Cigarroa Recreation Center and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund – CD Project / Cigarroa Recreation Center – 30th Action Year / 2004 Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Juarez

Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $50,110.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for Water and Sanitary Sewer Improvements Phase I on the Piedra China Street / Texas / Milmo Avenue area in South Laredo.  Funding is available in the Water Works and Sewer Construction Fund.

 

Magdelena Martinez thanked the Council for its approval.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Mejia Engineering

Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $138,625.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Calton Road Reconstruction (From West IH-35 Right-of-Way to Approximately 700’ West), a project funded through the Transit Sales Tax Bond.  Funding is available in the Transit Tax and Revenue CO 2004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Crane Engineering

Corporation, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $52,250.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Maryland / Taylor Drainage Improvements, a project funded through NPDES. Funding is available in the 2005 CO Bond.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration for approval to rescind the selection of consultant SplashSpot, L.L.C.,

Waco, Texas, for the Seven Flags Park Water Splash Park Project, a design/build contract.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2004 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan

by reprogramming a total of $45,000.00 of 30th Action Year (AY) 2004 Program Income funds allocated to Community Development Reserve Appropriation and utilize the $45,000.00 to allow for acquisition, design and construction of a new activity, the proposed Central Laredo Senior Citizen Center.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional services contract FY 06-020 to       

KGB Texas Public Relations / Advertising for a public relations effort in an amount not to exceed $100,000.00.  Funding is available in the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau Fiscal Year 2006 Budget, Marketing Division.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Authorizing the City Manager to renew the Interlocal Agreement between the City of

Laredo and the County of Webb for the Health Department to continue placing a modular building on land adjacent to the Larga Vista Community Center, at no cost, to house the WIC Program and to which the City of Laredo has extended the appropriate utility connections to the building.  The term of the agreement shall be for four (4) years beginning October 1, 2005 through October 31, 2009.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                 Cm.  Amaya

 

35.  Pursuant to Section 3.04 of the Charter to authorize (1) the City Manager to designate

as Acting City Manager, whenever the City Manager will be out of town or should be temporarily indisposed by reason of ill health or injury, one of the following city officers and in that order of precedence: the deputy city manager, one of the two assistant city managers, or a department head of his selection; (2) and specifying that this authority does not apply to the situation wherein the City Manager has resigned, has been terminated, or is permanently disabled; and (3) the City Manager shall address a letter to, and file it, with the City Secretary each time such designation occurs, stating why and for what period, actual or anticipated; and (4) the City Secretary shall notify the Mayor and Council Members by forwarding copies of such letter to them.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

month of October 2005 represents an increase of $20,428.36.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute the State Homeland Security Grant Program

Sub-Recipient Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) to perform certain project tasks for the period beginning October 1, 2004 and ending December 30, 2006, and accepting the total grant award in the amount of $655,736.00. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

38.  A.  Presentation by Erasmo A. Villarreal, Community Development Director, and

Abraham Rodriguez, Executive Director, Metro Affordable Housing Corp., regarding the Cardinal Point Townhomes Affordable Housing Development project, with possible action.

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, explained that the Cardinal Point Townhomes is a project between the City of Laredo and the Metro Affordable Housing, Corp. to create affordable housing.  The City of Laredo owns the property and the Metro will do the construction.  He gave a recommendation to the Council to deed over the property to the Metro Affordable Housing. 

 

Jose Ceballos, from Metro Affordable Housing Development, said that when the project is complete, clients will be moved from Section 8 to home ownership. 

 

Motion to give staff authorization to proceed with the documentation necessary to bring the item back to Council to do a line item transfer. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

B.  Staff report by Rafael Garcia, Jr., Assistant City Manager, regarding the El Portal

     Lease, with possible action.

 

Rafael Garcia, Assistant City Manager, reported that a cover letter with a revised contract from the City Manager was sent to Thomas Rumps with the retail group.  A copy of this cover letter along with the revised contract was also sent to the Mayor and Council.   Subsequently a letter was sent to Mayor and Council from Bruce Cole, representing the retail group, advising City staff that they were rejecting all changes to the contract.  They said that they were no longer interested in negotiating with the City.  He explained that he was looking for approval from Council to send the revised contract to potential bidder with one addition.  He explained that there is an interest to add a $300,000 security deposit to the contract.  

 

Cm.  Galo said he does not see a need to require bidders to submit $300,000.00 security deposit.   He suggested requiring a cash deposit once the bidder has been selected.  He advised that the contract needs a few more changes including the time frames and if the City would allow free rent.

 

Rafael Garcia, Assistant City Manager, addressed Cm.  Galo’s concerns and said that there are three triggering points for receiving payment of the rent:  180 days from day the beneficial occupancy.  (Once the City is able to get the building in according with the specs to the company), time that the lessee obtains a building permit, or the minute the lessor or the sub-lessor starts doing business.  The most time that the lessee can have is 180 days.

 

Cm.  Garcia said that in the prior meeting Council was not in favor of asking potential bidders for a security deposit. 

 

Cm.  Galo mentioned that the City should have the right to reject any tenant. 

 

Rafael Garcia, Assistant City Manager, advised that the contract was approved by the Legal Department. 

 

Galo moved to put this contract out for re-bid as a minimum basis if they want to bid $2.01 or $2.05 or 1.1%, whatever they want to bid above that and everything else in here that is subject to alteration, except for the price and the percentage by the end of January.

 

Motion to authorize staff to re-bid the revised contract regarding the El Portal Lease and set a time line for the resubmission for the end of January.    

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Mayor Flores stated that she would like to exercise her right to veto.  She explained that Council can override her veto; however, she believes that the City did have a legitimate contract with worthy customers.  She said that she feels that Council made a terrible mistake and was led astray by some bad information. 

 

Criteria

United Sports Equities

United Sports/Veterans

City Staff

Lease/Rental

The greater $100,000 per year or $1 per ticket sale

$304,000 in three equal installments

The greater $100,000 per year or $1 per ticket sale

Period of Occupancy

1 year

1 year w/5 year option

1 year w/2 year option

Concessions

-50% on net concession revenues on all events

Included in lease payment

35% of gross revenues

Improvements

Two concession facilities

Two concession facilities

Two concession facilities

Maintenance

50% city is responsible

Included in lease payment

50% city is responsible Based on actual expenses

Advertising

50% net revenue on local advertisement on all events

Included in lease payment

35% of gross revenues on local ads

Repairs

All major repairs – 100% city responsibility.  All minor repairs 100% USE responsibility

Included in lease payment

City does all repairs and invoices United repairs under $1,000

Parking

Parking – 50% net on all events

Included in lease payment

35% of gross revenues

 

Utilities

City is responsible for 50%

Included in lease

50% city is responsible Based on actual expenses

Miscellaneous

Cooperation with other scheduled users/agreements – Offer 25-acre development agreement to build new 4,000-seat stadium for 2007 season thru sale of city revenue bonds for 30-year lease.

-Cooperation with other scheduled users – Contingent upon approval of development agreement

-Cooperation with other scheduled users – Letter of Credit to cover Operations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion to override the veto.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  01

 

C.  Staff presentation by Horacio de Leon, Jr., Assistant City Manager, regarding the

status of negotiations on the Veterans Field Baseball Lease Agreement, with possible action.

 

 

 

 

Fundamental issues Stadium Negotiations

 

Use of Proposed Site 39.7 acres; for additional LED Parking

 

                                                                        United                          City

Acreage                                                           25-40                           10-15

Length of Lease Term                                       40 years                       20 years

Infrastructure Requirements                               City                              ?

Construction/Operation Guarantees                   None                            L.O.C.

Lease Payment                                     $12,000                       ?

 

Statues/Ordinance Language

 

Statute

 

Section 334.001. Definitions (3):  “Related infrastructure’ includes any store, restaurant, on-site hotel, concession, automobile parking facility…park, or other on-site or off-site improvement that relates to an enhances the use, value, or appeal of a venue, including areas adjacent to the venue, and any other expenditure reasonably necessary to construct, improve, renovate, or expand a venue, including and expenditure for environmental remediation.”

 

Ordinance No.  2005-O-061

 

Caption:  “Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas sports venue sales tax revenue improvement and refunding bonds, series 2005, in the principal amount of $33,550,000 to finance a sports venue project for related infrastructure improvements to the multi-purpose entertainment arena for acquisition and construction of additional parking and refunding the city’s sports venue sales tax revenue bonds, series 2001 and ordaining other matters relating to the subject including authorizing a bond purchase agreement and escrow agreement and official statement, and providing for the security of the bonds and pledging of a sales tax and authorizing amendment to City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein. 

 

Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Laredo, Texas:

 

“Section 1:  AMOUNT AND PURPOSE OF THE BONDS.  The bonds of the issuer are hereby authorized to be issued and delivered in the aggregate principal amount of $33,550,000 for the purpose to provide $4,955,000 for related infrastructure improvements to the Laredo Entertainment Center, to – wit: acquisition and construction of additional parking (the “Project”) and to provide $28,595,000 for refunding the refunded bonds.”

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

39.  A.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the construction of speed humps on

     Northstar Drive with District VI CIP Discretionary Funds.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, advised that the speed humps would cost $4,500.

 

Motion to use the discretionary funds from District VI to fund the construction of speed humps on Northstar Drive

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the construction of a bus stop at Bob

     Bullock Loop 20 and Del Mar Boulevard.

 

Cm.  Belmares explained that this request came forward as part of a petition from over 200 signatures from a church that opened east of Del Mar and Loop 20.

He went on to say that there are two issues of concern that must be considered and studied.  Staff would need to work with TxDOT if it is placed on Loop 20 and must also consider the safety factors if it is placed on Del Mar. 

 

R. J. Garza, Assistant General Manager from El Metro, said that they have reviewed the said area and confirmed that it is a very high safety related issue.  He said that it would be very costly to construct something of that nature on the loop itself.  He said that he would continue to research the price and return to Council with different recommendations including one on Del Mar, TxDOT, and Del Mar East.      

 

                   B.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

                       1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of a street light on the

                            1900 Block of San Leonardo.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, advised that staff has made a request to AEP for a cost estimate so they can move forward with the installation.  

 

2.  Discussion on providing for two-way traffic on Santa Rita Avenue between

     Lincoln Street and Washington Street, with possible action. 

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, advised that in October of 2005 staff was instructed to convert one street which is west of Santa Maria the traffic department looked at the entire area because there were one way streets and two way streets.  Staff reviewed the item and placed it on the agenda for the Transportation Committee who approved a plan for a one way which is now in place.  Staff had a public meeting in the chambers with the residents and no one expressed concerns with our new structure.  He recommended for Council to leave the area as a one way. 

 

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.      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.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

           

40.  Consideration to extend tire contract number 02-101 awarded to the low bidder,

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company; Akron, Ohio, for a six (6) month period in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for providing tires to be used for the Laredo Transit Management, Inc. (49) Buses and (18) Para-transit vehicles.  Funding is available in the Transit Tire Contract Accounts. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        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.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            9:18 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I,  Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 34 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meetings held on November 21, 2005.

 

 

 

                                                                            ____________________________________

                                                                            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                            City Secretary