CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2005-R-23

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

December 12, 2005

5:30 P.M.

 

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Council Member, District III

            Johnny 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

            Donna Magnon,                                                                        Deputy Secretary, IV

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                                     Assistant City Manager

            Rafael Garcia,                                                                           Assistant City Manager

            Anthony McGettrick,                                                                Assistant City Attorney

 

            Cm.  Ramirez left at 5:40 p.m.

           

IV.       MINUTES

            Approval of the minutes of September 19, 2005, November 2, 2005, and November 16,                      2005.

 

            Motion to approve.

           

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of Veronica Gaytan, of the Parks and Recreation Department, on her    

                 selection as November 2005 Employee of the Month.

 

Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Director, reported that the Parks and Recreation Department is very proud in the recognition of Veronica Gaytan.  She has worked for the City of Laredo for two years.  In addition to doing her daily chores as Administrative Assistant, she also assists in the coordination of special projects including ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, and special events.  She also dedicates her personal time assisting with United Way events, 5-K Runs, special tournaments, and nonprofit fundraisers.  She has gained her coworkers admiration for continuing to go above and beyond her call of duty.    

 

            b.  Recognizing Uriel Torres, J.B. Alexander High School Band Drum Major, for his     

                 selection as the recipient of the $5,000.00 Bob Hope Scholarship.

 

The Mayor and City Council presented Uriel Torres, J. B. Alexander High School Drum Major, a Seven Flags Certificate for his selection as the recipient of the $5,000.00 Bob Hope Scholarship. 

 

            Communiqués

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

 

On any given day, Laredo citizens roll out their green garbage can – or “Willie Bote,” as they are affectionately called – and almost magically, the trash is gone. Most residents do not even give another thought to the process and the people behind this important service. There are many dedicated men and women who work diligently to provide an excellent level of service, ensure that the citizens are provided with a consistent high quality result and help keep Laredo clean.

 

Created in 2003, the Solid Waste Department is responsible for collecting garbage, recycling and lawn clippings, as well as maintaining the operation of the City’s Landfill. The department has 132 full time employees and is comprised of the Administration, Sanitation and Landfill divisions.

 

The Solid Waste Department is about to kick-off major initiatives that will help the environment and improve customer service.  A future project includes building a compost facility that utilizes yard waste and bio-solids from the wastewater treatment plant to produce a beneficial compost product that will reduce the amount of waste being deposited at the Landfill.  Additionally, the department will soon break ground on Citizens’ Drop-Off Center, designed to be customer friendly and reduce trips to the Landfill.  Finally, a new parking lot is being built at the Solid Waste headquarters, located at 6912 S.H. 359, 1 2 miles east of Bob Bullock Loop 20, site of the City Landfill.  Aside from improving the aesthetics, the lot will expand parking availability for both employees and equipment alike, creating a safer environment for all. 

 

This division provides:

·        Twice weekly garbage pick up – one of the few Texas cities to do so!

·        Weekly recycling and branch pick up – use those famous blue bags for paper, plastic, tin and aluminum.

·        Special garbage collection service for events, such as festivals and parades – think how messy the Washington’s Birthday Celebration would be without them!

·        24-hour collection of animal carcasses from city streets – animals should be inside plastic bags for the safety of the workers.

 

Sanitation crews collected garbage from 50,000 households for a total of 90,000 TONS of garbage deposited to the landfill. That’s over 5 million individual collections in 2005!  The division operates a fleet of 24 fully automated state-of-the-art collection vehicles equipped with mechanical “arms” to collect the trash and a Global Positioning System used to track and direct vehicle deployment.  They also operate a fleet of 24 rear loader vehicles for recycling and branch pick-up.  In addition to residents, the department also serves 1,500 commercial customers, collecting garbage from the downtown business district seven days a week.  Most importantly, over 3,000 tons of recycling was collected just this year.

 

     Landfill

     When garbage is picked up from a resident’s home, it doesn’t just disappear; it is taken

     to the City Landfill for proper disposal in an engineered and controlled facility. The

     Landfill’s mission is to ensure that the environment is protected while providing

     continuing service to the residents of Laredo. 

 

Contrary to popular belief, the trash is not just thrown into some big hole in the ground.  In fact, disposal areas are lined with synthetic liners and the ground water and air all around the perimeter of the facility is regularly monitored to insure that what goes in, stays in.  This is done to ensure that the byproducts of the decomposing trash do not leach into the surrounding land and water. This monitoring will continue for decades after the last load of garbage is put into the landfill.

 

Another important activity of the Landfill division is recycling. The division has developed a community outreach program, lead by Willie Bote, Laredo’s favorite environmentally trashcan mascot, who leads educational programs in Laredo schools.  He also helps spearhead and implement various recycling contests and events throughout the year, to encourage recycling among adults, as well.  The Landfill division also oversees the Material Recovery Facility, where recycling is sorted and compacted for sale.

 

 

           Landfill Facts:

·        Approximately 345,000 tons (690 million pounds) were deposited in the City Landfill during 2005.

·        Over 114,000 customers have been served at the Landfill Scale House in the last 12 months.

·        Almost 1,800 tons of branches were collected at the City Landfill for converting into mulch, which is then made available, free of charge to Laredo residents, at various locations in town.

·        Over 350 tons of goods were diverted from the landfill and sold for scrap metal value.

·        Used oil is collected at 13 different sites and then recycled.  The division collected 38,625 gallons in 2005.

·        Tire collection events are held monthly, which yield over 2,000 tires per month.

 

Talking trash is the Solid Waste Department’s business.  So, you and your Willie Bote can help them and their Willie Bote keep Laredo clean.

 

Cm.  Agredano welcomed Laredo soldiers who have returned from serving in the armed forces at Iraq. 

 

Cm.  Garcia also welcomed the returning soldiers.  He thanked the community for making an extra effort to clean the parking lots at local business during the holiday season. 

 

Cm.  Galo congratulated Alexander High School Band for participating in the Macy’s Parade in New York.  He also welcomed the returning soldiers.  Finally, he mentioned the toys drives that are taking place to assist children that are less fortunate.  He thanked the community for contributing toys.  He asked the community to be patient and understanding during the busy holiday season. 

 

Cm.  Amaya welcomed Tomas Sanchez, soldier and an employee of his, who served fifteen months in Iraq.  He said that he is gearing up for his annual toy drive that was initiated by District IV Special Projects Committee.  He noted that the school has identified over 200 children who are less fortunate.  He thanked the Fire and Police Department and the business community for assisting him in the toy drive.

 

Cm.  Rendon thanked Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Director, and Juan Carreon, Special Projects Coordinator, for assisting him at the Las Damas de la Cultura de Oro Christmas Choir Festival.  He made note that it was a very wonderful event.  He also thanked John Orfila, Public Works manager for replacing the some sidewalks at the nursing home in his District. 

 

Cm.  Belmares said that he hoped everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  He also congratulated the J. B. Alexander Band for participating in the Macy’s Day Parade.  He mentioned a toy drive that he will be sponsoring for 90 children.  He thanked the community for assisting in the toy drive.  He asked the community to “Shop Laredo First”.  He said Christmas is a critical season for Laredo merchants and they have the best merchandise.  He reminded everyone to attend the first annual Holiday Bowl where officials will play flag football against the media at Kruger field.  The event will provide toys for children in the community who are less fortunate.  He congratulated the Laredo Builder’s Association for doing a tremendous job organizing the “Parade of Homes”.  He also congratulated City staff for doing a wonderful job organizing the city’s Christmas dance. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore congratulated the soldiers who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan duties.  He also thanked the City Dance Committee for doing a great job.  He said that he hoped that the community had a wonderful Thanksgiving because we should cherish moments with family. 

 

Mayor Flores advised that she had received a letter from a family in Australia who commented on information that they received as they watched the Public Broadcasting System.  She said they congratulated City staff for working hard to promote the beautiful aspects of the City.  She thanked the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for a wonderful tree lighting ceremony.  She also thanked Mall Del Norte for organizing a Christmas Parade. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

            a.  Appointment of a Council Ad-Hoc Committee to review site evaluations from staff and             the City’s consultant on the feasibility of a municipal golf course.

 

Mayor Flores advised in an effort to anticipate the help that staff will need from Council she created a committee to work with staff.  The committee will also take over the Baseball Committee after Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez leaves to pursue his campaign for Mayor.  The Committee of the council will be called Sports Venue Committee.  It will address all issues relative to sports at City owned properties and events before they are brought to Council.  She appointed the following members:

 

Cm.  Garcia

Cm.  Rendon

Cm.  Belmares

       

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of               the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 440.32 acres, more or less, located                   approximately north of Bob Bullock Loop and east of San Isidro Ranch East Point                         Center Subdivision, Unit 2, specifically the San Isidro Northeast Tract, providing for the                 effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract                       adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-      1 (Single Family Residential District).

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

J. J. Houdmann, representing San Isidro Management, L. C., said that he has received the annexation agreement and it is identical to the previous agreements except for three sentences.  Basically, what it pertains to is the park dedication requirements, which they are in agreement with,  except that it states that should an ordinance pertaining to the park dedication be adopted, the ordinance shall superceded any provisions established herein.  He noted that they are in agreement, but he feels that it is not necessary because Mr.  Selman explained that if we have already platted it does not pertain to the platted property.  The next sentence is Section IV under land use upon annexation the property owner agrees not to utilize the tract for agricultural purposes.  This particular provision is creating a covenant running with the land that restricts it to other use that would exclude agricultural use.  This is an agreement that is a ten year agreement.  At some point in the next 10 years if the real estate businesses changes, it would be advantageous to the developer to have the option to be able to put development aside and have the ag exemption.  Finally, he said that the last paragraph refers to impact fees that may be adopted by the city that states that any ordinance shall supercede any provisions established herein.  The company is agreeing annexation fees, water availability fees, and any other fees.  He asked Council to reconsider the section pertaining to ag-exemptions.   

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with an amendment to the ag-   exemption issue.  

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                  Second:  Cm.  Valdez

                  

                  Cm.  Belmares withdrew his motion.

 

                  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as written.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                  Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

                  For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

               

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of               the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 13.00 acres, more or less, located                     approximately south of U.S. Highway 59 and east of Loop 20, specifically the Killam                     Ranch Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City                         Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and           

                 establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Valdez

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of               the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 92.13 acres, more or less, located   

                 approximately east of Loop 20 and south of Woodland Subdivision, specifically the

                 Hurd Ranch I Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the            

                 City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and           establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

 

                 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.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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            4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of               the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 37.26 acres, more or less, located                     approximately east of Loop 20 and north of Larga Vista Subdivision, specifically the                       Hurd Ranch II Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the                  City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and             establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

               

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of               the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 0.33 acres, more or less, located                       approximately along State Highway 359, 1.4 miles east of Loop 20, and across from                      colonia Old Milwaukee, specifically the Hector Gaona Tract, providing for the effective                  date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a          

                 service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1 (Single                 Family Residential District).

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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            6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of

                 the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 0.74 acres, more or less, located                              approximately along State Highway 359, 1.4 miles east of Loop 20, and across from                                   colonia Old Milwaukee, specifically the Rolando Gaona Tract, providing for the                         effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract                          adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-      1 (Single Family Residential District).

 

                 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.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agrerdano

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of               the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 0.71 acres, more or less, located                       approximately south of State Highway 359 and east of Las Misiones Blvd., specifically      the Las Misiones Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the                  City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and             establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 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

 

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8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of

the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 23.39 acres, more or less, located approximately south of State Highway 359 and east of both the colonia Old Milwaukee and Dr. Ramos Tract, specifically the Carrasco Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) for 4.91 acres, more or less; and R1-A (Single Family Reduced Area District) for 18.47 acres, more or less.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 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

 

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9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of

the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 222.28 acres, more or less, located approximately a half mile south of State Highway 359 and the City of Laredo landfill, specifically the E. G. Ranch Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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10.     Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of

the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 37.65 acres, more or less, located approximately north of State Highway 359, immediately west of Los Altos Subdivision and north of Tanquecitos, Phase 2, specifically the Tanquecitos Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

 

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.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                 Cm.  Garcia

 

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11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Laredo Municipal Housing

Corp. (LMHC) FY 2005/2006 Budget by drawing down and appropriating $ 1,120,000.00 from its opening balance to the City’s Capital Improvement Fund.  This transfer will be set up to carry out the necessary repairs associated with the Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project.  The amendment is authorized by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation. 

 

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.  Garcia

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $5,038.00 in additional funds, totaling $112,280.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Prevention Services for HIV – Infected Persons Project (PSHIP) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the contract period beginning January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006, and execute the contract.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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13.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance  as mandated by the Texas Health and Safety

Code Chapter 191-0045, local registrars must charge the same fees as charged by the state office; therefore, we are amending Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, Section 2-3(b) Fees for City Services (b) Health Department of the City Code of Ordinances increasing the fee for certified birth certificates from $13.00 to $22.00 and death certificates from $9.00 to $20.00; and requesting approximately $100,000 in additional revenues be appropriated to expense accounts 226-2912 ($69,000) and 226-2930 ($31,000); and providing for effective date and publication.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was no present.

 

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

2005 – 2006 General Fund Budget to appropriate grant revenues and expenses from the 2005 State Homeland Security Grant Sub-Recipient agreement between the City of Laredo and the Texas Division of Emergency Management in the original amount of $459,818.00.  In addition, the acceptance and appropriation of the State Homeland Security grant through the State Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program in the amount of $195,918.00.  The total amount appropriated from the State Homeland Security program will be $655,736.00.  Equipment received through the grant agreement will be used for the City’s Fire and Police Departments.  The appropriation of said grant revenue and expenditures will account for grant proceeds and equipment purchased through the grant and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  The above said grant requires no in-kind matching funds.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

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

cash donation from Robert E. Lewis in the amount of $5,000.00 in memory of his mother, Mrs. Kathryn Lewis and amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the Friends of the Library Fund by appropriating said funds, providing for effective date. Funds will be used to purchase books, equipment, and furnishings for future library projects.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

cash donation from James Avery in the amount of $2,500.00 in memory of Samuel Alexander Meyers and amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the Friends of the Library Fund by appropriating said funds, providing for effective date.  Funds will be used to purchase books, equipment, and furnishings for future library projects.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

17.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a supplemental grant awarded and

amending the City of Laredo 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenses in the amount of $1,309.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of $101,225.00 awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), at no cost to the city, to fund the South Texas Multi-Agency Drug Related Corruption Task Force.  Funds will be used to pay overtime, fringe benefits and operational expenses from January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

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

execute the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grant, Section 5309, TX-03-0274-00, in the amount of $2,546,681.00 for the new transit facility; and to appropriate $2,546,681.00 in the transit system’s fiscal year 2005 – 2006 Capital Grants Budget 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:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

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

budget amendment appropriating operating funds from the Federal Transit Administration Grant No. TX90X664 from Fiscal Year    2004 – 2005 in the amount of $606,930.00 to be used for operating expenses in Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006, increasing the federal contribution from $2,943,542.00 to $3,550,472.00 and decreasing the sales tax match for operations from $5,590,646.00 to $4,983,716.00 and amending the Transit Sales Tax Fund by $526,148.00 by transferring $80,782.00 into sales tax reserve and reducing transfer to operations by $606,930.00.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

20.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance endorsing and accepting the revised and

updated El Lift Rider’s Policy and Procedure to improve the service efficiency of the El Metro’s El Lift Paratransit service which provides shared, curb to curb, public transportation to people with disabilities that are unable to use the El Metro’s fixed route buses.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

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21.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2004-O-325 of the

City of Laredo, by updating City’s Conservation Plan, which is in compliance with 30 Texas Administrative Code 288.2, titled Water Conservation Plans for Municipal Uses by Public Water Suppliers. The amendment will include the following:

A.  Specific, qualified five-year (5) and ten-year (10) targets for water savings to

 include goals for water loss programs and goals for municipal use, in gallons per    

 capita per day; and

B.  Metering device(s), with an accuracy of plus or minus 5.0%, to measure and

      account for the amount of water diverted from the source of supply;

     Providing for severability and an effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Galo was not present.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

2005 – 2006 Annual Budget for the Water Operations Fund by increasing the Full Time Equivalent positions (FTE’s) by nine (9) and drawing down on the opening balance and appropriating expenses in the amount of $160,482.00 for the addition of four (4) Customer Service Representatives and five (5) Water Meter Readers for the Billing Division.

 

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.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

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

between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Jett Racing and Sales, Inc., as Lessee, approved on January 2, 2001, by Ordinance No. 2001-O-007 for approximately 18,000 square feet constituting Building No. 104 located at 4805 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Section 1.08 “Use and Use Conflict” is being amended for the purpose of allowing Lessee to sublease a portion of the leased premises.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Collector & Assessor, said that there were three accounts that are delinquent.  One account was paid today, the other bill will be paid on Monday, and the third account is under litigation.  The Webb County Appraisal District included the property on the roll for five year and Jett Racing is protesting four of those years. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

a twelve-foot-wide (12) Easement and Right-of-Way to AEP Texas Central Company for the installation of electric distribution facilities to serve the Fuel Farm and various other future City of Laredo Airport projects.  Said twelve-foot-wide (12) Easement and Right-of-way containing 32,479.38 square feet (0.7456 of an acre), and being out of Lot No. 1, Block No. 1, of the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal Subdivision Plat, recorded in Volume 16, pages 45-47, of the Map Records of Webb County, Texas, being described on attached Exhibit A; and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

25.  Amending Chapter 32, “Vehicles for Hire”, Article II; Taxicabs, of the Code of

Ordinances of the City of Laredo: Specifically sections 32-22, Initial Application for Annual Permit, and section 32-35, Application; providing for severability and for an effective date and publication. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

           

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinance # 2005-O-301, # 2005-O-302, # 2005-O-303, # 2005-O-304, # 2005-O-305, # 2005-O-306, # 2005-O-307, # 2005-O-308, # 2005-O-309, # 2005-O-310, # 2005-O-311, # 2005-O-312, # 2005-O-313, # 2005-O-314, #2005-O-315, # 2005-316, # 2005-O-317, and # 2005-O-318.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

26.  2005-O-301  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.  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-301.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

2005-O-302  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-302.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

2005-O-303  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-303.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

2005-O-304  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.   

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-304.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

2005-O-305  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-305.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

                   2005-O-306  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.    

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-306.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

 

 

                  2005-O-307  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-307.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

                  2005-O-308  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.  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-308.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

    

                  2005-O-309  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-309.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

  

2005-O-310  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-310.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

  2005-O-311  Authorizing the City Manager to implement a south bound pedestrian toll

    free crossing for the week of December 18 through 24, 2005.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-311.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

2005-O-312  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-312.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

                  2005-O-313  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-313.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

2005-O-314  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.  As Amended.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-314.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

                  2005-O-315  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-315.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

2005-O-316  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-316.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

2005-O-317  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-317.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

                  2005-O-318  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-318.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Valdez

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

27.  2005-R-128  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of

$167,600.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Tuberculosis Prevention & Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006, and execute the contract.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-128.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

28.  2005-R-130  Accepting the donation of a fifteen-foot (15) utility easement from Satco,

Inc., for the extension of utility service lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision.  Said easement being the north 15 feet of Tract 4, and being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-130.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

29.  2005-R-131  Accepting the donation of a fifteen-foot (15) utility easement from Eva

Estrada and Juan Estrada, for the extension of utility service lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision.  Said easement being the north 15 feet of Tract 3, and being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-131.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       MOTIONS

 

30.  Consideration to award contract FY06-017 to the low bidder, Impacto Visual, Nuevo

Laredo, Tamps., MX in the total amount of $19,900.00 for a one (1) year billboard advertising contract in or around Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

31.  Consenting to Jett Racing and Sales, Inc. subleasing a portion of the leased premises,

approved by Ordinance No. 94-O-214, located on Tract No. 5 at the Laredo International Airport to Elizabeth Benavides, d/b/a Elite Aviation, Inc. for purposes of obtaining a Fixed Base Operator’s License to provide Line Services (dispensing aircraft fuels and oils).  The subject lease allows Lessee to sublease all or a portion of the leased premises with Lessor’s prior consent.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

32.  Authorizing the City Manager to approve payment from the City’s Arena Renewal and

Replacement Account for the purchase of seats and parts and new flooring for 6 conference rooms in a total amount not to exceed $37,127.00. Items purchased through the Renewal and Replacement Account are on a 50% cost basis to the City of Laredo and a 50% cost basis to Arena Ventures, L.L.C., funding is available in the Renewal and Replacement Account. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

33.  Consideration for approval of the release of a partial retainage of $25,841.19 from the

current retainage amount of $36,915.98 from the construction contract with Zertuche Construction Company, Laredo, Texas, for the Farias Community Center. An amount of $11,074.79 is being retained for completion of pending items. Funding is available in the Community Development Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

34.  Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $66,841.68 to the

professional services contract with Structural Engineering Associates, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the bidding and construction phase to include management, supervision and address design issues that may arise in the construction project of the Rehabilitation of Laredo Colombia Solidarity International Bridge.  Funding is available in the Bridge 2005 A Revenue Bond.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

35.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $11,025.00 for

additional quantities and tasks required by actual conditions encountered upon commencement of work, acceptance of the Los Obispos Phase I Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $23,423.75 to LEH Contractors, Inc, San Antonio, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $248,265.00.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

36.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Puig Engineering, LLC, in

association with Mejia & Ruiz Land Surveyors, L.L.C., Laredo, Texas, for the Flecha Lane Drainage Improvements and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Recommending the setting of regular City Council meeting dates through March 2006

as follows: January 9, 2006, January 23, 2006, February 6, 2006, February 21, 2006, March 6, 2006, and March 27, 2006.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

38.  Consideration to award contract FY05-107 for repair parts and service for the refuse

truck equipment to McNeilus Truck, Hutchins, Texas, in the estimated amount of $75,000.00; and for repair parts and service for lawn equipment to Jones Equipment & Turf, Inc., New Braunfels, Texas, in the estimated amount of $5,000.00.  All parts and service will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

39.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-015 to the low bidder, Gateway Glass &

Mirror, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $52,800.00, for providing automotive glass replacement service for the Fleet Maintenance Division.  All work will be done on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

40.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of a vehicle alignment rack from Mohawk

Resources LTD., for the Fleet Maintenance Division, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative contract pricing in the total amount of $40,114.83. Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

41.  Consideration to award contract FY06-015 to the low bidder, Gray’s Wholesale Tires,           

Fort Worth, Texas, in the estimated amount of $75,901.76 for the purchase of police pursuit tires and regular passenger tires.  All tires are purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

42.  Consideration to award contract FY06-016 to the lower, Hot Rod Mechanical, Austin,

Texas in the total amount of $56,675.00 for the removal and installation of a cooling tower at the Civic Center facility.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Civic Center Renovation.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

43.  Motion authorizing the City Manager to continue electricity franchise negotiations with

American Electric Company as to the rates and charges for light, heat, power and other purposes to residential and commercial customers until such time a new franchise agreement is executed.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

44.  Motion to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with Mycoff &

Associates not to exceed $40,000.00 to conduct a comprehensive general management search to recruit for a Utilities Director for the City of Laredo. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

45.  Motion to authorize the City Manager to execute a $50,000.00 Settlement Agreement

and Release of Claims by and between Texas & Kansas City Cable Partners, L.P. d/b/a Time Warner Cable (“TWC”) and the City of Laredo (“CITY”).  This payment shall in no way be construed to validate or support any claim by either party in this matter regarding the calculation of Franchise Fee payments.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

Sub-Recipient Grant Adjustment Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) to perform certain project tasks for the period beginning April 30, 2005 and ending December 30, 2006, and accepting the total grant adjustment award in the amount of $28,711.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

47.  Consideration to award contract FY05-028 to the low bidder, Galls, Inc., Lexington,

KY, in the estimated annual amount of $180,000.00, for the purchase of uniforms, boots, and accessories.  These items are included in the collective bargaining agreement between the City and the Firefighters Union.  Each firefighter has a $500.00 clothing allowance that may be used to purchase any of the listed items in the agreement.  The term of this contract is for two (2) years and is contingent upon the availability of funds for the next fiscal year.  Funding is available in the Fire Department’s operation budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

48.  Authorizing the City Manager to reimburse the Texas Municipal League $59,800

related to the J. L. Martinez v. City of Laredo, Cause No.  L-99-110, in the Federal District Court, Southern District of Texas. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

49.  Consideration to award a three-year (3) contract for library automation, network

services, software, licenses, equipment, maintenance and upgrades for the libraries’ Dynix network to the Dynix Corporation dba SirsiDynix, Provo, UT, in the total amount of $131,500.00 and motion to allow the City Manager to execute contract.  The contract allows the City to pay this contract in three payments not to exceed $45,000.00 per year.  Funding is available in the Library’s General Fund – Contract for Machinery & Equipment and is subject to continued appropriation in future fiscal years.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

50.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Unum Life Insurance

Company for life insurance; AIG Life Insurance Company (American Insurance Group) for accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) and the voluntary accidental death & dismemberment (P.A.I.) insurance; Fort Dearborn Life Insurance Company for the dental insurance; and Monumental Life Insurance Company for the retiree Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance, to provide insurance coverages for all eligible City of Laredo employees unless otherwise specified in a collective bargaining agreement.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

51.  Motion to authorize the City Manager to execute fifteen (15) Hotel / Motel Tax Fund

third party contracts for the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 for a total amount of $427,170.00.  The contracts are listed in Attachment “A”.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

52.  Motion to authorize the City Manager to execute eighteen (18) General Fund third

party contracts for the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 for a total amount of $144,338.00.  The contracts are listed on Attachment “A”.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

53.  Consideration to award contract FY06-021 to the Sole Bidder, Austin Wood Recycling,

Cedar Park, TX., in the estimated annual amount of $60,000.00 for the grinding of wood waste material (brush, branches, pallets, etc.,) at the City landfill; and consideration to rescind the contract extension for contract FY04-059 awarded to Ceres Environmental, Brooklyn Park, MN., for the same services.  Ceres Environmental informed the City that they could not perform on their contract due to their equipment being deployed to Louisiana for the hurricane cleanup.  The contract is based on a unit cost of $1.95 per cubic yard of material.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

54.  Authorizing the City Manager to accept offer of $11,500.00 as approved by the 406th

District Court as payment in full of the City’s claim in Cause No. 2005CVQ0011560-D4 filed to seek payment of an outstanding hazardous material remediation debt owed by Ortiz International and write-off balance in the amount of $8,377.00, in accordance with the terms of the settlement.  Above offer includes court costs and attorney fees.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

55.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) GMC crew cab truck with utility

body for the Utilities Department, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $56,845.00.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department, Transmission and Distribution Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

56.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) Peterbilt dump truck for the Utilities

Department, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative contract pricing in the total amount of $88,617.00.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department, Transmission and Distribution Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

57.  Consideration to award contract FY06-018 to the sole bidder, Grant Environmental

       Group, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $65,259.00 for the installation of two (2) flow

       meters at the Jefferson Water Treatment Plan.  Funding is available in the Utilities

       Department Budget.   

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

58.  Consideration to award a contract to Carter & Burgess, Austin, Texas for the amount of

$51,828.00 to provide a feasibility study and report that presents alternatives for the design of the 2005 - Pump Improvements to the MOHAC (Mary Help of Christian) Booster Station.  This includes the evaluation of the existing pump system with a hydraulic model and recommendations for upgrades or modifications.  Funding is available in the Water Construction Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

59.  Consideration to award a contract to Crane Engineering Co., Laredo, Texas for the

amount of $137,500.00 to design the 18 Inch Water Transmission Line from McPherson Road to the proposed TAMIU Elevated Storage Tank, and a recommendation for an alignment with easement descriptions, construction plans, and specifications.  Funding is available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

60.  Consideration to award a contract to Howland Engineering and Surveying Co., Laredo,

Texas for the amount of $80,000.00 to design the 18 – Inch  Water Transmission Line from MOHAC (Mary Help of Christian) Booster Station to McPherson Rd. and to the North Elevated Storage Tank, and a recommendation for an alignment with easement descriptions, construction plans and specifications.  Funding is available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

61.  Consideration to award a contract to Foster Engineering Co., Laredo, Texas for an

amount of $95,082.00 to design the Water and Wastewater Utilities Relocation on FM 1472 Railroad Grade Separation due to the Texas Department of Transportation Improvements, with construction plans and specifications.  Funding is available in the 2000 Water Bond Issuance.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

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

 

Keith Kendall, Turner, Collie, & Braden, gave a brief summary on the status of the Colonias Project.  He noted that there are ten construction contracts and five of them have been completed.  He added that the sixth one is 60% complete and the seventh one has gone out for bids.  He mentioned that the major infrastructure is in place on both mines road and Hwy 359.  He went on to say that the Tanquesitos I will have water and sewer water connections by December of 2006. 

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on placing a speed hump on the 3100 Block of

     Galveston using District II Discretionary Funds.

 

Motion to use District II Discretionary Funds for speed humps on the 3100 Block of Galveston.

 

Motion:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                   B.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.  Discussion with possible action, on appropriating $10,000.00 for the Veteran's

     Coalition.  (Co-sponsored by Mayor Pro Tempore Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

     Motion to authorize staff to appropriate $10,000.00 for the Veteran’s Coalition.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

     Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

     For:     7                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

64.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $1,438.00 for the

balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Transit Sales Tax Project which includes the Reconstruction of Arkansas Avenue / Clark Street Intersection and San Eduardo Avenue / Sanchez Street Intersection and approval of final payment in the amount of $13,429.70 to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $134,297.00.  Funding is available in the Transit Sales Tax and Revenue 2004 CO. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

              

Motion 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

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  7:00 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia   

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0