CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2005-R-24

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

December 19, 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

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

           

IV.              MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of October 3, 2005.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Motion:  Cm.  Agrerdano

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                            Against:  0                                          Abstain:  0 

 

 

 

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

            None.

 

Invitations

 

            None.

 

Recognitions

 

a.       Recognition of six local area students who competed at the National Hispanic Institute Texas National Leadership Conference Expo at the University of Texas at Austin Law School in October 2005.

 

Dr.  Hector Gonzalez, Health Director, stated that Christmas is the season to reflect and invest in our youth because they are tomorrow’s answer.  As our world changes to a highly technological world we need to make sure Laredo students are prepared to meet tomorrow’s future.  He added that he has been working with an organization called the National Hispanic Institute who works with children from all over the nation.  He said that they following students participated in a grueling, competitive competition.  He introduced the following students:  

 

1.  Cassandra Guarneros, St.  Augustine, placed second place in Oratory at Nationals.

      2.  Sara De La Garza, St.  Augustine

      3.  Joaquin Francisco Oronoz, United High School

      4.  Adrian Morua, Martin High School

      5.  Guillermo Alarcon, St.  Augustine

      6.  Jessica Castellanos, Nixon

      7.  Hannah Sommerville, United High School

      8.  Gilberto Villarreal, United High School

      9.  Raul Leonel Garza, United South High School

 

The Mayor and City Council presented each student with a Seven Flags Certificate for competing at the National Hispanic Institute Texas National Leadership Conference Expo.

 

Communiqués

 

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

 

The Environmental Services Department was created in 2001 to better serve the environmental needs of the city.  Its mission is to provide a better quality of life by promoting a healthy, safer environment through community involvement and education as well as to protect the natural resources from environmental degradation for the citizens of Laredo by ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local environmental laws.

 

One of the main functions of the department is to administer the City of Laredo’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater program.  The NPDES is a federally mandated program that regulates point source discharges into the waters of the United States.  Under the storm water component of the permit program, the federal government requires municipal storm sewer systems serving a population of 100,000 or more to have a storm water NPDES permit.

 

Under this permit, the City of Laredo is required to develop and administer various programs designed to prevent stormwater pollution.  These programs include enforcement of illegal dumping and discharges, hazardous waste collections, stormwater management of construction and industrial activities, as well as sampling and monitoring storm-water runoff.  In addition to these functions, Environmental Services has expanded its programs to include electronic waste recycling, infrastructure inventory with GIS and GPS, hazardous materials permitting, greenspace preservation, and an award-winning environmental elementary education program, to name a few.  In the eight years since the issuance of our stormwater permit, the City of Laredo has never been issued an administrative order for non-compliance with the NPDES stormwater program. 

 

The department has a keen interest in educating the community on how to keep Laredo’s natural environment in pristine condition, took the initiative in late 2004 to create Keep Laredo Beautiful.  Keep Laredo Beautiful (KLB) a nonprofit grassroots based organization in comprised of community volunteers focused on litter prevention, beautification and minimization of solid waste.  Community involvement and education are cornerstones of this environmentally focused group.

 

Currently, the Environmental Services department has 20 employees and an annual operating budget of $2.6 million, which is funded through a user fee know as the storm water fee.  An additional $7.5 million through bonds are available for land acquisition and drainage improvements that will aid in preventing flooding throughout Laredo.

 

Some of the department’s accomplishments include:

 

·        Receiving the 2005 Texas Environmental Excellence award in Education from the State of Texas. 

·        Visiting more than 40 elementary schools, and 14,000 children, promoting the high energy, interactive environmental elementary education program

·        Implementing a new environmental education program especially developed for pre-school children, that will incorporate all pre-schools in Laredo, as well as in disposing of over 323,970 pounds of hazardous waste through its Small Business Hazardous Waste Collection program and enforcement actions, as well as collecting over 314,800 pounds of household hazardous waste and over 200,000 pounds of electronic waste.

·        Issuing more than 570 hazardous materials permits.

·        Since 2001, aggressively seeking grants funding from various state and federal agencies, the department has been awarded more than $463,000

·        Conducting more than 1,900 inspections on warehouses that handle hazardous materials.

·        Currently implementing the Commercial Litter Prevention ordinance, which requires all commercial establishments to install trash receptacles, as well as anti-littering signage.

·        Completing an impressive vegetation restoration of lower Chacon Creek to more native environment

 

In addition, the Environmental Services Department has implemented an extensive rainfall monitoring system that will aid citizens during times of heavy rainfall.  The department has also completed a comprehensive study of the downtown storm and sanitary systems, which will finally allow the City of Laredo to correct the odor problems that have plagued downtown.

 

Lush, green, healthy, vibrant trees, blue, sparkling water and clean, fresh air – this is what the Environmental Services department is working hard to ensure for the citizens of Laredo:  a beautiful Laredo Environment. 

 

Cm.  Agredano mentioned this year would be his last year as serving as City Council Member District I and wished all the residents in Laredo and Webb County a Merry Christmas.  He also extended a Merry Christmas to the men and women and their families who are serving in the armed forces.  Finally, he wished the Mayor and Council Members and families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

Cm.  Garcia wished the residents of District II a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  He also wished well for City employees who have worked hard to provide stellar service to all the residents in City.  He thanked all the organizations including:  City Council, County Commissioners, and the Police Department for initiating different fundraisers for families that are less fortunate.  He advised the residents and businesses along Hwy. 59 that the road construction will be complete by March. 

 

Cm.  Galo wished everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  He also wished City staff, uniformed employees, and soldiers that serve the community a safe holiday season.  He reminded everyone to take a few moments of their time and plan their days ahead to avoid rushing around that might cause an accident.  He asked the Christians to remember what Christmas season means.

 

Cm.  Amaya said that the District IV toy giveaway is scheduled for Wednesday and he thanked all the businesses and individuals that donated over 240 toys for children that are less fortunate.  He specifically mentioned Nelda Diaz from Wal-Mart Shopping Center and Amanda’s Novelties.  Finally, he wished everyone a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

Cm.  Rendon thanked city staff for their support throughout the previous year.  He also stated that he was very apprerciative for the Council Members for working together to provide a better quality of life for the citizens of Laredo.  He wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

 

Cm.  Belmares wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  He asked the community to try to avoid accidents and traffic frustration by planning ahead and leaving earlier to get to various events.  He thanked all the participants of the annual Holiday Bowl. He mentioned that the event rose over $1,500 and two bins of toys for children that are less fortunate. He said the game between officials and media was a lot of fun.  He thanked City staff for such a great year.  Finally, he said that his family is the greatest gift that a man could have.  He is truly blessed for having such a wonderful family that is very supportive.  He mentioned that he is truly blessed to have such a wonderful wife to stand beside him.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez thanked City staff for working very hard throughout the year which makes his job as a Council Member a little easier. He said that City staff does a tremendous job.  He also thanked his wife and family for supporting him throughout the year.  He wished everyone in the community a happy and safe holiday. 

 

Cm.  Ramirez thanked everyone for such a wonderful year.  He said that he hopes that everyone in the community has a safe and merry Christmas and New Year.  He also thanked everyone in District VIII for supporting him.  He asked everyone to pray for the families that have someone that is missing.  He prayed for their homecoming.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, thanked the Mayor, City Council, and staff for all of their support in the past year.    He mentioned that the Christmas season gives individuals an opportunity to be thankful for their blessings.  It gives everyone a chance to help families that are less fortunate.  He mentioned an elementary school gift exchange where a young child was presented with a gift from a City of Laredo employee.  He said all the children opened their gifts with great anticipation except for one little boy.  When they asked him why he was not opening his gift the young child noted that it was the only gift that he would receive during the holiday season.    

 

Mayor Flores commented that everyone should open their hearts and give to families that are less fortunate.  She thanked the new Assistant City Managers for accepting their positions.  She continued to thank City staff for all of their work throughout the year and asked them to stand and be recognized.  City Government is the closest government to the people.  She congratulated the Council Members for doing such an outstanding job representing their districts.  She wished everyone a happy, holy, holiday season and a new year.  She said that everyone has a lot to be thankful for.  She went on to say that it has been a difficult year for our country, state, and city.  She mentioned that we have been fighting the war on terrorists, drugs, and freedom.  She said that Americans never let up and they focus on the good.  She thanked the Laredo Police Department for keeping our City safe.  She also thanked the Fire Chief for keeping Laredo safe.  She especially thanked her husband for giving her his unsolicited political advice.  He said that has always been a resident of Laredo and he loves Laredo.  She mentioned that they had moments where they have struggled but they have had the love and support of their families.  Finally, she noted how thankful she is to be blessed with a beautiful loving grandson.  She said that she agrees with the saying that “you have not loved until you have had a grandchild.”  She noted that being a grandmother is a wonderful feeling. 

 

VI.              APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

None.

 

 

             

VII.           PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.           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 recommend approval of the zone change. 

 

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 and deny.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

2.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning the South 46 feet of Lot 1, Block 214, Western Division, located at 1202 San Agustin Avenue, 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.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing the applicant, advised that the surrounding properties are zoned R-3.  He asked City Council to concur with staff and approve the zone change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Ramirez

 

 

 

3.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas extraction on 4 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located along the north line of proposed Soria Drive; 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.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

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:  Cm.  Agredano

 

4.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas extraction on 40 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Cielito Lindo Boulevard; 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.  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:  Cm.  Agredano

 

5.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 10.68 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Shiloh Drive and east of Springfield Road, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1 (Single-Family Residential 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 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                         Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

6.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning .55 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the northwest corner of F.M. 1472 and Big Bend Boulevard, 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:  Mayor Tempore Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

 

7.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning .55 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the northwest corner of F.M. 1472 and Big Bend Boulevard, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-4 (Highway 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.  Amaya

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                          Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing deny a B-4 and approve a B-3. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez 

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

 

8.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 30.45 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Los Pinos Drive and east of Loma Vista Drive, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1MH (Single-Family Manufactured Housing 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:  Mayor Pro Tempore 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..  Amaya

For:     8                                           Against:  0                                      Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Ramirez

 

9.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning .51 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the northwest corner of Loop 20 and the Texas Mexican Railroad Right-of-Way, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway 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.  Amaya

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

 

10.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a beauty, grooming or tailor shop on Lot 5, Block 823, Eastern Division, located at 1420 N. Meadow Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the Conditional Use Permit.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                         Abstain:  0 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, advised Council of the notices that were received from the surrounding property owners. 

 

Carmen Beltran, owner, asked Council to approve of the zone change for a beauty salon.  She added that the business would not increase the vehicular traffic in the area.   

 

Jessica Sauceda, a surrounding property owner, advised that the neighborhood is unique and placing a business would increase vehicular traffic and reduce the quality of life in her neighborhood.   She asked Council to deny the zone change.

 

Sandra Sauceda, a surrounding property owner, stated that she had three letters from the same neighborhood registering their opposition to the zone change.  She too asked Council to deny the zone change.

 

Cynthia Garcia spoke in favor of granting Ms.  Beltran a beauty salon.

 

Sylvia Garza, a friend of the applicant, stated that she was in favor. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and deny. 

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:     7                                                 Against:                                    Abstain:  1

                                                                                                               Cm.  Ramirez 

 

11.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1 and the West ½ of Lot 2, Block 829, Eastern Division, located at 1501 Musser Street, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.         

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing Ms.  Bustos, stated that the owner purchased the property one year ago from Mercy Hospital.  The structure was used as an office for Dr.  Francisco Leal for many years prior to the purchase.  The area around the subject has many apartments with scattered commercial businesses within the same immediate area.  The B-1 is a commercial type of zoning but when she bought the property she didn’t realize that it was a single property residential.  The owner did touch base with her neighbors and they did not express opposition to the zone change.

 

Mrs.  Blanca Bustos, property owner, stated that she intends to allow her son and daughter-in-law to use the building for their medical business. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and deny B-1 and allow a R-O.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

 

12.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Capital Improvement Fund Budget by drawing down $400,000.00 from the opening balance and appropriating said funds as capital discretionary expenditures equally between the eight council districts.

 

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 and introduce. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,500.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiology Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2006 through August 31, 2006.

 

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 introduce. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.        INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

14.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Ground Lease Agreement with Alamosa Properties, L.P., a Texas limited partnership for ground space at the McPherson Water Tower located at 8711 McPherson, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of Lease Agreement, to construct on such premises an equipment building and 140’  self-supporting type tower (“Tower”), more fully described in Exhibit B of the lease agreement, for the purpose of providing cell services and for co-locations, if approved by Landlord, and related equipment for use in connection with its communications business. Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing January ____, 2006 and ending January _____, 2011 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 (5%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.              FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinance # 2005-O-319; # 2005-O-320, # 2005-O-321, # 2005-O-322, # 2005-O-323, # 2005-O-324, # 2005-O-325, # 2005-O-326, # 2005-O-327, # 2005-O-328, # 2005-O-329, # 2005-O-330, # 2005-O-331, # 2005-O-332, # 2005-O-333, # 2005-O-334, #2005-O-335, # 2005-O-336, # 2005-O-337, # 2005-O-338, # 2005-O-339, # 2005-O-340, # 2005-O-341, # 2005-O-342, and # 2005-O-343.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:   Cm.  Rendon

For:     8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

15.        

2005-O-319                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-319.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-320                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-320. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-321                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-321.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-322                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-322.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-323                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-323.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-324                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-324.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-325                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-325.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-326                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-326.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-327                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-327.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-328                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-328.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-329                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-329.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-330                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-330.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-331                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-331.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-332                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-332.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-333                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-333.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-334                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-334.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-335                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-335.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-336                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-336.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-337                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-337.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-338                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-338.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-339                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-339.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-340                  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 adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-340.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-341                  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.  Further, the lease be amended to reflect Lessee’s agreement to pay whatever final judgment occurs in the pending contested tax law suit when it becomes final.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.  AS AMENDED.

 

Motion to postpone and send it back to the Airport Committee.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-342                  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-342.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

2005-O-343                  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-343.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                        Abstain:  0 

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

16.       2005-R-132       Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $199,854.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the HIV Prevention Project 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 approve Resolution 2005-R-132. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                           Against:  0                           Abstain:  0 

 

17.       2005-R-133       Accepting the donation of a fifteen-foot utility easement from Memorial Gardens of Laredo, Inc., for the extension of utility service lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision.  Said easement being the north 15 feet of Tract 1, 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-133. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                           Against:  0                           Abstain:  0 

18.       2005-R-134       Accepting the donation of a fifteen-foot utility easement from Memorial Gardens of Laredo, Inc., for the extension of utility service lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision.  Said easement being the north 15 feet of Tract 2, 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-134.  

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                           Against:  0                           Abstain:  0 

 

XI.              MOTIONS

 

19.       Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Jupe Environmental, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the bid amount of $82,128.00 for the Asbestos Abatement Services Schedule I for the Laredo International Airport Building No. 132, 134, 356, and 924.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund – Reimbursable Expense – TML/Storm/Wind/ Damages.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

 For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

20.       Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder III PG Enterprises, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $109,114.50 for the Demolition Services Schedule II for the Laredo International Airport Building No’s 132,134,356 and 924.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund – Reimbursable Expense- TML/Strom/Wind Damages.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

 For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

21.       Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Carter and Burgess, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for the environmental assessments at the Laredo International Airport and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:     8                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

22.       Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to LEH Contractors, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $1,199,000.00 for the Los Obispos Unit-5 Remediation Project, Phase II.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Project Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:     8                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

23.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell two (2) surplus vehicles to our Sister City of Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:     8                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

24.       Consideration to award a professional contract to Focus Estudios Cualitativos, S.A. de C.V. for a public relations effort.  Funding is available in the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau Fiscal Year 2006 Budget under the Marketing Division, consultant fees line item.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

 For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

25.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Laredo Equities, LLC for the use of Veterans Field.  The lease term is for one (1) year (with two (2) additional one (1) year options) at a rental rate of, the greater of, $100,000.00 per year or $1.00 per ticket sold per year.  Laredo Equities will also provide additional funds for maintenance, utilities, and repairs as outlined in the lease agreement terms. 

 

Peter Tart said that he was questioned about the surplus land in connection with the arena and how it may be used.  The Council called an election on June 26, 2000 to be held on August 12, 2000 to vote a Sports Community Venue which also included a one quarter or one fourth one percent sales tax for the financing of the multi-purpose entertainment arena “Laredo Entertainment Center” and related infrastructure.  The City sold $39, 315,000 of bonds, which financed the construction of the facility.  Subsequently in 2005, the City authorized and ordinance borrowing an additional $33,550,000 for the purpose of refunding a portion of the series 2001 bonds which was done for a savings.  Also, in that issue was five million dollars which was to be used to purchase additional land for parking.  That land is approximately 39 acres and was purchased from one owner.  The City needs approximately 10 acres for surface parking which leaves additional land.  The Attorney General’s Office said that the City could not issue additional sports venue sales tax revenue bonds to construct other facilities.  They felt that it was very clear in the transcript of proceedings and in the submissions to the comptroller of public accounts that the purpose of the project was to construct the Laredo Entertainment Center which has been constructed.  The word “related infrastructure” that was used in the proposition is in connection with related infrastructure.  The Attorney General also said that the city could use additional land for any other public purpose which could include a water park, civic center, ball park etc.  The Attorney General’s Office added that the City would need to make a decision as to weather or not the additional acreage would be used for private development or not.   A level of concern for the City is that the bonds that furnished the proceeds by which the land was acquired, was sold as tax exempt bonds.  There is no problem with the City using the surplus land for other public purposes.  They may choose to lease it. 

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks & Recreation Director, asked Council to table the item because other legal issues that have been presented to staff.           

 

Motion to table.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Amaya

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

26.       Consideration to reject the sole bid received from Hollywood Garden Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $50,120.00, for providing mowing services for contract FY06-026 for the Police Department and the Municipal Court landscaped areas; and allow staff to solicit new bids.  The bid pricing submitted by the sole bidder far exceeded the respective department’s allocated budget for these services.

 

Mr.  Francisco Meza asked Council’s consideration to modify the motion to allow an option for staff to review the possibility for having Parks & Recreation provide these services. 

 

Motion to approve with Mr.  Meza’s recommendation. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

27.       Consideration to award contract FY06-027 to the low bidder, Southern Sanitation, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $57,522.60 for providing trash collection services for large volume containers. These services will be required for various city operations such as the Airport, Bridge System, Civic Center, Parks and Recreation, Public Access, Fleet Management, Traffic, Transit, Municipal Housing, Environmental Engineering, and Solid Waste. The contract vendor is also required to provide these containers for special events such as the household collection event.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

28.       Consideration to award a software maintenance contract to the sole source provider, Sungard H.T.E. Inc., Lake Mary, Florida, in the amount of $124,597.30.  This maintenance contract will provide customer support and service for the Police Department’s Computer Aided Dispatch System, Crime’s Management System, Crackdown software, Mobile Data Terminal software, and the Fire Department’s Fires Management System.  Funding is available in the Police and Fire Department Budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

29.       Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an earnest money contract with Eagle Broadcasting of Laredo, LLC for purchase of the following property: All of blocks 418, 419, 428, 431, 431A, 434, 434A, 437A, Lots 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 in Block 429; Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, &12 in Block 432; Lots 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, &12 in Block 435; Lots 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12, in Block 438; and Lot 11 & W. ½ of Lot 12, in Block 518, all situated in the City’s Western Division; save and except that seller will retain easements for the two (2) existing guy wires from seller’s broadcasting tower on Lot 2, Block 430, to two (2) anchor points, one located on Lot 1, Block 434 and the other on Lot 8, Block 418 for the amount of $225,000.00; total amount needed, including for closing costs will not exceed $230,000.00.  Funding is available in the  1994 Water Bond Account. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

30.       Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of November 2005 represents an increase of $12,140.15.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

31.       Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract number FY05-038 to the low bidder, JJJ International Safety Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $150,274.75 for the purchase of thirty-eight (38) different completed traffic and street name signs.  This is an annual supply contract that allows for the purchase of replacement signs for a one (1) year period.  These signs are purchased throughout the year to replace damaged or faded signs.  The bid pricing will be firm for one (1) year.  The purchase of signs is budgeted in the Traffic Safety Budget.  This contract is subject to appropriation in future fiscal year budgets.   

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

32.       Consideration to ratify the issuance of an emergency purchase order to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $31,185.00 for the clearing of the right-of-way and easement for the proposed two (2) million gallon elevated storage tank.  Funding is available in the Utilities 2005 Revenue Bond Construction Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

XII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

33.        

A.                 Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.              Discussion with possible action to authorize City staff to create a Regional Mobility Authority (RMA) for the City of Laredo.

 

Mayor Flores explained that Laredo may create a Regional Mobility Authority because it is a border town with a qualifying population.  She said there are certain bonding capacities that the state legislature may allow the City to have if the City creates the RMA. 

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, said that the RMA is the Regional Mobility Authority which is a local transportation authority that has the ability to build, operate, and maintain toll roads.  In the recent legislation, the state legislature authorized and provides the ability of municipalities that are directly adjacent to the border in excess of 105,000 in population to do an RMA within its corporate limits.  There is a process associated with the creation of the RMA.  It needs to be project specific and there is a three step process to make it happen.  The City must create a resolution for Council which will identify the projects.  The resolution must be reviewed by TxDOT where they will put it up for public notice/hearing and then to the commission for approval.  

 

Motion to authorize the City staff to create a Regional Mobility Authority for the City of Laredo.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding an Interlocal Agreement with Webb County relating to processing fees for prisoners. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Gene Belmares)

 

Cm.  Garcia said that Webb County has been housing city prisoners for many years and they pay expenses.  He expressed an interest to research the item and bring recommendations back to Council.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, explained that staff is currently reviewing and gathering data on this item.  He stated that he would like to schedule a workshop with City Council to inform them what the financial impact would be and the ramifications of entering into this contract.  He mentioned that they will bring this item in mid-January and give them an option to work it out at the next meeting.

 

Tom Sanchez, Public Information Officer, Webb County Sheriff’s Office, stated that he feels it is good idea that the City conducts a workshop.  He stated that this has been undergoing quite a bit of study under Sheriff Rick Flores.

 

Motion to send item back to the City Manager to review the contract and let the City Manager negotiate with the Sheriff’s Office and to bring something back by the end of January.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    8                                       Against: 0                         Abstain:  0

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on maintaining the water pressure at Larga Vista located on State Highway 359.

 

Adrian Montemayor, Utilities Director, reported that the city has several employees that reside in the Larga Vista area that reports the problems that they are experiencing with water pressure.  Since the City released the “boil water” notice to the 359 area the Utilities Department continues to work on rehabbing and improving water lines and pumps.  As they do that, they begin to test several areas to see what the capabilities of the stations are.  It also reveals what the capabilities of the City’s system are to provide or enhance the pressure zones in that area.  When the City started testing they was able to provide water from the line pressure zone but what they encountered was problems with the values and the motor operating values.  He noted that there are testing up to 2,000 values that need to be working correctly.  Some of them are in the closed position or the open position.  He assured Council that staff is working very diligently on correcting the problems with the water pressure. 

 

Cm.  Garcia asked City staff to send press releases to notify the residents of Largo Vista when they are testing lines and valves so they can be aware of the problems the City is having to create efficient water pressure.  

 

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding restoring $5,000.00 to Lulac Council #12 from third party funding.

 

Motion to approve restoring $5,000 to LULAC Council # 12 from Third Party Funding.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     6                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  2

                                                                                        Cm.  Agredano

                                                                                        Cm.  Rendon

C.                 Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1  Discussion with possible action on completing the drainage project at

     Seymour and Milk Streets.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that the project in question is included in the 2006-2010 Capital improvement Program and is entitled 400 S. Seymour Drainage Improvement scheduled for FY2007.  The project consists of placement of an underground drainage system to drain a watershed of approximately 70 acres defined by Aldama Street on the North, Stone one the West, Tapeyste on the East and Milk on the South.  Seymour and Milk is the termination point where water drains into a creek.  The preliminary cost for this system as determined in a 1999 study was $700,000 but with material cost inflation the cost is closer to $800,000.

 

He added that up to 1999 water would drain into the creek through a concrete down drain which had been constructed together with the street paving to control erosion.  Due to continued concerns of illegal dumping and miscellaneous debris begin deposited into the creek area and practically blocking the drainage way, in February 2001, staff was directed by Council to provide a drainage design with cost estimate to address and abate the creek area.  An underground system was designed as temporary drainage management since  the budget to construct the entire project was not available.  In August of 2001 the Department of Public Works undertook the construction of the project and completed it in March 2002 at a cost of $105,000.00.  This project was undertaken with the understanding that the Iglesia Metodista Church owner of the property would backfill their land and construct a parking lot with drain to the headwall constructed by the project.  The church has never completed its parking lot and it is forcing the overflow of water along the side of an existing fence and eroding the high bank on its way to the creek bottom.   He said that dumping continues and is now to a point where the outlet pipe constructed by the City is almost covered up.  It appears that the situation is again similar to 1999, where a concrete down drain needs to be constructed further south of the 1999 drain location in order to try to prevent erosion and protect the embankment and the street.  Finally, he said that he would contact the pastor of the church to seek a solution. 

    

D.                 Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding construction of sidewalks on the north side of Taylor between Monterrey and Park Drive using 2005 CDBG funds.

 

Ronnie Acosta, Community Development Interim Director, reported that there is $200,000 allocated in CDBG for District V and an additional $80,000 in the CDBG funds for District VII.  The City Engineering Department is proposing construction of sidewalks from Taylor to Monterrey to Park Street.  It would be included as a separate project which will be designed by the City Engineering Department and constructed by Public Works.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, advised there is a problem with residents constructing illegal driveways so when City staff proposes to construct the sidewalks they will not recognize their entrance which will block the rear entrance to some of the homes.    

 

E.                  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding any and all single family residential lots in City’s inventory.

 

Ronnie Acosta, Community Development Interim Director, said that the last time that the City took on a construction problem such as that was the Three Points Affordable Housing Project and that was completed in 2002.  Since then the City of Laredo has not acted as an owner, developer, or construction housing but more as a facilitator.  The City has been using their Home Funds to provide down payment assistance and assist for the construction of housing. 

 

XIII.        EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

XIV.   ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion to adjourn.                                                                               Time: 8:50 p.m.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                           Abstain:  0