CITY OF LAREDO

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2005-SC-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

August 29, 2005

12:00 p.m.

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Elizabeth G.  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

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Cm.  Garcia.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Motion was approved and rescinded after the Council Member arrived at 12:08 p.m. 

 

IV.       PUBLIC HEARING

 

            1.  Public hearing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100.00 value. The tax         

                 rate will provide revenue for general fund and debt service. The rate includes $0.512019           per $100.00 value for Maintenance and Operation and $0.124981 per $100.00 value for               the Interest and Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and will produce a tax levy of                       $47,466,861.00.

 

                 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 change the rate to 0.636

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                 For:      2                                         Against:  6                                            Abstain:  0

                 Cm.  Galo

                 Cm.  Ramirez

 

                 Motion dies.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and change the tax rate to $0.635.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:    4                                           Against:  4                                            Abstain:  0

                 Cm.  Galo                                       Cm.  Agredano

                 Cm.  Rendon                                   Cm.  Garcia

                 Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez            Cm.  Amaya

                 Cm.  Ramirez                                  Cm.  Belmares

 

                 Mayor Flores voted to break the tie by voting against. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and adopt the original tax rate as introduced at $0.637.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                       Cm.  Galo 

                

V.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinance # 2005-O-173.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belamres

            Second:  Cm.  Galo

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  2005-O-173  Authorizing the issuance of the City of Laredo, Texas International Toll          

                                       Bridge System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2005B in the principal                                    amount of $24,565,000.00 for the purpose of refunding International Toll                                  Bridge System Revenue Bonds, approving an official statement,                                                             authorizing the execution of a purchase contract and the execution of an                                                 Escrow Agreement, and making provisions for the security thereof, and                                                 authorizing amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds                                  for purposes authorized herein; and ordaining other matters related to the                                      subject. 

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-173.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                       Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                       For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

VI.       RESOLUTION

 

            3.  2005-R-089  Accepting the conveyance of a ten-foot-wide Utility Easement  from Elisa                                  B. Segueda and ratifying previous  payment of the consideration of                                            $3,000.00  due to an emergency to acquire the same for immediate                                           provision of a water line to United Independent School District; the                                               easement is out of Lot 10, Block No. 1, in the North Heights  Subdivision                                    II, as recorded in Volume 14, Page 34, of the Plat Records of  Webb                                                   County, Texas; and is further described in Exhibit A attached hereto.  

 

                                       Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-089.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

VII.     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.

 

VIII.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  12:23 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0