CITY OF LAREDO

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M-2005-SC-06

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

September 12, 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 Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

In attendance:

 

Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                        Mayor

Hector Garcia,                                                                 Council Member, District II

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. Agredano and Cm. Galo. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    6                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.        PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by authorizing the City Manager to accept, execute and appropriate revenue and expenditures for five (5) grants (TB, Primary Care, OPHP, Bioterrorism, & Abstinence) from the Texas Department State Health Services, and the Full Time Equivalent (FTE) involved.  The amount of the five (5) grants totals to $1,001,942.00 in direct funds and $173,884.00 in program income, and $70,000.00 in in-kind funds from LISD, for the City of Laredo Health Department. See Tables A to E for Budget descriptions.  The term period for these five grants is from September 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

V.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

 

2.      Providing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100.00 value with a Maintenance and Operation rate of $0.512019 per $100.00 value and Interest and Sinking fund rate of $0.124981 per $100.00 value and for the levy and the collection of General and Special ad valorem taxes for the City of Laredo and for the Tax Year 2005 and the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Assessor-Collector, stated that she needs a motion that reads: “Motion that the property taxes be increased by adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000.” pursuant to Senate Bill 18. 

 

Mayor Flores mentioned that in the future she would like for a tax rate item to be stated as a “Motion” so that the public is aware that aside from introducing the ordinance the City Council will be making a motion to accept it. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Valdez stated that this is not written as an action item and, therefore, he will not vote on it today.  He inquired as to the last day that this item could be voted on by City Council. 

 

 

 

 

Motion to rescind the introduction of the ordinance and postpone for September16, 2005. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:   6                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0       

 

VI.        MOTION

 

3.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Ceridian Corporation to provide COBRA/HIPAA administration, flexible spending account administration, and retiree billing for a term that runs concurrently with the term of the Third Party Administration contract between the City of Laredo and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, that was approved by City Council on September 6, 2005.

 

Motion to approve with the correction as to provider name to Ceridian Benefits Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Ceridian Corporation. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    6                                             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.                                                                                Time12:28 p.m.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    6                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                                   

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 3 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on September 12, 2005.

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                          City Secretary