CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-R-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

March 6, 2006

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 Elizbeth 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

            Juan Chavez,                                                                            Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Mayor Pro Tempore, VIII

            Donna Magnon,                                                                        Deputy 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 December 19, 2005, January 12, 2006 and February 10, 2006.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of Xochitl Mora Garcia, of the City Manager’s Office, on her selection as               February 2006 Employee of the Month.

 

                Blasita Lopez, Public Information Officer, stated the following:

 

Meetings, political forums, ribbon cuttings and opening ceremonies, Xochitl Mora Garcia has touched almost every single project that the City has co-sponsored or been a part of in February 2006.

 

During the month of February, Xochitl was able to handle an extraordinary amount of work, beginning with the River of Trade Corridor Coalition Quarterly meeting, in preparing for a special media event to hype up the presence of approximately 100 visitors from out of town and their significant platform of promoting the IH-35 traditional NAFTA corridor.  In addition, she also helped conference organizers with various logistics in conjunction with the Mayor’s office and the CVB.  Prior to the beginning of the current election season, Xochitl coordinated with the Public Access Channel to host a total of 60 candidates seeking elected office at local county and state levels.  Pre-forum meetings and tapings of political forums all occurred during February and Xochitl was instrumental in coordinating the entire project, from internal coordination with staff to the external coordination of inviting panelists to attend and participate in the tapings at PAC studios.  Furthermore, Xochitl assisted in organizing and supporting the visit from the U.S. Ambassador to Britain, Sir and Lady Manning, El Portal Demolition Ceremony, Larga Vista Park Groundbreaking, and the Cielito Lindo Fire Station Opening Ceremony.  The Public Information Office has been very hands-on with a special CVB-Public Relations campaign to promote the positive of Laredo and has had an added work load in scheduling reporters and photographers to come in from around the state and from Mexico this month as well.  Xochitl has supported all of this additional activity, as well as handled her regular work load with Public Information requests and general media relations duties at the office.  Her talent and capability truly allow us to achieve more with less. 

 

            b.  Recognizing Les Norton for serving on the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau    

                 Advisory Committee from 1997 to 2005.           

   

     Mayor Flores and City Council presented a Seven Flags Certificate to Les Norton for  

     serving on the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee.

 

Patricia Taylor, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau also presented Mr.  Norton with a nice gift for serving on the committee and for being so dedicated to the City of Laredo.

 

            Communiqués

 

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

 

“Today, the Laredo Police Department thrives in a bustling border community that has literally exploded in size and population growth. Laredo PD has become a nationally-recognized, premier law enforcement organization comprised of over 500 proud and dedicated, sworn officer and civilian contingency of personnel immersed in community-based and people-driven, policing philosophies. They continue to provide the best possible services by maintaining the best in cutting-edge law enforcement technology; providing continuous and contemporary proficiency training; the recruitment and retention of dedicated and quality personnel; aggressive crime-fighting innovation whose effort targets criminal apprehension / crime deterrence rates via substantive public partnerships which focus on education, public participation, and enforcement.

 

The South Texas area has been designated by the US Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.  Consequently, the Laredo Police Department is committed to protecting our community by tirelessly supporting the war on drugs through enforcement efforts which include, but are not limited to, narcotics and their illicit proceeds interdiction, short- and long-term drug investigations, drug-related crime task force participation, and inter-agency collaborations via intelligence-based initiatives.  The Department’s efforts in this arena for 2005 are reflected in the documented totals of 697 drug related arrests and the removal of well over $90 million worth of illegal drugs from the “Streets of Laredo.”

In the past year, our community has been unfairly characterized in highly exaggerated, over-reported, sensationalized media reports as a veritable hub of “border violence.” Print and electronic media from all over the country have portrayed Laredo as “Little Baghdad” given the drug-related violence occurring along the Texas-Mexico border, particularly in the Nuevo Laredo that has surged over the past year. This violence is caused by intense competition between the remnants of the Gulf Cartel and the “Federation.” The Gulf Cartel continues to be supervised by Osiel Cardenas Guillen despite his arrest in 2003. Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera and Arturo Beltran Leyva are members of the Federation which is attempting to take control of this important drug smuggling corridor from the Gulf Cartel. This is what has caused the ongoing violence in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico - not in Laredo, Texas.

Concerned about rising border violence US Department of Homeland Security (US DHS) Secretary Dr. Michael Chertoff visited Laredo recently. Secretary Chertoff said much of the violence across the border has been the result of increased enforcement efforts by the U.S. law enforcement. He lauded the efforts of the Laredo Police Department and LPD’s ongoing collaborations with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in continuing, multi-jurisdictional, law enforcement initiatives that have bolstered border security, including LPD’s role in Operation Stone Garden and Operation Blackjack. Secretary Chertoff added that US DHS was committed to securing the nation's borders as part of the strategy that "involves not only apprehensions at the border, but detention, removal and more vigorous work site enforcement." He pledged to continue funding like initiatives that have proved successful in the past adding that he would be announcing additional monies for another intelligence-based law enforcement border initiative very soon. It’s important to note that although both initiatives were multi-jurisdictional and included federal, state, and local agencies, the Laredo Police Department was awarded the lion’s share of monies for each of the two initiatives (Stone Garden & Blackjack) totaling almost $1 million in overtime monies for operational activities during both operations.

As a means of preface, Laredo PD first partnered with other federal, state, and local law enforcement officials in Laredo to create a multi-agency operation called Operation Black Jack in July 2005. Operation Black Jack subsequently evolved into the DHS’s Border Enforcement and Security Task Force, known as BEST.

The BEST task force presently incorporates personnel from ICE, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), ATF, FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and key state and local law enforcement agencies, including Laredo PD. The BEST task force concept incorporates personnel from existing intelligence groups — involved in both collection and analysis — to help identify and disseminate information relating to violent smuggling organizations. The BEST task force has been a highly successful tool to combat violence in the Laredo area.

This coordinated approach has led to significant enforcement results, including the January / February 2006 seizures in Laredo of dynamite, numerous live grenades, as well as materials to make roughly 33 Improvised Explosive Devices. Since its inception, BEST has resulted in 31 arrests and the seizure of 41 assault rifles, 12 handguns, 5 silencers, a large quantity of weapons components, kits, and ammunition, as well as roughly 700 pounds of marijuana, 336 pounds of cocaine and roughly $1.14 million.

Although we have seen a fluctuation in the number of homicides recorded in Laredo these past five (5) years, the homicide rate in our sister city, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, did reach record-numbers for 2005 with about 175 recorded murders. Obviously, these are the numbers that have caused the panic-filled media furor and sensationalism. Laredo’s homicide count for 2005 ended at twenty-one (21). Granted that as a society, we rightfully acknowledge that any homicide is one homicide too many, it is important to note that our homicide to population rate is still one of the lowest recorded rates for cities of comparable size. And, we continue to be one of the safest cities in the US. Alarmingly, however, the death count attributed to drug overdose in 2005 ended at twenty (20).  The drugs contributing to this statistic range from alcohol to cocaine abuse.  In some instances, a combination of more than one abused drug was determined.  Laredo also recorded a total of eight (8) suicides in 2005.  The motive for most of the suicides was determined to range from personal strife, to domestic violence, and even, to accidental horseplay.

We are proud to report that Laredo recorded significant decreases in violent and property crimes. Of the six categories where decreases occurred, four were significant.  Aggravated assaults were down showing the 2nd lowest number in the last five years. Aggravated Assaults decreased by 3%.  Reported motor vehicle theft decreased by 5%.  Most significant was the decrease in property crimes where both, residential and non-residential building burglary numbers were the lowest in the last five (5) years.  Residential burglaries decreased by 23% and burglary of buildings decreased by 27%. The strategy used to impact this result is featured in this handout (tab 6). 

 

Additionally, Laredo saw a very slight increase of less than 1% in the number of traffic accidents reported for the year. Traffic accident deaths however, increased from 11 to 13 fatalities, an increase of 18%. The ten most dangerous intersections, those having the most traffic accidents, were also compiled.  A strategy to reduce the accident rates at these identified problem intersections will be implemented.

 

A new feature at the Laredo Police Department has been the acquisition of another explosives detection canine to help beef-up our Bomb Squad. The new canine, “Kimmie” joins the more experienced canine “Arie” on the Squad. They have both undergone extensive training and are fully-certified bomb-dogs. Their handlers are already trained and certified bomb technicians. The addition of the new canine will augment the response and capabilities of our recently created and equipped bomb squad. 

 

Another accomplishment, for the Laredo Police Department is the construction of three new COPS Workstations. Constructed in 2005, these new buildings are just about ready for grand opening/ribbon-cutting ceremonies to be scheduled very soon. The COPS Workstations are situated adjacent to existing Fire Stations on the Mines Road, on Loop 20 across from TAMIU, and on Hwy. 359.  They will each house a number of police officers including a supervisor and related amenities, including equipment, extending our service networks to provide better services to the people that we “protect and serve”.

 

We are proud to report that we are in the process of implementing a new, stat-of-the-art, 800 MHz Digital Trunk Radio System which is scheduled to become fully-operational by this summer. At a cost of almost $8 million dollars, this long-awaited public safety amenity is finally coming to fruition after many years of hard work by a bevy of individuals, including the late Jim Dempsey, LPD Communications Manager; Mayor Betty Flores and Members of the Laredo City Council, City Manager Larry Dovalina, E911 Regional Administrator Jessica Hein; City Purchasing Agent Francisco Meza, Laredo Fire Chief Luis Sosa and Deputy Chief and Steve Landin, Laredo Assistant Police Chief Gilbert Navarro, and others. Having operated under an antiquated analog communications system that has long been the bane of public safety given radio signal interference in certain areas of the city causing serious concerns for the safety of all of our public safety personnel, the new system will soon become a reality. We are proud and excited to house the city’s E911 Communications Center at the Laredo Police Department headquarters.

 

Lastly, we are still hoping to obtain the services of an air unit. The acquisition of a police helicopter is STILL a highly-coveted component of ours. We believe that this air unit will allow us the opportunity to have a veritable “eye in the sky” providing air surveillance and rapid-response capabilities for our ground (patrol) units in the event of the need for immediate emergency law enforcement response to high crimes.

 

Finally, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to continue to make our community proud by ‘protecting and serving’ to the best of our abilities. After all, we are Laredo’s Finest!”

 

Cm.  Agredano thanked John Orfila and his department for assisting a family who lost their home to a fire.  He also thanked everyone for attending the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Cielito Fire Station.  He added that the fire station is beautiful.  He noted that on March 1st there was a town hall meeting for citizens that reside in South Laredo.  He thanked everyone for attending a ground breaking at the El Eden Recreational Park.  He encouraged all the citizens to vote in the primary election.

 

Cm.  Garcia thanked everyone that assisted in the grand opening of the Lago Vista Park.  He thanked Eddie Zavala, Customer Service Coordinator, and the Women’s Commission for putting on a great presentation honoring the Hall of Fame nominees.  He also thanked everyone that participated in the Border Olympics noting that over 900 athletes participated in the event.  He went on to thank United Independent School District for allowing them to use the student center.  Finally, he thanked United Life Downs for recognizing his father as Rancher of the Year.  He said that his father was very grateful and humbled by receiving this honor.

 

Cm.  Galo congratulated everyone for organizing or participating in the following events: the Lago Vista Opening, Grand Opening of Station # 14, U. I. S. D. Drug Buster program, Rancher of the year, Border Olympic Participants, Life Downs, Suarez Brothers, Miss Teen Laredo, and Miss Laredo.   He added that no events can take place without volunteers. 

 

Cm.  Amaya thanked the Parks and Recreation Department for the great job they have been doing with the city parks throughout Laredo especially in District IV.  He encouraged all the citizens to cast their vote in the primary elections. 

 

Cm.  Rendon thanked John Orfila and his crew for completing the projects in District V.  He added that his constituents are enjoying the parks.  He also said that the City of Laredo has been blessed through him by his visit in Rome.  He said that he shook the hands of the Pope.

 

Cm.  Belmares congratulated Cm.  Garcia and the Border Olympics for holding such a phenomenal event.  He said that the Laredo Commission for Women held a wonderful event recognizing the Hall of Fame nominees.  He said that Eddie Zavala, Customer Service Coordinator, did an outstanding job organizing the event. 

 

Cm.  Chavez advised the residents of Los Martinez that the City would be cleaning the lots behind their subdivision.  He also advised the residents of Mines Road that the construction of the overpass would be March 28. 

 

Cm.  Ramirez said that he had attended an event at the Casa Blanca Ballroom where they honored Bernardo and his Compadres for 35 years of music.   

 

Mayor Flores agreed that the primary elections are very important and encouraged everyone to vote.  She thanked the candidates that are working hard to represent their constituencies noting that it is truly enlightening to see how much people care for the jobs.  She thanked the Mayor of Nuevo Laredo for hosting Falcon Task 2012. Both the United States and Mexico are involved soliticiting funds for binational environmental projects.  She also thanked Dr.  Gonzalez, John Porter, and others for attending the meeting.

 

            VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores’ announcement of appointments.

 

 

                 Audit and Insurance Committee:  Cm.  Amaya

                 Oil & Gas Review Committee:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Rail Policy Committee:  Cm. Chavez

                 Traffic Calming Device Program:  Cm.  Chavez

                 Veteran Affairs Committee:  Cm.  Ramirez

                 Laredo Metropolitan Organization:  Cm.  Belmares

  

            b.  Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Louis H. Pellegrin to the Historic                District / Landmark Board.

 

                 Motion to table.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            c.  Appointment by Council Member Juan Chavez of:

 

                        1.  Blas M. Martinez to the Airport Advisory Committee

                        2.  David J. Cantu to the Board of Adjustment

                        3.  Gabriel Delgado to the Citizen's Environmental Advisory Committee

                        4.  Javier Rangel to the Historic District / Landmark Board

                        5.  Javier De Anda to the Library Advisory Committee

                        6.  Pat Campos to the Para Transit Advisory Committee

                        7.  Francisco Hernandez, II to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee

                        8.  Javier “Rito” de Anda to the Planning and Zoning Commission

                        9.  Hector Perez to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee

                        10.  Sylvia Ornelas to the Third Party Funding Advisory Committee

                        11.  Daniel W. Treviño to the Transportation & Traffic Safety Advisory Committee

                        12.  Frank Hernandez, III to the Tree Advisory Committee

                        13.  Susan Carlson and Imelda T. Rodriguez to the Laredo Commission for Women

                        14.  Ronnie Goodman to the Plaza Theatre Renovation Committee

 

Motion to approve with the following corrections:  Gabriel Delgado to Gabriela Delgado, Francisco Hernandez, Jr. to Francisco Hernandez, III. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006    

                 Annual Operating Budget in the Environmental Services Fund Budget by accepting a                              donation of $200.00 from H.E.B. Stores and appropriating said funds for the purpose of           providing food for the volunteers at the December 2005 Household Hazardous Waste                    and Used Tire Collection Event.

 

                 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.  Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2005 – 2006

Annual Budget for the Communications System Fund in the amount of $66,961.00.  The City of Laredo will be utilizing these funds for the purchase of additional equipment for the City of Laredo’s proposed 800 MHz trunked radio communications system project.  Funding is available as a transfer-in from various City departments.

                  

     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.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

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

(1) year lease agreement between the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department and “Escuela de Futbol Guadalajara Soccer” for use of one (1) soccer field at the Ladrillera Park located at 1900 Pinder Road Avenue for a fee of $200.00 per month. The primary purpose of this agreement is to institute a soccer program for the youth of Laredo with the understanding that the fields are open for public use during non-program hours. 

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Ramirez moved that the funds be placed back in the field budget instead of placing it back in the general fund. 

 

Mayor Flores said that $400 is not very much.

 

Cm.  Ramirez said that staff needs to replace some trees on that field.  He also mentioned a fence that was never installed on the Sanchez side.

 

Larry Dovalina suggested incorporating the projects within the CIP noting that the Parks budget is over $5 Million dollars.

 

Horacio De Leon, Assistant City Manager, explained that the General Maintenance would not be any more than what we have for the different leagues.  He noted that twenty two hundred dollars would not be significant.

 

Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, informed Council that the department would be able to install the fence on Sanchez Street for a minimal cost through operations. 

 

Cm.  Ramirez withdrew his amendment.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

4.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of the City of

Laredo, Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 and authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Operations Agreement with Bruni International Inc., as Zone Site Operator, to activate approximately 3,000 square feet of warehouse space located at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, Site III, effective upon execution.  Providing activation, administration and transaction fees be paid to the City and providing for an effective date. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Overhead Utility Easement Document WR#

11841321 with American Electric Power (AEP) for a 15’ easement (0.9851 acre tract out of Lot 1, Block 2, Laredo International Airport Subdivision) recorded in Volume 16, Pages 45-47 of the Webb County Plat Records for the purpose of installing overhead electrical facilities to serve the Laredo Town Center, Inc. commercial development leased premises; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

6.  Adding Article XV (Prohibitions of certain activities by City Employees) to Chapter 21

(Offenses and miscellaneous provisions) of the Code of Ordinances adding Section 21-292 to prohibit discrimination; Section 21-293 to prohibit false statements; Section 21-294 to prohibit bribery; Section 21-295  to prohibit solicitation for Municipal Elections; Section 21-296 to prohibit employee participation in Municipal Elections; Section 21-297 to provide the penalty for any violation; and for discharge of employees convicted of violation; and for non-eligibility for City employment of any other person convicted of violation; providing for publication; and providing for effective date.

 

Motion to table.

 

Moved:  Cm. Rendon

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

7.  Abandoning a utility easement described as being a 30 foot wide strip of land, containing

6,829.06 square feet or 0.157 acres, more or less, over and across Tract 3, in the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision, Webb County, Texas.  Said utility easement was granted to the City of Laredo by Juan Estrada and Pedro Estrada by conveyance instrument dated April 23, 2004, recorded in Volume 1636, pp. 802-805 official property records of Webb County, Texas and described on the attached Exhibit. Said release of easement being in consideration of an alternative utility easement that was conveyed to the City of Laredo on December 2, 2005.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinances # 2006-O-042, # 2006-O-043, # 2006-O-045, # 2006-O-046, # 2006-O-047, # 2006-O-048, # 2006-O-049, # 2006-O-050, # 2006-O-51, # 2006-O-052. 

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Cm.  Agredano and Cm.  Rendon were not present.

8.  2006-O-042  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lot 5, Block 1413, Eastern Division, located at 2417 Market Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).   

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-042.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

2006-O-043  Authorizing a Special Use Permit for storage of flammable and explosive

products on Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block 11, El Portal Industrial Park Subdivision Unit 7, located at 11921 Conly Road. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-043.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

2006-O-044  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

34.64 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located northwest of River Bank Drive, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).   

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-044.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

                 2006-O-045  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

   18.19 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit

    “A”, located northwest of River Bank Drive, from AG (Agricultural

    District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-045.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

                 2006-O-046  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

   Lot 2, Block 7, McPherson Acres Development Subdivision Unit 1,

   located at 5904 McPherson Road, from B-3 (Community Business

   District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-046.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

    

                 2006-O-047  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

   4.77 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit

   “A”, located at Alpes Court East of Campanario Lane, from B-3

   (Community Business District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area

   District). 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-047.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

                 2006-O-048  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

.95 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the south side of Highway 359 east of Rural Road 6068, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-048.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

                2006-O-049  Amending the Laredo Municipal Housing Corp. (LMHC) FY 2005/2006

   Budget by drawing down and appropriating $57,000.00 from its opening

   balance to the City’s Capital Improvement Fund to cover increased

   engineering/construction oversight costs associated with the Los Obispos

   Remediation Project.  The amendment is authorized by the Laredo

   Municipal Housing Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation.  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-049.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

                 2006-O-050  Amending the 2005-2006 approved Full Time Equivalent Positions for the

   City of Laredo Community Development Department by creating one (1)

   full-time Program Administrator position.  Funding is available in the

   Community Development Block Grant 31st Action Year.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-050.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

                 2006-O-051  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Full Time Equivalent

   Positions by creating one (1) full time Audio Visual Technical Assistant

   position with benefits in lieu of one (1) Part-time Temporary Audio Visual

   Technical Assistant.  Funding is available in the Public Access Channel

   Fund.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-051.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

                 2006-O-052  Amending Division 3 (RATES AND CHARGES) of Chapter 31

   (UTILITIES) of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, specifically section 31-138 which provides for water rate charges, by changing the number of tiers in the water rates from 7 to 8 for residential with the establishment of a baseline rate tier for up to 2000 gallons usage that will not increase at this time, and a water conservation rate tier for largest volume water usage; and from 26 to 9 for multi-family and commercial; by increasing the remaining residential and commercial rates each year from 2006 to 2037 by the following percentages:  2006-25%, 2007-10%, 2008-7%, 2009-7%, 2010 through 2014-5% annually, and 2015 through 2037-2% annually.  These increases will automatically go into effect on January 1st of each subsequent year after the 2006 increase unless the City Council revises the ordinance; providing for publication and an effective date.  As amended.

 

Adrian Montemayor gave the following presentation:

 

Securing Our Community’s Water Future

 

Laredo is Growing

 

Great news for Laredo’s economy

Growth also puts pressure on key infrastructure

Must keep infrastructure improvements ahead of community growth

Costs for catch up are much higher than planned improvements

 

Laredo is Growing – Some Facts

 

Population grown 54% in last 15 years

Water production has grown 41%

Population expected to grow 84% in the next 20 years

Laredo will need 78% more water over next 20 years

Aging water infrastructure

Facing regulatory enforcement

 

City of Laredo understand current/future water needs

Various water plan scenarios studied

Costs are less when planning ahead

Sound direction for long-term solutions in place

Community information and involvement is important

 

Laredo Has a Plan – Water Supply

 

Secure a secondary source of water

 

In review for more than a year

Will provide nearly 40 million gallons per day

Sustainable source for 50 years

Diversifies sources of water

Decisions on second water source in next several months

Bring on line in next few years

 

New water main, water tanks

Three new water tanks

160,000 feet of new water mains

Booster station improvements

$400 million for second source of water and new water mains/tanks

paid through annual increases to water rates (residential and business)

 

The increases are phased in to keep water bills competitive

April 24, 2006           25%

Jan. 1, 2007  10%

2008-2009    7%

2010 – 2014 5%

2015 – 2037 2%

 

Impact to Water Bills

 

Increases to water portion of bill only

No changes to sewer, stormwater, garbage fees

Average residential water use – 8,000

 

Water use

Current Bill

After increase

Increase

8,000

$11.23

$14.03

$2.80

25,000

$28.18

$35.23

$7.05

 

Conservation is Key

 

·        Citizens/Businesses can participate in solutions

·        Comprehensive conservation program for Laredo Entertainment Center Affordability programs

·        Organize citizens committee to review and advise on new water program developments.

 

Motion to delay until staff can provide a workshop informing the public.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Chavez

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

For:     2                                Against:  6                                Abstain:  0

 

Motion failed.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-052.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     6                                Against:  2                                Abstain:  0

                                             Cm.  Chavez

                                             Cm.  Ramirez   

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

9.  2006-R-023  Authorizing the City Manger to submit a grant application to the South

Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $40,000.00 with no matching funds.  Funds will be used for a litter education campaign.

 

Motion to approve the Resolution # 2006-R-023.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

10.  2006-R-025  Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the United

States Foreign-Trade Zones Board for a temporary boundary modification on behalf of International Trade & Commerce, Inc., in accordance with Ordinance No. 2000-O-183 dated July 24, 2000.  The Temporary Boundary Modification consists of temporarily transferring the designation of 1.10 acres from the City of Laredo, Foreign-Trade Zone Site No. 1, located at the Laredo International Airport to the new temporary site which shall be designated as Site No. 1-D and located at 309 NAFTA Blvd.

 

Motion to approve the Resolution # 2006-R-025.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

11.  2006-R-026  A resolution by the City Council of the City of Laredo urging the

President of the United States to reconsider the proposed fiscal year 2007 Federal Budget that provides a reduction in funding and/or elimination of essential programs and services which directly impact the public safety, health and livability of our community, specifically; 1) the reduction of the Community Development Block Grant by 25%.  2) the zero (0) budget allocation for the Centers for Disease Control Prevention Block Grant as it will adversely impact wellness and health promotion, staffing and the Tuberculosis Prevention Program of the City of Laredo Health Department and 3)  the elimination of the Community Oriented Policing Services Program.

 

Motion to approve the Resolution # 2006-R-026.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

12.  2006-R-027  Ordering and proclaiming a general city election to be held on Saturday,

May 13, 2006; designating polling places; designating a runoff date;  providing for publication; and authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the Webb County Elections Administrator for the purpose of conducting a joint election with the City of Laredo.

 

Cm.  Galo expressed dissatisfaction with the listed early voting sites which were not listed in the City Election.  He said that early voting sites should be consistent from election to election.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, noted that he will be meeting with the Election Administrator.

 

Motion to approve the Resolution # 2006-R-027 with amendments.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

13.  2006-R-031  Authorizing the City Manager to apply for a grant to fund the Project Safe

Neighborhood Anti-Gang Unit awarded by the Office of Justice Programs at no cost to the City.  Funding will be used to pay overtime, fringe benefits and operational expenses for an Anti-Gang Task Force from May 1, 2006 through October 1, 2007

 

Motion to approve the Resolution # 2006-R-031.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       MOTIONS

 

14.  Consideration to award  contract number FY06-046, to the low bidder, Electronic Data

Magnetics, Inc., High Point, N.C., in the amount of  $57,500.00,  for the purchase of  custom magnetic swipe cards (Gateway Pass) for the Bridge Department.  The terms of this contract allow for one additional order at the same contract pricing with-in twelve months of the initial order.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

15.  Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Sidewalk and ADA Ramps

Improvements along Juarez Avenue and approval of final payment in the amount of $8,879.75 to ALC Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $69,897.50.  Funding is available in the Community Development 27th, 28th, and 31st Action Year / 2001, 2002, and 2005 Grants – CD Projects/City-Wide ADA Improvements.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

16.  Consideration for approval to rescind the selection of consultant Arcadis, Laredo,

Texas, for the Site Selection and Design of a Compost Facility for the City of Laredo Landfill since an Engineering Services Contract could not satisfactorily be negotiated,  and authorization to re-advertise the Request for Qualifications.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

17.  Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Puig Engineering,   

LLC., in association with Mejia & Ruiz Land Surveyors, L.L.C., Laredo, Texas for an amount not to exceed $58,000.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Flecha Lane Drainage Improvements.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Bond.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

18.  Consideration to award an asbestos abatement contract to the lowest bidder, Jupe

Environmental, Inc., from San Antonio, Texas, for the project entitled “Asbestos Abatement Services for 1008 Monterrey Avenue & 1016 Monterrey Avenue,” in the total amount of $8,660.00.  Funding is available in the Community Development – 31st Action Year – Demolition of Substandard Structures.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

19.  Approval of selection of consultants Carter & Burgess, Inc., (in association with Frank

Architects, Sherfey Engineering, Hargreaves Associates, Fermata Inc., PROS Consulting, and M2 Studio) and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract to provide consulting services for the Rio Grande River Vega Master Plan for the City of Laredo. Funding is available in the 2005 CO.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

20.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract

FY05-051 for the purchase of dealer repair parts for the vehicle fleet to: Sames Motor Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $70,000.00 and North Park Lincoln, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $20,000.00.  The bid award allows for a one (1) year extension at the same contract pricing and with the same terms and conditions.  All parts 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:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

21.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY05-052 awarded to

Southern Tire Mart, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $143,320.00, for the purchase of tires for all City vehicles.  The bid award allows for a one (1) year extension at the same contract pricing and with the same terms and conditions.  All tires are purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

22.  Consideration to exercise renewal option for contract FY05-049 for the following

annual contracts, for repair parts and service for Elgin and Tymco street sweepers and Case Equipment: Kinloch Equipment, Pasadena, Texas, in the estimated amount of $40,000.00; Industrial Disposal Supply, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00, and Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00. The bid award allows for a one (1) year extension at the same contract pricing and with the same terms and conditions. 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.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration to award contract FY06-042, to the low bidder, BWI, Schulenburg,

Texas in the estimated amount of $30,000.00 for providing bermuda seeds, fertilizer, and paper blocks for mulching for the Parks and Recreation Department. The term of this contract will be for a period of six months.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department Budget and Construction Projects.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

24.  Consideration to award contract FY06-047 to low bidder, Leslie Poolmart Inc.,

Phoenix, Arizona, in the estimated amount of $28,130.00 for providing pool chemicals for the Parks and Recreation Department.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Consideration to award contract FY06-049 to the low bidder, Holguin Cleaners,

Laredo, TX in the estimated annual amount of $23,000.00 for providing laundry dry cleaning services for Police Department non uniformed officers.  The city must provide dry cleaning service for non unformed police officers as a condition of the collective bargaining agreement.  The bid pricing is approximately 30% lower that the previous contract period.  Funding is available in the Police Department's budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

26.  Consideration to award contract number FY05-102 to the low bidders, Precision Delta

Corporation, Ruleville, MS, in the amount of $44,374.00 and Glaser, LLC, Sturgis, SD, in the amount of $4,359.50 for the purchase of practice and duty ammunition for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Department Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-038, in the estimated annual amount of

$55,000.00, for the purchase of paper for copiers and printers from the sole bidder, Executive Office Supply, Laredo, Texas.  Departments will order these items on an as need basis.  The term of this contract is for a twelve month period and will include copy paper, green bar, and other computer paper.  Funding is available in the office supply line item budgets for the respective departments. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY05-040 awarded to Dust-

Tex Mat Rental Services, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $25,000.00, for providing dust mops and floor mats used at various municipal buildings.  The bid award allows for a one (1) year extension at the same contract pricing and with the same terms and conditions.  Funding is available in the various departments that utilize this service.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to award contract FY06-040 to the sole bidder, Clark Hardware LTD.,

Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $60,000.00 for the purchase of plumbing supplies for city maintenance and repair projects.  This is an annual contract and all items will be purchased on an as needed basis throughout the year for various city departments.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department, Airport, Public Works, Civic Center, Health, Municipal Housing, and Utilities department budgets. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

30.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract Renewal Agreement of a

Professional Services Contract entered into with W. D. Schock Company, Inc., on February 18, 2003, for the rendering of certain administrative and management services for the Airport Residential Sound Reduction Program, as part of the overall City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.  Said contract Renewal Agreement is for the completion of Phase IV (twenty-seven homes) of the Sound Reduction Program for eighteen (18) months, beginning March 10, 2006, and not to exceed $580,466.00.  Funding is available in the Purchased Professional Services/Architectural Fees Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

31.  Consideration to award contract FY06-045 to the sole bidder Movac Environmental,

McAllen, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $30,000.00, for the transportation and disposal of leachate and contaminated water generated at the City of Laredo Landfill.  The term of this contract will be for a one (1) year period with an option to extend this contract for two (2), one (1) year terms subject to future budget appropriations.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Department Budget. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of five (5), chassis trucks through the Texas

Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $583,710.00.  Utilizing the Buy Board contract pricing, five auto side loader collection chassis trucks will be purchased from Rush Truck Center.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Department’s Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

33.  Consideration to fund an additional year of the contract with the Southwest Texas Rain

Enhancement Association, for $77,397.53 to cover the cost of the 2006 program.  The program will begin in March and continue until November 2006, and will provide coverage of the entire surface of Webb County.  The City will guarantee the full payment of the program and will collect donations and other commitments from the county residents to defray the cost.  Funds for this project come from the Water Availability Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

34.  A.  Presentation by the Environmental Services Department of the evaluation of

downtown storm and sanitary sewer systems and illegal connection elimination project by Carter & Burgess, Inc., in association with Crane Engineering & DFW infrastructure, Inc- CCTV inspection services.

 

Project Scope

 

Inspect storm sewer systems with CCTV

Evaluate the Condition of the System in 66 Block

Detect Possible Illegal Connections

Survey (GPS Compatible) and Map (GIS) Systems

 

Establish Base Map from Existing GIS Mapping and Construction Documents

 

GPS Field Survey of all Found Structures (Inlets, Manholes, Outfalls)

Television Inspection of Lines

 

Make Recommendations to Correct Problems with a Cost/Benefit Analysis

Prepare 5 – Year CIP Based on Priority for Repair and/or Replacement

 

Prepare 5 – Year CIP Based on Priority for Repair and/or replacement

 

Project Scope Expanded

 

CCTV Inspection of Storm Sewer

Few Problems

Completed Under Budget

 

City Staff Requested Additional of Sanitary Sewer CCTV Inspection

 

Without Budget Amendment

Within Original Schedule

 

Sewer Cleaning by DFW Included to Expedite Inspection

 

GIS Base Maps of Existing Storm Sewer System:

 

Storm Sewer System Components

Storm Sewer System Uninspected Lines and Pipe Blockages

Storm Sewer System Points of Infiltration

Storm Sewer System Potential Illegal Connections

 

Storm Sewer System

 

91,000 LF

Storm pipe identified (36,000 LF in main lines)

90 Manholes identified by above ground survey

299 Inlets identified by above ground survey

 

Storm Sewer System Uninspected Lines and Pipe Blockages

 

8,000 LF Uninspected lines

70 Points of sediment buildup

6 Abandoned lines with manholes

3 Intruding inlets

3 capped lines

 

Storm Sewer System point of Infiltration

 

12 Pipes crossing through storm pipe

7 holes in pipe

3 craced pipes

3 Separated joints

 

Storm Sewer System Potential Illegal  Connections

 

108 Possible Illegal connections

 

GIS Base Maps of Existing Sanitary Sewer System:

 

Sanitary Sewer System Components

Sanitary Sewer System Blockages and Points of infiltration

 

Sanitary Sewer System

 

31,000 LF Sanitary pipe identified

97 Manholes identified by above ground survey

10,000 LF Sanitary pipe – television inspected

 

Sanitary Sewer System Points of Sediment Buildup and Potential Infiltration

 

10,000 LF Sanitary pipe television inspected

17 Points of sediment buildup

64 Cracked pipes

48 Holes in pipe

1 Collapsed Section

21,000 LF Sanitary pipe not television inspected

 

Project Status

 

Data Collection

 

Storm Sewer Complete

Sanitary Sewer Partial

 

GIS Mapping

 

Storm Sewer Complete

Sanitary Sewer Partial

 

Problem identification

 

Storm – Possible Illegal Connections, Points of Infiltration, Blockage inventory complete, Report Pending

 

Sanitary – Problems found mapped, no report

 

Storm Sewer System Analysis is Underway

Storm Sewer Evaluations and Recommendations will be presented in Project Report

 

Preliminary Recommendations

 

Clear Blockages in Storm Sewer Systems

Complete Survey & CCTV Inventory of Sanitary Sewer

Repair broken, blocked, or collapsed lines that pose an immediate threat

 

For questions call Tom Mountz, P. E. CFM

2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 300

Austin, Texas  78746

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action instructing the City Manager to authorize the Traffic

Department to obtain signatures to place speed humps on Newport Ave. and on the 3300 Block of O’Kane Street, declaring these projects to be in the best interest of public safety.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, advised that staff needs the signatures to initiate the traffic study. 

 

Motion to authorize the Traffic Department staff to obtain signatures to place speed humps on Newport Ave. and on the 3300 Block of O’Kane Street, declaring these projects to be in the best interest of public safety.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   B.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

     1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the status of the closing of Jefferson Street,

          between San Dario Ave. and San Eduardo Ave., a pending street closure project.

 

Adrian Montemayor, Utilities Director, explained the information in terms of the reasona for the closure and the timeline for reopening due to repair of the city water main that runs in the area.  He described that the line was overt 16ft and required contracted services to correct.  The process of obtaining pricing and authorization to proceed was explained.  He noted that the expected time of complete would be seven days. 

 

 

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.

 

36.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in

order to deliberate on the value of, and possible exchange of an approximate 88.69 acre tract of non-aeronautical use real property located along the east side of Bob Bullock Loop across from the airport passenger terminal at the Laredo International Airport, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action.

 

       Motion to table indefinitely.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

       Second:  Cm.  Belmares

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XV.      ADJOURNMENT

 

CITY OF LAREDO

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.            MOTIONS

 

1.  Consider a recommendation to award a contract to Price Construction, Inc., of Laredo,

Texas, sole bidder under Alternate Bid Request in the amount of $1,186,196.00, bid  alternate for a 60-day construction period, to install an Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) at the end of Runway 35L at the Laredo International Airport.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 to Price Construction, Ltd., Big Spring,

Texas, in the amount of $58,434.00 for the Santa Clara 24” Sanitary Sewer line. This change order consists of the installation of a 13-foot manhole with tie-ins and the extension of 130 feet of 21” sanitary sewer pipe.  The construction contract time is extended for an additional 60 calendar days.  The revised contract amount is $383,012.50 and the new construction time is 180 calendar days.  Funding is available in the 1998 Sewer Bond.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

II.         GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.  A.  Request by Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on designating a parking / loading zone area at

the 1700 Block of Houston, on the north side of the Laredo Independent School  

District Main Office.  (Co-sponsored by Cm. John C. Galo)

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, recommended extending the parking area and 

placing parking meters on both sides and add a 7’ loading zone on the north side of the Laredo Independent School District Main Office.

 

Motion to designate a parking/loading zone area at the 1700 block of Houston, on the north side of the Laredo Independent School District Main Office.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Chavez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action requesting a speed hump study on Monterrey

Avenue south of Musser Street, adjacent to J.C. Martin Elementary School.  (Co-sponsored by Cm. John C. Galo)

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, advised that he needed to determine the exact area for the study.  He added that he would initiate the study and return to Council with recommendations. 

 

Cm.  Ramirez said that he would like for staff to install speed humps one block before J. C. Martin  Elementary and one block south of Musser Street.

 

3.  Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of a bus shelter at the

corner of Lee Avenue and Park Street in the La Ladrillera Neighborhood.  (Co-sponsored by Cm. John C. Galo)

 

Ron Moore, General Manager, advised that staff would need to complete a survey that will take ten to fourteen days.

 

III.      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.

 

IV.       ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion to approve.                                                                                  Time:  8:25 p.m.

 

Moved: Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                          Against:  0                   Abstain:  0