CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-R-11

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

June 5, 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 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

            Juan Chavez,                                                                            Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Mayor Pro Tem, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Rafael Garcia,                                                                           Assistant City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                                     Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of March 27, 2006 and April 3, 2006.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

 

            Invitations

 

            a.  Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau and Miss Laredo, Ana Rodriguez, inviting the            

                 Mayor and City Council to the Miss Texas USA Pageant events on June 18 – 25, 2006.

 

                 Ana Rodriguez, Miss Laredo, invited the Mayor, City Council, and staff to attend the                                2006 Miss Texas USA Pageant. 

 

                 Jorge Vega, Project Coordinator for Miss Texas Pageant, thanked the City of Laredo,                            City of Laredo Airport, and Wells Fargo for being a Gold Sponsor for the Miss Texas                                USA Pageant. 

 

            Recognitions

            a.  Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores comments on the volunteerism and service of her appointees             to boards, committees, and commissions.

 

                 Mayor Flores thanked volunteers that serve as appointees to boards, committees,                      and commissions.  She added that they donate their time to make Laredo a better place                  to live.  She thanked her committee members:

 

                 Airport Advisory Committee:                       Javier Garza

                 Board of Adjustments:                                 Daniel Barrera

                 Citizens Environmental Advisory:                  Victor Garza

                 Historical/Landmark District Board  John Keck, Bonnie Lepovitz, Manuel Guerra,                                                                           Frank Rotnofsky, Sharyn Jordon, Elizabeth                                                                                           Gil, Sally Soup, Roberto Cantu

                 Library Advisory Committee                        Brenda Garcia

                 Para Transit Advisory Committee                 Anthony Rencarge

                 Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee     Jerome Jordan

                 Planning and Zoning Commission                 Nathan Bratton

                 Third Party Funding                         Clema Owens

                 Transportation Committee                            Felix Canales

                 Tree Board                                                  Don Fields

                 Charter Review Commission                        Rafael Torres

                 Plaza Theater Advisory                                Yolanda Gutierrez Garcia

                 Vehicles for Hire                                          Consuelo Montalvo

 

                 She also thanked the following individuals for serving on her Business Council:  

                 John Adams, Chris Arthur, Daniel Barrera, Lupita Canales, Miguel Conchas, Dr. Barber,          Dr. Ramon Dovalina, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Rotnofsky, Mario Gonzalez, Rene Gonzalez,                    Adolfo Gutierrez, Javier Iregas, Jerry Jacobs, Dr. Keck, Olga Maldonado, A. B.                           Martinez, Dennis Nixon, Edna Pena, Evan Quiros, Hector Torres, Guillermo Trevino,                        Jorge Verduzco, Lucy Santos Wright, Dr. Oscar Rodriguez

 

            b.  Recognition of the Budget Department on receiving the Distinguished Budget           

                 Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the            15th consecutive year.

 

                 Mayor Flores and City Council publicly recognized the Budget Department for receiving            the award for the 15th consecutive year.

 

            c.  Recognition of Victor M. Sanchez, of the Laredo Bridge System, on his selection as May           2006 Employee of the Month.

 

                 Mario Maldonado, Bridge Director, reported that Victor Sanchez was hired in June                   1992 with the Traffic Department and was promoted as a Bridge Toll Technician in                        August of 1999.  His main responsibility is to operate and maintain the toll collection                       system for the World Trade Bridge but is also very familiar with the entire toll  

                 collection system for the International Bridges.  His main responsibility is to                                provide the efficiency and safe crossing of all pedestrians, non commercial and                    commercial traffic.  He is also responsible for Quality Assurance Inspections,

                 installation, preventive maintenance, and repairing testing for the entire toll collection

                 system.  By maintaining the AVI System and the Weigh Motion System, which was an

                 investment of nine million dollars, the City of Laredo continues to be the number one                               inland port in the nation.  Approximately $131 billion dollars worth of goods cross the                port of Laredo.  He is responsible to make sure that the toll collection system operates                    efficiently in order to cross approximately ten thousand commercial trucks per day,                         50,000 non commercial trucks a day and twenty five thousand vehicles per day.  He is an               exceptional leader and motivator who provides excellent customer service.  He recently                  assisted the Bridge Department in raising $7,000 for the American Cancer Relay for

                 Life.  He also dedicates a large portion of his time to the Sacred Heart Children’s Home.   

           

            d.  Presentation of the 2005 – 2006 City of Laredo Cooperative Training Program/Industrial          Cooperative Training (CO-OP/ICT) student employees.  This program allows high                         school students to both study and work part-time with the City of Laredo.

 

                 Mayor and City Council presented a Seven Flags Certificate to the following students:

 

                 Luz Cortinas                        Parks & Recreation Department                       Nixon High

                 Christian Garza                    Finance Department                                          Martin High

                 Isabel Lozano                      Parks & Recreation Department                       Martin High

                 Ariana A.  Muriel                 Health Department                                            United High

                 Mario A. Perez, Jr.              Tax Department                                                United South

                 Elizabeth Rodriguez Parks & Recreation Department                       United High

                 Nancy Ramirez                    Budget Department                                           Nixon High

                 Jaclyn Salinas                      Finance Department                                          United High

                 Jose Manuel Solis                Parks and Recreation Department                     United High

                 Victor Maldonado               Human Resources Department              United South

 

            e.  Recognition of Raul ‘Roy’ Garcia for winning 1st place in the 2006 Keep Texas       

                 Beautiful - Ed Davis Litter Law Enforcement Award category.

 

                 Mayor Flores and City Council publicly recognized Roy Garia. 

 

            f.  Recognition of David Michael Gonzalez for winning 1st place in the 2006 Keep Texas                Beautiful -Ruthe Jackson Youth Leadership Award – Scouting category.

 

                 Mayor Flores and City Council publicly recognized David Michael Gonzalez. 

 

            Communiqués

 

            Cm.  Agredano thanked everyone that participated in the Memorial Day Ceremony held at             the cemetery on Memorial Day.  He specifically thanked Webb County Judge Elect Danny             Valdez and Commissioner Elect Sergio Martinez representing Webb County for attending.

 

            Cm.  Garcia congratulated all graduating 2006 Seniors noting that the ceremonies were beautiful.  He also congratulated the United Longhorns Baseball team for winning District, Bi-District, Area, and Regional.

 

            Cm.  Galo congratulated all of the graduating 2006 Seniors in Laredo.  He also congratulated Cm. Rendon and his daughter Diana Rendon Gutierrez for holding a wonderful dance recital with over 2,000 attendees.  He congratulated the Public Works Department for working to clean up District III after the recent storm.  He mentioned     attending the Korean War Veterans Memorial held at Jarvis Plaza noting that it was a very           nice reception.  Finally, he noted that this meeting might be his last meeting so he thanked            all the citizens of Laredo for their support throughout the years and added that it was a             pleasure serving the community. 

 

            Cm.  Amaya advised that the District IV Scholarship Recipients have been selected for the             year of 2006 totaling 56 students that have been given monies from the District IV program             with a grand total of over $31,000.  He thanked George Beckelhymer, Manuel Reyna, and             local business for helping District IV achieve their goals. 

 

            Cm.  Rendon sent his condolences on behalf of the Mayor and City Council to Miss Guerra.

 

            Cm.  Belmares congratulated the 2006 Laredo Seniors.  He also congratulated the United             High School Baseball team for their phenomenal year.  He went on to mention the City of             Laredo trip for Bond Rating.  He announced that Fitch announced that the City of Laredo             received an “A+” rating.  He read the following excerpt from Fitch Bond Agency “the A+             rating reflects    Laredo’s historically sound financial management, diverse general fund   revenue streams, aggressive direct debt amortization and rapidly growing economic        base.”  He said that the first part “sound, financial, management” could not be done if it were not for the men and women on Council, City Administration, and Staff.  He said that     the exceptional rating will allow the City of Laredo to borrow monies at a cheaper rate       for additional projects for the    community. 

 

            Cm.  Chavez thanked Mr.  Munoz from the Veteran’s Association for inviting him to their             Memorial Event.  He noted that he was united with a lot of friends that are Veterans.

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez thanked the Khaledi Family for donating $100,000 to TAMIU             and Congressman Henry Cuellar for bringing a $1.427 million dollar grant to the Municipal             Housing Authority.

 

            Mayor Flores wished her mother a Happy 87th Birthday.

 

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

 

How many of you know what is the city’s most precious and valuable resource? It is water, and the department responsible for providing safe drinking water to our community is the City of Laredo Utilities Department.  (Effective May 6, 2005 , exactly one year ago, the operations and maintenance contract between the City of Laredo and United Water was dissolved.  Now, under the operations of the City of Laredo,) the Utilities Department has made effective strides to improve our water and wastewater system’s performance and has developed new programs to better address the needs of our community.

           

The Utilities Department provides water and wastewater services to the City of Laredo and its extraterritorial jurisdiction.  Its customer-base consists of 50,772 residential accounts and 5,399 commercial accounts, serving over 200,000 people.  The department is comprised of nine (9) divisions:  Administration, Engineering, Customer Service, Asset Management, Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Water Pollution Control, Wastewater Treatment, and Wastewater Collection, a total of 178 employees and over $200 million worth of assets.  Each division is responsible to utilize the department’s resources at maximum efficiency in order to facilitate the provision of potable water.

 

·        The Administration Division provides direction of the department’s resources, policies, and guidance to better serve our customers.

·         The Engineering Division ensures the provision of sufficient water and sewer services by effectively planning, designing, managing, and providing contract compliance for the construction of the department’s capital projects.

·        The Customer Service Division has three sections:  customer service, which is responsible for opening or closing customer water accounts and handling all billing inquiries; the billing section, which is responsible for obtaining meter readings and billing customer accounts; and the collections section, which installs and removes water or fire hydrant meters and enforces that payments are made in a timely manner.

·        The Asset Management Division protects water and sewer system inventory by logging the age of existing infrastructure, identifying areas in need of infrastructure upgrades, gathering data on line-breaks, and controlling work orders.

·        The Water Treatment Division effectively manages the City of Laredo’s water production and pumping system through the operation and maintenance of the water supply system to meet current water supply needs, and to provide safe drinking water that meets state and federal regulations.

·        The Water Distribution Division provides uninterrupted service in sufficient quantities and at required pressure at all times and increases customer satisfaction by providing prompt service.  It is also responsible to reduce the number of breaks, which may cause interruption of services, by replacing water mains and services.

·        The Water Pollution Control Division ensures that our drinking water complies with all state and federal regulations and that our wastewater treatment effluents are discharged to the Rio Grande River in a manner that they do not harm our environment.  It is also responsible to protect the water distribution and wastewater collection systems from exposure to corrosive material or chemicals.  These goals are accomplished through the Bacteriological Examination of Drinking Water certified laboratory by TCEQ, the chemical analyses of wastewater samples at the same EPA-certified laboratory; and by observing the regulations on the Industrial pretreatment and Cross-Connection Control Programs.

·        The Wastewater Treatment Division protects the water quality of the Rio Grande River by treating sewage from the city.  It improves the efficiency of the treatment process, minimizes odors from treatment plant by evaluating sources and implementing solutions, optimizes the cost effectiveness of treatment per million gallons of sewage, and achieve proper levels of certification for the operating personnel.

·        The Wastewater Collection Division is responsible in providing a continuous sanitary sewer service to all residential and commercial customers by the implementation of a preventive and corrective maintenance program.  It minimizes the general public’s exposure to raw sewage and eliminates illicit sewer connections that pose community health risks.

The Utilities Department provides the community with safe drinking water, on demand, and in sufficient quantity.  It also removes and disposes of wastewater and its by-products in an environmentally sound manner.  This year, the department implemented new programs to improve the level of services and customer satisfaction.  Under the operations of the City of Laredo, the Utilities Department has established:

  • The Emergency Call Center expedites all water emergencies, such as: broken water lines, broken water meters, low to no pressure, sewer backups, meter leaks, over watering, water quality, or fire hydrant repairs.  You can contact the Emergency Call Center at 721-2010, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week including holidays.
  • The Pre-treatment Industrial Program is designed to protect our public-owned treatment works (POTW) and the environment from adverse impacts that occur when pollutants are discharged into the sewage system.  It prevents pollutants from passing through the treatment works, prevents interference with POTW operations, including sludge use and disposal practices and ensuring worker health and safety, and it improves opportunities to recycle and reclaim municipal and industrial wastewaters and sludge.
  • The Cross Connection Control Program is designed to protect the City’s public water supply from possible hazardous contamination by enforcing the installation of backflow prevention devices on new or existing facilities and monitoring irrigation systems.
  • The Water Conservation Program is designed to protect and conserve water and to reduce unaccounted water to 10% by the year 2015 by providing water conservation methods to the public through literature, presentations, infomercials, advertisements, replacement rebates and other sources of promotion and education, which will ultimately lead to a more comprehensive water conservation program so that all Laredoans will be doing their part to save water.  This program is also responsible for promoting and enforcing the Drought Contingency Plan for the City of Laredo, which currently is at a Stage 2. 

 

In preparation for hot summer days, the department has successfully completed the following Capital Improvement Projects:

  • 12” Water Line Extension at Winfield Subdivision
  • 12” Water Line Extension at Larga Vista Subdivision

 

The following projects are not yet completed, but they are expected to be completed by summer 2007:

·        TAMIU 2 Million Gallon Elevated Storage Tank

·        18” Water Transmission Line from McPherson to the TAMIU tank

·        18” Water Transmission Line from Mary Help Of Christian Booster Station to McPherson

·        Mary Help of Christina Booster Station Upgrade

 

Laredo’s fast-paced and welcome growth has put pressure on the City’s ability to continue providing high quality water to residential and commercial customers for the future.  In order to address the anticipated population growth, the Utilities Department was looking ahead to the future and implemented a water rate increase plan that went into effect last month.  This will include a series of increases for the next several years.  The additional revenue from the rate increase will be used to secure a major secondary source of water, to construct new water mains and dedicated for a much-needed annual water system maintenance program. 

 

In addition, the department is looking at alternate ways to provide immediate service responses, minimize interruption of services, and incorporate online and phone payment and inquiry methods.  The Utilities Department anticipates establishing a One-Stop Billing Service Area to better serve our residential and commercial customers.  In addition, the department has identified the following future Capital Infrastructure Projects:

 

Water Projects:

  • Hendricks Booster Station, $500K
  • SE Sierra Vista Elevated Tank, $1.3M
  • Water Treatment Plant-5 Million Gallon Clearwell Installation, $2.5M
  • Water Treatment Plant Emergency Electrical Backup, $500K
  • Water Treatment Plant Modifications,  $790K

 

Sewer Projects:

  • SE Upper Zacate Creek Lift Station, $800K
  • Manhole Rehab and Replacement, $725K
  • Utility Modification, $650K
  • Lift Station Rehabilitation, $975K
  • Treatment Plant Improvements, $675K

 

Although the Utilities Department is comprised of millions of dollars invested in pumps, motors, pipes, and operational equipment, ultimately its staff is a family-oriented group joined together to serve the community by providing and protecting the city’s most precious and valuable resource, our WATER.  In addition, it is important to note that the continued success of this department’s future reflects in the successful partnership of its employees with other staff, City leadership, and their customers.

 

 

 

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 authorizing a Special Use Permit for mini storage/warehousing, on                       3.29 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at            Monaco Drive and McPherson Road.  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.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the

City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a bus terminal on Lot 10, Block 176, Western Division, located at 1102 Santa Ursula Avenue. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the conditional use permit.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:   Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing postpone for June 19, 2006.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

     For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

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

Corp. (LMHC) Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Budget by drawing down and appropriating $250,000.00 from its opening fund balance to the City’s Capital Improvement Fund to cover additional costs associated with the Los Obispos Remediation Project.  The amendment is authorized by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:   Cm.  Garcia

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant by the United States

Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields program in the amount of $100,000.00 with the City designating $20,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $120,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget for the Environmental Services Fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant monies will be used to cleanup the Killam Lake site located in Chacon Creek.  Matching funds are available in the Environmental Services Fund. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:   Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

5.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with GearHart Aviation Services, LLC,

for approximately 400 square feet constituting Building No. 124 located at 4603 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on May 1, 2006 and ending on April 30, 2007, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on April 30, 2008 and April 30, 2009.  However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a thirty (30) day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $600.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Introductory Ordinance:  City Council

 

6.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aero Center, Inc. for Fuel Pad No.

1 consisting of 1,161 square feet located at the East Fuel Farm at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on June 1, 2006, and ending on May 31, 2011, and may be extended for two (2) terms of five (5) years each ending on May 31, 2016, and May 31, 2021.  Monthly rent shall be $500.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted by appraised fair market value at every fifth (5th) anniversary; providing for an effective date.

 

Introductory Ordinance:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinances # 2006-O-106, # 2006-O-107, # 2006-O-            108, # 2006-O-109, # 2006-110, # 2006-O-112, # 2006-113, # 2006-O-114, # 2006-O-115,     # 2006-O-116, # 2006-O-117, # 2006-O-118, # 2006-O-119, # 2006-O-120, # 2006-O-121,     # 2006-O-122, # 2006-O-123, # 2006-O-124, # 2006-O-125, # 2006-O-126, and # 2006-O-        127.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

7.  2006-O-106  Amending Ordinance No. 2005-O-121 authorizing the issuance of a

Conditional Use Permit for inventory storage on Lots 1 and 3, Block 992, Western Division, located at 3902 Main Avenue, by removing the term limit restriction of the permit.     

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-106.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                Against:  0                               Abstain:  0           

 

                 2006-O-107  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

   Lot 1, Block 1490, Eastern Division, located at 2501 Market Street, from

   R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-107.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-108  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing

                                       a Conditional Use Permit for sale and outdoor storage of commercial metal

                                       racks on the Lots 6, 8 and 10, Block 1030, Western Division, located at

                                       4102 Santa Maria Avenue

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-108.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                Against:  0                              Abstain:   0    

 

                 2006-O-109  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

  11.96 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached

                                      Exhibit "A", located at the southwest corner of F.M. 1472 and Trade

                                      Center Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light

                                      Manufacturing District).

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-109.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

   For:     8                                Against:  0                           Abstain:  0               

                  2006-O-110 Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

               Lot 1, Block 5, Las Flores Subdivision Phase 2, located at 211

   Floral Boulevard, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1

  (Limited Commercial District).   

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-110.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                Against:  0                                   Abstain:  0               

                  2006-O-111 Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

   Lot 4, Block 1694, Eastern Division, located at 2819 Clark Boulevard,

   from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial

   District).   

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-111.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                Against:  0                                  Abstain:  0        

 

                  2006-O-112 Amending the City of Laredo’s Land Development Code, Article IV,

   Section 24.63.2, entitled Permitted Land Uses, and Appendix A, by

   establishing and defining shooting range (indoor) in specific zoning

   districts; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-112.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

   For:     8                                Against:  0                               Abstain:  0      

 

                2006-O-113  Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Waterworks and Sewer

   System Revenue Bonds, Series 2006, in the estimated amount of

   $_________for the purpose of improving and extending the City’s

   combined Waterworks System and Sewer System, approving an official

   statement, authorizing the execution of a purchase contract, 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 relating to the subject.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-113 with the estimated amount of $17,320,000.00.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

   For:     8                                Against:  0                               Abstain:  0    

 

                2006-O-114  Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and

  Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2006 in the estimated amount of    

   $__________ for paying all or a portion for the City’s Contractual

   Obligations for the purpose of constructing and equipping Police and Fire

   Department improvements for substations, a training center and

   headquarters building, constructing, improving, repairing and extending c

   city streets, and providing for road improvements for Texas Department of

   Transportation (TXDOT) projects including the West Laredo Corridor

   Project, Cuatro Vientos Project, US 83 Project and other related road

   improvements, together with drainage improvements and traffic and signal

   equipment and improvements, constructing and equipping improvements

   to the City’s health complex, branch library, and municipal parks and for

   the payment of legal, fiscal, and engineering fees in connection with such

   projects; approving an official statement, authorizing the execution of a

   purchase contract, 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 relating to the

   subject. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-114 with the estimated amount of $17,865,000.00.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0   

   

                  2006-O-115 Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas General Obligation

   Refunding Bonds, Series 2006, in the estimated amount of $__________

   for the purpose of refunding general Obligation Bonds; approving an

   Official Statement; authorizing the execution of a purchase agreement and

   an Escrow Agreement; making provisions for the security thereof; and

   authorizing amendment to the City’s Budget to appropriate such proceeds

   for the purposes authorized herein; and ordaining other matters relating to

   the subject.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-115 with the estimated amount of $13,485,000.00.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0    

    

                 2006-O-116  Amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Operating Budget Pre-

   Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program approved by the Federal Emergency

   Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Texas in the sum of

   $73,230.00.  This will fund a project that will develop a comprehensive

   hazard Mitigation Action Plan for the City of Laredo.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-116.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0    

  

                 2006-O-117  Authorizing the City Manager to accept the Universal Service Program

   grant from the Schools & Libraries Division / Universal Services

   Administrative Company / Federal Communications Commission in the

   amount of $566,169.55 with the City designating $83,423.85 in matching

   funds, which includes $69,976.00 (11% matching funds required) and

   $13,447.85 to cover non-funded needed items for a total of $649,593.40

    for multi-year E-Rate discounts and communication and technology

   infrastructure enhancements and to appropriate said funds in the Friends of

   the Library Fund, and extending the contract previously awarded to Avnet

   Enterprise Solutions now doing business as Calence to September 30,

   2006.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-117.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0    

   

                 2006-O-118  Authorizing the City Manager to accept an $89,734.00 donation from the

   BP Newman Investment Co. / Peggy Newman for the purchase of

   playground amenities and a shade structure to be installed at El Eden /

   Newman Park and amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006

   Capital Improvement Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in

   the form of a donation in the amount of $89,734.00 for said purchase.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-118.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0    

 

                2006-O-119  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the lease agreement between the

  City of Laredo and the Laredo Center for the Arts dated November 27,    

  1996 to provide for additional lease space, suite B and D at El Mercado in

  the amount of 1,342 sq. ft. for an increase of lease space totaling 15,035.20

  sq. ft. Special use days of the 2nd floor mezzanine have also been

  designated for city use as part of this lease amendment.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-119.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0    

  

                2006-O-120  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Laredo

  Housing Authority in the amount of $58,600.00 and amending the City of  

  Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by the same amount.  The  

  agreement’s purpose is to reimburse costs for overtime incurred by the

  Laredo Police Department officers in providing resources for the Weed and

  Seed Community Building Program.  The term of this agreement is from

  April 4, 2006 through December 31, 2006.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-120.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0    

 

                 2006-O-121  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the State of Texas

   Division of Emergency Management in the amount of $49,979.00 and    

   amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in

   the same amount.  This grant will be for bomb detection and deterrence

   equipment and is offered under the United States Department of Homeland

   Security Fiscal Year 2005 Buffer Zone Protection Plan Program.  The

   terms of this grant agreement will be from April 1, 2005 – January 31,

   2007.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-121.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0    

 

2006-O-122  Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Federal Transit

Administration (FTA) Grant, Section 5307, TX-90-X706, in the amount of $3,778,375.00 for Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006; and amend the Transit System’s Operating Budget by increasing the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 FTA Operating Grant contribution from $2,943,542.00 to $3,778,375.00 and decreasing the Transit sales tax match for operating expenses from $5,590,646.00 to $4,955,813.00 and increasing the CNG fuel expense by $200,000.00 and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-122.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0    

 

                 2006-O-123  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006

   Colonias Construction grant fund to appropriate revenues and

   expenditures, provided by Webb County, in the amount of $500,000.00 for

   construction of wastewater lines at Colonia Tanquecitos.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-123.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0    

 

2006-O-124  Authorizing the City Manager to execute the U.S. Highway 83 and

Southgate Boulevard proposed Sanitary Sewer Reimbursement Agreement

with 3 applicants, who are named in the agreement, to provide for possible

reimbursement of part of the costs incurred by the applicants, in

constructing a 21-inch sanitary sewer line in south Laredo from Southgate

Boulevard to the Chacon Creek interceptor.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-124.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0    

 

                  2006-O-125 Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aero Center, Inc., for

   approximately 416 square feet constituting Building No. 168 located at

   5103 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for

   three (3) years commencing on May 1, 2006 and ending on April 30, 2009,

   and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on

   April 30, 2010, and April 30, 2011.  Monthly rent shall be $600.00 and

   will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this

   lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an

   effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-125.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0    

      

     2006-O-126  Consider a recommendation authorizing the City Manager to execute a

lease with Aero Center, Inc., for approximately 178 square feet

constituting Air Operations Area (AOA) Office #5 located at 5210 Bob

Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one

(1) year commencing on May 1, 2006, and ending on April 30, 2007, and

may be extended for one (1) year ending on April 30, 2008.  However,   

this lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a thirty (30) day

written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall

be $534.00 and will be adjusted during the primary and extension term of

this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for

an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-126.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0    

 

                 2006-O-127  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a License Agreement with Nextel

   WIP Lease Corp., a Delaware Corporation d/b/a Nextel Partners for space

   at the Scott Street Park located at 305 Coke, Laredo, Webb County, Texas,

   and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of License Agreement, to

   construct a telecommunications equipment building and concrete pad for a

   standby power generator, more fully described in Exhibit “C”, for use in

   connection with its communications business.  Term of the lease is five (5)

   years commencing June 6, 2006 and ending June 5, 2011 with four (4)

   successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be

   $7,500.00 each year during the terms of the lease and will be increased by

   five percent (5%) on each anniversary of the commencement date,

   providing for effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-127.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0    

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

8.  2006-R-059  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Funding Agreement with the

Texas Department of Transportation and to disburse a payment in the amount of $522,000.00 as the City’s contribution to the cost of right of way acquisition and adjustment of compensable utilities for the proposed U.S. 83 grade separation over the Tex-Mex Railroad crossing, located on Chihuahua and Guadalupe Streets, from San Enrique Avenue east to Tilden Avenue.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-059.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

9.  2006-R-061  Dedicating as park and open space the following two (2) tracts of land: 1) 

the 7.027 acre tract conveyed to City by Mines Road Development by Special Warranty Deed dated May 9, 2006 and recorded in Volume 2084, pp. 85-90, Official Property Records, Webb County, Texas; and 2) the 5.738 acre tract conveyed to City by Mines Road Development, LTD by Special Warranty Deed dated May 9, 2006, and recorded in Volume 2094, pp. 78-84, Official Property Records, Webb County, Texas.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-061.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

10.  2006-R-062  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a contract in the amount of

$306,063.00 from the South Texas Development Council for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Services Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of April 1, 2006 through March 31, 2007.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-062.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

11.  2006-R-064  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Office

of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division, in the amount of $80,000.00 with the City designating $90,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $170,000.00 for funding a Domestic Violence Grant under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of September 01, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-064.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       MOTIONS

 

12.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of turnstile spare equipment in the amount of

$42,800.70 from sole source provider, TransCore LP for the electronic toll collection system (hardware and software) upgrade for the pedestrian traffic at the Bridge of the Americas Modification Project, “El Portal”.  Funding is available in the Laredo Bridge System Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

13.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of VoIP (Voice over IP telephone) equipment

in the amount of $12,040.46 form InterNetwork Experts, through the state Go DIRect contract number DIR-BUSOP-012, for the Bridge of the Americas Modification Project, “El Portal”.  Funding is available in the Laredo Bridge System Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

14.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-090 to the low bidder, Texas Furniture

Solutions Inc., Carrolton, Texas, in the total amount of $53,681.19 for the purchase of furniture for the Bridge System’s administrative offices at the El Portal building.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            15.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-078 to the sole bidder, Glory USA,

Carrolton, Texas, in the total amount of $44,135.00 for the purchase of currency counters for the El Portal Project, World Trade Bridge, and Bridge II.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

16.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-077 to the low bidder meeting

specifications, Al & Rob Sales, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $59,607.75 for the purchase of uniforms for the Bridge Department personnel.  The contract pricing will be valid until December 31, 2006.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

17.  Consideration to assign the construction of the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project

No. 32 (District V – 15 Blocks) and Project No. 33 (5 Blocks – District V and 10 Blocks District VII) to in-house forces (City of Laredo Department of Public Works), to be constructed according to plans and specifications designed by Arcadis, Laredo, Texas – Project No. 32 and Puig Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas – Project No. 33.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund – 31st Action Year – 2005 Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $75,707.00 for

modifications on the lane configurations to the construction contract with Rhino Builders, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Bridge II Widening Project.  Funding is available in the Revenue Bond 2005.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

19.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Risa Fisher & Associates, Inc.,

Dallas, Texas, for the Site Selection and Design of a Compost Facility for the City of Laredo Landfill in accordance with the requirements of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

20.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $4,517.50, acceptance

of the Santa Maria Avenue Reconstruction (Industrial Blvd. to Del Mar Blvd.) and approval of final payment in the amount of $52,835.12 to Rhino Builders, Ltd., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $454,212.50.  Funding is available in the Transit Tax and Revenue CO 2004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

21.  Approval of expenditures for sixteen (16) students from the Sister Cities Youth

Committee and four (4) adult chaperones to travel to Acambaro, Guanajuato; Mexticacan, Jalisco; and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato as part of the student exchange program and further authorizing the City Manager to contract for a charter bus service to provide transportation into Mexico. Funding is available in the Sister Cities Youth Committee Account.  A similar program was held in Laredo in January 2006 where 5 students from Acambaro, Guanajuato and 4 students from Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz participated in the program with the Sister Cities Youth Committee.

 

Donna Magnon, Deputy Secretary IV, discussed the trip to Mexico.

 

Larry Dovalina noted that other citizens from Laredo would be traveling with the students to reduce the cost of the bus. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

22.  Consideration to award a demolition contract to the lowest bidder for the demolition of   

four (4) substandard structures acquired for the Acquisition and Relocation (Monterrey Ave.) project and the Acquisition and Relocation (Hwy 359) project.  The demolition consists of substandard structures located at the following addresses: 1008 and 1016 Monterrey Ave.; 3016 and 3018 Willow.  Funding is available in 31st AY Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  (Pending bid opening on June 2, 2006.) 

 

Motion to approve IIIPG Enterprise at $16,000.00

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

23.  Authorizing the City Manager to terminate its 2003 Community Housing Development

Organization (CHDO) contract with Azteca Economic Development and Preservation Corp. (Azteca) in the amount of $218,104.00 for the construction of a 6-unit, multi-family, rental housing complex.  Action is necessary due to the contractor’s inability to acquire land within 2 years 6 months of the contract date.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

24.  Authorizing the City Manager to (1) amend its Home Investment Partnership,

Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) contract with Metro Affordable Housing Corp. by extending the contract deadline for the expenditure of 2001 CHDO funds from June 1, 2006 to September 15, 2006; (2) increasing the award of funds to include recaptured 2003 HOME CHDO funds in the amount of $218,104.00; (3) extending its 2003 CHDO funds to November 1, 2007; and (4) restricting all CHDO funds to benefit up to twenty (20) units only to be constructed as part of the Cardinal Point Project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

25.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Martinez Pharmacy in the

amount not to exceed $55,000.00, to provide pharmaceutical services to clients of the HIV/AIDS Programs of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2006, through March 31, 2007.  Funding is available in the State Grants HIV/Ryan White and the HIV/Health and Social Services accounts.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

FY05-098, to Corpus Christi Harley-Davidson, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $25,000.00 for repair parts and service for the Police Department’s motorcycle fleet.  The term of this contract is for a one (1) year period with an option to extend this contract for two (2) additional, one (1) year terms.  This is the first contract extension.  The contract pricing will remain the same as last year.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

27.  Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of an ADA accessible

playground module, shade structure, 6 (six) park benches and safety surfacing at El Eden/Newman Park from Miracle/Park Place Recreation Designs, LTD., through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $89,733.34.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

28.  Consideration to award a contract to Dynamic Technologies DBA Ocean Systems,

Burtonsville, MD in the estimated amount of $46,415.00 for the purchase of a video and audio forensic analysis system for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Department Budget- Justice Assistance Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

29.  Consideration to award a contract to Southwest Surveillance System in the estimated

amount of $37,863.00 for the purchase of specialized surveillance equipment for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Department Budget – Trust Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

30.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a 3 (three) year agreement with City Press,

an advertising sales service and municipal publishing company to publish the Official Employee Directory for the City of Laredo.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

31.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-076 to the low bidders, Rob K Concrete

Products, Erick’s Lumber Inc., and United Rentals, in the estimated amount of $88,500.00, for the purchase or assorted rebar, wire mesh, keyways and stakes.  These materials will be purchased on an as needed basis by the Utilities, Public Works, Parks and Recreation Departments for construction and repair projects.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration  to authorize the purchase of two (2) dump trucks for the Public Works

Department, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative contract pricing in the total amount of $178,234.00.  Funding is available in the 2005 Contractual Obligation Bond proceeds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

FY04-060, awarded to UTW Tire Collection Services, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $43,500.00, for the removal and disposal of tires at the City landfill.  This will be the second extension with the contract pricing remaining the same as the original contract term.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

34.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of four thousand, seven hundred and thirty four

(4,734) garbage/refuse carts from Toter Inc., Statesville, NC through the State of Texas Cooperative Purchasing Contract Number 450-A2 in the total amount of $210,378.96.  Funding for these carts is available in the 2004 Solid Waste Contractual Obligation Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

35.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-081 to United Rentals, Laredo, Texas,

as the primary vendor, and Briggs Equipment, Laredo, Texas, as the secondary vendor, for an equipment rental contract for backhoe/loaders.  A daily rental rate has been established so that backhoe/loaders may be utilized on an as needed basis by the Utilities Department for construction and repair projects.  Funding is available in the Waterworks and Sewer Funds. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

36.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-082 to the low bidder VACMASTERS,

Division of Barone, Inc., Arvada, CO, in the amount of $25,049.00 for the purchase of a mud vacuum system with trailer.  Funding is available in the Sewer Construction Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

37.  Consideration to award annual service contract number FY06-083 to the sole bidder,       

MO-VAC Environmental , Inc., McAllen, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $180,000.00, for furnishing vacuum truck services to transport domestic sewage, sewage sludge, and /or sludge for the Utilities Department.  This service supplements the department’s equipment capabilities and helps control sewage overflows during emergencies. The frequency and number of hours vary depending on the City’s need.  The bid price is based on a flat hourly rate of $89.00 and a truck washout charge of $100.00.  Funding is available in the Utilities – Wastewater Collection and Water Transmission and Distribution Divisions.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

38.  Authorization to select and negotiate a contract with an engineering firm as announced

at the City Council meeting to design the 1 million gallon per day UNITEC Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion.  Funding is available in the 2005 Sewer Bond Issuance.

 

Motion to approve Carter & Burgess Inc.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

39.  Authorization to select and negotiate a contract with an engineering firm as announced

at the City Council meeting to design the 9 million gallon per day South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion.  Funding is available in the 2005 Sewer Bond.

 

Motion to approve Camp Dresser and McKee Inc. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

40.  Consideration for approval to reject the sole bid submitted by LEM Construction

Company, Inc., Houston, Texas, for the Relocation of the McPherson Lift Station, due to bid amount being in excess of allocated budget, and to authorize staff to revise the scope of work and re-bid the project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

41.  Approving Amendment No. 5 to a contract with Foster Engineering, Co., Laredo,

Texas, by $82,150.00 to conduct additional surveying services required to reflect current ownership and boundaries of lots in the plat of Old Milwaukee. The amendment brings the total contract amount to $513,348.00 and is subject to the approval of the Texas Water Development Board.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

42.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $8,300.00 for the

balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the U.S. 59 Utility Relocation Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $41,962.15 to Price Construction, Ltd., Big Springs, Texas.  Final contract amount is $681,543.00.  Funding is available in the TXDOT Improvements Project Water and Sewer System Bonds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

43.  Authorizing the City Manager to extend the existence of the Impact Fee Ad Hoc

Advisory Committee from August 7, 2003 to December 31, 2008, for the implementation of the Impact Fees to fund the water and wastewater capital improvements to sustain future growth.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

44.  A.  Status report on the opening of Mayor Tatangelo Walkway for vehicular traffic,    

             with possible action.

 

            Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, advised that he has submitted a report regarding the

            opening of Mayor Tantangelo Walkway to Council in the Friday packet with a price             estimate of $157,000.  He explained the work that staff would need to do including        replacement of the bricks because they are not vehicular compatible.  He made note      that further research would be needed because        the original Walkway was         constructed with HUD monies. 

 

            Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that Ronnie Acosta, Community Development             Director, will contact HUD to see what the City of Laredo can do to open the Mayor             Tatangelo Walkway and return to Council with recommendations.

           

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

45.  A.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1. Discussion with possible action to instruct staff to purchase land for a Veteran's  

    Cemetery.

 

    Cm.  Agredano expressed his concerns regarding available plots at the Veteran’s  

    Cemetery.  He asked staff to search for a nice parcel of land where families can  

    visit their deceased loved ones.  He also expressed his concerns for housing for     

    the Veterans.  He advised that Veterans live on a fixed income and many of them

    cannot afford to support themselves.  He mentioned that he has spoken with  

    Congressman Henry Cuellar regarding the Veterans and their future health

    problems but the Congressman needs to be able to prove there is a need in order   

    to provide medical services in Laredo.

 

    Motion to instruct staff to find additional cemetery land that includes a Veteran’s

    Cemetery and land for Veteran’s Housing.

 

    Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

    Second:  Cm.  Amaya

    For:    8                                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2. Discussion with possible action to instruct staff to look for land for a Veteran's

    Housing Project.

 

    This item was discussed with item # 1.

 

                  B.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1. Discussion with possible action on a resolution requesting the President of the

United States and Congress to provide funds to hire 150 new police officers for the City of Laredo and equipment to provide aerial support to improve law enforcement in the community.

 

Cm.  Galo advised that a resolution had been distributed to all the Council Members and noted that Senator Zaffarini and State Representative Richard Raymond are in support of hiring 150 new police officers for the City of Laredo

 

Motion instructing staff to finalize the resolution requesting the President of the United States and Congress to provide funds to hire 150 new police officers for the City of Laredo draft and bring it back to City Council for action. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:     8                                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2. Discussion with possible action regarding placing on the November 2006 General

Election ballot the possible use of excess revenue from the presently approved 1/4 cent sales and use tax for the construction of a water park to be built in the vicinity of the Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

Cm.  Galo asked Peter Tart if Council must hold an election if a water park is built on the 39 acres by the Laredo Entertainment Center

 

Peter Tart, Financial Advisor, stated that the 39 acres, “excess land” at the Laredo Entertainment Center was bought for additional parking for the Laredo Entertainment Center.  The use of the money of the surplus sales tax revenues was to finance the Laredo Entertainment Center.  We can build on the property but we cannot use the Sales Tax Revenues.  The Attorney General agreed that we could have an amendment to that legislation and then have an election. 

 

Motion to direct the City Manager to pursue and amend Chapter 334 of the Local Government Code to permit an election to change the venue project. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya          

For:     6                                           Against:  2                                Abstain: 0

                                                        Cm.  Belmares

                                                        Cm.  Rendon

 

3. Discussion on setting a policy that only those meeting the director position

qualifications should be appointed to serve as acting or interim directors.  In the event that this requirement cannot be fulfilled, the corresponding Deputy or Assistant City Manager should assume the director responsibility until it is permanently filled.

 

Cm.  Galo instructed the City Manager to create a policy that only those meeting the director position qualifications should be appointed to serve as acting or interim directors.  In the event that this requirement cannot be fulfilled, the corresponding Deputy or Assistant City Manager should assume the director responsibility until it is permanently filled.

 

 

 

 

 

                   C. Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Discussion with possible action to instruct the City Manager to initiate a

Memorandum of Understanding with Holdings Institute to provide GED classes to City Employees.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, advised that the city of Laredo is currently working with the Laredo Community College in providing GED classes to City employees. He noted that the City would be able to add Holding Institute to provide GED Classes.

 

Raul Dominguez, Executive Director, spoke before Council requesting for the City to consider Holding Institute as an institution for GED classes.

 

Motion to add Holding Institute to provide GED classes to city employees along with the other agencies already contracting with the City of Laredo.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

For:    8                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   D.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

1. Discussion with possible action regarding the payment of water bills by the

elderly and those on Social Security fixed income to allow them to register for   

payment on a different payment date or adjust the present payment date. 

 

Adrian Montemayor, Utilities Director, reported that the City of Laredo is already

adjusting the payment date for the elderly and those on Social Security fixed

incomes.  He added that staff will start a campaign to reach out to the public to

notify them of this payment plan. 

 

                    E.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.  Status report on pending traffic lights in District VI, with possible action.

 

     Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, discussed five pending traffic lights that are in             District VI Capital Improvement Plan:

 

     Springfield and Village – Placed in the CIP Plan in 2003 cost $125,000.  

     International and Shiloh – Placed in the CIP Plan in 2004 cost $125,000.

     Springfield and Sunset – Placed in the CIP Plan in 2003 cost $95,000.

     Del mar and Alexander/Winfield – Placed in the CIP Plan cost 1,000,000.

     McPherson and San Isidro Parkway – Placed in the CIP Plan cost $160,000.

 

     Cm.  Belmares said that his greatest concern for him is the Winfield/Alexander               traffic  light.  He inquired what the bond package included in the widening of Del                 Mar all the way to Bob Bullock. 

 

     Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that the bond package covers Del Mar in two         different phases.  The easiest phase is the one that is currently built out                                which is a portion from the entrance to the HEB shopping center area to Gold’s                Gym.  There are some improvements that are scheduled to take place where                              Gold’s Gym.  The reserve is as part of the platting. The other area that is further               up also has some willingness from the developer to participate so there are empty                  tracts that need to be funded.  The City would need to do the road improvement             because the bond says that it is for the road.   We can address as many elements                as we can making sure that the primary focus of the bond which is the                                improvement of the road. 

 

     Cm.  Belmares said that the plan of finance includes the areas from McPherson to          Bob Bullock.  He said that the project should be done immediately.  He                              mentioned that the bond includes the relocation of the utilities. 

 

     Larry Dovalina advised that bond has very restrictive language. 

 

     Cm.  Belmares noted that the City is going to widen this road regardless of the                                traffic light and the work is going to be part of the bond package which                                        includes relocation of the utilities.   He added that what he was trying to discern              is weather or not some of the project has been charged to the City.   

                             

     Larry Dovalina, City Manager, noted that staff would need to do some research            and return back to Council. 

 

      Cm.  Belmares  mentioned that his discretionary funds should have been                       replaced for the design of the Alexander/Del Mar traffic light.  He added that he                  would like to take those monies and apply it to the San Isidro/McPherson light.                 He asked City staff to expedite the project so the light could be installed before                 the 2006-07 school starts.  

 

      Robert Murillo, Traffic Director, said that he would contact TxDOT to see if                                they have the materials and if they did not it would take five or six months to                                 install the light.  If they do have the materials it would take three to four weeks. 

     He made note that the design of the light is not funded.

 

     Cm.  Belmares instructed the City Manager to issue the traffic design from the                            bond and how it relates or ties into the traffic light at Windfield and Alexander                               and identify the reimbursement of $60,000 so staff can fund the design of the San          Isidro/McPherson light.  At the same time staff can begin an interlocal agreement                 with the developer while the City petitions TxDOT for the equipment. 

             

2. Discussion with possible action regarding street recycling in District VI.

 

    Gene Belmares said that he has had several discussions with the Interim Director            but not the director regarding the 03-04 budget where District VI had  allotment

    For recycling some streets have not been done.  In the 04 - 05 budget there were          several streets that had not been completed.  In 05-06 he wants to combine the                              account affectively and make changes to work on the principal arterials which                     include Shiloh, International, and McPherson.  He mentioned several other                         streets that needed repaving. 

 

    Alejandro Labrada, Public Work Director, asked Council Member Belmares to                          allow him time to research regarding street recycling in District VI.

 

    Cm.  Belmares instructed the City Manager to recycle Ferrell Road because it is a          heavily traveled street because of its access to the community baseball fields.

 

3. Discussion on establishing the frame work, the funding mechanisms and time line

    on the development and building one-stop shop, with possible action. (Laredo

    development center)

 

    Erasmo Villarreal, Building Director, advised that the City of Laredo recognizes    

    the need to create a one-stop shop and has been moving towards that idea as

    quickly as possible.  He reported that he has standardized weekly meeting with

    planning, engineering, fire, and utilities departments to address plans that are not      

    up to code.  He revealed that he is also searching for a software that will allow the      

    applicants to track their plans on line.  

   

     Cm.  Belmares instructed the City Manager to direct staff to develop the frame

     work and the funding mechanisms for a one stop shop.  He included a twelve

     month time line which would allow staff time to rewrite an ordinance and search

     for staff with the next year budget cycle. 

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

     Second:  Cm.  Amaya

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

4. Discussion with possible action on implementing a property tax freeze and/or a

    homestead exemption for homeowners over 65 years old and/or disabled.

 

    Elizabeth Martinez said that the impact of the homestead exemption is for $5,000           exemption is $930,000.

 

     Cm.  Belmares expressed concern for the individuals that are 65 and over and the          disabled.  He said that they live on a fixed income and may not be able to afford                 the rising values and tax rates. 

 

     Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Collector Assessor, advised that she would need to                                 review the figures and return to City Council for recommendations. 

 

 

 

 

                      F.  Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on receiving a detail report of the cost incurred

     versus the benefits received from the construction of the proposed Municipal

     Golf Course.  Items to include but not limited to:

 

a. The start up cost from development to opening day

b. Year two to five projected net

c. Cost of infrastructure and utilities needed for the operation

d. Operation costs

e. Maintenance costs

f. Future water costs

g. Benefits to the community as a whole

 

 Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Department Director, explained that the City

 has hired a consultant and a feasibility study has been completed.  He advised that a       completed report has been given to Council and agreed to bring the item back to           present to the new members on the Council.  He further explained that he would    update the numbers and return to Council. 

 

                    G.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Authorizing the use of District VIII funds in an estimated amount of $10,438.00

     for street light improvements at different locations throughout District VIII.

 

     Motion authorizing the use of District VIII funds in an estimated amount of                     $10,438,00 for street light improvements at different locations throughout                           District VIII.

 

     Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

     Second:  Cm.  Belmares

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the creation of two-way streets in the

     downtown area.

 

     Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that there is a traffic study that has                              been done by a consultant in a draft form basically will address the traffic will be            shifted over from going on convent to Santa Maria.  We are looking at the whole                thing right now and we are reviewing that right now.  We will bring it back to                              council.

 

3.  Discussion with possible action regarding the use of the Civic Center Ballroom

     for the 4th of July celebration and acquiring a permit for the 4th of July parade.

 

     Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, informed Mayor Pro Tempore           that he would take care of obtaining the permits for the parade. 

 

4.  Discussion with possible action regarding the installation / creation of sidewalks

on the east side of the 2400 block of Davis Avenue and on the west side of the 300 block of Vidaurri Avenue using District VII discretionary funds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

46.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071

(1) (B) to consult with Tax Attorney representing the City of Laredo and consider a settlement offer regarding pending litigation: Cause No. 2005CVQ001381-D3 City of Laredo vs Century Export, Inc., in the 341st Judicial District of Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (B) to consult with Tax Attorney representing the City of Laredo and consider a settlement offer regarding pending litigation: Cause No. 2005CVQ001381-D3 City of Laredo vs Century Export, Inc., in the 341st Judicial District of Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

After Executive Session Mayor Flores announced that no formal action was taken.

 

Motion authorizing the City Manager to accept a settlement offer regarding pending litigation:  Cause Number 2005-CVQ-001381-D3 City of Laredo vs Century Export, Inc. in the 341st Judicial District Court of Webb County, Texas where Defendant shall pay to the City of Laredo the sum of $5,000 (Five Thousand Dollars) in return for a dismissal with prejudice against them in the above suit.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

    

            47.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071

(1) (B) to consult with Tax Attorney representing the City of Laredo and consider a settlement offer regarding pending litigation: Cause No. 2001CVQ00872-D1 City of Laredo vs Jose Martinez, D/B/A Bender Hotel in the 49th Judicial District of Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for public action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (B) to consult with Tax Attorney representing the City of Laredo and consider a settlement offer regarding pending litigation: Cause No. 2001CVQ00872-D1 City of Laredo vs Jose Martinez, D/B/A Bender Hotel in the 49th Judicial District of Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for public action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

After Executive Session Mayor Flores announced that no formal action was taken.

 

Motion authorizing the City Manager to accept a settlement offer regarding pending litigation:  Cause Number 2001-CVQ-00872-D1 City of Laredo vs Jose Martinez, D/B/A Bender Hotel in the 49th Judicial District of Webb County, Texas where Defendant shall pay to the City of Laredo the sum of $3,998 (Three Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety-Eight Dollars) in return for a dismissal with prejudice against them in the above suite.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0       

 

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD.

 

            Motion to recess as the Laredo City Council and convene as the Laredo mass Transit Board.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                       

48.  Consideration to award contract FY06-066 to the lowest responsible bidder in the

amount of $99,170.00 to Luminator Holding, LP, Plano, TX, for the purchase of electronic destination signs for ten (10) buses.  Funding is available in FTA grants TX-90-X438 and TX-90-X499 in the Transit System Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

 

            Motion to adjourn as the Laredo mass Transit Board and reconvene as the Laredo City Council.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-S-08

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.            PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio – South Texas Health Research Center (UTHSCSA-STHRC) and expenditures in the amount of $246,537.00 ($3,364.00 – In-kind) for the Proyecto Bienestar – Laredo (PBL) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning May 1, 2006 through April 30, 2007 and amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Full-Time Equivalent Positions by .50.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

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:  City Council

 

II.         MOTION

 

2.         Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell surplus 1994 Ford Van in the City’s salvage inventory to Nuevo Laredo Subsecretaria de Ecologia for the purpose of transporting students to the different water monitoring sites.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:Cm.Amaya :
for:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

III.      STAFF REPORTS

 

3.  A.  Staff report on Parks and Recreation Department Summer Program registration.

 

            Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Director, advised that the Parks and             Recreation Department has an eight week summer program that provides free    breakfast and lunch for the students.  He added that the program hours are from 8:00       a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with drop off privileges beginning at 7:30 a.m.  He said that the program is well promoted through the summer guide and word of mouth.  Because            of limited capacity, the experienced parent lines up early to be able to take             advantage of the program; hence, long lines were formed and parents were in line             for hours.  To remedy this problem, next year staff will have a centralized        registration which will allow more staff to accommodate the registrants faster.

 

            Cm.  Garcia suggested have a registration for the summer program located in the             North and in the South. 

           

IV.       GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

3.          

A.       Request by Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

1.      Discussion with possible action on placing speed humps on Allende Street between Monterrey Loop and Park Street in accordance with the Speed Hump Installation Policy under the special provision for installation, using CDBG Funds.  (Co-sponsored by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores)

 

                                  Roberto Murillo, Traffic Department Director, reported that there is a need for                          three speed humps on Allende Street between Monterrey Loop and Park                                              Street; however, there is an issue with the funding.

 

                                  Ronnie Acosta, Community Development Director, said that she wanted to                                            inform Council that in order to use CDBG monies it needs to be an identified                             project within the Consolidated Plan.  The Consolidated Plan would need to                              be amended with the proper notifications. 

 

                                  Motion to use the Discretionary fund from District V if CDBG monies do not                             qualify.

 

                                  Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                                  Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                                  For:     8                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2.      Discussion with possible action on placing speed humps on Canal Street between Marcella Avenue and Francisco Avenue in accordance with the Speed Hump Installation Policy under the special provision for installation, using CIP District V Discretionary Funds.  (Co-sponsored by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores)

 

                                  Motion to approve.

 

                                  Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                                  Second:  Cm.  Galo

                                  For:     8                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

V.          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.

 

VI.       ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion to adjourn

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0