CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-R-13

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

July 3, 2006

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present Mayor Raul G.  Salinas called the meeting to order.

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Raul G.  Salinas led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                                       Mayor

            Mike Garza,                                                                             Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            Michael Landeck,                                                                     Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                             Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon                                                             Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Mayor Pro Tem, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                                     Assistant City Manager

            Rafael Garcia,                                                                           Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Cm.  Chavez.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of April 17, 2006, May 16, 2006, and May 25, 2006.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

            Second:  Cm.  Garcia

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

             Recognitions

            a.  Recognition of City employees who received a college or university degree in May 2006            by utilizing the City’s Tuition Reimbursement Program.

 

                 Monica Flores, Human Resources, introduced the individuals who received a college or             university degree.  The Mayor and City Council presented certificates to each employee.  

 

                 Gala Castillo                        Health              Master’s Degree in Public Health          TAMIU

                 Nora Guerra                        Health              Master’s Degree in Public Health          TAMIU

                 David Garza                        Health              Master’s Degree in Public Health          TAMIU

                 Guillermo Hurd                    Fire                  Bachelor’s Degree in Public Science     TAMIU

                 Fernando Morales               Planning            Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Arts        TAMIU

                 Mauricio Del Barrio Finance            Master’s in Business Administration      TAMIU

                 Vanessa Morales                 CVB                Associates Degree in Management        LCC

                 Veronica Lopez                   Parks               Bachelor’s in Science                            TAMIU

 

            Communiqués

 

            Cm.  Garza thanked the voters in his District for giving him an opportunity to serve them                          as their Council Member.

 

            Cm.  Garcia welcomed Cm.  Garza, Dr.  Landeck, and Mayor Salinas for being elected to             serve as part of the City Council for the City of Laredo.  He said that he is looking forward        to working with them.  He thanked the Parks and Recreational Department for holding a    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Eastwood Parks.  He also thanked the Council Members in     attendance at the ribbon cutting including Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez, Cm.  Chavez, and         Mayor Salinas.

 

            Cm.  Landeck noted that he is very happy to be part of City Council adding that it has been       a long road.  He said that his purpose for serving as Council Member is to take proper     action on all issues.  He noted that he is not affiliated with any groups or persons.  He added             that he will work hard to do the best for his district and for the City as a whole.  

 

            Cm.  Amaya welcomed Cm.  Garza, Dr.  Landeck, and Mayor Salinas to the City of Laredo             City Council.  He wished all the District IV residents a safe and happy Fourth of July week-            end. 

 

            Cm.  Rendon welcomed the Mayor and new Council Members.  He thanked the City of             Laredo Public Works Department for working very hard in his District.  He advised that he             was in Dallas at the River of Trade Coalition Conference where he was impressed by    Assistant City Manager Rafael Garcia for giving a dynamic presentation.  In fact, Mr.       Garcia was asked to give additional presentations regarding the City of Laredo at other     conferences.  He invited all the residents of Springfield and Mayberry for the 4th Annual Neighborhood Parade.   Finally, he thanked the Parks and Recreation Department for        repairing some of the equipment in the District V parks.   

 

            Cm.  Belmares welcomed the Mayor and other Council Members to the City of Laredo City             Council.  He congratulated them on running a great campaign.  He encouraged everyone to             participate in the neighborhood parades and festivities.  He also asked everyone to visit the             Bronco game at Veteran’s Field.  He also congratulated Cm.  Garcia and Cm. Rendon for             their attendance at the River Trade Coalition noting that it is important for the City of      Laredo to send representatives to the meetings to carry forth the message of the City of     Laredo.  He too congratulated the Assistant City Manager on his presentation at the                    River Trade Coalition.  Finally, he wished his son, Jacob, a Happy Birthday. 

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez congratulated the Mayor and other Council Members that             were elected to serve on the Council.  He invited everyone to participate in celebrating the             4th of July with him by attending a parade that will start at the St. Peter’s Plaza and end with       an all day celebration at the Civic Center

 

            Mayor Salinas said that he was so humbled to be elected as Mayor for the City of Laredo.             He also said that he was honored and that he thanks the Lord for affording him the             opportunity.  He mentioned that as Council goes forward and leads this City for the next             four years, he said that he could assure everyone that they will work very hard to make the             City the brightest and the greatest City in the United States.  He went on to say that the prior             Council has done an outstanding job. He noted that they will not agree from time to time             but that does not mean that they cannot walk holding hands – shoulder to shoulder.  He             respectfully asked for the Council’s support.  He said that he has so much faith in the Lord             and he would work very hard to bring prosperity to the City of Laredo.  He said that he             realizes that the Mayor’s position comes with a lot of responsibility and he plans to carry             the mission with the utmost responsibility, ethical standards, integrity, and honest so        everyone will be proud of Laredo.  He said that if everyone works together the City of     Laredo will shine throughout the world.

            VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Appointments by Council Member Mike Garza of:

  

            1.  Raymond Bruni to the Airport Advisory Committee.

            2.  Dr. Nedil A. Antonini M.D. to the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee.

            3.  Hope Zuniga to the Library Advisory Committee.

            4.  Ramiro Martinez to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

            5.  Efrain D. Sanchez, Jr. to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

            6.  Albert Blanco to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

            7.  Sylvia E. Bruni to the Third Party Funding Advisory Committee.

            8.  Hector A. Gomez to the Transportation & Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

            9.  Cynthia L. Espinoza to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

            Second:  Cm.  Garcia

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            b.  Appointments by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck of:

 

            1.  Ronnie Salamon to the Airport Advisory Committee.

            2.  Eduardo Perales to the Board of Adjustment.

            3.  Lorraine Laurel to the Charter Review Commission.

            4.  Eduardo Quiroga to the Historic District / Landmark Board.

            5.  Beatriz Escamilla to the Library Advisory Committee.          

            6.  Dr. GeorgeAnne R. Reuthinger to the Para Transit Advisory Committee.

            7.  Remy V. Salinas to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

            8.  Javier Martinez to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

            9.  Rafael Martinez to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

            10.  Peter Arredondo to the Third Party Funding Advisory Committee.

            11.  Joe Perez to the Transportation & Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

            12.  Viviana Rotnofsky to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

            Motion to approve.

           

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

                 2005 – 2006 Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of                     $57,850.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for                  the Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiology Program of the City of Laredo Health          Department for a total grant amount of $468,881.00, and extending the grant period                              which ends August 31, 2006, an additional four (4) months.  The term period from                  September 1, 2005, through December 31, 2006; and authorizing the City Manager to                          execute the contract.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

           

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept the                                Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Public Access Computer Hardware Upgrade Grant             (PAC HUG) from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in the amount of        $23,750.00 and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Friends of the                           Library Fund Annual Budget in the amount of $23,750.00.  Funds will be used to replace            computers at all three (3) branches.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

           

                 Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            3.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)                                         DTFASW-07-L-00035 between the United States of America, as Lessor, and the City of        Laredo, as Lessee, in order to cover required land sites and easements for existing                          navigational aid (NAVAID) facilities operated by the Federal Aviation Administration         (FAA).  FAA has installed and is maintaining six (6) facilities that are covered under                      three (3) separate lease agreements at Laredo International Airport, those being                     DTFA07-97-L-1047, DTFA07-95-L-0150, and DTFA07-04-L-00018.  These lease                             agreements will be terminated and consolidated into superseding MOA DTFASW-07-L-        00035; providing for an effective date.

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            4.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled Airline Operating Agreement and             Terminal Building Lease with Allegiant Air, Inc., for exclusive and non-exclusive joint          use space located at the Laredo International Airport passenger terminal for the purpose         of conducting commercial air transportation services.  Lease term is for three (3) years                 commencing on June 1, 2006, and ending on May 31, 2009.  However, it is agreed by                           the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a ninety (90) day          written notice from the party terminating to the other.  The monthly rent including                        landing fees is waived for the first twelve (12) months commencing on the date the                             airline initiates commercial air transportation services at the Laredo International                           Airport; providing for an effective date.

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

           

            5.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the leased agreement                        approved by Ordinance No. 2004-O-038 dated February 17, 2004, between the City of              Laredo, as Lessor, and Webb County Juvenile Board, as Lessee, for the Juvenile                           Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) school campus for an approximate 100,357                      square foot tract of land located on Block No. 11 of the Airport Subdivision Plat at the                  Laredo International Airport.  Said amendment will extend the lease term six (6) months                  ending June 30, 2007.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect;               providing for an effective date.

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            6.  Setting the new speed limits on Loop 20 within the City limits of Laredo, Webb County,            Texas, as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation Control Section Map 0086-               14, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate new speed changes in               the designated areas and providing for publication and effective date.

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinances # 2006-O-135, # 2006-O-136, # 2006-O-            137, # 2006-O-138, # 2006-O-139, # 2006-O-140, # 2006-O-141, # 2006-O-142, # 2006-O-        143, # 2006-O-144, # 2006-O-146, # 2006-O-147, # 2006-O-148, # 2006-O-149, # 2006-O-        150, # 2006-O-151, # 2006-O-152,  and # 2006-O-153.

       

             Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

             Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

             For:     7                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0              

             

 

            7.  2006-O-135  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                       Lot 1, Block 1, Cuatro Vientos Subdivision, located at 4467 Exodus Drive,                              from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to B-1                                          (Limited Commercial District). 

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-135.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-136  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning        

                                       53.34 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit                                 “A”, located at 2325 Bob Bullock Loop, from R-1 (Single Family                                             Residential District), R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) and R-2                                (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-136.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-137  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                       .37 acres, part of Block 1, Del Mar Village Subdivision, as further                                             described be metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 6919                                               San Dario Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4                                           (Highway Commercial District).

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-137.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-138  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                       Lot 3, Block 2026, Eastern Division, located at 3219 Ross Street, from R-2                            (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-138.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-139  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning        

                                       the Replat of Lot 1A, Block 1, Tesoro Plaza Subdivision, located on                                         Tesoro Plaza Drive north of Calton Road, from B-3 (Community Business                                 District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District). 

 

                                       Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that there was discussion at the last                                                 Council Meeting where the individual that was asking for the rezoning told                                  the Council Member that he would refrain from doing business until he                                                   actually paved his parking facility.  Council Member Chavez informed                                                    him in an e-mail that the individual is ignoring what he had told Council                                                   that he would do. 

 

                                       Motion to table.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-140  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                       Lot 1, Block 17, Lakeside Subdivision Phase I, located at 7223 Bob                                                    Bullock Loop, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway                                  Commercial District).

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-140.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2006-O-141  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning the                                west 2/3 of Lot 7, Block 1103, Eastern Division, located approximately at                                 1906 East Lyon Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-O                                                    (Retail/Office District).

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-141.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-142  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning        

                                      30.14 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit                                  “A”, located east of Ejido Avenue north of Exodus Drive, from R-1MH                                                (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to R-1A (Single Family                                                   Reduced Area District). 

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-142.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-143  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                       13.82 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit                                 “A”, located west of Ejido Avenue north of Exodus Drive, from R-1MH                                               (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to R-1A (Single Family                                                   Reduced Area District). 

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-143.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-144  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                       8.12 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit                                               “A”, located on the northwest corner of Exodus Drive and Pita Mangana                                   Road, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to B-1                                (Limited Commercial District).

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-144.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

                 2006-O-146  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006

                                       Customer Service Budget to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the                                 amount of $4,825.00 provided by the sale of tables and individual seats                                                 during the 2006 City of Laredo Commission for Women Hall of Fame                                                   Induction Ceremony; providing for an effective date.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-146.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-147  Authorizing the City Manager to accept contributions of $30,000.00 from

                                       the Laredo International Airport, $15,000.00 from Wells Fargo, $4,000.00                               from Coyote Creek, $3,000.00 from HEB, and $500.00 from South Texas                               Realty for a total of $52,500.00 in contributions for the Miss Texas USA                                   Pageant; and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006 Convention &                                  Visitors Bureau Annual Budget by appropriating an additional $2,500.00                                      in revenues and expenditures to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Fund.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-147.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-148  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by

                                       increasing revenues and expenditures by $30,000.00 of additional funds,                                   for a total amount of $64,678.00 from the Texas Department of State                                                    Health Services for the Title V Family Planning Services of the City of                                                    Laredo Health Department for the term from January 1, 2006 through                                                   August 31, 2006.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-148.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-149  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows: Chapter 2,

                                       Article II, Division 3 (Leave Policy), Section 2-58, 59 and 60, providing                                               for the exclusion of part-time and temporary employees hired after July 2,                                  2006 from Holiday, Sick Leave, and Annual Leave benefits except as                                                   otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement; providing for an                                    effective date of July 2, 2006.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-149.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2006-O-150  Approving an agreement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms,

                                       and Explosives (ATF) in the amount of $18,000.00 and amending the                                                    Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 City of Laredo Annual Budget by $18,000.00.                                               The agreement’s purpose is to reimburse cost for overtime and fringe                                         benefits incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources                                  to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) task                                  force.  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2005 through                                              September 30, 2006.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-150.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-151  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a supplemental overtime award

                                       from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the amount of $5,144.00 and                                   amend the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 City of Laredo Annual Budget by                                                  $5,144.00.  The purpose is to reimburse cost for overtime incurred by the                                 Laredo Police Department in providing resources of Organized Crime                                                   Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF).  The term of this agreement is                                from October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-151.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-152  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Easement and Underground

                                       Service Agreement Document, WR# 13147452, with American Electric                                                Power (AEP) consisting of approximately 2.070 acres out of Lots 1, 2, and                               3, Block 2, Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal Subdivision,                                  recorded in Volume 16, Pages 45-47, for the installation of electrical                                         facilities at Laredo Town Square Project on Bob Bullock Loop at the                                           Laredo International Airport; providing for an effective date.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-152.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-153  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to

                                       effectively convey three (3) City owned lots, namely, lots 6, 7 and 8 in                                                   Block 494, Eastern Division, in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas                                  to Habitat for Humanity, Inc., in support of the construction of three (3)                                                 homes; and providing for effective date.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-153.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

            8.  2006-R-071  Accepting the donation of a utility easement from Royal Joint Venture for                                   the construction of a sanitary sewer line from east side of IH 35 to the                                                    Unitec Sewer Plant; said easement being described in the grant of same                                                 dated June 13, 2006, which is recorded in Volume 2115, Pages 38 – 43,                                              Official Property Records, Webb County, Texas, copy of which is attached                               hereto as Exhibit 1.

 

                                       Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-071.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                       

            9.  2006-R-072  Confirming the appointment / reappointment for a member of the Fire

                                       Fighters’ and Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission of the City of                                                    Laredo.

 

                                       Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-072 and reappoint Ray Garner.

                                      

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                       For:     7                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

            10.  Approval of a request from Webb County Historical Commission Marker Committee to            make application to the Texas Historical Commission for an official Texas Historical              Subject Marker regarding the former Laredo Air Force Base and authorizing the City            Manager to execute said application.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            11.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $91,294.00 for the

                   balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Los Obispos Unit-             5, Remediation Project, Phase III and approval of final payment in the amount of                              $132,947.30 to LEH Contractors, Inc., San Antonio, Texas.  Final contract amount is          $904,194.00.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Los Obispos                         Housing Project.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            12.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-102 to the low bidder, Rhino Builders               LTD, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $59,400.00 for the purchase and installation                   of concrete traffic barriers at the International Bridge II bridge span.  Funding is                        available in the Bridge Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            13.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $29,321.25 to add weep

                   holes and sawed/expansion joints to improve long term durability of riprap, acceptance              of the Laredo Colombia International Bridge Phase I Concrete Drainage Channel                             Improvements and approval of final payment in the amount of $44,780.10 to G.O.                           Excavating and Construction Company, Alamo, Texas.  Final contract amount is                               $183,909.75.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund – Revenue Bond Series          2005A.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            14.  Setting City Council meeting dates for August 2006 and September 2006 as follows:

                   August 14, 2006, August 28, 2006, and September 5, 2006.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            15.  Adopting a schedule of hearings and proceedings for voluntary and unilateral

                   annexations for calendar year 2006, in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas                                Local Government Code.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            16.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of an Internet Protocol (IP) telephony

                   application server and related equipment from CALENCE for the Public Library,                      through the State of Texas – Department of Information Resources (DIR) cooperative          purchase contract, in the total amount of $30,640.00.  Funding for these items is                    available in the Library’s Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            17.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract number FY05-094 awarded to           the low bidder, A-1 Dry Cleaning, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed                                $60,000.00, for providing laundry dry cleaning services for the Police Department                            uniformed officers.  The city must provide dry cleaning service for police uniforms as a          condition of the collective bargaining agreement.  Funding is available in the Police                       Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            18.  Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase order issued to Turbonetics                                              Engineering, Corpus Christi, Texas in the total amount of $ 68,680.00.  The City                       Manager has authorized emergency rehab repairs to two high service pumps located on                    the discharge of the Jefferson Water Plant.  These repairs were authorized to prevent                             disruption of pumping capacity throughout the water distribution system.  Funding is                          available in the Utilities Department – Water Treatment Division Budget. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            19.  Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase order issued to Bradley’s Inc., Corpus              Christi, Texas in the total amount of $36,900.00.  The City Manager has authorized                           emergency repairs to a 300 HP raw water intake pump that was damaged and resulted         in low or no water pressure to several areas of the City.  Funding is available in the                       Utilities Department – Water Treatment Division Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            20.  Amending the contract with Harry Jewett Associates, Inc., Laredo, Texas for $7,320.00

                   to include basic engineering services required for adjustments and revisions to the                       water distribution lines on Mines Road Work Order #1.  The amendment brings the                          total contract amount to $228,100.00.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project                      Engineer Fees.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

            21.  A.  Discussion with possible action regarding landscaping improvements along Zacate

                         Creek from Sanchez Street south to Corpus Christi Street, to be paid for with                          District VIII Discretionary Funds.

 

                         Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Director, reported that staff did meet with                                   Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez advising  him of several improvements.  He said that                     staff is recommending planting a total of sixty (60) different kinds of 3” caliber                            trees along the  linear area but concentrating mainly on the intersections.  He said                        that  staff would  need to install proper irrigation for the trees. The total cost for the                        trees, irrigation and proper soil cost estimate is $25,500. 

 

                         Motion to use Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez discretionary funds for landscaping                                    improvements along Zacate Creek from Sanchez Street south to Corpus Christi                                     Street

 

                         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                         For:     7                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            22.  A.  Request by Council Member Mike Garza

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on a workshop to discuss the water rate increase and                               United Water and Utilities transition issues; setting a date and time for the meeting.

 

                 Cm.  Garza stated that as a newly elected Council Member he would like to have an                                opportunity to review the transitional phase of what happened with the water issues.  

                 At  the same time, he feels that it will educate the new council members and educate the              viewing public of all the criteria that went forth with the entire transaction.  

 

                 Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that the City of Laredo has sold some bonds based             on the water rates.  He said that he would be happy to give the new Council Members a                 presentation.  He said that the Council has already received a presentation but he would                  set up a workshop if the Council so desired. 

 

                 Motion to instruct the City Manager to set a workshop to discuss the water rate increase           and United Water and Utilities transition issues. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                 For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Mayor Pro Tempore was not present.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on a workshop to discuss the City of Laredo                                            employment policies; setting a date and time for the meeting.  (Co-sponsored by Council           Member Dr. Michael Landeck and Council Member Juan Chavez)

 

                 Motion to set a workshop to discuss the City of Laredo employment policies.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  B.  Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action in scheduling a City Charter amendments workshop at a             special call City Council meeting.

 

                 Motion to call a special City Council meeting to discuss the City Charter Amendments.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                 Second:  Cm.  Garza

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on status and possible redesign of the Slaughter Park                               project.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Mike Garza)

 

                 Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, said that the last survey that was                    prepared by staff was two seasons ago where staff compared the numbers and there was               over 5,000 baseball players in the community and over 9,000 soccer players.  The city                                                                                                                                         has 21 to 23 lighted fields for baseball and no lighted fields for soccer.  Staff has been                              working on refurbishing parks through City Council’s guidance and approval.

 

                 Cm.  Landeck addressed his concerns for the current design of the Slaughter Park.  He             acknowledged that the City has a large demand for soccer but noted that District                            III is not the place to try to facilitate the public’s need for a stadium.  He noted that there             are currently nine soccer fields in his district.  He also expressed his desire to change the             design of a pond to a swimming pool.  Finally, he requested reviewing the area for                       horseback riding. He asked Council to support him in postponing the current design so              staff could consider offering other options for Council to consider.  

 

                 Cm.  Garcia said that he had a problem with the suggestion to redesign the Slaughter                                 Park.  He said that when the property was presented to Council that there was no                     funding but Council instructed staff to search for monies because the City of                                    Laredo was not servicing the soccer community.  He noted that the Council did it to                        benefit District III and the community as a whole.  The Soccer stadium is over due for                    the City of Laredo.  He said that the City owes it to the children that approached Council        for a soccer stadium.  He said that the City of Laredo is falling behind in the soccer area.              He also spoke in favor of the horse back riding trail. 

 

                 Cm.  Belmares stated that removing any of the soccer fields from the current plan would            be detrimental to the soccer leagues even more so now that we are trying to get them                      more organized. 

 

                 Motion to place the redesign of Slaughter Park on hold to allow for changes and                        redesign of the park and return to Council for their approval.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                 Second:  Cm.  Garza

                 For:     3                                          Against:  4                                            Abstain:  0

                 Cm.  Garza                                      Cm.  Garcia

                 Cm.  Landeck                                 Cm.  Rendon

                 Cm.  Amaya                                    Cm.  Belmares

                                                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

 

                  C.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on increasing enforcement of paper license plate                         violations.

 

                 Agustin Dovalina, III, Police Chief, advised that in 2005 the City of Laredo Police                     Department issued 10,370 citations for unregistered motor vehicle violations which                         include the paper license plats.  Year to date, the department has issued 5,439 citations                  for the same violation.  He further reported that the patrol division, traffic section, and                             the auto theft tasks forces has been actively addressing the problem.  In 2005 the auto                             task force handled three cases of counterfeiting the paper tags which resulted in two                            arrests and the seizure of three hundred (300) counterfeit paper tags.  In January of this                  year, the auto tasks force participated in the hearing addressed to change in the                                     transportation rules dealing with paper tags.  He continued to explain that the department          is working aggressively on enforcing the paper license plate violations.

 

                 Cm.  Belmares asked if staff has considered addressing this problem on the legislative                              state agenda.

 

                 Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that the City of Laredo will add the paper license                                place issue on the list of the Legislative Agenda.   

 

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on creating a City of Laredo Ethics Commission.

 

                 Cm.  Belmares said that he brought this item to Council because Council had discussed              the item in 2003.  At the time that the Council was discussing the item, staff was going         through some direction of the Charter which will be required to implement this                              commission.  Legislature was taking up the charge on full financial disclosure on all                       elected officials, City Manager and the City Attorneys for municipalities of 100,000 or                greater.   The Ethics Commission will not be a “White Knight” or guarantee complete                             safety from unethical behavior but it will bring the Council closer.

 

                 Jaime Flores, City Attorney, said that he had copies of other city’s code of ethics.  He                              recommended for Council to give him some time to take a look at the other code of                  ethics and come back with recommendations.

 

                 Cm.  Belmares instructed the City Manager to return to Council within 60 days with a                              draft of a Code of Ethics to be used for the City of Laredo.  In the meantime, he                        suggested sending the Council members a copy of the San Antonio and Houston Code of               Ethics so they can begin to review them to be able to give input.  It not only should                        govern the elected officials but the City staff and employees.

                

            3.  Status report on tax levy, exemptions and / or tax cuts.

 

                 This item was discussed on the supplemental agenda.

 

                D.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on repairs at Bruni Plaza including the water fountain.

 

                 Keith Selman, Planning Director, advised that the City has recently hired a consultant                                that has drafted a report to take a look at the Bruni Plaza fountain.  He advised that the              City of Laredo needs to proceed carefully with the preservation and the restoration of the               fountain efforts.  The fountain has characteristics that are not just unique to the plaza but                  is unique to anywhere in this country.  The Italian eight designs, with tiles, make it a                             very unique fountain.  Staff is looking at the budget and is trying to place funds for the                 fountain.  He added that there are patterns that staff is just learning about because the                              blue paint is fading.  There is a stencil underneath the paint that is dyed concrete that is a            beautiful blue.   The project for renovating the fountain should be a special “toothbrush”             renovation project.  He went on to say that a tile company from Mexico that did produce            a replica of one of the scenery tiles, also produced a replica of one of the tiles that were

                 in  place but they feel short of what a person would expect for the fountain.

 

                 Larry Dovalina, City Manager, advised that there are members in the community that                               have an inheritance tied to the fountain because of who donated the fountain that the                  City might be able to approach and seek a donation to make the donation happen.

 

                 Cm.  Garcia asked if staff could submit the item to the Heritage Committee and allow                               them to make the decisions for the fountain.  He also mentioned submitting the item to                the Keep Laredo Beautiful Committee for ideas to renovate the fountain.

 

                 Cm.  Ramirez instructed the City Manager to prepare a report on the fountain and                     include the year it was build and who donated it. 

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action regarding a lease agreement for 200 parking spaces                  between the City of Laredo and the Rio Grande Plaza Hotel.

 

                This item was discussed in the supplemental agenda.

 

            3.  Presentation by George Altgelt regarding the pollution of the Rio Grande, with possible              action.

 

                 George Altgelt was not present for the presentation.

 

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.

 

XV.      ADJOURNMENT

 

            Supplemental Agenda

 

I.          Appointments to Commissions, Boards and Committees

 

            A.  Appointments by Council Member DrMichael Landeck of:

 

            1.  Victor Garza to the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee.

            2.  Sammy Amaya to replace Dr.  GeorgeAnn R.  Reuthinger, to the Para Transit          Advisory                  Committee.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

II.        Motions

 

            1.  Consideration to award contract FY06-103, to provide the City of Laredo Health                     Department contract labor for two (2) office personnel positions:  one (1) Community                     Service Aide and one (1) Health Educator, for the term beginning on July 5, 2006                           through December 31, 2006, and for an amount not to exceed $33,359.00.  Funding is                              available in the HIV Prevention Grant Budget.  The City received identical bids from                       Staff Force and RM Personnel.  Lots will be drawn at the City Council meeting to                      determine which vendor will be awarded the labor contract.

 

                 Francisco Meza, Purchasing Agent, submitted a canister for Mayor Salinas to draw a                              name from and the winner of the bid was RM Personnel, Inc.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

III.       General Council Discussions and Presentations

 

            A.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the mosquito abatement/vector control                        program. (Co-sponsored by Cm.  Gene Belmares)

 

                 Cm.  Rendon stated that the reason he has placed this item on the agenda is because he             has been receiving calls from the Hillside area where there is a creek where they are                        complaining about the mosquitoes. 

 

                 Dr.  Gonzalez, Health Director, advised that the City of Laredo has a Comprehensive                               Integrated Plan which the City has been doing for years.  The Health Department has a              five (5) point plan which includes surveillance, testing, sampling, source reduction,                           spraying, minnow distribution, enforcement, campaigns, task forces, and education. The                  Health Department will continue to educate the public and remind them to wear long                      sleeves and apply repellant against mosquitoes.  The most important information that                             needs to be disbursed is to remind citizens to get rid of standing water. 

 

            B.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

            Amendment to item no. 22 letter C. no. 3 posted on the regular City Council Agenda.

 

            1.  Status report on tax levy, exemptions, and/or tax cuts, with possible action.

 

                 Martin Aleman, Budget Director, said that the City of Laredo has received a preliminary            number from Webb County Appraisal District which is the number they use to update                     the taxable valuation which is 8 billion dollars.  The levy translated to 51.9 million                      dollars.  The revenue is around 40 million dollars going into general fund.

 

                 Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Collector/Assessor, said that the City of Laredo will expect an              increase of 4.4 million dollars and of that 2.7 as a result of 1.7 million as a result of                          reappraisals.   

 

                 Cm.  Belmares asked the Tax Collector/Assessor to provide an amount for an impact of            a tax freeze at 65 or handicapped.

 

                 Ms.  Martinez said that it would vary.  She said that the City of Laredo can only estimate           a value of #226,000 because it would fluctuate from year to year.  She explained that the                value changes because of the amount of people that qualify for the exemption from year               to year.  

 

            C.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

 

                  Amendment to item no. 22 letter D no. 2 posted on the regular City Council agenda.

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action regarding a lease agreement for 200 parking spaces                  between the City of Laredo and One South Main Partners, LP.  (Co-sponsored by Cm.                 Gene Belmares)

 

                  Motion to instruct the City Manager to prepare an RFP for a parking lot lease located on           a tract of 82,833 sq. ft of Vega land 227 x 299 feet lying south of Block 281 WD                           Currently know as the Rio Grande Plaza Hotel Parking lot to commence at the end of                      the current parking lot lease and to include additional improvements to the area which                would be beneficial to the city as soon as possible.

 

                  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                  Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                  For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

IV.       Adjournment

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            9:38 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

            Second: Cm.  Landeck

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0