CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-R-014

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

July 17, 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 Chavez,                                                                            Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, 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

                       

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of May 15, 2006.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

            Second:  Cm.  Belmares

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

                 Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of Duncan Jalomo, of the Laredo Public Library, on his selection as June           

                 2006 Employee of the Month.

 

                 Maria Solis, Assistant Library Director, reported that Duncan Jalomo has been with the             City of Laredo Library for seven years serving as the Library Tech III.  She                                    acknowledged that he is the reason that the Library’s Summer Programs are a                                tremendous success.  She said that Duncan was in charge of Toddler Tuesday because he              has a way with children.  He is very patient and very kind.  He also spearheaded the                    reading program at Finley Elementary.  The children in Finley Elementary don’t have                       the transportation to visit the main Library; therefore, Duncan makes sure that they have           a reading program in their school.  The children met every day during their library time           at the library and they participated in the reading program.  Duncan visited the school

                 several times by reading, singing, and puppetiering.   He is a frequent visitor of the noon             show for different city held events and appears on many different shows created at the                    Public Access Channel. 

 

            b.  Recognition of City Departments for their contribution and participation in the 2006

                 American Cancer Society Relay for Life by Mayor Raul G. Salinas and Members of the            City Council.

 

                 Linda Teniente, REACH Representative, said that the REACH Committee which stands            for “Reinvesting Employees and Caring Hearts” is a group of employees that have been                  appointed to be the liaisons between the non-profit organization and the City of Laredo

                 She introduced the following members:  Anabelle Venegas, Alejandra Santana, Eddie

                 Zavala, Evelyn Luciano, Carlos Robles, and Cristina Lara. 

 

                 Nancy Garcia, representing the American Cancer Society, extended a warm thank you to          the REACH Committee and to the City Manager, Larry Dovalina for their continuous                     support throughout the years.  She thanked the City of Laredo and the Departments  

                 for the tireless fundraising efforts.  The City of Laredo is considered to be a great team               and this year they adopted the most appropriate name of “City Slickers”.  Although they                 fly under one flag, the city had 19 departments represented and they have raised a grand         total of $33,837.03.  As we all know, the City is renowned for their internal competition

                 and this year the team with the most monies raised for the second year in a row is the

                 Laredo Bridge System.   

 

   

            Communiqués

             

            Cm.  Garza thanked the voters in his District for their support.  He said that he appreciated             everyone’s guidance and support throughout the election.  He wished everyone well and             noted that he looks forward to the upcoming years of serving and providing for the citizens         of Laredo. He specifically thanked his family for their sacrifices that they have met. 

 

            Cm.  Garcia said that he was glad that everyone had a safe 4th of July since there was a lot         of events taking place.  He noted that it was great seeing families spend time together.  He congratulated Mayor Pro Tempore for organizing such a successful 4th of July event.  He         also congratulated the cast of the West Side Story at LCC.  He noted that the City of         Laredo has a lot of talented individuals.  He said that he was especially impressed with    Ricardo Guillen, a graduated from United South High School, for his role in West Side           Story.  He said that Ricardo Guillen will be attending the Walt Disney Resort in Florida as       an operational cast member and then transfer to Texas State University.  He also mentioned        Cecilia Zavala, freshman at Alexander, for participating as the main character in the West           Side Story.  He encouraged the community to support the youth of Laredo

 

            Cm.  Landeck reiterated Cm.  Garza’s statements by agreeing that it is very difficult for their families to bare with them through the election process.  He too said that he is very         proud to be a part of City Council and is happy to participate in the debates.  He said that it           was interesting that the Laredo Morning Times had an article that stated that they recognize       that the Council is working on being transparent through their discussions.  He said that he       was impressed with the activities at the Santa Fe Park since the City installed lights.  He            invited the community to visit the three soccer fields in Santa Rita on Prada Machine. 

 

            Cm. Rendon thanked the Water Works Department for repairing a water leak in his District       at 3:30 in the morning.  He also congratulated the Parks and Recreational Department for assisting in a Field and Track event.

 

            Cm. Belmares congratulated the Del Mar Little League for their performance and             advancement  to defend their title as State Champions.  He said that they have a             phenomenal league noting that the adults work hard to exhibit good sportsman ship as well         as championship baseball.   He also congratulated the Parks & Recreation Department for             sponsoring the City of Laredo Baseball Tournament.  Finally, he congratulated the Mayor             Pro Tempore Ramirez for organizing the 4th of July Celebration at the Civic Center.  He             noted that he was very proud to be a part of the event.

 

            Cm. Chavez welcomed the Mayor, Cm. Landeck, and Cm. Garza in serveing on the City             Council.

 

            Mayor Tempore Ramirez thanked the participants of the July Parade especially Cm.      Belmares who was the Master of Ceremonies.  He also thanked Cm.  Garcia and noted that         without their support the parade would not have been possible.  He thanked several sponsors including CabelloWreckers, LULAC, Light Productions, and other dance groups             who performed throughout the day. 

 

            Mayor Raul Salinas congratulated Sam and Noemi Lopez, Christ Worship Center, for             celebrating 35 years of worship in Laredo.  He commended Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez             for the outstanding 4th of July program.  He advised the viewing public that his doors are             always open to the public and encouraged anyone to visit him.  He said that if he is not   available to leave their name and number and he will return their call.  He shared a personal          story of how Natalio Castillo awakened after a stroke while he and his wife were praying       for him at the  Laredo Medical Center.   

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Appointments by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of:

 

            1.  Rufino Lopez to the Airport Advisory Committee.

            2.  Lula Morales to the Board of Adjustment.

            3.  Diana Juarez to the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee.

            4.  Sandra Cavazos to the Library Advisory Committee.

            5.  Gabriel Holguin to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

            6.  Jorge Gutierrez to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

            7.  Belinda Guerra to the Telecommunications Commission.

            8.  Lucy Quintanilla to the Third Party Funding Committee.

            9.  Yolanda Castillo to the Laredo Commission for Women.

            10.  Maria Elena Morales to the Charter Review Commission.

            11.  Jose Luis Muñoz; Hector Garza; Mike Molina and Richard Geissler to the   

                   Veterans Affairs Committee.

            12.  Raquel Gonzalez to the Laredo Housing Authority Board of

                   Commissioners.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            b.   Appointments by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Council Members to Committees, Boards,             and Commissions.

 

                 Motion to rename the Audit/Insurance Committee to the Audit Committee.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:0                                              Abstain:  0

 

                 Audit Committee

 

                 Mayor Raul Salinas

                 Cm.  Landeck

                 Cm.  Garza

                 Cm.  Johnny Amaya

 

                 Community Action Agency Advisory Board

 

                 Cm.  Chavez

                 Cm.  Garcia

                 Cm.  Ramirez

 

     El Metro Transit System Committee

 

                 Cm.  Garza

                 Cm.  Johnny Amaya

                 Cm.  Johnny Rendon

 

                 Engineering Review Committee

 

                 Cm.  Chavez

                 Cm.  Hector Garcia

                 Cm.  Johnny Amaya

 

                 Health & Benefits/Issues Committee

 

                 Cm.  Garcia

                 Cm.  Amaya

                 Cm.  Garza

 

                 Legislative liaison Committee

 

                 Cm.  Landeck

 

                 Sports Venue Committee

 

                 Cm.  Garcia

                 Cm.  Rendon

                 Cm.  Chavez

 

                 Metro Government Committee

 

                 Mayor Raul Salinas, Chair

                 Cm.  Garcia, Vice Chair

                 Cm.  Landeck

                 Cm.  Chavez

                 Cm.  Rendon

 

                 Oil & Gas Review Committee

 

                 Cm.  Belmares

                 Cm.  Amaya

                 Cm.  Rendon

 

                 Protocol, Procedures, & Customer Service Committee

 

                 Mayor Raul Salinas

                 Cm.  Rendon

                 Cm.  Garcia

 

                 Rail Policy Committee

 

                 Cm.  Juan Chavez

                 Cm.  Juan Ramirez

                 Cm.  Landeck

 

                 South Texas Development Council

 

                 Cm.  Ramirez

                 Cm.  Amaya

                 Cm.  Rendon

                 David Cardwell

                 Guillermo Trevino

 

     Traffic Calming Device Program

 

     Cm.  Landeck

                 Cm.  Rendon

                 Cm.  Chavez

 

                 Veterans Affairs Committee

 

                 Cm.  Amaya

                 Cm.  Rendon

                 Cm.  Chavez

                 Col.  Gilberto S.  Trevino

                 Dr.  Hector Farias

                 Rodolfo Flores

                 Carlos Chavez

                 James Rendon

                 Mauro Sandoval

                 Cesar Montemayor or Bobby Flores

                 Cande Rodriguez or Ignacio Sanchez, Jr.

                 Andy Lakhiani or Ralph Cantu

                 Jose Luis Munoz

                 Hector Garza

                 Mike Molina

                 Richard Geissler

 

                 Water Issues Committee

 

                 Cm.  Rendon

                 Cm.  Amaya

                 Cm.  Belmares

 

                 Laredo Housing Authority Board of Commissioners

 

                 Arabella pena

                 Raquel Gonzalez

                 Maria Luisa Cardona

                 Maria del Carmen Rodriguez

                 Judge Jesus Garza

           

                 Metropolitan Planning Organization

 

                 Mayor Raul G.  Salinas

                 Cm.  Garza

                 Cm.  Garcia

                 Cm.  Belmares

                 David Casteel, Interim District Engineer

                 Clay Smith, Interim Deputy District Engineer

                 County Judge Louis Bruni

                 Commissioner Judith Gutierrez

                 Commissioner Cynthia Brunner

                 Judith Zaffirini

                 Richard Raymond

                 Rayan Guillen

           

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Motion to rename the Audit/Insurance Committee to the Audit Committee.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

            c.  Appointments by Council Member Mike Garza of:

 

                 1.  Juanita Isabel Martinez to the Board of Adjustment.

                 2.  Jose Martinez to the Historic District / Landmark Board.

                 3.  Luisa J. Campillo to the Para Transit Advisory Committee.

                 4.  Angelina Martinez the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1.  Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the 2006 Consolidated One         

Year Action Plan which identifies the projects proposed to be funded by the U. S.         Department of Housing and Urban Development through the 32nd Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the 2006 HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the 2006 American Dream Downpayment Initiative; and the 2006 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), through CDBG Program Income, HOME Program Income and through Housing Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund. Also for discussion and comment is the Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 – 2005 Consolidated Annual Performance Report regarding the City’s administration of HUD Programs.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ronnie Acosta, Community Development Director, reported that a public hearing is being held to allow the citizens an opportunity to comment on the City’s Consolidated Plan.  She advised that the plan has been placed for public comments for three weeks.    The Plan outlines how funds received from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development will be utilized in the community for next year.  The City of Laredo is an entitlement community meaning that we are entitled to receive funds from Community Development Block Grant, Home Program, and ESG.  The grant represents a 10% reduction in the City’s allocation and it is 400,000 less than what we received last year.  The Home Grant and ESG remained the same.  She advised that the City of Laredo has been successful in reaching their timely goal of 1.5 ration on the use of their HUD monies. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Valdez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

2.  Public hearing providing interested citizens an opportunity to comment on the potential

environmental impact to the City of Laredo Chacon Interceptor Extension Phase II. The preliminary cost estimate for the proposed improvements is $3,000,000.00.  It is anticipated that the City of Laredo proposes to use a total amount of $1,192,922.00 which has been provided by the Environmental Protection Agency State Revolving Fund (EPA-SRF).

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2000-O-064

authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a used car lot on Lot 9, Block 351, Eastern Division, located at 114 West Lyon Street by repealing the existing conditional use permit and approving a conditional use permit for a tire shop.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Roy Villarreal stated that he was requesting the zone change for a tire shop.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a C.U.P.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Amaya

 

4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 97-O-058

authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a truck/trailer rental center (Uhaul dealer) on Lot 2, Block 8, McPherson Acres Development Subdivision Unit II, located at 1613 Calle Del Norte to include a paint and body shop.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Enrique de la Garza appeared before the council to request approval of the zone change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Rendon

 

5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the

City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a snack bar on Lot 6, Block 233, Eastern Division, located at 320 Mier Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Landeck

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the

City of Laredo by rezoning 67.16 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the west side of Bob Bullock Loop North of Winfield Parkway, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the

City of Laredo by rezoning 83.10 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the west side of Bob Bullock Loop north of Winfield Parkway, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the

City of Laredo by rezoning 29.7 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the southeast corner of Bob Bullock Loop and International Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.      

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the

City of Laredo by rezoning 19.4 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located on the south side of Bob Bullock Loop east of International Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the

City of Laredo by rezoning 4.5 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the south side of Bob Bullock Loop east of International Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:   Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the

City of Laredo by rezoning 2.62 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located on the south side of Bob Bullock Loop east of International Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change. 

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

  Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

12.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending ordinance No. 2002-O-142

authorizing a Special Use Permit for mini storage/warehousing, on 2.78 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 7819 East Country Drive, by revising the site plan.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change. 

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

  Second:  Cm.  Rendon

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

13.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the

City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an assisted living facility on Lots 2 and 4, Block 167, Western Division, located at 1718 Victoria Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the Conditional Use Permit.  

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  David Kelley, representing the Woodcare Group, spoke in favor of the Conditional Use  

  Permit for the Assisted Living Facility.  He noted that the Wood Group currently

  operates fourteen other facilities across the state of Texas.  He added that their facilities  

  are licensed to the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. 

 

  Rene Castillon, Executive Director for MHMR Community Centers, explained the  

  different services that the Community Centers offers to the citizens of the City of

  Laredo and Webb County.  The Woodcare Group has been providing services to border

  region since 1998 at which time they have operated two homes with no negative issues. 

  The homes provides an environment that provides support to individuals that have

  problems taking medications.  The Centers also provide rehab skills for patients which    

  allows them to become more functional.  In the long run, it is more cost effective for

  the City to have individuals who needs support and assistance with an environment

  similar to this. 

 

  Elsa Ibarra Valdez, 1717 Washington Street, asked Council to deny their request for a

  zone change.

 

  Jose Cerda, Director of Trevino Magnet Fine Arts School, reported that their concern is

  the safety of the students and requested denial of the zone change request. 

 

  Nina Pena, property owner next to this property, asked Council not to allow the

  requested use in an R-1 area.

 

  Javier Cabello, representing the owners, spoke in favor of the request for an assisted  

  living facility.  He added that this facility will be monitored 24/7 for safety and

  security.  

 

  Motion to close the public hearing deny.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

  Second:  Cm.  Chavez

  For:     5                                        Against:  3                                            Abstain:  0

  Cm. Garza                         Cm. Garcia

  Cm. Landeck                                Cm. Rendon

  Cm. Amaya                                   Cm. Belmares

  Cm. Chavez

  Cm. Ramirez

 

14.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 666, Eastern Division, located at 4119 McPherson Road, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change. 

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Patricia Barrera, representing Jose Angel Benavides, requested approval of the zone

  change.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and send it back to Planning and Zoning for a Conditional Use Permit consideration.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

  Second:  Cm.  Garcia

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

15.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the

City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Country Club Estates Subdivision, located at 3911 Casa Blanca Road, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.    

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

  Second:  Cm.  Chavez

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Juan Salinas spoke in favor of the zone change request.

 

  Jose Flores, Airport Director, said that the subject property lies within the noise contour

  of the airport.  He noted that the City has had an active noise abatement program in the

  immediate area.  The City has acquired properties within the Country Club Estates

  because it is noise impacted.  The proposed development would serve to compound the

  problem. 

 

  Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that the applicant should give the City of Laredo a  

  navigation easement and abide by the additional requirements of the building standards.

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and go against the recommendation of Planning and

  Zoning Commission and allow a zone change with the following conditions:  applicant  

  donates his navigation easement and follows the building standards.

 

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

  Second:  Cm.  Belmares

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Rendon     

      

16.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Land Development Code, as

follows: Section 24-92.4 (Procedures – Notices, Hearing, Recommendation of Planning and Zoning Commission and action of City Council) Paragraph (4), to reconcile the 200 foot notification requirement to surrounding property owners in accordance with state law; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the ordinance amendment.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

  Second:  Cm.  Garcia

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

17.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 24, Article IV,

Supplementary Zoning District Regulations Section 24-65.14: B-4 Highway Commercial District, Paragraph (16) Amusement Redemption Machine Establishment Provisions, Subparagraphs (a), (b), and (c), of the Laredo Land Development Code, by deleting subparagraphs (a), (b), and (c) which provide distances from various uses and other locational criteria amusement redemption machine establishments, providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the ordinance amendment.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Cm.  Belmares stated that Cm.  Amaya had brought this forward and the concern that  

  they had as they continued to push these establishments out to a B-4 was to reduce the

  distance from where they should be located from another redemption machine facility

  and not so much remove the restrictions of 1,000 from a public private, elementary

  school or a church.  Secondly, they were concerned about the methodology in which

  the City does the measuring.  He said that he recognizes for the City to go back and

  reconcile the way it was brought forward we might have to table this item.  He advised

  that if the City would measure door front to door front it would not impact the residents

  in this area. 

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and postpone.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept  

$51,000.00 in contributions for the 2006 Washington trip and amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006 Convention and Visitors Bureau Annual Budget as follows: increase revenue appropriations in the amount of $11,000.00 (excess of original budget) and expenditures in the amount of $31,002.00 ($11,000.00 from contributions and $20,002.00 from designated fund balance).

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Association of Laredo Forward Agency     $  5,000

  First Transit                                               $  2,500

  Rush Truck Center of Texas                      $  2,500

  Juan Sanchez                                             $     500

  Turner Collie & Braden                             $  2,000

  Foster Engineering                         $  1,000

  Wilbur Smith and Ass.                               $  1,000

  McWilliams and Associates                       $     500

  Crane Engineering                          $  1,000

  Malcolm Pearney                                       $  1,000

  Holt                                                           $     500

  TEC Engineers & Consultants                    $  1,000

  William M.  McKamie                               $  1,000

  Duty Free                                                  $10,000

  Mejia Engineering                          $  1,000

  Infrastructure Solutions                              $  1,000

  Faskin Oil & Ranch                                   $  2,500

  Hyden Engineering & Survey                     $  1,000

  Mini Mall of Laredo Inc.                            $  1,000

  Sepulveda & Associates                            $  1,000

  Estrada, Hinojosa, & Company                 $  2,000

  Lawrence Friedman                                   $  2,000

  Carl Parkers & Horten                              $  1,000

  Structural Engineering & Asso.                   $  2,500

  Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal $  1,500

  Blackstone Dilworth                                  $  5,000

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

19.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept

monetary reimbursement from the State of Texas, Attorney Generals Office for partial expenses incurred by the City of Laredo Police Department in order to process evidence involving sexual assault victims and that the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Budget is hereby amended by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $25,000.00.  Funding will be used to partially pay for the examination for sexually assaulted victims.  The City of Laredo will receive approximately $25,000.00 annually.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

20.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant in the amount of

$10,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for enforcement of Impaired Driver Mobilization during the Labor Day Holiday Crackdown and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the amount of $10,000.00.  This grant is for overtime salaries, including fringe benefits, and is funded 100 % by the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:      8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

Annual Budget in the amount of $624,763.00 to fund the Laredo Autotheft Task Force and accepting an award in the amount of $346,000.00 from the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority. The City of Laredo will be designating $245,839.00 in matching funds, and Webb County will be designating $32,924.00 in matching funds for a total of $624,763.00.  This grant is effective from September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council   

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

22.  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 2-Administration, Article II-

Departments, Officers and Employees, Division 6-Pay Administration, Section 2-87.7-Policy, Subparagraph (9); providing for severability and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES

 

            Motion to waive the Final Readings of Ordinances # 2006-O-145, # 2006-O-154, # 2006-O-            155, # 2006-O-156, # 2006-O-157, # 2006-O-158, and # 2006-O-159. 

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  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).  (From 7/3/06 City Council meeting)

 

Motion to deny.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Chavez

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-145  Accepting funds in the amount of $4,400.00 from the South Texas 9-1-1

    Regional Administration Division to cost share personnel at the Laredo

    Police Department Public Safety Answering Point in accordance to

    Section 771.0751 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and Rule 251.3

    Use of Revenue in Certain Counties from the Commission on State

    Emergency Communications; and amending the FY 2005-2006 General

    Fund Budget of the City of Laredo by appropriating revenues and

    expenditures in the amount of $4,400.00 for salary expenses for Laredo

    Police Department Communications Division salaries.

 

    Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-145.

 

    Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

    Second:  Cm.  Garcia

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-154  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-154.

 

    Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

    Second:  Cm.  Garcia

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-155  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-155.

 

    Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

    Second:  Cm.  Garcia

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-156  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.

 

    Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-156.

 

    Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

    Second:  Cm.  Garcia

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2006-O-157  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.

 

    Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-157.

 

    Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

    Second:  Cm.  Garcia

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2006-O-158   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.

 

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-158.

 

    Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

    Second:  Cm.  Garcia

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

2006-O-159  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.

 

    Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-159.

 

    Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

    Second:  Cm.  Garcia

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

24.  2006-R-073  Confirming the appointment of representatives from the City of Laredo,

specifically, Mayor Pro Tempore Juan Ramirez; Council Members Johnny Amaya and Johnny Rendon; David Cardwell; and Guillermo “Memo” Treviño, to serve on the board of directors of the South Texas Development Council for the period October 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-073.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

25.  2006-R-074  Supporting and authorizing the City of Laredo’s participation in the South

Texas Development Council, and authorizing payment of the City of Laredo’s assessed membership dues in the amount of $42,527.80 for the period October 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007, subject to final approval of the Fiscal Year 2007 Annual Budget.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-074.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

26.  2006-R-075  Authorizing the participation of City of Laredo as a Texas Main Street

Urban City and designating the ‘Streets of Laredo Urban Mall Association’ as the lead agency in the coordination of all program activities.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-075.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

27.  Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Asbestos Abatement Services Schedule

I for the Laredo International Airport Building No’s 132, 134, 356 and 924 and approval of final retainage payment in the amount of $9,712.80 to Jupe Environmental, Inc., San Antonio, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $97,128.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund – Retainage Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

28.  Consider for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $102,023.09 for the runway

threshold displacement required by Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular to the construction contract with Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) at the end of Runway 35L at the Laredo International Airport.  Funding is available in the FAA Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-048-2006.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

29.  Consideration to execute a five (5) year service agreement with Embarq in the amount

of $122,060.00 for the maintenance of the 9-1-1 public safety answering point (PSAP)  equipment at the Laredo Police Department and Webb County Sheriff’s Office.  The yearly amount of the contract is $24,412.00 (subject to appropriations and availability of funds).  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

30.  Authorization to execute a contract with the Laredo Chamber of Commerce for the

administration of payments to operate the Laredo Trade & Travel Center in Monterrey, Mexico effective October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2008.  Funding for the agreement will be available pending approval of the Convention & Visitors Bureau Fiscal Year 2007 Budget and Fiscal Year 2008 Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

31.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-043 to sole bidder, Castañeda Sand and

Gravel, Laredo, Texas, in an amount not to exceed $70,000.00 for providing red top soil and fill dirt for maintenance and capital improvement projects being constructed by the Parks and Recreation Department.  The term will be for a period of six months.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department and Capital Improvement Project Budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

32.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract number FY05-104 awarded to

JJJ International Safety Equipment, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an estimated amount of $35,000.00, for the purchase of safety products for all city departments.  Contract pricing has been established for safety products such as safety belts, vests, safety glasses, rain suits, hard hats, traffic cones, warning flags, water coolers, and gloves.  These items will be purchased throughout the year by all departments on an as needed basis.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

33.  Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY06-109 for the purchase of

unleaded and low sulfur and high sulfur diesel fuel for the City of Laredo's fleet to the LOW BIDDER, Oil Patch Petroleum, Inc., Laredo, Texas or to Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas  under the local bidder’s preference provision of the Texas Local Government Code 271.905.  Oil Patch Petroleum has an office in Laredo but their principal place of business is in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

Francisco Meza, Purchasing Agent, explained that the City of Laredo has a local preference provision which is considered and City Council has the discretion to award a contract if a local bidder is within 3% of the lowest bid. 

 

Motion to approve local Arguindegui Oil. Co.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

34.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of a landfill compactor and a tract type tractor

from Holt Company of Texas, Laredo, Texas through the Buy Board cooperative purchasing contract in the total amount of $1,066,836.00.  Funding for this equipment is available in the Solid Waste budget. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Rendon

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

35.  Consideration to approve an amendment to the recycling center agreement which was

approved by City Council on February 27, 1995, and executed on March 7, 1995, by and between the City of Laredo and Southern Sanitation Services, Inc., a Texas corporation.  The total contract price includes only operating expenses which will be limited to a fixed amount not to exceed $36,635.00 per month for five years, effective from August 1, 2006 through July 31, 2011.  In the event production exceeds 183 tons in any given month, the City will pay $200.00 per ton in excess of that limit.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

36.  Authorizing the City Manager to acquire through negotiations, the “Surface Only” of

one parcel of land for use as park space in the San Francisco Javier Neighborhood.  Said parcel being all Block 648, Western Division, in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00, plus approximately $1,500.00 in incidental expenses.  This will be a voluntary transaction.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – District VIII Discretionary Funds. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

37.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an appraisal services contract with State

Certified, Independent, Real Estate Fee Appraiser, Rodolfo Salinas & Associates, as property appraiser for a fee not to exceed $450.00 per appraisal for residential homes and not to exceed $750.00 per appraisal for apartment complexes; also a fee not to exceed $350.00 as appraisal reviewer for two (2) appraisals of each residential home, and a fee not to exceed $700.00 as appraisal reviewer for two (2) appraisals of each apartment complex.  This contract needs to be executed in order to continue the administration of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.  The Federal Aviation Administration requires that appraisal contracts be executed in order to continue the administration of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

38.  Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the

month of June 2006 represents a decrease of $897.58.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

39.  A.  Discussion with possible action to consider Firefighter Anthony Joel Tice’s (2nd)

second request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073(b) of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

Dan Migura, Human Resources Director, explained that police officers and firefighters come under the provisions of Chapter 143 which is Texas Local Government Code that deals with line of duty illness or injury leave.  He said that a municipality should provide a leave of absence for an illness or injury related to the person’s line of duty.  The leave is with full pay for a period commensurate with the nature of the line of duty illness or injury.  If necessary the leave should continue for at least one year.  For clarification, that action has already been taken and Mr.  Tice he has already received one year of full pay.  At the end of one year, the municipality may extend the line of duty illness or injury leave at full or reduced pay.  He continued by noting that if the firefighter or officer’s leave is not extended or the person’s salary is reduced below 60% of the officer’s monthly salary and the person is a member of a pension fund the employee may retire on pension until able to return to duty.  He advised that the firefighter was injured on May 15, 2004.  He continued by saying that he had surgery on October 6, 2004 and he completed his one year on August 22, 2005 which is considered 260 work loss work day.  At that time, he came to City Council for his first petition for an extension of his injury leave with pay on September 19, 2005 in which Council awarded him a 60 work day extension.  Mr.  Tice told City Council that his doctor’s advised him that he would require one year from the date of his surgery so there was an expectation that he would return to work on October 6, 2005.  The City of Laredo extended his injury leave with pay until November 1, 2005.  Mr.  Tice continue with his physical therapy.  He returned to Council on March 27, 2006 because he needed another extension; however, staff was provided a vague medical report and Mr.  Tice was receiving therapy out of town.  In the last communication provided by the physician, he noted that Mr.  Tice may return to work on July 27, 2006 pending further analysis.  Mr.  Migura advised City Council that the firefighter is on leave without pay because he has exhausted his sick leave and his annual leave.

 

Anthony Joel Tice, Firefighter, said that he will visit his physician on July 24, 2006.  He said that he has been in touch with the Employee Wellness Nurse, Mrs.  Garza, and explained that he would be able to return to work on the 27th of July.  He asked Council to consider an extension of injury leave with pay. 

 

Chief Sosa reported that the firefighter has been employed with the City of Laredo for six years.  He informed the Council of leave days in which the firefighter has taken since he was hired in 1999.  He said that he believes that the Council has been very generous to the firefighter considering the consequences.  He asked Council to wait until Council is given a report from the physician on the 27th of July before they make any decisions.

 

Motion to postpone any decisions regarding the extension of leave for Firefighter Anthony Tice until he submits an excuse from his physician on July 27, 2006

 

Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

Second:  Cm.  Belmares

For:     8                                 Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

                   B.  Presentation by Mr. Silverio Garza, International Boundary and Water Commission

(IBWC), regarding the Wastewater Treatment Plant inspection report for Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

 

Mr.  Silverio Garza, Area representative of the IBWC, and Mr.  Negrete from SILA gave a presentation to the City Council

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

40.  A.  Request by Council Member Mike Garza

 

1.  Report regarding the Police Department Trust Fund to include discussion on the

     allocation of these funds including allowable expenditures, with possible action.

 

     Cm.  Garza explained that the Police Department Trust Fund suggested using some   

     funds from the Police Department Trust Funds for capital expenditures that may be 

     needed specifically for the police department.  He noted that the Police Department 

     Trust Fund is a program that supplements the law enforcement activities and not

     necessarily supplanting the capital assets. 

 

     Assistant Police Chief Fructose San Miguel reported that the forfeiture fund was   

     developed through the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 which authorize the

     federal government to share funds with local and state agencies.  The fund basically

     deprives the criminal of the profits from the proceeds of illegal activity and allows

     officers to use the funds for equipment and other items. He basically said that the funds

     take the proceeds from the “bad” guys and gives it to the “good” guys.   The department   

     of Justice allows the departments to keep 80% of the funds whether it is currency or

     property.  The process can be extensive depending on the litigation involved if the 

     person or the persons have an attorney and they wish to fight it in federal court.  The

     United States Attorney handles the legal aspects of this particular fund.  The primary

     purpose of the forfeiture fund is to increase or supplement the resources of the agencies. 

     The receiving law enforcement agency must benefit directly from the sharing. 

     Some of the permissible expenses allowed by the federal equitable guidelines include

     activities to enhance future investigations, law enforcement training, law enforcement

     equipment and operations,  facilities and equipment and drug education and awareness

     programs.

 

     Cm.  Landeck asked the Chief if the department is facing any situations where they feel   

     that they may be getting less from the budget because they are using trust monies?   

 

     The Chief advised that it would be difficult to answer without analyzing the budget and

     going back and evaluating what the department has received and what has not been

     provided. 

 

     Cm.  Landeck asked staff to initiate a reported analyzing the budget and funds that have

     been used using the trust funds.  He continued to ask if any money that is being used

     out of this trust fund intended to supplant rather than to supplement.

 

     Larry Dovalina, City Manager, replied that the use of the fund is not intended to

     supplant.  He further explained that the City of Laredo works directly with the entity that

     oversees the funds before using the funds.

 

                   B.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the rental rates of the Jose A. Flores complex /

     Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation on Airport property.

 

     Elizabeth Alonso, Executive Director, explained that she had provided pertinent   

     information regarding airport property in their Friday packets.  She explained that the

     Municipal Housing authorized an increase by resolution in 2004 every two years.  She

     explained that the increase will reflet 80% of HUD’s fair market rent. 

 

     Motion to raise the rental rates of the Jose A.  Flores complex/Laredo Municipal   

     Housing Corporation on Airport property.

 

     Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

     Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

       C.  Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action for the approval of a conditional redesign of the

Slaughter Park in which the three (3) soccer fields and the Championship Soccer field components remain as part of the project.

 

Motion to withdraw this item.

 

Moved: Cm. Chavez

Second: Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  D. Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

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

     action.

 

     George Altgelt, Vice Chairperson to the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee,

     reported that when it comes to the Rio Grande all is not yet lost.  He noted that the Rio

     Grande is still a very viable, useful, cost effective source of water.  He said that if it was

     not for the Rio Grande, the City of Laredo would not have been created.  The same

     molecular chains of H2O that are running through the river right now are running

     through all of our veins.  There is a very close and dear connection between all of us

     here in this room and the Rio Grande.  He gave a presentation which included discussion

     of different locations along the Rio Grande.  He explained that the agricultural run off is   

     the leading cause of ground water contamination in the United States.  He said that the

     Rio Grande has pretty intensive agricultural development upstream which adversely

     affects the water quality of the Rio Grande.    He explained that there are different areas

     of concern regarding chemical contaminants along the Rio Grande including leaking

     drum in which the contents are unknown.  He continued his presentation and asked   

     Council Members to continue to support projects that protect the Rio Grande River.   

 

     Motion to instruct staff to be proactive in catching violators of the City of Laredo    

     Environmental Ordinances.

 

     Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

     Second:  Cm.  Belmares

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

2.  Report on the operations and expenses of the Fleet Department.

 

     Left for next meeting at the request of Cm.  Ramirez.

 

3.  Report on the update regarding the improvements to Bridge II and the Sentri Lane.

 

     Mario Maldonado, Bridge Director, reported that on October 3, 2005 a contract was                              awarded to Rhino Construction for the widening of Bridge II and the Sentri Lane.  The              project includes increasing the number of lanes from six to eight lanes which will be                         done by eliminating the sidewalks on the east side and reducing the walkway on the west             side.  The project also includes the overlay of concrete on the entire bridge ban and the          relocation of the light poles.  He explained that the project is 70% complete. 

 

4.  Status report on the El Portal Mall Project.

 

     Rafael Garcia, Assistant City Manager, said that he had contacted Tom Rumptz with the            Horizon Group with the El Portal Center advising him of the report that Cm.  Ramirez

     was requesting.  He noted that Mr.  Rumptz said that he could not report to Council but

     sent the following letter:

 

                 “Dear Rafael:

 

                 This letter is in response to the request from the Honorable City Councilman Ramirez of                  an update of the El Portal Center project.  Please be advised that Horizon Group and

                 Morgan Stern Realty continue to endeavor to lease and develop the Laredo Outlet Stores

                 at El Portal.

 

                 Our progress has been impeded primarily on the barrage of negative, national news                         coverage of Laredo that has depicted the violence in Nuevo Laredo as spilling over to                

                 Laredo, while unfair and inaccurate, has nonetheless caused a delay in our factory                           outlet leasing program.  As you may know, we engaged Sitrick and Company, the

                 leading US public relations firm specializing in dealing with negative publicity, to assist

                 the City of Laredo and us.  To date, we have expended over $100,000 in support of this                 effort.

 

                 Mayor Flores and City Manager Dovalina have been continuously supportive of our

                 efforts to combat the negative image that has occurred as a result of this spate of                            adverse  publicity.

 

                 For many of these prospective tenants who have postponed committing to the Mall

                 because of their perceptions of violence, we are optimistic they will reconsider

                 deployment as the imminent challenges subside, and there is a positive opening of the

                 Bridge of Americas project.

 

                 Feel free to contact me.

 

                 Very Truly Yours,

 

                 Thomas Rumptz, Senior Vice President of Horizon Group Properties, Inc.”

 

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.      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.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                       

41.  Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY06-106 for the purchase of

unleaded and low sulfur and high sulfur diesel fuel, for the transit system’s fleet to the LOW BIDDER, Oil Patch Petroleum, Inc., Laredo, Texas or to Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas under the local bidder’s preference provision of the Texas Local Government Code 271.905.  Oil Patch Petroleum has an office in Laredo but their principal place of business is in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Funding is available in the Transit Fund.  

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Chavez

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.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Chavez

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-S-11

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.            GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

A.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

      1.  Discussion on projected general fund revenues other than tax levy, with possible

           action. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Johnny Rendon)

 

           Request to table the item in the interest of time and request to place the item on the 

           following agenda. 

 

      2.  Discussion with possible action on Boys and Girls Club of Laredo relinquishing the

                       lease of the recreation fields in Tiara Trail subdivision and negotiating a new lease  

                       for a designated 45,000 square foot site at North Central Park.  (Co-sponsored by

                       Council Member Hector Garcia)

 

                       Motion to authorize the City Manager to begin negotiating the relinquishment of the                    lease on the recreation fields in Tiara Trail subdivisions and authorizing him to                            negotiate a new lease for a designated 45,000 square foot site at North Central Park.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                        Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                        For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

II.          ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion to adjourn.                                                                                   Time:  11:14 p.m.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm.  Garcia

For:     8                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0