CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-R-16

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

August 28, 2006

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present, 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,                                                                           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

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

            a.  Announcement by Esmeralda Martinez, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas Branch             Coordinator, on the new Laredo office and their recent outreach efforts in the                                 community.

 

                 Esmeralda Martinez, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas Branch Coordinator, on                             the new Laredo office and their recent outreach efforts in the community.

 

                 Esmeralda Martinez and Tony Elizondo, Regional Director, shared the following                        information:

 

                 Big Brothers Big Sisters in the oldest and premier mentoring organization in the country              with over 102 years of experience nation wide.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas            was founded in 1976 in San Antonio.  In April of 2006 big Brothers Big Sisters of South                Texas, through the procurement of a grant from the Texas Department of Family and            

                 Protective Services, expanded its services to include the children of Laredo.  Today, big            Brothers big Sisters serves primarily as a preventative program, working to keep at-risk                  children from becoming a statistic.

           

                 Big Brothers Big sisters of South Texas’ mission is to help children reach their potential              through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships.

 

                 Big Brothers big Sisters of South Texas’ vision is successful mentoring relationships for              all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and         stronger communities for all.

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of Armando Moreno, Fleet Supervisor, and Martin Salazar, Automotive                                Mechanic, on achieving Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications for Brakes              in the Medium/Heavy Truck Technician category and Brakes in the Automobile                      Technician category, respectively.  Armando Moreno is also ASE certified in Diesel                             Engines.

 

                 Jessica Hein, Fleet Director, introduced the two auto mechanics who received the award           publicly.  Mayor Salinas and City Council publicly recognized their achievements. 

 

            b.  Recognizing Humberto Garza, Airport Operations Manager, for successfully completing             the requirements of North American Small Business International Educators (NASBITE)          course and obtaining the designation of Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).

 

                 Jose Flores, Airport Director, thanked Council for an opportunity to publicly recognized            one of his employees.  He said that Humberto Garza has been with the Airport for                     approximately twenty years.  He said that two years ago he attained ACE Certification                  and now he is being recognized for completing the requirement of North American                     Small Business International Educators course and obtaining the designation of Certified             Global Business Professional.  He added that there are only 117 people that have this

                 type of certification. 

 

 

 

            c.  Recognition of H.E.B., Time Warner, Laredo Center for the Arts, KLDO, and        

                 McDonalds for their participation and contributions to the Laredo Public Library's      

                 Summer Programming.

 

                 Maria Solis, Assistant Library Director, reported that every summer the Laredo Public               Library sponsors a number of programs for parents and their children.  The purpose of

                 these programs is not only to have something for the children to do, but to entertain and

                 educate them. She said that the past summer there was an increase in participation by

                 forty percent.  She noted that increase was due to assistance from community

                 organizations.  The Library and Staff asked Council to join them in thanking the

                 following organizations: HEB for the HEB Buddy Reading Hour,  Time Warner, Laredo

                 Center for the Arts, and KLDO.

 

            Communiqués

 

            Cm.  Garza congratulated everyone for a smooth transition into the new school year.  He             thanked all the police officers, fire fighters, and support staff that assisted in organizing    special routes to assure safety in the school zones. 

 

            Cm.  Garcia echoed Cm.  Garza in thanking the public and employees for making sure that        the new school year got off to a great start.  He invited the viewing public to support their    local volleyball and football teams.  He congratulated the efforts of Mayor Salinas and         Congressman Cuellar for working with the families that have someone missing in Mexico.          He told the Mayor that he would support him to the best of his ability.  

 

            Cm.  Landeck congratulated Humberto Garza, employee of the Airport Department, noting

            that he had worked with him for eight years on the Airport Advisory Board and he did a

            great job. 

 

            Cm.  Amaya reported that he distributed full back-packs to less fortunate children in      Districts II, III, IV, and V.  He thanked all the schools that participated and especially   thanked the Laredo Police/Fire, and the District VI Special Projects Volunteers.  He             thanked George Beckelhymer, LISD School Board Member for distributing over 160          backpacks in the hot son. 

 

            Cm.  Rendon mentioned that he had attended the Future of the Region Conference in     Corpus Christi, Texas.  He noted that there were 150 people in attendance.  He added that       Congressman Henry Cuellar was the guest speaker.  The key issue was to draw up a map     that would map an economic plan for the communities.  He was excited to announce that the next Future of the Region Conference would be held in Laredo.

 

            Cm.  Belmares congratulated the Laredo Broncos for a phenomenal baseball year.   He             concurred with Cm.  Garza on congratulating the teachers and parents by getting the

            Children back to school safely.  He too said that the Police and Fire departments did a

            tremendous job controlling the traffic.  He informed his district that the City would be

            widening McPherson    from Mahogany to Shiloh later this year.  Lastly, he addressed the

            Mayor and acknowledged that they had several differences but he gave his word to work on

            all issues positively, professionally,         and privately for the betterment of the community and

            the betterment of this Council.       

             

            Cm.  Chavez thanked the Third Party Funding Committee for working diligently to

            distribute the Third Party funds.  He said that there are times where tough decisions need to       be made and they did a great job. 

 

            Mayor Salinas said that he has visited with the families that are searching for their family             missing in Mexico.  He said that he feels their pain and can assure them that the city of   Laredo is going to do everything that they can to get answers.  He noted that he met    with Congressman Cuellar for three hours to discuss the Mexcio problem.  He said that he

            would be asking the new President of Mexico to meet with him to discuss the solutions.  He

            asked the viewing public and audience to continue to pray for the families of the missing.            He asked them to also pray for the teachers, students, and the employees behind the scene that working to make sure that school is successful.   He said that when he got elected he        got elected to lead this City and he noted that he is so proud and honored and humble by the          opportunity that the people of the City has given him to be Mayor. He said that he would   work very hard because the people in Laredo deserve the best. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a. Appointments by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of:

 

            1.  Jose Gamez to the Para Transit Advisory Committee 

            2.  Gerardo Madrazo to the Transportation & Traffic Safety Advisory Committee as Nuevo           Laredo Transportation Association representative.

            3.  Danny Dunn to the Tree Advisory Committee.

            4.  Council member Mike Garza to the Legislative Liaison Committee replacing Council            

                 Member Gene Belmares.

            5.  Naming the appointees to the Blue Ribbon Committee for the River Vega Mast Plan.

 

                 Laredo Community College                                     Dr.  Ramon Dovalina

                 TAMIU                                                                               Dr.  Ray Keck

                 Webb County Heritage Foundation                          Margarita Araiza

                 Streets of Laredo Urban Mall                                              David Newman

                 Azteca Economic Development                                            Rafael Torres

                 Downtown Merchants Association                           Les Norton      

                 Laredo Center for the Arts                                                   TBA

                 Laredo Chamber of Commerce                                           Miguel Conchas

                 Laredo Posada Hotel                                                           TBA

                 Laredo Development Foundation                                         TBA

                 Laredo Hotel/Motel Association                                          TBA

                 International Bank of Commerce                                          TBA

                 Laredo National Bank                                                         TBA

                 Wells Fargo                                                             TBA

                 Laredo Rio Grande Study Center                                         Dr. Tim Earheart

                 Downtown Attorney                                                            Ricardo de Anda

                 Nuevo Laredo Representative                                              Jack Sunason

                 Ex Director for the WCHF                                                  Gloria Canseco

                 Historic Landmark Board                                                    Betsy Gil

                 Laredo Real Estate Board                                                    Mercurio Martinez III

                 Gallery Owner                                                                     Gal Rodriguez

                 Homeland Security                                                  TBA

                 City of Laredo and staff

           

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            b.  Appointment by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck of John Bruce to the Airport           

                 Advisory Committee to replace Ronnie Salamon.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Garza

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1.  Public hearing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100 value.  The tax rate            will provide revenue for general fund and debt service.  The rate includes $0.513745 per          $100 value of Maintenance and Operation and $0.123255 per $100 value for the Interest            and Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and is estimated to generate a tax levy of                   $53,431,828.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Mr.  Peterson said that he does not agree with raising the tax rate at this time.  He said                              that the Council can do several prudent things to offset increasing the tax rate.  He said              that             Council needs to “scrub” the budget, cut wasteful spending, and travel junkettes.  He          advised that they would be able to cover the short fall of revenues to cover the debt.

 

                 Juan Jose Gamboa spoke against the Council providing for a tax increase due to the low            salaries in Laredo to which he pointed out that at leave 55% of the citizens are making        from $5.15 to $6.00 per hour wages.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

                 $3,000.00 donation from Paul Young Properties, LTD. and amend the City of Laredo FY         2005-2006 Annual Budget by appropriating and revenues and expenditures in the                          amount of $3,000.00 in the form of a donation for the purpose of building a perimeter                         fence at the Eastwoods Park.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

            3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 19, Motor and Traffic,            

                 Article VIII Stopping, Standing or Parking, Section 19-355, Minimum Fines for Parking            Violations for the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, to increase the minimum       

                 fines for the parking violations, include the additional parking violations and associated               fines and to add a late charge for nonpayment; and providing for severability,                                  publication and effective date.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Valdez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with the amendment to increase the                                fine to $500 or allowable by law.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm.  Ramirez

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

            4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2005-2006 Annual Budget             by accepting a grant for $28,500.00 from the United States Environmental Protection                          Agency (EPA) for the funding of the Joint Hazardous Material Education Initiative.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Ramirez

 

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006             Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of                                   $164,837.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services, which                          includes $24,712.00 from an estimated Program Income for the Tuberculosis                                  Elimination Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning               September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

                 concession agreement between the City of Laredo and Carlos Becerra, Jr. DBA Carlos            Jr. refreshments for the right to sell food and non-alcoholic beverages from a cart at the           corner of Iturbide and Convent Streets.  The term of the agreement is for two (2) years at                  a rate of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per month.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Cm.  Garza asked staff to bring forward an ordinance that requires all law agencies to          

                 approve right to sell food applicants.

 

                 Horacio De Leon, Assistant City Manager, advised that on the interim the City of Laredo

                 can make this contract contingent upon them doing a background check as part of policy

                 while the ordinance is being amended.   

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting funds in the amount of $120,000.00           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 $120,000.00 for salary expenses for Laredo Police                        Department Communications Division.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager’s acceptance of             a grant from the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of                                    $28,213.00 with no matching funds and amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2005-2006             Annual Budget for the Environmental Services fund by appropriating the said grant         

                 revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant funds will be used for a litter           reduction campaign. 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                 Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Ramirez

 

            9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the           

                 2005-2006 Veterans Field Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and                                       expenditures in the amount of $114,300.00 for the operations of the Broncos Baseball                             Team housed at the Veterans Field as part of the lease agreement with Laredo Equities,             LLC.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Valdez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute an                Interlocal Agreement with Webb County for the purpose of renovating the Larga Vista        Park and authorizing the City to provide park improvements in an amount not to exceed          $75,000.00.  Park improvements will include a walking trail, basketball court                                         renovation and other park amenities as specified in Exhibit “A”.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Valdez

                   For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            11.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with USATSM, for approximately

                   6,017 square feet constituting Section 1 of Building No. 170 located at 5103 Maher                              Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years                                              commencing on July 31, 2006, and ending on July 30, 2011.  Monthly rent shall be                                  $2,647.48 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price                               Index; providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            12.  Approving the property exchange agreement with J & J Flores Properties, LTD, copy               of which is attached as Exhibit 1; authorizing the City Manager to convey tract of 0.059            acres to J & J Flores Properties, LTD, described therein, authorizing the City Manager                   to accept deed of 0.1379 acres from J & J Flores Properties, LTD to the City of Laredo        described therein; and providing for effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            13.  Closing as a public easement, a tract of land, 12.20 ft. wide containing 4,992 sq. ft,                                  more or less, out of the east half of Convent Avenue extending from right-of-way line                 of Zaragoza Street to International Bridge No. 1 facilities, situated in the Western                      Division, County of Webb, Texas, as described in Exhibit “A” and providing for an

                   effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            14.  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2, Article II,                                Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12) (a), providing for a cost of living                adjustment increase of 2.5% except as otherwise stated in a collective bargaining                              agreement; providing for an effective date of October 8, 2006.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            15.  Amending Chapter 19 “Motor Vehicles and Traffic”, Article VIII; Stopping, Standing

                   or Parking, of the code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo; specifically Section 19-                               364, Restricted Parking Areas, establishing a “No Parking Anytime/Tow Away Zone”               on the east and west side of the 4900 block to the 5200 block of Tesoro Plaza, located            north of West Calton Road, within city limits of Laredo; providing for severability,                          effective date and publication.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            16.  Accepting a grant in the amount of $100,000 from the Texas Department of          

                   Transportation for enforcement of Comprehensive Selective Traffic Enforcement                        Program.  The grant period will begin October 01, 2006 and runs thru September 30,

                   2007.  This grant   is for overtime salaries.  The City of Laredo will match with $26,350            for fringe benefits.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            17.  Accepting a grant in the amount of $40,000 from the Texas Department of            

                   Transportation for performance of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Selective Traffic                                   Enforcement Program from October 01, 2006 through September 30, 2007. This grant             is for overtime salaries.  The City of Laredo will match with $10,537 for fringe                        benefits.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinances # 2006-O-177, # 2006-O-178, # 2006-O-  

            179, # 2006-O-180, # 2006-O-181, # 2006-O-182, # 2006-O-183, # 2006-O-184,  # 2006-

            O-185, # 2006-O-186, # 2006-O-187, # 2006-O-188, # 2006-O-189, # 2006-O-190, # 2006-

            O-191, # 2006-O-192, # 2006-O-193, # 2006-O-194, # 2006-O-195, # 2006-O-196, # 2006-

            O-197, # 2006-O-198, # 2006-O-199, # 2006-O-200, # 2006-O-201, # 2006-O-202, # 2006-

            O-203, # 2006-O-204, # 2006-O-205, # 2006-O-206, # 2006-O-207, and # 2006-O-208. 

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

            Second:  Cm.  Valdez

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            18.  2006-O-177  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by

                                         appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $145,540.00 in                                  funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Office                                    of Border Health-Lab of the City of Laredo Health Department for the                                                  period beginning July 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-177.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-178  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by

                                         appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $70,000.00 in                                    funds from the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to                                     continue the operation of two (2) continuous air monitoring stations                                           (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period                                                   beginning September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-178.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-179  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by                   

                                         appropriating revenues in the amount of $390,256.00 in funds from the                                                  Texas Department of Health Services, which includes $42,300.00 from                                                 estimated program income for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH-Title                                  V) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of                                                  September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-179.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-180  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by

                                         appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $157,886.00 in                                  funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services which includes                                   $23,544.00 from an estimated program income for the La Familia Health                                  Care Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of                                        September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-180.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                    2006-O-181  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by

                                         appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $61,068.00 in                                    funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Title V                                   Family Planning Services of the City of Laredo Health Department for                                                   the period of September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-181.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-182  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by

                                         appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $188,539.00 in                                  funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS),                                                    which includes $59,888.00 from estimated program income for the                                            Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program of the City of Laredo Health                                                   Department for the period of September 1, 2006 through August 31,                                                     2007.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-182.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-183  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by decreasing

                                         the grant award amount by $7,291.00 from the Texas Department of State                                Health Services for the Prevention Services for HIV-Infected Persons                                                   Project (PSHIP) of the City of Laredo Health Department for a total                                                     amount of $104,989.00, for the contract period from January 1, 2006,                                                  through December 31, 2006.  The decrease in funds is due to a reduction                                  in federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control to TDSHS.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-183.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-184  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a $4,000.00 grant from the                                           Laredo Rotary Club and amend the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006                                           General Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures                                   in the amount of $4,000.00 in the form of a donation for the purpose of                                              providing additional improvements for the Santa Rita Park.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-184.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-185  Authorizing Authorizing the City Manager to accept a $5,000.00 donation

                                        from AT&T and amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005-2006                                           General Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures                                  in the amount of $5,000.00 in the form of a donation for the sponsorship                                    of the Avery Johnson Summer Camp.  (As amended)

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-185.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

                  2006-O-186  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between the

                                        City of Laredo and Laura Salcedo DBA Hot Dog Express for the use of                                               retail space Suite B of the Mercado Square located at 1000 Hidalgo Street.                                          The lease term is for two (2) years at a rental rate of seven hundred and                                                 eighty two ($782.00) dollars per month for the first year, increasing the                                                  second year based on the change in the 2006 Consumer Price Index and                                               providing for September 1, 2006 effective date. 

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-186.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-187  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a (5) five year lease agreement

                                        between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Amateur Boxing Club, Inc. for                                the use of the Orlando Canizales Boxing Gym located at 1610 Guadalupe                                  Street for an annual rental fee of one dollar ($1.00) plus 50% share of                                                   utility charges and providing for an effective date.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-187.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-188  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 Full Time Equivalent (FTE)

                                        positions reclassifying nine (9) Firefighter positions to the position of                                           three (3) captains, three (3) drivers and three (3) assistant driver positions                                  to activate engine company #14 for Fire Station #14 located at 309 Cielito                                Lindo Boulevard.  Funding for these positions is available in the Fire                                              Department operating budget in the amount of $10,509.72.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-188.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-189  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between Texas

                                        Engineering Extension Service/Emergency Services Training Institute                                          (TEEX) and the City of Laredo Fire Department to define the                                                                responsibilities for both parties for the education instructional activities to                                    be offered to Firefighters, non Firefighter trainees and out of country first                                    responders at the Laredo International Fire/Law Enforcement Training                                           Center.  The period of performance under this agreement is specified as                                                 September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007, unless sooner terminated in                                accordance with the terms in the agreement.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-189.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-190  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinance by deleting references to

                                        hazardous materials (Haz-Mat) fees in Chapter 33 Environmental                                              protection, Section 33-169, “city charges” and inserting Chapter 12:  Fire                                  Prevention and Protection, Article III “reserved”; first hour no charges for                                  emergency responses except for replacement costs of level A and B Safety                                    Gear; charging replacement and reimbursement costs for use of units,                                          personnel and equipment for emergency haz-mat responses; charging                                           replacement and reimbursement costs for first hour and beyond for all                                              non-emergency responses including use of units personnel and equipment                               providing for an administrative fee on one hundred dollars ($100.00) per                              invoice formulated; reducing the late fee from two hundred dollars                                          ($200.00) to fifty dollars ($50.00) per invoice formulated; applicable to                                                     balances remaining after thirty days from date of invoice; and authorizing                                         charge of ten percent (10%) per annum on balances remaining after sixty                                   days from the date of invoice; repeal laws in conflict; providing for                                             severability, publication and an effective date.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-190.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-191  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the fiscal year 2005-2006 fiscal

                                       year budget for the Water Fund by appropriating revenues and                                                              expenditures in the amount of $1,066,000.00 provided by projected                                         increases in the Meter Water Sales and Utility Late Fees.  Funds will be                                                used to cover Water Plant electricity costs, the purchase of meter reading                                  hardware/software equipment, and an operational transfer to General Fund                                for the purchase of H.T.E. system software licenses. 

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-191.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-192  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo 2005-2006

                                         fiscal year budget for General Fund by transferring of $216,000.00 from                                    the Waterworks Fund and appropriating $216,000.00 for the purchase of                                 H.T.E. system software licenses for the Work Orders/Facility                                                                Management Module and the NaviLine Browser User Interface in the                                                    Information Technical Support Mainframe division.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-192.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-193  Authorizing the City Manager to execute the Santa Rita 18 inch sanitary

                                         sewer reimbursement agreement with 5 applicants who are named in the                                    agreement to provide for possible reimbursement of part of the costs                                                     incurred by the applicants in constructing an 18 and 15 inch sanitary                                           sewer line in South Laredo from the East right of way of Highway 83                                                     across from the Laredo Community College South Campus to                                                               approximately 1500 feet east inside the Link Ranch.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-193.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                    2006-O-194  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Housing Rehabilitation  

                                         Program’s budget for FY 2005 – 2006 by appropriating additional                                            estimated Revolving Loan payments in the amount of $52,491.00.  The                                     Revolving Loan funds will be used for housing rehabilitation loans and                                                    grants, which will assist low-income homeowners, rehabilitate their                                            home.  (As amended)

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-194.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-195  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Home Investment Partnership

                                         Program’s budget for FY 2005-2006 by appropriating additional                                              estimated program income in the amount of $100,000.00.  Program                                                      income funds will be used for down payment assistance which will assist                                    first time, low income home buyers.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-195.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-196  Amending the FY 2005-2006 Airport Operating fund by transferring in

                                         $316,373.00 from the Airport Construction fund to cover additional                                                      operating expenses.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction                                         Fund/Land Proceeds Reserve Account, and authorizing the City Manager                                  to implement said budget amendment and providing for an effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-196.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-197  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Rental Car Agency Concession                                and Lease Agreement with Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company of Texas dba                                Enterprise Rent A Car, for the approximate 165 square feet of office and                                    counter space located in car rental space #1 and 19 parking spaces located                                    at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease                                            term is for five (5) years commencing on August 1, 2006 and ending on                                  July 31, 2011.  Minimum Annual Guarantee (MAG) shall be $91,000.20                                          or ten percent (10%) of gross sales, whichever is greater; providing for an                                 effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-197.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-198  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Rental Car Agency

                                         Concession and Lease Agreement with Coastal Bend Rent A Car, Inc.                                                  (Avis Rent A Car) and South Texas Auto Rental Services, LLC (Budget                                   Rent A Car) for the approximate 171 square feet of office and counter                                                  space located in car rental space #2 and 19 parking spaces located at 5210                                          Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for                                    five (5) years commencing on August 1, 2006 and ending on July 31,                                                     2011.  Minimum Annual Guarantee (MAG) shall be $146,300.00 or ten                                    percent (10%) of gross sales, whichever is greater; providing for an                                                effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-198.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-199  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Rental Car Agency         

                                         Concession and Lease Agreement with Laredo Car Rental, Inc. (National                                 Car Rental) for the approximate 171 square feet of office and counter                                                    space located in car rental space #3 and 19 parking spaces located at 5210                             Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for                                   five (5) years commencing on August 1, 2006 and ending on July 31,                                                    2011.  Monthly rent shall be $80,513.59 or ten percent (10%) of gross                                                     sales, whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-199.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-200  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Rental Car Agency

                                         Concession and Lease Agreement with Gateway Rent A Car LLC dba                                                 Hertz Systems Licensee for approximately 171 square feet of office and                                    counter space located in car rental space #4 and 17 parking spaces located                               at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease                                                  term is for five (5) years commencing on August 1, 2006 and ending on                                     July 31, 2011.  Minimum Annual Guarantee shall be $79,001.00 or ten                                                 percent (10%) of gross sales, whichever is greater; providing for an                                                effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-200.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-201  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Rental Car Agency         

                                         Concession and Lease Agreement with Southwest-Tex Leasing Co., Inc.                                  dba Advantage Rent A Car for the approximate 133 square feet of office                                  and counter space located in car rental space #5 and 19 parking spaces                                                located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.                                                 Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on August 1, 2006 and                                           ending on July 31, 2011.  Minimum Annual Guarantee (MAG) shall be                               $95,780.64 or ten percent (10%) of gross sales, whichever is greater;                                                 providing for an effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-201.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                    2006-O-202  Amending Ordinance No. 1990-O-197, dated October 16, 1990, that

                                         established the minimum standards and requirements for the conduct of                                      commercial aeronautical services and activities at the Laredo                                                                 International Airport; thereby amending Section II. E., “Line Services”;’                                     subsection 2(b), “Hangars and Other Buildings”; Subsection 5, “Product                                    Quality Control and Safety”; and Subsection 8, “Insurance                                                             Requirements”; providing for an effective date. 

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-202.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-203  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease

                                         agreement approved by Ordinance No. 2002-O-241 dated September 16,                              2002, between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Comision Mexico-                                                   Americana Para La Erradicacion Del Gusano Barrenador (U.S.D.A), as                                    Lessee; thereby, amending Section 1.02, “Term”, to end on May 31, 2006                                instead of May 31, 2007, provided Lessee pays back rent in the amount of                                    $36,831.00; providing for an effective date. 

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-203.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-204  Amending Ordinance No. 99-0-363 and as amended by Ordinance No.

                                         2002-O-2005 dated August 19, 2002, by adding a Section authorizing the                                City Manager to pay real estate commission to real estate brokers whose                                  efforts result in the sale of properties located at the Laredo International                                     Airport and approving the commission to be paid per transaction based on                                     a percent of the bid approved by City Council; providing for an effective                                    date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-204.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-205  Providing for the submission of proposed amendments  to the Charter of

                                         the City of Laredo to the voters on Tuesday, November 7, 2006, and         

                                         ordering said election; directing the city secretary to publish notice of the                                    election for the submission of said amendments in a newspaper of general                                  circulation  in the city on October 15, 2006 and October 22, 2006; said                                                notice to set forth in full the text of the proposed amendments;  and                                            directing the city secretary to conduct absentee voting and to take any                                            other necessary action required for the conduct of said election.

 

                                         Cm.  Belmares said that he had discuss the time element for the City

                                         elections with the City Attorney suggesting a change eliminating the

                                         specific month. Instead of giving a month in which the election would be

                                         held it should read that an Ordinance should determine the date when the

                                         law allows.  

 

                                         Jaime Flores, City Attorney, said given that there is a legal impediment to                                   changing the General Election for the City he could not say that it would

                                         be changed to November.  He suggested changing the language of that

                                         particular  Provision 10.01 to read as follows:  The regular City election

                                         shall be held on a date to be determined by City Ordinance and

                                         compliance with the Texas Election Code from the Texas Constitution.

 

                                         Cm.  Landeck asked the City Attorney to consult other attorney’s to see if                                there is a way to incorporate the verbiage of the November election into                                    the Charter. 

                                        

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-205 as amended.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Chavez

                                         Second:  Cm.  Garza

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                                         Motion to amend the Ordinance to state that the appointments to the City

                                         Charter Revision Committee shall be composed of a representative from

                                         each Council Member and will serve two full year terms depending on

                                         the Council Member who appointed him.  The Commission shall follow

                                         the same appointment rules as other Committees within the City.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Chavez

                                        Second:  Cm.  Garza

                                        For:     8                               Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

                                               

                   2006-O-206  Closing as public easement the South one half section of Canada Avenue

                                         between O’Kane and Clark Streets, situated in the Eastern Division, City                                  of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, provided that the City retains the                                                    entire former street section as a utility easement and providing for an                                                      effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-206.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-207  Authorizing the City of Laredo to enter into a Lease with Webb County of

                                         Lots 9, and 10, Block 320, Eastern Division, for a term of 40 years, to                                                  enable Webb County to construct a Community Center to provide various                                 social services and educational programs primarily for the elderly; copy                                      of the lease is attached as Exhibit A; and providing for an effective date.                                     (As amended)  

                                        

                                         Mayor Salinas announced that there is a change in financial impact                                             section for a new expenditure account # 448-988-55-535-9101.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-207 as amended.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-208  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to

                                         effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only” on two land                                           parcels to their respective abutting property owners, at their established                                     market value of $8,150.00 each, and described as follows:

 

                                         Parcel A Consisting of 4,634.54 sq. ft. (0.1064 of an acre more or less, to                                Juan Ramirez Properties, LTD. a Texas limited partnership; said parcel                                                  being out of the East one half section of Texas Avenue from the South                                                   right of way line of Chacon Street to 166.83 feet to the South, situated in                                   the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being                                               generally described on attached Exhibit “A”,

 

                                         Parcel B Consisting of 4,634.54 sq. ft. (0.1064 of an acre) more or less, to                              Dora Palmarin; said parcel being out of the West one half section of                                           Texas Avenue from the South right of way line of Chacon Street to                                            166.83 feet to the South, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo,                                       Webb County, Texas being generally described on attached Exhibit “B”;                                       and hereby, approving the submitted improvement plan as described on                                     Exhibit C and which is in compliance with Section 10 of the Street                                                    Closing/Sales Policy Handbook, as approved by Resolution No. 97-R-                                                140; and providing for an effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-208.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

            19.  2006-R-079  Designating polling places and times of said election in accordance with                                     the Texas Election Code; and authorizing the City Manager to enter into                                    contract with the Webb County Elections Administrator for the purpose of                                 conducting joint special election with the City of Laredo.  Funding is                                              subject to future appropriations.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-079.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            20.  2006-R-080  Appointing Raymond Camina to the Laredo Convention & Visitors  

                                        Bureau (LCVB) Advisory Committee effective this date. 

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-080.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            21.  2006-R-081  Adopting the list of Capital Improvement Projects which will be

                                        submitted to the South Texas Development Council for incorporation in                                     the Overall Economic Development Program (OEDP) plan to be provided                                to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development                                                             Administration (EDA), for potential funding consideration and authorizing                                   the City Manager to submit a follow-up grant application as may be                                                    directed by EDA and to execute any and all related documents.  Projects                                named  include:

                                                * Extension of Bartlett Ave. (Jacaman Rd. to Del Mar Blvd.)

                                                * Extension of Ejido Avenue (San Nicolas To Cielito Lindo)

                                                * Springfield North Extension (Hill Top II Subd. To Shiloh Blvd.)

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-081.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

            22.  2006-R-082  Adopting the City of Laredo Comprehensive Plan without amendment in                                   accordance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of                                                   Laredo.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-082.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            23.  2006-R-083  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Texas                                     Department of State Health Services, Local Projects Grant Program in the                                 amount of $50,000.00 with the City designating $25,000.00 in matching                                    funds.  These funds will be used to purchase four (4) Life Pak 12 EKGs to                                    replace current aging EKG equipment.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-083.

           

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            24.  2006-R-084  Ratifying the City Manager’s submittal of a grant application to the   

                                        Federal Aviation Administration requesting an Airport Improvement                                           Program Discretionary Grant and to accept said grant, if offered, in the                                                  amount of $7,500,000.00 to rehabilitate Phase 2 of the General Aviation                                   Apron, construct Phase 2 of the N. E. Cargo Apron and construct cargo                                               pads at the Laredo International Airport.  The local match of five (5)                                          percent in the amount of $394,737.00 is available in the Land                                                        Reimbursable Account (Rash Tract).

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-084.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

            25.  Authorizing the selection of Alliance Transportation Group, Inc. as consultants and

                   authorizing staff to enter into negotiations with the selected consultant for the                              development of the San Bernardo Avenue Renovation and Restoration Project.  The                        Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has budgeted $83,661.00 for this project                       using federal planning grant (PL112) funds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            26.  Consideration to award contract FY06-106, to the low bidder, C.W. Security Laredo,     

                   Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $237,874.00 for providing security guard                                services for the Bridge System, City Hall, Health Department, Parks and Recreation                                Department - Civic Center, Solid Waste Department, and the Municipal Housing                       Department.  The contract will be for a period of two years.  Funding is available in the        respective departmental budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            27.  Authorizing the City Manager to renew for one year the existing contract with Blue

                   Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to provide third party administration of the City’s                      health and benefits plan to include administrative services only, utilization review                                services, medical network services, stop loss insurance, administration, flexible                        spending account administration, disease management, retiree billing and other related              services for a period of one (1) year with an option to renew for one (1) additional year                    term, subject to satisfactory performance evaluations; the effective date will October 1,           2006.  Funding is available in the Health and Benefits Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            28.  Approval of selection of consultants Crane Engineering & Sherfey Engineering (in  

                   association with Frank Architects and Hydrologic Group) and authorization to                           negotiate a professional services contract to provide consulting services for the Upper           Zacate Creek multipurpose detention pond and associated drainage improvements for                    the City of Laredo, Texas.  Funding is available in the NPDES fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            29.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one crew cab truck through the Texas Local             Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount           of $26,917.00 from Philpott Motors.  This truck will be assigned to the Public Works          Department.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            30.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute physician contract FY06-113 between the           

                   City of Laredo and David Cruz, M.D., in which the physician provides medical services             to City employees through the Employee Health and Wellness Division.  The term will               be for one year beginning on October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007 with a one                    year option to renew exercisable by the City only.  The cost of this one year contract is                 $25,000.00.  Funding is available in the Health Benefits Fund/Employee Health                        Division.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            31.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2) fifteen (15) passenger vans for the                Police Department in the amount of $52,594.00 from Caldwell Country Chevrolet,                           through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative                         Purchasing Program.  Funding is available in the Police Department’s Trust Fund                        budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interim Sewer Connection Agreement with              Flying J, Inc., limited to a capacity of 12,000 gallons per day (GPD); and a term of                           eight months or until the package sewer plant is constructed by Verde Corp. and                          accepted by the City, whichever occurs sooner; and Flying J, Inc., agrees to pump and          haul any amount in excess of the 12,000 GPD, with the City turning off the lift station              if the capacity is exceeded by any party; further requiring Flying J to reimburse the City        immediately for all penalties incurred for notice of violations, citations or orders issued                  by the State of Texas, for actions needed above the currently scheduled upgrades.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            33.  Authorizing the City Manager to purchase Lot 10, Block 320, Eastern Division, for the              sum of $31,000.00, which property will be incorporated in the lease with Webb County                   authorized by Ordinance approved on this date.  This will be a voluntary transaction.                 Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            34.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for an additional year for contract FY 05-             096 to Rush Truck Center, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $100,000.00 and                   Freightliner of Laredo, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $40,000.00 for the                        purchase of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts and service for the City’s                            medium and heavy duty trucks.  All parts and services will be secured on an as needed              basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Sepulveda Associates      

                   Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in association with Leyendecker Construction, Inc.,                                 Laredo, Texas, for the City of Laredo Fleet Management Division Facility and                           authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            36.  Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Design Group               International, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $120,000.00 for design and        preparation of plans and specifications for the Santo Niño Library.  Funding is                    available in the 2006 CO Issue.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            37.  Approving the monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amounts to be adjusted for the               month of July 2006, represents a decrease of $79.54.  These adjustments are                                   determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            38.  Consideration to award contracts to 25 qualified book vendors for library materials           

                   collection development for books and audio-visual products for a period of two years.               Funding is subject to future budget appropriations.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            39.  Authorizing the City Manager to extend the current contract for one year with the   

                   Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission (THHSC) to provide a               Medicaid Eligibility Specialist employed by THHSC, stationed at the Health                                      Department, 40 hours a week.  The Health Department will reimburse THHSC the total                   amount of $29,143.00 for this service, term from October 1, 2006 through September             30, 2007.  Funding is available in the Health Fund/Administration budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            40.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the Texas Department of  

                   Health Services, Bureau of Vital Statistics and the City of Laredo Health Department                 Vital Statistic Division for the Health Department to reimburse TDSHS the amount of            $1.83 for each Certification of Vital Records issued as a result of database searches to                    authorized individuals requesting such data for the term from September 1, 2006                            through August 31, 2008.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            41.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into contract in the estimated

                   amount of $216,000.00 with the sole source vendor, Sungard H.T.E. (Harvard                         Technical Enterprises) Inc. for providing a Work Order/Facility Management                                    application and the Naviline Browser user interface.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            42.  Consideration to award contract FY06-114 to the low bidder, Martin Instruments,            

                   Austin, Texas, in the amount of $41,067.00 for the purchase of surveying equipment                                   for the Engineering Department.  Funding is available in the department’s budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            43.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for Provision of Sewer Service with             A. F. Muller Company (“Developer”), a Texas corporation, being the developer of a                             38.64 acre tract of real property, and La Bota Development Co., Inc., a Texas                                      corporation, (“Adjacent Landowner”) in which the City is willing to provide sewer      `                 service that will not exceed a total capacity of 1,909 gallons per minute (referred to in                 the agreement as “GPM”) as specified in the agreement. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            44.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with Graphitiks

                   Advertising of Laredo, Texas, who will design, produce, sell advertising and print the                 2007 Laredo/Nuevo Laredo Official Visitors Guide.  Graphtiks will print, at no cost to        the City of Laredo, 130,000 copies of the guide which is a 76-page full color magazine              featuring “Los Dos Laredos”.  The guide will be produced under the direction of the                               Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau relative to style, design, and editorial content.

 

                   Bill Green, Laredo Morning Times, spoke in protest of item number 44 on the agenda. 

                   He noted that employees of the LMT advertising were witness to the proposal opening. 

                   He expressed his concerns whether or not the bids were evaluated objectively and

                   fairly.  He  pointed out that only LMT’s bid proposes no extra charges and they added              significant value in two important areas:  (1) a free one-half page for Laredo

                   Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in LMT’s Laredo es Divino publication distributed

                   five times annually to 60,000 affluent homes in Monterrey, Mexico valued at $5,750

                   and (2) free monthly Laredo Convention and Visitor’s updates on LMT’s web site that

                   has grown to over 1.7 million pages views per month. 

 

                   Motion to reject.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

            45.  A.  Status report on the proposed fiscal year 2006-2007 budget with discussion and

                        possible action on the following items:

 

                        General Fund

 

                        Appropriate additional revenues in the amount of $517,466; reduce expenditure                                    appropriations in the amount of $164,356 to properly balance General Fund and                                   approval of third party funding allocations as recommended by the Third Party                           Funding Committee.

 

                        Freddie Flores, Director for the Laredo Animal Shelter, made a plea for additional

                        funds for the shelter and its employees.  

 

                        Louie Bruni, representing the Boys & Girls Club, approached Council regarding the                             funding for the Boy’s and Girls Club.  He expressed his concern for a penalty that                      may have been placed on the Club because of a late application.  He assured Council                       that they work extremely hard in serving the Boys & Girls Club.

 

                        Alfonso Ornelas praised the work that is done at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club.  He                                      asked Council to consider the funding for the Boy’s & Girl’s Club. 

 

                       Cm.  Garza said that he had served on the Third Party Committee and there was no                   bases to start off with.  He said that they wanted to start setting the bar for having a                   process to follow for all Third Party Funding.  He mentioned that the United Way                          does not consider funding to late applicants.  He said that he would not have a

                       problem giving the boy’s and Girl’s Club their late fee but noted that there are                            perimeters that must be followed.

 

                        Motion to take $5,000 from the Rio Grande International Study Center                

                        and give the Boy’s & Girl’s Club an additional $5,000 for a total of $35,000;                

                        the STCADA be given $5,000 and the CA Meals on Wheels be given $5,000 for a                    total of $12,125; and the Sacred Heart be given $5,000 and the CA Elderly Nutrition                   Program for the Elderly be given $5,000.

 

                        Motion to amend $6,000 to the Casa de Misericoria and another $6,000 to the Boy’s               and Girls Club. 

 

                        Motion to amend $6,000 to the Sacred Heart Children’s Home and $6,000 to the                                   Veterans.

 

                        Motion to amend by adding $6,000 to the Bethany House and $6,000 to the Laredo                 Webb County Food Bank.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

             

                       Motion to allow the Veteran’s Coalition to increase their limit from $400 to $800 per                 Veteran.

 

                       Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                       For:     8                                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                       

                        Hotel Motel

 

                        Approval of third party funding allocations as recommended by the Third Party                          Funding Committee.

 

                        Motion to transfer $4,000 from LULAC Council 12 and $13,000 from the Society of               Martha’s for a total of $17,000 allocated to the Laredo Animal Shelter.  Also, to               

                        transfer $25,000 from the Washington Birthday Celebration Association to the

                        Jalapeño Festival.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                      

                        Larry Dovalina, City Manager, advised that Motel/Hotel Funds cannot be used for

                        the Laredo Animal Shelter.

           

                        Motion to transfer $4,000 from LULAC Council # 12 and $13,000 from the Society                of Martha’s for a total of $17,000 to the City of Laredo Sister Cities/Mexico                             Conference.  Also, to transfer $25,000 from the Washington Birthday Celebration

                        Association to the Jalapeno Festival

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                        Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                        For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                       Martin Aleman, Budget Director, said that in reference to the changes and motions

                       that have transpired, staff needs to come up with $681,000 and the following has

                       been done by what he has provided under General Fund under staff reports.  He

                       requested a motion to appropriate an additional $517,466 in various revenues to

                       make up the difference and they will reduce total expenditures of $164,356 to make

                       up the $681,822 that were impacted in the General Fund starting with the COLA,

                       addition to the Parks & Recreation Department, Public Works, and the addition in

                       Third Party Funding.

 

                       Motion to appropriate an additional $517,466 for various revenues.

 

                       Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                       Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                       For:     8                                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                        Transit

 

                        Presentation by Ronald Moore on options to reduce expenditures and proposed                                    revenue increase.

 

                        Avelino Juarez, mechanic, said that he does not complain much; however, he was

                        greatly concerned about the price increase at the Metro.  He also complained about

                        some of the Metro employees noting that they are insensitive to people and their

                        needs.

 

                        Cm.  Chavez asked the General Manager to provide a report to Council advising                                   them of repair costs to the busses. 

 

                        Ronald Moore, General Manager, presented the following material to Council:

 

LAREDO TRANSIT MANAGEMENT, INC.

FIXED ROUTE FARE INCREASE PROPOSAL

FY 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Fares

 

 

 

 

Category

Fare

Revenues

Percentage of Total Ridership

Adults

$1.00

 $            2,390,063.00

68%

Students

$0.50

 $                  120,778.00

6%

Elderly

$0.10

 $                    23,133.00

20%

Child > 5 yrs.

$0.25

 $                   30,120.00

6%

Medicare

$0.50

 $                         350.00

0%

Transfers

free

 $                                     -  

 

 

Total

 $           2,564,444.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposal #1

 

 

 

 

Category

Fare

Revenues

 

Adults

$1.25

 $             2,987,579.00

 

Students

$0.60

 $                 144,934.00

 

Elderly

$0.30

 $                   69,399.00

 

Child > 5 yrs.

$0.30

 $                    36,145.00

 

Medicare

$0.60

 $                         420.00

 

Transfers

eliminated

 $               243,000.00

Passengers would need to pay corresponding fare.

 

Total

 $              3,481,477.00

$917,033 additional revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposal #2

 

 

 

 

Category

Fare

Revenues

 

Adults

$1.25

 $             2,987,579.00

 

Transfers

eliminated

 $               243,000.00

Passengers would need to pay corresponding fare.

 

Total

 $             3,230,579.00

$666,135 additional revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposal #3

 

 

 

 

Category

Fare

Revenues

 

Adults

$1.25

 $             2,987,579.00

 

Transfers

$0.25

 $                  130,541.00

 

 

Total

 $               3,118,120.00

$553,676 additional revenues

 

 

 

 

 

                 B.  Discussion with possible action to consider Police Officer Omar Oscar H. Moreno,

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

 

                       Dan Migura, Human Resources Director, said that this the second request for                            extension of injury leave with pay for Officer Omar Oscar H.  Moreno.  The City          

                       Council granted the employee the first extension of 90 working days on March 27,

                       2006.  There have been a number of updates.  The Officer had a functional capacity

                       evaluation done on July 22, 2006.  At that time, it was determined that he would not

                       be able to transition into a full time work status.  His doctor recommended that he

                       continue work conditioning and work hardening.  The last report that we got from

                       the doctor is that his work condition started on August 16, 2006 and was going to go

                       for a total of six weeks.  The extension that we gave him in March expires on August

                       21, 2006 and we are expecting that he will complete his work hardening program

                       September 29, 2006.  He further recommended to the Council about the possibility of

                       extending his injury leave.

 

                       Motion to extend the injury leave for 45 working days with pay in accordance with

                       143.073 (b) of the Texas Government Code. 

 

                       Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                       For:     8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

                 C.  Discussion with possible action on approving the Laredo Commission for Women          

                       2006-2007 Plan of Action.

 

                       Eddie Zavala, Customer Service Coordinator and staff Liaison for the Laredo                            Commission for Women, advised Council that the several of the officers met to draft                 their 2006-2007 Plan of Action which was later approved unanimously by the                               Commission.

 

                       Alice Garcia, Commissioner, explained that the action plan is based on four quarters.                 The first quarter begins in September where they will launch an essay contest for the                 Young Women’s Commission.  In October they will hold two events which include                  recognizing the Young Women’s Commission. Also, in mid-October several

                       members will attend the Commission for Women’s Conference in Austin, Texas.  In

                       November they will distribute Thanksgiving Baskets.  In January they will hold a

                       Women’s Conference.  In February they will hold a Young Women’s Conference. In

                       April they will join other entities entitled “Prevent Child Abuse” and distribute

                        bracelets and magnets.  In May they will donate 200 Sports Physicals.  

 

                       Motion to approve the 2006-2007 Plan of Action  submitted by the Laredo                                             Commission for Women and increase their budget by $2,000.

 

                       Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                       For:      8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            46.  A.  Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on an update for the secondary source of water project to          include current water pressure conditions.

 

                 Jesus Sanchez, spokesperson for colonias, discussed water issues for the colonias.  He              

                 expressed his concerns about individuals that are not able to enjoy the commodity of

                 water in their homes.  He asked Council to expedite the process of providing water to the          colonias.

 

                Cm.  Belmares said that the Water Issues Committtee has been addressing the issues of

                the Secondary Source of Water which is distinct from the issue of water pressure

                conditions.  He noted that the Water Issues Committee met last week and directed staff to

                proceed with the RFP Process by the beginning of October 2006 so staff could execute a

                contract by the end of the year.  He noted that the Legislature may change in a

                detrimental position to the City where we may not have interregional transfers that would

                be required to find the Secondary Water Source.  The City is currently looking at ground

                water sources in Dimmit County and others that are proposing as well. 

 

                Larry Dovalina said that Council has approved two letters of intent: one to Grass Valley

                and one to a group in Dimmit County who has indicated an interest by the City to acquire

                a secondary ground water from areas outside of the City.  When Council passed the water

                rate increases they were with the intent of acquiring a Secondary Water Source and being

                able to provide the means to be able to pay for it.  The RFP will move forward to acquire

                a successful bidder that will then be awarded a contract based on a take or pay contract

                with delivery of water to the City by that party.  

 

                Cm.  Garza instructed the City Manager to hold a workshop for Council.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on increasing rates for the taxicab fares.

 

                 Motion was postponed by the Mayor.

 

              B.  Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action to freeze the amount of City tax assessed to those who               are 65 or older or disabled to the last assessment issued to them during the tax year 2005.       (Co-sponsored by Council Member Mike Garza)

 

                 Andy Ramos approached Council regarding tax rates for over 65 and disabled.  He spoke

                 in favor of allowing the disabled and over-65 a freeze on their tax rate.    

 

                 Motion to approve the freeze the amount of City tax assessed to those who are 65 or                              order or disabled to the last assessment issued to them amending the date to 2006.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                 Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                 For:     8                                                      Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

 

                 Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Collector/Assessor, said that the timing issue was for adding an

                 exemption but not for the tax freeze.  She stated that if it is adopted this year the actual

                 savings to the Over 65 group would occur next year.           

 

               C.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

            1.  Status report on the installation of shades at various parks, with possible action. 

 

                 This item was postponed by Cm.  Amaya.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on the equipment upgrade for turn signals at the        

                 intersections of Clark Boulevard at Meadow Avenue and Seymour Street respectively.

 

                 Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that there are four intersections that are going to              be upgraded in 2006.  The design of the upgrade is completed 90%.  The design includes        three intersections on Clark which includes left turns on Clark Blvd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               D.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on initiating public hearings as required by the Tow                     Services Ordinance.

 

                 Cm.  Belmares instructed the City Manager to begin initiating public hearings as                         required by the Tow Services Ordinance.   He said that the City has not had a hearing                    since 1999. 

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on moving the water park project into the 2007 CIP                                 listing and the municipal golf course project into 2007 and 2008 CIP listing.  (Co-                      sponsored by Mayor Pro Tempore Juan Ramirez)

 

                 Cm.  Belmares noted that he brought the item for discussion so Council could consider              moving the said projects to 2007.

 

                 Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that the CIP listings are submitted to the Planning                                and Zoning Commission.  He added that their motion would allow staff to bring different

                 options to consider.  Staff intends to present several options for approval after                                        presentations.  He explained that Council is working on windows of opportunity for   

                 funding.  He noted that there is a very fast pay back of current CO’s that are in existence

                 and as the projections of both the growth of property tax valuations occurs then the

                 Council approving the same debt service on a year to year basis increases the capacity

                 for that evaluation to occur.  There is no way for Council to actually project in a way that

                 would be believable by folks outside the community as to the kind of growth that

                 existing within the tax valuations.  Staff has been very conservative in the approach to

                 rating agencies in New York.  To continue to borrow and to allow for these expenditures           to occur; however, when you move projects forward it places a crimp on what you do in

                 the future. 

 

                 Motion to instruct staff to bring to this Council for consideration the moving of the water             park and the golf course to the 07 Funding. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 For:      7                                         Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm.  Garza

 

            3.  Discussion with possible action on renovating the utility out room located at the Del Mar            Fire Station #8, 510 Del Mar Blvd.

 

                 Cm.  Belmares advised that the utility out room is a 4 x 6 masonry room with no roof. 

                 He requested replacing the roof, door, and proceed to inter into an interlocal

                 agreement with the constable for it’s use.  He said that the constable is looking for a                  secure building for an evidence room.  He asked staff to submit a cost estimate so he can

                 bring the item back to Council so he can use discretionary funds to remodel the

                 structure. 

 

 

 

               E.  Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

 

            1.  Report on the number of traffic citations issued to truck drivers, with the last 6 months,               that have violate the No Truck Zone at the entrances of Bristol Road, Lowry Road, Quail         Creek, Rancho Viejo and Big Bend Blvd., with possible action.

 

                 Agustin Dovalina, Chief of Police, said that the Police Department has issued 168 truck             route violations. 

 

                 Cm.  Chavez requested for reinforcement from the Police Department during the lunch               and evening hours.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on purchasing a voting system for the City Council                     meetings. 

 

                 Cm.  Chavez said that he placed the item on the agenda is because he wants to provide

                 the viewing public a snap shot of how Council votes. 

 

                 The City Secretary, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., advised that he would be researching different

                 systems at other entities and return to Council with recommendations.  

 

                 Cm.  Garza said that he agreed that Council should get into the new technology age.  

 

            3.  Discussion with possible action on creating a No Parking/Tow Away Zone on Tesoro                               Plaza, north of West Calton Rd. and ending at the Fireman's Union Hall. 

 

                 Cm.  Chavez asked to postpone this item.

 

              F. Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on the use of the Civic Center for the four annual events             held by the Border Area Nutrition Council (BANC).

 

                 Cm.  Ramirez postponed the item.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on extending the meter time limits to four hours on    

                 Houston Street, between Juarez and Davis. 

 

                Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that all the meter west of Santa Maria are four               

                hour meters.  He advised that if Council recommended additional four hour meters that              staff would need to reprogram.  He recommended implementing four hour meters          

                for the entire section north of Houston.  He further reminded Council that staff would                               need to amend the ordinance.   

 

                Motion to instruct staff to amend a motion which will allow parking meters to be                        reprogrammed to four hour meters for the entire section north of Houston Street.

 

                Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                For:    6                                            Against:  1                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                        Cm.  Garza                                           Cm.  Landeck 

 

            3.  Status report on Bridge II/SENTRI lane improvements.

 

                 Mario Maldonado, Bridge Director, said that the Bridge II Widening/Sentri lane project

                 is 99% complete.  The number of lanes has already been increased from six to eight, the

                 Sentri Lane is complete.  All traffic lanes are ready.  The stripping on the bridge has

                 already been completed.  GSA has already poured the concrete work on their property. 

                 Approximately 800 applicants have been approved by Customs Border Protection and

                 additional applications should be approved once we get close to the grand opening. 

 

            4.  Discussion with possible action to request from the State Department of Public Safety an           additional office location for the processing of licenses and inspection procedures.

 

                 Cm.  Ramirez expressed his concerns regarding lack of staff at the State Department of

                 Public Safety.  He said that many of his constituents are complaining about the long

                 lines and waiting time for test and driver’s license.    

 

                Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that this item can be placed on the Legislative                      Agenda. 

 

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 AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING             CORPORATION

 

            Motion to recess and convene as the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Chavez

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            47.  2006-LMH-001  Authorizing the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC)  to

                                              establish and charge rental amounts at the Jose Flores Apartment                                                           Complex as follows:  2 bedroom units $444.00; 3 bedroom units                                                           $570.00; and 4 bedroom units $661.00 effective October 1, 2006.  The                                               deposit amounts for new tenants on or after October 1, 2006 will be                                                     established as the same as the monthly rental amount.

 

                                              Motion to approve # 2006-LMH-001.

 

                                              Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                              Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                              For:     8                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            Motion to recess as the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:

            Second:

            For:                                                      Against:                                                Abstain:

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

August 28, 2006

5:30 P.M.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.            APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.       Appointments by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Council Member Johnny Amaya, Council Member Gene Belmares, and Council Member Mike Garza to the Audit Committee.

 

              Motion to approve.

 

              Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

              Second:  Cm.  Garza

              For:     8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

II.         RESOLUTION

 

1.      2006-R-086  Supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by calling on the United States Congress and President George W. Bush to approve legislation as recommended by the Texas Border Coalition, and as amended by the City of Laredo;  and amending the City of Laredo federal and state legislative agendas to include such.

 

            Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-086.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

III.      EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

IV.           ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  10:34

 

Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0