CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-R-17

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

September 5, 2006

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

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

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                           Mayor

            Mike Garza,                                                                 Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                              Council Member, District II

            Michael Landeck,                                                         Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                             Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon                                                             Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                            Council Member, District VI

            Juan Chavez                                                                 Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                               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

            Anthony McGettrick,                                                    Assistant City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

      

            None.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            a.  Presentation by City of Laredo Youth Committee on their recent trip to several Sister                 

                 Cities in Mexico.

 

                 Eduardo Gonzalez, Danny Martinez, Jose Chavana, and Mark Gonzalez gave a                         comprehensive report on the recent trip to several Sister Cities in Mexico.  A short video                was played. 

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of the City of Laredo’s 9-1-1 Regional Administration Program for                         maintaining a low risk status for the South Texas region covering Webb, Zapata, Jim                       Hogg, and Starr Counties.  This is the second consecutive year this status is achieved as                assessed by the State of Texas’ Commission on State Emergency Communications.

 

                 Jessica Hein, Director of Communications and Administrative Support Services                         Department, announced that the City of Laredo 9-1-1 Regional Administration Program                 was recognized for maintaining a low risk status for the South Texas Region covering                             Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg, and Starr Counties

 

            b. Recognition of Elizabeth Martinez, Dora Maldonado, and Arnulfo Cisneros for                                          successfully completing the requirements and obtaining the  designation as Registered                             Texas Assessor/Collector by the Board of Tax Professional Examiners.

 

                 Larry Dovalina, City Manager, recognized Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Collector/Assessor,             Dora Maldonado, and Arnulfo Cisneros for successfully completing the requirements                      and obtaining the designation as Registered Texas Assessor/Collector by the Board of

                 Tax Professional Examiners.

 

            Communiqués

 

            Cm.  Garcia congratulated Oscar Medina, Solid Waste Director, for being appointed to the

            Lone Star Solid Waste Water Board representing South Texas.  He also commended the             individuals who worked on the Labor Day Telethon. 

 

            Cm.  Landeck expressed his gratitude to the co-sponsor, Cm. Garza, and fellow Council             Members for freezing the tax rate for 65-Over and the disabled.  He added that the freeze             has had a positive impact in the community.    

 

            Cm.  Belmares congratulated all of the high school football teams who hit the gridiron this             past weekend.  He encouraged the parents and family members to support athletics because      it teaches students discipline, integrity, and sportsmanship.  He also recognized Larry        Dovalina, City Manager; and Cynthia Collazo, Deputy City Manager, for being recognized       at the ICMA for 25 years of public service.   

 

            Cm.  Chavez spoke against the Minutemen coming to Laredo

 

            Mayor Salinas noted that he had attended two different football games during the previous

            weekend.  He said that he would try to attend as many football games as he can and             encouraged the viewing public to support the athletics.  He mentioned that he took a tour of             the South Texas Food Bank.  He said that he did not realize that so many people, young and             old, go to bed without eating at night and noted that it is not acceptable.  He went on to say             that he is going to do everything he can to create programs that assist the less fortunate.  He             mentioned that there are unsung heroes that work very hard to provide to citizens that need             assistance.  He added that the Food Bank serves 20,000 individuals a month.  Finally, he             noted that he strongly    opposes the arrival of the Minutemen that are planning on visiting             Laredo.  He said that he would not roll out a red carpet for them.  He stated that he was             concerned about the citizens of Laredo and noted that Laredo citizens do not need “pistol             packing” people visiting Laredo and disturbing the tranquility that the City of Laredo has.          

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

            None.

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1.  Second 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 $53,431,828.00.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Rey Ayala, concerned citizen, requested a reduction in the tax rate due to the recent

                 increase to the property values by the Webb County Appraisal District. 

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Garza

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance adopting the Proposed Annual Budget for            

                 Fiscal Year 2006-2007 by appropriating the proposed revenues, expenditures and                    balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2006 and ending September                30, 2007, consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget; and                      authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget. 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                

                 Motion to amend the Third Party Funding by allocating $20,000 to the Washington                    Birthday Celebration Association, $20,000 to the Jalapeno Festival, and $10,000 to the                 Martha Washington Society.  The original amount for WBCA was $50,000.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as amended.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                                    Cm.  Landeck

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

            3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by rezoning 3.34 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in        

                 attached Exhibit “A,” located on the southwest corner of La Pita Mangana Road and                                Wright Way, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business             District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning                  Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and postpone for next meeting.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for granite, marble, tile &                            porcelain sales and storage on Lot 1, Block 666, Eastern Division, located at 4119                        McPherson Road; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning      Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit. 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

                 Isaac Tale, representing Mr.  Bustamante, noted that the establishment is not open for                              business yet because they are still bringing in material.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 15, Block 42, Las Americas Subdivision, Unit 3, located                at 2100 Ejido Avenue from R-1A (Single-Family Residential Reduced Area District) to          R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective                          date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone              change.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Miguel Gomez advised that he supports City staff’s recommendation.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garza

 

            6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4, 5, and 6, Block 1372, Eastern Division, located at                    2395-2 Saunders Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway                  Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning &                     Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change. 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Raul Canales, spoke on behalf of the property owner for approval of the zone change. 

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing, and override Planning and Zoning, and introduce as a           B-4. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Amaya

 

            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for multi-family residential on          Lots 4, 5 and 6, Block 921, Eastern Division, located at 1719 Cortez Street; providing                            for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended                 approval of the conditional use permit.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Mary Pena, a concerned citizen, stated that the majority of landowners in said area have            objected to this particular zone change.  She expressed her concerns for the peaceful

                 neighborhood noting that a multi-family establishment would make it more difficult for

                 current residents to watch out for one another. She asked Council to concur with staff ‘s            recommendation and deny the conditional use permit for a multi-family structure.

 

                 Roger Rocha, Jr. and Ricardo Villarreal said that he has been in the neighborhood for 35           years.  He said that he has had tenants that have been renting to him for over 35 years.       He said that his project will enhance the neighborhood by removing an eyesore.  He

                 further stated that he would comply with the guidelines established by the Planning and

                 Zoning Commission.  He asked Council to consider his request in the affirmative. 

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a Conditional Use Permit as per the             Planning & Zoning Commission. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Landeck

 

            8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an adult day care on Lot 1,      Block 4, Concord Hills Community Subdivision Phase II, located at 601 Concord Hills        Boulevard; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning                        Commission recommended approval of the zone change. 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 (Mayor Salinas was not present and Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez was chairing the                  meeting.)

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garza

 

            9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006             Fleet Management budget by appropriating $300,000.00 for both revenues and           

                 expenditures for the purchase of fuels.  Funding is available in the respective department             budgets.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

            10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending section 12-2 [Fire Protection

                   Code] of Chapter 12 [Fire Prevention and Protection] of the Code of Ordinances to                               adopt the 2006 Edition of the International Fire Code; and amending Section 12-6 [Life            Safety Code 101 and Handbook] to adopt the 2006 Edition of the Life Safety Code 101                 and Handbook; and amending Section 12-4 [Penalties for Violations] to provide that                              the penalties apply to all provisions of Article I of Chapter 12; and providing for                         publication and effective date. 

 

                   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.  Rendon

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 12-81 [Purpose and  

                   Schedule] of Article IV [Fire Prevention Fees] of Chapter 12 [Fire Prevention &                       Protection] of the Code of Ordinances to revise and increase the fees for inspection                          services; and section 12-82 thereof to increase the fees for secondary inspections; and          providing for effective date. 

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            12.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 7 of the Code of       

                   Ordinance in order to adopt the 2006 version of one code, and adoption two other, to-                           wit:

                        1.  Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Building Code by amending

                             section 7-1 and 7-2; and

                        2.  Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Mechanical Code, by amending

                             section 7-4; and

                        3.  Adoption the 2006 edition of the International Residential Code by amending                                         section 7-7; and

                        4.  Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Property Maintenance code by

                             adding new section 7-8; and

                        5.  Adopting the International Energy Conservation Code by adding section 7-9; and

                        6.  Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Existing Building Code, by adding

                             new section 7-10; and

                        7.  Increase the re-inspection fee from twenty ($20.00) dollars to fifty ($50.00)

                             dollars and providing for publication and effective date.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                    Anthony McGettrick, Assistant City Attorney, recommended the following                                               amendment to the posted agenda.   He said that it should read “Ordinance amending                                Chapter Seven of the Code of Ordinances in order to Adopt the 2006 versions of six                              codes”. 

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            13.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 25 of the Code of     

                   Ordinances in order to adopt two other, to-wit:

 

                        1.  Amending Section 25-3 to adopt the 2006 Edition of the International Plumbing                         Code; and

                        2.  Adding new Section 25-6 (International Fuel Gas Code), thereby adopting the        

                             2006 edition of the International Fuel Gas Code,

                        3.  Adding Section 25-7 (International Private Disposal Gas Code) thereby adopting                      the 2006 edition of the International Private Sewage Disposal code; and

                        4.  Increasing the re-inspection fee from twenty dollars ($20.00) to fifty ($50.00)                                        dollars; and providing for publication and effective date. 

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with the amendment to the agenda                                 that reads “in order to adopt two others,” and it should be amended to read “to adopt

                   “three” others.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            14.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-06         

                   annual budget by authorizing the City Manager to accept, execute and appropriate                    revenues and expenditures for the Local Public Health System-Office of Public Health          Practices (OPHP) grant in the amount of $306,835.00 from the Texas Department of                          State Health Services, and amending the Full-Time Equivalent positions (FTEs) for the                 City of Laredo Health Department.  The term period for the grant is from September 1,                   2006, through August 31, 2007.   

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            15.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation,             Article I, In General, Sec. 15-14 of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by including                   the increase in fee from $4.00 to $7.00 per person for the administration of                               immunizations at the City of Laredo Health Department, and setting a maximum fee of        $21.00 per family; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Motion to keep the vaccination at $4.00 and ask the department to locate the additional            $40,000.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                   For:     No vote on motion

      

                   Motion to close the public hearing and reject the ordinance.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                   Second:  Cm.  Garza

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

               

            16.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 13, Food and Food                      Products, Article II, Food Products Establishments, Section 13-58, Issuance of Food                      Handler’s Certificates, Division 3 – Employees of the City of Laredo Code of                       Ordinances by adding section (f) to establish an on-site food service sanitation training                 and to establish a fee of $250.00 per site as all other fees remain in effect; and                               providing for publication and effective date.

 

                   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.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            17.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 6, Animal and Fowl,

                   Article II, Rabies Control, Sec. 6-21, Immunization required for dogs and cats of the                               City of Laredo Code of Ordinances to establish a rabies vaccination fee of ten dollars                ($10.00) to assist with the operations of the Animal Control and Rabies Prevention                           Services; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

                   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 with the amendment from $10.00 to                 $12.00 to be budgeted by giving the City of Laredo Health Department $10.00 and two                   (2.00) to the Animal Shelter.

 

                    Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with amendment to $12.00. 

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            18.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006             Airport Construction Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received                          from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program Discretionary                  Grant being Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-49-06 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, construct cargo pads at the Laredo International Airport and acquire land and                         appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure                        accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  The                 local match of five (5) percent in the amount of $394,737.00 is available in the Airport                 Construction Fund-Land Reimbursable Account (Rash Tract).

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Landeck

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            19.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Easement and Underground Service       

                   Agreement Document WR#5647116 with American Electric Power (AEP) consisting

                   of approximately 276.00 square foot tract of land for a 12 foot wide AEP easement out

                   of Block 18, of the plat of the Laredo Airport, recorded in Volume 5, Page 1, of the plat           records of Webb County, Texas, for the installation of electrical facilities at 4608                              Daugherty at the Laredo International Airport; providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            20.  Repealing City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2-Administration, Article II-         

                   Departments, Officers and Employees, Division 1-Generally, Sec. 2-17-Division of                                 Departments; providing for severability, repeal all laws in conflict, and an effective                      date. 

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinances # 2006-O-209, # 2006-O-210, # 2006-O-            211, # 2006-O-212, # 2006-O-213, # 2006-O-214, # 2006-O-215, # 2006-O-216, # 2006-O-        217, # 2006-O-218, # 2006-O-219, # 2006-O-220, # 2006-O-221, # 2006-O-222, # 2006-O-        223, and # 2006-O-224. 

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            21.  2006-O-209  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a $3,000.00 donation from Paul                                   Young Properties, LTD. and amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006                                General Fund 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.  (As                                                 amended)

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-209 as amended with the correction                               of “Eastwoods Project Account” instead of “General Fund.”

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-210  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.  (As amended)

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-210.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-211  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-211.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-212  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-212.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-213  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-213.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2006-O-214  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-214.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-215  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-215.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-216  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-216.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-217  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-217.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-218  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.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-209.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-219  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.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-219.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-220  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.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-220.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2006-O-221  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.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-221.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2006-O-222  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.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-222.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2006-O-223  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.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-223.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2006-O-224  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. 

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-224.

 

                                      Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

            22.  2006-R-087  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a funding agreement with the

                                       Texas Department of Transportation and to disburse a payment in the                                                    amount of $603,000.00 as the City’s contribution to the cost of right of                                                 way acquisition and adjustment of compensable utilities for the portion of                                   the proposed Cuatro Vientos Highway, located from SH 359 to 1.0 miles                                 south of SH 359, identified as location “B” on attachment “B”.  Funding is                                 available in the 2006 C.O.

 

                                       Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-087.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                       For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            23.  2006-R-088  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a funding agreement with the

                                        Texas Department of Transportation and to disburse a payment in the                                                    amount of $154,606.00 as the City’s contribution to the cost of right of                                                 way acquisition for the portion of the proposed Cuatro Vientos Highway,                                  located from 0.9 miles north of the intersection of SH 359 and Loop 20, to                                0.4 miles south of the intersection of SH 359 and Loop 20, as identified on                                Attachment “A”.  Funding is available in the 2006 C.O.

 

                                       Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-088.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                       For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            24.  2006-R-089  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a funding agreement with the          

                                        Texas Department of Transportation and to disburse a payment in the                                                    amount of $2,275.00 as the City’s contribution to the cost of right of way                                  acquisition and adjustment of compensable utilities for the portion of the                                     proposed Cuatro Vientos Highway, located from SH 359 to 1.0 miles                                                   south of SH 359, identified as location “A” on attachment “B”.  Funding                                    is available in the 2006 C.O.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-089.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                       For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            25.  2006-R-090  Officially recognizing the thousands of heroes, victims and survivors of                                       the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country by declaring September 11th a                                                 day of remembrance of the sacrifice made and courage displayed by our                                    fellow Americans.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-090.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                       For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       MOTIONS

 

            26.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Texas Commission on               Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in order to implement the Sanitary Sewer Overflow                           (SSO) Initiative Program.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            27.  Amending the capital improvements program public hearing date to September 18,            

                   2006 to be held at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting at City Hall located at               1110 Houston Street at 5:30 p.m.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            28.  A motion to set the date of September 8, 2006 for a special City Council meeting to          

                   introduce an ordinance 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 $53,431,828.00. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            29.  Consideration for approval to reject bid received for the Laredo International Airport        

                   construction of Northeast Cargo Apron (Phase II), General Aviation Apron (Phase II)               and Southwest Cargo Apron concrete pads and authorization to re-bid the project.                          Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            30.  Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Freese and Nichols,          

                   Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount of $176,415.00 for the design and preparation of          plans and specifications for the Materials Recovery Center for the City of Laredo                             Landfill in accordance with the requirements of the Texas Commission on                                         Environmental Quality.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            31.  Consideration for approval to award a Professional Services Contract to Carter &            

                   Burgess, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $142,347.00 for design             and preparation of plans and specifications for the Laredo International Airport General                    Ramp reconstruction-Phases III and IV, Guidance Sign Layout Plan Modifications and        Airport Layout Plan Set Modifications.  Funding is available in the FAA Grant Project          No. 3-48-0136-048-2006. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Consideration to authorize the selection of a consultant and enter into negotiations for                 the update of City of Laredo Parks and Open Space Master Plan.  The consultant                            recommended for selection is Pemberton Professional Services, LLC. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            33.  Consideration to authorize payment to seven vendors (Embarq, Intrado, DIR, AT&T,               Nextel Partners, and Verizon) for providing 9-1-1 telephone network, database,                              wireless, equipment lease, and equipment maintenance services for the four county                            regional 9-1-1 system in the projected amount of $454,000.00.  (Projected amounts are                   based on telephone counts at time of billing).  Funding is available in the 9-1-1                      Regional Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            34.  Consideration to award contract FY06-084 for the purchase of dealer repair parts for                              the vehicles in the City of Laredo’s Fleet Department to Paul Young Chevrolet, Inc.,                              Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $20,000.00 and Powell Watson, Laredo,                                Texas, in the estimated amount of $15,000.00.  All parts will be purchased on as                       needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Authorizing the City Manager to write-off various antiquated accounts receivable   

                   deemed to be un-collectible.  The total amount of the write-off is $725,395.71.  The                               financial impact to the City is an expenditure in the amount of $23,870.32 for the fiscal               year.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            36.  Directing staff to prepare a service plan for the voluntary annexation of seven (7) tracts              of land totaling 163.76 acres, more or less, as shown on attachment “A”, in accordance                    with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            37.  Award of a two-year professional service contract to First National Bank, Texas, N.A.             for banking services to be provided to the City of Laredo for FY 2007 and 2008.  There                  will be no fees charged to the City with 65% of the 91 Day T-Bill paid on interest                       earned.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            38.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2) ¾ ton Suburbans for the Police                    Department in the total amount of $73,732.00 for Caldwell Country Chevrolet, Inc.                          through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC)-Cooperative                        Purchasing Program.  Funding is available from a Homeland Security grant.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            39.  Authorizing the City Manager to approve payment from the City’s Arena Renewal and              Replacement Account for the purchase of replacement parts for disabled chairs, temper                    glasses, floor scrubber, upright vacuum, u-line refrigerator for suites, chaffing dishes,             traffic cones, security camera and table cloths and skirts in a total amount not to exceed                $48,000.00.  Items purchased through the Renewal and Replacement Account are on a              50% cost basis to the City of Laredo and a 50% cost to Arena Ventures, L.L.C.;                         Funding is available in the Renewal and Replacement Account.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            40.   A.  Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

                        1.  Discussion with possible action on the creation of an ombudsman position for the                       City.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Mike Garza.)

 

                             Mayor Salinas gave a comprehensive report and reasonings why the City of                               Laredo should have an ombudsman position.  He explained that the ombudsman                        reports to the Mayor and City Council. 

 

                             Cm.  Garza agreed that the conceptual thought is that it is a great idea for                                   communication for the employees.  He noted that it is a feeling of comfort for                                         employees to be able to talk to an individual that is not “tied” into the City.  He                          said that it would provide an instrument for there to be mediation that could                                     prevent potential grievances that may occur.  He spoke in favor of an                                              ombudsman provided that staff provide a report to Council on what other                                       municipalities do in this situation.    

 

                              Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that he will be attending an International                                          Convention next week and staff is able to network with other individuals

                             throughout the country.  He said that he will explore the idea and bring back a                                        report with recommendations. 

 

 

            B.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

                        1.  Discussion with possible action on extending Shiloh Blvd. from Snow Falls to           

                             Killam property.

 

                             Cm.  Belmares noted that he has been talking with the land owners who have                                         invested in the property and who will be impacted by the extension of Shiloh and                       they are ready to come forward with their dedication and their improvements for                        the project.  He instructed the City Manager to begin acquiring the right-of-way                              so the City can begin the extension of Shiloh Blvd from Snow Falls to Killam                                property.  He requested for City Staff to acquire the right-of-way and obtain                                funding for the roadway from the invested land owners.  He advised that he had                             requested a meeting with the City Manager and Finance Director. 

 

                              Motion to instruct staff to begin working with the property owners for their                                dedications and improvements for the Shiloh extension from Snow Falls to                                 Killam Property and to acquire the right-of-way and search for the funding

                              source in order to complete the extension.   

 

                              Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                              Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                              For:     8                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                        2.  Status report of one stop development center, with possible action.

 

                             Erasmo Villarreal, Building Director, described the one stop shop as

                             development from the planning process, planning review to the permitting                                   process.  He said that the process as been broken into the Commercial Section

                             and to the Residential Section.  He said that departments meet once a week to                                       do a plan review which shortens the time that it takes for the plans to go from

                             department to department for approval.  He added that he has added a process

                             where the examiner goes out into the field to review the site to make

                             sure there are no conflicts.  He also explained that staff is being cross trained to  

                             issue permits for different functions.  He advised the department needs friendly

                             software so individuals can apply for permits online.   He advised that the                                   planning process is being reviewed to see where the process can be shortened by                      reorganizing or consolidating the personnel that are needed to do the planning

                              review.  He said that it would be much easier to have everyone involved in the

                             process in the same facility.  To bring everyone together he needs the space

                             which is another issue.  The frame work including the Sub-Division Ordinance,

                             Land Development Code, and Fire Code are all being reviewed so they can be                                     included in the Land Development Code.

 

                             Keith Selman, Planning Director, said that he would be doing the revisions to the

                             subdivision in house and it should be complete in nine months.

 

                             Cm.  Belmares advised that Council had allowed staff eighteen months to

                             complete the frame work for the planning/building process so they can approach

                             Council for additional staff or funds during the budget process. 

 

            C.  Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

 

                        1.  Discussion with possible action to set a timeline policy for requested information                         by individual councilmen.

 

                             Cm.  Chavez said that the reason he placed this item on the agenda is because he

                             has had to wait more than a week to get information on his requested

                             information.  He noted that one particular report took over a month.  He                                    suggested creating a five day policy timeline for requested information.

 

                             Larry Dovalina, City Manager, apologized for the delay in a requested

                             information request noting that it was his fault.  He said that when he has the

                             information he does respond as quickly as possible.  He explained that some

                             information has to be compiled which takes time. 

 

                             Cm.  Garza suggested applying the rules of the “Open Government”  to the                                Council’s request which is ten working days. 

 

                             Motion to set a maximum of ten day timeline policy for requested information. 

 

                             Moved:  Cm.  Chavez

                             Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                             For:     8                                          Agaisnt:  0                                Abstain:  0  

 

                        2.  Report on the number of city employees that are issued a city vehicle, the rational                       and the monthly operational cost with possible action.

                            

                             Cm.  Chavez reported that the city of Laredo has 245 employees that take

                             vehicles home.  He requested a spread sheet of the 1099, fuel cost, insurance

                             cost, and repair cost for said vehicles.

 

                             Cm.  Garza requested information regarding the typical on-call or response                                emergency per month for each vehicle. 

 

                             Rosario Cabello, Finance Director, advised Council that some of the following

                             vehicles are tax exempt:  police or fire, unmarked vehicles, ambulances, heavy

                             equipment, dump trucks, utility repair vehicles, and vans.  She also explained

                             that several department have internal logs explaining where the vehicles are used.        

                            

                        3.  Report on the number of city employees that are issued a car allowance, the                                          rational and the dollar amounts with possible action.

 

                             Cm.  Chavez stated that he had received his report and made no further comment.

 

             D.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

 

                        1.  Discussion with possible action on reported burglaries at the El Portal Center and

                             status on police investigations into these incidents.

 

                             Police Chief Agustin Dovalina reported that they have a total of six burglaries

                             that have been reported at the El Portal Centers.  One of the investigations

                             reveals that the burglary was an employee and she has moved to Mexico.  Some

                             of the other burglaries have been done by juveniles and they are under

                             investigation.   Officers in the area have been apprised of the activities around the

                             area and they will be conducting extra patrol surveillance of the area which will

                             deter the activity.   

 

                        2.  Discussion with possible action on solicitation violations in the downtown area.

 

                             Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez said that this has to do with the solicitation of

                             businesses for the importation of cars into Mexico.  He said that if you drive by

                             the 400 block of Santa Ursula there are up to twenty males trying to solicit                                 business.  He expressed his dissatisfaction with the vagrants that are in the                                 downtown area because he feels they are hurting the image of Laredo

 

                             Cm.  Garcia questioned whether or not the City can draft an ordinance that

                             prohibits panhandlers from the downtown area.  He asked the City Manager to

                             poll surrounding cities to see what they do in handling panhandlers. 

 

                             Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that you cannot draft an ordinance that

                             targets a particular person because it is unconstitutional.  He said that he would

                             return back to Council with suggestions of keeping vagrants off the streets in the

                             downtown area. 

 

                        3.  Discussion with possible action on whether or not the City requires in its                                    procurement policies that a construction contractor provide proof that employees                       and employees of subcontractors are legally able to work in the U.S.

 

                             Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that the City does not require that a

                             construction contractor to provide proof that employees and employees of sub-

                             contractors are legally able to work in the U. S.  He said that the City of Laredo

                             can start altering the bid specs if directed by City Council.

 

                             Motion to instruct the City Manager to include a procurement policy that will

                             instruct the construction contractor to provide that all of his employees and

                             employees of sub-contractors are legally able to work in the U. S. 

 

                             Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                             There was not a second

 

                             Horacio De Leon, Assistant City Manager, said that the City of Laredo has a

                             responsibility to monitor construction contractors employees to see if they are

                             legally able to work in the United States for Federal Grant Projects. 

 

                             Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez directed staff to study the requirements of future                                       proposals in regards to the said item and return to Council with                                                              recommendations.

           

                        4.  Status report on the parking lot at the old Customs import lot next to Bridge II                                       and the Santa Ursula Connector.

 

                             Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that the import lot has been paved with                         concrete and is available for parking.  He reported that the lot does not have                                          proper lighting for night time use.

 

                             Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez requested a study of the parking lot at the old                                          Customs so the City of Laredo can use the extra parking during special events.   

 

XIII.    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.

 

XIV.    ADJOURNMENT

 

City Council Supplemental

 

I.          Appointments to Commissions, Boards, and Committees

 

            1.  Appointment by Mayor Raul G.  Salinas of Daniel Rodriguez as the tourism

                 industry representative to the Blue Ribbon committee for the river Vega Master

                 Plan.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  Appointment by Council Member Johnny Rendon of Joseph Mendiola to the           

                 Planning and Zoning Commission to replace Veronica Cantu. 

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

II.        Motion to adjourn.                                                                                         9:47 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Agaisnt:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 26 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on September 5, 2006.

 

                                                                        ____________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary