CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-R-18

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 18, 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

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of June 5, 2006 and June 19, 2006.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of Gilberto Sanchez, of the Budget Department, on his selection as August              2006 Employee of the Month.

 

                 Martin Aleman, Budget Department, advised that he nominated Gilberto Sanchez                      because of what he has been able to accomplish in the last two years, especially in the                     month of August 2006.  He has demonstrated great qualities and capabilities of                             assembling the City of Laredo budget.  He continued by noting that he is a great

                 employee and co-worker.    

 

            b.  Recognition by Chief Sosa of Border Patrol agents Scott Fondren and J. David Garcia as          well as firefighters who collectively contributed to saving the lives of two (2) civilians           during a vehicle explosion on IH-35 on September 7, 2006.  Their daring actions are                       exemplary of team work between agencies for the benefit of our community.

 

                 Fire Chief Sosa stated that Border Patrol Agents Scott Fondren and J.  David Garcia                             went beyond their call of duty when they contributed to saving the lives of two (2)

civilians during a vehicle explosion on IH-35.  He presented them the highest

prestigious medals that can be given to individuals for their heroic efforts by the Fire  Department. 

 

            c.  Recognition of Patricia Taylor, Laredo Convention and Visitor's Bureau Director, for                               being named the 2006 Ohtli Award Recipient by the Mexican Secretary for Exterior                                 Relations through the Mexican Consul Javier Abud Osuna.

    

                 Mayor Salinas and the City Council publicly recognized Ms. Taylor for the award                      received during the Mexican Independence Celebration.

 

            Communiqués

 

Cm. Garza gave his thanks to the Firefighters who saved the lives of two civilians during a vehicle explosion on IH-35 and for doing a good job in assisting with Chief Dovalina’s home.  He reported that he was pleased with the City of Laredo Water Utilities for repairing a water leak in Los Presidentes.

 

Cm. Garcia gave his condolences to the family of Governor Ann Richards. He shared his memories of her when she was a speaker at a conference.  He spoke in admiration of her passion for women, Texas, and other issues of importance.  Cm. Garcia asked for prayers         to be sent to a Firefighter Felix Nuniz.   

 

            Cm. Rendon said that he had the privilege and honor of meeting Governor Ann Richards in             Laredo at the Firefighters’ Union Hall.  He said that it is always sad to hear that a great lady             has passed away.  He expressed his condolences and asked for a moment of silence in her             honor.  He thanked Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, and staff for slowing the traffic in the             Los Ebanos Subdivision by installing signs and speed zones.

 

            Cm. Amaya invited the viewing public for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Buenos Aires             Elementary School held tomorrow at 6:00 p.m.  He congratulated the Laredo Independent             School District’s School Board for having the vision for caring for children. 

 

Cm. Chavez thanked Adrian Montemayor, Interim Water Utilities Director and his staff, for repairing some water and wastewater problems in District VII

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez said that Governor Ann Richards was a wonderful friend to             his family, Laredo, and South Texas.  He said that the Governor opened a lot of doors to             Hispanics.  He expressed his condolences to her family and friends.

 

            Mayor Salinas echoed the Council Members in expressing his condolences for the family of             Ann Richards.  He said that she was an icon in contemporary politics.  Not only that, she             was a fighter, go-getter, and the champ for a lot of causes.  He added that he has recently             visited the Governor from Tamaulipas, Mexico and        four other mayors from the Rio Grande             Valley to discuss border issues.  He said that he joined the City Manager and the Acting             City Manager at a graduation of the City of Laredo Firefighter Cadets.  He saluted the Eagle             Pass School District for calling off a recent football game because of the weather.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Council Member Hector J. Garcia to the                  Audit Committee.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            b.  Appointment by Council Member Gene Belmares of:

 

             (i). Martha Miller to the Laredo Commission for Women Committee.

             (ii). Dan Ryan to the Board of Adjustments Committee.

            (iii). Antonio Vedia to the Third Party Funding Committee.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1.  Public hearing and adoption of Resolution No. 2006-R-093 adopting the 2007-2011                              Capital Improvement Program of the City of Laredo.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Jessica Hein, 9-1-1 Director, advised that the Planning and Zoning Commission has reviewed the Five Year Capital Improvements Plan for the City of Laredo and approved the following motions:  to include the Southern Hotel Project, and of the following        amendments.    

 

                Motion to amend the 2007-2011 Capital Improvement Program to reflect correction                               noted:

 

                1.  Airport Truck Route – moved revenue funding from 08 to 07 as proposed in 07;

                2.  McPherson Road Widening – reduced appropriation funding from $500 K to $250K                as needed;

                3.  Piedra China/Texas Improvements – reduced appropriations and revenues from

                     $512K to $500K to match actual CDBG funding;

                4.  Animal Shelter – moved appropriations and revenues from FY07/08 to FY08/09 to

                     match project timeline; and

                5.  Cemetery Renovations – moved appropriation funding from FY07-FY08 to match

                     revenues.

 

                Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Motion to accelerate the Municipal Golf Course and Water Park Projects from FY09 to           FY07. 

 

                Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                For:       8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Motion to add a new Capital Improvements Project titled District Capital Projects in the

                amount of $2million FY-07.

 

                Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                For:    8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

             

               

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and adopt Resolution # 2006-R-093 as amended.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 3, Moreno Addition, located at 1818 Diaz                        Avenue, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential                             District); 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.  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.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

 

            3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit and two drilling permits for oil                           and/or gas extraction on 1.54 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached             Exhibit “A”, located on the northeast corner of Ejido Avenue and Cielito Lindo                         Boulevard; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning                        Commission recommended approval of the Special Use Permit.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Adolfo Campero, a local attorney, reported that they have previously been granted a                                Special Use Permit for said property where they drilled a well that is producing gas.  He            said that they would like to drill another two wells on the same property.  He asked the      City Council to approve of the Special Use Permit.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Belmares

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garza

 

            4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 59, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 104                East Calton Road, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business            District); 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.  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:  Cm.  Rendon

 

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a photo studio/shop on Lot 6                and South ½ of Lot 4, Block 1650, Eastern Division, located at 1910 Arkansas Avenue;          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.  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.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

 

            6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a bar/night club on Lots 7, 8,                 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, Block 1, Vista Hermosa Subdivision Unit III, located at 5517                           McPherson Avenue, Units F, G & H; 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.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Hugo Martinez, on behalf of the applicant, requested approval of the Conditional Use                              Permit.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce to include restrictions listed in the                     Conditional Use Permit including no outdoor music permitted. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Rendon

        

            7.  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.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Esperanza Rodriguez, a resident from across the proposed change request, asked that this

                 zone change request be denied.

 

                 Alex Arreguin spoke in favor of the property owners stating that the access will not                    introduce traffic into Wright Way Street.  

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing, override the Planning & Zoning Commission                         and accept the zone change.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garza

 

            8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the                                City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005-2006 annual budget by increasing revenues and                      expenditures of $13,183.00 in additional funds totaling $118,654.00 from the Texas                      Health and Human Services Commission for the Children’s Health Insurance Program      (CHIP); extending the grant period three additional months, from September 1, 2006                    through November 30, 2006; and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Garza

                 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

 

            9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006             budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures from the Texas Department of State                 Health Services for three Health Department Public Health Preparedness and                                Epidemiology Program (PHP) contract attachments as follows:

                        1)  Accepting $205,516.00 in additional funds for PHP Attachment No. 09B and                                  extending the grant period (ends December 31, 2006), an additional eight (8)                            months, from September 1, 2005, through August 31, 2007

                        2) Accepting $5,000 in funds for PHP Attachment No. 12A for storage of a                              CHEMPACK container as part of its response preparedness activities; from January                 1, 2006, through August 31, 2007

                        3) Accepting $750,000 in funds from PHP Attachment No. 01 for renovation of the                  Department’s Laboratory to a functional Bio-Safety Level-3 facility, term from                          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.  Garza

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of                        Ordinances Chapter 2 titled “Administration”, Article VI “Investment Policy” Section            2-268 “Investment Strategy” by adding Subsection D “Diversification” and adopting                        the City of Laredo Investment Policy to comply with Public Funds Investment Act                    Chapter 2256, Texas Government Code.   

 

                   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.  Garcia

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

    

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            11.  Closing as a public easement the 2200 Block of Hidalgo Street between the west right-             of-way line of Eagle Pass Avenue and the Laredo Community College property line                          situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, and providing for an                    effective date.

 

                   Motion to table.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                   Second:  Cm.  Garza

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            12.  Closing as a public easement the south one half section of New York Avenue between              Reynolds and O’kane Streets, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County          of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            13.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a ground lease with Nextel WIP Lease                        Corporation, a Delaware Corporation, dba Nextel Partners, for ground space at 1902                    Lafayette, Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and being more fully described in Exhibit “A”                    of lease agreement, to construct on such premises and equipment building and self-                               supporting type tower (“Tower”), more fully described in Exhibit “C” of the lease                              agreement, for the purpose of providing cell services and for co-locations, if provided           by Landlord, and related equipment building for use in connection with its                                      communication business.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing October 3,                        2006 and ending October 2, 2011, with an option for four (4) successive renewal terms          of five (5) years.  The annual base rent shall be $15,000.00 each year during the term of               the lease and will be increased by five percent (5%) on each anniversary of the                               commencement date, providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            14.  Amending chapter 19 Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or                                Parking, Section 19-360, Parking Meters, to revise Section (a) and increase the existing            two-hour parking time limit to four-hours for all parking meters located north of                                Houston Street, east of Santa Maria Avenue, west of San Eduardo Avenue, and south of                  Scott Street, providing for severability, publication, and effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinances 2006-O-225, 2006-O-226, 2006-O-227,    2006-O-228, 2006-O-229, 2006-O-230, 2006-O-231, 2006-O-232, 2006-O-233, 2006-O-236, 2006-O-237, 2006-O-238, 2006-O-239, 2006-O-240, 2006-O-          241, and 2006-O-242. 

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            15.  2006-O-225  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.  (As                                        amended)

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2006-O-225.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-226  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 adopt Ordinance 2006-O-226.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-227  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 adopt Ordinance 2006-O-227.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-228  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 adopt Ordinance 2006-O-228.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-229  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 adopt Ordinance 2006-O-229.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-230  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 adopt Ordinance 2006-O-230.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-231  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 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 adopt Ordinance 2006-O-231.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-232  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 adopt Ordinance 2006-O-232.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-233  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 publication and an effective date.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance 2006-O-225.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2006-O-234  Amending Chapter 7 of the Code of Ordinance in order to adopt the 2006                                version of three codes, and adoption of three others, to-wit:

                                                1. Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Building Code by                                            amending section 7-2 and 7-2;

                                                2. Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Mechanical Code,                                           by amending section 7-4

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

                                                4. Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Property                                                                     Maintenance code by adding new section 7-8;

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

                                                6. Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Existing Building                                              Code, by adding new section 7-10;

                                                7. Increasing the reinspection fee from twenty dollars to fifty dollars                                           and providing for an effective date.  (As amended)

 

                                         Motion to postpone.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-235  Amending Chapter 25 (Plumbing)of the Code of Ordinance in order to                                                 adopt the 2006 version of some code, and adoption of two others, to-wit:

1. Amending Section 25-3 to adopt the 2006 edition of the                                                           International Plumbing Code;                                                                                                2. Adding new section 25-6 (International Fuel Gas Code Adopted),                                thereby adopting the 2006 edition of the International Fuel Gas

    Code; and

3. Adding new section 25-7 (International Private Sewage Disposal                                               Code) thereby adopting the 2006 edition of the International

    Private Sewage Disposal Code, and increasing the re-inspection

    fee from twenty dollars to fifty dollars and providing for and  

    effective date.   (As amended)

 

                                          Motion to postpone.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-236  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 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 adopt Ordinance 2006-O-236.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-237  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 adopt Ordinance 2006-O-237.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-238  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 ($12.00)                                  to assist with the operations of the Animal Control and Rabies Prevention                                  Services; and providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2006-O-238 with correction to replace the                                                 word “ten” with the word “twelve”.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-239  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 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 adopt Ordinance 2006-O-239.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2006-O-240  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.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2006-O-240.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-241  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.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2006-O-241.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2006-O-242  Providing for an adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100 value with a

                                        Maintenance and Operation rate of $0.513745 per $100 and an Interest                                               and Sinking fund rate of $0.123255 per $100 value and for the levy and                                                the collection of General and Special ad valorem taxes for the City of                                                     Laredo for Tax Year 2006 and Fiscal Year 2006-2007.  (As amended and                               subject to approval of Motion #18)

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2006-O-242.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

            16.  2006-R-085  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Delfina Z. O’Donnell

                                        for the extension of water and sewer services line to the San Carlos                                           Subdivision, Phase I.  This being strip of land 15 feet in width, containing                                   1,976.42 square feet or 0.05 acres, more or less, over and across Lot 1,                                               Block 2 called to contain 1.2738 acres in a plat entitled “San Carlos                                          Subdivision, Phase I”, recorded in Volume 4, Page 34, Plat Records,                                            Webb County, Texas; and described by metes and bounds and survey                                                     attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

                                         Motion to approve Resolution 2006-R-085.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            17.  2006-R-092  Authorizing the use of surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo-Public

                                        Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO), Series 2003, in the                                               amount of $25,914.00 for the purchase of toll equipment.

 

                                         Motion to approve Resolution 2006-R-092.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       MOTIONS

 

            18.  To provide that property taxes be increased by the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000             per $100.00 value with a Maintenance and Operation rate of $0.513745 per $100.00                      value and an Interest and Sinking fund rate of $0.123255 per $100.00 value and for the                levy and the collection of General and Special ad valorem taxes for the City of Laredo                 for Tax Year 2006 and Fiscal Year 2006-2007.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            19.  Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amounts to be adjusted for the

                   month of August 2006, represents an increase of $4,386.69.  These adjustments are                              determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            20.  Consideration to award contract FY06-128 to the low bidder, Western Data Systems,              San Antonio, Texas in the amount of $48,288.35 for the purchase of a Global                                  Positioning Satellite Surveying Equipment System for the Engineering Department.                             Funding is available in the department’s budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            21.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-0122 to the low bidder, Hurd’s Custom            Machinery, Harrisburg, OR, in the total amount of $31,000.00 for the purchase of a                         bomb containment transport trailer for the Police Department.  Funding is available in          the Police Homeland Security grant budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            22.  Consideration to award contract FY06-125 to the low bidder, Austin Wood Recycling,            Cedar Park, TX., in the estimated annual amount of $82,500.00 for the grinding of                           wood waste material (brush, branches, pallets, etc.,) at the City landfill.  Approximately                  50,000 cubic yards of material will be proposed on an annual basis.  The contract is                      based on a unit cost of $1.65 per cubic yard of material.  Funding is available in the                    Solid Waste Department Fund. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            23.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-130 to the low bidder, Maverick Fence            Company, Laredo, in the estimated amount of $319,150.00 for a 3,800 foot long metal                    panel fence to be constructed and installed on the east side of the landfill. Funding is                       available in the Solid Waste Department Fund.  

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            24.  Authorization to award a contract to Carter Burgess in the amount of $75,096.00 to                                 provide a feasibility study with a preliminary design of the (1) one million gallon per                                   day UNITEC Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion.  Funding is available in the 2005             Sewer Bond Issuance.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            25.  Authorization to award a contract to CDM in the amount of $283,095.00 to provide         

                   preliminary engineering for the design of the (9) nine million gallon per day South                        Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion.  Funding is available in the 2005                             Sewer Bond Issuance.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            26.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder ALC              Construction, L.L.C., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $246,408.00 for the Water and        Sanitary Sewer Improvements Phase I – Piedra China Street/Texas/Milmo Avenue                            Area in South Laredo.  Funding is available in the Waterworks 1997 Bond and the                         Sewer 2003 Bond.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            27.  Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $18,325.00 to the                      professional services contract with Juarez Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for                         the Water and Sanitary Sewer Improvements Phase I on the Piedra China                                  Street/Texas/Milmo Avenue Area in South Laredo Project for additional design                                services in providing sanitary sewer improvements on an alternate route and alignment,          and surveying for utility easements.  Funding is available in the 1997 Water Bond Fund                   and the 2003 Sewer Bond Fund. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            28.  Consideration to award contract to FY06-123 to the low bidders, Nueces Power

                   Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $518,390.00 for the purchase of five (5)                             backhoes, one (1) pneumatic roller, one (1) double drum roller, one (1) skid steer with              attachments, five (5) equipment trailers; and Holt Caterpillar, Laredo, Texas in the                            amount of $241,662.00 for the purchase of two (2) wheel loaders.  This equipment is                       being purchased for the Public Works, Solid Waste, Parks & Recreation and Utilities                   Departments.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) and the                      respective city departmental budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            29.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one voice recorder from Motorola through                Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program for the                         Laredo Police Department in the amount of $43,466.00.  Funding will be cost shared by                  the 9-1-1 Regional Fund ($25,000.00) and the Laredo Police Department ($18,466.00).

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            30.  Approving the submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development              of the planning document titled, “Identify, Assist and Control:  a 10-Year Plan to                               Eliminate Chronic Homelessness in the City of Laredo” and providing for the plan’s                          implementation as made possible through a collaborative community effort.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            31.  Authorizing the City Manager to implement the following changes in order to                              streamline and increase efficiency in the Ambulance Collections process: 

                        1. Submit application for the Section 1011 Emergency Medicine Relief for Border                     States where the federal government may reimburse the City for  providing                                ambulance services to non-residents; and

                        2. Adoption of “Advance Beneficiary Notice Form” as related to non-payment of                                  ambulance services by Medicare; and

                        3. Approve the mailing of a final collection letter on behalf of our Legal Department                    by the current collection agency.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            32.  Consideration to award a contract to sole source provider, Transcore L.P., for the            

                   purchase of an additional 5,000 Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) tags for the                                   Laredo Bridge System current toll collection system in an amount not to exceed                         $175,000.00.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            33.  Consideration to award a contract to sole source provider, Transcore, L.P., to upgrade             twenty-one (21) lane controllers for the Laredo Bridge System current toll collection                         system in an amount not to exceed $75,500.00.  Funding is available in the Bridge                            System Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            34.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Lulac Council #12 for Fiscal                Year 2005-2006 in the amount of $5,000.00.  This is a Third Party contract awarded in                   December 19, 2005 but delayed due to lack of proper documentation which was                             delivered in June, July, and August of 2006.  Funding is available in Hotel Motel Fund. 

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            35.  Authorizing the City Manager to write-off 2004 ambulance antiquated accounts                         deemed to be un-collectible.  The total amount of the write-off is $3,341,269.20.  The          financial impact to the City is $0 (zero) for the fiscal year.

           

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            36.  Authorizing the City Manager to acquire through negotiations, the “Surface Only” of                   Lot 6, Block 5, Rancho Viejo I, for the widening of the existing drainage channel, in                          order to alleviate flooding in that area.  Said parcel is to be acquired in an amount not to                 exceed $140,000.00, plus incidental expenses.  This will be a voluntary transaction.                          Funding is available in the Environmental Services Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            37.  Amending a contract with Crane Engineering Corporation, Laredo, Texas for                                              $152,956.54 to undertake the construction services for the Colonias Work Order #3                              which includes water distribution lines and wastewater collection lines in 7 Colonias on               Highway 359.  The amendment brings the total contract amount to $456,517.28.                              Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            38.  Authorizing the City Manager to extend, by an additional two months, the performance              period of the existing contract between the City of Laredo and Cambridge Systematics,                    Inc., in association with Alliance Transportation Group, Inc. for the performance of a                    hazardous cargo community risk assessment and route alternative analysis.  No                         additional funding is necessary.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            39.  Ratifying the authorization of an emergency Change Order in the amount of $17,060.77             to Turbonetics Engineering for the emergency repairs of two (2) pumps located at the           Jefferson Lower Plant.  Funding is available in the Water Construction Account. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            40.  Ratifying the emergency authorization of Larecon, L.L.C. for the repair of an 18” sewer             main collapse at the corner of Village Blvd. and San Dario Ave. in the amount of                               $87,700.00.  Funding is available in the Wastewater Construction Fund. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            41.  Consideration to ratify the contract expenditures of $435,750.00 for contract FY05-123           awarded to Montemayor Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the actual quantities required                   by the Utilities Department for emergency asphalt repairs in the total amount of                          $490,000.00.  These services were needed by the Utilities Department for repairing                         water and sewer line breaks.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Funds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

            42.  A.  Presentation by First Transit on El Metro Comprehensive Operational Analysis.

 

                         Motion to postpone.

 

                         Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                         For:     8                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   B.  Presentation by  Mario Medina, of the Texas Department of Transportation, on

                        upcoming and ongoing transportation projects.

 

                        Mario Medina, Texas Department of Transportation, gave a presentation before the                  Council reporting on the projects under construction and the future projects. 

 

                   C.  Presentation by Alliance Transportation Group on the findings and

                         Recommendations of a traffic circulation study in the downtown area for the

                         International Bridge 1 "El Portal Project" with possible action.

 

                         Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, and Scott Fieldman, Alliance Transportation

                         gave a presentation.  He said that the study area included Victoria Street on the

north down to River Road and on the west all the way to Santa Isabel with

Interstate 35 the Eastern boundary.  He presented a PowerPoint presentation that

explained what streets are to be one way streets.  He discussed areas of interests for

Council including the traffic count report for each street. 

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            43.  A.  Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the continued blockage by the train at various

                 intersections in west Laredo.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Juan Chavez.)

 

                 Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that the City of Laredo has radios that have the            frequencies of the railroad engineers for emergency vehicles and they are called to break

                 the trains.  The City also has a proposal that will be discussed during the Strategic

                 Session and it is part of the discussion that will be held later this week. 

 

                 Cynthia Collazo, Deputy City Manager, said that the railroad company had been in touch

                 with her, but they were unable to send a representative.  She said that they are aware of

                “Operation Live Saver” and they are also going to work with disconnecting and                          connecting trains outside of the school hours so they can avoid any conflict with the

children.  That they also said that the Farias School Issue will be sent some special agents to make sure that no activity is being done on the railways during school

                 hours.  Finally, they said that they are working on requesting a waiver on the

                 international crews. 

 

                   B.  Request by Council Member Mike Garza

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on participating in the Inclusive Communities Program.

                           

                 Cm.  Garza said that this item is part of the information that is received on an on-going

                 basis.  He described the Inclusive Communities Program as follows:  focus attention on                                       

                 the importance of value of inclusive communities; motivate cities and towns to make 

                 public commitments to building inclusive communities; provide support to local officials

                 focused efforts around affordable housing race and ethnic relations; and equal citizen

                 participation in community decision making.

 

                 Motion to instruct staff to prepare a resolution in the Inclusive Communities Program.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                 Second:  Cm.  Garza

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0                    

 

                   C.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action to address the flooding at the west end of Belmont Plaza

                 subdivision.

 

                 Riazul Mia, Environmental Services Director, reported that they did a study and did find             a flood problem at the west end of Belmont Plaza.  He said that the sewer lines were

                 installed in 1960 and the lines need to be replaced.

 

                 Motion to install new sewer lines as soon as possible.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0   

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action to move a project into the 2007 CIP listing to replace                              water lines and repave Retama Subdivision.

 

                  Jessica Hein, Director of Communications and Administrative Supports Services                        Department, reported that there is not a project to replace the water lines and repave                       Retama Subdivision within the 2007 Capital Improvement Plan. 

 

                  Cm.  Rendon explained that the Retama Subdivision is continuously having waterline                  breakage.  He noted that staff may need to search for the funding and return to Council       for approval.

 

                 Carl Schwing, Utilities Director, said that the Department is painfully aware of the                      waterline breaks from deteriorating lines.  He reported that there are areas where the soil

                 is not receptive to the ductile pipe and it needs to be replaced with PVC pipe.   

 

                 Larry Dovalina, City Manager, explained that there are bond issuance monies that were

                 sold by Utilities in the last two fiscal years which provided for sewer and water line

                 replacements and part of the construction fund of Utilities has an actual construction

                 crew.  The construction crew is currently working on Overpass 1482.  He explained that

                 staff can program Retama II Subdivision into the departments program of work.

 

                  D.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on installation of street light on the 400 & 500 block of              Merlin Drive, and appropriating funds from District VI discretionary funds.

 

                 This item was tabled for the next meeting.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on the status of the traffic light at Winfield and                            Alexander Estates.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Johnny Rendon)

 

                 Cm.  Belmares advised that this item was brought forth because it is a new traffic light                that has been designed, but he would like to incorporate it with the widening of Del Mar

                 from Country Club to Loop 20 within the same time frame.  He recognized that the

                 engineering plans for Del Mar is at 90% completion with right-of-way acquisitions

                 issues need to be addressed. 

 

                 Roberto Santos, Superintendent for United Independent School District, went on the                               record supporting the light at Winfield and Alexander Estates.  He expressed his concern           in the removal of the current traffic light that was installed ten years ago at Alexander     

                 High School.  He said that if the City removes the traffic light it would cause great safety

                 issues for the students of Alexander.

 

                 Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, advised that the City of Laredo does have a set of

                 right-of-way plans that were received last week with an estimated value of one million

                 dollars.   The new plans are an amendment of the original plan which was dated May 10,           2005.

 

                 Cm.  Belmares suggested incorporating the current project into the widening of Del Mar            from Country Club to Loop 20.    

 

                 Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that the City had a project design that was

                 previously done on the widening of Del Mar from where the HEB Shopping Center is to

                 the end of Deer Creek.  He added that he had instructed the City Engineer to accelerate

                 the letting of that project so the City could get an estimate of what the cost is for that

                 particular portion of the street.  At that point, there was a development of the reserve and

an ongoing discussion with the telephone company as to whether they were going to move the lines if the removal would be part of the cost needed to be absorbed by the City. The lines are going to be removed as a civic project by AT & T and that will allow the project to accelerate the middle portion of the widening.   One side of the street is

                 completely widened so the only portion of Del Mar that needs to be widened is the  

                 portion that is currently under design.  The City of Laredo is trying to accelerate the

                 projects that are in the ground with the design so they can determine what the cost is of

                 that particular widening to see how much money is left over out of the bond issue. 

 

               

 

                 Cm.  Belmares asked about the timeframe for the project.  

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that the City needs to obtain the right-of-ways for               

the project.  He said that when staff did the survey, they tried to address equity on the right-of-way issue.  The survey said that the City has been able to approach both              individual landowners on the equity issue.  He also said that staff will get their approach

                 and get their easements.  In the meantime, staff will continue with the finalization of the                design.

                

                 Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, said the project is at a standstill until the City is able to                 obtain the right-of-way.   

 

                 E. Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on the burglaries that occurred on the 1900 block of            

                 Matamoros and the 1900 block of Farragut.

 

                 Police Chief Dovalina said that there has been a total of five burglaries reported at the                              1900 block of Matamoros and the 1900 block of Farragut.  He advised that four                      individuals have been arrested in connection with those burglaries.  He said that they are                  still working on the open burglary.  

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on improving street lights on intersection of San Jorge                 and Sanchez Streets.

 

                 Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that there is a street light at the corner of San                  Jorge and Sanchez Street and he was going to change the wattage from 150 wattage to                  400 wattage.   

 

           3.   Discussion with possible action on removing taxi stands on Hidalgo and Salinas streets.

 

                 Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez said that he was bringing this to Council because he had a            request by the property owners to remove the taxi stand. 

 

                 Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that the taxi stand was issued temporarily.  He                               informed the Council that there are two spaces available.  He said that the City of Laredo          is waiting on the recommendations by a consultant that has been hired to review the taxi                  cab industry in Laredo.   The consultant’s report recommended that the City should                  forbid taxi cabs to have their stands on the public right-of-ways.  He went on to explain

that the Vehicles for Hire Ad Committee has reviewed the recommendations but they have not discussed this particular item. 

 

                 Motion to remove the taxi stand on Hidalgo and Salinas Streets.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:     4                                          Against:  4                                            Abstain:

                                                                        Cm.  Garza

                                                                        Cm.  Landeck

                                                                        Cm.  Amaya

                                                                        Cm.  Chavez

 

                 Mayor Salinas vote in favor of removing the stand.  Motion passes.    

 

            4.  Requesting that the Transportation and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee on removing

                 taxi stands from public right of ways in the downtown area, with possible action.

 

                 Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, recommended for Council to send the item to the                  Traffic and Transportation Committee for recommendations. 

 

                 Larry Dovalina, City Manager, said that the City of Laredo has done a study on the taxi             cabs and it has been recommended for the City to remove the stands off of the right-of-      ways.

 

                 Motion to send the item to the Traffic and Transportation Committee.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

            44.  Request for executive session pursuant to V.T.C.A. Government Code Section 551.071

                   (2) to consult with the City Attorney to obtain legal advice regarding the proposed                    retail lease agreement for the Bridge of the Americas Project between the City of                              Laredo and Khaledi Bridge of the Americas, LTD., and pursuant to V.T.C.A.,                    Government Code Section 551.072 to deliberate the subject lease because deliberation               in open session would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City.  Return to            open session for discussion and possible action on the same.

 

                   Motion to go into executive session pursuant to V.T.C.A. Government Code Section                               551.071 (2) to consult with the City Attorney to obtain legal advice regarding the                       proposed retail lease agreement for the Bridge of the Americas Project between the

                   City of Laredo and Khaledi Bridge of the Americas, LTD., and pursuant to V.T.C.A.,               Government Code Section 551.072 to deliberate the subject lease because deliberation                    in open session would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City.  Return to               open session for discussion and possible action on the same.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

                   Motion to postpone for two weeks and direct City Manger to provide position of                      bidder.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            45.  Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1)           (B) to consult with the Tax Attorney representing the City of Laredo and consider a                          settlement offer regarding pending litigation:  Cause No. 2006TXA00002-D1, the City        of Laredo vs Rosa Quiroz in the 49th Judicial District of Webb County, Texas, and                       return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                      551.071 (1) (B) to consult with the Tax Attorney representing the City of Laredo and           consider a settlement offer regarding pending litigation:  Cause No. 2006TXA00002-                           D1, the City of Laredo vs Rosa Quiroz in the 49th Judicial District of Webb County,                                Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                   For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Motion to authorize the City Manager to accept a settlement offer regarding pending litigation:  Cause Number 2006-TXA-00002-D1 City of Laredo v. Rosa Quiroz in the 49th Judicial District Court of Webb County, Texas where Defendant shall pay to the City of Laredo the sum of $4,620 (four Thousand Six Hundred and Twenty Dollars) in return for a dismissal with prejudice.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO             MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Chavez

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            46.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Design Group International,                  Laredo, Texas, for the Re-Roofing Project at the Jose Flores Apartment (25 Duplexes        Complex) and approval to award an engineering contract for an amount of $34,200.00             for design and preparation of plans and specifications.  Funding is available in the                            Municipal Housing Corporation Fund.  

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

XVI.    RECESS AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING AND CONVENE AS THE             LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

            Motion to recess as the Laredo Municipal Housing and convene as the Laredo Mass     Transit Board.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                       

            47.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-132 for the purchase of natural gas for              El Metro’s compressed natural gas (CNG) facility.  The term of the contract is for three                    (3) years, subject to appropriation in future fiscal years.  Funding is available in the El                 Metro-Operations Fund.

 

The contract price shall be equal to inside F.E.R.C’s Gas Market Report in the section       titled “Market Center Spot-Gas Prices, for East Texas, Houston Ship Chanel” (as reported the first publication of the applicable month) plus the incremental charge plus other charges.  Centerpoint Energy Services, Inc. contract is valid for one year with an automatic renewal of one year unless notice is provided thirty days prior to termination date.  The bid is for Gas Market Report Index price plus: $0.72 MMBtu;  Utility and Transportation fees and charges of 1% fuel and other applicable fees and taxes (local distribution line service fee) estimated fee: $.042/MMBtu; and an Administration Fee per MMBtu of $.005.

    

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            48.  Consideration to award contract (FY06-107) to the low bidder, C.W. Tenorio Security,           Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $78,624.00 for providing security guard                           services for the Transit Center and Maintenance Facility.  Funding is available in the El          Metro Operations and Transit Center funds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            49.  Authorizing the City Manager to adjust the number of El Metro bus weekly service            

                   hours from 326 to 278 on route #1, Santa Maria, effective September 25, 2006, by                                 transferring 40 service hours to route #6, Cedar; thereby increasing the number of                     weekly service hours to 96 to 136; and leaving eight (8) hours available to meet future          high demands on other bus routes on an as needed basis.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                   For:     5                                        Against:  3                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                                                                        Cm.  Chavez

                                                                        Cm.  Garcia

 

            50.  2006-RT-003  Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Texas

                                           Department of Transportation Grant No. 51722F7052 in the amount of                                     $634,934.00 from the State Public Transportation Funds for transit                                                       operating assistance.

 

                                           Motion to approve # 2006-RT-003.

 

                                           Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                                           Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                           For:     8                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

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

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

      For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.                MOTION

 

1.  Awarding a construction contract to the lowest bidder, Rhino Builders LTD., Laredo,

     Texas, for the amount of $1,080,327.50 to construct the 24-inch Water Transmission Line        from the TAMIU Elevated Storage Tank to the intersection of Del Mar Boulevard and Bob            Bullock Loop 20.  Funding is available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

      Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

      For:     8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:   0

 

II.             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.

 

III.          ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0