CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-R-21

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

NOVEMBER 6, 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

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Acting City Manager

            Rafael Garcia,                                                                           Assistant City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                                     Assistant City Manager

            Valeria Acevedo,                                                                      Acting City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

            Approval of the minutes of July 19, 2006July 24, 2006 and July 31, 2006.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:    Cm.  Amaya

            Second:  Cm.  Rendon

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

 

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            a.  Presentation by Jessie and Gary Jacobs of $5,000.00 to the City of Laredo Commission            for Women for continued year-long programming.

 

                 Motion to withdraw this item.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Invitations

 

            a.  Announcing the "Feast of Sharing" by Bertha Mena, FOS Chair, and Arnold Davis, Co-            Chair, of HEB scheduled for Sunday, November 19, 2006, at the Laredo Civic Center                              from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.    

 

Bertha Mena, Feast of Sharing Chair, and Arnold Davis, Co-Chair, announced that HEB

Grocery is celebrating their 18th annual “Feast of Sharing” which was established to

combat hunger and malnutrition throughout Texas and Mexico.  She explained that the

feast is a free community event with a complete Thanksgiving Dinner and entertainment. 

 

             Recognitions

 

            a.  Honoring and witnessing Angela Achartea’s noble contribution of her hair for the benefit             and use of cancer patients.

 

Angela Achartea was presented with the La Estrella Award for her unselfish act in    cutting her hair for the benefit of those afflicted with cancer and recognizing her for shining like the brilliant star and giving us all inspiration to go out and give a little of ourselves. 

 

            Communiqués

 

Cm.  Garza said that he spoke to students at Bonnie Garcia Elementary School about city government.  He continued to say that he visited Kawis Elementary where he read to students.  He advised that he had met with the Acting City Manager regarding the recent administrative transition and he feels that the City of Laredo is ready to move forward with a new City Manager.  He said that he has great confidence in the Council’s administrative decisions.

 

Cm.  Garcia read a poem written by a thirteen year old regarding diabetes.  He also congratulated Dennis Nixon for being inducted in the 2006 Texas Business Hall of Fame. He thanked Jose Flores, Airport Director, for submitting the Noise Abatement Report in District III.  He congratulated all the students that are participating in local athletics.  He specifically mentioned Ivan Rodriguez from Alexander High School for representing the City of Laredo at state in the Cross Country.  Finally, he thanked the City of Laredo for the overwhelming response and support at the ALS Walk held at TAMIU.  He said that all of the monies raised in the event will stay in the City of Laredo to assist less fortunate families that are afflicted with ALS

 

Cm. Landeck announced that Colonia Hermosa, a colonia in District III, would be receiving water and sewer services from the City of Laredo.  He noted that the residents of the colonia are extremely excited about the services which will be provided in eight months.

 

Cm.  Amaya thanked the sponsors and his Special Projects Committee for assisting in a steak plate sale held to provide turkeys and toys for children for the Christmas season. 

 

Cm.  Rendon encouraged the viewing public to vote in the Congressional race. 

 

Cm. Belmares echoed Cm.  Garcia on congratulating Dennis Nixon for being inducted to the 2006 Texas Business Hall of Fame.  He said that Dennis Nixon is an asset to the City of Laredo and to the community of Laredo.  He also congratulated the Parks and Recreation Department, parents, and students for completing another year in flag football.  Finally, he expressed the importance of everyone voting in the current Congressional election. 

 

Cm. Chavez thanked Muller Elementary school for inviting him to the Red Ribbon Week. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez thanked everyone that participated in the clean up day at Seven Flags Park.  

 

Mayor Salinas made note that he has recently visited several schools to kick off their Red Ribbon “Say No to Drug Campaigns”.  He saluted Laredo Independent School District and United Independent School District for doing such an excellent job with the students of Laredo. He announced that he had met with Govenor Lazaro Cardenas Patel from Morelia, Mexico to talk about the Lazaro Cardenas Project.   He said that there is a lot of exciting discussions taking place between the City of Laredo and individuals from Mexico.  He advised that he is totally committed to bringing better paying jobs to the City of Laredo.  He commended the attitude of the staff for the City of Laredo.  He asked all department heads to be good examples for their employees to follow.  Finally, he mentioned that he would be asking everyone to join in by making Laredo a safer place to live.  He said that crime fighting is a unified effort from all entities and citizens. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Creating and naming members to a Blue Ribbon Committee for International Trade                    comprised of representatives from both sides of the border. 

 

                 Rafael Garcia, Assistant City Manager, as Staff Liaison

 

                 1)  Eduardo Garza, UniTrade

                 2)  Dr. Hector Farias

                 3)  Mr. Pablo Garza

                 4)  Glafiro Salinas

                 5)  Salvador Rosas

                 6)  Hemergildo Gonzalez

                 7)  Carlos Garcia

                 8)  Jose A. Valdez

                 9)  Frank Quezada

                 10)  Federico Zuniga

           

                 Felix Canales as an alternate.

 

                 Motion to approve with the following amendments.  Carlos Garcia will replace Felix            

                 Canales and Frank Quesada and Federico Zuniga will be included.  Felix Canales will be

                 an alternate.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            b.  Creating and naming the members to a Blue Ribbon Committee to address local public              health issues comprised of medical professionals and concerned citizens.

 

                 Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Department Director, as Staff Liaison

 

                 1) Dr. Ralph Nimchan

                 2) Dr. Arturo Garza-Gongora

                 3) Dr. Gladys Keene

                 4) Elmo Lopez, CEO, Doctor’s Hospital

                 5) Abe Martinez, CEO, Laredo Medical Center

                 6) Gilda Villarreal, RN, Doctor’s Hospital

                 7) Dr. Susan Walker, TAMIU

                 8) Dr. Reynaldo Godines, Alternate

 

                 Motion to approve.

                       

                 Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            c.  Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Mireya Menchaca to the Parks and            Recreation Advisory Committee.

 

                Motion to approve with correction of Menchaca to Mancha.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                 Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1.  Individual public hearing for the voluntary annexation of seven (7) tracts of land (Tract                1: U.I.S.D. Tract– 33.19 acres, more or less; Tract 2: Tanquecitos Tract– 52.94 acres,                 more or less; Tract 3: Alarcon Tract – 1.85 acres, more or less; Tract 4: Hurd Tract –                             21.09 acres, more or less; Tract 5: 4 V Holding Tract – 44.53 acres, more or less; Tract              6: Key Energy Tract – 2.45 acres, more or less; Tract 7: Gutierrez/Izaguirre Tract – 7.71              acres, more or less), for a total of 163.76 acres, more or less, as described in the attached         tract summaries, as required by Section 43.063 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing for Tract # 1.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:   Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing for Tract # 2.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:   Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing for Tract # 3.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:   Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  8

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing for Tract # 4.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:   Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing for Tract # 5.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:   Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing for Tract # 6.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:   Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing for Tract # 7.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:   Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 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 authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a nationalization of vehicles        enterprise on Lots 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9, Block 605, Western Division, located at 2619 San            Dario Avenue.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the                             Conditional Use Permit. (District IV)

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of the seller and buyer, explained that the said property is large enough for the property owners to establish a nationalization business.  He noted that the owners have agreed to several amendments that should assure success of the business.  He reminded Council Members that Laredo is the “Gateway to Mexico” and the nationalization business is a predominate business because of our access to Mexico

 

Motion to close the pubic hearing and introduce and revisit in six months to make sure that the applicant is complying with all of the conditions. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  Cm.  Amaya

 

            3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the

                 City of Laredo by rezoning 4.91 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in                                attached Exhibit “A”, located on the south side of Lomas del Sur Boulevard and west of            future Ejido Avenue, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Community Business                           District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone                       change.  (District I)

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the pubic hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  Cm.  Garza

 

            4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by rezoning of 6.15 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in                  attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Lomas del Sur Boulevard and west of future Ejido                Avenue, from AG (Agricultural District) and R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area                            District ) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning                     Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District I)

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the pubic hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  Cm.  Garza

 

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 24, Article IV, effects of               districts and general regulations section 24-63.2: permitted land uses of the Laredo Land                Development Code, to designate an adult day care center as an allowable land use in a                  B-4. (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  (All) 

 

                 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 pubic hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

            6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 24, Article IV,                                              Supplementary Zoning District Regulations Section 24-65.14: B-4 Highway Commercial           District, Paragraph (16) Amusement Redemption Machine Establishment Provisions,                      Subparagraphs (a) (4) and (c), of The Laredo Land Development Code, by deleting                       Subparagraphs (a)(4), which establishes location requirements of one thousand (1000) c               feet of another Amusement Redemption Machine Facility, and amending (c), which                       establishes measurement  criteria for Amusement Redemption Machine Establishment,             providing for publication and effective date. 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk spoke to offer some suggestions regarding the amusement redemption machines including amending the 200 sq. ft. requirement.   

 

                 Motion to change to distance requirement for redemption machines to 200 feet.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

               

                 Motion to close the pubic hearing and introduce as amended.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance providing for the adoption of a limitation on                the total amount of taxes that may be imposed by the City on the residence homestead of                a disabled individual or an individual 65 years of age or older pursuant to Section 1-b                        (h), Article VIII, Texas Constitution and in accordance with Subtitle C, Chapter 11,                              Section 11.261 of the Texas Property Tax Code.  Once approved the City of Laredo may             not repeal or rescind this limitation.

 

                 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 pubic hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

            8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute                     Interlocal Cooperation Contract with the Texas Department of Public Safety and                            adopting Chapter 706 Transportation Code “Denial of Renewal of License for Failure to                Appear” and authorizing the collection of $30.00 administrative fee per case reported as                 per Section 706.006 Transportation Code, and amending the Code of Ordinances,                              Chapter 20, Section 20-37, by adding Subsection (k) and providing for severability,                       publication and an 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 pubic hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

            9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year                  2006-2007 General Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of      $144,235.00 for the lease purchase financing of necessary cardio and strength equipment            for the recreation centers and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget                         amendment.  Funding for the lease will be contingent on funding availability for the                        current and subsequent three fiscal years.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Carlos Blanco asked if the $144,235.00 would be distributed to all the recreational centers.   He also asked if the City of Laredo has defibulators at the Recreational Centers. 

 

Mike Pescador, said that the funds for equipment are for five recreational centers.  He also said that the machines will be for strengthening purposes only. 

 

                 Motion to close the pubic hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

            10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year                                 2006-2007 Waterworks Fund by drawing down $100,000.00 from the Waterworks                              opening balance and appropriating the $100,000.00 to Utility Billing Division.  These                 funds will be used for the acquisition of meter reading hardware/software equipment.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There is 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

 

            11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year                                 2006-2007 Airport Construction Fund revenues and expenditures by recognizing the                               Texas Department of Transportation Routine Airfield Maintenance Program (RAMP)                Grant for $50,000.00, transferring out $20,000.00 from the Airport Operating Fund and                  increasing the RAMP Grant expense account by $40,000.00.  Funding is available in                        Airport Construction Fund 2007 RAMP Grant, providing for an effective date.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There is 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

 

            12.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept                      payment in the amount of $30,939.28 on behalf of KLLM, Inc, as settlement arising                        from accident at US 59 and Springfield that resulted in damages to City property and to                amend the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007 Traffic Signal Budget by appropriating                      revenues and expenditures for the purchase of replacement equipment and materials                      utilized at this intersection and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There is no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            13.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year                                 2006-2007 annual budget by reducing the amount by $43,980.00 to reflect the actual                              amount of $56,917.00 from the South Texas Development Council for the HIV/AIDS               Health and Social Services Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for a seven                   (7) month term beginning September 1, 2006 through March 31, 2007.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There is no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            14.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into                  agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration in the amount of $15,573.00 and        amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget by $429.00.  The                 agreement’s purpose is to reimburse costs for overtime incurred by the Laredo Police                   Department in providing resources for OCDETF (Organized Drug Enforcement Task            Forces).  The term of this agreement is for October 1, 2006 through September 30,                    2007.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There is no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            15.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year                                 2006-2007 Contractual Obligation Fund by appropriating $30,000.00 from a trade-in of           fire equipment and appropriating the same increase funding for Fire Department                                equipment.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There is 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

 

            16.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo,                 Texas, Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations, Series 2006, in the principal           amount of $3,680,000, for the purchase of police department fire suppression system                           equipment for computer/dispatch radio room, police cars, cameras and radios for patrol                 cars, police cameras, police weapons, computer hardware and related software for fire                 department, fire trucks, trailers, cars, vans, ambulances for EMS, heart monitors for                          generators, municipal department trucks, vehicles, backhoes, street sweepers, trailers,                   street striper equipment, signal solar powered message display, movable filing system,            computer related hardware and software for city departments and animal cages;                                authorizing amendment to City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes                            authorized herein; approving sale of contractual obligations; authorizing the execution                   of a private placement letter; and ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There is 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

 

            17.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of                        Ordinance as follows: Chapter 2, Article II, Division 3, Section 2-61(a) Military Leave,                    Subsection (3) to include those employees that have been called for active duty locally          for the purpose of the border/security operations also known as Operation Jump Start.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Dan Migura, Human Resources Department, advised that the prior Council instructed for staff to do a base salary differential on military leave.   

 

Cm.  Garza expressed his interests into amending the pay for individuals who serve overseas or in combat. 

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            18.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 14, Garbage, Trash and                Refuse Article II, rates for garbage and refuse collection and landfill operations,                                Section 14-9, Rates, of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by changing Section (a)                   to increase the garbage collection fee to nine dollars ($9.00) per month as passed by                            motion of City Council at the August 8th budget workshops, and to change section (3)          to add inter-local agreements and to stipulate a fee of thirty dollars ($30.00) per ton for               residential garbage; to change Section (I) to modify the landfill days of operation to be                closed Sundays; and to provide for effective date sixty (60) days from date of                                   introduction and publication one (1) time in a newspaper of general circulation in                          Laredo, Texas.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Oscar Medina, Solid Waste Director, explained that the thirty dollars is for cities or counties outside of the City.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            19.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Estoppel Certificate and Lessor’s Approval            of Assignment of the lease agreement approved by Ordinance No. 2001-O-042 dated                    February 20, 2001, as amended between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and FedLaredo                  Partnership, L.P., a Pennsylvania limited partnership.  Said lease agreement is to D & P                    Enterprises, a Nevada Corporation, as Assignee, for approximately 2.82 acres at the                        Laredo International Airport; providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            20.  Designating as a one-way eastbound that three (3) block section of Zaragoza Street,                                 between Convent Avenue and Santa Maria Avenue; as a one-way southbound that two             (2) block section of Santa Maria Avenue, between Grant Street and Water Street; as a                    one-way northbound that two (2) block section of Convent Avenue, between Water                               Street and Grant Street; and as a one way westbound that six (6) block section of Grant                   Street, between Convent Avenue and Santa Cleotilde Avenue, providing for the                               installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated directions           and providing for publication and effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            21.  Amending Ordinance No. 2002-O-265 by authorizing the City Manager to execute a                              site ground lease agreement addendum by and between the City of Laredo, a municipal             corporation and San Antonio MTA, L.P. D/B/A Verizon wireless, to that certain                              ground lease dated October 21, 2002, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a                      part hereof, to increase the overall ground space area at 8711 McPherson by 297 square            feet to approximately 0.015 acres as described on the attached Exhibit B-1; and

 

                   1.  Annual rent will be increased by $7,500.00 per annum prorated to coincide with the                  anniversary of the lease commencement date and on the first day of each year of the                  lease commencement anniversary date thereafter.

                   2.  All other terms and conditions of the lease remain in full force and effect.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            22.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey              two easements to AEP Texas Central Company to provide electrical power to the El                        Portal Plaza and to the plaza entrance monument.  Said easements being:

                   (1)  a 144 square foot tract of land out of Block 08-B, Western Division, City of                             Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by Metes and Bounds and Survey                                     attached as Exhibits A and B, and

                   (2)  a 1,180 square foot tract of land out of Block 08-B, Western Division, City of                                       Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by Metes and Bounds and Survey                                     attached as Exhibits C and D; and providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinances # 2006-O-258, # 2006-O-259, # 2006-O-            260, # 2006-O-261, # 2006-O-262, # 2006-O-263, # 2006-O-263, # 2006-O-264, # 2006-O-        265, # 2006-O-266, # 2006-O-267, # 2006-O-268, # 2006-O-269, # 2006-O-270, # 2006-O-        271, # 2006-O-272, # 2006-O-273, # 2006-O-274, # 2006-O-275, # 2006-O-276, # 2006-O-        277, # 2006-O-278, # 2006-O-279, # 2006-O-280, and # 2006-O-281. 

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            23.  2006-O-258  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning                                  4.37 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit                                   “A”, located north of Lomas del Sur Boulevard and East of Business 83,                                   from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).                                 The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the                                           zone change.  (District I)

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-258.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-259  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                         Lot 5, Block 493, Eastern Division, located at 4404 Marcella Avenue,                                                  from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial                                            District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval                                    of the zone change.  (District V) 

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-259.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                                    Cm.  Rendon

                                         

                   2006-O-260  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                         8.15 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit                                   "A", located south of Hwy 359 East of Rita Road, from R-1 (Single                                           Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The                                      Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone                                             change.  (District II)

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-260.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-261  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning                                  4.72 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit                                   “A”, located on the east side future Ejido Avenue north of Lomas del Sur                                  Blvd., from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) to B-1 (Limited                                        Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission                                                          recommended approval of the zone change.   (District I)

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-261.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                          

                   2006-O-262  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                         Lot 3, Block 20, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 5009 San                                           Francisco Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited                                  Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission                                                                recommended denial of the zone change.  (District                                                                     V)     

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-262.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                              

                   2006-O-263  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by                                               authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a home occupation trophy                                            business on Lot 402, Block 20, Hillside Terrace Subdivision Unit V,                                                      located at 109 Kansas Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission                                                     recommended approval of the zone change.  (District V) (As                                                                 amended) 

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-263.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                           

                   2006-O-264  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by                                               authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a bus terminal on Lots 6 and 7,                                    Block 176, Western Division, located at 1020 Santa Ursula Avenue,                                                     Suites 3 and 4.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended                                                     approval of the Conditional Use Permit.  (District VIII)

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-264.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-265  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning                                  .509 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached “Exhibit                                 A”, located at 4819 San Bernardo Avenue, from B-3 (Community                                            Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning                                          and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.                                                     (District VII)

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-265.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-266  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning                                  Lots 3, 4 and 10-16, Block 2130, Lots 12-16, Block 2131, Lots 1-7 & 10-                                        16, Block 2134, all of Block 2135, all of Block 2136, all of Block 2137                                   and 4.38 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached                                                    Exhibit "A", located at the South termination of Gates Street and Loring                                     Avenue, from AG (Agricultural District), R-2 (Multi-family Residential                                District), R-3 (Mixed Residential District) and B-1 (Limited Commercial                                      District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and                                                  Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.                                               (District III)

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-266.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

                   2006-O-267  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a direct aid grant from the Texas

                                         State Library Loan Star Libraries Program in the amount of $14,736.00                                    for new computers and equipment and amending the City of Laredo FY                                    2006-2007 Annual Budget to reflect revenues in the amount of $960.00                                    and expenditures in the amount of $2,236.00.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-267.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-268  Amending Ordinance No. 2006-O-185, dated August 28, 2006, which                                                authorized the City Manager to accept a $5,000.00 donation from AT&T                                 and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005-2006 General Fund                                                Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount                                  of $5,000.00 in the form of a donation for the sponsorship of the Avery                                     Johnson Summer Camp.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-268.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-269  Amending Ordinance No. 2006-O-209, dated September 5, 2006, which

                                         authorized the City Manager to accept a $3,000.00 donation from Paul                                                 Young Properties, LTD, and amending the City of Laredo’s 2006                                             Certificate of Obligation Bond Fund by appropriating revenues and                                            expenditures in the amount of $3,000.00 in the form of a donation for the                                   purpose of building a perimeter fence at the Eastwoods Park.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-269.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-270  Amending the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo, Chapter 2,

                                         Article V. Boards, Commissions, Councils, etc., Division 4. Convention                                     & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board, Sec. 2-227. Meetings, by amending                                    Sections F and G, to address member absences.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-270.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

                   2006-O-271  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 annual budget by

                                         appropriating expenditures in the amount of $546,000.00 in the Laredo                                                 Police Department Trust Fund.  Funding will be used to purchase                                              operational materials and supplies and capital outlay equipment.  Items                                                   include computer support equipment and other needed items.  Funding is                                   available in Police Trust Fund opening balance.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-271.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-273  Amending Chapter 32, Vehicles for Hire, Article II, Taxicabs, Division 6,

                                         Fares, Section 32-69.1, Fares Generally of the Code of Ordinances of the                                City of Laredo, to increase the taxicab fares, and providing for                                                              severability and an effective date.  (As amended)

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-273.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-274  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 annual budget for

                                         the South Texas Regional 9-1-1 System Fund by appropriating revenues                                   and expenditures in the amount of $157,476.00.  The Commission on                                                    State Emergency Communications provided a subsequent allocation to                                                  the South Texas Region for the period of September 1, 2006 through                                                    August 31, 2007.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-274.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-275  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007 annual budget by

                                         appropriating $247,582.00 in additional revenues and accepting a grant                                                 from the Texas Department of State Health Services in the estimated                                                     amount of $3,761,058.00 for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)                                                 Program for the City of Laredo Health Department beginning October 1,                                   2006 through September 30, 2007; and amending the FY 2006-07 Full                                                Time Equivalent Positions by .5. 

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-275.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

     

                    2006-O-276  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with M & M Air Cargo

                                         and Delivery Service, Inc. for approximately 11,988 square feet                                                constituting Sections 2 and 3 and Building No. 170 located at 5103 Maher                                Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5)                                                    years commencing on May 1, 2006 and ending on April 30, 2011.                                            Monthly rent shall be $5,275.00 and will be adjusted annually according                                         to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-276.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-277  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Right-of-Entry to the United

                                         States of America in the area encompassed by the following City-owned                                   Blocks, for use as a work area for environmental exploration and survey,                                   Southward and Eastward up to Tilden Avenue, including any public right-                                  of-way abutting said blocks and any river vega land. Said Blocks being                                           delineated on attached copy of City Plat: all of Blocks 015, 016, 017, 018,                                    019, 57, & 58, Eastern Division, City of Laredo and all of Blocks 414,                                                  415, 416, 425, 612, 629, 630, 644, 645, 658, 659, 666, 672, 673, 674,                                              675, 676, 677, & 680, Western Division, City of Laredo. Said Right-of-                                                Entry being described on attached Exhibit 1; and providing for an                                                effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-277.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-278  Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a lease with UETA of Texas,

                                         Inc. Hollywood, Florida for the lease of a parking lot located on a tract of                                  approximately 82,823 sq. ft. of vega land bounded by Main Avenue,                                                     Ventura Street, River Road and Santa Cleotilde Avenue currently known                                   as the Rio Grande Plaza Hotel parking lot.  UETA of Texas, Inc. has                                                     proposed to lease from the city this tract of land at a yearly rate of                                             $52,000.00.  The initial term of this lease contract shall be for a period of                                       twenty years with an option to renew for one additional ten year period.                                         A market analysis will be conducted every five years to determine the fair                               market value of this property and lease will be negotiated every five                                                      years.  (As amended)

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-278.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-279  Reappointing Edward F. Maddox and Juan B. Caballero as Associate

                                         Municipal Court Judges for the City of Laredo for a two (2) year term; as                                  per Article V, Section 5.02 of the Charter of the City of Laredo, providing                                for severability and an effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-279.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-280  Authorizing the City Manager to execute Outgrant Lease No. DTFASW-

                                         06-L00171 between the United States of America, as Lessor, and the City                              of Laredo, as Lessee, for the purpose of leasing the Air Traffic Control                                                  Tower Building and all equipment, fixtures and appurtenances located at                                    the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years                                              commencing on April 1, 2005, and ending on March 31, 2010.  Rent shall                                      be $1.00.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-280.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-281  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2-

                                         Administration, Article I-In General, Section 2-5 City Council meetings                                     by following the City Charter regarding meeting frequency; deleting                                            agenda format, authorizing the Mayor to determine agenda format for                                                    Special City Council meetings, workshops, and training sessions;                                               providing for severability; repeal all laws in conflict, and providing for an                                        effective date.  (As amended)

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-281.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

            24.  2006-R-103  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application                                   to the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of                                            $40,000.00 with no matching funds.  Funds will be used to buy an                                             industrial grade paper shredder of $27,000.00 to be used at the Material                                        Recovery Center to be able to recycle paper that has sensitive                                                        information, and $13,000.00 that will be used to promote and educate the                                      public to recycle properly.

 

                                         Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-103.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            25.  2006-R-105  A resolution of the Laredo City Council requesting the members of the                                                  80th Legislative Session of the State of Texas to support increased                                            funding for the Texas Recreation & Parks Account Local Park Grant                                                     Program and the Texas State Park System administered by the Texas                                                    Parks and Wildlife Department.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-105.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            26.  2006-R-107  Accepting the donations of seven utility easements for the installation of

                                        water and sanitary sewer improvements in the Piedra China/Texas/Milmo                                  Avenue Area [also referred to as ‘Colonia Hermosa’], these being 10 feet                                 wide easements through the following lots in Block 1484, Eastern                                              Division:

                                                1.  Lot 6: from Sara Mena;

                                                2.  Lot 7: from Julian Reyna;

                                                3.  Lot 8: from Daniel Vargas & Mayela Vargas; 

                                                4.  Lot 9: from Julio Mares & Maria De Los Angeles Mares;

                                                5.  Lot 10:  from Dora E. Fuentes;

                                                6.  Lot 11:  from Javier R. Gonzalez & Nolvia F. Gonzalez; &

                                                7.  Lot 12: from Juan Michael Benavides & Patricial Emilia                                                             Benavides; and copies of the easements are attached as exhibits                                                            1,2,3,4,5,6 & 7

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-107.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            27.  2006-R-108  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a supplemental grant application

                                        to the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority to fund the Laredo                                                 Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2006 through                                                     August 31, 2007.  The supplemental application will be for equipment and                                 will not require a match by the City of Laredo.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-108.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            XI.       MOTIONS

 

            28.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the American Association of

                   Airport Executives (AAAE) in the amount of $274,400.00 for the purchase of a                        computer based interactive training program for airport employees, including tenants.            Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund under Grant No. 3-48-0136-48-             2006 in the amount of $274,400.00 and the 5% land match is available from the value                of the Rash tract purchase.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez was chairing the meeting.

 

            29.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a one year service agreement with Sungard               H.T.E., Inc., Lake Mary, FL, for the amount of $97,270.00.  The service agreement is        for service and maintenance on the financial applications residing on the City’s IBM                               iSeries computer system for the period of October 1, 2006 thru September 30, 2007.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            30.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the Laredo Animal Shelter for              animal control services for Fiscal Year 2006-2007 in the amount of $158,000.00 and                       authorizing the City Manager to sign and implement the contract.  Funding is available           in the General Fund Aid to Other Agencies and from the Laredo Health Department.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            31.  Consideration to award a professional services contract to Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez,                                  Laredo, Texas, in an estimated annual amount of $40,000.00 for psychological                          examinations for the Laredo Police Department cadet applications and other                                     evaluations of sworn officers.  All services requested on an as needed basis.  This                             agreement will continue annually unless written notice from either party to discontinue            the services is submitted. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract in the amount of $473,000.00 with              Laredo Development Foundation for economic development.  The Laredo                                       Development Foundation’s mission is to create jobs, attract industry, and enhance local                    business, which they do through the Industrial Attraction Division, Small Business                              Development Division/Center and the Special Projects Division.  Funding is available            in the General Fund and Bridge Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            33.  Extending the existence of the Traffic Calming Ad Hoc Committee to October 31, 2007            to continue addressing traffic calming issues especially as it pertains to introducing                             different traffic calming device alternatives for new and existing residential                                          subdivisions.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            34.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of turnstile spare equipment in the amount of                 $39,406.86 from sole source provider, Transcore LP, for the electronic toll collection           system (hardware & software) upgrade for the pedestrian traffic at the Bridge of the                         Americas Modification Project, “El Portal”.  Funding is available in the Laredo Bridge              System Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Authorizing the City Manager to approve payment from the City’s Arena Renewal and              Replacement Account for the purchase of metal detectors, concourse accordion doors        and dasher drapes in a total amount not to exceed $50,000.00.  Items purchased through           the Renewal and Replacement Account are on a 50% cost basis to the City of Laredo            and a 50% cost basis to Arena Ventures, LLC.  Funding is available in Renewal and                          Replacement Account.

 

                   Motion to approve.

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            36.  Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of modular skate park ramps                                and amenities for the Cecilia Moreno Park from Kraftsman Playground and Park                       Equipment through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board)        contract pricing in the total amount of $66,490.15.  Funding is available in the CDBG             31st Action Year Block Grant.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            37.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract                        number FY04-122, awarded to Envirosolve, L.L.C., Tulsa, OK., in the estimated                            amount of $90,000.00, for conducting two Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)                             collection events and one Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG)            collection event.  The term of this contract was for one year with an option to extend                            the contract for three, one year terms.   This will be the second option year.  Funding is                available in the Environmental Services Department budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            38.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of five dump trucks in the total amount of                      $445,215.00, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC)        cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  These trucks will be purchased                    from Rush Truck Center, Houston, Texas.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste and            the Utilities Department operational budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            39.  Consideration to award contract FY07-016 to the low bidder, Nueces Power                                          Equipment, Laredo, Texas in the total amount of $259,274 for the purchase of three                                 backhoes for the Utilities Department and one backhoe for the Solid Waste Department            (Creek Cleaning).  Funding is available in the Solid Waste and the Utilities Department          operational budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            40.  Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY07-008 to the low bidders,                             Gray’s Wholesale Tire, Forth Worth, Texas, in the estimated amount of $67,914.00 for             the purchase of police pursuit tires; and Southern Tire Mart, Laredo, TX in the                    estimated amount of $53,428.36 for the purchase of regular passenger tires.  All tires                           will be purchased on an as need basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance                        Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            41.  Authorizing the sale of surplus public safety mobile and portable radios to the Zapata                 County Sheriff’s Department in the total amount of $60,000.   The Sheriff’s                                      Department has requested sixty mobile and sixty portable public safety radios                       previously used by the City of Laredo’s Police Department.   With the implementation               of the City’s 800 MHz radio system these radios are no longer being utilized.  All                                proceeds from this sale will be realized in the Police Trust Fund revenue account.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            42.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-010 to the low bidders, RM Personnel,             Inc. Laredo, Texas, and Staff Force, Laredo, Texas for providing temporary contract                       employees. Contracts will be awarded to primary and secondary vendors in order to                        provide the City of Laredo with a quality labor pool for those departments that might                        require temporary staff members throughout the fiscal year.  All services will be                    secured on an as need basis and the estimated contract amount for this fiscal year will                 be $500,000.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            43.  Consideration to reject the apparent low bid of Ramos Industries to rehabilitate Phase 2            of the General Aviation Apron, construct Phase 2 of the North East Cargo Apron, and                     construct Cargo Pads at the Southwest Apron in the amount of $7,377,195.50 and                          consideration to award the bid to Price Construction the lowest responsible bidder in                        the amount of $7,477,980.90 for said construction work. Funding is available in Airport             Construction Fund - FAA Grant No. 49.

 

                   Motion to postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            44.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder                       Restek, Inc., Austin, Texas, in the amount of $432,637.90 for the Laredo Colombia                         International Bridge Superstructure Rehabilitation.  Funding is available in the Bridge             System – Revenue Bond Series 2005A.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            45.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $35,324.73 for the                                 balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Engineered                        Materials Arresting System (EMAS) at the end of Runway 35L at the Laredo                                   International Airport and approval of final payment in the amount of $198,772.32 to                         Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is                              $1,323,543.82.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – FAA Grants                       No. 44 and 48.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

            46.  Consideration to award a professional service contract to Bexar County Forensic                      Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, in an estimated annual amount of $140,000 for                        criminal investigation laboratory services for the Police Department.  All services are             requested on an as needed basis.  Services include examination of evidence involving:                    arson, controlled substances, DNA, firearms, tool marks, toxicology, serology, and                             other services required for criminal investigations.  This agreement will continue                               annually unless written notice from either party to discontinue the services is submitted.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            47.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute the Homeland Security Grant Program Sub-                                  Recipient Grant Adjustment Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Governor’s            Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) to perform certain project tasks for the           period beginning July 1, 2006 and ending February 28, 2008 and accepting the total                        grant adjustment award in the amount of $221,463.04.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            48.  Rescinding a motion passed by City Council on August 8, 2006 to change the city lawn             clipping and branch pick up service schedule from once per week to once per month                        and to return the lawn clipping and branch pick up service schedule to once a week for               city residents.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            49.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-026, to the low bidders, Rodriguez Pipe           & Steel, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $38,274.00, for the purchase of assorted steel                   fence material. These materials will be purchased for ongoing security upgrade project                   at the Laredo Police Department.  Funding is available through the 2000A CO issue                      account. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

            50.  A. Presentation by Butch Gaut of First Transit on El Metro’s Comprehensive                                               Operational Analysis.

 

Butch Gaut, Project Manager for First Transit, informed Council that it has been ten years since the City of Laredo initiated a Comprehensive Operational Analysis.  He pointed out that the analysis was not designed to be a cost saving analysis rather a study to balance the operational cost within the system.  He said that the analysis indicated that the El Metro has more strengths than weaknesses.  One of the strengths is the El Metro Transit itself which allows for individuals to transfer as easily as possible.  He said that the City of Laredo has very high passenger productivity.  He noted that a copy of the analysis has been submitted to the El Metro Committee for review and recommendations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   B.  Presentation by Andrea Thomas of National Service Research on the City of

                         Laredo’s Citizens Survey results conducted during the months of July and August                       2006.

 

Andrea Thomas, of National Service Research, said she worked with city staff on the survey to provide a benchmark for the department.  She informed Council that 500 surveys were equally distributed to each district.  She advised Council that the survey indicated that citizens are generally satisfied with City services.  She discussed some of the results and explained that she can provide them to Council Members upon their request.  She noted that the main concern for the citizens of Laredo had to do with neighborhood crime, drugs, gangs, and traffic congestion. 

 

XIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            51. A.  Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on creating a committee to address substance and drug

                 abuse issues in the city and for the City Council to participate by appointing the           

                 members of the group.

 

                 Motion to postpone.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action to amend the Priority Procedures manual for the Mayor

                 and City Council, specifically the section entitled Priority II, item IV. Agenda, by adding             a citizen comments section under “Communications and Recognitions.”

 

                 Postponed.

 

            B.  Request by Council Member Mike Garza

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on the naming of City facilities.

 

                Cm.  Garza requested drafting an ordinance that would name City facilities in memoriam

                to an individual. 

 

                Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Director, said that Melissa Saldana, Assistant City

                Attorney, is working on a draft ordinance for an adhoc committee to review on the                    naming of city park facilities.          

                

            C.  Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the process of the search for a new City                      Manager.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Juan Chavez)

 

                 This item was not discussed.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the request for payment of Larry Dovalina in               conjunction with termination of his contract as of October 24, 2006.

 

                 Cm. Landeck suggested sending the contract of the previous City Manager, Larry                     Dovalina, to a law firm outside the City management.  He said that the Mayor should

                 make recommendations as to what law firm should review the contract.

 

                 Cm. Belmares expressed his concerns in hiring a law firm to review the prior City                       Manager’s contract.

 

                 Cm. Landeck responded by saying that he did not hire/fire the other City Managers.  He            said that he has reviewed Larry Dovalina’s contract and he has many questions regarding                the resolution. 

 

                 Motion to authorize Mayor Salinas to seek a legal firm to interpret the contract and                    provide Council guidance.   

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                 Second:  There was no second.

 

                 Cynthia Collazo, Acting City Manager, said that she had asked for an opinion from the

                 external auditors and they said that the salary is part of the severance pay. 

 

            D.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action to allocate $45,000 in Community Development Block              Grant funds, previously allocated for the acquisition of property in City Council District      IV, to be used to fund sidewalks, speed humps and the purchase and installation of                        sunshades at various parks.

 

                 This item was not discussed.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on the installation of speed humps on the 3400 block of             Buenavista from Saunders to Bartlett; on McClelland from San Jose to Plum; on the                       1800 block of San Jose from McPherson to McClelland; and appropriating $18,000.00              from District IV discretionary funds.

 

                 This item was not discussed.

 

            E.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

            1.  Status report of the Gale Street bridge, with possible action.

 

                 This item was not discussed.

 

            F.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on securing funding for the San Isidro/McPherson traffic             light.

 

                 This item was not discussed.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on the installation of a speed humps on the 400 & 500               blocks of Merlin Drive, and appropriating funds from District VI discretionary funds.

 

                 This item was not discussed.

 

            3.  Discussion with possible action on elevating the Park Dedication Ordinance Sub-                       Committee from Planning and Zoning to a City Council Ad Hoc Committee, with City                    Council reappointing its current membership.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Dr.                    Michael Landeck)

 

                 Cm.  Belmares stated that the newly drafted ordinance should be reviewed by the Parks            and Recreation Advisory Board and the Planning and Zoning Commissioners prior to                       being presented to City Council. 

 

Remy Salinas, Park Dedication Ordinance Sub-Committee member, advised Council that the said committee has not progressed because of several members who have special interest.  He noted that in his opinion their conflict of interested does not allow them to be objective.  He suggested reappointing individuals for the committee. 

 

Orlando Navarro, Planning & Zoning Commissioners, stressed the importance of the committee and its goal to thoroughly research criteria and fees before making decisions regarding the new ordinance.  He also explained that the committee had delays when the City of Laredo held their election and new commissioners were appointed.  He commended the new selection of commissioners.  

 

Nathan Bratton, former Planning and Zoning Commissioner, assured Council that all information will be presented to the City of Laredo Council for ultimate decisions.  He confirmed that the city election did delay the progress of the committee.  He explained that when an individual looks at the magnitude of what the ordinance will cover it is prudent to draft the ordinance correct the first time.  He noted that all issues must be researched and reviewed. 

 

            G.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on allowing vendors to resubmit bids for the available                               sites located at following intersections:  Grant and Salinas; Farragut and Flores; Convent            and Iturbide; Lincoln and Convent; Hidalgo and Convent; Zaragoza and Convent;                          Salinas and Lincoln; Santa Maria and Zaragoza; and Flores and Hidalgo.

 

                 This item was not discussed.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action regarding juvenile delinquency in our community.

 

                 This item was not discussed.

 

            3.  Discussion with possible action on paving Moctezuma from Flores to Convent and                     appropriating funds from District VIII discretionary funds.

 

                 This item was not discussed.

 

            4.  Discussion with possible action on financial report for LEC.

 

                 This item was not discussed.

 

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.

 

            10:01 p.m.   Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez announced that Mayor Raul G.  Salinas left

                                before deliberations in Executive Session.

 

            52.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to the V.T.C.A., Government Code Section

                   551.071 (2) to consult with its attorney to obtain legal advice regarding the proposed                               retail lease agreement for that tract of real property located downtown referred to as the            Bridge of the Americas Project, between the City of Laredo and Khaledi Bridge of the        Americas, LTD, and pursuant to the V.T.C.A. Government Code Section 551.072 to                          deliberate the subject lease because deliberation in an open session would have a                           detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the city and return to open session for                   discussion and possible action on same.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to the V.T.C.A., Government Code                    Section 551.071 (2) to consult with its attorney to obtain legal advice regarding the                           proposed retail lease agreement for that tract of real property located downtown                              referred to as the Bridge of the Americas Project, between the City of Laredo and

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

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   After Executive Session Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez announced that no formal action              was taken in Executive Session.

 

                   Motion to instruct staff to present to the Khaledi or Bridge of Americas, a contract for               22,729 sq. ft.,  at two dollars a square foot with incremental increases equivalent to the        UETA Contract twenty years with a twenty year extension only after reappraisal in                          agreement to the reappraisals pre-appraised values.   The Khaledis will have five days                   to sign the contract.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm.  Landeck

 

                   Cm.  Landeck said that he is uncomfortable with the motion because if we go below the             ninety (90) percent the City is exposing themselves to serious legal problems and                              therefore voted against it.

 

            53.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in            order to deliberate the possible purchase, exchange, lease or value of Blocks 394 and                      401, including that property previously known as Ventura Street between Santa Rita                    and Santa Cleotilde Avenues, Western Division, City of Laredo, Texas, because                      deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the               City Council in negotiations with a third person; and return to open session for possible               action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                    551.072 in order to deliberate the possible purchase, exchange, lease or value of Blocks                  394 and 401, including that property previously known as Ventura Street between                       Santa Rita and Santa Cleotilde Avenues, Western Division, City of Laredo, Texas,                                because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position          of the City Council in negotiations with a third person; and return to open session for          possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:                                                Abstain:

 

                   After Executive Session Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez announced that no formal action              was taken in Executive Session.

 

                   Motion to authorize the City Manager to authorize the City Manager to acquire City                                 blocks 394 and 401 WD including the strip of land previously known as Ventura Street             between Santa Rita and Santa Cleotilde Avenues in the amount not to exceed                                   $1,300,000.00 plus approximately $600 closing cost.  Seller will pay for the title                              policy. 

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            54.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in

                   order to deliberate on the value of, and possible exchange of an approximate 88.6913               acre tract of non-aeronautical use real property located along the east side of Bob                            Bullock Loop across from airport passenger terminal at the Laredo International                               Airport, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the                    position of City Council in negotiations with third person; and return to open session                          for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                    551.072 in order to deliberate on the value of, and possible exchange of an approximate                   88.6913 acre tract of non-aeronautical use real property located along the east side of          Bob Bullock Loop across from airport passenger terminal at the Laredo International                                Airport, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the        position of City Council in negotiations with third person; and return to open session                          for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   After Executive Session Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez announced that no formal action              was taken in Executive Session.

 

                   Motion to approve the public sale of an approximate 88.6913 acre tract of non                         aeronautic user real property located along the east side of Bob Bullock across from the

                   airport passenger terminal at the Laredo International Airport and authorizing the City

                   Manager to conduct said public sale in a minimum amount of $15,860,565.  Monies

                   should be earmarked for the federal inspection facility.   

 

                   Jose Flores, Airport Director, said that the monies would be used for multiple uses                    including the federal inspection facility.  He noted that other monies could be used for            federal grants with a 5% match.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            55.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (A) of the Texas                      Government Code to consult with attorneys representing the City of Laredo regarding           pending litigation of Martha Escamilla, Maria Gloria Gonzalez, and Webb County vs.             the City of Laredo, Cause No. 04-05-00456-CV; and return to open session for possible          action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (A) of the Texas               Government Code to consult with attorneys representing the City of Laredo regarding           pending litigation of Martha Escamilla, Maria Gloria Gonzalez, and Webb County vs.             the City of Laredo, Cause No. 04-05-00456-CV; and return to open session for possible          action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   After Executive Session Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez announced that no formal action              was taken in Executive Session.  Cm.  Amaya and Cm.  Garcia did not participate in                       the deliberation.

      

 

 

 

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.  Amaya

            For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            56.  Authorizing the City Manager to award FY 07-013 demolition of substandard 8 unit                                apartment complex structure at 3101 E. Travis bid proposal to the lowest bidder Laredo           Environmental Services, LLC, in the amount of $16,995.00.  Funding is available in the        Noise Compatibility Program Fund demolition line item account.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            57.  Authorizing the City Manager to award FY 07-020 demolition of structure at 113                      Fairway bid proposal to the lowest bidder Laredo Environmental Services, LLC, in the        amount of $21,500.00.  Funding is available in Noise Compatibility Program Fund                                demolition line item account.   

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

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

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                       

            58.  Consideration to waive bus fare collection to and from the HEB “Feast of Sharing”                                  Sunday, November 19, 2006 as participation by the City of Laredo co-sponsoring this              event, HEB will provide a $1,250.00 contribution to offset the fares.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            59.  Consideration to increase the annual supply contracts FY06-036 for the listed vendors              for providing bus and van fleet parts.  All items will be purchased on as needed basis.           Funding is available in the El Metro Operations Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            60.  Consideration to award a contract to the sole source provider, Trapeze Software Group            Inc., in the amount of $69,350.00 for the purchase of a fixed route scheduling software.                    Funding is available in the Transit System Capital Grants Fund-Federal Transit                      Administration (FTA) grant X438.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            61.  Consideration to award contract (FY06-107) to the low bidder, C. W. Tenorio Security,

                   Laredo, TX in the estimated annual 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:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Chavez

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0