CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-R-22

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

November 20, 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 Temp, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Acting City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                                     Assistant City Manager

            Rafael Garcia,                                                                           Assistant City Manager

            Valeria Acevedo,                                                                      City Attorney Interim

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of August 7, 2006, August 8, 2006 and August 9, 2006.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Cm.  Chavez was not present.

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            Invitations

 

            Recognitions

           

            a.  Recognition of Maria E. Harrison, of the Parks and Recreation Department, on her                    selection as October 2006 Employee of the Month.

 

Mike Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, commented that he is very proud of                     

Maria E. Harrison.  He stated that she has been employed with the City for 24 years and          

is currently the Supervisor for K. Tarver Recreation Center.  He also stated that for the       

month of October she organized a haunted house, Jamaica, and costume contest.  She 

also distributed candies, held games, and other activities for more than 1,200 children    

and parents.  Mr.  Pescador mentioned that she is also a mentor and committee member for the Drug Education for Youth program which she received the “Nuestro Orgullo” award by Stop Child Abuse and  Neglect Organization for her services to that organization.  He also mentioned that Ms. Harrison provides school programs all year long.          

 

                 Maria E. Harrison thanked everyone for the opportunity to work for the city and                        especially with the children.  She commented that her priority is to help children get                         off the street, drugs and gangs.

                            

            Communiqués

 

                 Cm. Garza congratulated all the schools in South Laredo that made it to the play-offs.

                 He mentioned that he attended the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and              encouraged all elected officials to participate in that program.

 

                Cm. Garcia congratulated all the teams that participated in the play-offs which includes               the United Highs School Longhorns.  He also congratulated everyone that participated in               the UIL academic competition at LBJ High School.  He wished everyone in the City of                   Laredo a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend.  He also thanked those people that                   helped distribute turkeys. 

           

                Cm. Landeck mentioned that he attended Parent Involvement week that was created by      

                the United Independent School District.  He emphasized that it was a very important                 event.  He mentioned that there was a great turn out and many parents were deputized to      

                help out. 

 

                Cm. Amaya reported that on November 20, 2007, the sixth annual turkey give away was          held with the help of several special projects committee members,  Police Department,    

    Fire Department and business partners to benefit the less fortunate families of several         

    housing projects in Laredo.  He also mentioned that fifteen turkeys will be given out to     

    students at the K Tarver Elementary School.  He reported that six years ago forty turkeys

    were given out to needy families and it has now increased to two hundred and fifty.  Cm.       

   Amaya expressed his gratitude to all those that helped and wished everyone in Laredo a

   safe and happy Thanksgiving.

           

               Cm. Rendon advised all the citizens of Laredo to have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving          Day.  He congratulated all the people who made the Catholic Youth Conference a

               success.

           

               Cm. Belmares congratulated all the athletic teams that participated in the play-offs.  He          

               encouraged all the citizens of Laredo to drive to the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas

               to support the team.  He congratulated everyone that participated in HEB’s Feast of

               Sharing, including city employees and city officials. 

 

               Cm. Chavez thanked Mayor Salinas and Cm. Garza for the time he spent with them on the        Washington trip.  He wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

           

               Cm. Ramirez wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

 

   Mayor Salinas reported that the Council had a very busy week. He stated that the meeting

   in Washington D.C. was very fruitful and it did not cost the city any money.  He

   mentioned that the National Association of Latino Elected Officials organization is made

   up of Latino leaders from around the country.  He commented that there are three United

   States Senators serving in the United States Senate including twenty four members of

   Congress.  He mentioned that at the meeting they discussed voter apathy and economic

   development.  He stated that it is a very          informative and educational organization.  He

   added that he worked with the Solid  Waste Department in the morning for a few

   hours and he recognized their hard work.  He mentioned that in only one shift they collect

   twelve to thirteen containers of garbage.  He also expressed his concerns for the needs of

   city employees and emphasized that the City and the City Council are behind them 100%

   and they will be given the tools they need to do their job.  He thanked Cm. Belmares for

   being  present at the HEB’s Feast of Sharing.  He announced that he will be on top of

   Wal–Mart on Wednesday, November 22, 2007 for his 14th year for 98 hours to raise

   money for the children of Laredo.  He stated that he will be teaming up with Abraham

   Diaz, “ El       Proctector”, of the Laredo Police Department, the Blue Santa, KGNS, and

   Constable Rudy Rodriguez.  He congratulated United High School.  Mayor Salinas   

   mentioned that he had a meeting with an official from the Washington D.C. area on   

   children that are abused, missing and exploited.  He stated that the city will team up with

   them to have an educational program to ensure the safety of our children.  He wished

   everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Mayor Salinas also mentioned that he is looking

   forward to a meeting with the Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, and all

   border Mayors to discuss the border fence issue.

 

            Citizen comments

 

                 Gabriela Mendoza Garcia, Director of the TAMIU Ballet Folklorico, stated that they                             received a seventy-five per cent decrease in funding from last year to this year and is                              requesting an increase in funding for the program as before.

 

                 Maria G. Franco thanked Mayor Salinas for sending Cm. Gene Belmares to visit the                              Laredo Medical Center.  She stated that she came on behalf of Gabriela Garcia and                              spoke in favor of granting more funding for the Ballet Folklorico.

     

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Raquel Perez a full member of the Blue    `                Ribbon Committee for International Trade.

 

                Motion to approve.

 

                Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Mayor Salinas announced that he will be adding as an alternate Al Chapa, CEO of                    the Specialty Hospital, to the Blue Ribbon Committee on Health.

 

            b.  Reappointment by Council Member Johnny Rendon of Jesus Hinojosa III to the Board              of Adjustment.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                Second:  Cm. Garza

                For:  8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Motion to reverse the order of the City Council agenda.

 

                Moved:  Cm. Garza

                Second:  Cm. Landeck

                For:  8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1. Individual public hearings for the voluntary annexation of seven (7) tracts of land

           

                 Tract 1: U.I.S.D. Tract– 33.19 acres, more or less;

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

              

                 For:      5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  3

                                                                                                                                    Cm.  Garza

                                                                                                                                    Cm.  Garcia

                                                                                                                                    Cm.  Chavez

     Tract 2: Tanquecitos Tract– 52.94 acres, more or less;

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1                                                                                                                                            Cm. Garcia

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Garcia

 

                 Tract 3: Alarcon Tract – 1.85 acres, more or less;

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 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

 

                 Tract 4: Hurd Tract – 21.09 acres, more or less;

 

                Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                There was no public input.

 

                Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Tract 5: 4 V Holding Tract – 44.53 acres, more or less;

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Tract 6: Key Energy Tract – 2.45 acres, more or less;

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 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.

 

                 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 rezoning 7.37 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in                       attached Exhibit “A”, located at 10 E. Del Mar Boulevard, from R-1 (Single Family                        Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning                       Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District VI)

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Richard Haynes, representing the Sisters, requested the approval of item 2, 3, and 4 of                               the Public Hearing section.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

            3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by rezoning 11.25 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in                     attached Exhibit “A”, located 10 East Del Mar Boulevard, from R-1 (Single-Family                        Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning          Commission recommended approval of the zone change.      (District VI) 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

            4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 thru 7, Block 1, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, Section 1,                Area “B”, located at 10 E. Del Mar Boulevard, from R-1 (Single Family Residential                    District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission                  recommended approval of the zone change.  (District VI)

 

                Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For: 8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5, 6, 7 and 8, Block 1493, Eastern Division and                            8,073.49 sq. ft. out of the Chihuahua Street right-of-way, located at 2520 Chihuahua                     Street, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District).      The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone                                         change.  (District II)

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

 

            6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7 and 8, Block 1574, Eastern Division, located at 2606                Ross Street, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business                District).   The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone                     change.   (District II)

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

 

            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7 and the north 9 feet of Lot 8, Block 905, Western                       Division, located at 3520 Juarez Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to R-      3 (Mixed Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends                            approval of the zone change.   (District VII) 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For: 8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm. Belmares

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Chavez

 

            8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the             City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 and 6, Block 990, Eastern Division, located at 1820                  Chihuahua Street, from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-3 (Community Business        District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone                     change.   (District III)

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Landeck

 

9.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the      City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a child daycare on Lot 9,                  Block 2, Town East Subdivision Phase I, located at 3417 West Fiesta Loop.  The          Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  

      (District II) 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Belmares

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Garcia

 

            10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of                                the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for mini storage/warehousing,                 on Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, Block 1068, Eastern Division, located at 1320 South                    Meadow Avenue.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of                        the zone change.    (District III) 

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Landeck

 

            11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of                                the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.85 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in             attached Exhibit “A”, located at the east termination of Havanna and Imperial Drives,            from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).  The              Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.                              (District VI)

 

                  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Belmares

 

            12.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of                                the City of Laredo by rezoning 9.89 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in             attached Exhibit “A”, located on the west side of Bob Bullock Loop north of Winfield           Parkway , from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The                Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.                              (District VI)

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

            13.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of                                the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Union Park Subdivision, located at 5701 San                                 Dario Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial               District).   The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone                             change.   (District V) 

 

                  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Richard Morales Jr., on behalf of the adjacent property owners, spoke against the                    zone change request.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and go with Planning and Zoning recommendations.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            14.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to implement a              south bound pedestrian toll free crossing for the week of December 18, 2006 through           December 24, 2006.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was 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 authorizing and allowing under the Act                       governing the Texas Municipal Retirement System, “Updated Service Credits” in said           system for service performed by qualifying members of such system who will begin                                employment with the City of Laredo on or after January 1, 2007; providing for                             increased prior and current service annuities for retirees and beneficiaries of deceased                 retirees of the City; and establishing an effective date for such actions.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            16.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year                                 2006-2007 annual budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $252,589.00             in the Laredo Police Department Trust Fund.  Funding will be used to purchase                                operational materials and supplies and capital outlay equipment.  Items include                      surveillance equipment, tactical entry equipment, and other needed items.  Funding is                   available in the Police Trust Fund opening balance.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            17.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lessor’s consent to an assignment of lease

                   from Gateway Rent-a-Car, LLC (seller/assignor) to Border Rent A Car, LLC, for that              certain lease dated August 28, 2006, between the City of Laredo and Gateway Rent-a-

                   Car, LLC, approximately 171 square feet of office and counter space located in car

                   rental space #4 within the airport passenger terminal and 17 parking spaces located

                   within the ready return parking lot located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo

                   International Airport; providing for an effective date. 

 

                   Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

            18.  Closing as public easement a triangular section of Blaine Street between  Smith and

                   Ejido Avenues, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb,                      Texas, as shown in Exhibit “A”, and providing for an effective date.

 

                   Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

            19.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an assignment of leasehold interest from

                   Labata Service, Inc., approved by Ordinance No. 2001-O-024 dated January 16, 2001,          for a vehicular parking lot located at 5003 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International

                   Airport to Aero Center, Inc., and amending Section 1.02, Term, by adding an early                                   termination clause that effectively terminates the lease agreement without notice from

                   Lessor effective the date Lessee’s sublease of Hangar No. 162 expires, providing for an

                   effective date.

 

                   Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

            20.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an assignment of leasehold interest from

                   Labata Services, Inc., approved by Ordinance No. 2003-O-091 dated April 7, 2003, for

                   approximately 12,000 square feet constituting the west section of Hangar No. 1309

                   located at the International Airport to Aero Center, Inc., providing for an effective date.

 

                   Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

            21.  Amending ordinance 2006-O-205 dated August 28, 2006 which provided for the 

                   submission of 81 proposed amendments  to the Charter of the City of Laredo to the                                voters on Tuesday, November 7, 2006, in order to correct a clerical error in  setting                                forth the change proposed for section 10.01 (a)of the charter, to harmonize it with the

                   answer to that proposed change which the voters made on related proposition no. 55 on

                   which they voted favorably on November 7, 2006

 

                   Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinances

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Rendon

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            22.  2006-O-282  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.  (As amended)

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-282.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-283  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).   (District I)

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-283.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-284  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). 

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-284.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-285  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. 

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-285.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-286  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) 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.  (As                                                     amended)

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-286.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-287  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-287.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-288  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-288.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-289  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-289.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-290  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-290.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-291  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, local match, 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.  (As amended)

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-291.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

               2006-O-292  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-292.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-293  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-293.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-294  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-294.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-295  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-295.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-296  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.

 

                                        Peter Tart explained that the Contractual Obligations are being sold to                                                   fund miscellaneous personal property equipment and they will be repaid in                                 five years at an interest rate of 3.586.  He stated that the Bank of America                                 will purchase these obligations and the City of Laredo will receive the                                                    money on December 14, 2006.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-296.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-297  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-297.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-298  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-298.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-299  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.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-299.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-300  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.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-300.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-301  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

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

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-301.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2006-O-302  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.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-302.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

            23.  2006-R-110  Resolution of the City of Laredo suspending the effective date of the AEP

                                        Texas Central Company’s requested rate changes to allow the City time to                                study the request and to establish reasonable rates; approving cooperation

                                        with other cities within AEP Texas Central Company’s service territory;

                                        authorizing intervention in the proceeding at the Public Utility

                                        Commission; retaining counsel to represent the City; requiring                                                                reimbursement of cities’ rate case expenses; requiring notice of this

                                        resolution to the company. 

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-110.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

            24.  Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) for the downtown

                   signalization study.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has budgeted                    $250,000.00 for the project and funding is available through the (MPO) account.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Chavez

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            25.  Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) for the Safe, Accountable,

                   Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act:  A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-                                  LU) Compliance Project.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has                          budgeted $65,039.00 for the project and funding is available through the (MPO)                              account.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Chavez

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            26.  Award of professional services contract with Crane Engineering & Sherfey                                              Engineering (in association with Frank Architects and Hydrologic Group) in the                          amount of $529,000.00, to provide consulting services for Upper Zacate Creek

                   Multipurpose Detention Pond Project for the City of Laredo, Texas.  Funding is                        available in the Environmental Services, 2005 C.O. and Transit System FTA Grant                           #274.

 

                   Motion to approve with the amendment to add up to $50,000.00 to the design of the                              park.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                   Second:  Cm. Belmares

                   For: 8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            27.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-015 to the low bidders, Gateway

                   Uniforms, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $90,000.00, Mike’s Western                                  Wear, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $5,000.00 and Iron Age, San Antonio,           Texas, in the estimated amount of $1,000.00 for the purchase of safety footwear for city                   maintenance personnel.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Chavez

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            28.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-018 to the low bidders: Caldwell

                   Country Chevrolet, Caldwell, TX in the total amount of $69,840.00 for the purchase of             five (5) vehicles; Planet Ford, Caldwell, TX in the total amount of $465,085.00 for the        purchase of twenty six (26) vehicles; and Sames Motor Company, Laredo, TX in the                              total amount of $89,512.30 for the purchase of five (5) vehicles.

   

                   Utilizing the local bidder’s preference provision of the Texas Local Government Code                271.905, the City Council may choose to award contracts to the following: low bidder,        Caldwell Country Chevrolet, Caldwell, TX in the total amount of $69,840.00 for the                           purchase of five (5) vehicles; low bidder and utilizing the local bidder preference                          provisions, Sames Motor Co., Laredo, TX in total amount of $324,057.70 for the                                purchase of twenty one (21) vehicles; and Planet Ford, Caldwell, TX in the total                        amount of $233,635.00 for the purchase of ten (10) vehicles.  Funding is available from              Contractual Obligation Public Property Finance Obligation (PPFCO) bond proceeds                    and department operational budgets.    

 

Francisco Meza, Purchasing Department Manager, reported that they are recommending three different bidders.  He stated that they are allowed to use the local preference.  He also stated that Sames Motor Company is within the 3 percent allowed by state law and City Council can choose to award the contract to them as the lower bidder with local preference.  Mr. Meza commented that they would be getting twenty one vehicles instead of five if they decide to go with Sames Motor Company.

 

                   Motion to approve with local preference.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            29.  Consideration for approval of amendment No. 2, increase of $105,549.74 to the

                   professional services contract with Juarez Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for

                   the water and sanitary sewer improvements on the Piedra China Street/Texas/Milmo

                   Avenue area in South Laredo Project for Phase II of the project to address paving and

                   associated drainage improvements.  Current engineering contract amount is

                   $173,984.74.  Funding is available in the CDBG 31st Action Year.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            30.  Consideration for approval of the selection of Sepulveda & Associates for the Fire

                   Department headquarters building at Fire Station No. 5 at 2600 Bartlett Avenue and                               authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the                 2006 C.O. Issue.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            31.  Consideration to award Section F-Mechanical Joint Cast Iron fittings for contract                      number FY06-130 to the low bidder, National Waterworks, Inc., San Antonio, Texas,                    in the estimated amount of $71,564.97.  Staff has reviewed the items submitted for this                  section to assure compliance with our requirements.  These materials are purchased on             an as needed basis by the Utilities Department-Water Operations for construction and               repair projects.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Authorizing the City Manager to award the contract to the lowest qualified bidder

                   System Control & Instrumentation in a total bid amount of $292,685.00 for the water                system SCADA Improvements Project.  Funding is available in the Waterworks                               Construction Project Account.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            33.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 to Ramos Industries Inc., for the                                construction of Tanquecitos I wastewater and water distribution improvements.  This                 change order consists of extending the contract time to an additional 30 days and an                         increase in the material cost 2.9 percent for a total contract amount of $1,776,680.66. 

                   This change order is subject to the approval of the TWDB.  Funding is available in the

                   Colonias Project.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            34.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of 75.9375 ac/ft                               per annum municipal water rights from Paula Sladek LeGros, Trustee of Paul L.                         Sladek, for the sum of $136,687.50.  Funding will come from Water availability                                balances.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Consideration to continue requesting donations from private organizations for City

                   legislative events held in Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C.

 

                   Motion to table.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Landeck

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            36.  Consideration to award contract FY07-016 to the low bidder, Nueces Power

                   Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $124,642.00 for the purchase of two              backhoes for the Public Works Department.  Funding is available in the 2006 Public                         Property Finance Contractual Obligation bond proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Belmares

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            37.  Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY07-012 to the low bidder JJJ

                   International & Safety, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $138,737.00 for            providing traffic marking paint for the Traffic and Airport Departments.  The contract            pricing is approximately 1% less that the previous contract period.  This contract                    establishes the unit pricing for traffic paint and glass beads used for street and                            runway/taxiway striping for a one year period.  All items will be purchased on an as                       needed basis.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety and Airport Grounds                                Maintenance budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Belmares

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            38.  Consideration to award annual contract number FY07-019 to the following vendors:

                   Gonzalez Auto Parts, Napa Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Texas Fleet Supply, and               Laredo Wholesale, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $60,000.00 for the                             purchase of miscellaneous auto parts for the Fleet Department.  This contract                                    establishes discount percentage pricing for those miscellaneous auto parts not covered

                   in the automotive parts contract.  These vendors have offered percentage discount                    pricing from their general catalogues.  All items will be purchased on an as needed                            basis and funding will be secured from the Fleet Maintenance budget. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Belmares

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            39.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-029, to the low bidder, GT Distributors,

                   Inc. Austin, Texas in the amount of $49,492.80 for the purchase of seventy (70) rifles

                   for the Police Department.   Funding is available from 2006 Contractual Obligation

                   Public Property Finance Obligation (PPFCO) bond proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Belmares

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            40.  Consideration for approval to award a contract to Duke-Energy, Laredo, Texas, in the

                   amount of $53,581.00 for a relocation of a gas line obstructing proposed construction               of drainage improvements at the Muller Road intersection with the Zacate Creek Upper                    Reaches Project.  Funding is available in the 2005 C.O. Bond.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Belmares

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            41.  Consideration to amend contract number FY05-073 currently awarded to Landfill

                   Service Corporation, Apalachin, NY, in the amount of $85,500.00.  The proposed

                   amendment would increase the current contract to $428,553.12 in order to provide

                   funding for the remainder of the contract term.  This contract provides the equipment

                   and material for an alternative daily cover system for the landfill operation.  Funding is                available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Belmares

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            42.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of fifty-five (55) sets of structural fire fighting

                   protective uniforms from Dooley Tackaberry, Deer Park, Texas, through the Houston                Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative contract pricing in the            total amount of $99,558.25.  The set includes the fire coat, trousers, knee boots, gloves,              hoods, suspenders, and helmets.  Funding is available in the Fire Department’s Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            43.  Authorizing the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau to place a temporary                                           promotional banner for the V Annual International Sister Cities Festival scheduled for                 January 26, 2007 through January 28, 2007.  The banner will be installed at the                                intersections for Springfield and Hillside Roads and at the Calton and Yeary Roads                           from January 12 through the end of the Festival on January 28, 2007.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            44.  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 49.

 

                   Motion to approve low bidder Ramos Industries.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm.  Belmares

 

            45.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one dump truck in the total amount or                       $88,843.00 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC)                         cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  This truck will be assigned to the            Parks and Recreation Department.  Funding will be made available from the 2006                    Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation bond proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

           46.  Consideration for approval of change order No. 1 to Rhino Builders, LTD, Laredo,

                  Texas for the amount of $37,651.00 to install the 24 inch diameter pipe with bends and              caps to avoid future conflict with the drainage work currently under construction on

                   Del Mar Blvd.  This change order brings the total contract amount to $1,117,978.50. 

                   Funding is available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            47.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 5 to add one hundred ninety-five (195)

                   calendar days to the construction contract time with Leyendecker Construction, Laredo,

                   Texas, for the City of Laredo Bridge of Americas Modification Project (El Portal) for

                   additional design changes.  

 

                   Frank Rotnofsky mentioned that several issues were discovered and there will be a                                       modification of Building E.

 

                   Rafael Garcia reported that everything will be finished with the exemption of Building                  E.  He stated that all lanes will be opened on January 22, 2007.  He mentioned that the        first lane and the pedestrian lane will be opened on December 11, 2007. 

 

                   Motion to add only one  hundred ninety-five (195) calendar days.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Landeck

                   For:  6                                           Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                                                                        Cm.  Chavez

 

            48.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY03-025 awarded to                       National Reimbursement Services, Inc. (NRS), Houston, Texas for providing billing

                   services for the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operation. NRS

                   will be responsible for obtaining reimbursement for services provided by our EMS

                   division utilizing their expertise in dealing with Medicare and private insurance

                   companies. The original term of this contract was for a three-year period with options

                   to renew for three additional one-year terms. Staff is requesting authorization to

                   exercising the renew option for the first of the three additional year terms. NRS will

                   charge the City 10% of all collections received as a result of their billing activities. It is                anticipated that with the services provided by NRS the City’s collection rate will

                   increase by approximately twenty percent.   In addition, they are required to provide, at

                   no cost to the City, new and specialized computer equipment for each ambulance crew

                   with docking stations for these computers at the Fire Stations and at both hospitals.

 

                   Motion to table.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm.  Garza

 

            49.  Authorizing the City Manager to approve Change Order No. 2 in the amount of

                   $64,800.55 to Balch Machine Company for the pump repair project at the Jefferson                               WTP Raw Water Pumphouse #2.  The change order will cover the additional work

                   identified as necessary improvements and modifications that could not be examined

                   due the operation of the equipment.  Funding is available in the 2004B Revenue Bonds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

XII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            50.  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.

                       

                 Postponed by Mayor Salinas.

 

                 B.  Request by Council Member Mike Garza

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action for reports from internal and external auditors on

                 projected reviews.

 

                 Veronica Urbano Baeza, Internal Auditor, explained that the audit plan is comprised by             taking a risk assessment into account.  She mentioned that the audit done to those                           departments that handle large quantities of cash, and the frequency of non-compliant                       departments.  She also stated that she takes into account any follow up audits that have      been conducted on previous audits and any letters from management, allegations,      

                 anonymous tips, thefts, or wrong doings. She commented that an audit plan is in place.

 

                 Cm. Garza expressed his concern on conducting audits on a reactionary basis and not on           regular basis.   

 

                 Cm. Landeck asked for a historical frequency distribution as to which department and                               division were audited in the last number of “x” years. 

 

Rosario Cabello, Finance Director, explained that internal audits are prepared on items such as cash handling, compliance and payroll and are done randomly on an annual basis.  She also stated that the City is audited on an annual basis by external auditors as well.

 

                 City Council suggested to send it back to the Audit Committee for a recommendation.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on the projected IH 35 landfill property and other City

                 owned properties.

 

Horacio De Leon, Assistant City Manager, reported that he had provided a list of 

properties acquired over the last five years.  He stated that the property on IH-35        

was initially purchased in 2002 for a future landfill; however, different actions have been  

done by City Council.  He mentioned that one action was the possibility of using water wells found on the property as a secondary water source.  He mentioned that studies were done and it was not feasible.  He concluded by stating that the property is currently appreciating in value. 

           

                 Erasmo Villarreal, Building Director, stated that the GEO Testing was done and high                               producing water wells were discovered on the property. 

                

                 Motion to solicit an RFP for a grazing lease and seek appraisal of the property.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  C.  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.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                  Second:  Mayor Pro-Tempore  Ramirez

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                

            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.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                 Second:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Ramirez

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 D.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

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

 

Alejandro Labrada, Public Works Director, reported that he had submitted a status          

report on October 16, 2007.  He mentioned that they are 60 days behind because of                  

the rains, holidays, utility relocations, and elevation discrepancies.  He stated that he        

wants to open a section of the bridge by the end of December 2006 and the project    

should be completed six weeks after that. 

 

                 E.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

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

                 light.

           

                 Robert Murillo, Traffic Department Director, reported that the latest estimate for the                               traffic light is at $118,000.00.  He stated that Cm. Belmares provided them with                        $60,000.00; however, the balance owed is $58,000.00.  He also stated that the poles    

                 have been ordered but funding is still needed for the rest of the materials.

 

                Cm. Belmares instructed staff to start the formal process of requesting funds and the                 dedication of those funds to the City.

 

            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.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Mayor Pro-Temp Ramirez

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            3.  Discussion with possible action on rescinding rental increases for tenants on the airport

                 flight line.

 

                 Motion to rescind the rental increase for tenants on the airport flight line as amended.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            4.  Consider a motion amending that motion previously adopted by City Council at the

                 Special City Council Meeting of November 13, 2006, to pay the entire amount due the

                 former city manager immediately, either this week, next, or whatever and to obtain an                                 outside legal opinion to interpret the current contract between the former city manager

                 and the City of Laredo for the benefit of future city manager contracts; and if that legal

                 opinion determines City Council shouldn’t have made certain payments, then City

                 Council will decide at that time whether to look for a way to get the City’s money back

                 and how that could be accomplished; and to amend that motion by deleting the word

                “immediately” as to the timing of the payment and instead to pay the former city

                 manager in accordance with the terms of his contract, at the time he designates.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

 

                 For:  5                                             Against:  3                                            Abstain:  0

                 Cm. Garcia                                     Cm. Garza

                 Cm. Amaya                                    Cm. Landeck

                 Cm. Rendon                                   Cm. Chavez

                 Cm. Belmares

                 Mayor Pro-Tempore Ramirez

 

Cm. Garza stated that the ICMA contributions can not be included with the payment as      originally intended and medical benefit coverage needs to be as per the recommendation of staff.

 

                 Cm. Belmares emphasized that the motion will only remove the word “immediately”.

                 

                 Valeria Acevedo, Acting City Attorney, clarified that the motion will only remove the                              word “immediately” as to the timing and is leaving “to pay the City Manager in                           accordance with the terms of his contract”.  She asked if staff is to rely on the legal                         opinion of Cox, Smith and Mathew as to the pay out.

 

                 Cm. Garza confirmed her question and added to rely on staff’s input as well.

 

                 F.  Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

 

            1.  Update on the proposed slow moving vehicles ordinance regulating heavy equipment

                 and construction vehicles on the road. 

 

                 Postponed by Cm. Chavez for the next meeting.

 

                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.

 

                 Cm. Ramirez spoke on allowing the “paletero” vendors to resubmit their bids on the                                mentioned intersections.

 

Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Department Director, stated that all mobile vendors                have a permit and individual cart vendors are not allowed downtown unless they have a      contract.  He also stated that mobile vendors can not sell if they do not have a permit.                  He mentioned that the license is effective for two years and they receive a picture identification card.  He also mentioned that they are now getting a background check. 

 

                 Motion to allow the vendors to rebid on the intersections mentioned by Cm. Ramirez and           amend the Ordinance to add his locations.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Belmares

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Martin Aleman, Budget Director, reported that he had sent a memo with documentation      

on November 3, 2006 to the Council Members indicating the financial information from   

2002 through September 2006.  He reported that the arena submits information on a  

monthly basis and he recaps the information.  He stated that he had updated the City  

Council previously.  Mr. Aleman mentioned that the information is based on ticket sales

and revenues from events and that the parking revenue is not part of the City, but a part

of the Laredo Entertainment Center.    

 

            3. Consideration to change the order of the City Council agenda for Council Member items

                and to implement a rotational schedule of General Council Discussions and Presentations           beginning with City Council District #1 in December and allowing each subsequent                         District to be listed first in the order of General Council Discussions and Presentations.

 

Cm. Chavez suggested that on the first Monday of the month the General Council 

Discussions and Presentation order should begin with District 1 and on the following

meeting begin with District 8.

 

                Cm. Garza agreed to change the order and suggested that District 1 begin followed by               District 2 at the next meeting and so on.

 

                 Mayor Pro-Tempore Ramirez emphasized that General Council Discussions be at the                                  start of the agenda after appointments.

 

                 Cm. Landeck suggested they begin, for example, with District 8 and then at the next                     

                 City Council meeting begin with District 7.

           

                 Motion to approve the order to begin with District 1 then District 8 and place the                       General Council Discussions before public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 Valeria Acevedo, Acting City Attorney, asked City Council for a motion to amend the               Priorities and Procedure Manual.

 

                 Motion to instruct staff to amend the Priorities and Procedure Manual.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                  Second:  Cm. Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                  For:  8                                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            4.  Discussion with possible action on funding for the TAMIU Flamenco Ballet. 

 

                 Mayor Pro-Tempore Ramirez requested $5,000.00 for the TAMIU Flamenco Ballet.

 

Martin Aleman, Budget Director, reported that the organizations activities needs to bring people to the hotels, in other words “heads on beds”. 

 

                 Janice Weber, Library Director, reported that the Hotel/Motel Funding has a certain                               percentage that can be spent on the arts and historical preservation.  She also reported                          that the committee concentrated mostly on “heads-on-beds” and they plan to eliminate               the arts.

 

                 Cynthia Collazo, Acting City Manager, stated that she was in agreement with Cm. Garza           to bring the Chair forward to speak to City Council.

 

                 Mayor Pro-Tempore Ramirez suggested that $2,000.00 be taken from his promotional                           funds.

 

                 Motion to instruct staff to take $2,000.00 from the Promotional account from Mayor                             Pro-Tempore Ramirez; $1,000.00 from Mayor Salinas; $500.00 from Cm. Chavez;                                $500.00 from Cm. Amaya; Cm. Belmares if allowed and donate it to the TAMIU

                 Flamenco Ballet.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

   

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

            51.  A.  Discussion with possible action to consider Police Officer Omar H. Moreno, Jr.’s

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

 

                          Dan Migura, Human Resources Director, reported that Mr. Moreno returned to                                     work today and needs to extend his injury leave with pay to nineteen days.  He also                   stated that there is a possibility that he may need another surgery.

 

                          Motion to approve 19 days of injury pay.

 

                          Moved: Cm. Belmares

                          Second: Cm. Amaya

                          For:  8                                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   B.  Update report and discussion in regards to the questions raised at the pre-bid

                         meeting for the lease of 600 living unit equivalency with possible action.  The                              provisions for sewer are made available though the over sizing of the wastewater

                         line extensions for the Colonias Project on SH 359 and the Texas Mexican Rail                                              Road right of way.

 

 Pablo Martinez, Utilities Director, reported that initially they wanted to   

 accommodate homeowners to be able to tie into the system and purchase single                          

 living unit equivalencies per dwelling.  He mentioned that one thousand living unit             

 equivalencies were available, but as time passed developers became interested in

 developing along Highway 359 and they approached the City to purchase those           

 living unit equivalencies.  He stated that they decided to lease it as to not show any

 preference.  He also stated that they presented this to the Water Issues Committee

 and mentioned to them that there were three developers requesting this capacity. 

 He reported that the Water Issues Committee gave approval to the lease and they

 went through the bid process.  He reported that he had a list of questions that

 needed to be addressed.

                       

                         Cm. Belmares instructed staff to include the questions in Friday’s packet to have                                    Council study them and address them at the Utilities workshop on Wednesday,                                      November 27, 2007.

 

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.

 

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

                   order to deliberate the possible purchase, exchange, lease or value of the North ½ of                                Lot 10, Block 162, 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 the                        North ½ of Lot 10, Block 162, 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.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

                   Motion to authorize the City Manager to acquire the North ½ of Lot 10, Block 162,                                Western Division, in the amount not to exceed $215,000 plus approximately $600.00                for closing costs.  Seller will pay for the title policy.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Ramirez

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            53.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Section 551.071               (1) (A) to consult with the Attorneys for the City of Laredo about a contemplated                             litigation in the matter of Hilda Negrete vs. City of Laredo, et al., and return to open                          session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

    

            54.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071

                   (1) (A) to consult with attorneys on possible settlement of case of City of Laredo v.                                 Brothers Paving, Inc., Cause No. 2006CVF 00133, in the 111th District Court, Webb             County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                  

                   Motion to authorize the City Attorney to settle the case on the basis discussed.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Belmares

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

           

            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.

                 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

                   Motion to authorize the City attorney’s to proceed as discussed.

                  

                   Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                   Second:  Cm. Belmares

                   For:  5                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  3

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Garza

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Garcia

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Amaya                                                                                                                                                                    

XV.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

            56.  Consideration to award annual contract number FY07-019 to the following vendors;                               Gonzalez Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Texas Fleet Supply, and Laredo Wholesale              in the estimated amount of $45,000.00 for the purchase of miscellaneous auto parts for        the Transit System.  This contract establishes discount percentage pricing for those                                miscellaneous auto parts not covered in the automotive parts contract.  These vendors                    have offered percentage discount pricing from their general catalogues.  All items will                    be purchased on as needed basis and funding will be secured from the Transit budget.

 

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

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Chavez

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza                                                                              Time:  10:57

            Second:  Cm. Belmares

            For:  8                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 37 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on November 20, 2006.

 

                                                                        ____________________________________

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary