CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-R-23

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

DECEMBER 4, 2006

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

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

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                                       Mayor

            Mike Garza,                                                                             Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            Michael Landeck,                                                                     Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                                        Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

            Juan Chavez                                                                             Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Mayor Pro Tem, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Acting City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                                     Assistant City Manager

            Rafael Garcia,                                                                           Assistant City Manager

            Valeria Acevedo,                                                                      Acting City Attorney

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of August 14, 2006 and August 17, 2006.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

           

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

 

            None.

 

            Communiqués

 

            Cm.  Garza expressed his concerns for the families from Laredo’s Missing.  He said that the             families deserve an answer as to what has happened to their missing loved ones.  He             congratulated the United High School Longhorns for their performance in the football     playoffs.  Lastly, he thanked         Cm. Amaya for his support and guidance in assisting him in        developing a plan to provide         help to less fortunate families on Thanksgiving.  He thanked       the individuals that assisted him in distributing over 400 fruit baskets and 100 turkeys to      needy families. 

 

            Cm. Garcia echoed Cm. Garza regarding Laredo’s Missing.  He concurred that is it       extremely important to obtain information regarding the missing to the families.  He             congratulated the United Longhorns.  He said that he was able to distribute over 175 turkeys       in District II.  He reminded the viewing public to “drive friendly” throughout the Christmas         holidays. 

 

            Cm. Landeck expressed empathy for the families of Laredo’s Missing.  He stressed the             importance of providing information to the families regarding their children/parents.

 

            Cm. Amaya said that on December 16, 2006 the District IV Special Projects Committee             will hold their sixth annual distribution of toys to over 300 less fortunate students that were             selected by the school districts and churches.  He thanked all the individuals that donated or             worked towards this cause.

 

            Cm. Rendon thanked the staff of United States Congressman Henry Cuellar for providing             him with the name of a soldier that had returned to Laredo from Iraq.  He said that he    provided a turkey dinner for the soldier and her family. 

 

            Cm. Belmares thanked North Independent School District for their hospitality at the United

            High School Longhorn game in San Antonio.  He said that the Longhorns did a phenomenal

            job playing football in San Antonio.  He invited everyone to attend the Annual Sister Cities             Conference and Sister Cities Festival.  He said that Brenda Jackson, coloratura soprano,             would be performing at the event.  He echoed the sentiments of the other Council Members             regarding the Laredo’s Missing.  He said that he prays for the Pina family and other       families that are missing family in Mexico.  He extended his condolences to the Arthur    family who lost their father this week.  Finally, he invited all the Council and others to          attend the annual football game held to raise funds for the Blue Santa.

 

            Cm. Chavez said that he would initiate a scholarship program for Laredo students. 

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez expressed his sympathy to the Castillo family for their loss.              He also announced that he traveled to Tapatitlan, Jalisco to sign Sister City agreements.

 

            Mayor Flores proudly announced that he along with Blue Santa program was able to raise             over $10,000 for the less fortunate students.  He also said that he visited Trooper Juan Sandoval who was injured in a traffic stop.  He advised that the trooper’s wife was very   pleased with the Police Department and Emergency Medical Technicians.   

 

            Citizen comments

            Citizens are required to fill out a witness card and identify themselves at the microphone.              Comments should be relevant to City business and delivered in a professional manner.  No             derogatory remarks will be permitted.  There is a time limit of three minutes per speaker.

 

            Dr. Nora R. Garza & Blas Castaneda thanked Council for their continued support to the             Laredo Community College through Third Party Funding.  She noted that the funds have             been a tremendous assistance to the university.  She asked the Council to consider         additional funds for the college from the Third Party Funding.  Blas Castaneda concurred   with Dr. Garza noting that the funds that are given to the college are used for community    projects. 

 

            Hank Rose & Monica Perales Garcia appealed to the Council regarding the funding that the             Animal Protective Society from the Third Party Funding.  She said that an increase in     funding would implement ideas that would turn into action. She stressed the fact that      animals are in a crises in the City of Laredo

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Al Chapa to the Health Blue Ribbon                         Committee.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            b.  Appointment by Council Member Juan Chavez of Cristobal Rodriguez to the Planning               and Zoning Commission.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

             Cm.  Belmares left the meeting.

 

            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.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                 Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

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

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

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

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      7                                         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.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                 City of Laredo by rezoning of 20.29 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in            attached Exhibit “A”, located on the north side of future Riverbank Drive, west of                           Atlanta Drive, from AG (Agricultural District) and R-1A (Single-family Reduced Area

                 District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning

                 Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District VII)

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Chavez

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Chavez

 

                 Cm.  Belmares left the meeting. 

 

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

                 City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, 3, 11 and 12, Block 849, Western Division, located         at 3220 San Bernardo Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) and B-3                            (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).   The Planning

                 and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.    (District VIII)

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ron Whitehawk, spoke on behalf of Mr. & Mrs. Ibanez, in favor for use as a                                             proposed amusement redemption establishment.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and postpone.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Chavez

                 Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

               

            4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007

                 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of

                 $2,000,000.00 respectively.  The revenues are from lease purchase proceeds related to

                 financing of a new information management system for the Laredo Police and Fire

                 Departments. 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance approving an agreement with the Bureau of

                 Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in the amount of $28,500.00 and

                 amending the FY 2006-2007 City of Laredo Annual Budget by $28,500.00.  The

                 agreement’s purpose is to reimburse cost for overtime and fringe benefits incurred by the

                 Laredo Police Department in providing resources to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,

                 Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) task force. The term of this agreement is from October

                 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007

                 annual budget by appropriating   revenues and expenditures in the amount $32,400.00                             from the City of Laredo Utilities Department for Texas Commission on Environmental                Quality (TCEQ) bacteriological required testing of public drinking water supply to be                      done by the City of Laredo Health Department, Laboratory Services, for the period

                 beginning October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007             annual budget by appropriating   revenues and expenditures in the amount $25,000.00                    from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for the South Texas              Family AIDS Network grant award to the City of Laredo Health Department, to include              a .27 full-time equivalent position transferred from Account 226-6403 to this grant for                  the period beginning August 1, 2006 through July 31, 2007.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year                  2006-2007 Annual Budget approved for $250,000.00 by reducing $43,000.00 to reflect               the actual amount base year award of $200,000.00 agreed between the County of Webb

                 and the City of Laredo, for the period from October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2009

                 This fiscal year $7,000.00 funds will be included to cover the Cost of Living Adjustment

                 (COLA) as specified on the Interlocal Agreement for the period from October 1, 2006

                 through September 30, 2007, for a total amount award of $207,000.00 this fiscal year for

                 locally supported public health services to residents of Webb County, including

                 approved full time equivalent positions.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant in the amount of $25,000.00

                 from the Texas Department of Transportation for enforcement of Impaired Driver

                 Mobilization and amending the City of Laredo’s’ FY 2006-2007 Annual Budget in the

                 amount of $25,000.00.  This grant is for overtime salaries, including fringe benefits, and

                 is funded 100% by the Texas Department of Transportation for a full year.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing and allowing, under the Act of

                   Governing the Texas Municipal Retirement System, “Updated Service Credits” in said

                   system for service performed by qualifying members of such system who presently are

                   in the employment of the City of Laredo; 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:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007

                   approved Full Time Equivalent positions (FTE’s) for General Fund by creating eleven                (11) Patrol Officer Cadets to staff the Police substation at Cielito Lindo. Funding is                           available in General Fund. Contingent upon approval of Motion #40.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            12.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Khaledi Bridge of the Americas

                   Ltd, for the lease of premises located at the corner of Convent and Water Street of               

                   approximately 22,779 square feet of unfinished retail space of the Bridge of the         

                   Americas Project, copy of which is attached as Exhibit A.  Lease shall be for a term of

                   twenty (20) years from date of beneficial occupancy.  Annual Rent shall consist of

                   three separate categories of rent payments: (a) Minimum Annual Rent, (b) Percentage

                   Rent and (c) Non-Retail Space Rent.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            13.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County for approximately

                   1,000 square feet constituting Building No. S-3 located at 1703 Sandman Street at the

                   Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on May 1,

                   2006 and ending on April 30, 2007 and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1)

                   year each ending on April 30, 2008 and April 30, 2009.  However, it is agreed by the

                   parties that the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a ninety (90) day

                   written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $500.00

                   and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index;

                   providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            14.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Washington’s Birthday

                   Celebration Association, Inc., (WBCA) for approximately fifteen (15.0) acres of

                   concrete ramp located on the southwest cargo ramp of the Air Operations Area to

                   include City owned vacant non-aeronautical use land located at the Laredo

                   International Airport for event parking use.  Lease term is for two (2) days commencing

                   on February 10, 2007 and ending on February 11, 2007.  City Council finds and

                   declares that a valid public purpose would be served in setting the daily rental fee at             

                   $1.00; providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinances # 2006-O-303, # 2006-O-304, # 2006-O-            305, # 2006-O-306, # 2006-O-307, # 2007-O-308, # 2006-O-309, # 2006-O-310, # 2006-O-        311, # 2006-O-312, # 2006-O-313, 3 2006-O-315, # 2006-O-317, # 2006-O-318, # 2006-O-        319, 3 2006-O-320, # 2006-O-321, and # 2006-O-322.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm.  Garza

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            15.  2006-O-303  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); providing for                                     publication and an effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-303.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-304  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); providing for                                    publication and an effective date.  

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-304.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-305  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); providing for publication                                     and an effective date. 

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-305.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-306  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); providing for publication and an effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-306.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-307  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). 

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-307.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

  

                   2006-O-308  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). 

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-308.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-309  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). 

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-309.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-310  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. 

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-310.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-311  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. 

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-311.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-312  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). 

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-312.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:     7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-313  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).

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-313.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-315  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-315.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-317  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-317.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-318  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.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-318.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                    2006-O-319  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.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-319.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-320  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.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-320.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-321  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.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-321.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-322  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.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-322.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                         Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

            16.  2006-R-111  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement

                                        between the County of Zapata for the daily disposal of garbage at the City                                 of Laredo’s landfill site at a reduced rate of thirty ($30.00) dollars per ton                                  for a twelve (12) month term, effective January 1, 2007.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-111.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            17.  2006-R-112  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement

                                        between the County of Jim Hogg for the daily disposal of garbage at the                                    City of Laredo’s landfill site at a reduced rate of thirty ($30.00) dollars per                                ton for a twelve (12) month term, effective January 1, 2007.

 

                                         Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-112.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

            18.  2006-R-113  Authorizing and approving a Tax Abatement Agreement between the City

                                         of Laredo and Kohl’s Texas, L.P. in accordance with authorized                                               guidelines and criteria and established reinvestment zone.  This                                                               agreement will be for a five (5) year period and will abate taxes on new                                     improvements for the purpose of economic development and the creation

                                         of jobs.  The amount of taxes abated depends on the number of jobs

                                         created and the amount of investment.  The guidelines and criteria for the

                                         agreement are set forth in the attached agreement and attachments.

 

                                         Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-113.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            19.  2006-R-114  Authorizing and approving a Tax Abatement Agreement between the City

                                         of Laredo and Laredo Specialty Hospital, L.P. in accordance with

                                         authorized guidelines and criteria and established reinvestment zone. 

                                         This agreement will be for a five (5) year period and will abate taxes on

                                         new improvements for the purpose of economic development and the

                                         creation of jobs.  The amount of taxes abated depends on the number of

                                         jobs created and the amount of investment.  The guidelines and criteria

                                         for the agreement are set forth in the attached agreement and attachments.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-114.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            20.  2006-R-115  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and accept a grant for

                                        abstinence education with the Department of Health Services in an

                                        amount not to exceed $92,910.00 and $70,000.00 in-kind from the Laredo

                                        Independent School District for a total of $162,910.00 for the Abstinence

                                        Education Program of the City of Laredo Health Department beginning

                                        October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-115.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            21.  2006-R-116  A resolution expressing official intent to reimburse Capital Improvement

                                        Fund the cost of $50,000.00 associated with a speed hump project for

                                        City Council District 1 and acquisition of school flasher equipment. 

                                        Upon the sale of a proposed Certificate of Obligation Bond, the Capital                                                 Improvement Project Fund will be reimbursed for any cost associated with

                                        the previously mentioned projects.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-116.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       MOTIONS

 

            22.  Recommending the setting of regular City Council meeting dates through March 2007

                   due to holidays and/or conferences.  The meeting dates will be Tuesday, January 2,

                   2007, Tuesday, January 16, 2007, Monday, February 5, 2007, Tuesday, February 20,

                   2007, Tuesday, Monday, March 12, 2007 and March 29, 2007.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            23.  Amending the City of Laredo Priority Procedures manual for the Mayor and City

                   Council, specifically the section entitled Priority II, item IV. Agenda by:

 

                        1. deleting announcements and invitations

 

                        2.  adjusting the order of Council Communications and Discussions to be listed

                             immediately after the Public Comments section of the agenda.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            24.  Refund of property tax in the amount of $554.76 to the following tax payers and

                   companies:

                        A.  A refund in the amount of $554.76 payable to Villa de Cantera H.O.A. due to an

                              erroneous payment.  Account# 989-20001-345.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            25.  Consideration to award annual service contract number FY07-035 to the sole bidder,

                   Rafter P.Transport, Inc., New Braunfels, Texas in an estimated amount of $60,000.00

                   to load and haul dry sludge from the Jefferson Water Treatment Plant to the City of

                   Laredo landfill.  The bid is based on a cost per cubic yard rate.  Funding is available in

                   Utilities Department-Water Treatment Division budget.

 

                   Motion to postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            26.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-027 to the low bidder, RM Personnel,

                   Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $256,755.60 for providing

                   contract employees for the Laredo International Airport Department.  Temporary

                   contract employees have been requested for dispatchers and customer service agent

                   positions.  The term of this contract will be for one year with an option to extend for

                   one additional year.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            27.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-031 to the low bidder, Cantu Electric,

                   Inc., Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $27,961.71 for the replacement of                    existing electrical panels and the rewiring of existing conduits for the City of Laredo

                   International Airport.  The dollar amount takes into account all labor, material and

                   equipment required to accomplish the project.  Funding is available in the Airport

                   Department’s budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            28.  Consideration to approve a contract with Internetwork Experts (INX), Inc., Austin,

                   Texas in the total amount of $27,760.66 through the State of Texas Department of                                  Information Resources (DIR) cooperative purchasing contracts for providing a software

                   and hardware maintenance contract for the City’s institutional network’s CISCO

                   routing equipment.  Funding is available in the Information Technology and Support

                   Services Department’s budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            29.  Consideration for approval of the Plans and Specifications for Phase IV of the City of

                   Laredo Residential Sound Insulation Program, as part of the Federal Aviation

                   Regulation Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program; and authorization to advertise for

                   bids for said plans and specifications. The program is funded through the Airport

                   Construction Fund, Grant #47 for Noise Abatement.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            30.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder ALC

                   Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $79,285.00 for the CDBG

                   Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 33 (15 Blocks).  Funding is available in the

                   Sidewalks Project No. 33/District VII and District V.  

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            31.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest qualified

                   bidder Zertuche Construction Company, Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of                                           $330,550.00 for the Police Substation for Fire Station No. 14 at Cielito Lindo Blvd. 

                   Funding is available in the 2006 CO Issue.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Jimmy

                   Closner and Sons Construction Company, Mercedes, Texas, in the bid amount of

                   $572,797.51 for the Maryland/Taylor Straightening, Widening, Street and Drainage

                   Improvement Project.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Bond.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            33.  Consideration for approval of the list of streets for the FY 2006-2007 Street Recycling

                   Project and approval to bid the project.  The projects budget includes approximately 20

                   blocks per District as provided in the list attached.  Funding is available in the General

                   Fund and Capital Improvement Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            34.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 3 a decrease of $21,737.00 for the

                   balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Laredo

                   International Bridge II Widening and approval final payment in the amount of

                   $65,903.70 to Rhino Builders, Ltd., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is

                   $734,683.75.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Motion to authorize the City Manager to execute seventeen (17) Hotel/Motel Tax Fund

                   third party contracts for the fiscal year 2006-2007 for a total of $455,000.00.  The

                   contracts are listed in Attachment “A”.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            36.  Motion to authorize the City Manager to execute twenty six (26) General Fund third

                   party contracts for the fiscal year 2006-2007 for a total of $341,000.00.  The contracts

                   are listed on attachment “A”.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            37.  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 officially extend the contract to March 2007 and request that the City of                                  Laredo submit a proposal for Request for Proposals as soon as possible. 

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:      7                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            38.  Consideration of possible sources of funding for financing legislative events held in

                   Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C.

                  

                   Dr.  Landeck said that he was concerned with the City soliciting funds for trips from                                 the private sector.  He suggested looking for alternatives to fund the trips to Austin or

                   Washington.   

 

                   Jessica Hein, Director of Communications and Administrative Services, explained that                the Legislative Committee has discussed the item at great length and they feel that it

                   might be better for the City of Laredo to allow a private consultant to solicit funds for

                   them.  The City has discussed the item with the Laredo Development Foundation and

                   the Chamber of Commerce and they gladly accepted that they could assist in the

                   manner.   She continued to say that if there are excess funds the Laredo Development                Foundation would roll the balance to the following year; however, if the funds were                           short the City of Laredo would need to pay the difference from the general fund.

                  

                   Cm. Garcia advised that the Legislative Committee has discussed placing a cap on the

                   amount that is collected.   

 

                   Motion to ask the Laredo Development Foundation to solicit funds for Washington, D.              C. and Austin, Texas using their letter head and signatures on behalf of the City of

                   Laredo.   

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm.  Garza

                   For:     4                                        Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm.  Chavez

                                                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

 

            39.  Consideration to award contract FY07-034 to Data 911, in the total amount of

                   $321,733.00 for the purchase of forty seven (47) mobile data terminals (MDT) and

                   related communication equipment.  The data terminals will be installed on the fire

                   trucks, ambulances, and support vehicles.  Funding is secured from a Homeland

                   Security Grant.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:   0

 

            40.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend ordinance no. 2001-O-050 and increase alarm

                   permit fees for burglar alarm notification capable of being emitted from each alarm

                   specific site from $15.00 to $30.00 and fire, robbery and medical alert alarm

                   notification capable of being emitted from each alarm specific site from $15.00 to

                   $20.00. These revenues will partially cover the estimated cost of 11 cadets for the

                   Police Department for FY 06-07.

 

                   Motion to reject.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  CM.  Garcia

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            41.  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.

 

                 Mayor Salinas recommended creating a committee to address substance and drug abuse           issues in the city and for City Council.

 

                 Motion to establish a committee to address substance and drug abuse issues in the city.              City Council should participate by naming their appointee to the committee by January        of 2007. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:   Cm. Landeck

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  B.  Request by Council Member Mike Garza

 

            1.  Drug and Alcohol testing for all employees.

 

                 Cm. Garza advised that he would like to send a statement to City employees and citizens           of Laredo that the City of Laredo will be a drug and alcohol free environment and that                    our citizens and other employees that we have are paramount in their safety because we

                 have this type of activity as a deterrent. 

 

                 Judy Garza, Health Nurse, explained that the current alcohol and drug policy tests City              employees for drugs and alcohol if there is “reason for suspension”, if an employee                          wrecks a vehicle, or has if the employee has been out for medical reasons and returns to                 work.  She further explained that the policy is under revision. 

 

                 Motion that City staff return to City Council with and ordinance that would include a                                program for drug and alcohol testing for all City employees by the end of January 2007.             In addition, staff should develop a Request for Proposal for the drug/alcohol process.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Landeck

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                           Abstain:  0

 

                  C.  Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on the installation of speed humps on the 2800 and 3800

                 blocks of Arriaga Street and appropriating funds from District II discretionary funds.  

 

                 Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, explained that the item would be brought back to                  Council through a recommendation of the Transportation and Traffic Safety Board in                      order to apply a special provisions to the Speed Hump Ordinance.  

                 Motion to approve the installation of speed humps on the 2800 and 3800 blocks of                  Arriaga Street and appropriating funds from District II discretionary funds.  

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on eliminating all committees consisting of City Council

                 members.

 

                 Motion to approve a workshop to discuss this item.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

                  D.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on the extension of Bartlett from Sandman to Jacaman.

 

                 Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, advised that he had provided a schedule in the Council’s             Friday packet.  He noted that the City of Laredo has just received bids for the extension

                 from Bartlett from Sandman to Hillside.  He added that he is searching for additional

                 funding for the project.  The section from Hillside to Gale has already been constructed.             He said that it is very important to comply with FEMA on the CLOMAR.  The design

                 will take six months.  The cost estimate for the extension from Gale to Jacaman is 1.6                               million dollars

                

            2.  Discussion with possible action on enhancing customer service of all City departments.

 

                 Cm. Rendon explained that the reason he had this item on the agenda is because City                               departments would be short staffed due to the holidays and he wanted to make sure that

                 all departments are prepared to provide excellent customer service during the holiday

                 season. 

 

                 Cynthia Collazo, Acting City Manager, noted that the City of Laredo does have an                    ongoing Customer Service Program with a customer service representative in every

                 department.  She added that the City does provide adequate training to City employees. 

 

                 Cm. Landeck advised staff to place the Customer Service telephone number on the City            of Laredo Website homepage. 

 

                  E.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on creating an ordinance requiring fences around all

                 swimming pools.

 

                 Cm. Belmares requested that the item be tabled.

 

                  F. Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on adding the word retirees to the language of the

                 Utilities billing ordinance and policy allowing disabled and elderly to adjust their utility

                 billing due date.

 

                 Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez explained that he is concerned about the current wording             on the utility billing because it does not mention the word “retiree” for adjusting the                          billing due date.  He said that he knows a lot of individuals that are retired but they are

                 not elderly.

 

                 Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Collector Assessor/Collector, explained that the City of Laredo

                 can include the word retiree at the Council’s request.  She further explained that all

                 water meters are read by area at the same time; however, the dates can be changed. She           noted that qualified individuals will not be able to take advantage of the electronic debit.                  

                 Motion to include the word “retiree” in the Utilities billing ordinance allowing them to                  adjust their utility billing due date.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Landeck

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                

            2.  Discussion with possible action on donating $1,000.00 from the promotional fund to the

                 American Legion Post 59 for their Color Guard.

 

                 Motion to approve the donation of $1,000.00 from the promotional fund to the American          Legion Post 59 for their Color Guard.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            3.  Discussion with possible action on placing a tree at the Civic Center to serve as a

                 Christmas tree during the holidays.

 

                 Motion to approve the placing a tree at the Civic Center to serve as a Christmas tree                                during the holidays.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

            42.  A.  Status report on amending the Smoking Ordinance.

 

                        Dr.  Hector Gonzalez, Health Director, addressed Council by providing a                                               recommendation of maintaining the current Smoking Ordinance in order to protect                     the public’s health.  He further noted that he had met with Cm. Garza and had                            searched avenues of implementing a process fee and ordinance that would allow                                    twenty-one and over establishments. 

 

                        Cynthia Collazo, Acting City Manager, explained that Council needs to consider                                    that there are certain requirements that the state has municipal court.   

 

                        Motion to accept the clarification of the amendment with the additions of the fines                      being generated back to the specific smoking section of enforcement and permits.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Garza

                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                        For:     5                                               Against:  2                                Abstain:  0

                                                                                    Cm. Rendon

                                                                                    Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

 

                   B.  Presentation by Mr. Rey Ayala, Chair, Third Party Funding Advisory Committee,

                        with discussion and possible action regarding Third Party Funding for FY 2006-

                        2007.

 

                        Ray Ayala, Chairperson, addressed the Laredo Animal Shelter funding by                                             explaining that the Third Party Funding Committee does not address funding for the                    Laredo Animal Shelter because they were initiated through interlocal agreements.                       He suggested the needs of a fundamental change in how the budget is created for the                 Hotel/Motel Third Party funding.  He noted that the committee has limitations and                      cannot assist applicants as much as they would like. 

 

                        Cm. Garza discussed the budget and concerns for the Third Party Funding.  He also                  asked the Chairperson to clarify a statement that was made at the last Council                            Meeting saying that the new Third Party Funding Committee is eliminating the                             “Arts”.

 

                        Sylvia Bruni, Third Party Funding Committee Member, said that she has been                            impressed with the quality of the Third Party Funding Committee.  She said that                                     each member has been very committed and interested in assuring that each  validate                   dollar validate is well spent.  She advised that the Third Party Funding Committee                      considered several need assessment reports prior to distributing the funding                                including census, demographics, and the “Laredo Habla”.  She added that the                            Committee is very cognizant of the communities needs and they are committed to                                   distribute the funds as carefully as they can.  She noted that the viewing public must                    understand that the funds are limited and the committee is receiving more                                               applications to be considered.

 

                        Cm. Landeck expressed his dissatisfaction with the budget process that is in place                                 for the Third Party Funding Committee.  He said that he would like to be more                          involved as a Council Member to review the budget. 

 

                        Cm. Garcia responded by saying that he was very pleased with the budget process                    for Third Party Funding.  He commended staff and committee for doing an excellent                   job representing the community’s needs. 

 

                        Cynthia Collazo, Acting City Manager, asked Council for additional time to                               research the budget for the Third Party Funding Committee and return with                                recommendations. 

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

            such item.

           

XV.      ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:

            Second:

            For:                                                      Against:                                                Abstain:

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

 

I.            PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending ordinance no. 2001-O-050 specifically section 21-81 Fee for permit; duration; renewal by increasing alarm permit fees for burglar alarm notification capable of being emitted from each alarm specific site from $15.00 to $30.00 and fire, robbery and medical alert alarm notification capable of being emitted from each alarm specific site from $15.00 to $20.00.

 

              Motion to replace item number one on the supplemental with item # 11.

 

              Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

              Second:  Cm.  Amaya

              For:     8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

II.         APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.            Appointment by Mayor and Council Members of a representative to serve on the Impact Fee Advisory Committee.

 

         Motion to postpone for next meeting.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

         Second:  Cm.  Garcia

         For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

   

III.      GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

2.   a.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.                  Discussion with possible action on constructing a sidewalk along the 2500 block of Cedar in front of the Jesus Garcia Headstart Building and appropriating funds from District IV Discretionary funds.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck)

 

                                    Motion to approve.

 

                                    Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                    Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                                    For:     8                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

IV.       RESOLUTION

 

3.      2006-R-118  Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the Texas Water

                            Development Board for a Grant increase to complete the design,

                            construction and project management services for the Colonias Project –

                            Contract No. G13500/13600/1546/1547 - City of Laredo, Mines Road/State

                            Highway 359 Project No. 10045. The grant increase application is for

                            $12,000,000.00.

 

                            Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-118.

 

                            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                            For:     7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

V.  STAFF REPORT

 

4. A.  Presentation by Dan Migura, Human Resources Director regarding the Human

          Resource Department’s new  Applicant Tracking System (NEOGOV).

 

         This item was no discussed.

 

V.          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.

 

5.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (A) to consult with attorney on the pending eminent domain case of City of Laredo v. Luis Montaño, et al, Cause No. 2006EDA00001C3, in County Court at Law No. 2, Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

                  Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                            

                  551.071 (1) (A) to consult with attorney on the pending eminent domain case of City of

                  Laredo v. Luis Montaño, et al, Cause No. 2006EDA00001C3, in County Court at Law

                  No. 2, Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

                  Motion to accept the Commissioner’s recommendation of 1.2 million for the property.  

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                                    Cm.  Chavez

VI.       ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0