CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-R-24

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

December 18, 2006

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

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

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                                       Mayor

            Mike Garza,                                                               Council Member, District I

            Michael Landeck,                                                        Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                          Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                       Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                        Council Member, District VI

            Juan Chavez                                                            Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                          Mayor Pro Tem, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                City Secretary

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                        Acting City Manager

            Rafael Garcia,                                                             Assistant City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                        Assistant City Manager

            Melissa Saldana,                                                          Assistant City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Cm. Garcia.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of August 28, 2006, September 8, 2006 and September 28, 2006.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

            a.  Recognition of Blanca Vasquez, of the Tax Department, on her selection as December

                 2006 Employee of the Month. 

 

                  Mayor Salinas and the City Council publicly recognized Blanca Vasquez as the                          December Employee of the Month and presented her with a Seven Flags Certificate of       Recognition.

 

            b.  Recognition of Duncan Jalomo, of the Library Department, on his selection as the

                 Employee of the Year.

 

                  Mayor Salinas and the City Council recognized Duncan Jalomo from the Library                        Department for his Customer Service dedication, courtesy, and hard work in serving the                  public.

 

            Communiqués

           

             Cm. Garza thanked Pastor Ibarra from First Christian Church.  He wished Captain Cazares,      firefighter Rodriguez, and firefighter Jalomo who were injured during the recent storm, a              speedy recovery.  He thanked all the volunteers who helped at the Christmas giveaway for         the less fortunate children of District I.  The goal was to provide jackets and shoes.  He                 mentioned that one hundred children were present and five thousand dollars were raised.      He also thanked Jessie and Rose Rodriguez, Jose Maria Vasquez for volunteering.  He                 wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

 

             Cm. Landeck pledged his support to families with missing persons.  He mentioned the                opening of the Carrizales Boxing Annex and also mentioned that two World Champions,             Gaby and Orlando Carrizales came out of it.  He also mentioned that several organizations              and many people came together to help with the creation of the Boxing Annex.  He said he            promised to add an air conditioning unit. 

 

             Cm. Amaya reported that on Saturday, December 16, 2007, there was a very successful toy     giveaway for the less fortunate children who were selected by their school counselors from;         Milton, Ryan, Buenos Aires, Tarver, Sanchez Ochoa, Alma Pierce, Iglesia Methodista              Libre and Communidad Christiana.  He mentioned that tomorrow, December 19, 2007, he            will be at K. Tarver Recreation Center for “Christmas in the Barrio” sponsored by the City     of Laredo between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. located at Lyon and Tilden.  He extended his            gratitude to those that have participated.  He read a message from Cm. Garcia stating that    he injured his back.  He mentioned that Cm. Garcia will be having a bicycle giveaway on            different dates at the following locations; D.D. Harchar Recreation Center, Andy Cuellar          Elementary School and the Larga Vista Community Center.  On behalf of Cm. Garcia and    himself, Cm. Amaya wished the residents of Laredo a Merry Christmas and prosperous                      New Year.

             

             Cm. Rendon mentioned that the previous Council meeting there was a family living in tents          at Lake Casa Blanca. He stated that with the help of Cynthia Collazo, Acting City                          Manager, they found resources to help them for a few days.   He thanked Mr. Filiberto                  Gutierrez and Robert Cadena for their generosity which added two more weeks for this                       family.  He mentioned that he will be at some of the churches and schools tomorrow giving  away jackets and toys for some of the needy kids. He wished everyone a Merry Christmas            and a safe New Year.

 

             Cm. Belmares wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  He echoed his     sentiments along with the Council on the safe return of the Piña family.  He acknowledged           Richard Noriega and the Food Bank for the work they have done.  He thanked everyone                        who participated in the Second Annual Emerald Capital Mortgage Holiday Bow which is a     fund raiser for the Blue Santa.  He announced that they collected $2,600.00 dollars. 

             

             Cm. Chavez mentioned that about a month ago the issue of the train standing in District                           VII and District VIII was discussed.  He stated that recently a train car caught fire and the         fire trucks could not get to the location because of the structure of the streets.  He stated                         that it is important to start talking to Union Pacific to try to move the trains.

 

             Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.     He mentioned that he was at the Portal and he noticed major problems with traffic control. 

 

             Mayor Salinas emphasized that this is a great city because of the generous people that open       their hearts to all the poor people.  He mentioned that he intends to market Laredo in        

             Monterrey, Saltillo, San Luis Potosi, and Queretaro, “like never before”. 

 

            Citizen Comments

 

             Diana Montemayor, daughter of the owner of International Lottery Sales located on                   Convent Street, stated that because of the following problem such as; the construction of El        Portal; bomb threats on the bridges; and the long lines created by processing the Mexican           nationals they are losing money. 

 

             Sun Ok Koyama who has owned her business for seventeen years on Convent Ave. stated        that she has had many problems with getting access to her business on account of the                  construction of El Portal and needs help.

                  

            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.

 

VI.       GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            1.  A.  Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

            1. Discussion with possible action regarding the El Metro Operation Center on Scott Street.

 

                Loyd Williams, Assistant General Manager of Operations for El Metro, stated that he has          a short, mid, and long term proposal to alleviate some of the issues of fueling.  He stated                that for the short time solution one proposal is the changing of the fueling time for bulk        fueling with an A and B plan.  He stated that Plan A consists of  fueling the fleet before       9:00 p.m. and after 4:00 a.m. to diminish the amount of CNG released while residents are               sleeping.  He also stated that Plan B consists of fueling the fleet after 10:00 p.m. and                             before 4:00 a.m.  He reported that a mid term solution would be the moving the fleet fuel           to the City fleet site where they have three CNG pumps.  He added that extra pumps                         would have to be added and it would not be feasible.  El Metro currently has 20 pumps            and it takes a couple of hours to fuel up.

 

                Mayor Pro Tempore pointed out that he had recommended a while back on the                                      installation of an extra fuel tank to the buses and his recommendation was not followed.              He suggested that Mr. Williams call the Transit Department in San Diego to see how they              operate their buses.

 

                Mayor Salinas emphasized that he wants a prompt solution.

 

                Cynthia Collazo, Acting City Manger, recommended the change of the fueling time.  She            also recommend for Mr. Williams to meet with the residents to inform them of the                          change and at the same time to look into other ways to research Mayor Pro Tempore                   Ramirez’s recommendation and proceed with a type of recovery system and look into a         long term solution as well.

           

                Cm. Belmares added that staff needs to work with the provider since this is not the only             facility that they service.              

 

                 B.  Request by Council Member Mike Garza

            1.  Discussion with possible action on City Council Advisory Committees and the Texas

                 Open Meetings Act.

 

                 Cm. Garza stated that he has had discussions with his appointees and they felt that they              were being placed in a position where they would be in violation of the Open Meetings      Act if they discussed items pertinent to the items discussed in meetings.  He noted that             they are volunteers and they should not have to adhere to those regulations.  He agreed                  to continue to post the items for public input, but they should not have to follow the                    regulations of the Texas Open Meetings Act because it is not their obligation.

 

                 Motion to allow only the committees that the Council appoints to have to follow the                  Texas Open Meetings Act are the Planning and Zoning Advisory Committee, Historic                     District Landmark Board, Board of Adjustments and Civil Service.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                 For:     5                                          Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Belmares

                                                                        Cm. Ramirez

 

                 Cm. Belmares commented that his concern is that they have advocated in the past for                             transparency with government.  He stated that the committees appointed have a                         tremendous amount of weight on Council and discussion about city business should be        transparent under ethical obligations and remain as transparent as the Council.  He                    commented that they are not held to that standard and should not be threatened with jail              time and it should not apply to them.  He stressed that the committee should adhere to                  the Open Meetings Act as much as possible knowing that in the future there will be an              ethics committee and it will pertain to them. 

 

                 Cm. Garza amended his motion.  He commented that those appointed can not legally be            arrested.  He stressed that if there are any issues where they are being threatened that it                  will be addressed immediately with the City Manager and she in turn will address it with                 the Directors involved.

                 

                 Motion withdrawn.  No action taken.

                

            2.  Discussion with possible action on the City’s e-mail and internet electronic      

                 communications usage policy.

 

                 Cm. Garza stated that there is a policy in place but he is concerned with the penalty                   portion.  He stated that there should be a clear definition of consequences for certain                       actions.  He asked staff to come back with recommendations. 

 

                Beto Ramirez, Information and Technology Services Director, reported that the policy               was established and implemented in 1999 and no changes have been made since then.                  He stated that he has asked the cities of Corpus Christi, Austin, McAllen and El Paso to          provide their policies, so that some of that language can be incorporated.  He commented          that the language that exists now is very general and he is planning for the policy to be                             more restricted and provide the consequences for actions taken.

 

                Cm. Garza pointed out that prevention and having a filter system is important.

 

                 Mr. Ramirez, informed Council that the City currently uses two filtering applications                   which are GFI and Lightspeed.  He commented that they were purchased five to six year                ago and current applications are more restrictive. 

                

            3.  Discussion with possible action to evaluate the pay of the Acting City Manager and to

                 discuss goals and objectives.  (Reference:  Executive Session #58)

 

                 The item was discussed in executive session and a motion made after executive session.

 

                C.  Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

            1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the City Manager position recruitment bulletin

                 specifically the ICMA credentialing requirement and salary.

 

                 Cm. Landeck stated that since the requirement for International City Manager                                          Association credentialing was included on the recruitment bulletin there have been a                  number of issues. One issue he mentioned was that an applicant with a Bachelor’s in                       Administration degree would need a minimum of five years, while an applicant with an         International City Manager Association certification would require nine years.  He                      mentioned that this difference with the ICMA contradicts time requirements that have                           been set.  He noted that the second issue raised is that individuals who are experienced             City Managers or Assistant City Managers several of which he has discussed this with,             do not have an ICMA credentials.

 

                 Motion to remove the wording to preferred but not required.

           

                 Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                 Second:  Cm.  Garza

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Cm. Landeck advised Dan Migura to add the word “negotiable” to the salary.  He also              commented on adding the size of the city, the budget and the number of people working                  in the City.

         

                D.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

            1.  Discussion with possible action regarding G.E.D. training for employees using the

                 services of the Holding Institute.

 

                 Cm. Amaya reported that the City has more than 200 hundred employees that do not                            have a high school diploma or GED and the only way for them to advance is for them to            have either one.

 

                 Dan Migura, Director of Human Resources Department, reported that staff has been                              aggressively addressing this item.  He mentioned that staff has reviewed the feasibility                 of working with Holding Institute and has visited with them.  He mentioned that they                        have had meetings with those employees identified as lacking a high school education or              GED.  He reported that one hundred thirty four employees were interested in pursuing                        their education.  He also reported that there are currently no funds identified for this                    project and there is no surplus fund from the Tuition Reimbursement Fund.  He                         mentioned that if Council wanted to go to with Holding Institute they are looking at                           $50,000 to $75,000 to help 15 employees and have a pilot program.

 

                Cm. Landeck directed staff to find someone within city management to try and identify               grants from the Department of Education or other organizations, so the city itself could       apply.  He noted that the City could then provide these classes.

 

                Motion to encourage the City Management to go after a grant and to find other ways to             start a pilot program for the GED within the City of Laredo and in the meantime for                        those employees interested to go through the Tuition Reimbursement Program that is                   currently in place.

 

                Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                For:     7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

              

                E.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

            1.  Discussion with possible action regarding vehicles being towed away by local wrecker

                 companies and the disposition process of unclaimed vehicles.

 

                  Agustin Dovalina, Police Chief, reported that there is an ordinance in place that allows a             towing company or service record to take possession of vehicles towed away upon                         direction of a police officer and to hold them for a period of time.  He also mentioned                       that a registered letter must be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle and advice                     them that they are in possession of the vehicle and include any storage fees owed along                  with the towing fees.  He pointed out that if the registered owner does not respond                       within a given period of time, then the wrecker company may petition the State to take                 ownership of the vehicle and the proceeds from the vehicle is the towing companies                           option.  He pointed out that this is according to the Ordinance and the Transportation                          Code.  He mentioned that may be found in the Transportation Code section 683.003 and       in Chapter 32 of our Code of Ordinances.

 

                  Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez stated that he is concerned that the City does not                             receive any money from auctions.  He stated that he is also concerned on how the                      wreckers are being called to pick up the vehicles.

 

                  Chief Dovalina pointed out that the ordinance establishes the rotation list and that                       there is one rotation list for regular tow services and one for heavy duty tow services.

 

                  Cm. Garza suggested increasing the $100.00 fee paid to the City by the towing                          companies or adding a “per tow” fee and having a percentage of the storage.  He                             commented that the City should look into an impound lot.

 

                  Cm. Belmares commented that the City should create an impound lot and continue to                                 work with the towing companies or create one for the City. 

 

                  Ms. Collazo agreed to do a survey.  She commented that it was previously looked at but           it was not economically feasible.

 

                  Motion to create an ordinance to have all vehicles picked up by police to be sold in                                public auction and be advised.

 

                  Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Ramirez

                  Second:  No second was made.

 

                  Jerry Cain, Assistant City Attorney, explained that under the State statute a private                   wrecker company has the statutory right to take action.  He mentioned that it would be       in conflict with the state law if an ordinance was created.

 

                  Motion to ask staff to look into a feasibility study and to look into the issue again to see              if it is feasible for the City to go ahead with all of the issues mentioned such as having            an impound lot.

 

                  Moved: Cm. Landeck

                  Second:  Cm. Rendon

                  For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Tranquilino Alvarez, Jr. to the Electrical   

                Examining Advisory Board.

 

                Motion to approve.

           

                Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                For:     7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            b.  Appointment by Mayor and Council Members of a representative to serve on the Impact

                 Fee Advisory Committee.

 

                 Motion to table.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                 Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

VIII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            2.  Public hearing and Resolution 2006-R-121 amending the Long Range Thoroughfare

                 element of the Comprehensive Plan of the City of Laredo.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and to adopt.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                 City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 1-A, Dellwood Commercial                                           Subdivision, located at 1001 Bristol Road, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to

                 B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission

                 recommended approval of the zone change.      (District VII)

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Danny Gunn, resident of Dellwood Subdivision, spoke on changing the zone from a B1              to a B3.  He objected to the type of business going in there which is a nationalization of      vehicles business.  He stated that they should be regulated by the city.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Chavez

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Chavez

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

                 City of Laredo by rezoning 8.75 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in

                 attached Exhibit "A", located on the northwest corner of F.M. 1472 and Mueller

                 Memorial Boulevard, from B-3 (Community Business District) to M-1 (Light

                 Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval

                 of the zone change.   (District VII)

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Chavez

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Chavez

 

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Division 3 (RATES AND

                 CHARGES) of Chapter 31 (UTILITIES) of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances,

                 specifically section 31-138 which provides for connection fees for fire hydrant meters,

                 by changing the use only for construction and creating connection fees for temporary

                 meters for residential construction by only charging the service of residential water rates

                 according to section 31-138, and no other services until a certificate of occupancy is

                 issued; providing for publication and an effective date.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2006-2007 Annual

                 Operating Budget in the Fire Prevention and Arson Fund Budget by accepting a donation          of $2,500.00 from Wal-Mart Stores and appropriating said funds for the purpose to

                 purchase Fire Safety Educational Promotional Materials for the Fire Prevention Division             and purchase materials and supplies for the Parks Department Recreation Centers.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya  

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with a correction of $2,250.00                        donation. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza 

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

                 2006-2007 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of

                 $1,701,183.00.  The revenues are from lease purchase proceeds related to the financing

                 of fifty-four (54) marked police patrol units for the Laredo Police Department.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with a correction in the amount of                    $1,701,830.00.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza 

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 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 Capital Improvement Project Fund budget by drawing down opening balance

                 and appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,300,000.00 for

                 purchase of land plus incidental expenses in the Central Business District.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            9.  Public hearing to accept the FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Study Update by          URS Corporation and authorizing the City Manager to submit the study to the Federal

                 Aviation Administration for approval.

 

                 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.  Rendon

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                

            10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 28 (Streets,  Sidewalks

                   and Public Places) of the Code of Ordinances by amending Article V, (Commercial               

                   Use of Streets, Sidewalks and other Public Places), Section 28-105 (b) and (c) by

                   adding three additional designated areas where goods may be sold; and providing for an

                   effective date and publication.

 

                   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.  Garza

                  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                  For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

                   2006-2007 Airport Operating Fund by transferring out $250,000.00 to the Airport

                   Construction Fund to contract for professional services to prepare plans and

                   specifications to bid the rehabilitation of Runway 14/32, authorizing the City Manager

                   to implement said budget amendment, and providing for an effective date.

 

                   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.  Belmares

                  Second:  Cm.  Garza

                  For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            12.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and

                   Traffic, Article VI Operation,  of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo by

                   creating Division 5, Heavy Equipment/Construction Type Vehicles, and adding

                   Sections  19-267 through 19-269, which prohibits the use of heavy           

                   equipment/construction type vehicles on public streets,  unless vehicle is transported 

                   on a trailer designed for that purpose; providing for definitions, severability,

                   publication, and effective date.

 

                    Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  There was no public input.

                  

                  Cm. Rendon stated that there was a recommendation not to prohibit the vehicle, but to              have it escorted.

 

                   Cm. Chavez mentioned that there is a difference between what the ordinance that                      Roberto Murillo, Traffic Department Director, was working on, and what his                                    representative reported.  He stated that his representative reported that if a heavy                             equipment vehicle was working in a neighborhood they could move it to another                               neighborhood if it was escorted, but if they were to move from one side of the City                           to the other the heavy equipment vehicle would have to go on a trailer.

           

                   Roberto Murillo reported that the ordinance was presented to the Transportation                       Committee on November 16, 2006 with the exception of the change on the sixth month                    grace period.  He stated that the committee asked for more information and they wanted                to see an ordinance that  does not require them to be hauled on a trailer but instead to                         provide an escort similar to what the City’s policy requires. 

           

                   Cm. Chavez commented that the escort is in the back and none in the front.

                 

                  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with a 5 month grace period as                        amended. 

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Chavez

                  Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                  For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            13.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the

                   Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Recreation Fund and General Fund by drawing down

                   $83,000.00 from the Recreation Fund balance and transferring said funds to General

                   Fund for the purpose of updating the City of Laredo Parks and Open Space Master

                   Plan.  The proposed update to this master plan is needed in order to evaluate the present

                   and future open space and recreational needs of our community according to Texas

                   Parks and Wildlife and National Recreation and Parks Association standards.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  There was no public input.

 

                  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                  For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            14.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

                   2006-2007 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of

                   $94,537.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for

                   a total amount in funds of $223,188.00 and an estimated program income $59,888.00

                   for the Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program of the City of Laredo Health

                   Department for the period beginning September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007 and              amending the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 full time equivalent positions.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  There was no public input.

 

                  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                  For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 3, Block 1, Cancer Patient Plat, located at 3517 Pine

                   Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential

                   District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone

                   change.  (District I)

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Eduardo Vasquez requested approval of the zone change for a proposed multi-       family                      residence.

 

                  Motion to close the public hearing and deny as per Planning and Zoning.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                  Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                  For:     6                                         Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

    

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 9, Block 303, Eastern Division, located at 616 Clark

                   Boulevard, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business

                   District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone

                   change.   (District IV)

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Jose Brizuela requested approval for a proposed upholstery shop.

 

                  Motion to close the public hearing and send it back to the Planning and Zoning for a                                 Conditional Use Permit.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                  Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                  For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 10, Block 319, Eastern Division, located at 2501            

                   Springfield Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community

                   Business District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the

                   zone change.  (District IV)

 

                   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 deny.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                  Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                  For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                  

            18.  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 center

                   on Lot 687, Block 41, Del Mar Hills, Section 3, Area “A” Subdivision, located at 804

                   Eden Lane.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone                    change.   (District VI)

 

                   Motion to postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a home occupation

                   daycare on Lot 1139, Block 71, Del Mar Hills, Unit I Subdivision, located at 813

                   Surrey Road.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone

                   change.    (District VI)

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Garza

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Cheryl Deutschman, spoke against this item.

 

                   Arthur  and Cindy Thomas, stated that they are against the granting of a conditional use              permit for this location.

 

                  Daniel and Elma Juarez, 820 Surrey Road, spoke against the rezoning.

 

                  Monica Arizola, 810 Surrey Road, spoke against the zone change.

                       

                  Arch Deutshman, 812 Surry Road, spoke against the zone change

 

                  Motion to close the public hearing and accept Planning and Zonings recommendations.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                  Second:  Cm.  Garza

                  For:     7                                         Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

            20.  Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the proposed amendment to

                   the 2005 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan by canceling the Central Laredo Senior

                   Citizen Center Project totaling $45,000.00 in the 31st Action Year (AY) 2005 funds,

                   and reprogramming the $45,000.00 for the construction of sidewalks in District IV.

 

                    Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  There was no public input.

 

                  Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                  Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                  For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            21.  Closing as a public easement that section of the 2200 Block of Hidalgo Street between

                   the west right-of-way line of Eagle Pass Avenue and the Laredo Community College

                   Property line situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas

                   and providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            22.  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a license to access Comm Corporation, a Texas

                   Corporation, for the use of 1,598 linear feet of City of Laredo right of way on San

                   Eduardo Avenue, as more fully described in Exhibit “A” of license agreement, Laredo,

                   Webb County, Texas.  License term is five (5) years commencing on January 3, 2007

                   and ending January 2, 2012, with one (5) year renewal option.  Annual rent shall start at

                   $5,000.00 per year plus a $6.00 fee per linear foot with a five percent (5%) increase

                   each anniversary date for the use of the right of way; providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            23.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a one hundred day placement agreement with

                   Youghiogheny Communications, LLC, Delaware, DBA Pocket Communications, LLD,

                   Texas, for ground space at 1120 E. Calton Road, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and

                   being more fully described in Exhibit “A”, of the agreement to place a self-contained

                   cellular-on-wheels trailer, more fully described in Exhibit “B” of the agreement for the

                   purpose of providing cellular services and  related equipment building for use in

                   connection with its communications business.  Term of this agreement shall be for 180

                   days commencing on January 3, 2007 through July 2, 2007.  The monthly rent shall be

                   $1,309.00 each month during the term of the agreement due on the 3rd day of each

                   month.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinances # 2006-O-323, # 2006-O-324, # 2006-O-            325, # 2006-O-326, # 2006-O-327, # 2006-O-328, # 2006-O-329, # 2006-O-330, # 2006-O-        331,     # 2006-O-332, # 2006-O-333, and # 006-O-334.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            24.  2006-O-323  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-323.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-324  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-324.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-325  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-325.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-326  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-326.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-327  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-327.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

  

                  2006-O-328  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-328.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2006-O-329  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-329.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-330  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 adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-330.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-331  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.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-331.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-332  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.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-332.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-333  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.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-333.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2006-O-334  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007 approved Full Time

                                       Equivalent positions (FTE’s) for General Fund by creating nine (9) Patrol

                                       Officer Cadets to staff the Police substation at Cielito Lindo. Funding is

                                       available in General Fund. (As Amended)

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2006-O-334.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

            25.  2006-R-099  Accepting Lot 1, Block 1 of the Cielito Lindo Park Plat as per plat                                            recorded in volume 26, page 35 of the Map Records of Webb County,

                                         Texas.  This 3.35 acre tract of land is being provided by Cielito Lindo,

                                         Ltd. for the purpose of developing a City Park. Additionally, Cielito

                                         Lindo Ltd. has agreed to provide improvements for said park in the total

                                         amount of $108,150.00 as per the attached agreement.

 

                                         Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-099 with the condition that                                                     Cielito Lindo, LTD, submit to City Council an approved Letter of Credit.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            26.  2006-R-119  Accepting the donation of one Utility Easement from Rogelio Molina, Jr.

                                        and Maria De Los Angeles Molina, for the extension of water and sewer

                                        services to San Carlos Subdivision, Phase II.  This being a 15-foot Utility

                                        Easement containing 2,967 square feet of land, more or less, situated in

                                        Porcion 32, Antonio Trevino, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas. Being

                                        out of Lot 19, Block 3, San Carlos Subdivision II, recorded in Volume 4,

                                        Page 34,  Webb County Plat Records; and described by Metes and Bounds

                                        and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-119.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            27.  2006-R-120  Accepting the donation of one Utility Easement from Viviana Molina, for

                                        the extension of water and sewer services to San Carlos Subdivision,

                                        Phase II.  This being a 15-foot Utility Easement containing 2,962 square

                                        feet of land, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Antonio Trevino,

                                        Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas. Being out of Lot 11, Block 3, San

                                        Carlos Subdivision II, recorded in Volume 4, Page 34, Webb County Plat

                                        Records; and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as

                                        Exhibits A and B.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2006-R-120.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

            28.  Authorizing the City Manager to grant two (2) public fireworks display permits for the

                   Laredo Entertainment Center and the Laredo Country Club for December 31, 2006 at

                   11:59 p.m. technicians for the displays will be Pyrotecnico of Louisiana, LLC, and

                   Atlas Enterprises, Incorporated, respectively.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            29.  Authorizing the City Manager to select and award a contract to NRS of Harlingen,

                   Texas, for the amount of $242,000.00 to design the Sierra Vista 1.5 million gallon

                   elevated storage tank with construction plans and specifications.  Funding is available

                   in the 2006 Water Bond Issuance.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            30.  Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional engineering contract to LNV

                   Engineering of Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $46,900.00.  This contract will

                   provide design for the Jefferson Upper Plant High Service Pump Station valve

                   replacement and discharge pipe improvements.  Also, provide design for the Jefferson

                   Lower Plant discharge header valve, piping and flow meters.  Funding is available

                   under the waterworks construction budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            31.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract and award 2006 HOME Investment

                   Partnership Program, Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) funds

                   made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the

                   amount of $194,982.00 to Habitat for Humanity of Laredo, Inc. for the construction of

                   10 homes including soft costs.  The single-family housing units will be made available

                   to low income first-time home buyers who earn between 25%-60% of the Housing

                   Area Median Family Income (HAMFI).

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Consideration to authorize the installation of a speed hump along Arriaga Drive

                   between Ramirez Drive at Fairfield Drive in accordance with the speed hump

                   installation policy under the special provision for installation; project costs are

                   estimated at $1,800.00.  Funding is available from the Capital Improvement Projects-

                   City Council District II.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            33.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an extension to the consulting contract

                   between the City of Laredo and B.W. Zimmerman & Associates to assist with analysis,

                   research and reporting associated with the interoperable reader system project, provide

                   professional technical consulting assistance associated with the toll collection system

                   needs of the Laredo Bridge System, review and respond to proposals to renew and/or

                   extend the toll collection system maintenance service agreement and provide on-call

                   professional consulting assistance on the operation and warranty of the new turnstile

                   system in an amount not to exceed $64,000.00.  Funding is available in the Laredo

                   Bridge System.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            34.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder,

                   Amberland Development, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $609,997.00 for the

                   Bartlett Avenue Extension Straightening, Widening, Paving, Utilities and Drainage

                   Improvements from Hillside to Sandman.  Funding is available in the Transit 2004 CO.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $525,000.00 for the Cigarroa

                   Recreation Center Boxing Gym.  Funding is available in the CDBG 30th Action Year

                   and CDBG 31st Action Year.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            36.  Consideration for approval of amendment no. 2 an increase of $36,442.00 to the

                   professional services contract with Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo Street

                   Drainage Improvements Phase II to update plans and specifications, construction cost

                   estimates, and for utility coordination and surveying.  Funding is available in the 2003

                   CO Issue Laredo Street Drainage Account.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            37.  Consideration for approval to award a professional Services Contract to Carter and

                   Burgess, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $375,000.00 for design

                   and preparation of plans and specifications for the Laredo International Airport

                   Runways 17L/35R and 17L/35R Extension – Feasibility Study, Environmental

                   Assessment and Benefit-Cost Analysis.  Funding is available in the Airport

                   Construction Fund – Grant No. 48 – Project Engineer Fees.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            38.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Chapman & Associates, Inc.,

                   Magnolia, Texas, for the Resident Project Representative for the Laredo International

                   Airport Projects and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract. 

                   Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund/Grant No. 49 – Project Engineer

                   Fees.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            39.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $20,223.51 for the

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

                   Drainage Improvements Phase I that included Laredo St. from Tapeyste Ave. to

                   Seymour Ave. and approval of final payment in the amount of $34,655.49 to J. Solis

                   Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount

                   is $304,196.49.  Funding is available in the 1999 Water CO Bond.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            40.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one replacement vacuum truck in the total

                   amount of $252,640.00, through the Buy Board cooperative purchasing program’s

                   contract pricing, from Grande Truck Center, Pasadena, TX.  This truck will be assigned

                   to the Environmental Services Department.  Funding is available in the department’s

                   capital outlay budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            41.  Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY06-105, to the low bidder,

                   East Jordan Iron Work, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of

                   $85,750.00, for the purchase of fire hydrants for the Utilities Department.  This is an

                   annual supply contract that allows for the purchase of fire hydrants on an as need basis. 

                   Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            42.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of traffic signal poles and arms required for the

                   traffic signal upgrades of the following locations: Clark at Meadow, Clark at Seymour,

                   and Clark at Cedar, from Pelco Structural LLC, Claymore, OK, in the total amount of

                   $37,686.00.  These items are being purchased through the State of Texas Cooperative

                   purchasing program.  Funding is available from 2006 Certificates of Obligation bond

                   proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   Rafter P. Transport Inc., New Braunfels, TX to load and haul dry sludge from the                      Jefferson Water Treatment Plant to the City of Laredo landfill.  This contract is based

                   on a base bid of $6.00 per cubic yard of material.  The frequency and number of loads

                   vary depending on the City’s need but the contract is based on an estimate of 10,000        

                   cubic yards of sludge.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department – Water

                   Treatment Division budget. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            44.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one truck mounted excavator, in the total

                   amount of $298,700.00 from Waukesha Pearce Inc., through the Buy Board

                   cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  Funding is available in the 2006

                   Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation bond proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve with the correction that funding is available in the Solid Waste                       Fund.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            45.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2) street sweepers in the total amount

                   of $283,743.25 from TYMCO International Inc., through the Houston Galveston Area

                   Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing. 

                   Funding is available in the 2006 Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation bond

                   proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   month of November 2006, represents a decrease of $54,757.73.  These adjustments are

                   determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            47.  Authorizing the City Manager to continue current policy with Monumental Life

                   Insurance Company for the retiree Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance for

                   another year, ending December 31, 2007.  The rates will remain the same as last year.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            48.  Awarding a construction contract to the low bidder, Jimmy Closner and Sons

                   Construction Company, Inc., Mercedes, Texas, in the amount of $4,697,756.20 for the

                   construction of the SH359 Work Order #3 Water Distribution and Wastewater

                   Collection Systems to the Colonias Old Milwaukee, Los Altos, D-5 Acres, San Carlos

                   I, San Carlos II, Tanquecitos II, Ranchitos 359 East & Laredo Ranchetes subject to the

                   approval of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).  The construction time is

                   540 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

                   Motion to postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            49.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, QRO MEX

                   Construction, Granite Shoals, Texas, in the amount of $1,487,828.25  for the

                   construction of the Colonias Work Order NADB – 1, 18“ Water  Main Line Extension

                   Project, subject to the approval of the North American Development Bank. The work

                   order #1 consists of 18” water transmission line extension (19.500 L.F.) from the

                   existing South Laredo Elevated Storage Tank to the existing booster station along and

                   within State Hwy 359 to provide potable water to Colonias within SH 359 Planning

                   Areas. The construction time is 150 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Colonias

                   Fund Construction Fees.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            50.  Ratifying the action taken by the City Manager to authorize the installation of three

                   valves under system pressure by ADS Environmental Services in the amount of

                   $45,400.00 for the emergency control of failing valves and prevention of system

                   flooding at the Jefferson Lower Plant.  Funding is available under the Waterworks

                   Construction Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            51.  Authorize the City Manager to approve Change Order No. 1 for the purchase and

                   installation of a new electrical control system for the Jefferson Street Water Plant from

                   System Controls & Instrumentation, Ltd, in the amount of $69,532.00.  This work and

                   change order is recommended by staff for emergency authorization on the basis of

                   eminent failure indicators provided by equipment and the essential need for operational

                   control of water production.  Funding is available in the Water Plant Improvements

                   Construction Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            52.  Consideration to authorize the installation of speed humps along Canal Street between

                   Marcella and Gallagher Avenues in accordance with the speed hump installation policy

                   under the special provision for installation; project costs are estimated at $3,000.00. 

                   Funding will be made available from capital improvement projects – City Council

                   District 5.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            53.  Consideration to authorize a lease purchase contract with Sungard HTE Inc., in the total

                   amount of $1,999,265.64 for the acquisition of a fully integrated digital information

                   management system for the Laredo Police and Fire Departments.  Funding for the lease

                   purchase payments is available in the Police Trust Fund budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            54.  Consideration to award contract FY07-007 to Verizon Wireless, Laurel, MD, for

                   providing wireless mobile phone service for City of Laredo public safety and public

                   service departments for a term of two years.  Approximately 307 wireless phones are

                   assigned to these departments.  All services will be on an as needed basis.  Funding is

                   available in the respective departmental budgets. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

            55.  A.  Update report by Keith Kindle, Turner, Collie and Braden on the status on the

                         Colonias Project.

 

                         Mr. Kindle was not able to attend.

 

                   B.  Presentation and recommendation regarding proceeding with negotiations of an

                         agreement of a Secondary Groundwater Project.

 

                         Bill Norris from NRS Consulting Engineers made the following report.

 

Exhibit “A”

 

Executive Summary

 

The City of Laredo received two proposals for a secondary source of water on December 8, 2006 out of four know providers.  These were Grass Valley Water, LP and Dimmit Utility Water Supply Corporation.  The proposals were reviewed primarily on qualifications and financial backing to complete the project and the ability to deliver a long term water supply to the City of Laredo.

 

The proposal review committee was comprised of Adrian Montemayor, Assistant Utility Director; Joseph (Bill) Norris, P.E., NRS Consulting Engineers; Bruce Wasinger, Bickerstaff, Heath, Pollan & Caroom, LLP; Ridge Kaiser, P.E., R.W. Hardin & Associates; and Jeff Snowden, Economists.com.

 

After a thorough review of the proposals and subsequent interviews, the committee ranked the respondents with respect to the following weighted criteria:

 

Criteria                                                                                     Weight

______________________________________________________________

 

Experience                                                                                             15%

Financial Capabilities                                                                              20%

Level of Development of Source Water                                       10%

Knowledge of Process Involved (Project Understanding)                         5%

Confirmed Supply                                                                                    15%

Exclusive Use                                                                                          5%

Permitting                                                                                                5%

Groundwater Control District Approvals                                                  5%

Environmental Considerations                                                      5%

Guarantees                                                                                              15%

 

The overall ranking put Dimmit Utility Water Supply Corporation first and Grass Valley Water second.  Each one has their own share of risks with varying degrees with permitting and source water development.  It is the committee’s opinion, based these criteria, Dimmit UWSC has the greatest degree of confidence in developing the water source for the City of Laredo.

 

The next step was to review the price proposal received from each respondent.  Based on the proposal on the base bids, Jeff Snowden, Economists.com, completed an in depth analysis of the proposals and conducted several conversations with the respect to financial representatives to reach the conclusions.

 

The net present value of each proposal is depicted in the table below.

 

Years in

Planning

Period

 

NPV Rate

 

DUWSC

 

GVW

 

Variance

20

30

40

            50

4%

4%

4%

4%

$289,732,670

$384,115,670

$469,806,160

$547,604,707

$372,462,105

$582,552,270

$714,375,541

$834,058,119

-$82,729,434

-$198,436,600

-$244,569,380

-$286,453,412

 

Finally, the project team offers the following ending notes, many of which may warrant further study:

 

            1.  GVW’s proposes that Laredo pay electricity costs, pump fees, water transport and pass-          through fees.  These fees need to be quantified over the planning period.

            2.  The GVW proposal also reserves the right to modify their costs depending upon the                               increase in construction costs meaning no contingencies are include at the risk of the                  City.  The DUWSC include contingencies for the completion of the project and is                           willing to negotiate lower costs if City takes some of those risks.

            3.  Both proposals assume tax exempt financing will be available.  Laredo may wish to                    request an alternative pricing structure that ssumes the issuer will not obtain tax exempt        financing.

            4.  The DUWSC proposal offers the transfer of the pipeline on or around 2029, while both             proposals offer the transfer of storage capacity in the early years of the agreement.  The                  City may wish to request current values and depreciation schedules for each transferable            asset in order to asses the value of these assts at the time they become the property of                              Laredo.

            5.  DUWSC offers to evaluate overall cost saving measures that could include energy                     recovery and/or standpipe to utilize existing pipeline pressures.

 

Conclusions and Recommendations

While each proposal has a degree of risk from a water availability standpoint, mainly on the provider, clearly, the Dimmit Utility Water Supply Corporation has the greatest degree of certainty of providing the City of Laredo a long term water supply for the most economical cost with the greatest amount of financial backing.  It is the recommendation of this committee to begin negotiations with Dimmit UWSC to develop an agreement for consideration by the City of Laredo.

 

Due to the nature of this important project, the committee also recommends that the agreement deadline be considered for January 31, 2007 to allow for adequate review and negotiations.  The initial review period remains in place for the week of December 18, 2006 with a projected draft memorandum of understanding by the end of the year.  In our opinion this schedule would not jeopardize the City’s efforts in the legislature related to this project.

 

 

                       Motion to authorize the City Manager to begin negotiations with Dimmit Utility                           Water Supply Corporation.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     7                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   C.  Staff report regarding third party funding from the Hotel/Motel Fund by Martin

                        Aleman, Budget Director.

                   

                        Motion to postpone.

                         

                        Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     7                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

            56.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (A) of the Government

                   Code (Contemplated litigation) to consult with the City Attorney regarding

                   construction contract with Lassen, Inc., Austin, Texas, for the construction contract

                   project known as the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plat Re-aeration Tanks

                   Lining Project and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (A) of the                         Government Code (Contemplated litigation) to consult with the City Attorney

                   regarding construction contract with Lassen, Inc., Austin, Texas, for the construction

                   contract project known as the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plat Re-aeration

                   Tanks Lining Project and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                   For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Cm. Garcia, Cm. Amaya and Mayor Salinas were not present.

 

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

 

                   Motion to motion to terminate the contract and to file a claim against the performance                bond and then place the tank back into service.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                   Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   (1) (B) to consult with attorney on settlement offer regarding Laredo Equities, L.L.C.,

                   and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                    551.071 (1) (B) to consult with attorney on settlement offer regarding Laredo Equities,

                   L.L.C., and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                   For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

                   Motion to accept the $42, 971 as payment in full due as of October 31, 2006 to the City           of Laredo from Laredo Equities, L.C.C. under the 2006 -2007 Veteran’s Field lease                       agreement and continue said lease agreement.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            58.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, section 551.074

                   (1) to evaluate the pay of the Acting City Manager and to discuss goals and objectives;

                   and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, section                    551.074 (1) to evaluate the pay of the Acting City Manager and to discuss goals and                        objectives; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                   Second:  Cm.  Rendon

                   For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

                   Motion to increase the Acting City Manager’s 10 percent above her current salary for               the duties of Acting City Manager making it retroactive to her first day and concluded           on her last day when a new City Manger is appointed and there will be a workshop on              the item of goals and objectives within 30 days.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XV.      ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  11:12

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garza

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0