CITY OF LAREDO

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-SC-09

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS  78040

JULY 31, 2006

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

           

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

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

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                                       Mayor

            Mike Garza,                                                                             Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            Michael Landeck,                                                                     Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                             Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                                        Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

            Juan Chavez,                                                                            Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Mayor Pro Tem, District VIII

            Susan Herrera,                                                                         Deputy City Secretary III

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

 

IV.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            Discussion with possible action.

 

            Motion to appoint Charlie Martens to the Transportation and Traffic Committee; Dolores             Bosewell to the Laredo Commission for Women; and Odie Arambula to the      Historical District/Landmark Board. 

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Rendon

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

V.        STAFF REPORT

 

            1.  Submission of the proposed Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget as per Article VI,         

                 Section 6.02, Submission of Budget of the Charter of the City of Laredo which states                              that “sixty (60) days before the end of the fiscal year, or any time that, the City manger              shall present to the Council, in a open public meeting, after proper public notice, and                       having been placed on the Council meeting agenda, a budget for the ensuing fiscal year                  with an accompanying message.”

 

                 Martin Aleman, Budget Director, advised the City Council that the budget process is a               lengthy process which begins each year in January.   He noted that it gives him great                        pleasure to present the balanced budget to the City Council.  He said that the budget for                 2006-2007 is $392,174,549.  He made note that the ending fund balance is $87,504,397            which is an increase of 6%.  He added that this budget includes a total amount of 3.6                            million dollars of capital purchases throughout the funds.   He submitted a copy of the                  budget to each Council Member for their review.

 

V.        GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            A.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

                        1.  Discussion on projected general fund revenues other than tax levy, with possible                        action.

 

                        Motion to waive the item.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Belmares

                        Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                        For:     8                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VI.       EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

            The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during             this pubic meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the             City, pursuant to his or her 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.

 

VII.     ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

            Second:  Cm.  Belmares

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0