CITY OF LAREDO

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-SC-14

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS  78040

OCTOBER 24, 2006

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGINCE

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                                       Mayor

            Mike Garza,                                                                             Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            Michael Landeck,                                                                     Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon                                                                         Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

            Juan Chavez                                                                             Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Mayor Pro Temp, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                                     Assistant City Manager

            Rafael Garcia,                                                                           Assistant City Manager

            Valeria Acevedo,                                                                      City Attorney

 

IV.       EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

            The City Council herby 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.

 

            Motion to allow discussion from the public on the evaluation and performance and pay of             the City Manager and allow a three minute rule for each speaker. 

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

            Second:  Cm.  Rendon

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Jose R. Ochoa, ex-president of the Laredo Firefighters, stated that he was speaking in favor      of Larry Dovalina.

 

            Donna Magnon, Deputy City Secretary, spoke in favor of Larry Dovalina for City Manager.

 

            Dr.  James Earhart read a written statement publicly noting that there are many problems             that Mr.  Dovalina has not taken care of. 

 

            Anthony Peterson spoke in favor of terminating the contract with Larry Dovalina.

 

            Jesus M.  Sanchez spoke against renewing Larry Dovalina’s contract as City Manager.

 

            Abraham Rodriguez spoke in favor of Larry Dovalina.

 

            1.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Section 551.074 to           evaluate the performance and pay of the City Manager and return to open session for                     possible action.

 

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

                 551.074 to evaluate the performance and pay of the City Manager and return to open                             session for possible action.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

                 Motion to remove Mr. Dovalina from his position as City Manager and terminate his                                services.   

 

                 Cm.  Garza requested a show of hands. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

                 Second:  Cm.  Garza

                 For:     4                                          Against:  4                                            Abstain:  0

                 Cm. Garza                                       Cm. Garcia

                 Cm. Landeck                                  Cm. Amaya

                 Cm. Chavez                                    Cm. Rendon

                 Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez          Cm. Belmares

 

                 Mayor Salinas voted in favor of terminating Larry Dovalina. 

 

                 Cm.  Garza said that the City needs to appoint an Interim City Manager and he made a              motion to appoint Cynthia Collazo, Deputy City Manager.

 

                 Mayor Salinas noted that it was not on the agenda.

 

                 Valeria Acevedo, Acting City Attorney, advised City Council that the Charter notes that            they must appoint an interim by majority vote.

 

                 Motion to accept Cynthia Collazo as her role as Acting City Manager on an interim                  basis and seek whatever method to search for a new City Manager.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                 Second:  Cm.  Landeck

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                               

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garza

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0