CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-R-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MARCH 19, 2007

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 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 E. Herrera,                                                                     Deputy City Secretary

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Acting City Manager

            Rafael Garcia,                                                                           Assistant City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                                     Assistant City Manager

            Valeria Acevedo,                                                                      Acting City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of October 12, 2006, October 16, 2006 and October 24, 2006.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

     

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognizing the Alexander Bulldogs boy’s basketball team for participating in the

                 Regional Finalists “Elite 8.”

 

Mayor and City Council recognized the boy’s basketball team and presented a Seven Flags Recognition to each member.

 

            b.  Recognizing the Alexander Bulldogs girl’s basketball team for participating in the

                 Regional Semi-finalists “Sweet 16.”

 

                 Mayor and City Council recognized the girl’s basketball team and were presented with a

                 Seven Flags Recognition.

 

            c.  Recognition of the Lyndon B. Johnson High School Cheerleaders for their participation

                 in the NCA Senior & Junior National Championship in Dallas, Texas and winning the

                 2006-2007 NCA National Champions in the Varsity-Non-Tumbling Division and Most

                 Innovative Choreography.  The team will be featured on Fox Channel 55 in April.

 

                 The Lyndon B. Johnson High School Cheerleaders were not present.

     

            Communiqués

 

                  Cm. Garza  reported on his trip to Washington, D.C.  He stated that his perception of the 

                  meeting has changed.  He thanked staff and the Mayor for his leadership.

 

                  Cm. Garcia stated that he could not attend the trip to Washington, D.C. due to an                      accident he had.  He asked for a moment of silence for one of his Campaign Managers,                   Calixto Sandoval, that passed away.    

 

                  Cm. Landeck mentioned that he too could not go to Washington, D.C..  He stated that              he was concerned about the incident involving some people who came from Nuevo                         Laredo to rob a bank and then swam back to Nuevo Laredo.  He added that there is a                               need for more first responders

 

                  Cm. Amaya congratulated Cindy Collazo, Acting City Manager, and staff for well                      prepared schedule of events in Washington, D.C..  He applauded the Mayor and the City                Council Member that attended the trip for promoting Laredo and trying to acquire                           additional funding for the City.  He announced the re-opening of the Cecilia Mae                              Moreno Splash and Skate Park in the next couple of weeks.    

 

                  Cm. Rendon congratulated 100 college students that came from out of town for                         volunteering to build two homes for Habitat for Humanity.  He also congratulated Carol                   Sherwood for coordinating the event.

 

                  Cm. Belmares congratulated the Mayor on his leadership in Washington, D.C..  He also            stated the Border Olympics this past week was a phenomenal event.  In addition, he        

                  mentioned that J.J. Bucky Hubeman, General Manager of the Dillworth Group,  passed             away and asked for a moment of silence. 

 

                  Cm. Chavez reported that he met with several citizens of his District to discuss the trip  

                  to Washington, D.C..  He conveyed their gratitude for the Council’s hard work.

 

                  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez invited everyone to the Seven Flags Splash Park ribbon                           cutting ceremony March 20, 2007 at 4:30 pm.

           

Mayor Raul Salinas spoke on the recent trip to Washington, D.C.  He reported that    Laredo’s inland port will be considered in the Homeland Security Bill due to Congressman Henry Cuellar’s help.  He emphasized that Congressman Henry Cuellar is       doing a great job in representing the people of Laredo and Webb County.  He added that       the River Vega project is also being included in the language of another Bill.    He              recognized Assistant City Manager Rafael Garcia on his service to the City of Laredo.

He also recognized the Laredo Airport for being named the best airport by the Federal  Aviation Administration.  Lastly, he sent his condolences to Calixto Sandoval’s family,       U.S. Border Patrolman Ramon Evanais, and to the City Secretary’s mother-in-       law Virginia Barrera.                

 

            Citizen comments

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

 

                  Rosendo Carranco spoke on the trip to Washington, D.C. which he attended as well, on           behalf of the Board of Directors of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce.  He commented                  on how well the City’s staff works as a team.  On behalf of the Laredo Chambers of                            Commerce, he thanked the Mayor and City Council for letting him attend the trip with          them.

 

                  Yolanda Salinas invited everyone to attend a fundraiser for the Laredo Animal                           Protective Society.  The fundraiser will be a birthday party for Princess on March 31,                      2007 at the Mall del Norte and will include many events.  She mentioned that T-shirts                   will be sold to benefit the Society as well.          

 

                  George Alget expressed his opposition to the Ponderosa Landfill.   

 

                  Carlos Blanco invited everyone to attend the Cesar Chavez March on March 31, 2007 at          9:00 am at the St. Peter’s Plaza.

 

                  Jim Earhart spoke in opposition to the landfill.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Juanita Isabel Martinez to the Parks and

                 Recreation Advisory Committee.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            b.  Appointment by Council Member Gene Belmares of Marco Ramos to the

                 Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

VII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            1.  A.  Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

            1.  Status report from LCVB on the Mexico advertising campaign.

 

                 Blasita Lopez, Assistant Director of the Laredo Convention and Visitor’s Bureau,                      provided City Council with a handout on the Semana Santa promotions.  She reported                  on  various advertising that includes: 10 publications throughout the nation,  television                ads,  and 9 billboards. She informed City Council that marketing investments in Mexico            are $300,000 to date.  She reported on a promotional sales mission to Monterrey that will             be held on April 26 through April 27, 2007.  In addition, she mentioned that a staff                   member will be participating in the annual trip to Guadalajara for the Regional                                     Association of Airlines show.  Process of hiring a staff member for Casa Laredo in                       Monterrey which is currently staffed by only one member.  Lastly, an invitation will be               extended to the Spanish language media to invite them to the finals of Miss Texas USA.          

                 Mayor Salinas expressed his concern that business from Monterrey is going towards                               McAllen and not Laredo.  He suggested that they be more proactive with businesses                               such as “maquiladoras”.  He emphasized that they be out in the field promoting Laredo.

           

                 Cm. Ramirez added that the entrance to Laredo should be improved and more lanes                                   should be added to prevent congestion at the bridge.

            2.  Discussion with possible action on the construction of a canopy at Bridge I for

                 pedestrians.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Chavez)

 

                 Rafael Garcia, Assistant City Manager, informed City Council that there has been                      discussion of the construction of the canopy for a few years.  He reported that the City is                ready to go out for bids for the canopy, but the money will not come from Washington,                D.C., but rather from the City.  He mentioned that the estimated cost will be between             $900,000 to $1,100,000.

 

                 Motion to do a study on the construction of a canopy at Bridge I.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

                 B.  Request by Council Member Mike Garza

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on the creation of a Budget calendar.

 

                  Martin Aleman, Budget Director, presented Council with a prepared internal                                           calendar and stated that it was given to all departments to follow. 

 

                  Cm. Garza suggested having earlier meetings in May.

                 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on alternative methods for road construction and

                 financing with the Texas Department of Transportation.

           

                  Mario Medina from the Texas Department of Transportation reported that there are                               opportunities to accelerate projects.  He mentioned that as time passes the more                        expensive the project will be in the future.

 

                  Cm. Garza instructed staff to set up a workshop to discuss several funding methods.

 

                   Mayor Raul Salinas left at 7:48.

          

               C.  Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the City of Laredo’s Bridge System shortage

                 and overage policy.

 

                 Mario Maldonado, Laredo Bridge System Director, mentioned that on February 20,                              2007 a motion was approved to increase the amount from $5.00 to $10.00 for                                          disciplinary action and to inverse all shortages.  He requested the opportunity to have the           Bridge Department, Finance Department, and the Audit Department review additional                    changes to the policy to be able to provide input and feedback to the City Manager and                  City Council.

                             

                 Motion to bring back the item back to City Council in the next 30 days.

 

                 Moved:  Cm Landeck

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

 

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on Rio Grande River water rights acquisition and status              and possible renovation/extension of the Jefferson Street water plant facility.

 

                 Carl Schwing, Utilities Director, reported that 5 members of the Texas Commission for  

                 Environmental Quality spent 3 days evaluating the Jefferson Street water treatment                     plant.  He mentioned that the report will take 4 weeks.  Their exit interview addressed:        the need for additional sites specific standard operating job procedures for the treatment            facility; periodic calibration of the instrumentation installed; and installation of back                           flow preventors in the existing coronation system.  He reported that Corola Engineers                  presented two engineering contracts to be implemented in the future which are to      

                 upgrade the electrical system and to upgrade the disinfection system.  He mentioned that            more discussion will take place with Corola Engineers to address any additional work. 

                 In addition, he reported that they are proceeding to obtain additional water rights to meet           the expanded plants capacity of 75 million gallons a day.

                 

                Cm. Belmares added that currently we have approximately 49,500 acre feet of water in             the Rio Grande and last year we came within 1,600 acre feet of water running out. 61                    millions gallons a day can be treated improvements to the Jefferson Water Treatment                     Plant would only take us to a treatment capacity of 75 million gallons.  To purchase an                          additional treatment of 10 million gallons (11,000 acre feet) of water a day from the Rio        Grande would cost approximately $40 million.

 

                Horacio De Leon, Assistant City Manager reported that water rights are acquired on a                             daily basis and will be done on the interim of a secondary water source.  After the report           from Corola Engineers a recommendation will be brought back to the City Council for                   the expansion of the Jefferson Water Treatment Plant.  

           

                Martin Aleman, Budget Director, reported that as of December 31, 2006 there is                      approximately a balance of 13 million dollars in the funding which 3 million are                   currently encumbered leaving 10 million for future acquisitions. 

                  

                 Mrs. Collazo stated that staff will look into a conservation and enforcement program.                 

           

                 Mayor Salinas returned at 7:59.

 

            3.  Discussion with possible action on initiating an investigation pursuant to Section 2.06 of

                 the Charter into those City departments and individuals involved with (1) street

                 construction and maintenance, and (2) contracts for street construction and maintenance. 

                 (Co-sponsored by Council Member Juan Chavez)

 

                 Cm. Landeck suggested that along with the Legal Departments advice there should be an           investigation on the issue of street construction and street maintenance with the                    Departments to avoid all of these problems.

 

                 Valeria Acevedo, Acting City Attorney mentioned that Section 2.06 in the Charter is                              general and does not outline specific procedures.  She stated that what can be done is to            schedule a special meeting, post it and go to Executive Session to discuss the particular      employee.  She also stated that the employee can elect to have the hearing in open                  session as opposed to closed session, but it can be posted as an executive session.  She                commented that if there are other employees that will be used as witnesses, they can                             be included on the agenda and be brought forth in open session. She stated that it would         

                 be similar to that of a regular open meeting unless it is to discuss with an employee their              possible disciplinary action/evaluation/review of his/her performance or lack there                           of which could be posted in Executive Session.  She reiterated that the employee could           ask that it take place in an open session. 

           

     Cm. Landeck explained that he needed more information on the specifications of the  

     streets and how does the City compare with other cities or with TxDOT.  He stated that

     his main reason is to identify whether we are utilizing specs in existing streets and

     perhaps certain streets need to be reclassified.  He brought up that  the current

     completion of Eijo Street is already starting to have problems. He emphasized that he

     just wants to know what is being done.   

 

            4.  Discussion with possible action regarding the demand that members appointed to all

                 city, standing and ad hoc committees must meet the requirement of being a currently

                 registered voter in the City of Laredo; and that this qualification will be applied to all

                 presently appointed and serving committee members.

 

                  This item was tabled.

 

             D.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on consolidating all City offices under one roof with an

                 emphasis on the old Mercy Hospital building and requesting that the 2006-2007                        Leadership Class adopt the feasibility study as their class project. 

                   

Cm. Landeck expressed his concern of the old Mercy Hospital tested for any  environmental contamination.  He stated that if  it is issued a “clean bill of health”,          Council may proceed with feasibility studies.

 

                 Cm. Belmares reported that the City is currently looking into: a “One-Stop-Shop”                     building for $18,000,000, a Fire Administration building for $10,000,000, and the                          expansion of several different facilities.  He stated that because of this, the City needs to                  look at consolidating into one building.

 

                 Motion to bring back a feasibility study by the Leadership Class.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

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

 

                 Mayor left at 10:06 and returned at 10:16.               

 

             E.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on sewer problems on Convent and Salinas Streets.

 

                 Carl Schwing, Utilities Director, reported that when the storm sewer was rebuilt at the                                 bottom of Flores Street it was done approximately six inches higher and the existing                  sewer is acting as a pond where water accumulates.  He mentioned that they have a                        problem with a vendor’s grease trap.  They have taken up to 1,000 gallons of grease on                 a single pumping. 

 

                Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez reported that he saw grease on brick pavers on Zaragoza                             Street and mentioned that it should be cleaned.

 

                Mr. Schwing replied that he will notify the supervisor to make sure that more attention is            placed on the cleaning of the manholes when they are finished.

 

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on the use of City vehicles.

 

Gilbert Sanchez, from the Information Technology and Support Services Department, reported that there is a City Wide Take Home Vehicle Policy draft that is currently being worked on.  He mentioned that it is currently up to the Department Heads discretion.

 

                Ms. Collazo added that the current policy is that those departments that have individuals            on call use city vehicles.  She mentioned that a draft was given to the directors last week                to review.  She mentioned that some recommendations will be made as to which                    individuals do not need a vehicle.  She also mentioned that the Fire Department and                     Police Department will not be included in the policy. 

 

                Cm. Chavez added that the policy needs to be specific as to how the vehicles are being                          used on a daily basis.

 

            3.  Status report on the police station at the H.E.B. downtown, with possible action.

 

                 Ms. Collazo reported that H.E.B. has requested that police officers be there.  She added           that item # 55 on this agenda proposes to move the police station from Bruni Plaza into      another building.                       

         

 

VIII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

                 2006-2007 Veterans Field Fund by drawing down $55,000.00 from the Veterans Field

                 Fund balance and appropriating said funds for the purchase of heavy equipment for the              maintenance of Veterans Field.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept grant

                 funds from the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $37,737.00

                 with no matching funds and to amend the Solid Waste Fund to appropriate said grant

                 award.  Funds will be used to buy an industrial grade paper shredder at a cost $27,737.00        in order that the Materials Recovery Center can recycle paper that has sensitive                              information, and $10,000.00 that will be used to promote and educate the public about

                 recycling.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

                 City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 3, Block 273, Western Division, located at 1504

                 Santa Maria Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial

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

                 change.  District VIII 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm. Belmares

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 

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

                 City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Morales Plat, located at 9219 F.M. 1472,

                 from R-2 (Multi-family Residential District) and M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to

                 B-4 (Highway Commercial District).   The Planning and Zoning Commission

                 recommended approval of the zone change.   District VII

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Chavez

 

            6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2006-O-311

                 authorizing a Special Use Permit for mini storage/warehousing, on Lots 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7

                 and 8, Block 1068, Eastern Division, located at 1320 South Meadow Avenue, by

                 revising the site plan.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of

                 the Special Use Permit.  District III  

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Landeck

        

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

                 City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7 and 8, Block 24, Eastern Division, located at 602

                 Market Street, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial

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

                 change.   District III

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Landeck

                                        

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

                 City of Laredo by rezoning 1.27 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in

                 attached Exhibit “A”, located east of Highway 359 and west of Fiesta Subdivision, from

                 R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) to B-3 (Community Business District). 

                 The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  

                 District II

 

                 No council action was taken on this item.  

                                                                      

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

                 City of Laredo by rezoning 9.11 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in

                 attached Exhibit “A”, located on the North side of A.F. Muller Sr. Memorial Boulevard

                 east of Hummingbird Boulevard, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-1

                 (Single-Family Residential District) (Planned Unit Development District).  The Planning

                 and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  District VII

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Chavez

   

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 46.9 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in

                   attached Exhibit “A,” located at 3220 Bob Bullock – Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family

                   Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning

                   Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  District II

 

                   No council action was taken on this item.

           

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 12.82 acres, as further described by metes and bounds              in attached Exhibit “A,” located at 3221 Bob Bullock – Loop 20, from R-1 (Single

                   Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and

                   Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   District II   

 

                   No council action was taken on this item.  

                       

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 112.82 acres, as further described by metes and bounds

                   in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the East side of Interstate 35 north of Shiloh Drive,

                   from AG (Agricultural District) and M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-4                           (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended

                   approval of the zone change.  District VI

 

                   No council action was taken on this item.

           

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 6, Block 13, San Isidro- Las Buganvillas                                             Subdivision and .22 acres, as further described by metes and  bounds in attached

                   Exhibit “A”, located at 10550 Sanderiana Court, from R-1A (Single Family Reduced

                   Area District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning

                   Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   District VI   

 

                   No council action was taken on this item.

                        

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.02 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in

                   attached Exhibit “A”, located at the East end of Basswood Drive, from R-1 (Single

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

                   and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.  District VI

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Motion to table.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Keith Selman, Director of Planning and Zoning, stated they received a petition with 27               signatures in opposition to the proposed zone change within the 200 feet of notification,        however 15 of those were outside the 200 feet.

 

                   Philip and Maureen Normandin spoke against the proposed zone change.

 

                   Marcel Notzon III, representing R.C. Investments, L.L.C., spoke in favor of the                        proposed zone change.

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            15.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with UETA of Texas, Inc. for the lease

                   of the tract of approximately 73,698.73 square feet tract of land located premises

                   located south of Ventura Street and east of Santa Cleotilde Avenue, a copy of which is

                   attached as Exhibit 1.  Lease shall commence on August 7, 2007 and be for a term of

                   twenty (20) years, with an option to renew for an additional ten (10) years.  The annual

                   rent shall be $52,000.00 payable in monthly installments of $4,333.33.

 

                   Motion to reconsider and remove the 90 day clause in contract.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Belmares

                   For:  6                                           Against:  1                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                        Cm. Garcia                                           Cm. Chavez

                           

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            16.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey

                   fee simple title to the “Surface Only” at its adjusted market value of $11,533.00 for                                certain property described as a 7,717 square feet (0.1772 of an acre) tract of land, more

                   or less, out of that former south one-half section of Canada between O’kane and Clark

                   Streets to Adolfo Tellez; provided that the City of Laredo retains the entire tract as a

                   utility easement, said tract being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb

                   County, Texas, being generally described on attached Exhibit “A”; and providing for

                   an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            17.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey

                   two (2) City owned lots, namely, Lot 6, Block 643, Eastern Division and Lot 7, Block

                   700, Western Division, in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, to Habitat for

                   Humanity, Inc., in support of the construction of two (2) homes, and providing for an

                   effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            18.  Authorizing the City Manager  to convey fee simple title to the “surface only”, at its

                   adjusted market value of $4,750.00, the 2,725.4 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of

                   that former triangular section of Blaine Street between Smith and Ejido Avenues, as

                   shown by metes and bounds description in Exhibit “A” attached hereto, to purchasers,

                   Humberto H. Ramirez and wife, Guadalupe L. Ramirez; provided however, that the C

                   City of Laredo retains and reserves the entire tract as a utility easement, and approving

                   the plan as described in Exhibit “B”, under which purchasers will use the said property;

                   and providing for  effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            19.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Foreign Trade Zone Operations Agreement

                   with Luka International Trading, Inc., as zone site operator within site III, located at

                   14610 Archer Drive, Killam Industrial Park, effective February 1, 2007, and ending on

                   January 31, 2008, and may be extended for three (3) one (1) year terms ending on

                   January 31, 2009; January 31, 2010; and January 31, 2011 and providing activation,                              administration and transaction fees be paid to the City; providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

 

            Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinances 2007-O-028, 2007-O-029, 2007-O-030,             2007-O-031, 2007-O-032, 2007-O-033, 2007-O-035, 2007-O-036, 2007-O-037, 2007-O-            038, 2007-O-039, 2007-O-040, 2007-O-041, 2007-O-042, 2007-O-043, 2007-O-044.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Garza

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            20.  2007-O-028  Authorizing the City Manager to accept the Universal Service Program

                                         grant from the Schools & Libraries Division/Universal Services

                                         Administrative Company/FCC in the amount of $117,532.00, which

                                         includes $11,647.00 in matching funds from General Fund, for multi-year

                                         E-Rate discounts and communication and technology infrastructure

                                         enhancements and to amend FY 06-07 Friends of the Library Fund

                                         Budget by appropriating said funds, and extending the contracts

                                         previously awarded to AT&T and  CALENCE to July 7, 2008.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-028

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-029  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with Securitas

                                        Security Services, USA, Inc., for approximately 120 square feet of office

                                        and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540 square feet at

                                        Bridge II.

                                        A.  Lease term for one (1) year commencing April 1, 2007 and ending on

                                              March 31, 2008.

                                        B.  Monthly rent shall be $2,500.00 for approximately 120 square feet of

                                              office space and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540

                                              square feet at Bridge II.

                                        C.  The lease may be terminated by either party with a thirty (30) day

                                              written notice.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-029.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-030  Amending the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 budgets for Risk Management fund

                                        by $325,182.00 and 2005 Certificate of Obligation (C.O.) fund by

                                        $352,874.00 by appropriating revenues and expenditures in both funds. 

                                        Funds are provided by the Texas Municipal League (TML) for the

                                        replacement of the fire pumper truck involved in an accident and damaged

                                        beyond repair.  Funds will be used to reimburse the 2005 C.O. for the

                                        purchase of a replacement fire pumper truck.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-030.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-031  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreement with the Federal

                                        Bureau of Investigation in the amount of $15,573.00 and amend the Fiscal

                                        Year 2006-2007 City of Laredo Budget by $15,573.00.  The agreement’s

                                        purpose is to reimburse the cost of overtime incurred by the Laredo Police

                                        Department in providing resources of OCDEFT (Organized Crime Drug

                                        Enforcement Task Forces).  The term of this agreement is from October 1,

                                        2006 through September 30, 2007.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-031.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-032  Amending Ordinance 2006-O-175 to accept a supplemental grant in the

                                        amount of $67,000.00 from the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention

                                        Authority and to amend the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2006-2007

                                        annual budget in the amount of $67,000.00.  This supplemental grant of

                                        $67,000.00 is 100% funded and at no cost to the City.  The 2006-2007

                                        Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority grant for the Laredo

                                        Autotheft Task Force will now total $413,000.00.  The funding period for

                                        this grant is from September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-032.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2007-O-033  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007

                                        annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures of $18,579.00 in

                                        additional funds from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission

                                        for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); extending the grant

                                        period ending November 30, 2006 to March 31, 2007 and authorizing the

                                        City Manager to execute said contract. 

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-033.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-035  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 General Fund

                                        Budget by appropriating $2,500,000.00 from the opening balance for

                                        various one time expenditures and or capital improvements. 

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-035.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-036  Amending section 12-81 [Purpose and Schedule] of Article IV [Fire

                                        Prevention Fees] of Chapter 12 [Fire Prevention & Protection] of the Code

                                        of Ordinances to revise and amend the fees for inspection services, and

                                        adding the new sprinkler installation, sprinkler system

                                        modification/remodel, new fire alarm system installation, fire alarm

                                        modification/remodel, fire alarm connected to sprinkler system, fire alarm

                                        panel replacement; and providing for effective date. 

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-036.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-037  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                        Lot 8, Block 809, Eastern Division, located at 1502 Wooster Street, from

                                        B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District);

                                        providing for publication and an effective date.  District III  

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-037.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-038  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                        Lot 3, Block 1343, Eastern Division, located at 2315 Market Street, from

                                        R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District);

                                        providing for publication and an effective date.  District III

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-038.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-039  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                        Lots 8 through 18, Block 8, Del Mar Village Subdivision, located at 313

                                        West Village Boulevard, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4

                                        (Highway Commercial District);  providing for publication and an

                                        effective date.  District V

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-039.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-040  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                        Lot 6, Block 199, Eastern Division, located at 3419 Springfield Avenue,

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

                                        District); providing for publication and an effective date.  District IV

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-040.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-041  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a series Telephone Equipment

                                        Easements with Southwestern Bell Telephone, L.P. d/b/a AT&T Texas

                                        consisting of a tract of land containing 0.9851 acres being part or portion

                                        out of Lot 1, Block 2, and 2.070 acres being a part or portion out of Lots

                                        1, 2 & 3, Block 2, Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal

                                        Subdivision recorded in Volume 16, Pages 45-47, to provide service to the

                                        Laredo Town Center project at the Laredo International Airport; providing

                                        for an effective date.  (As amended)

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-041.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-042  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by amending Chapter

                                        18, Section18-2.2 by providing that the Building Department is

                                        responsible for issuance of amusement redemption machine permits;

                                        providing for publication and an effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-042.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-043  Closing as public easements the following three street sections in the

                                        Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas:

                                         A.  Frees Street between the west right-of-way line of U. S. Highway 83

                                               and the west right-of-way line of Meadow Ave. including its

                                               intersections with Meadow and Mendiola Avenues;

                                         B.  Meadow Avenue between Frees Street and the original South City

                                               limits; and

                                         C.  Mendiola Avenue between Frees Street and the original South City

                                               limits;

                                         While retaining all utility easements thereon; and providing for an

                                         Effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-043.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-044  Authorizing the City Manager to accept the FY 2007 Federal Planning

                                        Funds (PL112) in the amount of $480,039.00 and amending the City of

                                        Laredo’s 2006-2007 General Fund budget to match PL112’s budget by

                                        increasing revenues by $168,544.00 and expenditures by $168,244.00. 

                                        The PL112 Funds come from the 2006-2007 approved Unified Planning

                                        Work Program (UPWP).

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-044.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-045  Approving the public sale of a tract of land containing 88.6913-acres,

                                        more or less, legally described as Lot Numbers One (1), Two (2), and

                                        Three (3), in Block Number Two (2), Laredo International Airport

                                        Passenger Terminal Subdivision, as per Plat recorded in Volume 16, pages

                                        45-47, Webb County Plat Records and authorizing the City Manager to

                                        execute all conveyance documents to sole bidder Laredo Town Center,

                                        L.P. in the amount of $15,865,000.00; the Laredo Town Center bid offer

                                        is subject to the closing being held sixty (60) days after City Council

                                        award of the sale instead of the thirty (30) days specified in the bid

                                        specifications, and further contingent upon Laredo Town Center receiving

                                        clear title to the subject property, and providing for an effective date.

 

                                        Motion to table.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

            21.  2007-R-014  Authorizing the City Manager to partner with the Laredo Chamber of

                                        Commerce and the International Bank of Commerce for the purchase of

                                        an L. E. D. electronic marquee, to replace the one located on San

                                        Bernardo Avenue outside of the Civic Center at an approximate cost of

                                        $33,918.00.  The amount committed by the City of Laredo is $17,000.00. 

                                        Funding is available in the Civic Center Operational Budget.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2007-R-014.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:   0

 

            22.  2007-R-015  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Texas

                                        Automobile Theft Prevention Authority to fund the Laredo Auto Theft

                                        Task Force for the period of September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008. 

                                        This grant pays salaries, fringe benefits, and equipment and supplies for

                                        LPD personnel and Webb County personnel to combat auto theft in the

                                        City of Laredo and Webb County.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2007-R-015.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:   0

 

            23.  2007-R-019  Authorizing the City Manager to execute the renewal of a clinical

                                        affiliation agreement between the City of Laredo Fire Department and

                                        Laredo Medical Center.  The Laredo Fire Department provides its

                                        emergency medical technicians and paramedic students with clinical

                                        training available at the Laredo Medical Center.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2007-R-015.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:   0

 

            24.  2007-R-020  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Office

                                        of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $40,000.00

                                        with the City designating $8,000.00 in matching funds for a total of

                                        $48,000.00 for a Violent Crime Grant under the Victims of Crime Act

                                        (VOCA) for the period of September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2007-R-020.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:   0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

            25.  Consideration to award a contract to Carter & Burgess, Austin, Texas, in the amount of

                   $174,286.00 to provide a scope of services for design, bidding and construction phases,

                   including special services for the existing pump station at the MOHAC Booster Station. 

                   Funding is available in the Water 2004 Revenue Bond.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            26.  Consideration to award a contract to Crane Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, in

                   the amount of $107,500.00 to design the 24 inch water transmission line from

                   McPherson Road to Loop 20 Del Mar Boulevard with construction plans and

                   specifications.  Funding is available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            27.  Consideration to award a contract to Foster Engineering  Company, Laredo, Texas, in

                   the amount of $40,172.00 to include basic engineering services including surveys,

                   design and preparation of plans and specifications with cost estimates for the

                   construction of a creek crossing for the 24” sewer line (36” alternate) to cross Manadas

                   Creek.  The contract time is 135 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Sewer

                   Construction Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

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

                   traffic signal upgrade of the following locations: Del Mar Blvd. and McPherson Dr. and

                   a new installation at Loop 20 and Laredo Town Center (Airport Driveway), from Pelco

                   Structural LLC, Claymore, OK, in the total amount of $48,208.00.  These items are

                   being purchased through the State of Texas Cooperative purchasing program.   Funding

                   is available from 2006 Contractual Obligation bond proceeds and the Airport Fund

                   budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            29.  Consideration to award an engineering contract to SCS Engineers, Bedford, Texas, for

                   an amount of $332,600.00 for the design and preparation of plans and specifications for

                   New Type I Cell in the City of Laredo Municipal Landfill located at 6912 Highway

                   359.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

 

            30.  Consideration to authorize the payment of the solid waste fee assessed quarterly by the

                   Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ).  The City is assessed a solid

                   waste fee based on a per ton basis for all waste processed (disposed) at the landfill. 

                   This is a recurring annual expense paid on a quarterly basis.  The current rate is $1.25                per ton which is subject to change by the TCEQ.  Approximately 400,000 tons will be

                   processed during the next twelve month period which would result in a total payment to

                   TCEQ of $500,000.00.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            31.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-068 to the low bidders Castaneda Sand

                   and Gravel, Inc., Laredo, Texas and Flecha Material, Inc., Laredo, Texas in the

                   estimated amount of $115,000.00 for the purchase of top soil; and Flecha Material,

                   Inc., in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for providing fill dirt for maintenance and

                   capital improvement projects being constructed by the Parks and Recreation

                   Department and Utilities Department.  A primary and secondary vendor will be

                   awarded contracts for the purchase of the needed material.  The City received identical

                   bids for the purchase of top soil from Castañeda and Flecha Materials, and the primary

                   vendor must be determined by choosing lots.  All materials will be purchased on an as

                   needed basis.  Funding is available in respective departmental budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve Flecha Materials as the primary vendor.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

 

            32.  Consideration to authorize change order number 7, a credit in the amount of

                   $31,570.00, and the purchase of additional radio equipment in the total amount of

                   $31,570.00 to the 800 MHz radio communication contract awarded to Motorola; and

                   authorizing a final payment of $145,935.00.  The change order includes credit for

                   reprogramming and utilizing that same credit for the purchase of additional radio

                   equipment.  Funding is available in the Information Technology fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            33.  Consideration for approval of payment not to exceed $6,250.00 and approval to cancel

                   the remaining contract in the amount of $68,550.00 with South Texas Testing

                   Laboratories, Inc., due to them not being able to continue to provide testing services of              materials for quality assurance; and approval to contract with another testing laboratory

                   to provide laboratory sampling and testing services of materials for quality assurance

                   for the Laredo International Airport Construction of Northeast Cargo  Apron (Phase II),

                   General Aviation Apron (Phase II) and Southwest Cargo Apron Concrete Pads Project. 

                   Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            34.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $4,108.00 for the

                   balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the CDBG Sidewalks

                   City-Wide Project No. 33 (15 Blocks) and approval of final payment in the amount of               $7,517.70 to ALC Construction, LLC, Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract

                   amount is $75,177.00.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund-

                   Sidewalks Project No. 33.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            35.  Consideration to award software maintenance contract to the sole source provider,

                   Sungard H.T.E., Inc., Lake Mary, Florida, in the amount of $32,157.00.  This

                   maintenance contract will provide customer support and service for the Police

                   Department’s Computer Aided Dispatch System, Crime’s Management System,

                   Crackdown software, Mobile Data Terminal software and the Fire Department’s Fires

                   Management System.  Funding is available in the Police and Fire Department budgets. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            36.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of thirty (30) radar units for the Police

                   Department through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC)

                   cooperative contract pricing from Applied Concepts Inc., Plano, Texas, in the total

                   amount of $94,850.62.   Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            37.  Consideration to award a contract to G.T. Distributors, Inc., Austin, Texas, for the

                   purchase of fifty (50) Taser electro muscular disruption weapons in the total amount of

                   $46,315.00.  Taser International is the sole source manufacturer of the Taser electro

                   muscular disruption weapon and G.T. Distributor of Texas is the sole authorized            

                   distributor in this area.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            38.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 to add one hundred five (105)

                   calendar days to the construction contract time, acceptance of the Demolition Services

                   Schedule II for the Laredo International Airport Building No’s 132, 134, 356 and 924,

                   and approval of final payment in the amount of $10,911.45 to III PG Enterprises, Inc.,

                   Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $109,114.50.  Funding is

                   available in the Airport Fund-Retainage Account.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

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

                   LLC, Mercedes, Texas, in the low alternate bid amount of $124,347.92 for the Laredo

                   Town Center Storm Drainage Improvements.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            40.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend its 2004 HOME Investment Partnership,

                   Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Contract with the Laredo-

                   Webb Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) to  correct:  1).  Section 4 A5 to read

                   “City will monitor homeowner eligibility to ensure compliance with 24 Part 92.”  2).

                   Section 21A to add that the Contractor must incorporate the City’s resale guidelines as

                   deed restrictions in conjunction with the sale of homes assisted and 3).  Section 21B to

                   omit reference to the incorporation of a deed restriction and the statement that the City

                   will maintain a second lien position.

 

                   Motion to postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            41.  Authorizing the City Manager to approve payment from the City’s Arena Renewal and

                   Replacement Account for the purchase of replacement parts for broken chairs in a total             amount not to exceed $17,000.00. Funding is available in the Sports and Community

                   Venue Account.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            42.  Consideration for approval of acceptance for the Los Obispos Unit-5 Remediation

                   Project Phase II and approval of release of Retainage in the amount of $5,000.00 to

                   LEH Contractors, Inc., San Antonio, Texas.  Final construction amount is

                   $1,375,828.00.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            43.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 2 a decrease of $19,067.88 with an

                   extension of time of 42 calendar days, acceptance of the 2 million gallon elevated

                    storage tank project and approval of final payment of $106,896.61 to Landmark

                    Structures, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas.  The final construction contract amount is

                    $2,137,932.00 with a total of 302 calendar days.  Funding is available in the 2005

                    Water Bond Issue.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

 

            44.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-055 to the low bidder, Tire Centers,

                   Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $260,598.80 for the purchase of truck tires

                   for all City vehicles. All tires are purchased on as needed basis.  Funding is available in

                   the Fleet fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            45.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-046 to the low bidder, Safelite Group,

                   Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $50,895.00 for providing glass replacement

                   services for the Fleet Maintenance Division.  The contract pricing for concrete is

                   approximately 1.04% lower than the previous contract price.  All work will be done on

                   an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            46.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-054 to the low bidders, Rob K Concrete

                   Products, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $58,198.00 and Alamo Iron

                   Works, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $16,964.00 for the purchase of

                   assorted rebar, wire mesh, keyway and stakes.  These materials will be purchased on an

                   as needed basis by the Public Works and Parks and Recreation Departments for

                   construction and repair projects.  Funding is available in the respective departmental                                 budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            47.  Refund of property tax in the amount of $1,000.00 payable to Rosa Maria Gonzalez

                   due to an erroneous payment.  Account #332-00407-010.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

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

                   month of February 2007, represents an increase of $5,198.98.  These adjustments are                          determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            49.  Consideration to award contract FY07-063 to Aquatic Commercial Solutions, Inc., San

                  Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $26,515.50 for providing the needed pool

                  chemicals for this summer season.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation                   Department budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            50.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with PM Design Group in the

                   amount of $18,725.00 for the Phase I development of an Anti-Vandalism Park

                   Campaign to include the creation of a campaign theme, logo and mascot, as well as,

                   press materials kit and graphic design production; and granting PM Design Group the

                   exclusive right to solicit sponsorships on behalf of the City of Laredo for Phase II and

                   Phase III of this project.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            51.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the existing retainer agreement with Law

                   Offices of Baker Botts, LLP, by allotting an additional amount of $140,000.00 to pay                for legal services related to the Open Meetings Act appeal case styled Martha Escamilla

                   v. City of Laredo, et. al., Cause No. 2004-CVQ-000760-D2.

 

                   Motion to postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            52.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Mega Services, LLC, El

                   Paso, Texas, to provide and implement a security system to secure the water supply at

                   the Jefferson Water Treatment Plant.  The total contract amount is $285,500.00. 

                   Funding for this “Critical Design Review Water Quality Monitoring and Security

                   System Project” is available in Utilities Fund.  This motion rescinds the motion on the                 same subject approved by City Council on February 20, 2007.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            53.  Consideration to authorize an amendment to the electric energy sales agreement

                   between the Texas General Land Office (GLO) and the City of Laredo to provide for a

                   possible “blend and extend” modification of the existing contract; and to allow the City

                   Manager to sign any and all contract documents related to this amendment.  This

                   extension is contingent upon securing a favorable rate for the amended contract period.  

                   Staff has been presented with possible rates that would provide for electricity cost

                   savings of $475,000.00 or $810,000.00 depending on the extension terms chosen.  

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

            54.  Approval to proceed with staff’s recommended one-time capital draw down in the

                   amount of $2,5000,000.00 for the following projects:

                        1.  Unitec 10, I-35  Road Improvement                        $1,200,000.00

                        2.  Meadow Bridge Crossing                                        $   390,000.00

                        3.  Industrial Parks – Street Improvements                    $   910,000.00

                        (subject to approval of Final Reading 2007-O-035)

 

                   Motion to use the $910,000.00 for the construction of a canopy at Bridge I for                                       pedestrians and approve the one-time draw down.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            55.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with Alejandro E.

                   Villarreal, Jr. as “Lessor”, and the City of Laredo as “Lessee” for the approximate

                   2,000 square feet of office space located at 910 Hidalgo Street, Laredo, Webb County

                   Texas.   The office space will be used to relocate the Laredo Police Department

                   Precinct # 6 in order to open office space at the Bruni Plaza Center for the City of                    Laredo’s Building Permit Department.   The term of this lease agreement is three years

                   commencing on March 1, 2007 and ending on February 28, 2010.  Rental fees will be

                   $750.00 per month through the term of this lease agreement.  Funding is available in

                   the Laredo Police Department General Fund and is subject to future appropriations. 

 

                   Motion to amend the commencement date to April 1, 2007 and the end date to March              31, 2008.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

            56.  A.  Presentation by Mario Maldonado, Bridge Director, regarding the Shortage and

                         Overage Policy, with possible action.

 

                         This staff report will be presented at a later date.

 

                   B.  Status report by Elizabeth Alonzo, Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation

                         Executive Director, regarding the Noise Compatibility Rental Program.

 

                         This staff report will be presented at a later date.

 

                   C.  Staff report by Miguel A. Pescador, Parks and Recreation Department Director,

                         regarding Slaughter Park.

 

                         This staff report will be presented at a later date.

 

 

                    D.  Update on the proposed split payment program by Elizabeth Martinez, Tax

                          Department Director, for payment of property taxes, with possible action.

 

                          This staff report will be presented at a later date.

 

 

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.

 

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

                   551.074 to deliberate the appointment, employment and duties of the City Manager;

                   and return to open session for possible action thereon.

 

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

                   551.074 to deliberate the appointment, employment and duties of the City Manager;

                   and return to open session for possible action thereon.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

                   Motion to finalize and execute a contract with Carlos Villarreal as City Manager with                 the commencement date of April 4, 2007 and a base salary of $167,554.00

 

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Landeck

                   For:     7                                        Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

 

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

                   (1) (A) to consult with City’s attorney on the pending case of Joe Botello v. City of

                   Laredo, Cause No. 2006CVQ002051, in the 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas;

                   and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                    551.071 (1) (A) to consult with City’s attorney on the pending case of Joe Botello v.

                   City of Laredo, Cause No. 2006CVQ002051, in the 111th District Court, Webb

                   County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNICL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO             MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

            Motion to recess as the Laredo City Council and convene as the Laredo Municipal        Housing Corporation.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            59.  Consideration for approval to reject the bids received for the re-roofing project at the

                    Jose Flores Apartments (25 duplexes) and approval to re-bid the project.  Funding is                              available in the Municipal Court Housing Corporation.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION AND             RECONVENE AND ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

            Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0                               

 

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2007-S-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MARCH 19, 2007

5:30 P.M.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

 

I.            GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.          

A.       Request by Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

1.      Discussion with possible action for hiring outside contractor to repair asphalt and sidewalk projects.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Gene Belmares)

                                               

                                           Carl Schwing, Utilities Director,     stated that there was a low bid on the                                    concrete work that was rejected.  He commented that in the last couple                                     of weeks four repairs have been done, but 28 are still pending.   In                                                               addition, he reported that it will cost $470.60 per repair.   He                                                           recommended to Council that it go out for bids once more.

                                              

                      Motion to go out for asphalt and concrete bids.

 

                                            Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                                            Second:  Cm. Belmares

                                            For:     8                           Against:  0                                Abstain:  0                               

 

B.       Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.      Consideration to rescind Resolution 2001-R-033 declaring the City of Laredo’s opposition to the proposed regional landfill on Highway 359 approved on March 19, 2001, with possible action.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Mike Garza)

 

                     Motion to rescind.

 

                                          Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                          Second:  Cm. Garcia         

                                          For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

           

 

II.         RESOLUTION

 

2.      2007-R-021  Rejecting the dedication as, or the attempted dedication as, a Municipal Park, of that which is noted as  community park (reserve) of 3.31910 acres on the plat of Regency Park, Section 1, Unit 1, as per plat filed of record on October 18, 1976,  In Volume 3, Page 6, Plat Records, Webb County, Texas.

 

               Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-021.

 

              Moved:  Cm. Belmares

              Second:  Cm. Garza

              For:  8                                                Against:  0                                           Abstain:  0

 

 

III.      MOTION

 

3.      Rejecting the bid offer submitted by Paul Young Properties, Ltd., dated May 2, 2006, for a tract of land containing 7.1468-acres, more or less, out of an 8.1488-acre tract, Laredo Air Force Base Enclosure, Survey 799, Abstract 239 situated in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, Eastern Division for failure to meet the bid specifications and authorizing the City Manager to return the bid deposit to Paul Young Properties, Ltd.

 

      Motion to approve.

 

               Moved:  Cm. Garcia

               Second:  Cm. Amaya

               For:  8                                               Against:  0                                           Abstain:  0

 

IV.       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.

 

V.          ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 20 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on January 16, 2007.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                          City Secretary