CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-R-07

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

APRIL 2, 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 G. Salinas led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                                       Mayor

            Mike Garza,                                                                             Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                                        Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

            Juan Chavez,                                                                            Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Mayor Pro Tem, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Acting City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                                     Assistant City Manager

            Jerry Cain,                                                                                Assistant City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Cm. Michael Landeck.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Chavez

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of October 20, 2006, October 21, 2006 and November 17, 2006.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

 

            None.

 

            Communiqués

 

            Mayor Salinas sent his condolences to the Adolfo Gutierrez family and to the Pepe        Treviño family and asked for a moment of silence.

 

            Cm. Garza requested a moment of silence for Francisco Javier Sanchez, Jr. who was a              student at LBJ High School.

 

            Cm. Garza mentioned that Francisco Javier Sanchez, Jr. was an athlete for LBJ High                   School and reported on the condition of the other students that were with him at the time                        of the accident.  He thanked City staff for picking up 5,160 lbs. of trash all along highway                      83 corridor.  In addition he thanked the Wal-Mart employees, Constable Ruben Reyes,                        Officer Miguel Villarreal, Officer Hector Villarreal, Laredo Community College students,            Webb County Juvenile Probation Department and the Community Volunteers for their               assistance.

 

            Cm. Garcia expressed his expressed his condolences to the families as well.  He reported                       that there will be a Keep Laredo Beautiful event on April 14, 2007 and the registration will             take place at Wal Mart.  He stated that the clean up will take place on Loop 20 and Clark                     Street and any one interested should call Lynn Nava at Keep Laredo Beautiful.  He added                     that he had just returned from a meeting with State Senator Judy Zaffirini in Austin, Texas            to discuss several issues about the $11,000,000 in funding for the colonias.    

 

            Cm. Amaya wished all Laredoans a safe and Happy Easter.

 

            Cm. Rendon mentioned that it was an honor for him to represent the Mayor and City                 Council for Library Week at the Laredo Independent School District

 

            Cm. Belmares wished everyone a happy and safe Easter.  He added that Cm. Amaya is                         having a steak sale for his scholarship fund.

 

            Cm. Chavez mentioned that his niece, Erika Lopez, will be having an event to cover some             of the costs associated with the tragic accident involving the students from LBJ High                    School.

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez reported on a recent trip to Oklahoma City and Little Rock,             Arkansas.  He stated that it was very informative in reference to creating attractions for tourism in Laredo.  He mentioned that he will have a report along with photos at the next            City Council meeting.

            

            Mayor Salinas reported on his trip to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Little Rock,                                  Arkansas.  He mentioned that they stopped for one day at Oklahoma City to see if they             could use it as a model for the River Vega Plan.  He stated that they then went to Little              Rock Arkansas to see different areas of the city.   He added that from there they went to                       Guadalajara, Mexico to try to attain air service to Mexico.  He added that the Office of             Tourism in Guadalajara, Jalisco is committed to the marketing of the City of Laredo and             we will take full advantage of that.  He also mentioned that he is also looking into air                   service to Mexico City and Torreon, Coahuila.  He emphasized that he is committed and is            obligated to ensure that the integrity and reputation of Laredo is protected.  He mentioned                      Jessica Simpson’s recent visit and donation of a van to an orphanage in Nuevo Laredo,             Tamaulipas which did not get as much publicity as Bill Maher and          Dan Rather’s report on            the City of Laredo and Nuevo Laredo.  Finally, he thanked the volunteers who helped raise            close to $5,000 for the Laredo Animal Shelter.

 

            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.

 

Rauldel Garza, Vice President of Merchants Holding Company Laredo Town Center, spoke on the development of an 89 acre shopping center across the airport terminal on Loop 20.  He expressed his gratitude to the City for their support.  He mentioned that the shopping center will have 650,00 square feet of retail shopping space and will generate over $4,000,000 in sales and property tax on an annual basis.  He added that up to 1,300 jobs will be created.  He assured City Council that they are following Federal guidelines as to the wet lands mitigation.  He noted that they have also complied with the Texas Commission on Environment Quality inspections and with the City’s Environmental Department as well.  Finally, he expressed his concern and commitment to the city.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Appointment by Council Member Mike Garza of Marcos Moreno to the Airport

                 Advisory Committee.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            b.  Appointment by Council Member Mike Garza of Albert Moreno to the Board of

                 Adjustments.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

VII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

           

 A.   Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

            1.  Motion to instruct the City Manager to open discussions with Regional Land

                 Management Services, LTD for a possible venture for a municipal landfill.

 

                 Motion to postpone.

 

                 Moved: Cm.  Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:     7                                          Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

                       

           B.  Request by Mayor Pro Tempore Juan Ramirez

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on requesting bids for the vending of food items in

                 designated downtown areas.

                

Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Department Director, reported that the motion made and approved by Council on November 2006 allowed additional vendors in the downtown areas and it did not specify “paletas”.  He added that it allows vendors to be designated in different corners.  He noted that Farragut Street and Flores Avenue, Lincoln Street and Convent Avenue, and Hidalgo Street and Convent Avenue were added to the present ordinance.  He reported that he is currently working on a proposal for an RFP to solicit vendors for the corners just mentioned and will come back to City Council at the first City Council meeting in May.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on funding the advertising for the 5 de Mayo

                 Celebration provided by the Avenida San Bernardo Association.

 

Mayor Pro Tempore presented:  Bob Zachariah, Laredo Hotel and Lodging Association; Brian DeLeon, Laredo Hotel and Lodging Association; Carolina Alfaro, Laredo Hotel and Lodging Association; Sandra Rocha Taylor, Pan American Courts and Avenida San Bernardo Association; Jorge Vega, Avenida San Bernardo Association; and Juan Reynosa, Laredo Hotel and Lodging Association.

 

Bob Zachariah reported that the Laredo Hotel and Lodging Association will join with                  Avenida San Bernardo Association to have a 5 de Mayo Celebration to bring tourism to      Laredo.  He mentioned that the streets will be closed and there will be music from               6:00 pm to 12:00 pm.  He also mentioned that vendors will be able to sell their products.  He stated  that Pro 8 News and BMP Radio will promote the 5 de Mayo event.  Finally, he asked the City Council for $8,000 in funding.

 

                 The following announcement was handed out to City Council:

 

Cinco de mayo en la Avenida

May 5, 2007

Avenida San Bernardo, Laredo, Texas

 

§         Introducing Festivals en la Avenida

                        1.  Cinco de mayo en la Avenida

                        2.  Diez de Septiemre en la Avenida

                        3.  Navidad en la Avenida

                                       

§         Revitalization of an important city street

§         Rejuvenation-quality of life

§         Brand Awareness-Avenida San Bernardo

§         Long Term Economic Impact

       1.  Bus tours from San Antonio…Hill Country & beyond

       2.  Mexico

§         Welcome Back to Laredo…a new town…a fun place…friendlier

 

                 Blasita Lopez, Laredo Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Acting Director, reported that                            advertising in San Antonio and Austin are currently being done for the Cinco de Mayo               event.  She added that promotions in other markets are being looked into as well.  She                  indicated that she will investigate the possible use of the Tax Occupancy fund to help                       fund the event.

 

 

VIII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

the 2004 and 2005 Consolidated One-Year Action Plans by reprogramming 30th Action Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant funds of $200,000.00 and 31st AY CDBG funds of $300,000.000 by eliminating the funding for the East Side Sports Complex Project and allocating these funds for the proposed East Laredo Drainage Acquisition Project.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Article IX [Swimming Pools] of

                 Chapter 15 of the Code of Ordinances in order to provide for regulation of private

                 swimming pools and providing for fines  from $500.00 to $2,000.00 for violation of

                 these new regulations relating to  private swimming pools and spas; and providing for

                 publication and an effective date.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

James Arthur requested that there be an amendment to this ordinance being considered.       He recommended that the ordinance be amended to deal with only new construction and have all non-permitted pools comply immediately and/or/in addition to comply at the change of ownership.  He also suggested that new construction or existing pools would have a grace period to comply with the new ordinance.  He gave the Council copies of ordinances from other municipalities. 

                       

Braulio Gloria, mentioned that the handout includes five different ordinances from            across the state and include the cities of:  Austin, Arlington, Corpus Christi and Houston.  He mentioned that his main concern is child safety. 

 

                 Imelda Gloria Arthur thanked the Mayor and City Council for allowing her to speak.                               She stressed the importance of protecting children and recommended new and existing              pools comply with this ordinance.

 

                 Cesar Cantu, representing Pools by Aqua Design, stated that his concern is who will                                   be liable for this ordinance.  He reported that the Texas Legislation is currently                           discussing this issue and the City should wait for the outcome.  Finally, he stressed that        safety is his primary concern.

 

                 Edward Camina, owner of E.C. Pools, reported that the current law includes having a                             safety latch and an alarm.  He stated that this should be enough.  He added that if the                              cost of the fence is more expensive than the pool, he will not be able to sell the pool.

   

                 Cm. Garza stated that his concern is the actual verbiage used.  He stated that the                       public hearing does not mention an isolation fence.

 

                 Cm. Chavez suggested removing the fees and fines mentioned in the ordinance.                   

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and re-notice with proper verbiage and bring back to            public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

                

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

                 Annual Budget by appropriating expenses in the amount of $5,300,000.00 by drawing

                 down the opening balance for water rights acquisitions.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            5.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a supplemental lease agreement with the

                 General Services Administration of certain properties as described therein for the

                 construction of the Santa Ursula connector, in return for a grant of an easement by the                                City to GSA of a section of Convent Street, which supplemental agreement is attached                                as Exhibit A; and

                        2.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an easement to the GSA of a 4,992

                             sq. ft. section of Convent Street for improvements to the Customs facility at

                             International Bridge No. 1, and the form of said easement is shown on Exhibit B

                             attached; and

                        3.  This ordinance shall take effect on date of passage.

 

            Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinances 2007-O-045, 2007-O-58, 2007-O59,

            2007-O-60.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

6.  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-045.

 

                                      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                2007-O-058  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Bridge System Fund

                                      by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $910,000.00. 

                                      The funds will be transferred from General Fund for the Bridge I Canopy

                                      Project.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-058.

 

                                      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                2007-O-059  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Special Fire Grant

                                      Budget to appropriate grant revenues and expenses from the 2006 State

                                      Homeland Security Grant Sub-Recipient agreement between the City of

                                      Laredo and the Texas Division of Emergency Management in the amount

                                      of $107,314.43. In addition, the acceptance and appropriation of the State

                                      Homeland Security grant through the State Law Enforcement Terrorism

                                      Prevention Program in the amount of $204,077.17. The total amount

                                      appropriated from the State Homeland Security program will be

                                      $311,391.60. Equipment received through the grant agreement will be                                      used for the City’s Fire and Police Departments. The appropriation of the                                              said grant revenue and expenditures will account for grant proceeds and

                                      equipment purchased through the grant and authorizing the City Manager                                   to implement said budget amendment. The above said grant requires no in                                  kind matching funds.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-059.

 

                                      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                2007-O-060  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); providing

                                      for severability and for an effective date and publication.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-060.

 

                                      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

            7.  2007-R-027  Authorizing the City Manager to apply submit an application to the U. S.

                                      Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and

                                      Explosives Accelerant Detection Canine Program (ADCP) for a canine                                                unit for the Laredo Fire Department and authorizing the City Manager                                       therein enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between with the

                                      Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the City of                                                  Laredo Fire Department.

 

                                      Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-027.

 

                                      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XII.     MOTIONS

 

            8.  Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Water and Sanitary Sewer

                 Improvements Phase I – Piedra China Street/Texas/Milmo Avenue Area in South                      Laredo and approval of final payment in the amount of $26,622.40 to ALC                                    Construction, L.L.C., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is                                   $271,228.00.  Funding is available in the Waterworks 97 Bond Issue & Sewer 2003                    Bond Issue – Texas/Milmo/Piedra China Project.  

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            9.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract                        number FY06-055 to vendor, Cantu Electric, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual                      amount of $3400,000.00 for the furnishing of materials, machinery, equipment, labor                       and all other services necessary for the maintenance of street lights (not maintained by                            AEP-CPL) and the traffic signal lights throughout the city.  The contract includes                          electrical service for traffic signals and street lights and for installation, construction,                          and underground work, for new and/or upgraded traffic signals and for the installation                            and maintenance of street lights. This contract also contains provisions for the City                     departmental electrical service projects and repairs. Funding is available in the General                Fund Traffic Safety Budget, Capital Improvement Fund, 2006 C.O. and Airport Fund.         

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

          10.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract

                 number FY06-059 to vendor, Cantu Electric, Laredo, Texas, in the base annual amount

                 of $47,730.00 for the maintenance of illumination systems along IH 35, Loop 20, Milo

                 I, Milo II and FM 1472 for a term of one year.  The contract vendor will be required to

                 maintain, repair, and/or replace the various appurtenances related to the existing

                 roadway assemblies.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety Budget.

 

 

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

          11.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-071 to the low bidder BWI Company,

                 Schulenburg, Texas in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for providing rye, bermuda

                 seeds, fertilizer and paper block for mulching for the Parks and Recreation Department. 

                 The term of this contract will be for a six month period and may be extended for an

                 additional six month period upon mutual consent of both parties.  All items will be

                 purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation

                 Department budget and construction projects.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

          12.  Consideration to award contract FY07-043 to the low bidder Vulcan Construction

                 Materials, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $193,050.00 for the purchase

                 of rock (limestone) asphalt premix.  The term of this contract is for one year period and

                 is subject to the availability of funds.  These materials are purchased on an as needed

                 basis utilizing the Public Works Department, Utilities Department and construction

                 project budgets.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

          13.  Consideration to award contract to Coban Research and Technologies, Inc., Stafford,

                 Texas for the purchase of fifty four (54) mobile data terminals with camera system in

                 the total amount of $581,439.00 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of

                 Governments cooperative purchasing program.  These will be installed on the fifty four               (54) new police sedans scheduled for delivery.  Funding is available in the 2006 Public        Property Finance Contractual Obligation bond proceeds and Police Trust Fund.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

          14.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2) diesel engine backup generators for

                 the Fire Department from Waukesha-Pearce Industries, Houston, Texas, through the

                 Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing

                 program in the total amount of $48,972.66.  Funding is available in the 2006 Public

                 Property Finance Contractual Obligation bond proceeds.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

          15.  Consideration to approve the purchase of one (1) New iSeries, AS400 9046-520 P10,

                 OS400 Production Software License (WebFOCUS) to facilitate the Budget Department

                 to provide the budget in electronic format with drilldown capability.  Fee includes

                 Software, 1st year maintenance, and installation and configuration services in a total

                 amount not to exceed $84,000.00. Funding is available in the Information Technology

                 and Support Services and Budget Department budgets.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

          16.  Consideration to award contract FY07-064 to Resource Recycling Services, Ingleside,

                 Texas, for the collection, transportation, and disposal services for used automotive

                 motor oil and filters from City of Laredo - Do-It Yourself Centers, Fleet Maintenance

                 Division and the Transit System.  The term of this contract will be for a one year period

                 with an option to extend this contract for two, one year terms. The City will be paid

                 $0.75/gal for used motor oil and there will no charge for the other services. The last

                 contract period the City was paid $0.33/gal.  Funds will be deposited in the respective

                 department’s revenue account.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

          17.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of 1000 acre/feet

                 per annum municipal water rights from Santa Cruz Irrigation District No. 15 for the

                 sum of $1,600,000.00.  Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

                       

XIII.    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.

 

            18.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (A) of the Texas   

                   Government Code to consult with attorneys representing the City of Laredo regarding

                   pending appeal of the Open Meetings Act law suit of Martha Escamilla, Maria Gloria                 Gonzalez, and Webb County, Texas, vs. the City of Laredo, Cause No. 2004-

                   CVQ000450-D2, in the 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas and return to open

                   session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (A) of the Texas               Government Code to consult with attorneys representing the City of Laredo regarding

                   pending appeal of the Open Meetings Act law suit of Martha Escamilla, Maria Gloria                 Gonzalez, and Webb County, Texas, vs. the City of Laredo, Cause No. 2004-

                   CVQ000450-D2, in the 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas and return to open

                   session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Rendon

                   For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Amaya

                   Cm.  Garcia and Cm. Amaya did not go into Executive Session.

 

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

 

                   Motion to seize and stop all future litigation specific to this case and not exceed

                   $45,000.00.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Belmares

                   For:     4                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                            Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez  

                   Cm. Amaya and Cm. Garcia were not present.

 

 

XIV.    RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO             MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

           Motion to recess as the Laredo City Council and convene as the Laredo Mass Transit   Board.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garcia

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            19.  Consideration to award contract FY07-042 to GeoStats in Atlanta, Georgia in the

                   amount of $59,967.00 for a System-Wide Boarding and Alighting Study for the City                            of Laredo-Laredo Transit Management, Inc., El Metro Bus System.  Funding is                         available in the FTA Grant TX-438-1998 in the Transit System Fund.

 

                   Motion to postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     5                                        Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Garza

                                                                        Cm. Chavez

 

XV.      ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AND             ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

            Motion to adjourn as the Laredo Mass Transit Board and reconvene and adjourn as      the Laredo City Council.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

XVI.    ADJOURNMENT

     

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2006-S-06

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

APRIL 2, 2007

5:30 P.M.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.            PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo fiscal year

     2006-2007 Capital Improvement Fund Budget by appropriating $551,447.00 in revenues

     and expenses for related road improvements city wide.  The revenues consist of a draw

     down of $420,000.00 from the opening balance and $131,447.00 in available funds from

     prior year reimbursements for various projects.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Garcia

     Second:  Cm. Amaya

     For:     7                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     There was no public input.

 

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Garza

     Second:  Cm. Amaya

     For:     7                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

II.         RESOLUTION

 

2.  2007-R-028   Accepting the donation of a 1.447 acre (63,025 sq.ft), more or less, parcel 

                           of land from Four Winds, Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership, for the

                           construction of a water storage tower to serve the Cuatro Vientos

                           Subdivision area. Said parcel being situated in R. H. Raines Survey 2149,

                           Abstract 473, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being out of that 50.00

                           acre tract of land owned by Laredo Four Winds, Ltd. as recorded in Volume

                           943, Pages 736-746, Webb County Deed Records; and being described on

                           attached Exhibit A.

 

                           Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-028.

 

                           Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                           Second:  Cm. Amaya

                           For:     7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

III.      MOTION

 

3.  Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional engineering contract to Carollo

     Engineers of Austin, Texas in the amount of $983,000.00.  This contract will provide

     power reliability studies, preliminary design, final design, and bid phase services related 

     to the expansion and upgrades for the Jefferson Water Treatment Plant. Funding is                     available in the 2006 Water Revenue Bond.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Garcia

     Second:  Cm. Amaya

     For:     7                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

4.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 3 an increase of $16,372.50 for additional         streets in need of repaving in District II to the construction contract with Cutler                               Repaving, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas, for the 2006-2007 Street Recycling Project (160                     Blocks). Funding is available in the Maintenance of Lines.

 

 

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Garcia

     Second:  Cm. Amaya

     For:     7                                             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.                                                                                Time:  7:43 p.m.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     5                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Garcia and Cm. Amaya were not present.

 

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 15 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on April 2, 2007.

 

 

                                                                                    _____________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary