CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-R-08

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

APRIL 16, 2007

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present Mayor Pro Tempore Juan Ramirez called the meeting to order.

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Juan Ramirez led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                                       Mayor

            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

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Carlos Villarreal,                                                                       City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                                     Assistant City Manager

            Valeria Acevedo,                                                                      Acting City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Cm. Mike Garza.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Amaya

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore was chairing the meeting.

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of November 15, 2006, November 20, 2006 and November 29,             2006.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Amaya

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

            a.  Recognition of the All American Shooting Stars Squad from the All American Dance

                 Studio for winning the National All Star Cheerleading Championship.

 

                 Mayor Pro Tempore and the City Council presented the All American Dance Studio

                 cheerleaders with a Seven Flags Recognition Certificate.

 

            b.  Recognition of Reymundo Valdez, of the Parks and Recreation Department, on his

                 selection as April employee of the month.

 

                 Mike Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, introduced Mr. Reymundo Valdez, the                              March employee of the month who has been with the City for over 22 years.   

 

            Communiqués

                 Cm. Garcia announced that on behalf of Cm. Garza he would like to invite everyone to

                 Earth Day from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the next two weeks in District I.  He thanked

                 Wal-Mart, Coca Cola, and Frito Lay for the 300 volunteers that cleaned up the area on

                 Highway 359 and Loop 20.  He mentioned that they collected 7 tons of trash in District

                 II.

 

                 Cm. Landeck reported that last week he had the pleasure of “turning the earth around on           the toilets in Santa Fe”.   He commented that the park had no toilets in the park in Santa                 Fe and now they will be built in the next four weeks.  He thanked staff.

 

                 Cm. Amaya reported that the re-dedication of the Dr. Cecilia May Moreno Splash and                          Skate Park was held this past week.  He thanked the following:  Ronnie Acosta of                     Community Development, Mike Pescador of the Parks and Recreation Department,                       Rogelio Rivera of the City Engineering Department and their staff, the Mayor, and the         Council Members for their support.  He added that there will be another dedication of

                 the Eliseo Valdez, Jr. Park in Zacate Creek.

 

                 Cm. Rendon stated that they are willing to work with the new City Manger and                          welcomed him on board.

     

                 Cm. Belmares welcomed Carlos Villarreal on board.  He thanked the City Manager and           staff for attending the District 6 Advisory Meeting.  He also thanked Chief Dovalina for      providing the escort for the Bill Hearns Run at the Lake Casa Blanca.  He stated that                               there were over 300 people who attended the event.  He congratulated Council Member         Garcia on the work he does in the community.

 

                 Cm. Chavez stated that on April 28th, 2007 there will be a clean up in District 7 and                              invited everyone.

 

                 Mayor Pro Tempore Juan Ramirez asked for a moment of silence for the tragedy at the                         Virginia Tech University.

           

            a.  Invitation by St. Augustine High School students to their shattered dreams event

                 scheduled for April 26, 2007.

 

                 Sara Garcia, St. Augustine High School student; invited the Mayor, City Council, and                                                            the public to attend their program “Shattered Dreams” that will be held on April 26,                  2007 at 10:00 am at 1300 Galveston Street.

 

            b.  Legislative update via telephone conference by State Representative Richard Raymond              regarding 80th legislative session.

 

                 State Representative Richard Raymond reported that House Bill 2600 which allows the             City and the County to join together to build a rail bridge was passed.  He added that                     House Bill 109 also passed and would increase and improve the children’s health                          insurance program.  He stated that this bill gives coverage to an additional 100,000                            children in the State of Texas.  He mentioned that funding for Medicaid was also                           increased.  In addition, he reported that an Electric Utility bill was passed by the House

                 of Representatives which will reduce electric utilities by 15 percent in Texas

 

            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.

 

                 Remy Salinas spoke on the Towne Center Shopping Center.  He stated that he was                  concerned about the mound of dirt that will cover the water feature behind the project.

                 He emphasized that the quality of life should be in association with economic                                           development.

                

                 Richard Giessler addressed the Council on Lake Casa Blanca on defending the lake.

 

                 Dr. Alfonso Martinez, Laredo Community College instructor, presented 2,970 signatures           for the protection of Lake Casa Blanca.

 

                 Dr. Antonini spoke against the destruction of another wetland on the Towne Center                  property.

 

                 Maria Eugenia Guerra requested that the City Council do the right thing about the                      wetland.

 

                 Bertha Torres spoke against the destruction of the area in question by Towne Center.

 

                 Danny Gunn spoke in favor of preserving the lake, tributaries, and its wetlands.

 

 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Frank Vida to the Blue Ribbon for

                 International Trade Committee.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                 Second:  Cm. Landeck

                 For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

VII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

                 Mayor Salinas joined the meeting at 6:27 p.m.

 

            1.  A.  Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action regarding an organizational structural and Departmental

                 unit analysis of the City’s administration’s present organizational format.

 

                 Cm. Landeck stated that all he wants to do is to ask the City Council and Mayor to join            him to authorize the City Manager in identifying a management consulting firm that will

                 help do the organizational analysis.  He asked the City Manager to come back with                    suggestions in the shortest time possible.

 

                 Carlos Villarreal stated that he is in agreement and stated that this discussion eludes to                item #29 in this agenda.

 

                 Cm. Landeck stated that he is concerned with the issue of the structure of city                                   

                 management.  He inquired to the kind of structure we have now and if it needs to be

                 changed. He also inquired if the consulting company could advice Council to see if there

                 is room for consolidation, both between departments and within departments.

 

                 Motion to give the authority to go ahead and start the process and move up item #29.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the wetland at Lake Casablanca that Laredo

                 Town Center et al are asking the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for a section 404

                 permit in order to cover this Wetland and be able to eliminate it. Presentation by the Rio

                 Grande International Study Center

 

                 Mayor Salinas left at 7:38 p.m.

                

                 Cm. Landeck stated that he feels that the general discussion held today was of great                               importance.  He commented that it went in the direction of changing the philosophy     

                 from development first to environment first and wishes that this will be the leading

                 philosophy of the City Council and administration in future developments.

 

Dr. Jim Earhardt, spoke on behalf of the Rio Grande International Studies Center, and        

the 3,000 individuals who signed a petition.  He stated that they are concerned with the filling in of the wetland.  He emphasized that they are bothered by the idea of a           parking lot and would rather see a green space. He showed many photos and pointed out       the various plants, trees and fish found there.  He stated that this could be used as a              supplementary and emergency water source and should be treated appropriately. 

 

                  Cm. Landeck instructed City Manager to enter into a discussion with the buyers of the               land and ask them to reconsider utilizing the land in a different way.

 

                  Carlos Villarreal, City Manger, inquired if it would include a possible approaching of            

                  the County to be able to reconfigure and fit the total project.  He stated that the property

                  in question will not be able to be put to proper use and maybe they may want to be part

                  of this large development.  He also stated that they may be able to find a balance to this

                  project if he can get parameters to be able to approach the County.

 

                  Cm. Landeck suggested including the parameters of the people who are involved in               

                  purchasing the project.  He stated that he shares the same concerns of Cm. Rendon and            others of not harming the community economically.  He suggested that everyone get 

                  together and work out a plan that will benefit everyone involved.  He suggested that 

                  maybe it could be an additional asset to the buyer.

 

                  Cm. Rendon stated that there should be some kind of compromise to be able to work             

                  together.

 

                  Cm. Belmares stated that part of the question to staff is the resolution to the question of              “What constitutes vested rights?”  He mentioned that Keith Selman, Planning and

                  Zoning Director, brought up to the City Council whether or not we want to proceed. 

                  He recommended that this issue be clarified because it will come up again in the future.

              

                  Cm. Rendon directed the City Manger to work with the group and the owner of the land           because it is in the best interest of the community.

 

                  Carlos Villarreal answered that if the Council votes with that direction he will meet

                  with all parties involved.  He stated he will come back to City Council with a                                             meaningful recommendation.

 

                  Motion to table the item and include the instructions given to the City Manager.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                  Second:  Cm. Belmares

                  For:  6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

     

                B.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on the deteriorating streets in the Lakeside Subdivision.

 

                  Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they have had meetings with the engineer,               owner and developer of the Lakeside Subdivision.  He reported that there was an                            agreement made to identify which items will be done by the City and by the developer.        He stated that as of today all the items that were done in the initial phases have been                      completed except for one and that will be done tomorrow.

 

              C. Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

            1.  Discussion with possible action on building a recreation center at the 1600 block of

                 Callaghan between Davis and Main Streets.

                

                 Mike Pescador, Parks and Recreation Department Director, reported that they are going           through an upgrade on their master plan which includes doing a citizens survey and                          to get a needs assessment per district.  He suggested waiting for the results to find                        what is needed in the area.  He stated the site in the 1600 block of Callaghan will be                       inspected.

                

            2.  Discussion with possible action on allowing private contractors to develop in the Zacate

                 Creek area.

 

                  There was no discussion on this item.

            3.  Discussion with possible action on building a water park between Sanchez and Coke

                 Streets in the Zacate Creek.

 

                 There was no discussion on this item.

            4.  Discussion with possible action on requesting police officers to control traffic on

                 Guadalupe Street by Fire Station #1 for the children crossing to J.C. Elementary School.

 

                  Police Chief Augustine Dovalina reported that they will monitor the area and will get             `                   traffic units to maintain presence as much as possible.  He will also advice the patrol                   

                  officers to monitor the area in respect to traffic there.  He mentioned that he spoke with              Constable Rudy Rodriguez and he will also offer his services to have a fixed presence          there.

 

VIII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

                 Chapter 15 of the Code of Ordinances.

                 The following sections are amended:

                 Section 15‑135 [definitions] in order to establish and define the three terms:  building

                 official, private swimming pool, & spa; 

                 Section 15‑136 [swimming pool permit required] in order to require building permit for

                 the construction of a private swimming pool or spa;

                 Section 15‑137 [application for a swimming pool permit], in order to specify the                        requirements for a private swimming pool or spa construction permit;

                 Section 15‑138 [authority to inspect] in order to authorize the building official and

                 designees to inspect private swimming pools or spas;

                 Section 15‑139 [issuance fees] in order to establish issuance fee for a private swimming             pool or spa;

                 Section 15‑140 [duration of permit] in order to establish the duration of a permit for                                 public, semi‑public or private swimming pool or spa;

                 Section 15‑141 [permit renewal] in order to amend caption; 

                 Section 15‑142  [permit revocation] in order to amend caption

                 Section 15‑143  unchanged; and

                 adding new section 15‑144 [private pool or spa barrier requirements], in order to specify          standards for safety barriers for private swimming pools and spas; and

                 renumbering section 15‑144, 145 and 146, to 15‑145, 146, & 147 and as renumbered:

                 Section 145 [penalty for violation] in order to provide for fines from $500.00 to                         $2,000.00 for violation of these new regulations relating to  private swimming pools and                  spas;

                 Section 15‑146 [injunctive relief] in order to provide that building official may seek                    injunctive relief;

                 Section 15‑147 [severability] unchanged; and providing for publication and effective                                date.

                 Following is a summary of the amendment.  1)  Establish ordinance to regulate private                swimming pool construction.  2)  Add to existing 2006 international residential code on      swimming pool construction requirement of a barrier or fence to be in place around the      swimming pool of no more than ten feet from interior wall of the swimming pool; with a            minimum of 48 inches to top of barrier and a self closing self latching gate, with                              flexibility on exiting barriers up to thirteen feet.     3)  Establish fines from $500.00 to                         $2,000.00 for violation of swimming pool ordinance.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Belmares

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 James Arthur stated that he wants the best for the City.  He stated that the International

                 Building Code is part of Laredo’s Building Code and experts and industry                                 representatives have been instructed and directed to implement the best practices in        

                 their industry.  He emphasized that one aspect missing from the ordinance is “existing

                 pools”.  He stated that the only pool builder in Laredo has endorsed the ordinance and he          submitted the following letter to City Council:

 

                 Exhibit A                       

 

                  G.H. Pools

                  517 Shiloh Dr., Ste. #1

                  Laredo, TX  78045

 

                 January 15, 2007

 

                 To Whom It May Concern:

 

                 Drowning is the No. 1 cause of death for children 1-3 years old and the second leading                  cause of death for children ages 14 and under.  This is why, as an active swimming                        pool professional, I ask for City Council’s consideration on the installation of                                 additional safety barriers or safety devises near and/or around swimming pools.

 

                 We all understand that installing safety barriers or safety devises that are out in the                       market today may not eliminate drowning cases in their entirety, but it is our                                    responsibility as public servants, swimming pool professionals, parents, and neighbors                  to do everything within our power to help eliminate this sort of tragedy from occurring.                   These devises can consist of anything from swimming pool alarms to swimming pool                        safety covers to swimming pool perimeter safety fences.  Installing any one of these or                              combination of the mentioned safety devises would be an excellent first step in                                   

                 preventing child drownings.  With swimming pool alarm prices starting at around                          $400.00, safety covers at $1,200.00 and perimeter fencing at $2,000.00, I feel    

                 installing these items should not be an option.  Our children come first and no amount          

                 of money should be too much to help keep them safe.

 

                  All in all, passing additional safety ordinance(s) for swimming pools may not give us                           any guarantee that this is going to solve any specific problem that arises with a given                   child in a given pool.  But, since there are no guaranties, I feel the best we can do is to                  provide additional layers of protection.

 

                Sincerely

 

                Luis Hinojosa

                Vice President

                G.H.Pools

 

                 Micaela Alvarez stated that she has concerns as the ordinance stands right now.  She                               asked to remove the 10 foot fence requirement.

 

                 Blanca Balboa stated that the problem is the way the ordinance is written and there                    should be some type of concession.  She inquired if the City will provide free swimming                  lessons to Laredo’s children; and will the City provide pool safety workshops which will                 include first aid for parents and pool owners.

 

                 Edward Carmina stated that there should be a license for all contractors and added that    

                 the ordinance should stay as is.

 

                 Imelda Gloria Arthur spoke in support of the ordinance and emphasized that isolation                                          fencing is the most effective safety measure. 

 

                 Susan Antonini spoke against the ordinance as written.  

 

                 Braulio Gloria state that he is in support of the ordinance.

 

                 Cesar Cantu, a pool construction owner, clarified that every professional pool builder in             Laredo is in favor of pool safety.  He stated that there are all kinds of devices that                           provide safety.  He mentioned that his concern is if the City will create an ordinance to        protect children from all dangers in the home as well.

 

                 James Walker Arthur stated that his family has experienced loss of a child as well as                                    friends that were well supervised.  He mentioned that children 1-3 years of age are the                                 ones that need protection from themselves.  He stated that there should be a high                       standard in the City to protect those that can’t protect themselves.  He added that with a                 pool comes responsibility and added liability.  Finally, he pleaded to Council to do what              is best for the children of Laredo and set a standard that gives ultimate protection.

 

                 Cesar Venegas, worker for a pool supplies company, spoke against the proposed                     ordinance amendment.

 

                 Marcus Moreno spoke in favor of the pool amendment ordinance.  He stated that on                              behalf of Moreno Insurance Agency they will not insure a home that does not have a                               perimeter fence around the pool.  He added that this ordinance is within all standards and           believes that all pool owners and pool builders will benefit from this ordinance.

 

                 Evan J. Quiroz urged City Council to vote for this ordinance.

 

                 Ricardo Martinez, from South Texas Guardian Pool Fences, spoke in favor of the                      swimming pool isolation fencing issue.    

 

                 Anna Cecila Gloria is in support of the ordinance.

                  

                 Cm. Chavez reported that there are some bills pending in state legislation and the City              

                 Council should wait for the outcome.

 

                 Cm. Belmares stated that there is a portion of the ordinance that already exists which is              in the International Building Code. He mentioned that the three additional amendments       to the ordinance include isolation fencing, the reduction of the diameter of the chain link                             fence, and it being retroactive.  He suggested approving the transition of the                                  International Building Code from the appendices into the Code of Ordinances and

                 holding off the amendments.

                        

                 Motion to close the public hearing and deny and wait until the outcome of  

                 legislation.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:      6                                         Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Belmares

 

                 Cm. Chavez instructed the City Manager to create a team of inspectors to inspect                      each individual house that has a swimming pool to see that they are following the                             existing ordinance.

                             

            3.  Public hearing providing community residents an opportunity to comment on their

                 housing and community needs and the projects that they wish to see funded for Fiscal

                 Year 2007-2008 through the 33rd Action Year (AY) Community Development Block

                 Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $3,711,664.00, the 2007 HOME Investment Partnership

                 Grant (HOME) in the amount of $1,290,876.00, the 2007 Emergency Shelter Grant

                 (ESG) in the amount of $160,079.00, and the 2006 American Dream Downpayment

                 Initiative Program (ADDI) in the amount of $12,841.00 in support of the preparation and

                 submission of the 2007 Consolidated One Year Action Plan to the U.S. Department of

                 Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 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

 

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

                 2006-2007 Sports and Community Venue Fund budget by appropriating $125,000.00 for

                 the Arena’s Renewal and Replacement Account.  Each party has to make a yearly

                 contribution of $125,000.00 for facility maintenance.  All expenses are paid through the

                 Renewal and Replacement Account on a 50/50 basis.  Funding is available in the Sports

                 and Community Venue Fund opening balance.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Belmares

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance providing for the adoption of a split program

                 option pursuant to Section 31.03 (a) of the Texas Property Tax Code; which allows a

                 person who pays one-half of the current year property taxes before December 1st may

                 pay the remaining one-half of the taxes without penalty or interest if paid before July 1st

                 of the following year.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Belmares

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2007-2008

                 annual budget by appropriating   revenues and expenditures in the following amounts

                 from the South Texas Development Council for three City of Laredo Health Department

                 HIV Programs and the approved full-time equivalent positions involved: (1) HIV/Ryan

                 White an increase of $26,654 for a total amount award of $332,717.00, term from April

                 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008. (2) HIV/Health & Social Services for a total amount of

                 $51,063.00, for a five (5) month period from April 1, 2007 through August 31, 2007, and

                 (3) Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Project (HOPWA) for a total amount

                 award of $78,674, for a nine (9) month period from April 1, 2007 through January 1,                                2008.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 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

 

            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a supplemental grant awarded and

                 amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Financial Task Force grant budget

                 by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $6,000.00 for operational

                 expenses awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High

                 Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).  Funds will be used to pay fuel expenses for

                 the Laredo Financial Narcotics Enforcement Team agents from January 1, 2006 through

                 December 31, 2007.

 

                 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. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            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

 

                 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. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

 

            9.  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

 

                 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. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

 

            10.  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 

 

                   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. Garcia

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia         

 

            11.  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 request.   District VI  

 

                   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. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

                 

            12.  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  

 

                   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. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

  

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

                   the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an upholstery shop on

                   Lot 9, Block 303, Eastern Division, located at 616 Clark Boulevard.  The Planning &                Zoning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit.  District IV

 

                   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. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Amaya

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7 and 8, Block 80, Eastern Division, located at 417

                   and 419 Garfield Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited

                   Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of

                   the zone change. District III  

 

                   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. Landeck

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Landeck

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.31 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in

                   attached Exhibit “A”, located on the South side of Lomas del Sur Boulevard east of

                   Louisiana Avenue, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial

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

                   change.  District I

 

                   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. Chavez

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Chavez

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Blocks 734, 734-A, 733, 733-A, 732, 732-A and            737, Western Division, located between Anna Avenue, San Ygnacio Avenue,                      Poggenpohl Street and Shea Streets, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-2

                   (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission

                   recommended approval of the zone change.  District VIII

 

                   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. Chavez

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Chavez

            

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 11.4 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in

                   attached Exhibit “A”, located south of State Highway 359 and east of Las Misiones

                   Boulevard, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family

                   Reduced Area District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval

                   of the zone change.  District II

 

                   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. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 24.21 acres, as further described by metes and bounds

                   in attached Exhibit “A” and located south of State Highway 359 and east of Las

                   Misiones Boulevard, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single-

                   Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended                                  approval of the zone change.    District II

 

                   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. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 26.77 acres, as further described by metes and bounds

                   in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Soria Drive and east of U.S. Highway 83,

                   from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to R-1A (Single Family

                   Reduced Area District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval

                   of the zone change.   District I    

 

                   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. Chavez

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Chavez

 

 IX.      INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            20.  Temporarily reducing the maximum speed limits on Loop 20, approaching U.S. 59,

                   within the city limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, from 55  miles per hour to 45

                   miles per hour and from 50 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour, as defined in the Texas

                   Department of Transportation Control section map 0086-14, to be in effect during the

                   construction time period, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate

                   new speed changes in the designated areas and providing for publication and effective                date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            21.  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 initial

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

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            22.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to convey to AFW

                   Investments, Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership, a 0.46 acres, more or less, tract of land

                   being out of Frees street right-of-way from U. S. Highway 83 to 31.13 feet west of

                   Mendiola Avenue, a 0.26 acres, more or less, tract of land being out of Meadow

                   Avenue right-of-way from the south line of the original City of Laredo city limits north

                   205.25 feet, and a 0.61 acres, more or less, tract of land being out of Mendiola Avenue

                   right-of-way from the south line of the original City of Laredo city limits to Frees

                   Street, as said tracts are recorded in the original plat of the City of Laredo, Volume 7,               Page 15, Webb County map records, and described in attached Exhibits a, b and c,

                   respectively; in exchange for a greater size and greater value 3.3 acres, more or less, 

                   tract of land than the three lesser aggregate size and lesser aggregate value tracts being

                   conveyed by the City of Laredo. Said 3.33 acres, more or less, being out of a tract of

                   land containing 42.98 acres, more or less, in Webb County, Texas, out of Porcion 35,

                   Jose Miguel Diaz, original grantee, abstract 546, Webb County, Texas, conveyed to

                   AFW Investments, Ltd., A Texas Limited Partnership, as recorded in Volume 2155,

                   Pages 471-477, Webb County deed records, and described in attached Exhibit D; and

                   providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinances 2007-O-059, 2007-O-061, 2007-O-062,             2007-O-063.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Rendon

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            23.  2007-O-059  Amending the City of Laredo FY 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. (As Amended)

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-059.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2007-O-061  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-061.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-062  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 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.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-062.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-063  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-063.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

24.  2007-R-026  Authorizing the City Manager to apply for a grant in the amount of $736,104.00

                            to fund the Laredo Financial Narcotics Enforcement Team and a grant in the                              amount of $99,916.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Drug Related Public

                            Corruption Task Force.  Both grants are funded by the Executive Office of the

                            President, Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and High

                            Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City.  Funding will be

                            used to pay personnel salaries, fringe benefits, overtime, travel and operating

                            expenses from January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008.  Funding for the

                            STX Multi Agency Drug Related Public Corruption Task Force will be used for

                            payment of fringe benefits, overtime, travel and operating expenses from January

                            1, 2008 through December 31, 2008.

 

                            Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-026.

 

                            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                            Second:  Cm. Amaya

                            For:     7                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  2007-R-029  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Office of the

                            Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $80,000.00 with the City                                       designating $20,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $100,000.00 for funding a

                            Domestic Violence Grant under Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the

                            period of September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.

 

                            Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-029.

 

                            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                            Second:  Cm. Amaya

                            For:     7                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  2007-R-030  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Office of

                            Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance for funding the Justice Assistance

                            Grant (JAG) for the period of October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2010.  This

                            funding will be used for support staff overtime and equipment for police

                            operations.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance mandates that this grant be divided

                            equally between the City of Laredo and Webb County.

 

                            Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-030.

 

                            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                            Second:  Cm. Amaya

                            For:     7                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  2007-R-033  Authorizing the City Manager to accept as a donation from the U.S. Department                       of Homeland Security-Customs and Border Protection a tan/black female Belgian

                            Malinois canine to be trained and used by the Laredo Police Department for law

                            enforcement purposes.  The K-9 is strictly a donation and will be at no cost to the

                            City.

 

                            Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-033.

 

                            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                            Second:  Cm. Amaya

                            For:     7                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

            28.  Amending the federal and state legislative agendas by deleting the following items: (1)

                   Municipal Court Administrative Fee/Liability Insurance Cases, (2) Municipal Court

                   Administrative Fee/Vehicle Registration and Inspection Sticker Cases, and (3) Traffic

                   Signal Enforcement System; amending the following items: (1) Program to Assist                        Detection and Notification of Authorized Water Discharges that Affect Downstream

                   Municipalities and (2) Proposed International Fifth Bridge and Railroad Bridge; and

                   adding the following items: (1) Operational Improvements in Customs Inspections of

                   Rail Cargo and (2) Colonia Proliferation Prevention and Regulation of Subdivision of

                   Land.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

            29.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract with the Waters Consulting Group,

                   Inc. for the preparation of an organizational analysis study. Funding is available in the                  General Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Belmares

                   For:     6                                        Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

 

            30.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $11,613.50 for the

                   balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Civic Center                      Auditorium Re-Roofing Project located at 2400 San Bernardo Avenue and approval of

                   final payment in the amount of $72,418.18 to Advantage USAA, Inc., Spring Branch,

                   Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $292,913.50.  Funding is available in the

                   Capital Improvements Project.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            31.  Awarding recaptured 2005 HUD Emergency Shelter Grant funds of $7,771.76 to

                   Bethany House to provide to Homeless Prevention Services and $5,560.09 to Laredo

                   Homeless Coalition for shelter operations.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Cecilia May Moreno Park (West Lyon

                   Splash Park) and approval of final payment in the amount of $8,399.03 to Kraftsman

                   Commercial Playground and Water Park Equipment, Spring, Texas.  Final construction

                   contract amount is $167,980.50.  Funding is available in the Lyon/Cecilia Moreno

                   Splash Park – CDBG 31st Action Year.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

            33.  Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Father McNaboe Splash Park and

                   approval of final payment in the amount of $10,244.00 to Kraftsman Commercial

                   Playground and Water Park Equipment, Spring, Texas.  Final construction contract

                   amount is $204,880.00.  Funding is available in the Father McNaboe Splash Park

                   Parks Capital Grants – Webb County Interlocal Agreement.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            34.  Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Seven Flags Splash Park and approval

                   of final payment in the amount of $7,249.84 to Kraftsman Commercial Playground and

                   Water Park Equipment, Spring, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is

                   $144,996.80.  Funding is available in the Zacate Creek Splash Park at Seven Flags –

                   CDBG 29th Action Year/2004 Grant.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $1,460.00 for the

                   balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Improvements to

                   the Immunization Clinic at the Laredo Health Department and approval of final

                   payment in the amount of $13,440.01 to Prada Construction Company, Laredo, Texas

                   Final construction contract amount is $296,540.00.  Funding is available in the 2005

                   C.O. Bond.

 

                   Motion to table.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            36.  Consideration to award contract FY07-083 awarded to Dust-Tex Mops and Mats,

                   Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $30,000.00, for providing dust mops

                   and floor mats used at various municipal buildings.  The term of this contract will be                                   for one year with an option to extend this contract for one additional year term.  

                   Funding is available in the various departments that utilize this service.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

            37.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a sixty-month lease contract

                   with Pitney Bowes Inc., Austin Texas, in the total amount of $51,060.00, for new

                   mailing equipment. The mailing equipment will replace the City Hall mailing system

                   that is used to process mail for 90% of the City’s mail. This equipment will be secured

                   utilizing the BuyBoard cooperative purchasing program contract.  Funding for the lease

                   payments is available in the Information Technology and Support Services Department

                   budget. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

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

                   number FY06-060 awarded to South Texas Waste Systems, Laredo, Texas, in the

                   estimated annual amount of $28,000.00 for providing portable restrooms for City parks,

                   City sponsored events, and construction job-sites.  All services will be secured on an as

                   needed basis.  Contract pricing has been secured for daily, weekend, and monthly

                   service.  Funding for this contract is available in the Parks and Recreation Department,

                   Parking Meter Division, and Capital Improvement Project /Contractual Obligation

                   construction budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            39.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-081 to Briggs Equipment, Laredo,                 

                   Texas, for rental services for a front end wheel loader.  A daily rate of $133.48 and a

                   monthly rental rate of $3,737.50 has been established for a twelve month period so that

                   front end wheel loaders may be rented on an as needed basis by the Utilities

                   Department for construction and repair projects.  If the department used this equipment

                   for a ten month period the rental fee would be $37,375.00. Funding is available in the

                   Utilities Department budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            40.  Consideration to award contract FY07-072 to the low bidder, Holt Caterpillar, Laredo,

                   Texas in the amount of $54,097.00 for the purchase of one (1) backhoe loader for the

                   Utilities Department – Wastewater Treatment Division.  Funding is available in the

                   Utilities Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            41.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY05-023 to the sole bidder,

                   Wilkinson Gary Iron and Metal, Laredo, Texas, for the sale of scrap metal recovered or

                   collected at the Solid Waste facility and the recycling centers. The City is paid $64.00

                   per ton for all scrap metal collected.   Total revenues collected last contract year from

                   scrap sales were $23,620.48.  The term of this contract was for a period of one year

                   with an option to renew for two additional, one year terms. The City is requesting

                   authorization to extend this contract for one additional year. Revenue generated from

                   this contract is recognized in the Solid Waste fund. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            42.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-058 to Capps Rent A Car, Inc. Dallas,

                   Texas as the primary vendor; and Enterprise Rent A Car of Texas, San Antonio, Texas

                   as the secondary vendor; to provide rental vehicles for the Laredo Police Department.               Approximately fifteen (15) to twenty five (25) vehicles are secured for use by the

                   various task forces working with the department. The term of this contract is for a

                   twenty four (24) month period and is contingent upon continued funding in future fiscal

                   years.  The annual estimated rental fee for twenty five (25) passenger vehicles would be             approximately $168,300.00.   The actual annual dollar amount of this contract is

                   contingent on the type of vehicle and quantities secured by the various task forces. 

                   Funding is currently available in the Police Department's task force budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            43.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of a third order of magnetic swipe cards from

                   the low bidder Electronic Data Magnetics, Inc., High Point, N.C., in the amount of

                   $59,375.00, for the purchase of custom magnetic swipe cards (Gateway Pass) for the

                   Bridge Department.  The bid contract contains provisions for additional orders of swipe

                   cards.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            44.  Consideration to reject all bids received for bid FY07-073 for the purchase of vibratory

                   rollers for the Public Works Department’s pot hole patching crews.  The equipment

                   proposed by the vendors does not meet the City’s requirements.    New bids will be

                   solicited. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            45.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-053, to the low bidder, J & Y Sanchez

                   Management DBA Magic Carwash McPherson LLC, for furnishing car wash services

                   for passenger vehicles for the City's automotive fleet.  This vendor will provide car

                   wash services with inside vacuum in the North Laredo area at a cost of $8.70 per

                   vehicle.  All services are secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the

                   Fleet Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            46.  Consideration to amend contract FY07-001 currently awarded to Gutierrez Machine

                   Shop, Laredo, Texas in the amount of $15,000.00 for professional welding services for

                   the Utilities Department. The proposed amendment would increase the current contract

                   to $75,000.00 in order to provide funding for the remainder of the contract term. This

                   contract takes into account the following hourly pay rates: regular, overtime, holiday,

                   service call, and the cost of materials.  Funding is available in the department’s budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            47.  Consideration to reject all bids received for bid FY07-047, concrete repairs and

                   authorizing the City Manager to solicit new bids.  The bid specifications for the               

                   Utilities Department contract have been modified to include provisions for the

                   successful vendor to provide performance and payment bonds, additional insurance

                   requirements have been added to the specifications and the estimated quantities have

                   been increased.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

   

            48.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-082, to the low bidder, Laredo Discount

                   Metals, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $25,000 for the purchase of assorted

                   steel items. These materials are purchased on an as needed basis by the Parks and

                   Recreation Department for construction and repair projects.  Items include fence

                   sections, square tubing, pipe, angle iron and other assorted items.  Funding will be

                   secured from the respective construction and repair budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            49.  Consideration to award contract FY07-079 to the low bidder, Dahill Industries, Laredo,

                   Texas, for the rental of one multi-function engineering scale copier, scanner, printer

                   machine for the Engineering Department.  The term of this rental contract shall be for a

                   forty eight (48) month period.  The base rental fee for the term is $17,635.20 which

                   includes 500 copies per month.  Any additional copies are billed at a cost per square

                   foot.  Funding is available in the Engineering Department fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            50.  Consideration to amend contract FY06-106 awarded to the low bidder, C.W. Security,

                   Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $59,000.00 to include security guard services at the

                   Zacate Wastewater Treatment plant and for the Parking Division’s parking lot

                   operation and authorizing the City Manager to proceed with formal bid process for

                   security guard services for these operations.  The estimated amount contract total will

                   be amended to $286,874.00.  Funding is available in the respective departmental

                   budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            51.  Authorizing the removal of three (3) trees located on the west side of the 2200 block of

                   Malinche Avenue which restrict the sight distance for the traffic heading eastbound on

                   Gustavus Street  and where traffic accident data shows a significant number of traffic

                   accidents at this location.  The Traffic Department considers this situation a safety

                   hazard and is recommending that these trees be removed.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   month of March 2007, represents an increase of $36,618.35.  These adjustments are        

                   determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belamres

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            53.  Approval of expenditures for students from the Sisters Cities Youth Committee to

                   travel to Cienega de Flores to deliver their benevolent project on April 29, 2007 for “El

                   Dia de los Niños”; San Miguel de Allende on May 17-20, 2007 to reciprocate the 2006

                   Laredo International Youth Conference; and Laredo, Spain on July 3-10, 2007 for

                   seniors to complete their cross-cultural educational program.  Funding is available in

                   the Sister Cities Youth Committee Account.  City Council finds and declares that a

                   valid public purpose will be served by this expenditure.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            54.  Consideration to award a contract to Laredo Morning Times for the production,

                   publication and distribution of the Parks and Recreation Department Summer and Fall

                   Activity Guides at no cost to the City of Laredo

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            55.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell surplus equipment to Sister Cities

                   and municipalities of Rio Bravo; Torreon, Coahuila; Monclova Coahuila University;

                   Casimiro, Jalisco; and Mexticacan, Jalisco.  Surplus equipment consists of refuse

                   trucks, sweepers, vans, pickup trucks, and ambulances without working engines. 

                   Surplus equipment will be sold at a reduced price of salvage value.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            56.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract FY07-084 for housing various

                   groups associated with the 2007 MISS TEXAS USA® pageant with the following:

                        Section 2.1- Hotel Group I-Contestant Group, to the Holiday Inn Civic Center in the

                                            estimated amount of $54,100.

                        Section 2.2- Hotel Group II-TV Production Staff to the SpringHill Suites in the

                                            estimated amount of $12,300.

                        Section 2.3- Hotel Group III-Executive Production Staff to the SpringHill Suites in

                                            the estimated amount of $6,000.

                        Section 2.4- Hotel Group IV-VIP Group to the Fairfield Inn in the estimated amount

                                            of $4,500.

                        Section 2.5- Hotel Group V-TV Crew & Cadets to the Americana Inn in the

                                            estimated amount of $6,020.

                        Funding is available in the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau budget.

 

                   Motion to approve with a rebid of Section 2.4 informally.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Belmares

 

            57.  Authorizing the City Manager to re-direct funding in the amount of $881,700.00 from

                   the Springfield North Extension Project to the Del Mar Widening and Traffic Lights

                   Project at Winfield/Alexander Parkways.  Both projects are allowable under the street

                   improvements category for the 2006 Combination Tax/Revenue Bond.  Funding for the

                   complete Del Mar Widening Project will require savings from the Transit 2004 CO of

                   $225,000.00, a contribution from a private developer(s) of approximately $300,000.00

                   and $881,700.00 from the 2006 CO.

 

                    Cm. Belmares recommended to reduce $100,00 from $881,700 for hydrology work on            Springfield’s extension.

 

                   Motion to approve with the correction on the amount to $150,000 instead of $300,000             and reduce $100,000 from $881,700.

           

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

            58. A.  Discussion with possible action regarding state legislative issues; particularly,

                        amendments proposed in House Bill 3594 regarding One-Stop Border Inspection

                        Facilities, creation of a TXDOT district for city of Laredo and Veteran’s health care

                        concerns.

 

                        Jessica Hein, Communications and Administrative Support Services Director,                            reported that the Legislative Committee recommended that this item come to the                                    Council for discussion.  She stated that State Representative Richard Raymond has                    filed House Bill 3594 relating to inspection facilities, but it is not part of the   

                        Legislative Committee’s agenda.  She stated that it affects Laredo and inquired if                       

                        Council would like to take action on this item.

 

                       Motion not to support House Bill 3594.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                       For:     7                                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Jessica Hein reported on the creation of a TXDOT district for the city of Laredo. She stated that Mike Morrissey; Director of Budget, Planning & Policy from the Governor’s Office, suggested that the creation would benefit the City.  She asked City Council to consider the creation and asked for a recommendation to move forward.

 

                       Cm. Belmares stated that his concern is that Council does not have enough                                            information on the impact it will have.  He commented that the Council will need to                     discuss this in the next workshop to be able to make a decision based on more  

                       information and see if it is favorable.

 

                       Mario Medina, TXDOT representative, stated that more funding will be available if                    an additional district is created.

 

                       Motion to add this item to the Legislative agenda.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                       Second:  Cm. Landeck

                       For:     7                                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                       Cm. Rendon stated that there are veterans who are bedridden or have a hard time                                   walking; therefore, he would like to be able to be treated by the hospitals and doctors                  in Laredo.

 

                       Motion to add this item to the Legislative agenda.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                       Second:  Cm. Belmares

                       For:     7                                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

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

                       Overage Policy, with possible action.

 

                       Motion to table.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                       Second:  Cm. Chavez

                       For:     7                                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                      

                 C.  Discussion with possible action on reconsideration of the price cap set by City

                       Council of $2,300.00 for water rights and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate

                       with interested parties and enter into a good faith agreement with City Council

                       having the final approval.

 

                       Motion to authorize City Manager to negotiate for water rights without a cap.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                       For:     7                                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 D.  Presentation by Daniel E. Migura, Jr., Human Resources Director, regarding the

                       increase of the city, the employee dependent, retiree, and retiree dependent health

                       plan contribution by $5.00 a month and increasing the prescription co-pay for

                       formulary drugs by $5.00 and the non-formulary drugs co-pay by $10.00 (the $6.00

                       generic co-pay will remain the same) for the fiscal year 2007-2008 budget, with

                       possible action. 

 

                       Dan Migura, Human Resources Services Director, reported that at a meeting held                                  with the Health and Benefits Committee, they discussed the possibility of a                                 projected deficit in the next year’s budget.  He stated that some options were                           brought to the committee to increase revenue and decrease expenditures.  He

                       suggested increasing the co-pay for prescription drugs and reducing expenditures by

                       guiding employees to purchase generic drugs; also guide them to purchase drugs

                       through mail-order. He also suggested increasing the formulary to $5.00 and non-

                       formulary by $10.00.  He added that they will not recommend an increase for                            prescription mail-order.  He noted that according to the numbers received from Blue                 Cross-Blue Shield there will be an estimated $250,000 in savings.  He also                                         recommended sharing the cost of health care.  He commented that what needs to be                 done is to increase the amount of contributions that the City pays as well as the                             amount the employee pays.   He mentioned that the Committee agreed to                                       come back to Council to ask for an increase of $5.00 more for the contribution of the            employee; $5.00 more for the contribution of the employee’s family; and the                                 employee would pay $5.00 more for their dependent coverage all on a monthly basis.                  He noted that there will also be an increase of $5.00 a month to the retirees and their                      dependants.  Finally, he stated that an Employee’s Health and Benefit’s Committee                                   will be formed. 

 

                        Motion to approve recommendations.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:     7                                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

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

                   551.071(1) (A) to consult with its attorney representing the City of Laredo regarding

                   the pending appeal of the bridge law suit styled Webb County, Texas vs. the City of

                   Laredo, Cause No. GV403943, in the 261st District Court, Travis County, Texas; and

                   return to open session for possible action on same.

 

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

                   551.071(1) (A) to consult with its attorney representing the City of Laredo regarding

                   the pending appeal of the bridge law suit styled Webb County, Texas vs. the City of

                   Laredo, Cause No. GV403943, in the 261st District Court, Travis County, Texas; and

                   return to open session for possible action on same.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya                                  

                   For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain: 2

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Amaya

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Garcia

 

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

 

                   Motion to authorize the City Manager to execute a settlement agreement with Webb                                County on the two following cases: 

 

                   Webb County, Texas vs the City of Laredo, Cause No. GV403943, in Travis County,              Texas (bridge case); and Martha Escamilla, Maria Gloria Gonzalez, and Webb County,

                   Texas vs. the City of Laredo, (open meetings/17care case) Cause No. 2004-CVQ-

                   000450-D2, in Webb County, Texas.

 

                   With the terms being that:

 (1)  the City will not have to pay attorneys fees to the County, but the City will pay the        third party’s attorney’s fees in accordance with the judgment; and

                   (2)  the City will return the 17 acres to UISD, and require return of the full purchase

                         price; and

                   (3)  the City agrees with the County that both parties will file the appropriate motions

                          to dismiss their respective lawsuits; and

                   (4)  finally, the City Council finds that it is in the city’s best interest not to ask the                              Third Court of Appeals to vacate its opinion as this will not have any detriment to

                         negotiations or relations between both governmental entities.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     5                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  2

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Amaya

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Garcia

                   Cm. Amaya and Cm. Garcia were not present.

 

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

                   551.071(1) (A) to consult with its attorney representing the City of Laredo regarding

                   the pending appeal of the Open Meetings Act law suit styled 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 on same.

 

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

                   551.071(1) (A) to consult with its attorney representing the City of Laredo regarding

                   the pending appeal of the Open Meetings Act law suit styled 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 on same.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya                                   

                  For:     5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain: 2

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Amaya

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Garcia

 

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

 

                   Motion to authorize the City Manager to execute a settlement agreement with Webb                                County on the two following cases: 

 

                   Webb County, Texas vs the City of Laredo, Cause No. GV403943, in Travis County,              Texas (bridge case); and Martha Escamilla, Maria Gloria Gonzalez, and Webb County,

                   Texas vs. the City of Laredo, (open meetings/17care case) Cause No. 2004-CVQ-

                   000450-D2, in Webb County, Texas;

 

                   With the terms being that (1) the City will not have to pay attorneys fees to the County,              but the City will pay the third party’s attorney’s fees in accordance with the judgement;

 

                   (2)  the City will return the 17 acres to UISD; and require return of the full purchase

                         price

                   (3)  the City agrees with the County that both parties will file the appropriate motions

                          to dismiss their respective lawsuits; and

                   (4)  finally, the City Council finds that it is in the city’s best interest not to ask the                              Third Court of Appeals to vacate it’s opinion as this will not have any detriment to

                         negotiations or relations between both governmental entities.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  2                                                                                                                                            Cm. Amaya

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Garcia

                   Cm. Amaya and Cm. Garcia were not present

 

XV.      ADJOURNMENT

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.                APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.  Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia of Maria G. Franco to the Para

    Transit Advisory Committee.

 

   Amendment should read Cm. Gene Belmares instead of Hector J. Garcia. 

 

    Motion to approve.

 

   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

    Second:  Cm. Belmares

   For:     6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

II.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

A.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

Status report on the Windfield & Alexander Subdivisions’ signal light project, with possible action.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

Cm. Rendon stated that he received the good news that staff completed the project.

 

B.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

Motion to instruct the City Manager to open discussions with Regional Land Management Services, LTD for a possible venture for a municipal landfill.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector J. Garcia)

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     7                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

III.          INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

 

2.         Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to convey a twelve-foot wide easement (containing 6,340 square feet) to AEP Texas Central Company for the installation of electrical facilities at the wastewater treatment plant in Unitec Industrial Park.  Said 6,340 square foot easement being situated in Santiago Sanchez, Original Grantee, Porcion 12, Abstract 278, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being out of a 20.00 acre tract of land owned by the City of Laredo as per deed recorded in Volume 272, Page 651 of the Webb County Deed Records; and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibit A; and providing for an effective date.

 

       Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

IV.           MOTIONS

 

3.   Consideration to amend the existing Miss Texas USA® Pageant Hosting Agreement, a

      multi-year contract with Crystal Group, Inc. a Texas Corporation, to increase the contract

      amount from $84,225 to $279,225 for fiscal year 2007, to include costs to meet     

      contractual obligations of the City of Laredo, found in Schedule II, Items 1, 10, and 11 of

      the Hosting Agreement; and to limit the financial responsibility of the City for Schedule

      II, Items 1, 10, and 11 to $195,000.00, with exceptions to the limit.  Funding is available

      in the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau budget.

 

      Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:     7                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

4.  Consideration for approval of a professional services contract with Puig Engineering,

     LLC., Laredo, Texas, for design and construction plans for a TxDot/City special fast track

     flood control drainage project at Rancho Viejo Subdivision Area and FM 1472 (Mines

     Road) for an amount not to exceed $41,000.00.  Construction of the project is to be

     handled in two parts – Part A by TxDot in the area of their jurisdiction along the FM 1472

     Right-of-Way and Part B by the City along the drainage channel within Rancho Viejo

     Subdivision.  Project bidding and construction supervision will be negotiated at a later date

     if this phase of services is required.  The project is mostly a maintenance effort to enhance

     the existing drainage culverts and channels and foremost to enhance flood protection. 

     Funding is available in the 1998 Contractual Obligations Issue Fund.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:     7                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

5.  Amending that motion (#53) adopted on December 18, 2006, that authorized the City

     Manager to enter into a lease purchase agreement for the purchase of a digital information

     system with Sungard H.T.E. in the amount $1,453,265.64, by substituting that vendor with

     Government Capital Corporation as the financing entity.  Funding is available in the Police

     Trust Fund and the Fire Department budgets. 

 

     Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Belmares

      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:  11:00                            

            Moved:  Cm. Garcia

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0