CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-R-09

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MAY 7, 2007

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

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

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G. Salinas,                                                                        Mayor

            Mike Garza,                                                                             Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            Michael Landeck,                                                                     Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         ouncil 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

            Jesus Olivares,                                                                          Assistant City Manager

                                   

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of December 4, 2006, December 18, 2006 and December 28, 2006.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

a.  Recognition of Mr. Alfonso Cuellar, Jr., Mr. Danny Lopez, and Mr. Paul H. Young,

     Jr., inducted into The 2007 Laredo Business Hall of Fame.

     Mayor Salinas publicly recognized Mr. Paul Young for his induction into the 2007  

     Laredo Business Hall of Fame.  Mr. Danny  Lopez and Mr. Alfonso Cuellar, Jr. were not   

     present.  Grace Ojeda accepted the recognition award for Danny Lopez.

 

            Communiqués

 

a.  Invitation by Margarita Araiza, Webb County Heritage Foundation, to Mayor and

     Council Members to attend the Founders Day Celebration on Saturday, May 12, 2007, at      

    12:00 p.m. at the T.A.M.I.U. Student Center Ballroom.

 

     Ms. Araiza publicly invited the Mayor, City Council and the public to their Founders   

     Day Celebration which will be held on May 12, 2007 at 12:00 noon at

     Texas A & M International University Student Center Ballroom.

 

     Cm. Garza welcomed the new City Manager Carlos Villarreal; Jesus Olivares,     

     Assistant City Manager; and Thomas Rodriguez, Utilities Department Director.  He

     thanked Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, and his staff for getting the

     Century City Park ready for the Earth Day Celebration held there. In addition, he

     thanked Lynn Nava, Keep Laredo Beautiful Director, for all the clean ups she has

     organized.  Finally, he noted that the policeman that were recently injured are in his

     prayers.

 

     Cm. Garcia mentioned the two officers that were hospitalized and mentioned that they  

     and their families are in there prayers. He thanked Deutsch and Deutsch from Mall del     

     Norte, for the fundraiser they held.  In addition, he congratulated Paul Young for  

     opening up a car lot in District II.  He welcomed Jesus Olivares, Assistant City Manager   

     and Thomas Rodriguez, Utilities Department Director for coming on board.

 

     Cm. Landeck spoke on a dear friend, Dr. Steven Lundst and his wife Barbara and asked

     for a moment of silence.  He joined his colleagues by saying that the police officers are

     dear to his heart.

 

     Cm. Amaya announced a Steak Plate Sale to raise funds for scholarships.  He thanked     

     his special projects committee members and the public who contributed by purchasing    

     tickets and all the business who donated for the cause.  He also thanked Council Member   

     Mike Garza, Council Member Hector Garcia, Council Member Johnny Rendon    

     and Council Member Belmares who assisted in the Steak Plate Sale.

 

     Cm. Rendon mentioned that he was proud to say that he was made a grandfather again.  

     He commented that he was driving downtown when he turned and saw the Plaza  

     Theatre's sign.  He mentioned it brought a lot of nostalgia to him because he met his wife

     there.  He added that police officers risk their lives daily and wished for a quick recovery   

     for those wounded.

 

     Cm. Belmares welcomed aboard Jesus Olivares, Assistant City Manager and Thomas

     Rodriguez, Utilities Department Director and hoped the best for them.  He also   

     mentioned the police officers who were injured and ask for them to be kept in our

     prayers.  He congratulated Cm. Amaya for the scholarship fund he had.

 

     Cm. Chavez wished all the mothers a Happy Mother's Day.

 

     Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez stated that on Sunday, the Cinco de Mayo Celebration was  

     held at Calle San Bernardo Avenue.  He thanked the following: Laredo Hotel and

     Lodging Association President, Bob Zachariah and members; Frank De Leon; BMP   

     Radio; KGNS TV; Miller Light; Memo and Keko Treviño; the City of Laredo; Laredo

     Hotel and Lodging Association; AT&T; Lupita Zepeda; Coca-Cola, Javier Rodriquez;

     Mike Pescador of City of Laredo's Parks and Recreation Department; Avenida San

     Bernardo members, Mr. Vega and Sandra Rocha Taylor; Dr. Maldonado and Blas

     Castañeda from the Laredo Community College; Miguel Conchas from the Laredo

     Chamber of Commerce; Taco Palenque: Pollos Tori; Palenque Grill; Abraham

     Gonzalez; Blasita Lopez from the Laredo and Convention Visitor's Bureau; Cesar from

     T.A.M.I.U.; Adriana from Job Corps.; Monica Reyna from the Mexican Consulate;

     Christina Lara from the Solid Waste Department; City of Laredo Traffic Department;

     Border Patrol; Job Corps.; South Texas Waste System; A Clean Port-A-Co; Webb

     County's Precint 1 Constable Rudy Rodriquez; Laredo Police Department; Laredo Fire

     Department; the vendors; The Laredo Outsiders Car Club; the Motorcycle Show lead by

     Javier Rodriguez from Coca-Cola; and the Webb County Trail Riders Association. He

     also mentioned that he went to Christ Worship Center on Sunday with Sam Lopez who

     celebrated the Center's 23rd. anniversary.

 

     Mayor Salinas wished a quick recovery to those suffering from the shoot out the other

     day.  He reported that last week we had a historic event which was the opening of the

     Eagle Copper Trade Company.  He congratulated Deputy City Manager, Cynthia

     Collazo, staff, and City Manager Carlos Villarreal for having everything done the way

     it should be.  He stated that he went on a trip to Monterrey in Mexico promoting the City

     of Laredo. Finally, he welcomed two new employees to the City, Jesus Olivares and

     Thomas Rodriquez.

 

 

 

            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.

 

             Javier Aviña stated that the that the City of Laredo Bridge System employees would like to        thank Cm. Landeck, Mayor Salinas and Council Members for the recent amendment to the        $10.00 Shortage/Overage Policy. He stated that this is a fair and equal policy that          encourages better working conditions and improves overall morale.

 

             Jesus Sanchez appeared before the Council to see where the City is heading with the water        issue for the coloñias.

 

             Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez asked Council to direct staff to get a report on the status of  

             the water issue for the coloñias.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.  Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Manuel Canales and Gerardo Madrazo to the

     International Trade Blue Ribbon Committee.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

b.  Appointment by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez of Rosie Reyes to the Third Party      

     Funding Committee.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

 A. Request by Council Member Mike Garza

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on eliminating Supplemental Agendas.

 

     Cm. Garza stated setting up a workshop for the committees to discuss consolidating  or    

     eliminating them. He commented that the Council Members received information late on       

     Friday  evening and they can not call to ask any questions on the item that have been      

     added. He stated that since the Council meetings are on Monday, he is reluctant to have  

     issues come up so quickly.

 

     Motion to table.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Garza

     Second:  Cm. Amaya

     For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

2.  Discussion with possible action on improvements and renovations to all fire stations   

     and/or any other City facilities.  (Co-sponsored by Mayor Raul G. Salinas)

 

                  Cm. Garza stated that he would like for the City Manager to do a facilities assessment.

                  He reported that he and the Mayor visited the fire station on Zacatecas Street and                     reported that the conditions are sub-par. He commented that if we have do not have a                     good environment for our employees, morale will not be there.

 

                  Motion to instruct the City Manager to do a facilities assessment.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Garza

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

                  For:  8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

             B.  Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the possible adoption of a modified Laredo      

     Bridge System Shortage/Overage Policy.

 

     Motion to table.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Landeck

     Second:  Cm. Amaya

     For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding the abolishment of Mayor appointed   

committees consisting of City Council Members only; except those required by law and discussing issues that were discussed in front of these committees in open city council sessions with the possibility of adding a third city council meeting per month if necessary.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Juan Chavez)

 

                  Cm. Landeck stated that there were discussions about this issue with the consultants. 

                  He reported that the major problem is the issue of transparency and having information

                  before decisions are made.  He added that there is a large amount of committees and it

                  takes a lot of time and effort.  He noted that the dissemination of the information from

                  the committees to Council does not work.  He suggested having the committees discuss

                  the issues at the City Council meetings and have staff come only  one time.  He       

                  mentioned that Council can listen to them and make decisions because there will be a                             quorum.  Finally, he recommended having another City Council meeting added every                 

                  month.

 

                  Cm. Garcia mentioned that he had put this item on the agenda two months ago and                   currently we are pending a workshop the first or second week in June to discuss the                        committees.

 

                  Motion to postpone.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

                  For:  8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

               C.  Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

1.  Discussion with possible action on the sale of surplus City owned vacant lots and

     residential property.

 

     Cm. Chavez reported he brought this item up is because we are not in the Real Estate

     business.  He stated that he noticed that there is a lot of vacant property in his District

     that is not being used and added that it could be used for residential homes.

 

     Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, agreed with Cm. Chavez. He noted that businesses and    

     individuals are taking advantage by using the property that is located between residential

     areas.  He stated that there is a certain procedure that needs to be done to get the fair

     market value, but they have to be placed on the tax roll, so as to eliminate maintenance.

2.  Status report on the recycling streets project, with possible action.

            

                 Motion to table.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                

               D.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

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

      Creek area.

 

      Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez presented some photos he took of his recent trip to

      Okahoma City, Oklahoma and Little Rock, Arkansas.  He mentioned that the

      developments shown on the photos could happen in Laredo.  He reported that over

      100,000 visitors pass by Laredo during Holy week.  He suggested creating attractions to           stop them here, therefore, getting more money to go into the local hotels, business and                     restaurants.

 

      Cm. Garza inquired that if anyone wanted to come in on their own and developed it, the

      Council could allow then to do so.

 

      Mayor Pro Tempore answered yes. He suggested to set aside land for developers and   

      have them turn in a proposal.  He added that City Council would then decide.

 

      Motion to instruct staff to get a report to see what can be done with the Zacate Creek

      area.

 

      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

      Second:  Cm. Garcia

      For:  6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  2

                                                                                                                        Cm. Garza

                                                                                                                        Cm. Landeck

 

2.      Discussion with possible action on building a water park between Sanchez Street and

      Coke Street along Zacate Creek.

 

      Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez stated that when he was elected as Council Member seven

      years ago, he came with this idea of having a water park on the Zacate Creek. He

      commented that at that time it would be used as a commercial development and it would   

      be situated between major arteries such as Clark Boulevard, Corpus Christi and other

      areas.  He stated that if a water park could be developed into a nice water park.  He

      mentioned that with the splash parks we have right now, we are spending money and       

      we are not getting anything out of them in return.  He noted that if a water park was   

      built we could collect money on the use of the water park.  He added that we could have      

      added employment for high school and college students.  He asked City Council what  

      are the possibilities of doing this.

 

      Cm. Garza stated the feasibility study was conducted on Loop 20 around the Casa

      Blanca Lake and it revolved around that location.  He stated that this is a different

      location which has different financial impacts such as revenue generation, cost and

      environmental issues.  He commented that he has a major concern on relocating water

      park. 

 

      Motion to table.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Garza

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:  7                                            Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                            Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

 

VIII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a

two (2) year concession agreement between the City of Laredo and the vendor(s) that provide the best value to the City for the right to sell food and non-alcoholic beverages from a cart at designated downtown areas.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                   Cm. Belmares

 

There was no public input.

 

Mike Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, stated that four bids were submitted and La Sabrosita was awarded the Concession agreement.

 

Motion to table.

 

Moved:  Cm. Chavez

Second:  Cm. Landeck

For:     7                                          Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                       Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

 

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

2007 Solid Waste Fund Budget by appropriating a drawdown of $1,609,960.00 from    opening balance and appropriating it for equipment acquisition. The project consists of a Holt Cat Excavator, John Deere Dozer and (2) two Articulated Dump Trucks. The bid price includes provisions for a five year warranty.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Landeck

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Garza

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting funds in the amount of $10,710.00

from the South Texas 9-1-1 Regional Administration Division to cost share personnel at the Laredo Police Department Public Safety Answering Point in accordance with Section 771.0751 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and Rule 251.3 Use of Revenue in Certain Counties from the Commission of State Emergency Communications; and amending Fiscal Year 2006-2007 General Fund Budget of the City of Laredo by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $10,710.00 for salary expense for the Laredo Police Department Communications Division salaries.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Garza

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

execute the Local Projects Grant Program in the amount of $10,000.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services and to amend the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Special Fire Grant budget to appropriate the said grant award.  The funds will be used to purchase one (1) Life Pak 12 EKG which will replace the current aging EKG equipment.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

     

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

6.  Authorizing the City Manager to exercise the first five year renewal option for the lease

agreement by and between the City of Laredo, (acting as the Mass Transit Board), and        Greyhound Lines, Inc./ Valley Transit Company joint venture for a certain premise of 5,000 square feet of commercial area together with a bus parking area containing approximately 18,000 square feet at the Laredo Intermodal Transit Center and described as all of Block Number 49, located in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  The term of the lease shall commence on July 1, 2007 and end on June 30, 2012, for the monthly rent of $9,572.61 per month.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council as amended.

 

7.      An ordinance deleting Section 24.1.7 [Tree Board] of the Land Development Code to    

abolish the Tree Board; and amending Section 23-18 [Duties] of Article II [Parks and Recreation Board] of Chapter 23 [Parks and Recreation] of the Code of Ordinances, to add to the duties of that board, the duties formerly carried out by the Tree Board; and amending Section 23-16 [Established] to provide for ex-officio members for the Parks and Recreation Board.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of this item.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinances

 

            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Chavez

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                   2007-O-064  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-064.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2007-O-065  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-065.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2007-O-066  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 31, 2008.   (As amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-066.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2007-O-067  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-067.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-068  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); providing an effective date and publication.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-068.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-069  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); providing for

    an effective date an publication.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-069.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-070  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); providing for

    an effective date and publication.  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-070.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

   

                  2007-O-071  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); providing for an effective

    date and publication.  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-071.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      2007-O-074  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; providing

    for an effective date and publication.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-074.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-075  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); providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-075.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

  

                  2007-O-076  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. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-076.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

  

                  2007-O-077  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 Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing

    District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for an

    effective date and publication.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-077.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            

                  2007-O-078  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”, and 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); providing for an effective date and

    publication.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-078.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-079  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); providing for an effective date and

    publication.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-079.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-080  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”, and 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); providing for an effective date and

    publication.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-080.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0  

   

                  2007-O-081  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-081.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-082  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-082.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-083  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.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-083.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

    For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0   

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

9.  2007-R-031  Authorizing the City Manager the use of surplus proceeds from the City of

  Laredo-Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO), Series

  2006, in the amount of $24,000.00 for the purchase of four replacement   

  vibratory rollers (compactors) for the Public Works Department’s pot hole   

  patching crews.

 

  Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-031.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Belmares

  Second:  Cm. Chavez

  For:      8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

10.    2007-R-035  Authorizing the City Manager the use of surplus proceeds from the City

                of Laredo Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO),

                Series 2006 bond for the purchase of the following items for the Fire

                Department:  two vehicles from Philpott Motors, Port Neches, Texas in

                the amount of $35,474.00; computer equipment from Dell, Round Rock,

                Texas, in the amount of $23,476.54; and the software implementation

                services from SunGuard H.T.E. OSSI, in the amount of $2,700.00.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-035.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

11.  Consideration to reimburse Laredo Development Foundation the amount of $28,390.45

for the Laredo Day legislative trip expenses to Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C. held in January and March 2007, respectively.  A total of $48,440.45 was expensed for both events, and $20,050.00 was committed in donations. Funding is available in General Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Landeck

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                                                    

12.  Amending the 2004 and 2005 Consolidated Year One-Year Action Plans by

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

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Garza

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

13.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend Fiscal Year 2006-2007 third party funding   

contract terms with the Laredo Center for the Arts in order to facilitate their operation cash flow by amending Section 4 (Consideration) and Section 5 (Method of Payment) of said contract by revising the funding reimbursements from quarterly payments of $37,500.00 to monthly payments of $3,478.88 to be paid directly to the Center and $9,021.12 to be paid in rental fees to the “El Mercado” account on behalf of the Center.  The total Fiscal Year 2006-2007 award paid to or on behalf of the Center totals $150,000.00.  Funding is available in the Hotel-Motel Occupancy Tax Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     5                                        Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                     Cm. Garza

                                                     Cm. Landeck

                                                     Cm. Chavez

 

14.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract in the estimated   

amount of $61,404.00 with the sole source vendor, Sungard H.T.E. (Harward Technical Enterprises), Inc. for providing Building Permits, Click2gov Building Permits and Click2gov Wireless Building Permits software applications.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

15.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $1,460.00 for the

balance of quantities actually constructed and 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 approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

16.  Refund of property tax in the amount of $534.24 payable to William E. Heitkamp due

       to an overpayment from account #985-60007-400.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

17.  Consider a recommendation to accept a qualified bid submitted by sole bidder UETA

of Texas, Inc., for a duty free/gift shop retail concession located at the Laredo International Airport passenger terminal, at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop and to bring back an Ordinance for introduction.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $107,117.55 to the

architectural/engineering contract with Architects Plus, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Eleden Recreational Facility Project for additional professional services.  Funding is available in the Community Development Construction Projects Fund – Eleden Recreation Center and the 2006 C.O. Bond. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

Replacement Account for the purchase of a motor for a paint mixer, poles for rink glass, gas powered edger, replacement and parts for doors, hammer drill and tool set, cleaning apparatus, golf cart to patrol building, cash registers, file cabinets and computers in a total amount not to exceed $66,000.00.  Funding is available in the Sports and Community Venue Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  Consideration to award contract FY07-107 to the low bidder, Trinity Products, Inc., D.

Fallon, MO, in the total amount of $25,866.40 for the purchase of steel pipe casings and casing spacers for the Utilities Department.  These are required for ongoing TXDOT construction projects:  Highway 59, Loop 20, and Highway 359.  Funding is available in the Sewer Fund, 2006 Revenue Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

number FY06-083 to vendor, MO-VAC Environmental, McAllen, Texas, in the estimated amount of $180,000.00 for furnishing vacuum truck services to transport domestic sewage, sewage sludge, and/or sludge for the Utilities Department.  This service supplements the department’s equipment capabilities and helps control sewage overflows during emergencies.  The frequency and number of hours vary depending on the City’s need.  The bid price is based on a flat hourly rate of $89.00 and a truck washout charge of $100.00.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Wastewater Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

number FY06-081 awarded to United Rentals, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $25,000.00 for an equipment rental contract for backhoe/loaders.  A daily rental rate of $71.14 has been established so that backhoe/loaders may be secured on an as needed basis by the Utilities Department for construction and repairs to projects.  Funding is available in the Waterworks Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration to award annual supply contract FY07-080 to Clark Hardware in the    

estimated amount of $100,000.00 and Lowe’s in the estimated annual amount of $32,000.00 for the purchase of plumbing supplies for city maintenance and repair projects.  This is an annual contract and items will be purchased on an as needed basis throughout the year and various city departments.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation, Airport, Public Works, Civic Center, Health, Municipal Housing and Utilities Departments Budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consideration to award contract FY07-081 to Naztec Inc., Sugarland, Texas in the total

amount of $100,960.00 for the purchase of six (6) traffic signal cabinets required for traffic signal upgrades for the following locations: Del Mar Boulevard at McPherson Avenue, Cedar at Clark Boulevard, Clark at Meadow Avenue, Clark at Seymour Avenue, and Loop 20 at Laredo Town Center.  Funding is available in the Traffic and Airport Department, and the 2006 Certificate of Obligation bond proceeds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Consideration to authorize the installation of speed humps along Buenavista Avenue

between East San Jose Street and East Ash Street in accordance with the speed hump installation policy under the special provision for installation; project costs are estimated at $7,200.00.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund-City Council District IV.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into the second year term of the Council      

approved (May 23, 2006) contract with Martinez Pharmacy in the amount not to exceed $73,697.00 to provide pharmaceutical services to clients of the HIV/AIDS Programs of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2007, through March 31, 2008.  Funding is available in the State grants HIV/Ryan White and the HIV/Health and Social Services accounts.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Ratifying the action taken by the City Manager to authorize emergency construction

services in the amount of $155,000.00 to Ellis and Ellis Construction for the emergency repair of a failing sewer collection junction box at the headwork of the South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Funding is available in the Waterworks 2006 Bond, Manhole Rehab and Replacement Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to award contract FY07-098 to the low bidder, J.R. Landscaping

Enterprises, Laredo, TX, in the estimated amount of $75,000.00 for lawn and landscaping repairs caused by utility repairs.  This contract is based on fixed hourly rates for a two man crew and when in need of a licensed irrigator plus, any needed landscaping materials.  Funding is available in the Waterworks and Sewer Funds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    6                                         Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                     Cm. Garza

                                                     Cm. Chavez

 

29.  Consideration to rescind the award of contract on April 2, 2007 to Coban Research and

Technologies, Inc., Stafford, Texas for the purchase of fifty four (54) mobile data terminals in the total amount of $581,439.00; and authorize an award of contract to Motorola, Schaumburg, IL., for the purchase of these fifty four (54) mobile data terminals in the total amount of $578,420.00, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments cooperative purchasing program.  The contract pricing submitted by Coban Research included a one year warranty on the hardware, did not include a GPS system, and did not include installation.  The Motorola contract pricing includes a three year hardware warranty, the GPS module, and installation of this equipment on fifty four vehicles.  Funding is available in the 2006 Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation bond proceeds and Police Trust Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-089 to the low bidder, Ron Grant   

Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $29,200.00 for the purchase of four (4) equipment trailers. The Parks and Recreation Department will use the trailers to transport backhoes and other equipment to the job sites.  Funding is available in the 2006 Contractual Obligation bond proceeds and the Veterans Field budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase order issued to Turbonetics

Engineering & Services, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas in the total amount of $26,934.00.  The City Manager has authorized emergency rehab repairs to one of the high service pumps at the Sierra Vista pump station.  These repairs were authorized to prevent disruption of pumping capacity in the Sierra Vista service area.  Funding is available in Utilities Department-Water Treatment Division budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to award a contract to Seven Trent Laboratories, Corpus Christi, Texas   

in the estimated annual amount of $100,000.00 for providing laboratory analytical services for water and wastewater samples in accordance to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved standard methods.  The testing laboratory will be responsible for sample handling, analysis and reporting for a wide range of environmental parameters in soil, water and sludge samples for both water and wastewater applications.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget, Water Pollution Control Division.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Consideration to award contract FY07-096 to the low bidders, Double R Construction,

Laredo, Texas, for asphalt repairs in the estimated amount of $275,000.00; and ALC Construction, Laredo, Texas, for concrete repairs in the estimated amount of $296,500.00.  All work will be performed on an as needed basis for repairs required due to utility repairs. Funding is available in the Water and Sewer funds. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration to award contract FY07-076 to the low bidder, Traffic Parts, Inc., Spring,   

Texas in the amount of $88,398.00 for the purchase of traffic signal assemblies and related materials required for traffic signal upgrades of the following locations:  Clark at Seymour Avenue, Clark at Meadow Avenue, Clark at Cedar Avenue, and Del Mar Boulevard at McPherson Avenue.  Funding is available in the 2006 Contractual Obligation bond proceeds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration to award contract FY07-090 to the low bidder, Eggemeyer Land

Clearing, LLC, Yoakum, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $124,500.00 for the grinding of wood waste material (brush, branches, pallets, etc) at the Solid Waste facility.  Approximately 90,000 cubic yards of material will be processed as mulch on an annual basis.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration to award contract FY07-085 to the low bidder SOS Liquid Waste

Haulers, LTD., Company, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $47,250.00 to analyze, profile, transport and dispose of sludge and contaminated water collected at the Solid Waste Department’s wash rack and environmental systems.  This contract requires the vendor to remove these materials five times during the contract term.  The term of this contract will be for a one year period with one option to extend this contract for two, one year terms. Funding is available in the Solid Waste Department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract number FY06-130 awarded to    

HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $207,828.94; Ferguson Waterworks, Inc., McAllen, Texas, in the estimated amount of $125,633.98; and Titan Pipe and Supply, Pharr, Texas in the estimated amount of $113,033.50 for the purchase of mechanical joint fittings, valve boxes and pipe tubing for the Utilities Department.  These materials are purchased on an as needed basis by the Utilities Department Water Operations for construction and repair of projects.  Funding is available in the Waterworks Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.  Consideration to amend contract FY05-083 awarded to the low bidders, Laroche   

Industries, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, AOC Welding Supplies, Laredo, Texas, FSTI, Manor, Texas, Kemiron Companies, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas, DPC, Industries, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, Altivia Corporation, Houston, Texas, Bay Chemical Company, Odem, Texas, Pennco, Inc., San Felipe, Texas, Polydyne, Inc., Richboro, Georgia, Nalco Company, Naperville, Illinois, and Univar USA, Corpus Christi, Texas, for providing water and wastewater treatment chemicals for the Utilities Department by increasing the estimated contract total by $312,000.00.  The proposed amendment would increase the current contract to $1,562,500.00 in order to provide additional funding for the remainder of the current contract term.  A new contract will be awarded June 4, 2007.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

39.  Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase order issued to Turbonetics   

Engineering & Services Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas in the total amount of $39,620.00.  The City Manager has authorized emergency rehab repairs to one of the seven raw water intake pumps at the Jefferson water treatment plant.   Repairs to this pump were authorized in order to have all seven intake pumps available for the summer demand.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department – Water Treatment Division budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

40.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of three (3) service trucks in total amount of              

$96,882.00 from Philpott Motors, Port Neches, Texas through the BuyBoard cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  Two trucks will be assigned to the Parks and Recreation Department for Veteran’s field operations and one truck will be assigned to the Utilities Department for field operations.  Funding is available in the Veteran’s Field and the Utilities Department funds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

41.  A.  Discussion with possible action on setting priorities for the Fiscal Year 2007-2008

             Budget Process.

 

            Carlos Villarreal suggested having this item be part of the workshop that they will                       be having with City Council.  He stated that the reason being is that at the end of the                  budget process there may be new expenditures for major movements such as                            additional fire fighters or police officers.  He noted that if there are changes, we                          Council would have to come back and make cuts. He commented that he would like                 to know the major priorities of the Council to be able to incorporate them.  He added                    that he             would like to have a discussion about this item with the Council when they

            discuss the CIP and the funding of Bond Series 2007.  Finally he mentioned that                                    they will also discuss the item relating to the committees and to the extra City                             Council meeting.

 

            Cm. Landeck expressed his view that a list of priorities will not help at all because                      everything is a priority.  He stated that operational priorities are needed.  He                              suggested that during the Budget process, the Board should be present when the                                    Director's make their presentation. He emphasized that he feels strongly that the                                     budget is a policy making tool and it is not an administrative tool.  He stated that we                   have to find a way to incorporate the Council into the process to avoid new                               expenditures at the end of the process.  He noted that there will be a series of                            workshops at the beginning and during the budget process where the directors will                     come before City Council with all the figures before them. He stated that with all the                   information they receive they will then decide where and if there will be any cuts.

 

            Motion to send to a workshop to set up priorities.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garcia

            Second:  Cm. Chavez

            For:  6                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                                                                         Cm. Garza

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore was chairing the meeting.

 

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

                        and Overage Policy, with possible action.

 

                        Tabled at the request of the City Manager.

 

C.     Staff report (1) Concerning the issue of reimbursement of expenses to Mayor and

Council Members in view of the recent attorney general opinion; and (2) seeking direction as to whether council wish staff to prepare an ordinance delimiting the expenses that may be reimbursable on the subject; and if so, (3) directing what they wish to have specified in such an ordinance, with possible action.

 

                        Motion to instruct staff to come back during the workshop with a recommendation                    for an ordinance based on other cities.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Garza

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:  8                                      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.

 

42.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Section 551.071 (1) (A)    

to consult with attorney on the pending the eminent domain case of City of Laredo v. Luis Montaño, et al Cause No. 2006CVQ002207C3, in County Court at Law No. 2, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Section 551.071 (1) (A) to consult with attorney on the pending the eminent domain case of City of Laredo v. Luis Montaño, et al Cause No. 2006CVQ002207C3, in County Court at Law No. 2, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

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

(1) (A) & (B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding settlement offer  of pending litigation, being Joe Botello v. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2006CVQ002051-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (A) & (B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding settlement offer  of pending litigation, being Joe Botello v. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2006CVQ002051-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:                                                Abstain:

 

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

 

Motion to accept settlement offered by Joe Botello.

 

Moved:  Cm. Landeck

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     3                                        Against:  5                                            Abstain:  0

                                                     Cm. Garza

                                                     Cm. Garcia

                                                     Cm. Amaya

                                                     Cm. Rendon

                                                     Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

 

Motion failed.

 

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

           

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

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

44.  Consideration to exercise the first year renewal option for contract FY 04-047 for bus

exterior and interior advertising service contract  between the City of Laredo and bus ads (Contractor).  Contractor shall be entitled to maintain, and place advertisements outside and inside El Metro Buses for the renewal option term of one (1) one year commencing on June 1, 2007 to May 31, 2008 for the greater of the minimum annual guaranteed revenue or fifty percent of net billings as described in the contract.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Chavez

Second:  Cm. Garza

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

45.  Consideration to authorize the renewal option for one additional year for contract

FY06-071 awarded to the low bidder Safety Kleen Systems, Inc., McAllen, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 to analyze, profile, transport and dispose of grit trap waste from a total of four pits at the El Metro facilities.  The term of the contract was for a one year period with an option to extend the contract for two additional years.  This will be the first contract extension.  Funding is available in the Laredo Transit Management budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Chavez

Second:  Cm. Garza

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

46. Consideration to award annual supply contracts (FY 07-060) for bus and van fleet parts

      in estimated amounts to the following vendors:

Prevost Parts, Elgin, Ill.,                                    $138,533.89

CC Battery, Corpus Christi, TX. -                    $  56,375.46

Stewart & Stevenson, San Antonio, TX            $125,244.32

Capital Bus Sales, Leander, TX.                       $  39,560.00

MCI Service Parts, Schaumburg, Ill.                 $121,235.79

New Flyer, Winnipeg, Canada                          $  47,476.43

Muncie Transit Supply, Muncie, IN.,    $122,345.36

Gillig Corporation, Hayward, CA.                     $  33,419.26

National Bus Sales, Marietta, GA.,                   $  32,909.76

Thermo King, Laredo, TX.,                              $  28,457.16

RDO Equipment Co., Laredo,TX                     $  28,382.62

Gonzalez Auto Parts, Laredo, TX.                    $    9,068.18

Contracts will be awarded by item(s) to the lowest responsible bidder for parts most commonly purchased for non-warranty repairs.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the El Metro Operations Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Chavez

Second:  Cm. Garza

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

47.    Presentation by Rick Dunning, Senior Vice President, First Transit, Inc., on the

recommendation of Mr. Feliciano Garcia as the General Manager, for the Laredo Transit Management Company, Inc., with possible action.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Garza

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     4                                        Against:  4                                            Abstain:  0

                                                     Cm. Garcia

                                                     Cm. Rendon

                                                     Cm. Belmares

                                                     Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez

 

Mayor voted in favor.  Motion passes. 

 

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

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

Second:  Cm. Chavez

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

                  Motion to adjourn.                                                                          Time:  8:53

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Garza

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

 

                  For:  8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0