CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-R-11

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JUNE 4, 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,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                                        Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Mayor Pro Tem, District VI

            Juan Chavez                                                                             Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, 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

            Anthony McGettrick,                                                                Assistant City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of January 2, 2007, January 9, 2007 and January 16, 2007.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garcia

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:  8                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of Council Member District IV Scholarship Award recipients.

 

                 City of Laredo Council Member District IV Johnny Amaya presented awards to 28                  

                  students totaling $16,800.00.

 

                 The following report was submitted:

 

                 Since Johnny Amaya took office he has consistently given to deserving students from

                 across the community.  He has awarded a total of 84 scholarships in the amount of

                 $48,600.  The scholarship committee awards and continues to reach across the

                 community by including students from both school districts, Texas A & M International

                 University and Laredo Community College.  A total of 28 recipients were selected this

                 year and each student will receive a $600.00 scholarship.

 

                 They are as follows:

 

                 Nixon High School:                       Martin High School               United High School

 

                 Leonela Gutierrez                            Jonathon Cuenca                      Eduardo Gonzalez

                 Jessica Espinoza                              Isbeth Casas

                 Anna Beatriz Tristan                        Rebecca Longoria                    United South High

                 Esmeralda Cabrera                          Vicky Cortez

                 Nancy Torrez                                  Roberto Garza                          Jose Lozano

                 Emmanuel Romero                          Gabriel Villarreal

                 Leticia Gonzalez                                                                              LBJ High

                 Maria Teresa Cruz                           Cigarroa High School

                 Arturo Fuentes                                                                                Neldy Pena

                 Kimberly Pena                                 Rosalba Lopez

                 Vanessa Ann Garcia                                                                        Alexander High

                 Liza Acosta                                     St. Augustine High

                 Chelsea Renee Dovalina                                                                  Yajaida Osoria

                                                                        Jorge Lopez

                 Community College

                                                                        Texas A & M University

                 Saida M. Gonzalez

                                                                        Jesus Reyes

                                                                        Jacqueline Hernandez

 

            Communiqués                        

 

            Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, informed Council that the City of Laredo City Attorney and City Secretary has been served with a temporary restraining order signed by the 49th District Court Judge Joe Lopez indicating that the City shall not take action on the “The Laredo Town Center”.  He advised that there would be no public comments on the item.  The restraining order will be in effect until June 18, 2007.

 

            Cm. Garza announced the one year anniversary as City Council Member for himself and two other council members.  He noted that it has been a great year and council members have been able to accomplish many positive projects throughout the community.  He continued by naming a couple of projects including submitting scholarships valued over seven thousand dollars to high school students in District I.

 

            Cm.  Garcia congratulated the 2007 Graduating Class from all high schools in Laredo.  He wished everyone a safe and joyous summer. 

 

            Cm. Landeck shared that he was very excited to be a part of the City as a Council Member.  He added that he believes that the one year anniversary marks wonderful changes for the     community. 

 

            Cm. Amaya thanked Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer; Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer; and Alejandro Labrada, Public Works Director; for installing the speed humps in the Buena Vista Subdivision.  

 

            Cm. Rendon thanked the Public Works Department for working on the erosion at Zacate Creek.  He said that he is receiving calls from individuals expressing their satisfaction with the project.  He advised that he has been fortunate to distributed over $7,500 of scholarships

            to different graduating seniors from surrounding schools. 

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares congratulated Cm. Garza, Cm. Landeck, and Cm. Chavez on their Council anniversary and noted that it has been a pleasure serving with them.  He also

            congratulated the Council Members for their scholarship programs.   He congratulated   students who graduated from high school.  He thanked everyone who participated in the town hall meeting held for the North Central Park. He also thanked the City of Laredo Leadership class for assimilating material for their project on the Mercy Regional Medical

            Center.

 

            Cm. Chavez encouraged graduating seniors to pursue a college degree. 

 

            Cm. Ramirez advised that Ms. Saenz and Ms. Nigolacio, from Laredo Center for the Arts, presented him a logo for the City of Laredo that will be part of a quilt that will be made for         the All American City competition.  He further explained that participating cities will include a section for the quilt.  He displayed a picture of the new Plaza Theater with the lights on. 

 

            Mayor Salinas congratulated all the students that graduated.  He said that he had attended a kindergarten graduation and several high school graduations.  He commended all the parents of graduating students.  He continued to say that he is looking forward in attending the All American City competition. 

 

            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.

 

            Chendo Carranco spoke on the possibility of a third bridge site and the old Mercy Regional Medical Center.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None.

 

VII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            1.  A.  Request by Council Member Mike Garza

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on acquiring and protecting identified wetlands and green space locations.

 

                 Cm. Garza explained that the reason that he brought this item forward was to give him

                 an opportunity to look at city owned property where there may be environmental issues

                 that Council needs to consider with the Environmental Department and the Citizens

                 Advisory Committee.  He said that he would like to protect the wetlands before issues

                 are brought to Council with concern.  He instructed the City Manager to complete an

                 extensive report and return to Council with recommendations. 

 

                 Riazul Mia, Environmental Services Director, advised that staff has been calculating the

                 wet lands/green space through the technology of the GIS.  The green space ordinance

                 will protect the green space.  The acreage that was calculated was 1,124 unplatted acres

                 and there are 383 acres of lakes and stock tanks.   

 

                 Cm. Garza asked if these properties that have been identified can be systematically

                 identified for protection.  

 

                 Riazul Mia explained that there is a map that includes the properties and individuals may

                 view the map on the City of Laredo web site.

 

                 Cm. Landeck instructed the City Manager to identify the green space within platted

                 areas. 

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on creating a zoning disclosure notice before the sale of

                 real property.

 

                 Cm. Garza explained that the reason he placed this item on the agenda was because of

                 frustrations voiced to him by property owners that purchase property and are not allowed

                 to use the land for the purchased intent because it is in the wrong zone.  He requested a

                 resolution that would prevent frustration from property owners by creating a zoning

                 disclose notice before the sale of real property. 

 

                 Keith Selman, Planning Director, said that the City of Laredo staff would need to

                 research the material to see if the City can initiate an ordinance that would create a

                 notice before the sale of real property.

 

                 Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, voiced that the City of Laredo has initiated this research

                 before and the problem occurs when the property owners mislead the new property

                 owner.  He agreed that staff would need to initiate a study with all the title companies

                 and return to Council with recommendations.

 

                 Cm. Garza explained that his goal is to provide documentation to the buyer in English

                 and in Spanish so they will not be mislead during the sale transaction process.  The new

                 buyer should sign the document for proof of understand their zoning.

            3.  Discussion with possible action on Planning and Zoning fees for zone changes.

 

                 Cm. Garza noted that he brought his item forward because he wanted to educate

                 himself of the zone change process fees.  He asked the City Planner to give a brief

                 overview of the fees and how they are tabulated for zone changes.   

 

                 Keith Selman, City Planner, explained the different steps that staff must follow in order

                 to allow zone change requests.  He advised that each zone change requests requires for

                 staff to inspect the property, paper notice, and many other steps; however, prior

                 information is considered when property owners consider changing their zone for a

                 second time.   

 

                 Cm. Garza instructed the City Manager to reevaluate the fee structure for the zone

                 changes to allow for a reduction in the fee if staff has pertinent information on file. 

                 He also instructed him to provide the true costs of fee structure to determine if the City is

                 receiving their cost back and return to Council with recommendations. 

 

                 Keith Selman, City Planner, said that fees are designed to offset the cost incurred for

                 providing services associated with the application.  Each zone change request is charged

                 with a new application fee.  If the applicant has been denied by the legislative body and

                 he returns for an inspection on a new site he is charged a new fee; however, if the zoning

                 requests is in cycle before they came to the legislative body and the applicant corresponds

                 to staff that they are rethinking the zone then they are not charged a new application fee.

                 The difficulty in the action is determining how long should staff wait to

                 charge a fee for reconsideration.

    

                 Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, asked Cm. Garza to allow staff some time to return                  

                 to Council because the One-Stop Shop will be opening and they would be initiating

                 comprehensive reports for Council regarding the customers and the services that they

                 receive. They will also complete a report with complete recommendations for the facility.

            4.  Discussion with possible action requiring all city contracts to have a local representative component.

 

                 Cm. Garza informed Council that there is an ordinance in Corpus Christi, Texas that requires

                  local representation for professional services and contracts.  He instructed the

                 City  Manager to initiate a study on the local representative components.

 

                 City Manager, Carlos Villarreal, said that he would like to bring back a policy statement

                 that Council can vote on regarding a local representative component.  He said that he

                 does not agree with the requirement for all components.  There are some contracts that

                 are specialty items that cannot be handled by individuals including the planning of a golf

                 course.  If this ordinance is considered the City of Laredo would need to pay for the

                 additional representation.  He added that he would return to Council with recommendation

                 on the study on the local representative components.

 

                B.  Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

            1.  Discussion with possible action to have police presence in the neighborhoods during the

                 summer months.

 

                 Cm. Garcia said that every year there is an increase in vandalism within the

                 neighborhoods.  He asked the City Manager to instruct the Police Department to increase

                 their neighborhood patrol in summer months.

 

                 Fructoso San Miguel, Assistant Chief of the Laredo Police Department, said that he would

                 expedite the increase of patrol in the neighborhoods.   He informed Council that the Department

                 has increased the Department by nineteen officers because of summer school.   He said

                 that the officers are school resource officers that will return to duty on campus when the summer is over.

 

                C.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action regarding parking on sidewalks.

 

                 Cm. Ramirez said that he brought this item to Council because he is receiving a lot of

                 calls from the elderly that are trying to walk in the neighborhoods and they can’t because

                 of tractor trailers and cars on the sidewalks. 

 

                 Fructoso San Miguel, Laredo Police Department, agreed to increase enforcement on

                 violators that park on sidewalks. 

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the timeline for implementing civil service.

 

                 Mayor Salinas announced that an agenda would be posted regarding the timeline for

                 implementing civil service by next week. 

 

VIII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

                 2006-2007 Convention and Visitors Bureau Budget by appropriating revenues and

                 expenditures in the amount of $38,000.00 for the All America City Award Program and

                 accepting the donations from various businesses and/or agencies that will help defray the

                 cost of the competition.

 

                 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 with a correction in the amount of                    $54,000.00.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Belmares

                 For:   7                                            Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm.  Landeck

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council except Cm. Landeck

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

                 2006-2007 annual budget by reducing the amount by $2,515.00, to reflect the actual

                 amount awarded of $165,085.00, as per federal mandate to the Texas Department of

                 State Health Services funding to the Tuberculosis Prevention & Control Federal Project

                 of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2007

                 through December 31, 2007.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Cm. Belmares

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the fiscal year 2006-2007 budget

                 by allocating the Utility Late Fees and appropriating revenues and expenses in the amount

                 of $90,000.00 to the Utility Billing Division provided by projected increases in

                 the Utility Late Fees.  The funds will be used in the Bank Service Fees line item to pay

                 for the increased costs of fees for credit card payments made by the Utilities’ customers. 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Belmares

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

                 2006-2007 Colonias Project, Wastewater and Water Annual Budgets by appropriating

                 revenues and expenditures in the amount of $277,357.00 from the Water & Wastewater

                 Fund and appropriating the transfer in and expenditure in the amount of $277,357.00 for

                 the Colonias Project Fund.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Belmares

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2007

                 Waterworks and Sewer System Operating Funds and 2007 Waterworks and Sewer

                 Revenue Bond Fund budgets by appropriating a draw down of $334,800.00 and

                 $1,319,000.00 respectively from the opening balance and appropriating it for Machinery

                 and Equipment acquisition.  The Operating Funds will be reimbursed from the proceeds

                 of a proposed 2007 Waterworks and Sewer Revenue Bonds.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2007

                 Debt Service Fund and 2007 Certificate of Obligation Fund Budgets by appropriating a

                 draw down of $6,000,000.00 from the opening balance and appropriating it for Machinery

                 and Equipment acquisition.  Debt Service Fund will be reimbursed from the

                 proceeds of a proposed 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2007

                 Solid Waste Operating Fund and 2007 Solid Waste Revenue Bond Fund Budgets by

                 appropriating a draw down of $2,814,720.00 from the opening balance and appropriating

                 it for Machinery and Equipment acquisition. Solid Waste Operating Fund will be

                 reimbursed from the proceeds of a proposed 2007 Solid Waste Revenue Bond.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

                 approved Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Positions for the Utilities Department by creating

                 five (5) Water Conservation Inspectors under the Water Conservation Program for a

                 total estimated salary expense of $55,364.71.  Funds are available in the Water

                 Availability Fund.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant and amending the City of

                   Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 budget by increasing revenues in the amount of

                   $54,445.00 and increasing expenditures in the amount of $57,885.00 to reflect the

                   actual grant amount of $679,130.00 awarded by the Office of the National Drug

                   Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), at no cost to

                   the City, to fund the Laredo Financial Task Force.  Funds will be used to pay personnel

                   salaries, travel and operational expenses from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant awarded and amending the

                   City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Budget by decreasing expenditures in the

                   amount of $828.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of $99,916.00 awarded by the

                   Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking

                   Area (HIDTA), at no cost to the City, to fund the STX Multi-Agency Drug Related

                   Corruption Task Force.  Funds will be used to pay overtime, fringe benefits and

                   operational expenses from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

                   Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Federal Planning Funds (PL112) in the amount of $30,000.00

                   and amending the City of Laredo 2006-2007 General Fund Budget to match PL112

                   Budget by increasing revenues by $30,000.00 and expenditures by $30,000.00.  The

                   PL112 funds come from the 2006-2007 approved Unified Planning Work Program

                   (UPWP).

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares 

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning .72 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in

                   attached Exhibit “A”, located at 18211 F.M. 1472, from AG (Agricultural District) to

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

                   denial of the zone change.  District VII 

 

                   Motion to table.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                   Second:  Cm. Belmares

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                               

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinances 2007-O-084, 2007-O-090, 2007-O-091,             2007-O-092, 2007-O-093, 2007-O-094, 2007-O-095, 2007-O-097.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:  8                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            14.  2007-O-084  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Ground Lease with T-Mobile

                                        Texas, LP, a Delaware limited partnership, for ground space at 2417 N.

                                        New York Avenue, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully

                                        described in Exhibit “A” of Ground Lease, to construct on such premises

                                        an equipment building or cabinets on a platform and a 110’ monopole

                                        tower (“Tower”), more fully described in Exhibit “C” of the lease

                                        agreement, for the purpose of providing cell services and for co-locations,

                                        if approved by Landlord, and related equipment for use in connection with

                                        its communications business.  The term of the lease is five (5) years

                                        commencing June 5, 2007 and ending June 4, 2012 with four (4)

                                        successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be

                                        $15,000.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be increased by

                                        five percent (5%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing

                                        for effective date.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-084.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-090  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a two (2) year concession

                                        agreement between the City of Laredo and Miguel Angel Inclan, D.B.A

                                        “La Sabrosita” for the right to sell food and non-alcoholic beverages from

                                        a cart at the corners of Lincoln and Convent, and Hidalgo and Convent for

                                        a total lease amount of $565.00 per month. 

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-090.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-091  Authorizing the City Manager to sign the supplemental agreement to the

                                        standard utility agreement of March 12, 2007, with the Texas Department

                                        of Transportation, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit A; authorizing

                                        and amendment to the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Sanitary Sewer Construction

                                        TXDOT improvements line item to increase the amount appropriated to

                                        $81,310.00 for construction of a wastewater line at the

                                        Highway Loop 20 from 0.2 miles North of Spur 400 to 1.68 miles North

                                        of US Highway 59; and authorizing Kiewit Texas Construction L.P. to

                                        construct the sanitary sewer line as proposed in the supplemental

                                        agreement No.1 U-11024 approved by the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-091.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-092  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

                                        authorizing a Special Use Permit for a communication tower on .92 acres,

                                        as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located

                                        on the West side of Bob Bullock Loop North of Winfield Parkway;

                                        providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-092.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-093  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                        9.98 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit

                                        “A”, located North of Shiloh Drive East of Livingston Drive, from R-1

                                        (Single-Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family ResidentialDistrict);

                                        providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-093.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-094  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                        all of Blocks 1713 and 1782 and 15,433.46 square feet out of New York

                                        Avenue, bounded on the North by the South line of Chacon Street, on the

                                        East by the West line of Block 1782, Eastern Division, as further

                                        described by metes and bounds in attached “Exhibit A”, from R-3 (Mixed

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

                                        for an effective date and publication.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-094.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-095  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing

                                        a Conditional Use Permit for a duplex on Lots 1, 2 and 3,

                                        Block 998, Eastern Division, located at 1803 Chacon Street; providing for

                                        an effective date and publication.  (As amended) 

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-095.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-097  Defining the actual and necessary expenses which may be reimbursed to

                                        the Mayor and Council Members pursuant to Section 2.02 of the City

                                        Charter and providing for the procedures for such reimbursement.  (As

                                        amended)

 

                                        Motion to amend Section 2, letter f, by replacing paid in place of annual.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                                        Anthony McGettrick, Assistant City Attorney, amending Section 6: should

                                        Read, “no final payment may be paid on any reimbursement for expenses

                                        until the supporting paperwork is provided as required by section 5, (not

                                        section 3).

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-097 as amended.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

            15.  2007-R-040  Accepting the donation of a twelve-foot-wide Utility Easement from

                                        Melton Truck Lines, Inc., in order to provide sanitary sewer services to

                                        the Gutierrez Industrial Park, Phase I, Subdivision, and surrounding areas.

                                        Said Utility Easement being a strip of land 12.00 feet in width, containing

                                        1,429.23 square feet or 0.328 acres, more or less, lying over, under,

                                        across, and upon a portion of that certain 20.00-acre tract conveyed to

                                        Melton Truck Lines by deed recorded in Volume 1077, Page 153, Official

                                        Public Records, Webb County, Texas, situated in Porcion 22, Abstract

                                        277, Maria Jesus Sanchez, Original Grantee; and described by Metes and

                                        Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-040.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            16.  2007-R-043  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a

                                        finance/ownership lease with Baystone Financial Group, through the

                                        Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative

                                        purchasing program contract, for the acquisition of twenty five vehicles

                                        (25) for the Police Department for the total amount of $451,033.20; and

                                        authorize that the finance/ownership lease transaction include a

                                        $100,000.00 down payment; and authorize that sixteen of those vehicles

                                        be purchased from Dallas Dodge, Dallas, Texas in the principal amount of

                                        $300,311.00 and that nine (9) vehicles be purchased from Caldwell

                                        Country Chevrolet, Caldwell, Texas, in the principal amount of

                                        $204,023.00.  Funding for the lease purchase payments and the down

                                        payment is available in the Police Trust Fund budget.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-043.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            17.  2007-R-044  Expressing support and granting ratification of the City of Laredo’s

                                        application, to the Texas Department of Transportation Safe Routes to

                                        School (SRTS) Program, which seeks funding to enhance the school zone

                                        of four elementary schools consisting of: Arndt, Colonel Santos

                                        Benavides, Fasken and Malakoff.  If selected and fully funded, the total

                                        amount of state funding will result in one hundred percent (100%) of the

                                        total estimated cost of $51,080.00 with zero matching funds.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-044.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            18.  2007-R-045  A resolution expressing official intent to reimburse $6,000,000.00

                                        associated with the purchase of machinery and equipment for various City

                                        wide projects.  Funds will be reimbursement from a proposed bond issue.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-045.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            19.  2007-R-046  A resolution expressing official intent to reimburse $1,653,800.00

                                        associated with the purchase of machinery and equipment for various

                                        Utilities System projects.  Funds will be reimbursement from a proposed

                                        bond issue.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-046.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            20.  2007-R-047  A resolution expressing official intent to reimburse $2,814,720.00

                                        associated with the purchase of machinery and equipment for the Solid

                                        Waste Department.  Funds will be reimbursement from a proposed bond

                                        issue.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-047.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            21.  2007-R-048  Authorizing the sponsorship of a Texas Enterprise Fund application in the

                                        amount of $1,900,000 to the State of Texas’ Office of the Governor,

                                        Economic Development and Tourism Division by Eagle Tube Industries,

                                        L.L.C., in support of the construction of the $106,000,000 Eagle Tube

                                        Copper Manufacturing Plant to be located in Laredo, Texas at the Unitec

                                        Industrial Park.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-048.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

            22.  Award of a construction contract to the lowest bidder Landmark Structures Inc., Fort

                   Worth, Texas in the amount of $2,477,659.00 for the construction of the Sierra Vista

                   2.0 Million Gallon Elevated Storage Tank to be located Northeast of Hwy 83 and La

                   Pita Mangana Rd. The 2.0 Million Gallon Elevated Storage Tank will provide adequate

                   pressure to the immediate area and will provide the adequate water storage capacity for

                   the summer peak demands. The contract will be awarded with a construction time of

                   400 calendar days.  Funding is available in the 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005 and 2006 Water

                   Bond Issuance.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza          

                   Second:  Cm. Rendon

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            23.  Consideration to award contract FY07-114, to Dr. Ike’s Home Center, Laredo, Texas,

                   in the estimated amount of $25,000.00, for the purchase of Portland cement and

                   concrete mix sacks. These materials will be purchased on an as needed basis by the

                   Utilities, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation Departments for construction and

                   repair projects.  The term of this contract will be for a period of six (6) months with an

                   option to extend for two (2) additional six (6) month periods.   The City did receive a

                   lower bid from Leyendecker Lumber, however, this bidder could not hold the bid

                   pricing for the six (6) month period and has asked that their bid be withdrawn.  

                   Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Rendon

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            24.  Consideration to award contract FY07-102 to the low bidder, Rankin Automatic

                    Transmission, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $123,940.00, for providing

                    automatic transmission repair service for the City’s automotive fleet. The term of this

                    contract is for a one (1) year period with an option to renew for two (2), one-year

                    renewals.  All repair work is secured on as needed basis.  Funding is available in the

                    Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

                    Motion to approve.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Garza

                    Second:  Cm. Rendon

                    For:  7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            25.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-112, to the low bidder, Ace Netting,

                   Austin, TX, in the amount of $61,800.00, for the purchase and installation of 1,600

                   linear feet of nylon netted barrier at the City’s Solid Waste facility. This nylon netted

                   barrier will be installed on the north perimeter and south east corner of the City

                   Landfill.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Services budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Rendon

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

            26.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract

                   FY05-098, to Corpus Christi Harley-Davidson, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual

                   amount of $25,000.00, for repair parts and service for the Police Department’s

                   motorcycle fleet.  The term of this contract is for a one (1) year period with an option to

                   extend this contract for two (2) additional, one (1) year terms.  This is the last contract

                   extension.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Garza

                    Second:  Cm. Chavez

                    For:  7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            27.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-099, to SCS Engineers, Bedford, TX in

                   the estimated amount of $25,210.00 for providing groundwater sampling, analytical,             

                   reporting, statistical analysis, and methane monitoring at the Solid Waste facility.  The

                   City did receive a lower bid from Talon/LPE however SCS Engineers offers the best

                   value to the City based on their experience with the municipal landfill requirements. 

                   Funding is available in the Solid Waste Services budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Garza

                    Second:  Cm. Chavez

                    For:  7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            28.  Consideration to award an annual service contract FY07-119 to the sole bidder,

                   Freedom Construction, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for

                   furnishing cleaning services for domestic sewage back-ups into private properties.  The

                   frequency and number of service calls will vary depending on the City’s need.  Funding

                   for this service is available in the Utilities Department-Wastewater Collection Division.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Garza

                    Second:  Cm. Chavez

                    For:  7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            29.  Consideration to award contract FY07-104, to the low bidders for the purchase of water

                   and wastewater treatment chemicals for the Utilities Department.  The term of this

                   contract shall be for a period of two (2) years:  The low bidders are: Acetylene Oxygen

                   Corporation (AOC), Laredo, TX; Altivia Corporation, Saint Gabriel, LA; Atlantic

                   Coast Polymons Inc., Austin TX; Bay Chemical and Supply Co., Odem, TX; F2

                   Industries, LLC, Smyrna, TN; Penncco, Inc., San Felipe, TX; Leah Bond Polydyne,

                   Richboro, GA; and Skyhawk Chemicals Inc., Houston, TX.  Approximately

                   $1,200,000.00 is spent on an annual basis.  Funding is available in the Water and

                   Wastewater Treatment Division’s operating budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Garza

                    Second:  Cm. Chavez

                    For:  7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   to, HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of

                   $71,564.97 for the purchase of mechanical joint cast iron fittings, for the Utilities

                   Department.  These materials are purchased on as needed basis by the Utilities

                   Department- Water Operations for construction and repair projects.  Funding is

                   available in the Utilities Department budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Garza

                    Second:  Cm. Chavez

                    For:  7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            31.  Motion to modify the Health Benefit Plan Language to expand the pre-existing

                   coverage provision by adding credible coverage; and providing for an effective date

                   April 1, 2007.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Garza

                    Second:  Cm. Chavez

                    For:  7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the Laredo Entertainment

                   Center for hosting the 2007 Miss Texas USA® pageant including rehearsal, production,

                   set-up and tear down at a cost not to exceed $128,000.00.  Funding is available in the

                   Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau FY 2006-2007 budget in the Miss Texas

                   Division.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Garza

                    Second:  Cm. Rendon

                    For:  7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            33.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of public safety answering point (PSAP)

                   equipment and mapping software through the Houston Galveston Area Council of

                   Governments (HGAC) contract in the total amount of $33,977.00.  The equipment and

                   mapping software will be installed at the Jim Hogg County Sheriff’s Office and Zapata

                   County Sheriff’s Office.  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Garza

                    Second:  Cm. Rendon

                    For:  7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            34.  Consideration to ratify the expenses authorized by the City Manager for repairs to the

                   Fire Department’s aerial truck (AT2) by American LaFrance Gulf Coast, Houston, TX

                   in the total amount of $30,237.62.  The expenses incurred include inspection services

                   of the aerial ladder device and the necessary repairs.  Repairs were needed to certify

                   that the ladder device is in compliance with applicable National Fire Protection

                   Association (NFPA) guidelines.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund

                   budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Garza

                    Second:  Cm. Rendon

                    For:  7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Consideration to award contract FY07-125, to the SOLE BIDDER, Landfill Service

                   Corporation, Apalachin, NY, in the estimated amount of $534,400.00 for providing

                   material for an alternative daily cover system for the landfill operation. The term of this

                   contract shall be for a period of two (2) years and includes the purchase of a storage

                   silo, applicator machine, and the purchase of the fiberized cement mortar which

                   includes the use of recycled materials to replace the use of on-site natural soils to cover

                   the daily solid waste at the disposal area.  The City is currently required to cover the

                   waste on a daily basis with a minimum of six inches of compacted soil. This system      

                   uses approximately one quarter inch of material and will further reduce the overall need

                   for soil for cover.  Funding for this contract is available in the Solid Waste Fund. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Rendon

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            36.  Consideration to award service contract FY07-127 to the sole bidder, Camino Agave,

                   Laredo, Texas in an amount not to exceed $210,000.00 for the hauling of fill dirt from

                   the TXDOT - US 83 Three Point Over Pass construction site to the City’s Solid Waste

                   facility.  The TXDOT project contractor Price Construction is allowing the City to take

                   as much dirt as needed with the condition that the City pays for the hauling services. 

                   The Solid Waste Department will need approximately 60,000 to 70,000 cubic yards of

                   fill dirt for a twelve month period.   Funding is available in the Solid Waste Department

                   Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Rendon

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            37.  Award a construction contract to the lowest responsible bidder to be announced at the

                   City Council Meeting for the construction of the 24 inch Water Transmission Main

                   along Del Mar Blvd. from McPherson to Loop 20 – Phase B Project. The project

                   consist of constructing a 24” water transmission line to tie-in at the existing 24 inch

                   water main at McPherson north of Del Mar and at the existing stub-out at Loop 20 and

                   Del Mar. The contract will be awarded based on the Base Bid with the options of

                   Alternates #1 and/or #2. The construction time is 270 calendar days.  Funding is

                   available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

                   Tomas Rodriguez, Utilities Director, announced that the lowest responsible bidder was

                   Qro Mex in the amount of $2,576,511.50.  

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Rendon

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            38.  Consideration to award contract 07-110 to A-1 Dry Cleaners, Laredo, Texas, in the

                   estimated amount of $57,720.00 for dry cleaning services for uniformed police officers

                   for a term of one year with an option to renew for one additional year; and

                   consideration to award contract FY07-109 to Valu Care Cleaners, Laredo, Texas, in the

                   estimated amount of $6,900.00 for providing dry cleaning services for non uniformed

                   police officers for a period of three (3) months.  The City must provide dry cleaning

                   services as a condition of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The term of these

                   agreements shall be for one year with an option to renew for one (1) additional year. 

                   Funding is available in the Police Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to postpone.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                    Second:  Cm. Amaya

                    For:  7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            39.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sign a letter to sign a letter of intent

                   with selected equipment provider to ensure that vehicles and other equipment

                   scheduled purchase with Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Contractual Obligation Bond proceeds

                   are reserved and remain available for purchase until the formal purchase award of

                   contract is completed of approximately $3,275,200.00 for items listed below.  The

                   intent of this action is to allow the vehicle and equipment providers to order vehicle

                   chassis and schedule for production of those vehicles and equipment that have a six (6)

                   to twelve (12) month delivery schedule.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Garza

                    Second:  Cm. Amaya

                    For:  7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

            40.  A.  Presentation by 2006-2007 City of Laredo Employee Leadership Development

                         Program participants on the feasibility of consolidating all City offices under one

                         roof with an emphasis on the old Mercy Hospital Building, with possible action.

 

                         Cm. Garza commented that Council has not had time to review the information

                         provided to them on the Mercy Hospital Building.  He said that he has reviewed

                         some of the numbers and would like to meet with staff.   

 

                         Motion to table.

 

                         Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                         For:     8                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

                 B.  Discussion with possible action to consider including the evaluation of a 3rd site

                       known as the D.D. Hachar Trust site for the construction of the proposed Fifth

                       International Bridge in South Laredo.   The City-County Government Issues

                       Committee met on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 and made a motion to consider the

                       evaluation of both sites and a superficial analysis of the 3rd site for both sides, the

                       U.S. and Mexico.

 

                       Cm. Garza voiced that a presentation was given to the City-County Government

                       Issued Committee and it is their recommendation to move in considering the

                       evaluation of a 3rd site known as the D. D. Hachar Trust site for the construction of

                       the proposed Fifth International Bridge in South Laredo.  

 

                       Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, concurred with Cm. Garza’s statement in

                       confirming the third site.  He informed Council that recently he has continued

                       researching the issue and he has had the opportunity to meet with a consultant by the

                       group proposing the third site.  He advised that they would be walking the river and

                       searching for a site and after they provide a “footprint” at their cost he would return

                       to the City-County Government Issues Committee with recommendations.    

              

                       Motion to include the third site.

 

                       Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                       Second:  Cm. Garza

                       For:     8                                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0     

 

                 C.  Discussion with possible action to consider the selection of an engineering firm to

                       evaluate the Presidential Permits and Environmental Assessments submitted to the

                       State Department by both the City of Laredo and Webb County and determine the

                       location that will be most feasible and cost effective to both governmental entities.

                       The City-County Government Issues Committee met on Wednesday, May 30, 2007

                       and agreed to the ranking of those non-local engineering firms that have not

                       performed any work for the City or County. The firms are listed on attached Exhibit

                       “A”.  

 

                       Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, said that he would like for City Council to be able

                       to agree to the list of the engineers in accordance’s to the stakes drawn at the meeting

                       in order to negotiate with the engineers.  He requested an amount not to exceed

                       $50,000 between both entities.  

 

                       Motion to consider the selection of an engineering firm to evaluate the Presidential

                       Permits and Environmental Assessments submitted to the State Department by both

                       the City of Laredo and Webb County and determine the location that will be most

                       feasible and cost effective to both governmental entities not to exceed $50,000. The

                       City-County Government Issues Committee met on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 and

                       agreed to the ranking of those non-local engineering firms that have not performed

                       any work for the City or County. The firms are listed on attached Exhibit “A”.

 

                       Brown Engineering Compay

                       Poznecki-Cmarrillo & Associates, Inc.

                       Maluof Engineering International, Inc.

                       Deshazo Tang & Associates, Inc.

                       Chiang Patel & Yerby, Inc.

                       W P & Associates Architects

 

                D.  Discussion with possible action on approving priorities and projects for the 2007

                      Bond Sale.

 

                      RECAP OF PROPOSED BOND ISSUANCE FY 2007

 

                      Tax supported:

                      CO’s                                                                  $49,000,000

                      Self Supporting (Equipment):

                      Solid Waste                                                        $  2,814,720

                      Waterworks System                                           $     348,800

                      Sewer System                                                    $  1,319,000

                      Fleet Management System                                  $     100,000

                      Self Supporting

                      Solid Waste                                                        $  4,600,000

                      Waterworks System                                           $  7,453,500

                      Sewer System                                                    $  7,125,500

 

                      Total                                                                  $72,781,520

 

                      Motion to accept the 2007 Bond Sale Schedule.

 

                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                      Second:  Cm. Chavez

                      For:     8                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

            The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during

            this public meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the

            City, pursuant to his or her duty under Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to

            consult privately with his or her client on an item on the agenda, or on a matter arising out

            of such item.

 

            41.  Request by City Attorney, pursuant to Section 551.071 (2) of the Texas Government

                   code, to consult with the governing body concerning  pending sale to Laredo Town

                   Center, LP of Lots 1, 2, & 3, Block 2, Laredo International Passenger Terminal

                   Subdivision, on matters relating to the sale in which it is his duty to consult with client

                   in executive session.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (2) of the Texas

                   Government code, to consult with the governing body concerning  pending sale to

                   Laredo Town Center, LP of Lots 1, 2, & 3, Block 2, Laredo International Passenger

                   Terminal Subdivision, on matters relating to the sale in which it is his duty to consult

                   with client in executive session.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

 

XIV.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  9:06

 

            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:  8                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:   0