CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-R-12

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JUNE 18, 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 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

            Juan Chavez,                                                                            Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Donna Magnon,                                                                        Deputy 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

 

            Motion to excuse Cm. Belmares

 

            Moved:  Cm. Rendon

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:  7                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of February 5, 2007, February 20, 2007 and February 26, 2007.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garcia

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For: 7                                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

 

            Cm. Garza discussed the tragedy that happened over the weekend and sent his prayers to the             Reyes family.  He thanked first responders for risking their lives. 

 

            Cm. Garcia he stated that he is committed to continue working on the drainage system. He             thanked those that went to Los Angeles for doing an outstanding job.

 

            Cm. Landeck sent his condolences to the Reyes family.  He thanked Council Member   Chavez for risking his life by assisting families in the flooded areas.

           

            Cm. Amaya gave his condolences to the Reyes family.  He congratulated all the city crews             that responded to the weekend emergency.

 

            Cm. Rendon gave his condolences to the Reyes family.  He thanked staff for working    diligently on handling the flooding.  He thanked the Police Department for preventing                    people going into the low lying areas.  He also thanked the firefighters, Border Patrol and public safety sector who helped.  He mentioned that because of the tremendous devastation         in District V, he requested that our City be declared a disaster area.

 

            Cm. Chavez gave his condolences to the Reyes family.  He thanked the families that helped        in District VII. 

 

            Cm. Ramirez thanked Olga Maldonado from American Electric Power for restoring       electrical power to the citizens.  He gave his sympathy to the Reyes family.

 

            Mayor Salinas gave his condolences to the Reyes family.  He thanked the people that went        to Anaheim, California for the All-American competition.  Earlier in the meeting he             publicly apologized to all the citizens in Laredo for having the LareDos publication          removed from   the Laredo International Airport.

 

             Recognitions

     

            a.  Recognizing Jonathon Edward Leyendecker, a former Alexander High School student,               for earning the All American honors in a National Golf Tournament which was held in

                 Fishers, Indiana. 

 

                 Mayor Salinas and the City Council presented Jonathon Edward Leyendecker with a                              Seven Flags Certificate of Recognition.

 

            b.  Recognition of Odie Arambula, of the Laredo Morning Times for being an outstanding               journalist and for his contributions to public service.

 

                 Postponed.

 

            c.  Recognition of Gerardo Rodriguez, of the Parks and Recreation Department on his  

                 selection as June 2007 employee of the month.

 

                 Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Department Director, said that Gerardo                                    Rodriguez has worked for three years and is currently Acting Supervisor at the Ladrillera           Senior Center.  He is well liked and is an asset to the department. 

     

            Communiqués

 

            a.  Invitation from Miss Laredo Lynn Marie Williams and Miss Laredo Teen Lauren Nicole

                 Guzman to the Miss Texas USA® Final Pageant Show scheduled at the Laredo                        Entertainment Center on July 1, 2007 at 8:00 p.m.

 

                 Miss Laredo Lynn Marie Williams invited everyone to attend the Miss Texas USA ®                             Final Pageant show on July 1, 2007 at 8:00 p.m.

 

                 Miss Laredo Teen Lauren Nicole Guzman invited everyone to join the cheering section              and mentioned that tickets can be purchased through Ticket Master or from the Laredo                  Entertainment Center.

 

            Citizen comments

 

            Eugenio Torres Villanueva mentioned that his home was flooded yesterday and asked to                          have the arroyo near his home cleaned.

 

            Graciela Gonzalez asked City Council for their support and asked to have a traffic light placed at 1703 Commerce.

 

            Avelino Juarez spoke on the repair of potholes.

 

            Rene de la Viña questioned the method used to patch potholes.  He also mentioned the 7             blackouts that occurred last year and the 3 that have occurred this year.

 

            Hilario Cavazos commented on the potholes.  He mentioned that the airport runway lights             were not working during a recent storm.  He also urged to have American Electric Power                        and Times Warner Cable accountable for their services.  He urged the Council Members to             start having meetings for the Civil Service and Ethics Commission.  Finally, he asked that            all committee meetings be taped.         

             

            Rosario Arellano, owner of the San Bernardo Party House, reported that it has been one             year since Mayor Salinas took office and presented him a token of appreciation.              

           

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 regarding the practice or policy of hiring of personnel                               with criminal history.

                             

                 Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, stated that they will be surveying other cities to see                  what type of policy they are using.  He added that a policy would then be presented to                    the Council.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action to provide assistance to the Webb County Medical

                 Examiner’s Office.

 

                 Anthony McGettrick stated that the Office of Medical Examiners is created by state                   statute and is the absolute responsibility of counties.  He read a section of the law which                  stated this.

 

                 Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, mentioned that it would be possible to fund additional               part time employees because assistance is needed.  He agreed to go into an inter-                          governmental agreement with the county.

 

                 Motion to instruct staff to bring back an amount that is fair and equitable to provide                    assistance to the Webb County Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  6                                             Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Ramirez

 

            3.  Report from the Police Department on the usage of BB/Airsoft guns within the city                     limits, with possible action.

 

                 Cm. Garza stated that there is an epidemic right now with BB gun incidents.

           

                 Chief Agustin Dovalina from the Police Department stated that there have been                          undercover operations which have led to arrests.  He commented that more Public                          Service Announcements will be done. 

 

                 Cm. Garza suggested getting the community involved.

 

                 Cm. Garcia suggested putting signs in the parks prohibiting the use of BB guns within                              the park.

 

                B.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action to convert two (2) out of the existing (4) meters located

                 at the 200 Block of Flores Street on the west side to be designated as Reserved Parking           spaces to be used by citizens paying their delinquent city taxes.

 

                 Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, commented that enforcement of the usage of the                     meter is the issue.

 

                 Motion to grant 1 meter to be designated as a Reserved Parking space to be used by                              citizens paying their delinquent city taxes.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Landeck

                 For:  4                                             Against:  3                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Garza

                                                                        Cm. Amaya

                                                                        Cm. Rendon

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the parking on sidewalk violations and the                  number of citations issued by Police Officers city wide.  (Co-sponsored by Mayor Raul                  G. Salinas)

 

                 Chief Agustin Dovalina from the Police Department stated that the law is enforced when            violations are committed.

 

                 Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, replied that he would come back to Council with a                  report.

 

VIII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year                  2006-2007 Annual Budget of the Fire Department Emergency Medical Services                            Division (EMS) by accepting a donation of $2,000.00 from Wal-Mart Stores, $250.00

                 from the Laredo National Bank, $200.00 from Dr. Joe Castellano, $150.00 from GNC

                 Stores, $100.00 from House Calls Home Health, and $885.00 from the International

                 Bank of Commerce and therein appropriating said funds for the purchase of educational

                 promotional materials utilized for the 1st Annual Youth Bike Rodeo held on June 2,

                 2007 for the Laredo Fire Department EMS Division.  These donations were provided

                 from local businesses who wanted to promote health and safety awareness for local

                 youth.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:   0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  7                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

                 2006-2007 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of

                 $70,000.00 in funds from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to \            operate and maintain three continuous air monitoring stations (CAMS) by the City of

                 Laredo Health Department for the term period beginning September 1, 2007 through

                 August 31, 2008.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  7                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

                 2006-2007 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of

                 $504,334.00.  The revenues are from lease purchase proceeds related to the financing of

                 twenty-five (25) unmarked police patrol units for the Laredo Police Department as

                 approved by Resolution 2007-R-043 on June 4, 2007.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm Amaya

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a                    contribution from N.W. House, Inc., in the amount of $14,500.00 and to amend the City

                 of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in

                 the General Fund and transferring out by appropriating revenues in the same amount in

                 the Capital Improvement Projects Fund for improvements of the Robert Muller Park

                 located in the Indian Sunset Subdivision.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

                 City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Inscorp Plat, located at 5904 San Bernardo

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

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

                 change.  The proposed use is commercial.  District VII

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Pablo Jacobo Bautista spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Chavez

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

                 City of Laredo by rezoning 2.01 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in

                 attached Exhibit “A”, located east of Interstate Highway 35 and North of Shiloh Drive,

                 from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business

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

                 change.  The proposed use is multi-family, townhouse/condominium development.                     District VI 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  7                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

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

                 City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1A and 2A, Metex Plaza, located at 4610 San Bernardo

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

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

                 change.  The proposed use is for an amusement redemption machine establishment. 

                 District VII

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  7                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  7                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Chavez

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

                 City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 32, Block 5, Chaparral Village Subdivision, Unit IIA,

                 located at 519 E. Calton Road, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3

                 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended                  approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is for a ceramic tile showroom.  District                 V

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Cm. Amya

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Rendon

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 29.27 acres, as further described by metes and bounds

                   in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 4500 Avenida Los Presidentes, from AG

                   (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning

                   & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use

                   is for single-family residential.  District I

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garza

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2 and 2 acres out of Lot 3, as further described

                   by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located at 8002, 8006 and 8010 River

                   Bank Drive, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial

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

                   change.  The proposed is for commercial use.  District VII 

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Chavez 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning the West 53 feet of Lot 1, Block 821, Western Division,

                   located at 3119 Santa Maria Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3

                   (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended

                   denial of the zone change.  The proposed use is for a car lot.  District VIII

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and deny.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Ramirez

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 6, Moonlight Subdivision, located at 2101

                   Puscas Court, from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) to B-1 (Limited

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

                   the zone change.  The proposed use is for a parking lot.  District I

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garza

            14.  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.  The proposed use is for truck                                    services.  District VII  

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Julieta Ramos spoke in favor of the zone change.

 

                   Cm. Amaya left at 9:13 and came back at 9:14.            

           

                   Motion to close the public hearing and deny.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Chavez

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            15.  Authorizing the City Manager to convey the 3,858.36 square feet of land as described

                   in Exhibit “A” out of former Malinche Avenue between Pecan and Santa Clara Streets

                   to Raul Peña and Omar Gabriel Peña for $8,680.00; and partially amending Ordinance

                   No. 94-O-050, on the same subject to reflect that the grantee herein, rather than being

                   Juan Manuel Zapata, are the present abutting owners, Raul Peña and Omar Gabriel                                    Peña; and providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            16.  Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicles and Traffic, Article II Administration &         

                   Enforcement, Division 2, Transportation and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee,

                   Section 19-51.  Duty, Function of the Code of Ordinances of the functions and duties of

                   the Transportation and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee providing for an effective

                   date and publication. 

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            17.  An ordinance amending Chapter 30 (Taxation) Section 4 (Credit Card Processing Fee)

                   of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinance clarifying conditions under which a credit

                   card payment convenience fee will apply and amending the fee from 1.8% to 3% of the

                   transaction amount, thus assessing a fee which is in line with the other taxing units.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            18.  Extending the contract with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for the

                   Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Outreach extending the grant period

                   through April 30, 2007 and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the Final Reading of Ordinances 2007-O-98, 2007-O-99, 2007-O-100,             2007-O-101, 2007-O-102, 2007-O-103, 2007-O-104, 2007-O-105, 2007-O-106, 2007-O-            107, 2007-O-108.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:  7                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            19.  2007-O-98  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Convention and

                                       Visitors Bureau Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the

                                       amount of $54,000.00 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.  (As amended)

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-98.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                   2007-O-99  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-99.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2007-O-100  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-100.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2007-O-101  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-101.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2007-O-102  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-102.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2007-O-103  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-103.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                  2007-O-104  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-104.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0                                          

                  2007-O-105  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-105.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2007-O-106  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-106.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2007-O-107  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-107.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                 2007-O-108  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 adopt Ordinance 2007-O-108.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

            20.  2007-R-049  Authorizing the City Manager to sign a contract with Killam              

                                        Development, Ltd, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit “D” to this

                                        resolution by, which

                                                A.  Killam conveys to the City two parcels described in Exhibits 1

                                                      and 2 of Exhibit “A”, which is a copy of the gift deed; and

                                                B.  Killam agrees to contribute the sum of $150,000.00 toward the

                                                     cost of the widening and traffic signalization project at

                                                     Winfield/Alexander & Del Mar Boulevard, when the work is                                                                 done; and

                                                C.  The City agrees to begin the work within two (2) years of date;

                                                      and

                                                D.  The City agrees to do the work as outlined in Section G of the

                                                      contract; and

                                                E.  The City will provide street cuts at three (3) locations shown on

                                                     Exhibit “B” of the contract; and

                                       The City accepts the donation of two parcels for use in the widening and                                    traffic signalization project on Del Mar Boulevard.

 

                                       Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-049.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            21.  2007-R-050  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a final grant application to the

                                       U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Community Action for a                                                  Renewed Environment (CARE) Cooperative Agreement for FY 2007-

                                       2008. The funding from this grant will provide a sustainable benefit to the                                   health and the environment of the community. 

 

                                       Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-050.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                                       Motion to rescind previous motion.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                                       Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-050 and adopt the amount of                                         $150,000 over 2 years.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:  7                                   Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

            22.  Authorizing the City Manager to (1) terminate the City’s 2005 Emergency Shelter

                   Grant (ESG) contract with Sacred Heart Children’s Home for $33,807.65 in un-

                   expensed funds; (2) award $15,630.00 of the 2005 ESG funds to Casa de Misericordia

                   for the operation of its shelter; and (3) award $18,177.65 to the Laredo Homeless

                   Coalition for operation of the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Resource Center.

             

                   Ronnie Acosta, Community Development Director, reported that HUD determined that             providing funding to Sacred Heart Children’s Home was not an eligible activity.  She             reported that $50,000 was originally awarded to them; however, their remaining                            balance is $33,807.65.  She added that this amount needs to be passed to other shelters.

 

                   Carlos Villarreal stated that he will look into getting funding for the Sacred Children’s                 Home during the budget process.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  5                                           Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Landeck

                                                                        Cm. Chavez                              

 

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

                   estimated annual amount of $57,720.00 for laundry 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 Holguin Cleaners, Laredo, TX in the

                   estimated amount of $6,900.00 for providing laundry 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.  Funding is

                   available in the Police Department budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            24.  Consideration to award a six-month supply contract FY07-100 to the low bidders,

                   Leyendecker Oil Company, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $59,635.18; and

                   Arguindegui Oil Company, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $10,516.00, for

                   the purchase of lubricants for the Fleet Maintenance Division.  The bid pricing will be

                   for a six-month period and all items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding

                   is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            25.  Consideration to award contract FY07-108 to the lowest bidder, O’Reilly Auto Parts,

                   Laredo, Texas in the estimated annual amount of $25,420.20 for providing automotive

                   batteries for the City’s Fleet. This contract will be for a period of one year. All batteries

                   will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance

                   Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            26.  Consideration to amend contract FY05-081currently awarded to HD Supply

                   Waterworks, Laredo, Texas in the amount of $31,000.00 for the purchase of water

                   meters for the Utilities Department in order to provide funding for the remainder of the               contract term. The proposed amendment would increase the current contract to                                $143,809.21. Funding is available in the Utilities Department’s Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            27.  Consideration to approve a (3) three-year professional service contract with First

                   Southwest Asset Management Company to perform the arbitrage rebate compliance                                  services for all of the City’s tax-exempt bond issues.  The fees are $1,800.00 per

                   computation per year.  Funding is available from the interest earnings of each of the                                     respective bond issues.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            28.  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Public Fireworks Display Permit at the Laredo

                   Country Club on July 4, 2007 Independence Day at 9:15 p.m.  The technician for the

                   display will be Atlas Enterprises

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            29.  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Public Fireworks display permit at the

                   Veteran’s Field on July 4th Independence Day at 9:15 p.m., for the Laredo Bronco’s

                   Baseball Celebration.  The technician for the display will be Atlas Enterprises, Inc.

                   Incorporated and is contingent upon approval of a State Permit.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            30.  Consideration to award contract FY07-126 to the low bidder, Bear Saver, Inc., Ontario,

                   California for the purchase of thirty nine (39) trash containers in the total amount of

                   $25,198.00 for the Solid Waste Department.  These trash containers will be installed in

                   selected downtown streets to beautify and keep the areas clean.  Funding is available in

                   the Solid Waste Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   month of May 2007, represents an increase of $118,595.37.  These adjustments are

                   determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Consideration for approval of change order no.2 an increase of $31,801.00 for

                   additional structure repair (pump flowable concrete fill, core 7 holes and repair 3

                   existing electrical conduits) and additional dense concrete overlay repair, and to add

                   five (5) working days to the contract time to the construction contract with Restek, Inc.,

                   Austin, Texas, for the Laredo Colombia International Bridge Superstructure

                   Rehabilitation.  Current construction contract amount is $535,773.90.  Funding is

                   available in the Laredo Bridge System Fund- Revenue Bond 2005A.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            33.  Consideration to award a contract to add another qualified book vendor, Unique Books

                   Inc. for library materials collection development for books and audio-visual products

                   for a period of two (2) years.  Funding is available in the Library Department Budget

                   and is subject to future budget appropriations.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            34.  Ratifying the action taken by the City Manager to authorize the repair of a 20” sewer                                  line at Santa Clara by Ellis & Ellis, Inc., of Laredo, Texas in the amount of $67,500.00

                   due to an emergency blockage within the sewer collection.  Funding is available in

                   Utilities Department-Sewer Construction Division.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional engineering contract to CAPEX

                   Consulting Group of Frisco, Texas, in the amount of $37,500.00.  This contract will

                   provide professional services for completing a sewer rate study and financial plan.                     Funding is available in the Utilities Department-Sewer Construction Division.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            36. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell surplus equipment to El Cenizo, La

                   Gloria Development Corporation, a non-profit organization.  Surplus equipment

                   consists of 2 pickup trucks to be sold at a reduced price of salvage value.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

            37.  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.

                                   

                         Carlos Villarreal stated that the Leadership class recommended having an architect                    look at all options related to the building.  He mentioned that they need to come                                     back with more specific figures for Council’s consideration.  He also stated that an                      appraisal needs to be done again.  He added that more information based on                                 technical analysis to pinpoint actual cost is needed. 

 

                         Cm. Garcia commented that we have to know how much square footage we will                                   need in the next 10 years. 

 

                         Motion to authorize the City Manager to identify a company within 90 days.

 

                         Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                         Second:  Cm. Garza

                         For:  7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

            38.  Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071

                   (1)(A) to consult with attorney on the pending case of Laredo Town Center, L.P. v.

                   City of Laredo, Cause No. 2007CVQ000972D1 in the 49th District Court, Webb

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

 

                   Motion to go into executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                      551.071(1)(A) to consult with attorney on the pending case of Laredo Town Center,

                   L.P. v. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2007CVQ000972D1 in the 49th District Court,

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

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

            39.  Discussion of possible appointment and confirmation of a City Attorney pursuant to

                   Section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code; and return to open session for

                   possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session to discuss the possible appointment and                                            confirmation of a City Attorney pursuant to Section 551.074 of the Texas Government

                   Code; and return to open session for possible action.

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

                   Motion to discussed item on June 25, 2007 at a Special Call Meeting.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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:  7                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                       

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

                   to the following vendor:  Vehicle Maintenance Programs, Boca Raton, FL., in the

                   estimated amount of $20,884.36.  The Laredo Mass Transit Board approved contracts

                   with various providers at the board meeting of May 7, 2007.  This vendor was

                   inadvertently not listed on the motion as one of the proposed contract vendors.   All bus

                   and fleet parts are purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the El

                   Metro Operations Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:  7                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  10:10

           

            Moved:  Cm. Chavez

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:  7                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0