CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-R-13

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

July 2, 2007

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

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

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                                       Mayor

            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,                                                                Acting City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Cm. Garza.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garcia

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

            Cm. Landeck was not present.

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of March 2, 2007, March 19, 2007 and March 26, 2007.

 

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

 

            Communiqués

 

            A.  Presentation by the Sister Cities Youth Committee on their trip to San Miguel De

                  Allende, Guanajuato.

 

                 Eduardo Gonzalez, President of the Youth Committee, introduced the other youth                      committee members.  He presented a video on their trip to San Miguel de Allende where                they met 30 ambassadors from various world countries.  He continued to say how much            they learned in the exchange with the students of San Miguel and their family members      who hosted them.

 

            B.  Presentation of the Class of 2007 City Employee Leadership Development Program.

 

                  The 2007 City Employee Leadership Development Program introduced themselves and

                  they were as follows:

 

                  Kiko Flores,                                   Public Works

                  Roberto Peralta,                             Police Department

                  Mike Granado,                               Information Technology Department     

                  Gilberto Sanchez,                           Budget Department

                  Humberto Serradell,                       Utilities Department     

                  Cesar Gutierrez,                             Finance Department

                  Watson,                                         Library Department

                  Lety Alvarado,                               City Manager’s Office – Real Estate Division

                  Alvarado,                                       Bridge Department

                  Ester Granger,                                Community Development

                  Jessica Silva,                                  Parks & Recreation Department

                  Ricardo Martinez,                           Health Department

                  Lucky Rodskinsy,                           Environmental Department

                 

                  Ana Cortez,                                    Health Department                    not present

                  Susana Ramos,                               Planning Department                 not present

 

            Cm. Garcia recognized Ronnie Cantu for the work she has done creating the Legislative             package in Austin and Washington.  He continued by saying that she is a great asset to the             City of Laredo.  He also thanked the City of Laredo staff for working on the flooded area of             Ash Street.  Finally, he wished everyone a safe 4th of July. 

 

            Cm. Amaya wished everyone a safe and happy Independence Day.  He also recognized Cm.             Ramirez and the Parks and Recreation Director for coordinating the City sponsored 4th of             July Parade and Civic Center Festivities. 

 

            Cm. Rendon thanked the Mayor for appointing him to the Veteran’s Affairs Committee.  He             mentioned that the committee met with United States Congressmen Henry Cuellar and he             would make sure that the Veterans receive better medical services.  He said that they held a             teleconference with different representatives of the Veterans where they were able to     express their concerns.  Congressman Henry Cuellar pledged his support for all Veterans.          He also invited his District residents to attend the District V Fourth of July Parade. 

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares congratulated all the individuals that assisted in the             preparation of Miss Texas.  He commended Wayo and Chuy Ruiz for championing the youth of this community by placing a billboard which cheers the youth.   

 

            Cm. Chavez thanked United States Congressman Cuellar for his support to the Laredo Veterans.  He also apologized for being absent at the anti-graffiti presentation at Union       Park.  

 

            Cm. Ramirez invited everyone to attend the Fourth of July Celebration. 

 

            Cm. Landeck thanked all the individuals who assisted the flooding victims.  He also        thanked the family at assisted the flood victim family by assisting their medical needs and             purchasing them a van for transportation.      

 

            Cm. Landeck arrived at 5:58 p.m.

           

            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.

 

            Martha Inocencio spoke on the flooding problems that she experienced on New York and             Barrios.  She expressed her frustration with the flooding every time there is an inch or more        of rain.  She said that it would be difficult to sell her home because of the flooding.  In        addition, she has problems obtaining flooding insurance.   

 

            Hector Cabello, owner of Cabello’s Wrecker Service, stated that if impound lot requests             item is passed it would ruin their business and he spoke against it.

 

            Jose Esparza, Jr., Towne East Subdivision and Fiesta Loops, spoke on flooding problems.

 

            Jose Martinez, owner of Martinez Wrecker Service, spoke against the proposed impound             lot.

 

            Roberto Aldape, Aldape Automotive, spoke against the impound lot by the city.

 

 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None.

 

VII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            1.  A.  Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on installing a speed hump on Fiesta Loop East.

 

                 Cm. Garcia stated he placed this item on the agenda is because of safety concerns for the

                 residence.

 

                 Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that a study was completed in October, 2006.  He          noted that the next step would be to place it on the agenda implementing a special                           provision of the speed hump ordinance and obtaining the funds of $3,600.00.

 

                 Motion to use the discretionary funds of District II for installing a speed hump on Fiesta              Loop East.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on the creation of an impound lot for vehicles being

                 towed by the City and the establishment of an ordinance for impounding vehicles

                 without insurance. 

 

     Cm. Garcia explained that he did not want to affect local tow companies but rather create     

     a system where the City of Laredo can monitor drivers without insurance.  He explained

     that Laredo has a problem with out of town motorist  who are involved in an accident

     and are unable to pay their obligations because they do not have insurance.  He further

     explained that the City would be able to force them to pay by keeping their cars in a   

     impound lot until their debts are paid.  He voiced that it would not affect local

     businesses.  He instructed staff to bring back an ordinance to reflect possible   

     recommendations regarding this issue.  Finally, he directed staff to contact local

     municipalities to see how they handle this item. 

 

     Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, said that staff has been working on the item and would

     like to return to Council in a couple of weeks with recommendations for Council to  

     consider.

 

     Tommy Ochoa, Municipal Court Clerk, advised that driving without insurance is the   

     number one infraction in the City of Laredo.  He said that it averages 22% of the court   

     documents.  He agreed that there is a lack of respect for the law enforcers. 

 

Mayor Salinas went on the record saying that Council has no intention of hurting the impound vehicles businesses.

 

Cm. Ramirez said that the new ordinance will have a ripple effect on the community. 

 

                 B. Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

 

            1.  Discussion regarding the nomination and selection of the City Attorney in accordance to

                 Section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code, with possible return for action.

 

Cm. Landeck suggested tabling the above item because of the problems in the Charter        with interpretation regarding the selection of the City Attorney in accordance to Section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code.

 

                 Motion to table.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 C.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on implementing a Traffic Department solution for the

                 entrance of Jordan and Springfield Street (JSJ Estates).

 

                 Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that he had submitted five recommendations in

     2003 and he explained why they are no longer feasible.  He recommended the

     installation of deliniar poles that will force the traffic to turn right.  He added that staff is      

     opposed to the installation of a traffic light at the entrance of Jordan and Springfield

     Street. 

 

                 Cm. Belmares suggested considering alternative number five which would allow a left

     hand turn.  He instructed the City Manager to return to Council with a configuration at

     Mann Road and Springfield that will work with alternative number five in the next thirty

     days.   He advised that the fifth alternative is not permanent and would not cost the

     City as much to make changes in the future. 

 

                 Robert Murillo, Traffic Director, noted that staff would revisit the site and return to

     Council with recommendations. 

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on the placement of sidewalks on the eastside and

                 westside of Greenland Street between Snowfalls and Demark and Yukon Streets.

 

Motion to use the discretionary funds of District VI of $7,300.00 for 250 linear feet of sidewalks on the eastside and Westside of Greenland Street between Snowfalls and Denmark and Yukon Streets.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

 

 

            3.  Discussion on the status of the widening of McPherson between Mahogany and Shiloh

                 Drive.

 

                 Cm. Belmares said that he had assurance that last year they would begin the widening of

     McPherson between Mahogany and Shiloh Drive but it was postponed so the City could

     acquire right of ways.  He voiced his frustration with the continued delay. 

 

                 Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, agreed that the City has lost time during the acquisition

     of land; however, they are moving forward with the project.  He said that they have sent

     the plans to the Utility Committee for final review and will be going out for bids in the

     next three months. 

 

                 Cm.  Belmares asked staff to expedite the project by noting sixty days would be enough

                 time for them to start the project. 

 

Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, said that he would research the item with staff and meet         

with Cm. Belmares by the end of the week with recommendations. 

 

                  D.  Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

 

            1.  Status on the Bristol Road/Flecha Lane Drainage Project to include funding, with

                 possible action.

 

                 Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, notified the Council that the City of Laredo will be

     going out for bids within the week for the Bristol Road/Flecha Lane Drainage Project. 

 

2.      Status report on the heavy equipment ordinance, with possible action.

2.

Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, explained that he had met with Chief Dovalina to make sure they have made a distribution of the ordinance for enforcement.  The City of Laredo will strictly enforce the new ordinance.

 

Chief Dovalina said that he has had a meeting with the City Manager and all officers will be informed of the new ordinance by means of meetings and payroll.  There has also been a directive for this ordinance to be strictly enforced.  The first 30 days included a grace period.

 

VIII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 30 (Taxation) Section 4

                 (Credit Card Processing Fee) of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances 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 other taxing units.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 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 Health Department’s annual budget by reducing the amount of $2,000.00 to

                 reflect the actual amount awarded of $132,342.00 due to realignment of Fiscal Year

                 2007 funds by the Texas Department of State Health Services to the City of Laredo

                 Health Department La Familia Health Care Program for the period of September 1, 2006

                 through August 31, 2007.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 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 from the Social and Health

                 Research Center-University of Texas Health and Science Center at San Antonio

                 (SAHRC-UTHSCSA) and expenditures in the amount of $250,000.00 for Proyecto

                 Bienestar-Laredo to conduct the 2nd year of this three (3) year Early School Health

                 Based Diabetes Reduction Project (226-6407); and increasing the Fiscal Year 2006-2007

                 Full Time Equivalent positions by two (2).

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 City of

                 Laredo Annual Budget of the City Secretary’s Office Division by accepting a donation

                 of $1,080.06 from the Laredo National Bank-BBVA and appropriating said funds for the

                 purpose of the Youth Committee to travel and participate in a student exchange program

                 with our Sister City of Laredo, Spain.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with the amendment to add $300 from    

Falcon National Bank. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

 

            6.  Amending Section 2-227(f) [Meetings] of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances to

                 redefine the attendance requirement for members of the Convention and Visitors Bureau

                 Advisory Board requirements, namely, that number of permitted absences is defined by

                 the calendar year.

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            7.  Amending Section 2-223 [Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board] To abolish

                 the nominating committee which was created in that section; and providing for an

                 effective date.

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            8.  Amending Sections 19.541-19.543 of the Code of Ordinances to abolish the Transit

                 Committee; and providing for an effective date.

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the Final Reading of Ordinances 2007-O-109, 2007-O-110, 2007-O-111, 2007-O-112, 2007-O-113, 2007-O-114, 2007-O-115, 2007-O-116, 2007-O-117, 2007-O-118, 2007-O-119, 2007-O-120, 2007-O-121, and -O-122.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            9.  2007-O-109  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 adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-109.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:   Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2007-O-110  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 adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-110.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:   Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2007-O-111  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 adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-111.

 

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:   Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2007-O-112  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 adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-112.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:   Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2007-O-113  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);

                                      providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-113.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:   Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2007-O-114  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); providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-114.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:   Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2007-O-115  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);

                                      providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-115.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:   Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2007-O-116  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); providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-116.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:   Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2007-O-117  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); providing for an

                                      effective date and publication.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-117.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:   Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2007-O-118  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); providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-118.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:   Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2007-O-119  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.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-119.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:   Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

                 2007-O-120  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 and providing for an effective date and

                                      publication.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-120.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:   Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                2007-O-121  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.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-121.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:   Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2007-O-122  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 33, Article VII

                                      entitled “Storm Water Fee” by amending the storm water rates for

                                      residential and multifamily customers and the rate for additional meters for

                                      commercial customers, and defining the credit procedures and providing for

                                      publication and an effective date.  The proposed rate will increase from

                                      $2.25 to $4.50. The revenue collected from the fee increase will be used to

                                      fund Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for drainage improvements.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-122.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:   Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

            10.  2007-R-051  A resolution directing publication of notice Of intention to issue City Of

                                        Laredo, Texas combination tax and revenue Certificates of Obligation

                                        Series 2007, in the principal amount of $75,500,000 for paying all or a

                                        portion of the City’s Contractual Obligations for the purpose of (I)

                                        constructing, improving and repairing city streets and sidewalks, together

                                        with drainage, traffic and street signalization and lighting improvements;

                                        (II) acquisition of municipal equipment and municipal vehicles for the                                          City’s Airport Department, Civic Center Department, Convention Center

                                        and Visitors Bureau Department, Engineering Department, Health

                                        Department, Public Safety Department, Public Works Department, Solid

                                        Waste Department and Water and Sewer Department (III) Acquiring,

                                        constructing, improving and equipping the City’s Parks including design

                                        and construction of a city golf course and water park and recreation

                                        centers; (IV) acquisition of equipment and improvements to fire

                                        department buildings and training center, and law enforcement buildings;

                                        and (V) improvements to City’s fleet management facilities and drainage

                                        facilities including land acquisition and right-of-way, construction and

                                        design, and major repairs to municipal buildings, and for the payment of

                                        legal, fiscal, and engineering fees in connection with such projects.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2007-R-051.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

 

                                        For:     6                               Against:  1                                Abstain:  0

                                                                                    Cm.  Landeck

XII.     MOTIONS

 

            11.  Consideration to reschedule the regular City Council meeting of July 16, 2007 to July

                   9, 2007 due to the 2007 Bond trip to New York and Washington, D.C. and setting the

                   August 2007 meeting dates as follows:  August 1, 2007, August 13, 2007, August 14,

                   2007, August 15, 2007 and August 20, 2007.

 

                   Motion to approve and include August 6, 2007.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            12.  Consideration for approval of an engineering contract to Foster Engineering Company,

                   Laredo, Texas, for an amount of $44,585.00 for the design and preparation of plans and

                   specifications for the Riverfront Parking Lot.  Funding is available in the Parking

                   Meters Fund. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            13.  Consideration for approval of an engineering contract to Harry Jewett Associates,

                   Laredo, Texas, for an amount of $28,900.00 for the design and preparation of plans and

                   specifications for the Dryden Park Improvements.  Funding is available in the

                   Community Development 32nd Action Year 2006 Grant.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            14.  Consideration for approval to award a contract to Restek, Inc., Austin, Texas, in the

                   amount of $122,550.00 for the Laredo Colombia International Bridge for removal and

                   replacement of deteriorated concrete pavement and erosion controls.  Funding is

                   available in the Bridge System – Revenue Bond Series 2005A.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            15.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of turnstile spare equipment in the amount of

                   $24,169.79 from sole provider, Transcore, LP, for the electronic toll collection system. 

                   Funding is available in the Bridge System Construction Toll Equipment Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            16.  Consideration to award a contract with the sole source provider, Transcore, LP, in the

                   amount of $928,237.00 for the development and project management to upgrade the

                   existing Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) system of the Laredo Bridge System

                   from a single protocol reader system to a multi-protocol reader system.

 

                   Motion to table at the requests of staff.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            17.  Adopting a schedule of hearings and proceedings for voluntary and unilateral

                   annexations for calendar year 2007, in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas

                   Local Government Code.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            18.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreement with Western Union Financial

                   Services, Inc., to continue to collect water utility payments at our authorized pay station

                   sites.  With this automated service, funds and data are electronically transmitted and

                   processed for convenient and efficient customer service.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            19.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute the agreed order docket number 2007-0441

                   -MLM-E and thus entering into the agreed resolution with TCEQ of the violations

                   established in this order inclusive of the completion of the agreed upon supplemental

                   environmental project not to exceed the amount of $8,030.00. Funding for the

                   Supplemental Environmental Project is available in the Utilities Department

                   Construction Accounts, Water Plant Improvements.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            20.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of 232 ac/ft per

                   annum municipal water rights from Randy McMurray & Anita McMurray Farms, at a

                   cost of $2,250 per ac/ft for the sum of $522,000.00. Funding is available in the water

                   availability fund / water rights.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            21.  Authorization to relocate the two water dispensers located on State Highway 359 across

                   the City Landfill to Colonia San Carlos and the other dispenser to Colonia Pueblo

                   Nuevo.  The contract to lease the land on E.G. Ranch has expired and therefore the

                   water point must be relocated.  Funding is available in the Water Construction Fund.

 

                   Motion to table.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   equipment and mapping software (Mapped ALI) through the Houston Galveston Area

                   Council of Governments (HGAC) contract in the total amount of $50,964.72.  The

                   equipment and mapping software will be installed at the Rio Grande City Police

                   Department, Roma Police Department, and Starr County Sheriff’s Office.  Funding is

                   available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            23.  Consideration to execute a five (5) year service agreement with Embarq in the amount

                   of $30,981.00 for the maintenance of the 9-1-1 public safety answering point  (PSAP)

                   equipment and mapping software (Mapped ALI) at the Jim Hogg County Sheriff’s

                   Office and Zapata County Sheriff’s Office.  The yearly amount of the contract is

                   $6,196.20 (subject to appropriations and availability of funds).  Funding is available in

                   the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            24.  Authorizing the City Manager to donate a 1993 White Winnebago Motor Home

                   belonging to the City of Laredo Police Department.  The Winnebago will be donated to

                   the City of Pharr Police to be used for official police business.  The Laredo Police

                   Department used this vehicle as a command center for approximately 10 years and has              since been replaced.  This vehicle has fully depreciated and has no value.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            25.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one aerial bucket truck in the amount of

                   $78,168.00 from Philpott Motors, Port Neches, TX through the BuyBoard cooperative            purchasing program’s contract pricing.  The aerial bucket truck shall be used in                    preventative, routine, and emergency related traffic jobs.   Funding is available from

                   2007 certificates of obligation bond proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            26.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one aerial bucket truck in the amount of

                   $130,100.00 from Rush Truck Centers of Texas, L.P., through the BuyBoard

                   cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  The aerial bucket truck shall be

                   assigned to the Parks and Recreation Department.  Funding is available from 2007

                   certificates of obligation bond proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            27.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of three, diesel engine driven back up power

                   generators from Waukesha-Pearce Industries, in the total amount of $64,848.10 through

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

                   program’s contract pricing.  These generators will be installed at Fire Stations No. 2, 4,

                   and 5.  Funding is available from 2007 certificates of obligation bond proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            28.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of a Ford F250 crew cab ¾ ton diesel truck in

                   amount of $25,252.00 from Philpott Motors, Port Neches, TX, through the BuyBoard

                   cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing. This truck will be assigned to the

                   Solid Waste department for landfill operations.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste

                   Department budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            29.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of twelve, Peterbilt 340 trucks with dump body

                   from Rush Truck Centers of Texas L.P., in the total amount of $1,151,800.00 through

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

                   program’s contract pricing.  These will be assigned to the following departments: 

                   Public Works - paving crew (1), milling crew (3), street repairs (3), Parks Department

                   (1), Utilities - Water Treatment Division (1), Transmission and Distribution Division

                   (2), and Wastewater Collection Division (1).  Funding is available from 2007

                   certificates of obligation bond proceeds and the Utilities Department budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

            30.  A.  Presentation of a Finance Plan by Noe Hinojosa of Estrada-Hinojosa & Company.

 

 

 

                         Noe Hinojosa of Estrada-Hinojosa & Company gave a comprehensive report on the

                         Finance Plan.  He explained that the report advises City Council of the various                          purposes of the budget including a variety of equipment costing $49 million dollars                     and landfill and solid waste projects costing around $7,400,000; drainage projects

                         of $16,654,000; for a total of $73,000,000.  He said that this project will be funded                 with an issue and if Council wishes there will be a notice of intent to publish in the                       newspaper that the City of Laredo will be selling about $75,000,000.  He said that                    they were able to retrieve an additional $16,266,000 of water and sewer projects and               this is about the first stage of capital projects funding for that utility system for the                       next five years.  He added that he has addressed staff and they have submitted a list                   of $95,000,000 that needs to be funded over the next five years.   He continued                            saying that the property values in 2007 of $8,300,000,000 which may increase to                           $9,400,000,000; therefore, as they continue to represent the City they can advise that                  the tax rate may be less if the City continues to grow.   

                          

                   B.  Presentation by Dimmit Utility Water Supply Corporation on secondary water

                         source.

 

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.

 

            31.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074

                   (a) (1) to consult with representative of Waters Consulting Group, Inc., concerning

                   personnel matters.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                    551.074 (a) (1) to consult with representative of Waters Consulting Group, Inc.,

                   concerning personnel matters.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   For:    7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

                   Motion to extend 30 days time for a final report to Water Consulting Group.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074

                   (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                    551.074 (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.

 

                   This motion was removed by the requests of staff.

 

XV.      ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  10:17

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 18 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on July 2, 2007.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary