CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-R-17

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 4, 2007

5:30 P.M.

 

 

I.                   CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.                PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

           

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

 

III.             ROLL CALL

 

              In attendance:

                 

              Raul G.  Salinas,                                                                     Mayor

              Mike Garza,                                                                           Council Member, District I

              Hector Garcia,                                                                        Council Member, District II

              Michael Landeck,                                                                   Council Member, District III

              Johnny Amaya,                                                                       Council Member, District IV

              Johnny Rendon,                                                                      Council Member, District V

              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

              Valeria Acevedo,                                                                    Acting City Attorney

             

              Motion to excuse Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares.

 

              Moved:  Cm. Amaya

              Second:  Cm. Ramirez

              For:     7                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.              MINUTES

 

 Approval of the minutes for June 18, 2007.

 

             Motion to approve.

 

 

             Moved:  Cm. Garcia

             Second:  Cm. Amaya

             For:     7                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

  Recognitions

 

a.   Recognition of Cesar Cardenas, Martin High School 2007 Valedictorian, for winning      

     1st place Outstanding Award, a National Contest held in Washington, D.C.

 

        Mayor Salinas and City Council presented Cesar Cardenas, Jr., an honors program                                student at Texas A & M International University, with a Seven Flags Certificate of                                  Recognition.

 

           Communiqués

 

  Cm. Garza thanked the Texas Department of Transportation, the Parks and Recreation                           Department and the Public Works Department for cleaning several right-of-ways such as           the areas around schools.  He also gave his appreciation to the Police Department who               helped in conjunction with the school districts.  He reported that that the Laredo                                     Philharmonic Orchestra was rated third in the country.  He announced that there is an                   event on Friday to welcome the soldiers that recently came back from Iraq.  Finally, he                  thanked our counterparts, the Webb County Commissioners Court, for unanimously                           settling the lawsuit amongst each other.

 

  Cm. Garcia congratulated the Webb County for the work they are doing.  He stated he                          will make sure that the issue with the Fifth Bridge will happen quickly.  He wished good             luck to all the teams in high school and junior high school.  He congratulated 1,500 high   school band members and over 2,000 junior high school band members for preparing all         summer for the season.

 

  Cm. Landeck reported that he had the opportunity to meet with representatives and the                          Secretary of Economic Development for the state of Tamaulipas for the main reason of                           showing cooperation.  He mentioned that they have a different perception of it.  He stated          that the issue of the bridge at Columbia does not belong to the City, but to the County who          is taking the lead on it.

 

  Cm. Amaya announced that District IV Special Projects Committee Members, the Laredo        Police Department and the Laredo Fire Department, visited less fortunate schools in                    District IV on Labor Day to donate backpacks full of supplies to less fortunate students.              He thanked the following people:  Veronica Guerra, Laredo Independent           School District   Superintendent; principals, counselors; Marissa Limon, KLDO; Juan Rodriquez, KLDO;             Paco Diaz, El Mañana; and Celina Alvarado, Laredo Morning Times.

 

  Cm. Rendon mentioned that it was a great feeling to welcome the heroes who returned                           from Iraq and he thanked the Mayor for being there.

 

  Cm. Chavez reported that he was at the demonstration against the wall this past Sunday.            He reported that before school started, he and his family gave out 75 backpacks to                     the children of District VII.  He added that the Friday before school started, he took 125                  children to Wal-Mart and gave them $50.00 each to purchase school supplies and any                 other necessity.  He thanked the following people: Robert Santos from United School                   District, the Transportation Department, Esther Firova, and Juan Roberto Ramirez.

 

  Cm. Ramirez thanked the people who participated in the Fiesta En La Playa Festival. He           mentioned that because of the rain some events were cancelled. 

 

a.   Video presentation from the Parks and Recreation Department showing this year’s   

      summer highlights

 

Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, presented a video on this summer's         

                           events.

 

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.

 

Hector Farias, Chairman of the Laredo Veterans Coalition, asked Council to fund the veterans at the levels where they should be instead of the present $45,000.00.

 

Richard Geissler spoke on veterans and the needed funding.  He also spoke on the Animal Shelter and mentioned that the City has given them $140,000.  He commented that this works to about $1.40 an animal.    He asked Council to quadruple the funding.

 

Jose M. Soto, Executive Director for the Laredo Veterans Coalition, spoke on veterans’ issues and the need for an additional funding of $100,000.00.

 

Jerry Schwebel, a representative from the North America Super Corridor Coalition, Inc. invited the Mayor and Council to become a member.

 

John Kennedy spoke on the search for a secondary water source and that they were one of the proposers.  Mr. Kennedy was representing Dimmitt County Water Supply Company.

 

 

VI.              APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.       Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia of Roylin Wilson to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

                  Motion to approve.

   

                  Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                  Second:  Cm. Garza

                  For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

b.      Appointment to Ethics Ad Hoc Committee of: 

Alma Perez Lopez by Council Member Rendon.

Ronnie Goodman by Council Member Hector J. Garcia.

                  Mario Zaragoza by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

                  For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

a.        

A.           Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

1.      Discussion with possible action to have Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau to accelerate and augment efforts to attack additional tourism to the City of Laredo.

 

                                          Mayor Salinas commented on discussing ways to accelerate and work to attract more tourism to Laredo.  He mentioned that he talks to officials about Laredo while traveling for the purpose of insuring the promotion of the City of Laredo.  He suggested doing a bus tour and talking to local business and hotels in areas such as, Zacatecas, the State of Nuevo Leon, the State of Tamaulipas, and San Luis Potosi.  He added that several people have expressed the idea of having a shopping day in Laredo to attract people from the American Consulate.  He           stated that follow up letters should be done to show them that we really want them here.  He suggested having local business to participate as well.

 

                                          Blasita Lopez, from the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau, reported that they do have some strategies planned for the next fiscal year.  She mentioned that a shopping tour, bus tour, and the use of an air service carrier are being developed.  She added that she hopes to implement it to use the Sister Cities network to do an exchange.

                    

2.      Discussion with possible action to expand economic development opportunities for all contractors/businesses in all our local, state and federal government contracts.

 

 Mayor Salinas stated that the reason he brought this item up is because of a   

 discussion he had with Congressman Henry Cuellar.  He stated that he wants   

 local businesses to have an opportunity to get these contracts.   He stated that it  

 bothers him that sometimes the contractors do a halfway job.  He emphasized  

 that we should give local people the opportunity to do the work.  He added that    

 local dollars should stay in Laredo

 

Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, stated that we can work to try and achieve this as long as there are stipulations included in some of the            state and federal contracts.  He commented that he would like for the            local merchants to be able to take advantage.  He mentioned that the City has to make sure to abide by the low bidder and the open bidding process. 

 

B.           Request by Council Member Mike Garza

 

1.      Discussion with possible action instructing staff to conduct a study for a recreational facility for persons with disabilities and special needs population.

 

                              Cm. Garza stated that he has talked to several people about the adult population                                who have disabilities.  He commented that parents have to take care of their                               adult children in their home because there are no other facilities.  The only    facilities available are for the elderly.  He stated he would like to see something   innovative and maybe create a recreational center specifically for those             individuals. 

 

                              Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreations Department Director, reported that he                               included information in the Friday’s packet on the National Recreation Parks                               Association.  He stated that he has researched this topic for this type of       recreation center and has not been able to identify a recreation center.  He             mentioned that there is special playground equipment that exists.  He added that           there is a new ADA accessible park facility located in Leon Valley next to San        Antonio that he would like to visit.  He reported that he is following the           National Recreation Parks Association’s policy to include both people with and                               without disabilities.  He commented that that their programs include both people                               with and with out disabilities.  He mentioned that the Parks and Recreation                               Department partners with agencies such as: MHMR, Border Regent, Special                               Olympics, Special Needs Fishing Derby, Elderly Care at the Senior Centers.                                Finally, he reported that they are looking at ways to include people with special                               needs in the regular programs.  He stated that he would like to continue                               researching this particular area and bring back to Council more information.

 

                              Cm. Garza commented that he would not like to create a segregation type of                               system and suggested to partner with the community.  He asked for an                               investment from the Council to bring in our leaders that deal with this                               population and develop an area that is usable for this type of situation.  He stated                               that during the school years in the public school system, there are daily         activities.  He added that when they graduate there is nothing left.  He asked Mr.   Pescador to do further research.

                                                 

2.      Discussion with possible action establishing a Standard for the National Recreation and Parks Association’s Gold Medal Certification.

 

       Cm. Garza reported that he has been doing research and stated that he believes  

       that the goals are attainable. He commented that we have to set standards for  

       ourselves.  He suggested to go forward with this and asked for Councils  

       support.

 

       Motion to instruct staff to meet these standards.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Garza                                  

                               Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                               For:  7                                           Against:  0                             Abstain:  0

 

                               Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, mentioned that they are                looking into pursuing the National Recreation and Parks Association’s Gold                    Medal Certification.  He reported that they have already submitted information              for their recreational programming and added that information for the National            League of City’s recognition has also been submitted.

 

C.                       Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

 

          1.  Reporting, discussion and possible action regarding meetings of the Mayor and

               City Manager with Mexican, US, Railroad and other officials on issues related

               to a possible Bridge V and Rail Bridges including a report of Councilman

               Landeck on an informal meeting on these issues with the Secretary of Economic

               Development for the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico.

 

               Cm. Landeck stated that he is concerned about meetings that have taken place

               with the Governors of the State of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon and others.  He

               added that because of this, there is a feeling that policy is being made first

               and then it is brought forth to the Council whether it is acceptable or not.  He

               emphasize that it should be discussed first and then voted on.  He commented

               that negotiating first and then going to Council is not the way the City Charter

               has foreseen the operation of the Council.  He mentioned that various officials

               of the State of Tamaulipas have expressed that they felt they were not in the \

               loop in the discussions about Bridge V and they wanted very much to be a part

               of it.  He reported that he had a meeting with the Secretary of Social Economic

               Growth and reported that the State of Tamaulipas has a different concept than

               what we have regarding Bridge V.  He mentioned that they are looking at not

               only the bridge, but an eventual rail bridge with an incorporation of

               “maquiladoras”, twin plants, and free trade zones on both side of the border to

               try and activate a whole economic development in Nuevo Laredo and Laredo

               He referred to a letter that was sent to the City where it stated that there is a

               willingness to cooperate by asking to join us in the site selection.  He stated that

               he hopes that the City responds to it in a positive manner. 

 

                               Mayor Salinas responded by emphasizing that there is a spirit of       

                               cooperation with Mexico and stated that relations are solid.  He mentioned

                               that the Governor of Tamaulipas, Eugenio Hernández Flores, said that there                 

                               was enough for everyone.  He pointed out that Council Member Landeck has

                               special interests.  He added that Resolutions have been passed and there is

                               constant communication with them.  He assured Council Member Landeck that

                               the spirit of cooperation has been worked on for years.  He mentioned that he

                               recently spoke with the Governor of Tamaulipas and said that he understood

                               and respected the project with Governor José Natividad González Parás.  He

                               reiterated that the Governor of Tamaulipas said in Spanish “hay para todos”.

 

 

 

 

                               Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, commented on the letter that was received

                               by the City and written by Alfredo Gonzalez.  He stated that he found it                                      

                               surprising that Mr. Gonzalez found out about sites through the news media. He

                               mentioned that several City staff members have attended bi-national meetings

                               for the last six years.  He added that sites have been discussed in these 

                               meetings.  He commented that they reported to them exactly where the sites

                               were located for both the City and the County.  He mentioned that at the State                                  

                               Department level the City was questioned if the City and the County were                 

                               working together and stated that if they are then they can help with                             

                               appropriations to get the project going.  He commented that in reference to the  

                               meetings, they met at 8:20 in the morning for breakfast and then proceeded to a       

                               press conference at the Palacio de Gobierno.  He added that from there they       

                               went to Paseo Santa Lucia where they continued to the Forum where they met        

                               with the ambassador.  He continued by saying that from there they went to the

                               radio station and then from there they went to Multimedios in Monterrey and                                  

                               then they went to Televisa at 10:00 at night.  He stated that he believed that       

                               they were following the policy because a Resolution had just passed by the City    

                               Council and by the Commissioner’s Court on the 9th of July, 2007.  He pointed  

                               out that he does not understand how the person representing the State of    

                               Tamaulipas at the Bi-National Commission indicates that he is not getting the  

                               information.  He emphasized that at the meetings he has attended where he           

                               represented the County there was never any concern on the technical or  

                               urbanized nature with any of the sites.  He stated that there were never any            

                               problems discussed.  He said he did not know how they found out through the  

                               news media if all they have to do is go back to the files to find         out any  

                               information. 

 

                               Cm. Garcia stated that for the record the committee made the recommendation        to move forward on our selection of engineers for our side.  He commented that             “we have to do what we have to do”.  He reported that they have been working             on this for five to six years and a Presidential Permit has been applied for.  He      stated that they can jump aboard if they wish.

 

                               Cindy Collazo, Deputy City Manger, clarified that the City submitted the

                               Presidential Permit application back in 2003 and prior to that there was a

                               “convenio” with the City of Laredo and the City of Nuevo Laredo.  She                                    commented that prior to working on the application the City met with the

                               Economic Development Director and the Planning Director.  She added that at

                               the Bi-National meetings both the City of Laredo and the County of Webb were

                               present and that at those meetings the former Mayor Flores made

                               the presentations.  She added that sometimes in conjunction with the Mayor of

                               Nuevo Laredo they made a joint presentation always on the site where the City

                               has the Presidential Permit application on.  Finally, she stated that both sites

                               have always been identified and they have worked closely with them. 

 

D.     Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

  1.  A status report on the reconstruction of the Drainage Channel along Canal

       Street, from San Francisco to Maryland Avenue.

 

                               Alejandro Labrada, Public Works Director, showed pictures of the repairs that

                               have been done.  He turned in the following status report (Exhibit A):

 

                               CANAL ST. DRAINAGE CHANNEL REPAIRS

                               Status Report

                               September 4, 1007

 

                               The project consists of reconstruction approximately 1,500 lf of collapsed

                               concrete walls at Canal St. Drainage Channel, to include several concrete floor

                               sections and miscellaneous improvements (chain link fencing, asphalt and

                               storm drainage outlets repairs, etc.)

 

                               Total estimated repair cost as of August 31, 2007 is $200,000.00

 

                               The repairs started on July 25, 2007 and the project has been delayed about 5

                               days due to rain

 

                               Canal St. Drainage Channel Repairs is scheduled to be substantially complete

                               by December 2007, weather permitting. 

 

 

                               Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, commented that the process is too slow at this

                               point and if there is a possibility to work in conjunction with the private and

                               public sector it will be done.  He stated that he will come back with a

                               recommendation.  

 

                          2.  Discussion with possible action to place a speed hump on Arizona Loop,                                   between West Mayberry Street and Alabama Avenue.

 

                               Roberto Murillo, Traffic Department Director, stated that two speed humps will

                               be placed on Arizona Loop costing of $3,600.00.             

 

                                Cm. Rendon suggested placing three speed humps if necessary.

 

                                Motion to approve.

 

                                Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                                Second:  Cm. Chavez

                                For:  7                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0                   

                          3.  Discussion with possible action to provide funding for a sidewalk at Taylor

                               Park to be located on the North side of Chicago Street, with the possibility of

                               including an ADA ramp.

 

                               Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, stated that the City Engineer,

                               Rogelio Rivera, provided an estimate for $5,200.00 to 240 linear feet of

                               sidewalk and that is what is being proposed.

 

                              Motion to approve.

 

                              Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                              Second:  Cm. Garza

                              For:  7                                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

VIII.        PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

2.           Public hearing considering the adoption of 2008-2012 Capital Improvement Program for the City of Laredo.

 

                      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Garza

                      Second:  Cm. Garcia

                      For:     6                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      Mayor Salinas was not present.

 

                      There was no public input.

 

                      Motion to instruct staff to start, beyond the study, on the convention center                                            development concept, finance plan and option.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                      Second:  Cm. Garza

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Garza

                      Second:  Cm. Chavez

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

3.           Public hearing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100.00 value for the Tax Year 2007.  The tax rate will provide revenue for the general fund and debt service.  The rate includes $0.511426 per $100.00 value of Maintenance and Operation and $0.125574 per $100.00 value for Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and is estimated to generate a tax levy of $57,974,749.

 

                      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Garza

                      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. Rendon

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

4.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance to adopt the proposed Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2007-2008 by appropriating the proposed revenues and expenditures and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2007 and ending September 30, 2008, consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget (see Exhibit A); and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget.

 

                      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Garza

                      Second:  Cm. Rendon

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      There was no public input.

 

                      Motion to add $10,000 to the Veterans Coalition.

 

                      Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, suggested monitoring the amount to see if it is                           being spent quickly.  He added that if there is a need for more money any additional                 funding can be allocated in the middle of the year.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                      Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

              

                      Motion to increase Revenues in the Consolidated Budget Report to reflect the totals                  that appears on the Water System Fund Operating Budget.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Garza

                      Second:  Cm. Garcia

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      Motion to decrease revenues and expenditures due to the changes done in                                              Hotel/Motel for 3rd party funding.  Reduce transfer out to the Capital Improvements                   Fund.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                      Second:  Cm. Garza

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                       Motion to reduce property tax revenue and expenditures for General Fund and Debt                 Service respectively due to final calculation.

                      Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                      Second:  Cm. Garza

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      Motion to increase FTE’s by two Firefighter/Cadets in General Fund for the Fire                                    Department.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                      Second:  Cm. Garcia

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      Motion to approve 3% across the board effective October 2007 and suspend the                                     Merit increase.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                      Second:  Cm. Rendon

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Garza

                      Second:  Cm. Amaya

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.           Public hearing and recommendation of Resolution 2007-R-068 adopting without amendment the City of Laredo Comprehensive Plan in accordance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

                      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Garza

                      Second:  Cm. Amaya

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      There was no public input.

 

                      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                      Second:  Cm. Amaya

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept an award in the amount of $346,000.00 from the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget by decreasing revenues in the amount of $1,573.00 and decreasing expenditures in the amount of $9,594.00 in the Autotheft Fund.  The City of Laredo will be designating $263,234.00 in matching funds, and Webb County will be designating $38,427.00 in matching funds for a total of $647,661.00.  This grant is effective from September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.

 

                      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Garza

                      Second:  Cm. Amaya

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      There was no public input.

 

                      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                      Second:  Cm. Garza

                      For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Laredo Housing Authority in the amount of $74,068.00 and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Special Police Fund Annual Budget by $15,468.00.  The increase is to reimburse costs for overtime incurred by the Laredo Police Department officers in providing resources for the Weed and Seed Community Building Program.  The term of this grant is from April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008.

 

                      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                      Second:  Cm. Garza

                      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

 

8.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 General Fund Annual Budget to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $100,000.00 for attorney’s fees paid to De Anda Law Firm due to increased collections in delinquent property taxes.  The expenditures of attorney’s fees will only be incurred and disbursed if the revenue is collected by the Tax Department.

 

                      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. Ramirez

                      Second:  Cm. Rendon

                      For:  7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending theCity of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $411,171.00, from the Texas Department of State Health Services for continuation of the Prevention Services for HIV Prevention Project of the Health Department, for the term of September 1, 2007 through December 31, 2008.

 

                      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                      Second:  Cm. Rendon

                      For:  7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      There was no public input.

 

                      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                      Second:  Cm. Chavez

                      For:  7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

10.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $223,188.00, funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services, for continuation of the Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program of the Health Department, including a projected amount of Program Income of $60,246.00, for the period of September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008 and approved 5.55 fulltime equivalent positions.

 

                      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

 

11.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a contribution from San Isidro Southeast, Ltd., in the amount of $53,376.00 for park improvements; and to amend the City of Laredo Capital Improvement Fund Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures for park improvements within the San Isidro Subdivision.

 

                      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                      Second:  Cm. Garcia

                      For:  7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      There was no public input.

 

                      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Garza

                      Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                      For:  7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager’s acceptance of monies from the San Isidro Southeast, Ltd., in the amount of $10,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget for the Environmental Services Fund by appropriating the said additional revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The funds will be used for maintenance of an earthen drainage channel in the San Isidro Subdivision for a one (1) time treatment invasive species removal.

 

                      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Garza

                      Second:  Cm. Garcia

                      For:  7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      There was no public input.

 

                      Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                      Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                      For:  7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting an Incentive Grant in the amount of $4,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation and to appropriate said funds into the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Special Police Fund.  The Texas Department of Transportation has made an incentive grant available in order to purchase police equipment that will help enhance our enforcement services.  The updated software is needed to enhance already existing software for the Traffic Division’s CRASH Team accident reconstruction services.

 

                      Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                      Moved:  Cm. Garza

                      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:  City Council

 

14.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Article XII, Chapter 19, Division 2, and 4, Sections 19-562 (c) and 19-601, of the Code of Ordinances.

A.     Division 2, Section 19-562 (c) Fares for fixed Transit Service:

                                                      1.      Adult Fare from $1.00 to $1.25

                                                      2.      Transfers from $0.00 to $0.05

                                                      3.      Students fare from $0.50 to $1.00

 

B.     Division 4, Section 19-601 Transit Center Parking Facility, 1301 Farragut Street:

1.           Increase the hourly rate from $.75 per hour to $2.00 per hour

2.           Increase the daily maximum from $6.00 to $16.00

3.           Increase the overnight rate from $10.00 to $16.00

4.           Increase the monthly contract rate from $50.00 to $60.00

5.           Increase the lost ticket charge from $10.00 to $16.00

6.           Increase the monthly contract parking rate for City employees from $25.00 to $30.00

7.           Increase the Park-N-Shop Program of 50 coupons from $50.00 to $60.00

8.           Increase the advance payment discount from $50.00 to $60.00

                          Providing for effective date and for publication.

 

                     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. Garza

                     Second:  Cm. Amaya

                     For:  7                                         Against:                                                Abstain: 0

                                                                       

                     There was no public input.

 

                     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. Garza

                     Second:  Cm. Amaya

                     For:  6                                         Against:  1                                            Abstain:

                                                                        Cm. Ramirez

                                   

                     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

          

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.              INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

15.       Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between Texas Engineering Extension Service/Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX) and the City of Laredo Fire Department to define the responsibilities for both parties for the education instructional activities to be offered to firefighters, non firefighter trainees and out of country first responders at the Laredo International Fire/Law Enforcement Training Center.  The period of performance under this agreement is specified as September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008, unless sooner terminated in accordance with the terms of the agreement. 

 

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.                 FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

              Motion to waive the Final Reading of Ordinances:  2007-O-155, 2007-O-156, 2007-O-      

              157, 2007-O-158, 2007-O-159, 2007-O-160, 2007-O-161, 2007-O-162, 2007-O-163,                    2007-O-164, 2007-O-165, 2007-O-166, 2007-O-167.

 

16.        

2007-O-155        Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grant, Section 5307, TX-90-X758, in the amount of $3,658,679.00 for Fiscal Year 2006-2007 and amend the Transit System’s Operating Budget by decreasing the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 FTA Operating Grant Contribution from $3,700,000.00 to $3,658, 679.00 and increasing the Transit Sales Tax match for operating expenses from $5,166,953.00 to $5,208,274.00 and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-155.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2007-O-156        Amending Article II [Regulation of Private Premises Vendors] of Chapter 18 of the Code of Ordinances; Section 18-3 Definitions, excluding fruit and produce vendors from the definition of private premises vendors; providing for publication; and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-156.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                                For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2007-O-157        Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4 and 1 acre out of Lot 3, Block 10, Interamerica Distribution Park Phase 5, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 8010 and 8012 Riverbank Drive, from R-2 (Multi-family Residential District) and M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); and providing for an effective date and publication.        

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-157.

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                                For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2007-O-158        Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Public Works Department approved Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions by creating twenty-nine (29) full time positions for an estimated cost of $898,084.00 per year.  These employees will be assigned for the construction, improvements and repairs of streets.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificates of Obligation bond proceeds. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-158.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                                For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2007-O-159        Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services Office of Border Health and amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenses in the amount of $21,500.00 to support activities of the Los Dos Laredos Council and the Healthy Border 2010 Objectives for the period beginning October 1, 2006 through December 31, 2007. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-159.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Garcia

                        For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2007-O-160        Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2006-2007 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $134,342.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services, and an estimated $22,597.00 from Program Income from the Health Department La Familia Health Care Program for the period of September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-160.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                                For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2007-O-161        Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2006-2007 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $231,609.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for partial support of the Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiology Program (Pandemic Influenza) for the City of Laredo Health Department.  These funds are for the period of September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008, including approved Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) positions and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.  Additional supplemental funds for Pandemic Influenza and Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance (EWIDS) will be provided in November 2007 to the Health Department.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-161.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                                For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2007-O-162        Amending the current contract with the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDHS) for the Women, Infants and Children Program for the period beginning October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007 to extend the contractual service area to include Duval, Jim Hogg, and Zapata counties for a period from September 1, 2007 through September 30, 2007; amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenses in the amount of $50,000.00 from TDSHS and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions by adding eight (8) full time positions; and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-162.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                                For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2007-O-163        Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2006-2007 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $140,125.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health Services, which includes $10,804.00 from an estimated amount of program income for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-163.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                                For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2007-O-164        Authorizing the City Manager to transfer $20,861.00 from the City of Laredo - Public Library Fiscal Year 2006-2007 budget to the Friends of the Library Account.  The $20,861.00 includes $15,010.00 (the required City of Laredo's match of 11% of the $136,448.04 Universal Service Program Grant applied for with the Schools & Libraries Division/Universal Services Company/ Federal Communications Commission) plus $5,851.00 (for ineligible or non-funded needed items).  This 10th Round (year) of this multi-year grant is currently in the initial review stage and official funding confirmation is still pending. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-164.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                                For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2007-O-165        Designating as a one-way eastbound the 1200 block of Rosario Street; and designating as one-way southbound the 900 block of Stone Avenue; and said designations to be in effect only during the peak hours of 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, during school days; and providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the eastbound and southbound direction; and providing for publication and effective date.  (As Amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-165.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                                For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2007-O-166        Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lease Agreement with T-Mobile West Corporation, A Delaware Corporation, 2106 Mexico Avenue, for use of antennae facilities, an equipment building and related facilities.  Term of the lease is five (5) years, with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $15,000.00 with a five percent (5%) increase on each anniversary of the commencement date; and providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-166.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                                For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2007-O-167        Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County (Floyd Day Care) for approximately 1.0128 acres of land located at 4704 Naranjo Street at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on August 1, 2007 and ending on July 31, 2012.  However, the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a 180-day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $1,990.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-167.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                                For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.              RESOLUTIONS

 

17.       2007-R-059       Authorizing our Delinquent Tax Attorney to arrange for the                                   auction by the Webb County Sheriff, pursuant to Section 34.05 of                                    the Tax Code, of the properties listed on the Exhibits A and B; and                                   subject to the minimum bids specified herein:

 

Property 1

814 Marcella

$ 16,160

Property 2

3720 ½ Pinder

$ 34,480

Property 3

2410 Chacon

$ 20,900

Property 4

2602 Market

$ 94,801

Property 5

3615 & 3617 Mier

$ 31,640

Property 6

602 Mier

$ 14,812

Property 7

1301 Piedra China

$ 14,180

 

                          Above properties are more specifically described in attached     Exhibits A & B.

 

                           Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-059.

 

                           Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                           Second:  Cm. Garza

                           For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

18.       2007-R-065       Appointing Dayne Jones to fill the vacancy of the restaurant                                  association representative to the Laredo Convention & Visitors                                                 Bureau (LCVB) Advisory Committee effective immediately.

 

 

                           Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-065.

 

                           Moved:  Cm. Garza

                           Second:  Cm. Amaya

                           For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

19.       2007-R-067       A resolution of the City of Laredo to acknowledge and approve the                      participation of the Parks and Recreation Department as an active                                    member of the Laredo Weed and Seed Program.  In an effort to                                      prevent and reduce violent crime, drug abuse and gang activity                              occurrences in our community, the Weed & Seed Program operates                     through the U.S. Department of Justice and is administered by the                                     U.S. Attorney’s Office.  The City of Laredo finds it to be in the                                        public interest and benefit to enhance the quality of life of youth at                                     risk through active participation in this program.

 

                           Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-067.

 

                           Moved:  Cm. Garza

                           Second:  Cm. Amaya

                           For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

20.       2007-R-071       Authorize the City Manager to enter into and execute a Toshiba                                        government copier lease program contract with Toshiba Business                                     Solutions – Texas for the use of one hundred and fifteen (115)                              copiers; and authorize that the equipment lease finance agent shall                                     be De Lage Landen Public Finance, L.L.C.; and that the lease                              agreement shall be for a forty eight (48) months period with a lease                       contract total of $690,119.52; and in addition, Toshiba Business                                      Solutions – Texas shall offer a minimum financial rebate of                                    $46,0000 beneficial to the City of Laredo at the end of the original                                   term.  Funding for the lease purchase payments shall be available                                      in user departmental budgets.  Funding for this contract is                                                 contingent on continued appropriations in future fiscal years.

 

                           Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-071.

 

                           Moved:  Cm. Garza

                           Second:  Cm. Amaya

                           For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

21.       2007-R-072       Amend Resolution 2002-R-104 for the grant agreement between                                     the City of Laredo and the Texas Water Development Board -                             Contract No. G13500/13600/1546/1547 - Amendment No. 5 for                                   the City of Laredo, Mines Road/State Highway 359 Project No.                                               10045. This amendment reflects the transfers from different                                                          funding accounts under the Texas Water Development Board                                           Grant that allows the City to cover the negative balances in the                                         current Colonia projects, subject to the Texas Water Development                                                          Board approval.

 

                           Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-072.

 

                           Moved:  Cm. Garza

                           Second:  Cm. Amaya

                           For:  7                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.           MOTIONS

 

22.      Directing staff to prepare a service plan for the voluntary annexation of ten (10) tracts of land totaling 2,092.51 acres, more or less, as shown as attachment “A”, in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

        Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Director, stated that the Daughters of Mary Help          

        tract is to be added.  

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. Chavez

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:  6                                                     Against:  1                                Abstain:  0

                                                               Cm. Garcia

Motion to rescind to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. Chavez

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:  7                                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Motion to add tract.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:  5                                                     Against:  0                                Abstain:  2

                                                                                                               Cm. Chavez

                                                                                                               Cm. Ramirez

 

23.       Authorizing the City Manager to opt out of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), effective October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008, as a result of the City currently meeting and exceeding minimum HIPAA benefit provisions.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

 Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:  7                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

24.       Authorizing the City Manager to donate seventy- five (75) bulletproof vests to the municipalities of Cuernavaca, Morelos; Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon; and Tonala, Jalisco. The bulletproof vests will be donated to Sister Cities Municipal Police Departments to be used for official police business.   The bulletproof vests range in age from 5 to 15 years and are no longer of valid use by the Laredo Police Department.  The City of Laredo donates these vests as is and does not assume any liability associated with their use with expired warranties after they are bequeathed.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

 Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:  7                                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

25.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute an extension to the Maintenance Service Agreement Contract between the City of Laredo and TransCore for the hardware and software maintenance of the Bridge System Equipment.  This Maintenance Agreement extension will be for one (1) year effective October 1, 2007 and will not exceed $320,000.00.  The City of Laredo will have an option to renew for an additional year to satisfactory performance evaluations of TransCore’s services to the City.  Funding is subject to approval of the FY07-08 Bridge Department Budget.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

 Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:  7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.       Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2005 HOME Investment Partnership, Community Housing Development  Organization (CHDO) Contract with the Laredo Webb Housing Services (NHS) to amend:  1)  Section 3A to read, “Contractor shall utilize 2005 HOME Investment Partnership Program, Community Housing Development Organization Funds (CHDO) totaling $207,171.00 for the purchase of eight (8) residential lots, soft costs to include but not limited to all permit, construction fees, surveys, appraisals, utilities, and site work on which affordable single family housing units will be constructed and be made available to low income first-time homebuyer.”

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

 Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:  7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                       

27.       Consideration to extend the contract term from the Texas Department of State Health Services in the amount $750,000.00 for the Health Department’s Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiology Program (PHP) for renovation of the Department’s Laboratory to a functional Bio-Safety Level-3 facility with an additional twelve (12) months, from September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2008.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

 Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:  7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.       Consideration to amend the current contract for professional services between the City of Laredo Health Department and Carlos J. Romero, D.D.S.  Due to an increase in services, the proposed amendment would increase the current contract an additional $9,000.00 for a total amount of $49,000.00 for the term period of October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007.  Funding is available in the Health Department Budget.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

 Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:  7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.       Consideration to award contract number FY07-144 to the low bidder Satellite Shelters, New Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $32,070.00 for the purchase of a mobile office trailer which will be used at the Solid Waste facility.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Services Budget.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

 Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:  7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

30.       Consideration to award contract FY07-162 to McNeilus Truck, Hutchins, Texas, in the estimated amount of $90,000.00, for repair parts and service for McNeilus refuse trucks and equipment.  All parts and services 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

 

31.       Consideration to award contract FY07-156 to North Park Lincoln, San Antonio, Texas, for the purchase of dealer repair parts for the vehicle fleet in the estimated annual amount of $90,000.00. All parts 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

 

32.       Consideration to award contract number FY07-161 to Houston Turf Equipment, Houston, Texas in the amount of $37,800.00 for the purchase of two, 73” articulating mowers for the Parks and Recreations Department.  Funding is available from 2007 Certificates of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

 Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:  7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.       Consideration to award contract FY07-121 to the low bidder, C.W. Tenorio Security, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $134,534.00 for providing security guard services for the Utilities Department.  Due to an increase in the hourly minimum wage, all submitted bids have been increased $0.70.  The contract terms and conditions allow for a rate adjustment if there is an amount increase in the federal minimum hourly wage.  The contract will be for a period of two (2) years subject to continued funding in future fiscal years.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

 Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:  7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.       Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY04-098 to Quest Diagnostics, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, up to an estimated annual amount of $225,000.00, to perform clinical laboratory testing services submitted by the City of Laredo Health Department.  The term of the contract will be for a period of one (1) year beginning October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008.  The vendor was selected based on the testing fees, years of experience, and their ability to meet the City’s requirements.  Funding is available in the Health Department’s budgets and is contingent on future budget appropriations.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

 Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.       Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) cab and chassis in the total amount of $116,898.00 from Chastang’s Bayou City Ford; and one 23 cubic yard front loader refuse packer in the total amount of $80,502.00, from Heil of Texas, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  This truck will be assigned to the Solid Waste Department for landfill operations and the downtown area. Funding is available from 2007 Certificates of Obligation Bond Proceeds. 

 

 Motion to table.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garza

 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

36.       Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) sweeper broom in the total amount of $39,752.48, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing from R.B. Everett and Co.  This equipment will be assigned to the Public Works Department’s paving crew.  Funding is available from 2007 Certificates of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.       Consideration to authorize the purchase of the following vehicles:

a).  six (6) service trucks from Philpott Motors, in the total amount of $243,520.84, through the Buy Board cooperative purchasing program contract pricing and;

b).   one (1) service truck with a winch crane from Rush Truck Center, in the total amount of $129,538.00 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program contract pricing.  Five (5) trucks will be assigned to the Utilities Department and two (2) will be assigned to the Health Department’s Animal Control operation.   Funding is available from 2007 Certificates of Obligation Bond Proceeds. 

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.       Consideration to award contract number (FY07-139) to the following low bidders for the purchase of automotive repair and replacement parts for the Fleet Division:

a) Vehicle Maintenance, Boca Raton, Florida in the estimated annual amount of $39,511.46;

b)  Fleet Price, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $22,600.46;

c) Laredo Wholesale Auto, Laredo, Texas in the estimated annual amount of $17,069.00;

d)  O’Reilly Auto Parts, Laredo, Texas in the estimated annual amount of $31,629.20 and

e) A&A Automotive, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated annual amount of $25,851.60,

All parts will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund. 

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

          

39.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 4 an increase of $25,396.85 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the 2006-2007 Street Recycling Project (169) Blocks and approval of final payment in the amount of $91,509.56 to Cutler Repaving, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas.  Final contract amount is $686,524.55.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund-Street Recycling.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

40.       Consideration for approval to reject the bids submitted by Big Excavation, Inc., Houston, Texas, and Holloman Corporation, Converse, Texas, for the Chacon Creek Wastewater Interceptor Phase 2, due to bid amounts being in excess of allocated budget, and to authorize staff to review the plans and specifications, make changes as necessary, and re-bid the project.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

41.       Consideration to fund an additional year of the contract with the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association, for $77,397.53 to cover the cost of this 2007 program and to make effective clause 2.03 section two of the South Texas Rain Enhancement Program Members Participation Agreement electing not to renew such agreement giving at least 60 days notice prior to the end of the original term.  The City will guarantee the full payment of the program for 2007 only.  Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.       Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of June 2007 represents a decrease of $33,158.26.  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

 

43.       Consideration to amend the Proposed 2008-2012 Capital Improvement Program of, the City of Laredo to include priority projects in Fiscal Year 2008 to be funded through a contractual obligation; and to accept various amendments including project additions, updates and deletions.

 

Motion to divide revenues equally amongst each Council Member and identify projects based on that amount.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garza

                      Second:  Cm. Landeck

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                      Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                      Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

44.       Consideration for approval to rescind the contract with Duke-Energy, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $53,581.00 for a relocation/adjustment of a gas line obstructing the proposed construction of drainage channel improvements at the Muller Road intersection with the Zacate Creek Upper Reaches Project, and approval to award a contract in the amount not to exceed $442,639.00 to Duke-Energy, Laredo, Texas, to lower and replace approximately 2,400 linear ft. of a gas line, including the section of gas line obstructing the drainage channel improvements, the Bartlett Street Extension and Upper Zacate Creek Multipurpose Detention Pond.  Funding is available in the 2005 and 2007 C.O. Bonds.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

45.       Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Poznecki Camarillo Engineering Surveying, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $72,676.00 for Site Analysis and Recommendations on three (3) sites for location of International Bridge V.  Funding is available in the Bridge V, of which the City of Laredo is responsible for 50% of the total contract amount as per the City/Webb County Agreement.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Landeck

 Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

46.       Authorizing the City Manager to remove any and all requirements, including but not limited to notice, oath of office, quorum and procedural requirements imposed on advisory committees by Robert’s Rules of Order, and Priority Procedures for the Mayor and City Council.  Further, deleting all references to the applicability of the Texas Open Meetings Act to advisory committees.  

 

 Motion to delete reference to the Texas Open Meetings Act.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garza

 Second:  Cm.  Chavez

For:     4                                     Against:  3                                            Abstain:  0

Cm.  Garza                                 Cm. Garcia

Cm. Landeck                              Cm. Amaya

Cm. Rendon                               Cm. Ramirez

Cm. Chavez

 

                      Motion fails because it requires 2/3 vote.

 

47.       Authorizing the City Manager to make final payment in the amount of $285,499.99 to Canberra Aquila, Inc. for work done under a Security Consultant Services Contract originally awarded to MEGA Services LLC on March 19, 2007 and assigned to Canberra Aquila, Inc. on March 23, 2007. Canberra Aquila, Inc. was responsible for project implementation as well as providing all up front costs to complete the work.  Funding is available in the Utilities Fund.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garza

 Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

48.       Consideration to modify the City of Laredo’s Purchasing Policies and Procedure Manual to incorporate changes approved by State Legislature amending Section 252.021 of the Local Government Code by raising the maximum value of a contract that may be entered into by a municipality without competitive bidding from $25,000.00 to $50,000.00.  Changes proposed to the City’s Purchasing Policies and Procedure Manual includes increasing the contract approval threshold of the City Manager from $25,000.00 to $50,000.00.

 

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garza

 Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

49.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to transfer from Torreon, Coahuila the sale of surplus equipment sold on April 16, 2007 to Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

           

 Motion to approve.

 

 Moved:  Cm. Garza

 Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     7                                     Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.        STAFF REPORTS

 

50.        

A.     Discussion with possible action to consider Police Officer Sergio M. Rodriguez’s first request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073 (b) of the Texas Local Government Code.

                       

                              Dan Migura, Human Resources Director, reported that that he has received an                                      update of his functional capacity examination and he will be able to return to                                           work this week or next week.  He recommended a 60 day extension on his leave                      with  pay status.              

 

         Motion to approve a sixty day extension with pay for Police Officer Sergio M.               Rodriguez.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Garcia

         Second:  Cm. Amaya

        For:     7                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

B.     Presentation on the status of the River Vega Master Plan Project.

 

         Motion to postpone.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Amaya

         Second:  Cm. Garza

                              For:     7                             Against:  0                                            Abstain: 

 

C.     Presentation by Mario I. Maldonado, Jr., Bridge Director regarding the Bridge Shortage/Overage Policy.

 

                              Mario Maldonado, Bridge Director, reported that on Friday a draft of the                                  Shortage/Overage Policy was provide to Council for review and approval.  He    

                              stated that if it is approved, training on the new policy will begin and will be      

                              implemented October 1, 2007.  He commented that the cash option feature in                                       the policy was modified to advise the employees that same day before they                                leave of the outcome of their overage or shortage.  He presented a power point                         presentation.

 

                              City of Laredo

                              Bridge Department

 

                              Laredo Bridge System

                              Shortage Overage Policy Highlights

 

                              Previous Policy (Effective November 1, 2003)

§         Definition of Shortage - $3.01 or more

§         Definition of Overage - $3.01 or more

§         Term Period – one (1) year beginning on October 1st and ending September 30th

§         Disciplinary Action - $5.00 or more

§         Reimbursement – once shortages reach and/or exceed $10.00 by a single incident or an accumulation of incidents of $3.01 or more

 

                              Directive by City Council (February 20, 2007)

§         Definition of Shortage - $.01 or more

§         Definition of Overage - $3.01 or more

§         Disciplinary Action - $10.01 or more

§         Reimbursement – all shortages of $.01 or more

 

                              Staff Recommendation

 

§         Modify cash-out procedure advise cash handling employee of preliminary collections outcome

§         Definition of Shortage - $3.01 or more

§         Definition of Overage - $3.01 or more

§         Term Period – one (1) year beginning on October 1st and ending September 30th

§         Disciplinary Action - $10.01 or more   

 

                              Staff Recommendation

 

§         Disciplinary steps – first (1st) through seventh (7th) occurrence – same as previous     policy

§         Eighth (8th) occurrence – disciplinary action up to and including termination with option to transfer employee if in the best interest of the city

§         Dedicated trainer – one (1) for Bridges I & II and one (1) for Bridges III & IV

§         Reimbursement – once shortages reach and/or exceed $10.00 by a single incident or an accumulation of incidents of $3.01 or more

                                               

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm. Landeck

         Second:  Cm. Garza

                              For:     7                             Against:  0                                            Abstain: 

 

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.

 

51.       Request for Executive Session pursuant to pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074 (a) (1) and Section 4.02 of the Charter, on appointment by the City Manager and confirmation by the City Council of a new city attorney; and return to public session for possible action.

           

                     Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to pursuant to Texas Government                         Code Section 551.074 (a) (1) and Section 4.02 of the Charter, on appointment by                             the City Manager and confirmation by the City Council of a new city attorney; and                      return to public session for possible action.

 

                     Moved:  Cm. Garza                                

                     Second:  Cm. Garcia

                     For:     7                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                     After Executive Session Mayor Salinas announced no formal action was taken.

 

52.       Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074 to deliberate the duties, to include evaluation criteria and performance standards of the City Manager and return to open session for possible action.

 

                     Motion to go into executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                                   551.074 to deliberate the duties, to include evaluation criteria and performance                          standards of the City Manager and return to open session for possible action.

 

                     Moved:   Cm. Garza                   

                     Second:  Cm. Garcia

                     For:     7                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                     After Executive Session Mayor Salinas announced no formal action was taken.

                 

53.       Request for Executive Session pursuant to the Texas Government Code, Section 551.071(1)(A) to consult with its attorney regarding the pending appeal of the Open Meetings Act lawsuit of Martha Escamilla, Maria Gloria Gonzalez, and Webb County, Texas vs. the City of Laredo, Cause No. 2004-CVQ000450-D2, in the 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas, and the pending appeal of the lawsuit of Webb County, Texas vs. the City of Laredo, Cause No. GV403943, in the 261st District Court, Travis County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action on same.

 

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

        Section 551.071(1)(A) to consult with its attorney regarding the pending appeal of                    

        the Open Meetings Act lawsuit of Martha Escamilla, Maria Gloria Gonzalez, and             

        Webb County, Texas vs. the City of Laredo, Cause No. 2004-CVQ000450-D2, in                

        the 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas, and the pending appeal of the             

        lawsuit of Webb County, Texas vs. the City of Laredo, Cause No. GV403943, in    

        the 261st District Court, Travis County, Texas; and return to open session for             

        possible action on same.

 

                     Moved:   Cm. Garza                   

                     Second:  Cm. Garcia

                     For:     7                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XV.           ADJOURNMENT

 

             Motion to adjourn:                                                                                           Time: 10:52

 

             Moved:  Cm. Garcia

             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 33 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on September 4, 2007.

 

 

                                                                                    _____________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                          City Secretary