CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-R-020

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

OCTOBER 15, 2007

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Salinas led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                                       Mayor

            Mike Garza,                                                                             Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            Michael Landeck,                                                                     Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                                        Council Member, District V

            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

            Raul Casso,                                                                              City Attorney

           

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of June 4, 2007, October 1, 2007 and October 8, 2007.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

           

            Recognitions

 

            Recognition of Joel Moreno of the Parks & Recreation Department on his selection as   October Employee of the Month.

 

            The Mayor and City Council publicly recognized Joel Moreno on his selection as October             Employee of the Month. 

 

            Communiqués

 

            Cm. Garza congratulated Cm. Garcia on his ability to secure the 2009 Sister City National             and International Conference for the City of Laredo.  He also congratulated the football             teams from the South    side for doing an excellent job this year.   Cm. Garza thanked City             staff for their hard work and completion of the technological changes in the City Council             Chamber.

 

            Cm. Garcia said that he and Mr.  Guevara, City Secretary, were in San Miguel De Allende

            representing the City of Laredo where they placed a bid for the National and International

            Conference to be held in Laredo.  Both conferences will be held in January 2009 in the City       of Laredo.  The selection committee noticed that last year’s conference was so successful and well planned that it was easy to be selected for the 2009 Conference.   The City of

            Laredo will also be hosting the Amateur Softball Association Men’s State Hispanic             Tournament in 2008. The bid    was awarded to Laredo in Odessa, Texas by the ASA State             Conference.

 

            Cm. Landeck also congratulated Cm. Garcia for being awarded the bid for the 2009             National/International Sister City Conference.  He mentioned that the Ledsema family was             very appreciative of a van that was donated to them after a horrific flood that destroyed             their home on Guatemozin street. 

 

            Cm. Amaya mentioned the renaming of the Eliseo Valdez, Jr. Parks scheduled for             November 2, 2007.  He said that the park is on Jefferson and San Francisco at 10:00 a.m.              He also mentioned the state plate sale for low income families which will be held on             November 10, 2007 for five dollars.   

 

            Cm. Rendon thanked the Parks & Recreational Department for organizing and assisting             with the self defense course.  He advised residents that the City of Laredo is working hard         to make Jacaman Road vehicular friendly.  He asked all citizens that access Jacaman to be             patient.  He congratulated John Orfilia, Public Works Interim Director, for doing a great job        in the position.   

 

            Cm. Belmares congratulated Mary Help of Christians on their ground breaking ceremony.              They are embarking on a spirit of Laredo campaign to raise funds for their new campus.  He             said that the new school will spur on a tremendous amount of development within the area.              The campus will school over 800 students.  He also congratulated Steve La Mantia for the             “Stars” event held at the Country Club.  He noted that the La Mantia family is known for             investing in the future of students.  He went on to say that on December 8, 2007 the City of             Laredo and public officials will challenge the media in a friendly football game to raise     money for Blue Santa.

 

            Cm. Chavez explained that he had missed the last Council meeting because he was        attending a Transportation Association Committee.  He explained that the event was very             successful and that it is very important to take care of the transportation funding. 

 

            Cm. Ramirez congratulated former Vice-President Al Gore for being chosen as a recipient         of the Nobel Peace Prize in his efforts in drawing attention to the global warming.  He        mentioned the ribbon cutting ceremonies in Monterrey for the opening of the Conventions        and Visitors Bureau booth at the 2007 World Forum.  He encouraged everyone to visit the            Forum.  He went on to say that he was very proud of the efforts of individuals that assisted             Roy Garcia in picking up 645 tires, 85 large trailer tires, and 40 bags of litter in his district.       

            Mayor Salinas also congratulated the Steve La Mantia family for their work in the             community.  He said that he has received hate mail from individuals that are in favor of             constructing a wall between Mexico and the United States.  He encouraged everyone to             support the River Vega Project. 

 

            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.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Dr. Michael A. Hochman to the Public Health             Issues Blue Ribbon Committee.

 

            Motion to approve.

                       

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Rendon

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

VII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            1.  A.  Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on increasing recreational activities for senior citizens.

 

                 Mayor Salinas stated that the City of Laredo has a lot of private organizations that

                 provide recreational activities including meals, bingos, etc.  He said that senior citizens                would enjoy a place where they can go and participate in different activities free of

                 charge.

 

                 Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreational Director, said that he has provided information             in the packet on Friday breaking down information regarding senior citizens.  The City

                 of Laredo has a senior center located in District VIII and they partner with Community

                 Action Agency by the Farias Elementary Area. The centers provide different activities

                 such as modified aerobics, lotteria, crafting, and dancing.   He said that the centers                     provide local trips for the citizens.  He said that he would research into further

                 expanding their senior programs.  He assured the Mayor that he would approach the

                 private sector regarding sponsorship. 

 

                 Mayor Salinas said that the residents in South Laredo should have a facility for senior                                   citizens.  He encouraged the employees of the City to organize more dances for them.                He asked staff to expedite the item of increasing recreational activities for senior

                 citizens. 

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on providing security for the senior citizens at the

                 Hamilton Hotel.

 

                 Mayor Salinas expressed his concerns for the safety of the senior citizens at the                          Hamilton Hotel.  He instructed the City Manager to be proactive in providing security                     for senior citizens.  He instructed staff to have a strong police presence at the hotel

                 which would include a heavy patrol or a unit parked at the site. 

 

                 Deputy Chief Moncivias stated that he has instructed patrol officers in that area to stop at           the hotel and make contact with the citizens.  He said that the sergeant of the Police

                 Department left his telephone number to the manager.  He advised that the City has                    initiated a prostitution and bar detail and he would add the Hamilton Hotel detail and

                 report back to Council.

 

                 Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, said that the problem lies in the early morning hours.

 

                 Mayor Salinas asked Deputy Chief Moncivias for a security assessment of Hamilton               

                 Hotel.    

 

                B.  Request by Council Member Mike Garza

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on appropriating discretionary funds not to exceed

                 $50,000.00, to place a traffic light at the intersection of Merida Drive and Bob Bullock              Loop.

 

                 Motion to approve the appropriating discretionary funds not to exceed $50,000.00 to                             place a traffic light at the intersection of Merida Drive and Bob Bullock Loop.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

              C.  Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on the procedures City staff is taking to prevent

                 vandalism and/or theft of City equipment.

 

                 Cm. Garcia expressed his concerns for the vandalism and/or theft that is occurring

                 within the City of Laredo.

 

                 City Manager, Carlos Villarreal, explained that the City of Laredo has initiated a task

                 force to be able to look at all the internal controls in all departments.  He advised that

                 they would compile a report that would be completde at the end of the week.  He noted

                 that he would return to Council with a report and recommendations.  He further                         explained that staff is in the process of initiating material in place audits.  He advised                        that he has a telephone line in his office where all city employees or concerned citizens

                 can place a call at any time to indicate problems within.  He explained that the City will

                 also install a tracking device on all city equipment.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on the possibility of becoming a plastic free community.

 

                 Cm. Garcia explained that the reason he placed this item on the agenda is because he has           noticed that in District II and throughout the City that there are plastic bags littering                          roadways, creeks, businesses and the lake.  He noted the fact that the bags are not                         biodegradable.

 

                 Lynne Nava, Executive Director for Keep Laredo Beautiful, introduced Bertha Torres

                 and Dr.  Rukmani Vaswanth.   

                

                  Rukmani Vaswanth , Instructor at Laredo Community College, and a member of                       the Rio Grande International Study Center,  said that she was very thankful to be

                  allowed to present a presentation to City Council on plastic bags.   She explained that                             their presentation is called the Urban Tumbleweed.  She said that plastic posses                          problems because single use plastic bags are hazardous to biological organisms.

 

                  Their recommendation is for the City Council to initiate a study to develop an                                                ordinance banning single use plastic bags. 

 

                  Robert Saucedo, Manager of Wal-Mart on San Bernardo, is launching a chain wide

                  reusable shopping bag program to ensure their customers are given a better opportunity

                  to live better by reducing the plastic bags in the land field.   He introduced a sample bag             that will be offered to customers to use instead of plastic and they will be sold for one          dollar. He added that Wal-Mart is trying to do their part in reducing and eliminating the            use of plastic bag use.

 

                  Motion to instruct staff to send this item to the Citizens Environmental Advisory

                  Committee and return to Council with a proposal within sixty days and implementation               within six months of becoming a plastic free community.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                  Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

              D.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

            1.  Status report on the Jacaman Road Improvements Project, with possible action.

 

                 John Orfilia, Public Works Director, gave a comprehensive report on the status of

                 Jacaman Road Improvement Project.  He noted that the northern section will be

                 completed in the next three weeks and then they will begin with the southern part.  He

                 noted that they will lay asphalt at the end of the project and open the section for

                 vehicular traffic.  He said that the project would be completed in the latter part of

                 December.                  

 

              E.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action to consider an Interlocal agreement with Laredo

                 Community College for business expansion and retention services.  (Co-sponsored by

                 Council Member Johnny Rendon)

 

                 Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares requested to postpone this item for the next meeting.

 

            2.  Status report on the waterline replacement program at Regency Subdivision, with

                 possible action.

           

                 Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares stated that he had received calls from concerned

                 constituents asking why the project of the waterline replacement program for Regency

                 Subdivision has been stopped. 

 

                 Carl Schwin, Assistant Director for Water Utilities, reported that the City of Laredo has

                 moved to Winzer and they are starting to make connections to the new lines.  The

                 department is hoping to expedite the installation.  He advised that staff will be patching

                 street cut areas. 

 

                 Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares stated that he preferred that the City proceed with                      installing the lines and he would appropriate his discretionary funds to go back and                          recycle the streets.  He suggested appropriating the money for the street recycling the

                 later part of December. 

 

            3.  Status report on the Stone Creek Killam and Borchers area drainage/park project.

 

                 Riazul Mia, Environmental Director, advised that he had a meeting with the developer of

                 Stone Creek Killam and Borchers area drainage park and noted that the cost for the

                 project is $600,000 for the park and $360,000 for drainage.  He noted that Mr.  Killam            was out of town so he was unable to provide Council with the amount they will be                          providing for the project.  He emphasized that the City has funds for the project but

                 would return to Council once they have a final figure from the engineer/developer. 

 

                 Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, advised that the City has a $106,000 CD in place for the

                 improvements; however, some of the improvements have already taken place which

                 should bring the amount down to $88,000.   

 

                 Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares asked the City Manager to migrate $56,000 from the

                 Woodridge project.  He asked staff to work on the parking lot and the trails and leave the

                 fields and the playground at a standstill for the moment so we can give the residents and

                 return in the ’08 bond issuance to locate the funds for the remaining items such as

                 trees and a playground.  

 

                 Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, said that he would return to Council with a                              recommendation regarding this item.

 

            4.  Presentation by Tom Wade for a workshop with Dr. Barry Lawrence, Texas A&M

                 College Station, with possible action.

 

                 Roger Creary, Laredo Development Foundation, announced the he was present to invite           Council to attend a workshop with Dr. Barry Lawrence, Texas A & M College Station. 

 

                 Tom Wade, President of Logistics, encouraged Council to attend the seminar and gave              the following presentation:

 

                 Workshop Goals

 

                 To make Port Laredo (s) the most efficient and competitive port in the region

 

o       Updating our local government officials on global logistics issues and concerns.

o       Give our local government officials first hand a look into corporate boardroom

o       discussion on logistics.

o       Set goads for Port Laredo (s) improvements.

 

                 Agenda

           

                 Presentation by Dr. Barry Lawrence on Global Logistics (1 hour)

o       Corporate priorities

o       Maquila activities and strategies

o       Product flows

o       Port capabilities

 

                 Questions and answers

 

Open forum to workshop participants

Current port operations

How these items impact the ports

New transportation capabilities

New ports

NAFTA Flows

 

                 F Barry Lawrence

 

                 Harvey Hubbell Professor in Industrial Distribution

                 Program Coordinator, Industrial Distribution Program,

                 Director, Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research & Education,

                 Director, Supply Chain Systems Laboratory, Texas A & M University

 

                 PhD., Operations Management, 1999 Texas A & M University

                 MBA Finance, 1992, Southwest Texas State University

                 BBA, Finance 1980, university of Texas at Austin

 

 

                 Dr.  Barry Lawrence is the Director of the Industrial Distribution Program and the

                 Supply Chain Systems Laboratory at Texas A & M University. He holds the prestigious

                 Harvey Hubbell Professorship in Industrial Distribution.  As a faculty member of the

                 Industrial Distribution Program he is involved in graduate, undergraduate, and

                 professional continuing education teaching activities, funded research projects, journal

                 publications, academic society meeting and publications, and industry presentations.  His

                 teaching activities surround classes in logistics, Supply Chain Management, distribution

                 information systems, and distribution strategy.  He is a frequent speaker for distribution

                 associations and private firms on topics ranging from inventory asset management, best

                 practices, transportation to in

 

             F.  Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on naming the Lafayette Bridge, the Judge Hector J.

                 Liendo Overpass.

 

                 Cm. Ramirez expressed his dissatisfaction with changing the name of the Lafayette                     Bridge to Judge Hector J. Liendo Overpass. He gave the history of the Lafayette Bridge

                 as follows:  the bridge represents a young soldier by the name of Lafayette that entered

                 the armed forces when he was fourteen years old.  He became a captain when he was 19

                 years old.  He fought in the revolution with General George Washington.  He has three

                 battleships named after him including a missal submarine.  His portrait hangs

                 in the U. S. Senate along with George Washington’s.  He further explained that the City             should not name a bridge after a Judge that has received DWI’s because it would be a

                 disgrace to take the name of an honorable general who fought for this country and

                 replace it with a man that is dispensing justice but received a DWI.   He said if the City

                 replaces the name it would send a message that you can break the law and still

                 be honored.

 

                 Cm. Chavez addressed Council by stating that Judge Hector J. Liendo was very

                 instrumental in the way that West Laredo is developing.  He continues to provide                       community sponsored activities, school supplies, and he provides scholarships.

 

                 Cm. Landeck said that it is a pity that the City of Laredo has not established procedures            for naming of community parks and roadways.  He noted that in many countries a person

                 will note that parks and roadways are not named after people that are still living.  He

                 advised that he does not know where to draw the line for naming the parks.  He

                 addressed concerns for naming a bridge after a political figures that is still very much

                 involved in politics.  He said that it really disturbs him to be naming a bridge after Judge

                 Hector Liendo or a park after Eliseo Valdez, Jr. 

 

                 Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares said that he remember that the City is working on a draft            of a park and dedication ordinance that was presented at the Parks Board and presented                at the Library Committee at one time. 

 

                 Raul Casso, City Attorney, said that there is not an ordinance in place.  He advised that it

                 was a proposed policy for the naming of parks, but it did not rise to the level to be

                 considered by the Council.  He added that it was scheduled to be discussed by an ad-hoc

                 committee but they were abolished.  He noted that there was reviewed criteria that

                 Council could consider for city facilities. 

 

                 Cm. Garza said that he brought the item to Council almost a year ago and staff has not

                 returned to Council for recommendations.  He said that if Council considered

                 establishing guidelines that it should be retroactive.  He noted that the City of Laredo has

                 several establishments that are named after people that are still alive and he believes that

                 it should be done in memorial instead of people that are still alive. 

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     4                                                      Against:  3                                Abstain:  1

                                                                                    Cm. Ramirez                            Cm. Rendon

                                                                                    Cm. Landeck

                                                                                    Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

 

            G.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on waiving fire prevention drill fees at the senior citizen

                 homes, during the month of October.

 

                 Cm. Ramirez said that he was surprised to find out that if the fire prevention drills the

                 senior citizen’s are charged.  He asked Council to waive the fee at the Senior home.

 

                 Motion to approve and bring back an amendment ordinance waiving the fee for fire

                 prevention drill fees at the senior citizen homes. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on installing street lights between Sanchez and Coke

                 Street (on the west side).

 

                 Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation

                 Director, has completed a cost estimate for the installation of lights but has not

                 completed a six block study.  He gave an estimate value of $5,000.00 for the lights.

 

                 Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Director, said that Parks is providing lighting to                             the west.  He noted that he has a total of $3,400 dollars for the project. 

 

                 Motion to approve the use of District VIII discretionary funds for installing street lights               between Sanchez and Coke Street. (on the west side)

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

            3.  Discussion with possible action on developing a master plan for improvements to

                 upgrade the downtown area. 

 

                 Cm. Ramirez said that the City of Laredo needs more lights in the downtown area. He

                 said that he would also like to see staff keep the downtown area cleaner. 

 

                 Cm. Garcia said that he would like to see a master plan.  He firmly stated that the City of

                 Laredo needs to take quick action on upgrading the downtown area because it is dying. 

                 He added that Council needs to make a commitment and see it to fruition because they

                 have been making promises to no avail.   He noted that the city needs a point of action. 

                 He suggested placing a time line on this item.

 

                 The Mayor said that business owners of downtown are interested in cleaning and

                 upgrading the downtown area.  He said that downtown owners are very committed to the

                 downtown area. 

 

                 Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, stated that all of the downtown owners should take an                            interest in upgrading the downtown area. He said that staff would bring this item back                                 within 45 days with recommendations for Council.

 

VIII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

                 Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and                     expenses; and accepting a continuation grant from the Texas Department of State Health

                 Services in the estimated amount of $4,378,851.00 for the Women, Infants, and Children

                 (WIC) Program for the City of Laredo Health Department beginning October 1, 2007

                 through September 30, 2008.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:      8                                         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:      8                                         Against:                                                Abstain:

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

                 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of

                 $68,716.00 in additional funds from the South Texas Development Council and

                 amending the full-time equivalent positions by creating one (1) full-time Caseworker

                 position with benefits for the Department’s HIV/Ryan White Program for a total award

                 amount of $401,433.00 for a period from April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 For:     8                                          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:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

                 $7,694.00 donation from Falcon National Bank and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal

                 Year 2007-2008 Capital Improvement Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and

                 expenditures in the amount of $7,694.00 for the purchase of scoreboards for two (2)

                 baseball fields located at Dryden Park.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For:      8                                         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:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

                 2007-2008 annual budget in the amount of $10,000.00 from the Texas Department of

                 Transportation’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Selective Traffic Enforcement Program to

                 fund overtime salaries for Police Department Officers.  The grant period is from October

                 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:                                                Abstain:

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

                 execute the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grant, Section 5309, TX-03-0299-00,

                 in the amount of $1,943,557.00 with a local match of $485,889.00 and to amend the

                 Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Transit System Capital Grants budget by appropriating said grant

                 revenues and increasing expenditures by $2,429,446.00 for the new transit facility.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

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

                 2007-2008 Airport Construction Fund annual budget by appropriating $100,000.00,

                 which includes $50,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation Routine

                 Airfield Maintenance Program (RAMP) Grant TXDOT CSJ No. M822LREDO and

                 transferring $50,000.00 in matching funds from the Airport Operating Fund; providing

                 for an effective date.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 9-1-1

                 Regional Administration Fund by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of

                 $69,798.00 for administrative, equipment and program budgets for Jim Hogg, Starr,

                 Webb, and Zapata counties for the period from September 1, 2007 and ending August

                 31, 2008.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

                 City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an amusement redemption

                 machine establishment on the East 2/3 of Lot 4, Block 203; Lots 1, 2 & part of 3, Block

                 204 and the northerly 7,716 sq. ft of Jarvis Avenue Right-of-Way between Santa Barbara

                 & Santa Clara Streets, Eastern Division, located at 1502 Zapata Highway.  The Planning

                 & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the Conditional Use Permit.   District III

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and table.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an auto sales business

                   on Lot 4, Block 899, Eastern Division, located at 307 N. Meadow Avenue.  The                      Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the Conditional Use

                   Permit.  District III

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares 

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of the property owners, stated that that property owners are

                   the petitioners before Council and they bought it with the intent of a used car business. 

                   He submitted a petition of seven names of neighbors within the area approving of the

                   business.

 

                   Rosa Cortez, property owner, requested approval of the zone change for a used car

                   sales location.

 

                   Ricardo Saenz spoke in favor of the zone change requests.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing, override Planning & Zoning Commission and                        introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Landeck

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 10, 11 and 12, Block 892, Eastern Division,

                   located at 1602 Rosario Street and 1005 N. Meadow Avenue, from R-1 (Single Family

                   Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning &

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

                   multi-family.  District III

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares 

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Landeck

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1A and 2A, Block 893, Eastern Division, located

                   at 1601, 1603 and 1605 Rosario Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to

                   R-O (Residential/Office District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended

                   approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is apartments and an office.  District III

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia 

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Landeck

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 1136, Eastern Division, located at

                   2711 Urbahn Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1 (Single-Family

                   Residential District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of

                   the zone change.    The proposed use is single-family residential.  District IV   

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares 

                   Second:  Cm.  Garza

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Rendon

                   For:     8                                        Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

           

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Amaya

                 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 6.68 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in

                   attached Exhibit “A”, located at 11000 International Boulevard, from R-1 (Single

                   Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning

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

                   use is multi-family.  District VI

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares 

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a nationalization of

                   vehicles enterprise on Lots 7, 8, 9 and the west 5.5 feet of Lots 4, 5, and 6, Block 857,

                   Western Division, located at 3319 San Bernardo Avenue.  The Planning & Zoning

                   Commission recommended denial of the zone change.    District VII     

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Cm. Chavez mentioned that the fourth item should be removed. 

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing, override, and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Chavez

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

                   the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an auto sales, and a

                   body and paint shop on Lot 8, Block 430, Eastern Division, located at 120 W. Saunders

                   Street.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Conditional

                   Use Permit. District V 

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares 

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of property owner, stated that the owners own lots six,

                   seven, and eight.  The owner has had a used car sales operation for many years.  The

                   problems that he has been facing is that he buys the cars elsewhere and there is minor

                   work that needs to be done to the vehicles to bring them up to par.  The minor repairs

                   may include touchup painting.  He explained that he has set aside one of the lots to be

                   able to sublease for the minor touchup for his cars and to the general public.  He

                   assured Council that the application is fully aware of all laws that pertain to paint/body

                   shops. He asked Council’s indulgence on required items # 6 which states that he should

                   plant trees and shrubs. He asked if he would be allowed to provide the Parks &

                   Recreation Department with the plants instead.

 

                   Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Director, said that the city has accepted

                   donations through Rotary Clubs and other private organizations.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce; however, property owners must

                   donate trees and shrubs to the Parks & Recreation Department to plant where they

                   please.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Rendon

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, M.G. Benavides Estates Subdivision,

                   Phase I, located at 4711 Ben-Cha Road, from B-4 (Highway Commercial District) to B-

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

                   approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is multi-family residential.  District II 

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia 

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 16.58, as further described by metes and bounds in

                   attached Exhibit “A”, located at the northwest corner of Bob Bullock Loop and

                   International Boulevard, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway

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

                   the zone change.   The proposed use is commercial.  District VI 

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Belmares

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 64.63, as further described by metes and bounds in

                   attached Exhibit “A”, located at the northeast corner of Bob Bullock Loop and

                   International Boulevard, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway

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

                   the zone change.    The proposed use is commercial.  District VI   

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Rendon 

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Chavez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                                

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.07 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in

                   attached Exhibit “A”, located at the intersection of International Boulevard and Escutia,

                   from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential

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

                   change.    The proposed use is multi-family residential.  District VI

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia 

                   Second:  Cm. Chavez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

 

            21.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 24, Article VI, of The

                   Laredo Land Development Code, Special Permit Procedures Section 24-93 by creating

                   Section 24.93.11: Nationalization of Vehicles Enterprise Requiring a Special Use

                   Permit for said use, adding Section 24.65.13 (12) B-3 – Community Business District,

                   deleting Section 24.65.14 (17): B-4 - Highway Commercial District, and amending

                   Section 24.63.2:  Permitted Land Uses; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia 

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        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:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            22.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease agreement for

                   approximately 2,600 square feet constituting Building No. 1006 located at 4608

                   Daugherty Avenue at the Laredo International Airport with Dairy Process, Inc.

                   approved on July 1, 2002 by Ordinance No. 2002-O-141 and as amended on December

                   2, 2002 by Ordinance No. 2002-O-307.  Lessee wishes to further amend said lease

                   agreement in order to change lessee’s name from Dairy Process, Inc. to International

                   Dairy Products, Inc., and change Lessee’s mailing address from 4608 Daugherty

                   Avenue, Suite B, Laredo, Texas, 78041 to 5508 Thomas Avenue, Laredo, Texas,

                   78041.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for

                   an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            23.  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Right-of-Entry to the United States of America

                   in City-owned property along the Rio Grande Riverbend from the northern to the

                   southern City limits, to solely conduct for visual observations for environmental studies

                   of possible actions, including improvements to existing patrol roads, the construction of

                   new patrol roads, and the removal of giant cane within a 300-foot-wide corridor

                   parallel to the Rio Grande River. Said City-owned property, including any river vega

                   land along said riverbend, consisting of: all of Blocks 015, 016, 15, 017, 018, 019, 57,

                   58, 613, 614, 615, 616, 140, 141, 143, 144, 149, 150, 151, 152, 568, 709, 710 & 450A,

                   Eastern Division, City of Laredo, all of Blocks 414, 415, 416, 419, 424, 426, 425, 428,

                   431, 431A, 434,  434A, 437, 437A, 516, 517, 613, 614, 615, 628, 629, 630, 631, 643,

                   644, 645, 646, 657, 658, 659, 660, 666, 667, 668, 669, 670, 671, 672, 672A, 673, 674,

                   675, 676, 677, 679, 680, 708, 708B,  & 724, Western Division, City of Laredo, a

                   22.087 acres tract located in Porcion 18, a 58.00 acres tract located in Porcion 21, an

                   18.00 acres tract located in the River Oaks Park Subdivision, a 10.59 acres tract located

                   in Porcion 22, an 138.513 acres tract located partly in Porcion 36 and partly in Porcion

                   37, a 22.00 acres tract located in Porcion 37 and a 31.00 acres tract located in Porcion

                   38.  Said Right-of-Entry being described on attached Exhibit 1; and providing for an

                   effective date.

 

                   Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of #2007-O-199, # 2007-O-200, # 2007-O-201, # 2007-            O-202, # 2007-O-203, # 2007-O-204, # 2007-O-205, # 2007-O-206, # 2007-O-207, # 2007-   O-208, and # 2007-O-209.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garcia

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            24.  2007-O-199  Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008

                                         annual budget by authorizing the City Manager to accept, execute and

                                         appropriate revenues and expenditures for the Local Health System-                                                     Office of Public Health Practices (OPHP) continuation grant in the                                             amount of $306,835.00 to provide prevention, disease control, and health                                 promotion activities from the Texas Department of Health Services and                               $169,187.00 in program income.  The grant has a term period from                                             September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-199.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-200  Amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2007-2008 full-time                                 equivalent positions by creating one (1) full-time Public Health  

                                         Technician position with benefits, (salary/ fringes amount of $47,697.00)                                    in the Health Department – Public Health Preparedness (PHP) and                                            Epidemiology Program for the term from October 1, 2007 through                                                 August 31, 2008.  Funding is available through the Early Warning                                                   Infectious Disease Surveillance (EWIDS) portion of the PHP Grant.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-200.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-201  Amending the Subdivision Ordinance of the City of Laredo by:  Creating                                   Chapter 2, Section 2-3.4, Administrative Approval of Plats, Amending                                                  Chapter 3:  Subdivision Design Standards, establishing standards in                                                conformance with the Association of State Highway and Transportation                                          Officials (AASHTO) publication of “A Policy on Geometric Design of                                            Highways and Streets”, increasing the diameter of dead-end streets from                                        80 feet to 100 feet, establishing pavement standards in conformance with                                       the (AASHTO) Guide for Design of Pavement Structures, and                                                             establishing pavement specifications for public and private streets based                                          on expected traffic loads and pavement structures;  providing for                                             publication and effective date.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-201.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-202   Accepting a grant awarded and amending the City of Laredo FY 2007-                                                2008 budget by increasing revenues and expenses in the amount of                                            $45,000.00 for an Interdiction project awarded by the Office of the                                               National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking                                         Area (HIDTA).  Funds will be used to pay overtime expenses for a drug                                     interdiction unit comprised of Financial Task Force agents and Laredo                                            Police Officers from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2007. Fringe                                 benefits will be funded from opening fund balance. 

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-202.

           

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-203  Amending the City of Laredo Special Police 2007-2008 Annual Budget in                                 the amount of $44,687.00.  The Office of Justice Assistance Grant                                            Program is contributing the full grant amount of $125,687.00 with no                                              match amount obligated to the City of Laredo.  The City of Laredo and                                                    Webb County will each receive $62,843.50.  The City of Laredo will                                           utilize this funding for the purchase of equipment for Homeland Security                                  purposes by the Laredo Police Department for the period of October 1,                                                      2006 through September 30, 2010.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-203.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-204  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a Direct Aid Grant from the                                                      Texas State Library – Loan Star Libraries Program in the amount of                                                      $30,722.00 for new public computers and the replacement of backlit                                                     components for the current LCD computer terminals and amending the                                                  City of Laredo FY 2007-2008 Annual Budget Revenues and Expenditures                                in the amount of $5,722.00.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-204.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-205  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of                                                 $50,000.00 from the Office of the Governor, the Division of Emergency                                    Management (GDEM) and to amend the City of Laredo FY 2007-2008                                               Annual Budget in the same amount.  The Office of the Governor, the                                                      Division of Emergency Management has made a project grant available                                      in order to organize and deploy state agency and local government law                                           enforcement personnel and equipment to participate in a project to                                                 enhance border security along the Texas-Mexico border.  Funds will be                                         used to pay overtime, fringe benefits, and operational expenses from                                                       September 12, 2007 through December 2, 2007.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-205.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-206  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2007-2008 Annual Budget by                                                            appropriating expenditures in the amount of $500,000.00 in the Laredo                                                 Police Department Trust Fund.  Funding will be used to purchase                                              operational materials, supplies, and capital outlay equipment.  Equipment                                   items include surveillance equipment, tactical entry equipment, and                                             patrol motorcycles.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund                                                    opening balance.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-206.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

                   2007-O-207  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a donation from Wal-Mart                                            Corporation in the amount of $1,000.00 and to amend the City of Laredo                                 Friends of the Library Fund FY 2007-2008 annual budget by                                                                appropriating said funds.  Funds will be used to purchase a new                                                                  laminating machine for the Main Library.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-207.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-208  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by                                               authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a parking lot on Lot 7, Block 6,                                        Moonlight Subdivision, located at 2101 Puscas Court; providing for an                                           effective date and publication.    

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-208.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-209  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease and joint use agreement                                    with  the Laredo Independent School District, copy of which is attached                                         as Exhibit 1; said agreement is for a term of 5 years and pertains to the                                                following City property block 240, eastern division, Galveston Street                                              between Mcdonnell and Monterrey; and Mier Street between Mcdonnell                                       and Monterrey, to be used as part of the land for the J.C. Martin                                              Elementary School presently being reconstructed; and providing for                                                      effective date.

 

                                         Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, said that the City would like to find out

                                         the possibility of being able to work on these said lots to have a joint use

                                         for soccer/park use.

                                         

                                         Edmundo Lopez, Construction Administrator for Laredo Independent

                                         School District, said that there has been questions regarding the

                                         utilization of properties that the district owns.  He further stated that the

                                         item would need to be placed on the agenda of Laredo Independent

                                         School district for consideration.

           

                                         John Kazen, General Counsel for Laredo Independent School District,

                                         said that he did not see any legal issues on this item and he understands

                                         that they administration is in favor of meeting the city on this item.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-209.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:      8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                                         Mayor Pro Tempore began chairing the meeting, Mayor Salinas was not

                                         present.

 

XI. RESOLUTIONS

 

            25.  2007-R-076  Confirming the Mayor’s appointment of five (5) representatives from the                                    City of Laredo, to serve on the board of directors of the South Texas                                                    Development Council for the period of October 1, 2007 to September 30,                                2008; the appointments must include three (3) elected City Officials and                                    two (2) non-governmental members that represent the general interest                                             groups of business and community based organizations.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-076 including Cm. Garza, Cm.

                                        Rendon, and Cm. Garcia.  Staff members shall be Jesus Olivares, Ronnie

                                        Acosta, Heberto Ramirez, and John Porter.  Citizens shall be Richard

                                        Norton and Fred Dickey.  

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            26. 2007-R-080  Authorizing the City Manager to execute grant agreement CSJ No.                                            M822LREDO with the Texas Department of Transportation under the                                                  Routine Airport Maintenance Program in the amount of $50,000.00 for the                                purpose of airside and landside maintenance at the Laredo International                                                     Airport.  The City’s fifty percent (50%) local match for this project in the                                       amount of $50,000.00 is available in the Airport Operations Fund.

                                       

                                         Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-080.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            27. 2007-R-081  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a reimbursement                                     contract between the City of Laredo and Killam Development, Ltd.  The                                   purpose of this contract is to disburse a payment in the amount of                                                  $150,000.00 of the City’s contribution to the costs of construction by                                            Killam Development, Ltd., of Shiloh Drive.  Funding is available in the                                         2007 Certificate of Obligation Discretionary Funds District VI, Account                                     462-9822-535-4999.

 

                                         Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-081.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

            28. 2007-R-083  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement by and                                    between the City of Laredo and Webb County for the establishment and                                       operation of a 3-1-1 Center.  Funding is available in the 3-1-1 Program                                                     Division as follows:  1) Fiscal Year 2006-2007 total budget is $71,008.00                                    with a 50% cost share from Webb County and 2) Fiscal Year 2007-2008                                   total budget is $321,937.00 with a 10% cost share from Webb County.

                                       

                                         Motion to postpone. 

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            29. 2007-R-084  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Drug                                                    Enforcement Administration, in the amount of $15,573.00.  The                                                                       agreement’s purpose is to reimburse costs for overtime incurred by the                                                       Laredo Police Department in providing resources for OCDETF                                                                   (Organized Drug Enforcement Task Forces).  The term of this agreement                                   is from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008 and will be                                             accounted for in the Special Police Fund. 

 

                                         Motion to approve Resolution 2007-R-084.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

            30.  Approving Cooperative Agreement No. HSTS0208HSLR197 with the Department of              Homeland Security-Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to reimburse the                           Airport Fund for law enforcement services associated with the passenger screening                           checkpoint, and authorizing the City Manager to execute said agreement. The total                            estimated reimbursement of this five (5) year agreement is $487,275.00, for a term                           from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2012 or earlier if terminated by the                        parties.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            31.  Authorizing the City Manager to contract with the following consulting firms for                 

                   intergovernmental, informational, and advocacy services to be provided to the City of                Laredo for the period of October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008.  Funding is                         available in the General and Information Technology Funds.

                   * McWilliams & Associates (Andrea McWilliams), Austin, Texas, in the amount of                                              $48,000.00;

                   * Miller & Van Eaton, P.L.L.C. (Gerry Lederer), Washington, D.C., in the amount of                              $72,000.00, plus $10,000.00 out of pocket expenses;

                   * Government Relations, Inc. (Allynn Howe), Oakton, Virginia, in the amount of       

                      $60,000, plus $5,000 out of pocket expenses.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of computers, computer software, and other                              services offered through the State of Texas, Department of Information Resources                    (DIR) cooperative purchase contracts.  The City is a member of the Texas                                       Procurement and Support Services (TPSS) Cooperative Purchasing Program which                         allows eligible municipalities to take advantage of approved State contracts.  Funding            is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Landeck

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            33.  Authorizing the City Manager to consider awarding a one (1) year professional                          service contract FY07-114 with an option to renew for one (1) year to perform drug                        and alcohol testing pursuant to the City of Laredo Drug and Alcohol Policy  and                          Procedure to two (2) contractors:  A.G. Pellegrin, MD and Carlos H. Hornedo, D.O.                               Funding is available in the health benefits budget of the Employee Health and                             Wellness Division.  The cost of this contract is not to exceed $25,000.00 on a yearly                              basis for each selected provider for a total budgeted expense not to exceed                                    $50,000.00.

 

                   Cm. Garza stressed his campaign for a city-wide drug testing program.  He said that if

                   the City agrees to make all City employees go for a drug test that there would be a

                   higher amount and that the city should go out for proposals for that amount.

 

                   Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, assured the Council Member that the City of Laredo

                   would consider the additional amount within the budget for the City of Laredo Drug

                   and Alcohol Policy.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Landeck

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            34.  Amending the contract with Turner, Collie & Braden, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for                                         $40,000.00 for water and $40,000.00 for wastewater to include Project Management                                    Services from December 5, 2006 to September 30, 2007 with an extension of 300                                calendar days for the City of Laredo Colonias TWDB-EDAP Project funded by the                                        Texas Water Development Board.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Consideration for approval of change order #2 to Jimmy Closner and Sons                                               Construction Co., Inc., Mercedes, Texas, an increase in the amount of $12,216.50, for             the construction of the Mines Road Work Order #2 – Water Main and Pump Station                       Project, for the balance quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the                             project, approval of final payment, and extending the contract time for an additional 97        calendar days. The revised contract amount is $2,004,432.25. The new construction                          time including this change order will be 836 calendar days. Acceptance of project is                       subject to TWDB approval. Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund and                                Utilities Water Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            36.  Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Chapman &                               Associates, Inc., Magnolia, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $87,570.00 for the                                Laredo International Airport Resident Project Representative Services (Inspection                    Services), General Aviation Apron and Taxiway Reconstruction, Phase III.  The                               Airport Advisory Committee recommends approval.  Design work will take                                      approximately six (6) months.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            37.  Consideration to authorize the approval of amendment of the professional services                    contract dated April 2, 2007 with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Austin, Texas, for the          performance of professional services related to the Downtown Signalization Project, is                  amended such that both:  the fee is increased by $76,321.00 from $250,000.00 to                                $326,321.00, for additional professional services and to extend the contract by an                                additional 120 days.  Funding is available in the MPO Account.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            38.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder ALC              Construction, LLC, Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $476,464.00 for the Laredo         

                   Street Drainage Improvements – Phase II.  Contract time is one hundred ten (110)                                 working days.  Funding is available in the 2003 C.O. Issue and 2006 C.O. Issue.   

 

                   Motion to postone.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            39.  Consideration to award a contract to the lowest bidder Jimmy Closner & Sons,                         Mercedes, Texas, in the estimated amount of $1,385,472.50 for the Upper Zacate Creek                Multi-purpose Detention Pond Project. These improvements include installation of                                        erosion control measures, channel excavation, irrigation system, fencing, and                                     construction of an access road.   Funding is available in the 2007 C.O. Bonds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            40.  Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to FQR Architects,           Inc., Laredo, Texas, in association with HMG and Associates, San Antonio, Texas,                          Synergy Structural Engineering, Inc., Laredo, Texas, Sherfey Engineering Company,             Laredo, Texas, and Terracon Consultants, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed        $510,000.00 for the design and preparation of plans and specifications for the World                               Trade Bridge Toll Inspection Facility Expansion to include additional booths and lanes,             canopy , islands, related utilities including water and sanitary sewer lines, lighting and              data communications.  Design work will take approximately six (6) months.  Funding is                available in the Bridge System Fund.  

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

41.    Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder           Closner Construction Company, LC, Laredo, Texas, in the base bid amount of                           $433,557.00 for the Rancho Viejo Drive Culvert Drainage Improvements.  Contract                  time is one hundred twenty (120) working days.  Funding is available in the 2007 C.O.        Rancho Viejo Culvert Drainage.  

 

Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            42.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) cab and chassis truck with a ten                                 cubic yard concrete mixer in the amount of $132,988.00 through the Buyboard                         Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing from Dallas Mack Sales, L.P.  This                    equipment will be assigned to the Public Works Department.  Funding is available in                         the 2007 Certificates of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            43.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract number FY07-133 awarded to           HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $250,000.00;                   for the purchase of a PVC pipe used by the Utilities Department.  This is the first of                                four (60) day supply extensions.  These materials are purchased on an as needed basis                for construction and the repair of projects.  Funding is available in the Utilities                                         Department budget.

           

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            44.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-172 to the low bidders:

                   1. Traffic Parts, Conroe, Texas in the amount of $100,546.75; and

                   2. Pathmark Traffic Pars, San Marcos, Texas, in the amount of $1,600.00;

                        for the purchase of traffic signal assemblies and related materials required for traffic                    signal upgrades for the following locations:  Winfield-Alexander, the Airport at Bob                    Bullock Loop and Del Mar Boulevard at McPherson Drive.  Funding is available in                    the 2006 Certificate of Obligation Issue, Airport Operation and Airport Construction                   Funds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            45.  Consideration to award an annual miscellaneous auto parts contract number FY07-173             to the following multiple bidders:

                   1.  Gonzalez Auto Parts, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $20,000.00

                   2.  O’Reilly Auto Parts, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $20,000.00

                   3.  Napa Auto Parts, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $20,000.00

                   4.  Full Service Auto, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $20,000.00

                   5.  Laredo Wholesale, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $10,000.00

                   6.  Texas Fleet Supply, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $5,000.00

                   7.  Texas Alternator, Austin, Texas in the amount of $5,000.00

                         for the purchase of miscellaneous auto parts for the Fleet Department.  This                               contract establishes discount percentage pricing for those miscellaneous auto                               parts not covered in the general automotive parts contract.  These vendors have                                        offered percentage discount pricing from their general catalogues.  All items will                                                  be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet                                         Management Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            46.  Award of a professional services contract with Mejia Engineering Company in the                      amount of $66,082.87 to provide consulting services for the Ejido/Stewart Drainage                         Improvement Project for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The project consists of                                     addition/replacement of the existing drainage system to reduce localized flooding.                              Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            47.  Award of a professional services contract with Espey Consultants, Inc. in the amount                 of $199,775.00 to provide consulting services for the Phase I of the Canal Street                              Drainage Improvements Project for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The project consists of        drainage study, evaluation of the existing systems, evaluation of alternatives with cost               estimates and economic feasibility study for the flood mitigation along Canal Street.                        Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            48.  Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amounts to be adjusted for the                                    month of September 2007 represent a decrease of $7,066.65.  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

 

            49.  Refund of property tax in the amount of $1,828.32 to the following taxpayers;

                   1.  A refund of property in the amount of $822.00 payable to First American Real                          Estate Tax due to an overpayment.  Account #980-60001-170.

                   2.  A refund of property tax in the amount of $504.21 payable to Homecomings                             Financial due to an overpayment.  Account #985-60005-320.

                   3.  A refund of property tax in the amount of $502.11 payable to AMC Mortgage                         Services due to an overpayment.  Account #983-51001-240.

                   Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII. STAFF REPORTS

 

            50.  A.  Discussion with possible action to consider Police Officer Gilbert Vazquez, III                           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, said that Officer Gilbert Vazquez, III was

                         injured on August 19, 2007 while attempting to restrain a suspect.  He had surgery

                         on September 6, 2007 and has been in rehab.  The City of Laredo has not received a

                         release from his doctor stating that he is ready to return; however, he is expected to                  return to work within 90 days. 

 

                         Motion to approve.

 

                         Moved:  Cm.  Garza

                         Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                         For:     8                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIV. EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

51.    Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 for

legal advice regarding consideration for the purchase of real property for park purposes located at Lot 5, Block 9, Crown Ridge I Subdivision, also known as the 400 block of Shiloh Drive, and in order to avoid any detrimental effect that open session on the same might have on the City's ability to negotiate with third parties; and, return to open session for possible action.

 

       Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section

       551.072 for legal advice regarding consideration for the purchase of real property for

       park purposes located at Lot 5, Block 9, Crown Ridge I Subdivision, also known as the

       400 block of Shiloh Drive, and in order to avoid any detrimental effect that open

       session on the same might have on the City's ability to negotiate with third parties; and,

       return to open session for possible action.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Garza

       Second:  Cm. Amaya

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Motion to  authorize to obtain appraisals, surveys, and other studies necessary for the   

determination of fair market value, and to negotiate with third parties for the purchase

of real property for park purposes located at Lot 5, Block 9, Crown ridge I Subdivision,

also know as the 400 block of Shiloh Drive.

 

       Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

       Second:  Cm. Chavez

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO   

            MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

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

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0       

                       

            52.   Motion to waive bus fare collection to and from the HEB “Feast of Sharing” to be held              at the Laredo Civic Center on Sunday, November 18, 2007 as participation by the City                    of Laredo co-sponsoring this event.  HEB will provide a $1,500.00 contribution to                                            offset the fares.

 

                    Motion to approve.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Garza

                    Second:  Cm. Amaya

                    For:     8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND CONVENE ADJOURN                      

            AS THE LAERDO CITY COUNCIL

 

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

 

           

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                Time:  10:07 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               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 October 15, 2007.

 

 

                                                                                    _____________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary