CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-R-21

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

NOVEMBER 5, 2007

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present Mayor 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

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Raul Casso,                                                                              City Attorney

            Horacio De Leon,                                                                     Assistant City Manager

            Jesus Olivares,                                                                          Assistant City Manager

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of September 4, 2007, September 10, 2007 and October 15, 2007.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Amaya

            Second:  Cm. Ramirez

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

           

 

            Recognitions

 

            Recognition of Wendolyne Morales, Univision reporter, for winning the Lone Star Emmy             Award on her report titled “Tomas Contreras: Injusticia Tras Las Rejas.”

 

            Mayor Salinas and City Council publicly recognized Wendolyne Morales and presented             her with a Seven Flags Certificate of Recognition.

 

            Communiqués

            a.  Invitation by Arnold Davis, Chairman and Bertha Mena, Co-Chairman of the “Feast of              Sharing” event sponsored H.E.B. to be held at the Laredo Civic Center on Sunday,      

                 November 18, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

                 Arnold Davis and Bertha Mena publicly invited the public to attend the “19th Annual                                 Feast of Sharing” event sponsored by H. E. B. and the City of Laredo at the Laredo

                 Civic Center on Sunday, November 18, 2007.  He noted that they are expecting over

                 12,000 persons and they are prepared to serve over 3,000 pounds of turkey. 

 

            b.  Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, President of the University of Texas Health Science Center San

                 Antonio will provide comments in appreciation for the partnership between the

                 UTHSCSA Dental School and the City of Laredo.   

 

                 Dr.  Cigarroa, President of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio,             provided comments in appreciation for the partnership between the UTHSCSA Dental

                 School and the City of Laredo.   He added that it was a tremendous privilege to speak to          the City Council because Laredo will always be his home.  He noted that everything                       that he has ever accomplished is attributed to the great teachers that he has had in

                 the City of Laredo.  He thanked all the entities that allow them to flourish in the City to               expand helpful education.

 

            Cm. Garza congratulated Cm. Garcia on the ALS Walk that was held on Saturday.  He             added that he is very supportive of the efforts of individuals who participate in fundraising             events such as ALS.   He said that he provided school clothes for 160 students in his     District.  He thanked the City of Laredo Police Department for maintaining a safer           Halloween for children.  Finally, he congratulated the United South High School Football            team for making the playoffs.

 

            Cm. Garcia thanked the community, especially the employees of the City of Laredo, for             working hard to raise money for the ALS Walk.  He specifically thanked his friends for showing their support for the ALS event.  He congratulated Alexander High School Cross          Country Boys Team for advancing to the State U. I. L. Level.  He also congratulated the         Alexander High School Girls Volleyball Team for advancing to the playoffs.  He thanked            the Mayor for reading the Proclamation for the Alexander HOSA club.  Finally, he            congratulated and showed support for Mr. Aleman from United High School for          concentrating on the education of his school.  He noted that his actions demonstrated a lot         of character. 

 

            Cm. Amaya informed City Council that District IV would be having a renaming ceremony             for the Eliseo Valdez, Jr. Park at Jefferson and San Francisco.  He also reminded          individuals that the District IV Committee would be having a steak plate sale to benefit the low income families for the holidays.  

 

            Cm. Rendon thanked John Orfila, Jr., Public Works Director and his staff, for working very             diligently on Jacaman Road.  He also thanked the citizens that use the route for being     patient.  He also mentioned that the State of Tabasco is suffering due to flooding.  He      thanked the Council for their support in assisting the state. 

 

            Cm. Belmares congratulated the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for holding a             phenomenal fund raising event.  He said that they have raised over $250,000 for the             Foundation which is a testament to the people of Laredo who open up their hearts and their             wallets and give to a good causes.   He thanked all the individuals who participated in the             “Make A Difference Day” held in North Laredo.  He mentioned that over 500 people from             Laredo attended the event.  He specifically mentioned the names of the City employees who             had a    vital roll in coordinating the event.  He gave his condolences to the family and     friends of Luis Munoz, Korean War Veteran.  He reminded the media partners about the annual Blue Santa Football game that will be held in December to raise toys for children. 

 

            Cm. Chavez asked the community to support the Laredo Bucks. 

 

            Cm.  Ramirez thanked Roy Garcia, Code Enforcement Supervisor, and his volunteers for             removing graffiti in District VIII.  He thanked everyone that participated in the Halloween             event at the Civic Center.  He encouraged the viewing public to vote in current election on             November 6, 2007.

           

            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.

 

            Guillermina Montes and Jesus Guerra, LISD Trustees, stated that the goal of Laredo             Independent School District is to promote pedestrian safety and create safety awareness in             Laredo.  She asked the cooperation from City Council to join their mission to create safety             awareness.  The specifically sought the endorsement of their resolution of October 17, 2007             calling for the construction of a pedestrian bridge at the corner of Zacatecas and Zapata             Highway.  The goal of the partnership with Laredo Police Department is to develop and             implement a curriculum for pedestrian safety that we can take to the schools for the benefit             and safety of everyone.  

 

            Juan Jose Avila spoke encouraging assistance to Tabasco, Mexico.   

 

            Emilio Martinez spoke on the problems with the Police Department and stated that the time             has come for corruption to stop and for City leaders to address the problems.  He asked that     a Citizen Commission be erected and asked that the amusement machines be banned from            Laredo and Webb County

 

 

 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            Appointment by Council Member Juan Chavez of Ofelia Kirby to the Library Advisory             Committee.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Amaya

            Second:  Cm. Garza

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

VII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            A.  Request by Council Member Mike Garza

 

            1.  Status report on the Municipal Golf Course Project and related funding, with possible

                 action.

 

                 This item was postponed at the request of Cm. Garza.

 

           B.  Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action including possible amendments to the scope and

                 conditions of the contract awarded to the engineering company (Poznecki Camarillo            

                 Engineering Surveying, Inc.) regarding the evaluation of potential sites for bridge #5 in

                 the south and south Laredo.

 

                 Cm. Landeck stated that there is current correspondence taking place between the DD

                 Hachar Foundation and Commissioner Wawi Tijerina on the issue that they

                 should be allowed access to the engineering company.  He said that it is not allowed

                 because the contract was written in such a way that no one should have access to the

                 engineering company.  Members of the City have access to the engineering company

                 including the City Manager, City Engineer, and other individuals.   He went on to say

                 that he could not foresee any damage if the DD Hachar or Montemayor Companies

                 make a presentation. 

 

                 Motion to allow all three representatives of all three groups to contact the Poznecki

                 Company and arrange for them a presentation at their will.  

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                 There was not a second so motion died.

 

                 Cynthia Collazo, Deputy City Manager, reported that the scope of services in

                 “attachment A” that was part of the contract apparently stated that Poznecki Camarrillo             wanted no contact or presentations from any of the engineering firms with the exception                  of the City Engineer, Utilities Director, and the County’s Engineer.  She said that a                        report has been submitted but she has not had time to review it. 

 

                 Tomas Rodriguez, Utilities Director, explained that he was under the impression that the

                 Commissioner does have a copy of the contract because the County staff provided

                 Commissioners  copies of the contract like City staff provided Council Members. 

                 Commissioner Tijerina is the person in charge of the City/County Elected Official

                 ommittee and they agreed that the scope (attachment A) was adequate and the

                 committee came to report to Council and Commissioners.   City staff was

                 instructed to send the scope of services to Camarillo.  The special condition read that the

                 consultant should not discuss the project with any local engineering firms and that they

                 should not discuss the project with any local landowners or developers.  He assured the

                 Council that the scope was in the contract where City and Council leaders voted on the

                 contract for a 50/50 agreement.

                

            2.  Discussion and possible action regarding a formulation of a policy on distribution of

                 copies of correspondence and documentation addressed to the Mayor and/or City

                 Manager that should be distributed to all the members of the City Council.

 

                 Cm. Landeck expressed his concern for copies of correspondence and documentation                             addressed to the Mayor and/or City Manager that he and other Council Members do not          receive.  He said that City Council needs to create a formulation or a policy on                              distribution of copies.  He asked City Council to spend some thought to develop a policy                where all members follow to try to avoid situations where some receive information and                 some Council members don’t. 

 

                 Cm. Rendon explained that often time Council members receive information because

                 they are on a particular committee and others aren’t. 

                

                 Mayor Salinas said that he understands the concerns of the Council Members and

                 explained that often times he receives confidential mail.  He added that he did not

                 have a problem with sharing material with other Council Members if it pertains to City

                 issues. 

 

                 Cm. Landeck suggested creating a policy for copies of correspondence and

                 documentation.  He asked each official to review their mail and share it with Council if it

                 pertains to City of Laredo issues. 

           

            C.   Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on appropriating funds from both District IV and

                 District V for the installation of a street light at the east side corner of Ryan and

                 Marcella.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Johnny Rendon)

 

                 Motion to a appropriate funds from both District IV and District V for the installation of

                 a street light at the east side corner of Ryan and Marcella.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                 Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            D.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on introducing a pilot program to provide recycle bins in

                 different areas in our community instead of the blue bags.

                 Cm. Rendon said that the reason he placed this item on the agenda is because at other

                 Council meetings Cm. Garcia made a motion to make our City a plastic free City.  He

                 expressed an interest in implementing a pilot program for placing recycle bind in

                 different areas of the city. 

 

                 Oscar Medina, Solid Waste Director, reported that other cities have adopted a twice a

                 week pick up.  The first week is trash and the second pick up is recycling material.  He              said that the citizens are provided a green trash can and a blue recycle bin.  He advised      that the city would need to spend 2.7 million dollars to buy blue bins; however, it can be            phased in.  He suggested a registration process where interested citizens will sign up to                  receive a blue bin to recycle.  He agreed that the City could also implement a pilot                      program for a neighborhood in North Laredo and South Laredo.

 

                 Cm. Rendon requested the pilot program.

 

                 Cm. Garcia expressed his satisfaction with the registration process for recycling. 

 

                 Oscar Medina, Solid Waste Director, advised Council that he would look at different                              incentives for recycling and return to City Council with a recommendation.

 

            2.  Status report on the storm drainage project on Belmont Subdivision between Esperanza

                 & Sage streets.

 

                 Riazul Mia, Environmental Department, said the contract was awarded and the design

                 should be complete by the end of January 2008.  It will go to bid in February 2008. 

 

            3.  Presentation by Blas Castaneda, LCC Chief Economic Officer, on a Department of

                 Labor grant initiative for workforce literacy centers to support businesses and industries

                 in our community and the southern border region.

 

                 Blas Castaneda, LCC Chief Economic Officer, gave the following presentation:

 

                 What is WIRED?

 

                 Workforce Innovation Regioinal Economic Development

                 Main Focus – Talent Development

                 Tied to the Cluster Initiative at Federal and State Level

                 Rio South Texas Alliance

 

                 U S Department of Labor

                 Community-based Job Training Grant

 

                 Total funding of $125M

                 Cap per project $2M over a 3 year period

                 Community Capacity Building

                 Workplace Literacy Center $2M Total Grant $3.9M

                 Criteria:

                 Strong Partnerships

                 Sustainable projects at the end of grant

                 High Accountability

 

                 Fact Sheet

           

o       $2,000,000 from DOL for 3 years

o       LCC, TSTC, STC, are main partners – LCC is the lead

o       LCCC will have SWTJC as a partner under contract

o       Satellite training facility in Zapata

o       Partnerships will train 1,575 people in 3 years will fund curriculum development for lodging, construction, retail clusters with health and manufacturing already completed

o       Our local partners include the workforce board, city, freight forwarders association, custom brokers association, most have contributed funds.

 

            E.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on setting a workshop for reviewing, amending and/or                approving the Park Dedication Ordinance.

 

                 Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Department, said that the final draft has been

                 submitted and staff is ready to present a workshop to City Council.  

 

                 Cm. Belmares instructed the City Manager to submit the draft to the City Council and

                 continue to prepare for the workshop.  He noted that the workshop should be held on

                 November 26, 2007

 

                 Motion to hold a workshop on reviewing, amending and/or approving the Park

                 Dedication Ordinance.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  Appropriating $5,000.00 in capital expenditures at the Airport to purchase flat panel                                televisions.  This item is recommended by the Airport Advisory Committee.  (Co-                      sponsored by Council Member Johnny Rendon)

 

                 Jose Flores, Airport Director, advised that the proposals call for three monitors with an

                 estimated costs of $10,500; however, the City needs to go through the bidding process. 

 

                 Motion to approve the funding to purchase flat panel televisions for the Airport.  The

                 following Council Members agree to pay for the televisions out of their discretionary

                 funds including:  Cm. Garza, Cm. Garcia, Cm. Rendon, Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares,

                 and Cm. Ramirez.  Cm. Ramirez will donate $1,000.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

            3.  Discussion with possible action on enacting a moratorium on eight liners pending the                  review of licensing, regulations, enforcement policies and procedures.

 

                 Cm. Belmares said that he has been apprised by the City Attorney regarding the

                 difficulty of enacting a moratorium.  He added that the City Council needs to have a

                 workshop on this item at the same time they are informed about the park naming

                 ordinance. 

 

                 Cm. Garza asked if the City of Laredo could completely band the entertainment

                 devices.

 

                 Raul Casso, City Attorney, explained that the City of Laredo can regulate their use;

                 however, they cannot pass a complete ban.  He said that the State of Texas has already

                 defined what is a legal machine and if they create an ordinance it would conflict with

                 the State and would be considered a void ordinance. He said that the enforcement is the

                 most critical error.

 

                 Motion to include this item on the November 6, 2007

 

            F.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on having police presence at Bridge I and Bridge II.

 

                 Cm. Ramirez explained that the reason he placed this item on the agenda is because the

                 prior Chief of Police would not cooperate with his request.  He mentioned several

                 incidents where individuals crossed and would not have if there would have been police

                 officers stationed at the bridge.  He went on to say with the upcoming holidays it is

                 imperative for the Police Department to have a presence at Bridge I and Bridge II.

 

                 Gilberto Navarro, Interim Chief, informed City Council of a recent survey of                                             surrounding ports which state that seven out of nine ports of entries do not have posted

                 officers at their ports of entry.  He added that in the Friday packet he submitted a report            as to how he proposes to distribute personnel.   He further explained that the Department

                 has received grants to obtain license plate readers and motorized scooters.  He assured                            City Council that they will see more patrolling in the downtown/bridge area.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on placing street lights at the 2700 block of San Agustin        

                 (west side) and the 100 block of Mier (north side).

 

                 Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Department, gave an estimated amount of $3,000 for the street

                 lights. 

 

                 Motion to approve the use of District VIII Discretionary funds for placing street lights at

                 the 2700 block of San Agustin and the 100 block of Mier.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

            3.  Status report on the Request for Proposals for the water park, with possible action.

 

                Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Department, said that he provided a draft to

                City Council in their Friday packet which included the review and comments.  It also

                includes the criteria that the City staff is reviewing in the proposals.  The City of Laredo

                is ready to move forward with the bid proposal. He continued to say that he would work

                with the purchasing department to launch the notice to bidders throughout the country. 

                Finally, he noted that he would do further studies on the water park and return to Council.

 

           4.  Status report on the Christmas tree lighting event, with possible action.

           

                Blasita Lopez, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Interim Director, commented that the

                project is in the planning stages.  She said that the tree lighting will be held at the Civic

                Center.   

                            

VIII. PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            2. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year                   2007-2008 Financial Task Force budget by increasing expenses in the amount of                          $10,000.00 for an interdiction project awarded by the Office of the National Drug                         Control Policy (ONDCP) High Density Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).  Funds will be                 used to pay             fringe benefit 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 the opening fund balance.

 

                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:  City Council 

 

            3. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health                                         Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget by appropriating  revenues and expenditures           in the amount of $172,239.00, from the Texas Department of State Health Services-                    Office of Border Health for the Department’s  Public Health Emergency Preparedness-                           Early Warning Infections Disease Surveillance for early detection and rapid response                 from October 1, 2007 through July 31, 2008, and authorizing the City Manager to                      execute the contract.

 

                 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:  City Council 

 

            4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health                           Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and                         expenditures in the amount $24,750.00 from the University of Texas Health Science                      Center at San Antonio for the continuation of the Department’s South Texas Family

                AIDS Network grant award for the period beginning August 1, 2007 through July 31,

                2008 to provide patient care for HIV/AIDS patients.

 

                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:  City Council  

 

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance ratifying City Manager’s acceptance of a

                 grant by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Border 2012                              Grant Program in the amount of $50,000.00 with the City designating $12,695.00 in

                 matching funds for a total of $62,695.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year

                 2007-2008 Annual Budget for the Environmental Services Fund by appropriating the

                 said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  Funds will be used for the

                 production of the Dos Laredos Non-Point Source Pollution Early Childhood Education

                 Video.

 

                 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. Amaya

                 For:     8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

            6.  Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the proposed amendment to

                 the 2007 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan by reprogramming a total of $825,000.00

                 of 33rd Action Year (AY) 2007 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds

                 for the purpose of funding the Chacon Creek/Guatemozin Street Acquisition and

                 Relocation project by canceling funding for the following projects:

 

                 Canizalez Park Pavilion and Improvements project ………….………$100,000

                 Cielito Lindo Park project……………………………………………...$225,000

                 Shade Structures along Zacate Creek…………………………………. $100,000

                 Slaughter Park project…….…………….…………………………..….$400,000

 

                 Total Funds Reprogrammed………………..……………………………$825,000

 

                 The Chacon Creek/Guatemozin Street Acquisition and Relocation project will enhance

                 the floodplain and provide safety to the residents that will be relocated.  The above listed           park projects are proposed to be funded through 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond

                 funds.

 

                 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. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

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

                 2007-2008 annual budget for the parking meters fund by appropriating expenditures in

                 the amount of $300,000.00 from fund balance for the Riverfront Parking Lot

                 Restructuring Project.

 

                 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:  City Council 

 

            8.  Individual public hearings for the voluntary annexation of eleven (11) tracts of land:

                

                 Tract 1:  Ed-Sal Tract – 4.02 acres, more or less, located east of FM 1472 and south of            State Highway 255. Petitioner:  Ed-Sal Investments Ltd.

 

                 Motion to open public hearing on Tract 1.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8

 

                 There was no public input.

           

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Tract 2:  RRTAIT Tract – 84.77 acres, more or less, located approximately 1.55 miles

                 east of Bob Bullock Loop and Highway 359, on the north side of Highway 359. 

                 Petitioner:  S.T.F.G. Inc.

 

                 Motion to open public hearing on Tract 2.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

           

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Tract 3:  Killam Charco Tract – 88.56 acres, more or less, located approximately east of

                 Interstate Highway 35 and north of Bob Bullock Loop.  Petitioner:  Killam Ranch

                 Properties, Ltd.

 

                  Motion to open public hearing on Tract 3.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

           

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Tract 4:   Killam Quiote Tract – 194.08 acres, more or less, located east of Bob Bullock

                 Loop and north of Casa Verde Road (future extension of Del Mar Boulevard).                                        Petitioner:  Killam Ranch Properties, Ltd.

 

                 Motion to open public hearing on Tract 4.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

           

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Tract 5:  AFW Investments II Tract – 105.19 acres, more or less, located approximately

                 3.6 miles east of the Loop 20/Highway 359 intersection, immediately north of Colonias

                 Los Altos and Tanquecitos and south of Tex-Mex Railroad.  Petitioner:  AFW

                 Investments II, Ltd.

 

                 Motion to open public hearing on Tract 5.

 

                 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.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Tract 6:  H-5 Tract – 59.94 acres, more or less, located directly east of the City of Laredo

                 landfill.  Petitioner:  Hurd Ranch Company, Ltd.

 

                 Motion to open public hearing on Tract 6.

 

                 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.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Tract 7:  A.R. and Alicia Sanchez Tract – 10.85 acres, more or less, located east of                                 Mines Road (FM 1472) and south of Las Tiendas Road (FM 3338).  Petitioner:  Ramon

                 Diez-Barroso.

 

                 Motion to open public hearing on Tract 7.

 

                 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.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Tract 8:  4V Holdings Tract – 172.13 acres, more or less, located approximately north of

                 Wormser Road and east of Avenida Mexico.  Petitioner:  4 V Holdings, Ltd.

 

                 Motion to open public hearing on Tract 8.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

           

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

 

                 Tract 9:  South Webb County Tract – 1330.83 acres, more or less, located approximately

                 north of Mangana Hein Road and east of U.S. Highway 83.  Petitioner:  South Webb

                 County, Ltd.

 

                 Motion to open public hearing on Tract 9.

 

                 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.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Tract 10:  Tanquecitos South Acres Tract – 21.60 acres, more or less, located directly

                 east and adjacent to Los Altos Subdivision, between Highway 359 and Enlace Road

                 Petitioner:  Consolidated Towne East Holdings, Ltd.

 

                 Motion to open public hearing on Tract 10.

 

                 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.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                 Tract 11:  Daughters of Mary Help Tract – 30.00 acres, more or less, located

                 immediately east of Bob Bullock Loop and south of San Isidro Northeast.  Petitioner: 

                 The Institute of Mary Help of Christians.

 

                 Motion to open public hearing on Tract 11.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

           

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            9.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Foreign Trade Zone Operation Agreement

                 with International Trade & Commerce, Inc., as zone site operator of site 1-D, located at

                 309 NAFTA Boulvevard, effective February 1, 2007 and ending on March 31, 2009

                 Providing for activation, administration and transaction fees to be paid to the City;

                 providing for an effective date.

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            10.  Establishing guidelines and criteria governing tax abatements by the City of Laredo;

                   providing for severability, publication and effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            11.  Amending the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo, Chapter 2, Article V. Boards,

                   Commissions, Councils, etc., Division 4. Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory

                   Board, Sec. 2-223; Membership criteria; term of office; method of appointment; ex-

                   officio members; by amending Sections (a) and (b); This clarifies ordinance to specify

                   that the committee be converted to a nine-person standing committee composed of

                   appointees from each City Council district and an appointee at large by the Mayor as

                   directed through City Council action taken on May 14, 2007.

 

                   Clema Owen, Chairperson for the Convention and Visitors Bureau Committee,

                   explained that she has served on the board for four years and chaired it for two.  She

                   said that she would be rotated out in December of 2007.  She asked City Council to

                   consider to allow the current board attrition to rotate out to keep the base of knowledge            in the board.  She informed Council of the members and the dates of their expiration.

 

                   Cm. Garza noted that the Council members may designate a current member to                         represent them until their term expires.    

 

                   Motion to postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Ramirez

 

                   No Action

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council as amended

 

            12.  Amending Chapter 19, Article XI, Truck Traffic, Division 2, Truck Routes, Section 19-

                   415 (A) (2), Departure from and Return to Designated Truck Route; thereby

                   eliminating existing conflict in the ordinance language regarding the posting of “No

                   Trucks” signs on streets that are not designated as truck routes; providing for

                   severability, publication and effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            13.  Amending the City of Laredo Code Ordinances to clarify certain sections of the

                   Vehicles for Hire Ordinance and to properly enforce taxicab operation regulation as

                   follows:

 

                   1.  Section 32-28 (A), renewal of annual permit, of the Code of Ordinances in order to

                        clarify section;

                   2.  Section 32-33 (3), Substitute or replace taxicabs, in order to add and clarify section;

                   3.  Section 32-37 Term and Renewal, in order to clarify section;

                   4.  Section 32-43.1, Suspension and Revocation of a taxicab license, amending

                        subsection (b) and adding a new subsection (12);

                   5.  Section 32-65.1, Parking of Taxicabs, of the Code of Ordinances, in order to clarify

                        section;

                   6.  Section 32-70, property left in taxicab, in order to clarify section;

                   7.  Section 32-71, Taximeters-Required, adding subsections (C) and (D);

                   8.  Section 32-74, Vehicle Requirements and Inspections, in order to add Subsection

                        (10); providing for severability, for an effective date and publication.

 

                        The Transportation/Traffic Safety Advisory Committee approved these proposed                                     amendments.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES

 

            Motion to waive the Final Reading of Ordinances # 2007-O-210, # 2007-O-211. # 2007-O-            212. # 2007-O-213, # 2007-O-214. # 2007-O-215. # 2007-O-216. # 2007-O-216. # 2007-O-        218, # 2007-O-219, # 2007-O-220, # 2007-O-221, # 2007-O-222, # 2007-O-223, # 2007-O-        224, # 2007-O-225, # 2007-O-226, # 2007-O-227, # 2007-O-228, # 2007-O-229, # 2007-O-        230, and # 2007-O-23.

 

            Moved: Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            14.  2007-O-210  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 adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-210.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-211  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 adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-211.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-212  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 adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-212.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-213  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 adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-213.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-214  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 adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-214.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-215  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 adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-215.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-216  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 adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-216.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-218  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;

                                        providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-218.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-219  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); providing for an

                                        effective date and publication.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-219.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-220  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); providing for an effective date and

                                        publication.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-220.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-221  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); providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-221.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-222  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);

                                        providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-222.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-223  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

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-223.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-224  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; providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-224.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-225  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); providing for an effective date and

                                        publication.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-225.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-226  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); providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-226.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-227  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); providing for an effective date and publication.    

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-227.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                                              

                   2007-O-228  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); providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-228.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-229  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 adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-229.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2007-O-230  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.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-230.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-231  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.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-231.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

            15.  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 General Fund

                                        Budget 3-1-1 Program Division.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2007-R-083.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

            16.  Refund of property tax in the amount of $1,434.65 to the following taxpayers:

           

                   1.  A refund in the amount of $618.53 payable to Jesus and Juanita L. Garza due to an

                        overpayment.  Account #922-00102-140

                   2.  A refund in the amount of $816.12 payable to Rosa Maria Ramirez due to an

                        erroneous payment.  Account #107-00301-030

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            17.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of three (3) dump trucks from Rush Truck

                   Centers of Texas, L.P., in the amount of $281,132.92 through the Houston Galveston

                   Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract

                   pricing.  These will be assigned to the Utilities Department.  Funding is available in the

                   Utilities Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            18.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of nine (9) trucks from Planet Ford, Houston,

                   Texas, in the total amount of $134,315.00 through contract FY07-047.  The contract

                   has a 120 day option to purchase additional vehicles at the awarded price.  Funding is

                   available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            19.  Consideration to award contract FY07-160 to Route Smart Technologies, Columbia,

                   Maryland in the amount of $75,900.00 for the purchase of a refuse collection route

                   optimization software system for the Solid Waste Department.  The system will                          improve the efficiency of the City’s refuse collection services by optimizing the

                   efficiency of routes, balancing route times, and minimizing the collection vehicle usage

                   of approximately 50 department refuse collection vehicles.  Funding is available in the

                   Solid Waste Fund.

 

                   Motion to postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            20.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) front end wheel loader in the total

                   amount of $122,058.00 from Holt Caterpillar, Laredo, Texas, through the Buy Board’s

                   Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing.  This loader will be assigned to the

                   Utilities Department for daily operations and construction projects.  Funding is

                   available in the Waterworks Operational Fund.

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            21.  Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of a soccer field light system at

                   Villa Del Sol Soccer Field, 306 Plaza Lane, in the total amount of $52,000.00, from

                   Musco Sports Lighting Inc., Muscatine, IA, through the BuyBoard cooperative

                   purchasing program’s contract pricing.  Funding is available in the 2007 C.O. Bond

                   Parks Project Villa Del Sol Improvement budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            22.  Consideration to award contract FY08-006 to the low bidders:

 

            1.  Gray’s Wholesale Tires, Fort Worth, Texas, in the estimated amount of $91,435.50 for

                 the purchase of police pursuit tires and;

            2.  Southern Tire Mart, Dallas, Texas, in the estimated amount of $64,385.55 for the

                 purchase of regular passenger tires.

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

 

                  Motion  to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            23.  Consideration to award contract FY07-177 to Hoyt Enterprises, West Tawakoni, TX in

                   the amount of $65,706.00 for the purchase of one trailer mounted air breathing system

                   for the Fire Department. This equipment will be utilized to refill air breathing cylinders

                   at or near an incident sites. Funding is available in the 2006 State Homeland Security

                   Program (SHSP) grant proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

            24.  Consideration to award contract FY08-001 to Nick Benavides, Laredo, Texas, in the

                   total amount of $68,950.00 for providing monthly mowing and maintenance of the

                   Zacate Creek areas.  The term of the contract is for a period of twelve (12) months with

                   the option to extend this contract for two (2) additional twelve (12) month periods.  The

                   contract includes the collection of trash, debris, rubbish and other floatable materials

                   along the creek from Meadow and Canal Streets to the mouth of the river.  Funding is

                   available in the Environmental Services Department budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            25.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of three (3) backhoes from Nueces Power

                   Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $164,542.67 through the Houston

                   Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program’s

                   contract pricing. These will be assigned to the Utilities Department.  Funding is

                   available in the Utility Waterworks & Sewer Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            26.  Award of a professional services contract to Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN)

                   Inc., Houston, Texas, in association with Premier Engineering, Laredo, Texas, in the

                   amount of $120,260.00 to provide consulting services for the River Road Pipe

                   Replacement Project, Phase I for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The project is to replace or

                   repair the existing 9.5 feet diameter metal corrugated pipe at River Road adjacent to

                   Santa Cleotilde north of Water Street, approximately 1,300 linear feet.  Funding is

                   available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            27.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of eighty five (85) sets of structural fire

                   fighting protective uniforms from Dooley Tackaberry, Deer Park, Texas, through the

                   Buy Board Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing in the total amount of

                   $161,654.25.  The set includes the fire coat, trousers, knee boots, gloves, hoods,

                   suspenders, and helmets.  Funding is available in the Fire Department budget.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            28.  Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $20,000.00 to the

                   professional services contract with Puig Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for the

                   Rancho Viejo Drainage Improvements Project for modifications to widen Rancho

                   Viejo to accommodate future traffic, lengthening of the proposed box culverts and

                   associated channel improvements and to extend the contract time by 21 calendar days

                   for additional topographic and easement surveys, hydraulic and road evaluations,

                   Rancho Viejo design modifications, plans and specification modifications.  Funding is

                   available in the 1998 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds-Rancho Viejo Drainage               Project.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            29.  Consideration for approval to award a 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 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds Issue and

                   2006 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds Issue.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            30.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder ALC

                   Construction, LLC, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $96,150.00 for the CDBG

                   Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 34 (7 Blocks-District IV) and Project No. 35 (12

                   Blocks-District V).  Contract time is forty-five (45) working days.  Funding is available

                   in the Community Development Fund 31st and 32nd Action Year.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            31.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the sole bidder

                   Amberland Development, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $742,495.10 for

                   the Del Mar Boulevard widening and traffic signal improvements at the intersection of

                   Winfield Parkway/J.B. Alexander Parkway.  Contract time is one hundred twenty (120)

                   working days.  Funding is available in the 2006 Issue and Transit 2004 C.O.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Consideration for approval to reject the bids received for the Slaughter Park Project

                   since the bids were over the budget allotted, and approval to modify the scope of work

                   to divide the work into several phases with part of the work constructed in-house, and

                   part re-bid.  

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            33.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the Laredo Development

                   Foundation for the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 for a total of $473,000.00.  Funding is

                   available in the General and Bridge System Funds.

 

                   Luis De La Garza and Cookie Muller requested that the Laredo Development                                          Foundation receive full funding from the City Council.

 

                   Cm. Landeck said that the Laredo Development Foundation is a fine organization                      that was created in 1966 by the business community that is currently asking for                    support.  The foundation was created not to be an arm of the city but to be an                                            independent arm of the business community and it should be independent of any

                   policies and pressures.  The foundation should perform the function of promoting the

                   economic development of the City which in the forefront is in the interest of the

                   business community itself.  He noted that over the years the organization was treated

                   equally with the County and received $70,000 in 1991; $86,000 in 1992; $75,000 in

                   1993; $75,000 in 1994; $$85,000 in 1995; $85,000 in 1996; $85,000 in 1997; and at the

                   same time the County supported the foundation at the same level.  He explained that                                the Laredo Development Foundation is a Third Party and does a great job like other                                Third Party applicants; however, in 1998 he noticed that when Honorable Betty Flores              took office that the Laredo Development Foundation became out of sync with the                             County.  He explained that they received $100,000 in 1998; $185,000 in 1999

                   plus they were asked to be of the Texas Border Coalition; hence, they were given an

                   additional $100,000 for two years.  The monies for the Laredo Development

                   Foundation has continued to increase over the years until now the City is at a point of

                   giving them $500,000.  He asked why the City is financing and supporting a single

                   Third Party Organization with half a million dollars.  He suggested donating the same                  amount as the County which would be $85,000 which would still be a large donation as                    a Third Party Fund. 

 

                   Cm. Chavez said that he has been requesting a status report presentation on a quarterly             basis by the Laredo Development Foundation to no avail. He noted that he has been in        office for eighteen months and he has not been witness to any type of presentation.

 

                   Cm. Garza asked if the Laredo Development Foundation receives additional revenues               through grants.

 

                   Roger Creery, Executive Director, advised that the Laredo Development Foundation                                does not receive any funding from the TAMIU as part of the Small Business                                             Community Program.  He said that the Laredo Development Program contributes to the

                   program to support the initiative in which he feels that the Council should be proud to

                   be a part of supporting.  He added that the City of Laredo has an award winning Small

                   Business Development Center.  He included that in 2007 they have set a record of                    loaning over six million dollars to small businesses which demonstrates how effective

                   their program is. 

 

                   Cm. Garza asked for a chronological report of the revenues and expenditures for the

                   last decade of the Laredo Development Foundation.  He expressed concern over                      redundant reports that may be done by other entities and the Laredo Development

                   Foundation. Finally he asked if there was a way to correlate the amount of businesses

                   that have come to Laredo and the tax revenues that have been generated. 

 

                   Roger Creery, Executive Director, commented that the Foundation is in compliance

                   with reporting to the City of Laredo and provides monthly reports to the contract

                   administrator of the City of Laredo.  He added that anyone may have a copy of the

                   report when requested.   

 

                   Cm. Chavez agreed that he had received a report from the contract administrator but it              was only expenditure reports.  He requested a comprehensive report which would

                   define their activity within the community.

 

                   The Executive Director explained that it would not be a problem distributing the                         information because they are on file.  Many of the contacts and prospects have                    requested confidentiality; therefore, some reports will look anonymous.  By the end of              November or December he noted that he could return to Council with all of the year’s                    initiatives.  He announced that the Laredo Development Foundation has been listed the

                   fourth most effective economic development entity in the country by the Moody

                   Economy. Com. based on jobs produced.  He stressed that it is a collective effort from

                   many entities that help to make Laredo the fourth in the Country. 

 

                   Cm. Landeck commented that the Laredo Development Foundation did commit to give

                   a presentation before Council on a quarterly basis. 

 

                   Roger Creery, Executive Director, said that he would place the request in the contract.

 

                   Cm. Landeck expressed his concerns regarding the statement that the LFD is not

                   receiving assistance from the partnership through TAMIU on the SBDC.  He said that               they had received $90,000 in 1998 from the Small Business Administration. 

 

                   Roger Creery, Executive Director, explained that when the Small Business   

                   Development Corporation, when the contract administrator of that was the Laredo

                   Development Foundation, in order to operate the SBDC there was money that came to

                   the SBDC portion of the organization to help run it and the LDF, as a contract agent,

                   matched but now that TAMIU has the SBDC under their contract administration the

                   LDF is a secondary contractor for them. 

 

                    Cm. Landeck said that City Council agreed to perform a detailed audit on the Laredo

                    Development Foundation. 

 

                   Cynthia Collazo, Deputy City Manager, explained that the City of Laredo Audit

                   Department has started the audit which will take three to four weeks.

 

                  Motion to table.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                  Second:  Cm. Chavez

                  For:     2                                         Against:  6                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Motion fails.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     6                                        Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Landeck

                                                                        Cm. Chavez

 

            34.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2003 HOME Investment Partnership,

                   Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Contract with Metro

                   Affordable Housing Corporation to extend the deadline to expend program funds from

                   November 1, 2007 to August 30, 2008 in support of the Cardinal Point Project, a 40

                   unit town home development of which 20 units will be HOME assisted.

 

                   Motion to postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Chavez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-176 to Wilson Fire/Rescue, New

                   Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $51,245.00 for the purchase of hydraulic rescue

                   tools for the Fire Department.  This equipment will be utilized by the Fire Department

                   during emergency situations.  Funding is available in the 2006 State Homeland Security

                   Program Grant.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            36.  Consideration to award a contract for concession services at the Benavides Softball

                   Complex and all municipal swimming pools to Mr. Francisco Garcia for a period of

                   one (1) year.  This vendor was the sole bidder and is recommended based on the price

                   structure provided during the bid process.  The agreement is expected to provide a

                   monthly rental income of $350.00.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            37.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend a contract with Arcadis of Laredo, Texas, in

                   the amount of $13,850.00 for a total amended contract amount of $93,750.00 to provide

                   for engineering services in the modification and re-bidding of the McPherson Lift

                   Station Project.  Funding is available in the 2006 Utility Revenue Bonds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            38.  Authorizing the City Manager to accept the Old Raw Water Pump Station

                   Improvements Project and approve final Change Order No. 3 in the amount of

                   $24,248.00 to Balch Machine Co., Inc. for total project amount of $455,122.55.

                   Funding is available in the 2004 Utility Revenue Bond.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            39.  Authorizing the City Manager to accept the Lyon Street Pump Improvements Project

                   and approval of final Change Order No. 1 in the amount of $8,644.00 to Balch Machine

                   Co., Inc. for a total project amount of $92,206.00.  Funding is available in the Water

                   Operating Construction Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            40.  Authorizing the City Manager to award a construction contract to Andritz Separation,

                   Inc., Houston, Texas in the amount of $349,043.00 for renewal of the two existing belt

                   press.  Funding is available in the 2006 Utility Revenue Bonds. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            41.  Authorizing the award of a contract in the amount of $65,584.00 to GDS Associates,

                   Inc., for the development of a City of Laredo Downtown Area Street Light Upgrade

                   Plan.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            42.  Consideration to award a professional service contract to Dr. Gabriel Holguin, San

                   Antonio, Texas, in estimated amount of $40,000.00 for psychological examinations for

                   Laredo Police Department cadet applicants and other evaluations to sworn officers.  All

                   services are requested on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Police

                   Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            43.  Amending a contract with Sherfey Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for

                   $17,050.00 to include additional basic engineering and surveying services required to

                   re-bid the Chacon Creek Wastewater Interceptor Phase 2 with some modifications and

                   additions to the contract.  The amendment brings the total contract amount to

                   $459,445.00.  Funding is available in the 1998 Sewer Bond Issue.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            44.  Consideration for approval of amendment no. 2 an increase of $102,792.00 to the

                   professional services contract with Architectura SA, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the

                   Clinical/Laboratory Expansion and Renovation for the City of Laredo Health

                   Department to design Phase II of the project.  Current engineering contract amount is

                   $382,792.00.  Funding is available in the 2007 C.O. Issue – Health Department Lab

                   Engineering Contract.  (Contingent upon approval of item # 48-A)

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            45.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder

                   Leyendecker Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $2,874,000.00 for the

                   Clinical/Laboratory Expansion and Renovation for the City of Laredo Health

                   Department.  Substantial completion date for the project is April 4, 2008.  Funding is

                   available in the State Department Health Grant and 2006 and 2007 Contractual of

                   Obligation Issues – Health Lab Construction.  (Contingent upon approval of item # 48-

                   A)

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            46.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute individual contracts with the following Third

                   Party funding Recipients, totaling $421,240.00 for FY 2007-2008.  Funding is available

                   in the General Fund: 

                        * Laredo Crime Stoppers                                                         $  1,000.00

                        * Laredo Regional Food Bank                                      $  9,375.00

                        * South Texas Food Bank                                                        $24,875.00

                        * Laredo Webb NHS                                                               $  3,000.00

                        * CAA Elderly Nutrition                                               $  6,500.00

                        * CAA Meals on Wheels                                              $  6,500.00

                        * Bethany House                                                          $18,500.00

                        * Stop Child Abuse and Neglect                                   $13,500.00

                        * LISD Crime Stoppers                                                $  1,000.00

                        * Children’s International Advocacy                              $22,500.00

                        * Boy’s and Girls Club of Laredo                                 $41,000.00

                        * Border Area Nutrition Council                                   $28,125.00

                        * Literacy Volunteers of Laredo                                    $  2,625.00

                        * Sacred Heart Children’s Home                                  $15,000.00

                        * BEST                                                                                    $10,000.00

                        * Communities in Schools                                             $  1,000.00

                        * Veteran’s Coalition                                                    $86,000.00

                        * Casa de Misericordia                                                 $11,000.00

                        * South Texas Council on Drug Abuse & Alcohol                     $  5,000.00

                        * Club Olympia                                                                        $  5,000.00

                        * Special Olympics                                                                   $  5,000.00

                        * Habitat for Humanity                                                              $10,500.00

                        * Kidney Foundation                                                                $15,000.00

                        * Laredo Amateur Boxing                                                         $10,000.00

                        * TAMIU Dance Productions                                                   $  5,000.00

                        * Big Brother/Sister of STX                                          $  5,000.00

                        * Children’s Advocacy – Safe Haven                                        $  5,000.00

                        * Holding Inst. Learning Center                                     $  5,000.00

                        * Laredo Heat Youth Soccer                                                    $  5,000.00

                        * Girl Scouts of SOTX                                                             $  5,000.00

                        * LCC Music and Dance Productions                           $  2,500.00

                        * Laredo Little Theater                                                 $31,740.00

                        * Catholic Social Services                                             $  5,000.00

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            47.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute individual contracts with the following

                   Hotel/Motel Tax Fund Recipients totaling $508,000.00 for FY 2007-2008.  Funding is

                   available in the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund.

 

            * Lulac 12                                                                                $  10,000.00

            * Society of Martha Washington                                               $  10,000.00

            * Border Olympics                                                                   $  70,000.00

            * Latin American Hall of Fame                                      $  10,000.00

            * Lulac 7                                                                                  $    5,000.00

            * Chamber of Commerce Cola Blanca                          $  18,000.00

            * WBCA                                                                                 $  60,000.00

            * Streets of Laredo                                                                   $    7,500.00

            * Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra                                              $  41,800.00

            * Webb County Heritage Foundation                                        $  55,000.00

            * Laredo Children’s Museum                                                    $  60,000.00

            * Laredo Center for the Arts                                                     $150,000.00

            * Laredo Philharmonic Chorale                                     $    3,200.00

            * Mexican Cultural Institute                                                       $    7,500.00

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

 

            48.  A.  Discussion with possible action regarding the consideration of allocating

                         $2,874,000.00 for the remodeling/construction of the Health Department’s clinics,

                         laboratory and providing for 15 dental operatories with 15 resident dentists, faculty,

                         dental assistants and hygienists to serve over 12,000 patients on  a yearly basis. 

                         The UTHSCSA will provide funds and support for dental staff, dentists, dental

                         assistants and hygienists. The amount of $2,874,000.00 is recommended to be

                         funded from 2006 Bond Reserves: for Phase I in the amount of $770,000 and for

                         Phase II from the 2007 Bond: $1,600,000. The funding will be reimbursed once the

                         2008 Bond is sold in April 2008.

 

                         Motion to approve as corrected.  The amended amount should be $2,370,000.00

 

                         Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                         Second:  Cm. Amaya

                         For:     8                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 B.  Staff report from the Parks and Recreation Department regarding recreational

                      activities / programs for senior citizens.  

 

                      The item was postponed to November 26, 2007.

 

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.

 

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

                   deliberate the duties, evaluation criteria and performance standards of the City

                   Secretary and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

                   Motion that in addition to the regular department head forms which they can evaluate

                   each and every point on a five point basis and  include the additional duties of                

                   parliamentarian for the City Secretary.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            50.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (A) of the Texas

                   Government Code to consult with the City Attorney regarding pending litigation:  CA

                   #06-CV-175; Armando Rodriguez, et. al. v. City of Laredo and Agustin Dovalina;

                   United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division; and

                   return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (A) of the Texas

                   Government Code to consult with the City Attorney regarding pending litigation:  CA

                   #06-CV-175; Armando Rodriguez, et. al. v. City of Laredo and Agustin Dovalina;

                   United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division; and

                   return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                  

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO             MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            51.  Authorizing the City Manager to waive the parking fee for persons attending the UETA

                   Jamboozie and implementing a flat fee charge of $300.00 to the Streets of Laredo

                   Urban Mall Association for personnel costs, overtime and extra security for traffic and

                   crowd control for the use of parking facility on Saturday, January 26, 2008 from 5:00

                   p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASST TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AND             ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0