CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-R-23

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

DECEMBER 3, 2007

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

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

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                         Mayor

            Mike Garza,                                                                Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                             Council Member, District II

            Michael Landeck,                                                       Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                           Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                          Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                           Mayor Pro Tem, District VI

            Juan Chavez,                                                               Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                              Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                 City Secretary

            Carlos Villarreal,                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                         Deputy City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Jesus Olivares,                                                            Assistant City Manager

            Raul Casso,                                                                 City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of Lauren Nicole Guzman for winning Miss Texas Teen USA® Pageant.

 

                 Mayor Salinas and City Council publicly recognized Lauren Guzman and presented her                  

                 with a Seven Flags recognition certificate.

 

 

            b.  Recognition of the City of Laredo 2007-2008 Sister Cities Youth Committee.

 

                 Cm. Garcia introduced Carmen Bustos who is the President of 2007-2008 Youth                            Committee.  She excused the following students:  Felix Canales, Antonio Yarza, Vidal                 

                 Ramirez, and Steve Maynard.

 

                 Present:

 

                 Carmen Bustos,                              Senior                          United High School

                 Nicolas Carmona,                           Senior                          Alexander High School

                 Marissa A. Medellin,                      Senior                          Cigarroa High School

                 Yesenia Zavala,                              Senior                          LBJ High School

                 Armando Lopez,                            Senior                          Nixon High School

                 Jose Hernandez,                             Senior                          United South High School

                 Matthew Wong,                             Junior                          Alexander High School

                 Corina Rendon,                              Junior                          Alexander High School

                 Procopio Herrera,                           Junior                          Cigarroa High School

                 Marlene Marquez,                          Junior                          Cigarroa High School

                 Jessica Balderas,                            Junior                          LBJ High School

                 Francisco Lara,                               Junior                          LBJ High School

                 Cristina Gallegos,                           Junior                          Martin High School

                 Monica Salazar,                              Junior                          Nixon High School

                 Eduardo Rodriguez,                      Junior                          St. Augustine High

                 Lizette Villarreal,                           Junior                          St. Augustine High School

                 Andrea Herrera,                             Junior                          United High School

                 Sharad Sharma,                              Junior                          United High School

                 Guadalupe Rodriguez,                   Junior                          United High School

                 Ashley Tovar,                                 Junior                          United South High School

                 Sergio Moreno,                              Junior                          United South High School

 

            Communiqués

 

            Presentation by Minita Ramirez, WBCA President, regarding the 2008 Washington

            Birthday Celebration.

 

            Minita Ramirez, WBCA President, advised that the WBCA Celebration would take place             January 23, 2008 to February 23, 2008.  In appreciation for the support that City Council has

            provided through the years, she presented an official commemorative poster for the             2008

           Celebration to each Council Member.  The poster was entitled Washington’s Grand Vision

           which was painted by Christina Rathmell.

 

            Mayor Salinas announced that he had attended a conference of the Texas Border Coalition of

            Mayors in El Paso, Texas.  He advised that they are reviewing the possibilities of using a

           chip” as opposed to a passport along the Texas borders.  He noted that there would be a press

           conference in the near future endorsing the “chip” enhanced license. 

 

            Cm. Garza wished everyone a great holiday season.  He said that it was important to

            remember the reason for the season.  He noted that life is fragile and we need to remember     

            every moment. 

 

            Cm. Garcia congratulated Blasita Lopez, CVB Interim Director, for delivering a baby girl. 

 

            Cm. Landeck wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah.  He also announced

            that the Intergovernmental Committee had a great meeting where the doors to Mexico will be

            opened for the holiday.

 

            Cm. Amaya announced that he would be delivering toys to less fortunate children on

            December 21, in District IV.   He announced that he has collected toys for over three hundred

            students.  He thanked the District IV Special Projects Committee and the local businessmen

            who donated toys/money the cause.

 

            Cm. Rendon said that he has initiated a project called “Keep our Children Warm”.  He advised

            that he will be distributing coats and blankets to over one hundred children in District V.

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares thanked all the individuals who assisted in organizing the

            Holiday Bowl for Saturday, December 8, 2008 at Shirley Field.  He invited everyone to attend

            the fundraising project.  He encouraged the viewing public to be patient with the traffic and to

            spend their money in Laredo.  Finally, he wished his wife a happy anniversary.

 

            Cm. Chavez said that he was invited to a church to do a proclamation on the Mayor’s behalf.

            He said that the La Iglesia Methodista had celebrated 137th year in Laredo.

 

            Cm. Ramirez thanked the Benavidez family for donating the Christmas tree to the Laredo

            Civic Center.  He also thanked all the City of Laredo Departments that worked hard to create a

            special tree lighting ceremony.    He wished everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.

 

            Citizen comments

 

            None.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Daniel Rodriguez to the Convention and Visitors             Bureau Advisory Committee.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Rendon

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                           Abstain:  0

 

VII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action to consider amending the priority procedures manual by

                 placing the general Council discussion items at the end of the agenda as opposed to the

                 current order in which they are placed as per the City Council’s action of November 20,

                 2006.

 

                 Cm. Garcia stated that a year ago he placed the item for discussion and resubmitted it             

                 because of his concerns for ordinance constituents that attend the meeting to speak and

                 their item is at the end of the meeting. 

 

                 Motion to amend the priority procedures manual by placing the general Council

                 discussion items at the end of the agenda as opposed to the current order in which they

                 are placed as per the City Council’s action of November 10, 2006.

 

                 Cm. Landeck asked everyone to remember that the Council has cancelled the committee                 

                 meetings.  He reminded Council that they have voted to have three Council Meetings per                  month regardless of necessity.  He made a suggestion for Council to limit their items to                 

                 items of interests to the entire City or actionable. 

 

                 Mayor Pro Tem Belmares explained that the vast majority of the people in the audience                 

                 are in attendance to speak on ordinances and introduction ordinances because they are                              public hearings which necessitate people’s input. 

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 For:     4                                          Against:  5                                           Abstain:  0

                 Cm. Garcia                                     Cm. Garza

                 Cm. Amaya                                    Cm. Landeck

                 Cm. Rendon                                   Cm. Chavez

                 Mayor Pro Tem Belmares              Cm. Ramirez

 

                 Mayor Salinas voted against motion failed.

 

                 Motion to place agenda items either of general interests to the entire city or actionable                     items only. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                 Second:  cm. Chavez

                 Motion withdrawn by Cm. Landeck.

              

                 B.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on appropriating funds for re-striping the JSJ Estates

                 entrance.

 

                 Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, said that it would cost $12,500 which would entail a                 

                 significant amount of striping and removal of delineator poles.

 

                 Motion to appropriate $12,500 from the capital improvement plan for the re-striping at                  

                 JSJ Estates.

                

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:     8                                          Against: 0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  Status report on the replacement of waterlines and the recycling of streets at Regency

                 Subdivision.

           

                 Tomas Rodriguez, Utilities Director, reported that the department has installed 780 feet

                 or pipe and service on Windsor from Springfield to Kensington.  They have also                              installed  850 feet and services from Windsor to Brand.  The department is at 50%                          completion on the recycling of streets at Regency Subdivision.  He added that it would

                 take an additional two months to complete the project.

 

            3.  Status report on the temporary traffic lights at Alexander and Winfield Estates.

 

                 Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, noted that the Traffic Department is working on the

                 activation of all legs and the project will be complete in January of 2008.

           

            4.  Discussion with possible action on a temporary traffic light installation at Village Blvd.,

                 and Springfield Ave.

 

                 Roberto Murillo, Traffic director, reported that there is a 70% design on the permanent

                 signal.  The plan is to finish the actual installation by April 2008. 

 

                C.  Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

 

            1.  Discussion on finding a solution to the vagrant situation especially those that are causing

                 problems in the community with possible action.

 

                 Gilberto Navarro, Interim Police Chief, reported that this topic is very broad.  He said

                 that the department cannot have much of an impact on the homeless/jobless except for

                 bedding at the County jail.  He acknowledged that there is a problem because in 2007 the

                 department has received over 1,500 calls dealing with vagrants.  He said that their                           crimes range from intoxication to robbery in some aspects.   He added that the                                department has created a special detail unit which should address some of the problems

                 along San Bernardo and I. H. 35.

 

                D.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on extending the deadline for request for proposals for

                 the water park until January 2008.

 

                 Miguel Pescador reported that the Department has been placing this request for           

                 proposals in the nationwide water park magazines and they are reaching out to other

                 Sources for proposals.  He said that the extension will help.

 

                 Motion to approve the extending of the deadline for request for proposals for the water            

                 park until January 2008.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                           Abstain:  0

 

VIII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

                 2007-2008 Contractual Obligation Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in            

                 the amount of $120,000.00.  A portion of the funds will be appropriated for the Alerting

                 System Upgrade Project and the difference will be set aside in the Reserve

                 Appropriation.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon
                 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. Garza

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

                 Development Code, Chapter 24 Article III, by creating section 24-56, entitled “Parkland

                 Dedication Ordinance”, and amending the City of Laredo Land Development Code,

                 Appendix A, by adding the Parkland  Dedication Fee Methodology as per the attached

                 Exhibit A; providing for severability, publication and effective date. 

 

                 Motion to table.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia
                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            4.  Authorizing the City Manager to grant License Extension to that certain License

                 Agreement by and between The City of Laredo, Texas and AT&T Corp., dated           

                 September 15, 1997 for the use of one (1) inner duct in the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge and

                 555.5 linear feet of right-of-way.

 

                 1.  Term of the extension shall be for five (5) years commencing at 12:00 a.m., October

                      1, 2007 and terminating at 12:00 p.m., September 30, 2012.

 

                 2.  Annual duct fee shall be $17,000.00 and will increase by five percent (5%) every year

                      the license is in place. In addition to the duct fee, Licensee shall pay a six dollar

                      ($6.00) linear foot right-of-way fee, and will increase by five percent (5%) every

                      year.

           

                     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-0-242, # 2007-O-243, # 2007-O-244, # 2007-O-245,

            #2007-O-246, # 2007-O-247, # 2007-O-248, # 2007-O-249, # 2007-O-245.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Garza

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                           Abstain:  0

 

            5.  2007-O-242  Amending Article II, Section 2-16, “Departments of the City,” of the Code

                                      of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas, by creating, consolidating and

                                      eliminating departments; and providing for severability and an effective

                                      date.   (As amended)

                       

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-242 as amended.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                      For:     5                                 Against:  3                               Abstain:  0

                                                                                    Cm. Garcia

                                                                                    Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                                                                    Cm. Ramirez

 

                                      Jesus Olivares, Assistant City Manager, said that on Ordinance 2007-O-242                                       that Engineering listed as number six should be included in the Ordinance. 

 

                2007-O-243  Amending Chapter 2 Administration Article VI Investment Policy of the

                                      Code of Ordinances in order to:

 

                                      Add new Section 2.257 Authorizing Investment Advisors; and

                                      1.  Add new Section 2.270 Investment Strategy by Fund Type;

                                      2.  Deleting part of renumbered Section 2.258 Authorized Investments, to

                                           delete thereform (d) Bankers Notes and (e) Commercial Paper; and

                                      3.  Amending and modifying the other sections of Article IV in order to

                                           make the article comply with Chapter 2256 of the Government Code                                              known as the Public-Investment Act; and providing for an effective date.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-243.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

                2007-O-244  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

                                      authorizing the Conditional Use Permit for a birthing clinic on Lots 4, 9,

                                      and 10, Block 941, Western Division, located at 3712 Santa Ursula

                                      Avenue.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of

                                      the Conditional Use Permit. District VII

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-244.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

                 2007-O-245  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 17 Library,

                                      Article 1, in General, Section “Fines and Fees for Library Services”,

                                      allowing for the addition of a new fee associated with the Laredo Public

                                      Library Main Branch becoming a Passport Acceptance Facility; Providing

                                      for publication and effective date.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-245.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

                2007-O-246  Amending Section 903.2.7 of the International Building Code [Adopted as

                                      the Building Code of the City under Section 7-1 of Chapter 7 of the Code

                                      of Ordinances] in order to provide for deletion of requirement of an

                                      automatic sprinkler system for a four (4) Dwelling Unit; providing for

                                      publication and effective date.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-246.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

                2007-O-247  Amending Section 108.3 of the International Building Code [Adopted as

                                      the Building Code of the City under Section 7 Chapter 7 of the Code of

                                      Ordinances] in order to:

                                      1.  Correct a printing error; and

                                      2.  Reduce the building permit valuation for utility buildings from $20.40 to

                                           $11.00; and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-247.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

                2007-O-248  Amending Chapter 12 [Fire Prevention and Protection] of the Code of

                                      Ordinances in the following respects:

                                      Amending Section 903.27 of the International Fire Code [Adopted as the                                                   Fire Code of the City under Section 12-2 of Chapter 12 of the Code of

                                      Ordinances] in order to provide for deletion of the requirement of the

                                      requirement of an automatic sprinkler system for a four dwelling unit:

                                      a.  Deletion of Section 12-5 [Fire Prevention Code]

                                      b.  Deleting Section 12-6 [Life Safety Code 101]

                                      c.  and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-248.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

                2007-O-249  Amending the lease between the City of Laredo & Webb County of Lots 9

                                      & 10, Block 320, Eastern Division, a copy of which amendment is attached                                       as Exhibit A, in which the changes are as follows:

 

                                      1.  Providing for contribution from the City of $300,000.00 towards the

                                           cost of constructing the community center for the elderly on the leased

                                          premises;

                                      2.  Adding a tract of 5,069.85 sq. ft., out of Lexington Avenue between

                                           Stewart Street and Reynolds Street, described by metes and bounds and

                                           survey attached as Exhibit 3 of Exhibit A and

                                      3.  Adding a tract of land of 7,717.28 sq. ft., out of the north half of

                                           Lexington Avenue fronting Stewart Street described by metes and

                                           bounds and survey attached as Exhibit A; and providing for effective

                                           date.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-249.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

            6.  2007-R-092  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into negotiations for a tax abatement

                                      agreement with Laredo WLE, LP as provided in Section 3.9 (b) of the

                                      City’s Guidelines and Criteria Governing Tax Abatements.

 

                                      Motion to approve 2007-R-092.

 

                                      Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                      Second:  Cm. Garza

                                      For:     8                                 Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

            7.  Consideration to award contract number FY 08—018 to the low bidder Pabo Industries,

                 Inc., Newark, NJ, in the amount of $99,480.00 for the purchase of 1.5 million plastic

                 bags for use in the City’s recycling program.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste

                 Services budget.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

            8.  Authorizing the City Manager to acquire through negotiations, the “Surface Only” of

                 one (1) parcel of land for the Chacon Creek Acquisition Project. Said parcel being a

                 26.11 acres tract of land known as Shares 2 & 3 of the Moreno Partition of part of

                 Porcion 30, Original Grantee, Jose F. C. Moreno, as per Plat recorded in Volume 1, Page

                 81, Webb County Plat Records; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the

                 acquisition of said parcel in an amount not to exceed $523,000.00 plus, approximately

                 $5,000.00 in incidental expenses. This will be a voluntary transaction.  Funding is

                 available in the 2005 Certificates of Obligation, Chacon Creek Acquisition Project.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

            9.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a purchase agreement with Clear

                 Technologies, Coppell, Texas, in the amount of $196,515.16.  The agreement is for an

                 upgrade to the existing iSeries 520 System, a capacity backup system and high

                 availability/disaster recovery software.  Funding is available in the 2006 Public Property

                 Financial Contractual Obligation Bond Proceeds and the Information Technology &

                 Support Services Fund.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

            10.  Authorizing the City Manager to sell excess water and sewer capacity from the over-

                   sizing effort of the Colonias project in the form of Living Unit Equivalency (LUE) in

                   the amount of $315.00 per LUE.  The provisions for sewer are made available through

                   the over sizing of the water and wastewater line extensions for the Colonias Project on

                   Mines Road.  The funds received from the sale of the individual LUE’s will be

                   transferred back into the Colonias fund to cover additional expenses in the project.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                               Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

            11.  Status report by Mario G. Medina, P.E., Laredo District Engineer, Texas Department of

                   Transportation, on the World Trade and Colombia-Solidarity Border Inspection

                   Facilities.

 

                   Mario Medina reported that back in September he provided a report and discussed the

                   status report of the legislation and asked for additional time.  He said the department                                has selected the preferred technical alternative for the Border Safety Inspection Facility.   

                   He discussed the process of obtaining right-of-ways and properties needed to create the   

                   facility.  He noted that he could not give the Council a time frame for this project because

                   of funding constraints.   He said that he would like to return to City Council with an

                   update in January of 2008. 

 

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.

           

XV.     ADJOURNMENT

 

      Motion to adjourn.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Ramirez

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                           Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 11 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on December 3, 2007.

                                              

 

                                                                                    _____________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary