I.††††††††† CALL TO ORDER
With a quorum present, Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez called the meeting to order.
II.††††††† ROLL CALL
††††††††††† In attendance:
††††††††††† Mike Garza,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Council Member, District I
††††††††††† Hector Garcia,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Council Member, District II
††††††††††† Mike Landeck,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Council Member, District III
††††††††††† Johnny Amaya,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Council Member, District IV
††††††††††† Johnny Rendon,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Council Member, District V
††††††††††† Gene Belmares,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Council Member, District VI
††††††††††† Juan Ramirez,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mayor Pro Tem, District VIII
††††††††††† Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† City Secretary
††††††††††† Rafael Garcia,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Assistant City Manager
††††††††††† Horacio De Leon,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Assistant City Manager
††††††††††† Motion to excuse Mayor Salinas.
††††††††††† Moved:† Cm. Garza
††††††††††† Second:† Cm. Amaya
††††††††††† For:†††† 6†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Against:† 0††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Abstain:† 0
††††††††††† Mayor Pro Tempore was chairing the meeting.
III.†††††† PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
††††††††††† Mayor Pro Tempore led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
WITH POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING SHORT TERM GOALS
Garcia expressed his dissatisfaction with Council by requesting goals for the
Acting ††††††††††† City Manager because
he said that she is doing an outstanding job.†
He added that she is ††††††††††† working
hard to keep the City of
††††††††††† Cm. Garza said that the City Council should set attainable goals for the Acting City †††††† Manager.† He said that if the Acting City Manager has problems with the goals then she †††† should express her concerns. He said that the goals would be able to maintain focused on † issues that they are already working on.
††††††††††† Short Term Goals and Objectives
††††††††††† Ongoing Projects:
1. El Portal
El Portal is a multi-million
dollar project that will enchange the economic
development for the Cit of Laredo† Non-Commercial vehicle traffic and
pedestrian walkway will continue to maintain the City in the forefront as the
2. Secondary water and New Water Plant
This project is under negotiations.† A proposal by Dimmit Untility Water Supply was selected in late December for negotiation.† At the end of February, it is expected to have a draft contract that would clearly establish a time line with deliverables that include guarantees for water availability, finaicial capacity, regulatory permitting.† Deadlines have been extended by legislation which will allow us additional negotiation time.
3. Golf Course
Negotiations are under way for a 19 hole golf course with a private developer.† The proposed land donation of approximately 279 acres with an additional 120 acres for a recreational tract will be used for a championship municipal golf course with an estimated amount of $5.1 million bond to be sold in the early part of the year.
Planned is a complete service oriented center to address the entire needs of the development industry at one centralized location.† Plans are to relocate the Community Prolicing Program to an alternative site on Lincoln and Flores in order to create space for other departments to be housed at this location.
5. Airport Retail
The sale of 88 acres of land
across the street from the terminal on
6. Drug and Alcohol Policy
The current policy is being
amended and presented to the Health & Benefits Committee on
7. Take home vehicles
Finalize the take home vehicle policy in order to decrease maintenance and gasoline expenses without affecting emergency personnel such as those civil service employees.† A report will be presented to City Council in February 2007.
8. River Vega Master Plan
A contract has been awarded to Carter & Burgess to design a master plan.† The study includes approximately 250 acres of vacant land to be designed for future nature trailís, green space and Economic Development to the area from LCC to Zacata Creek.† Staff will continue to work on this project.†
††††††††††† 9.† Recreational Center in District II
The acquisition of property should be completed within the next 30-60 days.† The purchase of a tract of land is located South of Clark and West of Loop 20.†
†The Request for Proposals for design of
† The selection of an architect and negotiation of the design contract should be††
† completed over the next 60 days.
The 37 acres land will be used for the multi-purpose soccer fields, playground areas, nature trails, and other recreational amenities.† The construction plans and bid documents are expected to be completed within the next 60 days.†
††††††††††† 12.† Gale Drainage Project
This project include the reconstruction of a road to improve drainage problems and is scheduled to be substantially completed and opened by late January.† The completion of the entire project is scheduled 6 to 8 weeks later.
†The current 5 year contract will expire this year, a City Team will be assembled in††
† order to negotiate a new civil service contract.
††††††††††† Project Needing City Council Direction:
1. Regional Mobility Authority (RMSís)
Do we move in the direction of creating an RMA?† If so, staff will proceed in scheduling a presentation to the City Council by TxDOT.
2. Convention Center
A direction for the acquisition,
design and construction of a new convention center in the downtown area along
††††††††††† Coordinated Projects:
V and the
A resolution will be presented
January 16th in order to repeal the current resolution in place
related to the County and Bridge V.† A
City Council workshop will be scheduled in order to consider a partnership
2. International Trade Partnership
Continue working in partnership
with the local business community such as LDF in oder
to strengthen ties with other trade partners crucial to the economic
viability of the city such as the
Continue finalizing the Water
Park Project and determine the conditions and/or terms of the
Proceed with finalizing the
coordinated efforts with GSA to meet all requirements in orer
to proceed with bidding of the
5. International Bus Processing Facility
Continue working with GSA to proceed with constructing a bus processing facility at
Bridge II with the assistance of Congressman Henry Cuellar.† This project is crucial and the assistance of Congressman Cuellar is of utmost importance to be able to prioritize this much needed project.† USBP processes over 100 buses daily and on holidays the number increases to 150.† These conditions are not acceptable for the travelers, inspectors, and the motoring public.
6. Booth Expansion at Bridge IV
Consideration to add booths at
the CBP facility at Bridge IV to process additional commercial traffic.† On
7. Bridge IV Hazmat Containment
Continue to work on finalizing
the Presidential Permit amendment to allow for the crossing of hazmat
materials through the
V. Discussion with possible action regarding amending the federal and state legislative agendas to add, delete, and amend legislative issues; and setting legislative priorities.
††††††††††† ††††† Cm. Landeck advised that the Legislative Issues Committee met to discuss the issues of ††††† ††††††going through the proposals that have been submitted for the state and for the federal
††††††††††† ††††† initiatives.† He said that the general feeling of the Committee was that it would be more
††††††††††† ††††† beneficial to the City of
††††††††††† ††††† initiatives.† He went on to say that they have divided it into four priorities and into ††† ††††††††††† ††††††initiatives with appropriations request.†† After researching materials, the Committee ††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††agreed that they need to have specific grants when they travel to Austin or Washington
††††††††††† ††††† for funds.† He further explained that there would be a workshop on the legislative
††††††††††† ††††† issues.
††††††††††† ††††† Federal Agenda
††††††††††† ††††† Health††††††††††††††††††† Support Core Public Health Services and Infrastructure
††††††††††† ††††† Bridge††††††††††††††††††† Bus Processing Facility (1)
††††††††††† ††††† Planning††††††††††††††††† Railway Operational Improvements (1)
††††††††††† ††††† Police†††††††††††††††††††† Funding First Responders (1)
††††††††††† ††††† Fire††††††††††††††††††††††† Staffing for Adequate fire and Emergency Response (1)
††††††††††† ††††† Fire†††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††† ††††† Health††††††††††††††††††† Federally
††††††††††† ††††† Transit††††††††††††††††††† Capital Program to Replace Aging Fleet
††††††††††† ††††† Transit††††††††††††††††††† Funding for New maintenance and
††††††††††† ††††† Legislative Initiatives Without Appropriations Requests
††††††††††† ††††† Bridge††††††††††††††††††† Proposed
††††††††††† ††††† Bridge††††††††††††††††††† Border Fence
††††††††††† ††††† Bridge††††††††††††††††††† Nationalization of Vechildes (added)
††††††††††† ††††† Bridge†††††††††††††††††††
to Digital Television with Extended Timeline for
††††††††††† ††††† Motion to accept the Federal and State
agendas as provided by the City of
††††††††††† ††††† Moved:† Cm. Landeck
††††††††††† ††††† Second:† Cm. Amaya
††††† ††††† ††††††For:†††† 7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Against:† 0††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Abstain:† 0†
VI. PUBLIC HEARING
1.† Public hearing and introductory ordinance
amending the City of
Ordinances, Chapter 28, (Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places), Article III Ė Civic Center, Division 2-Rental Rates for Facility, Personnel and Equipment Services, by providing for a one time waiver of approximately $5,790.00 in fees for the use of the Civic Center Facilities and Equipment during the 5th International Sister Cities Festival to take place from January 23 Ė 28, 2007.†
Motion to open the public hearing.
Moved:† Cm. Landeck
Second:† Cm. Garza
For:†††† 6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Against:† 0††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Abstain:† 0
There was no public input.
Cm. Garcia joined the meeting at
Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.
Moved: Cm. Belmares
Second:† Cm. Amaya
For:†††† 7††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Against:† 0††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Abstain:† 0
††††††††††† 2.† 2007-R-002†
Ratifying the contract of
Ltd., a copy of which is attached as exhibit 1; approving the first amendment to that contract, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 2; and (1) accepting the donation of the waterline easement, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit D of exhibit 2; and (2) accepting the donation of the waterline easement; a copy of which is attached as Exhibit E of Exhibit2; and (3) authorizing the release of the easement [which is Exhibit C of Exhibit1], a copy of which release is attached as Exhibit F, because of the grant of the easement referred to in (1) and (2).
Motion to approve Resolution # 2007-R-002.
Moved:† Cm. Belmares
Second:† Cm. Rendon
For:† †††6†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Against:† 0††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Abstain:† 1
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Cm. Landeck
VIII.††† 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.
††††††††††† Motion to adjourn.
††††††††††† Moved:† Cm. Amaya
††††††††††† Second:† Cm. Belmares
††††††††††† For:†††† 7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Against:† 0††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Abstain:† 0