CITY OF LAREDO

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-SC-03

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS  78040

JUNE 25, 2007

12:15 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present, Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares called the meeting to order.

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            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

            Jesus Olivares,                                                              Assistant City Manager

            Anthony McGettrick,                                                    Acting City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Mayor Raul G. Salinas and Council Member Mike Garza.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Amaya

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:    6                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore was chairing the meeting.

 

IV.       GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            1.  Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

 

                 Discussion with possible action to reschedule certain items in the 2007 Bond sale and

                 directing those funds to improve the water flow of all creeks, channels, and storm water

                 structures in the hardest hit areas of the City.  (Co-sponsored by Mayor Raul G.  Salinas)

 

                

                 Cm. Chavez stated that the reason he had placed this item on the agenda is because the

                 first thing that he found out when he became a City Council Member is when you

                 pinpoint and area of interest, the funds are not there and it may take years for that

                 particular project.  He noted that the City does not have the money to fix imperfect

                 infrastructure. After reviewing the City of Laredo Proposed Bond 2007 Bond Issue,

                 which was submitted by staff, he said that there are items that he feels can be expunged

                 from the list.  He suggested deleting the following items:  Fire Department Headquarters

                 Bldg., Fleet Management Facility, Municipal Golf Course, Northwest Recreation

                 Center, Municipal Water Park, and Airport Truck Route Reconstruction. 

 

City of Laredo

Proposed Bond 2007 Bond Issue

 

                 Zacate Creek Upper Reaches Pilot Channel Ph II                $1,220,000      $  1,220,000

                 McPherson Acres Drainage Improvements                           $   780,000      $     780,000

                 Fire Department Headquarters Bldg.                                    $1,590,000      $     600,000

                 Fire/Law Enforcement Training Center                                 $   250,000      $     250,000

                 Fleet Management Facility – Design                                     $2,600,000      $     600,000

                 Building Department Parking Lot                                          $   110,000      $           0

                 District Wide Projects by District                                         $2,000,000      $  2,000,000

                 Municipal Golf Course – Design                                           $5,600,000      $  5,600,000

                 Independence Regional Park Phase I                                   $1,390,500      $  1,390,500

                 Market Street Courts                                                           $   300,000      $     300,000

                 Eleden Recreation Center                                                    $1,759,500      $  1,759,500

                 Northwest Recreation Center/Pool                                       $1,000,000      $  1,000,000

                 East Side Rec Center                                                           $1,000,000      $  1,000,000

                 Municipal Water Park                                                          $5,000,000      $  5,000,000

                 Airport Truck Route Reconstruction                                     $   989,000      $     500,000
                 Industrial Parks Street                                                          $1,000,000      $  1,000,000

                 Del Mar Widening Fenwick to Broadcrest                           $   400,000      $     400,000

                 River Road Construction LCC to Santa Isabel                     $1,225,000      $                0

                 Truck Route Intersection Ann/Jefferson                                $   250,000      $     250,000

                 City Wide Street Paving                                                       $              0      $10,835,000

                 Upgrade – Traffic Signal Controller                                      $   100,000      $     200,000

                 Upgrade – Traffic Signal Spanwire                                       $   150,000      $     300,000

                 Downtown Lighting Project                                                      0      $     500,000

 

                 Motion to accept proposal as submitted by staff.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:     4                                          Against: 2                                             Abstain:

                 Cm. Garcia                                      Cm. Landeck

                 Cm. Amaya                         Cm. Chavez

                 Cm. Rendon

                 Cm. Ramirez

 

 

 

 

 

V.        PUBLIC HEARING AND INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

 

            1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of

                 Ordinances Chapter 33, Article VII entitled “Storm Water Fee” by amending the storm

                 water rates for residential and multifamily customers and the rate for additional meters

                 for commercial customers, and defining the credit procedures and providing for

                 publication and an effective date.  The proposed rate will increase from $2.25 to $4.5. 

                 the revenue collected from the fee increase will be used to fund Capital Improvements

                 Program (CIP) for drainage improvements.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

                 Remy Salinas said that he was concerned that the proposed fee is a 100% increase and if                  he understands the storm water fee this fee is going to be bore by the citizens.  He said

                 throughout the entire Council discussion he has never heard mention of developers.  He

                 added that this is a case where developers can take the expense in form of an impact fee. 

                 He pointed out that several months ago the City Council discussed forming an Impact

                 Fee Committee which did not come to fruition.  He suggested implementing a fee for                  developers because it is the only fee allowed by law in this district.   He spoke against                  creating additional fees that would impact the citizens.

 

                 Cm. Garcia instructed the City Manager to place the creation of the Impact Fee

                 Committee on the next City Council agenda for discussion

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VI.       MOTION

 

            Amending the Community Development Housing Rehabilitation Program Policy &             Procedures Manual to allow for the use of Housing Rehabilitation Program funds for             emergency assistance to meet and urgent need in the community, as certified by the City             Manager.  Proposed is the provisions of individual grants of up to $2,000 to eliminate             emergency conditions related to clearance, removal, and repair of those items that pose

an         immediate threat to the health and safety of the household.  Funding is available in the 31st             and 32nd Action year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Rehabilitation Program. 

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     6                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        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.  

 

VIII.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn

 

            Moved:  Cm. Amaya

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:     6                                   Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0