CITY OF LAREDO

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-SC-06

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS  78040

AUGUST 15,2007

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor 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

            Melissa Saldana,                                                                       Assistant City Attorney

 

IV.       MOTION

 

            1.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the contract with Denton,                              

                 Navarro, Rocha & Bernal, a professional corporation for additional legal services to

                 assist the Acting City Attorney with such assistance to include legal advice, counsel

                 evaluation, ordinance and document preparation and litigation services for the City of

                 Laredo.  The additional services will be needed until additional staff is haired in the

                 Legal department.  This additional contract amount is estimated not to exceed

                 $25,000.00 including other reimbursable expenses such as hotel and travel expenses. 

                 The new contract amount is $100,000.  Funding is available in the Legal Department

                 Budget.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

            The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during             the 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.

 

            2.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1)          

                 (A) to consult with attorney on the pending case of Laredo Ton Center, L.P. v. City of

                 Laredo, Cause No. 2007CVQ000972D1 in the 49th District Court, Webb County, Texas;

                 and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

                 551.071 (1) (A) to consult with attorney on the pending case of Laredo Ton Center, L.P.          

                 v. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2007CVQ000972D1 in the 49th District Court, Webb

                 County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 After Executive Session, Mayor Pro Tem Belmares announced that no formal action was           taken.

 

IV.       ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time: 6:21 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garcia

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0