CITY OF LAREDO

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-SC-07

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 10, 2007

12:15 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:

 

            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

            Valeria Acevedo,                                                                      Acting City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Mayor Raul Salinas and Cm. Mike Garza.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Rendon

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares was chairing the meeting.

 

IV.       PUBLIC HEARING

 

            1.  Public hearing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100.00 value for the Tax

                 Year 2007.  The tax rate will provide revenue for the general fund and debt service.  The

                 rate includes $0.511426 per $100.00 value of Maintenance and Operation and $0.125574

                 per $100.00 value for Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and is estimated to generate a

                 tax levy of $57,974,749.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                 For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Anthony R. Pederson spoke against a tax increase and asked to make cuts, especially cut          the number of managers.

 

                 Maria Graciela Ramirez spoke against raising any taxes and asked to freeze them for the            next six years.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

V.        FINAL READING

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinance 2005-O-168.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garcia

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:  6                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  2005-O-168  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2007 Airport Construction Budget to

                                      recognize additional revenues from two (2) grants received from the                                           Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program being                                        Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-50-07 in the amount of $2,000,000.00 for                                             noise mitigation under FAR Part 150 Noise Abatement Program at the                                                  Laredo International Airport and Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-51-07 in the                             amount of $4,513,444.00 to rehabilitate a portion of the General Aviation                                    Apron being Phase 3, rehabilitate a portion of Runway 14/32 and acquire                                   land, and appropriating said grant revenues and local match to the                                                  appropriate expenditure accounts and transfer $197,771.00 from Airport                                           Fund 433 to 242 which monies were used for A&E fees to rehabilitate                                           Runway 14/32, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget                            amendment. The local match of five (5) percent in the amount of                                                              $342,813.00 for both grants is available in the Airport Construction Fund.                                  (As amended)

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance 2005-O-168.

 

                                      Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                      Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     6                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

VI.       MOTION

 

            3.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with W. D. Schock Company, Inc.,

                 dated February 18, 2003, as amended, for the rendering of certain administrative and                              management services for the Airport Residential Sound Reduction Program, as part of                              the overall City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.  Said

                 amendment extends the contract end date by an additional three (3) months for the                    period of September 10, 2007 to December 10, 2007 and all other terms and conditions

                 remain the same. The time extension is necessary for the construction completion of

                 Phase IV (twenty-seven (27) homes), construction oversight and closeout activities for

                 the Sound Reduction Program. The contract amount remains at $588,436.00.  Funding is

                 available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            4.  Consideration for approval to award a construction to the lowest bidder SER

                 Construction Partners, Pasadena, Texas, in the bid amount of $454,875.00 for the Bristol

                 Road Drainage Improvements.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Bond and the 32nd

                 Action Year for Community Development.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     6                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            5.  Consideration exercise the renewal option for contract number FY07-010 awarded to

                 RM Personnel, Inc, Laredo, Texas, and Staff Force, Laredo, Texas for providing

                 temporary contract employees. Contracts will be awarded to a primary and secondary

                 vendor in order to provide the City of Laredo with a quality labor pool for those

                 departments that might require temporary staff members throughout the fiscal year

                 including temporary employees for City projects.  All services will be secured on an as

                 needed basis and the estimated contract amount for this fiscal year will be $500,000.00. 

                 Funding is available in each respective department.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            6.  Authorizing the City Manager to write-off various accounts receivables that are deemed

                 to be uncollectible in our 2006 audit as per the Letter to Management.  The write-off

                 amounts represent a period varying from 1992 to 2005.  The total amount of the write-

                 off is $4,321,659.84; a summary by account type is attached. The financial impact to the

                 City will be an expenditure of $31,483.36 for the fiscal year.

 

                 Rosario Cabello, Finance Director, asked to amend the amount to $4,274,513.42.

 

                 Motion to approve as amended.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

VII.     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.                                                                                            Time:  12:54

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garcia

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    6                                                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 04 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on September 10, 2007.

 

 

                                                                                    _____________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary