CITY OF LAREDO

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-SC-10

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

DECEMBER 10, 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

 

            Pro-Tempore Belmares led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                                       Mayor

            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 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

 

            Motion to excuse Cm. Garza and Cm. Chavez.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Amaya

            Second:  Cm. Ramirez

            For:  6                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

IV.       MINUTES

            Approval of the minutes of November 19, 2007.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:  6                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

 

            Communiqués

 

            Citizen comments

           

            Mrs. Esterina Pulido spoke on a city wide clean up effort during the Christmas season.  She             added that torn flags should be replaced.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None.

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1.  Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance altering and extending the boundary

                 limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 4.02 acres, more or less,

                 located east of FM 1472 and south of State Highway 255, specifically the Ed-Sal Tract,

                 providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to

                 execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the

                 initial zoning of B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  Tract 1

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            2.  Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance altering and extending the boundary

                 limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 84.77 acres, more or less,

                 located approximately 1.55 miles east of Bob Bullock Loop and Highway 359, on the

                 north side of Highway 359, specifically the RRTAIT Tract, providing for the effective

                 date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a

                 service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1 (Single

                 Family Residential District).  Tract 2

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                 For:   6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

            3.  Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance altering and extending the boundary

                 limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 88.56 acres, more or less,

                 located approximately east of Interstate Highway 35 and north of Bob Bullock Loop,

                 specifically the Killam Charco Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance,

                 authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the

                 annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1 (Single Family Residential

                 District).     Tract 3   

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:   6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                 For:   6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

 

            4.  Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance altering and extending the boundary

                 limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 194.08 acres, more or less,

                 located east of Bob Bullock Loop and north of Casa Verde Road (future extension of Del

                 Mar Boulevard), specifically the Killam Quiote Tract, providing for the effective date of

                 the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan

                 for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1 (Single Family

                 Residential District).  Tract 4

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:   6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 For:  6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            5.  Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance altering and extending the boundary

                 limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 59.94 acres, more or less,

                 located directly east of the City of Laredo landfill, specifically the H-5 Tract, providing

                 for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a

                 contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial

                 zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  Tract 6

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:  6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

            6.  Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance altering and extending the boundary

                 limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 10.85 acres, more or less,

                 located east of Mines Road (FM 1472) and south of Las Tiendas Road (FM 3338),

                 specifically the A.R. and Alicia Sanchez Tract, providing for the effective date of the

                 ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for

                 the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing

                 District).  Tract 7

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm.  Garcia

                 For:   6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

            7.  Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance altering and extending the boundary

                 limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 172.13 acres, more or less,

                 located approximately north of Wormser Road and east of Avenida Mexico, specifically

                 the 4V Holdings Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the

                 City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and           establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  Tract 8

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:  6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

            8.  Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance altering and extending the boundary

                 limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 1330.83 acres, more or less,

                 located approximately north of Mangana Hein Road and east of U.S. Highway 83,

                 specifically the South Webb County Tract, providing for the effective date of the

                 ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for

                 the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family

                 Reduced Area District).  Tract 9

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

            9.  Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance altering and extending the boundary   

                 limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 21.60 acres, more or less,

                 located directly east and adjacent to Los Altos Subdivision, between Highway 359 and

                 Enlace Road, specifically the Tanquecitos South Acres Tract, providing for the effective

                 date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a

                 service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (Light

                 Manufacturing District).  Tract 10

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Director, recommended an R-1 zone.

                    

                 Motion to accept the recommendation for an R-1 zone change.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Landeck 

                 Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 For: 6                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as amended .

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  6                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            10.  Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance altering and extending the boundary

                   limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 30.00 acres, more or less,

                   located immediately east of Bob Bullock Loop and south of San Isidro Northeast,

                   specifically the Daughters of Mary Help Tract, providing for the effective date of the

                   ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan

                   for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1 (Single Family

                   Residential District).  Tract 11

 

                  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

                  For:  6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Director, reported that these are voluntary                                       annexations and are subject to an agreement.  He stated that the in the absence of the                             signing of those agreements, Council will be made aware that the agreements have not                been signed; therefore, the  Final Readings would not occur.

                

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:   6                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

 

            11.  Approving  and  authorizing  the  City Manager to:

 

                   1.  Execute an easement to the Department of Homeland Security for a term of 25 years                 for construction of a  Riverbend Roadway  with option to extend the term;  and

                   2.  Execute a Temporary Construction Easement to the Department for a term of two                                 (2) years; and providing for an effective date.

        

                        Dr. Jim Earhart spoke against the easement for the construction of a river road.

 

                        Marcos Garcia, Border Patrol Assistant Chief, stated that they are requesting an     

                        easement to construct 1.13 miles of an all-weather road.  He added that all                                 environmental compliances have been met. 

        

                        Arturo Garcia from Community Development reported that there are three                                             amendments to this ordinance one of which is to the easement.  He read the                              following “ Provided  further, that the  Grantor does hereby waive, release and                             discharge the Grantee, its officers, agents and employees, form all claims for                                restoration to the property upon termination of this easement; and provide further,                      that the Grantee may request of Grantor, an extension of this easement for an                             additional period or periods, each of five (5) years, by written request given at least                     three months prior to the end of the current easement term, and any such extension                     can only by granted by the City Council of the City of Laredo.”  He stated that the                        second amendment would be to the temporary working easement which is for 24                                  months and noted that the amendment is only to the exhibit labels.  He mentioned                                  that tract 1 will have an Exhibit A and Exhibit B; tract 2 will have Exhibit C and                        Exhibit D; and Tract 3 will have Exhibit C and Exhibit D.  He reported that                                    the third amendment is to the actual ordinance which would increase the actual                            acreage amount from 3.7 to 4.94 acres.  Finally, Mr. Garcia read the last amendment                 as follows:  Whereas, for this purpose the Department of Homeland Security needs                 a 25 year easement over the 4.94 acre parcel of city land, which easement is                               described in Exhibit 1 and needs a 2 year temporary construction easement abutting            each side of the 4.94 acre easement, and also for two staging areas of 0.06 acre, and   

                       0.84 acre of city land, which temporary construction easement is described in                                 Exhibit 2, and these in order to construct the roadway described.”

 

                        Motion to introduce as amended.

 

                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                        For:        4                                Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                        Cm. Garcia                               Cm. Landeck

                        Cm. Amaya                              Cm. Ramirez

                        Cm. Rendon  

                        Cm. Belmares

 

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

IX.       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.

           

X.        ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                           Time:  1:05

 

            Moved:  Cm. Amaya

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:  6                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0