APRIL 23, 2007

11:30 a.m.



I.          CALL TO ORDER


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




            Mayor Raul G.  Salinas led in the Pledge of Allegiance.




            In attendance:


            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                           Mayor

            Michael Landeck,                                                         Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                             Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                            Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                            Council Member, District VI

            Juan Chavez,                                                                Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                               Mayor Pro Tempore, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                   City Secretary

            Carlos Villarreal,                                                           City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                           Deputy City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                         Assistant City Manager

            Valeria Acevedo,                                                          Acting City Attorney


            Motion to excuse Cm. Mike Garza and Cm. Hector Garcia.


            Moved: Cm. Amaya

            Second: Cm. Landeck

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0




            1.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to issue a permit to the Mary Help of

                 Christians School for the installation of a banner to advertise their Spring Jamaica,

                 located across 101 Del Mar Boulevard to be hung for a period not to exceed 10 days

                 from issuance of permit; and to require that Mary Help of Christians School will sign

                 a release of liability to the City of Laredo.


                 Motion to approve.


                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0


2.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of traffic signal poles and arms required for    

the Winfield – Alexander Parkway traffic signal project and modifications to the existing Alexander High School traffic signal pole due to the widening of the street, from Pelco Structural LLC, Claymore, OK, in the total amount of $38,237.00.  [This signal light will not be relocated]  These items are being purchased through the State of Texas cooperative purchasing program utilizing a TX DOT open market purchase contract.  Delivery is within 65 – 70 calendar days.  Funding is available from 2006 Contractual Obligation bond proceeds.


                 Motion to approve.


                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      6                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0


            3.  Amending motion made on April 16, 2007 by endorsing House Bill 3594 regarding                  One Stop Border Inspection Facilities and supporting State Representative Richard                        Raymond’s efforts to pass such bill.


                 Motion to approve.


                 Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      5                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Landeck




            Presentation on a joint partnership with Webb County for the construction of a proposed             Fifth International Bridge and a Railroad Bridge; with discussion and possible action.


            City Manager Carlos Villarreal requested direction and parameters from Council.  He    stated that there will be a meeting next week with the committee members to discuss and         meet with the County to negotiate items related to the construction of the Fifth                         International Bridge along with the rail bridge.  He commented that it is staff’s feelings                       to be able to become partners in the construction of the rail bridge.  He stated that they                       need parameters from the Council as to two sites that exist.  He recommended that an             independent party be involved to view the two sites and make a recommendation to the                       Council and County.  He added that this independent party would  look at the following              information: size of the span; environmental mitigation; existing infrastructure on the                Mexican side; the length of the road; infrastructure to the highway; and some of the                infrastructure at both sites.  He also mentioned that there is a third site sandwiched                    between Rio Bravo and El Cenizo.  He reported that an analysis has been done on both             sites to attain them and which includes getting a Presidential permit.  He reiterated that it                   is his recommendation to reach an agreement with the County and have an independent                       source that would look at both sites.         


            Mr. Villarreal stated that staff recommends beginning negotiations with the County and 

            agree in principal to be partners with them.  He noted that the percentages will be             determined later.  He also requested to be partners in the construction of the rail bridge              with the County of Webb.


            Cm. Belmares concurred with the City Manager.


            Motion to be partners with Webb County on the Fifth Bridge and with the rail bridge as             



            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     5                                               Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez


            Cm. Belmares stated that his only concern with the third site is if there is enough room    and conductivity at the site.  He emphasized focusing on the two sites because of the                        speed, but at the same time keep an eye on the third site because it may offer more                               flexibility in the future.


            Mr. Villarreal added that staff will bring back to Council funding options.




      Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  12:58


            Moved:  Cm. Belmares

            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 03 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on April 23, 2007.




                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary