CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2008-R-01

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JANUARY 7, 2008

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

            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

            Raul Casso,                                                                              City Attorney

 

            Motion to excuse Cm. Garcia.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Ramirez

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

 

 

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of Shashi and Priya Vaswani for being named Laredoans of the Year.

 

                 This recognition will be rescheduled for the meeting of January 22, 2008.

 

            b.  Recognition of Luis Alvarez for his voluntary assistance as mechanic for the visitors and

                 paisanos during the holidays.

 

                 Mayor Salinas and City Council publicly recognized Luis Alvarez for his unselfish                       mechanic work he performed during the holidays for paisanos.    

 

            c.  Recognition of the Traffic Department for their assistance with the installation of the

                 traffic signal at Loop 20 and Merida.

 

                 Cm. Garza reported that there was no greater issue for the residents along Loop 20 and            Merida because of the accidents that had taken place at Loop 20 and Merida.  The                        intersection was very dangerous and the residents are very excited about the installation

                 of the traffic signal at Loop 20 and Merida

 

                 Mayor Salinas and City Council recognized Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, and the               Laredo Traffic Department employees who were involved with this project. Mayor                         Salinas stated that the Traffic Department always performs their job in an expeditious

                 manner.    

 

            Communiqués

           

            Mayor Salinas asked for a moment of silence for Juanito Rodriguez who had passed away             recently.  He also thanked and congratulated City employees who worked on smoothing out             Jacaman Road

 

            Cm. Garza advised that the United South High School Cheerleaders won National             Championships for the non-tumbling division and Nixon High School came in second     place.  He wished everyone a happy and prosperous New Year for 2008.  He continued to           say that he is very happy to serve as Council Member of District I and enjoys working with           his fellow Council Members.  He noted that City staff held a successful town hall meeting   in District I.  He thanked volunteers that assisted him in the jacket and shoe give away      noting that he issued over a hundred jackets and shoes in District I. 

 

            After eighteen years of service to TAMIU, Cm. Landeck announced his retirement from the             TAMIU.  He said that he would be able to serve the community in a larger capacity by retiring from the university.

 

            Cm. Amaya said that he hoped that everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New             Year.  He noted that he is in the last stretch of his second term adding that he will continue         to work for the citizens of District IV and the City of Laredo.  He listed pending projects   from District IV including sidewalks, Zacate Creek connecting to the Dr. Cecelia May    Moreno Park,   sun shades throughout the district, the Ryan Elementary Walking Trail         which is a joint project with District II, and the community center. 

 

            Cm. Rendon thanked City Staff for the completion of Jacaman Road before the holidays.              He also offered the community a prosperous and health New Year.  He offered his             condolences to the family of a District V resident, Ambrosio Ambrose.  He thanked  fellow             Council members for their support and hard work throughout the year.   

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares read a short letter from Cm. Garcia that read “I would like to             wish everyone in District II and the City of Laredo a Happy New Year.  He said that he             would continue to work for a better Laredo.”  Mayor Pro Tem continued by saying that Cm.             Garcia always does a great job in working for his District, especially the Youth of Laredo.              He said that his work with the Border Olympics, Sister Cities Youth Committee, and     charitable organizations are a testament to his love for the community.  He continued by     saying that he hopes that everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  He voiced that the United Longhorns were able to honor Coach Sanchez for the United      Longhorns who was selected to the Army All-American elite coaching staff for the team that played at the Alamo Dome.  He expressed that the coach is a testament for the best that         Laredo has to offer and that he does a phenomenal job with the students at United High School.  He thanked the Mayor for all of the work that he has done in the year of 2007 and       noted that he is looking forward to working with the Mayor and Council in 2008.  He went        on to congratulate City Departments for working hard and specifically mentioned the Fire   Department who had to work extremely hard during the New Year.

 

            Cm. Chavez said that he was glad to be back to Council after the holidays and added that he             has a lot of exciting projects taking place in his District.

 

            Cm. Ramirez wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  He said that he             would continue to work hard for his District VIII. 

 

            Citizen comments

           

            Miguel Regalado spoke on diverting the paisanos away from Laredo.  He stated that he             awaits their arrival due to his services and spoke against the diversion of the paisanos from             Laredo

 

            Abraham Gonzalez spoke against diverting the paisanos from IH 35.  He spoke on behalf of

            Taco Palenque.

 

            Leon Oscar Ramirez Cortez, Motel owner, spoke against the idea of diverting the paisanos             away from IH 35 and the downtown area.

 

            Javier De Anda, Popeye’s Restaurant owner, spoke against the diverting the paisano traffic             away from the City of Laredo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            Appointment by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck of Rafael Martinez to the Board of             Adjustments Committee.

 

            Motion to approve the appointment.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Amaya

            Second:  Cm. Rendon

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            1.  A.  Request by Council Member Mike Garza

            1.  Providing discretionary funding for the replacement, repair and security of the military

                 memorials that were vandalized.

 

                 Cm. Garza expressed his concerns for the replacement, repair and security of the military

                 memorials that were vandalized. 

                

                 Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, advised that the cost estimate for the                             plaques would be $5,500.  The camera and other repairs would be in addition to the                               $5,500.     

 

                 Motion to approve the replacement of the three military memorials and take additional               protective measures to avoid further vandalism not to exceed $10,000.  Each Council                     Member agreed to pay $2,000 from their discretionary funds.  

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on a pay increase for the position of the Municipal Court

                 Judge.

                     

                 Cm. Garza reported that there had been a survey provided to City Council which advised

                 that the Municipal Court Judge should receive a pay increase.  He added that the pay

                 increase would make the salary more comparable to local judges.

 

                 Motion to instruct staff to draft an ordinance to increase $12,000 or 18% for the

                 Municipal Court Judge.  Motion amended to read $100,000.  Amendment                

                 was accepted by maker of motion and the second agreed.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                

 

 

            B.  Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

            1.  Discussion with possible action on planning of transportation control and routes adjacent

                 to international bridges - especially during high congestion periods.

 

                 Cm. Landeck stressed the importance of going into a very intensive planning process in

                 one form or another for transportation control and routes adjacent to international

                 bridges.  He suggested the creation of a Blue Ribbon Committee composed of different             businessman so they can take their time and plan a solution to the best of their abilities. 

 

                 George Johnson, interested party, stated that he had appeared before City Council ten

                 years ago on the same paisano issue.  He expressed his satisfaction in the current                       Council’s decision to create a welcome camp for paisanos.  He also said that the current

                 Council approached local businessmen regarding paisanos; however, they no longer

                 receive calls from the City for feedback. 

 

                 Mayor Salinas advised that there is a lack of manpower for the welcome camp.  He                  suggested creating ambassadors to assist in greeting the paisanos. 

 

                 George Johnson gave several suggestions for the City to consider in welcoming the

                 paisanos.  He stressed the importance of accommodating the paisano travelers in all                  areas because they spend a lot of money in the community.  He further encouraged City

                 Council to consider including local merchants in their conversations regarding the issue.              Finally, he thanked City Council for addressing the importance of this item.

    

                 Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, gave a comprehensive report on the vehicle crossings

                 on the different bridges.  He commented that the difference in crossings relies heavily on

                 the nationalization of vehicles from bridge to bridge.  He too stressed the importance of

                 working with the Mexican side to accommodate the paisano travelers admitting that they

                 do boost the City of Laredo economy.  He said that the City of Laredo needs to work on

                 the logistics of the travelers. 

           

                 Cm. Landeck asked the Chief of Police to assert aggressive intervention in opening up               additional intersections.

 

                 Motion to create a Blue Ribbon Committee or return to City Council for discussion on

                 the creation of the Committee and how Council would like for it to be structured. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                 Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            C.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on installing shade canopy structures along Zacate Creek

                 Linear parks.

 

                 Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Director, said previously the Parks & Recreation            Department had provided cost estimates for the Zacate Linear Park playground areas                     which total to approximately $58,000. 

 

                 Motion to approve the use of District IV Discretionary funds for installing shade canopy             structures along Zacate Creek Linear parks up to $35,000.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                 Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action to construct sidewalks on the following streets by using

                 District V Discretionary Funds:

                 * 900 Taylor – South Side

                 * 1300 Price – South Side

                 * 2200 San Leonardo – West Side

                 * 4400 Hendricks – West Side

                 * 500 Taylor – South

                 * 2200 San Eduardo – West.

 

                 Motion to approve with amendment of changing 500 Taylor – South to 500 Lyon

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            D. Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

            1.  Status report on the Request for Proposals for the water park, with possible action.

                 Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Director, said that the he had provided information

                 in the Friday packet.  He noted that the Request for Proposals are due Thursday at 4 p.m.

                 and that more than five companies have contacted him with additional questions.  He

                 said that he would return to Council for further instruction.  

                

             2.  Discussion with possible action on the future convention center for the downtown area.

 

                 Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Director, gave a comprehensive report on the

                 future convention center for the downtown area.  He submitted the following report                    which was presented to Council on November 22, 2004:

 

                 Financial Operations and Economic Impact Analysis of a New/Expanded Laredo                          Convention Center

 

                 Study Goals o & Methods

 

                 Typical measurements used to determine project feasibility:

 

                 Market

                 Financial

                 Economic spending

                 Tax generation

                 Costs/benefits/return on investment

                 Intangible benefits/public good

 

                 Market Demand Conclusions

 

                 Associations

                 SMERF

                 Public/Consumer Shows

                 Mexican Tradeshows/Exhibitions

                 Other Events

 

                 Supportable Building Program & Community Requirements

                 Building Program

 

                 40,000 square feet of exhibit space

                 18,000 square feet of ballroom space

                 15,000 square feet of meeting space\

                 Approximately 10,000 square feet of showroom/office space, “hybrid facility” concept

               

                 Community Requirements

 

                 Headquarters hotel with between 175 and 225 guestrooms located within close proximity          to Center.

 

                 Estimated Financial Operating Results Upon Stabilization of Operations (2004$)

 

                 Operating Revenues:

 

                 Facility rent                                                                          $462,000

                 Food Service (net)                                                                           $242,000

                 Contract service/other                                                                      $271,000

                      Total Operating Revenues                                                           $975,000

 

                 Operating Expenses:

 

                 Salaries and benefits                                                                        $776,000

                 Contract labor                                                                                 $108,000

                 Utilities                                                                                            $174,000

                 Repair & Maintenance                                                                     $  55,000

                 General & Administrative                                                                 $135,000

                 Supplies                                                                                          $  64,000

                 Other                                                                                              $212,000

                       Total Operating Expenses                                                          $1,524,000

 

                 Net Operating Deficit (1)                                                             (549,000)

 

                 New Annual Direct Spending Upon Stabilization of Operations (2004$)

 

 

 

 

                 Total Direct Spending:  $16,650,000

 

                 Hotel                       25%

                 Restaurant               34%

                Other                       10%

                 Local Transit           7%

                 Retail                       14%

                 Entertainment           10%

 

                 New Annual Economic/Tax Impacts Upon Stabilization of Operations

 

                 Total Direct Spending                      $16,650,000

 

                 Total Output                                    $26,800,000

                 Earnings                                          $10,900,000

                 Employment                                    430

                 City Sales/Use Tax                          $280,000

                 City Hotel Occ. Tax                        $263,000

                 City Taxes                                       $107,000

                

                 Cm. Ramirez noted that the City Council should decide what they want to do to keep                               Laredo the # 1 Inland Port in the World.  He added that it has been three years since the

                 City Council has considered the new and expanded Laredo Convention Center

 

                 Cm. Garcia said that the City Council needs to place their priorities and commitments                              together so they can move forward. 

 

                 Cm. Landeck pointed out that all the material for the convention center is outdated. 

 

                 Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, said that he is ready to move forward with projects with           direction from the City Council.

 

                 Motion to instruct staff to talk to the City of Laredo Financial Advisors and see what                               options the City of Laredo might have in going out for the request for proposals or                     reaching out to the private sector options for the convention center for the downtown

                 area. 

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Landeck

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

                

            3.  Discussion with possible action on improving the front section of the Civic Center along

                 San Bernardo Avenue.

 

                 Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Director, submitted the following information:

 

                 Civic Center Grounds

                 Proposed Improvements

 

 

                 Existing Costs – Option “A”

 

                 1)  Walkways                                              $17,550

                 Approximately 450 lf of 6’ wide stamped concrete

 

                 2)  Lighting                                      $6,000

                 Park security lighting only

 

                 3)  Landscaping                                           $8,500

                 To include shrubs and top soil

 

                 4)  Park amenities                                        $8,500

                 To include 8 park benches, 1 drinking fountain and 4 trash receptacles

 

                 5)  Decorative water fountain                       $18,000

                 To include complete system and installation

 

                 6)  Round planters                                       $12,000

                 To be built around 10 existing trees to match existing

 

                 Total estimated cost                         $70,550

 

                 Civic Center Grounds Option “B”

 

                 1)  Walkways (Approx. 450 If of 6’ regular concrete)                                  $9,250

                 2)  Concrete stamped (Approx. 8,500 sq. ft. of concrete stamped                $55,250

                 3)  Lighting (Parking security lighting only)                                        $6,000

                 4)  Landscaping (include shrubs and top soil)                                                $8,500

                 5)  Park amenities (8 park benches, 1 drinking fountain $ receptacles)          $8,500

                 6)  Decorative water fountain (complete system and installation)        $15,000

                 7)  Round planters (to be built around 10 existing trees to match)      $12,000

 

                 Total estimated cost                                                                         $114,550

 

                 Motion to approve the improvements of the front lawn capital improvement funds.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health

                 Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and

                 expenses in the amount of $33,882.00 from the Serving Children and Adolescents in

                 Need (SCAN), Inc., a partnership for services to be provided by the Department’s HIV

                 Program of HIV outreach, HIV testing, pre and post test counseling and pre-treatment

                 services for the term from January 1, 2008 through September 30, 2008; and amending

                 the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 full time equivalent positions, by creating one (1) Health

                 Educator position contingent upon availability of grant funds, and authorizing the City

                 Manager to execute the contract.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health

                 Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures

                 in the amount of $175,979.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for

                 continuation of the Department’s Tuberculosis Prevention & Control Federal Project for

                 the period beginning January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008 and authorizing the            

                 City Manager to execute the contract.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and

                 execute a funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation in the amount

                 of $19,050,000.00 with a local match of $1,496,480.00 and to amend the FY 2007-2008

                 Capital Grants fund by appropriating said funds for the proposed reconstruction of

                 streets located within the truck route and various industrial parks.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         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:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and

                 execute a funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation in the amount

                 of $4,091,400.00 with a local match of $359,626.39 and to amend the Fiscal Year 2007-

                 2008 Capital Grant Fund by appropriating said funds for the proposed construction of

                 seven (7) new toll/inspection booths, to be located at the World Trade Bridge.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            6.  Setting the new speed limit on the .236 miles section of FM 3338 located within the City

                 limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as defined in the Texas Department of

                 Transportation Control Section Map 3532-02, as 60 MPH from 50 MPH, providing for

                 the installation of appropriate signs to indicate new speed changes in the designated

                 areas and providing for publication and effective date.

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            7.  Amending the Community Development Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Full-Time

                 Equivalent positions by creating one (1) full-time Noise Abatement Specialist position

                 with benefits, in the Community Development Department, Real Estate Division, Noise

                 Abatement Program.  Funding is available through monetary grants received from the

                 Federal Aviation Administration through its Airport Improvements Program Grants 40               and 47 Noise Abatement and Airport Construction Fund, respectively.

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.             FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

                  Motion to waive the final reading of ordinance # 2008-O-001, # 2008-O-002, # 2008-O-       003, # 2008-O-004, # 2008-O-005, # 2008-O-006, # 2008-O-007, # 2008-O-008,

                  # 2008-O-009# 2008-O-010, # 2008-O-011, # 2008-O-012, # 2008-O-013, # 2008-O-                              014, and # 2008-O-015.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                  Second:  Cm. Amaya

                  For:     7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            8.  2008-O-001  Accepting a grant in the amount of $25,000.00 from the Texas Department

                                      of Transportation for enforcement of Impaired Driver Mobilization and

                                      amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Annual

                                      Budget/Special Police in the amount of $25,000.00.  This grant is for

                                      overtime salaries, including fringe benefits, and is funded 100% by the

                                      Texas Department of Transportation for a full year.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-001.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                       Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

                  2008-O-002  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a donation from the family of

                                       Amanda G. and Jose Maria Guerra in the amount of $1,000.00 and

                                       amending and appropriating the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008

                                       annual budget.  Funds will be deposited in the Friends of the Library Fund

                                       and will be used to purchase books and DVDs about Alzheimer’s disease

                                       for the Main Library.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-002.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                       Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

                 2008-O-003  Authorizing the City Manager to accept the Texas Department of

                                       Transportation Section 5307 Grant No. 51822F7052 for $667,123.00 and

                                       amending the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Transit Budget by increasing the

                                       State Operating Grant contribution and decreasing Transit Sales Tax match

                                       for operating expenses by $208,902.00.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-003.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                       Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

                 2008-O-004  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding

                                       between the Laredo Police Department and the United States Marshals

                                       Service (USMS), and to accept monetary reimbursement from the U. S.

                                       Department of Justice and U. S. Marshals Service for salary expenses not

                                       to exceed $15,572.00 annually per officer, incurred by the City of Laredo

                                       Police Department for the Fugitive Apprehension Task Force Operation;

                                       and amending the City of Laredo’s FY2007-08 budget in the amount of

                                       75,000.   

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-004.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                       Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

                 2008-O-005  Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008

                                       budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of

                                       $145,933.00 of additional funds from the Texas Department of State

                                       Health Services for the Health Department Public Health Preparedness and

                                       Epidemiology Program (Pandemic Influenza), for a total amount awarded

                                       of $377,542.00.  The term is to be changed from ending on August 31,

                                       2008 to end on July 31, 2008, and requesting to amend the approved full-

                                       time equivalent positions.

 

                                      Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-005.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                       Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

                 2008-O-006  Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008

                                       annual budget by decreasing revenues to the total award amount of

                                       $23,227.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services, with an

                                       in-kind amount of $17,421.00 from L.I.S.D. and expenditures to

                                       $40,648.00 for the continuation of the Health Department’s Abstinence

                                       Education Program, term from October 1, 2007 through December 31,

                                       2007.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-006.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                       Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

                 2008-O-007  Accepting a grant in the amount of $20,829.00 from the U.S. Department

                                       of Justice and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2007-2008

                                       annual budget in the amount of $20,829.00.  This grant is part of the

                                       Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program which will pay for 50% of the total

                                       cost of all approved ballistic protective body armor.  The grant period is

                                       valid through September 30, 2012.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-007.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                       Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

                 2008-O-008  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                       Lot 8, Block 2, Moreno Addition, located at 1820 Harding Avenue, from                                 R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential

                                       District); providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-008.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                       Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

                 2008-O-009  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                       4.85 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit

                                       “A”, located northwest of intersection of McPherson Road and Shiloh

                                       Drive, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community

                                       Business District); providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-009.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                       Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

                 2008-O-010  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Annual Budget for

                                       the Certificate of Obligation Series 2006 Fund by appropriating revenues

                                       and expenses in the amount of $290,746.00 which is derived by interest

                                       earnings of $115,746.00 and $175,000.00 from the Webb County Local

                                       Government and authorizing usage of $665,000.00 from the 2007 C.O. by

                                       deferring $555,000.00 from Independence Park and transferring

                                       $110,000.00 from District I Discretionary Funds in order to complete the

                                       funding for the El Eden Recreation Center.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-010.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                       Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

 

                 2008-O-011  Amending the City of Laredo Drug and Alcohol Policy and Procedures

                                       Manual ( adopted by Resolution No. 95-R-068), together with the

                                       Addendum (Ordinance No. 97-O-020), by expanding the Drug and

                                       Alcohol Testing Policy and Procedure to include random testing of all

                                       those employees whose jobs fall within the expanded definition of safety

                                       sensitive positions; excluding Police and Fire Department civil service

                                       employees until such time as the Laredo International Association of

                                       Firefighters, Local 1390, and the Laredo Police Officer’s association

                                       (LPOA) accept the terms of this ordinance; providing that Police and Fire

                                       Department civil service employees shall remain subject to all provisions

                                       of the current City of Laredo Drug and Alcohol Policy and Procedures

                                       Manual (Resolution No. 95-R-068), together with the Addendum

                                       (Ordinance No. 97-O-020); and inserting the policy in the City of Laredo’s

                                       Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2-“City Work Policies” creating Subdivision

                                       IX, “Drug and Alcohol”, beginning with Section Number 2-50.40;

                                       providing for severability and an effective date.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-011.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                       Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

                 2008-O-012  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Washington’s

                                       Birthday Celebration Association, Inc., (W.B.C.A.) for approximately ten

                                       (10.0) acres of concrete ramp located on the West General Aviation

                                       parking ramp of the Air Operations Area to include City owned vacant

                                       non-aeronautical use land located at the Laredo International Airport for

                                       the purpose of hosting the 2008 W.B.C.A. Air Show.  Lease term is for

                                       two (2) days commencing on February 16, 2008 and ending on February

                                       17, 2008.  City Council finds and declares that a valid public purpose

                                       would be served in setting the daily rental fee at $1.00; providing for an

                                       effective date.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-012.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                       Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

                2008-O-013  Consenting to the assignment of that Lease Agreement to the premises

                                       consisting of approximately 7,913 square feet constituting Building No.

                                       900 located at 4502 Thomas Avenue at the Laredo International Airport

                                       approved by Ordinance No. 94-O-072 dated April 4, 1994 and as amended

                                       by Ordinance No. 95-O-048 between the City of Laredo, as Lessor and

                                       Jackson-Buitron Funeral Home, Inc., as Lessee, to Buitron Dickey Funeral

                                       and Cremation Services, L.L.C., a Texas limited liability company, as

                                       Assignee, and authorizing the City Manager to execute Lessor’s

                                       Certifications, Consent, Agreements and Subordination. All terms and

                                       conditions of the lease agreement remain unchanged and in effect;

                                       providing for effective date.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-013.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                       Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

                 2008-O-014  Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII. Stopping,

                                       Standing or Parking of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo,

                                       thereby creating Section 19-365, City Hall Parking Restrictions,

                                       authorizing the issuance of parking citations and/or towing of vehicles for

                                       violating posted parking restrictions for the City Hall parking lot and

                                       establishing a minimum fine, providing for severability, publication and an

                                       effective date.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-014.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                       Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                       For:     7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

                  2008-O-015  Approving  and  authorizing  the  City Manager to:

 

                                       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 execute a Temporary Construction Easement to the

                                       Department for a term of two (2) years; and providing for an effective date. 

                                       (As amended)

 

                                       Cm. Ramirez expressed his dissatisfaction with this item being placed back                                on the agenda.

 

                                        Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, explained that the item was tabled in

                                        order to allow for staff to gather additional information regarding the                                          Riverbend Roadway.

 

                                        Deputy Charles Roberson, Border Patrol, introduced a team of employees

                                        and engineers from the Border Patrol.  He read a letter that was written by

                                        the Chief of Border Patrol explaining the importance of adopting the

                                        ordinance.  He stressed that the security of the nation presents different

                                        challenges for Laredo and they need to be proactive to assure the safety of

                                        the United States.

 

                                        Rogelio Rivera testified that he has reviewed the plans for completeness

                                        for having them found to be in compliance with the City’s ordinances.   

 

                                        There was a two hour discussion on this item. 

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2008-O-015.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garza

                                       Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                       For:     4                                Against:  3                                Abstain:  0

                                       Cm. Garza                             Cm. Landeck

                                       Cm. Amaya                           Cm. Chavez

                                       Cm. Rendon                          Cm. Ramirez

                                       Mayor Pro Tem Belmares

                                       Motion to reconsider the vote of 2008-O-015.

 

                                       Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                       For:     5                                Against:  3                                Abstain:  0

                                       Cm. Garza                             Cm. Landeck

                                       Cm. Garcia                            Cm. Chavez

                                       Cm. Amaya                           Cm. Ramirez

                                       Cm. Rendon

                                       Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

 

                                       Motion to approve/adopt # 2008-O-015.

 

                                       Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                       Second:  Cm. Rendon

                                       For:     5                                Against:  3                                Abstain:  0

                                       Cm. Garza                             Cm. Landeck

                                       Cm. Garcia                            Cm. Chavez

                                       Cm. Amaya                           Cm. Ramirez

                                       Cm. Rendon

                                       Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

            9.  2008-R-001  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract agreement with the

                                      Texas Department of Transportation for the Chacon Creek Hike and Bike                                 Trail Project.

 

                                       Motion to approve Resolution # 2008-R-001.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                      Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            10.  2008-R-003  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement to contribute funds

                                        with the Texas Department of Transportation and to disburse a payment in

                                        the amount of $140,357.00 as the City’s contribution for the acquisition of

                                        right-of-way necessary for the construction of that portion of the new

                                        roadway known as Cuatro Vientos Road, from Mangana-Hein to 1.01

                                        miles south of State Highway 359.  Funding is available in the 2006

                                        Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2008-R-003.

 

                                      Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                      Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                      For:     7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            11.  2008-R-006  Declaring the public necessity to acquire, the “Surface Only” of a 21.4162

                                        acre parcel of land for the East Laredo Drainage Acquisition Project. Said

                                        parcel being described on attached Exhibit A, and authorizing staff to

                                        negotiate with the owners for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at

                                        a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate

                                        Appraiser; upon said purchase to grant a temporary construction easement

                                        to adjacent property owner, described legally as a 0.1521 acre parcel of

                                        land, more or less, on the western property line of the parcel to be

                                        acquired (Exhibit B); and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate

                                        condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to

                                        acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price,

                                        conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the

                                        listed owner(s). Funding is available in the 32nd Action Year Community

                                        Development Block Grant Fund and in the 2005 Certificates of Obligation

                                        Fund.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2008-R-006.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

            12.  Consideration to reschedule the regular City Council meetings of January, February

                   and March 2008 due to Martin Luther King, Jr. and President’s Day Holidays and the

                   Annual Washington Trip.  The rescheduled dates are Tuesday, January 22, 2008,

                   Tuesday, February 19, 2008, Tuesday, March 11, 2008 and Monday, March 24, 2008

                   and Monday, March 24, 2008.

 

                   Motion to approve with correction that the rescheduled date should be January 28, 2008           instead of January 22, 2008.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            13.  Authorizing the City Manager to approve attached agreement between the Laredo

                   Police Officers Association and the City Of Laredo effective January 7, 2008, including

                   its provision for a credit of $109,750.00 by the City to the police health and benefits

                   trust fund, the value of the “Serious Illness Leave Hours” will be adjusted accordingly

                   in order to eliminate the deficit. This agreement will be retroactive to September 30,

                   2007.

 

                   Motion to postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            14.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Mercer Group; not to exceed

                   $30,000.00 to conduct a comprehensive search to recruit a Police Chief for the City of

                   Laredo.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     6                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Landeck

 

            15.  Adopting rules and procedures for the allocation of funds to Third Party entities that

                   meet the minimum qualifications for requesting said funding from the City of Laredo.

 

                   Ray Ayala, Chair of the Committee, reported that they were instructed to come back                               with an ordinance, but have been told to bring it back in the form of a motion.  

 

                   Motion to approve. 

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                   For:     6                                        Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Landeck

                                                                        Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

 

                   Cm. Landeck told the City Manager, Carlos Villarreal, that he did not have the right to

                   change a decision of City Council without the direction of City Council.  He advised

                   Council that in August 2006 the prior City Council instructed the City Manager to

                   instruct staff to work with the Third Party Funding Committee in the creation of an

                   ordinance.  He felt that it was wrong for administration to approach the current Third

                   Party Funding Committee and to advise them that they should adopt their rules through

                   a motion rather than an ordinance.  He said that the minutes clearly state why the rules

                   should be adopted as an Ordinance and not a motion. 

 

                   Raul Casso, City Attorney, pointed out that the current motion will supercede the

                   previous motion. 

 

            16.  Consideration for approval a professional services to KK Communications, d/b/a

                   Autophone of Laredo, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network)

                   Services for the Laredo International Airport Passenger terminal in accordance with

                   RFP No. FY 07-141 at no cost to the Airport Fund.  The contract is for a term of five

                   (5) years with no options to renew.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            17.  Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY 08-027 to the low bidder

                   meeting specifications, HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated

                   amount of $160,000.00, for the purchase of fire hydrants for the Utilities Department. 

                   This is an annual supply contract that allows for the purchase of fire hydrants on an as

                   needed basis. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.  The City received

                   lower bids from Ferguson Waterworks and ACT Pipe & Supply which do not meet the

                   department’s published specifications.  Ferguson Waterworks submitted a bid for a fire

                   hydrant that does not have a stainless steel tubing as required in the specifications and

                   ACT Pipe & Supply submitted a bid for a fire hydrant with a screwed flange which also

                   does not meet specifications.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            18.  Authorizing the City Manager to determine conditions of possible sale to the Laredo

                   Independent School District for an approximate 10-acre of land out of Block No. 14 of

                   the Subdivision Plat of the Laredo Airport at the Fair Market Value as required by the

                   Federal Aviation Administration. The subject property is located at the Laredo

                  International Airport north of Hillside bounded by Daugherty to the east, Bartlett to the

                   west and south of the City’s Utilities Department. The conditions of the proposed sale

                   to the school district will require City Council approval.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            19.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) Peterbilt 365 truck tractor with

                   vacuum trailer in the amount of $157,000.00 from Rush Truck Centers of Texas, L.P.,

                   through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative

                   purchasing program.  This equipment will be assigned to the Utilities Department. 

                   Funding is available in the Sewer Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

            20.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract

                   number FY 07-035 awarded to Rafter P. Transport, Inc., New Braunfels, Texas, in the

                   estimated amount of $60,000.00 to load and haul dry sludge from the Jefferson Water

                   Treatment Plant to the City of Laredo Landfill.  The frequency and number of hours

                   vary depending on the City’s need but the contract is based on a base bid of $6.00 per

                   cubic yard of material.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Water

                   Treatment Division budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            21.  Consideration to amend contract FY 06-083 currently awarded to MO-VAC

                   Environmental, McAllen Texas, for furnishing vacuum truck services to transport

                   domestic sewage, sewage sludge, and/or sludge for the Utilities Department by

                   increasing the contract amount by $45,000.00 to a new contract amount of

                   $225,000.00.  Due to an increase in frequency and number of hours the proposed

                   amendment would increase the current contract in order to provide services for the

                   remainder of the contract term.  Funding is available in the department’s budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            22.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract FY07-

                   027 awarded to RM Personnel, Inc, Laredo, Texas, in an amount not to exceed

                   $256,755.60, for providing approximately twelve (12) contract employees for the

                   Airport Department.  Twelve (12) employees are needed to cover various shifts during

                   the seven (7) day work week.  Temporary contract employees have been requested for             dispatchers and customer service agent positions at the International Airport Terminal. 

                   Funding is available in the Airport Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            23.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for annual supply contract FY07-036

                   awarded to Galls, Inc., Lexington, KY., in the amount of $94,482.86 for the purchase

                   of one hundred fifty four (154), soft body armor vests for the Police Department.  The

                   contract price will be firm for one (1) year period and allow the City to purchase

                   additional vests at this contract price.  Funding is available in the Special Police budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            24.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one GMC cab and chassis with water tank

                   from Rush Truck Centers of Texas, LP., in the total amount of $68,615.00 through the

                   Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing

                   program’s contract pricing.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation

                   Bond Proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            25. Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY 06-027 to Southern

                   Sanitation, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $75,794.04 for providing trash                                 collection services for large volume containers.  These services will be required for

                   various city operations such as the Airport, Bridge System, Parks and Recreation,

                   Public Access, Fleet Management, Traffic, Transit, Municipal Housing, Environmental

                   Engineering, Fire and Utilities Departments.  Funding is available in the respective

                   departmental budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            26.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-175 to the low bidder meeting

                   specifications, Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of

                   $54,700.00 for the purchase of four (4) backhoe trailers for the Public Works

                   Department.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            27.  Authorizing the Washington Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) to place two

                   (2) temporary promotional banners for the annual WBCA festivities scheduled for

                   January 23, 2008 through February 24, 2008.  One banner will be installed on the 2400

                   block of San Bernardo Avenue from the period of January 28, 2008 through February

                   28, 2008 and the other banner will be installed at the intersection of McPherson Road

                   and Del Mar Boulevard from the period of January 14, 2008 through February 28,

                   2008; and to require that the WBCA sign a release of liability to the City of Laredo.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            28.  Consideration to award a contract to sole source provider, Transcore, LP., for the

                   purchase of an additional 20,000 Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) sticker tags as

                   part of the Laredo Bridge System toll collection in an amount not to exceed

                   $250,000.00.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            29.  Authorizing the City Manager to waive parking permit fees for use of parking meters,

                   no meters anytime, and loading zone fees for the UETA Jamboozie Festival on

                   Saturday, January 26, 2008.  A total of 178 parking meters will be utilized at $5.00

                   each.  The total estimated revenue the City is requested to waive is $890.00.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            30.  Authorizing the acceptance of the Santa Rita 27”, 30” and 36” sewer improvements as

                   built with the discrepancy of 2,500 feet of 36” sewer line and four (4) manholes at an

                   estimated cost of $360,750.00 and authorizing the Utilities Department to charge each

                   developer their share of the cost as indicated on Exhibit “A”.  Funding is available in

                   the 2004 Sewer Revenue Bond.

 

                   Motion to postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            31.  Consideration to amend the budget/project period of the Health Care Response and

                   Management Along the US/Mexico Border (X4-96602701-2) from the U.S.

                   Environmental Protection Agency with the City of Laredo Health Department which

                   was to end on December 16, 2007 but will continue through December 30, 2007.  The

                   award remains at $78,947.00.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Consideration to authorize the issuance of a permit to the City of Laredo Convention &

                   Visitors Bureau for the installation of a forty-five (45) foot wide by four (4) foot high

                   banner located at 2400 San Bernardo to promote the annual Sister Cities Festival.  The

                   banner will be installed from January 8, 2008 to January 28, 2008.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            33.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2003 HOME Investment Partnership,

                   Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Contract with Metro

                   Affordable Housing Corporation to extend the deadline to expend program funds from

                   November 1, 2007 to August 30, 2008 in support of the Cardinal Point Project, a 40

                   unit town home development of which 20 units will be HOME assisted.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            34.  City Council approval to donate salvaged ambulance #9101 to the State of Guanajuato

                   to be turned over to the municipality of Santiago de la Union, Guanajuato, Mexico.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Refund of property tax in the amount of $5,313.21 to the following taxpayers:

 

                        1.  A refund in the amount of $594.38 payable to Juan Martinez due to an erroneous                     payment.  Account #549-01259-070.

                        2.  A refund in the amount of $4,718.83 payable to the Laredo National Bank due an                     erroneous payment.   Account #946-80003-014.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

            36.  A.  Presentation of the Plan of Finance by Estrada-Hinojosa & Company, Financial

                         Consultants, on a proposed private placement bond sale for the purpose of

                         purchasing Transit Buses.

 

                         Rosario Cabello, Finance Director, gave the following report:

 

City of Laredo, Texas

$3,555,000

Public Property Finance

Contractual Obligations, Series 2008

 

                         Sources and Uses of Funds

           

                                                                                                                        Sources of Funds

 

                         Par Amount of Obligations                                                       $3,555,000

                        Total Uses of Funds                                                                  $3,555,000

 

                                                                                                                        Uses of Funds

 

                        Purchase of ten (10) Gillig Corp. Low Floor Bus                       $3,500,000

                        Cost of Issuance                                                                           55,000

                        Total Uses of Funds                                                                  $3,555,000

 

                        Payment Source: Mass Transit Sales Tax

 

                        Summary of Competitive Bid Process

 

                        If plan of finance approved, Estrada Hinojosa will Distribute RFP to private                               placement providers for City of Laredo, Texas.  Purpose of RFP is to solicit                              responses in order obtain lowest borrowing cost for City’s Public Property Finance                   Contractual Obligations, Series 2008.

 

                        Key dates are as follows:

 

                        January 7, 2008            Present preliminary Plan of Finance and timetable to City                                                                       Council.

 

                        January 14, 2008          Financial Advisor prepares preliminary structure and

                                                            completes RFP for private placement provider.

 

                        January 16, 2008          Financial Advisor distributes RFP for private placement                                                                         providers due by 02/01/2008.

 

                        January 22, 2008          City Council introduces Ordinance to sell the Obligations

                                                            (First reading of Bond Ordinances.)

 

                        February 1, 2008         Proposals due from private placement providers by 2:00 p.m.

 

                        February 1, 2008         City Council approval.

 

                        February 4, 2008         City Council adopts Ordinance to sell Obligations.

 

                        February 6, 2008         Submit documents to Texas Attorney General.

 

                        March 3, 2008             Obtain Texas Attorney General’s Approval of the                                                                                 Obligations.

 

                        March 6, 2008             Closing.

 

XIII.    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.

 

XIV.    RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO             MASS TRANSIT BOARD

           

            Motion to recess as the Laredo City Council and convene as the Laredo Mass Transit   Board.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Amaya

            Second:  Cm. Chavez

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            37.  2008-RT-001  Authorizing the City Manager to enter in an Interlocal agreement with

                                          the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Laredo Transit

                                         Management to utilize the assign ability clause from the Nashville

                                         MTA’s Request for Proposal #011503-01 to purchase ten (10) low floor

                                         transit buses; and authorize the Laredo Transit General Manager sign all

                                         required documents.  Subject to approval of the Plan of Finance and sale

                                         of Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation 2008.

 

                                         Motion to approve.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Amaya

                                         Second:  Cm. Chavez

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AND             ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

            Motion to recess as the Laredo Mass Transit Board and reconvene and adjourn as the Laredo City Council.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Amaya

            Second:  Cm. Chavez

            For:     7                                               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 26 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on January 7, 2008.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary