CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2008-R-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MARCH 10, 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

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            Michael Landeck,                                                                     Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                                        Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Mayor Pro Tem, District VI

            Juan Chavez,                                                                            Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Carlos Villarreal,                                                                       City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                                     Assistant City Manager

            Jesus Olivares,                                                                          Assistant City Manager

            Raul Casso,                                                                              City Attorney

 

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of August 6, 2007, December 3, 2007 and December 17, 2007.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Rendon

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:  5                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Cm. Garza, Cm. Garcia, and Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares were not present at this time.

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

            a.  Recognition of Judge Oscar O. Martinez for being named 2008 LIFE Rancher of the

                 Year during the 45th annual LIFE Downs fair.

 

                 Mayor Salinas and the City Council publicly recognized Judge Oscar O. Martinez for his           great work to our community.  

 

            b.  Recognition of the Border Olympics Board of Directors for their outstanding

                 performance during the 2008 Border Olympics Event.

 

                 Mayor Salinas presented Certificates of Recognition to Gregorio “Goyo” Lopez, 

                 President; Pancho Averill, Mike Drake, and Osvaldo Guzman.        

 

            c.  Recognition of Felix Garcia for being selected to the U.S. Under 20 Men's

                 National Team.

 

                 Not present.

 

            d.  Recognizing the Environmental Services Department for receiving the Community

                 Service Award from the Code Enforcement Association of Texas. 

 

                 No action taken.

 

            e.  Recognition of the 2008 Mayor's Cup-City Employee Softball Tournament Winners.

     

                 No action taken.

 

                 Motion to recess at 5:47 p.m.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  7                                             Against:                                                Abstain:

 

                 Cm. Garcia not present.  Returned at 7:06 p.m.

 

            Communiqués

 

            Citizen comments

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Appointment by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares of Sammy Alasi to the Convention           & Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee.

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            b.  Appointment by Council Member Johnny Rendon of Richard Perales to the

                 Transportation and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Garza

                  Second:  Cm. Garcia

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            1.  A.  Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

            1.  Status report on the canopy for Bridge I, with possible action.

 

                 Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they sent a short memo stating that they are            currently accepting bids for the canopy.  He stated that the bids will be received until                       March 31, 2008 and then opened the following day.  He added that the project should

                 take five months to complete.  He commented that it will be ready by July or August.

 

                 B.  Request by Council Member Mike Garza

            1.  Discussion with possible action on setting a date for a Budget Retreat.

 

                 Cm. Garza requested to set a date for a Budget Retreat and also requested that the                   Budget Director start setting up a calendar.  

 

                 Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, stated that he wants to finalize in March to be able to                              have a six month projection.  He added that as they proceed, adjustments have been                              made administratively in cutting back.  He commented that the sales tax is down and                              fuel costs are going up.  He stated that some of that may be recuperated, but at the end of          the six months they will have a better projection of where the City is headed.  He added                  that they will then be able to provide a schedule to the City Council by the first meeting              in April.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on directing the City Manager to conduct a study to

                 alleviate the problems on garbage pick up.

 

                  Cm. Garza stated that he received a report on garbage pick up which indicates that                    national holidays that fall on Sundays and are observed on Mondays are balanced out                      with those that fall on Friday. He commented that there may be issues when garbage is                not picked up after a holiday because it falls on a weekend.  He requested that staff look               into alternatives or other possibilities to alleviate this problem. 

 

                  Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, replied that they will compare the tonnage picked up                after holidays.  He added that accommodations can be made to allocate more garbage                     pick ups after holidays.

 

                 C.  Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action regarding outstanding loans/debts owed to the City of

                 Laredo.

 

                 Cm. Garcia stated that he wants to have something stable right now, so that at the end                            the year debts to the City are not written off.  He pointed out that there are millions of                                 dollars that have not been paid to the City.  He asked staff to come back with a report to           see what is owed.  He added that contracts should be written stating that the business                     may be audited at any time.  He requested a report by the next meeting.  Finally, he                    commented that there should be a plan in place for the collection of insurance,                                       ambulance services, and rent.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on appropriating matching funds to a 3 million dollar

                 Transportation Grant for a hike and bike trail along Chacon Creek.   

 

                 Cm. Garcia reported that the money is available and asked to have a trail through East                            Laredo.

 

                  Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Department Director, reported that a status                               report on the Transportation Grant of 3 million dollars was provided.  He stated that the             grant requires a local match of 20 %.  He noted that the Advanced Money Agreement                     has been executed and is currently under review by the state.  He mentioned that they                            are in the process of finding the 20% local match required.  He informed City Council                   that from the original 3.3 million amount 20% would have been $660,000, but it has                     been reduced because of the Economically Disadvantaged Communities Programs                         Grant.  He reported that the new match amount is $280,500.  He added that there is                              currently a motion (#30) on tonight’s agenda to award a $322,813 design and                                       construction contract to Carter Burgess Inc. for the hike and bike trail. 

 

                  Motion to earmark $322,813 from Cm. Garcia’s Discretionary Fund with                                 reimbursement.

 

                  Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                  Second:  Cm. Landeck

                  For:  8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            3.  Discussion with possible action to consider amending the priority procedures manual by

                 placing the general Council discussion items at the end of the agenda as opposed to the

                 current order in which they are placed.

 

                  Motion to place the General Council Discussion items at the end of the agenda.

           

                  Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                  Second:  Cm. Garza

                  For:  7                                            Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Ramirez

 

            4.  Discussion with possible action regarding the closing of Calton Road, between Thomas

                 and Maher Avenue, in order to provide safety for personnel and enhance security for

                 Police Department equipment.

 

                Cm. Garcia mentioned that he had placed this item on the agenda before.  He reported                           that for safety reasons the street in back of the Police Station needs to be closed for the                          security of the police officers.

 

                Motion to start the procedure for the closing of the street and send to the Street Closing             Committee.

 

                Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                Second:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                For:  8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

    

               D.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action on placing speed humps on West Mayberry Street from

                 Springfield Street to Gallagher Avenue by using District V Discretionary Funds.       

       

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

               E.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

            1.  Discussion with possible action on impounding uninsured vehicles and those operated by

                 unlicensed drivers.  

 

                 Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares stated that in 1998, Congressman Henry Cuellar, passed a        state law that allowed municipalities to make that choice. He commented that he wants        to begin the process of creating an ordinance.  He stated that the ordinance would give              more authority to the Police Department to call the wrecker services and have the cars                            towed and impounded.  He also stated that the ordinance would set up the due process                  for those people having to go to Municipal Court to retrieve their vehicles.  He instructed             staff to prepare a draft ordinance to have City Council review it.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action on setting, publishing and conducting public hearings to

                 amend the towing ordinance to reflect necessary changes as per the ordinance.

 

                 Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares stated that the ordinance has to have a caveat stating that           every two years there has to be a public hearing to discuss if there are any changes to the                ordinance.  He reported that there have not been any public hearings in the last 8 to 10                  years.  He pointed out that the cost of insurance and labor has gone up dramatically.  He                noted that storage fees have not changed in the last 10 years.   

 

                 Tommy Ochoa, Municipal Court Administrator, stated that in the current fiscal year they            are 15% ahead of their projections in their budget and revenues.  He reported that for the               month of February the net revenues are up 23% ahead of last year, maintaining the same               levels of citations.  He added that it is the same volume, but the revenues are up.   He                       mentioned that there are provisions under state law where the city can be reimbursed for                the cost of their time when a private wrecker has to be called in to pick up vehicles.  He             recommended adding a fee which has to be paid before the vehicle is released.  He                              pointed out that this would be for the towing process. He stated that they would still have             to go to court to adjudicate the case as the due process allows.   

 

            3.  Discussion with possible action on a water distribution action plan for summer 2008.

 

                 Tomas Rodriguez, Utilities Director, reported that the Water Treatment Plant capacity                             has been rated at 65 millions gallons per day since 1968.  He mentioned that as far as                             the pumping capacity at the treatment plant, they have the redundancy, some spare                    motors and pumps as a back up for the raw water intake.  He commented that one of the               clarifiers has been repaired in the booster station.  He added that the booster stations                      also have back up pumps.  He pointed out that the Water Department has analyzed all                           the fire hydrant meters that are installed for the use of construction companies.  He                         stated that he has put a limit on the meters which have been lowered from 63 to 60.  He               commented that they can be further decreased to 45 if the heat increases over 100                      degrees for 30 consecutive days.  He pointed out that the fire hydrants currently deliver            250-400 gallons a minute which can also be reduced to 150 gallons per minute.

                       

                 Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, stated that citations will be given out on the first                        offense during the summer months.

 

                 Cm. Garcia emphasized that water meter of older residents should not be disconnected              without contacting them.

                             

                 Finally, Mr. Rodriguez reported that there is a Meter Exchange Program which                          exchanges any commercial or residential meter over 7 years old.  He added that this                       makes the meter more efficient and also helps identify illegal connections.

 

                 F.  Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

            1.  Motion to increase funding for the Community Action Agency Meals on Wheels, with

                 possible action.

                

                 Motion to approve with an extra $12,000.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            2.  Status report of the nationalization ordinance, with possible action. 

                 

                 Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Director, reported that the nationalization of                         vehicles ordinance is in effect and was adopted about 3 months ago.  He stated that it is          

                 more restrictive and now requires a Special Use Permit to establish a naturalization of                             vehicle business.  He added that there are only certain districts where it can be obtained             and that would be in a B-3 district and up.  He mentioned that one of the requirements is                 the size of the tract which there is a two acre provision.  He commented that they                     recently received an application and in the process they found out it was short of the two                 acre provision.  He commented that because of this, the money had to be returned to                      them.  Finally, he said that there are businesses out there that have a legal non-                                        conforming status because they were issued a Conditional Use Permits or became B-4’s        legally.

 

                 Cm. Garza asked that he would like to see what other cities have in terms of ordinances             and if they are generating revenues from this type of service.     

 

                 G. Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

            1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the purchase of Block 618 WD, located on

                 Ventura Street between Headen and Evans Avenues and Block 411 WD, located just

                 east of Eagle Pass Avenue between Ventura and Piedregal Streets for the development of

                 a recreation center and a park.

 

                 Cm. Ramirez reported that this is in the area of the old San Francisco Javier                              neighborhood.  He stated that he would like to see this block purchased.          

                

                 Motion to authorize an appraisal.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VIII.    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                     expenditures in the amount of $30,000.00 of additional funds from the Texas

                 Department of State Health Services for continuation of the Health Department’s

                 Abstinence Education Program, and In-kind amount of $21,000.00 from L.I.S.D. for a

                 total amount of expenditures of $51,000.00 for the period of January 1, 2008 through                              June 30, 2008.

                       

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For: 8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

                 2007-2008 annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures by $8,551.00 for a

                 total award amount of $79,249.00 from the South Texas Development Council (STDC)

                 for the continuation of the Health Department’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with

                 AIDS Projects (HOPWA) for the period of February 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009

                 and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:  8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For: 8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

                 2007-2008 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of

                 $1,000.00 donated by Wal-Mart for the administration of various programs and

                 authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For: 8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Land

                 Development Code, Chapter 24, Article III, by creating Section 24-56, entitled

                 “Parkland Dedication Ordinance” and amending the City of Laredo Land Development

                 Code, Appendix A, by adding the Parkland Dedication Fee Methodology as per the

                 attached Exhibit A; providing for severability, publication and an effective date.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For: 8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting funds in the amount of $245,000.00

                 from the South Texas 9-1-1 Regional Administration Division to cost share personnel at

                 the Laredo Police Department Public Safety Answering Point in accordance to Section

                 771.0751 of the Texas Health and Safety Code ad Rule 251.3 Use of Revenue in Certain

                 Counties from the Commission on State Emergency Communications; and amending the

                 Fiscal Year 2007-2008 City of Laredo annual budget by appropriating revenues and

                 expenditures in the amount of $245,000.00 for salary expenses for the Laredo Police

                 Department Communications Division salaries.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For: 8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of

                 Ordinances, Chapter 17 Library, Article I, In General, Section “Fines and Fees for

                 Library Services” allowing for a change in the passport execution fee to follow the fee

                 schedule set by the U.S. Department of State and providing for publication and an

                 effective date.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

                 donation from the Raymond H. and Florence L. Sponberg Foundation of Minnesota in

                 the amount of $1,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo Friends of the Library Fund

                 Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget.  Funds will be used for literacy programs and the

                 purchase of books and DVDs for the Main Library.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For:  8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

                 Year 2008 Federal Planning Funds (PL112) in the amount of $44,686.86 and amending

                 the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 General Fund Budget to match PL112’s

                 Budget increasing revenues by $44,687.00 and expenditures by $44,687.00.  The PL112

                 funds come from the 2008-2009 approved Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For:   8                                            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:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

                   execute an advanced funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation

                   in the amount of $1,300,000.00 with a local match of $177,984.00 and to amend the

                   Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Capital Grants Fund by appropriating said funds for the

                   proposed design of a rail road grade separation to be constructed over the Kansas City

                   Southern Rail Road Crossing located on Arkansas Avenue, near Guadalupe and

                   Chihuahua Streets.

 

                   Motion to table.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Rendon

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                  

            11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and

                   Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or Parking, Section 19-360, Parking Meters, of

                   the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, establishing the availability of parking

                   meter permit contracts for certain parking meter spaces located west of Santa Maria

                   Avenue and north of Hidalgo Street at a reduced no-refundable monthly rate of forty

                   dollars ($40.00) per parking meter space and increase the parking meter time limit in

                   this area from four (4) to ten (10) hours and to provide for severability, publication and

                   an effective date.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Rendon

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            12.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of

                   Ordinances, Chapter 32, Vehicles for Hire, Article III Tow Services, Section 32-88

                   Duties of Tow Services on Rotation List, Subsection (6) Time for Arrival by adding

                   fifteen (15) minutes; Section 32-92 Towing Fees charged by towing companies on the

                   City’s rotation list, by increasing and setting fees as follows:  tow from $50.00 to

                   $95.00; heavy-duty wrecker tow for an unloaded vehicle from $110.00 to $200.00;

                   heavy-duty wrecker tow for a loaded vehicle from $150.00 to $275.00; use of a dolly

                   from $25.00 to $40.00; use of a winch from $20.00 to $75.00; lockout fee set at $65.00;

                   police units (marked/unmarked) towing and tire changes set at $50.00; amending

                   Section 32-93 storage facility Fees for less than 12 hours from $10.00 to that allowed

                   by state law and $10.00 for police units (marked/unmarked); 12 hours or more from

                   $10.00 to that allowed by state law; for each additional day from $10.00 to that allowed

                   by state law; truck or trailer longer than 35 feet from $10.00 to that allowed by state

                   law; Preservation Fee from $10.00 to that allowed by state law, and $10.00 for police

                   units (marked/unmarked) providing for publication and an effective date.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                  

                   Acting Police Chief, Gilberto Navarro, reported that back in May, the Laredo Police                              Department met with the wrecker services.  He stated that they agreed to the increase of           the costs since it had been at least 10 years since the ordinance was reviewed. He                            pointed out that because of this, the increase in costs may seem dramatic.  He                                   commented that they have a very good working relationship with them.  He pointed out        that there were three items that were not agreed upon by both sides.  He reported that             the first item as it reads in the ordinance, states that the $50.00 charge for police                     vehicles should include all city vehicles.  The second item was the issue of being                              exclusive when it pertains to a police generated call.  He stated that there have been                      instances where a new vehicle is involved in a crash and the owner calls the dealership                   to have it towed.  He pointed out that if they were to go exclusive with the wrecker                       services this would cease.  Thirdly, he stated that they did not reach a consensus if there                 should be an increase on the permit fees which currently is at $100.00.  He pointed             

                   out that other cities have additional fees.  He recommended having the rotation fee set         

                   at $300.00 per permit.

 

                   Hector Cabello, owner of Cabello Wrecker Service, stated that we need to increase the            towing fee from $50.00 to $ 95.00 when the public has a wreck.  He emphasized that                      this increase is due.

   

                   Jose Angel Martinez, owner of Martinez Wrecker Service, stated that it has been 10                              years since they have had a raise on their service fee and he would appreciate the                      increase.          

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with the following amendments: (1) to              raise the rotation fees charged to towing companies to $300.00; (2) do not make it                           exclusive to the towing companies; and (3) to include city vehicles in the towing and                          tire change fee of $50.00.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            13.  Amending The City Of Laredo Code Of Ordinances, Chapter 2-Administration, Article

                   I- In General, Section 2-5 City Council Meetings, Subsection (B), (C) & (D) by

                   providing an option of extending meeting times for an additional fifteen minutes, from

                   11:15 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.; providing for severability, repeal all laws in conflict, and

                   providing for an effective date.

 

                   Motion to end the City Council Meetings at 10:30 p.m..

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                   Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                   For:  6                                           Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Rendon

                                                                        Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares 

 

            14.  Amending Ordinance 2000-O-295 which adopted the speed hump installation policy of

                   the City of Laredo to change the minimum street length requirement to qualify for the

                   installation of speed humps from 1,000 feet to 1,100 feet and to incorporate other

                   changes to the established procedures and to the special provisions for the installation

                   of the speed humps, providing for publication and an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            15.  Amending the Subdivision Ordinance of the City of Laredo by amending Chapter 3,

                   Section 3-2 N, entitled blocks, establishing a definition for streets length and adopting

                   standards for traffic calming devices in certain circumstances of excessive street length;

                   providing for publication and an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            16.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with International Dairy

                   Products, Inc., for approximately 15,000 square feet of warehouse space situated within

                   a 2.0 acre tract of land located at 5508 Thomas Avenue.  Lease term is for five (5) years

                   commencing on October 1, 2007, and ending on September 30, 2012.  However, it is

                   agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a

                   ninety (90) day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent

                   shall be $5,676.00 and will be adjusted annually according to change in the Consumer

                   Price Index.  Except for the month of October 2007, Lessee’s rental obligation shall be

                   $2,006.00; providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinances:  2008-O-028, 2008-O-037, 2008-O-038,             2008-O-039, 2008-O-040, 2008-O-041, 2008-O-042, and 2008-O-043.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:  8                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            17.  2008-O-028  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with Webb

                                         County Area Justice Foundation d/b/a Laredo Family Recovery Center, as

                                         Lessee to an approximate 15,244 square foot building situated on an

                                         approximate 1.6501-acre tract located at 2920 E. Saunders (rear). The

                                         lease term is for five (5) years commencing February 1, 2008 until

                                         January 31, 2013 with one renewal option of five (5) years until January

                                         31, 2018.  The initial monthly rent is the sum of $8,384.00 and providing

                                         for rent abatement in consideration of certain improvements to the leased

                                         premises. 

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-028.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                         Second:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                                         For:  8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2008-O-037  Authorizing the City Manager to accept payment in the amount of

                                         $41,623.00 from the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk

                                         Pool (TMLIRP) as settlement for the replacement of a stolen 2001

                                         Caterpillar Backhoe Loader and to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

                                         2007-2008 Capital Improvement Fund Budget by appropriating revenues

                                         and expenditures for the purchase of a replacement backhoe loader and

                                         authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-037.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                         Second:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                                         For:  8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2008-O-038  Amending Section 1 of Ordinance 2007-O-134 of the City of Laredo and

                                         authorization to implement a cost of $15.00 per sticker tag for the

                                         upgraded Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) System for southbound

                                         traffic utilizing the City of Laredo International Bridges as further

                                         described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in

                                         all ordinances currently in effect.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-038.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                         Second:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                                         For:  8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2008-O-039  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Securitas Security

                                         Services, USA, Inc., for approximately 120 square feet of office space

                                         and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540 square feet at

                                         Bridge II.

 

                                         1.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing April 1, 2008 and ending

                                              on March 31, 2009.

                                         2.  Monthly rent will be $2,810.00 for approximately 120 square feet of

                                              office space and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540

                                              square feet at Bridge II.

                                         3.  The lease may be terminated by either party with a thirty (30) day

                                              written notice.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-039.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                         Second:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                                         For:  8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2008-O-040  Amending Chapter 2, Article I of the Code of Ordinances of the City of

                                         Laredo, Texas to include subsection (e) under Section 2-3 “Fees for

                                         Services” to establish a 3% credit card convenience processing fee for

                                         internet users and voice activated payments on all City payments.  The

                                         3% fee is based on the amount of transaction.  The fee will be evaluated

                                         within six (6) months in order to assess its viability.  (As amended)

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-040.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                         Second:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                                         For:  8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2008-O-041  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a $330,500.00 donation from the

                                         Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

                                         2007-2008 Capital Improvement Fund by appropriating revenues and

                                         expenditures in the amount of $330,500.00 in the form of a donation for

                                         the design, construction and installation of 19 shade structures throughout

                                         various park areas in Laredo.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-041.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                         Second:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                                         For:  8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2008-O-042  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of

                                         $100,000.00 from the Office of the Governor, the Division of Emergency

                                         Management (GDEM) and to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

                                         2007-2008 Annual Budget in the same amount.  The Office of the

                                         Governor, the Division of Management has made a project grant available

                                         in order to organize and deploy state agency and local government law

                                         enforcement personnel and equipment to participate in a project to

                                         enhance border security along the Texas-Mexico border.  Funds will be

                                         used to pay overtime, fringe benefits and operational expenses from

                                         February 15, 2008 through August 15, 2008.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-042.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                         Second:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                                         For:  8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2008-O-043  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                         Lot 1, Block 2, Cuatro Vientos Norte Subdivision Phase 1 located at 3302

                                         Cuatro Vientos Drive, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-

                                         1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for an effective date and

                                         publication.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-043.

 

                                         Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                         Second:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                                         For:  8                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

            18.  2008-R-013  Approving an agreement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms

                                        and Explosives (ATF) in the amount of $21,000.00.  The agreement’s

                                        purpose is to reimburse cost for overtime and fringe benefits incurred by

                                        the Laredo Police Department in providing resources to the Bureau of

                                        Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Task Force.  The term

                                        of this grant is from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution  2008-R-013.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

            19.  2007-R-014  Authorizing our Delinquent Tax Attorney  to arrange for the auction by

                                        the Webb County Sheriff, pursuant to Section 34.05 of the Tax Code, of

                                        the properties listed on the exhibits A and B; and subject to the minimum

                                        specified herein: 

                                        Property 2                3720 ½  Pinder            $24,136.00

                                        Property 3                2410 Chacon               $14,630.00

                                        Property 4                2602 Market                $74,487.00

 

                                        Above property is more specifically described in attached Exhibits A & B.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2008-R-014.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            20.  2008-R-015  Accepting a donation of the “Surface Only” of a parcel of land for Chacon

                                        Creek Master Plan.  Said parcel being Lot 12, Block 1, Cheyenne

                                        Subdivision, Phase V, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as per Plat

                                        recorded in Volume 25, Page 103, Webb County Plat Records and

                                        described on attached Exhibit A.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2008-R-015.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            21.  2008-R-016  Accepting a donation of a utility easement from First National Bank, a

                                         Banking Association, in order to maintain an existing eight-inch sanitary

                                         sewer line. Said utility easement being out of Lots 1 & 2, Block 1217,

                                         Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and described on

                                         attached Exhibit 1.

 

                                         Motion to approve Resolution 2008-R-016.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            22.  2008-R-019  Consideration to accept a donation of a cubism ceramic mural, entitled: 

                                         “Musicians” from Mr. Santos Rios, which will be permanently displayed

                                         at the Laredo Public Library.

 

                                         Motion to approve Resolution 2008-R-019.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            23.  2008-R-020  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of seven

                                        parcels of land for the extension of Shiloh Boulevard. These being:

 

                                         1.  A tract of land containing 727 sq. ft. of land, more or less, and

                                              described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A

                                              and B,

                                         2.  a tract of land containing 1.46 acres of land, more or less, and

                                              described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits C and

                                              D,

                                         3.  a tract of land containing 0.30 acres of land, more or less, and

                                              described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits E and                                     F,                    

                                         4.  a tract of land containing 0.43 acres of land, more or less, and

                                             described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits G and                                    H,

                                         5.  a tract of land containing 0.13 acres of land, more or less, and

                                              described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits I and

                                              J,

 

                                         6.  a tract of land containing 0.38 acres of land, more or less, and

                                              described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits K

                                              and L, and

                                         7.  a tract of land containing 0.68 acres of land, more or less, described by

                                             Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits M and N.

 

                                         All seven tracts being situated in Porcion 23, Abstract 283, Webb County,

                                         Texas; and authorizing staff to negotiate for the acquisition of said parcels

                                         by purchase at market values to be established by a State Certified Real

                                         Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate

                                         condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcels 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 for this project is available in the 2007

                                         Certificate of Obligation.

 

                                         Motion to approve Resolution 2008-R-020.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:  8                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

            24.  Authorizing award of 2007 Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME),

                   Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) set-aside funds in the

                   amount of $95,631.40 to Habitat for Humanity of Laredo, Inc., to utilize towards

                   supplement construction costs for the Tierra Prometida Project; and further authorizing

                   the City Manager to execute all documents in support of the same.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            25.  Amending a Professional Services Contract previously awarded to W. D. Schock

                   Company, Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee, in the amount of $625,473.00, for the

                   provision of residential sound reduction services, as part of the City of Laredo

                   International Airport Noise Compatibility Program to soundproof fifty-three (53)

                   apartment units located at 3220 Frost Street and 3202 Price Street, by providing for a

                   contract period of eighteen (18) months with two (2) eighteen-month renewable

                   options. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            26.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Jimmy Closner and

                   Sons Construction Co., Inc.; Mercedes, Texas in the amount of $2,031,820.00 for the

                   construction of the Water Distribution Systems at the Mines Road Planning Area

                   Colonias Rancho Peñitas West, Los Minerales, Minerales Annex and Antonio Santos,

                   Work Order #1 -subject to the approval of the Texas Water Development Board

                   (TWDB). The construction time is 365 calendar days.  Funding is available in the

                   Colonias Project Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            27.  Consideration to authorize change order #1 for QRO MEX Construction a decrease in

                   the amount of $7,784.65 for the construction of an 18” water line from United South

                   High School to the existing booster station along TX. Hwy 359 Colonias Work Order

                   NADBank -#1, decreasing the total construction contract from $1,487,828.25 to

                   $1,480,043.60. Funding is available in the Colonias Project fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            28.  Consideration to authorize change order #1 to Jimmy Closner and Sons Construction

                   Co., Inc., Mercedes, Texas in the amount of $20,927.95, for the construction of the SH

                   359 Planning Area Work Order #3 – Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection

                   System and is subject to the approval of the TWDB. This change order consists in field

                   changes no. 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, & 9 to improve the efficiency of the design and due to

                   conflicts that reflect the actual site conditions. The construction contract time is

                   extended for an additional 45 calendar days. The revised contract amount is

                   $4,718,684.15. The new construction time including this change order will be 585

                   calendar days.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            29.  Consideration to authorize amendment No. 5 in the amount of $4,000.00 to Crane

                   Engineering for the surveying services for Colonias Work Order 3 which includes

                   water distribution lines and wastewater collection lines in 7 Colonias on Hwy 359. The

                   amendment brings the total contract amount to $460,517.28.  Funding is available in

                   the Colonias Project Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            30.  Authorizing the City Manager to award a Professional Services Contract to Carter

                   Burgess Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in an amount not to exceed $322,813.00 for the

                   development of a conceptual design, trail alignment and construction plans for the

                   Chacon Creek Hike and Bike Trail Project, a grant funded project through the Texas

                   Department of Transportation. Funding is available through the City Council

                   Discretionary Funds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            31.  Refund of property tax in the amount of $1,938.65 to the following taxpayers:

 

                   1.  A refund in the amount of $936.14 payable to William E. Heitkamp due to an

                        overpayment.  Account #662-01950-010.

 

                   2.  A refund in the amount of $1,002.51 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Services,

                        LLC., due to an overpayment.  Account #989-51001-230.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Consideration to authorize the payment of the solid waste fee assessed quarterly by the

                   Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ).  The City assessed a solid waste

                   fee based on a per ton basis for all waste processed (disposed) at the landfill.  This is a

                   recurring annual expense paid on a quarterly basis.  The current rate is $1.25 per ton

                   which is subject to change by TCEQ.  Approximately 400,000 tons will be processed

                   during the next twelve (12) month period which would result in a total payment to

                   TCEQ in the estimated amount of $500,000.00.  Funding is available in the Solid

                   Waste Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   number FY07-116 awarded to Gutierrez Machine and Welding Shop, Laredo, Texas, in

                   the estimated amount of $140,000.00 for professional welding services for the Utilities

                   Department.  These services include site repairs to various water and wastewater

                   treatment plants, lift stations, and other municipal facilities.  The contract takes into

                   account hourly pay rates; regular, overtime, holiday, service call, and the cost of

                   materials.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            34.  Consideration to renew contract FY07-024 currently awarded to Rafter P. Transport,

                   New Braunfels, Texas, in the estimated amount of $231,250.00 for providing hauling

                   and disposal services of wastewater bio-solids for the Utilities Department.  Funding is

                   available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Consideration to award supply contract numbers FY08-037 to the following bidders:

 

                   1.  Leyendecker Materials, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $2,331,000.00                                 for the purchase of asphalt (F.O.B. plant and site delivered), black base (F.O.B.                                    plant and job site delivered), MS-1 or MS-2 (F.O.B. plant and job site delivered),                                 MC-30, (F.O.B. plant and job site delivered);

                   2.  City Ready Mix, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $350,000.00 for the

                        purchase of ready mix cement (F.O.B. job site delivered);

                   3.  Screen Crushed Concrete, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $88,500.00                                  for the purchase of flexible base crushed concrete (F.O.B. Plant and job site                              delivered); for the purchase of materials required for all City paving and                                                 construction projects.

                  4.  That all bids submitted for flexible base, gravel and sand by Leyendecker Materials                     and Gomez Trucking be rejected because the bidders did not include the required                                  material test reports or the reports were older than one (1) year.

                        The term of this contract is for one (1) year period and is subject to availability of                                    funds.  All materials are purchased on an as needed basis utilizing the Public Works

                        Department, Utilities Department and Construction Project Budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            36.  Consideration to award contract number FY08-036 to the following low bidders for

                   providing janitorial supplies;

                   1.  CC Distributors, Corpus Christi, Texas, Primary Vendor

                   2.  Gulf Coast Paper, Corpus Christi, Texas, Secondary Vendor

                   3.  Patria Office Supply, Laredo, Texas, Secondary Vendor

                   for providing general janitorial supplies to all City departments.  This contract

                   establishes discount percentage pricing for those janitorial supplies most commonly

                   utilized by City departments for a one (1) year period.  All items will be purchased on

                   an as needed basis and funding will be secured from the users department budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            37.  Consideration to amend supply contract number FY07-043 awarded to Leyendecker

                   Materials, Laredo, Texas by increasing the contract amount by $300,000.00 for the

                   purchase of additional asphalt and black base paving materials.  The revised contract

                   amount will be $1,893,750.00.  The Public Works Department utilized more than the

                   estimated amounts of these paving materials due to an increased project workload.  All

                   materials were purchased on an as needed basis utilizing the Public Works Department,

                   Utilities Department, and Construction Projects Budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            38.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 2, an increase of $692,671.00 for

                   renovations of existing dental and clinical spaces including fifteen (15) operatories to

                   the construction contract with Leyendecker Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the

                   Clinical/Laboratory Expansion and Renovation for the City of Laredo Health

                   Department (CLHD).  Current construction contract amount with this change order

                   increase is $3,364,470.00.  Substantial completion date for the project is July 1, 2008. 

                   Funding is available in the 2007 Contractual of Obligation Bond.  The 2008 bonds that

                   will be sold will reimburse the 2007 Bond Issue.  

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            39.  Consideration for approval to award a Professional Engineering Services Contract to

                   Crane Engineering Corporation for an amount not to exceed $48,500.00 to determine

                   the feasibility and design of an 8” wastewater collection system to provide service to

                   existing structures served by septic systems, and prepare service for the future

                   expansion of the City of Laredo Landfill. Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            40.  Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to FQR Architects,

                   Inc., Laredo, Texas, in association with Carter & Burgess, Inc., San Antonio, Texas,

                   Synergy Structural Engineering, Inc., Laredo, Texas, and Jankedesign, Inc., Austin,

                   Texas, for an amount not to exceed $910,208.00 for the design and preparation of plans

                   and specifications for the East Side Community Recreational Facility.  Design work is

                   to be done on a fast track basis approximately nine (9) months.  Funding is available in

                   the 2005 C.O. Issue and 2006 C.O. Issue – East Side Recreation Center.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            41.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder

                   Martinez Paving Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $127,433.10 for the

                   Markley Lane/Santa Maria Avenue Drainage Improvements.  Contract time for the

                   project is ninety (90) working days (approximately 4½ months).  Funding is available

                   in the Environmental 2007 Certificate of Obligation.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            42.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $7,125.00 for retaining

                   wall required to prevent erosion from private lots into the sidewalks, acceptance of the

                   CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 34 (12 Blocks – District IV) and Project No.

                   35 (9 Blocks – District V) and approval of final payment in the amount of $28,327.23

                   to ALC Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is

                   $103,275.00.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund – Sidewalk

                   Project No. 34 -   31st Action Year and Sidewalk Project No. 35 - 32nd Action Year. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            43.  Consideration for approval to award a Professional Engineering Services Contract to

                   Structural Engineering Associates, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for an amount not to

                   exceed $62,950.00 for the design and preparation of plans and specifications for the

                   Hazardous Material Containment System Retrofit on the World Trade International

                   Bridge.  Design work will be on a fast track basis approximately one hundred twenty

                   (120) calendar days.  Mexico will be funding 50% of the $62,950.00 and the remaining

                   50% is available in the Bridge Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            44.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder

                   Zertuche Construction, LLC, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $393,192.51 for the

                   Pedestrian Bridge across Zacate Creek at Cecilia May Moreno Park.  Contract time for            the project is one hundred five (105) working days (approximately 5 months).  Funding

                   is available in the Community Development Fund 32nd Action Year and the 2007 C.O.

                   District IV Discretionary Funds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            45.  Consideration to ratify an extension to the contract previously awarded to CALENCE

                   through July 7, 2009.  Extension is needed in order to comply for the 11th round of the              Universal Service Program Grant from Schools and Libraries Division/Universal

                   Services Administrative Company/FCC for multi-year E-Rate discounts.  Contract

                   extension amount is not to exceed $92,003.67 and includes $7,097.08 for ineligible or

                   unfounded items and $9,339.73 in matching funds from the FY08-09 Friends of

                   Library Fund Budget.  Contract award is contingent on grant allocation.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            46.  Consideration to amend the amount of a professional contract with Martinez Pharmacy

                   to continue providing prescription services to the Health Department’s HIV Program. 

                   The amendment is to increase the total amount of the contract from $73,697.00 to

                   $117,553.00.  Contract term is from April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008.  Funding is

                   available in the State Grants HIV/Ryan White and the HIV/Health and Social Services

                   account.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

            47.  A.  Presentation regarding the Laredo Development Foundation activities by Roger

                         Creery, LDF Executive Director.

 

                         Roger Creery, Laredo Development Foundation Director, made the following                            presentation.

 

                         Laredo City Council

                         March 10, 2008

 

                         FY 2007-2008

                         1st Quarter Report

 

Workforce

As of December 2007

 

                                                                   2006                2007                % Change)

 

                        Unemployment (Laredo MSA): 5.2%                4.7%                -9.6%

                        Avg. Weekly Wage (Laredo MSA):     $526                $549                +4.4% 

                        Total Jobs (December):                        86,700             90,000             +3.8%

                        Average Annual Job Growth:                5.1%                3.8%               

 

                        Unemployment (Texas):                        4.9%                4.3%                -12%

                        Avg. Weekly Wage (Texas):                 $786                $824                +4.8%

                        Total Jobs (Texas):                               10,233,300      10,547,700      +3.1%

                        Average Annual Job Growth:                3.5%                3.1%               

 

                        Unemployment (U.S.):              4.3%                4.8%                +11.6%

                        Avg. Weekly Wage (U.S):                    $784                           

                        Total Jobs (U.S.):                                 137,959,000    138,229,000    +.9%

 

 

                        Committed Projects                                       Investment        Jobs

                        Rheem  (maq)                                                                           1400

                        NOVAMEX (maq)                                          $30M               200-400

                        San Antonio National Bank (new)                                             30

                        National Retailers (multiple locations) (new)      $8M                 50

                        Convergys (exp)                                                                       100

                        Topaz Power (exp)                                           $140M             10

                        Sanmina (exp)                                                                          120

                        Brokers Logistics (exp)                                                 25

                        Kuehne-Nagel (exp)                                                                 100-120

                        Daniel B. Hastings (exp)                                   $5M                 10-15

                        Bosch (exp)                                                      $6M                 50

                        Cross Company Investment (spec)                    $5M    

                        Embarcadero- spec building (spec)                   $4.5M

 

 

SBDC

 

                        October                       November        December       YTD

 

                        Total Capital Injection   $315,600         $335,600         $615,600        $1.27M

           

                        Jobs Created                            13                    9                      15                 37

 

                        Jobs Retained                           47                    1                      1                   49

 

                        Business Start                           4                      2                      3                   9

 

                        Business Expansion                   5                      3                      1                   9

 

 

                        Active Projects                                  

                        RMB Group (maq)                                           Confidential Steel (exp)

                        Confidential Mfg. –SKD (new)             Best White- Logistics (exp)

                        CBRE- Phoenix  (new)                         Detroit Based Logistics Co. (exp)

                        Best White- Automotive Dist. (new)                  American Logistics Co. (exp)   

                        Best White- Light Manufacturing (new)                                    

                        Tubing Supply Co. (new)

                        Real Estate Inv. Firm (new)

                        CBRE- Austin (new)

                        Stream Realty (new)

                        Faith Based Initiatives (new)

                        International Restaurants (new)

                        Embarcadero- Cross-dock Warehouse (new)

                        Embarcadero- Truck Court (new)        

                        International Metal Fabrication (new)

                        Food Distribution (new)

                        Federal Contract (new)

                        North American Logistics Co. (exp)

 

 

                        Contacts                                

                        Paint Accessory Mfg.                           RDI Ltd.                                 

                        Pet Supply Mfg.                                   Meridian 100

                        Luna Lullaby (maq)                               Landrum-Brown

                        Project Lynx (aerospace mfg)               Richard Noriega

                        Project Pug (mfg)                                 Mohr Partners

                        Project Green (drug mfg)                      Select RS

                        Project Lincoln (mfg)

                        Project Wendell (data center)

                        Project Fridge (warehouse)

                        Project Ring Tone (call center)

                        Project Panza (mfg)

                        Project Pontiff (mfg)

 

                        Development Projects

                        AW Investment Group

                        Specialty Park

                        Industrial Park

 

 

Special Activities

 

         Global Logistics Workshop- Dr. Barry Lawrence

         South Texas Workforce Development Board

         UISD Business Advisory Committee

         LCC Continuing Education Advisory Committee

         TAMIU COBA Advisory Committee

         TAMIU Non-Profit Training Advisory Committee

         Universidad Tecnologica de Nuevo Laredo Presentation

         SBDC Small Business Forum- U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar

         FORUM- Monterrey, MX with LCVB

         Nominated to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s U.S./Mexico Border Export                       

            Council

         Los Dos Laredos Business Team

         City of Laredo- Planning and Zoning Committee

         Streets of Laredo

 

 

LDF Initiatives

 

         Certified Retirement Community Workshop

       P-16 Initiative

       Site Selectors

 

     

                   B.  Discussion with possible action regarding setting the minimum qualifications for

                         the Fire Chief position.

 

                        Dan Migura, Human Resources Director, reported that he provided a packet to the                   City Council on the research of six index cities and what was determined was that                      for the Fire Chief position, a Bachelors degree was required in Fire, Science                              Business and Public Administration.  He added that they had a range of 5 to 10                           years of experiences as a fire fighter and they also had 5-6 years of experience at a                     supervisory level.  He recommended that they have a Bachelors degree in Fire,                              Science, Business Administration and Public Administration and 10 years of                                  fire fighter experience, along with 7 years experience at a higher level. 

 

                        Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, stated that they should have 7 years administrative                    experience with a minimum of 5 years or more as Captain or equivalent.

 

                        Motion to accept the recommendation with 5 years as Captain or higher or                                equivalent and with the amendment to include an advanced firefighter’s certification                    as a criteria.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Garza

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:  8                                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                                        

                        Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, stated that the salary would go up to $126,000 and    

                        he asked if Council could keep the salary open.  He added that he would come back         

                        to Council with a recommendation.                                           

 

                        Motion to have the salary begin at the minimum and leave it open ended. 

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                        For:  8                                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XIV.    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.

 

            48.  Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in

                   order to deliberate the value of a possible donation of thirty (30) acres for the Rancho

                   Peñitas West Wastewater Treatment Plant.

 

                   Motion to go into executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                      551.072 in order to deliberate the value of a possible donation of thirty (30) acres for

                   the Rancho Peñitas West Wastewater Treatment Plant.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   After Executive Session Mayor Salinas announced that no formal action was taken.

 

XV.      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:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            49.  Consideration to award contract FY08-035 to Laredo Urgent Care, Laredo, Texas, for

                   providing occupational medical services for the El Metro operation.  The term of the

                   contract will be for a period of three (3) years, with two (2) one (1) year options. 

                   Funding is available in the El Metro Operations Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro- Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Chavez

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:   0

 

            50.  Consideration to amend the FY07-060 supply contracts awarded by the Mass Transit

                   Board on May 7, 2007, for bus and van fleet repair and replacement parts by increasing

                   the contract totals by 25%.  An increase in non warranty repairs will require the

                   purchase of additional repair and replacement parts throughout the contract period. 

                   Contracts were awarded by item(s) to the lowest responsible bidder for parts most

                   commonly purchased for non-warranty repairs.  All items will be purchased on an as

                   needed basis.  Funding is available in the El Metro Operations Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                   Second:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  10:00

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Garza

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0