CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2008-R-09

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MAY 5, 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 said 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,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

            Juan Chavez,                                                                            Mayor Pro Tem, District VII

            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

 

            Motion to excuse Cm. Chavez.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

     

            a.  Recognition of Dr. David E. Garza for his honorary designation of Fellow from the   

                 American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

 

                 The Mayor and City Council presented Dr. Garza with a Seven Flags Recognition.

 

            b.  Recognition of Mr. Abe Martinez for being named Community Health Systems (CHS)

                 2007 CEO of the Year.

 

                 The Mayor and City Council recognized Abe Martinez with a Certificate of Recognition.

 

            c.  Recognition of Laredo Paint & Decorating, a family-owned paint store in business for 80

                 years.

 

                 Laredo Paint & Decorating Company was publicly recognized by Mayor Salinas and the 

                 City Council.

 

            d.  Recognition of the employees of the quarter.

 

                 Employees  present from the Building Maintenance Mechanics from the Laredo

                 Municipal Housing Corporation were:   Ricardo Ramos, Ricardo Gomez, Juan M.  

                 Treviño, Jose Vasquez, Rosalio Solis, Antonio Capetillo, and Alvaro Estevis.  Rocendo 

                 Guerrero and Ramiro Vallejo were not able to be present.

 

            e.  Recognition of employees that retired from the City of Laredo with 20 or more years of

                 service.

 

Dan Migura announced the following 12 individuals of which only the last four were present:  Andres Bernal, Airport; Javier Gutierrez, Parks and Recreation Department;  Luis Gomez, Fleet Division;  Rosalio M. Garcia, Solid Waste Department;  Mario Alcaraz, Bridge Department; Rosario D. Lopez, Parks and Recreation Department; Jose A. Salinas, Public Works Department;  Juan M. Jimenez, Public Works Department;  Rosa E. Cantu, Planning and Zoning Department;  Aucencio Lopez, Solid Waste Department;  Raul Medina, Public Works Department; Dolores Sandoval, Parks and Recreation Department

 

            Communiqués

 

Mayor Salinas announced that Johnathon Guevara was struck by a vehicle and is in a hospital in San Antonio.  He added that there has been an account set up for him at the Laredo National Bank.  He encouraged the citizens of Laredo to help this family by donating generously.  He stated that the account is under his mother’s name, Maria Concepcion Cavazos and the account number is 22336867.  Lastly, he commented that Abraham Reyna is in charge of the fundraisers and he may be reached at 744-4499.

 

Mayor Salinas reported that on Saturday night he addressed the Golden Award recipient nominees at the United High School Cafetorium that recognized 70 teachers from all the local schools.  He mentioned that this week there was a national prayer day held at City Hall.  He reported that in the morning he went to the middle of the bridge with members of different faith where they embraced and said a prayer.

 

Cm. Garza announced that the United South Marine Corps. competed in the National  High School Drill Team Championships in Daytona, Florida.  He stated that South Panthers Rifles placed 2nd in the Inspection Phase, 3rd in Regulation Phase, 3rd in Exhibition Phase and 5th overall in the country.  He added that the South Lady Panthers placed 4th in Regulation Phase, 5th in Exhibition Phase, and 5th overall.  Cadet Captain Jose Peña received the Commander’s Trophy 1st place as Most Outstanding Commander and Cadet Captain Quiroz placed 2nd in Knockout Drill.  He commented that there were 80 schools competing with over 1,000 cadets.  He also reported that he is planning, along with Commissioner Jerry Garza and Commissioner Frank Sciarafa, a benefit basketball game to be held on May 24, 2008 at Texas A & M International University to raise funds for scholarships for students in South Laredo.  The game will be between the City and County versus the Media.

 

Cm. Garcia reminded the community that graduation and prom night are coming up.  He commented that there are organizations that will help those kids who have been celebrating get home if they do not have a ride.

 

Cm. Landeck announced that 2 years ago when he joined the City Council, Cm. Galo and the Council, were very helpful in acquiring the Slaughter Park in South Laredo.  He mentioned that he was happy to say the he received the first phone call regarding the dust being created.  He said that this was good new because they are starting to work on the park.  He thanked the Council and everyone for their help.

 

Cm. Amaya stated that the District IV scholarship recipient has been selected for this year.   He commented that there are 44 students that will be receiving approximately $15,000 in scholarships. He reported that in the 8 years he has been a Council Member, 110 students have been given over $70,000.

 

Cm. Rendon he reported that he was at the Life Downs this weekend.  He mentioned that he met the parents of Juan Rodrigo Rodriguez who died in Iraq.  He added that it was a great honor to present his parents with a “Sombrero de Charro” signifying how much the city feels the sorrow of his death. He stated that he had a Town Hall Meeting with the residents of Summer Winds subdivision in regards to the vandalism that they have been having.  He added that Roque Vela is the spokesman for the subdivsion. 

 

Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares congratulated the high school baseball teams that have completed their season.  He also congratulated Bryan Weinetz from United High School Tennis Team who is at the state tournament today.

 

Cm. Ramirez reminded everyone to vote in Saturday’s election.

 

            Citizen comments

           

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

            Appointment by Council Member Hector Garcia of Richard Gentry to the Parks and

            Recreation Committee. 

          

            Motion to approve the appointment by Cm. Garcia.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garcia

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the

                 City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 10, Block 97, Western Division, located at 419 Farragut

                 Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-O (Residential/Office District).  The

                 Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of Fernando Laurel who is the property owner.  He stated that the property is an old house that has been vacant for many years in the Azteca neighborhood and there is a dirt lot in back.  He mentioned that Mr. Laurel would like to remodel the house into an office space and the area in the back would become a parking lot.  He added that a similar renovation was done a block north of the property and there was no neighborhood protest.  He asked for the City Council’s approval.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  Cm. Ramirez

            2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the

                 City of Laredo by rezoning all Blocks 488, 488A, 489, 489A, and Lot 1, the west 44.34

                 feet of Lot 2, the north 55.1 feet and the west 33.3 feet of Lot 7, and all Lot 8, Block

                 490, Eastern Division, located at 4401 San Francisco Avenue, from MXD (Mixed Use

                 Development District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning

                 Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Jerry O’Brien mentioned that he was present to answer any questions.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  Cm. Rendon

 

            3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a supplemental grant awarded and

                 amending the City of Laredo FY 2007-2008 Financial Task Force grant budget by

                 increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $15,577.00 for operational

                 expenses awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High

                 Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Funds will be used to pay overtime expenses

                 for The Laredo Financial Narcotics Enforcement Team agents from January 1, 2008

                 through December 31, 2008.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

 

            4.  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 $14,513.00 of additional funds from the South Texas

                 Development Council to the Health Department’s HIV/Health & Social Services for a

                 total amount of $137,555.00 from the period of September 1, 2007 through August 31,

                 2008.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

           

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

 

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

                 Department FY 2007-2008 annual budget by decreasing $111,315.00 in funds due to a

                 realignment of funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services, for a total

                 amount awarded of $181,622.00 which includes an estimated Program Income of

                 $22,814.00 for the prenatal services provided by the Health Department Maternal and

                 Child Health (MCH-Title V Fee-For Services) Program, for the period of September 1,

                 2007, through August 31, 2008.  

 

                  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:   0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

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

                 National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) award           in the amount of $5,000.00 and to amend the City of Laredo Friends of the Library

                 Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating said funds.  This is a cost-

                 reimbursement award.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

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

                 21st Century Innovation-Library Technology Grant from the Texas Book Festival in the

                 amount of $5,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo Library Fiscal Year 2007-2008

                 Annual Budget.  Funds will be used to purchase four (4) computers to create an e-mail

                 kiosk for the Main Library.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

            8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Article IX [Swimming Pools] of

                 Chapter 15 Section 144 Number 19 changing the amount of liability insurance from                  $1,000,000.00 to $500,000.00 and to increment said $500,000.00 annually by

                 $250,000.00 until amount of insurance is no less than $1,000,000.00.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:      6                                         Against:  1                                            Abstain:   0

                                                                        Cm. Garcia

 

                 Introduction Ordinance:  City Council

 

VIII.    INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            9.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with the Boys and Girls

                 Club of Laredo. This agreement authorizes the lease of an unimproved tract of real

                 property (as depicted in the lease agreement in Exhibit “A”), A 44,609 square foot

                 parcel, more or less, out of City of Laredo 20.0177 acre tract of record in Volume 1614,

                 Pages 520 thru 530, Official Public Records of Webb County, Texas, situated in Porcion

                 22, Abstract 277, in the North Central Park located along International Boulevard,

                 Laredo, Texas, County of Webb. This agreement establishes a fee of $1.00 per annum

                 for a term of forty (40) years.

 

                 Introductory Ordinance:  City Council

 

            10.  Closing as a public easement that section of the 1900 block of Calton Road between

                   Maher and Thomas Avenues as per the Laredo Airport Plat recorded in Vol. 5, Page 1,

                   Webb County Plat records situated in the City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas and

                   providing for an effective date.

 

                   Introductory Ordinance:  City Council

 

            11.  Authorizing the City Manager to grant License Agreement by and between The City of

                   Laredo, Texas and Bestel USA, Inc., dated June 1, 2008 for the use of one (1) innerduct

                   in the Juarez Lincoln Bridge and 1,000 linear feet of right-of-way.

                        1.  Term of the extension shall be for five (5) years commencing at 12:00 am, June

                             1, 2008 and terminating at 12:00 pm, May 31, 2013.  2. Annual duct fee shall be

                             $20,000.00 and will increase by five percent (5%) every year the license is in

                             place. In addition to the duct fee, Licensee shall pay a six dollar ($6.00) linear

                             foot right-of-way fee, and will increase by five percent (5%) every year.

 

                    Introductory Ordinance:  City Council

 

            12.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Amendment to the Lease Agreement

                   approved on March 1, 1998, by Ordinance No. 99-O-064 between the City of Laredo,

                   as Lessor, and The Laredo National Bank, as Lessee, for the approximate 5,632 square

                   feet constituting Building No. 146 located at 4401 Maher Avenue at the Laredo

                   International Airport.  Said Amendment specifically amends Lessee’s name from The

                   Laredo National Bank to Compass Bank, an Alabama banking corporation, and amends

                   Section 1.03, Option to Extend, allowing Lessor and/or Lessee to have the right to

                   terminate the Lease Agreement at any time with or without cause, and without any

                   penalty, upon ninety (90) days prior written notice from the party terminating to the

                   other, and amends Section 1.06, Rent Adjustments Based on Appraisals, wherein

                   Lessor and Lessee agree that the monthly rent shall be $1,860.00 commencing on July

                   1, 2006, and that such rent be adjusted according to changes in the Consumer Price

                   Index provided for in Section 1.05, Rental Escalation, on July 1, 2007, and annually

                   thereafter.  All other terms and conditions of the lease remain unchanged and in effect;

                   providing for an effective date.

 

                   Introductory Ordinance:  City Council

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinances 2008-O-085, 2008-O-086, 2008-O-087, 2008-O-088, 2008-O-089, 2008-O-090, and 2008-O-091.

 

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            13.  2008-O-085  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into license agreements with local

                                         little league associations for the use of playing fields.  The valid public

                                         purpose agreement authorizes the use of league fields at no fee for a term

                                         of three (3) years.  The purpose of this agreement is for instituting

                                         baseball and softball programs at each site for the benefit of the youth of

                                         Laredo.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-O85.

 

                                         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2008-O-086  Accepting a contribution in the amount of $2,000.00 from the State

                                        Farm’s Child Safety Day Clinic Program for the purchase of child safety

                                        seats and to amend the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 General Fund Police

                                        Budget for said amount in order to provide child safety inspections and

                                        replace any that are unsafe.  The Laredo Police Department will conduct a

                                        child safety seat inspection event that will take place on May 3, 2008 at

                                        4500 San Bernardo Avenue.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-O86.

 

                                         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2008-O-087  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a $10,050,231.00 grant and a

                                        $915,000.00 loan for a total of $10,965,231.00 from the Texas Water

                                        Development Board Economically Distressed Areas Program and

                                        amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Utilities Department

                                        Colonias Fund 451 in the amount of $10,965,231.00 in the form of a grant

                                        and loan for the design, construction and installation of water and sewer

                                        improvements for the colonias on HWY 359 (Pueblo Nuevo) and Mines

                                        Road Area (Los Minerales, Los Minerales Annex, Antonio Santos and

                                        Peñitas West) in Laredo and Webb County as approved by the Texas

                                        Water Development Board on October 23, 2007, and amending the

                                        Utilities Department Colonias Fund 451 by $10,965,231.00 for a total of

                                        $27,736,151.00.

 

                                         Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-O87.

 

                                         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2008-O-088  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled Airline Operating

                                        Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with ExpressJet Airlines, Inc.,

                                        d/b/a/ Continental Express for exclusive and non-exclusive joint use space

                                        located at the Laredo International Airport passenger terminal for the

                                        purpose of conducting commercial air transportation services.  The term

                                        of the agreement is for three (3) years effective January 1, 2008, and

                                        ending on December 31, 2010. However, it is agreed by the Parties that

                                        this agreement may be terminated by either party without cause on not less

                                        than ninety (90) days’ written notice from the party terminating to the

                                        other.  The monthly rent is $2.50 per enplaned revenue passenger for the

                                        first 20,000 enplaned revenue passengers, $2.25 per enplaned revenue

                                        passenger for the next 10,000 enplaned revenue passengers, $2.00 per

                                        enplaned revenue passenger for next 10,000 enplaned revenue passengers

                                        and $1.75 per enplaned revenue passenger for 40,001+ enplaned revenue

                                        passengers.  The airline’s landing fee obligation shall be $0.75 per

                                        thousand pounds Maximum Certificated Gross Landing Weight of the

                                        airline’s aircraft; providing for an effective date.  (As amended)

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-O88.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:       7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2008-O-089  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled Airline Operating

                                        Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with American Eagle Airlines,

                                        Inc., for exclusive and non-exclusive joint use space located at the Laredo

                                        International Airport passenger terminal for the purpose of conducting

                                        commercial air transportation services.  The term of the agreement is for

                                        three (3) years effective January 1, 2008, and ending on December 31,

                                        2010. However, it is agreed by the Parties that this agreement may be

                                        terminated by either party without cause on not less than ninety (90) days’

                                        written notice from the party terminating to the other.  The monthly rent is

                                        $2.50 per enplaned revenue passenger for the first 20,000 enplaned

                                        revenue passengers, $2.25 per enplaned revenue passenger for the next

                                        10,000 enplaned revenue passengers, $2.00 per enplaned revenue

                                        passenger for next 10,000 enplaned revenue passengers and $1.75 per

                                        enplaned revenue passenger for 40,001+ enplaned revenue passengers. 

                                        The airline’s landing fee obligation shall be $0.75 per thousand pounds

                                        Maximum Certificated Gross Landing Weight of the airline’s aircraft;

                                        providing for an effective date.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-O89.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                        For:       7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2008-O-090  Authorizing the City Manager to execute Supplemental Lease Agreement

                                        No. 2 to Lease No. GS-07B-15259 approved by Ordinance No. 2002-O-

                                        325 dated December 16, 2002, and as amended by Ordinance No. 2005-O-

                                        112 dated May 16, 2005, with General Services Administration for

                                        approximately 1,313 square feet constituting office space occupied by the

                                        Transportation Security Administration located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop

                                        at the Laredo International Airport.  Said Supplemental Lease Agreement

                                        No. 2 extends the lease term of one (1) year until November 17, 2008, and

                                        revises the monthly rent amount to $3,939.00.  All other terms and

                                        conditions of lease remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an

                                        effective date.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-O90.

 

                                         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2008-O-091  Ratification of the City Manager’s execution of all necessary documents

                                        granting an easement and right-of-way to AEP Texas Central Company

                                        for the installation of electrical facilities to serve the City of Laredo Health

                                        Department building located at 2600 Cedar Avenue.  Said easement and

                                        right-of-way being situated in the south one-half of block number 338 and

                                        the south one-half of block 339, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb

                                        County, Texas, and being depicted on attached Exhibit A; and providing

                                        for an effective date.  Execution of said easement was necessary due to

                                        project timeline.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2008-O-O91.

 

                                         Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                         Second:  Cm. Garcia

                                         For:      7                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

            14.  2008-R-034  Accepting the donation of one (1) utility easement from Rodolfo Morin

                                        and Guadalupe Garcia Morin for the Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision Easement

                                        Acquisition Project, this being a 0.1020 acre, more or less, parcel of land

                                        which is out of Lot 15, Block 19, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, recorded in

                                        Volume 5, Page 19, Map records, Webb County, Texas; as described by

                                        metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2008-R-034.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            15.  2008-R-038  Expressing the City of Laredo’s support for Crystle Stewart, Miss Texas

                                        USA® 2008, who competed for and won the Miss USA® competition on

                                        April 11, 2008.  She was crowned with the national title in front of a live

                                        audience at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

                                        and millions of viewers on NBC.  Laredo officially recognizes the

                                        dedicated and hard working Miss Stewart as an ambassador for the

                                        community, because she has competed in the Miss Texas USA® pageant

                                        since it was first hosted by the Gateway City in 2004.  Miss USA® 2008

                                        Crystle Stewart will be competing for the Miss Universe® title in Nha

                                        Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. The Miss Universe website indicates that

                                        “the glamorous live event, featuring some of the world's most beautiful

                                        women, will air from the Crown Convention Center, on NBC and

                                        Telemundo July 13, 2008.”

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2008-R-038.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            16.  2008-R-039  Confirming the appointment/reappointment for a member of the Fire

                                        Fighters’ & Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission of the City of

                                        Laredo.

 

                                        Motion to table.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            17.  2008-R-040  Authorizing the City Manager to apply for a grant in the amount of

                                        $1,646,891.02 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for

                                        Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Operation Stonegarden (OPSG-08).  Operation

                                        Stonegarden will provide funding to enhance cooperation and

                                        coordination between law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to

                                        secure the United States borders.  Funds will be used to pay overtime and

                                        fringe benefits.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2008-R-040.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

            18.  2008-R-041  Accepting a grant in the amount of $20,000.00 from the Texas

                                        Department of Transportation for enforcement of Vehicle Occupant

                                        Protection during the Click it or Ticket Campaign.  This grant is for

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

                                        Texas Department of Transportation.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2008-R-041.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            19.  2008-R-042  The City of Laredo supports the binational effort of City of Laredo, Webb

                                         County and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico to initiate a month-long

                                        festival to celebrate the founding days of Laredo, Texas, which is May 15,

                                        1755 and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, which is June 15, 1848.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution 2008-R-042.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

XI.       MOTIONS

 

            20.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a five (5) year Collective Bargaining

                   Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Police Officers Association

                   effective October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2012.  This contract addresses many

                   issues and contract language clarifications. However, of significance is that upon

                   approval of this contract, all police officers will now be subject to the City of Laredo

                   Drug and Alcohol Policy to include random testing for safety sensitive positions. The

                   contract represents a 4% salary increase over the five (5) year period for all ranks

                   through Captain effective October 1st over the five (5) year period.  The cost for the

                   first year is estimated at $1,418,421.00.  Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            21.  Consideration to award a billing services contract with Intermedix Technologies, Inc.,

                   Houston, Texas and authorizing the City Manager to sign all contract documents.  The

                   term of the proposed contract shall be for a term of three (3) years with an option to

                   renew for one (1) additional three (3) year term.

 

                   Cm. Garcia requested to table this item.

 

                   Motion to reject all bids and start the process over.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            22.  Authorizing the award of a contract in the amount of $71,400.00 to Wilbur Smith

                   Associates for the development of a 2010-2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

                   (MTP) Update.  Funding for the project is available in the Metropolitan Planning

                   Organization (MPO) account using Federal Planning Grant (PL112) funds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:       7                                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            23.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of public safety answering (PSAP) equipment

                   from Embarq, Inc., through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments

                   (HGAC) contract in the total amount of $177,761.48.  The equipment will be used as a

                   live training facility for the region’s 9-1-1 call takers.  Funding is available in the 9-1-1

                   Regional Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            24.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract FY08-069 for the 2008 Miss Texas

                   USA Pageant:

 

                        Section 2.1-Hotel Group I-Contestant Group, to the Holiday Inn Civic Center in the                  estimated amount of $61,000.00.

                        Section 2.2-Hotel Group II-TV Production Staff to the SpringHill Suites in the                           estimated amount of $13,100.00.

                        Section 2.3 Hotel Group III-Executive Production Staff to the SpringHill Suites in                      the estimated amount of $9,300.00.

                        Section 2.4 Hotel Group IV-VIP Group to the Homewood Suites in the estimated                                 amount of $4,000.00.

                        Section 2.5 Hotel Group V-TV Crew & Cadets to the Americana Inn in the                              estimated amount of $6,600.00.

                        Total estimated housing cost is $94,000.00 an increase of approximately                                               $10,900.00/13% over 2007.

                        Funding is available in the Laredo Convention &Visitors Bureau Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            25.  Approval for students from the Sister Cities Youth Committee to travel to San Antonio

                   de Areco, Argentina to participate in the Youth Committee Exchange Program and                                approval of expenditures in the amount of $21,000.00. The program serves as a catalyst

                   for youth advancement through innovative and cross-cultural educational programs

                   with our worldwide sister cities; provides an excellent opportunity for promoting the

                   City of Laredo; enhances Laredo’s international relationships  which are vital to

                   Laredo’s livelihood as the largest inland port in the country if not the world. Funds are

                   available in the Sister Cities Youth Committee Account.  City Council finds and

                   declares that a valid public purpose will be served by this expenditure.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            26.  Awarding a construction contract to Price Construction, Ltd., Big Spring, Texas; in the

                   amount of $3,505,167.00 for the Chacon Creek Wastewater Interceptor Phase II.   The

                   project consists of approximately 2 miles of sewer line ranging in size from 8” to 30”

                   pipe, manholes, storm water pollution prevention and incidentals.  Funding is available

                   in the 1998-A Sewer Bond issue.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            27.  Consideration for approval of amendment #1 to Crane Engineering for compensation

                   for additional seven (7) Engineering surveying services completed for a total amount of               $15,000.00.  Work Order consists of an 18” the main line extension (approximately

                   19,000 linear feet) from the South Laredo Elevated Storage Tank to provide potable

                   water to Colonias within South Highway 359.  The final contract amount is

                   $184,446.00.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            28.  Consideration for acceptance of change order #1 to Landmark Structures I, LP to

                   furnish and install the water mixing system and flow meter with communication an                       increase in the amount of $68,889.00; and deleting fencing and concrete paving, a

                   deduction of $13,300.00 as well as the addition of 21 days to completion for the Cuatro

                   Vientos 2.0 Million Gallon Elevated Storage Tank Project. Funding for change order

                   #1 in the amount of $55,589.00 is in the Waterworks Construction Fund. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            29.  Consideration for approval of amendment #7 to a contract with Foster Engineering,

                   Co., Laredo, Texas by the amount of $ 5,760.00 to redesign plans/profiles for the

                   streets within Pueblo Nuevo - Wastewater Collection and Water Distribution

                   Improvements Project. The total contract amount is $546,473.00 and is subject to the

                   approval of the TWDB. Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            30.  Authorizing the City Manager to provide final project completion and release of

                   retainage in the amount of $36,221.70 to System Controls & Instrumentation for the

                   completion of the Water Systems SCADA Improvements Project.  Funding is available

                   in the Utilities Department Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            31.  Consideration to award a contract to Shade Concepts, LLC. for an amount not to

                   exceed $330,500.00 for the design, construction and installation of 19 Shade Structures

                   throughout various park areas in Laredo. Funding is available in the Capital

                   Improvement Fund, Lamar Bruni Vergara Shade Structure Project.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Consideration to award a contract for a Tennis Professional, in an amount of

                   $60,000.00 for a twenty-four (24) month period,  with Raul Miguel Ramos,

                   individually and D.B.A. Tennis Professional, to provide professional tennis lessons at

                   the Market Street Tennis Courts.  Funding is available in the Parks budget, Recreation

                   division.

 

                   Christina Treviño, on behalf of Doctor Alfredo Treviño, thanked the Council for the 

                   refurbishment of the Market Tennis Courts.  She commented that this is the only city 

       court that is United States Tennis Association qualified. She recommended that

       Council approve the raise for Raul Miguel Ramos.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            33.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a agreement with Laredo Morning Times,

                   (LMT) for the development of the Parks and Leisure Department Summer/Fall Guides

                   including design, publication and distribution of the approved product; and granting

                   LMT the exclusive right to solicit sponsorship on behalf of the City of Laredo for the

                   development of this project, at no cost to the city. The Parks Advisory Committee has

                   recommended approval for this contract.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

            34.  Consideration for approval of amendment no. 3 an increase of $11,205.00 to the

                   professional service contract with TEDSI Infrastructure Group, Mission, Texas, for the

                   Traffic Signal and Roadway Improvements on Del Mar Boulevard at the intersection of

                   Winfield Parkway/J.B. Alexander Parkway to redesign and document changes for a

                   portion of the Alexander Subdivision due to a sidewalk enhancement from 6 feet to 8

                   feet, and to address storm drainage pipe conflicts.  Funding is available in the 2006

                   Certificate of Obligations.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Consideration for approval of amendment no. 3 an increase of $160,000.00 to the

                   professional services contract with Architectura SA, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the

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

                   Department to finish the design of phase II for the dental and primary care clinics. 

                   Current engineering contract amount is $542,792.00.  Funding is available in the

                   UTHSC-SA Dental Clinic Construction. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   Construction Partners, Ltd., Pasadena, Texas, in the amount of $1,185,698.00 for the

                   Calton Road Reconstruction from IH-35 Right-of-Way to approximately 700 ft. West

                   of San Bernardo.  Contract time is one hundred sixty (160) working days.  Funding is

                   available in the Transit 2004 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds Project

                   #TRCALT.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            37.  Consideration for approval of amendment no. 4 an increase of $28,715.00 to the

                   professional services contract with Juarez Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for

                   the Texas Avenue/Piedra China/Green Street Area Street Paving Improvements Phase

                   III.  Current engineering contract amount is $208,449.74.  Funding is available in the

                   2007 CO Piedra China Phase III Paving.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            38.  Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to TBG Partners,

                   San Antonio, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $64,000.00 for phase one of the

                   project to include the development of a master plan, a conceptual design, associated

                   with costs and to describe the project area and the scope of work for the Independence

                   Regional Park.  Phase I work is to be done on a fast track basis approximately four (4)

                   months.  Funding is available in the 2007 Contractual Obligation Bond Proceeds

                   Independence Park Phase I.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            39.  Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional services contract (FY08-014) to

                   Martinez Pharmacy in the amount not to exceed $120,000.00 to provide pharmaceutical

                   services to clients of the HIV/AIDS Programs of the City of Laredo Health Department

                   for the period beginning April 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009.  Funding is available in

                   the State Grants HIV/Ryan White and HIV/Health and Social Services.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            40.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY07-090 to the low bidder,

                   Eggemeyer Land Clearing, LLC, Yoakum, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of

                   $124,500.00 for the grinding of wood waste material (brush, branches, pallets, etc.) at

                   the Solid Waste facility.  Approximately 90,000 cubic yards of material will be

                   processed on an annual basis.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            41.  Consideration to amend contract FY07-096 currently awarded to Double R

                   Construction, Laredo, Texas, for furnishing for asphalt repair services for the Utilities

                   Department by increasing the contract amount by $68,750.00 to a new contract amount

                   of $343,750.00. Due to an increase in the repair of streets damaged by water line

                   repairs, the proposed amendment would increase the current contract in order to

                   provide funding for the remainder of the contract term.  Funding is available in the

                   Utilities Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            42.  Consideration to award contract number FY08-067 to the following bidders:

                   a. Double R Construction, Laredo, Texas, as the primary contractor and F & F

                   Construction, Laredo, Texas, as the secondary contract, in the estimated amount of

                   $795,000.00 for asphalt repairs-waterline replacement projects.

 

                   b. F & F Construction, Laredo, Texas, as the primary contractor and ALC Construction

                   as the secondary contract, in the estimated amount of $242,750.00 for concrete repairs

                   of sidewalks, driveways, and curbs.

 

                   All work will be performed on an as needed basis for repairs required due to utility

                   repairs.  Funding is available in the Water and Sewer Fund budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   number FY07-098 awarded to J.R. Landscaping Enterprises, Laredo, Texas, in the

                   estimated annual amount of $75,000.00 for lawn and landscaping repairs caused by

                   utility repairs. The contract is based on fixed hourly rates for a two (2) man crew and

                   when needed a licensed irrigator; plus any landscaping materials. Funding is available

                   in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            44.  Consideration to amend the purchase order issued to Godwin Pumps of America Inc,

                   Bridgeport, New Jersey by increasing the total to $64,987.44, which is an increase of

                   $15,870.00 for two (2) additional months of rental of a 12” service pump.  The pump is

                   currently being utilized as a booster station while the manhole at San Francisco and

                   Canal Street is being repaired.  Due to the complex nature of this repair, the continuous

                   rental of this pump is essential to the completion of this project.  Funding is available in

                   the Utilities Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            45.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract number FY07-067 awarded to

                   Test America Laboratories, Corpus Christi, Texas in the estimated amount of

                   $100,000.00, for providing laboratory analytical services for water and wastewater

                   samples in accordance to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved standard

                   methods. Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget, Water Pollution

                   Control Division.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            46.  Consideration to award contract number FY08-065 to Texas Truck & Trailer, Austin,

                   Texas, in the estimated amount of $50,760.00, for the purchase of four (4) backhoe

                   trailers for the Utilities department. Funding is available from the 2007 Utilities

                   Revenue Bond. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            47.  Consideration to award annual supply contract FY08-073 to the following low bidders:

                        1.  Clark Hardware, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $89,564.99;

                        2.  HD Supply Inc., Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $34,925.45;

                             for the purchase of plumbing supplies for city maintenance and repair projects. 

                             This is an annual contract and all items will be purchased on an as needed basis

                             throughout the year and for various city departments. This contract may be

                             extended for an additional year upon mutual consent of both parties.  Funding is

                             available in the Parks and Leisure, Airport, Public Works, Civic Center, Health,

                             Solid Waste, Laredo Transit Management Inc., Laredo Municipal Housing

                             Corporation and Utilities Department Budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

           

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            48.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of:

 

                        a) two (2) 2008 Ford Ranger Supercab service trucks in the amount of $24,680.00

                        b) four (4) 2008 Ford F550 Crewcab utility trucks in the amount of $149,856.00                                  from Planet Ford 6, through the BuyBoard cooperative purchasing program’s                            contract pricing. These trucks will be assigned to the Utilities Department. Funding                      is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0:

            49.  Consideration to award supply contract number FY08-052 to the following bidders:,

                        a.  Section A, C, D, E, F, H to HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, TX in the

                            estimated amount of $405,640.17.

                        b.  Section B to Ferguson Waterworks, Mission, TX in the estimated amount of

                             $132,131.10.

                        c.  Section G to Act Pipe & Supply, Laredo, TX in the estimated amount

                             $154,136.00. 

 

                   for the purchase of mechanical joint fittings, valve boxes and pipe tubing for the

                   Utilities Department. These materials are purchased on an as needed basis by the

                   Utilities Department- Water Operations for construction and repair projects.  Funding is

                   available in the Utilities Department Budget.  

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

XII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            50.  A.  Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

                        1.  Discussion with possible action regarding an action plan to decrease the number

                             of stolen cars in our city.

 

                             Gilberto Navarro, Interim Police Chief, made the following report:

                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        2.  Status report on the traffic light at the Airport, with possible action. 

 

Robert Murillo, Traffic Department Manager, reported that they have all the materials and the Texas Department of Transportation has given them authorization to install the light with the condition that before the light is activated they have to have the traffic volumes as projected to warrant the signal.  He mentioned that the only issue right now is the funding for the actual installation which is $55,000.

 

                        3.  Discussion with possible action on the installation of a traffic light at the

                             intersection of Jordan and Springfield (entrance to JSJ Estates).

 

Baldamar Garcia Jr., President of JSJ Estates Home Owners Association, is concerned about the intersection where one enters and exits the subdivision.  He mentioned that nine days ago he ran into Mayor Salinas and reminded him of the traffic situation.  He commented that six days ago he made an appointment to formally speak with Mayor Salinas and three days later there were barriers and traffic control at the intersection.  He stated that in keeping with the “Cinco de Mayo” celebration he would like to celebrate the intersection by thanking the Mayor and City Council.  He stated that the Mayor and City Council are very responsive and announced that on behalf of the 241 home and property owners at JSJ Estates, he reiterated his thanks to the City Council. 

 

 

                   B.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

 

                        1.  Discussion with possible action on building development and parking issues in

                             the Springfield and Village Area.

 

Fred Santos, President of the Homeowners Association for Regency Park, stated     

that many of the residents are located near the Village area where there are numerous bars that are taking over the neighborhood.  He listed the following problems they have late at night from patrons of the bars: loitering, mischievous behavior, screaming, shouting, occasional shootings, public urinations, vomiting, and excessive horn blowing.  He mentioned that they oppose a facility that is going to be opened as a restaurant-bar and asked for the Council’s support.

 

Chuck Owen, a resident of the Springfield/Village area, asked that zoning laws passed by the City be enforced. He mentioned that he lives on Village Boulevard and his bedroom window is 30 feet from the roadway.  He commented that people park on Village Blvd. to go to the bar.  He pointed out that the main objective is to enforce the zoning laws, restrictions and parking, so that those on Village Blvd. can have the tranquility and peace they had when they originally moved there in 1996.   

 

Daniel Ryan, on behalf of the Village at Del Mar Homeowners Association, showed the Council photos of broken beer bottles in front yards and cars parked on the sidewalk.  He stated that he was concerned about the parking and asked for it to be a No Parking Tow-Away Zone.  He emphasized that his neighborhood has suffered tremendously and asked to have the zoning laws be enforced.

 

Cm. Belmares stated that the parking issue can be resolved by enforcing Village east of Springfield.  He instructed City Manager to bring back an ordinance creating a No-Parking Tow-Away Zone from approximately 400 feet from the intersection to the curve on Village Blvd.and then approximately a block southeast on Matingale to keep the bar patrons from using the streets and side walks as parking. He added that the other issue is the building issues.  He commented that there is an establishment that does not have a building permit and is doing an expansion without a building permit.

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Building Department Director, stated that he did send an inspector to the establishment and has made contact with the business.  He mentioned that that business will bring in the plans before they are given a permit to move forward.  He added that they will be analyzing the whole area in terms of the what type of  businesses exist, what the zoning activities are, and what the parking capabilities are.

 

Cm. Belmares inquired if the City Manager was going to make sure that there are no further proliferations of those types of establishments until the issues with parking, zoning, and the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission are looked at.

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Building Department Director, stated that any requests that come in will be studied very carefully before any permits are issued.

 

Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Director, stated that there is some civil disobedience on the issue of the bars and restaurants getting their liquor license.  He commented that some other issues discussed are outdoor patios that tend to create a greater nuisance than indoor activity. He stated that one option would be to prohibit some restaurants in specific zoning districts.   Another option he stated is to prohibit liquor sales at restaurant in certain zoning designations.  He said that the key is if their alcohol sales are in excess of food sales.

 

Cm. Belmares stated that the issue of shared parking by virtue of a lease requires that you have ownership in that property.  He stated that his greatest concern is that parking is off-side.  He commented that there are establishments that are on the east of Village and the owners have property on the west side of Village which is permissible under the current ordinance.  He mentioned that this creates a safety issue when people are crossing a major thoroughfare such as Springfield.  He added that the amendment to the ordinance needs to be contiguous, so that those looking to share parking, do it in a safe manner.  Lastly, he stated that his last concern are the strip centers are intended for office space.  He mentioned not only can you find it on Springfield and Village, but they can also be found on Shiloh, McPherson and other areas where the developers build 20 units strip malls and they do not know who they are going to rent it to. He stated that before you know it, restaurants and other intensive uses that require more parking, leads to parking on the streets. He questioned if it was possible to create another zoning ordinance or take another look at the ordinance to prohibit business owners from coming in with that type of plan.

 

Cm. Belmares instructed staff to create a task force that includes the Police Department, Fire Department, Health Department, Planning and Zoning Department, and the Building Department, along with the cooperation of the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission.  He requested to have a zero tolerance crackdown in that area to make sure that there is a hundred percent compliance from all establishments in that area.

 

                        2.  Presentation by Dr. Carlos Valle on Urban Studies at TAMIU University, with

                             possible action.

 

                             Item tabled at the request of Cm. Belmares.

 

                        3.  Presentation by Buxton Group regarding Economic Development Tools, with

                             possible action.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck)

 

Mr. Cane with the Buxton Group, made the following presentation on an Economic Development Tool used by other municipalities to attract retail, medical and other types of industry:

 

                             Benefits of a Strong Retail Sector

 

§         Enhances residents’ lifestyles with more shopping and dining choice.

§         Increases sales and property taxes

§         Decreases retail leakage

§         New, permanent jobs

§         Expands economic opportunities by attracting more people and businesses.

 

Community ID

 

·        A Proven Retail Economic Development Strategy

·        Uncovers Retail and Restaurant Opportunities

·        Matches Specific Retailers to Your Community

·        Proprietary Database of Over 5,000 Retailers

·        Executable Program

 

About Buxton

 

·        The industry leader in customer analytics and site selection to the retail industry

·        Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 Southwest Area winner

·        Named “The Site Selection Whiz” in 2006 by Retail Traffic Magazine

·        500 cumulative years of retail experience

·        1,700 clients

·        350 community clients

·        Our communities have recruited more than 15 million sq. feet of  Retail

 

                              Our Clients

 

·        AT&T

·        GameStop

·        FedEx

·        The Container Store

·        and many more

 

Key Steps in Strategy Development

 

Step 1. Delineate Your Trade Area

Setp 2. Identify and Profile Your Customers

Step 3. Match Customers to Retailers

Step 4. Provide Customized Marketing Packages

 

Buxton’s Customer Data

 

·  Over 250 databases

 

·        120 million households

·        up to 7 individuals in each household

 

·  35 Terabytes of online data managed in our state of the art technology center

 

 

                               Information Gathering

 

·  Segmentation

·  Credit Cards

·  Surveys

·  Reward Cards

·  Subscriptions

·  Mail Order

·  Warranty Cards

·  Motor Vehicle Information

·  Telechecks

 

Deliverables

 

·        Profile up to three sites within the community

·        Establish drive-time trade area and household profile

·        Leakage/Surplus analysis

·        Cumulative listing of all retail matches

·        Provide Marketing package for up to 20 retailers

·        Contact information for retailer provided

·        Introductory letter sent on your behalf

 

Market your community using SCOUT’s dynamic online tools

 

In 60-Business Days You Can

 

·        Aggressively Market to Retailers You Select

·        Begin to Reduce Retail Leakage

·        Increase Sales Tax Revenues

·        Build a Stronger Retail Sector and Economy

 

      With Community ID You Have:

 

·        Immediate Competitive Advantage

·        A Retail Economic Development Strategy

·        A Partnership with the Most Recognized Industry Experts

·        Specific Retailers Matched to your Community-a Ready to Execute Program

 

                        4.  Discussion with possible action on removing (Chicane) median on Winrock

                             Drive.

 

Motion to approve remove and use discretionary funds.

                 

                             Moved:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

                             Second:  Cm. Garza

 

                             For:  7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                        C. Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

                        1.  Status on the street lights on Zacate Creek (on the left side), with possible action.

 

                             Item postponed.

 

                        2.  Discussion with possible action on implementing the Conventions and Visitors

                             Bureau recommendations regarding upgrades of the Civic Center meeting rooms

                             and auditorium.

 

                             Item postponed.

 

                        3.  Discussion with possible action on installing sidewalks by using District VIII

                             Discretionary Funds on the 1400 block of San Eduardo (west side).

 

Motion to approve.

                

                             Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                             Second:  Cm. Garza

 

                             For:  7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

            51.  A.  Status report regarding setting a priority for major capital improvements to include

                         the golf course, water park, convention center and a baseball stadium, with possible

                         action.

 

Motion to postpone this item for the May 12, 2008, City Council meeting at noon.

                

                             Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                        Second:  Cm. Garza

 

                             For:  7                                 Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       B.  Presentation by Tax Assessor Collector on the delinquent tax attorney collections

             and request for direction on how to proceed with the renewal of the next delinquent

             tax attorney contract.  

 

Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Assessor Collector, reported that the De Anda Law firm has been collecting the delinquent taxes for more than twenty years. She mentioned that the last contract was approved three years ago for a three year term and it expires in September 2008.  She commented that they have been working very aggressively and closely with the delinquent tax attorney. She stated that collections have been extremely well.  She added that during the last four years they have been averaging 39% of prior year collections, where as prior to that period they were collecting on an average 30%; therefore there was an increase by 9% as compared to prior years.  She said that in addition to prior year taxes, they assist in collecting the paving assessments, demolition, hotel and motel and the numbers also reflect a very good collection.

 

            Motion to go out for bids.

 

Moved: Cm. Garcia .

Second:  Cm. Amaya

 

            For:  2                                      Against:  5                                            Abstain:  0

            Cm. Garcia                   Cm. Garza

            Cm. Amaya                              Cm. Landeck

                                                            Cm. Rendon

                                                            Mayor Pro-Tempore Tempore Belmares

                                                            Cm. Ramirez

 

            Motion to renew the contract with De Anda Law Firm.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

            Second:  Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

 

 

            For:  5                                      Against:                                                Abstain:  0

            Cm. Garza                                Cm. Garcia

            Cm. Landeck                           Cm. Amaya

            Cm. Rendon

            Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

 

           

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.

 

            52.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071

                   (1) (A) to consult with attorney on the pending eminent domain case of City of Laredo

                   v. Luis Montano, et. al. Cause No. 2006CVQ002207C3, in County Court Law at Law

                   No. 2, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to table. 

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            53.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071

                   (1)(A) to consult with attorney on the pending case of Marigloria Gonzalez v. City of

                   Laredo, Cause No. 2005CVQ000905D2, in the 111th District Court, Webb County,

                   Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to table. 

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            54.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section

                   551.071(1)(A) to consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation in the case

                   styled Jose A. Valdez, Jr. vs. Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, and The City of

                   Laredo, Cause No. 2008-CVQ-000288-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District

                   Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section

                   551.071(1)(A) to consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation in the case

                   styled Jose A. Valdez, Jr. vs. Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, and The City of

                   Laredo, Cause No. 2008-CVQ-000288-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District

                   Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

            55.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Section 551.074 to

                   deliberate the duties, evaluation criteria and performance standards of the City Manager

                   and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Section                                551.074 to deliberate the duties, evaluation criteria and performance standards of the

                   City Manager and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Motion to reaffirm the terms of the City Manager’s contract to include a three                    

percent increase in salary. 

 

       Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   Cm. Garcia noted that he feels that the City Manager has done an excellent job in                      moving the City of Laredo forward.

 

Cm. Garza clarified that the agreement that is in place are the employment terms and that what they are agreeing to extend.  He stated that they are reaffirming.  He added that the City Manager requested that his pay raise be equal to the employees of the City of Laredo which is commendable. 

 

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:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:       7                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            56.  Motion to approve the distribution of 5,000 free bus ride vouchers good on any of El

                   Metro’s bus routes on Thursday, June 19, 2008 in conjunction with the second Annual

                   American Public Transportation Association’s National Dump the Pump Day.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

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

 

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

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2008-S-03

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

 

I.          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.

 

1.       Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(1)(A) to consult with Legal Council regarding ongoing litigation in the case styled Hilda Negrete vs. The City of Laredo, Cause No. 2006-CVQ-00001879DZ, in the District Court 111th Judicial District Webb County, Texas.

(Co-sponsored by Mayor Pro-temp Gene Belmares and CM Johnny Amaya)

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(1)(A) to consult with Legal Council regarding ongoing litigation in the case styled Hilda Negrete vs. The City of Laredo, Cause No. 2006-CVQ-00001879DZ, in the District Court 111th Judicial District Webb County, Texas.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

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

 

 

II.                ADJOURNMENT