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IX. RESOLUTIONS
18. 2009-R-091 Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the United

States Foreign-Trade Zones Board for a temporary boundary modification on behalf of International Trade & Commerce, Inc., in accordance with Ordinance No. 2000-O-183 dated July 24, 2000.  The Temporary Boundary Modification consists of temporarily transferring the designation of 1.10 acres from the City of Laredo, Foreign-Trade Zone Site No. 1, located at the Laredo International Airport to the new temporary site which shall be designated as Site No. 9 and located at 309 NAFTA Blvd within the Milo Distribution Center. (Approved by Operations Committee)


Motion to approve Resolution 2009-R-091.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
19. 2009-R-098 Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an interlocal

agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit A, between the City of Laredo and United Independent School District for the participation of the City of Laredo Police Department in the United Independent School District School Resource Officer Program. The Laredo Police Department will provide five (5) officers that will be assigned to various middle and high schools for one-half of the 2009-2010 school year beginning on August 24, 2009. The officers will be transferred back to regular duties at LPD at the end of the UISD fall semester on December 18, 2009. UISD will reimburse the City of Laredo Police Department for overtime related expenses. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve Resolution 2009-R-098.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
20. 2009-R-099 Expressing the City of Laredo’s Support of the Submittal of a Tiger Grant

Application for the San Bernardo Avenue Project. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve Resolution 2009-R-099.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
21. 2009-R-105 Supporting the County of Webb’s project for first time water and

wastewater improvement to the Colonia known as the Felix Vela Tract, situated south of the City of Rio Bravo, within the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) of the City of Laredo and within the Certificate and Convenience of Necessity (CCN) of Webb County and authorizing the City Manager to execute any necessary documents. The County of Webb was awarded a grant from the Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA) for these improvements. However, the County must receive the approval and support of the City of Laredo. (Approved by Operations Committee)


Motion to approve Resolution 2009-R-105.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0

22. 2009-R-107 Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Federal

Aviation Administration to be known as Grant No. 60 in the amount of $2,000,000.00 and to accept said grant, if offered, for the Airport Noise Abatement Program at the Laredo International Airport. The City’s local match in the amount of $105,264.00 (5%) is available as follows: $82,795.00 through the land purchased in FY2006 (Rash Tract) and $22,469.00 from the Airport Construction Fund. (Approved by Finance Committee)
Motion to approve Resolution 2009-R-107.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
X. MOTIONS
23. Consideration to award a contract to Dell Computers, Inc., Austin, Texas through the

Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) Cooperative Purchasing Program in the amount of $105,274.17 for the purchase and installation of hardware and software for a virtual desktop and server environment. This equipment is to be installed at the City of Laredo’s City Hall building to enable mobile access to desktops, user data, E-Mail, and server applications. Funding is available in the Information Services and Telecommunications Department Budget Capital Outlay and 2006 Contractual Obligations, PPFCO Funds. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Valdez

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
24. Authorizing the City Manager to sign a Geophysical Survey Agreement with

Geokinetics USA, Inc., for the latter for seismic testing on 1,406 acres, more or less, of City owned property outside the city limits in North Laredo to the west of the Uniroyal tract, purchased in 2003 in consideration for payment of $25.00 an acre for a total of $35,153.33, and the form and content of such agreement which is attached as Exhibit 1; and the permission is given for a period of not more than six (6) months from date of agreement. (Approved by Operations Committee)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Valdez

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
25. Approval of a Rooftop License Agreement between Pinnacle Towers III, LLC, a

Delaware limited liability company, and the City of Laredo for the use of space at the Hamilton Hotel, more fully described in Exhibit A to said agreement; to install, operate and maintain equipment, more fully described in Exhibit B to said agreement; as part of the City of Laredo’s Wi-Fi Project. The initial term of this agreement will be five (5) years commencing on September 9, 2009 and ending on September 8, 2014; term shall automatically extend for two (2) renewal periods of five (5) years each unless either party provides written notice to the other of its election not to renew one hundred and eighty (180) days prior to the end of the current term. Basic rent shall be five hundred and 00/100 ($500.00) per month with a CPI increase on the first anniversary of the term commencement date and every anniversary of the term commencement date thereafter. (Approved by Operations Committee)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Valdez

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
26. Award of a construction contract to the lowest bidders Granbury Contracting and

Utilities, Inc.; Granbury, Texas in the amount of $61,900.00 for Phase “A” and Price Construction, Ltd, Big Springs, Texas in the amount of $56,292.00 for Phase “B” for the TxDot Water and Wastewater Relocation Bores under LP 20 & SH 359 respectively. The improvements consist of a 16”PVC C905 DR18 water line with a 30” steel casing under Loop 20 and SH 359. The construction time is 45 calendar days for each party. Funding is available in the 2008 Utility Bond. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0

27. Consideration for approval of change order #4 to Jimmy Closner Construction Co., Inc.

for the project on SH 359 Colonias Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Systems, Work Order No. 3 in the amount of $943,252.69 for the installation of the Automatic Meter Readers (AMR) at the Colonias located at the SH 359 and Mines Road Planning Area. The construction contract time is extended for an additional 120 calendar days. The revised contract amount is $5,686,474.59. This change order is subject to approval by the Texas Water Development Board. The new construction time including this change order will be 855 calendar days. Funding is available in the Colonias Fund. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)
Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
28. Authorizing the City Manager to amend the engineering services contract with

Dannenbaum Engineering Company—Laredo, LLC in the amount of $35,000.00 for a new total amount of $7,976,312.66 to perform the Environmental Information Document (EID) in relation to the new 20 MGD El Pico Water Treatment Plant in northwest Laredo. Funding is available in the 2008 Utility Bond. (Approved by Operations Committee)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
29. Award of a construction contract to the lowest bidder Whitestone Construction Ltd., in

Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $85,163.44 for the Cortez Lift Station Elimination Project. The improvements consist of constructing an 8” sanitary sewer collection line with manholes. The construction time is 120 calendar days. Funding is available in the 2004 Utility Bond. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
30. Consideration for acceptance of the Cuatro Vientos 2.0 Million Gallon Elevated

Storage Tank Project, and approval of final payment in the amount of $127,487.40 to Landmark Structures I, L.P., Fort Worth, Texas. The final contract amount is $2,553,106.43. Funding is available in Waterworks Construction and Bond Retainage Accounts. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
31. Consideration for approval of Change Order #1 in the amount of $233,150.39 to

QroMex Construction Co., Inc., Granite Shoals, Texas, for the SH 359 Work Order #2 Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection for Pueblo Nuevo Improvement Project, subject to the approval of the Texas Water Development Board. The construction time is amended from 305 to 335 calendar days to reflect the contract time approved in the original contract agreement. This change order consists of improvements to the HWY 359 Booster Station that serves the Colonias located on Highway 359. The revised contract amount is $2,570,719.89. Funding is available in the Colonias Fund. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
32. Ratifying the authorization by the City Manager’s approval of the services rendered by

Qro-Mex Construction Company in the amount of $73,500.00 for the emergency repairs of two (2) collapsed manholes on HWY 83 in South Laredo. Funding is available in the 2008 Utility Bond. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve.

Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0


33. Consideration for acceptance, final payment and release of retainage in the amount of

$78,885.67 to CG Construction, Inc., DBA CC Construction, for the construction of the McPherson Lift Station. Funding for the release of retainage is in the 1998 & 2006 Sewer Bond. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
34. Consideration to award contract FY09-074 to the lowest bidder meeting specifications,

Standard Cement Materials, Houston, Texas, in the estimated amount of $119,977.78 for the rehabilitation of thirty five (35) manholes for the Utilities Department. The rehabilitation shall consist of manhole wall repairs, re-framing work (where needed), and asphalt paving reconditioning. Funding for this project is available in the Utilities Department Fund. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
35. Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1), pothole patcher and one (1), GMC

cab and chassis for the pothole patcher unit from Freightliner of Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $124,785.00 through the BuyBoard’s cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing. The pothole patcher will be assigned to the Utilities Department. Funding is available from 2008 Certificates of Obligation bond proceeds. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
36. Consideration to renew contract number FY08-088 awarded to HD Supply

Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $812,756.72 for the purchase of water meters for the Utilities Department. This contract renewal includes a 3% price increase from the previous contract period. This is the first of two (2), one year extension periods. Funding for the purchase of these meters is available in the Utilities Department Fund. (Approved by Operations Committee however, the Finance Committee recommended staff solicit bids.)


Motion to approve.

Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0


37. Consideration to cancel the following contracts awarded to Grant Environmental

Group, Laredo, Texas:


1. Contract FY06-085 awarded in the amount of $98,628.00 for the rehabilitation of

the Laredo-Colombia Wastewater Treatment Plant’s main lift station.


2. Contract FY06-086 awarded in the amount of $168,580.00 for repairs to the

Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant’s bio clarifiers.


The scope of these projects will be considered in the future in different projects. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)
Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
38. Authorizing the City Manager to acquire through negotiations from Manuel Perez and

Herminia O. Perez, the surface only of a 6.1608 acre tract in northwest Laredo as described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A” for drainage improvements for the benefit of the general public, said parcel to be acquired through 2007 Certificate of Obligation bond funds in the amount of $140,000.00 plus closing costs. As part of negotiations, the owner requested that he be provided a grazing lease on the property, renewable annually and not to exceed five (5) years. Funding for this acquisition is available in the Environmental Services Fund. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
39. Consideration for approval of the River Road Drainage Pipe Replacement Project as

complete, and approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $1,068.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, release of retainage and approval of final payment in the amount of $63,289.50 to Troy Construction, LLC., Houston, Texas. Final construction contract amount is $1,265,790.00. Funding is available in the 2007 CO. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0

40. Consideration for approval of the Upper Zacate Creek Multipurpose Detention Pond

Project – Phase A as complete, and approval of Change Order No. 2 an increase of $365.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, release of retainage, and approval of final payment in the amount of $198,102.05 to Jimmy Closner & Sons Construction Company, Laredo, Texas. Final construction contract amount is $1,426,491.10. Furthermore, liquidated damages assessed for late completion and accepted by Contractor is (110 calendar days at $770.00/ day) - $85,000.00 to be deducted as follows: $35,000.00 for in-kind work and $50,000.00 deduct from final payment, therefore, net final payment is $148,102.05. Funding is available in the 2007 Environmental Services C.O. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)
Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
41. Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2005 HOME Investment Partnership,

Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Contract with the Laredo-Webb Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) by amending Section 22, allowing Exhibit 1: Project Budget to reflect the actual cost of construction plus the value of the land by increasing the sales price for each of the homes from $85,000.00 to $105,470.00. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
42. Authorizing the issuance of a permit to Texas A & M International University Alumni

Association for the installation of two (2) banners, located across E. Del Mar Boulevard and McPherson Road and San Bernardo Avenue across from the Civic Center to be hung for a period not to exceed 45 days from issuance of permit. The banner is for advertising the Autmus Fest.


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
43. Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement for E 9-1-1 Public

Safety Answering Point Services and Automatic Location Information Maintenance Services between the City of Laredo as Administrator for South Texas Development Council (STDC) and individually the Counties of Webb, Starr, Jim Hogg, and Zapata, and Cities of Roma, Rio Grande City, and Laredo for the period beginning September 1, 2009 and ending August 31, 2011.


Motion to approve.

Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0


44. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract and award 2008 Homeless

Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of (1) $538,485.00 to the Bethany House, (2) $331,699.00 to Webb County, and (3) $609,792.00 to Catholic Social Services to provide short or medium term rental assistance, security deposits, utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, motel and hotel vouchers and housing relocation and stabilization services to qualifying individuals and families residing within the City of Laredo, who are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
45. Consideration to authorize an initial eight (8) week study by Chevron Energy Solutions

in order to determine areas within the City that would benefit from an energy reduction recommendation on City buildings, equipment, development of a water meter energy management program, unaccountable water review, and energy conservation feasibility. The initial phase has no financial impact to the City. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
46. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Las Islitas LLC for the

development of the Municipal Golf Course on 270 acres in West Webb County to be donated by the land owners representing Las Islitas and other terms and considerations defined in this agreement and proposal submitted by Las Islitas Farms;


1. Donation of 270 acres for the golf course, additional 120 acres for recreational use
2. Lease of 500 acre feet per year of Class A Rio Grande River water rights for $1.00

per year for a term of 20 years with one (1) additional 5 year option under the same terms and one additional 5 year option with terms to be negotiated




  1. Cash contributions of $1,000,000.00 to the Project cost.

Motion to table.


Moved: Mayor Pro Tempore Garza

Motion dies for a lack of second.

Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Valdez

For: 7 Against: 1 Abstain: 0

Mayor Pro Tempore Garza


XI. GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
47. A. Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas
1. Presentation by Dr. Hector F. Gonzalez, Health Department Director, on the

operations of the new Bio-Safety Level III Laboratory.


Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Department Director, gave a presentation.
Due to the fact that this presentation is composed of photographs of the laboratory, it can be viewed at the City Secretary’s Office upon request.
B. Request by Council Member Hector “Tito” Garcia
1. Discussion with possible action to consider hiring a staff person to be paid by the City to

work with Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office staff in Washington, DC on City of

Laredo issues. (Co-sponsored by Gene Belmares)
Cm. Garcia stated that after speaking with Congressman Henry Cuellar, he wanted to see if they could direct staff to work with his office to implement this item.
City Manager Carlos Villarreal said that they had had preliminary discussions with the Congressman and that they would be discussing this item further with his staff. He went on to say that they would send a memorandum to Council in the Friday package.
Motion to instruct staff to check the legality and ethics of hiring a staff person to be paid by the City to work with Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office staff in Washington, D.C. on City of Laredo issues.
Moved: Cm. Garcia

Second: Cm. Belmares

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0

C. Request by Council Member Juan Narvaez


1. Presentation by AB Barrera and Paco Barrientos recapping the Laredo Convention &

Visitors Bureau domestic advertisement campaign.


A. B. Barrera and Paco Barrientos of PMGD Marketing Communications gave a summary of their domestic advertisement campaign. Mr. Barrera stated that there were two issues but they felt that they could move forward and create a positive image for the City of Laredo. He stated that they could tap two markets because McAllen had given up on the U.S. domestic market and concentrated entirely on Mexico. He gave the following presentation:
PMGD Marketing Communications, a Barrera/Barrientos Agency

Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau 2009 U.S./Domestic Campaign


Who are we targeting?



  • Current and potential leisure visitors

  • Business travelers

  • Meeting planners

  • Group tour operators

  • SMERF groups

Target Markets


Cities

  • Austin

  • Dallas

  • Houston

  • Oklahoma

  • San Antonio

States


  • Louisiana

  • Oklahoma

  • Texas

SWOT Session

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats


  • Current perceptions of Laredo (what do they currently think?)

  • What do we want them to think?

  • Why should they believe it?

Marketing Plan Objectives



  • Rebuild Laredo’s image by educating existing and potential visitors on the deep-rooted history, tradition, and culture that Laredo has to offer.

  • Reposition Laredo as a safe, friendly and appealing destination to visit, live, work and do business in.

  • Generate positive regional and national media coverage by focusing on Laredo’s strengths in trade, commerce, and economic stability.

  • Assist in increasing leisure visits with paid accommodations by year-end 2009.

  • Assist in increasing group tour visits by year-end 2009.

  • Assist in increasing visitor’s average length of stay.

Logo & Tagline

“The Gateway City” moniker is Laredo’s nickname not a slogan or tagline.
Media Outlets


  • Texas Monthly

  • Austin Monthly

  • San Antonio Woman

  • Scene in S.A.

  • Brilliant Magazine

  • Texas Country Reporter

PR Efforts



  • Wall Street Journal

  • Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman (Travel Channel)

  • San Antonio Express News

  • San Antonio Woman

PMGD Efforts



  • Media Training Session*

  • PIO Task Force*

  • Customer Service Training*

  • Internal Pride Campaign*

  • Calendar of Events Template

  • Map

  • Lure Brochure

  • Dining Guide

  • New Campaign Logo and tagline on CVB doors and at airport*

  • New Campaign Stationery*

  • New Campaign Lapel Pins

  • Custom Photo Shoot

  • Rack Card

  • Trade Show Panels

  • CVB Postcards

  • CVB Folders

  • Passport to Savings Coupon Booklets

  • 2010 CHL All Star Game Logo

  • Billiards Tournament Logo

  • Austin & Washington Trips

  • Delta 4

  • Guideon 7

  • Have attended monthly Advisory Committee meetings and other meetings as requested

PMGD Contract



  • Initiated on December 16, 2008 (8 months)

  • Research and planning stages (Dec. – Mar.)

  • Paisano Rest Stop (December)

  • Media Buy Plan initiated March 2009 (5 months)

Fiscal Year 08-09 Total Budget $300,000



Texas Monthly

Agency Fees

CVB Purchased Media

Agency Total

$59,480

$88,800

$142,130

$148,280

Website Number of Unique Visitors

Fiscal year 07-08: 48k

Fiscal year 08-09: 60k


Monterrey Holiday Promotion

  • Laredo Chamber of Commerce “Navidad en Laredo” Christmas Shopping Guide: 25,000 magazines delivered to 25,000 homes

  • 25,000 savings bags delivered to 25,000 households

  • Laredo CVB logo printed on front sheet of 25,000 bags

Over 700,000 impressions were created for the City of Laredo


Media

  • Laredo Morning Times

  • El Mañana de Nuevo Laredo

  • KGNS TV

  • KLDO Univision27

  • El Norte – Monterrey

  • La Carretera – Monterrey

  • Televisa - Monterrey

Laredo Takes on Monterrey



  • 3 Fashion Events Hosted by the Laredo CVB

  • Over 2,300 Monterrey residents experienced the style show events in just 3 days

We can’t stop the momentum…

Strategic, Consistent Messaging is the key!
D. Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon
1. Discussion with possible action on the paving of Aurora Street one block west of

Marcella.


Planning Director Keith Selman stated that there was an old 1980 resolution to deal with some of the unique circumstances dealing with Calton Gardens. He added that twelve or thirteen years ago, there had been an effort to take care of all the roadways in Calton Gardens where there was available right-of-way. He went on to read part of the 1980 resolution and indicate that to exercise the resolution, right-of-way was needed.
City Manager Carlos Villarreal responded that his recommendation was to look at this as a development and find out why the person could not pave the street themselves.
Motion to table this item.
Moved: Cm. Rendon

Second: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
E. Request by Council Member Gene Belmares
1. Discussion with possible action to consider exchanging land with Laredo Independent

School District. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector “Tito” Garcia)


Cm. Belmares stated that there had been discussions in the past about the Civic Center property being exchanged or sold to LISD. They had properties downtown that they would love to see go back on the tax rolls at some point, and so potentially they might be able to exchange some of those lands. He said that he would like staff to begin formal negotiations to see what would be possible in terms of appraisals and exchanging land that they had downtown for land that the City owned at the Civic Center. He went on to say that he wanted to avoid either entity having to use cash to make those purchases. He advised that this meant the entire Civic Center complex.
Motion to instruct staff to begin formal negotiations to see what exchanges would be possible.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Valdez

For: 7 Against: 1 Abstain: 0

Cm. Liendo Espinoza


2. Discussion with possible action on enforcing City Ordinances related to the posting of

advertising notices on light poles, telephone poles, traffic control boxes and other related

right-of-way structures.
Cm. Belmares reported that if one traveled down McPherson and other places throughout the City, one could not escape the number of notices posted on the poles.
Erasmo Villarreal, Building Director, reported that from June 1st through August 31st, the zoning officers took down 1,610 signs. He added that as quickly as they removed the signs, new signs would go up. He went on to say that they were currently working on a campaign of public information that would be broadcast on the Public Access Channel to help to stem the tide. He concluded that he and Planning Director Keith Selman were working on a draft of an ordinance respecting this issue.
3. Discussion with possible action on providing Texas A&M International University

(TAMIU) irrigation cost per one thousand equal to or less than what is charged to

Laredo Country Club or Casa Blanca. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Johnny

Rendon)
Cm. Belmares stated that one of the issues that TAMIU had was the need to use potable water. The City had the ability to deliver effluent treated wastewater for irrigation.


City Manager Carlos Villarreal responded that staff would be happy to meet with Dr. Keck and his staff.
Ray Keck, President of TAMIU, stated that the university needed better ways to care for this issue.
Mr. Juan Castillo, Vice-President of Finance Administration, gave the following presentation:
Texas A&M International University

Laredo City Council Presentation

The Headline
Lots of water

Top 10 used 250 million gallons

By Zach Lindsey, Laredo Morning Times, published Saturday, August 8, 2009

“Laredo’s top 10 commercial water users consumed more than 255 million gallons of water between June of last year and June of this year…”

“Texas A&M International University actually made it onto the list three times, using a combined total of about 45.8 million gallons.”
The Facts

• TAMIU is a large water user

• One of the City’s biggest customers

• Over $320K in water bills for FY09

• TAMIU is not a water waster
TAMIU is a city within a city

• Over 6,000 students on campus

• Over 1,000 employees on campus

• Over 650 students living in dormitories


The Rest of the Story

University buildings are designed to conserve

• All restrooms have low flow toilets and urinals

• The new Student Success building was designed to LEED-Silver specifications

University buildings are upgraded to conserve

• Air handler condensate from 4 buildings is piped back to the cooling towers

• Approximately 1M gallons reclaimed annually
• Added acid to cooling tower basins to increase cycles from 2.5 to 3.5

• Over 4M gallons in makeup water saved annually


TAMIU Helps the City

TAMIU’s economic impact on Laredo was projected to generate 2,924 jobs and to add $111.3M in FY2009.

Impact Factor Direct Jobs Direct Income Indirect Jobs Indirect Income Total Jobs Total Income

Payroll 1,075 $34.8M 773 $19.3M 1,848 $54.1M

M&O $11.2M 249 $6.2M 249 $17.4M

Building 258 $18.6M 413 $10.3M 671 $28.9M

Students $5.7M 127 $3.2M 127 $8.9M

Visitors $1.3M 29 $.7M 29 $2.0M

Totals 1,333 $71.6M 1,591 $39.7M 2,924 $111.3M
How the City Can Help TAMIU

Better communication

• For scheduled maintenance

• For problems affecting campus operations

• For problems affecting student health

• Gray water for irrigation

o Cheaper for Laredo

o Cheaper for TAMIU

• FY09 irrigation expense exceeded $146K

o 50% savings would result in $73K

o Scholarships

o Conservation projects


Cm. Landeck recommended that they explore the possibility of groundwater or wells on the campus.
Motion to instruct staff to open discussions and negotiations with TAMIU concerning the irrigation issue and to explore possibilities regarding secondary water sources such as groundwater as amended.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Rendon

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
4. Discussion with possible action on providing in-kind services for the Texas A&M

International University (TAMIU) 2009 Autmus Fest.


Motion to extend as much help as possible with promotional monies.
Moved: Cm. Belmares

Second: Cm. Narvaez

For: 7 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
F. Request by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.
1. Discussion with possible action on installing speed cushions in District 7 as part of the

initial pilot program.


Motion to instruct staff to look at the area of Rio Grande and Quail Creek to address concerns of the local residents.
Moved: Cm. Valdez

Second: Cm. Belmares

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
2. Discussion with possible action regarding traffic issues on Lafayette Street.
Cm. Valdez stated that three weeks previously there had been a traffic accident because someone was speeding and hit the columns of the house. He added that the issue there was that most of the houses did not face Lafayette Street. He was hoping for some traffic ideas to slow people down.
Traffic Director Roberto Murillo said that the Friday packet contained information to show that they had looked at the accident data. He added that normally in this situation they would recommend enforcement.
G. Request by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza
1. Discussion with possible action on using District 8 discretionary funds for improvements

to Seven Flags Park.


Motion to approve.
Moved: Cm. Liendo Espinoza

Second: Cm. Belmares

For: 8 Against: 0 Abstain: 0



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