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Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Rendon

For:     7   Against:  0Abstain:  0

                 C.  Request by Council Member Juan Narvaez

1.  Discussion with possible action creating an ordinance regarding soliciting for alms (“pan

    handling”) on City streets and right-of-ways.

Cm. Narvaez recommended that staff create an ordinance banning all solicitation at right-of-ways, including bucket brigades.

City Attorney Raul Casso stated that they could control the time, manner and means of all solicitation, and he could help prepare an ordinance to that effect.  He said that bans against solicitors had been challenged around the country with mixed results.

Police Chief Maldonado reported that there had been times when he had received complaints and concerns.  He added that the fundraising was not the issue, but rather the unsafe methods that were used.

Motion to get recommendations to be discussed during the next Council Meeting.

Moved:  Cm. Narvaez

Second:  Cm. Garza

For:     7   Against:  0Abstain:  0

                 D.  Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.  Discussion with possible action on installing sidewalks at the 300 block of Merlin west


Motion to approve.

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Rendon

For:     7   Against:  0Abstain:  0


Discussion with possible action on creating a tax increment finance district for

     downtown Laredo. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza)

Cm. Belmares said that they had talked about this item and decided that they needed six million dollars to erect lights and they needed infrastructure.  He added that they were never going to be able to redevelop the downtown until they would take an active role in finding a funding mechanism.  He wished to know what kind of revenue could be generated if the boundaries of the tax increment finance district were expanded.  

Cm. Liendo Espinoza said that they would like to see an approval of the TIF for the downtown area.  She stated that they were also working on the arts and entertainment district.

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