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Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Director, reported that they had spoken with folks from the Main Street Program and Arts and Entertainment Center, and they were going to bring together a working paper for Council to look at so that they could see the different problems that could occur.  They were planning on bringing incentive packages and form-based zoning with another layer of regulation in those areas.

City Manager Carlos Villarreal said that clear-cut boundaries needed to be established.

Motion to create a Tax Increment Finance District for downtown Laredo and bring back recommendations to begin the process for implementation of said district.

Moved:  Cm. Liendo Espinoza

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     7   Against:  0Abstain:  0

                E.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Jose A. Valdez, Jr.

1.  Discussion with possible action to create a contractor’s rotation list for all emergency

    repairs in the Utilities Department and the Engineering Department.

City Manager Carlos Villarreal said that they could come back with some recommendations or send a list of what they plan on doing to be able to run the rotation.

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez said that he wanted to make sure that it was not just one company performing the emergency repairs.

2.  Discussion with possible action to amend the commercial vehicle in residential areas

ordinances to identify the difference between light commercial and heavy commercial vehicles.

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez said that he brought this item forward because he had been getting calls from people driving half-ton pickups with company logos and getting cited for being in a residential area.  Also, if someone bought a horse trailer and parked it in their driveway, they were being cited for a having a commercial-type vehicle in a residential area.

City Manager Carlos Villarreal said that one of their major complaints was that tractors were parked blocking the street in residential areas.

Planning Director Keith Selman said that the way the ordinance read was one ton or more than two axles was a violation, or a commercial or farm trailer exceeding twelve feet in length could not be parked or stored in a residential area.

Motion to instruct staff to come back with recommendations on this issue.

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

Second:  Cm. Liendo Espinoza

For:     7   Against:  0Abstain:  0

3.  Discussion with possible action to provide street cushions on Antelope Lane, Big Bend    

    Boulevard, Center Road and Albany Drive utilizing discretionary funds.

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