DATE:

 

06/02/2003

SUBJECT: FINAL READING ORDINANCE NO. 2003-O-129

Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget in the amount of $5,350 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health for the OPHP Bioterrorism Preparedness Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002, through August 31, 2003.

INITIATED BY: STAFF SOURCE:

Cynthia Collazo Hector F. Gonzalez, M.D., M.P.H.

Asst. City Manager Health Director

PREVIOUS COUNCIL ACTION: On May 19, 2003, Council held public hearing introducing ordinance and instructed staff to proceed with final reading.

BACKGROUND:

The Texas Department of Health has contracted with the City of Laredo to provide public health services to residents of Laredo and Webb County through the City of Laredo Health Department.

 

The City of Laredo Health Department will activate the local public health surveillance and prevention preparedness and response bio-terrorism plan (BT). The BT plan is federally funded and can only be used for developing disease surveillance infrastructure. The following detailed activities will be conducted.

 

          Strategic direction, coordination and assessment

          Initiate active surveillance systems

          Further develop infection control capabilities, committee and training capacities of providers, first responders and emergency personnel

          Planning for preparedness and response

          Pharmaceutical stockpile preparedness

          Public health surveillance and detection capacities

          Public health epidemiology investigation and response capacities

          Communications connectivity for quick information flow and for distance learning enhancement

          Risk assessments and risk communication plans of action

          Further develop electronic communication systems

          Emergency communications

          Protection of data and information systems

          Secure electronic exchange of pubic health information

          Support of emergency response management

          Full information technology

          Public health risk communication: assessment, planning, community access

          Development, testing, and dissemination of effective public health communications and information sharing

          Community readiness through training opportunities

          Evaluation of training effectiveness

          Lab testing development

          Further develop relationships with state and federal authorities to develop comprehensive plans of action and intervention for any disaster, chemical hazards or BT issue

          Strengthen bi-national surveillance and communication effort for response and intervention

 

The BT services will include the counties of Webb, Zapata, Him Hogg, and Duval.

FINANCIAL: The City of Laredo will receive $5,350 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health for OPHP- Bioterrorism Preparedness Program budget for the period beginning September 1, 2002, through August 31, 2003. The revenue account number is 226-0000-323-4089 and the expenditure account number is 226-6068.

RECOMMENDATION:

STAFF: Recommends that Council approve ordinance.

 

 

 

 

 

This amendment to the contract includes funds in the amount of $5,350 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health for the purpose of conducting West Nile Virus surveillance, public education and training activities. This amount will be a one-time basis funding.

 

BUDGET

 

 

 

 

ORDINANCE 2003-O-129

 

Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget in the amount of $5,350 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health for the OPHP BIOTERRORISM PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002, through August 31, 2003.

WHEREAS, the Texas Department of Health (TDH) is contracting with the City of Laredo to provide public health services to residents of Laredo and Webb County through the City of Laredo Health Department , and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Laredo Health Department will activate the local public health surveillance and prevention preparedness and response bio-terrorism plan (BT). The BT plan is federally funded and can only be used for developing disease surveillance infrastructure. The following detailed activities will be conducted.

 

          Strategic direction, coordination and assessment

          Initiate active surveillance systems

          Further develop infection control capabilities, committee and training capacities of providers, first responders and emergency personnel

          Planning for preparedness and response

          Pharmaceutical stockpile preparedness

          Public health surveillance and detection capacities

          Public health epidemiology investigation and response capacities

          Communications connectivity for quick information flow and for distance learning enhancement

          Risk assessments and risk communication plans of action

          Further develop electronic communication systems

          Emergency communications

          Protection of data and information systems

          Secure electronic exchange of pubic health information

          Support of emergency response management

          Full information technology

          Public health risk communication: assessment, planning, community access

          Development, testing, and dissemination of effective public health communications and information sharing

          Community readiness through training opportunities

          Evaluation of training effectiveness

          Lab testing development

          Further develop relationships with state and federal authorities to develop comprehensive plans of action and intervention for any disaster, chemical hazards or BT issue

          Strengthen bi-national surveillance and communication effort for response and intervention

 

 

WHEREAS, this amendment to the contract includes funds in the amount of $5,350 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health for the purpose of conducting West Nile Virus surveillance, public education and training activities. This amount will be a one-time basis funding.

 

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAREDO THAT:

 

Section 1: The City Manager is hereby authorized to execute the contract and accept the grants and their provisions as set forth by the Texas Department of Health.

Section 2: The City of Laredo accepts funds in the amount of $5,350 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health for the OPHP Bioterrorism Preparedness Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002, through August 31, 2003, for the purpose of conducting West Nile Virus surveillance, public education and training activities.

 

Section 3: Revenue line item 226-0000-323-4089 funded by the Texas Department of Health is hereby increased from $411,076 to $416,426.

 

Section 4: Expenditure line item 226-6068 is hereby increased from $411,076 to $416,426.

 

Section 5: The City Manager is hereby authorized to make transfers within the budget as allowable under the General Provisions of the existing general contract with the Texas Department of Health to meet the necessary costs to accomplish the scope of work for the project.

 

 

PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL AND APPROVED BY THE MAYOR

 

ON THIS _________________ DAY OF ________________________, 2003.

 

 

 

 

_______________________

ELIZABETH G. FLORES

MAYOR

 

 

ATTEST:

 

________________________

GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.

CITY SECRETARY

 

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

 

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JAIME FLORES

CITY ATTORNEY