CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A2000-R-01

LAREDO HOUSING AUTHORITY

COLONIA GUADALUPE

2000 SAN FRANCISCO AVENUE

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JANUARY 3, 2000

5:30 P.M.

 

 

          I.   CALL TO ORDER

 

   II.   ROLL CALL

 

        III.   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

IV.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES

        

      V.   COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

Announcements

Invitations

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of City Staff.

 

b.      Recognition of District IV residents by Council Member Cecilia May Moreno.

 

         VI.     APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a. Confirming Council Member Cecilia May Moreno’s appointment of   

    Patricia Tijerina to the Laredo Women’s Commission.

 

                  b. Confirming Council Member Mario G. Alvarado’s appointment of Jerry 

                      Elizondo to the Parks and Recreation Board.

 

  VII.   PUBLIC HEARINGS

1. Public hearing amending the 1999-2000 budget in the amount of $2,000 for the Neural Tube Defects Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 1999, through

    August 31, 2000. The funding source for this project is the Texas

    Health Foundation and it has been assigned a budget number

    226-6101.

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

    Ordinance amending the 1999-2000 budget in the amount of $2,000 for the Neural Tube Defects Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 1999, through

     August 31, 2000. The funding source for this project is the Texas Health Foundation and it has been assigned a budget number

    226-6101.

 

2. Public hearing concerning an application by Laredo Ready Mix, amending Ordinance No. 95-O-100 authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a concrete batch plant on 5.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds located on the west side of Hwy 83 and north of Masterson Road, by renewing the term of the Conditional Use Permit until April 15, 2002. This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

    Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 95-O-100 authorizing the issuance of Conditional Use Permit for a concrete batch plant on 5.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds located on the west side of Hwy 83 and north of Masterson Road, by renewing the term of the Conditional Use Permit until April 15, 2002.

 

3. Public hearing concerning an application by Ricardo Paredes, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 22, Moreno Addition, located at 1417 Harding Avenue from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District). The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a welding shop. This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

    Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 22, Moreno Addition, located at 1417 Harding Avenue from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

 

 

 

                   4. Public hearing designating as a one-way northbound that section of 

                       Santa Rita Avenue Block Number of 1500 through 3100 between 

                       Benavides Street and Blair Street which includes providing for the  

                       installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the  

                       designated direction and providing for publication and effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

                       Ordinance designating as a one-way northbound that section of 

                       Santa Rita Avenue Block Number of 1500 through 3100 between 

                       Benavides Street and Blair Street which includes providing for the  

                       installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction and providing for publication and effective date.

 

5. Public hearing designating as a two-way north and south bound that

    section of Juarez Avenue, Block Number 1000 between Victoria

    Street on the south and Washington Street on the north, providing for

    the installation of appropriate signs to indicate two-way traffic in both

                      north and south directions and providing for publication and effective

                      date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

    Ordinance designating as a two-way north and south bound that

    section of Juarez Avenue, Block Number 1000 between Victoria

    Street on the south and Washington Street on the north, providing for

    the installation of appropriate signs to indicate two-way traffic in both

                      north and south directions and providing for publication and effective

                      date.

 

VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

           6.  A. Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

1.      Status report on the progress by the City in acquiring jet service with possible action.

 

   B. Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.   Status report on 1704 Lane with possible action.

2.      Status report of Chacon Creek Project (Clean-up & Land acquisition) with possible action.

3.      Discussion with possible action to authorize the City Manager 

      to enter into a contract with the Texas Department of Parks

      and Wildlife to waive the dumping fees for Lake Casa Blanca 

      State Park in exchange for services.

 

   C. Request by Council Member Mario G. Alvarado

1.      Discussion on traffic signal funding for the intersection of FM1472 and Muller Boulevard, with possible action.

2.      Status report on Mines Road Task Force activities and/or

      recommendations for traffic control on FM1742, with possible 

      action.

                (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

             

7. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Roberto

    Villasenor for approximately 960 square feet constituting Building No.

    1319 located at 4011 North Jarvis Avenue.  Lease term is for one (1)

    year commencing on December 1, 1999 and ending on November 30,

    2000 and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each

    ending on November 30, 2001 and November 30, 2002.  Monthly rent

    shall be $300 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and

    extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer

    Price Index.  Current monthly rent is $295.02.

 

                8. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with LaBaTa Services

                      for approximately 416 square feet constituting Building No. 168

                      located at 5103 Maher Avenue.  Lease term is for three (3) years 

                      commencing on December 1, 1999, and ending on November 30, 2002,

                      and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending November 30, 2003, and November 30, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $500.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.  Previous tenant was DynAir, Inc., paying $500.00 per  month.

 

                9. Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Non-Exclusive Revocable

                      License with Autophone of Laredo, Inc., for the installation of radio

                      communications equipment atop the beacon tower located at 4419

                      North Bartlett Avenue at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term

                      is for three (3) years commencing on November 1, 1999 and ending on

                      October 31, 2002.

                      Monthly rent shall be:

                                       1. $250.00 from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2000, and  

                                       2. $270.00 from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2001, and          

                                       3. $290.00 from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2002.

                      Current monthly rent is $230.15. License may be terminated by

                      either party upon giving a sixty (60) day written notice.

 

 

              X. FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

 

10. 2000-O-001 Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the

                          City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a 

                          Conditional Use Permit for a minor repair mechanic and 

                          oil change shop on Lot 10, Block 1625, Eastern 

                          Division, located at 2710 Barrios Street. 

                          (Alfredo Agredano)

    

 

 

 

                   

     2000-O-002 Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the

                         City of Laredo by rezoning 1.13 acres (the unplatted

                         remaining portion of Lot 2, Block 4, McPherson Plaza

                         Subdivision), located on the south side of Hillside Road

                         and east of McPherson Road from R-2 (Multi-Family

                         Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).

                  (Louis H. Bruni)

 

     2000-O-003 Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use 

                          Permit for a mini-storage facility on 1.13 acres (the

                          unplatted remaining portion of Lot 2, Block 4, McPherson

                          Plaza Subdivision), located on the south side of  Hillside

                          Road and east of McPherson Road. (Louis H. Bruni)

 

                      2000-O-004  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the

                                           City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a

                                           Conditional Use Permit for a child day care center on

                                           Lot 7, Block 738, Eastern Division, located at 1306 

                                           Reynolds Street. (Cecilia May Moreno)

                   

                      2000-O-005  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the

                                           City of Laredo by rezoning the east 2/3 of Lot 5, Block 972,

                                           Eastern Division, located at 1820 East Frost Street from

                                           R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-O (Residential/Office

                                           District). (Cecilia May Moreno)

 

2000-O-006  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the  

City of Laredo by rezoning 4.7088 acres, as further described by metes and bounds located on the east side of McPherson Road and north of Shiloh Drive, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-O (Residential/Office District). (Joe A. Guerra)

 

    2000-O-007  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with  

                          the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount

                          of $74,409 for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities for

                          Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Project of the City of Laredo

                          Health Department for the period beginning February 1, 

                          2000, through January 31, 2001.  (City Council)

 

    2000-O-008  Ordinance amending the Hotel-Motel Fund FY 1999-00

                         annual budget by appropriating additional funds for the   

                          Laredo Philharmonic Third Party Agency. Funds will be

                          transferred from the Reserve Appropriations line item in

                          the amount of $12,000 for a total budget of $37,000 for the

                          Laredo Philharmonic and authorizing the City Manager to

                          implement said budget.  (City Council)

 

 

 

 

 

            2000-O-009 Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a

                                lease with Laredo Little Theater for approximately 5,801

                                square feet constituting Building no. 52 located at 4802

                                Thomas Avenue. Lease term is for five (5) years 

                                commencing on October 1, 1999 and ending on     

                                            September 30, 2004 and may be extended

 for one (1) term of five (5) years ending on September 30,

 2009. Appraised monthly rent shall be $2,206 and will be 

 adjusted annually during the primary and extension term  

 of this lease according to changes in the Consumer

 Price Index. Current monthly rent is $418.32.

 (Louis H. Bruni)

 

       XI. RESOLUTIONS

 

   11.  2000-R-001  Accepting the assignment of 18.804 acre feet of

                         municipal water rights from the balance of 800 acre feet

                         deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company,   

                         LTD., in payment of water availability charges and 7.8 acre 

                         feet of municipal water rights in payment of annexation

                         charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills

                                           Community, Phase V.

 

12. 2000-R-002  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the  

                         Texas Health Foundation in the amount of $2,000 for the Neural Tube Defects Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 1999, through August 31, 2000. The funding source for this project is the Texas Health Foundation and it has been assigned a budget number 226-6101.

       

 

  XII.  MOTIONS

 

13. Consideration to award service contract number FY00-030, to the 

      LOW BIDDER, J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Service, Laredo,

     Texas, in an amount not to exceed $98,000, for furnishing all

      necessary equipment, personnel, and appurtenances for the installation of replacement fire hydrants. Twenty eight hydrants will be replaced by the successful bidder. The City will provide the fire hydrant and the contractor will be responsible for the installation of this hydrant and any patch work needed such as backfilling, concrete and asphalt replacement, and lawn repairs. The contract term is for a six month period. Funding is available in the Utilities Fund.

 

 

                 14. Consideration to award six month supply contracts (FY00-032) to the  

                       LOW BIDDERS, Leyendecker Oil Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated  

                     amount of $14,356.10, Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $1,663.20, and Arnold Oil Co. dba Lone Star Lubricants, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $1,146.44, for the purchase of lubricants for the Fleet Maintenance Division. The bid pricing will be firm during this six month period and all items will be purchased on an as need basis. The overall bid pricing is approximately 17% less than the previous contract period.

 

    15. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant

    application to the North American Development Bank in the amount of

    $450,000 for funding assistance through the United States Community

    Adjustment and Investment Program (CAIP) in support of downtown

    infrastructure improvements related to the Centro Iturbide Project and      

    to execute any and all documents as a result of this submission.

 

                16. Consideration to award contract number FY00-041, to the SOLE

    BIDDER, Southwestern Bell Telephone, Laredo, Texas, in the

                      amount of $18,695.51, for the installation of a complete phone system 

                      at Bridge 4. Funding for this project has been allocated in the Bridge

                      Fund.

 

  17.  Consideration to award annual service contract number FY00-046 to

the Low Bidder Star Operations, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $400,000 for the furnishing of materials, machinery, equipment, labor, and all other services necessary for the maintenance of street lights (not maintained by CP&L) and traffic signal lights throughout the city.  The contract includes electrical services for traffic signals and street lights, and for installation, construction, and underground work, for new and/or upgraded traffic signals and for the installation and maintenance of street lights.  This contract also contains provisions for City departmental electrical service projects and repairs.

                 

                18. Consideration to renew lease agreement with Casa Beto, Laredo,

                      Texas, in the amount of $16,800 per year, for the lease of a

                      warehouse facility located at 702 Davis. This warehouse is being

                      utilized by the Health, Finance, Bridge, and Engineering

                      Departments as a central storage facility of records and documents.

                      This will be the fourth year that the City has occupied this facility.  

                      The lease cost of $0.16/sq. ft. is prorated based on the square  

                       footage utilized by each operation. The term of this contract is 

                       anticipated to be fifteen to eighteen months. This is to allow  

                       sufficient time for the records retention warehouse to be 

                       constructed at the new Public Works facility. All city records stored 

                       at this facility will be relocated to the new Public Works Records

                       Retention Warehouse.

 

                 

                 19. Consideration to award the sole bid received from Jorge Dominguez,

                       DBA Laredo Class-One Builders, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the

                       construction of restrooms at the Community Park located at 400 St.

                       James and Base 2 Baseball Field located on 700 East Cherry Hill

                       Street for a negotiated amount of $33,000. Funding is available in

                       General Fund – Parks Department and Capital Improvement Budget.

 

                 20. Consideration to approve change order no. 1 a net decrease of $7,203

                       for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance

                       of the Mann Road Drainage Improvement Project (Laredo Manor 

                       Apartments) and approval of final payment in the amount of

                       $11,736.50 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Laredo, Texas. Final contract

                       amount is $117,365. Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue Laredo

                       Manor.

 

                 21. Consideration to approve change order no. 3, which constitutes a net 

                       decrease of $2,387 for the balance of quantities actually constructed

                       in place; to add an additional 20 working days to the construction

                       contract time due to increase of work; acceptance of the Hilltop 

                       Subdivision Phase II Street Improvements (13 Blocks) Project; and

                       approval of final payment in the amount of $92,559.25 to Jimmy

                       Closner and Sons Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas. Final contract

                       amount is $897,210.07. Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue.

 

                 22. Consideration to award an engineering contract to Crane Engineering

    Corporation, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $123,453 for   

    surveys, design, and preparation of plans and specifications for the   

    West Laredo CP&L Road Extension. Funding is available in the  

    Capital Improvement Fund CPL Road.

 

 

                 23. Consideration to authorize the award of FY1999 HOME Investment   

                       Partnership Program (HOME), Community Housing Development

                       Organization (CHDO) set-aside funds in the amount of $203,100 to   

                       Laredo Webb Neighborhood Housing Services to utilize towards the

                       purchase of 10 duplex (20) units. These units will be rented to persons

                       whose incomes fall at 80% or below of area median family income.

                       These units are located at 2502 and 2504 Boston and authorizing the

                       City Manager to execute all documents.

     

 24. Consideration to authorize amendment no. 2 for $180,000 to the

Groundwater Source Development contract with CH2MHILL Engineers, for work related to the selection of a groundwater provider; development of the project requirements and specifications; and assistance to the City on the technical/financial aspects of the final contract negotiation with the selected firm.  This amendment brings the total ground water contract to $385,000.00.

 

 

 

            XIII.  RECESS AND CONVENE AS LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING

 

              25. 2000-RMH-003 The Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation 

   (LMHC) Board of Directors authorizes the Executive  

   Director to amend the Lease/Purchase Program 

   guidelines by changing the income requirements to allow

   families that exceed the 80% and 115% median average

   income to apply for the homes located and available at 

   the  Riverhills Subdivision, Unit I, thus creating a more 

   mixed  income project.

 

      XIV. ADJOURNMENT

This notice was posted at the Municipal Government Offices, 1110 Houston Street, Laredo, Texas, at a place convenient and readily

accessible to the public at all times. Said notice was posted on Wednesday, December 29, 1999 at 6:00 p.m.

 

                                

                                                         __________________________________

                                                         Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                         City Secretary