CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A2000-R-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

FEBRUARY 22, 2000

5:30 P.M.

 

 

I.            CALL TO ORDER

 

 II.      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.      ROLL CALL

 

IV.            MINUTES

      Approval of the minutes of January 17, 2000 and January 24, 2000.

 

V.COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

Invitations

Recognitions

Communiqués

 

        VI.            APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

             VII.      PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.   Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo 1999-2000 annual budget by increasing estimated revenues and appropriations in the General Fund by $2,667.00 to provide the match to a $4,000.00 grant awarded by the Texas Historical Commission to prepare an application for a National Register District nomination for El Azteca for a total project cost of $6,667.00.  The match of $2,667.00 has been provided by the Webb County Historical Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

                        To amend the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 annual budget by increasing estimated revenues and appropriations in the General Fund by $2,667.00 to provide for the match to a $4,000.00 grand awarded by the Texas Historical Commission to prepare an application for a National Register District nomination for El Azteca for a total project cost of $6,667.00.  The match of $2,667.00 had been provided by the Webb County Historical Commission.

 

2.      Public hearing to approve an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of $285,938.00 for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2000, through March 31, 2001.  

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

                        Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of $285,938.00 for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2000, through March 31, 2001; and increase revenue line Item 226-0000-323-4051 from $0 to $285,938.00 and expenditure line Item 226-6023 from $0 to $285,938.00; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

     

3.      Public hearing to amend the provisions of the City of Laredo’s Code of Ordinances Chapter 2, Article II, Sec. 2-16, which sets forth the departments of the city; thereby eliminating the Traffic and Bridge Department and creating two separate departments:  Traffic Department and Bridge Department; providing for publication and providing for an effective date of April 3, 2000.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the provisions of the City of Laredo’s Code of Ordinances Chapter 2, Article II, Sec. 2-16, which sets forth the departments of the city; thereby eliminating the Traffic and Bridge Department and creating two separate departments:  Traffic Department and Bridge Department; providing for publication and providing for an effective date of April 3, 2000.

 

 VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

4.   A.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1. Discussion of parking problem around Ruth B. Cowl with possible action.

2.  Discussion of problem regarding 911 calls, no answer on 2 occasions, with possible action.

 

B.         Request by Council Member Cecilia May Moreno

1.  Discussion with possible action to add the 2900 block of Cedar Street west side to the Clark Sidewalk Project in District IV.

 

C.     Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

1.      Status report on the proposed traffic signalization for the intersection of McPherson Ave. and Wyoming St. with possible action.

 

2.      Status report on the drainage problem at the corner of Maryland and Eistetter with possible action.

 

D.     Request by Council Member Mario G. Alvarado

1.       Status report on Mines Road Task Force activities and/or recommendations for traffic control on FM1472, with possible action.

     

                (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

     IX. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

5.      Rescinding Ordinance No. 98-O-309 with Smith Helicopters, Inc., and authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Jett Racing & Sales, as Lessee, for a tract of land containing approximately 74,053 square feet located on Block No. 1, as Recorded in Volume 5, Page1, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas, said property is located at the Laredo International Airport and is further described by metes and bounds description in the lease agreement.  Lease term is for twenty (20) years commencing on February 1, 2000 and ending on January 31, 2019 plus two consecutive ten-year renewal option periods until January 31, 2039.  Monthly rent shall be $1,175.50 plus annual rent adjustment based on changes in the Consumer Price Index and the rental obligation shall be further adjusted based on Fair Market appraisal at each ten (10) year anniversary.  

 

 

6.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the Federal Trade Zone Operators agreement between the City of Laredo, and Dairy Process, Inc., authorized by Ordinance No. 99-0-110 dated April 26, 1999, that will increase the leased area from a 5,000 square foot facility to a 10,000 square foot facility within the Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94-Site 1 located at the Laredo International Airport.

 

 

7.      Amending Division 2 (Connections) of Chapter 31 (Utilities), Section 31-32 and Division 1 (Generally) of Chapter 31 (Utilities), Section 31-113 of the Code of Ordinances to meet the requirements of the Texas Water Development Board that requires connection to the water and sewer system within 90 days from the date when services become available; and providing for publication and an effective date.

 

8.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a budget amendment to the Transit Operations Budget by appropriating additional state funding of $115,771.00, thereby, increasing Transit State Funding Budget from $1,122,922.00 to $1,228,693.00 and decreasing the local match from the Transit Sales Tax Budget from $1,246,090.00 to $1,130,319.00.

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

9.      2000-O-035     Ordinance amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2000 Solid Waste Management Fund Annual Budget by appropriating retained earnings – unreserved in the amount of $899,856.00 for the acquisition of eight (8) garbage trucks for the Sanitation Division.  The temporary draw down of retained earnings will be reimbursed from the proposed sale of a bond.  (City Council) (As amended)

 

         2000-O-037     Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a conditional use permit for a Bus Charter Service on the south 75 ft. of lot 1, the south 75 ft. of the west 49 ft of lot 2, and the north 36.11 ft. of lots 1 and 2, block 59, western division, located at 801 and 803 Flores Ave.; providing for publication and effective date.   

                                 (Cm Consuelo “Chelo” Montalvo)

                 

2000-O-038     Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $111,336 for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) outreach and enrollment assistance activity of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning February 1, 2000, through January 31, 2001. (There is a change in the program period of January 1, 2000, through December 31, 2000, previously communicated to Council.  The correct program period is stated above and in the ordinance.)   (City Council) (As amended)

 

2000-O-039     Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of $100,000.00 in additional funds for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 1999, through September 30, 2000; and increasing revenue line item for the WIC Program 226-0000-323-4037 from $2,106,480.00 to $2,206,480.00 and expenditure line item 226-6014 from $2,106,480.00 to $2,206,480.00  (City Council)     

 

2000-O-040        Ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $770,496.00 to fund the Multi-Agency Financial Disruption Task Force.  The National Drug Control Policy (HIDTA) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area is funding the operation at no cost to the City.  Funds will be used to pay for personnel salaries, travel and operational expenses beginning January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000. (City Council)

             

2000-O-041        Ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $729,000.00 for the Multi-Agency Narcotic Task Force.  Funding is available from the opening balance of the Narcotic Task Force Division and will be used to pay salaries and overtime from December 1999 through May 2000, and to purchase equipment.  Grant period is from June 1, 1999 through May 31, 2000.   (City Council)

 

2000-O-042        Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled Airline Operating Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with Continental Express for exclusive and non-exclusive joint use space located at the Laredo International Airport passenger terminal for the purpose of conducting commercial air transportation services.  The term of the agreement is for three (3) years effective July 1, 1998 and ending on June 30, 2001. The monthly rent including landing fees is capped at $1.50 per enplaned revenue passenger and is retroactive to July 1, 1998.  (Cm Louis H. Bruni)

 

2000-O-043        Rescinding Ordinance No.97-0-011, entitled Industrial Fire District Designation, methodology for fire protection costs and contract for Industrial District Fire Fighting Services.  (City Council)

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

10. 2000-R-017     Expressing the support of the City Council, of the City of Laredo, for the proposed toll parkway known as  State Highway 130. SH 130 will provide important relief from congestion on existing north-south traffic arteries, including IH35 between Austin and San Antonio.

 

11. 2000-R-020     Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $285,938.00 for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2000, through March 31, 2001 and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

12. 2000-R-021     Declaring the public necessity to acquire eight (8) Temporary Construction Easements, through donations, for the Water Street Improvement Project, from San Enrique to San Francisco Avenues.  Said Temporary Construction Easements being situated on the southern portions of the properties abutting said Water Street, in an area of sufficient size to enable the City of Laredo to clean and stabilize the area, and to install a retaining wall on the properties; and authorizing staff to negotiate for the donations of said Temporary Construction Easements.   

     

13. 2000-R-022     Amending Resolution No. 96-R-024 approved on February 24, 1997 and as amended by Resolution No. 99-R-137 dated September 20, 1999, setting a ten year moratorium against future sale of land of non-aeronautical use at the Laredo International Airport to exclude the approximate 3.03 acres from said moratorium.  The subject tract increases the proposed site of the extension campus of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio from 8.973 to 12.003 acres.   The subject 3.03 acre tract is being acquired by the General Fund of the City of Laredo from the City of Laredo Airport Fund at its appraised fair market value of $561,000.00.  The City proposes to donate the subject property to the University of Texas Board of Regents for the public purpose of establishing and operating the Laredo campus.

 

14. 2000-R-023     Resolution expressing official intent to reimburse cost of purchase of police cars, ambulance, garbage trucks, trucks, division vehicles, street maintenance equipment, fire equipment, parks equipment and cemetery equipment through a proposed $3,900,000.00 Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation issue.

 

15. 2000-R-024    Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application in the amount of $35,000.00 to the South Texas Development Council for a regional solid waste grant program: authorizing the City Manager to act on behalf of City of Laredo in all matters related to the application; and pledging that if a grant is received, City of Laredo will comply with the grant requirements of the South Texas Development Council, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, and the State of Texas.                  

XII.    MOTIONS

 

16.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award contract to the lowest responsible bidder, Human Resource Management and Staffing, to provide custodial services for the airport passenger terminal located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop.  Said contract will hire one (1) custodian that will be assigned to the passenger terminal and will be in effect until September 30, 2000, and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract.

 

17.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to select a consultant and enter into negotiations for the Corridor Intersection Analysis for Laredo, Texas.  The consultant recommended for selection is Carter & Burgess, Inc.  The study will identify necessary capital improvements at key intersections to enhance the safety of the traveling public and expedite the flow of cars and trucks to and through Laredo.  The study will provide location and impact of infrastructure deficiencies along identified corridors, capital improvement alternatives, cost estimates, alternative circulation recommendations and order of implementation for proposed improvements.  The MPO has budgeted $73,485.00 for the project and funding is available through the MPO account.

 

18. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award contract number FY00-048, to the LOW BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Rush Truck Center, Laredo, Texas, in the principal amount of $899,856.00, for the purchase of eight refuse trucks.   Funding is available in the Solid Waste Management Fund Account.

                             

19.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award a contract in the amount of $67,425.00 to Wilbur Smith Associates for the development of a Comprehensive Mobility Plan for Laredo, Texas.  The study will identify the location and impact of rail vehicle conflicts, as well as identify and analyze capital improvement alternatives.  Funding for the project is available through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) account.

 

20.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award Contract Number FY00-043, to the SOLE BIDDER, Southwestern Bell Telephone, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $30,338.71, for the installation of a telecommunications wiring network for the Bridge System’s administration building at the World Trade Bridge.  The contractor will install all the voice, data and video wiring needed for the telephone system and computers to be installed at this building.  Funding for this project has been allocated in the Bridge System.

 

21.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve Change Order #2, amending Contract Number 98-115 awarded to Enpointe Technologies, Austin, Texas, in the amount of $27,050.00 for the purchase and installation of communication network equipment for all four bridge locations and the Police Department.  The equipment being purchased included additional firewalls to prevent unauthorized access to the Bridge System Toll System network and the Police Department’s computer network.

        

         The original contract award was for $847,783.00 and included the purchase and installation of the City’s Institutional Network equipment.  Change Order #1 in the amount of $35,379.20 included all the equipment needed for Bridge 3 and Bridge 4 to be connected to the City’s Institutional Network.

 

22.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award Contract Number FY00-0063, to the SOLE BIDDER, Capps Rent a Car Inc., Dallas, Texas, for the rental of vehicles for the Police Department’s Financial, Narcotics, Auto Theft, and FBI task forces.  Vehicles are rented on an as needed basis.  The contract shall be for a period of one year with options to renew this contract for an additional two years.  Funding is available in the Police Department’s grant budgets.

 

23.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award contract number FY00-050, to the LOWEST PROPOSER, Ron Turley Associates, Inc., Phoenix, AZ., in the amount of $40,660.00, for the purchase and installation of replacement Fleet Maintenance software program.  The contract includes conversion of computer files and seven days of on-site training.  This will be a server type software and will replace the current AS/400 computer software.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

24. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award Contract Number FY00-065, to the SOLE BIDDER, Holt Co. of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $148,000.00, for the purchase of one 5,000 gallon water wagon.  This equipment is used at the landfill for dust and erosion control.  The water wagon is manufactured by Caterpillar.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

25.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve Change Order No. 8, a net increase of $114,807.00 to the construction contract with M. W. Builders, Inc. Contractors for the Border Facilities for the World Trade Bridge (4th International Bridge) for utility adjustments; to add services to the GSA incinerator; to provide services to determine reuse of Bridge 2 scale, and field changes to the GSA Facilities to meet current City of Laredo building code and requirements by T.D.L.R. (Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation).  Funding is available in the Bridge System Bridge #4 – SIB, Taxable Bond and Tax Exempt Bond.

 

26.        Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve selection of   a design consultant Rosin Group, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the Fire Station No. 12 located at Bob Bullock Loop in the vicinity of TAMIU Loop, and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the New Fire Station Buildings.

 

27.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award Part “A” of surveying and engineering contract for the Tinaja/Chacon Drainage Improvement Phase II to Porras Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $35,000.00 for professional surveying services including boundary surveys for approximately 100 tracts of land with metes and bounds descriptions and maps for right-of-way and/or drainage easement acquisition.   Funding is available in the Community Development 24th Action Year CD Projects/Tinaja Chacon Pilot Channel.

 

28.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award a surveying/engineering contract to Howland Surveying Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the amount of $78,650.00 to provide engineering and surveying services for the FY-2000 for the City of Laredo Landfill as required for the implementation of the vertical expansion permit and the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Municipal Solid Waste Subtitle D regulations.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

29.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with Booth, Ahrens & Werkenthin, P.C. for legal services regarding the City’s Water Rights Acquisition including advice regarding purchase procedures, providing escrow and closing services, conducting title examination and representing the City in an application for administrative approval for use of the water rights obtained.  The contract is for legal fees at $75 - $175.00 per hour, plus costs and expenses, for a maximum of $20,000 contract.  Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund.

 

30.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of 100 acre feet of Class “A” water rights from Trans Texas Gas Corp. for the sum of $60,000.00.   The water rights convert to 50 acre feet of municipal water.

 

31.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Rio Grande and American Little League Associations to operate at individual league fields commencing on February 21, 2000 through March 14, 2004, with the primary purpose being to institute baseball programs.

 

32.        Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award an engineering contract to Mejia Engineering Company, Laredo Texas, in the amount of $19,700.00 for surveying services and for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Zacatecas Street Extension from Las Americas Subdivision Phase III to Ejido Avenue.  Funding is available in Capital Improvement Fund, Zacatecas Street Extension.

 

33.        Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve Change Order No.1, amending Contract Number FY00-036, awarded to Jorge Dominquez, DBA Laredo Class-One Builders Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $2,485.00, for the addition of an ADA compliant restroom at the Community Park located at 400 St. James.  The new contract amount is $35,485.00

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

 

34.    Presentation of the Plan of Finance by Noe Hinojosa of Estrada – Hinojosa Financial Consultants on a proposed sale of various bond issues for the acquisition of equipment and utility improvements with possible action.

 

XIV.  RECESS AND CONVIENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

35.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to file an application with the Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, United States of America, in the amount of $3,502,309.00 for fiscal year 1999-2000, this grant is for operating assistance and calculated through a census formula; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the application and all related documents.

 

36.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to accept and execute Amendment No. 1 for Grant Agreement No. 51022F1011 between the Texas Department of Transportation and the City of Laredo increasing the original contract amount from $1,112,922.00 by $115,771.00 to a revised total of $1,228,693.00, and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the Mass Transit Department Accounts.

 

37.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award Contract FY00-004 to Nova Bus Inc., for the purchase of three (3) 40’ x 102” buses, at the negotiated price of $327,446.00 and an option to purchase two (2) additional buses at the same base price on or before April 30, 2000.  Funding is available from Machinery & Equipment Grant No. TX03-0204.

XVI.   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, February 16, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                    

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                         City Secretary[fp1] 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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