CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A2000-R-010

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

APRIL 17, 2000

5:30 P.M.

 

 

    I.      CALL TO ORDER

 

 II.     PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.      ROLL CALL

 

IV.    MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of  March 20, 2000 and April 3, 2000.

 

 

V.          COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

a.   Presentation by Council Member Louis H. Bruni, Director of the South Texas Rain Enhancement Association, on an up-to-date progress report.

    

 

Invitations

 

 

Recognitions

 

a.     Deputy Police Chief Fructuoso San Miguel, III, recently returned from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy as he graduated from the 200th Session on March 24, 2000.

 

b.    Sgt. Jose Jalomo, Jr., a 22-year veteran of the Laredo Police Department, was accepted to attend in Quantico, Virginia, the 201st Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy Session.

 

c.     The Nonprofit Management and Volunteer Center’s Volunteers in Action Program awarded Saul G. Campillo the 1999 Volunteer of the Year Award for contributing over 1,328 hours of labor to the library, and receiving the award for the second year in a row.

 

d.    Recognition to the Laredo Restaurant Association on their participation for the World Trade Bridge Open House on April 9, 2000.

 

e.    Recognition for the work done on the World Trade Bridge Globe by  James Humphries, Ashley Humphries & Sanchez - Architects, and commissioned to Armando Flores, Artist / Professional Welder.

 

f.      In recognition of the countless hours of hard work and effort by the individuals involved in an endeavor that will be remembered as the catalyst to the new millennium, the Mayor and City Council dedicate the World Trade Bridge Global Monument to these individuals who made this project possible.

 

Communiqués

 

 

        VI.         APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

 

             VII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.  Public hearing to amend Ordinance No. 97-O-334 by transferring three grant funded positions originally funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 319(h) grant to the NPDES Fund in order to continue the Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program and to enforce the other environmental ordinances and authorizing the City Manager to implement changes within the 1999-2000 budget.

 

                              INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

                  Amending Ordinance No. 97-O-334 by transferring three grant funded positions originally funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 319(h) grant to the NPDES Fund in order to continue the Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program and to enforce the other environmental ordinance and authorizing the City Manager to implement within the 1999-2000 Budget.

 

 

2.  Public hearing to amend the contract with the Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of $2,497.00 for the Special Project Program, “Community-based Tobacco Prevention Project” of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning May 1, 2000, through June 5, 2000; and increasing revenue line item no. 226-0000-357-2566 from $0 to $2,497.00, and increasing expenditure line item no. 226-6400 from $0 to $2,497.00.

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of $2,497.00 for the Special Project “Community-Based Tobacco Prevention Project” of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning May 1, 2000, through June 5, 2000; and increasing revenue line item no. 226-0000-357-2566 from $0 to $2,497.00, and increasing expenditure line item no. 226-6400 from $0 to $2,497.00.

                 

 

 

      VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

 

3.     A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.     Report on the April meeting of the Fannie Mae Impact Housing Council.

 

 

B.    Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1.     Status report on the POP’s Program for Eastwood Subdivision.

 

 

C.    Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.     Status report on the initiatives by Parks & Recreations and Crime Stoppers on the vandalism of city parks.

 

 

D.  Request by Council Member Mario G. Alvarado

 

1.  Discussion on re-routing commercial traffic and regular vehicular traffic through the Mines Road area in response of the new bridge opening, with possible action.

 

2.     Update from staff on traffic signal for Muller Elementary School at La Bota entrance, with possible action.

 

3.  Update on the cleaning of the creek between Bristol Rd. and Flecha Lane, with possible action. 

 

4.  Presentation by local concrete providers to discuss designated route for concrete delivery, with possible action.

 

 

 

                (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

     IX. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

 

4.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aerocarga International, Inc., for approximately 2,040 square feet constituting Building #1328 located at 4015 North Jarvis Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on April 1, 2000 and ending March 31, 2001 and may be extended for two-one year options ending on March 31, 2002 and March 31, 2003.  Monthly rental shall be $315.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.

 

 

5.  Ordinance 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 3.01 acres located on Block No. 1, Lot No. 3 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 April 1, 2000 and ending on March 31, 2020 plus two consecutive ten-year renewal option periods until March 31, 2040.  Monthly rent shall be $1,966.75 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.

 

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

 

6.     2000-O-088    Approval of a contract with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census 2000, for in-kind funding in the amount not to exceed $2,500.00 for the City of Laredo Health Department, Public Health Promotion Division, for the period beginning February 22, 2000, through June 30, 2000.

              (City Council)

       2000-O-089    Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of Health for the purpose of upgrading a .5 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Caseworker position to a 1.0 Caseworker position for the HIV Ryan White Title II Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2000, through March 31, 2001.      (City Council)

 

2000-O-090    Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 31.803 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and east of Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)   (Cm. Louis H. Bruni)

 

2000-O-091    Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.352 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and east of Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.   (Cm. Joe A. Guerra)           

 

2000-O-092    Accepting donations for the City Cemetery Irrigation Project totaling $3,384.01 from Elks Lodge, Episcopal, Mexican Masonic, and Woodman Of The World Organization and amending the City of Laredo Annual Budget for 1999-2000 by appropriating donations to increase the Revenue & Expenses for the Cemetery Improvement Project under the Capital Improvement Fund in the same amount.     (City Council)

 

2000-O-093    Rescinding Ordinance No. 98-O-0268 and the existing Operations Agreement dated October 17, 1998 and authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of  the City of Laredo as Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 for the operation of Zone Site #3 within said Foreign Trade Zone, and specifically authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Operation Agreement  with Seegrove International Shippers, Inc., a Texas Corporation to operate an approximately 96,676.5 square foot facility within Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94-Site 3 located at the Killam Industrial Park for a term of nine (9) years. (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-094    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County Head Start for approximately 380 square feet constituting Suite No.9 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road.  This space is occupied by Laredo Webb County Community Head Start Program.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on March 1, 2000 and ending on February 28, 2001, and may be extended for one (1) year ending on February 29, 2002.  New monthly rent shall be $450.00.  Currently monthly rent is $429.45.  (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-095    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease amendment to the lease agreement authorized by Ordinance No. 99-0-200 dated July 19, 1999, between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Jose Mario Flores, as Lessee, for Building No. 2075 located at 1720 E. Hillside Road at the Laredo International Airport, to amend Section 1.04 (B), entitled “Rental Obligation and Mode of Payment”, so that payment of monthly rent be effective March 1, 2000 instead of December 1, 1999.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect.  (City Council) 

 

 

2000-O-096    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled Airline Operating Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with Compass AirWays, Inc., for 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 fifteen (15) months effective April 1, 2000 and ending June 30, 2001.  The monthly rent including landing fees is capped at $1.50 per enplaned revenue passenger. (As amended)  (City Council)

 

 

 2000-O-097   Establishing a 15% penalty on the 1999 delinquent tax accounts as of July 1, 2000, to defray costs of collection, pursuant to section 33.07 (a) of the Texas State Property Tax Code; providing for notification and effective date.        (As amended) (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-098    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Border City Rods, a non profit organization, for the El Metro Park & Ride Lot, located at 4600 Daugherty for the purpose of holding an auto show.  The lease term is for two days, beginning 8:00 a.m. on September 2, 2000 and ending at 3:00 p.m. on September 3, 2000.  Rental fee shall be $1.00.   (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-099      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a two-year (2) lease with the Laredo Amateur Boxing Club, Inc. for the use of City property at 1610 Guadalupe, property known as the Orlando and Gaby Canizalez Boxing Gym. (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-100      Granting a consent easement to P.G. & E. Gas Transmission, Texas Corporation, P.G. & E. Gas Transmission Teco, Inc., and P.G. & E. Energy Trading – Gas Corporation, their wholly owned subsidiary corporations and wholly owned subsidiary general and limited partnerships, and their successors, lessees or assigns, to maintain, use and operate certain natural gas and/or natural gas liquids transmission pipelines along, across, and under certain designated public property and rights of way in the City of Laredo, Texas, for a term of 25 years.  (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-101      Designating as a one-way westbound that section of Moctezuma, Block Number 800, between Santa Ursula Avenue on the east and San Bernardo Avenue on the west, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the west direction and providing for publication and effective date.                                      (Mayor Pro Tempore Consuelo “Chelo” Montalvo)

 

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

 

7. 2000-R-053     A resolution whereby the City Manager is designated as an authorized representative of the City of Laredo with signature authority for all necessary applications and documents for the transfer of water rights on the books of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC).      

 

8.  2000-R-054    A resolution authorizing the City of Laredo to intervene in Central Power and Light Company’s transmission and distribution rate case at the Public Utility Commission of Texas; authorizing the joining with other intervening cities to protect municipal and ratepayer interests; authorizing the hiring of attorneys and consultants requiring reimbursement of rate case expenses incurred by the City; and requiring delivery of this resolution to a representative of Central Power and Light Company.

 

9. 2000-R-056     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Pipeline Crossing Agreement with Union Pacific Railroad Company, whereby said company grants the City of Laredo the right to construct, maintain and operate a 17-foot, 4-inch potable water pipeline crossing in the Milo Interchange area, at a License Fee cost of $1,500.00, to be paid by the City of Laredo to Union Pacific Railroad Company.  Said 17-foot, 4-inch pipeline being delineated in Engineer’s Sketch.     

        

10.  2000-R-059   A resolution to authorizing the use of $80,000.00 budgeted from the City of Laredo – Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO), Series 2000, for the purchase of one 15’ tractor mower, to purchase three, full size trucks and one kid builder play structure for the Parks and Recreation Department.

 

11.  2000-R-060   A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $2,497.00 for the “Community-based Tobacco Prevention Project” of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning May 1, 2000, through June 5, 2000.

 

XII.   MOTIONS

 

12.   Consideration to refund property tax to the following taxpayers and companies:

1.     J.C. Penney #658-5 in the amount of $5,037.74 due to a Court Order.

2.     Sears Roebuck & Co. in the amount of $3,656.33 due to a Court Order.

3.     The Pep Boys-Manny, Moe and Jack in the amount of $1,181.47 due to a Court Order.

4.     W.E. Haynes c/o Templo Jesus es Señor, Inc. in amount of $502.17 due to the property being exempt.

5.     Auto Lineas America in the amount of $2,463.02 due to that it did not exist on the 1st of the year 1999.

6.     K-mart Corp. in the amount of $4,051.95 due to a Court Order.

 

 

13.   Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of March 2000, which represents an increase in levy, is $1,567.47.  These adjustments are determined by the County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

 

 

14.   Consideration to award an annual maintenance contract for library automation, network services, software, Vmark licenses and equipment for the libraries’ Dynix Network to epixtech co., formerly Ameritech Library Services, in the amount of $54,226.76.  Funding is available in the Library General Fund.

 

             

15.   Consideration to authorize the payment of retainage $15,000.00 to Brown & Root for the Chacon Creek Flood Protection Plan.  This project is being made possible through a grant from the Texas Water Development Board.  The study includes hydrological and hydraulic data for the submittal of a letter of Map Revision (LOMR) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency which will establish a storm water information database identifying hydraulic structures in the floodplain, develop a Flood Protection Plan including proposed regulations for structural improvements.  Funding is available in the Chacon Creek Flood Protection Plan.

 

 

16.   Consideration to authorize amendment no. 2 to extend the contract with Brown & Root until July 7, 2000, to complete the Storm Water Management Master Plan for the Zacate Creek Watershed.  The original contract date was until November 25, 1999.  On February 7, 2000, Council authorized amendment no. 1 to extend the contract from November 25, 1999 to April, 2000.   Due to delay in collection of data processing of the Digital Terrain Model and completion of the survey, the consultant requested the additional time.

 

 

17.   Consideration to accept the Stormwater Management and Ecology Demonstration Park at Laredo Community College and authorizing the final payment in the amount of $10,000.00 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., for the construction.  Funding is available in the NPDES Fund – Ecology Grant Project.

 

 

18.   Consideration to award a professional engineering contract to Secor International Inc., Houston, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $54,990.00 for the engineering and construction quality assurance services for Type IV Cell for the City of Laredo Landfill as per requirements of the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

19.   Consideration to award contract number 00-080, to the LOW BIDDER, Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $148,244.55, for the purchase of two backhoes for the Public Works Department and one for the Solid Waste Fund – landfill operations.  The bid includes a five year extended warranty.  Delivery is expected within 30 days.  Funding for the purchase of these backhoes is available from Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO) proceeds and Solid Waste Fund Capital Outlay.

 

 

20.   Consideration of an award of contract number FY99-147, to the SOLE BIDDER, H.D. Industries, Jacksonville, Texas, in the amount of $87,970.00, for the purchase of one pot patcher truck, for the Public Works Department.  This truck will be assigned to the Street Maintenance Division.  Delivery of this truck is expected within ninety days.  Funding is available from Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) proceeds.

 

 

21.   Consideration to donate to the City of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, the obsolete Pressure Filter Tanks located at the old Del Mar Water Treatment Plant.  The Utilities Department wishes to demolish the old Del Mar Water Treatment Plant to sell the land.  The removal of the filters is part of the demolition process.  The removal and disposal of the filters, net of its salvage value, would cost the City $6,200.00.  The City of Matamoros will remove the equipment at their expense; therefore lowering the City’s ultimate demolition cost by that amount.

 

 

22.      Consideration to award a contract number 99-081 to the LOW BIDDER meeting specifications, Al and Rob Sales, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $57,700.35, for the purchase of uniforms and Skaggs, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $9,553.53, for the purchase of windbreakers for the Bridge Department personnel.  Full service contracts, which include alteration services, will be awarded to the low bidder.  The City did receive lower bids from other vendors, however, the uniforms proposed by these vendors did not meet specification.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund.

 

 

23.   Consideration to award a contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Bruce Zimmerman & Associates in the amount of $249,430.00 to provide consultant services for the complete marketing plan of the up coming Automated Vehicle Identification and Weigh in Motion System.  This is to include the development of a logo and the name of our transponders.  Funding is available in the Toll Equipment Fund.

 

24.   Consideration to award contract number FY00-087, to the LOW BIDDER, Cantu Electrical, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $47,560.00, for the installation of a Little League lighting system for the Cruz Baseball Field located at 200 West Travis.  The contractor will be responsible for the removal of the existing lighting system and the installation of galvanized pole lighting system.  Funding is available from 25th Action Year Community Development Budget.

 

25.   Consideration to authorize the purchase of three, full size, four door trucks, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $67,024.78, for the Parks and Recreation Department.  These are replacement trucks and will be assigned to the Parks crews.  Funding is available from Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO) proceeds.

 

26.   Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application in the amount of $125,730.00 to the Texas Department of Health for continuation of the “Childhood Immunization Action Plan Program” of the City of Laredo Health Department; $46,113.00 in state-paid staff, and approximately $1,485,745.00 in vaccines for the period beginning September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.

 

27.   Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application in the amount of $4,999.00 to the Texas Department of Health for the “Youth Tobacco Prevention Campaign” of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2000, through August 19, 2000.

 

28.   Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application in the amount of $150,000.00 to the Texas Department of Health for an innovation grant “Laredo Food Handler’s Online” Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.

 

29.   Consideration for acceptance of the Telecommunications Offices and Public Access Facility Project located at 1101 Garden Street and approval of final payment in the amount of $23,187.78 to Faulkner Construction, Inc., Austin, Texas.  Final contract amount is $972,511.00.  Funding is available in the  Public Access Channel - PAC- Building & Improvements.

 

30.   Consideration for approval of final change order no. 3, an increase of $1,959.30 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Zacate Creek Beautification Project Phase I and approval of final payment in the amount of $39,346.87 to Dominguez Development and Construction, Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $303,566.80.  Funding is available in the 23rd Action Year Community Development Budget.

 

 

31.   Consideration to award an engineering contract to G.G. Salinas Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $27,541.80 for surveys, design, and preparation of plans and specifications for the City Wide – Sidewalks Project No. 12 (33 Blocks) and Project No. 17 (4 Blocks) for a total of 37 Blocks.  Funding is available in the 20th Action Year Community Development Budget.

 

32.   Consideration for approval of final change order no. 1, a decrease of  $59,167.50 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, and to add an additional 38 working days to the construction contract time due to utility conflicts, acceptance of the Street Paving Improvements Project 61-A (10 Blocks) and approval of final payment in the amount of $72,890.33 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $245,594.25.  Funding is available in the 25th Action Year Community Development Budget.

 

33.   Consideration for approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids for three Police Substations to be located at Sierra Vista Blvd. at Cenizo Loop, Springfield Ave. at Ryan Street and Santa Maria Ave. at Ortiz St.  This item is being presented to the City Council Engineering Contract Review Committee for their review and recommendation.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund / Community Development District I, District V, Farias Police Substation.

 

34.   Consideration to designate Cable Television Channel 55 to Laredo Community College to be used as an educational channel, effective May 1, 2000.  This channel will increase the educational cable programming with such programs as adult literacy, vocational skills and college careers.

 

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

 

 

35.   Quarterly report on the Down Payment Assistance Program under the HOME Investment Partnership Program.

 

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

 

37.   A report by the Laredo Police Department concerning the future sited of the COP’S workstation to be located on Mines Rd.

 

38.    Informing Council that the funding for the Neural Tube Defects Project of the City of Laredo Health Department will end on August 31, 2000.  The Texas Birth Registry Program will continue to monitor the NTD-affected births in Laredo and Webb County, and the Health Department will continue the intervention project, which is the distribution of the vitamins containing folic acid to women of childbearing age attending our clinic, particularly the WIC Program and the Maternity Program.

 

 

XIV.        EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

39.   Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1)(A) Texas Government Code to consult with the City Attorney regarding contemplated litigation to (a) identify and obtain certain currently unrendered taxable real and personal property for the City’s Tax Roll, and (b) collect all taxes potentially owed to the City for the applicable statutory roll-back period; and return to open session for possible action.

 

XV. 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, April 12, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                   

 

 

                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                     Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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