CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A2000-R-15

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JUNE 5, 2000

5:30 P.M.

 

 

    I.      CALL TO ORDER

 

 II.     PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.ROLL CALL

 

IV.    MINUTES

Approval of the minutes of May 1, 2000, May 10, 2000 and May 22, 2000.

 

 

V.          COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

a.  Mayor and City Council introduces the Laredo Metro, Inc. Board of Directors and invites downtown Merchants and the general public to witness the unveiling of Laredo’s and EL METRO’S first Bus Wrap themed, “Re-Live the Good Ol’ Days, Shop the Streets of Downtown Laredo”.  The LMI Board of Directors and EL METRO believe that this theme will help the effort of supporting Downtown Laredo and will unlock the potential of increased commerce and tourism.

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.  Recognition to the Laredo Crime Stoppers Inc., for their state awards.

 

Communiqués

 

 

        VI.    APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

 

 

             VII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.  Public hearing providing community residents an opportunity to comment on the preparation and submission of the City of Laredo 2000-2005, Five Year Consolidated Plan and One-Year Action Plan on the use of the 26th Action Year Community Development Block Grant ($4,316,000.00), Program Income ($39,900.00), 2000 HOME Investment Partnership Program ($1,346,000.00), and 2000 Emergency Shelter Grant ($152,000.00) to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 

2.  Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Annual Budget by creating a position of Administrative Assistant I within the Administrative Services Department which will be funded from anticipated line item savings and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Budget.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

                  Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Annual Budget by creating a position of Administrative Assistant I within the Administrative Services Department which will be funded from anticipated line item savings and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Budget.

 

3.  Public hearing to amend the fiscal year 2000 City of Laredo Bridge System Fund Budget to appropriate $70,500.00 in contributions from various firms for the World Trade Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2000 Laredo Bridge System Fund Budget to appropriate $70,500.00 in contributions from various firms for the World Trade Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

4.  Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 Annual Budget in the amount of $115,000.00 for the Criminal Justice Division Grant from the Office of the Governor.  The Office of the Governor is contributing $80,000.00 with the City designating $35,000.00 in matching funds.  This funding will be used for the Domestic Violence Grant under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of June 01, 2000 through May 31, 2001.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 Annual Budget in the amount of $115,000.00 for the Criminal Justice Division Grant from the Office of the Governor.  The Office of the Governor is contributing $80,000.00 with the City designating $35,000.00 in matching funds.  This funding will be used for the Domestic Violence Grant under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of June 01, 2000 through May 31, 2001.

 

5.     Public hearing to amend Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, of the Laredo Code of Ordinances by establishing Article VII, On-Site Sewage Disposal; providing for severability; and providing for effective date and publication.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, of the Laredo Code of Ordinances by establishing Article VII, On-Site Sewage Disposal; providing for severability; and providing for effective date and publication.

 

 

 

    VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

 

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

 

1.     Status report on the quality of the water in the Rio Grande river and requesting staff to conduct a study to identify contamination sources, with possible action.

 

2.     Status report on the police enforcement  of  Ordinance No. 95-O-107 as it pertains to tractor trailers parking in residential areas (R-1), with possible action.

 

3.     Status report on the enforcement of the truck route, with possible action.

 

4.     Status report on certain code enforcement violations at the Ramos Industrial Park, with possible action.

 

 

 

B.    Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.   Status report from traffic on the study of the 100 block of Mier, with possible action.

 

2.     Status report on the Three Points Park with discussion on installing fencing.

 

3.     Request for a speed hump to be located at either the 1600 or 1700 of Laredo St.

 

4.     Status report on the traffic signal upgrade at Matamoros and San Dario.

 

 

 

 

C.    Request by Council Member John Amaya

 

1.     Status report on speed humps at Ochoa and Tarver Elementary Schools.

 

2.     Results of a traffic light study at Lyon and Cedar.

 

3.     Status report on pedestrian traffic light signal at San Dario and Park as to when is it going to be activated by TXDOT.

 

 

D.    Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on the traffic light situated at  the intersection of McPherson Rd. and Bustamante St., regarding the turning signal synchronization.

 

2.     Discussion with possible action on the enforcement of Mobile Home Skirting and requirements within the current Mobile Home Ordinance.

 

3.     Discussion with possible action on paving or closing the 100-400 Block of Ryan Street.

 

4.     Request for a staff report on the status of resolving the Fire Department’s radio communication dead zones around the County, with possible action.

 

 

E.     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

 

 

7.  Ordinance setting the maximum speed limits on that portion of FM1472 between Santa Maria Ave. and Pan American Blvd., within the City Limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 45mph, 50 mph, 55 mph and 60 mph, as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation Control Section Map 2150-04.

 

 

 

8.  Closing as a public easement that section of the 1000 Block of South Buena Vista Avenue between Ligarde and Barrios Street, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas and providing for effective date.

 

 

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

 

9.  2000-O-137 Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $533,204.00 (which consists of $337,000.00 in direct funds from the State and in-kind services match of $196,204.00 from LISD) for an Abstinence Education Program partnered between the City of Laredo Health Department and the Laredo Independent School District for the period beginning February 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001; and increasing revenue line item 226-0000-323-4077 from $0 to $337,000.00, and expenditure line item 226-6021 from $0 to $337,000.00.  (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-138 Amending the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $264,000.00 for a grant from the Border Environment Cooperation Commission for technical assistance for the Colonias Water and Wastewater Improvements Project.   (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-139 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 12, Block 1710, Eastern Division, located at 2802 Aldama St. from B-3 (General Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  

(Cm. John C. Galo)

    

 

2000-O-140 Amending Ordinance No. 99-O-025, authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit on Lot 1, Block 1, Ejido Subdivision, located at 3301 Santa Barbara St., by changing the use from a beauty salon to a convenience store/meat market.  The current zoning district for this property is R-3 (Mixed Residential District).

(Cm. Alfredo Agredano)

 

 

2000-O-141 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo rezoning Lot 10, Block 1633, Eastern Division, located at 216 N. Arkansas Ave. from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District). 

                (Cm. John C. Galo)

 

 

2000-O-142 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 251.2262 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-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District).  (Cm. Louis H. Bruni)

 

 

2000-O-143 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for above ground fuel storage on 7.5252 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 1520 Calton Road.  The property’s current zoning district is B-3 (Community Business District).  (Cm. Mario G. Alvarado)

         

 

2000-O-144 Amending Chapter II, Section 2-1 of the Subdivision Ordinance No. 84-O-0006 of the City of Laredo (with Amendment in effect as of 02/01/93) pertaining to ‘SUBDIVISION PLATS REQUIRED, FORM AND CONTENT OF PLATS, APPROVAL PROCESS FOR ALL PETITIONS, INCLUDING SPECIAL USES, AND PERFORMANCE BOND REQUIREMENTS;” providing for publication and effective date.  (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-145 Amending Chapter 19, Article XII.  Transit System, of the Laredo Code of Ordinances, specifically Division 2.  Charter Service, Section 19-562, by increasing the reduced charter rate of eighty percent (80%) to one-hundred percent (100%) of the base rate and the base rate is increased to $60.49 per hour; providing for severability and providing for effective date and publication.

                (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-146 An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with United Exports Trading Association (U.E.T.A.) of Texas, Inc., for approximately 2,526 square feet out of Lot 10, Block 22, in the western division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, lying north of the concrete pavement connecting Salinas Street with Water Street:

 

1.     Lease term is for one (1) year commencing April 21, 2000 and ending April 20, 2001.

 

2.     Monthly rent will be $720.00 providing for effective date.

 

3.     City of Laredo may terminate this lease  with a ninety (90) day written notice.

 

 

(Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo)

 

 

2000-O-147 An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease amendment to the lease agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Jett Racing & Sales, as Lessee, approved by Ordinance No. 2000-O-047 dated February 28, 2000 for a tract of land containing approximately 74,053 square feet located at the Laredo International Airport to extend the rental grace period from six (6) to eight (8) months to allow for the platting of the leased premises and to provide a rent abatement of $1,000/month, said amount not to exceed $60,000.00 over five year period in exchange for the construction of offsite improvements consisting of construction of access taxi lane to the airport aircraft movement areas and construction of sanitary sewer improvements.

                (City Council)

 

2000-O-148 An ordinance amending Chapter 19, Article XII.  Transit System of the Laredo Code of Ordinances specifically Division 4.  Transit Center, Section 19-601, Parking rates, by adding sections (f) Park-n-Shop, and (g) Advance Payment Discount Lease; and providing for effective date and publication.  (City Council)

 

 

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

 

10.2000-R-080     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Governor in the amount of $80,000.00 for the funding of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program.  The Office of the Governor is contributing $80,000.00 with the City designating $35,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $115,000.00 to fund the program.  Funds will be used to pay personnel salaries, fringe benefits and operational expenses from June 01, 2000 through May 31, 2001.

 

11. 2000-R-081   A resolution amending Resolution No. 98-R-198 in accordance with the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act of 1970, as amended, to the owner of a parcel of land legally described as Lots 1, 2, 3, & 4, Block 1988, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  Said parcel having been acquired as authorized by Resolution No. 98-R-198, to be used as part of the Airport Runway Protection Zone for Runway 35L.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. 2000-R-082    A resolution accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 2.6061 acre tract of land, more or less, from Trend Land Development Inc., a Texas Corporation.  Said 2.6061 acre tract of land being situated in the Dellwood Park Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds.

 

 

13. 2000-R-083    A resolution accepting the donation of Access Easements from Mr. Jose Luis Barroso and wife, Rosalinda, from Mr. Mario Hector Salinas, and from Messrs. Rene and Armando Espitia, for the maintenance of a Utility/Drainage Easement owned by the City of Laredo.  Said Access Easements being the South 10 feet of Lot 53, Block 2, the South 10 feet of Lot 54, Block 2, and 483.75 sq. ft., more or less, out of Lot 55, Block 2, respectively.  All being situated in the Dellwood Park Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and being described on Subdivision Plat for the Barroso and Salinas Easement, and on metes and bounds for the Espitia Easement.

 

 

 

14. 2000-R-084    A resolution authorizing the use of surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo - Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO), Series 97-B, in the amount of $42,938.00, to complete the funds required to purchase one, 1,500 gpm, fire pumper truck.   The cost of the new pumper truck is $325,999.00, with $283,061.00 being available from the G.O. Bond - Series 1997.  This truck will be assigned to Station No. 12. 

 

 

15. 2000-R-085    A resolution authorizing the City Manager to proceed with scheduling public hearings on June 19, 2000 and June 26, 2000 regarding the calling of an election for a one fourth of one percent sales and use tax under Article 5190.6 of the Texas Revised Civil Statutes and/or under e334 of the Texas Local Government Code and the scheduling of a public hearing on July 20, 2000, to advise the general public about the cost and benefit of the proposed Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

 

 

 

16.2000-R-086     Authorizing the City Manager to submit to the United States Foreign-Trade Zones Board an application for a boundary modification on behalf of the Embarcadero Industrial Park requesting a transfer of Foreign Trade Zone designation status from La Barranca Ranch and known as Site No. 5 to the Embarcadero Industrial Park to be designated as Site No. 7.  The boundary modification, if approved by the Foreign Trade Zones Board, will transfer Foreign Trade Zone status (designation only) to 10 acres from the La Barranca Ranch Site No. 5 to the Embarcadero Industrial Park.

 

 

17.2000-R-087     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a full application for a site expansion, if needed, to the United States Foreign Trade Zones Board on behalf of the Embarcadero Industrial Park requesting the designation of 360 acres of foreign trade zone designation floating within the 1,200 acre master planned Embarcadero Industrial Park to be designated Site No. 7 located on both sides of the Mines Road FM1472 and near the World Trade Bridge.

 

 

XII.   MOTIONS

 

18.   Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve amendment #2 to the existing contract with Turner Collie & Braden Inc., for completion of the Environmental Information Document and preparation of step 2 of an application for supplemental funding from the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC) for the Colonias Project.  The amendment will provide funding received from BECC for technical assistance in the amount of $264,000.00 to pursue certification of the project and thus be eligible to receive funding from the NAD Bank for the wastewater project on Mines Road.  The contract will be amended from $135,000 to $264,000.00.  Funding is available in the Engineering Fees lines item.

 

19.   Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell two (2) used 1992 Dodge vehicles to our Sister City of El Cenizo, Texas in the amount of $1,000.00.

 

20.   Consideration to renew the contract with Betty Ann Kane & Company, Washington, D.C., in the amount of $4,000.00 per month, for Washington liaison services for a term of two years, July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2002.  The fee for these services has not increased since inception of this contract in 1992.  Funds for this contract are available in the General Fund budget.  The second year funding would be contingent upon 2001-2002 Budget Approval. 

 

 

 

 

 

21.   Consideration to award contract number FY00-097, to the LOW BIDDER, ECCO, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $47,700.00, for the purchase of radio communication equipment for the Police Department.  The equipment includes special vehicle portable radio cradles, adapters, and antennas.  A total of sixty sets will be purchased.  The bid pricing includes installation on Police Department vehicles.  Delivery of this radio equipment  is expected within sixty days.  These radios will be purchased using the Police Department – Financial Task Force Grant, Narcotics Task Force Grant and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant.

 

 

22.   Consideration to award a six month supply contracts (FY00-099) to the LOW BIDDERS,  STR Tire Co., Laredo, Texas ($75,864.20), Tire Centers LLC., Laredo, Texas ($25,239.06), Goodyear Auto Store, Laredo, Texas ($24,630.00),  and A to Z Tire & Battery, Laredo, Texas ($1,069.32) to supply tires and tubes for all City vehicles.   Tires are purchased on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.  

 

 

23.   Consideration to award a contract to the SOLE PROVIDER, Timesoft, Long Beach, CA., in the total amount of $28,496.50, for providing automated time recorder equipment and software.  The City is currently utilizing this system for City Hall personnel and is expanding the use of automated time recording for the Health Department and the Bridge System operation   Funding is available in the respective department's budgets.

 

 

24.   Consideration to award contract number FY00-094, to the LOW BIDDER ,  Steadfast Bridge Biltolast Products, Ft. Payne, AL., in the amount of the $19,398.00, for the purchase of a pre-engineered, pre-fabricated steel pedestrian bridge.  This bridge will span the creek to provide access to the Chaparral Park area.  Funding is available in the 1998 CO Account.

 

 

25.   Consideration to award contract number 00-096, to the LOW BIDDER, Municipal Pipe and Fabricating Co., McAllen, Texas, in the estimated amount of $60,160.00, for the purchase of approximately eighty fire hydrants for use by the Utilities Department in construction and replacement projects.  The bid pricing will be fixed for the contract period of one year and all hydrants will be purchased on an as needed basis.   Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.  

 

 

26.   Consideration to contract number 00-102 to the LOW BIDDER, Al & Rob Sales, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $16,311.15, for the purchase of jackets, windbreakers, and Class A uniforms for the Fire Department.  The Fire Department personnel have a $500.00 yearly clothing allowance, as per the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, which can be used for the purchase of uniforms, jackets, windbreakers, and safety footwear.  Delivery is expected within sixty days.  The City did receive a bid from Skaggs Public Safety, San Antonio, Texas, which was the lowest bid, however, this vendor did not sign the bid and therefore cannot be considered.  Funding is available in the Fire Department budget. 

 

 

27.   Consideration to ratify the purchase of spill containment equipment, for the Fire Department, from Complete Environmental Products, Houston, Texas, in the amount of $23,154.00.  This specialized equipment will be used to contain chemical spills on the Rio Grande River.  This purchase was authorized by City Management as an exception to the procurement process due to the emergency response needed to secure containment equipment to protect the City's ability to produce potable water.   Delivery of this equipment is expected within the next two weeks.  Funding is available in the Fire Department's Safety Equipment Budget.

 

 

28.   Consideration to award contract number FY00-103, to the LOW BIDDER, Tennant, Minneapolis, MN., in the amount of $36,482.72, for the purchase of two riding power sweepers for the Bridge System.  One will be assigned to the Colombia Bridge and the other to the World Trade Bridge.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.  

 

29.   Consideration to amend the security guard service contract (FY99-129) awarded to J.M.C. Security Co., Laredo, Texas, to include guard services for the World Trade Bridge, in the estimated annual amount of $26,208.00.  Security guard services are required daily for eight hours Monday thru Friday, and sixteen hours on Saturday and Sunday.  Funding is available in the Bridge Systems budget

 

30.   Consideration to create an AD Hoc Third Party Funding Advisory Committee which will evaluate all Third Party Applications and make funding recommendations to Council.

 

31.   Consideration to reject the two (2) bids received for the 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. due to the fact that the bids received were over budget and authorizing staff to modify plans and re-bid the three (3) substations separately.     

 

 

 

 

32.   Consideration to award an engineering contract to Rosin Group, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $65,000.00 for architectural design and construction administration work necessary building and site design services and preparation of plans and specifications for the Fire Station No. 12 located at Bob Bullock Loop in the vicinity of TAMIU.

    

 

33.   Consideration to approve Change Order no. 10, a net increase of $101,547.43 to the construction contract with M W Builders, Inc., contractors for the Border Facilities for the World Trade Bridge for additions/deletions of construction items to enhance operations namely: modify duct bank system for SW Bell and Time Warner; add voice and data boxes, electrical circuits and cabinetry to Federal Inspection Offices; add exhaust devices, concrete barriers, hydro mulch, sod, erosion controls, CCTV cameras; and channelization curbing, lane dividers, and signage to separate truck types; also delete the remaining portion of the CP&L allowance to offset added expenses.  Funding is available in the SIB Loan, Tax Exempt Bond and Taxable Bond.

 

 

34.   Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 for an increase amount of $14,937.80 for subgrade stabilization and to add 12 calendar days to the construction contract with Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the University Blvd. Extension Project. 

 

 

35.   Consideration to award an engineering contract to Rosin Group, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $35,000.00 for surveys, design and preparation of plans and specifications for the City Wide – Sidewalks Project No. 12 (33 Blocks).  Funding is available in the CD – School Sidewalks Account.       

 

 

36.   Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a Lease Agreement between the City of Laredo and Fasken Properties, Ltd., for the purpose of allowing the City of Laredo to place a modular building on property located on Atlanta Drive, adjacent to the Deerfield Subdivision, at no rental cost to house the WIC and Health Promotion Programs.  The term of the agreement shall be for five years beginning December 1, 1999, through November 30, 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

37. Consideration to approve the execution of a contract for legal representation between the City of Laredo and its Tax Assessor/Collector, and the law firm of Jones and Gonzalez, Laredo Texas, and Cotham, Harwell and Evans in Houston, Texas to investigate and collect taxes on real and personal property associated with oil and gas production.  Instructing staff to fund such contract from the City of Laredo Mineral Leases Fund and setting up a reimbursement mechanism to reimburse the Mineral Lease Fund once revenues are realized.

 

 

38.   Consideration to approve the execution of contract for legal representation for the City of Laredo by the Law Firm of Bickerstaff, Heath Et Al., to prepare and file a law suit against the Texas Department of Transportation regarding its failure to follow the intent of S. B. 913 for implementation of “One-Stop” Border Inspection Stations and its plans to implement the “Two-Stop” Border Inspection Stations pursuant to Texas Transportation Commission Minute Order No. 108047.

 

 

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

 

39.   Presentation regarding the City of Laredo’s Foreign Trade Zone Program and its acreage designation at the Laredo International Airport.

 

 

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, May 31, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                   

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                   Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                           City Secretary[fp1] 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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