CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A2000-R-16

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JUNE 19, 2000

5:30 P.M.

 

 

 

    I.      CALL TO ORDER

 

 II.    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.ROLL CALL

 

IV.           MINUTES

Approval of the minutes of May 15, 2000 and May 18, 2000.

 

V.              COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.   Mr. Jose L. Flores has been appointed to serve on the newly created Texas Airport Management Association Board of Directors, as the Region 4 member.  Region 4 extends from Webb County to El Paso.

 

Communiqués

 

a.      Presentation by the U.S. Census Bureau Representative Victor Salvatore Assistant Manager of Field Management and Sylvia Romero Partnership Specialist regarding the approaching deadline of July 7, 2000 and the opportunity to call in and report by those families not previously counted in the 2000 Census  at  723-2182.

 

b.     Communities in Schools of Laredo (CIS-L)continue to be active with the Americas Promise Movement/Texas Pledge goals.  CIS-L was invited to participate and represent the City of Laredo at the follow-up Summit in Orlando, Florida from June 24 to 28, 2000.  On behalf of the CIS Program, it’s Board of Directors and the youth of our community we are requesting the support on this trip from the City Administration and City Council.

 

c.      Presentation of a $1,000.00 check donated to the Laredo Children’s Museum from Celedon Trucking on behalf of Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores. 

 

 

        VI.      APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

 

a.      Appointment of Hilario Cavazos III by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.  to the Transportation Commission.

 

b.     Appointment of Martha Gomez by Council Member Joe A. Guerra to the Third Party Funding Ad Hoc Committee.

 

c.      Appointment of Clifford M. Black by Council Member Louis H. Bruni to the Third Party Funding Ad Hoc Committee.

 

d.     Appointment of Pepe L. Gonzalez by Council Member John C. Galo to the Third Party Funding Ad Hoc Committee.

 

e.     Council confirmation on Mayor’s appointment of Council Member John Amaya to El Metro Transit System Committee and of Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr. to the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

 

f.       Council Member John Amaya District IV Committee Members:

 

Airport Advisory Committee  -  Margarito Benavides, Jr.

Board of Adjustment  -  Alfredo Juarez

Cemetery Advisory Committee  -  Francisco Llanes

Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee  -  Carmen Ramirez

Library Advisory Committee  -  Patricia Tijerina

Noise Advisory Committee  -  Guillermo Medrano

Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee  -  Gilberto Mancha, Jr.

Planning Zoning Commission  -  Juan Narvaez

Plumber/Electrical Advisory Ad Hoc Committee  -  Fernando                                                                                                                            Chavarria

Telecommunications Advisory Committee  -  Juan Reyna

Third Party Funding Ad Hoc Committee  -  Blanca N. T. Castro

Transportation & Traffic Safety Advisory Committee – Rick Garza

Tree Advisory Committee (Tree City USA)  -  Ina Poole

Laredo Women’s Commission  -  Rosa Gutierrez/Aurora Rendon

             VII.                   PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.   Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Fire Department FY1999-2000 Budget in the amount of $2,901.50 for a total of $10,401.50 distributed from Senate Bill 102 EMS/Trauma Systems Care Fund to be used toward the purchase of educational, communication and training equipment.  Original budgeted amount for FY1999-2000 was $7,500.00.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

                        Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Fire Department FY1999-2000 Budget in the amount of $2,901.50 for a total of $10,401.50 distributed from Senate Bill 102 EMS/Trauma Systems Care Fund to be used toward the purchase of educational, communication and training equipment.  Original budgeted amount for FY1999-2000 was $7,500.00.

 

2.   Public hearing to approve an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget revision in the amount of $20,000.00 in additional funds 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. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Approve of amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget revision in the amount of $20,000.00 in additional funds 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; and increase revenue line item 226-0000-323-4058 from $74,409.00 to $94,409.00 and expenditure line item 226-6018 from $74,409.00 to $94,409.00. 

 

3.   Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 Annual Budget in the amount of $380,000.00 for the upgrade of the Laredo Police Department’s communication system and to pay for the security fence around the narcotics building.  The upgrade of the communications system is not to exceed $350,000.00.  Funding is available from the opening balance of the Laredo Police Department’s Trust Fund.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 Annual Budget in the amount of $380,000.00 for the upgrade of the Laredo Police Department’s communication system and to pay for the security fence around the narcotics building.  The upgrade of the communications system is not to exceed $350,000.00.  Funding is available from the opening balance of the Laredo Police Department’s Trust Fund.

 

4.   Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $208,466.00 for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  This project funds the salaries, fringe benefits, overtime, and equipment for support personnel.  Two additional clerical staff members will be added.  The U.S. Department of Justice will designate $158,466.00 and the City of Laredo will designate $50,000.00 to fund this grant from October 1, 1999 through September 30, 2001.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $208,466.00 for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  This project funds the salaries, fringe benefits, overtime, and equipment for support personnel.  Two additional clerical staff members will be added.  The U.S. Department of Justice will designate $158,466.00 and the City of Laredo will designate $50,000.00 to fund this grant from October 1, 1999 through September 30, 2001.

 

5.   Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $1,552,624.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotic Task Force.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $1,164,624.00 and the City of Laredo will be designating $175,000.00 from the opening fund balance and $213,156.00 of personnel salary contributions for a total amount of $388,156.00 in matching funds.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, fringe benefits, overtime expenses, indirect operating expenses, and equipment from June 1, 2000 through May 31, 2001. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $1,552,624.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotic Task Force.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $1,164,624.00 and the City of Laredo will be designating $175,000.00 from the opening fund balance and $213,156.00 of personnel salary contributions for a total amount of $388,156.00 in matching funds.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, fringe benefits, overtime expenses, indirect operating expenses, and equipment from June 1, 2000 through May 31, 2001. 

 

 

      VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

 

1.      Discussion with possible action on a letter dated April 11, 2000 sent by Pastor Dale Young from the First Presbyterian  Church.

 

 

 

 

B.     Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.      Status up date on the 98 – 99 Sidewalks Projects.

 

2.      Report on the removal of Political Signs.

 

3.      Staff report on Operation Clean Up.

 

C.     Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1. Status report on the flood plain study of the Upper Zacate Creek storm drainage and the impact on the flood plain map in District V.

 

D.      Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

 

1.      Discussion on the Webb County Appraisal District’s Appraisal Statements, with possible action.

 

2.      Discussion on a request by Mr. C. Y. Benavides III to discuss the re-paving of the Dolores Blvd. in the Camino Colombia area, with possible action.

 

E.      Request by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.

 

1.      Discussion with possible action to direct the City Staff to put in place a program to prioritize railroad crossing for emergency vehicles (ambulances, fire trucks, and others) by establishing radio communication with railroad company officials, to keep crossings open during a crisis, have trains identify positions and direct emergency vehicles through crossings during emergencies.  This will require meetings with all parties involved before an ordinance is drafted.

 

 

2.      Discussion with possible action to direct the City Staff to coordinate train crossing to keep lanes open between the hours of 7am to 9 am Monday through Friday to insure citizens access to work and school.

 

 

3.      Directing City Staff to request the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) to implement a traffic safety program along the Mines Road Area, creating a non-commercial traffic lane from Killam Industrial Blvd. to Santa Maria Ave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

F.      Request by Mayor Pro Tempore Consuelo “Chelo” Montalvo

 

1. Discussion with possible action, on a motion to publish a notice of a Public Hearing in the Laredo Morning Times for a hearing to consider the election qualifications and the forfeiture of office of Juan Ramirez candidate for City Council Member District VIII, pursuant to Section 2.05 of the City Charter and to set a date for said hearing.

 

                (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

     IX. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

 

7.   An ordinance ordering and proclaiming a Special Election to held on Saturday, August 12, 2000, designating polling places, providing for publication in reference to an election for the approval of a sports and community venue project (“The Laredo Entertainment Center”) and for a one-fourth of one percent sales and use tax and other matters relating thereto.

 

 

8.   An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a Foreign-Trade Zone Operators Agreement between the City of Laredo, as Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 and with Geologistics Americas, Inc., as Zone Site Operator of an approximate 4,810 square foot facility located at the Killam Industrial Park, Site No. 3.

 

 

             X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

 

9. 2000-O-150 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.  (City Council)

            

2000-O-151 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.  (City Council)

 

 

 

2000-O-152 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.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-153 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.

(City Council)

 

2000-O-154 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.

                                                (Cm. Mario G. Alvarado)

 

2000-O-155 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. (City Council)

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

10. 2000-R-089 A resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement between the U.S. Border Patrol and the City of Laredo Fire Department to implement a First Responder Program under the Border Safety Initiative of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

 

11. 2000-R-090 A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $1,164,624.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotic Task Force.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $1,165,624.00 and the City of Laredo will be designating $175,000.00 from the opening fund balance and $213,156.00 of personnel salary contributions for a total amount of $388,156.00 in matching funds for a total  of  $1,552,624.00.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, fringe benefit, overtime expenses, indirect operating expenses, and equipment from June 1, 2000 through May 31, 2001.

12. 2000-R-091 A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Local Law Enforcement Block Grant in the amount of $158,466.00 with the City of Laredo designating $50,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $208,460.00 to fund this project.  This  project funds the salaries, fringe benefits, overtime, and equipment for support personnel.  Two additional clerical staff members will be added.  The funding period for this project is from October 1, 1999, through September 30, 2001.

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

13. Consideration of removal of hotel-motel accounts that no longer exist, owners are deceased, ownership changed before the law that allows collection from new owner became effective and accounts are over the statue of limitations for collections, including tax years from 1989 to 1994. The total amount to be removed is $8,882.72 and it includes miscellaneous receivable tax, plus penalties and interest.

 

14. Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of May 2000, which represents a decrease in levy, is $107,353.17.  These adjustments are determined by the County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

 

15.  Consideration of removal of personal property and mobile home accounts to an uncollectable roll.  The amount of tax transfer to the uncollectable roll is $108,861.83 based on 1996 and prior tax years.

 

         a.      Mobile Home amount is $20,902.52

         b.      Personal Property amount is $87,959.31

                                   

           

16.    Refund of property tax to the following taxpayers and companies:

 

a.      Hechinger Company in the amount of $9,833.08 due to an overpayment.

b.      Laredo National Bank in the amount of $632.46 due to a double payment.

c.      First American Real Estate Tax Service in the amount of $2,445.13 due to an overpayment.

d.      Raul & Azucena Palacios in the amount of $687.05 due to a double payment.

e.      Fresenius Medical Care in the amount of $1,637.87 due to a double payment.

f.        Diana Morales in the amount of $9,295.98 due to an overpayment.

 

17.    Consideration to approve change order no. 2 for an amount not to exceed $584,869.00 to the Laredo Bridge Toll System Upgrade contract with Transcore for the installation of five commercial toll booths and two non-commercial toll booths and concrete island extensions at the Colombia Solidarity Bridge.  The original contract was for $8,442,136.00, for the installation of the Toll System Upgrade at the International Bridges; change order no. 1 was for $145,941.00 and this change order no. 2 will bring the total contract amount to $9,172,946.00.  Funding will be available in our Construction Fund from transfer of line item “Toll Equipment” #553-4050-538-5313. 

 

18.    Consideration to amend the HOME Investment Partnership Program Policy and Procedures Manual to include as part of the program, Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA).  Hamilton Housing Partners, Ltd. have requested rental assistance from the City for 50 low-income elderly residents of the Hamilton Hotel.  The assistance is needed for the months of August and September 2000.  The amount requested is $25,000.00, which will cover the rental subsidies for the two months and insure that the elderly residents are provided safe, sanitary, decent and affordable housing.  The Community Development Department is requesting the approval to use 1996 HOME Administrative Fund balances to fund the TBRA.

 

 

19. Consideration to award contract number FY00-104, to the LOW BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Equipment Technology, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK., $58,115.00, for the purchase of one 1-1/2 ton truck with aerial device for the Bridge System.   This truck will be used at all four bridge locations for maintenance and repair work.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund. 

 

 

20.    Consideration to award annual contract number FY00-107, to the LOW BIDDER, StarCrete Products, Division of K3B, Inc., Robstown, Texas, in the estimated amount of $77,760.00, for the purchase of Portland cement sacks for the Utilities Department.  Cement is used for backfilling by the department.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.   

 

21.    Consideration Award of contract number FY00-106 to the SOLE BIDDER, Mission Western Wear, Mission, Texas, for the purchase of safety footwear for Fire Department personnel.   Contract pricing has been secured for boot styles approved for use by the Fire Department personnel.   The Fire Department's personnel have a $500.00 clothing allowance that may be used to purchase uniforms, jackets, or boots.  The contract vendor will be required to fit all fire personnel within a three day period.  Approximately 417 pairs of boots will be purchased.  Funding is available in the Fire Department budget.

 

 

22.    Consideration to award annual contract (FY00-112), to the SOLE BIDDER: Denco One Hour Photo, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $20,000.00, for photo development for all City Departments.   This contract establishes bid pricing for one hour/next day film processing, three day film processing and slide processing.  All services will be on a per need basis.  Funding is available in user department budgets.

 

23.    Consideration to award annual contract number FY00-108 to the LOW BIDDER, Skaggs Public Safety Uniforms and Equipment, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $98,883.00 for the purchase of uniforms for Police Department personnel.  The overall contract pricing is approximately 22% less.  Funds are available in the Police Department budget. 

 

24.    Consideration to award contract number FY00-111, to the LOW BIDDER, Naztec, Inc., Sugarland, Texas, in the amount of $99,480.00, for the purchase of traffic signal controllers and cabinets.  Traffic signal controllers will be installed at the following intersections:  Muller/FM 1472 and Marcella/ Taylor.  In addition, twelve signal cabinets and six cabinet shells will be purchased to upgrade the current traffic signal equipment.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund and the Traffic Safety budget. 

 

25.    Consideration  to approve change order no. 2 for an increase in the amount of $4,770.00, for a total contract amount of $17,655.00,  to ATC Associates, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for additional charges incurred for asbestos abatement oversight and on-site monitoring for the Laredo International Airport Abatement at buildings 574, 1112, 1438, and 1439.  The original contract required sixteen days of on-site monitoring, however, the asbestos removal contractor required twenty eight days to complete the project.  On-site monitoring is required by state and federal regulations.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund.  

 

26.    Consideration to award contract number FY00-113A, to the LOW BIDDER, National Sanitary/Unisource, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $54,000.00, for the purchase of one million, plastic bags for use in the City's Recycling Program.  The per unit price is $0.054/bag is approximately 4% higher than the previous contract purchase.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.        

 

27. Consideration to approve a selection of consultant and authorization to negotiate the professional service contract with Severn Trent Laboratories, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, to provide laboratory analytical services for storm water samples to comply with the City’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

 

28.    Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a professional services contract with J & A Pharmacy  to provide pharmaceuticals to AIDS clients of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2000, through March 31, 2001.

 

 

29. Consideration for acceptance of the Street Paving Assessment Project 60 (26 Blocks) constructed by the Department of Public Works and the Utilities Department.  Final contract amount is $890,920.55.  Funding is available in  Paving Projects #60.

 

 

30.    Consideration for approval of final change order no. 2, a decrease of $1,400.00 as liquidated damages for late completion of the project, acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Asbestos Abatement at Building 574, 1112, 1428 and 1439; and approval of final payment in the amount of $60,960.00 to Bexar Environmental, Inc., San Antonio, Texas.  Funding is available in the Airport Demolition Services.

 

 

31. Consideration to Amend and extend the annual supply contract number 99-038 awarded to Big Buck Asphalt Co., Laredo, Texas, to include the purchase of concrete sand through July 31, 2000.  The use of Portland cement and concrete sand is required as a backfill material for all street cut repairs to increase the durability of asphalt patches.  The original contract award was for an estimated amount of $227,725.00 for the purchase of flexible base and backfill sand, as required for all city paving and construction projects.  Due to Street Cut Ordinance #99-O-319, which required the use of concrete sand, this contract is being modified to include these new requirements. 

 

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

 

 

32. Presentation and Council confirmation of Mayor Pro Tempore as per Ordinance 90-O-101.

 

33.    Status report on the  Zacate Creek Storm Water Masterplan.

 

34.  Presentation by Mr. Sergio Delgado, Chief Appraiser, Webb County Appraisal District regarding the 2000 Property Tax Valuation and an explanation on the determination of Fair Market Value.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, June 14, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                     

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                             City Secretary[fp1] 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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