CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A2000-R-21

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

AUGUST 07, 2000

5:30 P.M.

 

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aid or services, are requested to contact Gustavo Guevara, City Secretary at (956) 791-7308 at least two working days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  The accessible entrance and accessible parking spaces are located at City Hall, 1110 Victoria Ave.

 

 

    I.      CALL TO ORDER

 

 II.      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.ROLL CALL

 

IV.      MINUTES

Approval of the minutes of June 19, 2000 and June 26, 2000.

 

V.              COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.      Recognition of the Laredo Housing Authority Board Members.

 

b.   Recognition of the American Little League as Regional Qualifiers to State Little League in Waco, Texas.

 

Communiqués

 

 

 

 

VI.            APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.      Appointment by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores of:

 

      Javier Garza              Airport Advisory Committee

      Daniel Barrera          Board of Adjustments

      Victor Garza              Citizen Environmental Advisory Committee

      Brenda Garcia           Library Advisory Committee

      Rafael Torres                        Charter Review Committee

      Luis Guerra               Laredo Housing Finance Corporation

Mercurio Martinez, Jr.                                

      Oralia Garcia             Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation

                                          Building Standard Board Members

 

b.      Appointment of Leroy Morin by Council Member John C. Galo to the Airport Advisory Committee.

 

c.      Appointment of a Civic Center Ad Hoc Committee.

 

 

 VII.   PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.   Public hearing amending the City of Laredo General Fund FY 2000 Annual Budget for a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the amount of $118,561.00 for computer hardware, software and professional development for library staff, providing for effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

      Amending the City of Laredo General Fund FY 2000 Annual Budget for a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the amount of $118,561.00 for computer hardware, software and professional development for library staff, providing for effective date.

 

2.   Public hearing concerning an application by John J. Jacaman, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning  49.71 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of the Bob Bullock Loop and north of the proposed Jacaman Rd. extension from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) and AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

      Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning  49.71 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of the Bob Bullock Loop and north of the proposed Jacaman Rd. extension from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) and AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

3.      Public hearing for the approval of a contract with Texas Department of Health and amending the budget in the amount $552,000.00 for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 2000, through August 31, 20001.  (Approval of Resolution 2000-R-111 needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Approval of a contract with Texas Department of Health and amending the budget in the amount $552,000.00 for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001; and increase revenue line item 226-0000-323-4034 from $0 to $504,000.00, and increase expenditure line item 226-6025 from $0 to $504,000.00; and increase expenditure line item 226-6026 from $0 to $48,000.00

 

4.      Public hearing for the approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of Health and amending the budget for seven grants as depicted in the amount of $1,117,569.00 in direct funds and $360,678.00 in program income for the City of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001. (Approval of Resolution 2000-R-112 needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of Health and amending the budget for seven grants as depicted in the amount of $1,117,569.00 in direct funds and $360,678.00 in program income for the City of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.

 

5.      Public hearing for the approval of a contract with the Texas Department of Health and amending the budget in the amount of $42,000.00 for the Chronic Disease Prevention Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP), of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001. (Approval of Resolution 2000-R- 110 needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Approval of a contract with the Texas Department of Health and amending the budget in the amount of $42,000.00 for the Chronic Disease Prevention Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP), of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001; authorizing the City Manager to make transfers within the budget.

 

 

 

VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

 

6.      A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.   Discussion on establishing a permanent “City Hall at the Mall”, with possible action.

 

B.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1.      Status report on the traffic light on Highway 359 and Concord Hills.

 

C. Request by Council Member  Louis H. Bruni

 

1.      Status report on the traffic light on Highway 59 and Henry Cuellar Elementary School.

 

D.     Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.   Status report on the possible seepage of water from the Lyon St. storage tanks, with possible action.

 

E.     Request by Mayor Pro Tempore Joe A. Guerra

 

1.   Request by former Mayor Aldo Tatangelo to discuss the issue of affordable housing, with possible action.

 

F.   Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.   Discussion and possible action on placing a sidewalk on the 500 block of Juarez St.

 

2.   Status report on the monies available in the Civic Center Reserve Capital Improvement Fund, with possible action.

 

                (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

     IX. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

7.      Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement authorized by Ordinance No. 99-O-099 dated April 19, 1999, and as amended by Ordinance No. 99-O-240 dated August 23, 1999, with Webb County Juvenile Board for approximately 100,357 square feet of land located on Block No. 23 at the Laredo International Airport.  Said amendment will amend the lease term to end on December 31, 2000 instead of May 31, 2000.  All other terms and conditions remain in effect and unchanged.

 

 

 

8.      Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a subordination, non disturbance, and attornment agreement, entered into by and between Pinnacle Towers, Inc., the City of Laredo, and Hamilton Housing Partners, L.L.C., regarding the sale of an Antennae Tower easement from Hamilton Housing Partner, L.L.C., to Pinnacle Towers, Inc.

 

 

 X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

 

9.      2000-O-189     Approval of an amendment of the contract with the Texas Department of Health and Budget revision in the amount of $12,000.00 for the La Familia Health Care Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 1999, through August 31, 2000; and decrease revenue line item 226-0000-323-4036 from $200,000 to $188,000 and expenditure line item 226-6007 from $200,000 to $188,000. (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-190     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by amending Ordinance 99-O-196, authorizing a name change on the Conditional Use Permit, for used clothing sales, from Daniel B. Hastings, Sr. to Angel R. Laurel, Jr. on Lots 6 and 8, Block 195, Western Division, located at 1119 Flores Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.

                        (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-191     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.680 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located on the northwest corner of Jacaman Rd. and the Bartlett Avenue extension, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date. (AS AMENDED)  (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-192     An ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Annual Budget by creating 4 new positions for the Parks and Recreation Department, D. D. Hachar Recreation Center, authorizing the City Manager to implement said amendment.  (City Council)

 

 

 

 

2000-O-193     Authorizing the transfer from Mineral Leases Fund to the Capital Improvements Fund in the amount of $115,080.00 to partially fund the development of a 4.16 acre neighborhood park located in Eastwoods Subdivision at the 3600 block of Sheffield and Derby in District II; amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Annual Budget for General Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $108,201.28 as proceeds from the settlement of a lawsuit styled City of San Benito, et al., vs. P.G. & E. Gas Transmission; transferring $66,920.00 to the Capital Improvements Fund to provide additional funding for Eastwoods Park and the COPS Substation to be located at Springfield Ave. and Ryan St. in District V, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Budget. (City Council)

 

2000-O-194     Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County for approximately 300 square feet of office space constituting Suite No. 20 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on July 1, 2000 and ending on June 30, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003. Monthly rent shall be $345.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-195     Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Texas Migrant Council for approximately 50,442 square feet of land located on Tract 3, Block 25 (5102 North Bartlett) at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on August 1, 2000 and ending on July 31, 2005 with a 120 day notice to terminate by either party. New monthly rent shall be $750.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.  Current monthly rent is $724.93.   (City Council)

 

2000-O-196     Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Juan Vargas d/b/a The Education Center for approximately 4,308 square feet constituting Building No. 1169 located at 4407 Foster Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) months commencing on October 1, 2000 and ending on December 31, 2000.  Lessor has the option of extending this lease for one (1) term of six (6) months ending on June 30, 2001. New monthly rent shall be $1,625.00. Current monthly rent is $1,537.00.

                        (City Council)           

 

2000-O-197     Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Border Maintenance Services, Inc., for approximately 2,504 square feet constituting Building No. 1421 located at 1817 Pappas Street at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on July 1, 2000 and ending on June 30, 2001.  New monthly rent shall be $851.00.  Current monthly rent is $725.00.  (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-198     Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County for approximately 300 square feet of office space constituting Suite No. 22 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on July 1, 2000 and ending on June 30, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $345.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.   (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-199     Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County for approximately 300 square feet of office space constituting Suite No. 23 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on July 1, 2000 and ending on June 30, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year ending on June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $345.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.      (City Council)

 

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

 

10. 2000-R-109        A resolution authorizing the use of surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo, Texas Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation (97-B), in the amount of $10,015.00, for the purchase of two (2) used military six wheel drive trucks, later to be converted into brush tankers, these trucks will be used to fight brush fires and to eliminate some of the wear and tear of new fire engines.

 

 

11. 2000-R-110        A resolution accepting a grant and amending a contract with the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $42,000.00 for the Chronic Disease Prevention Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP), of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.

 

12. 2000-R-111        A resolution accepting a grant and amending a contract with the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $552,000.00 for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.

 

13. 2000-R-112        A resolution accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $1,117,569.00 in direct funds and $360,678.00 in program income for the City of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.

 

14. 2000-R-114        A resolution of the City of Laredo authorizing the intervention in Central Power and Light Company’s request to increase the fuel factor and implement a surcharge filed at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Docket No. 22768; authorizing the joining with  other intervening cities to protect municipal and ratepayer interests; authorizing the hiring of attorneys and consultants; and requiring reimbursement of the cities; ratemaking costs.

           

15. 2000-R-115        A resolution authorizing Deputy Secretaries to sign documents on behalf of the City Secretary when he/she is otherwise unavailable to attend to the day-to-day operations of the City.

    

XII.    MOTIONS

 

16.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application in the amount of $69,411.00 from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office for the funding of the COPS MORE 2000 Program.  The funding will be used to hire three (3) clerk III positions, which will enhance the Laredo Police Department’s community-oriented policing philosophy.  The total grant award for this program is $69,411.00 with the U.S. Department of Justice providing 75%  ($52,058.00) of the total grant award and the City contributing 25% ($17,353.00) in matching funds.  This grant provides funding for one year and requires the City to absorb the cost of the newly hired positions for one full locally funded budget cycle after Federal funding has ended.

 

17.       Consideration to award a professional service contract to Bexar County Forensic Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, in an estimated annual amount of $120,000.00 for criminal investigation laboratory services for the Police Department.  All services are requested on a as needed basis.  Services include arson, controlled substances, DNA, firearms, tool marks, toxicology, serology, and other services required for criminal investigations.  Funding is available in the Police Fund.

 

18.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-120, to the LOW BIDDER, Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $29,897.00, for the purchase of one vibratory asphalt compactor, for the Public Works Department.  This compactor will be assigned to the street maintenance division. Delivery of this equipment is expected within eight weeks.  Funding is available from Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO) proceeds.

 

 

19.       Consideration to authorize the purchase of one, regenerative air street sweeper, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $109,415.87, for the Public Works Department.  This replacement sweeper will be assigned to the Street Cleaning  Division. Delivery of this equipment is expected within three months.  Funding is available from Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO) proceeds.

           

 

20.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-122, to the SOLE PROPOSER, Vetrol Data Systems Inc., Vero Beach, Florida, in the amount of $24,130.00, for the purchase and installation of an automated building inspection request system for the Building Department.  The automated inspection system provides a computer network to allow access to permit and inspection information via a touch-tone telephone interface.  This system will allow access to building contractors to request permits and obtain the results of inspections.  The contract price includes all required hardware, software, installation, and training on the use of this system.  Funds for this contract are available in the Building Department budget.

 

 

21.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-118, to the LOW BIDDER, Rush Truck Center - San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $49,085.16, for the purchase of one, three ton crew cab truck with service body for the Utilities Department -Water Distribution Division, and authorization is requested to reject the two bids received for the purchase of one service truck for the Utilities Department - Wastewater Treatment Division.  The two bids received for the service truck exceeded the budget amount.  Funding for the crew cab truck are available in the Utilities Department budget.

22.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-098, to the LOWEST BIDDER, Val Tech Services, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $20,500.00, for the purchase of 100 trash can holders and trash cans for the downtown business district.  These holders are made of decorative wrought iron.   Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund budget. 

 

23.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-124, to the LOWEST BIDDER, Cascade Engineering, Grand Rapids, MI., in the amount of $102,500.00, for the purchase of 2,500 rollout waste containers designed to hold household garbage.  These containers are designed to be mechanically lifted onto the trash trucks.   The City is implementing a pilot program to determine the feasibility of using these waste containers City wide. Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund budget.

 

24.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-128, to the LOW BIDDER, Barco Products, Batavia, IL, in the amount of $36,405.00, for the purchase of 300, portable plastic barriers for use for traffic control on all bridges.  Funding for these items are available in the Bridge Fund.

 

25.       Consideration to award annual contract number FY00-127 to the LOW BIDDER, Safelite Auto Glass, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $20,000.00, for providing glass replacement service for the Fleet Maintenance Division.   All work will be done on a per need basis.   Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

26.       Consideration to award annual contract number FY00-126, to the LOW BIDDER, Crosstown Sterling, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $66,616.00, for the purchase of one twelve cubic yard dump truck for the Utilities Department - Transmission and Distribution Division.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.  

 

27.       Consideration to award of supply contract number FY00-123 to the following LOW BIDDERS :  Libcon Inc. DBA Leyendecker Materials Laredo, Texas  in the estimated amount of $1,167,500.00,  for the purchase of asphalt  and black base, City Ready Mix, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $366,000.00, for the purchase of ready mix cement, 4G Asphalt DBA Big Buck Asphalt, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $228,250.00, for the purchase of flexible base, sand, and gravel, and Javalina Ready Mix, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $13,250.00, for the purchase of ready mix concrete, as required for all city paving and construction projects.  

 

In addition, the City Council must choose lots to determine the contract vendor for ready mix concrete - Class B, picked up at the vendor's plant.  There was a tie bid for this commodity between City Ready Mix and Javalina Ready Mix at a unit cost of $47.00/cyd.

 

 

 

28.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-130, to the LOW BIDDER, Protective Products International, Sunrise, FL., in the amount of $50,331.00, for the purchase of fifty seven body armor vests for the Police Department.   Twenty five will be purchased from the Police Department's Trust Fund budget and thirty two will be purchased from Financial Task Force grand funding.

      

 

29.       Consideration for acceptance of the University Blvd. Extension Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $19,976.72 to Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $199,767.15.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

 

30.       Consideration to approve amendment no. 1 an increase of $187,889.00 to the engineering contract with Mejia Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for additional professional services for the Fire Fighting Training Facility.  Funding is available in the Fire Training Facility Project Engineering Fees.

 

 

31.       Consideration to approve a professional services contract with Brown & Root, Inc., Houston, Texas, for an amount of $28,000.00 for engineering services to prepare the plans and specifications for the rehabilitation of concrete bridge deck and construction phase services for Bridge No. 1 related to the 1997 report for the repairs, structural evaluation and assessment of load carrying capacity, and strengthening of the bridge.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Purchased Professional Services.

 

 

32.       Consideration to award a construction contract to Laredo Class One Builders, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $114,000.00 for the Police Substation located at Springfield Ave. and Ryan Street.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

 

33.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 a net decrease of $120,896.90 for the balance of final in place quantities, acceptance of the 16-Inch Water Line Along State Highway 359 and approval of final payment in the amount of $293,234,07 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount of $718,368.10.  Funding is available in the Waterworks System 1997, Bond Issue Line Extensions.

 

 

 

 

 

34.       Consideration to approve the selection of consultant and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract with Carter & Burgess, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, to provide Consulting Services for the Chacon Creek Flood Mitigation Project.  The Project is to implement the flood protection plan developed under a grant from the Texas Water Development Board.  The Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) for the watershed has been submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The scope of services for the mitigation project includes, but is not limited to, the following elements:

 

a.      Identify, recommend, and prioritize projects to mitigate the flooding according to the flood plain study.

b.      Prepare a 5-year Capital Improvement Plan according to the flood plain study to mitigate the flooding.

c.      Formulation of corrective solutions for the problem areas with evaluations and capital costs for each alternative.

d.      Identify the funding mechanism to implement the Capital Improvement Plan.

 

35.       Consideration to approve the Project Plaque for the DPW Service Center (EDA Project No. 08-01-03159).

 

36.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 to add 30 working days due to utility conflicts to the construction contract with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for Texas Avenue/Price Street Drainage improvements.  Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue Texas Ave. / Price St.

 

37.       Consideration to award a contract for $53,965.00 to Naismith Engineers of Laredo, Texas, for the design of a synthetic liner for the North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant effluent pond; for a facility planning study to determine the feasibility of future plant expansion and utilization of the 39-acre site; and for the development of a wastewater service area plan for northeast Laredo (between Shiloh, McPherson and Loop 20).  Funds are available in the 2000 Wastewater Bond Issue.                  

 

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

 

 

38.       Presentation on the recruitment progress of the City Manager position, with possible action.

 

39.       Council consideration on the extension, renaming, re-establishment, or dissolving of certain committees. 

 

40.       Providing an update on the status of the Impact Fees Project.

 

 

 

41.              Status report on the studies, proposals and legislative recommendations of the Rio Grande Water Planning Group (Senate Bill 1) and discussion on the projective water demand for the City of Laredo, with possible action.

 

42.       Presentation on proposed re-stripping and modifications to the approach of International Bridge II, with possible action.

 

 

 

 

XIV.     EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, when it deems it necessary to consult privately with its attorney about any item upon this agenda, pursuant to the provisions of Section 551.071(2) of the Texas Government Code.

 

 

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, August 2, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                    

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                         City Secretary[fp1] 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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