CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A2000-R-22

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

AUGUST 21, 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 July 3, 2000 and July 17, 2000.

 

 

V.              COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

 

Invitations

 

a.   Mr. Daniel B. Hastings, Jr., would like to invite the Mayor and the City Council to attend The Treasury Advisory Committee meeting on Commercial Operations (COAC) of the U.S. Customs.  The Committee’s objectives are to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on issues relating to the commercial operations of the  Customs Service. A tour and dinner will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2000 and COAC Committee meeting will be held on Friday, September 22, 2000 at La Posada.

 

 

 

 

 

Recognitions

 

a.   In recognition to Officer David Hinojosa, Jr. and Leticia Garcia from the Laredo Police Department and Patricia Martinez from the Engineering Department for their noble act as Bone Marrow Donors.

 

 

Communiqués

 

 

 

 VI.    APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

 

a.   Appointment of Blanca N. T. Castro by Council Member Johnny Amaya to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

 

b.      Appointments by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr. of Javier “Rito” De Anda to the Library Advisory Committee and Blas Martinez to the Airport Advisory Committee.

 

c.   Appointment of Patricia Martinez by Council Member Juan Ramirez to the Citizens Environmental Committee.

 

 

 

   VII.         PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.   Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $424,000.00 for the Governor’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Grant.  A.T.P.A. is contributing $325,000.00, the City is designating $77,000.00 in matching funds and Webb County is designating $22,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $424,000.00 to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001.  (Approval of Resolution 2000-R-117 needed before Public Hearing)

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

      Amend the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $424,000.00 for the Governor’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Grant.  A.T.P.A. is contributing $325,000.00, the City is designating $77,000.00 in matching funds and Webb County is designating $22,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $424,000.00 to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001.

 

2.   Public hearing to approve a contract with South Central Texas Chapter of March of Dimes and budget in the amount of $2,990.00 for the Children’s Health Insurance Outreach Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of August 1, 2000, through December 31, 2000.  (Approval of Resolution 2000-R-121 needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Approval of a contract with South Central Texas Chapter of March of Dimes and budget in the amount of $2,990.00 for the Children’s Health Insurance Outreach Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of August 1, 2000, through December 31, 2000; and authorizing the City Manager to make transfers within the Budget.

           

 

3.   Public Hearing to amend the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 Annual Budget to reflect an appropriation in Transportation Planning Funds.  The appropriation of $21,039.00 comes from the release of 1998-1999 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) unexpended funds.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the City of Laredo’s 1999-2000 Annual Budget to reflect an appropriation in Transportation Planning Funds.  The appropriation of $21,039.00 comes from the release of 1998-1999 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) unexpended funds. 

 

 

4.   Public Hearing to repeal the Ambulance Advisory Council Ordinance dated April 7, 1981 consisting of eight (8) members for the purpose of advising and consulting with the City of Laredo in regards to operations of both the public and private ambulance systems.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Repealing the Ambulance Advisory Council Ordinance dated April 7, 1981 consisting of eight (8) members for the purpose of advising and consulting with the City of Laredo in regards to operations of both the public and private ambulance systems.

 

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

5.      A. Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.   Creation and appointment of Council Committee to work with city staff in the matter of the Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

 

 

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

 

1.   Status report on the communication efforts for emergency vehicle response during the blockage of intersections by the Tex-Mex and Union Pacific Railroads.

 

2.      Request for the construction of a sidewalk on Albany St. from Rancho Viejo to Kazen Elementary, with possible action.

 

3.      Requesting a report from City Staff regarding sidewalks and safety improvements needed around schools and school approaches.

 

 

C.     Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.      Requesting staff to provide information on the Council action that provided the authorization of transferring funding from the surplus Hotel-Motel Fund to the Civic Center Reserve, Capital Improvement Fund.

 

2.      Status report on proposed traffic patterns and master plan for the downtown area and specifically around San Agustin Church, with possible action.

 

 

                (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

 

   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

 

6.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease amendment to the lease agreement authorized by Ordinance NO. 91-O-266 dated December 2, 1991, and as amended by Ordinance No. 95-O-161 dated July 17, 1995, in order to assign the lease to Josefa Lago De Sarabia, surviving wife, successor in interest, and heir of Herculano Sarabia, deceased, for Hangar No. 162 at the Laredo International Airport, amend Section 1.02, titled “Term” by extending the lease term for an additional six (6) years and nine (9) months ending September 30, 2009, amend Section 1.03, titled “Rental Obligation” by adding a clause providing for a fair market appraisal to determine the monthly rent effective December 31, 2002, which is the beginning of the amended lease term extension period, amend Section 1.06, titled “Use , Use Conflict and Sublease”, in order to allow Lessee to sublease to Labata Services, and amend Section 4.08, titled “Notices”, thereby changing the name to Josefa Lago de Sarabia.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect.

        

7.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its market value of $38,107.00, of certain property described as a tract of land containing 12,292.65 sq. ft., more or less, out of that former section of the 1200 block of N. India Ave. between the north right-of-way line of Guadalupe Street and the south right-of-way line of the Texas Mexican Railroad tracks to Heirloom Investments, L.C. (Miracle Candle Company).  Said tracts being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being described on the City Plat; and hereby approving the submitted Improvement Plan, which is in compliance with Section 10 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy Handbook, as approved per Resolution No. 97-R-140; and providing for an effective date.

 

8.      An ordinance amending Ordinance No. 94-O-050, to reflect the new abutting property owner being Mr. Narsario Soliz as the authorized buyer of the northeast quarter of that former section of Malinche Avenue between Pecan and Sta. Clara Streets instead of Manuel M. Garcia; and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title of the “Surface Only” at its market value of said City property to Mr. Narsario Soliz who is now the current abutting property owner and providing for an effective date.

 

9.      An ordinance setting the maximum speed limits in that portion of SH 359 between Market Street and Coronado Street, within the City Limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 30 MPH, 45 MPH, and 55 MPH, as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation, Control Section Map 0086-01.

 

10.  An ordinance granting an Interim License to Adelphia Business Solutions of Texas, L.P. (“ABS”) to erect, construct, maintain, and operate a wire telecommunications system for a term of one (1) year pending amendment of the City’s Wire Telecommunications System Registration and Licensing Ordinance of 1998, Ordinance No. 98-O-353, to conform with Texas Local Government Code, Subtitle A, Chapter 283, as amended in 1999; and providing for an effective date.

 

11. An ordinance amending Ordinance NO. 98-O-141, which established guidelines and criteria governing Tax Abatements by the City of Laredo, by authorizing a five (5) year renewal option period, in order to extend the 100% Tax Abatement for a maximum ten (10) year term, for companies that have provided and have agreed to maintain over 200 jobs, and $10 Million in required investment during the five (5) year renewal option period, after verification by the City’s Tax Assessor Collector, providing for severability; providing for an effective date.

 

 

 

 

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

 

12.2000-O-200      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.   (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

 

2000-O-164     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.  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

           

 

2000-O-201     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      (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-202     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.         (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-203     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.    (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-204     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. 

(City Council)

 

 

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

 

13. 2000-R-116        A resolution authorizing the City Manager to continue using the Webb County Jail to incarcerate prisoners that are arrested for Class C misdemeanor violations, and to pay Webb County $46 dollars a day for each prisoner.  This agreement will continue annually unless written notice from either party to discontinue the services is submitted.  Webb County Jail is the only source that provides this service within our geographic area.

 

 

14.    2000-R-117     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Governor’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority in the amount of $325,000.00 to fund the City of Laredo’s Auto Theft Program.  The Governor’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority is contributing $325,000.00, the City of Laredo is designating $77,000.00 in matching funds and Webb County is designating $22,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $424,000.00 to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001.

 

 

15. 2000-R-118        A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the construction of a downtown parking lot.  Said parcel being legally described as Lots 3 & 4, Block 6, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and being delineated on copy of City Plat, and authorizing staff to negotiate for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser.

16. 2000-R-119        A resolution accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.0194 of an acre (845.78 sq.ft.) parcel of land, more or less, from Hector H. Garcia, Jr. and Anna Isabel Garcia, for the widening of Calton Road East of McPherson Road.  Said parcel of land being out of Block 5, McPherson Plaza Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described, and more particularly described by metes and bounds.

 

17. 2000-R-120        A resolution in which the City of Laredo is urging the Texas Municipal League to support changes in state law to create a state wide deposit system for glass and plastic bottles, because in states where such a program has been implemented, recycling rates increased dramatically and litter volume was reduced remarkably.

         

18. 2000-R-121        A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the South Central Texas Chapter of the March of Dimes in the amount of $2,990.00 for the Children’s Health Insurance Outreach Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of August 1, 2000, through December 31, 2000; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

19. 200-R-123          A resolution concerning the transfer of the controlling interest of the Cable Television Franchise, franchisee and its Cable Television System and granting the consent of the City Council to the assignment and transfer of the controlling interest of the Cable Television Franchise, Franchisee and its Cable Television System from Timer Warner, to AOL Timer Warner.

 

XII.    MOTIONS

 

20.              Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $53,825.00 for additional utility work requested and to be paid for by Southwestern Bell on the construction contract with Pate & Pate Enterprises, Inc., The Woodlands, Texas, for the South Laredo/Chacon Creek Interceptor.  Funding is available in the 1998-A Bond Issue Chacon Interceptor.

 

21.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into an interlocal agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the reimbursement of building rental fees.  Currently the City of Laredo Police Department is leasing building 134, suite 5 and 6, located at the Laredo International Airport.  The DEA is agreeing to reimburse the City of Laredo Police Department $3,600.00 per month for their usage of the building.  The commencement of this agreement is from May 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.

 

22.       Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of July 2000, represents an increase in levy, of $13,696.73.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

                                         

23.       Consideration to refund property tax to the following company:

 

a.   Penske Logistics, Inc. is requesting a refund in the amount of $559.21.  This property did not exist on the first of the year.

 

 

24.       Consideration to approve the 2000 Appraisal Roll from the Webb County Appraisal District for the development of the tax roll, and to accept the calculations of the effective tax rate for fiscal year 2000-2001.

 

25.       A motion to set a public hearing and issue notice thereof on a proposed tax rate of $0.576358/$100 value.  The public hearing will be held on September 5, 2000 at 5:30 p.m. at City of Laredo, City Hall Chambers, 1110 Houston, Laredo, Texas.

  

26.       Consideration to award a contract for a Tennis Professional, in an amount of $26,400.00 for a twelve (12) month period from October 1, 2000 to September 30, 2001, with Carlos Ortiz, individually and D.B.A. Tennis Professional, to provide professional lessons for the playing of tennis at the Market Street Tennis Courts.  Funding for FY  00/01 in an amount of $26,400.00 will be available from Professional Services.

 

27.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-135, to the SOLE BIDDER, Grande Truck Center, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $44,365.40, for the purchase of one, 1 1/2 ton truck with service body and crane. This truck will be assigned to the Utilities Department - Wastewater Collection Division.  Funding is available in the Utilities Fund. 

 

28.              Consideration to award contract number FY00-133, to the SOLE BIDDER, Advanced Business Solutions, Inc., Houston, Texas, in the annual amount of $19,035.00, for a maintenance agreement for the Bridge System's cash settlement system and the currency and coin counters.  Funding for this maintenance agreement has been allocated in the Bridge Fund.

 

29.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-134 to the LOW BIDDER, Southwestern Bell Telephone, Laredo, Texas, in amount of $17,525.00, for the purchase and installation of a communications router at the Bruni Branch Library.  Funding is available in the Library budget. 

 

 

30.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-138, to the LOW BIDDER,  Bill Peace and Sons, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $16,655.00, for the purchase of a forklift for the Traffic Safety Department.  Funding is available from FY2000 Contractual Obligation Bond proceeds. 

 

31.       Consideration to award six month supply contracts (FY00-129) to the LOW  BIDDERS,  Leyendecker Oil Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $10,796.35, and Arnold Oil Co. dba Lone Star Lubricants, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $7,922.54, for the purchase of lubricants for the Fleet Maintenance Division.

 

In addition, the City Council must choose lots to determine the contract vendor for automatic transmission fluid.  There was a tie bid for this commodity between Leyendecker Oil Inc. and Lone Star Lubricants at a unit cost of $2.98/gallon.  The bid pricing will be firm during this six month period and all items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  

 

32.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-132, to the LOW BIDDERS, Office Depot, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $10,301.63, Executive World, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $6,025.00, and Office Max, McAllen, Texas, in the amount of $3,816.00, for the purchase and installation of office furniture at the World Trade Bridge Administrative offices.  Funding for this furniture has been allocated in the Bridge Fund.

                       

33.       Consideration to waive the bus fare collection during “Try Transit Week”, on September 12, 2000 and motion to waive the Transit Center Parking Garage fee for Saturday, September 16, 2000.  This action will give El Metro an opportunity to attract new customers and support this community event.  The estimated revenue loss will be $7,854.00.

 

34.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 3 for an increase of $15,080.00 and to add 30 working days to the construction contract time with Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas, for the Calton Road Widening Project at the Public Library and the McPherson Road Widening Project from Calton Road to the Culvert Drainage Channel at Cotulla’s Restaurant.  This  change order will provide for  the relocation and reconstruction of a portion of a brick/wrought iron fence to provide a safe sight distance for traffic exiting main library south driveway onto Calton Road.  Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue Calton Road Improvements.

 

35.       Consideration for acceptance of the Killam Industrial Blvd. Extension Project approximately 8000 L.F. from Sara Road to I.H. 35 and approval of final payment in the amount of $85,077.17 to Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $1,701,543.37.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund, Killam Industrial Blvd. Extension.

 

36.       Consideration to enter into an interlocal agreement with South Texas Development Council and the City of Laredo under Chapter 791 of the Government Code and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract relating to the planning, development, operation and provisions of 9-1-1 service.  The term of this agreement shall be for two years beginning on the 1st of September, 1999 and ending on the 31st day of August, 2001.

 

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

 

 

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

 

38.              Presentation on an update by the Laredo Police Department on the current status and future improvements to the emergency communications system.    

 

39.       Status report on the request for the clean up of brush and trash in the area of Farias St. and Baltimore St. along the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way.      

 

 

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.   RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

 

40.    2000-RT-002        A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Texas Department of Transportation Grant No. 51122F1013 in the amount of $275,584.00 from the State Public Transportation Fund for the 2000-2001 Biennium; and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City Transit Department Accounts.

 

41.    2000-RT-003        A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute Amendment No. 1 for Grant Agreement No. 51922F6007 between the City of Laredo and the Texas Department of Transportation extending the contract termination period to January 31, 2001.  All of the other terms, conditions and provisions of the original contract shall remain in full force and effect.

 

 

XVI. ADJOURNMENT

 

 

This notice was posted at the Municipal Government Offices, 1110 Houston Street, Laredo, Texas, at a place convenient and readily accessible to the public at all times. Said notice was posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                    

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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