CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2000-R-23

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

AUGUST 28, 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, 1100 Victoria Ave.

 

 

    I.      CALL TO ORDER

 

 II.      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.ROLL CALL

 

IV.      MINUTES

 

V.              COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.      The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the City of Laredo, Texas for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 1999.

 

The award is the highest form of recognition in government budgeting.  Its attainment represents a significant achievement by the City of Laredo.  The City has received the award for the ninth consecutive year.

 

Communiqués

 

 

 

 VI.    APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

 

a.      Appointment of Cristine Baeza and Beatriz Escamilla by Council Member Alfredo Agredano to the Redistricting Commission.

 

b.      Appointment of Eva Delgado by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr. to the Redistricting Commission.

 

 

 

   VII.         PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

 

1.   Public hearing concerning an application by Petra Limon amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 290, Eastern Division, located at 605 Clark Blvd., from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 290, Eastern Division, located at 605 Clark Blvd., from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

                       

 

 

2.      Public hearing concerning an application by Gerardo Mendoza amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1 and the W 16’ of Lot 2, Lot 12 and the W 16’ of Lot 11, Block 1231, Eastern Division, located at 2101 Kearney St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.      

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1 and the W 16’ of Lot 2, Lot 12 and the W 16’ of Lot 11, Block 1231, Eastern Division, located at 2101 Kearney St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District), providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

 

 

3.      Public hearing concerning an application by Jesse and Hector Martinez amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for the E 2/3 of Lot 2, Block 2165A, and Lots 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, 11 and 12, Block 1480, Eastern Division, located at 2600 block of Diaz Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for the E 2/3 of Lot 2, Block 2165A, and Lots 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, 11 and 12, Block 1480, Eastern Division, located at 2600 block of Diaz Street; providing for publication and effective date

 

4.      Public hearing concerning an application by Jesse and Hector Martinez amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the E 2/3 of Lot 2, Block 2165A, and Lots 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 and 12, Block 1480, Eastern Division, located at the 2600 block of Diaz Street, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change.         

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the E 2/3 of Lot 2, Block 2165A, and Lots 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 and 12, Block 1480, Eastern Division, located at the 2600 block of Diaz Street, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

     

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

5.      A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.      Discussion on a possible site to distribute compost (mulch), with possible action.

 

B.     Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.      Discussion on the condition of railroad grade crossings, with possible action.

 

2.      Discussion on railroad companies maintenance of properties and right-of-way, with possible action.

 

 

 

C.     Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.   Status report on the Raquel Gonzalez Park, with possible action.

 

2.      Status report on the Chaparral St. speed hump study, with possible action.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action on conducting a traffic study on San Francisco Ave. and Lafayette St. and Barcelona Ave. and Saunders St.

 

4.      Status report on erosion problem between 3200 block and 3300 block of San Francisco St. at the Zacate Creek Linear Park, with possible action.

 

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

 

1.      Discussion with possible action on the city’s efforts to curb vandalism in different areas of the city.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action on initiating a program for citizens on a fixed income to assist in the payment of water bill.

                                   

                (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

        

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

6.2000-O-206        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.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-207     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.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-208     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. 

(City Council)

                       

 

2000-O-210     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.  (City Council)

           

 

2000-O-211     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. (City Council) (As Amended)

 

 

 

2000-O-212     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.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-213     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.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-214     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.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-215     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.   (City Council)

 

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

 

7.      2000-R-124     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a non-financial agreement between the City of Laredo – Laredo Public Library and the Webb County Head Start Program to coordinate services provided to Head Start families.

 

XII.    MOTIONS

 

8.                  Consideration to authorize Amendment No. 2 for $100,000.00 to the Groundwater Source Development contract with CH2MHILL Engineers.  This amendment represents phase II for work related to the selection of a groundwater provider; development of the project requirements and specifications; and assistance to the City on the technical/financial aspects of the final contract negotiation with the selected firm.  This amendment brings the total groundwater contract to $305,000.00.  Funding is available in the Waterworks Construction Fund.

 

9.         Consideration to call for a public hearing to consider the proposed 2001-2005 Capital Improvement Program on September 18, 2000 and notifying the public of said hearing by advertising ten consecutive days in the newspaper and informing the public that three copies of the proposed Capital Program are available at the City Secretary’s Office and the City Library in accordance with Article VI, Section 6.07 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

 

10.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with the Laredo Independent School District in the amount not to exceed $160,474.00 in collaboration with the “Mi Futuro” Abstinence Education Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning August 8, 2000, through August 31, 2001.  The City of Laredo will reimburse the Laredo Independent School District an amount not to exceed $160,474.00 for salaries and fringe benefits for four full-time Health Educators and two master teachers at (.075FTEs) for the project’s scope of services.  Funding is available under the Mi Futuro Abstinence Grant.

                                         

 

11.       Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 2 a decrease amount of $96,824.13 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Reconstruction of Cargo Apron and Taxiways A, F and G and approval of final payment in the amount of $590,466.49 to Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $4,942,127.19.  Funding is available in the  Airport Construction FAA Grant #22, #23 and #25, Improvements Other Than Building. 

 

 

12.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 a decrease amount of $4,386.18 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Rehabilitate Portion of Runway 17R-35L and approval of final payment in the amount of $37,587.72 to Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $385,250.32.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction FAA Grant #25, Improvement Other Than Building.

 

 

13.       Consideration to award an engineering contract to Rosin Group, Inc., Laredo, Texas for an amount not to exceed $48,625.00 for surveys, design, and preparation of plans and specifications for the Zacate Creek Linear Park, Phase III, IV & V.  Funding is available in the Community Development 25th Action Year Zacate Creek Park.

 

 

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

 

 

14.              Presentation by staff regarding previously identified projects to be submitted to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for possible funding consideration and request to establish a clear priority project for submission.

 

 

15.              Status report on the McPherson Rd. Widening Project, north of Del Mar Blvd.  Project.

 

 

16.              Status report on the modifications of the bus shelters.

 

 

                    

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 MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

 

17.    2000-RMH-004     Approval by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) Board of Directors to charge 71% of Fair Market Rents  (FMR) on all occupied rental units that have not been completely renovated at the Jose A. Flores Apartments, effective October 1, 2000.  The proposed calculated rental rates at 71% of FMR are as follows: $345.00 for a 2-bedroom, $430.00 for a 3-bedroom and $485.00 for a 4-bedroom.          

 

 

 

18.    2000-RMH-005     Approval by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) Board of Directors to charge 71% of Fair Market Rents (FMR), equivalent to $345.00 for a 2-bedroom and $430.00 for a 3-bedroom, on all rental units under the Fair Market Rent Program and $250.00 for a 2-bedroom and $275.00 for a 3-bedroom for rental units under the Low Income Program at the Tomas Flores Apartments, effective October 1, 2000.

 

19.    2000-RMH-006     Authorization to adopt the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2000-2001 by the LMHC Board of Directors, appropriating the estimated revenues and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2000 and ending September 30, 2001 and authorizing the LMHC Director to implement the LMHC Annual Budget.

 

 

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 23, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                    

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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