CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2000-R-25

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 18, 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.

 

Out of Consideration for all attendees of the City Council meetings, please turn off all cellular phones and pagers, or place on inaudible signal.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

 

 

    I.      CALL TO ORDER

 

 II.      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.ROLL CALL

 

IV.      MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of August 7, 2000, August 10, 2000, August 14, 2000 and August 15, 2000.

 

 

V.              COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

Communiqués

 

 

VI.                APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.      Appointments by Council Member Juan Ramirez of Rosa Elia Treviño to the Laredo Commission for Women, Arturo Tijerina to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Lily Perez to the Re-Districting Commission, and  Richard Gentry to the Tree Advisory Committee.

 

 

   VII.         PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.   Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures by $8,150.00 in the Convention & Visitors Bureau Fund – Special Events budget due to receipt of donations from the private sector for the annual City of Laredo Washington Trip to meet with members of Congress and federal agencies and incurring expenditures associated with said project and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

      Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures by $8,150.00 in the Convention & Visitors Bureau Fund – Special Events budget due to receipt of donations from the private sector for the annual City of Laredo Washington Trip to meet with members of Congress and federal agencies and incurring expenditures associated with said project and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

 

2.   Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-27-00 in the amount of $4,400,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a portion of a parallel taxiway to Runway 17L/35R and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

      Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-27-00 in the amount of $4,400,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a portion of a parallel taxiway to Runway 17L/35R and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

 

3.      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, for use as a car lot, located at 605 Clark Blvd., from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

4.      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.

 

5.      Public hearing and adoption of Resolution 2000-R-126 adopting the  2001-2005 Capital Improvement Program for the City of Laredo.

 

ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 2000-R-126

 

Adopting the  2001-2005 Capital Improvement Program for the City of Laredo.

 

 

 

6.      Public hearing and adoption of Resolution 2000-R-136 adopting the Comprehensive Plan of the City of Laredo without amendment in compliance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 2000-R-136

 

Adopting the Comprehensive Plan of the City of Laredo without amendment in compliance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

7.      Public hearing to identify and grant retiree medical benefits to employees who retire between October 1, 2000 through March 31, 2001 with the exception of Firefighters and Police Officers who are provided for under a collective bargaining agreement and providing for and effective date of October 1, 2000.           

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Identifying employees and granting retiree medical benefits to those employees who retire between October 1, 2000 through March 31, 2001 with the exception of Firefighters and Police Officers who are provided for under a collective bargaining agreement and providing and effective date of October 1, 2000.

 

8.      Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12)(a) except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of October 1, 2000.           

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12)(a) except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of October 1, 2000.        

 

 

9.      Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Annual Budget by appropriating Revenues and Expenditures in the Fleet Management Fund by $240,000.00 due to the increase in fuel costs.

     

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $240,000.00 for fuel cost increase.

 

10. Public hearing amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $17,139.00 for the Hepatitis C Study Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001.

     

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $17,139.00 for the Hepatitis C Study Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001: and increasing revenue line item 226-0000-323-4085 from $0 to $17,139.00 and expenditure line item 226-6036 from $0 to $17,139.00.

 

11. Public hearing amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $2,654,500.00 to operate the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, and to issue approximately $13,000,000.00 in federal food vouchers by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001.

     

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $2,654,500.00 to operate the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, and to issue approximately $13,000,000.00 in federal food vouchers by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001; and increasing revenue line item form the WIC Program 226-0000-323-4037 from $0 to $2,654,500.00 and expenditure line item 226-6035 from $0 to $2,654,500.00.

 

12. Public hearing to amend the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $4,470.00 in additional funds from $149,000.00 to $153,470.00 for the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2000, through December 31, 2000.

     

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $4,470.00 in additional funds from $149,000.00 to $153,470.00 for the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2000, through December 31, 2000; and increasing revenue line item 226-000-323-4043 from $149,000.00 to $153,470.00 and expenditure line item 226-6016 from $149,000.00 to $153,470.00.

 

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

13.        A.   Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.   Discussion on the possibility of opening the Civic Center Pool on weekends during the extended warm weather months.

 

B.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1.      Status report on the meeting between the Laredo Police Association and Staff regarding the Investigators positions, with possible action.

 

C.     Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1.   Status report on the Letter of Intent from the City of Laredo on the Secondary Water Source, with possible action. (Co-sponsored by Council Member John C. Galo and Joe A. Guerra)

 

2.      Discussion and possible action on providing alternative routes to alleviate and reduce truck traffic on Calton Rd. and McPherson Rd.

 

3.      Status report on the extension of Bartlett St. to Gale St., with possible action.

 

 

D.     Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.   Discussion with possible action on El Metro’s - El Lift Program and the service provided by their automated and response telephone system.

 

 

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

 

1.      Discussion with possible action on requesting staff to conduct a noise impact study caused by the increase in railroad traffic and find available federal funding to mitigate any adverse impact to affected areas near the railroad right-of-ways.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action to initiate a bus study for an additional bus rout from downtown to Indian Sunset Subdivision.

 

3.      Status report on the safety signalization at the Lafayette Bridge overpass, with possible action.

 

 

F. Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.      Discussion with possible action on park benches around the Civic Center and Los  Dos  Laredos Park.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action on the construction of a sidewalk at the 1400 block of San Eduardo St. on the west side and the 1600 block of San Eduardo on the east side.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action on increasing the salaries of the Mayor and City Council.

           

 

                (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

 

14.    An ordinance providing for the levy and collection of General and Special Ad Valorem and Alcoholic Beverage taxes for the City of Laredo for the tax year 2000.  Therefore, providing revenue for the operation of the City and payment of the Interest and Sinking fund for Debt Service.

        

15.    An ordinance adopting the City of Laredo Policy on Workplace Violence.

 

16.    An ordinance adopting the City of Laredo Policy on Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment.

 

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

17.    2000-O-209     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.

 

2000-O-220     Adopting the Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2000-2001 by appropriating the estimated revenues and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2000 and ending September 30, 2001, consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-221     Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Budget in the amount of $20,000.00 for the Children’s Dental Health Program of the City of Laredo Health Department to reflect an amendment to the contract with the Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch for the period beginning August 1, 2000 through July 31, 2001; and increase revenue line item 226-0000 from $0 to $20,000 and expenditure line item 226-6301 from $0 to $20,000.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-222     Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-26-00 in the amount of $849,845.00 for the purpose of rehabilitating a portion of Runway       17R/35L and for the purpose of acquiring a parcel of land to expand the Runway Protection Zone to Runway 35L and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

                        (City Council)

 

2000-O-224     An ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 budget by transferring the revised budget from General Fund Improvements Other than Building in the amount of $125,000.00 and Professional Services in the amount of $9,784.00 to the Capital Improvement Fund  for a total of $134,784.00 for the Skate Board Park in order for monies not to lapse and completion of project to continue and be finalized in FY 2000-2001 and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Budget.    (AS AMENDED)  (City Council)

 

2000-O-225     An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of the 1900 block of Poggenpohl Street between  Sta. Rita and Vidaurri Avenues situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas and providing for an effective date.

(City Council)

 

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

 

 

18. 2000-R-128        A resolution declaring the City of Laredo’s intent to sponsor the construction of a Fifth International non-commercial, bridge crossing joining the Mexican State of Tamaulipas and the State of Texas and located in the City of Laredo for the purpose of meeting the  needs of the area’s growing populous; instructing the City Manager to notify all applicable levels of government in Mexico and the United States of the  City’s intent and to formalize discussions necessary in moving this project forward; and further directing the City Manager to receive proposals to undertake preliminary studies in regard to location, design, financial feasibility, and the social and environmental impact of the project.

 

 

19. 2000-R-131        A resolution accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $17,139.00 for the Hepatitis C Study Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.

 

 

20. 2000-R-132        A resolution accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $2,654,500.00 to operate the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, and issue approximately $13,000,000.00 in federal food vouchers by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001.

 

 

21. 2000-R-133        A resolution resolving that the City Manager is authorized to execute a Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, L.A. Ventures, Inc., as Lessee and International Bank of Commerce as Lender thereby encumbering the leasehold interest in the amount of $427,520.00 regarding Lot No. 9 authorized by Ordinance No. 95-O-252 dated February 20, 1996 to finance the construction of a 22,550 square foot air cargo facility.  The subject property is located in Block No. 1 at the Laredo International Airpark Subdivision at the Laredo International Airport.

 

 

22. 2000-R-134        A resolution resolving that the City Manager is authorized to execute a Subordination, Non-Distrubance and Attornment Agreement  between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, L.A. Venture, Inc., as Lessee and International Bank of Commerce as Lender thereby encumbering the leasehold interest in the amount of $415,000.00 regarding Lot No. 10 authorized by Ordinance No. 99-O-176 dated June 28, 1999 to finance the construction of a 22,500 square foot air cargo facility.  The subject property is located in Block No. 1 at the Laredo International Airpark Subdivision at the Laredo International Airport.

 

23. 2000-R-135        A resolution to adopt a new health benefits rate structure by increasing all medical contribution amounts by ten percent (10%) for the City of Laredo’s Medical Plan and providing for an effective date of October 1, 2000.

 

 

24. 2000-R-138        Opposing the designation of San Antonio International Airport for Customs processing of certain private aircraft arriving in the United States and urging other border communities to oppose SEC.  1433 of  H. R.  4868 which enables the designation and authorizing the City Manager to provide a copy of Resolution No. 99-R-95 to the Honorable U. S. Senator Phil Gramm, the Honorable U. S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and to the Honorable U. S. Congressman Henry Bonilla.

 

 

 

XII.    MOTIONS

 

 

25.              Consideration to refund property tax to the following taxpayers and companies:

 

a.      A refund in the amount of $762.27 for Daniel L. Bell due to an overpayment made by Harbor Financial Mortgage Corp.

 

 

26.       Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of August 2000, which represents an decrease in levy, is  $10,628.66.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

 

 

27.       Consideration to award a contract to the sole source supplier HTE, Inc., of Lake Mary, Fla., in the amount of $44,328.00 for the purchase of software for centralizing database for parking ticket inquiries and reconciling the Parking Division Account Receivable.  Funding is available in the Parking Meter Fund.

                                   

28.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-142, to the LOW BIDDER, Air Weld Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $18,960.79, for the installation of two, ADA compliant rest rooms at the Civic Center auditorium.  Funding is available in the Civic Center Fund.

 

29.              Consideration to award contract number FY00-143, to the LOW BIDDER, Rush Truck Center – San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $50,856.00, for the purchase of one, three ton truck with service body for the Utilities Department – Wastewater Treatment Division.  Funding for the crew cab truck are available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

 

 

 

 

30.       Consideration to award annual contract number 00-144, to the SOLE BIDDER, Aldo T. Rodriguez DBA Laredo Electric Motor Service, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $60,000.00, for providing electric motor repair services for the Utilities Department.  The bid pricing will be firm during the contract period and all repair work will be secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.

 

31.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-145, to the LOW BIDDER, Playland Adventures, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $38,800.00, for the purchase and installation of two play structures.  One play structure will be installed in the Father McNaboe Park and the other at Santa Maria Ave. and Circle Drive play area.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project Budget.

 

32.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-146, to the LOWEST BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Easy Drive Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $22,591.77, for the purchase of surveying equipment and software for the Engineering Department.  The contract price includes three days of training.  Funding is available from Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) series 2000 proceeds.

 

33.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-147, to the SOLE BIDDER, Kinloch Equipment & Supply, Pasadena, Texas, in the amount of $19,279.00, for the purchase of two, skid mounted, vacuum litter collection equipment for the Public Works Department.  One will be used for the downtown area and the other will be used at the City landfill.  Funding is available in the Public Works Department – Capital Outlay Budget and the Solid Waste Fund.

 

34.       Consideration to award a professional services contract to Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $75,709.50 to provide but not limited to engineering services to include design(s), surveys, preparation of plans and specifications, geotechnical testing, cost estimates, bid documents, and bid tabulation for the rehabilitating of Runway 17R/35L to include declared distances for Runway 17R/35L.  Funding for the engineering services is available in Airport Project Engineering Fees, Account No. 242-3650-583-5512.  The Federal Aviation Administration has issued and Airport Improvement Program Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-26-00 to fund this project during FY 2000.

 

35.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to opt out of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act  of 1996 (HIPAA), effective October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001, as a result of the City currently meeting or exceeding minimum HIPAA benefit provisions.

 

36.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to amend the contract with Mercy Health Plans of Laredo increasing the cost from $225,000.00 to $228,000.00 for the second year of the two-year Children’s Health Insurance Project of the City of Laredo Health Department beginning on September 1, 1999, through August 31, 2000.

 

37.              Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute professional services renewal contracts for one year with health care providers to provide public health services to clients of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.

 

38.              Consideration for approval of final change order no. 6 a net decrease of $39,198.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Santa Maria Reconstruction Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $231,464.31 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contact amount is $2,793,948.95.  Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue Santa Maria Reconstruction.

 

39.       Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Rosin Group, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Centro Iturbide Project and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Community Development 25th Action Year.  

 

40.              Consideration to award a twelve (12) month Service Agreement Contract with Transcore, Harrisburg, PA for an amount not to exceed $126,000.00 for a Service Center Liaison to be responsible for the training, implementation and operation of the Customer Service Center which will have a direct impact on the successful implementation of our WIM/AVI System.

 

41.              Consideration to approve a professional services contract with Estrada Hinojosa & Company, Inc., Dallas, Texas, in connection with the negotiation of various agreements related to the Laredo Entertainment Center.  Funding for these services will be available in the Proposed Sales Tax Revenue Bond closing.  These service are exclusive of customary financial advisory services.

 

42.       Consideration to approve a professional services contract with McCall, Parkhurst & Horton L.L.P., Dallas, Texas, in connection with the negotiation of various agreements related to the Laredo Entertainment Center.  Funding for these services will be available in  the Proposed Sales Tax Revenue Bond closing. 

 

 

 

 

 

XIII.     STAFF REPORT

 

43.          Status report on the Laredo Entertainment Center Project negotiations with Arena Ventures.

           

 

44.       Presentation on proposed programs related to water utility billing to assist customers on a fixed income, 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.

 

 

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, September 13, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                    

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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