CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A2000-R-27

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

OCTOBER 2, 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 21, 2000.

 

 

V.              COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

Communiqués

 

 

 

 VI.    APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.   Appointing Patricia Vela as Lay Representative and Guillermina Montes as Alternate Lay Representative to the South Texas Library System for a two year term (October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2002), in accordance with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Rules for Administering the Library System Act, Texas Administrative Code – Title 13 Part 1 Chapter 1, Section 1.123.

 

   VII.         PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.   Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 14 (Garbage, Trash, and Refuse), Article I, Section 14-3 by adding subparagraph (h) that thereby enables the City to assign certain households one (1) new 96-gallon roll-out refuse collection cart, that will remain the property of the City of Laredo, at no charge to the citizens, as part of a new service enhancement, semi-automated collection pilot program; Establishing rates of $7.00 per month for each additional cart requested by each household and $50.00 for replacement of carts that are stolen, misplaced or damaged; Providing for severability, effective date and publication.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

      Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 14 (Garbage, Trash, and Refuse), Article I, Section 14-3 by adding subparagraph (h) that thereby enables the City to assign certain households one (1) new 96-gallon roll-out refuse collection cart, that will remain the property of the City of Laredo, at no charge to the citizens, as part of a new service enhancement, semi-automated collection pilot program; Establishing rates of $7.00 per month for each additional cart requested by each household and $50.00 for replacement of carts that are stolen, misplaced or damaged; Providing for severability, effective date and publication.

 

 

2.   Public hearing concerning an application by Holding Institute, Inc., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block 200, Western Division located at 1102 Santa Maria Ave., from R-O (Residential/Office District) to CBD (Central 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 all of Block 200, Western Division located at 1102 Santa Maria Ave., from R-O (Residential/Office District) to CBD (Central Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

                       

3.      Public hearing concerning an application by Olga de los Santos amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2, 4, 6, and the S1/3 of 8, Block 947, Western Division, located at 3701 Davis St. from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission.     

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2, 4, 6, and the S1/3 of 8, Block 947, Western Division, located at 3701 Davis St. from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

4.      A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.   Presentation by the Mexican Consul, Daniel Hernandez Joseph on the functions and services of the Mexican Consulate Office in the City of Laredo.

 

2.   Presentation by the American Consul, Thomas H. Armbruster on the functions and services of the American Consulate Office in Nuevo Laredo, Tamp., Mexico.

 

B.     Request by Council Member  Louis H. Bruni

 

1.   Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code §551.074 to deliberate the appointment or employment of the City Manager and to evaluate the eleven (11) following applicants for the position:

 

1.      Melinda Calton

2.      Mir Aref Hassan

3.      John F. Vidaurri

4.      Juan Garza

5.      Richard R. Torres

6.      Peter Maldonado

7.      Jesus J. Amezcua

8.      Raymond H. Kendall

9.      James D. Minor

10.  Lazaro Dovalina

11.  Lanny Lambert

 

 (Co-sponsored by Mayor Pro-Tempore Joe A. Guerra)

 

C.     Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.   Discussion regarding amending the zoning ordinance in order to provide an application process for Conditional Use Permit, with possible action.

 

D.     Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.   Discussion with possible action to increase the City holidays, to match the same as Webb County.

 

E.     Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.   Discussion with possible action on changing the traffic flow on the 1900 block of Ventura in an eastward direction.

 

2.   Status report on the proposed parking lot in the downtown area formerly the customs import lot, with possible action.

 

3.   Status report on the purchasing of additional EMS vehicles.

 

4.   Request for financial report on the Tecolotes contract for the 1999-2000 season, with possible action.       

 

 

                (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

5.      2000-O-216     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a used car lot on Lot 2, Block 290, Eastern Division, located at 605 Clark Blvd.; providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Johnny Amaya)

 

         2000-O-228     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the amendment of a Conditional Use Permit for a flower shop to extend the time restriction to six (6) years on Lot 10, Block 712, Eastern Division, located at 220 S. Loring Ave.; providing for publication and effective date.   (Council Member Louis H. Bruni) (AS AMENDED)

 

 

 

2000-O-229     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 14.875 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Springfield Rd. and north of Mann Rd. from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District), B-1R (Limited Office/Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date. (Mayor Pro-Tempore Joe A. Guerra)

                       

2000-O-238     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 11 and 12, Block 10, Crown Ridge Subdivision, Phase 5, located at 410 and 412 Northstar Rd. from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. (Mayor Pro-Tempore Joe A. Guerra)

 

2000-O-239     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 9.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Monarch Dr. (proposed) and south of Loop 20 from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

(Mayor Pro-Tempore Joe A. Guerra)

 

2000-O-240     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.0069 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of McPherson Rd. and south of Jacaman Rd. from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

(Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

2000-O-244     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 13.44 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Mines Rd. and south of Flecha Ln., from AG (Agricultural District) and B-3 (Community Business District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

2000-O-246     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 2, Hilltop Subdivision, Phase II, located at 7302 Wagner Ct. from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

(Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.)  (AS AMENDED)

 

 

2000-O-247     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.79 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of S.H. 359 and east of Concord Hills Blvd. from R-1A P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area Planned Unit Development) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date.       (Council Member Louis H. Bruni) (AS AMENDED)

 

2000-O-248     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.931 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of S.H. 359 and east of Concord Hills Blvd. from R-1A P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area Planned Unit Development) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date. (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)  (AS AMENDED)

 

2000-O-249     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a used car lot on Lots 1 and 2, Block 294, Eastern Division, located at 301 Clark Blvd.; providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Johnny Amaya)  (AS AMENDED)

 

2000-O-250     Amending the Ordinance passed December 15, 1981, and motion passed on September 17, 1992 thereby increasing the annual salaries of the member of the City Council from $6,000.00 to $12,000.00 per year and the salary of the Mayor of the City of Laredo from $18,000.00 per year to $36,000.00 per year, pursuant to Article II, Section 2.02 of the City Charter. (City Council)

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

6. 2000-R-139          A resolution requesting that the Federal Government intercede to help all motorist that own defective Firestone tires: that the Federal Government provide outlets, funds, and manpower so that the owners of defective Firestone tires are able to exchange their tires; and that the Federal Government take appropriate measures to recover these funds through the legal system. (Sponsored by Council Member John C. Galo)

 

7.  2000-R-140         A resolution accepting a donation from Emilio Martinez consisting of an aquarium exhibit measuring 5’L x 6’H x 2’W to be on permanent exhibit in the Lobby of the Main Laredo Public Library.

 

 8. 2000-R-141         A resolution authorizing the City Manager to apply for official recognition as a weed and seed site by the US Department of Justice and to submit an application for grant funding to their program in an effort to fund projects that contribute to public safety and enhance community development resources in our community.

 

 

XII.    MOTIONS

 

9.         Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a one year service agreement in the amount of $39,935.49, with H.T.E., Inc., Lake Mary, Florida, for providing software services and maintenance for the municipal applications residing on the City’s computer system.  The term of this service agreement will be from October 1, 2000 to September 30, 2001.  Funds for this contract are available in the M.I.S. Department’s budget.

 

10.          Consideration to award a contract number FY01-001, to the LOW BIDDER, Human Resource Management and Staffing, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $15,392.00, to provide custodial services for the airport passenger terminal located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop, said contract will hire one (1) custodian that will be assigned to the passenger terminal.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund.

 

11.       Consideration to renew the annual preventive maintenance contract number FY99-130, to the SOLE BIDDER, Five Star Electric Motors, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $17,300.00, for preventative maintenance on thirty three, variable frequency drives.   The variable frequency drives are electronic controls that control the speed of the pumps at different water tank locations.  The original term of this contract was for a period of one year with an option to renew for a second year.   The City is exercising the option to renew for one additional year.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.

 

12.       Consideration to award annual supply contract FY00-141, to the LOW BIDDER, Hughes Supply Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $34,640.25, for the purchase of PVC pipe, rubber couplings, and related materials, for use by the Utilities Department - Wastewater operations for construction and repair projects.  Funding is available in the Utilities Fund.   

 

13.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 2, for an increase amount of $29,208.00 for additional construction work and to add 30 working days to the contract time to the construction contract with Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas, for the Paseo Del Antiguo Laredo Pedestrian Facility Project.  Funding is available in the Public Works Department - Concrete Creek Pilot Channel Program.

 

14.       Consideration to award a construction contract to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the base bid amount of $61,925.00 for the Springfield Road Extension Project (from Michigan Ave. to the east property line of Hilltop Subdivision, approximately 875 linear feet).  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Project - Hilltop Subdivision II.

 

 

15.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 6, an increase of $171,333.30 for additional utility relocations requested by Texas Department of Transportation on the Utility Relocation Project along IH-35 & Loop 20. This change order brings the construction total to $1,193,558.30.  Funding is available in the 1999 Water Bond Issue - TxDOT Improvements.

 

                                         

16.       Consideration to award a bid for the purchase of a SelfCheck Unit to 3M Library Systems, sole source provider, in the amount of $24,100.00.  Funding is available in the New Public Library Fund.

 

 

17.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract in the amount of $20,671.99 with the Texas Department of Human Services for (50% of the cost) a full time Eligibility Specialist II to screen patients for Medicaid eligibility for women and children services at the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 17, 2000, through October 16, 2001.  Funding is available in the Budget 226-6025.

 

 

18.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with the State of Texas General Services Commission on behalf of University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for 447 square feet of office space at the City of Laredo Health Complex located at 2600 Cedar St.   The term of the lease renewal will be from September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.  The lessee shall pay a sum in the amount of $508.70 rental fee per month, which includes the cost of utilities and janitorial services. 

 

 

19.          Consideration to authorize the payment of $15,000.00 to Laredo Community College (the designated program fiscal agent) as matching funds for the implementation and operation of the South Texas Community Network’s NOSOTROS Net, a collaborative communications network designated to provide civic awareness and facilitate access to education and information resources and further authorizing the City Manager to execute any and all documents in support of the same.  Funding is available in the Telecommunications Budget – Professional Services Account.

 

20.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract Renewal Agreement of a Professional Services Contract entered into with W.D. Schock company, Inc., for the provision of residential sound reduction services for the term of one year, in the amount of $243,734.00 as part of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.  The Renewal Agreement reflects the Consultant’s budgetary reduction of $109,440.00 from last year’s $353,174.00 contract, as shown in Section VI (Compensation and Payment) of the Contract, effective September 1, 2000 through September 1, 2001.  Funding is available in the Improvements Other than Buildings.

 

21.       Consideration to award a contract to the LOW and SOLE BIDDER, Twin Air Conditioning of Laredo, Texas in the amount of $14,800.00, for the installation of air conditioning units in four homes, also referred to as Phase 1-B, as part of the City of Laredo Residential Sound Insulation Program, which is a component of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise compatibility Program.  Funding is available in the Improvements Other than Buildings.

 

 

22.       Consideration to award a contract to the LOW BIDDER, Koch Corporation of Louisville, Kentucky, in the amount of $285,429.00, for the soundproofing of nineteen homes, also referred to as Phase 1-A.  This soundproofing is part of the City of Laredo Residential Sound Insulation Program, which is a component of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.  Funding is available in the Improvements Other than Buildings.

 

23.       Consideration to award a contract to LOWEST BIDDER,  for the construction of the Zacate Creek Skate Park for the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department.  Funding is available in the Professional Services and Improvements other than Buildings.

 

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

           

 

 24.      Status report of the Colonias Project to  include the grants received, the project scope, its timetable, and authorizing the City Manager to proceed with a plan for possible oversizing of the lines to accommodate future growth.

 

 

25.       Discussion with possible action on the proposed Bond Issuance for FY2000/2001 to be supported by Bridge Revenues (CIF).

 

 

26.       Discussion with possible action on the zoning near the proposed United Independent School District’s Sports Complex.

 

 

27.       Discussion, review, and possible action regarding the hiring by the City of Laredo, of the City’s Arena Project Management Consultant for the proposed Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

 

28.       Discussion, review, and possible action regarding the approval of Arena Ventures, L.L.C.’s hiring of Lockwood, Andrews, and Newnam, as both the project engineer, and architect, and Sherfey Engineering, L.L.C., as the local project engineer, and Frank Architects, as the local project architect for the proposed Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

 

 

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, September 27, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                    

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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