CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2000-R-30

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

NOVEMBER 6, 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 September 25, 2000, October 2, 2000 and October 9, 2000.

 

V.           COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.     Recognition of Carlos Hernandez, Utilities Department employee, who on October 2, 2000 rendered assistance to a young lady in a moment of crisis. 

 

b.     Recognition of the City of Laredo’s Customer Service Training Program by the Laredo Chamber of Commerce’s Customer Service Committee for the training of City of Laredo employees.

 

Communiqués

 

 VI.   APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.   Appointment of Mr. Javier Compean by Council Member John Galo, to the Parks & Recreation Committee.

 

   VII.         PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.   Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount of $3,211.00 for a grant awarded by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for the South Texas/Border Region Health Professional Education Initiative for health related materials. (Approval of Resolution 2000-R-151 needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount of $3,211.00 for a grant from the University of Texas Health Science Center-South Texas/Border Region Health Professional Education Initiative, for health related materials; providing for effective date. 

 

2.   Public hearing adopting the 2000 International Fire Code; relating to the inspection activities of the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and enforcement of the Fire Prevention Provisions as provided in said Code, providing for the abatement of Fire Hazards and providing for penalties for violations of said Codes, repealing all ordinances inconsistent with this Code; and adding or amending certain provisions of the 2000 International Fire Prevention Code; providing for effective date; and providing for publication.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Adopting the 2000 International Fire Prevention Code; relating to the inspection activities of the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and enforcement of the Fire Prevention Provisions as provided in said Code, providing for the abatement of Fire Hazards and providing for penalties for violations of said Codes, repealing all ordinances inconsistent with this Code; and adding or amending certain provisions of the 2000 International Fire Prevention Code; providing for effective date; and providing for publication.

 

3.     Public hearing concerning an application by Leyendecker Materials, Inc., authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for above ground fuel storage on 9.50 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 8016 Farm to Market 1472 (Mines Road).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for above ground fuel storage on 9.50 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 8016 Farm to Market 1472 (Mines Road); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.     Public hearing amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or Parking and Article X, Impoundment of Vehicles of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo:  Specifically Section 19-355, Section 19-360, Section 19-375, and Section 19-378, and creating Section 19-361, Section 19-362 & Section 19-363, this amendment represents the following:

 

 

1.     Raises the fine for illegally parking in a handicap space from one hundred ($100.00) to two hundred and fifty ($250.00) dollars.

 

2.     Provides for parking meter rates to increase from twenty-five (25) cents per hour to fifty (50) cents per hour and increases the time limit from two (2) hours to four (4) hours for all parking meters located west of Santa Maria Ave.

 

3.     Established a parking statement fee of three ($3.00) dollars.

 

4.     Authorizes the Traffic Director to install and remove parking meters in the Central Business District.

 

5.     Authorizes the Parking Superintendent to charge permit fees for exclusive use of parking spaces and no parking zones when used for construction or special events.

 

6.     It amends the definitions that govern Parking Enforcement.

 

7.     It amends certain provisions that apply to booting and towing vehicles.

 

And providing for effective date and publication. 

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII. Stopping, Standing or Parking and Article X, Impoundment of vehicles of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo; specifically, Section 19-355, Section 19-360, Section 19-375, and Section 19-378, and creating Section 19-361, Section 19-362 & Section 19-363, and providing for effective date and publication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.     Public hearing amending the FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $55,668.00 in additional funds for the Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) Outreach Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and extending the term period from February 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001, and increasing the revenue line item 226-0000-323-4082 from $111,336.00 to $167,004.00, and expenditure line item 226-6022 from $111,336.00 to $167,004.00.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $55,668.00 in additional funds for the Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) Outreach Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and extending the term period from February 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001, and increasing the revenue line item 226-0000-323-4082 from $111,336.00 to $167,004.00, and expenditure line item 226-6022 from $111,336.00 to $167,004.00.

 

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

6. A.    Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

 

1.     Status report on the speed humps for Chaparral, including a report on the street-listing schedule for speed humps for District 5.

 

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

 

1.   Discussion and possible action on resurfacing or reconstructing Las Cruces.

 

2.   Discussion and possible action to utilize existing vacant City property as areas for development of affordable housing.

 

C.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.   Discussion on the resurfacing of the 800 block of Scott, with possible action.

 

2.   Status report on the improvements of the Ladrillera Community Park, with possible action.

 

3.   Status report on the Grant Street traffic study, with possible action.

 

4.   Discussion on the possibility of an access ramp onto the Expressway south bound in the vicinity of Benavides Street and the installation of lights/signs informing vehicles of train obstruction about the 1800 block of San Bernardo, with possible action.

 

 

                (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

7.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute an assignment of the lease for Building No. 55 from Valero Development Corporation to Region One Education Services Center and authorizing the City Manager to amend the lease agreement for Building No. 55 located at 4818 Thomas Avenue at the Laredo International Airport thereby deleting Section 1.05, titled “Appraisal” and adding a new Section 1.05, titled “Additional Rental Escalation”, all other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect.

 

8.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Nextel WIP Lease Corp., A. Delaware Corporation, for space on the top surface of the Del Mar Water Tower located on 6.7 acres out of Block 13, Del Mar Section 1A, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and of lease agreement for the installation and operation of certain antennae facilities (“Antennae Facilities”) for use with its communications business and a parcel of land within the owned premises for the location of an equipment building associated with the Antennae Facilities (the “Equipment Building”).  Term of the lease is ten (10) years commencing November 20, 2000 and ending November 20, 2010, with three (3) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $7,700.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be adjusted by three percent (3%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

9.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Nextel WIP Lease Corp., A Delaware Corporation, for ground space at the Property located at the intersection of Cortez and Laredo, Webb County, Texas and of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 150 ft. high self-supporting type tower and related equipment building for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is ten (10) years commencing November 20, 2000 and ending November 20, 2010 with three (3) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $7,700.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be adjusted by three percent (3%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

10.    An ordinance authorizing the City Manger to execute a lease with Nextel WIP Lease Corp., A Delaware Corporation, for ground space at the South Laredo Waste Water Treatment Plant located at 319 River Front Road, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 250 ft. high self-supporting type tower and related equipment building for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is ten (10) years commencing November 20, 2000 and ending November 20, 2010, with three (3) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $7,700.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be adjusted by three percent (3%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

11.    An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute an abandonment and release of 0.3136 acre utility and drainage easement situated in Procion 23, Abstract 283, Leonardo Sanchez original grantee, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.3136 acre tract originally being part of 0.6770 acre utility and drainage easement described in the Shiloh Subdivision, Phase I, as recorded in Volumes 5, Page 75, Webb County Plat Records, and being more particularly described by metes and bounds.

 

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

12.    2000-O-270  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the E 1/3 of Lot 3 and Lot 4, Block 2038, Eastern Division, located at 2104 S. Ejido Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

 

2000-O-271 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 13.5875 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Atlanta Dr. and north of Weathers Dr., from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

13.  2000-R-151       Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for the South Texas/Border Region Health Professional Education Initiative in the amount of $3,211.00 and authorizing the City Manager to sign contracts and submit any and all related documents as required.         

 

14.  2000-R-152       Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $19,500.00 for the Holiday DWI STEP Program from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The City will designate $18,000.00 in matching funds for a total project budget of $37,500.00.  The City’s match will be available from the General Fund.  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001. 

 

15.  2000-R-153       Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $100,000.00 for the Safe & Sober STEP from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The City will designate $25,000.00 in matching funds for a total project budget of $125,000.00.  The City’s match will be available from the General Fund.  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 2000 through September 20, 2001.

 

 

16.    2000-R-154     Authorizing the City Manger to accept a grant in the amount of $22,500.00 for the Safe Streets STEP from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The City will designate $15,000.00 in matching funds for a total project budget of $37,500.00.  The City’s match will be available from the General Fund.  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.

 

17.    2000-R-155     Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $45,000.00 for the Comprehensive STEP from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The City will designate $30,000.00 in matching funds for a total project budget of $75,000.00.  The City’s match will be available from the General Fund.  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.

 

18.    2000-R-156     Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the South Texas Development Council (STDC), in the amount of $9,348.00, for the purpose of constructing and maintaining the Citizen’s Convenience Center, and to execute all related documents.

 

19.    2000-R-158     Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the widening of Calton Road, East of McPherson Road.  Said parcel containing 0.0194 acres (845.78 sq. ft.), more or less, being situated in Block 5, McPherson Plaza subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owners for the acquisition of said parcel by donation or purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner.

 

XII.    MOTIONS

 

20.       Ratifying Amendment No. 2 for $30,000.00 to the Groundwater Source Development contract with CH2MHILL Engineers to pay for services authorized by Council on May 1, 2000.  The consultant services will not be needed again until such time proposals from the vendors are available.  This amendment brings the total groundwater contract to $235,000.00.  Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund.

 

21.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 2, an increase of $66,546.35, for additional utility work required due to utility conflicts to the construction contract with Pate & Pate Enterprises, Inc. for the South Laredo/Chacon Creek Interceptor.  This change order no. 2 covers the cost to replace trees, adjust utility lines inside affected properties, and adjust the alignment of the wastewater trunk line to avoid more expensive conflicts.  Funding is available in the 1998-A Bond Issue Chacon Interceptor.

 

22.       Consideration to select and begin negotiations with engineering firms for the portion of the Colonias Projects funded by the Texas Water Development Board, as follows:

 

Mines Rd. Work Order #1        Harry Jewett and Associates   

Mines Rd. Work Order #2        CHM2HILL/Sherfey Team

Mines Rd. Work Order #3        On hold pending NADB procurement

Hwy 359 Work Order #1          Smith, Russo and Mercer

Hwy 359 Work Order #2          Foster Engineering Company

Hwy 359 Work Order #3*         HNTB Corporation / Howland Engineering

Hwy 359 Work Order#4*          Crane Engineering

Hwy 359 Work Order #5          NRS Consulting Engineers

Hwy 359 Work Order #6          NRS Consulting Engineers

 

 

*  The work orders will be partially awarded to account for additional requirements by the NADB or other sources of funds.                 

 

23.       Consideration to award construction contract number FY01-004, to the SOLE BIDDER, Cantu Electric, Inc., of Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $28,800.00 for the complete installation of a sports lighting system for the Dryden Optimist Little League Baseball Field located at 2700 Diaz Street.  Funding is available from Community Development Block Grant Funds – 25th Action Year.

 

24.       Consideration to award construction contract number FY01-009, to the LOWEST RESPONSIBLE BIDDER, Hollywood Garden Co., of Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $17,845.00, for the complete installation of an automated Underground Sprinkler System for the Cruz Baseball Field located at 200 West Travis Street.  Funding is available from Community Development Block Grant Funds – 25th Action Year.

 

25.       Consideration for acceptance of the liner installation of Cell 15/16 for the City of Laredo Landfill and approval of final payment in the amount of $30,718.80 to Environmental Specialist International, Inc., of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Final construction amount is $600,149.28.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

26.       Consideration for authorization to release certain medical certificates from personnel files of the Fire Department, to the City Attorney, for the purpose of acquiring an Open Records decision from the Texas Attorney General, in response to an open records request for said medical records.

     

 

27.       Consideration to award contract number FY00-149, to the LOW BIDDER, General Construction by Randy, Inc., Bulverde, Texas, in the amount of $180,000.00, for the painting of two 500,000 gallons elevated storage tank.  One is located at 7803 Mines Rd.  and the other at the 1700 block of Hillside.  The successful contractor will be required to provide all material, equipment and labor to repaint these water tanks.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.

 

28.       Consideration to award six month supply contracts (#01-007), for the purchase of safety footwear for City Maintenance personnel, to the following vendors: Gateway Uniform Service, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $28,935.00, Iron Age, San Antonio, Texas, in base amount of $11,275.00, and Mission Western Wear, Mission, Texas, in the base amount of $8,250.00.  Contract pricing has been secured for boot styles approved for use by City Maintenance personnel.  Each department will have the option to choose the type of boot best suited for the work environmental and budget allocation.  All safety footwear is purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the respective department budgets.

 

29.       Consideration to award a construction contract to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas, in the base bid amount of $126,800.00 for the Second Floor Addition to Traffic Safety Warehouse.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund Traffic Safety Warehouse.

 

30.       Consideration for approval of consultant and approval to award an engineering contract to Turner, Hickey and Associates, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $117,000.00 for design and preparation for the New Laredo Municipal Court Building.  Funding is available in the 2001 CO Issue Municipal Court Construction.

 

31.       Consideration to approve a change order to the Santa Maria Reconstruction Project to fund the installation of streetlights.  An estimated total of $72,000.00 will be required for the streetlight installation.  Central Power & Light estimates $50,000.00 in installation costs.  An additional $22,000.00 will be required for contract labor to do the underground work involved in the installation.  Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue.  There is currently $39,198.00 available in the 1998 CO for the Santa Maria Reconstruction Project.  An additional $32,802.00 is available from reserve appropriations.

 

32.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a professional services contract between the City of Laredo and Dr. Dennis Cantu to perform Hazmat Physical Examinations required for City of Laredo Firefighters for an amount not to exceed $12,250.00 and authorizing the City Manager to execute all contract documents.

 

 

 

33.       Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an assignment of remaining escrow funds between the City of Laredo and the Martin Family Members, in the amount of $16,172.63 representing the remaining balance of sale proceeds held by the City of Laredo that were used to cover non-reimbursed T.N.R.C.C. expenses for the removal of underground fuel storage tanks at the former Jackson Funeral Home site that was purchased from the Martin Family for the new El Metro Transit Center Building.

 

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

           

 

34.       A report to City Council recapping the activities of the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau (LCVB) during FY 1999-2000 and highlighting the LCVB marketing strategy for 2000-2001.

 

 

35.       Staff report on the five voluntary and five unilateral annexation tracts proposed for calendar year 2000.

 

 

36.       Presentation by M. Personnett and Associates about future opportunities to purchase Rio Grande water rights as a result of Senate Bill I (Regional Water Planning Group) recommendation.

 

37.       Quarterly report on the City’s Down Payment Assistance Program under the Department of Housing and Urban Development, HOME Investment Partnership Program.          

 

 

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

 

 

38.       Consideration to authorize the acceptance of a Vehicle Capitol Replacement Grant (VCR) #R0101 (22) with the Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration, United States of America, in the amount of $459,834.00 for Fiscal Year 2000-2001 and providing for match of $166.00 as a result of a toll credit of $114,793.00 and authorizing the City Manager to execute the grant and all related documents.

        

39.       Consideration to authorize a professional service agreement with Bringing Everyone Special Together (Best), a Texas Non-Profit Organization, for transit-related services provided to Laredo Municipal Transit System (El Metro), on a month-to-month basis limited to one year.

 

 

40.       Consideration to award a two (2) year contract to the LOW BIDDER, Rus of San Antonio, in the amount of $31,018.00, for providing uniforms, entrance mats, shop aprons, dispenser towels, and laundry service for the Transit System’s Maintenance Department and Transit Center personnel.

 

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, November 1, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                    

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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