CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2000-R-34

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

DECEMBER 18, 2000

5:30 P.M.

 

 

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

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    I.      CALL TO ORDER

 

 II.      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.ROLL CALL

 

IV.      MINUTES

 

V.              COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.      The Laredo Public Library recently participated in the El Jugueton 2000 International Christmas Toy Drive.  Christina Fracchia, Volunteer Coordinator for the Nonprofit Management and Volunteer Center, led the toy drive for the Library, collecting over 500 toys for the children of Laredo.  Ms. Fracchia also recruited and coordinated over 60 volunteers for the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b.      Recognition of the City of Laredo’s Excellence Award by the American Concrete Institute San Antonio Chapter for the City’s contribution to the World Trade Bridge and Border Facilities.

 

c.      Recognizing 14 students from local middle schools who have been chosen as “Eighth Grader of the Month” for December by the Laredo Police Department Community Relations Unit and local school counselors.

 

d.      The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center would like to recognize the City of Laredo as its winner of the “Cup of Life” in the Best Little Blood Drive on the Border for a second year in a row.  Making the presentation on behalf of the STBTC is Gabriella Zinna Miller and Jo Cox, Donor Recruiters.

 

e.      Recognizing the United South High School Junior ROTC U. S. Marine Corps for their outstanding performance and awards received at the 4th Annual Drill and Physical Fitness Competition held in Plaquemine, Louisiana.

 

f.    Recognition of Anita Stanely, Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator, who recently received the Programmers Choice Award for Best Adult/Senior Program for the event of The Senior Egg Hunt at the National Recreation and Park Association Conference.  Ms. Stanley attended the conference in mid-November and had the opportunity to submit samples of Laredo’s most effective recreational programming to a panel of judges from across the nation.  Ms. Stanley was one of only ten programming-award recipients named at the conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

g.   Recognizing Fernando Rubio for rendering aid to Mark Agredano, age 7, during a vehicle/pedestrian accident while waiting for the paramedics to arrive.

 

h.   Recognition of the participants in the Southgate Boulevard and Highway 83 Graffiti removal campaign that was held on December 9, 2000.

 

 

Communiqués

 

 

 VI.    APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.      Appointment by Council Member Louis H. Bruni of Dr. Kimberly Folse to the Library Advisory Committee.

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr. of Steve Jackson to the Cemetery Committee.

 

VII.            PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.   Public hearing amending Chapter 21 of the Laredo Code of Ordinances to include Article XIV to prohibit the sale of and/or use of “Liquid String” and “Snappers” at parades and imposing a fine in an amount not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00); providing for severability, publication and effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

      Amending Chapter 21 of the Laredo Code of Ordinances to include Article XIV to prohibit the sale of and/or use of “Liquid String” and “Snappers” at parades and imposing a fine in an amount not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00); providing for severability, publication and effective date.

 

 

2.   Public hearing concerning an application by Hotel Operations Company amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 13.6475 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Calle Del Norte and east of Mall Del Norte, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial 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 13.6475 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Calle Del Norte and east of Mall Del Norte, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

3.      Public hearing amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicles and Truck Traffic, Article XI Truck Traffic by specifically amending Section 19-410 by allowing truck traffic east bound on Scott Street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., designating Loop 20 as a truck route from the intersection of IH 35 to the World Trade Bridge, designating Killam Industrial Blvd. as a truck route from the intersection of Mines Rd. to IH 35, Section 19-433 reducing the gross weight for oversize permits from 84,000 lbs to 80,001 lbs,  Section 19-434 requiring weight tickets for oversize loads also prior to issuance of permit, Section 19-435 setting the limits/tolerance for loads at each international bridge, and Section 19-439 reducing the gross weight in pounds from 84,000 lbs to 80,001 for overweight permits; providing for severability and an effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicles and Truck Traffic, Article XI Truck Traffic by specifically amending Section 19-410, Section 19-433, Section 19-434, Section 19-435 and Section 19-439.

 

 

 

 

4.      Public hearing amending the City of Laredo’s 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $69,411.00 to fund the COPS MORE 2000 grant project.  The  U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Service will designate $52,058.00 and the City of Laredo will designate $17,353.00 to fund this project.  Funding will be used to hire three (3) Clerk III Support Staff members.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo’s 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $69,411.00 to fund the COPS MORE 2000 grant project.  The U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Service will designate $52,058.00 and the City of Laredo will designate $17,353.00 to fund this project.  Funding will be used to hire three (3) Clerk III Support Staff members.

 

5.      Public hearing amending Chapter 19, Article XII – Transit System, of the Laredo Code of Ordinances; specifically Division 2 – Charter Service, Section 19-562, subparagraph (b) to include current City employees and current El Metro employees to be charged the charter “base rate”; providing for an effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Chapter 19, Article XII – Transit System, of the Laredo Code of Ordinances; specifically Division 2 – Charter Services, Section 19-562, subparagraph (b) to include current City employees and current El Metro employees to be charged the charter “base rate”; providing for an effective date.

 

 

 

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

6.      A.   Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1.      Status report from Mr. Ed Walker of the SouthWest Texas Rain Enhancement Association (SWTREA) on the results of the year 2000 project and the upcoming 2001 Rain Enhancement Project, with possible action.

 

2.      Status report on truck route violations, with possible action.

 

3.      Status report on the possibility of placing signalization on the corner of US Hwy 59 and the entrance to Casa Blanca golf course.

 

4.      Status report on the continued congestion around Lamar Middle and Ryan Elementary, with possible action.

 

 

               (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

 

 IX. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

7.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Jett Racing and Sales, Inc., for approximately 12,000 square feet constituting Hangar No. 123 located at 4617 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for ten (10) years commencing on January 1, 2001 and ending on December 31, 2010.  Monthly rent shall be $3,910.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

8.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Jett Racing and Sales, Inc., for approximately 18,000 square feet constituting Building No. 104 (former passenger terminal) located at 4805 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for ten (10) years commencing on January 1, 2001 and ending on December 31, 2010.  Monthly rent shall be $4,690.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

9.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aero JBR – Laredo, Inc., for approximately 5,980 square feet constituting Hangar No. 1307 located at 4400 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for ten (10) years commencing on December 1, 2000 and ending on November 30, 2010.  Monthly rent shall be $2,400.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

10.        An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Maria Elena Salinas d/b/a Casas y Caminos Realty for approximately 252 square feet constituting Suite No. 10 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on December 1, 2000 and ending November 30, 2001 and may be extended for one (1) year ending on November 30, 2002.  However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party on not less than thirty (30) days written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $315.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

11.    An ordinance designating as a one-way that section of road to include: Vidaurri Avenue, Southbound, Block Number South 100, between Water Street on the North and Ventura Street on the South; Ventura Street, Eastbound, Block Number 1900, between Vidaurri Avenue on the West and Santa Rita Avenue on the East; Santa Rita Avenue, Northbound, Block Number South 100, between Ventura Street on the South and Water Street on the North; providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction and providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

12. 2000-O-308     Amending the City of Laredo’s 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $204,825.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  Funding is available from the opening balance of the Narcotics Task Force Fund (224) and will be used to pay overtime and benefits for the period of June 1, 2000 through May 31, 2001.  The Governor’s Office Criminal Justice Division approved this adjustment on September 18, 2000.  (City Council)

        

2000-O-309     Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 169.195 acres, as described by metes and bounds, specifically the Dolores Ranch Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  (Council Member Jose Valdez, Jr.)

                       

2000-O-310     Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 207.4636 acres, located in Porcion 18 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Killam Industrial Tract, providing for the effective date of ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  (City Council)

 

2000-O-311     Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 194.8842 acres, located in Porciones 28 and 29 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Killam Ponderosa Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing 108.3589 acres as R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District), 15.0592 acres as R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District), 29.1943 acres as B-3 (General Business District), and 42.2718 acres as R-1 (Single-Family Residential District).   (Council Member Louis H. Bruni) (As Amended)

 

2000-O-312     Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 124.6586 acres, located in Porcion 19 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Hurd Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  (City Council)

                       

 

2000-O-313     Altering and extending the boundary limits for the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 1.971 acres, located in Porcion 31 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Treviño Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

                        (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

 

2000-O-314     Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 228.6075 acres, located in Porcion 31 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Tex-Mex Railway Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District).  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

 

2000-O-315     Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 14.817 acres, located in Porcion 14 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Mines Rd. Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (light Manufacturing District).        (Council Member Jose Valdez, Jr.) 

 

 

2000-O-316     Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 5.9861 acres, located in Porciones 33 and 34 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Wormser Rd. Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).  (Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

 

2000-O-317     Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $94,409.00 for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Project.  The Texas Department of Health has awarded $94,409.00 grant to the City of Laredo for the period beginning February 1, 2001 through January 31, 2002.  (City Council)

 

 

 

 

2000-O-318     Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount  $5,000.00 for the Border Health Project. The Texas Department of Health has awarded a $5,000.00 grant to the City of Laredo for the period beginning October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.  (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-319     Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $31,480.00 in additional funds for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Project.   The Texas Department of Health has awarded a $31,480.00 grant to the City of Laredo for the period beginning April 1, 2000 through March 31, 2001.  (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-320     Amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, of the Laredo Code of Ordinances by establishing Article VII.,  On-Site Sewage Disposal; providing for severability; and providing for effective date and publication.  (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-321     Decreasing the maximum commercial weight allowed to cross International Bridges of the City of Laredo, without a permit, from 84,000 lbs to 80,000 lbs and increasing the bridge toll rate schedule for South bound commercial over weights (anything over 80,000 lbs) and redefining the different over weight categories, and implementing a penalty fee for South bound over weights that arrive at the International Bridge of the City of Laredo, without a permit, and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.  (City Council)

 

 

2000-O-322     An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County for approximately 1,992 square feet of office space constituting Suite No. 11 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on October 1, 2000 and ending on September 30, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending September 30, 2002 and September 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $2,200.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for effective date.  (City Council)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000-O-323     An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County Head Start for approximately 300 square feet of office space constituting Suite No. 21 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on September 1, 2000 and ending on August 31, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending August 31, 2002 and August 31, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $370.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

2000-O-324     An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County Head Start for approximately 480 square feet of office space constituting Suite No. 26 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on October 1, 2000 and ending on September 30, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending September 30, 2002 and September 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $590.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

           

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

 

13.  2000-R-165       A resolution authorizing the acceptance of a donation of a 22.1402 acre, more or less, out of a 195.50 acre tract out of porcion 37, abstract 410, Jose Bartolo Chapa, original grantee known as Santa Rita Farm for use as a city park from Camilo Prada Machin.

 

14.    2000-R-166     A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the South Laredo Pedestrian Bridge Project.  Said parcel being Lot 100, Block 2, Southgate Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by 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 a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner.

 

 

 

 

15.  2000-R-167       A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the extension of Ejido Avenue.  Said parcel being Lot 116, Block 1, Southgate Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by 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 a purchase price, conflict  of ownership, owner refusal to sell,  and/or inability to locate the listed owner.      

 

 

16.  2000-R-168       A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of a parcel of land to be used as part of the Runway Protection Zone of Runway 35L.  Said parcel of land being Lots 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, Block 1965A, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by State Certified Real Estate Appraisers, 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 a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner; and further authorizing Relocation Assistance, if any is required, as a result of the parcel’s acquisition.

 

 

17.    2000-R-169     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant with the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $51,951.00 in which the City of Laredo will designate $5,772.00 for a total amount of $57,723.00 to fund the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant Program.

 

 

18.    2000-R-170     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in the amount of $52,058.00 in which the City of Laredo will designate $17,353.00 for a total amount of $69,411.00 to fund the COPS MORE 2000 Project.  Funding will be used to hire three (3) Clerk III support staff positions.

 

 

 

 

19.    2000-R-174     A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of two parcels of land for the construction of a City park.  Said parcels of land being Blocks 166 and 167, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owners for the acquisition of said parcels by 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 parcels if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owners.

 

XII.    MOTIONS

 

20.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve Change Order #4 for an amount not to exceed $165,000.00 to the Laredo Bridge Toll System upgrade contract with Transcore for the final equipment and set up of the AVI Customer Center Systems at the four International Bridges and the Traffic Department.  The original contract was for $8,442,136.00.   This change order will bring the total contract amount to $9,337,946.00.  Funding will be available in the Bridge Construction Fund from a transfer of line item “Toll Plaza Improvements” #553-4050-5385-301.

 

21.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application for $148,672.00 to the Texas Department of Health for renewal of the HIV/AIDS Ryan White C.A.R.E. Act/Title II HIV Care Consortia Projects for the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2001 through August 31, 2001.

 

22.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve Amendment No. 5, an increase of $ 5,230.00, to the contract with Naismith Engineering, Inc., Laredo and Corpus Christi, Texas, for the purpose of complying with Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) directive. The TNRCC directive is to remove seven (7) monitor wells as part of site closure activities located at the Bartlett Avenue Site, LPST (Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank) ID No. 101133.  This task completes all environmental work associated with the underground storage tanks at this site and the property is now available for redevelopment. This expense is eligible for TNRCC reimbursement less a deductible.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund Account.

 

23.       Consideration of an award of contract FY01-019, to the LOW BIDDER, Wilson Fire/NAFECO, New Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $50,444.50, for the purchase of protective clothing (bunker gear) for the Fire Department.  The clothing includes fifty protective suits for conventional fire fighting situations.  The proposed gear meets all the standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Funding is available in the Fire Department budget.  

 

 

 

24.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-027 to the LOW BIDDER, Rush Truck Center, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $98,778.00, for the purchase of two, three ton trucks complete with service bodies.  Both trucks will be assigned to Public Works Department.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund. 

 

 

25.       Consideration to award service contract FY01-029, to the LOW BIDDER, Lawn Masters, Laredo, Texas, in the annual amount of $90,852.00, for providing ground maintenance services for the Utilities Department, Parks and Recreation Department, and the Police Department.  This is a two year contract which requires the contract vendor to complete cutting cycles at the water plants, booster stations, the wastewater treatment plants, storage tank locations, utility easements, the Clark Street median, and the Police Station.  This contract contains a non-appropriation clause that allows the City to cancel this contract if funds are not available for these services.  Funding is available in the Utilities Fund, the Police and Parks and Recreation Departments budgets. 

 

 

26.       Consideration to award an annual supply contract number FY01-030, to the LOW BIDDER Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $950,000.00, for the purchase of transport and tank wagon loads of unleaded and low sulfur diesel fuel, for the City of Laredo's fleet.  The transport load contract pricing per gallon for unleaded fuel is approximately $0.0024/gallon less and for diesel, it is approximately $0.0014/gallon fess.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

 

27.       Consideration to award a thirty-six month lease purchase contract to Avaya/Lucent Technologies, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $48,945.60, for securing a multimedia messaging system (phone voice mail) for the City Hall phone system.  The system will allow for voice mail with pager notification and bilingual auto attendant.  The City is utilizing the provisions of the State of Texas Qualified Information System Vendor (QISV) Program to secure this equipment.  This contract contains a non-appropriation clause that allows the City to cancel this contract if funds are not available.  Funding for the lease purchase payments have been made available in the General Fund budget.  

 

 

28.       Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of November 2000, which represents a decrease in levy, is $46,220.03.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

 

 

 

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

 

a.      A refund in the amount of $1,017.93 for PHH Mortgage Company due to an overpayment made by the mortgage company.  Account #909-40003-110.

 

b.      A refund in the amount of $1,205.55 for PHH Mortgage due to an overpayment made by the mortgage company.  Account #983-00003-040.

 

c.      A refund in the amount of $912.60 for Ellis & Ellis Inc. due to a change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board.  Account #801-05096-516.

 

d.      A refund in the amount of $2,434.02 for Border Title Ltd., Co. due to a change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board. Account #900-90221-168.

 

e.      A refund in the amount of $856.81 due to double payment.  The Laredo National Bank is responsible for the tax.  Account #970-40001-090.

 

f.        A refund in the amount of $1,356.36 for Ariaza Investment LTD due to a change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board.  Account #104-00172-020.

 

g.      A refund in the amount of $735.95 for Columbus Energy Corporation.  Account #0381106-1507500-WI was not in the City of Laredo’s jurisdiction for 1999.

 

30.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into an Advance Funding Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for an amount up to $80,000.00 to fund a contract for the maintenance of illumination systems along IH 35, FM 1472 and Loop 20.   Funding is available in the Street Light Maintenance Account.

 

 

31.       Consideration to award a construction contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Guillermo Gallegos Backhoe Services of Laredo, Texas in the amount of $42,500.00 for the construction of an on-site sewage facility for the City of Laredo Solid Waste Administration Offices at the City Landfill.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

 

32.       Consideration to amend a contract with Sherfey Engineering Company for $91,300.00 to include additional engineering services, right-of-way surveys, environmental survey, construction supervision, geotechnical services, and a service area analysis of the Chacon Creek Interceptor Extension.  The amendment brings the total contract amount to $338,800.00.  Funding is available in the 1998-A Sewer Bond Issue.

 

 

 

 

33.       Consideration to amend the contract with NRS Engineers for an amount of $45,090.00 for services related to the Raw Water Intake Project at the Water Treatment Plant and the elevated storage tanks in Mines Road area and Airport Property.  The amendment will bring the total contract to $531,837.00.  Funding is available in the 1994 Water Bond Issue.

 

 

34.       Consideration to amend a contract with Groves and Associates, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for $33,265.84 to include additional engineering services required in support to change orders to the Chacon Creek Interceptor.  The change orders include the adjustment of alignments in response to unknown field conditions; preparation for future connections and other issues related to right-of-way; and repair work on existing major lines.  The amendment brings the total contract amount to $857,442.33.  Funding is available in the 1998-A Sewer Bond Issue.

 

 

35.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a sub-grant agreement with the North American Development Bank for $6,236,450.00 for the Colonias Project.  The grant will cover the cost of constructing a 16” water line from South Laredo to Loop 20 at IH35, all the wastewater work for the Mines Road Colonias, and the hook-up for eligible houses in the project.  There is no local match required.

 

 

36.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve Change Order No. 3 an increase of $295,451.62 for additional utility work to the construction contract with Pate & Pate Enterprises, Inc., for the South Laredo/Chacon Creek Interceptor.  This Change Order No. 3 covers the cost to replace trees and to repair two wastewater lines at the Zacate Wastewater Treatment Plant and at the South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Funding is available in the 1998-A Bond Issue Chacon Interceptor.  This Change Order No. 3 brings the total contract amount to $9,510,435.62.

 

 

37.       Consideration to amend a contract with Camp Dresser McKee for the amount of $71,588.64 to provide additional services for the High Service Pump Station Project.  The services include revising the project to insure compliance with codes in the rehabilitated portion of the project, compliance with the EPA grant requirements, and modifications to the front-end documents.  The amendment brings the contract total to $352,888.64. Funding is available in the 1994 Water Bond Issue.

 

 

38.       Consideration for approval of the selection of an engineering consultant for the Bartlett Avenue (Hillside to Gale) and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2000-A C.O. Issue Bartlett/Hillside to Gale.

 

39.       Consideration for approval of the selection of an engineering consultant for the Feasibility Study to construct a bridge structure in the vicinity of Zacate Creek by East San Francisco and Canal Street and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Community Development 26th Action Year Canal St./San Francisco Study.

 

40.       Consideration for approval of the selection of an engineering consultant for the Laredo International Bridge No. 5, City Toll Plaza and Federal Border Station Facilities and Access Roadways and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Bridge System – 5th Bridge.

 

41.       Consideration for approval of the selection of an engineering consultant for the South Meadow Overpass Bridge at Tex Mex Railroad and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2000-A C.O. Issue Meadow @ Tex-Mex Analysis.

 

42.       Consideration for approval of the selection of an engineering consultant for the Eastwoods Park and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund – Eastwoods Park.

 

43.       Consideration for approval of the selection of an engineering consultant for the Shiloh Drive Widening Project (IH35 to McPherson Road) and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2000-A C.O. Issue Shiloh Widening.

 

44.              Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve Amendment No. 8 for an amount not to exceed $85,912.50 to the engineering contract with Structural Engineering Associates, Inc., (SEA), San Antonio, Texas, for the Border Facilities for the World Trade Bridge.  This Amendment No. 8 is for design and construction, administration services for the Hazardous Materials Containment Facility for the World Trade Bridge.  The total contract amount to date including this Amendment No. 8 is $4,915,971.93.  Funding is available in the Bridge System T/E Bond – Bridge 4 Project Engineer Fees.

 

45.       Consideration for approval to release partial retainage in the amount of $400,000.00 to M.W. Builders, Inc., Temple, Texas, for the Border Facilities for the World Trade Bridge.  The remaining retainage in the amount of $388,361.08, will be withheld until all work has been completed.  Funding is available in the Bridge System – Retainage Payable.

 

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

           

46.       Presentation of the Annual Collection Report for the Tax Department by the City Tax Assessor-Collector as required by the State Property Tax Code.

 

 

 

 

 

47.       Status report on the Secondary Water Supply Project and discussion regarding the procurement strategy currently underway, water demand projections, and proposed timeline, 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.

 

 

XV.   RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

48.       Consideration to award an annual supply contract number FY01-030, to the LOW BIDDER, Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $400,000.00, for the purchase of transport loads of low sulfur diesel fuel and tank wagon loads of unleaded fuel for the El Metro fleet.  The transport load contract pricing per gallon for diesel is approximately $0.0024/gallon less than the previous year and the tank wagonload contract pricing for unleaded fuel is approximately $0.0049/gallon less than the previous contract pricing.  Funding is available in the Transit fund.

 

49.              Consideration to file an application with the Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, United States of America, in the amount of $3,502,309.00 for Fiscal Year 2000-2001, and authorizing the execution of all related documents.

 

 

50.       2000-R-171     A resolution to accept and execute Amendment No. 3 for Grant Agreement No. 51922F6007 between the City of Laredo and the Texas Department of Transportation extending the contract termination period to March 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, December 13, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                    

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                         City Secretary[fp1]