CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2001-R-09

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

APRIL 2, 2001

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 February 1, 2001, February 5, 2001, February 20, 2001 and February 26, 2001.

 

V.              COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.      Recognizing United South Panther Boys and Girls Basketball Teams for achieving the 30-5A District Championships, Area Champions and Regional Quarter Finalists.

 

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

 

Communiqués

 

 

 VI.    APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.      Appointment of Mr. Don Fields by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores to the Tree Board Committee.

 

 

   VII.         PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.   Public hearing amending the City of Laredo’s Code of Ordinances Chapter 2, Article II, Sec. 2-16, which sets forth the departments of the city, by creating the Environmental Services Department; providing for an effective date and amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget by creating two positions within the Environmental Services Department which will be funded from reserves by the N.P.D.E.S. Fund and the Hazardous Materials Fund and authorize the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo’s Code of Ordinances Chapter 2, Article II, Sec. 2-16, which sets forth the departments of the city, by creating the Environmental Services Department; providing for an effective date and amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget by creating two positions within the Environmental Services Department which will be funded from reserves by the N.P.D.E.S. Fund and the Hazardous Materials Fund and authorize the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

2.   Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, 3, and 4, Block 1345, Eastern Division, located at 2315 Chihuahua St., from R-O (Residential-Office District) and B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, 3, and 4, Block 1345, Eastern Division, located at 2315 Chihuahua St., from R-O (Residential-Office District) and B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

3.      Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 20.73 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Cielito Lindo Blvd. and east of St. David St., from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area 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 20.73 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Cielito Lindo Blvd. and east of St. David St., from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

4.      Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 12, Block 685, Eastern Division, located at 1202 Gustavus St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of a B-1 Zone for only the north 57 ft. of Lot 12.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 12, Block 685, Eastern Division, located at 1202 Gustavus St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

5.      Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 245, Western Division, located at 620 Coke St., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 245, Western Division, located at 620 Coke St., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

6.      Public hearing amending the issuance of a Special Use Permit for sand and gravel sales and storage, on 10 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 18015 FM 1472.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the issuance of a Special Use Permit for sand and gravel sales and storage, on 10 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 18015 FM 1472; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

7.      Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount of $70,000.00 for a donation by the Friends of the Library, Laredo, Texas, Inc., providing for effective date.  (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-036 is needed before Public Hearing)

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount of $70,000.00 for a donation by the Friends of the Library, Laredo, Texas, Inc., providing for effective date. 

 

 

8.      Public hearing amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 12, entitled Fire Protection and Prevention, by amending Section 12-2, Fire Prevention Code-Adopted, and adopting the 2000 Edition of the International Fire Code; Section 12-3 same amendments, by adopting four supplementations to the 2000 Edition of the International Fire Code as adopted in Section 12-2; creating Section 12-6 Life Safety Code 101 and Handbook-Adopted; providing for severability; publication, and effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 12, entitled Fire Protection and Prevention, by amending Section 12-2, Fire Prevention Code-Adopted, and adopting the 2000 Edition of the International Fire Code; Section 12-3 same amendments, by adopting four supplementations to the 2000 Edition of the International Fire Code as adopted in Section 12-2; creating Section 12-6 Life Safety Code 101 and Handbook-Adopted; providing for severability; publication, and effective date.

 

9.      Public hearing creating a Special Revenue Fund to account for the proceeds of a one-fourth of one cent sales and use tax and the related debt service, and to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,265,914.00 for FY2000-2001; creating a Capital Project Fund to account for bond proceeds for the construction of the arena facility, and to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $35,500,000.00 for FY2000-2001; and authorizing the City Manager to implement such budget and fund in current and future city budgets.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Creating a Special Revenue Fund to account for the proceeds of a one-fourth of one cent sales and use tax and the related debt service, and to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,265,914.00 for FY2000-2001; creating a Capital Project Fund to account for bond proceeds for the construction of the arena facility, and to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $35,500,000.00 for FY2000-2001; and authorizing the City Manager to implement such budget and fund in current and future city budgets.

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

     

10. A.   Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.      Staff report on vacant land in District III available to be used as baseball field, with possible action.

 

2.      Staff update on the Sidewalk Project in District III, with possible action.

 

3.      Staff update on the progress of the Chacon Meadow Bridge, with possible action.

 

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

 

1.   Status of animal control sweep in District VI, with possible action.

 

C.     Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.      Discussion on the cutting of public streets and failure to resurface the street, with possible action.

 

2.      Discussion on the flooding problems at the intersection of Vidaurri Avenue and Sanchez Street, with possible action.

 

3.      Discussion on the construction of sidewalks on the 1600-1700 block of Sanchez Street and the 1500-1600 block of Park Street, with possible action.

 

4.      Discussion on the cleanup and maintenance of the 4 city owned blocks by the River Drive Mall that are used for parking, with possible action. 

           

                (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

11.    An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Border Area Nutrition Council for approximately 481 square feet constituting Suite No. 25 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 January 1, 2001, and ending on December 31, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on December 31, 2002, and December 31, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $600.00 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.

 

12.    An ordinance to authorize the City Manager to execute lease with Kiwanis International for a tract of land containing approximately 4.95 acres located on Block 1 at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) days commencing on April 20, 2001, and ending on April 22, 2001.  Rent shall be $1,800.00; providing for effective date.

 

 

13.    An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of the 300 block of Laredo St. between Springfield Ave. and the east right-of-way line of the Texas Mexican Railroad Co.  situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas and providing for an effective date.

 

 

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

 

14.    2001-O-065     Establishing a 15% penalty on the 2000 delinquent tax accounts as of July 1, 2001 to defray costs of collection pursuant to section 33.07 (a) of the Texas State Property Tax Code; providing for publication and effective date.  (City Council)

 

2001-O-066     Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $7,500.00 in additional funds for the Chronic Disease Prevention Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP), of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.  (City Council)

 

2001-O-067     Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Budget Amendment to appropriate State Funds from the Texas Department of Transportation State Project No. VCR 0101 (22), Contract No. #5112256004 in the amount of $574,793.00 providing for a local match of $166.00 from the Transit Sales Tax Proceeds Budget Reserve Account No. 518-5162-584-9900.  (City Council)

                       

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

15.    2001-R-035     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the National Endowment for the Humanities’ General Preservation Assessment Grant Program in the amount of $5,000.00 to assess five archival collections in Webb County.

 

 

16.    2001-R-036     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a donation from the Friends of the Library, Laredo, Texas, Inc. in the amount of $70,000.00 for the purchase of books and equipment to augment programs and services at Laredo Public Library.

 

17.    2001-R-037     A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the Chacon Creek Improvements Project. Said parcel of land being Lots 1, 2, 3, 7, & 8, Block 1719, 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 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 a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner. 

 

18.    2001-R-038     A resolution directing publication of notice of intention to issue City of Laredo, Texas Sales Tax Revenue Bond, Series 2001 in the principal amount of $35,500,000.00 for paying all or a portion of the City’s Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

19.    2001-R-039     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application with the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division to fund the Texas Narcotics Control Program.  This funding will be used to pay salaries, overtime, indirect operating expenses, and the purchase of equipment from June 1, 2001 through May 31, 2002.

 

 

XII.    MOTIONS

 

 

20.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with the Texas Department of Health for the continuation of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Program in the amount of $592,000.00, the Title V Population Based – Community Health Education Project in the amount of $150,000.00, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project in the amount of $50,000.00, and the Community Oriented Public Health – La Familia Health Care Program in the amount of $225,000.00 of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.  

21.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute professional services renewal contracts for two years with J&A Pharmacy not to exceed $200,000.00 to provide pharmaceutical services to HIV/AIDS clients of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2001, through March 31, 2003.   State grant funds are utilized for these services.

 

22.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant proposal to the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $120,000.00 for the continuation of the Nutricion Familiar/Family Nutrition Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.

 

23.       Ratifying addendum to 1999-2000 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Police Officers’ Association regarding processing of the clothing allowance under Article 13, Section 5 of the Agreement allowing for the payment of the allowance with the regular paycheck and taxing of the payment at each officer’s computed tax rate.

 

24.              Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application in the amount of $1,500,000.00 from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office for the funding of the COPS MORE 2001 Program.  The funding will be used to purchase equipment/technology for the implementation of mobile data terminals at the Laredo Police Department.  The total grant award for this program is $1,500,000.00 with the U.S. Department of Justice providing 66% ($1,000,000.00) of the total grant award and the City contributing 34% ($500,000.00) in matching funds.  This grant provides funding for one year and requires the City to maintain the equipment for one additional budget cycle after federal funding has ended and adhere to the program’s retention policy.

 

25.       Consideration to award a contract to Harry Jewett and Associates, of Laredo, Texas, for $205,170.00 for the design and construction services of water transmission lines to serve the Mines Road Colonias.  The contract will be paid for by the Texas Water Development Board Colonias Grant.

 

26.       Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 4 for an increase of $23,402.50 for additional utility work to the construction contract with Pate & Pate Enterprises, Inc., The Woodlands, Texas, for the South Laredo/Chacon Creek Interceptor Project. This Change Order No. 4 covers the cost to rehabilitate an 8” wastewater line with a cure in place lining system to avoid replacing the line with the open-cut technique. Funding is available in the 1998-A Bond Issue Chacon Interceptor. This Change Order No. 4 brings the total contract amount to $9,530,383.12.

 

 

27.              Consideration to award a contract to CH2MHILL of San Antonio, Texas, for $212,500.00 for the design and construction services of water transmission lines, booster station, and distribution system to serve the Mines Road Colonias.  The contract will be paid for the Texas Water Development Board Colonias Grant.

 

 

28.              Consideration to award a contract to NRS Engineers, of Harlingen, Texas, for $110,500.00 for the design and construction services of a booster station and ground and elevated storage tanks to serve the HWY 359 Colonias.  The contract will be paid for by the Texas Water Development Board Colonias Grant.

 

 

29.       Consideration to authorize the conversion of the City Cemetery Ad Hoc Committee into a standing Advisory Committee for the purpose of providing permanent assistance and advice in evaluating services in association with ongoing Cemetery issues.

 

30.       Consideration to authorize the purchase of one replacement fire pumper truck for the Fire Department through the Houston Galveston Area council of Governments (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $324,667.02.  This truck will be delivered within eight months and is a replacement for the fire pumper truck assigned to Station No. 5.  Funding is available in the 2000-A Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation Bond proceeds. 

 

 

31.       Consideration to award annual supply contract FY01-067 to the LOW BIDDERS, US Filter Distribution Group, Laredo, Texas ($60,097.57), Hughes Supply, Inc., San Antonio, Texas ($22,637.37), and Municipal Pipe and Supply, McAllen, Texas ($18,259.55), for the purchase of water works materials for construction and repair projects by the Utilities Department.  The City received four bids for an annual supply contract for providing water materials such as service saddles, couplings, and mechanical joint fittings and clamps.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department – Water Distribution Operation.

 

 

32.       Consideration to award a six month supply contract (FY01-078) to the LOW BIDDERS, Arnold Oil Co. d/b/a Lone Star Lubricants, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $41,587.72, and Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $3,780.00. for the purchase of lubricants for the Fleet Maintenance Division.  The bid pricing will be firm during this six-month period and all items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

 

33.       Consideration to approve the award of an engineering contract to Foster Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $80,900.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Del Mar Widening (McPherson to Fenwick) approximately 3,175 linear feet.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund.

 

 

34.              Consideration to award a construction contract to the LOW BIDDER, L&M Construction Company, Laredo, Texas, in the net base bid amount of $19,725.00 for the Main Library sign.  Funding is available in the New Public Library Improvements Other Than Buildings.

 

 

35.              Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 an increase of $16,233.75 to the construction contract with Brothers Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Jacaman Road Extension Project to install additional 1,665 linear feet 7’ high security fence with three strand barbed wire per FAA specifications along the east and west boundary line of the Airport newly acquired 114.77 acre tract, south of Jacaman Road and to add an additional 20 working days to the construction contract time.  Funding is available in the Building and Improvements to Buildings.

 

 

36.              Consideration for approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids for the Calle Del Norte/Springfield Street Improvements Right-Turn Lane.  Funding is available in the 2000 C.O. Issue Springfield/Calle Del Norte.

 

 

37.       Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 an increase of $23,000.00 to the construction contract with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the City-Wide Sidewalks Project No. 14 (37 Blocks) to construct the sidewalks at the Community League Field Park located at 400 St. James between Conrad Drive/Martens. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project.

 

 

38.              Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 2 an increase of $803.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the McPherson Acres Subdivision Drainage Improvements Phase I, and approval of final payment in the amount of $57,320.03 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas.  Final contract amount is $555,424.50.  Funding is available in the 1998 C.O. Issue McPherson Acres Drainage Improvements.

 

 

39.              Consideration to authorize the award of a contract in the amount of $53,300.00 to Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan (PBS&J) for the development of a School Zone Safety Study for Laredo, TX.  The study will evaluate the area around selected schools in order to resolve pedestrian and vehicular conflicts and to identify specific improvements that would increase the safety of pedestrians, as well as identify possible funding sources for such improvements.  Funding for the project is available through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Account.

 

 

40.              Consideration to authorize the award of a contract in the amount of $72,000.00 to Carter & Burgess, Inc., for the Corridors & Intersections Analysis – Phase II for Laredo, TX.  The study will identify necessary capital improvements that are key intersections to enhance the safety of the traveling public and expedite the flow of cars and trucks to and through Laredo.  The study will provide locations and impact of infrastructure deficiencies along identified corridors, capital improvement alternatives, cost estimates, alternative circulation recommendations and order of implementation for proposed improvements.  Funding for the project is available through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Account.

 

 

41.       Consideration to approve a five-year professional service contract with Estrada-Hinojosa & Company, Inc., of Dallas, Texas, for Financial Advisory Services for the City of Laredo.  Financial advisory services fees are based on the size of the debt issuance sold and are paid from said proceeds.  Funding for these services will be available from proceeds of the debt issuance.

 

42.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell five surplus vehicles to our Sister City of Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon and eleven surplus vehicles to our Sister City Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon.

 

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

           

 

43.       Presentation by Mike Personett, water rights consultant, to the City of Laredo, on an update report on the efforts to identify opportunities to purchase water rights from agricultural entities and others who may be willing to transact long-term rights or contracts in exchange for project funds.  This approach was identified in Senate Bill 1 as the most important issue in making water available for municipalities. 

 

44.       Staff report on the traffic conditions along Shiloh Blvd. as a result of the meetings with the various neighborhood groups.

 

45.       Staff report on the Speed Hump Program as it concerns District VI.

 

46.              Presentation by Michael Heath, P.E., from Alliance Texas Engineering Company, regarding the downtown parking and traffic circulation plan for the Traffic Safety Department.

 

47.              Presentation on the Plan of Finance by Noe Hinojosa of Estrada-Hinojosa Financial Consultants on a proposed sale of a Sales Tax Revenue Bond for the construction of an arena.

 

48.       Status of the Veterans Monument, 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.   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, March 28, 2001 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                        

 

        

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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