CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2001-R-13

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MAY 21, 2001

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.   Final status report of the City of Laredo’s participation in the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” fundraiser.

 

Communiqués

 

a.      Presentation of the 2000-2001 City of Laredo COOP (Cooperative Training) and ICT (Industrial Cooperative Training) student employees.

 

b.      Presentation on the ADA Compliance Report for the following projects: CDBG Sidewalk School Approaches Program, the Public Works Service Center, Zacate Creek Beautification Phase II, and the Fourth Bridge/Border Facilities.

 

c.   Presentation by Kyle Kippenbrock and Jorge Gonzalez, senior students at Alexander High School Magnet for Health and Science on a possible ordinance amendment based on an experiment and research conducted.

 

 

 VI.    APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

   VII.         PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.   Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $20,025.00 to fund the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Public Corruption Task Force at no cost to the City.   Funds will be used to pay for overtime, travel and operational expenses beginning January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.  (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-059 needed before Public Hearing)

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $20,025.00 to fund the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Public Corruption Task Force at no cost to the City.   Funds will be used to pay for overtime, travel and operational expenses beginning January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.

 

2.   Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $637,772.00 to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force from the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City.   Funds will be used to pay for personnel salaries, travel and operational expenses beginning January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.  (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-053 needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $637,772.00 to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force from the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City.   Funds will be used to pay for personnel salaries, travel and operational expenses beginning January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.

 

3.   Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of
Laredo’s FY 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $19,443.00 for overtime expenses that are to be reimbursed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to fund the Laredo Border Region Violent Crimes Task Force (LBRVCTF).  The Laredo Police Department will assign one Investigator and one Police Officer to the task force.  Reimbursement of overtime expenses will commence on October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.  (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-057 needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of
Laredo’s FY 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $19,443.00 for overtime expenses that are to be reimbursed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to fund the Laredo Border Region Violent Crimes Task Force (LBRVCTF).  The Laredo Police Department will assign one Investigator and one Police Officer to the task force.  Reimbursement of overtime expenses will commence on October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.

 

3.      Public hearing authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Sports Venue Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2001, in the principal amount of $40,000,000.00 to finance a sports venue project for a multi-purpose entertainment arena and related infrastructure and for payment of legal, fiscal, architectural and engineering fees in connection with such projects and ordaining other matters relating to the subject including approving a bond purchase agreement and official statement, and providing for the security of the bonds and the pledging of a sales tax and authorizing amendment to City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Sports Venue Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2001, in the principal amount of $40,000,000.00 to finance a sports venue project for a multi-purpose entertainment arena and related infrastructure and for payment of legal, fiscal, architectural and engineering fees in connection with such projects and ordaining other matters relating to the subject including approving a bond purchase agreement and official statement, and providing for the security of the bonds and the pledging of a sales tax and authorizing amendment to City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein.

 

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

 

1.      Request for a staff report on Chacon Creek, with possible action.

 

2.      Request for staff report on 1704 Lane, with possible action.

 

3.  Discussion on existing and proposed ordinances that govern railroads, with possible action.

 

 

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

 

1.      Discussion with possible action on the results of the traffic improvements study, that included stop signs, flashing beacons, etc. in District VII, specifically on Lowry, Rancho Viejo, Eagle Pass and Lafayette St.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action to add traffic signs and speed humps at the Father McNaboe Park Area and truck route signage on San Bernardo between Calton Road and Jefferson.

 

 

c.      Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.      Report on the repairs on the San Agustin Plaza, with possible action.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding the creation of parks in District VIII in the areas of Zacate Creek, La Ladrillera, El Cuatro, San Francisco Javier, La Azteca, and the improvements on the Saint Peter’s Plaza.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action on parking on the sidewalks of Sta. Maria during Tecolotes games.

 

4.      Status report on the Clean Up in the neighborhoods of La Azteca and San Francisco Javier by the riverbanks.

 

 

               (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

6.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Corpus Christi SMSA Limited Partnership, d/b/a Cingular Wireless, by its General Partner, Southwestern Bell Wireless, L.L.C. for ground space at the Fire Station located at 9402 Northeast Bob Bullock Loop, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in lease agreement to construct on such premises a 125 ft. high monopole and related building equipment for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is ten (10) years commencing May 28, 2001 and ending May 28, 2011 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.

 

 

7.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Corpus Christi SMSA Limited Partnership, d/b/a Cingular Wireless, by its General Partner, Southwestern Bell Wireless, L.L.C. for ground space at the Unitec Water Tanks Compound located at 13378 South Unitec Drive, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and more fully described in lease agreement to construct on such premises a 180 ft. high self-supporting type tower and related building equipment for use with its communications business.  Term of lease is ten (10) years commencing May 28, 2001 and ending May 28, 2011 with three (3) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $7,700.00 each year during term of the lease and will be adjusted by three percent (3%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

 

8.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between the Airport Fund, as Lessor, and City General Fund, as Lessee, for approximately 23.96 acres of land located at the northwest quadrant of the Laredo International Airport.  The lease term is for forty (40) years commencing December 1, 2000 and ending on November 30, 2040.  Monthly rent shall be $6,958.04 and will be adjusted annually based on changes in the Consumer Price Index and by fair market rent appraisal at each ten-year anniversary.  The monthly rent obligation shall commence effective December 1, 2000; providing for an effective date.

 

 

9.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between the Airport Fund, as Lessor, and City Utilities Fund, as Lessee, for approximately 3.64 acres of land located at the northwest quadrant of the Laredo International Airport.  The lease term is for forty (40) years commencing December 1, 2000 and ending on November 30, 2040.  Monthly rent shall be $1,056.82 and will be adjusted annually based on changes in the Consumer Price Index and by fair market rent appraisal at each ten-year anniversary.  The monthly rent obligation shall commence effective December 1, 2000; providing for an effective date.

 

 

10.    An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only” of a 9,006.84 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of the Laredo Street right-of-way between the West right-of-way line of Springfield Avenue and the east line of the Texas-Mexican Railway Company’s right-of-way, provided that the City of Laredo retains a 15’ wide sewer easement said tracts being described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibits “A” and “B” respectively; to Texas-Mexican Railway Company in exchange for the “Surface Only” of a tract of land containing 0.27362 of an acre (11,919.01 sq. ft.), more or less, out and part of approximately 200’ wide Texas-Mexican Railway right-of-way between Arkansas Ave. and New York Ave. being described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “C”; and providing for an effective date.

 

 

11.    An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of a 2,487.84 sq. ft. (16’ x 162.57’) parcel of land, more or less, out of the 500 block of Tilden Avenue between Willow and Aldama Streets, said parcel of land being encroached upon by the improvements of the abutting property being described as a 2,294 acre tract of land, more or less, part of Block 64, both situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, described in attached Exhibit “A” and authorizing the sale of the “Surface Only” of said parcel of land at the market value of $5,225.00 and  authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Victor Manuel Lujan Treviño and providing for an effective date.

 

 

12.    An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Federal Transit Administration Grant No. TX90X526, in the amount of $3,502,309.00 for Fiscal Year 2000-2001; and amend the Transit Systems Operating Budget by increasing the Federal Transit Administration Operating Grant contribution from $2,670,601.00 to $3,502,309.00 and decreasing the sales tax match for operating expenses from $3,222,342.00 to $2,390,342.00 and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

 

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

 

13.    2001-O-096     Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Annual budget and appropriate revenue and expenditure upon the acceptance of a donation of $3,000.00 from Clark Hardware, Inc. for sponsorship of the Famous Chicken and $1,270.00 from Conoco for the sponsorship as well as purchase of Tecolotes logo baseballs to be given away at the park for promotional purposes.  (Mayor Pro-Tempore Joe A. Guerra)

 

 

2001-O-097     Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget by creating the following positions: one (1) Parks & Recreation Assistant Director, and one (1) Administrative Assistant II at a cost of $40,000.00 including fringe benefits and a one-time capital outlay request of $7,450.00 for a total of $47,450.00 which will be funded by anticipated salary line item savings from the Parks & Recreations Department, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget. (City Council)

 

 

2001-O-098     An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its adjusted market value of $19,576.00, for certain property described as a 13,890.00 sq.ft., more or less, tract of land out of that former section of Poggenpohl Street between Vidaurri and Sta. Isabel Avenues to Hector Zuniga; provided that the City of Laredo retains a 12 foot wide utility easement; said tract being situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and hereby approving the submitted Improvement Plans, and in compliance with Section 10 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy Handbook, as approved as per Resolution No. 97-R-140; and providing for effective date.  (City Council)

 

 

2001-O-099     An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lease Agreement with Webb County, as described on attached exhibit “A”, for and on behalf of the City of Laredo for approximately 1,820 sq. ft. of building space situated at La Ladrillera Elderly Center, Block 684, Western Division, located at 2100 Pinder, in the City of Laredo, Webb County, State of Texas for the purpose of operating the Elderly Nutrition Program and any other social service that will benefit low and moderate income people to allow for payment of 25% of all utility costs including electricity, gas and the monthly charge of an alarm monitoring services upon execution of the lease agreement and the inception of a $300.00 monthly lease payment effective January 2002.  (As Amended)  (City Council)

                       

 

2001-O-100     An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of the 1700 block of South Malinche Avenue between Pecan and San Salvador Street situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, and providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

 

2001-O-101     An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Border City Rods, a non-profit organization, for the El Metro Park & Ride Lot, located at 4600 Daugherty for the purpose of holding an auto show.  The lease term is for two days, beginning 8:00 a.m. on September 1, 2001, and ending at 3:00 p.m. on September 2, 2001.  Rental fee shall be $1.00.  (City Council)

 

 

2001-O-102     An ordinance designating as a one-way northbound that section of Ejido Avenue, block numbers 900, 1000 and 1100, between Market Street on the south and Guadalupe Street on the north; providing for installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction and providing for publication and effective date.  (City Council)

 

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

 

14.    2001-R-053     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $637,772 to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force from the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City. Funding will be used to pay personnel salaries, travel and operating expenses from January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.

 

 

 

15.    2001-R-057     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept reimbursement in the amount of $19,443.00 for overtime expenses from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to fund the Laredo Border region Violent Crime Task force (LBVCTF).  The Laredo Police Department will assign one Investigator and one Police Officer to the task force.  Reimbursement of overtime expenses will commence on October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.

 

16.    2001-R-058     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application and to accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program in the amount of $2,500,000.00 for the purpose of implementing Laredo’s FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program.  The City’s ten (10%) percent Local Match for this project in the amount of $277,778.00 is available in the Airport Land Reimbursement Account.

 

17.    2001-R-059     A resolution   authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $20,025.00 to fund the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Public Corruption Task Force at no cost to the City. Funding will be used to pay overtime, travel and operating expenses from January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.

 

18.    2001-R-060     A resolution authorizing the City of Laredo to participate in Texas Local Government Investment Pool (TEXPOOL) a Public Fund Investment Pool, designating authorized representatives and approving the participation agreement.   

 

19.    2001-R-061     A resolution expressing that the City Council of the City of Laredo opposes the construction of an International Bridge Crossing that is not part of the Laredo Bridge System, that would compete directly with the City’s system, and further opposing any construction of an International Bridge inside the City’s Corporate Limits, including the extra territorial jurisdiction, that is not constructed or sponsored by the City of Laredo.

 

 

XII.    MOTIONS

 

 

20.       Consideration to approve a new contract for Utilities Pay Stations to post a $1,000.00 bond or make a deposit of $1,000.00.  The Pay Stations collect utility and miscellaneous receivable payments at various neighborhood locations for the City of Laredo.

 

21.       Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of April 2001, which represents an increase in levy, is $441.43.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

 

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

 

a.            A refund in the amount of $2,177.42 payable to First Nationwide Mortgage Corporation due to an over payment.

b.            A refund in the amount of $739.01 payable to International Bank of Commerce because the bank paid this account in error.

c.            A refund in the amount of $933.99 payable to Maria G. Carrasco Anderson due to a double payment.

d.            A refund in the amount of $817.90 payable to Columbus Energy Corp. due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board.

e.            A refund in the amount of $804.51 payable to Border Abstract & Title Company due to a change of value certified by the Webb County Appraisal District.

 

23.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-072, to the LOW BIDDER, L & M Construction Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $22,675.50, for the repainting of the exterior of the main Public Library.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

24.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-079, to the LOW BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Super Precision Design, Fairfield, New Jersey, in the amount of $54,750.00, for the purchase of one airless street marking vehicle for the Traffic Safety Department.  This vehicle will be replacing a 1992 vehicle.  The City did receive two lower bids, however, the equipment proposed by these vendors did not meet bid requirements.   Funding is available in the PPFCO Series 2000-2001 proceeds and the Traffic Safety Department budget.  

 

25.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-083, to the LOW BIDDER, E. Q. Enterprises, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $52,000.00, for the fabrication and installation of approximately 2,556 linear feet of security fencing at the Colombia Bridge parking lot.  The project is scheduled for completion within ninety days.  Funding has been allocated in the Bridge Fund.

 

26.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-085, to the LOW BIDDER, Holt Co. of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $46,042.20, for the lease purchase of one backhoe/loader for the City Cemetery Operation.   This backhoe will be purchased on a thirty six month lease purchase agreement with financing secured through Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation at an interest rate of 5.1%.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within 45 days.  Funding for the lease purchase is available in the Cemetery budget.

27.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-091, to the LOW BIDDER, NPE - Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $29,928.00, for the purchase of one skid steer loader and trailer, for the Pubic Works Department.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

28.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-095, to the LOW BIDDER, Holt Co. of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $88,246.00, for the purchase of two backhoe/loaders.  One will be assigned to the Parks and Recreation Department and the other to the Public Work Department.  These backhoes will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provision of a five (5) year maintenance contract and a guarantee repurchase price.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within 45 days.  Funding is available in the PPFCO Series 2000-2001 proceeds and the Capital Improvement Fund (CIP).

 

29.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-099, to the SOLE BIDDER, Kinloch Equipment & Supply, Inc., Pasadena, Texas, in the amount of $138,985.00, for the purchase of a CCTV van for the Environmental Engineering Division.  This van is equipped with a video camera/recording system that is used to inspect storm sewers.   Delivery of this equipment is expected within 120 days.  Funding is available in the N.P.D.E.S. Fund. 

 

30.       Consideration to award contract FY01-100, to the following LOW BIDDERS, for the purchase of vehicles for various City Departments authorized in the FY01 capital equipment budget:

 

Philpott Motors, Port Neches, Texas:

                                    9 -  1/2 ton, long bed truck                 $145,593.00

                                    8 -  1/2 extended cab truck, SB         $145,080.00

                                    2 -  Passenger Van                             $  44,576.00

                                                                                                  $335,249.00

Padre Ford, Corpus Christi, Texas

                                    1 -  Utility Vehicle                               $   28,401.00

                                    6 -  3/4 Ton Trucks                             $110,340.00

                                    3 -  3/4 Ton Ext. Cab, SB Truck        $   55,170.00

                                    1 -   1/2 Ton Truck                              $   17,269.00

                                    1 -    Utility Vehicle                             $   23,688.00

                                                                                                 $234,868.00

Paul Young, Laredo, Texas            

                                    1 -  1/2 ton, short bed                       $   16,131.00

                                    2 -  Mid size passenger car             $   28,666.00                                                  

                                                                                                $   44,797.00

 

 Delivery is expected within ninety to one hundred and twenty days.

 

31.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-101, to the SOLE BIDDER, Bill Peace & Son, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $21,275.00, for the purchase of one forklift for the Public Works Department - Fleet Maintenance Division.   Delivery of this equipment is expected within 30 days.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund. 

 

 

 

32.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-102, to the LOW BIDDER, Holt Co. of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $211,752.00, for the purchase of two, three cubic yard loaders.  One will be assigned to the Utilities Department - Wastewater Treatment Division and the other to the Solid Waste - Sanitation Division.  These loaders will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provision of a five (5) year maintenance contract and a guarantee repurchase price.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within 45 days.  Funding is available in the Utilities Fund and Solid Waste Fund. 

 

 

33.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-103, to the LOW BIDDER, Airgas Southwest Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $22,800.00, for providing powered sports drinks (Gatorade/Sqwincher) for City service crews.  Electrolyte replacement drinks are purchased during the summer months for the service crews to prevent dehydration.   Funding is available in the following budgets:  Public Works, Fleet Maintenance, Traffic Safety, Parks and Recreation, and Utilities Departments. 

 

 

34.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-104, to the SOLE BIDDER, Larry A. Norton & Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $16,570.88, for the purchase of six computer terminals and twenty laser printers, for the Police Department.  Delivery of all items is expected within two weeks.   Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

 

35.       Consideration to award contract FY01-105 to the LOW BIDDERS, Paul Young Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $270,759.00, for the purchase of thirteen vehicles, Brown Chevrolet, Devine, Texas, in the amount of $265,975.00, for the purchase of eleven vehicles, and Sames Motor Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $212,600.00, for the purchase of ten vehicles, for the Police Department.  The vehicles selected for purchase include Ford, General Motors and Chrysler models.  The intent of the Department is to secure the most diverse fleet possible due to the nature of the work involved by the Police Department.  The majority of these vehicles will be replacements of older models.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund. 

 

 

36.       Consideration to award annual contract number FY01-106, to the LOW BIDDERS, Skaggs Public Safety Uniforms and Equipment, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $100,000.00 and Gateway Uniforms Service, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $20,000.00 for the purchase of uniforms for Fire Department personnel.  Funding is available in the Fire Department budget.

 

 

 

37.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-107, to the SOLE BIDDER, Rochester Armored Car Co., Omaha, NE., in the estimated amount of $71,676.00 per year, for providing armored car courier service for various city departments.  The term of this contract will be for two years.  Courier service is requested for the International Bridge I, II, World Trade, Colombia bridges, Health Department, City Hall, Public Library, Municipal Housing, Municipal Court, Civic Center, Building Department, Traffic Safety, and Utilities Department.   Funding is available in the respective department budgets.   Second year funding is subject to appropriation of funds by each respective department.

 

 

38.       Consideration to authorize a contract with Q.S. Technologies, Inc., of Greenville, South Carolina, in the amount of $32,656.00 for the purchase of thirteen (13) additional user licenses for the Insight-CH Software developed for the City of Laredo Health Department.  Funding is available in the Health Department budget.

 

 

39.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of 1,000 acre-feet of Class “B” water rights from Milton K. Weikel, for the sum of $540,000.00.  The water rights convert to 400 acre-feet of municipal water rights.  Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund.

 

 

40.       Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1, a decrease of $29,565.52 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the 2000-2001 Street Recycling Project (133.5 Blocks) and approval of final payment in the amount of $161,214.50 to Cutler Repaving, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas.  Final contract amount is $285,764.18.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Cutler Repaving.

 

 

41.       Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $20,240.38 for the betterment and ADA allowances credit, acceptance of the City of Laredo Service Center (EDA Project No. 08-01-03159) located adjacent to the Laredo International Airport along Thomas Avenue connecting to Gale Street for Public Works, Risk Management and Utilities Departments, and approval of final retainage payment in the amount of $356,337.98 to Marshall Company, Corpus Christi, Texas.  Final contract amount is $7,126,759.62.  Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue Buildings.

 

 

42.       Consideration for approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids for the Laredo Municipal Court Project.  Funding is available in the 2000 CO Issue Municipal Court. 

 

 

43.       Consideration to award a construction contract to the LOW BIDDER Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the base bid amount of $83,796.10 for Calle Del Norte/Springfield Street Improvements Right-Turn Lane.  Funding is available in the 2000 CO Issue Calle Del Norte/ Springfield.

 

 

44.       Consideration to authorize the installation of speed humps on Sandy Lane in accordance with the Speed Hump Installation Policy under the Special Provision for installation; project costs are estimated at $10,000.00; funding will be made available from Council Member Joe A. Guerra’s Discretionary Fund.

 

 

45.              Consideration authorizing the City Manager to proceed to implement the Commercial Garbage Charges in accordance with the schedule based on square footage effective immediately, and to forgo the collection of amounts inadvertently not charged due to a computer input error.

 

 

46.       Consideration for the appointment of Mayor Pro-Tempore as per Ordinance 90-O-101 which sets the second meeting of the month of May or at the first meeting after all council members are elected and qualified, City Council shall confirm one of the Council Members who shall be known and designated as Mayor Pro-Tempore.

 

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

           

 

47.       Update on the status of the Groundwater Project, 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 approve the exercise of an option year two extension with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, in the estimated amount of $74,000.00 for providing tires to be used for the Laredo Metro, Inc., (45) buses and (19) para-transit vehicles.

 

49.    Consideration to award contract FY01-086, to the LOWEST, MOST RESPONSIBLE BIDDER, Impressions Design, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $44,251.00, for the purchase and installation of Bus Stop Shades.  The contract vendor will install shade ports at twenty-seven (27) different bus stop locations.  The award is contingent upon the successful installation of one bus stop shelter to assure compliance with bid specifications.  Funding is available in the Transit budget.  Two vendors did provide lower bids, however, they failed to submit a bid bond as required by the bid specifications and cannot be considered for an award of contract.

 

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, May 16, 2001 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                    

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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