CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2001-R-14

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JUNE 4, 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 April 2, 2001 and April 16, 2001.

 

V.             V.             COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

a.      Presentation on “Summer Arts Splash 2001” by the Laredo Public Library and the Laredo Center for the Arts.

 

a.      b.     Announcing an expansion of services within the Fire Department with the receipt of two new vehicles:  a Freightliner 4 x 4 Brush Master Pumper/Tanker, and an Engine/Pumper. 

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.      a.      Recognizing the Honorable State Senator Judith Zaffirini and the Honorable State Representative Richard Raymond for their continuing support on behalf of the citizens of the City of Laredo.

 

a.      b.     Recognizing Christina F. Guevara for initiating a successful district-wide recycling program for United Independent School District.

 

b.     c.      Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of Mr. Raul P. Garcia, Jr., for his twelve (12) years of faithful and devoted service to the Fire Fighters’ and Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission.

 

c.      d.     Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of employees that retired from the City of Laredo with 20 years or more of service for the period of March 2001.

 

d.     e.      Recognizing Laredo’s Best Eighth Graders, fourteen middle school students chosen from a group of students at 14 different campuses previously recognized during the school year.  This is a culmination of the Police Department’s Community Relations Unit program where students had to submit an essay detailing their thoughts on the “role of the police department in the community.”

 

e.      f.        Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of City Departments for their contribution and participation to the United Way Campaign and special recognition to Jerry Leal from the Public Access Channel, recipient of the Dr. Billy F. Cowart Award;  and Daniel E. Migura, Jr., recipient of the Ramiro Sanchez Volunteer of the Year Award.

 

Communiqués

 

 


 

 VI.   APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

     

 

   VII.         PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.   Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-28-01 in the amount of $2,500,000.00 for the purpose of implementing Laredo’s FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

      Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-28-01 in the amount of $2,500,000.00 for the purpose of implementing Laredo’s FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

 

2. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-29-01 in the amount of $1,919,379.00 for the purpose of updating the Airport Master Plan, updating the FAR Part 150 noise study, rehabilitate taxiways, acquire land for approaches and construct a portion of service road and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

(APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION 2001-R-062 NEEDED BEFORE PUBLIC HEARING)

 


INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-29-01 in the amount of $1,919,379.00 for the purpose of updating the Airport Master Plan, updating the FAR Part 150 noise study, rehabilitate taxiways, acquire land for approaches

and construct a portion of service road and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

 

3.      3.      Public hearing providing community residents an opportunity to comment on their housing and community needs and the projects they wish to see funded through the 27th Action Year Community Development Block Grant ($4,485,000.00), 2001 HOME Investment Partnership Program ($1,504,000.00), and 2001 Emergency Shelter Grant ($152,000.00) in support of the preparation and submission of the 2001 Consolidated Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 

 

4.      4.       Public hearing amending Ordinance 2000-O-065, Section 2-3(b) of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo providing for an additional charge of $1.00 for death certificates, $1.00 for death records (additional copy), and  $8.00 for birth or death records for genealogy purposes; deleting (6) Laminations and (7) Relaminations; and including (6) Plastic Covers; providing severability, publication, and effective date. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Ordinance 2000-O-065, Section 2-3(b) of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo providing for an additional charge of $1.00 for death certificates, $1.00 for death records (additional copy), and  $8.00 for birth or death records for genealogy purposes; deleting (6) Laminations and  (7) Relaminations; and including (6) Plastic Covers; providing severability, publication, and effective date.

 


5.      5.      Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the W1/2 of Lot 2, Block 248, Western Division, located at 918 Coke St. from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the W1/2 of Lot 2, Block 248, Western Division, located at 918 Coke St. from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

6.      6.      Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 526, Western Division, located at 2002 Santa Rita Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 526, Western Division, located at 2002 Santa Rita Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

7.      7.      Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 1578, Eastern Division, located at 2620 Bismark St., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 1578, Eastern Division, located at 2620 Bismark St., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

8.      8.      Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 7, Moreno Addition, located at 3420 Galveston St., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 7, Moreno Addition, located at 3420 Galveston St., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

9.      9.      Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 1597, Eastern Division, located at 2619 Bayard St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the B-1 zone change, and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a child daycare center.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 1597, Eastern Division, located at 2619 Bayard St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

10. 10. Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 16.95 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 10852 Bob Bullock Lp., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 16.95 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 10852 Bob Bullock Lp., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

11. 11. Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1331, Block 79, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, Section V, Area “C”, located at 701 Plymouth Ln., from R-S (Residential Suburban District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1331, Block 79, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, Section V, Area “C”, located at 701 Plymouth Ln., from R-S (Residential Suburban District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

12. 12. Public hearing amending Ordinance No. 99-O-156 authorizing the extension of a Conditional Use Permit for storage incidental to the transportation of used batteries on Lots 1, 2, 6, and 7, Block 12, McPherson Acres Subdivision, Unit IV, located at 802 Gale St.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the extension of this Conditional Use Permit.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Ordinance No. 99-O-156 authorizing the extension of a Conditional Use Permit for storage incidental to the transportation of used batteries on Lots 1, 2, 6, and 7, Block 12, McPherson Acres Subdivision, Unit IV, located at 802 Gale St.; providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

13. 13. Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, 11, and 12, Block 99, Western Division, located at 619 Farragut St., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, 11, and 12, Block 99, Western Division, located at 619 Farragut St., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.


 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

14.       A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.      1.      Presentation by the Webb County Appraisal District on the 2001 Residential Appraisals.

 

2.      2.      Request by LULAC Council No. 7 on the Hispanic Heritage Month Festival to be held on October 6, 2001.

 

B.    B.    Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1.                  1.      Discussion with possible action to provide transportation and funding to the Marine Corp League on their upcoming meeting during the outcome of the June 8th district meeting.

 

C.    C.    Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1.   Discussion and possible action on establishing a water point on Highway 359 on our most eastern line point of water.

 

2. Status report on providing water for the Colonias on Highway 359 and Mines Road with possible action.

 

D.    D.    Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.   Discussion with possible action on the funding level for the Fire Training Facility and the actual amount of funding available for the construction of the facility.

 

E.     E.     Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.                                                                  1.      Requesting that staff review improving and/or upgrading the lighting system at the Villa San Luis Housing Project, with possible action.

 

F.     F.     Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.      1.      Discussion with possible action on modifying one of the islands on Calton Rd. to create a safe turning lane into the Westgate Subdivision.  (Co-sponsored by Cm. Joe Guerra).

 

2.      2.      Discussion with possible action on the property purchased from Raquel Gonzalez for creation of a park and establishing of a construction timeline.

 

3.      3.      Status report from staff as to the grocery cart problem and discussion as to staff developing an ordinance to address this problem.

 

4.      4.      Status report from staff on the Northeast San Francisco Feasibility Study regarding the connection of North and South San Francisco behind HEB.

 

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

 

1.      1.      Discussion with possible action on the removal of Jefferson Street from San Bernardo Avenue to Santa Maria Avenue (westbound) from the designated truck route.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding a travel policy for City elected officials.

 

H.    H.    Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.      1.      Discussion with possible action regarding nepotism guidelines for the City of Laredo.

 

2.                                                                  2.      Discussion with possible action regarding safety regulations required by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife  at Lake Casa Blanca and what other safety procedures may be implemented by the City of Laredo to notify visitors of the Lake.  (Co-sponsored by Cm. Louis H. Bruni)  

 

                (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 


   IX. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

15.    An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Laredo Independent School District for approximately 5.75 acres located on Block No. 19 of the Laredo Airport Subdivision Plat at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for thirty (30) months commencing on June 1, 2001 and ending on October 31, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $4,383.26; providing for an effective date.

 

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

16.    2001-O-104   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.  (City Council)

 

2001-O-105   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.  (City Council)

 

2001-O-106   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.  (City Council)

                       

 

2001-O-107   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. (City Council)

         

2001-O-108   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.  (City Council)

                       

2001-O-109   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.  (City Council)

 

2001-O-110   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.  (City Council)

 

2001-O-111   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.  (City Council)


 

2001-O-112   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.  (City Council)

 

2001-O-113   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. (City Council)

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

17.  2001-R-062    A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit an application and to accept an Airport Improvement Program grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the amount of $1,919,379.00 for the purpose of updating the Airport Master Plan, updating the FAR Part 150 noise study, rehabilitate taxiways, acquire land for approaches and construct a portion of service road and acknowledging the availability of the city’s local matching funds. The local match is available in the Airport Land Reimbursement Account.

 

18.  2001-R-063    A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of three parcels of land for the Riverfront Development Project. Said three parcels being Lots 1, 4, & 5, Block D; Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owners for the acquisition of said three parcels by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and authorizing relocation assistance payments as required by Section 210 of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended; and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire those parcels that 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 a listed owner.        

 

19.    2001-R-064   Adopting the list of capital improvement projects to be submitted to the South Texas Development Council (STDC) for incorporation in the Overall Economic Development Program Plan (OEDP) to be provided to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) for potential funding consideration and authorizing the City Manager to submit a follow-up grant application as may be directed by EDA and to execute any and all related documents.  Projects named include:

 

1.  El Portal Riverfront Development Project

 

2.  Extension of Bartlett Project (Gale to Del Mar)

 

3. Fenwick Extension Project (McPherson to Loop

20).

 

20.  2001-R-065    Authorizing the City Manager to submit FY2001 Transportation Enhancement Program nomination forms to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in support of (1) the construction of El Portal Riverfront Bikeway/ Pedestrian Facility,  (2) the Rehabilitation and Conversion of the Benavides Herrera Home to a Transportation Museum, and (3) the Laredo Community College Second Campus Pedestrian Facilities Project; and further authorizing the City Manager to execute any and all documents pertaining to and/or resulting from these submissions.

 

XII.   MOTIONS

 

21.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with Judith Zaffirini, PhD d/b/a Zaffirini Communications for an amount of $15,000 to develop a draft revision of the City Charter and materials, incorporating proposed amendments recommended in the 1999 and 2001 Procedures Manuals and to include the development of a travel policy for elected officials.

 

22.       Consideration to authorize the exercise of an option to extend the current contract for an additional one year term with De La Rue Cash Systems Inc., Milwaukee, WI., in the annual amount of $21,635.66, for a maintenance agreement for the Bridge System's cash settlement system and the currency and coin counters.  Funding for this maintenance agreement has been allocated in the Bridge Fund.

 

23.   Consideration to award contract number FY01-093, to the lowest bidder meeting specification, Turf & Irrigation Hardware, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $42,570.00, for the purchase of three riding mowers.  These will be assigned to the Parks and Recreation Department. Delivery of these mowers is anticipated within thirty days. Funds are available from the FY2000-2001 Public Property Financial Contractual Obligation proceeds.

 

24.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-112, to the SOLE BIDDER, American Sterilizer Co., Erie, PA., in the amount of $26,462.00, for the purchase and installation of a replacement laboratory sterilizer for the Health Department.  Funding is available in the Health Department budget.  

 

25.       Consideration to award contract FY01-116, to the sole bidder, Atlas Enterprises, Fort Worth, Texas, in the amount of $20,000 for the purpose of a pyrotechnic show immediately following a regularly scheduled Tecolotes baseball game on July 4, 2001 at Veterans Field.  Funding is available in the Mayor's Promotional Budget and the Convention and Visitor's Bureau Budget.

    

26.       Consideration for acceptance of the Street Paving Assessment Project No. 61-B (9 Blocks) constructed by in-house forces (Public Works Department and Utilities Department). Final contract amount is $262,485.00. Funding is available in the Waterworks 94 Bond, Sewer 94 Bond and Community Development 23rd Action Year.

 

27.       Consideration for approval of the project plaque and acceptance of the Police Substation located at Santa Maria Ave. and Ortiz Street constructed by in-house forces (Public Works Department and Utilities Department).  Funding is available in the Community Development 25th Action Year Budget-Farias Police Station.

 

28.       Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Crane Engineering Corporation, Laredo, Texas, for the Santa Rita Park Improvements and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Community Development 25th Action Year Budget-Santa Rita Park (Phase I).

 

29.       Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Harry Jewett Associates, Laredo, Texas, for the Inner City Park and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2000 CO Issue -InnerCity Park.

 

30.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement (as described on attached Exhibit “A”) with Maria Del Rosario Hernandez, whereby Ms. Hernandez grants the City of Laredo right of entry to her property to make improvements on Lots 4 & 5, Block 2173 E. D, encompassing the banks of the Chacon Creek in order to reduce slum and blight in the area.  The City of Laredo would further agree to indemnify Ms. Hernandez from any and all liability as a result of this action.

 

31.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award a contract to South Plains Contracting of Adkins, Texas, for $56,500 for the demolition project of the abandoned Del Mar Water Treatment Plant.

 

32.       Consideration to approve an award of an engineering contract to Foster Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $105,675.00 for professional surveying services for drainage easements and for design and preparation of plans and specifications of a drainage structure at Gale Street for the Upper Zacate Creek Drainage Project Phase I.  Funding is available in the 98 CO Issue – Zacate Creek U.R. Pilot.

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

           

33.       Staff report regarding the cost for installing streetlights on Calton Road by the Laredo Public Library.

 

34.    Presentation on study results regarding a request to consider designating the 600 Block of Hidalgo St. as a “No Parking” zone   with staff recommendation.

 

35.      Update report on the status of the Colonias Project.

 

36.       Status report on the monthly activities conducted by the Parks Task Force consisting of the Laredo Police Department, Parks and Recreation Department and the Code Enforcement Division.

 

XIV.   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, May 30, 2001 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                    

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                         City Secretary