CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2001-R-15

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JUNE 18, 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.

 

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    I.      CALL TO ORDER

 

 II.      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.      ROLL CALL

 

IV.      MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of April 23, 2001 and May 7, 2001.

 

V.              COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

A.   Recognition of International Bank of Commerce 2001 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism.

 

Communiqués

 

A.   Presentation on the State of Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s issuance of the State of Texas Architectural Barriers Certificate of Substantial Compliance for the Passenger Airport Terminal at the Laredo International Airport.

 

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

 

 

VI.     APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

A.      Appointment by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr. of Jose A. Valdez to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee and Deborah L. Gonzalez – Montemayor to the Library Advisory Committee.

 

   VII.         PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.   Public hearing accepting a bequest by Sam H. Sullivan (deceased) and amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount of $26,408.46, providing for effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

      Accepting a bequest by Sam H. Sullivan (deceased) and amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount of $26,408.46, providing for effective date.

 

2.   Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $63,600.00 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 March 1, 2001 through May 31, 2001.  The Governor’s Office, Criminal Justice Division approved this adjustment on May 29, 2001.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $63,600.00 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 March 1, 2001 through May 31, 2001.  The Governor’s Office, Criminal Justice Division approved this adjustment on May 29, 2001.

 

3.   Public hearing amending the City of Laredo’s 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $1,333,870.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $998,115.00, the City of Laredo will designate $299,769.00, the Webb County Constable’s Office will designate $32,550.00 and the remaining $3,436.00 will be designated out of opening fund balance.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, fringe benefits, direct operating expenses, and equipment from June 1, 2001 through May 31, 2002.  (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-067 before the Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo’s 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $1,333,870.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $998,115.00, the City of Laredo will designate $299,769.00, the Webb County Constable’s Office will designate $32,550.00 and the remaining $3,436.00 will be designated out of opening fund balance.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, fringe benefits, direct operating expenses, and equipment from June 1, 2001 through May 31, 2002.

 

4.      Public hearing amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 31, Utilities, Section 31-16, Definitions, by adding “Illegal Connection”, Section 31-133 by adding paragraph (e) to establish a connection fee of $500.00 (Five Hundred dollars) for any person attempting to establish an account for a property after an illegal connection has been discovered and removed by the City at that same location; and paragraph (f) written notification to City of an illegal connection; providing for an effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 31, Utilities, Section 31-16, Definitions, by adding “Illegal Connection”, Section 31-133 by adding paragraph (e) to establish a connection fee of $500.00 (Five Hundred dollars) for any person attempting to establish an account for a property after an illegal connection has been discovered and removed by the City at that same location; and paragraph (f) written notification to City of an illegal connection; providing for an effective date.

 

5.      Public hearing amending the FY 2000-2001 Annual Budget by transferring $8,000.00 from General Fund to the Veterans Field Fund and appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $8,000.00 in the Veterans Field Fund to fund an amendment to Section 3, Sub-Section A, Item IV of the contract between the City of Laredo and Grupo Vision Empresarial, Nuevo Laredo, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican corporation operating the Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos of the professional “Triple-A” Mexican Baseball League, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

      Amending the FY 2000-2001 Annual Budget by transferring $8,000.00 from General Fund to the Veterans Field Fund and appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $8,000.00 in the Veterans Field Fund to fund an amendment to Section 3, Sub-Section A, Item IV of the contract between the City of Laredo and Grupo Vision Empresarial, Nuevo Laredo, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican corporation operating the Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos of the professional “Triple-A” Mexican Baseball League, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

6.      A.   Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.      Presentation on the new Audix Voice Messaging System at City Hall and the training plan for City Staff for this new system.

     

B.     Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1.   Status report on the proposed Hwy. 359 waterpoint, with possible action.  (Also included as a Staff Report)

 

 

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

 

1.   Discussion with possible action on revisiting the Police precinct lines and the Council District boundary lines as a result of the proposed redistricting with the intent to have the officers assigned at the Police Substations to cover all parks within that same Council District.

 

 

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

 

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding trash pick up along the Union Pacific Railroad Line in District VII.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action to add a basketball court with benches to the Canizales Park.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action of having a summer youth program in the Mines Road Area.

 

 

E.   Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.   Discussion with possible action on the relocation of Police Substation No. 5 (HEB) and the former Police Substation at the Civic Center to Bridge No. 1 and the feasibility of supplying pylons to police officers to help control traffic.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action on the garbage charge for those who do not use the whole building as a business.

 

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

 

4.      Discussion with possible action regarding the creation of a water park for the City of Laredo.

 

 

               (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

7.      An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of the 2900 block of South Buena Vista Avenue between Norton and the East right-of-way line of U. S. Highway 83, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date. 

 

        

X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

 

8.      2001-O-115     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. (City Council)

 

2001-O-116     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.  (City Council)

     

2001-O-117     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.  (City Council)

     

2001-O-118     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.  (Council Member Juan Ramirez)

     

2001-O-119     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.  (Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

 

 

2001-O-120     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.  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

 

2001-O-121     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of Conditional Use Permit for a child daycare center on Lot 4, Block 1597, Located at 2619 Bayard St.; providing for publication and effective date. (As Amended)  (Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

     

 

2001-O-122     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.  (Council Member Joe A. Guerra)

 

 

2001-O-123     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.  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

 

2001-O-124     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.  (Council Member Juan Ramirez)

                       

             

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

 

9.  2001-R-066         The City Council of the City of Laredo authorizes approval of the issuance of Revenue Bonds by the Health and Educational Facilities Authority of the State of Missouri to provide funds to finance Health Care Facilities located in the City of Laredo operated by Mercy Health System of Texas, Inc., an affiliate of Sisters of Mercy Health System, St. Louis, Inc.

 

 

10.    2001-R-067     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $998,115.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $998,115.00 and the City of Laredo and the Webb County Constable’s Office will designate the remaining $335,755.00 for a total of $1,333,870.00.  The City of Laredo will designate $299,769.00, the Webb County Constable’s Office will designate $32,550.00, and the remaining $3,436.00 will be designated from the opening fund balance.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, direct operating expenses, and the purchase of equipment from June 1, 2001 through May 31, 2002.

 

11.    2001-R-070     A resolution authorizing and approving the creation of the Laredo Water Corporation; approving the articles of incorporation and bylaws thereof; and confirming the appointment of initial Directors.

 

12.        2001-R-071     A resolution accepting the donation of a 1,968.72 sq. ft., more or less, Drainage Easement from the Iglesia Metodista Libre, for the South Seymour Drainage Project.  Said 1,968.72 sq. ft. Drainage Easement being out of Lots 7 &8, Block 806, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”.

 

XII.       MOTIONS

 

 

13.       Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of May 2001, which represents an increase in levy is $2,577.39.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

 

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

 

a.                  A refund in the amount of $797.01 payable to Reynaldo Gutierrez, Jr. due to a change of value by the Webb County Appraisal District.

 

b.                  A refund in the amount of $2,475.86 payable to First American Real Estate Tax Service, account paid in error.

 

c.                  A refund in the amount of $823.50 payable to First American Real Estate Tax Service, account paid in error.

 

d.                  A refund in the amount of $863.67 payable to First American Real Estate Tax Service, account paid in error.

 

 

15.       Consideration to rescind the authorization granted to purchase one, full size utility vehicle from Padre Ford, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $28,401.00, and authorizing the purchase of one, full size Suburban from Brown Chevrolet, Devine, Texas in the amount of $30,100.00.  The bid from Padre Ford was for the smaller Expedition model and not the Excursion model being requested.  The City is now requesting authorization to purchase this vehicle from the FY01-105 contract pricing submitted by Brown Chevrolet    Delivery is expected within ninety days.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund.

 

 

16.       Consideration to rescind contract FY01-105 awarded to Sames Motor Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $212,600.00, for the purchase of ten vehicles, and authorizing the purchase of six additional vehicles in the amount of $140,292.00 from Paul Young Co., Laredo, Texas, and four additional vehicles in the amount of $74,380.00 from Brown Chevrolet, Devine, Texas.  These vehicles will be purchased for the Police Department and include General Motors and Chrysler models.  Sames Motor Co. recently informed the City that they could not deliver the vehicles as per the bid submitted.  The Ford factory is no longer accepting orders for the 2001 models. The Police Department has selected other General Motors and Chrysler models in lieu of the Ford vehicles.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund. 

 

 

 

17.       Consideration to award annual supply contracts (FY01-108) to the LOW BIDDERS MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Firestone Store, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $58,423.18 and Tire Factory Outlet, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of  $150,755.00 to supply tires and tubes for all City vehicles.  With the closing of our contract vendor, Goodyear Auto Service, Laredo, Texas, new bids where solicited for the tires under contract.  All tires are purchased on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

 

18.       Consideration to award contract FY01-109, to Avaya Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $36,407.00, for the purchase and installation of a voice mail system for the Police Department.  This system will service all personnel stationed at the Police Station and all substations.   Funding for the purchase of this system is available in the Police Trust Fund. 

 

 

19.       Consideration award contract number FY01-114, to the LOWEST BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Cascade Engineering, Grand Rapids, MI., in the amount of $136,850.00, for the purchase of 3,400 roll out waste containers for the Public Works Department. These containers are designed to be mechanically lifted onto the sanitation trucks.   Funding for these items is budgeted in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

 

 

20.       Consideration to amend Section 2.8 of the contract dated October 23, 2000 between the Laredo Veteran’s Coalition and the City of Laredo for Fiscal Year 2000-2001; to allow the City of Laredo access to the applicant files; to require the social security number of the applicant only and to require certification of applicant’s eligibility as part of the monthly report. 

     

 

21.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with Mike Personett and Associates for an amount not to exceed $30,000.00 to pursue the development of innovative water rights acquisition alternatives.  Mr. Personett has previously conducted a study for the City identifying possible opportunities. This contract will be focused in targeting those opportunities with the greatest potential for the City.  Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund.

       

 

22.       Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $29,967.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the San Isidro and Highland Booster Stations Project and approval of the final payment in the amount of $44,760.70 to Lambda Construction Co., New Braunfels, Texas.  Final contract amount is $895,214.00.  Funding is available in the Waterworks Issue - 2000 Certificates of Obligation.

        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

23.              Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 5 a decrease of $23,402.50 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the South Laredo Interceptor Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $95,104.36 to Pate & Pate Enterprises, Inc., The Woodlands, Texas.  Final contract amount is $9,510,435.62.  Funding is available in the 1998-A Bond Issue Chacon Interceptor.

 

 

24.       Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 2, a decrease of $23,726.00 for the deletion of J-14 Walkway at Gate 1 Passenger Loading Bridge and deletion of Maintenance Contract from Construction Contract, acceptance of the Passenger Loading Bridges Package for the New Airport Passenger Terminal and approval of final payment in the amount of $94,753.00 to FMC Corporation Jetway Systems, Ogden, Utah.  Final contract amount is $1,618,838.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

 

25.              Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff, Austin, Texas, for the Environmental Assessment for the City of Laredo International Bridge No. 5 and Border Facilities and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Bridge – Fifth Bridge Purchased Professional Services.

 

26.              Consideration for acceptance of the Railroad Overpass with Retaining Walls and Approach Road to Unitec Industrial Center Phase 7, EDA Project No. 08-01-03264; approval to retain $20,000.00 for the completion of pending punch list items and approval to release partial retainage in the amount of $35,499.76 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas.  Final contract amount is $941,275.15.  Funding is available in the EDA – Unitec Overpass Improvements Other Than Buildings.

 

27.       Consideration to award a construction contract to the SOLE BIDDER Marshall Company, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the base bid amount of $7,193,598.04 for the Fire Fighting Training Facility and approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $2,031,938.22 for street and storm sewer system, ARRF, waste water treatment plant, emergency vehicle operative course and four sheds and benches for net award of $5,161,659.82.  Funding is available in the Fire Training Facility Buildings.

 

28.       Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 15 an increase of $3,142.00 for repairs to fence gates at bridge entrance, and for reinstallation of glass windows at City Toll Booth Doors; acceptance of the World Trade Bridge Border Facilities Project; approval to retain $50,000.00 for the completion of pending punch list items; and approval to release partial retainage in the amount of $342,078.08 to MW Builders, Inc., Temple, Texas.  Current construction contract amount is $31,560,585.13.  Funding is available in the Bridge System – Taxable Bond – Improvements Other Than Buildings – SIB Loan.

 

29.       Consideration to award an engineering contract to Rosin Group, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $135,700.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Centro Iturbide Project EDA Project No. 80-01-03534 which includes improvements along Iturbide Street from Flores to Juarez Avenues, a three block area.  Funding is available through CDBG and EDA Grants.

 

30.       Consideration for acceptance of the Bridge Toll System Upgrade project and approval of final payment in the amount of $841,625.67 to Transcore.  Final contract amount is $9,172,946.00. Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

31.       Consideration to amend the contract between the City of Laredo and Grupo Vision Empresarial, Nuevo Laredo, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican corporation operating the Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos of the professional “Triple-A” Mexican Baseball League from the current amount of $128,000.00 to a minimum of $138,000.00 and a maximum of $150,000.00 as a result of increased fees for bridge crossings charged by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.  Funding is available in the Veterans Field Fund.

 

32.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to terminate the existing contract with Texas Department of Transportation for maintenance of traffic signals on IH35.

 

 

33.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application in the amount of $2,266,908.00 from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office for the funding of the COPS In Schools program. The Funding will be used to hire fourteen (14) new police officers to work as school resource officers for the Laredo Independent School District. The total grant award for this program from the U.S. Department of Justice is $1,750,000.00 (77%) with the City designating $516,908.00 in matching funds. This is a three-year grant that requires the City to fully fund the program for at least one additional budget cycle after federal funding has ended.

           

34.       Consideration to approve a request from the Department of the Treasury U. S. Customs Service to photograph and engrave the Friendship Campfire scene located at the Laredo International Airport on a medallion commemorating the opening of the new federal office building located at 109 Shiloh Drive.

 

35.       Consideration of confirmation of the City Manager’s appointee to the position of Fire Chief for the City of Laredo pursuant to Texas Local Government Code, Section 143.013 (a)(1).

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

           

36.       Report on the establishment of a water point on Highway 359 in the eastern most part of the existing 16” water line, 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, June 13, 2001 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                 

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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