CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2001-R-17

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

July 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.

 

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    I.      CALL TO ORDER

 

 II.      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.      ROLL CALL

 

IV.      MINUTES

 

V.              COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

Communiqués

 

 

 VI.    APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

 

   VII.         PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.   Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $57,723.00 to fund the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $51,951.00 and the City of Laredo will be designating $5,772.00 in matching funds.  Funding will be used to pay for salaries, fringe benefits and to purchase computers.  Grant period is from August 1, 2001 through July 31, 2002.  (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-069 before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $57,723.00 to fund the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $51,951.00 and the City of Laredo will be designating $5,772.00 in matching funds.  Funding will be used to pay for salaries, fringe benefits and to purchase computers.  Grant period is from August 1, 2001 through July 31, 2002.

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

 

2.            A.   Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1.   Discussion with possible action on replacing the sign to the entrance of Century City, which was knocked down by a car, and sits on City property.

 

B.     Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

 

1.   Status report on Springfield Extension, with possible action.

 

C.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.      Discussion and possible action on the amount of monies that might be available for Third Party Funding for FY 2001-2002 that could be used for the water park.

 

2.      Report on the hiring practices and process of the City.

 

3.      Status report on the import lot of GSA between Bridges I and II.

               

               (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

 

3.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with South Texas Development Council for approximately 2,048 square feet constituting Suite Nos. 12, 14, 16 and 18 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 July 1, 2001 and ending on June 30, 2002, and may be extended for one (1) term of one (1) year ending on June 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $2,580.50 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

 

4.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with South Texas Development Council for approximately 480 square feet constituting Suite No. 15 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 July 1, 2001 and ending on June 30, 2002, and may be extended for one (1) term of one (1) year ending on June 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $605.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

 

5.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with South Texas Development Council for approximately 640 square feet constituting Suite No. 19 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 July 1, 2001 and ending on June 30, 2002, and may be extended for one (1) term of one (1) year ending on June 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $807.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

 

6.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Laredo Guardian Volunteers, Inc., for approximately 300 square feet constituting Suite No. 23 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 June 1, 2001 and ending on May 31, 2002, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on May 31, 2003 and May 31, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $378.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.  

 

7.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the amended lease agreement between the City of Laredo Airport Fund, as LESSOR, and City of Laredo-Engineering Department, authorized by Ordinance No. 99-0-113 dated April 26, 1999.  Said amendment will amend, specifically, Section 1.02, titled, “Term”, extending the lease term for one (1) year ending on September 30, 2001; Section 1.03, titled, “Option to Extend”, therefore ending on September 30, 2002; Section 1.05, titled, “Rental Obligation”, adding that the monthly rent commencing on October 1, 2000 and ending on September 30, 2001, shall be $1,507.68; and Section 1.07, titled, “Utilities”, has been replaced in its entirety delineating that Lessor shall provide all utilities during normal business hours, between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday; all other terms remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

8.      An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease with Juan Vargas d/b/a The Education Center authorized by Ordinance No. 2000-0-196 dated August 7, 2000.  Said amendment will amend specifically, Section 1.03, titled, “Option to Extend”, therefore extending the option term until June 30, 2002, and Section 1.04, titled, “Rental Obligation”, will amend the monthly rental to $2,000.00 commencing on July 1, 2001 and ending on June 30, 2002.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

9.      An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of the 4000 block of Sta. Rita Avenue between Pace and Ugarte Streets situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

10.    An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey an 11,640 sq. ft. Easement and Right-of-Way to AEP Central Power and Light Company, for the installation of certain underground electric service facilities to serve the premises at the International Airport Passenger Terminal Subdivision on Loop 20.   Said 11,640 sq. ft. Easement and Right-of-Way being part of Lot 1, Block 1, Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A", and providing for an effective date.

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

11.       2001-O-131     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.  (Council Member Jose Valdez, Jr.)

 

 

2001-O-132     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for an auto paint and body shop on Lot 5, Block 927, Western Division, located at 3616 Santa Maria Ave.; providing for publication and effective date.  (As Amended) (Council Member Jose Valdez, Jr.)

 

 

2001-O-133     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a used car lot on Lot 2, Block 292, Eastern Division, located at 413 Clark Blvd.; providing for publication and effective date.  (As Amended)  (Council Member Johnny Amaya)

 

 

2001-O-134     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7 and 8, Block 1, Mims – Calton Gardens Addition, located at 219 W. Calton Rd., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. (Council Member Joe A. Guerra)

 

 

2001-O-135     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Lago Del Mar Subdivision, Unit II, located at 3400 Del Mar Blvd., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

 

2001-O-136     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.4347 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 3300 Del Mar Blvd., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member John C. Galo)

 

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

12. 2001-R-068        A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Governor in the amount of $80,000.00 for the funding of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program.  The Office of the Governor is contributing $80,000.00 with the City designating $35,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $115,000.00 to fund the program.  Funds will be used to pay personnel salaries, fringe benefits and operational expenses form June 1, 2001 through May 31, 2002.          

 

13.  2001-R-069       A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $51,951.00 to fund the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $51,951.00 and the City of Laredo will be designating $5,772.00 in matching funds for a total of $57,723.00 to fund the project.  Funding will be used to pay for salaries, fringe benefits and to purchase computers.  Grant period is from August 1, 2001 through July 31, 2002.  

 

14. 2001-R-072        A resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Government Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Texas Parks and Wildlife to install 1,500 linear feet of 8-inch water line at the Lake Casa Blanca State Park.  The City will perform the installation and the State will pay the sum of $5,088.25 for materials.

 

15.    2001-R-074     A resolution authorizing the use of surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo  - Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO), Series 1997 – B, in the amount of $6,000.00 for the purchase of furniture for the new Fire Station No. 12.

 

16.    2001-R-076     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to fund the Financial Crime-Free Communities Support Program (C-FIC): An Anti-Money Laundering Grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance U.S. Department of Justice, at no cost to the City.     

 

XII.    MOTIONS

 

17.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of 252.789 acre-feet of class “B” water rights from Lieven J. Van Riet, for the sum of $136,506.06.  The water rights convert to 101.1156 acre-feet of municipal water rights.

 

18.              Consideration to approve Change Order No. 1 in the amount of $84,796.41 to Lambda Construction Company for the South Laredo Belt Filter Press construction project to pay for re-piping the wash water supply and to furnish and install a shaftless screw conveyor.  Funding is available in the Wastewater 1994 Bond Construction Project.

 

19.       Consideration to approve Amendment No. 3 in the amount of $12,800.00 with Camp, Dresser, & McKee for the South Laredo Belt Filter Press Construction Project to pay for design services related to the replacement of an old sludge conveyance system with a screw conveyance system.  The City expects to reduce maintenance costs and improve sludge disposal to the landfill.   Funding is available in the Wastewater 1994 Bond Construction Projects.

 

20.              Consideration to adopt a schedule of hearing and proceedings for voluntary and unilateral annexations for calendar year 2001, in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

21.              Consideration to reject all bids received for the purchase of three crew cab truck with service bodies (FY01-087), due to the bid pricing exceeding budget and authorizing the purchase of these replacement through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $91,628.38.  These trucks will be assigned to the Utilities Department - Wastewater Collection Division with delivery expected within ninety days.  Funding is available in the Waste Water Fund. 

 

 22.      Consideration to award contract number FY01-096, to the LOW BIDDER, Crosstown Sterling, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $69,999.00, for the purchase of one service truck for the landfill operations.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.  

 

23.       Consideration to award contract FY01-113, to Onyx Environmental Services, Baytown, Texas, in the amount of $59,873.45, for conducting two household hazardous waste collection events for the Environmental Services Department.  The events are scheduled for November 2001 and April 2002.   The contract vendor is responsible for the collection, categorization, packaging, transportation, and disposal of household wastes collected at these two events.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department budget.

 

24.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-121 to the LOW BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Sames Motor Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $93,000.00, for the purchase of three, one-ton flatbed trucks.  Two trucks will be assigned to the Traffic Safety Department and one to the Fleet Maintenance Division.  Delivery is expected within ninety days.  Funding is available in the 2000 Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) proceeds and the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

25.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-122 to the LOW BIDDER, Sames Motor Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $49,400.00, for the purchase of two, 3/4-ton crew cab trucks.  One truck will be assigned to the Public Works Department and one to the Engineering Department.  Funding is available in the 2000 Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) proceeds and the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

26.       Consideration to award annual contract number FY01-123; to the LOW BIDDER, Galls, Inc., Lexington, KY, in the estimated amount of $300,000.00 for the purchase of trousers and shirts for Police Department personnel.  Funds are available in the Police Department budget.

 

27.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-126 to Precision Delta Corporation, Ruleville, MS., in the amount of $41,349.62, for the purchase of duty and practice ammunition for the Police Department.  Bids were requested on the following ammunition types: .45ACP, 40 cal., 308, 00 Buck, rifle slug, 9mm, and .223 cal.  Funding is available in the Police Department budget.

 

28.       Consideration to award contract FY01-127, to Sirchie Finger Print Lab, Medford, N.J., in the amount of $87,225.00, for the purchase of an evidence collection vehicle for the Police Department.  The collection vehicle will be fully equipped with crime scene power and lighting system, photographic equipment, and crime scene search kits.  Delivery is expected within 120 days.  Funding for the purchase of this system is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

29.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-130, to the LOW BIDDER, Golf Cars, Inc., New Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $16,029.00 for the purchase of two gas powered utility carryall vehicles for the Bridge System.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

30.       Consideration to award contract FY01-131, to Noritsu America Corp., Vienna, VA., in the amount of $105,172.05, for the purchase and installation of a photo processing minilab and related equipment for the Police Department.  This equipment will allow the Department to develop 135 mm film to photo paper and to save them in a digital format.  Funding for the purchase of this system is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

31.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-171 to the LOW BIDDER, American La France Aerials, Ephrata, PA, in the amount of $604,899.00, for the purchase of a replacement Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle.  Delivery is expected within ten to twelve months.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

32.       Consideration to award contract FY01-115, to fourteen qualified book vendors, for library materials collection development for books, databases and audio-visual products for a period of two years.  Contracts for multiple book vendors for library materials collection development will enable the Library to assess the services of book distributors and acquire the best competitive prices and discounts on the market.  All purchases are contingent on available funding for the current and future budget year.    Funding is available in the Library budget. 

 

33.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with Santa Maria Adult Day Care for lease of four parking spaces for individuals with disabilities on the City of Laredo’s parking lot located on 1411 Grant.  The spaces will be utilized by the Santa Maria Adult Day Care to transport patrons to and from the center.

 

34.       Consideration for approval of Change Order No.1 an increase of $50,022.00 to the construction contract with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the City-Wide Sidewalks Project No. 12a (33 Blocks) and Project No. 17a (4 Blocks) for a total of 37 Blocks to add the quantities needed to construct an additional seven (7) blocks and to add an additional 18 working days to the construction contract time.  Funding is available in the District IV Sidewalks.

 

35.       Consideration to award a construction contract to the LOW BIDDER Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $551,488.03 for the Shiloh Drive Widening Project from IH 35 to McPherson Road.  Funding is available in the 2000-A C.O. Issue Shiloh Widening.

 

36.       Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Turner, Hickey & Associates, Laredo, Texas, for the South Laredo Park (in the vicinity of Kawas Elementary School) and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Community Development 26th Action Year - South Laredo Park.

 

37.       Consideration to amend motion # 30 of the June 18, 2001 City Council Agenda regarding the acceptance of the Bridge Toll System Upgrade Project to reflect approval of the final payment to Transcore previously approved of $841,625.67 to the revised amount of $1,006,625.67 and a final contract amount previously reported of $9,172,946.00 to the revised amount of $9,337,946.00.  The amendment reflects the addition of Change Order No. 4 in the amount of $165,000.00 that had previously been approved by City Council on December 18, 2000 and had inadvertently been omitted on the final payment request.  Funding is available in the Bridge fund. 

 

38.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to negotiate a contract with URS Greiner Woodward Clyde for professional services to prepare an Airport Master Plan and FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Study Update for the Laredo International Airport.  The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a grant to update both studies and will pay ninety (90%) percent of the cost. 

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

           

39.              Update on the status of the Colonias Project.

 

40.       Presentation by the Traffic Safety Department regarding the status of designating San Ignacio Avenue as a truck route from the intersection of Jefferson/San Ignacio to the intersection of Houston/San Ignacio.

 

 41.      Consideration of a request by Mr. Jesus M. Sanchez representing “Colonias Olvidadas” to waive fees at the City’s landfill for disposal of solid waste from 13 colonias.

 

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 MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

42.    Consideration to authorize the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) President to enter into an agreement with Laredo Independent School District (LISD) to accept twenty-five (25) reconditioned computers at no cost and to be utilized by students residing at the Jose A. Flores Apartments and Tomas Flores Apartments.  This action is part of the Three Year Technology Plan by LISD.                                                                                            

 

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, June 27, 2001 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                    

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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