CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2001-R-20

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

AUGUST 6, 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

 

V.              COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

Communiqués

 

A.   In recognition of the American Little League All Stars for advancing to the State Section 4 Championship Games.

 

 VI.    APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

A.   Appointment by Mayor Pro-Tempore Eliseo Valdez, Jr, of Dan Rodriguez to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee.

 

 

 

   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. 3-48-0136-30-01 in the amount of $335,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a fuel farm to be located on the east side of the Laredo International Airport and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  The local match is available in the Airport Land Acquisition Reimbursement Account.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-30-01 in the amount of $335,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a fuel farm to be located on the east side of the Laredo International Airport 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 of an ordinance amending Chapter 12 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo, Texas to include Article IV to establish fees for Fire Engineering Services and Life Safety Inspections, within the Corporate Limits of the City of Laredo, Texas.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

An ordinance amending Chapter 12 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo, Texas to include Article IV to establish fees for Fire Engineering Services and Life Safety Inspections, within the Corporate Limits of the City of Laredo, Texas.

 

3. Public hearing amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or Parking, Section 19-361, Secured Controlled Access Parking Lots and Section 19-362, Parking Lot Rates and Hours of Operation, of Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo: Authorizing the establishment of parking rates, enforcement regulations, and hours of operation at the Riverfront Parking Lot located on Pedregal Road; and authorizing the establishment of enforcement regulations for the Bridge I parking lot, providing for effective date and publication.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or Parking, Section 19-361, Secured Controlled Access Parking Lots and Section 19-362, Parking Lot Rates and Hours of Operation, of Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo: Authorizing the establishment of parking rates, enforcement regulations, and hours of operation at the Riverfront Parking Lot located on Pedregal Road; and authorizing the establishment of enforcement regulations for the Bridge I parking lot, providing for effective date and publication.

 

 

4.   Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract with the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $208,140.00 in additional funds for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and extend the contract period from April 1, 2001, through August 31, 2001, to April 1, 2001, through March 31, 2002; and amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 Budget by ½ of the budget amount.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract with the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $208,140.00 in additional funds for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and extend the contract period from April 1, 2001, through August 31, 2001, to April 1, 2001, through March 31, 2002; and amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 Budget by ½ of the budget amount.

 

 

5.   Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $500,000.00 by allocating funds from the surplus fund balance to further the activities and scope of work of the Women, Infants and Children’s Program of the City of Laredo Health funded by the Texas Department of Health for the period beginning October 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $500,000.00 by allocating funds from the surplus fund balance to further the activities and scope of work of the Women, Infants and Children’s Program of the City of Laredo Health funded by the Texas Department of Health for the period beginning October 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001.

 

 

6.   Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation for grants from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $1,088,298.00 in direct funds and $188,976.00 in program income for seven grants as described below for the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002; and amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $1,277,274.00.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation for grants from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $1,088,298.00 in direct funds and $188,976.00 in program income for seven grants as described below for the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002; and amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $1,277,274.00.

 

 

7.      Public hearing amending the City of Laredo’s 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $95,000.00 to adjust the City match for the Governor’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Program.  The City of Laredo requested that A.T.P.A. consider reducing the cash match for grant number (SA-1-T01-09358) this fiscal year.  Funding will be used to pay for operative expenditures within the Laredo Police Department in General Fund.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo’s 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $95,000.00 to adjust the City match for the Governor’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Program.  The City of Laredo requested that A.T.P.A. consider reducing the cash match for grant number (SA-1-T01-09358) this fiscal year.  Funding will be used to pay for operative expenditures within the Laredo Police Department in General Fund.

 

8.      Public hearing amending the City of Laredo’s 2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount of $490,069.00 for the Governor’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Grant.  A.T.P.A. is contributing $390,714.00, the City is designating $54,355.00 in matching funds, and Webb County is designating $45,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $490,069.00 to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2002. (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-083 is needed before Public Hearing Item No. 30)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo’s 2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount of $490,069.00 for the Governor’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Grant.  A.T.P.A. is contributing $390,714.00, the City is designating $54,355.00 in matching funds, and Webb County is designating $45,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $490,069.00 to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2002.

 

9.   Public hearing authorizing the granting to Jerry Resendez Enterprises, Inc., a Texas Corporation, a non-exclusive franchise to construct, maintain and operate a commercial container refuse gathering and disposing services in the City of Laredo, Texas and providing the terms, conditions, obligations, and limitations upon and under which franchise shall be exercised; providing indemnity to the City; City retains authority to regulate rates except for rate increase resulting from increased landfill fee which are passed on to the customer; providing for increased services rates; providing for franchise payments; and providing for severability. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the granting to Jerry Resendez Enterprises, Inc., a Texas Corporation, a non-exclusive franchise to construct, maintain and operate a commercial container refuse gathering and disposing services in the City of Laredo, Texas and providing the terms, conditions, obligations, and limitations upon and under which franchise shall be exercised; providing indemnity to the City; City retains authority to regulate rates except for rate increase resulting from increased landfill fee which are passed on to the customer; providing for increased services rates; providing for franchise payments; and providing for severability. 

 

10. Public hearing repealing Ordinance 99-O-85 and amending Chapter 7-1 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo by adopting the 2000 Edition of the International Building Code, amending Section 7-4 adopted, by adopting the 2000 Edition of the International Mechanical Code, and amending Section 7-7 Dwelling Code by adopting the International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings (2000 Ed.); providing for the issuance of permits, and collection of fees, and repealing all ordinances and/or parts of ordinances in conflict therewith; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Repealing Ordinance 99-O-85 and amending Chapter 7-1 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo by adopting the 2000 Edition of the International Building Code, amending Section 7-4 adopted, by adopting the 2000 Edition of the International Mechanical Code, and amending Section 7-7 Dwelling Code by adopting the International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings (2000 Ed.); providing for the issuance of permits, and collection of fees, and repealing all ordinances and/or parts of ordinances in conflict therewith; providing for publication and effective date

 

11. Public hearing amending Section 24.63.2, Permitted Land Uses; and Appendix A, Definitions, of the Laredo Land Development Code to allow the location of an International Bridge Facility on B-4 (Highway Commercial District), M-1 (Light Manufacturing District), and M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District) Zoning Districts.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Section 24.63.2, Permitted Land Uses; and Appendix A, Definitions, of the Laredo Land Development Code to allow the location of an International Bridge Facility on B-4 (Highway Commercial District), M-1 (Light Manufacturing District), and M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District) Zoning Districts.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

12. Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Blocks 56, 67, and 68, Eastern Division and those portions of Cedar Ave., Piedra China St., and Logan Ave., which were previous public right-of-ways, located at 301 Logan Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing 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 Blocks 56, 67, and 68, Eastern Division and those portions of Cedar Ave., Piedra China St., and Logan Ave., which were previous public right-of-ways, located at 301 Logan Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

 

13. Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Blocks 14, 46, and 75, Eastern Division and those portions of Willow St. and Cedar Ave. which were previous public right-of-ways, located at 420 Logan Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing 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 Blocks 14, 46, and 75, Eastern Division and those portions of Willow St. and Cedar Ave. which were previous public right-of-ways, located at 420 Logan Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

14. Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4 and the north 19.78 ft. of Lot 5, Block 815, Eastern Division, located at 605 N. Seymour Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a single-family residence and a mechanic shop.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4 and the north 19.78 ft. of Lot 5, Block 815, Eastern Division, located at 605 N. Seymour Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

15. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo’s 2000-2001 Annual Budget to reflect an appropriation in Transportation Planning Funds.  The appropriation of $21,589.00 comes from the release of 1999-2000 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Unexpended Funds.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

      Amending the City of Laredo’s 2000-2001 Annual Budget to reflect an appropriation in Transportation Planning Funds.  The appropriation of $21,589.00 comes from the release of 1999-2000 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Unexpended Funds.

 

16. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2001 Annual Budget in the 2000A Certificate of Obligation Fund by appropriating current available interest earnings in the amount of $325,000.00 and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $325,000.00 for the Bartlett Street Extension Project from Hillside to Gale Street, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2001 Annual Budget in the 2000A Certificate of Obligation Fund by appropriating current available interest earnings in the amount of $325,000.00 and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $325,000.00 for the Bartlett Street Extension Project from Hillside to Gale Street, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

17. A.   Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1.      Discussion and possible action on the speed humps on Washington Subdivision.

 

2.      Status report on the South Laredo Baseball Park/Skate Park.

 

3.      Status report on the Washington Subdivision Park.

 

4.      Discussion with possible action on introducing an ordinance prohibiting the use of a cell phone while driving. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.)

 

B.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1.   Status report on the annexation of Lake Casa Blanca and LIFE Downs, with possible action.

 

2.      Status report on all complaints filed with Mr. Robert Eads, with possible action.

 

3.      Status report on the Eastwoods Park, with possible action.

 

4.      Status report on the Speed Hump Project in District II, with possible action.

 

C.     Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.      Status report on 1704 Lane.

 

2.      Report on all violations pending in Court against the Tex Mex Railroad.

 

3.      Update on the Chacon Creek Clean-up Project and the Hike & Bike Trail.

 

D.     Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.      Discussion with possible action on a traffic study for the Buena Vista Subdivision to slow down traffic in the residential area.

 

2.      Status report on the traffic study around schools, with possible action.

 

 

E.     Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

 

1.      Status of the traffic control device at the intersection of Del Mar Blvd. and Country Club Dr., with possible action.

 

2.   Discussion with possible action regarding proposed resolution:

 

 2001-R-086    A resolution supporting and approving the construction of Providence Surgical and Medical Center in Laredo, Texas.

 

 

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

 

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the current Sidewalk Projects under construction in District VII.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding new sidewalks for drop off and pick up for Farias Elementary and Santa Maria Elementary locations.

 

 

G.    Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.      Discussion regarding the parking of trucks that are being taken into Mexico “Chocolates” on the 600 and 700 block of Santa Ursula, with possible action.

 

2.      Status report on the furniture for the Civic Center Pool and the hours of operations and the dates, with possible action.

 

3.      Status report on the improvements along Water Street in the Azteca Neighborhood, with possible action.

 

4.      Report regarding the clean up in the lower area of the San Francisco Javier Neighborhood, with possible action.

              

 

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

 

18.    An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County for approximately 1.0128 acres which includes Building Nos. 1228 and 1229 consisting of approximately 4,378 square feet located at 4704 Naranjo Street at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on May 1, 2001 and ending on April 30, 2002 and may be extended for one (1) term of one (1) year ending on April 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $1,776.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

19.    An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Roberto Hernandez d/b/a Ocean Structures for approximately 289 square of office space constituting Suite No. 8 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing May 1, 2001, and ending April 30, 2002, and may be extended for one (1) term of one (1) year ending April 30, 2003. Monthly rent shall be $400.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date. 

 

 

20.    An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled Airline Operating Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with Transportes Aeromar S. A. de C. V. d/b/a Aeromar Airlines for exclusive and non-exclusive joint use space located at the Laredo International Airport passenger terminal for the purpose of conducting commercial air transportation services. The term of the agreement is for two (2) years and eleven (11) months effective August 1, 2001 and ending on June 30, 2004. The monthly rent including landing fees is waived for the first six (6) months commencing on the date airline initiates commercial air transportation services at the Laredo International Airport.

 

 

21.    An ordinance rescinding Ordinance No. 96-O-177, which authorized the City Manager to execute a Lease Agreement with the Laredo-Webb County Community Action Agency for the rental of ground space on that parcel of land legally described as: Lots 1, 2, 3, & 4, Block 321, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; for a term of two (2) years, with an annual rental payment of $1.00, and authorizing the City Manager to execute a new Lease Agreement with Webb County, as described on attached Exhibit “A”, for and on behalf of the City of Laredo, for rental of the same parcel of land, for the purpose of operating the Headstart Program, for a term of two (2) years, with monthly rental payments of $575.00; and providing for an effective date.  

 

 

22.    An ordinance rescinding Ordinance No. 99-O-012, which authorized the City Manager to execute   a Lease Agreement with Webb County for the rental of ground space on that parcel of land legally described as: Lots 6, 8, the West one-half of Lots 5 & 7, the North fifty-six feet of Lot 4, & the West one-half of Lot 3, Block 912, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; for a term of one (1) year, with an annual rental payment of $1.00, and authorizing the City Manager to execute a new Lease Agreement with Webb County, as described on attached Exhibit “A”; for and on behalf of the City of Laredo, for rental of the same parcel of land, for the purpose of operating the Headstart Program, for a term of two (2) years, with monthly rental payments of $625.00; and providing for an effective date.   

 

 

23.    An ordinance rescinding Ordinance No. 95-O-024, which authorized the City Manager to execute a Lease Agreement with the Laredo-Webb County Community Action Agency, for the rental of ground space on that parcel of land legally described as: Portions of Lots 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12, Block 1302, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; for a term of twenty-eight (28) months, with monthly rental payments of $525.00, and authorizing the City Manager to execute a new Lease Agreement with Webb County, as described on attached Exhibit “A”, for and on behalf of the City of Laredo, for rental of the same parcel of land, for the purpose of operating the Headstart Program, for a term of two (2) years, with monthly rental payments of $525.00; and providing for an effective date .   

 

 

24.        An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a “Contract, Easement, and Use Restriction” Agreement with AEP Central Power and Light Company, as described on attached Exhibit “A”, for the installation of certain underground electric service facilities to serve the dwelling units to be constructed on the individual lots of the “Three Points Affordable Housing Project”.  Said lots being delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and providing for an effective date.

 

 

25.    An ordinance closing as a public easement those sections of the 1100 block of South Buena Vista Avenue between Barrios Street and the east right-of-way line of S. Meadow Ave. and the west one half section of the 1100 block of South Buena Vista Avenue between Boulanger Street and the west right-of-way line of S. Meadow Avenue situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date. 

 

 

26.        An ordinance amending Ordinance #99-O-317 by authorizing the City Manager to execute a Site Ground Lease Agreement Addendum to that certain Ground Lease between the City of Laredo and American Tower L.P., a Delaware Limited Partnership, dated October 25, 1999, for the purposes of which is to describe the ground space area of the Lease Premises to be used by Tenant. All terms and conditions of the lease remain in full force and effect.

 

 

27.    An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Texas #20 Rural Cellular, Inc., a corporation, for space on the top surface of the McPherson Water Tower located at 8711 McPherson Road, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more   fully described in Exhibit “A” of lease agreement to locate antennas on the Water Tower and construct a 10’ x 12” equipment building for use in connection with its communications business.  Term of the lease is ten (10) years commencing August 20, 2001 and ending August 19, 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.

 

 

28.    An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Texas #20 Rural Cellular, Inc., a corporation, for a 50” x 40” ground space at the La Bota Water Tower Complex located at 14100 FM 1472 Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 120 ft. high self-supporting tower and related equipment building for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is ten (10) years commencing August 20, 2001 and ending August 19, 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.

 

 

         X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

 

29.    2001-O-152     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by Lots 5 and 6, Block 2026, Eastern Division, located at 3220 Ligarde St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

        

2001-O-153     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 8, 9 and part of Lot 10, Block 350, Western Division, located at 11 Iturbide St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Jose Ramirez)

 

2001-O-154     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 21, Block 1, Indian Crossing Subdivision, Unit I, located at 2317 Geronimo Dr., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Jose Valdez, Jr.)

 

2001-O-155     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 1744, Eastern Division, located at 2819 Bayard St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

 

2001-O-156     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas extraction on 3.00 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Hwy. 83 and north of Salvador Garcia Middle School, known as McKendrick No. 4 Well; providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

 

 

2001-O-157     Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Block 19, Laredo Airport Plat Subdivision, located at 4400 Daugherty Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

2001-O-158     An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Lone Star Aviation, a general partnership, for approximately 5,980 square feet constituting Hangar No. 1307 located at 4400 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on August 1, 2001 and ending on July 31, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $1,075.00 and shall be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

2001-O-159     An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Chad E. Sims for approximately 2,040 square feet constituting Building No. 1341 located at 4113 North Jarvis Avenue, #100, at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on August 1, 2001 and ending on July 31, 2004.  Lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a 90-day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Annual rent shall be $3,000.00 and paid in advance and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date. (City Council)

 

2001-O-160     An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with SER Jobs for Progress Southwest, Inc., for approximately 1,600 square feet constituting Suite No. 8 of Building No. 134 located at 4603 Maher Avenue.  Lease term is for two (2) months commencing on July 1, 2001 and ending on August 31, 2001.  Monthly rent shall be $1,600.00; providing for an effective date. (City Council)

 

2001-O-161     Public hearing and Final Reading amending Article IX, Truck Traffic, Division 2, Truck Routes, Section 19-410 Truck Route Designations, of Chapter 19 of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances deleting Calton Road from IH-35 to McPherson Road and adding Airpark Drive from US 59 to Bustamante Street, Bustamante Street Eastbound to Maher Avenue, Maher Avenue Northbound only to Hillside Road, Hillside Road Westbound only to Thomas Avenue, Thomas Avenue and Gale Street between Hillside and McPherson Road, Thomas Avenue Southbound only from Hillside Road to Pappas Street, Pappas Street Westbound only to Daugherty Avenue, Daugherty Avenue Southbound only to Bustamante Street, Bustamante Street Southbound only to US 59; providing for publication and effective date. (As Amended)  (City Council)

 

 

 

2001-O-162     An ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.58 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of Clark Blvd. and east of Ejido Ave., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District), and by rezoning 11.76 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of Clark Blvd. and east of Ejido Ave., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  (As Amended) (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

 

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

 

 

30.    2001-R-083     A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Governor’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority in the amount of $390,714.00 to fund the City of Laredo’s Auto Theft Program.  The Governor’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority is contributing $390,714.00, the City of Laredo is designating $54,355.00 in matching funds and Webb County is designating $45,000.00 in matching fund for a total of $490,069.00 to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2002.       

 

 

31.  2001-R-084       A resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an interlocal government agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Independent School District for the participation of the City of Laredo Police Department School Resource Officer Program.  The Laredo Police Department will provide eight (8) officers that will be assigned to various middle and high schools, and the Laredo Independent School District will reimburse the City of Laredo up to three hundred forty nine thousand five hundred eleven dollars ($349,511.00) for the 2001-2002 school year.       

 

 

32.    2001-R-085     A resolution authorizing the issuance of a permit to Columbus Energy Corp. for oil and/or gas extraction on 3.00 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Hwy. 83 and north of Salvador Garcia Middle School, known as McKendrick No. 4 Well.

 

 

XII.    MOTIONS

 

33.       Consideration to renew the lease agreement with Casa Beto, Laredo, Texas, for the lease of a warehouse facility located at 702 Davis.  This warehouse is being utilized by the Health, Finance, Bridge, and Engineering Departments as a central storage facility of records and documents.  The term of this contract will be for a two-year period. The first year cost is $17,700.00 and the second year rent will be $18,000.00.  This will be the fifth year that the City has occupied this facility.   The lease cost of $0.16/sq. ft. is prorated based on the square footage utilized by each operation.   Funding is available in the Health, Finance, Bridge, and Engineering Departmental budgets.  

 

34.       Consideration to reject all bids received for providing all equipment and personnel for the removal of concrete bridge components submerged next to International Bridge I and authorizing that new bids be solicited.   The City of Laredo will publish new requirements to complete this project.

 

35.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-089, to Castillo’s Concession, Laredo, Texas, for the exclusive right to sell food items at the Benavides Softball Park complex.  This vendor proposes to pay the City $100.00 per month, plus 10% of the gross sales.  The contractor will be allowed to sell food, drinks (non alcoholic), and miscellaneous items at the Park's concession stand during the softball league season and during PARD sponsored tournaments.

 

36.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-136, to Seven Trent Laboratories, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the total amount of $40,768.00, for providing laboratory analytical services for groundwater samples collected at the City Landfill.  This service is required to comply with requirements of the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission (TNRCC).  The contract vendor will perform eight semi annual sampling events over a four-year period.  Funding for this contract is available in the Solid Waste fund.

 

37.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-138, to i/tx - Information Technology Solutions, Inc., Delhi, IA., in the amount of $105,344.50, for the purchase and installation of a document and photo imaging system for the Police Department.  This system will allow imaging and electronic archiving of computerized records, manual reports, forms, and pictures.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund

 

38.       Consideration to award annual contract FY01-140, to the LOW BIDDER, JJJ International & Safety, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $113,950.00, for providing traffic marking paint for the Traffic Department  - Safety Division and the Airport Department.  This contract establishes the unit pricing for traffic paint and glass beads used for street and runway/taxiway striping for a one-year period.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding will be available in the Traffic Safety and Airport - Grounds Maintenance Budget.

 

 

39.       Consideration to award of contract number FY01-142, to the LOW BIDDER, Southwest Stainless D/B/A Hughes Supply, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $64,649.50, for the purchase of approximately eighty fire hydrants for use by the Utilities Department in construction and replacement projects.  The bid pricing will be fixed for the one year contract period and all hydrants will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department - Water Distribution Division Budget.

 

 

40.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-143, to Hollywood Garden, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $98,176.00, for mowing services at the World Trade and Colombia International Bridges.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

 

41.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-145, to J & H Concessions, Laredo, Texas, for a three-year contract for food and beverage concessions at the Laredo Civic Center.   This vendor was recommended based on past performance, product quality, dependability, and affordable pricing structure.  J & H Concessions has been the City’s concessionaire for the last two years.  The estimated revenues for this contract is $22,500.00.

 

 

42.       Consideration to award six month supply contracts (#FY01-148), for the purchase of safety footwear for city maintenance personnel, to the following vendors: Mission Western Wear, Mission, Texas, in the base amount of $18,085.00 and Iron Age, San Antonio, Texas, in the base amount of $7,420.00.  Contract pricing has been secured for boot styles approved for use city maintenance personnel.  Each department will have the option to choose the type of boot best suited for the work environment and budget allocation.   All safety footwear is purchased on an as needed basis from the respective department budget. 

 

 

43.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-150, to the LOW BIDDER, AET, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $20,500.00, for the purchase and installation of a video camera security system for the Solid Waste Administration and Scale House buildings.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

 

44.       Consideration to approve the submission of the 2001 Consolidated One Year Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development outlining the use of 27th Action Year Community Development Block Grant  (CDBG) in the amount of $4,485,000.00; the HOME Investment Partnerships Program in the amount of $1,504,000.00; the Emergency Shelter Grant  (ESG) in the amount of $152,000.00; and CDBG Program Income in the amount of $89,975.00, and authorizing the City Manager to execute all documents as a result of the Plan’s submission.

 

45.              Consideration to amend the 1999 Emergency Shelter Grant contract with Sacred Heart Children’s Home to change the approved use of funds allocated to the Sacred Heart Children’s Home totaling $38,000.00 to allow the fund balance of $3,124.00 to fund the costs associated with materials necessary for the replacement of 6 wooden exit doors in the girls cottages with 6 metal commercial type exterior doors with emergency exit devices; increase the contract amount by $3,173.00, and provide an extension of time for the expenditure of contract funds.

 

 

46.              Consideration to renew professional services contract number (FY01-134) between the City of Laredo and A.G. Pellegrin, M.D. to perform drug and alcohol testing for all City of Laredo Employees and authorizing the City Manager to execute all contract documents.  It is estimated that the Drug & Alcohol Program will incur a cost of approximately $50,000.00 for the next fiscal year.  Funding is available in the Health Benefits Budget/Administrative Services/Employee Health Division.

 

 

47.       Consideration to award the professional services contract number (FY01-135) to Deer Oaks Mental Health Associates for the Employee Assistance Program and to authorize the City Manager to execute all contract documents.  Deer Oaks proposes to charge the City of Laredo $1.65 per employee per month.  The total monthly cost for approximately 2,100 employees is $3,465.00.  The annual cost will be $41,580.00.  Funding is available in the Health Budget in Administrative Services Employee Health Division.

 

 

48.       Consideration to award a contract to American Appraisal Associates in the amount of $26,600.00 for a Comprehensive Infrastructure Assets Record and Management System.  The City of Laredo must comply with new accounting guidelines promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).  GASB Statement 34 “Basic Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for State and Local Governments” requires that an inventory record must be maintained and reporting of the value of the infrastructure assets must be disclosed in the City’s Financial Statements.  Funding is available in the Utilities and Public Works Departments.

 

 

49.       Consideration to award a contract to Deloitte & Touche LLP in the amount of $100,000.00 to assist the City in its preparation for implementation of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement 34 “Basic Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for State and Local Governments”.  The project will consist of four phases including: Readiness Assessment, Training, Development of Policies and Procedures and Assistance and Consultation Services in the Conversion of the 2001 Financial Statements.  Funding of $ 55,000.00 is available in the current fiscal year with the balance of $ 45,000.00 subject to future appropriation during fiscal year 2002.

 

 

50.       Consideration for acceptance of the Bio-Solids Dewatering Improvements Parts “A” and “B” and approval of a retainage reduction in the amount of $55,425.00 for the completion of the initial contract in the amount of $1,208,500.00.  Funding is available in the Bio-Solids Dewatering Improvements Parts “A” and “B” – Retainage Payable.

 

 

51.       Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 an increase of $41,281.50 to the construction contract with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the City-Wide Sidewalks Project No. 13 (16 Blocks), Project No. 16 (12 Blocks) and Project No. 17b (8 Blocks) for a total of 36 Blocks and to add an additional 10 working days to the construction contract time.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund Sidewalks – Century City Sidewalks – Sidewalks. 

 

 

52.       Consideration for acceptance of the Second Floor Addition to Traffic Safety Warehouse, and approval to release 10% retainage in the amount of $13,412.59 to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $134,125.92.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund - Traffic Safety Warehouse.

 

 

53.       Consideration for acceptance of Fire Station No. 12 located at Bob Bullock in the vicinity of TAMIU and approval to release retainage in the amount of $37,270.65 to Marshall Company, Corpus Christi, Texas.  Final contract amount is $745,413.00.  Funding is available in the New Fire Station Retainage Payable.

 

 

54.              Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 3 an increase of $141,940.50 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Paseo Del Antiguo Laredo Pedestrian Facility Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $363,401.10 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $1,365,073.50.  Funding is available in the Paseo Del Antiguo Laredo Project Improvements Other Than Buildings.

 

 

55.       Consideration to award a professional services contract to Trinity Testing Laboratories, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $77,525.00 to provide laboratory, sampling and testing services of materials for quality control for the Fire Fighting Training Facility.  Funding is available in the Fire Training Facility Purchased Professional Services/Project Engineer Fees.

 

 

56.              Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 2, an increase of $1,932,189.53 to the Jacaman Road Extension construction contract with Brother Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, contingent upon the funding of $689,828.48 by the donating party (Jacaman Family) to the City to be held in trust for additional construction work on Jacaman Road from the Airport property line east to Bob Bullock Loop, and for Sinatra Parkway from the current terminus of Sinatra north to the intersection of Jacaman Road in conjunction with Laredo Entertainment Center (LEC) Project and to add an additional 189 working days (8 months) to the original construction contract time.  This is a cost-sharing project between the City and the Jacaman Family who are donors of the right-of-way and the arena tract. Funding is available in the LEC Project Fund, and upon the finalizing of funding by the Jacaman Family.

 

57.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to amend the Advance Funding Agreement (AFA) between the Texas Department Of Transportation (TxDOT), and the City of Laredo for the anticipated utility adjustments cost necessary for the Milo Interchange Project.  TxDOT is requesting an additional $989,673.24 to be added to the AFA for anticipated additional funds for payment of eligible utility costs.  The revised AFA now totals $3,373,528.24.  An additional amount of $216,263.00 is not included in this amended AFA, as the City disputes payment to Caprock Communications.

 

58.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract in the amount not to exceed $30,850.00 with Sherry Matthews Advertising and Public Relations of Austin to provide advertising services to promote the TexCare Partnership’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2001, through August 31, 2001.

 

59.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant proposal in the amount of $250,000.00 to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for a Promotora/Community Health Worker Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.

 

60.              Consideration to authorize the City Manager to commence renovations and modifications to building number 60 (16,000 sq.ft.) located at the 4800 block of Maher Avenue.  The Laredo Police Department leases this building from the Laredo International Airport.  Modifications are needed to expand the property/evidence warehouse, modify offices, and to secure the entire building for police operational use.  Funding for the project is available through the Laredo Police Department Trust Fund Reserves.  Modifications are not to exceed $75,000.00.

 

61.       Consideration for approval of the 2000 Appraisal Roll from the Webb County Appraisal District for the development of our tax roll, and to accept calculations of the effective tax rate for the fiscal year 2001-2002.

 

62.       Consideration to award a construction contract to the SOLE BIDDER Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $865,423.59 for the Rehabilitation of Runway 17R-35L and a portion of Runway 14-32 Laredo International Airport AIP Project No. 3-48-0136-26-01 and approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $223,148.53 resulting from negotiations with the sole bidders on runway paving items, for a net award of $642,275.09.  Funding is available in a Federal Aviation Administration Grant issued to the City of Laredo for an amount sufficient to fund the project.

 

 

63.       In accordance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Chapter of the City of Laredo referring the proposed City of Laredo Comprehensive Plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission and requiring a report from the Planning and Zoning Commission on any recommendations to be brought back before the City Council no later than September 30,2001.

 

 

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

           

 

64.       Status report on the installation of bus shelters Citywide.

 

65.       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.

 

66.              Status report regarding the Commercial Garbage Accounts, with possible action.

 

67.       Staff report on the proposed workshop regarding the City’s Pension Plan.

 

68.              Discussion and possible action to authorize the City Manager to submit an application to amend to the TNRCC Water and Sewer Certificates of Convenience and Necessity, for the provision of water and sewer services to the areas on Highway 359 adjacent to the colonias project but not currently on the City’s CCN.

 

69.       Update report on the Secondary Water Supply Project with possible action.  Discussing the proposals received and possible next steps.

 

 

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.

 

 

70.    Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in regards to deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property for public use, because deliberation in an open meeting would have detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and return to Open Session for possible action.

 

 

XV.   RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

 

71.       Consideration to award a contract to Texas Bus Sales for the purchase of eight (8) Type II Paratransit vehicles at a bid price of $55,694.00 each including options, totaling $445,552.00.  This bid received was determined as the lowest most qualified bid by the Community Council of Southwest Texas, Inc. Uvalde, Texas.  Funding is available in the Grant Agreement VCR#0103 with the Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration.

 

 

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, August 1, 2001 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                    

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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