CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2001-R-23

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 4, 2001

5:30 P.M.

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aid or services are requested to contact Gustavo Guevara, City Secretary at (956) 791-7308 at least two working days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  The accessible entrance and accessible parking spaces are located at City Hall, 1100 Victoria Ave.

 

Out of Consideration for all attendees of the City Council meetings, please turn off all cellular phones and pagers, or place on inaudible signal.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

 

I.            CALL TO ORDER

 

 II.      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.      ROLL CALL

 

IV.      MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of June 25, 2001 and July 2, 2001.

 

V.              COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

A.      Presentation of the State of Texas Architectural Barriers Certificate of Substantial Compliance Submitted by the Texas Department of Licensing  and Regulation for the East Hachar Recreation Center.

  

Invitations

 

A.      On Wednesday, September 5, 2001, the Laredo Fire Department expands its service with the opening of Fire Station #12 at 10:00 a.m.  Everyone is invited to attend the morning event scheduled to take place at 9402 N.E. Bob Bullock Loop near Texas A&M International University.

 

Recognitions

 

Communiqués

 VI.    APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

 

VII.       PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

 

1.      Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a sexually oriented business on Lot 1, Block 11, Unitec Industrial Center Subdivision, Phase 2, located at 13502 Regional Drive.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a sexually oriented business on Lot 1, Block 11, Unitec Industrial Center Subdivision, Phase 2, located at 13502 Regional Drive; providing for publication and effective date.

 

 

2.      Public Hearing to adopt the Annual Budget for fiscal year 2001-2002 appropriating the estimated revenues, expenditures and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2001 and ending September 30, 2002, consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Adopting the Annual Budget for fiscal year 2001-2002 appropriating the estimated revenues, expenditures and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2001 and ending in September 30, 2002, consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget.

 

 

 

4.      Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Annual Budget by reclassifying nine (9) firefighters to three (3) Captains, three (3) drivers and three (3) assistant drivers to man Fire Station Number Twelve (12) as authorized by  City Council to be effective upon adoption and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Annual Budget by reclassifying nine (9) firefighters to three (3) Captains, three (3) drivers and three (3) assistant drivers to man Fire Station Number Twelve (12) as authorized by  City Council to be effective upon adoption and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

5.      Public Hearing amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12)(a) except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of September 30, 2001.

 

 

INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12)(a) except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of September 30, 2001.

 

6.      Public Hearing authorizing the City Manager to establish the position of Sanitarian II in the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) Grant to continue the operation of the two Continuous Air Monitoring Stations (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2002.

 

INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to establish the position of Sanitarian II in the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) Grant to continue the operation of the two Continuous Air Monitoring Stations (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2002.

 

7.      Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to accept funds and amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $10,000 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health, Office of Border Health for the Border Health Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001.  These funds were awarded specifically for the Binational Health Conference that will be held on September 6-7, 2001 at Texas A&M International University.

 

INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to accept funds and amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $10,000 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health, Office of Border Health for the Border Health Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001.  These funds were awarded specifically for the Binational Health Conference that will be held on September 6-7, 2001 at Texas A&M International University.

 

8.      Public Hearing authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation for four grants from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $3,222,093 for the Community Health Education Program, Maternal and Child Health (MCH-Title V), Women Infants and Children “WIC” Program, and Los Dos Laredos of the Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002, and October 1, 2001, through September 30, 2002, respectively; and amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $47,269.42.

 

INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation for four grants from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $3,222,093 for the Community Health Education Program, Maternal and Child Health (MCH-Title V), Women Infants and Children “WIC” Program, and Los Dos Laredos of the Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002, and October 1, 2001, through September 30, 2002, respectively; and amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $47,269.42.

 

9.      Public hearing and consideration of an appeal of an order of the Historic District/Landmark Board regarding the installation of doors on the Convent elevation at:  

Location:  Lots 3 and E 15 Varas of 2, Block 2 WD

Commonly known as:  1112 Grant

Petitioner: Luis Lidsky

San Agustin Historic District

 

10.  Public Hearing and adoption of Resolution No. 2001-R-091 adopting the 2002-2006 Capital Improvement Program for the City of Laredo. 

 

ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 2001-R-091

Adopting the 2002-2006 Capital Improvement Program for the City of Laredo. 

 

11.  A Public Hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend Chapter 14, Garbage, Trash & Refuse, Article II, Section 14-9, Rates, subsection (a) service fee for individual residences, by changing the garbage collection fee of $7.00 per month to $8.50 per month; amending subsection (e)(5) fees, by changing the fees for any residences being utilized in whole or in part as a commercial establishment or business; and adding subsection (h) branch and debris pick-up; and amending subsections i-n to alphabetize each subsection correctly; providing for severability, effective date and publication.


 

INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend Chapter 14,     Garbage, Trash & Refuse, Article II, Section 14-9, Rates, subsection (a) service fee for individual residences, by changing the garbage collection fee of $7.00 per month to $8.50 per month; amending subsection (e)(5) fees, by changing the fees for any residences being utilized in whole or in part as a commercial establishment or business; and adding subsection (h) branch and debris pick-up; and amending subsections i-n to alphabetize each subsection correctly; providing for severability, effective date and publication.

 

12.  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2001 General Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $49,005.72 for the Lease Purchase Agreement to finance the acquisition of a multimedia messaging system (phone voice mail) for the City Hall Phone System.

 

INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

An ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2001 General Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $49,005.72 for the Lease Purchase Agreement to finance the acquisition of a multimedia messaging system (phone voice mail) for the City Hall Phone System.

 

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

 

1.      Discussion with possible action on the status of the opening of 

Bartlett Avenue at Market Street and the proposed street closures.

 

B.     Request by Council Member Joe Guerra

 

1.      Discussion and possible action to authorize the City Manager and Competitive Government Strategies (Consultants) to commence contract negotiations for privatization of the City’s water and wastewater utilities operations (as outlined in the City’s amended Request for Proposals) with United Water, the apparent responsible lowest bidder.


 

C.     Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding amending the Code of Ordinances to add a section authorizing staff to place a fence with the appropriate noticing requirements around abandoned, vacant and substandard homes in the City to prevent trespassing by the general public as well as safeguarding the health and general welfare of the neighborhood residents.  The cost of the fence would be recovered through the placement of a lien or any other legal authority available to the City.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action to request that staff initiate a feasibility study to consider the construction of a water park.

 

 

               (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

14.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with M & M Air Cargo and Delivery Service, Inc., for approximately 11,988 square feet constituting Sections 2 and 3 of Building No. 170 located at 5103 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on May 1, 2001 and ending on April 30, 2006. However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party on not less than ninety (90) days written notice from the party terminating to the other. Monthly rent shall be $4,795.20 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

  

 

15.  An ordinance designating one-way road sections to include Maher Avenue northbound from Bustamante Street to Hillside Road, Thomas Avenue southbound between Hillside Road and Pappas Street, Pappas Street westbound between Thomas Avenue and Daugherty Avenue, and Daugherty Avenue southbound between Pappas Street and Bustamante Street; providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction and providing for publication and effective date.

 

16.  An ordinance closing a public easement a 2,479.88 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of the southeast section of San Jose Street between Milmo and Jarvis Avenues, dedicated as a public easement as per the McMillan Park Subdivision Replat recorded in Volume 2, Page 156 of the Webb County Plat Records, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, being more particularly described on the attached Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date.

 

17.  An ordinance authorizing the abandonment and vacating of a 17.7 foot wide alley dedicated for public use in Block 631, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

 

X.                 FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

18.  2001-O-198               An ordinance amending the Street Name Map of the

City of Laredo by changing the name of a portion of Killam Industrial Boulevard from the intersection of FM 1472 thence west and south to the intersection of Loop 20 with the future River Bank Drive, from Killam Industrial Blvd. to River Bank Drive; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2001-O-199              An ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.795 acres out of Lot 3, Block 1, Del Mar North Filing No. One, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 302 Eden Ln., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2001-O-200              An ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Tract 4, William Bejarano Plat, located at 3520 E. Saunders St., from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2001-O-201             An ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Hwy. 83 and north of Masterson Rd., from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2001-O-202            An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its adjusted market value of $11,681.00, for certain property described as a 15,434.00 sq. ft., more or less, tract of land out of that former section of the 2200 block of Cleveland Street between Bartlett and Jarvis Avenues to Jesse J. Martinez, Hector F. Martinez and Jorge R. Martinez provided that the City of Laredo retains a 15 foot wide utility easement; said tract being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County Texas; being described as Exhibit “A” and hereby approving the submitted Improvement Plan as described on Exhibit “B”, and which is in compliance with Section 10 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy Handbook, as approved per Resolution No. 97-R-140; and providing for an effective date.

            

2001-O-203         An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its market value $19,158.00 for certain property described as a 5,473.70 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out that former section of the 2900 block of South Buena Vista Avenue between Norton and the East right-of-way line of US Highway 83, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being generally described on attached Exhibit “A” to Mr. Oscar Ramirez; and providing for an effective date.

 

 

XI.               RESOLUTIONS

 

19.  2001-R-087         Authorizing the city Manager to accept a grant from the

U.S Department of Justice, Local Law Enforcement Block Grant in the amount of $119,525 with the City of Laredo designating $103,153 in matching funds for a total of $222,678 to fund this project.  This project funds the salaries, fringe benefits, overtime, and equipment for support personnel.  The funding period for this project is from October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2003.

 

20.  2001-R-088        Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application

to the Federal Aviation Administration for an Airport Improvement Program grant in the amount of $2,000,000 to fund the construction of a service road along the perimeter of the Laredo International Airport and further authorize the City Manager to execute any documents that may result from such award.  This grant requires the local match of $ 222,223.00 and is available in the Airport Land Reimbursement Account.

 

21.  2001-R-090      Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the

National Endowment for the Humanities’ General Preservation Assessment Grant Program in the amount of $5,000 to assess five archival collections in Webb County. 


 

XII.             MOTIONS

 

 

22.  Consideration to cancel the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting  of September 24, 2001, and hold a special meeting on September 26, 2001, at noon or 5:30 pm to present the final reading adopting the tax rate for 2001.

 

23.  Consideration to approve a final payment of $58,091.89, which includes $29,916.56 in retainage, and Change Orders Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, with a net increase of $13,736.39 to the original contract awarded to Koch Corporation of Louisville, Kentucky, on October 2, 2000, for the soundproofing of nineteen homes, under the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.  The original contract amount was $285,429.26.  The four Change Orders increased the contract amount to $299,165.65.

 

24.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding  between the City of Laredo and U.S. Customs Service allowing U.S. Customs to design, install and maintain, at their expense an outbound canopy at the City’s Juarez-Lincoln Bridge.

 

25.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-156, to the SOLE BIDDER, Cantu Electric Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $65,835.00, to provide all equipment, material, and labor to install twelve canopy mounted fiber optic message signs at Bridges II and III.  These signs are designed to display single or multiple messages under any lighting condition.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

26.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-153, to the LOW BIDDERS, Dr. Ike’s Home Center, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $30,833.00 and Rob K Concrete Products, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $9,786.00, for providing rebar and wire mesh for a six month period.  This contract establishes contract pricing for these materials used for construction or repair projects scheduled during the next six months.  All materials will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Public Works budget and the Capital Improvement Fund. 

 

27.  Consideration to award an annual contract number FY01-158 to the LOW BIDDER,  Garcia’s Auto Glass, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $31,000.00, for providing glass replacement service for the Fleet Maintenance Division.   All work will be done on an as needed basis.   Funding is available in  the Fleet Maintenance Fund. 

28.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of two utility tractors,  through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC)  Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $36,299.30.  One will be assigned to the Public Works Department - Creek Cleaning Crew and the other to the Parks and Recreation Department.  Funding is available in the 2000 Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation Proceeds PPFCO  and the Capital Improvements Project Fund. 

 

29.  Consideration to authorize addendum No. 2 to Turner, Collie and Braden, for the preparation of additional environmental work for the Colonias Project.  The Texas Water Development Board has agreed upon the $5,594.00 addendum and will bring the total contract amount to $1,101,644.00.  Funding is available in the Colonias Fund, Project Engineers Account.

 

30.  Consideration to ratify addendum No. 1 to the contract with Foster Engineering on the Colonias Project.  The $18,300.00 addendum will cover the cost of establishing the monuments for the project. The total amount of the contract will increase to $302,307.00.  Funding is available in the Colonias Fund, Project Engineers Account.

 

31.  Consideration for approval of payment estimate No. 16 to Reddy Engineers and Contractors, Inc., Houston, Texas, for the 60 MGD Intake at the Jefferson Water Treatment Plan in the amount of $123,461.27.  This payment reduces the retainage from 5% to 0.19%.  The total amount left in the contract after this payment is $5,000.00.  Funding is available in the Waterworks Retainage Account.

 

32.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one Vactor Vacuum Sewer Cleaning Unit, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract from Kinloch Equipment & Supply Inc., Pasadena, Texas, in the total amount of $124,612.00.  The Vactor will be mounted on a cab and chassis being purchased from the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments – Cooperative Purchasing Program.   This equipment will be assigned to the Utilities Department – Wastewater Collection Division.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department – Wastewater Collection Division Budget.

         

33.  Consideration to reject the two bids received for the New Laredo Municipal Court Building to be located at Thomas and Leal since all bids were over the budget amount and to authorize staff to modify the plans and re-bid the project. Funding is available in the 2000 CO Issue Municipal Court.

 

34.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the LOW BIDDER, SER Construction Partners, LTD., Houston, Texas, in the bid amount of $632,719.00 for the Bartlett Avenue Extension (Hillside Road to Gale Street).  Funding is available in the 2000 C.O. Issue Bartlett/Hillside to Gale.

 

35.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to opt out of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA), effective October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002 as a result of the city currently meeting or exceeding minimum HIPPAA Benefit Provisions.

 

36.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute professional services renewal contracts with Victor D. Trevino, M.D., J & A Pharmacy, and Mercy Regional Medical Center, for one year with health care providers to provide public health services to clients of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.  Funds to be utilized are form the following state grant budgets:  MCH-Title V, La Familia (COPC), and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control.

 

37.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend a professional services contract for one month with Med Center Pharmacy and Sylvia Aguirre, R.N. to provide public health services to clients of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2000, through August 31, 2001.

 

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORTS

 

38.  Status report on the installation of bus shelters citywide.

 

 

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, August 29, 2001 at 6:00 p.m.

       

 

 

                                                                            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                           City Secretary[fp1] 


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