CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2001-R-24

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 17, 2001

5:30 PM

 

 

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.       COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

A.        Recognition of the Honorable Judith Zaffirini for her continued support of Texas Libraries.

 

B.        Recognition and appreciation of Laredo’s Media and the Public Information Officers in the community for their cooperative efforts in handling the September 11th tragedy in the United States.

 

C.        Recognition of Rafael Garcia and Jennifer Ortiz for participating and completing the Internship Program with the City of Laredo in conjunction with Texas A&M International University.

D.        Recognition of Julian Mendoza, Jr., a United South High School athlete, selected to be a member of the United States People to People Sports Ambassadors Program.

                       

Communiqués

 

 

V.        PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.         Public Hearing amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2 Article II, Division 3, Section 2-58 (a), Holidays, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo by adding one additional holiday, a personal holiday, for all City of Laredo employees, except as otherwise stated in a collective bargaining agreement.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2 Article II, Division 3, Section 2-58 (a), Holidays, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo by adding one additional holiday, a personal holiday, for all City of Laredo employees, except as otherwise stated in a collective bargaining agreement.

 

2.         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.

 

3.         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.

 

4.         Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 527, Western Division, located at 2615 San Agustin Ave., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 527, Western Division, located at 2615 San Agustin Ave., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

5.         Public hearing authorizing an increase in the bridge toll rate schedule for southbound non-commercial vehicles as further described in Exhibit “A”, and authorizing a u-turn violation fee for southbound commercial traffic as further described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

            Authorizing an increase in the bridge toll rate schedule for southbound non-commercial vehicles as further described in Exhibit “A”, and authorizing a u-turn violation fee for southbound commercial traffic as further described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

6.         Public Hearing adopting the Comprehensive Plan of the City of Laredo without amendment in compliance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 2001-R-095

Adopting the Comprehensive Plan of the City of Laredo without amendment in compliance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

7.         Public hearing amending Ordinance #98-O-279 by adopting the City of Laredo Investment Policy and amending the City of Laredo Investment Policy to comply with Public Funds Investment Act Chapter 2256, Texas Government Code.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Ordinance #98-O-279 by adopting the City of Laredo Investment Policy and amending the City of Laredo Investment Policy to comply with Public Funds Investment Act Chapter 2256, Texas Government Code.

 

8.         Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount  $169,525 for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  This grant funds the salaries, fringe benefits, overtime, and equipment for support personnel.  The U.S. Department of Justice will designate $119,525 and the City of Laredo will designate $50,000 to fund this grant from October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2003.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount  $169,525 for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  This grant funds the salaries, fringe benefits, overtime, and equipment for support personnel.  The U.S. Department of Justice will designate $119,525 and the City of Laredo will designate $50,000 to fund this grant from October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2003.

 

 

VI.       GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

9.      A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

 

1.  Adoption of Resolution 2001-R-099

Pledging the support and cooperation of the citizens of the City Of Laredo, Texas to United States President Bush George W. Bush, and for his call for unity and national resolve in the face of terroristic attacks upon the United States, and for other purposes.

 

B.     Request by Council Member Louis Bruni

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on the lack of water and 

     wastewater services on the intersection of Highway 359 and

     Loop 20.

 

2.  Status report on the proposed extension of Guadalupe to New

York on the Tex-Mex right-of-way with possible action.

 

3.      Status report on all existing and projected parks for District

 II  with possible action.

4.  Status report on the secondary water supply with possible  

     action.       

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the flooding situation in       

     the Chaparral area.

 

2. Presentation by Jesus Hernandez regarding the needs that GI     
     Form still has with possible action.

           

 

D.  Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

 

1.  Requesting to re-classify sixteen (16) positions within the Laredo
      Police Department with possible action.

 

 

E.   Request by Council Member Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Status report on the condition of fire engines and ambulances   
       in the Fire Department with possible action.

 

 2. Discussion with possible action regarding the 1100 Block of
       Zaragoza to  install a street light, clean-up area  and remove   
       the garbage dumpsters on the weekend.

 

 3.  Discussion with possible action regarding the flooding problems at

      at the following intersections:

 

      a.  Callaghan St. and San Bernardo Ave.

                 b.  Coke St. and Convent Ave.

                 c.  Sanchez St. and Vidaurri Ave.

                 d.  Garcia St. and Lee Ave.

 

 

VII.      INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

10.       Authorizing the City Manager to purchase from the Utilities Department at fair market value, on lots number one (1) through four (4), block number three hundred and eight (308) including improvements, in the Eastern Division of the City of Laredo, also commonly known as the 600 block of Reynolds in order to establish the centralized office for the Environmental Services Department. 

 

11.       Providing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.576358/$100 value with a Maintenance Operation rate of $0.435878/$100 and an Interest and Sinking Fund rate of $0.140480/$100 and for the levy and the collection of General and Special Ad Valorem and Beverage Taxes for the City of Laredo for the tax year 2001 and the fiscal year 2001-2002.

 

12.       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 $6,112.00, for certain property described as 6,945.00 sq. ft. tract of land, out the north half of the Garden Street right-of-way between the east right-of-way line of Sta. Isabel Avenue and the west right-of-way line of Vidaurri Avenue to Felix J. Canales Treviño; provided that the City of Laredo retains the entire north half of said former street as a utility easement; said tract being situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being described in Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date.

 

13.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its market value of $9,920.00, for certain property described as a 2,479.88 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out 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  in the attached Exhibit “A” to Mario Gonzalez and Eleuterio Garza; and providing for an effective date.  (Action needed on Final Reading of Ordinance #2001-O-207)

 

14.       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 $11,874.00 of certain property described as a 10,640 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of Poggenpohl Street between Sta. Rita and Vidaurri Avenues to Sergio Mares; provided that the City of Laredo retains a 6,250 sq. ft. tract of land as a utility easement said tracts being situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being described in the attached Exhibit “A” and hereby approving the submitted Improvement Plan, as described in Exhibit “B”, and which is in compliance with Section 10 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy Handbook, as approved by Resolution No. 97-R-140; and providing for an effective date.

 

15.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its combined market value of $15,063.00, for certain properties described as follows to their respective abutting property owners and providing for an effective date.

 

Parcels  A & B – Consisting of 1,524.03 sq. ft., more or less, and 893.85 sq. ft., more or less; respectively, to  Juventino Gonzalez and wife Maria B. Gonzalez, at the total combined market value  of $5,803.00;  said parcels being out of South Urbahn  Avenue between Bismark Street and the east right-of-way line of South Meadow Ave. situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being described in attached Exhibits “A”, and  “B”; Parcel C – Consisting of 3,858.36 sq. ft., more or less, to Domingo Hernandez at the market value of $9,260.00. Said parcel being out of South Urbahn Avenue between Bismark Street and the east right-of-way line of South Meadow Ave. situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being described in attached Exhibit “C”.

 

16.       Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Right-of-Entry-Permit to the Texas Department of Transportation in order for that agency to conduct feasibility studies on certain City owned properties, for a proposed grade separation of U.S. Highway 83 (Guadalupe and Chihuahua Streets) over the Texas Mexican Railroad tracks.  The area encompassed by said City-owned properties, includes:  All of block 88-A (except State R.O.W.), Lots 4A, 4B, 4C, 5 & Parts of Lots 6 & B, Block 89A (except State R.O.W.), all being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being delineated on attached copies of City Plats; and providing for an effective date. 

 

 

VIII.     FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

 

17.  2001-O-204       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 from $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; amending subsection (j) (4) landfill fees, by changing the current landfill fees for all city vehicles from $13.50/ ton to the current TNRCC solid waste fee of $1.25 per ton  or as may be amended; providing for severability, effective date and publication.  (as amended) 

 

2001-O-205               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.

 

2001-O-206               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.

 

2001-O-207               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.

 

2001-O-208               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.

           

2001-O-209               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.

 

2001-O-211               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.

 

2001-O-212               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.

 

2001-O-213               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.

           

2001-O-214               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.

 

2001-O-215               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.

 

2001-O-216               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.

 

IX.       RESOLUTIONS

 

18.       2001-R-092   Declaring   the  public  necessity to  acquire the “Surface

Only” of twenty-seven (27) corner clips for the widening of McPherson Road, from Canal Bridge to Saunders Street.  Said corner clips being: Tract I – Part of Block 855-A, Tract II – Part of Lot 8, Block 854, Tract III – Part of Lot 1, Block 663, Tract IV – Part of Lot 5, Block 662, Tract V – Part of Lot 8, Block 663, Tract VI – Part of Lot 4, Block 661, Tract VII – Part of Lot 1, Block 664, Tract VIII – Part of Lot 5, Block 661, Tract IX – Part of Lot 8A, Block 664, Tract X – Part of Lot 4, Block 660, Tract XI – Part of Lot 1, Block 665, Tract XII – Part of Lot 5, Block 660, Tract XIII – Part of Lot 4, Block 659, Tract XIV – Part of Lot 1, Block 666, Tract XV – Part of Lot 5, Block 659, Tract XVI – Part of Lot 8, Block 666, Tract XVII – Part of Lot 4, Block 658, Tract XVIII – Part of Lot 1, Block 667, Tract XIX – Part of Lot 5, Block 658, Tract XX – Part of Lot 11, Block 657, Tract XXI – Part of Lot 8, Block 667, Tract XXII – Part of Lot 1, Block 668, Tract XXIII – Part of Lot 11, Block 656, Tract XXIV – Part of Lot 12, Block 657, Tract XXV – Part of Lot 8, Block 668, Tract XXVI – Part of Lot 1, Block 669, and Tract XXVII – Part of Lot 12, Block 669, all blocks being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by donation or purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner. 

 

19.       2001-R-093   Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface

Only” of a parcel of land to be used as part of the Airport Runway Protection Zone of Runway 35L. Said parcel of land being Lot 3A, Block 1, William Bejarano, Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner. 

 

20.       2001-R-094   Declaring the public necessity to   acquire the “Surface

Only” of a 2,032.82 square foot, more or less, tract of land as a Drainage Easement from, Dean Sanditen.  Said parcel of land being out of the Westgate Place Subdivision, Survey 1019, Abstract 62, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”.

 

21.       2001-R-096   Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a non-financial

agreement between the City of Laredo, Laredo Public Library and Webb County Head Start Program to coordinate services provided to Head Start families.

 

22.       2001-R-097   Adopting a new health benefits rate structure by

increasing all medical contribution amounts by twenty  (20%) for the City of Laredo and for all persons covered under the City of Laredo’s Medical Plan unless otherwise provided in a collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of October 1, 2001.

 

23.       2001-R-098   Authorizing the  City  Manager  to  execute  grant

agreement CSJ Number M222LREDO with the Texas Department of Transportation under the Routine Airport Maintenance Program in the amount of $30,000.00 for the purpose of airport maintenance at the Laredo International Airport.  The City’s fifty (50%) percent local match for this project in the amount of $30,000.00 is available in the Airport Land Sale Proceeds Restricted Fund.

 

 

X.        MOTIONS

 

24.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-163, to WalkerCom,  in the amount of $27,000.00 for the purchase and installation of an automatic call distribution system for the Utility Billing Division.  This system complements the current phone system by distributing calls to available customer service personnel.   Funding is available in the Utility Department – Utility Billing Division Capital Outlay Budget. 

 

25.       Consideration to authorize the purchase of one cab and chassis truck, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $91,764.54 and will be assigned to the Utilities Department – Wastewater Collection Division.  A vacuum truck unit will be mounted on this truck.  Funding is available in the Utilities Fund – Wastewater Collection Division.

 

26.       Authorizing the City Manager to amend a contract with Camp, Dresser,  and Mckee, Inc. for an amount of $120,000 under the Odor and Corrosion Control Project, for the design of the rehabilitation and repair of the aerated grit chambers and primary clarifiers of the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The total amended contract will be $169,800 to be funded from Zacate Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant Corrosion Control budget in the Sewer Fund.

 

27.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Lambda Construction I, Ltd., New Braunfels, Texas in the amount of $2,418,000.00 for the construction of the Jefferson Street Water Treatment Plant 60 MGD High Service Pump Station.  Funding is available in the 94 and 97 Bond Issues.

 

28.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-164, to the low bidder Philpott Motor Company, Nederland, Texas, in the amount of $31,750.00, for the purchase of two trucks for the Health Department’s WIC Program.  The Texas Department of Health has granted approval to use program funds for this purchase.  

 

29.       Consideration to award a six-month supply contract (#FY01-162) for the purchase of safety footwear for city maintenance personnel to Gateway Uniform, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $25,589.50.  Contract pricing has been secured for boot styles approved for use by 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 departmental budgets. 

 

30.       Consideration to approve an insurance contract for the Airport Liability and Control Tower.  The annual insurance premium will provide coverage from 10-01-01 to 09-30-02.  The proposals will be opened on Friday, September 14, 2001.  The insurance carrier selected by the City will be announced during the City Council Meeting.

           

31.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with the State of Texas, General Services Commission on behalf of the Texas Department of Health, Public Health Region 11, for 2,205 square feet of office space at the City of Laredo Health Department Complex located at 2600 Cedar St.  The term of the lease renewal will be from September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.  The lessee shall pay a sum in the amount of $919.66 per month.

 

32.       Consideration to direct staff to prepare a service plan for the voluntary annexation of five (5) tracts of land totaling 91.096 acres, more or less and the unilateral annexation of five (5) tracts of land totaling 1,354.2455 acres, more or less, for a total of 1,445.3415 acres, more or less, as shown on attachment “A”, in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

33.       Consideration for acceptance of the East Hachar Recreation Center, and approval of final payment in the amount of $61,154.70 less $21,000.00 for liquidated damages per original contract and as stated under take over agreement for a net final payment of $40,154.70 to Evergreen National Indemnity Company, Austin, Texas.  Final contract amount is $1,060,362.00.  Funding is available in the Community Development - 24th Action Year - East Hachar Recreation Center -Retainage Payable.

 

34.       Consideration to award a construction contract to the low bidder Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas, in the bid amount of $631,955.68 for the McPherson Avenue Widening (Canal to Saunders (U.S. Hwy 59).  Funding is available in the 2000A C.O. Issue McPherson Widening Phase I.

 

35.       Consideration to authorize the purchase of one brush truck with a grapple (branch pickup crane) through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $80,999.80.  This will be assigned to the Sanitation Department and will be used for branch pickup.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

36.       Consideration to authorize the purchase of one full size passenger van, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $24,342.34.  This van will be available for use by all City departments.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

37.       Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of August 2001, represents a decrease in levy of $65,516.96.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

 

38.       Refunds of property tax to the following taxpayers and companies:

 

a.  A refund in the amount of $609.10 payable to Luis E. & Anna L. Chavez due to a change of value certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board.  The square footage for the improvements was incorrect for the year 97, 98, 99 and 2000.

 

b.  A refund in the amount of $2,758.97 payable to Castaneda Dump Trucks, Inc.  This business closed in June of 1998 and therefore, did not exist nor was taxable for the 1999 and 2000 years.   

 

39.       Motion to approve the agreement between the City of Laredo and the International Association of Firefighters local 1390 through its president said agreement which was negotiated by the representatives of the city and local 1390 I.A.F.F. in accordance with the provisions of the Texas Local Government Code Section 174.01 (formerly Article 5154c-1 of the revised Civil Statutes of Texas), and authorizing the City Manager to execute said agreement.

 

 

XI.       STAFF REPORT

 

            40.       Status report on the Colonias Project.

 

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

 

 

XII.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

42.             Consideration to award  a contract to  the  lowest  bidder,  Washing  Equipment of Texas (WET) for the sum of $93,000 for furnishing all labor and materials needed to replace and install a new bus wash system to include a spot free system at the Laredo Metro Operations Facility located at 401 Scott St.  Funding is available from line item 518-5196-565-9001, Machinery and Equipment, FTA Grant TX 90-X-438.

 

 

XIII.     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, September 12, 2001 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary[fp1] 


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