CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2001-R-26

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

OCTOBER 15, 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 August 6, 15, 16, 17 and 27.

 

V.     COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

The City of Laredo and the Rio Grande International Study Center invite all residents of Laredo to participate in Dia del Rio on Saturday, October 20th from 8:00 to a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  For more information please contact Jessica Hein at  791-7303.  Hundreds of volunteers will be seen constructing a nature trail by the river beginning at Bridge II and continuing through to Zacate Creek.  We invite all residents of Laredo to join our environmentally educational efforts to bring focus to our most important natural resource – the Rio Grande River.


 

Recognitions

 

a.      Financial Services Department for the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.

b.      L.I.S.D Campus Crime Stoppers Program, which won six (6) international awards.  These six awards include 1st place for most arrests, 1st place for best public service announcement, 1st place for most cleared cases, 2nd place for most drugs recovered, 2nd place for most stolen goods recovered, and the most improved award for most stolen goods recovered.  Other countries who participated in this event include United Kingdom, Austrialia, Africa, Canada, and others.  This competition was held in Pueblo, Colorado in September, 2001.

 

Communiqués

 

 

VI.    APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

A.     Appointment by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores of Consuelo Montalvo to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee.

 

B.     Appointment by Council Member Louis H. Bruni of Sylvia Garza to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee.

 

 

VII.   PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no 3-48-0136-32-01 in the amount of $3,500,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a portion of an air cargo apron at 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. 

 

2.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-31-01 in the amount of $2,000,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a service road along the inside perimeter 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. 

 

3.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a 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.

 

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            4.  A.   Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

1.                              Status report on Interlocal Agreement between the City of Laredo and County of Webb to provide Fire Protection and EMS Services, with possible action.

2.                              Status report on the street lighting at the intersection of McPherson and Jacaman, with possible action.

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

4.                              Status report on the lack of water and wastewater services at the intersection of Highway 359 and Loop 20.

 

B.        Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.                  Discussion with possible action regarding the Cemetery operations, including the fee structure.

 

C.        Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.                              Status report on traffic light malfunctions at the corners of Seymour and Clark and Meadow and Clark, with possible action.

 

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

1.                  Discussion with possible action regarding a graffiti clean-up campaign in District VII.

2.                  Discussion with possible action to designate drug-free zones throughout the city.

 

E.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.                  Discussion and public input regarding naming the area below La Azteca neighborhood between Bridge II and Zacate Creek and considering “Las Palmas Park” as the proposed name, with possible action.

2.                  Discussion with possible action regarding the parking lot north of Los Dos Laredos Park and the police substation proposed to be located at Bridge I.

3.                  Discussion with possible action to create more parking for persons with disabilities around San Agustin Plaza and in the downtown area.

4.                  Discussion with possible action regarding opening the City’s landfill on one Sunday per month beginning in October.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

5.         Authorizing the City Manager to execute a budget amendment to appropriate all funds associated with the Texas Department of Transportation State Project Contract No. 511226041 as follows:  State Funds in the amount of $1,054,000; transit sales tax local match of $40,000; and state toll credits of $223,500 for a total of $1,317,500; and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund Accounts.

 

6.         Introduction of an ordinance accepting and adopting the City of Laredo’s Write-off Policy for Accounts Receivable as presented to the Audit Committee on September 17, 2001.

 

 

X.     FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

7.  2001-O-229     Authorizing the Municipality to establish the fair market value of thirty (30) City owned lots located within the Three Points Subdivision and specifically identified as Lots 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, of Block 1781-A; and Lots 1,2,3,4A, 5A, 6A, 9A, 10A, 11A, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, of Block 1780-A, Eastern Division, Laredo, Webb County, Texas as per Exhibit “A” delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey these said lots to the Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation in support of the Three Points Affordable Housing Corporation-First time Homebuyer Project, and providing for an effective date.  The City will incorporate a deed restriction in the form of a second lien forgivable loan to guarantee the affordability of the units.

 

2001-O-230          Amending Subsection (b), “Amounts”, Section 8-23, “Same Fees Charged”, Article II. “Cemetery Manager”, Chapter 8, “Cemeteries”, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo thereby increasing and adding cemetery fees; providing for severability and an effective date.                 (As Amended)

 

2001-O-231          An ordinance amending Chapter 19, “Motor Vehicles and Traffic”, Article VIII; “Stopping Standing or Parking,” of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo specifically Section 19-364 titled “Restricted Parking Areas”; thereby adding a subsection 19-364(3) to the code which establishes a no parking anytime/tow away zone on U.S. 83 (Zapata Highway) between Zacatecas Street and the southern city limits of Laredo; providing severability and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2001-O-232          Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $613,344.63 to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force from the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City.  Funds will be used to pay for personnel salaries, travel and operational expenses beginning January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.

 

2001-O-233          Amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2001-2002 Annual Budgets for the Fire Training Facility Fund and Police Trust Fund in the amount of $700,000 to partially fund the contract with Marshall Company of Corpus Christi, Texas for the Fire Fighting/Law Enforcement Training Facility.

 

2001-O-234          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.20 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located S. of Del Mar Blvd. and E. of Laguna Del Mar Ct., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2001-O-235          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the M 1/3 of the W ½ of Lot 3 and M 1/3 of Lots 1 & 2, Block 500, Western Division, located at 1611 San Ignacio Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2001-O-236          Authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit to Michael Petroleum for oil and/or gas extraction on 5.00 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Concord Hills Subdivision and east of Los Presidentes Subdivision, known as E.G. Ranch No. 1 Gas Well; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2001-O-237          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 91.899 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located west of the proposed Sinatra Parkway extension, east of the Laredo International Airport, and south of the proposed Jacaman Road extension, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2001-O-238          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.592 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located south of San Lorenzo Drive and east of Mines Road, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2001-O-239          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 3, 6, 7, and 8, Block 1491, Eastern Division, located at 2510 and 2516 Market St., from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2001-O-240          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, 9, and 10, Block 1491 Eastern Division, located at 2502 Market St., from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2001-O-241          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the S 51 ft. of Lots 4 and 5, Block 1491, Eastern Division, located at 2516 Market St. (rear), from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.   

 

2001-O-242          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning All of block 748, Western Division, located at the 2400 block of Jefferson St., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

            2001-O-243          Amending Chapter 31, Utilities, Section 31-38 Water Rates and Availability Subsection 6(b) of the Code of Ordinances to clarify that the Water Availability Fund opening balance of each budget year shall not be depleted more than twenty percent for the purpose of financing studies and pilot programs to augment and diversify the water supply, but shall have no limitation in the amount of funds dedicated to the purchase of water, groundwater, or water rights, including the financial, technical, legal, or any other procurement expenses associated with the purchase of said water, groundwater, or water rights; and providing for effective date.

 

2001-O-244          Repealing Ordinance 2001-O-052 to reverse an erroneous appropriation of $314,956 previously appropriated on February 26, 2001.

 

 

XI.    RESOLUTIONS

 

 

8.  2001-R-107          Authorizing the City   Manager to submit to the United States Foreign-Trade Zones Board an application for a temporary boundary modification on behalf of Trade Unlimited, Inc., requesting a transfer of Foreign-Trade Zone designation status from the Laredo International Airport known as Site No. 1 to the Trade Unlimited, Inc., facility to be designated as Site No. 8.  The temporary boundary modification, if approved by the Foreign Trade Zones Board, will transfer Foreign-Trade Zone status (designation only) of three (3) acres from the Laredo International Airport, Site No. 1 to the Trade Unlimited, Inc., facility located at the InterAmerica Industrial Park.

 

9.  2001-R-109          Accepting the assignment of 65.45 acre feet of municipal water rights from the balance of 800 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, Ltd. in payment of water availability charges in connection with the installation of 14 water meters at the Windsor Place Apartments.

 

10. 2001-R-111         Confirming the appointment of representatives from the City of Laredo to serve on the Board of Directors of the South Texas Development Council for the period of October 1, 2001 to May 30, 2002.

 

11. 2001-R-112         Supporting and participating in the South Texas Development Council; and authorizing payment of $36,315.20 for City’s membership assessment for the period covering October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2002.

 

12. 2001-R-113         Authorizing the issuance of a permit to Michael Petroleum for oil and/or gas extraction on 5.00 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Concord Hills Subdivision and east of Los Presidentes Subdivision, known as E.G. Ranch No. 1 Gas Well.

 

13. 2001-R-114         Ratifying a memorandum of agreement between the Adjutant General’s Department Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG) and the City of Laredo setting forth specific guidance for the operation of the Texas Army National Guard in conjunction with the Laredo International Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the FAA Airport Security Program.

 

 

XII.   MOTIONS

 

14.       Consideration to reschedule the City Council Meeting of November 5, 2001, due to the XXX Meeting of the United States-Mexico Binational Group on Bridges and Border Crossings, and the December 24, 2001 City Council Meeting due to the Christmas holiday.

 

15.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of 3,719.8437 acre-feet of class “B” water rights from Sam R. Sparks, Inc, for the sum of $2,157,509.38.  The water rights convert to 1,487.9375 acre-feet of municipal water rights. Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund.

 

16.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of 2,975.875 acre-feet of class “A” water rights from Arrow Brook Limited Partnership, for the sum of $2,157,509.38.  The water rights convert to 1,487.9375 acre-feet of municipal water rights. Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund.

 

17.       Consideration to award a construction contract to the sole bidder Cutler Repaving, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas, in the amount of $352,794.00 for the 2001-2002 Street Recycling Project (134.5 Blocks).  Funding is available in the Infrastructure Maintenance Street Material/Cutler Repaving.

 

18.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $8,022.85 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Calle del Norte/Springfield Street Improvements Right-Turn Lane Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $30,316.32 to Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $75,773.25.  Funding is available in the 2000A C.O. Issue Springfield/Calle del Norte.

 

19.       Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Design Group International, Laredo, Texas, for the Roofing Improvements for the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge Toll Plaza Facility and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

 

20.       Consideration for approval of the selection of consultants of Rosin Group, Inc., Laredo, Texas, G.G. Salinas Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, and Arcadis WSBC, Laredo, Texas, for three CDBG Sidewalk Projects City Wide of approximately 35 Blocks each for a total of 105 Blocks and authorization to negotiate professional services contracts.  Funding is available in the Community Development 26th Action Year-Sidewalks.

 

21.       Consideration to award construction contract to the sole bidder C.F. Jordan, L.P., Laredo, Texas, in the negotiated bid amount of $367,670.00 for the Rehabilitation of concrete bridge deck, repairs, structural evaluation and assessment of load carrying capacity, and strengthening of the Laredo International Bridge I.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

 

22.       Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Howland Surveying Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Ejido Avenue Extension and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

23.       Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant C & A Cochrane & Associates, San Antonio, Texas, for the Fire Sprinkler System for the Colombia Solidarity Bridge Toll Plaza Facility and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

 

24.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with the State of Texas General Services Commission on behalf of University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for 447 square feet of office space at the City of Laredo 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 $567.25 rental fee per month which includes the cost of utilities and janitorial services.

 

25.       Consideration to refund property tax to the following company:  A refund in the amount of $5,801.10 payable to J.C. Penney Prop Inc. #658-5 due to a change of value.  The improvements were decreased by the Webb County Appraisal District as per a District Court Judgment; Cause #2000-CVQ000803 of Supplement #2.

 

26.       Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of September 2001, which represents a decrease in levy of $12,326.21.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and Court Orders.

 

27.       Consideration for acceptance of the Dryden/Optimist Little League Baseball Park Improvements, and approval of final payment of $32,490.00 less $3,249.00 for retainage resulting in a final payment of $29,241.00.  Final contract amount is $32,490.00.  Funding is available from the Community Development Block Grant Funds-25th Action Year.

 

28.       Consideration to approve five Third Party Funding contracts.  The contracts are for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002 and total $639,400.

            a.  S.C.A.N.                                                                $   36,000

                        b.  Laredo Animal Protective Society                     $ 126,000

                        c.  Laredo Development Foundation                      $  357,400

                        d.  Laredo Veteran’s Coalition                                $    60,000

                        e.  Children’s International Advocacy Center         $    60,000

 

29.       Requesting approval of the City Council to write-off various accounts receivable that are deemed to be un-collectible.  The City’s audit firm of Garza, Martinez, & Co. recommended in their Letter to Management to write-off antiquated accounts receivable.  A summary of the accounts receivables by account type is attached that represents a portion of the receivables that are past due.  The list has been presented to the Audit Committee during a previously held meeting in September.  The financial impact to the City will be an expenditure of $6,044.43 for the fiscal year.


 

XIII.  STAFF REPORT

 

30.       A report by the Laredo Police Department concerning the reclassification of sixteen (16) Investigator positions to Sergeant positions.

           

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.

 

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

 

32.       Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074 to evaluate the performance and pay of City Manager Larry Dovalina; and return to open session for possible action.

 

 

XV.           RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

33.  2001-RT-005 Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute amendment for grant contract No. 51922F6004, Article I, grant period, between the City of Laredo and the Texas Department of Transportation to extend the grant period from October 31, 2001 to April 30, 2002 which is the estimated time of delivery of vans.

 

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

 

 

 

Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

City Secretary[fp1] 


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