CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2001-R-28

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

NOVEMBER 13, 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 September 17, 2001 and September 26, 2001.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

a.         A presentation by Bear’s Karate Academy to Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores and City Council Members for their support of the Lone Star International Karate Tournament in Laredo.

 

Invitations

 

a.         Feast of Sharing Chairperson, Cesar Martinez, and Co-Chairperson, Pedro Gaytan, invite the Mayor and Council Members to their 13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the elderly, disabled, and less fortunate residents of Laredo.

 

Recognitions

 

a.         Recognition of Mr. Donato Ramos, a distinguished Laredo attorney, on his appointment to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

 

b.         Recognition of the Laredo Independent School District for their  cooperation and participation in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Exposition.

 

c.         Recognition of the Laredo Crime Stoppers Board of Directors for having received International and State recognition for their performance.

 

d.         Recognition of Dillard’s Department Store employees, Dora Aguirre and Diana Beltran, for their   work with cancer patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

e.         Recognition of KGNS Anchor, Claudia Lanese-Garcia, for her efforts to improve public awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.                Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Rosa Crustner to the Citizens Environmental Ad Hoc Committee.

 

b.                Appointment by Council Member Juan Ramirez of Jim Earhart to the Citizens Environmental Ad Hoc Committee.

 

c.                 Appointment by Council Member Joe A. Guerra of Sabas Perez to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee.

 

 

VII.      PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4, 5, and the East ½ of Lot 3, Block 1268, Eastern Division, located at 2219 Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

2.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the 2001-2002 Transit System budget by appropriating $158,000 from fund balance and appropriating such funds as a reserve to partially fund the acquisition of buses. 

           

3.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend Chapter 14, Garbage, Trash & Refuse, Article I, Section 14-1, Definitions; also Article II, Section 14-9, Rates, subsection (c) by deleting subparagraph (c)(4); adding subsection (d) Special Event Fee; deleting portions of subsection (e) garbage and mandate fees schedule, by changing the square footages and adjusting the rates for garbage collection; adding subsection (f) commercial establishments exclusions; adding subsection (g) Appeals Process; and amending subsections h to m to alphabetize each subsection correctly; providing for severability, effective date and publication. 

 

4.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Home Investment Partnerships Program 2001-2002 grant in the amount of $1,508,000.00 to reflect a $4,000.00 increase to Community Housing Development Organizations and Administrative Costs, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

5.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $30,000 for a Safe Streets Program Grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The Texas Department of Transportation will be designating $7,500 in matching funds.  The match for this grant is available in General Fund.

 

6.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $125,000 to fund the Comprehensive STEP (S.T.O.M.P) Program.  The Texas Department of Transportation will be designating $95,000 and the City of Laredo will be designating $30,000 in matching funds.  The match for this grant is available in General Fund.  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002.

 

7.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the FY 2001-2002 budget in the amount of $44,968 for the Medicaid Administrative Cost (MAC) Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2001, through September 30, 2002.

           

8.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2001-2002 budget by transferring $59,217 in unexpended program income from the FY 2000-2001 fund balance to the current FY 2001-2002 budget for the Women and Children Health Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of October 1, 2001, through September 30, 2002.

 

9.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation from the Texas Department of Health for the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and appropriate said budget in the amount of $153,470 for the period beginning January 1, 2002, through December 31, 2002.

 

10.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of  $1,418,975 to fund a program under the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) and authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $1,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS).  The U.S. Department of Justice will be designating $1,000,000 and the City of Laredo will be designating $418,975 in matching funds.  Funding will be used to purchase Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs), computer hardware, and computer software needed to implement new technology in police units.  Matching funds are available in the Police Trust Fund.

             

11.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s 2001-2002 annual budget by authorizing the addition of four (4) Sergeant positions by reclassification of four (4) Investigator positions at the Laredo Police Department.  The approximate additional cost to General Fund is $24,000 to pay for the salaries and fringe benefits for four (4) additional Sergeant positions from November 20, 2001 through September 30, 2002.

 

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

1.      Status report on the Hwy 359-water point, with possible action.

2.      Status report on the lack of water and wastewater infrastructures on Hwy 359, with possible action.

3.      Discussion and possible action on resurfacing the 2200, 2300, and 2400 blocks of O’kane Street.

4.      Status report on the concrete channelization on the creek that
intersects Spur 400.

B.        Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.      Status report on the down payment assistance program including balance of funds and accountability, with possible action.

2.      Discussion with possible action to consider an exemption for those persons over 65 years of age with homestead exemptions for the basic charge for residential water service of $7.50 per month for consumption of up to 4,000 gallons, in the event that the City proceeds with the privatization of the Utilities Department.

3.      Discussion with possible action regarding the drop-off and pick-up points at Ryan Elementary.

           

C.        Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the traffic study at

Jefferson and San Francisco.

 

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

1.      Status report regarding the Fire Department’s radio system upgrade.

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding the traffic issues in the area between I-35 and Monterrey on Saunders and Lafayette, including the status of the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of San Francisco West and Lafayette and the Traffic Department’s recommendation for the most feasible solution to the high number of accidents and recent fatality in the area.

 

E.        Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

1.      Presentation by Consuelo Ramirez, Counselor at Alma Pierce Elementary School regarding students’ projects depicting their concerns for the Manadas Wetland and future natural sites.

 

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

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the feasibility of a pedestrian bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad lines located on Santa Rita adjacent to Farias Elementary School.

2.      Status report on the CP&L Road.

 

G.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action on creating residential parking   

districts in District VIII.

2.  Status report on Vidaurri Street.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

13.       Appointing Alfonso H. Ornelas, Jr., as Associate Municipal Court Judge for the City of Laredo for a limit of two (2) years; providing for effective date and severability.

 

14.       Closing as public easements those sections of:

 

A.     Tacuba St. between the east right-of-way line of Union Pacific Railroad Company and the west right-of-way line of Sta. Maria Avenue including the intersections.

B.     Davis Ave. between Chicago Street and the south right-of-way line of Ortiz Street.

C.    Main Ave. between Chicago Street and the south right-of-way line of Ortiz Street.

 

Situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and,

 

D.    Elm St. between Springfield and Monterrey Avenues including the intersections.

E.     Sanders Ave. between Locust and Ash Streets.

F.     Marcella Ave. between Locust and Ash Streets.

 

Situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

15.       Closing the intersection of Jarvis Avenue and Market Street to vehicular traffic traveling in a Northerly and Southerly direction by barricading at the North and South right-of-way lines of said intersection, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb and providing for an effective date.

 

16.       Ratifying the City Manager’s acceptance of a grant in the amount of $34,000.00 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and amendment of the FY 2001-2002 annual budget for the NPDES fund by appropriating the said grant revenue and local match of $10,000.00 to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant monies will be used for collection and disposal of Hazardous Materials from the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG).  The local match is available in the NPDES Fund.

 

17.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Texas Migrant Council for approximately 1,600 square feet constituting Suite No. 8 of  Building No. 134 located at 4603 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year and one (1) month commencing on October 1, 2001 and ending October 31, 2002.  Monthly rent shall be $1,800.00; providing for an effective date.

 

18.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Howland Surveying, Co., Inc. for approximately 6,174 square feet constituting Suite No. 100 Building No. 170 located at 5103 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one year commencing on December 1, 2001 and ending on November 30, 2002.  Monthly rent shall be $2,532.00; providing for an effective date.

 

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

           

19.       2001-O-250               Authorizing the City Manager to accept funds and

amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $50,000 in funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project – Case Management of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.

 

2001-O-252               Amending Chapter 21, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo by creating Article VII, establishing a juvenile day-time and night-time curfew, defining terms, creating offenses for minors, parent and guardians of minors, and business establishments violating curfew regulations, providing defenses, providing for enforcement by the Police Department, providing for a waiver by the Municipal Court of jurisdiction over a minor when required under the Texas Family Code, providing for a penalty not to exceed $500.00, providing for classification of any offense listed herein as a Class “C” misdemeanor, providing for a savings clause, providing for a severability clause, establishing an effective date, and providing for publication in a  local newspaper. (As amended)

 

2001-O-253               Amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Blocks 954, Western Division, located at the 2100 block of Pierce St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District). 

 

2001-O-254               Amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning All of Blocks 955, Western Division, located at the 2200 block of Pierce St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District). 

 

2001-O-255               Amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a child daycare center on Lots 7 and 8, Block 529, Western Division, located at 1604 and 1606 Park St.  (As amended)

 

2001-O-256               Amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1-A and 1-B, Block 3, G & M Apartment and Townhouse Project, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, located at 7019 Village Blvd. from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District). 

 

2001-O-257               Amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5-B and 5-C, Block 1, North Creek Plaza Subdivision located east of Springfield Rd. and north of Del Mar Blvd. from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and B-4 (Highway Commercial District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District). 

 

2001-O-258               Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of the City of Laredo as Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 for the operation of a Zone Site 3 within said Foreign Trade Zone and specifically authorizing the City Manager to enter into an operation agreement with Rafael A. Morales, to operate an approximate 5,000 square foot designated area within a 70,000 square foot facility at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94-Site 3 located at the Killam Industrial Park, in return for the services provided by the City as a Foreign-Trade Zone Grantee and providing for an effective date. 

 

2001-O-259               Approving and adopting the districting plan of the City of Laredo; providing for the redistricting of the eight (8) City Council Districts within the City of Laredo; providing for publication and effective date. (As amended)

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

20.  2001-R-105        Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between the City of Laredo and Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust and Killam Oil Co., Ltd. for funding the installation of a traffic signal on Loop 20 at the northern access for the proposed Wal-Mart Super Center to be located at the intersection of Loop 20 and Spur 400.

 

21.  2001-R-108        Declaring the vote of the governing body of the City of Laredo for its nominated candidate(s) to the Webb County Appraisal District Board of Directors.  Each candidate elected will serve a two-year term.  They will serve from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2003.

 

22.  2001-R-117        Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $22,500 for the Safe Streets Program from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The City will designate       $7,500 in matching funds for a total project budget of $30,000.  The City’s match is available in General Fund.  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002.

 

23.  2001-R-118        Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $95,000 for the Comprehensive STEP from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The City will designate $30,000 in matching funds for a total project budget of $125,000.  The City’s match is available in the General Fund.  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002.

 

24.  2001-R-122        Declaring the public necessity to acquire the  “Surface Only” of two parcels of land for the Riverfront Development Project.  Said two parcels being Lots 3 & 4, Block 1110, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owners for the acquisition of said two parcels by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire those parcels that 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 a listed owner.

 

25.  2001-R-123        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.30 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land as a Drainage Easement from McPherson Partners Ltd., through Mr. Manuel T. Longoria, for the Zacate Creek Tributary-South of Calton Road Drainage Project.  Said parcel of land being out of GB&CNGRR Co., Survey 11019, Abstract 62, Northern Division of the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below and more particularly described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”.

 

Being a tract of land containing 0.30 (13,096 square feet), more or less, out of GB&CNGRR Co., Survey 11019, Abstract 62, Northern Division of the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being out of that certain 6.1045 acre tract described in Deed from B.P. Newman Investment Co. to Manuel T. Longoria dated December 26, 1979, and recorded in Volume 602, Pages 531-534, of the Webb County Deed Records.

 

26.  2001-R-124        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.011 of an acre (483 sq. ft.), more or less, parcel of land from Fasken Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership for the Milo Interchange Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Porcion 20, Abstract No. 48, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”.

 

Being 0.011 of one acre (483 square feet) of land, out of Porcion 20, Bautista Garcia Original Grantee, Abstract No. 48, Webb County, Texas, being out of and part of that certain 75.21 acre tract conveyed to Palafox Exploration Company, by Deed recorded in Volume 254, Page 245, and Volume 254, Page 511, Deed Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

27.  2001-R-125        Ratifying the City Manager’s submittal of a grant application to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s US-Mexico Border Program in the amount of $ 25,000.00 with the City designating $1,315.79 in matching funds for a total of $26,315.79 to implement a computer & electronic collection event.  Matching funds are available in the NPDES Fund.   


 

28.  2001-R-128        Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $1,750,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policy Service (COPS).  The City of Laredo will be designating $516,950 in matching funds within the three year life of the grant.  Funding will be used to hire 14 additional School Resource Officers (SRO).  The funding for this grant will be from September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2004.                 

 

29.  2001-R-129        A resolution expressing official intent to reimburse cost associated with the acquisition of four City of Laredo Fire Department Ambulances.  The four ambulances will be purchased from General Fund Reserves to service Fire Stations number 1, 2, 7, and 8.  General Fund will be reimbursed from the sale of the Personal Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO).

 

30.  2001-R-131        A resolution of the City of Laredo, Texas authorizing the City Manager to sign an electric supply agreement with the winning bidder for the electric load of South Texas Aggregation Project, Inc. (STAP) upon the confirmation of economic benefit to the City.

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

 

31.       Consideration to privatize the Utilities Department operations and authorize the City Manager to enter into contract negotiations.

 

32.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Competitive Government Strategies in the amount of $70,000, in addition to the Consultant’s out-of-pocket charges and travel expenses, for Phase III of the Utilities Department privatization, as described in Exhibit 1 of the Contract for Professional Services.

 

33.       Authorizing the City Manager to retain the services of Hawkins, Delafield & Wood of New York as Legal Counsel during contract negotiations pertaining to the privatization of the Utilities Department.

 

34.       Consideration to award contract FY02-014, to the Lowest Bidder, WorldCom, Houston, Texas, in the annual amount of $26,700.00, for providing internet access for the institutional network (I-Net).  The term of the contract shall be for a period of one year with an option of two additional years at $2,150.00 per month.  Funding is available in the communications line item for all City departments.  The second and third year funding is subject to appropriation for future fiscal years.

 

35.       Consideration to approve a payment of $18,316 to the greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce as the City’s Annual Assessment for the period of October 2000 through October 2001.  These dues are the City’s contribution to support the efforts of the Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition.  The coalition’s goal is to address the infrastructure needs of the border cities and the people who live in these communities.  Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

36.       Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a one year service agreement with H.T.E., Inc, Lake Mary FL, for the amount of $49,383.00.  The service agreement is for service and maintenance on the municipal applications residing on the City’s I-Series 400 computer for the period of October 1, 2001 thru September 30, 2002.

 

37.       Consideration for approval to release retainage and final payment in the amount of $50,000.00 to M.W. Builders, Inc., Temple, Texas, for the Border Facilities for the World Trade Bridge.  Final contract amount is $31,560,585.13.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Retainage Payable-Restricted account.

 

38.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 2, an increase of $701,641.85 and the addition of 30 working days to the construction contract with Marshall Company, Corpus Christi, Texas, for the Fire Fighter/Law Enforcement Training Facility, and includes items of work which were previously deleted through change order no. 1 due to lack of funding.  These items are now partially being added back to the construction contract and include reinforced concrete pavement, street signs and traffic striping; reinforced concrete pipe, inlets, junction boxes and a headwall; the ARRF System concrete slab; construction of 4 metal sheds with benches, two CMU metal building; and apparatus bay drains with water/oil separator.  Funding is available in the Fire Training Facility Fund.

 

39.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 a decrease of $5,489.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the City-Wide Project No. 14 (37 Blocks) and approval of final payment in the amount of $50,589.38 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $247,557.75.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund District 5 Sidewalks.

 

40.       Consideration to award a construction contract to the low bidder A & R Demolition, Inc., Del Valle, Texas, in the bid amount of $229,000.00 for the removal of submerged concrete bridge components at Laredo International Bridge I.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

 

41.       Consideration to approve the selection of exterior building materials and color scheme and the interior block selection and seating for the Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

42.       Consideration to award a professional services contract in the amount not to exceed $60,500.00 to Killis Almond and Associates, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in association with Architects Plus, Inc., Laredo, Texas for a feasibility study consisting of rehabilitating and re-using the Plaza Theater in downtown Laredo.  Funding is available in the Community Development 26th Action Year Plaza Theater.

 

43.       Consideration to award supply contract FY02-001, for the purchase of water and wastewater treatment chemicals for the Utilities Department, to the following Low Bidders:

 

Fort Bend Services, Stafford, TX - $312,300.00

Altivia, Houston,TX  - $93,222.00

BayChem, Odom, TX- $77,740.00

Vopak USA, Inc. Corpus Christi, TX – $41,700.00

                        Kohn Chemical Stafford, TX  - $22,240.00

                        AOC Welding Supplies, Laredo, TX - $14,240.00

                        La Roche Industries, League City, TX - $11,500.00

                        Pennco Inc., Sealy, TX - $5,800.00

                        Chemical Lime Ltd., New Braunfels, TX - $5,288.40

 

The term of the contract is for a two-year period.  The amounts indicated are based on the estimated usage for a twelve-month period, subject to continued appropriations.  All products will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Water and Wastewater Funds.

 

44.       Consideration to award contract number FY02-020 to the Low Bidder, Valu Care Cleaners, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $47,304, for providing laundry dry cleaning services for Police Department uniforms.  The City must provide dry cleaning service for police uniforms as a condition of the collective bargaining agreement.  Funding is available in the Police Department’s budget.

 

45.       Consideration to award contract FY02-002, to Bio-Aquatic Testing, Inc., Carrolton, Texas, in the base amount of $45,000.00, for providing laboratory analytical services in bio monitoring of the Zacate Creek and Southside wastewater treatment plants.  The testing laboratory will be responsible for the acute toxicity test required for the plant operating permits.  Funding is available in the Wastewater Fund.

                       

46.       Consideration to authorize the purchase of five, rear load refuse trucks and three, twelve cubic yard dump trucks, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $844,159.38.  These will be assigned to the Public Works – Sanitation Division.  Delivery is expected within ninety to one hundred days.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

47.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-68, to the Low Bidder, PABCO Industries, Newark, NJ, in the amount of $72,900.00 for the purchase of 1.5 million plastic bags for use in the City’s Recycling Program.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

48.       Consideration to award annual contract number FY02-015, to the Low Bidders, JJJ International Safety, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $15,553.00, MSC Industrial, Harlingen, Texas, in the base amount of $3,447.00, Tools Unlimited, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $2,700.00 and C & S Safety, McAllen, Texas, in the base amount of $899.50, for the purchase of safety products for all operations.  Contract pricing has been established for safety products such as safety belts, vests, safety glasses, rain suits, hard hats, traffic cones, warning flags, water coolers, and gloves.  These items will be purchased throughout the year by all departments on an as needed basis.

 

49.       Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase of four vehicles for the Fire Department, from Lawrence Marshall Dealerships, Austin, Texas in the total amount of $99,954.00.  This purchase was completed through our Interlocal Participation Agreement with the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) duly approved by the City Council on May 07, 2001.  Funding is available in the Fire Department Capital Outlay.

 

50.       Consideration to award supply contract number FY02-003 to the following Low Bidders:  Libcon Inc. DBA Leyendecker Materials, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $1,322,000.00, for the purchase of asphalt, asphalt emulsions, black base, and gravel; City Ready Mix, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $309,000.00, for the purchase of ready mix cement; 4G Asphalt DBA Big Buck Asphalt, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $222,500.00, for the purchase of flexible base and sand; Ergon Aphalt & Emulsions, Inc., Austin, Texas, in the estimated amount of $24,825.00, for the purchase of asphalt emulsions and Ben-Hur Enterprises, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $8,750.00, for the purchase of sand.  These will be the primary vendors for the purchase of materials required for all city paving and construction projects.  The contract pricing for asphalt is approximately 4% higher than the previous contract price and concrete is approximately 3% less.

 

51.       Consideration to authorize the purchase of four ambulances for the Fire Department through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $471,364.00.  These ambulances will be delivered within one hundred twenty days.  Funding is available in the General Fund – Fire Department Budget.  Motion is contingent upon approval of Resolution No. 2001-R-129.

 

52.       Consideration to award contract number FY01-010, to the Low Bidder, Quest Diagnostics, in the amount not to exceed $525,000 for a three-year contract, to provide laboratory testing services in the City of Laredo Health Department, Laboratory Division.  The term of the contract shall be from December 1, 2001, through November 30, 2004.  Funds for these services are available in the Health Department Budget.

 

53.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 a decrease of $35,448.75 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the City-Wide Sidewalks Project No. 12a (33 Blocks), Project No. 17a (4 Blocks) and Change Order No. 1 (7 Blocks) for a total of 44 Blocks and approval of final payment in the amount of $28,364.02 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $250,448.25.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Sidewalks Account.

 

54.       Consideration to award a professional services contract to Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $138,527.20 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the service road for the Laredo International Airport.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund Grant #31 Engineering.

 

55.       Consideration to award a professional services contract to Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $229,477.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Reconstruction of Taxiways “A”, “D” & “G” for the Laredo International Airport.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Grant #29 Engineering.

 

56.       Consideration to award a professional services contract to Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $661,461.40 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Northeast Cargo Apron for the Laredo International Airport.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund Grant #32 Engineering.

 

57.       Consideration to award a professional services contract in the amount not to exceed $26,240.00 to Turner, Hickey & Associates, Laredo, Texas, for the South Laredo Park (in the vicinity of Kawas Elementary School).  Funding is available in the Community Development 26th Action Year South Laredo Park.

 

 

XIII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

58.       Status report regarding water for the colonias on Hwy 359.

 

 

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.

 

59.       Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (A) & (B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding settlement offer of pending litigation, being Francisca Almanza vs. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2001-CVQ-000403-D2, in the 111th Judicial District Court of Webb County, Texas and return to open session for possible action.

 

XV.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

60.       Motion to waive bus fare collection on Sunday, November 18, 2001, for those citizens who choose to participate in the HEB Feast of Sharing being co-sponsored by the City of Laredo, and accepting a donation of $1,500 from HEB, which will help offset bus operating expenditures.

 

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, October 17, 2001 at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

City Secretary