CITY OF LAREDO
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
NOVEMBER 26, 2001
DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT
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I. CALL TO ORDER
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Approval of the minutes of October 1, 2001 and October 15, 2001.
a. Presentation of the 2001 Employee Leadership Development Class.
VI. APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
VII. PUBLIC HEARINGS
1a. Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of Tract 1: UISD Tract-10.00 acres, more or less; and
1b. Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of Tract 2: Mejia Tract-0.34 acres, more or less; and
1c. Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of Tract 3: Heirloom Tract-13.67 acres, more or less; and
1d. Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of Tract 4: FESCO Tract-66.126 acres, more or less; and
1e. Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of Tract 5: Flores Tract-0.96 acres, more or less; and
1f. Public hearing for the unilateral annexation of Tract 6: Tex-Mex Railway Tract-228.6075 acres, more or less; and
1g. Public hearing for the unilateral annexation of Tract 7: Lake/Life Downs Tract-776.19 acres, more or less; and
1h. Public hearing for the unilateral annexation of Tract 8: Larga Vista Tract-36.26 acres, more or less; and
1i. Public hearing for the unilateral annexation of Tract 9: Colombia Bridge Tract-137.8539 acres, more or less.
Voluntary annexations of Tracts 1 through 5 total 91.096 acres, more or less, and unilateral annexations of Tracts 6 through 9 total 1,178.9114 acres, more or less for a total of 1,270.0074 acres, as described in the tract summaries as required by Section 43.063 of the Texas Local Government Code.
2. 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.
3. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 12.8447 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Avenida Los Presidentes and east of United South High School, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.
4. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 9 and 11, Block 654, Eastern Division, located at 1119 Travis St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.
5. Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 1456, Eastern Division, located at 2505 Thurman St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.
7. A. Request by Council Member John C. Galo
1. Discussion with possible action for City to initiate a dumpster
system to a pick-up and remove yard debris and branches.
B. Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Eliseo Valdez, Jr.
1. Discussion with possible action regarding the unveiling of a proposed mural by artist David G. Martinez at the Northeast Hillside Recreation Center.
2. Status report regarding the feasibility of connecting San Francisco North and South at the canal, with possible action.
3. Status report regarding the completion of Eistetter Park.
4. Discussion with possible action regarding traffic issues at the intersection of Springfield and Mayberry.
C. Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra
1. Presentation by Joseph Chalko regarding a Liberty Bell Day Ceremony in July 2002, with possible action.
D. Request by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.
1. Presentation by Fire Department regarding expanded services to the Mines Road area.
2. Discussion with possible action regarding park improvements for Canizales Linear Park.
3. Discussion with possible action regarding erosion between Bristol and Flecha Lanes.
4. Discussion with possible action regarding the raising of low water crossing on Las Cruces Road.
E. Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez
1. Report from Police Department regarding illegal activity on
November 17th and 18th near River Drive Mall.
2. Discussion with possible action to rescind contract with River Drive Mall for Blocks X and Y to create parking for large vehicles.
3. Discussion with possible action to provide permanent security at
Los Dos Laredos Park.
4. Discussion with possible action regarding the parking problems
on San Dario and Santa Ursula from Coke to Lafayette.
8. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Texas #20 Rural Cellular, Inc., d/b/a “US Cellular”, for a 30’ x 30’ ground space at the Scott Street Park located at 302 Scott Street, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 70 ft. high self supporting tower and related equipment building for use with its communication business. Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing December 3, 2001 and ending December 2, 2006 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years. Annual base rate rent shall be $8,400.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be adjusted by three percent (3%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.
9. 2001-O-276 Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $180,866 for the Laredo Multi Agency Narcotics Task Force. Funding is available in the opening balance of the Narcotics Task Force Fund. Funding in the amount of $92,866 will be used to pay overtime and benefits. The additional amount of $88,000 will be used to match the grant from November 1, 2001 through May 31, 2002.
2001-O-277 Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicles and Truck Traffic, Article XI Truck Traffic by specifically amending Section 19-435, Permit Issuance, to increase the width limits for oversize loads from sixteen feet to seventeen feet and the height limit from fourteen feet six inches to fifteen feet at the World Trade Bridge; providing for severability, an effective date and publication.
2001-O-278 Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with ASA Group, Ltd., for approximately 3.135 acres (136,560.60 square feet) constituting Tract 6 of Block 1 and approximately 3.135 acres (136,560.60 square feet) constituting Tract 7 of Block 1 of the Subdivision Plat of the Laredo International Airport Terminal Subdivision located at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for forty (40) years commencing on December 1, 2001 and ending on November 30, 2041. Monthly rent shall be $4,100.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted by fair market value appraisal on the 10th, 20th and 30th anniversaries; providing for an effective date.
10. 2001-R-133 Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $240,000.00 with the City designating $60,00.00 in matching funds for a total of $300,000.00 for the Chacon Creek Stream Restoration Project from Hwy 359 South to the Rio Grande River. Activities include the removal of exotic vegetation and man-made debris. Also, the restoration of native trees, shrubs, grasses and forbs, the construction of natural pools and riffles along with a wetlands interpretive program will be implemented. Matching funds are available in the NPDES Fund.
11. 2001-R-134 Amending the Long Range Thoroughfare Element of the Comprehensive Plan of the City of Laredo by designating and realigning major streets in South Laredo as part of the Long Range Thoroughfare Plan.
12. 2001-R-135 Authorizing the issuance of a permit for a seismic survey, as further described in attached Exhibit “A”. Seismic cables are to be laid across and down roadways and city streets as situated within the survey boundaries, including Casa Verde Rd., Casa Blanca Rd., University Blvd., Del Mar Blvd., San Ignacio Rd., and right-of-ways as needed in Lakeside, Winfield, D & J Alexander, and Plantation Subdivisions.
13. 2001-R-137 Approving the participation of the City of Laredo in the Greater Laredo-San Antonio Corridor Coalition, Inc. and adoption of the Bylaws for the Corridor Coalition. The Corridor will be an incorporated non-profit organization comprised of public and private sector members from communities in area counties of Atacosa, Bexar, Frio, LaSalle, Medina and Webb.
14. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement granting WesternGeco, L.L.C. a license to conduct a geophysical survey by using receiver cables only on and across airport property being Tract #284517 consisting of approximately 315 acres. Land to be surveyed consists of all land in Abstract Sanchez 284, Guyman 517, Rumsey 654 and GB&CNRR. WesternGeco shall pay to the City of Laredo Airport Fund $25.00 per acre for a total of $7,875.00 plus an additional amount based on actual supervision by Airport personnel of survey operations conducted inside the airport’s air operation areas.
15. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Roger B. Hartman, d/b/a THC Utility Management Specialists (THC) in the amount of $32,000 including labor, direct costs, and incidentals to provide technical consulting services during contract negotiations for the privatization of the water and wastewater operations.
16. Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Flores Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks Project No. 20 (43 Blocks) and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract. Funding is available in the Community Development 27th Action Year Sidewalks.
17. Authorizing the award of a professional services contract in the amount of $65,000 to Land Design Studio for the Ryan Street Railroad Bridge conversion and Zacate Creek Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Project. The consultant will develop an environmental assessment, plans and specifications with cost estimates, and provide engineering construction administration. The City’s contribution of $142,800 is available through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
18. Consideration to approve 27 General Fund Third Party Funding contracts. The contracts are for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002 and total $530,218.00.
Bringing Everyone Special Together $ 14,063
Border Area Nutrition Council $ 35,000
Boy’s & Girls Club of Laredo $ 90,000
Boy Scouts Gulf Coast Council $ 18,000
Casa de Misericordia $ 15,000
Catholic Social Services $ 15,000
Club Olympia $ 4,500
Communities in Schools $ 15,000
Community Action Agency – Elderly Nutrition Program $ 20,000
Community Action Agency – Meals on Wheels $ 19,000
Girl Scouts Paisano Council $ 10,000
Int’l Sports Hall of Fame $ 3,600
Laredo Crime Stoppers $ 15,000
LISD Campus Crime Stoppers $ 7,500
Laredo Little Theater $ 27,055
Laredo Regional Food Bank $ 20,000
Laredo Webb County Food Bank $ 30,000
Laredo Webb Neighborhood Housing Service $ 15,000
Laredo International Fair and Exposition $ 4,500
Literacy Volunteers of America $ 7,000
Rio Grande International Study Center $ 20,000
Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin Coalition $ 5,000
Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center $ 75,000
Sacred Heart Children’s Home $ 5,000
South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse $ 10,000
Webb County American Red Cross $ 10,000
19. Consideration to approve 15 Hotel/Motel Fund Third Party Funding contracts. The contracts are for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002 and total $410,515.
Laredo Chamber of Commerce – Cola Blanca $ 10,000
LULAC #7 $ 5,000
LULAC #12 $ 5,000
Society of Martha Washington $ 10,000
Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association $ 23,000
Laredo Children’s Museum $ 50,000
Webb County Heritage Foundation $ 60,000
Laredo Center for the Arts $ 131,360
L.C.C. Dance/Music Community Productions $ 32,815
Laredo Philharmonic Chorale $ 2,340
Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra $ 37,000
T.A.M.I.U. Dance Productions $ 10,000
Border Olympics $ 9,000
Streets of Laredo Urban Mall $ 10,000
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, November 21, 2001 at 5:00 p.m.
Gustavo Guevara, Jr.